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Hundreds of youngsters across the district have been taking to the stage, many for the first time, as they act out Christmas stories in front of packed audiences.

Saffron Walden Town Hall

A “giant vacuum cleaner” will be pumping debris from the heart of the town next month.

Saffron Walden Post Office on High Street

The town’s only Post Office will be closing its counters for over two weeks next month.

The start of an expanded winter flying schedule saw passenger numbers at Stansted Airport climb by more than a quarter last month.

Left, Lewis Rendell, 21, from Newport, with his Bristol team mates and presenter Jeremy Paxman.

A maths prodigy from Newport has made it to the quarter finals of the fast-paced intellectual rollercoaster that is University Challenge.

From left, Father Christmas, Little Elf Harry Baines, 5, Helga Hanning and Betty North, 5.

Hundreds of parents and children lined up outside a blizzard-blown RA Butler last Friday afternoon for a chance to see Father Christmas and his helpful elves.

Passengers may still face delays from Stansted Airport this evening – despite a problem at the UK air traffic control centre being resolved.

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Saffron Walden Town have been drawn at home against AFC Dunstable in the third round of the FA Vase.

Action from Saffron Walden Town's 6-5 FA Vase win over Kings Langley. Picture: Dominic Davey

Jamie Solkhon scored his first goal of the season to put Saffron Walden Town’s name in the hat for the third round proper of the FA Vase.

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Saffron Walden Town’s U18s broke new ground as they picked up their first away win and first clean sheet of the season.

Tom Price. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden slipped to sixth in the London 2NE table after a 32-27 loss to Rochford Hundred - their second defeat in three games.

Walden Tri

Over 200 athletes from all over the South of England congregated at Carver Barracks for Walden Tri’s Autumn Duathlon.

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Peter Pan, the swashbuckling family pantomime, has landed in Chelmsford this winter as the panto season kicks off in style.

Saffron Walden singer Joanna Eden will be performing her sold-out Ronnie Scott set 'Jazz at the Movies: A Swinging Christmas' at Saffron Walden Town Hall on December 13.

Have yourself a very swinging Christmas by feasting on an array of jazz movie classics this festive season, performed by the town’s favourite jazz singer Joanna Eden.

The Railway pub is hosting a charity quiz evening.

A charity quiz night is being held in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign tonight (Tuesday).

Christmas preparations at Audley End House. Mr Barker, the Coachman (right), helps labourer, Mr Staffage position a christmas tree at the front of the house.  Pic - Richard Marsham  RMG Photography 23 Millfield Littleport Ely Cambridgeshire CB6 1HN Tel : 07798 758711

With the festive season fast approaching, Audley End House and Gardens is giving people the chance to celebrate Christmas the Victorian way.

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