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.

Join us on Facebook!

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 14th May. All electors in the parish are invited to come along, hear about the work of the Parish Council, and raise matters of concern with councillors.

Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meetings will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 21st May 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.


Culvert Works, Church Hill – Works have commenced on Church Hill in preparation for the reconstruction of the Sesame Bridge.  The bridge works will start in June 2014 and the reconstructon work is expected to last for a period of 16 weeks.  Parishioners will have noted that a section of highway resurfacing has been left until the culvert works are complete.

Coggeshall Road - We've just heard that the 40mph speed limit that we have been requesting for years has finally been approved :

Effect of the order: To introduce a 40MPH speed limit on the length of B1024 Coggeshall Road, Earls Colne from the existing 40mph speed limit at a point approximately 91 metres north of its junction with Curds Road northwards for a distance of approximately 1050 metres to the existing 30mph speed limit. This length of road is currently de-restricted.
The Essex County Council (Earls Colne) (40mph Speed Limit) Order 2003 is hereby revoked, however the provisions contained in it remain in force by virtue of the new order.
Date of operation: The Order will come into operation on 31 March 2014.

Persistence pays off!


The Amenity Waste vehicle will be in the village on 1st March, 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.

Superfast Broadband


Essex County Council are implementing a £24.6 million plan to roll out superfast broadband to the whole of Essex. 

Villages are being targeted for this roll out based on the number of responses to the SuperFast Essex campaign.

Earls Colne Parish Council would like to urge all Earls Colne residents to register their interest. The more registrations we get, the sooner we will be able to get a faster and more reliable broadband service. 

Please register your interest at either (or both) of these sites : 

Braintree District Council Registration

Essex County Council Registration

or by calling 01376 552525.

Please encourage your family and friends to do so too, even if they don’t currently have broadband.

You can find out more about the programme here : 

Braintree District Council : Help bring Superfast Broadband to your area

Essex County Council : SuperFast Essex

Broadband Delivery UK



Is one of the men named on the Earls Colne War Memorial related to your family???

Ian Sparks

Earls Colne Parish Council are trying to find relatives of the men named on the memorial in order to gather information on the men and their families.

We are trying to find addresses, names of parents, wives, and children, and most of all photographs.

When we have all the information it will be displayed at an exhibition in November 2014 to commemorate the Centenary of the start of WW1.

We will also publish a Memorial Book with all the information on our men for all to view in the future, so that their sacrifice is not lost in time.

If you can help with any information, no matter how much or how little, it may help us to piece together the lives of these brave men.

Please contact Ian Sparks (Vice Chairman ECPC) on 01787 222949 or


War Memorial

Earls Colne Parish Council is delighted to announce that funding of £6,000 has been agreed by the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair our War Memorial. 

This funding will also be used to hold an Exhibition to commemorate World War I and the lives of those Earls Colne men who gave their lives during that War. 

Further details will be available nearer the time.

Please contact the Parish Clerk or Ian Sparks on 01787 222949


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

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 Millennium Green

Click here to view the leaflet

Click here for Winter 2012 Newsletter

Click here for Spring 2013 Newsletter

Click here for Summer 2013 Newsletter

Click here for Winter 2013 Newsletter


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