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. (Future dates are Wednesday 19 April). The meetings are at The Three Horseshoes, 74 Church Road, Fordham, Essex, CO6 3NJ. For more info call Emily: 07388.
Start your engines for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance's Motorcycle Run
Join the pack and cruise from Welwyn to North Weald this spring!
Inspirational Runners take part in Virgin Money London Marathon for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
Following the success of last year's event, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance's spring Motorcycle Run is back. Starting at Police HQ in Welwyn Garden and ending at the North Weald Family Fun Day on North Weald Airfield, the event will take place on Sunday 20th May.
Last year's event attracted over 3,000 bikers to the Family Fun Day at North Weald, with hundreds of local families joining the crowds to raise over £13,500 for the Charity.
This year will introduce a new route and welcome learner riders to the Run for the first time. Learner riders can gain tips on safe riding and riding as part of pack on the Charity's website, or can be set up with a more experienced "biker buddy" on the day for advice and tips.
Bikers will be led by professional Police outriders from their HQ in Welwyn to North Weald Airfield, home of the Charity's new helicopter, the AgustaWestland 169. There the fun continues for families and riders alike. Formerly the Essex Motorcycle Show, North Weald Family Fun Day will run with a suggested donation of £5 to assist with covering the event's costs, and will host trade stands, entertainment from stunt team On the Edge, live music, Kids Zone, as well as an all-important Safety Zone. It's also the prime spot to see thousands of bikes descend onto the Airfield.
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Events Manager, Jen Wall, said: "Last year's Welwyn to North Weald Motorcycle Run was a triumph for us, and we look forward to welcoming new – and returning – faces for another successful year. We really value our ties with the biker community, and always see our Motorcycle Runs as a celebration of that. We're excited to welcome On the Edge to our Family Fun Day, and hope that families and riders alike will have a great time and, mostly importantly, ride safely on the day. This event wouldn't be possible without the support of our sponsors, Woodlands Group and Specialist Aviation Services."
Registration for the event is £10 for a single rider and £15 for a rider and pillion. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance always encourages riders to collect sponsorship for this Charity ride, but understands that it can be hard to find the time to raise that all-important sponsorship. This year, they have introduced a sponsorship ticket at £40 for a rider or £45 for a rider and pillion, which includes the £10 registration fee and £30 in sponsorship.
Book your bike a place now on or call the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Events Team on 0345 5040 055.
Throughout the Motorcycle Run and Family Fun Day, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance will be using the hashtags #RideSafe and #MotorcycleRun to raise awareness of their safety message and to promote the event.
  The Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 22nd April 2018 and Helen Rollason Cancer Charity has 14 brave fundraisers running the world famous route!
Starting in historical Greenwich and finishing in The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace, this world-renowned route takes in many of London’s top sights whilst hundreds of thousands of supporters line the streets. Her Majesty The Queen will step onto a special podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle to push the start button at 10am to officially start the event, and set off 40,000 runners on the famous 26.2 miles.
Famous faces running the London Marathon this year include Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, business woman Katie Price, Saturday’s singer Rochelle Humes, Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills and chef Gordon Ramsey.
Last year, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity were blown away by the dedication and commitment of their 2017 marathon team; 10 runners took part and worked extremely hard to raise a massive £23,000!
This year, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Community Fundraiser Rosie Jamieson, 26 from Great Dunmow, will be leading by example and guiding her team of runners at the world famous event.
“Part of my job is to support our own London Marathon runners and I really felt I wanted to find out what they put themselves through. They raise such an amazing amount for inspiring reasons so I wanted to be running with them rather than just cheering them on from the side-lines. So I applied for a ballot place, never for a minute thinking I would get a place, and I did!
As Community Fundraiser at the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, my job is very varied. Some days I’m supporting people who want to cut off their hair, abseil off a water tower, or trek up a mountain for the charity. Others I’m in a field in my walking boots supporting one of our many events, or I could be giving a presentation to one of our fabulous fundraising groups.
It’s a privilege to work hard to support people in the community, some of them our own friends and family, facing what for many of them is the biggest challenge of their lives; battling cancer. They face a daily struggle that makes training for a Marathon pale into insignificance.”
Chris Howe, 43 from Gosfield near Halstead is running in memory of his wife Tanya who sadly passed away from bowel cancer in 2017 at just 41.
“Tanya would spend a year having her chemotherapy, treatment and tests at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Support Centre at Rochelle House. All the staff, doctors, nurses and even the other patients made her feel so welcome and normal. They got us all through the saddest and most worrying of times and I can’t thank the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity enough on the truly astounding job they do.
Sadly in June 2017 my wife Tanya lost her battle with cancer. She was such a truly inspirational and brave woman. We shall never forget her; especially her smile. So I am running the 2018 London Marathon to give something back to this incredible and valuable charity, raising money to help other people who are affected by cancer to get the much needed help and overwhelming support, just like Tanya did.”
Tanya’s sister, Rachel Cox, 39 from Ipswich is also running alongside Chris for the charity.
“The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Support Centre was a sanctuary for Tanya through her toughest of times. I would often speak to Tanya after her treatments and she always sounded uplifted and had many stories to tell about the day’s events.
I once attended a treatment day with Tanya where I witnessed the kindness and warm hearted approach of all staff - I truly believe the charity helped Tanya to be brave and encouraged her strength within while battling against her cancer.”
To sponsor our inspirational runners for this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, please visit the following links;
Rosie Jamieson;
Chris Howe;
Rachel Cox;
For more information about the charity please visit or call 01245 380719.
Last month I mentioned looking forward to Spring, not SNOW!! Mum says I tempted Fate, whatever that means. The weather may be bad news but here is a story to warm your heart about a fifteen year old Whippet/Jack Russell cross. Billy arrived last year after his owner died but we despaired of him every finding another home until he met the perfect Foster Family. Now, despite his age, my old pal is loved and enjoying life to the full. You can bring so much happiness to an older dog when taking them into your home and they return that happiness to you. It may not be for as long as you would wish but it makes all the difference while it lasts to you and them.
Now put your hanky away now because Ollie (the Black) Cat says I have to talk to you about a trio of ex-feral cats that are desperately looking for jobs as vermin exterminators. They need a warm place to sleep and regular supply of food. If you are interested Mum says we can visit and advise how to introduce working cats to your environment and support you should they become ill and need to go to the vets.
Time to hit the send button because I'm all behind again and don't want to keep the Editor waiting. Don't forget to call in at our Spring Sale if you are nearby, it starts at 10am, 22nd April at The Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9DX, phone 01206 263269 to book a table if you have something to sell. That's all folks, from me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua. Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg. Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP, Tel: 01787 210888
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.
Ride for Helen is back on Sunday 13th May for its fifth year and promises to be one of the region’s biggest and best cycling events in 2018 for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity! (HRCC)
Cyclists from across the county will be meeting at the Crix in Hatfield Peverel, Essex to take part in this fantastic, family-friendly event which offers a choice of cycling routes to suit all capabilities; 6 miles, 15 miles, 35 miles, 65 miles and NEW 100 miles.

All ages and abilities are welcome to join in as individuals or as a team, and families can enjoy two FREE child places for every paying adult on the 6 mile route. Included in the registration price is a fundraising pack, route maps, route signage, first aid support, mobile mechanic support and recovery, refreshment stops and a medal for finishers. Entrants have the option to purchase a Ride for Helen t-shirt on registration or a special cycling jersey which has been designed for the charity by Scimitar (available to purchase from
Nadije Butler from Ilford has volunteered to act as sweeper for the 65 mile route; “My role as sweeper involves cycling at the end of the 65 mile riding group to ensure all riders are safe and keeping together. I really enjoy this role and it will be my third year in a row taking part as a volunteer.
As a breast cancer survivor myself, I know first-hand how important complimentary therapies and support are for cancer patients and their nearest and dearest. I am delighted to support the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity – they do amazing work and have helped so many people and their families.”
Hayley Robertson, 29 from Southend works at Essex Audi and will be taking part in the event in May; “I have taken part in Ride for Helen a number of times already, but missed out in 2017 as I had a baby! Now my little one is 10 months old I’m really keen to get back into training and involved in this fantastic fundraising event again.
My colleague Chris Nobes and I have challenged ourselves to take part in the 100 mile London to Surrey cycle ride in July, so we have signed up for 65 miles for Ride for Helen – just enough to warm us up! We all know someone who has been effected by cancer so I am really pleased to be supporting the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity at this annual event – let’s keep our fingers crossed for sunny skies!”
HRCC Fundraising Manager Kate Alden said: “We are all really looking forward to this year’s Ride for Helen on Sunday 13th May as it’s always such an exciting and popular event which attracts a variety of participants. We have worked really hard to map out the best routes through the beautiful Essex countryside to ensure that all of our riders have a fantastic experience.
I’d like to thank Essex Audi for the use of their vehicles as recovery cars, Wilkin & Sons for providing the medals, drinks and snacks for everyone taking part and Winfresh for donating bananas – perfect for a healthy energy boost! Also thanks to The Lion at Boreham for providing essential water, Spokes Cycle Care and Repair in Chelmsford for their services and repairs and Eat Natural for donating their snack bars and bike seat covers.
In 2017, Ride for Helen raised an incredible £41,442 for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, with over 1,400 people taking part. It was fantastic to see families, groups of friends, and experienced cyclists all enjoying the ride. We also feel very lucky that our patron Ian Twinley, has kindly allowed us to use the beautiful grounds of The Crix as a starting and finishing point every year. We couldn’t organise such an amazing and successful event without the help of our dedicated team of volunteers, staff, sponsors and supporters.”
For more information or to register, please visit or call 01245 380719. You can also find out more about the great work that Helen Rollason Cancer Charity does at
If cycling isn’t your thing but you’d still like to get involved, why not volunteer on the day? We have lots of fun and exciting roles for you to get stuck into – call us on 01245 380719 for more
Participants enjoying Ride for Helen 2017
Nadije Butler (quoted) and Deadpool taking part in Ride for Helen 2017
Chris Nobes and Hayley Robertson (quoted) of Essex Audi are getting ready for Ride for Helen 2018
For more information please contact Holly Butler in Marketing, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity on 01245 380719 or email
T: 01245 380 719

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