Newsletter No. 28

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CHIPS Information:

Current Vacancies:

We are looking for new Trustees to represent the Hertford, Ware, Bishops Stortford, Cheshunt and Hoddesdon schemes.  The Trustees meet 5 times a year in the evening.  If you would be interested in further details please contact Helen or Karen on 01992 534664 or email karen@chipsplay.org.

We also have a vacancy for a Treasurer, if you would be interested in finding out more about what this role involves, please contact Helen on 01992 534664 or email helen@chipsplay.org .

If you think your place of work would be interested in supporting CHIPS, please let the office know, and we can arrange to send a formal letter.  Companies can help in a variety of ways, namely,  one off donations, nominating CHIPS as their charity of the year, donating raffle prizes, event support, printing and everything in between.

Term dates for the following clubs (age 12+):

 Climbing Club, Essex Outdoors, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QS – 11.00am-1.00pm – 21st February, 6th & 20th March – (please note that 20th March will be scramble net and low ropes sessions.)  11.00am-1.00pm. Please contact Gill at the office on 01992 534664 or email gill@chipsplay.org to book a place.  Cost is £4.00 per session or £24.00 a term.  Places must be reserved in advance.

Computer & Gaming Club, Hertford Selections Children’s Centre, Sele School, Welwyn Road, Hertford SG14 2DG –  7.00-9.00pm – 23rd February, 8th & 22nd March  Please contact Gill at the office on 01992 534664 or email gill@chipsplay.org to book a place.  Cost is £4.00 per session or £24.00 a term.  Places must be reserved in advance.

The  Computer Club is looking for a Wii balance board to use at the club sessions.  If anyone has one that they no longer use and would like to donate it to CHIPS, please let the office know – 01992 534664.  We are also looking for any unwanted Wii games.

Cookery Club, Pinewood School, Hoe Lane, Ware SG12 9PB – 7.00-9.00pm –  25th February, 3rd & 17th March.  Cost is £4.00 per session or £24.00 a term.  Places must be reserved in advance.  Please contact Gill at the office on 01992 534664 or email gill@chipsplay.org to put your child on the reserve list.

Hoddesdon Model Railway Club, Broxbourne Meadows, Mill Lane, Broxbourne EN10 7AX

Club will run on 13th February, 12th March – 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.  Spaces are limited, please contact the Gill at the office on 01992 534664 or email gill@chipsplay.org to book a space.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer and places must be booked in advance.

General Information

Van Hages – Win a garden competition – please collect the special vouchers printed in the Mercury for the win a garden competition.  CHIPS will be collecting vouchers to support  a local charity.

 Sensory Room – Selections Children’s Centre, Welwyn Road, Hertford

New sensory room- free hire for you and your child with additional needs.  Booking is essential.  Please contact Selections for availability on 01992 581258.  www.hertfordandvillagecc.org.uk

Herts Parent Carer Involvement – Education, Health and Care Plan workshops (Jan, Feb & March) for parents and carers.  For further details including venues, and to book online please visit www.hertsparentcarers.org.uk/events or phone HPCI on 07840360245.  Further workshops are planned for the summer term.

Special Needs Swimming – John Warner School Sports Centre – Sundays 4.00-5.00pm, admission free to children and carers including siblings.  Children must be accompanied by their parent/carer. Session is exclusively for special needs children.  Full details available in the sport centre literature/programme.

Forthcoming Events:

CHIPS will be manning a stall at the St Joseph’s in the Park Spring Fair, we are planning to have a tombola, and would ask if anyone has any unwanted gifts they would like to donate, please get in touch with the office.  Thanks!

Its back by popular demand!!  the CHIPS 5K & 10K walk – Sunday 20th March, please contact the office for your registration form.  12.30pm registration, walk/run starts 1.30pm.  Entry Fees £10 adult, £5 children (in advance), £12 adults, £5 children (on the day).  Choose to walk 5K or 10K or run if the spirit takes you!  Entrance fee includes a drink and a slice of cake at the finish.  Why not raise more funds for CHIPS by gaining sponsorship.  Forms available from the CHIPS office.  Call 01992 534664 or email karen@chipsplay.org or gill@chipsplay.org

CHIPS Spring Quiz – Friday 29th April, Allenburys Sports & Social Club, Harris’s Lane, Ware, Herts SG12 0DJ – 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.  Teams of 8 brains – £6.00 per head.  Contact the office to reserve your table – 01992 534664 or karen@chipsplay.org

Methodist Church Coffee Morning, Ware Road, Hertford –  Please note date has changed to Saturday 7th May – come along and support CHIPS, stalls, cake stall and much more.  Timings to be confirmed.

Sponsorship/Fundraisers/Donations:

CHIPS has been chosen by Waitrose in Hertford to be included in February’s Community Matters green token scheme.  So don’t forget to put a token or two in the CHIPS slot next time you visit Waitrose.

You can also donate to CHIPS by text.  Just Text ‘CHIP21 £5’ to 70070 to donate to CHIPS and make a difference today. JustTextGiving by Vodafone.  You can then replace the £5 for £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to donate accordingly.

Charity 5p jam jars – to date we have now raised £1,291.64.  Thank you to everyone who has already taken a jar. Please contact the office if you would like some empty jam jars for yourself, your friends, family, office or place of work.  Jars will be available at the Easter schemes.

Thank you to Mr & Mrs Wood for their kind donation of £140.00.

Thanks also to the Rotary Club of Hertford for their kind donation of £1,000.

Many thanks to Chair Rhiannon Lowe for organising a cake sale at GSK and raising, not only the profile of CHIPS, but  a splendid £125.00 too!  Many thanks to those who donated cakes and biscuits.

Vickie Lewis has entered the 2016 Isle of Wight Challenge raising funds for CHIPS – please support her by visiting her Virgin money giving page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VickieLewis

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