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Can you believe it we are half way through the year - half way?! We’ll be on the count down to “you know what” before we know it! Waaaay back in January I turned 50 and decided to mark the milestone by having an ”adventurous year” and the biggest adventure planned so far is to walk the Great Wall of China. I should clarify, I won’t be walking ALL of it as that would take about 18 months to cover its entire 5,500 mile length but just a small section that can be completed in around 9 days. I won’t be going alone as my school friend Marie (also 50!) will be doing the challenge with me, along with 35 other trekkers from across the country. We’re all raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, which is an organisation very close to my heart. Marie & I are self-funding, which means everything we raise will go straight to the charity. So the next few months will see us facing lots of mini challenges in terms of fitness and preparation (some parts of the wall are extremely hairy!) but also in getting out there and organising fundraising events - totally out of my comfort zone but hey, I wanted a year full of challenges! I’ll keep you posted on our progress, who knows perhaps it may motivate you to embark on your own challenge - after all if this 50 year old, menopausal woman can do it, what’s stopping you! Until next time,


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Community & corporate volunteering programme

9 Local Business People in Person

Stuart Tulloch owner of S Tulloch Roofing

10 Stortford Stags Volleyball Club Ever thought of trying a non-mainstream sport?

12 The Royal British Legion Armed Forces day 2018

16 & 28 St Clare Hospice Our Charity of the Year 2018!

■ FUN & LEISURE 6 Local Walks

Boats and beach huts

14 Just for the Kids

Henry Hedgehog’s Puzzle Page

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.

18 Look what’s Cooking Coconut seafood curry

21 Puzzles & Brain Teasers

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26 What’s On

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

BOATS AND BEACH HUTS This stroll around seaside Harwich is just over an hour’s drive away, but feels like another world. Even better, take the train via Manningtree – it runs beside the scenic Stour estuary through a wonderful watery landscape. Harwich is full or maritime history and long atmospheric beaches. Start near Harwich Town station and walk towards the High Lighthouse ahead, the official start of the long distance Essex Way. There’s free roadside parking nearby. Turn left, right and left again into Church Street, passing the Guildhall. Turn right into Market Street and left into Kings Head Street with former home of Christopher Jones, captain of the Mayflower, at number 21. At the end of the road, turn right along the Quay past Ha’penny Pier and the waterside café. Follow the road right into King’s Quay Street and Wellington Road. Walk along the waterfront, past the Treadwheel Crane and Low Lighthouse. Keep going, with the sea on your left for 1½ miles, passing two more lighthouses. Reaching some ponds by a long row of beach huts, turn back along Lower Marine Parade. At the statue of Queen Victoria, turn left into Kingsway and right into High Street, bearing left into Main Road. Don’t miss the Redoubt, a large circular fort built in 1808 to protect the harbour from a Napoleonic invasion. Continue up main road back to the High Lighthouse and station. LOCATION:



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Community & corporate volunteering Programme St Elizabeth’s are delighted to be launching their Community and Corporate Volunteering Programme for 2018. Do you have a CSR (Corporate & Social Responsibility) programme? Why not get involved with St Elizabeth’s! St Elizabeth’s can offer a range of volunteering opportunities for both corporate and community volunteers of large or small groups from April – October. Whether it is assisting with gardening or lending a hand with painting, there is a role to suit everyone! St Elizabeth’s provide positive living and learning for people of all ages with severe epilepsy, learning disabilities and other complex needs. Based in Much Hadham on a 68-acre site, St Elizabeth’s consists of a school, college and adult home and includes residential housing and gardens to support over 200 children and adults. Volunteering can make a real difference to St. Elizabeth’s. By giving your time, the living

environment of all vulnerable beneficiaries is kept in a beautiful condition, enabling everyone to enjoy it all year round. Volunteering also ensures St Elizabeth’s can save on valuable resources and money that keep the site up to date. Above all, it’s a great team-building exercise! The volunteering dates will run until Wednesday 24th October 2018, on Mondays and Wednesdays. There are two different types of volunteering roles available this year - general site maintenance (painting, gardening and tidying) & Ashvale (gardening, weeding, pruning etc., within “Ashvale”, the Horticultural Project). When your volunteering role comes to an end, St Elizabeth’s want to encourage all volunteers to remain engaged – from signing up to a challenge event, to running a company-wide bake sale or attending one of our fundraising events. The Centre would love for you to share your experience with your colleagues, friends and family!

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local business people in person Name and Business: My name is Stuart Tulloch and my business is S Tulloch Roofing. Where do you live? I lived in Harlow for the majority of my life but moved out to Takeley a couple of years ago when I met my wife. What’s your favourite shop? Does The Bishop’s Cave count? Great wine bar plus you can buy cheese, wine and craft beer. Great place! What’s your favourite Venue? We really like going to Skew - good food and a really enjoyable place to spend the evening. What do you like best about Stortford? The varied rooflines - something from every era! What do you like doing when you’re not working?

I enjoy travelling and have just come back from a cruise, so hopefully we’ll have many more adventures to come. I set up my business because... I am good at what I do! But seriously, I have over 20 years roofing experience and with the support of my family decided to go it alone. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you recently? Getting married! What’s your favourite saying? We have a family saying - “we are done!”



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Stortford stags volleyball club Ever thought about trying a sport that’s a little different? The Stortford Stags Volleyball Club are looking for new players ahead of the forthcoming indoor season starting this September 2018.

are from abroad where Volleyball is more mainstream.

Stortford Stags Volleyball Club started in late 2015 by a few local volleyball enthusiasts.

Most people think Volleyball is something just for a mess about on the beach whilst on holiday but we think Volleyball is a great sport, it’s technical, fast paced and requires some explosive power plus is not too demanding on fitness levels as other sports (unless of course it goes to a five set thriller then you do need to dig deep). We encourage you to try it out, our first taster session for newcomers is always free and we are pretty sure you’ll come back for more.

We offer a competent level of Volleyball for the local community of Bishop’s Stortford and surrounding areas. We are a friendly and fun club playing every Friday night during the indoor season (September to April) at Leventhorpe Leisure Centre, Sawbridgeworth. We play in the local amateur Essex men’s league, the competition is strong but we always give it

Also, from June (in our off season) a bunch of us get together informally and play outdoor volleyball on a weekly basis in Bishop’s Stortford town park (Sworders Field), this is great fun and I would encourage anyone interested to contact us. We

our best shot and most of all enjoy ourselves. We currently don’t have a women’s team but that is something we would like to offer in the future so please get in touch if you’re keen. As Volleyball is certainly not a mainstream sport it can be quite a challenge at times in recruiting new players to the club. Most of our players are either those who have played during their time at University, had family members who played or

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this memorable year of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force and commemorations to mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, and we are delighted that the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Mrs. Suzy Harvey, has also accepted our invitation to attend. The Parade will assemble at the junction of Basbow Lane and Windhill at 1.50pm and at 2.00pm march down Windhill and Bridge Street to the War Memorial where a short Service of Remembrance and Minutes’ silence will be held. The public will then be invited to come in to the Markwell Pavilion where refreshments will be served. Please come along and show your support.

On 30th June 2018 The Royal British Legion, Bishop’s Stortford Branch, will again be organising the Armed Forces Day Parade in Bishop’s Stortford. The Parade will be led by Royal British Legion Standards and Cadet Band and will include Royal British Legion Branch, and Women’s Section Members, Veterans, Army, Navy and Air Cadet Forces, and representatives from local emergency services. Squadron Leader Nicky Nesbitt will take the salute in



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Charity of the year Hospice calls on local schools and supporters to ‘Go Bright for st Clare! St Clare Hospice is calling on their local schools, workplaces and community groups across West Essex and East Hertfordshire to put their creative fundraising skills to the test by taking part in their second annual Go Bright Week. The hospice charity is running the weeklong campaign as part of their community fundraising activities and the event promises to be the ‘brightest week in the St Clare calendar.’ Taking place from Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd July, St Clare supporters are invited to hold ‘bright’ events in aid of the charity – raising awareness and funds for the cause. St Clare Community Fundraising Lead, Dani De’ath, is co-ordinating Go Bright Week and explained: “Go Bright is all about supporting St Clare Hospice, your local hospice charity. Our lovely, bright St Clare logo is all the colours of the rainbow and we want to celebrate the brightness and happiness that St Clare brings to the lives of our community – by holding a whole week of bright, rainbow-coloured celebrations for St Clare!” Dani continued: “One of the first things patients and families often say to us when they arrive at St Clare is how lovely and bright the hospice is, and what a happy and peaceful atmosphere it has. It is often not what they expected, as they imagine a hospice to be a dull and dingy place. That is another reason why we have chosen to

call it Go Bright Week – helping to spread the word that St Clare is a bright and happy place.” Commenting on range of Go Bright events that participants could organise, Dani said: “Why not hold a Go Bright dress-down day at your school or workplace – by donning the brightest clothes in your wardrobe; bake a bright rainbow cake and hold a bake sale; wear a bright-coloured wig for the day or wear your brightest facepaint? Whether you dress up, eat cake, wear a wig or paint your face, you will be part of the brightest week in the St Clare calendar – and help to raise awareness of our work and raise much-needed funds for us.” Go Bright Week will start with St Clare’s first-ever Go Bright Walk held on Saturday 14th July in the Water Gardens in Harlow. The new summer 5k fundraiser promises to be the ‘brightest 5k in town’ and the event is suitable for the whole family. The walk will set off at 11am with a familyfriendly festival of stalls, games and treats from 10am to 3pm. Running from Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd July Go Bright Week is open to all local schools, businesses and community groups across West Essex and East Hertfordshire – the catchment area of the hospice. For more information about how you can get involved in St Clare’s Go Bright Week contact Dani, detaiils below.

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Photo: Harlow-based pre-school, Busy Bees, were one of the first groups to sign up for Go Bright Week. Schools and nurseries across West Essex and East Herts are invited to take part.


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brookfest 2018 Returns Saturday 30th june Brookfest returns in June 2018 after its inaugural year in 2017, with a stellar line up of local talent. An annual one-day, charity, family-friendly music festival deep in the Hertfordshire countryside, Brookfest takes place at Brook Cottage Farm Riding School, Furneux Pelham on Saturday 30th June 2018. Gates open at 12.30pm with live music over two stages all day and Uncle Funk and the Boogie Wonderband headlining at 8.30pm. Lots of other bands will be appearing including Indie and the Vegas, Jack the Lad, the 7Ts, Beans and Biscuits, Pharoah and the Beats and up-andcoming bands Riviera and Slap.

means they cannot ride. The festival is hoping to raise funds for the creation of a half-mile driving track around the hay field with trees (ordered from the Woodland Trust), wildflowers, butterflies and a picnic area. Tickets are now available online from www. brookfest or from the cafe or office at the riding school. Tickets are £17.50 for over 18s, £10 for 13 - 17 year olds, £5 for 5 - 12 years olds and under 5s are free. Please call Caroline on 07474 257621 for more information

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WHAT’S ON in june ■■ 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, ■■ Fri 1st to Sun 3rd June Manuden Scarecrow Trail Manuden Village Community Centre, CM23 1EH Come and follow the trail around the village. This year’s theme is sports and hobbies. Two lucky trail maps will win cash prizes, 1st prize £50 and 2nd prize £25. Time: 10am-4pm, trail maps cost £2.50, all proceeds to The Sick Childrens Trust and local causes, ■■ Sat 2nd June Bishop’s Stortford Farmers’ & 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, ■■ Sun 10th June SuRie - Eurovision Unplugged Rhodes Arts Complex Having been chosen to represent the UK for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, SuRie is celebrating the great honour, which comes with the selection. SuRie and her musicians will perform a set of past and current Eurovision winners and hits, in the singer song-writer style she feels so at home with. Time: 4pm, tickets: £21.50 available from ■■ Sun 10th June Stansted 10K Fun Run & Walk Bentfield Green, Stansted Mountfitchet, CM24 8HZ



The Fun Run covers 10Km over country and road. The event is highly organised, measured route and kilometre markers. There is also a 1 mile Fun Run. All runners receive a medal and our charities are Grove Cottage, Alzheimer’s Society and Huw Johnson Club. Time: 10am (1 Mile) and 11am (10Km), to register visit: www.stansted10k. ■■ Tue 12th June Coffee Morning Markwell Pavilion Coffee morning in aid of Isabel Hospice. All welcome. Time: 10.30am-12pm, contact: 01279 755320. ■■ Sat 16th June Bishop’s Stortford Carnival Departing from Rhodes Arts Complex Celebrating Stortford is the theme of this year’s carnival. The parade departs from Rhodes and culminates in a family fun day on Sworders Field. Time: Parade departs at 12.30, fun day from 12-5pm, all welcome, www. ■■ Sat 16th June Famous Stortfodians Walk Rhodes Arts Complex Find out more about the history of Bishop’s Stortford on one of our guided walks. All walks start at Rhodes Arts Complex and typically last one to one and a half hours. Time: 11am, cost: £5.50, booking essential, www.rhodesartscomplex. ■■ Sat 23rd June All Saints Summer Fair All Saints Primary School BBQ, Refreshments, stalls, live music, tombola. All are welcome! Time: 12-3pm, email: pta@allsaints. ■■ Sat 23rd June Billy’s Bright Star Charity Ball in memory of Billy Nelmes Great Hadham Country Club, SG10 6JE 50’s theme (dress code black tie or 50’s) raffle, auction, cash bar, DJ and photo booth, disco and entertainment. All proceeds to Isabel Hospice, Time: 7pm-1am, tickets: £50 per person, ■■ Sat 23rd June


Comedy Night The Bishop’s Stortford High School Since winning the BBC New Comedy Award in 2013, former TBSHS pupil, Steve Bugeja has taken three criticallyacclaimed shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, written for TV shows including Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Russell Howard’s Good News. He now returns to his former school, along with Ed Gamble (from Mock the Week) to perform their Edinburgh Fringe Previews. Donation cash bar and raffle, age 14yrs and over. All proceeds to Grove Cottage. Time: 8-11.30pm, tickets: £20 per person, ■■ Sun 24th June Bishop’s Stortford & District Footpaths Association Meet at Quendon Village Hall Car Park, Grid Ref TL513301 postcode CB11 3XQ The walks are generally 5-6 miles long and last between 2 and 2 ½ hours. All are welcome. Time: 10am, Walk leader Daphne, tel: 01279 812 259, ■■ Sat 30th June Summer Fayre St Elizabeth’s, Much Hadham, SG10 6EW Help us to celebrate all the amazing work that goes on at St Elizabeth’s. The annual Summer Fayre is a great event for the whole family with craft stalls, BBQ, live music, fun, games and so much more! Time: 12-4pm, ■■ Sat 30th June Armed Forces Day Parade followed by Afternoon Tea Bishop’s Stortford Town Centre The Parade will start from the junction of Windhill and Basbow Lane and continue down the High Street, Bridge Street and on to Castle Gardens where a short service will be held at the War Memorial. Time: 2-3pm, email Terrie Archer:, contact: 07804 778 036. ■■ Wed 27th June Live Midweek Music - Golden Era Jazz Rhodes Arts Complex Relax on a Wednesday evening in the theatre lounge while listening to the very best from the vibrant local music scene.





whats on in july Time: 7.30pm, FREE entry, ■■ Thu 5th to Fri 6th July Al’s Adventure in Wasteland Rhodes Arts Complex Young alien, Al, has been sent by the Space Controller to find a Planet for the Future. Happening upon Earth, he sees water, green spaces and hope for the future, but soon become disillusioned as he witnesses waste, destruction and selfishness. These street children vow to help him, reminding him that “Children are our Future”. Time: 10.30am, 1.30pm and 6pm, tickets available via: ■■ Sat 7th July Laughing Bishop Comedy Club United Reformed Church Hall A superb night of comedy from the UK comedy circuit with Darren Harriott, Paul Thorne, David Ward & Paddy Lennox. Licensed bar, over 18’s only. Time: 7.30pm (show time 8.30pm), tickets £13.75, booking strongly advised, ■■ Sun 8th July Grove Cottage Food & Drink Festival Sworders Field This event will feature numerous food and drink stalls, live music, bar and chill out area to enjoy the food and much more! Time: 11am-5pm, entry: adults £4, children FREE, all proceeds to Grove Cottage. ■■ Tues 10th July Coffee Morning Markwell Pavilion Coffee morning in aid of Isabel Hospice. All welcome. Time: 10.30am-12pm, contact: 01279 755320. ■■ Sat 14th July Berden Village Edwardian Fete Berden Hall, CM23 1AY The fete is held in the landscaped gardens of the village’s 16th Century Manor House. There will be a large range of traditional stalls such as a tombola, bottle and produce stalls. Entertainment from Bishop’s Stortford Brass Band, Baldock Morris Dancers, Steve Sausage, Steam Engine Display and a Vintage Vehicle Display. Time: 2pm, ■■ Sat 14th July Harlow Chorus - Faure Requiem, Rutter



Requiem All Saints Church Join Harlow Chorus at All Saints Church. The programme includes two other pieces by Faure, the Cantique de Jean Racine and Pavanne for orchestra. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £15, u18s £5, ■■ Sat 14th July Go Bright Walk for St Clare Hospice The Water Gardens, Harlow Our lovely bright St Clare logo is all the colours of the rainbow - and we want to celebrate the brightness and happiness that St Clare brings to the lives of our community. We would love to invite you to wear your favourite brightest, most exciting clothing. The day also includes a family friendly festival of stalls, games and treats to entertain the kids from 10-3pm. You will also have the opportunity to remember someone who brightened up your life on our interactive Go Bright tree. Time: 11am, advance entry £12 adult, £5 children and under 3’s free, entry includes a pair of rainbow sweatbands to wear on the Walk and a Go Bright medal, ■■ Sun 15th July Songs on the Green Summer Picnic Concert Bishop’s Stortford College Cantate’s Junior, Senior and Graduate Choirs return to the beautiful grounds of Bishop’s Stortford College as they bring another successful season to a close with style. Pack a hamper with goodies, lay out a blanket and enjoy a feast of culinary and musical delights. Time: 6pm, tickets: £12 adults, £10 concs, £5 students and under 18’s, ■■ Sun 15th July Music on a Summer’s Afternoon Hatfield Forest As by popular request Dunmow Wind Band will be performing again. The music will include a variety of music from pop, film, show, jazz and classics. Bring a chair and a picnic, sit in the sun and let Dunmow Wind Band entertain you. Time: 2pm, contact: 01279 870678. ■■ Wed 18th July Teddy Bear’s Picnic The GIbberd Garden, CM17 0NA Bring your picnic and teddy and enjoy the Garden. Activities for the under 5’s.



Time: 12-3pm, small charge for some activities, adults £4, under 5’s FREE, ■■ Thu 19th July Bat Safari Parndon Wood Nature Reserve, CM19 4SF Come along and learn about our reserves bat species. You will receive an expert talk from the Essex bat group and then be led on a safari around the Reserve to discover what species we have here. You also will be given a bat detector which lets you tune in to the calls made by bats. Time: 8-10pm, entrance: £4 adults and £3 children, booking is essential, email: ■■ Sun 22nd July Sunday Afternoon Concert St Michael’s Church Jonathan Bayly - Bass, Charlotte Diggins - Soprano, Richard Carr Piano. All concerts last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by tea and cake. Time: 3pm, FREE entry, retiring collection, ■■ Sun 22nd July Time to Remember The Gardens and the World Wars The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge, CM6 2BB An opportunity to explore the World War history of the Gardens and estate; and commemorate the men and women who lost their lives in World War II. Bacon and cheese rolls served until 2.15pm and homemade cakes and drinks served until 4.30pm or until they run out! Time: 11.3am0-5pm (last entry 4pm), entrance: adults £4.50, children under 16 FREE, dogs on leads welcome, ■■ Mon 30th July Young Archaeologist Event Rhodes Arts Complex Interested in archaeology? Looking for an interesting activity to do with the kids over the holidays? Take part in our drop-in workshop where you will learn about archaeology, find out how to measure, reconstruct and draw pottery. Time: 11am-3pm, £2 per person, no need to book, Watch out for many more events in our next issue.



IT’s your community

Charity of the year St Clare Hospice granddaughter records song to raise funds for hospice charity A student midwife from Harlow has honoured her grandmother by creating a charity song to raise funds for the hospice who cared for her. Kerry Garner (37 years from Harlow, now living in Welwyn) has created a charity CD of her original song ‘What a difference a year makes’ in honour of her grandmother Joan Poole, and to raise vital funds for St Clare Hospice where Joan received care in December 2017. Joan Poole (84 years from Harlow) was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2016 and received support from St Clare’s Day Therapy team, as well as spending time on their Inpatient Unit in Hastingwood in December 2017. Joan died on 17th December at the age of 84 years. Kerry was inspired to raise funds with a charity CD after speaking to Nan about how St Clare had helped her. Kerry Garner said: “I was visiting my Nan when she said that she wanted to find a way to thank the Hospice for their care. That was when I suggested that I make a charity CD for St Clare. I played her a song that I had written a number of years ago, but had never released, and my Nan loved it. It was the perfect way for Nan and I to say ‘thank you’ to St Clare – I am so pleased that the song has helped us to do just that.”

place, and is not what you imagine a hospice to be like at all. All the nurses and doctors were so kind and welcoming to everyone in our very large family. It really felt like ‘home from home’ and my Nan loved the environment. She spoke about the staff at St Clare as if they were her best friends! Her one wish was that she didn’t want to die at home, on her own, so although I was obviously distraught when she died, I was pleased that she was at peace and died with her loved ones around her.” Kerry Garner’s song ‘What a difference a year makes’ has already raised more than £500 for St Clare Hospice, as well as an additional £500 raised in memory of Joan Poole. The incredible amount of £1,000 is enough to pay for more than 55 counselling sessions delivered by a qualified bereavement counsellor at St Clare Hospice. The CD is available in St Clare Hospice’s main reception for the suggested donation of £5. Alternatively, you can order a copy of the CD by contacting Kerry direct on:

Kerry continued: “The song is called ‘What a difference a year makes’ and is all about what is important in life, and appreciating the time that you have. When you are told you have got limited time to live, it actually does make you appreciate the time you have. You’ve really got to enjoy what you’ve got.” Commenting on the care Joan received from St Clare Hospice, Kerry said: “St Clare is a lovely



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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.

THE CM23 CONNECTION WHEN Contact: 656085 or

NT Herts & Essex Border Centre Contact Mrs M. A. Draper: 656255 or

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 Connection June/July 2018 Edition  

A community and business magazine for Bishop's Stortford.

The CM23 Connection June/July 2018 Edition  

A community and business magazine for Bishop's Stortford.