Parish Council News 

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday 19th February 2020

at 7.30pm at the Wrabness Village Hall. 

Residents are invited to attend meetings of the Parish Council 


 What's On


Sunday 19th January

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11.00am Holy Communion

at  Wrabness Church


Wednesday 22nd January

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Evergreens Club

meets at 2.15pm

in Wrabness Village Hall


Thursday 23 January

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Wrabness Gardening Club


and talk by Adrienne Deroy

from Stour Valley Organic Lavender 

7.30pm  at Wrabness Village Hall


Wednesday 29th January 

'An Ode to Wrabness'

A pop up exhibition dedicated to the place in which I grew up representing its community, history and character. 
Displayed through my collection of photos, objects and sculptures! 


18:30pm - 21:00pm
Entry free, tea and coffee provided 
Any donations will be made to the village organisations. 


Wrabness Village Hall


For more village events 

see the What's On page


Wrabness Parish Council Website

Wrabness news, updates and information for publication 

on this web site or enquiries should be sent to


Wrabness Community Shop 

Open every day 

For shop and cafe opening hours

see Village Organisations - Community Shop page






Wrabness Village Hall

available for hire for clubs and local events

see Village Organisations - Village Hall page

for details.








Village Clubs

Looking for a leisure activity - try one of the Village Clubs - choose from:






Knitters & Stitchers

Reading Group

Stour Ladies

Yoga Classes





Check out the Village Organisations - Clubs page for information  




 Christmas and New Year Domestic Refuse Collection Dates 

During the Christmas and New Year bank holiday period, collections will be delayed. Please see the below table for the revised Wrabness collection days. With Christmas comes extra waste and recycling so, to help you, householders will be able to place a maximum of 2 black bags by the side of your wheelie bin for collection. This will only be for your first scheduled wheelie bin collection following Christmas Day after which any unauthorised side waste will not be collected.

Normal Collection Day Revised Collection Day
Thursday 26th December Saturday 28th December
Thursday 2nd January Saturday 4th January
Thursday 9th January Friday 10th January


 Please note that normal Thursday collections in Wrabness resume on week beginning Monday 13th January 2020.


Flood Warnings

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The Environment Agency issues flood warnings for the East Coast, including low lying areas of Wrabness adjacent to the river. For the national flood information service about long term risk of flooding and current flood warnings click here.

You can also Sign up to get warnings by phone, email or text message if your home or business is at risk of flooding.


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Roads, Pavements and Verges

To report potholes, highway defects or obtain information click on the offical Essex County Council Highways website at

Fly Tipping

To report fly tipping or litter problems contact Tendring District Council  at


Planning Applications: received by Tendring District Council for Wrabness are listed on the Planning Matters page together with how to view applications, and participate in the planning process.



Wrabness Parish Council has installed a defibrillator outside Wrabness Village Hall  

in partnership with East of England Co-op and the East of England Ambulance Service. 

The defibrillator is housed in a secure yellow box which is key pad protected. 

In a local emergency involving suspected cardiac arrest the Ambulance Service 

operator will direct callers to the Village Hall site and provide the key pad code. 


First Aid

Wrabness Parish Council arranged a first aid training morning on Saturday 14th September 2019 when the First Responders demonstrated to villagers how to use a defibrillator in an emergency. The raffle raised £80 for the First Responders. 

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 Wrabness Parish Council organised a village first aid course at the Village Hall on the morning of Friday 19th May 2017. Sucessful attendees qualified for an Appointed Person Certificate.Although the cost was subsidised by the Parish Council the cost to each individual was £20. Thanks to Rachel Thornton for making the arrangements.


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Proposed Level Crossing Closure

Public Inquiry

Network Rail has applied to the Department for Transport for the permanent closure of a number of pedestrian level crossings in the Anglia Region including: Crossing E48 Wheatsheaf adjacent to Brakey Grove on the public footpath route between Station Road and Wheatsheaf Lane, Wrabness.  

The application and supporting documents are available to view and download from the Network Rail website by clicking on the link below. The closing date for the receipt of objections, representations or letters of support was 12 May 2017. For more information visit the Network Rail website

Wrabness Parish Council objected to this proposed closure. The DfT organised public local inquiry into the proposed closures in the Essex area and related footpath issues. The Inquiry opened on 18 October 2017, was adjourned for procedural reasons and recommenced in September 2018. On 25 October 2018 an Inquiry session was held at Colchester and heard evidence about the proposed closure of the Wheatsheaf crossing and related changes to the Wrabness public footpath network. Representatives of Network Rail spoke in support of closure and three objectors presented evidence against: Essex County Council, Wrabness Parish Council and a local landowner. The Inspector will prepare a report and make recommendations so the Secretary of State for Transport can decide on each of the proposed Essex level crossing closures. 

Wrabness Bus Service Axed


Despite local objections, Essex County Council decided to end the Friday morning SB62 Bus Service: Ramsey - Wrabness Village - Manningtree town centre. The last service on this route ran on Friday 8th April 2016This is a great loss to the regular users. 


Dial-A-Ride Community Bus Service 


Journey to and from Wrabness to Harwich or destinations in the adjoining rural area. Fare is £4.00 a journey - or free if you hold a valid bus pass. Operates Monday - Friday 9.00am-5.00pm. Subject to availability. Pre-book your single or return door-to-door journey.  To book or make enquiries telephone Harwich Connexions on 01255 552010.


Housing and Open Space in Wrabness

The Parish Council organised a residents meeting on 23rd September 2015 about a landowners proposal for 18 new houses and a village green on agricultural land next to Wrabness Village Hall.The meeting was an opportunity for residents to express their views on the proposal before it was discussed by the Parish Council at their meeting on Wednesday 7th October in Wrabness Village Hall. Residents were also invited to comment on the resultant planning applications direct to the District Council.

Outline planning permission: 18 Dwellings and provision of 0.2 ha village green with all matters reserved, land south of Station Road (next to the Village Hall), Wrabness (reference: 15/01737/OUT). Tendring District Council Planning Committee resolved at their meeting on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 to grant outline planning permission for the development subject to conditions and legal agreement. Details of the outline planning permission can be viewed on the Tendring District Council website or by visiting the District Council Office at Weeley. 

Detailed Planning Application: 18/00678/DETAIL -18 dwellings and provision of a 0.2ha village green - Land south of Station Road Wrabness was submitted to Tendring District Council on 26 April 2018 and approved by the District Council on 4 January 2019.  Details can be viewed on  the Tendring District Council website or by visiting the District Council Office at Weeley. 


Theft - Be Alert

From time to time there are break ins and vandalism at Wrabness

 If you see anything suspicious note the details and contact the Police on 101.

In an emergency always call 999

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Household Rubbish and Recycling Collections

On July 2019 the household general waste collections in Wrabness changed

to once a fortnight normally on Thursdays

with variations due to Bank Holidays. For more information click here. 

The red and green box household recycling is collected alternate weeks

- to check the timetable for Wrabness click here.


Mobile Library

The County Mobile Library comes to Wrabness on a Wednesday every three weeks. 

The library van parks between 10.10am-10.40am outside Holbrook View in Rectory Road 

if it is safe to do so, otherwise it parks outside the Village Hall.

The next visit is on Wednesday 4 December 2019.


Power Cuts

UK Power Networks advise if you or someone you know needs extra support during a power cut, then you may want to sign up for their Priority Service Register. This is a free service offered to customers who are dependent on medical equipment, customers who are chronically sick or have a disability, customers with young babies; nursing or residential homes and elderly customers. 

For more information please call UK Power Networks on 0800 31 63 105 (from a landline) or 0333 32 32 105 (from a mobile) or on-line at

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Wrabness in the News



Artist Grayson Perry puts finishing touches 

to green and gold gingerbread holiday cottage 


 I love it! It’s a beautiful spot, and it needed something like this.’ 

‘Very interesting but in the wrong place. It has totally ruined the natural scenery.’

‘We are quite privileged to live next door to it. I suspect the number of visitors will be annoying though.’

‘People will come and visit from London and have a very amusing tale to tell at dinner parties.  But they won’t have to look at it day in and day out and wonder if they are victims of a practical joke.’


The press have reported mixed views from local residents; however most are complaining about traffic

and inconsiderate parking by visitors wishing  to glimpse Julie's House.  If you are planning to visit please park in the Wrabness Station Car Park - its only a short walk from there.





Contact Information

Wrabness Parish Clerk
2, Fredricks Close, Wix
CO11 2AY