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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.
   
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7   Epping Christmas Market, organised by Epping Town Council, High Street, Epping (noon-8pm). Free parking in the Cottis Lane car park from noon. Entertainment and some 70 stalls, and the switching on of the town's Christmas tree lights. Christmas Tree Festival at St John's Church, St John's Road, Epping, from 1pm with official opening by Town Mayor councillor Nigel Avey..
   
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8   Christmas Wreaths Workshop, Bedford House, Westbury Road, Buckhurst Hill. Make a traditional Christmas wreath. Basic materials provided (fir cones, dogwood base, foliage covering) - students should take their own decorative materials, though some can be bought on the day. (10am-12.30pm). Cost £17 (plus £1 if not a BHCA member). For more details contact Bedford House Community Association Office on 020 8504 6668 or email enquiries@bedfordhouse.org.uk
   
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 residentsí questions and problems.
   
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9   De Merc Chamber Choir traditional family carols concert, directed by Alison Fisher, Harlowbury Chapel, Harlow (3pm). Mulled wine and mince pies available. For more details, ring Gillian Thompson on 01279 655483 or email gillianpthompson@btinternet.com
   
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.
   
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12   Informal carol singing on a German theme, the Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach (7pm) with seasonal refreshments. Retiring collection. For further details ring Jane Begley 07572 111387 or email jane.begley@irwinmitchell.com
   
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
   
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13   Epping Forest District Council and Waltham Abbey Town Council carol service, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (7.30pm)
   
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14   Enfield Brass Band concert, St Lawrence Church (Hillhouse School), Ninefields (8pm).
   
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15   Matching Farmers Market, Matching Village Hall (9.30am-12.30pm). Admission free. Refreshments available.
   
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15   Book Folding Workshop, Bedford House, Westbury Road, Buckhurst Hill. The art of folding book pages to make striking and creative images and Sculpture. Turn those old books into art. No experience necessary. Materials available at cost from tutor (10am-3pm). Cost £31.90 (plus £1 if not a BHCA member). For more details contact Bedford House Community Association Office on 020 8504 6668 or email enquiries@bedfordhouse.org.uk
   
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15   Waltham Abbey Choir Christmas Concert, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (12.30pm). Admission free.
   
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15   Epping Forest Singers and Loughton Youth Choir Christmas concert, 'Sing Noel', St Johnís Church, Church Lane, Loughton (7pm). Directed by Fru Chilvers, accompanist Paul Chilvers. Tickets, priced £10, available in advance or £12 on the door (including drinks and mince pies). Ring Chris on 01992 714227.
   
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16   Christmas Concert (with audience participation) by The Woodford Singers, the Church of the Holy Innocents,. High Beach (2pm). A free concert with retiring collection and seasonal refreshments.
   
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23   Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (6.30pm).
   
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24   Crib Service, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (3pm); Midnight Mass (11pm).
   
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25   Parish Eucharist for Christmas Day, the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (10.30am).
   
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31   Watchnight Service, St Lawrence Church (Hillhouse School), Ninefields, Waltham Abbey (11.30pm).
   
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 3   The English-Speaking Union Epping Forest branch monthly meeting, The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton (10.15am for 10.45am) with a talk from Mark Lewis entitled 'Medieval Art and Experience'. Admission £4 including tea/coffee. For more details ring 020 8505 9001 or 01992 812454.
   
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8   South West Essex Choir 'Come and Sing' evening, Loughton Methodist Church, High Road, Loughton. The choir will be rehearsing Rossiniís Petite Messe Solennelle in preparation for its next concert on April 6. Music and refreshments provided free. No need to book. More information from Mary McElarney on 01992 812606 or email m.mcelarney@outlook.com
   
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10   Loughton Astronomical Society Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois. Guests welcome. Website: www.las-astro.org.uk
   
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 to SATURDAY, JANUARY 12   Theydon Bois Drama Society performing 'The 39 Steps', by John Buchan, Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois (8pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee). Tickets, priced £10, available online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/theydonboisdramasociety or by ringing 01992 919038.
   
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
   
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7   The English-Speaking Union Epping Forest branch monthly meeting, The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton (10.15am for 10.45am) with a talk from Megan Mitchell on the Churches Conservation Trust. Admission £4 including tea/coffee. For more details ring 020 8505 9001 or 01992 812454.
   
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24   St Clare Hospice 5km Winter Walkies, St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood. Registration costs £10 for adults (£5 for children) which includes free soup, dog rosette and certificates for children. Walkers can also sign up on the day. The route is not suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. For more information and to register, ring Emma Broadbent on 01279 773754, email emma.broadbent@stclarehospice.org.uk or visit https://stclarehospice.org.uk/event/winter-walkies/
   
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
   
THURSDAY, MARCH 7   The English-Speaking Union Epping Forest branch monthly meeting, The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton (10.15am for 10.45am) with a talk from Joan Ward on 'Living with Arabs'. Admission £4 including tea/coffee. For more details ring 020 8505 9001 or 01992 812454.
   
SATURDAY, APRIL 13   Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society spring flower show, The Centenary Hall, St. Johnís 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. Johnís 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. Johnís 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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