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The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held

at 7.30pm on Wednesday18th April 2018

in Wrabness Village Hall. Residents are invited to attend.


What's On



Sunday 22nd April

11.00am Family Service

at All Saints Church Wrabness



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 Touring Theatre comes to Wrabness

Thursday 10th May

7.30pm at Wrabness Village Hall

Tickets £9.00 on sale from Wrabness Community Shop

or telephone 01255 880868

 for a theatre preview click here


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 

is available to hire 

for community events and private functions.

see Village Organisations - Village Hall page 


Village Clubs

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






Knitters & Stitchers

Reading Group

Womens Institute

Yoga Classes

Check out the Village Organisations - Clubs page for information 



Wrabness Gardening Club

has a news page on this website

see Village Clubs - Gardening Club.






Dog owners in Tendring are being advised to take extra care when walking their pets on the beach. 

They are being asked to take simple precautions following two cases of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, (PSP) in North Norfolk and Suffolk. It has been confirmed that the death of a Siberian Husky after eating a shore crab at Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk, last month is highly likely to have been because of PSP. This follows similar findings in relation to a Golden Retriever that died after eating fish on the beach at Cley in North Norfolk on New Year’s Eve.   

Testing carried out by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) found high concentrations of PSP toxins in starfish and dab connected with the incident at Cley. Very high concentrations were found in starfish and partially digested shore crab connected with the incident at Felixstowe Ferry. The toxins are naturally occurring. 

Analysis of samples and symptoms of the affected dogs also indicates their deaths were likely to have been a consequence of ingesting PSP- contaminated [marine] animals. 

Testing at the end of last month on a variety of marine species, including brown/edible crab, spider crabs, shore crabs, velvet swimming crabs, dab and whelks from North Norfolk and Suffolk, have revealed low levels of PSP toxin in some of the samples and no PSP at detectable levels in others. 

It is thought that the contaminated animals were washed up on beaches during winter storms and are likely to have now been washed back into the sea. 

Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (Eastern IFCA) is co- ordinating the activity of relevant agencies in seeking to establish the source and extent of the PSP contamination. 

The agencies involved include Cefas, the Food Standards Agency, Local Authority Environmental Health departments, the Marine Management Organisation and the Environment Agency. 

The CEO of Eastern IFCA, Julian Gregory, said: ‘It is important we take a measured and joined-up approach in working to find out what the extent of PSP contamination may be. At this point there is nothing to indicate that species sold for human consumption such as brown crabs or lobster is affected but as a precautionary measure we are sampling a range of marine animals to ensure that any on-going PSP contamination is identified.’ 

Dog walkers are being advised to take simple precautions to prevent their pets from consuming anything found on a beach. 

Michael Talbot, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Whilst walking on the coast this includes keeping pets under close control, on leads or muzzled. There is no evidence to show that there is an issue on Tendring’s beaches but it is better to be safe than sorry. 

Any owners of pets that have become ill after consuming items on a beach are asked to report the matter to TDC on 01255 686767 once a vet has confirmed they meet the possible symptoms of PSP.” 

Fishermen are also being advised that if they catch dabs they may want to return them to the sea. 

Anyone wanting more technical details can read further information provided by Eastern IFCA: 


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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: Recent planning applications submitted for Wrabness are listed on the Planning Matters page together with how to view applications and participate in the planning process.  


First Aid Course

Friday 19th May 2017

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 Wrabness Parish Council organised a 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.  

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 and was adjourned until further notice.

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


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.


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. 


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 application direct to the District Council during the period to 29th December 2015.

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. 



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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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

Weekly household collections in Wrabness normally take place 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 fortnightly on a Wednesday. 

The library van parks between 9.30am-9.45am 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 4th April 2018.


Dial-A-Ride Community Bus Service

Journey to and from Harwich and Wrabness or destinations in the adjoining rural area. Fare is £2 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.

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