The Mayor's Tree!
The Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford, 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 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.
Could you be a Farleigh Hospice Trustee?
The board of trustees of Farleigh Hospice is looking to recruit two new trustees to replace those who have recently retired. Responsibilities include attending about 12 evening meetings a year (on Mondays), plus daytime committee meetings. Training and support will be provided and travelling expenses may be reimbursed. The closing date for applications is 31st January 2014 and any parishioners who are interested can find full information and an application pack through the hospice website, www.farleighhospice.org.
The Discovery Festival
Chelmsford City Council and ecdp (Essex Coalition of Disabled People) are organising The Discovery Festival from Monday 25th to Saturday 30th November at various locations across Chelmsford, with the majority of activities taking place in High Chelmer and Chelmsford Library. The event is in in recognition of and building up to the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities and will feature activities such as performances from local disability dance groups, music, workshops and sporting activities. The City Council invites all residents of the Parish to participate in the Festival.
To find out more details on Chelmsford City Council website, click here.
Review of the County Council's Local Bus Strategy
Essex County Council is undertaking a review of its Local Bus Strategy and how it provides financial support for local bus services. At present ECC pays for nearly 200 bus services, either in full or for particular journeys to serve certain communities or at certain times. The supported services generally are evening and Sunday services, rural services and some interurban services. An initial survey is now underway to obtain the views of residents on where financial support should be focused.
Some of the services involved serve Great Baddow and residents may therefore wish to respond to the consultation. To find a full list of the supported local bus services and to respond to the survey click here. The survey is also available in hard caopy form through libraries. The survey runs until December 9th and any changes to services will be from September 2015.
Essex Playing Fields Association Awards 2013
We are delighted to have been awarded two silver certificates of merit from the EPFA in the 2013 competition. One was for the recreation ground, in the category of playing fields serving a population of 2,500 or more and the other was for our children's play equipment. Congratulations go to our grounds staff for their hard work in maintaining these facilities to such a high standard.
Winter Weather Policy
Now that winter is approaching, parishioners may like to be aware of the Parish Council's policy for maintaining access to Councoil facilities in the vent 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 our 2013 event due to the last minute delay in publication of the author's new book, we are delighted to say that we will be hosting an event for the 2014 Essex Book Festival in the Parish Hall. It will be 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. This will be on the afternoon of Thursday 13th March, 2014 - watch out for booking details.
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
Parish Council Chairman
Cllr Chris Shaw stepped down as Chairman of the council at the annual meeting in May, after serving as chairman for twenty years. Cllr Jannetta Sosin was elected as Chairman and Chris is now Vice Chairman of the council.
Village Conference 2013
The 2013 annual Village Conference was held on Thursday 11th April. There were reports from the Parish Council and from the police, fire service and other local organisations and question and answer sessions.
Click here to view the Parish Council report for 2012-13.
Click here to view the minutes of the 2012 Conference.
Parish Play in the Park and Teen Rec Scheme 2013
Chelmsford City Council's Sports Development Unit ran Play in the Park and Teen Rec Schemes at the Recreation Ground again in 2013, offering two hour multi-activity sessions during the Easter and Summer school holidays.
These were FREE to all young people aged from 6 to 16, as the Parish Council subsidises the cost. There were sessions for children aged from 6 to 11 (Play in the Park) and separate sessions for young people from 11 to 16 (Teen Rec).
There were plenty of takers for the younger age group and we hope they all enjoyed the sessions, but attendance was disappointing at the sessions for the older age group. We hope to be holding more sessions in 2014, so watch out for details next year.
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.
Centenary Award 2012
The winner of the 2012 Parish Council Centenary Award was Dipak Pau, who was presented with his award by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Christopher Kingsley, at the Council's Community Celebration in January 2013. The award was made in recognition of his outstanding care, kindness and compassion to customers of his Meadgate pharmacy and also for his work as a trustee and past chairman of the J's Hospice charity.
The Community Celebration was also the first occasion in which Tony Appleton participated as Great Baddow's town crier, a position to which he was appointed in September 2012.
Above: Dipak Pau showing his Centenary Award certificate, together with Cllr Chris Shaw, Tony Appleton and his wife and daughter
Below: Cllr Christopher Kingsley, Mayor of Chelmsford, speaking at the Community Celebration and the Meadgate Music Group, who provided the entertainment
We are sad to report the death of Joan Beard, a former long serving parish and county councillor for Great Baddow. Joan was chairman of Essex County Council for 1999-2000, having first been elected as a county councillor in May 1981, and worked tirelessly on behalf of residents of Great Baddow. She was one of the first people to be awarded the title of Honorary Burgess of Great Baddow in 2004, not only for her long service as a parish and county councillor, but more particularly for her work on behalf of the Essex Dyslexia Association, of which she was a founder member, and her contribution to the opening of the Dyslexia Institute in Chelmsford. Joan also worked on behalf of the Mind Centre in Chelmsford.
The funeral was held in Sussex, where Joan moved a few years ago to be close to one of her daughters, and a very well attended memorial service was held at St Mary's Church, Great Baddow on May 11th.
Allotment Competition 2012
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, but particularly to the first prize winners – Mr Robb at Vicarage Lane and Mr Hills at Towerfield.
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.
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.
No beat surgeries are being held at present.
The latest application to redevelop the Marrable House site with 58 units of extra care housing, comprising two buildings linked by a bridge, was approved at Chelmsford Borough Council's Planning Committee meeting on November 15th 2011. The Parish Council, local borough councillors and many residents spoke against the application, but the committee followed the officers' advice and approved the application. As yet, nothing has been heard about when redevelopment might begin.
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