Annual Parish Council Meeting & Annual Parish Meeting

To read the agenda for the Annual Parish Council Meeting click here

To read the agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting click here

Rogue Traders

Essex Police have noted an increase in Rogue Traders and offer the following advice. Rogue traders are people who call at your door pretending to be qualified tradespeople and offering to do work on your home. They may call and state that you could need one of the following services. Roof repairs Lawn repairs Driveways power washed Driveway repairs or replaced Fence repairs Garden services, tree lopping. Waste clearance They may seem friendly and persuasive but too often they target vulnerable elderly people and local residents are encouraged to actively try to prevent rogue trader incidents occurring in their area. The rogue traders may claim to know your neighbours and have done work for them but often the work they promise to complete didn’t need doing in the first place. You decide whether you need any work done to our house, not them. If you think you’ve been taken in by a rogue trader, please let us know by calling 101, contact Trading Standards –

Take a look at our advice to make sure you don’t fall victim to a rogue trader. A genuine trader won’t: • Call without an appointment • Ask you to go to the bank to withdraw cash or make a money transfer • Offer to take you to the bank to withdraw cash for payment • Ask you to pay in full before the work is complete • Insist that you make a decision about the work they’re offering to do on the spot • Bully or scare you into doing the work If you do think you need some work doing: • Contact a Buy With Confidence accredited trader • Get a number of quotes • Get a written estimate detailing exactly what work will be carried out, how much it will cost and what the terms of payment are. • Take your time to make sure you’re happy with what you’re undertaking – ask a trusted friend/relative for advice or ring the Buy with Confidence number 08454 040506. Doorstep sellers As well as calling at your door and offering to carry out work on your home, other rogue traders try to sell poor quality goods for highly inflated prices. It can be difficult to refuse some sales people on your doorstep and you can be pressured into buying something you do not want or that is not good value for money. Simple steps 1. Check the trader’s identity: were you expecting them? If not, but you are interested in what they are selling, ask them to come back at a more convenient time and try to have another person with you. 2. Take control: you ask the questions and try to remember that it is a business situation. 3. Be aware that doorstep sellers are not your friends: watch out for clever sales techniques where you may be made to feel like you have lots in common. 4. Don’t sign on the spot: even if it means that you could lose a ‘special discount’. Take time to reflect, think about your purchase and shop around. 5. You have a right to cancel: If you do purchase something for more than £35 from doorstep sales people you have 7 days to change your mind. This information should be given to you in writing by the sales person. 6. If in doubt, ask the person to leave: phone Consumer Direct or Essex County Council Trading Standards on 08454 040 506 for further advice. You can also contact Essex Police using the non-emergency number 101. If you feel threatened by a sales person in your own home call 999.

Bus Services



Bus operator, First Essex, has announced proposals to close its operating base in Clacton and discontinue running local bus services numbers:
2 Clacton – Mistley via Weeley
3 Harwich – Clacton via Thorpe-le-Soken
4 Clacton – Jaywick – Burrsville Circular
4a Clacton – Jaywick – Bockings Elm Circular
5 Clacton – Flatford Drive via Coopers Lane & Tyler Avenue
5a Clacton – Flatford Avenue via Coopers Lane & Saxstead Drive
6 Clacton – Point Clear via Bockings Elm & St Osyth

Services between Clacton and Colchester, and between Clacton and Walton on the Naze will continue to be operated by First Essex, seven days per week.
First Essex has said that its bus operation in Clacton has not been viable for several years.
Despite working hard to turn the business around, there has been insufficient passenger demand to use the network of bus services that are in place. The continuing challenging economy has also been a factor to First Essex’s proposed withdrawal.

Steve Wickers, Managing Director of First Essex. said: “I’m disappointed that we are proposing to withdraw services in Clacton, but regrettably, we see no alternative. Despite our best efforts and hard work to encourage people to use the service network in the town, customers have declined gradually over the last couple of years.

“Unfortunately, the level of demand is not enough to warrant a stand-alone bus operation in Clacton.
“We are proposing to continue running services as normal, however, we are engaging with Essex County Council on the future of bus services in the area.  Given the volume of other bus operators that operate in and around Clacton, I’m confident that customers shouldn’t be left without a service.”

In line with the proposed closure of the Clacton business, First Essex has started the collective consultation process with trade unions on the possibility of redundancies, which could involve around 60 jobs being at risk.
Steve Wickers added: “Our proposals do not, in any way, reflect on the commitment of our colleagues in Clacton who have worked tirelessly to provide the best possible service to the local community.  I’d like to thank each, and every one, for their hard work and loyalty.
“We will be doing everything we can to assist everyone affected and will actively support any of our employees who may wish to transfer to other First Bus operations.”

For interviews, pictures or more information, please contact;
Ady Culpin, PR Manager on 07980 700917


FirstGroup plc is one of the leading transport operator in the UK and North America and our services help to create strong, vibrant and sustainable local economies. During the last year around 2 billion people relied on us to get to work, to education, to visit family and friends and much more and, each day, every one of our 100,000 employees works hard to deliver vitally important services for our passengers.

First Bus

FirstGroup is one of Britain’s largest bus operators with around a fifth of bus services outside London. A fleet of some 6,000 buses carries approximately 1.6 million passengers a day in a huge number of communities including eight of the 11 most densely populated towns and cities in the UK. We operate some US-style yellow school buses and have a fleet of coaches available for charter. We also operate the Air coach network in Ireland.

 First Essex

Our Essex business operates buses in the areas of Chelmsford, Basildon, Brentwood, Clacton, Colchester, Southend, Rayleigh and Canvey Island. We operate a fleet of 360 buses across the area, employing 995 staff. For more information, see our website at: you can also follow us on twitter @FirstEssex and Facebook at First Essex Buses.

Our vision is to provide solutions for an increasingly congested world, keeping people moving and communities prospering.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Sturrick Lane, Great Bentley

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)                                  

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Sturrick Lane, Great Bentley

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Sturrick Lane, due to commence on 12th May 2018 for 3 days between the hours of 0800-1700. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes micro surfacing.


Essex Streetworks Team


Ringway Jacobs | Essex County Council

3rd Floor, Seax House, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH


Have you seen for road works on the Essex Network ?

Great Bentley Parish News May 2018

Pink Cherry Blossom Tree

To read the May Magazine click here

Planning Committee and Parish Council Meeting Thursday 3rd May 2018

To read the Planning committee Meeting Agenda click here


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St Mary’s Church Open and Gift Day Saturday 14th April 2018

Great Bentley Church Open & Gift Day         Saturday 14th April  2018

What does Great Bentley Parish Church mean to you?  Perhaps you, or a member of your family, celebrated a wedding here.  Perhaps you have been to the church for a baptism or a funeral.   It may be that you have someone whose grave you visit in the beautiful church yard.   Perhaps you come to the building to find some peace and quiet during the week, or walk through the church grounds. Maybe you join in the major celebrations at Christmas or Easter – or you are a regular worshipper here.


For 900 years St Mary’s has stood at the heart of the village of Great Bentley, providing a place of comfort, joy, peace and tranquillity.   It is in itself a beautiful building, but it is more than this as we regularly pray for the whole of the parish and through the many activities centred here, touch the lives of many of you.


In order to maintain the day to day running of this ancient building and to continue to be able to offer ministry to those who need it, when they need it, over £4,000 has to be raised per month.  For this we rely mainly on the weekly giving of regular worshippers.  We are immensely grateful for the support of so many in the village through advertising in the parish magazine, or practical help given without charge, but we still struggle to cover the financial demands made on us.


Our Gift Day this year is on Saturday April 14th , to give the parish as a whole the opportunity to share in the maintenance and ministry of this very special place, which is used by so many on a regular or occasional basis.  Every five years there is a ‘quinquennial’ inspection of the building and its environs.  This took place last year revealing the need for urgent repairs to the roof and external fabric of this Grade 1 listed building, and tree work required to clear the roofs.  The bell ringers need to carry out work to the internal structure of the tower to make this a safer place for them and others needing to access the tower.  Therefore,  the PCC feels that this year we would like to focus our Gift Day collection on those areas.  These works can only improve the experience for those who come for whatever reason, be it marriage, baptism or a funeral, as well as the regular congregation.


There will be information on the day on the works needed as well as historical information and records, churchyard, the bell tower and Atthill window plus further plans which we hope to achieve in order to improve the ministry within the Parish.  On previous occasions past church registers were on show and they will be again this year.  Tea and coffee will also be served.


We invite you to make a donation to Great Bentley PCC, Gift Aided if possible to enable us to make full use of reclaimed tax.  This can be posted back to the treasurer, Penny Evans-Jones in the envelope provided, or brought to the church on Gift Day itself, where members of the church community will be on hand from 10am – 4pm should you have any questions.


Thank you once again for all the support you give to St Mary’s in different ways and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday April 14th between 10am and 4pm.


Yours sincerely,


(Rev Sharon Miles, Vicar and the Churchwardens)

For Gift Aid Form – one off donation for Gift Day click here

Mobile Library Service from April 2018

To view the new timetable click here

Changes to mobile library services.

Following a recent public consultation there will be changes to mobile library services from week beginning 2nd April, 2018 I am writing to confirm that the current stops at Birch Avenue and Hall View Road, Great Bentley and The Paddocks Aingers Green will no longer be served, as they do not meet the new criteria for the provision of mobilelibrary services namely that:-

  • the stop is 1.5 miles or more from a library
  • the average number of customers (rounded to the nearest integer) is less than one
  • each community should have only one stop (the most popular and/or accessible stop will be kept)
  • the stops remain accessible to the mobile library vehicles

The Mobile Library stop in Great Bentley will be at Larkfield Road We have been working directly with customers at your local stop(s) to find the best solution for each individual, so that they can continue to access library books. The option for mobile library users are :- using a local library, using a different mobile library stop, a Friends & Family card, or perhaps a visit from one of our Home Library Service volunteers.

So that we can make sure that we find the right solution to best meet the needs of each individual, we are asking people to get in touch with us by either by:-

Details of nearby mobile library stops and the new timetables can be found by clicking here and follow the links about mobile libraries. In future the stop will be every three weeks.


Great Bentley Parish News April 2018



Please click here to read the Parish Magazine April 2018

Open Gardens, The Hall, Tendring, Supporting the RNLI 27th – 28th May 2018

Sunday 27th May and Monday 28th May
2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Magnificent Gardens, Music, Dancing, Wildlife Displays,
Country Craft Stalls, Classic Cars, Children’s Competitions,
Adults £5, children under 12 Free – Free Parking
Well behaved Dogs welcome on a lead

Click here to see poster