1. Essex-wide Bus Shelter Project – (E-mail previously circulated to all members).  Essex County Council are in the process of carrying out a review of all the bus shelters in the District, and have identified that the following shelters are owned by Brightlingsea Town Council:-




Common Name


Street Name





Shelter Owner

Land Reg No.




Strangers Corner

Church Rd




Town Council

Not Registered




Regent Road

Regent Road




Parish Council


They have omitted the bus shelter opposite the Colne School, which was installed and is owned by Brightlingsea Town Council.

Any comments on the Regent Road bus shelter – is this Town Council owned? 

For information, the bus shelter in Victoria Place is owned by Tendring District Council.

  1. Brightlingsea Carnival Association ask for permission to hold Car Boot Sales on the Safe Play Area on the Western Promenade on:-

Mondays:  5 April (Easter);  3 May (May Day Holiday);  31 May (Spring Bank Holiday);  30 August (August Bank Holiday).
Sundays:  13 June;  11 July;  12 September.

There will be no Carnival Day again this year – so will not require use of the Bayard Recreation Ground on the third Saturday on June.

They have confirmed that will adhere to Government Guidelines etc. relating to Covid.

  1. Hare and Tortoise Running Club – are asking permission to hold its Brightlingsea Challenge event on Sunday 14th March 2021, if restrictions allow.

Their e-mail request is as follows:-

“We usually host our Brightlingsea Challenge event in March and we would very much like to do so this year. Clearly, currently there is no opportunity as the lockdown restrictions prevent us from hosting events at the moment. I thought though, I would get you the information so that it may be possible for you to put it to the committee when convenient, if at all possible. Obviously, unless we experience a reduction in restrictions the event cannot currently go ahead, but perhaps we can get a decision in principle for the event to go ahead, on the proviso that we are able to in line with the govt. guidelines at the time, and also that we are able to gain a permit and insurances for the event as normal.

It’s our normal race format, the same as the one we were hoping to have in November for Remembrance Day 2020. I have attached our risk assessment and also our COVID race day procedures, along with our insurances as before. Here is a link to the event on our website, so that you can find more information if you wish. The course doesn’t head through the town, but out along the sea wall towards Alresford as before.


  1. Winterfest are asking for permission to put up the WinterFest banners in the town centre. On the grass ideally where the war memorial is.

Their e-mail request is as follows:-

“All our events are online this year- please see list below and the associated press release. We are having some programmes printed and will be promoting via the press and social media, so anything council members can do to help us include the WHOLE community would be most welcome!


Brightlingsea’s 2021 WinterFest is to shine a beacon of hope for the town following one of the most difficult years in living memory.

The much-loved festival is to return in February, in a different from usual form, but with its enduring focus on celebrating and promoting community spirit, creativity and wellbeing.

Music, art, spoken word and activities to promote mental and physical health will once again be at the heart of WinterFest, which has always aimed to banish winter blues, but this year will be bringing some desperately needed light in the ongoing battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.

In a joint message WinterFest founders Alix Sheppard and Dave Griffiths said : “Last year’s WinterFest was a huge success, with a wide range of events throughout the town. During that time the people of Brightlingsea proved how resilient they could be, when the town was battered by storms and flooding.

“Soon afterwards lockdown caused by Covid reared its head and since then the town has been showing its strengths again in the face of the greatest struggle of our times.

“The community has pulled together and all sorts of people from many different backgrounds have done extraordinary things.

“We are determined to reflect Brightlingsea’s true spirit by ensuring that WinterFest still takes place this year, as it has done each February over the past six years. It won’t be WinterFest as we have known it before, but it will still be a way of bringing the community together and lifting spirits, something that is needed now more than ever.

“ Many of our major events will be moving online, but there will be activities in the community too, which can take place in a safe way.

“We will be asking people to submit artwork to be featured on our website and the artists involved in WinterFest are looking in to ways to have art on show in the town.

“ WinterFest is linking with Brightlingsea Regent Football Cub to offer an exercise challenge and there will also be a chance for people to improve their fitness with a walking/running trail and online yoga sessions.

“Loneliness has been a huge problem during the pandemic and we are hoping to help tackle this with a pen-pal scheme.

“We are linking with the Brightlingsea Lockdown Trail group to light up the town and hope that businesses and residents will display White Lights for WinterFest during February in any way they can, in their windows, in the town centre and beyond to signal hope and renewal.

“A recipe book featuring feelgood food is being compiled and we want to encourage local people and businesses to contribute their favourite recipes. Details about how to submit them will be on the WinterFest website. We would like people to send ideally a document describing the recipe, detailed ingredients and a picture of the finished item. The recipe can be their own, but if from a book, please state the book.

“If a business submits a recipe, they can mention how it applies to them, for example you can buy most of the ingredients from their shop. All contributors can add a short piece explaining why they have chosen the recipe.

“ For our online programme Brightlingsea’s rising stars, When Rivers Meet, who now have an international fan base, will be staging a concert on February 19, which will be a pay to view event to raise funds for the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund. The fund supports local people and helps them to improve their mental and physical good health.

“WinterFest’s great friend, the poet and musician Martin Newell, has agreed to be a headline act again and his concert will also be staged online. A comedy event and acoustic night are also planned for the 2021 online programme and, for the first time, WinterFest will have its own dedicated YouTube presence.

“We will be staging a ‘Town Flips Out’ pancake challenge, asking people to hold pancake parties in their homes on Shrove Tuesday, linking together on line.

“With wellbeing in mind, we will also be offering online talks on mental health called ‘How to Survive When the World is going Mad.’

“We hope everyone will feel inspired to join us for WinterFest 2021 and help keep one of the town’s best loved events alive.”

More information about WinterFest and the 2021 programme will be available on www.brightlingseawinterfest.co.uk

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