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FEATURE

The Summer Reading Challenge 2024

Marvellous Makers is coming to a library near you this summer!

Essex Library Service and The Reading Agency are teaming up with Create for a very special 2024 Summer Reading Challenge which will be a celebration of the creative arts.  We’ll be inspiring children to express themselves in creative ways, tap into a world of imagination and storytelling, and – of course – to read!

Children will join our wonderful characters, brought to life by the brilliant children’s illustrator Natelle Quek, as they prepare for a big festival to show off the work they have created, inspired by their favourite reads. However, the day before the festival, some objects mysteriously go missing from their creative toolbox. The children of Essex will help our characters find these missing objects and save the festival!

The challenge runs from Saturday 20 July to Saturday 7 September in all Essex libraries and mobile libraries.  There will also be a special early joiners’ day on Saturday 13 July!

Children are being asked to read 6 books, they will collect stickers for their folder for each book they read. After reading 6 books they earn their certificate and medal.

Children can read any library book of their choice; fiction, non-fiction, picture books, books they share with parents and carers, e-books or e-audio – they all count.  The under fours are not forgotten with a special version of Marvellous Makers just for them.

The Summer Reading Challenge is delivered by libraries and produced by The Reading Agency. It is open to all children, free of charge.

FEATURE

Where to pick your own fruit

McLauchlans Fruit Farm - Boxted 

Open for fruit picking from early June to mid August, you dont need to book in advance.  There is no entry fee, simply pay for the fruit you pick!  Check our their fruit picking calendar before you visit to see what you can pick and how easy it'll be: https://boxtedberries.com/whats-picking/

Spencer's Farm Shop, Halstead

Open for fruit picking from June to August, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm.  They recommend you check their facebook page or call them in advance to check availability for picking.  As well as fruit picking they also have a farm shop, cafe, an enclosed outdoor play area for children and if you're lucky you may see some goats!

Park Fruit Farm, Frinton

The Plum Orchards are generally open from mid/late July through to October for Pick Your Own and the cane fruit orchard is open from mid June through to November. It is always best to phone before coming to check on the availability of the crops and when picking always go to the far end of the rows first as usually the fruit is more plentiful and of better quality.

Cammas Hall Fruit Farm, Hatfield Broad Oak

Available from late May/early June, it's best to pre-book.  You can check the website to see what the farm are growing each year https://www.cammashall.co.uk/pyo

Little Mountains Farm, Maldon

You can pick strawberries and raspberries at Little Mountains Farm throughout June and July.  The farm recommends checking their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/littlemountainsfarm for availability.

Community

Castle Park Playground Refurb

Residents of Colchester have been asked to share their views for the refurbishment of the playground in Castle Park.  The playground at Colchester’s award-winning Castle Park is set for a significant upgrade. Originally opened in 2011, the popular playground has seen extensive use over the last decade, leading to it now reaching the end of its life and needing an update. 

To ensure the new playground meets the needs and desires of our community, the council invites everyone to share their ideas and preferences for its features and equipment.

In addition to the survey, workshops will be held to gather feedback from Colchester residents and primary school children.

As a token of appreciation, participants who complete the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of two family passes to Colchester Castle Museum or tickets to Putt in the Park.

A second phase of the consultation, during Easter 2025, will ask the community to vote for their preferred design.

Construction of the new playground will be carried out in autumn 2025, with an expected open date in winter 2025. 

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK


15th March 2024-03-15 2025-10-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th October
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeColchester War Memorial, High Street, Cowdrey Crescent


30th April 2024-04-30 2024-07-21 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 21st July
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMarkshall Estate, Coggeshall


20th July 2024-07-20 2024-07-20 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeParklands Primary School, Romford


20th July 2024-07-20 2024-07-20 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Forum, Southend-On-Sea


20th July 2024-07-20 2024-07-20 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAdventure Island, Southend


20th July 2024-07-20 2024-07-20 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeShoeburyness Library Youth Centre, Shoeburyness


21st July 2024-07-21 2024-07-21 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeQueens Theatre Hornchurch, Hornchurch


21st July 2024-07-21 2024-07-21 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeNuclear High Ropes, Brentwood


21st July 2024-07-21 2024-07-21 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSamantha Boyd School of Dance, Great Wakering


21st July 2024-07-21 2024-09-01 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 1st September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMarsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers


21st July 2024-07-21 2024-07-21 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeChrist Church, Leigh-on-Sea


21st July 2024-07-21 2024-07-21 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeJobServe Community Stadium, Colchester


22nd July 2024-07-22 2024-07-22 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Forum, Southend-On-Sea


23rd July 2024-07-23 2024-09-01 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 1st September
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLemon Witch, Leigh-On-Sea


24th July 2024-07-24 2024-07-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeEast Anglian Railway Museum, Colchester


24th July 2024-07-24 2024-07-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeQueens Theatre Hornchurch, Hornchurch


24th July 2024-07-24 2024-07-26 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 26th July
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMuseum of Power, Maldon


24th July 2024-07-24 2024-07-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeTrust Links Shoeburyness, Southend-On-Sea


24th July 2024-07-24 2024-07-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
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25th July 2024-07-25 2024-07-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeFirstsite, Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester


25th July 2024-07-25 2024-07-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
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25th July 2024-07-25 2024-07-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
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