About us

The Council was first formed in 1894 as one of the first Parish Councils. Its first Council consisted of local farmers and tradesman including one female Councillor, a unique feature for that period of time. Bulmer is a rural village of around 500 residents in the North East corner of Essex close to the Essex and Suffolk county borders. The Parish includes the two main communities of Bulmer Street and Bulmer Tye, plus the out lying communities of Upper & Lower Houses, Finch Hill, Batt Hall and Hedingham Road spread over an area of around 3 square miles. Within these communities there is St. Andrew’s church, St. Andrews infants school, The 'Bulmer Fox' public house and a Post Office. The nearest town is Sudbury an old market town famous for the birthplace of the artist Gainsborough and its wool & silk industries. The silk factory is still in business today. Bulmer is mainly a farming community although through modern machinery not many hands are now needed to farm the land & most people now find work in Sudbury and surrounding towns, some even choosing to commute to London.

Bulmer also has its claim to fame in having one of the last surviving brick & tile yards where each brick & tile is hand moulded, fired and distributed throughout the British Isles from clay dug up from its own supply within Bulmer.

The Council has 7 (seven) Councillors who are elected every 4 years and meets every two months (January, March, May, July, September and November) on the second Friday of that month. It plays a very important role in keeping the rural aspect of the village intact, making many decisions on planning applications, road maintenance & safety in working closely with the residents and Braintree District Council. It owns various allotment sites, the land upon which the village hall stands and a recreation ground. These are run by separate charitable trusts set up by the Council with their own Management Committees formed by volunteers from residents who amiably look after the day to day running and finances to keep these precious facilities going. Further details of these and other facilities can be found elsewhere on this site and on our social website www.essexinfo.net/bulmervillage

The Council is also a member of the Parish Path Partnership with Essex County Council and with volunteers help to maintain all the paths within the Parish to a high standard with the County Council’s help when required.
The Council regards communication as an important part of its role, and as well as having Notice boards around the village and its own newsletter ‘What’s On?" and now this further electronic form.

Should you wish to contact a member of the Council, you will find details of 'Your Councillors' or by contacting the Parish Clerk, whose details are on 'Contact us'

The Council is here to assist & support all residents in anyway it is able to do so.