2018 Events

Wednesday 23 May - Spring Clean Up

 6.30pm - meet at the Common Car Park

Help get Saffron Walden looking its best for the summer, with a working party to clean up the fingerposts and signs in the town. Please bring a bucket, rubber gloves, a scrubbing brush and protective clothing. Afterwards we’ll probably reward ourselves at a local hostelry. If you can loan large water carriers, large non-electric sprays or brushes on long poles, please contact Patrick Hawke-Smith in advance on 07411 012315 or at phawkesmith@gmail.com

No need to book in advance

Thursday 7 June - Chesterford Research Park Visit

5.45pm at the Common Car Park to give lifts or car share or 6pm at The Nucleus (first on the right after the Gatehouse), Little Chesterford, CB10 1XL

Building on 60 years of continuous R&D at Chesterford, the Park is now home to innovative biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medtech companies such as Arecor, Cambridge Epigenetix, Illumina and Charles River Laboratories - a community that has amassed an impressive record for producing cutting-edge technology and ground-breaking scientific discoveries. Light refreshments will be served on arrival followed by a presentation about the Park and a walking tour. Uttlesford District Council now owns 50% of the shares in Park which has its own website at www.chesterfordresearchpark.com

Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book in advance with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk

Saturday 7 July - Walden’s “Amazing” Heritage: A Guided Walking Tour

Starting at 2.30pm from Swan Meadow car park

This free event will take the form of a two hour “walk and talk” led by John Ready around the town’s five labyrinths and mazes to explore their history and design. Families are welcome and the tour will include:

  • The famous Turf Maze on the Common, with its 1km long brick pathway, uncertain date of first construction in the seventeenth century and curious links to Waterloo.
  • Francis Gibson’s Victorian hedge maze adjacent to the beautifully restored Bridge End Garden and recently constructed Visitors’ Centre.
  • The Fry Gallery’s bronze sculpture “Sun Maze” by the Minotaur-obsessed artist, Michael Ayrton, who is buried in Hadstock churchyard with a bronze maze on his headstone.
  • The brick labyrinth installed on the floor of the bandstand in Jubilee gardens during the 2013 Maze Festival, which was designed by John Ready and opened by Adrian Fisher.
  • The newly refurbished Swan Meadow maze, designed by John for the 2016 Maze Festival and opened by Jeff Saward. It contains ten miniature “finger mazes” for young children.

Numbers will be limited to 20 so book with John Ready on 07813 591148 or email john.ready569@btinternet.com


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