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Car Park Closure May 2014

The Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee

The old Village Hall in School Lane, Great Wigborough and the site on which it stands are the property of the villages of Great and Little Wigborough and public access is not automatic.

To affirm this, at least once a year, for a period of at least one week, the car park will be closed.

This is advance notice that the next period of closure will be from 25th May to 1st June 2014.  No access or egress will be possible during that period.

Jinny Gale



Peldon History Project

Local history from Oral SourcesPatrick Denney

The Friends of St Mary’s Peldon will be hosting a talk by Patrick Denney, entitled ‘Local History from Oral Sources’ with the aim of setting up an oral history project in the village of Peldon … the delights and pitfalls.

There has already been a very positive response to setting up the Peldon History Project in order to research and update the history of the village over the last 60 years, especially through oral recordings of those who have lived in or been associated with Peldon during this time. All are welcome to join us as we launch this new project.

The talk will be at St Mary’s Church Peldon starting at 7:30pm on 23rd April.  Tickets £8 on the door or in advance from Bill on 01206 735770. Refreshments will be available.

Patrick Denney is one of the leading Colchester historians and a well known local and family history tutor. He has taught a range of classes across the region for the Universities of Cambridge, Essex and East Anglia, for various Adult Education Colleges and the WEA. He is also the author of numerous books and articles on the History of Colchester. He is Secretary of the Colchester Recalled Oral History Group and Membership Secretary of the Friends of Colchester Museums. He is also a Regional Blue Badge Tourist Guide, a Member of ‘The Essex Society for Archaeology and History’ and is currently serving on the Society’s Council.

Next lecture

This is the start of this very exciting project about the history of our local area, so do try to come.  The second History Lecture in the Autumn will be a workshop and talk on recording history.


Colchester Road/The Strood/Mersa Road Speed Limit

The Essex County Council (B1025 Colchester Road/The Strood, West Mersea & Mersea Road, Peldon) (40mph Speed Limit) Order 2014

Notice is hereby given that the Essex County Council has made the above Order under Sections 84(1) and (2) and Part III to Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Effect of the order: To introduce a 40MPH speed limit on that length of B1025 Colchester Road/The Strood, West Mersea & Mersea Road, Peldon in the Borough of Colchester as specified (The roads are currently derestricted):

B1025 Colchester Road/The Strood, West MerseaFrom a point approximately 60 metres north west of its junction with Mersea Road (northern arm of Bennett island) in a generally south easterly direction, for a distance of approximately 265 metres.
Mersea Road, PeldonFrom its junction with B1025 Colchester Road (both arms of the Bennett island) in a generally north westerly direction, for a distance of approximately 1070 metres.

Date of operation: The Order will come into operation on 31 March 2014.

Further details: A copy of the Order and plans may be examined during normal office hours at County Hall, Chelmsford CM1 1LX.

Application to the high court: Anyone who wishes to question the validity of the Order of any provision contained in it on the grounds that it is not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 or on the grounds that any requirement of the Act, or any instrument made under it, has not been complied with in relation to the Order, may within six weeks from the date of the making of the Order apply to the High Court for this purpose.


Progress with the Wigboroughs’ Village Hall

Thank you to everyone who returned the recent questionnaire. We distributed 200 and received 100 completed ones in return. This may be a record! There was a clear mandate for progressing two projects – the Church Nave and Peldon Village Hall and these two received almost equal support.

The committee will now start the detailed work for both of these projects to see how/whether either or both of them can be carried forward in a financially sound manner, how they can best provide appropriate benefits for the Wigboroughs and also give adequate protection for the Wigboroughs legacy going forward.

The other two projects, Donated Land and Investment will now be dropped. Our thanks go to Carol and Colin Wyatt for their generous offer of land donation.

The full record of the returns, omitting personal details, will be on display at the Annual General Meeting in June.

Jinny Gale
Chairman WVHMC


What’s coming up in the Wigboroughs?

There are a range of commuity and social events coming up in the Wigboroughs this year with both the Friends and Parochial Church Council getting involved.

Sunday 23rd March – approx. 10:30am

The AGM of the Parochial Church Council is being held at St Stephen’s Church, Gt. Wigborough starting after the morning service, so at approx 10.30 a.m.

Thursday 24th April – 7:30pm

Friends of the Wigboroughs AGM followed by Thai dinner at St. Stephen’s Church, Great Wigborough.  The Friends are particularly looking for ideas on how to strengthen the Rural Community.  Dinner for non-members is £5, for more information, or to book, please contact Melanie Newton – [email protected] or call 736118.

Weekend 16th – 18th May

To celebrate the Centenary of the Diocese of Chelmsford, the PCC are running a ‘Wigborough Making Connections’ weekend:

  • Friday evening, 16th May, ‘Meet your neighbours’ social event with wine and nibbles;
  • Saturday afternoon, 17th May, ‘Puppets come to Tea’ family event for all ages;
  • Sunday afternoon, 18th May, Informal Café-style service, with faith stories from many of our local ministers.

More details nearer the time from Anne & Peter Owen (tel 383843).

Saturday 6th September (time TBA but probably around 2pm)

The regular Wigboroughs vs Peldon cricket (and other diverse activities) day taking place at Elmdale by kind permission of Steve & Sue Copeland.

Saturday 1st November (time TBA but probably around 7:30pm)

With the centenary year of the start of the Great War coming close to its conclusion the Friends are hosting a WW1 themed quiz to be held in St. Stephen’s Church – quizmasters Mick & Alison Biegel.



Attended Freighter for Household Items

Colchester Borough CouncilColchester Borough Council have advised that they will collect household items from a number of locations throughout 2014 as part of the Attended Freighter Service.  For Winstred Hundred the Freighter will be situated in the Plough car park, Peldon between 08:00 – 09:15 on 12th April, 7th June & 2nd August; for other locations click the link –

You can use this service to dispose of small loads of household items which are not  collected as part of your regular kerbside collection. Please don’t use this service to dispose of items which can be recycled, although you can bring garden waste separately which will be composted.

Please note that the attendants will not accept any of the following items:

  • large loads, fridges, freezers or other electrical goods – these items can be collected as part of the Special Collection Service or taken to your local tip,
  • hazardous waste such as asbestos, batteries, liquids or gas bottles – for information on how to dispose of your hazardous items, please click here,
  • commercial refuse – the Council operates a trade recycling and rubbish collection service, details of which can be found here.

For more information please email [email protected] or phone 01206 282700.


Chairman’s report February 2014

Chairman’s Report – February 2014

The Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee

At the Annual General Meeting in 2012 the community agreed in principle that the site of the old Village Hall in School Lane should be sold.  The Committee is in the process of registering the land and has lodged an outline planning application for two three-bedroomed houses on the site.

The residents of the Wigboroughs and the Charity Commission both have to give final approval before the sale can take place.

The outline planning application can be seen on the Colchester Borough Council website  The application number is 132631.

It should be noted that a new owner of the land may seek to vary any approved outline planning application and that the Management Committee will then have no control over any changes which CBC may agree.

Jinny Gale

13th February 2014


Essex Wildlife Trust Events

As well as protecting wildlife for the future and for the people of Essex to enjoy at numerous Nature Reserves throughout Essex, Essex Wildlife Trust also run many events each year, some for fun and some for the benefit of all.  Some of those upcoming are taking pace at the Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre and include:

blue popcorn photographyPhotography Days

Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th February between 10:30 – 15:00.  Join Blue Popcorn Photography Club for a fun day at this fun event esecially for budding young photographers – just bring yourself, a packed lunch and digital camera.  Booking is esential on 01206 738172 with a £25 donation requested per child.

Winter work parties

abberton volunteersVolunteers are being invited to join Essex Wildlife Trust planting new hedgerows and woodland areas every Saturday from now until the end of March between 10:00 and 15:00.  NO experience is necessary and groups are welcomed.

Please contact Jo or Charlie if you are interested in helping out by calling 01206 738172 or by email to [email protected].


An evening with Mum

An evening with Mum

Celebrate Mothers Day on Sunday 30th March, between 5pm – 8.30pm with a twilight walk around the nature reserve followed by nibbles and cocktails.

Booking is essential by calling 01206 738172 and a £5 donation is requested per person.

For more events and news of wildlife sightings, you can folow Esex Wildlife Trust on Facebook –


Highland Fling in Peldon

The Friends of St Mary’s Peldon are holding their annual Highland Fling on Saturday 8th February in Peldon Village Hall (7 for 7.30pm).

All are welcome to join us for this ever-popular traditional Burns Night supper followed by Scottish  dancing. So why not dig out your dancing shoes and tartans, for a really enjoyable evening? Tickets £8 (children £5) in advance from Sally 735931.

Update, 7TH February : THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.