Saturday 28th November 2020, Colchester Zoo is coming to YOU…
…with the help of some familiar faces, some amazing animals and
some musical and comedy acts! This live fundraiser will have something
for everyone. We plan to get your feet tapping and bring smiles
to your faces, explore how Colchester Zoo has weathered the pandemic and,
ultimately and most importantly, raise some much needed funds to help
towards the zoos future!
We’re taking you on a journey… Keepers will answer questions sent in by
children around the UK (there’s still time to do this –send your questions
across via Colchester Zoo’s Facebook Page!). We’ll discover what life
has been like for the animals during lockdown and how they are missing
Our hosts, including actor and singer Lee Mead, will
be feeding animals and meeting some of the new arrivals, as well as finding
out about how the conservation work that’s making a difference around
the world has been impacted by the zoo’s closure..
We’ve got games and chit-chat with radio hosts Ross McGrane and
John Oakes and amazing entertainment from the likes of the X
Factor’s Matt Linnen, BGT’s Graeme Mathews
and online sensation ‘Red’, as well as messages from
an array of friends of the Zoo.
The survival of Colchester Zoo is an ongoing battle – and the future is
far from certain
Like all other UK zoos, Colchester Zoo is currently closed for a second
extended period this year. Colchester Zoo is set in over 60 acres, cares
for over 200 species and needs about £20,000 per day (that’s over half
a million pounds a month) to keep operating. With most of this income
coming from ticket sales and visitor spending, the closure represents
a very real threat.
The zoo has done its utmost to cut costs wherever possible, and many difficult
decisions have been made, but without visitors, these savings are being
swallowed by the day-to-day running costs of the zoo. Most of the zoo’s
overseas conservation support (via its charity Action for the Wild) has
had to cease while the zoo’s future lies in the balance.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Support Centres
Having temporarily closed our doors amid the coronavirus
crisis, the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Mid Essex Support Centre in
Hatfield Peverel has now reopened!
Initially we will be offering 40 hours
of reflexology per week to those living with cancer. Our West Essex
Support Centre in Harlow has also opened offering 15 hours and 4 hours
of reflexology per week. We have also restarted our services at our
North Essex Support Centre at Colchester Hospital where we will be offering
20 reflexology sessions over a two week period.
As our Support Centres begin to reopen, visitors will be asked to sanitise
their hands when they arrive and before they leave and will need to
wear a face mask or covering during the duration of their visit. They
will also need to follow social distancing guidance.
Karen Fox from Hatfield Peverel was one of the first clients to visit
the Mid Essex Support Centre after reopening; "I was very lucky
to have an amazing foot massage in a very safe environment this week.
A lot of thought had been put into access into the building and I felt
totally secure and safe. Such a special place and lovely to see it open.
Thank you everyone for making it happen."
Saturday 28th November from 10am
to 6pm. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Christmas Gift Market at Trinity
Park, Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich IP3 8UH.
We always ensure a wide variety of different stalls, from homemade crafts,
food stalls, Christmas gifts, toys, unique gifts for men, women and
children, personalised items from local designers, boutiques and bespoke
craftsmen including Lisa Jane Jewellery, Woodland Crafts, Suffolk Peace
Creations, Great Leighs Honey, Charlotte Churchill Pottery, The Suffolk
Hamper Company and Retro Barb Furniture. We always limit similar genres
of sellers amongst our stall holders, to ensure happy shoppers and successful
Alongside the shopping stands, there will be a range of popular food
and drink stalls, including The Tipsey Grey serving up alcoholic beverages
including festive hot drinks, mulled wine and hot chocolate with Baileys.
And even treats for our four legged furry friends from Toffs Treats
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Community Fundraiser Karen Mitchell explains
the extra safety measures we will be taking for this event; "We
are very excited to be holding our Christmas Gift Market at Trinity
Park; a lot of other Christmas Markets have had to be cancelled this
year so we are making every effort to keep our event as safe as possible.
For more information or if you are a stall holder interested in booking
a pitch with us, please contact the fundraising team on 01245 380719
or email email@example.com
SESAW Tombola at the Festive Fair on Saturday
12th December at Bridge Farm Barn, Monks Eleigh, IP7 7AY.
Sharon's Christmas face masks,
including the "Maggie's Farm" design, will also be on offer,
quite the must-have fashion accessory for humans!
The Solar Society committee (your local adult learning group) are sorry
to have to announce that we cannot meet in January, February or March
2021 as planned.
We will make every effort to restart our meetings in April
on the first Monday of the month however. Programme to be announced.
In the meantime , take care everybody.
Further info from Miles Scrivens 01787-469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity plan to reopen Witham
Charity Shop and appeal for volunteers
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is looking to reopen
their established Witham Charity Shop on Newland Street in Witham after
closing in line with Government guidelines on the 23rd March.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a number
of their regular volunteers have been forced to retire, leaving the
charity with a shortfall of help. Now the charity is appealing for people
to give up their time and volunteer at the shop otherwise it will be
unable to reopen as planned.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity CEO Kate Alden said; “We are looking forward
to being able to reopen our Witham Charity Shop as our shops are the
absolute lifeblood of the charity. However we have sadly said goodbye
to some of our regular volunteers and are therefore calling on the local
community to help us.
If you can spare a few hours, have a good sense of humour and enjoy
meeting new people, we would love to have your help with volunteering
in our Witham charity shop. Our shops are a hive of activity, with donations
to sort, and our excellent regular customers to serve. We are always
receiving new donations so our shelves are regularly filled with fresh
stock and different items.
I know that our regular customers in Witham have really missed popping
into our shop for a browse and a chat; there is always a warm welcome
waiting. However we can only reopen if we have enough volunteers to
man the shop.”
For more information on volunteering please call Kate Alden on 07730
209442 or you can email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
winning £500 cash while helping to support the Helen Rollason Cancer
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity have recently launched their 2020 Winter
Raffle with the chance to win fabulous prizes and a top prize of £500!
It's so simple to play and you will be helping to enable quality of
life while living with cancer.
There are three exciting prizes to be
1st prize - £500
2nd prize - Private Virtual Wine Tasting (Burgundy tasting in your own
home, for up to 6 people on a date in 2021 subject to availability)
3rd prize - Winter Tiptree Hamper
Tickets cost only £1 each and the closing date is Wednesday 27th January
To purchase your own tickets and be in with a chance of winning up to
£500 simply visit https://www.helenrollason.org.uk/2020/11/04/fancy-winning-500-cash-while-helping-to-support-the-charity/.
Alternatively you can pay over the phone by calling 01245 380719; lines
are open 9am-5pm weekdays.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Marketing Coordinator Holly Butler said
"As a result of the coronavirus outbreak and second lockdown we
have unfortunately had to cancel many of our fundraising events, which
means the charity will suffer a considerable loss of income. Of course
Covid-19 is still at the forefront of all of our minds, but even once
it has calmed down, cancer will still be there. We rely solely on donations,
fundraising and money raised through our charity shops to continue operating
our Support Centres.
Our Raffle draw is a fun and yet valuable way in which to help our charity
enable quality of life while living with cancer. By playing you can
help secure the future of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. On behalf
of all our clients, therapists, volunteers, trustees and staff thank
you in advance of your kind support and good luck!"
Venturing out from “Lock
As the Covid19 restrictions are eased and we cautiously emerge from
the security of our homes whilst not wishing to alarm we do need to
remember to secure our property once again. Whether we are
just going to the shops, going out for the day or perhaps taking that
well deserved break make sure your home is secure and it looks like
you are still there.
Just a few tips to remind you:
Ensure that windows, doors, outbuildings and gates are closed and locked
correctly, make sure all tools are put away too. Remember with PVCu
and similar doors – when locking Lift the handle, turn and remove the
key. If you have a night latch and a mortice lock ensure that you lock
both not just the night latch.
No keys outside in hidey holes please, the thief will find them no matter
how well you think they are hidden.
Create the illusion of occupancy: A radio on, a chair that looks like
you have just got up, book or magazine open with a pair of spectacles
and a mug next to it, a vacuum cleaner with the lead trailing out of
sight (not plugged in), the usual signs of habitation and don’t leave
it too tidy.
Consider a doorbell that you can answer remotely on your smartphone.
A lot of these you can add further CCTV cameras that you listen and
speak through too.
Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights on when it gets dark,
also consider a “Fake TV” unit discretely hidden from view.
If you have an intruder alarm make sure that you set it before leaving
and ensure that your neighbours know who the keyholders are.
Keys to other cars; put them away and in a “faraday bag” if you have
a keyless car.
If you are away for a longer period:
Curtains open or curtains closed? – The worse thing is half open half
closed, day or night the thief will know you are out. I go by the principle
that some people do not close all curtains at night but most are open
during the day especially in those “lived in” rooms. So as long as you
have evidence visible that looks like you are in the house somewhere
then it makes sense to leave them open.
Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries, delay ordering online purchases
before you go away or have them delivered to friends or family that
are at home to hold until you return.
Use the Royal Mail's 'Keepsafe' service - they keep your mail for up
to 2 months while you're away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign
that you are away.
Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post,
opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway.
Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites, watch
what you are posting including photographs (they may be date stamped)
while you are away too or you may find you are giving useful information
that the burglar or fraudster may use.
Don’t forget the car when you leave it unattended:
Close the windows and lock it, verify it is looked by the sound, the
flash of the lights or try the handle.
Leave nothing on show, remember to the thief even the empty bag or jacket
is inviting, they don’t know what they may contain until your car has
been damaged in the course of them breaking into your car.
Choose a safe place to park, with lots of visibility over it, if you
can look for a “Parkmark” accredited car park http://www.parkmark.co.uk/car-park-finder
Further advice can be found at www.essex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/