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Noakes Grove Newsletter - December 2017

This is coming to you a few days before December starts, so we can remind you about:

Late night shopping - Friday 1st December

We have a stall at this year's Saffron Walden Late Night Shopping event (5:30pm to 8:00 pm) . We will be selling apple juice in bottles, mulled apple juice to drink straight away and our “Noakes Grove supporters packs" (see below). Please come and visit us.

On Sunday 3rd December we will have a similar stall at the Wimbish Craft Fair (village hall 11.00 – 4.00pm)


Make your friends our friends

. If you have friends who live in the Walden area, we think they might enjoy our new “Friends of Noakes Grove Supporters Pack”.

For £5 you get a high quality A5-size card featuring (surprise) a robin, an envelope, plus a 4-page leaflet describing Noakes Grove and a voucher that enables your friend to register for a year's membership as a “Friend of Noakes Grove”.

You can buy these direct from our stall at the late night shopping event or at our other events.

You can also order them online: buy two or more and we'll post them to you free.

How many packs (price includes delivery)?

Robin card

Raven joins work party

Sunday 26th November saw 12 volunteers hard at work on coppicing the roadside hedge at Noakes Grove. Perhaps the most exciting part of the day was when we paused for a warm drink and saw a huge crow-like bird fly over. It both looked like, and sounded like, a raven. We could hardly beieve it because the Essex Bird-watching Society's "The Birds of Essex" says ravens last bred in Essex in 1890 and have been seen only 14 times in the 20th century. However, a look at the EB-wS website gave a different story. Two ravens had been seen and photographed over Hatfield Forest the day before our sighting. Apparently, ravens are spreading back ito the south and east of England in the way buzzards already have. Take a look at Sean Nixon's Hatfield Forest raven photo (it might be our bird too).

Pre-Christmas work party at Noakes Grove

Sunday 10 December. 10.00am – 3.00pm

The December work party will not be all work: we will treat ourselves to a little pre-Christmas party round the campfire. Ravens are not guaranteed but a good time for all is.

Essex Lottery supports Noakes Grove

Lottery wins for Saffron Walden

Two of the nine prizes in the first ever Essex lottery draw went to Saffron Walden residents. We were the only town to get more than one prize.

To stand a chance of a lucky win (up to £25,000 jackpot but mostly smaller prizes) next Saturday (and every Saturday) you need to buy a ticket: just £1 a week, of which half will go to help our work at Noakes Grove if you buy from our lottery page.


Please visit our page on the Essex lottery website to find out more and buy your tickets


Entry track improvements at Noakes Grove

Essex Highways have promised to improve our entrance track that leads to the car-parking spaces on our plastic mesh. This should be done soon, but until then please take especial care in wet weather when using our carpark.




Saturday January 6th, 1:30pm - 4:00pm

The Ellis Green orchard provides some of the apples for our apple juice (the rest are generously given to us by the Essex Wildlife Trust from their Sweetings Meadow reserve). On twelfth night (Saturday January 6th) there will be a traditional wassailing party at Ellis Green.

Come and enjoy some apple juice or cider, join in the ancient ceremony (at 3:00 pm) of blessing the trees to ensure a good crop next autumn and, in case that is not 100% effective, help with pruning the trees and planting some new ones.



Ellis Green OS map

The road from Causeway End (on B184 Walden to Thaxted Rd) to Ellis Green is in a very bad state of repair. Drive very slowly. The entrance to the road has a "no entry to motor vehcles" sign: this only applies to "off-roaders" seeking to drive to Wimbish Lower Green and damage the common land. You are allowed to drive to Ellis Green and park there.


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David Corke  - 28th November 2017 - Organic Countryside, 23 Tye Green, Wimbish CB10 2XE