Solar Society Group
The Solar Society committee (your local adult learning group) are sorry to have to announce that we cannot meet in January, February or March 2021 as planned.
We will make every effort to restart our meetings in April on the first Monday of the month however. Programme to be announced. In the meantime , take care everybody.
Further info from Miles Scrivens 01787-469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787 463449.
Colchester Zoo and Friends – Bringing the Zoo to you - Fundraiser
On Saturday 28th November 2020, Colchester Zoo is coming to YOU…
…with the help of some familiar faces, some amazing animals and some musical and comedy acts! This live fundraiser will have something for everyone. We plan to get your feet tapping and bring smiles to your faces, explore how Colchester Zoo has weathered the pandemic and, ultimately and most importantly, raise some much needed funds to help towards the zoos future!

We’re taking you on a journey… Keepers will answer questions sent in by children around the UK (there’s still time to do this –send your questions across via Colchester Zoo’s Facebook Page!). We’ll discover what life has been like for the animals during lockdown and how they are missing YOU!
Our hosts, including actor and singer Lee Mead, will be feeding animals and meeting some of the new arrivals, as well as finding out about how the conservation work that’s making a difference around the world has been impacted by the zoo’s closure..
We’ve got games and chit-chat with radio hosts Ross McGrane and John Oakes and amazing entertainment from the likes of the X Factor’s Matt Linnen, BGT’s Graeme Mathews and online sensation ‘Red’, as well as messages from an array of friends of the Zoo.
The survival of Colchester Zoo is an ongoing battle – and the future is far from certain
Like all other UK zoos, Colchester Zoo is currently closed for a second extended period this year. Colchester Zoo is set in over 60 acres, cares for over 200 species and needs about £20,000 per day (that’s over half a million pounds a month) to keep operating. With most of this income coming from ticket sales and visitor spending, the closure represents a very real threat.
The zoo has done its utmost to cut costs wherever possible, and many difficult decisions have been made, but without visitors, these savings are being swallowed by the day-to-day running costs of the zoo. Most of the zoo’s overseas conservation support (via its charity Action for the Wild) has had to cease while the zoo’s future lies in the balance.
Fancy winning £500 cash while helping to support the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity have recently launched their 2020 Winter Raffle with the chance to win fabulous prizes and a top prize of £500! It's so simple to play and you will be helping to enable quality of life while living with cancer.
There are three exciting prizes to be won:
1st prize - £500
2nd prize - Private Virtual Wine Tasting (Burgundy tasting in your own home, for up to 6 people on a date in 2021 subject to availability)
3rd prize - Winter Tiptree Hamper
Tickets cost only £1 each and the closing date is Wednesday 27th January 2021.
To purchase your own tickets and be in with a chance of winning up to £500 simply visit Alternatively you can pay over the phone by calling 01245 380719; lines are open 9am-5pm weekdays.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Marketing Coordinator Holly Butler said "As a result of the coronavirus outbreak and second lockdown we have unfortunately had to cancel many of our fundraising events, which means the charity will suffer a considerable loss of income. Of course Covid-19 is still at the forefront of all of our minds, but even once it has calmed down, cancer will still be there. We rely solely on donations, fundraising and money raised through our charity shops to continue operating our Support Centres.
Our Raffle draw is a fun and yet valuable way in which to help our charity enable quality of life while living with cancer. By playing you can help secure the future of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. On behalf of all our clients, therapists, volunteers, trustees and staff thank you in advance of your kind support and good luck!"
Hello, I guess this trail of biscuit crumbs, boiled sweets and tissues is from Mum's pocket, thanks to my housemate, Pushy Penny. If Mum leaves her coat unattended, that naughty Yorkie wastes no time in raiding the contents. Nothing is safe, sometimes she chews a hole right through, hence the scattered contents.
We hope the Lockdown has ended when you read this so that our plans are safe and not scattered. Our indefatigable fundraisers should be selling 'classy gifts' and running a Tombola at the Festive Fair on Saturday 12th December at Bridge Farm Barn, Monks Eleigh, IP7 7AY. Sharon's Christmas face masks, including the "Maggie's Farm" design, will also be on offer, quite the must-have fashion accessory for humans! Sadly the annual Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival in St. Peter's Church has been cancelled.
We are still rehoming animals by appointment only but politely ask that nothing is left at the Sanctuary without prior arrangement. We have to limit intake because everything must be quarantined to protect volunteers and bedding, food or sale goods left at random make this impossible. Thank you for your unwavering support and best wishes for a safe and peaceful Christmas from all of us, including Ollie (the Black) Cat and me, (Kenny the Boss) Chihuahua.
This year, for the first time ever, we are making a Christmas Appeal. Unfortunately COVID-19 has severely curtailed our fundraising efforts but a regular monthly payment for as little as £2 (more if you wish) will help us so much at the moment.
If you would like to give someone a present that will help a needy animal throughout the year, please make cheques or BACS payable to Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare at NatWest Bank, Account No. 52717321, Sort Code 60-21-30. Alternatively, go to our sponsorship on our website at: or phone for a form.
Thank you to all supporters, past, present and future.
Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg. Charity No.1124029. Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. 01787 210888

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