Welcome to our website.  This site is maintained by the Parish Council for the benefit of the whole community.   Here you'll find everything you need to know about our village community.  You can access minutes and agendas from Parish Council meetings along with information about the village. 

If you would like to add to the site, including the Events Calendar, please email the Clerk at ridgewellpc@gmail.com

For more information on upcoming events & markets try our facebook page here or try our Nextdoor neighbourhood.

There is also a village events e-mail list, contact robert.stewardpc@gmail.com to receive e-mails. 


Ridgewell Parish Council

Our Village Needs You!


Friends and fellow residents,

I am writing to appeal for volunteers, which we urgently need if we are to continue to enjoy village life as we currently know it. This month the Parish Council had one retirement and has another retirement planned. The Parish Council should have 7 members; if we drop below 3 we lose the right to manage our own village, and all provisions and decisions over prioritisation, setting of precepts etc will transfer to Braintree. Despite 2 new volunteers, we will still have 3 vacancies to fill.

The ask is not onerous: one meeting every 2 months for 2 hours and one Annual General Meeting. Occasionally out of committee you will be asked your view on a proposal by email. The only qualification needed is a passion for the village and your views. The Council will now have diversity in gender and age but we would particularly welcome someone to represent those ‘retired’ within the village. To be effective the Council must reflect the whole community not just the few.

So? If can you spare 2 hours or so every 2 months drop me a line at nigel.benwellpc@gmail.com

If the Parish Council is not your thing. The Village Hall Management Committee (VHMC) urgently needs volunteers to help with fundraising events and activities in support of the Hall Improvement Project (HIP) and the day to day management of the Hall itself. In particular, co-ordinators for the monthly Farmers Market and the Village Fete as well as other events and volunteers to serve on the Committee. The Village Hall is the heart of the community, but it can only operate with your support. We have relied on the generosity of a small few for too long. Again all we require is passion and a couple of hours per month or so. You can get involved as much as you wish.

If you want to discuss volunteering, contact John Arthur (01440 788286) or Kim Benwell at ridgewellvht@gmail.com

Your support, great or small will be very much appreciated.


Ben Benwell                                                                               John Arthur 

Parish Councillor                                                                        Chairman VHMC



Allotments for hire

We currently have

    •     1 Full Plot (£26 per year)
    •     5 Half Plots (£13 per year)





Available on a first come first serve basis (suncream not included).

Contact the Parish Clerk on ridgewellpc@gmail.com if interested.