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Mobile Skate Park - Lower car park, Ashingdon and East Hawkwell Memorial Hall

The Parish Council will be providing a mobile skate park in the lower car park at Ashingdon and East Hawkwell Memorial Hall on Monday 3rd August - Wednesday 5th August between 11am and 4pm.

The event is free of charge.


Seawall grass cutting around the Outer Crouch and Roach Estuaries


The Environment Agency will be undertaking seawall grass cutting in the coming months.  This work forms part of the frequent maintenance programme for 2015-16.  For more information click here.


Job Vacancy - Hawkwell Parish Council

Hawkwell Parish Council have a vacancy for an admin assistant, please click on the link below for more information.





School Holiday Activities


The District Council have arranged some activities to keep the children entertained during the October school holidays.  Click here to view the brochure.


Rochford District Council - Call for sites

The Council is looking to update its evidence on housing and economic development land supply in the District and, as part of this, is currently undertaking a ‘Call for Sites’.  For more information or to make comments, click here.



Hockley Art Trail

Different venues in Hockley will showcase local artists' work.  For further information call 01702 207707 or visit www.hockley-essex.gov.uk


River Crouch Celebrations


The dates of the River Crouch Celebrations 100 mile walk are 27 June – 4 July 2015


During this period, there will be points at which children and communities will come to meet the lead walkers and hand over their flags to be carried on the journey.


The RDC Leisure team, lead artists and locality artists would like to invite you to join them at any of the highlights below:


Saturday 27 June: Bradwell-on-Sea to Burnham-on-Crouch


9am meet at the car park of The Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Sea, finishing approx. 5pm at Burnham-on-Crouch Quay.
We'll be starting at Bradwell Marina car park at 8am for an early walk, but meeting the school in the village, outside the church at 9am. Everyone, including children, will then process to St Peter's Chapel, where we intend to tie a ribbon around the chapel, then fold it up and give it to the walkers to carry to Canewdon and St Nicholas.  You could meet us outside the church in the morning, or for a drink with Ali and Richard in Burnham in the evening.


Sunday 28 June: Explore Wallasea Island
10am meet at Burnham Quay watch Burnham-on-Crouch Primary School’s send-off, followed by a ferry trip and walk around Wallasea Island, ending at Burnham Quay at approx.  3pm.
Public parking on Ship Road, Burnham-on-Crouch.  Fares payable on the Burnham Ferry Service. One way: £3.50 adults, £2 children.  Cash only.


The school will be setting off a flotilla of paper boats, hopefully from the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club's jetty.  On Wallasea Island, they want to present a biodegradable box of items cast from London mud (building Wallasea) and maps with GPS on it, which will be buried, to decompose, leaving nothing but the GPS marking the spot afterwards (but not physically).   We're also going to invite the Burnham Art Trail artists to walk with us, and then encourage walkers to do the Trail on their way home, as it's an early finish. 


Monday 29 June:  Paglesham Eastend to Canewdon


10am meet at Paglesham Eastend Quay to meet Ali and Richard as they are ferried across from Burnham-on-Sea. Finishing at approx. 3pm at Canewdon Primary School.  


Meeting the walkers as they come across at Paglesham Eastend pontoon, and then to Canewdon School for 1pm.  Children will accompany us to St Nicholas with the flags where Ali and Richard hand over the ribbon from St Cedd’s and Bradwell, it gets added to the ribbon prepared by Canewdon children and then it's tied around the church, whilst the bells ring (we hope).


4pm meet at St Nicholas’ Church, Canewdon for an afternoon walk to Paglesham Church End and back, returning approx. 8pm.


Limited parking by the Plough and Sail


The intention is to end in the pub.  Circular walk.


Tuesday 30 June: Canewdon to Ashingdon, via South Fambridge


10am meet at St Nicholas Church, Canewdon, for a walk along the river to South Fambridge, meeting Ashingdon Primary School and finishing at approx. 3pm. 


Due to meet school at S .Fambridge Quay at 1pm, where Cold Norton School (their partner) will send a message to Ashingdon and then walk back to the school with the flags.


4pm meet on The Green, Ashingdon Primary School, for an evening walk onto Hullbridge, arriving approx. 7pm.


Ending at the Brandy Hole for drink.


Wednesday 1 July: Boat Day


Ali and Richard will travel from Hullbridge back to Burnham-on-Crouch with the flags, to continue with the walk. 


10am meet in the public car park on Ferry Lane for Riverside School’s send-off.


Meeting Riverside school then walking to Brandy Hole mooring for refreshments and before seeing off the walkers on the boat to Burnham.  We're putting out a call to yacht clubs along the Crouch to join us in their boats. There will also be refreshments from 2pm in Burnham for their arrival (venue TBC).


Thursday 2 July: Burnham-on-Crouch to North Fambridge 


9am meet at Burnham-on-Crouch Station, finishing at N. Fambridge Station at approx. 1pm for Cold Norton and Ashingdon Primary Schools’ welcome.


Another across the river message with Cold Norton and Ashingdon, where flag 7 is also collected by the walkers – a great point to come along.


Friday 3 July: North Fambridge to South Woodham Ferrers


9am meet at North Fambridge Station finishing approx. 1pm in South Woodham Ferrers.   Meet us and the children of Collingwood Primary School at approx. 11am and walk down to the river for a picnic lunch (not supplied).


Very early start, in order to get to school on time, but that would be a nice event to join: walking down to the river with the children, enjoying a picnic and seeing their 'happening'.


Surprise evening walk - details to be announced on Facebook and Twitter 6pm start, an exploration of the flood defences, ending in pub.


Saturday 4 July: South Woodham Ferrers to Hullbridge & Feast Day


10am meet at South Woodham Ferrers Station through the town centre down to Hullbridge Quay for a final crossing at approx. midday. 


Walk the last mile with the 8 flags, Ali and Richard to the Feast, hosted by Riverside School PTA’s Summer Fayre.  The full programme will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.
This is very much being planned, but starts in SWF and moves to Hullbridge.  We are hoping to have boats to carry walkers across.  We are about to put out a call for musicians to do a scratch performance of a world premiere written by a music teacher who lives in Hullbridge. The Feast at Riverside School is planned to run from Midday to 4pm


We would be delighted for you to join us at any of the above highlights. More information can also be found here Rochford District Council | River Crouch Celebrations



Job Vacancy - Hullbridge Parish Council

Job Vacancy for a Maintenance/Handyman/Gardener

Full Time or Job Share.  For further details go on the link below or contact Hullbridge Parish Clerk on 01702 232038



Big Business Boost


The Big Business Boost is a competition focused on identifying and rewarding some of the most promising micro businesses in Essex.


This is aimed at young enterprises that have raw potential and the desire to take their operations to the next level as well as helping those with a fresh business concept to get started.


Support offered includes cash prizes, coupled with free business support, advice and training. Support will be focused on those businesses that demonstrate real potential for development and growth.


The competition will be split into the following three categories:


  • Pre-start business: The business is not yet registered and/or trading. Entrants must be living in Essex and planning to start a business based in Essex.
  • Start-up business: The business has been trading for up to three years.
  • Established business: The business has been trading for more than three years.


Every business entering the competition will receive assistance or prizes worth from £60 up to £4,300. The winners of each category will win a cash prize, while the top 100 entrants will receive a one-day workshop and one-to-one business advice, worth more than £500.


The exact prizes break down as follows:

  • Winner – Three-day workshop, one-to-one business advice, PR guidance for one year and £3,000 cash award. Total vale: £4,300.
  • Second place finalist – Three-day workshop, one-to-one business advice, PR guidance for one year and a £1,000 cash award. Total value: £2,300.
  • Third placed finalist – Three-day workshop + one-to-one business advice + PR guidance for 1 year + £750 cash award. Total value: £2,050.
  • The remaining 82 entrants from top 100 get a one-day workshop (£300) plus one-to-one business advice (£270) worth £570.

The competition is open to any pre start-up, new business or established micro business based in Essex that employs no more than five people, including the business owner.


The deadline for applications to be received is midnight on 3 July 2015.

To enter, and for more information go to http://www.essexbusinessboost.co.uk/


Rochford Business Network


The Low Carbon KEEP Capital Grant Scheme aims to support efficiency and innovation initiatives within businesses. 


The scheme allows eligible small to mediums sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East of England to recoup 40% of the cost of buying capital items, such as equipment or software that will help businesses increase efficiency and reduce resource consumption.


Purchases made through the Capital Grant Scheme may include more than one item, while total spend must be between £2,500 and £20,000 in value (ex-VAT), with the Low Carbon KEEP providing funding for 40% of the total spend.  All capital items bought using Low Carbon KEEP capital grant funding will remain in the ownership of the SME partner.


All claims to funders are made retrospectively on a quarterly basis, with the SME incurring the entire expenditure in the first instance.  No grant will be paid to the SME Partner before it has been successfully claimed from funders by the programme management team. This may take several months.


Most business sectors are eligible including charities and not for profit organisations, although the coal, agricultural and fisheries sectors are excluded due to European funding regulations.


In order to be successful when applying, a business will need to cover the following eligibility criteria:


  • is based in Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; OR carry out 75% or more of their economic activity in the East of England (Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk)
  • employs less than 249 people;
  • has an annual turnover of LESS THAN 50M EURO;
  • has total assets equivalent to LESS THAN 43M EURO;
  • is NOT more than 25% owned by a parent company;
  • has NOT received more than 200,000 EURO state aid in the last three fiscal years.


Who to contact for more information


If you would like to know how your business could benefit from the Low Carbon KEEP Capital Grant Scheme, please don't hesitate to contact Carole Randall, Programme Manager, carole.randall@anglia.ac.uk, 0845 196 4310.



River Crouch Celebrations


Rochford District Council is delighted to announce a celebratory programme of activities along the north and south banks of the River Crouch in Essex. Over the next few months, people who live, work or visit this part of Essex are invited to take part and to help us celebrate this unique part of Essex and explore the River’s past, present and future.


Since last summer, Rochford District Council in partnership with Kinetika – a leading arts organisation, based in Essex - has been developing plans and gathering support for the River Crouch Celebrations. We have explored both sides of the River through river crossings, guided walks, meetings and attending local events. Along every step of our way we have met a host of people who have helped the project take shape and gather momentum – sailors, teachers, writers, ‘do-ers’, artists, enthusiasts, community leaders, walkers, historians and volunteers - to name a few!

Click here for further information or contact the Project Manager, Sarah Bedell on sarah@sarahbedell.co.uk or 01702 306831.

Each of the eight flags  feature places and characteristics of the local area.  To view photos of the flag painting, please look in the photo album.


Temporary road closure of Spa Road/Greensward Lane, Hockley


Greensward Lane from the junction of Spa Road, Hockley shall be closed for 2 days from 24th June 2015.  The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while bridge inspection works are undertaken.


Ashingdon Family Fun Day - Important Announcement

It is with much regret that we must advise that due to lack of support and response the above event has been cancelled. 
This is not something that Team Funday have taken lightly and all stall holders who have paid will receive a full refund in due course.
We had hoped to have received more interest from sponsors and volunteers to help in key areas of organising the event but regretfully this has not been the case.
We do hope that you enjoyed the last two events and would like to thank you for your support.
Team Funday



 Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

Keep informed about the kind of police and community issues which affect you.

By taking a few minutes to complete a simple form you can select what information you would like to receive based on where you live, work, go to school or on issues you have a particular interest in.

Click here to be directed to the Essex Police website which gives more information.



Rochford District Disability Sport

Following the success of the disability sport taster sessions a regular weekly session will be starting on 16th January from 2.30pm - 5.00pm at Stambridge Memorial Hall.  The sessions will be in Boccia, Sitting volleyball and table cricket, all age groups are welcome and the sessions are free of charge.

For further information, please contact the Stambridge Memorial Hall Manager on 01702 258566 or 07876 802420.  Alternatively, you can email MemorialHall@Stambridgepc.co.uk or sport@rochford.gov.uk.



Essex Energy Switch


Earlier this year thousands of households and businesses signed up to participate in the Essex Energy Switch. It helped many people reduce their gas and electricity bills at a time of rising energy prices – with an average saving of £200 per year. We are now offering residents another chance to make sizable savings on their gas and electricity bills.

Residents have from 3rd December 2014 until 2nd February 2015 to register their interest (without any obligation) at www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch. It is a completely free, easy, safe and secure way to cut their energy bill without wasting valuable time endlessly comparing prices on comparison sites.



Back to Netball

Find your way Back to Netball.  Weekly netball sessions will start in 2015, all welcome.

Thursdays 7pm - 8pm

Sweyne Park School, Sir Water Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BZ.

£20 for 10 weeks

Sessions start Thursday 15th January 2015.

For more information and to book a place contact Clare.popperwell@englandnetball.co.uk




Completion of the Annual Return 2013/14

The external auditor has completed the audit of the Parish Council accounts with no issues arising.  Click here to view the annual return.



Free Football Sessions


Achievement Through Football are running FREE football sessions for young people on Wednesdays from 4pm - 5pm at King Georges Field, Ashingdon Road, Ashingdon.


Please contact Achievement Through Football direct should you require any further information:




Mobile Library Timetable


Click here to view the mobile library timetable from September 2014 - August 2015.



Rochford District Council - Pay for parking by mobile phone

Rochford District Council is currently promoting its pay by mobile phone facility, which was introduced last year at the same time the new pay and display machines where installed in all the car parks.

There are now various options for paying to park in the Council’s pay and display car parks, motorists can pay at the machines by using cash, credit or debit card or by wave and pay.  There is a further option to pay by mobile phone, it is very quick and easy to use when paying to park.

The added benefits for using this option is that the motorist needs no cash or credit card to pay (once they have registered with Metric Mobile).  There is no ticket to  display on the vehicle and a text receipt will be sent to confirm the transaction has been accepted.  A text reminder in also sent when the parking session is due to expire and gives the motorist the option of extending their parking session, this is ideal  if delayed at the Doctors or hairdressers etc. as there is no need to return to the car to purchase a ticket.

Click here for further information.









Kelly Holland
33 Rowan Way
Essex,  SS4 3PD

ashingdonparishcouncil@essexinfo.net   Phone :  01702 257457






Contact Information

Ashingdon Parish Council,
33 Rowan Way,


01702 257457