News and Notices


Berden Fete 2017



It might not have been a financial record breaker, thanks probably to the rather indifferent weather, but in terms of smiles and happy people it was certainly a winner! Counting is still proceeding but at this early stage we believe that, yet again, we have topped ten grand. Actual figures will be reported in the October magazine, and on the website.

 And so far as the pleasure that our fete gives to others that is immeasurable: I even encountered one little chap who was utterly delighted at winning a tea towel on the News Tombola! He must be easy to please come Christmas.

Very many people said ‘thank you’ for organising their annual treat – but that gratitude is not for me alone. Those thanks should be going to all the over 130 stall holders and others who contributed, on the day, in so many ways to making Berden Fete 2017 another great event. And without the great group of people who formed the fete committee and headed the sub-committees it just wouldn’t have happened so my thanks go to Kae Hewitt, Catherine Felstead, John Riddell, Brian Sumner, John Walker, Steve Bates, Amanda Coomber, Rob Talks, Sue Griffiths, Chris Thickitt, Jayne Liddle, Deborah Patrick and, also, Bronwen who, in particular, contributed in so many ways.

Berden Fete people are all heroes whether you have been mentioned in name or not.

Thank you – John Burton




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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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

Broadband News

BT Have you checked out our updated map?

The Superfast Essex programme has given its interactive map a refresh to make it easier to identify where superfast broadband is currently available or planned. We’ve reduced the number of colours and labels and it’s now possible to view the map full screen.

The areas where superfast broadband is available now appear pink, and the areas where work is planned appear green. The areas which are currently not due to be covered by our fibre rollout are shown as blue. Click on the map to view the pop-up box and full programme status details for your postcode and view the full map key here.

The good news is the pink areas are growing as we’re moving ever closer towards the end of our first phase of delivery with BT. We’re on track to finish early so we can then look to get started with the work we have planned for Phase 2. Listen out for more news on this next month!

An alternative option for rural broadband is offered by a company called Gigaclear

Get ultrafast, pure fibre broadband…

Their ultrafast pure fibre network can bring you broadband speeds of up to 1000Mbps – 33x faster* than the UK average. they specialise in connecting rural communities by installing pure fibre straight into the home – reliable, future-proof and simple to install

Link to Gigaclear Hompepage here

 New Demand Responsive Transport

An exciting new 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.

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.

Weekend GP appointments now available in Uttlesford

A new Weekend GP Service is being trialled in Uttlesford and has, since November, received positive feedback from patients. The majority of people who have visited the service so far have been of working age and may not be able to access appointments during the week.

The NHS service is based out of Radwinter Road (Saffron Walden Community Hospital) and Great Dunmow Community Centre. Appointments are accessed through a patient’s own GP surgery for a booked appointment only; it is not a ‘walk-in service’.

 All GP practices in Uttlesford are taking bookings for the service which allows patients to see a GP, healthcare assistant or nurse for routine appointments, health checks and treatments. People with long term health conditions such as asthma and diabetes can also access these appointments.

Liz Adams, Interim Chief Executive of Uttlesford Health, one of the organisations which run the service said: “We are incredibly proud to have launched this service which will allow people greater access to GP appointments. Our GP practices can book these appointments as part of their normal processes, which will provide greater choice to fit in with busy lifestyles.

“GP practices are under extreme pressure nationally and the demand for GP appointments is increasing and this service will help relieve that demand.

“To book appointment, simply contact your GP in the usual way.”

The service is funded through a grant from the Prime Minister’s Access Fund and is a pilot managed by two local GP companies; Stellar Healthcare and Uttlesford Health. These two companies have been set up by the GP practices in the area.


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