Birdbrook Parish Council Essex, UK


11th January 2022 Agenda
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November 2021 Draft Minutes
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Welcome to the official site of Birdbrook Parish Council.

Birdbrook is a village in rural Essex, with a population of about 300. The parish also encompasses New England, Baythorne End and Finkle Green. The parish lies on the Roman Military Road from Colchester to Cambridge, the line of which almost exactly corresponds with that of the old Colne Valley Railway. Birdbrook lies between Halstead, Braintree, Saffron Walden and Cambridge.

The name Birdbrook is supposed to be derived from the brook which passes through part of the Parish. It appears to have no relation to birds, and in Doomsday is written Bridebroe. Birdbrook in 1977 received an award for being one of the best kept villages in Essex.  Birbrook has a picturesque church dating from 1050. As well as the services, concerts are held in the church several times a year.

The village has a pub, a children's play area, a thatched Community Hall, with a bowling green behind it.

There is also an occasional bus!

n normal times, i.e. when not in lockdown, the Village Club, Ladies Group, and Bowls Club meet regularly; there is a 'pop in' coffee morning at the church each Tuesday 10.30am; and an Essex mobile library stops outside the church each Wednesday 3.55 to 4.15pm.

Birdbrook borders on Moyns Park, a country estate. Muilman's History of Essex, published in 1770 says:- "The name of the Manor of Moynes came from a family called Lemoigne (i.e. Monk) sometimes written Mohun, who were ancient owners of it. In September, 1494, it was bought by Joan, widow of William Gent, from Richard Martin of Long Melford. Her grandson William succeeded her, and his son, Thomas Gent, succeeded him,"

The property was used as a convalescent home during the Second World War, and was the home, until recently, of Lord Ivar Mountbatten.