The Village of Great Wakering lies between Shoeburyness and Foulness in Essex; Great Wakering has developed considerably as a residential area around the original village and High Street. The traditional industry of brick making was carried on here. Romans, Normans, Saxons and Danes have all travelled this way, leaving their marks as they passed through history. The parish church is Norman with parts having been repaired with Roman materials.
Great Wakering is said to have the distinction of being one of the driest place in England with an average annual rainfall of well under 20 inches.
The Parish Council offices can be found near the centre of the village in their own premises in Little Wakering Hall Lane. The office is open from Monday until Friday in the morning from 9a.m. until 12 noon excluding Bank Holidays. There are thirteen Parish Councillors serving three Wards. The current Chairman is Councillor Tony Porter and the Clerk is Mr John Watson.
The Council is responsible for the village Allotments, Common and Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Community Wood, Parish Burial Ground, Church Clock, Duck Pond, Bus Shelters and areas of Street Lighting. The Council organises an Annual Villager of the Year Competition and an Annual Allotment Competition. It also publishes periodic "Parish Updates" which are posted on the noticeboards and the website.
The site of St Nicholas Church above was probably used for worship even before the present church was begun about 1100AD. A board inside the porch lists Rectors and Vicars from the year 1200 with "Robert" being the first incumbent and "Peter" being the next. The Clock was installed to commemorate the coronation of King George V in 1911. There is also a Methodist and an Evangelical Church on Great Wakering High Street.
A website has been developed to help the Parish Council work with the residents of Great Wakering with a view to producing a Parish Plan.