Updated on June 13, 2016
Continuing the Parish Council’s ‘Meet The Councillors’ pages, I am Pippa Drew.
I have lived in the village for over 8 years, having moved here from Lawford. I started visiting Great Bentley every week when my daughter Katherine was coming here for 11+ lessons and realised what a unique village it is. I started keeping an eye out for properties in the village and soon found the one for us. Katherine is now at Cambridge doing her degree, and my son Sam works in Colchester.
In my spare time I enjoy languages, gardening and mountain biking. I am currently learning Italian and hope to soon be completing my pilot’s licence for light aircraft.
My partner Michael and I both commute every day, so we really appreciate the recent work done on the train station! I am the HR Director for a company in Chelmsford, and some days I work in the London office. Spending every working day in a city makes me thoroughly appreciate coming home to the village and all it has to offer.
Ever since moving to Great Bentley I have been involved with the Bentley Green Players, and have enjoyed the many productions I have taken part in. More recently I founded Protect Great Bentley to try to fight against the damage being threatened in the village by landowners and property developers. What has been most satisfying about that is the number of brilliant and passionate people I have met who really care about the village and are prepared to give up their time to make a difference. I firmly believe that a team and a community working together are far stronger, and make much better decisions than any one individual.
In my view, the single most important thing we as Parish Councillors can do is listen to the people of the Parish. We are elected as Councillors to represent the views of the Parish, so unless we listen, how can we know what those views are? I recognise that there are many reasons people won’t or can’t come to the monthly Parish Council meetings and so I see a key part of my role as a Councillor is to support and encourage the Parish Council’s efforts in engaging with the Parish by whatever means necessary.
Through the Parish Council Public Engagement Group, I am hoping to be able to encourage more community events like the recent Clean for the Queen and the Birthday Beacon events, both of which were enjoyable, effective and really well supported.
We are very lucky to live in Great Bentley with all it has to offer. I’d like to remind everyone to be mindful of the fact that we should make the most of that and to support our local businesses – the butcher, garage, farm shop, hairdresser, pub, restaurant and all the others as if we don’t we may lose them altogether. Of course, the same goes for the village groups and clubs – the Conservation Group, Friends of the Green, Bentley Green Players, the Scouts, Guides and Youth Club, the Cricket Club and the Football Club and all of the other clubs and associations which need support. These, along with our wonderful and unique village magazine are the things which make living in Great Bentley so very special.
Posted on June 9, 2016
Roger Hirst the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex is attending a public meeting on 21 June 2016 (18:30-20:30) at Brightlingsea Community Centre
Mr Hirst has committed to hold at least one PCC public meeting in each district of Essex in the next year, and these meetings will be also an opportunity for local people to hear from and ask questions of their Essex Police District Commander and the Community Safety Partnership (CSP).
The intention for this programme of PCC public meetings is that they will be chaired by Mr Hirst, with in this case, Chief Insp Russ Cole (Tendring District Commander) and leading members of the CSP present.
Mr Hirst’s communications team, will prepare a detailed briefing on local crime trends which will be published a couple of days in advance of the meeting.
Posted on June 9, 2016
It has been necessary to schedule an extraordinary meeting of Great Bentley Parish Council at 6pm on Thursday 16 June 2016. The reason for the meeting is to allow the Parish Council to consider and approve its Annual Return 2015/16. Follow the link to view the agenda for the meeting.
(photo credit Smudge 9000, flickr)
Updated on June 15, 2016
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held at the Village Hall on Thursday 16 June 2016. We will meet at 7pm for light refreshments and the meeting will commence at 7.30pm.
All village residents are invited to attend although if you all turn up we may be in trouble. Follow the link to view the agenda.
Annual Parish Meetings are in some circles mistakenly thought of as parish/town council meetings. They are not, although they are normally organised by the local parish council merely because it is easier to do so.
Posted on May 26, 2016
Clinicians are asking patients to ensure they order any repeat prescriptions by calling into their local GP surgery or pharmacy well before the weekend. Most practices require at least two days notice to process a repeat prescription. Read today’s press release.
Posted on May 25, 2016
At the moment the up take of the scheme in Tendring is low. There is funding available for 3 eligible projects within the Great Bentley and Brightlingsea area to receive a grant of £8,000, £10,000 or £12 ,000 . As yet no groups have submitted an application for this funding.
If you have a project(s) that you think might be suitable you are strongly recommended to apply for this funding!
You can find all the details and submit an application on the dedicated website: http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme
Posted on May 23, 2016
(photo credit; Jim Trodel, flickr)
Posted on May 23, 2016
The second season of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is underway with volunteers up and down the country going out to visit their squares.
Results from 2015: Follow the link to see the 2015 results the projects plans for the year ahead https://indd.adobe.com/view/dff607ff-4243-4b5d-a845-04071fcedfc7
More help please: There are still lots of squares available for surveying. Follow the link to the newsletter to see how you can become involved http://www.npms.org.uk/sites/www.npms.org.uk/files/PDF/NPMS%20flyer.pdf or visit the NPMS website http://www.npms.org.uk/square-near-me-public?dynamic-return_all_squares=true
We particularly need to promote the scheme in remote areas as well as areas containing coastal and upland habitats.
(photo credit; Richard Walker, flickr)