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Surveyor rescues Badger The Dog Award-winning home improvement specialists SEH BAC are commending the quick thinking of one of its surveyors, who came to the rescue of a customer in need. Clubs at the ready as Charity Golf Day returns The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation has called on enthusiasts and self-confessed pros to get out their clubs and show off their skills to raise money. St Helena Hospice Open Gardens If you enjoy gardening and would love the chance to share the fruits of your hard work then you may like to hold an Open Garden event in aid of St Helena Hospice.
Colchester Stylist waves her way to success The wavy look perfected by Shannon Anthony of Caramel Browne means she is creating waves in the salon after she was selected to go through to the regional finals.
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SEH BAC surveyor comes to the rescue of Badger the dog Award-winning home improvement specialists SEH BAC are commending the quick thinking of one of its surveyors, who came to the rescue of a customer in need. Whilst surveyor Rob was measuring a customer’s property, the customer came into difficulty walking his dog Badger. Whilst on the walk, he unfortunately slipped and badly broke his ankle. Living in a remote location, Rob acted quickly and called for the emergency services who swiftly airlifted the customer to hospital. “Being in such an isolated area, it was really lucky I was there when it happened. It was quite a nasty injury and he was in considerable pain, but thankfully the company’s first aid training came in handy until the helicopter was able to land nearby and provide the help the customer needed,” explains Rob. Although the customer was now in safe hands, it left Badger the dog all alone. To avoid this, Rob stayed at the customer’s home for over four hours, and when no family members were able to take over, Rob secured the house and brought Badger back home to Ipswich to take care of him overnight. “I didn’t want to leave Badger on his own - especially with the customer’s severe injury, it was uncertain when he would be able to return home. With family too far away to 8
look after him, it made sense to bring him home with me. He was a great guest, very well-behaved and a real delight to have – I almost didn’t want to give him back!” “At SEH BAC we have become well-known across the region for our overriding commitment to customer service – exemplified by Rob who acted quickly to help a customer and dog in need,” adds John Savage, Managing Director of SEH BAC. “We are a business built on long-lasting customer relationships, and we are incredibly proud of Rob and the entire team who ultimately safeguard the future of our business through unwavering customer support, quality craftsmanship and expert installations.” SEH BAC specialise in a full range of home improvements including windows, doors and conservatories. Operating 15 show centres across the region, SEH BAC was named ‘Installer of the Year’ at the glazing industry’s prestigious G17 Awards. The firm, which is part of Suffolk-based One Group Construction – a £160M group of companies which specialise in major construction projects nationwide, beat 13,000 double glazing companies from across the country to win the coveted prize. For more information call 0808 159 6310 or visit www.sehbac.com.
Clubs at the ready as charity golf day returns for fifth year DOZENS of golfers are set to tee off for charity at a special event this summer. The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation has called on enthusiasts and self-confessed pros to get out their clubs and show off their skills to raise money. The charity has organised an exclusive competition at Benton Hall Golf and Country Club, in Witham, on July 11. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and founder, said: “The day at Benton Hall is always an excellent feature of the year. “We have had some amazing people take part before and show us how it’s done and I am sure this year will be no different. “Of course, it is a lot of fun and what better way is there to raise money for charity than by enjoying yourself in the sun?” The event is in its fifth year and will take place on July 11 from 8.30am to 5.30pm so golfers can have a full day on the course. Several competitions will be running on the day, from the longest drive to nearest the pin.
A four ball competition is also planned. Entrants can look forward to 18 holes of golf, a two-course meal as well as breakfast on arrival so participants are ready for the day ahead. Richard Bowdidge, co-founder, is organising this year’s event. He said: “It’s always nice as a charity to kick back and relax for a day and we will certainly be doing that, and while we cannot guarantee the weather, we are certainly owed a few decent days of sunshine.” As well as bragging rights being up for grabs on the day, the winner will take home the exclusive Golf Day shield to put on their mantlepiece. Companies can sponsor a hole at the golf day from £150.
Those who wish to take part can get tickets, costing £50, and further information by calling Richard Bowdidge on 07833398519 or emailing richardbowdidge@ tombowdidgefoundation.org.
(L to R) Richard Bowdidge, Roger Girling, Trevor Tinley and Roger Cawston at last year’s event. 12
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East Anglia’s Biggest Wellbeing Event! Mind Body Spirit Festival 9-10th June at Chelmsford City Racecourse There are over 100 stalls with the very best holistic therapists, readers, spiritual gifts, art, crystals, jewellery, fantastic food and many FREE family fun activities too! It promises to be a very special event with a stellar line-up of speakers, live music, holistic stalls and family fun activities. The event is also fundraising for the fantastic local work of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. Life Arts celebrate 20 years of promoting health and wellbeing events throughout the region. Chris Cozens is the founder of Life Arts and says this event is ‘guaranteed to put a smile on your face’.
The weekend event brings together a number of experts who are on hand to help people have a healthy life in body, mind and spirit. Sound healing from Ramivana comes all the way from Slovakia, bestselling authors Flavia Kate Peters and Barbara Meiklejohn-Free are running workshops and there will be delicious food demos from nutritionist and superfood chef Juliette Bryant. Many FREE Family fun activities: Families will be very well catered with our family fun activities; including crafts, yoga, art, creative dance, sand art and storytelling. Children can also try acro yoga – learn to fly, with confidence! Have a go at Zen doodling to calm your mind or join in a bubble making session using natural ingredients. Enjoy a guided nature walk and discover mini-beasts or deck yourself out with nature jewellery. The whole family are invited to take part in hand drumming from around the world - no experience required, just bring a smile and enjoy the focus and happiness hand drumming and percussion can bring! You can also learn how to make your own tasty, vegan sushi for lunch! Under 16’s FREE entry
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If you enjoy gardening and would love the chance to share the fruits of your hard work with friends and family, your neighbours, or members of your community, then you may like to hold an Open Garden event in aid of St Helena Hospice. Whether you have an acre of beautiful shrubs and borders, or a pocket yard of stunning tubs and herbs, opening it up for a few hours for other people to see will give you a sense of pride, inspire your fellow gardeners, and support your local hospice. It’s free and easy to get involved. Decide if you want to open up your garden just to people you know or to your whole community; pick your own day and time (any time between April and September)
and simply collect any donations from visitors on the day. There are many ways to raise even more funds at your event such as selling plants, garden produce and crafts, or serving tea and cake – each Open Garden is unique! If you took part in St Helena Hospice’s Can You Dig It campaign an open garden may be the perfect way to start selling your produce. St Helena Hospice can provide you with collection pots, posters and tips on promoting your event, and if you decide to have a public event we can advertise your event on the hospice website and via social media. To register your Open Garden event, or if you would like more information, please email: email@example.com. uk or call the fundraising team on 01206 931468. ALSO Will you make a difference this June?? Have you written your Will? If yes, have you revisited it in the last 5 years? June is Wills Month at St Helena, a chance to write or update your Will with the help of a number of local solicitors. For more information visit: www. sthelenahospice.org.uk/makeawill
Colchester Stylist waves her way to success BEAUTIFUL curls created by a talented Colchester stylist resulted in more than just hair waves. The wavy look perfected by Shannon Anthony, 23, of Caramel Browne for her entry into the prestigious International Wella Trend Vision Competition means she has ended up creating waves in the salon after she was selected to go through to the regional finals. Hundreds of hairdressers across the UK enter Trend Vision and just a few get selected by a panel of judges to go through to the Regional Finals. Just making the regionals is something to celebrate and Shannon’s boss, Annoshka Moy, could not be happier.
Annoshka took over the Blackberry Road salon from her mum in 2012 and completed a full refurbishment two years ago. She’s watched Shannon’s skills develop since she first joined the business as a 16-year-old Saturday girl. Annoshka said: “While it’s been amazing to see Shannon’s talent receive the recognition it deserves, it ‘s just as rewarding to see how her confidence, ambition, passion and drive have also grown and led her to this success. “As a salon owner, seeing talented teenagers develop into self assured stylists is one of the most rewarding parts of the job.” For Shannon, being given free reign to indulge her creativity in the competition was a godsend and she took inspiration from the latest catwalk looks which have had a strong eighties feel. Her multi-textural style was enhanced with careful use of colour using shades of lilacs and lavender. Shannon added: “Caramel Browne is a colour specialist salon and I hold a Master Colour Award from Wella, so I really wanted to show exciting ways to incorporate colour into my look.” Now Shannon is looking forward to attending the Regional Finals of the competition at Wella’s World Studio in London on May 21.
Shannon with her model Sophie Davies. Make up by Maisy Reiser
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Those attending Chris Strachan¹s lecture for Colchester Recalled, at the Roman Circus Centre on Thursday 15th March, were enthralled. His subject ŒThe Rescue of the Electric Palace - the early cinema in Harwich¹ celebrated its centenary on 29th November 2011, following extensive restoration work. Further work to the roof is awaiting approval of the Lottery Fund. It concerns the original plaster ceiling on a hessian base with its 96 year old life span, and the easiest way is to replace the complete roof, costing upwards of £1 million, which will require the premises to be closed for a year. The Electric Palace¹s history is fascinating. Between 1910 and 1920
Charles Thurston erected a bioscope and showed films in a tent, but in 1910 the Cinematograph Act made it mandatory for a brick wall be built between the screen and audience, thereby avoiding fires resulting in loss of life, caused by the use of combustible film.
continued operating throughout the war years and miraculously escaped bomb damage, despite explosions nearby. Sadly, the building fell into disrepair post war, with the decision for its demolition only being averted by a last minute parliamentary decision.
In May 1910 a fire in King Quay Street in a furniture depository, enabled the site to be purchased and plans were immediately drawn up. In 1911 a late 19th century Crossley engine with a 7ft flywheel was installed in the basement to provide power, running on the town¹s gas supply. The Grand Opening of the cinema was performed by the Mayor of Harwich.
The restoration started in 1975 with the Grand Reopening taking place in 1981. The Queen made a visit in 2004 when she attended the celebrations for the Charter of Harwich of 1604.
In the 1930s instead of silent films, the Œtalkies¹ arrived. The cinema
The staff outside the cinema in 1912, left to right: Jack Short (doorman); Miss Wills (cashier); John Barker (operator); Alice A. Barker (cashier) with John H. Barker aged 21/2; Frederick Benton (Manager and occasional violinist) with Master Ralph Benton; Mrs Benton (pianist); Mr Timms (engineer); Robbie Robinson (page boy) and Mr Symes (doorman). Photo by courtesy of John H. Barker.
Prior to the lecture, the 90th birthday of Chairman Andrew Millar was celebrated, the video The Last All Clear shown, which included the bombing of the St Botolph’s area of Colchester in WW2, followed by excerpts from an interview with Cecil Riches, projectionist at the Empire cinema at the time Œtalkies¹ were introduced. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 12th April at 7pm at the Roman Circus Centre, when Ted Woodgate will present ŒRural Essex and the Campaign for Agricultural Labourers in the 1890s¹. All are welcome. Members £2 Non members £3.
BACKGROUND: The Electric Palace Cinema. Line drawing by Marjorie Cornish based on a 1912 postcard discovered by David Braithwaite.
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Colchester Hospital launches ‘2019 Club’ in aid of Cancer Centre Campaign A leading East Anglian entrepreneur is calling on businesses in Colchester and Tendring to get behind Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoc) Cancer Centre Campaign. Paul Milsom is supporting the 2019 Club - an initiative where businesses are asked to donate £2,019 to support the hospital’s Cancer Centre Campaign.
It will be launched at the Milsom Business Showcase networking event on Thurs, 19 April at Le Talbooth, Dedham (from 4pm). In return for their donation, Club members will benefit from excusive memberonly events while helping to ensure the aspirations
of the new Cancer Centre are met. Work is set to start on the new £3.25m state-of-theart facility and while £2.9m has been raised through fundraising and donations already, another £348,261 is required to complete the project which is due to open next year. Mr Milsom, the patron of the club and a founding member, said: “We all know people who have been affected by cancer. “It’s a traumatic time for patients. If it was me, a member of my family or a friend, I would want to be treated in an environment that is calm, welcoming and less daunting than your typical NHS clinic or treatment space, which is why I am backing this initiative and calling on others to join me.” Colchester Hospital Chief Executive, Nick Hulme said
“The business community in Colchester and Essex has a long history of supporting its local hospitals, ever since Essex County Hospital was founded 200 years ago. “I am confident that with the help of the community we serve, the fundraising campaign will be completed this year and the new centre will open in 2019.”
Caroline Bates, head of Charity and Fundraising at Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC) said “We’ve had a phenomenal response from the community so far and even though we’re nearing our £3.2m target we can’t stop yet. The 2019 Club is a fantastic way for local companies to get involved and be part of this lifechanging project.” The 2019 Club will be active until mid-2019 when the new Cancer Centre opens.
West Bergholt Concert & Training Bands 40th Anniversary Celebrations Fresh from another successful concert at Clacton’s West Cliff theatre, West Bergholt Concert & Training bands are back in action for their summer events. Based on the performance at the West Cliff, anyone attending the bands’ summer events are in for a treat. Highlights included stand-out performances of Ravel’s Bolero, The Beatles:Love, and Big Band Signatures, together with solo spots from some of the band’s fine young musicians. Audience feedback from the concert included “Brilliant concert this afternoon, one of the best we’ve been to”, and the concert also took the band’s recent charity fundraising past the £40k mark. As always the bands’ summer activities start with an Open Rehearsal where Brass & Woodwind players of all ages are invited to join us as we try out our new music. Anyone who can’t make that event is always welcome at any of our weekly Friday rehearsals at Heathlands School West Bergholt. The band has always been a friendly bunch of musicians of all ages who have fun playing all styles of music, and someone of a similar age is always on hand to help new members on their first steps with the band. Our first concert of the summer sees the band return to Valley Farm in Flatford for a free concert on June 10th at 2:30pm in the beautiful setting of Constable country. We’ll 44
be playing some of our favourite music, from Joseph to Jerusalem, and are looking forward to a lovely afternoon with a great audience and hopefully the same beautiful sunshine as last year. After that, we’ll be celebrating our 40th anniversary with a special “40 Years Of Music” concert at St Botolph’s on July 14th at 7:30pm. The concert will be a retrospective of the band’s long history, so we’re hoping to be joined by some old friends who played in the band in the past. Additionally, to commemorate the huge influence the bands’ founder Sid Cooper had by inspiring young musicians, we’re inviting school brass and woodwind musicians to join us for the concert and for a special “Rehearsal Masterclass” with a guest conductor on the afternoon of the concert. Befitting a concert that’s celebrating the bands 40 years, the programme will showcase some of the bands oldest pieces through to some which are brand new. As always we’ll be performing all styles of music, this time including Mozart, Glenn Miller, Ed Sheeran, John Williams, and more. Everything you need to know about the band is on our website (www. wbcb.org), or you can call (07941 947541) or email (Conductor@ wbcb.org) the band’s conductor. Hopefully we’ll see you at one of our events this summer, or at one of our Friday rehearsals.
St Aubyn Centre Gets Gold Artsmark Award The education department at the St Aubyn Centre which is run by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) has been awarded the prestigious Gold Artsmark Award for “bringing arts to life” for the children and young people in their care.
Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “I would like to congratulate The St Aubyn Centre Therapeutic Education Departmenton their Artsmark Gold Award and welcome them into our growing family of Artsmark schools.”
Artsmark is the Arts Council England’s award for schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence. It celebrates schools that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people. The St Aubyn Centre is a mental health unit in Colchester which provides treatment and care for children and young people aged 13 – 18 years. Staff at the St Aubyn Centre developed their arts and cultural programs to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum which was delivered across the whole school.
Sunday 10th June 2018 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
The St Aubyn Centre Therapeutic Education Department highlighted the strengths of its work with the arts and the benefit it brings to young people with mental health problems. There is currently an exhibition of the young people’s work at Colchester General Hospital Colne Gallery.
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Gill Jackson, Head of Education at the St Aubyn Centre said: “We are extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. We are committed to delivering a high quality art and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.” 46
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What’s On COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF www.colchesterartscentre.com 33RD COLCHESTER REAL ALE & CIDER FESTIVAL * TUE 29th May – Saturday 3rd June JUNE 3
SUICIDE NOTES... THE SPOKEN WORD OF CHRISTOPHER BRETT BAILEY
CLASSIC HORROR NIGHTS: FRANKENSTEIN & THE MONSTER FROM HELL (1974) + Q&A WITH MADELINE SMITH
FARMERS MARKET *
MANIAC SQUAT + THE DRUIDS + BALLOOON SAMWIDGE
NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE: THUMBELINA
NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE: THUMBELINA [WITH BSL]
THE YORUBA WOMEN CHOIR
WHY ENGLAND LOSE?
WUSSY + RADIO ORWELL + GHOST MUSIC
FEMI & THE INRHYTHMS
BARBARA NICE: RAFFLE!
THE LAUGHTER ZONE COMEDY CLUB *
COLCHESTER HERITAGE TOUR WITH HIGH STEWARD SIR BOB RUSSELL - TOUR X *
MARTIN NEWELL: EYE TUNES *
SARAH KENDALL: ONE-SEVENTEEN
BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY *
THE EX + AITHUR
CARA DILLON *
VINYL SESSIONS: MARVIN GAYE - WHATS GOING ON
TOMAGA PERFORM A LIVE SOUNDTRACK TO LUCIFER RISING (KENNETH ANGER, 1972)
THE GOODIEPAL EQUATION
LIVE/WIRE: THE AC/DC SHOW *
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HOLLYTREES MUSEUM Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG tel: 01206 282920 cimuseums.org.uk
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ST BOTOLPH’S CHURCH St Botolph’s Church Walk, Colchester CO2 7EE tel: 0370 333 1181 http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/ visit/places/colchester-st-botolphspriory
LION WALK CHURCH Lion Walk Precinct, Colchester CO1 1LX tel: 01206 574573 http://www.lionwalkchurch.org/ Wednesday Lunchtime Concert at Light lunches available before concerts from 12.15pm concerts 13.00 May 16th - Diversions: Genevieve Usher (soprano) & Chris Underhill (piano) May 23rd - Olive Murray (soprano) & Christopher Foreman (piano) May 30th - Yu Zhou (piano) June 6th - Catherine May (soprano) & Andrew Allen (guitar) June 13th - Paul Burt (tenor) & Ian Ray (piano)
Wed 30 May 2018 19:30 to 21:30 Cello Recital General Admission £20 Students £12 Sat 2 Jun 2018 10:30 to 15:00 Picnic in the Priory COLCHESTER CASTLE MUSEUM Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ tel: 01206 282313 www.cimuseums.org.uk Thu 31 May 2018 Uncover the Past TIPTREE FRUIT FARMS AT WILKIN AND SONS LTD - TIPTREE TEA ROOM Wilkin and Sons Ltd - Tiptree Tea Room, Wilkin’s Jam Factory, Factory Hill, Tiptree, Colchester, Essex, CO5 0RF tel: 01621 815407 Fri 1 Jun 2018 13:30, 14:30 Guided Tractor Tour CASTLE PARK High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ tel: 01206 853588 www.foodanddrinkfestivalsuk.co.uk Sat 2 - Sun 3 Jun 2018 The Colchester Medieval Fayre & Oyster Market at Medieval Fayre in Castle Park ISSUE 175
What’s On 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT Telephone: 01206 366000 firstname.lastname@example.org June Sunday 3rd at 6pm (Doors open at 5.15pm) The Dream by Annie Vasconcelos Jesters TA The Dream Written and Adapted by Annie Vasconcelos based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. An imaginative and fun filled musical from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream. Join familiar characters as they venture through the woods whilst the fairies get up to mischief! A very funny and entertaining show. Suitable for ALL ages. Tickets:£9, £6 (conc)
June Monday 4th - Monday 16th July 10.15am - 1.15pm Act V at The Headgate Act V is a fun group for older adults to explore the creative arts in a relaxed environment. Each week the group takes part in workshops ranging from movement to singing, modern and traditional drama, improvisation and some surprises. Activities are held in our fully accessible dance studio. Sessions take place on Monday mornings during school term times. If you wish to book a parking space or select individual dates call our box office 01206 366000 Cost: June 4th to July 16th total to be paid in advance £56
June Thursday 7th at 7.30pm UCC Film Music Concert University Centre Colchester BA Students A showing of degree student’s work from BA (hons) Film Music and Soundtrack Production with BA (hons) Music Education programme and support from staff. The concert will include musicians and sampled music for media. Suitable for 12+. Tickets: £5
June Saturday 9th at 7pm Make ‘em laugh! Starz Performing Arts Academy An evening of laughter and fun as this talented young cast from Starz brings you their favourite comedy sketches, songs and stories by some of the UK’s best comedy writers including Monty Python, Victoria Wood, Rowan Atkinson, Andy Hamilton and many more! Tickets: £10, £8 (conc) June Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th at 7.45pm Saturday Matinée 2.30pm Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Perfect Nonsense’ by The Goodale Brothers. Chameleon’s Web Theatre Company It was all Bingo’s fault. I was telling him about a frightful weekend I spent risking my life in pursuit of a silver cow creamer and he said “You should be doing this on the stage!” So here I am, Jeeves in tow. I mean....how hard can it be? A classic Jeeves and Wooster tale, which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2014. Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)
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