Are Your Children Starting School in September 2022?

October & November Tours for September 2022 Starters

Heathlands C of E Primary School in West Bergholt would like to invite families with children starting school in September 2022 to one of their school tours. Contact the school office on 01206 240288 for further details and to book a place. Please book your tour in advance.

  • Tuesday 19th October at 9.30 am,
  • Wednesday 20th October at 1.45 pm,
  • Tuesday 16th November at 1.45 pm,
  • Friday 19th November at 9.30 am.
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Heathlands Primary – Site Manager Vacancy

Site Manager vacancy advert online

Full Time Site Manager Required

Heathlands Primary School would like to appoint a full-time School Site Manager to start in
August 2021.

They are seeking a friendly, enthusiastic, pro-active individual who possesses
the skills, experience and confidence to manage the upkeep, maintenance and development of the school site to meet the School’s high standards.

Their staff are friendly and approachable and take a pride in their environment.

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Car Boot Trail – The Results Are In

Car Boot Trail – The Results Are In

Last Sunday, 16th July, saw a great village event with car boots open for business at over 40 homes.  This was great news for the Tom Bowdidge Foundation and Heathlands PTA; they will get to share the £262.13 raised to date.

The organisers, Laura, Eve, Vicky & Susan would like to thank all those who made voluntary donations from their sales. They are also very grateful for the notes and cards they received telling them how much you enjoyed the event regardless of how much was sold.

If you have any last minutes donations they will still be welcomed; drop them off at 76, 80 or 81 Chapel Road.


Home Boot Sale – Plan Your Trail

Home Boot Sale – Plan Your Trail

In support of Tom Bowdidge Foundation and Heathlands PTA, the Home Boot Sale takes place THIS SUNDAY (16th July) between 10am – 3pm.  With over 40 homes already signed up you can use the map to plan your trail around the village.  The Map and streets taking part are shown below.

West Bergholt residents will be selling their ‘boot sale’ items outside their homes on drives, come and grab a bargain and enjoy the trail around our village.  You could make a day of it, the village has 3 lovely pubs and village shops for refreshment.  Maps are available to download (below) or they will be available from 76, 80, 81 Chapel Road on the day, also on posters around the village.

All welcome, walk, cycle or drive our trail!


Streets Involved

  • Chapel Road
  • Chapel Lane
    • Valley Crescent
    • Spring Lane
  • Mumford Road
  • Newbridge Hill
    • Cooks Hall Road
  • Bourne Road
    • White House Lane
  • School Lane
    • New Church Road
  • Armoury Road
    • Lodge Court
  • Albany Road
    • Erle Havard
  • Albany Close
  • Colchester Road
    • The Crescent
    • Maltings Park Road
  • Pirie Road
    • Granville Close
  • Lexden Road
    • Firmins Court

Organised by Heathlands mums in Chapel Road: Susan Hollock no. 81, Laura Walkingshaw no. 80, Eve Quinn
no. 76, and Vicky Beckwith-Cole, Orpen Hall, Lexden Road. The Tom Bowdidge Foundation is a charity registered in England & Wales 1156553.

Traffic Safety Success

Essex County Council has agreed to a range of traffic calming measures in the vicinity of Heathlands School.  The suggestions were previously referenced in a local news update just 2 weeks ago and it is great news that ECC have agreed to the following:

  • West Bergholt – around Heathlands school – New Church Road
Flat Top table at each end, including lighting; Build out at Mumford Close including footpath link, lighting and signing; Parking restrictions at junctions New Church Road/lexden Road/school lane and chapel road; school keep clear markings, school warning sign and SLOW marking
  • West Bergholt – around Heathlands school – School Lane
Flat Top Table from junction with Colchester Road; Parking restrictions at junction school Lane and Colchester Road; school warning signs and SLOW markings on carriageway.
  • Lexden Road
School warning signs and Slow Markings
  • Chapel Road
School warning signs and Slow Markings

The Council has noted that there may be some concerns about these schemes and have said:

Lighting may be an issue with Local Residents as New Church Road is currently unlit. Power supply required – overhead supply required.  Noise/vibration from vehicles travelling over humps may concern residents.  School should consult with local residents before works begin.

Traffic Safety Update

Last summer the Parish Council adopted a Traffic Safety Plan which has its origins in the Parish Plan and has as its aim an enhancement of levels of safety in the village.  This plan has been developed by the Environment and Highways Committee of the Parish Council as a result of the ongoing and increasing concerns of village residents.

A principal objective of the traffic plan is to improve all aspects of safety in the region of  Heathlands School and the surrounding feeder roads.  To achieve this measures are needed that will help to slow traffic, restrict parking that is irresponsible in dangerous areas and at the same time  provide alternative parking for parents that find it necessary to use a car to transport their children to school.

The plan contains a number of proposals for relatively minor structural work in New Church Road and School Lane.  These include parking restrictions at the junctions at each end of New Church Road, better signage to improve awareness of the school and a build out from the footpath from Mumford Close.  These plans have now been considered for implementation by the Local Highways Panel and it is good to report that all have been approved.  It is pleasing to know that if ideas that come forward from the village are put into a plan and discussed with the authorities concerned they can be developed into realistic projects.  As yet there is no news of when the work will take place but the village will be kept informed.

For its part the Parish Council has considered ways of providing alternative parking.  The Orpen Hall car park will be resurfaced and facilities improved.  The works mentioned above will enhance safety for the walk from the car park to school.  The Treble Tile has agreed that, subject to certain conditions, its car park can be used at school drop off and pick up times.  To make safe the walk from here to school a new footpath parallel to School Lane is being installed along the edge of Poors Land.

Throughout this process the Parish Council is in dialogue with the school to ensure that as these modifications are put into place maximum advantage for all concerned is achieved by them.  A full copy of The Safety Plan can be obtained by E-mail from The Parish Clerk or Harry Stone at  [email protected] or alternatively it can be viewed on this website.

Lighting the skies for 20 years

Featuring BBC Essex presenter Steve Scruton, Heathlands School PTA are hoping their 20th Anniversary display goes with a bang. Taking place at Heathlands on Saturday 10th November they have planned a spectacular show with the same award winning display team promising yet again to put on a dazzling spectacle for all the family.

The organisers promise a great night out for all, with a top quality entertainment package, fun stalls and wide variety of food and drink.

  • Hog Roast, Barbecue and hot & cold drinks are available
  • Gates open 5.30pm
  • Bonfire lit 6.00pm
  • Fireworks from 7.00pm

Tickets/Programmes go on sale during October priced £3 pre-purchased or £4 on the night and will be
available from local village shops and other outlets, children aged 3 and under will have FREE admission.

    This highly popular event is now in its 20th year and has become a key highlight in the Colchester calendar, attracting families from a wide area. It is organised by the Heathlands School Parent Teacher Association and is the main fundraiser for the school, providing essential funds for much-needed equipment.

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    Heathlands School Special

    Sunday 21st sees a special Family Service at St Mary’s Church welcoming children from Heathlands School. The service starts at 9:30am if you would like to join them.

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