Proposed housing development on Mersea — 25 September 2016
Heraldry —


img_20160927_0001The first of the Society’s autumn lectures will take place at Mersea Museum on Tuesday 4th October, starting at 7.30 p.m.  when Martin Clarke will be talking about heraldry.

All are welcome (members and non-members alike): the admission fee is £2 and light refreshments will be provided.

The AGM and a talk by Sue Howlett on Mersea in Tudor Times will follow on Tuesday 1st November.

The Society’s submission on the Colchester Borough Council Local Plan 2017-2032 for Mersea Island — 16 September 2016
Open Garden Coffee Morning — 2 September 2016

Open Garden Coffee Morning

Committee member Marica Frost is organising an Open Garden Coffee Morning on Thursday 8 September to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Trust.

The event will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 3 Oakwood Gardens West Mersea, and will include Bring and Buy and a Raffle.

Entrance (inclusive of a homemade scone and a drink) is £2.50.  All are welcome.

Mersea under threat — 19 August 2016

Mersea under threat

Mersea leaflet finalJohn Akker has produced a poster providing information on the implications of the 350 additional houses on the Island proposed by Colchester Borough Council under the Planning Policy Preferred Options local plan, and the actions that can be taken to defeat the plan.  Please:

  • Download the poster from here and display it.
  • View the plans on the West Mersea Town Council website here.
  • Attend the meeting at the MICA to discuss the proposed development which has now been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on 1st September.
  • Make representations online here by 5 p.m. on 16th September.
  • Write objecting to Planning Policy, CBC.
  • Telephone our Colchester Borough Councillors.
Visit to Ray Island — 4 June 2016

Visit to Ray Island

View from the spit of salt marsh extending to the South West of Ray Island. Photograph by Glyn Barker

A walk to Ray Island has been organised for noon on July 13, with a second visit on July 27 in view of the expected demand (numbers are limited to 15 per trip, on a first come first served basis).  Sturdy footware will be required: participants will be asked to make a minimum charitable donation of £2.

Ray Island, which is situated in the Strood, has literary connections with Sabine Baring-Gould’s Mehalah.  It is currently owned by the National Trust and managed by Essex Wildlife Trust.

To reserve a place on one of the trips, contact Marica Frost by leaving a message on the telephone number indicated for her in the Mistral.

The Chairman’s Garden BBQ — 3 June 2016

The Chairman’s Garden BBQ

The Society invites members and friends to the Chairman’s garden barbecue to be held on Thursday 16 June from 12 Noon.  Admission is by ticket only: tickets @ £7.50 are limited.

Please bring your own drinks: soft drinks will be provided.

Please contact 01206 382406 or 01206 381789 for tickets, details and venue.

2016 Mistral published — 1 June 2016
Dates for your diary — 20 April 2016

Dates for your diary

The dates for your diary page is updated following the monthly Committee meeting with basic information about talks and other events that have been scheduled: more details will be published on the home page nearer to the time of an event.

The programme of fetes where the Society will be represented and the meeting programme for the autumn is now starting to take shape.  Attention is drawn in particular to:

  • A barbeque event to be held on Thursday 16 June at Ian Crossley’s House.
  • A walk to Ray Island on Wednesday 13 July

Final details tbc in both cases.

Open meeting on 1 March 2016 — 9 March 2016

Open meeting on 1 March 2016

The last open meeting of our current series was held on Tuesday 1st March at the Mersea Museum.

The Society has been keen to support two recently formed, very successful local clubs, by donating a trophy to each for awarding at a race or competition. The meeting therefore started with a short ceremony during which the trophies were presented to each club by the Society chairman, Sarah Shehadeh.

Martin Cartwright, chairman of the cycling club, Velo Club Oyster was presented with a continental silver circular dish – the shape being the connection to wheels.


A model oared rowing boat was presented to Donna Frost  and Wendy Whittaker on behalf of the Mersea Rowing Club.


All recipients expressed their thanks for the support  shown.

The meeting continued with a very interesting and humorous talk by Mark Paramor on the Fire Service, which included a potted history from its origins. Fire fighting is in the Paramor blood and Mark is the third generation of fire fighters. His father was based at Portsmouth and was in charge of a team, called out to deal successfully with a fire on HMS Victory. This could potentially have been a national tragedy.

A vote of thanks was given by the secretary, David Gibbons.