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So the countdown to Christmas begins , what presents to buy, who to spend the holiday with, where to spend it, I am getting stressed out just thinking about it, stay cool it is just another year. I feel sorry for shop staff pretty soon now, if not already the music choice in retailers will be Christmas songs, would send me screaming mad all day long, even the TV will take on the theme any day now, all that fuss for a couple of days. Watching the goings on in Westminster, makes me wonder where the grownups go these days, they need their heads banging together, there appears no common ground, will they ever sort Brexit or indeed any issue, my fear is we have a general election which is decided on Brexit issues and we get lumbered with that government for the next 5 years. So it is heating on time, enjoy the change in seasons. Alice Thomas - Editor

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Appeal for Traders for Foundation’s Christmas Fayre


Thousands take part in 20th anniversary Motorcycle Run


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A much-loved charity has announced the date for its coveted Christmas Fayre which brings in hundreds of shoppers each year.

Over 3,500 bikers took part in the event by Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) raising tens of thousands of pounds for the life-saving charity.

The new Year 7 St Mary’s students were waved off for their overnight stay at Mersea Youth Camp at Essex Outdoors in September.

Manon de Roey won the Ladies European Tour Access Series and WPGA International Challenge for the second year running.

West Bergholt Training & Concert bands are busy preparing for their next event – a concert on November 23rd with music from “The Great Composers”.

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Home improvement specialists SEH BAC awarded Company of the Year accolade An award-winning home improvement company has been named SouthEast Company of the Year by the elite Master Window and Conservatory Installers Association (MWCIA), an organisation which aims to connect homeowners with reputable companies across the UK.


EH BAC, which specialises in windows, doors and conservatories, has received the prestigious award for consistently delivering a highstandard of customer service and support, matching ethical trading practices with quality craftsmanship and expert installations. Ipswich-based SEH BAC are previous winners of the Company of the Year award, having first won the soughtafter title back in 2017. John Savage, Managing Director of SEH BAC comments: “We are incredibly proud to once again be named Company of the Year by the MWCIA. This tremendous honour is fantastic recognition

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of our company-wide commitment to always offer our customers the absolute best service possible. It’s a real testament to the dedication of our 200-strong team who work tirelessly across the entire region to help customers transform their homes. “We’ve been operating across the South-East, East Anglia and the Home Counties for almost five decades, and throughout that time, our customers have remained at the heart of everything we do. It’s great to see that recognised and we thank Don Waterworth and the MWCIA for this wonderful award.” The MWCIA was established by respected Chartered Building Engineer and Expert Witness, Don Waterworth, who used his expertise in the industry to create an independent register of reputable installers. By using a MWCIA-approved installer, homeowners can be assured they have chosen a firm which has been extensively vetted and meets the high standards set by the association.

Don adds: “SEH BAC have proven once again they set the example in the South-East region, with a positive, professional attitude towards delivering exceptional customer service. The fact that this philosophy is championed by every member of staff makes them a truly worthy winner of this award. “We are delighted to present SEH BAC with the Company of the Year award and we proudly recommend them to homeowners in the area who are considering home improvements.” SEH BAC is part of One Group Construction, a £160 million group of specialist construction companies. Last year, SEH BAC was named the winner of the highly-coveted Consumer Confidence award from The National Home Improvement Council (NHIC). The prestigious award recognises SEH BAC’s high-levels of service and customer satisfaction. For more information, call SEH BAC on 0808 159 6310 or visit

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Join Helen Rollason Cancer Charity for our new Mid Essex Support Centre Open Days Following the opening of our new Mid Essex Support Centre, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity are inviting the local community, clients, volunteers and guests to come and see the new Centre in Hatfield Peverel.


ork commenced on the Support Centre in January 2019 with the ground floor being converted into a purposebuilt Cancer Support Centre. The first floor will continue to accommodate the Finance, Fundraising and Administrative teams. The Centre officially opened on Tuesday 20th August and we welcomed our first clients through the doors. To save on costs the teams and our loyal volunteers, who have continued to come into the office, even when we were unable to provide parking for them have remained on site

putting up with the noise, dust and disruption of a building site. A huge thank you to our volunteers for their dedication to the cause. Pat Hume, Support Centre Manager said “We are very excited to welcome guests to our new Support Centre which provides complementary therapies including reflexology and aromatherapy, as well as counselling and support groups to those affected by cancer. Included at the centre are social spaces, a garden area and free parking for our clients. Everyone is welcome to come and see what we do and ask questions; we look forward to welcoming you!” Representatives from the


Helen Rollason Cancer Charity will be attending the open days and will be on hand to answer questions about the Support Centre. Refreshments will be available. Wednesday 2nd October; 1pm – 5pm Thursday 3rd October; 9.30am – 1.30pm Friday 4th October; 4pm – 8pm Saturday 5th October; 10am – 3pm Venue; Mid Essex Support Centre; Yvonne Stewart House, The Street, Hatfield Peverel, Essex, CM3 2EH. For more information please call 01245 380719 or email fundraising@helenrollason.

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MUCH-LOVED charity has announced the date for its coveted Christmas Fayre.

The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation’s annual event, which brings in hundreds of shoppers each year, already has a number of stallholders keen to show off their wares on the day. A few coveted pitches are still available and traders are being urged to get their applications in quickly. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “The Christmas Fayre is always one of our favourite events. “The whole of West Bergholt and Colchester really comes together for a bit of Christmas shopping and time with family and friends. It’s lovely to invite them into our headquarters and share the day together over some festive treats and mince pies. “We have a few places left for any stallholders who would like to show off their wares to shoppers, whether they be new to our event or an old hand.


“We’d be delighted to have you with us.” Along with Christmas decorations, handmade chocolates, books, clothes and specialised gifts will all be available at the fayre. As well as a heated marquee filled with traders, friends and family can catch up over a drink and snacks when their feet get tired. The event traditionally raises thousands of pounds for the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation while also raising the profile of local, independent traders. This year’s Christmas Fayre will be held on Friday, November 29th from 12noon to 6pm at 9 Firmins Court, West Bergholt, Colchester, CO6 3BQ. Nikki added: “Whether you want to cross off a few items from your Christmas shopping list or simply want to treat yourself, join us for a fantastic afternoon.” If you would like to be a trader at the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation’s Christmas Fayre, simply email Nikki at for an application form and any questions you may have.

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Rising number of contacts to the NSPCC Helpline about wellbeing of children In 2018/19 the Helpline received 72,812 calls and emails, referring almost half of these (49%) on to police and social services to take further action. There were 4,834 referrals made to authorities in the East of England.


he charity’s Helpline hears from worried adults every day and night of the week, with concerns ranging from child neglect to sexual, physical and emotional abuse. The overall rise in contacts is also reflected in the figures for sexual abuse, which has seen an 11% jump in the past year. There were 461 referrals related to sexual abuse made

to police and social services in the East of England. These figures come as the NSPCC announces a new partnership - Together we’re giving kids a brighter future - with Johnson & Johnson Ltd, the makers of CALPOL®. The partnership will help the charity to answer 10,000 calls from people worried about a child. Mike McGrath, Head of Partnerships at the NSPCC, said: “Our NSPCC Helpline provides a critical service across the UK. “It’s vital that we can continue to provide this support to adults so that they know there is somewhere they can go if they are concerned for the safety of a child. “We are delighted to have teamed up with Calpol which is helping us to answer 10,000 calls and be there for children who need us.” James Gooddy, Assistant Brand Manager at CALPOL®, said: “For over 50 years CALPOL® has been helping parents in the UK to look after their children’s health.


“Our purpose is to ‘Let Kids Be Kids’ and therefore we are delighted to have partnered with the NSPCC – the UK’s leading children’s charity – to help keep children safe from abuse and neglect. “This year we will be supporting the NSPCC helpline to help answer 10,000 calls, which will go a long way towards our shared goal of giving kids a brighter future.” Johnson & Johnson Limited is donating 5p to the NSPCC for every CALPOL® product sold in Boots: 31st July – 10th September; Tesco: 14th Aug – 24th September; Superdrug: 11th September – 8th Oct; Asda : 14th September – 12th Oct in 2019 in the UK to help the NSPCC answer 10,000 calls. More information about Together we’re giving kids a brighter future can be found at Adults concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline seven days a week on 0808 800 5000, or email

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Critically Endangered Leopard Cubs Born for the First Time at Colchester Zoo Colchester Zoo is excited to announce that on the 9th September 2019 a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs were born to mum Esra and dad Crispin.


his is the first time that Colchester Zoo has bred Amur leopards and is also Esra’s first litter. Keepers will be monitoring the cubs closely via CCTV but so far Esra is being very attentive and gentle with the cubs who are both looking well. Leopard cub development is similar to that of their domestic cousins and other similar carnivores in that it takes around 2 weeks for their eyes to open and 4 weeks until they become more stable on their feet. It will be a number of weeks until they are big and strong enough to begin emerging from their den and this will also be determined by Esra, when she is comfortable and confident for them to start making an appearance outside. Dad Crispin arrived at Colchester Zoo on the 28th April 2018 from the Czech Republic and Esra arrived on the 29th May 2018 from Belgium. Crispin and Esra came to Colchester Zoo on a breeding recommendation


in the hope that they would successful breed together. As Amur leopards are solitary cats, only pairing during breeding season, the Animal Care Team have been introducing Crispin and Esra to one another when Esra shows signs that she is in season. During mixing the keepers monitor the pair closely to ensure that both are happy in each other’s company and on hand to separate them if either become unsettled. Ersa has always been very vocal towards Crispin who seems to enjoy lying on his back, rolling around and showing off! Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China living in temperate forests. These big cats face a number of threats in the wild, they are affected

by illegal wildlife trade, climate change, habitat loss and deforestation. This birth at Colchester Zoo is particularly important for the Amur leopard species as they are currently classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List, with only double figures remaining in the wild. This breeding success follows the birth of 3 Amur tiger cubs at Colchester Zoo in June with all 3 growing up quickly and first-time mum Taiga doing a fantastic job. Conservation is at the heart of Colchester Zoo’s mission so these recent births are a great achievement and we continue to work to raise awareness of the plight of these beautiful animals in the wild and support them via our charity Action for the Wild.

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Thousands take part in 20th anniversary Air Ambulance Motorcycle Run Over 3,500 bikers took part in the 20th anniversary Motorcycle Run and Family Fun Day organised by Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) on Sunday 8th September, raising tens of thousands of pounds for the life-saving charity.


t is hoped that once all the donations, sponsorship money and other income has been received, the event will have raised around £40,000, enough to fund 18 potentially life-saving missions. Participants rode along a 60 mile route from Ford, Dunton, to Harwich via the A127, A130, A12 and A120. At Harwich they were welcomed by a crowd of hundreds, including the town’s Mayor and Mayoress and Town Crier James Cole.

Many riders chose to wear the specially-designed 20th anniversary t-shirts over their leathers. These can still be purchased by calling the EHAAT office on 0345 2417 690. Spectators and riders enjoyed an afternoon of family fun, food and great live music from Faux Fighters UK and ProtoStereo. The Charity’s AW169 helicopter paid a visit, landing on the foreshore next to Harwich Green. Visitors to the Family Fun Day were able to take a closer look at the aircraft, one of two

operated by EHAAT, and chat to members of the Charity’s Critical Care Team. Pre-hospital Care Doctor Asher Lewinsohn and Critical Care Paramedic Ben Myer also went onto the stage with radio presenter Martin Day to talk about EHAAT and their roles. Supporters who were unable to attend were able to follow events through EHAAT’s social media accounts, including live streaming of the start at Ford Dunton and finish at Harwich.


Emily Donnachie, Events Manager at EHAAT said: “Over the last twenty years this event has developed into a really special community day and one of our key fundraising events of the year thanks to the amazing support we receive from the bikers and the people of Harwich. “It was great to see so many people out along the route and at the finish to support everyone. I would also like to thank all our dedicated volunteers and our sponsors Woodland Group and Swinton Insurance, without whom we could not put on events like this. “As a charity which receives only limited funding from Government, the money raised by events such as this is vital in supporting our life-saving work. “With so many exciting things for people to enjoy, there was no shortage of things to do and the weather was kind to us too.” elite magazine 191



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Mind Body Spirit Festival in Colchester Saturday and Sunday 19th & 20th October 2019 sees Life Arts 7th festival at Marks Tey Parish Hall.


ife Arts provides a weekend packed with complementary and wellbeing therapies, spiritual guidance, health advice, readers, meditation space, workshops and healing music. This event is raising money for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, with many fantastic raffle prizes to be won! On offer will be a range of complementary and holistic therapies and taster sessions and treatments including reflexology, facial massage, reiki, kinesiology and Indian head massage. Treat yourself – you are worth it! Gifts including magnetic jewellery and amazing jewellery from around the world, natural body products, vegan skincare products, essential oils and incense, raw and polished

crystals and minerals, angel gifts, wiccan and gothic crafts, CDs and candles. Also, unique art and craft items will be on offer from a selection of talented artists, many natural health products and ecofriendly natural products. Consult with specialists, psychics and readers such as Kevin Doe for an Aura photograph and interpretation, animal communicator Alison Sheryll from Sky TV and our very own Colchester international medium Maureen Flynn. Discover the power of meditation in the empowered healing space especially created by the European Buddhist-Hanmi Association. There will also be talks and workshops to inspire and

motivate, on subjects as diverse as ‘Iridology and practical advice on how to stay young’, ‘Menopausal moments – natural ways to help’, ‘Sound meditation journey’, ‘Self-help reflexology and mindfulness for wellbeing’, ‘Are your habitual actions causing you pain?’ and ‘Demonstration of mediumship’. All speakers are experts in their field. Tickets for all workshops, talks and demonstrations will be available at the venue on the day, for a donation to our charity, but numbers are limited so come early to avoid disappointment! Gentle and inspiring music will be performed on the stage by local musicians and tasty home-made refreshment options will be on offer, including yummy vegan and gluten free cake. 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. Admissions are £4 for adults, £3.50 for concessions and 16s and under are FREE. For more information about the event visit


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his was the title of local historian and author Patrick Denney’s lecture at the well-attended re-start to Colchester Recalled’s 2019-20 programme, on Thursday 19th September, at the Roman Circus Centre. The appreciative audience was fascinated to learn that the likes of Thomas Lawrence, George Wegg, Arthur Winsley, Isaac Boggis, Charles Gray and others, the well-to-do of their day, were not necessarily born into money, but were often self-made men having started out as baymaker, farmer or merchant. They all aspired to have houses reflecting their lifestyle, and with timber-framed houses being out of fashion, the thing to have was a substantial looking brick-built property, with a large garden. They all tended to bequeath their property to their offspring, thereby extending the family involvement over their property, which was not always easy to achieve, as often their large, young

families, like working class ones, had been decimated by diseases like cholera. Neither were their houses always ‘new builds’ as some were merely treated to new brick fronts, but they all had similar features, such as sash windows, formal door frames, sometimes Ionic, sometimes Doric, steps leading upto the front door, with a decorative arch over the top. Bay windows were also featured, sometimes to all floors. Patrick had obviously closely studied these architectural styles, precisely explaining in minute detail all the features. Earlier in the evening the audience heard excerpts from previously recorded interviews - one involving a gentleman who was over 90 years old who before WW1 would cycle to Cambridge and Ipswich and

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St Mary’s Year 7 girls test their resilience at Essex Outdoors in Mersea The new Year 7 St Mary’s students were waved off for their overnight stay at Mersea Youth Camp at Essex Outdoors in September 2019.


his trip was to help develop social and teamwork skills and provide the opportunity to challenge their personal physical abilities. With anticipation and excitement in the air, the girls boarded the school buses and headed to the east of Mersea Island for the start of their activities.

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enthusiasm. These included team problem-solving exercises, wall climbing, high ropes, archery and the grand finale of an ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition which saw the students tackling inflatable, and sometimes wet, obstacle courses and a duel combatstyle contest to see who could

Despite intial nerves Year 7 St Mary’s girls took part in a variety of challenges at Essex Outdoors in Mersea 40

St Mary’s Year 7 students reached new heights on Essex Outdoors’ impressive outdoor climbing walls be the last girl standing. For entertainment on Saturday evening, the Prefects led exciting games that helped the girls get to know each other better and improved their teamwork skills. Mrs Luminita Murray,

Head of Year 7 praised the students: “the girls were so well behaved and took everything in their stride.

Parents were welcomed for afternoon tea on the Saturday when they collected their daughters.

They worked fantastically in their team groups as well as pushing themselves to achieve personal success”.

The girls were brimming with enthusiasm and eager to share their stories about a fabulous couple of days.

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Sky TV feature showcases how high street retailers are deploying new technology to create the ‘store of the future’ SaaS software provider, Qudini, appeared alongside high street retailers Samsung, O2 and Specsavers on Sky TV’s Digital Transformation: Digital Experience, where they explained their deployment of new technology to attract more customers, reduce customer walk-outs and increase overall profitability.


he episode, which aired on Sky’s Channel 191, paid close attention to the sharp change in consumer buying behaviours and the impact this change has had on the high street. The episode will also include interviews with representatives from Samsung, O2 and Specsavers, focusing on their decision to partner with SaaS software provider, Qudini, to deploy digital queuing systems, appointment scheduling software and event management software. In response to the episode, Qudini’s CEO and Co-founder, Imogen Wethered, says: “The traditional retail model is transaction-based,

but as high street footfall continues to decline, innovative retailers are focusing their attention on creating in-store experiences that build better relationships with customers.” “Samsung, O2 and Specsavers are pioneering the retail revolution by investing in their ‘store of the future’ and ‘digital playground’ concepts, and their multi-dynamic customer service models.” In the episode, Specsavers Franchise Partner Director, Josie Forte, says: “Qudini has enabled us to have a much more pleasant customer experience instore, and we can definitely see that we’ve had a percentage growth in terms of revenue.” “People are able to come in and complete their sight tests, and the customer journey is quicker, which


actually means that they’re more likely to stay with us and buy glasses.” In the episode, Imogen Wethered further explained why retailers are focused on building in-store experiences: “One of the big changes we’re seeing within retail is that retailers are adapting their stores to deliver more services. So, you’re seeing retailers that sell beauty products deliver beauty offerings like brow services or nail bars or hand massages. And all of these are for the purposes of bringing customers into store and being able to give them a service and build a relationship with them as a brand.” “Essentially, your retail store becomes more of a hub for customer experiences and, in a way, it’s more about having a marketing experience than it is about selling product.”

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Manon De Roey wins again at the Stoke by Nayland LETAS & WPGA International Challenge Manon de Roey won the Ladies European Tour Access Series and WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland for the second year running and in doing so brought to mind waiting for a London bus.


ust when all hope of one arriving has been abandoned, two or three turn up in quick succession, which is the case with the 27-yearold Belgian when it comes to winning tournaments. Her victory at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa 12 months ago was her first as a professional and ended a three-year wait. Since then she has won two more tournaments: the Santander Golf Tour LETAS Valencia in


July and again at the Suffolk resort. “Once you’ve had your first win you know you can do it,” she said after posting a six-under-par score of 210 for the 54-holes. “It’s definitely a weight off your shoulders. I won in Spain a couple of months ago and winning here is special because I won here before” Her latest conquest of the Gainsborough course was

slightly less stressful than last year’s event. That was settled by a sudden-death play-off with Lydia Hall, the defending champion. This time, by contrast, De Roey could afford to bogey the final hole and still claim the €5,600 first prize. She finished a shot clear of the trio sharing second place: My Leander of Sweden, Italy’s Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso and Alice Hewson of England.

Winner of the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland Manon de Roey with l to r Tamara Unwin SbN, Susanna Rendall, SbN and Di Barnard, LETAS De Roey ’s victory meant she became the first to defend the title successfully since the tournament began seven years ago and, by definition, win it twice. Now, with another win behind her, she is focusing on retaining her Tour card. “There are three LET tournaments coming up – starting in Bordeaux next week, then Barcelona, then India,” she added. “Winning here has given me a good feeling for next week.” September has been a very busy international golfing month for the awardwinning, family-owned Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf, Spa & Lodges resort.

The venue, which enjoys a stunning location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has two championship courses, hosted the country’s first England Disability Open Championship the previous weekend. Over 40 top disabled golfers from all over Europe displayed brilliant skills during the two day event which was featured on BBC Look East TV news. The week after the WPGA Challenge, which was the 7th year of hosting this event, Stoke by Nayland will see more international golfing prowess when the mens’s European Tour returns to the renowned resort to stage its

Qualifying Rounds. Managing Director of Stoke by Nayland, Susanna Rendall said, “We are delighted to be hosting these international events here and it is wonderful to see such an excellent standard of golf on our courses which visitors come and watch free of charge. However, we would not be able to hold these events without the valued assistance from the dedicated golf members here and other volunteers who work tirelessly on the courses with scoring, ball spotting and other roles, which all helps to make them run so smoothly.”

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West Bergholt Concert Band – Join us for a day of Music! West Bergholt Training & Concert bands are busy preparing for their next event – a concert (November 23rd, 730pm) at St Botolphs Church in Colchester, with music from “The Great Composers”.


s well as the concert, the band will be at St Botolphs in the afternoon to host the latest in their popular (and free) “come and play” days, to which brass and woodwind musicians of all ages are invited.

like to come and listen to the band (who always sound at their best in the wonderful St Botolphs acoustic), tickets for the concert will be available on the door with proceeds in aid of charity.

As the day’s musical programme includes pieces from the finest composers of all genres, ranging from Beethoven, Copland, Gershwin, and Mozart through to The Beatles, Andrew LloydWebber and Duke Ellington, the afternoon will be a great way for musicians of all ages to experience some great music in a fun Training or Concert Band.

As well as having a “music for fun” ethos, the band are also renowned for using their membership’s wide age range to involve and encourage young musicians.

To reserve a space – please email Alternatively, if you’d just

Earlier in the year a group of the band went “on tour”, visiting schools across Essex and playing to over 400 primary & junior school youngsters. Since that visit a number of the school children have been inspired to take up brass & woodwind instruments, so fingers crossed we’ll see them in the

band one day. Prior to the tour the band also held another of their popular Primary School workshops & mini concerts at Highfields Primary School in Lawford, where more young musicians joined us for an afternoon of music, which in some cases was their first experience of a concert band. As always the afternoons was great fun for both the band and our guest players, with the support of our experienced players resulting in an impressive performance during the mini concert at the end of the afternoon. Full details of the band and its events are available on the band website www.wbcb. org or you can contact our conductor on Conductor@ or 07941 947541. Otherwise, please do join us at a Friday night rehearsal at Heathlands Primary School, West Bergholt - Training Band for Grade 1+ is 6pm-7pm, Concert Band for Grade 4+ is 7:15-9pm. Hopefully we’ll see you at St Botolph’s in November.


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Cudmore Grove

Castle Park

Bromans Lane, East Mersea, CO5 8UE. Mersea Island FREE parkrun?

Every Saturday morning Colchester’s parkrun takes place in the town’s iconic Castle Park.

It is a 5km run - it’s you against the clock. Every Saturday at 9:00am. email

Join this popular run every Saturday morning as the route takes you through award-winning Victorian parkland, around the historic Castle and through the town’s Roman walls.

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 20 Oct 2019 11:00 to 12:30 Sun 3 Nov 2019 11:00 to 12:30 Sun 17 Nov 2019 11:00 to 12:30 Sun 1 Dec 2019 11:00 to 12:30

Mercury Theatre

Farmers Market

A glorious programme of all-time popular classical hits! Brought to you by the sensational musicians of the Roman River Festival Orchestra, hand-picked from the top international orchestras in London, conducted by Royal Opera House and English National Ballet’s Orlando Jopling.

The Arts Centre - 09:30 to 12:30 Fri 1 Nov 2019 Fri 6 Dec 2019

Munnings Museum

Castle Hill, Dedham, Colchester CO7 6AZ 01206 322127 Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist 1918 Art Exhibition, Sat 23 Mar - Sun 3 Nov 2019 The exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, in partnership with The Munnings Art Museum and generously supported by The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.

Mercury at Abbey Field, Colchester 01206 573948 Roman River presents Classical Favourites Friday 15 November, 7.30pm

Performing alongside this world-class orchestra will be award winning New Zealand born Somoan soprano Marlena Devoe. This fantastic, one-night-only concert takes place in the Mercury Theatre’s exciting new state-of-the-art, pop-up theatre on Abbey Field in Colchester. A Roman River Music @ the Mercury series concert Tickets £27

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

Monday 14th - Saturday 19th October at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2pm Radiant Vermin by Philip Ridley When a young couple is offered an ideal house by a mysterious stranger, it prompts the question: How far would any of us go to get our dream home? ‘Radiant Vermin’ is a fast-paced, pitch-black comedy.

Tickets: £14, £12 (65 & over, FTS, under 16)

Sunday 20th October at 3pm Fragments (from everyday life) - Piano Concert Matinyas Bacsó Award-winning pianist and composer Matinyas Bacsó is back at the Headgate Theatre to introduce his newest album of piano compositions ‘Fragments (From Everyday Life)’.

Tickets: £5, £3 (under 18)

Monday 21st October at 7.30pm An Evening of Clairvoyance with Ronnie Buckingham If you’re not already convinced about an afterlife, why not come along, listen to Ronnie and let him help you decide?

Tickets: £15


Thursday 24th October at 7.30pm The Affair by Amy Gibbons & Samuel Gaulier A hilarious and uplifting new play about relationships, with all the ingredients of a great comedy...clown, bouffon, vaudeville and slapstick!

Tickets: £15, £14 (65 and over, FTS, under 16)

Saturday 26th October Doors open 7.00pm Memories are made of this Rich Clifford and The Young Once ‘An evening to stir memories and toes as Rich Clifford and The Young Once re-tell the story of the revolutionary early days of the pop explosion. Featuring the songs of Cliff, the sounds of The Shadows, and many others including Haley, Holly, Cochran, Clapton and the best of Liverpool, you’re sure to leave this Show with a smile........’

Tickets: £12.50 Sunday 27th October at 2pm ‘The Clocks Go Back...’ cabaret for an autumn day Martin Newell & The Hosepipe Band Martin Newell and the Hosepipe Band’s exotic dish of music, verse and humour with a strong East Anglian flavour. Suitable for age 12+ Suitable for age 12+

Tickets: £10, £8 (conc)

TO BOOK TICKETS PLEASE CONTACT THE HEADGATE THEATRE Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel St North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT Telephone: 01206 366000 elite magazine 191


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