Dear Parent/Carer

Consultation on the proposed closure of St Mary’s Church of England (VA) Primary School, Woodham Ferrers

As you are aware Essex County Council (ECC), with the Governing Body (IEB) of St Mary’s Church of England Primary School and the Anglican Diocese of Chelmsford, has been consulting on a proposal to close the school with effect from 31 August 2019. The consultation ended on 30th November 2018.

Having taken into consideration all the feedback received during the consultation period the Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Ray Gooding, has today taken the following decision.

That the proposal to close St Mary’s CE Primary School, Woodham Ferrers is paused to:

  • Allow the potential, alternative, options that have come forward during the consultation to be further explored and evaluated.
  • Review numbers on roll, including Reception year applications for 2019, during the next six months.
  • Keep under review the financial viability of the school and financial projections for the future.

Once the above actions have been completed a further decision will be taken on how to proceed with the process.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contributions during the consultation phase of the process.

Yours sincerely,     Clare Kershaw – Director of Education         Essex County Council




The last service from Chelmsford to South Woodham Ferrers @ 22.40 is under threat.
Also the 22.21 South Woodham to Chelmsford
Please help us stop this important service – you can see the details in Appendix A @:

Or e-mail your objections to

Closes 21st March 2019.


Ref. No: 16/02021/OUT | Status: Application Permitted | Case Type: Application

Village Maps – newly created to help new and existing residents click here for Bicknacre and here for Woodham Ferrers


In the UK there is a shortage of Doctors resulting in many practices, such as some  in Maldon, having to close their books and unable to take on any new patients ?. As reported by John Whittingdale at Bicknacre & Woodham Ferrers  APM on 11th May 2018.

Whereas, in Bicknacre, we are very fortunate to have the type of Doctors Surgery we do.

A practice with a personal service, the type where you know you are going to see the Doctor of your choice. The type of personal service where your Doctor knows you, not just your records. A practice, that actively aims to improve its service for your benefit and new patients alike.

“Speaking personally, I feel it’s comforting and reassuring to feel like a valued patient, not just a number in the system”… Sandy Sinclair

Did you also know, that many practices that would like to offer services, which they know would be of benefit to their patients health, are not able to access the funds needed through the NHS, to provide them ?

Therefore, It is up to the Doctor to raise the necessary funds through other methods and that’s not always possible to do so for a variety of reasons.

Again, we here in Bicknacre and nearby, are fortunate to have a Doctor who  sees this, but still wishes to provide such benefits. Such as a wearable heart / blood pressure monitoring machine. A piece of equipment which can be worn by a patient over several days. This can then monitor blood pressure during the course of varying activities. It will provide valuable data with a greater and accurate diagnosis of a person’s health and therefore, their ultimate health needs.

However, first, funds need to be raised to provide this valuable piece of equipment, which will be held and available at Wyncroft Surgery, for OUR benefit.

Bicknacre Village Hall has for the past five years, held a Charity Coffee Morning in support of local needs.

Last year our wonderful Coffee Morning, in aid of First Responders, was yet  another great success. It was so well supported and undeniably enjoyable.

Altogether, with the help of Peter at The Brewers Arms, raised over £600.00 to assist in the purchase of 2 defibrillators for Bicknacre and Woodham Ferrers.

Sufficient money was raised to enable Karen Kuderovitch, our Parish Clerk, to apply for Sponsorship funding to provide the balance needed. Now we are pleased to see both defibrillators are installed. One, is positioned on the outside of Bicknacre Village Hall and the second, outside Woodham Ferrers School Room & Chapel.

This year Bicknacre Village Hall Committee are proud to support Dr Sai Sanka and Wyncroft Surgery to help raise funds for a  wearable Heart/Blood Pressure monitoring machine, for the benefits of our residents.

Bicknacre Village Hall Committee in support of Dr Sai Sanka and Wyncroft Surgery