Monthly Archives: September 2016

Notice of conclusion of audit – Annual Return for the year ended 31 March 2016

In line with the statutory requirement Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234) a “Notice of conclusion of audit”, which details the rights of inspection has been prepared. Please follow the links to inspect Great Bentley Parish Council’s Annual Return for the year ended 31 March 2016 and the External auditor certificate and report.

(photo credit; Anna Richards, flickr)

Police are urging people to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries.

Detectives are investigating more than 20 incidents that have taken place since 1st August in Jaywick, Clacton, St Osyth, Dovercourt, Harwich, Lawford and Thorpe-le-Soken. In most cases, doors or windows were not securely locked. In five cases, the victims were outside in the garden or driveway at the time.

Detective Constable Andy Dodd, of Clacton CID, said: “The items stolen have included handbags, purses and jewelry, and in some cases the thieves have then used their victims’ bank cards to withdraw money from cash machines. We are continuing our investigations and have already charged one person in relation to one of the offences”.

“I would urge residents to please ensure their doors and windows are securely locked, even if they are just popping out for a short while. Ensure that UPVC doors are double locked by pushing up the handle and locking with the key, and put all valuables out of sight of any opportunistic burglars.”

Anyone with information about any of the burglaries is asked to call Clacton CID on 101.

Should more local, visible, accessible policing be a priority in the new Police and Crime Plan for Essex?

Roger Hirst, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, wants to hear your views on the priorities for policing, crime prevention and community safety in our county. The seven proposed priorities are:

  1. More local, visible and accessible policing.
  2. Crack down on anti-social behaviour.
  3. Be tough on domestic abuse.
  4. Reverse the trend in serious violence.
  5. Tackle gangs and organised crime.
  6. Protect children and vulnerable people from harm.
  7. Improve safety on our roads.

There are also a series of proposed commitments linked to each of these priorities. Do you agree these are the correct priorities for Essex?

You can have your say by reading the draft Police and Crime Plan and taking an online survey here: Sending an email: [email protected] Or writing to: Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex 3 Hoffmanns Way Chelmsford Essex CM1 1GU

The engagement process for the new Police and Crime Plan will end on October 7, 2016. An updated Police and Crime Plan will be taken to the Police and Crime Panel for their final comments at the end of October.

It is anticipated that the new Police and Crime Plan for Essex will come into effect in early November 2016.

Flower Festival is a great success

The annual St Mary’s Church Flower Festival and Art Exhibition was held on 17th and 18th September.  The theme this year was Nursery Rhymes. As usual various village groups made marvelous efforts to provide colourful blooming displays. Those who were unable to attend the Festival may follow the links to view some of the flower displays, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Flower Arranging Classes – Commencing September 2016

Would you like to learn to flower arrange?

A monthly class will be held on Wednesdays (10.00 – 12.00) at the Methodist Church Hall, Great Bentley starting on 28th September 2016.  The classes will always be held on the last Wednesday of each month and will be on :-

28th September            26th October                30th November

25th January               22nd February              29th March

The fee for six lessons will be £35.00. Students will be required to provide their own scissors, flowers and foliage although a selection of essential items such as foam, containers, pot tape, etc., will be available to purchase at class.

To book or obtain more details please contact Brenda Eyers on 01206 250594 or email to [email protected]

(Photo credit; Carol Norquist, flickr)