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Issue 3: December to February 2014

Happy Christmas to all our readers The lively FREE magazine for Waltham Abbey www.magascene.net


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Contents 4 Christmas! Oh yes, our resident grump Sue de Nime really loves this time of year 6 Waltham Abbey Wool Show

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8 Q & A with Jo Jingle’s Victoria Byrne 12 Waltham Abbey Writers finds a new home 14 YES Partnership—Youth Enterprise Scheme 16-17 Haven House—Jayden’s Appeal 18-19 Mindfulness Meditation by V Norris 20 Heather Waring—7 tips for a new beginning 20 Marriott Waltham Abbey supports The Dream Factory 22 Upcycling with Chris Key 23 Small Business Saturday UK— December 7th 26 DVD reviews—Micky Flanagan and Andy Parson’s new releases reviewed 27 Comedy DVDs to be won!

As we head towards Christmas, I am grateful for the TV distractions that make the descent into the cool, dark winter more bearable. Who would believe that Gogglebox, a programme about people watching programmes, would become so popular? I love it. And I always welcome the return of ’I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’, as always filled with an incongruous mix of people whose human frailties manage to break through their ’don’t you know who I am’ professional exterior. Hilarious. This is now our third edition of Magascene Waltham Abbey and I hope you enjoy reading it and find it useful too. We would like to include more event listings, so please email or call us and we will happily print them free of charge. We would like to welcome some new advertisers to this edition, NJW Hair, David Page Health & Safety, Kettlercise, Vision Associates and Keyboard Confidence. Good to have you all on board. I would like to urge you all to read a letter we have featured in the centre pages from a Waltham Abbey mother, Vanessa, who asks for us all to support Haven House. Sadly, her son Jayden passed away last December, but she is very grateful for the support the children’s hospice gave her while he was there and also in terms of the excellent after care she has received.

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Sue de Nime have finally found an answer to the tricky question of which celebrities they should feature in their ads to really appeal to their target audience. In previous years, they obviously did not have a clue, instead opting to cram as many of the blighters into ninety seconds as they possibly could, resulting in some weird celebsdressed-in-High-Street-clothes-they-would-never-beenseen-dead-in-usually-fest. This year, they have gone for an easy-on-the-eye bloke and two birds, one of whom was the mad haired one from Harry Potter (you may have noticed 'celebrities' is not my specialist subject). It is a curious affair, this ad. The rather attractive protagonist, let's call her Alice, chasing her wayward puppy (to clarify: that is not a euphemism), falls down an open drain. Really, she should immediately sit down and pen a stiffly worded letter to the local council, but instead, embarks on a surreal adventure. She sits at a Christmas dinner table, an affair hosted by a Mad Hatter with chiselled chin and smouldering eyes (someone should really throw a damp tea towel over them, they could be a fire hazard), surrounded by pinched-faced older women with way too much make up on. Not dissimilar to most people's Christmas dinner experience, give or take a male model. Then suddenly she is running though a forest until: 'Ooh, whoopsie daisy, most of my clothes seem to have fallen off. Never mind, I shall soldier bravely on in just my knickers and bra'. To save you from all the guff in between, the upshot is she is reunited with her puppy. Hurrah. Christmas is saved. Pass the sick bucket. And finally, the Cooperative. Let's leave aside the fact that the woman in their ad, having left the Co-op, meanders like a rambler on a warm sunny Sunday afternoon back to her abode. No one, repeat no one, walks that slowly in the run up to Christmas. Their strap-line? Christmas is just around the corner. Which just conjures images of Christmas, waiting to pounce, in a black, tinsel-trimmed cape, wielding a sparkly silver scythe with a flashing Santa on the top, laughing manically, just round the corner. You have been warned.

Ahhh, you can tell it's almost Christmas because none of your clothes have sun-cream stains on them and you spend a good twenty minutes frantically wondering where on earth you put your gloves last February. But mostly, you can tell it's almost Christmas because there you are, not thinking about Christmas in the slightest, and your eyeballs are suddenly assailed by a Christmas advert on your television from one of our esteemed retailing giants, who have spent an inordinate amount of cash on less than two minutes of air time in an attempt to hypnotise you into wandering into one of their venerable establishments and emptying your purse or wallet into their tills. Christmas adverts. I do love a Christmas advert. And when I say love, I mean despise enough to want to run down to my local supermarket and buy a family-size pack of mince pies just so I can hurl them at the TV the next time one appears. In turns mawkish, overly-cheery or just downright desperate, the Christmas ad is just one more thing to endure before we reach December the 25th, breathless, sobbing quietly to ourselves and ever-so-slightly deranged. First up is John Lewis. In essence, an animated story of The Bear and the Hare, a couple of old muckers from Forestville. It opens with Hare - a mange-free and ridiculously cute, long-eared specimen - looking sad, because Bear is about to naff off for several months to hibernate, leaving Billy-No-Bear Hare looking like the last one left at a swingers party after all the car keys have been taken. But, this is where it gets interesting. Hare, obviously miffed about being stood up every flipping year as all the other forest residents are getting into the Yuletide groove, plots his revenge. He skitters over to Bear's cave to drop off a present with an evil glint in his eye. We then see Bear lumbering over the hill, not full of the joys of Spring (mainly due to the fact that it is still bloody December) to hunt down Hare. Cut to the cave, where the discarded present lies: an alarm clock. Now there is a snarky present worthy of giving to a truculent teenager who refuses to get out of bed before noon. Hare, the evil little lepus, has awoken Bear with the aforementioned alarm clock, and Bear is now forlornly staring at a whopping great Christmas tree with an expression that clearly says: "Really? You woke me up for this?" Actually, I am beginning to quite like these Christmas ads, you know. Next up is good old Marks and Spencer. They seem to

Sue de Nime, aka Jodie Newman, also writes a blog. Check out www.motheringfrights.wordpress.com or follow for non-parenting advice @MotherFright ‘Womb With a View’ by Jodie Newman is available from www.jodienewman.co.uk. A Kindle edition is also available at www.amazon.co.uk

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Yarnaholics Alert! Funky New Wool Show comes to Waltham Abbey The Crochet Chain, the one stop shop for all your knitting and crochet needs in Waltham Abbey and local community website AboutMyArea EN9 have joined forces to organise a brand new funky wool show on Sunday 19th January 2014 at Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel, Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3LX from 10am to 4pm.

known for her bold, vibrant designs, she is author of “The Ultimate Crochet Bible” and her newly released book “Homespun Vintage” packed with home interior patterns to meet the current vogue for all things vintage.

bringing together an inspiring mix of natural yarn hand dyers, handmade garment designers, producers of tools and accessories and guilds to create a memorable and enjoyable morning or afternoon out”.

Please come wearing a handmade wool or felt hat to enter the Best “Funky Hat” competition to win prize of Crochet Chain shop The Waltham Abbey Wool Show vouchers. Also bring along your will have exhibitors’ stands with latest knit or crochet project and luscious hand dyed yarns, enjoy the company of others in beautiful handmade wool and felt the “Knit & Natter” area. We will items, unique knit and crochet be knitting and crocheting squares kits, a wide selection of accessofor Age UK and Homeless Action – ries from buttons to project bags donation of wool or completed So hold on to your Christmas for sale, demonstrations of hand squares would be appreciated or weaving, spinning and rag rugging join in and make a square on the money, come along and treat yourself and perhaps enjoy a and a gallery of projects on day. display. delicious Sunday Roast Lunch or This show is not just for those Afternoon Tea too! A special offer addicted to wool as it is for anyprice on refreshments will be one who appreciates good quality available for anyone who attends hand-made items as there will be a the show. room packed full of unique products looking for a new home. Tickets will be available shortly Diana, Owner of The Crochet from the Crochet Chain shop or to Chain: “Since opening the shop purchase on-line via the Waltham three years ago and attending Abbey Wool Show website at a many yarn events, I have always cost of £3 in advance and £4 on wanted to hold my own wool the day. event to have the opportunity to hand pick exhibitors to show that www.walthamabbeywoolshow.co.uk Twitter @WAbbeyWoolShow knitting and crochet can be Facebook: www.facebook.com/ modern, exciting and funky and woolshow challenge the outdated old fashioned view of these Delighted to announce that the You can check out the Waltham fabulous knit and crochet designer traditional crafts”. Abbey Wool Show pages on Jane Crowfoot (pictured above) Kate, Site Editor of AboutMyArea Raverly and Pinterest. will open the show and is also and joint organiser of the new taking a stand exhibiting her Article © Kate Towerzey, wool show: “Excited about this products and books. Jane is well AboutMyArea EN9 new event for our town, which is

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Local business Q & A Victoria Byrne We had the pleasure of talking to the infectiously energetic Victoria Byrne, owner of the local Jo Jingles franchise, about her business and why there’s plenty to sing and dance about her job

Most of us with children or grand-children are aware of Jo Jingles. For the uninitiated, or for those who have just entered the world of parenting, would you mind explaining what it is? Jo Jingles is the nation’s leading pre-school music and movement group. As a network we run weekly classes all over the country as well as organising children’s entertainment at weekends for special occasions such as birthdays, christenings, weddings etc.

having musical fun with all the children. It’s the best!

What’s the best thing about running your classes? Wow..... so many things! But it has to be watching children’s confidence develop,

Leisure Centre on Friday mornings. The ‘walkers’ class at 9.45am is full, but there are still some spaces available for the babies class at 10.45am. www.jojingles.com/enfieldarea

What do you like best in Waltham Abbey? The church.

How do you go about promoting your business? To be honest the best way I promote my business is through my customers.... I would say 75% of new enquiries come through existing customers. Then there’s the website, Facebook, free demos at toddler groups, What previous experience geared you up for newspaper write ups and stalls at events such this line of work? I have always worked with children after doing as local schools, churches etc. my NNEB at college. I’ve nannied, worked in Is there such a thing as a typical parent or Day Nurseries as well as working for Thomson toddler? Holidays as an overseas children’s rep. After Typical parent? No. Typical toddler? Definitely having my 2 children I worked as a Jo Jingles no such thing! part time class teacher for almost 6 years and Any funny stories you would like to share that knowledge lead me to buying my own about running your classes? franchise. Again working with children there are lots but Were you confident you could build a business the funniest has to be when we had just during today’s economic climate when most started a class and I introduced our doll “JO” parents are tightening their belts? and his trousers fell down. Yes! I launched Jo Jingles Enfield Area nearly 2 years ago and the business has grown and To contact Victoria about classes or parties, grown. Yes, times are tough but I still think please call 07801 535146 or email: parents want good quality classes for their jojinglesenfield@sky.com. Jo Jingles classes are children to learn and thrive whilst having fun. held in Waltham Abbey at the Town Mead

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New venue for Waltham Abbey Writers as interest grows In the previous issue of Magascene Waltham Abbey, we showcased the newly launched Waltham Abbey Writers group (WAW), a monthly meet up for anyone interested in writing, whether for pleasure, profit or prosperity. The group is run by three published authors; Jean Fullerton, Victoria Robertson and Tracey Rolfe, whose diverse genres and writing styles bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the group. We are delighted that the article had such a positive effect on spreading the word and WAW is excited to tell us that they have now found a larger meeting place to accommodate the extra numbers. Their new home is in a separate room at The Good Intent, Upshire. New visitors include local historian and Reflections of the Past author, Ray Sears and his publishing collaborator, Jonathan Foster, a former (and favourite) teacher of Victoria Robertson at King Harold School.

Main image Š Kate Towersey, AboutMyArea EN9

The group meets on the first Monday of the month between 7.30 and 10pm.

Waltham Abbey Writers Waltham Abbey Writers (WAW) was formed by published authors Jean Fullerton, Victoria Robertson and Tracey Rolfe Whether you are writing for pleasure, profit or prosperity why not join us at WAW’s monthly meeting on the first Monday every month at The Good Intent, 7.30 to 10pm Meeting dates For further information contact either; Jean Fullerton writetojean@jeanfullerton.com Victoria Robertson author@victoriarobertson.eu Tracey Rolfe traceyrolfe21@yahoo.co.uk WAW, The Good Intent, Upshire, Waltham Abbey EN9 3TF

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Say YES Youth Enterprise Scheme

Breakfast for Business The Waltham Abbey Town Partnership youth employment subcommittee held a Breakfast for Business meeting in November at Gilwell Park, to spread the word about YES, their Youth Employment Strategy partnership.

YES committee member Lauren Sullivan joined by Chris Crichlow and Robert Bell

There were brief talks from several members of the YES Partnership committee, as introduced by Loughton Youth Project’s Nick Robinson, who all share the common goal of working towards helping 13-24 yearolds find work experience and jobs. Guests also heard from a very inspiring 19 year-old, Chris Crichlow (pictured top right), former Debden Park High School pupil who benefited greatly from a youth employment initiative that gave him valuable work experience in event management at the 02. Chris now runs his own event management business and is a great example how opportunities given to young people can bring about results. The YES Partnership is a voluntary organisation and community group established to help support young people into employment. Arguably, it is the only one of its kind in Essex and has a dedicated committee of members, whose ages range between 20 and 80, each with their own particular skill to offer. The need for a group is vast, as the numbers of NNET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) in Epping Forest have increased. Previously the district was the best in Essex, but lamentably, is now average. Representatives from Debden Park High School and King Harold Academy attended the breakfast meeting and were delighted with the number of business men and women who volunteered to help, either by offering their services for mock interviews within the schools,

work experience placements or offer mentoring support. The Partnership committee is chaired by Norma Green, (a former mayor) and is based in Waltham Abbey and has representatives from local businesses, school, colleges, youth groups as well as local government officers. Quite simply, the role of the group is to yelp young people get a job. To achieve this, they look at what it is that drives and sustains high levels of youth unemployment locally. Their other goals include raising funds and putting together bids to support local innovative projects and of then to deliver and review local projects. They certainly have their work cut out, but the enthusiasm emanating from the committee, coupled with local businesses willing to help, means that they are on track to make a difference. YES is also instrumental in organising events, such as the Motivation Conference (which was inspired by a ‘Festive Youth Market’ held last November) - a day long programme of exciting and innovative motivational games to encourage students to consider future Employment. The 2014 Motivation Conference will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey on March 21st, when pupils from Debden Park High School will join those from King Harold Academy for a day of receiving career guidance and how to gain skills and training to secure the right job. Recently, YES received a grant from Youth Futures via Epping Forest District Council and to supplement the funding, they are organising a golf day at West Essex Golf Club in the late spring of 2014. The YES team is also organising a musical event for the 2014 summer term to showcase musical talent within local schools.

Debden Park High School’s Graham Tongate, Monica Angell and King Harold Academy’s Jaci Hammond with Paul Violet

If you are an employer and would like to get involved, please contact Norma Green on any aspect of the YES partnership on normaleagreen@gmail.com Photos: John Price

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Jayden’s Appeal A Waltham Abbey mother asks for our support this Christmas This Christmas, please help Haven House, your local children’s hospice, to care for local lifelimited and life-threatened children and their families. From personal experience, I know it could be the best gift you give this year. My name is Vanessa and I was referred to Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green when my son Jayden was 18 months old. He was born six weeks prematurely and was diagnosed with Lissencephaly – a rare neurological disorder. He suffered from seizures and visual impairment and needed round-the-clock care. Jayden was fed via a tube into his stomach and also experienced severe reflux. As a single parent I needed help and that was when Jayden’s Palliative Care Nurse introduced me to Haven House. Having never visited a hospice before, I had always imagined them to be depressing places where people went to spend their final days. However, Haven House is the complete opposite – it’s a lively, bright children’s centre. Straight away I felt comfortable and knew that I would be happy leaving Jayden there. Over the next five years he regularly went to the hospice for respite care and also had ten sleepovers a year. All of this was completely free to me – which is incredible really as without the help and support of Haven House, I would have really struggled. It felt like I was leaving him with my own family. I had so much confidence in the wonderful nurses and staff, that I was able to go away for my 30th birthday, knowing he was receiving the best possible care. He loved the specially equipped sensory room and his music therapy sessions as well as sitting outside watching the trees swaying. Haven House is such a calm, warm, peaceful place I can’t imagine feeling anything but contentment whilst being there. On 19th December last year my world as I knew it ended when Jayden passed away in hospital aged just seven years old. As I sat watching him slip away from me the only thing I could take comfort from was that I could call Haven House and have Jayden transferred there after his death. He loved his visits to the hospice and it was the only place where I wanted to be.

I had already had conversations with Noreen, the Bereavement Sister at Haven House, about the practicalities of what would happen when Jayden passed away. This was not something I felt comfortable talking to family and friends about so it was nice to have someone not emotionally involved to discuss things with. I didn’t feel judged about wanting to think ahead and I was reassured about how Haven House could help when the time came. In all of our conversations I’m not sure I could have envisaged that Jayden would pass away as quickly as he did. It was usual from October onwards that he would get bouts of pneumonia. The week before Christmas most years we would end up in hospital and so when Jayden started having trouble breathing on 16th December last year I was quite complacent, thinking, if we go in now we could be at home with our family for Christmas. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out like that. Over the next few days he couldn’t catch his breath and he was unable to maintain his oxygen levels due to the mucus on his chest. The doctors decided to put him on a ventilator to give him a rest and try to stabilise him but they were unable to do so. He had now been too long without oxygen and had become even more brain damaged than he already was. I had to make the awful decision to turn the ventilator off and, surrounded by friends and family, watch my gorgeous little boy take his last breaths. The presents I had bought, wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree would never be opened. My life as a 24/7 carer and mother to Jayden was over. Calling Haven House was the only thing I could think of doing. They arranged for a private ambulance to collect Jayden and take him to their Butterfly Suite. I went with him which meant I never had to leave his side. At first glance the Suite looks just like all the other bedrooms at Haven House except it is a special climatecontrolled room equipped with a cool bed. The nurses placed him in the bed and when I saw him he looked so peaceful. It was nice not to have people rushing about and to see him with no tubes and other medical equipment around him.

Even in death you naturally want the best for your child, Jayden stayed in the Butterfly Suite for five days. and undoubtedly, round here, Haven House is the best.

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The thought of how different the scenario would have been without Haven House hardly bears thinking about. Whilst I was making arrangements for the funeral it was a comfort to know that he was being looked after by the nurses. He was never left alone and they played soft music and read his favourite stories to him. The staff were so understanding and welcoming and we had 24/7 access to the Suite. If we wanted to be alone we could be or if I needed someone to talk to it was never a problem. All those who had loved Jayden in his short life were able to say their goodbyes. As you can imagine, last Christmas was a bit of a blur to me. It was very different to what we had planned. Instead of reading Jayden the new books I had bought him, I was arranging his funeral. Choosing the flowers, the hymns and the casket was heart-breaking, something a mother should never have to do for their child. But, Haven House was there for me every step of the way; suggesting a Funeral Director and providing emotional support.

Vanessa with her son Jayden I have also attended the Haven House memory day and their 10th birthday party in the hospice grounds. The latter was incredibly emotional as I was one of the few mums there without a child. This magnified the fact that Jayden was really gone. But that’s the thing about Haven House; I feel being there validates me as being a mum. I am Jayden’s mum, not just Vanessa and for that feeling I am grateful.

If my journey with Haven House had ended here then I would have been incredibly thankful for all the love, care and support they gave to me and Jayden over the years. However, Noreen called me shortly after the funeral and continues to do so regularly. The first few months were awful for me as I had to deal with some really harsh realities. Within a week of his passing, the local equipment services made contact to collect all of his specialist equipment from our flat. His bedroom, where he had spent so much of his time, and where many of my memories of him are, was suddenly a shell. I also, inevitably, had to give up the mobility car (and hence my independence) and was told that I may have to move as I now had a ‘spare bedroom’.

So, here I am, writing this letter with the anniversary of Jayden’s passing and another Christmas without him approaching. I hope that my story has given you some sense as to how invaluable Haven House has been to me over the last six years. All parents in this sort of position should be able to have access to this sort of provision, but unfortunately they don’t. I consider myself so incredibly lucky that me and Jayden were able to share such a wonderful place together and benefit from their support since he passed away.

There was no grace period, no sympathy, nothing. A short time after Jayden’s passing, I was also informed that I would be required to look for work. Still grieving, I All of the Haven House services available to me have went for some interviews and now work four days a been completely free of charge and that is why I am week as an Accounts Assistant. writing to you. Please do give to Haven House if you can. Their work is so important as it changes and Yet again, Haven House helped me through this enriches lives. There are going to be other families who transition period. Whenever I felt upset or angry, need their care and it would be awful for them not to Noreen was always at the end of a phone. She also have the same experience of Haven House as I did due encouraged me to go back to the monthly coffee mornings that I had gone to whilst Jayden was alive. To to lack of funding. see all the other Haven House mums again was lovely. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story. You are around people that know and understand and Vanessa don’t pull that face as if to say ‘I don’t really know what to say to you’. I am now also undergoing a 12 week counselling course at Haven House. With so much going on, I feel like I have not had much time to come to terms with everything. The counselling sessions give me that time to think and also talk about my memories of Jayden. They have been really helpful so far.

PS If you go to havenhouse.org.uk/jaydensappeal you will be able to keep track of all the wonderful donations that Haven House receives from this appeal. To donate to Jayden’s appeal visit justgiving.com/ jaydensappeal

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Mindfulness Meditation V Norris We are always thinking aren't we? When do we ever switch off? Worrying about the future. Mulling over the past. Planning anxiously. Wallowing in negative thoughts and emotions. Creating personal doctrines and defining our prejudices. When do we ever allow our minds to just be still? For thousands of years people have been using various techniques to free their conscious thoughts from the chaos of daily life, to a mode of awareness where they are simply focussed in the present and freed from mental chatter. We have all experienced “being in the moment� - the good news is that it is possible to recreate this specific state through meditation. A common misconception is to associate this practise with Buddhist monks, but it not necessary to be associated with any religious order to practise this technique. Lots of non religious people do it. According to Davidji (2012), celebrities including the Beatles, Tiger Woods, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Brand, Richard Gere, Madonna, Susan Sarandon, Sting, Tina Turner are among the many who have publicly acknowledged the importance of meditation in their lives. But what is it? How do you do it? How does it work? While meditation can be traced back to the Hindu tradition 2000-3000 BC (Barnes, 2004), it is currently enjoying a renaissance, growing in popularity to the extent where even the NHS has adopted it formally (e.g. the South London & Maudsley Trust). You do not necessarily need to be ill to reap its benefits however. So why do people do it? According to Dillard Wright and Jerath (2011), meditation is a tool for coordinating and harmonising the body, mind and spirit. Simply doing it is not the final goal however; it is where it takes you that is important. If life is easier then not only can you cope better with its daily stresses and strains, and you may even discover a greater capacity to actually enjoy it. As noted by Professors Williams and Penman (2011) regular meditators are happier and more contented – factors associated with longer and healthier lives. There are significant health benefits too. Meditation can help to control anger and depression, deal with fear, anxiety, OCD, assist with facing grief, manage chronic pain, fight depression, improve immune system function, reduce hypertension and deal with stress. Given that as noted by Hall (2005), prolonged stress is linked with muscle tension, joint pain, headaches, digestive problems, poor sleep, breathing difficulties, cardiovascular problems, allergies, fatigue, exhaustion

and immunity problems, it's important to fight it. Constant stress puts us on high alert physiologically and psychologically, but meditation has the power to create lasting change to how we respond to this. No wonder it is prescribed for trauma victims by organisations such as the Iris Trust (a charity which helps domestic violence victims). As noted by psychiatrist Dr Levington, while stress is associated with numerous problems, finding inner peace can be challenging in daily life. It's our response to stress that can cause problems so it is worth making this space for ourselves, if not required restoratively then at least as a preventative measure for health maintenance. Even healthy people can benefit from meditation, bringing about improvements in cognitive functioning, enhancing concentration and memory and reducing exam anxiety. These benefits are unsurprising given the physiological effects noted by Dillard Wright such as heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol reduction and reduced stress hormone production are produced by regular practice. So how does it work? Meditation produces biochemical changes within the body which initiate the relaxation response (Barnes, 2004). The word relax originates from the Latin, to loosen. In this state, the body and mind are still, resulting in the physiological changes noted previously, which consequently benefits our health. Medical science has started to wake up to this, with cardiologists such as Dr Ornish incorporating meditation into their patients' rehabilitation programmes. Search on Google and you will find thousands of scientific papers which evidence the benefits of regular practise. In 2011, Psychiatry Research reported a clinical study using MRI which demonstrated structural brain changes following an 8 week programme of daily mindfulness meditation practise. Specifically the hippocampus, (responsible for learning, spatial orientation and memory) enlarged, while the amygdala (linked with fear, anxiety and stress responses) reduced.

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The ultimate goal of mindfulness meditation is awareness. During meditation, you will find that thoughts pop into your mind. In this type of meditation, the idea is to simply observe these thoughts without getting involved in them, not getting caught up in them like we usually do. You will soon learn that we have the choice about whether to act on our thoughts or not. Just observe them taking place and let them drift away, which they will. It is practising this way of dealing with your thoughts which will train your mind. Too often in life we dwell too much on the negative. But by practising mindfulness, you become more aware of your thinking and, in time, you can learn to identify especially negative thought patterns, catch them and literally send them away before they slide you into a sea of despair. Mindfulness meditation creates awareness of how we create our own distress. So with practise, you will soon feel a sense of regaining control of your life. You will notice changes in your mood and wellbeing and ultimately the health benefits mentioned previously. Like any skill however, meditation is challenging and takes a while to get into. If you are new to this, you might benefit from finding a teacher or a class to facilitate your practise to start with.

The Marriott supports The Dream Factory The Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel has chosen The Dream Factory as their charity for the year. The hotel will be hosting in-house fund-raising events and will be supporting the charity with money-raising ventures over the coming months. The Marriott chain has already offered to provide two night’s accommodation for a young girl and her family at the London Marriott in Park Lane when The Dream Factory makes her dream come true to visit the Winter Wonderland attraction in Hyde Park before Christmas. Hotel general manager Ross Paton (pictured above) said: “The Dream Factory is a lovely charity which does a tremendous amount for young people. We want to support it as much as possible.” The Dream Factory was founded by Epping mother Avril Mills after her son, Oliver, died from leukaemia at the age of nine. ‘Allo ‘Allo actress Vicki Michelle, who is a patron of The Dream Factory, became involved with the charity after a chance meeting with Avril in the swimming pool at the Marriott some 18 years ago. Vicki said, “The involvement of the Marriott is wonderful news for The Dream Factory. The Marriott is a fabulous hotel and the staff, are amazing and we look forward to raising lots of money with their support over the coming months.” The Dream Factory has already granted 238 dreams is now working on 42 more. For more about the charity visit www.yourdreamfactory.org

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7 Tips to Help You Ensure your New Beginning is Impactful Heather Waring

I love that opportunity to start again, to wipe the slate clean, to take on board that which can be improved on and then make it happen. So as we embrace a new year whether before it hits or just after it has begun, join with me in bringing about our own new start or restart. To me, it’s all about working with that clean canvas and the new opportunity that brings. It’s about excitement, possibilities, energy and expectation and with a positive intention I tend to believe that I can be invincible. But hold on a minute, let’s inject a little reality.... there are likely to be some obstacles, people who perhaps don’t share our vision, some things that don’t go to plan but it’s about seeing and coping with what turns up along the way and how we react. Sabotage is possible at any stage, it may even be self-sabotage but if we can keep focused then we can really make a difference. So whatever situation you find yourself in, adopt a positive approach and follow what’s below, at least that way you’ll ensure some success and you may just surprise yourself. 1. Check in with reality Put your life under the microscope and ask yourself a couple of questions. How satisfied are you with it? Are you who you really want to be? Are you living the life you want and when I talk about life, I mean all aspects of it. 2. Bring about change Take into consideration your family, friends, finances, career, love life, environment, leisure time, and write down how you’d like it to be. Take some time to describe it and then write down three things you can do under each heading to make that happen. Ask yourself every day, what can I do today to get closer to my goal? Are you excited about the possibilities? Ask yourself what it would mean to you to have the life you want? This will make it feel more real. Now, rather than try to do it all at once, draw up a plan and tackle these things bit by bit. As a great Chinese philosopher once said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”. Take a little action every day to move you one step closer to your goal.

4. Be Positive The main thing likely to stop you achieving is ‘you’ and the fact that you don’t think you deserve what you want or that you are unable to do it. You might need some help here but first try to change things yourself by being positive, try changing I ‘can’t’ to I ‘can’ and listen to your thoughts and your language. When you hear negativity creep in, change it round to positivity. And ensure that you surround yourself with like minded people who energise you and help you grow. In fact regularly review your connections and weed out those who drain your energy and keep you stuck. 5. Focus ‘Your thoughts become your reality’ so make sure you focus on the positive. Life means that obstacles will get in your way so expect this but also see this as a way to exercise your creativity as you look at a range of options to overcome these setbacks. It won’t all be plain sailing but there will always be a way if you want there to be. 6. Have a vision Where do you want to be in a year from now? Once you know, what then do you need to do to get there? How are you going to make sure you succeed? You may be very good at being accountable to yourself but rather than leave it like that, find a way that you can also be accountable to others. It’s so much harder to justify to others why you didn’t do something and in fact you won’t want to go there so you will make sure it’s done. You could do this by working with a buddy, a small group of like-minded people or a coach. Having sorted all this, what about the bigger picture? Where do you want to be in 3 years? Five years? Ten years? Write down your plans, thoughts and hopes. Use a vision board, a dream book or any other tool you can to make sure you do all you can to make this vision happen.

7. Mark your Achievements Small steps mean you can mark each one when you complete it therefore many reasons to celebrate your 3. Create the space To help your focus and get clarity, start by making space success. Ensure you don’t forget about this bit as markboth physically and mentally by clearing that clutter. Go ing achievements will boost your spirits and leave you feeling good about yourself and more inclined to through your home and your workplace/desk and get rid of the stuff that’s holding you back and stopping you continue. achieving and don’t forget the files on your computer. I wish you great success but also fun, learning and Streamlining and making things simple will help keep growth along your path. your eyes on the way ahead. Delegate, deal with or Heather Waring dump. www.waringwell.com

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Upcycling By Chris Key maybe a little cushion for a young girl who would like something pretty in her bedroom. A few beads or maybe some fancy buttons to add more detail. All manner of fabric and haberdashery items can be found in such places as charity shops or car boot sales. The only limit is your imagination, which is always fired when you’re with like-minded people, so try to get a few friends together or perhaps enrol on one of Chris’s Sewing School’s courses. But, whatever you decide to do, have fun with it!

Upcycling – the buzzword of the day. In these austere times, it can often be daunting to start a new hobby which could turn out to be a waste of money if you feel that the things you make may not be as good as you’d like them to be. So ‘upcycling’, which means making something new from something old and no longer wanted, is a great place to start. The table runner and decorative, woven mat all started life as a simple tab–top unlined curtain. The tabs were simply cut off, pressed, and then laid together in a weave. They were then bordered with a double layer of the fabric which was cut from the top of the curtain. The stitching on the tabs themselves was already done, so the only machining necessary was to attach the border, thus keeping the tabs in place.

For further details about Chris’s Sewing School, please call 07944 768262 or visit the website www.chris-sewiingschool.co.uk Classes are held at Warlies Park House, Upshire.

To make the table runner, all that needed to be done was to cut a strip twice as wide as the required width from the length of the curtain. This was then folded over along the length, with the right sides of the fabric together and machined along the cut edges. Once the seam was pressed open, the runner was pulled through itself so that the right side of the fabric was now on the outside, and pressed again with the seam running along the edge. By this time, the two cut edges at each end of the runner were fraying badly, so all that was required here was to continue the fraying by pulling out more of the threads until a fringe was formed. (Those of you who were teenagers in the hippy era will probably remember doing this to the bottom of your jeans!). There was still enough fabric left to make further items; perhaps a padded, quilted placemat, or

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Are you a small business owner? Or as a consumer, do you love your local shops and businesses and wonder what you can do to help them further? December 7th has been designated as ‘Small Business Saturday’, selected to run on the first Saturday in December, typically one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The aim of the day is to ‘support, celebrate and champion the UK’s 5 million small businesses’. Small Business Saturday started in the States in 2010 and is held on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Last year’s was particularly successful and so it seems the concept has now moved across the pond, which is being welcomed by many. Small Business Saturday is endorsed by the government with support from all political parties. The Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP is also involved, to help promote the first Small Business Saturday in the UK. Twitter users may already have seen lots of activity on the subject, with plenty of entrepreneurial celebrities doing their bit for getting the word out there. Small businesses can sign up via the Small Business Saturday website at www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com to receive a Small Business Saturday pack including posters, stickers etc. What are waiting for? Twitter @SmallBizSatUK

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The branch in on target to re-home 200 dogs this year. Unfortunately, the cat situation is in crisis and so they can only take cats via local RSPCA inspectors and next year, cats will be boarded and cared for at Donaher RSPCA Animal Home near Braintree. Dogs will continue to board in Waltham Abbey at Hillside Kennels, 3 Claverhambury Kennels, Claverhambury Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 2BL.

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DVD Christmas Special Reviews MICKY FLANAGAN Back in the Game 15 Cert Following on from his success with his now infamous “Out Out” show, and thanks to his television appearances on “Live at the Apollo” and now a regular guest on the Was It Something I Said show, Flanagan has risen through the ranks to become the most popular act on the stand up comedy circuit currently. And deservedly so, this cheeky cockney hailing from London’s East End knows how to tell a good story. In fact he is so good that his reputation now precedes him. His sold out nationwide tour this year had to be repeatedly extended due to public demand – everyone wants to see this guy. But if you missed the chance to see him then you catch him on this forthcoming DVD. And what a great show this is.

is! Something to do with making a cuppa? Micky is a decent chap and if he roasts anyone, it’s usually himself; look out for his candid fantasies involving custard tarts! Another self-deprecating moment which was wickedly funny involved him imaging himself as an elderly stroke victim trying to engage in a marital disagreement. You know it’s wrong to laugh but with his cheeky delivery, his amazing impressions and philosophical insight, Micky will get you going. Oh yes Micky, you really are Back In The Game, and we hope you won’t be leaving for a long time yet. If you are not going “out out” then get yourself this DVD for a cracking night in. ANDY PARSONS The Slacktivist Cert 18

The Slacktivist is the latest DVD from a recent recording of Parsons’ live stand up comedy show. A regular guest on Live at Filmed close to Flanagan’s roots, Back In The Game is a the Apollo, he has never been live show where he appeared at the Hackney Empire. one of my favourites but I’m not This demonstrates how down to earth and likeable our sure why. That aside, he did tell Micky is. Surely his mega stardom could have justified a some good jokes at this show. more famous venue, but no, our working class Micky Brutal honesty delivered the likes to keep it real as you will see in his act. No airs and right way can shock and graces here, he tells it like it is, and for that Micky we entertain simultaneously. It would seem that today’s love you. comedian has learned to profit from this by mastering the art of inducing a chuckle by sharing those aspects of Drawing on the shock factor, Micky shares his stories life that we usually don’t confess to. Laziness isn’t and reflections on life. I particularly enjoy his believable exactly a virtue we would boast about but I did find impressions and ingenious insight. He cleverly imparts Parson’s admission of his preference for living the life of the inner workings of the dog’s mind (quite believable) a sloth funny. No doubt this was the inspiration for the and reflects on the social escalation of the animal’s DVD’s title. I always wondered if this was why position in our modern culture “have you brought comedians took up their craft – facilitating their escape enough bags – that Winnelot’s gone right through me!” from the 9-5 so that they can luxuriate in laziness. In He packs a punch with his riskier material. His cheeky general, throughout the show Parsons played it safe delivery smoothes what could otherwise be a rocky mostly, and didn’t take many risks for example by being path. Be warned, some of his material is politically politically incorrect, a tactic common with his colincorrect but hilarious nonetheless. For example, it leagues. But I did enjoy it when he related his material wasn’t long before the comedy circuit picked up on the to current life. In this sense, I loved Parsons joke about storm which has been brewing surrounding recent the onesie – after all who wears these ridiculous things? scandals involving disgraced 70s entertainers. Micky’s Certainly not out in public I hope. Irony also seems to impression of Jimmy Savile’s laugh was spot on. Like he be a commonly used trick in the comedian’s toolkit said: how did we not realise this guy was a “nonce”! which Parsons put to good use here in another reflecYou won’t believe your ears when he reveals his own tion of current modern day life, sharing his views on (but thankfully slightly more acceptable) naughtiness – recession reviled Rolex watches, and commenting on yes it’s all “a bit tasty” as far as the laughs are their lack of features despite their breathtaking price concerned. Then, as if to test your blushes even tags. If you are already an Andy Parsons fan you will further, he really goes for the kill sharing details of a love this show: it’s probably his best work yet. provocative conversation which you wouldn’t dare have V Norris in real life. Just please do not ask me what tea bagging

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Jack Dee So What? Live Jack’s first DVD in 8 years, the UK’s favourite grumpy comedian is back.

Josh Widdicombe And Another Thing Star of C4’s ‘The Last Leg’ and ‘Stand up for the Week’, Josh’s debut DVD was recorded at Hammersmith Apollo.

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Club & Society listings Clubs, classes and societies day activities and social events. www.efog.org.uk Call Secretary Ken 020 8524 3960.

AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS For friends and relatives of alcoholics www.al-anonuk.org.uk Email: enquiries@al-anonuk.org.uk Helpline 020 7403 0888 (10am—10pm) Baby Sensory—baby development classes in Waltham Abbey. For babies from birth to 13 months. Classes Thursdays at Town Mead Leisure Park, Brooker Road. Contact Vicci for a free taster session on 07734 114538. Email cheshunt@babysensory.co.uk www.babysensory.com Breatheasy in Harlow & Epping Forest Meet the first Monday of the month at Jack Silley Pavilion in Epping between 1pm and 3pm. Contact branch secretary Mrs C Carr on 01992 573387 for more details. Breatheasy is the support group of The British Lung Foundation www.blf-uk.org

Epping Forest Re-Use is a charity set- up to give support in the community, offering good quality furniture/white goods and general household goods open to everybody, those on benefits can buy at reduced price - goods are delivered at a one off price regardless of the number of items purchased. Visit the Epping Re-Use Centre Bower Hill Industrial Estate Bower Hill Epping CM16 7BN. Come and volunteer, gain experience in Customer Service, Retail Sales, Office Administration, Telephone Sales and if you have any skills you would like to pass on let us know. For more information please call 01992 578222 or visit www.eppingreuse.org.uk and find us on Facebook! Family Care Counselling Service We provide affordable, professional counselling in the Epping Forest area Tel: 01992 788499 www.familycarecounselling.org.uk Registered Charity No: 1118296

Burlesque Jems—FREE launch session on 13th January – Town Mead, Waltham Abbey. Booking is essential. The Burlesque Jems run weekly dance classes for ladies who enjoy a giggle & a wiggle. Aimed at all ages, abilities, shapes & sizes – no experience necessary. Contact Jem for more details: 07903188404 or info@burlesquejems.co.uk New 8 week course in Waltham Abbey Starts the 20th January

Herts & Essex Architectural Research Society. Meet on the fourth Friday of the month at 8pm, Church Hall, Loughton Methodist Church, 260 Loughton High Road. Call 020 8508 2512 for more details or visit www.westessex.net/hears_info.php

Chigwell & Epping Forest Orienteering Club. Bored with just running, in pain from too much running on roads? Try running through forests and having to work out where to go. There is a local event approximately once a month. For more details ring Helen on 020 8502 1629, or visit chig.org.uk

Jo Jingles at Town Mead, Waltham Abbey. Fridays 9.45am for ‘walkers’ and 10.45am for babies. Music, singing and movement for babies & children aged 3 months to 5 years. Contact Victoria on 07801 535146, email jojinglesenfield@sky.com www.jojingles.com/enfieldarea

Epping Forest District Badger Group—meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at Hemnall Street Social club, Epping at 8pm. Find out The Waltham Abbey Darts League. Friendly Wednesday night more about the existence and secret life of badgers, and their league. New members welcome. Males and females welcome. For preservation. Contact 01992 756038. further details, email walthamabbeydartsleague@gmail.com www.eppingforestbg.org.uk Waltham Abbey Floral Art Society meets at Waltham Abbey Epping Forest Centenary Trust. We can provide practical conserRoyal British Region, Sewardstone Street, Waltham Abbey 7.15 for vation sessions in Epping Forest for groups, including special 7.45 on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Entry £5 or annual subneeds groups, community groups and youth groups. Call Epping scription £18.50 and £2.50 entrance per meeting. Contact Pearl on 01992 715969. Forest Centenary Trust on 0208 508 9061, email efct@btinternet.com or visit www.efct.info Waltham Abbey Town Women’s Guild meets on the 3rd Monday Epping Forest & District Stamp Club. Meet 2nd Tuesday of month of every month at the Salvation Army Hall, Sewardstone Street, at the Dining Room, Roding Valley High School, Loughton. New Waltham Abbey at 2pm. We have demonstrations, speakers, members and beginners always welcome. Keith Smith 020 8505 competitions. Visitors welcome. Contact Joy Argent on 01992 5620. 714921. (Please note, our December meeting is a Christmas social, Epping Forest Group of the Alpine Garden Society Non-members held a week earlier on December 9th at 7.30pm). are welcome. For further information please contact the Group Secretary: Keith Ballard, Tel: 01992 813231 or email keith@hetheringtonandco.com. Epping Forest HP (Walking) Group. We are a walking group who walk in Epping, Redbridge and sometimes London each week. Walks start at 10.30am. There is no charge to join walks, optional membership at £4. Social evenings, coach trips and holidays. www.efhfg.org.uk. Email info2009@efhfg.org.uk

Waltham Abbey Writers meet on the first Monday of the month at the Good Intent, Upshire. Whether you are writing for pleasure, profit or prosperity, why not come along. See feature on page 14 for more details. Zumba—Shake it at your own pace! Get active with great people at the dance party workout for the young at heart. Monday mornings 9.30am at Ninefields Community Centre. Contat Linda on 07909 962901. £3 per session.

Epping Forest Outdoor Group– Are you a walker or a cyclist? Like to enjoy a more varied outdoor and social life? 8.30pm Thursdays, ROVSCO Hall, 72 Hollybush Hill, E11 1PX. Weekends away,

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Event Listings & Handy Numbers Event listings Waltham Abbey Town Women’s Guild Christmas Social— December 9th at 7.30pm. Salvation Army Hall, Sewardstone Street, Waltham Abbey. Our social includes carols and music from the Salvation Army band. For details, please contact Joy Argent on 01992 714921 Epping Forest and District Stamp Club STAMP AUCTION—Saturday January 18th, 2014 at Roding Alley High School, Alderton Hill, Loughton (Brook Road entrance). Viewing starts 1.45pm, auction starts 2.15pm. For further details please contact Keith Smith 0208 505 5620. Waltham Abbey Wool Show—January 19th, 2014 at Marriott Hotel, Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3LX. 10am-4pm. See feature on page 6 for more details. Tickets £3 in advance from The Crochet Chain or www.walthamabbeywoolshow.co.uk

Waltham Abbey Community Centre 46 Crooked Mile EN9 1QD 01992 711188

Schools Hillhouse CofE Primary School The Leverton Infant & Nursery School The Leverton Junior School Waltham Holy Cross Junior School Upshire Primary School King Harold Secondary School

Waltham Abbey Health Centre 13 Sewardstone Road EN9 1NP Incorporating: Greenyard Healthcare Keyhealth Medical Centre Market Square Surgery

Emergencies Crimestoppers 01992 714088 01992 707145 01992 707130

Abbey Surgery 27 Howard Business Park EN9 1XE 01992 715755 Maynard Court Surgery 17-18 Maynard Court EN9 3DU NHS Direct Princess Alexandra Hospital St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping Whipps Cross Hospital

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Pharmacies Glennon Chemists 8 Hillhouse, Ninefields EN9 3EL 01992 717145

Listings are free for advertisers, non-profit clubs, societies and charities. If you are a business and would like to advertise, prices start from just £20 for an eighth of a page and there is no VAT to pay. The deadline for the March to May 2014 edition is February 14th.

Lloyds Pharmacy 2a Market Square EN9 1DL 01992 713320 Lloyds Chemist 10 Sun Street EN9 1EE 01992 712097

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Community Centres Ninefields Community Centre Ninefields EN9 1DE 01992 718764

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Magascene waltham abbey december 2013  

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