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Beat the Street Tendring –  8th June to 20th July 2016



Beat the Street is a fun free real-life walking and cycling challenge. Beat the Street is an Essex County Council initiative with support from Tendring District Council and delivered by Intelligent Health.

Designed to get kids and communities moving

Beat the Street is designed to inspire people to make small changes, such as walking or cycling to the shops, or to school or work every day, to improve their health. In 2015 more than 175,000 people took part.

How does it work?

‘Beat Boxes’ will be positioned throughout Tendring. Players receive a card which they tap on the Beat Boxes as they walk, cye, or scoot around town, earning points for themselves and their team. Players can view their progress online on There will be prizes for the top teams – at the end of the competition.

Find out more about how the competition works by visiting:

Meet Parish Councillor – Roger Adams

RAdamsContinuing the ongoing ‘getting to know your council’ feature in the parish Magazine, I have been’ volunteered’ to be the second contributor.

I am fortunate enough to have lived in Great Bentley for the last 45 years; where I met and married my wife Beverley and brought up our two children Ben and Jo. They also live in the village along with their partners and now our grandson. I also run a long established manufacturing business on the Plough Road Centre.

Over the many years I have been actively involved in village life.

  • After being nominated Chairman of the original steering committee for the Village Hall and together with an amazingly hard working and forward thinking committee, we oversaw the completion of the Hall in 1987. I then went on to become Chairman of the Management Committee for over 20 years and still act as a Trustee and am currently the Joint Vice Chairman of the Management Committee.
  • Was privileged to have served as a Parish Councillor several years ago, including a period as Parish Council Chairman.
  • Have served as a School Governor of our village school
  • More recently, along with two other residents , and with the fantastic support from the village, we managed to stop the siting of a wind turbine in our village
  • A supporter of the Village Show, Carnival and Bentley Green Players

On the 29th October 2015 I was pleased and privileged to have been elected once again onto the Parish Council and am now also on the Finance, Green and Planning committees.

This village is unique; a small rural community with good facilities and our wonderful village green which is the centre of village life and events, something that I care about passionately and hope that future generations will also be able to do.

We are in changing times and I recognise, as with many things, the village needs to evolve. I will strive to represent all aspects of village life to ensure that Great Bentley continues to be the thriving rural community that it currently is.

However, evolution needs to take place in a controlled and sustainable way; housing should be available for first time buyers and for those older members of the community who wish to downsize. Any development in the village must occur in proportion to the community’s facilities. I believe that in-fill and brownfield sites should be used in preference to green field sites wherever possible

Parking problems and road safety issues are regular topics of concern within our community

I am available and contactable to listen to people’s thoughts regarding village issues and most importantly represent your views.

I listen and I do care.


Great Bentley Slimmers take advantage of new mobile Fish Bar

The Slimmers World group that meets at the Village Hall every Wednesday (3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm) has welcomed the introduction of the new mobile Fish Bar located in the Village Hall Car Park on Wednesday evenings. The photograph shows slimmers enjoying their fish and chips and staying on-plan as you can with Slimming World. Tracey Wright, Slimming World Consultant says “it’s a life changing plan and not a quick fix diet”.




Our Essex heritage needs your help…

Goldhanger Church

Goldhanger Church

Essex Heritage Trust (EHT) began its work with the Trust’s launch in 1990, formed after the success of the Essex Heritage Year in 1989.

It became evident that much more help was needed towards saving our rich and diverse heritage, to make it accessible for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of Essex and our many visitors.

We have already helped hundreds of projects including the restoration of buildings, publication of books and purchase of items for public galleries and museums.

The Trust has fired the imagination of people across our County and from all walks of life. We can help fund those projects on which so much time and dedication is spent by enthusiasts, local communities, and curators.


View / download EHT newsletters here:

(photo credit; Smudge 9000, flickr)

New “Families Included Prize” launches across Essex

CharactersMediumThe Families Included Prize is the first in a series of Challenge Prizes which are a tried and tested method of generating a broader range of original ideas to solve difficult problems.  Over the next few years we (Essex County Council (ECC) intend to run a series of prizes to address the diverse issues facing Essex. Along the way we will offer a range of support to nurture and develop the ideas of individuals, communities and organisations, as well as awarding a prize for the winning solution.

We are looking for great ideas, projects and solutions from Essex that involve local families with young children in opportunities that enrich their lives.  Ideas for the Families Included Prize can relate to any aspect of life including personal and social experiences. They can look to address the problem across Essex or focus on a local community. All we ask is that solutions come from people or organisations in Essex and will make a positive difference to Essex families.

Entry will be open between 12 May and 14 July 2016.  After this a team of assessors and judges will choose the most promising ideas to go forward to receive further support to test and progress their solution.

We are looking for anybody who has an idea to get involved. It might be a local voluntary organisation, a group of parents who know each other through a school, a group of neighbours in a street or an individual with a great idea.

Follow the link to the Essex Challenge Prize website

(photo credit; Wayne S. Grazio, flickr)

Memorial Charity Cricket Match

Sunday 10 July 2016 at Elmstead Cricket Club, Church Road, Elmstead Market, CO7 7AT from 12 pm. View poster.

In memory of Brendan Cox and in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Join the fun-filled day for all the family., there  will be something for everyone. Other activities throughout the afternoon wiill include BBQ, bouncy castle, tombola, homemade cakes and more

Live music by Marc Halls

FOC entrance, donations welcome. Contact [email protected]

(photo credit; shrinkin’violet, flickr)

Have your say on The Vision Training Clinic Service

People across Colchester and Tendring are being asked for their views on the Vision Training Clinic. North East Essex CCG would like to hear from you about you or your child’s experiences and views of the Vision Training Clinic Service. If you have used the service, or know someone that has, please get in touch and let us know your experiences or views.

For more information and to complete a questionnaire, please visit Closing date for responses: 13 June 2016.

(photo credit; tarotastic, flickr)

Essex WasteBusters Needs You!


Essex WasteBusters are looking for volunteers who are passionate about the environment to join their award winning team. If you are interested in helping your community, the WasteBuster team are holding a recruitment drive for enthusiastic volunteers on the 21 May at Clacton Library.

The WasteBusters waste busting heroes help their local community to reduce waste, increase recycling and save money. Volunteers will be able to attend a free training day to find out about becoming a WasteBuster as well as get advice on reducing food waste reduction, home composting, reusing and refurbishing items. They will then be able to speak to local groups, small or large to give demonstrations or workshops, as well as blog and share their knowledge.

ECC spokesperson said: “WasteBusters can really make a difference to their local community by helping their neighbours reduce waste, recycle more and save money. It also gives volunteers the opportunity to meet likeminded people and share their knowledge and experience.”