Monthly Archives: January 2016

Great Bentley Pre-School Fundraiser

Psychic night!

On Thursday 11 February 2016 after the success of last year Great Bentley Pre-School has arranged another Psychic Night with Stephanie Carr. This year we also have Kitty-Rose coming along. Kitty-Rose is a gorgeous boutique in West Bergholt which stocks the most beautiful clothes, accessories, jewellery, gifts, home accessories, etc.

This is a ticket only event with tickets costing £10, it will be held at Great Bentley Village Hall. Doors open; 6:45pm for 7:30pm.

If you would like tickets please come along to Great Bentley Village Hall, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday between 9:00 and 4:00.

Lower Thames Crossing Route Consultation 2016 – Have Your Say

We are pleased to notify you that Highways England has today launched a public consultation on proposals for a Lower Thames Crossing, a new road crossing of the River Thames connecting Kent and Essex.

The proposal is for a new road which would connect the A2/M2 in Kent with a tunnel crossing east of Gravesend and Tilbury, before joining the M25 between junctions 29 and 30. There are three route options north of the river in Essex and two south of the river in Kent.

Find out more and have your say

This is your opportunity to let us know your views before we make our recommendations to the Department for Transport later this year. If you would like to find out more please visit our website where you can:

  • View and download maps and other information about our proposals
  • Provide your views by completing our online questionnaire
  • Find out about one of our events where members of our team will be on hand to answer your questions.
  • Find out where you can view the proposals at a location in your area where copies of consultation materials, maps and questionnaires are available.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0300 123 5000. Please provide your response by 24 March 2016.

Martin Potts

Consultation Manager

Highways England

Big Care Debate 2

Local residents are invited to one of the Big Care Debate engagement events that are taking place in March. The purpose of these events is to find out from the public about their experiences of accessing health and social care across north east Essex and how they believe communities could further support local people to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Follow the links to view the stakeholder letter and event poster; Stakeholder letter – Big Care Debate 2 and Big Care Debate Poster.

(Photo credit: Pippa Drew) 

Do you have a burning question for the Police & Crime Commissioner or the Chief Constable?

Essex residents who want to quiz PCC Nick Alston or Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh are being given a unique chance to put forward their questions as both men take part in a live webchat. In recent months the PCC and Chief Constable have made major announcements about the future of Essex Police. These announcements have included changes to local policing including a reduction in PCSO numbers, the proposed closure and sale of police stations and changing and modernising how the public contact police. The live webchat will be taking place on Monday January 25 from 6pm to 8pm and people can join in by logging on to

A Frosty Winter Morning

This photo showing a glistening village hall was taken just after sunrise this morning by one of our commuters. Let’s hope, said commuter parked in Station Car Park and not at the Village Hall.

(photo credit: Pippa Drew)