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Well flaming June has not lived up to it’s name unless it is flamin heck were is the sun, a months rainfall is a couple of days, there are villages up north that have begun construction of the ark. The rest of the summer must improve.

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Grab your goggles for St Helena’s new event


PAWS for exciting news!


Culver Square shoppers helped to raise ÂŁ550 for charity


Pegasus IT celebrates 10 successful years in business


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How can children stay safe online?

Grab your goggles and take on the thrill of an Open Water Swim for St Helena Hospice this September.

Colchester Zoo is delighted to announce that their Amur tigers have successfully bred and 3 healthy cubs were born.

Culver Square hosted a fun day to help to raise money for two great charities, Youth Enquiry Service (y.e.s) and the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Colchester based Pegasus IT is celebrating its 10th birthday. The IT solutions company has spent the past decade providing services to businesses

Stoke by Nayland Hotel triumphs as Hotel & Leisure Family Business of the Year 2019 at the national Family Business Awards.

The internet is a fantastic place for children and young people to socialise, explore their interests and learn. But every parent should be aware there are risks too...


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SEH BAC strengthens customer service with new appointment Leading home improvement firm SEH BAC has improved its service to customers even further thanks to its latest recruit – Jason Baldwin.


ason has joined SEH BAC as Customer Services Manager, with his main responsibility looking after customers through their 10-year warranty. He comes on board with an impressive CV, having worked in the home improvement industry for 29 years. Starting out installing UPVC, hardwood and aluminium windows, doors and conservatories, he then became a project manager for

16 years on construction works and conservatories. Jason said: “SEH BAC has a huge reputation in the South East and I’m looking forward to providing all our customers with the SEH BAC goldstandard service. “Despite having been in the

home improvement industry for almost 30 years, the noticeable difference I have found with SEH BAC is that customer service is their number one priority.” Norman Hornigold, Sales and Marketing Director of SEH BAC, commented: “We have built our reputation on our customer service for the past 45 years and it’s great to welcome Jason to the company. “He has vast experience in the industry, and we pride ourselves on having a hugely knowledgeable team available to our customers.” The Ipswich-based SEH BAC currently operates 15 showrooms across East Anglia, the South East and the Home Counties and specialises in windows, doors, conservatories, replacement conservatory roofs, glazed extensions and luxury orangeries. For more information, call SEH BAC on 0808 159 6310 or visit


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Grab your goggles and sign up for St Helena’s brand new event Grab your goggles and take on the thrill of an Open Water Swim for St Helena Hospice this September.


his brand new event will take place at Curve Wake Part, St Osyth on Saturday 14th September and swimmers can choose to swim either 1.5km or 3km in aid of their local hospice.

Challenges Fundraiser, said: “We’re really excited to launch this new event that will hopefully appeal to regular swimmers as well as those looking for a new or different challenge.

The 1.5km is ideal if you’re used to swimming in the confines of your local pool, or have yet to face longer distances, whilst the 3km route will push those looking for a longer challenge and is perfect for people training towards longer distance triathlons.

“This is the longest distance open water swimming event in north Essex and taking part is a great chance for people to experience the buzz of being part of a fantastic sporting event.

Lisa, St Helena’s Events and


“All the money raised through people taking part in this sponsored swim will go towards helping local people

face incurable illness and bereavement, supporting them, their families and carers.” Anyone over the age of 14 can sign up and everyone will have to take a short swimming test of the morning of the event before they take on the 1.5km or 3km route. Entry is £25 per person and everyone who signs up will receive a swim hat to wear on the day and a well-earned medal at the end. To sign up, visit uk/openwaterswim

New patient rooms a hit thanks to Foundation’s thousands of pounds


OUNGSTERS with cancer across the UK will now have a place to relax and be themselves while undergoing treatment, thanks to a charity.

and be themselves.

The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation has handed out thousands of pounds to support the creation of a Young Adult Living Room and two inpatient rooms.

“Hopefully, this new room will do exactly that for young adults at UCLH and teenagers and young adults in Hertfordshire.

The first has been opened at T13, a ward for 19 to 25 year olds, at University College London Hospital and the two inpatient rooms at Mount Vernon at East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals.

We are delighted that thanks to out fantastic supporters we have helped another of Tom’s aims become reality.

The Foundation spent £35,000 of donations for the room at T13 in London, in the hospital where Tom Bowdidge received his treatment.

“We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s donations, thank you.” The rooms will be a safe place for youngsters to come together, relax, watch a film, play games and make a hot drink.

A further £18,000 went towards the Hertfordshire room.

It is hoped they will help reduce isolation and loneliness too.

Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “The teenage unit at UCLH was fantastic for Tom but what bothered him most was that when he turned 19 he would be moved to T13 where there were no facilities for young people.

Nikki and Richard Bowdidge were there to watch all three rooms be officially opened to patients.

“Tom was conscious that there wasn’t anywhere he and his friends could simply get out of their room, go

“We couldn’t be prouder of Tom and look forward to helping many more young people with cancer.”

Nikki added: “It was lovely to see them in person and to see exactly how the donations will help these youngsters.

[L-R, Richard Bowdidge of The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation Nick Kasler of The Kasler Foundaion, Nikki Bowdidge of The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, Kelly McGovern,Head of Cancer Nursing, Dr Anand Sharma, Consultant Oncologist, Laura Woodcock of Teenage Cancer Trust and Jagdeep Kudhail, Divisional Chair of Cancer Services) at Mount Vernon at East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals. 12

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PAWS for exciting news! 3 endangered tiger cubs have been born at Colchester Zoo! Colchester Zoo is delighted to announce that their Amur tigers have successfully bred and 3 healthy cubs were born on the 14th June 2019.


he Tiger keepers had been preparing for the birth since successful mating’s between Taiga and Igor earlier in the year and had a specially prepared den set up with bedding materials and a camera in place so we could view any activity. A few days before the cubs were born Taiga began showing nesting behaviours was restless and looking uncomfortable so keepers knew the birth was imminent. To their delight, on Friday morning there were 3 cubs in the den. It takes around 2 weeks for tiger cubs’ eyes to open and at around 4 weeks the cubs will be up and about in the den as they become more stable on their feet! It will be a number of weeks until they are big enough to begin exploring and for now the cubs will remain off show as they receive the care and attention

required from Taiga. At 6 weeks the cubs will receive their first vaccinations and it will be then that they will be sexed and named. Taiga is 4 years old and is proving to be a very attentive, loving mum. This is the first time in Colchester Zoo’s history that tigers have successfully been raised at the zoo. This birth comes 2 years after Taiga’s arrival in February 2017 when she was welcomed to the zoo following a breeding recommendation from the EEP (European Endangered Species Programme) coordinator. Dad Igor was born on 28th June 2005 and arrived at Colchester Zoo in November 2006 from Vienna Zoo. Igor is dad to the cubs however for now they will be kept separate from Igor as they grow up to ensure their safety.

Colchester Zoo is also home to another female tiger called Anoushka. Anoushka was born at Linton Zoo on 20th July 2004 and came to Colchester Zoo in July 2005. Igor and Anoushka have an amazing friendship and show love for one another however as she is a hybrid the zoo has not been able to breed this species before, so to have 3 tiger cubs is extremely exciting for the zoo but also amazing news for the population of Amur tigers as they are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List. Amur tigers come from the Amur Region along the eastern border between China and Russia with their habitat containing some of the coldest areas in the world. They are also known as Siberian Tigers and are the largest and palest of all tiger subspecies. We will make further announcements of their progress in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our video footage captured from the den at https://www.colchester-zoo. com


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St Marys Annual Sports Day A windy and overcast day did not deter the enthusiasm of the students at St Mary’s annual school sports day at the beginning of June.


etermined girls from Year 3 to Year 10 took part in track and field events throughout the day. There were some truly excellent performances and a number of St Mary’s records were smashed!

“There was a positive and supportive atmosphere throughout the day with a great balance of competitiveness and sportsmanship,” said Mrs

Balkernegate were the overall School house winners for the second year in a row. Balkernegate Sports Captain Imogen said “I’m thrilled we won! Everyone did so well and we had great fun competing and cheering each other on.” The girls took part in discuss, javelin, shotput, high jump and long jump, as well as races from 100m to 1500m and relay.


Hilary Vipond, Principal at St Mary’s. “It was a spectacular event and it was lovely to see all the family and friends who came to support the girls.”

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Culver Square shoppers helped to raise £550 for charity At the start of June 2019, Culver Square hosted a family fun day that the centre filled with bricks where families were invited along to join in the fun and help to raise money for two great charities, Youth Enquiry Service (y.e.s) and the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).


hildren were able to take part in a make and take session where they could make their very own a unicorn or aeroplane out of Lego bricks to take home with them. There was also a giant brick pit where families could sit and build creations whilst enjoying the beautiful sunshine. The centre invited shoppers to help create a mosaic picture of the Colchester skyline, with the opportunity for them to place bricks on to the giant mosaic. The centre team are putting the finishing touches to the mosaic and then it will be displayed in the centre for everyone to see. Shoppers also had the chance to meet Emmett & Wyldstyle at intervals throughout the day. Plus there was a tombola with lots of great prizes to be won. The event was a great day out for the whole family and everyone that attended seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. The day raised £550 with all proceeds being


split equally between the two charities, Youth Enquiry Service (Y.E.S) and the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). David Robertson, centre manager at Culver Square and was delighted to be part of the One Great Day initiative for the fourth year running. He said “This Nationwide charity event is a great way to raise funds for two very important charities, while providing some fun and entertainment for our shoppers. We are very pleased with the support the community showed us on the day.” Trevor Edwards, Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator at y.e.s said “We at y.e.s. are immensely honoured to be a part of the One Great Day event. The generosity of the public towards this event means that we are able to provide further support in the community for our precious young people who are facing difficult circumstances. Thank you to Culver Square management for selecting us to be a beneficiary of their wonderful work.”

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Kierran to walk around 18 schools Children will be walking alongside their teacher who plans to trek to all 18 special educational needs school in Essex.


ierran Pearce, a teacher at Market Field School in Elmstead Market, has always been an advocate for helping children who need support. He helped set up the multi schools council, which works to integrate mainstream and special schools to improve the education of all.

Promotional T-shirts have been made by KIM Software and the company will be filming the challenge. Kierran said: “Morrisons in Harwich has let us stand outside and fundraise which was great.

Next month he will walk to the 18 special educational needs schools around Essex the equivalent of a marathon a day for five days.

Parents have been sharing our posts on Facebook, and the headteacher at Shorefields School in Clacton has also agreed to drive me to Harlow Fields for a 4am start on the Monday.”

Colchester-based company GFM has chosen Kierran’s cause as its charity of the year and staff have been raising funds to support him.

Market Field School will hopefully be sending a group of children every day to join in the walk to support Kierran on his adventure.

He added: “There are 12 people so far confirmed to join us at various points on the walk including young ambassadors, staff from Essex County Council, headteachers, friends and family.” Kierran has been in training to tackle the challenge. He said: “I have been out walking around my local area, been in the gym training the muscles in my legs, going on hill walks and we had a running machine donated to us by a parent from Market Field School. “I have also cut out various things such as alcohol and caffeine to get as fit as I can as well as eating a lot of pasta and fruit. “I am really excited and I hope we can raise as much awareness as possible.” The challenge will take place from July 1 to July 5. Kierran will start at Harlow Fields before covering Loughton, Chigwell, Brentwood, Basildon, Benfleet, Wickford, Billericay, Chelmsford, Witham, Braintree, Colchester, Langham and Clacton before arriving back at Elmstead Market.


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When Littlegarth School decided to build a substantial new teaching facility, the first priority was to place brand new purpose built Reception classrooms right beside our delightful Nursery facilities. The Early Years at Littlegarth has always been a strength of the School and in our most recent ISI inspections (2014 and 2017) we were given the top grade of Excellent in all areas.


Experienced staff delight in preparing our children for entry into Reception and this year our children were able to work and play beside their new classrooms and visit the classrooms regularly during the summer term. This has helped to ensure the smoothest of transitions into the Reception classes this September and the children have loved learning in their new classroom and outdoor learning areas. The fact that they are able to keep such close ties with their

Nursery this term has provided extra comfort. Littlegarth is a co-educational independent school which supports children as they strive to develop a wide range of skills through our broad, balanced curriculum. The extensive grounds of Horkesley Park provide an ideal setting for a wide range of learning experiences for children from Nursery to Year 6. In addition to outstanding classroom teaching, EYFS children receive subject specialist teaching in sport, music, drama and French which continues throughout their time at the school. When children reach the age of eight, all lessons are taught by subject specialists in facilities that help to inspire the children to strive for excellence across the curriculum. If you would like to discover more about the excellent education provided to EYFS children at Littlegarth, please visit our website and contact our Registrar, Carolyne Morey, to arrange a visit.

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ITFC Legends Pop by for Lunch on Football to Amsterdam Cycle in aid of Prostate Cancer UK Guests at the award-winning Stoke by Nayland Hotel were joined by a few familiar faces as former ITFC midfielder Simon Milton and his team of charity cyclists rode in for lunch on their way from Ipswich to Amsterdam.


cycled to Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff Arena.

Team ITFC, which comprised of 21 riders including Town legends Titus Bramble and Alan Lee, set off from Ipswich

In addition to raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, the ITFC team are also raising awareness for Milton’s own charity, Futurestars, which provides children’s PE lessons and football coaching for some of the poorest communities in West Africa.

he annual charity bike ride in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, sees teams of fans and former professional footballers cycle from as far afield as London and Yorkshire to Amsterdam.

on Friday 7th June. Cycling across the East Anglian countryside on Friday, the team stopped at the Lakes Restaurant at Stoke by Nayland Hotel to fill up on an energising lunch, before setting off to Harwich where they arrived safely (though a little wet!) on Friday evening. The next morning, they took the ferry to the Hook of Holland and

Simon Milton commented: ‘Since 2014 the ITFC team has taken part in the Football to Amsterdam event to help fund research that stops prostate cancer from being a killer. ‘Taking part in such a high-profile event has also provided us with a platform to raise awareness of Futurestars, an exciting

education through sports programme that offers sports coaching to over 4,000 underprivileged children in Ghana and Togo. ‘As a result of the work Futurestars are undertaking, more children in West Africa are taking part in sport and benefitting from the motivation, discipline and fun

that sport can bring to their lives.’ Peter Osborne, Commercial Director at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, added: ‘Having been personally involved with this event for many years I was of course happy for Team ITFC to stop in at the hotel for lunch on their way to Harwich. ‘Our award-winning chefs cooked up a high protein and high carbohydrate meal that kept the team powered up for the rest of the day – though sadly there was nothing we could do to help with the weather!’ For more information please visit www.stokebynayland. com or call 01206 265827 or email reservations@


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ESNEFT midwives and mums take part in exciting “Pregnancy Circles” research Mums-to-be who are receiving care from East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) are being given the chance to try out a new way of accessing ante-natal care which aims to encourage mutual support and help tackle isolation.


ommunity midwives in some areas of Ipswich and Colchester are offering women the opportunity to take part in REACH ‘Pregnancy Circles’ research. The study will compare having traditional one-toone antenatal care with receiving care as part of a group. Each pregnancy circle will be made up of eight to 12 women who are all at around the same stage in their pregnancy. They will have all of their appointments at the times they would usually see a midwife, and will be given

private time during each session so that midwives can complete individual elements of care, such as checking that their baby is growing well. The circle will be led by the same group of speciallytrained midwives throughout, in line with a national drive to improve continuity of care in maternity services. Helen Smith, consultant midwife with ESNEFT, said: “We are really pleased to be taking part in this national study, which will look a woman’s experiences when ante-natal care is delivered

in a different way. A pilot study showed that receiving care in a group could bring particular benefits to some women by helping to reduce social isolation and providing them with a mutual support network. Now this study wants to find out if the health of the mother and baby are improved by this different type of antenatal care. “The pregnancy circle aims to give women the resources they need to care for themselves more effectively during their pregnancy while also encouraging them to help each other to find solutions to issues they may be facing.” The study is open to first-time mums as well as women who have already had one or more children. It has been sponsored by the University of East London and funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

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Pegasus IT celebrates 10 This year, Colchester based business, Pegasus IT, is celebrating its 10th birthday. The IT solutions company has spent the past decade providing a range of services to businesses across Colchester and surrounding Essex areas.


xperts in IT consultancy and business IT support, Pegasus IT can assist with network security, backups, server upgrades, print services, domain hosting and even website design. Established by business partners David Harrison and Lorna Sharp, who have 30 years of combined experience in the industry, the business

is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary. With a technical military background, David and Lorna made the decision to move to Colchester after leaving the army. They started working with IT consultancies and services companies, eventually deciding to set up their own company, Pegasus IT, in 2009.

Pegasus IT has worked to support a variety of clients over the years, including Bespoke Kitchens retailer Davonport, Essex-based Quest motors, and disability support charity Acorn Villages. The Pegasus IT team will be celebrating its 10th birthday at a local escape room, alongside some of its longest standing clients. Tony Sage at Acorn Villages, says: “Pegasus IT has played an integral part in our IT service. As a charity, it’s vital that our IT system is running efficiently at all times and that all data remains confidential. Pegasus IT has been heavily involved in the project planning and installation for upgrading our servers as well as working as an extension to our team when our in-house IT manager has been out of the office. This support has been invaluable.” Christine Jacobs at Euroline, adds: “Pegasus IT has supported us since it was founded 10 years ago. During this time, we have grown significantly and the IT support has played an important role in this growth. Pegasus IT is an expert in the field and knows


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exactly how to develop the services that we require. We look forward to continue working with the team in the future across the next decade!” Michelle Rider at Hatfield Place, also comments: “We had a recent wedding at our venue and the card machine decided not to connect to the Wi-Fi. This was a major disruption as everyone wanted to pay by card or contactless. Having been on the phone to the card payment provider numerous times to try and sort the problem out, nothing was working. I then decided to give one of the Pegasus Engineers a call hoping they would answer with it being a Saturday evening. I have to say the engineer was absolutely brilliant and sorted out the problem within 10 minutes. This type of service is invaluable to us and I am so pleased we chose Pegasus IT to look after our IT, as they really did save the day.”

the 10th anniversary: “We are really excited, and proud, to be celebrating our 10th anniversary. It has been wonderful to work with such a diverse range of clients on a variety of projects. We are thankful to both our brilliant team as well as our fantastic clients and look forward to continuing to grow and provide our services across Essex.”

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“Pegasus gives us that trust and reliability. They have helped us add value to our bottom line by assisting us in streamlining and improving our systems and communications. Any problems is always met with a quick solution. Any challenge is always sorted efficiently and professionally. We consider Pegasus to be a big part of our Euroline family as we could not do what we do without them and we have no hesitation in recommending them.” Nigel & Christine Jacobs, Euroline

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Colchester Recalled continues with several projects


ue to unforseen circumstances, the meeting scheduled for June 20th has had to be delayed for seven days, meaning that it takes place after the copy date for this issue. Therefore, the report of that meeting will appear in the next issue. Meanwhile, Colchester Recalled has continued with several projects that have been worked upon simultaneously. They include the production of a DVD of medical recordings and the memoirs of several of those who worked over the years at the recently closed Essex County Hospital. Another large scheme has been the ‘Mercury Voices’ oral history project for the Mercury Theatre. This has been the most successful and fascinating operation in recent times, with our team of interviewers producing over 50 in-depth recordings in the last twelve months.

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The Sound bench had over 60,000 hits at the last count and must be the most used sound bench in Essex.

We have also worked on a 28 minute film with two professional Colchester film makers, featuring the work of the society, which was premiered at Frstsite and shown to members at our concluding meeting of last year.

The Sound Bench in Castle Park has been altered twice in the last few months, with new sound tracks covering the Emma and Grimes ‘flower bed display‘ and the effects of the end of World War One in Colchester. The bench had over 60,000 hits at the last count and must be the most used sound bench in Essex. All of this work has been going on alongside the day to day work of our volunteers, overseeing and maintaining our archive of over 3,600 hours of recordings, which are being added to each week. Making a transcription of every one as a separate Word document and producing a digital index to enable the entire archive to be used nationwide for research purposes, a huge undertaking in itself for any similar organisation. Our next article will include a report from our AGM and the evening of 27th June.




Stoke By Nayland take Hotel and Leisure Crown Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf, Spa & Country Lodges triumphs as Hotel & Leisure Family Business of the Year 2019 at the national Family Business Awards hosted at London’s May Fair Hotel last week.


toke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa resort is part of The Boxford Group, a 100% family owned business on the Suffolk/Essex border which started back in 1938 as a 120 acre apple farm. Recognising a business opportunity back in 1972 when a shortage of golf courses was identified, Bill and Devora Peake diversified by creating one, and then a second championship golf course on their own undulating, arable farmland on the Suffolk/Essex border.


boilers and solar panels, which has resulted in the hotel and areas of the fruit farm being almost totally self-sustainable. An additional accolade for the family during the awards evening was the achievement of Runners Up position for The Boxford Group in the overall Family Business of the Year Award for the East and East Anglian region.

The entrepreneurial second generation of the family continued to invest in the golf club business since 2000 and today the multi-award winning resort includes an excellent 80 bedroom hotel, five luxurious country lodges, a spa and fitness club, extensive conference centre, restaurants, golf and gift shop – and much more besides.

Sister directors Tamara Unwin and Susanna Rendall, and 3rd generation director, Robert Rendall received their award from Esther Wood, Partner at sponsors Goodman Jones, who commented; “Strong family involvement and a team of over 600 staff in the Peake family’s Boxford Group of companies helps them to do what they do in a business that has significantly evolved over time to encompass an excellent range of first class facilities.

During the past few years the Peake family has also invested over £5 million in the installation of green energy sources including an AD plant, biomass

This is very much an innovative family that is always pushing the boundaries and is a great ambassador for the hotel and leisure sector.”

Susanna Rendall, Group Managing Director said, “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have received this award. As a third generation family business we are delighted to have been recognised in this way, and we are particularly grateful to our team of 600 staff, who are our greatest asset, for all their hard work and dedication over many years.” The Family Business of the Year Awards, organised by Family Business United, celebrate the vital contribution that family businesses of all sizes play in the UK economy. Innovation, investment, passion and pride are evident in family businesses across the UK confirming that the family business has much to celebrate. With around 5 million family firms in the UK providing around 12 million jobs and generating a significant contribution to GDP, these national awards certainly help to put the family business sector on the map and give them the recognition they deserve.

Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United explained: “Stoke by Nayland are worthy winners demonstrating great governance, family values and a steely determination that has seen them flourish over the years too. It’s a privilege to organise these awards and to find out more

about the fantastic people behind the family firms that are the backbone of the UK economy.

Above: Tamara Unwin, Susanna Rendall and Robert Rendall, family directors at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, receive their award from Esther Wood (left) of sponsors Goodman Jones.

Stoke by Nayland is one such firm - a great family business and worthy recipients of the Hotel & Leisure Family Business of the Year Award 2019.”

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How can children stay safe online? The internet is a fantastic place for children and young people to socialise, explore their interests and learn. But every parent should be aware there are risks too By Sarah Laffling.


he NSPCC is seeing a growing number of cases where children and young people have been targeted by adults through popular apps and social media platforms. As well as leading to cases where children are exposed to inappropriate conversations or material online, this kind of grooming may also result in adults meeting young people in the real world with all the accompanying serious dangers that follow. We know that in Essex there has been a rise in sex crimes against children with an online element; 170 incidents were reported to police in 2018/19. That’s why the NSPCC is calling on the Government to urgently bring in legislation to force social media companies to do more to protect children on its sites. It’s also incredibly important that we all regularly speak to children about what they like to do online and the risks they could face, ensuring we are ready to listen and support them if something does go wrong.


The NSPCC, in partnership with O2, can help you keep your child safe online. To help parents explore the sites, apps and games their child uses we’ve created Net Aware which looks at the safety of the sites children use most, as well as giving guidance on age suitability. Here, parents and young people can find out how to set privacy settings and how to block or report online.

If you need help setting up parental controls then experts at our Online Safety Helpline - 0808 800 5002 – can talk you through them. You can also visit an NSPCCtrained O2 Guru in store for support, whether you’re an O2 customer or not. Keeping children safe online is everyone’s responsibility, parents, tech companies and Government. Between us we can build a better internet for children.

What are the signs that a child may be being abused online? A child may be experiencing abuse online if they:

• spend lots, much more or much less time online, texting, gaming or using social media • are withdrawn, upset or outraged after using the internet or texting • are secretive about who they’re talking to and what they’re doing online or on their mobile phone • have lots of new phone numbers, texts or e-mail addresses on their mobile phone, laptop or tablet

Anyone worried about a child can contact the NSPCC’s helpline on 0808 500 1111. Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or visit

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Big Brains are invited to the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Corporate Quiz Night! Join the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity for our very first Chelmsford Corporate Quiz Night at The Cloud FM County Ground, home of Essex County Cricket on Thursday 11th July 2019.


ocal businesses are being invited to test their wits in an evening of friendly competition by taking part in our Corporate Quiz Night; this will be a brilliant evening to spend with friends, entertain clients, reward staff or simply enjoy a good night out. As part of the evening food will be available to all attendees, bar open from 6pm and a charity raffle with fantastic prizes. Financial company Boost Capital based in Chelmsford, have been one of the companies to already sign up. Ian Simpson, Collections Manager from Boost Capital said, “Cancer is an issue that’s close to all of our hearts. Almost everyone at Boost Capital has known someone who’s suffered from this horrible disease. Helen

Rollason is a fantastic local charity, providing real help to people at their greatest time of need. It’s for this reason that we’re delighted to be able to help out in whatever way we can.” Karen Mitchell, Corporate Fundraiser for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity said, “This will be a light-hearted evening where everyone will be able to stretch their brain cells for a good cause. If you are a business owner looking to fulfil your corporate social responsibilities, looking for a team building event, an informal networking opportunity or simply fancy supporting HRCC in a fun way, we would love to welcome you along! We already have a number

of Chelmsford teams signed up including Tees, Scrutton Bland, Birkett Long, Birketts, Swift Construction, Abacus Build; if you think you can beat them why not join us? We also have a HRCC Volunteers and Staff team ready to play, plus a team of HRCC Trustees so the battle is on to come out on top! Any support will be very much appreciated, even if you simply share our flyer with co-workers and friends/ family; I hope many local businesses are able to get a team together and come along on the night. But don’t delay – we only have a couple of tables left!” £95 for a team of 6: Corporate teams should register by calling 01245 380719, stating their team name and team details. Food is included and bar is open from 6pm. Quiz begins at 7pm and car park is available. Please note there is a limited capacity so places will be reserved on a first come first served basis. Find out more about the great work that Helen Rollason Cancer Charity does by visiting www.


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West Bergholt Concert Band The beautiful setting of the National Trust’s Valley Farm at Flatford hosted a wonderful afternoon of music on Sunday 9th June, with Constable Country filled by the sounds of West Bergholt Concert Band & Training Band.


he combination of a beautiful summer’s day and the success of the band’s prior concerts at Flatford resulted in a large audience, many of whom peeked in and then chose to stay for the whole afternoon. The band’s concerts at Flatford started 3 years ago to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday as well as Constable’s birthday, and this year’s concert commemorated DDay 75 with a selection of music from WWII and the 1940s. Big Band Classics were heard alongside We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover, together with more recent music from films, musicals, and pop music.

Both the Concert Band & Training Band will be performing their last concert of the summer on Saturday July 13th at St Luke’s Church in Tiptree, starting at 730pm. The concert is titled “A Night At The Movies” and will feature music from Star Wars, The Wizard Of Oz, The Lion King, The Greatest Showman, The Lego Movie, and more. After the band’s last concert at St Luke’s, audience comments included praise for the band’s high standard of performance as well as focusing on the band’s fine young musicians, a number of whom will be leaving us for University after the concert. As per band tradition, those leaving will be performing solos, which this year include Ennio

Morricone’s Cinema Paradiso on Saxophone and Henry Mancini’s Pie In The Face Polka on Clarinet. The band’s success across its 40+ years lies in having players of all ages and abilities, so we’re always welcoming of new players, especially young ones to replace those that are leaving us. If you are interested in joining or finding out more, check out our website www., email Conductor@, or phone Graham on 07941 947541. The band will be on summer break after the concert, with rehearsals re-starting on Friday September 6th with another programme of great music…so you’re cordially invited to come and sit in with us then at Heathlands School West Bergholt. Training Band (Grades 1-4) is 6pm-7pm, Concert Band (Grades 4+) is 7pm-9pm, including a tea break. Hopefully we’ve persuaded you to come along to our July 13th Concert, and/or join us from September 6th onwards…we look forward to seeing you either way.


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Cudmore Grove

parkland, around the historic Castle and through the town’s Roman walls.

Bromans Lane, East Mersea, CO5 8UE. Mersea Island FREE parkrun? It is a 5km run - it’s you against the clock. Every Saturday at 9:00am. email

Be warned though, if you’ve heard Essex is all flat you’re in for a surprise as there’s definitely a couple of steep hills.

Firstsite Gallery

Sunday Stroll - High Woods

A walk lasting up to 1 1/2 hours, covering more of the park’s area, on surfaced and un-surfaced paths, with some steeper inclines in places Sun 14 Jul 2019 11:00 to 12:30 Sun 28 Jul 2019 11:00 to 12:30

Farmers Market

The Arts Centre - 09:30 to 12:30 Fri 2 Aug 2019 Fri 6 Sep 2019 Fri 4 Oct 2019 Fri 1 Nov 2019 Fri 6 Dec 2019

Castle Park

Every Saturday morning Colchester’s parkrun takes place in the town’s iconic Castle Park. Join this popular run every Saturday morning as the route takes you through award-winning Victorian

Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH T: 01206 713 700 E: Pavarotti + Live satellite Q&A 13 July 2019 6:50pm £12 standard, £10 members, £10 concession Certificate: 15 Length: 140 min Director: Ron Howard From the team behind the worldwide success The Beatles: Eight Days a Week comes two-time Academy Award® winning director Ron Howard’s documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime. This live event will also include exclusive content remixed in Dolby Atmos which will not be included in the main theatrical release.

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WHATS ON 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT Telephone: 01206 366000

Bedroom Farce Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th July at 7.45 Saturday Matinee 2.30pm by Alan Ayckbourn Four couples - three bedrooms! Alan Ayckbourn’s clever uses of time and space makes this an intricate and sophisticated comedy. Trevor and Susannah are trying to salvage their marriage, but their problems spill over into those closest to them. Beds, tempers and routines are all ruffled as they try to sort things out!

Tickets: £13, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s) A Summer Caberet Saturday 27th July Trevor Johnston-Thurston returns to the Headgate Theatre accompanied by a live band. In this cabaret show, Trevor will be performing a selection of his favourites from musical theatre and pop, including numbers from Les Misérables, Kinky Boots, and Dreamgirls, as well as songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley.

Tickets: £10 Hippocratic Oafs Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd August at 8pm Stapled to a Chicken emerge from the lab, having brewed yet another comic formula; this time they’re stimulating your funny bone by tackling Science and Health. Putting their finest material under the knife to organise their sharpest show yet, this year’s comedic yield is as pure as they’ve ever produced! Strong language, may offend.

Tickets: £12


10 Mad Years Saturday 10th August at 2.30pm and 7.45pm Mad Hatter celebrate their 10th anniversary with a collection of favourite songs from all their previous productions. Featuring an incredibly talented troupe of performers from Mad Hatter’s past, present and future.

Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s, jobseekers) Alice in West-End-Land Performance Workshop for 8-16 year olds Monday 12th - Friday 16th August from 9.30am-4.30pm Alice falls asleep on the train to London and wakes up at a station where she sees a white rabbit disappearing into the distance.

Tickets: £120 per child. (Early booking discount available � Full information and application form available from the Box Office) Wednesday 28th August at 7.30pm The “IN’ Crowd: Jazz in the 60’s Blessed with a rich voice and superb sense of swing, Kevin Fitzsimmons explores songs by cool jazz artists such as Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis. “Unique interpretations, superb presence, a brilliant gig” - (More Opinions/JAZZ NIGHTS “Fantastic, what a great voice!” - Sir Trevor McDonald “Impresses greatly” - UK VIBE (Jazz Culture Online)

Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s)

TO BOOK TICKETS PLEASE CONTACT THE HEADGATE THEATRE Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel St North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT Telephone: 01206 366000 elite magazine 188


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