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As before, there are no particular restrictions with regards to what should or should not be published on the site as long as all of the submissions are relevant to Barling and surrounding parishes.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

Monday 8th February 2021

Added ‘Small Beginnings’ Newsletter - Edition 43 - Spring 2021.

Sunday 29th November 2020

Added ‘Small Beginnings’ Newsletter - Edition 42 - Christmas 2020.

Wednesday 5th August 2020

Added ‘Small Beginnings’ Newsletter - Edition 41 - Summer 2020.

Thursday 25th June 2020

Added an excellent article by David Bailey ‘History of Great and Little Wakering Methodist Churches.

Monday 11th May 2020

Added an article ‘Barling 'Old' School VE Day Flag Flies Again.

Friday 8th May 2020

Added an article ‘Barling Magna School Reunions, with input from Betty Dobson [née Deadman].

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


David Bailey has tentatively arranged the following Saturday Meetings with The Castle Inn

for 2021:

9 January 2021 * 10 April 2021

10 July 2021 * 9 October 2021


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