Newsletter No. 30


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

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 .

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 – 24th April, 8th & 22nd May, 12th & 26th June and 10th July– (please note that 22nd May and 10th July  will be scramble nets and low ropes sessions.)  11.00am-1.00pm. Please contact Gill at the office on 01992 534664 or email 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 – 26th April, 3rd & 24th May, 7th & 28th June and 5th July.   Please contact Gill at the office on 01992 534664 or email 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 – 21st April, 5th & 19th May, 9th & 23rd June and 7th July.  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

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

Club will run on 23rd April, 28th May, 18th June, 9th 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.  Spaces are limited, please contact the Gill at the office on 01992 534664 or email to book a space.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer and places must be booked in advance.

General Information

Transforming Care for People with Learning Difficulties – 13th April – 10.00-1.00pm – Watford (Watford Central Library) and 28th April – 10.00am-1.00pm – Bishops Stortford (Rhodes Centre).

Please contact for further information and to book a place.  Or call 01707 367210 email:

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.


Relaxed Screening – Alvin & The Chipmunks – Saturday 9th April @ 10.30am – Hertford Theatre. Introducing our Relaxed Screenings, specially designed for children with SEN and Autism- but everyone is welcome!  Enjoy the film without extra stimulus such as queuing and we’ll have a chill out space available in case you need a break.  It’s OK to move around, make noise and talk.  You are also welcome to leave the cinema without worrying about disturbing other audience members and come back in, when you are ready. Email for more details.  Tickets are not available to book online. Please call 01992 531500 to book tickets.

 Forthcoming Events:

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  – hurry tables going quickly!

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


CHIPS 5K/10K walk – Sunday 20th March,

Another fantastic fundraising event!  So far the total raised stands at almost £2,000, with sponsorship money still coming in.  Thanks to everyone that came along and supported the event.  The 10p challenge raised £35.80!

5PJAM JARS – help us to reach our new target of £1,500 by the end of the financial year – keep collecting those 5p’s – let the office know if you would like any jars and we will get them to you!  The total raised so far stands at £1,405.80.

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.


The CHIPS stall at the St Josephs in the Park Spring Fair raised £120.60 – many thanks to those who volunteered to help on the day.

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

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