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Cinderella ‘The Panto’

So, Cinderella finished on Saturday night with a bang, (well two actually!) and the slipper was reunited with its owner! We have had excellent reviews from audience members.
Thank you to all those who came along, particularly with the weather conditions on Thursday and Friday. We had a full house for the final performance which was excellent. WAP will be back next year so keep in touch for information and if anyone would like to get involved send a message or contact us on

Cinderella ‘The Pantomime’ Saturday Performances

Thank you to all those who have made it to the Village Hall over the last couple of days in spite of the weather. Here is a review from last night.

“This show totally blew my expectations of a village performing group.
Well done to everyone for your hard work x it was fantastic!!!!
My children and me haven’t laughed so much in a long time xxx thank you xx
Can’t wait for the next production!!!”

There are only a limited number of tickets left for both the matinee and evening performance, please go to the post office until midday after which the remaining tickets will be available on  the door.





No Garden Waste (green bin) Collection Next Week

Message from Braintree District Council:

The garden waste service has been suspended next week to enable our resources to focus on collecting black bin waste and recycling sacks that we have not been able to collect this week.  The message we are giving our customers is to leave their bins and sacks out and we will get to them next week.  Garden waste collections will resume from week commencing 12th March 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience.

2nd March 2018


Cinderella Panto Update

After an excellent first night with great reviews, we are pleased to confirm the Pantomime will be on again tonight and tomorrow for both performances as confirmed yesterday.  We will be able to accommodate some of those who may not have come last night due to the weather. If you would like to come please arrive early and we will allocate another seat (Please bring your ticket). If you are interested in coming please call Nicky Pearce, her number is on the ticket 07745 814878 or Keith Shilling 0n 07714344356


WAP Committee

Severe Weather Update on Services from Braintree District Council: 1st March 2018

Following a review of all services this morning, Braintree District Council have the following update:

Refuse and recycling – Collections have resumed today with caution and crews are reporting back that some areas are inaccessible. Thursday’s work is being undertaken today. Weather permitting, Friday’s collections will be on the scheduled day. Wednesday collections will now be undertaken on Saturday 3rd March. The garden waste service has been suspended for the rest of the week to enable our resources to focus on collecting black bin waste and recycling sacks. Garden waste will not be collected until the next scheduled collection day. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Street Scene and Grounds Maintenance – The street scene team continue to divert resources to where it is needed.  This morning they are focussing on trying to empty litter and dog bins, catching up from yesterday whilst gritting as required in town centres and they spent yesterday clearing snow.  We have received a number of compliments from members of the public, including the following from a Braintree resident “A Big Thank You to the crew that are clearing the snow and gritting the town this morning, they have done a great job”

Community Transport – In the interests of passenger and volunteer safety all services have been cancelled for today and customers have been contacted by the team to let them know.  The team will review the situation each morning.

All other services are functioning but some are operating on reduced staffing.  The customer service centre and reception at Causeway House are open and taking calls and visits.

Help for Rough Sleepers – Our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) Procedure  is in place to assist anyone who is sleeping rough. SWEP arrangements are triggered when the night time temperature is predicted to be zero degrees or below for three consecutive nights. The SWEP may also apply in the event of other exceptional adverse weather conditions.

We work closely with a wide range of other agencies, including the Police and the Salvation Army. Please note the earlier in the day we know of someone, the easier it is for us to make contact with them and offer shelter.

If you are aware of someone who is possibly rough sleeping please contact  01376 552525 and ask for the Housing Options Team, an officer is on call out of normal office hours.

We will be updating the website, phone service and social media throughout the day to keep customers updated on services.

If there is any further update on the situation, I will contact you.  In the meantime, if you have any concerns from residents, please refer them to the website<> or ask them to contact customer services on 01376 552525.

Bovingdon Road, Bocking has reopened!

Message from Essex County Council:

Courtaulds Culvert, Bovingdon Road, Bocking

Progress Update – 20 February 2018: Courtaulds Culvert


Works are now substantially complete and Bovingdon Road was reopened to vehicles on 19 February 2018.  

The site team are now focused on returning the compound and temporary parking areas to its former state and undertaking remaining drainage works within Bovingdon Road.

Thank you for your continued patience while we work to complete these works.




Rummage Sale this Saturday

Please note this Saturday 10th Feb at 2pm we will be holding a jumble sale in aid of church funds; in the village hall.

If you have items for sale they can be taken to the Hall from midday. If you would like us to collect please phone Sarah 850781 or Eve 850957

Refreshments & a raffle. Please bring yourself, a smile and some money.

Essex Big Weekend – 24th and 25th March

Are you ready to get your tickets to the biggest celebration of the year?

Registration for the 2nd Visit Essex Big Weekend opens on 8th February, where hundreds of FREE pairs of tickets for a host of attractions and fun-filled activities across the county, will be up for grabs via an on-line ballot.

A huge variety of Essex tourist attractions and related businesses will be opening their doors free of charge, or offering special gifts to lucky ticket holders on 24th and 25th March, as part of Visit Essex’s second celebration of the county’s tourism industry.

Some of the county’s biggest attractions have already signed up to this year’s event, including Barleylands, Chelmsford City Racecourse, Lifehouse Spa Hotel, Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum,  Redwings Horse Sanctuary and Hedingham Castle, to name a few.

Experiences on offer include entrance to stunning stately homes, gardens and thrilling white water or high wire experiences.  Don’t miss out, register your interest here NOW:  Essex residents can apply for as many tickets as they like, but there will be a limit of two winning tickets per household.

There’s still time for more tourism attractions or related business to get involved in the celebrations too by offering extra tickets – make sure you contact the Visit Essex team by 12th January to be included. Contact  Or register here:

Essex Big Weekend was set up to promote Essex’s incredible attractions and sights, and to encourage residents to discover how much there is to see and do on their doorstep. The event is also part of English Tourism Week (, which highlights the importance of tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the national economy.

The Ballot opens on 8th February – 12th March. Two tickets per household will then be allocated at random by ballot (some family tickets are available).

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