Proposed housing development on Mersea — 25 September 2016

Proposed housing development on Mersea

Further to the post setting out the Society’s submission on the proposed housing development, here is a link to some other submissions on the subject to Colchester Borough Council which are likely to be of interest to readers of this website.

John Akker

Sarah Shehadeh

West Mersea Town Council

Heraldry —


img_20160927_0001The first of the Society’s autumn lectures will take place at Mersea Museum on Tuesday 4th October, starting at 7.30 p.m.  when Martin Clarke will be talking about heraldry.

All are welcome (members and non-members alike): the admission fee is £2 and light refreshments will be provided.

The AGM and a talk by Sue Howlett on Mersea in Tudor Times will follow on Tuesday 1st November.

The Society’s submission on the Colchester Borough Council Local Plan 2017-2032 for Mersea Island — 16 September 2016
Open Garden Coffee Morning — 2 September 2016

Open Garden Coffee Morning

Committee member Marica Frost is organising an Open Garden Coffee Morning on Thursday 8 September to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Trust.

The event will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 3 Oakwood Gardens West Mersea, and will include Bring and Buy and a Raffle.

Entrance (inclusive of a homemade scone and a drink) is £2.50.  All are welcome.

Mersea under threat — 19 August 2016

Mersea under threat

Mersea leaflet finalJohn Akker has produced a poster providing information on the implications of the 350 additional houses on the Island proposed by Colchester Borough Council under the Planning Policy Preferred Options local plan, and the actions that can be taken to defeat the plan.  Please:

  • Download the poster from here and display it.
  • View the plans on the West Mersea Town Council website here.
  • Attend the meeting at the MICA to discuss the proposed development which has now been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on 1st September.
  • Make representations online here by 5 p.m. on 16th September.
  • Write objecting to Planning Policy, CBC.
  • Telephone our Colchester Borough Councillors.
Visit to Ray Island — 4 June 2016

Visit to Ray Island

View from the spit of salt marsh extending to the South West of Ray Island. Photograph by Glyn Barker

A walk to Ray Island has been organised for noon on July 13, with a second visit on July 27 in view of the expected demand (numbers are limited to 15 per trip, on a first come first served basis).  Sturdy footware will be required: participants will be asked to make a minimum charitable donation of £2.

Ray Island, which is situated in the Strood, has literary connections with Sabine Baring-Gould’s Mehalah.  It is currently owned by the National Trust and managed by Essex Wildlife Trust.

To reserve a place on one of the trips, contact Marica Frost by leaving a message on the telephone number indicated for her in the Mistral.

The Chairman’s Garden BBQ — 3 June 2016

The Chairman’s Garden BBQ

The Society invites members and friends to the Chairman’s garden barbecue to be held on Thursday 16 June from 12 Noon.  Admission is by ticket only: tickets @ £7.50 are limited.

Please bring your own drinks: soft drinks will be provided.

Please contact 01206 382406 or 01206 381789 for tickets, details and venue.