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Events this Month

Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot on 20th September 6am onwards #carboot, 20th September 2020, 6:00 to 12:30 at Stonham Car Boot, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal (20.1 miles)


198 Sellers last Sunday and we expect another great crowd this weekend plus more fine weather. Some Sundays we have events at Stonham running at the same time and the next one is the The American Car Show on 27th September which will be a massive crowd so make sure you sell at that one.

Once again you do not need to book to sell at Stonham Barns Sunday Car Boot you just turn up. You don't have to arrive at 6am as many don't turn up until 8.30am that's just the time we open. I really would prefer it if everyone turned up from 7am onwards as the Car Boot doesn’t liven up until after 9. We do have covered stalls that can be booked but there are only 20 of those and they go quickly. Text to pre-book those.

Again, a big thanks to the majority who are following the distancing and one-way routes and abiding by our strict no harassment policy which is why Stonham Barns Car Boot is always such a friendly place to sell and buy at. Back again this Sunday 20th September & every Sunday until further notice. Each week I’m enlarging the sales areas as we are using three different fields at the moment so I apologise for the extra walk for buyers but, the Car Boot is literally right next to where you park once everyone is in. You can park near the Owl Sanctuary or in the Coach Park (disabled) if you mention this to one of the attendants. One last thing for buyers to note. If I have marked an area for sellers it doesn’t mean you ignore it and park in the seller’s areas…
There are only a few Sunday Car Boots on at the moment so, make sure you are organised and bring everything that you need to feel comfortable at the Car Boot. We do have food and drinks (hot and cold) and the toilets are open with a strict one in one out system. These are cleaned constantly throughout the opening times. You can literally just turn up on the day and sell. If you can’t get to the food van/toilet I am coming round to take pitch fees so ask me or ask your neighbour to look after your pitch. With the size of the car boot growing it does mean a longer walk to the toilet though.

Thanks to everyone last week who followed all that I asked. For your safety I suggest that sellers bring gloves, sanitiser & possibly masks if they choose to. These are for your own peace of mind and obviously because you are handling cash. You still need to decide whether you allow buyers to pick up items or not and please clean items if you allow them to. These are suggestions only – you need to decide how you can sell and feel comfortable and safe.

Each week, I’m amending a few things so it’s easier to get in.

Sellers will be allowed to enter the field from 6am onwards. NO ONE WILL BE LET IN UNTIL 6 SO DON’T ARRIVE BEFORE THEN AS YOU CAUSE TRAFFIC JAMS. Buyers will not be allowed in until gone 6.30am but – please allow me to get everyone into position so you don’t hinder this, thanks and please don’t stand behind cars whilst they unload. No one is going to jump in and buy before you as it just isn’t that kind of car boot.

There will be a one-way viewing system which needs to be followed. I will place Way in and No Entry signs down each aisle. BUYERS – PLEASE FOLLOW THESE as they are very important for everyone’s enjoyment & safety.

We will have sanitising solution available to purchase if necessary but, ideally all will bring some. Go to the food van if you need any sanitiser.

Again, I ask the buyers to be patient and to make sure they are aware of the opening times and to follow the one-way system. If you see anyone going the wrong way – please politely point this out to anyone oblivious to the numerous signs.

I will be out attempting to guide everyone into position and again I ask for patience as I will decide where everyone goes as the positioning of everyone will be vital and everyone needs to be positioned as I suggest.

The last few weeks were a great success and I can only thank everyone that acted intelligently and sensibly.

At the end of the day though, we are an extremely friendly car boot with a lot of regular sellers. You’ll find that you can speak to and ask anyone selling at the car boot and they’ll point you in the direction of myself or the various people working at the car boot. I will be wearing a high viz jacket this Sunday so the person covered with small beetles will be me. Please feel free to ask anything. Otherwise ask at the food van.

Stonham Car Boot has always had a great atmosphere where the public (sellers and buyers) have made the whole occasion really enjoyable. We don't have or allow anyone to harass sellers and it has never been an issue. Which is why everything works so well. But, because of restrictions we will have to follow set guidelines for sellers and buyers and everyone needs to read these and follow carefully.

We will have Covered stalls in position but, these will need to be pre-booked in advance – Text 07817539168 with your number plate and vehicle size to reserve one and specify which Sunday you would like to attend. If you cannot make a date please text beforehand to let me know. Any Sunday can be reserved in advance. These are covered stalls (outside) with an overhead canopy and table to place items on. These are £10 for any vehicle size. If the forecast is heavy winds the overhead canopies may not be placed on the stalls for fear of the stall being blown into your car’s bodywork.

Anyone wishing to attend on the day will be charged £5 cars, £7.50 small vans, £10 Large Vans, car with trailer £7.50, Covered stalls £10. Buying is free.

Food & drinks will be available as usual at the Car Boot. There will be only 2/3 people in the food van and they will also have gloves & masks. All Food and drinks will follow Covid 19 government guidelines.

We are outdoors only but offer covered stalls. We try to open every week irrespective of the weather as we still get buyers and sellers.

07817539168 for information on the Car Boot or

Local Clubs

Belly Dancing classes meet at Brantham Sports and Social club (upstairs), New Village, Brantham, Manningtree (7.3 miles)
Every wednesday 7pm til 8pm £5 learn to belly Dance, while having fun and keeping fit. Excellent music, and the chance to perform at local charity events. from begineer to professional.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Mandie on 01206 299733

Bounceability meet at 157 Colchester Road, Colchester Road, West Bergholt (2.1 miles)
Bounceability is something we are born with. Think about a child learning to walk. No matter how many times they might stumble and fall, they get right back up again and try again until they get it right. The trouble is that as we grow up our view of the world is shaped and fashioned by our experiences, and sometimes we become fearful of trying again. We get stuck into negative patterns of behaviour and ways of thinking and sometimes just don't know how to change. Have you got stuck or just forgotten how to be happy? Have you given up trying? Maybe you could use some Bounceability.
So whether you feel as if you are in a rut but can't figure out how to get out of it; if you have made bad choices and are struggling with the consequences of your decisions; if you have a bad habit that you want to eliminate; if you want to lose weight or stop smoking; if your nerves are getting the better of you or if something outside your control has had an impact on your life, or whatever is stopping you from living the life of your dreams, you need some Bounceability.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 240510, email the club or visit thier website

Buffalo Springs CMC meet at Tolleshunt Knights Village Hall, Top Road, Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon (7.2 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01245 491252 or 01245 281488

Colchester & District Model Railway Club meet at Club Room at Armoury Farm, Upton Close, West Bergholt (2.4 miles)
The Club meets every Thursday evening at 8PM at the Club House in West Bergholt. New members are welcomed., please contact us for any further information.
The Club's website includes data on the layouts that are available for exhibition through the club. The site gives information on the Annual 2 day Exhibition held in October and the Club Open Day.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club for the Disabled meet at Colchester Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue (0.5 miles)
Colchester Phoenix ASC was set up in 1993 to provide disabled people with the same opportunities for swimming as are available to able-bodied participants. It is based at Colchester Leisure World
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Colchester School Of Gym meet at Brinkley Grove Road, Brinkley Grove Road, Mile End (1.7 miles)
Colchester School of Gymnastics (CSG) provides gymnastics coaching to children and young people throughout the Colchester area. The School aims to offer access to gymnastics to all and works to increase participation by those with disabilities. CSG is committed to developing the skills and confidence of each individual. The aim is to have fun while reaching the highest standards of performance.
The club currently has over 600 young gymnasts participating in many different levels of gymnastics which we are able to offer. These are structured according to ability and allow the children to develop at their own rate.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 844188ENQ, email the club or visit thier website

Crab & Winkle CWC meet at Brightlingsea Community Centre, Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea (6.5 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Mervyn/Julia Lumley on 01206 734699

Daves Gymnastic Academy meet at Unit 8 Commerce Way, Commerce Way (1.4 miles)
The coaching is led by Dave Schadek, High Performance Coach, ably assisted by a large team of coaches.
All our coaches hold British Gymnastics Coaching qualifications, enhanced CRBs, and have attended 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' courses. Every session has appropriately qualified first aiders amongst the coaches.
We have weekday and Saturday morning Recreational classes for those children doing 1 hour a week, learning there basic gymnastics and working towards lots of different badge schemes. Our Parent and Toddler classes are open class they are run on a Monday and Friday morning.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 797288, email the club or visit thier website

East Bergholt United Services Club (EBUSC) meet at Victory Hall, White Horse Road, East Bergholt (6.8 miles)
East Bergholt United Services Club is a Sociable Snooker Club situated in Victory Hall, White Horse Road, East Bergholt.
Club nights are from 7pm until 11pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and has a licensed bar
New members (over 18 years) Welcome
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Ron Barfoot on 01206 298040

Essex & Suffolk Border Motorcycle Club
The club is long established and affiliated to the sports governing body the Auto Cycle Union.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club or visit thier website

Essex Acorn User Group meet at Great Baddow Village Hall (18 miles)
Each meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club

Essex Otters
Essex Otters represents and supports the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) in the Essex region
Our aims are to provide information on otters in Essex, as well as advice on what you can do to help them.
If you'd like more information, you can email Verity

Level Crossing meet at Ardleigh Village Hall, Station Road, Ardleigh (3.8 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 231579

Little Willy's CMC meet at Stanway Rovers F.C., New Farm Road, Stanway (1.9 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Avril on 01206 330817

Manningtree ACF meet at The Drill Hall, Mill Lane, Manningtree (6.9 miles)
We are a youth group for 12 - 18 for girls and boys. We are at The Drill Hall, Mill Lane, Manningtree. Open on Tuesday night at 19:30 to 21:30
If you'd like more information, you can telephone on 01206 573066

Meditation Classes meet at The Venture Centre, Wignall Street, Lawford, Manningtree (6 miles)
New Meditation Classes being run, Start to connect mind, body and soul together and learn to relax and switch off the constant chatter and images that are ever present in everyday life by learning meditation and visualisation techniques. Meditation has been known to help on every level of your being.
If you'd like more information, you can email the club

Scanilon's Saloon meet at Greenstead Social Club, Blackthorn Avenue (1.3 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Mike on 01206 791929

Tiptree United CMC meet at Tiptree Social Club, Chapel Road, Tiptree (7.2 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone Graham on 01245 491252

Tumbleweed meet at St John's & Highwoods Community Centre, Highwoods Square, Highwoods (1.5 miles)
Come along and enjoy the best Country music bands and music.
If you'd like more information, you can telephone David Crane on 01376 553545 or Paul Harrigan on 07752305548 or email David Crane

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