APRIL
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.
Saturday 21st April at 3pm. Jumble Sale in Great Maplestead Village Hall. Admission 30p. Raffle and Refreshments. Contributions can be delivered to the hall on Thursday 19th between 1.30pm and 5pm or on Friday 20th between 9am and 5pm or on Saturday morning from 9am until noon. Clothing urgently needed and small/medium pieces of furniture. Contact 01787 460727 (Doreen) for more details. In aid of village hall funds
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
Monday April 23 at 7.30. Witham Singers will be holding their next concert at the United Reformed Church, Witham. The programme will be a mixed bag of solo items and choir numbers including Cabaret, Fings Ain’t What they Used to Be, Don’t Stop Me Now and Come Outside. Refreshments will be available.
Friday 27 to Sunday 29th April. Boreham Art Circle 42nd Exhibition & Sale at Boreham Village Hall, Main Road, Boreham, CM3 3JD. This highly regarded open exhibition with pictures and folio's showing a variety of subjects and mediums, for sale at a cost to suit all pockets. Refreshments available. Please see website for opening times. www.essexinfo.net/boreham-art-circle, www.facebook.com/borehamartcircle. For more details ring 01245 223106
MAY
Wednesday 2nd May.
Sudbury Ramblers. A Walk from Chalkney Woods, a moderate 6 mile circular walk, meet at the car park CO62PR, 10am start. Phillip 07854179779
Saturday May 5 (7.30) & Sunday May 6 (6.00). A male voice choir from Derbyshire will be making two appearances next month as guests of the Braintree Male Voice Choir.
It will be in return for a visit the Braintree choir made to Derbyshire in 2016. Braintree were hosted by both the Eastwood Collieries male voice choir and the Sonara ladies choir on their visit and last year hosted joint concerts with Sonara.
This time it is the turn of the Eastwood choir, who will be joining Braintree MVC at St Peter-ad-Vincula Church, Coggeshall, on Saturday May 5 (7.30) and at St Peter’s Church, Sudbury, on Sunday May 6 (6.00).
The two choirs will join together for three songs as well as presenting two sets of their own material. The programme includes American Trilogy, Chattanooga Choo Choo and Ben E King’s Stand By Me. The Braintree Male Voice Choir is always on the lookout for new members. Anyone interested should ring 01376 321908.

Saturday May 12th at 7.30pm. Stour Valley Singers are joining forces with Sletten Sangkor, a Danish choir from Fredensborg which is twinned with Sudbury, to sing a concert of "Musicals and Memories".
It takes place in St John"s Methodist Church, York Rd, Sudbury. Tickets cost £10 which includes tea, coffee and refreshments and can be bought at the door.
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May. FLOWER FESTIVAL. All Saints Church, Little Cornard (CO10 0PD) will be open from 11am till 4pm. The church will be decorated with Flowers and a display and Sale of work by local Artists. There will be a Cake Stall, Well stocked Plant Stall and refreshments. Supporting, Success after Stroke, Roof repair fund for Little Cornard Village Hall and Church Funds.
Sunday 13th May, 2pm - 5pm. Alderford Mill Open to the public. Free Entry (donations invited) to the unique Grade II* building in Alderford St, Sible Hedingham CO9 3HZ. 3 Floors of history to explore......take a step back in time and discover how the milling industry used to be! Further details at alderfordmill.org.uk
Sunday 13th May. Ride for Helen is back 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 www.stores4sports.com).
For more information or to register, please visit www.rideforhelen.co.uk or call 01245 380719. You can also find out more about the great work that Helen Rollason Cancer Charity does at www.helenrollason.org.uk
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

Sunday 13th May. Sudbury Ramblers. A Glemsford Gamble,
a leisurely 5 mile circular walk, meet at the social club CO107RP, 10am start. Bridget 01787280547
Monday 14th May at 2.30pm. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham. ‘Introduction to Buddhism‘ a talk by Colyn Boyce.
Free light refreshments in the short interval. Entrance: £ 4.00. All welcome. No membership fees. Free light refreshments. Please let Miles Scrivens (Chair) or Wanda Sellar (Secretary) know if you would like to join a small committee which sets the annual programme. Miles 01787-469766, Wanda 01787- 463459
Tuesday 15th May. An evening with Terry Waite at St Andrew’s Church, Earls Colne CO6 2RG. Doors Open 6.30pm - Event start 7pm.
An opportunity to hear Terry Waite share his story, take questions, and sign books which will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets £5 inc drinks. Ticket bookings contact Peter Allen colnesvicar@gmail.com - 01787 220347 - 07576738991
Wednesday 16th May. Sudbury Ramblers. A Hike around Hintlesham, a moderate 9.5 mile, figure of eight walk, 5 miles morning, 4.5 miles afternoon, with either a picnic lunch or pub lunch at the George, meet at the community hall IP83PS, 10am start. Steve 01787279325
Saturday 19 May at 2pm. Essex Wildlife Trust (Braintree Group) offer a guided walk round Jonathan Nott’s farm, Pebmarsh. Jonathan has recently created an area to attract Turtle doves and the farm is a favourite for Barn owls, plus it has a large lake with ornamental wildfowl. The walk will last 1½-2 hours. Tea will be included. Limited to 20 people: booking essential, with Tracey Kay, T 07742 294358, E kay.tracey@yahoo.co.uk. Non-members very welcome. Suggested donation of £3, payable on the day
Sunday 20th May, 10am – 4pm. COLLECTORS EXHIBITION in Bulmer Village Hall.
Admission £2.00 Refreshments available. For more information ring Alan Dixey on 01787 312915
Thursday May 24th, Friday May 25th and Saturday May 26th at 8p.m. Colne Engaine Dramatic Society proudly presents ‘Spirit Level’ a comedy drama play by Pam Valentine at Colne Engaine Village Hall - doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets are all £9.00 and available from box office cedsboxoffice@gmail.com and 07715991220. Please come and relax in our friendly, warm atmosphere for an evening of laughter, drama and pathos.
Spring Bank Holiday weekend – 26th, 27th and 28th May. Wormingford Annual at 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:- “Up London Town”
Imaginative London themed floral displays! Bric-a-brac sale in the Community Centre! Teas, Cakes, Lunches and Refreshments! Tombola with many exciting prizes! Flower Festival Celebration service in the Church 27th May at 6.30pm. For queries donations or offers of help contact Mike Crisp 01787 227325 or 07747 623172 mikecrisp68@gmail.com
Wednesday 30th May. Sudbury Ramblers. Bradfield Woods, a leisurely 5.5 mile circular walk, meet at the Trust car park IP300AL, 10am start. Alan 01787464094
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, 3rd June from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. This year Coggeshall's gardeners invite you to share the magic of "Ponds, Pools and Puddles". Come and explore woodland gardens, riverside gardens, tiny gardens and formal gardens. Enjoy afternoon tea by the river before collecting your bargains to take home from our plant stall. Our younger visitors will find plenty of watery fun on offer too. A perfect afternoon for all the family! £5.00 per person, children under 12 free. Visit www.coggeshallopengardens.org.uk for more information.
Monday 4th June. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham. Miles Scrivens returns with one of his occasional history lectures , ‘Votes for Women, Campaigns 1860-1928.’ The presentation introduces us to the personalities, movements and stories involved in giving the right to vote to some of the women in the UK for the first time, exactly 100 years ago. The talk starts at 2.30pm and lasts for about 2 hours including a break for refreshments . Refreshments are free. All welcome. No membership fee. Entrance: £4.00. For more details contact Miles Scrivens 01787-469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787- 463459
Wednesday 6th June. Nayland Horticultural Society will be visiting Lullingstone Castle and The World Garden in Kent for the day.
Details to follow. Why not join us? Single membership is £3 per annum, joint £5. Contact Trevor or Margaret Smy, details on the website.
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June. Aldham Old Time Rally 2018. This year's event takes place at 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. There will be a variety of stalls, crafts, fair, refreshments, ice cream and a bar. An 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 www.aldhamrally.co.uk
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
Sunday 10th June. Sudbury Ramblers. Devils Dyke, a moderate 6.5 mile walk along Devils Dyke Reach, meet in the car park at Reach CB250JD, 10am start. Linda 01787370291
JULY
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July. Marks Hall Garden and Country Show 2018 at Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall CO6 1TG.
Following the continued success of this bi-annual show, the event returns on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July, with the hope to raise £50,000 for the three charities, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, Marks Hall and the Rotary Club of Colchester. As part of this show we are again looking for ‘budding’ young children in Essex and Suffolk to our ‘Grub in a Tub’ display. The theme is for the edible plants in a container display and the finished container can be anything in which a plant can grow successfully. The entries can be by individuals, schools or other youth groups (such as Cubs, Brownies, beavers etc.) Now is the time for those wishing to enter to start thinking about and planning their display. More information and entry details e-mail: nigel@garden-shows.com for an entry form.
 
 
 
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.
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.
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
MUSIC RECITALS
A series of free music recitals will be run at St Andrew's Church, Earls Colne on the following dates:
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
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. Parking inside school, refreshments and raffle. Tel: 01787 269458. alanwpilgrim@tiscali.co.uk
Friday 4th May - David Ingley
Friday Friday 1st June - James Goff.
Saturday 16th June (2.45 pm) - Chiho Sunamoto and Jon Smith.
Friday 6th July - Dave Smith.
 
     

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