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.
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. 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.
Save the Date – Essex Police Rural Crime Awareness Day
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.
Bring on the Big Battle with
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity!
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity are inviting the brave and courageous to take part in our brand new Big Battle challenge on Saturday 29th September 2018.
The 5km course will test your endurance, speed and strength, all in the name of charity. A personal trainer will escort and encourage groups of participants around the course which will see you take on the famous Nuclear Races obstacles including the 15 lane Zip-wire into water and 20' free-fall Deathslide. Have you got the nerve?
Participants should expect an ultra-muddy and obstacle-loaded course from Nuclear Races who are well known for delivering award winning races with high quality obstacles that will test your fitness as well as your nerve. Held at the The Event Village, Parsonage Farm, Ongar Road, Brentwood, opposite the Secret Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch; the event is open to individuals and teams aged 13 or over.
Our inaugural Big Battle challenges all levels of fitness ability and ages, testing courage, determination, teamwork and physical strength. Based on permanent farmland with mud, woods, rivers and lakes, Big Battle pushes participant's limits over a fun combination of big and small obstacles. Hot drinks and snacks will be served at the end of the event.
Janet and Charlie from J C Designs Ltd in Braintree are two brave participants taking on the challenge!
Janet Peacock, 63 from Braintree said "We are really looking forward to taking part in the very first Big Battle event for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. My husband, two daughters and granddaughters who are four and six will all be coming along to cheer me on. I've been preparing for the challenge by eating a lot of cake and painting my toenails; what else do I need to do!?
It's completely out of my comfort zone but I've set myself the challenge and I'm determined to complete it. It is so important to me that I support the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity which is so close to my heart."
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
Make a Will, make a difference
for Farleigh Hospice!
Farleigh’s make a Will Month is officially live! This September you can get expert legal advice from a local law firm to write or update your Will in exchange for a donation to Farleigh Hospice.
A Will is an important part of life, no matter what your age. However over 50% of adults in the UK do not have a valid Will and 15,000 estates are left unclaimed due to the deceased not making their wishes know. A Will is the only way you can ensure your loved ones are supported when you are no longer here.
Farleigh asks everyone who takes part to make a minimum donation of £90 for a basic single Will or £120 for a pair of mirror Wills.
Gifts in Wills are vital to Farleigh Hospice funding. The gifts we receive ensure that patients receive the best care. By remembering us in your Will, you could make a huge difference to future generations.
For a list of the 12 participating solicitors from across mid Essex and a copy of Farleigh’s ‘Simple guide to making a Will’ visit or call 01245 457352.
  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 next sale is at the Community Hall, Hintlesham, IP8 3PS, 11-2pm on 13th October. Lots to buy including collectables, crafts, jewellery, furnishings, a pet stall, tombola, raffle and refreshments. 50p entry and free parking. 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.

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