Solar Society to close
Delicious! A steaming, hot cuppa on a roasting hot day. As I buried my face in Tanya's mug to glean the last drops of her tea, I couldn't help earwigging about some good news.
Mum was very pleased because the Barn Owl was ready to leave us. Lea will keep a watch on the welfare and supplement its food for as long as is necessary to ensure a smooth transition back to the bird's natural environment. Several birds of prey needed intensive feeding to rectify the harsh conditions they experienced due to the wet, cold Spring. One of them also had a fractured wing which was repaired by our vet, now all the raptors have been returned to the wild
If a run on the wild side appeals, there is just time to enlist in the Nayland 10K on Sunday 12th July. This fun, family event (not a race) for all levels, is well organised and raises lots of money for several local charities including SESAW. Sign up at:
As we all adapt to the 'new normal' some of our volunteers have moved on, leaving us short of animal carers. If you can help and have a morning to spare each week, please leave a message on our answerphone or email with your details. Jobs include cleaning kennels, dog walking and feeding – which reminds me, it's time for dinner! Come on Mum, put the kettle on for another brew and don't forget to save some for me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.
Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Registered Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888
With regret the Committee of the Solar Society, a daytime education group based in Castle Hedingham's Memorial Hall, has concluded that it is time to call it a day.
The Society provided a varied programme of talks and audience participation experiences over the nine years of its operation. We have been fortunate to attract speakers with national and international reputations on subjects from opera to votes for women, film, art from around the world, the science of poisoning (as it appeared in novels I add hastily) the lives of spies and so much more.
I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the Society, the original Committee Members and those who have been with us from start to finish. No Society can function without a Secretary and Treasurer and to those I offer particular thanks for their contributions. Without them the Society would not have survived half as long. Last, but by no means least, I would like to thank those from near and far who turned up over the years to make our efforts worthwhile. Thank you.
Miles Scrivens
Sometime Chair of the Society.

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Vintage Day Out is back at Cressing Temple Barns for 2021
Vintage and retro lovers are being invited to roll back the years and dress to impress for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity's A Vintage Day Out on Sunday 27th June 2021, as we celebrate all things vintage from a bygone era!
After last year's event was sadly cancelled due to Government restrictions, we will be celebrating the end of lockdown by hosting our 11th Vintage Day Out at the beautiful Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree.
Showcasing a myriad of vintage stalls, guests can expect affordable vintage fashion, retro second-hand items, pop up hair and beauty parlors, kitchenalia, fashion, jewellery, pre-loved furniture, antiques, collectables and lots more! There's also plenty to keep the kids entertained with too; from arts and crafts, face painting and storytelling, to vintage games and archery, there's something for all the family!
Over 200 classic cars and motorbikes will be on display including vehicles from an American cars club, a Sunbeam, classic Fords, Mustangs as well as Morris Miners, Triumphs, a Wolseley Hornet and members of the Rochford Hundred Vintage Tractor & Engine Club with their stationary engines.
Food and drink will be available to purchase including American fast food, wraps, cakes, waffles, ice cream, vegan food, fresh lemonade and various bars selling alcoholic drinks.
There will be live music from rock'n'roll band Kingsmen who will be playing instruments from the fifties, and dancing from LJ's Jive School where you can watch or join in with modern jive dancing, and singing from the fabulous Harmonettes.
Cressing Temple Barns are steeped in history dating back to the 1100's when it was given to the Knights Templar and home to three Grade I listed barns as well as Tudor built Walled Gardens.
Pre-loved and vintage shopping is an affordable and sustainable 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 in the community. It's a double win!
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity's A Vintage Day Out is on Sunday 27th June 2021, between 10.30am and 4.30pm at Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Essex, CM77 8PD.
Early bird admission prices: Adults £5, Concessions £4 and under 16's go FREE.
Tickets can be purchased from:
Free parking is available and dogs on leads are welcome at the event.

Mali & Tatau join Tiga at Rajang's Forest - Colchester Zoo
Before you venture out again
We are pleased to announce the long-awaited arrival of Bornean orangutans Mali and Tatau at Colchester Zoo! 25-year-old Mali is mum to 8-year-old daughter Tatau, both of whom joined us from Paignton Zoo in Devon.
Their safe arrival has been one we had been looking forward to for some time and we were finally able to welcome the pair at the start of February 2021. Due to the Zoo's temporary closure and having to keep indoor areas closed since reopening, we are so pleased to finally be able to share this exciting news with you all!
We have enjoyed watching mum and daughter settle in and get to know the Animal Care Team over the last few months. Mali is a devoted mum who enjoys one-on-one time with the care team, and loves a fruit tea! Young Tatau has been nick named 'Tatti' and is often very playful, swinging and interacting with the care team through the mesh!
Mali and Tatau have also been introduced to our male Orangutan, Tiga! Tiga is 19 years old and had been living on his own since we sadly lost our beloved Rajang the Orangutan in December 2018. Orangutans are solitary in the wild therefore this hasn't affected Tiga, however, we are pleased to see him with not one, but two new companions.
Tiga has a gentle and inquisitive nature and has accepted his new companions very quickly. Older female, Mali, can often be seen foraging for food and enjoying enrichment with him. As a more mature Orangutan, Mali also knows that Tiga is the dominant male and happily gives him space when he needs it. Young Tatau enjoys watching Tiga and pays particular attention to how he deals with puzzles and enrichment that the Animal Care Team provides and often copies him!
Bornean orangutans, such as our group, eat over 300 types of fruit and vegetation, bark, insects, and eggs. They enjoy making nests to sleep in, which our male, Tiga, is particularly skilled at, and can live for around 50 years. Sadly, this species is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, which is mainly due to the destruction of the orangutans' habitat.
Our Animal Care Team will continue to monitor the pair closely, as they become accustomed to seeing the faces of our visitors in their new home at Rajang's Forest, and will continue to work with mum and daughter, gaining their trust and creating strong relationships to ensure they are happy in their new home.

Naturally with more people being at home during the Covid19 pandemic burglary numbers have fallen, and internet purchasing has increased resulting in new desirables in our homes.
When you did get out maybe someone was left in the house so locking up would not have been needed. As restrictions begin to be eased again and more of us venture out, we need to get back into our old habits ensuring that when left empty our homes are secure. Burglars are opportunists seeking an empty house that is easy to enter. Whether just popping out for a moment, or longer make it look like someone is in even if no one is there; always making sure you lock up when you leave.

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 do get 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 locked 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 looking in it after damaging your car getting in.
• Choose a safe place to park, with lots of visibility over it, if you can look for a “Parkmark” accredited car park .
Further advice can be found at or

Ride for Helen Suffolk on Sunday 5th September 2021
Ride for Helen Suffolk! Our new event will offer cyclists the chance to sign up for either 65 or 35 mile routes through some of the picturesque Suffolk countryside. The Ride will start and finish at Trinity Park, Ipswich, home of the Suffolk Show.
Registration is now open for Ride for Helen Suffolk on Sunday 5th September 2021. Adult tickets from £20 each and juniors from £10 each.
You can register by visiting or calling 01245 380719!"
Photographs for purchase will be available soon; visit for updates!
The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is dedicated to championing quality of life for everyone living with or affected by Cancer through the provision of support centres, complementary therapies, information and advice and supporting clinical trials. The Charity receives no Government funding but there is no charge for the services provided.
For more information please visit or call 01245 380719.
Your Heritage and Culture needs you
We have spoken of metal theft before, seeing it in many forms i.e. the theft of catalytic convertors from the exhaust system on cars and vans, lead from roofs old and modern rural and urban, cabling for utilities such as telecommunications and many other examples from around us where there are valuable metals. This time we are focusing on our heritage and culture under threat, and again seeking those extra pairs of eyes to report anything that you believe is suspicious.
The country and our county are full of a wealth of heritage and culture each telling a story of our past, some listed others not, some attractive and others perhaps not so attractive but each with a story. Our heritage and culture have been there for past and present generations to discover, enquire, learn from and enjoy and we need to protect it for future generations; it’s like a piece of a jigsaw if a piece is missing the picture is not complete. A heritage asset cannot be replaced, when it’s gone it’s gone, when its damaged it may not able be possible to repair that damage satisfactorily and future generations are deprived of it.
Heritage crime comes in many forms, these are but a few:
The theft of lead from a roof and its resultant water damage causing catastrophic damage to a church of other heritage building potentially also causing the cancellation of a wedding or other function.
Our heritage buildings, grounds and structures also suffer from the theft of paving stones, bricks, and other architectural masonry.
Monuments and memorials suffer from damage, and theft, often of metal plaques bearing the names of events of those recognised.
Royal mail post boxes many unique and recognised from a specific period in time are stolen.
Burglaries from historic venues and museums like that recently from Arundel Castle that stolen including the Gold Rosary Beads carried by Mary Queen of Scots at her execution in 1587, many visitors would have looked in awe of it and its history within its showcase.
‘Nighthawking’ the theft of archaeological material by unlawful metal detecting on scheduled monuments.
Graffiti to heritage structures.
All these crimes will not only have a detrimental impact on their custodians but also on the local community, families, and those from further afield. Some locations will be isolated and others may not, some may have neighbours, visitors, passer-by’s, dog walkers, horse riders, hikers and more; see something suspicious report it to staff where appropriate, or the police using 999 if you believe a crime is in progress or 101, online or chat if not an emergency. Don’t know where you are use the “What Three Words” App police and other emergency services use it.
So, what can be done? We can make it more difficult to steal and we can make it more difficult to dispose of.
Making it more difficult to steal or dispose of:
Report any suspicious activity: i.e. the car or other vehicle parked up in a suspicious manner or seemingly out of place going down that lonely lane to an isolated church, unusual activity around a church, heritage or other building when it’s not normal especially on a roof, unmarked vehicle with people removing a mailbox, unusual activity on a known scheduled monument or late evening/night metal detecting. NB – If you have planned building work let your neighbours, parishioners, employees know including who they are, what hours they will be there and provide an emergency contact number.
Make it harder to steal: i.e. reduce access make them walk further and into public view especially when protecting buildings and their roofs, remove aids to the thief i.e. tools to do the job and climbing aids or something to carry their ill-gotten gains away, consider an alarm, with lead from roofs especially try and make access difficult subject to certain conditions you could use a spiky topping around downpipes fencing and roofs. Consider electronic security and CCTV.
Making it harder to dispose of: to start off with if its less attractive its less likely to be stolen so appropriate property marking and signage may deter. Property marking makes it harder to dispose of, and there is something for almost everything from historic artefacts on the seabed to catalytic convertor to roofing material to your day to day property. NB seek advice and the relevant authorities before marking heritage items. An unmarked piece of property can be anonymous when stolen, in most cases we don’t know where it came from and therefore any prosecution is that much more difficult. A thief will know this and therefore anything that ties it back to the owner presents a risk not only to the thief but also to the handler, if the handler will not take it or it causes difficult questions at a boot fair or other then it’s not worth stealing it in the first place.
If you are buying a piece of history, heritage stone, architectural masonry etc. question its provenance, where it came from, legitimacy of the seller, if in doubt report it to Trading Standards or the Police.
Essex is one of a growing number of counties in the network of Heritage Watches, talking to each other, with members helping to protect our heritage for this and future generations. Protect your neighbourhood by setting up a Neighbourhood Watch, Heritage Watch or Business Watch if you have not got one, the signage deters, and many eyes are better than one pair
For further advice on heritage crime and crime prevention see: or
For further information on Heritage Watch email:

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