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As this is the first edition of 2018 may I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! You may recall that in the last edition I invited you to nominate your favourite local charity to become our charity of the year 2018. There were lots but the top 6 nominated made the shortlist and they were: • CanalAbility • Herts & Essex Community Farm • PACT for Autism • St Clare Hospice • St Elizabeth’s Centre • The Hailey Centre The voting window was just 4 days on social media and for the first 2 it was very close but after day 3 it became apparent that one nominee touched the hearts of more voters. I am delighted to announce that St Clare Hospice is the CM Connection Charity of the Year 2018!

Feb/Mar ISSUE 39

CONTENTS ■ FEATURES & ARTICLES 9 Local Business People in Person

Gabrielle Vickery - Storm Design, Web & Print

10 Isabel Hospice Volunteers needed

12 Water Lane Theatre Company Presents: Hi-de-Hi

16 St Clare Hospice

Our Charity of the Year 2018!

Thank you for your nominations, for voting and to the charities that were shortlisted - you are ALL amazing! If resources allowed, we would support you all every month. Instead know that we will continue to do all that we can by sharing your events in all 3 of our magazines, on social or both!

18 Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society

Until next time, Lorraine


Dancing in the mountains with Elgar

28 Stort Valley Rotary

6 Local Walks

Snowdrops in Enfield

St Clare Hospice is our charity of the year 2018. To find out more about the wonderful work that they do

14 Just for the Kids

Henry Hedgehog’s Puzzle Page

visit their website of find them on Facebook.

CONTACTING US editor Lorraine Perry call 01279 410345 or 07808 000 113 email email web Join us on Facebook PLEASE Copy deadline for all adverts and submissions for the NOTE April/May edition is 10th March 2018


Quiz night

23 Puzzles & Brain Teasers

Win £25 in our Sudoku Competition

■ IT’S YOUR COMMUNITY 24 Local Community

Local notices, events, amenities and attractions to visit

26 What’s On

Upcoming local events

29 Listings 30 Useful Numbers The CM23 Connection cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions, products or services that appear in this publication.

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Pub & café Walks Explore our lovely countryside and local pubs and cafés for a perfect day...

Snowdrops in Enfield This springtime walk discovers flowers and farmland in London’s northernmost borough. Just half an hour away by train (change at Cheshunt) or car, Enfield is full of hidden treasures. From Turkey Street Station, turn right under railway and continue along Turkey Street, under main road, and keep straight. Cross the New River and a road to enter Myddelton House, with a rockery garden at the far end full February snowdrops, or carpets of March daffs in the Alpine meadow. Go back to entrance of Myddelton House and turn right along road. Just before brick bridge, turn right through gate, left over footbridge, right and right again. Follow Forty Hall Loop (purple waymarks) for two miles, past wooded lakes farmland with sheep and pigs, and a vineyard. Look out carefully for the purple arrows, eventually turning left at a junction of paths. Through door in corner of walled garden, you reach Forty Hall. This Jacobean mansion, in a huge landscaped park, has a great café, serving farm veg soup and interesting cakes, like spinach and lime. Leaving Forty Hall, turn left onto road past church. Just after school, turn right on tarmac path; keep straight over main road and past cemetery. Finally, turn left at London Loop sign back to Turkey Street.


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local business people in person Name and Business: Gabrielle Vickery, partner ay Storm Design, Web & Print. Where do you live? I live and work in rural Great Hallingbury just outside Bishop’s Stortford. I love working here, surrounded by the peace and quiet. Although I do live under the Stansted flight path and in front of a donkey farm, so I’m actually talking rubbish. I do love being surrounded by nature though, particularly the chickens, deer and donkeys. They are outside though, obviously. Not inside. That would just be weird. What’s your favourite shop? I love the Steamer Trading Cookshop. I love every single thing in there. Not because I cook, you understand. I can’t cook. I just stand in that beautiful shop admiring everything and whining about why I didn’t marry a chef. What’s your favourite Venue? Cafe Mocha for the best hot breakfast, Bills for the best rib lunch and Carluccio’s for a pasta dinner. Not every day obviously. That would be unacceptable apparently. What do you like best about Stortford? The secondary schools in the area are excellent, and also the diversity of exercise classes that you can choose from, there’s something for everyone. Also the eateries, so much variety!

What do you like doing when you’re not working? When I’m not working I design virtual lingerie and daywear for an online game called Second Life. I have a virtual shop and people from all over the world visit my shop and pay me to clothe their virtual avatars! It’s insane. I’m also on a spirit quest to find out if there is life after death, but I’ve not been successful so far. I set up my business because... I’ve been drawing since I could pick up a pen, and have always had a creative drive, so being a graphic designer/illustrator/web designer allows me to go creatively nuts every day. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you recently? The menopause. Only because what went before it was even worse. What’s your favourite one liner? Passing comment from my 12 year old girl… “Don’t worry about your eyes getting old and blurry mummy! It means that you won’t see the beard that’s been growing on your chin.”

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isabel Hospice volunteers needed! Isabel Hospice has over 600 volunteers who donate their time in supporting the local charity throughout eastern Hertfordshire. As the need for their specialist end-of-life services increase, so does the need for more volunteers. It is estimated that 87,000 hours of volunteer time were donated to Isabel Hospice last year, at the value of £780,000* The Hospice offers full training and has a variety of roles in which help is needed. These include driving patients to and from Hospice Living Well with Isabel Day sessions, helping in the hospices shops and helping in fundraising to put on mass events. If you feel you could donate a few hours a week on a regular basis, please get in touch, as we really need your help! One of our Volunteer Drivers, Malcom shared his experience of working for the Hospice.

“As a volunteer driver you collect patients from home and take them to Isabel Hospice Living Well sessions across eastern Hertfordshire. It is a real privilege to drive. You get to know people over the weeks and its much more than driving people from A to B. You listen, you talk and hear stories from people from all walks of life. As you are driving it takes the pressure off the conversation and they are able to tell you things that maybe they can’t share with their family, knowing it won’t go any further. I’d thoroughly recommend it.“ * based on National (Real) Living Wage

Some the Isabel Hospice volunteers including volunteer drivers Alison and Malcom (4th and 5th from the left).



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water lane theatre company presents hi-de-Hi After their great success with Allo’ Allo’ and Dad’s Army the award winning Water Lane Theatre Company once again venture into the wonderful world of Perry and Croft this time with Hi de Hi. Hi -de-Hi is based at a holiday camp in Crimpton-on-Sea. It is part of a group owned by entrepreneur Joe Maplin who has employed ex Cambridge professor to be his entertainments manager. Jeffery Fairbrother


struggles to control a motley selection of out of work actors and entertainers at the tail end of their careers. He also has to contend with the amorous intentions of chief yellowcoat Gladys Pugh, the antics of Peggy Ollerenshaw, chalet maid, who has a passion for motorbikes and is desperate to become a yellowcoat and camp host and comic Ted Bovis who wants his job. All together a recipe for mayhem.

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We are looking to recruit professional individuals who share a passion for excellence and are willing to go the extra mile to provide the highest level of customer care and service.

This is a genuine opportunity for a talented Newly Qualified Accountant to establish themselves within a dynamic business in an exciting industry; gaining exposure to all aspects of the finance function as well as being connected to the wider business as a whole.

Technical Services Engineer (Mechanical/Avionic) Titan Airways currently has a vacancy for a Technical Services Engineer at our hangar at London Stansted Airport. Reporting to the Head of Fleet Technical Management for an expanding Part M team working to support the Continued Airworthiness Management team and to act as cover for planning requirements during leave.

To meet our exceptional standards you will need to be customer focused, possess excellent communication skills, display flexibility and maturity and have the ability to converse with our clientele at all levels. You must be 18 years plus and have at least 2 years experience of front line customer service, be able to swim unaided for 25m and be at least 5’2” / 157.5 cm (without shoes) in height. Knowledge of a second European language would also be advantageous.

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Charity of the year 2018 a little winter magic fundraising concert The Little Hadham Village Hall will host ‘A Little Winter Magic Concert’ in aid of St Clare Hospice on Saturday 24th February 2018 at 7:15pm. Enjoy a candlelit evening medley of popular and well-loved favourite music and songs in your local community. Accompanied by a piano, six talented vocal performers will sing quartets, duets and solos from many renowned operas and musicals. The performance will begin at 7.45pm, followed by a raffle in the concert interval. Small nibbles will be available, but guests are advised to bring their own food and drink. All profits, after expenses, will be donated to St Clare Hospice and the Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company. Tickets are £10 per person, with tables of up to 8 people. To book a ticket, please get in touch with Ken Wye on 01279 410 284 or 07906 434 765 or email

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St Clare Hospice Winter walkies 2018

Puppy love is in the air at St Clare Hospice as registration officially opens for the charity’s annual Winter Walkies event. The 5k pooch parade will be taking place at the Hastingwood-based hospice on Sunday 25th February 2018 and more than 300 walkers and their furry friends are expected to support the fundraiser. St Clare Hospice’s Events Fundraiser, Emma Broadbent, is organising the event and said: “This year marks the 12th time the Hospice has hosted the event and it is as popular as ever! The 2017 walk saw a record-breaking 350 owners and their dogs take part, and we are hoping even more people register for 2018.”

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and paws. It is such a great event – you’d be barking mad to miss it!” Registration costs £10 for adults and £5 for children, which includes a free soup, dog rosette and certificates for children. Walkers can also sign up on the day. Please be aware that the route is not suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Emma continued: “Anyone is welcome to join us on this rural route across the beautiful Essex countryside – whether you are a dog owner or not. Just remember your wellies as it is likely there will be plenty of muddy feet

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Bishop’s Stortford choral society dancing in the mountains with elgar

Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society hope their audience will be transported and thinking of summer holidays in the mountains when they hear Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands on 17th March at 7.30pm at the Bishop’s Stortford Methodist Church. Elgar wrote the songs after staying in Southern Bavaria in the 1890s, setting to music six poems written by his wife. The Elgars had very much enjoyed their holidays, walking in the daytime and visiting the local Kneipe in the evenings to drink and watch displays of folk dances. The songs are each associated with a particular place in the area and are light and happy, in their Bavarian style. Alongside these, the Choral Society will sing Whitacre’s Three Flower Songs and Chilcott’s Aesop’s Fables, so providing a smorgasbord of song-making and themes. Whitacre’s Flower Songs set to music three poems by Emily Dickinson, Federico García Lorca and Edward Waller, telling of love, life and death through the seasons. Chilcott’s songs, which he wrote in 2008, present five of the wellknown fables, including the Hare and the Tortoise and the Goose and the Swan (that’s the one where a swan is mistaken in the dark

for a goose and was about to be killed, until from its song it was clear that it was a swan – its “swan song”). Ros Rowe, the Chair of the Choral Society says “We love bringing less familiar choral pieces to the town and this programme has something for everyone! Before Christmas we sang Bach and in the summer we will be singing Mendelssohn’s Elijah. We are always pleased to welcome new members who want to join us in learning and performing this eclectic range of music, lead, cajoled and developed by our brilliant young Musical Director, Richard Brain.”

Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society is a group of over 80 singers, led by its Musical Director Richard Brain. It sings large scale choral music by new and established composers and holds its concerts locally, most often in the town. It rehearses on a Thursday evening at 7.45 pm at Water Lane United Reformed Church between September and July. The Society is always open to new members.

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Tidy Up Bishop’s Stortford! We are a group of volunteers who want to make Bishop’s Stortford a tidier place.

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Next TUBS Meetings: Sat Mar 3rd - River bank from Canoe Club to Town Centre and Castle Park as part of the annual Keep Britain Tidy national clear-up. Meet at the Canoe Club at 10am. Prospective volunteers can keep in touch with us on our website – For more information speak to: Ian Hudson on

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WHAT’S ON in February ■■ every mon (inc bank hols) Thorley Health Walks Southern Country Park Meet in the car park at St James the Great Church, CM23 4BE. Time: 10am, ■■ Every Sat Castle Park Park Run Castle Park This 5km event takes place every Saturday at 9am. It is a free event but please register before your first event and bring a printed copy of your barcode with you. Run for your own enjoyment and join in whatever your pace. It is entirely run by volunteers and always welcomes new help. Time: 9am, FREE, ■■ Until Thu 15th March Lunchtime Recitals St Michael’s Church, Windhill We are delighted to welcome students of Bishop’s Stortford College to the church over the coming weeks for a series of lunchtime recitals. Everyone welcome. Time: 1.30-2pm, FREE, ■■ Thu 1st to Thu 8th February Festival of Literature Bishop’s Stortford College This will be our 9th annual Festival of Literature and as usual will feature a wonderful array of authors, writers, adventurers and some especially well known faces. A full line up of events can be viewed on the website. Tickets: www.bishopsstortfordcollege. org

Time: 10am-3pm, £65 for 2 day course, www.rhodesbishopsstortford. org ■■ Sun 4th February Bishop’s Stortford & District Footpaths Association Meet at Little Hallingbury car park GR: TL503174, postcode CM22 7RD The walks are generally 5-6 miles long and last between 2 and 2 ½ hours. All are welcome. Time: 10am, walk leader Paul contact: 01279 501 596, www. ■■ Mon 5th & Tue 6th February Write Here Write Now! Rhodes Arts Complex The audience chooses the winner. Contexture Theatre are once again developing new plays through their Write Here! Write Now! - Herts & Essex Festival of Playwriting. You can also vote for the one that will progress to the Grand Final at Harlow Playhouse. You will see at least 5 different plays per night. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £12 and £6 concs, www.rhodesbishopsstortford. org ■■ Wed 7th February “Growing Herbs - their culinary use and influence in culture” by Jacqueline Aviolet of Rosie’s Garden Plants. Stansted Mountfitchet Garden Club, Day Centre, Chapel Hill (Adjacent to car park & library) Time: 7.30 for 8pm start, visitors £2.50pp, membership available, www.

■■ Sat 3rd February Bishop’s Stortford Farmer’s & Craft Market North Street First Saturday of the month. Local artisan food and crafts. Championing local producers from Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding areas. Time: 9.30 - 1.30pm, www.

■■ Sat 10th February Valentine Dinner & Dance Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club Join the Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford for a fabulous evening in aid of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. Dress to impress! Time: 7 for 7.30pm until midnight, tickets: £43, contact hilary.mitchell@, 01279 712142.

■■ Sat 3rd & Sat 10th February Paint a Portrait with Simon Barnes Rhodes Arts Complex Paint a portrait in the style of the Roman 1st - 3rd Century Fayum portraits using the egg tempera technique. Under the guidance of Simon Barnes. A two day adult craft activity.

■■ Sun 11th February Little Hadham Antiques Fair Little Hadham Village Hall An established fair known for its’ wide range of quality antiques at reasonable prices. Time: 9.30am-4pm, admission: £1, 01279 503576.




■■ Tues 13th February RSPB Stort Valley: Evening Talk-Amazing Birds of Queensland, Australia - Bill Coster Bishop’s Park Community Centre Time: 7.30pm, £3 for Stort Valley members and £5 for visitors, phone: 07808 684 723, email: simon.hurwitz@ ■■ Wed 14th February Valentine’s Yourself Victoria’s Vintage, Little Hadham The perfect Valentine’s treat for single ladies - pamper and shopping evening with goody bag and a glass of Prosecco included. Time: 5-8.30pm, £5 per ticket, 07432 437 289 to book, www.victoriasvintage. ■■ Thu 15th February Family Bushcraft Day Hatfield Forest Learn the basics for surviving in the wild with only the bare necessities. Wear outdoor clothing, sturdy boots etc. Cotton outer layer recommended for during fire lighting. Please be aware that there is a cross country walk of approximately 2km over rough ground. Time: 10.3am-3pm, meet at the shell house car park, ticket prices on website, ■■ Sun 18th February Snowdrop Sunday The Gibberd Garden, Harlow Come and enjoy a winter stroll in the Gibberd Garden through areas of magnificent snowdrops. Time: 11.30am-4pm, £4, Concs £3, children 5 to 16 years £1, under 5s FREE, ■■ Sun 25th February Winter Walkies St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Calling all dog lovers! Stay ahead of the pack by joining us for our annual Winter Walkies event. Time: 11am, entry: £10 adults and £5 children, family of four £27.50, www. ■■ Suny 25th February Snowdrop Sunday The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge The annual ‘Snowdrops’ event has become a must-see feature of the garden lovers’ calendar. Time: 11.30am-4pm, entrance: £4 adults and children, under 16 FREE,





whats on in March ■■ Sat 3rd March Free Museum Tour Rhodes Arts Complex When was the last time you visited your local museum? Come along to one of our free museum tours and find out about your local history and about the artefacts we hold, also learn a little about what goes on behind the scenes at the museum. Time: 11am, FREE, no need to book, just turn up at reception, ■■ Sat 3rd March TUBS Canoe Club TUBS are a group of volunteers who meet every other month to tidy up Bishop’s Stortford. If you can spare a couple of hours why not join them? We will be clearing the river bank from the canoe club to the town centre & castle park as part of the annual Keep Britain Tidy national clear up. Time: 10am, contact: 07817 778870, ■■ Sat 3rd March Bishop’s Stortford Farmer’s & Craft Market North Street First Saturday of the month. Local artisan food and crafts. Championing local producers from Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding areas. Don’t miss this month’s fantastic Valentine’s themed event. Time: 9.30am-1.30pm, www. ■■ Sat 3rd March The Bishop’s Stortford Fundraisers The Sixties Roadshow Manuden Village Community Centre, CM23 1BQ Take a musical journey through the greatest hits of the swinging 60s with this fab show band. Fish/chicken supper with licensed bar and raffle. All funds raised will go to the Willow Foundation. Time: 7.15pm until late (doors open 6.45pm), tickets: £21, for tickets 07777 649138, or visit www.bsfundraisers. ■■ Sun 4th March Bishop’s Stortford Antiques Fair Bishop’s Stortford Football club 23 stalls with varied collectables, glass, vintage, Victoriana and furniture. A very well attended and successful fair.



Refreshments and snacks available. Dealers let in at 8.30am. Time: 9.30am-4pm, admission: £1, 01279 503576. ■■ Sun 4th March Bishop’s Stortford & District Footpaths Association Meet at Hunsdon Post Office GR: TL417140, postcode SG12 8NH The walks are generally 5-6 miles long and last between 2 and 2 ½ hours. All are welcome. Time: 10am, walk leader Peter, phone: 01279 835036 / 07941 435001. ■■ Wed 7th March Coffee Morning Markwell Pavilion Coffee morning in aid of Isabel Hospice. All welcome. Time: 10.30am-12pm, contact: 01279 755320. ■■ Thu 8th & Fri 9th March A Tiger’s Tale Rhodes Arts Complex M6 Theatre presents a fantastical new production by the award winning playwright Mike Kenny. Based on the extraordinary story of Fenella, A Tiger’s Tale is a high spirited balancing act of circus, puppetry, live music and song. From a circus train in South Africa, to a steamboat on the Atlantic Ocean and onward to West Yorkshire, A ramshackle travelling troupe tell us the unbelievable true story of a family of acrobats and their adopted tiger cub. Tickets: £12 adults, £8 concs, www. ■■ Sat 10th March Chenyin Li (piano) St John’s Church, Stansted Mountfitchet The Chinese-born pianist Chenyin Li is well known to many of us since she lives and teaches locally. Chenyin is internationally acknowledged as one of the most exciting and sought-after musicians of her generation. Her career was launched after winning the 6th Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow, as well as being the first prize-winner of the Campillos International Competition, Dudley International Piano Competition and the European Beethoven Gold Medal. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £15, under 18’s FREE, will be available on the door or can be ordered in advance by ringing



01279 815282, ■■ thu 15th March Isabel Hospice Quizathon Catherine Wheel, Albury Compete against everyone in your local community, not just your local pub, to be crowned the quiz master. With support from our local pubs we are holding a Quizathon - one big quiz across eastern Herts. The quizzes will all take place at the same time and there will be a prize for the overall winner. All funds raised directly to the Hospice. Time: 7.30-9.30pm, £5 per person to enter, contact: 01279 771191 to book your team, ■■ Thu 15th to Sat 7th March Legally Blonde - The Musical Rhodes Arts Complex A fabulously fun international awardwinning musical based on the adored move Legally Blonde. The musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. The action-packed show explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dance scenes. Join NODA Award winning BSMTC Youth for this modern musical based on the hit movie, with an upbeat score. Time: 7.30pm (also 2.30pm Sat), tickets: £16 (concs £14), www. ■■ Sun 18th March Bishop’s Stortford & District Footpaths Association Meet at The Nags Head GR: TL500 211, postcode CM23 5HP The walks are generally 5-6 miles hours. All are welcome. Time: 10am, walk leader Dave/ Peter: 07941 435001, www. ■■ Sun 18th March Concert from Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia All Saints Church We welcome guest conductor Jonathan Mann to make his debut with the orchestra, in a sparkling programme featuring Charlie Lovell-Jones in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Time: 7pm, tickets: £16, £5 students and FREE for under 18’s, www. Watch out for many more events in our next issue.



IT’s your community

Stort valley rotary Quiz Night

Stort Valley Rotary Club are bringing its popular quiz to the Charis Centre, Water Lane, Bishop’s Stortford for the fourth year running on the 10th March. Last year £1,400 was raised in support of the local Food Bank (which the Club helped set up) and Life Education, another enterprise that we pioneered locally. This year we are adding “Herts Musical Memories” a charity that helps people with dementia and their carers. They meet weekly for singing and fellowship, led by a trained professional. See www.hertsmusicalmemories. for more details.

Also, we would like to thank all those that kindly donated to our Christmas Santa collection helping us raise just under £3,000 that will assist a number of Local Charities over the course of the year. Thank you and Happy New Year from all of us at Stort Valley.



Saturday 10th March at 7.30pm Charis Centre Water Lane Bishopʼs Stortford

At a cost £10 each, including a generous Ploughman’s supper prepared by members of the club, we think we are offering a good evening – in all senses of the word. Book your table now (maximum 8 people - if you are fewer please book anyway, we are often able to make up tables). Please contact Derek Crowther on 01279 832580 or email john. If you are considering joining an organisation who help out in the community and beyond and look to enjoy themselves along the way why not consider joining us at Stort Valley Rotary Club?

In support of

LIFE EDUCATION HERTS MUSICAL MEMORIES BISHOPʼS STORTFORD FOOD BANK Tables of eight, raffle, Ploughmanʼs Supper Bring your own drinks Tickets £10 To book your table and for more information contact Derek Crowther on 01279 832580 or Email:

Just enter our name in your search engine and you will be directed to our website or alternatively contact our current President, Martin Budzinski, on 07803 878961.


Sat 10th March at 7pm

where: Charis Centre, CM23 2JZ


Phone: 01279 832580 email:


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the listings

Arts & Crafts

Bishop’s Stortford Knit & Craft Club Meet Tue 2pm at South Street Pantry Contact Jodie: 07734 209999 Herts & Essex Boundary Flower Club Meet 1st Tue of every month at The Barnabus Centre Contact via: herts_essexboundaryflowerclub@yahoo.


Stortford Kickstart (for CVs etc.) Meet Thu and Fri 10am to 12.30pm at BS Methodist Church Contact: 501745 or 656381

P.A.C.T Parents of Autistic Children Together Meet 1st Wed of every month at All Saints School Contact via website: www.pactforautism. St John Ambulance Meet Wed at Havers CC Contact via website: counties/hertfordshire/units/bishopsstortford.aspx Stort Valley & Villages Children’s Centre Group Contact: 696853 or visit www.

TUBS (Tidy Up Bishops Stortford) Meet every other month Contact: 07817 778870 or visit:

Thorley Manor Mother & Toddler Group Meet Tue & Fri at Thorley CC Contact:

Fine Art & Literature

Music & Performing Arts

Bishop’s Stortford Decorative and Fine Arts Society Meets 2nd Tue of the month at The Rhodes Arts Complex Contact via website:

Bishops Stortford Acoustic Club Meet at The Half Moon, North Street every Thu 8.30-10.30pm Contact:

Guides & Scouts

Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company Contact via website:

1st Bishops Park Rainbows Meet Tue at Bishops Park CC Contact:

Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company - Juniors Contact via website: juniors.html

7th Bishop’s Stortford Guides Meet Thu at Havers CC Contact: 1st Bishop’s Stortford and Hockerill Scout Group - Beavers, Cubs and Scouts Contact via website: 1st & 2nd Hockerill Brownies Meet Thu & Fri Parsonage CC Contact:

Bishop’s Stortford Town Band Meet Tue at Markwell Pavilion Contact Sue Swan: 506123 BSUS (Bishop’s Stortford Ukulele Society) Meets every Wednesday 7.45-10pm at the British Legion Contact via website:

Social & Meeting Clubs

1st Thorley Guides, Brownies & Rainbows St James Church Thorley Contact: 1st West Bishop’s Stortford Rainbows Meet Tue at Havers CC Contact: Silver Leys Scout Group For Beavers, Cubs and Scouts Contact: Anne Winship silverleysscouts@ STMM Brownies Meet Thu at St Michaels Mead CC Contact: Janet Gordon: Voyager Explorer Scout Unit Explorer Scouts aged 14-18 Contact via website: www.voyageresu.

Health & Family Care

Alzheimer’s Support Group Meet 2nd Thu of every month Contact: 508448 or email: june. Mad Hatters Toddler Group MENTION Meet Wed atPLEASE St Michaels Mead CC Contact:

Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society Contact via website:


Bishop’s Stortford Age Concern Open Mon to Fri at The Apton Centre Contact: 504748 or visit: Bishop’s Stortford History Society Meet from Sept to May on third Thu of the month, usually at Apton Centre from 7.30pm Contact: Rob Francis 655643 www.bshistory. Bishop’s Stortford Railway Society Meet on Tue and Thu Contact: 503511 or visit: Bishop’s Stortford WI Meet 1st Thu of every month at Charis Centre from 7.30-9.45pm Contact: Bishop’s Stortford VIP Club for Blind and Partially sighted people Meet 1st Tues afternoon of each month in Havers CC Contact: 832837 Grove Cottage Various clubs throughout the week Contact: 656085 or CM23 CONNECTION WHEN

NT Herts & Essex Border Centre Contact Mrs M. A. Draper: 656255 or The Inner Wheel Club of Bishop’s Stortford Meet fourth Tuesday of each month (except August and December)

Contact Margaret Webb: The Phoenix Stroke Club Meet every other Thu 2-4pm at Bishop’s Park CC Contact: Kath 724285 The Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford Meet Mon 12.55pm at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club Contact via website: The Rotary Club of Stort Valley Bishop’s Stortford’s Evening Rotary Club. Meet every Tuesday at The Lemon Tree, 7 for 7.30pm. Contact via website: Thorley Women’s Club Meet every Wed 8-10pm at The Christian Centre (opposite Sainsburys) Contact: Barbara Martin 303225 The University of the Third Age Contact via website: for information on local groups and classes

Sport & Fitness

Bishop’s Stortford Badminton Club and Junior Badminton Club Contact 654464 or visit www. Bishop’s Stortford Bowling Club Contact: 755887 or visit: www. Bishop’s Stortford Cricket Club Contact: 654463 or visit: www. Bishop’s Stortford and District Angling Society Contact club secretary: David Tadgell 654154 Bishop’s Stortford Football Club Contact: 306456 or visit: Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club Contact: 01279 654715 or visit: Bishop’s Stortford Hockey Club Contact: 654463 or visit: www.bshc. Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club Contact: 652092 or visit: www.pitchero. com/clubs/bishopsstordrfc Bishop’s Stortford Running Club Meet at Hockerill Sports & Social Club Contact Ian McClymont: secretary@bsrc. Chantry Squash Club Contact via: or

Sunday Smashers Badminton Club Meet at Bishop’s Stortford High School sports hall Contact: 652980 or visit www. 29 RESPONDING TO ADVERTS



Community Centres

South Street Surgery

Bishops Park Community Centre

Thorley Health Centre

01279 712146

Lancaster Way, CM23 4DA

Thorley Hill Primary School

83 South Street, CM23 3AP 01279 465700 01279 657636

Thorley Park, CM23 2LY

01279 654496

Thorn Grove Primary School 01279 653002 Windhill Primary School 

01279 696850

Havers Community Centre

Waytemore Road, CM23 3GR01279 712146


Markwell Pavillion

NHS Direct

Castle Gardens, CM23 2EL 01279 712146

Parsonage Community Centre

Parsonage Lane, CM23 5PY 07843 943492

Utilities 111

PAH (Hospital)

01279 444455

Herts & Essex Community Hospital

01279 444455

St Michaels Mead Community Centre

St Michaels Mead CM23 4FZ 01279 712146

Thorley Community Centre

Friedberg Avenue CM23 4HB01279 329686

Pharmacies Boots Pharmacy

01279 653294

Church Street

County Councillors Bishop’s Stortford West

Lloyds Pharmacy 35 South Street

(Central & Silver Leys Wards) Colin Woodward Email:

Lloyds Pharmacy

Bishop’s Stortford East

Herts & Essex Hospital 

Medicx Pharmacy

Tesco Pharmacy

Bishop’s Stortford Rural

Trinity Pharmacy

0808 202 5469 0345 6779056

Bishop’s Park Centre

(Includes Bishop’s Stortford Ward) Graham McAndrew - CMILT Email: graham.mcandrew@hertfordshire.

87 South Street


Schools 07919 520034

01279 507524

The Thorley Centre 

(Meads & All Saints Wards) John Wyllie Email:

Cllr Colin Woodward

01279 654021

01279 654171

Williamson Pharmacy

01279 652759

1 Snowley Parade

Mark Prisk MP

01279 836006

All Saints Primary School

01279 868686

Herts & Essex High School  01279 654127 01279 656876

Hillmead Primary School Hockerill College

Doctors Church Street Surgery

Church Street, CM23 2LY

01279 657636

Haymeads Health Centre

Haymeads Lane, CM23 5JH 01279 657636

Parsonage Surgery

Herts & Essex Community Hospital, CM23 5JH

01279 658451

Manor Fields Primary School 

01279 757193

Northgate Primary School

01279 652376

Richard Whittington Primary School 

01279 657778

St Joseph’s Primary School

01279 652576

St Mary’s Catholic School 01279 827608

Police Hertfordshire Police Non-Emergency


Bishops Stortford Police Station



0845 555 111

Other Numbers Alzheimer’s Society

01707 378365

Bishop’s Stortford TIC

01279 715001

Bishop’s Stortford TC

01279 715000

Bishop’s Stortford Library

0300 123 4049

Citizens Advice Bureau

03444 111 444

Isobel Hospice Advice Line 01707 382575 MS Society

07880 828858


0845 790 9090

Train Enquiries

0845 748 4950

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Electricity Emergency

0800 783 8838 Gas Emergency

0800 111 999

 01279 654901

St Michael’s Primary School  01279 810800 Summercroft Primary School 01279 307477

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The CM23 Connction February/March 2018 Edition  

A community and business magazine for Bishop's Stortford. Part of the CM Connection Family.

The CM23 Connction February/March 2018 Edition  

A community and business magazine for Bishop's Stortford. Part of the CM Connection Family.