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.
       
 
Village Hall, Sible Hedingham

AUGUST
Saturday 18th to Monday 27th August. Lavenham Art Society Exhibition: 11th Annual Exhibition of Members work to be held in Lavenham Church. Daily 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 12 noon-6pm on Sunday. Admission free. Car parking free in village hall car park opposite. Disabled access to the Church.
Saturday 25th August to Tuesday 28th August, 10 am – 5 pm, 11.45 am – 5 pm on Sunday. The 31st Annual Coggeshall Flower Festival will take place over the August bank holiday weekend in the beautiful Church of St Peter ad Vincula, which lies at the heart of the historic town of Coggeshall. This year our spectacular floral interpretation depicts stories about the lives of saints, including St John the Baptist, St George and St Osyth. St Peter’s has established a well-deserved reputation for outstanding flower festivals and preparations for this year’s festival began back in January. 35 flower arrangers will work over 4 days to put the festival together, creating more than 140 arrangements in 28 displays. The Festival also offers a treat for music lovers. Musical recitals will take place in the church during the weekend and on Saturday 25th August at 7.30 pm there will be a concert of traditional New Orleans Jazz with the Frog island jazz band. (tickets - £12, Concessions £10, Under 16s £2.00). There will be a Sung Eucharist service at 10.30 am and a ‘Songs of Praise’ style service on Sunday 26th August at 5.15 pm at which visitors will be most welcome. Delicious homemade cakes and light lunches will be available in the Church for the duration of the festival and we will have our hugely popular preserves and produce stall again. Entry is free – although donations towards the upkeep of the church will be warmly welcomed. Last year 2,200 people came to visit the Festival from all over the county and beyond. For further information regarding the Flower Festival please contact: Judy Crawford on 01376 561389 or jandacrawford@btinternet.com. For tickets for the Saturday evening concert, please contact: Sarah Wickens 07974 802304 or visit Copper and Cask Off Licence, 18a Church St Coggeshall. www.st-peter-ad-vincula.org.uk. www.coggeshallflowerfestival.org.uk
Saturday 25 August to Sunday 9 September. Acton Church Art Exhibition and Sale, 10 am to 4 pm daily. Sundays 12 noon to 5 pm. Over 200 framed and unframed originals and print by East Anglian artists. FREE entry. Tea/coffee and cakes available. For further info contact 01787 377374.
SEPTEMBER
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September. The Friday Art Group Art Exhibition at The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Castle Hedingham.
11.00am - 4.00pm Both Days. Tea & Coffee Available
Monday 3rd September. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham.
The talk given by Michael Baldry, will be ‘Icons to Modernism: Art in Russia.’ 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
Saturday 8th September at 3pm. Jumble Sale in Great Maplestead Village Hall, Lucking Street, Great Maplestead C09 2RE. Admission 30p. Raffle and Refreshments. Contributions gratefully received either Friday 7th from 9am until 4pm or Saturday morning 8.30am until noon. Sorry but no very large pieces of furniture. Sale in aid of Village Hall Funds
Saturday 8th September. Toppesfield and Gainsford End Village Show in Toppesfield Village Hall opening at 2.00 pm. Competitive Exhibits, refreshments and Raffle. Also Cricket match on Toppesfield Playing Field starting at 2.00 pm
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, 10am to 3pm each day. Harvest Thanksgiving and Open Weekend in St Andrew's Church, Earls Colne. Come and find out more about your church and the varied work that it is involved in. Members of the church will be available to talk about the work of the church and to answer questions. On the Sunday the Harvest Thanksgiving service will be at 10am followed by a teddy bear parachute drop from the tower at 11 and a BBQ at 12. Refreshments available both days. We look forward to welcoming you.
Saturday 8th September, 11am till 4pm. HARVEST FAIR at All Saints Church, Little Cornard CO10 0PE. The church will be decorated for Harvest, the Fair will include Bric a Brac, Books and Jigsaws, Cakes, Barbeque, Games and A Fun Dog Show. Harvest Evensong in Church at 6.30pm on Sunday 9th.
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September, from 10.30am until 5pm. Essex Heats of British Lawnmower Racing Association Championships. The incredible Lawnmower Racing Championships are to be held at Blake House Craft Centre. While most people are content to use their lawnmowers to cut grass, a small band of adrenalin junkies are preparing their machines for something far more exciting – lawnmower racing! How fast can a lawnmower go? Come and find out! Watch and learn more about this fantastic sport as these expert drivers race around the track at top speed, with 40 rounds of heats to find this years world champs, in this spectacular annual event put on by the BLMRA (British Lawnmower Racing Association). This year, entry to this thrilling event is completely free for visitors of all ages to come along and watch, so for great entertainment, mud and madness, come and see a sport with a difference on this special weekend. The Original Great Maze is also open for the final weekend of the summer, with paths cut to create the traditional farming symbol of a wheatsheaf, so don’t miss the opportunity to take on the 2018 maize maze challenge. There is lots to do at Blake House Craft Centre, so make sure you also take the opportunity to explore some of the unique craft centre shops, challenge friends on the minigolf
Sunday 9th September, 2pm - 5pm. Alderford Mill Open to the public. Free Entry (donations invited) to the unique Grade II* building in Alderford St, Sible Hedingham CO9 3HZ. 3 Floors of history to explore......take a step back in time and discover how the milling industry used to be! Further details at alderfordmill.org.uk
Sunday 9 September . Halstead & District Horticultural Society, Early Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Show at the Queens Hall, Halstead, 2.00-4.30pm. Come and see Dahlias; early Chrysanthemums; vegetables, cookery/craft; children's entries and the 2nd Halstead Brownies' Marigold Plants. Entry 50p includes free refreshments. There will be a Raffle drawn after presentation of the Trophies at 4.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
For further information visit www.halsteadhorticulturalsociety.org
Saturday 15th September. Shalford Horticultural Summer Show is to be held at the Village Hall. All classes in the show are “open” and are, therefore, not limited to local residents. The hall will be open for staging entries from 8.00 to 10.30am on the morning of the show. Viewing of the entries starts at 2.30pm with prize giving at 4.00pm. If you would like to exhibit, the schedule may be viewed on the Shalford website, http://www.essexinfo.net/shalford/horticultural-society/Enquiries to Heather Smith (Chairman) on 01371 851378. Come and support your local show.
Sunday 16th September. Nayland Horticultural Society visit to RHS Hyde Hall, leaving Nayland at 9am. Visit the website for details. www.naylandhortsoc.org.uk
Saturday 29th September from 11am. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Event. The Big Battle 2018 at Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood CM15 0LA. Prepare to get muddy as a personal trainer escorts you around the 5k course which will see you take on the famous Nuclear Races obstacles including the zip wire into water and death slide.
OCTOBER
Monday 1st October. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham.
The talk given by Roger Johnson, will be 'I am Dracula-Welcome to my House.' 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
Friday October 12th. Fund raising event to raise money to decorate the Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham.
The Steeple Bumpstead Choir brings us an Evening of song. A mixed programme of different styles of music. Tickets are £10 - to include a Ploughman's Supper. Please get your tickets in advance. Ring 01787 463343 or 460203. 7.30 start. Please bring your own drink or visit the Club next door.
Sunday October 14th, 11am - 4pm. Alderford Mill Craft Fair. Free Entry to the unique Grade II* building in Alderford St., Sible Hedingham CO9 3HZ. A variety of craft and gift stalls to enjoy plus a magnificent Tombola and refreshments. alderfordmill.org.uk
Saturday October 27th, 10am to noon. Pew Boot Sale in St Andrew's Church, Earls Colne. Pews £5 each, details from 07908138853. Refreshments available.
Saturday 27th October, 9.30am - 11.30am, Quality Jumble sale to be held at St Francis Church Hall, Colchester Rd, Halstead (opposite cemetery). Good quality clothing for all ages, bric-a-brac, household goods, etc. Free car parking. 20p admission. All proceeds to be donated to charity.
NOVEMBER
Saturday 3rd November from 10am. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Event. Tower Trail 2018 at Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Colchester C05 9US.
Join us for a 5 mile walk starting and finishing at England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse with access to the grounds and adventure playground at Layer Marney Towers. The walk on the whole will be over fields and farmland in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Saturday 10th November 2018 from 1.30pm to 4pm. Wethersfield Remembers. Join us, Wethersfield Village Hall trustees, the Royal British Legion and Wethersfield History Group in commemorating the end of World War 1 in Wethersfield Village Hall.
Information and photos of the many local young men who lost their lives will be displayed plus archive photos of Wethersfield and surrounding areas. There will also be a display of childrens artwork and “Tommy” kindly loaned by the Finchingfield branch of the Royal British Legion. Stay awhile and enjoy tea, coffee and a slice or two of delicious home-made cake, with fairy cakes and squash for the children. £1 entrance fee payable on the door, children free. If you have any queries contact Margaret McCloud on 01371 850934 or by email cm.mm@btinternet.com
Wednesday 14th November. Save the Date – Essex Police Rural Crime Awareness Day. The event is free to attend and will be at Slamseys Farm, Blackley Lane, Great Notley, Braintree, CM77 7QW,
open to visitors from 10am until 3pm. The Rural Crime Awareness Day will have something for everyone; farmers, businesses and also those living within rural locations. The aim of the event is to reduce rural crime by building stronger links with the rural and farming community, raise awareness of security measures and products. A number of companies and organisations will be exhibiting their products and services alongside police personnel and partners to provide crime prevention, security measures and personal safety advice. This will be the 5th Rural Crime Awareness Day hosted by Essex Police.
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Event. Christmas Gift & Food Fair 2018 – Chelmsford at Chelmsford City Race Course from 10am.
DECEMBER
Sunday 2nd December. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Event. Christmas Gift & Food Fair 2018 - Colchester at Firstsite, Colchester from 10am. We will be showcasing independent retailers who will stock a variety of items for Christmas including gifts, homeware, jewellery, art, books, toys, gourmet delights and much more.

 
Monthly Tea Dance, first Sunday of each month. Ballroom, Latin and modern sequence, 2.30 -5pm - £4. For further information phone Tony 07790 516580  
MUSIC RECITALS
 
A series of free music recitals will be run at St Andrew's Church, Earls Colne on the following dates:
Thursday 13th September
They recitals will be from 1pm - 1.45pm. Refreshments are available beforehand for a donation. For info please contact Liz on 01376 561307
 
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. Parking inside school, refreshments and raffle. Tel: 01787 269458. alanwpilgrim@tiscali.co.uk
Friday 7th September - Ian House.
Takeley Fundraising Group Future Events for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
Saturday 15th September 2018 – Coffee Morning –Venue TBC – Cake / bric a brac / book stall and raffle.
Sunday 14th October 2018 – Soup ‘n’ Pud – Community Centre, South Road, Takeley.
Saturday 17th November 2018 – Takeley Christmas Bazaar – Silver Jubilee Hall, Takeley. We will be running the kitchen/toy stall and cake raffle.
Saturday 24th November 2018 – Party with entertainment by Ray Spiller – Silver Jubilee Hall, Takeley.
Friday 7th December 2018 – Christmas Light Up – Silver Jubilee Hall, Takeley.
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
EVENTS IN CASTLE HEDINGHAM
Filling Station. A monthly meeting of Bible teaching, singing and prayer- for anyone seeking an encounter with God, every fourth Thursday in the Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham. 7.00 food is served. 7.30 start. No charge - but donations welcomed. Ring 01787 460203 for further information. August 23rd. Victor Jack - from Suffolk. September 27th. John and Ann Coles from London.
Filling Station Extra. Chris Hill - international Bible teacher brings an in-depth study to people who want to go deeper into the Word of God. 6.00 for 6.30 start. Memorial Hall. Castle Hedingham. July 8th, August 12th. September 9th. Our focus is the letters of Peter.
Fund raising event to raise money to decorate the Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham on Friday October 12th. The Steeple Bumpstead Choir brings us an Evening of song. A mixed programme of different styles of music. Tickets are £10 - to include a Ploughman's Supper. Please get your tickets in advance. Ring 01787 463343 or 460203. 7.30 start. Please bring your own drink or visit the Club next door.
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
THE MAPLESTEADS WEA AUTUMN COURSE
The Maplesteads WEA Autumn 2018 course begins on Monday 17th September 2018 with a free-of-charge first session starting at 6:30 pm.
The 7-week course, entitled The World Turned Upside Down, is being hosted by popular tutor and acknowledged expert in this field Simon Doney.
During the Civil Wars of 1642-49 this country experienced terrible battles between the ‘Roundheads’ and the ‘Cavaliers’, suffering political division and profound religious change. Why did Parliament win the wars and why was King Charles brought to trial and executed?
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 17th September. Subsequent sessions will start at 7:00 pm.
The initial session is free of charge and you are invited to come along, enjoy the complimentary refreshments, and be introduced to what is sure to be a most interesting course, held in a friendly informal atmosphere.
 

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