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All pri­mary and spe­cial schools in Es­sex have been in­vited to take part in de­sign­ing a healthy kitchen gar­den plot and to then cre­ate a tasty recipe for a healthy packed lunch us­ing the pro­duce grown from the plot.

The Grow­ing Com­mu­ni­ties project is man­aged by Ru­ral Com­mu­nity Coun­cil of Es­sex (RCCE) and the aim is to en­cour­age young peo­ple to eat healthily, un­der­stand and learn about food prove­nance while cap­tur­ing their imag­i­na­tions.

This year there will be three cat­e­gories: pri­mary schools re­cep­tion to Year 3, pri­mary schools Year 4 to Year 6 and spe­cial schools ages five to 16.

Each win­ner will re­ceive £500 of gar­den­ing equip­ment for the school and a plant­ing day with a gar­den­ing ex­pert. The first 25 schools to reg­is­ter will also re­ceive a free potato planter kit, kindly spon­sored by Per­ry­wood Gar­den Ex­plor­ers (Tip­tree).


In Oc­to­ber, the an­nual RCCE Vil­lage Halls and Com­mu­nity Build­ings Con­fer­ence was held at Pel­don and Wig­bor­oughs Com­mu­nity Hall, which was opened ear­lier this year.

The event was once again very well at­tended, with a full pro­gramme of speak­ers. The con­fer­ence heard from Kirsty O’Cal­laghan, head of strength­en­ing com­mu­ni­ties at Es­sex County Coun­cil, about the suc­cess of the Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tives Fund.

Lucy Dickinson, also from Es­sex County Coun­cil, spoke about the Su­per­fast Es­sex Com­mu­nity WiFi Scheme and ex­plained how com­mu­ni­ties can par­tic­i­pate and get in­volved.

The con­fer­ence also heard from Suzanne Howe, who ex­plained how Ram­sey Vil­lage Hall Com­mu­nity Library was set up – where the idea came from, how it was set up and the dif­fer­ence it has made to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Es­sex Po­lice were rep­re­sented by Chief In­spec­tor Ian Gen­nery, who heads up the Gypsy, Trav­eller and Ru­ral En­gage­ment Team. Ch Insp Gen­nery gave a very de­tailed, in­for­ma­tive talk about the work of the team, fight­ing ru­ral crime and ex­plained how, through fo­cused, vis­i­ble polic­ing, the aims are to re­as­sure ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, to de­ter crime, to gather (and share) in­tel­li­gence, and to bring to jus­tice those who com­mit crimes in ru­ral ar­eas.

Nick Shut­tle­worth, RCCE’s ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, also spoke at the event, shar­ing a quote from RCCE’s pa­tron, Lord Pe­tre, who said: ‘In re­cent years, through­out the county, there has been a con­sid­er­able surge, en­cour­aged by RCCE, in the re­fur­bish­ment or com­plete re­place­ment of di­lap­i­dated vil­lage halls. In al­most ev­ery case, this has led to a re­mark­able re­nais­sance in vil­lage life with new groups and ac­tiv­i­ties spring­ing up to make use of what have be­come at­trac­tive fa­cil­i­ties.’

ABOVE: Pel­don and Wig­bor­oughs Com­mu­nity Hall

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