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News & Sport for week commencing Saturday, July 13

     The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is set to receive a £15,000 windfall thanks to the success of its annual vintage fair at Cressing Temple Barns. Crowds revelled in the sunshine while being entertained by live music and jive dancing, games, ice creams and pie throwing.
The fair looks set to have raised over £15,000 with more funds still coming in. The money will go towards supporting those affected by cancer in Essex, London and Hertfordshire.

     Rail passengers have been given access to free water at a number of stations in an effort to reduce sales of single-use plastic bottles. Water fountains have been installed at stations in Witham, Shenfield, Wickford, Ipswich, Cambridge, Colchester and Billericay following the installing of a water fountain at Chelmsford station last year.
So far, travellers have refilled more than 100,000 water bottles using the refill points across the network.

     Libraries across Essex have now been saved from closure after Essex Council revoked planed to close 25 across the county. The Council had categorised each library under one of four tiers with Tier 4 libraries facing closure, but the decision was reversed at a meeting of the full council, and it would now invest 3 million pounds in its libraries over the next five years.

     The Friends of Bocking Windmill are hoping to raise £12,000 after it was discovered that one of the sails on the near 300 year-old structure needs to be taken down and repaired over the next three years or so. The mill is maintained by volunteers although owned by Braintree Council. They are urging residents to make a donation to the cause so the mill can be repaired.
The mill was in working order until 1929, but gradually fell into disrepair until around 1962 when it was restored partly by public funds and partly by the council.

     Peldon won Essex Village of the Year at the Rural Community Council of Essex annual meeting at the Chelmsford City Racecourse and representatives were presented with a cheque for £500 and the winnerís shield. Alresford and Great Bardfield came joint second and received £200 each, with Great Tey in fourth, receiving £100. Shortlisted villages were visited by judges and assessed on categories including community facilities and activities, businesses and services, environment and sustainability, community information and new initiatives. Peldon, population 459, impressed the judges with its community activities and initiatives.

And now for the sport


In Div 1
Witham skittled out, home side, Mistley for less than 100 and then bludgeoned the bowling attack into submission to go top of the division one table.
In a completely dominant display by Witham built on a bowling performance that saw the Swans all out for just 93, the top-order batsmen then unleashed a torrent of runs and blasted their way over the line in just 46 balls.
The win extended Witham's winning run to six games and took them to the top of the division one standings ahead of their home game against Maldon.
In Div 2
Braintree made 174 all out, and in reply Dunmow could only make 130 before losing their final wicket in the 33rd over.

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