Launch of the Heritage Trail

What a fantastic day! Starting at Jaywick Resource Centre, Jaywick for Happiness turned carnival procession, handing out leaflets and Trail Maps as we went. Thanks to the people who joined us en-route and to the Theatre of Lemmings for the loan of two stilt-walking pirates!

A hugely well attended event. Thanks to our volunteer helpers for making our launch day a success.

The full Trail Map is available to download from



Launch of the Heritage Trail

Trail Map – A Picture of Happiness

The Trail Maps have arrived! We won’t be revealing the full map until we launch on Saturday but here’s the front cover as a starter. Thanks to our contributor Charlotte for the front cover photo.

We’ll be launching the Trail to coincide with Jaywick Martello Tower’s Tenth celebrations this Saturday. Processing the route of the new Heritage Trail from Jaywick Resource Centre, Brooklands from 11.30 arriving at the Tower for 12 noon.

See you there!

Trail Map – A Picture of Happiness

Installing Heritage Trail markers

Today was installation day! Tooled-up and the sun shining each Trail Marker gets pride of place in its allotted location. Thanks to everyone who helped get them all up in one day – quite a feat!

Back to base now to finalise preparations for the launch on Saturday 19th September as part of the Jaywick Martello Tower’s Tenth celebrations. Oh and to pick up the accompanying Trail Maps from the printers!

IMG_3891IMG_3892Trail marker in situ

Installing Heritage Trail markers

Jaywick Ladies Afternoon Club presentation

Today we were invited to give a talk and presentation about our project to the Jaywick Ladies Afternoon Club at Golf Green Hall. We were made most welcome and our attentive audience showed a great deal of interest in our project.

We were able to introduce our finalised Trail Map that will accompany the Heritage Trail to be launched on Saturday 19th September to coincide with Jaywick Martello Tower’s Tenth celebration.

Stories, memories and anecdotes of Jaywick past and present were plentiful and the positive reception of our project was really encouraging.

Thank you Jaywick Ladies!

Jaywick Ladies Afternoon Club presentation

A talk at the Dementia Cafe

Dementia Cafe VolunteersIMG_0051

We were invited to the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Cafe today to meet and talk to clients and their friends and families. The cafe was busy and some people had brought objects and photographs with them to talk about with us. We were able to introduce our project and the soon-to-be-launched Heritage Trail and map.

As we moved from table to table we heard story after story about Jaywick from people who have lived here all their lives and from people who holidayed here, many from the East End of London, and have now settled locally. A tea-tray showing a local tourist attraction brought in by one of the clients was a great conversation starter and jogged many memories and anecdotes.

We were requested not to photograph the clients but the staff and volunteers cheerfully agreed to pose for a group shot. Thank you for inviting us and for the lovely tea & biscuits!


A talk at the Dementia Cafe

Research trip & guided tour, Essex Record Office

Volunteers and members of Jaywick Historical Society, Friends of Jaywick Martello Tower and Clacton & District Local History Society joined us on a pre-booked, tailored guided tour of Essex Record Office, Chelmsford. Neil Stedman Junior was amongst the group, the grandson of the original Stedman whose vision it was to create Jaywick Sands – an upmarket estate and holiday retreat. Part of the ‘Stedman Collection’ – letters, maps and other documents relating to the estate were donated to Essex Record Office after the Estate Office closed – Mr. Stedman Junior was reassured to know that the documents are safely archived and was shown their location.

The tour took in the Map Room where a range of maps had been retrieved for us to look at dating back to when ‘Jay Wick’ as it was known then, consisted mainly of marsh and farmland.

Through the main reading room and into the climate controlled storage and then onto a fascinating talk on conserving documents and photographs. We saw the conservators at work and many interested questions followed from our group.

A worthwhile and most informative visit with much thought-provoking information to take away with us. We’re all going to tackle those 1970s photo albums (with the sticky film, remember?) as a matter of some urgency!



Preparing the Heritage Trail

We’re back in Jaywick today looking at potential sites for our Heritage Trail markers. Walking the sea wall we’re keen to identify chalets and points of interest we’ve been hearing about from all the people who’ve been in touch so far. We have a chosen a selection of potential images to use on our Trail Marker plaques.

It was a brief pause on the sea wall, trying to decide where our Trail should turn back inland when we realised we were standing in the exact spot one of our contributors photos was taken from – although over 50 years ago it was unmistakably the same spot! We got chatting to a nearby resident and he was bowled over by the project and what we are aiming to do and offered his front wall to host the trail marker!

The day was full of surprises and twists and turns as we ‘mapped’ our way around the town. A circular route of about 2 miles – we’ll tie up all the details back at base but a very productive day!IMG_0026IMG_0044Karen's story002IMG_0047

Preparing the Heritage Trail