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Sunday, May 12, 2024

NON STOP WRITING TODAY - THIS TIME FOR OUR UPCOMING SWWJ JOURNAL

So much information to be packed into next SWWJ Journal. Here's our current version, packed with members' news, views and information on publications. A wonderful read. 



OUR FUN WALK BONUS POT GETS WONDERFUL BOOST FROM BROWN & CAROLL LIMITED

 

Written by  in Local news

Steve Brown, director of Brown & Carroll with Fun Walk trustees. L-R: Sandra Bastow, Sylvia Kent, John Baron MP, Steve Brown and Christine Brewster.

At a visit to long-term Fun Walk Trust sponsor Brown and Carroll’s office in Basildon last week, the Fun Walk Trustees John Baron MP, Sylvia Kent, Christine Brewster and Sandra Bastow were able to share the great news that pledges from local businesses to the 2024 Bonus pot have now exceeded £30,000 and to thank Brown & Carroll for their donation this year and in preceding years.

John Baron said:

“On behalf of the trustees and team, I would like to convey a personal thank you to Brown and Carroll, and to all the other sponsors that have pledged a donation to the 2024 Fun Walk Bonus Pot. They include Greater Anglia, Butyl Products Group, Tunnelcraft, IFE Global Logistics, Swan Housing Group, RIS Group,  Mr Barrie Stone and others. The Bonus pot now exceeds £30,000 and this will be distributed on a pro rata basis to all this year’s participating organisations.”

“We continue to encourage good causes to register for the September Fun Walk, please come and join us to raise money for your community projects. For more information, please visit the Fun Walk website: www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk.

In welcoming the Fun Walk Trustees, Steve Brown, co-founder and Director at Brown and Carroll, said:

“We have been supporting the Fun Walk since 2018 as this is a great way of providing important funding to many local good causes. It also aligns really well with our Social Impact objectives. We wish all participants well and look forward to hearing of the total monies raised.”

This year the sponsored walks can happen anytime during September and at any location chosen by the registered charity or local community group. With the generous support of local businesses, the Trust tops up the sponsorship money raised by each group on a pro-rata basis, which last year equated to a 40% bonus over and above the amount each organisation raised themselves.

About the Fun Walk:

John Baron MP and his team started the Fun Walk in 2002 to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and raised £6,000 for six charities and projects. The event became an annual one and continues to grow.

To assist with its growth, in 2013 the Fun Walk became a registered Charity and it is now officially known as The Fun Walk Trust (Registered Charity number: 1151626). In 2019 Basildon Billericay and Wickford CVS was appointed to administer the event on behalf of the Trustees.

John continues his role with the charity as Chair of the Trustees and by soliciting support and sponsorship from local businesses. The BONUS POT is a unique feature of the event, into which local businesses and individuals kindly donate and which is then distributed to participating organisations on a pro rata basis in addition to the monies they themselves raise in sponsorship.

The 2023 event raised over £85,000 for local charities and community groups, and brought the total money raised since the Fun Walk’s inception to £1,535,000.

The Fun Walk Trust organises the walk and takes care of the paperwork, leaving the projects free to focus on raising sponsorship money and enjoying the event. The event is not confined to charities: any good cause or project may join us once approved by the Trust. For example, many pre-schools and schools, churches and community groups now regularly participate.

In 2020, given the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the recognition that our local charities and good causes needed our help more than ever, the decision was made to switch to a virtual format, allowing supporters to walk the distance anytime during the selected month. This proved to be very successful and will be continued for the foreseeable future.

Friday, May 10, 2024

OUR FUN WALK ACTIVITIES ARE HAVING SOME WONDERFUL RESULTS


 

Our team paid a visit to the superb Brown & Carroll Limited's  team in Basildon a short while ago and how fascinating to meet their team who are supporting our Fun Walk Trust. A wonderful welcome!

Take a peek at our website and join us in September for the fun and wonderful chances to help our charities. Much more to come.    www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

JUST IMAGINE WHAT FLEET STREET FELT LIKE IN 1894? BARONESS FLOELLA BENJAMIN REFERRED TO OUR SWWJ HISTORY IN HER SPEECH IN WESTMINSTER


The sun shone, the conversation was vibrant and non-stop and the guests enjoyed a fabulous lunch for the celebration of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists 130th anniversary in the House of Lords last week. 

How lovely to meet so many friends, colleagues and new SWWJ members linked to this international organisation held in such a famous venue as Westminster's Cholmondeley Room.  Then on to the Terrace, overlooking the Thames.  Perhaps I should have baked an enormous cake for the occasion, but the lunch was delightful enough and to dig out 130 candles was a just a little daunting. 

In SWWJ We have a great membership of published writers, journalists, poets and associated professionals; also brand new, aspiring writers who are eager to step on to their particular ladder, hopefully to successful publication. 

Take a peek at our website www.swwj.co.uk and learn a little more about our amazing organisation that has stood the test of time.   

 

Sunday, April 28, 2024

STILL CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES TAKING PLACE THIS YEAR - PERHAPS TOP OF THE LIST IS OUR SOCIETY OF WOMEN WRITERS AND JOURNALISTS' 130TH BIRTHDAY

 Some of my books have been on sale in many UK bookstores and via Amazon  for several years now, so how nice to be asked to do a little book signing now and again. Good to see that some of my books are sold in Waterstones, WH Smith and other stores, very useful for royalties - each one signed by the author. Here are a couple of illustrations from the book which is being used to celebrate the 130th birthday of our Society of Women Writers and Journalists. 




Saturday, April 13, 2024

2024 IS CERTAINLY TURNING OUT TO BE A YEAR OF SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS - READ ON?

 Already, some of our Essex Reading and Writing groups have celebrated special anniversaries this year and yet to come we have our special anniversary month in June celebrating Essex Book Festival's 25th birthday.  More details to come, but lots of opportunities to meet some of the best novelists, poets, photographers, artists, actors, storytellers and entertainers, but why not pop over to our website www.essexbookfestival and choose for yourself.  Something of interest for everyone.  I suggest you book early!    

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

25TH EDITION OF OUR ESSEX BOOK FESTIVAL IS NOW LIVE AND PROGRAMMES ARE READY FOR YOUR DELECTATION

 

Essex Book Festival 2024 launches

We are delighted to be launching the programme for this year’s 25th Edition of Essex Book Festival. With over 250 amazing writers and artists in the mix, we urge everyone to log onto our website and find out what’s happening when the programme goes ‘live’ this Thursday!!
essexbookfestival.org.uk
The theme for this year is This Land. A nod to our wonderful county, its fascinating history and natural heritage, and most importantly, the people who inhabit it.
One event not to be missed is Festival Patron and University of Essex Chancellor Sarah Perry. Sarah will be talking to Festival Chair Peter Donaldson at University of Essex about her new book Enlightenment on 1st June. This event follows on from a day of activities on Campus to launch the festival.
Other activities on the day include our community Radical Essex Procession in partnership with internationally acclaimed arts organisation Kinetika. Following on from our Radical Walks in Essex and last year’s Radical Pilgrimage led by artist Lora Aziz, the Radical Procession will commence at St Leonard-at-the-Hythe Church, one of the iconic sites of the Siege of Colchester in 1648, and will conclude at University of Essex, which was founded in 1964 as a radical university, with its first vice-chancellor, Albert Sloman, committed to providing an environment that encouraged radical thought and taking students who would challenge prevailing orthodoxies. 
To make it all the more special we are teaming up with internationally acclaimed arts organisation Kinetika, who will be bringing their 500 Beach of Dreams hand-painted natural dyed pennants to literally raise the flag on our 25th Edition. Anyone wanting to join in the fun and be one of our flagbearers for the day, please sign up here.

Other Festival Delights

With John Crace, Helen Lederer and Lionel Shriver all taking part in author events at Anglia Ruskin University; Mark Cocker and Joanna Glen in the line-up for our Restless Brilliance Day at Hylands House on 16th June (Father’s Day), we have an exciting range of events taking place in Chelmsford this June. Make sure you get in quick.

Monday, April 08, 2024

A HAPPY DAY AT WATERSTONES IN BRENTWOOD MEETING CHILDREN'S AUTHOR HOLLIE HUGHES (AND SIGNING A FEW OF MY OWN BOOKS)