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Last chance for tickets

The Wethersfield Village Hall Christmas Cracker is on Saturday 16th December. There are still a few tickets available from the post office or by calling 01371 850620. They are only a fiver and for this you get a live band, entertainmen with plenty of opportunity to join in, licenced bar and seasonal nibbles!

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.

WAP Winter update

It has already been a busy autumn for WAP with the next production rehearsals now in full swing, keeping Sandy and the production team very busy. As you know it is the Pantomime, Cinderella, and we are delighted to welcome several new members to the cast who are settling in very well.  The ‘Last Drops’ will also be appearing as the musical accompaniment to the show and are working hard learning the great mix of tunes.  So please keep your diaries clear for the 1st to the 3rd of March.  Tickets will be on sale as always around a month before the production, more information will follow soon.

As some of you may know, regrettably, Mair Godley decided earlier in the year to step down from the position of Chairman.  The committee would like to thank Mair and Nick for their hard work and dedication to WAP over the last few years.  The productions of ‘Allo Allo” and ‘Free and Easy’ were very well received by our audiences with the latter being nominated to be considered for a Noda award. The experience and knowledge of amateur dramatics they brought to WAP was invaluable and the stage door will always remain open for them.


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<>

Christmas Lights Switch on a great success

Once again the Wethersfield switch on was a great event helped enormously by excellent weather.  Due to your generosity it ooks as though the village hall renovation fund will have grown by over £1000 once all the sums are done.  Thanks to all those who attended and all those who helped.  Don’t forget the Christmas Cracker on Saturday 16th – should be another great night of live music, entertainment and fun. Tickets available for just £5 from the Post Office or Mair (01371 850 620)

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.

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