Frinton Golf Club Open Day

Saturday 2 April, 11:30am – 4:30pm

Golfers and those thinking of learning how to play golf are very welcome. Discounts on membership and coaching programmes available. Come and play golf or join one of our “Get into Golf” clinics.  Go to  or Tel. 01255 674618 to find out more.

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Colchester town centre is ‘the stuff of dreams’

Ed Cooke, director of policy at the British Council of Shopping Centre’s (BCSC), said the Essex town is one of a handful of shining examples of a shopping destination, bringing together retail, leisure and culture all in one place. Read Will Lodge’s article in the East Anglian Daily Times

the dangers of ‘social engineering’

Essex Police Community Messaging

A major new awareness campaign highlighting the dangers of ‘social engineering’ – deception used to manipulate people into a position where they can be defrauded has been launched. The campaign is being run by Get Safe Online in partnership with several high street banks, City of London Police, CIFAS (UK fraud prevention service) and Financial Fraud Action UK (FFAUK). The campaign urges people to think twice before they act to stop more falling victim to engineering scams such as fake emails, phone calls, texts or posts. The link below provide further information on the campaign.

(photo credit; parish magazine)

Circus Tyanna to visit Great Bentley

Circus Tyanna is returning to Great Bentley again this year from 24 – 31 July 2016.

Weather – Occasional rain or showers. Very windy with gales.


A day of sunny intervals and occasional blustery showers, these locally heavy. Very windy with gales likely, perhaps severe, especially across the south of the region. Maximum Temperature 8°C.


Remaining windy with further showers through the evening and first half of the night. Winds easing later in the night, with showers dying away and clear spells developing. Minimum Temperature 1°C.


A dry and bright start, but cloud thickening through the morning with outbreaks of rain spreading from the north through the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 8°C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Sunny spells Wednesday and Thursday after some overnight frost. The odd shower likely on Thursday. Cloudier on Friday, perhaps windier with more general rain possible, wintry on hills.

Updated by the Met Office at: 0657 on Mon 8 Feb 2016.

(photo credit; Flickr)

Planning Appeal – St Osyth Priory

To see details of the planning appeal, view page 1 and page 2

Great Bentley Pre-School Fundraiser

Psychic night!

On Thursday 11 February 2016 after the success of last year Great Bentley Pre-School has arranged another Psychic Night with Stephanie Carr. This year we also have Kitty-Rose coming along. Kitty-Rose is a gorgeous boutique in West Bergholt which stocks the most beautiful clothes, accessories, jewellery, gifts, home accessories, etc.

This is a ticket only event with tickets costing £10, it will be held at Great Bentley Village Hall. Doors open; 6:45pm for 7:30pm.

If you would like tickets please come along to Great Bentley Village Hall, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday between 9:00 and 4:00.

Lower Thames Crossing Route Consultation 2016 – Have Your Say

We are pleased to notify you that Highways England has today launched a public consultation on proposals for a Lower Thames Crossing, a new road crossing of the River Thames connecting Kent and Essex.

The proposal is for a new road which would connect the A2/M2 in Kent with a tunnel crossing east of Gravesend and Tilbury, before joining the M25 between junctions 29 and 30. There are three route options north of the river in Essex and two south of the river in Kent.

Find out more and have your say

This is your opportunity to let us know your views before we make our recommendations to the Department for Transport later this year. If you would like to find out more please visit our website where you can:

  • View and download maps and other information about our proposals
  • Provide your views by completing our online questionnaire
  • Find out about one of our events where members of our team will be on hand to answer your questions.
  • Find out where you can view the proposals at a location in your area where copies of consultation materials, maps and questionnaires are available.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0300 123 5000. Please provide your response by 24 March 2016.

Martin Potts

Consultation Manager

Highways England

‘Buckthorn for Brimstone’ Campaign

Three organisations have joined forces to encourage the vital movement of wildlife across the Tendring District – and they want your help!

Essex Wildlife Trust, Tendring DC and Butterfly Conservation have come together to deliver the ‘Buckthorn for Brimstone’ campaign. Read more… Buckthorn for Brimstone Press Release 180116


Temporary Road Closures

The County Council has programmed a number of temporary road closures over the next three months. Did you know you are able to track the schedule of roadworks by visiting You can even set up an email alert at a frequency to suit yourself.

(photo credit: Bentley in Bloom)