News and Events

 

13th April 2019

Village Conference 25 April

You will receive a warm welcome at the Parish Council's Annual Village Conference on Thursday 25th April 2019. It will be held at the Parish Hall, 19 Maldon Road, Great Baddow, starting at 7.30pm; councillors will be available for informal chats from 7pm onwards. At the meeting you will hear about what the Parish Council has been doing over the last year and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues, as well as hear from the Police and Neighbourhood Watch.

Please note that the meeting is in the Parish Hall, not the Bell Centre, which the Parish Council no longer leases.

06th Apr 2019

Defibrillator installed in The Vineyards

The Parish Council is delighted to report that there is now a defibrillator available in The Vineyards shopping centre. It has been funded by the Parish Council and we are very grateful to Rubicon West for doing the installation work on April 5th. It is fixed to the wall at the side of the William Hill betting shop at the far end of the Vineyards and we will be making sure that there are notices drawing attention to where it is.

Residents should also be aware that there is already a defibrillator on the outside wall of the Millennium Community Centre in the Recreation Ground, for which the Parish Council covers the cost of insurance.

20th Mar 2019

Community Speedwatch

Would you like to help make Great Baddow a safer place? Then why not consider volunteering for a local Community Speedwatch group? Full training will be given and you will then be able to help tackle speeding on our local roads.

Click here for full details of the scheme and how to express an interest.


20th Mar 2019

New Burgess Award

We are delighted to report that Denise Whiffin has been made an honorary burgess of Great Baddow in recognition of her voluntary work in founding the J's Hospice and supporting it in a voluntary capacity for the last 15 years. She was presented with the award at the Council's Community Celebration on March 16th by the Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Christine Garrett. She is a most worthy recipient and we offer her many congratulations.

Cllr Christine Garrett presenting Denise Whiffin with her award.

 

07th Mar 2019
Play in the Park Easter sessions

We are once again hosting Chelmsford City Council's Play in the Park sessions during the Easter holidays. These are for children aged 3-11 and no booking is required - just turn up on the day for sports, games and crafts. Under 6s must be supervised at all times by an adult parent/guardian and under 8s must be dropped off and picked up by an adult using a password system set up on the day. For full details please see the City Council website.

Sessions are on Wednesday 10th April and Wednesday 17th April from 1.30 - 3.30 pm.

These sessions are funded by the Parish Council and are free for residents.

07th Mar 2019
Photography Competition

Now that the Parish Hall has been redecorated, we are looking for some new art work. If you would like to have a picture hanging in the Parish Hall, please take part in our photography competitiion. Send in your pictures of whatever 'Great Baddow' means to you by Friday 3rd May, ready for the winners to be chosen on Tuesday 7th May. The winning pictures will be printed and placed on the walls.

Please send all pictures to The Clerk, Great Baddow Parish Council, The Parish Hall, 19 Maldon Road, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7DW, or email them to info@greatbaddowparishcouncil.co.uk.

07th Mar 2019
Annual Village Conference

The Parish Council's annual Village Conference will be held on Thursday 25th April at the Parish Hall. Councillors and the Parish Clerk will be available from 7pm for informal chats, with the formal meeting starting at 7.30pm.

This year representatives of Essex Police and Neighbourhood Watch will be attending to give talks, so we would like to encourage as many people as possible to come along and hear what they have to say. This is in addition to the usual reports on Parish Council activities over the past year and future plans. Please come along and take part in the Conference.

07th Mar 2019
Essex Libraries Service Consultation

As you may have heard, there has been a tremendous response to this consultation, so much so that an extraordinary County Council meeting has been called for Tuesday 12th March at 10 am in the Council Chamber to discuss the issue. This meeting is open to the public.

Great Baddow Library is scheduled to remain open and at a meeting parish councillors held recently with County Cllr Susan Barker and her colleagues, we were assured that this is not subject to change, even if any other libraries scheduled for closure are reprieved. We also obtained assurances that if any changes to staffing and opening hours are planned in future, we will be consulted.

06th Dec 2018

Library Services Consultation

You may well have heard that Essex County Council are consulting on a proposed strategy for the future of library services over the next 5 years. This is what they have asked us to say:

"Essex County Council is consulting on its proposed strategy for library services over the next five years. The strategy sets out the priorities for library services, based on public feedback from a county-wide survey of users and non-users earlier in 2018, to shape a service that’s modern, focused and fit for the way we live now and in the future.
 
The consultation launched on 29 November and lasts 12 weeks until 20 February 2019. During this time there will be information drop-ins at every local library.
 
Find out more and complete the survey online at essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation."

In the proposals Great Baddow Library is scheduled to stay open, although many libraries are scheduled for closure, including Galleywood. However, we have no guarantees on the level of staffing or opening hours at present, and it seems likely that ECC will only keep to the present opening hours if suppported by the community in some way to supplement staffing. There will be drop-in sessions at each library during the consultation period when there will be the chance to ask questions, and the session at Great Baddow Library is on Thursday 13 December from 11.30am to 1.30pm. We urge residents to take this opportunity to find out more and then respond to the consultation.


12th Nov 2018

World War 1 Exhibition

The Parish Council and Great Baddow Library jointly organised an exhibition in the library with documents and photographs relating to Great Baddow and Essex in the time of WW1, plus some from further afield inspired by links with current Great Baddow residents. We held a special open day on Saturday 10th November for residents to bring along item that were too fragile or valuable to be left on display at other times. We had a wonderful response and also had items provided by a local military historian, Chelmsford Museum and Wendy Cummin, archivist at Galleywood Heritage Centre. It was a very busy and successful day and many people also visited the library to see the display on other days. Many thanks to the library staff and everyone who helped to make the exhibition a success, not least the residents who supplied us with such a variety of material.

   

 


12th Nov 2018

Commemorating the centenary of the end of World War 1

The Parish Council has installed a plaque in the sensory garden in Noakes Place and  planted a climbing Peace Rose to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. The Council held a short ceremony to mark this on 9th November, when representatives of the Great Baddow branch of the Royal British Legion laid a wreath. We were also delighted to be joined by staff and children from Little Spring Wonders Daycare Nursery; the children also laid a wreath of poppies they had made. The forecast of heavy rain later in the day caused us to move the children's wreath, as it was made of paper, and it has since enjoyed a prominent position in the library for the remaining days of our World War 1 exhibition!

        


11th Nov 2018

There But Not There

St Mary's Church installed 31 'Tommie' figures in the church as part of the 'There But Not There' initiative, representing the men from Great Baddow who died in World War 1 and whose names are recorded on the War Memorial Plaque inside the church. The figures were there for the Remembrance Day service, which was attended by council representatives. Cllr Keith Liley laid a wreath on behalf of the Parish Council.


07th Nov 2018

Christmas at Sandon Park and Ride!

Essex County Council has published details of Christmas running times for the Park and Ride and some Sunday services for Christmas shopping during November and December.

07th Nov 2018

Community Housing Funding Opportunity

Chelmsford City Council has been allocated money through the Community Housing Fund, which has been matched by money from other grants to make a total of £41,135 available to help communities create new homes for local people.

Types of community-led housing include co-housing, self-help housing, community land trusts, cooperative and tenant-controlled housing, and can include rented or shared ownership tenures.

The City Cuncil is inviting applications from community groups for specific projects to support the development of community-led housing. The funding can be used in a number of ways, including the legal and administrative costs of forming an organisation, survey or design work, or even construction costs. Funding will only be allocated to community-led affordable housing schemes that meet key criteria.

These criteria and further information, including how to make an application, are available on the City Council website.

The deadline for submitting an application is 12pm on Friday 11 January 2019.


05th Nov 2018

Apply now for the Parish Council's Voluntary Community Sector Grants!

Applications for grants to be awarded in May 2019 need to be made by 30th November 2018. Please see our home page for links to the application form, information required and full details of the Council's grant awarding policy.

 


26th Oct 2018

More Awards for our Playing Fields and Play Areas

At the 2018 AGM of the Essex Playing Fields Association held on 25th October the Parish Council was presented with a Gold Award in the category for playing fields serving a population of 2,500 or more and a Silver Award in the children's playgrounds category. This acknowledges the high standards noted by the EPFA judges when they visitied these facilities - many congratulations to our grounds team on securing these awards once again; we received the same awards in 2017.


03rd Oct 2018

Parish Council Macmillan Coffee Morning 2018

A huge thank you is due to our Parish Council staff, who ran a highly successful event on 27th September - not just a coffee morning, but delicious bacon butties provided as well! They raised a total of just over £450 in donations and raffle ticket sales, which is a great reward for their efforts. Thank you to everyone who supported it - we were very grateful for the perfect weather as well, which meant we could put some chairs and tables outside when space was getting tight inside!

Raffle ticket sales went well - many thanks to Lynn for running the sales on the day and to all those who donated prizes


08th Sep 2018

Play in the Park

We again funded Chelmsford City Council's Play in the Park sessions at the Recreation Ground during the school summer holidays, making them free for residents. Considering what wonderful summer weather we have had this year, it was unfortunate that there was heavy rain for two of the five sessions, which kept all but a hardy few away! However, the other sessions were well attended and there was some very positive feedback from parents.

Watch out for details of next year's sessions.


05th Sep 2018

The Bell Centre

Sadly we are no longer in a position to hire out the Bell Centre, which was leased from Essex County Council. After much investigation it became apparent that the condition of the building is now such that it would basically need rebuilding at great cost to the Parish Council; a majority of councillors felt that this was an unjustifiable cost to incur and so it will be handed back to the County Council at the end of September 2018.


07th Aug 2018

New Parish Councillor

We are very pleased to welcome Mr Peter Sadowsky as a new Parish Councillor, following his cooption at the Council meeting on August 6th. This follows the earlier resignation of Cllr Jonathan Fuller, following his appointment to a school headship in Harlow.


07th Aug 2018

Bus service from The Maltings to The Vineyards reinstated

We are pleased to see that following protests by the Council and others that the new 51 bus timetable now enables passengers to travel between The Maltings estate and The Vineyards, having been cut off when bus services were reorganised earlier in the year. We trust that this will remain as a permanent improvement to the service.


11th Jul 2018

Welcome to a new Parish Clerk

Anyone who has visited the parish office recently or who happens to have read our staff page carefully in the last couple of weeks may have noticed that we now have a new Parish Clerk. We have been delighted to welcome Mrs Clare Milligan as our new Clerk, following the departure of our previous Clerk, Ms Ann Wood. Ann is taking up the post of  Parish Clerk to Tiptree Parish Council and we wish her well in her new position.


22nd May 2018

Sutherland Lodge Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG)

The surgery is looking for registered patients at the practice who would like to help in the development of the PPG. All local surgeries have PPGs, where patients can work with the surgery staff to improve the patients' experience, and the Sutherland Lodge PPG is undergoing a period of change, having been relaunched. They are looking for people with particular skills and especially welcome people with skills such as taking minutes, helping with the new virtual email group or generally bringing knowledge and experience to the bi-monthly meetings, held at the surgery from 6.30 to 8pm.

The other way patients can help is by becoming members of the Virtual Group, who would receive occasional emails asking their opinion over some aspect of patient care or giving news about health matters and the surgery in general. They would like as diverse a group as possible.

To find out more, contact the Chair, Cathy Trevaldwyn at patientgroup.sutherlandlodge@gmail.com or leave your name and contact details in the box at Reception in the surgery.

05th Sep 2018

The Bell Centre

Sadly we are no longer in a position to hire out the Bell Centre, which was leased from Essex County Council. After much investigation it became apparent that the condition of the building is now such that it would basically need rebuilding at great cost to the Parish Council; a majority of councillors felt that this was an unjustifiable cost to incur and so it will be handed back to the County Council at the end of September 2018.


07th Aug 2018

New Parish Councillor

We are very pleased to welcome Mr Peter Sadowsky as a new Parish Councillor, following his cooption at the Council meeting on August 6th. This follows the earlier resignation of Cllr Jonathan Fuller, following his appointment to a school headship in Harlow.


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