2019 is an election year! Election of councillors will occur on May 2nd, if there are contested positions. Anybody is welcome to stand for election (within some laws, such as you have to be over 18 and a British Citizen. Exact restrictions can be found from Braintree District Council.)
Now is your chance to consider whether you would like to apply to join the Parish Council; a varied demographic on the council is an advantage. Just contact the clerk, chair or one of the councillors to find out more, or enquire directly to the District Council.