I’m Bob Massey, an Essex boy born and bred.
Although when I was eighteen my parents moved to Sheffield;
fortunately, I found a scrap of paper with their new address and, after completing my ‘A’ Levels, I followed them.
I subsequently spent ten years in that holy city.
I returned to Essex in the mid eighties with my beautiful wife Valerie, settling in an area of South Woodham Ferrers where the streets took their names from the works of J.R.R.Tolkien – hence the name of this website and my business Mallorn.
Work-wise I’ve been involved with Information Technology (or Data processing as it was called when I started) since early 1979.
Computers in those days were behemoths that needed their own working environments, yet had less processing power than the average modern smart-phone.
Once upon a time I used to think I had a career, these days I concede that I’ve had a succession of jobs, it’s been fun though (mostly).
In recent years I’ve developed websites for local businesses and organisations, branded ‘Black Chrome‘, I now support about twenty.
This site takes its name from the island of Tolfalas, in the Bay of Belfalas, in the south west corner of the map of middle earth.
It looks like quite a nice place, there’s more information here.
My home takes its name from the Mallorn tree that grew in Lothlorien; it was where Tolkien’s elves made their home.
I’ve served on South Woodham Ferrers Town Council for nearly thirty years.
In May 2011 I was elected to Chelmsford City (then Borough) Council, I was re-elected to both Town and City Councils in May 2015, and in May 2017 I was elected to represent South Woodham Ferrers at Essex County Council.
I sadly, and unexpectedly lost Valerie to an acute and aggressive form of cancer in October 2016, the story is documented here.