Welcome to the Parish of Kelvedon Hatch

Our village is situated between Brentwood and Ongar, approximately four miles north of Brentwood, Essex and is located in the heart of the Metropolitan Green Belt. Adjoining Parishes include Blackmore, Doddinghurst, Navestock and Stondon Massey. [ Map ]

Whilst the primary shopping, entertainment and transport facilities are located in nearby Brentwood, the village boasts its own Post Office, convenience store, camping shop, estate agent, DIY outlet and even a Secret Nuclear Bunker! Local education is provided by an excellent Infant and Junior school within the village and a choice of good comprehensive schools in Brentwood and Ongar. Local clubs and organisations are well catered for with both the village and church halls providing a convenient venue for many popular local activities and functions.

A delightful village pond provides a central focus for the village. The parish has two public houses (both provide food) and an Indian Restaurant within its boundaries providing attractive venues for those wishing to enjoy good hospitality, food and drink. The Green Belt designation has led to Kelvedon Hatch becoming a very popular commuter village surrounded by open space, well-maintained footpaths and arable farmland. Access to the M25 motorway is only minutes away and with a good and regular train service to London from Brentwood, the village is a very pleasant and popular place to live. Buses run from Kelvedon Hatch to both Brentwood and Ongar. We enjoy all the benefits of rural life and the benefits of being close to popular towns and transport routes.

What is the Parish Council?

The Parish Council is the lowest tier of government and its aims are to represent and serve the residents of Kelvedon Hatch. Councillors are elected to the Parish Council every four years; in the case of casual vacancies, the Parish Council has the power to co-opt members. The Parish Council is a non-political body. Kelvedon Hatch Parish Council is responsible for the provision and maintenance of:

  • Bus shelters/seats;
  • Children's play area in Poors' Field;
  • Eagle Field (please see latest news for recent developments);
  • Swan Pond and its green;
  • War Memorial;
  • Planters;
  • Village notice boards.

The Parish Council also supplements Brentwood Borough Council's work by organising extra litter picks and by providing extra bins. The Parish Council can make comments on planning applications on behalf of residents. The Parish Council has the power to make bye-laws and to spend a limited amount of money for the benefit of the community.

The Parish Council receives its funding (called a precept) from Brentwood Borough Council through its collection of Council Tax. It also receives some funding through advertisers in the Village News newsletter.

This web site is under constant revision and is provided for the benefit of all residents of Kelvedon Hatch. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement please contact the clerk


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