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. The club has three 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 and 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 an initial 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. A club was formed and the first meeting took place at the old cricket club pavilion in Mountnessing Road on 17th May 1978.
Shortly afterwards, the club moved to the annex of the old Archer Hall on Laindon Road (which is now the site of the Emmanuel Church) and met there until July 1980. The Club then moved to the old Fold (since demolished to make way for the Waitrose car park) before relocating to Arts Centre (The Fold) in 1994. The club moved to their current location at Anisha Grange, in 2017.
Shortly after formation, the club joined both the Essex and North Essex Leagues and, subsequently, the Southend League, in 2009. Over the years, notable successes have included winning the North Essex Cup, as early as 1980 and the North Essex Plate in 1996 and 2011. The club's teams have also won the North Essex Div 2 and Div 3 titles, 8 times and 4 times respectively.
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, including both League titles in 2009.
Two club members, Charles Newman (Chairman) and Ian Fuller, have played for the club since it's foundation. 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 traveling 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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