Newsletter April 2018

11 April 2018

By-elections called following Tory resignations

There will be 2 district council by-elections, to be held on Thursday 3rd May. These are for Hatfield Peverel and Terling ward (HP&T) and Bocking North ward (BN). The Green candidates will be the same as for the 2015 elections – Jonathan Barker in HP&T and Dawn Holmes in BN.

The polling day is the same date as the local elections across England, although these 2 by-elections will be the only principal authority elections in Braintree District – due to the election cycle the next all-out elections here will be in 2019. There are wider elections in Essex in May – notably in next-door Colchester, but more of that below.

Colchester elections – can the Greens breakthrough this time ?

Having come very close to winning a seat in Castle ward previously, Colchester Greens are working hard to try to get Mark Goacher elected this time round. On 14th April they are holding an Action Day with a visit from Jenny Jones, Green Party Member of the House of Lords.

12.30pm-2pm - Lunch at Firstsite (Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester CO1 1JH), followed by a public Q&A with Jenny Jones

Airfield Walk – big turnout despite VERY cold weather !

On Saturday 17th March, people from all surrounding villages converged on Rivenhall Airfield for a walk along public rights of way to the proposed waste incinerator site.

The weather was astonishingly cold (as can be seen from the clothing being worn !) – a cutting wind coming in from the east, but despite that, many people actually walked from their villages the whole way, whilst others arrived by car or bus and at least one brave person came on a bike !

Brief talks were given along the way and at the gate to the site by Nick Unsworth from the campaign group PAIN and by Cllr. James Abbott. They covered some of the history of the site (both recent planning and its role in WW2) and the next steps in the campaign.

At the time of writing we still do not know when the latest planning applications (submitted in 2017) will be determined by ECC.

Green Drinks

The next Green Drinks will be on Thursday 19th April at 7.30pm at Fowlers Farm (just off the A120 at Galley's Corner roundabout Braintree).
We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month.

Contact Karin for more information at


Litter Pick 22nd April

Sunday 22nd April, for one hour starting at 3pm. Meet at the layby just south of the A12 underpass in Henry Dixon Road, Rivenhall End. The banks either side of the road are public highway land and need a good clean up. Litter bags provided and we will recycle as much as we can. Bring gloves.

New Project – Films for the Future – starting 21st April

Screening of: A Plastic Ocean

Transition Chelmsford with Anglia Ruskin University would like to welcome you to the first event that marks the start of our collaborative project :

Films For the Future

We will be opening spaces free for the general public to screen media productions that help to shed light on the challenges of our time. We will be providing light snacks, tea and coffee and there will be areas afterwards to connect, network and discuss how we can restore our world to a healthy planet.

Our first film is called A Plastic Ocean - an adventure documentary, exploring the extent of plastic pollution in our oceans, including the impacts of microplastics on marine ecosystems and human health, starting with the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

When: 21st April 2018, 18:30 - 21:00 (6.30pm entry for 7pm start)
Location: Chelmsford Anglia Ruskin University - MAR001, Marconi Building
Cost: Free to attend

Booking- Register on eventbrite : Transition Chelmsford: Films For The Future - A Plastic Ocean Screening




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