Saffron Walden Town Council (SWTC) was joined on The Common last Friday 01 September by KidzActive with multi sports activities.  This closed the FREE Summer Sporting activities for 2023.  Said a SWTC spokesperson, “we appreciate the support and from residents and are seeking feedback for this, the Music in The Square and the FREE Beach on The Common”.  To have your say and share your thoughts please complete the short survey found at  or visit the Tourist Information Centre.

In the Market Square last Friday 01 September ‘Pop up Piano’s’ Elliot Porter provided a wonderful set of lunch music.  Following his performance at Dance in The Square last week, Saffron Walden based singer-songwriter Elliot Porter blended acoustic folk tendencies with a love of words to paint pictures with his songs.  Also joining in the fun was: The Writers Room who shared their poetry; Sam The Poet Man with words, colouring and dressing up – and a new book launch of ‘The book with no name’. Sam and the Writers Room enjoyed each other’s work, with Sam quickly penning a poem about the Writers Room to be read out for others to enjoy!

SWTC was also delighted that Uttlesford Community Action Network (UCAN) joined this event to showcase their new mobile community hub .  It will soon be rolled out across the Uttlesford villages as a point for local people to access services and information or a warm welcome, a cup of tea and a biscuit and socialise with others.  Said a UCAN spokesperson, “Health advice and access to digital training, as well as a way to reduce loneliness will be some of the benefits.  The mobile hub will also provide an opportunity to access other specialists like Social Prescribers, Health and Wellbeing Coaches or some free food provision.”

During the six FREE Friday Music in Square events throughout the summer holidays, the space was used to enjoy a coffee, take a break, eat lunch, relax and socialise.  This use of the Market Square is favoured by residents, as evidenced in SWTC’s 2022 consultation.

Sam the Poet Man

UCAN’s community hub

Writers’ Room