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Lake-Side Tonic for Critical Care Patients On a warm summer’s day, it’s not only staff and visitors who can sit and relax by the lake outside the main building at Colchester General Hospital. If they are well enough, patients on the Critical Care Unit are wheeled there in their beds by nurses to enjoy the great outdoors. One recent example has been Stuart Edwards, aged 62, of Colchester, who was on the unit for 33 days after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a very rare and serious condition that affects the nerves. “It was one of the consultants who suggested that I was well enough to go outside if the weather was right, and I jumped at the chance,” he said. “During my time in Critical Care, I went out to the lake on a few 26
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Top Grades for Littlegarth in ISI Inspections Following another highly successful year the children, parents, staff and governors of Littlegarth joined together for a prize-giving event to celebrate the achievements of the school. This has been such an eventful year in which the children have gained excellent academic results and sports teams have achieved a high level of success including being crowned ISA national rugby champions, regional swimming and athletics champions for the ninth year running. Richard Stone, Royal Portrait Painter was the guest of honour and before the prizes were awarded, Headmaster, Peter Jones, provided a report on the successes of the year. It was during this report the Headmaster announced the highly successful results of the ISI Inspection which Littlegarth underwent at the end of May. These inspections occur at least every three years. 28
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Other Achievements’: ‘The school is entirely successful in fulfilling its aim to educate each child to the best of their ability by offering a broad and well-balanced curriculum that places particular emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills. As a result, pupils demonstrate high standards of knowledge, understanding and skills across the curriculum and standards in English and mathematics are particularly high’. There are so many positive comments throughout the Report and the key findings listed include: • ‘Pupils achieve considerable success in areas outside the curriculum such as sport, drama, music and art;’ • ‘Pupils success is underpinned by their highly enthusiastic and positive approach to learning and their desire to do well’; • ‘Pupils demonstrate exceptionally inclusive values and high levels of care and support for one another, and their behaviour is excellent’ and also
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Families Benefit From Maternity Ward Upgrade The maternity ward at Colchester General Hospital has reopened following the completion of a sevenweek refurbishment programme costing £438,000. It has been the most significant investment on Lexden Ward, which is located on the first floor of Constable Wing, since it opened 20 years ago. Faye Buckfield, one of the ward’s sisters, said the refurbishment has created a warm and welcoming environment. The ward now feels less clinical and more spacious, and has a different ambience. “Improvements had been made on an ad hoc basis over the years but the ward was beginning to look tired and in need of some TLC,” she said. “For example, even though we’ve always prided ourselves on our cleanliness, the flooring was starting to look worn and grubby. It’s been an extensive refurbishment and has created a much more homely environment which is really important when you remember that our women are not patients in the sense that the majority of them are not ill. I’m confident that the installation of air-conditioning in the bays and side rooms will be welcomed by women, partners and staff alike because it could get uncomfortably hot in exceptionally warm weather.”
Ms Buckfield also thanked the Colchester League of Hospital and Community Friends which provided £11,355.60p, most of which was spent on 12 reclining chairs so that partners can stay on the ward overnight and share the experience of becoming a new family. Previously, new dads had to try to sleep in an upright chair. The rest of the League of Friends’ donation was spent on two single chairs, a sofa and a coffee table for a communal area that has been created where families can meet and relax. The main features of the refurbishment include: • the creation of a reception and a new base for midwives • installation of new showers, toilets and basins • new flooring, which includes some wood-effect laminate flooring • redecoration throughout the ward • new ceilings with new, brighter, energy-efficient, environmentallyfriendly lighting • new bedside cabinets which are fixed to the wall rather than standing on the floor, which makes effective cleaning easier • the creation of a toilet for visitors – previously, visitors, including new dads, had to leave the ward.
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The staff and their friends and family members have been raising money which will be spent to make Lexden Ward even more comfortable for women. For example, a 10km (6¼ mile) walk from Lexden Ward to Lexden village in June raised £1,008 and an open garden and vintage tea party held the next month at the home in Dovercourt of ward sister Louise Hawkins’ parents raised £1,014. Two years ago, the Delivery Suite and Juno Suite midwife-led unit, both located on the ground floor of Constable Wing, were upgraded as part of a £1.2m programme of improvements. The main contractor for the refurbishment of Lexden Ward was Stroods of West Mersea. While the work took place, staff and patients were transferred to an empty ward.
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We’re Going Smoke Free – From 1 October From 1 October 2017, the north area of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) will join the south in becoming smokefree. Our change in policy coincides with this year’s Stoptober campaign. Stoptober usually take place during October when smokers attempt to quit smoking for the entire month and we will be supporting this annual campaign. All staff, patients, visitors, contractors and other service users will not be allowed to smoke whilst on Trust premises or in Trust owned vehicles. This is in line with the Government policy for all NHS organisations to be Smoke Free by March 2018. The Trust wants to protect all staff and patients from the effects of tobacco smoke and is asking patients who are treated in the community not to smoke whilst they are being seen by staff from EPUT. Research has shown that people who give up smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to successfully quit smoking. Sally Morris, Chief Executive of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) said: “The south area of the Trust has already gone smokefree and it is good that we are implementing this policy throughout the Trust. The smokefree policy means that we are protecting people who do not wish to inhale second-hand smoke from the harmful effects of tobacco whilst they are on NHS premises.
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The September Re-Launch of Colchester Recalled All is in position for the re-launch of Colchester Recalled’s popular monthly meeting at its new venue on Thursday 14th September at 7pm, at the Roman Circus Centre, when Philip Crummy, the Director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust, will address members and friends about what took place at chariot race tracks in Roman times. The Colchester Roman Chariot Race Track is the only one found in Northern Europe to date, and so readers, who are very welcome to attend and to be entertained on this fascinating subject, could be in the very fortunate situation of being in the right place at the right time. Philip has an extremely thorough knowledge of the site, including the widely televised Time Team excavations, that identified the original starting gates of the circus. The foundations of those gates have been re-built and Philip will show them to all those in attendance.
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Sing Out Loud is Changing Lives North Essex is alive with the sound of music thanks to a woman whose life has been transformed by singing. After the break-up of her marriage and being diagnosed with ME, Karen Hughes decided to start Sing Out Loud, community singing groups in Colchester and Chelmsford, and she has never looked back. It’s well known that singing can improve your well-being both physically and psychologically and Karen is living proof of the health benefits. “I decided to start Sing Out Loud after a low point in my life, when I was beginning to recover from a physical breakdown,” said Karen. “It was singing, and being involved in Sing Out Loud, that made me more confident and helped to bring ‘me’ back to life, inside my own skin. For quite a while, it was like my body was walking round, but I was so very broken, and fragile inside, that it wasn’t really recognisable, as me, any more.” “Now, I know how to carefully manage my time, energy and what I do, each week. I run Sing Out Loud on a voluntary basis, which always keeps me busy. I know my limits, and occasionally, I have to give in and say ‘No more – at least, for now!’” As you walk through the door to join Sing Out Loud in Colchester or Chelmsford, you feel the friendly atmosphere and are welcomed by smiling faces of all ages, singing
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29 SEPT AN EVENING WITH SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON
“Women are each other’s human wonder bras – uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better.” So says Kathy Lette, funny, feminist author, who invites you to her new show, Girls’ Night Out. It’s a psychological strip tease taking us from Puberty Blues to Menopause Blues, with tales of love, lust, men, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, mastitis, sexist bosses, teenage-daughterwrangling, ageing, toy boys, making the Queen laugh, hiding Julian Assange in her attic, tongue kissing Prince William and Close Encounters of the George Clooney Kind, en route. So, grab your girlfriends and come along. Wit, warmth and full frontal frankness, guaranteed. (Men, attend at your own risqué!). Price: £17
An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the top of those famous stairs whilst reliving the best moments from a show that for many defined their Saturday night. Price: £27
26 SEPT ED BYRNE: SPOILER ALERT
I originally intended to call the show, “I’ll Millennial You in a Minute”, but my promoter considered the title, “off-puttingly baffling”. That’s my own chainsaw in the photo, by the way. Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself. Recognised as one of the finest observational comics in the industry, Ed’s television credits are countless (provided you’re really bad at counting); Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, The Graham Norton Show, Live At The Apollo, The One Show, Comic Relief Bake Off 2015, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads and, most recently, he and Dara O Briain filmed the follow up their Big Adventure show for BBC2 entitled Dara and Ed’s Road to Mandalay Price: £25
30 SEPT THE ILLEGAL EAGLES
For their special 20th Anniversary Tour, The Illegal Eagles bring you their strongest and most popular show to date. Performing all of the classic Eagles hits including Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane and many more! Price: £25 6–7 SEPT 5 SOLDIERS
This performance will take place in Corporal Budd VC Gymnasium, Berechurch Road, Colchester. A thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of five men and women serving on the front line. Kay’s trademark intense physical and athletic dance theatre has earned five star reviews, a nomination for Best Modern Choreography in the National Dance Awards and topped the Best Dance of 2015 charts in The Observer, The Guardian and The Independent. Presented by the Athena Contemporary Dance Trust. Originally commissioned by DanceXchange. Price: £25
CASTLE PARK High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ 24 SEPT, 1 OCT, 15 OCT (14:00 START) THE HISTORY OF CASTLE PARK GUIDED TOUR
ROMAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL Stoke-by-Nayland, CO6 4QH romanrivermusic.org.uk 28 SEPT THE KING’S SINGERS
Colchester Castle Park: 2000 years in the making. Celebrate this wonderful Victorian park in it's 125th year of providing fun and relaxation to the people of Colchester and visitors on a guided tour through the ages. Free - Booking Required
Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King’s Singers appeal to a vast international audience and we are thrilled they kick off our residency in Stoke by Nayland.
EVERY SATURDAY (09:00 START) COLCHESTER PARK RUN
A stunning group of world-class musicians will perform in the perfect acoustics of Stoke by Nayland Church.
parkrun is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan. It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE! Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there! After the run, if you don’t have to get off straight away, there will be the chance to socialise with everyone in the Café in the Park. www.parkrun.org.uk/colchestercastle/
29 SEPT MAHLER SYMPHONY NO 9
29 SEPT BACH MASS IN B MINOR
Bach’s greatest masterpiece, performed on period instruments with a stunning line-up of players and singers. Those who crowded into St Peter’s Church in Colchester for our Handel Messiah two years ago will be excited to know that Orlando Jopling has again gathered many of the country’s top baroque experts for a similarly colourful, beautifully-shaped and compelling performance. 30 SEPT FESTIVAL FINALE
Young players, local singers and musicians join the full forces of the Festival Orchestra for a rousing finale featuring the phenomenal horn playing of Alec Frank-Gemmill.
BANDSTAND CONCERTS 24 SEPT (15:00 – 17:00) TENDRING BRASS BAND
The ever popular Bandstand concerts provide the perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy some wonderful music for free in the lovely surrounds of Colchester's Castle Park. The concerts take place at the Victorian Bandstand close to the Cafe in the Park. FREE
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LAVENHAM FARMERS' MARKET Church Street, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9QT 24 SEPT, 22 OCT, 26 NOV, 17 DEC FARMERS MARKET (10AM–1.30PM)
Lavenham Farmers Market is officially the best market in Suffolk. This fantastic Farmers’ Market boasts over 30 of the highest quality, small scale producers in Suffolk. Stalls include Suffolk pork, beef, lamb and venison, locally grown vegetables, home baked cakes, pies, puddings and bread, Suffolk honey, pates, terrines, jams, chutneys and preserves with everything sold by the producer. The fantastic kid friendly Farmers’ Cafe serves freshly baked quiche and cakes, Farmers’ Breakfasts & good quality coffee using local products direct from the market traders. Free entry.
BETH CHATTO GARDENS Elmstead Market, Colchester, CO7 7DB www.bethchatto.co.uk/courses 27 SEPT DRAWING THE GARDEN IN AUTUMN (10AM–4PM)
Explore and enjoy drawing the garden from season to season with guidance from artist and gardener Jevan Watkins Jones. The garden in the Autumn allows us to enjoy with it the variety and richness of a tertiary palette along with movement and flora architecture. Charcoal and paper is provided but please bring the materials of your choice. A set seasonal lunch is included in the price. £56 or £51 for Gold Friends of the Garden and RHS members.
For more events, visit: visitcolchester.com/whats-on
Headgate Theatre OCTOBER The 60’s BritPop Girls Show Helen Abbey Friday 6th October at 7:30pm Tickets: £12 A superb show celebrating the songs and the stories of the big four British female pop stars of the swinging sixties. Supported by her acclaimed live band, Helen Abbey sings the classic hits of Cilla, Dusty, Lulu and Sandie Shaw including – Alfie, Puppet On A String, Look Of Love, Shout. Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde adapted by Venetia Twigg Theatrical Niche Wed 11th October at 7:30pm Tickets: £12, £10 (conc) When a mysterious beauty enters high society, the in-crowd are sent scattering out. Wilde’s raucous comedy pulls apart the intricacies of etiquette and flips expectation rump-over-head. Exploiting themes of superficiality and sacrifice, this high-speed adaptation uses touches of Commedia Dell'Arte, and stylised choreography. Free & bespoke workshops - please reserve in advance. Suitable 10+ Grow Up Grandad by Gordon Steel Headgate Theatre Productions Wed 18th to Sat 21st October at 7:45pm + Sat matinee at 2:30pm Tickets: £13, £11 (65+), £10 (student) Grandparents! Look past the title of the play. This is an inter-generational story that deals with love and loss, hope and sadness as the relationship between Poppy and her Grandad is first thrown together and eventually torn apart. Poppy is 11, has attitude, but dreams of dancing in Blackpool. Ken is something of a hermit, a man living in the past with no television, no computer and no patience. While their relationship is volatile, it’s also very funny and strewn with moments of real tenderness. This play is provocative, touching and not at all predictable! A UK mainland amateur premiere. Contains mildy offensive language. Beauty and the Beast Headgate Workshops run by Polka Dot Academy Tue 24th to Fri 27th October from 9:30am to 4:30pm Tickets: £85 Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: Packed with fun and... 50
14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT www.headgatetheatre.co.uk
...new skills to learn, this workshop will use extracts from the popular musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and finish with a free performance for an invited audience on the last day. Places are limited and will be allocated as money is received. To reserve a place please call the box office on 01206 366000. Old Tyme Music Hall Headgate Theatre Productions Tue 31st October at 7:45pm Tickets: £12 For one night only!! It’s time to dress-up (optional) and come and join us for an evening of fabulous fun, splendiferous singing, mesmerising magic and terpsichorean turns with mine host Kevin Topple as your barmy, boisterous but charming Chairman, who may indulge in the occasional tortuous torments!
NOVEMBER The Writing’s on the Wall The Untapped Writers Fri 3rd Nov at 7:30pm & Sat 4th Nov at 3pm Tickets: £10, £8 (conc) For many years The Untapped Writers have staged sell out performances at The Headgate and, as always, the emphasis is on entertainment. A collection of poetry, stories and sketches accompanied by music from celebrated guitarist Tim Pells will cover an eclectic range of subjects from the topical to the whimsical. Marking Time by Michael Snelgrove Colchester Theatre Group Wed 8th to Sat 11th November at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm Tickets: £12, £10 (students and 65+) Two teams of exam markers are hard at it in the Teachers’ Centre. One team is coping well with marking schedules, guidelines, matrix grids and marked samples. The other team … Egos, personalities and chaos collide so get set for the Grand National Curriculum Chase.
SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER 2017 The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens adapted by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries Common Ground Theatre Company Mon 13th November at 7:30pm Tickets: £10, £7 (under 21s/unwaged) Nell Trent and her grandfather flee their London shop after losing everything to the villainous loan-shark Quilp. Roaming the countryside, the pair fall in with a succession of colourful characters, some friendly, some ominous. Vincent Lindsey-Clark Virtuoso Guitar at the Headgate Fri 17th November at 7:30pm Tickets: £12, £10 (student) Vincent Lindsey-Clark studied at the Royal College of Music and was the winner of the Lanchester International Guitar Competition at the age of 16. He gave his London debut at the Wigmore Hall and has since performed there and at other major London venues.
...suddenly can talk. Together they hatch a plan to rid the town of the plague of rats, and win the hand of Princess Elsa. A fun, traditional pantomime for all the family. For group bookings please call the box office on 01206 366000. The Chimes by Charles Dickens Adapted by Robert MacCall Mon 11th December at 7:30pm Tickets: £12, £10 (unemployed/65+), £6 (child) Robert MacCall performs Charles Dickens’s ‘The Chimes’. This is a new adaptation for this season. Written the year after ‘A Christmas Carol’, It is the magical story of Toby Veck and his daughter Meg. A story which contains two endings; depending on the generosity of the human spirit. Suitable for age 9+.
Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine Platform Plays & Musicals Wed 22nd to Sat 25th November at 7:45pm + Sat matinée at 2:30pm Tickets: £13 ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ is inspired by the painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat. A complex work, with a lovely, wildly inventive score, the show revolves around a fictionalised Seurat, immersed in a single-minded concentration while painting his masterpiece and the people in that picture. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see on the most acclaimed of Sondheim’s musicals.
DECEMBER Puss in Boots by Gary Sullivan Headgate Theatre Productions Wed 6th to Sat 9th Dec at 7pm + Sat 9th and Sun 10th Dec at 2pm Tickets: £12, £9 (under 16s) When the Miller dies, Ruffalino, his youngest son inherits only a cat, a mat and a flap. However, when FlibbertyWitch makes a mistake in her spells, the cat...
For more info, visit: www.headgatetheatre.co.uk
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Gather Your Friends for The Big Get Together St Helena Hospice is joining together with hospices across the south east to invite supporters to be part of ‘The Big Get Together’.
them. Although this is a national campaign these donations will be solely donated to St Helena Hospice to help continue to provide care in your community.
The Big Get Together is the perfect way to remember a special person, on a special date, in a way that is fitting to celebrate their life whilst enjoying the company of friends and family, and St Helena Hospice would like you to get involved.
The hospice will provide you with ‘The Big Get Together’ themed bunting, signs and money collection box to help you get started with your event – it’s then over to you to mingle, enjoy and collect donations on the day!
At your event you can ask guests to make donations either as an entrance fee or through fun activities, games or in exchange for delicious bakes – you could create the theme around your loved one’s hobbies and interests to personalise the event to
For more information about how to get involved with The Big Get Together please contact the Individual Giving team on 01206 931468 or email email@example.com
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Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! 2017
The hilarious and critically acclaimed farce by Dario Fo An amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd
13 / 14 / 20 / 21 October at 8.00pm Tickets - £7.00/£5.50 concs (no concs on Saturday 21 October)
Box Office: Master Butcher, High Street, Kelvedon Telephone Bookings: 07742 532192 Online Bookings: www.kelvedonplayers.co.uk
Tiptree 10 Mile Road Race 2017 The 2017 Tiptree 10 will take place on the Sunday 8th October, at 10.30am, so be sure to reserve the date in your diaries! The race will be over the usual classic route, and as with previous years the sports hall at the finish line will be the race HQ. Here there will be hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and information.
The race organisers are pleased to welcome back TLC Sports Massage who again are supporting them with a post race massage service. As with the last few years, the race is expected to be oversubscribed and 'on the day' entry is unlikely. So please get your entries in as early as possible.
www.tiptreeroadrunners.com Search 'Tiptree 10' on www.active.com to book your place today
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