Welcome to the website for our picturesque Essex village.

Useful Information



Arkesden is administered by Essex County Council, Uttlesford District Council (UDC) and Arkesden Parish Council.

Contact UDC on 01799 510510 or www.uttlesford.gov.uk


Uttlesford CAB on Keep Warm in Uttlesford

How to stay warm and well this winter


Those in receipt of winter fuel allowance who can spare all or part of the payment this year, we are asking to please consider making a donation to Uttlesford CAB. The CAB would channel extra funding to help people save money on heating costs, including access to help with insulation; understand what financial help is available and manage any fuel-related debt.  http://www.uttlesfordcab.org.uk/news/item/donating-back-your-winter-fuel-allowance

Refuse and recycling

Every Tuesday (Special arrangements apply to Christmas and New Year)

Contact UDC recycling helpline 01799 510344 or visit http://www.uttlesford.gov.uk/recyclingandwaste for latest information.

There are 3 wheelie bins: alternate collection of the green bin (dry recyclables) and black bin (non-recyclables) and a weekly collection of the brown bin (kitchen waste).

Bins should be left at the roadside, unless you are disabled. UDC will arrange collection of heavy items. Contact Environmental Services 01799 510510.

Garden Green Waste Collections 2019 will start on 16th January which will  be  the Wednesday following a green-lidded collection.


The red telephone box in the village near the pub is no longer in use – it is now a library!


The nearest local shop is Nisa, Stortford Road in Clavering. Waitrose and Tescos are in Saffron Walden.



There is a syndicate for delivery at the weekend. Contact David Forster on 550306.



Can be delivered (with other items). Contact Steve Davies on 0800 146 07




Supplied by EDF through your supplier. Power supplies are easily disrupted by weather, so keep a good supply of torches, lanterns and candles to hand.

For power failure contact 0800 783 8838.


Supplied by Veolia (0845 769 7982). Sewage by Anglian Water (08457 145145)

Not all properties are on main drains. Note that supplies can fail with the electricity.

Oil Syndicate

Members of this syndicate give periodic estimates of the amount of oil they need and the syndicate then finds the most cost-effective price for the estimated total, from several companies. Prices are below those for single deliveries.

Contact Claire Brady 01799 551190 (evenings) 07760 207668 (daytime) email: 3villagesoil@gmail.com



Police: Emergency number is 999. Contact 101 for non-urgent matters.

Saffron Walden Police Station: Monday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm

Floodline: 0845 988 1188

 NHS Direct: 0845 4647

 Telephone Faults: 0800 253565

 Electricity Faults: 0800 7838838

 Water Faults: 0845 782333



Buses & DaRT 1 mini bus

From April 10th 2016 local rural bus services are being replaced by a demand response service called DaRT 1, provided by Arrows Taxis (Essex) Ltd. Instead of using fixed routes with fixed stops and times, DaRT 1 customers book journeys with the operator in advance and are picked up from an agreed point – often their own home, a bus stop or local place of interest.

This service is funded by Essex County Council and operated by Arrow Taxis.

Telephone Arrow Taxis Essex Ltd on 01621 874411

and explain: *Where you would like to go *Where you would like to be collected from * What time you need to go (please give at least 2 hours notice before travelling)

Bus 62 – departs Arkesden on Thursdays only at 10 a.m. to Bishops Stortford.

Returns from Bishops Stortford at 1 pm only.

Bus 446 – departs Arkesden on school days only at 8.16 a.m. to Saffron Walden County High

Returns from SWCH at 3.30 p.m. only.


There are regular weekday and weekend trains from Audley End to Liverpool Street. Phone 0845 600 7245 for train times.


Arkesden Directory

Parish Council

Chairman: Rod Higgins 550411

Vice Chair: Robert Patmore 550251


Chris Coady 550201

Satu Lawrence 550625

Ted Buttling 551921

Rupert Bull 550305 / 550660

Clerk: Steve Coltman 550217

Parochial Church Council

Chair: Rev. Margaret Davis 550703

Warden: Cathy Miles 550956

Secretary: Susan Erb 551870

Treasurer: Steve Elvidge 550204

Uttlesford District Councillor Edward Oliver

email: cllroliver@uttlesford.gov.uk

Essex County Councillor John Moran  07496 006 467

email: cllr.john.moran@essex.gov.uk

Village Hall

Chairman:  Simon Coop 551097

Secretary:  Craig Dyce 550603

Treasurers:  Wendy Dyce 550603

Aline Parriaux:  550173

Bookings:  Barbara Higgins 550411

Arkesden Village News

Editor:  Cathy Miles 550956

Layout: Lem and Satu Lawrence 550625

Treasurer:  Kate Barwood 550271

Advertising:  Satu Lawrence 550625

Friends of Arkesden Church

Chairman: Tina McLean 550448

Secretary: Allison Poultney 550800


Captain: Steve Elvidge 550204

Secretary: Anthea Boon 550861

Women’s Institute there is no longer a WI in Arkesden


Millennium Field

Chairman: Tom Macfadyen 550052

Secretary: Amanda Crabb 551175

Treasurer: Alistair McLean 550448

 Speech & Drama Pat Truelove  550471


 Oil Syndicate Claire Brady: 01799 551190 (evenings) 07760 207668 (daytime)