Andrew Christy: An Obituary

Andrew Christy 1949-2017

Andrew and Jackie Christy

As many of you will know Andrew passed away recently in Broomfield hospital surrounded by his family

Andrew was born in Chelmsford to part of the well-known Christy Engineering family. He was the youngest of four children. From a young age Andrew showed an avid interest in Cars and this was to remain with him throughout his life. There is a family story that the first word he ever spoke was the name of a car.

Having attended St Christopher’s School, Letchworth Andrew trained as a company secretary and then moved into the insurance industry, specialising in Motor Insurance and working first for Cornhill followed by Summit Motor policies and Amlin Insurance. As claims negotiator Andrew was able to put his increasing knowledge of cars to good use.

Andrew Christy in his Morris Minor image
Andrew in his Morris Minor

With his deep interest in motoring it is not surprising that he belonged to a number of Car Clubs including the Goldhanger Classic Car Club. Andrew always enjoyed the “Drive It” days and the display of cars in the Chequers Carpark during the Gala Weekend. In his younger years Andrew would often undertake long trips at the weekend. Many will know that his knowledge of Geography was extensive and one of his strong subjects in quizzes, it would be a brave person who overruled him in this area.  Andrew also like to support the Little Totham and Maldon shows. At one time he owned six cars including a Frog Eyed Sprite, MG Midget and MG Y Type. Many people will remember Andrew driving his Morris Minor in recent years. Andrew’s passion for Classic Cars was reflected in the arrangements for his funeral, as members of GCCC followed the hearse on his journey to Chelmsford.

Andrew and Jackie met in the Ship and Anchor at an 18+ meeting in 1979, married and moved into King St in Maldon in 1981. At the end of the 1980’s they moved to Bobbets Hole, Bakers Green. Together with Charlene and Eddie, trips with their caravan became popular events. Favourite destinations were Rendlesham Forest, Southwold and Dunwich. When Andrew became unwell with Rheumatoid Arthritis he continued to work from home but also took on new roles in the community.

Andrew – One of the Goldhanger Boys Choir

He served as Clerk to Tolleshunt D’Arcy Parish Council for 19 years and his knowledge of the operating of Local Government was extensive. Andrew also took on the role of Caretaker and Bookings Officer for Goldhanger Parish Hall, so continued to have a lot of contact with people in the village. Many will also remember Andrew walking Daisy around the village on a daily basis.

In recent years a number of men in the village have retired and a small group has developed who occasionally visit places of interest. Andrew really enjoyed this and was keen to join us on these trips. Visits to Duxford, Chatham Dock Yards and the Docklands museum were all good fun. Only in March Andrew joined us in our first overnight visit to Portsmouth dockyards and he particularly enjoyed our visit to the Mary Rose exhibition. Andrew was also a supporter of the Goldhanger Jubilee Choir and especially enjoyed the sessions the “Goldhanger Boys” performed at village events.

Andrew was a man with a wide set of interests besides his lifelong passion for all aspects of motoring. Folk Music was always something he appreciated and as a young man he was a member of the Chelmsford Folk Club. In recent years, Andrew and Jackie were enthusiastic attenders of the Cropredy Music Festival hosted by Fairport Convention. In the last ten years Andrew developed an interest in Birdwatching and often joined the village group on visits.

Andrew will be remembered as a man committed to his family and an asset to the village, he will be sadly missed by those of us who knew him.

Andrew Christy

Andrew and Jackie Christy

Andrew died on the 23rd May 2017 following a short period in hospital. His wife, Jackie, and his children, Eddie and Charlene, were with him.

The funeral will take place at Chelmsford Crematorium some time in June (date to be announced) followed by a memorial meeting  at the Friends Meeting House in Maldon and a wake at Goldhanger Village Hall. All people who knew Andrew are welcome.

Andrew was a keen bird watcher and loved being out in the open countryside with his binoculars. He was much-loved and well-respected in the village and was known for his gentle, kind-hearted manner.

reed warbler imageIt seems ornithology ran in the family; an ancestor of Andrew’s, Miller Christy, was also a keen ornithologist as well as being a Quaker

Andrew played a part in the running of the Village Hall for some years and was also Clerk for Tolleshunt D’Arcy Parish Council. Andrew retired from the latter role only last year.


Community Defibrillator Seminar Monday 3rd of July

Monday 3rd of July, 7pm at the Village Hall

The Community Heartbeat Trust will be demonstrating the use of defibrillators and explaining how the equipment works and its benefits to the community in saving precious minutes in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.

The more people that know how to use the portable defibrillator installed in our community, the more chance there is of saving the life of a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Everybody is welcome, and no special skills are required, just your willingness to play an important role in the event of a medical emergency.

Crime Update Jan-Feb 2017

The latest crime update from:

Ali Burlington | Community Safety Development Officer | Customers and Communities Directorate 

Maldon District Council, Princes Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5DL
Normal working days Monday – Friday
| tel 01621 875794 | | @maldondc

Neighbourhood watch data – Burglary, Robbery, Vehicle Offences, Criminal Damage, Theft Other, Theft from Person, Theft in a Dwelling, Theft of Pedal Cycle and ASB – records with ‘Publicity Opposed’ excluded


Offence Type

MO – filtered


Theft from a motor vehicle

Suspect unknown has removed a catalytic convertor from victims silver Honda Accord S.

Burnham On Crouch South

Theft from a motor vehicle

Suspect unknown has gained entry to victims silver Ford truck by smashing rear cab window then stole property from within.

Great Totham

Theft if not classified elsewhere

Suspect unknown has taken victims dog without owner’s permission

Great Totham

Interference with a motor vehicle

Suspect unknown have attempted to take the rear index from the victims grey Ford Fiesta Zetec S. The victim believes he may have disturbed the suspect causing them to leave with only one screw removed and the other partly removed.


Dwelling Burglary

Suspect named has entered the above location that was insecure along with suspect known and have attempted to gain access to victims safe

Maldon North

Theft if not classified elsewhere

Suspect identified have taken the victims Barclays Bank debit card after the victim left it in a self-service ATM machine

Maldon North

Other Burglary (other building)

Suspect named has entered to above location and demanded alcohol. Staff refused to serve him due to the time of day. The suspect has been verbally abusive before entering the bar area and helping himself to alcohol which he then consumed. The suspect was then asked to leave.

Maldon West

Theft if not classified elsewhere

Suspects unknown by means unknown have stolen victims mobile phone


Theft of a motor vehicle

Suspect unknown have removed the victims green Range Rovers by unknown means.

Tolleshunt D’Arcy

Other criminal damage, other (under £5,000)

Suspects unknown have driven onto the victim’s farm from the Estuary and damaged lock on the gate.

Burglar Alarm Survey – Cold Callers

A number of people in Little Totham have had cold callers warning them of a spate of burglaries in the area and then asking if they would like a survey for a burglar alarm.

There is no evidence of an increase in burglaries and these uninvited callers should not be allowed into your home.

If you feel the need for a burglar alarm then contact a reputable company yourself and make the necessary arrangements.

Please make your friends and neighbours aware of this and help keep them safe.

Crossed Lines in Goldhanger?

frustrated phone userA sorry phone saga from a Goldhanger resident . . .

A week ago our land-line phone went dead, which also meant no broadband. We contacted our supplier by mobile phone and they suggested we reported the fault on the internet!! They finally agreed to pass the fault onto Openreach and an engineer was booked for 5 days time but only if we agreed to pay over £100 if the fault was in our property, despite telling them that our neighbour was receiving our phone calls!

When the Openreach engineer appeared he knew nothing about faults reported by two of our neighbours made via their suppliers, or that our calls where going to our neighbour, and insisted that he had to come into our property to establish if the fault was in our property. When I asked how a fault in our property could result in our calls going to a neighbour he had no answer. After spending time in our loft he finally declared the fault was somewhere else and would go to the green cabinet in The Square. One hour later he came back and told us that our wires did not go to that cabinet and he would go to a cabinet in Maldon Rd. Another hour later he returned to say he had fixed all three faults in that cabinet. When questioned if it was an electrical fault he admitted the “someone had rewired all three lines”!

We frequently see Openreach engineers working in the cabinets and up poles in the village, and now wonders how many other residents have suffered similar experiences. Is there a shortage of lines in the village as they struggle to cope with supplying new houses? Are Openreach constantly shuffling lines around fixing one problem and creating others? Is there a fundamental problem of communication between telecoms companies?! Perhaps its time we shared our experiences.

Have you had possible crossed lines? Let Malcolm know please and the results will be collated to see if there is a pattern. As ever, your identity will be kept anonymous.


Crimestoppers – A Safe Way to Report Crime Anonymously

Crimestoppers Image 0800 555 111As an independent charity, we are not part of the police. When you contact us you won’t be identified. The only person who knows you contacted us with information is you.

We know that it can be difficult to come forward with information. You might have seen or heard something about a crime but don’t know what to do, or are scared to come forward. It’s easy to think there is nothing you can do, but we offer you a safe way to do this.

Crimestoppers is not part of the police and we are not a TV programme. Just tell us anonymously WHAT you know about any crime or criminal not WHO you are and we will then pass on that information to the appropriate police force without revealing your identity. In over 28 years of operation we have never broken our guarantee.

In 2014/15, 14 people were arrested and charged every day and one person charged every 8 days for murder thanks to anonymous information passed to the charity.

We don’t take your name or any personal details. And we don’t record your call or trace your call/computer and you won’t need to provide a statement or go to Court.

Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over 1.7 million actionable calls, resulting in more than 138,000 arrests and charges. Nearly £135 million worth of stolen goods has been recovered and nearly £326 million worth of illegal drugs has been seized.

Crimestoppers is simple and it works, Just phone 0800 555 111 (or visit the Crimestoppers website – Your call is 100% anonymous.

Crimestoppers is not an emergency service and if you see a crime taking place you should ring 999 to report it immediately. / 

Online shopping scams

Keep your money safe when online shopping, particularly during the festive shopping period. You can take a few simple steps to reduce the chances of falling victim to scams and fraudsters. Sales of counterfeit clothes and electrical items online have increased in recent years.

Scam websites are often difficult to tell from genuine ones but there are some tell-tale signs people can look out for;

Secure websites

  • At the top of the screen where the Web site address is displayed, you should see https://. The “s” indicates the Web site is secure. In many cases, you do not see the “s” until you actually move to the application page on a Web site.
  • Another way to determine if a Web site is secure is to look for a closed padlock , usually displayed at the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Double-click the padlock to see the security certificate for the website. If the lock is open, you should assume it is not a secure site.
  • Be aware that websites sometimes use a domain name that falsely suggests they are UK-based.

You should be wary if the site:

  • Offers are too good to be true, for example the price of an item is markedly lower than the market rate
  • Has no information about the identity of the person operating the business such as the proprietor’s name or the company’s full name
  • Has no geographic address for the business, preventing people from locating the business in the event of a dispute
  • Makes no mention of any cancellation rights
  • Has unfair or restrictive terms and conditions which limits people’s legal rights
  •  Only accepts payments via money transfer services such as MoneyGram and/or Western Union

Information received from PS 71468 Julie Mackay LPSU



Great work everyone. The Essex County Council is to step in to fund replacement bus services in the Tollesbury area and these services will now continue (i.e. 91,92, 95) after the commercial bus operator pulls out.

The new services may have a variation from the timetables for the original services and the new timetables will be available from the TRAVELINE WEBSITE as soon as the registrations have been completed. They will be available at the bus stops until then.

Many thanks to Julia Bourne and the Parish Council for their strong support in this matter and our local councillors, Maddie Thompson and Elaine Bamford for their sound advice.

Most of all, thanks to all the villagers of Goldhanger who protested, wrote emails and letters and sourced relevant information, which all added to the strength of the case we presented to ECC.

Now we must all continue to use the buses regularly and if any villagers haven’t done so already, give the bus a go. Leave the car at home and avoid parking fees. If you have an entitlement to a bus pass,  get one and use it. If not, it is still a great way to pop into Maldon with no hassle about parking. We now know it is true…….USE IT OR LOSE IT!

Margaret Salmon.

Goldhanger Community Defibrillator

Goldhanger Parish Council will be seeking funding for a Village Defibrillator.

Community Defibrillators are designed to improve outcomes of patients suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, where time is critical.

After calling 999, the community automated defibrillator should be used, the defibrillator assesses the patients heart rhythm and advises if shocking is appropriate, so the defib can be used by anyone.

We intend to set up a ‘Village Emergency Telephone System’ (VETS) which would consist of up to 10 volunteers from the village, willing to be called in the event of an emergency to take the defib to the patient. This is done via a single telephone number, which is called after the emergency services have been contacted.

The parish council would like to raise awareness of their intent to proceed with a village defibrillator and will be planning to hold information events. Dates will be communicated via the Parish Magazine and village notice boards.

If anyone is interested in finding out more information at this time, volunteering for the ‘VETS’ system or making a donation (however small), please contact:

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please contact:

Julia Bourn – Goldhanger Parish Council

Tel: 01621 788298


Emergency Response in Rural Communities

The Parish Council and David Newman have been investigating ways to improving responses to Emergency Situations for Goldhanger residents.

1) Due to the rural location of our village we have to accept that it takes time for Emergency Services to reach Goldhanger, so the Parish Council are seeking funding for a defibrillator and volunteers for a Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) who can fetch the defib after 999 has been called.

2) Secondly, how easy is it for Emergency Services  to find your property when they reach Goldhanger? David Newman has kindly produced a schematic of house names and numbers to assist First Responders, and the First Responders have given advice on how residents can help the emergency services and their neighbours.

3) Whilst a defibrillator doesn’t require any training to use, we are intending to host a First Aid course in the village, as often it is the care received in those vital first few minutes that make the difference. The cost will depend on numbers. If you are interested in booking a place, please contact;

Bree Back 

Tel: 01621 788419

Email: breeback@hotmail

4) Additionally, as a village we do not have any First Responders and rely on them coming from either Heybridge or Tollesbury. On average, First Responders attend 3-4 emergency calls per month in Goldhanger, so it makes sense to have some volunteers in our parish. We intend to hold an information session for those who may be interested, this will cover what is involved and the commitment and training required, so please do come along before making your decision.

Advice from First Responders

From recent experience we know that ambulance crews, paramedics and first responders have difficulty finding locations in our village for several reasons: some house numbers and names are missing or are very difficult to see from the road, some of the numbering does not follow the normal logical sequence, and the village has no street lighting. It has been pointed out to us that clear numbering not only enables the responders to find your property, but also saves vital minutes in finding friends and neighbour’s properties nearby. NHS call handlers will normally ask the caller to open the front door and put on all the lights at night.

Sadly, as there are no volunteer first responders based at Goldhanger, the 999 service frequently ask first responders from Heybridge or Tollesbury to attend calls to the village but they are not as familiar with the village as they are with their territory. The Parish Council has contacted these local groups and offered to produce detailed maps indentifying the locations of all the house names and numbers. The offer was gratefully accepted and maps have been delivered.

However, maps alone do not solve all of the problems and the first responder team leaders have asked the Parish Council to encourage all residents to ensure that their house numbers are clearly visible.

Furthermore they advise us that properties with electric gates and with a key safe outside the front door often create a further inhibitor and delay. If access to a property cannot be immediately obtained it is ambulance service policy to call the police and wait for them to arrive and make a forced entry, which can cause a long delay. Therefore it is also recommended that those living alone ask a trusted neighbour to retain a key, and it would be wise to open electric gates after calling 999, or if this is not practical, the access codes should be given to the 999 call handler so that they can be passed onto ambulance crews and first responders.

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please contact:

Julia Bourn – Goldhanger Parish Council

Tel: 01621 788298


Majority of Goldhanger won’t get Superfast Broadband – Act Now

superfast-broadbandGoldhanger’s lack of Broadband – Register your interest

The Parish Council have been advised by Senior Communications Officer – Superfast Essex Communications & Marketing – that unfortunately the majority of Goldhanger parish is not currently in their plans to be upgraded to fibre, apart from a few postcode areas.

Anyone not currently in the plan to receive a fibre upgrade can register their demand for superfast broadband by completing the Make the Connection Survey on the Superfast Essex website: They use this information to help inform future planning where possible.

We encourage you to contact ECC with any further questions, on the email below.

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The full email to Councillor Julia Bourn reads as follows:

Hi Julia,

Thanks for getting in touch about the Superfast Essex programme and next week’s event.

You would of course be more than welcome to pop in to the Tollesbury event, but I will try to help provide some information to clarify the situation here too.

Fibre broadband is the next generation of broadband – much faster and more reliable than ADSL as it uses a different technology. Whilst traditional broadband (known as ADSL) is delivered via copper telephone lines, fibre broadband uses fibre optic cable. Under the current Superfast Essex programme fibre broadband will be delivered largely in two ways: fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) or fibre to the premises (FTTP).

FTTC uses fibre-optic cables throughout the network right up to the street cabinet. It then uses copper wires to connect the cabinet to homes and businesses. It will provide the majority of business and residential premises with the capability of accessing broadband at speeds in excess of 24Mbps. FTTP is not as common, and means fibre-optic cables run right to the door of each home or business. It can provide broadband speeds of over 100Mbps. The majority of our deployment is FTTC.

You can view a video which explains how the network is built on this page of our website:,whenandhow.aspx

When a broadband signal is travelling on a fibre optic cable, it doesn’t matter how far it has to travel, the speed will remain the same. The different speeds people receive will depend on how far their property is located from the new fibre cabinet in the street. It is this section of the network (from this cabinet) which is served by copper wire to the house. Your broadband signal reduces the further it has to travel along a copper wire.

Unfortunately the majority of Goldhanger parish is not currently in our plans to be upgraded to fibre, apart from a few postcode areas. Of the two you have provided, CM9 8AS is due to be upgraded to fibre before the end of Phase 1 (by summer 2016), however CM9 8AT is not currently due to be upgraded.

Essex is a large county and unfortunately we are unable to reach every single address with the taxpayers’ money made available for this rollout scheme. The reason for some being included and some not, is the same across the county. The programme is designed to use the available funding to best effect, and this means prioritising areas where the investment in upgrading a single roadside cabinet can reach the most homes and businesses. With this principle in mind the deployment plans are determined by the existing network structure and location of existing green telephone cabinets, which drive the cost for the upgrade, and which can vary significantly due to geography and legacy network conditions.

Being able to access a fibre broadband service is dependent on the individual roadside cabinet a premises is connected to being upgraded.   Not all premises in the same road will necessarily be connected to the same cabinet.

Anyone not currently in the plan to receive a fibre upgrade can register their demand for superfast broadband by completing the Make the Connection Survey on the Superfast Essex website: We use this information to help inform future planning where possible.

In the meantime, please see our FAQs on our website for further information which might be of interest including tips to improve your existing speed and information about other technologies to help you with connectivity.

Alternatively, if you wish to explore the option and cost of privately enabling fibre broadband outside the Superfast Essex programme (perhaps with some of your neighbours?), you can contact Openreach at this address:

We are aware that the Government has an aspiration to achieve near universal superfast broadband coverage across the UK and discussions are already underway about what options are available that could help us reach the remaining parts of Essex. One of the options which will be considered will be the approach we are using in our pilot Rural Challenge Project, in the east of Epping Forest District. It has the potential to be a blueprint that could help other very rural parts of Essex. Any work beyond Phase 2 however would be subject to further BDUK funding being made available.

I hope this information helps to clarify the situation. However, please feel free to pop in on Tuesday if you think that will help, or fire any other questions over on here too.

Many thanks
Lucy Dickinson
Senior Communications Officer (Place) – Superfast Essex
Communications & Marketing
Essex County Council
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