Public Notice is hereby given that due to a councillor resignation, a vacancy exists in the Parish Council for Arkesden, Essex.

The vacancy will be filled by election if, within fourteen working days of this notice (on or before 7 November 2022), any ten local government electors for Arkesden Parish submit a written request to the Returning Officer, Peter Holt, CEO – Uttlesford District Council, Council Office, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4ER (email:

If no such request is made to the Returning Officer, the vacancy will be filled by co-option by the Arkesden Parish Council.


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Clatterbury Lane, Arkesden
Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Clatterbury Lane, due to commence on 3rd October 2022 for 3 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Affinity Water undertakes stop tap fitting.

The Death of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second

Dear Arkesden,

You will all have learned by now of the peaceful death of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. On behalf of the Parish Council, we offer our deepest sympathy to the Royal Family and continue to hold the Queen and her family in our thoughts and in our prayers. As we reflect in our own ways on her passing, let us too celebrate the long life of Her Majesty and her steadfast service to God, family, country and Commonwealth. We offer gracious thanks to the Queen and wish her a peaceful rest after a life well lived.

A Book of Condolences will be in the Church for residents to sign. For those unable to sign in person, the Parish Council is happy to receive your note by email which we will then place in the book. We are also happy to bring you a blank page which you can fill in, and we will duly return that to the Book of Condolences. Arkesdenites may also wish to sign the National online Book of Condolences found here:

Please note that the church bells will be rung muffled at midday today 9th September to honour the life of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Floral tributes are gratefully received. We ask that they be laid at the foot of the war memorial. The flag will flown at half-mast on the church tower except for a brief period following the Proclamation on Saturday of King Charles III when it is returned to full mast.

The Sunday worship service will be held in St Mary’s church at 9.30am on 11th September with a celebration of Holy Communion. Wednesday’s evening prayer will be at 5.30pm with a special remembrance of her Majesty the Queen.

We shall keep you updated with additional news and tributes by both email and on the Arkesden Village website.


John May, Susan Erb and all the members of the Arkesden Parish Council


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Clatterbury Lane, Arkesden
Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Clatterbury Lane, due to commence on 18th August 2022 for 2 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Openreach undertakes access to boxes works.


Celebrating the contribution of Uttlesford’s unsung community heroes
Uttlesford District Council is delighted to announce that it is once again holding its Community Achievement Awards to celebrate the good work of the district’s many volunteers.
The awards give people the chance to nominate those who have given something back to their communities.
You can nominate someone for their service to:
• children and young people (up to 18 years old)
• the elderly
• people with assisted living needs
• the local community
• youth initiatives – nominations for young people (aged 15-18) who have contributed significantly to their local community
Cllr Heather Asker, Chair of the Council, said: “I am humbled by the efforts individuals will put in to help others – volunteers are often unsung heroes. These awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate those who give so much to make a difference in their local communities.
“If you know someone who contributes significantly to the life of others in the district, I urge you to nominate them for an award.”
How to nominate an individual for an award
Nominations must be proposed by town or parish councils, the Council for Voluntary Service, Uttlesford Volunteer Centre, or secondary schools – therefore, if you who wish to make a nomination you must send a nomination form to one of these organisations for their consideration.
Nomination forms are available via or by contacting Sue Hayden, Community Development Officer on 01799 510563 or
All nominations must be returned to Uttlesford District Council by midday on Friday 16 September.
The recipients will be announced at a celebration ceremony later this year.

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Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Church Hill, Arkesden
Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Church Hill, due to commence on 18th July 2022 for 3 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Affinity Water undertakes new connection.

Jubilee weekend

The village enjoyed a fantastic Jubilee weekend, thank you to all the organisers and also to Craig for keeping the children active on Sunday and for Mark who took   

some awesome photos!

Also thanks to John for help transporting table/chairs etc and for providing the vehicle for the photo shoot!


Letter to the Village

St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Arkesden
Letter to the Village
3rd May 2022
Dear Friends
Before the pandemic, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) had been consulting with you about modernising the church to make it a more comfortable and flexible space while retaining its beauty and traditional qualities. We were about to present to you a plan based on feedback we received from you when the pandemic struck. Two years later, we find that we must reconsider the future of the church in Arkesden.
The modernisation project was designed because the PCC was aware that the church was facing critical decline and that people were being put off coming to church or using the building because it was so inhospitable. Over the last two years, however, fewer congregational members have returned to worship and the membership of the PCC has been much reduced. Similarly, others have not been able to support the church as actively as previously. This means that we have reached a critical point where the PCC feels it will not be able to either manage the building or run services in the church for very much longer.
We are faced with two main options:
1. We close the church and allow a Diocesan trust to carry out minimal maintenance on the building and churchyard.
2. We lease the church to a community trust of village residents who will manage the building for the good of the whole village.
Which option we take depends on whether or not the village is willing to take responsibility for the funding, maintenance and management of the building. We must emphasise that there is no money in the national church or the Diocese of Chelmsford other than for the minimal support in option one.
We would like to invite you, therefore, to a consultation meeting on Monday 23rd May 2022 at 7.30 p.m. in the Parish Church to explore the above options and hear any other suggestions.
Yours sincerely
Revd Margaret Davis (Vicar) and the PCC

The Axe and Compasses

Dear Arkesden residents,
By now you’ll have all heard or seen the devastation which has befallen our own beloved Axe and Compasses. Our thoughts, prayers, sympathy, and sadness are extended to all members of the Christou family and to those residents of our own village family who have been part of the pub for many years on both sides of the bar. We are so grateful no one was hurt, no lives were lost and that the blaze did not engulf homes on either side.

Having said that, seeing the destruction wrought by the fire has been comparable to facing the completely unexpected death of an old friend. Over the next days and weeks as the shock abates, decisions will be taken as to what next. But for now, we mourn our old friend the Axe and stand united in grateful thanks to the Christou family and their hard working staff for all the warmth, kindness, and generous hospitality all at the Axe have shown us these past three decades.

(Susan Erb on behalf of the Arkseden Parish Council )

Message from Arkesden Parish Council

As we are all aware the situation in Ukraine is very upsetting and concerning. Our thoughts and sympathy are with everyone who is affected. We thought the following information might be helpful.
Parish Councils are not allowed to make donations of money to disaster appeals unless they directly benefit the parish and its parishioners. However, we can help by signposting how people can help:
• The best current Government advice is to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal (DEC) via the website
The DEC is co-ordinating the efforts of 15 agencies to help people who have fled Ukraine or been displaced to other parts of the country, following the invasion by Russia. The organisations involved know the situation on the ground and are able to source exactly what is needed.
The government has also launched its Homes for Ukraine scheme. See:
This scheme will offer a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home. It will enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland.