COMMUNITY NEWS: Updates from the Dunmow area over the last month

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:00 26 July 2017

Members of the friendship group, in Dunmow, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Picture: MIKE PERRY

Members of the friendship group, in Dunmow, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Picture: MIKE PERRY

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With so much going on, the Broadcast has decided to dedicate space to community news.

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.

If you have some news you would like included, email editor@dunmow-broadcast.co.uk.

Residents at Alan Hasler House, in Dunmow, upon the opening of their new outdoor facilities. Picture: UDCResidents at Alan Hasler House, in Dunmow, upon the opening of their new outdoor facilities. Picture: UDC

The Rainbow Rural Centre, in Dunmow, will now be holding a children’s farm club for seven to 11-year-olds.

The sessions will involve meeting the animals and helping to look after them, as well as going on a tractor trail ride and spending time with the horses.

The club will also teach youngsters about wildlife, agriculture and horticulture.

For dates and how to book, call 01371 874 803 or visit rainbowrural.co.uk/events

Clients from Dementia Adventure enjoying a holiday and exploring the outdoors. Picture: DEMENTIA ADVENTUREClients from Dementia Adventure enjoying a holiday and exploring the outdoors. Picture: DEMENTIA ADVENTURE

The Dunmow Flitch Friendship Group celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this month.

The event was held at the Foakes Hall and includes members Rosemary Forsythe, Sue Osbourne, Helen Manley, Bob Wilkinson, Peter Toms, Anlouise Hamilton-Bruce, Glynis Smith, Elsie Heath and Jean Williams.

Members of the Jubilee Gardening Group are appealing for plastic bottle donations for a new project. Picture: JUBILEE GARDENING GROUPMembers of the Jubilee Gardening Group are appealing for plastic bottle donations for a new project. Picture: JUBILEE GARDENING GROUP

A special strawberry tea was held at Alan Hasler House, in Dunmow, this month to celebrate the unveiling of new outdoor space.

The sheltered accommodation now boasts a pergola and retractable canopy for its 31 residents to enjoy.

The wood structure was funded by district councillor Eric Hicks through the Ward Member Initiative Payments programme, and installed by council contractors free of charge.

Jean Overton, the scheme warden, said: “The new pergola has made the garden a much more usable space for our residents to come and enjoy. On their behalf I would like to thank everyone involved in making this possible.”

A Ford End charity is celebrating after receiving nearly half a million pounds from the Big Lottery Fund.

Dementia Adventure will be able to help more people living with the condition get outdoors.

It says research has shown that outdoor activities, such as animal assisted therapy and nature walks, reduce feelings of isolation and improve well-being.

Maureen Pike, who cares for her husband, went on a supported Dementia Adventure holiday.

She said: “The biggest change in Mike since his diagnosis is in how active he is. He used to be very active and now he stays indoors much more, particularly as he can get confused in our own garden. When we get out it gives us a sense of achievement and it relieves boredom by keeping our minds active.”

Dunmow Rotary Club has announced its new president for the coming year.

Mike Lodder, who harks from Australia, took up the role at Elsenham Golf Club, with a busy year planned ahead.

Outgoing president Chris Barrett, spoke of his achievements and the club’s contribution to St Clare’s Hospice.

Mr Lodder has planned a metal detecting day on September 2 in Takeley, close to Roman Road.

Anyone interested in attending should call 01376 344 290.

The Jubilee Gardening Club and Dunmow art company, High Stile Projects, is calling on people to donate plastic bottles.

The appeal is for their new project – to build a designer greenhouse.

The bottles they need are two-litre ones, and must be clean and empty.

They hope to reach 1,000 and the bottles should be taken in bags to Dunmow Library.

For more, call 01371 859 767.

Felsted School is celebrating after receiving impressive international baccalaureate results.

The school achieved a 100% pass rate, while maintaining its three-year average of 34 points per candidate.

Their top scorer was Frederike Bochentin, 18, from Germany, and put her in a strong position to pursue a career in business management.

Chris Townsend, head, said: “The pupils can be incredibly proud of these results, having studied a demanding course through their sixth form years.

“Their achievements at this stage will set them up for successful university careers, and the IB Philosophy encourages all students to be life-long learners, making a difference to the world that they go out into.”

A pupil from Great Easton Primary School has been crowned the winner of a maze design competition.

Luke Tidball, from Year 2, was awarded a £50 cheque and certificate for his entry in The Original Great Maze competition.

His design will be transformed into a real maze in Braintree, with his classmates receiving invitations to see it.

The school have also received a £100 donation from the competition.

Luke said: “I love making mazes. I just wanted to make a tractor one. I gave it crawler tracks for extra grip.”

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