JUMBO Update and the Impact of the Daniell Family

Daniell Family – Next Topic

Daniell & Sons Brewery beer label

The next Local History Group meeting will learn about the impact of the Daniell Family on West Bergholt’s development. Peter Noakes will lead this meeting which will take place on February 9th starting at 7:30 pm. As ever, all are welcome for a modest charge of £2 for members and £5 for visitors. The JUMBO meeting report is below.

January Cancellation

On January 12th, the Group were planning to invite members and visitors to investigate their village archive. Because of the current COVID-19 situation they have decided to CANCEL this meeting. Instead, they hope to be able to spend some time after their AGM in March discussing the archive.  In lieu of this meeting, they plan to add an extra outside visit in their Summer Schedule.

November JUMBO Update

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Day 66 of (un?) Lockdown – the Crash edition

Crashed outside Treble Tile

Day 66 of (un?) Lockdown

Day 66 and we have news from the village first followed by:

So, on to the…

Crash

Drama this week as a local resident, allegedly under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, came to a sudden unexpected stop. Continue reading “Day 66 of (un?) Lockdown – the Crash edition”

Clubs – Volunteer Awards & Culture Grants

Clubs – Volunteer Awards & Culture Grants

Essex County Council recently issued news updates on two items that might be of interest to local clubs – time is running out though:

Stars-of-EssexWho are your star volunteers?

Tell us about a volunteer, business or charitable organisation that has made an impact on your community and improved the lives of others. This is your opportunity to show just how much you appreciate them.

The ‘Who Will Care?’ Awards is a county-wide volunteer awards for Essex. There are seven categories to choose from and nominations close on Friday 9 April.

  • Individual – adult (18+). Volunteer aged 18+ who has demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity/community group or employer.
  • Individual – young person (under 18) (Sponsored by Seetec). Volunteer aged under 18 who has demonstrated outstanding commitment within their community. This may be something they have done independently or in connection with a charity or community/youth/school group or employer.
  • Individual – overcoming adversity (Sponsored by Runwood Homes). A volunteer of any age who has continued to volunteer within their community (independently or with a charity or community group) while facing challenges in their own personal life.
  • Team Volunteer Award. A group of two or more volunteers of any age who have made an outstanding contribution to their community either independently or with a charity, community group or their employer.
  • Voluntary and Community Sector Award. Open to Charities and Community Groups who are able to demonstrate outstanding service delivery to support their community and/or service users.
  • Business Award (Sponsored by Edward Carter Solutions). Open to commercial organisations who have made an impact in their community
  • Innovation Award. Open to Social Enterprises, commercial organisations and individuals of any age who can demonstrate innovation in developing a service/project to support the community. 

Find out more and download application forms from the Castle Point AVS website.

Culture in Essex Small Grants

The Culture in Essex Small Grants Schemes are funded and run by Essex County Council, offering one-off project support to arts and culture projects within Essex.  Grants of between £250 – £2,500 are available for projects and up to £250 for personal development.

The deadline for 2016/17 is the 31st March 2016. Awards of up to £2,500 are offered to projects which meet the schemes criteria. Please ensure that you read the guidance notes before completing an application form. For more information please email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

 

Essex News update – May 22nd 2015

Essex County CouncilEssex News update – May 22nd 2015

Essex County Council has issued the following news update covering half term events, their Let’s Get Moving scheme promoting healthier lifestyle, Foster Care fortnight,  Small Grants Scheme update and grass verge trimming:

Have an action-packed half term with Essex County Council

Join in the fun at our huge range of action-packed activities for children of all ages this half term. From canoeing to a dinosaur recycling day, there is something for everyone (and all weathers!) taking place near you at Country Parks, Essex Libraries, Essex Outdoors centres and Hadleigh Park Mountain Bike Centre –  some activities are free!

Date Activity Location Cost
Saturday 23 May Nature Club. Monthly club for children aged 7 to 11. Danbury Country Park £3 per child
Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May Magical Mysteries Trail. Have fun exploring and experiencing the woods, enjoying the magic and mystery. Thorndon Park South £3 per trail guide
Animal Detective Trail. Work out which animals have been visiting the park and what they’ve done. Belhus Woods Country Park £3 per trail guide
Monday 25 May Iron Age Roundhouse open afternoon. Hadleigh Park Free
Tuesday 26 May to Friday 29 May Activity Days. Try four outdoors adventure activities in a day. Essex Outdoors at Danbury, Harlow and Mersea £30 per child a day (buy four days get fifth free)
Tuesday 26 May Nature Rangers Event. Wickford Library Free
Essex Summer Evening Series – Travers Bikes. Mountain bike race. Hadleigh Park £13 Senior Riders, £8 Under 16 (£2 extra if you need a day license)
Climbing Day. Essex Outdoors at Harlow £30 per child
Activity Day. Essex Outdoors at Bradwell £30 per child
Wednesday 27 May Wild Wednesday Danbury Country Park Free
Pirate and Princess Treasure Trail. Pick up a treasure map and lead yourselves through the woods. Come in costume. Thorndon Park South £4 per child
Kite making. Make your own kite, then test it in the park. Belhus Woods Country Park Free
Canoeing and Kayaking. Essex Outdoors at Harlow £30 per child
Survival for Softies: Make a shelter and light a fire. Cook your lunch on your own campfire. Hadleigh Park £7 per child
Wednesday 27 May and Thursday 28 May Jester School. Juggling skills, jester themed crafts, scratch art magnet, make a mask/hat or follow the trail. Cressing Temple £7.50 per child
Thursday 28 May Climbing Day. Essex Outdoors at Harlow £30 per child
Canoe Day. Essex Outdoors at Bradwell £30 per child
Dinosaur Recycling Day. Colchester Library Free
Friday 29 May Canoeing and Kayaking. Essex Outdoors at Harlow £30 per child
Sunday 31 May Birds, Bugs and Blooms. Discover a wealth of plant life and wildlife. Hadleigh Park £4 per adult, £2 per child

Find out more here.

23,000 more people getting active across the county

The Essex Let’s Get Moving schemes aims to get up to 23,000 residents leading healthier lifestyles. Starting in a week’s time in the West of the county, we’ve got physical activity experts lined up and ready to help people benefit from getting more active. Support on offer includes one-to-one sessions with exercise professionals, community activities and peer-led group sessions.

Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Anne Brown said:

Evidence shows that nearly half of Essex residents do not take part in any sport or recreational activity. We know that inactivity can have a serious impact on people’s health, with an inactive person spending on average 38% more days in hospital than an active person.

More information about Let’s Get Moving can be found here.

Could you be an Essex foster carer?

Could you offer a child a loving home? Foster Care Fortnight kicks off on 1 June, and features a Fostering Fiesta on Sunday 7 June at Danbury Centre for Outdoor Learning. Activities are taking place across Essex where you can meet foster carers and their families and find out more.

Councillor Dick Madden, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

There are still many myths about who can foster but all that really matters is that carers have the time, commitment, space and personal qualities to offer a secure and stable home to a child or children who have been separated from their birth family.

Find out more about Foster Care Fortnight here

Culture benefits from cash boost

Essex Boys and Girls Clubs are the latest group to be awarded a grant of nearly £2,500 for cultural activities, thanks to the Essex Small Grants Scheme. The grant is one of 16 awards worth £30,000 which will benefit 16 culture-based projects.

County Councillor Roger Hirst, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Libraries, Planning and the Environment, said:

Culture in Essex is thriving and it is important that we contribute to it by encouraging and incentivising through grants such as these. I look forward to hearing outcomes from all of the projects that have benefitted during this round of grants.

Read about the other grants awarded here.

Summer grass verge and weed trimming programme begins

Motorists are being asked to be extra careful as Essex County Council begins its summer roadside grass verge cutting programme.  Grass verges on all of Essex’s priority routes are cut to improve safety and the appearance of the highway. The cutting programme includes verges next to footways and roads, as well as central reservations and sightlines at junctions. Around 6,100 miles of verge will be cut throughout the programme.

Colchester hits parish councils with cuts…

…of 50% in Rate Support Grant despite them probably receiving an extra 2.5% of central government funding if they do not raise their part of the Council Tax bill. However, such actions often have consequences, read more about the effect it will have on West Bergholt by viewing the poster issued by the Parish Council on our website.

This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at http://www.westbergholt.net

Colchester hit parish councils with cuts…

…of 50% in Rate Support Grant despite them probably receiving an extra 2.5% of central government funding if they do not raise their part of the Council Tax bill. However, such actions often have consequences, read more about the effect it will have on West Bergholt by viewing the poster issued by the Parish Council on our website.

This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at http://www.westbergholt.net