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Events this Month

Kemp's Jig - An Elizabethan Roadshow by Chris Harris , 30th July 2021, 19:45 to 22:00 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)

In 1599 (or 1600 depending on which calendar one uses), Will Kemp, superstar of the European stage and chief clown of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men fell out with the playwright and fellow company shareholder William Shakespeare, resigned his shares and as any high-profile personality might do, staged an event.

He danced from London to Norwich and wrote about his journey in his book The Nine Daies Wonder.

Presented by Blue Fire Theatre

Tickets - £ 12 plus £ 1 booking fee

Dave Ellis and Boo Howard , 31st July 2021, 19:30 to 22:00 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)

Acoustic music evening with the brilliant Dave and Boo, who have played the Headgate previously as part of Acousticity

“The detail in the arrangements, and the sheer quality of the vocals and musicianship are of a knock-your-socks off calibre. This is a master craftsman and craftswoman at work.” RnR

On this occasion they will be supported by Suffolk singer songwriters David Booth and Kelly Bayfield

Tickets: £ 15 + £ 1 booking fee

Jazzed Up Jukebox with Five Star Swing , 12th August 2021, 19:30 to 22:00 at Headgate Theatre Colchester, Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)
Five Star Swing return to the Headgate for another fantastic evening of music and fun.
Chris and Simone display their multi instrument skills with support of bass and drums.
Toe tapping is guaranteed.

Tickets £ 15 plus £ 1 booking fee

Colne Radio presents a silver evening with Martin Newell, 14th August 2021, 20:00 to 22:00 at Headgate Theatre Colchester , Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)

An evening of poetry and songs from Colchester own ace wordsmith and lyricist.

This is a fundraiser for Colne Radio 106.6Fm and all profits from the show will go to the volunteer run, community radio station.

A rock singer since his teens, Martin Newell spent much of his early twenties learning his trade in pubs, clubs and dancehalls.

A founder member of the now well-known Lo-fi band, Cleaners from Venus. During the 1980's Newell also co-wrote songs with the pop star, Captain Sensible.

A highly-entertaining live act, Martin Newell performs only rarely, refusing nowadays to tour at all.

Martin returns to the Headgate Theatre in a very rare solo appearance to raise funds for Colne Radio, with whom he has long been associated with and presents a regular show.

Tickets £ 10 plus £ 1 booking fee

Robin Hood - A fun packed family show, 18th August 2021, 16:00 to 18:00 at Headgate Theatre Colchester , Chapel Street North, Colchester (19.8 miles)
Presented by Dot productions
suitable for Age 4 upwards

DOT Productions brings you this fun fast paced adaption of 'Robin Hood'.Come and meet Robin and his Gang battle against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and steal from the rich to give to the poor. With Maid Marion’s help Robin might be able to finally stop Prince John and the Sheriff from ruining everything they hold dear in Nottingham.Full of memorable characters, silliness and charm this production is an hour of pure escapism which will leave all the family with a smile on their face!

Tickets £ 8 plus £ 1 booking fee

Local Clubs

Chelmsford Chess Club meet at North Springfield Community Association, Forsythia Close, Chelmsford (8.6 miles)
Chelmsford Chess Club is an established and sucessful chess club with over 30 full-time members, whose standards range from beginner through to county level. Affiliated to the British Chess Federation, the club competes in the North Essex Chess League (NECL) where, this year, it's highly successful 'A' team were crowned League Champions for the 3rd successive season. In all, the club fields 4 teams in the league, providing all members with the opportunity to experience competitive chess. It also hosts an annual Club Championship as well as a time-handicapped 'Summer Tournament'.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Chelmsford Gym Club meet at Chelmsford, Rodney Way, Chelmsford (9.7 miles)
The club started about 30 years ago and has always been based at Dovedale Sports Centre, Vicarage Road, Chelmsford. Julie Belemore, the current Head Coach, took over the club in 1992. When Julie took over the club had 20 girls, training on two badminton courts on a Saturday. We now have over 300 gymnasts training throughout the week at our purpose built centre which opened in April 2012.
We currently have 3 Essex champions: 2 silver medalists and a regional finalist and the British 2011 Veterans Champion
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01245 290990, email the club or visit thier website

Chelmsford Ice Dance Club meet at Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, Chelmsford (9.2 miles)
Riverside Ice Dance Club is based at the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford and meet on Tuesday evenings 6.45 - 8 p.m. New members and visiting skaters are welcomed.
If you'd like more information, you can visit thier website

Chelmsford Riverside Ice Skating Club meet at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, Chelmsford (9.1 miles)
Affiliated to NISA (National Ice Skating Association of UK) based at the Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre in Chelmsford. Our skaters meet at "Club Nights" each Friday where they get an hour of on-ice activity with 2 Professionals organising games, discos, stroking etc.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Dunmow air cadets meet at Drill Hall, High Street (0.2 miles)
We are recruiting now!
if youy are free on monday and thursday nights and aged between 13 and 18 then come to the drill hall on the high street
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Futuristics Baton Twirlers meet at Broomfield Methodist Church (Hall), Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford (7.9 miles)
Open to girls and boys aged from 2 1/2 years to have FUN and make new friends and learn how to twirl a baton, use pom poms, have the chance to take part in competitions, carnivals and displays.
We meet Thursdays with different sessions based on age: Tiny Tots 'A' group - 2 1/2 years - 3 1/2 years - 4-4.30pm
Tiny Tots 'B' group - 3 1/2 years - 5 years - 4.30-5pm
Juvenile Beginners - 6-9 years - 5-6pm
Junior Beginners - 10-12 years - 5-7pm
Seniors - 13+ years - 5-7pm
Come along and have a try for FREE (Subject to availability).
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01245 444059 or visit thier website

Grove Tennis Club meet at Grove Lawn Tennis Club, Moulsham Drive, Chelmsford (9.8 miles)
Grove Tennis Club welcome upcoming tennis stars of all ages
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Ohio CMC meet at Newport Village Hall, Elephant Green, Newport, Saffron Walden (8.7 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone John on 01799 501662

Recoil Trampoline Club meet at Parsonage Downs, Parsonage Downs (0.7 miles)
Our club offers coaching to all who wish to enjoy the sport, including children and adults of all ages, abilities and needs. We have dedicated and integrated sessions for those members with special needs, members who bounce at a recreational level for fun and exercise, and for those who train at an advanced level to compete at regional, national and international competitions.
As a growing club, we have a good number of National grade competitors and in 2012 had a record number successfully qualify for the National Finals in Birmingham in July. We are a dedicated club with dedicated coaches giving their time for the benefit of a dynamic and challenging sport to enable every one of our members to participate to the best of their ability.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01277 500282, email the club or visit thier website

The Stortford Scribblers meet at Apton Rd Day Centre, Apton Road, Bishop's Stortford (7.6 miles)
Brand new Writers Group. We meet every other Thursday for constructive encouragement for writers. All abilities and all genres welcome
If you'd like more information, you can email Lesley Mace

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