Stisted Parish Council


Stisted Parish Council Surgeries

 (The following dates are subject to confirmation)

Thursday 19th September 3:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday 21st November 3:00pm-7:00pm

at Montefiore Institute


The Parish Council are holding a drop-in surgery for residents to ask any questions or make suggestions.

At this surgery there will be printed plans of current planning applications available to view (if any).

The Parish Council welcomes comments on these applications in order to gauge public opinion before submitting a response, and is able to advise residents of how to submit comments to Braintree District Council via the internet or in writing if needed.


Please note that the Parish Council has no more influence than an individual when commenting on a planning application, and has no more information than what is provided on the planning website.


All are welcome to attend at any time on the above times and dates, no need to pre-register.





Election for the Stisted Parish Council




Thursday 2 May 2019 


I, Andrew Wright, being the Returning Officer for the Parish of STISTED report that the latest time for delivery of notices of withdrawal of candidature, namely Wednesday 3 April 2019, having passed, the persons whose names appear in the accompanying list stood validly nominated and therefore duly elected without a contest.



Name of Candidate

Home Address

Description (if any)




7 Upper Salters, Stisted, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8FT





Mulberry House, 10 Brickwall Farm, Stisted, CM77 8DB



Hayley Anita


Thatched Cottage, Water Lane, Stisted, Essex, CM77 8AP









Braintree District Council

Election of District Councillors


The following is a statement of the persons elected as a District Councillor for



Name of Candidate Home Address Description
UNSWORTH Richard Nicholas 10 Kelvedon Road, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1RG Independent
WALSH Thomas (Address in Braintree District) Independent





Publication of Annual Accountability and Governance Return 2018

Details of the Return can be found on the Finance Pages

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Following the Parish Council Meeting on June 5th 2018 this Notice has been Published on the Finance Information Page 


View the Stisted Village Diary to see what's happening in Stisted over the coming months. 



Essex County Council have announced their preferred option for the A120 as Option D.  To see a video of this route please go to





Rogue traders calling at your home

Essex Police have noted an increase in Rogue Traders and offer the following advice.

Rogue traders are people who call at your door pretending to be qualified tradespeople and offering to do work on your home. They may call and state that you could need one of the following services:

  • Roof repairs
  • Lawn repairs
  • Driveways power washed
  • Driveway repairs or replaced
  • Fence repairs
  • Garden services, tree lopping
  • Waste clearance

They may seem friendly and persuasive but too often they target vulnerable elderly people and local residents are encouraged to actively try to prevent rogue trader incidents occurring in their area. The rogue traders may claim to know your neighbours and have done work for them but often the work they promise to complete didn't need doing in the first place. You decide whether you need any work done to our house, not them.      

If you think you've been taken in by a rogue trader, please let Essex Police know by calling 101, orcontact Trading Standards -      

Take a look at their advice to make sure you don't fall victim to a rogue trader. A genuine trader won't:

  • Call without an appointment 
  • Ask you to go to the bank to withdraw cash or make a money transfer
  • Offer to take you to the bank to withdraw cash for payment
  • Ask you to pay in full before the work is complete
  • Insist that you make a decision about the work they're offering to do on the spot
  • Bully or scare you into doing the work

If you do think you need some work doing:

  • Contact a Buy With Confidence accredited trader
  • Get a number of quotes
  • Get a written estimate detailing exactly what work will be carried out, how much it will cost and what the terms of payment are
  • Take your time to make sure you’re happy with what you’re undertaking – ask a trusted       friend/relative for advice or ring the Buy with Confidence number 08454 040506.

Doorstep sellers, as well as calling at your door and offering to carry out work on your home, and other rogue traders try to sell poor quality goods for highly inflated prices. It can be difficult to refuse some sales people on your doorstep and you can be pressured into buying something you do not want or that is not good value for money.

Simple steps

1. Check the trader’s identity: were you expecting them? If not, but you are interested in what they are selling, ask them to come back at a more convenient time and try to have another person with you.

2. Take control: you ask the questions and try to remember that it is a business situation.

3. Be aware that doorstep sellers are not your friends: watch out for clever sales techniques where you may be made to feel like you have lots in common.

4. Don’t sign on the spot: even if it means that you could lose a ‘special discount’. Take time to reflect, think about your purchase and shop around.

5. You have a right to cancel: If you do purchase something for more than £35 from doorstep sales people you have 7 days to change your mind. This information should be given to you in writing by the sales person.

6. If in doubt, ask the person to leave: phone Consumer Direct or Essex County Council Trading Standards on 08454 040506 for further advice. You can also contact Essex Police using the non-emergency number 101.

If you feel threatened by a sales person in your own home call 999.





Please be aware that there are groups of thieves turning up in villages and attempting to remove telephone kiosks. They claim to be from BT, but are not!  The Parish Council has adopted the kiosk in Stisted and any work being carried out will be done by Councillors or a properly appointed organisation. 

If men arrive with pneumatic drills and start excavating the phone box to remove it, they are doing so illegally.


If you see or hear anything going on at our precious telephone kiosk please contact the Police immediately and then let the Parish Council know.  If you are able to photograph or make a note of the vehicle registration number, this will be invaluable to the Police in their response, but do not put yourself at risk in doing so. 


Remember - if someone is trying to kidnap our kiosk, call 999



Loweswater Defibrillator Site






NOTICE of Completion of the Annual Audit has been posted on the Notice Board and on the Finance Information Page of the Website

Also Here are Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Return as required by the regulations




Sadly, Stisted didn't get placed in the Essex Village of the Year competition.  The judges were impressed with the presentations and displays, but there were tough competitors.  It won't deter us from trying again in 2018 wth renewed vigour.




Operation Galileo - Hare Coursing

Essex Police have joined other police forces in Operation Galileo. This is an operation to tackle Hare Coursing across the county. In order for this to succeed Essex Police need to know about every Hare Coursing incident, even if it has finished. Only if you tell them about these coursing incidents can they try to tackle this problem. Call 101 if you witness anything.

Follow updates for operation Galileo and other Rural crime operations on Twitter @PcAndyLong or @EssexPoliceUK



The village sign is situated on the Village Green which can be found opposite the school upon entering the village from the direction of Braintree.


Mr Patrick Bones kindly erected this. The base is comprised of brick and stone. Mr Darren Woodley who lived in the village and attended the village school carved the top from a piece of teak. The sign was designed in consultation with the Parish Council by Ian Sillitoe who at one time was a member of the Braintree Youth Theatre and went on to work in the West End designing sets for London stage.


The Village Sign


The carved top depicts China Bridge as it was originally; China Bridge crosses the river below the church. The corn represents the village links with the farming community. The name Stisted is derived from the Saxon words meaning 'a bed of nettles', hence the nettles. The water wheel is the oldest recorded article in the village, first mentioned in 1373 when Mr Robert Seioalle of Coggeshall purchased a water mill. The late Mr William McMillan first introduced the Friesian cow to this area and this sign has been donated to the village by his family as a memorial to him for his many years of service to the local community and particular to the village. Mr McMillan was a founder trustee of the village hall and a Parish Councillor for 46 years, 16 of which in the role of Chairman. He also represented the Parish on the district Council and was a trustee of the Montefiore Institute. The whole sign is supported on an oak post cut from a tree grown on Gowers Farm and blown down during the storm in October 1987.