There goes Kenneth, the smallest dog at SESAW, strutting around the garden like the big boss. He is oblivious to me, quietly sunning myself whilst engaged in a little bird watching. Of course I have no chance of catching the blue tits as they dart in and out of an old nesting box. Those conscientious parents enter with fat grubs and exit with their babies' white droppings. I'm glad I'm a cat!
A robin accompanies Tanya as she loads the wheelbarrow with the dogs' evening meals. He helps himself to the dinners, flying back and forth to his family. Blackbirds forage about the garden for food, probably descendants of those nursed back to health by Mother. Avian Flu restrictions were lifted at the beginning of May, just in time for our geese. The female is sitting on a clutch of eggs and woe betide anyone who gets too close!
Turning to the animals awaiting rehoming, this is an appeal for Polly, a devoted mother cat and her one remaining kitten. She was found in a poly tunnel with five offspring, all but one now rehomed. Why? Because, like me, they are black and so they are overlooked. If you are the person who can offer them a loving home, please leave a phone message or email straight away.
It's nearly dark and time for a snack before to patrolling the grounds. One of my ex-SESAW pals who now lives outside Hadleigh says he is tantalised by Nightingales singing at night. He will have to resign himself to dinner in the kitchen, just like me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.
Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Reg.Charity No.1124029, Tel: 01787 210888, email:
Vintage Day Out returns to Cressing Temple Barns
Shoppers and classic vehicle enthusiasts, start your engines as Helen Rollason Cancer Charity invites vintage and retro lovers to roll back the years and dress to impress for their annual Vintage Day Out on Sunday 10th July 2022!
Celebrating all things vintage from a bygone era, Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree play host to this annual event, all to raise valuable funds for the local cancer charity. Sterling Insurance of Bishop's Stortford have kindly sponsored the event; Andy Morton, General Manager at Sterling explains;
"Helen Rollason has a history of providing invaluable support for people in our region living with cancer. The work they provide in communities is inspiring and the decision to join forces with Helen Rollason at their 'A Vintage Day Out' event in 2022 was an easy one for us to make.
The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Mid Essex Support Centre is close to our hearts as they have helped one of my colleagues' families through their own cancer journey. Therefore, we decided that the opportunity to sponsor an event for such a wonderful charity was one that we had to take."
Returning to Cressing Temple Barns, the ever-popular event is back for a day of live entertainment, classic vehicles, food, music, jive dancing, shopping and much more! Showcasing a myriad of vintage stalls, guests can expect affordable vintage fashion, retro second-hand items, beauty parlour, kitchenalia, fashion, jewellery, pre-loved furniture, antiques, collectables and much more!
Food and drink will be available to purchase including hog roast, cocktails and prosecco from The Tipsy Grey Ltd, ice creams from Molly Moos Ices and Afternoon Teas from Lavender Blue Vintage Teas, among others.
There will be live music from rock'n'roll band Kingsmen, performances from LJ's Jive School where you can watch or join in with modern jive dancing and singing from the fabulous Harmonettes.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Community Fundraiser Karen Mitchell said; "We look forward to welcoming all of our guests to the beautiful grounds of Cressing Temple Barns on Sunday 10th July 2022 for a Vintage extravaganza!
Sustainable shopping and its environmental impact are currently a hot topic so we are pleased to be doing our bit by endorsing this practice. A Vintage Day Out is an affordable and environmentally friendly way to acquire unique and new items whilst also supporting a worthy cause. In addition, shopping at Helen Rollason Cancer Charity's Vintage Day Out directly impacts the vital care and support offered to those living with cancer and their loved ones. It's a double win!
We're a local charity serving our local community, and every penny raised at this event will go towards ensuring we continue to provide the best possible cancer care now and in the future."
Tickets on the day cost Adults £6, Concessions (age 65 +) £5, Children 16 and under £1. But if you pre-book your tickets online you can save £1 each! Well behaved dogs on leads are also welcome.
Classic car bookings from £10 (which includes one vehicle with driver and one passenger)
Tickets and Classic car bookings are available now on our website;
Two day event on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July 2022. Open Gardens at ALDHAM, ESSEX. (Off A1124). 11am to 5pm each day. 15 large and small gardens. Art Exhibition in Church. Mini-bus around venues. Entry £5.00 adults (children under 16 Free). Programmes available on the day at the Village Hall or first garden visited. All day refreshments in Village
Hall (including lunches). Plants and teas available at some venues. Sorry - no card payments at any venues. Post Code CO6 3RJ. Contact No. 01206 210963.
Summertime Home Security Advice

Even if you are at home working or relaxing still consider your home security. As it gets warmer, we tend to see a rise in the number of “Creeper Burglaries” where burglars take advantage of open windows, and doors, and an open or insecure garden gate will provide the thief with access to the back of your home.
A few tips for keeping your home secure:

1. Don’t attract a thief with insecure pedal cycles or cars on display.
2. Keep side or rear gates, sheds and garages shut and securely locked.
3. Before going out or ‘turning in for the night’ lift the blinds or open the curtains and check windows and patio doors are closed, the sun may have been on the TV when it was hot, and so the curtains were drawn whilst the window was open or someone may have closed it, but did they lock it?
4. Doors - Leave any accessible external door open or insecure and an opportunist thief could pop in and anything lying around may be taken. You may have only popped out, or down the end of the garden or having a quick shower; it only takes a second for a thief to steal. Don’t forget that with a PVCu multi-locking door you may have lifted the handle but until you turn the key (or on some doors a thumb-turn on the inside) you have not locked all of the locking bolts in place.
5. Windows - If you have unoccupied rooms that are accessible to others from outside or off flat roofs make sure the windows are closed, if you need ventilation in these rooms whilst at home at least lock the larger window and only have the small window open even. If you only have bigger opening windows, consider a lockable window restrictor and a small alarm sensor on the window to detect entry.
6. If you have an intruder alarm activate it when going out and activate the zone for any unoccupied areas whilst in.
7. Car keys - don’t take them to bed with you, where possible leave them in noisy drawer/location. Keep the keyless car key fobs in a “Faraday” bag.
8. If you do hear a suspicious noise in the house that you are not happy with dial 999 and make a noise, shout out, it could cause any intruder to flee, they may not have known you were home, remember your life is more important than your property. If safe to do so, get a good description of the person/s and if possible, the car index number and direction of travel.
NB: In case of fire or other emergency ensure that keys to windows and doors are always readily accessible to occupants but not in view of possible burglars.
For further crime prevention advice see: or

**RHS Hyde Hall Summer Flower Show 3rd – 7th August 2022**

Your garden is the first line of defence to your home, come along and see the Essex Police Designing out Crime Team and Essex Watch Liaison Officers at our ‘Safe and Secure’ RHS designed and built show garden, where nature contributes to a gardens security.


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