Day 77 of (where is) Lockdown – the Gardeners edition

Day 77 of (wherNational Garden Schemee is?) Lockdown

On day 77 we start off with items of interest to gardeners and then quite a few more news items:

National Garden Scheme reopens

The National Garden Scheme has just started opening gardens.  You have to book a timed entry online (and pay Continue reading

Day 72 of Lockdown – the Bowling Along edition

Day 72 of (irregular?) Lockdown

The day 72 update starts with Woods Bowls Club keen to welcome you for a rollup.  There then follows:

Woods Bowls ClubWoods Bowls Club Restarts

Woods is a small but very friendly lawn bowls club that is normally open to all ages and abilities throughout the spring & summer months of April to September.  The club consists of a mixture of male and female members with ages ranging from ‘Thirty-somethings’ to, sprightly Octogenarians! You are never too young or too old to play Lawn Bowls. Continue reading

Update on our COVID-19 Help Line

VolunteerUpdate on our COVID-19 Help Line

Earlier this week we announced a COVID-19 Help Line scheme aimed at helping those most in need and impacted by the virus.  The Parish Council is progressing this in association with the Care Network and volunteers in the village.

The aim is for anyone in the village who is in need of:

  • shopping supplies,
  • items from the pharmacy,
  • a reassuring chat, or
  • any other local need that they cannot satisfy themselves,

… to be able to ring a central number and get assistance. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for COVID-19

Your village needs volunteersWest Bergholt Prepares Response to COVID-19

Army of volunteers needed

West Bergholt is preparing its own response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic but it needs volunteers.  In addition to Government and District/County initiatives, the Care Network, with the support of the Parish Council, plans to offer assistance to anyone in the community impacted by COVID-19.

A scheme is being prepared which will offer assistance to those in self-isolation, older residents, and those with other concerns, to provide assistance accessing: Continue reading

The Who Will Care? Awards Return for 2017

Who will Care? AwardsThe Who Will Care? Awards Return for 2017

Nominations are now open for the prestigious Who Will Care? Awards taking place on 24 May 2017. Seven award categories celebrate the unsung heroes volunteering across Essex.  They bring together communities and individuals who are working to make Essex an even greater place to live, work and visit. 

Nominate any business, charity or individual you feel deserves recognition for their volunteering efforts in our county, by filling in an online form.

Nominations close Friday 3 March 2017 at midnight. Read about last year’s winners here. Continue reading

A BIG HAND to Hand in Hand Day Volunteers

A BIG HAND to Hand in Hand Day Volunteers

Hand in hand volunteers ready to workThe Parish Council would like to thank all of the volunteers, who kindly gave up their time to assist with the West Bergholt Hand in Hand Day.

The volunteers who came to help on the day joined the Colchester Borough Community Zone Team. The street sweepers were out most of the day, clearing all of the major and minor roads. Litter picking was conducted around the Orpen Hall, along Hall Road, Colchester Road and by the allotments. Paths were strimmed and cleared of debris, making them easier to use.

This has all helped contribute to maintaining West Bergholt as a clean and pleasant place to live.

Many thanks


Hand in hand volunteers get sweeping"This is a broom, I will use it to sweep when the photographer has finished"

Snow Joke

Members of West Bergholt Snow Patrol pictured in early 2012

Members of West Bergholt Snow Patrol pictured in early 2012

… but every time we get heavy snowfall, whilst great fun for many, it still brings hazardous conditions underfoot.  So we offer our congratulations and thanks to the group of 20 volunteers who worked hard to keep pavements in key areas of the village cleared during the snow and ice that came in January, helping to keep the areas safer for all of us.

We always welcome more volunteers to help keep our village safe if we have any further snowfall this winter.

If you want to help please contact – Harry Stone (Organiser ) Tel. 241026

Speeders beware…

Essex Police showing youngsters
how the equipment works

Liz Harrington, Parish Councillor and Community Speedwatch Coordinator, is pleased to report that the Community Speedwatch team have run a good number of sessions and, as a result of their reports, the police have been out to monitor and issue tickets.

More volunteers are always welcome though and, if you are interested, you would first attend an initial training session.  Once trained you would then join the team, helping to make it plain to all that we will not tolerate speeding vehicles in the village, making it a safer place for all.  The emphasis is firmly on educating drivers to slow down. Anyone interested in joining, please contact Liz directly – her contact details are on our website here.

This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at https://www.westbergholt.net
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