Southend Timeline

Bringing Your Memories Back to Life

                                          2006

JANUARY Masonic Hall Demolished - Woodgrange Drive had been home to the Masons for many years, but due to the cost of modernisation, they were encouraged to seek new accommodation, found in Aviation Way taking the old Flights fitness Centre and renaming it Saxon Hall.

MARCH SSHAPE Finished - A long, often The High Street Oval by you.troublesome project came to an end on 31st March 2006.  The SSHAPE Project upgraded the High Street and provided the pier a new futuristic entrance.  Doing anything in the High Street was always going to be a problem with the number of visitors, shoppers and businesses having to be accommodated during a full makeover; for near on three years there seemed to be one repaving works after another.  Criticism was dealt out when it was realised Portuguese pavers were employed during the project, to put in place.

New School - Chase High School threw open its doors for the first time this year.  Previously known as Prittlewell High School which had mixed reviews; the new image and fresh approach by the management and teaching staff would prove to be an essential ingredients towards making this school one of the most vibrant and forward thinking in the region.  Located on Prittlewell Chase opposite Southend Hospital the grounds over the coming years would see expansion and improvement, with the installation of a dedicated soccer school, and for the future a state-of-the-art purpose built accommodation for the sixth form.

 

 MAY Prittlewell Square Finished - The council received significant Heritage Lottery Funding to restore and bring back Prittlewell Square to it's former glory.  Originally laid out between 1855 and 1861 as part of the Clifftown Estate development.  The Square was finished in May 2006 and post transformation provides a perfect picturesque garden of tranquility not far from the hustle and bustle of the seafront

 

JULY Iconic Travel Centre OpensAs bus stops go this one is way out there! But more than a simple 'flag and stop' this innovative building opened on 3rd July 2006 is another part of the grand modernisation of Southend Town Centre and an attempt to provide bus travellers something special for them too when the arrive and depart the town.  Combined with the A13 improvement works getting a bus should be simpler and faster all round, and now with this state-of-the-art designed Travel Centre the bus traveller


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has some where to shelter and buy a coffee before setting off on their trek.  Location, is the want for most buildings and this one does not dissappoint, with York Road Market alongside and the Royals Shopping Centre over the road, and a walk through this to Pier Hill, ensures taking a bus will drop you right in the heart of town. 

 

 

 

 

New Energy New Spirit, New Future - Urban regeneration came to Southend in force with the formal arrival of Renaissance Southend.  Headed up by Chief Executive Mike Lambert, this organisation would drive forward the town's future change which accoridng to their prospectus would be  dramatic enough Southend's physical skyline.

 

JULY Floral Clock Revamp - With the assistance of Keymed and Heritage Lottery Fund one of the much loved floral decorations along the Clifftown Parade was revamped in July 2006.  Each year the Council's Parks Department ensure this circular raised bed is a pleasing sight for all who pass it.

Retire to Southend - Southend-on-Sea is a "bargain" retirement location with a low violent crime rate, according to research commissioned by Yours magazine in 2006. Poole in Dorset was placed second because of its natural harbour and waiting times for hip operations there are lower than the national average. The magazine for the over 50s ranked 60 retirement locations in the UK. Southend was also ranked top because it is relatively flat with a pedestrianised centre, it has a council tax that is almost £100 lower than the UK average for a band G property.  Editor of Yours magazine Valery McConnell said: "Southend-on-Sea may not be the average person's idea of an idyllic retirement town but it's got everything older people really need."

St John's Makeover - Southend's town centre church has undergone a £390,000 transformation to show its true glory for the first time in years. St John's Church is tucked away near the Royals shopping centre and the Palace Hotel which is being revamped by the University of EssexThe Rev Stephen Burdett, rector of Southend and churchwarden Kay Ward, have masterminded the refurbishment of the 19th century church to make it a religious focal point in the heart of the townFollowing fundraising and a bequest by Rosie Bray, daughter of a former Southend councillor, the revamp has left St John's with new flooring, spectacular colour floodlighting for its stained glass windows and a general sense of openness. 

 

 

 

 

AUGUST Southend Utd Promoted - 2004-05 Season would see the Shrimpers promoted to one league below the premiership.  August 2005 saw the team run out on their first game of the campaign equal to the likes of Birmingham City, Sunderland and Derby County.  Their reign in this flight would only last the one season.

SEPTEMBER

NOVEMBER Shrimpers Beat Man Utd - All the Blues needed was Freddie Eastwood and a cracking goal to dump Manchester United out of the Carling Cup.  7th November 2006 will always be remembered in Southend memories as Steve Tilson's men perfromed live on national TV at Roots Hall providing the result nobody expected. 

Wayne Rooney and Christiano Ronaldo could do nothing to change the final score as a full strength squad paraded out on this chilly winter night.  Alex Ferguson while vigorously chewing gum, shouted and screamed at his multi million pound squad to perform, but all to no avail.  The mighty Shrimpers had clinched the result and a place in the club's history  books.

Headteacher Awarded OBE - Frank Keenan, formerly headteacher of St Thomas More High School was awarded an OBE for services to education.

Ice RinkNOVEMBER Skating Around - Southend High Street took on a new image for the festive season with the arrival of a Ice Rink on 22nd November 2006, located in the Plaza area.  this venture was to continue for a further 2 years, but Southend's people either found it too much, or the organisers running the rink lost the plot, either way the rink was a one off never to return.

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