Unveiling of Corbets Tey Village sign and celebrations that Upminster ward remains.

Councillors Linda Hawthorn and Chris Wilkins were at the unveiling of the new village sign at Corbets Tey in Upminster yesterday, Wednesday 22 of December. The sign has been placed on the green close to the Huntsman and Hounds pub.

Just over seventy residents attended the celebrations in Upminster to mark the official unveiling. The sign was provided following fund raising by local residents and a donation from the councillors in the Upminster and Cranham Residents Association.

Special thanks should go to David Wright the local Blacksmith who made the sign at a special cost .

A number of residents had commented to Councillors Linda and Chris that they were delighted that the area stays in Upminster Ward and is not being transferred to Rainham .

Councillors Ron Ower and Linda Hawthorne at the sign unveiling yesterday.

2 thoughts on “Unveiling of Corbets Tey Village sign and celebrations that Upminster ward remains.

  • 29th December 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations Corbets Tey! I discovered the very recent unveiling of your village sign whilst on line the other evening. You are probably aware that there are now just over 300 signs in the County of Essex, of all different shapes and sizes. For years it has been a hobby of mine to photograph them and look at the history portrayed on them. (Any chance someone could send me details of what is featured from Corbets Tey, please????) I can picture the siting of your sign because I passed the Huntsman and Hounds regularly between 1968 and 1973, when I was a young assistant priest at St. Edward’s in Romford Market and frequently visiting the South Essex Crem.
    There was obviously much goodwill in working to obtain your sign and in the actual making of it and I hope it will continue to be a focus for your community. Without wishing to sound impertinent may I courteously offer a suggestion that might be considered by your Committee. The sign is a ‘see through’ sign which has trees behind it when viewed from some angles. This means that when trees are in leaf the sign will not be shown off to best effect. Not too far from you, Ingatestone’s eastern sign (by the old Police Station), of black metal was not shown off to best advantage for a similar reason. This problem was overcome by attaching a rectangular, white painted sheet of metal behind. One or two other instances where the problem with see through signs is obviously apparent are to be seen at Good Easter, near Chelmsford, and Steeple Bumpstead, in the Saffron Walden direction. Wennington, down the road from you got away with a black metal see through sign because of where it is placed … with no trees behind it.
    I think it is great when separate communities within large borough’s take the idea of having a sign on board … if only because they are emphasising their identity. as obviously Upminster has done! Bulphan, Cranham, Rainham, Elm Park all local to you … howabout Hornchurch and Romford,Down the road? I know that Laindon and Langdon Hills are both exploring the possibilities in the Basildon area.
    I am sure you are aware that there is a national Village Sign Society with a website that proves excellent viewing!
    Looking forward to seeing your sign when next in your part of the County,
    Yours sincerely,
    Keith Lovell (Revd.)

  • 29th December 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Hello Keith,
    I am Barbara Holland-Davies, Chair of Corbets Tey Regeneration Group, a tiny fundraising set up, started 4 years ago. If you would like to see & read more about our wonderful sign, there are photographs & video on the facebook page Sunnings Lane Folks. Regarding your thought on filling it in, the back of our sign is painted in colour as well as the front. I am aware that from some angles, the greenery at the rear might ‘spoil’ a clear view.
    It only takes a step or two to regain the perfect view however. Thank you for the info on the Village Sign Society.
    I do hope you get the chance to walk around ours soon.


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