Rayne Parish Council
Cllr Lady Newton, chairman of Braintree District Council visited Rayne today
, Thursday 18th September. Cllr Lady Newton was met by Parish Councillors
Martyn Phillips, Roger Jiggins, Adam Bulkeley, Keith Rawlings and the Parish
Clerk, Philippa Potter at the Community Information Centre, based at the
village hall on Gore Road. The CIP is part funded by Braintree District
Lady Newton was introduced to Parish Councillors by Chairman Martyn Phillips
and over coffee a number of items relating to the village were discussed.
Updates on many of the on-going projects within the village were given, such as
the modernisation of the Swan Junction Traffic Lights and subjects such as
future planning and the Councils attempt at purchasing Oak Meadow for the
village were also discussed.
The village computer, provided by the Rayne Web Steering Group, and
available to all residents, was in use by a villager at the time of the visit.
Lady Newton seemed much impressed with this facility, especially when Cllr
Phillips demonstrated the ability to link to the computer via his mobile phone
showing that it is possible for users to communicate via 'Video Link', a handy
facility for those with families far away.
A visit to the Old School Room followed and Lady Newton learned of the
challenges of running such a thriving playgroup in a rural village, how the
playgroup is over subscribed and the limitations of accommodation. The Parish
Council chairman then showed Lady Newton the church and the maintenance of the
grave yard, carried out by the Parish Council.
A visit to Rayne Primary School ensued where Lady Newton was greeted by
headteacher Andy Wright. A tour of this most successful school showed Lady
Newton the recent extension and remodelling, providing pupils and staff with a
learning environment suited to the 21st century. Pupils were keen to ask Lady
Newton about her role and the impressive chain of office. Older pupils were
reminded that they can email both the Parish Council and Lady Newton with their
comments for improving both Rayne and Braintree.
A visit to Rayne Station, headquarters of the Friends of the Flitchway and
the near by Scout Headquarters gave a further insight into the voluntary work
conducted by groups of Rayne's residents. The recently developed industrial
area adjacent to the station and the soon to be developed Foundry site provides
the village with new challenges. The sensitive development of the industrial
site by Knights Developments enables these new houses to fit into the village
Pictured L to R: Cllr Keith Rawlings, Philippa Potter, clerk, Cllr Lady
Newton, Cllr Roger Jiggins, Cllr Martyn Phillips. The tractor and grounds
maintenance equipment was part funded by a grant from Braintree District
Council. The tractor, named by the school children as "Sasha" is an
integral part of the Parish Council grounds maintenance and has enabled the
cutting of footpaths between Rayne and the Notley Discovery Centre and paths to
Photo Taken by Cllr Adam Bulkeley