Welcome!

Saffron Walden Initiative is an independent, non-political, non-profit making Company. Membership is open to anyone who cares about the lovely market town of Saffron Walden.

Check out our Community EventsMembers Events, Projects and Join Us pages.

Click here for a charity or commercial booking form for the 2024 Winstanley Christmas Late Night Shopping on 6th December.

2023 & 2024 WINSTANLEY CHRISTMAS CHARITY LATE NIGHT SHOPPING

2023 WINSTANLEY CHRISTMAS HOUSE & GARDENS COMPETITION

2023 WINSTANLEY CHRISTMAS BUSINESS & SHOP WINDOWS COMPETITION

2023 WRITE A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS COMPETITION

2023 INITIATIVE 20 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

2023 DANCE IN THE SQUARE

INITIATIVE STREET FURNITURE SURVEYS

TWO LOCAL BUSINESSES

The Initiative had the pleasure of working with two local businesses to achieve a yearly update on the Winstanley Christmas Business & Shop Windows competition 2023 Trophy.

Cole’s menswear in King Street won in December, engraved by Lock Stock & Barrel.

Both of these businesses are an asset to Saffron Walden. Please support local businesses.

Winstanley Christmas Business & Shop Windows Competition Trophy

engraved by Lock Stock & Barrel

Cole's Menswear - winners of the 2023 Winstanley Christmas

Business & Shop Windows Competition

Winstanley Business & Shop Windows Awards

Christmas really has arrived early. Congratulations to everyone who took part. The Initiative arranged 4 successful Xmas events and the feedback has been wonderful.

Visit Saffron Walden for the shopping and the award winning Tuesday and Saturday markets. Many cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs plus a mixture of independent and retail chain shops and stores. Visit the museum, pop into the Tourist Information Centre to receive a free visitor’s information guide.

Merry Christmas everyone.

2023 Remembrance Day Saffron Walden Initiative Wreath

Saffron Walden Initiative (SWI) aims to improve Saffron Walden by working in partnership with local residents, businesses, non-commercial organisations and public agencies to facilitate and promote initiatives to:

  • Enhance the town's appearance

  • Promote the town and area

  • Provide facilities and activities for all ages and interests

  • Improve accessibility for residents, visitors and shoppers

  • Maintain the vitality of shopping and services

  • Develop community spirit 

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