October – December 2021 Schedule for Baby & Toddler Group
The West Bergholt Baby & Toddler group’s schedule for October – December 2021 includes a wide range of activities from handmade kids clothes to professional photography The full list is shown below, please be aware that some events may change at short notice.
You can follow the group’s activities on their secure Facebook or WhatsApp Groups.
Nay-Nay Makes (handmade baby and children’s wear)
Sally Parkinson Photography (offering 5 minute mini photo shoots of your child)
Colchester will join the rest of Essex in Tier 4 a minute after midnight Xmas Day. After that non-essential services & shops will be closed and we are asked to stay at home apart from exercise, shopping etc…
Inspired by other places around the country that turn their village into a giant advent calendar, St Mary’s are very grateful to those who volunteered to decorate a window representing a part of the nativity story.
As well as activities around the local parish local there are many other Christmas events around Essex, the following are a small selection:
Christmas at the Castle
As a seasonal treat, Colchester Castle will be opening its doors for FREE on Wednesday 9 December from 3pm. Come and soak up the Christmas atmosphere with Christmas carols, entertainment and an opportunity to meet Santa (£3.50 with gift). Capture the atmosphere with a professional festive photograph set in our specially decorated Christmas chapel.
All Aboard the Santa Special
12, 13, 19, 22, 20, 23 and 24 December. Epping Ongar Railway, departing from North Weald.
Mince pies, mulled wine, music and magician; juice and treats for the children as Santa makes his way through the carriages with his elves, handing out gifts to all good boys and girls.
Departures from North Weald are at 09:45, 11:25, 13:05, 14:45* & 16:25* (*excluding 24 December). Buses will depart from Epping Underground and locations in Ongar approximately 50 minutes earlier, so as to conveniently connect with these trains.
Our vintage buses will collect you from Epping or Ongar (if requested when booking) and will transport you to North Weald station, where our Santa Special trains will start. Here, adults will receive a complimentary mince pie and a glass of mulled wine, whilst children receive a juice drink and chocolate bar.
Once aboard the train, let the steam engine take the pressure; Santa will make his way through the carriages, accompanied by his elves, and hand out a gift to all the good boys and girls. There will be live music to add to the atmosphere, and a magician to entertain the children whilst they await their journey. Maybe there will even be time for a photograph with Santa at one of the stations…
Tickets are now on sale; standard prices for adults & children have been frozen at £16 & £13 respectively, but we have a slight increase in price on our busier days for adults. Full website details are at http://eorailway.co.uk/events/santa-specials/.
If you are interested in one of our compartments, please click here. Our compartments offer you an exclusive space away from the other passengers, where Santa will visit and present gifts by name! Limited compartments sizes are available for 6 or 8 people, and are priced at £130 & £150 respectively.
Late Night Shopping & More in Colchester
Late night shopping in Colchester is back every Wednesday in December. You can snap up all those special gifts and must-have essentials with Colchester’s fantastic mix of big name stores and independent retailers. Plus, you can park for FREE after 3pm (at selected car parks).
Other great winter attractions in Colchester include the Winter Wonderland and Ice Rink, new this year, located in Castle Park. You are advised to pre-book via the event’s website.
Jingle All The Way at Barleylands
Every day in December to 24th December – spend a day exploring the Farm Park and joining in Christmas activities including the brand new Giant Christmas Snow Globe that you can go inside to have a picture taken.
Father Christmas will be making a one hour appearance twice a day, meeting and greeting in the Festive Barn. There’s also Christmas Crafts, Snowy Owl flying displays and free hot chocolate! Open until 1pm on Christmas Eve.
Throughout the Colchester area Community Speed Watch Checks resulted in:
1,120 first warnings,
70 second warnings, and
10 requiring further action (officer visits and possible enforcement).
The West Bergholt Speed Watch team undertook the 10th highest number of speed checks out of the 60 teams and will have contributed much to those numbers.
Mick Green of Essex Police’s Casualty Reduction section, further reported to the Speed watch groups:
BRAKE week was a great success and I can’t thank you enough for all your effort during the week despite the rain! 53 groups were visited, if you were not one of them then I can only apologise I understand that demand was greater than the officers available, but on that note our new Community Engagement Sergeant Graham Freeman will be tasking his Community Officers with arranging more CSW visits in the new year.
The Casualty Reduction section are trialling a new speed detection laser that records the offence which is then processed in the back office the offender then receives the details in the post. This device is capable of detecting hundreds of offences per hour and is now being used to great effect.
December’s activity is largely around drink and drug driving offences as we move towards the Christmas period, if you know of a regular drink driver or pick up any information we would love to hear from you, information will of course be treated in the strictest confidence.
Adam Pipe the Casualty Reduction Section manager continues to forward information via Twitter if you want to receive these tweets then log on and connect with him.
The Essex Watch Liaison Officer has reported on crimes committed between 9th to 15th December including one local crime, and offers a range of ‘Festive Security Tips’.
New Church Road
This “Burglary in a building other than a dwelling” took place between late afternoon on 6th & early morning on 9th December. Suspects unknown have gained entry to secure class room by forcing the door, no search made, property removed from within.
Festive Security Tips
With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, you are probably in the process of buying presents and stocking up on supplies for the festive season. However, at this time of year rich pickings can be found.
We want you to be able to relax and enjoy the festive season, so here are some useful tips to ensure that you don’t become a victim to an opportunist thief.
Make sure gifts and valuables, wrapped and unwrapped, are out of view and not visible from any windows. This applies in the car as well as in the home.
Photograph valuable property and log any serial numbers. Don’t store the information on a laptop, as that might be stolen too – keep it on a memory stick in a safe place.
Don’t put gift packaging out for recycling or leave it sticking out of your bin – thieves will notice boxes for branded products like laptops, TVs or accessories that could indicate an expensive piece of kit somewhere in the house. The safest thing to do is to break down any cardboard boxes or fold them inside out so that you cannot see the branding. You can then store them out of sight inside your home until you can dispose of them at a local recycling site.
Mark any expensive gifts you receive for Christmas with a UV pen or property marking service. This will make it harder for burglars to sell the items and allow police to return them to you. Call your local policing team on 101 for advice about property marking products. You can register your property with www.immobilise.com which is endorsed by a number of police forces.
Lock all doors and windows, leave a light on and draw the curtains when you go out at night. Keep your doors and windows locked from the inside even when you are inside your home.
Visible burglar alarms, exterior security lighting, timer lighting switches and leaving the radio on help to deter thieves and give the impression that somebody is at home.
Bolt and padlock garden gates and make sure you don’t leave ladders out, or other things that burglars could easily use to climb on. Remember to lock your garden shed and store your tools inside; it stops burglars using your tools to break into your house. Consider fitting extra padlocks to gates, sheds and garages. Don’t keep presents in the garage or shed.
If you’re going away, we always recommend asking a trusted neighbour to pop in to your home every now and then to turn the lights on and off, draw the curtains, collect the mail and make the house look occupied. It goes without saying, make sure everything is properly locked up before you leave and the burglar alarm – if you have one – is set. We advise cancelling your newspapers, magazines and milk deliveries. We also recommend that you don’t advertise the fact you are away from your home on Social Networking sites – thieves use Social Media too!
You don’t have to be a member of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme to be a good neighbour, and even if you don’t have much contact with your neighbours, Christmas could be the perfect time to break the ice, have a friendly chat and get to know them a bit better.
Burglars wander around looking for chances. The best opportunity for the police to catch them in the act is for you to spot them before they break in. Wherever you live, remain vigilant and if you see anything suspicious, call 999 immediately. You can also call 101 to contact your police in a non-emergency situation.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has also produced a guide on how to keep safe during the Festive season, which can be viewed and downloaded here:
Adam Pipe, the Casualty Reduction Manager at Essex Police is asking all Speedwatch groups, and other community-minded folks, for any support they can give to the Xmas drink driving campaign. Such support is always much appreciated and could help save lives. He says:
We always look to the support of the community in providing us with intelligence relating to possible known drink drivers within your communities and this information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
As always you can stay in touch with our daily operations via following my Twitter page @EPAdamPipe.
As their poster cautions – drink-driving can have devastating consequences, don’t take the chance, make sure you arrange your lift home in advance.
Seasonal Fraud On-line
Criminals are always present in our lives and Christmas is no exception. The City of London Police recently issued a document detailing 12 top seasonal frauds being conducted on-line and how to protect yourself from them:
Shopping On-line? Beware bogus shopping sites – some may have nothing to deliver, others are shifting counterfeit goods;
Auction Sites are safe aren’t they? Only if used in the safest way and using trusted sellers.
Email links and attachments? Click them at your peril
Booking a holiday? If the price seems too good to be true it probably is.
E-card or e-virus? Many e-cards are safe – but not all are!
Social network special gifts & offers? Often just trying to capture personal data with nothing to offer at all.
It’s good to give to charity isn’t it? Of course it is – but make sure it is a legitimate on-line donation.
Paying on-line for presents and services? Safe only as long as you take precautions.
Transfer the money now to secure your purchase? Despite the financial institution involved, the ‘seller’ might be running a scam.
Voucher codes are good news? Possibly, but open to fraud as criminals spread ‘ransomware’ viruses.
Must-see event and cheap tickets? They might only be cheap because they don’t exist.
Paying with your mobile? Highly convenient but subject to hacking if not careful.
If so, why not access your favourite e-Tailer through our webshop. The prices, offers, discounts will all be the same with the single difference that they will pay commission to parish funds which can then be spent on community projects! For a typical Xmas Present shopping list commission of around £15 could be earned. The website is dead easy to remember – just type in buy.at/westbergholt in your browser and either search there or click through to your favourite online shop.
The latest update from buy.at includes new offers and shops:
SPECIAL OFFERS Activity Superstore – 10% off everything
Use code ‘ASNOV10’ to receive 10% off everything
Expires: Friday 31st December 2010
PLAY – 25% off selected board games
25% off selected board games like Monopoly, Yahtzee, Pictionary, Jenga, Twister and many more
Commission: 6% on clothes, 3.5% on Mobiles, 2% on DVDs, CDs, Books & Games, 4% on Gadgets, 0.5% on PCs & Electronics and 1% on Game Consoles
ASDA grocery– 3 for £10 on selected Wine
Great offer in the build up for Christmas: Get 3 bottles for £10 on selected wine
Commission: £.5.50 for new grocery customers (minimum spend £25)
Thorntons – 3 for 2 on selected treats
Thorntons is offering 3 for 2 on a great selection of treats from Chocolate Smothered Orange Slices to Continental chocolates. Grab three items from the 3 for 2 selection and get the cheapest FREE!
Game – Call of Duty: Black Ops for only £24.99 (RRP£42.95)
Call of Duty: Black Ops launches tomorrow Tuesday 9th November and GAME has a limited launch offer which allows you to get the Standard Edition on Xbox 360 or Play Station 3 for only £24.99 when bought with selected titles
Please see their website for full Terms and Conditions
Commission: 3% on software sales, 1.5% on Solus hardware sales
Dare 2b – 60% off sale
To help launch the new autumn/winter range you can now get 60% off hoodies, fleeces, shorts, jackets and much more
Superdrug – 3 for 2 deal
This fantastic 3 for 2 offer gives you the chance to get some amazing deals. You can mix and match any items that have the ‘present’ icon and get the cheapest free!
Expires: Tuesday 16th November
Hotels – up to 40% off winter beach holidays
The fabulous winter sale has launched and you can save up to 40% on winter beach holidays to Barbados, Thailand, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia and many more!
Expires: Book now until Wednesday 15th December and travel between now and Monday 31st January 2011
National Trust Memberships
From £16.50 you can visit hundred of fantastic places in England, Wales & Northern Ireland as many times as you like. No commission is offered for Life Time Memberships
Commission: 30% off the membership value
Note: Get 12 months membership for the price of 9. There’s a FREE pair of binoculars for you too!
This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at http://www.westbergholt.net