Lauriston Farm Becomes a Charitable Community Benefit Society

Image Lauriston Farm Team
Left to right – Andy, Eelco, Christiane, Jane, Sally, Zoe and Spencer

Congratulations to Lauriston Farm.

On February 1st 2017 Lauriston Farm Limited was registered as a Charitable Community Benefit Society.  It is a very exciting step for them as they launch their Social farming Initiative. Volunteers and employees form the Board and Executive.

This type of co-operative society enables individuals from any location to become members and shareholders. The offer opens on Sunday 26th February 2017 and runs for six weeks, closing on Saturday 8th April 2017, or when the maximum target is reached, whichever is sooner. Read more here …

Stay well this winter – Winter Warmth campaign

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-23-15-01A new Winter Warmth partnership aimed at helping vulnerable residents this winter is offering free drop in sessions, advice and more starting in November.

The new partnership aims to assist those who might struggle to keep warm, buy food, fuel or essentials or keep well. From November – February, there will be two events each month for residents to drop in and see us for advice and information.  This could include health advice, financial support and much more over a hot drink or some soup

The Partnership aims provide the best support to help you personally, or direct you to the services that may be able to assist.  We also have free “winter warmth” packs to take away with you.

The first two of these drop-ins are due to be held on Friday 4 November between 12.30 and 3.30pm at the Plantation Hall, Heybridge Basin and Wednesday 30 November at the Memorial Hall, Southminster between 11am and 3.00pm.  Details of all the venues are as follows:

Friday 4 November 12.30pm to 3.30pm Plantation Hall, Heybridge
Wednesday 30 November 11am to 3pm Southminster Memorial Hall
Friday 9 December 11am to 3pm Lawling Park Hall, Mayland
Thursday 15 December 11am to 3pm Burnham on Crouch Library
Thursday 5 January 11am to 3pm Maldon Library
Thursday 19 January 11am to 3pm Tollesbury Community Centre
Wednesday 15 February 11am to 3pm Tillingham Village Hall
Friday 24 February 11am to 3pm Althorne Village Hall

Anyone with mobility issues or unable to get to the venue can call or leave a message on (01621) 854477 and someone from the partnership will assist.

The partnership is also seeking donations to help with the free rucksacks/bags.  Items from the attached list (which must be in a new and unused condition) can be donated by bringing them along to the Maldon District Council Offices before the end of October.

  • Biros & Colouring pencils/colouring pads
  • Soap, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
  • Mac in a Pack
  • Roll on deodorant (men and women)
  • Woolly hats and scarves all sizes
  • Fleeces & Base layers all sizes
  • Gloves & Socks all sizes
  • Packet Soups & Packet drinks
  • Torch
  • Handwarmers
  • Tissues & Hand sanitiser
  • Porridge in small sachets
  • Long Life Milk (powdered variety)
  • Hot Water Bottles normal and microwavable
  • Fleece or Cellular Blankets
  • Travel sweets in a tin
  • Magnifying glass
  • Energy bars (nut free only)

Keeping your home warm this winter is also key to making sure you stay well. Your home should be heated your home to at least 18°C (65°F). Many people worry about the cost of heating but the success of the Essex Energy Switch, people can be confident that when they turn up the heating, they are still getting value for money.

The collective energy switching initiative is for people who want to cut their energy bills. It’s a free, easy and secure way to cut energy bills without wasting time comparing prices on comparison sites and last year residents saved approximately £263 per household.

For more information on the energy switch visit:

You may also be eligible for support towards your fuel payments, visit: for more information.

For more information on how to stay well this winter, visit:

For NHS advice on how to keep healthy this winter visit:

The Winter Warmth Partnership is funded by Essex County Council and includes the following organisations:-

Essex County Council, Maldon and District CVS, Maldon District Council, Maldon Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Agents, Chess, Moat Housing, Maldon Community Safety Partnership, Essex Fire Service, HomeStart, Provide, One Support

For more information please contact Chris Rust at Maldon District Council on (01621) 854477 or go to


New home needed for Rotary Club Sleigh

sleighThe Maldon Blackwater Rotary Club Christmas Sleigh desperately needs a NEW HOME. At present it is in a temporary home, but has to be removed in the very near future.

The sleigh is built on a small caravan chassis and measures approximately 8’x14’.  (2.43mx4.26m).

Do you have an empty Barn or Shed – or perhaps a spare corner where the Sleigh can be stored? If so please contact Pam Cook on 01621  788635.

As a charity fund raising organisation we can only offer a small storage fee.

FREE Talking Newspaper recording of the Maldon or Burnham Standard

Talking NewspaperDo you know someone who would like to keep up to date with local news but has difficulty reading the newspaper?

Would they be interested in a FREE recording of the Maldon or Burnham Standard, produced by volunteers of the local Talking Newspaper group, delivered to their door?

If so, or for more information, please contact Helen Taylor on

01621- 740736