Free Cycle training, Police & Other Updates

Free Cycle Training

Family cycling - get free cycle training

Through Safer Essex Roads Partnership, ECC is offering free cycle training until the end of March 2022.  They have courses available for Children, Adults (beginners to advanced) and even families. Sessions are led by qualified instructors and range from 45 minutes to 3 hours! 

If you are interested then you should register your interest here.

Other updates

Essex Police

Essex Police has recently published issue 15 of their local news update.  It is a decent read with much to interest, e.g. spiking, property closed due to anti-social behaviour and joint patrols with RMP.  There’s also a nice snippet on ‘Disruptor Teams’ who look into and tackle crimes such as anti-social behaviour within communities. It rounds off with an article on cycle security and contact information to help victims of domestic abuse.  You can read the whole update below.

Community Updates

This is a much slimmer document with more white space than words, however, items of interest are:

The Police Update in Full

Fairfields Farms start their harvesting

Fairfields Farms Tractors and Other Vehicles on the Roads and Lanes

Fairfields Farms Potato Harvester
Harvesting Potatoes at Fairfields Farms

Fairfields Farms are now starting to harvest their potatoes and maize. This means that you will be seeing an increase in agricultural vehicles on local roads for the next month. Operations will typically be underway between 7 am – 8 pm (or a little later if weather pressures demand it).

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Fundraiser for Year 6 Leavers & Other News

We’ll start with the fundraiser but other stories include:

Year 6 Leavers Fundraiser

Kelly's HIIT Year 6 Fundraiser

Help raise money to give Heathlands’ Year 6 leavers a good send-off this year.  Kelly, who runs regular High-Intensity Interval Training classes in the village, is running a special Zoom fundraising session on Monday 7th June at 7:30 pm.  Kelly describes her HIIT sessions as:

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Election Results 2021

Election Results for 6th May 2021 Elections

Summaries first, official declarations are embedded at the bottom.

Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner for Essex

  1. Roger Hirst – Conservative (235,348) – ELECTED.
  2. Christopher Vince – Labour & Co-operative (99,712).
  3. Jon Whitehouse – Liberal Democrat (58,131).
  4. Robin Tilbrook – English Democrats (42,831).

County Councillor for Constable Division

  1. Lewis Barber – Conservative (3.965) – ELECTED.
  2. Pauline Bacon – Labour & Co-operative (707).
  3. Roger Bamforth – Green (613).
  4. William Brown – Liberal Democrats (491).
  5. Andrew Phillips – Reform UK (135).

Borough Councillor for Lexden & Braiswick Ward

  1. Dennis Willetts – Conservative (1949) – ELECTED.
  2. Martin Leatherdale – Conservative (1597) – ELECTED.
  3. Sandra Culham – Liberal Democrats (594).
  4. Roger Bamforth – Green (532).
  5. Luke Hayes – Labour (396).
  6. Kayleigh Rippingale-Shaw – Labour (333).

The Official Declarations

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Holiday Fraud & Other News

Starting with Holiday Fraud, this news roundup also addresses:

Zoom Quiz Calling

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St Mary’s Church is running a fundraiser Zoom Quiz to support the work of their Families Worker, Jo Jeffery. Jo’s work impacts many in the village and includes activities such as:

  • helping with the Toddler Group,
  • running the Larder providing food parcels to families impacted by the pandemic, &
  • running RE lessons, prayer spaces and wellbeing courses for Heathlands.

You don’t have to have a full house to join in, if you are alone there will be a chance to ‘buddy up’ with a partner online.

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e-Scooters Coming to Colchester (& other news)

Lady & man on e-scooters

Lady & man on e-scooterse-Scooters, Befriending, Wellbeing, Fitness & Chitts Hill

e-Scooters will kick off this update but we also have updates on:

e-Scooters Trial Starting Soon

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Testing Centre Opens – How to Book & Help

Covid-19 Virus

Covid-19 Virus

Covid-19 Testing Centre Opens In Colchester

A new fast testing centre is opening in Colchester for those who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19.  Colchester residents with no symptoms are being encouraged to get tested to help reduce the spread of the virus and the pressure it is putting on hospitals and the care system.

There is also a call for volunteers to help with the fight against COVID-19 which you can read below. Continue reading “Testing Centre Opens – How to Book & Help”