Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and New Year!
Christmas and New Year Closing
The Parish Council office will close at 1pm on Wednesday 24th December and reopen at 10am on Monday 5th January. Sports facilities at the Recreation Ground will also be closed between Christmas and New Year.
Ban on Launching of Sky Lanterns
The Parish Council decided at its meeting on 8th December 2014 to follow the example of Essex County Council in prohibiting the release of Chinese lanterns or any other form of sky lanterns from any Parish Council owned building or land.
As the County Council have stated, this follows concerns about the dangers posed by sky lanterns, including the potential to start fires, the danger to animals and resulting litter.
Allotment Competition 2014
The prizes for this year's allotment competition were presented at a joint Christmas event with the Horticultural Society in December. We would like to offer our congratulations to all the prize winners and indeed to all the allotment holders who put so much hard work into cultivating their allotments. The first prize winner at Vicarage Lane was Mr Robb and Mr Hull took the first prize at Towerfield.
Marrable House - new planning application
We have been notified by the City Council that previous plans for development of sheltered elderly (extra care) accommodation at the Vineyards have been unable to be brought forward. A new planning application was received, which was to demolish Marrable House and construct a replacement block of slightly lower height but greater ground area in its place. This would have provided 57 general needs one and two bedroom flats along with car parking. No new building was proposed along the Maldon Road frontage apart from a small cycle store. This application has now been refused by the City Council.
Since then, an application was submitted on November 6th to determine whether prior approval is required to keep the existing building and refurbish it to provide 30 flats and 51 parking spaces. A self-contained ground floor retail unit would remain. This is pending consideration by the City Council; the target determination date is December 29th.
Gold Awards for the Recreation Ground
The Parish Council's Recreation Ground has won two Gold Awards in the 2014 Essex Best Kept Playing Fields Competition. One was for the Recreation Ground as a playing field and the other was for children's playgrounds.
Many congratulations are due to our Grounds staff who work hard to maintain the standards of our facilities.
Local neighbourhood police can be contacted on the following phone number:
Mobile contact number: 07817 454525
Chelmsford Police Station can be contacted on 101, for less urgent calls than 999 calls.
After a long absence of beat surgeries, these have resurfaced under another name, 'Street Meetings'. The local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) will now be holding weekly street meetings at various times and locations in Great Baddow. Click here to go to the neighbourhood police website for details of meetings (listed under events).
Larger Local Community Meetings will be held at less frequent intervals, but at present the only one advertised on the Baddow and Galleywood page of the website until Christmas 2014 is in South Woodham Ferrers.
Macmillan Coffee Morning 2014 - with a difference!
Parish Council staff organised a Macmillan coffee morning on 19th September - except that this year they decided to turn it into breakfast! Instead of just cakes there were very tempting bacon and egg rolls. These were very popular and the staff raised £180.35 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
New Street Trading Law
We would like to draw parishioners' attention to the new policy about street trading introduced by Chelmsford City Council. As from 15 September 2014 any person trading on the streets in Chelmsford without prior consent from the Council could be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £1,000. Every street in Chelmsford is now a Consent Street, giving the police and the Council the power to control street trading, incliuding the sale of vehicles on streets and grass verges.
'A Sense of Place' - Great Baddow Community Photography Exhibition
Above: Village crier Tony Appleton arriving to open the exhibition, greeted by artists Tracy Vine and Liz Sterry
Below: Parish Council Chairman Jannetta Sosin welcoming visitors to the exhibition
This exhibition was the result of a
creative art project exploring the local environment and heritage
in Great Baddow through the use of photography, involving different
community groups in Great Baddow. The exhibition took place on the
22nd and 23rd August in the Parish Hall and was very
It was stimulated by the development of former industrial land on West Hanningfield Road, through which funds were provided for public art. The project has been undertaken in collaboration with the Parish Council and led by two Chelmsford based artists, Tracy Vine and Liz Sterry, who have studied Masters in Art Research at Writtle College, and Furtherfield, a not-for-profit arts company.
Plans are under way for there to be a legacy from the project in the form of a website link to all the photographs and we also hope that there will be some form of permanent hard copy of some of the exhibits.
Commonwealth Games Gold for Great Baddow!
We would like to congratulate Rebecca Gallantree and Alex Dowsett on winning gold medals in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Rebecca won her medal in the synchronised 3m springboard diving and Alex won his in the men's individual cycling time trial. Alex is a Great Baddow resident and Rebecca attended Great Baddow High School before studying at Leeds University.
Great Baddow can claim to have won more gold medals than some countries in the Commonwealth!
Baddow Hall Infant School Wins Competition
We would like to congratulate children from Baddow Hall Infant School, who were this year's winners in an Easter egg packaging art competition run by Chelmsford City Council. They won a colourful recycled plastic bench for their playground by building a 'recycle bot' and were presented with their award by Cllr Janette Potter, Cabinet Member for Waste Management and Recycling.
Parish Play in the Park 2014
Chelmsford City Council's Community Sport & Wellbeing Team ran a Play in the Park scheme at the Recreation Ground again in 2014, offering two hour multi-activity sessions during the Easter and Summer school holidays.
These were FREE to all children aged from 6 to 11, as the Parish Council subsidises the cost. There were sports, arts, crafts, games and free play and sessions were all supervised by trained and experienced staff.
Dates and times will be as follows:
Monday 14th April, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Thursday 17th April, 10 am to 12 noon
Monday 11th August, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Friday 15th August, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Monday 18th August, 10 am to 12 noon
Friday 22nd August, 10 am to 12 noon
Tuesday 26th August, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Friday 29th August, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
We look forward to a further scheme for 2015.
Village Conference 2014
The 2014 annual Village Conference was held on Thursday 10th April. There were reports from the Parish Council and from the police, and other local organisations, including question and answer sessions.
Click here to view the Parish Council report for 2013-14.
Click here to view the minutes of the 2013 Conference.
Centenary Award 2013
The winner of the 2013 Parish Council Centenary Award was Mrs Barbara Locker, who was presented with her award by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Trevor Miller, at the Council's Community Celebration in January 2014. The award was made in recognition of her organisation of the Community Care Luncheon Club. This is run by volunteers every Tuesday at the United Reform Church and provides a cooked meal for up to 35 people who have been recommended to the club by local doctors.
Mrs Locker receiving her presentation from the Mayor, Cllr Trevor Miller
A New Parish Councillor
We are pleased to welcome Jonathan Fuller to the Parish Council. Jonathan was coopted to the Council at the meeting on 6th January 2014, to fill the vacancy created when Cllr Peter Charman resigned after taking up new employment in Brussels.
Visit Chelmsford app
The City Council (in partnership with the Essex Chronicle) has recently released the 'Visit Chelmsford app'. It can be installed on any iPhone or Android mobile phone and is a useful tool for residents and visitors alike. You can find bus and train timetables, your nearest bus stop, local businesses and attractions, information about what's on at local theatres and venues and navigate your way around the city. There is also a guided audio walking tour of Chelmsford taking you on a historical journey around the city centre and telling the story of key landmarks.
For more information and to download the app, click here to go the City Council website.
The Mayor's Tree!
The Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford for 2013-14, Cllr Trevor Miller and Maureen Miller, both Great Baddow parish councillors, planted an oak tree in the grounds of Baddow Hall Junior School on Saturday November 30th 2013 to commemorate Trevor's year as Mayor. Trevor has been a long-standing governor of the school and so it is highly appropriate that the tree should be planted there.
Winter Weather Policy
Parishioners may like to be aware of the Parish Council's policy for maintaining access to Councoil facilities in the event of severe winter weather. Click here to view the Council's Winter Weather Policy, which was adopted in 2011.
New Cricket Practice Area
The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Trevor Miller, officially opened Great Baddow Cricket Club's new three-bay synthetic practice area at the Recreation Ground on Saturday 28th September. As a member of Great Baddow Parish Council who has been involved in the setting up of this facility on one of the Parish Council's all-weather sports courts, it is highly appropriate that he should be invited to open the facility. The cricket club have had financial support from several sources to pay for the installation of the facility, including a grant for half the cost from the Essex County Cricket Board.
The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Trevor Miller, with the Mayoress, Maureen Miller and Great Baddow Cricket Club president, Peter Tuxill
Essex Book Festival 2014
After the disappointment of not being able to host an event last year due to the last minute delay in publication of the scheduled author's new book, we are delighted to say that we hosted a very successful event for the 2014 Essex Book Festival in the Parish Hall. It was a highly topical illustrated talk for 2014, "It'll All Be Over By Christmas! A History of the First World War in Pictures and Poetry", by Nick Dobson. We hope to be able to host another Book Festival event in 2015.
New Village Sign
The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Trevor Miller, inaugurated our new village sign on Sunday 8th September. As Trevor is also a Great Baddow Parish Councillor, it was highly appropriate that he was able to preside over the opening of the new sign. The sign was designed and constructed by local resident Dan Rawlings and we are extremely grateful to him for the splendid result and for giving his time as a contribution to the village.
Left: Mayor Cllr Trevor Miller with
Dan Rawlings Right: The Mayor and Mayoress, councillors and
New Interactive Public Rights of Way Map
Essex County Council have developed an interactive map of Public Rights of Way for the Essex Highways website. It is easy to use and has been developed for use by residents and visitors who want to find a footpath, bridleway or byway in a specific area of the county. There is a search facility via postcode, place name or address, so why not look up some local information?
Click here for a link to the map on the Essex Highways website.
New Code of Conduct
The Parish Council adopted a new Code of Conduct on 6th August 2012 in response to new laws governing the conduct of elected members in local government that came into effect on 1st July.
Click here to view a copy of the Code of Conduct.
The Parish Council had a stall at the Meadgate Festival on the Sunday of the Jubilee weekend in 2012. The Festival was very successful, despite the apalling weather that drove everything inside, and thanks to Mones Farah and Meadgate Church for doing a magnificent job in organising the event.
As the event had a 1950s theme, part of the Parish Council's display was some extracts from minutes of the annual village assemblies in the 1950s – some concerns appear not to have changed over the years (bus shelters, state of the roads etc), but others seem to definitely belong in the past!
Click here to read the extracts.
Village Design Statement
The Great Baddow Village Design Statement (VDS) was formally adopted by Chelmsford Borough Council on 8th March 2011. It now forms part of the Borough Council's Local Development Framework and is a material consideration when determining planning applications.
Please see the Village Design Statement page on this website.
The VDS Association has now fulfilled its function and held an Extraordinary General Meeting on 14th June 2012 in order to agree the disposal of remaining funds to charity and wind up the Association.
Chelmsford Recycling Centre Changes
We have been notified that the following changes to opening times will take place from 9 January 2012:
Winter opening times (9.1.12 - 29.2.12) 9 am to 4 pm
Summer opening times (1.3.12 - 15.10.12) 9 am to 5 pm
The centre will continue to operate 7 days a week, but late night opening on Tuesdays for part of the summer will no longer take place.
New BMX track in Baddow Hall Park open!
The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Robert Sheperd MBE, formally opened the new BMX track in Baddow Hall Park on Saturday October 15th 2011. It was a gloriously sunny afternoon and there was a long queue of young people waiting to try out the track. Congratulations to the mayor for having a go too! The Parish Council is delighted to have been one of the funding partners for this facility and hope it will provide much enjoyment for local people.
Mr Sidney Bass was made the fifth Honorary Burgess of Great Baddow at the Parish Council community celebration in January 2010. This was particularly in recognition of his long service to the Scouting movement, including a period as Assistant District Commissioner for the Venture Scouts. All the names of
Honorary Burgesses are shown on a specially designed board in the Parish Hall.
Nominations can be made at any time for this award, which is intended to be in recognition of valuable contributions to a wider area than Great Baddow. Nominees must be residents of Great Baddow. Please contact the Parish Council office for more details.
Trees in Great Baddow
As part of the National Tree Warden Scheme, Chelmsford Borough Council introduced a Parish Tree Warden scheme in 2004. Tree wardens are volunteers who are interested in working with the Council to encourage more tree planting, improve the management of trees, raise public awareness of the importance of trees, and celebrate trees.
We were fortunate to have a tree warden in Great Baddow, who started to describe some of the trees which are easily visible in the village.
To read his first article about one of our trees, click here!
For the second article, click here.
Unfortunately he was unable to continue, but we appointed a new tree warden, Mr David Croney, in April 2013 and are looking forward to benefiting from his expertise.
Don't forget our Tree Trail leaflet, which is available to help you enjoy a walk through the Recreation Ground. Copies are available free of charge from the Parish Council Office, the Community Association or Great Baddow Library.
Click here to download a copy