CHIPS Bulletin – 14/05/15


Parent/Carers Newsletter No. 14

CHIPS Information:

AVIVA Community Fund – voting is now open, please follow the link below, register and cast up to 10 votes.  Please encourage your friends and family to vote for us too.   Hurry voting closes on 30th May!!

I am writing to let you know that as from the end of the summer, Teresa Ivison will be stepping down as Leader of the Cheshunt scheme.  We would like to buy Teresa a gift to commemorate her years of service.  If you would like to contribute to this gift:- please send your donation to the office, (cheques payable to CHIPS), or pay direct into the CHIPS bank account.   All donations need to be received by 17th July.

Age ranges for the Computer Club and Climbing Club have now  been reduced to 12 years +

 Computer Club – this club for children aged 12+ will run fortnightly on Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm – 9.00pm at Scott House, Hagsdell Road, Hertford next session will be on 19th May.  Places must be booked in advance.  A chance for children to play games, surf the internet, challenge other gamers and learn new computer skills.  CHIPS staff will be present so no need for parents to stay.  Cost is £4 per session.  To book a place, please contact or call 01992 534664.

Climbing Club – at Essex Outdoors, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex.  The club will run fortnightly on Sundays, next session will be 17th May, 11.00am – 1.00pm.  Children should be aged 12+, places must be reserved in advance.  CHIPS staff will be present so no need for parents to stay.  Cost is £4 per session.  To book a place, please contact or call 01992 534664.

 Cookery Club – the club will run from Pinewood School, on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm – 9.00pm, fortnightly.  The next session will be on 21st  May.  This club is aimed at teaching children cooking life skills, children should be aged 12+, although priority will be given to older children.  If you would like your child to attend, please contact the office for more details.   Places must be booked in advance through the office email or phone 01992 534664.  Cost is £4.00 per session and will include all ingredients.

 Model Railway Club will be running on 16th May, 6th June, & 4th July, 10.00-11.30am.  The club is specifically for children aged 14+, but if your child is not 14 but would still be interested please contact the office to discuss.  The club is located at The Hoddesdon Railway Club, Broxbourne Meadows, Mill Lane, Broxbourne EN10 7AX.  Spaces are limited so if your child would be interested in attending any of the above dates, please contact the office by email or phone 01992 534664 to book a space.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer and register in advance.  We would also like to have a train set at the club that the children can play with in case of wet weather, if anyone has an old train set that they would like to donate, please contact us.

Current Vacancies:

 General Staffing: – We are looking for extra staff in Cheshunt.  Please contact the office if you know of anyone who would be interested in working at CHIPS, or alternatively ask them to contact the office to request an application form.

We are also looking for extra staff for the new climbing and computer clubs, again please contact the office if you know of anyone who would be interested, or alternatively ask them to contact the office to request an application form.

Forthcoming Events:

Charity Jam Jars – Hazel Smith – our champion fundraiser!! – has come up with the idea of collecting 5p’s in small jam jars and returning to CHIPS.  Please contact the office if you would like some empty jam jars for yourself, your friends, family, office or place of work.

£100 challenge – we challenge you to raise £100.00 in the month of July.  Please contact the office for more details.

Saturday 16th May – Coffee morning at the Methodist Church, Ware Road, Hertford – 10.00am – 12 noon – come along and support the Methodist Church and CHIPS, enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, and have a browse around the craft, pre-loved and plant stalls.

Sunday 17th May – Newgate Street Fete – CHIPS will be running 2 stalls at this event, proceeds from the fete will donated to CHIPS.  Please come along and support us.

Friday 26th June – Wodson Park – CHIPS Summer quiz – 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.  Please contact the office for a booking form to reserve your table.  Maximum 8 brains to a table, £6.00 per head.

General Information:

SNIPS – Special Needs Information and Parenting Support – Summer Term Dates 13th May, 10th June, 8th July – 1.30-3.00pm the Orchard Room, Peartree School, Peartree Lane, WGC, AL7 3XW  For more info please contact Jan 01707 332470

We have been offered a small trike with a bigger than normal seat which is in fairly good condition, and a couple of trip/trap chairs, both for the age group 9-12 yrs ish. Free of charge.  Collection only.  Please contact the office if you are interested.

Aldenham Country Park- are holding a Taster Day on Thursday 28th May 2.00-6.00pm.  Book direct by email: or call on 020 3642 4588.

 19th May – 2nd Annual Preparing for Adulthood Information Event

2 sessions one morning and one evening.

10-12.30pm at Oaklands College, Smallford Campus, St Albans AL4 0JA  or

6.30-8.30pm at West Herts College, Hempstead Road, Watford, WD17 3EZ

These events are aimed at parents and carers of young people with SEND who are aged 16 years and over but parents and carers of young people in Year 9 and 10 are also welcome to attend.  Young people aged 16 and over may also attend with a parent or carer but we are not able to provide a carer.

There will be 2 short presentations followed by discussions in small groups.  These discussions will help inform future plans.

To book a place please go to

Friday 12th June – Inclusive football Day at Panshanger FC, WGC.


Morgan & Mason De’Ath (Hoddesdon scheme), are competing in their first Mini Tough Mudder on 30th May.  They are raising money for CHIPS, Reverse Rett and Grove Cottage.  If you would like to sponsor them please visit their virgin money page –

5p jam jars – to date we have raised £200.00.  Thank you to everyone who has already taken a jar.

A huge thank you to Holly, Zoe (Hertford volunteers) & Paul Smith who completed a 5K run and raised £200.00.

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