See below for latest local news. 

 

Parish Council Meetings

The next meeting is the General Purposes Meeting which will be held on Thursday 14th October 2021, at 8pm in the Parish Room.

Village Football

Please find a statement from Doddinghurst Parish Council providing clarification regarding the current issues with the football field use.

Village Football Statement from Doddinghurst Parish Council

Bus 61 - Recent Issues

Bus Route 61 has recently experienced a few problems with its service, caused by vehicle breakdowns and driver sickness.  Vectare, who run the service, have contacted the Parish Council to apologies and to inform customers that they offer alternative transport in the form of a taxi in the event of a cancellation.  If customers require this service they should telephone 0115 777 3187 to verify with Vectare that their bus is cancelled, and then email their taxi/UBER receipt to contact@vectare.co.uk for reimbursement.

Vectare are currently exploring options for the purchase of newer buses for the route, albeit this is subject to agreement by Essex County Council. 

Letter from the Chair of Doddinghurst Parish Council

What a dreadful year we have all experienced, but with the beginning of 2021 some light has appeared with the advent of the vaccine.  The Brentwood Centre is doing a wonderful job getting the people of Brentwood and villages vaccinated and we thank the volunteers for their help.

We have been extremely fortunate in our village to have wonderful people who have volunteered their services to help those in need, taking shopping, medicine, and just phoning  and having a chat.  This help has been co-ordinated by our wonderful Rev Ann and her many volunteers.  If you need help then please contact the telephone numbers on the leaflet which has been delivered to your door recently.  You can of course ring me or the parish council office for information.

The parish council is supporting these efforts all be it in the background as most councillors are of the age that need to isolate.

We started the first stage of our office refurbishment, mainly the ladies toilets and we look forward to their completion.  Other refurbishments will take place as the year progresses. The office etc has not been brought up to date for many years and needs to be of a better standard than it is at the moment.

Even though we are in lockdown, the work of the parish council still goes on.  We are still keeping the burial ground in good order, our groundsman is still keeping the village clean and tidy, and the general welfare of the village carries on.

The government has decided that elections will take place this May, and Doddinghurst will be up for election.  The members of our parish council have all been on the council for some years giving their time and energy on behalf of the village.

If you would be interested in becoming a parish councillor,  please contact the parish office.  Perhaps some of our volunteers would be interested.  We look forward to hearing from you.

When we know that we are able to get together again. the parish council will be organising some events that had to be cancelled last year, so look out for these dates.

I am pleased to inform you that The Link magazine will be back once again when lockdown is over.  It has been missed and we look forward to seeing it once again.

You are always welcome to contact me if I can be of help. 

I hope you all keep well.

Debbie Dicker, Chair, Doddinghurst Parish Council

   

Doddinghurst Well-Being Hub

Doddinghurst Support Group are keen to remind villagers that they are there to help residents  They have also launched a Brand New Doddinghurst Wellbeing Hub on Facebook.  They hope it will  "let us continue to develop our sense of community whilst looking after the well-being of us all, by us supporting one another and working together. It will be for anyone in the village who needs help with wellbeing for any reason. For example, you may need advice about children struggling to understand this pandemic, you may be struggling with loneliness and would like to make contact with someone, or your family may be struggling financially and you don’t know where to turn. Our aim is to help you either with our own resources or by pointing you to someone who can."

The Hub can be located at facebook.com/groups/doddinghurstwellbeinghub.

However, if you are not online (or Facebook), do not despair! They will make sure they giving information out to individuals, on village notice boards, through community volunteers, via the schools and church, and in The Link as well.

And you can also call too. Contact numbers for the team are:

  • Lisa 07725 648164
  • Hayley 07970 519042
  • Jane 07813 216952
  • Rev’d Ann 01277 821366 

Hardship Fund

Brentwood CVS want to make people aware of an individual hardship fund which is actively seeking applications from people who are experiencing financial difficulties.

https://www.aco.uk.net/page/Home-Here-To-Help-Campaign 

Annual Audit 2020-21

The Parish Council's annual audit has been signed off by the Parish Council, Internal Auditor, and by the External Auditor.  This data has been published in the Financial Reports section of the website.

Doddinghurst Village Hall

Doddinghurst Village Hall has its own newly designed web page to make booking easier.  Please find the web address listed under our links section above.

Allotment Plots Available to Lease

Are you interested in getting out into the fresh air and growing your own vegetables.  We have Full and Half Plots available.  Full pots are £60 per year and Half £30 per year.  Please contact Clarrie Tremain in the office or email clarrie-tremain@outlook.com for more information.

Fly Tipping

This is a crime that is on the increase. A hotline has been set up to report fly tipping and if it is witnessed make a note of the date and time and if possible the registration number of the vehicle plus, if it can be done safely, a photo. These are all a real help in getting the perpetrators prosecuted. The Environment Agency hotline is 0800 807060 and is 24/7

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