Craft-A-Noon Tea - 1st Thursday of every month (12-3pm). Free to come along, meet other crafters, get advice/help on current projects and have fun.
Craft-A-Holics Anonymous - 3rd Wednesday of every month (7-10pm). Free to come along, meet other crafters, chat, get advice/help on a project, craft and have fun. The meetings are at The Three Horseshoes, 74 Church Road, Fordham, Essex, CO6 3NJ. For more info call Emily: 07388.
Takeley Fundraising Group Topple Their Fundraising Target for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
The third bi-annual Marks Hall Garden and Country Show is to be held on 20th to 22nd July 2018 in aid of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, The Marks Hall Estate and the many Charites supported by Colchester Rotary Club
In 2016 over 2000 visitors flocked to the show at the Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum Coggeshall Essex CO6 1TG
The Show will provide a weekend of fun for families with a huge variety of attractions, including, Country Pursuits, Falconry display, Vintage Classic Cars, Heavy Horses, Local brass bands, plant and gift stalls and much more. The gardens will be fully open for all to enjoy and there will be plenty of refreshments available.
This event is vital to the work these 3 organisations do in the local Community and the last 2 shows have raised £80,000 for the charities.
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance has been operating for 20 years and has attended over 21,000 missions. Undertaking an average of 4 missions per day each costing around £2500, you can see how expensive this service is to run. Without access to National Lottery funding and with limited support from Government they continue to rely on local fund raising.
The Colchester Rotary Club provides holidays for injured soldiers and disadvantaged families, zoo and adventure trips for local disadvantaged children, hampers for local families at Xmas. In 2017 the Club was able to spend over £20000 in such support.
The Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum is a Charitable Trust established in 1971 and receives no external funding. The Estate combines beautiful formal lakeside gardens, a stunning Arboretum with an enviable collection of tress originating in every temperate area of the world and miles of leafy woodland walks.
All of this depends on the generosity and goodwill of local people and businesses.
A spokesman for the Show said ‘We have been very grateful for the support shown by our Show Sponsors in previous years but we are now seeking Sponsors to help us continue our work in the Community. We have some excellent Sponsorship packages which ensure your brand is seen on he Showground and in our literature by thousands of people.’
For more information please contact:
Sponsorship : Nigel Dyson – email:
website: www.
    A huge THANK YOU and congratulations to the Takeley Fundraising Group who have raised over £50,000 for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity since 2003 – what an achievement!
Recent events the group have held or taken part in, include running the kitchen, gift stall and cake raffle at the Takeley Christmas Bazaar, a Soup ‘n’ Pud event where guests enjoyed a lunch of a selection of soups and puddings, and Christmas Light Up where various groups from Takeley came together for the lighting up of a Christmas tree at the Silver Jubilee Hall. The group also ran a gift stall and card tombola, Christmas Party and a Quiz Night which both took place at the Silver Jubilee Hall. They also held a bucket collection at Tesco, Great Dunmow, where generous local residents donated to the charity.
Filling Station. A monthly meeting of Bible teaching, singing and prayer- for anyone seeking an encounter with God, every fourth Thursday in the Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham. 7.00 food is served. 7.30 start. No charge - but donations welcomed. Ring 01787 460203 for further information. July 28th. Hellie Brunt - speaker from Cheltenham. August 23rd. Victor Jack - from Suffolk. September 27th. John and Ann Coles from London.
Filling Station Extra. Chris Hill - international Bible teacher brings an in-depth study to people who want to go deeper into the Word of God. 6.00 for 6.30 start. Memorial Hall. Castle Hedingham. July 8th, August 12th. September 9th. Our focus is the letters of Peter.
Fund raising event to raise money to decorate the Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham on Friday October 12th. The Steeple Bumpstead Choir brings us an Evening of song. A mixed programme of different styles of music. Tickets are £10 - to include a Ploughman's Supper. Please get your tickets in advance. Ring 01787 463343 or 460203. 7.30 start. Please bring your own drink or visit the Club next door.
This summer there was much reminiscing about England's football success in 1966 and the heat wave of 1976. We dogs don't mind listening to these memories so long as we don't have to wait on a hot pavement during the conversation. Even my Mexican roots don't protect my little pads in that weather! Despite the heat, the Melford Street Fair was a good day for all concerned. Let's hope some volunteers come forward to continue this great annual event.
Mum has been kept busy with the usual young domestic and wild orphans brought in through the summer including a baby seagull. Naturally, as top dog around here, I introduced myself and received a sharp peck through the bars for my trouble. Charming.
We have been invited to the Beth Chatto Gardens Wildlife Fair, Elmstead Market CO7 7DB. This is a beautiful venue for two days of fun family events on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd August. September is busy starting with a stall at the Wickham St. Paul Dog Show, CO9 2PT at 1pm on Saturday 8th, our Autumn Fair at Gt.Bentley Village Hall, CO7 8LG, 11-3pm on Sunday 16th and a stall for two days on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd at the National Country Show Live at Hylands Park, CM2 8WQ
Our garden is also lovely thanks to our helpers putting in hours of hard work and I'm off to smell the flowers. Maybe they will name a rose after me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua. Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg. Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888 sesaw – Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare

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