Environment & Highways 14th April 2022

Highlights of Environment & Highways Meeting on 14th April 2022

Bluebells - Environment = April 2022

The Environment & Highways Committee of West Bergholt Parish Council met on 14th April 2022 with topics including:

  • More new trees,
  • Plaques for trees,
  • Spraying of ponds in accordance with Environment Agency process
  • Repairs to Village Sign,
  • Handymen activities including mowing & Heath &
  • Preparations for Lighting of Beacon.
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The return of guided walks at Hillhouse Wood

Two Guided Walks Return to Hillhouse Wood

Guided walks return to Hillhouse Wood

After a gap of three years, guided walks return with two great walks to enjoy with Steve Hallam in the next few weeks.

  • Spring Flower Walk on 23rd April, and
  • Dawn Chorus Walk on 7th May.

Spring Flower Walk

The last Spring Flower walk took place in 2019 in the company of Storm Hannah! Despite the weather, 22 folks assembled for the walk and thoroughly enjoyed themselves; the comic highlight possibly being when Steve was pretty much blown over by the force of the wind! The walk is normally conducted at a gentle pace (storms permitting).

In a typical year you are likely to see the following flowers:

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Casual Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

Do you want to guide the future of West Bergholt?

Attributes of a good Parish Councillor - current vacancy

Following the resignation of a councillor, West Bergholt Parish Council currently has a vacancy.  Would you make a good parish councillor, or perhaps you know somebody else who could? In either case, why not visit a council meeting to see how it works? The next one is on 27th April at 7:30 pm in the Orpen Hall.    Contact the Parish Clerk – Laura Walkingshaw – at [email protected] for more details if interested,.

About the Parish Council

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Not registered? Deadline is Thursday 14th April

Register to Vote by Thursday 14th April

Your Vote Matters - Don't Lose it - Register to Vote by Thursday 14th April

Local council elections give you the opportunity to have your say on local issues that matter to you. Don’t miss the opportunity!

To vote, you must be registered by 14th April! Go to gov.uk/register-to-vote today – it only takes 5 minutes.

Who Can You Vote For?

The following candidates have been nominated to stand for the Lexden & Braiswick Ward of Colchester Borough Council:

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Daniell update and The Minories next up

The Minories – The Characters & the Context

The Minories

The next Local History Group meeting will learn about The Minories in Colchester. Max Fox will lead this meeting which will take place on April 13th starting at 7:30 pm. Max has been a Tour Guide in Colchester for 28 years, a former Minories manager for Colchester Institute and a traveller through many ruins who has a passion for history.

As ever, all are welcome for a modest charge of £2 for members and £5 for visitors. Next month the group start their summer visits, the first being to Harwich Museum on Wednesday 11th May. If you would like more information about talks or visits please contact [email protected].

The impact of the Daniell Family on West Bergholt’s development

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Open Gardens 2022 – Are You Proud of Yours?

Are you proud of your garden?

Proud enough of your garden to enter open gardens?

If you are proud of it, you might want to consider adding it to this year’s Open Gardens. The Gardeners Association are now working to finalise details for the event. Contact [email protected] to find out more.

Entry by programme

Programmes for entry to all the gardens and the allotments will be on sale beforehand in shops and businesses; on the day also at the Orpen Hall. The Gardeners Association also plan to have a stall selling plants in the Hall on the day; they would welcome plant contributions to sell.

Also proud that charities benefit

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St Mary’s All You Need is Love Edition

Love is God's light in the darkness

This edition of St Mary’s News starts with a message saying “All You Need is Love” and then addresses Easter Services and the usual listings of services and contacts.

All You Need is Love – an Easter Message from Revd Anne

We moved house last year, to Great Horkesley, into a house that is smaller.  This, of course, meant some sorting out, and giving or throwing things away.  We all accumulate ‘stuff’ – things that might come in handy one day, or perhaps have a sentimental attachment.  And now, a year later, we can’t even remember the things that we thought were important and that we were so reluctant to get rid of!

From Pandemic to Ukraine

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Environment & Highways 17th March 2022

Highlights of Environment & Highways Meeting on 17th March 2022

Environment - wild flower

The Environment & Highways Committee of West Bergholt Parish Council met on 17th March 2022 with topics including:

  • Handymen activities,
  • Spraying reed mace in ponds,
  • Weeds on Colchester Road footpath,
  • Trees including Orpen Hall, Heathlands School & sponsorships,
  • Zip wire installation & adjustment to football pitch, &
  • Queen’s Jubilee preparations.
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