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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.
Job Vacancy - Great Wakering Parish Council
Great Wakering Parish Council have a vacancy for an adminstrative 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0845 196 4310.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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