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The 85th Five Parishes Show

The 85th Five Parishes Show

The 84th Five Parishes Show is set for Sunday 6th August from 11am to 5pm.  Taking place at the Fingringhoe Ranges (CO5 7LX), as usual, admission charges are:

  • Adults – £6,
  • Concessions – £5,
  • Children (5 – 16) – £3.

The Show now has it’s own website where you can get full details, but, some highlights over and above the usual fare include:  Continue reading


Leonardo da Panto

Leonardo da Panto

It’s that time of year!

Hello All, this year the Peldon Panto moves into St Mary’s as the construction of the new hall gets underway.  An amazing challenge for the players this year as we tread boards previously untrodden in a new setting.

Come to see Leonardo da Panto in a truly authentic(ish) renaissance-style backdrop.  Written by Simon Nunan, this panto looks at the Italian renaissance, with beautiful, scheming Borgias, Machiavellian intrigue, and slap-dash artists.

Cheer for the goodies, boo at the baddies, hiss at the interval wine….

We’d love to see you there, tickets are selling out fast.

  • 25th – 27th Jan 7.30pm
  • 28th Jan 2.00pm and 7.30pm

BOX OFFICE contact Mel Newton on: 07738 000378 or [email protected]

Hope to see you all there.
PVHMC and the Peldon Players!


Countdown to Zepfest

ZepfestCountdown to Zepfest

Zepfest will open [fergcorp_cdt_single date=”24th September 2016 14:00″] and tickets are now available, click to book.  Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Zeppelin L33 landing in Little Wigborough, the weekend of 24th & 25th September offers a lot of fun.  Hours are 2pm – 8pm on the Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sunday.  Tickets are £10 adults, £5 children 7-15.  Zepfest takes place in Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough, CO5 7RD.

Tickets will be on sale at the gate, but due to ticket numbers being limited you are advised to book online well in advance.

Attractions include:

  • Daily programme of illustrated Talks,
  • Zeppelin archive film and audio show,
  • Static Displays about Zeppelins and the L33 with artefacts, memorabilia, photographs and documents,
  • Zeppelin art display,
  • WW1 aircraft, vehicles and simulators,
  • Flypast of WW1 aircraft from Stow Maries (weather permitting),
  • Walk the crash site and compare it with official 1916 photos,
  • Demonstrations of equipment by the Great War Living Historians,
  • Live music, singers and dancers (including Crossover Band on Saturday evening),
  • Activities for children,
  • Stalls of many kinds,
  • Heavy horse wagon rides,
  • Model T Ford car rides,
  • Kidz Kartz and Bouncy Castle,
  • … and much more!



Peldon Village Fete

Peldon Village Fete 2016Peldon Village Fete 2016

Lots of Traditional Village Fun, the Peldon Village Fete is being held by the Friends of St Mary’s and promises lots of activities for the children in particular.  Taking place at the Peldon Village Hall, Church Road, CO5 7PT, on 11th June between 12-4pm, the fete will offer:

  • Craft stalls,
  • Meet the animals,
  • Bouncy castle,
  • Grand Draw,
  • Street Organ,
  • BBQ & Bar,
  • Light refreshments,
  • Cream teas,
  • Garden games &
  • Brass band.

Entrance is just £2 for adults, 50p for children.  See you there!


PAWS February – Lady Grace

Stacey with Pam, President

Stacey being applauded by Pam (President)

PAWS February – Lady Grace

28 members attended our February meeting when Stacey Belbin gave us a talk on “Lady Grace”.  Her dad was a commercial fisherman and ever since she can remember she helped her dad clean and mend nets and catch fish.  When she left school she worked for a Bank. Her life was all about her career until she met her husband, then she realised life is for living and not for working all the time.

She met Scott at 18, his dad had brought him up in the angling world and hers had brought her up in the netting world.  On their first date, Scott took her angling and since then, her dad lost his crew and they decided to buy their own boat, “Galloper”, to take people angling at weekends.  They both had their day jobs, Scott as a carpenter and Stacey in the bank, but they used to spend weekends running the fishing trips.

Stacey on board

Stacey on board

As the business grew she decided it was time to get her own toy to play with.  In March 2011 they bought “Lady Grace”, it took until the end of August to get her ship-shape for passengers and then she ran her at weekends and continued her weekday job.  In 2012 she then worked “Lady Grace” during the May and October half terms and the full 6 weeks school holidays.  After running “Lady Grace” for 6 weeks solid during the school holidays, in January 2013 she made the decision to give up the day job from the April and run Lady Grace 7 days a week 364 days a year.

Lady Grace off West Mersea

Lady Grace off West Mersea

The first year was testing, but rewarding. Stacey loves working on “Lady Grace”, which was evident by her passionate talk, and every day and every trip being a different one, meeting different people and a forever changing scenery with the tide coming in or going out and the different birdlife visiting through the year. She is also a photographer of all things beautiful on the water, whether it be a landscape, sunrise, sunset or wildlife.

You can follow Stacey and “Lady Grace” on Facebook.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on the 22nd March and is our AGM and therefore a closed meeting.  However visitors are welcome afterwards from 8.00pm, for a Quiz and Nibbles, at a cost of £5.00. Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of the Winstred 100 website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.


February Half term 2016

February Half  Term 2016

With February half term next week Colchester Museums, Leisure World and Essex Outdoors are all running extra activities to keep the kids occupied:

Colchester Museums

Colchester Museums have events running every day with art and craft workshops at Hollytrees Museum, storytelling and castle making at the Castle and monkey and fossil activities at the Natural History Museum:

Mon 15 FebHollytrees MuseumPortraits in Shadow
Work as a group to turn your shadow into a striking silhouette portrait. Minimum age 4 years old
Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm£3 per personRequired, please call 01206 282941
Mon 15 FebColchester CastleQueen of the Iceni
Come and meet Boudica, the brave warrior Queen.
Storytelling at 11am, 1pm and 3pmFree after normal admission price to the CastleNot required
Tue 16 FebHollytrees MuseumMini Model Homes
Be inspired by our Victorian doll’s house and make your own room in miniature.
Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm£3 per personRequired, please call 01206 282941
Wed 17 FebNatural History MuseumMonkey Business
Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Monkey with us at the Natural History Museum. Create, personalise and take home your own glove monkey.
Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm£3 per personRequired, please call 01206 282941
Thurs 18 FebNatural History MuseumGo Live! Fantastic Fossils
Are you fascinated by fossils? Come and meet the fossil experts and have your own fossils identified.
Drop in 10-12pm and 2-4pmFree eventNot required
Fri 19 FebColchester CastleCrafty Castles
From rubbish to ramparts, discover how the Normans built Colchester Castle out of recycled material. Make your own castle out of recycled items.
Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm£2 per person after normal castle admissionRequired, please call 01206 282941

Leisure World

As well as its regular activities, Leisure World (call 282000 for bookings and more information) offers further half-term ones including art & craft and sports related as follows:

Mon 15 Feb1.30 – 3.00 Arts & Crafts – Fun and mess with hands on activities using creativity and imagination5 – 11 yrs£5.80
Tue 16 Feb3.00 – 4.00 Creative Dance – Come along and sing and dance. Use your imagination while developing skills of movement and dance1.5 – 4yrs£4.20
4.00 – 5.00Mini Street5 – 7 yrs£4.20
4.00 – 6.00Whiz Kids – Fun activities for children with disabilities, including trampolining, bouncy castle, basketball, football and much much more0 – 16 yrs£4.60
Wed 17 Feb1.30 – 3.00Team Games – Join in with a variety of sports and games: running, jumping, throwing and catching, but most off all having fun!7 – 12 yrs£6.50
Thurs 18 Feb1.30 – 3.00Badminton & Short Tennis – Two fun ways to enjoy racket sports and learn new skills7 – 12 yrs£6.50
Fri 19 Feb1.30 – 3.00Arts & Crafts – Fun and mess with hands on activities using creativity and imagination 5 – 11 yrs £5.80

Base Camp

With different activities every day including such as multi sports, leisure pool, cinema visit etc., Base camp runs from 58am until 5:30pm for £30 a day.

Kid’s Camp

For school years 1 – 6 only these offer action packed days running from 9am to 3pm for £25 or 8am to 5:30pm for £30 per day.

Essex Outdoors

Essex Outdoors’ action-packed activity day experiences run at our 4 centres during the school holidays  and are the ideal way for young people aged 8-16 to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors!

Working in groups of around 10 young people, your child will have the opportunity to take part in up to four fun and challenging activities each day, ranging from archery, canoeing and climbing to mountain biking, high ropes and zip wire.

Constant supervision during the day by our professional instructors will give parents peace of mind and ensure kids have a memorable day!  All technical equipment is provided – participants just need to bring, comfortable (and waterproof!) clothing and footwear as well as a packed lunch and a drink.

Special offer for February Half Term – School Holiday Activity Days will be just £15 per child, per day, a saving of 50%.


  • Tuesday 16th February – High Ropes & Archery.  Book online.


  • Monday 15th February – Archery, Aerial Trekking, Bushcraft & Obstacle Course
  • Tuesday 16th February – BMX, Zip Wire, Problem Solving & Climbing Wall
  • Wednesday 17th February – Low Ropes, Climbing Wall, Archery & Zip Wire
  • Thursday 18th February – Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Bushcraft & Aerial Trekking
  • Friday 19th February – Archery, Bushcraft, BMX & Zip Wire

Book online.


  • Monday 15th February – Aerial Runway, Archery, Climbing & Team Challenge
  • Thursday 18th February – Climbing, Aerial Runway, Low Ropes & Team Challenge
  • Friday 19th February – Adventure Course, Aerial Runway, Archery & Caving.

Book online.

Short Breaks for Disabled Children

  • Saturday 13th February – Activity Day at Mersea
  • Thursday 18th February – One Night Break at Bradwell

More information here.

Essex County Council

Fri 12 Feb
Lantern Walk on Hadleigh Downs, Hadleigh ParkMake a colourful lantern then join other families in a lantern-lit walk across the Olympic mountain bike venue.£5 per child Book now to attend phone 0345 603 7624. Suitable for age 3+
Sat 13 Feb
10am – 5pm
Raspberry Pi Event, Chelmsford  LibraryWe will have interesting activities for all ages and abilities and activities suitable for primary school children/beginners upwards in using a Raspberry Pi. Put on by Essex Libraries and the Southend Raspberry Jam.Book now to attend for free. Phone 0345 603 7628
Sat 13 Feb to
Sat 21 Feb
10.15am – 2pm
Secret Story Walk, starts from Thorndon Country Park South Pavilion CaféExplore and experience the woods on this this self- guided trail. The story of your own creature develops as you
enjoy our play activities in the outdoors. You can really use your imagination.
£3 per trail guide. No need to book.
Suitable for children ages 3-9
Sat 13 Feb to
Sat 21 Feb
10am – 3pm
Mini rangers trail, Weald Country ParkBuy a Trail booklet from the Visitor Centre, follow the map and stamp each page as you complete your Ranger jobs. Then return to the Visitor Centre to collect a well done gift. Please dress for a walk in the park with lots of mud. Body carriers are advised for small children as not all paths are suitable for buggies.£3 per booklet, no need to book
Mon 15 Feb

10.30am – 3pm

Art Workshop at Loughton LibraryCome along to lessons in drawing and colouring, held by professional artists.£6 per person. Book now by phoning 0345 603 7628
Suitable for Ages 7+
(Parents welcome although they must book and participate)
Mon 15 Feb
10.30am – 3pm
Recycle Themed Dinosaur Events, Witham LibraryCome and visit Steggy, the Stegosaurus Rex made up completely from recycled electronic materials. Come along for quizzes, treasure trails and moreNo need to book; drop in any time for free entry
Mon 15 Feb
2 – 3pm
Harry Potter Night of Spells, Wickford LibraryJoin us to celebrate the magic of the Harry Potter series with crafts, colouring, and activities to entertain young witches and wizards aged 7 and up. It would be Riddikulus to miss this!Ages 7 and over. No need to book; drop in any time for free entry.
Mon 15 FebPop up Drama, Harlow LibraryA unique drama and art workshop that will stretch your child’s imagination, build their confidence and
teach them invaluable art and drama skills.
Book now by phoning 0345603 7628. £10 per child
Mon 15 Feb
Teddy Bears picnic at Southminster LibraryMake your own Paddington Bear, quiz trail and other activities. Bring a snack and decorate a cake for a teddy
bears picnic storytime.
Free of charge, no need to book.
Suitable for under fives However elder siblings are welcome.
Mon 15 Feb
10.30am – 12 noon and 1.30pm – 3pm
How to Draw and How to Colour, Loughton LibraryChildren’s workshopsMust book before-hand.
Phone 01992 564000
Mon 15 Feb to
Fri 19 Feb
Bear Hunt, Great Baddow libraryGoing on a Bear Hunt’ themed week including Teddy bears story time – bring your teddy, find the famous bear trail and teddy bear crafts.Open to all children aged 0-11 years old.
No need to book. Drop in for free.
Mon 15 Feb to
Sat 20 Feb
Harry Potter Week, Chelmsford LibraryDrop in to participate in a load of fun, Harry Potter related activities such as word scrabble, colouring, and making your own Hogwarts tieNo need to book. Drop in any time for free entry.
Tue 16 Feb
10am – 12pm
Knex workshop, Frinton LibraryCreate Knex models using your problem solving skills, imagination and communication.Limited spaces. Pop in or phone to book a place on 01255  672581.
Tue 16 Feb
10.30am to 12.00pm
Bugs and Other Creepy Crawlies, Maldon LibraryEvent will involve story time, making bug related craft, and making fresh fruit kebabs.Children up to 11 years old. Free entry and no need to book.
Tue 16 Feb
2pm – 3pm
Real Life Fireman, Sible Hedingham LibraryCome and meet a REAL fireman, hear some great stories and make your own fire engine!Aimed at under sevens and is free of charge. No need to book.
Tue 16 Feb
2pm to 4pm
Knex Workshop, Clacton LibraryCreate Knex models using your problem solving skills, imagination and communication.Ticketed event. To book, phone 0345 603 7628.
Wed 17 Feb
10am – 11.30am
Where’s Wally? trail, quizzes, crafts and fun, Broomfield LibraryBe the best dressed Wally in red and whiteFree entry and no need to book. Suitable for ages up to eight.
Wed 17 Feb 11am – 1pmHarry Potter Event, Rayleigh LibraryCome in costume and join in with the activities for childrenNo need to book. Drop in any time for free. Suitable for children ages 5-9.
Wed 17 Feb
11am – 2pm
Wild Wednesday, Danbury Country ParkFree children’s activities, including making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest crafts, finding fish and more.Free of charge. No need to book.
Wed 17 Feb
Paddington Bear story time and Activities Event, Wickham BishopsJoin in with story time, colouring and craft activitiesFree entry and no need to book. Suitable for under fives. However, elder siblings are welcome.
Wed 17 Feb
Family Bike Ride, Hadleigh ParkThis is a fun ride for families, taking in the beautiful landscape of the Hadleigh Downs and Thames estuary. Helmets MUST be worn – “no helmet, no ride”. Please ensure your bike is in a safe riding condition.Book now to attend. Phone 01702 551076. This event is free if you bring your own bike. Alternatively bike hire is available – please reserve a bike in advance by phoning 01702 551076.
Suitable for families with children aged 10+ (all children must be accompanied)
Thu 18 Feb
10am – 12 noon
Kite Making, Hadleigh ParkMake your very own kite with the help of the rangers, then send it soaring over the downs.Suitable for ages 4+£5 per kite. No need to book.
Thu 18 Feb
10am – 12 noon
Drop in Pirate and Princess Event, Brightlingsea LibraryDrop in Pirate and Princesses Event at Brightlingsea Library. Children welcome to dress up. Story time at 11am. Crafts between 10 –12.No need to book. Drop in anytime for free. Children of all ages welcome.
Thu 18 Feb
Harry Potter Event, Brentwood LibraryCome along and take part in our Harry Potter quizzes and join us as we make a spell trailNo need to book. Drop in any time for free entry.
Fri 19 Feb
2pm – 4pm
Owls From Plop to Hedwig, Danbury LibraryFree children’s crafts – make an owl. Share a story. Learn more about owls by following our puzzle trail.No booking required. Drop in for free.
Sat 20 Feb
10am – 12 noon
Hour of Code Event, Rayleigh LibraryTake the opportunity to spend a fun hour learning to code with Star Wars, Minecraft or Frozen.For children aged 7-11.
Sat 20 Feb
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Reading Dangerously, Colchester LibraryCome along to an afternoon with the Year of Reading Dangerously team, who will be sharing their enthusiasm for writers from around the world, through a number of activities, including speed- dating with books. Includes afternoon tea and a chance to chat to other readers.Drop in  for free. No booking required.
Sun 21 Feb
1pm – 3.30pm
Iron Age Roundhouse Open Afternoon, Hadleigh ParkExplore our replica Iron Age roundhouse and learn how your ancestors lived 2000 years ago. Find out how charcoal was made – without it, there wouldn’t have been an Iron Age. Drop in event.Free entry to Roundhouse.

Wigboroughs’ February Church Update

Wigboroughs’ February Church Update

In the entrance porch of St. Stephen’s Church, Gt Wigborough, we now have a Prayer tree. If you have a prayer request for yourself, or someone else, you are invited to hang a leaf upon our prayer tree with your request and we will include it in our prayers on a Sunday morning. You will find the leaves and pens in the porch. Your request need not be named; we can still pray for you.

Another new event is the Café service which we are starting on 28th February!  This will be relevant for all ages, with particular activities for children.

The services planned for the next few weeks are…

  • 31 Jan., 10am, Benefice service at Rowhedge church (postcode: CO5 7EB), led by Revd Patrick McEune
  • 7 Feb., 11am, LW, Holy Communion led by Revd Brian Snelling
  • 14 Feb., 9.30am, GW, Morning Prayer with Bible discussion led by Anne and Peter Owen
  • 21 Feb, 9.15am, GW, Holy Communion led by Revd Patrick McEune
  • 28 Feb, 10am, GW, Café-style all age worship with activities for children, led by Anne and Peter Owen

Messy ChurchThe next Messy Church will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday April 2nd at St Stephens church, Great Wigborough.  This is the weekend after Easter, so hopefully lots of families will be able to come!  We are planning this event together with Peldon, and will be holding the following Messy Church in Peldon at Harvest time.

L33 Zeppelin in LIttle WigboroughPlans for the Zeppelin Commemoration event around Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, on September 24 and 25 are progressing, with the National Trust keen to be involved.  Contacts from the WW1 Aerodrome at Stow Maries are also helping us.  Please let us know if you would like to volunteer and be involved in any way!


With best wishes,
Anne and Peter

Anne Owen
Tel.: 01206 383843