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For information on forthcoming A12 resurfacing works, please see the A12 postcard.


Active Braintree Foundation, Braintree District Council, Community360 and United in Kind have come together to acknowledge the amazing work of the volunteers who helped in their local community during the Coronavirus lockdown. Their efforts ensured that our most vulnerable people had someone to turn to when they were in need. The tasks carried out by the volunteers were many and varied. We want to capture these in audio and/or video to share the good news stories. This is an opportunity to also make a record for posterity about how the people of the Braintree district were supported during this challenging time.

We are looking for those who volunteered to send us a brief recording (about 1 minute) with or without video about their experience of helping out which might include where they helped, why they wanted to help, the sort of tasks they did and how it made them feel.

Anyone who received help is also welcome to tell us about their experience (about 1 minute) and again with or without video.

If recording on a mobile phone isn’t possible we would also like to gather written articles, poems, photographs and drawings. A maximum of 100 words for written submissions, please, and one photo or drawing per submission.

Deadline for receiving submissions is 16 November 2020. We require an image release form to be completed for each submission which is available using this link

Please refer to our privacy notices published on our website at for more details as to your information rights. 


Graham Construction Ltd as the principal contractor working on behalf of Highways England will soon be carrying out repairs to the exiting concrete road surface along the A12 between junction 22 and 24.  Works will begin at the start of November 2020 and are due to last approximately 7 weekends, working each weekend between Friday 8pm and Monday 6am.


Essex Police has issued an alert over hare coursing.


Live Laugh Love Ladies Club.  The first event is a coffee morning on Wednesday 9 September 9.30am to 11.30am at the Duke of Wellington in Hatfield Peverel.  ickets need to be purchased for this event, they are £5 each and that price includes unlimited coffee, a croissant and a goodie bag.  These can be booked online at:
The club is all about like minded women getting together for fun and education.  With various events from speakers, entertainers, singers and local small company demonstrations.  Events are held monthly. 


June has seen a spate of crime in Hatfield Peverel, including: thefts from motor vehicles; shed break-in; theft of motor cycle; garage burglary; attempted house burglary; house burglary with theft of motor vehicle.  


Braintree District Council currently has funding opportunities for local organisations, please see the funding information here.


There has been a recent spate of frauds relating to property rental.  Click the link to read more.


If anyone finds themselves having to perform CPR/Defibrillation in an out of hospital setting during the current climate, please take a look at this video on the following link:

Further advice includes:

  • Wear Gloves 
  • As shown a towel or similar to place over nose mouth  
  • When we carry out chest compressions air is released through the nose and mouth in droplet form, thus possible spread of infection, in this case Covid -19 
  • Remember we are trained as first aiders 
  • Check Danger, make sure area is safe to proceed
  • Do not check air way or breathing 
  • Shake shoulders in normal manner
  • Ask are you alright ! 
  • No response call 999 inform the service of what is taking place and the patient may have Covid 19 follow instruction

This information has been provided by AJS First Aid Training Services.


If local bus services in your area have reduced as a result of the current situation, please contact your local Community Transport scheme to find out if there are additional dial a ride services which may make your journey possible.  Please remember to check Operator’s websites for details of the running of services in your area as they will be subject to change during this time.


Please help us raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and signpost people to support services by sharing the items attached and below.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognise that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for many people.

The Team is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship.  

The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage not only victims but friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks. A victim of a loan shark should contact the team for help. Visit the website here for more info and support:

Anyone who is feeling harassed or threatened by an illegal money lender can find out more about the different ways the team can help here:

Loan sharks are not your friends – these criminals are highly manipulative and want you under their control. Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of illegal money lending here

You can check if a company is authorised to lend money at

These links may also be useful:

Citizens Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Money Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Stepchange – Coronavirus and your finances


Please see letter from local MP Priti Patel in relation to the future of the HP railway station.


Message from Joby Humm, Leisure, Health and Heritage Manager, Braintree District Council

Are you interested in becoming more active? From walking to rugby, bowls to gymnastics and everything in between - the Active Essex Activity Finder is for you. Find the activity you want that is nearest to your home or place of work. Go to: .  If your activity or club is not listed please complete your details here - click on “sign up here":   


Thank you to everyone who voted in the Referendum; the result can be viewed here.  The Plan will now be made by Braintree District Council on 16th December 2019 at Full Council.   It will become part of BDC's development plan and will be considered by BDC and the Parish Council for planning applications in the Parish.