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Wednesday 16 May 2018: Town Team lead historic tour.

Rochford Town Team is now taking bookings for FREE walking tours taking place on June 19.

Rochford is a medieval market town which is even recorded in the Doomsday Book. Steeped in history, the town has many tales to tell.

Guided tours around parts of Historic Rochford will start from the Old House where your traditionally dressed guide will tell you more about Rochford’s rich and colourful heritage.

The Old House is a gem of the numerous listed buildings and a 'must see'. Attractive from the outside, here is an opportunity to see it from the inside, with an informative tour guide to take you back in time.

To book visit and simply select the time you would like to take the tour and click 'register' then you will be able to select your ticket/s.

Please note that The Old House is not accessible by wheelchair.

The Historic Rochford guided walks are short in distance, so suitable for most. However, some parts of the trail include narrow walkways and pavements, so we ask participants to watch their step.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Election of new Chairman and Vice Chairman of Rochford District Council

Cllr David Merrick has been appointed to serve as the Chairman of Rochford District Council for the period May 2018 to May 2019.

Currently a District Councillor for the Trinity Ward, Councillor Merrick has been a member of Rochford District Council since 2004 and served as Vice Chairman of the Council for the 2017/18 Civic Year. Cllr Merrick has lived in the district for more than 40 years, currently residing in Rayleigh, and has two children and six grandchildren ranging from ages one to 19.

On learning of his appointment, Councillor Merrick said: “I am honoured and privileged to have been chosen to serve as the Chairman of Rochford District Council for the 2018/19 Civic Year. I am very much looking forward to going out into the community and meeting local residents and businesses, as well as Chairing Council meetings and representing the district at Civic events”.

Councillor Merrick will be supported during his Civic Year by Wheatley Ward member Councillor Robin Dray, who was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Council for the same period.

The appointments were made during Rochford District Council’s meeting of Annual Council on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

For more information about the Chairman and Vice Chairman, or if you would like to invite them to your local event, visit

Friday, May 11, 2018: Rochford District Council’s 2018 Citizen of the Year is Rochford Resident Simon Taylor!

Local people who make a big difference to the Rochford district were celebrated at Rochford District Council’s annual Citizen of the Year Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10.

Simon Taylor from Rochford was announced as Rochford District Council’s Citizen of the Year 2018. Simon’s nomination describes how he has given thousands of hours of his own time volunteering as a Community First Responder, and has even known to have left during meal times in order to respond to an emergency. Judges’ feedback included: “Very well done”, and “Much needed skills to be used with concern and passion”.

Simon said: “It was an honour to be nominated for an award, let alone be declared the overall Citizen of the Year! The role of a Community First Responder can be challenging, as we often support people during a very difficult time. However it is also very satisfying, and this recognition makes it even more worthwhile. I’d like to spread the word about all Community First Responders so they can be recognised for their dedication”.

Other awards included:

Libby Robertson, age 10 from Rayleigh, won the Young Citizen award. Libby was nominated for her efforts to raise funds for a local dog shelter, including a Charity Ball which raised over £3,000.

Lorraine Jibb, from Canewdon, won the Charitable Support award. Lorraine was nominated for her fundraising efforts for local hospices which support children, young people and adults living in and around the district of Rochford.

Abbey Parsons, from Rochford, won the Community Spirit award. Abbey was nominated for her volunteer work at a local youth club where she is the Activity and Fundraising Manager, as well as her efforts outside of the district such as fundraising for the hospital’s children’s ward - all whilst studying for a degree at university.

The awards were presented by the Chairman of Rochford District Council, Cllr Mrs Lesley Butcher, who said: “Congratulations to Simon, Libby, Lorraine, Abbey and all of this year’s nominees. It is people like this who are the glue that holds our community together. I was pleased to see so many strong nominations come in so that we could give thanks and recognition for the help and support which often goes unseen, and urge people to continue nominating deserved people in future years”.

Rochford District Council’s Citizen of the Year Awards are held annually to recognise and acknowledge residents of the Rochford district for their valuable hard work and outstanding achievements. This year a total of 32 nominations were received for 18 different people who contribute to the district’s community in many different ways. The nominations were considered by a panel of judges consisting of Council Members representing all of Rochford District Council’s political groups, as well as the Chairman’s Chaplain.

Nominations for the 2019 Citizen of the Year Awards will open later this year. For information visit:

8 May 2017:  Payment Kiosks in Rochford District Council Reception Areas

From 22nd May 2018 Rochford District Council will be removing the payment kiosks from its reception areas in Rochford and Rayleigh to be compliant with the new GDPR.

Rochford District Council encourages residents to start to make alternative arrangements to pay bills such as their council tax by direct debit or standing order. Please note that our automated payment line can also be called on 0300 003 2197 which takes payments for Council Tax, Business Rates, Housing Benefit Overpayments and Parking


Other payments can be made via our website ( and over the phone by calling 01702 318111.

2 May 2018: Rochford District Youth Council – Do you want to make a difference to your community?

Rochford District Council are looking for younger residents between the ages of 12-18 in the district to form a Youth Council which aims to give younger people a voice in the community, to make a difference.

This is excellent opportunity for all younger people to have their say about issues that affect them and their communities. The Youth Council aims to raise the profile of young people to ensure that local decision makers recognise that younger people are the future generation and are an important part in Rochford’s future.

Benefits of attending include:

 Excellent personal development opportunity – it would look great on your CV!

 Able to work on issues that young people consider to be important to them and the community

 Able to link in with the Young Essex Assembly

 Able to link in with the wider work of the council

If you are interested or have any more questions on the Youth Council, please contact or call 01702 318061.

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