Monthly Archives: March 2018

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.


Frinton Festival 25th – 28th May 2018

Hello everyone,

I am delighted to let you know that tickets for this year’s Frinton Festival go on sale today. I hope you will join us over the bank holiday weekend and look forward to seeing you at one or more concerts.

On Saturday 26th May you can hear Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet together with Schumann’s second string quartet and a suite for solo cello by Bach in the intimate setting of All Saints’ Church across the fields in Great Holland. FREE tickets for those aged 8-25 are available for this concert thanks to the support of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust.

Sunday 27th May sees the world premiere of a striking work written especially for the Barbican Piano Trio by Joseph Phibbs. This will be performed between piano trios by Schumann and Schubert in Voysey’s “Homestead”.

Bank Holiday Monday 28th May features the eagerly awaited return of The Massive Violins to Frinton’s Tennis Club. Ticket holders can enjoy a free tasting of Mr.Wheeler’s wines before the concert.

As always, ticketholders can enjoy free programmes and a complimentary glass of wine in the interval of each concert.

If you book for one or more of the above then you are welcome to book for these two concerts free of charge:

The world premiere of The Remarkable Tale of Prince Unexpected by Joseph Phibbs and storyteller Kevin Graal at St. Mary’s Parish Church at tea-time on Friday 25th May. The Barbican Piano Trio and Kevin Graal present a magical hour of music and folk tales, followed by tea and cakes for the whole audience. The performers are leading workshops in Frinton Primary School, Hamford Primary Academy and Rolph CofE Primary School and schoolchildren are warmly invited to this concert, along with their families and friends.

On Saturday 26th May pianist James Kirby will give a one hour piano recital at 11am featuring music by Schubert and Melanie Daiken. There will be a retiring collection to support the Frinton Festival.

If you would like to take part, you are invited to sing in the Frinton Festival Evensong at St. Mary’s on Sunday 27th May. If you prefer not to sing, come and join the congregation and enjoy the Service which will feature beautiful music by Schubert, Stanford, Stainer and John Rutter.

Please see

and the Frinton Festival 2018 Flyer for more information and details about how to book tickets.

With best wishes,

Robert Max

ECC Home Quality Mark (HQM) on-line survey

Essex County Council and BRE are working on a joint project relating to Home Quality Mark and are asking for Organisation and Citizen engagement to form a complete picture of Essex residents values and priorities when identifying or purchasing a home.

The Home Quality Mark (HQM) has been created to serve the UK’s house builders and the householders who buy and rent new homes.

HQM will help house builders to demonstrate the high quality of their homes and to differentiate them in the marketplace. At the same time, it will give householders the confidence that the new homes they are choosing to buy or rent are well designed and built, and cost effective to run.

The Home Quality Mark will do this by providing impartial information from independent experts on a new home’s quality. It clearly indicates to householders the overall expected costs, health and wellbeing benefits, and environmental footprint associated with living in the home. In short, HQM helps everyone to fully understand the quality, performance and attributes of a new-build home.

Essex County Council have created an online survey to establish essential aspects and appetite for HQM within all areas of development (District Councils, Parish Councils, Developers and Residents) and would ask if you could complete and promote to relevant people within your organisation

The online survey can be found via the link below


Home Quality Mark (HQM) online engagement

 The survey is open to 14th April 2018 and for more information relating to HQM please visit

 If you have any further enquiries please do contact one of the team:


Sean Marks, Engagement Analyst – [email protected]
Sam Graves, Commissioning Officer – [email protected]
Charlene Clear, Building Research Establishment – [email protected]


Sean Marks

 Engagement Analyst (Citizen Insight)

Intelligence and Insight

Corporate Development

Essex County Council

Telephone: 03330136522 | Mob: 07738 885793

Email:[email protected]

Volunteers Required

Essex Youth Offending Service are actively seeking volunteers from the community to help them in their work of preventing re-offending by young people aged between 10 and 17 years.

We are searching for people like you who have skills and are looking to learn new skills that can talk to young people, their parents and sometimes the victim of the offence to draw up a contract to address the young person’s offending behaviour.
The contract is designed to prevent young people from re-offending, but also looks to try to repair the harm caused which can benefit both the victim and the community.
• You would receive full training and support.

• You would be able to fit this role around your existing commitments.

• You would be welcomed in to a friendly and supportive team who care about the community in which they live.
If you are aged over 18, live in Colchester, or the Tendring area and are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Jodie Fenemer at [email protected] or ring on 03330139773

All Trains to/from Great Bentley Suspended


Services are suspended from Colchester to Clacton-On-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.

A rail replacement bus service is running between Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester

Engineers have assessed the affected area, between Alresford and Great Bentley, and have deemed it unsafe for trains to run.

A statement on the company’s website says: “Until works have been completed and engineers are satisfied with the works and deemed it safe, train services will be suspended.”

Please check Network rail website for further updates

Coffee Morning Saturday 17th march


A coffee morning is taking place at the Village Hall on Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon raising funds for the village Christmas Lights

Cakes * Raffle * Bring & Buy

Donations gratefully accepted

For further information contact Mary Maskell 01206 250524



Speak up about crime in the countryside       

Crimestoppers is asking people in the region to speak up about crime in the countryside.

A new campaign against rural crime has been launched in Essex where nearly one third of all reported crime is classed as rural – with violence the most common crime.

Crimestoppers is an independent charity which believes everyone has the right to feel safe from crime, wherever they live. It empowers people to speak up and stop crime 100% anonymously, either by calling the 24-hour hotline 0800 555 111 or using a non-traceable anonymous online form.  There’s no ID, no police contact, no witness statements, no courts.

In Essex, information given to Crimestoppers led to more than 300 people arrested and charged between April and September last year (2017). And the numbers continue to increase.

With a focus on combating crime in the countryside, Chair of Crimestoppers in Essex Stuart Rawlins said: ‘Not only does rural crime have a significant effect on the farming community and those who live and work in the countryside, it also impacts on those in towns and cities.

‘Our aim is to keep the countryside safer for all of us by getting that message across using social media, leaflets and other tools.’

The campaign will be in three stages. Social media has already been used to target hotspot areas and more will be rolled out during the next few months. Leaflets and posters will also be distributed to a number of partner organisations, many in smaller communities in the countryside, and village magazines will be asked to help.

Serious crimes do take place in rural communities. It’s not limited to farm crime. Crimes against property, crimes of violence, domestic violence, child abuse, trafficking and hate crimes all take place in rural communities.

In fact, any crime that affects those living, working or visiting rural areas is considered rural crime.

Stuart Rawlins said: ‘We know that in countryside communities people know who’s who. That could make people who know about a crime not want to tell police because they fear reprisals. Crimestoppers takes away that fear because of the anonymity. We pass the information to police but it’s all anonymous.

‘Small holders, shop keepers or any business people who work in the countryside may have information about crime which could be important and help police. Often they just don’t want to report it or talk to police. Contacting the Crimestoppers charity though can make a difference. However, if it’s an emergency, the number to call is 999. ’

Rural crime covers a wide range of crimes including theft of machinery, vehicles, heating oil, metal, diesel and pesticides. Thieves are known to target high-value agricultural equipment and many top-of-the-range stolen vehicles are smuggled out of the country, ending up in Eastern Europe. A new trend is emerging of criminals seeking out older models that are not fitted with immobilisers and alarms. Much of this stolen property is then sold to developing nations.

Serious and organised crime groups are often linked to rural, heritage and wildlife crime particularly in relation to theft of agricultural machinery, hare-coursing and cannabis cultivation.

Criminals generally target isolated areas and hard-to-protect buildings looking for easily sold items such as metal, gardening and agricultural machinery. By appealing for more eyes and ears across the countryside, raising awareness of the signs of rural crime and urging the public to contact Crimestoppers to tackle criminal gangs head on.

At Crimestoppers no personal details are taken and calls or online forms can’t be traced or recorded. There are no statements to police or contact with courts and there could be a cash reward if the information leads to an arrest or charge or conviction.

More than 1,000 people contact Crimestoppers every day which leads to around 14 people being arrested and charged each day.

This proves it can make a difference. Tell Crimestoppers about rural crime

For more information contact Stuart Rawlins at [email protected]

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