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WELCOME HELLO AND WELCOME TO THe Feb/mar edition of THE CM23 CONNECTION

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As this is the first edition of 2019 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 2019. The top 6 nominated short listed were: • • • • • •

ASL - Aspire Support Learn Grove Cottage Herts & Essex Community Farm PACT for Autism St John’s Arc & Recreational Centre (ARC) Upwards with Downs

Turn to page 16 to find out a little more about each of them. I’m absolutely delighted to announce that ASL received the most votes and therefore are our Charity of the Year 2019. They received a cheque for £100 and will be featured in both magazines. I’m really looking forward to supporting them over the coming year and sharing with you the wonderful work that they do. Thank you for your nominations, for voting and to the charities that were short listed - 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! Until next time,

Lorraine

CONTENTS ■ FEATURES & ARTICLES 9 Local Business People in Person

Pauly Mifsud, Sunrise Shutters & Blinds

10 Volunteering open day at Easton Lodge Gardens 12 Bishop’s Stortord Choral Society

Back to the classics: Mozart and Haydn

13 All Things PC 18 CM Connection Short listed Charities 2019 21 Bishop’s Stortford History Society

■ FUN & LEISURE 6 Local Walks

Bocking in Bloom

ASL is our charity of the year 2019. To find out more about the wonderful work that they do visit their website of find them on Facebook. www.aspiresupportlearn.co.uk

CONTACTING US editor Lorraine Perry call 01279 410345 or 07808 000 113 email lorraine@cmconnection.uk email danielle@cmconnection.uk web www.cmconnection.uk Join us on Facebook PLEASE Copy deadline for all adverts and submissions for the NOTE February/March edition is 10th March 2018

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14 Just for the Kids

Henry Hedgehog’s Puzzle Page

22 Looks What’s Cooking

Salmon with tomato and coriander salsa

25 Puzzles & Brain Teasers £25 in our Sudoku Competition

■ IT’S YOUR COMMUNITY 16 Local Community

Local notices, events, amenities and attractions to visit

26 What’s On

Upcoming local events

28 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...

Bocking in Bloom This walk through the colourful houses north of Braintree passes a riverside nature reserve and a windmill. And hundreds of new spring bulbs were planted in the pretty park here last year so why not take a stroll to see them in flower? Walk from Cool Beans café through Bocking Public Gardens in Braintree. Shortly before circular pond, turn R onto tarmac path and L onto Causeway. Keep straight along Bradford Street and turn R after house 50 into Philips Chase. Continue along narrow lane ahead and turn right onto River Mead. Fork left along tarmac path and branch left again to join riverside path. Turn right along River Blackwater and keep going over boardwalk. Where path ends, turn right up steps to join tarmac path and keep going in same direction. Cross footbridge left and turn left again along lane beyond. Turn right on way-marked grassy path. When it bends left, keep straight into trees and turn right along wooded path. Continue, following path left and turn left again onto Thistley Green Road, through houses. Cross over main road, heading slightly right, and continue on footpath, eventually following it right towards distant windmill. Turn left along Church Street to church. Turn left just before bridge into Dorewards Avenue. Keep straight along The Chase and follow it ahead. When track bends left, keep straight on grassy path and fork right to emerge onto road. Turn right and follow road ahead back to gardens. LOCATION:

Braintree

Distance:

About 4 miles

Pub/Café:

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Name and Business: I’m Pauly Mifsud and my business is Sunrise Shutters & Blinds. Where do you live? I live in Church Langley, Church Langley. What’s your favourite shop? ITS Tools. What’s your favourite Venue? I had a lovely time at The Gourmet Turk recently. What do you like best about Stortford? The trees, fields and surrounding countryside. What do you like doing when you’re not working? I study and practice Taoism. I set up my business because...

I used to be a carpenter and a builder, Shutters & blinds is still a very creative job without so much stress on the body. I get a great deal of job satisfaction and customer satisfaction is everything to us, which is why we are on Checkatrade, you cannot fake what your customers say! What’s the best thing that’s happened to you recently? I found a new home. What’s your favourite one liner? Everything in life is a gift and a curse, how we react to isness will define it, wisdom Mind? Emotional Mind?

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Gardens of Eastern Lodge

VOLUNTEERING OPEN DAY AT THE FORGOTTEN GARDENS Volunteering can be great fun – working with

maintenance, open days as well as rock

others and enjoying seeing the outcome.

moving (below!). Our volunteers love spending

Experts say it is life-enhancing – good for

time at the Gardens in all seasons, although

our mental and physical health. Volunteering

the heat of last summer was a bit difficult!

is also good for the well-being of your community – there is more life-satisfaction in

The Trust is holding a special open day for

places with high levels of volunteering, from

new volunteers on Thursday 14th March,

volunteers’ own increased happiness and from

for potential new volunteers to come and see

the benefits their efforts bring to others!

what the volunteering involves. The volunteer open day will run from 10.30-2.30 and involve

So, why not volunteer at the Gardens of Easton

a tour of the Gardens and getting stuck in

Lodge? The Gardens of Easton Lodge, at

with some of the tasks of the day. So, come

Little Easton near Great Dunmow, are Historic

prepared for all weathers and a little light work.

England Grade II listed. They were one of the

And bring your own lunch - hot drinks and

most important creations of the Edwardian

homemade cake will be provided!

designer Harold Peto, commissioned in 1902 by their owner “Darling Daisy”, the

To register for the volunteer open day, leave a

Countess of Warwick, one of our local historic

message on 01371 876979 – you will not be

treasures in her own right. She was born

held to attending, but registering will indicate

a Tory aristocrat, growing up to become a

how much cake will be needed! For the latest

beautiful wealthy socialite and then became a

news, more information about volunteering and

committed socialist.

visiting go to the Gardens’ website http://www. eastonlodge.co.uk/; or find them on Facebook.

The Trust, which maintains the Gardens, is always looking to welcome new volunteers, to help on restoration projects, garden

when: thu 14th March 10.30am-2.30pm Phone: 01371 876979 Web:

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bishop’s stortford choral society back to the classics: mozart and haydn Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society are stepping back in time for their next concert of pieces by Haydn and Mozart. Haydn and Mozart learned their trade, composing for the aristocracy in Austria & Hungary and the pieces in this concert all come from the 1780s. This was a time when there was little new classical music in England – perhaps because of the pre-occupation with the American War of Independence and constitutional crisis as Parliament sought to govern while George III undermined the Whig/ Tory coalition working with Pitt the Younger. In Austria, Joseph II became ruler in 1780 and became known for his “war” against feudal privileges and for his secular reforms. Mozart’s Mass in C Minor was first performed in 1783, even though it remained unfinished! Haydn’s symphony was commissioned and premiered in Paris in 1786, a few years before the French revolution resulted in the decapitation of Joseph II’s sister Marie Antionette! Audiences will need to judge for themselves

whether the music represents the end of the old guard or early signs of cultural change. Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society will be performing at 7.30pm on Saturday 30th March in the Methodist Church, Bishop’s Stortford. BSCS Background: Bishops Stortford Choral Society is a group of around 100 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 and will hold its next Open Rehearsal for new members on 25 April 2019. For more information go to their website or find them on Facebook.

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LOCAL NOTICES, EVENTS, AMENITIES

The Stort Valley RSPB Local Group while learning more about birds and wildlife Indoor meetings and talks are at Bishop’s Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 4DA. They begin at 7.30pm. Parking at Tesco - and refreshments are included. Group Annual Membership is £12.00 per annum, children under 16 are free. Admission to the meetings/talks is £3.00 for members and £5.00 for non-members. For more information on the Group and Talks, contact Simon Hurwitz, Group Leader on: 07808 684723 or email simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com Check website for extra/updated information www.rspb.org.uk/groups/stortvalley

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AND ATTRACTIONS B.S.C.C.

The Bishop’s Stortford Chess Club

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The B.S.C.C. is a fabulous local club for chess players of all age and abilities. If you enjoy a friendly game of chess with others, or want to challenge yourself against the best in the county, then we can find a game for you.

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Find out all you need to know about us from our website or just ask us a question via email. www.stortfordchess.co.uk stortfordchessclub@gmail.com bishopsstortfordchessclub

Tidy Up Bishop’s Stortford!

We are a group of volunteers who want to make Bishop’s Stortford a tidier place. We welcome groups and individuals who share our vision to join us. If you can spare a couple of hours (or even one) why not get involved? Your help will really make a difference.

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07817 778870. Further events are updated weekly on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheCM23Connection/


IT’s your community

Charity of the year 2019 ASL - Aspire Support Learn CIC ASL - Aspire Support Learn CIC is a community interest company offering employment opportunities and day care to young adults with additional needs. Phone: 07791 277043 Web: www.aspiresupportlearn.co.uk Facebook: ASL–Aspire-Support-Learn

WINNER!

CM23’s Charity of the Year 2019

Grove Cottage We are the home of Bishop’s Stortford Mencap. We provide social and educational activities for people of all ages with learning disability: to develop their potential, avoid social isolation by supporting lifelong friendships and to provide respite for their families. We accept members from all over Hertfordshire, Essex and surrounding counties. If you can get to Grove Cottage you are welcome to come along. Phone: 01279 656085 Web: www.mencapgrovecottage.org Facebook: grovecoittageBS

Herts & Essex Community Farm Herts & Essex Community Farm is a non-forprofit community project. We started in October 2013 as there was a need in the community for more growing spaces, with the purpose to increase access to fresh, healthy, sustainable food and provide a shared space for people to cultivate skills, get exercise and make friends. We’ve had over 200 volunteers so far. Email: hello@hecommunityfarm.co.uk Web: www.hecommunityfarm.co.uk Facebook: HECommunityFarm

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Pact for Autism PACT for Autism is a charity providing support for the families of autistic children, autistic adults and people with similar conditions. Our key services include the Parent Support Line, monthly meetings for parent and carer support, and a vibrant activities and events calendar, including our popular autism talks and training series. Phone: 01279 430300 Web: www.pactforautism.org.uk Facebook: PACTHarlowForAutism

St John’s Arts and Recreational Centre St John’s ARC is a community Arts & Recreation Centre offering a varied programme of events and activities. The venue is available to hire for a range of private functions. The Centre is run by St John’s ARC Association and is a registered charity. The Committee is responsible for sourcing funding for the upkeep of the building. We offer a varied programme of activities and events for all ages which include concerts, exhibitions and workshops. Phone: 01279 442447 Web: www.stjohnsarc.org.uk Facebook: stjohnsarc

Upwards with Downs Upwards with Downs is a Harlow based registered charity which offers support to people with down syndrome & their families. We meet every Thursday morning at the Treehouse Children's centre in Parnall Road Harlow from 10am to 11.30am. Please come along & meet us. Phone: 07733 392064 Web: www.upwardswithdowns.co.uk Facebook: UpwardsDowns

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Local history bishop’s stortford history society The Society has its roots in the Bishop’s Stortford & District Local History Society which was set up in 1955. Its members in those days were actively involved in research and in collecting objects relating to the history of the area. More recently the Society has widened its focus beyond local history. It organises a programme of talks as well as summer visits to local places of interest. The annual subscription is £15 which allows free access to all talks, some of which are held at the Rhodes Arts Complex, in collaboration with the Bishop’s Stortford Museum, with whom the Society has close links. Its publications are listed on the web site www. bishopsstortfordhistorysociety.org.uk, together with the programme of talks, which run from September to May each year. If you are interested in joining the Society or attending a talk (visitors pay just £3) please contact Joy Cornell, details below.

Talks scheduled for 2019: 21st February 2019 Lost and Found: Journey to a Forgotten Railway David Gridley 21st March 2019 Women in Medieval London Dr Caroline Baron

18th April 2019 Hertfordshire and the Slave Trade HALS 18th May 2019 AGM

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH: savoury

LOOK WHAT’S COOKING SALMON WITH TOMATO AND CORIANDER SALSA

4 ripe tomatoes, halved 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander ½ red chill, deseeded and very finely chopped (optional) 2 tbsp lime juice 2 tbsp olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper

This

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4 salmon fillets

make and is packed with flavour.

Boiled long-grain and wild rice, to serve

with trout or sea bass fillets.

If

you prefer, replace the salmon

1. To make the salsa, scoop out and discard the tomato seeds and dice the flesh. Place in a bowl with the red onion, coriander, chilli (if using) and 1 tbsp each of the lime juice and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside. 2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add the remaining olive oil. Place the salmon fillets in the pan, skin-side down, and cook for 5-6 minutes. Turn each fillet over, sprinkle over the rest of the lime juice and cook for a further 5-6 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. 3. Serve the salmon fillets on a bed of boiled long-grain and wild rice and topped with the salsa.

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How to Play Sudoku Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9, with no repetition!

Win

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Send your completed puzzle with your name and address to the CM23 office: 27 Church Manor, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 5AF. First correct entry drawn on 10th March wins!

It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s addictive so have a go and enter. Good luck! For last month’s answers please contact CM23 office.

Last month’s

Sudoku prize

winner

Congratulations go to Ashley-Taylor Lilley of Northolt Avenue who won the Dec/Jan £25 cash prize Sudoku competition. Thanks to everyone else who entered!

Poet

WORDSEARCH

Find these words in the grid and the remaining letters will spell out a related phrase Blake Browning Carroll Cummings Donne Duffy Emerson Frost Hardy Hughes Keats Kipling Lear McGough Nash Plath Poe

Pushkin Rossetti Shakespeare Shelley Southey Tennyson Yeats

Here’s the last edition’s hidden phrase: Christmas comes but once a year - Thomas Tusser

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UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS

WHAT’S ON in February are welcome at these meetings for £2, contact via: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ features/herts-and-essex-border-centre

■■ every mon (inc bank hols) Thorley Health Walks Southern Country Park Meet in the car park at St James the Great Church Time: 10am, www.hertfordshirehealthwalks.org

■■ SAT 9TH FEBRUARY Laughing Bishops Comedy Club with Paddy Lennox United Reformed Church Hall, Water Lane The home of stand-up comedy in Bishop’s Stortford. Enjoy wonderful home-made Indian food from Rekha and cask ale from Colchester Brewery. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £16, www.laughingbishops.co.uk

■■ EVERY FRI Castle Park Health Walks Meet at entrance to Castle Park by Link Road car park Health Walks are a part of a countrywide programme of free walks, helping everyone get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits. Time: First steps at 10.15am (20 mins), Grade 1 at 11am (30 mins, about 1.5 miles) and Grade 2 (45 mins, about 2 miles). www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/ healthwalks

■■ SUN 10TH FEBRUARY Bishop’s Stortford & District Footpaths Association Meet at Albury Village Hall, The Bourne GR: TL441248, postcode SG11 2JD 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: 07977 371435, www. walksaroundstortford.org.uk

■■ Every Sat Castle Park parkrun 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, www.parkrun.org.uk

■■ TUE 12TH FEBRUARY Evening Talk – Black Tailed Godwits Migration RSPB Stort Valley, Bishop’s Park Community Centre This talk by Professor Jennifer Gill will take you through the story of these amazing birds, which are under threat. Time: 7.30pm, £3 for Stort Valley members, £5 for visitors, contact: 07808 684723, email: simon.hurwitz@ ntlworld.com

■■ Every Sat Volunteer Conservation Birchanger Woods, by the water tower, Heath Row Pop over and see Pat Sat mornings to find out how you can help maintain Bishop’s Stortford’s ancient woods. Contact: www.birchangerwoodtrust. org ■■ FRI 1ST FEBRUARY TO THU 14TH FEBRUARY Bishop’s Stortford Festival of Literature Bishop’s Stortford College Talks to include Robin Ince, Saira Hamilton. Historian, author and presenter David Starkey. Author and illustrator Chris Riddell, Claire Lomas, Sarah McIntyre and Jackie Morris, Art Historian, author and presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon. A full list of the events can be obtained via the website: www.bishopsstortfordcollege.org ■■ THU 7TH FEBRUARY Herts & Essex Border Centre Talk Methodist Church, South Street Rev. Henry Small of St Albans and the missing £20,000. Time: 7.30pm for 7.45pm start, visitors

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■■ TUE 12TH FEBRUARY Coffee Morning Markwell Pavilion Everyone is welcome at the monthly coffee morning, 2nd Tuesday of the month in aid of Isabel Hospice. Time: 10.30am, email: Renee_friend@ msno.com or contact: 01279 755320. ■■ SAT 17TH & Sun 24TH FEBRUARY Snowdrop Open Days The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Easton, CM6 2BB There are swathes of snowdrops under the trees and aconites too; and more snowdrops in the walled kitchen garden and the Glade. Homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks will be available until 3pm or until they run out! Time: 11.30am-4pm, entrance: adults £4.50, children under 16 FREE, www.eastonlodge.co.uk

■■ MON 18TH FEBRUARY The Amazing Bubble Man Rhodes Arts Complex This wonderous show explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. Time: 2pm, tickets: adults £13.50, child £11.50, contact: 01279 710200, www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk ■■ MON 18th FEBRUARY to FRI 22nd FEBRUARY Audley Butler School Audley End House, CB11 4JF Learn about the etiquette of a country house, from dressing a table to folding a napkin. But make sure you pay attention, as the master of the house won't keep sloppy butlers around for long! Time: 11am-4pm, tickets: adults £11.80, child £7.10, FREE to members, book via: www.englishheritage.org.uk ■■ TUE 19TH FEBRUARY TO THU 2st FEBRUARY Puppet Making Rhodes Arts Complex Join in with the puppetry of Snow White, Rose Red & Bear Brown and make your very own animal puppet. Please note this is a drop in workshop so numbers may be limited at one time. Time: 11am, FREE, age 5 plus, contact: 01279 710200, www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk ■■ SUN 24TH FEBRUARY Winter Walkies 2019 St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood, CM17 9JX From Cockapoos and Cocker Spaniels to Pugs and Poodles, dozens of dogs of all shapes and sizes are set to take part in our sponsored 5km countryside walk. Time: 11am–1pm, cost: £10, www.stclarehospice.org.uk ■■ SUN 24TH FEBRUARY Bishop’s Stortford & District Footpaths Association Meet at Hatfield Heath Village car park (behind chip shop) GR: TL524150, postcode CM22 7EB The walks are generally 5-6 miles long and last between 2 and 2 ½ hours. All are welcome. Time: 10am, contact Peter: 01279 835036 / 07941435001, www. walksaroundstortford.org.uk

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WHAT’S ON in March ■■ every mon (inc bank hols) Thorley Health Walks Southern Country Park Meet in the car park at St James the Great Church Time: 10am, www.hertfordshirehealthwalks.org ■■ EVERY FRI Castle Park Health Walks Meet at entrance to Castle Park by Link Road car park Health Walks are a part of a countrywide programme of free walks, helping everyone get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits. Time: First steps at 10.15am (20 mins), Grade 1 at 11am (30 mins, about 1.5 miles) and Grade 2 (45 mins, about 2 miles), visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks ■■ Every Sat Castle Park parkrun Castle Park 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, www.parkrun.org.uk ■■ Every Sat Volunteer Conservation Birchanger Woods, by the water tower, Heath Row Pop over and see Pat Sat mornings to find out how you can help maintain Bishop’s Stortford’s ancient woods. Contact: www.birchangerwoodtrust. org ■■ TUE 5TH MARCH Take Me Back Tuesdays The Museum, Rhodes Arts Complex Join us in the bar area where we take you back in time and delve into the history of Bishop’s Stortford. Look at old photos and chat about your memories of the town. Time: 11am-3pm, FREE, visit: www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk ■■ THU 7TH MARCH Herts and Essex Border Centre Talk Methodist Church, South Street Arts & Craft Movement in Hertfordshire – Lutyens, Jekyll, Mawson & Japanese Gardens. Time: 7.30 for 7.45pm start, visitors are welcome at these meetings for £2, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/hertsand-essex-border-centre

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■■ SAT 9TH MARCH TUBS Tidy up Bishop’s Stortford Meeting place to be confirmed TUBS is a group of volunteers who want to make our town a tidier place. They welcome groups and individuals who can spare a couple of hours and get involved. All equipment is provided. Time: 10am, email: irhudson@gmail. com or visit www.tubs.yolasite.com ■■ Sat 9th March Stortford Valley Rotary Quiz Charis Centre, Water Lane Join us on for an evening of fun at the Stortford Valley Rotary Quiz! Proceeds divided between Isabel Hospice and the Clubs own sponsored charity, Life Education. Tickets include a raffle and Ploughman’s supper. Tables of eight, bring your own drinks. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £12, contact: Derek Crowther: 01279 832580. ■■ SUN 10TH MARCH Bishop’s Stortford & District Footpaths Association Thremhall Park, Bury Lodge Lane, Takeley GR: TL532214, postcode CM22 7WE The walks are generally 5-6 miles long and last between 2 and 2 ½ hours. All are welcome. Time: 10am, walk leader Dave: 01279 832632 / 07914 949547, visit: www.walksaroundstortford.org.uk ■■ TUE 12TH MARCH Evening Talk - The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) RSPB Stort Valley, Bishop’s Park Community Centre This talk by Paul Stancliffe will take you through the role and purpose of the BTO, including data mining (ringing, surveys etc) and what it means. Time: 7.30pm, £3 for members, £5 for visitors, 07808 684723, email: simon. hurwitz@ntlworld.com ■■ SAT 16TH MARCH Laughing Bishops Comedy Club with Paddy Lennox United Reformed Church Hall, Water Lane Enjoy wonderful home-made Indian food from Rekha and cask ale from Colchester Brewery. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £16, visit: www.laughingbishops.co.uk ■■ SAT 16TH MARCH Music @ Stansted Concert St John’s Church, Stansted, Herts, CM24 8JP

Music@Stansted is proud to present the Benyounes String Quartet , which is currently celebrating it’s 10th anniversary. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £15 adults, £12 concs and under 16’s free of charge, visit: www.music@stansted.co.uk ■■ MON 18TH MARCH Nest Rhodes Arts Complex A stunning multi-sensory experience for pre-walking babies and their parents and carers. Gentle, surprising and magical. Time: 11am, cost: £12 1 adult & 1 baby up to 14 months, visit: www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk ■■ Fri 22nd March Grove Cottage Charity Race Night The Charis Centre, Water Lane Enjoy a great night with all the thrills and spills of the races all in aid of Grove Cottage. With 8 Races and 8 horses per race, there will be no shortage of excitement! Tickets: £5, contact: 651908 or visit: www.mencapgrovecottage.org ■■ SAT 23RD MARCH Horrible Histories Catapult Craft The Museum, Rhodes Complex Make some horrible history of your own with our catapult or crown craft workshop. Time: 11.30am-3pm, FREE, age 5+, visit: www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk ■■ Thu 28th to Sat 30th March Water Lane Theatre Company Presents: Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile Rhodes Arts Complex Set amongst the ruins and temples on the ancient river Nile, life blood of Egypt, what better place for one of Christie’s most fascinating and exotic tales of murder and intrigue. Time: 3pm & 7.30pm, tickets: adults £16, concs £14, matinee £12, visit: www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk/ ■■ SUN 31ST MARCH Sky Dive for Grove Cottage North London Sky Diving Centre, Chatteris Jump out of an aircraft to raise money for Grove Cottage. Contact: Sue on 07540 269394 or email: sue@mencapgrovecottage.org, www.mencapgrovecottage.org Watch out for many more events in our next issue or on our Facebook pages.

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INFORMATION AT A GLANCE

The Contact via website: www.voyageresu. co.uk

Arts & Crafts

Bishop’s Stortford Knit & Craft Club

Health & Family Care

Meet Tue 2pm at South Street Pantry Contact Jodie: 07734 209999

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Meet 2nd Thu of every month Contact: 508448 or email: june. iliffemunns@alzheimers.org.uk

Community

Stortford Kickstart (for CVs etc.)

Meet Thu and Fri 10am to 12.30pm at BS Methodist Church Contact: 501745 or 656381 www.stortfordkickstart.org.uk

Mad Hatters Toddler Group

TUBS (Tidy Up Bishops Stortford)

P.A.C.T Parents of Autistic Children Together

Meet Wed at St Michaels Mead CC Contact: madhattersgroup@btinternet.com

Meet every other month Contact: 07817 778870 or visit: www.tubs12.info

Fine Art & Literature

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

Guides & Scouts

1st Bishops Park Rainbows Meet Tue at Bishops Park CC Contact: www.girlguiding.org

7th Bishop’s Stortford Guides Meet Thu at Havers CC Contact: www.girlguiding.org

1st Bishop’s Stortford and Hockerill Scout Group - Beavers, Cubs and Scouts Contact via website: www.1stbishopsstortford.org.uk

1st & 2nd Hockerill Brownies Meet Thu & Fri Parsonage CC Contact: www.girlguiding.org

1st Thorley Guides, Brownies & Rainbows St James Church Thorley Contact: www.girlguiding.org

1st West Bishop’s Stortford Rainbows Meet Tue at Havers CC Contact: suelatto@hotmail.com

Bishop’s Stortford Trefoil Guild

Meet 2nd Wednesday of the month at Thorley Community Centre at 7.30pm Contact: sylvieh57@aol.com

Silver Leys Scout Group

For Beavers, Cubs and Scouts Contact: Anne Winship silverleysscouts@outlook.com

STMM Brownies

Meet Thu at St Michaels Mead CC Contact: Janet Gordon: jan@jkl2000.co.uk

Voyager Explorer Scout Unit Explorer Scouts aged 14-18

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Meet 1st Wed of every month at All Saints School Contact via website: www. pactforautism.org.uk/index.php/ services/parent-meeting

St John Ambulance

www.theaptoncentre.org.uk

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 or www.bishopsstortfordhistorysociety. org.uk

Bishop’s Stortford Railway Society Meet on Tue and Thu Contact: 503511 or visit: www.tinyurl.com/bsrailsoc

Bishop’s Stortford WI

Meet 1st Thu of every month at Charis Centre from 7.30-9.45pm Contact: bishopsstortfordwi@yahoo. co.uk

Meet Wed at Havers CC Contact via website: www.sja.org.uk/

Bishop’s Stortford VIP Club for Blind and Partially sighted people

Stort Valley & Villages Children’s Centre Group Contact: 696853 or visit www. stortvalleychildrenscentres.org.uk

CST.Today

Thorley Manor Mother & Toddler Group Meet Tue & Fri at Thorley CC Contact: thorleytoddlergroup@live. co.uk

Music & Performing Arts Bishops Stortford Acoustic Club

Meet at The Half Moon, North Street Weds fortnightly. Doors open 8.30pm music starts 9pm. Contact: acousticclubstortford@gmail. com, www.thehornbs.co.uk

Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society Contact via website: www.bscs.org.uk

Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company

Contact via website: www.bsmtc. org.uk

Meet 1st Tues afternoon of each month in Havers CC Contact: 832837

Meet weds in the New Apton Centre 10am until 3pm including a hot meal at lunchtime Contact Debbie: 07904 198309 or debbie.baker@cst.today, www.cst. today

Grove Cottage

Various clubs throughout the week Contact: 656085 or info@mencapgrovecottage.org

Herts & Essex Boundary Flower Club

Meet 1st Tue of every month at The Barnabus Centre Contact via: herts_ essexboundaryflowerclub@ yahoo.co.uk, www. hertsessexboundaryflowerclub.weebly. com

Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company - Juniors

NT Herts & Essex Border Centre

Bishop’s Stortford Town Band

The Inner Wheel Club of Bishop’s Stortford

Contact via website: www.bsmtc.org. uk/juniors.html 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: www.bsus.co.uk

Contact Mrs M. A. Draper: 656255 or maureendraper@uwclub.net www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hertscen

Meet fourth Tuesday of each month (except August and December) Contact Margaret Webb: margaretwebb01@gmail.com

The Phoenix Stroke Club

Social & Meeting Clubs

Meet every other Thu 2-4pm at Bishop’s Park CC Contact: Kath 724285

Open Mon to Fri at The Apton Centre Contact: 504748 or visit:

Meet Mon 12.55pm at Bishop’s

Bishop’s Stortford Age Concern

The Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford

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listings Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club

Stortford Golf Club Contact via website: www.rotary-ribi. org

for information on local groups and classes

The Rotary Club of Stort Valley

Bishop’s Stortford Badminton Club and Junior Badminton Club

Bishop’s Stortford Running Club

Bishop’s Stortford Bowling Club

Chantry Squash Club

Bishop’s Stortford’s Evening Rotary Club. Meet every Tuesday at The Lemon Tree, 7 for 7.30pm Contact via website: stortvalleyrotary. com

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section

Meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm at RBL Apton Road Day Centre Contact: Gwyn 01279 833545

Thorley Open Door over 60’s Club

Meets 1st & 3rd Weds every month 1.45-3.45pm at The Emmaus Centre, Thorley Contact: Eve 503715 or just turn up

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: u3asites.org.uk

Sport & Fitness

Contact: 654464 or visit www. stortfordbadminton.net

Contact: 755887 or visit: www. bishopsstortfordbowlingclub.org.uk

Bishop’s Stortford Cricket Club Contact: 654463 or visit: www. bishopsstorfordcricketclub.com

Bishop’s Stortford and District Angling Society

Contact club secretary: David Tadgell 654154

Bishop’s Stortford Football Club Contact: 306456 or visit: www.bsfc. co.uk

Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club Contact: 01279 654715 or visit: www.bsgc.co.uk

Contact: 652092 or visit: www. pitchero.com/clubs/bishopsstordrfc Meet at Hockerill Sports & Social Club Contact Ian McClymont: secretary@ bsrc.org.uk Contact via: www.chantrysquashclub. com or membership@ chantrysquashclub.com

Havers Park Bowls Club

(Green) South Street, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3JB Contact: Secretary Brian Hurst 01279 503967 or bhurst98@aol.com

Sunday Smashers Badminton Club

Meet Sundays 6pm - 8pm at Bishop’s Stortford High School sports hall Contact: 01279 652980 or visit https://m.facebook.com/ SundaySmashers/

Bishop’s Stortford Hockey Club Contact: 654463 or visit: www.bshc. hitssports.com

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INFORMATION AT A GLANCE

Community Centres

USEFUL NUMBERS ALL IN ONE PLACE Thorley Health Centre

01279 657636

Thorley Park, CM23 2LY

Bishops Park Community Centre

Thorn Grove Primary School 01279 653002 Windhill Primary School 

01279 696850

01279 712146

Lancaster Way, CM23 4DA

Hospitals

Havers Community Centre

Utilities

Waytemore Road, CM23 3GR01279 712146

NHS Direct

Markwell Pavillion

PAH (Hospital)

01279 444455

Parsonage Community Centre

Herts & Essex Community Hospital

01279 444455

St Michaels Mead Community Centre

Pharmacies

Hertfordshire Police Non-Emergency

101

Boots Pharmacy

Bishops Stortford Police Station

101

Castle Gardens, CM23 2EL 01279 712146

111

Thorley Community Centre

Friedberg Avenue CM23 4HB01279 329686

01279 653294

Church Street

Lloyds Pharmacy 35 South Street

County Councillors

01279 654021



Lloyds Pharmacy

01279 507524

The Thorley Centre 

Bishop’s Stortford West

(Central & Silver Leys Wards) Colin Woodward Email: colin.woodward@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Medicx Pharmacy

Bishop’s Stortford East

Tesco Pharmacy

(Meads & All Saints Wards) John Wyllie Email: John.wyllie@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Bishop’s Stortford Rural

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

0808 202 5469

Herts & Essex Hospital 

0345 6779056

Bishop’s Park Centre

Trinity Pharmacy

01279 654171

87 South Street

Williamson Pharmacy

01279 652759

1 Snowley Parade

Schools

Cllr George Cutting

Local MP

Mark Prisk MP

01279 836006

All Saints Primary School

Mayor 07721 654410 0207 219 6358

01279 655936

Birchwood High School Bishop’s Stortford High School

Church Street Surgery

Church Street, CM23 2LY

Herts & Essex High School  01279 654127 Hockerill College

01279 657636

Haymeads Health Centre

Haymeads Lane, CM23 5JH 01279 657636

Parsonage Surgery

Herts & Essex Community Hospital, CM23 5JH

01279 656876

South Street Surgery

83 South Street, CM23 3AP 01279 465700



01279 658451

Manor Fields Primary School 

01279 757193

Northgate Primary School

Crimestoppers

AA Helpline

01923 211122

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

Samaritans

116 123

St Clare Hospice Advice Line01279 773773 Train Enquiries

Electricity Emergency

0800 783 8838 Gas Emergency

01279 657778

0800 111 999

St Joseph’s Primary School

01279 652576  01279 654901

St Michael’s Primary School  01279 810800 Summercroft Primary School 01279 307477 01279 654496

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Richard Whittington Primary School 

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Doctors

Three Valleys Water

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