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  • 09/Mar/2017

    Essex Village of the Year - Deadline Fast Approaching!

    The Essex Village of the Year competition, organised by RCCE, is open to applications and the deadline of Friday 7th April is fast approaching. The competition, sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water and Inkpen Downie Architects, is an annual quest to showcase the very best of rural Essex today.

  • 10/Feb/2017

    Essex Village of the Year 2017

    Welcome to the 2017 Essex Village of the Year Competition.

    Sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water, Inkpen Downie and supported by Essex Life
    Essex Village of the Year 2017
  • 10/Jan/2017

    Finance Essentials Training Event

    Treasurers and Trustees of village halls and community buildings are invited to attend an essential finance training event on Saturday 4th February 2017.
    Finance Essentials Training Event
  • 10/Jan/2017

    Superfast Essex Community WiFi Scheme

    A new Community WiFi Scheme enabling village halls, community centres and other community hubs to connect to superfast broadband was launched recently at the RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference.
    Superfast Essex Community WiFi Scheme
  • 23/Dec/2016

    Happy Christmas from all at RCCE

    Wishing all our partners and supporters a very Happy Christmas. Our office is closed from midday 23rd December 2016 until 9am 3rd January 2017.
    Happy Christmas from all at RCCE
  • 22/Dec/2016

    Essex County Council gives £1.2million to community projects

    The latest round of the ECC Community Initiatives Fund has seen £1.2million being handed to communities across Essex for locally needed projects.
    Essex County Council gives £1.2million to community projects
  • 15/Nov/2016

    A new affordable Rural Housing Scheme From Hastoe Housing Association in Messing

    New Affordable Housing Opens in Messing

    A new affordable housing scheme was officially opened recently in Messing.

    It was a lovely autumnal day when the Rt Hon. Priti Patel officially opended Hastoe Housing Association's latest affordable rural housing scheme in Messing on the 11th November.

    A new affordable Rural Housing Scheme From Hastoe Housing Association in Messing
  • 03/Nov/2016

    Priti Patel MP's visit to RCCE

    Priti Patel MP visits RCCE's offices at Feering to hear about the projects currently underway.
    Priti Patel MP's visit to RCCE
  • 02/Nov/2016

    Winter 2016 Neighbourhood Planning Coffee Mornings

    RCCE is holding two coffee mornings, in different parts of the county, to encourage all parishes that are considering undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan or those already in progress with a Plan to come along and talk about the process.

    Wednesday 16th November 2016, 10am to 12 noon, at Felsted Memorial Hall, Braintree Road, Felsted, CM6 3DS.

     

    Friday 16th December 2016, 10am to 12 noon, at Langford and Ulting Village Hall, Maldon Road, Langford CM9 4SS.

  • 12/Oct/2016

    Smart Meters GB


    Smart Energy GB

    Did you know that even though you are off mains gas you can get a smart meter for your electricity supply?

    Smart meters and the rollout

    We are working with our partners in the ACRE Network and Smart Energy GB to raise awareness of the smart meter rollout. We’re promoting smart meters to off mains gas residents in Essex .

  • 12/Oct/2016

    Calcott Hall Farm Cafe Launch

    On 11th October the Calcott Hall Farm Cafe was officially opened by Cllr Noelle Hones, Mayor of Brentwood and Nick Charrington, Chairman of Rural Community Council of Essex.

    The project was completed thanks to a grant of £86,000 from the LEADER programme which is managed by a small team at RCCE.
    Calcott Hall Farm Cafe Launch
  • 12/Oct/2016

    Essex Rural Partnership celebrating 'Respecting our past, Embracing our future'

    Following our Rural Strategy Launch this year the ERP were joined by Cllr John Jowers, our Chairman Simon Walsh and Vice Chairman Canon John Brown for the planting of our pledge tree.
    Essex Rural Partnership celebrating 'Respecting our past, Embracing our future'
  • 02/Sep/2016

    Queens Award for Voluntary Service

    Nominate a voluntary group working for their community. Nominations to the Queens Award for Voluntary Service close on 16th September
    Queens Award for Voluntary Service
  • 25/Aug/2016

    RCCE 2016 Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference

    RCCE is holding its annual Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference on Saturday 15th October 2016 at The Silver Jubilee Hall, Takeley.



    RCCE 2016 Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference
  • 02/Aug/2016

    Affordable Housing at Hatfield Heath (Hastoe Homes) – Shortlisted for National Awards

    An affordable housing scheme in Essex has been shortlisted for two national awards.

    Hastoe Homes affordable housing development at Moat Field, Hatfield Heath has been shortlisted for two national awards.

    Affordable Housing at Hatfield Heath (Hastoe Homes) – Shortlisted for National Awards
  • 02/Aug/2016

    Over 80 partners come together to launch a new Essex Rural Strategy

    Over 80 partners gathered at Chelmsford City Racecourse on 28th July, to launch 'Respecting our Past, Embracing our Future: A Strategy for Rural Essex'.

    Over 80 partners come together to launch a new Essex Rural Strategy
  • 21/Jul/2016

    Essex Life Community Magazines Awards

     

    Celebration Time for Community Magazines

    AMBO, the village magazine for Radwinter, Hempstead & The Sampfords from Uttlesford District has just carried off the major prize in the latest Essex Life Community Magazine Awards.

    Essex Life Community Magazines Awards
  • 07/Jul/2016

    RCCE AGM 2016

    At the RCCE AGM last evening (6/7/16) the Essex Village of the Year was announced as Toppesfield and Gainsford End.
    RCCE AGM 2016
  • 05/Apr/2016

    RCCE - Essex Village of the Year Competition 2016 is Now Open for Entries

    In villages of all sizes throughout Essex, local people are doing great things to strengthen their communities. The purpose of our competition is to celebrate and reward such efforts.

    We have made some changes to the application format, with the aim of giving it a fresher image, a clearer purpose and, very importantly, making it easier to enter by reducing the paperwork! Making it even easier for Essex villages to enter

































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































    RCCE - Essex Village of the Year Competition 2016 is Now Open for Entries
  • 04/Apr/2016

    RCCE Best Kept Churchyard Competition 2016

    RCCE Best Kept Churchyard Competition 2016. 

    This annual competition is jointly sponsored by Lodge and Sons Ltd and Essex Biodiversity Project, and seeks to find and acknowledge those churchyards which are well-managed and find a balance between functionality, tranquility and being a wildlife haven.
    RCCE Best Kept Churchyard Competition 2016
  • 23/Mar/2016

    First Grant made by Essex Rivers LEADER Group

    Essex Rivers LEADER fund gives their first grant of £86,104 to the Calcott Hall Farm Cafe project in Brentwood. The project is to rebuild and extend an unused barn so that it can be used as a cafe alongside the existing farm shop.
    First Grant made by Essex Rivers LEADER Group
  • 02/Mar/2016

    Essex Life Community Magazine Awards 2015

    Take part in the Essex Life Community Magazine Awards

     Essex Life, Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE), Newport News and the Diocese of Chelmsford are staging a competition to find the best community magazine in the county. 


    Essex Life Community Magazine Awards 2015
  • 26/Feb/2016

    Essex Rural Fund Spring Walk

    We are planning another in our series of enjoyable spring walks in aid of the Essex Rural Fund on 2nd April 2016 and would be very pleased if you were able to join us.  Experience has shown that these walks are usually accompanied by spring sunshine and good company: both enjoyed in attractive countryside with a few interesting features.  This year’s will be no exception.

    Essex Rural Fund Spring Walk
  • 06/Jan/2016

    Do you fancy a new challenge?

    Community Agents Essex is looking to recruit 2 new agents to support older people to live independently.
    For more information click here
    Do you fancy a new challenge?
  • 06/Jan/2016

    Do you need oil?

    Don’t be caught out by the current mild weather. Oil prices are at the lowest they have been for 9 years. Even better RCCE Oil Buying Scheme members generally save over 4p per litre compared to average oil prices.

    On the 13th January 2016 our members paid 25.46p per litre including VAT. The next bulk purchase will be on 22nd January 2016

    For more details click here.

    Do you need oil?
  • 11/Dec/2015

    Essex Energy Switch

    Nearly £1million has collectively been saved by Essex residents from the past two switches.Rather than switching energy providers as an individual customer, Essex County Council (ECC) are offering the service to work together and save money.
     
    If you haven’t switched for a few years you are likely to see the biggest savings, but even those who switch regularly can benefit.
     
    ECC have stated that those who took part in the last Essex Energy Switch saved an average of more than £200 and many residents saved even more. 
    Essex Energy Switch
  • 19/Nov/2015

    Community Agents scoop top award

    Community Agents – the county-wide project supporting older people to continue living independently – may only be a year old, but it has scooped a top award for partnership working.

    Community Agents scoop top award
  • 09/Nov/2015

    The Great British Bake Off - Bakers Needed!

    The Great British Bake Off production team has contacted us as they are looking for contestants for the next round of this extremely popular BBC1 show.
    The Great British Bake Off - Bakers Needed!
  • 13/Oct/2015

    Rural Strategy For Essex

    Tell us what to think and help to shape the new RURAL STRATEGY FOR ESSEX - Please spread the word!
      Rural Strategy For Essex
  • 28/Sep/2015

    Share your views on the Essex Rural Strategy

    Share your views on the Essex Rural Strategy

    Residents will get the chance to share their views on the Essex Rural Strategy when the public consultation goes live today.
    Share your views on the Essex Rural Strategy
  • 10/Sep/2015

    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference 2015

    RCCE would like to invite you to attend the Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference on SATURDAY 10th OCTOBER from 9.30am to 3pm at Galleywood Heritage Centre, Chelmsford.
    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference 2015
  • 04/Aug/2015

    Forestry Commission offering Rural Development Programme workshops

    The Forestry Commission in the East of England and East Midlands is promoting free support to forestry businesses thinking of applying for grants within the new Rural Development Programme, which includes LEADER.

    Forestry Commission offering Rural Development Programme workshops
  • 27/Jul/2015

    Abberton Rural Training - First Year Achievements

    Abberton Rural Training has celebrated its first year of trading with some amazing achievements.
    Abberton Rural Training - First Year Achievements
  • 27/Jul/2015

    Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition

    Celebration for Essex Villages as the Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition winners are announced at the RCCE AGM.
    Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition
  • 09/Jul/2015

    Winners of Essex Village of the Year/Best Kept Village Competition 2015 announced

    Results of Essex Village of the Year/Best Kept Village Competition 2015.
    Winners of Essex Village of the Year/Best Kept Village Competition 2015 announced
  • 23/Oct/2015

    Neighbourhood Planning Coffee Morning

    Networking Event for communities in progress with a Neighbourhood Plan.  Saturday 14th November, 10am to 12 noon at RCCE offices
    Neighbourhood Planning Coffee Morning
  • 12/Jun/2015

    Essex Life Community Magazine Awards 2015

    Essex Life Community Magazines Awards was Held at Greyfriars Hotel in Colchester on the 11th June 2015
    Essex Life Community Magazine Awards 2015
  • 27/Mar/2015

    Essex Rivers LAG receives £1.8m funding

    Essex Rivers Local Action Group (LAG) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded £1.8million of EU funding to support small businesses in rural Essex.  
    Essex Rivers LAG receives £1.8m funding
  • 25/Mar/2015

    Essex Village of the Year & Best Kept Village Competition – Still Time to Enter!

     Villages across Essex still have time to enter RCCE’s 2015 Essex Village of the Year & Best Kept Village Competition. The deadline for entries is Friday 10th April and the prizes on offer include £500 for the Essex Village of the Year, provided by sponsors, Essex & Suffolk Water.

      Essex Village of the Year & Best Kept Village Competition – Still Time to Enter!
  • 02/Mar/2015

    IVY CHIMNEYS WINS PACKED LUNCH PLOT COMPETITION

    Edible Essex is delighted to announce that a pupil from Ivy Chimney’s Primary School in Epping has won first prize in this year’s Packed Lunch Plot Competition. 

    IVY CHIMNEYS WINS PACKED LUNCH PLOT COMPETITION
  • 26/Feb/2015

    EDIBLE ESSEX ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF USE THE PLOT COMPETITION

    Edible Essex is pleased to announce that the Ramsey Academy in Halstead has won first prize in its ‘Use the Plot’ competition 

    EDIBLE ESSEX ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF USE THE PLOT COMPETITION
  • 24/Feb/2015

    RCCE Seeks 2 New Staff To Help Deliver Exciting New Programme

    RCCE is recruiting two new members of staff to help deliver an exciting new programme. 
  • 06/Feb/2015

    2015 Essex Village of the Year & Best Kept Village Competition

    Welcome to the 2015 Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition.

    Sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water and Worldbridge Ltd, and supported by Essex Life.

  • 26/Jan/2015

    Defra confirms ACRE Network funding

     

    Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has confirmed that it will maintain its £2.3m investment in the ACRE Network for 2015/16.

    Nick Shuttleworth, Executive Director of Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) said:

    “This is good news for our organisation and the nationwide ACRE Network of Rural Community Councils. We would like to thank everyone who showed their support for rural communities and the work we do.”

  • 20/Jan/2015

    Job Opportunity

    Braintree Advice Services Partnership is looking to recruit an Enquiries Officer. For more information click here

    Job Opportunity
  • 19/Jan/2015

    Essex Life Community Magazine Awards

    Essex Life, Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE), Newport News and the Diocese of Chelmsford are staging a competition to find the best community magazine in the county.
    Essex Life Community Magazine Awards
  • 08/Jan/2015

    Your RCC needs YOU! Please add your signature to show your support.

    Defra is currently reviewing it's funding support for Rural Community Councils.  Please support us by signing an e-petition, in support of funding for rural communities.
    Your RCC needs YOU!  Please add your signature to show your support.
  • 02/Jan/2015

    Community Led Planning Spring Coffee Morning

    Active Communities Event on Thursday 26 February, 10am to 12noon, at Manuden Village Community Centre.  FREE event - all welcome 
    Community Led Planning Spring Coffee Morning
  • 19/Dec/2014

    Prince Charles visits affordable housing

    The red carpet was out at the West Hanningfield affordable housing scheme, Pandan Close, for a very important visitor when HRH the Prince of Wales visited the development on Tuesday 16 December.

    The involvement of RCCE goes back to 2005 when a housing needs survey was carried out by the Rural Housing Enabler to identify the number, size and tenure of homes required. Essex & Suffolk Water who owned the land worked with Hastoe Housing Association to bring the scheme forward and provide the much needed homes.
    Prince Charles visits affordable housing
  • 09/Dec/2014

    Village Halls & Community Buildings Committee Training events

    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Service is offering 3 training events in Spring 2015.
  • 09/Dec/2014

    RCCE Launches Village Hall Accounts Service

    RCCE launched a new Accounts service for Village Hall and Community Building management committees at the recent Village Hall Conference.
  • 29/Sep/2014

    Edible Essex Launches Schools Competitions

    Edible Essex is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new competition for secondary schools in Essex.

    The USE THE PLOT competition follows the incredible success of the Packed Lunch Plot competition, which is also running again this year.
    Edible Essex Launches Schools Competitions
  • 15/Sep/2014

    Community Engagement Officer Job Opportunity at RCCE

    RCCE (Rural Community Council of Essex) is an independent charity helping people and communities throughout rural Essex to build a sustainable future. We are currently looking to recruit a part-time Community Engagement Officer on a fixed-term contract.

    Community Engagement Officer

    Fixed term - 1 year contract

    Salary – £20,000 per annum, pro rata

    Hours – 18 per week

  • 15/Sep/2014

    Community Engagement Officer Job Opportunity at RCCE

    RCCE (Rural Community Council of Essex) is an independent charity helping people and communities throughout rural Essex to build a sustainable future. We are currently looking to recruit a part-time Community Engagement Officer on a fixed-term contract.

    Community Engagement Officer

    Fixed term - 1 year contract

    Salary – £20,000 per annum, pro rata

    Hours – 18 per week

  • 15/Sep/2014

    National Village Hall Survey results

    National survey paints portrait of village hall life: 12 million hours of volunteering, £11m of renovations and 38.6 million cups of tea!

  • 11/Sep/2014

    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference 2014

    RCCE will be holding its annual Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference on SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2014 at Alresford Village Hall, near Colchester.
    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference 2014
  • 07/Aug/2014

    It's Flix in the Stix time

    It's time for our annual open air cinema event in aid of the Essex Rural Fund. This year's film show at the spectacular Layer Marney Tower is the 1939 classic 'The Wizard of Oz'. Why not gather a group of friends and family, get a picnic together and enjoy the beautiful gardens before the movie starts.
    Sunday 17 August 2014 gates open 5.30pm show time 8.15pm
    Tickets: Adult £10 Children £7.50 Family (2 adults + 2 children) £30
    To book telephone Layer Marney Tower on 01206 330784
    credit & debit cards accepted.
  • 29/Jul/2014

    Volunteer photographers wanted

    RCCE is looking for people who are interested in taking photographs for us. Initially we require images of the rural housing schemes in the county that we have been involved in but other opportunities may be available later.
    Volunteer photographers wanted
  • 16/Jul/2014

    Village SOS Want Your Views on Rural Social Enterprise

    Are you interested or involved in rural social enterprise? Please help ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) to design a new programme of support for community enterprises by completing the Village SOS survey.



    The survey shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes and can be found by following this link: https://villagesos.questionpro.com.
    Village SOS Want Your Views on Rural Social Enterprise
  • 11/Jul/2014

    Adam Henson opens Edible Essex Polytunnel

    Adam Henson, farmer and presenter of BBC’s Countryfile, officially opened a new polytunnel at Barleylands Farm Park last week, supplied through the Edible Essex project.
    Adam Henson opens Edible Essex Polytunnel
  • 11/Jul/2014

    MP opens new homes for local people in Tollesbury

    Local MP, Priti Patel, officially opened Porter Place in Tollesbury yesterday. The scheme of 10 properties provides affordable housing for local people owned and managed by Hastoe Housing Association. RCCE's Rural Housing Enabler worked with Hastoe and Tollesbury Parish Council to carry out a housing needs survey in October 2009 to identify how many local people were in need of alternative accommodation.
    MP opens new homes for local people in Tollesbury
  • 11/Jul/2014

    Best Kept Churchyard Winners Announced

    As well as announcement of the winners of the Village of the Year and Best Kept Village competitions, the RCCE AGM was also the place where the winners of the Best Kept Churchyard Competition were made known. 
    This annual competition is jointly sponsored by Lodge and Sons Ltd and Essex Biodiversity Project, and seeks to find and acknowledge those churchyards which are well-managed and find a balance between functionality, tranquility and being a wildlife haven.
  • 10/Jul/2014

    CELEBRATION TIME FOR ESSEX VILLAGES

    Clavering, in Uttlesford District, is celebrating after capturing the top prize in the annual Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition for the first time since 1998. The competition is organised by Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE), sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water and Worldbridge Ltd. and supported by Essex Life.

     CELEBRATION TIME FOR ESSEX VILLAGES
  • 04/Jul/2014

    Rural Housing Week marked with the launch of UDC's Evaluation

    Uttlesford District Council's long-standing commitment to affordable rural housing was demonstrated on Tuesday 1 July when a second evaluation report was launched. The evaluation looked at  10 schemes of housing for local people with parish councils and neighbouring households also being surveyed for their views. It considered what the benefits and impact of such schemes are and if they met the objectives of housing people with a local connection.

    Rural Housing Week marked with the launch of UDC's Evaluation
  • 28/May/2014

    Community and Neighbourhood Planning Conference

    Wednesday 11th June 2014, 9.30am to 4.30 pm at FirstSite, Lewis Gardens, Colchester CO1 1JH
    Community and Neighbourhood Planning Conference
  • 16/May/2014

    Essex Life Community Magazine Awards 2013

    Celebration Time for Community Magazines

    Theydon Bois Village News from Epping Forest District has just carried off the major prize in the latest Essex Life Community Magazine Awards.

     

    Essex Life Community Magazine Awards 2013
  • 19/Jun/2014

    Community Agents Essex

    An innovative new service that aims to make it easier for the elderly to live independently and safely in their own homes will be launched soon.
    Community Agents Essex
  • 14/Apr/2014

    Walking for the Rural Fund

    Walkers will take to the footpaths around the villages of Danbury and Little Baddow on Saturday 26 April for the latest in a series of fund raising walks to raise money for the Essex Rural Fund.

     Anyone interested in making a donation to the Fund can find out more by going to the Rural Fund's webpage at http://www.justgiving.com/Essex-Rural-Fund.

    Walking for the Rural Fund
  • 07/Apr/2014

    Community Owned Energy Schemes - Free Session

    Community Owned Energy Schemes

    Generating More Than Just Energy

    Free to Attend - Wednesday 14th May 2014, 7pm to 9.30pm at The Reading Rooms, Great Yeldham.

    RCCE has joined forces with BDC, UDC and Daniel Kenning of Splendid Engineering to explore the potential for community owned energy schemes, showing how they can be used to generate a financial return for the community. 

  • 07/Apr/2014

    Recruiting Trainee Community Organisers

    Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) in partnership with Locality

    Is recruiting for the following positions:

    4 x Trainee Community Organisers

    Salary – £8.80 per hour for 30 - 35 hours per week



    Fixed term 51 week contract

    Recruiting Trainee Community Organisers
  • 07/Apr/2014

    Residents Move Into Latest Rural Housing

    Residents of the latest rural housing scheme received the keys to their new homes on 21 March. Porter Place in Tollesbury has 10 homes with a mix of one bed flats and two & three bed houses. RCCE's Rural Housing Enabler worked with the parish council, Maldon District Council and Hastoe Housing Association to carry out a housing needs survey in October 2010 which identified the need for this type of housing within the parish.
    Residents Move Into Latest Rural Housing
  • 03/Apr/2014

    Uttlesford is best rural area to live in UK

    Uttlesford has been named the best rural place to live in the UK for people who value their quality of life, according to the 2014 Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.
    Uttlesford is best rural area to live in UK
  • 24/Mar/2014

    RCCE Launch Best Kept Churchyard Competition 2014

    Organisations who manage churchyards across the county can gain recognition for their beautiful churchyard and their hard work by entering the RCCE Best Kept Churchyard competition.

  • 03/Mar/2014

    Braintree District Rural Business Reception – 2nd April 2014

    On 2nd April 2014 the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Wendy Scattergood, will be hosting a Rural Business Reception at The Essex Golf & Country Club at Earls Colne Business Park.  Councillor Scattergood is keen to showcase Braintree District Council’s support for small rural businesses and to provide an opportunity for those businesses to talk to both external organisations and the Council Service Providers. 
    Braintree District Rural Business Reception – 2nd April 2014
  • 27/Feb/2014

    Essential training for hall committees!

    Essential training events coming up for village hall and community building management trustees.
    Essential training for hall committees!
  • 25/Feb/2014

    Best Kept Village - Village of the Year Competition 2014

    Welcome to the 2014 Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition.

    Sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water and Worldbridge Ltd, and supported by Essex Life.

    The competition is all about encouraging vibrant, enterprising and caring rural communities. The judges will be looking for those villages which, irrespective of size, are doing most to enhance the quality of life for all inhabitants.

    Best Kept Village - Village of the Year Competition 2014
  • 06/Dec/2013

    Community Led Planning Christmas Coffee Morning



    Community Led Planning Network Event

    Christmas Coffee morning

    An annual drop in session for RCCE members

    Monday 9th December 10:00 am until 12.30 pm

    At RCCE Office in Feering,

    This is a drop in session and you are welcome to come along anytime between 10 and 12. This is a chance to chat with others producing Community Led Plans, RCCE Engagement Officers, RCCE Village Halls Advisor

    And……………….

    This year we have Stewart Rutland , Youth Provision Development Officer at Essex Boys and Girls Clubs coming along – why not pop along for a chat with him.

     



      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

     


     

     





    Community Led Planning Christmas Coffee Morning
  • 03/Dec/2013

    Calling All Bus Users – Last Chance to Have Your Say on ECC Consultation

    Essex County Council’s consultation to collect your views on bus services to help guide the review of their Bus Strategy closes on MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER. Make you sure your views are heard by taking part in the consultation at www.essex.gov.uk/busreview
  • 28/Nov/2013

    Celebrating 10 years of the Rural Housing Enabler Service

    An afternoon reception was held at Layer Marney Tower to mark 10 years of RCCE’s Rural Housing Enabler service. Four guests at the reception were members of the original Advisory Group which met on 1 October 2003 including the first chairman of the group, Chris Moor, and the first Rural Housing Enabler, Nichola Plumb. One of the four, John Swords,  sits on the current group but due to a change of job did have some time off inbetween.

    Celebrating 10 years of the Rural Housing Enabler Service
  • 12/Nov/2013

    Linking Community Led Planning to Policy and Strategy

    Tuesday 19th November, 7pm to 9.30pm at RCCE House Feering
    Linking Community Led Planning to Policy and Strategy
  • 28/Oct/2013

    Essex Village Hall of the Year

    The first 'Essex Village Hall of the Year' winner was announced at the recent RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference.
  • 11/Oct/2013

    Uttlesford Parish Councillors tour affordable housing schemes

    On Wednesday 9 October Parish Councillors from across the Uttlesford district visited a number of affordable rural housing schemes on a ‘See It Believe It’ tour. The group visited Wimbish, Thaxted, Hatfield Broad Oak, Clavering and Langley where they were joined by each of the parish councils to hear about their experience of going through the process of developing homes for local people.

    Uttlesford Parish Councillors tour affordable housing schemes
  • 26/Sep/2013

    Alys Fowler to talk about Thrifty Foraging

    Few free tickets are still available for the Edible Essex talk by Alys Fowler on 'Thrify Foraging' - Wednesday, 23rd October.
    Alys Fowler to talk about Thrifty Foraging
  • 26/Sep/2013

    Edible Essex Packed Lunch Plot Competition is back!

    Edible Essex's brilliant Packed Lunch Plot competition is back for the new academic year. Primary schools will have the chance to win £1000 for their school allotment and the opportunity to plant their design at RHS Hyde Hall.
    Edible Essex Packed Lunch Plot Competition is back!
  • 20/Sep/2013

    Parish Chairman opens latest affordable housing in Great Bardfield

    Chairman of Great Bardfield Parish Council, Councillor Janet Dyson, officiated at the opening of English Rural Housing Association’s latest scheme on Tuesday 17 September.  With 12 homes for local people Castle Shot was initiated by the parish council after a sizeable response to an article in the parish newsletter asking if local people were in need of affordable housing. This led to RCCE’s Rural Housing Enabler carrying out a Housing Needs Survey and English Rural finding a willing landowner with a suitable site. Despite the rain about 50 people attended the event which  included English Rural’s Annual General Meeting.

    Parish Chairman opens latest affordable housing in Great Bardfield
  • 12/Sep/2013

    Meet RCCE Staff and Enjoy a Coffee in Widdington Village Hall

    RCCE Community Engagement Team, Village Halls Advisor and Rural Housing Enabler will be at Widdington Village Hall on Monday 16th September 1:30pm - 3:30pm. You are invited to come along and have a chat and coffee.
  • 11/Oct/2013

    Generating a lot more than Electricity

    Community Led Planning Network Event on 22 October at Radwinter Village Hall
    Generating a lot more than Electricity
  • 16/Aug/2013

    Impact of Bedroom Tax in Rural Areas

    The umbrella body for England's 38 rural community councils, ACRE, has surveyed its members to assess the impact of the under occupation charge for social housing tenants which cuts benefit by an average of £14 a week. A statement summarising the findings and highlighting the issues has been published. ACRE claims the Government failed to 'rural proof' the penalty.
    Read the full statement here 
    Impact of Bedroom Tax in Rural Areas
  • 15/Aug/2013

    RCCE launches 'Essex Village Hall of the Year' competition

    RCCE, with the support of the Augustine Courtauld Trust, has today launched a new competition to find the 'Essex Village Hall of the Year'.
    RCCE launches 'Essex Village Hall of the Year' competition
  • 06/Aug/2013

    Community Led Planning Network goes out and about

    RCCE’s Community Engagement Team is taking the next Network event to Uttlesford this September.

    This will be a Community Led Planning Network drop in coffee afternoon - Monday 16th September 2013 at Widdington Village Hall. 1:30pm –:30pm.

    Find out more in the full story.......
  • 30/Jul/2013

    Open Air Cinema Night to Raise Money For Essex Rural Fund Sunday 18th August

    RCCE is holding an open air cinema and picnic event at Layer Marney Tower, near Colchester,  on Sunday, 18th August to raise money for the Essex Rural Fund, a funding stream specifically set up to support rural community groups and charities in Essex.

    Open Air Cinema Night to Raise Money For Essex Rural Fund Sunday 18th August
  • 14/Oct/2013

    Community Led Planning Information Session on Public Health & Wellbeing

    Wednesday 6 November 2013, 7.00pm to 9.30pm at RCCE House, Feering.  The delivery of public health services changed in April 2013.  Find out how the new system works and the role of community organisations

  • 25/Jul/2013

    Problems with you Freeview Service?

    Rural Community Council of Essex is working with at800 to ensure you are supported and can continue to watch television.

    This summer will start to see the arrival of new 4G mobile services in the Brentwood, Grays, Harlow and Loughton areas. Unfortunately these services may cause problems with local TV reception, leading to loss of sound, blocky images or loss of some or all Freeview channels. Read this news item for more details.

    Problems with you Freeview Service?
  • 16/Jul/2013

    Film launch to mark 10 years of RCCE’s Rural Housing Enabler service

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJsFjizIxNM&hd=1

    Ever wondered who lives in the affordable rural housing that our Rural Housing Enabler helps to develop? Or wondered how it helps the whole community? Take at look at our brand new film commissioned to celebrate 10 years of the Rural Housing Enabler service here at RCCE.

    Film launch to mark 10 years of RCCE’s Rural Housing Enabler service
  • 11/Jul/2013

    RCCE announces Best Kept Churchyard winners

    RCCE announced the winners of the Best Kept Churchyard competition at their AGM last night. 

    RCCE announces Best Kept Churchyard winners
  • 11/Jul/2013

    Celebration Time for Essex Villages

    A village in North East Essex which came to prominence when it won the national Village of the Year competition 13 years ago is celebrating again after capturing the top prize in this year’s Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition. The competition is organised by Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE), sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water and Worldbridge Ltd. and supported by Essex Life.
    Celebration Time for Essex Villages
  • 08/Jul/2013

    Team RCCE does Race For Life

    On Sunday 7th July, a team from RCCE took part in Race for Life at Hylands Park, Chelmsford. This annual event brings together women across the country, in various locations, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. 

    Team RCCE does Race For Life
  • 09/Jul/2013

    BBC Countryfile meets Edible Essex competition winners

    Birch C of E Primary School, winners of the Edible Essex Packed Lunch Plot Competition, spent a day filming with BBC Countryfile last Friday.

    BBC Countryfile meets Edible Essex competition winners
  • 27/Jun/2013

    RCCE AGM and Presentation Evening – Coming Soon!

    Writtle College provides the venue for this year’s Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) AGM which takes place on Wednesday 10th July, commencing at 7.30pm. Read this news item for more details.
  • 17/Jun/2013

    Braintree Advice Sevices Partnership

    Advice services in the Braintree district are about to get even better.

    Braintree, Halstead and Witham Citizens Advice Bureau, Mid Essex Mind, Greenfields Community Housing, Braintree District Council, Age UK Essex and Rural Community Council of Essex have joined forces to improve advice and support in relation to welfare benefits, debt, housing and employment.

    Braintree Advice Sevices Partnership
  • 12/Jun/2013

    Edible Essex teaches 3000 children about wild food

    On 6th June 2013, Edible Essex took part in the sixth 'Essex Schools Food and Farming Day' at Writtle College.  
    Edible Essex teaches 3000 children about wild food
  • 26/Apr/2013

    A Great Day Had by All!

    The sun really took his hat off for supporters of the Essex Rural Fund on Saturday 20th April as they rambled their way through the Colne Valley, and although the bluebells are being coy this year, the lack of blue carpet on the valley floor did not detract from the beauty of the scenery.
    A Great Day Had by All!
  • 17/Apr/2013

    Edible Essex supports Chignals & Mashbury Community Orchard

    On Friday 12th April,the Chignals and Mashbury Jubilee Community Orchard was officially opened. Local residents and children joined in with the tree planting and were able to label their own trees.
    Edible Essex supports Chignals & Mashbury Community Orchard
  • 16/Apr/2013

    CHARITY WALKERS TAKE A TOUR OF COLNE VALLEY

    Essex County Council Leader Peter Martin, the High Sheriff of Essex Julia Abel Smith, and the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston, will be amongst over 80 walkers taking part in a charity walk on Saturday, 20th April to raise money for the Essex Rural Fund.
    CHARITY WALKERS TAKE A TOUR OF COLNE VALLEY
  • 21/Aug/2014

    Autumn Coffee Morning

    Active Communities Event on Thursday 30 October, 10am to 12noon, at Takeley Silver Jubilee Hall.  FREE event - all welcome 
    Autumn Coffee Morning
  • 14/Mar/2013

    2013 Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition is Underway

    RCCE has just launched the quest to find this year’s Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Villages.

    Our popular annual competition is all about encouraging vibrant, enterprising and caring villages. Recent winners such as Langham, Great Bardfield, Great Waltham, Stisted and last year’s winner, Alresford, emphasise that this is a competition which villages of all sizes from around the county have a chance of winning.


    2013 Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition is Underway
  • 14/Mar/2013

    RCCE launches Best Kept Churchyard competition

    Organisations who manage churchyards across the county can gain recognition for their beautiful churchyard and their hard work by entering the RCCE Best Kept Churchyard competition.

    RCCE launches Best Kept Churchyard competition
  • 13/Mar/2013

    Voters say 'yes' in UK's first Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum.

    Communities in Cumbria have said yes to the country's first ever neighbourhood Development plan. Voting took place in The Upper Eden area: around Brough and Kirkby Stephen, on the 8th March 2013 in this historic event.  
  • 07/Mar/2013

    Membership Subscriptions and VAT

    RCCE will be registering for VAT with effect from 1st April 2013.
  • 01/Mar/2013

    Dengie DaRT Services get their Five Minutes of Fame!

    Billed as a ‘Good news story for Essex’ the Dengie DaRT, the ‘Taxi that thinks it’s a Bus’ will feature on BBC East TV programme ‘Inside Out’, on Friday 8th March at 19.30.  The report follows the DaRT on its journey around the Dengie and speaks to some of the people who use the service.
    Dengie DaRT Services get their Five Minutes of Fame!
  • 28/Feb/2013

    Edible Essex announces winners of Packed Lunch Plot Competition

    Edible Essex is delighted to announce that a pupil from Birch C of E Primary School in Colchester has won first prize in the Packed Lunch Plot Competition. 

    Edible Essex announces winners of Packed Lunch Plot Competition
  • 04/Feb/2013

    Neighbourhood Development Plan training and information session

    A FREE event for groups who are in the process of, or about to start,  a Neighbourhood Development Plan

    Date: Friday 1st March 2013

    Venue: RCCE, Feering Essex. CO5 9SE

    Time: 10am – 3pm

    (includes lunch & refreshments)

     

  • 30/Jan/2013

    Free Training for Parish Councillors in Uttlesford District

    Are you a parish or district councillor in Uttlesford District? Would you like to learn more about Community Led Planning?

    Limited spaces are still available for a free training session  - 'Introduction to Community Led Planning & Community Rights’ on Monday 11th February 2013, 7:00pm—9:30pm at the council offices, Saffron Walden.
    Free Training for Parish Councillors in Uttlesford District
  • 30/Jan/2013

    Magazine Competition Awards Evening 2012

    Celebration Time for Community Magazines

    The distinctively named, ‘Ambo’ magazine, which serves the villages of Radwinter, Hempstead and The Sampfords in Uttlesford district has just carried off the major prize in the latest Essex Life Community Magazine Awards.

     

    Magazine Competition Awards Evening 2012
  • 16/Jan/2013

    Government announces: ‘Communities to receive cash boost for choosing development’

    On January 10th this year Planning Minister Nick Boles announced the percentage communities will receive from new development in their locality.
    Government announces: ‘Communities to receive cash boost for choosing development’
  • 14/Jan/2013

    Topic sheets available on RCCE website for a variety of community projects

    If you want to learn more about starting a community shop or pub, renewable energy or emergency planning visit the topic sheet pages on RCCE website.
    Topic sheets available on RCCE website for a variety of community projects
  • 10/Jan/2013

    RCCE meets Defra Minister

    On Tuesday 8th January a small group representing Essex Rural Partnership met with David Heath CBE MP, Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  This group included Nick and Suzanne from RCCE.
    RCCE meets Defra Minister
  • 09/Jan/2013

    Peter Seabrook and Charlie Stocker to judge Edible Essex ‘Packed Lunch Plot Competition’

    Edible Essex is delighted to announce that Peter Seabrook MBE and Charlie Stocker will be judging our competition at the end of February at RHS Hyde Hall.

    Peter Seabrook and Charlie Stocker to judge Edible Essex ‘Packed Lunch Plot Competition’
  • 21/Dec/2012

    South Koreans get a taste of Rural Essex

    RCCE hosts a visiting delegation from the South Korean Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
    South Koreans get a taste of Rural Essex
  • 13/Dec/2012

    Community Games grants available to inspire a generation

    Active Essex are inviting groups and organisations in the county to take part in the Community Games; a way for you to bring your community together to take part in sporting and cultural activities inspired by, and in celebration of London 2012, but in 2013!
    Community Games grants available to inspire a generation
  • 12/Dec/2012

    New Buying Mechanism and Schedule for Community Oil Buying Scheme

    Changes are set for the oil buying process from January which will help our buyers to maximise the potential for savings to members. Get ahead and place your order before the office closes for Christmas on 21st December (re-opens 2nd January), ready to be added to the 4th January bulk order. Read on to find out how the changes will impact - and hopefully benefit - you…
    New Buying Mechanism and Schedule for Community Oil Buying Scheme
  • 02/Nov/2015

    Community Led Planning Network Coffee Morning

    Monday 14th December 2015, 10:00am to 12noon at RCCE Offices, Feering
    Community Led Planning Network Coffee Morning
  • 27/Nov/2012

    Edible Essex plants orchard for National Tree Week

    For National Tree Week, pupils from St Peter’s RC Primary School in Billericay, have been helping to plant an orchard at Barleylands.  Twenty four apple trees of different varieties were supplied by Edible Essex, a project managed by the Rural Community Council of Essex, and planted by six members of the school’s Gardening Club.
    Edible Essex plants orchard for National Tree Week
  • 27/Nov/2012

    James Wong gives talk on growing alternative edibles

    The Edible Essex project invited television presenter James Wong to Writtle College on 15th November to give an engaging talk about edible plant species in Essex that we can all grow in our back gardens.
    James Wong gives talk on growing alternative edibles
  • 06/Nov/2012

    Linking Community Led Plans to Policy and Strategy - Still places available!

    A look at how the planning system relates to Community Led Planning, how you can get involved in the creation of Local Development Documents and how your community can use this information in your Community Led Plan.
    Linking Community Led Plans to Policy and Strategy - Still places available!
  • 26/Oct/2012

    Faith in Localism - Tuesday 13th November

    FREE one day session for clergy in the Diocese of Chelmsford looking at the Localism Act and how the clergy might get involved with subsequent actions arising in their communities.
    Faith in Localism - Tuesday 13th November
  • 25/Oct/2012

    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference & Augustine Courtauld Awards 2012

    Over 35 Essex villages and parishes were represented at the RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference on Saturday 20th October.  The event took place at the newly constructed Highwood Village Hall and committee members Petra Pipkin and Richard Johnson made everyone feel very welcome.

    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference & Augustine Courtauld Awards 2012
  • 18/Oct/2012

    Bishop of Chelmsford opens new village homes in West Hanningfield

    The Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, officially opened the latest scheme of affordable housing for local people in Pandan Close, West Hanningfield on Monday 15 October. The 12 homes were completed last October after a Housing Needs Survey carried out by RCCE’s Rural Housing Enabler in 2005 identified local people in need of affordable accommodation.   With ground source heat pumps the homes are also energy efficient and cheaper to run. Three residents opened their doors to allow those attending the event to look around.


    Bishop of Chelmsford opens new village homes in West Hanningfield
  • 05/Oct/2012

    New campaign to encourage heating oil customers to buy early

    Cold weather signifies the expectation - and dread for many, of higher fuel bills. Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), the umbrella organisation for Rural Community Councils, in collaboration with Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Consumer Focus, Citizens Advice and the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) are encouraging heating oil customers to buy early before winter.
    New campaign to encourage heating oil customers to buy early
  • 04/Oct/2012

    Detailed evidence reports now available for Essex communities

    Communities in Essex can now get detailed evidence reports for their parishes, towns and villages.
    Detailed evidence reports now available for Essex communities
  • 25/Sep/2012

    Linking Community Led Plans to Policy and Strategy - 22nd November

    This session will look at how the planning system relates to Community Led Planning, how you can get involved in the creation of Local Development Documents and how your community can use this information in your Community Led Plan.
    Linking Community Led Plans to Policy and Strategy - 22nd November
  • 24/Sep/2012

    Edible Essex talk by James Wong - 15th November 2012

    In his Edible Essex talk on 15th November, James will demonstrate that there is life beyond spuds, sprouts and lettuce by revealing the huge array of delicious, exciting and experimental crops that will thrive in our Essex climate.  With very little effort you can easily turn your veg patch into a larder of ‘superfoods’ and exotic delicacies!
    Edible Essex talk by James Wong - 15th November 2012
  • 17/Sep/2012

    Introduction to Community Led Planning - 15th October

    Is your community considering producing a Community Led Plan? Would you like to find out which type is right for you and what's involved? RCCE invites you to attend our information evening on Monday 15th October.
    Introduction to Community Led Planning - 15th October
  • 11/Sep/2012

    Edible Essex launches competition for Essex primary schools

    The Edible Essex project has launched the 'Packed Lunch Plot' competition for Essex primary schools, which addresses healthy eating and promotes the growing of fruit and vegetables at home or in the school grounds. 
    Edible Essex launches competition for Essex primary schools
  • 06/Sep/2012

    Government Announces Financial Support for Neighbourhood Planning

    There is to be funding available to assist with Neighbourhood Planning the government announced recently. It was revealed that there will be a £10million fund that allows Local Authorities to apply to, and receive up to £30,000 per plan.
    Government Announces Financial Support for Neighbourhood Planning
  • 03/Sep/2012

    Besk Kept Churchyard Winners Celebrate Their Victory

    Best Kept Churchyard winners St Nicholas', Laindon, celebrated their win with a special Evensong Service on 2nd September, where they were joined by the Bishop of Bradwell, Rt Revd John Wraw. 
    Besk Kept Churchyard Winners Celebrate Their Victory
  • 21/Aug/2012

    Maldon council first to support ‘Save our Villages’ campaign

    Maldon District Council is the first local authority in Essex to sign up to support the National Housing Federation’s ‘Save our Villages’ campaign.

    Maldon council first to support ‘Save our Villages’ campaign
  • 22/Aug/2012

    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference 2012

    RCCE invites you to attend the Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference on Saturday 20th October 2012.
    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference 2012
  • 15/Aug/2012

    A Knight to Remember - Outdoor Cinema Evening

    Don’t miss our Essex Rural Fund event Flix in the Stix Picnic and Outdoor Cinema on Sunday 19th August, being held in the beautiful gardens of Layer Marney Tower. This charity fundraiser, now in its third year will be showing A Knight’s Tale as the feature film.

    A Knight to Remember - Outdoor Cinema Evening
  • 06/Aug/2012

    Rural Communities Get to Grips with Community Rights

    “Very Helpful”, “Excellent – well done” and “well presented and organised”, were just a few of the comments received from attendees to RCCE’s Community Engagement Team’s training on the Localism Act’s Community Rights.
    Rural Communities Get to Grips with Community Rights
  • 06/Aug/2012

    Essex Rural Partnership celebrates 10 year anniversary

    Over 80 people from the public, private and voluntary sector came together to celebrate 10 years of partnership working on Tuesday (31st July).
    Essex Rural Partnership celebrates 10 year anniversary
  • 14/Oct/2011

    Services in Rural Essex 2011 survey results published

    A new survey published by the Essex Rural Partnership shows the variable availability of key services across rural parts of Essex.
    Services in Rural Essex 2011 survey results published
  • 25/Jul/2012

    RCCE launches Augustine Courtauld Awards

    Your chance to win a cash prize of £1500!
    RCCE launches Augustine Courtauld Awards
  • 18/Jul/2012

    DANBURY FLYER FINANCIAL WINDFALL SECURES NEW BUS

    Access to essential services is within easy reach for elderly and immobile residents of Danbury and Little Baddow, thanks to Danbury Community Transport’s new Danbury Flyer bus. The new Flyer in its bright red livery was made possible by local sponsors and a grant of £2,000 from RCCE.
    DANBURY FLYER FINANCIAL WINDFALL SECURES NEW BUS
  • 18/Jul/2012

    Edible Essex supports Heybridge Primary School

    Pupils at Heybridge Primary School have been learning how to grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs thanks to support awarded by Edible Essex. 
    Edible Essex supports Heybridge Primary School
  • 17/Jul/2012

    Flix in the Stix presents A Knight's Tale

    Now in its third year, Flix in the Stix Picnic and Open Air Cinema has proved to be a popular evening event in the annual calendar, attracting young and not so young alike. The charity fundraiser will take place on Sunday 19th August and this year we are delighted to be showing A Knight’s Tale as our feature film.
    Flix in the Stix presents A Knight's Tale
  • 09/Jul/2012

    RCCE Best Kept Churchyard competition results

    The winners of the RCCE Best Kept Churchyard competition were announced to a packed audience at the AGM on Thursday 5th July. 
    RCCE Best Kept Churchyard competition results
  • 06/Jul/2012

    Celebration time for Essex villages

    A village in North East Essex which has seen a real upsurge in community activities in recent years is celebrating after claiming the top prize in this year’s Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition.
    Celebration time for Essex villages
  • 20/Jun/2012

    Are you fit for Neighbourhood Plan preparation?

    FREE training event for parish and town councils and local communities who are actively starting on a Neighbourhood Plan
    Are you fit for Neighbourhood Plan preparation?
  • 16/Jun/2012

    New Opportunities for Community Action in Uttlesford

    An exciting new partnership agreement between RCCE and Uttlesford District Council means more support for community action in Uttlesford district.
    New Opportunities for Community Action in Uttlesford
  • 12/Jun/2012

    Getting to grips with New Community Rights

    Briefing session: Wednesday 11th July 2012, 7pm - 9pm at RCCE House, Feering
    Getting to grips with New Community Rights
  • 31/May/2012

    Edible Essex - FAMILY FORAGING FUN - 30th June

    A fantastic opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the great outdoors: come to Abbotts Hall Farm Gt Wigborough on 30th June to discover more about edible wild plants, how to identify them and how to eat them!
    Edible Essex - FAMILY FORAGING FUN - 30th June
  • 30/May/2012

    Rural Housing at a Time of Economic Change

    Recently published research funded by the Commission for Rural Communities shows a gloomy picture for rented housing in rural areas.
  • 21/May/2012

    Village Agents are getting people connected

    Learning to send an email or access the internet can be very rewarding at any age!
    Village Agents are getting people connected
  • 17/May/2012

    'Green Fingers to Green Bins'

    CANCELLED
    Tuesday 12th June, 3-5pm, RCCE House, Feering

    Network event looking at practical support available for allotments, orchards and waste prevention including the 'Love Food Hate Waste' campaign.
    'Green Fingers to Green Bins'
  • 14/May/2012

    Walkers have a fine day out at Hatfield Forest, and raise money to boot!

    Around 60 walkers made the trek from White Roding to Hatfield Forest, raising over £8, 000 for the Essex Rural Fund.
    Walkers have a fine day out at Hatfield Forest, and raise money to boot!
  • 14/May/2012

    Essex is now Digital

    RCCE has been praised for its work to ensure that nobody was left with a blank television screen when the analogue transmissions in the London TV region were switched off in April.


    Essex is now Digital
  • 04/May/2012

    Essex Rural Fund tops £100,000 aided by ECC Chairman!

    RCCE’s endowment fund, set up in 2009 to mark its 80th anniversary, has passed the £100,000 mark.
    Essex Rural Fund tops £100,000 aided by ECC Chairman!
  • 05/May/2012

    Essex Biodiversity Project supports Best Kept Churchyard competition

    RCCE are pleased to welcome the Essex Biodiversity Project as co-sponsors of the Best Kept Churchyard competition this year.
    Essex Biodiversity Project supports Best Kept Churchyard competition
  • 30/Apr/2012

    Essex gets direct hotline to Government to shape rural policy

    Essex Rural Partnership is one of only 17 bodies to have been awarded membership of Defra's new Rural and Farming Network.
    Essex gets direct hotline to Government to shape rural policy
  • 27/Apr/2012

    RCCE LAUNCHES NEW COUNTY-WIDE OIL BUYING SCHEME

    RCCE is looking for local co-ordinators to help run its new bulk-buying scheme for domestic heating oil.

    RCCE LAUNCHES NEW COUNTY-WIDE OIL BUYING SCHEME
  • 04/Jan/2012

    Essex gets direct hotline to Government to shape rural policy

    The Essex Rural Partnership has been chosen as one of only 14 Rural and Farming Network members, announced by Agriculture Minister Jim Paice today (4th February)
    Essex gets direct hotline to Government to shape rural policy
  • 24/Apr/2012

    Village Agents - Enabling Independent Living and Social Inclusion

    Since the service was started in October 2009 the Village Agents have completed over 7,000 referrals and activities for people living in Mid Essex
    Village Agents - Enabling Independent Living and Social Inclusion
  • 10/Apr/2012

    Edible Essex - Foraging Taster Session - Colchester - 26th May 2012

    Edible Essex invites you to discover more about edible plants growing wild in our countryside.

    Edible Essex - Foraging Taster Session - Colchester - 26th May 2012
  • 05/Apr/2012

    Edible Essex 'High Tea' Foraging Session - Chigwell - 28th April

    Edible Essex, in collaboration with Essex Wildlife Trust, is providing a fantastic opportunity to discover more about edible plants, fruit, nuts and fungi that grow wild in our countryside.

    Edible Essex 'High Tea' Foraging Session - Chigwell - 28th April
  • 23/Mar/2012

    Essex Life backs Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition

    Essex Life magazine, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, has announced that it will join with RCCE and sponsors, Essex & Suffolk Water, to support this year’s Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition.

    Essex Life backs Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition
  • 01/Mar/2012

    Supporting vulnerable and Elderly people through the winter months

    Our Village Agents team have secured funding from the Surviving Winter Appeal which is administered by Essex Community Foundation to offer free portable appliance testing for those people that need it most.
    Supporting vulnerable and Elderly people through the winter months
  • 21/Feb/2012

    Christine Walkden talks about simple ways to grow your own – in the UK’s driest county

    Over two hundred people from all over Essex came to hear Christine Walkden talk at Writtle College on Thursday, 16th February.  The event, organised by the RCCE’s Edible Essex project, and sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water, was both entertaining and extremely informative. 
    Christine Walkden talks about simple ways to grow your own – in the UK’s driest county
  • 13/Feb/2012

    RCCE launches Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition for 2012

    The quest to find our best all-round rural communities is now underway in the Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition. 
     
    RCCE launches Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition for 2012
  • 13/Feb/2012

    Neighbourhood Planning Guide

    RCCE launches an on line guide for communities who want to produce a Neighbourhood Plan
    Neighbourhood Planning Guide
  • 13/Feb/2012

    RCCE Best Kept Churchyard Competition 2012 open for entries.

    RCCE has launched it's Best Kept Churchyard competition for 2012.  Entry forms and guidance notes can be downloaded below.
    RCCE Best Kept Churchyard Competition 2012 open for entries.
  • 08/Feb/2012

    Talk on A. H. Mackmurdo, Founder of RCCE

    The life and buildings of local architect and founder of RCCE A. H. Mackmurdo will be the subject of a talk by Clive Potter on Tuesday 6th March.
    Talk on A. H. Mackmurdo, Founder of RCCE
  • 26/Jan/2012

    Celebration Time for Community Magazines

    Essex Life Community Magazine Award winners were announced at a special awards evening held at Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village, Billericay last evening (25th January).
    Celebration Time for Community Magazines
  • 19/Feb/2015

    Neighbourhood Planning Training

    Saturday 21st March 2015, 10am to 1pm at RCCE House, Feering
    Neighbourhood Planning Training
  • 07/Dec/2011

    Funding for Community Energy Projects

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has today launched the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF)
    Funding for Community Energy Projects
  • 24/Nov/2011

    Edible Essex Talk by Christine Walkden "Simple Ways to Grow Your Own"

    Thursday, 16th February 2012

    7.30pm, Writtle College, Chelmsford.





    As part of the Edible Essex project, Christine Walkden the author, lecturer and broadcaster, will be sharing some of her expertise with the people of Essex on Thursday 16th February.



    Attendance is FREE, but booking is Essential.

    Edible Essex Talk by Christine Walkden "Simple Ways to Grow Your Own"
  • 14/Nov/2011

    Community Led Planning Network Event

    Christmas Coffee Morning on Monday 12th December, 10:00am to 12.30pm, at RCCE office in Feering 
    Community Led Planning Network Event
  • 10/Nov/2011

    Edible Essex Event "Volunteering on a community allotment" 6th December

    Tuesday, 6th December - Roundwood Garden Centre, Braintree
    Edible Essex
    is offering a FREE event designed to equip both new and existing volunteers, with the practical skills, knowledge and confidence they need to successfully work on a community allotment plot. 

    Edible Essex Event "Volunteering on a community allotment" 6th December
  • 29/Sep/2011

    Big Lottery Fund answers Village SOS

    The Big Lottery Fund has joined forces with the Village SOS initiative in a ground breaking partnership to support rural community enterprises across the UK.
    Big Lottery Fund answers Village SOS
  • 13/Sep/2011

    Foraging Taster Session - 8th October 2011

    Saturday, 8th October - 10.30 to 12.30 - Abbotts Hall Farm, nr Colchester
    Come and learn about wild food. Free event - families are welcome

    Foraging Taster Session - 8th October 2011
  • 14/Sep/2011

    Best Practice for Oil Buying Groups

    ACRE, Citizen’s Advice and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers - information to help communities set up oil buying groups.



    Best Practice for Oil Buying Groups
  • 01/Jul/2011

    SETTING UP AN ALLOTMENT OR ORCHARD

    Friday 29th July 2011 from 10.00 - 13.00

    RCCE Conference Room, Feering, CO5 9SE


    SETTING UP AN ALLOTMENT OR ORCHARD
  • 28/Jul/2011

    Essex Churchyards Reap Rewards

    Three churches in Essex were the lucky winners of the 2011 RCCE Best Kept Churchyard competition.

    Essex Churchyards Reap Rewards
  • 17/Aug/2011

    Introducing Community Led Planning

    Would you like to learn more about Community Led Planning?
    Come along to a training session at RCCE offices on 11th October

    Introducing Community Led Planning
  • 05/Sep/2011

    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference

    Date: SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER 2011 9.30am to 3pm
    Venue: GREAT TOTHAM VILLAGE HALL, MALDON
    RCCE Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference
  • 08/Jul/2011

    Celebration time for Essex Villages

    A village in the heart of Essex is celebrating after claiming the top prize in this year’s Essex Village of the Year and Best Kept Village Competition

    Celebration time for Essex Villages
  • 24/Aug/2011

    Localism in Practice

    New guidance has just been published which highlights how local authorities are helping communities to plan their future by making the most of Community Led Planning.

    Localism in Practice