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Richard and volunteers

Richard Moulson (centre) and some volunteers coppicing blackthorn on Ferry Marsh.

Talk about the Colne Local Nature reserve - Friday 2nd May

Do you enjoy walking in the Colne Local Nature Reserve (Wivenhoe woods, Ferry Marsh and Lower Lodge Farm)? Have you ever wondered why some areas are coppiced, how the paths, boarded walks and open areas are maintained, why there are piles of logs covered with earth left around? Come along to the Nottage and find out about the history of the reserve and how it is managed for the benefit of wildlife. Richard Moulson will talk about his work as a Colchester Borough Council Ranger, and the volunteers working throughout the year to make it all happen. Friday 2nd May, 7.30 at the Nottage. Members £1, non-members £2. Tickets from Jeannie or Pat 825622

Wivenhoe Open Gardens 17th and 18th May 2014.

Have you thought about opening your garden this year? If you are interested and would like to chat about the possibility, ring Pat Smith on 01206825622 or email

Current consultations
There are two current surveys of possible interest to Wivenhoe Residents. One is on recycling centres. The County would like to reduce the number of centres to save money. We have already lost the centre at St Osyth. It would be sad to lose the one at Jaywick too. The relevant website is Or try googling Survey of Essex County Council's Recycling Centre Service

The other consultation is on the total number of councillors there should be for Colchester . The Local Government Boundary Commission is suggesting a reduction from 60 to 51. A further consultation on ward boundaries will follow. Wivenhoe currently has 2 borough councillors for Wivenhoe Cross and two for Wivenhoe Quay. Separating decisions on ward boundaries from deciding the total number of councillors seems an odd way of proceeding as ward boundaries, where possible, should take account of what areas form identifiable communities.
The web address is
Local views are sought on the number of councillors for Colchester

No closing date is given for the recycling survey. The closing date for the councillor consultation is April 14
posted 25/3/14

The Wivenhoe Society
St Mary’s Church fabric a Discussion Document.
The Parochial Church Council has commissioned a quinquennial inspection report.
The weighty document contains 40 pages of comment and advice. The most severe problem facing the PCC is the prospect of replacing the church roof. This item is in hand and the PCC is looking at ways of securing funding through a variety of sources. One of these will be through public donations.
Amongst the recommendations are repairs that could be carried out by volunteers. Examples of these are:

• Treat Cupola weather boarding and columns with preservative
• Redecorate metal components to Cupola bell
• Remove rusted dowel from South chancel side window

The PCC would like to invite support from the general community in its search for volunteers to help with this level of maintenance work.
I regard this as an ideal opportunity for Wivenhoe Society to engage with the community with a level of practical support.

PS I am more than happy to start off the list by offering my help.

Robert Needham. Chair, The Wivenhoe Society.

If any members would like to join a register of volunteer workers for St Marys Church, please contact Robert or e-mail

Last year

On Sunday 13th October 2013 the Wivenhoe Society organised the Autumn Riverbank Clean-up. Despite atrocious weather, pouring rain and high winds to begin with, 40 people, including cubs and beavers, braved the elements and met up at the railway station car park at 10am and proceeded to collect rubbish bags and trundle along the trail to start the clean-up.
The filled bags were deposited along the pathway and a council workman came along with a truck and collected the bags and tipped them into the skip, kindly provided by Eastern Waste Disposal from Brightlingsea. We are grateful to the volunteers, Wivenhoe council and of course EWD.

150th Anniversary of the Railway coming to Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe Mayor Penny Kraft with Victorian friends


Photo by Jeannie

The Wivenhoe Society’s contribution to the 150th Anniversary of the Railway coming to Wivenhoe, was held on Monday 6th May. The weather could not have been better. Our grateful thanks to Chelsea Coyle at the ‘Station’ public house for allowing the event to be held in the car park and for sponsoring the Morris Men. After an opportunity for photos on the ticket hall steps, and the unveiling of a plaque, Mayor Penny Kraft, ex-Mayor Bob Needham and Audrey judged the children in Victorian costume and awarded prizes. Prizes were also awarded to the winners of the poetry and art competitions. Our thanks to the judges. Thanks to the Victorian ladies from Dovercourt and to Penny for arranging their visit. The many visitors were able to enjoy Punch and Judy, the Colchester Morris Men, candy floss and cakes, and have an opportunity to have their faces painted. There were railway themed puzzles and games. There were prizes for catching ducks and for the winning tickets at the tombola. Many thanks to Joan Sawyer for organising the event, and to all the helpers who contributed to its success. Thanks to the Wivenhoe Quilters for their wonderful wall hanging which is on display in the library. Thanks to the Co-op and to Peter Kerr’s quiz night for sponsoring prizes.

Railway Anniversary Wall Hanging


On behalf of the Wivenhoe Quay Quilters, Peter Hill presented a Wall Hanging to Wivenhoe Society President Tom Roberts and Vice-Chairman Pat Smith that they had made to commemorate the arrival of the railway to Wivenhoe 150 years ago. Joan Sawyer is co-ordinating the Society's celebration events at the Station on Monday 6th May and it was Joan who had initially approached Quay Quilters about the idea of a small banner. Quay Quilters came up trumps with this magnificent piece of work that had been designed by Anne Wellington and made by Jane Brooks, Janice Alston and Janet Bateman. The wall hanging is now on display in the library.


At the 2013 Annual General Meeting of The Wivenhoe Society, concern was expressed over potholes in the roads. Members commented on the increasing number of potholes and the fact that they are deteriorating daily. On Wednesday 4th April, in winter-like conditions, new Chairman Christopher Thompson and new committee member Peter Hill toured Wivenhoe identifying, measuring and photographing the potholes of Wivenhoe. The completed Survey has been submitted to Essex County Council Highways Department with a request for urgent action.

Click here for Pothole Survey

Edward Lyon - Obituary - see News

Wivenhoe Quay 26 November 2009

Wivenhoe Quay 26 Nov 2009

Roman River & Colne at High Tide


Roman River at High Tide