Environment & Highways 9th September 2021

Highlights of Environment & Highways Meeting on 9th September 2021

Environment - butterfly on flower

The Environment & Highways Committee of West Bergholt Parish Council met on 9th September 2021 with topics including:

  • Handymen undertook activities from tree -trimming to churchyard-tending. Additional help required October – November. Their new vehicle is now in operation,
  • The Cherry trees at Orpen Hall are dying, what to do?
  • Environmental plan, volunteers needed to maintain ponds. Hall Road pond overgrown,
  • Problems & surveys on Colchester Road.
Continue reading “Environment & Highways 9th September 2021”

Urgent Need for Volunteers

Your village needs you - call for open gardens
Your village needs you - call for vaccine marshals

Volunteers Needed to Support the Local Vaccine Programme

The vaccine programme at the West Bergholt Surgery has so far been highly successful. This is as a result of the NHS staff and the many volunteers and Marshalls who have assisted with traffic flow duties and parking during vaccination sessions. The Marshalls fulfil an important task in minimising inconvenience to the local residences and ensuring those visiting the local surgery are assisted according to their need, particularly those with underlying health issues.

Continue reading “Urgent Need for Volunteers”

Churches Old & New with Christmas News & More

Old Church May 2020

Old Church Crib sceneChurches Old & New with Christmas News

This news update starts with Christmas News from the Old Church, then:

Old Church Update

Old Church Xmas TreeHolly in the windowThe Friends of St Mary’s are sad to have to cancel the Carol Service there again this year as they cannot organise it in a COVID-safe way.  However, Continue reading “Churches Old & New with Christmas News & More”

Care Network Resumes Service

Care Network 0300 773 3100

Care Network 0300 773 3100Care Network Resumes Service

Sadly, throughout the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the services of the Care Network were suspended after over 30 years of service.  Clearly many medical appointments were cancelled and so for about six months no jobs were undertaken by the pool of volunteer drivers.  Under normal circumstances they would normally have supported needy village residents with about 100 jobs  in that time.


There are now at least eight Continue reading “Care Network Resumes Service”

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 72 of Lockdown – the Bowling Along edition

Volunteers week

Day 72 of (irregular?) Lockdown

The day 72 update starts with Woods Bowls Club keen to welcome you for a rollup.  There then follows:

Woods Bowls ClubWoods Bowls Club Restarts

Woods is a small but very friendly lawn bowls club that is normally open to all ages and abilities throughout the spring & summer months of April to September.  The club consists of a mixture of male and female members with ages ranging from ‘Thirty-somethings’ to, sprightly Octogenarians! You are never too young or too old to play Lawn Bowls. Continue reading “Day 72 of Lockdown – the Bowling Along edition”

Update on our COVID-19 Help Line

VolunteerUpdate on our COVID-19 Help Line

Earlier this week we announced a COVID-19 Help Line scheme aimed at helping those most in need and impacted by the virus.  The Parish Council is progressing this in association with the Care Network and volunteers in the village.

The aim is for anyone in the village who is in need of:

  • shopping supplies,
  • items from the pharmacy,
  • a reassuring chat, or
  • any other local need that they cannot satisfy themselves,

… to be able to ring a central number and get assistance. Continue reading “Update on our COVID-19 Help Line”

Volunteers Needed for COVID-19

Your village needs you - call for open gardens

Your village needs volunteersWest Bergholt Prepares Response to COVID-19

Army of volunteers needed

West Bergholt is preparing its own response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic but it needs volunteers.  In addition to Government and District/County initiatives, the Care Network, with the support of the Parish Council, plans to offer assistance to anyone in the community impacted by COVID-19.

A scheme is being prepared which will offer assistance to those in self-isolation, older residents, and those with other concerns, to provide assistance accessing: Continue reading “Volunteers Needed for COVID-19”

The Who Will Care? Awards Return for 2017

Who will Care? AwardsThe Who Will Care? Awards Return for 2017

Nominations are now open for the prestigious Who Will Care? Awards taking place on 24 May 2017. Seven award categories celebrate the unsung heroes volunteering across Essex.  They bring together communities and individuals who are working to make Essex an even greater place to live, work and visit. 

Nominate any business, charity or individual you feel deserves recognition for their volunteering efforts in our county, by filling in an online form.

Nominations close Friday 3 March 2017 at midnight. Read about last year’s winners here. Continue reading “The Who Will Care? Awards Return for 2017”

A BIG HAND to Hand in Hand Day Volunteers

A BIG HAND to Hand in Hand Day Volunteers

Hand in hand volunteers ready to workThe Parish Council would like to thank all of the volunteers, who kindly gave up their time to assist with the West Bergholt Hand in Hand Day.

The volunteers who came to help on the day joined the Colchester Borough Community Zone Team. The street sweepers were out most of the day, clearing all of the major and minor roads. Litter picking was conducted around the Orpen Hall, along Hall Road, Colchester Road and by the allotments. Paths were strimmed and cleared of debris, making them easier to use.

This has all helped contribute to maintaining West Bergholt as a clean and pleasant place to live.

Many thanks


Hand in hand volunteers get sweeping"This is a broom, I will use it to sweep when the photographer has finished"