Newsletter No. 49


CHIPS has been selected by the Co-op to be one of their charities to receive 1% of Co-op branded purchases for the next 6 months.  If you are a Co-op member you can support CHIPS immediately at and select CHIPS as your cause.  To become a member visit the website  and sign up.  As a member you will get 5% off Co-op branded purchases – so sign up and support CHIPS today!


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

Forthcoming Events:

Jackson Square Car Park, Bishops Stortford – Car Wash Collection

Volunteers needed to help at a charity car wash, proceeds to CHIPS.  Could you spare a couple of hours on Tuesday 16th May to help promote the car wash and CHIPS?  No car washing involved!  Please contact Karen on 01992 534664 or email


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!  Stalls to include Preloved items, homemade cake, plant sale and more.



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.


Sunday 30th September – 10am at Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware.

Largest Nordic Walking lesson ever – help our trustee Hazel Smith to break ththe Guinness world record.  Register to book your place with




Parents Information

Blue Whale Challenge

We have been notified by Hertfordshire Constabulary of something on Social Media called The Blue Whale Challenge.  It is also known as A silent house, A sea of whales and Wake me up @ …am.  The challenge specifically targets vulnerable people and encourages them to engage in a series of increasingly dangerous behaviours, such as self-harm, scratching images of a blue whale or the figures F57 onto themselves.  Young people are also encouraged to wake up in the night or attempt to get to the top of high buildings.  Numbers to contact if you are worried about a young person are ChildLine (0800 1111), NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe Online Helpline (0808 800 5002).

 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.  Limited spaces, please book before Friday 21st April by contacting Karen Stephanou, Disability Football Development Manager – or 07841028229.

Women and Girls Disability Day – Saturday 20th May – 1.00pm-2.30pm – Kings Langley FC.  Session is for girls from 8 years + to adult who want to try out football and learn a range of skills.  Please contact to book or call 07841028229.

Zambo Dance Nights – monthly dance nights for people with additional needs, £5.00 entry and support staff free.  7.30-9.30pm – contact for further information.

Hertford Theatre – Relaxed Screening

Sunday 28th May – 10.30am – The Boss Baby (U)


Please contact Hertford Theatre to book tickets or for more information – 01992 531500


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 –  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 7.00-9.00pm18th May, 8th June, 29th June and 6th July  (Cost includes all ingredients)

 Computer Club, Selections Children’s Centre, Hertford SG14 2DG

Tuesdays 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 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.


The Pavement Chalk Art competition recently held at the Street Art Festival was a huge success, £91.43 was raised on the day.  Many thanks to Matt Cooper, Jackie Cole,Rhiannon Lowe and her daughter Isobel, Graham Nickson and his daughter Danique for running this event, and to those who visited and supported us on the day.


London Marathon – 23rd April

 A huge thank you to both of our Marathon runners, Mark Giles (Hoddesdon Parent Trustee) for  raising so far just over £1,000,  and Ben Winch (CHIPS friend) for raising so far £1,825.








Ben Winch & Son                                      Mark Giles


CHIPS Spring Quiz

 The CHIPS Spring Quiz was a resounding success, with “The Sensations” team (pictured) the winners.  Many thanks to Andy, Ann, Jake & Danny Orpin for once again compiling and running the quiz.  Thanks also to Helen, Gill & Karen for marking, and to Hazel for standing up and saying a few words about CHIPS.  The amount raised was £820.


Simon Balle – Non-Uniform Day

 Many thanks to Simon Balle School for holding a non uniform day in aid of CHIPS and for raising £1482.64 


Thank you to Waitrose, Hertford for choosing CHIPS as one of the charities to receive a percentage of the Community Matters Green Token Award.  A cheque was received for £431.00.



Many thanks to Carol Deacon for raising £32.00 at a recent Cake and bakes exhibition.

Many thanks to John Dodsworth  (friend of Bishops Stortford parent) for donating £500  to CHIPS after completing the London marathon.

Our 5p total is now up to £2,375.03 – many thanks to everyone who has been collecting their 5ps – keep up the good work!!

The Giving Machine (online commission to charities from over 1500 retailers), please share with friends and family to support CHIPS!  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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