CRAFT-A-NOON TEA – We are a friendly bunch so come and join us. Bring whatever you are working on, from crochet & embroidery to painting & beading (any craft, any ability, help & advice given). Venue: The Thatchers Arms, Hall Road, Mount Bures, CO8 5AT. When: every 1st & 3rd Friday of the month. Time: 12noon-4pm. Contact: Emily on 07825 778356 (It's free!)
Village Hall, Sible Hedingham

Saturday 27th April. Great Acton Book Sale in All Saints Church, Acton, near Sudbury. CO10 0BA 10.00 – 2.00, Thousands of books. Free Entry. Refreshments available. All profits to the church.
Saturday 27th April from 12pm-4pm. Lavenham Tennis Club is holding an Open Day. All ages and abilities welcome to come along and have some fun. Check out our website under News or contact Sandra 07951597359
Saturday 4th May, 7.30pm. Llanfair Singers and Stour Valley Singers present SONGS FOR SPRING in St Peters Church, Sudbury CO10 2EH.
Conducted by Graham Trew and Susannah Edom. Accompanied by Susi Morrow and Sarah Whymark. Tickets £10 to include wine and refreshments available at the door or contact A York 01787227490
Bank Holiday Monday 6thMay, 10.00am. The Quay Theatre’s 18th Annual PLANT MARKET at Market Hill, Sudbury.
By kind permission of Sudbury Town Council. Nurseries from across East Anglia offer a wide range of plants. CACTI, PERENNIALS ~ SHRUBS ~ HERBS ~ PELARGONIUMS and much more.
Thursday 9th May. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Corporate Quiz Night at the Mitre Suite, Bishop’s Stortford Football Club CM23 5RG. Quiz starts at 7pm. £95 for a team of 6, includes fish & chips supper, raffle & prizes. To book your team contact Helen Rollason Cancer Charity on 01245 380719 or email All proceeds to the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May. FLOWER FESTIVAL at All Saints Church Little Cornard CO10 OPD. From 11am till 4pm. There will be a display/sale of paintings by local artists and a well-stocked Plant Sale, Cake stall and Refreshments. Evensong on Sunday at 4pm. Brenda 01787 227615.
Monday 13th May. Solar Society. Your local adult daytime learning group. Janet Brewer returns to us to talk about the ‘Secrets of the Queens of Egypt’. Tombs, monuments and malicious gossip. The meeting starts at 2.30pm at The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Castle Hedingham and finish about 4.15pm. Free light refreshments during a short interval. All welcome. Entrance £4.00. More details from Miles Scrivens, 01787 469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787 463459
Sunday 19th May, 10:00 until 4:00. Collectors Exhibition in Bulmer Village Hall. Admission £2.00. For more information please rind Alan Dixey On 01787 312915
Sunday 19th May 2019 from 8:00am until 5:00pm. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Ride for Helen. 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.
Tuesday 21st May, 7:30pm. Essex Wildlife Trust Illustrated Talk: Natural Born Killers in St Andrews Church Hall, Parsonage Street, Halstead, CO9 2LD. Wildlife Lecturer and Photographer Chris Ward will be here with his raptor talk, Natural Born Killers. A detailed look at diurnal raptors - their breeding behaviour, hunting strategies and prey. What are their adaptations to these lifestyles? Which species are increasing and declining and what challenges do they face today? A fully illustrated talk featuring many British birds of prey, from Kestrels and Kites to Harriers and Hawks, plus some overseas species too. £3 donation payable on the day. All welcome. Please contact Tracey Kay for more details: T: 07742 294358 E:
Spring Bank Holiday weekend – 25th, 26th and 27th May. Wormingford Annual Flower Festival in Saint Andrew’s Church, Wormingford (off B1508 between Colchester and Sudbury). Open from 10.00am – 5.00pm daily. No entry charge.
Our theme for this year: “ONCE UPON A TIME” (Fairytales and Pantomime). Bric-a-brac sale in the Community Centre. Teas, Cakes, Lunches and Refreshments. Tombola andHandbell ringing in the Church on Sunday 26th at 2.30. Flower Festival Celebration service in the Church on Sunday 26th May at 6.30pm
Monday 3rd June. Solar Society. Your local adult daytime learning group. Roger Johnson returns to us to present a talk on the untimely death of Maria Marten. ‘Murder at the Red Barn’.
The meeting starts at 2.30pm at The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Castle Hedingham and finish about 4.15pm. Free light refreshments during a short interval. All welcome. Entrance £4.00. No membership fee. More details from Miles Scrivens, 01787 469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787 463459
Wednesday 5th June. Nayland Horticultural Society Summer Outing will be to Pashley Manor in Sussex.
Watch out for further details!
Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June. Aldham Old Time Rally. The 2019 Rally takes place at Chalkney Meadows, Colchester Rd. White Colne CO6 2PP, just off the A1124 between Colchester and Halstead.
Over 400 exhibitors will be showing steam traction engines and miniatures, tractors, stationary engines, commercial and military vehicles, motor cycles, vintage and classic cars, horticultural machinery and static displays. Additionally this year there will be a sheepdog display on both days. There will be a variety of stalls, crafts, fair, refreshments, ice cream and a bar. A vintage auction will be held on the Saturday afternoon. Admission is £7.50 for adults and children are free. Car parking is provided and the event opens at 10.00am both days. Enquiries to 01787 221588 Website
Sunday 9th June, 12-5pm. Gosfield Open Gardens.
£5 Per adult – children free. Tickets from Gosfield Shop
Saturday 29th June 2019. Braintree & Halstead Model Railway Club Presents the Model Railway Exhibition at Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree Town Centre next to Argos CM7 9AE from 10.00am to 16.00pm.
At least 14 layouts including N, OO, EM & O gauge. Local model shop stands, second hand train traders. Modelling demonstrations. Refreshments available. Adult £4, accompanied children 5-15 £2. Children under 5 free, family (2A & 2C) £10.
Saturday 15th June & Sunday 16th June from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Life Arts Wellbeing Festival at Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1QP.
Life Arts is again providing a weekend packed with complementary therapies, spiritual guidance, health advice, meditation space, workshops and healing music.
Sunday 30th June The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Vintage Fair from 10.30am – 4.30pm.
The Vintage Fair will take place at Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, near Brantree CM77 8PD. A celebration of all things from a bygone era. This will be our tenth Vintage Fair, the ninth at this venue. In 2018 we had over 2,500 visitors throughout the day and brought in £15,000 for the Charity – enabling us to support ‘00s of people living with cancer.
10th July to 31st August 2019. Summer theatre returns to the Southwold Arts Centre this year under new ownership.
Matthew Townshend has taken over under the new brand of ‘Theatre on the Coast’. Shows include Patrick Marlowe’s The End of the Line, A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, Debbie Issitt’s The Woman who Cooked her Husband, finishing with Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse. Find out more at Tickets available online from start of April via Ticketsource.
Monday 2nd September. Solar Society. Your local adult daytime learning group. Miles Scrivens will discuss ‘Peterloo: How close did Britain come to revolution in the early nineteenth century?
The meeting starts at 2.30pm at The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Castle Hedingham and finish about 4.15pm. Free light refreshments during a short interval. All welcome. Entrance £4.00. No membership fee. More details from Miles Scrivens, 01787 469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787 463459
Sunday 22nd September from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Family Dog Day at Brentwood Dog Training Centre, Doddinghurst Road, CM15 9NN. This event is designed to be a more light hearted dog event for families and couples or individuals wishing to enter their pet dogs as opposed to a more formal dog show.

Monthly Tea Dance, first Sunday of each month. Ballroom, Latin and modern sequence, 2.30 -5pm - £4. For further information phone Tony 07790 516580
Vocal Zones
A newly formed choir meet on Tuesday evenings, 7pm-8.30pm term time at Little Horkesley Village Hall, School Road, Little Horkesley CO6 4DJ. 1st night free then £5 each night attended. Popular music accompanied by keyboard and guitar. No auditions just enthusiastic singers welcome. Contact Elaine by phone, text or email 07718886997
Colchester Organ Society, Thomas Lord Audley School, Monkwick Avenue, Colchester, CO2 8NJ. Live keyboard music to suit all tastes. 1st Friday of each month, 7.45-10.15. £4 members, £6 non members. Parking inside school, refreshments and raffle. Tel: 01787 269458.
Friday 3rd May - Claudia Hirschfeld.
Sunday 19th May (2.45 pm) - Brett Wales.
Friday 7th June - Paul Carmen
Friday 5th July - Dirkjan Ranzijn

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