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ISSUE 170

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TV Star Cuts Ribbon Dominic Littlewood helps open new showroom at SEH BAC

Littlegarth express the importance of arts in the curriculum

Focus on Arts

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Mind Body Spirit Festival

Our Gardening Expert

Life Arts provides a weekend packed with complementary and wellbeing therapies

Tips for your garden this October

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Staff in Pyjamas Staff launch initiative to accelerate the recovery of patients

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Successful Re-Launch Colchester Recalled pleased with turnout

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Upchurch Jewellers to Close All jewellery to be discounted by up to 50 per cent

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Don Waterworth (left), Dom Littlewood and John Savage SEH BAC MD

Dominic Littlewood Cuts the Ribbon at New SEH BAC Showroom TV star and consumer rights champion Dominic Littlewood has helped local home improvement specialists SEH BAC kick off a blockbuster opening day for their brand-new Colchester showroom. The personality known for his hit shows ‘Cowboy Builders’ and ‘Don’t Get Done Get Dom’ officially opened the firm’s new 5,000 square-foot ‘Centre of Excellence’ at Stanway Retail Park on Peartree Road. With help from the Heart FM Angels, visitors were greeted with a champagne reception before exploring the range of windows, doors and conservatories on display. “We are absolutely delighted with the success of our Grand Opening, which certainly lived up to its billing,” comments SEH BAC Managing Director, John Savage. “We are so grateful for Dom Littlewood’s help in what was a landmark day for us as we opened our sixteenth showcentre in the region.” “We have always seen showrooms as an important part of our business because they allow homeowners to see in-person the different home improvement options available to them and talk to a team of experts who can answer any questions they have. We’ve gone one step 6

further with our new Colchester showroom introducing a dedicated ‘advice centre’ and a number of interactive enhancements.” “It seems our approach is popular with the new showroom bursting with visitors on its opening day, over 50 appointments booked with our team and a number of high-value sales. Home improvements are a big decision, and we want to give homeowners complete confidence whichever solution they choose.” A subsidiary of Suffolk-based One Group Construction, a £130m turnover group of companies that carry out major infrastructure and construction projects, SEH BAC has been operating for 45-years, helping homeowners across the South-East, East Anglia and the Home Counties renovate their properties. Along with windows, doors and conservatories, the firm also offers a range of orangeries, single storey extensions and replacement conservatory roofs.

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Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October 10am-4pm Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Road, Colchester, Essex CO6 1EJ 65 Stands l Talks, workshops & demonstrations by international speakers, TV psychics, readers, clairvoyants & palmists l Stage performances by Ramivana, Giles Bryant & more l Wide range of well-being therapies l Oils & incense l Wiccan gifts l Aura photos l Living foods l Spiritual gifts l Crystals, gems & jewellery l The Buddha Cave with mindfulness tuition l Acclaimed healthy food l

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1-day tickets - £4 adults, £3.50 concessions Supporting local people living with cancer Registered charity number 1052861

Mind Body Spirit

2-day tickets - £6 adults, £5 concessions

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Organised by Chris Cozens of Life Arts

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Mind Body Spirit Festival in Mark Tey, Colchester Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October 2017 Life Arts’ 5th Mind Body Spirit Festival at Marks Tey Parish Hall Come and enjoy the unique atmosphere, meet friendly faces and like-minded people. Give yourself some ‘me’ time and feel refreshed and inspired. Life Arts provides a weekend packed with complementary and wellbeing therapies, spiritual guidance, health advice, meditation space, workshops and healing music. We are raising money for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity with many fantastic prizes to be won in the grand raffle!

angel gifts, pagan, wiccan and gothic crafts, CDs and instruments. Consult with specialists, psychics and readers such as animal communicator Alison Sheryll from Sky TV and our very own Colchester international medium Maureen Flynn. Discover the power of meditation with Paul King in the empowered healing space especially created by the European Buddhist-Hanmi Association or experience a unique sound healing from Rami Shaafi. There will also be workshops on subjects as diverse as ‘Understand your Feminine Flow’, 'World of colour and aura imaging', 'Feng Shui for health, happiness and prosperity', 'Relaxation, mindfulness and meditation' and 'Superfoods and how to use them' with inspirational raw food chef Juliette Bryant of Juliette’s Kitchen.

On offer will be a range of complementary and holistic therapies and treatments including reflexology, crystal healing, kinesiology and Indian head massage. Gifts including raw and polished crystals and minerals, magnetic healing jewellery, hand-made Ayurvedic body products, essential oils and incense,

Ramivana playing harmonic instruments from around the world; also Oakleas Rise, Sandra Jones and Bards of the Heath. Enjoy home-made vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food while you relax and enjoy the free live performances. Tickets for all workshops, talks and demonstrations are available in advance from Helen Rollason Cancer Charity by calling 01245 380719 between 9am and 5pm and also available on the door; details are on the Life Arts website. The festival is at Mark Tey Parish Hall, just off A120, Colchester CO6 1EJ from 10 till 4 each day. Parking is free and this event is wheelchair friendly.

The main stage will play host to Giles Bryant’s music and Yoga, Morrigans Path with a Celtic influence,

Admissions are £4 for adults, £3.50 for concessions and 16s and under are FREE. For more information about the event visit www.lifearts.co.uk

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EXHIBITORS AT MIND BODY SPIRIT FESTIVAL Healing Zen Massage

Let go of tension and release your life Graham Stannard is a massage practitioner, qualified in the Zen-Su style of massage. It’s a deep release and nurturing massage for injuries and muscular pain using trigger point therapy and myofascial stretching to restore muscular integrity. Graham provides, primarily, a mobile service across London and Essex, so he is able to travel to you and to treat you in the comfort of your own home. It is more beneficial that clients remain warm and relaxed after the treatment, with access to fresh water for hydration and detoxing.

A Deep tissue massage, relaxing Reiki healing, stretching and meditation. All in the comfort of your own home.

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Holistic Centre open in Chappel, Colchester. Come and visit us at the Mind Body Spirit Festival! Reiki

Meditation Courses

Facial

Monthly Meditation Class

Massage

Nature Days

Reflexology

Wellbeing Parties

Aromatherapy Lava Shell Massage Indian Head Massage

Treatment Packages Gift Vouchers

www.mothernaturesbarn.net

MAUREEN FLYNN MEDIUM ~ COUNSELLOR ~ LIFE COACH ~ AUTHOR Holistic Centre open in Chappel, Colchester.

Internationally Acclaimed, MAUREEN FLYNN, brings fun, love & accuracy with Meditation Courses messages to you from our loved ones.

Come and visit us at the Mind Body Spirit Festival! Reiki

Monthly Meditation Maureen will be offering readings throughout the weekend. ToClass book in Days call advance or to discuss aNature reading, Wellbeing Parties Maureen on 01206 615024.

Facial Massage Reflexology Aromatherapy Lava Shell Massage Indian Head Massage

Treatment Packages Gift Vouchers

www.mothernaturesbarn.net For Health, Happiness & Prosperity Home, Business & Garden Consultations Workshops, Talks, Feng Shui Cures Contact Jackie Tyrrell: www.fengshuipathway.co.uk 07790 232086


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TALKS, WORKSHOPS & DEMONSTRATIONS

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Charity donation

12pm - 12.40pm

£5 minimum donation Charity donation £5 minimum donation

1pm - 2pm 2.15pm - 2.45pm 3pm - 4pm

Price Charity donation

£2 minimum donation £2 minimum donation £2 minimum donation £2 minimum donation Charity donation

The Amazing World of Colour & Aura Imaging

Kevin Doe

EMF Radiation found in all our homes

Martin Kingsbury

Talk, workshop & demonstrations

Facilitator

Mediumship Demonstration

Maureen Flynn

Mental Health : A Holistic Approach Embracing Change

Suzanne Powell Rami & Ivana Shaafi

11am - 11.30am

Feng Shui For Health, Happiness & Prosperity

Jackie Tyrrell

11.40am - 12.20pm 12.35pm - 1.15pm 1.30pm - 2.10pm 2.30pm - 3.10pm 3.20pm - 3.50pm

Demonstrating How to Ferment Vegetables Relaxation, Mindfulness & Meditation Super Foods and How to Use Them Understand your Feminine Flow Regeneration - bringing back you

Paula Reynolds

Sunday

Talk, workshop & demonstrations Facilitator

Nicola Robinson Juliette Bryant Tara Perlaki Dawn Waterhouse

STAGE PERFORMERS Saturday

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Ramivana - Harmonic instruments from around the world, also amazing Mongolian throat singing

Ramivana - Harmonic instruments from around the world, also amazing Mongolian throat singing

Bards of the Heath - Celtic folk band

Giles Bryant – Music & Yoga

Sandra Jones - Saxophonist

Charlotte Spooner – Tap and drum

Morrigans Path – Celtic rock band

Sandra Jones - Saxophonist

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EVENT

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Entrance tickets and Life Arts event information

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Helen Rollason Cancer Charity - Workshop tickets & raffle prize tickets - The charity provides support for cancer patients’ emotional well-being alongside their medical treatment continues to be at the core of the charity’s mission. 01245 380719 - www.helenrollason.org.uk

The Feminine Space Tara Perlaki is a Kinesiologist who empowers women physically, emotionally and spiritually, specialising in menstrual health and fertility

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The Solely Reflexology & Relaxation Centre Information on Vertical Reflex Therapy, Baby & Toddler Reflexology, relaxation & meditation classes - treatments available

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Healing Zen Massage A unique blend of deep tissue massage and healing Reiki

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TK Yoga Ltd Yoga teacher training & Holistic therapist training – offering taster treatments of Indian head massage & reflexology

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The Remedy Room Independent Mental Health Nursing supported by combining conventional western and complementary therapy

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Aura Interpretations Capture your aura in full colour visual representation with the latest aura photographic equipment and receive an analytical reading

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Maddogg Designs Hand-picked crystals, minerals, fossils, crystal carvings, wands and a small selection of healing jewellery and gifts

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Simply Naturals Sizzling Minerals Plant-derived minerals in effervescent format - best source available to replace deficiency of more than 75 vital minerals

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Spiritual Sapphire With a wide range of holistic gifts

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Tangible Beauty 100% real nail polish appliques. Quick and easy with no mess, drying time or heating needed giving salon look finish. Lasts up to 14 days Saturday only

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The Little Shop of Taboo Wide range of esoteric items; hand crafted tarot boxes, divination boxes with contents, reading cards & pendulums Sunday only

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Angelic Energy Skincare Individually handmade products using anti-aging plant extracts, rejuvenating vitamins & aromatherapy oils and energised with Reiki – organic & vegan

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Naturale Life Ltd Pure, natural & herbal body & hair care products

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Maureen Flynn International medium from Colchester

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Joylina is an experienced professional spiritual consultant offering accurate, in-depth, psychic, clairvoyant, tarot, angel & soul readings including a 12 month forecast.

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Alexandra Oakes Psychic medium offering readings

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Alison Sheryll Psychic medium & animal communication. Alison, who is highly intuitive, will look into all areas of your life including messages from the spirit world. Appearing regularly on SKY TV

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European Buddhist Hanmi Association ‘Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World’. Open all weekend is their unique empowered healing room & meditation space – The Buddha Cave - located off the left wall of Hall 3

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The Buddha Cave Empowered healing room & meditation space

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Energetix Magnetic Jewellery & Wellness Products for all the family including pets

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Aromair Limited SolRox Ocean Spa Therapy - The healing power of the sea in your hands & feet

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Healing Alchemy Therapeutic Healing by Keith Goodwina, a healer with 20 years’ experience. Spiritual ancestral healing and chakra balancing. Healing sessions offered

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Vitali-Chi - Deep relaxation treatments and a range of natural and pure energy well-being products

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Crystal Clear Holistic Therapies Caring for your mind & body with massage & Reiki

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Vita Serena Natural Therapies Naturopath, Kinesiologist & Energy Healer therapist Saturday only

Juliette's kitchen - Nutritional Advice, Raw Foods, superfoods

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Lucy Mclerie Offering Reflexology treatments Sunday only

Inspired DesignZ Unique gifts & keepsakes; window hangers, keyrings, dreamcatchers, jewellery, butterflies & chakra colour crystals. Personalised gift packaging

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Morrigans Path Readings, band cd's and crafts Saturday only

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Neal's Yard Remedies Organic (NYRO) Natural and organic health and beauty products

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Annie Clark Psychic Medium, clairvoyance, tarot, angel cards & palmistry Sunday only

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Kristal Gemz For selling Himalayan Lamps and healing crystal oils

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Tiller's Tarot Professional, intuitive tarot teacher & reader Saturday only

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Rowandell Jewellery Peruvian jewellery, fairy fantasy giftware, artwork, cards, dreamcatchers & incense

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Mandy Crystal Tarot Readings Sunday only

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Metin Medium Proof of life medium

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Mother Nature's Barn A new Colchester bases therapy centre offering information and Indian head massage treatments

Julia Wood ART Julia is an emerging British artist painting beautiful, spiritual feminine portraits, many in sparkling colours to uplift the spirit

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Feng Shui Pathway Consultations for homes, business & gardens. House cleansing & dowsing workshops & talks. Feng Shui cures & enhancements Saturday only

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Readings with Sarah de Friend I offer intuitive messages for emotional guidance to coach and to help you on your path Sunday only

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Ramivana Healing sounds & meditation CD's, Musical instruments, healing gong bath, 10 min taster of healing harmonic sounds

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Bards of the Heath Pyrographed & decorated wooden Boxes, Wands & Stangs, Handmade Esoteric Pagan Items, Own folk CDs Saturday only

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The Angelini Healing Centre All angelic products, including children’s’ lucky dip

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Hayley's Fey World Creations Faery inspired creations - crowns, lanterns, fairy doors, fairy homes, wish jars, money jars, meditation & meet a faery jar Sunday only

Oils by Jo Love to share the wonderful range of pure and natural doTERRA essential oils

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Jacob & Jacs: Event Caterers - Our favourite caterers are back again will be offering a range of gorgeous food, hot and cold, cakes and refreshments. Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available

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Bodyworks Chiropractic Clinic Offering free spine checks and free assessments. We will also bring our mobiliser which will also be available for free

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Life Arts East Anglia’s premier mind body spirit events & accredited courses in Reflexology, Indian head massage, Holistic facial & Hopi ear candling - www.lifearts.co.uk

Geovital Radiation free living, 35 years experience; tips to reduce the radiation in your home, assessments, toxin-free therapy mattresses & training

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Gem Enchantment Exquisite gemstone jewellery treasures offering beautiful healing crystals to adorn and empower - presented with love

Spiritual Art Matters Paintings, postcards and prints devoted to spiritual themes, ancient and modern Saturday only

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Chakra Awareness Project - Chakra design, Hand stitched wall hangings, Chakra greeting cards, Chakra Yoga Bags

Gemshell Gemstone hearts, angels & carvings - quartz, chakra items gemstone bracelets & pendants on chords Sunday only

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Christalgems Crystals from around the world; Branbergs, Moldavite, Amethyst, Arkansas Quartz and much more Saturday only

Wizadora Intuitive psychic angel, tarot & oracle card reader who is rapidly developing mediumship and works with light

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Wizadora Spiritual jewellery, Handmade angel greeting cards & trinkets

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Cosmic Realms Crystals, fossils & minerals including shungite. Crystal jewellery, handmade wooden crystal grid boards, aura sprays Sunday only

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Journey into Wholeness Free readings from the Jesus Deck for help with life issues, direction and fulfilment

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Greenstead Living Foods fresh organic living foods juiced to boost your immune system for busy lifestyles Offering fresh cold press juice

Love2light Forever Living Products for Health, Bach Flower Remedies: for emotional well-being

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Crystal Clear Crystal wands, healing tools, silver & semiprecious stone jewellery, pendulum and clothing - all hand sourced and made in India

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Seraphina Jewellery Unique handcrafted jewellery from Brazil set with semi-precious stones and crystals, tarnish free and hypo-allergenic

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Greenpeace UK We will display a wealth of information regarding current Greenpeace campaigns and displaying videos of Greenpeace actions www.greenpeace.org.uk

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Amethyst Moons Pagan & metaphysical gifts; candles, mugs, incense & burners, crystal balls, orgonite pyramids, pendulums, wooden boxes & pendants

Floor Plan FLOOR PLAN

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Staff who wore pyjamas or hospital gowns

Staff in Pyjamas Launch Campaign Staff at Colchester General Hospital wore their pyjamas to help launch an initiative to accelerate the recovery of patients in the hospital. They were showing their support for a campaign that started in New Zealand and which is rapidly spreading throughout hospitals in the UK to encourage patients, where possible, to stop wearing their nightwear, such as pyjamas or hospital gowns, when they do not need to but to get out of bed and put on their normal daytime clothes. Patients who are able to get up, get dressed and get moving are likely to recover more quickly than patients who remain in bed, and therefore leave the hospital sooner. Jo Field, a specialist occupational therapist at Colchester General Hospital, said the campaign was universally known as #EndPJparalysis. “Wearing nightwear or a hospital gown for many patients reinforces the ‘sick role’ and can slow down their recovery,” she said. “Getting up and maintaining a usual routine can help their recovery. We all know that if we feel ill and stay at home, it’s very easy to spend the day lolling around in our pyjamas, not doing very much. But the moment we make the effort to get up and put on our normal clothes and try to go back to normal,

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that’s the moment you often start to feel better. That’s the basic concept behind this campaign, which has attracted growing support, including from the Chief Nursing Officer for England.” Staff at Colchester General Hospital, such as nursing staff, including Melissa Dowdeswell, Deputy Director of Nursing, and medical, therapy and administrative staff, wore pyjamas in order to promote the #EndPJparalysis campaign to colleagues and patients. Miss Field stressed it was not appropriate for all hospital inpatients to get up and into their day clothes, such as patients who were too ill to sit in a chair. But, for example, the type of patients who would benefit are people who normally live independently but whose ability to manage has been affected by illness which has resulted in a hospital admission. She said that every patient, irrespective of their age, will lose muscle strength and decondition during their stay in hospital so it is in their interests for them to be mobile as soon as possible with the aim of regaining their previous abilities. Enabling patients to be at their best level of function when they

Mrs Flossie Nokes, aged 97, of Colchester, in her day clothes talking to Dina Beavis, Senior Physiotherapy Assistant.

are discharged helps to prevent a readmission to hospital, she added. For every 10 days of bed-rest in hospital, the equivalent of 10 years of muscle ageing occurs in people over 80-years old, and building this muscle strength back up takes twice as long as it does to deteriorate. One week of bed rest equates to 10% loss in strength, and for an older person who is at threshold strength for climbing stairs at home, getting out of bed or even standing up from the toilet, a 10% loss of strength make the difference between dependence and independence. Colleagues in the hospital’s Emergency Department are backing a similar campaign called #Fit2Sit which encourages frontline health professionals and paramedics to put an end to patients lying down on trolleys and stretchers if they are well enough to sit or stand.


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Azeem Akhtar, Chair of Active Essex with Sports Personality of the Year Award finalists from 2016 and Jason Fergus, Director of Active Essex.

Nominate Your Local Sporting Hero for the Active Essex Sports Awards 2017 Nominations are now open for the Active Essex Sports Awards, an annual event that celebrates the outstanding achievements of sporting organisations and individuals. Residents can nominate their local sporting heroes in one of 11 categories that recognise talent from grassroots to elite level. One of this year’s categories includes ‘Sports Personality of the Year’, which is awarded to an athlete who has made a significant impact on sports and physical activity in the county. Last year the category was won by Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Max Whitlock of South Essex Gymnastics Club, following his incredible success in Rio. Due to the success of the public vote last year for ‘Sport Personality of the Year’, along with this category again we have an additional two categories where the winner will be decided by a public vote, these are: ‘Disabled Sports Personality of the Year’ and the ‘Unsung Hero’. Azeem Akhtar, Chair of Active Essex, said: “The annual sports awards highlight those making outstanding

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Upchurch Jewellers Announces Plans for Closure Adrian Batchelor, owner of Upchurch Jewellers in Colchester has announced that he plans to close the store. In the final few weeks of trading the closedown sale will start on Saturday 14 October at 10am, which will see millions of pounds of fine jewellery discounted by up to 50 per cent. Upchurch Jewellers is an independent, family-run business located in St Nicholas Passage, Colchester. Founded by Mr Reginald Upchurch in 1952, it is believed to be one of the oldest retail businesses in Colchester; originally famed for its outstanding collection of clocks and watches.

Known today as the go-to destination for fine jewellery and watches, the recent announcement of closure has come as a great surprise to the store’s local clientele. Adrian joined the business in

2006. He explains: “My late wife and I were asked to take over the business by Anne Farthing, my wife’s mother, and her partner David Upchurch. We worked alongside them for a couple of years and they showed us the ropes. They exuded such passion, care, and of course knowledge – and we inherited their enthusiasm for the business.” Following the death of his wife Caroline in 2016, Adrian has been running the business with help of a close family friend. Adrian said: “The shop is seen very-much as part of the fabric of the town; synonymous with excellent service and craftsmanship. Deciding to close it down was difficult and we have thought long and hard about it; but ultimately, it’s the right decision for us.”

of the town. Adrian has plans to retire and focus on his role as dad to his two children, Louise, 16 and Daniel, 8. He concludes: “Running the store has been an entirely fascinating process, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Our customers have been so refreshing to deal with. I’m pleased that we can hold this close down sale and offer them a final opportunity to take home some memorable pieces of beautiful jewellery.” The Upchurch Jewellers closedown sale starts on Saturday 14 October at 10am.

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Cancer Doesn’t Stop When the Treatment Stops The Tom Bowdidge Foundation supports young people, aged 13-24, throughout their cancer journey. This comes in the form of physical and emotional support and through the funding of research projects that focus specifically on teenage cancers. Many young people lose their confidence and self-esteem when they are fighting cancer. They feel very alone as often they watch their peers carry on with life and they feel left behind. One area the charity recognises strongly is that cancer does not stop when the treatment stops. Over 2,400 teens and young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK, that’s six-young people everyday hearing the life-changing words ‘You Have Cancer’. The positive news is that over 84% of young people diagnosed with cancer survive for five years or more. These are the ones that need help to rebuild their lives. The loss of confidence and self-esteem can also impact on their recovery and their future. Many of them will have taken time out of education or employment to undergo treatment and, as a result, can be left with few qualifications and a lack of workplace experience. These factors can lead to a lack of

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confidence, motivation and self-esteem as they feel their chances of a successful future have been taken away. With eight out of ten teens surviving for five years or more, developing goals and aspirations is an excellent way of enhancing well-being and increase their chances of a successful future. The Tom Bowdidge Foundation has just funded three Positive Steps Programmes which will be delivered by Teens Unite. These workshops are designed to help the young people to return to education or employment and to prepare for independent living. They cover CV writing, Finance and Budgeting and Interview Skills. The aim is to provide these young people with the skills, experience and, most importantly, the confidence to plan for a future beyond cancer. We firmly believe that preparing for a return to education or employment is an excellent way of enhancing well-being and increasing their chances of a successful future. You can help us to make a difference to the lives of young people by donating to The Tom Bowdidge Foundation at www.tombowdidgefoundation.org

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computer room. The building also provides the children with outstanding learning areas for art, drama and music. Littlegarth has always placed a strong emphasis on the creative and performing arts by employing specialist teachers with a passion for their specific subject area. Not only will the children continue to benefit from their expertise but they will also enjoy experiencing drama in a large purpose built studio. This is situated next to an equally spacious music room which has copious amounts of room for choir and ensemble rehearsals and it also houses resources for each child to compose music using a keyboard and computer. Situated above the brand new library is the art room which trebles the space previously available to the children and provides beautiful views across the Stour Valley countryside. Such an


inspirational environment helps to inspire the children to be creative and to appreciate their beautiful surroundings. Art, drama and music are an integral part of the timetable across Littlegarth School and the children also have the opportunity to participate in Speech and Drama lessons and take individual music lessons across a wide range of instruments. Every lunchtime the children can participate in a range of ensemble music clubs and every fortnight there are Tea Time Concerts for children of all abilities to perform in front of a small but highly supportive audience of parents and staff. Our ensemble groups perform in a variety of large concerts throughout the year and our senior choir enjoys performing at many community venues. Littlegarth children have benefited from an emphasis on the arts for many years and with their new facilities they will experience many more opportunities in the future. If you would like to discover more about the benefits of our broad curriculum and our outstanding record of academic, sporting and artistic success, please contact us to make an appointment or come and see us on one of our Open Days.

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New Date and Venue for Remembrance Service A new venue has been chosen for a baby remembrance service that has been held in Colchester every year since 1994. Organised by the chaplaincy team at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, the service is for families who have suffered the loss of a baby at any time during pregnancy or around the time of birth. Since 2014, it has been held at Colchester General Hospital but this year’s service will take place at The Ark, Highwoods Methodist Church in Jack Andrews Drive (CO4 9FF) on Thursday 12 October, beginning at 7pm, which is in Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October).

It will last about 45 minutes and will include prayers, music and an opportunity for parents to take part in a candle-lighting ceremony in memory of their baby. Afterwards, parents will have a chance to talk informally with each other over tea, coffee and biscuits and with members of the Trust’s chaplaincy and maternity teams. They will include Sue Armstrong, who last year was appointed to the new post of “bereavement midwife” to support couples and families who have experienced the loss of their baby.

Allison Cline-Dean, Lead Chaplain, said: “Some people find it difficult to return to a hospital after having experienced the death of their baby.”

Although the service is aimed primarily at parents, it is open to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters.

“This year we wanted to hold the service in a setting that they will perhaps find more welcoming and The Ark is a modern facility used by many community groups, and has plenty of free parking.”

In addition to an annual service in Colchester, the Trust’s chaplaincy team has held a service in Clacton every year since 1999. People from outside Colchester are welcome to attend the 12 October service.

“Families can join together so their baby can be remembered and we can support each other in the journey of loss.”

Parents wanting more information about the service should contact the chaplaincy team at Colchester General Hospital on 01206 742014.

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Date: 28th & 29th October Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm Location: Holmwood House School, Chitts Hill, Colchester CO3 9ST 35,000 books, jigsaws, dvds and cds will be on sale freshly stocked on both days Refreshments are available. Entrance £1.50 All proceeds go to NSPCC and Childline for vital services to support neglected,abused and vulnerable children throughout the U.K


NEWS

The Successful Re-Launch of Colchester Recalled On Thursday 14th September at the Roman Circus Centre a very successful Re-launch of Colchester Recalled took place, with over 80 people attending, which was more than double our normal attendances at our former venue. However, the event did not take place exactly as planned, due to two factors - one being that we had not planned for so many people and the other being that a rainy evening prevented the external tour of the site. However, due to the Director of the Colchester Archaeological Trust Philip Crummy’s knowledge and professionalism, he was well able to entertain, inform and fascinate the large audience for the evening with a wonderfully illustrated lecture on matters appertaining to Roman Race tracks both in Southern Europe and the one here in Colchester and the events that took place in them. Race tracks were certainly popular venues in Roman times, with thousands of spectators enjoying the excitement.

with some last minute co-operation by several Committee members, the large attendance was even able to partake of tea, (or coffee) and biscuits - a regular feature of former evenings. It is hoped that those attending will join us again on for our second lecture of the season on Thursday 12th October, when David Newman will be talking about the ancient Salt Industry of Maldon and the Blackwater Estuary. Admission for members is £2, non-members £3 and this includes refreshments at the interval. Again, this is at the Roman Circus Centre at 7pm. Please come along for another fascinating evening. HOW TO GET TO THE ROMAN CIRCUS CENTRE:

The result was that a very enjoyable evening was appreciated by all those attending and

Other information can be found on the website; www.colchesterrecalled.co.uk

The painting by Peter Froste of the starting gates at the Colchester Roman Chariot Race Track

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What's On COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE

MERCURY THEATRE

Church Street, Colchester, Essex,CO1 1NF www.colchesterartscentre.com

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

19 OCT

LAURENCE CLARK: INDEPENDENCE COMEDY

22 OCT

CHARLIE WOOD BAND JAZZ

24 OCT

JIMEOIN: RIDICULOUS COMEDY

25 OCT

REVEREND BILLY & THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING CHOIR: TRUMP DEPRESSION HOTLINE TOUR PERFORMANCE

26 OCT

AKDK + ARTIFICIALLY YOURS + NOTHING. EXISTED GIGS

27 OCT

LATIN RHYTHM SALSAWEEN PARTY SALSA

28 OCT

LYNGO THEATRE PRESENTS "THERE AND BACK AGAIN- AN ODYSSEY" KIDS

28 OCT

PET SHOP BOYS TRIBUTE GIGS

29 OCT

THE VINYL SESSIONS BJORK: HOMOGENIC MUSIC

29 OCT

AKERCOCKE + HECATE ENTHRONED + TERRA GIGS

30 OCT

4SQUARE FOLK

31 OCT

JUSTIN CURRIE & THE PALLBEARERS GIGS

01 NOV

TOM MARSHMAN: KINGS CROSS (REMIX) PERFORMANCE

02 NOV

DINGUS KHAN + QUAY STREET WHALERS + TR-33N GIGS

03 NOV

THE LAUGHTER ZONE COMEDY CLUB COMEDY

04 NOV

HUGH CORNWELL GIGS

05 NOV

PETE KENNEDY BOOK LAUNCH LIVE LITERATURE

06 NOV

CARDBOARD FOX FOLK

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17-21 OCT THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE

Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True returns to delight audiences this Autumn. Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, and co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director Scott Graham and State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank. Price: £12 - £27 & discounts 18-22 OCT COLCHESTER NEW COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2017

WED 18 OCT, 8PM Heat 1 of Colchester New Comedian of the Year. Ten of the best new comedians battle it out for the chance of a place in our grand final. With MC Ali Warwood (Shortlist Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2016) and Headliner Damian Kingsley. SUN 22 OCT, 1PM Grand Final of Colchester New Comedian of the Year 2017. The final nine acts through from the heats compete for the trophy and prize as well as the glory. MC Zahra Barri (“Zahra Barri is Irish/Egyptian: a combination which makes stand-up comedy an almost unavoidable career choice… terrific” – Venue Magazine) with headliner Maureen Younger. Price: £6 - £9

18 OCT GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

Vintage Classics – Films in our Studio Theatre. Starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, singers Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei’s fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers. Including songs Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend and Bye Bye Baby. Price: £6 20-21 OCT G  REAT ODDS

Exploring ambition, communication and friendship, join us for Great Odds. What does it mean to follow a dream. When you don’t fit in. And the odds are stacked against you? Come with the Great Odds, on an exciting, sometimes wobbly journey… Dreams change shape, unexpected things are uncovered and success comes through surprising discoveries. I​ ntegrating visual storytelling, British Sign Language, live music, sound and puppetry, Mac’s Arcadian presents Great Odds, its first play, in co- production with Lighthouse Poole, supported by Improbable. Perfect for a 6-11 year old audience and their families. #GreatOdds @macs_arcadian Price: £13.50 & discounts 23–24 OCT DINOSAUR WORLD

A brand new dino-mite adventure! Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new for show all the family (ages 3+). Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Price: £13.50 - £16


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OCT/NOV

CASTLE PARK

LAVENHAM FARMERS' MARKET

High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ 15 OCT (14:00 START) THE HISTORY OF CASTLE PARK GUIDED TOUR

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 13-15 OCT & 20-30 OCT DOOMSDAY – FEAR THE PAST

DOOMSDAY is a scream-park event with 3 interactive attractions intended to entertain and scare you. Our attractions (often called Mazes) are called TEMPVM CLAVDII, THE WITCHFINDER GENERAL (split into 2 sections- HOPKINS and THE VERDICT) and ALL THE KINGS MEN. TEMPVM CLAVDII depicts the burning of the Temple of Claudius in AD61 and contains smoke and fire effects, strobe lighting and has areas of uneven flooring, steps and restricted-height sections requiring guests to crawl or duck. THE WITCHFINDER GENERALHOPKINS takes us back to the time of witches in the 17th century. It contains smoke effects, strobe lighting, graphic scenes and uneven surfaces. THE VERDICT is our extra attraction requiring the purchase of an add-on ticket. It is a WORLD-FIRST attraction and is designed to push you towards fear as never before. This attraction contains extra restrictions- please view the VERDICT page before purchasing a ticket. ALL THE KINGS MEN explores the twisted links between Colchester, fairytales and the Victorian obsession with dollhouses. This attraction contains smoke, stroboscopic lighting, steps and crawlspaces. Prices: £17.50 - £30 www.thedoomsday.co.uk

EVERY SATURDAY (09:00 START) COLCHESTER PARK RUN

Church Street, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9QT

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

22 OCT, 26 NOV, 17 DEC FARMERS MARKET (10AM–1.30PM)

15 OCT

It's been billed as one of the 'most attractive autumn gardens around'- the Gravel Garden in autumn is wonderful sight. Join David Ward, who worked alongside Beth Chatto in creating the Gravel Garden as he explores the theory and practice of how to plan, prepare, plant and manage a drought-resistant garden. Topics include soil preparation, plant choice and the basics of the Beth Chatto style of planting. A set seasonal lunch is included in the price. £56 or £51 for Gold Friends of the Garden and RHS members.

HAVENS HARDCORE

Fall in line for our 5k run and 22 station assault course. If you think you’re up to the challenge then come and join us for Little Havens Hospices. Search on Facebook.

Tell us about your events and we will run them FREE of charge, please email: ian@elitemagazine.co.uk

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 18 OCT

THE AUTUMN GRAVEL GARDEN (10:30–15:00)

For more events, visit: visitcolchester.com/whats-on

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ENTERTAINMENT

Headgate Theatre OCTOBER 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... ...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.

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14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT www.headgatetheatre.co.uk

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. 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.


ENTERTAINMENT

SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER 2017 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. 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 singleminded 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.

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+.

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...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.

For more info, visit: www.headgatetheatre.co.uk

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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


NEWS

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

with voices of all ranges and abilities. You don’t have to be able to read music to join, either, as the songs are learnt by ear under the expert tuition, of Brian Crockett. Using a guitar for accompaniment, Brian teaches a variety of songs, from Eric Clapton and The Beatles, to Folk, plus songs from the shows, along with tunes from the 1930s, 1960s, and contemporary melodies. Some of the songs have harmonies or are sung in rounds. During the tea break members get chance for a chat and to get to know each other. For Grace Perkins, 87, of Colchester, Sing Out Loud is her one night out of the week. She said: “I love it and look forward to going, all week. Everyone is lovely and friendly. You meet some nice people and we all enjoy ourselves. It makes me feel uplifted and alive and I’ve made some new friends.” A general service manager, Chris Brown, 64, of Chelmsford said: “I’m learning to play the piano and singing along as you’re playing helps. You do feel good after attending Sing Out Loud. Afterwards, I get in my car and find I’m belting out the songs all of the way home.” Liz Allen, 63, of Chelmsford said: “There’s a lovely friendliness at Sing Out Loud. At some groups the members aren’t friendly, but here, everyone is welcome, whatever your talent or ability.”

Karen Hughes, credited to Tess Gardener of New Vintage Portraits

The Sing Out Loud community singing groups welcome invitations to perform at local fund raising events and festivals and recently sang at Willingale Village Fayre near Chelmsford, at Galleywood Festival and at the Spirit of The Corn Festival, at the Museum of Power in Langford. This Autumn, Sing Out Loud will take part in the Chelmsford Library Fun Palace Festival (7th October), and, will later, attend a Showcase Day in Waterloo, London (21st October), as one, of several nonauditioned community choirs. All are welcome to the Sing Out Loud groups and you don’t have to audition to participate. The groups meet for 10 weeks during term time at The Quaker Meeting House, Colchester, CO1 1NF, on Mondays at 7pm for 7.15 pm, and at Grove Road Evangelical Church, Chelmsford, CM2 OEY on Thursdays at 7.15pm for 7.30 pm. For more information:  07853 132 633  info@sing-out-loud.co.uk  www.sing-out-loud.co.uk

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