Here we go again – Stay at home & Advent News

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Here we go again, Advent & Other News

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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…

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Day 53 of Lockdown – the “Anyone for tennis” edition

Anyone for tennis

Anyone for tennisDay 53 of Lockdown

Day 53 sees the first tentative steps towards sporting normality in West Bergholt as the MUGA opens for tennis.  Other news:

Anyone for Tennis?

Following the latest government advice, the MUGA is now open for playing tennis only.  To protect the health of our staff, the parish council is not currently charging to hire the tennis court, however, you must book the court in advance of playing to ensure social distancing is adhered to.

To book the court for an hour, call Victoria Beckwith-Cole on 07434 949631.

LTA Advice

Guidance for use

in order to use this tennis court, you must:

  • Keep a 2m ‘social distance’ at all times.
  • Wash your hands at home before and after play. Bring antibacterial gel with you as there are no toilet facilities open.
  • Play within households if you can.
  • Singles play only unless you are playing doubles with members of your own household.
  • If you are playing against someone from a different household (Singles Only) you MUST have your own personal tennis balls CLEARLY MARKED that only you pick up.
  • When you arrive, wait for play to finish before entering the MUGA. Do NOT congregate by the entrance gate.
  • Please do not touch the nets, net-posts or fencing.
  • Do not touch other people’s tennis balls with your hands.
  • No spectating is allowed.
  • You must not use the MUGA for tennis without first pre-booking a court with Victoria on 07434 949631.
  • If these conditions are not met or any damage occurs, then the MUGA will be closed. Any issues please call 07434 949631.


For the avoidance of doubt, playgrounds/play parks remain closed at this time.

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Rainbow pictureCBC – Share Your Rainbows

Colchester Borough Council is encouraging residents to share photos of their home-made rainbow creations that demonstrate the borough’s support and gratitude to key workers throughout COVID-19.

Residents are being asked to share photos of their colourful and creative rainbow creations – whether it’s a hand-drawn rainbow, a chalk drawing on their driveway, or even a floral display in their front garden. The competition is open from 15 May until 7 June and will be judged by Cllr Mark Cory, Leader of Colchester Borough Council.

The winning photo will be awarded a family pass to visit Colchester Castle, a family swim pass at Leisure World Colchester and will feature on the council’s Facebook page as a cover photo.

To enter the competition, visit:

The winner will be announced the week following the competition’s deadline of 5 June 2020.

Every Family MattersECC – International Day of Families

We’re using this year’s International Day of Families to remind you of the support available across Essex if you need help managing the extra pressure that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on family life.

We understand that while trying to make sense of this new world, you also need to support your child with their understanding. This will be unfamiliar territory and it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed by this and trying to navigate the current circumstances we’re all living in.

Making It Easier to Find

With so much information out there, we know it can be hard to find what’s right for you, so we’ve collated key organisations and resources that can help support you and your family at this time.

We are continuing to share these with you through our Every Family Matters campaign, so that you know where you can get the help you need on subjects including children’s mental health and wellbeing, social distancing and young people, and how you can keep your child safe online.

Visit our Staying Well Children and Families page for more information and stay up-to-date with regular Every Family Matters news on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Play Me Maybe – Musical Parody


Families Included

Families IncludedEssex Challenge launches with a Families Included Prize

Essex County Council are launching a new initiative called Essex Challenge Prize on 12th May. The Families Included Prize is the first in a series of Challenge Prizes.  Challenge Prizes are a tried and tested method of generating a broader range of original ideas to solve difficult problems.  Over the next few years ECC intend to run a series of prizes to address the diverse issues facing Essex.  Along the way they will offer a range of support to nurture and develop the ideas of individuals, communities and organisations, as well as awarding a prize for the winning solution.

We are looking for great ideas, projects and solutions from Essex that involve local families with young children in opportunities that enrich their lives.  Ideas can relate to any aspect of life including personal and social experiences.  They can look to address the problem across Essex or focus on a local community.  All we ask is that solutions come from people or organisations in Essex and will make a positive difference to Essex families.

Entry will be open between 12 May and 14 July 2016.  After this a team of assessors and judges will choose the most promising ideas to go forward to receive further support to test and progress their solution.  The winner will receive a prize of £10,000 to help them take this forward.  We don’t know what the winning idea will look like.  It might be a product, a service or a clever bit of tech.  It could be completely new or an adapted way of doing things.

To find out more:

  • Visit the website at to find out more about Challenge Prizes and why ECC want to address social isolation impacting Essex families.
  • Be a champion!  ECC want to get as many people across Essex as possible to put on their thinking caps and want to reach beyond the usual suspects.  Please tell people about this exciting project and share, share and share again the website address on your social media account.
  • If you have any questions please email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].
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