Welcome to the official Great Maplestead Parish Council website
Great Maplestead is located in North Essex, close to the Suffolk border, and has around 360 residents
- In 2016 the Village won its Class (for communities of fewer than 400 inhabitants) in the Essex Village of the Year competition, promoted by the Rural Community Council of Essex
- In 2017 the Village won a Merit Award in this annual competition
- The Parish Council is the first tier of local goverment.
- In Great Maplestead there are 7 Parish Councillors, who are elected every 4 years.
- If you wish to contact a member of the Parish Council, you will find details on the Parish Councillor information page. Alternatively you should contact the Parish Clerk
- This website provides full details about Great Maplestead Parish Council and also has information on the various village organisations and their activities.
If you require any information, in the first instance please contact the Parish Clerk.
The links on the left can be used to navigate/select and view the information on the website.
For Important Announcements, and useful Emergency Numbers, go to PUBLIC INFORMATION
Saturday 21st October: Get Set For Christmas Tombola Bottle Collection - around the Village from 2.00pm. Please leave bottles (full ones only!) by your front door or gate for ease of collection.
Sunday 22nd October: Pet Service - at St Giles' Church. Starts at 11.00am. All pets welcome.
Saturday 28th October: SpookDracula Haunted Happening - a Halloween Fancy Dress Party in the Village Hall. Starts at 8.00pm. Live music from the crypt by Half-a-Whopper. Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. Limited tickets available for just £5 per person from the Turners: Dave (07779 502 721) or Denise (07990 553 873). More information here.
Remembrance Poppy Collection
Charles Tindall will be making his annual Poppy Collection around the Village, on behalf of the Hedingham and District Royal British Legion, on Saturday 28th October. Please donate generously.
Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Mobile Library Service
Fewer and fewer people are taking advantage of Essex’s Mobile Library Services, and the library vehicles are coming to the end of their working lives, so there is a need to take a fresh look at how best these services can be provided in future.
Essex County Council is therefore undertaking a Public Consultation about the creation of a new library service. This runs from Tuesday 19th September until Monday 6th November 2017. More details here.
All Change for a New Bus Service
Since the 2017 August Bank Holiday a Demand Responsive Transport (DaRT) bus service has replaced the previous 11/12/13 Regal Busways routes serving Great Maplestead.
Great Maplestead, Little Maplestead, Gestingthorpe, Pebmarsh, Wickham St Paul and Bulmer now have a new, flexible and more frequent bus service between Sudbury and Halstead – the DaRT F315.
However, unlike with conventional buses, DaRT passengers must book a seat, and register as a customer, at least two hours in advance of travel.
More details of this service, and how to book to use it, can be found here.
Great Maplestead Parish Council has 3 noticeboards displaying Council Information located at:
1. St Giles Church, Church St - located on the verge to the left hand side of the gates
2. Toldishall, Toldishall Rd - located on verge of T-junction with Lucking Street
3. Dynes Hall Rd - located on south side of the verge, 300m east of the junction with Purls Hill
The Council regularly submits information/news/updates to the monthly Parish News Magazine (circulated to the Parishs of Great & Little Maplestead, Gestingthorpe & Pebmarsh).
Between Council meetings a regular e-newsletter, the Maplestead Magna Carta, is also produced, featuring news of interest and importance to the Parish and making the Council's business more transparent and accountable.
There are three Post Boxes in the village, located at:
1. Church St - half-way down next to the telephone box.
Latest Collections: Mon-Fri 5.30pm; Sat 10.00am
2. Toldishall Rd - at the T-junction with Lucking St.
Latest Collections: Mon-Fri 9.00am; Sat 7.00am
3. Purls Hill - at the junction with Dynes Hall Rd
Latest Collections: Mon-Fri 5.15pm; Sat 9.30am
For free advice and help to access Services & Information, including MOBILITY ISSUES, HEALTHY LIVING, BENEFITS, CARE SUPPORT and PENSIONS
Please contact our COMMUNITY AGENT: Jayne Laken
Tel: 07540 720 607 or 01376 574 341 or e-mail: email@example.com
Local Police can be contacted for non-emergency issues on 101
For Emergencies always dial 999
Highways Problem? - Report a highways problem direct
Help us.. to help you.
Using the above link you can report a pothole to Essex Highways or ask them about a previously reported problem, using the unique reference number that they will have given you.
Please note you can only report one problem at a time, for which you will be given a unique reference number. For example, if you are reporting two potholes in your road these will need to reported separately - you will then be given a unique reference number for each.
Essex Highways respond best to reports made using the link; the more parishioners who report a problem, the speedier the remedial action.
The views expressed throughout this site are not necessarily the views of members of Great Maplestead Parish Council.
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