West Bergholt – Introduction to us & our website

Welcome to West Bergholt

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West Bergholt is a large rural Essex village located amongst open countryside.  Country walks include the stunning Hillhouse Woods & St Mary’s Old Church.  It is located near the border of Essex & Suffolk and just outside and to the North-west  of Colchester – Britain’s Oldest Recorded town. The village:

In 2016 the village won the Class 2 prize in RCCE’s Village of the year and overall 2nd, read more.

Local Government

The village is in the Colchester City Council ward of Lexden & Braiswick, and has its own Parish Council.  All official documents of the Parish Council and its working parties & sub-committees can be found on this site through the main menu under Parish Council.

Community

This site also aims to deliver news, social and other local event and community information around West Bergholt.  If you have anything you would like to see recorded here please contact the parish clerk or webmaster.  Please do also contact us with anything you feel to be missing.            

Are You New To West Bergholt?

If you are new to the village, the following ‘guided tour’ of on-line information might be useful:

  1. This ‘Home’ section of the website includes a brief introduction to the village. It includes many detailed pages on the village history. You will also find upcoming events and some useful local contacts,
  2. Village Life explores the local community, events, schools, churches, businesses, voluntary groups, play areas, walks, pubs, restaurants and much more,
  3. Clubs provides details of, and news updates from, many of the clubs based in the village,
  4. Orpen Hall will tell you about Orpen Hall & the Social Club including how to book facilities,
  5. The News section includes local news hosted on this site. It also has some news feeds from Facebook and local News services. Finally, there is an archive of all published Village Bulletins and Newsletters going back to 2006,
  6. The next two menu links are the ‘official’ Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan sections of the website including details of how they operate and copies of all official documents, and
  7. The final menu item is a list of links that might be of interest.

Social Networks

Many in and around West Bergholt also use Facebook, there are 3 main Facebook Pages to consider following:

  • https://www.facebook.com/westbergholt – this page is administered by the Parish Council and links to all news and other reports as they are posted on this website;
  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/west.bergholt.np – this is a closed group (you can apply to join it) where it is possible to enter into debate about the new Neighbourhood Plan; and
  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/1457946441130612/ – which is the West Bergholt Hub & Community Group open to any having an interest in the village (including several from well outside the village, some of whom are looking for sales opportunities), where there is free and open discussion on many matters of local interest.

The Parish Council also has a Twitter Page.

What’s Happening in West Bergholt

September 26, 2023
  • Pilates

    September 26, 2023  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - John Lampon Hall, Lexden Road, CO6 3BW
    - September 26, 2023

    Contact [email protected] for more information.

    See more details

  • Kelly's HIIT

    September 26, 2023  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester, UK
    - September 26, 2023

    See more details

  • Vocal Zones Choir

    September 26, 2023  7:15 pm - 8:45 pm - St Mary's Church West Bergholt, 34 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JE, UK
    - September 26, 2023

    For more information, please contact either Ann Long (Chairman) on 07596-071636 or Julia Richardson (Secretary) on 07775-896494

    See more details

  • Kelly's HIIT

    September 26, 2023  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester, UK
    - September 26, 2023

    See more details

  • Badminton

    September 26, 2023  8:15 pm - 9:15 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - September 26, 2023

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September 27, 2023
  • Kelly's HIIT

    September 27, 2023  9:30 am - 10:30 am - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester, UK
    - September 27, 2023

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  • Ladies Badminton

    September 27, 2023  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - September 27, 2023

    New members welcome - contact Pat Butcher for details 242075

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  • 1st West Bergholt Beavers

    September 27, 2023  5:00 pm - 6:15 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BW, UK
    - September 27, 2023

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  • 1st West Bergholt Scouts

    September 27, 2023  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BW, UK
    - September 27, 2023

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  • Parish Council

    September 27, 2023  7:30 pm - 8:30 pmJohn Lampon Hall, Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - September 27, 2023

    The Agenda for each Parish Council meeting is published online in advance, normally on the Friday prior.  Normally this will include some 'housekeeping' items, like prior minutes, apologies etc... and will then go through reports from any Borough/County Councillors present, committee minutes etc...

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September 28, 2023
  • Open House Coffee Morning

    September 28, 2023  9:00 am - 10:00 am - St Mary's Church West Bergholt, 34 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JE, UK
    - September 28, 2023

    Every Thursday morning in term time. Under 5's welcome.

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  • 5Ts (Tea Together on a Thursday @ Two Thirty)

    September 28, 2023  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - St Mary's Church Hall, 34 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JE, UK
    - September 28, 2023

    5T's fellowship for over 60's @ St. Mary The Virgin Church. Cake and company every Thursday afternoon at 2.30 pm in the Church hall. Contact Ron Seymour on 07772 241178

    See more details

  • Mobile Library Visits

    September 28, 2023  2:55 pm - 3:55 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - September 28, 2023

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  • Guides

    September 28, 2023  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Road, West Bergholt
    - September 28, 2023

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  • Bowls

    September 28, 2023  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - September 28, 2023

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September 29, 2023
  • Waste & Recycling Collections

    September 29, 2023  7:00 am - 7:00 am -
    - September 29, 2023

    Find out more about what to recycle when at https://westbergholt.org/village-life/rubbish-recycling/

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  • Kelly's HIIT

    September 29, 2023  9:30 am - 10:30 am - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester, UK
    - September 29, 2023

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  • West Bergholt Training Band (Term-time only)

    September 29, 2023  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Heathlands Primary School, 14 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JF, UK
    - September 29, 2023

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  • 1st West Bergholt Cubs

    September 29, 2023  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BW, UK
    - September 29, 2023

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  • BYG - Bergholt Youth Group

    September 29, 2023  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - John Lampon Hall, Lexden Road, CO6 3BW
    - September 29, 2023

    Now established as a fortnightly event with all school years 6 - 10 welcomed.

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  • West Bergholt Concert Band (Term-time only)

    September 29, 2023  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Heathlands Primary School, 14 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JF, UK
    - September 29, 2023

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  • Orpen Players

    September 29, 2023  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - September 29, 2023

    Always a welcome for new actors or backstage helpers

    See more details

September 30, 2023
October 1, 2023
  • Holy Communion at St Mary's

    October 1, 2023  9:30 am - 10:30 am - St Mary's Church West Bergholt, 34 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JE, UK
    - October 1, 2023

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  • Bowls

    October 1, 2023  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - October 1, 2023

    Contact - Eileen Brown - 243301

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October 2, 2023
  • Parent & Toddler Group (Term time only)

    October 2, 2023  9:15 am - 11:15 am - St Mary's Church Hall, 34 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JE, UK
    - October 2, 2023

    The group meets in the St Mary's Church Hall every Monday during term time from 9.30am to 11.15am. Parents and carers are invited to bring pre-school children and babies giving them an opportunity to meet up for a chat and the children to play.

    For more information please contact  Sarah on  07780 540345 or Lucy on 07814 489414 for further details or email [email protected].
     

    See more details

  • Kelly's HIIT

    October 2, 2023  9:30 am - 10:30 am - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester, UK
    - October 2, 2023

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  • 60+ Dance4Health

    October 2, 2023  11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester, UK
    - October 2, 2023

    Building confidence, balance, core stability, strength, co-ordination and friendships.

    For information, contact Chloe Brooks 07984 739584 or 01206 617110.

    See more details

  • TinyTalk baby signing class

    October 2, 2023  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Road, West Bergholt
    - October 2, 2023

    TinyTalk offers a unique service to introduce babies (and toddlers) to signed language based on British Sign Language (BSL), this helps babies to communicate before speech. TinyTalk runs classes that are fun and relaxed whilst learning a vital skill. Half an hour of singing and signing followed by half an hour playtime, coffee and a chocolate biscuit!

    Classes take place between 1:00pmand 2:00pm on Fridays in the West Bergholt Scout Hut, Lexden Road and are led by Deborah Taylor, a qualified BSL Level 2 instructor. Debs can be contacted either by phone, 01376 573241 or by email. You can find out more about TinyTalk on their website http://www.tinytalk.co.uk.

    See more details

  • 1st West Bergholt Cubs

    October 2, 2023  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BW, UK
    - October 2, 2023

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  • Orpen Players

    October 2, 2023  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - October 2, 2023

    Always a welcome for new actors or backstage helpers

    See more details

October 3, 2023
  • Mobile Library - Click for details

    October 3, 2023  1:55 pm - 4:45 pm - Albany Road, Lexden Road, Queens Road & Chapel Road
    - October 3, 2023

    Location                          Arrive          Depart
    Albany Road                   13.55         14.20
    Lexden Rd, Scout Hut    14.45         15.30
    Queens Road                  15.35         15.55
    Chapel Road                   16.00         16.45

    For renewals, enquiries and information any time, day or night www.essexcc.gov.uk/libraries

    Tel: 0845 603 7628 (The Answers People),
    Textphone: 0845 758 5592
    Email: [email protected]

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  • Pilates

    October 3, 2023  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - John Lampon Hall, Lexden Road, CO6 3BW
    - October 3, 2023

    Contact [email protected] for more information.

    See more details

  • Kelly's HIIT

    October 3, 2023  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester, UK
    - October 3, 2023

    See more details

  • Vocal Zones Choir

    October 3, 2023  7:15 pm - 8:45 pm - St Mary's Church West Bergholt, 34 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JE, UK
    - October 3, 2023

    For more information, please contact either Ann Long (Chairman) on 07596-071636 or Julia Richardson (Secretary) on 07775-896494

    See more details

  • Kelly's HIIT

    October 3, 2023  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester, UK
    - October 3, 2023

    See more details

  • Knitting & Crochet Group

    October 3, 2023  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Members' homes
    - October 3, 2023

    Call 01206 242015 for details

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  • Badminton

    October 3, 2023  8:15 pm - 9:15 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - October 3, 2023

    See more details

October 4, 2023
October 5, 2023
  • Open House Coffee Morning

    October 5, 2023  9:00 am - 10:00 am - St Mary's Church West Bergholt, 34 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JE, UK
    - October 5, 2023

    Every Thursday morning in term time. Under 5's welcome.

    See more details

  • 5Ts (Tea Together on a Thursday @ Two Thirty)

    October 5, 2023  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - St Mary's Church Hall, 34 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JE, UK
    - October 5, 2023

    5T's fellowship for over 60's @ St. Mary The Virgin Church. Cake and company every Thursday afternoon at 2.30 pm in the Church hall. Contact Ron Seymour on 07772 241178

    See more details

  • Guides

    October 5, 2023  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Road, West Bergholt
    - October 5, 2023

    See more details

  • Bowls

    October 5, 2023  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - October 5, 2023

    See more details

October 6, 2023
October 7, 2023
October 8, 2023
  • Methodist Service at Mile End - transport available

    October 8, 2023  10:30 am - 11:30 am - Methodist Church
    - October 8, 2023

    Transport available leaving the village at 10-00am, contact Judith (01206 241969) or Andrew (01206 242511)

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  • Bowls

    October 8, 2023  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - October 8, 2023

    Contact - Eileen Brown - 243301

    See more details

October 9, 2023
  • Parent & Toddler Group (Term time only)

    October 9, 2023  9:15 am - 11:15 am - St Mary's Church Hall, 34 New Church Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JE, UK
    - October 9, 2023

    The group meets in the St Mary's Church Hall every Monday during term time from 9.30am to 11.15am. Parents and carers are invited to bring pre-school children and babies giving them an opportunity to meet up for a chat and the children to play.

    For more information please contact  Sarah on  07780 540345 or Lucy on 07814 489414 for further details or email [email protected].
     

    See more details

  • Kelly's HIIT

    October 9, 2023  9:30 am - 10:30 am - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester, UK
    - October 9, 2023

    See more details

  • 60+ Dance4Health

    October 9, 2023  11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester, UK
    - October 9, 2023

    Building confidence, balance, core stability, strength, co-ordination and friendships.

    For information, contact Chloe Brooks 07984 739584 or 01206 617110.

    See more details

  • TinyTalk baby signing class

    October 9, 2023  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Road, West Bergholt
    - October 9, 2023

    TinyTalk offers a unique service to introduce babies (and toddlers) to signed language based on British Sign Language (BSL), this helps babies to communicate before speech. TinyTalk runs classes that are fun and relaxed whilst learning a vital skill. Half an hour of singing and signing followed by half an hour playtime, coffee and a chocolate biscuit!

    Classes take place between 1:00pmand 2:00pm on Fridays in the West Bergholt Scout Hut, Lexden Road and are led by Deborah Taylor, a qualified BSL Level 2 instructor. Debs can be contacted either by phone, 01376 573241 or by email. You can find out more about TinyTalk on their website http://www.tinytalk.co.uk.

    See more details

  • 1st West Bergholt Cubs

    October 9, 2023  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Scout HQ, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BW, UK
    - October 9, 2023

    See more details

  • Orpen Players

    October 9, 2023  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Orpen Memorial Hall, 45-57 Lexden Rd, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BG, UK
    - October 9, 2023

    Always a welcome for new actors or backstage helpers

    See more details

See more events here.

Contact Information

This website provides many links and contacts for clubs and other organisations involved in supporting village life.  Should you wish to contact the parish council, the following contact details are for the Clerk to the Parish Council.  Direct any queries about the website to our webmaster whose email details are also provided below:

Telephone
07726 424419
Postal address
80 Chapel Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3HL
Electronic mail
General Information – [email protected]
Webmaster – [email protected]
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