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Barling & Wakering Villages Plus

You could call this site the overspill to the original site which was designed by Geoff Bell in the year 2000 using older technologies which are now deprecated. The group expresses their thanks to Terry Mumford for his hard work in maintaining the site over the past eight years. It had reached a point with Terry whereby his work commitments made it increasingly more difficult for him to continue maintaining the site.

It was felt therefore that, with more and more photographs building up in the backlog, we should consider our options for maintaining our website facility. Richard Kirton suggested that the ideal solution would be to create a new site which would enable the inclusion of some of the later website technologies and he volunteered to redesign the site and maintain it for the foreseeable future.

It was agreed that the new site would supplement the Original Website. Also we have added more resources with the sharing of the existing ‘Wakering & District Heritage’ website. This has been renamed Barling & Wakering Heritage’ and it is hoped that anybody with an interest in our area will be able to find and research all three sites and switch between them easily.

As before, there are no particular restrictions with regards to what should or should not be published on the site as long as all of the submissions are relevant to Barling and surrounding parishes.

You can send your pictures and stories either to Peter Griffiths or directly to Dawn Bailey. You will find full contact details in the Contact Us Page, or just click on either name above and your Mail Program will open.

Richard Kirton

Latest Website Additions

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Added new submenu item under ‘Barling Magna’ on above Navigation Bar  Barling School Photographs.

Added new photograph, courtesy of David Armstrong

of a larger Group of Children on Great Wakering Church corner at the Coronation Event in 1953

 Great Wakering Child & Worker Groups.

Monday 31st July 2017

Added 1 picture ‘Great Wakering Rovers 1967’.

Added 1 picture ‘Great Wakering School - 1953 - Year 8 - Fred Scott’.

All Website Additions

This is the earliest photograph of a Barling School Class, taken in October 1899. The School was built in 1878 at a time when hundreds of new schools were being built to provide free education for everyone up to 12 years old.  Children were now educated better than ever before. Welcome to Barling & Wakering Villages Plus Website

Our Next

Lunchtime Get-together

12.15 p.m. Saturday 14th October 2017

Castle Inn, Little Wakering

Anyone with an interest in our school or area will receive a warm welcome.


Our last Reunion on 1st October 2016 at the old Great Wakering Primary School was a terrific success with at least 62 people coming along. As we also had over 20 apologies, all this could be seen as a reason for considering another reunion in a couple of years’ time.

‘Small Beginnings’ Newsletter

 The latest Edition 37 - Summer 2017 has been published and can be seen here.

Farming through the Years