Making Music Accessible – ALF Drum Studios

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Andy Lawrence Franklin of ALF Drum Studios in Braintree is embarking on an exciting initiative for teaching people with disabilities how to play drums. The idea came from seeing fellow drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard, who lost his left arm in a car crash in ’85 when the band were at their peak. His […]

Yuletide Stride

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Come and celebrate Christmas with the annual woMEn TIME Yuletide Stride charity walk on Thursday 8 December. The walk starts at Anglia Ruskin University where you will follow the River Chelmer before hitting the twinkly lights on Chelmsford High Street and Moulsham Street, then celebrate after either a 5k or 10k walk with Christmas refreshments […]

Bright Ideas Community Business Fund is open

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The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is a £1.85 million, two-year programme, open to community groups, associations and organisations across England which have a good idea for a community business but need help developing it, or which are just starting out.  This new programme will help groups get their bright ideas for a community business up and running through tailored support and […]

The Men’s Shed Chelmsford

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The Chelmsford Shed will be opening soon! We are delighted to advise that we have signed a lease on a building that will become home for the next 5 years (or more!) for local Shedders to meet, share and socialise. It is currently being refurbished. There is mounting evidence linking loneliness to physical illness and to functional and […]

Applications Invited for Grants to Help People Get Back to Work

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Voluntary and community organisations who are helping people who are recovering from mental health problems to find work in the South of Essex can now apply for funding from the Coombewood Amenity Fund. This fund is being managed by the Essex Community Foundation and welcomes applications from organisations working in Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, […]

Free surplus food for Charities from Tesco Braintree

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Fare Share Food Cloud is introducing a new initiative locally from Monday 7th November that connects charities with good quality, unsold food at their local Tesco for free How does it work? 1. The charity/organisation nominates one or more evenings per week that they are available to collect surplus food from their local store. 2.On […]

High Sheriff Invites Applications

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Local voluntary and community organisations are encouraged to apply for grants from the High Sheriff of Essex Awards Scheme. Grants of up to £1,000 are available from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and the money will be awarded to groups working to make their communities safer. The High […]

Braintree Autism Support Group

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Drop in Coffee Morning every Tuesday at The Archer Community Centre, East Street, Braintree CM7 3JJ Support for parents/carers with children of any age on the Autistic Spectrum For further information contact Jane on 07816 869522 or email

Community Fridge

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‘A ‘Community Fridge’ project has launched in Southend, which aims to support vulnerable and impoverished people living in the local area. The fridges have been set up at four different charities which include: TrustLinks, Southend YMCA, Storehouse, and Trinity Family Centre. In order sustain the project, the charities are relying on local residents and businesses […]

Braintree Area Foodbank Harvest Appeal

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Every year in October schools, churches and many other organisations come together to celebrate Harvest. Harvest time is an important time to feel blessed with the food that has been gathered in, but it can also be a time when food poverty is highlighted. The Braintree Area faces a food poverty crisis which is set […]