News and Events


CANCELLED  VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration of Peace Family Event

Our Community event is being held in Great Baddow Recreation Ground on Friday 8th May 2020 from 12pm to 6pm.

Please come and join us for fun, laughter and a look back at the day itself.


New Memorial 

Photo of the memorial to Peter Jeffrey in the Lawn Cemetery

Visitors to the Lawn Cemetery may have noticed the new memorial, which was installed last autumn in memory of Peter Jeffrey who was our Grounds Manager.

We are now able to offer families the chance to purchase an engraved granite plaque on the memorial. The plaque will provide a lasting reminder of a loved one and can be engraved with your own wording.

For more information please contact the Assistant Clerk, Ginette Phillips, on 01245 472937 or via email:


CANCELLED Play in the Park Easter sessions

We are delighted to announce that we will once again be hosting Chelmsford City Council's Play in the Park sessions during the Easter holidays. These are for children aged 3-11 and the two sessions will be held on Wednesday 8th  April and Wednesday 15th April 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Both sessions will take place in Great Baddow Recreation Ground. These sessions were extremely well attended last year, no doubt you will all have a wonderful time again this year. All the sessions are funded by the Parish Council.


FREE Play in the Park Summer Holiday Sessions

We are delighted to report that we will again be hosting Chelmsford City Council's Play in the Park sessions during the school summer holidays for children aged 3-11. Last year over the 6 sessions that took place we had a total of 138 children attending. We received positive feedback from parents, as always, and it is wonderful to know that the children enjoyed themselves. These sessions are all funded by the Parish Council. 

This years event will take place 12th and 13th, 19th and 20th , 26th and 27th August from 1.30pm to 3.30pm


Parish Council Summer Playscheme 2020

These sessions will be taking place on 27th July to 31st July inclusive

Below are our very successful sessions from last year.

Children enjoying outdoor activities during the summer playscheme    Children enjoying entertainment from the magician at the summer playscheme

Last year we held our annual summer playscheme for children between the ages of 6 and 11 early in the school summer holidays. There were morning and afternoon sessions for a whole week, Monday to Friday, which were free to all children living in Great Baddow. It was a highly successful week, with over 70 children taking advantage of the playscheme; the children thoroughly enjoyed both indoor and outdoor activities, including opportunities to try Parkour (free running style gymnastics), craft activities and a final party session with entertainment by the resident magician, Papalarny.

All the comments from parents were highly positive, and we would like to thank and congratulate all the playscheme staff, who made the week such a success.

For full details see our Playschemes page.


30th July 2019

Improved Toddler Play Area

Toddlers' play area showing the new surface

We are very pleased to let you know that the toddlers' play area in the Recreation Ground is now open again with a new, improved, safer, toddler friendly surface. Safety has also been improved by partial removal of surrounding hedging, making the area more open and visible, particularly at times when it is not being used by families.

Neighbourhood Watch in Great Baddow

Neighbourhood Watch was set up in Great Baddow many years ago, but it is in need of revitalising!

A Neighbourhood Watch is a group of people living in a neighbourhood that can be as wide as a parish or as local as part of a street. People support each other in ways such as sharing information and advice about keeping homes safe and secure and personal safety. They may also be aware of vulnerable neighbours and watch out for them or look out for any suspicious activities in the area and share this with neighbours and the police.

Great Baddow city councillors have been to meetings organised by the Chelmsford Community Safety team, the police and the Chelmsford Neighbourhood Watch coordinator, with a view to reinvigorating the scheme in Great Baddow. They are looking for people who might be interested in volunteering to set up a group in their street or part of a street – there is plenty of advice and help available to help set up a group. If you would be interested in finding out more, please contact Cllr Sue Young on Further information can also be found on the Chelmsford Neighbourhood Watch website at Sue and three other Great Baddow city councillors are also members of Great Baddow Parish Council and the Parish Council is keen to support efforts to widen active participation in Neighbourhood Watch.

29th April 2019

Vineyards Parking

We know that the introduction of ANPR enforcement of the 2 hour parking limit in the two Vineyards car parks is causing some concern to users of the Parish Hall and other local facilities in the evenings. We would like to reassure residents that the Vineyards management have confirmed that as there are no restrictions after 8pm, then in their words, " If a vehicle were to park at say 6.01pm the 2 hour restriction would not apply, as there would be no restriction after 8pm".