HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Platinum Jubilee Committee –  Volunteers Needed

Meets Monday 9th August 2021 at 7.30pm

Queen Elizabeth Village Hall

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.   Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, an extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd through to Sunday 5th June 2022.

The Parish Council is looking for volunteers to join this committee,  to come with suggestions, to help research ideas and to be part of organising the parish event(s) over this extended bank holiday weekend. 

Attended Freighters

The Borough Council are again organising “attended freighters” which are for the disposal of non-recyclable household items which you might ordinarily take to the tip. You can also take garden waste to be composted. They do not accept large loads, fridges, freezers or electrical goods. Also, no hazardous waste such as asbestos, batteries, liquids or gas. And no business waste.
These freighters will be in the village hall car park on the following Saturdays from 9.30am-10.45am.
8th June
3rd August

Local Plan Update

Stage 1 of Colchester Borough Council’s Local Plan is still under review.

Please contact the Parish Council Chairman, Mark Jones, on 734258, for more information about the Local Plan and its potential impact on the village.

Remembrance Day Events

11 November 2018

In common with many other towns and villages, the Parish Council has been supporting an event to be held on 11 November commemorating the end of the First World War. The Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cross as usual, and this year we also have an exhibition of WW1 memorabilia and will be providing a light lunch in the Q.E. Hall.

The mood at the end of WW1 was of course sombre, but there was also great rejoicing and it was felt by many at the time to be the start of “making a new world”. This is reflected by the second part of our event where we celebrate the end of the war with music and look forward to a better world.

We already have a large collection of WW1 memorabilia, but if you have anything you think could be displayed, please contact Anne Hughes on 734168.


10.45am          Muster at the Cross for an Act of Remembrance for the fallen of all wars and a two-minute silence

11.30am          Exhibition of WW1 memorabilia in Q.E. Hall Annex

11.30—2.30pmTea and Coffee.  Soup and ploughman’s lunch in Q.E. Hall

3.00–  4.30pmAbbey Gate Concert Band Q.E. Hall

5pm                 Exhibition closes.


Lighting the WW1 “Beacon of Light”

6.25pm            Our Church bells ring out, joining others throughout the country

7pm                 National Beacon lighting at the Cross

Last Post

Lighting candles to symbolise the future and a better world

Parish Council

Layer de la Haye Parish Council is the first of the three tiers of local government which comprise – Parish (and Town) Councils, Borough and District Councils and County Councils. Each tier is run independently, controlled by its own set of democratically elected councillors. Parish Councils promote the interests of local people. Our Parish Councillors are volunteers who do not receive any payment (other than expenses) and offer their time voluntarily for the benefit of the community. We have nine Parish Councillors who stand for election every four years (the last election was 2017). We also employ a part-time Parish Clerk.

What do we do?

The Parish Council provides and maintains the playground, the playing field, the Cross and Malting Green. The Council manages and maintains public open spaces owned by the Parish and also maintains land leased to the Council including Heatherfields. The Parish Council ensures that local views are made known at Borough and County levels. The Parish Council is not a planning authority but it makes recommendations on local planning matters to Colchester Borough Council Planning Department. The Council responds to many consultation papers, and lobbies other bodies on important matters on behalf of the local community. Parish Councillors are also appointed to represent the Council on various local groups and organisations.

How it it all paid for?

The Parish Council is empowered to raise a Precept – a portion of Council Tax – through Colchester Borough Council to fund its activities. The Precept is collected by the Borough on behalf of the Parish Council. Details of the amounts charged for each Council Tax band are itemised on your Council Tax Bill.

The Village

Layer de la Haye is an ancient village with its roots in Saxon times. Today we are a thriving community with a 12th century church, two shops, a primary school, a large village hall, a doctors’ surgery and several open spaces.

Colchester lies about 1.5 miles north of the village with a green corridor between us and the town; this corridor contains the Roman River, which is an ancient waterway and is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Abberton Reservoir is to the south of the village. This is home to an award-winning nature reserve and wild-bird centre managed by Essex Wildlife Trust.

We have approximately 2,700 residents and about 750 homes. These are spread out over two main centres and along the two principal routes through the village.

Our village organisations provide activities for all ages and interests, including JB Tots for young mums and their babies, a men’s lunch club, Secret Layer and Layer Ladies, as well as several youth organisations. Layer Colts is a very active football club for all youngsters between 4 and 18. Our Primary School is very popular and is seen as one of the better schools in the area.

Our village hall was extensively renovated a few years ago, with our much-loved ‘Old Hall’ being replaced by a modern Annex, which we hope will last for many years to come. The hall is in regular use every day of the week and is a hub for many village activities. We also have a multi-sports court which is currently used for football and tennis. We hold occasional fetes on our Recreation Field and have many social and entertainment evenings in the village hall.

Community Calendar

7th June 2020: Run the Res 2020. 10 miles of multi-terrain route around the reservoir. For more information see

29th February 2020: Fat Frog Comedy Club returns to the Village Hall. 8pm. Tickets from £10.00 – £12.50 available at

21st February 2020: Quiz Night in aid of Village Hall funds. 7.15pm for 7.45pm start. To book a table call Marilyn on 01206 734267 or Carole on 01206 734723.