The All Saints Church Community Hub project was born from a desire to support and serve the local community.  We hope that it will become a convenient place for people to enjoy one another’s company in relaxed surroundings. We are starting off with a Post Office, a Greengrocer, a Refill Den and a walking group.  We have plans to grow with additional exciting ideas such as a coffee shop, a community area for board games, reading, book exchange etc. 

Any ideas you would like us to consider? Please contact Jacqui at jacqui.griffiths@fordhamchurch.org.uk

Francis Blight officially opened the Community Hub on Friday 16th April.  It was a well attended affair with a number of people from both villages coming to support us.

Watch the opening here:

Community Hub Opening

Where we are:

“The success of a community project is dependent on community support”

We have teamed up with the Wivenhoe Post Office to provide services to the local community. They will be open every Friday between 11:45 and 13:45 in the John Owen Barn

The Post Office opened on Friday 16th April.  We had a number of people from the villages making use of the new service.

Services include:

  • All Royal Mail postal services for home and abroad including signed for and special delivery
  • Parcel Force 48 Service
  • Health Lottery
  • Mobile phone top ups
  • Foreign currency to order
  • Car Tax
  • Fishing Licences
  • Bill payments via cash, cheque or debit card
  • Banking for most UK banks including cash withdrawals, balances, cash and cheque deposits
  • Mail redirections and Keep Safe
  • One 4 All gift cards

 

Would you like to support local business?  Karen Mc Pherson from The Mobile Greengrocer West Bergholt & Surrounding Villages  has joined us from 16th April to offer fresh fruit and vegetables. Come and get to know her and see what her stall has to offer. You can get in touch with Karen via her facebook page for any specific requests.

The stall is located outdoors in the cart-lodge opposite the John Owen Barn.

The Refill Den Ltd is here to help people to be more eco conscious and buy packaging free products, especially when it comes to food shopping. By buying zero-waste products, you get to choose how much you want of a product, whilst also saving money and reducing waste.

Charlotte and Ellie will be next to the cart lodge. Remember to bring your jars and containers from home! We have free paper bags or reusable jars to buy if you forget yours.

You choose the products you need to stock up on. they will weigh out your products and put them into the containers of your choice.

You pay for your goods by cash, card or contactless! Whatever suits you best.

https://www.refill-den.co.uk/

The walking group was established during Covid lock-down

 to encourage people to meet, talk and walk.  This has been enjoyed by all (and dogs!) who joined.  The walks are suitable for all abilities and age groups.

We are aiming to walk every third Friday of the month (weather permitting) meeting at 10:00, at the John Owen Barn.

 

  • Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn.
  • Please do bring your own water.
  • Each walk lasts approximately 90 minutes.
  • At the end there is the opportunity to share a picnic together, please bring you own food.

The walking group has re-started.  Our next walk is Friday 23rd July at 10:00am, with appropriate Covid restrictions.

We are here for the families of Eight Ash Green, Fordham and the surrounding area.  We meet every Tuesday morning during term time from 9:30 to 11:00am in the John Owen Barn for play time, craft activities, singing and Bible stories. Whoever you are, if you look after a child aged 4 years or under, you will be made very welcome.  Refreshments are provided.

We charge £1.50 per family per week.

Babies and Toddlers group has now opened, with restrictions.  Please send a text to 07968 280132 for more information.

The friendship club meets monthly in the John Owen Barn, offering talks, refreshments and delicious cakes made by the friendship club members.  

Currently the Friendship Club has been suspended due to Covid restrictions, and we aim to re-start as soon as these are lifted.