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Essex Energy Switch – save over £250

Energy Switch

RESIDENTS can save over £250 on their gas and electric bills by joining the Essex Energy Switch which harnesses people power to secure cheaper deals from energy suppliers. 

The county’s collective switching initiative has already saved thousands of Essex people more than £2,297,539 from the past five switches.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “Rather than switching energy supplier alone which can be a daunting and complicated task, we should work together to save money.

“By joining a collective switch made up of thousands of like-minded people, we increase our purchasing power so we can negotiate a better deal from energy suppliers, who compete against each other at auction to offer the best tariffs.

“Paying over the odds for your electric and gas is not fair, so I hope people take advantage of the Essex Energy Switch. It’s a safe and easy way to save money in which we take all the hassle out of switching.”

Registration opens on Tuesday, December 5, and closes on Tuesday, February 13, before the one-day auction.

Everyone who registers will receive a personalised offer on 23 February, 2018, which details how much they could save by switching to the winning provider, or cheaper tariff.

But there is no obligation for people to take up the offer.

Cllr Finch added: “At the last switch in May, we had more than 6,500 people sign up to switch saving around £250 per year on their bills.

“People who have been on the same tariff with the same supplier for a number of years are particularly like to make savings.

“But even those who switched recently could still save more money by signing up again, after all it only takes five minutes online and we don’t want anyone to lose out.”

To register for the next auction, visit or call 0800 0488285.

If you don’t have access to the internet, you can ask a relative, friend of neighbour to help because registrations can be made using their email address. One email address can be used up to five times to register for the scheme.

DaRT Services in Mid and North Essex

The survey (link below) has been created to identify areas of improvement for the DaRT services in Mid and North Essex.

The survey will also be available on DaRT buses and the driver will collect completed surveys and arrange for them to be returned to Passenger Transport.

The deadline to return completed surveys is 22/12/2017 and we shall publish the results in early January 2018.

The survey is also available on the Essex Insight website  DaRT service online survey<> for those who have access to the internet.

Your continued support for local bus services is greatly appreciated. If you have any queries please contact<>

West of Braintree Garden Village – have your say…….

As you may already be aware there are proposals for three new garden communities across North Essex, one of which is known as West of Braintree and straddles the Braintree and Uttlesford district borders. Information is available on the North Essex Garden Communities website


The ‘Issues and Options Consultation’ is live and runs until Monday 22th January 2018.  This consultation is the first of 3 separate opportunities to comment on the proposals as they progress.

The document can be viewed on Braintree District Council’s website (hosting all of the garden communities consultations) where you can also respond on line.

If you would prefer to respond using a form please email the parish council.

Village Carol Singing

Tuesday 12th December
Wethersfield Village Sings Carols.

We meet on the Green at 5.45 pm
ready to set off around the village at 6pm, following our lit Christmas tree and spreading good will.

We shall be collecting for UNICEF
and end our outing at Wethersfield Club
at about 7pm, for free refreshments.

Please come along with us, it should be good fun.

We need carol singers, obviously,
but, if you would prefer not to sing,
we will also need people to knock on doors
and rattle their tins!

If you have a high viz jacket or arm bands please wear them and, oh yes, don’t forget the torch!

Annual TOY Service

Sunday 10th December 2017.

11am Wethersfield Church

A short service for all the family – come along and help to arrange the nativity scene and enjoy singing some well known carols.

Bring a toy or gift.  All donations go to the local branch of The Salvation Army for distribution this Christmas.

Stay for refreshments after the service and help to decorate our Christmas tree.

All welcome


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