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PUBLISHED: 10:21 29 November 2010 | UPDATED: 16:21 20 February 2013

Lord Hanningfield

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OVER the last few weeks, Essex County Councils offices have been a frenetic scene of activity as plans to reopen a number of Post Offices shut as part of last years national closure programme are put into action.

The Post Office in Castle Hedingham, near Halstead, opened for business at the start of October and Post Office branches in Colchesters Berechurch Road, Allnuts in Epping and
The Egg Box in White Notley will all be reopening during the course of this month.

This brings to ten the number of branches that the county council has been able to help. Having been involved with this project from the start it is particularly satisfying seeing the end result as branches open their doors once again. Having personally attended a number of the re-openings, it is clear just how much Post Offices mean to residents and the crucial role that they play in keeping communities alive and sustainable.

The next stage is now to further enhance the long-term viability of these branches by looking to see what other services they could deliver, including those from both district and county councils. Our approach is unique. No other council in Britain has gone as far as us in helping to reopen branches. If this means Essex does things differently from the rest of the country, then so be it.

Essex in Brief

Visitors and exhibitors are already booking their places for the 2010 Tourism and Leisure Show. Showcasing the best tourist attractions in the East of England, the 2010 show moves to Five Lakes in Tolleshunt Knights. Another new element to the show will be the Taste of Essex section, highlighting fantastic produce from our county.

Essex Air Ambulance raised more than 40,000 during its recent Motorcycle Run and Harwich Family Festival. It is estimated that in excess of 5,000 bikers took part in the countys biggest motorcycle run and they were welcomed by 3,000 visitors at Harwich for the family festival.

Rainham fundraiser extraordinaire, Lloyd Scott, completed his T-Rex Trek from Lands End to John OGroats in September. Walking with a life-size tyrannosaurus rex and taking 70 days to complete the walk, Lloyd has visited 25 towns and cities en route and raised more than 200,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Gosfield residents turned back the clock to the days when geese spent the night there en route to London markets. More than 1,300 brightly-coloured geese decorated the gardens, streets and open spaces of Gosfield as part of the scarecrow trails around the village, which have raised more than 60,000 for charity in past years.

For your diary

29th November
The Moscow Ballet la Classique
Charter Hall, Colchester
The talented company perform Tchaikovskys Sleeping Beauty.
Admission: 11 to 19.50
01206 282020

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