• 13.04.15
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    Easter Bonnets & AGM

    46 PAWS members attended the March meeting which was also their AGM.

    As well as the business of the evening, whereby the committee and President were elected, we also enjoyed a “sweet supper” together with a quiz, a chocolate tasting and Easter Bonnet competition.

    Two of the existing committee stood down with one new member, Kate Neville, being elected and Sue Copeland was elected President with Pam Foakes as Vice-President for the forthcoming year. Bouquets were presented to Gen Fretwell, the outgoing President and Jane Banks and Julia Dymond as a thank you for all their hard work on the committee over the years.

    The winner of the Easter Bonnet was Diane Cornes (photo right). Jean Hedger (photo right) was also presented with a certificate in recognition of all her hard work on the Sales Tables.

    Chris Mutch, our speaker, talked to us about the benefits of Magnetic Therapy in a piece of jewellery and did a hefty trade afterwards.

  • 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
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    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.

Parish Documents

    Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

    Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Peldon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th April 2015

    Present: Jinny Gale, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis, Netty Knill-Jones, John Walker, Robert Davidson and 5 members of the public

    Apologies for absence: Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley

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

    Zone Wardens – are on a severe dog fouling campaign and have approximately 60 prosecutions pending at present.  Any sightings and/or information of culprits should be reported to our Zone Warden on 07967 692030.

    Ditch clearance of debris and rubbish is the responsibility of the landowner and we would request that this is carried out in all our villages in a bid for efficient water flow and pleasant viewing for all.  Residents forming groups for litter picking are encouraged by the Zones Wardens who will assist with equipment etc.

    Borough Councillors: The LCM (Local Community Meetings which replaces the NAP) was attended at West Mersea Town Council offices where two Police were in attendance and a Zone Warden. These are held about every 6-8 weeks and there is an Action List so that matter of concern to the parish council can be added. To remind everyone for matters of an urgent nature 999 should be phoned or for non-urgent matters 101.

    Recycling bags are now being delivered but if you have not received them by the end of May ring CBC on 282700 during the first 2 weeks of June.

    Following the Boundary Commission’s Electoral Review of Colchester the boundaries for us have not changed, Peldon is in Mersea and Pyefleet, the Wigboroughs, Salcott and Virley are in Marks Tey and Layer. Final Recommendations http://consultaion.lgbce.org.uk

    Public-Have Your Say: Rubbish is often put out the night before the collection day and, owing to various wildlife, is sometimes ripped apart and strewn all along the road and ditches. The Parish Council would request that rubbish is put out on the day of collection before 7am as advised by CBC.  Identifiable names and addresses from any such litter will be passed on to the Zone Wardens.  Bag hoops were requested for assisting with litter picking by our Peldon volunteers.  The fingerpost at the Old Kings Head junction needs to be reinstated very soon in a bid to prevent more accidents happening there.  Anyone can report highways defects on the ECC website www.essex.gov.uk ‘Report a highway problem’ or for an emergency problem ring 0845 603 7631.

    Enquiries were made about the opening of a footpath in Peldon and we are advised that it will be sometime in the future when hedges have grown up.  It was reported that horse riding had taken place on this footpath but this should not have happened. The footpath in question will be brought up at the next Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way meeting.

    The Parish Council gives its full backing and support to the new Peldon Village Hall plans and submits them to CBC.  John proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed except Phil and Jinny who declared an interest and took no part in the decision.

    Thanks were expressed to Robert for all his help and work on the village hall site in readiness for the new building, who in turn expressed that it was a good team effort.

    The hedge fronting Peldon Farm houses will be managed to keep it in good order.

    Declarations of Interest: Phil and Jinny as members of the Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee.

    1. Salcott Flooding: Phone calls have taken place between the PC and Environment Agency and with information to be collated EA will be in touch in due course for the next stage of action.  

    2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields: No report from Peldon but this will be chased up. The basketball pad at Salcott is cracked and will be addressed shortly. The annual inspection will be taking place soon and will include the new equipment. 

    3. Affordable Housing: It was agreed that it was a too early for another survey to be carried out now and we will revisit the matter in a few years’ time with a possible survey that suits our particular villages. RCCE will be contacted accordingly.

    4. Footpaths in Peldon: We are receiving ECC assistance with surfacing footpath 13 (Church Road to St Ives Road) and the Moss Hay footpath will also be addressed in the near future.

    5. Speed Watch in Peldon: Is still taking place for possible useful data.

    6. Co-opting a Peldon Councillor: We have received interest from one person, Liz Davidson, who will be gladly welcomed and co-opted onto the parish council at the May meeting.

    7. Abberton Reservoir: Completion work still takes place behind the scenes. The Grand Opening is in June when Sir David Attenborough will be the opening guest.

    8. Broadband: More are being connected and the launch at Salcott and Virley will follow soon.

    9. Actions and Reminders List: Updated and to include that owing to unforeseen circumstances an alternative internal auditor will be sought this year.


    1. Salcott resident phone call on various issues was noted but a letter is required for matters to be considered for any further action.

    Planning Applications

    150358 Proposal: Gable to existing roof side elevation to improve feasibility loft area enlarging bedroom slightly at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
    150625 Proposal: Removal of 3 no. existing barns/piggeries and hard standing to be replaced with a re-sited proposed feed and storage barn at The Grove, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough

    Planning Decisions:

    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 Approve conditional
    146271 (& 150092 Listed Building application) Proposal: Installation of 3KW solar photo voltaic system 2 rows of 6 panels located on inner west and inner east facing pitches of a M roof at Malting Cottage, Malting Road, Peldon Approve conditional
    150363 Proposal: 2 storey extension to provide ground WC utility and study, first floor bedroom and ensuite. Demolition of existing garage and external WC at 2 Sharlands Row, The Street, Salcott Approve conditional
    146351 Proposal: Erection of detached two and a half storey dwelling with all habitable accommodation at first and second floor levels at Salcot Cottages, The Street, Salcott Approve conditional


    101824 R S Pullen – April salary £375.65
    101825 R S Pullen – office expenses- heat light, etc £250.00
    101826 Peldon Village Hall – hire £80.00
    101827 CALC – annual subs £35.00
    101828 T Simmons – play insp, grass cut, Peldon hedge planting £135.00

    The next meeting will be on Tues 12th May 2015 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall which will also be the Annual Assembly Meeting

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