2017/2018 Events

Sunday 19 November - Visit to the Saffron Walden Alms Houses

3pm - Meet at the Alms Houses Chapel off Abbey Lane

The visit will include a talk by Trustees on the history of the Saffron Walden Alms Houses, how things work today, tea and coffee and a chance to meet some of the residents and see some of the accommodation. Members are asked either to walk or park in Swan Meadow as there is very limited onsite parking. You can access the Alms Houses from either Abbey Lane or Park Lane. Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book in advance with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or peter@riding.co.uk


Wednesday 21 February - How to be a Dementia Friendly Community

7.30pm - Parish Room, St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden

Maggie Platts from the Saffron Walden Dementia Action Alliance will lead a Dementia Friends session, where we can learn a little more about what it is like to live with dementia, then turn that understanding into action within our own community. A dementia friendly community is one in which dementia is recognised, understood and accommodated in everyday life. Maggie is very much looking forward seeing you. Please book in advance with Sue Ullstein on 01799 500544 or email sue.ullstein@ntlworld.com - once we know the number of members coming we may then invite non-members.


Wednesday 28 March - Welcome Genome Campus

5.30pm at the Common Car Park to car share or 6pm at the Campus visitors’ car park at Hinxton CB10 1SA

The Wellcome Genome Campus is home to the Sanger Institute and EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, world leaders in genomics and biodata. During your visit you will find out about the history of the Campus, its role in the Human Genome Project, and the latest developments in genomics. You will also get to see the large-scale facilities where DNA is sequenced and the data centre where large volumes of data are stored and accessed by scientists from all over the world. Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book in advance with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk


Sunday 6 May - Visit to the English Spirit Distillery

1.10pm at the Common Car Park to car share or 2pm at The Black Barn, Great Yeldham Hall, Church Road, Great Yeldham CO9 4PT

Join us for a free tour and tasting at the English Spirit Distillery. It is a small batch copper pot distillery set up over 6 years ago by Dr John Walters, a biochemist from Oxford. Their products include Old Fashioned English Toffee Vodka, Dr J’s Gin, English Single Malt Spirit, Sambuca and Old Salt Rum. Last Year they won 18 international awards for their spirits.

A tour and tasting normally takes between 90 minutes and two hours. Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book in advance with David Pearl on 01799 500952 or email davidpearl123@btinternet.com


Wednesday 16 May - Visit to the Saffron Walden Golf Club

7pm - Meet at the Golf Club on New Pond Lane

If you don’t play golf but wonder what it’s all about, here’s your chance to find out. Come and have a look at this lovely course which is set partly in the old landscaped park of Audley End House on the northern edge of the town. The evening will start with an introduction in the clubhouse, followed by a tour of the course (or part of it), concluding with a Q&A session back in the clubhouse with light refreshments. Parking is available at the club although no doubt many local members will walk. Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book in advance with Chris Knight at Chris@limes26.co.uk or 01799 500502.


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