MARCH
Saturday 3rd March at 3pm. JUMBLE SALE in Great Maplestead Village Hall C09 2RG. Admission 30p. Raffle and Refreshments. All welcome. Contributions will be gratefully received and can be delivered to the hall in the afternoon of Thursday 1st March, from 9am until 5pm on Friday 2nd March and Saturday morning from 9am until noon. Clothing and fabrics particularly needed and small pieces of furniture would be very welcome. For more details please contact Diane Smith 01787 473300 or Doreen Faulks 01787 460727
Sunday 4th March. The Sudbury Ramblers Walk. A Walk from Sproughton, a moderate 6 mile circular walk, parking close to the church IP8 3BD, 10:30am start. Linda 01787370291. www.sudburyramblers.org.uk
Monday 5th March at 2.30pm. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham. Robert Crighton will talk on the subject of ‘All the World’s a Stage—The Tudor Theatre.’ Free light refreshments in the short interval. Entrance: £ 4.00. All welcome. More details from: Miles Scrivens. 01787-469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787-463459
Wednesday 7th March. The Sudbury Ramblers Walk. A Wickhambrook Wander, an easy 4.5 mile circular walk with the possibility of a pub lunch afterwards, meet at the community hall CB8 8XP, 10:30am start. Keith 01787277484. www.sudburyramblers.org.uk
Saturday 10th March , 11-2pm. SESAW Easter Gift and Craft Fair in Whatfield Village Hall, IP7 6QU. Exquisite items handmade by skilled crafters, quality bric-a-brac, books, games, pet products, flowers and plants, refreshments, snacks, raffle, surprise bags 50p entry, free parking. This is a fundraising event for Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, reg. charity no.1124029
Sunday 18th March. The Sudbury Ramblers Walk.
Moulton and three churches, a moderate 6.5 mile circular walk, meet at the village hall CB8 8SQ, 10:30am start. Peter 01787468536. www.sudburyramblers.org.uk
Wednesday 21st March. The Sudbury Ramblers Walk.
Sudbury Saunter, an easy 5.5 mile circular walk, meet at Quay Lane car park CO10 2AN, 10:30am start. Steve 01787279325. www.sudburyramblers.org.uk
Saturday 24th March at 7.30pm. Braintree Choral Society – March Concert 2018. ‘An Evening with Gabriel Fauré’ in St. Mary’s Church, Bocking, Braintree CM7 5SR.
Cantique; Madrigal; Pavane; Requiem. Conductor: Janette Ruocco with Simon Harvey (Organ): Gary Griffiths (Bass). Admission: £10; Under 16’s FREE. Tickets from R & T’s Café, Manor St. Braintree OR 01376 349968 OR on the door. Following a very successful December concert, come and enjoy this well-known music in a beautiful church setting.
Saturday 24th March, at 7.30pm. Saturday Evening Big Band & Male Voice Choir Concert at St. Botolph's, Queen Street, Colchester. 50-voice "St. Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir" sing Swing, Ballads, Bert Bacharach & Robbie Williams; & 17-piece "Swing Express" Big Band play Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Frank Sinatra, and more! Tickets £10 from Mann's Music, Colchester High Street, (01206 572 783), email: hempstead02@hotmail.com, & at door, (doors open 6.45pm). In aid of St. Botolphs Tower Appeal & other Rotary Charities.

Saturday 24th March in the morning. Nayland Horticultural Society Spring Show at the Church Hall, Bear Street, Nayland.
Come along for coffee, cake, raffle and a friendly chat! Everyone is welcome to have a go at exhibiting daffodils and other Spring flowers. The schedule is available from Trevor Smy at 24 Harper's Estate, Nayland, CO6 4LB, telephone: 01206 262022 or e-mail him at trevor.smy24@gmail.com or via the website.
Saturday 24th March. SESAW Bargain Book Sale at the Community Centre, Timperleys, Hintlesham, IP8 3PS, from 11am. There will also be pictures, DVDs, CDs and some furniture, just to make it more interesting.
Sunday 25th March 2018 at 6.00pm. Sudbury Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert in St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 1TL.
Sudbury Symphony Orchestra are pleased to introduce Christopher Bearman who will play Gregson's Tuba Concerto in their Spring Concert. . He will perform this virtuoso piece which is guaranteed to hold the listener's attention throughout.
The programme ends with Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony. Arguably his most popular, it has been described as an "ultimate victory through strife". It has dark undercurrents interspersed with dramatic passages and leads with great energy to an exciting splendid finale.
Concert details: Conductor: Matthew Andrews – www.matthewandrews.net. Soloist: Christopher Bearman. Leader: Steve Calder.
Mussorgsky: Introduction to Khovanshchina. Gregson: Tuba Concerto. Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 5 in E minor. Tickets: Adult £12, Child £2. Available mid- February onwards from Compact Music, North Street, Sudbury and Sudbury Tourist Information (library). Or email: tickets@sudburysymphonyorchestra.com. A limited number of tickets will be available on the door.

Tuesday 27 March at 8pm. Essex Wildlife Trust (Braintree Group) present a talk by local expert Mark Wood from Butterfly Conservation on some butterfly favourites and where to find them
at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Parsonage Street, Halstead CO9 2LD. No need to book. Suggested donation £3 payable on the day. Non-members very welcome. For more details, contact Tracey Kay, T 07742 294358, E tracey.kay@yahoo.co.uk
Tuesday 27th March. Nayland Horticultural Society Spring Speaker is Ian Seager who will be talking about Wildlife Gardens and Conservation. This is held in the Church Hall, Bear Street, Nayland, 7.30pm for 8 o'clock start and it is Free! All welcome but get there early as the hall fills quickly!
APRIL
Saturday April 7th. Halstead Choral Society invites you to join singers in a full day's chorus workshop at St. Andrew's Church Halstead culminating in a performance of Mozart's Requiem.
Renowned Musical Director James Davey will lead the chorus sessions and Sara Brimer Davey, international voice coach, will hold masterclass sessions for aspiring solo performers. The Chorus workshop £18 and solo Masterclass £30 will include a buffet lunch and light tea. Further information can be found on our website or phone Sue Bennett on 01787 478759
Monday 9th April at 2.30pm. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham. A short AGM followed immediately by ‘VSO in Ethopia’, a talk by Dr. Andrew Cornish. Free light refreshments in the short interval. Entrance: £ 4.00. All welcome. More details from: Miles Scrivens. 01787-469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787-463459

Saturday 14th April, 10 – 12. Pew Boot Sale at St Andrew's church, Park Lane, Earls Colne.
Second hand clothes, toys, books etc. Refreshments available. To sell contact Helen on 01787 222526.
Saturday 14th April 2018, 9.30am - 11.30am. Quality Jumble sale to be held at St Francis Church Hall, Colchester Rd, Halstead (opposite cemetery). Good quality clothing for all ages, Bric-a-Brac, household goods, books, etc. Free car parking, 20p admission. All proceeds to be donated to charity.
Tuesday 17th April. Nayland Horticultural Society's AGM is due to take place in the Church Hall, Bear Street, Nayland.
There is usually coffee, a raffle and a Fun Quiz with a horticultural twist to test your gardening knowledge and win a prize! Come along and meet other like-minded, green-fingered folks! Why not join us? Single membership is £3 per annum, joint £5. Contact Trevor or Margaret Smy, details on the website.
Thursday 19th, Friday 20th & Saturday 21st April. Little Waltham Drama Group present Volunteers at the Memorial Hall, Brook Hill, Little Waltham, CM3 2LN.
Take 2 dotty old volunteers, a youngster on community service and a new manager at head office, add a flasher and you have a charity shop like you've never seen - hopefully! Tickets £8.50. Concessions £6.50. Doors open 7pm. Performance 7.30pm. Bar available. Box office opens 5th March. www.lwdg.org, lwdgboxoffice@gmail.com or 07910 534090
Saturday 21st April, 10am - 12pm. Pew Boot Sale in St Andrews church, Park Lane, Earls Colne.
Pre-loved items including books, toys and clothes. Refreshments and free Wi-Fi available. To sell please contact Helen on 01787 222 526.
Sunday 22nd April. Tables available at SESAW Spring Fair in Long Melford. Please phone 01206 263269 to book. This is a fundraising event for Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, reg. charity no.1124029
Sunday 22 April 2 - 5pm. Jazz Afternoon with Bill Cornnell and his Jazz Katz at the Village Hall, Sible Hedingham. Tickets £10 each which includes an afternoon tea. For further information phone Linda 07949 466945
JUNE
Sunday 3th June 2018 11.00am-4.00pm. Gardens open in Boxford, Groton & Edwardstone.
Featuring new gardens. Refreshments, light lunches and cream teas in Boxford Village Hall Church tower open (TBC), breathtaking views. Free shuttle bus from village centre. Tickets £6 (children under 16 FREE). Main ticket desk at the Church or look out for the 'Garden Open' signs and pay at the first garden you come to. All funds raised benefit St Mary’s Church Boxford.
Sunday 10th June, 2pm – 6pm. Nayland Open Gardens with Wissington Conservation Society.
Teas in the village hall. Tickets from Gardens & Hall £5 – children free. www.naylandconservation.org.uk
CRAFT EVENTS
 
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. (Future dates are 2 March and 6 April).
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.(15 March, 19 April). The meetings are at The Three Horseshoes, 74 Church Road, Fordham, Essex, CO6 3NJ. For more info call Emily: 07388.
 
COLCHESTER ORGAN SOCIETY
 

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. Friday 6th April - Penny Weedon. Friday 4th May - David Ingley

 
Village Hall, Sible Hedingham
 
Monthly Tea Dance, first Sunday of each month. Ballroom, Latin and modern sequence, 2.30 -5pm - £4. For further information phone Tony 07790 516580  
STUDIO CLEARANCE
 
January & February Saturdays & Sundays 10am--6pm. Huge Studio Clearance, 100’s of Original ART By Georgie Roy £1 - £25 each. View Mon-Fri most times -- call 01787 472803. One wall of ART priced over £25. Card Making Crafters Bits 3 for £1. Art & Craft Books, Easels Drawing Boards, Collectable & Unusual Bric-a-brac. Part Proceeds to Braintree & District Mencap. 48 Halstead Rd Gosfield CO9 1PG  
MUSIC RECITALS
 
A series of free music recitals will be run at St Andrew's Church, Earls Colne on the following dates:
Thursday 12th April
Thursday 10th May
Thursday 12th July
Thursday 9th August
Thursday 13th September
They recitals will be from 1pm - 1.45pm. Refreshments are available beforehand for a donation. For info please contact Liz on 01376 561307
 
       
       

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