Home
Search
Newsflash
  • 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.

     

    NEW – CHRISTMAS WREATHS 11th DECEMBER & CHRISTMAS CRAFTS 18th DECEMBER!
    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.
    abberton-rural-training-crafts

     

    Read more...
  • 29.10.14

    abberton-rural-trainingABBERTON RURAL TRAINING

    PART TIME ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT VACANCY

    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.

    Read more...
  • 01.10.14

    jane-malyonAfter our summer break it was lovely to see so many members and visitors at our September meeting where Jane Malyon returned with her talk “All About You”.

    Jane explained that she was going to show that we are all different in the way we act and process things, and that these can be changed by Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).  Many people have phobias of things like spiders (that applied to several members!) flying, dentists, snakes etc. all of which can be ‘cured’ by NLP by suggestion and sometimes hypnotism – no she did not try it on us!  NLP is observing behavioural patterns, which are often learnt through experience, and changing them to achieve a specific goal.

    We had fun finding out what sort of person we were.  Did we rush in to do things no matter what the consequences or did we take it slowly and think more about what we were to do?  So to change that thinking, a new motivation or goal would be suggested.  Body language and intonation is all part of how we speak.  If we are happy about something, we look and sound happy; if we are sad, we look and sound sad.  This is how mistakes in meaning can happen with text and email, because there is no body language to help to understand the true meaning.  An illustration of this was the sentence ‘my cat doesn’t kill birds’; which could be ‘my cat doesn’t kill birds’ or ‘my cat doesn’t kill birds’ – inferring that it may play with them!

    This was a fun and enlightening talk and was enjoyed by all present.

    Our next get together is October 28th when our speaker Ian Rose is going to tell us all about “Leaf Peepers in the White Mountains”. Sounds pretty intriguing doesn’t it?

    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.

    Read more...
  • 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
    Read more...
  • 28.07.14
    Jean Hedger & Sheriff Sue Copeland
    Sarah and Mick Graves
    Gen Fretwell & Gang
    Ya Who

    11 visitors joined us on Tuesday 24th July, for our Country and Western social night, on one of the hottest nights of the year.  40+ ladies and one brave young man in assorted cowboy gear strutted their stuff to live music performed by Mick Graves and Sarah who very patiently endeavoured to show us the necessary line-dancing steps and gave us a couple of amusing renditions of songs.

    The supper menu consisted of an unusual selection of “Wagon Wheels, Dead Man’s Fingers, Buffalo Wings, Mexican Blood, Golden Nuggets, Sweet Delight and Cactus Cocktail” and unbelievably seemed to be enjoyed by all.

    There were 3 quizzes to enjoy and the best dressed went to Jean Hedger as seen above in the photo top left.  Another lovely evening any ideas for next year?

    As we don’t meet in August our next get together is on 23rd September when we welcome back Jane Malyon, once again, and her talk this time is “All about You.”    Currently membership is full but visitors are very welcome at the cost of £3.50 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 one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

    Read more...
  • 07.07.14
    ne-essex-ccgMany may have heard about super-resistant bugs able to thrive despite antibiotics, the NE Essex CCG has issued advice that will help reduce the problem.

    Antibiotics crisis – we can all do our bit locally

    Patients and doctors together can help keep antibiotics effective.  NHS NE Essex CCG is asking both doctors and patients to support each other locally to do our bit in the battle to keep antibiotics effective for us. The prime minister said:
    If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine where treatable infections and injuries will kill once again.
    Dr Hasan Chowhan, clinical lead in this area for the CCG said:
    bacteriaWe have known about the growth of resistance for some years, but it is getting rapidly worse.  Research continues to look for more antibiotics to counteract bacteria that cause serious diseases in humans, but many bacteria are becoming more resistant to medicines currently available.  What this means is that now around 5,000 people a year in Britain die because of antibiotic-resistant infection.  If current trends continue, major life-saving surgery will become extremely risky, as post-operative infections may not be treatable.  Even smaller, less serious operations of all types will become hazardous, as the risk of serious, even fatal illness from resulting infections will be too high.  This is a major problem facing all of us and our families.  The prime minister and the Chief Medical Officer are absolutely right to sound the alarm.
    Dr Chowhan is calling on local doctors and patients to support each other:
    We know that in too many cases locally, doctors prescribe antibiotics for patients when it is very unlikely they will do any good.  Coughs, colds and various other usually minor illnesses caused by viruses cannot be cured or even helped by antibiotics.  Indeed often antibiotics will cause other problems for the patient, such as very unpleasant digestive disorders, because the antibiotics kill the stomach and intestinal bacteria that manage our normal digestion.
    Doctors can sometimes play it “safe” by prescribing just in case the patient might be aggrieved and complain if they didn’t.  Sometimes the patient will insist on getting “some pills” or “some antibiotics” as they are sure that will hasten their recovery.  Dr Chowhan and his colleagues in the NHS are appealing to patients to listen carefully to the doctor, and not to insist on antibiotics when it has been explained that these may not help, and may indeed produce harm.  The CCG is working with local doctors to support them to understand where unnecessary prescribing is happening and to reduce it.  We know from the recent “Big Care Debate” that local people in general strongly support any reduction of waste in the NHS. When people take antibiotics that are not necessary, bacteria present can develop resistance.  The more antibiotics that are taken by more people, the more resistance develops and can then spread to others, so that the patient concerned and perhaps other contacts develop resistant bacteria.  The end result being that the next time they are treated, the antibiotics don’t work.  Over-use in farm animals and lax regulation in some other parts of the world are also known contributors to the problem. Dr Chowhan concluded:
    This is one problem where each and every patient, as well as our doctors and nurses and pharmacists, can make a real contribution to the safety and effectiveness of our medicines now and for our families in the future.  The government’s review is good news, but we don’t have to wait for that, we can do our bit now.
    Read more...
Parish Documents
  • WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

    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 October 2014

    Present: Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, John Walker, Charles Dymond (chair), Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis, Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Andrew Ellis, Robert Davidson, Rights of Way Study Project Officer - Yan-Yee Lau and 6 members of the public

    Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Jinny Gale

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

    Police Report – None received but we know of several burglaries in Great Wigborough mainly along Maldon Road and mainly from outbuildings.  Following the notification of nonattendance to our meetings in future a letter will be written to the Police Crime Commissioner to express our disappointment at this decision. Any results or convictions of reported crimes were requested and this will be looked into.

    Zone Wardens Report – None received but they are always ready to take up appropriate jobs for us where ever they can.

    County Councillor – Report received stating that many of the road defects have been repaired and further work is on-going. Essex Means Business is a new campaign set up to promote Colchester in the business arena.

    Borough Councillors – will also write to the Police about nonattendance to parish council meetings. Several missing road signs and the dislodged manhole cover at Salcott crossroads will be followed up.  NAP (Neighbourhood Action Panel) meetings are held at West Mersea Town Council offices where the police are currently in attendance and we will endeavour to attend the next one in December.  ECC Highways Panel has money to allocate for highways improvements and we are encouraged to submit ideas for this area. Many power lines are being repaired at present so disruption to certain roads must be expected. We are requested to forward any problem flooding areas as and when they arise.

    Public-Have Your Say – Speeding is particularly bad coming from the old garage corner along Lower Road in Peldon and Community Speed Watch will be contacted for using the gun again and more volunteers encouraged to achieve the required training for its use.  A certain footpath was spoken about but this is thought to have been dealt with. Ditch clearance was regarded as necessary along the Church Road and Malting Road vicinities and so CBC will be contacted for possible work or writing to homeowners. The Community Work Party will also be contacted for various jobs in Peldon.  A property owner in Great Wigborough will be contacted to request that they cut back their roadside hedge for safety reasons.

    Declarations of Interest: Lynne for item 3.

    1.   Reviewing Colchester Borough Council Local Plan – Our Village Design Statement and Parish Plan has been reviewed and would seem to be relevant for today.  The questionnaire from CBC on our views re their Local Plan was discussed and the result will be circulated before its return to CBC.

    2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – reports from both playgrounds have been received. Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agreed to buy the new flat swings and chains etc as advised in the annual report. Certain jobs, bird wire, signage and rubber installing, on Moss Hay need addressing and unfortunately have been delayed due to the wet weather but will be tackled in due course. The Community Work Party will be requested to carry out several jobs for us on Moss Hay and Pete Tye Common, also the owner of Pete Tye Common will be contacted to request footpath work.  

    3.   Salcott Telephone Box – If suitable lighting can be installed in the box by Terry (at little cost) and it can therefore be insured (at little cost) Phil proposed, John seconded and all agreed to a Gentleman’s Agreement in accepting Lynne and Terry’s offer for maintaining the box at their cost until such time as they would like to refrain.   

    4.   Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee – Charles proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for Phil and Jinny to continue as the Parish Council representatives on this committee.  

    5.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way - Study Project Officer Yan-Yee Lau gave an explanation of her role and plans for future public consultation and ideas were suggested including leaflet drops, questionnaires, magazine entries and events in village halls to address as many requirements for this path as is possible.

    6.   Broadband - More households are connecting to superfast broadband. There will be a launch event for Salcott and Virley in Salcott Village Hall on 29th November 2014.  

    7.   Actions and Reminders List - updated

    Planning Applications:
    145967 Proposal: Alterations to rear roof over existing projection forming gable and additional first floor nursery/bedroom at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
    146055 Proposal: Rear extension at Hillside Cottage, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough
    Planning Decisions:
    145564 Proposal: Single storey rear extension at Nest Cottage, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough Approve conditional
    145758 Proposal: Extension and alterations including loft conversion and dormers at Superb, The Street, Salcott Approve conditional

    Finances:

    101789 County Broadband £33,333.33
    101790 Colchester Borough Council – Broadband VAT £2,266.66
    101791 R S Pullen – October salary £367.57
    101792 Mr B Gooding – playground fence, sign, goal post £565.80
    101793 EALC – course £67.00
    101794 PKF Littlejohn LLP – external audit £120.00
    101795 EALC – course £67.00
    101796 T Simmons – play insp, 2 x grass cuts, noticeboard catches £130.00

    The next meeting will be on Tues 11th Nov 2014 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall

    Read more...
Poll
What is your favourite country pursuit?
 

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.

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