Newsletter No. 47


Well done to the Teen group for winning the Youth Project of the year at The Broxbourne Youth Awards 2017. Two young volunteers were nominated, and Amy-May Williams was shortlisted for Young Volunteer of the Year. Well done to Amy-May for reaching this stage as there were lots of nominations in this category. Those that attended enjoyed the evening. Kasia Sikora-Black (One of the Teen Leaders) said “I felt very proud of CHIPS indeed”

Forthcoming Events:

London Marathon – 23rd April
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 on
Thank you to everyone who has already visited Mark’s virginmoney sponsorship page.


CHIPS Spring Quiz – Friday 28th April – 7pm for 7.30pm, £6.50 per head – maximum 8 people per team. At Allenburys Sports and Social Club, Ware. Don’t delay – get your team together and book with the office on 01992 534664 or email



Saturday 7th October – CHIPS Glitter Ball Gala Dinner – 7.00pm – Midnight
Ware Drill Hall, 17 Amwell End, Ware SG12 9HP. Join us for a Strictly themed evening, to include a three course meal, live music (Adele tribute), professional ballroom dancers. £55.00 per person, black tie dress code. Contact or call the office 01992 534664.


Dates for your Diary

Hoddesdon Model and Railway Club Modelling Extravaganza
Sunday 30th April 10am to 4pm at the Old Mill, Mill Lane, Broxbourne. EN10 7AX. Adults £2 Children £1

May 20th – Methodist Church Ware Road – Coffee morning 10am to 12pm
Any cake donations welcome – contact the office if you can help or could run a stall on the day. Or just come along and say hello!



Sunday 30th September – 10am at Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware.
Largest Nordic Walking lesson ever – help our trustee Hazel Smith to break the Guinness world record. Register to book your place with




Courses for parents

Parenting Children with Additional Needs – 10 week course with StEPs

Weds 26th April, 3rd, 10th, 17th & 14th May, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th June and 5th July

10am -12am @ Fleetville Infants School 228 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4LW
Free crèche but must pre-book.
6.30 – 8.30pm @ St Albans Girls School, Sandridgebury Lane, AL3 6DB
To book your free place contact Liz King 01727 853134 or email

Parents Information

PAN Disability Football Sessions – Wednesday 26th April – Wednesday 24th May – 6.00-7.00pm for boys and girls aged 8-16 – first five weeks are free. Westfield Community Sports Centre, Tolpits Lane, Watford, WD18 6NSLimited spaces, please book before Friday 21st April by contacting Karen Stephanou, Disability Football Development Manager – or 07841028229.

CHIPS Activity Clubs for 12-19 year olds – new dates for the summer term

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

Climbing Club, Essex Outdoors, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QS –
Sundays 12.30-2.30pm – 23rd April, 7th May, 14th May, 4th June, 9th July and 16th July 2017.
Age range has now been lowered to 10 years old.

Cookery Club, Pinewood School, Hoe Lane, Ware SG12 9PB – Thursdays 7.00-9.00pm – 20th April, 4th May, 18th May, 8th June, 29th June and 6th July (Cost includes all ingredients)

Computer Club, Selections Children’s Centre, Hertford SG14 2DG
Tuesdays 25th April, 2nd May, 23rd May, 6th June, 27th June and 4th July. The club is currently full but please call the office to put your name on our waiting list.
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 22nd April, 27th May, 24th June and 22nd July – 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. Contact 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.

Specialist Holiday Centre for people with Special Needs in the Algarve – Please visit their website for full details.


We are looking for a new Parent Trustee to represent the Ware scheme. 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 are looking for a small table top fridge for the office – just to keep some milk in during the summer. If you have a mini fridge/cooler that you no longer need please contact
Huge thanks to David Perrin and customers from the Little Green Barbers Shop, Hertford for raising £1,750 by taking up the On Point 7 Sins Challenge.
Thank you to Jay Benedetti and Jordan Roberts for raising £239.63 and £381.60 respectively from the On Point 7 Sins Challenge.
Many thanks to Justine Stansell-Seiller for allowing us to run the refreshments stall at her recent Spring Fair. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out on the day, and everyone who donated cakes and bakes for the event. Thank you also to Maria Petrie for lending us her tables and chairs and crockery. The weather was beautiful, the garden looked lovely. We raised a fantastic £767.55 on the day.

• Thank you to the McCarthy family (ex Ware scheme) for the donation of £40.00

• Thank you to Josh Clark and family (ex Hertford scheme) for the donation of £311.00 which was collected at Josh’s 21st birthday.

• Thank you to King Harold Lodge for the donation of £100.00.

• Thanks to Mr & Mrs Mepham (Bishops Stortford) for the donation of £200.

• Thanks to Mrs Oswin for the donation of £345.00 collected at her recent birthday party.


Our 5p total is now up to £2,331.17 – many thanks to everyone who has been collecting their 5ps – keep up the good work!!



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