Pictures of Earls Colne

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 Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meetings will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 17th December 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.



EARLS COLNE POST OFFICE - Proposed move to new premises and branch modernisation.

It is proposed to move the Post Office branch to a new location at Fork 'Andles, 15 High Street, Earls Colne. This change is part of a major modernisation and investment programme taking place across the Post Office network.

The Post Office is currently consulting on the proposed new location. There is a six week local public consultation which is available online at

Comments can also be sent to FREEPOST Your Comments (this is the full address to use and no further details are required.

The Public Consultation started on 21st October 2014 and ends on 2nd December 2014, with the proposed month of change January/February 2015



The Amenity Waste vehicle will be in the village on 21st June, 13th September and 29th November 2014

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

Car batteries, liquids (including paint), tyres, fridges and freezers will not be accepted. Please keep Earls Colne free from rubbish! Report any fly tipping directly to Braintree District Council on 01376 552525 or by phoning the Parish Clerk on 01787 224370 to arrange swift removal.


Village Carol Service

Village Carol Service

6.30pm on Tuesday 9th December

The village shops will be offering Christmas Cheer & Festive Fun for all the Family from 4.30 p.m. and the Village Carol Service will start at 6.30 p.m. with two carols in St. Andrew`s Church. This will be followed by a lantern lit procession along the High Street, led by the Colchester Salvation Army Band, to Earls Colne Baptist Church, where the remainder of the Service will take place in the Church. During the Service children from the Primary School will be singing and a collection will be taken for the work of the Salvation Army.

Following the Carol Service everyone is invited back to the Village Hall in York Road to enjoy free festive refreshments.  Please do come along and join us for these festive celebrations.


Save a Life - Give Blood

Village Hall, York Road, Earls Colne

Friday 12th December 2014

1345 to 1600 & 1700 to 1930

To book an appointment call 0300 1232323 or visit




Everyone is urged to do their bit to try and put an end to the revolting mess left behind on our streets and countryside footpaths by the few inconsiderate and uncaring dog owners who live within our community.

The Parish Council pay for the installation of dog bins that are placed all around the Village (12 in total) and provide free poo bags that can be obtained from the Council Chamber during normal office hours.

Adequately tied and sealed poo bags can also be placed carefully in ordinary refuse bins that can be found in the High Street and at other locations around the Village.

Please use these facilities and encourage all dog owners and dog walkers to do the same.


Culvert Works, Church Hill – The Parish Council have received the following notification from ECC Highways :

"Initially Essex Highways has decided to carryout the culvert lining works during the summer 2014 as it will be less disruptive to the traffic (school holidays) and convenient for the contractors due to low water flow in the stream. However, this proposal was delayed until now due to various approval process and we had to put on a hold to all the reinstatement works to the adjacent land & highway until we complete the lining works.

Please note that currently we do not have a specific starting date for the lining works. Therefore, Essex Highways has decided to carryout the following reinstatement works ASAP; 

  1. Divert the Gas main from the existing duct spanning through the Culvert. This will enable us to carryout the future lining works without any excavations.
  2. Resurface the Church Hill (A1124) near the culvert area.
  3. Remove the temporary orange safety barriers along Church Hill and replace them with new fence.
  4. Other fencing works to the school. 

We understand that things didn’t happen as planned and we really apologise for all the inconvenience caused. We are still aiming to complete the lining works in this financial year (If the weather permits) and will update you as soon as we have a confirmed starting date."

The Parish Council will endeavour to keep the parishioners informed of when the culvert works will take place.






Four Colnes Horticultural Society 

Annual Membership £2.50.  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 severaltimes 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 - Donna Goodchild 01787 223989

Secretary - Richard Curtis 01787 224609


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

Parish Emergency Plan

As part of the Parish Emergency Plan, the Parish Council is looking for volunteers who would be willing to assist in times of extreme weather, flooding, etc.

Do you have a 4x4? Tractor?

Do you have a generator/chain saw/earth moving equipment?

Could you lend a hand in a Rest Centre?

Are you a handyman/plumber who would be willing to help?

At this stage we would like to register your interest and be able to contact you should the need arise. Please send your contact details via the website or call the Parish Council Office on 01787 224370 or call in the office is open Monday to Thursday 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

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.

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


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