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

OCTOBER
Tuesday 16th October, 7:30 pm. Essex Wildlife Trust Braintree Local Group Illustrated Talk: Why Trees Matter. With Tricia Moxey, covering what is a tree and how they are useful to us as well as other living organisms and why we need more of them. In St Andrews Church Hall, Halstead CO9 2LD. No need to book, £3 donation payable on the day
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.
Wednesday 31 October. Wethersfield Floral Group Opening Evening, with Kellyann Pythian, Honeysuckle Flowers. She will be creating spectacular Halloween arrangements for us during the evening, all of which are raffled at the end of the night. 7.00 for 8.00pm, Wethersfield Village Hall, £8 for guests, which includes wine and light refreshments. Stalls in the Hall at the start of the evening, to start browsing for Christmas! Tickets available in advance from 01371 851422, or on the door on the night. Contact by e-mail broad.julia@yahoo.co.uk.
Wednesday 31st October, 6pm – 7pm. St Andrew’s Church, Earls Colne. Luminous. Let the light shine in the darkness. Refreshments – Crafts – Games – Fun. All Welcome Free Entry.
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 3 November 2018. Halstead & District Horticultural Society Late Flower & Vegetable Show at the Queens Hall, Halstead, 2.00-4.00pm. Come and see Flowers, vegetables, cookery/craft and children's entries. Entry 50p includes free refreshments. There will be a Raffle drawn after presentation of the Trophies at 4.00pm. We look forward to seeing you there! For further information visit www.halsteadhorticulturalsociety.org

Monday 5th November. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham. The talk given by Simon Frampton from the Sudbury Film Society will be a talk on the actor, Michael Caine. 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 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
Saturday 10th November 2018. Table Top Sales in Aldham Village Hall (off A1124). Event starts at 10.30.am.
Entrance Free. Refreshments available also. If you would like to book a stall, please contact Anne on 01206 211624. Table hire is £5,00. Aldham Village Hall provides your table and seating. Very popular event, please book early to avoid disappointment.
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 17th November 2018. The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Fundraising Team are busy organising our very first Tower Trail at Layer Marney Towers taking place. The 5 mile route will be over fields and farmland in the beautiful surrounding countryside. The walk also includes access to the towers, the grounds and adventure playground. Layer Marney Towers are England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse, which stands within the Essex landscape, commanding views to the River Blackwater and surrounding countryside beyond. Dogs on leads are welcome and your ticket includes something warming to eat before you set off and a hot drink and treat upon your return.
Adults: £15.00 Children 5 and over: £8.00 Family Ticket: £38.00 (2 adults, 2 children 5 and over)
For tickets please visit www.helenrollason.org.uk or call 01245 380719.
Saturday November 17th at 7.30pm. Autumn Concert: The Armed Man. Halstead Choral will present Karl Jenkins' popular work in St. Andrew's Church, Halstead. Tickets at £10 are available from Ziel in Earls Colne, Willow and Grey in Halstead, or on the door.
Sunday 18th November, 10-3pm. SESAW CHRISTMAS FAIR at The Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9DX. Seasonal gifts and decorations, crafts, jewellery, glass, games and lots more. Big raffle and tombola. Snacks, refreshments, free parking. 50p adult entry. All proceeds to Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg.Charity No.1124029. Tables available, phone 01206 263269 to book
Tuesday 20th November 7:30pm. Essex Wildlife Trust Braintree Local Group Illustrated Talk: Summer Migrants.
Bird ringer Barry Williams will be here to talk to us about the summer visitors that have now left us for the winter. Find out who has flown and where they have gone. Barry will also touch on some of the overseas birds already living in these destinations. In St Andrews Church Hall, Halstead CO9 2LD. No need to book, £3 donation payable on the day
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.
Saturday 24th November, 10.30am until 1.00pm. Great Maplestead Christmas Fair in Great Maplestead Village Hall. Lots of stalls including Bric a Brac, Toys, Cakes & Produce, Christmas Cards, Woodcraft, Bags & Scarves, Christmas Decorations, Metalwork, Jewellery and much much more!!! There will be a Raffle and Refreshments will be available. For more information contact Liz Newton 01787 461308
Sunday 25th November, 6.00pm. Sudbury Symphony Orchestra Concert in St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 1TL. Sudbury Symphony Orchestra are delighted that Jill Morton returns as soloist for our evening of Scandinavian music. We start the evening in Norway with Grieg’s Piano Concerto which Jill played for us exactly 10 years ago to critical acclaim. It is then a short trip across the water to Denmark with Carl Nielsen’s 1st Symphony. This concert is also the 10th anniversary for our conductor Matt Andrews so it will be very special night for the orchestra.
Jill enjoys a highly successful career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Her performances have taken her throughout Britain and across Europe and have received critical acclaim. Since making her professional debut, she has performed in all the major concert halls throughout Britain and has worked with many eminent conductors.
Grieg’s Piano Concerto is a firm favourite for both audience and players with its glorious solo lines and soaring lyrical passages. Nielsen’s first symphony may not be as well known as the Grieg but it is just as expressive a work and is a delight for both player and listener. It has energy, vigour and a luminous soundscape – it really does deserve to be played more often. We hope you will join us for a very special musical evening and to celebrate 10 years under the baton of Matthew Andrews.
Friday 30th November 2018, 3:30pm – 6:30pm. Christmas Fair at St Andrew’s Primary School, Bulmer, Sudbury, CO10 7EH. Everyone is welcome. Come along to our Christmas fair and buy Christmas gifts. There will be refreshments (inc beer and mulled wine), hot food and cake stall. An afternoon of fun for the children too. Gift stalls, Craft stalls, Games, Tombola, Raffle and not forgetting… Santa’s Grotto
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.
Monday December 3rd. Solar Society meeting, your local adult educational learning group in The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Castle Hedingham. The members of the Solar Society committee will give short biographies of their own particular heroes. ‘Hark the Heroes’ will be quite varied and various! December 3rd is the Christmas meeting and there will be cake and mulled wine—non-alcoholic! 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

 
Monthly Tea Dance, first Sunday of each month. Ballroom, Latin and modern sequence, 2.30 -5pm - £4. For further information phone Tony 07790 516580  
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 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
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
   

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