John Whittingdale recently helped to start work on the new play area in Oak Tree Meadow, Heybridge.

Pictured with John Whittingdale are Cllr John Archer, Chairman of Maldon District Council, Cllr Mike Wilson, Chairman of Heybridge Parish Council, Mrs Kay Ryder, project organiser and Cllr Mrs Julia Peel.

Speaking at the launch of the scheme, John said: “This is a fantastic scheme which will provide much needed play facilities for children in Heybridge. I warmly congratulate Kay Ryder and the other local mothers who have worked so hard to make it happen. This has been a community based initiative which, with the help of Maldon District Council and Heybridge Parish Council, will be a real asset to Heybridge.”


John Whittingdale opened the new "One Place", a multi-agency information, advice and support centre in the High Street Burnham-on-Crouch.
In order to avoid the problem of individuals being passed from agency to agency, One Place offers a single centre bringing together the voluntary, statutory and private sectors to provide a diverse range of services under one roof. This includes Tourist and Community Information, Policing, social and health care themes, training and volunteering opportunities and access to specialist advice. The key partners are The Dengie Project Trust, Essex Police, Maldon District Council, Mid Essex Primary Care Trust and Burnham Town Council.

John Whittingdale said: "A huge amount of work has gone in to make Burnham's One Place a reality. I especially congratulate Jacqueline Sinden of the Dengie Project Trust for her vision and determination. One Place will be a fantastic resource for residents of Burnham and the Dengie Peninsula and provides a model for other communities to follow."

Pictured are: Peter Newton (Dengie Project Trust), Jackie Tosic (Healthy Living Solutions), Jacqueline Sinden (Dengie Project Trust), Cllr Sheila Young (Chairman, Maldon DC), Cllr Robert Chambers (Chairman, Essex Police Authority), John Whittingdale, Cllr Carole Noble (Mayor of Burnham), Cllr Bob Boyce (Essex County Council) and Vikki Massey.


John Whittingdale opened the new extension to the Buddies Children’s Centre at Brickhouse Farm, Maldon.

The extension which was supported by the National Lottery will allow the centre to accommodate some 30 children each day, a number of whom have special needs.

John is pictured with Councillor Rodney Bass, Chairman of Maldon District Council, Lyn Munson, Centre manager, members of staff and children.

On Saturday, 12th November 2005, John Whittingdale opened the new exhibition “Spy Collection” at the Combined Military Services Museum in Station Road, Maldon.

The Collection was donated to the museum by Captain Peter Mason, thought by many to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond and contains probably the best espionage collection in the country.