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.
Are you a morning person, a late riser or do you take a while to wake up? Unfortunately for me, a lie in is never an option at SESAW because Mum needs to get up very early. Despite my reluctance, I'm one of the first out of the door as we all rush into the garden, avoiding Gertie the ex-battery hen as she wanders in to inspect the kitchen then out again to dig up Mum's plant pots.
Many of the permanent residents are getting on (not me of course, I am in my prime!) and so are some of the animals awaiting new homes. If you are looking for a pet to complete your family please consider an older dog, and contrary to popular belief, they CAN learn new tricks!
If you read this in time you may like to visit our Summer Sale, 12-4pm Saturday 2nd June at Newton Green Village Hall, CO10 0QY. Lots to buy including nearly new evening and prom dresses, ladies fashions and accessories. We will also be at the Long Melford Street Fair, 2-7pm on 1st July and the Great Cornard Fete, 2pm at the Stevenson Centre Recreation Ground then on 29th July is our Open Day and Fun Dog Show, midday to 4pm. We would be really grateful for some top class raffle prizes, if you have anything suitable please leave a message on the ansaphone to arrange collection.
Must go now, time for a game of chase with my canine pals and of course the winner must be 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
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.
Vintage Fair Fever comes to Cressing Temple Barns for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
Vintage and retro lovers are being invited to roll back the years and dress to impress for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity's Vintage Fair on Sunday 8th July, as we celebrate all things vintage from a bygone era.
In its ninth year, this annual charity event is held at Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree and will showcase a myriad of vintage stalls including pop up hair and beauty parlour, kitchenalia, fashion, jewellery, pre-loved furniture and lots more! Over 130 classic cars and motorbikes will be on display including vehicles from the Austin 7 Club, classic Fords, American cars as well as Harley Davidsons, Volkswagens, Messerschmitt KR200's and members of the Rochford Hundred Vintage Tractor & Engine Club with their stationary engines.
There will be live music from rock'n'roll band Kingsmen who will be playing vintage instruments from the fifties, and dancing from LJ's Jive School where you can watch or join in with modern jive dancing.
Cressing Temple Barns are steeped in history dating back to the 1100's when it was given to the Knights Templar and home to three Grade I listed barns as well as Tudor built Walled Gardens.
Pre-loved and vintage shopping is an affordable and sustainable way to acquire unique and new items whilst also supporting a worthy cause. In addition, shopping at Helen Rollason Cancer Charity's Vintage Fair directly impacts the vital care and support offered to those living with cancer and their loved ones in the community. It's a double win!
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Fundraising Manager Kate Alden said: "Over 3,000 people attended last year's event, which raised just under £14,000 for the charity, so if you love all things vintage, this really is the place to be!"
The Vintage Fair is open between 11am and 4.30pm; tickets are £5 for adults, £4 concessions and under 16s are free – click here to book today!
There will be lots of opportunities for shopping with a selection of stalls selling vintage fashion, crafts, jewellery, kitchenalia, furniture and collectables. Plenty of refreshments will be available, including Molly Moo's Ices and a VW Camper van bar offering a range of alcoholic beverages. Other delicious food options such as pizzas, a hog roast, gourmet hot dogs and fudge will also be on offer.
Those wanting to embrace vintage style with a new hair-do can get their hair styled courtesy of the Hairaid Shelter. Dogs on leads are welcome at our event and adding to the car-nival of entertainment will be a display of classic vehicles and stationary engines.
We're a local charity, serving our local community, and every penny raised at this event will go towards ensuring we continue to provide the best possible cancer support care now and in the future. I look forward to welcoming all of our supporters to the beautiful grounds of Cressing Temple Barns on the day."
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity's Vintage Fair is on Sunday 8th July 2018, between 11am and 4.30pm at Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Essex, CM77 8PD.
Admission prices: Adults £5, Concessions £4 and under 16's go FREE.
Tickets can be purchased from:
Free parking is available and dogs on leads are welcome at the event.

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