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Coggeshall, Open Gardens and the love of trees

Coggeshall, Open Gardens and the love of trees

Monday 25 March 2024

These pages have gone way too long without the writing of Anne Boileau. This particularly beautiful piece will surely touch us all. One of the striking features of Coggeshall is the surprise of the back gardens, which are often larger and more leafy than you would expect on seeing the front aspect on the street. […] Read more >

Villagers’ chain reaction to Coggeshall quarry plans

Villagers’ chain reaction to Coggeshall quarry plans

Monday 18 March 2024

More than 200 villagers formed a human chain along the Essex Way to demonstrate widespread opposition to a 400-acre quarry being proposed for inclusion in Essex County Council’s Replacement Minerals Local Plan. The footprint of the quarry would be as big as the whole of Coggeshall itself. Opponents, who made their protest on Saturday, March […] Read more >

Six of the best planted at Coggeshall’s Grange Barn

Six of the best planted at Coggeshall’s Grange Barn

Tuesday 11 April 2023

Six apple trees have been planted in the grounds of the National Trust’s Grange Barn in Coggeshall as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project. The trees, currently no more than a metre tall, join the already flourishing fruit trees to form a small orchard in the garden at Grange Barn, which will provide fruit […] Read more >

Who knew AGMs could be so enjoyable?

Who knew AGMs could be so enjoyable?

Friday 7 October 2022

We told you we’d be back! But perhaps we didn’t believe we’d back in quite such style… Coggeshall’s stunning Grange Barn was the venue as some 45 people gathered for a very special AGM on Saturday (October 1). After a Covid-induced two-year absence of a ‘physical’ AGM, the 50th anniversary of the Essex Way walk […] Read more >

A final reminder: the CPRE Essex AGM is on Saturday

A final reminder: the CPRE Essex AGM is on Saturday

Wednesday 28 September 2022

It’s almost upon us! Yes, this year’s CPRE Essex AGM at the Grange Barn, Coggeshall, is on Saturday (October 1). The Grange Barn is managed by the National Trust and marks the approximate halfway point of the Essex Way. This year is the 50th anniversary of this spectacular walk, which was conceived via a competition […] Read more >

You can read the documents for our AGM here (it’s on October 1)

You can read the documents for our AGM here (it’s on October 1)

Thursday 8 September 2022

Just a little reminder that this year’s CPRE Essex AGM is being at held at the Grange Barn, Coggeshall, on Saturday, October 1. The documents for the event are available by clicking the links at the bottom of this post. The Grange Barn is managed by the National Trust and marks the approximate halfway point […] Read more >

William Smith, basket maker

William Smith, basket maker

Thursday 28 July 2022

We have gone too long without the beautiful writing of Anne Boileau, so here’s a delightful piece to lighten our summer spirits… Delving into Trevor Disley’s fascinating book of old photographs of Coggeshall, I discover William Smith, basket maker, who supplied our town with all manner of baskets from his workshop in West Street. Before […] Read more >

Final approval granted for 300 new homes in Coggeshall

Final approval granted for 300 new homes in Coggeshall

Tuesday 24 August 2021

The final go-ahead to build 300 homes in Coggeshall has been given by Braintree District Council. The local authority had granted Bovis Homes permission in 2019 for the Colchester Road development, which includes a community centre, but the details of the scheme have now been approved unanimously by its planning committee. People in the village […] Read more >

Prayer for a Tree

Prayer for a Tree

Friday 26 March 2021

We are delighted to present this “little piece from Coggeshall” by writer Anne Boileau. “I’m obviously not getting out and about much at the moment, so it’s local,” she tells us. We’re almost there, Anne… in the meantime, thank you so much for this. Prayer for a Tree  I’ve got a twig in my hand. It […] Read more >

Marking time in Coggeshall

Marking time in Coggeshall

Friday 3 July 2020

The Covid-19 lockdown is, it would appear, easing before presumably coming to an end. It has unquestionably been a difficult time – tragically so for many – but there has been light amid the gloom. In this delightful essay, writer Anne Boileau reflects on what lockdown taught us and is thankful for the good people… […] Read more >