News and Events


20th February 2020

Dear Residents

The Parish Council yesterday, Wednesday 19th February, received an email from the Eastern Synod suggesting that they would be happy for the Council to take over the lease of the URC building on a temporary basis when the church services cease in July.

There are a couple of provisos which the Council is just clarifying with the Eastern Synod and once this has been completed, we will be in a position to share everything with yourselves.

The Council would therefore ask all hirers to please bear with us for a couple of more weeks and we hope then to be in a position to actually confirm the lease and that all hires can remain as they are.

The Council is continuing to look at the future for the building.

Yours faithfully

Great Baddow Parish Council



Church Street Zebra Crossing

This was due to be installed in the last quarter of the 2019/20 financial year. However, we are informed that due to the embargo on works on roads in the vicinity of the Army & Navy when work on the flyover was being carried out, this has been delayed until the first quarter of 2020/21, with the funding carried over into that quarter. It is scheduled to be installed as soon as possible in that quarter.

17th January 2020

Coffee with Cops, Fridays 14th February, 20th March, 24th April and 22nd May  

Following successful sessions last autumn, when several members of the public came to meet local police officers and pass on valuable information, we are very pleased to be able to announce that the police have booked further sessions at the Parish Hall. 

Come and meet members of our Local Community Policing Team at a 'Coffee with Cops' session in the Parish Hall, Committee Room 1, from 1.15 to 2.45pm on Fridays 14th February, 20th March, 24th April and 22nd May. Take the opportunity just to get to know the local team or to get some advice in an informal, friendly atmosphere over a coffee. 

There will also be a session on Monday 10th February from 10-11am in the Glasshouse in The Vineyards.

These sessions are held regularly in different venues in Chelmsford and Maldon. They are frequently held at venues in the city centre, so we are delighted that they are holding these sessions again in Great Baddow.

20th December 2019

Love Your Library Day

Great Baddow Library participated in the Love Your Library Day on Saturday 14th December. Coffee and mince pies were on offer and there were crafts  for children to take part in. During the morning there was an excellent recital from CHEGO – The Chelmsford Guitar Orchestra - with plenty of Christmas music to enjoy. Some library users were quite surprised to see a guitar orchestra playing as they walked in, but very quickly enjoyed the musical accompaniment as they chose their books!

The Chelmsford Guitar Orchestra playing at Great Baddow Library on Love Your Library Day

8th December 2019

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.

3rd November 2019

Great Baddow Chain Home Tower Given Listed Building Status

The tower, on the site of the former Marconi Research Centre at Great Baddow (now BAe Systems Advanced Technology Centre), was added to the list of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historic Interest on 24th October 2019 with Grade II status. We were delighted to support the application for this listing, having also supported previous efforts. It is a prominent landmark in Great Baddow and was chosen to feature on our village sign, acknowledging its prominence in the Great Baddow scene. 

It was part of Britain's early warning radar network during World War II and was relocated to the Great Baddow site from Canewdon in 1954.

Watch out for more details of the tower's history in the next edition of the Great Baddow Times.

The Great Baddow tower seen from the Lawn Cemetery

 28th October 2019

Gold Award for Parish Council Play Area

The Parish Council has been presented with a Gold Award for its play areas in the Recreation Ground in the annual competition held by the Essex Playing Fields Association (EPFA). Vice Chair Cllr Chris Shaw was delighted to be presented with the certificate by Essex County Council Chairman John Jowers and Lord Petre, patron of the Association, at the EPFA annual general meeting on October 24th - it will go on display at or Grounds office in the Recreation Ground!

 Vice Chair Cllr Chris Shaw being presented with the Gold Award certificate


17th October 2019

Photo of the memorial to Peter Jeffrey in the Lawn Cemetery

The Council has erected a memorial to our late head groundsman, Peter Jeffrey, in the Lawn Cemetery, in gratitude for his many years of service with the Parish Council.

15th September 2019

Play in the Park Summer Holiday Sessions

We are delighted to report that we hosted another successful series of Chelmsford City Council's Play in the Park sessions during the school summer holidays for children aged 3-11. Over 6 sessions we had a total of 138 children attending, up from 110 last summer. These sessions were funded by the Parish Council and free for residents. There were some very positive comments from parents and it's good to know that the children enjoyed themselves.  

16th August 2019

Parish Council Summer Playscheme

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

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.

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.

25th July 2019

Welcoming a new Assistant Clerk

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Ginette Phillips to our staff. Ginette joined us this week as our Assistant Clerk and as well as being our primary administrator for all cemetery matters, she will deputise for the Clerk, Mrs Clare Milligan, in her absence. 

25th July 2019

Parish Councillors

We are sorry to report that Sebastian Bodera, one of our newly coopted parish councillors, has unfortunately resigned for personal reasons. We would like to thank him for his willingness to join the Council initially and give him all our best wishes for the future.  

12th June 2019

New Parish Councillors

We are very pleased to welcome three new Parish Councillors, who were coopted to the Council at the Full Council meeting on 10th June. Our three new councillors are Evie Ball, Sebastian Bodera and Bob Kilvington and we look forward to working with them.

15th May 2019

Play in the Park Easter sessions

We once again hosted Chelmsford City Council's Play in the Park sessions during the Easter holidays. These were for children aged 3-11 and the two sessions we held were extremely well attended, no doubt helped by the warm, sunny weather! These sessions were funded by the Parish Council and were free for residents.

Look out for more sessions in the summer holidays. For full details see our Playschemes page.

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".

26th April 2019

J's Hospice

Following the Parish Council's Burgess Award made to Denise Whiffen, founder of J's Hospice (see news item dated 20th March), we have received a thank you letter from the Community Fundraising Team at the hospice. Denise was presented with £100 in recognition of her award and subsequently donated it to J's Hospice.

The letter says that 'You recognised, in giving this award to Denise, that she has been both inspirational and dynamic in bringng the J's to where it is today...' 'We rely on the support and generosity of the local community to be able to continue to provide care for young adults throughout Essex, so thank you again.'

We are delighted that the award has been appreciated so much.

26th April 2019

Copy of a poster advertising the Annual Village Conference on 25th April 2019

Village Conference 25 April

The Parish Council's Annual Village Conference was held on 25th April, attended by councillors, the Clerk of the Council and residents. We were also very pleased to welcome representatives from Essex Police and Neighbourhood Watch as well as from Great Baddow Parochial Charities, the Community Association and Great Baddow Arts & Leisure Centre (more commonly known as the Reading Room!). The Council reported on its activities over the past year and the Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other organisations with which the Council has links also gave reports. There were also plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion and we hope that those who attended found it an interesting evening.