Parish Clerk

Introducing the new Parish Clerk

It certainly is a strange time that we're living through and starting a new job during these times has its challenges at the best of times! Rest assured, your Parish Council is working hard to continue its excellent service and have been extremely supportive of me in my new role as your Parish Clerk.

I've been a resident of Kelvedon Hatch since 2017, and we have fast taken advantage of all that the village has to offer. Whether its taking part in the annual village show, enjoying a chicken madras in the Bongow or showing our lack of knowledge in the Eagle's weekly quiz, Kelvedon Hatch has fast become our home, and I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to serve our community.

Being a Parish Clerk is a totally new experience for me. I previously worked as a teacher for 18 years, having worked in 4 different comprehensive schools teaching Geography (with a bit of History, French and PSHE thrown in from time to time). I had decided it was time for something new and being a Parish Clerk certainly is! Both Steve Saunders (Chairman) and Richard North (Vice-Chairman) have given me a lot of support in starting my new role, and I am working towards my ILCA qualification so that I may serve the Parish Council more effectively. I've just passed the first section, only four more to go!

Aside from being a Parish Clerk, I enjoy various hobbies. I'm a member of Holdens Archers (we're based at Ashwells sports ground and the Brentwood Centre), a rugby fan (former player) and Harlequins supporter and occasionally feel brave enough to watch West Ham play. I'm also a keen reader and enjoy a crossword to keep my brain ticking over. I also support two charities, volunteering an afternoon for St. France Hospice by working in the charity shop on Brentwood High Street, and I am a trustee of the Brentwood based charity Calais Light (which supports refugees in a terribly desperate situation in northern France).

My aim as being your Parish Clerk is simple: to serve the community so that we can all continue to enjoy a high quality of life in Kelvedon Hatch. I've re-established the council's email account (, and now run the Twitter feed (@KHParishCouncil). A new phone line has been set up for the council (07485 490329) so that I can take calls from residents on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm. I've also worked to update the website (this will be updated over the next few weeks), and want to maximise the opportunities for the Parish Council and residents to be able to communicate. Social media is now a big part of our lives, but the more "traditional" methods of pen and paper and written media, such as the monthly Village News will not be neglected in this digital age. Do remember that it is your Parish Council; feel free to contact us when needed and we will work hard to help you.

Please stay safe through these difficult times. Follow the government's advice in the lockdown, keep an eye out for each other and especially for those in need.

Terry Portch

Parish Clerk
Kelvedon Hatch Parish Council.