Community Police Event – 8th May

Officers from the community policing team will be at the Village Hall Car Park on 8th May between 10am and 11am.

Feel free to come and say Hello to them, or discuss any local issues that concern you.

Social distancing rules will apply.


A rented property is becoming vacant at Millfields. All those on the Choice Based lettings register should keep an eye out for it becoming available.

Elections – 6th May

Colchester Borough Council are working to ensure all polling stations are covid safe for the elections on 6 May 2021. As an extra precautionary measure, you may want the convenience of a postal vote. Please click here for more information and to download a form.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. Completed applications can be submitted either as a scanned copy emailed to or via post to Electoral Services, Rowan House, Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG.

Another Sheep Killed 9th February 2021

I have just been told that 3 sheep have been killed in the fields above the Mill, and some wounded.

In the last few days a woman who apparently came from Layer did not have her dog on a lead, and her dog killed one of the sheep and left some others wounded.

This is not only cruel to the sheep, which will have been frightened, but a massive loss to the farmer.

Did you realise this is a criminal offence ?

Once a dog has killed a sheep, it might have started as a game, but in no time the excitement of the chase proves too much for the dog.

Why wasn’t the dog on a lead?

The Countryside code says “All dogs on a foot path should be on a lead, or under effective control.”

I find this really upsetting, as we are also owners of some sheep, and having had a sheep killed by some dogs last summer, I know how traumatic it is for all concerned, and especially for the sheep, which will take some time to get over the experience.

Anne Hughes


Parish Council Update 17th December

Happy Christmas to everyone.

Like you all, I just hope that next year is better than this and we can get back to some normality. The latest Government guidance is to be very careful about mixing with people this Christmas, but I do hope some of you will feel able to enjoy yourselves safely with a few of your family members. However, I am afraid there are many who will be on their own this year. Layer residents have shown themselves to be kind and helpful to their neighbours, so if you know anyone in need over Christmas, ring me or better still offer some help.

The County Council has some money available to help those who are struggling with day to day expenses. Get in touch with anyone on the Parish Council – my phone number is 734168. Of course this will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

  • Have you been made redundant?
  • Have you started your own business, and it’s not going quite as well as planned?
  • Have you missed out on Government Grants?

Get in touch.

The planning application for the Solar Panel Farm has now gone to the Borough for approval. If you wish to see it, look at the Planning section on the Colchester Borough Council web site:

The number for the application is 202695.

Best wishes to you all for 2021.

Anne Hughes


Parish Council Update 27th November

After the gloom of being locked up again, at least next week things should be a little better.

Bradley Ives will be working in the woods at Heatherfields from Monday 30th November, cutting rotten branches and making paths safer. Please keep away from where he is working.

Just to remind you, the Parish Council rents Heatherfields for the benefit of the Village. A stipulation of the lease is there should no wood cut or taken away. The whole wood is covered by a TPO.

Also there should be no fires and no cycling.

The Folley is closed from November 30 for three days for work being done by BT.

I hope you have all seen how smart the Cross is with its new fence and flower bed. Thank you to all who had a hand in this project. Something to be proud of.

Anne Hughes

Remembrance Day Service Reinstated

Dear Everyone

I wrote to you all on Monday to say that all Remembrance Sunday Services had been cancelled.     The Government has now said Remembrance Services may be held in a shortened form.

We will be holding a very pared down Service at the Cross on Sunday, at 10.50 am. I am so glad that we will be honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

If you feel safe enough to come, please keep your distance from each other, wear a mask, and comply with instructions from the Marshalls. It is vitally important that we do this, as we don’t want to put any one needlessly at risk.

I am so sorry that you have had conflicting advice.


On a totally different subject, I have been told that the workmen will be back on the 18 November and will repair any damage that has been caused.

Please let me know any area which needs looking at, and then I can forward the list to them.

Anne Hughes                    734168

Remembrance Day Service – Cancelled

Dear Everyone in Layer de la Haye,

With a feeling of great sadness, I have had to cancel the service at the Cross on Sunday when we remember our Parishioners that were killed in WW1 and WW2.

I wonder if this has ever happened before?

How lucky we have been that the Cross was decorated, to remind us of the sacrifice that so few made for so many.

There is a suggestion that at 11am on Sunday morning you stand for two minutes in your front door for the two-minute silence.

Best wishes, and stay safe,

Anne Hughes


Parish Council Update 1 November 2020

I don’t know about you, but life feels pretty grim to me – just as there appeared to be a little normality in our lives, we are now in Tier 2 and this has so many ramifications on our life. Please look out for your neighbours, particularly those who are alone, elderly, and unwell. The Village Volunteers are still active, so if there is anyone in need or lonely, ring me on 734168.

The Cross

Good news: the Parish Council has been awarded a grant for repairing the posts and chains around the Cross Green. Maggie Holmes filled in numerous forms, and answered very patiently many questions, and with the help of your supportive letters we have been awarded £1,606. The project can now be completed.

The flower bed in the corner has been started. Sleepers have been put round, earth barrowed in, pansies have been planted and shrubs will be put at the back of the bed.

There was a near disaster the other night when a blue car drove into two post in front of the Cross. Luckily the Cross and display was not damaged. The posts have had to be removed, a terrible job and one so far is back in. It would be nice if whoever it was came and apologised and at least asked how much damage there was. Luckily for our Village, Ian Moore has taken on the job of making good the damage.

Remembrance Sunday 8th November.  10.50am

This years’ service will be taken by The Vicar Lydia Smith.

There will be a pared down service at the Cross, no singing.

Please remember to wear a mask, respond to the Marshalls, and social distance.


At last the pole at Malting Green has been removed. County Broadband are still due to come back and make repairs on the estate. If there is any area which you think should be repaired please let me know.


Richard Playle has now cut all the Parish Council hedges and I’m sure you’ll agree they look smart for winter.

Anne Hughes


Proposed solar farm development

Many of you will have heard of the proposed solar farm development which would be behind Waterworks Close and either side of Birch Road.

We have received information about it from the company that wants to develop the site.

Residents should soon be receiving a letter from “Low Carbon” (the company concerned) and they are running a consultation from 2nd October until 30th October.  Please have a good look and make your comments. You can also pass comments on to The Parish Council by contacting Anne Hughes, tel 734168 or email