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.
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, the NSPCC’s annual Colchester Book Fair will be taking place on Saturday, 26 and Sunday 27, October, at Holmwood House School, Chitts Hill, Lexden, CO3 9ST, a short distance from Junction 26 of the A12. The Fair will be open from 9.30am until 4pm on both days and entry is £1.50 for adults, with under-16s free.
The event attracts book enthusiasts from far and near, with around 35,000 new and second-hand books, many now out of print. Games, DVDs, CDs and jigsaws, all tried and tested to avoid disappointment, are also included in the sale, which is re-stocked on the second day.
During the past few months, all the donated items have been meticulously sorted into categories by a dedicated team of volunteers to help visitors find their chosen subject or favourite author easily.
To date, the Colchester Book Fair has raised more than £400,000 for the children’s charity. Nearly 90% of the NSPCC’s revenue comes from legacies, gifts, donations and fundraising activities. This highlights just how important public support is to the organisation in enabling it to continue its work protecting vulnerable children and campaigning for their rights and safety.
Cards for Good Causes
It is the season of mists and yellow fruitfulness, darker evenings and the SESAW £1 at Newton Green! Yes, we are back at the Village Hall, School Lane, CO10 0QS on 12th October with bargains for friends, family and pets, a raffle, homemade refreshments, free entry and parking.
Meanwhile, at the Sanctuary are several dogs in need of new loving homes. Bruno is a two year old Jack Russell and Chihuahua cross. This little chap loves his walk and is fine with dogs his own size but afraid of bigger dogs. He would best suit an adult only household or maybe one with older children only. We also have Boris, a friendly Bedlington cross, only eighteen months old. He would do well with a hearing companion dog as he is deaf. Lady is a friendly, two year old female crossbreed. She needs an active owner as she is full of energy, would do well at agility and should be the only pet.
As the days grow shorter we spend less time in the garden but there is something interesting going on in the shed. The fundraisers are busy sorting goods for the £1 Sale and they always include lots of doggy treats so I think it's time they were supervised by me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua. Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg.Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888, Usually open 10-1pm Thurs-Sunday
Charity Christmas cards will again be on sale in Braintree Library, Fairfield Road, for nine weeks before Christmas. Volunteers will be starting to sell cards, wrapping paper, tags, calendars and a variety of gifts on October 21 from 10am to 4.30pm, daily Monday to Saturday until 19 December. Cards for Good Causes prides itself that over 70p in each pound goes to the nominated charities. Customers should note that cash payments are requested since cheques and credit cards cannot.
Since the staffing of each shop is undertaken by volunteers, more volunteers for Braintree would be welcome. For further details please phone the local manager on 01376 324079.
Spread some kindness and help tackle loneliness
Are you interested in making a real difference in your local community without dedicating huge amounts of time?
With one in four Essex residents often or always feeling lonely, United in Kind, a new county-wide movement which aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation, needs your support.

By taking just a few minutes out of your day to take a neighbour’s bin out, chat to a stranger at a bus stop or make time to call in on someone who lives alone nearby, you can make a big difference to how connected that person feels in their community.
Or if you have more time to spare, why not volunteer a couple of hours to help at one of the many community organisations, charities and groups who are already supporting Essex residents who feel lonely or isolated?
It's time to re-connect and make everyone feel part of a kinder community. To find out how you can get involved, and to see what’s happening in your community, visit You can also share your stories of kindness and inspire others to follow your lead on social media using #UnitedInKind.
Together we can tackle loneliness with kindness. Start today!

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