Welcome to your May issue of the Stansted and Dunmow Flyer. May events include The Gardens of Easton Lodge Sunday Open Day (21st May) with stalls, music and homemade food.
The Stansted May Flyer Update and Welcome
This is one of my favourite months, with the daylight lengthening daily, beautiful flowers emerging, lots of wildlife to discover and summer being closer but not here yet! We’re pleased to welcome you to our fifth issue of 2023, where you can be assured of a wide range of community updates and local activities to discover inside.
May events include The Gardens of Easton Lodge Sunday Open Day (21st May) with stalls, music and homemade food. As well as monthly Sunday Open Days they are also open every Thursday (during the season) There will be four Open Days at Stansted Windmill, including the 13th and 14th May which is the National Mills weekend. I have enjoyed visits to both these places with my family and have volunteered at the Gardens in the past. They would both welcome hearing from volunteers.
Champing in Stansted
Perhaps you’d like to try Champing at St Mary’s Church? The Champing season is until the end of October. It means camping in church; providing a unique experience for you plus raising income to help to conserve redundant churches for future generations. Plus 30 Days Wild is back from the 1st June – the Wildlife Trusts annual campaign to help us appreciate the great outdoors. Why not find out more and order your free pack by post? There’s also a brand new exhibition at Saffron Walden Museum: Feeding the Family – A history of dining.
In charity news we hear from St Clare Hospice and a special Long Service Award event held to thank more than 60 of its volunteers, who had donated a combined total of 680 years of service to the Hospice! Accuro, who support children, young people and adults with a disability, is seeking more volunteers in a range of roles. Both Accuro and St Clare have volunteering opportunities.
Club and group updates include the Open Day at Stansted Bowling Club (13th May) and the Kent Cup match (21st May); an update from Sustainable Stansted about ‘No Mow May’ and how this can help wildlife and members of the Herts and Essex Boundary Flower Club who were invited to arrange flowers at Westminster Abbey for a special anniversary.
We also hear news from all year groups at St Mary’s School (animals, nature, skies, mythical creatures and Mexico) and Forest Hall School shares details about a Year 9 ADT Warner Bros Studio Tour trip; a Rainbow Inclusivity Café; an Eco Team scheme and an International Women’s History Month poster competition.
This month Let’s Talk Stansted! will be focusing on increasing peoples’ awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on things that can help prevent it becoming a problem. This is linked to Mental Health Awareness Week, 15th – 21st May, which is centred around anxiety.
I’ll end here with a reminder to all you budding young writers (up to age 18).There’s still time to enter the writing competition we’ve mentioned previously. Vouchers for winners and runners up and the winning entries will feature in The Flyer. The theme is “I Love Stansted Mountfitchet.” Entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 20th May please. Do look inside to find out more and tell your friends, family and contacts!
Enjoy your May magazine and thank you for your support of the Flyer.
With best wishes
Stephanie Adams, Editor