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 theEssex Village of the Year Award 2016 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 not only provides details about the Parish Council but it also has information on various village and community amenities, services, organisations, events and activities. If you have any information that you think should be included, please let the Clerk know.

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Please check the News page for any recent public announcements and local information. 

Coming Up...

Sunday 28th August: Inter-Village Boules Challenge - on the Playing Field boules court. It's Great vs Little Maplestead for the Best Village title. Start time 2.00pm. Players £2/head. Teams to be created on the day. An impressive Inter-Village Boules Challenge Trophy is up for grabs by the winners, along with other great prizes. All are welcome, whether to play or just watch and cheer on your village. BYO chairs, nibbles and drinks. Poster here.

Thursday 1st September: The Maple Leaves present: 'The Detectorist' in the Village Hall, with guest speaker Howard Davis. Starts at 7.30pm, entry £2 per person (to include refreshments). Members and Guests welcome. More details about this presentation and The Maple Leaves - Maplesteads’ Independent Ladies Social and Dining Club - can be found here.

Saturday 10th SeptemberAutumn Show in the Village HallCompetiton categories include flowers (with a special sunflower category), fruit and vegetables, cookery, handicrafts and photography, for which the adult subject is 'Abandoned Buildings' and the children under 16's 'I Love My .....??' More details and a full schedule can be found here.


Further information about future social events can be found here.


Important Information

Village Playing Field - Community Development Project.

Plans are in now place for this £93k Development Project to deliver a completely new play area for the children and  brand new facilities to benefit adults and families. A Boules Court and additional picnic tables were installed in 2021 and essential drainage work will be done this summer. The Project has been designed to benefit residents by giving the community playing field a much more central role in village life. Further details can be found here.
If, after reading the linked document, you would like to make a comment or offer feedback on the Project, please download and complete this form and either e-mail it to the Parish Clerk or deliver by hand to New House, St Giles' Close.

Tenders were invited for:

    • Clearance of the existing playground and preparatory groundworks.
    • The supply and installation of new children’s playground equipment
    • The supply and installation of a new access for all perimeter pathway and exercise track.

The Tender Document can be downloaded or viewed here. The tender process is now closed and a decision on the preferred supplier was made on 10th July

A submission for Phase 2 of the Council's National Lottery Fund application has been made. However, local financial donations are still urgently needed, no matter how small - every little helps!   Simon Last and Martin Crisp undertook a 1000-mile, 14-day bike ride from Land's End to John O'Groats in May and raised over £5,500 towards the funding goal. You can see them talking about this epic challenge here.


If you would like to receive information about the Council's activities, regular Meeting Agendas, Minutes, the Maplestead Magna Carta and, exceptionally, any urgent community information, please complete the required fields on the How to Get in Touch page or send the Parish Clerk your e-mail address: this will not appear, be disclosed or be distributed to any third party and will not be used for any other purpose. If you have not already done so, you will need to complete, sign and return a copy of our Consent Form to allow us to use your personal data - our Privacy Notice details why we need and how we use such data and explains your rights regarding your personal data.






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