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EVENTS & NEWS :
Neighbourhood Watch Re-launch
During the next few weeks, Parish Councillors will be visiting houses in the parish with a view to re-launching Neighbourhood Watch in the area.
The initiative has the support from the Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Trading Standards, Citizens Advice Bureau and Rochford District Council.
All Councillors will have photo identification.
Essex Energy Switch
Essex Energy Switch is a county wide collective targeting residents and small businesses with the aim of cutting their energy bills.
Residents can sign up to register their interest from 1st December 2015 until 1st February 2016, energy providers will then bid against one another to offer the lowest energy rates.
Residents will then have another month to decide whether or not they wish to take up the offer.
Click here for more information and to sign up.
Ashingdon Primary Academy
Christmas Bazaar on Friday 4th December from 3pm.
Christmas Buffet - 10th December 2015
Members of the Parish Council would like to invite residents of Ashingdon to the Christmas Buffet from 1pm - 3pm on Thursday 10th December 2015 at Ashingdon and East Hawkwell Memorial Hall, Ashingdon Road, Ashingdon, SS4 3HF.
There will be lots of information from local community groups and children from Ashingdon Primary Academy shall be singing carols.
Entry is free, so come along and enjoy some delicious food and drink.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice and the Personal Finance Society are working together to place qualified financial advisers in local bureaux to provide FREE generic financial advice to all clients who need it. Citizens Advice Rochford & Rayleigh now offer (on a pre-arranged basis) a face to face interview or telephone appointment on any aspect of financial advice such as mortgages, endowments, equity release, financial planning, tax and savings and investments with a financial adviser.
To arrange an appointment contact the bureau on 0344 477 0808, via email (see citizensadvice.org.uk) or call into our offices in Back Lane, Rochford (Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 2pm) and Civic Suite, Rayleigh (Monday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 2pm) requesting a MoneyPlan appointment.
Rochford and Castle Point Ramblers
The leaders of Rochford and Castle Point Ramblers are well-acquainted with the footpaths of the Rochford Hundred and the attractive countryside they traverse, and are keen to attract new walkers who might appreciate the views and share our interest in them. Please click here to view the programme of walks and contact details.
Rochford District Council - Budget Survey
Rochford District Council would like your views on their budget survey. Click the link here for more information.
The Essex Rural Strategy Questionnaire
The Essex Rural Strategy questionnaire is the public consultation element of research leading up to a new Rural Strategy, which is hoped to be launched in early 2016. The aim is to get as many responses as possible to ensure that the new Strategy is well-informed of people’s needs and views. The questionnaire can be completed on line and should take approximately 10 minutes.
The questionnaire can be accessed at this website: http://surveys.essexinsight.org.uk/EssexRuralStrategy
The questionnaire will be live for 10 weeks, closing on 4th December. The questionnaire is open to be completed by anyone – as an individual, on behalf of a business, or on behalf of an organisation (a Council, a club, an association, etc).
Small grants scheme
Rochford District Council's small grants scheme for the voluntary and community sector opened recently. For more information, click here.
The Parish Council now have a Facebook page, visit our page to keep up to date with new and events.
River Crouch Celebrations
27th June - 4 th July 2015
The River Crouch Celebrations brought together eight locations, ten artists, over 200 children and 100 adults, district and town councils, culminating in eight days of walking to each community – reconnecting through walking and river crossings – reflecting the river’s historic role in connecting people and the local economy.
Developing the concept over a year, Ali Pretty and Richard White, walking artists, worked with Rochford District Council and Kinetika to design and lead the series of walks and create a set of individually designed large scale silk flags, in collaboration with local people and school children. This formed an overarching narrative with 8 individual pieces of work created by the schoolchildren in each location, focused on the arrival and welcoming of the walkers as they reconnected the villages and communities through the walks.
With funding in place, artists began residencies and research phases in their paired locations, including community and school workshops on flag design, and four day residencies in Burnham and Hullbridge, which were open to all, encouraging people to paint the flags they had helped to design.
Around 500 people saw the Flags at some point during the 8 days, and the stories and images generated interest from as far away as New York!
Images from the eight days can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/mikejohnston/5802N0
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.
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, email@example.com, 0845 196 4310.
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 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.
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