To celebrate the Millennium, Wickford held its own Festival,on 29 May 2000 in the High Street and Nevendon recreation ground. A Festival and street party had been suggested and under the Chairmanship of Mr Bill Nelson from the Rotary Club, other local service clubs, youth organisations and church groups joined a Festival committee. It was decided that there would be three aims: to provide a town sign, to provide a Millennium Time Capsule (Flask) containing a record of life in Wickford in the 20 th century, (to be marked with a commemorative plaque where it is buried), to arrange a street party. The committee arranged for school pupils to suggest and collect items for the Flask, which would not be opened until May 2100, and these were stored at the Police station awaiting the flask that was manufactured by Wragg Bros Ltd., a local firm. The Festival was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Braybrook, which also included the dedication of the Wickford Town Sign which now stands in the middle of the roundabout at Golden Jubilee way. If you have any photos or memories of the event, please contact the website.