Colchester Foodbank gets Shed-loads of help from Kent Blaxill and Building Society Foundation

December is the busiest time of year for Colchester’s Foodbank which gets busier closer to Christmas. To help the Foodbank cope with growing demand year on year, it has raised money and support for a shed to store empty crates at normal times and also to provide much-needed storage for the Foodbank during busier periods.Continue reading Colchester Foodbank gets Shed-loads of help from Kent Blaxill and Building Society Foundation

Lion Walk AED Dispatched Twice Within 14 Days

A live saving AED defibrillator located in Lion Walk has been used twice in 14 days to attend to unwell members of the public. The AED, which was funded by the Colchester Catalyst Charity in partnership with Colchester Community First Responders, was installed only a few weeks ago. An AED helps to restart the heartContinue reading Lion Walk AED Dispatched Twice Within 14 Days

Wivenhoe ‘Book Raid’ Will Draw Attention To Local Library Closure Threat

Residents of Wivenhoe are being urged to show support for their local libraries by taking part in a Book Raid. The Book Raid aims to draw attention to local libraries in the wake of an Essex County Council consultation on the future of Colchester’s libraries. The organisers plan to take out their maximum book allowance ofContinue reading Wivenhoe ‘Book Raid’ Will Draw Attention To Local Library Closure Threat

Colchester’s Foodbank Predicts High Demand Over Festive Period

Colchester’s Foodbank has asked for local support as the festive season commences. Last December, the Foodbank provided 837 three day emergency food supplies to local people in crisis, 360 of which went to children, and is concerned this December could be even busier. The Foodbank says that covering the costs of increasingly cold weather andContinue reading Colchester’s Foodbank Predicts High Demand Over Festive Period

All-Female Swim Session Pilot For Colchester

This week, a diverse group of Colchester women are celebrating. On 5 December, Active Essex in partnership with Colchester Citizens will be offering the first truly women-only swim sessions at Leisure World Colchester. With modesty screening, all- female lifeguards and female spectators only, the pilot sessions will run on the first Wednesday of each monthContinue reading All-Female Swim Session Pilot For Colchester

Co-operative Movement Growing In Colchester’s Political Circles

The political wing of the Co-operative Party is a growing force in Colchester.  Members will hold their next meeting in Colchester on Wednesday 12 December 2018.  The local branch of the Co-operative Party is expanding its membership in the town.  Set-up to give a voice to Co-operative values, the party (which is supported financially byContinue reading Co-operative Movement Growing In Colchester’s Political Circles

“Where is Our Defibrillator?” ask Angry Colchester Residents

A Colchester man has led calls for answers after delays in a defibrillator being fitted in Shrub End. Peter Greening was part of a group that raised money to fund the life-saving device, which is due to be fitted on the wall of the Co-op in Shrub End. In a statement to the Herald, MrContinue reading “Where is Our Defibrillator?” ask Angry Colchester Residents

Opinion: Why Will Quince is Wrong To Criticise CBC Over Centurion Mag

Colchester’s MP Will Quince hit out at Colchester Borough Council (CBC) last week for spending £17,000 per edition on a leaflet which is being sent to household across the Borough. The ‘Centurion’ is a free newspaper designed to make residents more aware of council projects and services, which Mr Quince labelled as “absolutely disgraceful”. “Last weekContinue reading Opinion: Why Will Quince is Wrong To Criticise CBC Over Centurion Mag

Should Colchester’s Street Lights Be Switched On All Night? (vote)

Essex County Council has said that it may reconsider the decision to switch of Colchester’s Street lights during the early hours of the morning. The controversial policy was adopted in 2013. But this week council bosses have said they may consider switching them back on again, subject to funding. However, many local people are AGAINST reversingContinue reading Should Colchester’s Street Lights Be Switched On All Night? (vote)

Colchester Borough Council’s ‘Dying To Work’ Policy is Vital For Terminally Ill

Last month, my beautiful aunt – Beth Manister – lost her battle with cancer. She was just 47. Beth was diagnosed with the disease in 2017 and despite fighting hard, she eventually lost the battle with the cruel disease. Beth worked for the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) who continued to pay her during her treatment andContinue reading Colchester Borough Council’s ‘Dying To Work’ Policy is Vital For Terminally Ill