Parish Magazines November and December 2013



From the County Council 

Getting ready for winter

Now the clocks have gone back darker, colder nights will be upon us; so now is a good time to start thinking about how we can prepare for the chilly months ahead.

First to ensure our health doesn't take a turn for the worse during winter keep those winter coughs and colds at bay, check out the NHS website for some top preventative suggestions. For those of us who fall under the 'at risk' category, make sure you take advantage of your free flu jab by booking an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. And if you're not in the 'at risk' group, you can still take advantage of the flu vaccinations available in local pharmacies and supermarkets. The average jab costs between £10 and £15.

While for most of us, winter is a time to wrap up warm and enjoy festive events, it can be worrying for elderly relatives and neighbours, and those who live in rural locations. As was demonstrated during the October storm we can all do our bit to help, such as offering to do shopping or popping in to have a cup of tea. The Age UK's website has a section dedicated to staying healthy during winter.

Getting out and about when winter weather sets in can be difficult, but thanks to our Essex Highways colleagues over 2,000 miles of roads are gritted when the temperatures plummet. More information, including a live map of where the gritting lorries are, is available on the Essex Highways website . or telephone 0845 6037631

And, of course, you can keep up to date by tuning in to our local radio stations including BBC Essex and Heart Essex. Or use the Met Office's “Get Ready for Winter” website 0870 9006100 which has lots of useful hints and tips, from how to protect your home to staying healthy.

If you need telephone advice on any of the above issues telephone 08457 430430


Community Games Funding  

Active Essex, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership for Greater Essex, is once again inviting community groups and organisations to apply for grants of up to £400 to deliver their own Community Games events. In the past two years, more than 150 Community Games events have been staged in Essex, all of which have helped to stimulate interest and involvement in grass roots sports. So get online  and apply for funding now; as you have until 10th January 2014 to apply for a grant of up to £400 to help deliver your own Community Games.  


 If you have any problems concerning County Council matters please let me know on 01245 421524 or email

John Aldridge CC – November / December 2013