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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. 




26 August 2019 - Metal Monday. 



25 August 2019 - Wivenhoe Sale Trail. 





 AndyDavy flickr.com


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.