A caring community with a BIG heart... 

 Birch and the surrounding areas are lucky enough to have community spirit by the bucket load! 

People are always on hand to support a local cause or charity, we are proud of our community and have dedicated this page to the outstanding achievements of those special people! To all of those who have gone above and beyond to help change lives for the better.

Christmas Market 2018 in aid of Place2be

Kerry, Mark and the entire team at The Hare and Hounds are delighted to welcome and invite you to The Christmas Market and Fair 2018.
The market & fair is not only going to be festive and magical... it's also backing a really worthy cause.

Place2Be is the leading national children's mental health charity. Our Patron is The Duchess of Cambridge.
Place2Be provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. Place2Be provides children’s mental health services in 286 primary and secondary schools, reaching a total school population of 129,000 pupils, helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma and last year 232 schools took part in our in-depth training programmes. 

Go hard or go home... Livvy's Race Day 100 mile carriage drive fundraiser!

Livvy's family, friends and everybody at The Hare and Hounds are overwhelmed by the generosity of everybody who has donated prizes and money for Livvy's cause.

Your kindness and help has generated over £40,000.00 so far for Olivia's cause!

Teenage Cancer is something that we should all be aware of, and Livvy is a remarkably brave young lady.

So if you haven't donated please dig deep, and be generous.

You can still show your support by donating to Livvy's Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/livvysraceday 

Olivia was diagnosed with chondroblastic osteosarcoma, a severe form of bone cancer, in the left pelvis in February just days after her fifteenth birthday. After 30 weeks of chemotherapy at UCLH the tumour had not shrunk so the only option was to undergo major surgery. On 3rd November Olivia had an 8 and a half hour operation in which her left leg, pelvis and sacrum were amputated. She sat up for a few minutes for the first time on Tuesday and on Thursday sat in a wheelchair.

"Go hard or go home" is the expression Livvy used whilst on a carriage ride with Alan Coe, after he suggested they wait until the rain had passed. They took the carriage drive together just before Livvy bravely underwent surgery to remove the tumour in her hip.

On Monday 5th May several pairs of horses were driven from the Hare and Hounds pub in Layer Breton, Colchester. Over 100 miles of non stop driving to Fakenham Racecourse in Norfolk on Tuesday 6th May for 'Livvy's Race', to help raise funds.

Local and national journalists and reporters descended onto the starting point... WATCH ITV'S REPORT HERE!


You can still show your support by donating to Livvy's Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/livvysraceday

Visit Livvy's Race Facebook page for more information and updates.

Colchester Hospital Cancer Wing... 



We would like to thank every one of you that attended the fundraiser in aid of the new cancer unit at Colchester hospital.

On Sat 1st August we held a BBQ & QUIZ NIGHT  to raise money for the new cancer unit at Colchester Hospital.

£10 per person was donated which included a mixed grill BBQ and entry to the Quiz. £8 WENT STRAIGHT TO THE CHARITY & £2 INTO THE POT FOR THE WINNING TEAM!

Matt and Phil will also cycle to Paris to raise money for this fantastic cause, and as always we were amazed with the support and generosity of you all!!!

Thank you too to Layer Marney Carriages for all of your support and for your kind donation of a horse drawn pub tour to the raffle!

The entire community came out in force again and with well over one hundred of you in attendance a whopping £1,110.00 was raised.

Cancer Units are vital, patients are able to be treated by specialised nurses and doctors, Cancer Units can also provide a range of chemotherapies, which allows more patients to be treated closer to home.

Around 10 young people are diagnosed with cancer every single day, and tragically 1 in 3 of us WILL get cancer in our lifetime.