2017 Events

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

Saturday 29 July - Visit to a Modern, Diversified, Family Farming Business

1.45pm at the free Uttlesford District Council Car Park in London Road to share cars and receive directions to Symond’s Farm, Risby, Bury St Edmunds

The farmer, George Gittus, will start with a chat in their boardroom to set the scene and give bit of history about the farm and how it has changed. He’ll explain the things we will be seeing then we will go out on the farm to see how they have diversified, including the anaerobic digester which produces enough renewable electricity to supply 2,000 homes, the indoor pig finishing unit, the business park they have created out of redundant farm buildings, landscaping and planting done around the farm and probably also the combine harvester working and grain handling. Numbers will be limited to 20 so book early with Chris Knight on 01799 500502 or email chrisjk@ntlworld.com

Tuesday 12 September - Visit to St Mark’s College, Audley End

7.15pm at the Common Car Park to share cars or 7.30pm at the College at Audley End Village CB11 4JD

The foundations of the chapel at St Mark’s - the oldest part of the buildings - were laid in 1258 as the infirmary (hospital) for the Benedictine monks of Walden Abbey, which was on the present site of Audley End House. Today the College is available to youth, school and adult groups for residential stays, day conferences and retreats. This is a chance to find out more about the College’s history and its current activities from the Director, Reverend Peter Hillman. Light refreshments will be provided. Numbers will be limited to 20 - £1.50 per person. Reserve your place with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or peter@riding.co.uk

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