DECEMBER
Monday December 18 at 7.30. Witham Singers Choir. A new greatly enlarged Witham Singers will soon take to the stage for the first time since the return of their founder Hans Montañana. Montañana started the choir in 2005 but stood down four years ago, since when there have been three different musical directors. He returned in September and now jointly heads the choir with Thomas Duchan, one of those who held the baton in the interim. Since his return, membership has shot up from 24 to 40.
The choir will present their concert With Christmas in Mind at the United Reformed Church, Witham, on Monday December 18 at 7.30.
The programme ranges from the traditional The World Came Down at Christmas and St Nicholas Day in the Morning to Frankie Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Take That’s Greatest Day.
JANUARY
Saturday 13 January at 2pm. Operation Turtle dove at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Parsonage Street, Halstead CO9 2LD. Essex Wildlife Trust (Braintree Group) present Emma Stobart of the RSPB who will talk about this critically endangered bird and how the RSPB are working with farmers in the Halstead area to try to reverse their decline. No need to book. Suggested donation £3 payable on the day. Non-members very welcome. For more details, contact Tracey Kay, T 07742 294358, E tracey.kay@yahoo.co.uk
Monday 22nd January 2018. The Maplesteads WEA Spring 2018 course commences on Monday 22nd January 2018 with a complimentary first session, starting at 7:00 pm. The 9-week course, entitled Russia of the Tsars, is being hosted by an acknowledged expert in this field, David Prynn. Covering the origins of Tsarist Russia in the 17thC and outlining its dynamic history, from Muscovy and Ivan the Terrible through the rule of Catherine the Great to the last, doomed, Tsar Nicholas II in 1917, the course examines why autocratic rule persisted for nearly 300 years, what its problems were and the various reasons for its eventual collapse. The course overview, with an opportunity to meet the tutor and other course members, is being held in Great Maplestead Village Hall, Lucking Street at 7:00 pm on Monday 22nd January. Subsequent sessions start at 7:45 pm. This introductory session is free of charge, so you are invited to come along, 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).
Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th, Friday 26th January at 8pm and at 2.30 and 8 pm on Saturday 27th January. Colne Engaine Dramatic Society proudly presents: Alice in Wonderland a pantomime by Andrew O'leary at Colne Engaine village hall.
Tickets are £8.00 for all evening performances and £6.00 for matinee and are available from Box Office 07715991220. Parking is available at the village hall, doors open at 2pm and 7.30 and bar facilities are available. We are proud to be awarded best Pantomime for Treasure Island by the North East Essex Theatre group and will be maintaining the same high standard. Come and relax in our friendly, welcoming hall and enjoy all the delights of pantomime.
Monday 8th January at 2.30pm. Solar Society meeting your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham. The speaker will be Clare Mulley and the topic: ‘Christine Granville, Churchill’s favourite Spy’. Clare has recently had a book published about Christine Granville and her roll in SOE, (Special Operations Executive) during World War 2. Free light refreshments Entrance: £4.00 No membership fee. More details from: Miles Scrivens. 01787-469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787-463459
Monday 8th February at 2.30pm. Solar Society meeting your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham. Dr Michael Hendry will give us a talk about ‘Lord Byron’s Medicine Chest.’ALL WELCOME. More details from: Miles Scrivens. 01787-469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787-463459
MARCH
Tuesday 27 March at 8pm. Essex Wildlife Trust (Braintree Group) present a talk by local expert Mark Wood from Butterfly Conservation on some butterfly favourites and where to find them
at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Parsonage Street, Halstead CO9 2LD. No need to book. Suggested donation £3 payable on the day. Non-members very welcome. For more details, contact Tracey Kay, T 07742 294358, E tracey.kay@yahoo.co.uk

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. (Future dates are 5 January 2018, 2 February, 2 March and 6 April).
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. (Future dates are 20 December (TBC), 18 January 2018, 15 February, 15 March, 19 April). The meetings are at The Three Horseshoes, 74 Church Road, Fordham, Essex, CO6 3NJ. For more info call Emily: 07388.
COLCHESTER ORGAN SOCIETY

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.

Village Hall, Sible Hedingham
Monthly Tea Dance, first Sunday of each month. Ballroom, Latin and modern sequence, 2.30 -5pm - £4. For further information phone Tony 07790 516580
Cards for Good Causes selling charity Christmas cards
Daily from 10am to 4.30pm in November and December until 18th December in Braintree Library, Fairfield Road. By buying your charity Christmas cards here you are raising funds for over 30 charities, both local and national charities. As well as cards you can buy wrapping paper, tags, calendars and a variety of small gifts. The shop is manned by volunteers who give their time to helping.
 
     

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