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As before, there are no particular restrictions with regards to what should or should not be published on the site as long as all of the submissions are relevant to Barling and surrounding parishes.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

Latest Website Additions

Thursday, 16th August 2018

Added an article titled ‘Life after Potton Island - Rene [Irene] Ford’.

Wednesday, 15th August 2018

Added a photograph titled ‘Great Wakering New Town Photograph (1945-1950)’.

Added a photograph of ‘Barling Windmill - Painting by Will Salmons’.

Tuesday, 14th August 2018

Added a photograph of ‘Great Wakering School Class (c.1918)’.

Added a photograph of ‘Great Wakering School Football Team (c.1925-26)’.

Added a photograph of ‘Barling Sweet Shop’.

Friday, 6th July 2018

Added an article titled ‘Potton Island and the Philpot Family’.

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 13th October 2018

Castle Inn, Little Wakering

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


Our new Website Hosting Package went live on 27 April 2018 and all files have now been uploaded. This will be transparent to everybody who visits the site, almost like moving house but keeping the same telephone number.


‘Small Beginnings’ Newsletter

 The last Edition 39 - Winter 2018 has been published and can be seen here.

Farming through the Years