There was an excellent atmosphere at our village Jubilee celebration last month. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed meeting visitors at the SESAW Pets' Corner and gift stall. Our volunteers are holding a Table Top Sale at Newton Green Village Hall, CO10 0QS, 11am-2.30pm on Saturday 2nd July. They will be selling jewellery and accessories, glass, china and homeware, pet goodies, books and more. Try a new, fun card game – Cardola, three go's for £1! There will also be homemade cakes and refreshments, free admission and parking.
We have many animals for rehoming including a pair of older cats that arrived last summer because their owner was ill. It was hoped Lord Iffy and Winnie would return home, sadly circumstances changed and they are now looking for a calm, quiet adult household. Both cats love to lie in the sun and would appreciate a sunny window sill to bask and watch the world go by. If you can offer this deserving pair a loving home, please leave a message on the answerphone.
Mum says we are now open to visitors from 10am to 1pm from Thursday to Sunday during the Summer. Please check with Facebook or the website if you have a long journey. I have a short journey to the kitchen where dinner is ready for all the dogs, including me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.
Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg.Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888
Vintage Day Out returns to Cressing Temple Barns
Shoppers and classic vehicle enthusiasts, start your engines as Helen Rollason Cancer Charity invites vintage and retro lovers to roll back the years and dress to impress for their annual Vintage Day Out on Sunday 10th July 2022!
Celebrating all things vintage from a bygone era, Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree play host to this annual event, all to raise valuable funds for the local cancer charity. Sterling Insurance of Bishop's Stortford have kindly sponsored the event; Andy Morton, General Manager at Sterling explains;
"Helen Rollason has a history of providing invaluable support for people in our region living with cancer. The work they provide in communities is inspiring and the decision to join forces with Helen Rollason at their 'A Vintage Day Out' event in 2022 was an easy one for us to make.
The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Mid Essex Support Centre is close to our hearts as they have helped one of my colleagues' families through their own cancer journey. Therefore, we decided that the opportunity to sponsor an event for such a wonderful charity was one that we had to take."
Returning to Cressing Temple Barns, the ever-popular event is back for a day of live entertainment, classic vehicles, food, music, jive dancing, shopping and much more! Showcasing a myriad of vintage stalls, guests can expect affordable vintage fashion, retro second-hand items, beauty parlour, kitchenalia, fashion, jewellery, pre-loved furniture, antiques, collectables and much more!
Food and drink will be available to purchase including hog roast, cocktails and prosecco from The Tipsy Grey Ltd, ice creams from Molly Moos Ices and Afternoon Teas from Lavender Blue Vintage Teas, among others.
There will be live music from rock'n'roll band Kingsmen, performances from LJ's Jive School where you can watch or join in with modern jive dancing and singing from the fabulous Harmonettes.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Community Fundraiser Karen Mitchell said; "We look forward to welcoming all of our guests to the beautiful grounds of Cressing Temple Barns on Sunday 10th July 2022 for a Vintage extravaganza!
Sustainable shopping and its environmental impact are currently a hot topic so we are pleased to be doing our bit by endorsing this practice. A Vintage Day Out is an affordable and environmentally friendly way to acquire unique and new items whilst also supporting a worthy cause. In addition, shopping at Helen Rollason Cancer Charity's Vintage Day Out directly impacts the vital care and support offered to those living with cancer and their loved ones. It's a double win!
We're a local charity serving our local community, and every penny raised at this event will go towards ensuring we continue to provide the best possible cancer care now and in the future."
Tickets on the day cost Adults £6, Concessions (age 65 +) £5, Children 16 and under £1. But if you pre-book your tickets online you can save £1 each! Well behaved dogs on leads are also welcome.
Classic car bookings from £10 (which includes one vehicle with driver and one passenger)
Tickets and Classic car bookings are available now on our website;
Paris the Sealion of Colchester Zoo
  It is with great sadness we have to share the news that on Wednesday 15th June 2022 one of our beloved sealions, Paris, passed away.
Paris was under veterinary observation and treatment for a degenerating inner ear infection that was not responding to treatment which ultimately led us to have to further
investigate via general anaesthesia. Paris underwent this examination so we could provide the necessary further treatments or even possibly surgical interventions. Unfortunately, Paris passed away during the surgery despite all best efforts taken to help her.
Losing an animal is like losing a member of your family, it is the most difficult part of the job for any Animal Keeper. Our thoughts are with the Animal Care Team who worked closely with Paris, some have even cared for her since she arrived at the Zoo in 2003!
Paris's exact date of birth is unknown but she was around 21yrs old when she passed away. Colchester Zoo was Paris's home for 19 years and had an incredible bond, as they all do, with her keepers.
Team Leader, Kirsty Lawman, one of Paris's keepers said, "Paris was the boss of the group with a big personality, she was the largest of them all as she loved her food and was ruled by her belly! You'd know when Paris was around as she had the loudest roar and was very good at making a grand entrance into the pool with a big splash! We will miss Paris terribly and Playa Patagonia will not be the same without her."
In time it will be interesting to see which one of the sealions will take the role of boss but for now it is with no doubt that the remaining sealions will also miss Paris. The Animal Care Team will be on hand as always to help them recover from this sad loss and given some extra attention over the next few weeks for reassurance
Two day event on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July 2022. Open Gardens at ALDHAM, ESSEX. (Off A1124). 11am to 5pm each day. 15 large and small gardens. Art Exhibition in Church. Mini-bus around venues. Entry £5.00 adults (children under 16 Free). Programmes available on the day at the Village Hall or first garden visited. All day refreshments in Village
Hall (including lunches). Plants and teas available at some venues. Sorry - no card payments at any venues. Post Code CO6 3RJ. Contact No. 01206 210963.
Summertime Home Security Advice

Even if you are at home working or relaxing still consider your home security. As it gets warmer, we tend to see a rise in the number of “Creeper Burglaries” where burglars take advantage of open windows, and doors, and an open or insecure garden gate will provide the thief with access to the back of your home.
A few tips for keeping your home secure:

1. Don’t attract a thief with insecure pedal cycles or cars on display.
2. Keep side or rear gates, sheds and garages shut and securely locked.
3. Before going out or ‘turning in for the night’ lift the blinds or open the curtains and check windows and patio doors are closed, the sun may have been on the TV when it was hot, and so the curtains were drawn whilst the window was open or someone may have closed it, but did they lock it?
4. Doors - Leave any accessible external door open or insecure and an opportunist thief could pop in and anything lying around may be taken. You may have only popped out, or down the end of the garden or having a quick shower; it only takes a second for a thief to steal. Don’t forget that with a PVCu multi-locking door you may have lifted the handle but until you turn the key (or on some doors a thumb-turn on the inside) you have not locked all of the locking bolts in place.
5. Windows - If you have unoccupied rooms that are accessible to others from outside or off flat roofs make sure the windows are closed, if you need ventilation in these rooms whilst at home at least lock the larger window and only have the small window open even. If you only have bigger opening windows, consider a lockable window restrictor and a small alarm sensor on the window to detect entry.
6. If you have an intruder alarm activate it when going out and activate the zone for any unoccupied areas whilst in.
7. Car keys - don’t take them to bed with you, where possible leave them in noisy drawer/location. Keep the keyless car key fobs in a “Faraday” bag.
8. If you do hear a suspicious noise in the house that you are not happy with dial 999 and make a noise, shout out, it could cause any intruder to flee, they may not have known you were home, remember your life is more important than your property. If safe to do so, get a good description of the person/s and if possible, the car index number and direction of travel.
NB: In case of fire or other emergency ensure that keys to windows and doors are always readily accessible to occupants but not in view of possible burglars.
For further crime prevention advice see: or

**RHS Hyde Hall Summer Flower Show 3rd – 7th August 2022**

Your garden is the first line of defence to your home, come along and see the Essex Police Designing out Crime Team and Essex Watch Liaison Officers at our ‘Safe and Secure’ RHS designed and built show garden, where nature contributes to a gardens security.


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