Beach Toy Library

Beach toy libraries can currently be found in various locations along the seafront at Clacton, Holland, Walton-on-the-Naze, Manningtree, Brightlingsea and Dovercourt.

Beach Toy
Families looking to enjoy the Essex Sunshine Coast this season can benefit from a series of free Beach Toy libraries.
Run by a number of different community groups around the district, the sites contain fun items such as buckets and spades for people to use, then return to the Toy library box at the end of the day for others to use and enjoy.

As well as ensuring the toys are not just used once, making them more environmentally friendly, they can also be useful for families on low incomes.

Visitors to our lovely beaches who do buy new beach toys but are not likely to use them again for a while are encouraged to donate them at the end of their stay to the Toy libraries. Please please please don’t leave beach toys alone on the beach, either take away with you or leave in the Beach Toy Library for a new little set of hands to play with.

Whilst we do not encourage the use of inflatables in the sea if you do happen to have or find one that is broken – please place in or next to the Beach toy library as these will be collected and passed to Planet Rubber for upcycling. Please help to protect our seas and keep our beaches clean.

Anyone interested in setting up a new library can email to explore options.

Update released for LoveTendring app

The latest version of Tendring’s events app has been released for smartphone users to download.

LoveTendring, which showcases what’s on, places to go and other visitor information, is free to download on both Apple and Android devices.

Developed in-house by Tendring District Council (TDC), the app has recently been refreshed and now has a new-look home page, a featured event section, and also pulls through daily events submitted through the council’s website.

Users who already have the app will see it automatically updated, while those new to LoveTendring are encouraged to download it now.

Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said with the summer season approaching now was the ideal time to get the app on your phone or tablet.

“With every update the LoveTendring app becomes even better, whether it’s the busy beaches facility – showing you in the summer live data from our Tendring Beach Patrol team – or the regularly refreshed what’s on section,” Councillor Porter said.

“The new feature page is also a great one-stop-shop for all the information you need about our next major event.

“I am pleased that we are continuing to develop the app – looking at new features and useful additions – so we can look forward to even more updates in the future.”

To submit an event for inclusion on the app visit TDC’s website what’s on listing.

Veterans and emergency services to be honoured at special event

Armed Force Day

The armed forces, veterans, blue light services and Tendring residents are invited to stand side-by-side at a special event.

Tendring Veterans and Services day, an event organised by Tendring District Council is to take place at the Greensward, Clacton on Sunday, 7 August, from 11am until 5pm and everyone is invited.

The event will see local veteran groups, the armed and blue light services, the coastguard and supporting charities showcasing what they do with a host of stalls and attractions.

The event will commence with a short service, held at the Clacton War Memorial at 11am followed by a parade towards the Greensward.

Emergency response vehicles will be on site too for some photo opportunities.

TDC Chairman Peter Harris, who had the idea for the event, encouraged people to come along

“Being the son of a former Royal Marine I have the greatest respect for our armed forces and services personnel, and that is why I have chosen veterans’ charities and the RNLI as my charities to support this year.” Councillor Harris said

“This is a free to attend event, with all money raised going to local veterans charities and the RNLI; so I highly encourage people to come and show your appreciation to our veterans and services; we owe them so much for what they do for us.”

Tendring4Growth business fortnight to champion local firms

A series of business events are being held by Tendring District Council (TDC) this Autumn.

The TENDRING4GROWTH Business Fortnight will see seminars, networking events and a skills fair take place to champion different sectors and fantastic hidden businesses from across the district.

In total nine events will be held across 11 days in October, with full details available at Events are free, but attendees are asked to book in advance; while some events can be joined virtually.

Cllr Mary Newton at Tendring4Growth

Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, said there was an event for every business to come along to.

“Businesses are the life-blood of our local economy, and we are fortunate to have such a variety of sectors operating in Tendring – from tourism to manufacturing, and farming to energy generation,” Councillor Newton said.

“That is why we are holding this fortnight, covering a vast range of topics, to not only take a moment to celebrate what is good, but also look at how we can work together to grow our economy.”

TENDRING4GROWTH’S Business Fortnight launches on Monday, 3 October with a breakfast event, Tendring Means Business, with keynote speakers Paul Milsom from Milsom Hotels, Allistair Hunter from DS Group, and Tom West from RentMy.

This is followed the next day with an event around the Tourism, Cultural and Creative sectors, and on Wednesday with a seminar on being part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme – which TDC has just achieved a Gold Award in.

The ever-popular skills fair returns to the Princes Theatre on Thursday, 6 October, with residents invited to try their hand at various jobs and careers within key sectors across Tendring.

Week two begins with a Women in Business event, followed by a workshop on Reducing Your Carbon Footprint to encourage local firms to get green. There are also events on green energy and Freeport East, a Field to Fork drop-in for businesses, while the fortnight ends with an invite-only celebration event.

Further details on each event will be released in the coming weeks.

Councillor Newton added: “I hope that we see plenty of people sign up for these events, which are really not to be missed.”

Virtual drop-in opportunity for businesses interested in self-promotion, through the Queen’s Award

Essex Queens Award

The Lord Lieutenant’s Office and Essex County Council offer a virtual drop-in opportunity for businesses interested in self-promotion, through the Queen’s Award.

Businesses looking to boost sales and morale for staff are invited to learn more about the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise.

The award is open for applications from all Essex businesses now. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is recognised globally, you can use the emblem on all marketing materials, and winning has been proven to provide a range of benefits. A distinguished honour, the awards celebrate achievement for business recognising our businesses and their successes.

Anyone from large corporations, SME’s, all the way through to small local traders can apply for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, if they meet the following criteria:

• Be based in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

• Files Company Tax Returns with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

• A self-contained enterprise, that markets its own products or services, and is under its own management.

• Have at least two full-time UK employees, or part-time equivalents.

• Demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility.

Hosted by the Lord Lieutenant’s office and Essex County Council, this one off, virtual, drop-in session is available to all businesses that meet the criteria. The session will allow you to meet previous winners and obtain peer-to-peer application support and to learn more about the potential benefits for the future.

To register, please visit: The Queen’s Award peer-to-peer support evening. Tickets, Thu 23 Jun 2022 at 17:30 | Eventbrite

In addition, a webinar will be run to provide an understanding of the application process and some tips and tricks on how to create the perfect application.

How to win the Queens Award

How to win a Queen’s Award
Let’s Do Business Group and Graham Broughton Consulting have joined together to host a webinar, providing tips and tricks on how to create the perfect application.

The UK is full of exciting and innovative businesses and the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is a great way of celebrating their success. Whether a small business with a great innovative product or service, or a larger company running an impressive social mobility programme, the awards are a prestigious way to recognise your contribution to enterprise.

To register, please visit: How to win the Queens Award for Enterprise Tickets, Wed, Jun 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

Tendring beaches awarded two Blue Flags

Tendring District Council Beach Patrol members with Councillor Alex Porter holding a Blue Flag at Dovercourt Bay
Six beaches in Tendring have been handed prestigious awards by Keep Britain Tidy – including two of the top Blue Flags.

Beaches at Brightlingsea, Dovercourt Bay, Harwich, Frinton, Walton-on-the-Naze, and Martello Bay in Clacton have all been given Seaside Awards in recognition of their quality.

In addition the beaches at Dovercourt Bay and Brightlingsea kept their prestigious Blue Flag status.

Walton’s Albion Beach, which previously held a Blue Flag award, was not entered this year as coastal works have led to a temporary drop in water quality from ‘excellent’ to ‘good’ – but Tendring District Council (TDC) plans to re-enter the beach next year once works are completed. All other Tendring seafronts have kept their accreditation from 2021.

Seaside Award beaches have amenities at a high standard where they are provided, and a Blue Flag is an even higher globally recognised accreditation for quality beaches, taking into account factors such as water quality and availability of nearby facilities.

Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the awards recognised the beauty and quality of seafronts around the district.

“Our Essex Sunshine Coast around Tendring is beautiful and a fabulous place for residents, visitors and the whole tourism industry,” Councillor Porter said.

“This is why we invest so much of our time, effort and indeed money into them, ranging from our Beach Patrol service in the high season, regular upgrades to seafronts, or creating and protecting them with new beaches and cliff stabilisation works.

“Having Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are a great advert for the Essex Sunshine Coast, and as always it must be recognised that it is not easy to keep this status; that is why we decided not to enter Walton this year, but will look to do so – and a new beach in Clacton – next year should the conditions allow.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “The success of these beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our blue spaces – from beach managers and volunteers to local residents and businesses. The huge commitment needed to maintain marvellous beaches worthy of these awards cannot be underestimated.

“People who visit a beach flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award can be assured the beach will be clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as international bathing water quality standards.”

Red Arrows confirmed

Britain’s top aerial display team has been confirmed as part of a bumper line-up for this year’s Clacton Airshow – thought to be the biggest-ever.

Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council (TDC), which stages Clacton Airshow, said the 2022 event was truly shaping up to be one of the best.
“We have an incredible line-up for this year’s Clacton Airshow, both in breadth and depth, which after a two-year enforced hiatus due to Covid-19 is exactly what we all need,” Cllr Porter said.
“Headlining the event will be the world-renowned Red Arrows, which are always a huge draw to aviation fans and general public alike – and we hope everyone gives them a warm welcome.”

Other flights revealed to be on the programme include the Pitts Special, an exciting aerobatic display flown in biplanes guaranteed to thrill the crowds on both days with closing speeds approaching 400mph, and the Slingsby T67 Firefly – both firm favourites at the Clacton Airshow.

Once again full commentary will be provided at the event by Radio Airshow from BBC Essex.

Businesses are still able to sponsor the event, with local construction firm Rose Builders already putting their support behind the Airshow.

Leading cycle race in Clacton to be broadcast live for first time

The Tour Series will see the UK’s leading men’s and women’s riders head to Tendring for round five of the 2022 series next month.

All seven rounds of the event will be available to watch in full and for free on the event’s website and YouTube channel.

Extensive race day coverage will be available on the series’ digital platforms, with highlights of the series following the night after each round on ITV4 at 7pm.

Tour riders

Reigning champions Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and CAMS – Basso, former winners WiV SunGod, and fledgling New Zealand team Global 6 Cycling will be among the 26 teams competing.

Guisborough will host the opener once again on May 2 with Sunderland returning for a second year running on May 10.

Scotland will host two rounds in Galashiels and Stranraer on May 4 and 12 before Britain’s best teams and riders head to the seaside for the series’ first-ever visit to Clacton on May 19.

Clacton will become only the third venue – after Colchester and Stoke-on-Trent – to have hosted the Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and Tour Series.

The round will start and finish in sight of the sea on Pier Avenue.

It will pass through the town centre before running alongside the town’s big wheel, pavilion and pier.

Not only will fans get to see the action multiple times during the hour-long races, but the 1.4km circuit will offer two sightings per lap to anybody watching on from the town square.

The series will visit then London on May 21 before a spectacular grand final on May 24.

Mick Bennett, Tour Series race director, previously aid: “We love being beside the seaside so bring on the Clacton round of this year’s Tour Series.

“It’s going to be another day of thrilling, unpredicted and engaging sporting action, all available to enjoy for free.

“Tendring Council are among the leading supporters of cycling in the UK and their contribution to supporting family-friendly, free-to-watch events deserves a lot of praise.”

Commemorative coins and support for event organisers to celebrate jubilee

Commemorative coins commissioned by the council can be purchased to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Commemorative Coins

Available to buy for £1 each, the limited edition coins – bearing the civic crest of Tendring District Council (TDC) – will serve as a memento for years to come of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.

Meanwhile those planning a Jubilee celebration event in the district can apply now for an event pack to help organise their festivities.

Organisers can claim up to two free packs per event – with the potential for more upon request – with each pack including invites, posters, recipe and game ideas and other templates.

Jeff Bray, TDC Chairman, said he would love to see the whole of Tendring get involved in celebrating Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

“We hope these commemorative coins will be an affordable keepsake for generations to come, marking this historic year,” Councillor Bray said.

“Meanwhile these event packs will allow communities to mark the occasion now, and it would be fantastic to see street parties, picnics in local parks and other events held throughout the year to celebrate.

“Don’t forget to share details of your jubilee events with us too!”

The commemorative coins can be purchased from TDC’s leisure centres in Clacton, Dovercourt and Walton-on-the-Naze, and the Visitor Information Centre at Clacton Town Hall, and are expected to go on sale from 20 April – while the event packs will be available from the same date.

Apply for a pack online on the council’s Platinum Jubilee web page. Residents can buy up to six coins each.

Beach libraries help families make the most of the Essex Sunshine Coast

Families looking to enjoy the Essex Sunshine Coast this season can benefit from a series of free beach libraries.

Run by a number of different community groups around the district, the sites contain fun items such as buckets and spades for groups to use for the day.

Beach Libraries

As well as ensuring the toys are not just used once, making them more environmentally friendly, they can also be useful for families on low incomes.

Visitors who do buy new toys but are not likely to use them again for a while are encouraged to donate them at the end of their stay to the libraries, provided they are in good condition.

Alex Porter, Tendring District Council (TDC) Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, thanked the groups who were running the beach libraries.

“We are really keen to support these initiatives – which are best run by volunteers – as a way of making our beautiful beaches more accessible to all,” Councillor Porter said.

“By making sure buckets, spades and other beach toys are re-used, and don’t spend the rest of the year languishing in the boot of a car, we can all do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic items being created.

“They can also be a godsend for families taking an affordable day out to our coastline who can instead spend their disposable income on ice creams for their little ones rather than a use-once toy.”

Beach libraries can currently be found in various locations along the seafront at Clacton, Walton-on-the-Naze and Dovercourt; anyone interested in setting up a new library can email to explore options.