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COMMUNITY INFORMATION 

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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. 

 

February 2019 Concert in aid of Town Mayors Fund - 'Den & Dave' at the William Loveless Hall, Saturday 23rd of February 2019 at 3pm. Tickets available from Wivenhoe Town Council. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

  

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.

 

September 2018 - Statement from Wivenhoe Town Council - Allotments - Annual Rent Increase 2019/2020 

For many years, Wivenhoe Town Council has provided allotments for rent by local residents. Over a period of several years, allotment rents have either not increased or nominal rent increases have been made. The result is that the income accrued by the Council falls some way short of expenditure incurred.

After reviewing various costs, the Council took a decision in September 2018 to move, over a phased period, towards a position where the income from its allotments covers the expenditure incurred. In the current situation, the Town Council subsidises its allotments and therefore, by definition allotment holders. This means effectively that residents of Wivenhoe who are not allotment holders subsidise allotment holders through their Council Tax. Town Councillors judge this situation as unfair and this is something that Councillors have resolved to address over the next few years on an incremental basis. 

The Council resolved to increase the allotment rents by 25% with effect on 1 October 2019. The Town Council notified allotment holders of this increase in September 2018 providing a full 12 months notice of the increase .

Since the announcement of the October 2019 rent increase Wivenhoe Allotment and Garden Association (WAGA) and a number of allotment holders have challenged the Town Council about the cost of providing the allotments service. In responding, the Council wishes to reassure those with concerns that it wants to be transparent and to clarify the situation. People do not always recognise that in addition to the time and work of the Estates Team, the Council provides significant administrative support and that that comes at a cost.

The Town Council wishes to acknowledge the considerable efforts of WAGA to assist in the overall provision of the allotment service. Without WAGA the Council's costs would be higher still. There is no doubt that both the Council and the allotment holders benefit from the work of WAGA and need it as part of the mix to help provide a quality allotments service.

It is conceded that the letter to allotment holders advising them of the 2019/20 increase did not provide an explanation or the reasoning behind the rent increase. For that Wivenhoe Town Council wishes to apologise. The Council plans now to form a Working Party to conduct a thorough review of its allotment service. This will include a consultation exercise. The Working Party report and any subsequent policy decisions will be shared with allotment holders.

Notwithstanding the proposed rent increase, the Council is fully convinced that the costs of an allotment remains superb value for money and the Town Council is very proud to provide this valuable community amenity. With regard to the rent increase, if any allotment holder is suffering genuine financial hardship, they should contact the Town Clerk.

I hope I have explained the Town Council rationale for the rent increase and clarified the Town Council's position.

Kevin Harkin, Office Manager 

 

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.

 

NEW COUNCILLORS
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.