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Vacancy at Abberton Rural Training

abberton-rural-trainingABBERTON RURAL TRAINING


Based at:       Layer Water Treatment Works, Church Road, Layer de la Haye, Essex CO2 0EP

Hours:           Monday – Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00 with an opportunity to increase the hours worked further as the project develops

Salary:           Negotiable 

Abberton Rural Training is a new Rural Skills training charity providing Further Education for post 16 students in Land Based Studies, and short course programmes in a variety of rural skills. A diverse range of organisations have come together to work in partnership to create and deliver Abberton Rural Training. These include Essex County Council, Colchester Borough Council, Layer Parish Council, Rural Community Council of Essex, Colchester Institute, Writtle College and Essex Wildlife Trust. 

Following the commencement of our courses, we now wish to recruit a part time Administrative Assistant who will support the Project Manager and the Programme Tutors in:

  • maintaining student and timetable records;
  • recording and investigating student absence;
  • dealing with parent/family enquiries;
  • following up referrals;
  • booking visits;
  • liaising with feeder schools and other community bodies;
  • taking minutes for meetings;
  • updating finance records;
  • purchasing consumables and other items relevant to the course;
  • handling the post; and
  • dealing with other administrative requirements as they arise.

The successful candidate will ideally have had experience working within an educational environment, and will be proficient in using Microsoft Excel and Word. You will be educated to at least GCSE standard, including Maths and English, with excellent IT, organisational and communication skills, and will possess the ability to work effectively to tight deadlines whilst handling multiple priorities. Outstanding attention to detail, first-class interpersonal and team-working skills, and the ability to establish good working relations at every level of the organisation, are all essential requirements for the post. A First Aid qualification would also be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a DBS (formerly CRB) check, and references will be sought.

This summary is designed to assist prospective candidates in understanding the key components of the role. It is not intended to be exhaustive. The content of the role may be subject to modification from time to time.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Jacqui Stone, Project Manager, Abberton Rural Training at: [email protected].  The closing date for receipt of applications is 3rd November 2014.


Peldon Festival 2014

peldon-village-festival-2014This weekend sees the 2014 Peldon Village Festival with many old favourites but also, new this year, parachuting Teddies!  The main events are between 11am & 4pm each day unless otherwise detailed.

Saturday 14th June sees:

  • Craft stalls,
  • Meet the animals,
  • Tower open,
  • Exhibitions,
  • Lunches, cream teas,
  • Punch & Judy,
  • Street Organ, and
  • Parachting Teddies – yes bring along your Teddy, fit him up with a parachute and watch him make his jump from the Church Tower!

Sunday 15th June we have:

  • Festival service (9:30am),
  • Tower open,
  • Flowers, exhibitions,
  • Refreshments, cream teas, and
  • Song Cycle in Concert (7:30pm).

All enquiries to Sally on 01206 735931.


Music & Fun for Peldon Village Hall

musicKeen to bolster their rebuilding fund (just over half-way now), the Peldon Village Hall Management Committee are running two great events for all the family early in July.

An evening of Live Music – 5th July

You are invited to relax, dine and dance to the sizzling sounds of summer at Brickhouse Farm, Lower Road, Peldon.  Starring the Crissy Lee All Star Band and featuriug Liz Oki (recently seen on the BBC’s The Voice) the lovely Lesley Arden will also be there to entertain at the start of the evening.  Doors open at 5:30pm with music from 6:30pm and food served from 7pm.  Tickets to be booked in advance from Bob Holmes (01206 735510 or [email protected]) and cost £20 including a 2 course supper.

There will be a licensed bar and free parking.

Family Fun Day – 6th July

family funAlso taking place at Brickhouse Farm this event runs from 11am to 2pm.  

Entry includes:
  • Football,
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Bouncy Castle & Inflatables,
  • Crafts
Activity Timetable:
  • 11.30am – 4 years & under races
  • 12.30pm – 5-7 years races
  • 1.30pm – 8 years and over races
  • 2pm – Tug of war
There will also be BBQ, Bar, Sweets and Ice creams all available to purchase on the day.
For tickets and further information please contact Zena Faulkner on 07970 669375,  01206 735457 or

Entry includes:
Football, Treasure Hunt
Bouncy Castle & Inflatables, Crafts
Activity Timetable:
11.30am – 4 years & under races
12.30pm – 5-7 years races
1.30pm – 8 years and over races
2pm – Tug of war
BBQ, Bar, Sweets and Ice creams
All available to purchase on the day.
For tickets and further information please contact
Zena Faulkner on 07970 669375 or 01206 735457

  • Adults £2
  • Children £3 (3-15 yrs),
  • Children under 3 yrs free

Thank You

Thanks go to Robert & Liz Davidson for tthe use of their house and garden for these events.


Song Cycle in Concert – Peldon Village Festival Event

Peldon Festival Event – Song Cycle in Concert

song cycle in peldon churchBy popular demand the Peldon Village Festival sees a welcome return for the male voice quartet known as The Essex  ‘Kings’ Singers’.  They will perform music from Bach to the Beatles and being Humorous and Serious by turn are most entertaining.  As well as performing in Peldon before, they have also appeared on Songs of Praise with Aled Jones and on local radio.

Evening Concert 7.30pm on Sunday 15th June.

Tickets £10  (conc. £8 ) inc. refreshments

St. Mary’s Church, Peldon


Wigboroughs Village Hall Consultation Results – April 2014


Thank you again to everyone who completed and returned the recent questionnaire.  Its object was to help us focus our efforts on the projects which people most supported.  Projects will only remain on our agenda if they prove to be viable and financially sound and meet the objectives of the Charity’s governing document. For purposes of clarification I quote these in full.  The original donation of the Old Village Hall said that it was to be used for

.. physical and mental training and recreation and social moral and intellectual development through the medium of reading and recreation rooms library lectures classes recreations and entertainments or otherwise as may be found expedient for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parishes of Great and Little Wigborough in the County of Essex and its immediate vicinity”.  If the premises were sold the proceeds were to be “applied either in the purchase of other premises approved by the Committee and to be held upon the trust for the purposes and subject to the provisions hereintobefore set forth or as near thereto as circumstances will permit or towards such other charitable purposes or objects for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parishes of Great and Little Wigborough as may be approved by [the Charity Commisssion].

Based on declared first choices there were 35.5 supporters for the Church Nave project, 33 for Peldon Village Hall, 20 for the Donated Land and 9.5 for the Investment project.  Halves arise from indicating support for two projects equally.   The full list of responses, minus personal details but including the many interesting comments made, will be available for study at the 2014 Annual General Meeting.

Given the results the Committee decided unanimously to undertake further work on the Church Nave  and Peldon Village Hall projects and to do no further work on the Donated Land and Investment projects.

It is apparent that there are some misunderstandings circulating around the villages and I should like to set the record straight on these.

The questionnaire is a guide for the next stage of our work and not a mandate to implement anything.  We cannot proceed with any investment activity without the approval of both the community and the Charity Commission.  The process will be that the Committee will make recommendations to the community, which will be asked to vote on them and so define a way forward.  If the community supports the recommendations they will then be referred to the Charity Commission asking for them to approve our plans.

The Committee regrets that some residents did not understand the questionnaire or its significance.  In total 102 people did.  Full details of all the Committee members were provided so that help was available.  Some people took advantage of that.

As set out above the proceeds from the sale of the School Lane site have to be used to provide benefits for the Wigboroughs residents as near as possible to those envisaged by the original purchasers of the School Lane site.  We use the convenient shorter description of ‘community facilities’ to encompass these.   Colchester Borough Council has also made it clear that planning permission to develop the School Lane site will depend on the sale money realised being re-invested in community facilities.

Any suggestion that support for the Peldon Village Hall project involves handing money over to Peldon and then walking away from it is incorrect.  If eventually a decision is made by the community, through the voting process, to invest money in the Peldon Village Hall redevelopment project it will be done in a strictly legal manner with merging of the two Village Hall Committees and the shared development and ownership of a Peldon and Wigboroughs Village Hall.  This approach has the approval of the Peldon Village Management Committee.  With this project money would therefore be invested in the tangible assets of a building and land just as it was originally in School Lane.  If years down the track such a new shared hall became derelict or unused there would be legacy money to be recovered by selling that site in a repeat of the School Lane history.

Jinny Gale

Chairman WVHMC


Peldon May Festival 2011

Riotous Assembly - Folk Opera of 19th Century riots

Riotous Assembly – Folk Opera of 19th Century riots

Don’t miss 3 days of events at the Peldon May Festival. 

Kicking it off in the Plough on Friday 27th ay at 7:30 will be Folk music in the garden, provided by Elaine Barker, Bill, Gwendal Moele and Shanty Clere. The usual Friday pub food will be available or why not try your hand at Boules  before Sunday’s competition. 

Between 11am and 5pm on the Saturday there is a day of family fun with the Church Tower Open, Flower Festival, Art and Photographic Exhibition, Craft Stalls, Owl Display, Dog Training, Punch and Judy, Bouncy Castle, Gardeners Question Time, Beer Tent, Ploughmans Lunches and Cream Teas with entrance just £2 or £1 for children. 

Sunday kicks off with a Pet Service in the church at 9:30 followed between 10am and 4pm with the Church Tower Open, Flower Festival and Art and Photographic Exhibitions in the Church, Open Gardens with Treasure Hunt and Scarecrow Competition, Light Lunches, Cream Teas and the Boules Competition.

The festival is rounded off nicely with a Festival Concert in the Church by the popular Hadleigh group ‘Riotous Assembly’. A tale of the Essex riots 1790-1820, depicted in a contemporary folk song setting, followed by an end of Festival reception. Tickets £10 to include refreshments.  More details from Bill Tamblyn 01206 735770. 


Peldon May Festival 2010

A windswept day with ‘interesting’ weather did not dampen to enthusiasm to enjoy the annual Peldon May Festival.  The following pictures were taken on the day.

Peldon Councillor Nicky Ellis with the Colchester Mayor Sonia Lewis and her escort Keith Lewis
Youngsters enjoying the new playground
Mayoral couple with Peldon Councillors Nicky Ellis and Jane Banks and Wigboroughs Councillors Phil Gladwin and
Jinny Gale at the new playground