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Whether elderly, lonely or for those less fortunate, Hampers of Hope want to generate some community goodwill by producing Hampers to help those in need this Christmas.  Donations can be gifted at the Keene Hall for the following:   Non-perishables, packaged items such as tins of fish and meat, cans of vegetables, Christmas goods, nuts, chocolates, tins of fruit, packets of jelly, custard, biscuits, tea, coffee or soft drinks.  For more information contact Richard Hyland on 01245 475734.

Essex County Council's consultation on a draft five year strategy for future Library sevices in Essex is open from 29 November 2018 until 20 Februay 2019. The survey can be viewed and completed at
As Galleywood Library will affected by this, the Parish Council has set up a Working Party to make considerations and will be reporting to the next Council meeting.


On 27 November 2018 Roger Hirst launched a survey to ask the people of Essex for their views on the priorities to be included in the county's first ever Fire and Rescue Plan.  A safe and secure county is what we all need to live our lives in peace and prosperity.  We need a plan for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service which ensures we can help people stay safe, reduce the number who are killed or serviously injured and inimise the dameage to property and businesses.

Mr Hirst is developing a plan with input from all of those groups and individuals who work in, alongside, and with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and wants to make sure that priorties being proposed reflect what the people of Essex expect from their fire and rescue service.

The plan will run from 2019 - 2024 and will be the basis on which Mr Hirst holds Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance.  The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets out the priorities of policing for Essex.

You will fill in the survey online via this link . Hard copies are also available on request. Please contact 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or email,  You can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex CM8 3HB.  The survey will close at midnight on 15 January 2019.

Galleywood Parish Council will be funding its own volunteer police officers as part of Essex Police Community Special Constables scheme. Under the scheme the Parish Council will fund the expenses of volunteer police officers who will designated to Galleywood. The Special Constables will be volunteering 16 hours each month and will have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers. If you are interested in volunteering for this role please contact the Parish Clerk 01245 358898 or email

As the colder weather is drawing in, the need for road gritting information may be important to you on your daily commute or travel plans.  Did you know that Essex County Council have an online facility to show those routes that are regularly gritted in the County?  You can also track the current movement of the Councils' gritting lorries.  Please visit our Planning and Highways page for link details.

Supporting over 25 Local and National Charities - Galleywood Library - 12 October 2018 - 15 December 2018 To be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during library opening hours.

SATURDAY SURGERY -  26 January 2019
If you would like to meet with your local Parish Council representatives, have a point of view, concern or idea for your community - why not come along to a Parish Council Saturday Surgery - Held each month at the Galleywood Library between 10.00am and 12.00 noon, its an ideal way of informally meeting Parish Council representatives.  No appointment necessary.  For further information, please contact the Parish Council Office 01245 348756 or 358898 or contact The Clerk by email

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON - Senior Citizens - Thursday 20 December 2018 - Only four tickets remaining!
Applications for the Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon to be held on Thursday 20 December 2018 are now being taken by the Parish Council Office.  Tickets per head £9.00. If you would like to apply, please contact the Deputy Clerk on 01245 348756 or email

Farleigh Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling is back and is once again staging its annual door-to-door collection.  Register now on the Farleigh Hospice website:  A dedicated Farleigh Hospice Team will be making collections on 5 and 6 January 2019 from CM0, CM1, CM2, CM3, CM7, CM8, CM9 and CM77.  Suggested minimum donation of just £5 per tree, but please feel free to give more.  Every penny that is raised will make a hugh difference to those facing life-limiting illnesses.  All of Farleigh Hospice services are free of charge and without the generosity of the local community we would not be able to care for nearly 4000 people every year, help carers and families, offer bereavement support and continue to be an integral part of the local community.  Registration will be open on 1 December 2018. If you would like to help, please call 01245 457411.

The group is currently in need of volunteers and a new Chairman from the end of this year.  The role would particularly suit someone who has a small amount of free time and would be willing to serve the community.  The role of a volunteer is certainly very rewarding.  If you would be willing to offer your services, please contact 01245 611426 or by email here. Information can be sent out to provide you with details of what the positions entail.

Refurbishment is complete and open to all users 24/7.  In case of any emergency please contact 01245 606299 or for any other issues please contact

 The next Parish Council meetings

Planning and Highways Committee Monday 17 December 2018 - 7.00pm - Lodge Room Agenda

Temple Farm - Ship Road, West Hanningfield, Chelmsford, CM2 8XB  - Construction of a gatehouse building

18/01840/FUL 94 Watchouse Road, Galleywood CM2 8NH - Erection of a single storey rear extension with installation of roof lights  
18/08683/PEPD Thriftwood School, Slades Lane, Galleywood CM2 8RW - Replacing a grassed 5 A side football pitch with a Muga 5 A side pitch (Astro Turf) with 2.3 metre mesh fences at either end with a goal/basket ball hoop.  The fence would be 2m away from our perimeter hedge which is at least 4m high. Information only
18/01915/FUL 90 Well Lane, Galleywood CM2 8QZ - Two storey front extension and part two storey, part single storey rear extension  
18/01824/FUL 70 Keene Way, Galleywood CM2 8NR - part single, part two storey side and front extension  

If you have received notification from Chelmsford City Council and have been invitied to comment on any of the above planning matters, please consider forwarding a copy of your comment/s to your Parish Council via the Deputy Clerk

Council Monday 7 January 2019 - 7.00pm - Main Hall Agenda

Contact Information
Keene Hall, Watchouse Road, Galleywood, CHELMSFORD, Essex, CM2 8PT
Open 9.00am - 1.00pm weekdays

Clerk, Tory Melhuish             Tel. 01245 358898           

Deputy Clerk, Nicola Caton  Tel. 01245 348756           

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Mission Statement ' To enhance the quality of life for the Community of Galleywood.  Maintain the village identity and encourage a community spirit'          

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