October/November 15 Issue 66
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Buying a bespoke kitchen Book reviews What’s On Gardening with Pippa Greenwood
The Big Draw Delicious recipes from the Good Souls Bakery! Lady Muck’s baking disasters Halloween Macaroons
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I just love this time of year. The colours of autumn really energise me and there’s nothing nicer than an autumnal walk on a sunny day is there. It’s a good job I like those long walks as I’m also an armchair baker and very partial to vegging out in front of the television and watching all the baking programmes!
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Have you been bitten by the baking bug? If you have, then you’re in for a treat. Here’s a flavour of what’s inside this issue. There’s a recipe for Halloween Macaroons on page 43 and we have an article about Emma Chesters on page 10 who followed her dream and started a bakery business. The delicious looking muffins on the front cover are actually called Friands and were made by Emma and you will find the recipe for those on page 14 along with a Finnish apple cake. Lady Muck’s hilarious baking disasters are given a good airing on page 4 and if your excuse for not baking is that you need a new kitchen then you’ll find out how to go about getting a bespoke one on page 6. If you’re not into baking, fear not, we also have five pages of What’s On, details about the local Big Draw events, book reviews and gardening from Pippa Greenwood. Finally, if you need to promote a Christmas event for the What’s On pages in the next issue, please make sure we have all the details by October 23rd.
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Taking the biscuit by Lady Muck
I sympathise with those hapless souls who make a mess of their cake on Bake Off and have to be lead away sobbing while the presenter intones soothingly, ‘It’s only a cake, it’s only a cake’. But it’s not only a cake, is it? When you bake for someone it’s a symbol of your love, a desire to make something lovely for your loved ones, to show them how much you care and how awfully clever and accomplished you are. So it’s a cruel blow when things go horribly wrong. My Victoria sponges rise beautifully in the oven but the minute I take them out they sink like crestfallen children and the hollow has to be disguised by a pile of berries. The tops of my loaf cakes burn while the inside is still batter – what’s that all about? And as for my pastry, just don’t go there. It’s so unfair. My Grandma could make pastry to die for whereas mine is to die by. Why can’t she have passed on the good baking gene along with the family propensity for bunions and a sagging jawline?
I should have learned my lesson from nearly 15 years ago when I made a splendid birthday party cake which was a replica of Tracy Island, complete with mountains, Thunderbirds fondant rockets, a beach made of brown sugar and a sea of melted glacier mints. Even though I say so myself, it looked amazing. Disappointingly it turned out to have the consistency of dry cement. ‘Shouldn’t have tried to actually eat it’, lisped one cherub. That’s where I’ve been going wrong… Please mention The Connection when responding to adverts
My biscuits either droop like Dali’s clocks or you can use them as skipping stones. Don’t ask me how I know – suffice to say it was a humiliating end to a picnic on the beach. You could use my bread rolls to stop major dam leaks and my rock cakes to fill potholes – now there’s a marketable idea.
At least I’m not alone. Aunty Joan is renowned for her dodgy buns. Depth charges, Husband calls them uncharitably. The worst example was a chocolate cake she had made specially for Husband’s birthday. The thing was about the size of a top hat, and so resplendently chocolate-y I feared it had cost a small fortune to make. The job of slicing into it fell to me and I knew I was in trouble when the knife I had inserted stopped dead about half an inch in. ‘What’s the cat got in her mouth?’ I cried, pointing aghast to the other side of the room. This had the desired effect and as all heads swivelled in that direction I applied both hands and my considerable weight and made the cut. And then, ‘Oh we forgot the cream – would you mind?’ got her out of the room while I set to with the carving knife and unbridled brute force and by the time she came back everyone was staring down at their own slice of cake with considerable trepidation. It’s a tribute to NHS dentistry and our affection for Aunty Joan that we got through it, although I will draw a veil over the ensuing digestive distress.
Home & Interiors Buying a Bespoke Kitchen
If you have an awkwardly shaped room or want more than one-size-fits-all options, then your obvious choice is a custom-made kitchen. Buying a bespoke kitchen is like asking a tailor to make you a dress - you get a unique and perfectly fitting outfit that makes the most of your best bits and disguises the worst. It’s attractive, comfortable and, whilst more costly, it will always look good and should last a lifetime. In kitchen terms, this means that a bespoke commission can cope with wonky walls, strange dimensions and interesting architectural features, will adapt to whatever’s required of it, whether chaotic family meals or haute cuisine dinner parties, and will use high quality materials that will stand the test of time. What’s more, you’re guaranteed that it’s one of a kind.
Why buy bespoke?
With an off-the-peg kitchen your choices are limited to a selection of door styles, carcass
sizes and worktops, but that’s about it. If your wall is a few centimetres longer than the standard run of cupboards, you’ll end up with a gap. It might be called a tray slot or space for a pull-out towel rail, but it’s still a gap. A bespoke kitchen, on the other hand, will be built to the exact dimensions of the room, and can include extra-high base units, extra-deep worktops and a combination of different materials. You can choose the type of timber or the colour of the paint, and you can specify any worktop, handle or appliance you like - even special matching sockets can be fitted. As managing director and chief designer Andrew Hall, of Woodstock Furniture, says: ‘The beauty of a bespoke kitchen design service is that you end up with an ergonomic, cohesive and unified space that is completely unique and tailored to your individual needs.’
All in the detail
With a bespoke kitchen, no detail is spared. It may be the dovetailing of the drawers or the way veneers are matched so they run perfectly across from one cupboard or drawer to the next. It may be the combination of base and wall
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cupboards, perhaps with open shelves and free-standing dressers; or it may be the size and shape of the island unit. Special appliances or cooking utensils can be measured and interiors designed to suit, for the ultimate, ‘everything in its place’ room that combines good looks with functionality.
Working with a designer
Before contacting a bespoke kitchen company, start by considering what type of kitchen you want; otherwise, the possibilities could be overwhelming. Many people find it helpful to keep a scrapbook of designs they like. That said, an experienced designer will be able to guide you through the maze of choices, asking the right questions about your style and how you use your kitchen in order to reach the best design. There will be one or more site visits for consultations, planning and measuring up, followed by drawings and costings. Once you have approved these, it will take several weeks or even months for your furniture to be hand-built and, during this time, you should complete any structural work. Then your units will be fitted by an expert team and templates made for worktops and splashbacks – which will then be made to measure. Finally, there’s likely to be a sign-off visit to fine-tune any problems and check that you’re happy with the result. Main Image - Bespoke open-plan kitchen, Woodstock Furniture: Tel 020 8876 0131; www. woodstockfurniture.co.uk
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Autumn In October, nature puts on a magnificent show for us to wonder at, as the trees shed their leaves in glorious technicolor. As the nights draw in and the autumn is upon us, snuggle up with a good book about those silent giants standing guard in the garden. Eucalyptus - Murray Bail Written by an Australian author this is a modern fairy tale about the widower Holland and his beautiful daughter, Ellen. She, along with his vast collection of eucalyptus trees are his two most prized possessions and when Ellen turns nineteen, Holland reveals that he will permit her to marry the man who can successfully identify all the varieties of gum trees on his property. Of course, Ellen’s not too pleased with the plan, and doesn’t think much of all the suitors who show up at the estate. That is, until a mysterious stranger appears and her curiosity suddenly gets the better of her. The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge Faith’s father is found dead, and under mysterious circumstances, leaving Faith determined to get to the bottom of what happened. What she finds is a set of drawings that lead her to a strange tree that seems to flourish and grow when lies are whispered to it, and there are plenty of mistruths to go around in this tiny island community. The Lie Tree’s fruits bear hidden secrets and Faith will have her work cut out to try and separate the truth from the poisonous fiction. Just don’t believe everything you read.
Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson Set in the remote and isolated Puget Sound in America’s Pacific Northwest, Snow Falling on Cedars is the story of a remote community rocked by the murder of a local fisherman. San Piedro Island is not the sort of place you want to make enemies, and when JapaneseAmerican, Kabuo Miyamoto is accused, it becomes clear that among the beautiful and dense cedars lies a painful history. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric book that’s full of suspense and tragedy. A great read for a wet autumnal day. Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation - Lynne Truss This might be cheating a little, and it’s not strictly about trees or leaves, but it is about branches of English grammar and the panda of the title that’s getting a bad rap because of some dodgy punctuation. Never again will we be afraid to use colons and semicolons but thanks to Truss, we will embrace them. This book is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt frustrated by unnecessary commas on menus; for anyone who has shuddered when the incorrect ‘your’ is used by a friend or colleague in an email; for anyone for whom standing in the queue at the ‘ten items or
less’ (FEWER!) checkout in the supermarket is simply torture. Read, digest and enjoy. The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein A boy grows up and the Giving Tree gives all that she has to help raise him. At first he climbs and plays on her trunk. When he, known only as ‘Boy’ turns into a teenager he needs some money and so the tree suggests that he pick and sell her apples. And so this relationship between the two of them continues, right into the old man’s dotage. Each time the tree helps Boy we are told, “And the tree was happy”. It’s an enchanting story to read to children, or simply to treasure for yourself. The Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton The Magic Faraway Tree is actually the second story in Enid Blyton’s series, coming after The Enchanted Wood, and is much-loved by children and adults the world over. Joe, Beth and Frannie have moved into to a new house and they discover this fantastic place that is right on their doorstep. They quickly make friends with Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy and are transported to different lands and places. The series is a cult classic and it’s like a big bear hug on a chilly October evening.
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Good Souls Bakery food for the soul Many of us dread autumn because it means the end of warmth, long days and heralds the slide into full blown winter. Autumn is cardigans, going back to school, stocking up on firewood. But if summer means salads and winter means stews, Autumn is surely about baking, a foodie consolation for the end of the sunshine. Good Souls Bakery, based in Colchester was set up by Emma Chesters last year. Previously a freelance writer, complications following a routine operation led to a period of enforced rest with plenty of time to think and during this period a change of direction beckoned.
From the end of September, Emma will be at The Waiting Room on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10.00am - 6.30pm offering simple wholesome vegetarian and vegan lunches as well as her bakery products. Looking further ahead, Emma is keen to grow her business, to learn more advanced artisan techniques and to discover new bakes to share with her customers. You can find Good Souls Bakery at Farmers Markets in Colchester, Nayland, Lavenham and Wivenhoe (see What’s On pages for dates). Also at Bazaar, a new monthly cooperative market of local producers and artists at The Waiting Room in Colchester on the first Sunday of every month. You can also order at www.goodsoulsbakery.co.uk.
Emma’s grandmother had a bakery in North Wales and vivid childhood memories of the smells and tastes from her kitchen inspired a life long love of baking. For Emma, unable to travel physically as much as she’d like, reading cookery books opened up a world of tastes. ‘Ideas came thick and fast about the sort of baking I wanted to concentrate on. I wanted to explore spices and fruits used in other countries, different techniques, create amazing aromas that bring to mind exotic locations.’ The long held urge to try her hand at baking professionally took hold. Once she had recovered, Emma started selling at local Farmer’s Markets and taking orders from customers. Good feedback encouraged her to set up her kitchen at The Waiting Room in Colchester to create globally inspired bakes. Norwegian cinnamon rolls, cardamom bread, pistachio Pictures; from the top, cardamon and rose biscuits, sticky and cranberry cake, panettone, schnecken, fig almond cakes and chai biscuits. sticky sooji cake is just a small selection from her website. See page 14 for recipes from Emma at Good Souls Bakery. 10 Please mention The Connection when responding to adverts
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This recipe is for Finnish Apple cake. This time of year, recipes from northern Europe like this one make good use of our seasonal produce – it also makes the end of the summer a bit easier to bear! Ingredients (serves 4-6) 100g butter 200g caster sugar 1 egg 200g flour 2 tsp baking powder 150g sour cream 2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced To coat the apples 1 ½ tbsp of cinnamon 1 tbsp caster sugar Demerara sugar for topping.
Pistachio and Raspberry Friands
Friands originated in France but are now very popular in Australian coffee shops. They look a little like muffins but are much lighter as their main ingredients are egg whites, ground almonds and icing sugar. They work well with most fruits; blueberries, cherries, peach, blackberries, oranges, lemons are all great and the delicacy of the friand allows the flavours to really come through. I freeze raspberries from our garden to make sure I can make my favourite friands, pistachio and raspberries all year round. Another plus about these small cakes is that the friands themselves also freeze well.
Preparation 1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350F/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin. 2 Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well until combined. 3 Mix in the flour, baking powder and sour cream and stir until all combined. 4 Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and then coat the apple slices with cinnamon sugar mix. 5 Place the coated apples on the bottom of your cake tin to completely cover it, and then pour over the cake batter. 6 Sprinkle the top of the cake, lightly, with Demerara sugar and cook in the oven for about 45 minutes. A skewer poked into the midst of the cake should come out free from any crumbs.
Ingredients (Makes 12) 200g butter (plus extra for greasing) 100g pistachios, plus a few extra to serve 200g icing sugar 85g ground almonds 85g plain flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 5 large egg whites 200g fresh or frozen raspberries
5 Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin holes and sprinkle with the roughly chopped pistachios. 6 Bake for 20-25 minutes. The friands should be a golden colour and an inserted skewer should come out free of crumbs. 7 As soon as they are taken out of the oven, using a Preparation palette knife to loosen the 1 Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Grease a 12-hole muffin tin with butter. edges and turn out the friands. Place on a wire rack to cool. 2 Melt the 200g of butter in pan and leave to cool. Recipes from Emma Chesters 3 Put 90g of pistachios in a food processer and blitz with the icing sugar at Good Souls Bakery. Visit until the nuts are finely ground. Roughly www.goodsoulsbakery.co.uk chop the remainder of the pistachios. 4 Place the ground pistachios and icing Photos - Alexandra Photography sugar in a large bowl and then add ground almonds, flour, baking powder, egg whites and butter. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
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The Big Draw 1st – 31st October The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival with thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators - and each other. The Big Draw is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t! This year’s theme is Every Drawing Tells A Story. A drawing can communicate an idea instantly. Have you ever wanted to turn an idea into reality? For ideas and more information on how you can take part visit
The Big Draw at Firstsite with CO3 Studios Artists
‘Every Sketch Tells a Story’ Sunday 25th October 2.00pm – 4.00pm A collaboration between Firstsite and the CO3 Gallery to offer adults an opportunity to take part in this national event alongside a group of local artists who work with CO3. Explore different approaches to sketching through sketchbook journeys, thumbnail sketching, quick sketches and other techniques. 30 minute sessions, free, just drop in.
Dreamtime Art Saturday 3rd October 2.15pm – 3.15pm Inspired by Australian Aboriginal art, you and your children will create your own Aboriginal inspired painting to explore ideas of storytelling and journeys in art. For children and parents/carers, recommended age 6-11. Children must be accompanied and supervised throughout the workshop. All materials and equipment are provided. Group size is limited to six children, no charge for accompanying adults. Tickets are £12. Storybook Printmaking workshop Saturday 3rd October 10.00am – 12.00 noon In this workshop we look at illustrations in children’s storybooks and create original intaglio prints. Bring along your favourite children’s books to use as inspiration. We will make drawings of our favourite characters and then use intaglio printmaking techniques to print them. At home you might like to add watercolours to finish the prints before framing. Group size will be limited to 4 people. All materials and equipment will be provided on the day. Tickets are £35, suitable for ages 16 and over.
Big Draw event at Gainsborough’s House
46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, CO10 2EU Gainsborough and the Woodman Saturday 3rd October 10.00am - 1.30pm Tuesday 27th October 10.00am 1.30pm Discover the true story of Gainsborough and the Woodman . Explore ancient woodland stories and fables and have a go at illustrating your own character. Just like a cartoon or picture book today, can you tell a tale with a drawing? Entry price includes admission to all galleries. Adults £3, children £2. Suitable for all ages.
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What’s On General Quilting Exhibition At the Constitutional Club, Earls Colne CO6 2RN Friday October 16th 11.00am -11.00pm and Saturday 17th 10.00am – 4.00pm As well as the exhibition, there will be items for sale, demonstrations, cakes, tea and coffee during the day and the bar will be open on Friday evening.
Seasonal Market At Earls Colne Village Hall Saturday 31st October 9.30am – 12.00 noon A range of stalls selling crafts, decorations, cards, jewellery and carved pumpkin competition. Refreshments available. Free admission.
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White Colne Craft and Gift Fair At White Colne Village Hall, Bures Rd CO6 2QA Saturday 7th November 10.00am – 4.00pm Fabulous local craft and gift stands including greetings cards, turned wooden gifts, rustic home and garden wear, patchwork, paintings, embroidery, candles, cushions, homemade jams, pickles and fudge, jewellery, handbags, metal artwork, Christmas decorations, shabby chic and vintage style gifts. Homemade cakes, teas and coffees, raffle and free entry. For more information please contact Rita on 01787 221919 or chrisandritap@ tiscali.co.uk
Flower Festival At Greenstead Green Church, Halstead CO9 1QP Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th October 11.00am – 5.00pm daily A beautiful Victorian church adorned with flowers depicting theme of ‘Threads’. Free parking and admission. Donations welcomed. Refreshments available. For more information please call 01787 476581.
Until Saturday 24th October 10.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Saturday Most of us have art in our homes. Low cost printing, mass production and the global trade with workshops in East Asia have enabled a cheap and homogenous market for good quality artworks sold as interior decoration in the UK. These industriallyproduced artworks are distant cousins of the contemporary art market. But there are family resemblances. This exhibition takes art from the homes of people in Colchester and puts it on display of the walls at The Minories. For more information please call 01206 712237.
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Shuffle Friday 23rd October 7.30pm – 10.30pm Shuffleboard tournament. A competition for teams of 3. Prizes for the winners. Adults £3, children under 16 free Buble Saturday 24th Greenstead Green October 7.30pm and County Michael Buble tribute Ploughing Match A wide selection of act, live band from quality food produce and At Greenstead Farm, the DARC and real handmade crafts by local Halstead CO9 1QY ale. Tickets £10, artisans. Familiar stalls Sunday 4th October children £1 including a such as the Jam Shed, 8.00am – 3.00pm ploughman’s supper. Leigh’s Fine Cheeses, Demonstrations of Ruddy Marvellous Crumble ploughing and farmwork and Beehouse Honey Sunday 25th through the ages. Company will join October. Bar open regulars at this Everyone is a from 11.00am, lunch monthly market. Street curator: Mark served at 1.00pm. entertainment and two hours free parking (at the Wilsher exhibition Steak and Real Ale pie, seasonal vegetables Co-Op supermarket). For At The Minories and apple crumble £9 further details contact Galleries, 74 High www.theconnectionmagazine.co.uk per person. Please book Mike Prince at market@ Street, Colchester your tickets in advance. CO1 1UE visithalstead.co.uk Saturday 17th October and Saturday 21st November
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Apple Festival in Wormingford At St Andrews Church and Wormingford Community Education Centre Saturday 26th September 12 noon – 4.00pm Lots of apple-related events and games for all the family. plants and other items for sale, refreshments. Free entry. Gardeners’ Question Time at 3.00pm with Christine Walkden, the ‘One Show’ gardening expert. Tickets for that event £10 from 07747 623172.
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What’s On National Badger Day At Glazenwood, Bradwell, Braintree, Essex CM77 8ET Sunday 11th October 12.00 - 4pm North East Essex Badger Group is holding a special opening of this beautiful 7 acre formal and informal gardens set in parkland and woods with ornamental fish filled lake. Children can meet Mr Badger and his woodland friends, and adults can enjoy the peaceful gardens. Treasure Trail around the parkland, children’s story telling on the island in the middle of lake, face painting, various stalls and children’s entertainment. Light lunches, tea, coffee and cakes available in the Coach House. Adults £2.50, children £1. In aid of The Badger Trust.
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Autumn Craft Fair At the Venture Centre, Lawford Saturday 19th September 10.00am – 4.00pm 30 handmade craft stalls full of inspirational crafts and gifts including textiles, handmade soaps, jewellery, glass and ceramics, handmade cards, art and photography. Once you have browsed the stalls come and enjoy a cup of tea and a selection of homemade cakes and light lunches from our tearoom. Free entry. For more information please contact info@ simplyevents.me or 01787 238191/07769 252201.
Apple Day At Cressing Temple Gardens Sunday 4th October 11.00am - 4.00pm. Free admission Bring your apples along to the East of England apple and pear experts for identification and visit the Tudor gardens. Stalls will include jam, honey and plant sales, craft displays, bee keeping and herbs. Try freshly baked bread from our own ovens. Refreshments available. Proceeds to the Friends of Cressing Temple Gardens. Further details from: www. cressingtemplegardens. org.uk
Christmas Shopping Day Saturday 21st November 10.00am - 4.00.pm. Entrance £1, children free. A large variety of stalls selling Christmas goodies. Refreshments (including hot and cold snacks) will be available throughout the day. Christmas Quiz Night Saturday 12th December 7.30pm Bring your own nibbles and tipple. Christmas Raffle. Tables of 4/6, tickets £4 per person.
Wood & Craft Fair At Ickworth House, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 10.00am – 4.00pm Woodcraft and many other country craft professionals and enthusiasts come together to demonstrate and sell their crafts. The fair includes live bands, locally brewed ales, pottery tent with raku firing, plenty of local foods and produce, wood demonstrations, craft stalls and children’s activities. National Trust members: adult £2.50, child £1, Nonmembers: adult £8.75, child £4.15. Includes park and garden admission. For more information please call Liz Thomas on 01284 736127 or visit www.nationaltrust. org.uk/ickworth
weekend’s programme of cookery demonstrations in the Events Show Kitchen marquee including Masterchef Ondine Hartgroves and TV Chef Matt Tebbutt. Adults £5, concessions £4, under 16’s free. For more information please visit www.oakleighfairs. co.uk/cressingautumn/
Guild of Essex Craftsmen Flagship Craft Fair At Coggeshall Village Hall, Coggeshall CO6 1UH Saturday 24th October 10.00am – 4.00pm Genuine handmade local crafts from members who are selected for the skill, quality and originality of their work. More information from www. essexcraftguild.org.uk
Colchester Film Festival At Firstsite, Colchester Monday 19th – Sunday 24th October Feature film screenings, Q & A sessions, family activities. For further information please visit www. colchesterfilmfestival. com
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At Firstsite, Colchester Saturday 3rd October – Sunday 22nd November An exhibition to promote and showcase contemporary visual art Events at Aldham in the East of England, Village Hall Autumn Food, highlighting the diverse Home and For further information or range of work produced bookings please call Anne Craft Fair in the region. Works Fulcher on 01206 211624. will be available for At Cressing Temple At Wormingford Village sale, providing an idea Table Top Sales Barns, Cressing Hall, Wormingford opportunity for visitors CM77 8PD Saturdays 10th October to start their own art Saturday 24th October and 14th November. Saturday 10th and collection and provide 10.00am - 12.30pm 10.30am - 12.30pm. Sunday 11th October invaluable support 10.00am – 4.00pm Bacon Rolls, homemade to artists. For more Free entry, refreshments 18 Please mention The Connection when responding to adverts cakes, tea/coffee. Free information please visit A range of food, home available. Tables www.firstsite.uk.net and craft stalls. A full cost £5 each. entry, all welcome.
What’s On Drama and Dance
‘Day of Reckoning’ presented by Colne Engaine Dramatic Society At Colne Engaine Village Hall Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October 8.00pm, doors open at 7.30pm A play by Pam Valentine. The village hall committee are planning the summer fete with a cast of stock village characters. When the day of the fete dawns it swiftly becomes the day of reckoning with some shocking revelations! Tickets are all £8 and available from Box Office 01787 222360 and also Colne Engaine Village shop.
Tickets £10, £6 for under 16’s. Friday 25th Saturday 26th September 7.45pm The 2015 Headgate Playwright One Act Play Competition Winners ‘Analysis’ by Shannon Hannah (under 21 winner). A young girl who meets a lad at the bus stop. They develop a relationship but through a series of interviews you gather that something has gone terribly wrong. ‘Tagged’ by Griff Scott (over 21 winner). We are in the age of technology and this play looks at the relationship between young and old and how the past and present may be able to merge. Tickets: £5
‘Jumpy’ by the Kelvedon Players
(no concessions on 8.00pm performance on Saturday, 24 October).
Cinema 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. leavenheath.org.uk or please call Lesley 01206 262505 or Ken 01206 263266 for tickets.
At The Institute, High Street, Kelvedon Fridays 16th and 23rd, and Saturday 24th October. Doors open at 7.30 pm for 8.00pm A modern comedy drama by April De Angelis which traces the network Saturday 3rd October of relationships which Events at The increasingly enmesh ‘A Royal Night Out’ (12A) Headgate Theatre, Hilary, her family and Starring Jack Reynor, Colchester friends. Hilary’s struggles Sarah Gadon and Emily to come to terms with For more information Watson. On V.E. Day in the uncompromising and to book tickets 1945, as peace extends demands of her teenage please call 01206 daughter, Tilly, will be at across Europe, Princesses 366000 or email once shockingly familiar Elizabeth and Margaret tickets@ to most parents - and are allowed out to join headgatetheatre.co.uk frequently intensely the celebrations. It is a funny. Funny, deliciously Wednesday 23 night full of excitement, rude and piercingly September 7.30pm danger and the first moving. Contains ‘The Count of flutters of romance. some strong language Monte Cristo’ so not recommended Saturday 7th November Common Ground for primary school age ‘Mr Holmes’ (PG) Theatre Company spice audiences. Box Office up Dumas’ extraordinary (from 19th September) Starring Ian McKellan banquet of heroes, at The Master Butcher, and Laura Linney. An villains, pirates and High Street, Kelvedon. aged, retired Sherlock princesses, with their Bookings on 07742 Holmes looks back on his own blend of lunacy, 532192 or at www. life, and grapples with an dodgy accents, songs kelvedonplayers. www.theconnectionmagazine.co.uk unsolved case involving and sheer daftness. co.uk. Tickets £7 and Suitable for ages 7 plus £5.50 concessions a beautiful woman.
Music Braintree Rock Choir At St Andrew’s church, Earls Colne Friday 30th October 7.30pm – 10.00pm Performance celebrating 10 years. Tickets £8, children under 16 free available from Fork ‘Andles or call / e-mail Helen 01787 222526 flamelillies.hs@gmail. com Some tickets will be available on the door.
Colchester Military Wives and Braintree Male Voice Choirs sing for Cancer Centre Campaign Concert At St. Botolph’s Church, Colchester. Saturday 24th October 6.45pm for 7.30pm. Two of the region’s most popular choirs will be performing favourites from shows such as Les Miserables, Cats, Chess and Miss Saigon. Refreshments will be offered in return for donations, raffle tickets will be available for a draw on the night, and early arrivers will benefit from the preprogramme light piano entertainment by Mike Wilkinson. Tickets at £15 are now available for purchase from Mann’s Music on Colchester High Street or from Collier & Catchpole on London Road Colchester. You can also obtain tickets from the Colchester Hospital Charity Office on 01206 745282 or Neil Raven on 01206 734528.
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What’s On Rock Music Evening featuring the Goldstone Band At Wakes Colne & Chappel Village Hall, Colchester Road, Wakes Colne CO6 2BX Saturday 17th October 7.30 for 8.00pm start Tickets in advance £10 - £12 at the door, if available. Bar and refreshments on sale. To book please call Christine on 07949 510 523.
Colchester Organ Society At Alderman Blaxill School, Paxman Avenue, Shrub End, Colchester On the first Friday of each month 7.45pm - 10.15pm Live keyboard concerts with music to suit all tastes, featuring top musicians from around the country.Friday 2nd October – Mark Hall Friday 6th November – Paul McCulloch £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. co.uk for further details.
Hear the screams (and laughter) of groups ahead of you. Above you, the night sky. Below, the earth. Next to you, who knows…? For further information and to book please visit www.scaresville.co.uk
The Nutty Professor’s Halloween Disaster Trail
books and much more. The trains will run all day long with no fixed timetable and you can have as many rides as you like, whenever you like. For more information and tickets please call 01206 242524.
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Thursday 5th November 6.30pm, display at 7pm
At High Woods Country Park, Colchester Saturday 31st October 7.30pm – 9.00pm Are you brave enough to save the world from the evil forces accidentally created by the Nutty Professor? Come and find out in the atmospheric setting of the park at night. Meet the Professor’s assistant at the Visitor Centre to receive the clues needed to find the escaped zombies and find the secret formula to save the world! £5 per adult, £3 per child. For more information please call 01206 282920 or visit www.colchester. gov.uk/countrypark
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Join the characters from Colchester’s devilishly dark past in an evening of spine tingling spooky fun. Adults £4.10, children £3.10. For more information please call 01206 282920 or visit www.visitcolchester.com Events at Signals Media Arts Centre, St Runwald’s St, Colchester CO1 1HF For further information or to book tickets please call 01206 560255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nayland Bonﬁre & Fireworks At Nayland Village Hall, Church Lane, Nayland CO6 4JH
Hot Dogs, sparklers, luminous necklaces, soft drinks and adult drinks available. Adults £4, Children £1. More information on 01206 262807 or www.naylandcommunitycouncil. org.uk
King Coel’s Kittens Fireworks Spectacular At Castle Park, Colchester Thursday 5th November 6.00pm – 8.30pm Spectacular fireworks, entertainment, the guy procession and lighting of the bonfire. More information from www. visitcolchester.com or 01206 282920. Adults £8.50, children £4.50, booking essential.
At East Anglian Railway Learn how to transform Museum Chappel and yourself into spooky Wakes Colne Station, skeleton or a wonderful Talks and Wakes Colne CO6 2DS witch in time for Saturday 31st and Workshops Halloween with our Sunday 1st November professional make Gardeners’ Things get a little up artist. Ages 7 and Delight Talk spooky with Thomas over, tickets £15. and his friends this At Church Hall, Bear Halloween Ghostly Halloween, so come Street, Nayland Scaresville and join in with some Green Screen CO6 4HY ghoulish fun! A variety At Kentwell Hall Thursday 29th October Tuesday 20th October of activities including Friday 9th – Saturday 1.00pm – 3.00pm 7.40 for 8pm the Imagination Station 31st October which offers a wide This workshop uses Michael Warren will be range of children’s Follow a winding, green-screen technology, giving an illustrated talk activities, from Circus dimly lit route through costumes, make-up on Gardeners’ Delight: Skills, Punch & Judy, buildigs, woods, and a variety of creepy vegetable gardens, colouring competition, gardens and parkland. locations so you can mine and others. More engine outline rubbing, Scares and unsettling act in your own spooky information from playtables with experiences might be 20 Please mention The Connection when to adverts short films.responding Ages 7 01206 262807 or www. plasticine, temporary encountered anywhere naylandhortsoc.org.uk Thomas tattoos, reading at any time en route. and over, tickets £15.
What’s On Role of a Police Wildlife Officer Talk At Nayland Village Hall, Church Lane, Nayland CO6 4JH Monday 9th November 7.40pm Barry Kaufmann-Wright will be speaker at the joint meeting of Nayland with Wissington Conservation & Horticultural societies. All welcome. For more information please call 01206 262807 or www. naylandhortsoc.org.uk
Debbie Millar Adult Dance classes Adult Disco-Dance Fitness Class At the Venture Centre, Lawford Mondays 7.30pm - 8.30pm Adult Tap Dancing for Absolute Beginners At Ardleigh Village Hall Tuesdays 8.30pm - 9.15pm
Talk by Jules Pretty At Wormingford Community Education Centre, The Old School, Church Lane, Wormingford CO6 3AZ Friday 25th September 7.00pm for 7.30pm In ‘The Edge of Extinction: Travels with Enduring People in Vanishing Lands’, Jules explores life and change in a dozen environments and cultures across the world to show that there
are many different ways to live in co-operation with nature. From these accounts of people living close to the land and close to the edge emerge a larger story about sustainability and the future of the planet. The book addresses not only current threats to natural and cultural diversity but also the unsustainability of modern lifestyles typical of industrialized countries. In a very real sense, Jules discovers what we manage to preserve now may well save us later. Tickets £5 to include a drink and nibbles. For more information or to book tickets please call Amanda on 01206 337338.
Farmers markets 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 25th October and Sunday 22nd November at 10.00am - 1.30pm Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973
Colchester Farmers Market The Arts Centre, Colchester Friday 2nd October and Friday 6th November at 9.30am - 12.30pm
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Congregational Hall, Wivenhoe Saturday 17th October and Saturday 21st November at 9.00am - 12.00 Contact Rowly Castiglione 01206 367776
Brightlingsea Farmers Market At the Community Centre, Brightlingsea Saturday 31st October and Saturday 28th November at 9.00am - 12.00 Contact 01206 302055
Sudbury Farmers Market At St Peters Church, Sudbury Friday 25th October and Friday 27th November at 9.30am - 2.00pm Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973
Hedingham Farmers’ Market At The Baptist Church, Swan Street, Sible Hedingham (next to the Sugar Loaves pub) Saturday 17th October and Saturday 21st November at 10.00am - 1.30pm
At Nayland Village HallSaturday 10th October and Saturday 14th November at 9.30am - 1.00pm Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973
Long Melford Farmers Market At Long Melford Village Memorial Hall Saturday 17th October and Saturday 21st November at 10.00am - 1.00pm Contact Daryl Turner 07780 258202
Coggeshall Farmers Market At Coggeshall Village Hall, Stoneham Street, Coggeshall Sunday 25th October and Sunday 22nd November 10.00am – 1.00pm Raising money for local schools and charities.
The Connection has listed all the events in What’s On in good faith. We cannot accept responsibility for inaccuracies, changes to events or cancellations. It might be advisable to check with venues before attendance.
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Events in aid of St Helena Hospice
St Helena Hospice is looking for people to stretch their legs and take on one of its fantastic fundraising events this year. The hospice has a range of running, walking and cycling events to cater for all age groups and interests. Cycle Ride on Sunday 27th September starting at Monks Farm in Dedham. Choose one of three different length routes from 5, 24, and 56 miles taking participants through Constable countryside and villages. Take on the trail on Sunday 4th October starting at Langham Community Centre. Walk, jog or run a choice of 5 or 10 miles and decipher special codes to work out the route. Runners taking on 10 miles will be timed. Sandman is a 5km challenging obstacle race taking place on Saturday 24th October at Cut Hedge Park in Halstead from 9.00am. Mucky Races will be designing and building the
Clubs and Societies Essex and Suffolk IVC Contact Brad on 07587 004207. Coggeshall Patient Participation Group Contact 01376 561840 or 01376 561943. Kelvedon Women’s Institute Contact www.kelvedonwi.org. uk, email contact@kelvedonwi. org.uk or call Joanna Puczkowski on 07855 369516. Coggeshall Heritage Society Contact Mr. R.Creswell on 01376 561570 or visit www. discoveringcoggeshall.co.uk Circle of Friendship Contact Gwen on 07949 496723.
course with the inclusion of man-made obstacles and lots of mud. Registration is just £25 per person with the hospice encouraging people to sign up as teams so that those taking part have support throughout the course. Participants must be 16 to take part, and those under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian consent. By taking part each participant commits to raising a minimum of £25 through sponsorship for St Helena Hospice. Those who wish to participate in or find out more about the hospice’s events can do at www.sthelenahospice.org.uk/ events or call the events team on 01206 931468.
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Autumn Planning and Planting by Pippa Greenwood There is no doubt that the main growing season is over for the year and autumn is now very much with us, which makes it a perfect time to review exactly how your garden looks at this time of year and to do some planning and planting too. If everything is looking a bit glum, why not make sure that for years to come you have many rich autumnal shades of orange, red, yellow and gold to brighten things up? There are numerous trees, shrubs and climbers with brilliant autumn colour and now is the perfect time for planting, as the soil should still be relatively warm and considerably more moist than it was during summer. It is also a perfect time to shop for plants which you can enjoy at this time of year, giving you the chance to see the plants ‘in the flesh’ and find out which individual tints and hues you find the most attractive. Make sure that you check the growing requirements of the trees and shrubs you choose carefully and ensure that you can supply them with exactly what they need, as soil and site conditions can hugely influence autumn colour. For instance, one of my real favourites is the sweet gum or Liquidambar but this is unlikely to produce the striking colour for which it is renowned if planted in a relatively shallow
soil over chalk. You should also try to choose a relatively sheltered site for plants grown for autumn colour, avoiding the most windswept areas where strong winds will rapidly knock the leaves from the shrub or tree just when the plant has come into the best of its autumnal shades. The ultimate choice of plants will be largely determined by the conditions in and the size of your garden, so a trip to your local garden centre is worthwhile. The Japanese crimson glory vine (Vitis coignetiae) is a fabulous ornamental vine which can grow to a height of 90 feet, so can be used to train over trees or large buildings. Its toothed leaves turn a range of purple, crimson and reddish-orange colours in autumn. Some viburnums, including Viburnum dentatum, also have lovely autumn colours and for bright yellow autumn foliage then the witch hazels (Hamamelis and Fothergilla) are some of my favourites, although they prefer an acid soil. The numerous maples, particularly the Japanese maples, not only bring vibrant colours into your garden during autumn but being relatively small or very slow growing are suitable for most plots. There are lots of different types of Acer palmatum which
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Dream Kitchen by Tom Hughes
“Tom, I can’t go on like this.” My Dearly Beloved’s tone did not bode well. Something was afoot. I decided to deal with the problem head on. I hid behind my newspaper. “Go on like what dear?” “Well put your paper down and look.” I appeared from above a smiling George Osborne. “What’s the problem?” Sarah held up a piece of metal. “The handle has come off the cutlery drawer - again!” Fearing a catastrophic raid on the family finances, I opened negotiations with my standard H.F.O. (Husband’s Fob Off ). “Maybe you used the wrong super glue? I’ll nipout and -” “Never mind super glue, we need a whole new kitchen. Come on, get your coat.” “But how much is that going to cost?” “A lot less than a divorce!” We pulled into the showroom car park. We weren’t through the doors before a woman dressed in a tight pencil skirt and with protruding teeth appeared. “And if you purchase before midnight on Friday the thirteenth you get a free extractor fan!” She lisped enthusiastically. Wiping my face I said, “I’m sorry, are you talking to me?”
“Well Tom, our offer today is five base units for the price of four, and of course don’t forget Friday the thirteenth!” She cocked her head in the general direction of the extractor fan. Back in the car park, I breathed a sigh of relief. “Thank goodness you never gave them our number.” And with that, my mobile rang “Mr Hughes? It’s Brian from Fenway kitchens. Can’t wait to help you plan your dream kitchen. Shall we say this Friday evening? The thirteenth? Lovely old Mondeo by the way.” I mouthed to Sarah “How does he know I’ve got a Mondeo?” Sheepishly, she leaned over and pointed up at the offices above the deserted showroom, where a middle aged man with silver hair stood waving at me. The evening of Friday the thirteenth saw Brian looking around our kitchen. After a while, he turned to Sarah and said in a voice full of pain, “So, you have been made to cook... in here ? I see. Well don’t worry, because I’ve got the kitchen of your dreams. And it’s in this bag.” Whereupon Brian, like the Chancellor on budget day, held up his briefcase. Onyx marble work tops, plate warmers, pull out pantries, five ring burners, in fact everything for the wannabe chef. As each sample door appeared I saw the eyes of my dear wife grow wider and wider. This was fast becoming an emergency. “And so with our easy payment plan this kitchen can be yours for just £145 per month.”
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“Can I call you Tom?” “No.”
“Twntifve.” “Twenty.... five.”
“No, why?” “Because that’s where I’ll be by the time I’ve finished paying for this blasted thing. Anyway, I’m sorry to waste your time but I can’t buy your kitchen.” “Why?” “We’re emigrating. To New Zealand.” Sarah coughed into her tea. Brian’s eyes narrowed. I put my head down, gathered up his kitchen paraphernalia and shooed Brian towards the front door. As I gently prised his desperate fingers from around the door jamb, Brian gave it one last shot. “If you’re selling up, you’ll get a buyer much quicker if you’ve got a new kitchen!” Back in our kitchen I decided to offer an olive branch. “You know. It’s not a bad kitchen really. Maybe we can just change the doors? Listen, have you seen my phone?” “It’s there on the side.” I put my hand on my Nokia. It wouldn’t budge. “Who put it here? Next to the superglue?” “You did.” I pulled and pulled until - crack! The phone came off the worktop, together with a huge splinter of laminate. Sarah snatched it from my hand and holding the piece of chipboard to her ear began to dial. “Tom, you go to New Zealand if you want, I’m calling Brian!” So the question now was, as well as an extractor fan, would Brian throw in the plate warmer?
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