Newsletter No. 42


Merry Christmas

Parent/Carers Newsletter No. 42

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year

The office will be closed from 3.30pm on Wednesday 21st December.  It will reopen on Tuesday 3rd December at 9.15am.  In case of emergencies please see scheme mobile numbers below:

Hertford:                               07763645343

Ware:                                      07895620115

Bishops Stortford:            07508462488

Cheshunt:                              07506462580

Hoddesdon:                          07974037538



The CHIPS office are in need of a scanner – if you have one you no longer need, please think of us!!

CHIPS 12 Days of Christmas Raffle.

To raise funds for future Christmas parties we are running a CHIPS 12 Days of Christmas Raffle.  To enter:

During December, a prize will be raffled every day in the 12 Days countdown from the 14th – Boxing Day!  (Entry £1 a day or £10 for entry to all 13 days).  Updates will be shown on our Facebook page

Your support is so important so please pass to friends and families as well…

 Tricycle for Sale

Pashley tricycle, claret, 7 speed, 17 inch wheels with a basket on the back.  The front folds to make transporting easier.  It is in very good condition, suitable for an older child or small teenager or adult.  Asking price is £450.00 (originally cost £760) near offers considered.  Please contact the office if you are interested.

Current Vacancies:

We are looking for new staff members at the Hoddesdon Scheme – please contact the office if you know anyone who would be interested in volunteering or working for us.

Forthcoming Events:

Hertford Symphony Orchestra – Sunday 29th January 2017 – Hertford Theatre –  “The Knight  Who Took All Day” – a short concert for children of all ages.  An afternoon of Medieval Madness including the story of “The Knight Who Took All Day” by James Mahew which has been set to music.  Performances at 2.30pm and 4.15pm.  Tickets available from Box Office on 01992 531500 or book online at

  Hertford Theatre Relaxed screenings at Hertford Theatre

29th December – Little Red Riding Hood Panto at 11am




Screenshot 2016-11-22 12.55.01CHIPS Aerobathon – Wodson Park, Ware – Sunday 22nd January – 11.30-1.30pm


Come along and work off those extra Christmas pounds!. £10.00 per person.  Please contact the office on 01992 534664 or email to reserve your place.  Further details on the website


CHIPS Souper Walk – Tewin Memorial Hall – Sunday 5th February – 11.30amBowl of soup

Come and join us for a guided 5 mile walk around the Tewin countryside, then enjoy a bowl of homemade soup and crusty bread.  There will also be a stall selling cake.  Cost is £10.00 for adults or £5.00 for children.  Please contact the office on 01992 534664 or email to reserve your place.  Further details on the website

CHIPS Activity Clubs for 12-19 year olds

Would your teenager be interested in attending any of our special activity clubs?

New details for the Climbing Club:

Age range has now been lowered to 10 years old.

Climbing Club, Essex Outdoors, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QS – 12.30pm-2.30pm (New Time) –  Sunday’s – 8th & 22nd January, 5th & 19th February, 5th & 19th March 2017.


 Computer & Gaming Club, Hertford Selections Children’s Centre, Sele School, Welwyn Road, Hertford SG14 2DG –  7.00-9.00pm – new term’s dates  – 17th and 24th Jan, 7th & 21st Feb, 7th & 21st March 2017.  £4 per session, £24 for the term.  Please book in advance by calling Gill at the office on 01992 534664.


Cookery Club, Pinewood School, Hoe Lane, Ware SG12 9PB – 7.00-9.00pm – new  term’s dates – 5th & 19th Jan, 2nd & 23rd Feb

9th & 23rd March.  £4 per session £24 for the term

(includes all ingredients)


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 for all clubs must be reserved in advance.


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

Club will run on, 14th January, 11th February, 11th March – 10.00-11.30am.  The club is specifically for children aged 14+ but if your child is younger but would still be interested please contact the office to discuss.  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.


Mark Giles (Hoddesdon Parent Trustee) is kindly running the London Marathon for CHIPS in April 2017 – please show your support and visit his sponsorship page

Thanks to Hazel Smith for donating £25.00 from her home made card sales.

Many thanks to Joy Simpson for donating £114.00 – proceeds from a Christmas Fair stall.

Many thanks to the Hertford Symphony Orchestra for donations totalling £169.30 from their recent Christmas Concert.

Thanks also to the Mehta family for their very kind donation of £250.00.

Our 5p jar total now stands at £2,093.79 – jars are still being filled with 5ps – many thanks to those who have contributed in this way.

Thanks to Bishops Stortford staff and volunteers for holding a  Christmas Jumper day which raised £23.50

BS Christmas Jumper Day



Thanks to Hoddesdon Staff and Volunteers for holding a Christmas Jumper Day and raising £17.00 and for offering a Christmas Present Wrapping service and raising a further £43.00




Thanks also to Cheshunt Staff and Volunteers for holding a Christmas Jumper Day, amount raised to be confirmed.


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The Giving Machine (online commission to charities from over 1500 retailers), please share with friends and family to support CHIPS!  November is the busiest online shopping month so please sign up it’s very quick and easy.  This is our link:    This is the shop and give app link:


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.





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