Newsletter no 56


Parent/Carers Newsletter No. 56

Voting ends on 31st October-  Make sure to ask for your blue token and vote for CHIPS

CHIPS has been selected as one of three charities to receive a donation from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme and voting will take place at the Hertford Tesco Store. To vote just make a purchase within the store of any value, and you will receive one blue token per transaction, and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag. Please spread the word to family and friends.


Reminder – CHIPS AGM  this Friday 13th October from 7.30pm at Wodson Park Sports Centre, Ware. SG12 0UQ

To reserve your place, call the office on 01992 534664 or email

The related documents are now available on the website.

Thank You

We would like to say a huge thank you to Hazel Smith for raising an impressive £2650+ for CHIPS. Hazel organised a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest Nordic Walking lesson, last Saturday 30th September.  The weather was fantastic and there was such a great atmosphere at Wodson Park.   224 people came along and completed the lesson which unfortunately wasn’t enough for a Guinness World Record.  Thank you to everyone that came and supported the event and helped on the day. If you couldn’t make it and want to donate, her page is open for a few more days.





Hazel (parent Trustee) tirelessly organises events for CHIPS and is a fundraising record holder in our eyes!


A massive thank you



To Amy Nelson, parent from our Ware Scheme, for holding an extremely successful ‘Party with a purpose’. Despite a last minute change of venue the event raised a massive £4,500.

Thanks also to QRS who raised £385.28 by holding a tombola and other fundraising activities.

Thanks to Megan Matunge from NCS who raised £137.33 at Harlow’s Got Talent. 


Staff Vacancies

Playleader for the Cheshunt Playscheme

If you know of anyone who would like to apply for the position of Leader, please direct them to our website which has further details.


Forthcoming Events:


Saturday 18th November – Quality Homemade Christmas Crafts – Hertford area 

more details coming soon

Friday 24th November  – Hertford Christmas Gala – CHIPS bottle tombola.

We are looking for any bottle donations and also for volunteers to help on the stall for a few hours between 3.30pm and 8.30pm.


2 small under desk filing cabinets needed for the CHIPS office in Hertford 

If you are able to help please contact or call the office on 01992 534664.



Parents Information

SEN Halloween Disco, Friday 27 October, 7-9pm at Havers Community Centre, 1 Knights Row, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3GR



Open to everyone, whether Grove Cottage members or not!


Tickets £5 – carers free

Awards for the Best Dressed, Snacks and refreshments available to purchase

To buy your ticket please email:




FLYERZ Hockey is for anyone with any disability, of any level or experience aged 6+

Training – Saturdays 8.45am at Simon Balle School, Hertford SG13 8AJ

Session are run by qualified DBS checked coaches and volunteers.


You can come every week or just once in a while. Whatever suits you.   Contact



Throughout the October Half Term Paradise Park will be in the Halloween spirit, with Animal Spooktacular Shows, the Wolves Woodland Walk, FREE Pumpkin carving sessions, on stage performances, a special Halloween hunt and FREE Wolf Masks for children.

15% OFF! 

Using the code HOWL15 – book before 15th October


FA England Disability Talent Day

Saturday 11th November from 10am to 1pm at the University of Hertfordshire.

For individuals that have Cerebral Palsy, Deaf (male and female) and Partially Sighted.

To book contact Ben Simms, Disability Community Coach on 07717 896185 or email


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.


CHIPS Activity Clubs for 12-19 year olds  – Autumn term



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



Climbing Club, Harlow

Sundays 12.30-2.30pm –  15nd October, 5th November, 19th November.

Age range has now been lowered to 10 years old.


Cookery Club, Ware

Thursdays 7.00-9.00pm –19th October, 2nd, 16th and 30th November (Cost includes all ingredients)


Computer Club, Hertford

Tuesdays 7.00-9.00pm –  17th October, 7th November, 21st November and 5th December. 

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.

If your Teenager would like to volunteer at the clubs please contact the office for details.


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

Saturdays 10.00-11.30am – 21st October, 25th November, 16th December.   The club is specifically for children aged 14+ but if your child is younger contact Gill at the office on 01992 534664  to discuss or email to book a space.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer and places must be booked in advance.


Regular fundraising


Our 5p total is

now up to £2,601.64 – many thanks to everyone who has been collecting their 5ps – keep up the good work!!






If you an early bird with Christmas or are getting a few bargains in the sales?  CHIPS gets 50p and a percentage of your purchases if you use the link below – please sign up now.


CHIPS On eBay!

You can now support CHIPS by selling your unwanted items on eBay! You can donate anything from 10-100% of the sale price. or the you can search for us here: It’s a great way to declutter and sell unwanted items, and support CHIPS too!


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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