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Talks & Craft Days

Workers Educational Association - a Registered CharityTalks & Craft Days

The Tollesbury WEA are running a number of Talks & Craft Days between September & May next year to which you are warmly invited.  The events take place at either:

  • School Room, East St., Tollesbury, CM9 8QD (SR);
  • Tollesbury Sailing Club, Woodrolfe Rd, CM9 8SE. (TSC); or
  • Tollesbury Activity Centre, Woodrolfe Rd, CM9 8SE (TAC).

And are:


These are one day sessions running between 10 am – 3 pm on Saturdays and cost  £18 each.

  • Essex Country Houses (Margaret Mills) 29th Sept at SR.
  • Why Shakespeare? (Ron Marks) 13th Oct at SR.
  • History Everywhere! – Interpreting the landscape (James Nicholas) 20th October at TSC.
  • Zero Nights: The first great escape in WW11 (Mark Felton) 10th November at TSC.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer: Civil Servant and Poet (Dr Graham Platt) 13th April at SR.
  • Imperial China (David Prynn) 11th May at SR.

They will also be running an 8-week course: A Russian Journey: An introduction to Russia, the land, its people and culture…. (Dr Anat Vernitski) This runs 10 -11.30 am on Tuesdays starting at SR on 8th January and costs £58.40.


  • Christmas Wreathes (Deb Hart) Tuesday 4th December 10 am – 4 pm £26.50 at TAC.
  • Basket making – A symmetric basket (Deb Hart)  Saturday  12th>January 9 am – 5 pm £52 at TAC.
  • Garden structures including obelisks (Deb Hart)  Wednesday 1st May 10 am – 4 pm £29 at TSC.

More Information

For more information go to and search for course name or your postcode. Online application available. Alternatively, you can call 0300 303 3464.


The 83rd 5 Parishes Show 2015

83rd-5parishesThe 83rd 5 Parishes Show 2015

As ever, the 5 Parishes Organizing Committee is hard at work and continue to provide updated details of this years event for posting here, please do check back periodically.  In the meantime, anybody wishing to contact the committee should contact Sally Abbott on 07526 220384 or 01206 735931.  You can also follow the show on Facebook –  Download flyer here.

Sponsored by Collier & Catchpole

Sunday, 2rd August 11.00 a.m -5.00 p.m
(By kind permission of the Commander Defence Training Estate East)

Main Attractions

  • Colchester Birds of Prey
  • Tendring Dog Agility Display Team
  • Suffolk School of Samba
  • The Essex Gun Dog Obedience School
  • Bows ‘n Belles Morris Dancers
  • Medieval Combat Society (Knights)
  • Colne Endeavour Music Club
  • Scotty’s Circus Workshop
  • Colchester Model Aircraft Club
  • East Anglian Kite Flyers
  • Horticultural Marquee (Entries on Saturday 1st August)
  • 5 Parishes Horticultural Society

Horticultural Show

Download main show schedules here.

Horse Show

Horse show schedules soon to be available from:

Dog Show

Dog show schedules available here.


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ENTRANCE £5.00 CONCESSIONS £4.00 CHILDREN (5 – 16) £1.00


Craft courses at Abberton

Learn a new skill

3-ladies-spinningAbberton Rural Training, a new project offering a programme of short and part time courses starting this Autumn. There are still places available! Based at Layer Water Treatment Works and around the Abberton Reservoir it is a beautiful place to study. Autumn courses include:

  • Spinning – Learn how to wash, card & spin natural wools.  Each person works on theeir individual spinning wheel giving plenty of hands on practice.  This 4 week course has already commenced (see picture) on 16th October.
  • Willow weaving – Learn how to make a willow basket, you will leanr a couple of differnt weaves and get ideas for progrsssing with this fun and flexible craft.  Runs on Friday November 7th between 10:00 – 4:00 and costs £60 per day.
  • Greenwood crafts – Experience working on a green pole lathe to make a dibber and also carving utensils. All equipment provided, suiotable for novices; this is, however, quitr a physical activity.  Runs on 7th November between 9:30 – 12:30 or 1:30 – 4:30 for £65, or full day, 9:30 – 4:30 for £120.
  • Felt applique – Learn the art of felt applique using felted wool to make a small reverse applique sachet.  Learning traditional needlework, all material provided,  Runs on Thursday 13th November between 10:00 – 4:00 for just £30.
  • Quilting – Learn how to make a 1m square patchjwork quilt – great for keeping warm in the winter, just when you need it.  Suitable for beginners.  Four week course starting on Friday 14th November between 10:00 – 4:00 for just £25 per week.
  • Origami textiles – Using recycled fabrics make origami anipmals to create a piece of art – a decorative item to treasure or even wear in your hair.  Two dates for this course, Thursday 20th or 27th NOvember betwen 10:00 – 1:00 for £20.
  • Art classes – Adult Club – A 6 week course teaching a selection of watercolour techniques and skills.  Excellent renowned local artist John Harrison shows his expertise with excellent teaching.  Runs Thursdays 10:30 – 12:00 (ongoing) at £150 for all 6 weeks.
  • Art classes – Children’s Club – A 6 week course teaching a selection of watercolour techniques and skills suitable fro children.  Run by renowned local artist John Harrison.  Runs Thursdays 15:45 – 16:45 (ongoing) at £48 for all 6 weeks.


To book contact Sally on 07753 494459 or email: [email protected] or via our website:



The 82nd 5 Parishes Show 2014

Sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water
Sunday, 3rd August 11.00 a.m -5.00 p.m
(By kind permission of the Commander Defence Training Estate East)

5 Parishes Horticultural SocietyAttractions include:

  • K9 Quackers, Sheepdog show
  • Colchester Birds of Prey
  • East Anglian Kite Flyers
  • Tendring Dog Agility Display Team
  • Suffolk Punch Trust
  • Annies Fantasies Clog Dancing
  • Colchester Model Aircraft Club
  • Horse Show
  • Exemption Dog Show
  • Colne Endeavour Music Club
  • Horticultural Marquee (Entries on Saturday, 2nd August)
  • Craft Marquee
  • Licensed Bar
  • Food Stalls

5-parishes-mapMain show schedules soon to be available from:<

Horse show schedules soon to be available from:

Dog show schedules soon to be available from:


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ENTRANCE £5.00 CONCESSIONS £4.00 CHILDREN (5 – 16) £1.0


Peldon Village Festival 2013

peldon-festival-2013The annual Peldon Village Festival will be held on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June, promising a great weekend for all the family.

Fair & fun

The Festival fun kicks off on Saturday 15th June at 11am with our traditional fair and family fun day in the village hall and its grounds, including a wonderful array of craft stalls, plant and homemade cake stalls, the ever-popular Professor Poulson’s Punch and Judy show, the Owl Man, with his amazing collection of owls, and Animal Experiences, enabling you to get close to many other fascinating creatures. In addition, there will be a bouncy castle and Kidzone to keep the children entertained, and for the adults a tombola, a beer and Pimm’s tent and our fabulous Grand Draw (First prize £100). Refreshments will be available throughout the day: Ploughman’s lunches or burgers and hotdogs served between 12 – 2pm, and delicious cream teas between 2.30 – 4pm.

Exhibitions & displays

As usual over the Festival weekend, St Mary’s Church will be open between 11am – 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday for viewing Festival flowers, our Art and Photographic Exhibitions and the Friends’ pictorial display of events and improvement projects. The Church Tower will also be open for spectacular views over to Mersea, Langenhoe and way beyond. It also affords views over the changing landscape created by the very nearly completed Abberton Reservoir development.  Oh, and be sure to look out for the scarecrows – this year on parade in the churchyard. We are hoping to make this the biggest and best Scarecrow Competition of our Festival history. There is no particular theme; just come and stage your scarecrow on Saturday morning: the more the merrier!

Pet Service & Open Gardens

On Sunday 16th June, there will be a special Festival Pet Service at 9.30am in the church. So why not bring along your pets? Old or young, large or small, God will welcome them all! Following this service, light refreshments will be served in the church café throughout the day, the tower will be open, exhibitions can be admired and scarecrows viewed and judged.

Also on the Sunday between 11am – 4pm, Peldon once again hosts its Open Gardens event with nine gardens in the village open. Programmes (£3) will be available from the church from 10.30am.

Song Cycle

Then, for the finale of our Festival weekend: our Festival Concert at 7.30pm in the church, featuring Song Cycle, the all singing, all cycling male voice quartet. Their style is a la King’s Singers and the concert promises a wonderfully varied programme of traditional, sacred and modern pieces – ‘from Bach to The Beatles’. Not to be missed! Tickets £10, including light refreshments, from the Festival desk or Bill 01206 735770.

All proceeds of the Festival will go to the Friends of St Mary’s Peldon, who are currently raising funds to install running water and much needed toilet facilities. (


Strawberry Tea & Craft Fayre

strawberry-fayre-jun10The Wigborough’s Strawberry Tea & Craft Fayre is taking place at Keston’s Farm, Maldon Road on Sunday 20th. June 2010 between 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Proceeds will be going to the PCC of Great & Little Wigborough in aid of St. Stephen’s Church.  Entrance is for a £1.00 donation (children free).

Attractions include:

  • Strawberry Cream Teas
  • Local Crafts with demonstrations
  • Art Exhibition
  • Photographic Competition on theme of Reflections (details here)
  • Children’s Competitions
  • Children’s Colouring Competition Display (details and download here)
  • Luxury Tombola
  • Cake Stall
  • Home Produce Stall
  • Hot Dogs & other Stalls

The event is taking place by kind permission of Wendy Mitchell at Kestons Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough CO5 7RE