• 18.11.14

    P.A.W.S have announced their meeting programme for 2015 offering a range of interesting talks and events as follows:

    • 27th January - Mr. J. Lilley - The Storyteller
    • 24th February - Mr. Chris Farndell - Photography: Crime Scene to Art
    • 24th March - AGM
    • 28th April - Mrs Denise Hammond-Webb - Nathaniel's Story
    • 26th May - Mrs Tina Oldfield - Trek for Life
    • 23rd June - Chris South - Masterclass in Propagation
    • 28th July - July Social - Mad Hatters Tea Part
    • August - No meeting
    • 22nd September - Edward Lubbock & Sue Kidd - Hot Air Ballooning
    • 27th October - Dougal Urquhart - African Medley
    • 24th November - Jackie Marshall-Ward & Marion Panzetta - Women On The Water
    • 8th December - Christmas Celebrations

    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.


  • 18.11.14

    ne-essex-ccgNew rehabilitation service to open at Clacton Hospital

    More help is now available for people who need rehabilitation after illness or injury to get back to living at home. A brand new service, the Durban Rehabilitation Centre, has just opened at Clacton Hospital.

    Generally those who need the service will be people over 65, but any adults who may need more time and more support and who do not need nursing care will be welcome. People will be looked after in a bed at the Durban Rehabilitation Centre so they are safe while they work with staff at their own pace to re-gain their skills and abilities to live safely in the community. Some people will need rehabilitation after they have been in hospital at Colchester, but others may be admitted directly from home after a referral by their GP or the new Rapid Assessment Service.

    NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group agreed the project, and colleagues from Essex County Council, our local NHS community service provider Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) and the Clacton Hospital site’s owners have worked rapidly to get the new service ready in time for winter. Their efforts mean the service has opened ahead of schedule – new handrails, doors, practical aids, a kitchen for patients’ use and re-decorating has just been finished, to provide a much brighter, homely look to help people get their physical abilities and their confidence back, after an injury or illness.

    ACE’s trained rehabilitation staff will run the Centre, supported by a GP and ACE’s community nurses. The Centre has 15 beds and will have a minimum of three staff on duty at any time. The Centre will care for people from both the Colchester and Tendring areas, and will run until at least April 2015, when it will be evaluated and compared with other ways of providing similar care, to ensure the NHS can offer the best quality and most efficient service to local people in the future. The unit is very much welcomed as an extra resource over the winter period, when the whole NHS health “system” is traditionally under greatest pressure.

    Lisa Llewelyn, Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality at the CCG said:

    This innovative new unit is a really important service for our community, and shows how joint working across organisations can bring real benefit for local people.  It will offer high-quality rehabilitation to people from Colchester and Tendring who might otherwise face real problems in getting back to good health in their own home. It’s very much part of our drive to help people stay out of acute hospital beds and remain safe in their own home. The improvements to the Durban Centre environment should prove a desirable option for people with these particular needs. It’s always amazing how much detailed effort goes into making a new service work, but each and every person who is helped to get back to a good quality of life makes that all very worthwhile!
  • 04.11.14



    Over 40 members and 4 visitors came along to our October meeting to hear the rather intriguingly named talk given by Mr. Ian Rose of “Leaf Peepers in the White Mountains USA”. Ian told us how some years back he and his wife joined a group of like-minded individuals to visit the States in order to hike the White Mountains in the fall and see the wonderful colours that can only be seen at this time of year. The small group had an excellent guide, Eileen, as even though the trails were marked it was still possible to get lost over such terrain.

    He had a wonderful collection of slides showing the beautiful shades of autumn on the many Sugar Maple Trees and being a keen Mycologist lots of photos of mushrooms and fungi including the deadly death cap mushroom. The first part of their trip was uneventful but following some torrential rain the weather changed to -10o covering everywhere with a snow like substance and making the ascent to Mount Washington impossible. He told us they stayed in accommodation belonging to the Appalachian Mountain Club, they had to bunk sometimes 30 to a room, and the beds were 4 high, and as they were made of timber, and there were no stoves, due to fire risk, so therefore they were unable to have hot food or even a bath for most of the trip!  Sheer bliss when they finally were able to bathe.

    Again, another interesting evening.

    Our next get together is November 25th when our speaker Mrs Culham is going to tell us all about “Guide Dog Puppy Walking”.

    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 one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.
  • 29.10.14

    Learn a new skill

    3-ladies-spinningAbberton Rural Training, a new project offering a programme of short and part time courses starting this Autumn. There are still places available! Based at Layer Water Treatment Works and around the Abberton Reservoir it is a beautiful place to study. Autumn courses include:

    • Spinning - Learn how to wash, card & spin natural wools.  Each person works on theeir individual spinning wheel giving plenty of hands on practice.  This 4 week course has already commenced (see picture) on 16th October.
    • Willow weaving - Learn how to make a willow basket, you will leanr a couple of differnt weaves and get ideas for progrsssing with this fun and flexible craft.  Runs on Friday November 7th between 10:00 - 4:00 and costs £60 per day.
    • Greenwood crafts - Experience working on a green pole lathe to make a dibber and also carving utensils. All equipment provided, suiotable for novices; this is, however, quitr a physical activity.  Runs on 7th November between 9:30 - 12:30 or 1:30 - 4:30 for £65, or full day, 9:30 - 4:30 for £120.
    • Felt applique - Learn the art of felt applique using felted wool to make a small reverse applique sachet.  Learning traditional needlework, all material provided,  Runs on Thursday 13th November between 10:00 - 4:00 for just £30.
    • Quilting - Learn how to make a 1m square patchjwork quilt - great for keeping warm in the winter, just when you need it.  Suitable for beginners.  Four week course starting on Friday 14th November between 10:00 - 4:00 for just £25 per week.
    • Origami textiles - Using recycled fabrics make origami anipmals to create a piece of art - a decorative item to treasure or even wear in your hair.  Two dates for this course, Thursday 20th or 27th NOvember betwen 10:00 - 1:00 for £20.
    • Art classes - Adult Club - A 6 week course teaching a selection of watercolour techniques and skills.  Excellent renowned local artist John Harrison shows his expertise with excellent teaching.  Runs Thursdays 10:30 - 12:00 (ongoing) at £150 for all 6 weeks.
    • Art classes - Children's Club - A 6 week course teaching a selection of watercolour techniques and skills suitable fro children.  Run by renowned local artist John Harrison.  Runs Thursdays 15:45 - 16:45 (ongoing) at £48 for all 6 weeks.


    To book contact Sally on 07753 494459 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via our website: www.abbertonruraltraining.org.


  • 29.10.14

    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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The closing date for receipt of applications is 3rd November 2014.

  • 30.09.14

    ne-essex-ccgExternal Review of Maternity Services provided by Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

    An external review of maternity services across North East Essex has been published by North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust).  The review by the NHS England Strategic Clinical Network, which was jointly commissioned by the Trust and the CCG, noted much good practice and commended the enthusiasm and commitment to women and their families. Out of a total of 19 recommendations in the report, there was just one major concern requiring immediate action. The report recommended that the Trust should ensure the delivery suite at Colchester General Hospital should have an extra (supernumerary) senior midwife on duty in line with a previous recommendation by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Work is already underway to ensure the Trust meets this recommendation.  The report also comments on the small number of women giving birth at the midwife-led units at the community hospitals in Clacton and Harwich, stating there are insufficient births to warrant a 24 hours a day 7 days a week service. It adds that the need to cover three sites is part of the difficulty in meeting the midwife to birth ratio recommendation from the RCOG. Lisa Llewelyn, Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality at the CCG, said:
    The report gives the CCG external assurance about the service and supports us in preparing for consultation with the public on a sustainable and safe service. We note the comments around the number of births at the midwife-led units at Clacton and Harwich but are also conscious of the need to provide choice of birth location as recently proposed in draft guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
    Amanda Hallums, Divisional Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at the Trust, said:
    We are grateful to the Peer Review Team for carrying out a very thorough review. We welcome the findings of the report as it identifies many strengths and areas of good practice. We will be working jointly with the maternity multidisciplinary team and CCG colleagues to address the recommendations.”
    Commissioned to assess opportunities for improvement in and to assess the viability of births from three sites across North East Essex (Colchester, Clacton and Harwich), the report’s 19 recommendations were grouped under the following headings:
    • Clinical governance
    • Operational efficacy
    • Clinical  leadership
    Included in the recommendations were:
    • An urgent review of midwifery staffing together with clinical pathways, patient information, communication, quality and governance
    • Annual review of staffing to ensure resources match demand
    • A wider Essex review of maternity services
    • Build on good practice to ensure continuous improvement including reviewing risk management structures and clinical governance
    • Boards of both organisations need to ensure they have sight of outcomes as well as performance
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 11th November 2014

    Present: John Walker, Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Charles Dymond (chair), Jinny Gale, Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, Kevin Bentley and 4 members of the public

    Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Andrew Ellis, Robert Davidson

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

    Police Report – received covering all Colchester

    Zone Wardens Report – none received

    Public-Have Your Say – Speeding along Lower Road in Peldon was discussed further and statistics have been collected emphasising this matter. The speed camera has been in operation but although this may deter some drivers it does not entirely solve the problem.

    Borough and County Councillors: ECC will be approached to ask what options are available in an attempt to reducing the speeding in Peldon (as above).  Salcott issues regarding signs are being addressed and further missing signs in Great Wigborough will be chased up plus the request to remove a brown sign as it not relevant any longer. A ditch along Maldon Road where vehicles can drop into easily will be reported for assessing for possible solutions and likewise a section of Mersea Road in Peldon.  We are encouraged to have our say for the second consultation on the draft recommendations for the Electoral Boundaries.  We will repeat our request that all the villages of Winstred Hundred are in the same ward and not split as they are now.

    Declarations of Interest: None

    1.   Speeding matters – as above at Public and County Councillor

    2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – are in good order and the Community Working Group has been approached requesting them to install the rubber surface at Moss Hay playground, hedge trimming work and removal of plastic collars on trees on Pete Tye Common and possibly ditch clearance work. Signage for the new equipment on Moss Hay will be made and erected shortly and we expressed our thanks to Robert Kean for fitting bird prevention wire above the swings.  Phil proposed, Bob seconded and all agreed for Terry to purchase the baby seat and bolts and install at Salcott playground.

    3.   Salcott Telephone Box – lighting has been installed enabling the box to be insured which will be done shortly.

    4.   Parish Council Thank You Letters – Names were suggested and letters will be sent in due course to those who are greatly appreciated for their voluntary contribution to the community.

    5.   Peldon Bus Stops/Shelter/Curbs – following a site meeting Peldon councilors would value a site meeting with the ECC Passenger Transport Manager to explain their concerns and requests for all the bus stops in Peldon which will be arranged if possible.

    6.   Abberton Reservoir – the Community Fund is now spent and there will be an open event at Peldon Village Hall in February 2015 for the public to view and discuss the proposed Rights of Way.

    7.   Broadband – Salcott launch event is now postponed until mid to late January next year due to other pressing commitments.

    8.   Actions and Reminders List - updated

    101797 Greener than Green – Salcott playground trees £250.00
    101798 Mr B Gooding – play insp £30.00
    101799 R S Pullen – expenses (phone, paper, ink, etc.) £254.20
    101800 R S Pullen – November salary £367.57
    101801 T Simmons – play insp, paint bus shelter, light phone box £83.63

    The next meeting will be on Tues 9th Dec 2014 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

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