COMMUNITY NEWS: Updates from the Saffron Walden area over the last month

PUBLISHED: 09:18 02 August 2017

Saffron Walden Scouts slept in Jubilee Gardens to raise money for the victims of the attack at the Ariana Grande gig in Manchester

Saffron Walden Scouts slept in Jubilee Gardens to raise money for the victims of the attack at the Ariana Grande gig in Manchester


With so much going on, the Reporter has decided to dedicate a page to community news.

Ringing the bells in LittleburyRinging the bells in Littlebury

Each month, our reporters will give you snapshots of what has been going on in the area, as well as events you will not want to miss.

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July’s meeting of the Elsenham WI saw Paul Martin, a travelling showman of the 21st Century, describe his life on the road.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People receiving their cheque last month. Picture: HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLEHearing Dogs for Deaf People receiving their cheque last month. Picture: HEARING DOGS FOR DEAF PEOPLE

Dressed as a circus ringmaster, Paul told a packed Memorial Hall in Elsenham how he began his career as a teenager doing comedy sketches for a charity fundraiser, before going to drama school in London and performing as the drag queen Trinity Million.

He now has a variety of showbusiness jobs from training cabaret singers to playing his ukulele.

He created and now produces the London Cabaret Awards.

Elsenham WI has a full programme of activities and is always keen to welcome guests and new members.

Email or search for Elsenham WI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in Saffron Walden collected a cheque for £570 from Waitrose following the store’s green token scheme in April.

The branch said they would like to thank all the Waitrose shoppers who used their tokens to vote, and that the money donated will go towards creating more life-changing partnerships between deaf people and their hearing dogs.

Athlete brothers Jack and George Peasgood, from Debden Green, took part in the final of the World Paratriathlon Series race of the season in Edmonton, Canada.

George was racing in the PTS5 category, while his older sibling was guiding Dave Ellis - who has a visual impairment – in the PTVI men’s category.

The day saw a 750m swim, multi-lap 20.4km bike ride and a 5.3km run of loops around a park.

The brothers both finished their events in second place to win silver medals.

The next meeting of the Gibson WI will be held on August 3 at 7.45pm.

The event will be a discussion of learning difficulties and what they mean, looking specifically at dyscalculia, dyslexia, dyspraxia and dysgraphia – difficulty with maths, reading, co-ordination and writing.

Sharon Dodson will be speaking and visitors should meet at 7.30pm at the URC Church Hall in Abbey Lane.

The Littlebury Ringers rang a quarter peal on July 24 to celebrate one of its members 80th birthday.

The group came together to mark the day for Shirley Green, who has been a member of the Littlebury Band for 32 years.

The ringing was conducted by Ms Green’s daughter, Helen, who learn to ring in Littlebury 32 years ago and was supported by Roly Webb.

First Great Chesterford Rainbows and Brownies have been fundraising for Children with Cancer.

As part of this, over a term they completed the Mr Men and Little Miss Marathon Challenge.

In total, the girls took on 26 challenges including running, an obstacle course, and creating fashion out of newspaper.

The group raised an impressive amount of £655 as a result of their efforts.

The 5th Saffron Walden Scouts slept rough in Jubilee Gardens to raise money for victims of terrorism.

The youngsters slept in cardboard boxes and on park benches as part of the challenge, and raised more than £870.

The event was organised by 14-year-olds Archie Lowe and Zach Morgan, and to donate to the cause, visit

A Saffron Walden theatre company has been shortlisted in the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards.

Hyperfusion could go on to win the Community Award at the event this year, which is supported by the likes of TV host, Graham Norton.

The results will be announced on September 8 in the Anglican Cathedral.

St Clare Hospice have celebrated the official launch of their new Children’s Bereavement Service.

The launch was attended by more than 50 supporters at its base in Hastingwood, including Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex.

Jeff Brazier, television presenter and life coach, said: “It is fantastic that St Clare has secured funding to launch this vital service for the children and young relatives of those they care for.”

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