CRAFT EVENTS
CRAFT-A-NOON TEA – We are a friendly bunch so come and join us. Bring whatever you are working on, from crochet & embroidery to painting & beading (any craft, any ability, help & advice given). Venue: The Thatchers Arms, Hall Road, Mount Bures, CO8 5AT. When: every 1st & 3rd Friday of the month. Time: 12noon-4pm. Contact: Emily on 07825 778356 (It's free!)
       
 
Village Hall, Sible Hedingham
  DECEMBER
Monday 17th December at 7.30. 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 the United Reformed Church, Witham (£8).
Friday 21st December. Stour Valley Singers present a concert of Christmas music conducted by Susannah Edom. It is called "When Icicles Hang"and takes place at St Peters Church, Sudbury at 7.30pm. There will be additional music by The Selion Jazz Trio. Tickets are available at the door and cost £10 which includes a glass of wine and refreshments. Proceeds will be donated to The Bridge Project, Sudbury
Sunday 23rd December 2018. Pre-Christmas 50/50 Ballroom & Sequence Dance in Sudbury - Delphi Social Centre, Newton Road, Sudbury. 8pm to 11.15pm (doors open 7.30pm). Admission £7 per person in advance only. Dress code festive. Dancing to music by Strictly for Fun. Phone 01206 263189 for more details or email - delphidanceclub@googlemail.com, www.delphidance.co.uk
JANUARY 2019
Monday 7th January. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Castle Hedingham. A talk by Seona Ford on the work of The Samaritans. ‘Call the Samaritans’. The talk starts at 2.30pm and lasts for about 2 hours including a break for refreshments . Refreshments are free. All welcome. No membership fee. Entrance: £4.00. For more details contact Miles Scrivens 01787-469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787- 463459
Tuesday 15 January, 7:30pm. Essex Wildlife Trust Braintree Illustrated Talk: Hedgehogs in St Andrews Church Hall, Halstead, CO9 2LD. Stephanie Callister-Jarrold from Hedgehog Haven will be here to tell us about one of Britain's best loved mammals and the rescue work of the group. No need to book, £3 donation payable on the day. Please contact Tracey Kay for more details: T: 07742 294358 E: kay.tracey@yahoo.co.uk
Monday 21st January 2019. 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).
Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th, Friday 25th January at 8.00pm and Saturday 26th January at 2.30 and 8.00pm. Colne Engaine Dramatic Society proudly presents: ‘The Great Panto Bake Off’ An original script co-written by group members Stephen Hector and Darran Lingley at Colne Engaine Village Hall. Doors open at 7.00pm all evening performances and 2.00pm for matinee. Tickets are £9.00 for evening performances and £7.00 for matinee and available from Box Office 01787 274933. See if Scary Berry gets her way or will Smell and Poo rise to the challenge? Watch Fairy Cakes sprinkle her own magic and will Vicky Sponge gain confidence with help from the audience and watch Nigerella flutter her eyelashes at Paul Bollywood. Aided and abetted by a disorganised film crew directed by Randy Doodah.
FEBRUARY
Monday 4th February. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Castle Hedingham. A talk by Charles Beck on ‘Dennis Wheatley Rides Out’.
The talk starts at 2.30pm and lasts for about 2 hours including a break for refreshments . Refreshments are free. All welcome. No membership fee. Entrance: £4.00. For more details contact Miles Scrivens 01787-469766 or Wanda Sellar 01787- 463459
MARCH
Tuesday 19th March, 7:15pm. Essex Wildlife Trust Braintree AGM and Illustrated Talk: Seawalls in St Andrews Church Hall, Halstead, CO9 2LD.
After the AGM Tim Gardiner from the Environment Agency will be talking about how sea walls form a huge resource for wildlife, a source of shelter and nectar, and about their feature in connecting other habitats in the landscape. No need to book, £3 donation payable on the day. Please contact Tracey Kay for more details: T: 07742 294358 E: kay.tracey@yahoo.co.uk
Saturday 23rd March. Nayland Horticultural Society's Spring Flower Show takes place which is an ideal time to buy some plants for a good summer's show.
There is also a cake stall and raffle. Or maybe you would like to enter some Spring flowers in the Show for fun and see how you do! Entry forms on the website. All very friendly, tea, coffee and cake available!
Tuesday 26th March, 7pm for 7.15pm start. Nayland Horticultural Society's Spring Meeting will be in the Church Hall, Nayland, CO6 4HY. Subject to be confirmed.
Monthly Tea Dance, first Sunday of each month. Ballroom, Latin and modern sequence, 2.30 -5pm - £4. For further information phone Tony 07790 516580
Takeley Fundraising Group Future Events for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
Saturday 12th January 2019 – Quiz Night – Silver Jubilee Hall, Takeley.
For more details on any of the above events please contact Anne Farr on 01279 871145 or email anne.farr300@talktalk.net
Vocal Zones
A newly formed choir meet on Tuesday evenings, 7pm-8.30pm term time at Little Horkesley Village Hall, School Road, Little Horkesley CO6 4DJ. 1st night free then £5 each night attended. Popular music accompanied by keyboard and guitar. No auditions just enthusiastic singers welcome. Contact Elaine by phone, text or email 07718886997 e.preou@sky.com
   

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