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.
Farleigh Hospice Launches its
23rd Cycle for Life
Farleigh Hospice is delighted to announce that this year’s ‘Cycle for Life’ will be taking place on Sunday 15th September and pre-registration is now open.
The annual cycle offers cyclist’s three scenic routes through the beautiful mid Essex countryside, all starting and finishing at Farleigh Hospice, North Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7FH.
Cycle for Life routes:

20km: A family friendly route, ideal for the beginner or younger cyclist.
50km: Perfect for all ages and abilities, a relaxed cycle through all eight of the beautiful Essex Rodings.
100km: Blends a more challenging bike ride taking you through the Rodings, the picturesque villages of Thaxted and Finchingfield, and then 35km of the 2014 Tour de France route.
Dominique Brunning, Events Manager said: “Our annual ‘Cycle for Life’ provides the perfect opportunity for local people to have fun, enjoy the beautiful mid Essex countryside, and support their local hospice. If cycling is not for you but you would still like to get involved, then why not volunteer? We have a variety of roles including greeting participants, marshalling to handing out medals. Whether you are cycling or giving up your time to volunteer, you will help make a huge difference to Farleigh. Every penny that is raised will help us to provide care and support to anyone affected by a life-limiting illness, or bereavement, free of charge.”
To register for Cycle for Life or to volunteer on the day visit: or contact our events team on 01245 457354 or email for more information.
Pre-registration is just £15 for adults and £10 for under 18s (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). Pre-registration closes on Wednesday 4th September at 5pm, so sign up now to take advantage of this offer!
Colchester Zoo's three endangered tiger cubs have been named and are beginning to explore outside!
Born on the 14th June the tiger cubs are now 8 weeks old and are very healthy and strong as a result of first-time mum, Taiga's brilliant parenting!
We're pleased to also announce that the tiger cubs have now been named! Colchester Zoo asked visitors to help them decide on the cub's names; keepers chose their favourite names and visitors at the zoo voted for their favourite by offering a donation against the name of their choice. The 3 names that raised the most donations were the ones which were chosen!
The brothers have been named Mischa & Pasha whilst their sister has been given the name of Tatana meaning Father's daughter. The smaller of the two boys has taken the name of Pasha as this means small and humble whereas the larger of the two was named Mischa which means lord like. All their names originate from Russia as Amur tigers are from the Russian far-east.
Thank you to all those who voted, over £1,200.00 was raised for our charity Action for the Wild to help support the Amur tiger conservation project, Wildlife Vets International (WVI). For more information about WVI please visit
As well as being named the cubs also took their first steps outside on Saturday 27th July! Mischa was the cub who ventured out first closely followed by mum Taiga keeping a close eye on him. Pasha and Tatana waited until the afternoon to discover the outdoors but Tatana let her brothers lead the way and continued behind cautiously but inquisitively. Tatana is the shy one of the three and is much more reserved but the two boys are very playful and adventurous once outside. Mischa follows mum Taiga everywhere and therefore is the one who has explored their outdoor area the most with his siblings staying closer to their indoor den.
After their first day of exploring the animal care team said the cubs spent the majority of the next day inside sleeping - exhausted from their big day out!
Although to begin with they only explored a small part of their outdoor area, they have since gained more confidence and are coming out more often discovering more of their home each time.
The cubs have access to the smaller of the two outdoor areas. Whilst they are still small and finding their feet the water level will be kept low in the pool but the keepers will continue to put out various enrichment for them to enjoy and to keep them cool throughout the summer.
These 3 tiger cubs are extremely important as Amur tigers are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List do these new arrivals are amazing news for their species population.
Amur tigers come from the Amur Region along the eastern border between China and Russia with their habitat containing some of the coldest areas in the world. They are also known as Siberian Tigers and are the largest and palest of all tiger subspecies.
Kenny asked me to write this month's news because he is "indisposed". It's only a bad leg, where does that dog get his airs and graces?
The hedgehogs that Mother nursed through the winter have been released into suitable environs. Known as the Gardener's friend, they eat lots of pesky bugs but many die crossing the road in their search for food. Providing cat or dog food (WITHOUT fish) or dry hedgehog food from pet shops plus water each day may encourage them to stay put. If Spike visits your garden, keep him safe by covering ponds or create a means of escape from the water, check bonfires before lighting and avoid using slug pellets,
Thanks to the organisers of the enjoyable 1940's Vintage Day in Sudbury, we raised over £70 on the SESAW book stall. We are also grateful to employees from local companies who helped prepare for our Open Day last month. There are always jobs that need doing like cleaning kennels, feeding animals, walking dogs, grass cutting, repairs, sorting donated items or taking part in fundraising events. If you would like to volunteer and can spare a few hours once a week, please leave a message on the answerphone.
It's dinner time so I'm off to the kitchen to see if Kenny has found his feet. He needs to get better soon to write next month's news instead of me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.
Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg.Charity No.1124029. Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888 Open by appointment only during August, or for emergencies.
Join Helen Rollason Cancer Charity at the prestigious Hatfield Place for our Celebration Afternoon Tea
Join the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity on Sunday 6th October for an Afternoon Tea at the prestigious and newly opened Hatfield Place. We will be celebrating the opening of our new Mid Essex Support Centre and marking 20 years since the passing of our dear founder; Helen Rollason.
Afternoon Tea will be served in the main house drawing room overlooking the beautiful grounds and garden. Guests will be able to enjoy the harmonious and uplifting voices of the Orpheus Singers; an all-female choir based in Hadleigh, followed by a traditional afternoon tea accompanied by music from the Oakwood String Quarter.
Tickets are £24.95 per person which includes an afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones, cakes, tea and coffee.
Hatfield Place, The Street London Road, Chelmsford CM3 2ET.
To book your place at this exclusive event please call 01245 380719 or email

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