December 2019

Weather permitting fruit tree planting will be taking place in the Orchard 18th and 20th December!

Dawn Marriott  Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer will be leaving the Parish Council on 31st December.

please contact the Acing Parish Clerk John Lindsay by email at 


November 2019

A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening

Highways England Consultation is open until 11.59pm Sunday 1st December 2019. 

this matter will be discussed at the Planning meeting to be held 19/11/2019.

please make sure that you comment!

options C& D look to increase traffic on the B1023 Inworth Road by 1,000 vehicles per hour.

Pamper evening to raise funds for the Commuity Orchard Friday 29th November.


October 2019

Apple day saturday 19th October 2pm to 4pm


September 2019

the outdoor classroom at the Community orchard in New Road Messing has been installed!

August 2019

20th August Planning and Parish Council meetings to be held in Inworth!

All Saints Church Tiptree Road, Inworth CO5 9SP

commencing 7.15pm


Pamper evening to support Messing Community Orchard Friday 9th August

Messing village hall raised £224.50


June 2019

Saturday 8th June to 21st July

Tiptree Neighbourhood  plan consultation.

Please read online and go along to one of the open days- there may potentially be developments

alongside Messing and Inworth village borders. Make sure you comment!


 May 2019

28th May

Planning meeting 7.15pm

Full Council meeting 7.30pm

Annual Parish meeting 8pm


April 2019

Sunday 14th April - village walk

2pm from Messing war memorial

Raised £190 for the orchard many thanks to all that enjoyed their walk.


March 2019

Saturday 16th March 

Table top sale at Messing village hall 11am to 3pm

to raise £100 for the Community Orchard

February 2019

Friday 8th February 2019 revisit Parish Plan from  2007

Informal drop in session to discuss the revisit to the Parish Plan- Messing and Inworth resident are welcome to' pop in' to discuss the future of the villages with members of the Parish Council between 7pm and 9pm Messing Village hall meeting room.

The Parish Council have been awarded £500 from the Aviva Community Fund towards the Communtiy Orchard. 

January 2019

Race night on Saturday 26th January 2019

Raised £865 for the Community Orchard- thank you!


Local Council Award Scheme- Quality Level

awarded to the Parish Council by the National Association of Local Councils

The Quality award demonstrates  that the  Council achieves good practice in Governance, Community Engagement and Council Improvement.

Quality Councils go above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communitues and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further. 


Co-Op Green Token Scheme

The Parish Council has been awarded £200 towards the Community orchard.


December 2018

the latest newsletter is here- 

should be delivered to you this week!


Messing Christmas Fayre

saturday 1/12/2018

11am to 2pm


November 2018

thank you all for voting:

we are finalists!- but we will not hear until the end of January 2019 whether we have been awarded funding.

 we were awarded £500!

October 2018


The Parish Council is revisiting the Parish Plan from 2007.

the 1st Messing Community Orchard Apple day is to take place- click HERE for poster

Saturday 17th october 2018 2pm to 4pm

Allotments - are you keen to take on a plot? we have an active Allotment Association,

and we let to people from outside the Parish! 


September 2018

The Parish Council wins Essex Village of The Year at

Essex Assocation of Local Councils AGM.

Parish Councillor Fraser Ward is co-opted onto the Parish Council to fill a vacancy in the Messing Ward.

we still have  another vacancy for a Parish Councillor-  if you are interested, or would like any further information please contact The Clerk, The Chair or any of the Parish Councillors.


July 2018

Messing village wins RCCE ' Essex Village of The Year' Competition.


following recent Open day at the allotments- all 12 plots are now let- but if you are interested please contact the Clerk to be added to the waiting list.


Folllowing recent elections there are vacanices for two Parish Councillors - for further information please contact the the Clerk, The Chair or any of the Parish Councillors.

The Parish Council have been awarded £3,500 over 3 years from Essex County Council  - Local Services Fund to help fund a new handyman scheme.



31st May 2018

The Parish Council Community orchard project was awarded £4,000 from the Tesco 'bags of help' scheme.

3rd May 2018 Parish Council Elections

Parish Councillors David Smith, John Dey, Bob Suckling, John Lindsay and Simon Patten were elected unopposed.

The Parish Council would like to thank Councillors Jon Longman and Laura Marven for the time that they both served on the Council.


Sunday March 25th

10am to 12 noon

Messing Community Orchard

planting of 120 hedgerow trees 

Please let any member of the Parish Council know if you intend to come along and help


February / March 2018

friday 30th March


allotment working party- all are welcome




10am to 12noon

Great British Spring Clean

meet at The War Memorial in Messing

Inworth residents -

The Colchester Borough Council Zone Wardens are hoping to have a team litter pick the B1023 soon- normally the 50MPH speed limit areas cannot be cleared safely.


December 2017

Open day to be held at the Community Orchard Site on New Road, Messing

Wednesday 27th December 2017 10am to 12noon

all are welcome to come and explore the site and talk to Parish Councillors and the Orchard committee.


November 2017

Extra Ordinary Meeting of Parish Council and Local Residents

to be held Tuesday 7th November at 7pm to Discuss the way forward with The Community Orchard in Messing

- all are welcome!


September 2017

Very successful working party at the allotments  with residents, school pupils and parents -

The new Messing Community Bug Hotel has been installed.

The repainted/refurbished Inworth sign is now in place!

August 2017

A Public meeting was held 3/8/2017 to discuss the Colchester Borough Council draft local plan. The deadline to make comments was 11/8/2017.

The plot of land at the entrance to the allotments has been transformed by a working party and the plants kindly donated by Perrywood garden centre and Nurseries. 8 of the 12 plots are now taken- if you are interested in an allotment please contact the Clerk.

A new recycled plastic picnic bench has been installed at Messing village hall playground.

July 2017

Inworth residents - the village sign has been removed for repair and repaint- It has not been stolen!

After a long period of negotiation, and months of waiting the Parish Council are pleased to announce that Essex County Council have formally transferred ownership of the plot of land to the rear of the 'Red House' - our new Community Orchard.

watch out for further news on this subject!

May 2017

The new multi- play unit was installed by Wicksteed Playgrounds last week, and was enjoyed by many children during Messing market on Satuday 13th May- see the latest newsletter for a picture and more information.

 April 2017

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 9th May 2017, directly after the Full Council meeting at 7.30pm.

 March 2017

Messing Village Hall Playground

The new climbing frame/slide set has been ordered from Wicksteeds, who hope to install it in early May.

With thanks to Essex Councty Council Community Inititives fund for £5,000, and  Colchester Borough Council Via Borough Councillor Kevin Bentley's locality budget for £1,000.

Great British Spring Clean 2017

Took place in Messing on a very nice Saturday morning, 25 people, 5 children and 2 dogs picked up 25 bags of litter- well done all!


The weather is improving, our allotment holders are hard at work, but we still have plots available.

Please contact the Clerk, the Chair or any of the Parish Councilors for further information.

The new noticeboard has now been received, and will be installed by the Parish Council shortly when they work on the plot of land at the site entrance. With thanks to  Colchester Borough Council Via Borough Counicllor Kevin Bentley's locality  budget for £600 towards the cost.


February 2017

The Parish Council have been shortlisted to win £5,000 towards the Messing Community orchard from Colchester Borough Council Big Choice scheme-

Unfotunately we did not win any funding, we are now approaching other sources.

A120 preferred route consultation is open, please have your say!

The consulation is now closed. Look out for preferred route annoucement in the Autumn.

A12 widening consultation is open , please have your say!

The consultation is now closed, look out for the preferre route in the Autumn.

 January 2017

The Parish Council have been awarded £5,000 from Essex County Council Community Initiatives Fund towards the new climbing frame/ slideset for Messing Village hall playgound, we are now looking to raise another £5,000.

 December 2016

The Parish Council have achieved Local Council Award Scheme -Foundation level.

November 2016

Priti Patel MP formally opened the affordable houses in School Road, Messing on 11th November, organised by Hastoe Homes.

September 2016

The Allotment land at School Road Messing has been transferred to Parish Council ownership.

Please contact any member of the Parish Council if you wish to view the site.

Messing village hall playground has reopened , with new swings.

July 2016

Messing market on 9th July raised £385 for 'green' projects.

The Parish Council are expecting the allotment land to be formally handed over and will invite all residents interested in allotments to visit the site.

June 2016

Judges for the RCCE best village competition were shown around the village, and the various projects by members of the Parish Council

 April 2016

Two new Parish Councillors for the Inworth ward were co-opted at the Parish Council meeting held on 19th April 2016  
 February 2016

The Parish Council were shortlisted in Colchester Borough Council ' Big Choice' competition.

Unfortunately we were unsuccesfull, but we are still proceeding with the Community Orchard project.

You can view our submission video at 

 January 2016    

The 'Heart of Messing' Defibrillator was officially openend and 14 residents attended CPR training provided by the East of England Ambulance Service.

September 2015

The Parish Council won the EALC/Vaughton Council of the Year award. 

The Parish Council comprises of 7 members.
The Council has a part-time Clerk.
Full Council meetings are held at Messing Village Hall every third Tuesday in the month but this may vary as notified on the notice boards.

Contact Information

Fairwinds, New Lane

07889 913073