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Wigs Village Hall Management Committee – Nov 2014


At the WVHMC AGM on 6th November 2014 Sam Norton, Phil Gladwin and Jinny Gale were confirmed in office as Appointed Trustees and Marion Houlding, Mel Newton, Mark Waterfield and Carol Wyatt were confirmed as Elected Trustees following a ballot.  The committee would like to thank John Hutchinson for his excellent service since the committee was re-established in 2011.


Five Parishes 2014

82nd-5-parishesThe main programme and horse show schedule are now available for download from the Show page on this website – click the link :

Arena and stall highlights this year inlcude:

  • K9 Quackers, Sheepdog show
  • Colchester Birds of Prey
  • East Anglian Kite Flyers
  • Tendring Dog Agility Display Team
  • Suffolk Punch Trust
  • Annies Fantasies Clog Dancing
  • Colchester Model Aircraft Club
  • Horse Show
  • Exemption Dog Show
  • Colne Endeavour Music Club
  • Horticultural Marquee (Entries on Saturday, 3rd August)
  • Craft Marquee
  • Licensed Bar
  • Food Stalls


    Support East Anglian Children’s Hospices

    Colchester Abseil 13th July 2014

    This is just one of many events that East Anglian Children’s Hospices (EACH) are organizing to support their work supporting families and providing care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. They provide care and support wherever the family wishes – in families’ own homes, in the community or at one of their hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.  Their care teams help children and their families with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life.

    EACH had already arranged an abseil at Colchester Town Hall in June and that has already sold out so they are now organizing this extra date to Abseil approx 100ft from the roof of Colchester Town Hall!

    Entry fees £15 per person, plus minimum sponsorship of £85 for participants aged 17 yrs and over, and £30 for those aged 16 yrs and under (payable on the day or via an online fundraising page).

    Event managed by Creation Climbing Centre.

    Minimum age 14 years.

    For more information please contact the Essex fundraising team on 01206 848450 or email [email protected] or, if you are already convinced, enter with their online entry form.

    If abseiling is not for you then to find other events visit the EACH events pages.


    The 82nd 5 Parishes Show 2014

    Sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water
    Sunday, 3rd August 11.00 a.m -5.00 p.m
    (By kind permission of the Commander Defence Training Estate East)

    5 Parishes Horticultural SocietyAttractions include:

    • K9 Quackers, Sheepdog show
    • Colchester Birds of Prey
    • East Anglian Kite Flyers
    • Tendring Dog Agility Display Team
    • Suffolk Punch Trust
    • Annies Fantasies Clog Dancing
    • Colchester Model Aircraft Club
    • Horse Show
    • Exemption Dog Show
    • Colne Endeavour Music Club
    • Horticultural Marquee (Entries on Saturday, 2nd August)
    • Craft Marquee
    • Licensed Bar
    • Food Stalls

    5-parishes-mapMain show schedules soon to be available from:<

    Horse show schedules soon to be available from:

    Dog show schedules soon to be available from:


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    ENTRANCE £5.00 CONCESSIONS £4.00 CHILDREN (5 – 16) £1.0


    Do you want to show your garden on TV?

    How does your garden grow?

    Outline Productions are a TV Production company and the makers of BBC2’s ‘The Great British Garden Revival’ and are currently making a brand new prime-time TV series which explores Britain’s beautiful private gardens. 

    Are you a passionate gardener, is your garden your pride & joy, do you want to prove you’ve got the best garden in town?

    Well, Outline are casting for people who would like to showcase their stunning, imaginative or unique gardens to the nation, no matter what style, shape or size. Does your garden represent peace and tranquility?  Is your garden fit for entertaining?  Are you the proud owner of a National Collection? Perhaps it’s a tropical paradise or has an impressive prize winning fruit and veg patch?  Outline are looking for people to apply and go head to head in a competition with other garden lovers to compare and critique who has the best garden / gardening skills and hospitality in town. 

    Outline would like to come to Essex for the first episode and have been identifying highly regarded and pretty villages in the county. They believe our community could be home to keen gardeners with fantastic gardens and are inviting anybody interested to contact them either by:


    Green Open Homes

    green open homesSave £££ and win – visit Green Open Homes during May

    On Saturdays and Sundays / weekends from 3 – 15 May, 20 local householders will be opening their homes to the public as part of Colchester’s Green Open Homes.  Find out how easy it is to cut hundreds of pounds from your energy bills by installing energy saving measures, from low cost to bigger investments. Plus win shopping vouchers just by visiting one of the Green Open Homes. The event will be a great opportunity for visitors to see first-hand how various environmental and renewable technologies work, such as solar panels and air source heat pumps.  See the technologies in use in real homes discuss with the householders the practicalities and benefits for them.

    • How much did the installation cost and how simple was it?
    • What effect has it had on their fuel bills?
    • Are the sales claims realistic?

    Visit or contact the organizers, en-form, on 01206 367776 or [email protected] for locations and opening details.


    Making Connections in the Wigoroughs

    St Stephen’s Church, Great Wigborough, is hosting a series of events between May 16th – 18th to encourage local residents to get to know each other.  

    Friday 16th May – Meet Your Neighbours

    Meet over drinks and canapés – tower opens 6:30 – 8:30pm.

    Saturday 17th May – Puppets come to Tea

    This family oriented activity is a family event for all ages starting at 3pm – free tickets are available from Louise – call 735136.

    Sunday 18th May – Café-style service

    Faith stories from local ministers at 4pm.


    Run a stall at Peldon Festival 2014?

    This year’s Peldon Festival is on Saturday 14th June. As usual we have Punch & Judy, animals, food, stalls, games etc.

    We have also booked some craft stalls but are looking for local people who may want a stall and wonder if you know of anyone?  Maybe a couple of people want to share a stall?

    Could you please put anyone in touch with me on this email [email protected] or 01206 735505 Or Kate on [email protected] or 01206 736043.

    It would be nice to get local people involved. We are always needing help on the day, so if you fancy a day out let me know!

    Jane Anderson


    Job Vacancy – Community Agents

    Community Agents Essex

    Four Voluntary and Community Sector organisations have come together and formed a partnership to deliver a new and targeted service to help older people in Essex. The “Community Agents Essex” service will create a countywide network of agents and volunteers who will support older people and informal carers to find and develop independent living solutions from within their local community.

    Community Agent (24 posts)

    • Salary £8.26 per hour plus travelling expenses
    • Flexible working hours between 10 and 20 hours per week (Minimum 10 hours)

    We are looking for Community Agents to operate in all parts of Essex. Full training and support will be provided but you will need to know your own locality well.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can proactively engage with and support older people in the community often on a one to one basis. Working as part of a team you must have excellent spoken and written communication skills and possess the ability to solve problems. You must have good IT skills, a full driving licence and use of your own car.

    All appointments will be subject to a DBS check.

    Interviews for these posts will be held on 12th and 13th May 2014

    The closing date for all applications is: 2nd May 2014.

    For more information about how to apply for one of these posts please visit


    BBC1 Homes & CBC tenants news

    There seems to have been a little flurry of news themed around Homes of late, and this news update is a distillation of it:

    BBC TV Programme

    BBC One are looking for people who live in interesting homes in across Essex and would be happy to try a home swap holiday for a new TV series.  

    Do you live in an interesting home you’d be happy to swap with someone elsewhere in the UK for a short break?  Would you like the chance to have a new experience and discover local cuisine, sight-seeing that goes beyond the guide book, and an authentic place to stay?

    Do you:


    • Live in an interesting property such as a conversion, a charming cottage, a super-modern apartment, a historic building, a period house or have an unbelievable view?
    • Want a short UK break and chance to discover a new area?
    • Like the idea of a house swap holiday, but have never tried it?



    For an application form please email [email protected] with your contact details.

    Please also see the link to the show’s page at the BBC:

    Colchester Borough Homes

    Do you know a Council tenant or leaseholder who:

    • takes an active interest in their community,
    • makes a positive difference where they live,
    • is always looking to make things better,

    … then they could be just the person we’re looking for to join our Board! Tenant Board Members serve for a period of three years and bring a resident’s perspective to decisions about the future of the Company.

    More information about the role and an application pack will shortly be available on our website:

    If you would like us to send out information in the post to you or an interested tenant or leaseholder, please emai l[email protected] with details.

    Thank you for your time! J

    Berkeley Young
    Board Assurance Officer
    (Working days: Mon-Thu)

    Colchester Borough Homes
    1st Floor, Rowan House
    33 Sheepen Road

    Colchester CO3 3WG
    Tel:  (01206) 282518
    Fax: (01206) 506924 
    (Typetalk users dial 18001 followed by the full number that you wish to call)