Parents of Year 6 pupils due to start secondary school in September 2019 are reminded that they only have until 31 October 2018 to apply for their child’s secondary school place.
With just over two weeks to go till applications close, parents are encouraged to use the half term break to get their applications in.
Applications can be made at with the website also holding information on different schools and their admissions criteria. Applications must be made by the national closing date of 31 October 2018.
The 31 October deadline for applications is a national deadline and applications made after this are considered once all on-time applications have been determined. Applying late could reduce the chance of a child being offered a place at their preferred school.


Dear Members,

Following a successful auction in August, Solar Together Essex has secured on average a 20% discount on cost of solar panels for residents and businesses who have already signed up to the collective purchasing scheme. Almost 2000 people registered for the action which was held on the 22nd of August, and registrants have now started to receive their personalised offers.  It’s great news that so many people registered for the scheme and even better news that they will be offered such a considerable saving.

Increasing the number of properties in the county with solar panels is one way that we can encourage a greener and brighter future so it’s encouraging that we will see more getting installed across the county

Residents and businesses can still join the scheme. Because of the high level of interest, the sign up period has been extended until the 19th of October for those that missed the auction.

Apart from the great discount, participants will receive:

  • Clear and objective information about their system, so they can make a well-informed decision.
  • Complete, high-quality installation – The offer consists of a complete solar panel system, including a survey, installation, monitoring and warranties.
  • Extended guarantees – the scheme sets conditions for qualified suppliers to ensure residents and businesses receive a high-quality offer with extended guarantees.

To join, residents and businesses can register for free and without obligation at Once they register they will be able to access their personalised offer immediately.


Litter-bug drivers counting the cost

Two drivers each face fines of £440 plus costs of £250 for littering.

Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard that both cases of littering occurred in April this year:  one was cigarette litter thrown from a vehicle on Heybridge Approach, and the second was the remains of a chicken leg thrown from a vehicle on Market Hill. Both drivers had ignored the initial £100 penalty notice issued by Maldon District Council.

Cllr Bob Boyce MBE, Chairman of Maldon District Council’s Community Services Committee, said “Littering is illegal and unsightly, and can cause harm to people, wildlife, and our waterways. The District Council will have no hesitation in continuing to prosecute offenders.”


Good Afternoon

As part of the WWI commemoration in the district the District and Town Councils are pleased to announce that the critically-acclaimed Danger Tree Exhibition is coming to Maldon.

The Tourist Information centre is compiling a rota of volunteers to enable the exhibition to run. It would be a great help if you could forward the details to any individuals or groups in your parish who may like to get involved, asking them to contact us by email or phone to express an interest.

Voluntary shifts will run from 9.45 – 1pm and 12.45 – 4pm throughout the exhibition.

As a volunteer you will help visitors experience this interactive exhibition which utilises augmented reality to bring to life poignant images of the Great War.

Volunteers will show visitors how to use special iPads and help them navigate the two venues of the Maeldune Centre and the Moot Hall in Maldon.

Our volunteers will be given full training and be invited to the pre-exhibition talk at the United Reformed Church on 25th October 2018.

The time frame for the exhibitions runs from 27th October to 13th November at the Maeldune Centre, and from 27th October to 18th November at the Moot Hall.

Be part of this moving event and ground breaking exhibition 


Volunteers should be able to communicate well with people, act professionally and in a manner respectful to the nature of the exhibition.

Familiarity with iPads/tablets and apps is useful but training will be given.

Owing to the nature of the Moot Hall most volunteers will need to be able to navigate steep stairs.

Training days will be arranged on the 25th and 26th of October.

Many thanks


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The Annual Quiz for the “John Mardon Trophy” 2018

To be held on 21st November 2018 in Southminster Bowls Club, King George V Memorial Playing Field, Station Road, Southminster CM0 7EW at 7.30 pm for 8 pm.

The Annual Quiz is now confirmed with the above venue and we appeal to you to try and support the event.  This has proved to be a very pleasant social evening where members can meet other councillors, maybe do a bit of networking and have a few drinks!  There is a bar available in the club house.

The food supplied at this venue is first class and plentiful

The venue has been used by us for the past three years and proved to be a very comfortable and welcoming facility with excellent refreshments at a reasonable price.  There is a licensed bar at the premises.

The cost per person will be £6.00.

Parking facilities are plentiful at the playing field.

We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible and receiving your support for the event.


Yours sincerely,

Miriam Holden


Battle’s Over Commemoration

 Sunday 11 November – 6.00pm – 7.30pm – Promenade Park, Maldon 

You are invited to join us in commemorating 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

On Sunday 11 November, Maldon District Council will join the rest of the United Kingdom, and its friends overseas, in an international commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War known as ‘Battle’s Over’.

We would like to encourage the whole community to come along and participate in paying tribute to those millions that gave their lives for their country or returned home wounded during or after the dreadful darkness of four years of war.

The evening commemoration event in Promenade Park, Maldon will start at 6pm and will be filled with video, sound, and light, and provide an opportunity to poignantly reflect on what the Great War means to us all.

 Please note the evening will contain disturbing images from the First World War as well as some loud noises that some people may find distressing or upsetting.

By kind permission of the Imperial War Museum, we will be showing excerpts from the original 1916 film ‘The Battle of the Somme’ which has been digitally remastered.  This, together with music, readings and the participation of local cadet forces, set against the back drop of the River Blackwater, will provide a memorable and fitting tribute.

At 7pm, Cllr Henry Bass, Chairman of Maldon District Council, will initiate a tribute called Beacons of Light, which will see the beacon lit to signify the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. This beacon will be one of over 1,000 beacons being lit across the United Kingdom at the same time.

Cllr Henry Bass, Chairman of Maldon District Council, said; “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.”

Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute has been devised and planned by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek. “It’s wonderful to see the event being embraced by so many organisations and communities in this country and around the world. The centenary of the end of the Great War is an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous sacrifice made by millions of men and women who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tirelessly at home in our fields and factories. It has been a privilege to work on this project with the support of so many amazing organisations” said Peek.

We would like to thank; the Imperial War Museum, Mighty Village and Spectrum Screen Events for supporting our event.