MBE for Home-Start Uttlesford founder


We are delighted to announce that our very own LINDA ROBINSON has been awarded MBE in the Queens New Years Honours List. Linda, who started Home-Start Uttlesford some 31 years ago, has Lindaworked tirelessly for children and families across our district and is so deserving of this recognition. MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS LINDA!

And now see Linda, (Christine is with her)and the MBE award presented to her by Prince William on 11th March.




Mucky Races at Spains Hall!

Register now – or put the date in your diary…. Saturday 16th April

If you are up for getting muddy on a run, this is the event for you!

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Juniors have their own course, adults can do 6 or 12 km.

The Mucky Races company are collecting for Home-Start Uttlesford on the day – buckets in the car park and a donation for each volunteer helping us that day. So, no excuse, join in or come and watch/help fundraise!

For lots more information click here.


Kevin Henry – a wonderful year of support!

KH cheque

Kevin Moll, Henry Rowe and the staff at Kevin Henry have raised funds for us during the year 2015. They have held cake sales, a quiz, a cyclathon, and a month of donations in August for every house they were instructed to sell. Altogether they have raised over £4,000 for Home-Start Uttlesford and we are so grateful for their generosity.

Kevin Henry Bake Off 3

In particular, Kevin Henry agents left some of our literature in every house sold. Apart from raising our profile in the local area, this has led to a volunteer contacting us and giving time to help families in Uttlesford.

Our thanks go to Kevin Henry for this productive and happy liaison between a local business and a local charity.


Spains Hall – A Thank You for Volunteers

The volunteers of the family charity, Home-Start Uttlesford were treated to an end of year celebration at Spains Hall in Finchingfield, the majestic home of their patron Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise.

Spains Hall pic

A wonderful morning was enjoyed with Sir Tim Ruggles-Brise giving an informative talk on the history of Spains Hall, a country estate dating back nearly 1000 years which has been home to the Ruggles-Brise family for 250 years. The Estate comprises of 2000 acres, the magnificent 15th century Spains Hall itself, the Stables complex, various farm buildings and holiday cottages, all of which have been sympathetically restored in recent times to provide first-class facilities for weddings and functions.

The team of hardworking Home-Start volunteers had the chance to relax and catch up with each other, whilst enjoying a tour of the house, a glass of warm mulled cider and a light lunch. A truly special day for some truly special people who are pictured below.

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If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, trustee or ambassador of Home-Start Uttlesford, please get in touch on 01799 520728 and why not take a look at Spains Hall if you’ve a wedding or corporate event to organise.   It really is the most idyllic country setting and you can find further information at their website, www.spainshall.co.uk.


Christmas Lunch 2015

A very big Thank You to our wonderful Christmas Lunch Team. The event was a huge success; a delightful venue (Manuden’s beautiful new Village Hall), delicious food, a great turn-out and a wonderful festive atmosphere. It was clear how much work had gone into the preparation and making sure that everything ran smoothly.

We raised £5,318.60 on the day a truly amazing total and this alone amounts to over 5% of the total income of Home-Start Uttlesford.

See the pictures below:

Xmas Lunch 1

Xmas Lunch 3

The Team:

Sarah, Christine Tessa, Monica, Clare, Alison, Nicky, Emma, Sally and Mary. Thanks also to Bruce and John, announcers extraordinaire and Rosemary who gave a heart-felt address.


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Easyfundraising Success!

We have reached a total of over £1,779 with 57 supporters. We are now the 6th Home-Start in the country on the Easyfundraising chart of Top Fundraisers. Thank you all of you who shop using this site – it has proved a great success. For those of you who have not already visited the site – see below.

If you go onto the web site:  http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/find-a-cause/    you then choose a charity of your choice. If you are choosing Home-Start Uttlesford be careful to ensure it is Uttlesford you have selected as most home-Starts are registered with easyfundraising.

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