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WELCOME HELLO AND WELCOME TO THe Apr/may edition of THE CM23 CONNECTION

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Many of you know that the group that ran the Herts & Essex Observer & Harlow Star stopped publishing a printed version in February. Fortunately, Stortford still has the awesome Independent and long may that continue!

Apr/may ISSUE 46

Did you know that we are the only printed, free publication that is delivered to the whole of the Town? We have 17k copies printed and split the delivery over two months. As long as we can access a letterbox, we will deliver to it - we do not cherry pick areas. As a community magazine, that’s not what we’re about.

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In our 2018 customer and resident survey 100% of customers and residents said they would recommend us and 83% gave us 10/10 for customer service, no one gave less than 8/10!

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I don’t say this to impress you but to impress upon you how dedicated and dependable we are. Put simply we care. I care. Community is everything. And we’ll keep doing what we do as long as we’re needed. So please do consider using the businesses and organisations in the magazine and tell them that you saw them in CM23 but above all, please keep it local!

9 Local Business People in Person

Daniel Stockley, Ed’s Garden Maintenance

12 Locals that Launch

National Wills & Probate Ltd

16 Learners Community Library 20 Charity of the Year - ASL 24 The Gallery at Parndon Mill Exhibition: The Sense of Touch

28 Get on your Bike for Isabel Hospice!

■ FUN & LEISURE 6 Local Walks

Gorgeous Gravesend

Until next time,

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Lorraine

Henry Hedgehog’s Puzzle Page

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

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26 Looks What’s Cooking: Savoury Chicken & rice burritos

27 Looks What’s Cooking; Sweet Apricot and orange cheesecakes

29 Puzzles & Brain Teasers £25 in our Sudoku Competition

■ IT’S YOUR COMMUNITY 22 Policing Our Local Community 30 Local Community

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

GORGEOUS GRAVESEND The countryside between the Catherine Wheel pub at Gravesend and Little Hadham church offers lovely views, thatched cottages and a classic country pub. Walk up road beside pub and along edge of Patmore Heath. Turn right past information board straight along main path across heath and take track with footpath sign straight on. By thatched white cottage, turn sharp R on track and immediately L at junction of signposts, following R fork, signed Albury. Keep going in this direction for almost a mile. Turn left on lane and right at sign for Albury. Keep straight again on tracks ahead. At junction fork right, following waymarks, towards Hadham Hall. Before wall, turn right on grassy track with houses on L. Continue straight through yard and head towards church. Walk through car park next to church, turn left through graveyard and then right, leaving churchyard near large chestnut tree. Continue on straight path gently downhill. Cross bridge and go on, up path. Cross lane into track and, just beyond bungalow, take right fork. Keep straight on path, left over footbridge, and right again along hedge. Turn right at signpost and keep straight. At far end of field, cross little bridge and follow arrow. Cross track and head slightly right to go straight on over bridge into wood and continue to follow arrows ahead through two clumps of trees. Emerging at junction of tracks by row of conifers, turn right and immediately left. Continue in this direction, with views of Albury church. Cross lane, climb steps, go through kissing gate and take path diagonally right past oak tree. At foot of hill, turn left along hedge and right over footbridge. Go up track to road and turn left to Catherine Wheel pub. LOCATION:

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I like to ride along the river and do some cooking at home as I used to be a chef. Also getting out in the garden, obviously! I set up my business because... I’ve been a chef since I left college and wanted to be more outdoors, clearly didn’t think too much about the British Climate! What’s the best thing that’s happened to you recently? Winning a pub quiz with my mates! What’s your favourite one liner? The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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St Elizabeth’s centre LOOKING AHEAD “St Elizabeth’s is a vibrant community supporting people with epilepsy and other profound disabilities towards an independent and fulfilled life. It is – and I can say this because I have only recently joined it – a truly amazing place, combining the best of new therapies and technologies with a century-old tradition of care and expertise. But we are not standing still. As a new CEO of a newly independent charity, I am eager to help us develop even further: expanding our reach and deepening our offer. The next few years for St Elizabeth’s will be very exciting. We hope you can join us on our journey!” – Adam Sampson, new CEO of St Elizabeth’s After a successful 2018, St Elizabeth’s are moving into 2019 with fresh and exciting new challenges, a new Chief Executive, a new website and as a new, independent charity! 2018 saw us host a number of popular events, such as the annual Summer Fayre, Apple Day, Charity Golf Day and Christmas Bazaar. Apple Day was hosted by the famous face of BBC DIY SOS, Billy Byrne! The celebrity opened our orchard to the waiting crowd, and met with lots of families, friends and residents of St Elizabeth’s. Billy returned for the Christmas Bazaar, opening the ever popular Santa’s Grotto with a little help from Sparkle the reindeer.

Are you looking to take on a challenge event this year? Could you do it for St Elizabeth’s? There are lots of ways to get involved, including the London Marathon (2020 ballots open to run for us!), Ride London or even abseiling! We still have some 46 mile places left for Ride London, taking place in August 2019. We also open our Corporate and Community groups volunteering programme in April, where corporates are invited to take part in volunteering opportunities involving maintenance, general tidying and painting. All of these tasks help keep St Elizabeth’s looking beautiful and enable all residents to enjoy during the warm summer months.

Did you know? • St Elizabeth’s is one of the largest employers in Hertfordshire, employing over 650 staff! • St Elizabeth’s supported 240 people in 2018!

Successful fundraising and support from far and wide meant our School will now benefit from a fantastic new playground! The playground has been in a state of disrepair and as a result, lots of the children have missed out on recreational and therapeutic activities. However, a new surface (fundraised for by kind supporters!) will enable the children to get back to taking part in the activities they so enjoy.

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locals that launch: Hertfordshire based National Wills and Probate Ltd is a Wills and Probate service owned by Nina Villa, which provides advice, support and planning for wills and all things probate. in her words, NIna tells us more about her business......

When did you set up your business? Initially in 2008 but we started slowly and then became a limited company in 2012 How did you decide on your company name? Initially we were named after my business partner’s daughter (Liberty) but as we started to grow and cover a much wider area we decided to rename ourselves as National Wills and Probate Services Ltd. Where did you qualify/study? My initial legal studies were at the University of Westminster and then the University of Hertfordshire. I then did specific training in Wills and Probate with the Society of Will Writers and the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP). What’s your experience in the business? 10 years writing wills as well as a much wider experience in legal issues gained from work in various local authorities. What work did you do before setting up the business? After my legal training I decided for a

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National wills and Probate Ltd know what is around the corner. I see families every week who are struggling because a loved one failed to plan for their illness or death and it causes consider grief and upset for those left to pick up the pieces. What hurdles have you faced? When I first started up I asked my dad, who has been self employed for 40 years, how best to advertise and attract clients. His advice was that word of mouth recommendations is by far the most effective method and he was right! So my biggest hurdle was finding my first few customers to spread the word. What has been the most challenging aspect of owning your own business? Achieving the right work/life balance. I rarely switch off and am often writing Will or answering emails at evenings, weekends and whilst on holiday because I want to provide the best possible service. However, this often means I end up neglecting those at home! What has been the most rewarding aspect? Building a relationship with my clients and giving them piece of mind. Are you the only employee? Yes, although I do have self employed associates who work alongside me. Do you hope to expand your business? Yes – I am hoping to recruit associates with an interest in legal work and estate planning to work alongside me across the Eastern region.

What do you like most about being selfemployed? The flexibility it provides me. Any interesting stories from your working life that you’d like to share with us? I have had some very strange funeral requests. One gentleman wanted to a Viking style funeral, some have asked for Jedi ceremonies and one wanted his cremated ashes to be put in to a firework and let off at his wake!

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Learners community library Local resource launches dementia friends drop in service A local resource for parents, children, staff and professionals working with children/young people aged 0-19 as well as a developing local resource for those with Dementia and their carers. Learners Community Library provides equipment, materials, support and advice in an informal setting to parents/carers, SENCOs, professionals and others working with children and young people, aged 0-19, and children themselves in the surrounding area. The range of resources have continued to be extended from the original area of speech, language and communication (SLCN) to cover areas such as fine and gross motor coordination, behaviour management, social skills etc. There is now Dementia Friends Drop In to make better use of the resources for all as well as a new Help Point for Playlist for Life. How much does it cost to join Learners Community Library?

psychologist, Autism Adviser, SPLD Advisers, Dementia Friends Champion and other professionals, as well as support from the volunteers at library sessions; • Access software between sessions by arrangement and use of laptops • Access Help Point for Playlist for Life; Chloe Noel aged 9 says: ‘I would • Photocopy/print materials and laminate them recommend the library far and wide...’ (for as long as we have sufficient funds); • Refreshments at LCL session; • Access an electronic copy of the resource list; • Identify items that you’d like to be ordered; • A car park pass for library times (for as long as the hospital continues to support this) and more..... • And more!

• The first visit is free! • There is a modest yearly subscription with no charges for borrowing individual items. • Concessions are available for parents who need this and for newly qualified teachers. • For further information go to our website www.learnerscommunitylibrary.com Membership of the library entitles you to: • Borrow 5 items a month from over 2,000 items available; • Advice from LCL’s retired Educational

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Charity of the year Introducing: Aspire Support Learn (ASL) About us My name is Michelle Toohil and I am the CEO and Founder of ASL. I’d like to tell introduce ASL to you. ASL offers supported day care and employment opportunities to young adults with learning and physical disabilities in and around Harlow. I felt there was very little choice in our area for young adults with additional needs especially employment opportunities, so I started ASL in February 2017. We have achieved so much within that time and made a significant difference to lots of young peoples lives. We are based in David Livingstone Reformed Church, Maddox Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 3RW. Our tea room is a tea room with a difference! ASL offers work based training in our tea room kitchen and dining room to young adults with physical and learning disabilities, offering a pathway in to paid employment. Currently the majority of our young adults have Downs Syndrome, however we cater to all young adults with a vast range of additional needs. All the young adults attending ASL run the tea room themselves with support from ASL staff and volunteers, this includes arriving bright and early to prepare all our delicious fresh food in our kitchen, serving all our lovely customers and tidying up at the end of the day.

dietary needs and have recently added some more vegan choices to our menu, which are already proving to be very popular with vegans and non-vegans alike – we highly recommend trying one (or two) of our vegan sausage rolls! Our themed afternoon teas are particularly popular and we have an ‘eggstra’ special Easter tea room coming up during the Easter school holidays, so be sure to hop along, everybody’s welcome! All the money we raise through selling our makes and bakes in the tea room, goes directly back in to ASL, helping us to continue to provide the much needed opportunities for our young adults. The tearoom is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 12pm to 2.30pm and we’re really excited to announce that we will now be open every

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policing our local community 5 mins, 5 tips

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Gallery at Parndon Mill THE SENSE OF TOUCH Following a hint from a partially sighted member of the U3A at a meeting in Harlow last year, The Gallery at Parndon Mill has planned an exhibition we hope will be enjoyed by people with visual impairments. The Sense of Touch is for everyone who likes to touch, including children and those who just like to feel works of art as well as look at them.. Often in galleries the sign “Please do not touch” is to be seen. Artworks can be fragile and fingerprints hard to polish off. Not in this exhibition. All the exhibits are “touchy feely”. More than 25 exhibitors contribute works in wool, glass, marble, paper, card, embroidery, wood and metal. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, all the work is enjoyably tactile. Sculpture includes an edition of Gerda Rubenstein’s Julia, which features in the Harlow Sculpture Collection. Other sculptural works feature a bird, a frog, hands and faces which have some areas smoothly polished, others incised with drawing. There are a few large pieces as well as some which can be picked up and handled. One of the bigger ones is a textile mural the size of a sheet embellished with a tree with roots stretching out on the floor. A larger than life size puppet has stuffing made of various materials such as straw, sawdust and pebbles which have a different feel and make different noises when touched. Smaller pieces which can be picked up are felt vessels, rather like birds’ nests, lined with fibres and feathers,

embroidered shells edged with lace, and solid glass oversize potatoes! Wall pieces include cut out lettering, the positive and negative, a hanging made of raw sheep’s wool, fir cones and feathers, a felt piece worked until hard in places then embroidered, the lino matrix for a print and paintings which are three dimensional or light up. Altogether there is a great variety of shapes and textures to explore and enjoy. Music features too on Sunday 7th April at 4pm, when there will be a performance in the Project Space where visitors are invited on a journey through sound which provokes an emotional response. This will be an intriguing experience.

where: parndon mill, cm20 2hp when: thu 4th april to sun 12th may Web:

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH: savoury

LOOK WHAT’S COOKING CHICKEN & RICE BURRITOS

1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 100g easy-cook long grain rice, boiled, drained and cooled (see tip) 2 tsp chilli powder 350g chicken breast fillet, thinly sliced Half a red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced Half a green pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 4 large flour tortillas 4 tbsp tomato salsa Lime wedges, to serve

Make

these quick and easy wrap

for on-the-go lunch or supper.

Wrap tightly in foil to Ready in 30 minutes.

transport.

1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes until softened. Add the rice and chilli powder and stir-fry over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, heat a cast-iron griddle pan over a high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes, turning once until the chicken is seared and cook through. Add the peppers to the pan after 2 minutes and cook till soft. 3. Cut the cooked chicken into thin strips and stir into the rice mixture with the peppers. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 4. Warm the tortillas as directed on the packaging. Place a tortilla on a chopping board and spread with 1 tbsp of the salsa. Top with a quarter of the chicken and rice mixture. 5. Fold in the sides towards the centre then roll up tightly to completely enclose the filling. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make four burritos in total. Serve the burritos halved, with lime wedges.

TIPs: Use a 250g pouch microwave Mexican style rice instead of cooked long grain rice. Add to the pan with 2 tbsp water and stir-fry until piping hot.

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH: sweet

LOOK WHAT’S COOKING APRICOT & ORANGE CHEESECAKES 125g digestive biscuits, crushed 40g unsalted butter, melted Zest and juice of a small orange 2 tsp powdered gelatine 250g full-fat soft cheese 25g caster sugar 200ml double cream, softly whipped FOR THE TOPPING 200g dried apricots, chopped 150ml orange juice Mint sprigs, sliced apricots and fresh berries, to decorate

Finish off a meal with these creamy individual fruity cheesecakes. You can make them a day in advance. Ready in 40 minutes.

1. Place four 9cm ring moulds on a baking tray lined with baking paper (see tip). Mix together the crushed biscuits and butter and divide between the ring moulds, pressing down firmly with the back of a teaspoon. Chill for 30 minutes. 2. Place the orange juice in a small heatproof bowl and sprinkle over the gelatine. Microwave on the high setting for 30 seconds then stir until the gelatine has dissolved. Cool for 5 minutes. 3. Place the soft cheese in a bowl and beat in the orange zest and caster sugar until smooth. Gently fold in the cooled liquid gelatine followed by the whipped cream. Spoon into the moulds and level the surface. Chill for 3-4 hours. 4. To make the topping, place the apricots and orange juice in a small pan and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the apricots are softened and nearly all the liquid has evaporated. Leave to cool, then process with a stick blender to make a smooth thick puree. 5. Spread the apricot topping gently over the set cheesecakes and return to the fridge for at least 2 hours. To serve, run a knife around the edge of each mould and gently lift away. Serve decorated with sliced apricots, berries and mint sprigs. TIP: If you don’t have ring moulds then use small individual ramekin dishes or

individual tartlet tins.

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isabel hopspice

get on your bike for isabel Hospice! Join Isabel Hospice and celebrate our 10th year of On Your Bike by using your pedal power to help local patients and families in Bishop’s Stortford and across eastern Hertfordshire. With 3 routes to choose from (25k, 50k, 100k) through the beautiful countryside, there is a ride to suit every age and ability. So get a team together to support Isabel Hospice! 25k - A beautiful circular distance through the picturesque countryside, taking in the pretty villages of Manuden & Stocking Pelham before heading back through Patmore Heath and Farnham. 50k - Starting on the same route as the 25k ride, this route takes you into the village of Clavering, on through Upper Langley Green, Anstey, Great Hormead and Brent Pelham before rejoining the 25k route just before Patmore Heath. 100k - This will follow the same route as both the 25k and 50k rides before splitting from the 50k route at Clavering. The route will then take you to Brent Pelham, down into Great Hormead and on into Barley. You will then cycle to Saffron Walden via Wendens Ambo before looping back round towards Clavering where you will rejoin the 50k route.

incentive, every cyclist that raises over £200 will be entered a draw to win a complimentary place to the legendary Prudential Ride London cycling event. Adult entry is £20, child under 14 is £8 and on the day price is £25. What you can expect on the day • Fully marshalled and sign posted route • First aid cover • Chip timing and published results • Music, refreshments and a bar at the finish • Food and water stops • Sports massages and injury advice from Injury Active Clinic (donations welcome) • Bike mechanic (donations welcome) • Toilets/changing facilities at the rugby club

Every cyclist will be given a bottle of water/ cereal bar on arrival, a chipped race number, map of the route and a medal when you finish. We appreciate your entry fee, but ask that you consider raising sponsorship on top. As an

When: 19th May 8am-4pm Where: Bishop’s Stortford Rugby club phone: 01707 382536 web:

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COFFEE BREAK FUN

PUZZLES AND BRAIN TEASERS SUDOKU COMPETITION

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! 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 August wins! 10th May wins!

Win

£25 sh! Ca

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

WORDSEARCH

goAlison to Stephanie of Dunmow Road Congratulations to ReaderHodds from Walnut Drive who won whoFeb/Mar won July’s cash prize Sudoku competition. the £25£25 cash prize competition. Thanks to everyone else who entered!

Flower Physics

Find these words in the grid and the remaining letters will spell out a related phrase Find these words in the grid and the remaining letters will spell out a related phrase Amplitude Atom Bouyancy Electron Energy Entropy Hawking Aster Impedance Bluebell Isotope Carnation Laws Coneflower Length Cosmos Lever Dianthus Mass Gerbera Momentum Heartsease Newton Impatiens Optics

Lobelia Margeurite Marigold Pascal Pansy Pendulum Petunia Power Phlox Quark

Here’s the last edition’s hidden phrase: “Love is not singular except in syllable” - Marvin Taylor

Poppy Sound Rose Tesla Stock Trajectory Sweet Pea Vector Viola Wave

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LOCAL NOTICES, EVENTS, AMENITIES

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Tidy Up Bishop’s Stortford!

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

Next TUBS Meetings: Monday May 6th, Castle Gardens - tidy up after Bish Bash

Saturday May 11th,

50th “clear-up”

(Dorringtons have kindly agreed to supply cakes!) Prospective volunteers can keep in touch with us on our website – http://tubs.yolasite.com/ For more information speak to: Ian Hudson on

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


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IT’s your community

stortford community music festival AKA The Bish Bash! The festival takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend (4th& 5th) on Sworders Field, Castle Park. The volunteer run, award winning, not-for-profit event will feature a full bill of local talent, with 4 stages of music, comedy and plenty to keep the little ones occupied. Headlining the festival are: SATURDAY: Republica Fronted by the charismatic, Saffron, the 90s indie technopop band are best known for their hits Drop Dead Gorgeous and Ready To Go. Despite only reaching number 43 on its original release Ready To Go returned to the charts the following year at number 13 and has become an anthem for many sports teams and advertising campaigns around the globe. SUNDAY: Black Grape Fronted by former Happy Mondays singer and I’m A Celebrity… runner up, Shaun Ryder, the band had a string of hits in the 90s. Following a lengthy hiatus they released the critically acclaimed album, Pop Voodoo, which last year saw them return to the top 20. OTHER NOTABLE ACTS: SATURDAY: Papa Shango - Closing the proceedings on the night will be local lunatic rockers, Papa Shango, with their theatrical brand of fun & chaos. SUNDAY:

Too Many T’s, Jim Bob - Sunday’s bill also features party rap duo Too Many T’s and Jim-Bob from Carter USM, fresh from a sell-out show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. ALSO: Other acts confirmed over the weekend include The Kubricks, A Band Called Malice (The Definitive Tribute to The Jam), Koasis (Oasis Tribute), Stortford Sound System (Local DJ’s) and O’Connell & Love, side project from Alabama 3’s Larry Love.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stortfest

web:

www.stortfordmusicfestival.org.uk

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UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS

WHAT’S ON in April Methodist Church, South Street Humphrey Jennings – WW2 documentary maker. Life & work of an overlooked genius. Time: 7.30pm for 7.45pm start, visitors are welcome at these meetings for £2. 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 ■■ 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

■■ Sat 6th to Mon 22 April Easter Adventure Quest Audley End House Join the hunt for dragon eggs on a legendary quest this Easter holiday. Time: 11am-5pm, £1 per child in addition to normal admission price, book via: www.englishheritage.org.uk ■■ Sun 7th April St Clare Hospice 10K 2019 St Clare Hospice, CM17 9JX It’s time to get your running shoes out once more for the annual St Clare 10k. Time: 10.30am-1pm, cost: £10-£12, register at www.stclarehospice.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

■■ Mon 8th to Mon 22nd April Easter Trail Rhodes Arts Complex Join in with our egg hunt, find the clues around the museum to win your prize. Time: 10am-4pm, entrance: FREE, www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk ■■ Tue 9th April RSPB Stort Valley Evening Talk: Our Place, Can We Save Britain's Wildlife Before it's Too Late? Bishop’s Park Community Centre Mark Cocker is an author, naturalist and environmental tutor, who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media. 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 ■■ Every Thu Bishop’s Stortford Country Market At rear of the Half Moon Public House, North Street Homemade produce. Time: 8am-12pm

■■ Tue 9th April Isabel Hospice 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 or contact: 01279 755320.

■■ Tue 2nd April Take Me Back Tuesdays 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, www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk

■■ Wed 10th & Thu 11th April Forest Bake-Off 2019 Hatfield Forest, CM22 6NE Come and make campfire bread, cook sausages (veggie option available) toast marshmallows, bake apples all around a fire pit. Time: 10.30am or 1pm, tickets: £12,

■■ Thu 4th April Herts and Essex Border Centre Talk

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book via: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ hatfield-forest ■■ Sat 13th April Clavering Spring Fayre in Aid of St Clare Hospice Clavering Village Hall, CB11 4QS With a whole host of pre-loved items on sale including furniture, clothes, toys, books, household items and bric-a-brac. Time: 11am-3.30pm, visit: www.stclarehospice.org.uk ■■ Sat 13th April Rural Ramble Easton Lodge, CM6 2BD A 1, 4 or 10 mile walk in the beautiful gardens of Easton lodge, in aid of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. All walks include a complimentary cream tea. Time: 10am-4pm, tickets: adults £10, child 5+ £5, family ticket £25. To register visit: www.helenrollason.org.uk or call 01245 380719. ■■ Mon 15th April Marquee event in aid of Isabel Hospice – A History of Women in the Garden Stocking Pelham Hall, SG9 OHT An amusing and informative talk by Twigs Way - well known garden historian. Time: 11.30am-5pm, tickets: £37.50, to include coffee and lunch with wine, visit: www.isabelhospice.org.uk ■■ Thu 18th April Bishop’s Stortford History Society Talk: – Hertfordshire & The Slave Trade Apton Centre Time: 7.30pm-9.15pm, £3 for visitors, visit: www. bishopsstortfordhistorysociety.org.uk/ ■■ Sun 21st April Easter Trail Gibberd Garden, CM17 0NA Children will have great fun following the Trail. Time: 2pm-6pm, entry: adults £5, children £1, visit: www. thegibberdgarden.co.uk ■■ Sat 27th April Little Hadham Farmers Market Little Hadham Village Hall, SG11 2BS The market promotes the best of local produce, and has a strong ethos of offering only items grown, bred, prepared or made by the stall holders as much as practically possible. Time: 8.30-11.30am.

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UPCOMING LOCAL EVENTS

What’s on in May ■■ Thu 2nd May Herts and Essex Border Centre Talk Methodist Church, South Street AGM & Talk - Tales of the Regents Canal – It’s construction 1812-20 And the problems that ensued. Time: 7.30 for 7.45pm start, visitors are welcome at these meetings for £2. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/ herts-and-essex-border-centre

£20, to include curry buffet, visit: www. mencapgrovecottage.org/

Time: 11am, tickets: £5.50, visit: www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk

■■ sat 11th May TUBS Tidy Up Bishop’s Stortford TBC Come and join us for our 50th Tidy up! All equipment is provided. Time: 10am, email: irhudson@gmail. com or visit:www.tubs.yolasite.com

■■ Sat 4th May Farmers & Craft Market North Street, Bishop’s Stortford Local produce & handcrafted goods. Time: 9.30am-1.30pm.

■■ Tue 14th May RSPB Stort Valley Evening Talk - TBA Bishop’s Park Community Centre Time: 7.30pm, £3 for Stort Valley members, £5 for visitors, contact: 07808 684723, email: simon.hurwitz@ ntlworld.com

■■ Sat 25th May Little Hadham Farmers Market Little Hadham Village Hall, SG11 2BS The market promotes the best of local produce, and has a strong ethos of offering only items grown, bred, prepared or made by the stall holders as much as practically possible. Time: 8.30-11.30am.

■■ Sat 4th May & Sun 5th May Bish Bash 2019 Castle Park A two day musical event in the Middle of Town! Featuring Republica, Shaun Ryders Black Grape, Papa Shanco, The Kubricks, O’Connell and Love and Koasis. Tickets: www.stortfordmusicfestival. org.uk/ ■■ Sat 4th & Sun 5th May Harlow Tye Rotary Club 22nd Annual Charity Abseil Affinity Water Tower, Church Langley 16 Years and older? Are you up for it? Contact: Bill Colton 01279 423879 / 07711 982671 or email: abseil@ harlowtyerotary/org.uk ■■ Sun 5th & Mon 6th May All the King’s Horses Audley End House, CB11 4JF Join the King Charles II for a lavish, glamorous day of celebration. Time: 10.30am-5pm, book via: www. englishheritage.org.uk ■■ Mon 6th May TUBS Tidy Up Bishop’s Stortford Meet at Castle Gardens – to clean up after Bish Bash 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 ■■ Fri 10th May Elvis Tribute Night in aid of Grove Cottage Charis Centre Grove Cottage presents Alvin the Ultimate Elvis Tribute! Time: 8pm for 8.30pm start, tickets:

LEARNING

■■ Tue 14th May Isabel Hospice 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 or contact: 01279 755320. ■■ Fri 17th May Museum’s at Night Rhodes Arts Complex Join us in the museum as we take part in this nationwide initiative with our night time trail. Time: from 7pm, FREE, visit: www. rhodesartscomplex.co.uk ■■ Sun 19th May On Yer Bike – for Isabel Hospice Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club With 3 routes to choose from (25k, 50k, 100k) through the beautiful countryside, there is a ride to suit every age and ability. Time: 8am-4pm, tickets: adults £25, child £10, book via:www.isabelhospice. org.uk/support-us/events ■■ Sun 19th May Nature in the Gardens Easton Lodge, CM6 2BD Join us to see the wildflowers and learn about the wildlife in the Gardens. Time: 11.30am-5pm, tickets: adults £4.50, child under 16 FREE, visit: www. eastonlodge.co.uk ■■ Sat 25th May Take a Walk Down Memory Lane Rhodes Arts Complex As we take you on a guided walk through Stortford we encourage you to stop us at places that hold special memories with you and share them with the group.

■■ Sat 25th May to Sun 2nd Jun Get Hands on with History: Myths & Legends Audley End House, CB11 4JF Come and hear Dr Vainen Schuchdes Forges, the travelling Cure-All Salesman, at Audley End this half term for a myths and legends themed storytelling session. Time: 11am-5pm, book via: www. englishheritage.org.uk ■■ Tue 28th May Magical Woodland Elves & Fairies 2019 Hatfield Forest, CM22 6NE Explore the forest looking for hidden fairy doors and make your very own woodland wand. Time: 10.30am & 1pm, tickets: £7, book via: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ hatfield-forest ■■ Tue 28th may Herts & Essex Boundary Flower Club 60th Diamond Anniversary Demonstration: Sixty Sparkling Years Manuden Village community Centre, CM23 1EH Time: 6.30pm welcome drinks and canapés followed by Demonstration at 7.30pm, tickets: £18 on the night or email: herts&essexboundaryflowerclub@ yahoo.co.uk ■■ Fri 31st May Marigolds Jazz Club Presents: Portrait of Cannonball featuring Tony Kofi & Andy Davies Harlow Cricket Club, CM17 0DJ Tony Kofi sax, Andy Davies trumpet, Alex Webb piano, Andrew Cleyndert bass, Alfonso Vitale drums with special guest vocalist Deelee Dube. Time: 7.30pm, tickets: £10 on the door, contact 01279 414174 or 421763, www.musicatmarigolds.co.uk Watch out for many more events in our next issue or on our Facebook pages.

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INFORMATION AT A GLANCE

The Explorer Scouts aged 14-18 Contact via website: www.voyageresu. co.uk

Arts & Crafts Cottage Crafters

Meet Tue 2pm at South Street Pantry Contact: Fiona fds66@ outlook.com or Facebook.com/ cottagecraftersbishopsstortford

Health & Family Care 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

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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

Meet Wed at Havers CC Contact via website: www.sja.org.uk/ Stort Valley & Villages Children’s Centre Group Contact: 696853 or visit www. stortvalleychildrenscentres.org.uk

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

Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company - Juniors

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

Social & Meeting Clubs

Bishop’s Stortford Age Concern

Open Mon to Fri at The Apton Centre Contact: 504748 or visit: 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: http://bsrs.webplus.net/

Bishop’s Stortford WI

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

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

CST.Today

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

NT Herts & Essex Border Centre

Bishop’s Stortford Town Band

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

BSUS (Bishop’s Stortford Ukulele Society)

The Inner Wheel Club of Bishop’s Stortford

Meet Tue at Markwell Pavilion Contact: Sue Swan: 506123

Meets every Wednesday 7.45-10pm at the British Legion Contact via website: www.bsus.co.uk

De Merc Chamber Choir

Contact: Gillian 01279 655483 or visit www.demerc.org.uk

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

The Phoenix Stroke Club

Meet every other Thu 2-4pm at Bishop’s Park CC

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INFORMATION AT A GLANCE

listings Contact: Kath 724285

The Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford

The Christian Centre (opposite Sainsburys) Contact: Barbara Martin 303225

Meet Mon 12.55pm at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club Contact via website: www.rotary-ribi. org

The University of the Third Age

The Rotary Club of Stort Valley

Sport & Fitness

Bishop’s Stortford’s Evening Rotary Club. Meet 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7 for 7.30pm at The Coach and Horses, CM23 4AS 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

Contact via website: u3asites.org.uk for information on local groups and classes

Bishop’s Stortford Badminton Club and Junior Badminton Club Contact: 654464 or visit www. stortfordbadminton.net

www.bsgc.co.uk

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

Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club

Contact: 652092 or visit: www. pitchero.com/clubs/bishopsstordrfc

Bishop’s Stortford Running Club

Meet at Hockerill Sports & Social Club Contact Ian McClymont: secretary@ bsrc.org.uk

Chantry Squash Club

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

Contact via: www.chantrysquashclub. com or membership@ chantrysquashclub.com

Bishop’s Stortford Cricket Club

Havers Park Bowls Club

Bishop’s Stortford Bowling Club

Contact: 654463 or visit: www. bishopsstorfordcricketclub.com

Bishop’s Stortford and District Angling Society Contact Honory Secretary: Robin Merritt: 01279 461065

Bishop’s Stortford Football Club

Contact: 01279 306456 or visit: www. bsfc.co.uk

Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club Contact: 01279 654715 or visit:

Stort valley rotary

(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/

IT’s your community

new venue and new image Stort Valley Rotary Club now meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7 for 7.30pm at The Coach and Horses, Thorley Wash CM23 4AS, and the meeting takes the form of dinner and a speaker. We welcome guests to these meetings and if you are interested in joining us at any of the events listed below please contact Gwenda Deal on 01279 863194 or gwendadeal@ outlook.com.

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Below is a list of our interesting speakers for the next few months: 9th April Will Gemmill, Head of Farming, Strutt and Parker Farming in Herts 23rd April Prof. Anne Murphy, University of Hertfordshire Bankers, do we need them? 14th May Robert Muir, Trustee/Technical Director of BuildAid 28th May Bob Fenton, Hertfordshire County Council - Herts countryside is there for your enjoyment 11th June Robert Voss, Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire

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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

01279 712146

Lancaster Way, CM23 4DA

Waytemore Road, CM23 3GR01279 712146

NHS Direct

Markwell Pavillion

PAH (Hospital)

Parsonage Community Centre

Herts & Essex Community Hospital

Castle Gardens, CM23 2EL 01279 712146

111 01279 444455 01279 444455

Parsonage Lane, CM23 5PY 07843 943492

St Michaels Mead Community Centre

St Michaels Mead CM23 4FZ 01279 712146

Thorley Community Centre

Friedberg Avenue CM23 4HB01279 329686

Boots Pharmacy

01279 653294

Church Street

Lloyds Pharmacy

01279 507524

Medicx Pharmacy

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

Tesco Pharmacy

Bishop’s Stortford East

Trinity Pharmacy

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

0808 202 5469 0345 6779056

Bishop’s Park Centre

01279 654171

87 South Street

Williamson Pharmacy

01279 652759

1 Snowley Parade

Bishop’s Stortford Rural

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

Schools

Cllr George Cutting

Local MP

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Bishops Stortford Police Station

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Other Numbers 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

Train Enquiries

01279 868686

Herts & Essex High School  01279 654127 01279 656876

Hillmead Primary School

Electricity Emergency

01279 658451

0800 783 8838

01279 757193

Gas Emergency

Doctors

Northgate Primary School

01279 652376

0800 111 999

Church Street Surgery

Richard Whittington Primary School 

01279 657778

St Joseph’s Primary School

01279 652576

Church Street, CM23 2LY

0207 219 6358

01279 657636

Haymeads Health Centre

Haymeads Lane, CM23 5JH 01279 657636

Parsonage Surgery

Herts & Essex Community Hospital, CM23 5JH

South Street Surgery

Hockerill College

St Mary’s Catholic School



 01279 654901

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

01279 827608

83 South Street, CM23 3AP 01279 465700

Thorley Hill Primary School

01279 654496

Thorn Grove Primary School 01279 653002 Windhill Primary School 

01279 696850

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Manor Fields Primary School 

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0845 555 111

01279 655936

Bishop’s Stortford High School 07721 654410

Hertfordshire Police Non-Emergency

St Clare Hospice Advice Line01279 773773 01279 836006

All Saints Primary School Birchwood High School

Mayor

0845 782 3333

Pharmacies

Herts & Essex Hospital 

Bishop’s Stortford West

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The CM23 Connection April/May 2019 Edition  

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

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