St Mary’s New Year 2021 Update

St Mary’s New Year 2021 Update

St Mary the Virgin New Church

This New Year update starts with a Farewell Message from Rev. Mandy and includes:

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

Rev. Mandy’s Farewell Message

Rev. Mandy Elmes new year farewell

Dear Friends

I neither anticipated nor expected to be writing to you at this time, but, because of Paul’s accident, and the consequences of it, the 27th December 2020, was, sadly, my last working Sunday.

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Testing Centre Opens – How to Book & Help

Covid-19 Virus

Covid-19 Virus

Covid-19 Testing Centre Opens In Colchester

A new fast testing centre is opening in Colchester for those who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19.  Colchester residents with no symptoms are being encouraged to get tested to help reduce the spread of the virus and the pressure it is putting on hospitals and the care system.

There is also a call for volunteers to help with the fight against COVID-19 which you can read below. Continue reading “Testing Centre Opens – How to Book & Help”

Planning & Development Committee – 20th January 2021

Question mark - planning

 

Question mark - planningPlanning & Development Committee – 20th January 2021

Taking place on 20th January 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 Armoury Road and Colchester Road.

Formal Notice of 20th January 2021

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Lockdown 3 – Week 1 Update – COVID-19 & Roadworks

National Lockdown Guidelines

National Lockdown GuidelinesCOVID-19 & Roadworks

A number of COVID-centric updates as well as two lots of Roadworks:

Latest Colchester Information Pack Launched

Hot on the heels of version 14 (which didn’t even get as far as this website), the National Lockdown has seen Colchester issue version 15 which includes the following topics: Continue reading “Lockdown 3 – Week 1 Update – COVID-19 & Roadworks”

Lockdown 2021 – You’re Not Alone

Lockdown 2021 sees relaunch of enhanced Care NetworkLockdown 2021 – You’re Not Alone

For Lockdown 2021, the West Bergholt Care Network has relaunched its scheme which aims to help those self-isolating or in need of a range of help from shopping to a chat.   It will, once again, take calls from any village resident in need of help during the COVID-19 emergency.

This time around, the organiser, Mervyn Donnelly, is keen to highlight two services:

  • If you are, or know, somebody who lives alone and feels lonely, Mervyn would like to set them up with a telephone-buddy who will keep them in contact.
  • With the vaccine now imminent for many of the more vulnerable, the Care Network is there to get you there and back for your appointment if you need a lift.  This is available for any other essential medical appointments as well.

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Here we go again – Stay at home & Advent News

An advent window

Here we go again, Advent & Other News

An advent window
See a video display of the windows Advent Calendar below

Colchester will join the rest of Essex in Tier 4 a minute after midnight Xmas Day.  After that non-essential services & shops will be closed and we are asked to stay at home apart from exercise, shopping etc…

No household mixing indoors is allowed.  You can leave your home to exercise by yourself, with your Continue reading “Here we go again – Stay at home & Advent News”

Plan For the Environment Launched

Plan for the Environment to support diversity

Plan for the Environment to support diversityPlan For the Environment Launched

The Parish Council has adopted a strategic plan for the environment; it will help it to manage the land assets under its control between now and 2026.  Its scope includes:

  • Lorkin Daniell Field,
  • Poors Land
  • The Heath/Village Green
  • The various ponds,
  • Mumford Oak,
  • Allotments, &
  • Sundry other green spaces.

In order to develop the plan, all of these have been assessed for species diversity and rarity in accordance with Continue reading “Plan For the Environment Launched”

Churches Old & New with Christmas News & More

Old Church May 2020

Old Church Crib sceneChurches Old & New with Christmas News

This news update starts with Christmas News from the Old Church, then:

Old Church Update

Old Church Xmas TreeHolly in the windowThe Friends of St Mary’s are sad to have to cancel the Carol Service there again this year as they cannot organise it in a COVID-safe way.  However, Continue reading “Churches Old & New with Christmas News & More”

Winter Bulletin & Some Christmassy News

Issue 163 Bulletin Cover

Issue 163 Bulletin CoverWinter Bulletin Is Online

First the Bulletin ‘heads-up’ and then:

Why Online?

With the recent Lockdown, it was not possible to print and distribute the Bulletin as usual but it is now available online.  If you know of somebody unable to access the online version, it will be possible to access Continue reading “Winter Bulletin & Some Christmassy News”