Lockdown 3 – Week 1 Update – COVID-19 & Roadworks

National Lockdown Guidelines

National Lockdown GuidelinesCOVID-19 & Roadworks

A number of COVID-centric updates as well as two lots of Roadworks:

Latest Colchester Information Pack Launched

Hot on the heels of version 14 (which didn’t even get as far as this website), the National Lockdown has seen Colchester issue version 15 which includes the following topics: Continue reading “Lockdown 3 – Week 1 Update – COVID-19 & Roadworks”

Autumn Clean & an Important Day

Litter WarriorsAutumn Clean & an Important Day

This article actually addresses 4 topics and Autumn Clean isn’t the most important day although it is quite so.  We cover:

Autumn Clean as Spring was Postponed

Keep Britain Tidy will once more be organising the UK’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign: The Great British September Clean 2020, after the Spring Clean was postponed due to COVID-19.  On Saturday 12th West Bergholt’s own Litter Warriors will be Continue reading “Autumn Clean & an Important Day”

Day 77 of (where is) Lockdown – the Gardeners edition

Day 77 of (wherNational Garden Schemee is?) Lockdown

On day 77 we start off with items of interest to gardeners and then quite a few more news items:

National Garden Scheme reopens

The National Garden Scheme has just started opening gardens.  You have to book a timed entry online (and pay Continue reading “Day 77 of (where is) Lockdown – the Gardeners edition”

Day 58 of (is it?) Lockdown – the Life in Lockdown edition

Life in Lockdown

Life in LockdownDay 58 of (is it?) Lockdown

On day 58 we get the chance to finish what we started on day 57;  the Essex Life in Lockdown article inviting you to share your lockdown story. After that:

The People of Essex – share your stories

The Research and Citizen Insight team at Essex County Council are reaching out to residents of Essex to hear their experiences and share stories of what it has been like for you during this extremely challenging time. How has COVID-19 and the lockdown has impacted your life, how you’ve been getting on, how you have managed to stay connected with friends, family and your community and how you’ve been feeling throughout the lockdown period? Continue reading “Day 58 of (is it?) Lockdown – the Life in Lockdown edition”

Day 10 of Lockdown – The Police Edition

If the Last Supper was taking place this year

Day 10 of Lockdown

Our day 10 report starts with an update on NEEB’s appeal.  After that, we put together two reports found online yesterday.  Essex Police had noted there had been an uptick in cars on roads and Essex County Council (coincidentally?) gave advice on how to avoid car use.

On the subject of Essex Police, they paid a surprise visit to the allotments yesterday.   The last item is The Police offering advice about social distancing in a musical form.  🙂

Before we move on, a gentle reminder about NO BONFIRES please to protect kids with asthma; recycling collections will resume eventually so please hold your Green waste until then or use the CSH service for recyclables.  So, on to the NEEB update:

Planning Inspectorate Update

It seems that the Planning Inspectorates enquiry into the NEEB Holdings application has Continue reading “Day 10 of Lockdown – The Police Edition”

Day 9 of Lockdown – The Spiritual Edition

Day 9 of Lockdown

Day 9 and, with nearly 600 UK COVID-19 deaths in the past day, we start off this update in a thoughtful mood.  We start with the latest news from St Mary’s which has an appropriate Easter Message from Revd Mandy Elmes.  As well as that there is a bulletin from Colchester Police.

St Mary’s Update

This update focusses on the COVID-19 crisis with online services and a message from Revd Mandy Elmes.  Some prayer suggestions are offered and also some spiritual one-liners!  It also provides listings of services and contacts but first the Easter Message:

Easter Message from Revd Mandy Elmes

The Coronavirus Pandemic is something none of us anticipated or imagined. It is Continue reading “Day 9 of Lockdown – The Spiritual Edition”

Unauthorised Encampments in and around the village

Enacmpment flowchart

Encampment flowchartUnauthorised Encampments in and around the village

Many of you will be aware of the problem of unauthorised traveller encampments springing up around the Colchester area lately.  Specifically the issues on the field by Manor Road, West Bergholt on Wednesday night and the recent encampment at Eight Ash Green.

The process and powers under which illegal encampments can be removed can be Continue reading “Unauthorised Encampments in and around the village”