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January 2014

Shed Burglary

There has been a shed burglary in Colne Park Road - at some time in the week ending 8th January - and a chainsaw has been stolen.

Shed burglaries have been increasing recently. There have been several in Tey Road and Upper Holt Street in recent months and power tools seem to be the targets.

Dear Residents

Due to illness and work demands our Council was much diminished at the November meeting with only three members in attendance.  Many matters up for decision were understandably deferred until this month, as you will see by the rather lengthy agenda!

Three items could still benefit from your input:

1.  Under emergency planning, the decision to undertake a village wide confidential survey to identify those at risk and any other specific needs for the community as a whole.

2. The decision to employ a part time village handyman (if you are needing to earn some extra money this year perhaps this is for you?).

3. A suggestion to site a defibrillator at the village hall for general public use. Apparently very easy to use and of course it could help to save a life.

As always members of the public are welcomed at our meetings, and there is an opportunity to make comments or ask questions at the appropriate time. We really do value your input so please attend if you can. Or don't hesitate to email or phone with your suggestions.

On behalf of all the Council members may I wish you all a very Happy New Year, with the hope that we will all keep safe and well in the face of the extreme weather which Mother Nature seems to have been throwing at us for the last two months. Here's looking forward to the Spring!

Jane Taylor

Chair, White Colne Parish Council


Recent Events

Carols around the Tree… Peter Norris

The annual Christmas celebration took place on Sunday, 15th December.  Over 70 residents and guests gathered around the tree on the Village Green to sing a selection of carols, led by our vicar, the Reverend Captain Peter Allan, accompanied by the Colne Valley Ensemble (who seem to increase in number each year) and Father Christmas.  Many thanks to Peter Allan and Joscelin Watt, Rita, Dawn and Laura for the refreshments and all who helped in the preparation and clear up.

Wine Tasting… Peter Norris

The wine tasting evening on January 25th  2014 is fully booked and there is a waiting list of people who would like to attend, so if you have booked you need to let Rita have your ticket money (£10.00 per head) as soon as possible.  If you or any of your party can’t attend please let Rita know so she can reallocate the tickets. After extensive research, the wines have been selected and the menu decided.  It promises to be another good evening!

Live Music Pub… Rita Pearcey

On 30th November The Stationmaster’s Arms hosted its first Live Music event.  After enjoying a fish and chip supper 70 residents and guests were entertained by the excellent  ‘Short People’ (Reg Webb & Laura Jepp).  After hearing Laura’s first solo the place erupted and we knew we were in for a musical treat of a night – what an amazing voice for such a tiny person!  Reg has graced the music scene for many years and appeared all over the world, accompanying many famous artists. Their music ranged from Soul divas to Tamla to Dutch jazz - a real eclectic mix.  Great to have such amazing sounds in our little old village hall and to see everyone up dancing - impossible not to!  Sorry, but if you enjoy this type of music and you didn’t make it, you missed a treat!  Those who came didn’t want the evening to end so we’ve booked Short People again for Saturday 29th November 2014.  Tickets will once again be free (music funded by White Colne 50 Club).  Put the date in your diaries and you can reserve tickets from now by phoning Rita on 221919 or email  It’ll also be advertised in neighbouring villages so don’t be disappointed!

Thank you to Happy Fries, Eight Ash Green for supplying the fish & chips, Hadley’s for the ice cream, Colchester Brewery for the bitter and The Thatcher’s Arms for the draught lager.  As always, a huge thank you to the volunteers who set up and cleared up the pub, served the food and washed up - we couldn’t run these events without your valuable help.

Scouts Christmas post…  George Posner, Earls Colne Scouts

The dust has now settled on the 2013 Christmas Post and the group raised about £100 and local churches and schools benefited as well. I was pleased that we were able to include White Colne this year and although the level of post may have been modest I hope you feel it was worthwhile and will participate again in 2014.

Bulbs on the Green…  Sarah Adlem

A couple of years ago The Four Colnes Horticultural Society approached the Parish Council to supply and plant snowdrops on the lower corner of our village green.  Last month, Richard Curtis and Donna Goodchild of the FCHS followed this up by planting daffodil bulbs around the village sign.  Many thanks to them and FCHS for supplying and planting the bulbs.

Flood Link…  John Watt

The Environment Agency website has up to date information on river levels across the country.  If you are concerned about the level of the River Colne as it affects Colneford Hill and Lower Holt Street then check out this link which takes you directly to the latest information.

Neighbourhood Watch... Sue Norris

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