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Welcome to West Bergholt sign

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:

Covid-19 Virus

In 2016 West Bergholt 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

Bear in mind some activities might still be affected due to COVID-19

See more events here.

St Mary’s Easing Out of Lockdown Edition

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Gathered Services & Zoom Plus Other News Coming Out of Lockdown

As we await news of when & how we might be coming out of lockdown, this update starts with an update on Gathered Services and then continues with:

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

Gathered Services Update

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Fundraiser for Year 6 Leavers & Other News

We’ll start with the fundraiser but other stories include:

Year 6 Leavers Fundraiser

Kelly's HIIT Year 6 Fundraiser

Help raise money to give Heathlands’ Year 6 leavers a good send-off this year.  Kelly, who runs regular High-Intensity Interval Training classes in the village, is running a special Zoom fundraising session on Monday 7th June at 7:30 pm.  Kelly describes her HIIT sessions as:

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Seeing Red & Other Council News

Today the Parish Council resumes in-person meetings. You can find out what they’ll be talking about in detail on the Parish Council Agenda Page. In summary they will appoint Vice Chairs, Responsible Finance Officer and standing committees and other representatives. Committees & CBC Councillors will be giving updates, Audit report and other financial documents will be reviewed.  Planning looks at 3 applications and receives an update on the NEEB appeal.

If a member of the public or press wishes to attend this meeting, please email the Clerk as soon as possible so that suitable Covid-secure arrangements can be made. A zoom link will also be made available for those who prefer to attend remotely.

Seeing Red with an Illegal & Problem Parking Blight

Seeing red with illegal parking

The Parish Council are seeing red about illegal parking around the Zebra Crossing on Chapel Road and have placed 2 huge red banners to remind illegal parkers not to do so.

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Murray Harlow – RIP May 1951 – May 2021

Remembering Murray Harlow – sadly missed

A typical public event with Murray Harlow towering over the others
Pictured in 2017, Murray Harlow, the gentle giant, towering over others as usual!

As was announced on social media at the end of last week, a much respected and loved Parish Councillor passed away on Friday 21st May. Cllr Murray Harlow passed away suddenly after being admitted to hospital only at the start of the week.

Larger than life

Murray was well known in the village, not just as a Cllr but as a genuinely larger than life character.  He was never happier when discussing village matters with the many friends and acquaintances he had in the village.

Murray was a member of the West Bergholt Parish Council for over 10 years where he served as a Vice-Chair of the former Premises Committee.  He was also a member of the Environment and Planning Committees and for several years the Council’s Communications Officer.

Many dimensions in his life

There cannot be many people locally who had not met Murray, either through:

  • his work with the Parish Council
  • the 5Ts ‘Tea, Cake & Chat’ club at St Mary’s,
  • volunteering with the Care Network both as a driver and member of the committee, and
  • his exhortations to save money via his work with Utility Warehouse. Indeed the PC and many PC Cllrs benefitted from the latter opportunities!

Murray was at his best speaking directly to members of the community. He was especially helpful when the Parish Plan was launched in 2008; again, with the Neighbourhood Plan exhibitions and consultations that took place in the period 2013 to 2019. I have vivid memories of him drawing people’s attention to our plans at the exhibitions in the Orpen Hall, and, when people were sceptical, warning them of the implications if we left things to chance or didn’t endorse the plan as a community.

Condolences

Murray leaves behind him two daughters Amber and Ciara and their young families. On behalf of the PC I extend our heartfelt condolences on their loss, a loss shared by the whole community for this very likeable “gentle giant”. RIP Murray we will miss you enormously.

Chris Stevenson
Chairman
WBPC

RIP Murray Harlow
11th May 1951 –
21st May 2021

Election Results 2021

Election Results for 6th May 2021 Elections

Summaries first, official declarations are embedded at the bottom.

Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner for Essex

  1. Roger Hirst – Conservative (235,348) – ELECTED.
  2. Christopher Vince – Labour & Co-operative (99,712).
  3. Jon Whitehouse – Liberal Democrat (58,131).
  4. Robin Tilbrook – English Democrats (42,831).

County Councillor for Constable Division

  1. Lewis Barber – Conservative (3.965) – ELECTED.
  2. Pauline Bacon – Labour & Co-operative (707).
  3. Roger Bamforth – Green (613).
  4. William Brown – Liberal Democrats (491).
  5. Andrew Phillips – Reform UK (135).

Borough Councillor for Lexden & Braiswick Ward

  1. Dennis Willetts – Conservative (1949) – ELECTED.
  2. Martin Leatherdale – Conservative (1597) – ELECTED.
  3. Sandra Culham – Liberal Democrats (594).
  4. Roger Bamforth – Green (532).
  5. Luke Hayes – Labour (396).
  6. Kayleigh Rippingale-Shaw – Labour (333).

The Official Declarations

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Heathlands Primary – Site Manager Vacancy

Site Manager vacancy advert online

Full Time Site Manager Required

Heathlands Primary School would like to appoint a full-time School Site Manager to start in
August 2021.

They are seeking a friendly, enthusiastic, pro-active individual who possesses
the skills, experience and confidence to manage the upkeep, maintenance and development of the school site to meet the School’s high standards.

Their staff are friendly and approachable and take a pride in their environment.

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Heathlands Calls for Your Help

Your Help is Needed to Raise Funds

Like most schools today, fundraising is essential to Heathlands. Whilst they have done well despite COVID-19 (see their end-of-year update), the PTA needs your help once again and it couldn’t be at a more convenient time.

Perfect Time for a Clear Out

As we are easing out of Lockdown the time is perfect for you to be checking your wardrobe to make sure you are ready to be set free. Heathlands PTA have arranged for a Bag2School collection on Thursday 13th May. So, with rain forecast this weekend, why not get out your plastic sacks and fill them with:

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