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Berden Playground has re opened

We are delighted to say the playground will be open from today, Friday 10th July. The Parish Council has undertaken the mandatory risk assessment, so please read the notices in the playground.

The important issues are:

Observe the 2m social distancing wherever possible.
There is hand sanitiser in the hut.
We have cleaned the equipment, but cannot do so on a daily basis, so bring your own sterile wipes.
Do not bring food and drink into the playground.
If practical, have only one adult per family group of children.
If the playground looks too busy, come back later.
The playground will be locked overnight, from dusk to 9am approx.
We will monitor the playground daily, but if you see any problems let one of the parish councillors know.
Berden Parish Council.



We have been sent information relating to the use of our defibrillators during the on-going virus situation by AJS First Aid Training Services and the Resuscitation Council.

This is for anyone who finds themselves having to perform CPR/Defibrillation in an home/family setting during this difficult time.

Please take the time to look at the following site and IMPORTANTLY please also look at the video contained within it.

We also request that you adhere to the following guide lines:-

  • Wear gloves
  • A towel or similar should be placed over the victim’s nose and mouth !

When we carry out chest compressions air is released through the nose and                mouth in droplet form, thus causing the possible spread of a viral infection.

  • Check Danger, make sure area is safe to proceed
  • Do NOT check air way or breathing
  • Shake shoulders in normal manner
  • Ask ‘Are you all right?’
  • No response: Call 999 and inform the service of what is taking place.
  • Follow instructions.

For full Defibrillator instructions refer to the Useful Information page here



First and foremost I want to thank all the amazing people that have volunteered to be Berden Buddies during the difficult times we might be facing: over thirty seven individuals have stepped in to the breach. As of today, Friday 20/3, over eighty Berden households have let me know that they want to be registered on our developing Buddy Scheme. Yes, Berden is a real community.

It will never be too late to register your involvement, whether as a Buddy or a possible recipient of assistance. Just let me have your name, address, email details and telephone numbers.

Whether we live on our own or as part of a family unit, if we catch the virus we will need to isolate ourselves, and may require help with essential shopping, collecting prescriptions or anything else without direct contact being involved. We must consider that our usual friends and family network of support might also become infected, and thus be unable to help each of us in extremis. Do not forget that if just one person in a household contracts this virus everyone in that house will need to be isolated, and that we might have to isolate individuals within the home too.

John Burton, Chair Berden Parish Council

01279 777674 or 07860 343324 or JOHNBURTON@BERDEN.ORG.UK

Wheelwrights Cottage. The Street, Berden, CM23 1AS

Further information relating to the local situation can be found on…


It is completely brilliant that over 40 people/households/families have volunteered to be

BERDEN BUDDIES! Thank you one and all.

How is this scheme going to work? The answer is simple.

Should you be in a position to seek community help please call either myself, Bron, Sue, John or Jenny and we will put you in touch with an appropriate volunteer who is living as close to you as possible.

JOHN AND BRON BURTON -777465, 07860 343324

SUE GRIFFITHS – 777465, 07484  619761

JOHN & JENNY ARNELL – 777239, 07803 150037.

It will never be too late to add yourselves to the list.


Useful information regarding support available for those who cannot leave their homes due to current COVID – 19 situation


Information from Kemi Badenoch, MP for the Saffron Walden constituency regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This is a worrying and challenging time for us all and the advice on Coronavirus is changing day by day because of the fast-moving environment. I understand it is difficult to know what advice to follow when there is so much information out there.

Furthermore, I am receiving messages from constituents who are offering to help and others who want to know how they can help. It is good to see the community coming together in a desire to support one another, especially the elderly and vulnerable.

For both these reasons, I have put together a page on my website that includes the links to the most up to date information from all the various bodies I am in touch with.  These include the Government, local authorities such as Essex County Council, Uttlesford District Council and Chelmsford City Council, as well as information from local organisations and charities across the constituency. Please follow this link to access it:

For constituents who do not have access to the internet, as advised by Public Health England, if you think you have might have coronavirus don’t go to your doctor’s surgery or hospital. If you need to speak to someone, call 111 and they will make arrangements directly for testing and treatment or 999 if you require urgent medical treatment. Carers are also advised to call 111 or doctor surgeries for specific advice.

If you do have any individual concerns, please do contact me via email at or call my office on 0207 219 1934 and we will endeavour to sign post you to the relevant organisation for information

Parish Council Meetings During Emergency

To comply with the latest restrictions, the Parish Council has agreed there will be no physical Parish Council meetings during the current emergency.
If there are urgent matters that you wish to bring to the attention of the Council, please contact Sue Griffiths (Clerk) or any of the Councillors.

Stay safe, stay well, stay indoors!

Sue Griffiths  777465
John Burton  777674
Amanda Coomber  777046                                Duncan Murdoch  778098
John Riddell  777852                                           Pete Hewitt  777332
Ian Stumpf  777659                                             Diane Holt 777779

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Thanks to the efforts of our councillors and the many, many people that signed the petition your Parish Council is delighted to be able to tell you all that Berden has been awarded a grant in excess of £3000 by The National Lottery Fund that will enable us to make some much needed improvements to our village playground.

Signed – A Grateful Parish Council on behalf of all small to medium sized Berdenites.


Please be aware that the ‘new’ footpaths in the vicinity of the Priory Farm, which in the majority of cases are the unofficial paths that many of us have enjoyed for decades, became legally protected 9 May and the old, very rarely used, routes ceased being protected 16 May. In due course the official maps will be revised and new wooden finger posts will be installed.

If you need further clarification please contact John Burton – 777674.

Berden Parish Council


Stay up to date with local roadworks on the site

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Too good to throw away?

Give your unwanted items a new home in your community.

Do you have items which are too good to throw away? It’s quick, easy and free to pass on your items and you may not even need to leave home.

In Essex we’re lucky to have many reuse organisations to choose from.

If you are having a clear out, there are lots of easy ways to pass items on to other people.

More and more of us are donating and purchasing items from reuse organisations meaning you are supporting local people and great local community causes while passing on your unwanted items. Many reuse organisations will even collect from your own home – no need to leave the house!

Local charity shops are always happy to accept good quality donations as this helps raise money for good causes.

Freegle is an online platform to help people give items for free in your local community. The types of items you can give and get on Freegle ranges from furniture, clothing and children’s toys to soil, rubble or even pre-loved garden ornaments. You can pass almost anything on using Freegle!

You can even sell good quality items through popular selling websites, or jumble sales and car boots. This is a great way to clear out the house and make a bit of money while doing so.

Passing on your old items is a hassle-free way of doing good in your community. Visit to find out more.

Overhanging Branches: a reminder from Essex County Council!

After a summer of exuberant plant growth there are trees, shrubs and even low growing plants that need cutting back if they are forcing people to walk in the road (or if they could damage passing vehicles). We have had a reminder from Essex County Council of the legal position:

“Landowners have responsibility for any trees near the road….These should be regularly checked and cut to prevent large branches or the whole tree blowing down and blocking the road. People walking along the pavement or verge shouldn’t have to avoid overgrown trees or hedges. 

The Council has the power to issue enforcement notices to landowners….with

branches and vegetation found to be obstructing the highway, compelling the owner to carry out any necessary work.

Pavements should be entirely free of plant growth up to a height of 8ft (2.5m). The

road should be clear to a height of 17ft (5.1m) and 1.8ft (0.5m) from the edge of the

road towards your land.”

We appreciate this is difficult to achieve in a rural area, but please do your best to comply with the legislation.

Sue Griffiths, Clerk, Berden Parish Council


We have been receiving more complaints about dogs out of control and their owners not clearing up after them on public footpaths and, astonishingly, on other people’s private property. In recent weeks we have had a report of a young Berdenite, and that means a friend or neighbour of all of us, coming indoors from the families own property ‘covered’ in dog waste.

 Please enjoy walking your dog but do make sure that you stick to the legal public paths, or those routes where you know for sure that the owner is happy for you to use them. In the eyes of the law you are trespassing if you step off a public right of way. We are very lucky in Berden: We have a relatively large network of enjoyable legal and permissive paths and, with just a few exceptions, they are all clearly defined through use, so – please – stick to them and keep your dogs under control at all times

There are dog waste bags, provided by your parish council, available by the bus shelter. Please use them and help everybody to enjoy their time out and about in our beautiful countryside.

If you wish to consult the definitive rights of way path, please contact John Burton on 777674.


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Essex Air Ambulance latest Newsletter


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Berden Parish is part of the Uttlesford Neighbourhood Watch (NhW) scheme. Its aims are to keep parishes up to date on the latest crimes in the area and offer advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime. As we know, police resources are in decline and it is becoming more and more important to raise awareness in our community about the possibility of crimes and frauds. By being watchful and alert we can help the police with vital information.

Since our village is sprawling in various directions, we have contact persons in the different parts who will be your first port of call for anything unusual, an incident or a crime. The names and phone numbers of these volunteers are published below and will also be published on the Berden Website. Although we live in a safe and generally trouble-free area with little crime, we would all be advised to consider the following:

  • Home security
  • Garden, outbuildings and vehicle security
  • Bogus callers/doorstep crimes
  • Telephone and online security
  • Identity fraud

Nowadays, the largest surge in fraud is on the telephone or on-line. Everybody is no doubt aware of this or may have experienced scams. NhW publishes a very useful guide to safety and to crime prevention and their website is: Weekly, Uttlesford NhW emails me an online Bulletin with updates of the latest crimes in the area and also with very useful advice on crime prevention. I will forward these to John Barber who will regularly put them on Berden Facebook.

If you see something suspicious or want to report information about a crime that has taken place, call the police non-emergency number 101. At the same time, alert your local coordinator. If you see a crime in progress, always use the emergency number   999.

Local coordinators:

Potash, Highlands, Mill Hill, Peyton Hall        John Barber 145

Little London                                                   John Arnell 239

Dewes Green, Priory, the Knoll                      Andrew Nelson 784

St. Nicholas Field                                             John Walker 470

The Street                                                       John Burton

Brickhouse End, Park Green                           Deborah Patrick

Village Hall, Pelham rd. Vicarage Lane, Bonnetting Lane       Ulla 994

We would welcome a volunteer for Benskins, Gawlers and upper Pelham Road.

Ideas and suggestion regarding the NhW scheme are always welcome.

Email here for more information

 Demand Responsive Transport

An Demand Responsive Transport (DaRT) has been introduced in parishes in the North of Essex.

This service allows residents to travel between 0600 and 2000 Monday to Saturday.  It increases the opportunities to travel and improve access to shopping, health appointments, work, school or college.  It can also be used to visit friends and family.

Passengers can travel alone or as a group.  Concessionary Bus pass holders can use the service for free after 0900 Monday to Friday and all day on a Saturday.

 Instead of using fixed routes with fixed stops and times, customers book journeys with the operator in advance and are picked up from an agreed point – often their own home, a bus stop or local place of interest.  To book the DaRT service contact Arrow Taxis on: 01621 874411.

DaRT website 

For more details click here Rural Transport publication May 16

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Doorstep/Rogue traders are operating in your area trying to obtain work related to block paved driveways, garden work or tree cutting, roofing or any other household repair or maintenance.

Never agree to have work carried out by traders who knock on your door offering these services and always thoroughly check out leaflets as addresses provided can be false with telephone numbers that stop working if you have a problem with the work. You can also be provided with guarantees that are worthless.

We would always advise residents to consider using one of our Buy With Confidence businesses who have been audited and approved by Trading Standards. The nearest three to your postcode can be found by calling the national consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or

We would ask all residents to look out for household repair and maintenance activity at the homes of elderly neighbours, friends or family members.

Residents who do get caught out by doorstep/rogue traders are often too embarrassed to
report it. If you are concerned call the helpline with the information.

Sue Bunney
Trading Standards

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The Parish Safety Volunteer Programme is a new community safety initiative, delivered in partnership by Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and volunteers from local communities. Could you volunteer?

Parish Safety Volunteers are trained by experts from our organisations to deliver bespoke fire and crime safety advice and fit smoke detectors in homes. Parish Safety Volunteers will work in pairs, in a smart but comfortable uniform and visit people in their own homes to offer this bespoke service. A diverse range of people will benefit from the Parish Safety Volunteer programme from young families, to the elderly and those vulnerable to the risk of fire or fear of crime. You must be over 18, know your local area well and be able to commit to an average of 10 hours each month. Everyone who volunteers as a Parish Safety Volunteer will be interviewed, provide two references, complete standard Police security checks and a confidential health questionnaire. Good all-round communication skills are also a must. Reasonable expenses will be paid. If you are interested in finding out more about what is involved in becoming a Parish Safety Volunteer, please visit or email or ring 01376 576237.

Ancell Book

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