Ashdon News

Essex County Councillor Report - April 2020

Councillor Simon Walsh has published his County Councillor Report for April 2020.

This document includes lots and lots of interesting and useful information regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic and we would encourage residents to read it.

Simply click the button below to download it.

Virtual Pub Quiz

Virtual Pub Quiz event:

From Phil K – Grove Cottage
Hi to all Ashdon-ites. Given that village life (as everywhere else in the country and in many places round the world) has ground to a halt and will likely remain so for at least another couple of weeks; and given we had to forgo our monthly pub quiz at the Rose and Crown in March, I thought I’d try and organise an online virtual pub quiz.

Plan is for Saturday 11th April, probably 7.30pm. As it will be broadcast online, we’ll reduce it to 6 rounds so you’re not sat in front of technology for too long! Participate as households only, keep to the current rules please. Depending on how many people express an interest, I’ll update those interested as to how to access the live stream and how to take part (it will probably either be as a facebook live stream or using Zoom).

If you’re interested:
1) Pop me an email on
2) Include your family or household name
3) Indicate a preference for connecting over Facebook Live or Zoom

Thanks, hope to see loads of you online! There will be no charge to enter other than a commitment to head to the Rose and Crown when it opens and drink the bar dry to support our local…

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(Posted 02/04/20)

Lifeline Scam Alert

Please see below:

If you have any concerns about Lifeline or anyone calling on behalf of the council you should contact us on 01799 510510 or email

Steps to protect yourself
Essex Police has useful tips on how to protect yourself against bogus callers here…/p…/door-to-door-courier-fraud/

(Posted 31/03/20)

Notification Of Road Closure

Road Closure Update:

This should affect very few people due to the governments COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Please be aware of the following advertised road closure between Radwinter (by The Plough) and Great Sampford and the relevant diversions.

This and other closure details can be found via

(Posted 30/03/20)

Urgent Notice: Closure of outdoor gyms and playgounds.

Please can all residents be advised that, following government legislation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor gyms and playgrounds are closed by law.

We will be putting signs of the closures at the outdoor gym area at Church Field and the Recreation Ground on Rectory Lane but please be aware of these closures.

(Posted 27/03/20)

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Uttlesford CAB Update

We are pleased to report that Uttlesford Citizens Advice telephone advice service is fully operational. 

Our fully trained volunteers and members of staff are ready to offer support and advice to your residents to help them with any concerns they may have regarding benefit entitlements, consumer rights, money worries, employment rights and housing issues during this difficult time. To access the service, people should call 01799 618840 and leave a short message with their name, telephone number and postcode and one of our advisers will call back as soon as they are able.

The team at Uttlesford Frontline have put together some useful factsheets, which you may like to share with others in your community.  The first gives information about employment and consumer rights as well as help available if people are worried about a reduction in their income.  

The second gives details of local help and support for those that are housebound and self-isolating. Both are regularly updated.

Both can be downloaded by going to and searching the library of services for ‘covid’.

(Posted 26/03/20).

Garden Green Waste service suspended

We have been advised by Uttlesford District Council that the Garden Green waste service has been suspended until further notice.

(Posted 25/03/20).

Ashdon Village Hall Closed:

Following UK government advice, the Village Hall in Ashdon is closed until further notice.

(Posted 24/03/20).

Annual Parish Meeting & Parish Council Meetings have been cancelled

Following discussions with the Chairman, and following Government advice, the Parish Council Meeting and Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for Monday 30 March have been cancelled. 

(Posted 27/03/20).

Fraud Alert

Report fraud or attempted fraud by contacting Action Fraud at or call 0300 123 2040.

 Good morning,

 I have been informed by Trading Standards that this week there have been a number of reports across the county of people impersonating Trading Standards Officers. When questioned or asked to provide ID, they were unable to do so.

These fraudsters also appear to be targeting those who have already fallen victim to rogue traders and therefore these may be ‘follow up’ attempts to obtain even more money from vulnerable customers.

Trading Standards Officers will always carry identification and can be verified by calling the national consumer helpline on 03454 040506. If unsure, always Take Five and confirm their identity.

If this has happened to you previously, please report to Action Fraud.

If a suspect is still at your address or you believe yourself to be at risk of harm, please dial 999.


Kind regards

Angi Greneski

Community Safety Officer

Uttlesford District Council

(Posted 16/03/20)