Funding Appeal (click here for full and formatted version)

We are raising funds to repay the SOS committee members who personally paid the costs awarded as a result of the public inquiry into the application to build in the grounds of the ancient St Osyth Priory. SOS was formed following the public meeting in the village hall on 17th March 2010 held to discuss the proposals for large scale housing on Priory land.  Its mission statement appears in the monthly report in the St Osyth News and is essentially to preserve village life, particularly by opposing significant building proposals within the village. Both SOS and the Parish Council represented the local community at the public inquiry held in January 2015 into the refusal of Tendring District Council to approve the plans submitted by the Sargeant family, owners of the Priory.  We engaged the services of a professional advocate at a cost of approximately £9,000 which was paid for from fundraising activities and donations. The outcome of the public inquiry was that the refusal for planning permission was upheld.  However, SOS along with the Parish Council, had costs awarded against us.  The Sargeant family claimed costs of over £120,000 against SOS in documents served on Bev Lynn, as chairman of SOS, on 30th December 2015 demanding payment within 21 days or court proceedings to recover this amount (plus interest at 8%) would ensue. Following a highly stressful two year legal battle the punitive cost claim was finally reduced to £56,303 payable immediately to prevent further costs and interest accruing. Despite fundraising events and donations received since then, the elected committee members are left paying £47,000 from their own personal savings....

Retro Dance Night (click for formatted version)

Our next event is: Retro Dance Night with the Tarrin Duo Playing live music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s on Saturday 8th June St Osyth Village Hall Doors Open at 7.30 Bring your own food and drink The Tarrin Duo have become popular performers in the locality, performing live music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and they attracted a large crowd at our last dance in November. We are grateful to Scott Sheen & Partners, the new village estate agents, who have joined St Osyth Butchers and L & K Funeral Directors in agreeing to sell tickets.  Tickets costing just £5 are available from any of these outlets in the village centre or by leaving a message with Helen on 820 344 or Bev on 820 533.  Entry at the door will be possible but only if space allows so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment as the event is being advertised...

Quiz Night with Graham – Saturday 21st April (click to see formatted version)

Our next event will be: QUIZ NIGHT with Graham in St Osyth Village Hall. Saturday 21st April. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. Teams can be up to 6 at £2.50 per person. Please bring your own refreshments. We will have our usual giant raffle for which further donations would be welcome.  Please leave with Helen at 39 Mill Street or bring them on the night. If you wish to book a table in advance telephone 01255 820533 or 01255...

SOS Annual General Meeting – March 2018 (click to see formatted version)

SOS Annual General Meeting: This will be held on Monday 12th March in the village hall annex starting at 7.30.  The agenda is given below. It is hard to believe that this will be our eighth AGM since SOS was formed following the public meeting in the village hall on 17th March 2010.  Some may remember that occasion when the hall was packed with many unable to gain entry and with the police attending to ensure order.  Since then we have engaged in many activities including: recruiting over 2,300 members of SOS. holding some 24 public meetings. distributing 12 leaflets throughout the whole village thanks to our band of willing volunteers, taking part in the public enquiry (to our cost!), successfully opposing and reducing the cost claim in the High Court, several meetings with District planners and speaking at meetings of TDC Planning Committee, appearing on Anglia News, resolving an issue with the Advertising Standards Agency following a complaint lodged by the Priory owners, holding dozens of events including Race Nights with Clacton Rotary Club, quizzes, Garage Trail Sales, a Fun Dog Show and dances, and last but by no means least communicating via the St Osyth News magazine – many thanks to the editors for the opportunity. All this has required considerable work and commitment. We have had some magnificent support from the community but it is true to say that we are now somewhat weary.  We haven’t finished yet but we would welcome some new blood to inject some fresh ideas. We have raised considerable funds from the events and are very grateful for the financial support we...