|07th Nov 2018|
Community Housing Funding Opportunity
Chelmsford City Council has been allocated money through the Community Housing Fund, which has been matched by money from other grants to make a total of £41,135 available to help communities create new homes for local people.
Types of community-led housing include co-housing, self-help housing, community land trusts, cooperative and tenant-controlled housing, and can include rented or shared ownership tenures.
The City Cuncil is inviting applications from community groups for specific projects to support the development of community-led housing. The funding can be used in a number of ways, including the legal and administrative costs of forming an organisation, survey or design work, or even construction costs. Funding will only be allocated to community-led affordable housing schemes that meet key criteria.
These criteria and further information, including how to make an application, are available on the City Council website.
The deadline for submitting an application is 12pm on Friday 11 January 2019.
|05th Nov 2018|
Apply now for the Parish Council's Voluntary Community Sector Grants!
Applications for grants to be awarded in May 2019 need to be made by 30th November 2018. Please see our home page for links to the application form, information required and full details of the Council's grant awarding policy.
|26th Oct 2018|
More Awards for our Playing Fields and Play Areas
At the 2018 AGM of the Essex Playing Fields Association held on 25th October the Parish Council was presented with a Gold Award in the category for playing fields serving a population of 2,500 or more and a Silver Award in the children's playgrounds category. This acknowledges the high standards noted by the EPFA judges when they visitied these facilities - many congratulations to our grounds team on securing these awards once again; we received the same awards in 2017.
|03rd Oct 2018|
Parish Council Macmillan Coffee Morning 2018
A huge thank you is due to our Parish Council staff, who ran a highly successful event on 27th September - not just a coffee morning, but delicious bacon butties provided as well! They raised a total of just over £450 in donations and raffle ticket sales, which is a great reward for their efforts. Thank you to everyone who supported it - we were very grateful for the perfect weather as well, which meant we could put some chairs and tables outside when space was getting tight inside!
Raffle ticket sales went well - many thanks to Lynn for running the sales on the day and to all those who donated prizes
|08th Sep 2018|
Play in the Park
We again funded Chelmsford City Council's Play in the Park sessions at the Recreation Ground during the school summer holidays, making them free for residents. Considering what wonderful summer weather we have had this year, it was unfortunate that there was heavy rain for two of the five sessions, which kept all but a hardy few away! However, the other sessions were well attended and there was some very positive feedback from parents.
Watch out for details of next year's sessions.
|05th Sep 2018|
The Bell Centre
Sadly we are no longer in a position to hire out the Bell Centre, which was leased from Essex County Council. After much investigation it became apparent that the condition of the building is now such that it would basically need rebuilding at great cost to the Parish Council; a majority of councillors felt that this was an unjustifiable cost to incur and so it will be handed back to the County Council at the end of September 2018.
|07th Aug 2018|
New Parish Councillor
We are very pleased to welcome Mr Peter Sadowsky as a new Parish Councillor, following his cooption at the Council meeting on August 6th. This follows the earlier resignation of Cllr Jonathan Fuller, following his appointment to a school headship in Harlow.
|07th Aug 2018|
Bus service from The Maltings to The Vineyards reinstated
We are pleased to see that following protests by the Council and others that the new 51 bus timetable now enables passengers to travel between The Maltings estate and The Vineyards, having been cut off when bus services were reorganised earlier in the year. We trust that this will remain as a permanent improvement to the service.
|11th Jul 2018|
Welcome to a new Parish Clerk
Anyone who has visited the parish office recently or who happens to have read our staff page carefully in the last couple of weeks may have noticed that we now have a new Parish Clerk. We have been delighted to welcome Mrs Clare Milligan as our new Clerk, following the departure of our previous Clerk, Ms Ann Wood. Ann is taking up the post of Parish Clerk to Tiptree Parish Council and we wish her well in her new position.
|22nd May 2018|
Sutherland Lodge Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG)
The surgery is looking for registered patients at the practice who would like to help in the development of the PPG. All local surgeries have PPGs, where patients can work with the surgery staff to improve the patients' experience, and the Sutherland Lodge PPG is undergoing a period of change, having been relaunched. They are looking for people with particular skills and especially welcome people with skills such as taking minutes, helping with the new virtual email group or generally bringing knowledge and experience to the bi-monthly meetings, held at the surgery from 6.30 to 8pm.
The other way patients can help is by becoming members of the Virtual Group, who would receive occasional emails asking their opinion over some aspect of patient care or giving news about health matters and the surgery in general. They would like as diverse a group as possible.
To find out more, contact the Chair, Cathy Trevaldwyn at email@example.com or leave your name and contact details in the box at Reception in the surgery.
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