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Xmas tree decoration week of 11th Dec

This is the first year for some time that we have not held a Flower Festival in our church during the summer. As a change, and to do something a bit different for the Christmas Festival, we have been able to obtain some small Christmas trees to use as decoration in the church. We are inviting you to decorate a tree on behalf of your organisation. The choice of decoration is left to you, traditional or original, maybe promoting your club! The trees will be available from Monday 11th December to be ready for Saturday 16th when we will be holding an “OPEN CHURCH” from 2pm to 4pm with TEA AND MINCE PIES and CHRISTMAS MUSIC from Jessie Tabor and some of her young musicians.
RSVP to: –
Eve Newell 01371 850957.
Sarah Pilgrim 01371 850781.

Introducing HeadsUp Employability Programme (Braintree & Uttlesford)


HeadsUp offers advice, support and mentoring to people with common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression to help them get back into the workplace after a period of long-term unemployment. We understand that the journey back to work can seem daunting, so HeadsUp provides tailored one-to-one support from an experienced peer support worker for as long as the participant needs it.


Not only do we help our participants with the practical skills needed to return to work, such as writing a great CV or giving them the chance to practice interview techniques, we also focus on the emotional impact of making such a big change to their lives. We believe that to be successful in returning to work after a long-term unemployment, consideration needs to be given to the emotional barriers that might be present such as anxiety, lack of self-confidence or negative thought patterns. Through a series of interactive workshops participants are given the chance to explore their emotional well-being, discover ways to build their personal resilience and learn how to manage their feelings when faced with stepping outside of their comfort zone. Our programme is a solutions-based model so we help our participants identify and focus on positive solutions to their situation and share in their successes and progress as they complete each stage to help reinforce self-esteem and self-belief.  You can click on this link to watch a short film about HeadsUp

Our website address is


Wethersfield’s Christmas Tree Lights Switch On 2017 will take place on Saturday, 2nd December on the Village Green.  The fun will start from 5pm with the lights being switched on at 5.45pm sharp. There will be a raffle (a wheelbarrow full of goodies is the prize), stalls in the village hall, a BBQ, mulled wine, tea and coffee, a nativity play featuring a real donkey, sweets for the children and of course the highlight will be an appearance from Father Christmas himself!  Music will be provided by Bardfield Brass Band and this year all proceeds will be going to Wethersfield Village Hall which is currently undergoing major improvements.

Please see the attached poster for more details.

WVH Xmas Lights 2017


Village Hall update November 17

Much has happened since the last update in July.  The toilets are finished as is the small hall which is no longer the dark gloomy cold space it once was. It is now full of light and warmth and the perfect venue for smaller meetings or classes; in fact both yoga and pilates classes have started in the last couple of weeks. We are in the middle of a funding round to raise the finance to do a similar job on the main hall next year. So far contributions from the Lottery, the Parish Council and hall funds mean that we are well on the way to having sufficient finance with other applications still in progress. Other smaller jobs should be completed in the New Year including the insulation of the roof over the kitchen and rear areas and a new floor for the same space. Together with a new cooker this will greatly increase the versatility of the hall and make it an even more attractive venue.  Once again grateful thanks to all those within our communty who have donated freely of their time, skills and money to make this possible.  It is your hall, enjoy it.

A Christmas Cracker

Saturday 16th December  –  “A Christmas Cracker”!

Wethersfield Village Hall presents an evening of Christmas entertainment and fun!  There will be live music from local band  “The Last Drops” who will sing and play all our favourites from Christmas standards to rock and roll and they will love it if people join in singing and dancing along to them. There will be some comedy turns along with carols  and Christmas songs to join in and much more besides!  Do come along with your family and friends. Tickets cost £5.00 each and will include some festive nibbles. Tickets already available from the Post Office. There will be a bar.

Have your say on the plans for the West of Braintree and Colchester Braintree Borders Garden Communities

Residents across the Braintree District are being encouraged to have their say on plans for two Garden Communities.

Their views will help shape the future of the project which is now open for public consultation. All residents are encouraged to attend one of ten local exhibitions or give their views online.

Braintree District Council Leader Graham Butland said he encourages everyone to get engaged with the process and have their say on the proposals for the West of Braintree and Colchester Braintree Borders Garden Communities.

He said: “The proposals in our Local Plan, which is now with the Planning Inspectorate, include two garden communities which will allow us to meet the independently assessed housing numbers while also providing significant infrastructure – something we just cannot do by continuing to tack housing on to existing towns and villages.

“The Planning Inspectorate will consider our Local Plan from January 2018 but in the meantime there is work to be done to explore, with our residents, how these garden communities could develop. We want to be in a position where we can move forward armed with the views of our residents so that, if we get the green light, we can start to create these well-planned and well-designed communities.

“If you are interested in green spaces or smart technology, or if you want to have your say on how the communities should be designed or maybe you are interested in transport links or job creation – this consultation is the place to give your views on a whole host of topics associated with creating good, modern communities.”

Councillor Lynette Bowers-Flint, Cabinet Member for Planning & Housing at Braintree District Council, said: “I hope residents will take this opportunity to have their say. We’re right at the beginning of the project and nothing has been set in stone so this is the perfect time to get involved, whether you live close to the boundaries or not, whether you already own a home or you are still trying to get on the housing ladder. Wherever you live in the district and whatever your perspective – we want to hear from you.”

There is a third Garden Community proposed and that, if approved, will be located on the Colchester/Tendring border.

Consultations on all three began on Monday, November 13 and run for 10 weeks through until 5pm on Monday January 22, 2018.


The Braintree District Council website is hosting all 3 online consultations.  The link is here – select which document you wish to respond to:

If you choose to complete a form rather than use the online portal, send by email or post to either of the following addresses:

Braintree District Council  Causeway House Braintree CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525

Colchester Borough Council  Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Rd, Colchester CO3 3WG

The full list of consultation events is also attached

Final Consultation Schedule

London Stansted Airport – Feedback events in November 2017

Feedback events in November 2017

Find out more about our Building for the Future programme at Stansted Airport at one of three drop-in events in the local community in November 2017.

In October, Stansted Airport CEO Ken O’Toole confirmed that future growth at the airport over the next decade can be met without increasing the agreed number of flights or the size of the airport’s environmental ‘footprint’. Find out more here.

This is one of the ways in which we are responding to feedback provided by the local community at consultation events in July 2017.

Find out more at one of our community drop in events:

Tuesday 21 November 2017
4pm until 8pm

Radisson Blu Hotel, Waltham Close, Stansted Airport, CM24 1PP
Free parking for this session is available at the hotel, on registering at the event.

Thursday 23 November 2017
4pm until 8pm

St Michael’s Church, 1 Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ND

Friday 1 December 2017
4pm until 8pm

Talberd Room, Foakes Hall, Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, CM6 1DG

What you told us

At the events in July 2017, our neighbours told us that they support growth and investment in the airport facilities and welcome a further increase in destinations and choice. They also told us that they were concerned about the proposal to increase in the number of flights that the airport is permitted to operate each year.

Primarily, we have amended our plans so growth over the next 10 years is within our existing flight and environmental limits. Making best use of our runway to serve 43 million passengers will help create more choice and better terminal facilities, new jobs for local people, clarity for the local community while providing airlines and businesses with the confidence to invest in Stansted.

Visit to find out more about our work to support jobs and training locally, our investment in the local transport infrastructure and dropping off for free at Stansted Airport.

Please click here to read more about how we are responding to the feedback received.

If you wish to sign up to further information on our plans go to

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