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Barling & Wakering Villages Plus

We describe this ‘Plus’ site as the overspill to the original site which was designed by Geoff Bell in the year 2000 and used older deprecated technologies. The group expresses their thanks to Terry Mumford for his hard work in maintaining the site over the previous 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 Site’. We have added more resources with the sharing of the existing ‘Wakering & District Heritage’ website and this has been renamed ‘Barling & Wakering Heritage’. We have also added a dedicated Farming Supplement which contains interviews and audio from some of our local farmers, who have shared their experiences though the years. It is hoped that anybody with an interest in our area will be able to find and research and enjoy all four 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As before, there are no particular restrictions with regards to what should or should not be published on the site as long as all of the submissions are relevant to Barling and surrounding parishes. Please 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 should open.

Latest Website Additions

Saturday 19th October 2019

Added 20 Photographs of our Reunion at the Old School, Great Wakering ‘Barling School Reunion Photographs’.

Saturday 5th October 2019

Added 2 Photographs from Kathy (Davey) Childs, taken while she was a pupil at ‘Great Wakering School 1960’.

Thursday, 18th July 2019

Added some photographs from Brenda Deadman Great Wakering School Collection.

Added some photographs from Brenda Deadman Great Wakering School Congregational Church.

Tuesday, 21st May 2019

Added an article ‘Ron Bennewith from Vancouver vists Foulness Island, by Richard Kirton.

Saturday 9th March 2019

Added 4 Photographs of ‘Barling School in 1968 & 1969’ submitted by Sue (Deeks) Potter and David Oxley.

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Added 10 Photographs of pupils of ‘Barling School’ submitted by Doris Jarvis, née Springett via Doris and David Bracci.

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 Meeting

The Castle Inn

Little Wakering

12:15 p.m.

Saturday 11th April 2020

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


Our last Lunchtime Session on 11th January 2020

There were 47 of us there, a record for these three-monthly get-togethers. We were pleased to welcome eight or nine newcomers and others who hadn’t been for a while. Yes, it was a jolly, not to say ‘boisterous’, occasion.

Farming through the Years