Gardeners Visit Wrabness Announce 2021-22 Programme

The Gardeners 2021-22 Programme Started in Wrabness

Despite being unable to meet up since early 2020 the Gardeners’ Club have tried to keep in touch with members; they have done this via email newsletters and also through a self drive visit to Strandlands, Wrabness. Strandlands is an NGS garden; the visit gave them a chance to meet in the lovely setting of an unique, natural garden overlooking the estuary. They also had a stall at the Village Fete in July to publicise the group and to attract new members. They reassured visitors that they are a very informal and friendly club of enthusiastic amateurs; their joint ambition being to gain inspiration and advice from interesting and experienced speakers.

Now that Autumn is rapidly approaching, with shorter days and cooler weather and with the ending of social gathering restrictions we plan to resume monthly meetings from September. They have already booked a full programme of speakers for 2021/2022 dependent upon Covid regulations. All being well, they look forward to being back in the Orpen Hall on Monday, 20th September at 7.30 pm. They look forward to welcoming existing and new members. The full programme will be available at that meeting; it will include a very short AGM and a talk by Roger Pawsey, a rose grower.

After that, on 18th October, Richard Grant, Head Gardener from Madingley Hall, Cambridge will be their speaker. In November they will be learning how to make a Christmas Wreath and they will finish the year with their annual Christmas Quiz evening in December.

Sutton Hoo – Dialects – History

Sutton Hoo in Local History Group’s Resumption Plans

Local History Group Logo

Although West Bergholt is a substantial still growing village, it has an interesting history. Members of the active Local History Group continue to investigate, research and document it. They usually meet at the Orpen Hall on the second Wednesday of each month from September through to April, except December. In the months of May through to August they try to arrange group visits to places of local historical interest.

As with most groups, the COVID-19 Pandemic interrupted group activities since March 2020 but, hopefully, that is now changing.

Emerging Plans

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25th AGM of Friends of Hillhouse Wood

25th AGM - images from the wood

25th AGM - images from the wood25th AGM of Friends of Hillhouse Wood

The 25th AGM of the Friends of Hillhouse Wood is on Wednesday 11th December 2019.  Starting in the Orpen Hall at 7.30 pm, refreshments will be served from 7.00 pm.  The Friends will welcome members and non-members alike.


Following the conclusion of formal business, there will be a talk given by John More, Essex Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscapes Co-ordinator.

2019 Walks

2019 has seen 4 organised walks; some snippets and links to the full articles are shown below: Continue reading “25th AGM of Friends of Hillhouse Wood”

Buses, Hospitals, Working Life and an AGM

Buses, Hospitals, Working Life and an AGM

This has been, and is, the schedule of the Local History Group.  Buses in January, Military Hospital in February and now AGM and Working Life on March 13th.  First, a brief heads up on the first two, very good, talks:

Colchester bus circa 1960Transport of Delight

The was the first meeting of the New Year with Alan Skinner talking about Colchester Buses – a century of service. Alan stated that he was no expert on the subject of local transport, but he certainly was very knowledgeable about the history of the buses in Colchester and the surrounding villages; he gave a well-illustrated presentation and welcomed additional information from audience members. This was Alan’s second visit to the history group his first subject was the history of “Greyfriars”.

Military Hospital

In February Paul Byrne spoke about the history and origins of the Military Hospital in Colchester.  He explained how it developed to play a major role in helping soldiers from the Boer War and later WW1 men with mental illness now recognised as PTSD. The hospital was also used for civilian patients’ in later years when the Essex County Hospital was no longer large enough to cater for the growing population. An interesting insight into the part that Colchester played over the years helping all military personnel.

Working life in various forms, agricultural, industrial and clerical.AGM

The Local History Group’s AGM starts at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 13th March in the Orpen Hall.

Peter Jones will introduce some archive films about Working Life after the AGM.

Members are asked to get in contact if they are willing to stand for the committee or help with refreshments.  Subscriptions for 2019/20 are now due – great value at just £10.

For further information please contact Gill Poole on 01206 240512 or email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].


AGM of Care Network

Care Network 0300 773 3100

Care Network 0300 773 3100

AGM of Care Network

The 2018 Care Network AGM takes place in St Mary’s Church Hall on 18th April starting at 7:30 pm.  Now in its 31st year, the Care Network provides a vital transport service for those who have difficulty in making what are mostly medical appointments without support.  The meeting is open to all village residents, so why not come along, show your support and hear about the group’s achievements. Continue reading “AGM of Care Network”

Cake & Prosecco? Care Network hits 30

Care Network 0300 773 3100

Care Network 0300 773 3100Cake & Prosecco?  Care Network hits 30

The 30th Care Network AGM will be held on Wednesday 19th April at 7.30pm in the John Lampon Hall.  Members will celebrate this special anniversary with invited guests including some of the original founding volunteers.  Cake and prosecco, and maybe more, will also be on offer.   The meeting is open to all residents of the village, so come along and show support and hear about Care Network’s achievements. Continue reading “Cake & Prosecco? Care Network hits 30”

Friends of Hillhouse Wood AGM – 14th December

Entrance to Hillhouse Wood AGMFriends of Hillhouse Wood AGM

This will be the 22nd Friends of Hillhouse Wood AGM and all are very welcome to attend.  Don’t hesitate to turn up; you don’t have to be a member to attend, you’ll just miss the pleasure of voting!

Taking place on Wednesday 14th December in the Orpen Hall, the meeting will start at 7:30 although refreshments will be served from 7pm.  The Agenda is:

Chairman’s opening remarks. Continue reading “Friends of Hillhouse Wood AGM – 14th December”

St Mary’s News update – June/July 2016

Messy Church

Messy ChurchSt Mary’s News update – June/July 2016

The latest edition of Good News, St Mary’s Parish Magazine is reproduced below (together with additional material from most recent notices), use the links to the various stories & news items.

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