Food Share Produce


It happens like this. Food retailers find at times the best way to manage unsold produce is to turn it into land fill. For one local town store this is the fate for a thousand pound’s worth of produce everyday. Amidst a cost of living and environmental crisis this is an unwelcome reality.

A solution to the problem can be found at 72 Chapel Hill on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays every week. From the Day Centre, TouchPoint Stansted now run a food share scheme where produce provided by major food retailers is put out for people to pick up and take away with them.

Not only does this limit the dumping of food waste, but it allows people to fill up on food items and save money on the weekly shop. The organisers are keen to stress, however, this is not a food bank nor is it solely about feeding the needy.


Though people in food poverty are more than welcome to take advantage of the initiative and a food bank is already offered to the community, the project’s aim is to mainly to tackle the needless food dumping.

Anyone from Stansted or beyond can make use of the service. All that TouchPoint ask is that users are mindful of how much they put in the basket – no more than a few day’s worth of food items, please.

Produce available at the Food Share is dependent on what the likes of Waitrose and Tesco Express (Stansted) have surplus on any given time. But a typical day will see a table at the entrance of the Day Centre stocked with bread loaves, pastries, buns, fruit and vegetables.

Make use of the Food Share on Wednesdays (10am-12.30pm), Thursdays (10am-4pm) and Fridays (10am-4pm) at the Day Centre, 72 Chapel Hill.


Win a digital camera

Enter Discover Uttlesford’s photo competition – free to enter and open to all ages – and you could win a new digital camera.

Our village nestles among some of the most picturesque countryside in Essex and Discover Uttlesford would like to see photographic images that you have taken, that reflect the true beauty of our area.  Your subjects might include landscapes, buildings, plants and animals.

If you’ve taken a great photo in Uttlesford, then they want to see it!

The prize is a Canon IXUS 185 20MP 8x Zoom Compact Digital Camera Bundle or equivalent.

The winning entry will be printed as a postcard, which will be distributed across the district.


To enter the competition, please complete the entry form below and return it to us, together with your image, by email to no later than 5pm on 23 April 2022.


  • The image must be of a subject in Uttlesford it should help to promote what a great place Uttlesford is to visit.
  • It can be a landscape or portrait layout.
  • It can be taken on a mobile phone, camera or smart device.
  • It can be in colour or black and white and can feature landscapes, buildings, plants, animals, aerial and action.
  • If it features people or other persons property, you should seek their permission to use the image.
  • The image must have been taken by you (and not be stock photography from the internet).
  • The competition is free to enter and open to all ages of residents of Uttlesford as well as visitors.

One entry submission per person.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on 23 April 2022.
The winner will be announced on the Discover Uttlesford website and their social media channels* on 23 May 2022.
The judges’ decision is final.

The prize is a Canon IXUS 185 20MP 8x Zoom Compact Digital Camera Bundle or equivalent.

There is no cash alternative.

By entering the Discover Uttlesford photo competition, you give us the right to use your image for marketing purposes e.g. on our website, in print format (as a postcard) and on our social media channels*.
You also give your permission for the image to be used for follow-up publicity.

Entries that are not accompanied by a completed entry form will be deemed invalid.

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Hear from Peter Holt, head of Uttlesford District Council, how the district is pulling together to cope with the humanitarian crisis stemming from the war in Ukraine:

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hotline number


Do you know you can call a special hotline to tackle incidents of poor parking that you suspect may be linked to a car owner wanting to avoid airport parking fees?

By dialling 0800 731 2385 you will speak directly to the Stansted Airport authorities. They will use the information to compile the data needed to apply for permanent restrictions in areas affected by problem parking associated with the airport.

It may not provide a short-term fix to being blocked in your drive by a holiday maker’s car, but calling the hotline could see your parking woes, and those of your neighbours, resolved for good in the long term.

Short-term remedies

When seeking a more immediate solution to a problem caused by inconsiderate roadside parking, it may help to understand the legal context.

Parking is permitted on a road if there are no displayed restrictions and the vehicle is not causing an obstruction, ie within 20 metres of junction, as per section 243 of the Highway Code. So even cars parked up on a kerbside would have to be impeding access along the pavement for pedestrians for action to be taken.

Also, be careful about leaving messages on windscreens. Leave too many, or write too hostile a note, and you could leave yourself open to the charge of harassment. It pays to remain calm and polite when challenging someone’s parking, no matter how inconsiderate the owner may have appeared to have been.

In cases where parking restrictions are in place, or a car is preventing pedestrians using the pavement, then you would be advised to contact the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) supplying them with details of the car registration. NEPP can get a ticket issued or a vehicle removed, among other remedies.

Another avenue to redress is to contact Special Police Constable Steve Dale. He is able to issue a notice reprimanding owners of cars that have been parked inconsiderately or have caused an obstruction warning that future instances of poor parking could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice or even a court summons.

Parking consultations are underway in two parts of the village


We are applying to the North Essex Parking Partnership for several parts of the village. As two of the proposals have potential ramifications for residents outside the proposed areas, we are asking for your thoughts on the implementation of waiting restrictions on Chapel Hill and at Foresthall Park. Email



RESTRICTION The first proposal concerns the implementation of No Waiting at Any Time restrictions on the corners of Bentley Drive with Bayford Way. The red lines in the image above show the restrictions would run on the road corners, and the full length of the frontages of houses number 1 and 2 on Bayford Way and also the for the full length of the houses 2 to 6 on Bentley Drive.

REASON Cars parked on the corners of Bentley Drive have the potential to cause traffic accidents by obscuring the views of drivers and pedestrians, while the parking of cars can lead to the narrowing of the road. This not only impedes the the progress of passing traffic, but risks blocking access to  emergency service vehicles



RESTRICTION The second proposal calls for No Waiting at Any Time restrictions from the end of the current restriction on the boundary between house numbers 53 and 55, going uphill to the start of the yellow hatched lines outside the fire station. Chapel Hill is an extremely busy road for both vehicles and pedestrians accessing village schools, shops and services. It is also frequently used by the Fire Service.

REASON: A particular pinch point is coming uphill just before the fire station where traffic has to come out and around the parked cars. Once this is negotiated drivers find themselves upon a zebra crossing which is hidden from view until that point. Pedestrians regularly complain that cars do not stop at this crossing.

A diversion will be in play this weekend due to the late closure of northbound traffic on the M11 between J7 to J8


National Highways have an additional closure of the M11 to add to the series of ones they have already announced.

M11 northbound junction 7 to 8: drainage renewal

They were unable to carry out all the work required over the weekends they had originally planned. So this weekend from Friday 25 March, 8pm to Monday 28 March, 6am the M11 will be closed northbound between Junctions 7 to 8 to complete the work.

There will also be some overnight closures required from Sunday 3 April to Thursday 7 April between 8pm and 6am. This will be to remove all traffic management.

Whilst these closures are in place, traffic will be diverted as below:

A diversion will be in play this weekend due to the late closure of northbound traffic on the M11 between J7 to J8

Whilst these closures are in place, northbound traffic will be diverted off at junction 7 onto the A414, A10 and A120 to re-join the M11 at junction 8.

Emergency access during the weekend closures

As part of the weekend closure listed above, National Highways will be carrying out full depth reconstruction work across the entire northbound carriageway. Due to the nature of this work, they will not be in a position to accommodate escorts for any emergency service vehicles and they kindly ask that on this occasion you follow the signed diversion route. They understand this may come as an inconvenience to your crews but we believe this is the safest option.

How to find out more

To find out more about road improvements we’re carrying out across the East of England, please visit our website at

If you would like more information, please contact us on 0300 123 5000, or by email at

Mountfitchet Green Play Equipment Imrovements


The zipwire on Mountfitchet Green has gone down a storm with young users since it was given the green light last week. 

Its success is in no small part down to the efforts of one of the younger members of our village who is actively involved with the Parish Council — Maisie Capp. 

Two years ago Maisie felt the play equipment for older children at the Green was sadly wanting, and contacted us: “Had we thought about a zipwire?” 

Since then, the Year 7 pupil has stayed interested in the Parish Council’s plans to improve facilities in her area, even being motivated to join our Youth Council to do so. 

“It took us time to source funding for the zipwire,” says Laila Azure-Marxen, the Council’s projects officer. “But we’d like to thank Maisie not just for her idea, but also for her passion in advocating for better facilities for young people in her community.” 



If your birthday falls between June 2-5, how’d you fancy lighting a beacon as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer?

We’d like to hear from either parishioners lucky to have a birthday over the 4-day holiday period or from people who would like to nominate someone who does.

All the names submitted to us will be put in a hat, then once we have checked the winner fits the criteria, we’ll be in touch with them ahead of the event to make arrangements.

The closing date for entries is Sunday, May 15. Good luck.

Please note, If you are under under 16 and win the competition, you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult to light the beacon.

Causeway closure


Watch out for three days of roadworks along Bentfield Causeway for 3 days, starting on April 4.


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Bentfield Road & Bentfield End Causeway, Stansted

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Bentfield Road & Bentfield End Causeway, due to commence on 4th April 2022 for 16 days.

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Openreach undertakes spine cabling.