email your order to Rita at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 221919
email your order to Rita at email@example.com or phone 221919
Unfortunately, we have had a spate of burglaries in the Colne Valley over the last few months. Sue
Norris, our neighbourhood watch co-
between the police and residents in her report on page 2 and we hope you will read this carefully
and be extra vigilant. White Colne still enjoys a low crime rate compared to other
we can to keep it that way.
As we go to print we are meeting with BDC’s officers to finalise the provision of play equipment on
the Meadows. Once the order is placed there is a lead time of 6 weeks, but we are still on track for
a Spring completion. There is more information on page 6.
Talking of the Spring, Essex County Council is still hoping to market the land behind the hall in the
next month or two. We are now just waiting for solicitors' final amendments to agreements.
The public consultation concerning problems with traffic in Boley Road took place in January and
this will now be discussed at our next Council meeting on March 19th. The draft agenda is on page
9. The final agenda will be on the web site and notice board a few days before the meeting.
Lastly, BDC has proposed that a piece of land off Colchester Road should be allocated for the
building of 10 houses. We have again strongly objected to this proposal as the land is outside the
village envelope. It would give an air of over development, it goes against the findings in our
village design statement, which has been adopted as a supplementary planning document, and it
would spoil far reaching views over the valley. At this stage we are objecting to a site allocation
Do please remember that our Council meetings are open to all and we always welcome questions
and statements during public question time
Chair, White Colne Parish Council
The next Quiz` Night is on Friday, 15th March. There may still be space for your team.
Check with Rita on 221919
Calendar of Events 2013…
March Fri 15th Quiz Night Village Hall, 7.30 pm
Sat 23rd Stationmaster’s Arms curry night Village Hall, 7.30 pm
May Sat 18th Stationmaster’s Arms Village Hall, 5.00 pm
June Sun 23rd ‘Alice in Wonderland’ outdoor theatre The Meadows, 4.00 pm
September Sat 28th Games Night and bar Village Hall, time tba
November Sat 30th Stationmaster’s Arms Village Hall, 5.00 pm
Parish Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday in January, March, May, July,
September & November. The Annual Electors’ Meeting is on Tuesday, 23rd April
Wine Tasting Evening… Peter Norris
Most of us who are wine drinkers have our regular favourites or we scour the supermarket shelves in search of the money off deals. This event was our chance to broaden our horizons a little, to try a few of those wines, which we normally overlook, whether coming from an unusual grape, or having an unappealing label.
Our “leader”, Andy Gill, set himself the task of finding 6 underrated wines available locally and reasonably priced. He came up with a pink sparkler, 2 whites, 2 reds and a sweet sherry. The wines were:
Codorniu Rosado Brut -
Tesco Finest Picpoul (French) £7.49
Tesco Finest Albarinho Pazo Torrequintans £7.99
Trapiche Broquel Pinot Noir (Argentina) -
Les Jamelles Reserve Mouvedre Vin de pay d'Oc -
Sainsburys Taste the Difference Pedro Ximenes 12 yr old sweet sherry £7.99 (50 cl)
To complement these wines, Sarah Adlem produced a delicious three course supper of smoked salmon pate, Spanish chicken casserole and vanilla ice cream surprise. Hadley’s vanilla ice cream with the sweet sherry drizzled over was very good indeed.
42 villagers and guests attended and had an enjoyable and entertaining evening. Most were amazed we were able to provide the wines and food for the modest ticket price of £7.50…and we made a small profit for 50 Club funds!
Many thanks to Andy for his help in planning the event and during the evening, to Sarah for spending most of her Saturday in the kitchen (with great results), to Laura Giles for helping Sarah, to Rita and others who helped prepare and clear up.
Neighbourhood Watch… Sue Norris
Over the last few months there have been several occasions when I wanted to inform
residents as soon as possible about criminal activity in White Colne, the most recent
being attempted metal theft in Colneford Hill on Friday, 11th January and locks forced
on a metal garden shed in Boley Road in December. If you would like to be alerted
to local issues (usually fairly infrequent) please forward your email address to
firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember, if you see anything suspicious call
the local non-
Neighbourhood Watch in the
Braintree District. It gives the very
latest on local criminal activity plus
advice from the local Crime
The police are currently concerned
that theft of catalytic converters is still
commonplace in the Braintree area.
Some vehicles are more at risk –
those with high clearance such as
vans, 4x4s and motor homes – if you
own one of these please look at the
notice shown here.
Fuel for Thought – Do You Use Heating Oil? Rita Pearcey
Chances are you’re paying too much!
The Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) launched a new countywide community based oil
buying scheme last year. By bringing communities together to make the most of joint buying
power greater savings can be made and passed on to customers. It’s now part of a growing
network of schemes run by rural community councils in other counties and the power of group
buying is going from strength to strength.
To join the scheme you need to pay an annual membership fee, which will cover as many oil
orders as you need during the course of the year. The fee for domestic use is £20, for business
Recent examples of savings:
May 2012: Members paid 52.82p per litre (+VAT @ 5%), against an average price of 59p (highest
price: 69p) + VAT. On a 1000 litre order members saved over £60 against the average price
November 2012: Members paid 57.39p per litre (+VAT @ 5%), against an average price of 64.22p
(highest price: 71.65p) + VAT). On a 1000 litre order members saved £68.30 against the average
If you are interested in joining the scheme, follow these five steps:
1. Join the RCCE Oil Buying Scheme: Request a membership form from RCCE Trading CIC
(Tel: 01376 574340) or apply via the RCCE website www.essexrcc.org.uk
2. Wait to hear from your *local co-
your local co-
by phone or email to ask whether you want to place an order. The minimum order is 500 litres.
3. Place an order: Let your local co-
submits a total village order to RCCE. Your order increases their negotiating power, so once
submitted is regarded as binding.
4. Sit back whilst RCCE negotiates the price: RCCE negotiates the best price from a whole
range of suppliers. Your local co-
(exclusive of VAT) and the approximate date of delivery.
5. Take delivery of the oil and pay the company: The oil will be delivered as soon as possible
and you pay the company supplying the oil direct.
For more information see the RCCE website: www.essexrcc.org.uk or contact Oil Enquiries on
01376 574340 or Email: email@example.com
* Local Co-
joining the scheme. A co-
If you’d like to volunteer to be the local co-
the scheme off the ground in the village and keep it ticking over. A co-
negotiate prices, handle any money, maintain membership records or get involved in problems
between oil suppliers and customers but they do need to be reliable, well organised and have
access to the internet/home computer. They will get FREE membership of the scheme so will
have the advantage of saving on oil purchases without the up-
RCCE is a well respected registered charity which has been working to support rural communities since its
formation in 1929.
Play Equipment… Jane Taylor
For some months now we have been reporting on the (slow) progress of the planning application to build holiday cabins on land east of Boley Road. Although the Parish Council opposed the application, there is a benefit to the village in the form of a section 106 payment which developers are obliged to make available to the local council to use for the provision or enhancement of open space close to the site. The Parish Council has agreed with BDC that a children’s play area will be built on The Meadows. The bulk of the cost will be met from the S106 payment with the balance coming from Parish Council funds.
In consultation with a number of suppliers, we have tried to provide a worthwhile number and variety of types of equipment aimed primarily at younger children. This reflects the results from the completed questionnaires distributed with the newsletter in March 2012.
This artist’s impression shows the proposed layout and approximate location on the edge of the mown area and wild flower meadow, with the pavilion in the background. There is an eight week lead in time, and we now just await BDC’s confirmation that our quotations show good value. Fingers crossed that the equipment should be ready by the Spring.
Allotments… John Watt
There is one allotment still available to rent. Now is the time to get out there and grow your own – one way to be sure of what you are eating!
Interested? Then call John on 223582 or email
There was a burglary in Bures Road during the day on Friday 15 March. Thieves broke in through double glazed French doors and stole a lap top and jewellery. They also broke into the shed and took a petrol lawn mower.
Also in Bures Road last week thieves unsuccessfully attempted to break in to a garage probably with the intention of removing the fold up door for scrap metal. The mechanism of the door jammed and prevented this.