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ACADEMY ARTS - Calling all budding stars aged three to 21 years. Do you love performing? Do you love singing, dancing or acting? 
THEATRE SCHOOL - For ages seven to  21 years (Tuesdays and Saturdays) At the Academy Arts you will receive professional fun but disciplined training in all aspects of Performing Arts. Students perform in yearly full-scale productions as well as taking part in competitions and performing as guest artists at local shows and fetes. Theatre School classes cover repertory work on West End and Broadway musicals, solo and group singing technique / harmonies, audition monologues / LAMDA, group acting (script work and improvisation) and all forms of dance. 
ACADEMY KIDS - (Saturdays) Academy Arts also offers Academy Kids classes for children aged three to four years (Foundation - 45mins) and aged five to six years (KS1 - 1.5 hours) as an introduction to musical theatre. In these classes students participate in fun drama exercises, physical and vocal warm-ups and work on production numbers. The classes are to prepare youngsters for the main school whilst improving their ability and confidence. Throughout the year West End performers and creative staff regularly work at the Academy Arts teaching, fronting workshops, setting production numbers or adjudicating competitions. 
*NEW CLASS* - COMMERCIAL DANCE - (Mondays) For students from three years. Classes will start with a technical Jazz Warm-up and culminate in learning routines from your favourite chart artists. Classes for the MTV generation! Ages 9+yrs will be taught by former resident director of 'Thriller Live', Shae Carroll.
To join the Academy Arts complete an application form at www.academyarts.co.uk or ring 01245 422595 to arrange a free trial.   
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ADULT COMMUNITY LEARNING (ACL) - an award-winning training organisation that offers a wide range of learning opportunities for adults and businesses in Essex, including apprenticeships. Graded outstanding by Ofsted and recognised as a leading provider, ACL designs and delivers hundreds of interesting, varied courses and training programmes at venues across the county. Whatever your learning aim, ACL presents a professional and friendly environment at a time and place to suit you. The courses vary from Beauty Therapy to First Aid, Healthy Living to Languages, Arts and Crafts to Early Years and Computing to Health and Safety. We also deliver a variety of apprenticeships and offer a portfolio of statutory training courses aimed at business community. We have 14 centres across Essex but the nearest ones to Epping Forest are Harlow and Ongar. Take a look at the course search on our website - www.essex.gov.uk/adultlearning or like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ACLEssex. General enquiries 0845 6037635; Harlow 01279 427711; Ongar: 01277 364924..   
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AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS - for friends and families of alcoholics. Al-Anon Family Groups offer understanding and support to anyone whose life is, or has been deeply affected by someone else’s drinking whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not; whether you are living with the alcoholic or not. You need not be alone. To speak to someone who understands and for details of an Al-Anon meeting near you, ring the confidential helpline on 020 7403 0888 (10am– 10pm).
Email enquiries@al-anonuk.org.uk  Website: www.al-anonuk.org.uk 
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ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY - The Alzheimer's Society in Harlow has been awarded a three-year contract by Essex County Council to deliver a Community Dementia Support Service across Essex.
In Harlow the services, which can support up to the estimated 1,000 people in the town with dementia, and their families are: 
Harlow Dementia Support Service - The Dementia Support Service provides information to people with dementia and their carers to help them maintain their independence, improve their sense of well-being and put them in control of their lives. It also assists people to identify their needs and to access appropriate services. 
The service can be provided through home visits or over the telephone. By making contact with the Dementia Support Service, people can access other Alzheimer's Society services across the area.
Harlow Memory Café - The cafes are open to anyone worried about their memory, worried about someone else's memory or affected by dementia. They provide practical information and support as well as the opportunity for people with dementia, their families and carers to ask questions and to listen to other people's experiences. They are informal and enable people to learn new information and listen to guest speakers. 
The café meets every Monday (except Bank Holidays) between 10am and noon at Moot House, The Stow, Harlow, CM20 3AG. This is a drop-in service and there is no need to make an appointment.
Singing for the Brain - this is a new service of structured singing groups for people with dementia and their carers. It is based on the fact that people with dementia have excellent recall of music from long ago. Their knowledge about songs from the past has usually not been affected by their dementia. The group is led by a trained facilitator who will offer everyone the opportunity to socialise and actively participate in singing in a supportive atmosphere. The groups will be rotated across the west Essex area. They will be held in Epping Forest for eight weeks and then move to Harlow for eight weeks and then on to the Uttlesford area. If you would like to book a place at the group, ring the society office on 01279 418331. 
Care To Talk Carers Support Group - The Care to Talk group offers carers an opportunity to discuss any queries and concerns with each other and a member of the Dementia Support Team. Those attending will have a chance to discuss among other things, the diagnosis of dementia and its consequences in an informal but confidential environment. 
The group is the place to share concerns, experiences and coping mechanisms and make new friends. 
The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month (10am-noon) at St Andrew's Church Hall, The Stow, Harlow, CM20 3AF. 
Young Onset Activity Group - a weekly activity group for people who are diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65. It offers younger people an opportunity to engage in activities that are appropriate and relevant to their age and enables them to enjoy a range of physical and social activities. 
The group meets every Friday at St Margaret's Hospital, Epping, at 10am and return to meet relatives or travel home at 4pm.
Carers Information Programme - this programme is run periodically providing family and friends of people with dementia the opportunity to learn about and discuss issues about dementia. They are structured sessions, providing information about living with dementia, including types of dementia, legal issues, benefits and emotional issues. 
The society can also offer: 
Information and support at the time of diagnosis of dementia - there is a Dementia Support team based at the Memory Services across west Essex who offer immediate post-diagnostic support. This can be provided through home visits with individual families and gives people an opportunity to share all their concerns and questions about the future. Following initial support from this team, people with dementia can be supported by the office based dementia support team, whose support continues throughout the course of the illness. 
Activity Groups: 
Keeping Active.. Together
- this group offers people with dementia an opportunity to engage in a wide range of physical activities. Regular exercise can improve general health, flexibility, and reduces the risk of falls. It can also slow down memory loss. People will be offered the opportunity to participate in a range of fun activities including bowling, golf, exercises, dancing and many more. 
The group meets at St Andrew's Church Hall, The Stow, Harlow, CM20 3AF, on a Wednesday (10am-12.30pm). 
Active Minds - this group offers people with dementia an opportunity to engage the mind and memory in activities which stimulate different parts of the brain. The group aims to build upon the positive elements of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy which, research has indicated, can improve the memory and feelings of well-being. 
The group meets at St Andrew's Church Hall, The Stow, Harlow, CM20 3AF, on a Friday (10am-12.30pm). 
For more information on any of the services, ring 01279 418331.
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BALLET FIRST - Ballet First offers expert training in Classical Ballet with former Royal Ballet School trained Principal Theresa Crumb. Classes for vocational and non-vocational students all ages and levels are held in a large dance studio at St John’s ARC, Old Harlow, with regular performance opportunities. Childrens’ ballet classes are very popular at Ballet First. Private and tailored coaching is also offered. Professional teaching faculty, CRB registered and fully insured. Tuesday 4.45pm - Mini Tap/Jazz (five to eight years); 5.30pm - Tap/Jazz mixed ability. Wednesday 6.15pm - Ballet mixed ability. Thursday 4.15pm - Pre-Ballet (three to five years), 4.45pm - Primary Ballet (five to six years), 5.15pm - Mixed Ability Ballet. Friday - Private coaching. Saturday 10am-2pm - Ballet for adults, children, junior, intermediate, advanced, pointe, contemporary dance. For more information ring: 01279 871614 or 07979 310551 or email ballet.first@virgin.net. Website: www.balletfirst.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/balletfirst
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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERVICE - no one can fully share your sorrow and loneliness. Only you know how it feels but sharing your grief with someone who understands and has time to listen may help. Our trained volunteers work with clients as long as necessary, at a time and a place convenient to both the bereaved person and the volunteer. To find out more, without any obligation, contact Ongar & District Bereavement Support Service on 01277 366534. Website: www.odbss.co.uk. Email: info.odbss@gmail.com.
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BREATHE EASY HARLOW & EPPING FOREST - (part of the local support network of the British Lung Foundation). We are a support group for anyone affected by lung disease. As well as offering mutual support we enjoy a good relationship with local health professionals. We have been able to provide much needed additional equipment for the respiratory nursing teams in Epping and Harlow. Group members also participate in promoting the work of the British Lung Foundation and in fundraising for research into lung disease. Monthly meetings, usually with a speaker or some entertainment, and time for refreshments and a chat, are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 2pm to 4pm at Purford Green Community Centre, Tumbler Road, Harlow. (Meetings in Epping are temporarily suspended, but may resume in September). Meetings are open to all, without charge, but donations to cover expenses are welcome. There is easy wheelchair access with free parking immediately outside. A monthly newsletter circulated to all members enables the housebound to keep in touch. For further information, ring Chris Carr 01992 573387 or Pauline Love on 01279 429195.
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BURLESQUE JEMS - get your legs kicking and your hair flicking ready for a confident new you. Burlesque Jems is a supportive dance class for ladies who like to shimmy, shake and strut their stuff regardless of age, shape or size! Weekly dance classes boost confidence and self-esteem whilst learning Burlesque techniques and dance routines with props; feather boas, fans, canes, satin gloves etc. Classes are held in Harlow, Ware, Bishop's Stortford and Chelmsford. No experience necessary as classes are aimed at beginners, and no stripping involved. More than just a dance class, it's a community - ladies involved get the opportunity to take part in vintage hair and make-up workshops, Boudoir photo-shoots, performances, group cabaret nights out, Burlesque Residential weekends, Paris trips to the Moulin Rouge and much more! For the braver ladies there is also Nipple Tassel workshops and striptease classes. Visit www.burlesquebelle.co.uk or email jemayres@yahoo.co.uk for more information, class dates and prices.. ............................................................................
 

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CAM RIDER HARLOW - provides training from CBT to full test for new motorcyclists. We have fantastic facilities with a brand new fleet of loan motorbikes and mopeds and also have loan helmets, gloves and riding gear. Based at a huge training site at the Harlow Greyhound Stadium we can mock up the full DSA Module 1 test. CAM Rider has over 34 years of experience and a reputation as the leaders in customer service and quality instruction. Just call for a chat to get some advice on what is best for you. The CBT Centre, Harlow Greyhound Stadium, Stadium Way, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5DY. For more details, ring 01279 550069. Website: http://www.camrider.com/locations/harlow.html
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CANALABILITY - charity organises canal boat experiences for people with disabilities including day trips, short breaks and holidays and actively encourages users to get involved in the skippering, changing locks and other aspects of a day out on the river. Ring 01279 424444 or visit http://www.canalability.org.uk.
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CATS PROTECTION HARLOW, EPPING FOREST AND DISTRICT BRANCH - re-homes cats and kittens and promotes neutering in the CB10, CM5, CM6, CM16, CM17, CM18, CM19, CM20, CM21, CM22, CM23, CM24, IG8 and IG10 postcode areas and can help with neutering costs for those on low incomes. There is a Lost and Found Register with advice available if you lose your cat. Speakers give talks to schools and community groups. Annual membership £8 (£4 senior citizens, £12 joint membership at same address). Tel: 01992 579539. Website www.harlow.cats.org.uk  
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CHESTNUT CAT SANCTUARY & CAT RESCUE CENTRE - helps stray, unwanted and mistreated cats and kittens to find new homes. Based in Thornwood, on the B1393 between Epping and Harlow. For people wanting to adopt, we have a wide choice - old cats and kittens, pedigrees and moggies, we have cats to suit any caring owner. Open daily 10.30am to 2pm, including Bank Holidays. No appointment necessary. Website: www.chestnutcatsanctuary.co.uk
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CHOCOLATE RUN - a Harlow charity which runs two projects in Harlow to help the homeless. 
The Christmas Haven - for almost 20 years we have provided a shelter for the homeless every Christmas, for ten days from December 23 until January 1. We provide simple accommodation, food, clothing and toiletries. We also aim to provide a warm and friendly welcome and a safe environment. The number of guests varies but we can have up to 30 people staying overnight . 
The Sunday Haven - we run a weekly drop-in for the homeless in Harlow which provides hot drinks and snacks and also a warm welcome and friendliness. We have up to 30 guests attending each session. The haven uses the Playbarn at Great Parndon Community Association, where the Christmas haven is held. It is open every Sunday from 6pm until 8pm. 
For more information, or if you would like to help, visit our website www.chocolaterun.org.uk
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CHURCH LANGLEY RAINBOWS AND BROWNIES - Rainbows and Brownies meet at the Church Langley Community Centre, Church Langley, Harlow, CM17 9TH. 1st Church Langley Brownie Pack meet on Fridays, 6.30pm- 8pm (contact Mrs Breen on 07708 812378); 2nd Church Langley Brownie Pack meet on Mondays 4.45pm for 5 pm until 6.30pm (contact Mrs Murphy on 07831 153857); 1st Church Langley Rainbows meet on Tuesdays 4.30pm-5.30pm (contact Mrs Murphy on 07831 153857); 2nd Church Langley Rainbows meet on Tuesdays 5.45pm-6.45pm (contact Mrs Murphy on 07831 153857).
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CHURCH LANGLEY RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION - the association was formed in July 2011 to promote the interests of all residents in the area and to assist in maintaining good relations between all members of the community. For more information, find the association on Facebook or visit www.churchlangley.org
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CHURCHGATE STREET RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION -  a membership organisation open to all residents of Churchgate Street neighbourhood. ts primary aim is to maintain and enhance the quality of life for residents in the neighbourhood. For more details, visit http://cgsra.blogspot.com
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CLASS ACT THEATRE SCHOOL (CATS) -  has been running for 13 years providing classes including acting, dancing, singing and musical theatre for children aged 4-18. The theatre school also offers tuition for LAMDA grades. Classes are held on Sunday afternoons in the theatre at St Nicholas School, Old Harlow. Performances take place in the Victoria Hall Theatre, Old Harlow. Website: www.classacttheatreschool.co.uk. For more details, ring Caroline on 07870 663480 or email Caroline@sparkleforyou.co.uk
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CROSSROADS CARE REDBRIDGE, EPPING & HARLOW - provides a high quality respite service to carers of all ages. Part of a national network of local charities and Britain’s leading support for carers and those they care for, Crossroads Care is both a voluntary organisation and a registered charity. The organisation has over 35 years of experience, nationally, and at a local level over 25 years. Crossroads Care Redbridge, Epping & Harlow understands the stresses and strains that carers face daily. Its role is to help relieve those stresses and burdens to help carers to have a life outside of their caring role. The trained team of professional staff provide a personalised service to meet each carer’s individual needs. These needs may be in the form of practical help, personal care or respite care. An experienced and trained carer support worker will take over from the carer giving them a break from their caring role. The organisation talks to carers about what sort of support they need, when it is best to visit and how long each visit should be. The trained carer support workers also regularly take out those they care for, to the park, garden centre, shops or somewhere of interest to them. During visits, the carer may choose to attend an appointment, go shopping, visit a friend or relative or simply have a rest. Crossroads Care provides a huge range of services for those who care, including those caring for children with disabilities and adults with disabilities to people with dementia and those with a terminal illness. As well as providing help in the home, Crossroads Care runs a Homeshare Project, a unique and popular scheme providing respite to small groups of people with dementia in the Homesharers own home. For more about how Crossroads Care Redbridge, Epping & Harlow may be able to help, contact the Epping office on 01992 572557 or visit www.crossroads.org.uk/redbridgeeppingharlow
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DREAMERS NETBALL CLUB - not played netball for a while? Always thinking about starting it again? Then why not come along to Back To Netball training sessions? Our training sessions are designed especially for you to have fun, meet new people and improve your fitness all at the same time as rediscovering a sport I bet you thought you would never get back into. So come along to Paringdon Sports Club every Wednesday from 7.30pm at a small fee of £3 per session. Still unsure? Then why not contact us today on 07944 581332 or email chrisstreet40@hotmail.com. Or find out more about our club by following us on Facebook DreamersNetballClub and on Twitter @DreamersNC.
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EPPING FOREST COUNTRYCARE - Epping Forest Countrycare is Epping Forest District Council's countryside management service. We are a small team that manages the Local Nature Reserves and Wildlife Sites for nature conservation and informal recreation. We have a band of volunteers who come out and help us every Thursday during the year. Projects include woodland, pond, hedgerow and grassland management. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to undertake physical work and sometimes get a little muddy. Get fresh air and exercise, meet new people and have a lot of fun. A pick up from Loughton Station is arranged every Thursday at 9.30am for those without their own transport and we drop off again at about 4pm. For more information, visit our news, events and volunteering page www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/countrycare or ring 01992 788203.
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FAMILY HISTORY (WEST ESSEX BRANCH OF THE ESSEX SOCIETY FOR FAMILY HISTORY) - for everyone interested in Family History, the West Essex branch of the Essex Society for Family History holds regular monthly meetings at St John's Arts and Recreation Centre, Old Harlow. The branch meets on the first Saturday of each month from 2pm when its library, bookstall and advice is available to all. At about 3pm there is a talk on some aspect of family or social history. In addition, members are currently recording the inscriptions on memorials in the churches and churchyards in the district for the benefit of future generations. For the society's programme of speakers and other details about the society and the benefits of membership, visit www.esfh.org.uk
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FISHERS GREEN SAILING CLUB - a pleasant, family-friendly and well-equipped place to develop or exercise your dinghy sailing or windsurfing skills. The club caters for all ages and skill levels, from its internationally successful cadet squadron for seven to 17-year-olds to the sailors of 80+ who regularly take part in Sunday Club racing. Club boats are available for members to hire at nominal cost. Tel: 01992 410380. Email info@fishersgreensc.org.uk. Website: www.fishersgreensc.org.uk
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FISU MEDITATION - Foundation for International Spiritual Unfoldment, or FISU for short, is an international school that teaches the art of meditation and spiritual unfoldment. FISU has a centre in Old Harlow and 29 more around the UK. One of the most enjoyable aspects of meditation is the deep relaxation experienced by the body and the central nervous system. Meditation soothes away the stresses and strains of everyday life. In an effortless way it teaches you how to relax and it only takes 20-30 minutes twice daily. Through the deep relaxation experienced during meditation, the physical body enjoys a level of relaxation well beyond the lowest level of rest in sleep. This is deeply enriching to the central nervous system which in turn improves your health. Although relaxation can be achieved by many methods, most of them temporary, our system of meditation working on the three aspects of man – body, mind and spirit, creates harmony between these levels and we therefore find self-integration. Naturally, there are endless benefits when all aspects of us are working in harmony with each other. This will promote better health, prevent illness and resolve mental and emotional problems and those of the heart. We also become so much more content and happier! For more information, ring 020 8523 3133; email courses@fisu.org ; website www.fisu.org
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FUNKY VOICES (EPPING COMMUNITY CHOIR) - the multi-award winning Funky Voices runs a community choir in Epping and also elsewhere in Essex and Suffolk and has more than 350 members. Funky Voices is one of the only modern singing group that is open to all and anyone in Essex. You do not need to audition to join in the fun. If you enjoy singing just go along to Lindsey Street Community Association, Frampton Road, Epping, on Tuesday evenings (7.45pm-9.45pm). The first session is free. Funky Voices create an electrifying sound singing modern music from disco through to soul, rock and pop. The idea is to work towards festivals, competitions, concerts for charities and shows as well as have fun singing on a weekly basis. For more information and to hear Funky Voices, visit www.funkyvoices.co.uk
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GREAT PARNDON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION - aims to promote the interests of all residents in Great Parndon and assist in maintaining good relations between all members of the community, to promote all residents' rights and maintain and improve housing conditions, amenities and the environment. The association also aims to work towards the elimination of all forms of discrimination within the community by encouraging all Great Parndon residents to participate in the association. Contact details, email harry.harrison18@ntlworld.com  Website: www.greatparndonresidentsassociation.co.uk
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HARLOW ACCORDION CLUB - a small group of people who enjoy making music together. The club meets every Thursday (8pm) at Sherards Hatch, Ployters Road, Harlow. The club entertains at various clubs and charity events and holds three club concerts each year hosting top accordionists from across the world. For more details, email jeanhanger@ntlworld.com  or ring 01279 432830.  
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HARLOW CHORUS - one of the foremost choirs in the eastern region, it performs under music director Alexander Chaplin. The choir mounts a season of concerts in the area as well as accepting engagements. Orchestras it has performed with include the London Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia and the Brandenburg Sinfonia, with whom it regularly performs at St Martin- in-the-Fields, London. The Chorus also tours extensively abroad and has given concerts in several European countries as well as South Africa and the USA. Repertoire covers a wide range of classical and lighter works including contemporary pieces and new commissions. For details about concerts and its reviews, visit www.harlowchorus.org.uk 
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HARLOW DHARMAMIND MEDITATION GROUP - Harlow DharmaMind Meditation Group is a regional group of the larger DharmaMind Buddhist Group. The group meets once a week for meditation, followed by Dharma discussion over a cup of tea. Beginners are welcome. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. For more details, email Mike at me@mikehogan.net or visit http://dharmamind.net/localgroups/harlow.htm
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HARLOW FILM CLUB - a small independent community cinema run by U.First. Showing the latest releases and old favourites on two enormous screens at the Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow, every Monday and Friday evening. Free membership is open to everyone and the screening rooms are fully accessible. 'Musical Mondays' include one music themed film every week with old and new musicals, concerts and even ballets. The club meets from 6pm in the coffee shop where you can get popcorn and soft drinks as well as a range of snacks, speciality coffees and hot drinks. Entry is £3 per visit. For the latest programmes email chris@harlowfilmclub.org.uk
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HARLOW FOODBANK - The Michael Roberts Charitable Trust officially opened the Harlow foodbank in April 2009 and works in partnership with churches, schools, businesses, individuals and front-line professional care agencies to provide this valuable community resource to people in crisis in Harlow. The foodbank is a ground-breaking concept designed to help individuals and families in crisis by providing free emergency food until the appropriate agencies are in a position to assist. The aim is to engage with communities, introducing a sustainable project that enables marginalised people to break through their cycle of poverty. Tinned and dried food is collected from the public at supermarkets, churches, schools and other local groups and 'banked' in a warehouse. Food is then given to people in crisis as a result of referrals from registered care professionals such as social services, health visitors, Harlow Welfare Rights, Harlow CAB and other carers working in the front line. If you can help with food donations or would like more information contact Harlow foodbank, The Rainbow Centre, 2 Wych Elm, Harlow. Ring 01279 724515; email enquiries@mrct.org.uk ; Website www.mrct.org.uk
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HARLOW GAMES CLUB - the club was created by a group of veteran gamers in the Harlow area. With no local venue for gamers to meet, and successful Blood Bowl and Warmachine leagues in full flow, the hunt for a venue was on! After many weeks of searching, the Norman Booth Centre was chosen. With a large number of tables, TV, air conditioning and free tea and coffee this was the ideal choice. A Facebook group was created to gauge interest and quickly attracted over 65 members! The club is a not-for-profit movement to give games players somewhere to meet and play. The club currently meets on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month, with one-off tournaments hosted at weekends. Website - www.harlowgamesclub.co.uk. For more information, email info@harlowgamesclub.co.uk
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HARLOW GYMNASTICS CLUB - the club was formed in 2007 by Peter James and Gordon Mitchell. The club is based at Sumners Leisure Centre, Broadley Road, Harlow. The club started at the old sports centre and moved to the current location in October 2009. The club currently has more than 350 gymnasts training weekly. There is also a pre-school programme for two to four-year-olds, 'Head over Heels'. Peter James competed for Great Britain for five years and coaches the boys at the club. Gordon Mitchell has coached for 27 years. For more information, visit www.harlowgymnastics.co.uk
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HARLOW HOCKEY CLUB - the club welcomes players of all abilities and aims to provide affordable, competitive hockey and social events in a friendly atmosphere for people of all ages. There are two ladies’ teams that play in the Essex League and two mens’ teams in the East League. There is also a Sunday mixed side who play in the Essex League and during the summer months the ladies and men play in a local summer league. The club has a colts programme to introduce youngsters to the game. Home matches are played on the artificial surface at Passmores School and Technology College on Saturdays. The club shares the Harlow Town Cricket Club clubhouse at Ashtree playing fields. Anyone interested in joining or wanting more information, can visit www.harlowhockeyclub.co.uk 
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HARLOW NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION PANELS - several local panels whose aim is to listen to residents' concerns and work in partnership with the 'ocal police and Harlow Council to find lasting solutions to eliminate crime, nuisance and disorder in Harlow neighbourhoods. Contact details, email harlownaps@gmx.co.uk  Website: www.harlownaps.co.uk
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HARLOW PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY - meets at Moot House, The Stow, Harlow, CM20 3AG, every Thursday from September to the end of June (7.45pm-9.45pm). New members, beginners, amateurs and professionals are always welcome to the friendly club. For more details, visit www.harlowphotoclub.org.uk or ring Malcolm Tinn on 01279 723948.
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HARLOW RUNNING CLUB - meets at Mark Hall Sports Centre, London Road, Harlow. Club nights are Tuesday 6.30pm (beginners), Tuesday 7.30pm (speedwork, hill work, repetitions), Wednesday 6.30pm-7.30pm (track training), Thursday 7pm (longer run - between five and nine miles). The club welcomes people of all abilities and has several disabled participants, including wheelchair athletes. Athletes participate in road and cross country running. Annual membership is £20 (£10 for students). For further information, contact Colin Moody on 01279 412376 or Karen Moir on 07759 332782. Website www.thehrc.org.uk
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HARLOW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - was founded in the early 1960s. Membership numbers have varied over the years and are currently very strong, although the orchestra is always pleased to hear from local players who may be interested in joining. Wind and brass players are in the usual limited numbers, but more string players are always welcome. There is no formal audition. The musical director is Andrew Bruce and the leader is John Hilton. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings (term times) at Tanys Dell Primary School, Mowbray Road, Harlow, CM20 2LS. New members pay reduced subscriptions, as do students and other unwaged players. There are usually three concerts a year, at venues including The Arts Centre, Old Harlow, St John’s Church, Epping; also Harlow Playhouse, Ely Cathedral and Bishop's Stortford College etc. The orchestra has also performed with several local choral societies. Harlow Symphony Orchestra tackles a wide variety of mainstream classical programmes; music lists of past programmes can be read on the website. Social events - a Christmas dinner, trips to the Proms, camping weekends - are also held. For more information, pictures, audio recordings and contact details, visit www.harlowsymphonyorchestra.co.uk  
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HARLOW AND WEST ESSEX NHS RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP - meets monthly at Parndon Hall, in the grounds of Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. It exists for the benefit of all retired and semi-retired NHS staff aged over 50 and their partners, either living or working in the area. Anyone who has ever worked for the NHS, no matter for how short a time is eligible to join. It is open to all grades of staff, clinical staff, domestic and housekeeping, administrative and all grades of ancillary staff and volunteers. Monthly meetings involve a variety of activities, speakers, quizzes, raffles, table top sales, speakers and trips out. These have included garden visits, tenpin bowling, meals out and an evening at Harlow dog track. Members are always welcome to suggest new activities. The fellowship is a great place to catch up with old colleagues and meet new friends. The organisation is currently small but as it grows it hopes to develop into new areas of interest. The group is affiliated to the national organisation, established in 1978, which has 15,000 members and 200 branches nationwide. Besides the social aspect the fellowship also has a strong welfare role, giving pastoral support to sick or housebound members.
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HARLOW YOUTH TENPIN BOWLING CLUB - the club was originally formed in 1999 at Harlow's Tenpin Bowling Centre in Terminus Street. It relocated to bowling centres out of the town for three years but returned to Harlow Bowl in September 2011. The club is for bowlers aged eight to 18 and rolls off at 10am on Saturdays throughout the year. Instruction is provided by qualified instructors and the team travel to other centres around the country to participate in competitions. Tenpin Bowling is the world's third largest participation sport and uses a scoring system which allows participants of all abilities to compete on an equal footing. Having returned to Harlow, the club is now looking for new members.
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HEALTHWATCH ESSEX - Healthwatch Essex is a charity which helps people get the best out of their health and care services. Healthwatch is concerned with how many people are isolated and not accessing the information which could help them, and one of the ways the charity is combating this is through its information service, a phone line which is open five days a week, and only costs the same as a local call. It is for anyone with health or social care queries in Essex. You may have recently moved and are struggling to find a GP, or you may be unhappy with treatment you have received and are considering making a complaint. The information service can help direct you to the right place. Likewise if you are caring for a relative and realising you need to find out how to stay afloat, the friendly, impartial and professional team will guide you through the process. The number is 0300 500 1895. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. You can also visit www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/info, or email info@healthwatchessex.org.uk
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INTEGRATION SUPPORT SERVICESISS is a non-profit charity organisation promoting cultural cohesion. ISS supports harmonious integration of members of all cultures and sections, particularly those who are new to the country. Its purpose is to help immigrants, refugees, ethnic minorities better understand the British (local) society, ensure active participation and positive contribution to the community as well as themselves. With offices in Harlow and Epping, ISS is accessible to all those in Essex and Hertfordshire. ISS offers a wide range of services, including assistance with language, advice on immigration, housing and employment, qualification comparison, completing applications, and information on childcare and schools and other local facilities. Among its many on-going programmes are weekly parents and children drop-in groups at Sunrise Children’s Centre, Loughton, and The Tree House Children’s Centre, Harlow, and free ESOL courses held in Epping. Its latest venture is the free Internet Community Café in Harlow on Saturdays (11am-2 pm). ISS also organises various events and trips throughout the year providing opportunities for clients to better understand their local community and encourage participation. For further information/details ring 01279 639442. Website: www.iss.org.uk
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LITTLE SCRUMMERS -  Little Scrummers is an exciting idea based on non-contact rugby for girls and boys aged two to six years, which encourages them live a healthier life. It improves their gross motor skills, and sporting ability by introducing them to sport at an earlier age and also increases their confidence and self esteem. It has a positive effect on communication, behavioural and social skills. Little Scrummers are partnered with Chelmsford Rugby Club are working together to help bring the exciting game of non-contact rugby to the younger children who deserve that opportunity. Classes are held at Harlow Leisurezone on Sundays. The cost is £25 annual membership fee, then £5 per class, payable in termly blocks, in advance. First session free. As part of the membership fee children receive a Little Scrummers Rugby Kit. Contact: 07543 330713; email info@littlescrummers.com  or visit www.littlescrummers.com
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MIND IN WEST ESSEX - is a local registered charity working to support people affected by mental ill health and the people around them. Mind in West Essex believes, with the appropriate support, everyone has the potential to take steps that will improve their emotional wellbeing. We aim to achieve this by providing a range of therapeutic services, activities and training opportunities. We offer quality flexible counselling services, six days a week from 8.30am to 9pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturdays across west Essex. Please visit our website - www.mindinwestessex.org.uk or ring 01371 876641 for more information about our services.
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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY (East Herts & West Essex branch) - supporting the MS community of Epping, Harlow, Saffron Walden, Stansted, Dunmow and surrounding villages plus a similar rural area of east Hertfordshire. The branch provides a number of services for people affected by MS including transport, (enabling them to get to essential medical appointments etc), welfare support (eg funding MS physiotherapy sessions not available under the NHS), a monthly social programme, and providing grants to enable affected people to access essential equipment and home adaptations. The branch is a voluntary part of the society and welcomes offers of time or financial help. Contact details - helpline 07880 828858; website www.mssociety.org.uk/ehwe
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NUT (National Union of Teachers) - HARLOW AND EPPING FOREST - The NUT is the largest organisation representing teachers in England and Wales, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey and in Service Children's Schools throughout the World. We have the resources and staffing to give advice, guidance and support to teachers in all aspects of their professional lives. Support directly to members is provided by staff in our Eastern regional office and by the Association Officer and General Secretary for Harlow + Epping Forest - Murray Sackwild. As the major professional organisation, the NUT also plays a leading role in influencing education policies at national and local levels and in national negotiations relating to teachers' conditions, salaries and pensions. The Union is represented on major national education bodies and makes representations to central government on all matters affecting teachers and schools. Harlow + Epping Forest is the largest Teachers' Union in West Essex and an active association in the Essex NUT Division. 
For more information add our H+E NUT and Harlow and Epping Forest Facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/HandE.NUT/. Also follow the NUT tweetfeed. 
For teachers wishing to join the NUT, call 0845 300 1669 or 020 7380 6369 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
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PAMELA HEBBERD ACADEMY OF DANCE (PHAD) - Got To Dance! So You Think You Can Dance? Strictly Come Dancing! Instead of just watching these shows, why not get off the sofa and learn to dance. We offer classes in Tap, Modern, Ballet, Street Jazz and Musical Theatre. We also have a special 'Tiny Toes' class for those early starters. We follow the I.S.T.D syllabi and students have the chance to enter examinations and progress through the grades. There are many opportunities for students to gain performance experience in competitions, shows and workshops throughout the year. Classes are held in Roydon and Stanstead Abbotts, with Harlow classes opening spring 2013. Check out further information at www.phacademyofdance.vpweb.co.uk; email phacademyofdance@hotmail.co.uk or ring 07971 704281.
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PROACTIVE (PROSTATE CANCER SELF-HELP GROUP) - an informal group with professional support, which is open to patients (and partners) who have been treated at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, or Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, or who live within the West Essex PCT area. The group has more than 30 members of whom about half, with some partners, are able to attend meetings. The group organises annual 'information afternoons' with health professional speakers and has set up a help line. Monthly meetings are held in the lecture theatre, Birchwood House, St Margaret's Hospital, Epping, on Friday from 1pm to 3pm. For more details, ring John Woods on 07747 374692 ; email proactivegroup@ntlworld.com 
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RADIO FOREST COMMUNITY BROADCASTING - is based at St Margaret's Hospital in Epping and provides two distinct radio services to hospitals and other closed communities in the west Essex area. Currently it serves St Margaret's Hospital in Epping, The Derwent Centre in Harlow, Saffron Walden Community Hospital and Brentwood Community Hospital. A registered charity, it broadcasts to people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and the elderly. Radio Forest Community Broadcasting is a registered charity run by a team of highly dedicated volunteers, relying entirely on sponsorship and donations. To volunteer your time, or advertise your local business email studio@radioforest.co.uk . For further information about Radio Forest Community Broadcasting visit www.radioforest.co.uk
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ROTARY CLUB OF HARLOW - was chartered on 29 February 1956 and currently has more than 30 members. Regular Monday meetings are held at 12.15pm for 12.45pm until 2pm at Canons Brook Golf Club, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, CM19 5BE. The club has social functions and fundraising events intermittently throughout the year. For more about the club, visit http://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.asp?ClubID=1408  or email the secretary at alan.leverett.surveyor@talktalk.net 
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ROTARY CLUB OF HARLOW TYE - meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7.30pm for 8pm start at Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club, off Bell Street car park, Sawbridgeworth. The club was formed in 1979. Most of the original members belonged to the Rotary Club of Harlow which was a lunchtime club. Because some members found it more convenient to meet in the evening it was decided to form a new club. The name chosen for the new club was Harlow Tye Rotary Club. The club has gone from strength to strength since its inception. More details are available from club secretary Mike Hayter on 01279 734211. For attendance at the club please give a few days notice.
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RSPCA STORT VALLEY - RSPCA Stort Valley, Advice Centre and Clinic - 23 The Stow, Harlow, CM20 3AN. Ring 01279 306058. The clinic is open to people on a means tested benefit and senior citizens in receipt of state pension only. The benefits included are Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, and Employment & Support Allowance benefit. All must be accompanied by Housing Benefit or rate rebate. We also have an advice centre that you can telephone or call at to obtain advice on the care of animals, shelters and rescue centres, etc. Our branch area extends from Saffron Walden to Broxbourne and includes Bishop's Stortford, Harlow and the villages surrounding this corridor. We can only see clients from within our branch boundaries. Please refer to the post codes and map on our website All drugs are charged at cost. We treat all wildlife free of charge. We do not have operating or X-ray facilities, if these are required then a referral to a private vet will be given. There is a consultation fee payable at each visit. The advice centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday10am-1pm and the clinic between 2pm and 3.30pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. At all other times in case of an emergency call the National Call Centre on 0300 1234 999 for advice Find us at www.rspcastortvalley.org.uk and Facebook rspca stort valley.
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SALVATION ARMY CENTRE - the centre is in Tendring Road, Harlow. Regular classes are held on Mondays - Mother & Toddler Group - from 9.45am to 11.45am (£1.25 per family (term time only); Tuesday - Tea n' Togs - held every Tuesday morning from 8.45am-11am (secondhand clothing, footwear, bric-a-brac, babywear, books, dvd/video's household goods, toys, games etc); Wednesday - Foodbank noon-3pm; Thursday - Lunch Club from noon. Cost £3.50 for a hot meal, dessert and tea/coffee, and over-60s Friendship Club at 1.30pm. There is a large hall available for hire (can accommodate 100-150 people), a small hall (which can accommodate 40-50 people) and a conference room (which can accommodate up to 12 people). All have kitchen facilities, disabled access and toilets, parking and there is a bus stop just outside building. Hire cost is £25 per hour to business organisations and individuals (£10 per hour to charities and voluntary groups). No alcohol is allowed on the premises. For more information, ring Lorraine Fox on 01279 441581 or email lorraine.fox@salvationarmy.org.uk.
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SHORINJI KEMPO (martial arts) - for children aged seven-plus on Tuesdays (term time only) 4.30pm-5.30pm at the Norman Booth Centre, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow (£3 per session). All-round martial art incorporating punches, kicks and blocks and as participants advance through grades, throws, twists and locks. There is also a short meditation to focus the mind and a theoretical part to the class. Children will learn about listening skills with emphasis on teamwork. Games are incorporated to make learning interesting. It is a great way for children to keep fit and learn to be assertive and safe as well as having fun too. For more information, visit www.bskf.org or ring Linda on 07946 615446.
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STAGECOACH HARLOW - Sing! Dance! Act Now! The original, largest and still the best network of performing arts schools in the world. Nurturing and developing young peoples' potential through dance, drama and singing. At Stagecoach Harlow staff are fully CRB checked. There is a strict child protection policy. The group runs Master Classes with professional West End actors and has regular trips to London theatres. Stagecoach Harlow has its own musical theatre resource library and all students are eligible to join the Stagecoach Agency with the opportunity to work in London’s West End, on TV and film and in adverts. Regular performance opportunities are given to every child. At Stagecoach Harlow with an hour of dance, singing and acting children really can become a triple threat performer. They are not only given the very best musical theatre training but staff aim to develop every child to build confidence and give them skills that will stay with them throughout their lives. Stagecoach Harlow meets every Saturday morning during term time from 9.30am-1pm for children aged 4-18, at Stewards School, Parnall Road, Harlow, CM18 7NO. For more details, ring 0845 265 7080 or email harlow@stagecoach.co.uk 
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ST JOHN’S ARTS AND RECREATION CENTRE -  is based in a converted Victorian church in Old Harlow. The ARC has been a lively community arts centre since the mid 1980s and offers a wide range of activities and events for all ages. With the new foyer and vestry room, the ARC also offers a wide range of spaces available for hire for events - parties, conferences, seminars and recordings. The centre offers a varied programme of activities and events for all ages which include concerts, exhibitions and workshops. There is a busy daily schedule of recreational classes as well as a variety of clubs that meet monthly such as Harlow Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Essex Society for Family History, Lee Valley & Harlow Koi Club. The hall has a fine acoustic and a Yamaha grand piano which makes it particularly suitable for musical events. There are many concerts including regular performances by The Alberni Quartet, Harlow Symphony Orchestra and John Petters Jazz Band. The Refectory has a fully-equipped kitchen and can be booked separately for smaller events. It is ideal for exhibitions with professional lighting & hanging systems and many local artists exhibit here. Website www.stjohnsarc.org.uk
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STORT VALLEY WALKERS -  based in the Harlow/Stort Valley area, the group's programme consists of regular Sunday walks throughout the year varying between eight and 12 milee. Most walks are in the surrounding countryside of Essex and Hertfordshire but some are further afield. In the summer months shorter mid-week evening walks, and long weekend or week breaks are arranged. For more details, ring Alan on 01279 600251 or visit http://www.stortvalleywalkers.co.uk/
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STREETS2HOMES - a charity that works with the homeless/vulnerably housed. Based in Harlow its mission statement is - "we aim to offer a place where all the street and hidden homeless in our community can rest, make friends and assist with basic needs. We believe everyone, regardless of age, sex, culture or religion, has the right to adequate income and shelter, opportunities for education and employment, quality health care and nutrition, and that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect". A desire for social justice and a deep and genuine concern for people are characteristic of its work. The centre, at 2A Wych Elm. aims are to link isolated people to services that sometime discriminate against them and to empower them to start the process of taking control of their lives. Become a member or volunteer. Streets2Homes is also looking for trustees. For more details, ring 01279 430011; email r.hetem.s2h@talktalkbusiness.net ;  Website: www.streets2homes.org
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THREE VALLEYS MALE VOICE CHOIR - the choir was formed in Waltham Abbey in 1994. Their music includes songs from the shows, well-known old favourites, pieces from opera and traditional male-voice songs. Each year as well as regular visits to elderly persons' residential homes and clubs they give public concerts, helping to raise a large amount of money for charity. Any male is welcome at a rehearsal evening to sit-in or join-in. Practice evenings are held every Tuesday at 'The Friary', Waltham Cross (7pm to 9.30pm). Ring Tony Moore on 01279 902452. Website: www.3valleymvc.org.uk
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U.FIRST - is a small independent local charity which aims to promote equality and inclusion. Specifically we work to create opportunities for our clients and members to meet in an accessible, safe and welcoming social environment. Our membership is open to all, and some of our members may have physical or sensory impairments, learning difficulties and or mental health problems. As well as clubs, trips and social activities, we provide one-to-one community support for a few individuals and a Gardening Scheme. For more details, ring Registered Manager Chris Rumens on01279 276027 (mobile 07990 812296).
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WEST ESSEX AND EAST HERTS GUILD OF SPINNERS, WEAVERS AND DYERS - was formed in 1980 to further the knowledge of these crafts and share our skills with others. We meet once a month at Harlow Museum with guest speakers and workshops which include a variety of allied crafts such as felt making, braid making, knitting and basketry. Members also display and demonstrate at various craft events and fairs. You are welcome at a meeting whether a beginner or with many years experience. For more details, ring Hazel Mead on 01279 724503 or 07709 068882, or email hazelmead404@btinternet.com
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WEST ESSEX MUSICIANS  FUNDRAISERS CLUB (WEM) - works through collaborative music events in west Essex and London arts festivals to raise music and choral awareness raise funds for charities, raise up entrepreneurial musicians for charities and bring people together to enjoy music, to connect and serve our local communities. For more about WEM visit http://www.voluntaryaction.net/groups/wem
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