EYES ON DODGY DRIVERS

Our Police Community Support Officer is eager to spread the word of a website where you can make complaints about driving.

If you see cars jumping red lights, tailgating, oversized lorries mounting kerbs, drivers using their mobile phones, you should head over to safer essex roads – driving-complaints

There you will be able to upload video footage of any incidents you witness and file a complaint.

“[This] needs to be done within 24hrs and you need to be willing to provide a statement, meaning you’d be willing to go to court,” says PCSO Nikki Morris.

LIBRARY SURVEY

Residents can have their say on Essex County Council’s new vision for its libraries after the publication of the council’s Everyone’s Library Service 2022-2026 plan. 

The plan commits to keeping all 74 libraries open in the county with investment in training and the upskilling of existing library staff.  

There are three core aims at the heart of the plan, which details how these will be achieved. 

Library Service and Literacy 

  • Books, e-books, digital and online. 
  • Supporting children to be school ready and helping adults to improve their literacy. 
  • Building people’s confidence in reading 
  • Nurturing people’s love for books 

Infrastructure and Communications 

  • Improving the Library infrastructure (Buildings and IT)  
  • Creating welcoming, accessible places that also provide more opportunities for communities to use 
  • Thinking of new ways to communicate and engage with residents so they know what is on offer 

Supporting our communities and levelling up 

  • Making sure all residents have the same access to the support and skills they need to achieve their aspirations, regardless of where they live in the county 
  • Improving opportunities for everyone, locally and countywide 
  • Encouraging new users and thinking of new ways to attract them 

Everyone is welcome to give their views and can do so online at www.essex.gov.uk/everyoneslibrary. There will also be opportunities to share you views in person at one of the engagement events ECC are planning early next year, or via our customer service centre by calling 0345 603 7633. 

The deadline to provide feedback is 1pm Jan 21, 2022

 

Christmas Appeal

We are proud to get behind our local MP’s Christmas ‘New Toys’ Appeal. This year Kemi Badenoch is asking you to ‘buy one more new toy’ to donate to Home Start Essex.

This local charity supports children and families across Chelmsford and Uttlesford.

We have set up a donation box in front of our reception desk at our offices at the Mountfitchet Exchange for you to leave your donations, which can be left during office and the library opening hours.

All types of new toys and clothes are welcome, and for any age group. Importantly, donations must be new and in their original packaging.

The deadline for donations is Monday, December 13.

For further information contact kemi.badenoch.mp@parliament.co.uk

 

 

COVID-19 RESPONSE GRANTS

Small, local and not-for-profit voluntary group for adults and/ or youth clubs are still eligible to apply for the Covid19 Grassroots Clubs and Activities Fund.

The grant can cover Covid19 associated costs to assist with the reopening of these groups/ clubs for up to £5000. Applications are open until March 2022.

The application window opened on Monday 3rd August 2021 and will remain open until all funds are allocated.

All funds will be awarded for re-opening as and when the club has been risk-assessed, and it is safe to open.

What Can These Costs Include?

  • Subs money covered for one term (up to £40 per child/young person) for families struggling to pay subscription fees to voluntary, not-for-profits children’s/ youth clubs who are affiliated to a national or Essex based governing body
  • Covid19 related hygiene costs (e.g. hand sanitiser, soap, face masks, gloves, increased venue cleaning and equipment costs).
  • Covid19 related infrastructure costs (e.g. plexiglass screens, wall-mounted dispensers, signage and increased venue hire costs to comply with social distancing).
  • Covid19 related volunteer training costs

Who Can Apply?

Small grassroots, local not-for-profit adult groups and clubs in Essex (excluding the Southend & Thurrock unitary authorities) who do not have the support of this kind available through local or national affiliated bodies. For instance, this might be community-based and not-for-profit clubs, uniformed organisations, sports or physical activity groups, musical theatre groups and many more!

Please complete the application form below and return it to funding@ealc.gov.uk.

PATIENT Q&A SESSION

There is an opportunity on Wednesday, Dec 1  from 2-3pm, to ask questions to representatives of the Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

Their winter ‘Your Voice’ meeting will be chaired by Public Governor Mark Dale. The virtual event is an opportunity for you to meet their governors and hear about what has been happening at the Trust.

There will be the usual opportunity for you to ask questions about services, and for the Trust to signpost you to other organisations in the local area that might be helpful.

At the meeting you can:

• listen to a patient’s journey

• meet a volunteer as they share how they support the Trust

• hear how digital tech is improving patient care

• ask questions at the informal Q&A session

The event will be taking place virtually using Microsoft Teams and Chair of EPUT, Sheila Salmon, will be in attendance.

How to attend

The link for the meeting can be obtained by contacting the Membership office, using the email epunft.membership@nhs.net or by calling 01268 739739

 

NATIONAL HONOURS

It can take up to two years to confer a national honour, but with the New Year’s Honours list just around the corner now is the perfect time to put forward the names of those organisations and individuals who serve our community with care, dedication and distinction.

Awards lists are not just made up of the names of the rich and famous, but also organisations and individuals who provide a vital role in supporting their communities.

People who have consistently helped others can be awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE), or a Member of the British Empire (MBE). Extra weight may in future go to those who have supported their community in dealing with the pandemic.

Each year on average only about 45 people from Essex are awarded an honour.

If you know of someone who has shown selfless support or displayed a real interest in improving the lives of others, why not put their name forward for an honour?

HOW TO NOMINATE SOMEONE

Start by completing a nomination form. One is found on page 15 of Suggesting-Someone-for-an-Honour

Other than detailing why an individual should receive an award, remember it’s important that the person you nominate is still actively involved in what you are nominating them for.

It is also important the nomination is kept secret from the person you’re nominating.

You cannot nominate yourself, nor someone for a particular honour. That is decided by an honours committee whose recommendations go to the Prime Minister and then to Her Majesty the Queen.

The committee can take between 18 months to 2 years to bestow an honour.

YOU CAN NOMINATE ORGANISATIONS TOO

Awards are not just for individuals but also for organisations.

Voluntary groups can be nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award is the highest award given to local voluntary groups. It aims to shine a light on outstanding achievements by groups that enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity in communities.

Groups nominated must have been running for at least three years, provide a service and meet the needs of local people, and be supported and respected among their community. The nominee must be independent of the group they wish to put forward for an award.

Further information about the National Awards can be found in 2021 Essex Honours Programme

RESOURCES

DIGITAL INCLUSION SESSION

Get down to the Day Centre tomorrow for a cup of tea and a slice of cake and discover how with a bit of IT knowledge you could ward off feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Phoenix Boreham will be on hand from 1pm to put together a tailor made plan for you to master the online world. The session is particularly beneficial if you are not a confident user of digital devices.

And don’t worry if you don’t have your own computer or tablet. Phoenix, a digital inclusion officer for MIND (west Essex), will have a number of Samsung tablets for participants to use.

If you would like to learn more about this fun, accessible event, please contact TouchPoint on 07572 114882.

  • Community Centre, Chapel Hill – FRIDAY Nov 19, 1pm

FLY TIPPING

Sadly episodes of dumping rubbish have blighted Stansted’s lanes and green spaces in recent weeks, necessitating costly clear-ups.

If you would like to report an incident of fly-tipping, email wasteaware@uttlesford.gov.uk

The district council say this is the best way to contact them and have the matter speedily dealt with, allowing the authority to schedule a crew to clear up the waste.

Closures M11 Southbound

National Highways will be carrying out essential work to install a new drainage system on the M11 southbound between junction 7 and junction 6.

They plan to complete this work over 4 weeks from Friday 29 November to Friday 17 December, working weeknights only between 8pm and 6am, weather conditions permitting.

To complete this work safely, it is necessary to close lanes 1 and 2 on the M11 southbound between the junctions, but the road will remain open to traffic.

 

Remembrance Service

The pandemic affected last year’s event, but we are pleased to report that a normal service will resume this year on Sunday 14 November.

There will be the usual gathering in the Crafton Green car park (by 10.30am) prior to the parade down Chapel Hill to the Memorial Gardens.

The Parade will be led by representatives from Carver Barracks and include representatives from community organisations.

Rev’d Dr Colin Fairweather, from St John’s Church, will lead the service. A retiring collection with all the proceeds going to the Royal British Legion will be taken at the conclusion of the service.

We hope that many parishioners will turn out to remember and respect those who gave their lives from, and for, our community.