Join the Community Oil Buying Scheme for Essex, supported by RCCE and delivered by AF Affinity Ltd.

Here at RCCE we endeavour to support rural communities in Essex as best we can providing up to date information whenever possible, in these unprecedented times of a fuel crisis there are understandably major concerns about the cost of heating this winter. With this in mind RCCE supports the AF Affinity Ltd Oil Buying Syndicate who work to keep costs down for their members.  AF Affinity Ltd offer additional services such as a monthly prepayment plan to help you keep on track and advice on monitoring your usage, all to help you be better prepared for the winter months and there is no membership fee!

AF Affinity Ltd frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about the service please click here

Advice on monitoring your usage please click here

Information about the Monthly Prepayment Plan

Save towards the cost of your next fuel delivery by depositing a regular fixed amount each month. You can decide the amount you wish to contribute from as little as £25 per month. Putting aside a regular monthly amount during the summer and autumn months when usage is typically lower, will help you to keep ahead of the winter demand.

• Your agreed monthly prepayment amount will be drawn by Direct Debit on the last working day of the month

• In the month where an order is placed and the credit accrued by your regular payment doesn’t fully cover the invoice amount, the balance of the invoice will be drawn on or shortly after the 24th of the month following the invoice date.

To take advantage of the pre payment plan please complete and return both the Direct Debit mandate and pre payment application form by post.  No need to return a DD form if you already have a one set up.


Information about the Direct Debit Mandate

AF Affinity Ltd strongly encourage customers to set up a Direct Debit as the preferred payment method.

The advantages are;

• No need to pay at time of order 


• You will only be charged for the oil volume delivered to your tank

• Extended credit terms, money is drawn on or shortly after the 24th of the month following the invoice date

• An invoice along with a statement will be sent

• Access to monthly pre-payment plan

Under this system, no money will be taken until the oil has been delivered and you have been sent the invoice. A statement of account will also be sent, and payment will then be taken on or shortly after the 24th of the month following. Until the Direct Debit is set up, you will need to pay for your order by card.

Please complete and return by post to AF Affinity Limited, Honingham Thorpe, Colton, Norwich, Norfolk NR9 5BZ

To access the Direct Debit form for AF Affinity Ltd please click here

To access the monthly pre payment application please click here

For further information about AF Affinity Ltd and to register please visit:

This is a free scheme which allows you to opt out at any time (with written notice) Full Terms and Conditions can be found on the AF Affinity Ltd Website

Village Halls and Community Buildings

Achieve savings of up to 30% on your current energy tariff with RCCE and Utility Aid!

RCCE has joined forces with the energy switching company Utility Aid to offer members and non-members the opportunity to achieve significant savings on your existing energy tariff.

Aimed primarily at our village hall and community building members, this offer is also available to other organisations such as:

  • Parish Council premises
  • Church halls
  • Church and faith buildings
  • Pre-school buildings
  • Premises owned or managed by charities or not for profit organisations

UA offer a unique Wholesale energy purchasing scheme which RCCE members can join to achieve the best energy tariff for your hall. To take advantage of this offer please complete the attached Letter of Authority (See below) and return it to Danielle Frost by post to RCCE, Threshelfords Business Park, Inworth Road, Feering, CO5 9SE or by email to:

The Letter of Authority allows UA to check the tariff your hall is on, check your energy use, make recommendations of energy savings and offer a competitive energy tariff – all free of charge, confidential, and with no obligation to switch. Your hall committee will be given the timescale in which to discuss the proposals and if you wish to go ahead you speak directly to Emily Berry, the contact at UA for RCCE members who will undertake the switching for you and be your main contact throughout.

UA helps charities by providing services that reduce their energy costs and help them become more energy efficient. Third sector groups can benefit from their wide range of services, including a free remote energy procurement audit and installation of smart meters. UA also advise on all energy matters, including a bill validation service that checks your bills for anomalies.

UA offer collective purchasing with volume Third Sector baskets already in place with the National Charity Tender and The Charity Wholesale Alliance. You can join regardless of the size of your organisation – you can even join and switch your personal domestic energy supply too!

If you have any queries, please contact Danielle Frost on tel: 01376 574330

RCCE & Utility Aid Letter of Authority

Additional Information

Essex County Council (ECC) have produced a summary of their services which may be able to help people during this difficult time. Visit the ECC website to see what cost of living support you could be eligible for. 

Help for Households is offering support to help you prepare for a challenging winter, it is important to find out what you maybe entitled to.  Many local councils are also offering additional services and funding and you can also get advice on money, debt and benefits. Visit ECC website for full information.