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April/May 2012 Issue 45

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Inside this issue... What’s On Book reviews Gardening Walks

Plus... Easter Recipe Chocolate Mousse Cake

Rock Choir

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Welcome to our April/May edition.

8 Book reviews 12 Number cruncher 15 Video Stars 19 - 24 What’s On 26 Notice Board 28 Recipe 30 Country Mutters 33 Rock Choir 34 Gardening 36 Walks 37 Neil Catchpole 38 Sodoku 40 Useful Information 44 Useful Numbers 46 Index of Advertisers

Once again we have something for everybody in this issue including children, musicians, gardeners, photographers and food lovers. We have six pages of things to do in our What’s On section, not to mention a cake to bake on page 26 and some interesting walks to go on on page 36, some for charity and others just for fun. Onto music - if you love opera you must read all about Opera in the Orchard on page 32, still going strong after nine years. Now, have you got a budding rock musician in your family? If so, you need to show them page 15. Shutupfool Studios in Kelvedon are very excited about a brilliant service they are offering new and more experienced musicians and bands who are serious about promoting and presenting themselves professionally. I’ve seen what they can do with a video camera, and it is superb! Also, if you like to sing, you might consider joining Rock Choir details about how it all started are on page 33. Rock Choir have over 160 groups in the UK and three of those are in our area. If you were one of our many readers who admired our lovely owl photo on the cover of our last issue you will find our article on page 37 very interesting. We have an interview with the photographer Neil Catchpole who tells us how and when he got that fantastic shot. Finally - I’d like to welcome our new advertisers who have come on board - I wish you all success in the magazine. Plus a big thank you must go to you the readers who support and use the local businesses in the Connection. Supporting our local economy has never been more important. Hope you all have a great Easter and I’ll see you again soon.


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Life coach Annabel Sutton The Art of Saying “No” I’m convinced that if we all became adept at the art of saying ‘no’ our lives would be simpler, more balanced and decidedly less stressful. It’s a tiny word - seemingly so insignificant – but it can have far-reaching consequences. It’s not always easy to say ‘no’. We don’t want to appear rude or selfish or feel that we’re letting people down; maybe we’re flattered to be asked, perhaps saying ‘no’ implies we’re not a team player, or perhaps we simply want to be liked. Could it be that saying yes and filling our time is actually a cunning form of procrastination? The point is that every time you say yes to something you are, effectively, saying NO to YOU. Yes, you’ll volunteer at the conference but that means saying no to time you might be spending on your own projects; time with your family; time for you. If you find it hard to say ‘no’ here are a few tried and tested tips: Play for Time It’s when we’re put on the spot that we’re likely to say ‘yes’ automatically. So next time someone asks you to do something for them or get involved in a project, tell them you need to check your diary and that you’ll get back to them (in an hour/ tomorrow/next week). This gives you the space to decide

whether this is something you genuinely want to do or whether it is, actually, a should. Ask yourself: Do I really have time for this? Can I commit to it wholeheartedly? If it’s a yes — great. If not, get back to them and say no. Use the Sandwich Technique If you’ve decided to say no, how to do it in a way that feels comfortable? This technique is a great way to say no gracefully — it makes it easier for the person to accept — and it also makes it more difficult for them to come back in an attempt to change your mind. You simply ‘sandwich’ the negative statement in between two positives. For example: “Thanks so much for inviting me to help with your event. Unfortunately I can’t take part this time, but I appreciate you asking and hope it goes really well.” Learning how to say ‘no’ will boost your confidence, lower your stress levels and improve your work/life balance. Not only that, but others will respect you for it. Annabel Sutton is a Professional Certified Life Coach with 12 years’ experience. If you’d like help making changes in your life in 2012 why not contact her for a FREE PHONE CONSULTATION. Visit www. for more information.




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Lawn Maintenance Those of us with gardens - might ask the question ‘should we get a lawn maintenance company in or should we just do it ourselves?’ I asked Andrew Barlow from Grasshopper Lawncare his view. Although getting your lawn into good condition and keeping it that way is not complicated or difficult, you do need a reasonable level of horticultural knowledge to achieve it. You also need time, and the ability to select and purchase the right raw materials, you may also need some specialised equipment. But it is not impossible, and more than a few enthusiastic homeowners manage to achieve great results. However - if your lawn is struggling with weeds and moss, or is lacking colour and density it is certainly worth considering using a specialised maintenance company. You will probably be pleasantly surprised at how cost effective and hassle free getting somebody else to do this work is. Lawn treatment service providers offer to do all this for you, often at a price comparable to DIY. And for many homeowners this is an attractive proposition. Over the last 10 years the number of businesses offering a Lawn Treatment Service in East Anglia has risen dramatically. In fact 10 years

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Book Reviews The Play’s the Thing

April sees us celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday. He’s our most celebrated playwright but who else believed ‘all the world’s a stage’?

Alan Bennett Fame came knocking overnight for Bennett after the Oxford university lecturer teamed up with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook to write and perform in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe. One of his most-loved series is Talking Heads which was originally written as a series of hilarious character monologues for the BBC. Bennett enjoyed further acclaim with his play The History Boys. Set in a fictitious boys’ grammar school it follows a group of students preparing for the Oxbridge exams. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2005 and scooped Best Play at the Tonys the following year.

Alan Ayckbourn Playwrights don’t come more prolific than Alan Ayckbourn who’s written more than seventy plays. In Absurd Person Singular, three married couples take it in turns to host a dinner party on three consecutive Christmas Eves. It was adapted into a television drama with Geoffrey Palmer, Maureen Lipman, Michael Gambon and Prunella Scales among the cast. Sisterly Feelings is a challenging Ayckbourn play following the lives of siblings Abigail and Dorcas. The first and last scenes always remain the same, whilst the decision to go with either Dorcas’s story or Abigail’s is made on a coin toss at the end of the first. Some companies rehearse just one version but others learn both. Sir Tom Stoppard Stoppard began his career as a journalist before becoming a drama critic and then a playwright. His works often centre on themes of human rights, politics and freedom of expression. His first great success, Enter a Free Man follows the story of George who has unrealistic dreams about a reusable envelope empire he’s planning on building. In his Tony award-winning play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead his two main protagonists are the actors playing the parts of the messengers in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Most of the action takes place in the wings during Hamlet and great confusion and ambiguity ensues.

that ensues when they all invite a guest to stay for the weekend. Coward’s Blithe Spirit is also a theatrical mainstay. This time the socialite Charles Condomine is tormented by the ghost of his first wife who is hell-bent on ruining his second marriage.

A Darling Book for May

It’s time to crown the new May Queen and dance around the Maypole. Heavily rooted in the pagan and the celtic, celebrations are taking place across the land. This magical time of year is all about nature, fertility, tradition and folklore. Make yourself a daisy crown, sprinkle on some fairy dust and dance barefoot in the moonlight. Or failing that, find a patch of sunlight and let a book lead you on a merry dance… Lob, Linda Newbery The original inspiration for Newbery’s ‘Lob’ was a stranger she saw on her way to work; ‘the man who walks the roads’. Where was he going and where had he come from? This image, combined with those of the ‘green man’ in English Folklore who appears in carvings as a face amongst leaves and branches, lead to her to create her garden helper ‘Lob’. Lucy ‘s grandfather tells her about Lob and all the ‘Lobwork’ he does around the garden. You can only see him if you believe in him. It’s a beautiful and heart-warming children’s book which has great appeal for adults.

Harold Pinter The best thing about seeing a Pinter play is hearing everyone in the interval trying to work out what it all means. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature so you know it’s good stuff, you just may not know whether you actually like it or not. Although Pinter didn’t win Sir Noel Coward critical acclaim until The Caretaker, There’s still time to catch Noel it’s worth reading his earlier work, Coward’s Hay Fever which The Room, which is currently enjoying a he wrote in three successful run in the West days. The Dumb End. Hay Fever is a lesson in Waiter produces a the importance of paying lot of laughs with attention to your house an excellent twist at guests. Set in the 1920s the end and A Slight it deals with the four Ache might leave you eccentric members of thewhen responding to adverts examining your own Please mention relationships. Bliss family and the farce


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What’s on at Easter time for children Madagascar Easter Egg Hunt At The Red House, School Rd, Messing CO5 9TH On Thursday 5th April 11.30am onwards. Jungle foam mask and Easter egg for every child. Bouncy castle, ice cream van, BBQ, picnic areas, face painting and games. Children £3, adults free. For more information call 01621 815219

Easter Egg Hunt At Halstead. Monday 2nd April - Friday 13th April. Collect a form from Halstead Town Council and then visit shops to get number clues. Return completed forms to Halstead Town Council to collect a small Easter Egg. Free event. Open to school age children. For more information contact Halstead Town Council on 01787 476480 or email

Ostara to Easter At Colchester Castle Monday 2nd - Thursday 5th April. Sessions at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm Join in this fun session with our storyteller and hear how people have celebrated Easter over the last 2000 years and where Easter traditions came from. Free

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Easter Tree Making At The Natural History Museum, Colchester Tuesday 3rd - Thursday 5th April Sessions at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm Create your own Easter tree and decorations to brighten up your home. £2 per person. These events are very popular so booking is essential. To book call 01206 282940 or by dropping into Hollytrees Museum, Colchester.

Eggtastic Mosaics At Hollytrees Museum, Colchester Tuesday 3rd - Thursday 5th April. Sessions at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm Using different materials, work with an artist to design and make your own funky mosaic egg. £2 per person. These events are very popular so booking is essential. To book in advance by calling 01206 282940 or by dropping into Hollytrees Museum, Colchester.

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Dig That Den Children’s Activity Thursday 5th April At Highwoods Country Park Suitable for ages 4yrs+ Costs £3 per child Den building in the woodland – wear warm, waterproof clothing! For bookings call: 01206 282920 More info at: www.

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Easter Egg Hunt Sunday 8th April 2pm – 4.30pm At Bourne Mill, Bourne Rd, CO2 8RT Find clues and win a chocolate prize! £1.50 per child in addition to normal admission fee. More info call: 01206 572422

Stour Wood Easter Egg Trail Sunday 8th April 10am – 2pm At RSPB Stour Estuary Nature Reserve, CO12 5ND A walk in the woods and a chocolate treat at the end! Children £2 in adv/£3 on day For more info: 01206 391153 or visit

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What’s on General interest Craft Fairs St Peter’s, Market Hill, Sudbury Saturday 28th April and Saturday 5th and 26th May 9.00am - 4.00pm Stalls include music memorabilia, wedding floristry, portrait and landscape photography, wedding photography, cup cakes, beaded and silver jewellery, face painting, home made jams, soaps and bath products, hand made cards, woodturning and many more. Refreshments, free admission. Proceeds support many local and national charities. Plant and Garden Sale At Brightlingsea Parish Hall Car Park Saturday 26th May 8.30am - 2.00pm For more information please call Val Gilders on 01206 302563

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Lavenham Summer Craft Fair Lavenham Village Hall Saturday 30th June - Showcasing over 30 of the very best, genuine artisan producers in the region including photography, quilting, felting, pottery & ceramics, original artwork and lots more. The cafe will be serving sandwiches, light lunches, freshly baked cakes & good coffee. Free parking and free admission.

St Andrew’s Church Flower Festival St Andrew’s Church Wormingford Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th June 10.00am - 5.00pm This year’s theme is ‘Jubilympics.’ Homemade lunches and teas, cakes and produce, raffle, bric a brac and plant stall. In aid of St Andrew’s Church. Sunday 3rd June Services: 11.00am Family Service, 6.30pm Songs of Praise.

Open Day United Reformed Church in Chappel, Colchester Road A1124 (Rose Green) Saturday 21st April 10.30 - 4.30 Drop in to see one of the village’s hidden treasures. Hear the historic organ played by Anthony Percival at 11.00am and 3.00pm. Light refreshments throughout the day, soup and rolls at lunchtime 12.30 to 1.30. Various displays and more.

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‘Primrose and Pink’ Charity Spring Ball At The Colne Priory, Earls Colne. 31st March, 7.30pm Featuring Live Rock Band where you are the karaoke star! Banquet seating, food and bar courtesy of the Five Bells pub. Bring your charity suggestion s to win the proceeds of funds raised on the night. Dress to Impress! Tickets from Five Bells 01787 224166

Auction of Promises At Chappel & Wakes Colne Village Hall Saturday 12th May 7.00pm An evening of fun and treats to raise money for Chappel Primary School and the Charity ‘Action for Children.’ Local celebrity auctioneer Chris Eaton of Wakes Colne Post Office. Please bring your own nibbles and drink. For more information please call Mandy Sexton on 01206 241354 or email: mandymsexton@hotmail.

Easter Bonnet Competition Sunday 8th April 2.00pm. At Halstead Public Gardens with classes for children and adults. Dress to impress the Mayor of Halstead and those who’ve come to view. Free Event. All welcome. For more information contact Halstead Town Council on 01787 476480 or email jsmith@ alsteHarwiHaHal

Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nd Annual Duck Race Sunday 20th May 2.30pm Start from the new foot bridge next to the Swan Inn, Chappel The ducks will race at least 4 times down the river towards the bridge near the play park. 3 excellent prizes for each race. Bouncy Castle, BBQ, Cake Stall and lots of excitement! Duck numbers available for £2 from Chappel and Chappel CofE (VC) Primary School, Wakes Colne Post Office and The Swan Inn. Proceeds going towards the School’s outdoor play area. 

Medieval Archery for Adults At Colchester Castle Saturday 12th May. Sessions at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm A hands-on experience involving an introduction into medieval archery and a look at equipment based on the early stages of the Hundred Years War.  Get a close look at armour, weaponry and camp materials and then have a go at shooting an English Longbow! £3 (after normal castle admission). These events are very popular so booking is essential, book in advance by calling 01206 282940 or by dropping into Hollytrees Museum, Colchester

Colchester Castle. The Castle has had a chequered history from its construction in the 11th century, through its times as a fortress, a home, a particularly nasty prison to its current use as a museum. Hear some interesting facts, and also get a glimpse into the future, as the next stage of the Castle’s development takes shape. £3.50 per talk. To book please call 01206 282940, or by dropping into Hollytrees Museum. All talks will be British Sign Language interpreted.

Remember When…? Out on the Town At Hollytrees Museum, Colchester Tuesday 27th March. Sessions at 3.00pm to 4.30pm Look back over days gone by and reminisce about your favourite memories at Hollytrees Museum whilst handling objects from our Memory Box collection. Reminisce about your favourite nights out. Whether it was going out with a group of friends, or one special friend, this session recalls the days when we let our hair down dancing, enjoyed a film at the cinema or simply went to the local for a pint. This event is suitable for people with a visual impairment Tea and coffee served throughout. £2.50 per session. To book call Hollytrees Museum on 01206 282940.

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Tea and Talks - A History of Colchester Castle At Colchester Castle Saturday 31st March 3pm. Ticket holders will be admitted to the castle free after 2.30pm. Join Peter Berridge, Museum Tofor advertise call Manager, this journey through the history of

At Church Hall, Bear Street, Nayland CO6 4HY Tuesday 17th April 7.30pm. Anyone interested in the Society is welcome. For those interested in joining, membership is just £2, or £3 for joint. For further details: Lorraine 01206 262807 or

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Morning Market At Church Hall, Bear Street, Nayland CO6 4HY Saturday 26th May 9.30am Nayland & District Horticultural Society’s sale of plants, including bedding and vegetables, books and cakes. Refreshments and raffle, free entry. For further details: Lorraine 01206 262807 or  

Nayland & Wiston Calendar Photography Competition Display At Church Hall, Bear Street Nayland Monday 7th May 1.30pm 4.00pm A display of photographs entered in the competition for the 2012 calendar. Closing date for entries is 23rd April. For further details: Lorraine 01206 262807 lorraine. or www.

Colchester & District Fuchsia Society Plant Auction At Tollgate Hall, Villa Road, Stanway CO3 0RH Thursday 3rd May 7.30pm Lots of different plants for sale. Please bring plenty of loose change. All welcome, free entry.

An Introduction to Astronomy and AstroPhotography At Wormingford Community Education Centre, Church Lane, Wormingford Saturday March 31st 7.00pm - 8.00pm. Talk by local amateur astronomer Michael Forbes. For more information please call Jane on 01787 227037

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What’s on Car Wash and Cake Stall At Leavenheath Village Hall Sunday 1st April 10.00am - 2.00pm The Leavenheath Scout Car Wash is raising funds for the camp at Thetford. Homemade cakes also on sale.

Art Shows Dedham Arts Group Spring Exhibition At Littlegarth Studio, High Street, Dedham Friday 6th - Monday 9th April 10.00am - 5.00pm Lively, colourful and varied paintings and drawings by an enthusiastic group of local artists. Free entry. For more information about the group please contact Angella Horner on 01206 501548 or visit the Dedham Arts Group Website at

Art in the Park At Halstead Public Gardens Saturday 12th May 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sunday 13th May 10.00am - 4.00pm An extravanganza of Arts and Crafts with seven marquees displaying works from local and surrounding villages, chldren’s corner, face painting, novelty photo opportunity, refreshments, Braintree District Arts ‘Giant’ Sculpture Workshop, raffle on each day and other events happening over both days. Profits to The East Anglian Childrens Hospice. Free admission.

A free exhibition of paintings and drawings by people recovering from mental illness organised by North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Colchester and Ipswich Museum.

Art Exhibition At St Andrew’s Church, Wormingford. Saturday 5th May 10.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday 6th May 12.30 - 5.00pm and Monday 7th May from 10.00am - 5.00pm. Over thirty East Anglian artists exhibiting paintings, prints, sculptures, glass and ceramics. All works are for sale in aid of the church restoration fund. Admission free.

Music Colchester Organ Society Concerts At Alderman Blaxill School, Paxman Road, Colchester. Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.45pm Friday 6th April John Welham and his band Friday 4th May Janet Dowsett Popular organ music from the 1950’s onwards. Members £4, non members £6. For more information please contact 01787 269458

Music Events at The Headgate Theatre At The Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester

Art in the Community At the Hollytrees Museum, Just around the High Street, Colchester, Riverbend, the music of Essex, CO1 1UG Disney Sunday 8th April 7.45pm Until Sunday 15th April. Local Musical Director, Neil Open Monday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm and on PleaseSomerville, mentionpresents this Sundays, 11.00am - 5.00pm. concert series featuring


many familiar local faces plus several West End performers. Tickets £10.

Quire/Bill Tamblyn Saturday 21st April 7.30pm. Contact 01621 829674

Remember When Mr Rock ‘n’ Roll Friday 13th April 8.00pm East Anglia’s Premier Rock ‘n’ Roll entertainer pays tribute to the Everly Brothers with such hits such as Bye Bye Love, Wake up Little Susie; All I Have to do is Dream and many more. Also featuring hits made famous by Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and Elvis. A chance to sing, dance and reminisce to classic sounds of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Tickets £10. For tickets please contact 01206 366000, email Tickets@headgatetheatre. or visit www. Box Office opening times: Monday - Friday 12.30pm 4.30pm, Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm

Lexden Choral Society with Sarah Blake Saturday 28th April 7.30pm. Contact 01206 543280/766906 For further information visit

Concerts at The Parish Church of St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall Samaritans fundraising concert with the Kelvedon Singers and Christopher Phelps Saturday 24th March 7.30pm. Contact 01376 561719 Bach’s St John Passion Witham Choral Society, Colchester Philharmonic and Patrick McCathy Saturday 31st March 7.30pm. Contact 01376 346389

La Traviata At Bouncers, Wickham Hall Lane, Wickham Bishops, Essex CM8 3JJ Saturday 14th July 5.00pm (gates open 2.00pm) Interval 6.00pm - 7.30pm Performed by The Garden Opera Company in David Pountney’s acclaimed English translation. Refreshments, beer tent, wine, tea, coffee will be available before the performance and during the interval. Camping £10 per pitch per night. Early Bird offer £20 per person before the end of March, otherwise £30 (1st April to 9th July) or £40 (after 9th July). Children up to 18 go free. Box office Maldon T.I.C 01621 856503 or www.

Cheese and Wine with Jazz Abberton and Langenhoe Village Hall, Colchester CO5 7LP Saturday 24th March 7.30pm Hosted by the Abberton and Langenhoe Community Association. Music from The Dixie Trio Plus One. 1/2 bottle of wine per person is included in the ticket price but additional wine will be available to purchase. Tickets £12 each (limited to 100) available from Jackie Shapland on 01206 736834 or email candj.

Lunchtime Concert Martin Dobson, Bernie Hodgkins and Sam Edwards The Selion Swing Band Thursday 5th April 12.30pm St John the Baptist Church, Admission free: retiring Pebmarsh collection. Light lunches Saturday 12th May 7.30pm when responding to adverts available from 12 noon. The 9 piece band will be performing its own

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The Suffolk Villages Festival Events From Mendelssohn to Elgar At St Mary’s Church, Boxford Saturday 22nd April 6.00pm A programme tracing 19th century piano writing from the classical Mendelssohn to Elgar at his most hotblooded with pianist David Owen Norris. Vivaldi: Venetian Vespers At St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh Tuesday 5th June 6.00pm A sequence of psalms and hymns directed by Peter Holman. Tickets £17, £13 and £11 (half price to those in full-time education). Box office 01206 366603, box@ or www.suffolkvillagesfestival. com

Concert by the Camerata Singers with Bret Johnson (Organ) At St Andrews Church, Earls Colne Saturday 12th May 7.30pm The Camerata Singers give a varied concert in support of the restoration of the historic 1893 Hill organ, which is scheduled to take place next year. There will be music for all tastes as well as some instrumental interludes and organ solos. Tickets £5 on the door with refreshments afterwards.


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At Leavenheath Village Hall, Wrights Way, Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments (wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee) will be available before the film starts and during the interval. Tickets £3.50 per adult and £2 per child. Please call Lesley 01206 262505 or Ken 01206 263266 for tickets. Saturday 7th April ‘My Week with Marilyn.’ 12A Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench Saturday 5th May ‘The Help.’ 12A Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer

Drama The Village Players Present Two Plays: Lady of letters by Alan Bennett and The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard At Nayland Village Hall Thursday 29th, Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 8.00pm (bar opens at 7.30pm). Tickets £7.50 (£5.00 under 16) available from Nayland Post Office, afternoons only please or call 01206 262430.

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Ten Years and Counting Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April at 7.45pm. Saturday matinee at 2.30pm In celebration of the theatre’s 10th Anniversary. This revue will feature many of the different contributors to the success of the theatre over the past ten years. Amongst those appearing are not only familiar actors and singers, but also dancers, musicians, poets and a variety of youngsters. Tickets: £10, £8 for concessions.

Our Day Out by Willy Russell – A.C. T Company Wednesday 11th April 7.45 pm and Thursday 12th April 2.30 pm and 7.45pm When Mrs Kay’s Progress Class are unleashed for a day’s coach trip to Alton Towers they can hardly believe their luck…. Until the humourless Mr Briggs gets on board and a battle of wits ensues. This updated and extensively revised version of Willy Russell’s much loved play retains all the humour and poignancy of the original. It was first produced in 2009 at the Royal Court where it broke box offices records. Tickets: £10, £8 for concessions. For tickets please contact 01206 366000, email Tickets@ or visit Box Office opening times: Monday - Friday 12.30pm - 4.30pm, Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm

See How They Run Ellen – Her Triumphant Women – Cambridge Devised Theatre and Headgate Theatre Productions Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April 7.30 pm The Victorian actress Ellen Terry’s remarkable life, relationships and views on acting, through Shakespeare’s feisty, troubled complex and sometimes triumphant women. This witty and moving new play explores the complex interactions between a ‘modern’ woman, Victorian celebrity and Shakespeare’s art. Advisory: 14 years old + Tickets: £9, £8 for concessions.

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At The Assembly Rooms, Dedham Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st April 7.45pm A classic English farce by Philip King presented by The Dedham Players. Tickets £7.50 including refreshments at interval from W A Hood Newsagents, Dedham. For more information call 01206 323160 The Turn of the Screw At Layer Marney Tower Wednesday 23rd May 7.45pm Theatre in the Long Gallery by the Echo Theatre Company. Tickets 07757 977707.

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What’s on Events for Children Activities at Wormingford Community Education Centre Church Lane, Wormingford Play and Stay every Monday, including Easter holidays 9.30am - 11.30am. Lots for young children to do. Parents stay and chat. Cafe open to all ages. Library is also open with children’s books for 3 - 11 years available. Stop Animation Workshops on Saturday 17th, 24th and 31st March 10am - 11.30am Participants will be able to make their own short films and contribute to a group project. Suitable for ages 8 - 12. £4 per session.  To book a place please call Jane on 01787 227037 / 07801 543850

Torchlight Tours At Ipswich Museum Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May. Tours at 6.00pm, 7.00pm and 8.00pm See the museum in a new light – by torchlight! Bring your own torch, discover the darkness and be guided through the galleries after hours in these rare Torchlight Tours! Suitable for ages 8+. £4.50 adults, £3 children. These events are very popular so booking is essential, book in advance by calling 01473 433691.

Archery School Colchester Castle Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th April. Sessions at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm

Join our master for a lesson in archery. Use a real bow and arrow to practice your skills. Will you hit the target? Suitable for ages 8+. £2 per person (after normal admission to the Castle). These events are very popular so booking is essential, book in advance by calling 01206 282940 or by dropping into Hollytrees Museum, Colchester

Have a go at Archery At Colchester Castle Thursday 12th and Friday 13th April. Drop-in 10.30am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm Fancy a go at one of the most traditional of weapons? Do you want to test your shooting skills? Come along and take a few shots at the target. Suitable for ages 8+. 50p for 3 arrows (+ normal admission to the Castle)

Sunday Kids Club At Sudbury Library, Market Hill, Sudbury Every Sunday from 10.30 - 12.00 Children of all ages are welcome to come and join in the craft & storytelling activities free of charge. Story reading, activity sheets and stickers for the children to take home. All pictures displayed in the children’s room at the library can be taken home by the artist a few weeks later. 25th March, Alice in Wonderland 1st April, End of term games

15th, 22nd and 29th April, Springwatch minibeasts, birds, garden and woodland. Contact Sudbury library on 01787 296000 for further information.

Farmers Markets Assington Farmers’ Market At The Barn, Assington Sunday 8th April and Sunday 13th May at 10.00am - 2.00pm Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973

Lavenham Farmers Market At The Village Hall, Lavenham Sunday 22nd April and Sunday 27th May at 10.00am - 1.30pm Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973

Brightlingsea Farmers Market At the Community Centre, Brightlingsea Thursday 26th April and 31st May at 9.00am - 12.00 Contact Bob Shotton 01206 302669

Sudbury Farmers Market At St Peters Church, Sudbury Friday 27th April and Friday 25th May 9.30am 1.00pm Contact 01787 372331

Farmers Market At Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, Ipswich Saturday 7th April and Saturday 5th May 10.00am - 2.00pm. Contact 0844 4938088

Colchester Farmers Market The Arts Centre, Colchester Friday 6th April and Friday 4th May at 9.30am - 1.00pm Contact Rowley Castiglione 01206 367776

Wivenhoe Farmers Market Congregational Hall, Wivenhoe Saturday 21st April and Saturday 19th May at 9.00am - 12.00 Contact Rowley Castiglione 01206 367776

The Connection has listed all the events in What’s On in good faith. We cannot accept responsibility for inaccuracies, changes to events or cancellations. It might be advisable to check with venues before attendance.

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Notice Board Wormingford Community Education Centre WCEC is now up and running! Our cafe is open every Monday 9.30am - 11.30am. Drop in for homemade cakes, good coffee and great company. French beginners and conversation classes will be held on Mondays starting on 2nd April and running every Monday except bank holiday Monday for 8 weeks. Wormingford Bookworms (reading group) takes place every second Wednesday of the month starting on 11th April. If you’re interested in learning how to ring hand bells or like the sound of Ballroom dancing, creative writing, art courses or The Rock Project (music lessons for all ages in a specific instrument PLUS learn to be part of a band) please call Amanda 01206 337338 or Jane 07801 543850 for more information. Calling All Local Businesses - Trek Italy and Save £500! Get fit in 2012 and raise vital funds for Essex Air Ambulance by taking part in their latest challenge, trekking 3 volcanoes in Italy. As an incentive, the Charity is offering a special Corporate Package to all organisations that sign up two or more employees on the trek.  The Charity is looking for supporters to join them from 14th to 19th June on a 6 day trek in Italy, scaling the legendary Vesuvius, Stromboli and Mount Etna whilst taking in stunning views of some of Italy’s most spectacular scenery.  If you fancy a challenge, but would prefer to take part with a partner or with a group, why not ask your work colleagues? Nina Benscher, Essex


Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “We understand that it can be hard to fundraise when among the same people. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to take part in this amazing trek and raise vital funds.” If you would like to take part contact Nina Benscher on 0845 2417 690, email or visit for more details. The Discovering Coggeshall Project  This is the third and final year of this Heritage Lottery funded project which has now been independently assessed. The parent body, Coggeshall Heritage Society and its partner the Essex Historical Buildings Group, have been actively supported by the Parish Council, local schools and museum together with local property owners and volunteers. They are working on material that will be of permanent value, the preparation and production of signage for “Town Trails” and the further development of a website that will ensure the widest circulation of the history of one of East Anglia’s most fascinating towns.   Further information about the project may be obtained via NSPCC Book Fair Last October the fair raised over £26,000 for abused and underprivileged children, helped by NSPCC and CHILDLINE throughout the year. Collections for the 2012 NSPCC Book Fair are taking place now until September. Books can be donated at Boydens offices in Colchester, Braintree, Kelvedon, Frinton on Sea and Sudbury. There are other collection points at Co-op stores in Clacton and Abbotts Rd and Peartree Rd in Colchester, also at Barnplants in Stanway, Heart’s Delight Nursery in Lawford, Tom’s Farm Shop in Tiptree

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and Stonefield Farm Shop in Inworth. Anyone unable to get to a collection point and who would like someone to collect their donated items can telephone 01206 271616. This year’s book fair will take place at Holmwood House School Colchester on October 27th and 28th. Earls Colne Millennium Green Trust Four Seasons Photo Competition 2012 - 2013 All local amateur photographers are invited to take part in a competition to find the best photographs showing our Millennium Green in all four seasons of the year. Please submit one entry of four 6”x 4” photographic prints, colour or black/white (not digitally enhanced) depicting Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter on the Green, and taken between 1st April 2012 and 31st March 2013. There are two age groups - under and over 18. Photos need to be submitted by 30th April 2013. Entry is free, £25 prize for the winner in each group. Submitted photos may be retained by the Trust after the competition and used for publicity purposes for the benefit of the Charity. Email for full rules/entry conditions, or contact Sheila Boyce, 01787 222396, or George Posner, 01787 223462. Tea for Helen Invite friends, family and colleagues to enjoy a cup of tea at your tea party - then ask them to give you a donation for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. All money raised will help fund cancer research and support. Register by calling our fundraising team on 01245 514325 or email angela.lodge@helenrollason.

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If you want to promote your club, society or group, then let us know at The Connection. Email: We will send you a Tea for Helen pack including balloons, posters, pack of Tetley tea bags and Gift Aid forms. Wilkin & Sons Ltd is supporting the campaign by offering their jars of strawberry jam for just £1. The jars are available from our cancer support centres and our charity office. Midnight Walk Ladies… walk this way! St Helena Hospice is delighted to announce that their fourth Midnight Walk will take place on Saturday 9th June. The ladies-only event will commence at midnight when 2,000 ladies will start their walk through Colchester. The Midnight Walk will start and finish at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, the home of Colchester United and walkers will follow a circular route of 12km (7.5 miles). Registration for the walk is just £15 and each lady will receive an official Midnight Walk t-shirt, along with an event pack containing helpful information and fundraising tips. Whilst this is a ladies-only walk there is definitely a part for men to play. The Midnight Walk team needs lots of men to volunteer their support to come along on the night and help in as many ways as possible. Ladies who don’t want to walk on the night but would like to volunteer are welcome too! The event is set to be a sell out and places are limited, so we would certainly recommend getting your place reserved as soon as possible. For more information about the Midnight Walk please call 01206 791740, email: or visit www. But You Don’t Look Ill Cheerful support for hidden illnesses. Thursday 12th April 1.00pm - 3.00pm. Drop in any time at The Stevenson Centre, Gt Cornard. £1 Please help me to live my dream I have dreamt of running a marathon for some time. I will finally get this opportunity on Sunday 22nd April of this year as I have a place to run the Virgin London Marathon in aid of ‘Action for Children’ - a charity that supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people, for as long as it takes to make a difference in their lives. Thank you so much to all the kind people who have sponsored me so far, you have been very generous. I need to raise £1900 by the end of June and have raised about £800 so far. I’m holding an Auction of Promises (see What’s On entry) and if you know anyone or any business that might offer a ‘promise’ that would be brilliant. When you see me running around Chappel, Wakes Colne, Bures, Mount Bures and Great Tey wave or hoot at me, it will give me encouragement to go that extra mile. You can also sponsor me by going to http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/MandySexton or emailing me with your pledge To advertise callon01787 Thank you so much for your support. Mandy Sexton.



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Food for Thought Perfect for a special Easter Sunday meal this indulgent dessert has a chocolate sponge base, creamy white chocolate mousse filling and a rich and dark chocolate glaze. It can be prepared the day before or made a couple of weeks in advance and frozen. Serves 8. Ready in 1¼ hours, plus 3 - 4 hours chilling.

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• 3 eggs • 70g caster sugar • 50g plain flour • 2 tbsp cocoa powder


• 2 x 150g bars good quality white chocolate, broken into pieces • 3 tbsp milk • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 300ml double cream • 3 large egg whites • 2 tsp powdered gelatine


• 85g plain chocolate • 20g unsalted butter • 4 tbsp double cream • Melted white chocolate and small candy coated chocolate eggs, to decorate


Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Grease and line the base of a 20 cm round spring-form tin. To make the base, whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water until very thick and pale – the whisk should leave a trail in the mixture when lifted.


Sift over the flour and cocoa and fold in gently. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 12-15 minutes until just springy to the touch. Turn out and leave to cool completely. Clean the tin and lightly grease and re-line the base. Place the cold sponge in the base of the tin.


To make the mousse, place the white chocolate, milk and vanilla extract in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and leave until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth then stir in 4 tbsp of the cream.


Dissolve the gelatine in 2 tbsp hot water. Cool for a few minutes then stir into the chocolate mixture. Softly whip the rest of the cream and fold into the chocolate mixture. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold in. Spoon the mousse over the sponge base and chill for 3-4 hours until set.


For the chocolate glaze, melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat, stir until smooth then stir in the cream. Leave until cool and thick enough to spread, stirring occasionally.

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Opera in the Orchard Imagine relaxing in a rural idyll, breathing in the scents of a midsummer garden as the sun sinks lower in the sky. The remains of an al fresco meal of local produce lie before you, you raise a glass of Prosecco to your lips as the sounds of an orchestra tune up getting ready for an open air opera performance. And all this takes place not on the outskirts of Rome, but in an English garden near Wickham Bishops. This is Opera in the Orchard and this year’s production is La Traviata - a tale of hope, despair and romantic love. Performed by The Garden Opera Company in David Pountney’s English translation, the outstanding singers include soloists from Covent Garden, Scottish Opera and English National Opera and are accompanied by a fully costumed band of acclaimed chamber musicians. But it’s not a highbrow vision of polite good taste. Robbie Bishop created Opera in the Orchard in the grounds of his own farmhouse

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9 years ago with the idea of sharing his love of opera with all ages. So this is a good value family friendly event where children go free. You can even make a weekend of it by camping in the grounds - either bring your own tent or stay in a bowtop gypsy caravan. With refreshments available before and during the interval, all you have to do is sit back, relax and listen! La Traviata Saturday 14th July. Gates open from 2.00pm. Performance starts at 5.00pm with interval (for picnic) 6.00pm to 7.30pm At Bouncers, Wickham Hall Lane, Wickham Bishops, Essex CM8 3JJ Special early bird offer! £20.00 (ends 31st March) £30 per person purchased before 9th July £40 per person after 9th July Box office 01621 856503 or visit www.

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The Rock Choir Story Musician and singer Caroline Redman Lusher established Rock Choir to help reignite the joy of singing, bring people together and give them a positive, life enhancing experience. After gaining a degree in popular music Caroline pursued a performing career. After 4 years in London entertaining VIPs and celebrities, Caroline decided to relocate and started teaching music and performing arts at Farnborough 6th Form College. She saw how much the students wanted to sing and perform, but were shy, and had no experience in reading music. Caroline introduced weekly sessions around the piano and began teaching 3-part harmonies to popular songs. The sessions soon became so popular that parents started asking to join too … and the Rock Choir spark was ignited. Caroline placed posters in cafes in and around Farnham, and crossed her fingers – little realising the phenomenon she’d unleashed. The word spread, and

more people arrived each week. People instantly fell in love with the fresh new approach and inclusivity of Rock Choir. They embraced Caroline’s unique teaching methods, and her inspirational arrangements of feel good classics such as ‘Dancing In The Street’, and emotional, uplifting anthems like ‘Something Inside So Strong’. Caroline recruited a team of talented musicians to train as Rock Choir leaders, and found suitable rehearsal venues. Within 3 years Rock Choir was in 12 locations across Surrey with membership showing no signs of slowing down. In 2009, she attracted national press coverage and appeared on television. A record deal followed and over 1,000 Rock Choir members recorded Rock Choir Vol. 1. It went straight to number 1 in the Amazon charts, entering the top 20 in the UK album charts. In 2010 Caroline and her Rock Choir members were invited to support The Soldiers on their UK ‘Coming Home’ tour, which

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Gardening with Pippa Greenwood This is the time of year when you’re likely to start to notice the presence of slugs and snails in your garden, greenhouse, coldframe, window box....indeed just about everywhere. There are many different species; the most common in gardens are probably species of Milax (the keeled slugs) and Arion (e.g. the garden slug and the large black slug), plus the grey field slug (Deroceras reticulatus). The garden snail, Helix aspersa is generally the most troublesome but may also be joined by various species of the banded snail, Cepaea.

Slugs and Snails It never ceases to amaze me how much damage something as small as a slug can do and in such a short space of time. But then the truth of it is, there is never just one slug or one snail, you can always be sure that there will be hoards of them. I garden on clay and our soil is alkaline and so we have a plentiful supply of snails; if you garden on an acidic soil you will generally find that snails are not a problem as they need the calcium to make their shells. To say that they infuriate me would be an understatement, but the type I hate most are those small grey-black keeled slugs that do such a lot of damage to crops such as potatoes. I garden without chemicals so there is no question of using pellets, but I have tried pretty well every other trick in the book. When it comes to potatoes I grow largely earlies and early mains and these crops are less susceptible because they are lifted relatively promptly. It also pays dividends if you grow varieties such as Pentland Dell, Wilja, Charlotte, Estima and Pentland Ivory all of which show a good degree of resistance to these slugs. I also use the biological control nematode Phasmarhabdites hermaphrodita. True this may prove quite expensive but it works brilliantly against slugs, poses no environmental problems (it is a naturally occurring parasite of British slugs) and is perfect for controlling any slug that spends time underground. If you time the applications so that the crops, flowers or other plants are protected while they are at their most vulnerable, it shouldn’t be too much of an outlay. Slug and snail traps also work well, whether you buy your own ‘Slug Pubs’ or make them by plunging plastic beakers into the soil close to susceptible plants and then part filling them with beer. I once did a mini trial Time to see 34on Gardeners’ Question Please mention The which beers slugs and snails liked best, and

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Obituary -John Edwin Copsey On December 29th 2011, John Copsey died at his home after a protracted illness. John had spent sixty years or more farming the land around Little Horkesley. He was known and respected widely as a sound man of the land. He was also known to many for his great stature, for the rollie welded to his bottom lip and for his red Panda car that rarely seemed to get out of second gear. It was extremely important to John that he die at home and his devoted family went to great lengths to ensure that this could happen. Kate Charlton-Jones

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North Essex Circular Walk

This year’s North Essex Circular Walk and Run is in aid of the Helen Rollason Charity which funds Cancer Support Centres and cancer research. It takes place on Sunday 6th May starting and finishing at Pebmarsh Village Hall. There is a choice of 3 routes from 7 miles to 26 miles. Most of the route is off-road so it is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. There is a registration fee payable which helps to cover the cost of running the event and everyone is encouraged to raise donations through sponsorship. Light refreshments and water will be available at each checkpoint. A hot lunch of jacket potato with a choice of fillings will be available at the finish for a minimum donation of £3.50. To book a place or for more information, call 01245 514325, email or visit

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The ‘Walking Your Way to the Games’ series of walks hosted by Colchester Borough Council celebrates the N.P.T.C. run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Qualified, Games. Fully Insured, Each of the walks is linked to an Olympic colour and Council varies in distance. The Yellow Walk on Sunday 1st April Approved is 6 miles long and starts at the Greenfield Road Play Area, Gt. Tey. The Blue Walk on Sunday 6th May is 8 miles from School Road park, Copford, both departing at 10.00am. Everybody who participates in one of the walks will Tel: 01206 241812 Mobile: 07802 698959 17 Partridge Drive, Fordham, Colchester, Essex receive a free souvenir pin badge. 36 Please mention The Connection when responding to adverts CO6 3NH For more information call the Health Walk Activator on 07506 695546 or visit

A Parliament of Owls

Last months striking cover shot of barn owls sitting on a branch provoked many comments from interested readers. A number of you wanted to know how it had been taken and almost everybody thought it must be very unusual to see so many owls gathered together in one place. Someone who can provide all the answers is the man behind the camera: Neil Catchpole, Project Officer for Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project. Neil’s work covers many aspects of countryside management including advising farmers on conservation matters, tourism and heritage and hands-on work maintaining nature reserves or habitat restoration for a variety of wildlife. But the Owl nest box project is a particular favourite. This was introduced to increase the number of barn owls in the area because they were at risk due to intensification of farming methods and loss of habitat. The project provides nesting boxes, maintains the surrounding land and monitors breeding progress. The photograph was taken in June last year. On average a breeding pair of barn owls will produce two to four young

per season but last year the warm Spring brought about an early start and the five barn owls in the picture were part of a brood of six reared in a nesting box near Kedington. Neil explained that the surrounding area of rough grassland is maintained as an ideal habitat for small mammals, which for barn owls is like having a dining table laid out in front of their front door. It was pure chance that the young owls were sitting nicely together when Neil went to check on the nesting box. He had just arrived and knowing that barn owls are shy creatures he grabbed the opportunity and the photo was taken from the window of his vehicle 30m away, hand held with a manual focus on a windy day! For those keen photographers among you, the photo (1/250sc at f/5.6) was taken with a Sony Alpha 350 digital SLR camera with a 75-300mm zoom lens, which Neil recommends as a good general camera for wildlife photography. It was bought with a legacy from

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his father who was a great countryman and who would have been thrilled to see this photograph. That evening Neil returned to watch the breeding pair hunting, bringing back food for the brood and encouraging them to hunt for themselves. The barn owls silent flight is due to the structure of the wing feathers, which are themselves not heavily oiled like many other birds. Although they seem to have large eyes, they rely on their hearing for hunting and the distinctive facial discs are there to focus sound. The same pair of owls went on to have another brood last year of which three survived. Overall in the Stour Valley area last year thirty eight young owls were successfully reared making a valuable contribution to the survival of this beautiful creature. Neil should be thanked for giving us this glimpse into just one aspect of the work of this worthwhile project. For more information please visit www. where you can also download a Barn Owl Newsletter. Amanda Findley

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Our fundraising is gaining pace again now that the new year is here. Since the Christmas break we have raised a total of £503.00 which brings our total to date to £32,207.00. An amazing amount of money, which will continue to grow as all the events planned for this year take place. Raised so far Our Rummage Sales remain ever popular as do the regular Table Top Sales held in the village hall. Spaces for the latter are always at a premium, so do book early for the April and May sales, which will be on the 14th and 12th respectively. We also have a Fashion Show planned for the 1st May - another very popular event, at which many items can be purchased off the peg, at well below store prices. All our events can be viewed on the "What's on Page". Another update on our progress will appear in the next issue of the Connection. We have many and varied events planned for the summer months, with the table top sales starting again in September, so please watch this space for regular updates on our progress.


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St. Peter’s C of E Primary School Tel: 01376 561328 Honywood Community Science School Tel: 01376 561231 Kelvedon St. Mary C of E Primary School Tel: 01376 570411 Feering C of E Controlled Primary School Tel: 01376 570296 Earls Colne Primary School and Nursery Tel: 01787 222205 Colne Engaine C of E (Aided) Primary School Tel: 01787 222717 Bures C.E V.C Primary School Tel: 01787 227446 Chappel C of E School Tel: 01787 222296 St. John the Baptist C.E.V.A Primary School Tel: 01787 269300 Great Tey C.E Controlled Primary School Tel: 01206 210415 Fordham All Saints C of E Primary School Tel: 01206 240251 Copford C of E Primary School Tel: 01206 210439 Stanway Primary School Tel: 01206 574819 St. Mary’s Lower School Tel: 01206 211242 The Heath School Tel: 01206 571379 Stanway Fiveways Primary School Tel: 01206 574849 Holy Trinity C.E. Primary School Eight Ash Green & Aldham Tel: 01206 240880 St Andrew's C.E.V.A Primary School, Wormingford Tel: 01787 227307 Dedham C of E Controlled Primary School Tel: 01206 322242 Stratford St Mary Primary School Tel: 01206 323236 Stoke by Nayland C.E. V.C.P School Tel: 01206 262418 Stoke By Nayland Middle School Tel: 01206 262362 Littlegarth School Tel: 01206 262332 Nayland Community Primary School Tel: 01206 262348 Boxted St Peter’s C of E Primary School Tel: 01206 272239



Kelvedon and Feering Health Centre Tel: 01376 572906 Kelvedon Surgery Tel: 01376 574560 Coggeshall Surgery Tel: 01376 561242 West Bergholt Surgery Tel: 01206 241137 Marks Tey Surgery Tel: 01206 213513 Tollgate Health Centre Tel: 01206 710030 Stanway Surgery Tel: 01206 572372 The Pump House Surgery/Earls Colne Tel: 01787 222022 Drs Hayhow & Barker/Bures Tel: 01787 227529 Branch Surgery, Tel: 01787 227529 Hardwick House Group Practice Tel: 01787 310000 Dr Baldwin & Partners, Nayland Surgery Tel: 01206 262202


Crimestoppers Tel: 0800 555 111 ChildLine Tel: 0800 1111 Samaritans Tel: 08457 90 90 90 Cruse Tel: 0844 477 9400 NSPCC Tel: 0808 800 5000 Missing Persons Helpline Tel: 0500 700 700 National Debtline Tel: 0808 808 4000 National Domestic Violence Helpline Tel: 0808 2000 247 Victim Support Tel: 0845 30 30 900 Inland Revenue Tel: 0845 010 9000 RSPCA Tel: 0870 55 55 999 Electrical emergencies Tel: 0800 668877 AA Breakdown Tel: 0800 887 766 Floodline Tel: 0845 9881188 Transco emergency service Tel: 0800 111 999 Rail Enquiries Tel: 08457 484950 AA roadwatch Tel: 09003 401100

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BT Faultline Tel: 0800 800 151 Rivers/Floodline Tel: 0845 988 1188 Citizens Advice Bureau Tel: 0870 126 4065 Samaritans/Colchester Tel: 01206 561234 Volunteering Opportunities Tel: 01206 505250 Al Anon Family Groups Helpline Tel: 0207 403 0888

Police Contacts

Essex Police (non-emergency calls to all stations and departments) Tel: 0300 333 4444 Ministry Of Defence Police Tel: 01206 782917


N.R Chappell and Associates/Halstead Tel: 01787 474447 R Patel and Associates/Halstead Tel: 01787 472202 Kelvedon Dental Centre Tel: 01376 570785 Tiptree Dental Surgery Tel: 01621 816688 D.R McLean B.D.S (Edin)/Coggeshall Tel: 01376 561748 The Croft Dental Surgery/Sudbury Tel: 01787 372605 The Dental Emporium/Sudbury Tel: 01787 311864 G.P Sullivan/Colchester Tel: 01206 322489


Colchester Borough Council Tel: 01206 282222 Braintree District Council Tel: 01376 552525 Kelvedon Parish Council Tel: 01376 570285 Feering Parish Council Tel: 01376 572882 Coggeshall Parish Council Tel: 01376 562346 Stanway Parish Council Tel: 01206 542221

Post Offices

Fiveways Post Office Tel: 01206 330451 Marks Tey Tel: 01206 210314 West Bergholt Tel: 01206 240355 Fordham Village Store and Post Office Tel: 01206 240391 Earls Colne Post Office Tel: 01787 222258

Wakes Colne Post Office Tel: 01787 222449 Bures Post Office Tel: 01787 227252 Stoke by Nayland Park Street Stores and Post Office Tel: 01206 262335 Nayland Post Office Tel: 01206 262210 Stratford St Mary Post Office Tel: 01206 322150 Dedham Post Office Tel: 01206 323543

Village Halls

Mount Bures Tel: 01787 228055 Bures Community Centre Tel: 01787 227278 Nayland Tel: 0774 895 3175 Dedham Assembly Rooms Tel: 01206 323921 Stoke by Nayland Tel: 01206 262943 Wormingford Tel: 01787 227631 Little Horkesley Tel: 01206 271841 Leavenheath Tel: 01206 263301 Assington Tel: 01787 211162 Stanway Village Hall Tel: 01206 545062 Feering Community Centre Tel: 01376 572467 Marks Tey Village Hall Tel: 01206 213250 White Colne Village Hall Tel: 01787 221811 Colne Engaine Village Hall Tel: 01787 223668 Earls Colne Village Hall Tel: 01787 224370 Bures Community Centre Tel: 01787 227278 Eight Ash Green Village Hall Tel: 01206 562860 Copford Village Hall Tel: 01206 211235


Stansted General Enquiries Tel: 0870 000 0303 Stansted Express Tel: 0845 850 0150 Gatwick General Enquiries Tel: 0870 000 2468 Gatwick Express Tel: 0845 850 1530 Heathrow General Enquiries Tel: 0870 000 0123 Heathrow Express Tel: 0845 600 1515

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Index of Advertisers Accountancy...................25, 45

Farm Shop..........................29

Mowing Services................35

Bathroom Fitters....................9


Oven Cleaning...............25,31

Beauty Treatment.................13

Floristry Courses...............17

Pest control........................45


Flooring .........................16,31


Building Services...............6,27

Funeral Directors...............39



Furniture Restorer.............31


Carpet Cleaners...................47

Garden Centre....................35

Care Services........................5

Garden Furniture................35

Property Maintenance..................35, 39

Car Tuning............................10

Garden Services.......35,38,39


Garden Designer................27

Computer Services.............38


Children’s Nursery...........2, 18

Heating Engineer..........45,39

Childrens clothes................39

Health Spa............................6


Interior Designer................16


Ironing Service...................43




Lawn Maintenance..........7, 48

Dog Walker...........................43

Kitchen Fitters.....................47



Private hire car....................38 Plumber...........................39,45 Restaurants...............5,9,11,14 Rehearsal Studio.................15 Solicitor................................10 Swimming Pool...................43 Therapies.............................14 Tree surgeon.......................36 Wedding Venue.....................6 Window Repairs..................39

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