Monthly Archive October 2018

ByRichard Corby

Open event at new Radwinter Mens’ Shed

We are pleased to announce that the old cricket pavilion at the Radwinter recreation ground has been made available to the Essex Shed Network, in order to establish a Community Men’s Shed in this area of Uttlesford

A Men’s Shed project is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests, with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men, where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.

We are holding an open event on Saturday the 17th of November 2018 between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for any men 65 years plus, who would be interested in becoming members of this exciting project.
We will be available to talk with you about the Shed Project, tea, coffee and cake will also be provided.

We look forward to meeting you

ByRichard Corby

Working with Dunmow Flitch Friendship Club

This year we are working with local charity Dunmow Flitch Friendship Club to help this important community asset to grow and thrive

CVS Uttlesford has recently been appointed to the board of Dunmow Flitch Friendship Club and will be providing treasurer and secretary support to the charity over the next twelve months.   The group was at serious risk of having to close, as finding people to take on the responsibility of being a trustee has been a challenge.   In past years, the charity has been in the news in their quest to find a new Chairperson and we’re pleased to say that Helen Manley has been reappointed to continue in this role for a further twelve months, having got to grips with managing the club last year.  Changes have seen a move to new more-affordable premises for the social evening and a reduction in operating costs.   Now that the group has been stabilised, we will work together to grow the membership over the next year and ensure there is a strong future for the organisation.

The main club activity is a social evening that happens on the first Thursday of the month, from 6.30 p.m. to approx. 9.00 p.m. at the Rowena Davey Day Centre, on Chequers Lane in Dunmow.  It costs just £16 per year to be a member and enjoy the regular club night activities, which almost always includes a live entertainment performance.   There are also members Christmas meals, fish and chip suppers and tea parties across the year, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere and a great sense of belonging.

Look out for our new posters and flyers appearing around Dunmow and surrounding villages.    We’ll also have a tombola stall at the Dunmow Christmas Lights event on 1st December, raising funds for the club.   If you can donate a bottle (new unopened) for the stall please call in at the Community Hub at 45 Stortford Road and see Richard.   All donations gratefully received.

We will bring you club news across the year, in which we also hope to include some outings.

For more information visit the new Dunmow Friendship Club website (built and maintained by CVSU):



ByRichard Corby

CVS Uttlesford Halloween Charity Quiz Night

Join CVS Uttlesford for our first charity quiz night, in aid of our work with the local community.

CVS Uttlesford is a charity at the heart of our community. We work with local people, groups and charities to make Uttlesford a more connected, better place to live.

Admission is £10 per person which includes a hot supper (choice of either meat or vegan option – to be pre-booked – choose the appropriate ticket when signing up).

  • Come on your own and join a team, or make up a team of up to 8 people and book together for a table.

  • 6 rounds general knowledge and two specialist rounds plus bonus game

  • Raffle

  • Cash bar

  • Supper included in admission price

(Fancy Dress Optional)

Join us for a fun evening in support of our community.


Fri 26 October 2018

19:00 – 22:00 BST

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Rowena Davey Centre

Chequers Lane



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ByRichard Corby

CVS Uttlesford AGM 2018

You are cordially invited to our AGM on Friday 16th November 2018 starting at 10 a.m.

Our guest speaker this year will be Debra Allcock. Debra has been CEO of DSC since 2001 and believes that charities are the best vehicle for people to come together to make the world a better place. DSC is the largest provider of information and services about anything to do with leading and running your charity, and campaigns on issues they think are important to the charitable sector. Debra is author of “Tought at the Top” -a guide for CEO’s in our sector, “The Pleasure and Pain” – how to work with people in our sector and the soon to be published “Murder in Management”. All proceeds from these books go to charity.

We will also be delighted to have of our Patron the Rt. Hon Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden joining us on the occasion of our AGM.


Fri 16 November 2018

10:00 – 12:30 GMT

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King Edward VI Almshouses

Abbey Lane

Saffron Walden

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ByRichard Corby

World Mental Health Day 2018


CVS Uttlesford is one of a number of charities and services coming together today to recognise World Mental Health Day 2018.

At a packed event hosted at the Uttlesford Community Hub today, organised and hosted by Mind in West Essex, CVS Uttlesford team members took part in a pledge ceremony aimed to bring an end to mental health discrimination.

Time to Change is a growing movement of people who are changing how we all think and act about mental health problems.    The message coming out of the event today is “Ask twice!”  If people around you – friends, family, colleagues – neighbours – are acting different then ask them if they are ok.  Most people will respond “I’m fine”.   So ask twice.  The second time you are more likely to get the true answer.  We need to make it ok to say “I’m not ok”.

For more information on Time to Change and World Mental Health Day 2018 visit: