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Is Your Conservatory Too H or Too Cold In The

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John Baron

Political Update

Recipe Bone Broth

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A View from the Church Rev. Paul Carr

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Nature Notes

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James Blower

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What’s On

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Rotary Club, Lions Club & Round Table

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5 Years and Counting

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the debate. There is general agreement that the current provision to close unauthorised encampments and compel people to move on is not working well.

John Baron Conservative Parliamentary MP For Basildon and Billericay

Parliament recently held a debate on unauthorised encampments, and I am grateful to those in the constituency who contacted me with information prior to

In particular, there is concern that Police guidelines regarding usage of ‘Section 61’powers are overly narrow – unless other factors, such as crime, general anti-social behaviour or criminal damage are present, the Police find it difficult to move people on. In addition, the legal process can be cumbersome and expensive, and a move even a short distance away to a new site down the road requires a fresh court application from the landowner. In some cases it turns out to be impossible to prove a link between people and these aggravating factors, leaving behind large

bills for local taxpayers or private landowners to clean up the land and restore it to its previous condition – such clear-ups have cost Basildon Council £40,000 in the last year alone. It is good news the Government has announced it will be holding a consultation on whether the laws in this area need revising. This should give due consideration to the view that the so-called ‘Irish Option’ should be adopted to render trespass a criminal offence. In the interim, the provision of transit sites would help to alleviate this issue, and we should also encourage other districts and authorities to develop legal sites – it is only fair that they also pull their weight, as Basildon has already created a good number of legal pitches.

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RECIPE Bone Broth Ingredients: 4lbs beef or chicken bones 12 cups water 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 3 large carrots, chopped 2 leeks, chopped 3 bay leaves 4 sprigs fresh rosemary 6 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon black peppercorns

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hn Lennon seem to be everywhere this time of year: “So this is Christmas ne?” I’d like to change this slightly: “So this is Christmas and what will rate that Jesus was born to be our Saviour? It is, after all, what makes ating and, just like those amazing events in the summer, it can be life but only if you make the time to enjoy the celebration.

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remember, with somber gratitude and thankfulness, those men and women who gave their lives in the ultimate sacrifice for our 2nd December - ‘Annual Toy which Service’should at 10.30am freedom. It is a day never be forgotten and one by weCandlelight’ have a responsibility December - ‘Carol Service at 7.00pm to pass onto the next generation. 19th December - ‘Lunchtime Carol Service’ at 12.30pm at Saint Mary Magdalen Church Does this mean that we are supporting war? ay 23rdI December - ‘Family at 10.30amSunday is don’t think it does.Nativity’ Remembrance time- ‘Christingle when we recall those who gave their ristmasaEve Service’ at 4.00pm lives and remember why it was they did what ‘Communion by Candlelight’ at 11.15pm they did. It’s a time to remember the horror of The first Communion of Christmas. war, especially world war, and to vow ‘never stmas again.’ Day - ‘Family at 10.00am It’s aCommunion’ time to dedicate ourselves anew to living in such a way that we don’t break faith with those who have died, and continue to die, to bring peace to the world.

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altogether because it suggests that honouring the memory of those who died is honouring the kind of actions they found themselves having to make in the midst of a struggle that, in the end, none of them really wanted to be a part of - but believed they must be - if others were to dwell in the freedom and in the peace that God wants us all to have. Jesus said: “Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” These familiar words from John’s Gospel chapter 15 verse 13 are often used on Remembrance Sunday and whilst we remember those who sacrificed their lives, and those who put themselves in harm’s way, we must understand that mankind can only do so on an individual basis for their family, or collectively for a country. Jesus, we believe, made the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for the whole of the world. There is a special service on Remembrance Sunday (12 November) at Emmanuel Church, Laindon Road, at 9.15 am (lasting 40 mins) when members of the Army Cadet Force and Royal Air Force Air Cadets join with us, before we gather, with the Royal British Legion, Churches Together in Billericay and representatives of many of our community groups, at the War Memorial in the High Street at 10.50 am, for an Act of Remembrance. May I encourage you, even if you are not a regular church attendee, to make a special effort to join with us on this most poignant of days? A Prayer for Remembrance Sunday: Everliving God, we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. With every blessing in Jesus’ precious name revpacman.wordpress.com paul@billericaychurches.org @revPACman


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introduced to stop this by putting the banks in charge of the process of switching everything for you, rather than the individual having to change payments or set up new direct debits and standing orders. Now, it is possible to move bank accounts in as little as seven days. You simply apply for your new account, ask your new bank to move your old account using CASS and tell them which date you want to switch on and the rest is done for you! You will get any new cards, and internet banking log ins ahead of your switch and your balance will be transferred on the agreed date with all your payments set up. What’s the catch? There isn’t one – it is even guaranteed that, in the unlikely event that something goes wrong, that any charges or interest incurred will be refunded to you. All the major bank account providers are covered and almost all the market participates and over 3 million people have successfully switched bank accounts using the service. Why is this relevant if I have no savings? The introduction of CASS means banks are competing harder for switching customers and there are some great incentives on offer – both to switch and by way of perks in the new account. Up to £250 is payable - just for switching! This is money that you could use to kick start your savings. Here’s our run down of some of the best offers in the market. Clydesdale / Yorkshire Bank The best financial offer to switch comes from the B account offered by Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks. £250 is credited to your account within 70 days of your switch. You do need to meet criteria for the account such

as having £1,000 paid in per month (typically for most people this will be done by having their salary paid in) and log on to your new account via the mobile app or online banking. The account pays 0.25% interest and comes with an instant savings account paying 0.50%. There are better rates on the market (the current best buy on www.thesavings.guru pays 1.30%) but for those who want to keep their savings in the same bank as their current account, it does at least pay some interest. Further information and applications can be found at: www.youandb.co.uk Halifax Those switching to the Reward Current Account will see £125 credited to their account within three days of the completed switch and will also be paid £3 a month just for being a customer. Put these in to a savings account and you will have £161 at the end of your first year plus interest. A minimum of £750 must be paid in each month so this may be more attractive for switchers on lower salaries. Further information and applications can be found at: www.halifax.co.uk/ bankaccounts/cur rent-accounts/ reward-current-account/ HSBC Switching to HSBC’s Advance Bank Account or Premier Banking Account will be rewarded with £150 for switching and another £50 if you are still using the account and meeting the criteria at the end of 12 months. The main ones are paying in £1,750 a month, having two direct debits and registering for mobile and/or online banking. The account also entitles you to open a regular saver which pays 5% on contributions from £25 – £300


per month for 12 months. Further information and applications can be found at: www.hsbc. co.uk/1/2/current-accounts/hsbc-advance First Direct First Direct is an internet and telephone bank that prides itself in its customer service and phones are answered by a person, not a machine to direct you. They win pretty much every banking customer service award going but are also owned by HSBC so customers can use their branch network as well. They currently offer £100 to switch to their 1st Account and £100 if you are not happy and leave after six months but before a year has passed. You must pay in £1,000 in the first 3 months to qualify. They too offer a linked 5% regular savings account, like HSBC, and offer some of the cheapest loan rates in the market plus an overdraft of £500 with the first £250 of that being free. Further information and applications can be found at: www. firstdirect.com/1/2/banking/current-account Nationwide Although Nationwide do not offer an incentive for switching, they do pay 5% interest on their Flex Direct account on balances up to £2,500 for the first 12 months for customers who pay in at least £1,000 a month. For those who have their salary paid in to their account and then pay out gradually over the month, this may prove attractive. For example, if you have £2,500 paid in at the start of the month and gradually use that over the course of the month, you may average a balance of around £1,000 over the course of the month which could earn you £50 or so of interest throughout the year. Further information and applications can be found at: www. nationwide.co.uk/products/current-accounts/flexdirect/featuresand-benefits Some of the links on this page are quite long and you may not want to type them in. You can access this article on our website at www. thesavings.guru and click through direct to the websites mentioned. That’s all for this month. As always, please feel free to contact us at hello@thesavings.guru on any topics you’d like us to cover in future months.

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Billericay Men’s Probus Club Have you heard of us we are a group of men who get to-gether for lunch on the last thursday of each month. Come and enjoy a three course lunch, usually followed by a speaker, we also have coach trips and special events. Why not come along and join us at The Banqueting Suite, Mount Avenue, Hutton CM13 2NS If you are interested Call ron on: 01277 633115 firefighterrpm@btinternet.com Billericay United Reformed Church is holding its Autumn Bazaar on Saturday 11 November 2017 from 10 am to 1pm, in the Mayflower Hall, Chapel Street, Billericay. The Hall is used by the Church and the Community, and can be hired for events – Hall Letting Steward can be contacted on dandalough@gmail. com Please come along and celebrate this special day with us. Charity Lunch Charity Lunch at Billericay Methodist Church, Western Road on Saturday 11th November from 12.30 – 1.30. A snack lunch and drink for £4. The proceeds are going to the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary this month. There is no need to book. Chelmsford & District Welsh Society Membership is open to anyone with Welsh origins or connections, or to anyone with an appreciation of Welsh heritage and traditions. Visitors and guests are warmly welcomed to attend our meetings. The Society’s monthly meeting is held in St Cedd’s Hall, Cathedral Chapter House, Chelmsford, CM1 1NX, and is usually on the fourth Thursday of every month.

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FREE Football for 4 to 6 year olds Do you know a child who loves football? Would you like them to play in a safe, fun environment organised by FA licensed coaches? FC Redwing’s academy has spaces available for children in school years Reception/Year One. Training every Saturday over at Barleylands, the emphasis is on the kids having fun. For more information on how to claim a free place in this academy please email Head of Academy Clive Ashdown at clive@cwgrain.com. Giant Family Fun Day November 19th 10.00/15.00 Giant Family Fun Day Bazaar Come and see Father Christmas & Minnie Mouse. Loads of stalls with gifts, crafts & sand making face painting, tombola - lots of games to play - free craft table. Homemade cakes - tea. A great day out come rain or shine, for young & old a like. Funds to G.O.S.H in memory of Chloe. Hannakins Farm, Rosebay Ave, Billericay CM12 0SY Gift and Craft Fair in aid of Cancer Research UK Saturday 2nd December 10.am till 3.00pm. FREE ENTRY. The Billericay School,School Road. Billericay.CM12 9LH We have 40+ stalls.Stalls for all ages. Santa will be giving FREE presents to all the little ones. Sand Art (free 1 per child) Gigantic raffle(over 40 prizes to be won) Hot and Cold Refreshments by our World Challenge Students. ALL WELCOME with plenty of FREE parking. A VERY WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU.

Girls Only Football Training at FC Redwing Did you know that football is largest team sport for girls in the UK? FC Redwing has recently launched girls only football training for children aged between 4 to 8 years old. If you have a girl in Reception to Year Three at school who is interested in playing the beautiful game then please contact us at fcredwinggirls@gmail.com Greenway Ramblers The group meets at 10am every Tuesday (5-6 miles) and Sunday (longer walks of 10+ miles with a break for lunch) New members are welcome. See our website at www. greenwayramblers.org.uk or phone Joe Lawton on 01277 631119 Jazz & Classics at the Fold Ralph Allin and friends Saturday 18 November - 7.30 The Neville Dickie Trio Saturday 2nd December - 7.30pm Ticket: £12 including refreshments

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BILLERICAY ROTARY CLUB Donations to Rotary charities continue to occupy our minds and our support. Mary’ s Meals (https:// www. marysmeals. org.uk) which supplies hot meals to over 1.2 m school children in less-developed countries for under £14 a year. We have supported Mary’s Meals for almost a decade and we celebrated their achievement of reaching the billion meal milestone by donating another £250. We have donated sums of £250 each to District Governor Nick Sillitoe’s nominated Rotary charity appeal for Mercy Ships and Build Aid, and gave support to his aim to plant a Rotary Wood in the RHS Hyde Hall Garden subject to all District 1240 clubs agreeing. And we also supported , as with RIBI , with donations to the world disasters of the floods in Nepal and Bangladesh and the hurricane horror in the Caribbean. Our proudest moments have been the development of our RotaKids clubs at Quilters Junior Schools and now Buttsbury Junior School. With the total support of RotaKids lead teachers and the school heads, we have established a community spirit which will see the two schools getting directly involved with our club events, eg: the Christmas Market and our own SoapBox Derby next May for which a sub-committee has already been meeting to put plans in place for an even more spectacular day for our big community event of the year. Membership welcome: We meet at Reids Restaurant in Laindon Road each Monday in the month for a three-course meal, good fellowship and conversation. And our aim is always to support good causes. Club Contact Details: www. Twitter.com /BillericyRotary; www.facebook.com/ BillericayRotary; www. Billericayrotary.org Or contact For Membership: Peter Strong. peter_j_strong @hotmail.com For General Enquiries: Ed Harrison, (secretary)....ed14harrison@hotmail.co.uk For SoapBox Derby: Les Sheppard: les.sheppard@tiscasli.co.uk For Press and PR : Trevor Bond: trevjanbond1’@aol.com

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Lions Clubs International, many clubs are creating Legacy Projects, to go on benefitting the community for years to come. Some clubs have worked with hospitals, for example creating Sensory Gardens, or planted trees, donated benches and all sorts of other projects. Billericay Lions got together with 7 other local Lions clubs, Basildon and Wickford, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Harlow, Romford and Thurrock as well as Chelmsford Lionesses, to create a near £5000, 250 metre all-weather bridle path through the woods at Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled.

A cheque was presented to Karen Lehner, Vice Chairman, Trustees who in a thank you letter stated “The path will really come into its own as winter comes on. It is especially important to our autistic riders who need to be able to enjoy their ride in the open air with all the extra stimulation that it provides” For details of Lions events or if you are interested in joining, please have a look at our website www.billericaylions.com

The full line up for the pre-display music concert has finally been secured. Organisers have been working hard to bring in some established favourite entertainers as well as the best up-and-coming acts onstage today. Prior to main-display blast off at 8pm, Heart FM’s popular breakfast show presenters, Martin and Su, will be back again to introduce the talents of Joe Fryd, Jess Folley (The Voice Kids 2017 winner), Amy Langmead and Leanne Jarvis (The Voice 2013 finalist). The evening is book-ended by DJ Damien Stone spinning his house style mixes. Event director, Marcus Bennett said “We have a great range of music styles on-stage so there should be something to suit everyone. Also, listen out for your favourite film sound-tracks during the main display. We have worked hard with Heart FM and Flashpoint to create a fantastic party atmosphere.” Marcus added “We have the usual wide range of food & drinks stalls to keep everyone fed and warm whilst watching the acts – this year we have also added pizzas, healthy-wraps and a special sweets stall for the kids. The traditional hot chestnuts and mulled wine for the parents will of course be back again!” For full details on all the entertainers onstage and how to purchase tickets online, please go to: - www.billericayfireworks.co.uk

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