Wrabness Village

Views from Wrabness Over The River Stour

View Of the Foreshore

All Saints Church

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Great news for the Wrabness Village. The Village shop is dead, long live the village shop. Due the retirement of the existing shop owners the village shop is due to close at the end of March. But thanks to the time, efforts and money of many of the folk in Wrabness the shop will be saved. Committees have been formed. Fund raising has been started and volunteers have done their bit so plans are well under way to save the village shop and turn it into a Community run shop for the benefit of the whole village. Well done Warbness!!

Visit the Wrabness Community Shop Web Site <Click Here>

To give you some background about me, I am married with four young children. My family has lived in the area for the best part of 30 years (my Mum was head of Ramsey Primary School – now Three Villages). I live in Manningtree, work for a leading national youth charity and also sit on the board of the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.

For your reference, I have attached a photo of myself and MP Bernard Jenkin campaigning against HGV traffic in Bradfield and Wrabness – rest assured that I will work very hard to ensure that you never feel it deserves the Mark de Roy treatment!

Many thanks for your help.

Best wishes


Wrabness Community Shop

District Councillor

I thought that I should write and introduce myself – and also ask if you could please put my contact details on your Wrabness website if you think that it is appropriate.

My name is Matthew Patten and I was recently elected as District Councillor for Bradfield, Wrabness and Wix. You have the results of the election on your title page. The easiest way to get hold of me is by email matthew.patten@matthewpatten.com or by telephoning 07970 906962.

I am keen to be of every assistance to the residents of Wrabness and am very grateful to those who voted for me. But to those who preferred another candidate, or did not vote, I would like to assure them that I will do my best for every resident, irrespective of their political persuasion.

A Description of Wrabness.

WRABNESS (noun) The feeling after having tried to dry oneself with a damp towel. (From "The Meaning of Liff" town lists)

Wrabness (village) on the other hand is a fine example of a relatively unspoiled village. The people of the village are friendly and helpful and a small Post Office / Store serves the local community. For a small Essex village it is surprising to find a relatively modern village hall, which is the focus of many community events. A children's park with swings and slides is also a rare find in such a village these days and gives the whole area a very traditional feel.


A bonus is the much treasured services are the railway and bus routes. The station on the Mayflower line where there are regular services between London, Manningtree and Harwich. On the other side of the village is a main line bus service with links from Harwich through to Colchester. Even though the confusing lack of bus stops makes it seem as if the buses never stop, a simple wave of the hand brings one to a halt almost anywhere you happen to be.

All Saints Church.

This beautiful Norman church has been built of local traditional material called septaria. It is a beautiful little church with a fascinating history. It is set looking out across the river from high on a hill. The church bell tower fell off in the 17th century and the bell was temporarily moved to a wooden bell house on the grounds. Well Essex folk not being the quickest at DIY repairs and fund raising being a tad slow in the 17th century results in the fact that it's still there to this day and can be found and viewed in the graveyard! Still, it has only been about 300 years and it is a big bell after all.

The Nature Reserve.

A very special nature reserve, it only exists because of the close-knit village community fighting for its existence. The villagers got together to buy the land to prevent a prison being built there, and if you visit, you will be extremely grateful that this beautiful riverside site was saved. There are excellent paths throughout the site and plenty of wildlife.