• 16.03.15

    Both Short & Long Courses Available

    abberton-rural-trainingAbberton Rural Training – The Rural Skills Centre for Essex has just launched new Short Courses!  Ranging from one day to a few weeks, there are lots of options to choose from.  For more information, or to book, contact us on 01206 738609 or through our website at: www.abbertonruraltraining.org or by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    We look forward to seeing you! Take a look and just some of the courses on offer:

    Short Courses

    19th March (1 day course) - Make a natural bee skep

    Use willow and cob to make your own strong and natural bee skep. Learn what to do next and how to start making honey.

    26th March or 23rd April (1 day course) - Basic Plastering

    Introduction to basic plastering techniques, tools used, background surface situation and preparation prior to plastering, along with care and maintenance of tools. Mixes of various plasters and finishes will also be covered.

    16th April (1 day course) - Felt applique

    Learn the art of applique using felted wool to make a small reverse applique sachet! Learning traditional needlework. All materials provided.

    23rd April (1 day course) - Make a natural trellis

    Use local native wood to make a robust and attractive plant support/trellis. Learn how to choose and shave your wood, then use green joins to combine it

    18th June (1 day course) - Make a traditional gate

    Using native wood such as chestnut, ash, and oak to make a garden gate. Learn to choose, shave and prepare the wood, using green woodworking skills.

    Longer courses

    17th April – 22nd May (6 weeks) and 5th June – 10th July (6 weeks) - Introduction to Basic Carpentry

    This 6 week course will cover use and proper care of tools, introduction to basic joints, fixings and finishes. Uses of different timbers (hard, soft and man-made). Design and construct your own small project.

    16th April – 14th May (4 weeks, no class on 07/05) and 11th June – 9th July (4 weeks, no class on 16/07) - Spinning

    Learn to spin in 4 weeks - learn about the quality of fleeces and carding. Learn how to wash, card and spin natural wools. Each person works on their Individual spinning wheel, giving plenty of hands on practice.

    17th April – 22nd May (6 weeks) and 5th June – 10th July (6 weeks) - Creative Textile Techniques

    Learning basic sewing skills on the sewing machine and more advanced techniques, such as machine embroidery and quilting, to create contemporary textile designs.

    17th April – 22nd May (6 weeks) and 5th June – 10th July (6 weeks) - Fruit & Veg for Beginners

    An introduction for new allotment holders and home growers, covering what you need and how to do it. Focusing on setting up systems within your allotment or garden, seasonal planning, management and composting.

    23rd April – 21st May (5 week course) - Interior Design Accessories

    Using colour, historical design and textures this course is about how to adapt and redesign small interior accessories. Collage and moodboards creates a design sketchbook without the need for drawing skills. 

  • 04.03.15
    chris-farndell cameras--members

    Photography – Crime Scene to Art

    41 of us attended the February meeting to hear Chris Farndell's talk on Photography - Crime Scene to Art. Chris is an ex Colchester Police Officer who for the last 17 years of his career in the force was a Scene of Crime Officer. This involved photographing evidence to assist with the prosecution of cases. This proved to be very diverse covering road accidents, personal injuries, graffiti, fires, footprints and fingerprints etc. He had numerous slides showing us some of the cases he had been involved in. After retiring from the Police Force he taught Photography at 6th form college in Colchester. He showed us a number of beautiful photographs in and around Venice showing how different apertures and exposures resulted in stunning photos. He also had a selection of cameras and photos for us to look through. He was a really interesting speaker and his talk was enjoyed by all that were there. Our next meeting is on the 24th March and is a closed meeting as it is our A.G.M. We will be having a Chocolate Tasting, Cake Sampling and a Quiz. There will also be a prize for the best Easter Bonnet.

    Membership is currently closed but visitors are welcome (other than the A.G.M.) at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.

    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.

  • 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 black porn “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
Parish Documents

    Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

    Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10th March 2015

    Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, Jinny Gale, Lynne Simmons, Nicky Ellis, Phil Gladwin, John Walker, Robert Davidson, Kevin Bentley and 4 members of the public

    Apologies for absence: Andrew Ellis, Zone Warden

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

    Zone Wardens Report – None

    Borough and County Councillors: The new Warding Boundaries will be announced very soon. Essex Super Broadband Scheme is being rolled out and it is hoped for 95% coverage of Essex eventually.  Local government will change after the election and it maybe that certain money can be reallocated to enable parish councils to organise getting work done themselves such as replacement of road signs etc.

    The manhole cover at Salcott crossroads and missing fingerposts have been reported again so hopefully will be addressed soon. CBC Local Plan, submitted plots and deadline dates were discussed and a section at the end from Cllr Ellis provides details.

    Public-Have Your Say: CBC Local Plan was talked about.

    Declarations of Interest: Jinny as a member of the Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee

    1.   Salcott Flooding: The Environment Agency and ECC have made a site visit to assess the problems and will return with their findings and arrange another site visit to include our parish councillors. 

    2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields: Work at Moss Hay is yet to be completed but it is being addressed.  Any surplus play area rubber will be relocated to Salcott. 

    3.   CALC Meeting was attended by two of our parish councillors who listened to an informative speech from the Police and Crime Commissioner whose job it is to hold the Police to account and not actually run proceedings.  Local Community Meetings and Neighbourhood Action Panels are to be merged for supposed efficiency. 

    4.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way Meeting was also attended by two of our parish councillors and it was noted from the questionnaires filled in at the open sessions that there were 4 main preferred options from the public. A good percentage of the returns were from Winstred Hundred.

    5.   Broadband – Salcott launch date has yet to be decided with County Broadband and spring/summer now seems like a satisfactory option for a good turnout. Further residents are signing up for connection.

    6.   Actions and Reminders List – updated, including that we will express our interest in supporting defibrillators at Salcott and Peldon.  Also Nicky proposed, John seconded and all agreed for Terry to plant the hedge plants at the front of Peldon Hall houses in Malting Road, Peldon 

    Planning Applications
    150363 Proposal: 2 storey extension to provide ground WC utility and study, first floor bedroom and en suite. Demolition of existing garage and external WC at 2 Sharlands Row, The Street, Salcott
    150112 Proposal: Revised plans for extension for 6 Peldon Crescent
    146560 Proposal: Replacement of window and doors at Sampton Wick, Wigborough Road, Peldon
    Planning Decisions:
    146599 Proposal: Listed building application for demolition of unsafe storm damaged outbuilding at Kemps Farmhouse, Mersea Road, Peldon Approve conditional


    101821 R S Pullen – March salary £375.65
    101822 R S Pullen – expenses (petrol, phone, ink, paper, etc) £174.29
    101823 T Simmons – play insp £30.00


    The next meeting will be on Tues 14th April 2015 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall

    The timeline for the Local Plan is as follows:

    Consultation on the draft Local Plan (Preferred Options) – spring 2016

    Publication of the Submission Local Plan – summer 2016

    Submission to Secretary of State – autumn 2016

    Examination – early 2017

    The Council is currently assessing the information submitted during the Issues and Options consultation and will now develop preferred options (sites that CBC would prefer to see developed) that are based on the evidence base; national planning policy; sustainability appraisals of proposed sites; and consultation responses. The next opportunity for people to comment will be when consulted on the draft Local Plan early next year. At this point residents will be able to see which sites the Council deems suitable for development (hence 'preferred options') in our area, if any. Residents and the Parish Council can then either support the proposals or put forward reasons why they believe such development would not be suitable in a specific location.

    CBC may well be speaking with Parish Councils during the site appraisal process prior to drafting the Local Plan.

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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.

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