Cheese & Wine
Friday 12th November 2021
7 - 9 pm
The Events' Committee would like to invite local residents to join them in the new community space in St Stephen's church
Due to covid restrictions, the previous launch was unfortunately limited to only a few people, so it would be lovely to see everyone for a pre-Christmas get-together on the evening of Friday 12th November, between 7 and 9.
Come along and see the fantastic improvements that have been made and read up on some village history whilst enjoying cheese and biscuits and a complimentary glass of wine.
A chance to catch up with old friends and meet new villagers.
A meeting place for the community - exhibition
From Sat 3 July - 30 Sept 2021
Explore our community history exhibition to discover fascinating stories of local people
associated with St Stephen’s Church and life in the Wigboroughs.
Free admission when open for community events and church services.
Suitable for all ages.
Heritage Open Day
Sat 11 September 2021
11am to 4pm
In conjunction with Heritage Open Days across England from 10th-19th September 2021
Explore historic St Stephen’s Church. With free guided tours, exhibition of church and village heritage and creative activities. Refreshments will be served.
The tower will be open, weather permitting.
Free drop in event, suitable for all ages. Small charge for refreshments.
Churchyard minibeast hunt!
Saturday 14 August 2021
10am to 3pm
St Stephen’s churchyard is buzzing with minibeasts from honeybees, lady birds and beetles, to dragonflies, centipedes and woodlice. Join the bug hunt to see how many you can find and identify. Then make a beautiful dragonfly to take home.
Admission free. Suitable for children age 2 to 11 and their families.
St Stephen’s at Night
Thursday 12 August 2021
7pm to midnight
Wrap up warm and bring a torch to take part in some exciting night-time activities inside and outside St Stephen’s Church, including an after-dark tour, ‘stained glass’ lantern making, bat detecting and astronomy. From 10pm onwards there will be a chance to observe the Perseid meteor shower (if there are clear skies). Marshmallows and hot chocolate will be served.
A free family-friendly event for all ages. Small charge for refreshments.
All Shook Up! The story of the Essex Earthquake
Fun Science activities
Wed 28 July 2021, 11am to 3pm
Discover what happened to St Stephen’s and other Essex churches when the earth shook in 1884 and explore fascinating evidence from eyewitness accounts, old photographs and in the church stonework. With a fun opportunity for children of all ages to experience a mini earthquake and make an Earthquake Detector.
Admission free. Suitable for all ages.
From Great to Little Wig-Wig (Alex’s walk)
Family-friendly walk for adults and children age 5 plus
Saturday 10 July 2021, 10 to 3pm
Enjoy a leisurely 5km country walk linking the beautiful medieval churches of Great and Little Wigborough to discover evidence of the Great Essex Earthquake, a WW1 Zeppelin, historic buildings and local wildlife. A short extension to the walk will take you to the sea wall for extensive views of the salt marsh and Salcott Channel.
Starts and finishes at St Stephen's Church, Great Wigborough. Begin any time between 10 and 12 noon. Free parking available. Pick up a trail sheet at the start. (A downloadable copy is available on the walks page) Dedicated to the memory of Alex Graham, who loved St Stephen’s Church and the local countryside, and who was an inspirational member of the Space for the Community project team.
Note: Bring wellies or boots and long trousers as the grass is long in places
'A Space for the Community' -
community space launch and family fun day
Saturday 3 July 2020, 10am to 3pm
Celebrate the opening of the St Stephen’s community space with fun drop-in activities for all the family, including the launch of our pop-up local history exhibition, church guidebook, Young Explorer’s Guide and art and craft activities. Find out how to get involved and how to book this exciting new space. Refreshments will be served.