Newsletter No 57


Parent/Carers Newsletter No. 57

The CHIPS Glitterball Gala Dinner on the 7th of October raised an absolutely stunning £5,500! Thank you so much to everyone who supported the event and to Karen, Hazel, Marie, Ginny, Sam and Sarah for all their extremely hard work organising the entire glamorous event. Thanks also, to everyone who made it happen on the day and transformed the Drill Hall in Ware and to Carol  Deacon for the fabulous cake below.





Congratulations to our Volunteer winners


Hoddesdon – Alice Gifford

Cheshunt – Anthony McGrath

Ware – Liv Ware

Hertford – Safiyat Jibril

Bishops Stortford – Marianne Palmer

Cookery club – Anya Daar


Well done to Safiyat Jibril who was our overall volunteer of the year and won the Jenni Pyer award.


GlaxoSmithKline were given the Business Support Award and Wodson Park Sports Centre the Community Support Award.


Congratulations to Ros Day, Hoddesdon parent for winning a £25 Argos voucher for completing her summer feedback form.

Last chance to nominate the Co-op for CHIPS!

There is still over £1000 that hasn’t been allocated to a particular charity.  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 – last few weeks remaining.


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:

Xmas fair 2017 flyer (FINAL)

Saturday 18th November – Made at Home 4th Christmas Fair – 10.30am to 5pm 

At Billingscroft, 2 Farquhar Street, Bengeo, Hertford SG14 3BP

Includes seasonal floristry, bespoke cushions, children’s gifts, Spanish shoes and scarves and much more. Mulled wine, tea, coffee and cakes to eat or take away will be provided by CHIPS.  If you can donate or spare some time to help serve the drinks and wash up, please let Gill know on 01992 534664 or email


Friday 24th November  – Hertford Christmas Gala – CHIPS Bottle Tombola.

We still need bottles of coke, lemonade, water, beer, lager, wine and anything else you can think of.  We will take bottles of other items such as bubble bath and maple syrup too!  Please look to see what you can spare and take it to the scheme or contact the office on 01992 534664


Festive Afternoon  – Friday 8th December between 12 noon and 5.30pm

With traditional afternoon tea, homemade bread and soup.  £10 per person, £5 per child

Christmas wreaths and gifts available to buy. Raffle and Guess the weight of the pudding.

149 Ware Road, Hertford SG13 7EG.  Book in advance with Gill – email 

Festive Afternoon final A4 poster


Jars of mincemeat for our Mince pies at the Christmas fair and packets of white marzipan for our Christmas cakes. Needed by Wednesday 1st November.  Please contact Gill if you can help on 01992 534664 or email


Thank you to Ware parents Mr & Mrs Cooper for the under desk filing cabinets for the office.  They are great and in use already


Parents Information

Share your views ! 6 November 2017 – event for parents/carers of children with special needs

If you have a child or young person using Hertfordshire’s service for special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), you are invited to our “You said, we did” parent conference.


6 November 2017, at Mill Green Golf Club, The Salisbury Suite, Gypsy Lane,

            Welwyn Garden City,  AL7 4TY         09:30am – 2.00pm

Coffee from 9.30 and light lunch provided at 12.50pm

Places are still available and must be booked in advance via the link below or by text 07840 360245

Your place will be confirmed by email or text within seven days.  Booking queries can be mailed to: or telephone/text  07840 360245.

See more information at


The Hang Out is open for Christmas for older children

Monday 18th Dec to Fri 22nd Dec

Weds 27th Dec to Fri 29th Dec

10am to 3pm.  Lunch, drinks and snacks provided

£65.00 per day.

A range of Christmas activities, arts and crafts, games, films and much more. Call or email the Hang Out to secure your booking.  or call 07468 564962

Also open 3pm to 9pm throughout the Christmas period.


We Do Care Halloween Party!

Thursday 26th October      £15 for 18+

Fairway Tavern, Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2ED

Great DJ, bar and buffet

Prizes for the best Halloween costumes

Booking essential  – Call Paula on 07542 186803 or Carolyn on 07763 120438



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


FA England Disability Talent Day


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.



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 –  5th November, 19th November.

Age range has now been lowered to 10 years old.


Cookery Club, Ware

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

Computer Club, Hertford

Tuesdays 7.00-9.00pm –  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 – 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 £2,725.69 – 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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