2018

Tuesday, 12th June - Crikey, it's all go isn't it. Another lovely coffee morning enjoyed by nearly 40 residents, it's always great to hear the hub-bub of friendly chit chat at these events, community at its best, and a talk about security from Danny Botterell, who chatted to various residents about their concerns. The profit from the fete was announced - we raised a wonderful £1,615.63 from the day. Cool

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Monday, 11th June -We arrived at McDonalds this morning for a presentation of very good quality litter picks and sack hoops, our Weeley Wombleys were very excited, but quite shy, but did agree to a photo shoot, which we hope will make the local press, so keep your eyes peeled. We were also presented with a surprise donation of £250, towards Weeley in Bloom funds. We thank Craig Newnes and his team for their support and generosity, and we look forward to some of the local staff members joining us on our monthly litter picks.

Craig Newnes - presentation 11.6.18

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Sunday, 10th June

Wow, what a wonderful day it was at the Fete, the sense of community was palpable, and most people seemed to really enjoy themselves. Allow me to introduce you to the Weeley Wombleys, on their first official appearance to support us with our litter picking initiatives -

A really HUGE thank you to everyone who played a part in making the day so successful - the wonderful cake makers who never claim expenses, the hard-working Committee members who helped to man the stalls, spent hours planning and making sure things happened on the day, the wonderful people who took part in the displays (it's not always easy to perform in front of an audience!) the stall holders who paid for a pitch and hopefully sold enough to make their money back, and the wonderful people who just turned up on the day and helped to man the stalls - we really can't thank you all enough

 

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Weeley Residents Association and Weeley in Bloom are very pleased to announce a corporate partnership with McDonalds.

We will be working together to try and reduce the amount of litter being dropped around the Village and Heath.

To that end we will be going into the local school, St Andrews, to promote recycling and good habits with regards to the disposal of waste materials. We hope this will encourage families to think about the environment, and reduce the amount of litter being thrown down from vehicles and passers-by on their way through our community.

McDonalds are also keen to help support Weeley in Bloom with their own flower displays and with litter pick equipment, and we are extremely grateful for their support and encouragement.

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Thursday, 7th June - ANGLIA IN BLOOM JUDGING DATE - THURSDAY 12TH JULY LATE MORNING. Now is the time to start getting your frontages in shape, even if we don't come past you on the judging route, they may still see your garden from the car, so just in case.....Wink - many thanks!

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Saturday, 2nd June - Good to see so many of you this morning at our promotional stall outside the Post Office, we obtained 97 signatures for our first outing with the Pavement Conditions in Weeley Petition to Essex County Council. Cool. We also signed up 7 new members, and sold rather a lot of Grand Draw tickets, so thank you all very much for our support.

We, with the Parish Council, are trying to get as many signatures as possible for the petition, so please print off and get your neighbours to sign if you feel strongly about the issue, which we know that many of you do.

Pavement conditions Petition to ECC pdf

We are hoping to allow approximately six weeks to collect signatures, so please return all completed forms to 5 Bentley Road by mid-July.

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Monday, 21st May -11 residents turned out today for the monthly community pick, and collected around 15 bags of rubbish. Pleased to say there isn't quite as much as usual at the moment, perhaps people are, at last, taking it home with them, instead of throwing it out of the window!! Just to let you all know there will be another promotional stall outside the Post Office on Saturday, 2nd June - 8.30 until 12.30.Smile

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Tuesday, 13th May - Fantastic turn-out for the monthly coffee morning today - 46 residents enjoyed a great morning of chattering and partaking of coffee and biscuits, with many familiar faces, and some new ones - good to catch up with some who hadn't been attending for a while too. Mel Wakeford, Community agent came along again this morning, it's good to know that residents who need it are getting support.

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Thursday 3rd, May - Asda Manager Dean, and Community Champion team member Andy came along to St Andrews School today to help judge the children's design for the mound this summer, and Asda are hoping to both sponsor, and help the children plant the mound in the next few weeks. The Wib team will be removing the Bellis daisies which have given colour to the mound recently. The daisies will then be on sale at the Fete.

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Wednesday, 2nd May - My apologies for the faux pas on the Parish Magazine front - I sent Michelle (the editor) the wrong file, so you all had a second March entry - instead of the following for April:

 

It’s sad to think that by the time this reaches you, the wonderful flower display at Spencer Way/crematorium roundabout will be over, and we will have to bear with the lack of grass cutting until the bulbs have had time to replenish themselves ready for next year. It has been lovely to hear how many people have enjoyed the 4,000 bulbs, we are so glad that people have had so much pleasure seeing the daffodils and crocuses – nature is wonderful, considering how hard and dry the ground was when we were planting.

 

Our Bingo night was well-attended, and I think that many come along to see just what mishaps can happen next. By now our Barn Dance will also be over, so I hope that it was a good night and that people enjoyed the Jasper Ceilidh Band and Ploughman’s supper (to which Tescos very kindly donated £10 towards the food).

 

The big event will be the FETE on 10th June – helpers are required to donate gazebos for the day and erect/take them down, also man stalls, and make cakes please. Contact us if you would like to take part.

 

By now I hope young and old are busy building and completing their Wecycled Wobots ready for the judging by 1st June. Make sure they can be seen in your gardens – there is still time to collect an entry form and pay your £1. Keep taking those photos too, for the 2019 Calendar competition, ready for the deadline in September.

 

Membership renewals should have been completed by now, thank you to all the residents who so cheerfully pay their membership fees, it’s a pleasure coming round to chat to you all, even though it’s a mammoth task, now we have so many members. We are always happy to welcome new member however, residents are joining all the time.

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Saturday, 28th April - Brilliant, brilliant Barn Dance. 68 people attended, and enjoyed the excellent Jasper Ceilidh Band and our Ploughman's (we managed to cater just right astoundingly! ). Thank you to everyone who came and certainly looked as thought they were enjoying themselves. The money we raised will go towards the new WRA notice Boards that will be going up in 4 of the local bus shelters soon.

Barn Dance all enjoying themselves  Julia & Bet, Barn Dance

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Tuesday, 24th April - Good to see a lot of potholes being filled in along Clacton Road today, and also the speed reminder of 30mph on the hill! Well done ECC Highways.

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Saturday, 21st April - Thank you to everyone who came and chatted to us at our Promotional Stall outside Weeley Street Post Office this morning, it was lovely to see so many of you. Thank you to to the 17 new members who signed up, to those who renewed, bought raffle tickets, or signed up for the two competitions. Thank you to Committee members Julia, Bet, Diane, Gwenyth, Colin and Angela, who helped to man the stall from 8.30 until 1pm, and to Naresh for allowing us the space to do so. Promotion stall 21.4.18

Bet signed up the new members Cool, and everyone was very generous with their time and their money. A special thank you to someone who wishes to remain annonymous for their very kind donation of £250 towards Weeley in Bloom funds, most unexpected, but very welcome.

Don't forget to book your tickets to the Barn Dance this Saturday - a few left so call us now on 830778.

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Thursday, 19th April

Please be aware that another application has gone into TDC for 228 dwellings near Weeley Station on Bacon's field - 18/00578/OUT - please make your feelings known to the Council about this. Do residents prefer this site to the Site behind Weeley Council Offices for instance?

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 Monday, 16th April - Very well attended coffee morning again last Tuesday (apologies for Colin's and my absence, but we were walking through Hyde Park at the time!) The litter pick this Monday saw a lively bunch, with two new attendees from High Birch area, keen to get involved. It is rather despairing to do a litter pick, and then on the way home, to see litter back again, but we shall not give up! At least the area was 15 rubbish bags lighter Smile

 

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Saturday, 7th April - A very enjoyable evening was had by 30 residents at our Bingo Night - despite some mishaps - (I think this is why people come along, to see what can possibly happen next!) Some tables were luckier than others, and some had to share winnings, but everyone seemed to have a good time! Thank you to all who attended, and to the Committee members who worked hard to make the evening successful.

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 Monday 26th March - A jolly good turnout for the re-arranged litter pick - due to bad weather and sickness last week. 9 residents turned out to pick around the Village and roundabouts. So that's approximately 15 black bags of rubbish less scattered across where we live. Cool

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Saturday 24th March - Well, what a brilliant evening! Our AGM was very well-attended, with 43 people there to make sure that the Association continues to run smoothly and conducts itself in a business-like and professional manner. The Cheese and Wine Social seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed, and we must take this opportunity to again thank Morrisons for their very generous support with goods for the evening. The Lucky Square grid winner was David Tilley (he received his £50 prize this morning and was overjoyed, as he usually 'never wins anything!'Smile) The grid raised £100 for Weeley in Bloom, and £100 for Alexia Sinclair.

The AGM attendees AGM 24.3.18         Weeley Wombley with Maureen Barker our litter pick co-ordinator

                                                     Weeley Wombley first appearance with Maureen Barker our litter pick co-ordinator

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Thursday, 22nd March - 22.3.18 Bulbs flowering So thrilled with the colourful display at Spencer Way, crematorium roundabout - we hope residents are enjoying the colour as much as we are.Cool

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Tuesday, 13th March - Fantastic turn-out for the monthly coffee morning - 41 residents enjoyed a great morning of chattering and nattering, and theere seemed to be a lot of laughter and general feeling of well-being. Lots of familiar faces, but some missing, we hope all is well with them too. Coffee morning 13.3.18

It's also great to see that all our bulbs are starting to flower at Spencer Way near the crematorium. Spencer Way 14.3.18

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Wednesday, 7th March - We are delighted to hear from Essex County Council, via the Parish Council, that AT LAST the lights at the crematorium roundabout are beginning to be put right. All the bollards have been renewed, and two out of the three cable faults have been rectified. The last should be repaired by the end of the month, and the damaged street light also replaced. Thank you ECC, BUT WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG, and require so much pressure from everyone?

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Monday 5th March - A quick reminder to everyone about our next Coffee morning on Tuesday 13th March - look forward to seeing you all there! Smile

We have also been notified by nora (national organisation of residents associations) that there is now a website where people can report any potholes and other street problems, and they will take these up with the appropriate Council!) FixMyStreet

I have put the link on our useful links page as well as our problem page. Cool

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Saturday, 24th February - Whoever dug up half the Libertia peregrinans earlier in the week from Weeley Village Pond area, and then came back yesterday and dug up the other half - please return it asap. Libertia peregrinans stolen from pond

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Wednesday, 21st February -

Hi everyone

 

Villages across the country are being asked if they would be interested in taking part in a new programme. Details are shown in the photo-snap below. We are e-mailing as many in our community as possible, and also sharing on Facebook, and on our website - requesting that all those residents who feel it would be a good idea, put their thinking caps on, and e-mail bigthings@banijay.uk with their ideas. The more individuals who express an interest the stronger our pitch will be. They already think our Village is interesting, so anything you send will add strength to our Village pitch!

 

Big Things 2018

 

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Monday, 19th February - Unfortunately the weather has put paid to our monthly Community litter pick today. We therefore encourage residents to try and pick up any litter they see nearby once the weather improves. Many thanks.

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Sunday, 18th February - We have quite a lively Facebook Page now. If you are an avid Facebook follower, then come and join in: https://fb.me/weeleyvillageandheath

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Tuesday, 13th February - A really good attendance this morning - 40 residents having a lively chatter - 4 new members joined, and Mel Wakeford, the Community Agent, came along to have a chat to everyone. The Lucky Grid has finally completed, the lucky number/£50 prize winner, will be annouced at the A.G.M.

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Thursday, 8th February - Just a reminder about our Coffee morning next Tuesday. £2.50 for coffee and biscuits, plus the chance to meet other residents, catch up with old friends, and have an enjoyable hour and a half. We will have one of CVS's Winter Warmth packs to show, in order that people can be aware of what is on offer to those individuals who are in need of that extra bit of help during the cold weather.

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Saturday, 3rd February - we are sorry that the Pamper/Prosecco evening has been cancelled. Ticket sales were not good, even though there was enthusiasm for the night. It would be helpful if we could have feedback about why people felt they couldn't attend on the night chosen.

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Thursday 18th January - Due to the bad weather the monthly litter pick has been re-arranged for this coming Monday, 22nd January.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE TO INFORMATION GIVEN OUT ON MEMBERS NEWSLETTER

The Committee has decided to re-arrange the Bingo evening (new date 7th April) which was set to take place after the A.G.M., instead it has been decided to hold a Cheese and Wine Social evening after the business part of the A.G.M. in order to give residents a chance to mingle and chat, and look at the displays.

 

Tuesday, 9th January - First Coffee morning of the New Year - Despite many of our usual attendees suffering from various winter illnesses we still had 27 attending, and we thank Hilltop for the delicious pastries (an unfortunate few could not sample these because of their New Year resolutions! Wink).

The Weeley Station approach is of real concern, as a permanent steel fence is now being installed. Station approach fence going in Jan 2018. we will be raising the matter at the next TDC Transport Liaison meeting on 25th January, together with our concerns regarding the Station House itself. Giles Watling MP has also been informed and is hopefully taking up the battle.  

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