Do you have a burning question for the Police & Crime Commissioner or the Chief Constable?

Essex residents who want to quiz PCC Nick Alston or Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh are being given a unique chance to put forward their questions as both men take part in a live webchat. In recent months the PCC and Chief Constable have made major announcements about the future of Essex Police. These announcements have included changes to local policing including a reduction in PCSO numbers, the proposed closure and sale of police stations and changing and modernising how the public contact police. The live webchat will be taking place on Monday January 25 from 6pm to 8pm and people can join in by logging on to

Rural Services Network – Fuel Poverty Newsletter

Please follow the link to view the latest Rural Services Network Newsletter;

Bentley Green Players Read-Through Auditions

Bentley Green Players are preparing for the May production of Abigail’s Party. They are looking to cast 3 females and 2 males. Auditions will be held in the Church Vestry on 8 February 2016.

A Frosty Winter Morning

This photo showing a glistening village hall was taken just after sunrise this morning by one of our commuters. Let’s hope, said commuter parked in Station Car Park and not at the Village Hall.

(photo credit: Pippa Drew)

Speed Watch in Great Bentley

Community Speed Watch is a traffic monitoring scheme, coordinated by the Essex Police Casualty Reduction Section and run by volunteers in the community.

In an effort to address speeding vehicles through Great Bentley, it is proposed to resurrect the Speed Watch initiative. There is currently a very small number of residents who have indicated that they  are willing to become part of the speed watch team and we are looking to increase the size of the team.

Full training, personal protective clothing and equipment will be provided to volunteers. If you are interested in making Great Bentley a safer place, please contact the Parish Clerk or Cllr Robert Taylor at [email protected]

Annual Grants Programme 2017/18

The Parish Council operates a modest annual grants programme to assist local organisations who aim to positively contribute to parish life and the wellbeing of the local community. The purpose of the grants programme is to support initiatives in the local community and to help create opportunities for the residents of the Parish.

To be considered for a grant your organisation will need to complete an application form (available from the Parish Clerk at the Community Resource Centre) and submit it prior to the deadline of  25 January 2017.

(photo credit; GollyGforce, flickr)

Accessing local health care services across north east Essex

Dear Parishioner,

Please follow the link below to view a copy of a leaflet that describing local health services that are available across north east Essex, called ‘Your Guide to Quicker Treatment Closer to Home’: Quicker treatment leaflet – Jan 16

Does work make you happy?

Following on from her hugely successful series on BBC1 ‘Britain’s Spending Secrets’, Anne now wants to explore the world of work by speaking to lots of different people in different careers to try and answer the question ‘Does work make you happy?’. Anne will meet a diverse group individuals with varying careers from nurses to millionaires, bin men to bankers and explore the link between work and happiness/our attitudes to work and happiness.

We are in the early stages of casting and would love to hear from people who might want to take part in the programme and speak to Anne about their career. What is the secret to a happy working life? Is everyone paid what they  are worth? Maybe you know someone who loves their job? Or loathes it? Do you have an interesting, unique or dangerous job?

We would love to hear from anyone interested in this opportunity. If you have any questions. contact [email protected] or phone 0207 261 1252.

Making Local Woods Work

Making Local Woods Work is an exciting pilot project working to help support and grow woodland-based social enterprises,

Plunkett wants to work with 50 groups who are looking to undertake new activity that will help them to:

  • bring woodlands into active management
  • increase access to and the range and use of woodlands
  • create jobs and training opportunities
  • begin new activities with the aim of generating trading income
  • help those most in need to access woodlands, and benefit from activities in woodlands.

Deadlines to apply to be a pilot project on this scheme are 25th January and 23rd February 2016

Community Safety Newsletter

Follow the link to read the January 2016 edition of the community safety newsletter WatchOut: Community Safety January newsletter

(Photo credit: Pippa Drew)