St Mary’s Church Open and Gift Day Saturday 14th April 2018

Great Bentley Church Open & Gift Day         Saturday 14th April  2018

What does Great Bentley Parish Church mean to you?  Perhaps you, or a member of your family, celebrated a wedding here.  Perhaps you have been to the church for a baptism or a funeral.   It may be that you have someone whose grave you visit in the beautiful church yard.   Perhaps you come to the building to find some peace and quiet during the week, or walk through the church grounds. Maybe you join in the major celebrations at Christmas or Easter – or you are a regular worshipper here.


For 900 years St Mary’s has stood at the heart of the village of Great Bentley, providing a place of comfort, joy, peace and tranquillity.   It is in itself a beautiful building, but it is more than this as we regularly pray for the whole of the parish and through the many activities centred here, touch the lives of many of you.


In order to maintain the day to day running of this ancient building and to continue to be able to offer ministry to those who need it, when they need it, over £4,000 has to be raised per month.  For this we rely mainly on the weekly giving of regular worshippers.  We are immensely grateful for the support of so many in the village through advertising in the parish magazine, or practical help given without charge, but we still struggle to cover the financial demands made on us.


Our Gift Day this year is on Saturday April 14th , to give the parish as a whole the opportunity to share in the maintenance and ministry of this very special place, which is used by so many on a regular or occasional basis.  Every five years there is a ‘quinquennial’ inspection of the building and its environs.  This took place last year revealing the need for urgent repairs to the roof and external fabric of this Grade 1 listed building, and tree work required to clear the roofs.  The bell ringers need to carry out work to the internal structure of the tower to make this a safer place for them and others needing to access the tower.  Therefore,  the PCC feels that this year we would like to focus our Gift Day collection on those areas.  These works can only improve the experience for those who come for whatever reason, be it marriage, baptism or a funeral, as well as the regular congregation.


There will be information on the day on the works needed as well as historical information and records, churchyard, the bell tower and Atthill window plus further plans which we hope to achieve in order to improve the ministry within the Parish.  On previous occasions past church registers were on show and they will be again this year.  Tea and coffee will also be served.


We invite you to make a donation to Great Bentley PCC, Gift Aided if possible to enable us to make full use of reclaimed tax.  This can be posted back to the treasurer, Penny Evans-Jones in the envelope provided, or brought to the church on Gift Day itself, where members of the church community will be on hand from 10am – 4pm should you have any questions.


Thank you once again for all the support you give to St Mary’s in different ways and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday April 14th between 10am and 4pm.


Yours sincerely,


(Rev Sharon Miles, Vicar and the Churchwardens)

For Gift Aid Form – one off donation for Gift Day click here

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.


Great Bentley Parish News April 2018



Please click here to read the Parish Magazine April 2018

Open Gardens, The Hall, Tendring, Supporting the RNLI 27th – 28th May 2018

Sunday 27th May and Monday 28th May
2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Magnificent Gardens, Music, Dancing, Wildlife Displays,
Country Craft Stalls, Classic Cars, Children’s Competitions,
Adults £5, children under 12 Free – Free Parking
Well behaved Dogs welcome on a lead

Click here to see poster

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 –
Sam Graves, Commissioning Officer –
Charlene Clear, Building Research Establishment –


Sean Marks

 Engagement Analyst (Citizen Insight)

Intelligence and Insight

Corporate Development

Essex County Council

Telephone: 03330136522 | Mob: 07738 885793

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 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

RCCE Essex Warbler February 2018


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