Parish Council News
The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th October 2019
at 7.30pm at the Wrabness Village Hall.
Residents are invited to attend meetings of the Parish Council
THE VICTORIAN MIND
STARTS MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER for 7-9PM
GREAT OAKLEY VILLAGE HALL. CO12 5AD
A COURSE OF 7 LECTURES AND INFORMAL DISCUSSION
WITH TUTOR SIMON DONEY
For details and to register please go to www.wea.org.uk
and search for “Victorian Mind”.
Local WEA contact is Jo Swaisland on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 18th September
Stour Ladies Club
meet in Wrabness Village Hall
Sunday 22nd September
11.00am Harvest Festival
at Wrabness Church
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
Looking for a leisure activity - try one of the Village Clubs - choose from:
Knitters & Stitchers
Check out the Village Organisations - Clubs page for information
Wrabness Gardening Club
has a news page on this website
see Village Clubs - Gardening Club.
Stour Ladies Club
COME AND JOIN US!!! THE STOUR LADIES CLUB MEET ON THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH IN WRABNESS VILLAGE HALL; ALL ARE WELCOME....SOCIAL TIME, SPEAKERS, ACTIVITIES.
Some of you might be wondering what has happened to the Women’s institute in Wrabness so we are writing to let you know that it is magically transformed into: Stour Ladies!!
Leaving the national WI was, and remains, a difficult decision for some of the members because the WI had been in the village for over forty years. The reasons for suspending our membership were financial, in that half of the subscription paid by members went straight to Essex Federation without anything in return and social, inthat much of WI activities and approach hadn’t really changed for decades and some aspects felt very controlling and patronising for women today. In particular, the structure of the WI as a charity prevented our spending the money subscribed by our members in the way that we wanted, including not being able to actively support local charities and community causes. The group made the decision together and are very grateful to the out-going committee for navigating the transition.
Stour Ladies aims to be a place where all women can relax and enjoy social time together, but also with an opportunity to learn new things, either from an invited speaker or by sharing skills with other members. We will be outward looking and proactively support other community ventures and charities. We are keeping the format of monthly meetings (third Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall), usually with a speaker, and there is a very informal coffee morning every month at member’s houses (second Wednesday morning). The various sub groups are still active and are open to all: Knitters and Stitchers; the Book group; and Ladies who Lunch (or breakfast, or tea!)
Please feel free to come and join us For any further information
please ring the Secretary, Janet Higgins, on 01255 886817
PUBLIC NOTICES and INFORMATION
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.
Roads, Pavements and Verges
To report potholes, highway defects or obtain information click on the offical Essex County Council Highways website at http://www.essexhighways.org/transport-and-roads.aspx
To report fly tipping or litter problems contact Tendring District Council at http://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling/fly-tipping
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 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.
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.
Proposed Level Crossing Closure
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 http://www.networkrail.co.uk/anglialevelcrossings/
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 2016. This is a great loss to the regular users.
Dial-A-Ride Community Bus Service
Journey to and from Harwich and Wrabness 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 www.tendringdc.gov.uk 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 www.tendringdc.gov.uk 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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COMMUNITY ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR
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.
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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.
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 25 September 2019.
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 www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority
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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.
Wrabness Parish Clerk
2, Fredricks Close, Wix