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Hoorah! The clocks have sprung forwards. Mornings and afternoons are lighter, the snowdrops and crocuses have given way to Bluebells - spring has well and truly sprung! As I type it is lovely out there - blue, cloudless skies. My daughter has come home from school, red-cheeked and puffed out from the heat and walking - feeling proud that she’s managed to beat her 19-minute record. I, on the other hand have been limited to admiring the spring weather from afar - well from my window, to be exact. To make matters worse, my “step” count is dire (yep, I am a slave to my Fitbit!). On the weeks that I go to print, I’m lucky if I make 2 or 3 thousand steps - way off the recommended 10k steps a day. I’ll have to make up for it tomorrow... Don’t forget if you have an event coming up or belong to a group that could do with a little boost please do get in touch. In this edition I have loved being able to support Bish Bash (so glad the festival is back this year!), Rubber Cheese, St Clare Hospice The Royal British Legion plus everyone that appears on the community and listings pages, which are FREE. It’s also a great pleasure to have the support of local businesses, without whom this magazine would not exist. Welcome Hertswise and returning customers Spin Doctor, Leventhorpe Community Classes, MRB Gardening, Hayes Tree Services and Harlow Garden Services Ltd (bit of a theme going on there!). Until next time,


Apr/May ISSUE 40


Stortford music festival returns

9 Local Business People in Person

Debbie Hoffman, Business Exchange Networks Ltd

10 Rubber Cheese Fundraising Extravaganza

To celebrate their 15th birthday and raise funds for a charity dear to their hearts

12 HertsWise

Living with dementia or memory loss

16 & 21 St Clare Hospice Our Charity of the Year 2018!

20 Royal British Legion A thank you afternoon

28 Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

■ FUN & LEISURE 6 Local Walks

St Clare Hospice is our charity of the year 2018. To find out more about the wonderful work that they do visit their website of find them on Facebook.

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■ IT’S YOUR COMMUNITY 18 Policing our community 24 Local Community

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

Pretty Ugley When it comes to bluebell woods, we’re spoilt for choice. This pretty ramble through fields and villages takes in several carpets of bluebells and there are more nearby around Quendon. Turn right out of the Chequers and right again on a lane leading towards cottages. Turn right at junction, follow lane to church and turn right once more on lane beyond it. Keep straight on path across fields to arrive, via another lane, in Ugley Green. Follow the road right and turn left by bus stop, past phone box. Turn right at footpath sign, through gate of Lavender Cottage. Keep straight on path to reach Alsa Wood and turn right through trees. At end of wood, turn right on path to lane and keep straight. At junction, take lane signed Stansted. Immediately after last house on right, turn right into another wood. Walk through wood to emerge from far right corner onto a path between fences. Follow it left around house to reach road. Cross over and walk straight up lane marked Bonnington Hall. Turn right at cottages and follow track past Wade’s Hall and alongside woods. Fork left on way-marked track leading into trees and, very soon, fork R at large oak onto narrower path past small pond. Cross little footbridge and keep straight over fields, under first line of pylons. Turn right along the hedge and keep following marked path through the woods ahead to return to the pub. LOCATION:



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stortford music festival returns living legend wilko johnson & rolling clones to headline The Stortford Music Festival aka The Bish-Bash makes a welcome return in 2018. T he festival, which took a break this year returns to it’s traditional May bank holiday date, falling on 5th and 6th May 2018. Already confirmed to headline the Saturday are The Rolling Clones, one of the UK’s biggest and best Rolling Stones tribute bands. Sunday’s headliners are 90s indie band The Bluetones, and living legend Wilko Johnson. Wilko Johnson was the original guitarist for Canvey Island RnB legends Dr. Feelgood, recording four albums with them before going solo, then joining The Blockheads in 1980. His highly publicised fight with and recovery from cancer in recent years has seen Wilko Johnson in the spotlight again, starring in Game Of Thrones and Oil City Confidential, recording a top 3 album with Roger Daltrey from The Who, and taking his new band featuring Blockheads bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Dylan Howe on the road.

albums including top 10 follow-up Return To The Last Chance Saloon and have toured the UK to rave reviews ever since. Other acts confirmed so far included WITHERED HAND(acclaimed indie/nu folk from Scotland), nu-jazz duo Vertaal, punk band The Muffin Heads, Real McKoys and Pet Needs. More acts will be announced soon. The Bish-Bash will return to Sworders Field in Bishop’s Stortford, and will include all the usual festival mainstays including real ale bar, Stortford Soundsystem, comedy, Acoustic stage and kids area.

The Bluetones were part of the Brit-pop explosion in the late 90s, a genre topped by the warring factions of Oasis and Blur.

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What do you like doing when you’re not working? Working alongside Jonjo Hauerman BEM BCyA, helping him raise awareness and funds for the Bobby Moore Fund CRUK. Spending time with my 2 beautiful daughters and I love travelling when I get the chance. I set up my business because… I am passionate about local businesses and want to help them network and thrive. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you recently? That my daughters are succeeding in what they want to do.

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rubber cheese herts agency plans 15th birthday bonanza Sawbridgeworth-based digital agency, Rubber Cheese, celebrates 15 years in business with an ambitious year-long charity fundraiser. Founded in 2003, what started out as a foray into the world of graphic design has blossomed into a multi-award-winning team of digital experts, working with some of the world’s most exciting organisations. To celebrate 15 successful years, the team aim to raise £15,000 for the Tamba Bereavement Support Group, which exists to support parents and carers of multiple births who have experienced loss, whether during pregnancy, at birth or at any point afterwards. It’s a cause close to the heart of Founder and Managing Director, Kelly Molson. “Tamba BSG have been a huge support to myself and partner Lee after losing our twin girls Lily May and Ava in 2017. I’m really not sure how I’d have made it through the past 6 months without the peer to peer support I’ve received from the befriending service. This is a chance to do something really positive in return.” To achieve this ambitious target by 31 January, 2019, the team are going all out. Each member of the team will be taking on a 15-themed fundraising activity, all culminating in a huge birthday bash, currently slated for 15 September (National Cheese on Toast Day). The first two challenges take place in March & April. March 28th – 7.30pm - Fastest time To Eat A Can Of Cheddar Cheese Pringles

Kelly and Wag are going head to head in the first #15yearsofRubberCheese challenge. We’re attempting to smash the word record for Fastest Time To Eat A Can Of Cheddar Cheese Pringles which currently stands at 06:56.84 min/sec! April 19th - The RC 24 hour Danceathon Team Cheese are hitting the dance-floor for 24 hours of non-stop moves! 70’s, 80’s, 90’s – anything goes – from the Spice Girls to General Levy and The Killers. How can you help us? We’ll be live streaming to Facebook for your enjoyment, so dig deep and sponsor us. If you think you can take on the challenges, sponsor £15 and you can join us on the night at Rubber Cheese Towers to take part! Paul ‘Wag’ Wright, Creative Director, had this to say, “15 years in business is something to be incredibly proud of. We know this is a mammoth challenge, but as a team we are always pushing ourselves to the limits creatively, so why not this!” You can donate to this demanding goal at Rubber Cheese’s JustGiving page. sofrubbercheese

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Charity of the year St Clare launches new day therapy services St Clare Hospice has launched a series of new services for 2018 to complement their current Day Therapy service. The Hastingwood-based hospice charity has been delivering free, expert advice and support to people across West Essex and East Herts, via their Day Therapy team, since the charity opened in 1990. Their Day Therapy service offers a wide-range of support for people with life-limiting conditions – supporting people and their families from the moment a life-limiting or terminal illness is diagnosed. Day Therapy care includes support from a multidisciplinary team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Registered Nurses and Complementary Therapists. The team run group therapy sessions; rehabilitate patients through physiotherapy and occupational therapy; support families to make adaptations to their homes so that they can remain independent; and offer specialist palliative support for conditions such as heart failure, respiratory diseases and neurological conditions, through their outpatient clinics. The support is holistic – supporting a person’s physical, psychological, practical and emotional needs. St Clare Day Therapy Manager, Emily Stowe, explains: “We often hear people say that they thought hospice care was ‘just for the last few days or weeks of someone’s life’ – and that is just not true. Day Therapy supports you from the moment you are diagnosed as having a lifelimiting condition – supporting you to process

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Creative Drop-in Group: A relaxing and enjoyable fortnightly drop-in group where people can learn new skills and find enjoyment through creative activities. The group is open to all existing St Clare patients and is a drop-in group, run by our Day Therapy Assistant. St Clare Hospice’s Day Therapy services are available to all adults over the age of 18 years with a life-limiting condition, who are registered with a West Essex GP. The groups are held at St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood, CM17 9JX. For more information about St Clare Hospice’s Day Therapy Service, and to find out if the service could benefit you or your loved one, please contact the Day Therapy Team on 01279 773768 or visit: care/day-therapy-services/

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Charity of the year St Clare Hospice kim to run london marathon in memory of running buddy Angela A woman from Bishop’s Stortford will be running the 2018 London Marathon in memory of her running partner and in aid of the hospice charity who cared for her. Kim Bird (62 years, Bishop’s Stortford) will be taking on the world famous marathon route on Sunday 22nd April in honour of her former running partner, Angela Loyer, who died at St Clare Hospice aged 52 years on 14th June 2017. Kim Bird and Angela Loyer were both members of the Bishop’s Stortford-based ladies’ running group ‘Girls Go Running’ and completed their first-ever marathon together in April 2016 when they ran the Manchester Marathon. Commenting ahead of the 2018 London Marathon Kim Bird said: “Angela and I had always hoped to run the London Marathon together. When we didn’t get a ballot place, we decided to run Manchester instead. So when I finally get to do the London Marathon this April, I will be running it for the both of us. Angela might not be with me in person, but she will be there in spirit when I cross that finishing line.” Angela Loyer was diagnosed with cancer in May 2017 and died just 4 weeks later at St Clare Hospice. Kim Bird said:

lifted off her. It’s not doom and gloom at St Clare at all, people are smiling and friendly. St Clare makes the best of the days that people have got left – that was the impression I got as soon as I walked through the doors.” Commenting on the personal request Angela made to Kim, Kim Bird said: “Angela asked me to raise money for the hospice. So that is why I have set myself the challenge of fundraising for a whole year – from September 2017 to September 2018. The money I raise in sponsorship for the London Marathon will go towards my overall target of £5,000.” Kim is undertaking a year’s worth of fundraising in honour of Angela and she aims to raise £5,000 between September 2017 and September 2018. You can sponsor Kim Bird for her marathon fundraising effort here: fundraising/kim-bird4 You can read Kim’s full story on the St Clare Hospice website here: stories/kims-story/ Angela Loyle (left) and Kim Bird (right) complete a 5k Race for Life together

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WHAT’S ON in April ■■ 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, Thu 5th April Herts and Essex Border Centre Methodist Church Herts and Essex Border Centre present a talk on De Havilland Aircraft you’ve never heard about - Lesser known products of Stag lane & Hatfield. Time: 7.30pm, visitors welcome £2. Wed 4th & Thursday 5th April Make yummy, scrummy Nature Easter eggs for the birds Hatfield Forest Come and make Easter eggs for birds & other wildlife. Enjoy a guided bird walk around the forest with binoculars looking for different bird species. Bring an egg box to take your eggs home. Time: 10.30am-12.30pm, tickets: £3 per child. Sat 7th April 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: 9.30am-1.30pm, Sat 7th April Robbie Williams Tribute Night supporting the Mayor’s Charity Appeal Rhodes Art Complex Fundraising for the Mayor’s charity Appeal and bringing you one of the UK’s tribute shows we have Kieran as Robbie Williams. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £20, contact: 01279 710 200. Sun 8th April



Bishop’s Stortford & District Footpaths Association Meet at Herts & Essex Hospital Car Park, Cavell Drive GR: TL499209, postcode CM23 5JH The walks are generally 5-6 miles long and last between 2 and 2 ½ hours. All are welcome. Time: 10am, contact: 07722 58957, Sun 8th April St Clare Hospice 10K Run St Clare Hospice, Harlow, CM17 9JX It’s time to get your running shoes out once more for the annual St Clare 10K. The event is ideal for regular running club members looking to boost their training as well as those who are new to running but looking for a challenge! Time: 10.30-1.30pm, advance entry £12 (£10 for affiliated runners) or an additional £3 on the day, participants must be over 15 years, for more information contact: 01279 773756, Tue 10th April Coffee Morning Markwell Pavilion Coffee morning in aid of Isabel hospice. All welcome. Time: 10.30am-12pm, contact: 01279 755320. Tue 10th April RSPB Stort Valley: Evening Talk Bishop’s Park Community Centre Birds of Southern Portugal and Aviero by Jonathan Forgham. Time: 7.30pm, £3 for Stort Valley members and £5 for visitors, contact: 07808 684 723, email: simon.hurwitz@ Sat 14th April Stortford Music Festival Quiz & Disco United Reform Church Hall Never Mind the Bish Bash here’s the Quiz Bash! Oodles of fun rounds and surprise guests. Theme your team for extra prizes. Licensed bar and disco until late. Time: 8pm until midnight, tickets: £10 including a curry, Wed 18th April Midweek Live Music: Ruocco Lane Jazz Collective Rhodes Art Complex Relax on a Wednesday evening in the theatre lounge while listening to the very best from the vibrant local music scene.


Time: 7.30pm, entrance: FREE. Thu 19th April Breathe Easy Group East Herts Council Offices, Rooms A+B, Charrington’s House Network and support meeting for people living with lung conditions, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma. Set up in partnership with the British Lung Foundation, it aims to offer useful tips, advice and support for people living with these conditions in a friendly atmosphere. Time: 2-4pm, contact: 01992 531471. Fri 20th April Grove Cottage Race Night Charis Centre Enjoy a great night with all the thrills and spills of the races at the Grove Cottage Race Night. Cash bar, raffle and Owner’s Auction on the last race. Time: doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start, tickets: in advance £3.50 or £5 on the door, sue@mencapgrovecottage. org Sat 21st April St Clare Hospice Race Night Canons Brook Golf Club, CM19 5BE Price includes one of the following chicken chasseur, Beef bourguignon, vegetable pasta bake with rice and new potato salad. Book early to secure your table and supper. Cash bar and raffle and tables of 8-10. Time: 7pm, contact: Goolmohr Cantel (Georgie) on 01279 504343 or email: Sat 21st April Quiz Night Great Hallingbury Village Hall, CM22 7TZ Bring your own drink and nibbles, prizes for winners, raffle, tables of up to 8, to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young. Time: 7.30pm, contact: Julie 07780 792 956. Sat 28th April Bishop’s Stortford Castle Walk Rhodes Art Complex Join us for a guided walk around the castle in Bishop’s Stortford and learn about the history surrounding it. Meet in the foyer at Rhodes and remember to wrap up warm with sensible walking shoes. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 11am, tickets: £5.50 per person,





whats on in May Every Mon Bishop’s Stortford Health Walks Southern Country Park Meet alternate Mondays at Southern Country Park in the car park off Thorley Lane East, Grid reference TL476 193. Time: 10am, for more information: Sat 5th May 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: 9.30am-1.30pm, Sat 5th May May Day Celebrations Saffron Walden Museum Join us for May Day celebrations in the grounds and Make a May Day Garland. Time: 10am-5pm, entrance: adults £2.50, (activity £1.50) children FREE, Sat 5th & Sun 6th May Stortford Music Festival presents The Bish Bash 2018 Sworders Field, Castle Park The festival which took a break in 2017 returns to its’ traditional May bank holiday date. Already confirmed to headline the Saturday are The Rolling Clones, one of the UK’s biggest and best Rolling Stones tribute bands. Sunday’s headliners are 90s Indie band The Bluetones and living legend Wilko Johnson. Contact: www.stortfordmusicfestival. for more information. Mon 7th May Standon May Day Parade Standon Celebrate a traditional May Day Festival. Something for all the family including Maypole Dancing, Morris Dancing, craft stalls, tombolas, games and even a duck race on the river. Time: 12.30-5.30pm. Tue 8th May Coffee Morning Markwell Pavilion Coffee morning in aid of Isabel Hospice. All welcome. Time: 10.30am-12pm, contact: 01279 755320. Wed 9th May Psychic Sally - Kisses to Heaven Tour



Rhodes Arts Complex World renowned psychic, television and theatre star and the UK’s favourite award winning medium, Sally Morgan, is back and better than ever with her phenomenal interactive stage show. Sally is one of the UK’s most successful touring acts and has been wowing audiences for over 9 years now. Time: 7.30pm, contact: 01279 710 200, Sat 12th May Vamos Mask Theatre Rhodes Arts Complex Afghanistan 2009, Ryan is there to see the world, to learn a trade and to get a life. But on one particular tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. Created with 2 years of research with ex and serving soldiers, families and health professionals, A Brave Face explores Post Traumatic Stress, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war. Vamos theatre is the UK’s leading full mask theatre company. Time: 7.30pm, tickets available from the box office or online, www. Sun 13th May Little Hadham Antiques Fair Little Hadham Village Hall, SG11 2BP An established fair known for its wide range of antiques at reasonable prices. Refreshments, hot meals and yummy cakes available! Time: 9.30am-4pm, (trade 9am), admission: £1, contact: 01279 503576. Sat 19th May Spring Ball Manor of Groves Hotel All proceeds to Grove Cottage, the home of Bishop’s Stortford Mencap. Disco, auction and casino, Heads & Tails photo booth. Time: 7pm-12.30am, tickets: £75 to include a 3 course meal, contact Sue: 01279 651 908, email: sue@ Sun 20th May Bishop’s Stortford & District Footpaths Association Meet at Thremhall Park, Bury Lodge, Start Hill Grid Ref: TL531215, postcode CM22 7WE The walks are generally 5-6 miles long and last between 2 and 2 ½ hours. All are welcome.



Time:, contact: 07977 371435, Sun 20th May Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia All Saints Church We are delighted to be able to present Ruth Bennett, Principal Harp of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucata, who visits us from Mexico for a rare performance of the Harp Concertino by the female French composer Germaine Tailleferre. Time: 7pm, tickets: £16, students £5, Under 18’s FREE, Sun 20th May Open Day and Fun Day for Dogs The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge Come and join us for this main season open day and fun day for dogs. There will be a competition ring with classes judged for the best looking dogs, waggiest tails, best tricks etc. Time: 11.30am-5pm (last entry 4pm), entry: adults £4.50, children FREE, Sun 27th May On Your Bike Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club Join us for a WHEELIE good time at our 2018 sponsored cycle ride. Use your pedal power to help local patients and families in Bishop’s Stortford and across East Herts. On Your Bike is suitable for families, teams, individuals and seasoned cyclists. All donations are welcome to Isabel Hospice. Time: Registration from 8.15am, advance registration fees on website, entry on the day £25 per adult, Tue 29th to Thu 31st May Magical Woodland Elves and Fairies Hatfield Forest Come and join the learning team and search for the magical elves and fairies. Try and find all the secret doors and finish off by making your own woodland wand to take home. Wear old clothes and good footwear for exploring. Wings are optional but not essential. Meet at the hub beside the Shell House in the Lake area. Time: 10.30am-12pm and 1-2.30pm, tickets: £5.50, www.national Watch out for many more events in our next issue.



IT’s your community

musical extravaganza

saffron walden symphony orchestra and saffron walden choral society join forces Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra and Saffron Walden Choral Society join forces in a concert showcasing the musical talent of two of the largest local community music ensembles. The concert takes place on Sunday 17th June 2018 at 3pm in the Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH.

Rembrandt’s depiction of "Belshazzar’s Feast" is used on the cover of the vocal score and of many recordings of the cantata

The programme includes Leonard Bernstein’s ever-popular riotous Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and Michael Tippett’s haunting beautiful pre-War Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time.

blasphemous king and when first performed on 8th October 1931, it caused outrage with its extrovert writing and musical complexity. It contains hauntingly lyrical Baritone solos and two off-stage brass bands; an addition suggested by the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham when the piece premiered at the Leeds festival. This concert will be a spectacle not to be missed!

The second half is devoted to William Walton’s dramatic and imposing oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast. It chronicles the downfall of the

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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:

Guides & Scouts

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: 1st Thorley Guides, Brownies & Rainbows St James Church Thorley 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.

Mad Hatters Toddler Group MENTION Meet Wed atPLEASE St Michaels Mead CC Contact:

Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company - Juniors Contact via website: juniors.html 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 West Bishop’s Stortford Rainbows Meet Tue at Havers CC Contact:

Alzheimer’s Support Group Meet 2nd Thu of every month Contact: 508448 or email: june.

Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society Contact via website: Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company Contact via website:

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

Health & Family Care

Bishops Stortford Acoustic Club Meet at The Half Moon, North Street Thurs fortnightly. Doors open 8.30pm music starts 9pm. For details go to Contact:

Bishop’s Stortford Age Concern Open Mon to Fri at The Apton Centre Contact: 504748 or visit:

Bishop’s Stortford Railway Society Meet on Tue and Thu Contact: 503511 or visit:

Bishop’s Stortford VIP Club for Blind and Partially sighted people Meet 1st Tues afternoon of each month in Havers CC Contact: 832837

(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 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 WI Meet 1st Thu of every month at Charis Centre from 7.30-9.45pm Contact:

Grove Cottage Various clubs throughout the week

The Inner Wheel Club of Bishop’s Stortford Meet fourth Tuesday of each month

Bishop’s Stortford Football Club Contact: 306456 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.

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Community Centres

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Thorley Park, CM23 2LY

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Thorn Grove Primary School 01279 653002 Windhill Primary School 

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Havers Community Centre

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Markwell Pavillion

NHS Direct

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Parsonage Community Centre

Parsonage Lane, CM23 5PY 07843 943492

Utilities 111

PAH (Hospital)

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Herts & Essex Community Hospital

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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

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Lloyds Pharmacy 35 South Street

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Lloyds Pharmacy

Bishop’s Stortford East

Herts & Essex Hospital 

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Tesco Pharmacy

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Trinity Pharmacy

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Bishop’s Park Centre

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Schools 07919 520034

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The Thorley Centre 

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Cllr Colin Woodward

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Williamson Pharmacy

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Mark Prisk MP

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All Saints Primary School

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Herts & Essex High School  01279 654127 01279 656876

Hillmead Primary School Hockerill College

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Haymeads Health Centre

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Northgate Primary School

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Richard Whittington Primary School 

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St Joseph’s Primary School

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St Mary’s Catholic School 01279 827608

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Other Numbers Alzheimer’s Society

01707 378365

Bishop’s Stortford TIC

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Bishop’s Stortford TC

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Bishop’s Stortford Library

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Citizens Advice Bureau

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Isobel Hospice Advice Line 01707 382575 MS Society

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Train Enquiries

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS Electricity Emergency

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The CM23 Connection Apr/May 2018 Edition  

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

The CM23 Connection Apr/May 2018 Edition  

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