Due to the success of last year's scheme, Farleigh Hospice is offering this service again to local residents for a suggested minimum donation of £5.00. Details of the postcodes they'll be collecting from is in the link below.

Tree collections will take place on 5th and 6th January 2019.

If you would like your Christmas tree collected for recycling, please register by 12 noon on 3rd January 2019 on the Farleigh Hospice website.


11:10, 07 Dec 2018 by Cecilia Ockelford

Please see Braintree District Council's revised refuse collection dates for the Christmas and New Year period. 

10:57, 07 Dec 2018 by Cecilia Ockelford

Essex County Council's consultation on the draft five-year strategy for future library services launched on 29 November 2018 and lasts 12 weeks through to 20 February 2019.

You can find out more about the strategy and consultation, and complete the survey online at essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation

If you need help to complete the survey, would like it in large print, or would like a printed copy of the EasyRead versions, please ask at your local library or call 0345 603 7639.

During the consultation period there will be information drop-in sessions across the county in all 74 local libraries where you can hear more about the plans. 

14:26, 30 Nov 2018 by Cecilia Ockelford

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has launched a survey to ask the people of Essex for their views on the priorities to be included in the county’s first ever Fire and Rescue Plan.

The Plan will run from 2019 to 2024 and will be the basis on which the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner will hold Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance. The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for policing in Essex.

The survey can be filled in online.  

Hard copies are also available on request.  Please contact 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or email pfcc@essex.pnn.police.uk

You can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.

The survey will close at midnight on Tuesday January 15th, 2019.

09:55, 30 Nov 2018 by Cecilia Ockelford

Hours will include weekends.

If you are interested, please call 01376 324641 or send a private message through The Bell Inn Facebook page.

11:22, 23 Nov 2018 by Cecilia Ockelford

Father Christmas is coming to Panfield but needs some help with painting his sled for Christmas this year. Any volunteers welcome on 8th - 9th and 15th - 16th December.  Please contact Danny via the PCA Facebook page or on 07856 516610.

11:17, 23 Nov 2018 by Cecilia Ockelford

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10:43, 23 Nov 2018 by Cecilia Ockelford

Braintree area foodbank is asking for donations from their Winter Appeal List. They have seen a significant increase in demand from single people and families who are in need of help. 

This year they are asking for  food items that can be used on any day not just as a Christmas treat so if you are able to donate any items, please contribute according to the Winter Appeal 2018 list.

Food donations can be made via your local library in Braintree, Witham, and Halstead, alternatively, if you cannot make it into Braintree, Panfield residents can drop off donations at Panfield Church. 

For more information about Braintree area foodbank, please visit their website.

Thank you. 

14:41, 16 Nov 2018 by Cecilia Ockelford

Healthwatch Essex is an independent voice for the people of Essex. They’re here to understand the lived experiences of people who use health and social care services in the county and to make sure their voices are heard and responded to.

They also provide an information service to help people access, understand, and navigate the health and social care system. 

Their trained staff can help you to find out about:

  • Health and care services near to you
  • How to access the support and advice you need
  • What to do if you have a concern or complaint
  • How to share feedback about services

Find out more by visiting the Healthwatch Essex website.



14:19, 16 Nov 2018 by Cecilia Ockelford


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