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.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity – CVID-19 Urgent Appeal
Message from Helen Rollason Cancer Charity CEO Kate Alden.
As I'm sure you can imagine, the situation here at the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is changing every moment. We are doing our best to keep our clients up to date with the services we can provide and our valued supporters, including those who have booked onto our wide array of events, up to date with amended arrangements.
During this time of Covid-19 crisis, cancer is still impacting the lives of countless individuals. We are battling to keep our services running despite most of our income streams slowing or drying up completely.
Therefore I am asking you, our fantastic supporters to help us get through these unprecedented times. We have launched a new online fundraising campaign which you can find by visiting here; Alternatively you can call me on my mobile and donate over the phone; 07730 209442.
In the past few days we have adapted our methods to bring them in line with the social distancing Government guidelines by making counselling sessions available via telephone calls or online video calling. Our therapists have been reaching out to isolated clients unable to leave their homes to attend their regular appointments.
This Thursday evening, 26th March at 8.00pm, there will be a 30 minute online Guided Relaxation session being streamed live via the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Facebook page. Our fantastic volunteer, Maia, who facilitates our Craft Therapy Group is sharing craft ideas to do at home, again via Facebook. These will be hugely beneficial to our clients but can be shared with friends and family too. We are also planning to set up online yoga and Pilates sessions in addition to signposting to other online advice and virtual support groups.
We are determined to continue our work in helping these individuals and we can only do so with the help of voluntary donations. Our income for the next 12 weeks is budgeted at £160,000 yet we receive no NHS or Government funding. Community fundraising events are being cancelled and our flagship events are being postponed.
Of course Covid-19 is at the forefront of all of our minds, but even once it has calmed down, cancer will still be there. On average 1,000 people in the UK will face a cancer diagnosis every day and 450 others will die. Please help us support them, both now during this time of unrest, and in the months and years to come.
Thank you for your generosity during this worrying time. We hope you and your family are safe and well.
Kate Alden
CEO Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
There was just enough warmth in the March sunshine for a hardworking cat to enjoy a nap until the garden was filled with chatter and laughter. A happy group of volunteers disturbed my slumber as they posed for a group photo. Actually they had good reason to celebrate, having received a cheque for £3251 from Support Adoption for Pets, the charitable arm of Pets at Home. This was raised in store during the Santa Paws event last Christmas and SESAW is it's Charity of the Year for 2020.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we are closed except by appointment or for emergencies. Our fundraising events are suspended and we ask supporters to kindly hold onto donations of goods until the situation improves. No doubt our talented volunteers will be knitting and sewing during the coming months ready for future sales.
We have some very pretty cats awaiting new homes but please consider my fellow felines that are black or black and white. Most of them are very affectionate, not "superior", as Kenneth the Chihuahua describes me, just because I recline in high places. He doesn't realise I look out for buzzards circling overhead but none of us saw a sparrow hawk until it swooped recently. That's the third dove it's taken this year.
As dusk approaches Kenneth makes his way cautiously indoors, not in his usual confident, I'm fireproof, manner. He may be annoying but the little chap will be alright if he sticks with me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.
Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg. Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888,
St. Andrew's Church, Earls Colne, Lunchtime Recitals 2020
2020 sees our Lunchtime Recitals entering their fifth year and we have a very exciting programme to offer.
We will see the return of the ever popular Lizzie Gutteridge and Aurora Voices who also sang for us just before Christmas. We will be welcoming some new performers too. Kim Peek a ballad singer, the Sokolowski Trio and Malcolm Ball playing the Ondes Marenot.
Thursday 9th April - To be advised
Thursday 14th May - Lizzie Gutteridge with Blondel
Thursday 11th June - Kim Peek solo singer accompanied by Edward Preston on piano
Thursday 9th July - Aurora Voices
Thursday 13th August - Sokolowski Trio
Thursday 10th September - Malcolm Ball playing Ondes Martenot accompanied by Peter Humphrey on piano.
Recitals are free (retiring collection) and commence at 1pm. Refreshments available from 12.30pm

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