Village Hall Clean Up – Help needed

Help needed for a clean up at the Village Hall before the BBQ in August (don’t let the picture put you off).

We will be cleaning on the following dates starting at 10 am on all dates:

Saturday 8th July & Sunday 9th July

Saturday 15th July & Sunday 16th July

Saturday 22nd July & Sunday 23rd July

Please contact Barbara Wilson telephone 788327 if you can give a hand.

It will be much appreciated. Many thanks in anticipation

Community Defibrillator Seminar Monday 3rd of July

Monday 3rd of July, 7pm at the Village Hall

The Community Heartbeat Trust will be demonstrating the use of defibrillators and explaining how the equipment works and its benefits to the community in saving precious minutes in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.

The more people that know how to use the portable defibrillator installed in our community, the more chance there is of saving the life of a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Everybody is welcome, and no special skills are required, just your willingness to play an important role in the event of a medical emergency.

Formation of a WEA group in Goldhanger

An article from Steve Clarke:

Workers Educational AssociationOver the coming months, I am hoping to form a branch of the Workers’ Education Association in Goldhanger.

The WEA is open to all adults irrespective of background or qualifications. Its aim is to provide courses in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where students can learn at their own pace. Some of you may already be aware of this organisation and attended one of their courses. Many local towns and villages already have branches including Maldon, Tiptree and Tollesbury.

The purpose of the association is to provide educational courses of interest to the local community. The variety of course on offer is exceptional and cover History, Literature, Art, Architecture, Archaeology, Music and many other subjects. Courses tend to be 8- 10 weeks long and run once a week for about 2 hours.

At this stage I am just hoping to get a small group together to explore the setting up a branch in Goldhanger. The Essex regional organisation is very enthusiastic about the possibility of Goldhanger forming a branch and is offer a lot of help and support to get a branch underway.

If anyone is interested in helping form a group please contact Steve Clarke either by email or phone 01621 788246. Below is a link to the Essex regional group which shows where the branches are in Essex and also lists the courses on offer.

I would recommend looking at the Colchester Branch as it is the biggest in Essex and has courses running all through the week.

Christmas Greetings Pages & Defibrillator Update

The Christmas Greeting pages raised £321.60

Thank You very much for your generosity.

This money will be put aside for future maintenance of the defibrillators.

The consultation period for the Phone box in the square should be complete by February and then we will be able to proceed with installation of the defibrillators and information sessions and any relevant training.

The Maldon road phone box has already been adopted by the Parish Council, ready for the defibrillator to be installed.

Cleaning up the Sea Wall

L-R: Chris, Lyn, Marianne, Steve, Linda, Debbie, Sarah, Ian, Keith, Keith, Su, Steve, Maureen, Geoff, Judy

Sunday 23rd October saw 15 villagers meet at the Chequers car park.  Our purpose was to stroll for a couple of hours around our local footpaths and collect some of the rubbish left behind after a summer of visitors to our beautiful estuary.  Most had brought along a bin bag and a pair of marigolds, Keith Wilson winning the prize for the most colourful, resplendent in his bright pink pair. 

By five past eleven we had split into three groups to patrol different stretches, one heading west past the sailing club start hut, one up the inland path towards Joyce’s Farm and the third around the playing field and east to the Saltworks pick-up to work back along the sea wall. 

Right from the start there was an element of competition in the air for who could gather the most, with the excitement on finding any of the richer sources almost palpable.  It’s amazing how a group of grown-ups can find so much fun in something so mundane!

Hot-spots proved to be the woods between the playing field and the creek, and the bay in front of Joyce’s, the latter being mostly flotsam & jetsam.  We did recover a huge number of dog-poo bags everywhere though, both full and empty.  Why do people do that?  Not only do they leave a non-biodegradable polythene bag in the environment, but thoughtfully fill it with excrement first…… Most of the rest was shreds of polythene, baby wipes, sweet wrappers and drinks bottles/cans. 

Anyway, by chance all three teams arrived back in Fish Street within a few minutes of one another at about 1 pm in time for soup, tea and cake at our place.  All in all, what might have sounded like a bit of a chore turned out to be a bit of fun, with a sense of satisfaction at the end when we all posed for a picture with our ‘haul’. 


Wouldn’t it be nice if these guys didn’t need to do this?

A bit of thought and care from all who use the sea wall and other people wouldn’t need to come along after those who mess it up and clean for them.



Great work everyone. The Essex County Council is to step in to fund replacement bus services in the Tollesbury area and these services will now continue (i.e. 91,92, 95) after the commercial bus operator pulls out.

The new services may have a variation from the timetables for the original services and the new timetables will be available from the TRAVELINE WEBSITE as soon as the registrations have been completed. They will be available at the bus stops until then.

Many thanks to Julia Bourne and the Parish Council for their strong support in this matter and our local councillors, Maddie Thompson and Elaine Bamford for their sound advice.

Most of all, thanks to all the villagers of Goldhanger who protested, wrote emails and letters and sourced relevant information, which all added to the strength of the case we presented to ECC.

Now we must all continue to use the buses regularly and if any villagers haven’t done so already, give the bus a go. Leave the car at home and avoid parking fees. If you have an entitlement to a bus pass,  get one and use it. If not, it is still a great way to pop into Maldon with no hassle about parking. We now know it is true…….USE IT OR LOSE IT!

Margaret Salmon.

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.

Goldhanger Community Defibrillator

Goldhanger Parish Council will be seeking funding for a Village Defibrillator.

Community Defibrillators are designed to improve outcomes of patients suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, where time is critical.

After calling 999, the community automated defibrillator should be used, the defibrillator assesses the patients heart rhythm and advises if shocking is appropriate, so the defib can be used by anyone.

We intend to set up a ‘Village Emergency Telephone System’ (VETS) which would consist of up to 10 volunteers from the village, willing to be called in the event of an emergency to take the defib to the patient. This is done via a single telephone number, which is called after the emergency services have been contacted.

The parish council would like to raise awareness of their intent to proceed with a village defibrillator and will be planning to hold information events. Dates will be communicated via the Parish Magazine and village notice boards.

If anyone is interested in finding out more information at this time, volunteering for the ‘VETS’ system or making a donation (however small), please contact:

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please contact:

Julia Bourn – Goldhanger Parish Council

Tel: 01621 788298


Emergency Response in Rural Communities

The Parish Council and David Newman have been investigating ways to improving responses to Emergency Situations for Goldhanger residents.

1) Due to the rural location of our village we have to accept that it takes time for Emergency Services to reach Goldhanger, so the Parish Council are seeking funding for a defibrillator and volunteers for a Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) who can fetch the defib after 999 has been called.

2) Secondly, how easy is it for Emergency Services  to find your property when they reach Goldhanger? David Newman has kindly produced a schematic of house names and numbers to assist First Responders, and the First Responders have given advice on how residents can help the emergency services and their neighbours.

3) Whilst a defibrillator doesn’t require any training to use, we are intending to host a First Aid course in the village, as often it is the care received in those vital first few minutes that make the difference. The cost will depend on numbers. If you are interested in booking a place, please contact;

Bree Back 

Tel: 01621 788419

Email: breeback@hotmail

4) Additionally, as a village we do not have any First Responders and rely on them coming from either Heybridge or Tollesbury. On average, First Responders attend 3-4 emergency calls per month in Goldhanger, so it makes sense to have some volunteers in our parish. We intend to hold an information session for those who may be interested, this will cover what is involved and the commitment and training required, so please do come along before making your decision.

Advice from First Responders

From recent experience we know that ambulance crews, paramedics and first responders have difficulty finding locations in our village for several reasons: some house numbers and names are missing or are very difficult to see from the road, some of the numbering does not follow the normal logical sequence, and the village has no street lighting. It has been pointed out to us that clear numbering not only enables the responders to find your property, but also saves vital minutes in finding friends and neighbour’s properties nearby. NHS call handlers will normally ask the caller to open the front door and put on all the lights at night.

Sadly, as there are no volunteer first responders based at Goldhanger, the 999 service frequently ask first responders from Heybridge or Tollesbury to attend calls to the village but they are not as familiar with the village as they are with their territory. The Parish Council has contacted these local groups and offered to produce detailed maps indentifying the locations of all the house names and numbers. The offer was gratefully accepted and maps have been delivered.

However, maps alone do not solve all of the problems and the first responder team leaders have asked the Parish Council to encourage all residents to ensure that their house numbers are clearly visible.

Furthermore they advise us that properties with electric gates and with a key safe outside the front door often create a further inhibitor and delay. If access to a property cannot be immediately obtained it is ambulance service policy to call the police and wait for them to arrive and make a forced entry, which can cause a long delay. Therefore it is also recommended that those living alone ask a trusted neighbour to retain a key, and it would be wise to open electric gates after calling 999, or if this is not practical, the access codes should be given to the 999 call handler so that they can be passed onto ambulance crews and first responders.

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please contact:

Julia Bourn – Goldhanger Parish Council

Tel: 01621 788298


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

Poppy Appeal – Can you help?

Image: Remembrance poppies at the Tower of LondonGoldhanger is always very generous when local collectors have taken poppies door to door.

This year we are short of collectors for Fish Street, Head Street and Church street.

The first official day to start collecting is Saturday 24th October and it is always best if the volunteer can make this date.

If you are able to help with collections on any of these roads please contact; Malcolm 868124 (Tollesbury British Legion)

Thank you.