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3 June 2020 -  Wivenhoe Wildlife - Cllr. Glyn Evans Twitter.


Lovely encounter with a robin bathing in the Wildlife Garden pond on 1 June 2020.



3 June 2020 - Sport England booklet to help older adults keep active.


A new booklet, co-funded and developed by us and Public Health England (PHE) aims to help older adults keep up their activity levels while isolating due to coronavirus (Covid-19). 


To print the booklet you can download it from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre. 




Spring 2020 - Wildlife Update from Cllr. Glyn Evans.



'Under normal circumstances, I’d have been in the Western Isles of Scotland right now, so I’m slightly unused to being home at this time of spring.


But I am reminded that this is a fascinating stage of the season, when some resident birds are nursing first broods of young, whilst others are still en route to their breeding grounds'. 



Click here to read the full article and enjoy the beautiful photographs taken by Cllr. Evans.




13 May 2020 - Walk in Essex. 


Visit Walking in England for details of thousands of free walks in England to download and print, details of all the walking clubs in the country and lots more information.




7 May 2020 - Welcome Home Fund 1946.


The following statement and linked article has been kindly produced by Michael Smither and is dedicated to the memory of all those who served: 


'The Welcome Home Fund was set up during the war by Wivenhoe Urban District Council as an expression of gratitude to the men and women of the village who served in all branches of the services during the war. It was distributed in the summer of 1946 (when some recipients were still serving overseas) and came in the form of saving certificates, each person also received a Certificate of Appreciation.


The records themselves offer a unique insight into Wivenhoe during WWII and comprise of account and minute books, correspondence as well as approximately 250 Welcome Home slips. These slips record every person who was eligible for a share of the fund and as such virtually every person from Wivenhoe who served during the War.


Although the list shown here is thought to include every person who was resident before the war a number of those who served settled here after it. Wivenhoe House was used as an Army base during the war and was home to a number of regiments including Tank regiments early on and 2nd Battalion SAS in the latter stages of the war. 


A number of former servicemen who were stationed at Wivenhoe House made Wivenhoe their home and two are added here, both Majors in the 2nd SAS and both commemorated in the New Cemetery'.



Click here to find out more about the men and women of Wivenhoe who served - P1, P2 & P3. 


(please note HURLEY, John, JX/371603 HMLST 373 (1926-1955) in addition to page 10).



8 May 2020 - VE Day 75 2020 'We'll Meet Again' Sing Along.


Although we can't all come together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we can all come together in spirit and song. Why not hold your own garden party and still share the day in our special community. 
 To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, tune in to Colne Radio at 3pm on Friday 8th of May to listen to Churchill's famous speech followed by Dame Vera Lynn - 'We'll Meet Again'. 


 Wave your flags and sing out loud!   





8 May 2020 - Colchester Borough Council VE Day 75 2020.



Due to the current situation it is not possible for CBC to go ahead with their planned service of remembrance, so they have put together a virtual commemoration on the CBC website, which includes personal messages from the Mayor and Garrison Commander, prayers from the Bishop, links to the Imperial War Museum, Churchill’s speeches and resources for the public to hold their own ‘at home’ events.



CBC invite residents, young and old, to explore their online pages commemorating VE Day and take part in the celebrations at home which include a Cry for Peace Around the World involving Town Criers from across the United Kingdom.



Taking part is our former Mayor, Wivenhoe Town Councillor Bob Needham who is also Colchester's Town Crier.



1 May 2020 - Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen is offering FREE running repairs and checks for key workers and their immediate family with Cycling UK The Big Bike Revival (tyres/brakes/gears & minor probs).


More complex repairs are an option depending on demand, and any replacement parts may need to be paid for.


Simply TEXT 07926 463568 with your full name & job title to arrange a drop off time at the workshop and we'll have your bike ready for collection within 2 days.


Physical distancing etc to be observed 



COVID-19 we're currently ONLY offering free running repairs for key workers


TEXT 07926 463568 with full name and job title to arrange



1 May 2020 - Social Distancing Whilst Exercising.


The Wivenhoe Trail is an informal route of about 5 miles, stretching from Colchester town centre to the riverside town of Wivenhoe and on to Brightlingsea, via Thorrington Mill. 


The recent "popularity" of the trail with those taking daily exercise has raised some concerns about its shared use by people on foot and those on bicycles, particularly with regard to Social Distancing. 


Inquiries with Sustrans and Colchester Cycling Club have revealed that parts of the trail (from Colchester to the Station car park) are shared use, after which the route for cyclists is diverted through Wivenhoe and on to the roads, as shown on the map, provided by Sustrans:



Please consider these issues when planning for your safe exercise.


  • Red line - Public Right of Way Footpath
  • Purple line - On Road National Cyclist Network  


30 April 2020 - Important Information from Resuscitation Council (UK).


For anyone who finds themselves having to perform CPR/Defibrillation in an out of hospital setting during the current climate kindly supplied from AJS First Aid Training Services.





You should use the following guide lines:


  • Wear Gloves. 
  • As shown, a towel or similar to place over nose mouth. 
  • When we carry out chest compressions, air is released through the nose and mouth in droplet form, thus possible spread of infection, in this case Covid 19. 
  • Remember we are trained as first aiders. 
  • Check Danger, make sure area is safe to proceed.
  • Do not check air way or breathing. 
  • Shake shoulders in normal manner.
  • Ask 'are you alright'. 
  • No response call 999, inform the service of what is taking place and the patient may have Covid 19, follow instructions.





30 April 2020 - The Dance Network Association Social Dis-Dancing Day.


Come and party with us on the 30th April! Try out our classes, speak directly to the team and find out more about our plans ahead of COVID 19. 


If you are a young person, a dance artist, a school teacher, a parent of a little person/s, an older adult, a person living with Parkinson's we have something for YOU!


Visit us to book your space in the class. 




29 April 2020 - Message from Town Mayor, Cllr. Nick Tile.


We are working closely with Colchester Borough Council, following government restrictions for the good of the residents of the town. This includes restricting access to some facilities and continuing to support Wivenhoe Mutual Aid which is doing a great job.


We are also managing the very generous Wivenhoe Mutual Aid public donations and Locality Budget donation from Cllr Andrea Luxford Vaughan and of course, we are always here to help and if we can't, to put you in touch with people who can.




Monday 27 April 2020 - Keep Essex Active You Tube Channel Launch.


This channel will feature local, trusted instructors who have tailored routines for all audiences from family to over 65 workouts.


A live time-table will be accessible all week online so you can plan out your week’s worth of activity.


More of us are spending time at home and staying active is really important for our mental health and wellbeing.


To find out more, visit Active Essex. 





23 April 2020 - Social Distancing. 


When using shared public facilities, taking your daily permitted exercise, please remember to keep a careful eye out for people coming the opposite way.


Your actions may unintentionally make it dangerous for others, especially when cycling and running.


Remember to slow down and keep your distance from oncoming walkers. Some people may have limited mobility, others may be unable to hear your warning and often people need time to make way for faster traffic.



Thank you for helping to make Wivenhoe a safer place for us all.




23 April 2020 -  University of Essex staff and students are offering basic IT support to marginalised groups.


The first session is this afternoon.


If you would like to take part, visit University of Essex.



8 May 2020 - VE Day 75 2020 - We'll Meet Again Sing Along with Vera Lynn.


Let’s all hold a garden party!


We can’t all come together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day but we can all come together in spirit and in song- why not hold your own garden party and still share the day in our special community!


Please join us by standing on your doorstep and singing out loud!


Supported by Wivenhoe Town Council.




22 April 2020 - Bereavement Support for Everyone.


 Colchester – Bubble Rush


If you have been bereaved, either by the coronavirus or any other illness or accident or suicide, St Helena's hospice bereavement service is here to support you.


visit sthelena.org.uk/referrals or call 01206 984 274. 



16 April 2020 


A selection of beautiful snapshots of Wivenhoe Wildlife for you to enjoy, taken recently by Cllr. Glyn Evans:


 Cllr. Glyn Evans


16 April 2020.  

 Cllr. Glyn Evans



16 April 2020.

 Cllr. Glyn Evans



16 April 2020.  

   Cllr. Glyn Evans



16 April 2020 - Cycle Repair Station - vandalised and not available for use.


We are sad to report that the recently installed Cycle Repair Station outside the William Loveless Hall has been vandalised and all the tools cut off and takenWe have had such a lot of positive feedback from residents who were using this facility on a regular basis and are  disappointed that such a mindless act has taken place in the Town. 


A message from our Town Mayor, Cllr. Nick Tile. 

This is a time to treat what we have with respect, encourage people to support the community and make the best of our resources which are likely to be in short supply in the future as the Country, County and Borough start to recover from these difficult times. 



14 April 2020 - CBC Recycling Update. 

Update issued by Colchester Borough Council on recycling collections beginning after Easter.


As a result of following Government guidelines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, CBC's seasonal Saturday Household Drop-off Service that was due to start 18 April has unfortunately been cancelled until further notice. 



April 2020 - Covid 19 - Residents urged by CBC and Essex Police to heed advice and stay at home as weather set to improve.


Call to follow social distancing rules in the coming days and weeks.


'With the weather expected to turn increasingly Spring-like, residents are being reminded to follow advice to stay at home, protect lives and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As temperatures begin to nudge higher over the coming days, and with Easter fast-approaching, people are asked to continue observing rules around social distancing when venturing outdoors and visiting public spaces.


This always means only going out once a day for some fresh air and exercise, or for essentials such as shopping or medicines, and adhering to Government advice to stay local, use open spaces near to home where possible and not to congregate'.



8 April 2020 -  Updates to CBC recycling collections.

Due to the impact of coronavirus, the Colchester Borough Council recycling collection service had been suspended since 25 March 2020.

Thanks to additional staff recruitment, and by temporarily reducing the frequency of collections across the borough, CBC can begin their recycling collection service again on a reduced basis. Garden waste and textiles will remain suspended.

From 13 April 2020, they will collect glass, cans, plastics, paper and card on a four weekly basis.


Recycling collections begin from 20 April 2020 in Wivenhoe, see recycling calendar below:

Temporary 3 month recycling calendar for Wivenhoe.



8 April 2020 - Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch Update. 

Colchester NHW aim to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen, in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life so that fewer people feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live.

They have launched their 'Little Book of Big Scams' to 'raise awareness of the ever evolving ways that criminals use to scam the public out of hard earned money'. 



2 April 2020 - Donate to Wivenhoe Mutual Aid

Wivenhoe Mutual Aid is a network of volunteers backed by Helping Hands, Wivenhoe Foodbank, Reach out at Christmas and Wivenhoe Town Council. 

The local volunteers are busy helping those who are isolated with shopping, collecting prescriptions, calling people to see if they are ok and dog walking.

If you would like to make a donation you can do this online to the following Co-Op bank account:

Wivenhoe Town Council – Mayors Charity A/C

Sort Code:       08 90 31

Account No.:    61151260

Please ensure that you state 'Wivenhoe Mutual Aid' as the reference

Many thanks.  





30 March 2020 - If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please call Essex Police on 101.

Report fraud or attempted fraud by contacting Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.





Following the alert sent out this morning, please see the official government response to messages such as the one shown below:


“The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any others claiming to be from UK Government are false.

Criminals are able to use spoofing technology to send texts and emails impersonating organisations that you know and trust. We would remind anyone who receives an unexpected text or email asking for personal or financial details not click on the links or attachments, and don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial details.”


If you receive any such messages, report them to Action Fraud - www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing  


30 March 2020 - Community Response Pack launched by Colchester Borough Council to offer support during the ongoing Covid-19 situation.  


Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) news from Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council.  


27 March 2020 - NHS Volunteer Army.


The NHS has launched a national volunteer initiative, “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home.


The nation is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.


Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS to become NHS Volunteer Responders, and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:


  • delivering medicines from pharmacies;
  • driving patients to appointments;
  • bringing them home from hospital;
  • or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.


27 March 2020 - CBC Increase Black Bag Limit.


The Government’s guidelines and Stay at Home advice means households will have more rubbish to dispose, so CBC have increased the amount of rubbish that every household can put out for collection every fortnight by one 60 litre bag.


This means the new temporary limits for household rubbish collections are now as follows until further notice:


Households with black bag collections can now put a maximum of 4 x 60 litre black bags out for collection.


Rubbish collections remain bi-weekly, food waste collections weekly and flats with communal rubbish and collections are continuing as normal. 



26 March 2020 - CBC Waste and Recycling Update.


Garden waste collection update on services that were stopped on 24 March 2020.



Recycling collection update on services, with the exception of food waste collections, that were stopped on 25 March 2020. 


26 March 2020 - Coronavirus and Wellbeing.


If you are worrying about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life, including staying at home and avoiding others. Please visit Mind which has lots of advice and information that could help you manage your wellbeing.


26 March 2020 - A supply of recycling clear bags are available from storage bins outside the Council Offices. Please only take 1 bag per household. Thank you. 

25 March 2020 -  Please help us to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and signpost people to support services.



The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognise that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for many people.

The Team is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship.  


The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage not only victims but friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks. A victim of a loan shark should contact the team for help. Visit the website here for more info and support: http://bit.ly/2vyzQyg


Anyone who is feeling harassed or threatened by an illegal money lender can find out more about the different ways the team can help here: http://bit.ly/2Q0Yej9


Loan sharks are not your friends – these criminals are highly manipulative and want you under their control. Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of illegal money lending here http://bit.ly/2Q0Yej9


You can check if a company is authorised to lend money at www.loansmart.org.uk



These links may also be useful:

Citizens Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Money Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Stepchange – Coronavirus and your finances



Wishing you all safety and good health during these difficult and uncertain times. 



From 25 March 2020 - Recycling and Green Waste Collections.


Colchester Borough Council have suspended recycling and green waste collections until further notice. Only food waste will be collected on a green week for the time being. Black bin bag waste collection will continue as normal.


Guidelines about how to safety get rid of rubbish if someone is self-isolating or is confirmed to have coronovirus.    


24 March 2020


Following recent Government advice, a decision has been taken to close the Council Offices until further notice. We are still contactable by telephone 01206 822864 and email enquiries@wivenhoe.gov.uk.

Essex County Council Coronavirus updates in relation to Essex and impacts on Essex County Council services. 


Colchester Borough Council Coronavirus updates, advice and guidance for businesses and residents. 


Please note that although the Play Parks have been closed, the KGV Playing Field will remain open, but please follow Government advice - what you need to do.


A decision has also been taken to close the Car Park Toilets and Pontoon.



We have also temporarily closed the William Loveless Hall and Cemetery Museum, Pontoon and suspended bookings of the Community Minibus.  





If you are vulnerable and in need of support and assistance in the Town and would like to find out what help there is available or would like to offer your support to someone in need please call the Council Office on 01206 822864 or email enquiries@wivenhoe.gov.uk.

Link to the UK Government website information.

Handwashing Techniques.  



 Unfortunately due to current circumstances this Town Council event planned for Wivenhoe has been cancelled.


When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe.


To commemorate this important time, a three-day international celebration will take place from 8th May to 10th May 2020.


Wivenhoe Royal British Legion are organising a street party on Friday 8th May and on Saturday 9th May, Wivenhoe Town Council are holding a family Fete on the Field during the day and 1940's dinner and dance in the William Loveless Hall in the evening. Church services will be held on the morning of the 10th. Further details to follow.


If you'd like to find out more about VEDay 75 2020, click here.  




January 2020 - Pot Hole Damage.


Have you hit a Pot Hole and it's caused damage to your vehicle?

The Local Authority or The Highways Authority have a legal obligation to maintain,inspect and repair!

Ask them to check if this has been done and when. Ask for proof!
What to do!

The first thing to do is start collecting the proof, pronto. No matter which authority you're claiming from, your overall goal's the same – to gather enough evidence to prove the authority was negligent.

If completely safe,(not on high speed roads) take photos and measure the pothole's depth.

If you've a tape measure handy, and if it's safe try this on a, measure the depth of the pothole and note it down. If it's 40mm or more deep (roughly the height of two 20p coins) then bingo – it's definitely worth pursuing. If it's less, it's still worth continuing, but you might not get the full cost of repairs back. Measure the width too.

• Copies of repair invoices and proof of payment.
• Copies of your mechanic's statement on cause of damage.
• A note (or map) of the pothole's location.
• Note of the date and time the damage occurred.
• Photos of the damage.
• Photos of the pothole if possible.
• Notes from anyone who saw the incident


Good luck and persevere !!! 




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December Christmas Tree Festival Congregational Church 7 & 8 December, 2019. 


Wivenhoe Town Council are putting together a christmas tree for the festival this weekend. The theme is communication. If you would like to write a wish you may have on a decoration for the tree, they are available to complete in the Council Offices, between 9.30am to 12.30 midday, Monday to Friday.  



Wivenhoe Housing Trust administers the Jonathan Feedham Fund.


Any Wivenhoe resident who has a temporary crisis and is seeking assistance can access the fund.  For example awards could be for:

  • helping families by providing replacement worn or damaged household goods
  • temporary support with financial problems

All requests for help are dealt with in confidence and are assessed by the Trustees.  We recently helped the volunteers of the Wivenhoe Foodbank with a couple of small grants. For further details, contact Peter Hill, Chairman, Wivenhoe Housing Trust. 01206 823073 peter@toadhall2.co.uk.



25 December 2019 - Reaching out for Christmas will enjoy it's second year here in Wivenhoe at the William Loveless Hall on Christmas Day. Three course Christmas lunch and vegetarian option is offered to people alone at Christmas including couples with children far from home and international students unable to travel home. To book your place contact Glynis on 07904 397605, closing date Wednesday 11 December. Please don't be alone this Christmas, transport can be arranged and if you would like to volunteer your time for the Boxing Day clear up, please let us know.


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Thursday 5 December - 6 - 8pm - Christmas Market and switching on of Christmas lights. Visit www.stmaryswivenhoe.org to find out more


December 2019 - St Mary's Events


Saint Nicholas will visit Wivenhoe Quay on Saturday 30 November at 2pm followed by a welcome ceremony at St Mary's Church with sweets for all the children


Christingle Service on Sunday 1 December at 4pm  at St Mary's Church, all welcome


Carols on the Quay will take place on Sunday 22 December at 6pm - musicians wanted, contact Graham Wadley 01206 824036 graham.wadley@tiscali.co.uk


www.stmaryswivenhoe.org 01206 822511 




10 November 2019, Children's Act of Remembrance Service.  

The Mayoress of Wivenhoe, Pam Nevard and a representative from Wivenhoe Town Council had the pleasure of attending the Children’s Act of Remembrance Service on Sunday the 10th of November.  

They joined family and friends in the William Loveless Hall to enjoy a programme of readings, poetry and beautiful artwork produced by the young people and a moving tableau of a D Day soldier. 


All sections of the Wivenhoe Scouts and Guides were represented and contributed to the programme. First and second Guides, Rainbows, Mowhawk and Munson Cub Packs, Rangers, Beavers, Scouts, first, forth and fifth Brownies and their Leaders.

Explorer Scouts visited both cemeteries and laid crosses on the graves of the fallen of both World Wars.

This was followed by a parade to St. Mary's where they joined the rest of the Community in the Act of Remembrance.





Please join us for the Service of Remembrance on Sunday 10 November, 2019.

Wivenhoe Town Council, Churches Together and The Royal British Legion,  Wivenhoe are holding a service of remembrance at St Mary the Virgin Church, Wivenhoe on Sunday 10 November, 2019 at 2.30pm, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Town War Memorial.



Wivenhoe Town Council Scoping Meeting - Royal British Legion, Thursday 10th of October, 2019, 7pm to 9pm.

A meeting is being held by WTC to gather ideas on environment issues and promotion of bio-diversity. The aim is also to see how much support there is for establishing a formal working group focusing on environment issues. The meeting is open to the public.

If environmental and bio-diversity issues are of interest to you then please do come along. Town Councillors would like to be involved in a formal working group focusing on environmental issues. Your contribution is welcomed, however big or small. 


June 2019 - WIVENHOE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN OFFICIALLY ADOPTED - new plan for Wivenhoe that has been formally adopted by Colchester Borough Council, 31 May 2019.

The Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan, spanning 2019-2033, outlines 32 policies Colchester Borough Council will now follow when making any planning decisions about Wivenhoe. In 2013 the council agreed a Neighbourhood Plan covering the whole of the Wivenhoe ward should be developed. A working group, in consultation with the local community, have developed the plan over the last six years and it was overwhelmingly backed by residents in a referendum held on Thursday 2 May with 2,771 people in favour and 342 against. The Neighbourhood Plan has been developed with extensive involvement by the local community, scrutinised by an independent examiner and backed by 89 per cent of residents taking part in the referendum. To find out more, visit www.colchester.gov.uk.  



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Follow in the footsteps of people who were living and working on Wivenhoe High Street 100 years ago. Souvenir guides including trail maps are  available from  The Wivenhoe Bookshop, High Street, Lower Wivenhoe. Wivenhoe History Group. http://www.wivenhoehistory.org.uk/.  




FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2019 - FUNDRAISING EVENING - WINE & PATE at the Royal British Legion, Wivenhoe.

Featuring sea shanties by THE MOTLEY CREW. Selection of pate, crusty bread and homemade desserts, Prosecco, wine or soft drinks.

All proceeds in aid of a wheelchair for Mia Lindsley.

Tickets available from Jeannie Coverley 07708 020842 or Julie Parrott 01787 281066. 




June 2019 - WIVFUNHOE2 -  Razzle Dazzle Marquee Dinner Dance on Saturday 15th June, 2019, 7.30pm to 11.30pm in the William Loveless Hall. Community Giving Event.  Tickets cost £35, available from Concord Property, The Book Shop and Wivenhoe Town Council Office. Visit Calendar of Meetings and Events for further details.


20 May 2019 -  Annual Council Meeting - Cllr. Needham welcomed Cllr. Kathleen Weneden and Cllr. Megan Maltby to the Town Council and thanked resigning Cllrs. Phil Finn, Neil Lodge and Sarah Hoy for their hard work and contribution to Wivenhoe Town Council

Cllr. Needham also presented a Wivenhoe Town Council Citizens Award to Mr John Moores for his continued voluntary work in supporting The Christmas Lights Project, Wivenhoe Town Regatta and Finginghoe and Rowhedge Ferry. 

Cllr. Nick Tile was confirmed as Mayor for 2019/20 and Cllr. Sanchia Nash as Deputy Mayor


Saturday 18th May 2019 - Wivenhoe Town Mayor's Gala - to be held in support of the Mayor's fund. Tickets cost £35, dress is black tie or smart casual and there will be a bar, dancing to the Funktion Junction Band and executive buffet. Please contact Wivenhoe Town Council Office for ticket enquiries. Visit Calendar of Meetings and Events for further details. 



20th April 2019 - Come join us at The Butterfly's Other Ball - Featuring the best local artists, young and old! Tim Whitnell. Silence The Sirens. The Hooleys. The Rocking Rev. & The Cornerstones at Wivenhoe Congregational Church, 7pm until 11pm. FREE ENTRY, donations at your discretion. Bar and Refreshments, in aid of the Mayor's Charity.


April 2019 - Wivenhoe Town Council is delighted to welcome  Town Clerk Joanne Beighton-Emms who joined us at the beginning of April. Joanne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Council and we look forward to working with her. 



April 2019 - Community Parking in Woodland Way.

A group of residents are trying to resolve worsening parking issues in Woodland Way.  There was an attempt to resolve this with an application for a TRO in 2015.  However, it covered too large an area. The residents in Beech Avenue, Elm Grove and Parkwood Avenue were not directly affected and the application failed because of lack of support.  

Plans are taking place to canvas residents and make the application for a TRO. To be considered a TRO application requires 80% support from residents and the larger the area, the more difficult that is to achieve. In addition, the TRO application process also requires the support of local elected councillors.

Click here to view a recent video posted on YouTube.


23 March 2019 - William Oakley - Memorial Day.






March 2019 - William Oakley - Medal of Honour -  Memorial Preparations  

William Oakley died on the 22nd November 1918. Preparations have now been made to mark the anniversary at his graveside in Wivenhoe on Saturday 23rd March, 2019. To find out more about William Oakley, please visit Wivenhoe History Group




February 2019 - Essex Youth Offending Service are looking for projects in the Colchester and Tendring area. They are currently helping charities, churches and third sector agencies across Essex with jobs such as painting, serving teas and coffees,  helping at charity events. They are particularly interested in not for profit cafe's and sports related projects such as disability sports and sports in the community. If you have or know of any such project, please contact Karen Sinclair on 07921 912509. Alternatively you can email karen.sinclair@essex.gov.uk.



February 2019 - Essex Police -  Click here for the latest district infographics and engagement information from Essex police.



February 2019 - KGV Wild About Wivenhoe Report. Click here to find out more about the wildlife and management of King George V Playing Fields Wivenhoe. Wivenhoe Town Council is trialling a new approach to the management of sections of the King George V field and since 2018, a few areas of grassland have been left uncut until the summer to allow a range of grasses and wildflowers to bloom and create a better habitat for butterflies, bees and other insects. 

Contact http://www.wildaboutwiv.org/ or email: info@wildaboutwiv.org. 



January 2019 - Winter Resilience Roadshow -  Stay well this winter. Monday 11 February 2019, 10am to 12pm Wivenhoe Scout and Guide Hall, drop in for an informal chat and gain a wealth of useful information on keeping warm this winter, keeping well and keeping connected. www.community360.org.uk.



January 2019 - Essex Energy Switch - Essex residents have already saved over £3.5 million on their gas and electricity bills. Register for the Essex Energy Switch, for more details, visit www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch or call 0800 048 8116.  Deadline 12 February 2019.



January 2019 - The Great British Spring Clean 2019 -  Keep Britain Tidy are calling on Litter Heroes and schools across the country to help improve the environment on their doorsteps. To find out more, click here. March 2019 Update - We are pleased to report that at the recent Wivenhoe River Bank Clean Up on Sunday the 17 of March 2019, 50 willing volunteers took part and a skip full of rubbish was collected, however it was encouraging to see that this amounted to much less rubbish than collected by the team in previous years. Well done Wivenhoe and thank you.

A Colchester plastic pledge campaign has been initiated to encourage residents and businesses to use less single-use plastic. To find out more and sign up, click here. 


November 2018 - Wivenhoe Town Mayor, Cllr Bob Needham enjoyed a recent visit to Wivenhoe Bumps and Babies, to find out more, click here 


November 2018 

Wivenhoe Town Council would like to welcome Town Councillor, Cllr. Glyn Evans who was co-opted onto the Town Council recently.

We very much look forward to working with Cllr. Evans.


November 2018 - William Oakley - Medal of Honour -  Memorial Preparations  POSTPONED

William Oakley died on the 22nd November 1918 and preparations had been made to mark the anniversary at his graveside in Wivenhoe on Saturday 24th November 2018.

Notwithstanding these preparations, the chosen date conflicts with American Thanksgiving Day. This has made it almost impossible to generate an American presence at the memorial service.

In consequence and in the quest for a viable and honourable memorial, organisers are drawn to postpone the event. The organisers therefore apologise for the temporary disappointment caused by the delay and hope that you will be able to join them again in the Spring, when the event will be rescheduled.

Cllr. Bob Needham, Wivenhoe Town Mayor. 


Service of Remembrance - Sunday 11 November 2018 

Wivehoe Town Council, Churches Together and The Royal British Legion,  Wivenhoe are holding a service of remembrance at St Mary the Virgin Church, Wivenhoe on Sunday 11 November, 2018 at 2.30pm, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Town War Memorial.

The lighting of the Town Beacon (King George V playing field) is at 6.50pm as part of the Battle's Over - a Nations Tribute, 100 years of remembrance.


Tree felled in St Mary's Churchyard 

On Tuesday 2nd October 2018 it was necessary to fell a walnut tree in St Mary’s Churchyard. This was after the tree trunk split.

If the damage had have been minor it may have been possible to undertake some repair work around the wound and let the tree begin the process of wound repair. 

In this case the damage was judged irreparable and it was not possible to save the tree. The Town Council made arrangements for a local tree surgeon to fell the specimen.


Wivenhoe Wildlife Charter - Councillors agreed in June 2018 a Management Plan for St Mary's Churchyard. Details will be published as and when we determine them, to communicate what we are doing.

Wivenhoe Wildlife Charter and Wild About Wivenhoe Annual Report - Read more about how we are supporting the Wildlife here in Wivenhoe  


Clifton Terrace Drainage Issue- The investigation into the drainage problem at Clifton Terrace continues. The situation has been complicated by the need to engage with a local property owner. The Council is committed to resolving this matter at the earliest opportunity.

Felled tree in WTC car park

Following a recent survey of a tree in the Wivenhoe Town Council car park it was recommended that it be removed because it was diseased and posing a danger.


 Welcome to our Town Mayor, Cllr. Bob Needham.

Bob was appointed as Wivenhoe Town Mayor at the Annual Town Council Meeting on Monday 21st May, 2018.

Together with the Mayoress, Mrs Audrey Crosby, he says he is pleased to be Mayor of his home town and will relish the opportunity of serving the community. 

He is keen to promote the strengths of Wivenhoe and admires the strong heritage, artistic and community values that exist within the town.

Bob's theme for the year is 'synergy' and realises that folk working together can produce far more in unity than they could ever do as individuals alone.


October 2017

Wivenhoe Town Council would like to welcome Cllr. Sarah Hoy, who was co-opted onto the Town Council on 25th October following strong representations from 4 candidates.

We very much look forward to working with Cllr. Hoy.


6th July 2017 - Toni Stinson

The previous Town Clerk, retired on 6th July after serving the Town Council in various roles for 43 years.  

Toni's retirement reception at the William Loveless Hall was well attended by councillors past and present and messages from Bernard Jenkin and Adrian Pritchard amongst others thanking Toni for her service were read out.

Toni received an engraved clock and bouquet, presented by Wivenhoe Town Mayor Cllr. Mike Newton, with the thanks of Wivenhoe Town Council and plans to spend more time travelling.


We are delighted to welcome our three new Members, Sanchia Nash, Phil Booth and Chris Singleton to the Town Council. They bring a wealth of knowledge and endeavour to us and I am enormously pleased to be working with them. 

These are exciting times for the Council as we strive to improve both our services and our resilience in testing economic times for local councils.

I would also like to welcome our new Town Clerk Hazel Humphreys who joined Wivenhoe Town Council at the end of March having previously worked at Colchester Borough Council and in the financial sector. 

On behalf of councillors past and present I would like to thank Antoinette "Toni" Stinson who will be retiring from her role as Wivenhoe Town Clerk after 43 years of service on the 6th of July after a handover. 

There are not many people in Wivenhoe who can remember the town council without Toni, who has very much been part of the history of Wivenhoe Town Council since starting here in 1974. 

Cllr. Asa Aldis  (Wivenhoe Mayor 2016-2017) 


March 2017 - Wivenhoe Flies the Flag

Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative invited people to join together in a shared celebration to raise Commonwealth flags at 10am on 13 March. A personal message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation was be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the flag.

Mayor, Cllr. Asa Aldis along with Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Mike Newton, Cllrs. Bob Needham and Sanchia Nash and Rev. Justin Lunniss, Minister Wivenhoe Congregational Church, raised  the Commonwealth Flag. 



 Wivenhoe People's Pontoon - May 2016

Cllr. Ian Endean proudly cut the ribbon, accompanied by Bernard Jenkin, MP, Cllr. Neil Lodge and Cllr. Kevin Read.

The sun shone and it was a great day for Wivenhoe's community,  showing what a wonderful asset the River Colne is. 

A reception was held afterwards at the Wivenhoe Sailing Club to which all were invited. 

July 2019 - Pontoon update - the Pontoon allows free access to the river for members of the public but is subject to planning conditions, mainly that its opening hours are between 8am and 8pm. The Environment Agency may also require us to close it at other times, for example, when the flood barrier is operating.