Holiday Fraud & Other News

Starting with Holiday Fraud, this news roundup also addresses:

Zoom Quiz Calling

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St Mary’s Church is running a fundraiser Zoom Quiz to support the work of their Families Worker, Jo Jeffery. Jo’s work impacts many in the village and includes activities such as:

  • helping with the Toddler Group,
  • running the Larder providing food parcels to families impacted by the pandemic, &
  • running RE lessons, prayer spaces and wellbeing courses for Heathlands.

You don’t have to have a full house to join in, if you are alone there will be a chance to ‘buddy up’ with a partner online.

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Churches Old & New with Christmas News & More

Old Church May 2020

Old Church Crib sceneChurches Old & New with Christmas News

This news update starts with Christmas News from the Old Church, then:

Old Church Update

Old Church Xmas TreeHolly in the windowThe Friends of St Mary’s are sad to have to cancel the Carol Service there again this year as they cannot organise it in a COVID-safe way.  However, Continue reading “Churches Old & New with Christmas News & More”

The First Window Opens This Evening (& other news)

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This news round-up starts with the First Window opening this evening and then also covers:

How it Started

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.

The idea is that each window has a number in it representing their day and that the actual design is not revealed until the allocated day. The revealed designs are then lit each Continue reading “The First Window Opens This Evening (& other news)”

Holiday Hunger Programme

holiday hungerHoliday Hunger Programme

The Holiday Hunger Programme has been launched to provide extra support to children and their families this half term.  The County Council is working with the Active Essex Foundation to extend the programme.  It will see 33 programmes available across the county and more than 1,000 children provided with free activities and food.

St Mary’s Church is Helping

St Mary’s church is offering support, on Tuesday to Friday of this week,  to families adversely affected by the Pandemic;

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Day 74 of (fluctuating) Lockdown – the Town Centre edition

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Day 74 of (fluctuating) Lockdown

Day 74 sees a focus on Colchester town centre to start with – actions to make it greener and easier to social-distance kick us off:

Greener Town CentreThumbs Up for ‘Safer, Greener, Healthier’ Town Centre

Health experts and leading cycling and walking campaigners have welcomed ambitious plans to make Colchester town centre streets safer, greener and healthier. Continue reading “Day 74 of (fluctuating) Lockdown – the Town Centre edition”

Day 49 of Lockdown – the Christian Aid edition

Hand washing on day 49Day 49 of Lockdown

Day 49 and we hark back to 7 weeks ago when we were first taught to wash our hands frequently whilst singing happy birthday twice.  Who’d have thought that Christian Aid uses the money donated for such things as teaching folks how to wash their hands?  The picture right is of a hand-washing clinic run by Judith Lassie in the village of Sawula, Sierra Leone.  There are some links to some videos from VE-Day 75 celebrations & also here a bit of comedy and some music. Continue reading “Day 49 of Lockdown – the Christian Aid edition”

Day 43 of Lockdown – the “Specials” edition

Stay at home, play & save lives

Stay at home, play & save livesDay 43 of Lockdown

After a quiet weekend for local news, day 43 (6 weeks and a day!!!), brings us a few bits of news that might interest.  Also a rather lovely parody of Cat Stevens’ Father & Son and other light relief.  So we have:

Community Special Constables Needed

The parish has a low crime rate but does suffer from occasional antisocial behaviour and parking issues, along with sporadic rural crime.  West Bergholt Parish Council are supporting Essex Police to increase local and visible policing in their area.  We nearly had Continue reading “Day 43 of Lockdown – the “Specials” edition”

Day 32 of Lockdown – the Co-op Dancers edition

Co-op DancersDay 32 of Lockdown

Day 32 sees another slew of updates from Borough & County Councils, some anti-fraud stuff, the Tik-Tok videos of the Co-op dancers stitched together into one and a musical interlude.

But first, let’s enjoy the Co-op Dancers:

Dancing for West Bergholt

What better way to spend your evening after a hard day’s work than spending 45 minutes rehearsing some dance moves.  Well, that’s what Continue reading “Day 32 of Lockdown – the Co-op Dancers edition”