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

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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]

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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.

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“WHO DIES WINS” a production by Bentley Green Players

Performances are being held at 7.45pm at The Methodist Church Hall, Great Bentley on 12th, 13th and 14th May 2016.

Tickets are available from Deli-licious or Peter Harry on Tel. 07503153960 Ticket prices are £7 each.

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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.”

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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