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May 2015

White Colne News

Dear Residents

Thank you to all of you who have agreed to complete forms of evidence, proving that the path from Colne Park Road up to the allotments and through to Bures Road has been in existence for many years. To clarify the criteria, we must prove the use over a minimum 20 year period. Even if you have only used the path for 5 years, providing dates overlap with others back through 20 years, your evidence is valuable too. If you need more information or require the forms then please contact me or

You may have noticed the gas monitoring equipment installed on the land behind the village hall. This is to determine levels of contamination prior to the sale of the land to a developer. ECC have resubmitted their planning application, as the original consent has expired. We shall be iscussing this at our meeting on May 19th, but please be aware that the

application is a complete replica of the original consent. Results of the contamination survey are expected in early June.

Unfortunately the fence at the rear of the football area has been severely damaged, and as with other maintenance works around the village hall, the Council is loath to waste taxpayers money on works which could all be undone when the developer moves in. It's a difficult balancing act!

It appears that the peacocks are back. We still have our plan in hand to trap them into a garage and re home them, but at the moment they are not visiting that particular garden. As before, please do not feed them, as this just encourages them to stay around. They are still destroying neighbours' gardens and causing distress.

Some good news.BT has confirmed that our Superfast broadband should be connected by the end of May. Providers will send emails to customers inviting them to sign up to the service during the two weeks following connection. If you can't wait, visit the BT website and enter your postcode into the checker. It will register as soon as the service is


Kind regards,

Jane Taylor, Chair, White Colne Parish Council

Tel. 01787 222477, email

St Andrews Church News… Thomas Weatherill

St Andrews Church is holding its annual Rogation Sunday service and walk this month, where we remember and pray for all aspects of our village life. The short walk sets off from the Church at 5pm on Sunday 17 May, with light refreshments served afterwards. Also during May we have our annual churchyard clearance tidy. Please meet at the church on Monday, 11 May, at

9:30am, with suitable gardening gloves. In June we will be celebrating the licensing of our curate, Hugh Mothersole, who has completed his four years of training. The Bishop of Colchester will conduct the service at Earls Colne Church on Wednesday, 3 June, at 7pm. All welcome.

Forthcoming services in White Colne:

Sunday, 17 May, 5 00pm: Rogation Service, Walk and refreshments.

Sunday, 7 June, 10:30am: Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer).

Sunday, 21 June, 10:30am: Morning Worship.

Sunday, 5 July, 10:30am: Holy Communion with Baptism.

Recent Events… Rita Pearcey

Race Night, 14th March… The Stationmaster’s Arms hosted a Race Night presented by Tony and Sally Dowsett      

(friends of the village from Gt Baddow). Although this event wasn’t as well supported as our previous Race Night in 2013 residents and friends nonetheless enjoyed a great supper provided by Sarah Adlem and an exciting race

programme. Many thanks to Sarah for giving up her time to cook up another treat for us! Sally & Tony have now retired from ‘race nights’ and the Events Committee presented them with gifts in appreciation for the time they’ve voluntarily given up to present three events for our village over the past four years. Our grateful thanks go to the local

businesses who each sponsored a race and featured an advertisement in the Race Programme: Leo Design Print and Promotions, Colne Valley Dog Wash, Poppy & Dove Floral, Riverside Spice, CRP Kitchens, Hadley’s, The Thatchers Arms & Amerio Home & Gardens, and of course to the volunteers who helped in the kitchen and cleared up

afterwards. Their help and support is much appreciated. Leo Design P&P also very generously sponsored the printing of the Race Programme. The event raised £355 for the 50 Club.

Quiz Night, 17th April… Attended by 60 quizzers from The Colnes, other local villages, staff from Colchester Hospital and one person even came from Northants! Congratulations to the winners ‘Potato Heads’ (team Macbrayne(y)!) and to the runners up B.R.G (team Osborn). The Quiz raised £418 of which £209 has been donated to CoHoC (Colchester Hospitals charity) for their Cancer Centre for Mid & NE Essex campaign. The balance was donated to White Colne 50 Club to upport village projects, the current one being a new roof for the Village Hall. We are very grateful to Baumann’s Brasserie (soon to be known as Ranfield’s Brasserie), Oliver’s Plants and Barrett & Coe Photographers for donating prizes for the raffle.

Fine Dining in the Village Hall…

Michelin Star trained Chef, Mark Peters (Just Imagine Foods)

and his team transformed the hall into a ‘pop-up’ restaurant on

Saturday 2nd May for a ‘Fine Dining Experience’. The hall

looked amazing and Mark cooked an imaginative and

delicious seven course menu using great flavours and unusual

food combinations. These worked brilliantly and, judging from

 the comments, went down very well with the 28 diners!

Guests were invited to bring their own wine and the

Village Hall bar was also open. Mark and his team were

impressed with our hall and kitchen facilities and hope to

return to cook for us again in the near future.

Late News! Damage to tree on village green…

At about 7.30 in the morning of

Sunday, 3rd May, without prior

warning, one of the chestnut trees on

the green fell, splitting the trunk

about a metre above ground level. A

parish council work party, led by

John Watt, made the area safe on

Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to Joscelin Watt for the picture.