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
Wednesday 14th November. Save the Date – Essex Police Rural Crime Awareness Day. The event is free to attend and will be at Slamseys Farm, Blackley Lane, Great Notley, Braintree, CM77 7QW,
open to visitors from 10am until 3pm. The Rural Crime Awareness Day will have something for everyone; farmers, businesses and also those living within rural locations. The aim of the event is to reduce rural crime by building stronger links with the rural and farming community, raise awareness of security measures and products. A number of companies and organisations will be exhibiting their products and services alongside police personnel and partners to provide crime prevention, security measures and personal safety advice. This will be the 5th Rural Crime Awareness Day hosted by Essex Police.
Saturday 17th November 2018. The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Fundraising Team are busy organising our very first Tower Trail at Layer Marney Towers taking place. The 5 mile route will be over fields and farmland in the beautiful surrounding countryside. The walk also includes access to the towers, the grounds and adventure playground. Layer Marney Towers are England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse, which stands within the Essex landscape, commanding views to the River Blackwater and surrounding countryside beyond. Dogs on leads are welcome and your ticket includes something warming to eat before you set off and a hot drink and treat upon your return.
Adults: £15.00 Children 5 and over: £8.00 Family Ticket: £38.00 (2 adults, 2 children 5 and over)
For tickets please visit or call 01245 380719.
Saturday November 17th at 7.30pm. Autumn Concert: The Armed Man. Halstead Choral will present Karl Jenkins' popular work in St. Andrew's Church, Halstead. Tickets at £10 are available from Ziel in Earls Colne, Willow and Grey in Halstead, or on the door.
Sunday 18th November, 10-3pm. SESAW CHRISTMAS FAIR at The Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9DX. Seasonal gifts and decorations, crafts, jewellery, glass, games and lots more. Big raffle and tombola. Snacks, refreshments, free parking. 50p adult entry. All proceeds to Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg.Charity No.1124029. Tables available, phone 01206 263269 to book
Tuesday 20th November 7:30pm. Essex Wildlife Trust Braintree Local Group Illustrated Talk: Summer Migrants.
Bird ringer Barry Williams will be here to talk to us about the summer visitors that have now left us for the winter. Find out who has flown and where they have gone. Barry will also touch on some of the overseas birds already living in these destinations. In St Andrews Church Hall, Halstead CO9 2LD. No need to book, £3 donation payable on the day
Friday 23rd November 6.30pm. Gainsborough's House Jewellery and Valuation Evening with John Benjamin and Diamond Raffle Draw Event at Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2EU. John Benjamin is well-known for his appearances on the Antiques Road Show as their jewellery expert. He has kindly agreed to give us a talk on 18th century jewellery followed by a confidential valuation. Those attending are invited to bring one piece of jewellery to be valued on a first come first served basis. It would be helpful to let us know if you intend to bring an item. John will also be drawing the Diamond Raffle during the evening. First prize is a half-carat brilliant cut diamond kindly donated by Jonathan Lambert of Jonathan Lambert Fine Jewellers. In addition there are many other attractive prizes to be won. This is the culmination of the events that the Local Fundraising Committee have staged in order to raise funds for the capital project, Reviving an Artist’s Birthplace: A National Centre for Gainsborough during the House’s Diamond Year. As this is a special evening there will be no charge but we would encourage you to buy a raffle ticket (even if you have already). Tickets cost £5 each. There will be a donations bar.
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Event. Christmas Gift & Food Fair 2018 – Chelmsford at Chelmsford City Race Course from 10am.
Saturday 24th November, 10.30am until 1.00pm. Great Maplestead Christmas Fair in Great Maplestead Village Hall. Lots of stalls including Bric a Brac, Toys, Cakes & Produce, Christmas Cards, Woodcraft, Bags & Scarves, Christmas Decorations, Metalwork, Jewellery and much much more!!! There will be a Raffle and Refreshments will be available. For more information contact Liz Newton 01787 461308
Sunday 25th November, 6.00pm. Sudbury Symphony Orchestra Concert in St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 1TL. Sudbury Symphony Orchestra are delighted that Jill Morton returns as soloist for our evening of Scandinavian music. We start the evening in Norway with Grieg’s Piano Concerto which Jill played for us exactly 10 years ago to critical acclaim. It is then a short trip across the water to Denmark with Carl Nielsen’s 1st Symphony. This concert is also the 10th anniversary for our conductor Matt Andrews so it will be very special night for the orchestra.
Jill enjoys a highly successful career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Her performances have taken her throughout Britain and across Europe and have received critical acclaim. Since making her professional debut, she has performed in all the major concert halls throughout Britain and has worked with many eminent conductors.
Grieg’s Piano Concerto is a firm favourite for both audience and players with its glorious solo lines and soaring lyrical passages. Nielsen’s first symphony may not be as well known as the Grieg but it is just as expressive a work and is a delight for both player and listener. It has energy, vigour and a luminous soundscape – it really does deserve to be played more often. We hope you will join us for a very special musical evening and to celebrate 10 years under the baton of Matthew Andrews.
Friday 30th November 2018, 3:30pm – 6:30pm. Christmas Fair at St Andrew’s Primary School, Bulmer, Sudbury, CO10 7EH. Everyone is welcome. Come along to our Christmas fair and buy Christmas gifts. There will be refreshments (inc beer and mulled wine), hot food and cake stall. An afternoon of fun for the children too. Gift stalls, Craft stalls, Games, Tombola, Raffle and not forgetting… Santa’s Grotto
Saturday 1st December. Christmas Fayre at Nayland Village Hall, CO6 4JH. Nayland Horticultural Society will be having a stall with a raffle and plants/ bulbs to buy. This is a fun village event for all the family with Father Christmas, stalls selling ideal Christmas pressies and a performance from Nayland Primary School. Entrance free.
Sunday 2nd December. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Event. Christmas Gift & Food Fair 2018 - Colchester at Firstsite, Colchester from 10am. We will be showcasing independent retailers who will stock a variety of items for Christmas including gifts, homeware, jewellery, art, books, toys, gourmet delights and much more.
Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm. Halstead Community Choir Christmas Concert in The Ramsey Academy, Halstead. Tickets: £5/£3 (under 14s). Ticket includes mulled wine and a mince pie. Buy online at 50% of proceeds to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.
Friday 21st December. Stour Valley Singers present a concert of Christmas music conducted by Susannah Edom. It is called "When Icicles Hang"and takes place at St Peters Church, Sudbury at 7.30pm. There will be additional music by The Selion Jazz Trio. Tickets are available at the door and cost £10 which includes a glass of wine and refreshments. Proceeds will be donated to The Bridge Project, Sudbury
Sunday 23rd December 2018. Pre-Christmas 50/50 Ballroom & Sequence Dance in Sudbury - Delphi Social Centre, Newton Road, Sudbury. 8pm to 11.15pm (doors open 7.30pm). Admission £7 per person in advance only. Dress code festive. Dancing to music by Strictly for Fun. Phone 01206 263189 for more details or email -,
Monday 7th January. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Castle Hedingham. A talk by Seona Ford on the work of The Samaritans. ‘Call the Samaritans’. 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 23rd, Thursday 24th, Friday 25th January at 8.00pm and Saturday 26th January at 2.30 and 8.00pm. Colne Engaine Dramatic Society proudly presents: ‘The Great Panto Bake Off’ An original script co-written by group members Stephen Hector and Darran Lingley at Colne Engaine Village Hall. Doors open at 7.00pm all evening performances and 2.00pm for matinee. Tickets are £9.00 for evening performances and £7.00 for matinee and available from Box Office 01787 274933. See if Scary Berry gets her way or will Smell and Poo rise to the challenge? Watch Fairy Cakes sprinkle her own magic and will Vicky Sponge gain confidence with help from the audience and watch Nigerella flutter her eyelashes at Paul Bollywood. Aided and abetted by a disorganised film crew directed by Randy Doodah.
Saturday 23rd March. Nayland Horticultural Society's Spring Flower Show takes place which is an ideal time to buy some plants for a good summer's show.
There is also a cake stall and raffle. Or maybe you would like to enter some Spring flowers in the Show for fun and see how you do! Entry forms on the website. All very friendly, tea, coffee and cake available!
Tuesday 26th March, 7pm for 7.15pm start. Nayland Horticultural Society's Spring Meeting will be in the Church Hall, Nayland, CO6 4HY. Subject to be confirmed.
Monthly Tea Dance, first Sunday of each month. Ballroom, Latin and modern sequence, 2.30 -5pm - £4. For further information phone Tony 07790 516580  
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 7th September - Ian House.
Takeley Fundraising Group Future Events for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
Saturday 17th November 2018 – Takeley Christmas Bazaar – Silver Jubilee Hall, Takeley. We will be running the kitchen/toy stall and cake raffle.
Saturday 24th November 2018 – Party with entertainment by Ray Spiller – Silver Jubilee Hall, Takeley.
Friday 7th December 2018 – Christmas Light Up – Silver Jubilee Hall, Takeley.
Saturday 12th January 2019 – Quiz Night – Silver Jubilee Hall, Takeley.
For more details on any of the above events please contact Anne Farr on 01279 871145 or email
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

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