All parish & town councils in Braintree, Uttlesford and Colchester districts

Good morning,

Gt Notley Parish Council is kindly hosting a virtual completion event for its residents.

The council has kindly offered to welcome any resident of Braintree, Uttlesford or Colchester to this meeting.

I would be very grateful if you could publicise this event through your channels (website, enewsletter, engagement groups, outreach etc) so that anyone who needs support can join the event.

Please feel free to share this invitation with any of your local networks (Royal British Legion, WI, U3A, food banks, church groups etc).

Details of the event are as follows:

Census 2021 information event

A virtual event for you to learn more about the census, get help with the questionnaire and have your questions answered.

Wednesday 24th March 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 883 7379 0282

Passcode: 978521

Valerie Newell

Census Engagement Manager, North Essex
Office for National Statistics
+44 (0)7452 939018
Follow me on Twitter: #CensusNorthEssx

Keep in touch:

Register for email updates about Census 2021 and/or other areas of ONS

Access census information for community partners and local authorities

Follow @Census2021 on Twitter and Facebook

Planning Permission for Phone Mast

Many of you will have heard that the planning permission for the mast at Oak farm, has been rejected by Braintree District Council. This decision is very welcomed by the Parish Council, but unfortunately this is not the end of this matter.

The Parish Council has been in contact with the telecoms company to discuss their next steps and they confirm that at present they are still evaluating the refusal; however, either an appeal or a new application for a different site are both equally likely.

In order to prepare for either eventuality, the Parish Council need to put forward an alternative site (or sites) for the phone mast. We understand that the perfect site does not exist, but would like to find a location that has a minimal effect on the village.

To help with this, the Parish Council would like to kindly ask any resident who might have a suitable site to come forward; we will then collate a list of options for the telecoms company. If we do not find a suitable alternative site an alternative will be forced upon us in a location that will more than likely not be suitable.

If you feel that you might have a suitable site please contact one of the Parish Councillors or the Parish Council at pebmarshparishclerk@gmail.com (contact details and names of councillors can be found the contact page of our website on or on the Parish Council notice board).


There is a fraud email circulating and using the names of email contacts.

An email comes from what appears to be a contact of yours saying “are you free right now?”

you respond and get this reply…

“I am in a conference meeting right now as I would be working
till late midnight but need you to get me some gift cards.Could you
pick a few iTunes gift cards for me, i tried purchasing online but no
luck. When I’m done with the meeting I will reimburse you.

Kind Regards,
*your contact name here*

I have just received this email and I knew straight away this was a scam as I have seen it before – I am not sure how it works but I checked the email that it came from and it wasn’t even my contact’s email, It was executivecommittees171@gmail.com
Please ignore any emails asking for vouchers – I know people who have been unfortunately not realised it was fake and therefore lost a lot of money with this scam.

Coronavirus Update 28th May 2020

stay alert

Yesterday the Health & Social Care Secretary announced that the NHS Test and Trace service will launch today (Thursday 28th May).

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

Full details are available here.

Latest information and guidance

BDC Re-Opening of Town Centres

Re-opening of our town centres

Earlier this week the Prime Minister set out a timeline for retail to reopen in June. Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.

All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.

We are currently working on safety measures to support our town centres for both businesses and shoppers and will share these details with you once they are finalised.

BDC Heroes Campaign

Our heroes campaign


Since we launched our heroes campaign, it’s received a great response on our social media channels by highlight individuals and groups across our district doing amazing things for others during the coronavirus outbreak.

Since we launched on 20th April to 4th May 2020, we shared over 40 individual stories, resulting in 24,000 engagements and have been seen by over 279,420 people across our channels.

We are still keen to highlight those doing fantastic things, so if you know of anyone, please do get in touch with us by: