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The Victorians put the colour into Christmas and, the turkey, cards and crackers were made possible by their other inventions. As Audley End invites us to enjoy a Victorian Christmas over the next two weekends, ANGELA SINGER looks at how we got from parlour games to iPads.

Author Lisa Bush and Marc Laverriere. Picture: Richard Barker

A racy book by a Thaxted author was launched at The Star pub in Thaxted on Sunday.

Nick Alston, Essex Police & Crime Commissioner, is proposing a £5 rise in council tax.

Residents in Essex face a £5 rise in their council tax in a bid to raise an extra £1.2million for community policing in the county.

Henham parish councillor Rory Gleeson looking upbeat despite the flooding in Station Road, Elsenham, in 2014.

A flooding hotspot in Henham is set to become the first area in the county to benefit from a series of flood protection schemes launched by Essex County Council.

What's Great About Saffron Walden film launch. Picture: Joe Higham Reportage.

A short film to promote Saffron Walden has been premiered in town.

The search continues for Gordon Wilson, who was last seen on October 25.

Police are still trying to trace two motorcyclists who went to the aid of a man believed to be missing 82-year-old grandfather Gordon Wilson.

A 58-year-old man has been arrested following the recovery of 12 plants and 15 seedlings, which are believed to be cannabis, from a house in Wimbish on Tuesday (November 24).


Martin Johnson is hoping a bumper Catons Lane crowd can rouse Saffron Walden Town to another epic FA Vase victory, this time at the third round stage against Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division outfit Berkhamsted.

Mark Kimberley. Picture by Jamie Pluck.

Five first-half tries ensured a bonus-point win that saw Saffron Walden leapfrog their weekend opponents in the league to go joint-top with Diss.

Squash courts

Saffron Walden Squash Club won their latest Cambridge league match against Crown Lodge at The Lord Butler Leisure Centre.

Stuart Wardley's men will face Berkhamstead in the FA Vase. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden Town will be at home in the third round of the FA Vase.

Saffron Walden Town celebrate. Picture Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden Town scored after 90 seconds and went on to beat Biggleswade United 3-1 away in the FA Vase second round on Saturday.

What's On

Four Seasons by Candlelight is a programme of 18th century classics played by in a candle-lit setting with the Mozart Festival Orchestra in 18th century costume.

Emma and Jason

A Downton Abbey actress, a star of Casualty, an award-winning comedy duo and members of Cambridge University’s Footlights Club will be at a Comedy Night and disco at Ickleton Village Hall next month raising money to help Syrian refugee children.

Alison Balsom

She may have been acclaimed as the best international trumpet soloist of her generation, but Alison Balsom is just an ordinary gal at heart.

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra

One of the most haunting and evocative pieces of music ever written, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2, used as the score for David Lean’s film Brief Encounter, based on the Noel Coward play Still Life, will be part of the programme played by Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra at Saffron Hall on Sunday November 29.

Christmas Carol

ctor Clive Francis returns to Cambridge Arts Theatre on Sunday, November, 15, with his acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and other characters from the story. The show is inspired by Dickens’ own first reading and performance of A Christmas Carol in December 1853 at Birmingham Town Hall.

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