Planning for Festival Field 2022

Festival Field 2022 – Our Next Village Fete

Festival Field is 2022's Village Fete

Festival Field 2022 is the working title for next year’s Village Fete. Planned to take place on 4th June 2022 it will be closely linked to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the beacon lighting on 2nd June. Planning started in September with a group of parish councillors and members of the public sharing ideas. Their outline plans for Festival Field include:

Sports

Sporting plans so far include:

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Return of the Fete

The Village Fete returns on Saturday 24th July

Barney Beagle looks forward to seeing you there!

Last year we had to cancel the Annual Fete due to COVID-19, but this year we cautiously open back up again after lockdowns. Taking place on Saturday 24th July between 12 – 4 pm, the Fete will be held entirely outdoors and scaled down, but we hope it will still bring joy and allow us to celebrate being together again!

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Do you have a vision for the future of the MUGA?

Sports

Vision for Sports at the MUGADo you have a vision for the future of the MUGA?

The MUGA/Tennis Court surface by the Orpen Hall is reaching the end of its life and we need to develop a vision for its future.  The Parish Council would like to set up a Working Group of potential users to investigate the use of the MUGA and the provision of an appropriate surface which needs to be renewed.

We need to answer some questions

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Day 98 of (new balls) Lockdown – the ‘wot, no Wimbledon’ edition

Keeping fit

Anyone for tennisDay 98 of (new balls) Lockdown

On Day 98 of lockdown Wimbledon doesn’t start, yet another sporting casualty of the pandemic.    A few topics today, most addressing your mental or physical fitness:

Museum from Home

We’ve reported on Colchester Museums’ Museum from Home initiative before but they keep coming up with new activities so it is worth a reminder.  Some of the newer ideas are: Continue reading “Day 98 of (new balls) Lockdown – the ‘wot, no Wimbledon’ edition”

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.

Playgrounds

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

When BBC Look East interviewed the Bears

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: www.colchester.gov.uk/rainbow

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

 

Anyone for tennis?

Anyone for tennisAnyone for Tennis?

At the start of a new summer season the Parish Council is keen to see that its recreation facilities are used as fully as possible.  In particular the tennis courts at the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) beside the Orpen Hall are not used as widely as possible.  The MUGA is available mainly for tennis but can also be used for other sports such as football. It can be booked on a casual hourly basis through the booking system at the Co-op for £4 an hour.

For families a more economical way of ensuring access is through membership of the West Bergholt Sports Club costing just £45 for a family for a year from 1st June.  Membership details are available from Gill Sims at [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”] or full information can be found on the Sports Club webpage on this site and on the noticeboard beside the courts.

With Wimbledon a few days away to enthuse us this is a great opportunity to begin to produce the next generation of champions from our village.  All we need is a good summer to ensure a season of sporting pleasure at a bargain price from facilities on the doorstep.

Anyone for tennis?

Tennis Racket and Balls - Picture by Vladsinger at en.wikipediaAt the start of a new summer season the Parish Council is keen to see that its recreation facilities are used as fully as possible.  The Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) beside the Orpen Hall is available mainly for tennis but can also be used for other sports such as football.  This can be booked on a casual hourly basis through the booking system at the Co-op.

For families a more economical way of ensuring access is through membership of the West Bergholt Sports Club costing just £45 for a family for a year from 1st June.  Membership details are available from Gill Sims at [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”] or full information can be found on this website (see link above) and on the noticeboard beside the courts.

All we need is a good summer to ensure a season of sporting pleasure at a bargain price from facilities on your doorstep.