• 16.02.15

    wigs-village-hallClosure of Car Park - Notice from 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 to advise you that the next period of closure will be from 28th March to 4th April 2015.  No access or egress will be possible during that period.

    Jinny Gale

  • 29.01.15
    john lilley - the storyteller

    The Storyteller Entertains

    PAWS report on their most recent meeting as follows:

    44 Members, including our 2 most recent, were joined by 3 visitors when we welcomed back our speaker John Lilley “The Storyteller” at our recent January meeting.

    It was a busy night with membership being renewed and then John relayed a number of amusing stories, antidotes, rhymes and poems relaying how the “British like small pleasures” as written by Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island and other references to Pam Ayers, Parish Magazines etc. 

    There were a lot of laughs from the appreciate audience.

    The next meeting is on 24th February when Chris Farndell will talk on the subject of “Photography – Crime Scene to Art”. Membership is currently closed but visitors are welcome at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.

    Details of all  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 one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

  • 24.01.15

    highland fling 2015Peldon Highland Fling

    Being organized by the Friends of St Mary's, Peldon, this will be a truly Scottish night with Scottish dancing and haggis & neaps for supper (alternatives available)! So get out your tartans and dancing slippers this 7th February for a really enjoyable evening! Everyone is welcome.

    Tickets £10.00 Adults and £6.00 under 12's are available from Sally Abbott on 01206 735931 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please state if Haggis, Chicken or Veggie option is required. Bring your own wine and glasses.

  • 14.01.15

    snowqueenThe Snow Queen Arrives Soon

    The Peldon Players proudly present The Snow Queen by Tina & Robert Burbidge between 21st & 24th January at Peldon Village Hall.  This promises to be a real treat for all ages, being based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale of 'The Snow Queen' it is delivered as an English pantomime - with jokes, songs, and the occasional accident with a large pie.


    Tickets are available from Melanie Newton for £6 Wednesday & Thursday (7:30pm curtain) and £7 Friday & Saturday (7:30pm curtain, 2pm matinee on Saturday) - concessions £4 and £5 respectively.  Melanie can be contacted by:

    • Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    • Phone: 01206 736118 / 07738 000378
  • 14.01.15

    5 Parishes Horticultural Society AGM

    The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held in Peldon Village Hall on Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at 7.30 pm.  Members of the public are most welcome to attend.  There will be light refreshments.

    The Committee would like to attract new members to organise the 5 Parishes Show and also to find people who would just be prepared to help over the actual assembly and operation of the Show from Thursday 30th July to Sunday 2ndAugust; any time that you can spare will help us.

    Please come to the AGM to see what we do and to meet us all.

  • 13.01.15

    The impact of challenges facing the Blackwater and Colne estuaries now and in the future.

    Graham Underwood, Professor of Marine and Freshwater Biology at the University of Essex, is speaking in West Mersea on 20th January on the subject of ‘The ecology and future challenges to the Blackwater and Colne estuaries’.

    The estuaries, which black porn are a significant feature of the Essex coastline, have been extensively studied over the past 40 years. The talk will summarise the current state of the ecology of these important coastal habitats, and consider the impact of ongoing environmental changes such as climate change on their future functioning.

    Professor Underwood has himself been researching this part of our coast for the past 23 years.  He is an expert on coastal and shallow marine systems and has undertaken research on rivers, seas and lakes from the tropics to the frozen oceans. He has been a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Panel for Marine Conservation Zones which recommended the designation of the Blackwater-Colne estuaries as a MCZ. He also sits on various boards of the Natural Environment Research Council and is currently a member of the Environment Agency’s Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Professor Underwood is Executive Dean of Science and Health at Essex University.

    Chair of the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG), Professor Andy Blowers, who will chair the meeting, said:  ‘We are delighted to bring Graham Underwood to Mersea to enlighten us on the present and future state of our rivers and the challenges they face. One of our major concerns has been to protect the marine environment from the threats posed by nuclear reactors and radioactive waste especially in an era of sea level rise and warming inevitably resulting from climate change’.

    The meeting will be held at the Museum, High Street, West Mersea at 7.30pm.  (Entry £3 including refreshments.)

Parish Documents

    Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

    Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Salcott Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10th February 2015

    Present: John Walker, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Bob Holmes, Nicky Ellis, Netty Knill-Jones, Rob Surface, Kevin Bentley and 7 members of the public

    Apologies for absence: Andrew Ellis, Robert Davidson

    Minutes of the last meeting were agreed by all and signed by the chairman

    Zone Wardens Report – no report sent but we know they are happy to organise litter picking sessions with local communities if requested.

    Borough and County Councillors: ECC is not increasing their portion of the council tax,  CBC is meeting soon to make a decision for their part but it is expected to be frozen also, although the Police are making a small increase. ECC spend a large percentage of their funds on services, followed by road design and flood defences.  There will be more children of school attendance age in 2017 therefore preparation is now taking place to meet that need.

    Our local highways matters, missing signs, loose manhole cover etc. are being chased up.

    Public-Have Your Say: Concern was expressed about some trees being cut down in Peldon which will be looked into.

    There has been some aggressive doorstep selling and the Parish Council would urge people to report any concerns they have with regard to this to the Police on 101.

    It was noted that during a time when the road was flooded in Salcott the creek was at a low level suggesting that a culvert was blocked which will be investigated.

    Tree work on the Peldon Village Hall site will be taking place in readiness for building the new hall as CBC planning stipulate.

    Declarations of Interest: None

    1.   Police Messaging, Posters and Emails: Various advisory bodies will be contacted to ask their opinion on and how other parish councils deal with the huge amount of information we receive via email requesting it to be passed on to the general public including printing and displaying posters on their behalf.

    2.   Quotations: Our Standing Orders with regard to dealing with quotations for work we require will be followed more rigorously in the future.

    3.   Request for bin at Salcott crossroads was discussed but it was agreed that as bins and the emptying of are expensive and also sometimes a bin can cause more loose rubbish around that the parish council could not justify this expenditure. Being community minded some of us pick up local areas of rubbish on a regular basis.

    4.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields: The rubber clippings at Peldon are now in place and hedge and ditch work will follow soon.  Rob will take over from Charles to oversee the fields and playgrounds maintenance reports and subsequent work. We thanked Charles for the good work he had done for the Parish Council particularly with the fields and playgrounds and engaging with the Community Team very positively who have been carrying out various work for us at Peldon.

    5.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way drop-in event at Peldon Village Hall was well attended with many questionnaires having been completed. The next footpath meeting in March will be looking at these for considering any possibilities of providing the public with some of their requests.

    6.   Broadband: We have received reports from some of the people who have benefited from this scheme who are delighted with their new broadband speed.

    7.   Actions and Reminders List – updated and to include that we are advised by CBC that empty sand bags can be obtained from Kent Blaxills and the parish council holds a limited amount of sand for filling.

    Planning Applications

    150092 Proposal: Listed building application for installation of 3KW solar photo voltaic system 2 rows of 6 panels located on inner west and inner east facing pitches of an M roof at Malting Cottage, Malting, Peldon

    150112 Proposal: Demolition of existing ground floor extension. Erection of two storey rear extension and first floor side extension at 6 Peldon Crescent, Mersea Road, Peldon


    101817 R S Pullen – February salary, plus back dated sums £405.35
    101818 Essex Wildlife Trust – meeting room hire £96.00
    101819 Webhosting UK COM Ltd. – domain renewal £38.97
    101820 T Simmons – play insp £30.00

    The next meeting will be on Tues 10th March 2015 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

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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.

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