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News:  District Elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021 there will be a combination of local elections across Tendring.

This will include the postponed Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) Election from May 2020, District by-elections for West Clacton and Jaywick Sands and Eastcliff and the scheduled Essex County Council elections. Eight Essex County Councillors are elected from the Tendring District.

Essex County Council Notice of Election for the Tendring District Council area

Tendring District Council Notice of Election for PFCC

Full details can be found on Tendring District Council’s website:

2021 Elections in the District of Tendring


Notice of  Vacancy in Office as Councillor for the Parish of Parkeston:

View the Notice dated 28th February 2021

Following a recent resignation we now have a vacancy for the Parkeston Ward.

The role of a Councillor is both rewarding and sometimes challenging, however in working with colleagues you can make a difference. 

No qualifications or experience is required, life skills and caring for your community are the best things you can bring forward to the table.

You can find out more about becoming a Councillor here:  How To Become A Councillor

or for a personal touch please feel free to contact any of our Councillors or the Clerk for a chat for more information, you can find their contact details here:  Councillors

Remote Council meetings continue following Government guidance:

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 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 to May 6th 2021, in line with Government guidance published for the official period of mourning of the loss of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, the next meeting of the Parish Council has been moved from Thursday 15th April to Thursday 22nd April 2021 the Assembly meeting at 6.45 p.m. will be followed by a full council meeting.

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 21st April 2021:  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 33 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 2022 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 and reduced costs in electricity supplies.

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

Representing your community as a Councillor

Being able to be involved and represent the voice of your community is both rewarding and sometimes a little frustrating; it gives training opportunities in a field of interest to support your work. We have 11 Councillors in total and even if there is no vacancies you are welcome to join in by attending meetings open to the public. This will give you an insight to what is involved 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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