Winter Bulletin & Some Christmassy News

Issue 163 Bulletin CoverWinter Bulletin Is Online

First the Bulletin ‘heads-up’ and then:

Why Online?

With the recent Lockdown, it was not possible to print and distribute the Bulletin as usual but it is now available online.  If you know of somebody unable to access the online version, it will be possible to access a B&W printed copy via Vicky Beckwith-Cole (email:  [email protected]).

Featured articles include:

  • The Mobile Greengrocer – traditional loose fruit & veg sold in paper bags.
  • Concert band activities during the lockdown.
  • Anglian water’s ideas for stopping blocking sewage pipes with Turkey fat.
  • Update on Scouts’ & Brownies’ Zoom meetings.

You can download it from here or, skip to the bottom of this article and read it online.

Recycling Xmas Tree BaubleChristmas Recycling and Rubbish Collection Changes

Our recycling and rubbish collection days are changing slightly over the festive period. Instead of a  collection on a Friday (Christmas Day and New Year’s Day), recycling and rubbish collections will be collected on the Monday after (28 Dec and 4 Jan).

What Christmas Goodies Can You Recycle?

Here’s some simple festive recycling tips:

  • Wrapping paper and cards can go in your clear paper recycling bag, unless it’s covered in glitter or metallic foil, in which case it should go in your black bin/bag.
  • Turkey bones and other leftovers that can’t be reused can go into your food waste caddy. Check out  for great leftover recipes.
  • Tinfoil from turkey and roast potatoes can be rinsed off and put in your tins and cans box.
  • Plastic trays from party food are fully recyclable and can be put into your clear plastic recycling bag.

TreecycleAnd Don’t Forget to Treecycle

Colchester BC is working with St Helena Hospice to bring their Tree-cycle back this year. So, if you are planning on having a real Christmas tree this year, let them recycle it for you in exchange for a donation to help local families over the festive period who are facing incurable illness and bereavement.

Register your tree for St Helena Hospice collection now.

Day 2 Advent Window

Heathlands School

The Angel said to Mary, “Don’t be afraid, God is very pleased with you.”

Heathlands School Advent day 2

Free Christmas Parking

MiPermit AppColchester BC is offering shoppers an early Christmas present with free parking in the town during Late Night Shopping again this year.

In a change to previous Christmas parking offers, motorists wishing to take advantage of this parking offer, will need to register their free parking stay using MiPermit, a contactless parking system.

For motorists who register their parking stay in a council-owned town centre car park after 3pm on Wednesdays 9, 16 and 23 December, parking charges will be waived. Many of Colchester’s huge selection of boutique and big-name stores are opening until late on these nights.

To find out more about parking in the town, including locations of car parks and year-round deals, visit

For more information about Christmas in Colchester, visit the Christmas in Colchester website.

Winter Bulletin

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