Frinton Festival – 26–29 May 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Frinton Festival. Details of each concert and information about how to book tickets can be found on the Festival flyer and also on the Festival website:

(photo credit; Frinton Festival website)

Police launch murder investigation in St Osyth

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a man in St Osyth. Police were called shortly before 4.45am Monday March 20, with reports a 23-year-old man had been stabbed in Rochford Road.

Officers carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim until the ambulance service arrived. He was taken to hospital, where he sadly died a short time later. Read More

Electoral Review of Tendring

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across this area to comment on proposed new electoral arrangements for Tendring District Council. Follow the link to obtain the details

Operation Scarlet

This week sees the launch by Essex Police of Operation Scarlet, a joint initiative between Clacton CID and the Local Policing Team. This initiative is designed to reduce the number of burglaries being committed in the area.

There will be an increase in the number of patrols conducted by local policing officers, PCSO’s and special constables. Police will target the area’s where the burglaries are being committed and will pro-actively target those individuals who may be responsible for these crimes.

If you are aware of any information within your local area that may help us reduce the number of burglaries that are being committed, please contact 101 and ask to speak to a member of Clacton CID. Updates throughout the week will be provided.

Essex Community Messaging

The messages below relating to Great Bentley have been issued by Essex Community Messaging Service. Read More

Network Rail Level Crossing Reduction Strategy

The message below has been received from Mr R. Harvey, a local resident.

Notice has been received from Bernard Jenkin MP’s office that he has received the following information:

“I’m going to put this in writing for you and Mr Harvey but Frating Abbey (E44) has now been removed from the scope of the level crossing closure project.”

It is not clear who has made this statement – presumably the Network Rail Parliamentary Liaison referred to previously – but it is good news, and shows that efforts have not gone unrewarded.

It is unclear where that leaves the other two crossings in Gt Bentley that Network Rail is planning to close and exactly what impact their closure would have, but at least the long-distance path has been saved.

Funding for community projects

You may already have heard that even more community groups across the UK are able to bag some cash for their projects. The Tesco Bags of Help funding scheme application criteria has opened up to allow for more communities to receive funding.

As well as continuing to fund the development of and activity in outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens, grants will now be available to fund the purchase of items such as sports kits, camping equipment, spades, litter pickers or specialised medical equipment. Read More

Carnival Court Selection: Sunday 12 March 2017

The Carnival Court selection is being held this Sunday from 2pm -5pm at the Methodist Church.

Warning to avoid doorstep scams

Watch out for doorstep salespeople offering to repair damage caused by Storm Doris in order to avoid poor workmanship, scams or other crimes. This warning coincides with reports this week to Trading Standards of an unknown trader cold calling offering tree surgery services.

The trader was reported to be targeting the homes of older people and had been reported to be trespassing into their rear gardens and asking residents if they lived alone and what times they were usually not at home. Read More

Urgent Care Review – March bulletin

Follow the link to view the first bulletin aimed at keeping you up-to-date with information relating to the CCG’s Urgent Care Review engagement, which concluded 1 March 2017.  Between now and the end of May 2017, when a decision will be made about the future of the Walk in Centre in Colchester and the Minor Injury Units at Clacton and Harwich, the NEECCG will prepare monthly updates.  Please email if you have any questions.

Parish Council and Essex Police sign PCSO Contract

Chief Inspector Russ Cole attended a meeting of Great Bentley Parish Council on 2 March 2017 to sign a two year funding agreement for a dedicated shared PCSO. The agreement ensures the continuation of the arrangement whereby a local PSCO dedicates her time equally working in Great Bentley and Alresford. Read More