• 26.08.15

    Sports, Heritage & Apples

    Sports, Heritage & Apples are the subject of recent leisure-time news from Colchester Borough Council:

    Summer Sports PosterSummer Sports Festival at Highwoods

    Taking place on Sunday 30th August at Leisure World, there is an opportunity for all the family to join in with a range of FREE sports activities including:
    • Football - with Colchester United Football in the Community,
    • Parkour - with Team Traceur,
    • Volleyball - with Volleyball England,
    • Netball - with KATS Netball Club, and
    • Tennis - free hire of tennis courts at Leisure World Highwoods.
    Read more at http://www.colchesterleisureworld.co.uk/sportsfestival.


    Heritage Open DaysHeritage Open Days

    This year's Heritage Open Days takes place across the weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2015.  You can discover Colchester's heritage in a weekend of FREE activities and entry to more than 20 historic properties:
    • firstsite,
    • Roman Circus,
    • St. Helen’s Chapel,
    • St. Peter’s Church,
    • Quaker Meeting House (St. Mary’s House),
    • Mersea Barrow,
    • Roman Theatre,
    • Castle Museum,
    • Town Hall,
    • Sparlings Solicitors,
    • Audley Chapel,
    • St Martin’s Church,
    • St John’s Abbey Gatehouse,
    • Trinity Street,
    • Bourne Mill,
    • Super Home,
    • St. James the less & St. Helen’s Church,
    • Holy Trinity Church,
    • Peake’s House,
    • Colchester Cemetery,
    • War Memorial,
    • St. Mary at the Walls Church (Arts Centre), and
    • Colne Light Ship.
    More details and opening times are available at http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/article/16584/Heritage-Open-Days-2015.

    Celebrate Heritage{Colchester Presents} Celebrate Heritage

    On Saturday 12th September, between 9am and 5pm, the clock will be turned back  as you stroll through the High Street  and Upper Castle Park.

    Enjoy a stroll down the High Street (closed to traffic) and take time to admire the wonderful architecture of the many fascinating buildings which adorn the High Street, from the Town Hall to to the Red Lion Hotel. Watch out for historical characters that you pass along your way, you may bump into Marcus Favonius!

    Soak up the sounds of the historic music, dance and drama and enjoy some story telling and the iconic British Punch and Judy Show. Colchester has it's very own Mr Punch living at Hollytrees Museum, take a visit and see this very special puppet, dating from 1945.

    Take a wander through Colchester's Charter market, dating back to 1189 and you will find stalls selling everything from artisan bread to clothes. There will be plenty of food stalls to fill your appetite.

    Step back in time to the award-winning Castle Park which will be hosting historic market stalls, traditional side shows, puppet theatre,talks and demonstrations, all within the backdrop of Colchester Castle which will be open for free.

    Apple DayApple Day at the BIG Garden, High Woods Country Park

    Taking place on Saturday 26th September you can drop in at any time between 12pm & 3pm (donation requested).  Come and celebrate the local apple harvest! Enjoy tasting some heritage fruit varieties and try your hand at crushing and pressing local apples to make delicious juice. Family games, crafts and apple cakes and bakes to sample.

    Details of these and many more activities are on the Colchester website.

  • 18.08.15

    Summer Music in Winstred Hundred - One Day, Two Events

    July 4th this year saw the Wiggies going Yankee and Peldon indulging in the sense of summer arriving.  They reported as follows:


    Wiggies Go Yankee

    What a wonderful afternoon was had by all with St Stephens decked out in American flags and bunting, a packed house sat down to be entertained by the talented LMT Singing School dressed in vintage costumes, hair styles and make-up celebrating the great American song book.

    A delicious buffet ran throughout the afternoon with traditional American food and, while the singers had a chance to eat, the Ladies Barbershop Quartet “Velvet Rose” took over.

    People overflowed outside enjoying the hot weather where a Craft and Cake stall was busy, raffle tickets were being sold and children were playing games.

    The GW Events Committee would like to give special thanks to the singers who made our afternoon, all the people who cooked and served the delicious food, cleaned and helped putting up tables and the inevitable clearing up. Together they made it a very successful event.

    GW Events Committee


    Music on a Summer's Day in Peldon

    On 4th July the Peldon Village Hall Management Committee ran yet another very successful and enjoyable evening with the Crissy Lee All Star band in the garden of Brick House Farm. We managed to raise nearly £7,000 with tremendous support from over 260 people.

    We started the glorious evening with a young steel band which got the evening off to a great start as the sound of steel drums rang out gently across the garden. This was followed by wonderful music from Crissy's band with two great and renowned singers, Liz Oki and Victor Bynoe complementing each other perfectly, an excellent backing group and Crissy playing unbelievably. She also did an amazing drum solo with the help of one of her young music pupils which aised a further £250 for Cancer Research UK.

    Everyone had a great two course supper, and the licenced pay bar also added greatly to the fund, with the Pimms in great demand. This was followed by a successful raffle and an entertaining auction where some unusual and once in a lifetime items were sold.

    Bob Holmes



  • 03.08.15

    Mad Hatter's Tea Party

    41 members and 2 visitors attended our July annual social night. This year’s theme was the “Mad Hatter's Tea Party”.  This was an opportunity for those who wished to dress as their favourite character from 'Alice in Wonderland' or 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' to do so and indeed they did. A collection of rabbits, mad hatters, the queen of hearts and 2 Alices to name but a few arrived early, “Not late” for another lovely evening.  There was themed tea party food including sandwiches and a variety of cakes washed down with a “Drink Me” bottle of fizz and I’m glad to report we did.

    There were 3 quiz’s to be completed, the joint one was won by the team consisting of  Helene Gooding, Jean Hicks, Pam Leggett, Marianne Smith, Wyn Oxton and Caroline Wilson with 17 points out of a potential 20 and the best dressed was awarded to Jean Hedger as the outstanding “Mad Hatter” of the night.  Also the game “Pinning the moustache on the Cheshire Cat” was won by Angela Clark.

    As we don’t meet in August our next get together is on the 22nd September when Edward Lubbock and Sue Kidd will tell us about “Hot Air Ballooning”. Membership is currently full but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £5.00.

    Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of the Winstred 100 website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.



  • 23.07.15

    Summer Events at Beth Chatto Gardens

    The Beth Chatto Gardens have recently been in touch with a summer offer:
    We've come to realise that a lot of the local community have never visited the Beth Chatto Gardens before and so we're offering free entry to the garden for children under 14, throughout the summer holidays (3 children per paying adult at £6.95), and we'd also like to invite you to a FREE evening of music and art on the 20th September.

    It would be lovely to welcome members of your parish to the gardens and if you'd like to sign up for the events newsletter, please do here: http://eepurl.com/bmfHyb.

    More events are listed on their website at: http://www.bethchatto.co.uk/events/.

    Beth Chatto Gardens are based on the ecological and creative principles of their founder. They aim to provide an inspirational and sustainable, quality experience for all visitors. Education and enjoyment underpin the gardens' philosophy.  They are located at: Elmstead Market Nr Colchester Essex CO7 7DB.

     Contacts & links are:

  • 20.07.15

    Essex & Colchester News updates - July 2015

    This is a summary of a number of recent announcements made by Essex & Colchester Councils during July 2015:

    Listen to council meetings how and when you want

    A new audio webcasting system is now in place streaming live from some of our council meetings and debates, available through our website and twitter feed, or you can choose to catch up later.

    Links to the audio are from the ‘Your Council’ tab of essex.gov.uk with recordings available alongside meeting details and agendas. You can jump straight to a specific agenda item if that's all you want to hear again.The Full Council meeting broadcast is planned for 14 July and committees of the council have also started to come online. Look out for tweets with links to the audio stream at the beginning of each meeting on the @ECC_DemSer twitter feed.


    Transparency on calls to ECC's Contact Centre

    Telephone calls to Essex County Council’s Contact Centre now start with a recorded message about call charges. This follows new legislation introduced by the communications regulator Ofcom and the Advertising Standards Authority for 084, 087,09 and 118 numbers, as part of the national UK Calling scheme.

    Callers to the Contact Centre on all 0845 numbers are informed that calls cost 5p per minute plus the access charge from respective service providers.


    Road rollerEssex ahead on pothole repairs

    The number of unrepaired potholes on county roads has fallen. In the three months leading to June 30, unrepaired potholes and carriageway defects on the county’s busiest roads have reduced by 70 and 75 per cent respectively, compared with the same period last year. According to Essex County Council figures, potholes and other carriageway defects were maintained at under 350, with 137 on the county's busiest roads and 206 on main and key roads. Outstanding carriageway defects on local roads have also fallen over the same period, from 5,212 to 4,626, with 2,581 potholes repaired, continuing the positive trend seen over the previous three months. Since the same period last year, carriageway defects on local roads are down by 23 percent, from 6,001 to 4,626. To report a pothole or carriageway defect visit http://www.essexhighways.org/tell-us-pothole.aspx.


    Essex Outdoors children's activitiesHave a summer holiday to remember with Essex Outdoors

    Essex Outdoors exciting 2015 summer holiday programme for 8-16 year olds has been released. Centres in Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow and Mersea will be running School Holiday Activity Days, which include up to four activities in one day, between 23 July and 28 August. Activities include aerial trekking, archery, bouldering, BMX, canoeing, caving, climbing, kayaking, low ropes, orienteering, zip wire and much, much more. Harlow is running additional climbing days as well as canoe and kayak days between 23 July and 28 August, with Bradwell also running a canoe day on 18 August. Activity days are the perfect way for children and young people to try the challenge and excitement of new activities. Activity days cost £30 per day or buy four days and get the fifth free. Dates, times and activities vary per centre so please check the website for full details or contact your nearest centre.


    Aiming High for Disabled Children – summer programme

    Essex Outdoors will be running the ‘Aiming High for Disabled Children’ programme this summer. The programme offers a range of day and overnight activities for free to disabled children and young people who are aged 8 to 18, as well as their carer. The programme includes:
    • Activity days at Harlow from 24 July to 28 August
    • Activity days at Danbury on 28 and 30 July
    • Sailing/crabbing day at Bradwell on 25 July
    • One night break in either Bradwell or Danbury on 15 August.
    • Mersea Island Festival overnight (five nights from 23 August)
    • Mersea Island Festival day visits from 25 to 30 August

    Please note participants must live within the administrative boundary of Essex County Council to qualify for free places. For eligibility as well as dates, times and activities per centre please check the website.


    Family fun at Bark in the Park

    Bark in the parkJoin us at this special dog themed fun day for dogs and their owners on Sunday 9 August in Colchester’s Castle Park.

    Bark in the Park will transform the open space in Colchester's park into a dog and dog owner's extravaganza.  This event, led by Colchester Borough Council's Animal Control Team, will offer everything man's best friend needs. There will be plenty to keep the whole family (and their dogs) amused throughout the day and visitors are assured of a great day out.  Owners will also have the chance to enter their pet pooches into the various dog show events that will take place during the day.

    Dog Show Categories

    • Best Young Handler
    • Smiliest Staffy
    • Most Gorgeous Rescue
    • Handsomest Dog
    • Prettiest Bitch
    • Calmest Tail
    • Best Trick
    • Overall Best in Show

     There will be entertainment and demos, competitions and prizes, K9 Aqua Sports, dog agility, doggie trade stands and much more! Make sure you register online (for free) to enter one of the seven pet Dog Shows on the day!  Find out more here.


    Have you watched CBC's latest video?

    A brand new tourism video promoting Colchester has been created to showcase everything that the Borough has to offer! If you haven't had a chance to watch it on their YouTube channel yet, then click the link:


  • 20.07.15

    guinness-world-recordsSummer Reading Challenge 2015

    Help make this a record breaking summer

    Every year the national Summer Reading Challenge aims to keep the country’s children reading throughout the holidays and as this year’s theme is ‘Record Breakers’, Essex Libraries wants as many pledges of support as possible to set a new Guinness World Record™ for 'the most number of pledges received for a reading campaign', and to contribute to an Essex record.

    Children pledge to visit black porn their local library, read six books of their choice and collect stickers in six categories to secure medals. Adults and volunteers pledge to support children to read. Older children can take part in a reading and arts programme called ImagiNation.

    Councillor Roger Hirst, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Libraries, Planning and the Environment said:

    Getting more children to read for pleasure during the summer holidays will be a fantastic achievement. This record attempt will be used to highlight the importance of reading for pleasure as well as the importance of libraries in communities. I want to see Essex playing its part in creating this new world record.
    The Summer Reading Challenge is produced by The Reading Agency in association with Guinness World Records™ and delivered by libraries, bringing together fact and fiction and helping young readers to discover some wonderful and truly amazing records from around the world.

    Record Breakers and ImagiNation run from 11 July to Saturday 5 September in all Essex libraries and mobile libraries.

    Note - the Mobile Library's next visits are scheduled for 29th July, 12th August, 26th August and 9th September visiting The Glebe (Peldon), Creek View Cottages (Gt Wigborough) and The Street (Salcott)  on each of those mornings.

Parish Documents

    Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

    A meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council will be held at Salcott Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th September 2015

    Apologies for absence:

    Minutes of the last meeting

    Zone Wardens Report

    Borough and County Councillors

    Public-Have Your Say

    Declarations of Interest

    Items for Discussion

    1.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields

    • Reports on both play areas and fields
    • Progress on work completed and work ongoing including footpath quotes and possible funding, rubber, hedge work, etc. on Moss Hay
    • Decision required: Are we interested in A & L old equipment?

    2.   Emergency Plan

    • New information to update our plan 
    • Decision required: Are we happy with this version and do we consider that everything is included?

    3.   Standing Orders

    • Updated as necessary to include statutory requirements
    • Decision required: Is everyone in agreement with this final version for this moment in time?

    4.   Grass cutting statement

    5.   Speeding and Accidents

    • Campaign suggestion following accidents along the Peldon to Salcott road.

    6.   Essex Rural Strategy Consultation Event

    • Report

    7.   Finances for Year 2014/15

    • Externally audited, displayed as required on noticeboards and website
    • Suggestion of ‘Sink Fund’

    8.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way

    • Meeting report on progress

    9.   Actions and Reminders List - update


    • Essex Police reply to our letter of concern
    • Salcott Saltmarsh Event 4th Oct
    • Rural Housing – Housing Company
    • CBC – Individual Electoral Registration
    • The Essex Playing Field – Summer 2015
    • Thank you from Great and Little Wigs PCC

    Planning Applications:


    Proposal: Infill to create entrance hall and relocate bathroom at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott


    Proposal: removal on condition 02 of planning permission COL/102275/FUL to allow the building to be used as a B1, B2 & B8 at Pantiles Farm, Peldon Road, Abberton


    Proposal: Restore an outbuilding to its original function as a stand-alone studio. Remove asbestos roof and replace with reclaimed clay tiled roof, with 2 Velux roof light replacing current corrugated plastic roof light and render end wall. Demolish poor quality brick, timber and blockwork extension and level floor at Cob Cottage, Salcott Street, Salcott – Withdrawn


    Proposal: New roof structure, cladding and works at Waterways, Mersea Road, Peldon


    Proposal: Gable roof to right hand projection to create a balanced shape and form to the overall dwelling at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott


    Proposal: Building for recreational games room and covered poolside seating in connection with existing dwelling and residence at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott



    Mr B Gooding – play insp x 6



    R S Pullen – Aug and Sept salary



    R S Pullen – expenses (ink, phone, petrol etc.)


    The next meeting will be on Tues 13th October 2015 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough to include attendance from Neighbourhood Watch representative and report from meeting at EA offices re Salcott flooding.

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Winstred Hundred

Winstred Hundred parish-signs

Welcome to the Winstred Hundred Parish Council website.

The Parish Council owns, manages and funds the website but wants it to be a community resource acting as a shop window for everything that goes on in our area. This is our initial skeleton website which will be developed as time goes on.

If you have any comments or queries please contact the Parish Clerk or the Chairman via the links at the bottom of this page.


What's Happening in Winstred 100

If you want your event advertised on this calendar please contact the Parish Clerk (link at foot of this page).


Click any diary entry above to see if there are more details.