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Oct/Nov 2012 Issue 48

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Inside this issue... Volunteering is cool!

Autumn recipes Getting an Allotment

Plus... Artist Wladyslaw Mirecki


Country Mutters What’s On Gardening Book reviews


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Wow - what a summer! Everyone I know has been swept up in the Jubilee or sporting celebrations which have given us all a much-needed boost. I have enjoyed talking to local people Anthony Stamp and Grace Byrne who were involved with the Olympics and on page 12 they share their experiences with us. The challenge now is how to keep hold of that feel good factor! So we are looking at the shared benefits of volunteering, with ideas for getting involved. A community group bidding for Colchester to be the next City of Culture is certainly ambitious and will need a lot of support from people who would like to see our town’s assets celebrated. But then a lot of people didn’t think we’d make such a success of hosting the Olympics! I suspect we’re still going to see some summery days but it is now beginning to feel more like autumn. The walk featured in this edition is perhaps best reserved towards the end of October or beginning of November when the trees turn and the colours are at their best. I hope by now you’re seeing a good harvest from your garden or allotment - I’ve certainly been on the receiving end of lots of excess produce from my friends which is very welcome. I have it on good authority from our editor Sarah that her courgettes have reached 4 different counties as her friends and family travel home with going-away presents! If you haven’t got an allotment but are interested in the idea, there’s some information on how to get hold of one, hopefully in time for the next growing season. See page 27 for more details. Finally, if you are needing to promote any events - Christmas or otherwise in the What’s On pages in the next issue please make sure we have all the details by 17th October. Our deadline will be slightly earlier than usual.

4 Book reviews 6 Number Cruncher 10 Volunteering is cool! 12 Olympic Volunteers 15 - 18 What’s On 21 Wladyslaw Mirecki Exhibition 22 Notice Board 24 Country Mutters 26 Food for Thought 28 Walk at Pin Mill 30 Sudoku 36 Useful Numbers 38 Index of Advertisers


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Book Reviews

Share the Scare This Halloween why not settle down for some good old-fashioned ghost stories with the youngest members of your family. We’re not suggesting you curl up with the latest Stephen King; our selection of children’s favourites will deliver just the right amount of spooky. From toddlers to teenagers, these tales will ensure Halloween is less of a trick and more of a treat.

Funnybones Janet and Allan Ahlberg What could be more fitting for Halloween than three skeletons on a night out? This classic tale of a somewhat unusual family unit will ease the youngest of readers into Halloween. Setting out on a walk, ready to scare someone and then settling for frightening themselves, it’s a humorous (or should that be humerus?) story with the best laughs coming when they try to reassemble Dog Skeleton. A definite bone-rattler for your littlies, it’s certain to have you humming ‘Dem bones, dem bones’ up until bedtime.

has earned himself an army of devoted fans… among the living. Pure Dead Magic Debi Gliori Move over Mary Poppins, there’s a new nanny in town. Mrs McLachlan’s hired to sort out the strange and mysterious Strega-Borgia family. She has her work cut out dealing with both the children and the parents, not to mention beasts in the basement. This is a Scottish clan in crisis and only a super nanny can come to their rescue. It’s a strange tale that mixes tradition and new technology into a bizarre brew that could have come straight from a Scottish cauldron.

‘Bunnicula’, the vampire bunny has nothing on these evil fur-balls. Be careful what you wish for…and don’t forget to check the hamster cage before you go to sleep. Kiss of Death Malcolm Rose A school trip goes very wrong when twins Kim and Seth and their friend Wes visit Eyam: a community that was wiped out by the Black Death. Kim and Wes decide to take coins (one of which happens to be cursed) from the bottom of a well in the village only to have the theft come back to haunt them. When the boys are struck down with what looks like the plague, it’s Seth to the rescue. It brings new meaning to the phrase ‘take nothing but photographs’.

The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman Nobody Owens or ‘Bod’ is no ordinary boy. It’s not surprising really given that he’s been Little Shop raised by ghosts and of Hamsters The Boy Who Haunted ghouls after his own (Goosebumps Himself family was murdered. Horrorland) Terry Deary Will Bod survive to R.L. Stine A bizarre story of an adulthood given The Goosebumps experiment that goes his unusual adopted series does exactly what it somewhat awry, the shy and family? Will his parents’ says on the tin. Here’s one of retiring Peter Stone becomes killers catch up to him? And our favourite titles in which possessed by a spirit from how do you learn about life, Sam, who’s desperate to the past. He faces an epic from the dead? This is a have a pet, starts work in a internal struggle to regain strange and compelling tale pet shop. He soon discovers his body and mind. This is a for older children. Heavily 4 Please mention The Connection when responding to adverts that hamsters may be small, chilling tale, with a sting at influenced by Rudyard but they’re not always cute. the end. Paul McKenna fans: Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’, For anyone who enjoyed be warned. it’s easy to see why Gaiman


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Volunteering is Cool! While the Olympics and Paralympics gave us sporting excellence and the startling idea that ’Made in Britain’ could be taken as a sign of good quality again, perhaps an even more surprising effect is that suddenly the notion of volunteering is headline news. These few short weeks have inspired us like the Big Society idea didn’t - that initiative looked to many rather like something hastily cobbled together as a way of plugging the gaps left by budget cuts. The spirit of the Games managed to capture the imagination. We had a very tangible example of what can be achieved by a group of people from all walks of life pulling together for a common cause. It produced something that looked spectacular, worked efficiently, was well-regarded worldwide and was actually rather fun to take part in! So it’s hardly surprising that volunteering may be the biggest legacy of all. As more people put themselves forward for projects which will ‘make a difference’ it is suddenly understood that this can be a life-changing experience for everyone involved. Perhaps the one danger is that this sort of highprofile glamorous event may make the more commonplace voluntary work seem dull by comparison. But although maintaining footpaths or visiting the elderly in care homes is sometimes not as celebrated as it should be it is nonetheless equally valued by all those involved.

There are other benefits. Becky Carter, HR Officer at St Helena Hospice says, ‘Our volunteers take many forms, from those retired wishing to give something back to their community, to those currently jobseeking and wanting to use their free time to gain valuable work experience and help others along the way. It is a very special person that gives up their time to help charities so it is important to us that we provide our volunteers with all of the support and guidance we would our paid members of staff.  This is particularly applicable to those who volunteer to gain work experience, from the student nurse to the individual wanting to work in charity events; we are delighted to be able to provide them with the guidance they may need to succeed in their future career.’ There is a huge variety of voluntary work out there and you don’t even have to commit to regular hours - giving up the odd weekend to help someone get their garden into shape or just giving someone a lift to the doctors all have a positive impact on the individuals within a community.

Jo Ling, Chair of Wormingford Community Craig Last, Frontline Services Team Leader at Education Centre, who says Colchester Community Voluntary Services, says, ‘We have monthly talks by people who give ‘I think the key is to match up the volunteer their time for free to spread the word about with the right organisation. We produce a something they’re passionate about. It’s a Volunteering Directory which lists the huge great fundraiser for us, you learn something range of opportunities locally and sometimes new and it’s a great opportunity for people further afield, and then people can come in to get together and re-connect socially’. and talk to us about the kind of work they’re interested in doing. We will make sure the Feel like giving it a go? Try an online opportunity is suitable for their experience volunteering directory such as http://www. so that both sides get the maximum benefit’. to search for opportunities. The Clearly this is a two-way process: the Colchester CVS Volunteering Directory is organisation gains much-needed help, but available to view at libraries, job centres and what about the volunteer? Craig says ‘People The Learning Shop or call CCVS on 01206 gain a sense of achievement and start to feel 505250 for more information. 10 mention The responding to adverts connected withPlease their community onceConnection they take Readwhen about two local Olympic volunteering an active part in it’. experiences on page 12.

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people we worked with were so positive, such great communicators and so prepared to give their time to make the whole event a success. It was a great feeling being able to help people who were perhaps visiting London for the first time and who might be feeling worried or lost. Being able to make their experience better gave you a tremendous buzz’.

London Ambassadors were recruited to help visitors to London make the most of their trip during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Out of 20,000 applications, 8,000 were chosen and took Grace Byrne from Colchester, dancer in the up their posts closing ceremony of the Olympic Games representing the friendly face A dance student at De Montfort University, Grace of London at successfully auditioned and was given a role in tourist hot spots the spectacular pyramid building sequence to the such as airports, music of Kate Bush. The dancers were warned that rail stations and the process was going to be hard work and Grace main attractions. had to attend 10 rehearsals of between 4 and 10 After their hours each concentrating on their own group training, which sequence. It wasn’t until the dress rehearsals that included rolethe performers were able to get a sense of the playing different complete ceremony. scenarios and Grace says, ‘I got quite emotional watching the visits to locations, opening ceremony and was worried I’d make Anthony was a mistake when it came to our sequence but allocated to adrenaline kicks in when you’re waiting backstage Oxford Circus and you just go for it.’ She describes the nervous and Rosy to one wait of 15 minutes before they went on. ‘I could of the BT Live see the purple and blue colours of the lights. There sites in Victoria Park, Hackney. Anthony says, were so many camera flashes and the noise of the ‘We were there to help by answering queries, audience was indescribable’. handing out maps, helping with directions The dramatic performance went without a hitch, and we were encouraged to approach with the dancer’s earpieces relaying encouraging people who looked like they might need be messages about how well they were doing and in need of a hand. Although with our gaudy Grace says, ‘It was just an amazing experience to uniforms on we were easy to spot and people be part of a once in a were happy to come and speak to us’. lifetime event’. Although their shifts were at the beginning She met people from of the Games, he describes how quickly the all over the world, made event seemed to lift people’s mood even on lots of new friends the streets. He says, ‘So many people were and has made a pretty smiling at us and saying hello and I found impressive start to her myself having conversations with all sorts future career. Grace of people that would simply never happen says, ‘It was a privilege normally.’ He met people from all over the to be able to work world and even got to practice his French with professional language skills with a pair of visitors from dancers and some of Morocco who wanted to know the best way the best choreographers in the country. The whole to get to Newcastle so they could watch their experience was something I’ll remember forever.’ team play in an Olympic football match. Both Anthony and Rosy work for charities and help others in their spare time, but still If you have an Olympic related volunteering found time to volunteer for the Olympics. experience you would like to tell us about - please 12 sums upPlease mention The Connection responding to adverts Anthony the experience: ‘We wanted email us:when to be part of this unique occasion. The

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At White Colne Village Hall Friday 9th November 7.30pm Teams of 4 - 6 people (we’ll find you a team if you haven’t got one) £5.00 per person. Raffle, bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. To book or for more information please call Chris or Rita on 01787 221919 or email Proceeds to be donated to village projects and St. Helena’s Hospice. Christmas Shopping Evening At Holy Trinity Primary School, Fiddlers Folly, Fordham Heath, Colchester CO3 9UE Friday 16th November 7.00pm - 9.00pm. A variety of stalls selling something for everyone, ideal Christmas presents. Refreshments and raffle. £1 entrance fee. For more information please call 01206 240880. Craft Fair Weekend

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 10.00am - 4.30pm Many and varied original pieces on sale and for viewing. For more information please call Mrs P Johnson on 01376 519648. Christmas Fair At Stoke by Nayland Village Hall CO6 4QP Saturday 17th November 10.00am - 3.00pm Buy inspirational Christmas presents and food including ceramics, children’s wooden toys, jewellery, wools, soap, hand dyed cotton garments, paintings, cards, wooden chopping boards, upholstered furniture and more. £1 admission. Refreshments in aid of St Helena Hospice. For more information please call 01206 262087. Photographic History Exhibition At Colne Engaine Village Hall Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 10.00 am - 4.00pm

Lots of different stalls selling a wide variety of goods.

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Sunday 2nd December 12.00 noon - 2.00pm

A range of therapist and beauticians for people to try out and pamper themselves with alternative and complementary therapies such as massage, reiki, indian head massage, manicures, pedicures. There will also be a number of boutique stalls for you to browse and purchase unique goods from local crafters. Free entrance, therapies are available from £5.

Fun for all the family with Father Christmas, children’s games, traditional stalls, festive goodies, raffle and tombola. Free entry.

Table Top Sale At Aldham Village Hall Saturday 13th October and 10th November 10.30am - 1.00pm For more information please call 01206 211624. Creations Christmas Craft Fayre At Orpen Memorial Hall, West Bergholt Saturday 1st December 10.30am - 4.00pm A wide range of stalls selling handmade items - a perfect place to buy Christmas gifts! Free entry. For more information see

Macmillan Coffee Morning At Wormingford Community Education Centre Friday 28th September 12.00 - 5.00pm

For more information please call 01206 262994. St Peter’s Craft Fair At St Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury Saturday 22nd November 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. Nayland Bonfire & Fireworks At the Village Hall Playing Field, Church Lane, Nayland CO6 4JH Monday 5th November 6.45pm for 7.00pm Hot Dogs, sparklers, luminous necklaces, refreshments. Adults £4, Children £1.

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What’s On (Cont)... Cinema Colchester Film Festival 2012 Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October An international short film festival featuring the best short films from the UK and around the world. Work from local filmmakers, film related workshops, master classes and panel discussion from industry professionals in various venues. For more information please email: or visit: 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. Please call Lesley 01206 262505 or Ken 01206 263266 for tickets. Saturday 6th October ‘Hugo.’ Saturday 3rd November ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ Saturday 1st December ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

Friday 26th October ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ Friday 23rd November ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Dance and Drama Dickensian Ball At Fennes Estate, Bocking, Essex Friday 16th November 7.00pm - 12.30am Headway Essex will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens at their black tie ball. Tickets are £65 and include a sparkling wine reception and canapes, a 3 course meal with coffee, entertainment, live band and disco. For tickets or more information please call 01206 547616. Barn Dance and Supper At Rowhedge Village Hall, Rectory Rd CO5 7HX Saturday 22nd September 7.30pm Dancing to Jasper Ceilidh Band, includes ploughmans supper. Tickets £8, bring your own drink and glass. All proceeds will go towards essential maintenance at the village hall. For more information and tickets please call Yvonne on 07780 923688 or Loraine on 07870 653590 or email rowhedgevillagehall@

Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. A play by Raymond Hopkins, presented by the Kelvedon Players. Although in a loveless marriage, Clive has never been unfaithful. However, as preparations for his fiftieth birthday are underway, Clive feels that life is passing him by and has a yearning for one last fling… Tickets from the Box Office,The Master Butcher, Kelvedon High Street or 07742 532192. £7 or £5.50 concessions (no concessions on 27th October). When We Are Married At The Assembly Rooms, Dedham Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th October 7.45pm The Autumn production by The Dedham Players is a charming comedy by J. B. Priestley. Tickets £7.50 including refreshments at interval from W A Hood Newsagents, Dedham or call 01206 323160. Christine the Musical At The Headgate, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Wednesday 17th October - Saturday 20th October 7.30 pm

of Christine Keeler, the 60’s girl whose exploits exposed sleaze and corruption at the heart of the Establishment. Tickets £12 and £10 concessions. For tickets and more information please contact the Headgate Box Office on 01206 366000.

Music The Caverners At Stoke by Nayland Village Hall Saturday 24th November 7.15pm Live duo playing popular 60’s Music from the great rock and roll era. Tickets £10 including supper, available from the Village Post Office. For more information please call 01206 265172. Stour Valley Singers Concert At St Mary’s Church, Glemsford Saturday 29th September 7.30pm Lead by our Musical Director Tom Cogan from the piano, the Choir will be performing a wide range of songs old and new including a selection of songs from Les Miserables plus The Heavenly Aeroplane by John Rutter and Morning Has Broken, beautifully arranged by Cat Stevens and many more.

Tickets are £8 including a glass of wine and nibbles, Nayland Cinema, at available from Anthea An amateur production Nayland Village Hall York on 01787 227490 or with music and lyrics Love Begins at Fifty the door on the night. 16 by Tony when Franchi,responding taking Drinks and ice creamsPlease mention The Connection toonadverts In aid of The Parkinson’s its inspiration from At The Institute, served at the interval. 8.00pm start, £5 per ticket. Kelvedon. true events in the life Society Research.

What’s On Concerts at The Parish Church of St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall Lunchtime Concert Tim Smith Piano Thursday 4th October 12.30pm Admission free, retiring collection. Light lunches available from 12.00 noon. Concert lasts 45 minutes. All proceeds towards the St Peter’s, Coggeshall Organ Appeal. Lexden Choral Society, Sarah Blake Saturday 10th November 7.30pm For more details please call 01206 543280/766906 Witham Choral Society, Colchester Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday 17th November 7.30pm For more details please call 01376 346389 For more information about the concerts please phone 01376 563020 or visit www. Music Events at The Electric Palace, Harwich At The Electric Palace, King’s Quay, Harwich CO12 3ER Doors open 7.30 pm for 8.00pm - 10.30pm Thursday 25th October The Nova Scotia Jazz Band

Colchester Organ Society Concerts At Alderman Blaxill School, Paxman Road, Colchester. Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.45pm Friday 5th October Chiho Sunamoto Friday 2nd November Byron Jones Popular organ music from the 1950’s onwards. Members £4, non members £6. For more information please contact 01787 269458.

Talks and Workshops Mushrooms and other Fungi At Daws Hall Nature Reserve, Henny Road, Lamarsh, Essex Saturday 20th October 10.00am - 4.00pm Identification course for adults led by expert Ian Rose. £25 per person, booking essential. For more details of all courses and to make bookings please contact Sarah White on 01787 269766 or e-mail sarahwhite@dawshallnature. web site www. Helping us Maintain a Healthy Heart At the Elizabeth Courthald Surgery, Halstead

Talks at Wormingford Community Education Centre At WCEC, The Old School, Church Lane, Wormingford CO6 3AZ We ask for a donation of £4 per person. Refreshments will be available. To book please call Jane on 01787 227037 or email The Night Sky through Binoculars and Small Telescopes by Michael Forbes Friday 28th September 7.30pm Enjoy the centre’s beautiful grounds in the dark as Michael returns to WCEC with another fascinating and informative evening on our night sky. Please bring binoculars if you have them (some pairs will be available to borrow). If the weather is wet, the presentation will move to the hall, with the subject being Astrophotography from Your Back Garden. Britain’s only known Roman chariot racing track: the work goes on by Philip Crummy Friday 19th October 7.30pm The story of the discovery of Britain’s only known Roman circus and the ongoing work to celebrate this internationally important monument. This Luminous Coast by Jules Pretty Friday 16th November 7.30pm

The Amateur Glasshouse At Church Hall, Bear Street, Nayland CO6 4HY Tuesday 16th October 7.40pm Matthew Tanton Brown will share his knowledge in an illustrated talk on ‘The Amateur Glasshouse’. Entry free, all welcome. 01206 262807   Trees of the Stour Valley At The Village Hall, Nayland CO6 4JH Tuesday 13th November 7.40pm Neil Catchpole will share his knowledge in an illustrated talk on ‘Trees of the Stour Valley’. All welcome. 01206 262807  Little Waldingfield History Society Talks At The Parish Room in Church Road, Little Waldingfield at 7.30 pm sharp. Please book and pay in advance to guarantee your place, as seats are limited, from Diana Langford, Pitt Cottage, Little Waldingfield on 01787 248298. Members £2, nonmembers £4. Suffolk Witches by Pip Wright    Wednesday 31st October How superstition has haunted Suffolk and the surrounding counties, and the persecution it lead to.

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What’s On (Cont)... Bombs, Beams and Boffins by Paddy Heazell Wednesday 21st November The mystery of Orford Ness. Punch & Judy by Peter Batty Wednesday 5th December A light hearted look at its history and traditions with a show. Courses at Assington Mill Assington Mill, Assington CO10 5LZ For information about all courses please call Anne Holden on 01787 229955 or 07770 550570 or email Hunting with Harris Hawks Saturday 13th October 9.00am - 4.00pm This is a new course on learning how to work with Harris hawks, and maybe other hunting animals. £95 including home-made lunch. Natural Skin Care: Gorgeous And Good For You Saturday 24th November 10.00am - 4.30pm Learn the craft of making completely natural skin products. Work with professional herbalists to formulate your own cosmetics and create beautiful gifts. £70 including home-made

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Sunday Kids Club At Sudbury Library, Market Hill, Sudbury Sunday 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th October 10.30am - 12.00 noon Children of all ages are welcome to come and join in the craft & storytelling activities held every Sunday, this month with a Fright Fest theme. Reading Game: Story Lab drop in sessions. Join our Rogues Gallery & receive a free gift for every 4 Sunday Activity sessions attended. For further information contact Sudbury library on 01787 296000. Pumpkin Pleasures At Wormingford Community Education Centre, Church Lane, Wormingford Thursday 25th October 5.00pm - 7.00pm Bring your pumpkin to carve, sit round a campfire, help create a spooky story and enjoy hot soup. For more information please call 01206 227037.

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Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973 Farmers Market At Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, Ipswich Saturday 6th October and Saturday 3rd November 10.00am - 2.00pm. Contact 0844 4938088

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Wivenhoe Farmers Market

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Saturday 20th October and Saturday 17th November at 9.00am - 12.00

At The Baptist Church, Swan Street, Sible Hedingham (next to the Sugar Loaves pub)

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Farmers Markets

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Assington Farmers’ Market

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Sunday 14th October and Sunday 11th November at 10.00am - 2.00pm

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WLADYSLAW MIRECKI Watercolours Exhibition 3rd to 25th November, 2012 Two and half years after ending their monthly exhibitions programme, Chappel Galleries opens its doors to the latest collection of watercolours by coproprietor Wladyslaw (Waj) Mirecki. Running from Saturday 3rd November until Sunday 25th November 2012 Chappel Galleries will be open every day 10am to 5pm. The exhibition is called ‘Around and About’; characteristically, the paintings are mostly of local views often depicting the spectacular Chappel Viaduct. Waj was born 1956 in Chelmsford of Polish parents and feels a strong affinity to his home county. Also featured are scenes of the East Coast as well as one or two French subjects. Since his last exhibition at Chappel Galleries Waj has had two successful solo London shows and in 2010 won second prize in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.

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Notice Board St Helena Hospice We are pleased to announce that our new shop and warehouse is now open at Angora Business Park, Peartree Road, Stanway, and is operating from 9.00am 4.00pm, Mondays to Saturdays. We have a stylish selection of household goods and furniture, and good quality clothing, books and bric-a-brac. We also accept all your quality pre-loved goods at this site, and free furniture collections can be arranged. For enquiries, please call 01206 793937 or visit John Rees Memorial Update We are pleased to report the fund raised in excess of £1000. Many thanks to all those who contributed and a particular thanks to Chris Eaton at Wakes Colne Post Office for all his help. The memorial will be sited on Chappel Millennium Green. We are now in consultation to decide what form the memorial will take and we will keep you advised on progress. Again, thank you for your generosity.

you could simply make a donation. All monies raised will stay locally and help us raise the £250,000 a month it costs to keep flying. To register your event or find out more, contact: Sabi Blyth, Fundraising Coordinator at Essex Air Ambulance on 0845 2417 690 or email Ride Through Constable Country for Charity A day of horse riding fun through Constable country will take place on Sunday September 23rd at Stratford Hills near Colchester, in aid of disability organisation Dancing Giraffe and local charities. This is a sponsored horse riding event and riders will be able to choose from two courses, based on their ability. Organiser Clare Smith said, “This is an amazing opportunity for anyone that loves riding, regardless of their age or ability. We expect a great atmosphere with lots of people riding out through beautiful countryside and of course the chance to ride at Higham Race Course.” Rosettes will be awarded to all competitors completing the course and prizes will be awarded for the most sponsorship raised and best ‘tack and turn out’. Full information and sponsorship forms are available online at sponsored-horse-ride or by contacting Clare at Dancing Giraffe on 01206 571199.

obstacles to climb, scramble and jump over including a timed 500m assault course with November’s chilling elements of winter cold, deep mud and freezing water. This is one of the toughest events you will run! 10km & 5km races, timed 500m obstacle course, individual and team entry. Goodies, Tech T-shirt and prizes. The event takes place at Bures Pit, Essex, CO8 5DH on Sunday 25th November at 11.00am. To take part call Headway Essex on 01206 547616, email fundraising@headwayessex. or visit www. 22nd Kelvedon & Feering Art Society Exhibition This event will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October at Feering Community Centre (please see What’s On pages for full details). If you wish to exhibit at this event please call Mrs P Johnson 01376 519648. Community Abseil This is an amazing opportunity to abseil down the 400ft high ‘Essex House’ in Southend-onSea and raise money for your charity! Abseil places for Saturday 6th October are available at £45 each. We will then ask you to raise sponsorship money for Headway Essex. (Discount available for teams of 10 or more). For an application pack please call 01206 547616 or email fundraising@

Are you supporting National Air Ambulance Week this year? Air Ambulance charities across the country are urging the public to help them raise funds and awareness during National Air Ambulance Week which takes place between 24th and 30th September. It’s not too late to get involved. Mucky Races - Guts N Glory There are initiatives already But You Don’t Look Ill Raising sponsorship for in place which are simple to Cheerful, chatty meeting at Headway Essex, brain injury implement and need very The Stevenson Centre, Gt care and support, this is an little pre-planning. We can Cornard on Thursday 11th 22 race that tests theresponding Please mention Theobstacle Connection when to adverts provide support and all the October. Drop in anytime very fabric of your fitness! This encouragement you need, or between 1.00pm - 3.00pm. course combines man made

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As one of the fringe benefits of my latest diet is an increased production of new brain cells (skinny and clever - what’s not to like?) it seems like a good idea to put them to good use by learning something new. There’s more than a whiff of autumn in the air which always makes me want to retire to my study to sit in a winged leather armchair, smoke a pipe and read improving works. No matter that my study is a corner of the living room surrounded by an untidy slew of books and papers which the cat takes great delight in jumping on and ‘accidentally’ toppling over. I sit besieged behind my paper ramparts, uncomfortably perched on a stool Husband made in woodwork class - sorry, for anyone under 109 read ‘resistant materials technology’ - and try to avoid being suckered into the Daily Mail online gossip pages while researching the local adult education provision. I will admit to being swept up in sporting fever this summer and I am now an expert in long jump technique and T37 classification but my bid for Rio may have to wait until next spring because winter will soon be here and it’s going to be a bit chilly outside after all. OK then, something that takes place safely indoors which will challenge my shiny new brain cells. A language perhaps? I could do with sorting out the appalling Euro-speak I’ve cobbled together over the years. Not German - too, well, Germanic. French - too much like going back to school. Italian would be lovely. But if I do a 12 week course now I’ll have forgotten everything by the summer hols next year. Not that there’s much use for Italian phrases when camping in Norfolk. Unless you want to swear very explicitly at the rain without your offspring understanding. I’ll probably pass on the more esoteric Understanding Embryo Development and Religious Dogma in the 14th Century as being


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too far removed from my normal daily life. Book-keeping for Beginners would be useful but I suspect I’d slip into the semi-comatose state which numbers always seem to induce in me. Something practical like First Steps in Plumbing would come in very handy, were it not for the fear that I might encounter a massive spider round the back of the U-bend. I know - something which explores my inherent creativity. Pottery would be great - I could create massive platters intricately decorated and highlighted with gold and turquoise glazes which I could bring out at dinner parties. ‘Oh this?’ I could say, ‘Yes, it’s one of mine. The V & A were quite interested in it, actually, but I think pieces like this are meant to be used, don’t you?’ And then I remember my Mum’s efforts at evening classes in the ‘70’s and the many squat brown pots that subsequently sat gathering dust on every window sill. And worse - that Hollywood scene with Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and the potters wheel. Oh no - far too many connotations. There has to be something right for me. Until then, I’ll just check out Cheryl Cole’s latest squeeze and perhaps the whereabouts of Tom Cruise, now that he’s available again....

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Food for thought

Try this variation on summer pudding making the most of the early Autumn fruits, such as plums, blackberries and delicious English apples. Serve with softly whipped double cream flavoured with a splash of Calvados for a really indulgent dessert.

Autumn Pudding

175g caster sugar • 3 small English eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced • 4 red plums, halved, stones removed and sliced • 100g raspberries • 100g strawberries, hulled and sliced • 100g blackcurrants or blueberries • 100g blackberries • 10 slices thicksliced white bread • Extra fruit, to decorate

Place the sugar and 200ml of cold water in a large pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Add the sliced apples and simmer for 5-10 minutes until just tender. Add the rest of the fruit and simmer for a further 2-3 minutes. Leave to cool. Remove the crusts from the bread slices. Use a round cookie cutter to stamp out a circle from one slice of bread to fit the base of a 1.2 litre pudding basin. Cut the remaining slices of bread in half. Carefully strain half of the fruit syrup from the cooled fruit into a shallow dish. Lightly dip most of the slices of bread into the syrup and arrange around the side of the pudding basin, overlapping them slightly to completely line the basin. Dip the bread circle into the syrup and press into the bottom of the basin. Spoon the fruit into the lined basin, pressing down gently with the back of a spoon. Use the remaining slices of bread to cover the fruit filling completely and spoon over any remaining syrup. Place a saucer on top of the basin and weigh it down with 2-3 food cans. Chill in the fridge overnight. To serve, carefully turn the pudding out onto a plate and decorate with extra sliced fruit. 26 Please mention The Connection

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Apple Day at Kentwell Hall Sunday 7th October 11.00am - 5.00pm Kentwell has some 60 varieties of Apple in its Walled Garden. There will be a gardener on hand to give information about the various apples with some of the unusual varieties available to taste. You may even find Tudor people in the gardens or kitchens who will demonstrate cooking or preserving with apples and an applethemed menu in the tea room. For more information please call 01787 310207. 2012 Essex Food Show Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October This will take place at Five Lakes Crowne Plaza Resort in Colchester and features both local producers and fine foods from all over the world, many with a ‘taste before you buy’ policy, including rare breed meat producers, game, speciality sausages, smoked foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pickles, preserves and sauces, cakes, chocolates, locally brewed beers and cider. The event also offers entertainment including a performance from The London Vegetable Orchestra, which is described as ‘an innovative fusion of carrots and fun!’ For more information when responding to advertsplease call 01621 773403 or visit http://www.

In return for an annual fee, Butternut Squash Allotments they offer equipment hire, It might seem odd to be and Pumpkin Soup discounted seed orders thinking about growing 1 Onion and talks and meetings to food at a time of year more 1 Clove of garlic share expertise. traditionally associated 1 tsp finely grated ginger Before you know it, your with the harvest, but many 1 red chilli hard work will begin allotments become available 4 tbsp oil to pay off. Maybe this at this time of year to be re-let 800g pumpkin/butternut squash time next year you’ll be in plenty of time before the 1 tbsp sugar bringing in your own next growing season. So if 500ml vegetable stock harvest of cheap, tasty it’s something you’ve been 100ml orange juice and healthy fruit and veg! meaning to do, it may be a 200g whipping cream http://www.colchester. good time to check out your salt and freshly milled pepper nearest site by contacting 1 tsp curry powder Interested-in-having-anColchester Borough Council. ground nutmeg allotment They also have a good web Thyme to garnish site which explains how to Platform 2 Cafe in a apply Serves 4 Carriage for an Peel and dice the onion and garlic. Fans of Brief Encounter allotment Wash the chili, slit open lengthways, or anyone who likes to and the remove the seeds and white inner eat good food from local costs ribs and chop finely. Peel and suppliers in pleasant involved. deseed and dice the pumpkin/ surroundings will enjoy Some squash. a visit to Platform 2 Cafe sites are in a Carriage at the East under the Heat the oil in a pan and saute the Anglian Railway Museum control pumpkin/squash, onion, garlic, at Chappel and Wakes of parish councils so it’s worth ginger and chili. Sprinkle with sugar Colne Station. The cafe trying the parish clerk as well. and stir over the heat until lightly is open 7 days a week Plots on some sites are difficult caremlised. Now add the stock, from 10.00 5.00pm but to get hold of with long cover and cook gently for about 35 if you pre-book you can waiting lists (some as long as minutes until soft. sample their Brunch or 2 or 3 years), but Colchester an Afternoon Tea to die council is now halving full Puree the soup. Add the orange for including 3 kinds of sized plots as they become juice and cream and bring to the sandwiches, mini muffins, vacant to give more people boil. Season with salt and pepper scones and tarts. And the chance to rent one. But be and add curry powder and nutmeg from 13th October, warned, given the demand for to taste. new young chef Charlie plots, it’s not surprising that Ladle the hot soup into bowls and Stocker will be offering you will be expected to keep serve garnished with thyme and a pop-up restaurant your patch in good order and croutons. in a lovingly restored at least 50% in productive use. carriage from the early Most beginners find that 1950s serving an exciting their fellow allotment holders menu which features are generous souls who local, seasonal produce. are happy to offer help and For more information advice about what and how or to book , call 07526 to grow. Organisations like 27 Visit our website at 568364 or visit www. the Colchester Allotment Association are also invaluable.

Autumn Harvest Walk around Pin Mill

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Richest red tulips surrounded by a mist of pale blue forget-me-nots are dreamily pretty. This wonderful combination is easy to achieve; you can sow the forget-menot seed now, as you plant the bulbs, or if you prefer sow them early in the year, just before the bulbs emerge. The display you achieve will be breathtakingly beautiful.

Long-lived Lovelies

In most gardens tulips are not the longest living bulbs, however you can always try growing the so-called species tulips such as Tulipa sprengeri or Tulipa turkestanica. They have smaller, less-showy flowers and will be considerably more expensive initially but they look gorgeous, tend to last longer and, better still, also spread extensively in the right spot. After a few years a carpet of species tulips can be achieved, and will take your breath away.

Good Companions

Tulips look great with each other. Try combining the richly purple-black leaved Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ with any purple tulip such as ‘Passionale’, or for a wackier effect chose one of the frilly petalled parrot-tulips with green streaks on their petals, or the green ‘spring green’ tulip, combined with any low-growing shrub. Now is the best time of year to think tulips - start planting and transform your garden for spring.

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