Billericay Chess club meets on Wednesday evenings, from 7.30pm, in the Community Room at Anisha Grange, on Outwood Common Road, Billericay and caters for players of all standards.
The Club welcomes players of all strengths and ages. In total, the club has five teams and is able to cater for the needs of all players, irrespective of strength. Members are able to play friendly, informal games and participate in a range of club events and should they wish, all Club members are afforded the opportunity to play competitive chess.
Those considering making a visit to the Club may simply 'turn up' on the night, However, it is always helpful to know if a guest is due visit the club and sending an email to the Club Secretary will help to ensure someone is expecting you on the night.
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Billericay Chess Club was formed in April 1978 when Ian Fuller (still our secretary) and his friend Brian Morgan, then members of Brentwood Chess Club, advertised in various newsagents in Billericay to see what support there would be for a chess club in the town. At the meeting, in Ian's house, there were players from the Wickford, Laindon and Chelmsford clubs as well as other interested enthusiasts, all of whom lived in Billericay. It was decided to form a club and the first meeting took place at the old cricket club pavilion in Mountnessing Road on 17th May 1978.
Soon after these early meetings the club moved to the annex of the old Archer Hall, which was where the Emmanuel Church is now in the Laindon Road and we met there until July 1980. We then moved to the old Fold (now demolished to make way for the Waitrose car park) and then moved on when the Arts Centre (Fold) moved to the old Quilters School site in 1994.
Shortly after formation, the club joined both the Essex and North Essex Leagues, and the Southend League, in 2009. The club won the Southend League Division 3 title, at the first attempt and then went on to win the Division 2 title, the following year. Other sucesses include winning the North Essex Cup, as early as 1980 and the North Essex Plate in 1996 and 2011. Some Club members also play in the Essex Daytime Competition (which is played in players' homes during weekday afternoons), and have won several individual titles.
Two club members, Charles Newman (Chairman and Team Captain) and Ian Fuller (Secretary), have played for the club since it's foundation. Other long serving members include Chris van Veen (Treasurer, since 1999) and Hugh Tanton (Tournaments Officer, since 1989). Of our past members we are particularly proud of the Cundy brothers (Mark and Nigel) who were strong players and their sister Brenda (all went on to Oxford University) and Jonathan Hannah (who won a title at the British Championships and went on to Cambridge University). All home grown talent and all educated at King Edward V1 School Chelmsford.
Billericay is a suburban town located in the county of Essex, in the east of England. It is situated 28 miles (45 km) north-east of London and has a population of around 60,000. Despite being a commuter town to the capital, Billericay manages to retain a rural feel, and is surrounded by large areas of woodland and open countryside.
It is thought that Billericay was first occupied in the Bronze Age and there is evidence of Roman occupation in the town, but it was not until the 13th and 14th centuries, that Billericay began to grow, when travelling pilgrims began to use the town as a stopping point on their journey to Canterbury.
The name 'Byllyrica', is only first recorded in 1291 and is believed to originate from a Medieval Latin word, bellerica, meaning 'dyehouse' or 'tanhouse'. In 1381, the final battle of the Peasants' Revolt took place in Billericay, when King Richard II's men fought and killed 500 rebels in the battle of Norsey Wood. A meeting of the Pilgrim Fathers is also said to have taken place in Billericay, and Christopher Martin, a local merchant, travelled on the Mayflower as the Ship's Governor. The town of Billerica, Massachusetts was later established to commemorate the origins of some of the first settlers.
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