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News:  Remote Council meetings

With the impact of the unprecedented  situation the  Government guidance in relation to the COVID-19 virus is for virtual meetings to be held until a change in the guidance guidance is received.

In recognition of the problem of holding and attending meetings due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, the Government made amendments in the Coronavirus Act 2020 to give the Secretary of State the power to make Regulations for the provision of holding meetings that has allowed us to move forward with essential business to be undertaken from April 2020.

Under Regulation 5. permission is given remote meetings to be held; we as the Parish Council are holding such meetings via ZOOM, the next meeting is to be held on Thursday  19th November 2020 at 7 p.m. 

If you wish to be able to attend the meeting, by invitation  only, that will be sent to you just prior to the meeting via email, then please register your interest by emailing the Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday 17th November 2020:  clerk@ramseyparkeston-pc.gov.uk



To support our residents Councillors have volunteered to assist those left vulnerable or worried in our villages.  A leaflet drop to all residents has been made and you can find the full contact details in a copy of those leaflets here:

Parkeston Village          

Ramsey Village

For guidance published by Public Health England and NHS follow the links below:




Ramsey street lighting – LED lamp replacement programme. 

There are 32 lights in Ramsey that are the responsibility of the Parish Council; a proposal to replace all the lamps over a period of 4 budget years will have all in place by April 2023 with a cost of approximately £15,000.  The sodium lamps that are being replaced with LED lamps give the benefits of a longer life (30+years) with a reduced power consumption  that will lead to a lower carbon footprint.

A full list of the positions of the lamps and the proposed replacement programme can be viewed here.

Representing your community as a Councillor

Currently there are no vacancies for either the Ramsey or Parkeston Wards, however, if you are interested in joining the Parish Council then please contact us to learn what is involved, you are welcome to attend all public meetings and when a vacancy becomes available you will be more than ready to apply.

For further details see the information here:

or contact the Clerk:

clerk@ramseyparkeston-pc.gov.uk or telephone: 01255 502616


Ramsey & Parkeston Parish Council serve the two villages of 2300 parishioners; combined as one Parish Council in

the council consists of 11 Councillors; 6 representing Ramsey Ward plus 5 representing Parkeston Ward.

The Ramsey & Parkeston Parish Council hold monthly meetings throughout the municipal year, excluding December; a diary of meeting dates scheduled for the municipal year are available on the Diary Page here.

Additionally planning meetings are held when deemed necessary, such as when time between the monthly meetings does not allow a decision to be made at such a meeting, being given 21 days from receipt of any application, to submit comments to Tendring District Council; or when any application received of a large scale is put out for fuller consultation via a public meeting.

As directed by the Local Government Act 1972, the Ramsey & Parkeston Parish Council hold an annual Assembly and an Annual meeting of the council.

Members of the public are welcome to all meetings of the council as advertised.


Ramsey lies just outside Harwich in Essex and is a rural retreat for locals and visitors alike. With so many historical attractions in the area, this corner of East Anglia has proved to be an attractive destination for many.

Ramsey Windmill

Ramsey Windmill is a Grade II listed Post Mill that was originally built in Woodbridge in Suffolk. It was moved to Ramsey in 1842 by Henry Collins, a Woodbridge based Millwright. The purpose of the mill was to grind corn, and it remained working in its current location until WWII. From 1974 – 1978, after a period of neglect, Ramsey Mill was restored to its former glory with the help of the Suffolk Mills Group. The mill stands at an impressive 48’ 6” with four double patent sails that set off the three-storey roundhouse magnificently. The mill is no longer working, but a series of ingenious systems have been put in place to prevent further deterioration.

St Michael’s Church

With a prominent position at the top of Church Hill in the village of Ramsey, St Michael’s Church is a historical monument not to be missed. The church itself dates back to the 12th century and the tower, which is mostly built from brick, was constructed in the 15th century. The church is still in use serving both Ramsey and Little Oakley.

Ramsey War Memorial Hall

RWMH2The Ramsey War memorial Hall has undergone refurbishment to restore its former beauty. The hall is named after the famous war memorial in the centre of Ramsey. This memorial depicts St George spearing a Dragon and was erected to pay tribute to the many local people of the Parish who lost their lives during WWI and WWII.


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The North Sea Port village of Parkeston in Essex is home to Harwich International Port, formerly known as Parkeston Quay. The village is rich in industrial history, and since it was opened in 1883 by Charles Parkes, chairman of the Great National Railway, it has been an integral feature of trade and recreation within the UK.

Ray Island

Parkeston Quay was built on reclaimed land, previously known as Ray Island, and served as an important GNR railway depot. Named after it’s founder Charles Parkes, it served as a main trading post with Europe before the line was re-routed and the passenger ferry service from Harwich was established.

Parkeston Cemetery

Cemetery Pic WebsiteParkeston Cemetery is a popular destination for local people to take a walk, within the grounds of the cemetery there is a Victorian Chapel, another historical attraction for visitors to the area.

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