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

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)

“Don’t Replace, Repair” Says Councillor

A Colchester Councillor has said that vintage road signs around the Town are better repaired than replaced. Councillor Dave Harris recently took out his wire brush and tools to repair road signs around the Berechurch area. “Rather than call for Council to replace the signage and lose some of our historic heritage signs, I wentContinue reading “Don’t Replace, Repair” Says Councillor

Drivers Urged To Switch Off Engines In Traffic Queues

Drivers are being urged to switch off their vehicle’s engine when queuing in traffic in a bid to tackle pollution in Colchester. Recent roadworks have resulted in long delays for motorists using main routes through the Town, including the A133, Ipswich and Harwich Roads, and Eastgates. Idling engines can produce numerous toxins including sulphur dioxide,Continue reading Drivers Urged To Switch Off Engines In Traffic Queues