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.
The Maplesteads WEA Spring 2019 Course begins on Monday 21st January 2019 with a free-of-charge first session starting at 6:30 pm.
The 9-week course, entitled Art Inspired by East Anglia, is being hosted by tutor and locally-based artist Susan Pownall.
Many famous artists – Constable, Turner, Spencer, Hambling and Munnings to name just a few – have been inspired by the rural landscapes, wide skies, rolling seas, and imposing churches of East Anglia during the 19th and 20th Centuries. This course examines how various artists' works have reflected their experience of this part of the world.
To find out more, come to the overview of the course, and take the opportunity to meet the tutor and other course members, at Great Maplestead Village Hall in Lucking Street at 6:30 pm on Monday 21st January 2019. Subsequent sessions will start at 7:00 pm.
The initial session is free of charge and you are invited to enjoy some complimentary refreshments and be introduced to what is sure to be a most interesting course, held in a friendly, informal atmosphere.
For further information please contact Jean Bowers (01787 460181).
There will be a chance to hear Witham Singers singing in French at their Christmas concert.
The choir will be performing an old carol Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agréable alongside the more familiar Deck The Hall and How Far is it to Bethlehem, in addition to non-seasonal songs such as Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Billy Joel’s The Longest Time.
The concert marks the farewell of founder Hans Montañana, who returned to the choir last year after a short break but will now hand over fully to joint musical director Thomas Duchan.
The concert is at 7.30 on Monday December 17 at the United Reformed Church, Witham (£8).
It's not often an ex SESAW dog hits the headlines but two of our canine friends made the news recently. Heroic hound Bowza, a Labrador cross, was featured on BBC Look East and the national press after sharing his body heat with a lady suffering a head injury. Bowza's proud owner, Don Cox, said the dog seemed to understand the problem and stayed next to the shivering lady for over an hour until an ambulance arrived.
My old friend Freddie, a very cute chihuahua cross, became the centre of attention during filming for a Channel 4 TV commercial. The little chap was chosen to appear in an ad with the equally handsome bigger chap in the photo, to advertise "Solidor" front doors. Of course Freddie was completely unfazed by the experience because we chihuahuas are often the star attraction. Apparently he has already be asked for his pawprint and might become more famous than me!
I have no idea what animals may be available for rehoming when you read this so please keep an eye on our website or visit when we reopen on Thursday 17th January. Don't forget to wear your wellies if the weather is wet! My vertically challenged canine friends usually return home with very muddy undercarriages, which is extremely uncomfortable, I can tell you! Time to muscle into the scrum to find a space in front of the Rayburn for me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.
Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg.Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888

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