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.
 
MAPLESTEADS WEA SPRING 2019 COURSE
 
The Maplesteads WEA Spring 2019 Course begins on Monday 21st January 2019 with a free-of-charge first session starting at 6:30 pm.
The 9-week course, entitled Art Inspired by East Anglia, is being hosted by tutor and locally-based artist Susan Pownall.
Many famous artists – Constable, Turner, Spencer, Hambling and Munnings to name just a few – have been inspired by the rural landscapes, wide skies, rolling seas, and imposing churches of East Anglia during the 19th and 20th Centuries. This course examines how various artists' works have reflected their experience of this part of the world.
To find out more, come to the overview of the course, and take the opportunity to meet the tutor and other course members, at Great Maplestead Village Hall in Lucking Street at 6:30 pm on Monday 21st January 2019. Subsequent sessions will start at 7:00 pm.
The initial session is free of charge and you are invited to enjoy some complimentary refreshments and be introduced to what is sure to be a most interesting course, held in a friendly, informal atmosphere.
For further information please contact Jean Bowers (01787 460181).
 
 
 
WITHAM SINGERS' CHRISTMAS CONCERT
There will be a chance to hear Witham Singers singing in French at their Christmas concert.
The choir will be performing an old carol Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agréable alongside the more familiar Deck The Hall and How Far is it to Bethlehem, in addition to non-seasonal songs such as Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Billy Joel’s The Longest Time.
The concert marks the farewell of founder Hans Montañana, who returned to the choir last year after a short break but will now hand over fully to joint musical director Thomas Duchan.
The concert is at 7.30 on Monday December 17 at the United Reformed Church, Witham (£8).
SESAW NEWS
It's not often an ex SESAW dog hits the headlines but two of our canine friends made the news recently. Heroic hound Bowza, a Labrador cross, was featured on BBC Look East and the national press after sharing his body heat with a lady suffering a head injury. Bowza's proud owner, Don Cox, said the dog seemed to understand the problem and stayed next to the shivering lady for over an hour until an ambulance arrived.
My old friend Freddie, a very cute chihuahua cross, became the centre of attention during filming for a Channel 4 TV commercial. The little chap was chosen to appear in an ad with the equally handsome bigger chap in the photo, to advertise "Solidor" front doors. Of course Freddie was completely unfazed by the experience because we chihuahuas are often the star attraction. Apparently he has already be asked for his pawprint and might become more famous than me!
I have no idea what animals may be available for rehoming when you read this so please keep an eye on our website or visit when we reopen on Thursday 17th January. Don't forget to wear your wellies if the weather is wet! My vertically challenged canine friends usually return home with very muddy undercarriages, which is extremely uncomfortable, I can tell you! Time to muscle into the scrum to find a space in front of the Rayburn for me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.
Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg.Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. Tel: 01787 210888 www.sesaw.co.uk
     
Foxburrow Grange welcomes Bobby Hunt as Community Ambassador
03 December 2018: A residential, nursing and dementia care home is celebrating after welcoming local Colchester United legend Bobby Hunt as its first community ambassador.
Based near the Army Garrison in Colchester, Essex, Foxburrow Grange provides residential, nursing and dementia services to 69 people with a range of care needs including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, general and specialist nursing, and end of life care.
Foxburrow Grange is part of Outlook Care, a not for profit health and social care provider which has been operating for over 25 years.

The home put on a sumptuous afternoon tea on Tuesday 27 November to welcome Bobby and his wife, Sylvia, who have both been regular visitors to the home since their first visit in April with the Colchester United youth team. Bobby used to play for Colchester United and is a footballing legend in the local community. Bobby lives with dementia and had visited the home in April to give a talk to staff and residents. He and his wife really enjoyed themselves and attended many activities and events in the months that followed.
Bobby and Sylvia received a VIP invitation to Foxburrow Grange so that Senior Managers and Foxburrow Grange staff could express their thanks and gratitude for all the time that Bobby has given the home since his own diagnosis.
Bobby hopes to raise the profile of dementia services within the local community.
Outlook Care’s Chair, Steve Marsh, presented Bobby with an award and talked about his ongoing commitment, to which Bobby described as reciprocal, as he too benefits from attending events and activities at the home, receiving practical support from the staff to him and his wife on learning about the impacts of Dementia.
Steve said:
‘It was really good to recognise the tremendous support Bobby Hunt and his wife Sylvia continue to give to Foxburrow by presenting him with a plaque and appointing him as our first Community Ambassador. We also had other special guests, namely previous Chairs of Outlook Care, Albert Rowley and David Thomas. I was able to acknowledge the vision and courage they displayed in planning and developing the wonderful building we have now. All 3 Chairs, (Albert, David and I) represent 30 years of the organisation.’
Foxburrow Grange are keen to promote this commitment far and wide, as so often, families just try to ‘cope’ with the impact of dementia before they look for help and support.
Being part of the community is really important to Foxburrow Grange and they encourage anyone living with dementia at home, their carers and anyone else in the community who wants to take part in our activities to get in touch. It can be quite scary for all of the family when a loved one receives a diagnosis and Foxburrow Grange are keen to help people long before they are thinking of a nursing home.
Bobby is very excited to be ambassador and will be promoting all the good work Foxburrow Grange does to help people in the community as well as those living at the home.
Bobby is joining in with Foxburrow Grange’s events and activities to get to know what care is available to him in the early stages of his diagnosis to help with any life changing impacts this may have.
Director of Operations, Anne Cooper, recognises the affection between staff, Bobby and his wife, stating: ‘He is breaking down barriers bridging the gap between care home and the local community Foxburrow Grange serves.
Outlook Care’s CEO, Piotr Rejek said of Bobby: ‘Bobby is a great friend to Foxburrow Grange. Becoming an Ambassador for the home cements our relationship further. Thank you to Bobby for supporting local people, in Colchester, living with Dementia.’
Home Manager, Becky Pinnock said: ‘It was an absolute pleasure to award Bobby as the first ambassador of Foxburrow Grange. He is a regular and welcome visitor who joins in with the brilliant activities within the home. Bobby is a motivation to us all and we look forward to our continued partnership and friendship we have with Bobby and his wife Sylvia.’
                     

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