The St Nicholas Christmas Bazaar is at the Village Hall, Church Road Rawreth on Saturday 23rd November from 1.30pm-3.30pm. Funds are greatly needed for the upkeep of this lovely church.
So please come along if you can….
Urgent – Help us save Cottage Plantation: a fantastic woodland site. We have just 12 weeks to raise £44,000 towards the purchase of Cottage Plantation – a fantastic woodland site in Daws Heath. Cottage Plantation is in a complex of ancient woodlands and has many native species of trees. Essex Wildlife Trust aims to acquire this site and we are determined to raise the last £44,000 which, together with grants, will complete the purchase.
We need 1,760 people to donate £25 each to help us save this truly tranquil and important woodland.
The woodland is on the opposite side of the road to Essex Wildlife Trust’s Little Haven nature reserve and would form an important part of the Daws Heath & Belfairs Living Landscape. As you can see from the attached map, Cottage Plantation is surrounded by ancient woodlands and nature reserves and, through Essex Wildlife Trust acquiring the site, this area will be even more robust so that wildlife can flourish.
The woodland is truly beautiful and walking in it offers tranquillity and a chance to escape from it all. At present it is privately owned but Essex Wildlife Trust will make the area accessible for all to enjoy. Footpaths will be improved and the site will welcome visitors.
Find out more here.
Project Wild Thing is a film-led project – about getting people, especially children, outside, into nature.
If you want nature, wildness and free-range living for kids and adults to exist alongside an increasingly industrialised and technological society then join us and get involved in making that happen.
See you on the outside.
This little film explains it better and is worth watching. Sometimes you are tempted to laugh – or maybe wince :
Hat-tip: Liberal England
From the District Council website here.
Voluntary Organisation Grants
The Council has a small annual budget for grants to voluntary organisations to assist in the delivery of their organisations activities. The grants are normally allocated once a year. Any organisation that has been funded in previous years that does not submit an application will not receive funding.
Please click on the ‘guidance notes’ link below for further information on submitting an application.
All applicants must complete the form located in the Related Documents section and return it with the required financial information (see bottom of form for information) to the address below by Friday 22 November 2013
Andrew Lowing, Strategic Partnership Officer, Rochford District Council, South Street, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BW
For further information please contact 01702 318061. If you would like this information in large print, Braille or another language please contact 01702 318061.
A positive story in the Echo:
IT has been billed as the Blitz spirit, and the people of Rayleigh have been living up to that with their kind generosity in the wake of last week’s floods….
Yvonne Dunn, 34, of Danbury Road, who helped set up the Preloved page, has been overwhelmed by the acts of generosity.
She said: “In the space of five minutes of her asking, we managed to get a lady a washing machine and a sofa and everything else that she needed after the flood. Even now, people are still offering sofas and all sorts to help others.
“Nobody knows each other on the website, but people seem to look after each other and that’s something you don’t get everywhere.”
Full story here.
Southend Association of Voluntary Services are running their Community Challenge Abseil again this year! Their abseil is due to take place on Saturday 7th September at Essex House, Southchurch Avenue, in partnership with Lloyds TSB.
They are looking for daring people to abseil down 12 storeys to raise money for their favourite cause!
To book, complete their booking forms and return them to SAVS with your registration fee.
You can raise money for your favourite cause!
Find out more here.
Rawreth is starting to develop a reputation for fine food and drink. The cheese scones occasionally found at Rawreth Parish Council meetings are superb. And then there’s Venn’s Brewery….
So we were pleased to see the following item in the Echo
It’s about charity meals at the Carpenters Arms to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research:
Determined to raise awareness, Simon has launched a regular charity meal night once a month at the Carpenters Arms, in Old London Road, Rawreth.
His next event will be on Monday, when his menu will include steamed mussels and La Vallee beef sirloin. He says: “We like to source things locally and cook mostly modern British. There are always a few surprises in there, too.”
Having achieved so much so quickly, what ambitions are left for the young chef?
He reveals: “I want to own my own restaurant and am looking for backers.
“This cuisine is something you don’t find outside of London and I’d like to bring it to Essex. It could be a while off, but it’s what I want to do.”
To book a spot at the charity meal, on Monday, July 29, e-mail bookings@the carpentersrestaurant.co.uk or call 01268 655113.
First of all: The District Council is hoping to having the grass in Sweyne Park cut for hay in the next couple of weeks. If the weather is OK….
Secondly, there’s another event coming up in the park:
Rayleigh FC (Rayleigh Boys and Girls) are doing their 6th Annual Adult charity 5 a side football tournament at Rayleigh Town Sports and social Club this Sunday 07 July in aid of Scottys Little Soldiers. This is a charity set up to support the children of servicemen lost in conflicts. It is also to recognise Armed Forces week.
The tournament starts at 10.00am with the final game at 3.30pm , they will have a BBQ, Bouncy Castle ,raffle and the bar will be open from 11.00am. The day is about supporting a charity that helps the young and with over 440 children playing for Rayleigh Boys hopefully will make some of them pause for thought for the children who have lost a parent.
The day is about fun for all the family- so everybody is welcome.
Rayleigh resident Chris Sheppard is raising money for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance by driving a £200 car over 2000 miles around Europe. it’s part of the Crumball Rally:
What is Mission Impossible 2013?
A driving tour that won’t cost you a fortune in time or money, but will give you a trip to remember, driving on some of Europe’s finest roads (in some of Europe’s worst cars!).
While we may not give you an M.I. opportunity to “Save the World”, we do give teams the chance to raise money for many great worthwhile causes, and although we welcome, and encourage teams to do the event for charity, we don’t make it a condition of entry.
Support en route
Sorry but no! Surely you really wouldn’t appreciate it if we deprived you of the uncertainty each day on whether your chosen vehicle will start in the morning let alone break down miles from anywhere, on a mountain pass in a strange country! Our advice is to travel light, and the less of you that are in the car, the easier it will be to thumb a lift with the other Crumballers.
If you would like to help Chris Sheppard’s fundraising , please visit here.
It’s on Saturday June 29th in King George’s Field. 10:00am until 5:00pm – it’s going to be a BIG day.
“Join us for one of the countries largest Armed Forces Day celebrations, from school performances, to bands, displays, performances from the Colchesters Military Wives Choir, get to meet your local troops, see the amazing military vehicles on display from the 1940′s all the way up to the current day. We also have the Tigers parachute display team jumping into the arena, as well as the RAF performing a number of flypasts throughout the day (weather permitting). There will be inflatables and games for the kids, a completely self contained food court to cater for all tastes and so much more, make sure you don’t miss this event!!
Can we please ask that due to the number of attendees expected it is advised you make use of all public transport links due to the limited parking availability in the town. All main bus routes pass within 200 meters of the venue and the train station is only a 10 minute walk away.
Priority entry is via advance purchase of an official event programme, this will admit a family of 4 for only £3 and they will be available locally in the build up to the event, locations to be confirmed on here and in the local press. Additional children with a programme holder can gain priority entry for a donation, additional adults need a programme. Admission is free on the day dependant on visitor safety, programme holders get priority though.”
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