Welcome to your December issue of the Stansted and Dunmow Flyer magazine. Amongst the community news and local events in this magazine issue there’s a great choice of things to do. With many events coming up, alongside your community news, this is a full issue as usual.
The Stansted Flyer Magazine December Update and Welcome
I know this can be a very busy month – as well as being an opportunity to reflect – and I hope you are able to balance everything it may contain! We have plenty of things to do and lots of community information for you, to take us from the end of this year into 2024 (I’m looking forward to seeing the Christmas lights over the next few weeks)
Sustainable Stansted Christmas
In this issue Sustainable Stansted has some very useful tips to help us have a more sustainable Christmas, including wrapping gifts in fabric and making reusable crackers (my Mum did this when I was growing up, we loved the personal gifts inside, and I have carried it on with my own family)
Christmas Events in Stansted
Events coming up include the Herts and Soul Community Choir concert at St John’s Church supporting Isabel Hospice (9th December,7.00pm); Santa at the Mill (9th December); the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church (9th and 10th December, with carols at 3pm on the 9th); St Clare Light up a Life remembrance services (14th December, 7pm; 16th December, 4pm and 7pm); Let’s Talk Stansted! monthly social evenings (the next date is 30th January, 7.00pm); South Mill Arts has Cinderella, The Nutcracker (a live screening) and a Santa’s Grotto; Christmas activities at Daisy May’s Farm; Christmas church services and the Essex Libraries Winter Reading Challenge for children. Why not find out the details in your magazine?
In December, at Saffron Walden Museum, you can see some white satin slippers decorated with silver braid and sequins, said to have been worn by Princess Charlotte (1796-1817), daughter of George IV in the early 1800s. You can also visit the new temporary exhibition ‘Evacuee: A Wartime Childhood’.
Charity News Stansted December
In charity news, we hear from Danaher Animal Home. Can you offer a home or sponsor or part-sponsor an animal? Plus, St Clare Hospice reminds us that they can collect and recycle your real Christmas tree, in exchange for a suggested donation of £15 (between the 11th and 13th January).
Some of my family and I took part in the Rural Ramble for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity in the autumn, from the beautiful Gardens of Easton Lodge. We had sunshine (and sweetcorn!) along the way. Thank you very much to all involved. Read more inside your Flyer about the event and other ways to support this charity.
Club and Group News
Club and group news includes an update from the Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra, who have announced the winners of the first Barker Bursary Competition. Congratulations to the two musicians – 18 year old Sakura and 12 year old Ariana – who won the Senior and Junior prizes respectively. Stansted Mountfitchet Evening WI updates us on events and would be pleased to welcome visitors. Stansted Tennis Club tells us that their tennis coach Ollie Toms tragically passed away in October. The Club’s touching tribute says he will be hugely missed. STC also lets us know that member Sandra Ayres competed in a tennis World Championship competition (over 75s) and got through to the last 16. An excellent achievement.
The team at the Flyer would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; thank you very much for your ongoing support.
With best wishes
Stephanie Adams, Editor