Rayne is a thriving village, located two miles from Braintree and seven miles from Great Dunmow. The school is at the heart of the community and there has been a school in Rayne since 1878. The existing School was built in the 1970’s and has been extended and enhanced, most recently in 2008.
There are many activities and facilities accessible from Rayne. The village has direct access to The Flitch Way and to Great Notley Country Park and the Discovery Centre. www.essex.gov.uk/countryparks The village enjoys the use of a cafe (The Booking Hall), situated at Rayne Station. This is a perfect stop off point for cyclists, walkers and general visitors. There is a Post Office and a General Store, open most days of the week, together with two pubs, a vibrant Indian restaurant and popular Italian restaurant 47 The Street .The following link provides further useful information on the Village and community activities www.rayne-info.org.uk
There is also a modern, well equipped village hall, together with playing fields, skateboard ramps, outdoor gym, BMX track and basketball facilities. Various events are held in the Village Hall, including Family Bingo and Quiz Nights. All organisations within the Village are invited to participate in an Annual Summer Fete, which is well attended. In 2007, the playground adjacent to the hall was replaced with modern, exciting equipment and proves to be a popular attraction. For more information, you can refer to this website: www.raynevillagehall.org
The village offers various clubs and activity groups for all ages. There is a weekly toddler group, Cookies (cookery classes) and dancing classes, all of which take place in the Village Hall. There is also a thriving youth football club with teams for all age groups. Additionally, the village has busy Rainbow and Brownie packs, based at the Old School Rooms, together with popular Beaver, Cub, Scout and Guide groups, held in dedicated facilities close to the Old Station. For the adults, Rayne has a Cricket Club, Ramblers’ Association, WI, Rayne Wives and Bell Ringers Group. All Saints Church holds regular services and enjoys good links with the School which include a Christmas Carol Service for KS2 Children, together with regular visits from the Vicar. Community links with the School are very good. This has involved children in attending Coffee Spot (coffee afternoon for adults) and School Council Representatives have been to Parish Council Meetings.