COVID-19 Virus Urgent Update from Chairman: During these challenging times, Willingale Parish Council continues to operate normally, and we are greatly encouraged by the community spirit being displayed all around the village. There is a Village WhatsApp group, and whilst this is not a Parish Council initiative, if you would like to be added to this Group (to receive information and/or make offers of help) then please E Mail me or contact Dawn directly as she is one of the Administrators. Please also contact me directly if you have any unmet needs that I might be able to coordinate help with.


Also, in the light of the Corona Virus the “Keep Britain Tidy” organisation has postponed the “Great British Spring Clean” litter pick, and we have also reluctantly decided to cancel our local event planned for the 5th April.


David Stokes

Chair of Willingale Parish Council

Willingale is a small rural village and civil parish situated between Chelmsford and Ongar, in the Epping Forest district of Essex. The civil parish also includes the village of Shellow Bowells and the hamlet of Miller’s Green. The population of the civil parish is around 500 and whilst there is no shop, pub or school, the village has a strong community with numerous vibrant community groups in operation with a full calender of village events culminating in an annual ‘Village Fayre’. Although Willingale is an archetypal Essex agricultural village, farming provides limited employment and so most of the working residents travel out of the village for work. The name Willingale derives from Saxon times from the ‘nook of Willas people’ but Roman remains have also been found, including cois and a cinerary urn which is held at the British Museum suggesting that Willingale may have had earlier occupation. In 1979 Willingale rose into the public consciousness when it was considered to be the favoured location for a third London airport due to its close proximity to London, and because there was a disused former World War 2 airfield in the village. Willingale’s other claim to fame is that it as two churches in one churchyard. For more details see the village website, that incorporates the village archive.The Parish Council meets bi monthly and has seven volunteer members and a Parish Clerk. All meetings are held in the Willingale Village hall and members of the public are welcomed to attend and speak in the open forum at the beginning of each month.
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