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UNTIL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26   Carol Chesher art exhibition, Lopping Hall Gallery, 187B High Road, Loughton - ‘Nature in Paint and Stained Glass’. Open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday. Meet the Artist on Saturday, October 20 (noon-2pm). Having grown up in Loughton, Essex artist Carol Chesher is returning to her roots with a solo exhibition of paintings and stained glass inspired by her love of nature. Carol was shortlisted for the Artists and Illustrators Magazine Artist of the Year in 2018 at the Mall Galleries, London. Carol paints in watercolour, oil and acrylic using personal encounters as inspiration to bring the texture, movement, hues and beauty of wildlife to canvas. Her stained glass suncatchers and panels demonstrate her love of colour, using traditional copper foiling, lead and applique techniques. She is always striving to design new ways to enhance the modern home with this medium. Carol is a long-term member of Chelmsford Art Society having exhibited locally for many years and has her work in galleries in Maldon and Danbury.
   
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20   Matching Farmers Market, Matching Village Hall (10am-noon). Admission free. Refreshments available.
   
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20   Music for Lunch, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (12.30pm). Admission free. Retiring collection. Refreshments served noon-12.30pm. For more information, ring the parish office on 01992 767897..
   
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20   Quiz Night, St Lawrence Church, Ninefields, Waltham Abbey (6.30pm for 7pm). Teams of six to eight people. Tickets, £10, include fish/chicken and chips or vegetarian option. Soft drinks available. Ring Valerie on 01992 713996 by Thursday, October 18 for tickets.
   
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21   Cancer Research UK Tough 10 off-road 10km race. Starts off Bury Road, Chingford (10am). £10 per participant. For more details click here
   
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24   Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club, Abridge Village Hall, Ongar Road, Abridge. The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month to listen and/or dance to live traditional jazz bands (different each session). Non-members welcome. Membership available. Members' children under 12 free. Bar, tea and coffee. Good seating, friendly atmosphere, free parking, disabled facilities.
   
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 to SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27   Theydon Bois Drama Society performing A Bunch of Amateurs, by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois (8pm), Tickets, £9.50, available online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/theydonboisdramasociety or by ringing 01992 919038.
   
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26   Half-term kids Halloween Disco and fancy dress party, Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road, North Chingford (Disco 1: 3pm–5.30pm or Disco 2: 6.30pm–9pm). Tickets: children £7.50 (adults £6.50). The event is primarily aimed at children aged four to 11 (under-4s welcome but need a children’s ticket). All children or group of children must be with an adult and remain their sole responsibility at event. Sandwiches, cakes etc will be on sale. Face Painting, licensed bar, kids drinks, kids tombola, lucky dip, pocket money toys. Tickets can be booked in advance. For more details contact Irene Bull. Tel: 020 8559 4500; email irenebull@hotmail.co.uk
   
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27   GBCON, a quarterly tabletop games day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton (10am-10pm). Experience the new wave of modern board, card and role-playing games in a friendly, inclusive environment. Admission £10 for the day (minimum age of 16). More information at www.facebook.com/gbconuk
   
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27   Music for Lunch, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (12.30pm). Admission free. Retiring collection. Refreshments served noon-12.30pm. For more information, ring the parish office on 01992 767897.
   
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28   Autumn Firewalk, St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood (3.30pm-6pm). A chance to take on a barefoot walk over red hot wood embers, smouldering at over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Places are limited to 40. Registration is £25 per person with participants asked to pledge to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship. Under-18s must have signed guardian permission to walk. For more information, ring events fundraiser Emma Broadbent on 01279 773754 or email emma.broadbent@stclarehospice.org.uk
   
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28   De Merc Chamber Choir concert with Harlow Ballet at Harlow Ballet's Annual Showcase, The Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow (3pm). Tickets from The Playhouse. For more details email Alison Smart Fisher by emailing alison.smart@ntlworld.com or ringing 07973 350396.
   
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28   Halloween Lanterns Children’s Workshop, Bedford House, Westbury Road, Buckhurst Hill (1.30pm-3.30pm). Make a spooky lantern from willow to light up Halloween night! All materials provided. For children aged five and over (under-10s must have an accompanying adult). Cost £13.90 per child, adults free. For more details contact Bedford House Community Association by emailing enquries@bedfordhouse.org.uk or ringing 020 8504 6668.
   
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30   Volunteer Day, GreenAcres Epping, Kiln Road, North Weald (10am-3pm). Do you enjoy working outdoors? Do you fancy getting some exercise while helping to improve wildlife habitats and maintain the local landscape? Volunteer Days run on the last Tuesday of the month with all training and tools provided. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy boots. Take your own food and drink. Ring Julia Rolf on 01992 523863 for further details or email julia.rolf@greenacresgroup.co.uk
   
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1   The English-Speaking Union (Epping Forest branch) monthly meeting, The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton (10.15am for 10.45am) with a talk by Andrew Wiltshire about Beatrix Potter’s secret Code Breaker, the Essex Businessman, Leslie Linder, who devoted many years to this task. His success in deciphering her notes helped extend her reputation beyond that of a writer of 'Rabbit' stories. Admission £4, includes tea/coffee. For more details ring 020 8505 9001 or 01992 812454.
   
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1   Loughton Astronomical Society, Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois. LAS members and guests: Observing in a Dark Sky. Guests welcome. Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2   Requiem Mass for All Souls, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (1pm).
   
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2   Fundraising event for Spark with Ben Smith, from the 401 Foundation, Epping College Theatre, Borders Lane, Loughton (7.30pm). Ben ran 401 marathons in 401 days in 2015-16, winning the BBC Sports Personality Helen Rollason Award in 2016. He has since set up the 401 Foundation which will be a grant-making body to fund small grass roots charities such as Spark. Ben will talk about his struggles with mental health and how running has changed his life. There will also be an auction of a 'Run with Ben' on Saturday, November 3 (9am). Individual and groups can bid to do a 5km motivational run 'at your pace' with Ben. For ticket information CLICK HERE
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3   Abridge Fireworks event, Abridge Village Hall field, Ongar Road, Abridge. Gates and funfair open at 4pm; fireworks at 8pm. All profits go to local charities and organisations. Guy Fawkes competition and ceremonial burning of the guys on the bonfire. Funfair, bar and various food and drinks stalls with ‘The Issues’ playing after the fireworks. Admission by ticket only (adults £7; children £4), available from the Shell Garage, London Road, Abridge, or by ringing 07719 005928.
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3   De Merc Chamber Choir concert, St Michael’s Church, Windhill, Bishop's Stortford (7pm) including Copland’s Old American Songs danced by Harlow Ballet. Entry free with retiring collection. Other items will include Madrigals, part-songs and Paul Mealor’s Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (Four Rose songs). For more details email Alison Smart Fisher by emailing alison.smart@ntlworld.com or ringing 07973 350396.
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3   Coffee Morning with Abbey Church Mothers’ Union, Abbey Church Centre, Abbey Gardens, Waltham Abbey (10.30am-12.30pm)...
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3   Music for Lunch, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (12.30pm) with Luca Luciano (clarinet). Admission free. Retiring collection. Refreshments served noon-12.30pm.
   
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4   Choral Communion, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (6.30pm) - Brahms Requiem sung by the Abbey Choir.
   
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5   The Lavers and District Horticultural Society, Moreton Village Hall (7pm) for a talk on The National Memorial Arboretum by Maggie Piper. Yearly membership £10 for a single or £18 for a double. Guests/taster visits £3. Parking available in Moreton Primary School car park. For more details, email lavershorticultural@gmail.com
   
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5   Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society winter talk, St James' United Reformed Church, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill (7.30pm) with a talk from Anne Luder entitled 'Gardening in the third age – Gizmos and Gadgets'. Free entry for members, £1 non-members. Refreshments. For more information, ring chairman Maureen Briggs on 020 8504 8436 or email mbriggs@uwclub.net
   
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8   Ongar Art Society, High Ongar Village Hall, Mill Lane, High Ongar (8pm) for a talk entitled 'Art History and Design in Bologna' by Jacqui Eyklebosch. For more details, ring Lynne Harris on 01277 372123 or Beverly Hughes on 01708 688554.
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10   Ongar Art Society winter art sale, Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar (9.30am-4.30pm). For more details, ring Lynne Harris on 01277 372123 or Beverly Hughes on 01708 688554.
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10   Loughton Astronomical Society 50th Anniversary Astrofest day, Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois. The morning features displays and trade stands, advice on astronomy apps, telescopes and a scope doctor clinic. Entrance is free. There will also be an indoor Planetarium (purchase tickets in advance). The afternoon features top guest speakers from the world of Astronomy. Entrance £15 including tea and refreshments. Purchase tickets in advance, Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10   Music for Lunch, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (12.30pm) with the Montagu Singers, a programme to mark the Centenary of the Armistice in 1918. Admission free. Retiring collection. Refreshments served noon–12.30pm.
   
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11   Loughton Residents' Association Farmers Market, Centric Parade, High Road, Loughton (9am-3pm). Produce stalls and local organisations. Loughton Residents' Association councillors on hand to respond to residents’ questions and problems.
   
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11   Armistice Sunday - service at the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, to commemorate the end the First World War (6pm), followed by lighting of beacon in cloisters and ringing of the bells.
   
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14   Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club, Abridge Village Hall, Ongar Road, Abridge. The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month to listen and/or dance to live traditional jazz bands (different each session). Non-members welcome. Membership available. Members' children under 12 free. Bar, tea and coffee. Good seating, friendly atmosphere, free parking, disabled facilities.
   
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15   Loughton Astronomical Society, Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois. LAS members and Guests: Observing: 1st Quarter moon near Mars. Guests welcome. Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17   Matching Farmers Market, Matching Village Hall (10am-noon). Admission free. Refreshments available.
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17   Concert: Britten’s War Requiem, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road E17 4JF (7.30pm). London Forest Choir, South West Essex Choir and children from Chingford Parish Church and Waltham Forest Schools will sing Benjamin Britten’s powerful anti-war masterpiece accompanied by Forest Philharmonic Orchestra and professional soloists. The event, in commemoration of 100 years since the end of World War One, will also feature an exhibition and talk on the effects of conflict on children. Tickets £14-£18 in advance, £16-£20 on the door, students and benefit recipients £8-£10, children £3. Tickets available online or by ringing 07845 156494. More information at www.londonforestchoir.org and www.southwestessexchoir.org.uk
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17   'A Warm Up to Christmas, - Christmas Bazaar, Abbey Church Centre, Abbey Gardens, Waltham Abbey (11.30am-3pm).
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17   Music for Lunch, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (12.30pm) with Ian Kelleher (guitar). Admission free. Retiring collection. Refreshments served noon–12.30pm.
   
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18   De Merc Chamber Choir concert, St John the Baptist Church, St John's Road, Epping (6pm) with Harlow Ballet, performing Copland’s Old American Songs as part of St John’s Sundays at Six series. For more details email Alison Smart Fisher by emailing alison.smart@ntlworld.com or ringing 07973 350396.
   
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22   Loughton Astronomical Society, Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois, with Professor Paul Hardaker: Thunderstorms. Guests welcome. Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24   Murder at the Manor murder mystery evening hosted by Epping Forest U3A, Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois (7pm-11pm). Tickets £35 each including a three course meal. Take your own drink and glasses. For more details email Christine Baker at christinebakerEFU3Aevents@btinternet.com
   
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24   Music for Lunch, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (12.30pm) with Diversions – soprano, flute and piano. Admission free. Retiring collection. Refreshments served noon–12.30pm.
   
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27   Volunteer Day, GreenAcres Epping, Kiln Road, North Weald (10am-3pm). Do you enjoy working outdoors? Do you fancy getting some exercise while helping to improve wildlife habitats and maintain the local landscape? Volunteer Days run on the last Tuesday of the month with all training and tools provided. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy boots. Take your own food and drink. Ring Julia Rolf on 01992 523863 for further details or email julia.rolf@greenacresgroup.co.uk
   
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28   Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club, Abridge Village Hall, Ongar Road, Abridge. The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month to listen and/or dance to live traditional jazz bands (different each session). Non-members welcome. Membership available. Members' children under 12 free. Bar, tea and coffee. Good seating, friendly atmosphere, free parking, disabled facilities.
   
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30   Cavalcade of Light, Waltham Abbey. The Abbey Church open, 6pm, with mulled wine, mince pies, tea/coffee.
   
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1   Felicitas Chamber Choir performs 'Songs of the Nativity', The Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (7.30pm). Programme features Victoria: Missa 'O magnum mysterium'; Schutz: Hodie Christus natus est; Howells: 3 Carol Anthems: 'A spotless rose', 'Sing lullaby' & 'Here is the little door'; Will Todd: My Lord has come; Bob Chilcott: Twelve days of Christmas; John Rutter: Candlelight Carol and other recent carol settings by Cecilia McDowall, Pam Slatter, Gabriel Jackson & Carl Rutti. Accompanist: Roger Bluff. Tickets £15 (£12 if purchased in advance), free for children and full-time students aged under 25. This event has unreserved seating and a few seats have restricted view. Tickets available via www.ticketsource.co.uk or by ringing 07931 972204.
   
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3   The Lavers and District Horticultural Society, Moreton Village Hall (7pm). A festive evening. Parking available in Moreton Primary School car park. For more details, email lavershorticultural@gmail.com
   
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6   Loughton Astronomical Society, Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois. LAS members and guests: Observing in a Dark Sky. Guests welcome. Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6   The English-Speaking Union (Epping Forest branch) monthly meeting, The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton (10.15am for 10.45am) with a talk by Bob Johnson, an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society in the nature category and a semi-professional wildlife photographer, on 'Big Cats of Africa and India'. Admission £4, includes tea/coffee. For more details ring 020 8505 9001 or 01992 812454.
   
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9   Loughton Residents' Association Farmers Market, Centric Parade, High Road, Loughton (9am-3pm). Produce stalls and local organisations. Loughton Residents' Association councillors on hand to respond to residents’ questions and problems.
   
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12   Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club, Abridge Village Hall, Ongar Road, Abridge. The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month to listen and/or dance to live traditional jazz bands (different each session). Non-members welcome. Membership available. Members' children under 12 free. Bar, tea and coffee. Good seating, friendly atmosphere, free parking, disabled facilities.
   
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13   Loughton Astronomical Society, Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois. Ken Harrison: The 2018 Christmas Quiz (and festive fare). Guests welcome. Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15   Matching Farmers Market, Matching Village Hall (9.30am-12.30pm). Admission free. Refreshments available.
   
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3   Loughton Astronomical Society Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois. LAS members and guests: Observing. Uranus/Mars in a Dark sky. Guests welcome. Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10   Loughton Astronomical Society Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois. Guests welcome. Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17   Loughton Astronomical Society Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois, with Richard and Jonathan: Winter Skies. Guests welcome. Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20   Waltham Abbey Wool Show, Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey (10am-4pm). Hand-dyed yarns handmade wool and felt items, unique knit and crochet kits, accessories from buttons to crochet hooks for sale, demonstrations of spinning, weaving, rag-rugging and Big Knitting plus a selection of craft workshops. Best Funky Hat competition (no pre-registration required) judged by VIP guest designer Louise Tilbrook at 12.30pm. Free skein winding service and free parking for show visitors. For more information, ring 01992 651066 or email info@walthamabbeywoolshow.co.uk
   
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24   Loughton Astronomical Society, Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois. LAS members and guests: Observing in a Dark Sky. Guests welcome. Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4   Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society winter talk, St James' United Reformed Church, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill (7.30pm) with a talk from Brian Carline on Pelargoniums. Free entry for members, £1 non-members. Refreshments. For more information, ring chairman Maureen Briggs on 020 8504 8436 or email mbriggs@uwclub.net
   
MONDAY, MARCH 4   Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society AGM, St James' United Reformed Church, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill (7.30pm) followed by a talk from Mike Abel on 'Growing vegetables'. Free entry for members, £1 non-members. Refreshments. For more information, ring chairman Maureen Briggs on 020 8504 8436 or email mbriggs@uwclub.net
   
SATURDAY, APRIL 13   Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society spring flower show, The Centenary Hall, St. John’s Church, High Road, Buckhurst Hill (2pm) with spring flowers, cookery section, photography and junior entries, Plants for sale, teas and homemade cakes. Admission free for members (£1 for non-members). For more information contact show secretary Jill Jones. Email jill998@btinternet.com or ring 020 8257 8996.
   
SATURDAY, JULY 13   Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society summer flower show, The Centenary Hall, St. John’s Church, High Road, Buckhurst Hill (2pm) with floral art, cookery section and junior entries, plants for sale, teas and homemade cakes. Admission free for members (£1 for non-members). For more information contact show secretary Jill Jones. Email jill998@btinternet.com or ring 020 8257 8996.
   
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14   Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society autumn flower show, The Centenary Hall, St. John’s Church, High Road, Buckhurst Hill (2pm) with flower arranging, cookery section, vegetables and junior entries, plants for sale and garden sundries, teas and homemade cakes. Admission free for members (£1 for non-members). For more information contact show secretary Jill Jones. Email jill998@btinternet.com or ring 020 8257 8996.
   


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