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As before, there are no particular restrictions with regards to what should or should not be published on the site as long as all of the submissions are relevant to Barling and surrounding parishes.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

Sunday, 23rd December 2018

Added an article Mock-up Atlantic Wall from World War Two on Foulness Island, by Richard Kirton.

Monday 10th December 2018

I had a visit today from Valerie Wilkinson (née Burroughs). She is sister to John, Peter and Martin Burroughs and cousin to Roger Burroughs and she offered me some of the missing names on the 1954 photograph of Foulness School. The photograph with edited caption can be viewed at the following link:  http://www.barlingwakeringvillages.co.uk/plus/foulness_island_school.htm.

Wednesday 29th November 2018

Added 2 Photographs of ‘Barling Magna School Classes of 1980 & 1982’ together with names supplied by Daniel Stobbs.

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Added an excellent article by Dave and Vic Lee titled

Childhood Memories of the Early Days of Great Wakering Royal British Legion Clubhouse’.

Thursday 8th November 2018

Added the final revised version of the article ‘Great Wakering Rovers - 100 Years in Non-League Football’ by Richard Kirton.

This final version has now been produced in print form and as a ‘PDF’ document which can be viewed and downloaded here.

Monday, 15th October 2018

Clifford Jones has supplied us with the majority of the names for the ‘Great Wakering New Town Photograph (1945-1950)’.

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

12.00 midday

Saturday 13th April 2019

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

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

Farming through the Years