David and Julie have lived at Rawtenstall in the Rossendale Valley for many years. They are both involved in the running of the Rossendale Organ and Keyboard Club where David is the Treasurer and Julie is the Secretary.
David is a keen Organ and Keyboard player, often spending some time on his own instruments as a means of relaxation.
Julie enjoys Craft Hobbies and produces many fine ornamental items for around the house and garden.
David has been a member of the Heywood Model Railway Group for several years now and has produces a large model of a 1960's locomotive shed in his garage. It has been exhibited at the Holy Cross model railway exhibition organised by the Heywood Group. To see pictures of this model click here
They both enjoy traveling. having toured most of the United States and visited many places in the Far East.
David has also been keen on sailing over the years first with a Mirror Dinghy and then with a larger Signet Dinghy.
He has also made some ocean going passages with some of his friends in a chartered 45ft yacht.
Sailing pictures can be seen on the "Essex Family Website" at the "Big Boat" or "Silver Bay" links