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Autumn Newsletter , 2013

Hello and welcome to another great edition of your Hadleigh Farm and Country Park Newsletter. Since our last newsletter in June, lots of activities have been taking place at Hadleigh Farm and Country Park both in celebration of and inspired by the London 2012 Games. We have seen two fantastic Mountain Bike events take place at Hadleigh Farm and Country Park and I was also lucky enough to come along to the ‘Shine a Light’ festival where we celebrated the achievement of a local Essex resident who has brought her community together through the inspiration of London 2012…

you can read more about that in this newsletter. In only a few short weeks, we hope to begin works at the venue as we get ready to enhance the trails in the Olympic Mountain Bike venue and Country Park. This will bring us yet another step closer in securing the legacy from the venue as we look to the future opening of the site to the public. All the latest information is available at or you can visit the noticeboards at the entrances to Hadleigh Farm and Country Park. Thank you and enjoy your Autumn newsletter Councillor John Jowers

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Mud, Sweat and Gears – Women Who Aspire When you think of Mountain Biking not everyone realises the increase in female competitors it has seen over the past year. After the success and inspiration from the greats such as France’s Julie Bresset, Canada’s Catherine Pendrel and of course our adopted Essex Girl Annie Last, more and more women are taking to the saddle and those steep jagged drops.

British Cycling National MTB XC Series One year on from the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike events at Hadleigh Farm, over 500 competitors were welcomed to our Legacy venue to participate in the final of the British Cycling National Mountain Biking Cross- Country Series. The event was the fifth of the national series and consisted of four races throughout the day, including the Youth/Juveniles events, Females and two Men’s events. There was also an open race for competitors on the Saturday. The competitors who travelled from across the country to compete were given the opportunity to ride in the tracks of the best Mountain Bikers in the world, including Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic and France’s Julie Bresset who both took home the Gold at last year’s Olympic event. A fantastic day was had by all, especially Grant Ferguson and Lee Craigie who were crowned series champions!

Originally designed for Youth Mountain Bikers, The Mud Sweat and Gears (MSG) Women Who Aspire programme was put together by Essex County Council’s MSG team to encourage more women to get involved, through a series of dedicated coaching sessions. Over the weekend of 10 and 11 August – exactly one year since the world’s best competed at Hadleigh Farm, ten women were given the opportunity to hone their skills in Mountain Biking, at our Olympic venue. More coaching sessions are being planned, so if you fancy having a go visit

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The parking consul tation for the Lega cy Plans is still open and will run until the end of th e year At this stage the Pa rking Consultation is a very open process, with no sp ecific proposals in place. This will allow ECC to co llect as much loca l kn owledge as possible before any proposals are put forward. Therefore we wou ld like to encourag e all local residents surrounding Hadl eigh Farm and the Country Park to provide us with th eir thoughts and fe edback on this. Forms can be colle cted from Hadleigh Library, Regeneration Shop , Old Fire Station an d Castle Point Council offices. Yo u can also downloa d the form from our website www.essexlegacy .o rg under the information for lo cal residents sect ion. Alternatively you ar e welcome to atte nd our drop in sessions at Hadlei gh Old Fire Station which are held on the last Wednesd ay of the month fro m 2pm – 7pm.

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Grasslands Project After a successful funding bid, Essex County Council has received £127,000 funding from the Veolia North Thames Marshes Trust to support the council’s Grazing and Grasslands project at Hadleigh Farm and Country Park. The funding will support the employment of a Grazing Officer, which will enable the delivery of the Council’s ambitious Olympics Legacy plans, that will see the enhancement of over 100 hectares of flower-rich grassland at Hadleigh Farm and Country Park in the coming years. The funding will also be used to recruit an apprentice to aid the Grazing Officer. Lack of grazing is one of the biggest threats to flower-rich grasslands and other open habitats. In the absence of livestock tall grasses and scrub eventually dominate and replace the flowers. The Grazing and Grassland Project was conceived to provide bespoke heritage grazing with traditional breeds, and has been improving the environment of some of Essex’s finest places for wildlife since 2009.

The traditional ‘Red Poll’ local dog

breed meets

Up-coming events

ue. Here d in the coming months at the ven There are a handful of events planne you can get involved in. are details of the events and those Mountain Bike Events: Gears »» 29 September – Mud Sweat and ng at the venue or in streets surroundi There will be no spectator parking le for ngements have been made availab the venue; alternative parking arra nt. spectators wishing to attend the eve For more details visit www.mudswea National Inter Regional Youth »» 04 – 06 October – British Cycling Championships – invitation only Country Park Events: £4 Adult Lumps and Bumps · 2pm · £2 Child er Oth and e Lan t Los – r obe Oct »» 06 g · 7pm - 9pm · Free »» 12 October – Astronomy Evenin n Afternoon · 1pm - 4pm · Free »» 13 October – Round House Ope lt m and 2pm starts · £2 Child £4 Adu »» 20 October – Family Cycle · 10:30a · 2pm · £4 Child »» 29 October – Horrendous History · 10am - 2pm · £4 Child »» 31 October – Vampire Bat Hunt n Afternoon · 1pm - 3pm · Free »» 10 November – Round House Ope 5pm; n Trail · Slots: 11am, 11:30am, 1:4 »» 15 December – Santa’s Celebratio 2:15pm · £8 Child y Park events visit www.visitparks. For more information on the Countr

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Published September 2013

Hadleigh Farm Autumn Newsletter  
Hadleigh Farm Autumn Newsletter