2019

 

We have received a plea from St Andrew's Church:

Autumn  Churchyard Tidy up on Saturday 21st September 9-30 12-30 - very important that people who have a family grave in the Churchyard come and help us. The more helpers, the more gets done, and the more fun to be had. Please bring your own tools, gloves and sensible footwear.

 

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17th September - 8 Community litter pickers collected 11 full bags of rubbish this morning. I never fail to be surprised by what we find! This morning it was a large pair of green overalls which had certainly seen better days!

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10th September - WOW! Well done everyone in Weeley. We have done EXTREMELY well in the Anglia in Bloom competition - 3 certificates and two trophies! To say we are delighted is an understatement. Thanks to everyone, businesses and individuals, who have worked to help us achieve Silver Gilt this year, and we look forward to seeing some of you help us with the 5000+ bulbs that need planting this October. Laughing

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25th August - Our annual garage sale proved to be a very HOT one - 22 residents pitches took part, and we hoep everyone enjoyed the community feel and got chatting to lots of visitors, friends and neighbours as a result - to our mind, the best part of the whole thing.

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19th August - WOW - 500 bags of rubbish - The total amount of bags of litter that we have collected since we started on 17th February 2017. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part over the last two and a half years, a great achievement.Cool

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12th August - Sadly the members of the Planning Committee have passed this monstrous development, devastating, and totally unbelievable decision.

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URGENT - WEELEY CALL TO ARMS - ALL RESIDENTS WHO OBJECT TO THE HUGE DEVELOPMENT BEHIND WEELEY COUNCIL OFFICES DOWN TO THE RAILWAY LINE, WHICH WILL TURN OUR VILLAGE INTO A SMALL TOWN - PLEASE ATTEND THE PLANNING MEETING -

MONDAY 12TH AUGUST, and will be at the TOWN HALL, CLACTON 6PM

THIS WILL BE OUR LAST CHANCE TO PREVENT IT HAPPENING!

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12th July -We welcomed Brian and Philip, our Anglia in Bloom judges for this year at Hilltop 10am for the tour around the Village and Heath. We were so proud of everywhere, people had quickly litter picked beforehand, and tidied up as much as possible, so it was with a feeling of pride that we showed the judges the charming place we live in. They were very pleased with everything they saw, so well done everyone, and fingers crossed for the Awards in September.

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9th July -Another very well-attended coffee morning, with Jenny coming along to talk to residents about Walking Football, I hope some of you decided it would be worth a try. Lots of nattering as usual, and a few more entry forms handed out for the Calendar Competition, entry forms and photos need to be with me by 31st August please. Also a few bookings made for the August Bank Holiday Garage Sale - book now so I can put you all on the map please!

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23rd January- My second report to the police in less than a week!! An anti-social individual caused mayhem around Weeley Village, Heath and Little Clacton during the course of the day, and in the process smashed one of our troughs at The Street bus shelter, and overturned the other. Cry We have since replaced this, and hope that everything is now left alone. We ask residents to be extra vigilant over the course of the next few weeks in order that things look good for the Anglia in Bloom judging.

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18th June - I am saddened to report that two of our geranium troughs went missing overnight. The theft has been reported to the police. Fortunately two very kind residents have offered us their concrete troughs as replacements, and they are now in situ at the Heath Bus shelter near Pond Farm.

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11th June - A slightly less well-attended morning this morning, perhaps the after effects of the fete? As I was away relaxing, I have no idea what went on!!

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9th June- What a brilliant day for the Fete! We couldn't have wished for better weather and everyone worked SO hard, thank you to all helpers, and everyone who attended, our biggest and best Fete yet. Lots of dogs this year for the Dog Show, which was so successful it will be a permanent fixture from now on we hope. Lots of lessons learnt for next year too, so we will try hard to improve. A big thank you to the Scouts, we hope they will feel it worth joining in with us again in 2020. A big thank you to Barry Alexander for being our 'Events Photographer' - photos on the Fete page.

We made £2,437.23 profit, so thank you everyone for a magnificent effort. Thank you's too, to all the cake makers, to the White Hart, Black Boy, Clacton Canine Academy, and Hilltop and Rainbow Nurseries for their donations and supportCool

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20th May - For our regulars, please note the change of times for our monthly coffee mornings. These now start at 10am and finish at 11.30. This is to help Hilltop set up again for their lunch-time customers. We hope this will not inconvenience anyone, and look forward to seeing you all at our June meeting.

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14th May -The BBC paid Weeley a visit today, interviewing Hoss (Harland Self) outside the bakery he used to own in the Street. This was regarding the Weeley Pop Festival, and some of us enjoyed a 'private concert' by Mungo Jerry on a stage set up in the field where the Festival took place. Mungo Jerry May 2019 Most of us were 'bopping' at the back!

Ray Clark, the author of The Great British Woodstock was there interviewing Mungo Jerry,

all part of a BBC documentary about those days 48 years ago. (Why did it feel just like yesterday?)

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12th May - Some Committee and 1st Weeley and Little Clacton scout members will be having a promotional stall outside the Street Post Office on three Saturday mornings from 8.30 until 12.30 on 18th, 25th May and the 1st June, to promote the fete and other WRA activities, sign up new members, sell Grand Draw tickets and to have a social chat with anyone who stops by. We look forward to seeing you all.Cool

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6th May - Our Weeley Spring Clean morning was attended by 5 willing workers, which wasn't really enough to get much done. However, you may notice that some of the road name signs are cleaner around the Street area, some litter picking was done and some 'titivating' around the school and the Fire Station area. We hope that we get more helpers for our evening initiative in June, and our usual monthly litter pick on 20th May. Please also watch out for our Promotional Stalls outside the Post Office in the Steret on Saturday mornings from 168th May to 1st June, when we shall be promoting our Fete and Dog Show on the 9th June, and selling Grand Draw tickets, plus taking any bric a brac, books, and offers of help for the Fete day itself.

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29th April - A new page has been added to the website regarding the Weeley Bridge Project, so that we can update you all on progress with the Project. A bid has gone in to The Lottery today, so fingers crossed. 

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27th April - A really enjoyable evening - everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the Bingo Night/Fish & Chip Supper. The prizes for the Bingo were good, especially for the flyers, and we thank the Golden Fillet in Holland for the very tasty fish and chips. Lots of good natured banter, a really good raffle took £107, we thank everyone for their generousity. Bingo FC April 2019 Bingo FC April 2019

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15th April - 8 people turned up for the monthly litter pick, the area certainly seems a lot tidier than when we first started, and we're grateful to those residents who pick up litter they see around and about.

There is new application in for Barracks Field 19/00524/OUT - if you are unhappy about the proposed development, please contact us for ideas about how to frame your objections, we have pro-forma letters available.

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9th April - Another well-attended Coffee Morning, with members keen to pay their renewal fees, and pay for the Bingo Fish and Chip Supper on the 27th. We again thank Melanie Wakeford, Communiy Agent, for coming along and helping residents with various issues, and we look forward to her next visit. We nearly ran out of seats again this morning at Hilltop, as 50 attended, and there was the happy buzz of people enjoying themselves.

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8th April - We have been saddened to learn that our Association co-founder Anita Bailey has passed away suddenly at the age of 49. It has come as a great shock to those that knew her, and we offer our sincere condolences to Rita and Alan, her parents.

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30th March - Thanks to all those who attended our 3rd AGM and Cheese and Wine Social, which was again sponsored by Morrisons (Thank you). Around 40 people happily voted on the new Committee and we welcome Diane Miles as our new Chairman Smile. We are sorry to lose Julia Hopgood, but she is remaining on the In Bloom committee, so not lost entirely. We shall be knocking on your doors soon to request your renewal fees, so please try and have those £1 coins readyWink Looking forward to another happy social year ahead - anyone who hasn't joined us on our monthly Community Litter picks, please contact Maureen to join up (details on events page).

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30th March - It is with heavy heart that we have to report that TDC has bowed to pressure and allowed the planning application for Barracks Field to go ahead.Cry See full TDC statement on our Planning page and the response we have sent to the local paper letters page.

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12th March - A brilliant turn-out again for the monthly coffee morning. At least 50 residents enjoyed a good chin-wag, it was lovely to see everyone so on form on such a windy day.Cool

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23rd February - What a fabulous evening 70 of us had at the Village Hall! The Jasper Ceilidh Band were fabulous, their caller is brilliant, and so there was a lot of fun without too many mistakes Cool. Julia laid on a fabulous ploughman's, ably assisted by Bet, Diane and Maureen with bumbly help from me Wink. Thank you to everyone for coming along, it seemed that everyone had a very enjoyable time.

Barn Dance 2019 7        Barn Dance 2019 1

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19th February - WEELEY STATION FORECOURT, APPEAL AGAINST ENFORCEMENT OVER CHANGE OF USE - The Appeal Reference is APP/P1560/C/18/3204842

Written representations are required either through the Planning Portal https://www.gov.uk/planning-inspectorate or by e-mailing teame2@pins.gsi.gov.uk. Otherwise write to The Planning Inspectorate Room2/23, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN, sending three copies. It is vital that as many residents as possible write to voice their objections to what has happened to Weeley Station forecourt BY MARCH 18TH.

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11th February - Fantasticly well-attended coffee morning at Hilltop Garden Centre - we thank Age UK for coming along to talk to everyone at their tables about the work they do.  It was greast to hear everyone chatting happily, and we wish Pandora well after her tumble. Many familiar faces, and some new ones - a lot of interest in coming along to find out more about our committees ready for nominations for the AGM, so we hope there will be new faces for you to welcome at the end of March. Thank you to everyone who came along, and to Hilltop for allowing us to gather together.

 

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2nd February- Work has started at long last on the Fire Station Project. The under-path has been laid and the flower bed is now in situ. There will be a new bench and litter been placed alongside the path, and the top tarmac will be done once the weather settles. A big thank you to the players of the Postcode Lottery, to Weeley Parish Council for a new bench and litter bin, and to those who have given generously to WiB funds. We will need to hear people's views about the improvements once finished, as part of our report back to the Postcode Lottery.Fire Station pathway

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23rd February - Sorry there hasn't been a news item lately, one has been a bit pre-occupied. The long term prognosis for Colin is looking good, although he will have to have another bout of chemo in a week's time back in London. I'm sure it won't be long before he'll be back to annoying you all though! Wink

The coffee morning on the 8th was very well attended. We no longer do tokens, and biscuits are no longer provided, so you can just have whatever you feel you'd like to on the day. (I know some of you quite enjoy Hilltop's breakfasts as a treat!) Age Concern will have a representative at our next coffee morning on the 12th February.

Community Litter picks are still taking place, please let us know if you would like to join us, so we can have the relevant equipment available. We start from either Weeley Council Offices for the Village, or Hilltop for the Heath 10am on the third Mondays of the month.

Bookings are now being taken for the Barn Dance in February, so please get in touch now for tickets.

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1st January - We wish all Weeley Residents a very Happy New Year and look forward to lots of social and community activities over the coming months. Unfortunately Colin has been forced to retire as Chairman of the Association through ill-health, although he will continue to contribute as soon as he feels more able. He is still currently in St Bart's in London, and we will let you know when he is back home.

We now have a new e-mail address- weeleyresidentsassociation@btinternet.com

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