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.
Join Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
for our very first Tower Trail
at Layer Marney Towers!
Save the Date – Essex Police Rural Crime Awareness Day
The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Fundraising Team are busy organising our very first Tower Trail at Layer Marney Towers taking place on Saturday 17th November 2018. The 5 mile route will be over fields and farmland in the beautiful surrounding countryside. The walk also includes access to the towers, the grounds and adventure playground.
Layer Marney Towers are England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse, which stands within the Essex landscape, commanding views to the River Blackwater and surrounding countryside beyond.
Dogs on leads are welcome and your ticket includes something warming to eat before you set off and a hot drink and treat upon your return.
Adults: £15.00 Children 5 and over: £8.00 Family Ticket: £38.00 (2 adults, 2 children 5 and over)
For tickets please visit or call 01245 380719.
The event is free to attend and will be on Wednesday 14th November 2018, at Slamseys Farm, Blackley Lane, Great Notley, Braintree, CM77 7QW, open to visitors from 10am until 3pm. The Rural Crime Awareness Day will have something for everyone; farmers, businesses and also those living within rural locations.
The aim of the event is to reduce rural crime by building stronger links with the rural and farming community, raise awareness of security measures and products. A number of companies and organisations will be exhibiting their products and services alongside police personnel and partners to provide crime prevention, security measures and personal safety advice.
This will be the 5th Rural Crime Awareness Day hosted by Essex Police.
Little Lord Fauntleroy is strutting around the house trying to look important. Yes, Kenny "the Boss" Chihuahua has been out to meet his fans, giving me the opportunity to email some exceptional news for you!
Mother, known to you as Maggie, will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Suffolk later this month in recognition of her notable contributions to the community. I cannot tell you how proud and delighted we all feel about this well earned and deserved acknowledgement. Of course the good lady herself will have none of it, insisting she is merely a "facilitator" and will accept said accolade on behalf of the volunteers, without whom there would be no SESAW.
Now back to the animals awaiting new homes, particularly a little puss called Marti who has been with us for six months. She arrived pregnant but the kittens are all weaned and she is ready for an adult only home where she would be the only cat.
Our popular Christmas Fair will be held at The Old School, Long Melford on Sunday 18th November. Tables still available, phone 01206 263269 to book.
Time for me to accompany Mother on her evening rounds before it gets dark. The nights are drawing in and getting damp but a cosy nest in the hay bales is still the best bed for me, Ollie (the Black) Cat. Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare. Reg.Charity No.1124029. Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. 01787 210888. Open 10-1pm Thurs-Sunday.
Wethersfield Remembers
  Join us, Wethersfield Village Hall trustees, the Royal British Legion and Wethersfield History Group in commemorating the end of World War 1 in Wethersfield Village Hall on Saturday 10th November 2018 from 1.30pm to 4pm.
Information and photos of the many local young men who lost their lives will be displayed plus archive photos of Wethersfield and surrounding areas. There will also be a display of childrens artwork and “Tommy” kindly loaned by the Finchingfield branch of the Royal British Legion.
Stay awhile and enjoy tea, coffee and a slice or two of delicious home-made cake, with fairy cakes and squash for the children. £1 entrance fee payable on the door, children free.
If you have any queries contact Margaret McCloud on 01371 850934 or by email
People of Halstead, Braintree and surrounding villages can now save their used writing instruments from landfill for the first time whilst raising funds for Richard de Clare Community Academy.
5 November 2018: Richard de Clare Community Academy in Halstead has signed up as one of the UK’s first BIC Community Champion schools to enable people in Halstead, Braintree and the surrounding villages to be able to recycle used writing instruments. As a result, the local community can now drop off any used writing instruments of any brand to the school’s collection box located by the till, at the East of England Co-op on the High Street in Halstead from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday for recycling and in the process raise funds for the school’s indoor and outdoor equipment.
Richard de Clare signed up as a BIC® Community Champion recently and as well as having a collection box within the school for the pupils to use they have also placed a public access collection box at the East of England Co-op store on the High Street in Halstead. This enables the Halstead community to recycle their used writing instruments which would otherwise go to landfill as they can’t be recycled by the existing council recycling infrastructure.
The recycling initiative makes it possible for whole communities such as Halstead to save tonnes of used writing instruments from landfill across the UK. As a BIC® Community Champion, Richard de Clare sends all the writing instruments collected at the school and the Co-op store using prepaid shipping labels to TerraCycle who are experts in recycling complex materials. The resulting recycled plastic material is then used to make everyday products such as watering cans, garden benches and waste bins. Richard de Clare also earns one TerraCycle point for the weight of each writing instrument sent in for recycling. Each point is redeemable for a one penny contribution which Richard de Clare plans to use to help purchase both indoor and outdoor equipment.
Carmen Gardner, a teacher from Richard de Clare who set up and administrates the school’s collections, commented: “The passion and enthusiasm from our pupils about the environment is extraordinary and children have been as eager to recycle pens from home as they have been about the pens at school. Whilst we have a good existing network of pupils, their families and friends collecting for us already we hope that becoming one of the first BIC® Community Champions and the collections from the East of England Co-op public access collection box will really help take our recycling efforts to another level.”
“The Halstead, Braintree and surrounding communities can really help boost our recycling efforts and the amount of funds we raise for the school by dropping off any used pens to our public access recycling box located by the till at the East of England Co-op store on the High Street in Halstead between 7am to 9pm from Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. We also ask that you help us by spreading the word to any locations using pens on a large scale like schools, colleges or local businesses.”
WEA One Day Course: A Kick up the Eighties
Halstead WEA’s next one day course looks at the changes in music and society during the 1980s. The popular music of the 1980s was both a reflection and instigator of major social, economic and political change in the United Kingdom. We will look at some of the key events and link them to the popular music of the time. Come along and see the history, hear the music and perhaps relive some old memories?
The course will be held on Saturday 17th of November 2018 at Halstead United Reformed Church, starting at 10:00 am and finishing at 4:30 pm. It will be led by popular tutors Ted and Paul Woodgate and the cost is £15 including tea, coffee and cold drinks. No previous experience is necessary and all are welcome!
For more information and to book your place call 0300 303 3464, or visit

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