Colchester Samaritans news

  • Book Fairs at Walsingham Road

    30th May 2018
    Join us for a coffee or tea, a nibble on a biscuit and a browse through our books. Samaritans Book Fairs have become ‘must attend’ events for book lovers. Since 2012 over £24,000 has been raised in aid of Colchester Samaritans and over 6,000 people have passed through the doors.
  • Information Events & Selection Mornings 2018/2019

    22nd February 2018
    We hold regular information evenings for anyone hoping to become a listening or support volunteer. Please do come along if you're interested in finding out what we do or if you are considering joining us.
  • Golf Day 2017

    23rd October 2017
    84 golfers enjoyed an excellent, if slightly windy, days golf at Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club on Thursday 5th October. A fantastic profit of £3,206 was made for the branch on the day.
  • Mayor Oxford's Charity Year

    25th July 2017
    Colchester Samaritans is proud to be one of Mayor Gerard Oxford's chosen Charities for his Mayoral Year, and there are lots of events still to take place. We hope that many of you will support Cllr Oxford and the Mayoress, Cllr Beverley Oxford, who have been working tirelessly to raise funds for their six chosen Charities.
  • Sams touring trailer comes to town

    22nd July 2017
    Samaritans volunteers were at Red Lion Yard, Colchester on Saturday 22 July, handing out listening tips and highlighting the support Samaritans provides to the local community.
  • Sign up for Golf in Clacton

    12th July 2017
    Join us for this year's Charity Golf Day at Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club on 5th October, where golfers will be raising funds for Colchester Samaritans.
  • Schoolboy Jack visits Samaritans after raising funds

    3rd July 2017
    Fourteen year old Colchester boy Jack, visited the Samaritans headquarters in Walsingham Road to present a cheque for £283, which he raised all on his own, following his participation in the 2017 Samaritans National Walk.
  • Sams at Colchester U's Open Day

    29th June 2017
    Volunteers from Samaritans will be taking part in this year’s Colchester United FC's annual Open Day on Sunday 17th July. The free event runs from 11am to 4pm and there promises to be plenty going on throughout the afternoon, including the return of Samaritans’ very own “Splat the Rat”.
  • Let us Sing for You - Mayor's Charity Concert

    21st June 2017
    If you love a good tune and fine voices you are invited to attend the ‘Let us Sing for You’ concert on 15th July - part of the Mayoral Year’s Charity of Events (of which Colchester Samaritans will be one of several beneficiaries).
  • 'Sesh for Luke' Charity Event

    19th June 2017
    ‘Sesh for Luke’ is an up-coming charity event on 29th July in memory of local Colchester man Luke Evans, who tragically died earlier this year. The event, to be held at Colchester Arts Centre, is in aid of the charities – PAPYRUS and SAMARITANS'.
  • Sams 'We Listen' trailer comes to town

    19th June 2017
    Samaritans is hosting a wellbeing event in Colchester town centre on Saturday 22 July with other local organisations, offering tips on how to look after your mental health. The aim is also to raise awareness of the support available for people who aren’t coping and may need some extra help.
  • Mayor's Charity Year Starts off with History Talk at Colchester Samaritans

    14th June 2017
    The new Mayor of Colchester, Cllr. Gerard Oxford has organised as the first Charity Event in his Mayoral Year a lecture by eminent published historian Patrick Denney, which will take place at the Colchester Samaritans’ Walsingham Road Community Hall on Wed 5 July 2017 at 2.00 pm.
  • Mayor Congratulates Samaritans on Spectacular Event

    12th June 2017
    Cllr. Gerard Oxford, Mayor of Colchester, and Mayoress Cllr. Beverley Oxford have shown outstanding start-to-finish support for walkers who took part in the 38th Samaritans National Walk.
  • High Sheriff of Essex visits Samaritans

    8th June 2017
    Following the end of Volunteers’ Week, the annual celebration of the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK, Colchester Samaritans received a visit from the High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall MBE, during which he discussed the branch’s volunteering roles and its work in the community.
  • Thanks to The New Inn for their support

    22nd May 2017
    Many thanks to The New Inn in Chapel St South, Colchester, who picked Colchester Samaritans to be the pub's chosen charity for its ‘Brewery Takeover Event Days’, which took place between Thursday 18th and Sunday 21st May.
  • Samaritans interviewed on Colne Radio

    17th May 2017
    Colchester Samaritans Director, Carol Almond, is interviewed on Colne Radio, talking with presenter Iain Tallentire about all aspects of the local Colchester branch.
  • Rotary Club's Big Sleep Out helps Samaritans and Beacon House

    14th May 2017
    Support Volunteers Lesley Galpin and Phil Brown, along with many local dignitaries, helped to raise an astonishing £11,000 for Colchester Samaritans and Beacon House by taking part in the Rotary Club of Colchester Forum's charity fundraiser on 6th May 2017.
  • Local Lightship decked out with Samaritans banners

    28th April 2017
    Many thanks to the Colchester Sea Cadets, part of the UK's oldest nautical youth charity, who have just put up Samaritans banners onto the sides of their Lightship, moored at King Edwards Quay at the Hythe, on the east side of Colchester.
  • Quiz Night raises £460

    25th April 2017
    Pictured are ladies from Colchester Ladies Circle and Colchester Tangle presenting local Samaritans Director Carol Almond and Fundraising Co-ordinator Karen Thompson with a cheque for £460, following their recent successful Quiz Night at the Slug and Lettuce.
  • The New Inn pub supports Colchester Samaritans

    14th April 2017
    Joe Hanrahan, landlord of The New Inn in Chapel St South, Colchester, has picked Colchester Samaritans to be the pub's chosen charity for its forthcoming ‘Event Days’, taking place between Thursday 18th and Sunday 21st May.
  • Clash of Knights Triathlon

    11th April 2017
    STOP PRESS - EVENT CANCELLED - SEE HEDINGHAM CASTLE SITE (details below) Book now for a ‘Clash of Knights’ triathlon in aid of Samaritans at Hedingham Castle on Sunday 18 June 2017. Following last year's successful event, Historia Normannis, a 12th century re-enactment society, are staging another triathlon challenge with teams of knights battling for supremacy!
  • Support continues from Colchester CAMRA

    10th April 2017
    We thank Colchester and North East Essex branch of CAMRA for their continued support of Colchester Samaritans, and hope that you'll visit their forthcoming 32nd Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival - from Tuesday 30th May to Saturday 3rd June 2017.
  • Lesley and Phil's 'Big Sleep Out'

    8th April 2017
    Support Volunteers, Lesley Galpin and Phil Brown will be representing Colchester Samaritans in the Rotary Club of Colchester Forum's charity fundraiser on 6th May 2017. They will be spending a night sleeping out in Castle Park along with the likes of Colchester's MP Will Quince and our Mayor, Cllr. Julie Young, with support from Colchester’s High Steward Sir Bob Russell.
  • The Big Sleep Out

    27th February 2017
    The Rotary Club of Colchester Forum would like to invite all senior members of local companies to spend a night sleeping out in Castle Park on 6th May 2017. In doing so they will be helping to raise funds to support Colchester Samaritans and Beacon House.
  • 'Stronger Together' Concert

    26th February 2017
    Come and share an evening of wonderful music performed by the Colchester Military Wives Choir and the Colchester Military Children’s Choir on 11th March, and raise funds for Colchester Samaritans, Age Concern and other Rotary Charities.
  • Colchester has its very own 'Sams Van'

    18th January 2017
    Colchester Samaritans celebrated a new chapter in its 53 year history with the launch of its recently purchased van, designed to further its work in the local community. On Wednesday 18th January 2017 Colchester Mayor Julie Young and Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland were on hand to mark the official launch of the new vehicle.
  • Quiz Night in aid of Samaritans and Emmaus

    13th January 2017
    Join us for a Quiz Night, hosted by the Colchester Ladies Circle and Colchester Tangle with proceeds going to Colchester Samaritans and Emmaus Colchester. The event is on Saturday 25th February at Highwoods Community Centre from 7.30 – 10.00pm
  • CAMRA to support Colchester Samaritans

    1st January 2017
    The Colchester and North East Essex branch of CAMRA are pleased to announce that their Beer Festival Charity for 2017 will be Colchester Samaritans. CAMRA's Winter Festival runs from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th January 2017 and all are welcome.
  • Local Magician at Christmas Fundraiser

    10th December 2016
    Colchester Samaritans were entertained by local magician Michael J Fitch at a fundraising Christmas Party held in Walsingham Road Community Hall on 10th December. The party, with a three course gourmet meal, was organised to raise funds and to thank all volunteers for their hard work throughout the year.
  • Golfers raise £3,056 in sunny Clacton

    16th September 2016
    Colchester Samaritans held its annual fund-raising Golf Day at Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club on Thursday 15th September 2016. The event saw 80 players finishing 18 holes in spectacular sunny weather, but with a welcome sea breeze. A stunning £3,056 was raised in support of Colchester Samaritans.
  • Volunteers honoured for 24 years of service

    15th September 2016
    Long-serving Samaritans volunteers have been recognised for their service to Colchester Samaritans at a presentation of certificates in memory of Claire Squires.
  • Seniors Bus Pass Challenge

    Tony Dutch
    11th September 2016
    The Rotary Club of Colchester Forum is organising a "Seniors Bus Pass Challenge" on 24th October, in aid of Colchester Samaritans.
  • Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year

    13th August 2016
    Following online and in-store voting by members of the public, Samaritans was the winning charity by a narrow margin. The first day of fundraising and awareness was on Saturday 6th August 2016, with many volunteers and supporters present at the store.
  • Colchester United Open Day 2016

    Samaritans volunteers at Colchester United Open Day 2016
    18th July 2016
    Colchester Samaritans volunteers were present at this year's CUFC Open Day at Weston Homes Community Stadium on Sunday 17th July, where an estimated 2,500 people came to meet Colchester United players and coaching staff and take part in a series of fun activities.
  • Colchester descends on Cornwall for National Walk 2016

    12th June 2016
    A team of 26 volunteers, supporters and friends from Colchester Samaritans took part in the annual Samaritans National Walk on Saturday 11th June to raise much needed funds. This was the biggest group from any of the 201 Samaritans’ UK and Ireland branches.
  • Quiz Night raises £580 for Sams

    22nd April 2016
    A successful Spring Quiz Night in aid of Colchester Samaritans, held on Friday 22 April at the Walsingham Road Community Hall, raised a huge £580, which will help with the running costs of the branch and go towards the purchase of a Samaritans van for outreach work in the community.
  • Clash of Knights raises over £2,200

    18th April 2016
    Over 600 people were at Hedingham Castle on Sunday 17 April for a ‘Clash of Knights’ triathlon in aid of Colchester Samaritans. Historia Normannis, a 12th century re-enactment society, held the medieval challenge at Hedingham, with teams of knights in full maille taking part.
  • Funds needed for outreach van

    16th April 2016
    Colchester Samaritans is looking for funding to help buy a dedicated van to further their work in the local community. Around £25,000 in total is needed to enable volunteers to take their message around Colchester and to towns and villages in North East Essex and the Suffolk borders.
  • Clare Balding visits Colchester Sams

    3rd March 2016
    Listen to BBC Radio 4's Ramblings programme to hear Clare Balding OBE, renowned TV and radio broadcaster, talking to members of Colchester Samaritans’ Walking Group. Ms Balding met with the group on 30th December 2015 to record an edition of her popular Radio 4 series, chatting with walkers about their lives, volunteering with Samaritans and other interests as they rambled from Bures to Assington on the Essex/Suffolk border.
  • Clash of Knights Triathlon

    1st March 2016
    Head down to Hedingham Castle on Sunday 17 April 2016 for a ‘Clash of Knights’ triathlon in aid of Samaritans. Historia Normannis, a 12th century re-enactment society, will be holding a triathlon challenge at Hedingham Castle between 10am and 5pm, with teams of six knights taking part.
  • Outgoing Director thanked by branch

    7th February 2016
    Virginia Druitt, who has stepped down as Director of Colchester Samaritans at the end of her three year tenure, was thanked for her services to the branch at a recent meeting of fellow volunteers. She was presented with a portrait of her labrador dog, Mandy - a gift which came as a total surprise.
  • Golf Day 2016 - mark your diary now!

    1st January 2016
    This year's Charity Golf Day in aid of Colchester Samaritans will be at Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club again on Thursday 15th September. More details to follow in due course.
  • Bridge Drive raises £650

    1st December 2015
    A very successful Bridge Drive was held in aid of Colchester Samaritans at Nayland Village Hall on 1st December, raising £650 for branch funds. A big thank you to Val 829 for preparing and to David 1026 for serving the delcious tea, and to everyone else who helped to make this an enjoyable afternoon.
  • Christmas Book Fair Bonanza!

    1st December 2015
    2015's Christmas Book Fair raised a record £795 for Colchester Samaritans with record attendance. "Thank you and very well done to everyone for contributing to the success of the book fairs throughout 2015, and particularly the Christmas one." said fair organiser Pam.
  • Annual Quiz Night raises £921

    13th November 2015
    Our ever-popular annual quiz night fundraiser on 13th November raised a superb total of £921.75. The forever loyal Sams Catering Team provided a light supper, and the raffle raised £233.25. Thanks to everyone who attended and to our host and question-master David for his sterling work. Another great evening!
  • "Muddy Water" provides funds for Samaritans

    1st November 2015
    Local writer Neil Watson’s debut novel "Muddy Water" had its official launch on 1st November 2015 at the Royal British Legion Hall in Wivenhoe. The book features a number of local larger-than-life characters who paid to see their names in print. This crowd-funding also enabled the author to donate monies to a number of charities, including Colchester branch of Samaritans.
  • New Director for Colchester Samaritans

    Carol Almond, Director of Colchester Samaritans
    1st October 2015
    A new director has taken over the reins at Colchester Samaritans. Retired teacher Carol Almond has been chosen by her fellow Samaritans to take up the unpaid three-year post as director of the Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Borders branch.
  • Book now for Bridge Drive

    18th September 2015
    Calling all bridge players! Join us in a Bridge Drive on Tuesday December 1st at Nayland Village Hall in aid of Samaritans. Time 13.45pm, price £12, with a lovely tea. For details contact Gill (01206 337222).
  • Last Night of the Proms raises funds for Samaritans

    12th September 2015
    A phenomenally successful and enjoyably raucous evening in the company of tenor Jonas Kaufmann, soprano Danielle De Niese, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, the BBC Singers & Symphony Orchestra and the good burghers of Dedham raised £1,239 for Colchester Samaritans.
  • Colchester Sams' Annual Quiz Night

    1st September 2015
    Not to be missed! Please note this ever-popular event in your diary now: FRIDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2015, at Walsingham Road Community Hall - 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start. We shall provide a light supper, but bring own drinks. We'll also have an interval raffle with lots of prizes. There will be teams of six, at £7.50 per person.
  • Colchester Sams are here for disappointed students

    13th August 2015
    North East Essex schools and colleges are reporting very good AS and A level results. But there will certainly be disappointed students who have not achieved the grades they had hoped for. Their disappointment will be further intensified if the majority of their classmates are celebrating their own good news.
  • Commuters give generously at local rail stations

    12th June 2015
    Commuters and travelers dug deep into their pockets on Friday 12th June and filled buckets with spare change at Colchester, Manningtree, Marks Tey and Kelvedon stations, raising £667 in total. The weather was kind to all our collectors, who were on call from 6:30am for several hours, covering the rush hour.
  • Golfers raise £3,246 in sunny Clacton

    11th June 2015
    Following the successes of previous years, Colchester Samaritans held its annual fund-raising golf day at Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club on Thursday 11th June 2015. The sell-out event saw players finishing 18 holes in spectacular but breezy weather and raising a record £3,246 in support of Colchester Samaritans.
  • Walkers descend on Bronte Country

    6th June 2015
    15 Colchester Samaritans volunteers, partners and friends – the largest contingent from any branch in the UK – descended on Haworth, West Yorkshire for the weekend of 6th June 2015 and took part in the annual NATIONAL SAMARITANS WALK organised by Bradford Samaritans.
  • Volunteers honoured for 24 years service

    18th May 2015
    Long-serving Samaritans volunteers have been recognised for their service to Colchester Samaritans at a presentation of certificates in memory of Claire Squires. Claire collapsed and died running the 2012 London Marathon, having chosen to fundraise for Samaritans because of her mum Cilla’s commitment to the charity.
  • Rotary Club of Colchester Centurion supports Samaritans

    13th May 2015
    The Rotary Club of Colchester Centurion have again been very generous to Colchester Samaritans and have presented Director Virginia Druitt with a most welcome cheque for £1,960.90 to help in the running and upkeep of the branch.
  • New venue for face-to-face service in Clacton-on-Sea

    5th May 2015
    Colchester Samaritans has a new venue for its face-to-face service in Clacton, starting on Thursday 14th May. The location is the Coastal Community Centre on Pathfields Road in Clacton, and two Samaritans volunteers will be present in the Centre’s communal area and café from 10pm to 1pm every Thursday.
  • Jenny runs for Colchester Samaritans

    Jenny runs for Colchester Samaritans
    29th March 2015
    More than 2,000 runners braved the wind and rain to compete in Colchester's half marathon on 29th March 2015, racing through the town and surrounding countryside. One of these runners was Jenny Richardson, a volunteer at Colchester Samaritans, who has already raised £1,200 for the Colchester branch.
  • Rugby Star supports Colchester Samaritans

    12th November 2014
    Irish international rugby full back Geordan Murphy was guest speaker at a Sporting Dinner at Colchester Rugby Club, jointly organised by The Rotary Club of Colchester and Colchester Samaritans on Wednesday 12th November 2014. Murphy is one of Ireland’s most capped players and was a leading force in many Premiership triumphs of his club, Leicester Tigers.
  • Quiz Night at Colchester Samaritans

    1st November 2014
    The hugely popular annual Samaritans Quiz Night took place last October with our support volunteer host and Quiz Master - David. The quiz celebrated our 50th Anniversary and was held at Walsingham Road Community Hall, raising just under £700 for branch funds.
  • Colchester celebrated its 50th in 2014

    2014 was our year of celebration. We opened our doors in Colchester back in 1964 and had been offering our services to the residents of Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk borders - without a break - for 50 years. Here are just some of the celebratory events that took place ...