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At the Needles the electric Model T Ford electric cars are the most popular with our children. It’s a joy to watch their happiness. They also like the swirling teacups. The Needles is also home to sweetmakers and glassmakers. We get to watch both in action. While watching how sweets are made little Henry starts to crawl through the legs of bystanders pushing one lady’s legs apart to make his way through. There are fits of giggles. In between this side show we learn that 6kg of sugar product makes 2,000 sweets and this is done in 20 minutes. We get to try some at the end. There’s a wonderful sweet shop. Then we watch glass being made and a steady hand is certainly a requirement. It’s a really challenging process that involves a great deal of care when working with such high temperatures. If time allows there’s an excellent restaurant in Marconi’s named after the great man who carried out his groundbreaking radio work here in the 19th century. There’s a 4D cinema and for dare devils the chair lift provides the best way to see The Needles.

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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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Good Friday 30 March 10.00 am One Hour Meditation Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? 12.00 noon Churches Together in Billericay meet at Saint Mary’s in the High Street 3.15 pm The Wintershall Players Passion Play live from Trafalgar Square

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Should I consider saving in a Cash ISA

(Individual Savings Account)? I’m regularly asked about Cash ISAs and whether they are still worth using as a savings account. These questions always increase in March and April as the end of the tax year approaches and the start of a new one is on the horizon. So, let’s look a bit closer at them this month and see whether they should be something you consider for your savings. Background ISAs were introduced in 1999 as a replacement for PEPs (which were used for shares) and TESSAs (which were used for cash savings). Initially the overall allowance was £7,000 with a maximum of £3,000 being allowed for cash. For nine years, this remained the case until we saw a £600 increase in the cash allowance in 2008. 2011 saw the introduction of the Junior ISA for children and in 2014 we saw a huge increase in the ISA allowance with £15,000 being permitted within an ISA and it being possible to hold the entire amount in cash. Last year, this increased to £20,000 and the allowance will be maintained at this amount for 2018/19 tax year which starts on 6th April. What is the difference between Cash ISAs and ordinary savings accounts? Fundamentally, there’s very little differences in the actual account itself. A cash ISA is not dissimilar to an ordinary savings account, it’s just got a tax wrapper around it which means you aren’t liable to pay tax on the interest you earn. Think of it like

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a two chocolate bars, one still in the wrapper and one out of it – they are the same chocolate bar!

ISA instead of a traditional savings account. However, there are exceptions and things to consider:

The main difference is the interest rates charged on the different accounts. In the early days of ISAs, there were some very competitive rates as providers fought for your cash ISA savings. In 2018, it is a very different situation with ordinary savings accounts often paying more than their cash ISA equivalents – sometimes considerably more.

1) Savings in a Cash ISA stay tax free year after year Anyone who has opened an ISA every tax year since 1999, and used the full allowance, has been able to shelter over £121,500 plus interest from the tax man and, in April, will be able to add another £20,000 to that allowance.

For example, the best one year fixed rate is 1.95% whereas the best one year ISA pays just 1.46%. Similarly, on a five-year fixed 2.52% can be found on a standard account whereas the best five year ISA is 2.25% by comparison. Personal Savings Allowance In 2016, the government introduced a Personal Savings Allowance which means that basic rate tax payers can earn £1,000 in savings interest before needing to pay tax and higher rate tax payers can earn £500 before paying tax. As a result, banks pay interest without any tax deduced now whereas previously you had to fill in a special form for this to be done or tax would automatically be deducted. This means a basic rate tax payer could have £75,000 in the top paying instant savings account (1.30% from RCI Bank) and not pay any tax on the interest. So, are cash ISAs pointless now? Well, not exactly. For many people, there will be little or no immediate financial benefit to open a Cash

2) You can now switch your cash ISA in to a stocks and shares ISA Until recently this wasn’t something you could do but some people will like the flexibility this allows and may want to hold cash for a period before investing. 3) The Personal Savings Allowance (PSA) could change There is no guarantee the PSA will be continue and the allowance could be cut or removed. Additional rate tax payers get no allowance. Also, if interest rates rise, the value of the PSA will diminish too as smaller balances will then earn more interest and use the allowance up. 4) There will be accounts worth considering Nationwide have just launched a cash ISA with no notice required paying 1.30%, which is the same as the best standard paying account. Although only one withdrawal is allowed from the Nationwide account, whereas the non-ISA account from RCI Bank allows unlimited withdrawals, the Nationwide account may appeal to those who wish to secure their ISA


allowance in cash for the year. 5) Junior ISAs Junior ISAs come with their own allowance (£4,128 this year) and rates on them are very competitive. Coventry Building Society pay 3.50% and Nationwide pay 3.25% on instant access, which beat the best ordinary paying accounts for children with no restrictions. 6) Lifetime ISAs Lifetime ISAs, also known as LISAs, come with a £4,000 allowance within your overall ISA allowance of £20,000. So, if you invest £4,000 in a LISA, you can only put £16,000 in a cash ISA or stocks and shares ISA. LISAs are available for those aged 18 – 40 and you get a 25% bonus from the government each year on top of anything you save. So, if you save £4,000 you get £1,000 from the government. The bonus is paid every year until you are 50 years old. LISAs are aimed at first time buyers saving a deposit to purchase a home and for those looking to save for retirement. They have been somewhat controversial because there was already a scheme in place (Help to buy) for first time buyers and pensions provide generous tax relief for savers with many financial advisors still considering this a better form of retirement saving. There was little consultation from the government before LISAs and, as a result, there is only one provider of a cash LISA, Skipton Building Society. Skipton pay 0.75% interest. However, those saving for a home will find the 25% government bonus attractive and should certainly consider a LISA if they are saving for a deposit. 2017 / 18

2018 / 19

ISA Allowance

£20,000

£20,000

Amount that can be held in a Cash ISA

£20,000

£20,000

Start of tax year

6th April 2017

6th April 2018

End of tax year

5th April 2018

5th April 2019

Junior ISA

£4,128

£4,260

Lifetime ISA

£4,000

£4,000

Personal Savings Allowance – basic rate tax

£1,000

£1,000

Personal Savings Allowance – higher rate tax

£500

£500

Personal Savings Allowance – additional rate tax

£0

£0

James Blower Founder Savings Guru Ltd

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Basildon & District Ramblers Club The group meets every Saturday at 2.00pm. The Saturday walks are 4-5 miles with a rest halfway, we have some longer walks on other days. New members are welcome and membership is only £6 per year which includes all walks. See our website www. basildonanddistrictrambling club.btck.co.uk for full details Belvedere Jazz & Music Club 14th March - Clarinettist Pete Neighbour’s All Stars Quintet with Dave Newton - 8pm -10:30pm. 21st March - Tina May + Chris Ingham Trio - 8pm -10:30pm. 28th March - The Rag and Bone Club ( The Ronnie Scott’s Rejects!) - 8pm -10:30pm. Admission £12.50 ~ Meals Available www.belvederejazz.co.uk Tel: 07850 607075 or email: belvederejazz@gmail.com The Chichester Hotel Old London Road Rawreth, SS11 8UE Billericay Horticultural Society On Monday 19th March at 8pm in the Day Centre,Chantry Way Billericay a talk; A Gamekeepers Year by Graham Bendall

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March 13th Baby Booties Demonstration April 10th Cake Painting Demonstration Christ Church 164 New London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0AW Contact: Polly 07721 614579

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Mosaic Workshop Saturday 24th March - 10am -3 pm Learn how to cut and shape tiles then design and make your own mosaic piece. £20 for non-members,£15 for members ( plus £10 for materials, payable on the day) Booking Essential as limited places The Fold, Billericay Arts Association 72 Laindon Road, Billericay CM12 9LD 01277 632924 | baathefold.org.uk Norsey Wood Society Norsey Wood Society will be holding our next free open meeting on Monday 26 March in The Chantry Way Centre, Billericay starting at 7.45pm. Peter Claughton, a local member of the Essex Bat Group will present an illustrated talk, ‘Bats in our Wood and the surrounding area.’ Everyone welcome. E-mail norseywoodsociety1977@gmail. com or telephone Ken on 01277651125 if more detail required. Visit norseywoodsociety.uk to find out more about the wood and the Society RHS Hyde Hall The Fold Billericay 72 Laindon Road , Billericay CM12 9 LD Tel 01277659286 Wednesday 14th March 8 pm. The Dry Garden - An illustrated talk by Ian Bull , Garden Manager. With our ever-changing climate we need to know the best way to preserve our favourite plants from periods of drought. Ian, will guide towards the best plants for our gardens Tickets £5.00

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BARKING UP THE

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An AmAzing stArt for BiLLEriCAY ACts of rAnDom KinDnEss!

By Matt EvErard

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e are all very blessed to live in Billericay. We have so many community based groups, clubs, organisations and activities in our town that it could be easy to take this for granted. Back in mid January, I was privileged to join the Street Pastors as an observer for an evening. I was fascinated about this group of kind people who spend their time helping others in our town and I wanted to find out more. I met with the Pastors at St Mary’s around 9pm. We did two routes around the high street on foot during that evening and as a regular visitor to many of the establishments in our town; it was an eye-opener to see the other side of the fun and frivolity.

dustpan and brush in a bag and they sweep up any broken glass so that anyone who may be walking in bare feet can’t cut hurt themselves. They also look after vulnerable, (often intoxicated) people; they provide a safe place to rest for a while at St Marys and a listening ear. They give out bottles of drinking water, flip flops (for relief from uncomfortable shoes) and often arrange for people to get home safely. My evening with the Street Pastors was great fun (as you can see from smiles in the group photo!), I met four lovely people whom I now consider to be friends and I got the opportunity to see and understand the Street Pastors role in Billericay. I hope by sharing my experience that it creates a greater understanding of how fortunate we are and what this group of amazing volunteers do for our town. As I sit here writing, the snow is melting and we may be seeing the end of the snow storms known as “The Beast from the East”. It has been the longest that snow has affected Billericay in many years, but it has brought out the best in the members of B.A.R.K.

Whilst everyone is out enjoying the bars, pubs and restaurants, the Street Pastors walk their route, stopping to chat with party-goers and door staff and generally looking out for people in need. As they walk and chat, they pick up discarded glasses, bottles and cans and place them in the litter bins so that revellers can’t hurt themselves or each other with them. This also keeps the high street tidy and makes it safe for families with children who may be out and about the next morning. As well as that, The Pastors carry a

Thick snow and hills in every direction has made getting about very challenging. Via social media, a group of B.A.R.K volunteers reacted to this by forming an emergency transport group of 4x4 owners to ferry people to and from hospital appointments and to pick up and drop off vital prescriptions and medicines. Alongside this, a local heating engineer and a handyman provided their services to anyone who required emergency help. We also had a young volunteer clearing paths and driveways free of charge. The community spirit has been fantastic, new friendships have been forged and there has been a real air of positivity coming from the adversity that the snow brought.


So, what is B.A.R.K? B.A.R.K is a movement, rather than an organisation, engaging in and inspiring ‘Acts of Random Kindness’ in Billericay. Many people want to be involved in good deeds, but often don’t know where to start. B.A.R.K has provided a platform for people to get involved. What does B.A.R.K. do? There has been a whole host of ‘random’ initiatives taking place: Path clearing; Shopping; 4 wheel drive owners providing vital transport; Free Professional advice; repurposing Prom Dresses; Collecting books for Saint Lukes Hospice; overnight toiletries for parents at Broomfield children’s ward (Black Square on Radford Way have offered their premises for this as well as creating a website). Thanks to a generous local business, B.A.R.K are providing defibrillators for two Schools in Billericay. Future initiatives include: Free First Aid Courses; Afternoon Teas for the elderly; a project to transform a pre-school play area … and so the list goes on. What Can You Do? As Revd Paul Carr suggested in his February article in this magazine: “Look out for opportunities to offer an ‘Act of Random Kindness’ to a stranger or, if you’re the recipient of one, to pass it on to someone else. This could be: running an errand; tidying someone’s garden; picking up litter; paying something towards the grocery/ petrol bill for someone behind you in the queue; even giving a complete stranger a box of chocolates or flowers! You’re only limited by your imagination.”

ST. LUKE’S HOSPICE PROJECT St. Luke’s Hospice aims to provide the highest standards of care for people who have specialist palliative and end of life care needs and live in Basildon & Thurrock districts, including Billericay and Wickford. We are collecting magazines and books for both reading and selling to raise funds for this much needed hospice. All good condition magazines and books are welcome, please donate to your hearts content! This is a ongoing project, you can use the drop off points below to drop off your donations: Weekday: Black Square Litho, Graphic House, Radford Way CM12 0DX Mon - Fri: 8:30am-17:00pm Evening/Weekend: The Railway Pub, 1 High St, Billericay CM12 9BE Mon-Thu 12:00pm-23:00pm; Fri & Sat 12:00pm-Midnight; Sun 12:00pm-23:00pm

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Puffin Ward aT BaSiLdOn HOSPiTaL PrOJECT Following the success of our Broomfield Hospital Project, we are co-ordinating a *TOILETRIES ONLY* project for Puffin Ward (childrens) at Basildon Hospital.

Nurses from Broomfield Paediatric Ward with toiletries donated by the great people of Billericay!

Often kids are taken ill and parents / carers rush to hospital and stay the night with absolutely no toiletries. We can help with the following: Mini toiletries; small *sealed* bottles of shampoo, body wash, conditioner, deodorant and MOST iMPOrTanTLY - toothpaste and toothbrushes. Please, no large bottles, they need travel / hotel room style “one use” sized items. **PLEaSE nOTE, toiletries only. no duvet sets or toys.**

drOP Off POinTS Weekday: Black Square Litho, Graphic House, Radford Way CM12 0DX Mon - Fri: 8:30am-17:00pm Evening/Weekend: The Railway Pub, 1 High St, Billericay CM12 9BE Mon-Thu 12:00pm-23:00pm; Fri & Sat 12:00pmMidnight; Sun 12:00pm-23:00pm

For more about B.A.R.K and to get involved in the B.A.R.K revolution, join us on social media here: Facebook Page BARK - Billericay Acts Of Random Kindness Twitter @BarkBillericay

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BILLERICAY ROTARY CLUB

Our excellent participation in the Christmas Market when we supported the event with a major sold-out raffle and attracted interest in our SoapBox Derby to be staged on May 7 was tinged with the sad news of the death of Trevor Stansfield, a member since 2000 and a leader and legend in the town’s history. He died after a sudden illness in St Luke’s Hospice in January. Trevor was a Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary’s highest award but more than that – a past chairman of the Town Council, editor of The Resident, set up Billericay’s twinning with Fishers in Indiana and Chauvigny in France and left a legacy to the town with his commitment, endeavour and foresight His funeral took place on January 26 at Brentwood crematorium with a thanksgiving service at Christ Church, Perry Street,. We shall miss him.

We celebrated Christmas with our annual Partners Lunch at Reids restaurant and president Peter Greene hosted a home festive party. Plans are now well forward for our third SoapBox Derby with almost 50 entries – update in the April issue. New members welcome. We meet every Monday lunchtime at Reids for 3-course meal and a speaker. Club contact: www. twitter.com/BiericyRotary; www,facebook.com/BillericayRotary/ www,billericayrotary.org Membership: Peter Strong. peter_j_strong@hotmail,com General Enquries: Ed Harrison (secretary) : ed14harrison@hotmail.co.uk SoapBox Derby: Les Sheppard: les.sheppard@tiscali.co.uk Press & PR: Trevor Bond: trevjanbond1@aol.com

BILLERICAY LIONS CLUB

Billericay Lions welcomed a new Member (Mike Wheatley) at our first meeting of the year. Welcome aboard Mike. Billericay Lions has also had the honour of being recognised by Lions Global Headquarters by a prestigious Membership Satisfaction Award. This is presented when a club meets or exceeds the expectations of its members. As usual, Billericay Lions will be helping collect for one of our Partner Charities, Marie Curie, in the High Street on Saturday 3rd March. Please think about donating when you see us standing in the cold! The day after, there will be a Civic reception on Sunday 4th March at The Baptist Church, Perry Street and Lions will be there.

The annual Convention of Lions from all over East Anglia will be happening over a weekend 16th 18th March in Norwich. This is where the decisions are made by the members, effectively our Annual General Meeting. It is also a chance to meet up with old friends from other clubs and meet new friends. For details of Lions events or if you are interested in joining, please have a look at our website www.billericaylions.com

Looking forward, we are back into the regular routine of our monthly social/sports events and reviewing donation requests. As ever, we are looking to attract new members who are up for a bit of fun and looking to do some extra-ordinary things - things which you would not typically arrange with your normal mates! Check us out at www.facebook.com/billericayroundtable and www.billericayroundtable. co.uk or contact us directly on bepartofit@billericayroundtable.co.uk. We would also really like to hear about any special causes which we might be able to offer monetary support for – no matter how small or large the value, we treat all cases individually and in confidence. We are a registered charity and have been able to help many local people over the years and we want to continue so – please check out the request form here: www. billericayroundtable.co.uk/funding

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If you bring your awareness to the centre line of your body you will help your balance. Imagine a vertical line that runs directly through the centre of your head, neck and torso.

Find a spot in front of you that you can focus on and gaze at, without

Hold this pose for up to 10 breaths and then switch sides.

Don’t lean into your standing leg and keep your abdominals engaged.

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