Rayne (UK) is a pleasant village of three thousand residents, located in the Braintree District of rural North West Essex. It is to be found situated along the old Roman Stane Street from Colchester to Braughing (near Buntingford) and now by-passed by the new A120. Approximately three miles to the east is the historic market town of Braintree. The transport system provides easy access to Colchester, Chelmsford, Cambridge and London and access to international destinations via Stansted airport, some 16 miles distant.
The village is rich in history with several farms listed in the Doomsday Book. All Saints Church, with its Tudor tower, built in 1510 by a member of the Capel family, is a fine example of Tudor brickwork with an original wooden clock face hidden behind the present one. Many community groups organise activities for all age groups, further details are to be found on the Rayne Village web site.