|07th Mar 2019|
Essex Libraries Service Consultation
As you may have heard, there has been a tremendous response to this consultation, so much so that an extraordinary County Council meeting has been called for Tuesday 12th March at 10 am in the Council Chamber to discuss the issue. This meeting is open to the public.
Great Baddow Library is scheduled to remain open and at a meeting parish councillors held recently with County Cllr Susan Barker and her colleagues, we were assured that this is not subject to change, even if any other libraries scheduled for closure are reprieved. We also obtained assurances that if any changes to staffing and opening hours are planned in future, we will be consulted.
|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.
|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.
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