Citizen of the year





“Citizen of the Year” Award 2023


We welcome nominations of those who have gone above and beyond to improve the lives of others in 2023 for the benefit of the residents of Barling Magna or Little Wakering.


  1. The nominees must be volunteers and they will be considered on the basis of their efforts for the benefit of the residents of Barling Magna or Little Wakering.
  2. Nominations will be accepted from residents of Barling Magna or Little Wakering or from Barling Magna Parish Councillors.
  3. Only work carried out by the volunteers in the current year will be considered.
  4. The person nominated must either live in the Parish, be employed in the Parish or work voluntarily in the Parish.
  5. Serving Parish Councillors and their immediate family are not eligible.
  6. Nominations should be received by the Clerk to the Council in a sealed envelope or by e-mail by noon on 24 November 2023, using the form provided.




Nomination Forms can be returned to:

[email protected] or

Barling Magna Parish Council

111 Alexandra Road, Great Wakering, SS3 0GX



Photography Competition 2023



Photography Competition 2023


Barling Magna Parish Council is pleased to announce its 2023 photography competition. The aim is to celebrate the beauty of our parish and to find high-quality images which can be shared by the Council on our website and social media pages.


The rules of the competition are:

  1. Photographs must reflect the theme ‘Images of Barling Magna Parish’ (including Barling, Little Wakering, Potton Island and Stonebridge), but can be of any style including landscapes, wildlife, creative images, street photography and architectural, amongst others. Images may be in colour, monochrome or tints.
  2. All photographs must be taken within the boundaries of the Parish, within 2023.
  3. Photographs must not include the faces of any person and must be of a suitable nature to be shared in public and with all ages.
  4. The competition is open to amateur photographers of all abilities and we welcome entries by local school students. There are 2 categories for entries:
    1. General competition, for entrants aged over 16 (£100 in Amazon vouchers as prize)
    2. Junior competition, for entrants aged 16 or under (£50 in Amazon vouchers as prize). Entrants to the Junior competition must also state their age and school on the entry form.
  5. Entry is free. You may submit as many entries as you wish. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.
  6. Entries must be in digital JPG format, with a maximum individual size of 3Mb. We ask that, where possible, images should have a resolution of not less than 300dpi.  They should be emailed to [email protected], with “Photo Competition” in the subject line and attaching a completed entry form detailing all your entries. Each image should be given a unique file name and detailed on the form. Closing date for receipt of entries is noon on Friday 15 December 2023.



All images will be judged by the Parish Council. In the event of any dispute, the decision of the Parish Council will be final.

Image rights

While all photographers who submit entries will retain full rights to any image submitted, by entering the competition they will also be granting permission for the image to be used in the Barling Magna Parish Council website, social media pages, and in any other published materials by the Council, and to be edited or cropped as necessary. Use of images will acknowledge the photographer.




Have your say on recycling centre bookings

Welcome to your October edition of the Love Essex newsletter!This month, we’ve important news about bookings at recycling centres, an opportunity to apply for a micro-grant from the Love Essex Fund, and news on food waste recycling across the county.We’ve also got tips to help you have a zero-waste Halloween, our monthly food waste challenge and more!And with the evenings drawing in, a reminder that until March 2024, Essex County Council recycling centres now close at 4pm.

Have your say on recycling centre bookings

Since March 2023, a booking process has been trialled for vehicles visiting any Essex County Council (ECC) recycling centre.The booking process aims to improve the overall experience when visiting recycling centres by reducing queuing and congestion. Recycling centre staff now have more time to assist users which the council believes will help maximise segregation of waste for reuse and recycling.Following an evaluation of the trial and responses to a user feedback survey, ECC are now proposing to keep the booking process at recycling centres permanently.

Resident feedback is really important when it comes to making decisions about council services, so make sure you have your say!

The consultation is open until 19 November 2023 so there is plenty of time to share your views.Find out more information, read the evaluation and complete the survey.

A staff member helping a man lift a bike out the boot of a car at the recycling centre, with the words ‘have your say’ with consultation dates (9 October to 19 November 2023) in a green box.

The Love Essex Fund is back!

The Love Essex Fund can grant up to £500 to Essex organisations, individuals and schools for projects that create or inspire a reduction in household waste.
Applications for this round are open until just before midnight on Monday 30 October.
Check out the success stories of previous recipients of the fund.

What are your thoughts on the draft Waste Strategy for Essex?

There’s still time to tell us what you think about draft plans for managing recycling, reuse and waste reduction in Essex over the next 30 years.

Read the draft strategy and respond before the consultation period closes on Wednesday 22 November.

Waste collection and disposal affects us all. Your views are important so don’t waste the chance to have your say!

Recyclable items on a conveyor belt being sorted at a processing facility.
Watch the video to find out what happens to recycling and waste in Essex.

You can find more videos about the draft Waste Strategy on the Essex County Council YouTube channel.

The Big Recycling Hunt

This week we’re celebrating Recycle Week, and The Big Recycling Hunt is on!There are lots of recyclable items around the home that often end up in the bin, such as shampoo and cleaning bottles, takeaway trays and food tins.

So keep an eye out for the things we can recycle and let’s work a little harder to recycle more of them, more often.Join The Big Recycling Hunt and make a BIG difference!

Blue box with the text “The Big Recycling Week, 16-22 October”.

Better and safer recycling centres

We are continually working to improve our recycling centres, making them safer for visitors and staff and have recently completed resurfacing work at Maldon Recycling Centre.
Maldon Recycling Centre.
On Tuesday 14 November, Dovercourt Recycling Centre will close for similar repairs. We expect to reopen on Wednesday 29 November.

Get pumped(kin) for a zero-waste Halloween

Get pumped(kin) for a zero-waste Halloween

We’ve scoured the internet for lots of clever ideas for a hassle and waste free Halloween, so you don’t have to:

Have a wickedly good time celebrating!

An orange pumpkin with a slice removed revealing its seeds and flesh.

We’re on a mission to reduce food ending up in landfill

Over the next couple of weeks, residents living in Harlow, Tendring and Uttlesford may notice a sticker on their rubbish bin, a leaflet and a one-off delivery of compostable indoor caddy liners through the door.

This is part of our food recycling project, aiming to increase the amount of food waste being recycled in Essex. This is then turned into energy for our homes, and fertiliser for farming!

If you would like to know more about food recycling in your area, visit our website.Together we can make a difference 💚

A picture of two black bins with a no food waste please sticker on the lids.

Our social September – Love Your Period

Last month the Love Your Period Pledge was the hot topic on our social media. We talked about period proof swimwear on Instagram, using reusable period products part time on X (formerly Twitter) and washing period pants on Facebook.Follow us on social media to get the latest news and tips on ways to reduce your household waste.

Know your labels and make your food last longer

Food labels can be confusing and lead to worry about food safety. To avoid the risk of throwing away good food make sure you check the label:

  • ‘Best Before’ labels refer to food quality. Your food will be at its best before the date given, but it will still be safe to eat after the date has passed.
  • ‘Use By’ labels refer to food safety. You must not eat food after this date has passed, even if it looks and smells fine.

To win £60 in supermarket vouchers of your choice, let us know you’ve completed this month’s challenge to be more confident in knowing your food labels.

Hand holding an avocado with a date label.

Exciting opportunity for waste-free food businesses

Essex Council Council have teamed up with DEFRA for a free event in Chelmsford on Thursday 2 November. Open to Essex-based food and drink manufacturers, the event gives you the chance to:

  • pitch your business to local buyers
  • discover new routes to market
  • learn about the latest funding opportunities

If you’ve developed a zero-waste solution for food and drink production, don’t miss out!

Essex Early Years and Childcare Parents Survey 2023

If you are a parent or carer in Essex, please share your views with us be completing our 2023 Parents and Carers Survey

This questionnaire is for parents and carers of children aged 0 – 19 years living in Essex. We want to hear about your family’s experience of childcare in Essex so that we can gain a greater understanding of what childcare arrangements you make and if your childcare needs are being met. We also want to hear about your experiences of your child starting primary school, the impact that the pandemic had on your child’s experiences and awareness of other services that may benefit your family.

Your information is valued and your responses will be treated in strictest confidence and will remain anonymous.

The survey will remain open until Friday 14th July 2023.


It was with the greatest sadness that Barling Magna Parish Council learnt of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. She was the longest serving monarch in our history and very few of us will remember a time when she wasn’t with us. The Council extends its sincere condolences to His Majesty the King and the Royal Family.
The Parish Council will have a book of condolence for people to sign at the parish hall in Little Wakering Road. Further details will be available shortly.

Barling Magna Wildlife Reserve

The Wildlife Reserve will be closed to the public on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th February due to the extremely high winds now and forecast for tomorrow. The Parish Council will assess the situation and decide when the Reserve can be reopened. We apologise for any inconvenience but the safety of visitors to the Reserve is of the utmost importance to the Council.

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