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New Fairfield play area opens on 30 September

Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council (IFPC) is delighted to announce that the newly renovated Fairfield under-12’s play area will be open and ready for use by our community. The official opening will be held on 30 September at 1.30pm with members of Ingatestone and Fryerning Junior School’s school council invited to use the new equipment. 


The playground work was commissioned after a tender process selected Proludic to develop the area with an allocated budget of £75,000. The new design includes accessible designs and sensory elements, including a wheelchair-friendly roundabout.


IFPC chair Paul Jeater says: “The refurbished play facility on Fairfield has been a major project for Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council this year. We consulted our regular users and hope the new equipment is enjoyed by our villages' children. We are delighted to invite Ingatestone Junior School's School Council to open our new play area."


Annabel Brown, Proludic Area Manager says: “Proludic is proud to have been involved in delivering this fantastic jungle-themed play area for the community to enjoy. This new play space is now complete with extensive play opportunities for all the children who live within the Parish. This play area offers numerous pieces of inclusive play equipment alongside a dynamic Ka'Yop multiplay unit as the focal point. Additionally, the innovative and unique Ka'Yop play unit is the first to be installed in the UK and we are sure the children will love it!”

New Fairfield play area opens on 30 September

New soft plastic recycling point

IFPC welcomes the decision of the Co-op in Ingatestone to join other branches in providing a new recycling point in it's Ingatestone branch. 

Initially, Ingatestone was not included in this scheme but after contact was made by the Climate Emergency Working group this decision was changed and now the Co-op will take soft plastic recycling including crisp packets. 

We strongly urge residents to use this recycling point for their soft plastics. 

New soft plastic recycling point

Donation points for those fleeing Afghanistan

Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council have contacted Brentwood Borough Council to ask if they will establish donation points in the Brentwood area.

Donation points established so far include:

  • Refugee Action Colchester, 15 Queen Street, Colchester, CO12PH Community 360, Winsley’s House, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
  • Chelmsford Community Resilience Hub – please call 01245 280731
  • Uttlesford Community Hub, 45 Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1DQ – Monday to Friday 9.30-4.30
  • Touchpoint Day Centre, Crafton Green House, Chapel Hill, Stansted CM24 8AB - Wednesday 9am-1pm, Thursday 9.30am-4.30pm

 The items that are most needed include:

  • clean clothing and underwear for adults, children and teenagers of all ages
  • toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sanitary items, shower gel
  • baby milk and nappies
  • general essentials/consumables
  • toys and entertainment for children and young people
Donation points for those fleeing Afghanistan

Works on new playground near completion

The newly renovated younger children's playground will open before the end of September. 

Fairfield is leased from Lord Petre and maintained by the parish council. It is situated behind St. Edmund and St. Mary Church, between Star Lane and Fairfield and is a popular place for families, youngsters and dog walkers. Historically, Star Lane was known as Fayre Lane and provided access to Fair Field, now known as Fairfield.

There is a fenced play area especially for the under 12's and a separate area for older children including a hard court, climbing wall, youth shelter and skate park. The rest of the field includes a cricket pavilion and pitch (home to Ingatestone and Fryerning Cricket Club), a pond, some seating and two public footpaths, one of which leads to the railway station and the other to Ingatestone Hall. 

It is the under 12's playground which is to be refurbished although many of the existing pieces of play equipment will be incorporated into the new design. Permission has been willingly given by Lord Petre for this project. 

Development ideas have been based on existing playgrounds in the borough. Brentwood Borough Council planning officers have confirmed that planning permission is not required for this project. Initially, 18 companies expressed interest in the project. The budget for the project has been agreed by the parish council and all proposing companies were working to the same budget. References and examples of work were included in the tendering process.

At the Facilities Committee meeting on 12 April, viable companies' designs were discussed as part of the selection process. From 13-30 April, councillors undertook consultation with local schools, playgroups etc and put in place an online consultation. At the Full Council meeting on 6 May, the council appointed Proludic to undertake the work.

The work started on 9 August and will look to be completed before the end of September. A grand unveiling event will be announced shortly which we hope will be a great opportunity for the children to try out the new equipment. 

Works on new playground near completion

Volunteers needed for our community garden

The parish council's Climate Emergency Working Group has been exploring sites for a community garden in the parish for our residents to enjoy. We are aware that some residents do not have private gardens or the space to grow plants or vegetables etc. 

Finding available sites has not been easy, however we became aware of a plot next to the footpath leading from Fairfield to the railway station.

Unfortunately in recent years this area has suffered from the fly tipping of garden waste. On Sunday 18 April the first working party morning took place where members of the group met and cleared the litter and began the process of tidying up the area. The aim is to create a woodland garden which will include benches and a litter bin. There is the possibility of including a raised flower bed. It is hoped to develop the site into an area where residents can sit and relax.

We would like to thank Brentwood Borough Council and Livewell for the awarding of £2940 through the Brentwood Mental Health Small Grant Scheme, which will allow the working group to implement their ideas further. 

The next working group morning has been announced for Sunday 19 September to be held at the footpath towards the station from Fairfield. If you would be interested in helping out please bring garden tools, gloves, waste bags etc. If you would like to travel by car then please park in the Bell Mead car park. 

Volunteers needed for our community garden

Do you want to make a difference and become a parish councillor?


Are you interested in taking up a civic office that can make a real difference to the community Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council represents?


Government is more than ever looking to local communities and local councils to respond to very local needs and priorities. You would become part of the democratic framework of the country representing the interests of your community within a broad landscape of national governance.


Time as a Councillor will be challenging, exciting and at time frustrating but training and support are readily available to enable you to gain the personal satisfaction of knowing you and your council have made a difference.


In order to be eligible for the role, you will need to be over 18 and a qualifying citizen and this information is available by contacting the Parish Clerk on 01277 676759 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The deadline for applications is Thursday 9 September 2021 at 5pm.  Interested candidates are encouraged to attend Council and committee meetings in September and face to face interviews will take at an Extraordinary Council meeting on the 20th September 2021. 

Do you want to make a difference and become a parish councillor?

IFPC attends the Summer Show

IFPC was present at the annual Summer Show hosted by the Ingatestone and Fryerning Horticultural Society on Seymour Field. 

In the marquee closest to the pavilion, councillors were on hand to answer any questions on our current and future projects. We are grateful to those who stopped to talk to our councillors to and find out more about what we are doing for the community. 

We also displayed a number of items including the plans for the new Under 12's playground at Fairfield and the community garden leading down to the railway station from Fairfield.

Copies of the Neighbourhood Plan were also displayed and residents were reminded that the next stage in the process will be the referendum which we hope will be staged in early 2022. 

If you couldn't attend the event and you would like to find out more about our services or up and coming projects please call 01277 676759 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

IFPC attends the Summer Show

Ingatestone Museum:Latest developments

These are very exciting times for the Ingatestone Museum. Ingatestone Museum Trust has now been awarded charity status by the Charity Commission and Greater Anglia has agreed heads of terms on the lease for the Gatekeeper's Cottage with Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council, who will sublease the building to the museum trust.

This will enable the Railway Heritage Trust to release its grant for the renovations to the cottage and work will start soon. Some of the renovations will also involve local builders and craftspeople who have volunteered their time- many, many thanks for everyone's help. We hope to show the renovations on our new website

The Trust have now started to plan for the inside having recently gone on an away day to see example exhibitions, fit out, and decorations for the museum. We are hoping to build up a base of people's memories and experiences of growing up and living in Ingatestone and Fryerning. We would appreciate any records/letters/photos of life here in the parish from Victorian times onwards, experiences of the First and Second World Wars, evacuees, VE Day and the days of the tea rooms and inns during the time of the A12 running through the High Street.

Any donations on these themes or any local history artefacts would be very welcome. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss. 

Ingatestone Museum:Latest developments

Dementia support group launches at Seymour Pavilion

The Blue Flower Support Group has launched a monthly support group for those living with dementia and their carers at the Seymour Field Pavilion.

In early July, the Blue Flower Support group launched at Seymour Field Pavilion. The group looks to support families facing the challenge of dementia. The group is run by a group of carers who have gone through the same journey and can share experiences.

The group meets monthly on a Thursday between 2-4pm. If you would like to come along and meet the team for a friendly chat over a cup of tea or coffee, please call Lesley: 01277 216617 for more details.


Dementia support group launches at Seymour Pavilion