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Welcome to the Halstead Town Council Website

Halstead lies seven miles north of Braintree and is an attractive traditional market town with a wealth of shops, restaurants and interesting walks.

With a population of over 11,000, Halstead has grown steadily and it has several estates of modern houses as well as the expected amenities of 21st century life. Schools are of a high standard and local health facilities include a hospital and medical centre. Leisure opportunites, too are of a high standard with most sports catered for. There are several playing fields and a leisure centre and swimming pool. Clubs and organisations for all ages and interests can be found and the town's community spirit is typified by the Empire, a popular local theatre used for weekly bingo and live shows.

Halstead has a wide variety of individual shops and a market held on Fridays and Saturdays, and is a friendly place to visit.

The Town Council has a responsibility to cater for the needs of the growing population and younger generation, but also to balance these demands and preserve what is best for everyone, whether it be buildings, open spaces or leisure facilities

The Halstead Heritage Musuem is situated at Mill House and is open on Wednesday and Sunday from 1.30pm to 4.00pm from February to November

Town Council opening hours are 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday  



What's on in Halstead January 2017


    JANUARY 2017    

3rd  Halstead U3A  Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill Halstead  9.45am – 12.15pm

4th   Halstead Flower Club  Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill  7.00pm - 9.30pm - CANCELLED 

11th Halstead Wine & Social Club  Queen’s Hall, Halstead  7.30pm – 10.30pm

16th Full Council Meeting  Halstead Town Council, Mill House, The Causeway 7.15pm

18th Halstead Townswomen’s Guild  St  Andrews Large Hall, Parsonage St, Halstead 2.00pm

19th Senior’s Tea Dance  Queen’s Hall, Halstead 2.00pm Tel: 01787 476480 for details

19th Halstead & District History Society  Baptist Church, Hedingham Rd, 7.30pm £5.00 for Visitors

Annual General Meeting followed by Show & Tell

20th/ 21st/22nd/ 28th Robinson Crusoe & the Pirates Empire Theatre,  Butler Road, all  tickets £9.00                  shows start at  2.30pm & 7.30pm - call box office on 07778025490 between 12.00noon & 10.00pm

26th Halstead & District Photographic Society  Halstead Methodist Church, New Street – 7.30pm

                        Print Competition  Novice and Experienced- for more info contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Halstead Heritage Museum, Closed until February 2017


Monday            Halstead Road Runners  - Courtaulds Sports Ground 6.45pm-7.45pm

Monday            Halstead Art Group  - British Legion Hall, The Causeway 7.00pm-9.00pm

Tuesday           Gentle Yoga United Reformed Church, Kings Rd  10.30am -11.45am – Tel: 07941 351689  

Tuesday           Weightwatchers Queen’s Hall  5.00pm -7.00pm – Tel: 08457 123000 for details

Tuesday           Stitch & Bitch Craft Night  7.00pm  & Fromage and Friends  7.30pm,  The  Griffin 

Wednesday    Halstead Road Runners  -  Courtaulds Sports Ground 7.30pm -8.30pm

Thursday         Halstead Healing Group Mill House . 1.30pm – 3.30pm Tel: 01787 269482 for details

Friday                Weightwatchers - Queen’s Hall 8.45am -10.45am  – Tel: 08457 123000 for details

Saturday          Over 50’s Walking FootballHalstead Leisure Centre 9.30am Tel: 01787 273696

Please note:  To have your event in Halstead included in the above please contact Halstead Town Council on 01787 476480


News and Events

U3A Open Morning 7th February 2017

Messy Church - Saturday 21st January 2017



From early 2017, the Colchester Park and Ride service will include a stop for Colchester General Hospital along the Northern Approach Road.
New ticket machines have been installed at Colchester Park and Ride.The five new ticket machines give people the option of buying tickets to Park and Ride, Park-only, Ride-only and season tickets and take either cash or card payment.Located just off Junction 28 of the A12, the Park and Ride is ideal for shoppers and commuters. It allows them to bypass congestion in Colchester as the buses use priority bus lanes into the centre of Colchester, with state-of-the-art technology that turns traffic lights to green.
The Park and Ride is open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 7pm



(Click on the links to download a PDF of the timetable)

For passengers wishing to continue their journey by public transport, the Colchester Station bus stops are just outside Colchester railway station and the St Johns stop is a short walk from Colchester bus station.


Colchester Park and Ride is located to the north of the A12, just off  Junction 28.

Satnav users can find the site using the following address:
Colchester Park and Ride
Cuckoo Farm Way
Off A12 Junction28

Cars can exit the site up to 9pm automatically through the barrier system. Emergency contact details are available

on site should customers require them.

Click to go to Park & Ride website



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Halstead & District Local History Society January to April 2017

Service 88 Quality Bus Partnership

Service 88 Quality Bus Partnership


Bus users in north Essex now benefit from a new partnership allowing tickets issued on the 88 services from different companies to be used on buses along any of the number 88 routes.

Each operator accepts day returns, weekly, monthly and annual tickets from Hedingham Buses and First Essex buses on the 88 bus route between Great Yeldham and Colchester. 

The key advantages include: 

  • Ticket inter-availability – customers can buy a return ticket or pass from one operator and use it to return on another operator’s bus
  • More flexibility in journeys thanks to better aligned schedules and routing
  • Improved vehicle standards and accessibility
  • Bus stop infrastructure improvements at key stops

More information can be found here   

A copy of the map can be found here 

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