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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance shortlisted in national awards

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Fairy tales come true for Children in Need at St Mary’s School!

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Trekking on the Great Wall of China for EHAAT

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NSPCC’s annual Letter from Santa

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First patients at Colchester Hospital’s new cancer centre

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Helping to make sure Santa isn’t the only one flying this Christmas!

EHAAT has been shortlisted in three categories in the Association of Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence in London.

Students and staff at St Mary’s Senior School in Lexden Road, Colchester dressed as their favourite fairy tale character in exchange for a donation.

A group of intrepid trekkers has returned from tackling the Great Wall of China to raise money for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT).

The NSPCC’s annual Letter from Santa can be ordered now for December delivery to ensure they arrive at the right time to get little ones excited.

Patients are being treated for the first time at Colchester Hospital’s new, state-ofthe-art cancer centre after a successful five-year fundraising campaign.

In the run up to the festive season, EHAAT supporters are adding some seasonal sparkle to fundraising for their local life-saving charity.

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SEH BAC completes successful renovation project An award-winning home improvement company has completed a complex installation at a local community centre, helping to give the facility a new lease of life.

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pswich-based SEH BAC, which specialises in windows, doors and conservatories was tasked with replacing the tired timber windows of the Castle Hill Community Centre. The project presented a number of challenges as the community centre is located within a conservation area. With strict renovation guidelines in place, the team at SEH BAC attended four meetings with conservation officers to prove their replacement solution was in keeping with the period design of the 19th century building. SEH BAC suggested uPVC sliding sash windows, which are designed to stay true to the traditional design and joinery methods of original timber windows. By using modern uPVC, the community centre

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can effectively reduce their energy bills by improving performance and eliminating draughts and cold spots. Garath Jones, Centre Manager at Castle Hill comments: “We want to thank SEH BAC for their fantastic work renovating Castle Hill. Our old, single-glazed windows had certainly seen better days and were contributing to our rising energy costs. “We approached a number of different companies and SEH BAC were easily head and shoulders above the rest. We were greatly impressed by their professionalism, especially as SEH BAC fully cooperated with the recommendations of the IBC Conservation officer.

help renovate the wonderful Castle Hill Community Centre. Their team does some fantastic work within the local community, so it was a real no-brainer for us to take on the project, and to help in any way we could. “We’ve been operating across the region for over 45 years, and we take great pride in being able to use our expertise to help homeowners and community causes complete important renovations. We’re absolutely delighted with the finished project, but most importantly, so were the Castle Hill team, which is fantastic to hear.”

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance shortlisted in national awards Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has been shortlisted in three categories in the Association of Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence in London.

• Dr Matt O’Meara has been

shortlisted for the Doctor of the Year award • Teresa James from Chelmsford, who passed away last year, is on the shortlist for the Charity Volunteer of the Year • Chauncy School in Ware has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Young Person category Pre-hospital Care Consultant, Matt O’Meara was nominated by colleagues for the way he dealt with a particularly challenging case earlier this year. Matt and Critical Care Paramedic Jay Samouelle were tasked to attend a man who had become stuck between two lorries in an industrial yard. His lower right leg was completely trapped between the side of his cab and the underside of an adjacent lorry. In their nomination Matt’s colleagues at EHAAT said he thought quickly and ‘outside the box’ to save the man’s life. EHAAT Pre-hospital Care Consultant Simon Walsh said: “I have treated many patients who have been so severely injured they have 10

gone into cardiac arrest, and I don’t think any have survived from this sort of situation.” Matt O’Meara said: “I’m humbled to have been nominated and shortlisted for this award. It’s fantastic to be part of such a dedicated team at EHAAT and a privilege to be able to help critically ill and injured patients across Essex and Hertfordshire.” Teresa James passed away in December 2018, after 17 years as a dedicated volunteer. The charity felt that nominating her was a fitting way of remembering the huge support she gave to EHAAT as a volunteer. Her daughter Tracy from Chelmsford, who is also a volunteer with EHAAT, says Teresa always had collection tins in the house and a box of merchandise in the hallway ready for the next fundraising event. “She was absolutely dedicated to it. She would get out her diary and tell you that she couldn’t go on holiday on this date or that because she had to

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do something for the air ambulance. It was that important to her.” “The air ambulance was my mum’s life. She would have been surprised and delighted to be nominated and shortlisted for this award. I will be going to the awards evening with my brother David. We are both excited, and I think it is going to be an emotional evening!” Students and staff at Chauncy School in Ware have been committed supporters of EHAAT for more than a decade. Dennis O’Sullivan, Headteacher at Chauncy School said: “Our students were thrilled to hear that they had been nominated for an award for their fundraising efforts for EHAAT. As a school community we all know relatives friends and neighbours who have been helped, sometimes saved, by the air ambulance and we look forward to more fundraising in 2020. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Millennium ChelseaHarbour Hotel in London.


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CHARITY is celebrating after it was chosen for a supermarket scheme which could see it raise thousands of pounds for youngsters with cancer. The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, based in West Bergholt, was chosen from dozens of entries across the country to benefit from the East of England Co-op Community Fund. The scheme allows shoppers and supporters to sign up as members before choosing to dedicate one per cent of the cost of their shopping to the Foundation. Not only that, but by taking part members will also receive five per cent of their shopping spends back too. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we were told we’d been chosen.

“This is huge news for us. Not only does it introduce the Foundation to more people across the UK and the important work we do but the amount which could be raised from the scheme is limitless. “We cannot thank the East of England Co-op enough for choosing us.” Each year the Co-op chooses charities and good causes across the country to benefit from the scheme. When members select the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, one per cent of their shopping costs will go towards the Foundation’s mission to create age appropriate rooms in hospitals across the country for young people with cancer. Nikki said: “Many hospitals have rooms for children and adults where they can go and relax, watch TV or just have a drink with friends. “But very often young people find themselves with nowhere to go. “These rooms will give them a place where they can get away from their diagnosis and focus on just being themselves. “We’re so excited with those we have already opened at UCHL, Mount Vernon and Colchester Hospital. With people’s support we can create even more.” In order to take part, shoppers need just £1 to sign up as a member of the Co-op. They can then choose the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation to benefit from their ordinary shopping or services they buy from the Co-op. The Co-op has shops and services across North Essex, from Colchester to Braintree, and into Suffolk.

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance gets planning permission for new Airbase Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has received planning permission from Epping Forest District Council for new premises at North Weald which will secure the future of the North Weald operation of the Charity.

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HAAT will make use of a one-off grant of £1.5 million from the Government to help pay for the new Airbase, which will cost around £4.5 million. Construction of the building

will begin next year and is scheduled to be complete during Winter 2020.

plans over many months, so it is great news to get the green light.

Jane Gurney, Chief Executive Officer at EHAAT said: “This is fantastic news. A lot of hard work has gone into these

“The new building will give us security of tenure and will result in significant cost savings compared to leasing a new building built to the same specification.” As well as facilities for aircraft, vehicles and aircrew, the building will include space for training, mentoring, patient liaison and cross training with other emergency services, which will benefit both EHAAT and the local pre-hospital care community. It will also provide a visitor centre which will allow EHAAT to welcome and engage with their supporters plus space for the EHAAT Hertfordshire Fundraising Team to work more closely with their clinical colleagues. In addition to the proposed new Airbase at North Weald, the Charity is also undertaking improvement works to the facilities at its Earls Colne Airbase. For news and updates on the new base, see: ehaat. org/about-us/north-wealdairbase

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Celebrating 125 centuries of long service Dedicated staff who have together clocked up 12,493 years of service for the NHS have been honoured for their hard work and dedication.

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total of 520 staff working for East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs Ipswich and Colchester hospitals as well as some community health services, were thanked for their commitment at two celebration afternoon teas held at Kesgrave Hall. Staff were recognised for

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milestones ranging from 20 to 40 years and were presented with a framed certificate and an enamel pin badge to mark their achievements. ESNEFT Chairman Helen Taylor said: “We are saying thank you to colleagues from every part of ESNEFT, its hospitals and departments. Everyone

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in some way contributes to providing the best care possible for patients.” ESNEFT Chief Executive Nick Hulme added: “We thank everyone for their decision to work in the NHS, and for being part of our ESNEFT team which improves the lives of 10,000 people every day in our community.”


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Long-serving Lynette set to retire A senior radiographer who helped set up Ipswich Hospital’s first CT service has spoken of the changes she has seen and the enjoyment she has taken from her career as she prepares to retire after nearly 40 years at the trust.

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ynette Bulley began working at the hospital in January 1978 after completing her training at Addenbrooke’s. She was quickly promoted to a senior position running the outpatients’ department around 18 months later, before going onto set up the CT unit alongside colleague Judy Wright in 1981 following a successful public fundraising appeal. Lynette took time off in 1989 after her twin daughters Emma and Kate became the most premature babies to be cared for at Ipswich when they were born at 26 weeks. She returned to clinical duties in 1991 before going onto take responsibility

for radiology services in inpatients, theatres and endoscopy. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career and haven’t regretted a single day of it,” said Lynette, who lives in Suffolk. “Radiography is a fantastic profession and incredibly varied, while I’ve also been lucky enough to work with some really lovely people, which has made all the difference. “Technology has moved on so much since I started my career. I trained on a CT scanner which used a water bag as a barrier between the patient’s head and the x-ray. One of those machines is now in the Science Museum,

which makes me feel old! “The way that we work has also changed, as we used to use dark rooms to develop our images, then moved to automatic processors and day light systems, and now everything is completely digital. The quality of CT and MRI images has improved significantly over the years, but general radiology has stayed very much the same – even when I started my career, the quality of the images we could produce was just remarkable and had incredible detail. “I plan to spend my retirement developing my interests and enjoying hobbies such as calligraphy and walking, while my husband and I also hope to travel. I will miss the job, the patients and my colleagues, but I know that it’s the right time for me to start the next chapter in my life.”

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wood from his workshop on a non-working farm is clear as he is about to start another project on a 1950’s carriage.

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Hemp Oil, natures real super food secret or ‘hippy’ rubbish People tend to whisper if they say the word “hemp” out loud, contrary to common belief hemp seeds are not equivalent to marijuana (weed).

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are essential. They are one of the basic mechanisms our cells use to communicate with one another and is thought to be a major factor in the body’s ability to achieve homeostasis; (a natural and healthy balance of inter dependent bodily systems). Essential dietary fatty acids such as Omega-3 have been shown to be used by the body as building blocks to make the body’s own cannabinoids, and the importance of these for overall health and wellbeing are well established. Significant amounts of cannabinoids are also found in human breast milk. Phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids of plant origin) interact with this system in individual ways depending on the nature of the individual phytocannabinoid. Here are a few of the endocannabinoid system’s main functions, just to name a few: Sleep regulation; Metabolism regulation; Hunger sensation; Mood; Motor control; Immune function; Reproduction and fertility; Pleasure and reward; Pain sensation; Memory modulation; Temperature regulation

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Be the Best You Can Be at Littlegarth As yet another General Election approaches, what next for an education system that is struggling to attract sufficient teachers to inspire our children and that can often focus more on exam results and league positions than it does on developing a lifelong passion for learning?

to criteria determined by our various governments. Children have become very good at passing specific exams in maths and English, but over the years this ‘target based’ approach has had a significant impact on the opportunities available to children in schools and consequently on their all-round learning experience.

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path. Timetables focus on breadth of experience, providing time for children to develop skills across a wide range of subject areas, enabling them to discover new talents and skills. Every child wants to be good at something but not every child feels that they can be the ‘best’. However, Littlegarth’s ethos encourages all children to be the ‘best that they can be’ and we focus on inspiring our children to be ambitious in their approach to all activities. Each new learning experience offers the opportunity for them to succeed and we take time to celebrate achievement across all levels. Breadth of experience is provided by subject specialist teachers who support class teachers across the school in a range of subjects including sport, music, art, drama and languages and all these are given significant space on the timetable from Nursery to Year 6.

passion for learning has seen children across the School make huge strides in their learning. For those with significant talent, even greater rewards are gained. For example, this year alone has seen Lyla Belshaw win the ISA national cross country title, Archie Tebbutt achieve national number 1 ranking for his age group swimming backstroke, Oliver (continued overleaf)

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Be the Best You Can Be at Littlegarth continued

Martin has gained top ranking for his age group in skiing and has been accepted onto the prestigious Ambition Racing Ski Academy, Georgia Clarke has won the Essex Gymnastics title for her age group while Imogen Strathern finished 5th in the country in her event at the Horse of the Year Show. Two boys have just been offered contracts by Ipswich Town Football Academy while school teams have won national titles in football, rugby and netball in recent years. Five of our present Year 5 and 6 children have achieved, or are working towards Grade 5 in various musical instruments with many more excellent instrumentalists close on their heels. One of our

Year 6 children has also just been accepted into the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, a rare honour for a primary aged child. Former pupils are also leading by example. Archie Ball, who left Littlegarth last year, performed brilliantly in the lead role of the joint Mercury Theatre and Colchester Operatic Society production of Oliver which took place in the Abbey Field venue in September. This was an outstanding achievement in his first major production and another former pupil is also doing extremely well in his first season, not on stage but as a Formula 1 racing driver. Alex

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Albon started karting when he was at Littlegarth and during his time with us he became British Karting Champion. Twelve years later, he is driving for Red Bull and has already been offered a contract to drive for this highly successful team next year. All this success enhances the academic performance of the children at Littlegarth as it teaches them that hard work brings success in every activity. Consequently, our children achieve a significant number of grammar school places each year and for the past nine years, more than half our children have gained scholarship awards to independent schools. Last year, for example, 8 children gained grammar school places while 23 gained academic and other scholarship awards. How do Littlegarth pupils achieve such incredible success year in, year out? Headmaster Peter Jones is convinced that “having the freedom to choose our own path and the confidence to take opportunities whenever they arise has built an extraordinary level of enthusiasm for learning across the school. Education at Littlegarth is an adventure and our children are all striving to be the best that they can be. Although not all can be champions, the children encourage each other to achieve the highest standards and we are all so proud of each of their achievements�.

If you would like to learn more about Littlegarth or see us in action, please contact our Registrar, Carolyne Morey to arrange a visit. Littlegarth School, Horkesley Park, Nayland, CO3 9ST.

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Fairy tales do come true for Children in Need at St Mary’s School! Students and staff at St Mary’s Senior School in Lexden Road, Colchester dressed as their favourite fairy tale character in exchange for a donation.

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he girls took part in various fundraising games such as ‘Guess the Name of the Teddy’, ’Guess the Weight of the Cake’ and a Pudsey Bear quiz! The Lower School in Copford had a non-uniform day and held a Pudsey Bear Raffle giving the pupils the

chance to win one of just 30 handmade Pudseys donated by the Director of St Mary’s Lower School, Mrs Emma Stanhope’s mother-in-law. “Students at St Mary’s are keen to be involved in their communities and to give their support to charities” says Mrs Hilary

Vipond, Principal of St Mary’s, “Children in Need is just one of many charityled events that St Mary’s School participates in. Several thousand pounds in donations are raised every year by St Mary’s families, with fundraising activities co-ordinated by student House Officials.”

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Trekking on the Great Wall of China A group of intrepid trekkers has returned from tackling the Great Wall of China to raise money for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT).

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he 23 EHAAT supporters spent five days covering 36 kilometres and thousands of steps along sections of the world-famous landmark. In doing so they raised an incredible £46,000, enough to fund 21 potentially lifesaving missions. As well as seeing the Wall for themselves, the group were also able to help with repairs to the Wall and experience

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the fascinating culture of China. Tony Stone, one of the Charity’s critical care paramedics, who took part, says it was everything he had hoped for and more. He explains, “To go as the Charity representative was a brilliant opportunity.

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The group had fundraised a phenomenal amount for EHAAT. It really was a privilege to go with them and to spend time talking about what the Charity does and let them know how the money they have raised will be spent. “The Great Wall is incredibly impressive, vast and simply


for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance amazing. I remember getting onto it at the start of the first day and the views were just phenomenal. The group bonded really well and some strong friendships were made during the week, which was brilliant. On the last day we all finished together, which was a really special moment.” Sabi Stafford, Fundraising Manager at EHAAT says, “We were delighted to be able to offer supporters the chance to see this iconic landmark

first-hand while raising money for their local life-saving charity. “Those who took part have made new friends, collected memories that will last a lifetime and have the satisfaction of helping an amazing cause. “Next year we will be organising a very different but equally special trek across part of the Sahara.” EHAAT’s Sahara trek takes place from 5th

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to 10th November 2020. Participants will get a chance to witness some amazing landscapes, experience the stunning stars in the night sky and enjoy traditional Berber cuisine. An information evening, which is free to attend, will be held at the Charity’s North Weald airbase. To register for this, email trek@ ehaat.org or call 0345 5040 055. To sign up for the trek, visit ehaat. org/trek

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NSPCC’s annual Letter from Santa The NSPCC’s annual Letter from Santa can be ordered now for December delivery to ensure they arrive at the right time to get little ones excited.

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his Christmas parents can build their little ones a personalised Letter from Santa and feel good by doing their part to support children in need this Christmas by donating £5 to the NSPCC. It’s a gift your family will treasure. And, with a suggested donation of £5 you’ll be helping support children who need it most this Christmas. The money will help the charity continue to provide vital services like Childline, which can often be the only place vulnerable young people can turn to over the holidays. Choose the perfect letter for your little one from 8 new illustrations like ‘Reindeer Flying Practice’, ‘Christmas Disco’ and ‘Elves are Ready to Go!’. Tailor with the child’s name, address, gender, age, hobbies, best friend or family member’s name and a special message for a magical start to Christmas. The letters are also available in E nglish and Welsh. The deadline for ordering letters for the UK is 16th December for UK. You can order your letter (suggested £5 donation) here: https://letterfromsanta.nspcc.org.uk/letter-from-santa

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he November meeting of Colchester Recalled at the Roman Circus Centre was very well received by a large appreciative audience. The speaker, Alan Skinner, hit the right note with an interesting and well-structured presentation, including all the paraphernalia associated with bus travel over many years.

both the last week of the trams and the trolley buses in London. In Colchester, it was decided that trams would replace horse drawn carriages in 1900, and four years later they started serving the town, with the first lady conductress appearing during World War One. The maroon and cream livery became a source of civic pride, with other towns deciding on different liveries, it proved an interesting study. In 1928 the same livery was adopted for the first of the omnibuses when they were introduced to replace the trams and the same garaging facilities were used in Magdalen Street.

The title frame to Alan Skinner’s lecture With the title - ‘On the Buses’ - a nostalgic delve into the history of public transport was enjoyed by all. Alan’s great grandfather, who spent a life’s work in public transport in London, encouraged his original interest, and with his father also actively involved, he was able as a young man to see

1950 saw the last tramlines being removed from the town centre in Crouch Street and due to central government decisions, Colchester Borough Transport came into being, which became a limited company in 1986, only to be changed again by later government legislation when Aviva and First Bus took over the services. Of course, we all remember the other operators running services to outlying districts - Eastern National, Eastern Counties, Osborne’s,

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Chambers, Beeston’s, Went’s, Norfolk’s, Hedingham’s - and others, all with their own livery, running to and from the various bus parks in town, situated in Queen Street, St Peter’s Street in the 1920s, Vineyard Street, St John’s Street and more recently back in Queen’s Street with its spacious, efficient convenience compared to today’s apology of a bus park in Stanwell Street, which is really just a collection of bus stops with inappropriate facilities. Alan also featured a history of timetables and bus tickets and the method of punching them to indicate where the passenger alighted the vehicle and where he/she were got off, which has led to the hobby of collecting old bus tickets which is popular today. Altogether, a fascinating and interesting lecture, extremely well illustrated! The next meeting is our members Christmas celebration on Thursday 12th December at 7pm at the Roman Circus Centre, with the annual quiz and two films ‘The Jumbo Story’ and ‘I Married a Stranger’, about 90-year olds recalling courtship and marriage in Edwardian times. All are welcome.


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First patients treated at Colchester Hospital’s new cancer centre Patients are being treated for the first time at Colchester Hospital’s new, stateof-the-art cancer centre after a successful five-year fundraising campaign.

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he Collingwood Centre is set to transform and improve patient care for people living with cancer in north Essex. One of the first people to receive treatment in the £3.25million unit was Roger Sharman, 75, from Ardleigh. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in March 2016 and receives chemotherapy and immunotherapy alternately every two weeks at the hospital. He visited The Collingwood Centre in November for the first time.

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experience for patients, their families and carers. It will replace the hospital’s now merged Mary Barron Suite and Haematology Day Unit. Making the plans a reality has been made possible thanks to the Cancer Centre Campaign, a £3.25million appeal launched in 2014 and run by Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity. Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs Colchester Hospital, said: “We are so very grateful to all the people who


have given generously and fundraised tirelessly to help us build The Collingwood Centre. “Thanks to your support, we can now offer so much more to our patients, as well as their families and carers, to improve cancer services in north Essex. “It is so important when giving care, particularly to patients receiving regular treatment, that the environment is a calming and comfortable one. This is what we have now – a fantastic unit not only for our patients, but for our staff to work in too.” Caroline Bates, Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity’s

head of fundraising, said: “We want to thank everyone who has supported the campaign to build The Collingwood Centre over the last five years, gifts large and small have helped make the vision of a world-class centre a reality. “We are looking forward to opening the Cancer Wellbeing Centre next month, then we will have achieved everything we set out to do. Together we have made a big difference to cancer care for our community.” The Collingwood Centre is on the first floor of the main hospital block and sits above Radiotherapy.

It brings that service, chemotherapy and haematology under one roof for the first time at Colchester Hospital. Work is also nearing completion on a new Cancer Wellbeing Centre at Colchester Hospital. It will provide counselling, support services and holistic therapies in conjunction with The Collingwood Centre. It is being built in a peaceful lakeside location close to the main hospital building so people can benefit from all it has to offer in a peaceful area of calm away from clinical areas. The Cancer Wellbeing Centre is due to open in December.

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Helping to make sure Santa isn’t the only one flying this Christmas! In the run up to the festive season, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) supporters are adding some seasonal sparkle to fundraising for their local life-saving charity.

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here are plenty of ways to get festive, have some fun and raise money for EHAAT: From Christmas fairs to carol concerts, mulled wine evenings to mince pie mornings. Between now and Christmas Eve, fundraisers are holding a range of festive events, helping with bucket collections and lighting up their homes. They include Gail and Jason Clark from Halstead, Essex, who have already decorated

their house with Christmas lights (see attached image).

more information on both at ehaat.org/festive.

Jason said: “We’re not far away from the EHAAT airbase at Earls Colne so we often see the helicopter overhead. They do some amazing work, and we are only too pleased to help such a fantastic cause.”

The charity is also looking for help with seasonal collections. Individuals or groups who can spare some time to assist are asked to get in touch on 0345 2417 690.

Jon Rodriguez, Head of Fundraising at EHAAT said, “Santa isn’t the only one who will be flying this Christmas and we are really grateful that people like Gail and Jason want to support their local air ambulance at this time of year. “If you’d like to raise money please let us know, we would love to hear from you. Whatever your fundraising idea is, it won’t take much to give it a festive twist and help keep us flying!”

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Even something as simple as sending Christmas greetings to family and friends can help raise money. A selection of specially-designed cards is available from the EHAAT online shop. Tickets for the EHAAT Christmas Raffle, with a first prize of £3,000, are also available now. There’s www.elitemagazine.co.uk

Some of the events that will be raising money for EHAAT between now and Christmas: December 14th Christmas Concert, Christ Church URC, Chelmsford December 19th/20th Collection at Sainsbury’s, Thorley December 34th Mauden WI Carol Singing, Yew Tree Pub, Bishop’s Stortford EHAAT’s Festive Fundraising is sponsored by Raine and Co Estate Agents. For more information visit ehaat.org/festive for ideas and details of festive fundraising events and collections. Here you can request a free fundraising pack and download a festive fundraising poster. Alternatively, ring the Fundraising Team on 0345 2417 690.


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how t o make a CHRISTMAS CRACKER

The first step is marbling the paper; start by filling a shallow dish with about 2 inches of water, then pour in a small amount of nail polish or acrylic paint (use two or three for best effect).

Once the colours have begun to blend together, place the paper on top of the water and leave for ten seconds, before hanging out to dry. Once the paper has dried, draw round your template with a pencil (you can get these online or by drawing round an old cracker). Either cut out the paper with scissors, or using a cutting mat and scalpel (not for kids to use the scalpel though). Fold the ‘diamond’ section of the cracker so that it bends inwards when you roll it up (there should be three folds on each side). Make sure the glue has fully dried, seal the bottom end of your cracker and add in the hat, joke and gifts before decorating with a ribbon and any added extras.

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West Bergholt Concert Band – Love Christmas Music? If you love Christmas music then come along to the beautiful St Peter ad Vincula Church in Coggeshall on Saturday 14th December at 7:30pm for a Christmas Concert by West Bergholt Concert Band, featuring nothing but the best in Christmas music.

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ith a programme of classic Christmas songs such as White Christmas, Rudolph and Sleigh Ride alongside modern classics All I Want for Christmas Is You and Do They Know It’s Christmas plus carols to join in with and some beautiful carol arrangements to listen to, it’ll be a wonderful evening of festive music in a lovely setting.

Tickets are available on the door (£6 adults, £5 concessions) with proceeds in aid of the Church’s chosen charity (The Brain Tumour Charity) so we hope you’ll join us. As well as enjoying the music and atmosphere at our concerts, the band’s audiences regularly comment on our wide range of ages,

and especially on how wonderful it is to see so many young musicians. The band continue to work with schools and music teachers to maintain this balance of ages, and just prior to our Christmas Concert we held our latest outreach event to young musicians with another of our Band Play Days. As always the day was hugely enjoyable for everyone who took part, whether a regular band member or a guest for the day, so hopefully we’ll have some new musicians joining us in the new year. Don’t worry if you couldn’t make the play day, we always welcome new members of all ages into the band, with our January 2020 rehearsals all being open to anyone to come and try the band. Everything you need to know about the band and our events can be found on the band website www.wbcb.org We look forward to seeing you at our Christmas Concert, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Thursday 19th December: Carols at The Angel, High St, Kelvedon - join members & friends of Kelvedon United Reformed Church from 9pm for carol singing. All welcome. Sunday 22nd December: Carol Service at the United Reformed Church, High St, Kelvedon from 6.30pm. All welcome.

Drop-in Christmas Creatures Trail Children’s Activity Event, Fri 29 Nov - Sun 29 Dec 2019 Join Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre for their Christmas Castle Park Creature Trail. Collect a trail sheet, follow the trail and Every Saturday morning find out what creatures reside at the reserve in the Colchester’s parkrun takes place in the town’s winter months. All children must be accompanied iconic Castle Park. by an adult. No booking required. £2 donation per child. Join this popular run every Saturday morning as the Winter Wonderland route takes you through award-winning Victorian Children’s Activity Event, from 14 Dec 2019 parkland, around the historic Castle and through Come and meet Santa in his Grotto, complete the trail the town’s Roman walls. and make some festive crafts to take home! Come and meet Santa in his Magical Grotto this Christmas and receive a present. You can even take your photo in Santa’s sleigh. Enjoy some festive Christmas crafts to take home and complete Santa’s Christmas Trail around the reserve as well. All ages welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL £10 per child - this includes present, crafts and trail. You will be allocated a time slot to see Santa upon arrival.

Late Night Shopping

Late night shopping will run on Wednesday nights in the run-up to Christmas. Many of Colchester’s shops will stay open until 9pm on 4, 11 and 18 December and council car parks will be free from 3pm on these days. Why not hit the shops and grab a bite to eat after work – the town centre has eateries to suit all tastes and pockets. Better still come and make a night of it; find the perfect place to stay now!

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WHATS ON 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT Telephone: 01206 366000 tickets@headgatetheatre.co.uk

Saturday 14th December at 8pm, Matinee 3pm A Jolly Holly Christmas at the Headgate! Enjoy seasonal songs and sparkle at the Headgate Theatre. This event is dedicated to the memory of Ken Smith, in whose name a donation will be made to charity.

Tickets: £12.50

Sunday 15th December at 7.05pm Eclipse at Five Past Seven A relaxing evening of winter-warming music. A mix of seasonal favourites blended together in the unique style of Eclipse.

Tickets: £12

December Monday 16th 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

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Makes the perfect gift! Theatre voucher

Available in any denomination, valid for one year and usable for any ticket purchase at the Headgate Theatre

Wednesday 18th December at 7.30pm Crissy Lee Quintet with Special Guest Alec Pitman One of the UK’s most experienced female drummers and tutors, Crissy appears with her special guest, singer/saxophonist, Alec Pitman.

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

Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st December at 7.30pm Saturday Matinée 4pm Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock of Whitechapel by Pat Whymark & Julian Harries featuring characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle An adventure with Holmes and Watson that transports us from the wharfs and alleys of East London to the icy wastes of the North and the hidden temples of the East (changing at Peterborough), as they pursue ‘The Warlock of Whitechapel’.

Tickets: £13, £7 (21 and under)

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