Great Baddow Parish Council


  Parish Council news and events

06th Dec 2018

Library Services Consultation

You may well have heard that Essex County Council are consulting on a proposed strategy for the future of library services over the next 5 years. This is what they have asked us to say:

"Essex County Council is consulting on its proposed strategy for library services over the next five years. The strategy sets out the priorities for library services, based on public feedback from a county-wide survey of users and non-users earlier in 2018, to shape a service that’s modern, focused and fit for the way we live now and in the future.
The consultation launched on 29 November and lasts 12 weeks until 20 February 2019. During this time there will be information drop-ins at every local library.
Find out more and complete the survey online at"

In the proposals Great Baddow Library is scheduled to stay open, although many libraries are scheduled for closure, including Galleywood. However, we have no guarantees on the level of staffing or opening hours at present, and it seems likely that ECC will only keep to the present opening hours if suppported by the community in some way to supplement staffing. There will be drop-in sessions at each library during the consultation period when there will be the chance to ask questions, and the session at Great Baddow Library is on Thursday 13 December from 11.30am to 1.30pm. We urge residents to take this opportunity to find out more and then respond to the consultation.

12th Nov 2018

World War 1 Exhibition

The Parish Council and Great Baddow Library jointly organised an exhibition in the library with documents and photographs relating to Great Baddow and Essex in the time of WW1, plus some from further afield inspired by links with current Great Baddow residents. We held a special open day on Saturday 10th November for residents to bring along item that were too fragile or valuable to be left on display at other times. We had a wonderful response and also had items provided by a local military historian, Chelmsford Museum and Wendy Cummin, archivist at Galleywood Heritage Centre. It was a very busy and successful day and many people also visited the library to see the display on other days. Many thanks to the library staff and everyone who helped to make the exhibition a success, not least the residents who supplied us with such a variety of material.



12th Nov 2018

Commemorating the centenary of the end of World War 1

The Parish Council has installed a plaque in the sensory garden in Noakes Place and  planted a climbing Peace Rose to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. The Council held a short ceremony to mark this on 9th November, when representatives of the Great Baddow branch of the Royal British Legion laid a wreath. We were also delighted to be joined by staff and children from Little Spring Wonders Daycare Nursery; the children also laid a wreath of poppies they had made. The forecast of heavy rain later in the day caused us to move the children's wreath, as it was made of paper, and it has since enjoyed a prominent position in the library for the remaining days of our World War 1 exhibition!


11th Nov 2018

There But Not There

St Mary's Church installed 31 'Tommie' figures in the church as part of the 'There But Not There' initiative, representing the men from Great Baddow who died in World War 1 and whose names are recorded on the War Memorial Plaque inside the church. The figures were there for the Remembrance Day service, which was attended by council representatives. Cllr Keith Liley laid a wreath on behalf of the Parish Council.

07th Nov 2018

Christmas at Sandon Park and Ride!

Essex County Council has published details of Christmas running times for the Park and Ride and some Sunday services for Christmas shopping during November and December. Click here for details.

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