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Welcome to the Earls Colne Parish Council website


For those new to the Village...

Earls Colne is a large village near the Essex/Suffolk borders. It is located on the A1124 four miles east of Halstead, map of Earls Colne. The village is a thriving community with a variety of shops, a library, three places of worship, large village hall, recreation centre and scout hut. There are pubs and restaurants and a good mix of businesses both within the main village and up on the airfield business park.

Earls Colne was first mentioned in the Domesday Book, however there is archaeological evidence of previous Stone Age and Roman occupation. The area has remained inhabited continually and has grown into the largest of the four 'Colne' villages.

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Parish Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer 

A vacancy has arisen for a Clerk / RFO to serve this highly active Parish Council with effect from 8th January 2018.  The responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Preparing agendas and servicing Parish Council meetings
  • Staffing the Parish Council Office four days a week
  • Advising councillors on matters relating to Council business
  • Preparing and receiving correspondence on behalf of the Council
  • Handling questions and queries from members of the public
  • Supervising staff
  • Financial management
  • Administering Village Hall bookings

Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate: 

  • They hold the CiLCA qualification or equivalent, or be prepared to undertake training to this level
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills
  • Experience of local government (or similar) environment
  • Administrative and financial management experience
  • A sound understanding of the needs and issues of the locality
  • The ability to take responsibility for management of the Council`s financial affairs

The role is for 25 hours a week and will be based in the Parish Council Office in the Village Hall. Salary will be based on the National Scale according to experience.

 A Job Description and Application Form can be downloaded using these links :

 Job Description     Application Form


A Job Description and Application Form can also be obtained from :

The Parish Clerk, Village Hall, York Road, Earls Colne, Essex CO6 2RN

Telephone: 01787 224370



Closing date for applications:   6th November 2017 


Notice of Casual Vacancy

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a vacancy has occurred in the office of Parish Councillor for Earls Colne Parish Council.

Further information from: Mrs V Holmes Clerk to Earls Colne Parish Council Clerks Office Council Office, Village Hall York Road, Earls Colne Colchester, Essex CO6 2RN


Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 15th November in the Council Chamber in the Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting and may address the Council during the 15 minute public session.

Minutes of previous meetings are published on this website.

2017 Essex Village of the Year  

Members are pleased to announce that Earls Colne were awarded 2nd Prize in the Rural Community Council of Essex Village of the Year Competition and Winners of Class 2 (population prize).  The Parish Council  would like to thank all staff and members of the community who contributed towards this award.

Please contact the Clerk if you have any queries relating to the upkeep of the village in writing or by telephone 01787 224370 or email who will do her best to forward these concerns on to the appropriate authorities.



Notice of Conclusion of Audit - Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2017

Please read the notice here.



The Amenity Waste vehicle will be in the village on the following dates:   25th November 2017

De Vere Road 9 a.m. - 10.00 a.m.

Village Hall, York Road 10.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.

Tey Road Close 11.00 a.m. - 12 noon



*  3 collection points only

* Items for disposal must be taken in person to collection points

Users must remain with and be available to assist with loading items into refuse vehicle

* Items left unattended at the roadside might result in them being treated at 'Fly Tipping' and may result in fines being imposed

* The following items ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  Car Batteries, Liquids (including paint), Tyres, Fridges and Freezers.

* Items for disposal whcih cannot be taken to the Collection points must be processed by prior arrangement for collection by Braintree District Council or taken to one of the County Council's Recycling Centres

Please report any fly tipping directly to Braintree District Council on 01376 552525 or by clicking here.   You can also call the Parish Clerk on 01787 224370 or to arrange swift removal.

Save a Life - Give Blood

Village Hall, York Road, Earls Colne

 24th November 2017

1:45pm to 4:00pm & 5:00pm to 7:30pm

To book an appointment call 0300 1232323 or visit

Give Blood

SPEEDWATCH CAMPAIGN - call for volunteers

Road Rage

Following requests from parishioners, the Parish Council would like start up a Speedwatch Campaign in Earls Colne. To enable this we need some volunteers.


If you would be interested in participating and have an hour or more to spare once a week, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01787 224370 or by email at




Essex Dial and Ride Transport (DaRT)

Essex DaRT

DaRT is formed of a number of minibus vehicles, typically accommodating between 8 and 16 passengers. These minibuses operate a range of bus services serving rural communities where conventional buses are not viable operations. They differ from normal bus services, in that they are totally flexible and can divert on and off route to collect and drop off passengers within their operating area. DaRT works by grouping bookings together to make it viable. It is not a taxi service, as there must be sufficient volume of passengers with similar itineraries.

Most DaRT work is former bus routes and group bookings, but unlike a large bus, DaRT only needs three or four passengers to make a group booking. When not operating a timetabled bus route or group booking, vehicles may be available for individual runs where no alternative transport is available. DaRT operates between 0600 and 2000 Mondays to Saturdays inclusive.

Unlike a conventional bus, you need to book your seat, and register as a customer, at least two hours in advance of travel. Bookings can be made up to three months in advance of travel. If you travel regularly, you do not need to book every single time you travel, as you can make a regular booking which lasts for three months.

For more information call Essex DaRT on 01621 874411 or click here to visit the Essex DaRT website.


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Parish Safety Volunteers PosterParish Safety Volunteers

Essex Police and the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service have launched a scheme to help make people safer in their homes.

Volunteers will carry out regular visits in their own communities and deliver crime prevention and fire safety advice, fitting of free smoke alarms and letting people know where to get the best health and wellbeing guidance.

All volunteers undergo training by both police and fire service officers so they have the knowledge they need to deliver messages on behalf of both organisations.


Community Emergency Plan 2016

The Parish Emergency Plan has been updated and lodged with Braintree District Council.

The link below gives details of the role of the Parish Council and Councillors in the event of an Emergency


Halstead Area Crime Prevention Panel

Please be aware of the following:

Internet Fraud

Beware of emails sent you by fraudsters to try and access your personal and bank details. There will be an attachment or link on the email which you will be asked to click to help solve the alleged problem.  DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS OR CLICK ON ANY LINKS!!  No bank will ask for your details over the internet. Just delete these emails.

Phone Fraud

Fraudsters are trying the same tricks as above to get you to divulge your personal details over the phone. Again, banks and other firms WILL NOT ask for details in this way. Just HANG UP!!


Personal Calling

A Police Officer will call and state that they are investigating a crime on your bank account or credit card and will ultimately ask for your details or for your card as above.





Annual Membership £3.00. 

The Society stages the Four Colnes Show which takes place annually in August and an Early Christmas market at the beginning of November. 

Evening talks/demonstrations take place several times per year and a schedule of coach trips is organised annually. Recent visits include the gardens of East Ruston Old Vicarage, the Cutty Sark + Houses of Parliament and the Brogdale Cherry Festival.

For more information contact:

Chair – Peter Grimshaw 01787 222456

Secretary - Sarah Adlem 01787 223521

Earls Colne Heritage Museum 

Earls Colne Heritage Museum
The Old Water Tower,
Reuben Walk,
Earls Colne,

Opening hours:

Wednesday 2pm - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 2pm - 4pm
Bank Holidays 2pm - 4pm

Admission is free.

Earls Colne Heritage Museum

Earls Colne Library Opening Times

Tel: 01787 223565 Library opening times:

Tuesday 1.00 - 5.00

Thursday 9.00 - 1.00

Friday 1.00 - 5.00

Saturday 9.00 - 1.00

Heart and Sole Health Walks Scheme

Earls Colne walks take place every Thursday starting in front of the Co-op at 10 a.m. The circular walks last approximately 30 – 40 minutes and are led by an experienced leader.
Regular 30 minute walks can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, aid weight loss, de-stress and relax, improve stamina and strengthen bones. There will be coffee afterwards.
To find out more information contact Dan Bates on 01376 550507 or e-mail

See also info on walks with Colnes Footpaths Association under Groups and Activities section of website

Map of Earls Colne

A new large scale map of Earls Colne has been created showing footpaths,suggested walks and historical facts about the village.
The map costs £1 and is available from the Parish Office and Earls Colne Library.

A Google streetmap of the village is available here.


Earls Colne Parish Council : Village Hall : York Road : Earls Colne : Colchester : Essex : CO6 2RN
: Tel. 01787 224 370