Day 56 of (is it?) Lockdown – the Mental Health edition

Social Distancing for kids China-style

Kindness mattersDay 56 of (is it?) Lockdown

If you’re feeling mentally frayed these days, day 56 sees the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.  We start with that and then address:

Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme this year is all about “Kindness Matters”, something we are already seeing a lot of during the COVID-19 crisis. Continue reading “Day 56 of (is it?) Lockdown – the Mental Health edition”

First Aid Course – save a life!

First Aid - giving CPRFirst Aid Course – Save a Life!

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Heathlands PTA are running a First Aid Course on Monday 30th March 2020 between 7 pm – 10 pm.  This course is ideal for parents, teachers, grandparents, friends and anyone else who wants to be able to look after someone in a life-threatening emergency, the course will also raise funds for the PTA.

The instructor will lead the course in a fun and practical manner and there will be refreshments available throughout. Subjects covered include: Continue reading “First Aid Course – save a life!”

Learn all about First Aid & Help Heathlands PTA

First Aid - giving CPRLearn all about First Aid

Heathlands PTA are running a First Aid Course on Monday 17th June between 7 pm – 10 pm.  Designed for parents, teachers, grandparents, friends and anyone else who wants to be able to look after someone in a life-threatening emergency, the course will also raise funds for the PTA.

The course is certificated and is delivered in a fun and practical manner; refreshments Continue reading “Learn all about First Aid & Help Heathlands PTA”

Water Leak near Heathlands School

water leakWater Leak near School

A water leak has been detected near Heathlands School.  Engineers, working for Atkins on behalf of Essex County Council, will be investigating this between Thursday 20th and Friday 21st August.  As part of the investigation they will be excavating alongside water meters near the junction of New Church Road and the access road to Heathlands School.

The works to find this water leak should have no impact on any residents as the engineers will be confining the works to the school grounds as much as possible.  If there is any reason to change these plans the engineers will tell us as soon as possible, please contact the Parish Clerk if you have any queries.

Heathlands Fireworks 2014

Heathlands Fireworks 2014Heathlands Fireworks 2014

Fireworks 2014 Extravaganza

Sponsored this year by ‘Cinderella, A Traditional Panto at the Mercury Theatre’ (which runs from 5th December to 11th January), Heathlands PTA is pleased to announce that its renowned annual fireworks display returns this year on Saturday 8th November.

Advance purchase of programmes at just £3.50 offers great value and they are available from Heathlands Primary School, local businesses & other schools in Colchester from 22nd October 2014.  Entry at the gate will cost £5.00.

The gates are opening at 5:30 pm and there will be plenty going on before the display including:

  • Bonfire lit at 6pm,
  • Barbecue,
  • Children’s games,
  • Hot Drinks,
  • Real Ale,
  • Mulled Wine,
  • Sweets,
  • Glow performer, and
  • Live Music from ‘Sonic Architects‘.

Pictures are from previous displays.

Heathlands Fireworks 2014

Heathlands Fireworks 2014

To find out more visit www.heathlandsblog.co.uk or email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”]. Heathlands School PTA is a registered charity (10377284).

Centre Stage Essex

Performance lesson in progressStage School Opens

Centre Stage Essex provides Performing Arts  training in Dance, Acting, Singing & Performance for students aged 8 – 12 years.  Under the supervision of qualified teachers and industry professionals, the weekly 3-hour sessions will carousel through the art forms with students learning new skills in a fun environment thaCentre Stage Essext will build confidence and technique.  Each term will culminate with a live performance using West End and Broadway repertoire.

Sessions will run during term time each Wednesday between 5:30pm and 8:30pm and will be held at Heathlands Primary School.  The first sessions will be a free taster after which each sessions will cost £15 (which can be paid termly). Sibling discounts are available.

For more information either email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”] or visit their Facebook page.

Traffic Safety Plan news update

Traffic Safety Plan - Appendix 2a
Overview of measures (click to enlarge)

At a special meeting of the Parish Council held on 6th November, the traffic safety plan designed to help alleviate some of the traffic problems in and around New Church Road, particularly around school times, was approved.

In brief the plan is to put restrictions on parking at the junctions along New Church Road, including the end junctions where inconsiderate parking can cause dangers at any time.  Part of the plan is to raise awareness of the need to take extra care in the vicinity of a school and to achieve this the Parish Council will seek the imposition of a 20mph limit along the road.   Also the part the school can play in influencing drivers’ behaviour was discussed and so it is hoped that working with the Parish Council and local residents a campaign to impact on the problem will be launched as the above measures are put into place.

The full plan is now published on the village web site, also available with the plan is a summary of the way it has been developed and the consultations that have taken place, particularly with local residents.  Links to these are posted below:

New Church Road Traffic Safety Plan agreed by PC

New Church Road Traffic Safety
One of the plans to be viewed from the linked page                           (Click for larger image)

At a special meeting of the Parish Council held on 6th November, the plan designed to help alleviate some of the traffic problems in and around New Church Road, particularly around school times, was approved.

In brief the plan is to put restrictions on parking at the junctions along New Church Road, including the end junctions where inconsiderate parking can cause dangers at any time.

Part of the plan is to raise awareness of the need to take extra care in the vicinity of a school and to achieve this the Parish Council will seek the imposition of a 20mph limit along the road.  Also the part the school can play in influencing drivers’ behaviour was discussed and so it is hoped that working with the Parish Council and local residents a campaign to impact on the problem will be launched as the above measures are put into place.

The full plan is now published on this web site [New Church Road Traffic Safety Plan].

Heathlands Fireworks 2013

Heathlands Fireworks 2013Fireworks 2013

The Heathlands School PTA annual fireworks display(sponsored by Hatfields Home Furnishers) is taking place on Saturday 9th November.  With advance purchase of programmes at just £3.50 this is great value (available from Heathlands Primary School, local businesses & other schools in Colchester).  Entry at the gate will cost £5 for adults and £4 for children.

With the gates opening at 5:30 there will be plenty to keep you occupied before the display:

  • bonfire lit at 6pm;
  • barbecue;
  • hot drinks;
  • real ale;
  • live band;
  • mulled wine;
  • glow sticks;
  • sweets.

To find out more visit www.heathlandsblog.co.uk or email [antibot mailto=”heathlan[email protected]”].

Heathlands School PTA is a registered charity (10377284).

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.