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 19th 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.


2014 Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition 

Members were delighted to receive a Merit Award in the 2014 Competition and would like to thank all staff and members of the public who work hard to maintain our Village to a very high standard.  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.



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.



Culvert Works, Church Hill – The Parish Council have received notification from ECC Highways that the reconstruction of the Sesame Bridge has been cancelled due to the impact of the road closure on the local community.  It is the intention now that the bridge will be repaired and the work will last approximately one week, significantly reducing the impact to road users as only one lane will be closed at a time.  The repair will extend the lifetime of the bridge for another 50-100 years.  Dates for this work to be carried out are yet to be confirmed.


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

EARLY CHRISTMAS MARKET Saturday 1st November 2014 

Click here to download your 2014 Booking Form




helpers are needed for the morning to help in the running of what will be a poignant ceremony

Help is needed to look after people at the memorial, staff the two road closure sites and other small jobs.

Please give us one hour of your time.

61 children are needed from the Parish to help on the 9th November.  They will be needed for 30 minutes to plant crosses at the memorial as the names of the men are called.  The children will be supervised. 

Please contact Ian Sparks (Vice Chairman ECPC) on 01787 222949 or the Clerk on 01787 224370


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