Proposed partnership between Ipswich and Colchester hospitals “the only way” to secure service in north Essex

Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently reinspected selected services within Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and as a result advised that within the next week, consultation will commence on trust special administration unless an immediate alternative solution can be instituted.

Those steps may see Ipswich Hospital playing a major role in the running of ailing Colchester General Hospital as part of a dramatic bid to turn around the fortunes of the trust.

For more information read the East Anglian Daily Times article and the various press releases 1, 2 and 3.

(photo credit; East Anglian Daily Times)

The Friends of the Green:- Grand Garage Trail

The Friends of the Green Annual Garage Trail is being held this year on Saturday, 2 July 2016 from 10 am – 3 pm.

Telephone Michael Dorling on 01206 250799 by 25 June to book your garage. Cost £5. Maps available from Deli-licious.

(photo credit; mike wright, flickr)

Friends of Historic Essex: Newsletter – Spring 2016

Are you interested in the history of Essex? Visit The Friends of Historic Essex website or read about the work of the organisation in its recently published Spring 2016 newsletter.

(photo credit; Friends of Historic Essex)

Superfast Essex Wireless Broadband Review Outcome

The Superfast Essex broadband programme, co-ordinated by Essex County Council, has informed the parish about the outcome of a review of broadband availability in some postcodes in the parish which has been carried out to help inform the programme’s future roll-out plan.

Check The interactive map on the Superfast Essex website.

(photo credit; btphotosbduk, flickr)

Warning over rural road safety

Rural drivers are being urged to take extra care after figures showing most fatalities occur on country roads. Read the Rural Services Network news article

(photo credit; Mike Cattell, flickr)

Happy 90th Birthday Your Majesty!

Read about the celebrations that took place in Great Bentley and view photographs 1, 2, 3, of the event

Great Bentley Parish Council Grants Programme 2016/17

Great Bentley Parish Council at its meeting on 7 April 2016 approved its annual grants programme for 2016/17. Set out in the table below are the local clubs that will be  grant funded and the sums awarded

Youth Club £300.00
Lunch Club   £300.00
Bentley Players £250.00
Bentley in Bloom £250.00
Churchyard £350.00
Cricket Club £350.00
Parish Magazine £400.00
Great Bentley Pre School £295.00
Total  £2495.00
In addition the Parish Council funds the mobile toilets at both the Village Show and the Carnival to a total value of approximately £500.

(photo credit; stanze, Flickr)

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacon Celebrations in Great Bentley

Her Majesty the Queen will be celebrating her 90th Birthday on 21st April 2016.

There is a long standing tradition in our country of celebrating royal occasions with the lighting of beacons and the Queen’s 90th Birthday this year is another opportunity for local community groups and organisations to celebrate this important milestone in the Queen’s life.

In Great Bentley we have organised an event on the Village Green at 7pm on Thursday 21 April 2016. Click here to view the promotional leaflet.

ECC Councillor Surgeries

ECC Cllr Alan Goggin holds regular surgeries, to which he invites parishioners from the five local parishes (including Great Bentley) that he represents, to pop-in to speak with him and raise issues with him

The dates of the next few scheduled surgeries are set out in the table below. Meetings are usually held on a Tuesday between 4pm and 6pm

Date  Time Venue
19 April 2016 16:00 – 18:00 Clerks Office, The Pavilion, Alresford
31 May 2016 16:00 – 18:00 The Library, Brightlingsea
26 July 2016 16:00 – 18:00 The Library, Brightlingsea
27 September 2016 16:00 – 18:00 The Library, Brightlingsea
22 November 2016 16:00 – 18:00 The Library, Brightlingsea

Alan says “I am especially interested in speaking to any groups or residents that believe there may be opportunities to save or charge money.  Boring budget stuff but necessary.  Always interested in other issues as well”. He says he is “open to suggestion about other venues”

Essex County Council is responsible for many of the most important public services that impact directly on all of us e.g. highways, transport, education, social care, planning, libraries, waste management and trading standards.

Essex Air Ambulance

Read about Essex Air Ambulance’s summer fund raising initiatives  click here

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