Welcome to the Website of Rayne Parish Council

Please telephone 01376 552489 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during opening hours - Mondays 12.30pm-3pm and Thursdays 9:30am-12pm and the Clerk will assist you.

Please stay safe and remember to regularly test yourself to protect others.

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  Duty Councillor Phoneline

If there is anyone in the village who is shielding or isolating, and needs help with collecting prescriptions, getting shopping or just wants a chat or anyone generally needing help during lockdown restrictions, please contact one of our Duty Councillors on 01376 552489 option 2. We can also supply recycling sacks and dog poo bags.

All other Council / Parish issues should still be directed to the Clerk on 01376 552489 option 1 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COVID19 - to visit our page with information about the village

and in general please visit our page about COVID-19

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The Parish Council holds its meetings on the first Monday of each month in the Old School Rooms at 7:30pm

Rayne residents are invited and encouraged to attend meetings and are able to raise issues with the Council during the public forum, which is near the beginning of the meeting

Agenda and minutes can be found Here

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Winter Advice

6 top tips to stay healthy during winter 

Winter may have already started, but there are lots of tips to make sure you give yourself the best chance to stay warm and healthy. 

1. First and foremost - get your flu jab

If you are in an eligible group it’s free because you need it. You are more at risk if you have a long-term health condition, are older or are pregnant.

2. Keep warm and keep well

Heating your home to at least 18° C (65° F) in winter is particularly important. Insulating your home not only helps to keep you warm and healthy, but it can also help to keep your heating costs down. To found out if you are eligible for a grant to improve the energy efficiency of your home, please contact the Sustainability Team on 01376 552525 or visit www.braintree.gov.uk

3. Check on others

Older neighbours and relatives and those with heart and lung conditions, as well as very young children, are at particular risk from the cold. That’s why it’s so important for us all to make sure those at risk are safe and well, have stocks of food and medicine in so they don’t have to go out during really cold weather and encourage them to follow all the strands of advice in this blog.   

To find out more, download the Stay well this winter booklet which contains a wealth of advice to help you maintain good health during winter, take advantage of the financial help available and find out about winter wellness.

4. Get financial support

It’s worthwhile claiming what you are entitled to.

  • Winter Fuel Payment - a tax-free benefit of up to £300 to pay for heating. People born on or before 5 May 1953 will qualify this year. The exact amount depends on your circumstances including your age, whether you live alone, get Pension Credit, or income-based Jobseeker’s or Employment and Support Allowances.
  • Cold Weather Payment - made during periods of very cold weather, to help pay for extra heating costs. The average temperature where you live must be recorded or forecast below 0°C for seven days in a row.  You may be eligible if you are getting Pension Credit, Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance or you receive Child Tax Credit that includes a disability element
  • Warm Home Discount Scheme helps low-income and vulnerable households with energy costs. Participating energy companies will be providing a discount of £140 on the electricity bill of certain customers, as well as discounts to a broader group of low-income customers.

5. Get on the Priority Services Register

This is a free service provided by water and power suppliers for older and disabled people, or if you depend on electricity to keep medical or mobility equipment running. For more information or to register, speak to your current supplier(s).

6. Heat your home safely

Remember to get your heating system checked regularly by qualified professionals, and if you have open fires make sure they are properly ventilated.

You should have cooking and heating appliances that burn fossil fuels or wood serviced at least once a year, to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

You may need to remind your landlord that they are legally obliged to have an annual gas safety check completed in the property.

Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm that meets European Standard EN50291 in any room that contains a gas or solid fuel burning appliance.

Warm Homes Essex is a free service that can help to keep your home warm and is a partnership with Citizens Advice.

You can contact them if you are:

  • struggling to pay energy/water bills
  • on a low income 
  • have debts
  • have a health condition
  • wanting to maximise your income