Coming soon - this month and more

Our main programme is planned 3 months in advance. This page gives additional and updated information about EFOG activities taking place over the next few weeks, including those added since the Programme Planning evening. Contact details for members organising events are on member's paper programmes and will be sent via EFOG e-mails.

Events headed FYI (FOR YOUR INFORMATION) have been recommended by an EFOG member but no-one is formally co-ordinating an activity. If interested you will need to make your own arrangements and/or chat with others about doing something together.

An asterisk * marks an events which needs to be booked in advance. Those coming up in in future months are listed at the bottom of this page. Please book asap.

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Saturday March 18th        Early Evening Walk & Fish 'N Chip Supper
Another regular EFOG event not to be missed if you can help it. Meet at Copped Hall Gates at 6.00pm to go to the hall. The walk ( 2-5 miles depending on conditions) will start from there shortly after. Thanks to Peter and Duncan for another good night out.

Thursday March 23rd  Route Planning for The Rodings Rally  8pm - 10pm
Peter G. will help us explore the intricacies of planning the biggest event in EFOG's calendar - the 61st Rodings Rally. How is it done and why? Come and help us plan some good routes.

Saturday March 25th    Pond Clearance at Leonard Cheshire Home 
Join Peter and Duncan to help clear grass, weeds and maybe a few old tree stumps (smallish ones) to give residents a better view of the lake at Alder House in Chigwell. The charity has an excellent reputation in the UK, and in many other countries, for helping people with impairments, learning difficulties and long-term health needs to achieve a more fulfilling lifestyle. Let's show them what EFOG volunteers can do while we keep fit and have fun at the same time. Meet 10am at Alder House, Lambourne Rd, IG7 6HH. Nearest tube: Grange Hill. Advised to wear old clothes, boots, wellies etc. See group e-mail 19th March for more details.

Thursday March 30th      Life & Death in the Workhouse   8pm - 10pm
Tonight there will be a talk by Mark Carroll, the secretary of a local Family History Society. It should be of interest to all of us who are interested in social history. Well recommended by Kathy and Brian.



Sunday April 2nd             Walk with Peter
Peter G. will be helping us welcome April with a walk. The walk will be circular in the Danbury area (near Chelmsford), starting from Lingwood Common at 10am. It will be about 7 miles, depending on the weather, and people. It can be made longer or shorter as there are many paths in the area. In Danbury (especially for those into nice cakes) we could have a visit afterwards. Travel & parking details will be e-mailed to members nearer the date.

Thursday April 6th          Mystery Speaker   8pm - 10pm
Sue C. is being very mysterious about what is going on tonight. But you know Sue. Whatever it is, it will be a great night to get together with your EFOG friends. Come and join us.

Saturday  April 8th         Visit to Miss Wilmott's Garden
"Miss Ellen Wilmott booby-trapped her daffodils, employed 100 gardeners and brought alpine ravines and boating lakes to Great Warley." Why not join Lynne and other EFOG friends to see this 'lost' garden of Essex at Warley Place Nature Reserve near Brentwood? It will be a great day out, with the option of a meal afterwards as well. More details later.

Sunday April 9th             Bike Ride In Epping Forest
Cyclists, why not join Brian and others this morning for a bike ride in one of our favourite places? Spring will be well here by now. Can you feel your sap rising? More details later.

Thursday April 13th        Sensory Evening   8pm - 10pm
Now, what has Pam got in store for us tonight? Why not come and find out?  She did did say 'sensory', didn't she?

Sunday April 16th           Easter Sunday Egg Hunt at Copped Hall
FYI.  Nothing formal organised but this annual event at Copped Hall always raises smiles (as well as much-needed funds to help restore this magnificent place). Entry £5 per person. Egg Hunt 50p per child. Look out for the Easter Bunny and enjoy the spring flowers. Tea, coffeee, homemade cakes etc will be on sale and the Gift Shop open until 4pm. Gates open 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Car Park closes at 5pm. For more information if needed, ask Maz.

Thursday April 20th         Programme Planning   8pm - 10pm
Summer is a-comin' .......  what shall we all do then? Send your ideas to Lynne beforehand so we can get a good start tonight. Come along to find out what's on offer and help us plan the EFOG calendar from June to August. You can also suggest ideas on the night - for weekends, weekdays and Thursday nights. Don't forget, if you want to suggest events after August, especially those which need to booked well in advance, you can suggest these as well.

Future activities - which need to be booked in advance:

Sunday 30th April        Weekend or week on The Norfolk Broad   Trevor's annual cruise on the Norfolk Broads, mooring overnight at riverside villages/ pubs, enjoying life on water for a while, is now fully booked. Eight lucky EFOGers will be joining him and his gang.

Monday 8th May - Friday 12th May   Bodelwyddan Castle  Holiday.  The last break at this hotel set between Snowdonia and the Sea was so good, Ken wants to go again. Now fully booked as the rather good offer has finished.

Friday 16th June to Saturday 24th June   Annual Holiday in Ireland   Eileen's annual trip to Ireland is more popular than ever this year - and is now fully booked. Have a great time folks!

Saturday 23rd September - Sunday 1st October   Bollington Walking Festival in The Peak District.  Contact Marian NOW for more details about this great opportunity to meet with like-minded people in this beautiful part of England.