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Welcome to the Great Baddow Parish Council website.

If you need to talk to the Council, your first point of contact will usually be the Clerk, Mrs Clare Milligan who can be contacted via:
Telephone: 01245 472937

For contact details for enquiries about cemetery matters, bookings at the Parish Hall or the Bell Centre, planning applications, allotment enquiries and sports bookings, please see the Contact Us page

For all enquiries by post; Great Baddow Parish Council, Parish Hall, 19 Maldon Road, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 7DW


If you need to visit the office, it is open Monday to Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm. Outside those hours, please call first to make an appointment as the staff may be out of the office.

The office is also open between 9.30am to 12.30pm on the Saturday before the Full Council meeting

For when you want to meet the councillors, there are monthly surgeries.

These will be held at the Parish Hall, Committee Room 1 on
Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30 am on the Saturday before Full Council


Mobile Customer Information Service at Great Baddow Village Market

This is a reminder that the Mobile Customer Information Service will be returning to Great Baddow United Reformed Church on Friday, 28th September between 10.00am and 12.30pm, in conjunction with the Village Market (which runs from 10.00am to 1.00pm).  Please pop along if you get the chance and feel free to pass this message on. 

The service is free and offers help and advice to some of the most isolated and vulnerable communities within the area to make our services more accessible.  The Mobile Customer Information Service (MCIS) provides residents with access to all relevant information on their doorstep.

The team now visits 17 communities around the City every month.  The service is usually targeted where public transport is perhaps less frequent, to make sure that residents with the greatest need for advice and support, such as the elderly, young families and those with mobility requirements, can access information and advice about Council services locally.

A range of enquiries are covered, including:

  • advice on how to seek help with housing benefit or Council Tax
  • reporting environmental problems
  • FREE replacement recycling sacks and dog waste bags
  • providing information on leisure, tourism, local issues and much more

Where possible, partner organisations may attend sessions to promote services and to be available for enquiries.  These include Essex Police, Essex Fire & Rescue Service, Citizens Advice Bureau and other Council Services.

Popular Misconceptions
It’s not a Mobile Unit - Many people think that the MCIS operates from a vehicle.  In actual fact, the service is delivered from Village Halls, shops, Post Offices and Churches.

Not just a bag delivering service - Distributing recycling sacks and dog waste bags is not all we offer.  The service provides information about council services and events and the knowledgeable team can offer advice and support.

Consequent visits to the Great Baddow Village Market will be held on the fourth Friday of each month unless stated otherwise. 


Special Constabulary now recruiting for Great Baddow
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Great Baddow Parish Council in Chelmsford Essex represents an urban village with a population of about 15,000 and celebrated its Centenary Year back in 1994. There are thirteen members of the Parish Council and twelve employed staff.

The name of Great Baddow is sometimes said to be derived from an Anglo-French combination meaning "bad water". But the Essex Place-names Project suggests a different idea. Until around 900 years ago, the River Chelmer was called the Beadwan ea. That name is first documented in a will of about 989 AD, but was probably a Celtic (pre-Roman) name meaning either a birch stream or the war goddess Badbh. Even today, the northern boundary of Great Baddow is the River Chelmer or the Beadwan, as it would have been known long ago. This is almost certainly the origin of the present name Baddow.

At the heart of the old village there are over 30 listed buildings. The village has been the site of a Marconi research centre (now BAE) for many years, and major development started in the fifties with the building of the Rothmans Estate for workers at Marconi's and English Electric Valve Company in Chelmsford. During the 1960's multi-storey housing, shops, and offices were built on the Vineyards, a country house turned hotel in the centre of the village.

According to information in the village church of St Mary, the rebel leader Jack Straw led an ill-fated crowd (the "men of Essex") from the churchyard to London, in one of the risings in the 1381 peasants' revolt.

A former Chain Radar transmitter tower, originally sited at Canewdon can now be found on the outskirts of the village where it is used to test equipment by BAE. Click here to read a historical leaflet about the tower and mast.

One of the main aims of the Parish Council is to retain our village identity and foster the community spirit which exists in Great Baddow despite being so close to Chelmsford. It is amazing that considering the population of the village most people out and about still greet their fellow shoppers and storekeepers by name. If you ask where they live, they say Great Baddow rather than Chelmsford!


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