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We hope you had a great Easter! Here at Around Town HQ we certainly enjoyed the well earned rest. And there’s more to come this month! Let’s hope the sun keeps on shining so we can enjoy our parks, pub beer gardens and BBQ’s with no thought of cloud and rain ruining our weekends.

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Take Action on Stroke this May Someone in the UK has a stroke every three and a half minutes. Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer and three times the number of men as prostate cancer. For survivors, the effects can be life-changing, for them and their families. For the Stroke Association, stroke is one of the greatest health challenges of our time, so this May they are bringing us Action on Stroke month. The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity, which provides support for survivors to make the best recovery they can, campaigns for improvements in care, and funds research to come up with new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. For them, Action on Stroke month is key to promoting public awareness of stroke prevention and highlighting the support services available locally to stroke survivors and their families. Beverly Reynolds, the Stroke Association’s Assistant Regional Manager for East of England said “This month is Action on Stroke Month, and the Stroke Association is celebrating the vital services available to people living in Billericay and the surrounding area. The charity offers a range of support services in the local community, helping stroke survivors and their families

make their best possible recovery from the devastating impact of a stroke. Although it’s one of the UK’s biggest killers and leading causes of disability, far too many people don’t understand it or ever think it’ll happen to them. Around 11,600 people have a stroke every year in the East of England and over 100,000 people live with the effects of stroke. Many people believe that strokes only happen to older people but a quarter of all strokes happen to people under the age of 65.” A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or a bleed in the brain. For survivors, this can have a lasting impact both physically and neurologically, depending on which part of the brain has been affected, and how widespread the attack. For the Stroke Association, it is vital survivors get all the support and information they need to make the best recovery possible. In the South West Essex area, covering Billericay, Rayleigh and the surrounding areas, support is available in the form of Communication Support Service and Information, Advice and Support coordinators. The co-ordinators work with clients to help them meet their recovery

goals, signposting them to the services, facilities and opportunities they need, from live-in carers and disability benefits, to retraining and returning to work. They can also match them with volunteers who will work with them in their own home or in a group setting, providing communication support. This May there are fundraising and stroke prevention events happening across Essex. The Stroke Association is one of the chosen charities being sponsored in the 2014 Fun Walk, at Barleylands Farm on 18th May. For further details of Action on Stroke Month and local fund raising/ stroke prevention events, please visit www.stroke.org. uk/strokemonth. For further information on about stroke, including how to recognise the signs and symptoms and support services available, please visit www.stroke.org.uk or call the Stroke Association Helpline on 0303 30 33 100.

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Billericay RFC Champions, x 2! Billericay first team ended a long, but superb season with an emphatic 52-7 home win over Ilford Wanderers. Although Billericay had already been crowned Essex One Champions the previous week, this victory meant the team finished with a win securing the league title by an 11 point margin! Finishing the season with a points difference of plus 173 over their nearest rivals, Clacton, Billericay have shown throughout the season that they are a team playing an exciting brand of rugby.

By being promoted to the London North East 3 Division, Billericay will now be playing all over Essex, London, Norfolk and Suffolk. It is an extremely hard division but Billericay have shown this season that they will be able to compete and challenge next term. The first team are not the only ones to be celebrating, as the second team were crowned Merit League 4 division champions! The league final was played against a strong Basildon team, with Billericay securing an outrageous 34-15 victory! Both

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Do you know the size of your pension pot?

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Consolidating your pensions could make financial sense It’s essential that you regularly review all your retirement plans, to make sure you know what you’ll get when you retire. If you don’t, you could be: • Paying more charges than you need to. • Investing in funds that don’t suit your goals or attitude to risk. • Paying less than you need to fund your retirement, as it’s difficult to work out what you’ll get if your pensions are paid from several pots. It’s never too late to consolidate your pensions and be able to make better plans for your retirement. Call me now and talk to the experts about the best way forward for you. The value of the investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back as much as you put in.

Finance Matters by Ian Nicholson DipFA Beaulieu Wealth Management Ltd Since my first article in the April edition of Around Town Magazine we’ve had the 2014 budget, and what a budget it was for people looking to save with either ISA’s or Pension plans.

can take 25% of the fund you’ve built up as a tax free lump sum, and the balance is then usually paid to you as an income (called an annuity). This income is taxed in the same way as your income is now. The changes (which come into effect in April next year) mean that after the tax free lump sum has been taken, you can if you wish take the balance as a lump sum as well.

To look at ISA’s first, the Chancellor has said that as of 1st July 2014 ISA’s will be reformed into a simpler product, the New ISA (NISA). You will each be able to invest up to £15,000 per tax year into the plan. The major change however is that the £15,000 can be split between Cash and Stocks and Shares NISA’s in whatever proportion you wish. The only stipulation is that you can only have one Cash NISA and one Stocks and Shares NISA in any tax year.

The reason it is vitally important that you take advice before doing this is that the second lump sum will be taxed at your highest marginal rate. This could potentially have a damaging effect to your fund, and its ability to provide you with an income when you retire.

If you’ve invested in an ISA since 6th April 2014 this will count towards your NISA limit for 2014/15, and because of that you won’t be able to open a NISA of the same type (i.e. Cash or Stocks and Shares) before April 6th 2015. You can however after 1st July 2014 add to the ISA you’ve set up (up to the new limits) or transfer your account to another provider that will allow additional amounts to be added.

I’ll be back next month with more advice on Finance Matters. If you’d like any topic covered please let me know.

This may sound confusing, but ultimately it means you can save more money each year in a tax free environment. Whether you do it via Cash or Stocks and shares is your choice, but I would strongly suggest you get advice before deciding.

The value of the investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back as much as you put in.

Hopefully that’s explained some of the changes from the budget. If you’d like any specific advice please contact me (details below).

Thanks for reading and see you next Month: Mob: 07919 241386 E-mail ian.nicholson@bwmltd.org Twitter @BWMLimited Web: www.BWMltd.org

Moving onto Pensions, the big, and perhaps surprising announcement in the budget, was that when you get to retirement, or at least when you want to take the benefits of your Personal Pension fund, you don’t have to take an annuity anymore. Basically, at the moment, when you take the benefits, you

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A dot on the page... Hi Around Towners! Here’s your monthly update on my progress with Colin Lott of ‘Drive School of Motoring’ who is taking me through the process of passing my driving test. This month, between Colin’s busy teaching schedule and my moving house amongst other things, we haven’t managed as many lessons as we’d have liked. However, the couple we did manage to squeeze in were very successful and I showed a great deal of progress, although, if you had asked me this at the end of my last lesson, I may not have agreed. 95% of the lesson went really well, with improved gear changing, awareness and position of the car and clutch / brake control on roundabouts and junctions. The other 5% of the lesson saw me making silly mistakes, which I got really annoyed at. Now, having a predominantly successful lesson is something most people would be pretty happy about. Not me. Colin told me to park the car (safely) and compared the way I viewed our lessons was similar to a small dot on a piece of paper – I concentrate on the small amount I get wrong (for example a tiny dot on a piece of paper) and forget about the majority of the lesson which is good and showing great progress (the rest of the clean sheet of A4). After our chat, I feel a lot happier and confident with what I have achieved. It’s never an easy thing learning to drive and, although some find it easier to pick up than others, I never actually thought I could do it. But here I am. I am not the most confident on the road, and Colin recognises that and we run at a pace best suited to me – and it’s working. Looking forward to the month ahead, we have 4 lessons booked in and I have homework on learning road sign colours and shapes. Now where is my ‘Know your Road Signs’ book...?

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Noah: The End Of The World... Is Just The Beginning So says the poster for the Hollywood Blockbuster starring Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe in this film inspired by the Biblical story of courage, sacrifice and hope. It probably comes as a surprise to many to learn that the Bible isn’t the only religious book that records the flood. Most cultures have traditions about a worldwide flood that swept the earth. In fact, there are 270 different flood traditions firmly established in many ancient cultures, stories from Babylon, Greece, Egypt, Persia, Syria, Italy, Scandinavia, Russia, India, China, Mexico, Indonesia, New Guinea, Melanesia and Polynesia, to name a few. Isn’t it a remarkable coincidence that many of these places, long before the Bible was even compiled, had stories of a huge flood and some kind of saving Ark? Noah is directed by the visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and, even though it plays loosely with the story we read in the Old Testament book of Genesis chapters 6 to 9, it raises genuine questions of faith and doubt, righteousness and

wickedness, judgement and mercy, and the relationship between humanity, the world and God. It is a great film, I saw it a few weeks ago, and it is well worth going to see. If you do, or have been, might I suggest there are five ways you can watch the film: 1) Aesthetically: View the film as a piece of art, looking at different aspects of the filmmaking, such as storyline, scripting, characterisation, cinematography, editing, music and design. 2. Emotionally: Consider the impact of the film and how it makes you feel, and what it causes you to think about. 3. Intellectually: Think through some of the ideas explored in the film, such as beliefs, values and attitudes about subjects such as reality, humanity, knowledge, wisdom and the deep desires and longings of the human heart.

implications of the ideas it explores. 5. Spiritually: Bring together all of these to consider the impact of the film on your beliefs, attitudes and actions. It would be fair to say that Noah touched me on all of the above. It is, as I said earlier, a great film. However, it reminded me, quite strongly, that whilst God has a plan for the way that we should live, the ‘Ten Commandments’ or the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ are just two examples, each of us have been given the freedom of choice to accept or reject his love which was shown to us, as I suggested in the April/Easter edition, in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. What might you choose? With every blessing in Jesus’ precious name

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BILLERICAY CRICKET CLUB Est. 1875

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MAYFLOWER ROTARY CLUB April 4 Charter Night – This black tie function to celebrate the ‘birthday’ of the club was held at the Hutton Mount Avenue Banqueting Suite, where nearly 100 members and guests enjoyed a 3 course meal, entertaining speeches and dancing until midnight to celebrate a record charity fund raising year when £75,000 was raised for good causes with a majority of this going to Mayflower’s local project, the Thriftwood School 6th form college. April 17 Scatter Week – Over the Easter period the Mayflower Rotary Club will visit other clubs in the UK. There is a trophy for the club that clocks up the most miles in this period. Mayflower Rotary is the trophy holder, has been for the past 10 years and plans are in place to retain the trophy. May 1 – Sees a major change for the club – After 24 years of holding the 8pm Thursday night meetings at Rose Hall, Chapel Street the club is moving to Burstead Golf Club. May 2 Official opening of Thriftwood 6th form college - Mayflower’s major local charity for 2013/14. May 17 Magic Night – at Stock Village Hall July 13 Billericay Summerfest A full stage and arena programme has now been organised with the star attraction a 30 piece marching Caledonian pipe and drum band from Chelmsford. This will take place on Sun Corner with the usual format of stalls including the ever popular Continental Market. A beer and Pimms tent will be available to accompany the many types of foods on offer and of course there will be kiddies rides, pony rides, Punch & Judy and a classic car display. Entry is free to this annual summer community and charity fund raising event. A few stall spaces are available, but these are going fast. Keep up to date at www.billericaysummerfest.co.uk July 19 Music in the Garden – in aid of NSPCC Sep 7 (TBC) Bell Boat Race – Mayflower’s form of Dragon Boat racing on the Chelmer. Applications to participate welcome. Dec 7 Billericay Christmas Market (BCM 2014) – the Carousel returns this year. Stall spaces are already nearly fully booked by past participants and we open to new applicants for any remaining spaces on May 1. Keep up to date at www.billericaychristmasmarket.co.uk

BILLERICAY LIONS CLUB Hello again! Thanks to all those people who supported our Taste of Greece Quiz, with your help we managed to raise nearly £600 for our local Charities. The Easter Hampers that have been raffled around the town are now safely in the hands of all of the lucky winners. Again, many thanks for your continued support in this event, although we may have to change this in the future as most pubs are now ‘eateries’ and we are conscious of approaching diners when they are eating. Thanks also to all the pub landlords who allowed us to raffle the hampers on their premises this year. The Big Band Night at The Emmanuel Church on May 24th promises to be a really nostalgic evening for some of us. We still have a few seats left, so if you are a fan of Big Band music with songs from some of the legends of that era, please contact us on the number below. Tickets are £12 in advance and £15 on the door. Finally, a reminder of the Beer Festival at the Football Club on the last weekend in June. This has become a really popular annual event and this year we are trying to introduce attractions for the kids on the Sunday. So, no excuses, come on down for a really relaxing couple of hours and the kids are free! For details of all Lions events please visit our website www.billericaylions.com or telephone 0845 833 9849.

Billericay Round Table have been lucky enough to have helped out hundreds of good causes in the local area over the years, all of them greatly deserving and helping to change lives. At our most recent meeting, we heard of one cause however that we know could make a massive impact on the lives of the young people of Billericay, and we quite simply, couldn’t say no. 24yr old Billericay resident Tim Butt attended our meeting, and when given the opportunity, stood up to address us and to explain what he hoped we could help him with. Tim had been competing at a very high level as a Tri-athlete and also as a cyclist, even rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Brownlie brothers, but in May of last year, without any kind of warning, he had suffered a serious cardiac arrest that was to change his life forever. Tim is now fitted with an Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator, but has set his target on helping to prevent other young people from going through what he did. Working with the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) he has set himself a number of challenges (as this article is being written, Tim is somewhere between Buenos Aires and Santiago on a 1,000 mile charity cycle challenge) to help raise the funds that will allow a heart screening day to take place for between 200-300 young people from Billericay between the ages of 14 and 35. We were delighted to be able to pledge £2,500 towards making this happen and would urge all readers to go to www.CRYathlon. com to find out more about events and challenges Tim has planned to raise the further funds he needs to make the screening happen. For further information about Billericay Round Table, please visit www.billericay.roundtable.co.uk or email media@ billericayroundtable.co.uk, we’d love to hear from you!

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using the best quality produce and maintaining true Italian flavours with a contemporary twist. CharǦgrill (or barbeque) Antonio the steak to your likingwithalong still manages the kitchen Head Chef Natalia Rigotti, working together to Portobellomushroom. produce dishes unrivalled by any restaurant in the surrounding areas. Front of House is in the PlacethesteakonthePortobellomushroom hands of the professional yet personable Joao Ruivo and Elaine Worboys. Being with the team for many years they know how important the Garnishwithroastedcherrytomatoesandfriedcourgettes service is to the customer’s overall experience. If you haven’t experienced the food or ambience of La Toscana, don’t wait any longer. You won’t be disappointed!

Servewithsautéedpotatoesandawedgeoflemon Signature Dish - Filetto Vesuvio

Prepare a marinade of olive oil, chilli and garlic using ingredient quantities dependent on individual taste Take an 8–10 oz. fillet steak and place in the marinade for between 30 minutes and 1 hour Char-grill (or barbeque) the steak to your liking along with a large Portobello mushroom. Place the steak on the Portobello mushroom Garnish with roasted cherry tomatoes and fried courgettes Serve with sautéed potatoes and a wedge of lemon Recipe supplied by La Toscana Bar & Restaurant 01277 630120 www.latoscanabillericay.co.uk

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Old Barn Court Billericay Essex CM12 9BY

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Karaoke - Every Tuesday

Open Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday Nights

May Bank Holiday Fun! World Cup 2014 All daytime games shown.

Available for Private Hire Father’s Day Sunday 15th June Call for full details

(some evening games shown, ask for details)

Freshly prepared food on site, served Saturdays & Sundays

01277 659863 01277 651492

1 Crown Rd, Billericay, CM12 9BG

2 High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BG /crown-billericay

@crownbillericay

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As the only family owned independent Italian restaurant in Billericay and surrounding areas, we take immense pride in ensuring our customers have a dining experience to remember. All our food is bought and selected directly from market and is freshly cooked to order. We are also extremely proud of the quality and attentiveness of the service our staff offer to all our valued customers.

Full A La Carte Menu Monday to Saturday ~ Lunch and Evening Lunch Set Menu Monday to Saturday 1 Course £7.95;

2 Courses £10.95

Evening Set Menu Monday to Friday 2 Courses £19.95

Sunday Lunch Set Menu 2 Courses £19.95

All our menus have been changed to welcome the onset of Spring and we have a music evening and a fish night spectacular in the pipeline so please keep a check on our website at www.latoscanabillericay.co.uk for details

OLD BARN COURT, BILLERICAY, CM12 9BY

TELEPHONE: 01277 630120

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Stocking billericay brewing craft beers and beers from other Essex & London microbreweries, guest ales plus other selected local drinks.

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3 COURSE MEAL INCLUDED!

At The Old King’s Head

www.billericaybrewing.co.uk

MicrObrewery & eSSeX beer SHOP

54B/C Chapel Street CM12 9LS @BillericayBrew

BillericayBrew

A MUST FOR ALL FAWLTY TOWERS FANS! An interactive comedy dinner show!

Saturday 14th June 2014 SHOW STARTS AT 7.30pm

01277 500121

TICKET PRICE: £39.95 . Call us on 01245 835225

Open weekend with bar

The Old King’s Head, Stock Road, Stock, Nr Billericay, Essex CM4 9PQ For more information email info@thecutproductions.com www.thecutproductions.com • www.theoldkingsheadstock.com

2nd, 3rd & 4th May

www.bursteadfarmshop.co.uk bursteadfarm bursteadfarm

Tye Common Road Little Burstead, Billericay Essex CM12 9SB 01277 637150

All you need for the perfect summer Barbecue is now available at the farm shop, whether it is Hand Made Burgers, BBQ Pork Chops, Minted Lamb Kebabs or free range lamb kebabs. Also stocking our best selling Restaurant Grade Charcoal that will make the fantastic that BBQ flavour when cooking. This Summer come and try our best selling Ice Cream all made on the farm, Made from double cream rather than milk to create a luxury treat, Clotted Cream To Mint choc Chip and even lemon sorbet!. May 1st is the official English berry season come in and try some of our best of British Strawberries, Raspberries and Gooseberries and other seasonal British fruit! • Logs and Coal • Animal Feed • Free Range Eggs • Tiptree Jams

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Organic Garden Compost

4 Bags For £10.00

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Est 1974

Oriental Cuisine To Take Away

www.kamble.co.uk

HOME DELIVERY AVAILABLE

£1 charge under £15 . Delivery Charges will apply to some areas

Opening Hours

Sunday to Thursday 5:00pm - 11:30pm Friday & Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm / 5:00pm - 12:30am Upon mention of AROUND TOWN

OFF LICENCE We sell Wine and Beer

Excludes alcohol. Photocopies not accepted. Valid until 31st May 2014 *

UNLIMITED USE within time period* 18 High Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9BQ

USEFUL NUMBERS POLICE Billericay Police Station

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HOSPITALS Brentwood Hospital Basildon Hospital Broomfield Hospital Essex Nuffield Hospital Mayflower House Queen’s Romford Southend Hospital St. John’s Spire Hartswood Hospital

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TAXIS Advanced Taxicall Billericay 01277 800001 Mayflower Cars 01277 624000 Swift Cars 01277 757473

CHEMISTS Boots the Chemist, Billericay Filmcroft Ltd, Billericay Lloyds Pharmacy, Billericay Moss Pharmacy, Billericay Shadforth M.W Billericay Shadforths Pharmacy, Billericay Shadforths Pharmacy Ingatestone

UTILITIES Anglian Water 0345 145145 Electricity – Power Supply Problems 0800 783 8838 Gas – Urgent Calls / Gas Escapes 0800 111999 Minicom – Transco 0800 371787 Thames Water (Supply or Wastewater Services) 0845 9200 800 Three Valleys Water 0345 823333 Water – Essex & Suffolk Water 01245 491234

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TRANSPORT Bus Service Rail Service

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