2018

September 15th- What an enjoyable evening - Our Fish & Chip Supper/Quiz was extremely well attended, with 63 of us enjoying some fantastic fish from the Golden Fillet in Holland (a very big thank you to them for supplying such hot and tasty food, especially as it was supplied at a really busy time for them!). A big thank you too to Diane and Rob for devising and delivering the Quiz, and to all the Committee who attended and helped to make it all go with a swing. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as we did. Quiz/Fish & Chip Supper 15.9.18

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September 11th - What an incredibly well-attended coffee morning this morning. 55 residents came along for a social morning together, which was our best yet, and we nearly ran out of tables and chairs. Thank you to Hilltop for coping so well!

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September 6th -The Weeley 2019 Calendar is on target for production at the end of September and should be available at the beginning of October. The suggested donation towards Weeley in Bloom for each copy will be £5. Order your copy now, ideal Christmas present! Smile

Our next coffee morning will be this coming Tuesday, don't forget to come along - bring your ticket money for the Quiz, fish and chip evening on the 15th, and keep your fingers crossed for Weeley in Bloom at the Anglia in Bloom Awards Ceremony in Bury on the 12th please!

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August 28th -  Cool that the rain held off until almost the end of the Garage Sale this morning. Hope everyone enjoyed themselves, managed to sell a few bits, and made a little bit of money. A lovely way to spend a morning, and the sale made £63 for the Association, so thank you everyone for your support. If you don't want to keep the bunting for next year, would you please drop it back to 5, Bentley Road, as we can use it again for the 2019 Fete.

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August 21st - Just to let residents know the outcome of the Planning Meeting Tuesday 21st August 6pm Weeley Council Offices re Barracks Field - 17/02162/OUT. After hearing excellent objections from Derek Stebbing, resident - Christine Hamilton, Chair Parish Council - Jeff Bray and Mike Brown Ward Councillors, and after detailed discussion, the councillors went against the Planning Officers recommendations for approval and deferred the decision on the application until after residents objections have been heard when the Draft Local Plan goes before the Planning Inspector.

 

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August 14th -Another well attended coffee morning, with lots of lively chatter, it was so good to catch up with everyone again. Those of you who were there will be aware that Chairman Colin left early to go to a meeting with ECC Highways Portfolio holder and Cty Councillor Andy Erskine regarding the petition re the bad conditions of the pavements around Weeley, which are in effect isolating elderly and infirm residents.

We are pleased to report a very positive outcome - so your good vibe wishes worked! Cool The following is his report of the meeting:

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August 11th - Another happy few hours spent chatting to residents at our promotion stall outside the Post Office this morning. A few more residents signed up, so we now have 392 members - just a few more to reach 400 which is astonishing in just two years, so thank you everyone for your support. Chairman Colin was out and about this morning too, taking photographs of all the problem pavements around the Heath and Village, in order to show the Highways officer the current situation when he meets up with them and the County Councillor for our area, Andy Eerskine on Tuesday 14th August. We feel enough is enough, and they MUST do something to help our elderly residents at least, from becoming isolated because they are too afraid to traverse the pavements outside their homes. Don't forget our next Coffee morning this coming Tuesday.

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July 12th - Well, the Anglia in Bloom judges have been, and were impressed with our portfolio and with the huge level of community involvement, Unfortunately Frinton kept them longer than they should have, so the judges arrived here an HOUR late! Hopefully we managed to impress them along the route, many, many thanks to everyone who has given their time and effort towards making everywhere look so special.

A long wait now until 12th September to find out how we've done.

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July 10th - An enjoyable coffee morning this morning, with another good attendance. Volunteers are needed for a new police/community speeding initiative, so if you're concerned about cars and motorbikes speed around the Heath and Village atm, then please volunteer for the training. Contact us for details.

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July 7thSplendid time at the St Andrew's Primary School fete today - Met quite a few people, sold some plants and books and signed up some new members. The fete was very enjoyable, well done Jill and team.

School fete 2018          School fete 2018 2

 

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Thursday, 28th June - We are receiving a large number of complaints about the large blue van which has been parked on the wrong side of the road in the Street next to the Bakers for two weeks now. We will be pursuing this with both TDC and the Police, as individual complaints seem to be getting nowhere.

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Friday, 22nd June -Are there any wannabe Bridge players out there. One of our members - Peter Bushby - is offering the following:

"I live at Weeley. I'm fully qualified as a Professional bridge teacher by the English Bridge Union  but above all else I provide a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere to learn in.
You'll be playing a good basic game of bridge after 15 lessons.
Each lesson is a mini tutorial followed by you playing some prepared hands to practice what you just learnt.
The cost is £120 per person all-in. That gets you the lessons, a workbook with mini tutorials, examples, exercises and answers. You also get a hand out from each lesson, a paper aide memoire. and an interactive aide memoire for your phone.
I can only do Wednesday or Thursday evenings. If either of those works for you let me know and I'll get a group together.
Contact: pr_bushby@hotmail.com"
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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