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Aug/Sept 17 Issue 77


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Inside this issue...

What’s On Open Studio Events Recipes Nordic Walking Gardening with Pippa Greenwood


Puzzles Local book reviews Eco Chic at home

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We have an interesting issue with lots of local content. We’ve featured two local books in our book reviews and we’ve also reviewed the Escape Rooms at the East Anglian Railway Museum. This is a‘must do’for the school holidays for sure! This is a great time of year if you like looking at artist studios, or even buying from local artists. There are several Open Studios and art exhibitions featured in the What’s On pages. There’s Mother Studios in Ardleigh, 37 Queen Street in Colchester and lots of others in and out of town in Brightlingsea, Coggeshall, Bures and Polstead too. There should be something for everyone whatever your taste. If you’re looking to start a new exercise regime but don’t fancy running or joining the gym, you may want to try Nordic Walking. See page 10. It looks like great fun and sociable too! Another form of exercise would be helping to train up and coming guide dogs. Read all about this great worthwhile initiative on page 37. Guide Dogs for the Blind are looking for volunteers to train puppies in Colchester. I think this would be my idea of a dream job and perfect exercise all rolled into one!

4 - Recipe 6 - Finance 8 - Home and Interiors 10 - Nordic Walking 12 - Notice Board 14 - 23 What’s On 24 - Country Mutters 26 - Gardening 28 - Book reviews 29 - Cryptic Crossword 30 - Recipe 31 - Codeword 32 - Sudoku 34 - Spot the Difference 36 - Useful Numbers 38 - Index

Until next time, have a great Summer!

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By Ann Haldon

Using credit and debit cards abroad this year? What you should know before you go

Spending money abroad can be costlier than you think if you’re not prepared for the fees and ‘hidden’ charges. Whether you choose to take a debit or credit card, it pays to check the small print in your terms and conditions before you go - you could save a considerable amount in added interest and charges. Specialist credit and debit cards for overseas use only Rather than taking your ‘regular’ credit or debit card on holiday, look for specialist cards designed to be used abroad, as these are intended to reduce the cost of holiday spending. If you find one that’s suitable and your application is successful, however, just make sure you pay off the balance in full every month. The interest rates on these cards are extremely high if you don’t, which could wipe out any savings you’ve made. The best overseas credit cards generally offer much better exchange rates than local retailers. So if you use a credit card and you’re asked which currency you want pay in, choose the local currency as it’s likely to save you money – more on Dynamic Currency Conversion below. Credit cards for holiday spending are generally easier


to obtain than debit cards If your current bank doesn’t offer a specialist debit card for use abroad, you may have to switch your bank account to obtain one. Alternatively, you could just open a new account with the provider, but this might seem a little unnecessary when there is an easier alternative in credit cards. Be careful when you apply for a new card though - your credit file is adversely affected when applications are refused. The Money Saving Expert website offers an ‘eligibility calculator’ to give you an idea of your chances of acceptance, and help you narrow down the choices. Debit cards can be better if you’re going to withdraw mainly cash Although taking a dedicated credit card for use abroad has many benefits, if you intend to withdraw mainly cash, a specialist debit card will probably be cheaper overall as there are usually no added charges or fees for this. Be careful about card ‘cloning’ When you use a card abroad, or anywhere in fact, be aware of the danger of cloning. This can happen when the card is taken out of your sight, or even when it’s right in front of you if you aren’t taking notice. Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) Some retailers abroad will offer to convert your purchase into sterling when you pay by

card, so you can see exactly how much you’ve spent. This process is called dynamic currency conversion, or cardholder preferred currency. The problem is that you’ll probably lose out on the exchange rate by paying this way. Local retailers choose whether or not to offer this service, and in some cases may automatically convert your purchase to sterling without asking you. It’s a good idea, therefore, to check whether DCC has been used prior to signing a payment slip or entering your PIN. Avoiding the non-sterling transaction fee Although your bank uses the MasterCard, Visa and Amex optimum exchange rates, the charge for conversion adds a non-sterling transaction fee of up to 3% to your bill when you use a non-specialist card abroad. Finding the best card may take a little research, but your time and effort will be repaid via the extra holiday treats you’ll be able to enjoy. travel/travel-credit-cards shopping/section75-protectyour-purchases travel-money/using-credit-cardsabroad/ creditcards.moneysavingexpert. com/?travel&_ga=2.1383768 16.1530821389.1495096415200857501.1494082078 Credit_Card_FAQ/How_do_ credit_cards_get_cloned. ccfaq_019.php

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Home & Interiors Eco Chic at Home

Being an eco-warrior doesn’t have to be a battle. With a little thought and effort, you can decorate your home beautifully without harming the planet. Can ‘going green’ ever be stylish? Of course! While you might start with some basics, such as switching to LED light bulbs, insulating your loft or lagging your boiler, the end of your journey could be a chic, sophisticated home that’s filled with furnishings that are natural, sustainable and durable – in other words, minimising harm to the planet. From floors to ceilings, fabrics to accessories, small changes in your choices can create big eco-transformations. First, think about your priorities in terms of ways to help the environment. Should you aim to be low carbon, non-toxic or energy efficient? Renewable, fair trade, locally sourced, organic or simply ‘natural’? The answer is not always obvious but some simple research will help you weigh up your options.


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Look for labels, such as FSC to show timber has been responsibly sourced, or Goodweave that tells you a rug has not been woven by a child. Ask where things come from, what they contain, how they have been made. Buy from a specialist retailer with green credentials, look out for reclaimed, recycled or upcycled products, or buy antique or vintage pieces – they are often well made, good-looking and are certainly long-lasting; many would argue that they are the greenest of all, being the ultimate in recycling. Try to think less about what you think you need, and ask instead what you really don’t need. The three rules of green living are: reduce what you use; reuse what you can; and recycle as much as possible. So, rather than getting rid of things carelessly, consider how you could adapt them and give them another life. Perhaps you could re-cover an old sofa instead of buying a new one, clad the top of an old table with a thin sheet of marble, or repaint a kitchen chair, for example. When you do buy new, you may want to support local artisans or businesses (reducing your

carbon footprint in terms of import miles, too), or fair trade, co-operative or social initiatives overseas, which ensure fair pay and conditions for their workers. It is worth investigating eco choices for virtually everything around the house – from natural floorings such as sisal, cork, Marmoleum or wool carpets, to alternatives to cotton (which uses huge amounts of fresh water and pesticides) such as linen, hemp and alpaca. How much environmental harm does a product cause during production, and what toxins does it contain? Chemicals in paint, fabrics, synthetic carpets, plywood furniture and other man-made materials may ‘off gas’ for years, doing no one much good – another excellent reason to check the labelling. Lastly, bear in mind the beauty of natural materials, from oak and slate to bamboo and linen, in terms of both colour and texture. Subtle shades of browns, greys and off-whites, and tactile appeal that ranges from super-soft to satisfyingly knobbly – everything works together without your having to try too hard, and they will age gracefully, too, adding gentle good looks to your home for a long time to come.

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Hobbies Who Needs To Run When You Can WALK? By Kate McLelland It’s my first time with a local Nordic walking group, and no matter how hard I try, I remain at the back of the line while my companions steam on ahead. When we stop I am more than slightly out of breath and deeply apologetic about lagging so far behind. The others laugh at my serious expression, telling me that most ‘newbies’ quickly learn to keep up, once they have mastered the simple technique required. My fellow walkers come from different backgrounds and are of varying heights, ages and fitness levels. However, all are unanimous in their praise of Nordic Walking. As we sit and chat over a cup of coffee at the end of the session, they tell me about the transformational effect walking has had on their lives, from aiding recovery after a hip operation to helping with weight loss. Walking the nordic Way Nordic Walking originally began as a summer training regime for cross-country skiers. In order to walk the Nordic way, you use poles that engage your arms and upper body, propelling you forward. This removes pressure from the knees, making you feel much lighter on your feet; that’s


the reason why Nordic Walking is often taken up by people who have undergone a hip replacement operation. It’s recommended that you learn the technique required from a qualified instructor, and you can find lists at either nordicwalking. (call 01392 956 856) or uk (call 01446 773 876). Most instructors will provide the poles required, other than that, all you need is good walking shoes and appropriate, weatherproof clothing. Why walking is good for health Research carried out by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California discovered that brisk walking was more effective than running in reducing the risk of heart disease. What’s more, the benefits of walking aren’t limited to physical health. The mental health charity “Mind” claims that countryside walks can raise self-esteem and reduce depression, and most doctors agree that exercise can improve sleep patterns. Although thirty minutes is the ideal length of time for a daily walk, Dr I-Min Lee, a professor at Harvard Medical School,

suggests starting with three ten minute walks each day, then building up to the full 30 minutes when you feel more confident. The right way to walk It’s vital to maintain a good posture when you walk, so tighten your stomach muscles and keep your spine straight, with shoulders relaxed and your chin parallel to the ground, trying not to lean too far forward or too far back. Let your arms swing naturally and use the whole of your foot as you walk, rolling from heel to toe. Good shoes will improve stability and allow your feet to bend naturally: they should be made of waterproof material, with a thick heel (to absorb the shock as your heel contacts the ground) and flexible soles. Back at home, after my first Nordic walking session, my muscles ache and I’m aware that my body has had a thorough workout. Next time I see a runner I won’t feel my usual pang of guilt that I’m not out there as well, with my heart racing and my feet pounding the tarmac. I’ve found my ideal form of exercise, and it’s as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

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We want everyone to live healthier and happier lives Help us achieve this by volunteering with your local Walking for Health scheme. We need people to lead and assist with walks, develop new routes or provide office support. If you want to get active, meet new people and make a difference to your local community, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Angela Gakis for more information 07799 068408.

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Notice Board Photography competition launched to capture the sounds of Suffolk

recruit an individual with previous experience as a non-executive director or trustee and with an understanding of fundraising, marketing or business development in particular.

Take a moment to imagine if you couldn’t hear the birds singing, your friends talking in the pub, or your favourite song playing on the radio. This is reality for many people who experience hearing loss and a major new photographic competition is being launched by one of Suffolk’s best-known businesses to raise awareness about the importance of hearing.

This is a voluntary role, Trustees meet a minimum of four times per year at Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall. Reasonable expenses are paid to cover travel to attend meetings.

Titled ‘Sounds of Suffolk’ the competition is being launched as part of Deaf Awareness Week, a national initiative also aimed at highlighting hearing impairment. Award-winning hearing care specialist, The Hearing Care Centre, based locally at Sudbury Community Health Centre, is inviting amateur and professional photographers alike from across the county to enter the competition with pictures which demonstrate the incredible sounds that can be found in and around our beautiful county and may not otherwise be heard by those with hearing loss. ‘It could be the sea crashing against the shore at Southwold, birds singing at Minsmere, the bells chiming at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral or screaming thrill seekers on a ride at Pleasurewood Hills’ says Karen Finch, Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre. ‘In fact any picture which depicts the sounds of the county in a powerful way,’ she says. There is a top prize of £250 for the best picture, followed by £100 for second place and an annual subscription to Suffolk Magazine for third place. The closing date for the competition is Sunday 30th July 2017. For full information about the competition and the entry details, visit soundsofsuffolk

Marks Hall Estate seeks two new Trustees The Marks Hall Estate Board of Trustees are seeking to recruit two new Trustees to support and contribute towards furthering the work of the Charity. The board of Trustees must ensure all activity is in keeping with the Charities objects in the interests of Agriculture, Arboriculture and Forestry and act as a representative of Marks Hall and guide staff to deliver on strategic objectives. The Board are seeking to



The Estate comprises tenanted farm holdings, residential and commercial property, parkland, coniferous woodlands managed by the Forestry Commission, and in hand broadleaved woodland, much of which is of high nature conservation value. At the heart of the Estate is a 200 acre arboretum established in the mid-1980s, ornamental lakes and a 2 acre walled garden. The Trust’s vision is that this special landscape is enhanced and maintained for the benefit and enjoyment of the public now, and for many generations to come. We welcome enquiries and will be happy to discuss this role further with interested parties. Please email general manager Rebecca Lee or phone the Visitor Centre on 01376 563796 for a copy of the role description. For further information about Marks Hall please visit

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Happy Christmas!

Are you fit, enjoy the outdoors, and would like a few hours’ work each week? At White’s Farm our family businesses include a fruit and flower farm, a children’s nursery and a swimming pool. We are seeking a handy-person to help, possibly recently retired with a love of farming, countryside, dogs and DIY. Hours are from 2-12 hours/week (some evening and weekend work is involved), helping with the swimming pool (simple maintenance), peony harvest and other duties, Full training is provided,

You are ideally enthusiastic, time-flexible, physically fit and mobile (own transport), and must live nearby. You need a ‘can do’ attitude, as you will be a caretaker, groundsman, dog walker, maintenance, occasional driver and harvest helper. Immediate start and good hourly rate for the right candidate.

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What’s On General 37 Queen Street Open Studios

At 37 Queen St, Colchester CO1 2PQ Sunday 16th September 10.00am – 5.00pm 37 Queen Street provides 38 studio spaces for creative talents in and around Colchester with its use divided between artists, makers and creative businesses. Explore the building and see the artists working within their studios.

Over 30 studios filled with a variety of work from artists and designers. For more information please visit www.motherstudios. or email info@

Feering and Kelvedon Garden Club Annual Open Show At Feering Community Centre Saturday 2nd September 2.00pm – 4.00pm Displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Teas and cakes, all welcome. For further details and schedules please contact 01376 572130.

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September Surprise At Raydon Church Saturday 2nd September 10.30 – 3.00pm Stalls, model trains, vintage vehicles and more. BBQ 12.00 – 2.00pm, refreshments all day. In aid of St Mary’s Fabric Fund.

Mother Studios Open Weekend At Mother Studios, The Maltings, Station Rd, Ardleigh CO7 7RT Saturday 16th September 2.00pm – 8.00pm and Sunday 17th September 12.00 noon – 5.00pm.

At Earls Colne Village Hall, York Road, CO6 2RN Saturday 29th July 2.00pm The Four Colnes Horticultural Society will host an ‘Ask the Experts’ event with experts from the Royal Horticultural Society providing the panel to answer all your gardening related questions. Also bring along your surplus fruit, veg and flowers to swap. Could your produce be a prize winner at the Four Colnes Show? Come along and find out. Free

entry and you can have tea and coffee as well. For more information contact Peter Grimshaw 01787 222456 or Sarah Adlem 01787 223521.

The 136th Annual Four Colnes Show. At Earls Colne Recreation Ground, Halstead Road, CO6 2NG Saturday 12th August 1.00pm - 4.45pm Presented by The Four Colnes Horticultural Society. Classes for vegetables, flowers, Floral Art, home economics, craft, art, photography, eggs,and childrens’ classes. For details please visit Other attractions include craft stalls, inflatable fun, mobile petting farm, fun dog show, vintage vehicles, WI cakes, teas and coffee, fast food from around the world, licensed bar. Enter the tug of war, register on the day. Prize giving by local MP 4.30pm, Grand raffle draw at close 4.45pm. £2 entrance for adults, 50p children.

Colchester Art Trail At Firstsite and The Minories, Colchester Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 12.00 noon – 6.00pm A weekend art market extravaganza. Including regional artisans and artists, this art trail offers an opportunity to buy direct from makers and producers. For more information please call 01206 713700 or visit

Coastal Open At Jaywick Martell Tower, Bellsize Ave, Jaywick CO15 2LF Thursday 14th September – Sunday 29th October (September: Wednesdays – Sundays 10.00am – 5.00pm, October: weekends 10.30am – 3.30pm) Inspiring local artists, the mixture of unique architecture and the stunning coastline of Jaywick has created an active arts scene. For more information please call 01255 822783 or visit www.

Nayland Flower Show

At Nayland Village Hall, Church Lane CO6 4JH Saturday 5th August 2.00 – 5.00pm Schedules are available for the 36th annual Nayland Flower Show. Classes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, flower arranging, photography, art, craft, cookery, family and children’s sections. Non members, particularly children, are most welcome to enter. Schedules available from Nayland Post Office

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What’s On or www.naylandhortsoc. Entry deadline 2nd August. All welcome to come along to enjoy the exhibits, produce stall, raffle and refreshments.

Ardleigh Annual Horticultural Show At Ardleigh Village Hall, Station Road, Ardleigh CO7 7RS Saturday 19th August 2.00pm Ardleigh & District Horticultural Society are hosting the Ardleigh Annual Show Prizes presented at 4.15pm. There are classes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, dahlias, flower arranging, cookery, handicraft, photographs and childrens exhibits. Refreshments are available.

Hever Castle Visit with Nayland & District Horticultural Society

on www.naylandhortsoc. and can be returned to the Hort Soc box in the Post Office, or direct to Margaret Smy at 24 Harpers Estate. Cheques payable to Nayland & District Horticultural Society. For more information, contact Margaret on 01206 262022 or trevor.

Aldham Village Hall Day trip to Wisley Flower Show Wednesday 6th September Depart Aldham Village Hall 9 am Depart Wisley 5pm Tickets £35 p p to include coach travel and show entry. RHS Members who hold current valid membership (normal rules of entry apply) £20 for coach travel only. Contact Jackie Daines on 01206 242 538

Coggeshall’s 30th Annual Flower Festival

take place in the church during the weekend. On Saturday there will be a jazz concert at 7.30pm and a Songs of Praise style service on Sunday at 5.15pm. Delicious home made cakes and light lunches available, preserves and produce stall. For more information please call Judy Crawford on 01376 561389, jandacrawford@ or visit ickets for Saturday evening concert available from Sarah Wickens on 07974 802304 or Florum on 01376 561229.

Coggeshall Art Group Open Exhibition At Hollington Bros., Church Street, Coggeshall Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August Over 200 art works to browse and buy. For information and entry form please contact Maureen Standen on 01376 563113 or 07905745955

The Great Bentley Show Sunday 10th September Coach leaving Nayland 9.00am, departing the castle at 4.00pm. The cost is £30 to include travel and entry. Refreshment and picnic areas are available. Open to non-members. We anticipate strong demand, so early booking is advisable. Booking forms available

At The Parish Church of St Peter ad Vincula Saturday 26th – Tuesday 29th August 10.00am – 5.00pm (11.45am – 5.00pm on Sunday) Over 140 spectacular floral interpretations of stories from the Bible about the life of Jesus. Musical recitals will

1:30pm Saturday 2nd September 2017

If you would like to enter any of the classes then please pick up a show schedule from one of the places listed below, or visit our website for further the information.

For afternoon entertainment, we have the Harmonettes and The Big-Easy Five jazz band. We also have the Companion Dog Show, a display of tractors, donkey rides and a raffle draw, along with a wide variety of different stalls and refreshments. For further information contact Jackie 01206 250158 Or visit our website at www.greatbentleyshow. or on Facebook

Completely Coastal Exhibition At Waterside Gallery, 42-44 Waterside Brightlingsea CO7 0FH (Near the Waterside marina and harbour, opposite the Yachtsman’s Arms)

A great traditional event for all to enjoy on our wonderful village green.

22nd July - 20th August, open Friday, Saturday and Sundays 10.00am – 5.00pm

Our marquee will have entries and exhibits on show from all ages demonstrating the best in arts, crafts, flowers, vegetables, fruit, plants, baking, photography, and much more.

Art and Crafts with a distinctly coastal theme. Drawing on the talent and creativity of local artists and makers, Waterside Gallery hosts a diverse range of exhibitions which

What’s On showcase desirable and affordable works. The range of original works for sale is refreshingly broad and includes paintings, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, sculpture, photography, rope work, soap, enamels, original prints and cards. Commission from sales to Essex Air Ambulance & Brightlingsea First Responders.

Colchester and Tendring Open Studios in Brightlingsea At 5 Queen St, Brightlingsea CO7 0PH Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 11.00am – 6.00pm Featuring Ceramics and sculpture by Nicky Sheales and artworks by Jennie Verny-Franks. Meet the makers, view works in progress and discuss working methods in a relaxing cottage garden setting. A range of works will also be for sale. For more info on studios open throughout the area please visit www. colchesteropenstudios. org

Colchester Heritage Tour with Sir Bob Russell Sunday 30th July. Tour starts at 10.00am prompt from outside Colchester Arts Centre’s Box Office. Enjoy an entertaining and fact-filled walk around the country’s oldest recorded town, in

the company of former Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell. Suggested fee of £5 per person, but pay what you can afford. Proceeds will go towards a project by Sir Bob to erect a statue of sisters Jane and Ann Taylor who in 1806, in Colchester, wrote arguably the world’s favourite nursery rhyme: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.

Polstead Exhibition In and around the barns at Maria Marten’s Cottage, Polstead, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August 10.00am – 5.00pm each day. We have a range of exhibitors including artists, sculptors, ceramics, basketry, mosaics, jollypots, as well as hand crafted steam bent furniture by Dylan Pym. There will be some steam bending demonstrations over the weekend. Light refreshments and a bar are available. £1.50 entrance fee (under 12’s free). For more information please call 01206 262380 or visit www.

Seesaw Open Day and Fun Dog Show At Seesaw, Stoke Rd, Leavenheath CO6 4PP Sunday 30th July 12.00 – 4.00pm Games, stalls, face painting, wildlife and vintage corners, cakes, BBQ, music and dog

classes. Meet the animals waiting for new homes.

Polstead Art Group 2017 Exhibition At Polstead Village Hall Saturday 29th July 10.00am – 5.00pm Pictures on view and for sale. Home made refreshments, free admission.

Filipino Barrio Festival At Colchester Castle Park Saturday 5th August 9.00am – 6.00pm A Filipino British community gathering to celebrate and explore Philippine culture, music, food, entertainment and opportunities. A time to have fun the Filipino way. For more information please visit www.

Invasion Colchester At Colchester town centre Saturday 2nd September 10.00am – 3.30pm Characters from Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Aliens, Doctor Who, Halo, Jurassic Park, Disney Princesses and more, as well as your favourite Comic Book and Movie Superheroes, also Star Cars from TV and film. There will be a host of amazing live performances on the day from some supremely talented local musicians, clubs and organisations. Character Hunt and Prize Draw with a great selection of prizesand

fancy dress competition. Food and drink will be available throughout the town centre, and we will have a selection of recommended vendors. In support of Colchester Hospitals Charity and St Helena Hospice. For more information please visit www.

Music Free Music Recitals At St Andrews Church, Park Lane, Earls Colne Recitals take place at 1.00pm – 1.45pm 10th August Edward Preston playing piano solos. 14th September Liz Gutteridge playing medieval music on the shwam. 12th October Jane Bellingham playing piano with Kate Paxley. For more information please contact 01376 561307.

‘Tosca’ performed by the Russian State Opera At Princess Theatre, Clacton on Sea Sunday 10th September The highly acclaimed Russian State Opera returns with the most colourful and exotic operas. Music by Giacomo Puccini. Sung in Italian with English

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What’s On Surtitles, featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live orchestra with over 30 musicians. Box office: 01255 686633. Please see www. colchestersymphonyorchestra. or colchestersymphonyorchestra for further information.

Colchester Symphony Orchestra – Music from the Films At St Botolph’s Church, Colchester Saturday 9th September 7.30pm. Programme includes: Bernstein - West Side Story Suite; John Williams - music from Star Wars and Schindler’s List; Coates - The Dam Busters March; Walton - Spitfire Prelude and Fugue; Shostakovitch: The Gadfly. Tickets are available on the door or may be reserved in advance by calling 01206 271128.

Events At Colchester Arts Centre Tuesday 25th July. Colne Valley Youth Orchestra Fundraising Concert Doors open 7.00pm, starts 7.30pm. A special evening concert as a fundraiser for Colchester Arts Centre. Admission free donations after the concert will be most welcome!

Saturday 29th July. Sesh for Luke Doors open 7.00pm, starts 7.10pm A charity event in loving memory of Luke Evans and in aid of the charities – PAPYRUS and The Samaritans. This special night, headlined by The Undercover Hippy, also features Oceans, Vera Lones, Rubber Jaw and Fraser Morgan. All Tickets £12. Sunday 30th July. The African Salsa Orchestra Band on stage at 7.30pm. The African Orchestra from Benin and Cuba led by Michel Pinheiro is a dancing machine that makes you walk from Cotonou to Cuba. A journey in which the Manding rhythms, gospel, rhythm and blues and reggae associate with Cuban salsa. Salsa is a mixture of voodoo cults and Western music. Cubans have added piano and brass while the drum came from the Yorubas of Nigeria. Tickets £20 / £18 concessions. Workshop (optional) 5.00pm – 7.00pm.

Live keyboard concerts with music to suit all tastes, featuring top musicians from around the country. Friday 4th August Elizabeth Harrison. £4 members, £6 non members. Refreshments and raffle. Ample parking inside school grounds. Free entry for two non members upon production of this advert. Contact Alan Pilgrim on 01787 269458 or email alanwpilgrim@tiscali. for further details.

Drama and Dance Events at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester Friday 28th July – Saturday 26th August Peter Pan A Made in Colchester production of the magical tale of the boy who never grew up! When Peter Pan returns to the home of the Darling family to retrieve his lost shadow, he’s not expecting to meet Wendy, or that she’ll join him on a trip to Neverland for the adventure of a lifetime.

For more information and tickets please visit www. or call 01206 500900.

Friday 1st September

Colchester Organ Society

Award winning singer Robert Habermann sings the greatest songs and tells the story of the magical MGM musicals – from their humble beginnings in 1929 to their 50 year celebration in the film That’s Entertainment.

At Thomas Lord Audley School, Monkwick Avenue, Colchester CO2 8NJ. On the first Friday of each month 7.45pm - 10.15pm

MGM Musicals: More Stars than in the Heavens

Robert tells fabulous stories of stars, such as Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and many more who performed in iconic films like An American In Paris, High Society and The Bandwagon. 19th September Tap Factory An international hit-show for all the family, full of high energy dance, explosive percussion and unbelievable acrobatics. The stunning live music and choreography is created from the most ordinary of objects by a highly-talented, internationally-renowned cast of award-winning tap dancers. On stage the show features: 4 pairs of tap shoes, 12 oil barrels, 1 stepladder, 4 trash bins, 1 bucket, 1 toolbox, 1 broom, 12 cans, 4 wood mallets and 8 handsome men! For more information please visit www. or call 01206 573948.

Events at The Headgate Theatre, Colchester Wednesday 30th August - Saturday 2nd September 8.00pm and Saturday matinée at 3pm Bouncers by John Godber Presented by The Reject Theatre Company. Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are the original men-in-black as they tell the tale of one night in a provincial disco in the 80s. All the gang are out on the town; the boys, the girls, the cheesy DJ,

What’s On the late-night kebab man and the taxi home, all under the watchful eye of the Bouncers. Contains strong language and graphic content. For more information please visit www. or call 01206 366000. Macbeth At St Leonard’s Church, Hythe Hill, Colchester CO1 2PN Saturday 29th July 7.30pm “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes…” Three figures meet. They know things; far more than the average man. The things they have seen, have done but tonight they will create their greatest progeny and release hell itself. Presented by This is my Theatre and using the play’s original language in combination with traditional Celtic music played live, choral song and modern characterisation, this beautiful one-act adaptation will captivate audiences of all ages. For more information and to book tickets, please visit www. or call 07732 253311.

Saturday Night Social – Ballroom and Latin Dancing At Parish Hall, Old London Road, Marks Tey CO6 1EN Saturday 12th August and 9th September 8.00pm – 11.00pm On the second Saturday of every month

we hold our social night. Dancers of all abilities are welcome! We accommodate a multitude of dances and styles, from Argentine Tango to Jive, Foxtrot to Sequence. Please bring your own refreshments and nibbles. For more information please visit www. saturday-night-social


Leavenheath Village Hall Digital Cinema At Leavenheath Village Hall, Wrights Way, (signposted from the High Road) 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. You can now reserve your seat online at www. or please call Lesley 01206 262505 or Ken 01206 263266 for tickets. Saturday 5th August ‘Viceroy’s House’ (12A) Starring Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville. The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict

as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.

Dedham Films At The Assembly Rooms, High St, Dedham Dedham films screens a monthly feature on the third Wednesday of each month. The format of the monthly film evening will usually be 7.00pm doors open for refreshments, 7.30pm film begins. If there is a suitable break in the film, there is a 15 minute intermission for drinks at the bar and ice cream. There is open seating at all our screenings, so get there early to bag your favourite seat. Tickets are £4. There are usually a few tickets for sale at the door, but this cannot be guaranteed so please buy your tickets at the previous screening or as soon as you can from Shakespeare House Gallery, Dedham High Street or online from the link on our website at Wednesday 19th August ‘A United Kingdom’ (12A) In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland is studying law in Britain. There, the prince falls in love with a white British clerk, Ruth Williams, and they plan to marry. Nothing prepares them for the diplomatic firestorm and domestic political tumult their love would spark. The international opposition is more unyielding from the British holding their land as a protectorate and fearful of South Africa’s racist backlash to this

affront to their apartheid domination. Against all odds, King Khama and Ruth must struggle to maintain their love and help their people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana.

Things for Children Events at Colchester Museums Tuesday 1st August 10.00am – 4.00pm Crime and Punishment At Colchester Castle. Story telling event. Find out how the Castle was used as a prison throughout the 18th century and explore the darker side of Colchester’s past. Fantastic Fossils Wednesday 2nd August 10.00am – 4.00pm At Colchester Natural History Museum. Meet the fossil experts from GeoSuffolk and discover more about the amazing fossils found in this area. Bring along your own fossils to find out more about them. Mini Museums Thursday 3rd August 10.30am – 4.00pm At Colchester Hollytrees Museum. Use recycled materials to create your own museum in miniature.

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What’s On Roman Army Camp with Leisure World At Colchester Castle Museum.

Tuesday 8th August 10.00am – 4.00pm

Enrol at, or tel: 0300 303 3464 or at venue at the start of the course. Fee reduction/waiver for those on low income.

West Bergholt History Group Talk

Please contact 01206 240512 for more details.

Wednesday 13th September 7.30pm

Talk at Essex Wildlife Trust – Braintree Group

Ever wondered what it would have been like to be a Roman soldier? Then sign up to Colchester’s Roman Army training camp and be put through your paces. For more information and to book tickets please visit www. or call 01206 282939.

Talks and Workshops Perspectives of Pakistan course with WEA West Bergholt Branch At The Methodist Hall, Chapel Lane, West Bergholt CO6 3EF Starting Tuesday 19th September at 8.00pm This 9 week course is by Graham Platts. Come and learn about this country that is both new and old: a nation of fascinating contradictions. Cost is £48.60 for 9 evenings.

At the Orpen Hall, Lexden Road, West Bergholt CO6 3BW

Ken Free is giving a talk on “Camp 186” the story of German POW’S and the lost town of Berechurch. Members £2 Visitors £3 (pay at the door). All very welcome. For more information please contact Gill 01206 240512.

Farmers Markets At St Francis of Assisi Church Hall, 90 Colchester Road, Halstead CO9 2EW. Tuesday 26th September 7.30pm An illustrated talk by Sue Alderman from The Hare Preservation Trust. Her talk will cover the lives of these charismatic creatures and how the Trust works to protect them. No need to book. Suggested donation £3, payable on the day. For more details, contact Tracey Kay 07742 294358

Please note that some dates may be liable to change so for more information contact individual markets for details.

Lavenham Farmers Market At The Village Hall, Lavenham Sunday 27th August and Sunday 24th September at 10.00am - 1.30pm

Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973

Colchester Farmers Market

The Arts Centre, Colchester Friday 4th August and Friday 1st September at 9.30am - 12.30pm Contact Rowley Castiglione 01206 367776

Wivenhoe Farmers Market Congregational Hall, Wivenhoe Saturday 19th August and Saturday 16th September at 9.30am - 12.30 Contact Rowley Castiglione 01206 367776

Sudbury Farmers Market At St Peters Church, Sudbury Friday 25th August and Friday 29th September at 9.30am - 2.00pm Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973

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What’s On Escape Rooms at the East Anglian Railway Museum

Escape Rooms are a relatively new activity, where players have to find clues and solve puzzles in a room in order to complete an objective and ‘escape’. Intrigued, we headed for The ‘Codebreakers’ Experience at the East Anglian Railway Museum, where we were met by our host who gave us our task – solve a series of clues to find a top secret file previously hidden on site by a secret agent. How difficult could it be? We followed our host into a darkened room and were left with just a clock counting down the minutes. We had one hour to find the missing dossier. We became immersed in our task very quickly as we hunted for clues and solved puzzles. About 20 minutes we were struggling, so our host, who was observing our search via a camera, kindly slipped us a clue under the door! Sadly, in spite of the help, we were unable to solve all the puzzles in time, so we were forced to leave the fate of the western world hanging in the balance. But we thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Escape Room and left eager to try another one. The ‘Codebreakers’ Experience is a perfect pastime

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Country Mutters Give me a break...

By Lady Muck

Thank heavens the only decent sporting event is over for another year. Frankly, I’m exhausted after two weeks of dedicated armchair participation in Wimbledon. Many years of practice has made me an excellent commentator with an unerring instinct for the best shot choice and a brilliant analyst of a player’s game with the ability to spot exactly where they’re going wrong. Why then am I completely incapable of playing even a half decent game of tennis myself? Three stoic women and I get together occasionally when the mood takes us, carefully blowing the cobwebs off our rackets, dressed in an assortment of gear designed for support in all the appropriate places. ‘I look like Max Wall’, complains one. Better than looking like the Michelin man, I think, contemplating my reflection in the mirror before I came out, but I don’t say it in case they agree. We warm up by running up and down to the net a couple of times and then stop, agreeing that we don’t want to tire ourselves out too quickly. My opponent serves. It lands two feet to my left, requiring no more effort to hit it than to stretch out an arm. I fail, reflecting uncomfortably at my scoffing sneers at a player’s inability to react fast enough to get a racket to a ball travelling at 140 miles an hour with enough spin on it to give Alastair Campbell a run for his money. I watch the other three for a bit then a ball comes my way, perfectly placed for me to fire off a shot down the line. I miss. Instead of howls of derision my friends say, ‘Never mind – that one was close.’ It wasn’t. If we weren’t


in a building the ball would be in the next field by now. A ball comes towards us, right down the centre line. ‘Mine!’ we both shout and crash into each other, rackets and limbs flailing. Then it’s my serve. My friends are encouraging, even after 3 double faults, assuring me the next one will be good. Amazingly it is but it’s so unexpected that my opponent is taken completely by surprise and fails to hit it altogether. The ball trickles sulkily over the base line and hides itself in a dark corner. Undeterred, I try again. The ball travels so slowly our opponents have time to finish finish their conversation about where to buy the best strawberries before one of them fires fires it back. I just reach it and return a lob. Not exactly what I was hoping for but it will do. It goes up so high that it disappears into the rafters. Just as we’re all wondering where it’s gone, it reappears, dropping vertically straight down onto my opponents nose and knocking her glasses off. ‘Sorry about that’, I call. ‘Don’t worry’, she says, gamely sticking her broken glasses back together with a piece of sticking plaster she’s found in her bag. ‘I’ve got another pair at home’. Before we know it we’ve played for a whole hour. And one rally was at least 6 shots long. ‘What was the final score?’ I ask and get 3 different answers. I only know I’m on the losing side as usual. I glance at my partner, hoping she’s not too fed up but she’s consulting her pedometer. ‘That can’t be right’, she says, disappointed. Never mind, we say, then congratulate each other heartily for making the effort and agree that we are definitely improving.

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It’s not always good to be green by Pippa Greenwood

Water features are great in a garden but the chances are that from time to time you will have been frustrated by the water turning green. Generally, this will be due to one of many different types of algae infestation, and will get worse during warmer weather, but what should you do about it? Blanket weed is long filaments of tangled algae, making a mass resembling a dense green blanket. Remove by pulling, raking or by using a stick or bamboo cane that you twirl into the algae, then compost it down in your compost bin. Surface floating pond weeds such as duckweed, which looks like lots of very tiny oval leaves floating on the water’s surface, can be a real nightmare too. It builds up very rapidly as a bright green surface layer and the best control is to regularly scrape the weed off using a good-sized kitchen sieve. Again it can be composted, but make sure you remove all of it or it will soon be back. Try to avoid the build-up of algae by creating your pond carefully and taking precautions with what you grow and keep in it. Avoid a very sunny position,


as lots of sunlight increases the algal growth. Bear in mind, however, that a pond close to trees will become clogged by leaves in autumn! Make sure that the pond is as deep as possible, as algal growth is much more likely in shallow water, and avoid putting in too many fish as their excreta raises the water’s nitrogen level, which encourages algae. Surface floating plants, particularly water lilies, will help to shade the water’s surface - ideal if the pond is in a fairly sunny site. You should also include a selection of oxygenating plants, available from your local garden centre or pond plant supplier. Some of these float in bundles in the water, others can be grown in containers, and all of them help raise the oxygen level in the pond and so decrease the algae problem. A spout or fountain will also oxygenate the water, but note that water lilies do not like water that is in motion. Note that if you keep changing the water in an attempt to keep it clear, the pond never gets the chances to create its own natural balance and the situation will not improve. Be patient and usually, provided

you try all the above, the pond will eventually sort itself out and clear water will return. You can use proprietary physical and chemical controls for algae, but make sure that whatever you choose is suitable and can be used safely around wildlife and your pond fish. Using barley straw to clear algae in ponds does work, but it is essential that the straw is from barley and no other cereal crop. If you can get hold of this, cram some into an old pair of tights and submerge in the water by weighing them down with several bricks. Alternatively, buy pads of barley straw (sometimes mixed with lavender stalks), and these will help do the job for you. Visit Pippa’s website www. for her ‘Winter thru’ Spring Collection’ of gorgeous UK-grown gardenready vegetable plants ready for delivery in September. You’ll also find many gardening items including growing frames, SpeedHoes, SpeedWeeders, raised bed kits, Nemaslug and other nematode controls, copper tape, pull-out EasyTunnels, signed books and lots more besides.

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Lazy Days Whether you’re stretching out on a sun lounger, or just grabbing an hour’s peace and quiet in your garden, a good book is a summer essential in our opinion. Standard Deviation – Katherine Heiny Graham’s second wife, Audra, is warm, sociable and always ready to throw herself headlong into any situation. The total opposite of his first wife, Elspeth, in fact. So when Elspeth unexpectedly comes back into Graham’s life, he finds himself wondering how on earth he could have fallen in love with two such different women, and whether he’s ended up with the right one. If you like quirky characters, wry humour and reflections on the absurdities of everyday life, this book is for you. Palace of Curiosities – Rosie garland Abel and Eve are not like other people. Abel’s body heals itself. He has no idea how old he is, but his fractured memories suggest he’s been alive for a very long time. Eve – the Lion Girl – is covered from head to toe in golden hair. Together they are the two main attractions in a show featuring extraordinary people. Set in Victorian England, this is a beautiful tale of humanity and what it means to be ‘different’ in a world that prizes convention.


Reservoir 13 – Jon Mcgregor A teenage girl goes missing while on holiday in an English village. Seasons come and go and life goes on, but the girl’s mysterious disappearance continues to affect village life. Some people dream of finding her alive, others of discovering her body. This is not a crime novel, more a glimpse into human nature. There are a lot of characters, and you get to know each one as they go about their daily lives. It’s a quiet book, but it certainly draws you in. 100% Real – Sam Talbot If you’re looking for inspiration for healthy, tasty summer recipes, this book could be just what you need. While its focus is on clean eating, it’s not just about chia seeds and green tea. Recipes include White Fish Curry, Jerk Chicken, and Dark Chocolate Soufflé with Rum Cream. Recipes are accompanied by full page photos, and are, on the whole, easy to follow. From light lunches and snacks to dishes to impress friends, you’ll find yourself reaching for this cookery book time and time again.

Once in a Blue Moon Lodge – Lorna Landvik A warm, comfortable kind of story with great characters, first loves, old flames and family dynamics. Once in a Blue Moon Lodge follows a family over two decades – Nora, her mother Patty Jane and her grandmother Ione. It’s the sequel to Patty Jane’s House of Curl, but works as a stand-alone novel. There is a large cast of characters, and the timeline is hard to follow at times, as it jumps from past to present. Nevertheless, it’s a very enjoyable beach read. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon It’s 1976 and 10 year old Grace’s neighbour, Mrs Creasy, has gone missing. With her best friend Tilly in tow, Grace sets out to solve the mystery. It soon becomes apparent that the community is hiding plenty of secrets, some of which go back almost a decade. Grace comes across as rather naive for her age at times, but she’s very likeable. A funny, easy read that will make waiting around at a station or airport much more bearable.

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Readers who enjoy books with a local connection will find interesting historical insights in ‘essex at War 1939 -1945’ by Frances Clamp. Being close to the Continent and with one of Britain’s longest coastlines, Essex was an obvious target for invasion as the threat of war grew. Many defensive structures were built by the sea and to protect major routes across the county. The book tells how war greatly affected the county, which includes stories from Colchester. The stories included in this book make it the perfect tribute not only to the people of Colchester but to the county of Essex as a whole and all that they endured, sacrificed and contributed to the war effort. This will be a fascinating read for anyone looking to learn more about this period of our history and especially those local to Essex.

For those who prefer fiction, ‘Blackwater’ by James Henry also has local connections, as the title might suggest. In this atmospheric dark thriller, the central character, DI Nicholas Lowry pits his wits against drug smugglers arriving on the Essex coastline making their way to Colchester. Set in 1983, although just 30 years ago, readers will recognize many of the locations featured and enjoy the sharp contrasts with their appearance today. For example, the grim and gritty police station at 37 Queen St as depicted in the book is far removed from its present incarnation as bright and airy workspaces for creatives. Together with welldrawn characters and a fast moving plotline, this is a great read for lovers of crime fiction with a distinctly local feel.

Mini Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Fish possessed by harbour (7) 7. Man given a message (5) 8. It’s departed, if I recall (7) 9. Male with skill and courage… (5) 11. A territory, say (5) 12. Little devil ending Skye’s first and second stint (5) 14. A tree in Venice, darling (5) 16. Scheming American after edited video (7) 18. African outlaw some study (5) 19. A player a deviant recasts (7) Down 1. Warm home’s first plant (5) 2. Five hundred in a row (3) 3. Notes about beginning (5) 4. New beginning for Yeats, poet (5) 5. Mother will tail fat duck (7) 6. Wardrobe not quite shut (5) 10. Stupid Asian down a mine topless! (7)

12. American uncle back a bay (5) 15. Deceptions rich from bad dance (5) leader employs (5) 13. City residence Una 17. Lyrical poem in emptied (5) 14. Desire to cut behind Modern English (3)

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Cream Of Pea & Herb Soup Serves 4

Ready in 45 minutes, plus cooling

This light and creamy summery soup tastes delicious hot or cold. To serve cold, leave the soup to cool then chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours before serving. Top with a dollop of crème fraiche and serve with crusty bread.

Melt the butter in a large deep pan. Add the leek and potato and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes until beginning to soften.

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25g butter

1 leek, trimmed and chopped

1 potato, peeled and diced

1 litre vegetable stock

400g fresh podded peas

Few fresh mint leaves

Few fresh dill sprigs, plus extra to garnish

Pinch of sugar

100ml double cream

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potato is tender. Add nearly all the peas (reserve a few for garnish), mint, dill and sugar and simmer for a further 4-5 minutes. Cool the soup for 10 minutes then puree until almost smooth with a stick blender or in batches in a food processor. Return the pureed mixture to the pan and heat through gently. Stir in the cream and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


If fresh peas are unavailable use the same quantity of frozen peas instead.



Ladle into four warmed bowls and serve garnished with the reserved peas and dill sprigs.

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Citizens Advice Bureau

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Tollgate Health Centre


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Ministry Of Defence Police Tel: 01206 782917

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Tel: 0845 30 30 900

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Inland Revenue

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Tel: 0845 010 9000 RSPCA Tel: 0870 55 55 999 AA Breakdown Tel: 0800 887 766 Floodline


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National Domestic Violence Helpline

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Police Contacts

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Transco emergency service Rail Enquiries Tel: 08457 484950 AA roadwatch Tel: 09003 401100 BT Faultline Tel: 0800 800 151

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Guide Dogs for the Blind

check in regularly to ensure that our volunteers and their pups are on track to meet their goals! It’s also a very sociable volunteering opportunity as you become part of a community of local volunteers, spending time together along with your puppies and sharing expertise and advice.”

“We are looking for volunteer ‘puppy walkers’ who will help us to raise the next generation of life changing guide dogs! Our wonderful volunteers take one of our 6 week old puppies into their homes and care for them until they are around 1-year-old. During this time our volunteers make sure that their puppies grow up to become socially well behaved, friendly and responsive to commands, as well as at ease in all environments, including being relaxed and confident on public transport. The time and commitment that our ‘puppy walkers’ dedicate helps our puppies develop all of the basic skills they need to go on and train to become working guide dogs. Volunteers receive full training to prepare them for the role, as well as ongoing support and guidance from a dedicated local member of staff who will

Local resident Chris became a Guide Dogs’ volunteer to help create a life changing dog for someone with sight loss and has never looked back! She says “I love this role- you either just try it for a year with one dog or you become addicted like me and cannot stop! I have just taken in my 25th puppy Jimmy- he’s lovely and I can’t wait to see his character come out. Every day is different – I could be taking Jimmy out on a walk, getting him used to trains, buses or the seaside. Although hard when parting with your puppy after a year, it’s so rewarding to know that they will go on to help people with sight loss gain independence and freedom.”

Sight loss charity Guide Dogs for the Blind is looking for dedicated volunteers across Colchester who can offer temporary homes to guide dogs in training! Staff member Lisa Cooke says:

If you would like to find out more about this exciting and hugely rewarding opportunity please contact Guide Dogs’Volunteering Coordinator for Essex, Lisa Cooke or 01189 838713


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Earls Colne

White Colne Wakes Colne Chappel

Great Tey



Fordham River


Stratford St Mary Dedham

Little Mount Horkesley Bures Wormingford Colne Engaine

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West Bergholt Braiswick


Eight Ash Green

Kitchen Fitters Kitchen Manufacturers Leaflet delivery Language tutor Landscaping M.O.T. Garage Oven Cleaning Pest Control Property Maintenance Plumber Restaurant Railway Museum Removals School Storage Sports Massage

Swimming Pool Tutors Tree Surgeon Willow Fences Wedding Venue Walking Groups

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