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For those of you who use Facebook, please see the Q&R Parish Council page using this link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011970814112&fref=ts
The Q&R village page is available using the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1419742138338703/
See Useful Links for relevant Police web-sites. Quendon & Rickling are covered by the Uttlesford Police area (as the URLs to the individual parts of the web-site tend to change, this is to the main Essex Police site). In case of emergency use your telephone to call 999, in non-urgent cases use 101, and for general enquiries the local base is at Braintree police station, Blyths Meadow, Braintree, CM7 3DJ; you can contact them by e-mail at: Uttlesfordandbraintreecommunitypolicingteam@essex.pnn.police.uk
The Mobile Police Station no longer visits Rickling Green.
Click on the Crime Map for recent recorded crimes in the area
Toddlers and young children
Armadillos, the "Bumps, Babies, Toddlers and Parents Group" Meet every Tuesday (term time) from 9am-11am at Rickling School Hall. Contact Stevie Green on 01799 542734 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org for details
We currently have a three bin waste disposal system in Quendon and Rickling. See Uttlesford District Council's recycling pages for details. The Calendar is available here - just add your postcode and select the house name or number.
The small kitchen bin is for kitchen scraps, cooked and uncooked, that are treated to make compost for sale.
The green bins are for dry recycling: paper of all kinds, cardboard, aluminium foil, empty tins and most plastics are acceptable, provided that they are clean. You can also put glass bottles and jars in the green bins, but not other glass, such as tumblers or window glass. NO ADDITIONAL RECYCLING WILL BE COLLECTED IF IN BLACK BAGS
The black bins are for non-recyclable waste.
Small kitchen waste bins are emptied every Friday and the other two bins are emptied alternate Fridays. If you want them emptied you should ensure that the correct two bins are available at the roadside by 07.00am on Fridays (most residents put them out on the previous evenings).
Other Recycling facilities may be found nearby in Newport railway car park, Stansted Mountfitchet main car park (by the castle) and of course at Essex County Council's waste recycling facility off Thaxted Road in Saffron Walden.
More details of current provisions are available from Uttlesford District Council's web-site.
We are very lucky in our village to have a fully qualified Tree Surgeon to act as the Parish Tree Warden. Robert Rudd regularly inspects the trees around the village to ensure they are healthy and safe. He also deals with hedges and shrubs.
Robert Rudd, BSc(Hons), TechCert(Arbor), TechArborA, [RHS, City & Guilds, NPTC qualified]
The Old Post Office
Tel: 01799 543858
Mob: 07786 311311
Visits by the Mobile Library came to an end on the 30th of June 2014 due to low usage.
For further information please ask at any library or telephone Answers Direct on:
0845 603 7628
As alternatives to the visiting Mobile Library, Essex County Council offers many other ways to obtain books and other reading matter. If you find it difficult to get out there is a personal visitor service where a volunteer can come and see you to discuss your reading preferences and arrange for books to be supplied. See http://www.essex.gov.uk/Libraries-Archives/libraries/mobile-home-library/Pages/Home-library-service.aspx (just click the link - it's a horribly long address!) for details.
The County Library services also offer free e-books in most formats except Kindle (copyright issues prevent this). They include e-audio books too! See http://www.essex.gov.uk/Libraries-Archives/libraries/reading/Pages/E-books-and-E-audio.aspx for more about that.
EXTEND Classes for over-60s and younger less able people
Pat Turner, who is EXTEND trained, fully insured and REPs registered, runs the classes at Quendon & Rickling Vilage Hall every Monday from 10.30am to 11.30am. Part of each class is performed seated. All abilities are accommodated to exercise to music, have fun and feel a real benefit over time. It is a very friendly class (currently of 22) offering social as well as physical benefits. It costs only £1.50 per session (just to cover costs). New members are most welcome. Call Pat on 01799 543314
Uttlesford Community Travel
For an annual membership fee of £10, those eligible can make use of the Book-and-Ride and Group Booking service. For journeys to and from local hospitals the volunteer Hospital Car drivers do not require you to be a member but do ask for reimbursement of their vehicle costs at the rate of 40p per mile.
Contact Uttlesford Community Travel, Unit One, Flitch Industrial Estate, Chelmsford Road, Great Dunmow CM6 1XJ or
Dropping off at Stansted Airport
As of the 9th of November 2012 the drop off outside the Stansted airport terminal building has been disallowed and you now have to use the short term parking, with costs. Residents of Uttlesford District Council (UDC) and East Herts District Council (EHDC), UDC and EHDC licensed Hackney Carriage/Private Hire vehicles and low emission vehicles (Band ‘A’ <100g/km CO2) can use the drop off/pick up point with much reduced costs and this is the application procedure.
Please complete an application form for the residents discount card for the Express Set Down at Stansted Airport. This can be obtained by E-mail from: email@example.com or it can be downloaded from here. Once your application has been approved you will receive a discount card in the post. When entering the ESD car park the entry camera will read your registration number - on exit the cameras will read your registration number and the appropriate rate will be shown on the exit machine - you will need to enter your discount card into the machine and your new rate will be shown._ You can then either enter your credit card for payment or pay with coins into the machine bucket.
You can either email a scanned copy of the form and your supporting documents or return them by post to the address below:
Mid Stay Car Park
Further information is availailable at http://www.stanstedairport.com/transport-and-directions/driving-to-stansted
Licensed transport for wheelchair users
The following companies offer this service in Uttlesford.
Ollys Wheelchair Friendly - Saffron Walden: 07905 645849
Acme Transport - Takeley : 07971 432376
NCS - Widdington: 01799 542818
24 x 7 Elsenham and Stansted Airport : 01279 816126 & 01279 661128
E-Cabs - Great Dunmow: 01371 873323
It should be noted that all operators only provide this transport on a pre booking basis to comply with current legislation. If you need any further advice then please contact Murray Hardy, Licensing Officer in the Council Offices, Saffron Walden on 01799 510510.
Events in Cambridge
Cambridge is nearby and has an enormous amount to offer. Aside from the shops, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Botanical Gardens and the magnificent buildings, it is buzzing with fascinating events every day. You can take the train to Cambridge (from Newport, for instance) or park the car at one of the Park-and-Ride car parks (free) just outside the city and take one of the frequent and inexpensive buses from there to the centre. Easy.
Use this link http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/whatson/ to find a selection of what to visit this week!
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