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Vacancy for a Parish Councillor – Mistley Parish Council
Mistley Parish Council is seeking someone willing to play a part in representing the interests of
the community and to continue to improve the quality of life and the local environment.
The Parish Council is the tier of local government which is closest to local people and is at the
grass-roots level within the community.
The main role of a Parish Councillor is to represent the views of all residents within
the Parish and to listen to, and understand, the views and needs of different groups in the
community (such as young and older people etc).
Application by email or letter please setting out your knowledge and understanding of local
affairs and the local community, together with a summary of your experience and skills.
Please send to: Susan Clements – Parish Clerk
E-mail: mistleyparishclerk@gmail.com
If you would like an informal chat about what is involved in being a Parish Councillor,
then please contact our Chairman Parish Councillor Charlotte Howell on 07768 072842.

“The Swan Basin – the Parish Council’s small volunteer group has made bespoke holders for the water lillies for the fountain”.
 

The Prestigious women’s cycle race 8th October 2021 – Manningtree/Mistley/Lawford: hosted a sprint shortly followed by a Queen of the Mountains’ climb – with plenty of race action for spectators”


Local Council Award Scheme Application – Foundation Level – The Parish Council is delighted note that its application has been successful. This Award is designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils and it provides a framework to improve and develop the Parish Council to its full potential


VJ Day Service at Mistley War Memorial where a wreath was laid


Thank you to all residents who helped with the Mistley Community Litter Picking event on Saturday 22nd May 2021. After a busy morning, some of our Councillors are having a well-deserved refreshment break. Thank you to Councillors Jenny Chaplin and Charlotte Howell for making the delicious cup cakes”.

“For over 90 years Mistley has boasted a fine Bowls Club in New Road, overlooking the banks of the River Stour, in surroundings recently designated an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  But what exactly is lawn bowls?  Mistley Parish Council couldn’t wait to find out, so eagerly accepted a challenge from the Bowls Club to a game, and on the afternoon of Saturday 29th May, coinciding with Bowls England’s 2021 National Open Weekend, Councillors set off to find out what bowls is all about.   

 MIstley and Manningtree’s thriving Bowls Club is a jewel in the area’s crown; its setting adjacent to the church and cricket club idyllic, and the welcome extended by the Club as warm as the sunshine in which the two teams took to the immaculate green.  Bowls, once you have understood the aim of the game, some of the jargon and a few inside tips, is strangely addictive and one can understand its longstanding popularity across the country.  Although most of the Parish Councillors were complete novices, thanks to generous help and advice from their hosts the Councillors were soon able to work with the bias of the bowls to direct them towards the jack and to feel a sense of elation when a well-aimed ball knocked an opponent’s ball out of the way.   

 As with all good sporting fixtures, the afternoon’s final destination was the clubhouse, and Mistley’s boasts impressive facilities including a lounge area, kitchen, well-stocked bar and a snooker room, along with framed photographs, awards and memorabilia from its long and distinguished history.  There is clearly a very sociable element to the game, and clubs throughout the area play in both friendly and competitive matches and leagues.  

 After some well-earned refreshments including some delicious home-made cakes, the Parish Councillors had only one question: when can we come back for a rematch?  And as for the final score?  Well, let’s just say that unsurprisingly the Parish Council came second.   

 Mistley and Manningtree Bowls Club is currently welcoming those interested in becoming new members.  For further information please contact the Club’s president, Mrs Margaret Arthey (tel:  07709 613711 or email margaret.arthey@yahoo.co.uk)”

   

“Parish Councillor Volunteers looking after the Swan Basin and carrying out some maintenance work. Thank you to The Mistley Thorn for kindly providing the Volunteer Group with refreshments”.


Volunteer Team and Hedge Work at the Allotments, High Street

The Welcome Home Trust – Letter from HM The Queen










Mistley Parish Council invites residents of Mistley to create festive window displays for all to enjoy during December. Open to all, and however big or small, we would love to light up Mistley with a magical festive trail.

This could be as simple as hanging up your favourite decorations for all to see, or a scene from your favourite book. Please let your creativity flow!

We welcome you to share your festive window creations on social media. We will pick our top 5 on Saturday 19th December.

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Some exciting news – the BBC television Countryfile has been filming on our Stour estuary and the programme is scheduled to be shown on Sunday 13th December.
As previously announced, an area on the south side of the River Stour (including Mistley/Manningtree) was recently added to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that had previously comprised the north side of the river and Dedham Vale.
AONB staff were filmed for the Countryfile programme talking about the extension and work relating to nature recovery with wildlife including stag beetles, swifts and redshank. Other local items were also filmed including a piece featuring the RSPB and the House for Essex at Wrabness.
We will be certainly be watching Countryfile on 13th December!

Lockdown Archive bullet poster Nov 2020

Lockdown Archive flyer A5


Mistley Parish Council recently invited the children of Mistley Norman Primary School to depict Landmarks Of Mistley in a drawing competition. The children were able to choose any landmark they liked in Mistley to draw, and over 60 entries were received.

We were absolutely thrilled to receive so many fantastic pictures of some of the most-loved landmarks in our beautiful village.  The winning artists each received prizes and everyone who entered received chocolates to share.  Congratulations to everyone – we are so proud to have so much artistic talent in Mistley!

The winning pictures will be displayed on the Parish Council’s website and Facebook page, and the originals displayed in the Village Hall.

Chosen by the Chairman (Charlotte Howell) and Vice-Chairman (Jenny Chaplin) of Mistley Parish Council, here are the winners.  There are also five Highly Commended pictures; these will be sent separately due to the large file sizes.

Winners:
EDME by Isaac (year 6)                                    The Swan Basin by Paige (year 5)                The Swan Basin by Noah (year 3)

 

Old Knobbley by Isabelle (year 1)                  Old Knobbley by Mary (reception)


Mistley Parish Council recently invited the children of Mistley Norman Primary School to depict Landmarks Of Mistley in a drawing competition. The children were able to choose any landmark they liked in Mistley to draw, and over 60 entries were received.

We were absolutely thrilled to receive so many fantastic pictures of some of the most-loved landmarks in our beautiful village.  The winning artists each received prizes and everyone who entered received chocolates to share.  Congratulations to everyone – we are so proud to have so much artistic talent in Mistley!

The winning pictures will be displayed on the Parish Council’s website and Facebook page, and the originals displayed in the Village Hall.

Chosen by the Chairman (Charlotte Howell) and Vice-Chairman (Jenny Chaplin) of Mistley Parish Council, here are the Highly Commended pictures.

Highly Commended:
Mistley Towers by Amelia (year 5)                 The Swan Basin by Poppy (year 3)                The Swan Basin by Riley (year 5)

 

Old Knobbley by Charlie (year 5)                   Tara Traders by Millie (year 6)


In Your Street


Mistley Parish Council Statement 26.10.20 re Mistley Village Hall


MISTLEY PARISH COUNCIL COMMUNITY ACTION AND BUSINESS PLAN

MPC Business Plan 2020 23


MISTLEY PARISH COUNCIL STATEMENTS TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COMMUNITY ACTION/BUSINESS PLAN

Leadership Statement in Planning for the Future of the Community

Mistley PC Statement ensure Council manages performance as Corporate Body

Mistley PC Statement ensures performance staff re business plan

Mistley PC Value for Money Statement

Statement re Biodiversity and Crime and Disorder Mistley PC


Mistley Litter Pick – Saturday 17th October – (socially distanced community event – here is the rubbish collected by volunteers


Planting of the Silver Birch Tree at the Welcome Home Field – Saturday 17th October (socially distanced event) – Saturday 17th October


EXCITING NEWS – Tendring Shuttle Bus Service

Tendring Community Transport and Harwich Connexions Transport are launching a new door to door service between Clacton & Harwich and the outlying villages in the Tendring area.  The new service starting 31st August will enable people to access local amenities, GP appointments, Harwich / Clacton hospitals, social / leisure activities, visit friends or even a trip to the seaside.  For more information about how to book please either contact 01255 436962 (Tendring) or 01255 552010 (Harwich).




Free debt advice from Citizens Advice Tendring

MASDAP for Councillors


Please see the attached document regarding Mistley Place Park, which has been sent to local residents. 

In addition to the public consultation mentioned, please note that Mistley Parish Council will be arranging an Extraordinary Meeting to which parishioners will be invited to discuss their views of the proposal.

The Extraordinary Meeting will take place once a formal planning application has been received by Tendring District Council and details of the meeting will be advised at that point.  Until such time please be advised that Mistley Parish Council has no further information about this potential development

McCarthy & Stone – Mistley – 28 January Exhibition Invitation


Statement – Mistley Parish Council – Proposed Community Governance Review

“Mistley is a large Village. Our Village is unique and we wish to maintain and protect our identity, our cultural and historical heritage includes our Mistley Towers – two classical Towers which were designed in 1776 and are now looked after by English Heritage. We have many listed buildings in our Village and within the Conservation Area. We also have Furze Hill Wood and our many Veteran Oak Trees including the famous Old Knobbley. Our Swans have been in Mistley since the 17th Century and the Swans have made our Village their home. Mistley Parish Council is opposed to its historic Village been urbanised.
Any Community Governance Review is meant to make sure that local governance is effective and convenient, and that it reflects the identities and interests of local communities.
The boundaries of most parishes make sense; they represent clear community or geographical boundaries. Mistley Parish Council feels that this is the case for Mistley and it is totally opposed to any mergers or changes involving Mistley. However, if Lawford Parish Council and Manningtree Town Council wish to merge, then Mistley Parish Council has no issues with this”.
18th December 2019 – Mistley Parish Council


Advert inviting applications for Parish Councillor role March 2021