News and Events



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.

The written Annual Report from the Council and the agreed minutes of the previous Conference will be appearing on this website shortly (see the drop down menu under Committees and Minutes) and the report will also appear in the June issue of the Great Baddow Times.

06th Apr 2019

Picture of a group of parish councillors looking at the newly installed defibrillator in the Vineyards

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.

Photo of the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Christine Garrett, presenting Denise Whiffin with her Honorary Burgess award

Cllr Christine Garrett presenting Denise Whiffin with her award.

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

07th Mar 2019
Essex Libraries Service Consultation

As you may have heard, there has been a tremendous response to this consultation.

Great Baddow Library is scheduled to remain open and at a meeting parish councillors held  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.

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.

Photo of members of the public looking at displays

Council Chairman Jannetta Sosin with members of the public at the exhibition    Photo of the poppy wreath made by children from Little Spring Wonders Nursery

Some of the exhibits brought to our exhibition


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!

Picture of wreaths laid at the sensory garden to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1         Council Chairman Jannetta Sosin and representatives of the Royal British Legion at the ceremony to mark the installation of a plaque in the sensory garden to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1n

11th Nov 2018

There But Not There

'Tommie' figures in St Mary's Church as part of the 'There but not There' initiative to represent men from Great Baddow who died in World War 1

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.