2017 Events

Saturday 18 February - Visit to St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden

2.30pm - Meet at the church entrance

A church has stood on Bury Hill since at least the early part of the 13th century but the current structure dates from around 1500. Come and hear more of its history and see some of the areas of the church not normally shown to visitors in this private tour conducted by the Editor of the most recently published History of St. Mary’s. No charge, but donations to St Mary’s building fund will be welcome. Numbers will be limited to 20 so book with Chris Knight on 01799 500502 or email chrisjk@ntlworld.com

Saturday 18 March - Visit to Finchingfield Guildhall

1.15pm at the Common Car Park to give lifts or 2.00pm at the Guildhall CM7 4NN

The 15th century Guildhall at Finchingfield is an historic venue with its own interactive museum, small shop and library. It has recently completed a substantial renovation with a massive grant from HLF and English Heritage. Members will be given an introduction, a full guided tour and a discussion/question session with tea/coffee provided.  The cost to cover costs and support the Guildhall is £5 per head to include tea/coffee but the Initiative will pay £2 of this. Homemade cake may be purchased separately. For more information and to see what goes on at the Guildhall have a look at the website http://www.finchingfieldguildhall.org.uk/  Numbers will be limited to 20 so book with Chris Knight on 01799 500502 or email chrisjk@ntlworld.com

Thursday 6 April - An Evening of Nostalgia with Bruce Munro

7.30pm start at the Parish Room next to St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden

Bruce Munro is a well-known expert on local property and history. He will combine this knowledge to provide a fascinating slide show of bygone eras in and around Saffron Walden. Some of his photographs are from the 1850’s. No need to book in advance. There will be no entrance fee for Initiative members but there will be a £2 fee for non-members.

Monday 24 April - Visit to Saffron Museum New Store at Shirehill

6.45pm at the Common Car Park to share cars or 7.00pm at UDC Shire Hill refuse vehicle depot opposite Nursery School (map to be emailed to all attendees)

In Saffron Walden Museum’s new store at the UDC Depot on Shirehill, see the full extent of the district’s collections of local and social history, archaeology, geology and some natural history. Curatorial staff will explain how we care for this important heritage resource, and what the Museum is hoping to do to improve access to all its collections. Find out what really goes on behind the scenes in a museum service! Numbers will be limited to 20 so book with John Ready on 07813 591148 or email john.ready569@btinternet.com

Saturday 13 May - Visit to 25-27 Church Street, Saffron Walden (Part of the old Sun Inn)

2.30pm start - Meet outside No. 25

A chance to see behind the facade of this much-loved old building renowned for its elaborate 17th-century pargeting (decorative external plasterwork). Much historic fabric survives internally and the house is part-way through major building conservation work. Our visit will be led by Douglas Kent, the owner, who is Technical and Research Director at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Maximum 15 people - £5 per person but the Initiative will pay £2 of this. Please book with Sue Ullstein on 01799 500544 or email sue.ullstein@ntlworld.com

Wednesday 31 May - Visit to Waterbeach Waste Management Park

Find out what happens to the recycling, with a fascinating guided visit to this site north of Cambridge. We will be at Waterbeach from 1.50pm to 4pm. The visit includes a minibus trip around the site with some optional walking and stout footwear is advised. The processes are virtually the same as those used to deal with Saffron Walden’s waste - unfortunately Essex’s waste is managed at a site which cannot be visited, and which is in any case much further away. Numbers will be limited to 16. Please contact barbarawilcox@ntlworld.com or 01799 502962 or 07570 839100 to book a place and organise transport.

Monday 12 June - Visit to Uttlesford Foodbank

7.30pm - Meet at New Life Church, 9 Shire Hill, Saffron Walden CB11 3AQ then enter the Foodbank by walking down outside right hand side of building to the warehouse entrance. Limited parking on the Church site.

An opportunity to visit the Foodbank warehouse and hear about how the Foodbank operates and how it links up with the Citizens Advice Bureau using the Frontline referral online system. There will be no charge for this visit but a donation of long life food would be appreciated. Numbers will be limited to 25 so book with Mark Starte on 07905 894336 or email starsk@virginmedia.com

NOTE: The Initiative contact for suggesting other member events or community projects is Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or peter@riding.co.uk