Welcome to Great Tey

Great Tey is a small country village based in the heart of Colchester, Essex. The Village has a strong community feel and striving business services.


Great Tey Parish Council


Another year has passed us by quickly, but as is traditional in the Annual meeting I would like to express our gratitude to the following people whose time and effort has assisted in the smooth operation of the village over the last 12 months.

Anne Brown Essex Essex County Councillor and Peter Chillingworth Colchester Borough Councillor for all the communication and assistance they give us in the Parish

John Bland and Roy Traube for holding the bus company to task for their recent poor performance

Ivan Dyer the handyman for keeping the parks and other public condition in good order

Litter pickers who in one (cold) morning picked up enough bags of rubbish from our pavements ditches and hedges that it filled a small truck and Roger Fairs for having the forethought to replace the usual post-pick BBQ with some warming soup he prepared.

The Village Hall Management committee, Sally Brooks, Emma Sams and Alec Brooks. A few years ago we were fearful over what the future would hold for the village hall but under the new management team it is going from strength to strength.

James Elmer for his assistance in driving forward the initiative for the Village Neighbourhood Plan, a document that recent events and dozens of parishioners are now aware of in order to shape the future of our village over the coming years as the county looks to identify locations for major new development

We were sad to lose the expertise of Councillor Barron last year but have recently managed to bolster our numbers back up to a full council by Councillor Frost joining us.

Gardeners who keep the village looking so nice and give us something to judge each year.

Cllr S Beesley, May 2017.


Attendees at events in the parish will be advised by the photographer that if they object to their photographs being published they should advise the photographer at the time.


The parish council have had complaints about the amount of dog mess on the Harold Fairs Recreation Ground. It is an offence to allow your dog to foul a public place without clearing it up, and the Recreation Ground and The Old Playing Field are both public places. Please could all dog owners help keep our village clean and safe, and report to the Dog Warden at Colchester Borough Council on 01206 282581 if you see another owner failing to clear up. Thank you. – Parish Council


The post office outreach service for Great Tey is now every Tuesday and Friday at the Village Hall, opening from 1.30pm until 4.30pm. Please use this service if you want to keep a post office service in the village.

The Village Notice Board is located on the wall of Bell House Garage, at the top of the Chase opposite the Chequers Pub..

Parish of Great Tey and Little Tey

The Churches of Great & Little Tey

A warm welcome awaits you in June 2017 at St Barnabas Church, Great Tey and St James the Less Church, Little Tey. Included this month are details of our Sunday Church Services, our Church Summer Fete, the Mothers’ Union Coffee Morning and Quiet Day at Clare Priory and other activities in the life of the church. Sunday worship details may also be found in the Parish newsletter. If you would like further information please contact Rev. John Richardson on 01206 211481 or email john.richardson195@btinternet.com

Church Services in June 2017:
Sunday 4th June Day of Pentecost Parish Communion at Little Tey Church at 9.30 am
Sunday 11th June Trinity Sunday Family Worship at Great Tey Church at 9.30 am
Sunday 18th June Holy Communion (BCP) at Little Tey Church at 9.30 am
Sunday 25th June Parish Communion with Sunday Club at Great Tey Church at 9.30 am
Sunday 25h June Evening Prayer (BCP) at Little Tey Church at 6.30 pm

Church Summer Fete
We hope that you and your friends and family can join us for our Church Summer Fete on Saturday 8th July 2017 opening at 2.00 pm at Walcotts Hall by kind invitation of Mr Simon Hall.
Refreshments, Stalls, Cakes, Swimming for children, Raffles, Ice Creams, Games, Activities and Plants, Books and Bottle stall and musical entertainment to enjoy in the lovely garden.
Parking is available. For more details please contact Mrs Freda King on 211056 or Jane Richardson on 01206 211481.

MU Coffee Morning
Join us for our Coffee Morning on Wednesday 21st June from 10.00 am at Greenlands Farm, Lamberts Lane by kind invitation of Carol and David Williams. Tea, coffee, cakes and refreshments will be served, and a bring and buy stall and raffle will be held to raise funds for the Mothers’ Union Summer Appeal. Enjoy time to chat over coffee and the lovely garden at Greenlands Farm. All welcome.

Edward Bear Picnic The Edward Bear Picnic for babies and under 5s and their parents and carers will take place on Friday 7th July from 2 – 3.00 pm at the Rectory, Geat Tey. Please bring your teddy bears with you and some picnic goodies to share with everyone. For all details on Edward Bear please visit the website www.edwardbear.org.uk or email us at admin@edwardbear.org.uk. We look forward to seeing you. Elizabeth, John and Emma.

Christian Aid
Thank you to those who delivered and collected envelopes during Christian Aid Week; especially the year 6 children at Great Tey Primary School. At the time of writing the total amount raised is £937.21 so thank you to everyone who donated to this year’s appeal which will go towards helping refugees. The total amount raised, with the school’s Big Brekkie total, will be included in next month’s Round & About, with many thanks, Jane Richardson

Sunday Club
Sunday Club meets on the fourth Sunday of each month at Great Tey Church at 9.30 am during the Parish Communion Service. Sunday Club is for primary school aged children
and younger ones are very welcome if accompanied by a parent/carer. We share a bible story, and enjoy activities with arts and crafts- the next dates for Sunday Club are:
Sunday 25th June 2017 at 9.30 am
Sunday 23rd July 2017 at 9.30 am
For further information please contact Jane Richardson on 01206 211481 or email: john.richardson195@btinternet.com

Mothers’ Union
Members and guests enjoyed our Songs of Praise service in May and the June meeting when our speaker was Mrs. Marion Ketley, former Diocesan President. Our Garden Meeting will take place on Thursday 20th July at the Rectory, Great Tey at 2.30pm; all welcome. If you would like to join us on our Deanery Quiet Day at Clare Priory on Friday 22nd September you are most welcome; please contact Jane Richardson for more details on 01206 211481 or email john.richardson195@btinternet.com.

Charity Stall at Coggeshall
Once again Freda and Pauline will kindly be running the Charity Stall at Coggeshall Market on Thursday 17th August from 8.00 am. All donations of cakes, preserves, produce and items to sell will be gratefully received please – these can be passed on to Freda King, Pauline Mattin or brought to the Rectory. Coggeshall Market is well worth a visit with a greengrocers stall, fishmonger, cheese man, bakery stall and local produce. We hope to see you there

60s, 70s and 80s Dance
Make a date in your diary for the 60s, 70s and 80s Dance with live music from Peter George on Saturday 16th September in the Marquee at Park Field, Walcotts Hall from 7 – 11 pm by kind invitation of Mr. Simon Hall. Tickets will be on sale at the summer fete and throughout the summer months. For more details please contact Chris and Sue Percival and Jane Richardson.

Social and Fundraising Events 2017 – Dates for your diary.
We hope that you will be able to join us at our Social events this year and look forward to seeing you:
Saturday 8th July Church Summer Fete at Walcotts Hall.
Thursday 17th August Charity Stall at Coggeshall Market from 8.00am
Sunday 3rd September Musical afternoon and tea at Little Tey Church at 3pm
Saturday 16th September ‘60s, 70s, and 80s’ Dance with live music from Peter George in the Marquee at Park Field, Walcotts Hall from 7 – 11pm
Saturday 30th September Coffee Morning in aid of Little Havens Children’s Hospice at Jesmond, Little Tey by kind invitation of Pauline and Alan Mattin
Saturday 7th October Harvest Supper at Great Tey Village Hall at 7pm
Saturday 18th November Shepherds Pie Evening at Great Tey Village Hall at 7pm



“Have your say on the new Local Plan for Colchester Borough”
Publication Draft Consultation
16th June – 28th July 2017

Great Tey Village Hall, Chappel Road, Great Tey CO6 1JQ – Tuesday 27th June 4pm – 8pm

Marks Tey Village Hall, Old London Road, Marks Tey CO6 1EJ – Saturday 1st July 10am – 2pm

Contact details

Visit the Council website for more information on the Publication Draft consultation and for regular
Local Plan updates – www.colchester.gov.uk/localplan

If you have any questions, please contact us at: E-mail – local.plan@colchester.gov.uk

Telephone – Planning Policy team, 01206 282473/76/80


Formation of a Great Tey Neighbourhood Plan

Following Parish Council meetings on 14th February and 14th March and an Open Meeting on 28th February, it is clear that parishioners wish to be involved in planning proposals.

A number of parishioners met on 22nd March for an independent meeting intended to encourage and help parishioners to write letters to Colchester Borough Council Planning Department expressing their views regarding the proposal to build 40 homes on a site between Greenfield Drive and New Barn Road.

Great Tey was represented at a meeting of the Colchester Borough Council Local Plan Committee held at Colchester Town Hall on 27th March. A number of Great Tey parishioners attended, one parishioner spoke to the committee about parishioners’ response to the recent proposal and Peter Chillingworth, Ward Councillor, Rural North, spoke to express parishioners’ views.

Following this activity, Colchester Borough Council have invited Parish Council members to a meeting to discuss options available, including preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. The Parish Council is aware that a number of parishioners have begun to form a group to represent parishioners’ views and have offered to work with the Parish Council to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. The aim of a Neighbourhood Plan is to enable parishioners, the Parish Council and landowners to work together with all interested parties to agree and publish a plan for future development within the parish. When complete, this plan will be submitted to Colchester Borough Council for adoption and will enable Colchester Borough Council to progress development that parishioners have agreed. At this stage we do not know whether this plan would be completed in time to affect any decisions regarding current planning proposals.

Please can those wishing to be part of the lead group, representing the parishioners views, please make themselves known to the Parish Council Clerk, David Williams, at: david@greenlandsfarm.freeserve.co.uk

We would like to encourage all parishioners to make their views known and for our work to be as efficient and productive as possible we would ask views to be channelled to the lead group volunteers whose names we will publish in due course.

Great Tey Parish Council














Attended Freighter Schedule 2017

Attended Saturday Freighter Schedule

Colchester Borough Council will collect household items from a number of locations throughout the year as part of the Attended Saturday Freighter Service. You can use this service to dispose of small loads of household items which are not collected as part of your regular kerbside collection. Please don’t use this service to dispose of items which can be recycled, although you can bring garden waste separately which will be composted.

Please note that we cannot accept any of the following items:
•no large loads, fridges, freezers or other electrical goods – these items can be collected as part of the Special Collection Service or taken to your local tip..
•no hazardous waste such as asbestos, batteries, liquids or gas bottles – for information on how to dispose of your hazardous items, visit the Essex County Council Hazardous Waste Advice page.
•no commercial refuse – the Council operates a trade recycling and rubbish collection service, details of which can be found on the Recycling and waste for businesses page.
For more information please email recycling@colchester.gov.uk or phone 01206 282700
LocationDate and Time

Green Lane
8:00am – 9:15am
01 April, 27 May, 22 July

Chappel and Wakes Colne
Swan Grove
8:00am – 9:15am
01 April, 27 May, 22 July

Great Tey
Harold Fairs Rec Ground

9:30am – 10:45am

01 April, 27 May, 22 July



92 people attended the meeting.The chairman of the meeting was the Great Tey Parish Council Chairman Cllr S Beesley.

He said that the meeting had been called so that parishioners could give their views on the Parish’s response to Colchester Borough Council regarding the proposed further site for consideration in the Colchester Local Plan. The site is a proposed 40 house development between Greenfield Drive and New Barn Road in Great Tey, plus 1ha of open space.

He said that a neighbourhood plan has been suggested by some parishioners and he asked for volunteers to set up and run the plan. In the first instance they should contact the clerk of the parish council.

Cllr Beesley then asked for questions and statements and said that he would answer where appropriate:-
1.Can we have a show of hands regarding support for the development – Answer We will have that later in the meeting.
2.Can we have a review of the sites submitted in the Local Plan. Answer The site in Brook Road proposes 17 houses, and the site between Greenfield Drive and New Barn Road proposes 40 houses.
3. Why was this 40 house site submitted so late. Answer I cannot answer on behalf of Colchester Borough Council (CBC).
4.Why is the other site on the other side of Brook Road to the left as you enter the village not proceeding. Answer The preferred site was the 17 houses in Brook Road as you enter the village on the right.
5. There was no answer from CBC when they attended at the last parish council meeting when the 40 house site was discussed and the disruption and the lack of infrastructure in Great Tey was mentioned.
6. There are 275 homes in Great Tey at present, so 57 new houses is 20% not 6% as in the housing plan.
7. Is there a known quota from CBC for houses in Great Tey. Answer No
8. Is there a known plan for infrastructure in Great Tey. Answer No.
9.In that case there should not be development in Great Tey until a suitable infrastructure is in place.
10.Has the parish council considered taking court action regarding the lack of consultation for this 40 house site. Answer No, there is a consultation.
11. Are CBC happy that raw sewage may spill over due to the new houses. Answer We do not know.
12. I am keen that the village is not swallowed up in West Tey and I am in favour of two developments. A healthy village should have a church, pub, a shop, and a primary school. Our school has 48 pupils, some from Colchester, and can take 40 more. We would not get this, or an improved bus service, without more people in the village.
13.We will not get different styles of housing.
14. The parish council should represent views of the village and put their personal views aside.
15.We have an early bus which does not service Great Tey properly. Bures and Colne Engaine have a better bus service than Great Tey.
16. What sort of people will live in the new houses. Answer The proposal states that it would deliver affordable rent housing.
17. The infrastructure under concern includes sewage, roads.
18. An unmanaged building of houses in Great Tey will cause great concern with the traffic and children walking to school.
19.Great Tey is the smallest state school in Essex, and of the 48 pupils only 50% live in Great Tey. The school cannot develop without housing development.
20.This is a wonderful opportunity to consider Great Tey development in the next 20 years plus. We must encourage a village development plan. The village needs to know what it wants.
21. The 40 house site was put forward some years ago for 50 houses.
22. There is no guarantee that the new houses will have children of school age.
23. Can we structure what development we are happy with.
24. I understand that a footpath in Brook Road is important.
25. Were there any objections to the plans for 17 houses in Brook Road. Answer No planning application has been received.
26. The site for 17 houses in Brook Road appears to have the infrastructure for sewage etc.
27. Should all parishioners write separately regarding the 40 house site. Answer Yes, in their own words.
28.There is a definite need for a neighbourhood plan.
29.The 40 house site proposal is not specific, the access points and number of houses is negotiable.
30. A neighbourhood plan is an enormous process and will take years to do.
31.You have not got all the village here so a vote will not be indicative.
32. I suggest that you send a note around the village asking parishioners what they want.
33.Can we not support the site originally proposed on the other side of Brook Road rather than the 40 house site.Answer We can do what we like as long as we have support of the parishioners.
34. There is a meeting of CBC on 27 March so we do not have enough time to send out letters.
35. There is enough people here to get a view what the village wants regarding which site and how many houses.
36.There is some 400 houses in Great Tey parish not 275 houses.
37. When the 40 house site was proposed before, no entrance was allowed off New Barn Road.
38.No one has told us of the type of houses on the 40 house site.
39. Why did the site on the other side of Brook Road not proceed.
40. The concrete roads on the estate would not be able to take construction traffic.

Parishioners asked that a show of hands was given for various sites with various numbers of houses and the results were:-
(a)The preferred site at Brook Road on the right side coming into the village – Those in favour of 20 houses – 50 votes
Those in favour of 30 houses – 15 votes
Those in favour of 50 houses – None

(b)The proposed site between New Barn Road and Greenfield Drive –
Those in favour of 10 houses – 3 votes
Those in favour of 20 houses – 7 votes
Those in favour of 30 houses – 1 vote
If access was not through the estate would you change your vote – 3 votes

(c)The site on the left side of Brook Road coming into the village –
Those in favour of 10 houses – 30 votes
Those in favour of 20 houses – 35 votes
Those in favour of 30 houses – 5 votes
Those in favour of 40 houses – None

(d)Any site elsewhere in Great Tey
Those in favour of 10 houses – 1 vote

41.What would the parish council do for parishioners here. Answer This would be discussed at the next parish council meeting.
42. Doctors’ appointments are difficult now, and more houses will make it worse.
43. There is a flooding issue with the field for the 40 house site which is higher than the surrounding houses.
44. I suggest that Peter Chillingworth, Borough Councillor, is involved as he would help giving planning guidance.
45. A link should be made on the web site to the CBC Local Plan part two.
46. A parishioner said he would take email addresses of those present and contact them and arrange structure of letters to CBC
Cllr Beesley thanked those attending and said that anyone interested in being involved with a neighbourhood plan should contact the clerk of the parish council in the first instance.

The meeting closed at 9.12pm.


Passengers, particularly those using the bus to go to school or work, are strongly recommended to check for the revisions using the National Traveline Service, available at: www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk shortly before undertaking their journey, so that they are aware of any changes that have been made.

The majority of dedicated school contract services, which are not open for use by the general public will not be affected.

The web site at www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk will show the stops in Colchester when you ask for the map from Colchester to Great Tey.

The timetable is:-

Great Tey – Colchester

Monday – Friday

Service 82/82A

82A 82 82 82 82

Great Tey, Church 08:41 09:28 13:41 17:28 18:20

Marks Tey, Station 08:49 09:36 13:49 17:35 18:28

Tollgate, Sainsburys – 09:41 13:54 – 18:33

Colchester, Head Street – 09:55 14:08 – 18:47

Colchester, Stanwell Street 08:58 09:58 14:11 – 18:50

Colchester – Great Tey

Monday – Friday

Service 82/83

82 82 83

Colchester, Stanwell Street 12:20 16:15 17:40

Tollgate, Sainsburys 12:34 16:31 17:56

Marks Tey, Station 12:39 16:36 Bus goes via Fordham

Great Tey, Church 12:47 16:44 18:20

Great Tey – Colchester Service 82


Colchester – Great Tey Service 82


82 82 82

Great Tey, Church 09:28 17:23 Colchester, Stanwell Street 16:15

Marks Tey, Station 09:36 17:35 Tollgate, Sainsburys 16:31

Tollgate, Sainsburys 09:41 17:40 Marks Tey, Station 16:36

Colchester, Head Street 09:55 17:54 Great Tey, Church 16:44

Colchester, Stanwell Street 09:58 17:57

Village Hall

Hire Opportunity Available at Great Tey Village Hall

An opening has become available to start a regular new group/club at Great Tey Village Hall, every Thursday from 4.15 pm onwards.

For further information, please contact Sally Brooks on 01206 210248 or email: greattey.villagehall@gmail.com

To book the village hall please contact the manager:-

Sally Brooks
1 Farmfield Road
Great Tey
Essex CO6 1AB
Telephone:-01206 210248


Whats on at the Village Hall

9.15 am – 12.15 pmPre-School (term time only) Truly or Joy on 07712967081 greatteypreschool@hotmail.com
2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Yoga Natasha Al-Riyami 07971107835
4.45 pm – 6.00 pm Rainbows (age 5 – 7 years)www.girlguiding.org.uk
6.00 pm – 7.30 pmBrownies (age 7 – 10 ½ years)www.girlguiding.org.uk


9.15 am – 12.15 pmPre-School (term time only) Truly or Joy on 07712967081 greatteypreschool@hotmail.com
7.30 pm onwardsWomens’ Institute (WI) (1st Tuesday of the month)Jane Richardson (01206) 211481
7.30 pm onwardsParish Council (2nd Tuesday of the month)David Williams (01787) 224895


9.15 am – 12.15 pmPre-School (term time only) Truly or Joy on 07712967081 greatteypreschool@hotmail.com
10 am – 11.45 amToddler GroupSally Wagland 07540773094 togz1975@yahoo.co.uk
2.00 pm – 5.30 pmFriendship/Bowls Club(alternate Wednesdays)Paul Phillips (01206) 210521 andrea.paulp@virgin.net
6.00 pm – 7.15 pmBeavers (age 6 – 8 years)Megan Cornish 07817865468 megan1stgreattey@gmail.com
7.00 pm – 8.30 pmCubs (age 8 – 10 ½ years)Melvin Tarman (01206) 212926
7.30 pm – 9.00 pmScouts (10 ½ – 14 years)Gary Brown (01206) 212648

9.15 am – 12.15 pmPre-School (term time only) Truly or Joy on 07712967081 greatteypreschool@hotmail.com 2.00 pm – 4.00 pmDrop In Centre(2nd Thursday of each month)Norma Tregoning (01206) 210417 2.00 pm – 4.00 pmCommunity Warden/Bingo (4th Thursday of each month)Norma Tregoning (01206) 210417 4.15pm – 8.15 pm Dynamite School of Dance (Freestyle Dance Class from 3 years)Sarah Harding (Dance Principle) 07827693094


9.15 am – 12.15 pmPre-School (term time only) Truly or Joy on 07712967081 greatteypreschool@hotmail.com
12.15 pm – 1.15 pm Pre-School lunch-clubTruly or Joy on 07712967081 greatteypreschool@hotmail.com
2.00 pm – 5.30 pm“The Swing Express Big Band” band practiceMr Simpson (01787) 222628
7.30 pm – 9.30 pmYouth Activity Club (age 11 – 17 years)(alternate Fridays)Alec Brooks (01206) 210248
(Catchment area: Great Tey, Little Tey, Chappel, Wakes Colne)
7.30 pm – 10.30 pmWinter Bowls (November to March) (alternate Fridays)Mike Holliday (01206) 210709


9.00 – 10.30 amKarateJohn Webb 07769720068