Welcome to your February issue of the Stansted and Dunmow Flyer. In this first issue of a new year, we hear from The Herts and Essex Boundary Flower Club who invite us to join a meeting in the Manuden Community Centre. We also find out what’s happening at Daisy May’s Farm in Elsenham. And we also catch up on local school news and local groups.
Letter from the Editor Stansted February
As I write my letter to welcome you to this February issue of the Flyer, I am starting to notice the afternoon daylight lengthening. It will be lovely to see the delicate white snowdrops; I do find these very uplifting and hope they are for you too.
This month we bring you as much practical information and community news as we can fit. Staying on the snowdrop theme, we hear more about these flowers from The Hundred Parishes Society. They highlight where we may be able to see snowdrops and other early flowers. Plus if you want to try one of their walks or visit an open garden, they have details on their website. Time for some exploring maybe!
The Herts and Essex Boundary Flower Club
The Herts and Essex Boundary Flower Club invite us to join a meeting in the Manuden Community Centre. You don’t need any expertise or knowledge to enjoy watching flower arranging. There’s also a feature this time from Stansted Mountfitchet U3Aabout their programme, which includes a Saturday Seminar on the history of the relationship between Russia and Ukraine.
Would you like to know more about sustainability? There’s now an environmental group, Sustainable Stansted, founded by highly motivated volunteers and local residents working together to make Stansted more sustainable. You’ll find practical tips and more details about this group in your magazine; there are some very useful suggestions. They would be pleased to hear from you if you’d like to join or have ideas for campaigns.
Looking for something to do with the family over half term (or later)? Why not find out what’s happening at Daisy May’s Farm in Elsenham. There are also half term craft activities at Saffron Walden and Bishop’s Stortford Museums. Additionally, Love your Library Day is on the 18th February, so a good choice.
Stansted Community February
Informative updates are provided by St Mary’s Church in Stansted Mountfitchet this month. ‘This is My Theatre’ recently performed The Nutcracker and the Mouse King there (I enjoyed seeing this with my family – and there will be more performances from this theatre group ahead) and the church also had a Christmas tree festival, a carol service and the Stansted Mountfitchet U3A Strummers singalong. Some of the history of St Mary’s is also shared plus there’s an opportunity to get involved in a special church project. Plenty to discover!
Uttlesford Frontline has compiled a news item about cost of living support for Uttlesford residents. They also highlight links to online information about health and wellbeing services across the district: https://uttlesford.essexfrontline.org.uk Additionally, you may be interested in a new free online home safety check service from the Essex Fire Service, with bespoke fire safety advice for your home: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/online-home-safety-check Sounds like a useful range of free community resources.
In school news St Mary’s Primary School tell us that their Year 5s recently took part in Young Voices (they were at the 02) and also that they stayed open during the December snow – the children built a selection of ice and snow sculptures, including an igloo.
Enjoy your magazine and thank you very much for your support of the Flyer.
With best wishes
Stephanie Adams, Editor