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.


Parish of Great Tey and Little Tey

The Churches of Great & Little Tey
A warm welcome awaits you in May 2017 at St Barnabas Church, Great Tey and St James the Less Church, Little Tey. Included this month are details of the Special Service of thanksgiving for the Community in the presence of The High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall Esq, MBE, the Rogation Family Worship and other activities in the life of the church. All other details of Sunday worship may 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
Sunday 7th May Parish Communion at 9.30 am at Great Tey Church
Sunday 14th May Rogation Service at 9.30 am at Little Tey Church
Sunday 21st May Holy Communion (BCP) at 9.30 am at Little Tey Church
Ascension Day 25th May Sung Eucharist at Great Tey Church at 7.30 pm
Sunday 28th May Parish Communion with Sunday Club at Great Tey at 9.30 am at Great Tey Church
Sunday 28th May Evening Prayer (BCP) at Little Tey Church at 6.30 pm.

Earthquake in Essex Talk
We do hope that you can join us for an evening talk at Little Tey church on Saturday 6th May at 7.30 pm when Mr Peter Jones will be giving a talk on the Earthquake in Essex.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be served afterwards. Tickets at £4.00 each are available from Freda King, Pauline Mattin and Jane Richardson or pay on the evening. All welcome.

Rogation Family Service
We invite you to our Family Worship Rogation Service at Little Tey Church on Sunday 14th May at 9.30 am when the service will be both outside and inside the church as we ask God to bless the land and thank Him for the fields and surrounding countryside. Refreshments will be served after the service; please invite your families and friends along; all welcome.

Service of thanksgiving
On Wednesday 17th May at 7.00 pm we have a special service of thanksgiving for our community in the presence of The High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Esq., MBE. As many of you will know Simon is a resident of Great Tey and hosts the church’s summer fete in his lovely garden at Walcotts Hall. Refreshments will be served after the service in the village hall. All are very welcome.

Christian Aid Week
A house to house to collection for Christian Aid will take place between the 14th – 20th May 2017; this year the appeal is to help support refugees. If you would like to help with this year’s collection in Great & Little Tey please contact Jane Richardson on 01206 211481 or email john.richardson195@btinternet.com. Thank you to everyone who helps with the delivering and collecting envelopes; your support is greatly appreciated and thank you everyone for giving so generously each year.

Mothers’ Union Songs of Praise
Everyone is invited to our Songs of Praise Service at St Barnabas Church, Great Tey Church at 2.30 pm on Thursday 18th May 2017. Afternoon tea will be served after the service and a bring and buy sale will be held to raise funds for the MU Summer Appeal. Our next meeting at the Rectory will be on Thursday 15th June at 2.30 pm when our speaker will be Mrs. Marion Ketley, former Diocesan President and all are welcome. For further information please contact Jane Richardson, Branch Leader on 01206 211481.
Open Gardens at Chappel and Wakes Colne
Enjoy an afternoon of Open Gardens in Chappel and Wakes Colne on Sunday 4th June from 11.00 am – 5.00 pm. Lunches and refreshments will be available.
Admission is by programme £5.00 (children free) available from Chappel Church in support of the Churches in Wakes Colne and Chappel. For more details contact 01206 210799
or email richdcb@aol.com

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.

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 Hallfrom 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


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

Great Tey Parish Council


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


Whilst other Councils are cutting back it is encouraging that Colchester B.C. have introduced a team of Community Wardens, who by car or on foot, and armed with wide ranging set of roles, target improving the quality of life for residents and visitors and to reduce the incidence and fear of crime and disorder

There are 7 Zones – our Parish falls in Zone 2 and our contacts are Gary Cole on 07507 647373 or Zoe Frost on 07817 297215. Both may be contacted direct on these numbers.

Warden’s cars are very distinctive with large lettering emblazoned on the sides saying ‘Colchester Community Wardens’ with ‘Community Safety Scheme Accredited’ symbols.
Wardens all wear a distinctive uniform, which while being intentionally ‘casual’ also serves the purpose of being both functional and visible.

Although the wardens have no police powers, they have been accredited by Essex Police to issue fixed penalty notices (FPN’s) for specific misdemeanours. Activities include: –
•Developing links with local neighbourhood-watch schemes.
•Attending community forums and residents associations.
•Distributing crime reduction advice.
•Being a point of contact for access to services for vulnerable people.
•Monitoring and/or removing graffiti.
•Attending to abandoned vehicles and issuing notices for car tax evasion to DVLA.
•Enforcing laws concerning fouling by dogs and littering.
•Monitoring and feeding back on environmental concerns.
•Under police accreditation, removing cigarettes and alcohol from young people.
•Educating and providing information on recycling and environmental issues
•Investigating incidences of fly-tipping, clearing – where case evidence can be found prosecuting.

The Wardens are also involved with the communities’ youth and older peoples groups, assistance with sport and leisure activities, community Fete’s and organising shopping trips.


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..

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



There have been a recent spate of burglaries in the Village. Crimes can take place at any time of day or night, so please be vigilant and keep and eye open on your own, and your neighbours, properties.

You can phone the police on 101 to report any strange activity, but if it is an emergency and you require the police immediately, please phone 999.

Thank you

Parish Council


For any one who is new to the village and is interested, we do have a paper delivery service. The papers come from the Post Office at Marks Tey and are delivered to a point in the village where the children collect them and deliver them before going to school. Unfortunately this delivery service is limited to the village only during the week (Mon – Fri), all out lying houses have to fend for themselves. There is a delivery service to the outlying houses as well as the village at the weekend though. The charge is 30p per day in the village and 75p per day (Sat – Sun) for out lying house. This cost may seem high, but it has to cover the cost of the children and weekend adult who deliver the papers and also the cost of the man who delivers early every morning to the village. If any one is interested in having a paper delivered they should contact the Post Office at Marks Tey and let them know your name and address and where your house is situated.


Places are available for girls and boys to attend our Beaver Colony (6-8 years), Cub Pack (8 – 10.5 years) and Scout Troop (10.5 – 14.5 years).
We meet every Wednesday evening during school term time in the Village Hall. Beavers from 6pm to 7:15pm, Cubs from 7pm to 8:30pm and Scouts from 7:30pm to 9pm.
If you know a young person who might like to join our group, please contact Melvin Tarman (number above) or speak to any of our Leaders on Wednesday evenings.


Places are available for girls aged 7 — 11 years to join Great Tey Brownies

Due to lack of numbers the 35+yr old pack may have to close.
We meet Mondays at the village hall at 6pm
Please don’t let this happen. join now!
If you are nearly 7, call too!
Call: 01206 211350 for details


The maintenance of the roads and lanes in and around our village are the responsibility of Essex County Council. Their contact points have recently changed, and if you wish to contact them regarding any Highways issue, or to report potholes, please telephone 0845 603 7631 or email H&TLocalism&Customereast@essex.gov.uk
Great Tey Parish Council


Colchester Borough Council and Essex Police have joined forces to provide you with a direct line to report anti-social behaviour. You can now speak to a team of dedicated specialists who can talk through your problems and deal with your call more efficiently by assigning it to the correct agency.

The ASB hotline number is 282731, it will operate between 8.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Callers outside these times should leave a message, but urgent calls (i.e. threats to life) should ring 999.


Russell Cottis is very keen to hear from anyone wishing to find
out more about the FIRST RESPONDERS group in
Great Tey as more people are URGENTLY required.
Please email him on russell.cottis@btinternet.com or
by telephone 01787 223573