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West Bergholt Responds to the sad loss of Prince Philip

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Message from the Chairman of the Parish Council

HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It was with great collective sadness that the news of the death of the Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh has been received today. I am sure the whole community of West Bergholt Parish will join with me, fellow Parish Councillors, the Clerk and our team in sending its condolences and best wishes to the Queen and the whole royal household.

Clearly as I write this the Palace, like many other organisations, is digesting the news. The collective atmosphere is one of great sorrow, but we will also shortly be able to reflect and indeed marvel on the extraordinary life the Duke has led. He joined and supported the Queen in modernizing the Royal Family for an ever changing world. In particular, he led life-changing initiatives for many such as:

  • his work to establish the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme  and
  • his patronage of the World Wildlife Fund to name but only two of his many interests and passions.


We will remember the Duke for his character and many qualities and, for all of, us an ever-present presence due to his extraordinarily long period as a consort and life of service to our country.

The Parish Council will play its part in the official response to the news. We will shortly publicise the tangible ways we can pay our respect and take part in commemorative activities once these have been confirmed by the Royal Household.

Take a Moment

For today, we ask all in the community to take a moment to pay our individual respects on a day of national sadness. Due to current restrictions, an online condolence book is available below. The flagpole outside the Orpen Memorial Hall will remain at half mast until 8 am on the day after the Ceremonial Royal Funeral, and an area has been set aside underneath for any floral tributes that residents may wish to leave.

Chris Stevenson

West Bergholt Parish Council

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Lockdown 3 – What’s Open & What’s Closed?

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Heathlands School
White Hart Takeaway
(Fri – Sun)

Orpen Hall (Early Years)
Queen’s Head Tandoori (Takeaway only)
St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Old Church
(COVID Restrictions)

Kitty Rose
Methodist Hall
Orpen Hall (Other)
Queen’s Head
Social Club
Tennis Courts
West Bergholt FC
White Hart

West Bergholt is a large rural Essex village lying near the border of the English counties of Essex and Suffolk.  It is situated just outside and to the North-west of Colchester – Britain’s Oldest Recorded town. The village has a population of around 3,500 consisting of about 1,400 households.  The village itself dates back to mediaeval times and has a well-documented history.  The village also has 2 pubs, 2 churches and numerous clubs and groups.

Covid-19 Virus

In 2016 the village won the Class 2 prize in the RCCE Village of the year competition and overall 2nd place, read the news item for more.

If you need support locally during the COVID-19 pandemic click here for information about our local enhanced Care Network service.  More general COVID-19 support and advice is here.

To find out more about us click here.  Scroll down to see recent news from the village.

What’s Happening

During Lockdown most activities in the village are suspended due to COVID-19

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Oh No, Not Census 2021 Again!

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OK, so you’ve had enough of reading about Census 2021 on Facebook already but we have just received some new information that you might find of interest. First of all, though, Bowls.

Bowls is Ready to Go

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Being an outdoor bowls club, the green light was given for organised sport to recommence from 29th March. Therefore, Woods Bowls Club are delighted to report that they are able to have a full season, competing against other clubs once again. Some minor restrictions may be necessary until 21 June.

Fancy a go?

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Easter 2021 at St Mary’s

St Mary's In the Sun

This Easter 2021 update from St Mary’s starts with a message from Revd Anne and also includes:

… and the usual listings of services and contacts but first:

Revd Anne’s Easter Message

You may be reading this article around Eastertime, or a little earlier. It’s at Easter that Christians the world over celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection, and are reminded of God’s free gift of forgiveness and love. In the Bible we read,

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Half Term ‘ActivAte’ & Other News

ActivAte, Broadband, Bowls, Police, COVID, Voting & Toasty

As Half-Term looms Active Essex are organising ActivAte sessions for youngsters. In other news we also have:

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ActiveEssex is organising ActivAte clubs over the Easter holidays. They are completely free for young people who are:

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Holiday Fraud & Other News

Starting with Holiday Fraud, this news roundup also addresses:

Planning & Development Committee – 17th February 2021

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Taking place on 17th February 2021 via Zoom Videoconferencing, this planning & development committee meeting will review planning applications and decisions as well as any pre-application representations.  New applications have been received from properties in Newbridge Hill, Armoury Road, Scarletts Chase and also one outside the village in Wormingford with traffic concerns.

Formal Notice of 20th January 2021

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Zoom Quiz Calling

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St Mary’s Church is running a fundraiser Zoom Quiz to support the work of their Families Worker, Jo Jeffery. Jo’s work impacts many in the village and includes activities such as:

  • helping with the Toddler Group,
  • running the Larder providing food parcels to families impacted by the pandemic, &
  • running RE lessons, prayer spaces and wellbeing courses for Heathlands.

You don’t have to have a full house to join in, if you are alone there will be a chance to ‘buddy up’ with a partner online.

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Will you be able to enjoy outdoor bowls this year?

Woods Bowls Club Badge

The chance of enjoying outdoor bowls again is, of course, in the hands of COVID-19 and government plans to restrict the virus. Woods Bowls Club, however, has cautiously put some dates forward in anticipation. The club is small but very friendly lawn bowls club that is open to all ages and abilities. The club consists of a mixture of male and female members with ages ranging from ‘Thirty-somethings’ to sprightly Nonagenarians! You are never too young or too old to play Lawn Bowls.

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