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We are once again greeted with the closure of the Ipswich Road, causing disruption to journey times around the town; I do find the reference to this as being improvements a bit presumptuous as I for one fail to see replacing roundabouts with roundabouts will improve anything. Some wag on social media claimed that a picture doing the rounds of workmen on site had been Photoshoped as very few actual workmen can be seen. They have clearly widened the pavements so perhaps this is the “improvement” they refer to. As I write this the weather has been mild, so let’s hope it continues in this vain. Whilst we all hate the cold weather please spare a thought for the population of Australia, it looks from here that the whole country is on fire, fingers crossed that they get some much needed rain could we send them some of ours as flooding is more likely to be our problem. Defies belief that people can still claim that global warming is not happening. It looks to me that the last 70 years we have been very cavalier about the effects our modern civilisation is having on the planet. Be safe and look forward to spring.

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance announces Student of the Year


Celebrate the life of a loved one with a Snowdrop


Zoo’s New Year starts with a white rhino calf being born!


Pasha to star at Strictly Air Ambulance


Wedding Venue of the Year tops bumper crop of awards


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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has announced this year’s winner of The Heaster Award, given by the Charity to its Student of the Year.

St Helena Hospice has commissioned 1,500 commemorative snowdrop flowers which have been hand-crafted in metal by the British Ironwork Centre.

After the announcement of our White rhino Emily’s pregnancy in May 2019 we are delighted to confirm that mily gave birth to a healthy female calf.

TV dancing star Pavel ‘Pasha’ Kovalev has been revealed as the celebrity judge for this year’s annual Strictly Air Ambulance fundraising event in Maldon.

It was truly a night to remember as county’s top wedding suppliers gathered together to celebrate the Essex Wedding Awards 2020 at Stoke By Nayland.

Clothing Clinic’ began in March run by clothes designer and seamstress Penny Pancaldi and Roger Byamungu.


Challenging installation secures major industry award for local home improvement company A local home improvement company has been honoured with a major industry award following the completion of a complex conservatory renovation project.


EH BAC, which specialises in windows, doors and conservatories, saw off competition from across the country to win the coveted ‘Installation of the Year’ award. The prize was part of the prestigious Conservatory & Orangery Awards, which aims to celebrate and promote excellence in conservatory design and build. The installation in question saw SEH BAC convert an old, inefficient conservatory into a practical living space which is useable all-year-round. To do so, the team at SEH BAC replaced the existing windows and doors, and removed the tired and leaky polycarbonate roof for a fullyinsulated solid tiled roof. John Savage, Managing Director at SEH BAC comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to win such a sought-after prize

at the recent C&O Awards. We faced really tough competition from across the UK, but I’m proud to say that the talents and expertise of our dedicated team helped us to once again stand out from our local and national competitors. “With the size and scale of this large p-shaped conservatory, this was certainly a complex installation. Our team had to overcome a number of challenges with the conservatory and the overall property to complete the project. However, they did a tremendous job and the response from our customer has been fantastic. “As the colder weather

returns and homeowners look to renovate their inefficient conservatories, this prestigious award win really showcases our abilities to help homeowners across the region achieve this and more.” The award win continues a busy year for the Ipswichbased home improvement company. Along with new product developments, new staff and continued local investment, the team was named Company of the Year (South-East) by the Master Window and Conservatory Installers Association (MWCIA). SEH BAC operates across the South-East, East Anglia and the Home Counties with state-of-the-art showrooms throughout the region. With almost five decades in business, SEH BAC is part of One Group Construction, a £160 million group of specialist construction companies which operate nationwide. For more information, call SEH BAC on 0808 159 6310 or visit


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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance announces Student of the Year Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has announced this year’s winner of The Heaster Award, given by the Charity to its Student of the Year.


he award recognises a medical, paramedic or nursing student who has shown outstanding performance during a placement with EHAAT. It was established by David and Patricia Heaster, whose son Michael died following a road traffic collision in 2014. EHAAT attended the incident and gave him a chance of survival by re-establishing a heartbeat before airlifting him to Addenbrooke’s Major Trauma Centre. Patricia and Michael Heaster from Hertford presented the award to medical student Justus Wolff at North Weald Airfield, home to one of the charity’s two airbases.

Justus, who is studying medicine in Germany, spent time with EHAAT earlier this year as part of its student elective programme which allows student doctors, paramedics and nurses to shadow the Charity’s Critical Care Team.

and would often talk about the flying side of things with the pilots. All in all, Helicopter Emergency Medicine (HEMS) seems like the perfect future career for Justus. We look forward to seeing how his career develops.”

Laurie Phillipson, Clinical Manager at EHAAT, said: “Justus integrated well into the EHAAT team. He is very knowledgeable and incredibly passionate. He is particularly skilled at giving talks and we have already benefitted from a presentation on his project around the use of adrenaline in cardiac arrest.

Justus said: “I mainly chose EHAAT because it is one of the very few organisations actually enabling students to be an active observer on the helicopters. I have always been very passionate about pre-hospital emergency medicine and aviation even before I started medical school.

“He is also a keen aviator

Justus receiving his award from Patricia and David Heaster accompanied by Laurie Phillipson (EHAAT Clinical Manager), Jane Gurney (CEO, EHAAT) and Kyle Heaster. 10

“So combining those two things, naturally you end up with HEMS! I applied a year in advance because I was so motivated to get a spot here. Coming from a German Pre-hospital Care System it was fascinating to see how things work around here. “I’m very grateful to have been awarded Student of the Year. This Award means so much because I absolutely loved my time with EHAAT and it signifies that the team enjoyed my company as well.”

Chocolates, cheese and mince pies make Christmas Fayre H

UNDREDS of shoppers across north Essex and Suffolk descended on a charity’s headquarters for its muchloved Christmas Fayre. Families and friends enjoyed browsing the dozens of stalls at the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation’s Christmas Fayre, from artisan chocolates, cheeses and striking Christmas crafts to children’s books and unique jewellery. The Foundation is still counting the total raised from one of its most anticipated annual events, but it is into the thousands of pounds.

“Everyone needed a mince pie to recover afterwards.” It is the third time the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation has held a Christmas Fayre in West Bergholt. It was held on Friday, November 29. Eager shoppers were even treated to festive food and drink after they had had their fill of buying early Christmas presents.

Jo Beck, Steve and Val Doubleday with cake by Misty Newton

Nikki said: “It was brilliant to see so many friends and family coming together for a catch up while helping others, which is, after all, what Christmas is all about.”

Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “I don’t think I sat down all afternoon. People just kept coming through the door to see the amazing stalls we had. “The Foundation is always so well supported by people from across West Bergholt, Colchester and beyond and we can’t thank them enough for coming to our latest Christmas Fayre. “We love the fantastic independent traders who really do make our Fayre extra special and this year again they didn’t disappoint. 12

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Celebrate and remember the life of a loved one this February with a Snowdrop St Helena Hospice has commissioned 1,500 commemorative snowdrop flowers which have been hand-crafted in metal by the British Ironwork Centre. The Snowdrops will create a display at the beautiful Beth Chatto Gardens from 14th- 16th February 2020.


t Helena Hospice is giving people the chance to dedicate a Snowdrop in memory of a loved one in return for a donation to support local hospice care, and after the display your Snowdrop is yours to keep, or give as a gift. This is not limited to just those who have used hospice services; anyone who wishes to remember and celebrate

someone special is welcome to dedicate a Snowdrop. The display will be open to the public from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th February, giving visitors the opportunity to reflect on the life and memories of a loved one. Visitors will also have the option to write a message for their loved one on remembrance

boards which will be proudly displayed throughout the weekend at Beth Chatto Gardens. Following the display, the boards will be moved to St Helena Hospice’s Learning & Development Centre, where people have the chance to view the boards again and share in a moment of reflection. Essex based solicitors, Fisher Jones Greenwood is the headline sponsor for St Helena Hospice’s Snowdrops. The appeal is also being supported by sponsors Perrywood Sudbury and East of England Co-op Funeral Services. Snowdrops are available now for a suggested donation of £30 to St Helena Hospice, which could help a child dealing with the death of a parent to work with the Children and Families Bereavement team to channel their feelings with activities such as decorating a flowerpot and planting their own snowdrops. St Helena Hospice’s Snowdrops are very limited so to guarantee yours please visit snowdrops.


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Colchester Zoo’s New Year starts on a high with a white rhino calf being born! After the announcement of our White rhino Emily’s pregnancy in May 2019 we are delighted to confirm that after 16 months and 8 days, on the evening of Saturday 4th January Emily gave birth to a healthy female calf.


he Animal Care Team were aware that Emily was due to give birth sometime in December or January, therefore have had around the clock CCTV on Emily so they could ensure they were available when she went into labour. All went smoothly as with her previous births and the calf is strong and healthy

with mum doing really well too. Emily’s calf took a little while to find her feet but was up and moving around within a few hours and has been feeding well. Emily is an experienced mum and so is taking it all in her stride. Emily and calf will remain in the indoor area of the

rhino house to start with but on warmer days may be given access to the outdoor hardstands. As the calf grows she will gradually be introduced to the main paddock and her neighbours living at Kingdom of the Wild. In the meantime, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the youngster from the outdoor viewing area depending on the weather, or via the balcony inside the Kingdom of the Wild building overlooking the indoor area and hardstands. We also have our Rhino Cam which is visible from the top viewing area inside the Kingdom of the Wild building! This big bundle of joy is Emily’s 3rd calf, all of which she has had with us here at Colchester Zoo with our male White rhino Otto. Rhino’s gestation period is 16months so we’re sure that Emily is more than pleased to have successfully given birth and she can now enjoy raising her calf. Emily is a great mum


and we’re looking forward to watching them bond together as the calf grows. The Animal Care Team are waiting to name the calf until she is a little older once they get to know her personality but African name suggestions are welcomed. We will be sure to keep you up to date with her progress over the coming weeks. Emily became pregnant within 2 months of being reunited with her old flame, Otto the male White rhino. Otto is the father of Emily’s previous calves, Pembe and Kifaru. Pembe was born in 2013 and Kifaru celebrated his 2nd birthday on the 3rd February 2019. Otto temporarily left Colchester Zoo on breeding loan to Woburn Safari Park, during his time there unfortunately he did not sire any young however, on return to his home at Colchester he soon reignited the flame he had with Emily! Colchester Zoo has had a number of previous successful births as part of the breeding programme for White rhinos and this new arrival will be the 5th calf to be born at the zoo.

a breeding group at Marwell Zoo in June 2016 and Mabaso left for Flamingo Land in May 2017. The 1st calf to be born at the zoo was Zamba, he was born via artificial insemination to our late rhinos Cynthia and Simba. Zamba went on to Manor House Wildlife Park in August 2012.

Kifaru is just one of Otto’s young here at Colchester Zoo as he also fathered female, Pembe also with Emily and male, Mabaso with late rhino Cynthia. Pembe went on to

Emily arrived at Colchester Zoo in September 2003 and Otto came to us in November 2009. Both have lived together since Otto’s arrival and so it is clear that absence

made the heart grow fonder in this case when Otto returned from Woburn! White rhinos are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, this is due to the poaching crisis and ivory trade, so this adorable calf is brilliant news for the conservation of this magnificent species. Visit Colchester Zoo’s website and social media to see a video of the new arrival and to keep up to date with her progress!

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NEWS Microbes which include bacteria are usually considered to be a source of disease, but the trillions of microbes contained in your body are critical for keeping you healthy and our gut bacteria have a particularly important role to play, Karen Maude tell us more.

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ncreasing evidence is emerging to support good gut health as the foundation for health itself, with balanced levels of gut bacteria linked to a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer and allergies, not to mention depression and anxiety. A good diet is crucial as an imbalance can occur when good bacteria are diminished by poor eating habits, often resulting in gastrointestinal symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, wind and constipation. Other factors that can impact on your microbiome include stress and medication,

including painkillers and reflux medication, with the biggest culprit being antibiotics. The good news is that you can turn things around with the help of a registered nutritional therapist who is trained to help you address digestive health issues. To get you started, here are 3 top tips: 1. Increase your vegetables Aim for a minimum of 3 portions of vegetables a day to increase your fibre intake. Include leeks, garlic and onions regularly as prebiotics to feed the good gut bacteria.


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hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and a Happy New Year. Considering the amount of rain that we experienced in November and December I envisage that most gardens are behind schedule. But do not panic.... There is still plenty of time before seed sowing starts in earnest in mid March. So to prepare your plot for that eventuality, start with the most important tasks. Clearing spent vegetable plants and the removal of any weeds, roots and all, is vital. Don’t worry about breaking up all the clumps of wet earth, frosts and a later thorough raking will take care of those problems. Basically the same applies to flower borders, except here you have to avoid damaging bulbs as they appear through the soil, as well as avoiding plants that are currently dormant but will form


colourful beauty later in spring. Do ensure that all bush roses have been pruned to avoid any damage caused by excessive winds.

branch tips cut by a quarter to an outward facing bud.

On black currant remove any dead or weak growth and cut away If you grow apples and pears they about a third of the older wood to might need pruning. Long, whispy, encourage new growth. straight growths with no fruiting spurs need cutting back, along with Note that I haven’t mentioned the any crossing branches or branches lawn. It is so wet at the moment that have died. that it would be advisable in my opinion to keep off it until it is a Do not prune stone fruits at this little drier, when a good raking time to avoid disease attacking and removal of leaves will make it the trees. Plum, greengage, ready for action next month, when apricot, cherry, damson, peach and it should be drier and easier to nectarine may all need pruning work on. but later in the year is much safer. Dormant rhubarb will benefit from the removal of all of last years’ dead growth before applying a thick mulch of compost all round the area of expected growth. Gooseberry, red and white currant bushes should have all dead growth removed, and all side shoots cut to three buds, with

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Pasha to star at Strictly Air Ambulance TV dancing star Pavel ‘Pasha’ Kovalev has been revealed as the celebrity judge for this year’s annual Strictly Air Ambulance fundraising event organised by Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) on Saturday 28th March at Five Lakes Resort, Maldon.


asha and his dance partner Chloe Hewitt will judge the performances of the amateur contestants as well as performing their own show dances. The evening will be hosted by TV and Radio Presenter David Whiteley. Russian-born Pasha began dancing at the age of eight, and has taken part in both ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ on American TV and the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. During eight years as a competitor in the latter, Pasha won series twelve with Caroline Flack and was runner up three times.

Competitors for this year’s event are: Rob Jelly, BBC Radio Essex presenter, partnered by Joanne Taylor of Ipswich School of Dance Louise White from Colchester, partnered by James Fenton Rob Keen from Harlow, partnered by Zoe Jeffery of Dazzle Dance Centre Rob Theobald from Rayleigh, partnered by Michelle Pavlovic Stacy Grantham from Colchester, partnered by Sam Jeffery of Dazzle Dance Centre Dawne Watts from Clacton, partnered with Ronnie Bradford of Feathersteps Dance Academy


Emily Donnachie, Events Manager at EHAAT, said: “I’m delighted that Pasha will be joining us for this year’s Strictly Air Ambulance. He is a hugely popular figure in the dance world, and we are confident he and Chloe will add plenty of sparkle to our evening. Strictly Air Ambulance is one of our most popular events. Everyone involved takes their preparation and the competition seriously, and our audiences have a great night of entertainment for a really brilliant cause.” At the show, which takes place at Five Lakes Resort in Maldon, six amateur dancers partnered by local professional dance teachers will dance against each other in friendly competition. Each couple

will perform either a Latin or Ballroom plus their choice of dance for their showcase. Contestants this year include Rob Jelly, presenter of ‘The Early Wobble’ on BBC Radio Essex. Tickets for the show, sponsored by MDS Civil Engineering can be purchased from the EHAAT website, at £27.50. A limited number of tickets are available at £10 for a DJ-hosted After Show Party attended by the contestants and their professional dance partners. Here guests will be able to enjoy a complementary glass of bubbly. For more information about the event and to book tickets, visit events


Local Ford Dealer shows Gates, which has locations across Essex and Hertfordshire, is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a family owned and operated Company during 2020 by supporting Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s (EHAAT) life-saving work.


ounded in 1920, leading car retailer Gates has dealerships in Bishop’s Stortford, Enfield, Harlow, Hertford, Potter’s Bar, St Albans, Stevenage and Woodford Green.

that are replaced daily and replenished as required.

To mark their centenary milestone Gates have not only generously offered EHAAT the use of a Ford Mondeo throughout 2020, it has also helped to future-proof the Charity’s `blood on board’ initiative by supplying a Ford Kuga to Essex Voluntary Blood Service (EVBS). The Ford Mondeo Estate will carry EHAAT’s distinctive branding and enable staff to travel between the Charity’s two airbases, fundraising offices, shops and events across Essex and Hertfordshire. Gates have also worked closely with EVBS to supply the Ford Kuga which EVBS have purchased at cost with a grant awarded by The Henry Surtees Foundation. Each day a volunteer from EVBS travels between Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow and the EHAAT bases at North Weald and Earls Colne to deliver blood products 26

Having access to a car to help with this work will mean that the EVBS volunteers do not need to take to the roads by motorbike in bad weather. It will also help reduce the risk of blood products freezing or overheating whilst on board motorcycles therefore reducing wastage of this vital material. The vehicle will greatly support EVBS’s infrastructure in helping meet its commitment to the region’s hospitals and EHAAT’s Critical Care teams thereby safeguarding the future delivery of pre-hospital blood transfusions and giving the most seriously injured the chance of survival and a good recovery. As well as carrying blood supplies for EHAAT, EVBS transports blood products and milk for premature babies between hospitals across the East of England. Pam Withrington, Fundraising and Marketing Director at EHAAT said: “As a charity which receives only limited support from Government, we depend on the generosity of individuals

and businesses such as Gates. We are extremely grateful to the company for these generous gestures. We look forward to being part of their centenary celebrations. “The blood bikers are an amazing group of volunteers, and without their hard work and dedication we would not have been able to carry blood supplies. Since March we have given blood to well over thirty patients, who would not have received it without their efforts. As winter closes in, anything which makes their work a little easier is very much welcomed and appreciated.” Mr Heath Greenall, Chairman and fifth generation of the Gates family, said: “We are delighted to support both Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust and Essex Voluntary Blood Service, and thereby the local communities in this our 100th year”. Carol Weller, Chair of EVBS said: “Having access to a car to help with our work will mean that hospitals can be served a lot better in the cold harsh weather. As well as carrying blood supplies for EHAAT, EVBS transports blood products to all the hospitals of Essex and East London

support for Air Ambulance as well as donor milk for the Herts milk bank and the Rosie unit at Addenbrooke’s. The Ford Kuga that Gates has supplied is going to help a large number of patients across Essex and we are all extremely grateful to Gates for making this possible.�

BELOW: Sam Tompkins (Pilot), Carol Weller (Chair, EVBS), Scott Wallman (Critical Care Paramedic, EHAAT), Pam Withrington (Director of Fundraising and Marketing, EHAAT), Heath Greenall (Chairman, Gates), Aderyn Gillett (Trusts & Special Projects Officer, EHAAT), Jim Moonie (Pre-hospital Care Doctor, EHAAT) and Martin Edmunds-Jones (Co-Pilot).

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Littlegarth – the ideal independent

primary school experience Littlegarth is a non-selective independent preparatory school for children between the ages of 2½ and 11 situated in the beautiful Stour Valley overlooking the village of Nayland. The school prides itself in preparing children thoroughly for the rigours of entrance exams to Grammar and selective Independent Schools whilst embracing a broad and exciting curriculum. Specialist teachers offer guidance in key subjects and the children achieve extremely high standards across a wide range of activities.


The school has been judged as ‘Excellent’ in all four categories by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI) inspection in 2017 and the excellent reputation the school has for academic success was highlighted in the Standard Inspection Report which commented, “The overall achievement of the pupils is excellent, because of the exemplary attitude to learning by the pupils, who approach every task with delightful enthusiasm” and “The evidence from the inspection is that the pupils make exceptional progress when compared with those of similar above-average ability”.

Littlegarth children also achieve outstanding standards in music, art and drama and in recent years, sports teams have achieved unbeaten seasons and have won regional and national titles in major sports. Children of all abilities acquire a passion for a wide variety of activities inside and outside the classroom and the school works hard to feed that enthusiasm to ensure that each child leaves Littlegarth a confident member of a successful team. In the past four years, more than half of the Year 6 leavers have been awarded scholarships to senior independent schools with over 90 children gaining a significant number of top scholarship awards. Headmaster, Peter Jones is delighted with these excellent results; ‘The children and staff work extremely hard and we are very proud of the achievements of all our children. They really enjoy supporting each other and children of all ability levels feel that they are making a valuable contribution to the success of this very exciting school’.

For further information please contact: Peter Jones, Headmaster, Littlegarth School, Horkesley Park, Nayland, Colchester, CO3 9ST.

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Wedding Venue of the Year tops bumper crop of awards for Stoke by Nayland Hotel this year It was truly a night to remember as county’s top wedding suppliers gathered together to celebrate the Essex Wedding Awards 2020.


toke by Nayland Hotel, Golf, Spa & Lodges, situated on the Suffolk/ Essex border, was one of the finalists and the team from the family-owned resort were delighted to win the Golf Hotel Wedding Venue of the Year 2020.

sector of wedding planning - from dresses to cakes, venues to photography - were welcomed by host Paul Ross and the team from the Essex Wedding Awards & Main Event and Wedding Shows Ltd, led by Directors Linda Grant and Vanessa Challis.

At a glittering black-tie gala ball held at Orsett Hall Hotel over 300 people from every

Matt Manning, Hotel Director at Stoke by Nayland said, “We are really pleased

that our venue has been recognized with this award, and I’d especially like to thank our wedding team and all the staff at the hotel who have worked incredibly hard this year and achieved amazing results. We have been hosting weddings at Stoke by Nayland for nearly 50 years in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and can now offer couples even more options of luxury lodges and giant tipis for their wedding celebrations”. This is the 3rd award win this year for the family-owned Stoke by Nayland resort and its sister company Boxford Suffolk Farms. They won the Family Business of the Year in June and the international environmental AD & Biogas Award in August. The team of nearly 600 staff and managers at the company will have much to celebrate this Christmas!

ABOVE: The team from Stoke by Nayland receive their award: l to r Paul Ross (Host), Peter Osborne, Jeff Hunt, Rachael Lowe, Tamara Unwin, Simone Casley, Matt Manning and Linda Grant (Host) RIGHT: The Devora Suite at Stoke by Nayland Hotel set up for a wedding


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The annual count is Following the countdown to Christmas the team here at Colchester Zoo have been counting up its residents as we undertake the task of our yearly stock take as a requirement of our zoo license.


ow the task of counting the animals may seem an easy one but every mammal, bird, fish and reptile has to be counted! For our elephant care team, this is an easy task, however for others it can be more of a challenge! It would be impossible to count some residents such as all of our butterflies, birds and fish so the larger


groups are submitted as 1 colony rather than individual numbers – this makes things a little easier as trying to make sure you don’t count the same fish twice in an aquarium of tropical fish or the same bird twice in a flock of flying birds is quite a tricky task! In order to count our 52 rainbow lorikeets, keepers

have trained them to the sound of a bell, when the bell is rung, they fly into their aviary therefore helping the keepers count them one by one as they enter. The numbers are now flowing in from this stock take with a difference! The total number of species at Colchester Zoo is made up of the following:

on at Colchester Zoo! Mammals 70 Fish 60 Birds 24

This equates to over 1000 individual animals including those counted so far of 391 mammals, 198 birds, 34 reptiles, 50 frogs and colonies of fish and insects! The annual count takes our Animal Care Team and Animal Records department around a week to complete and collate.

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All the data is then submitted, along with many other zoos, to a central database as well as sent to the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Amphibians 8

We have a number of new additions to add to the records following our

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baby boom this year including our Amur tiger cubs, Amur leopard cubs, Red panda cubs, Aardvark baby, various primate youngsters and more! We also have new species in our count this year such as the cheeky Barbary macaques! Check out our reflection on 2019 for an overview on the years breeding success and developments.



Benefits of volunteering for the charity’s Speak Out, Stay Safe service NSPCC Fundraising Manager for Essex Sarah Laffling discusses the benefits of volunteering for the charity’s Speak Out, Stay Safe service.


ou’ll have heard people saying this a lot - but where did 2019 go? Time just rushes past so quickly and we wonder where to go or what to do next. January is all about new beginnings and whilst some of us may flock to the treadmills and cross-trainers of our local gym, eager to turn over a new leaf after the over-indulgence that December usually brings. In Essex, last year the NSPCC taught 52,241 primary school children to recognise the signs of abuse with its Speak Out, Stay Safe scheme.

We have reached over 87% of schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and our aim is to make it to 100% and continue our work as more children reach school age.


Whilst the training is in-depth, volunteers are only expected to deliver the assembly at a minimum of two days a month. By doing this, you’ll be protecting a generation of children from abuse and neglect by empowering them to understand what is right and wrong and how they can get help from trusted adults or Childline. Signing up is a very rewarding experience, but it’s a big commitment – there will be a lot of training involved, safeguarding checks, including an enhanced criminal record check, plus you will also need two references.

This campaign teaches children, in an ageappropriate way, what the different types of abuse are and who they can speak to if they have any worries or concerns.

Speak Out, Stay Safe isn’t possible without the aid of our trained volunteers who

work alongside Buddy, our speech bubble mascot, to educate children interactively and empower them to speak out if something isn’t right.

Whilst this role would suit many different people, the NSPCC is looking for the following qualities and experiences: • Passionate about helping young people and children • Great communication skills • Empathetic and perceptive

• Sensitive and supportive • Able to think on your feet • Works well within a team • Basic IT and email skills When you sign up to volunteer with us you’ll get loads of initial training, practice sessions, home study and multiple visits to schools to help you learn assembly and workshop skills. You’ll learn new skills and gain new experiences whilst obtaining recognition for your efforts, this will make a difference to children in Essex as you train and work alongside a team of likeminded people. There are lot of other ways you can give your time to make a difference including fundraising for us, joining one of our groups, organising an event or taking part in a challenge. For further information and to sign up visit www.nspcc. volunteering-nspcc-childline then scroll through the Speak Out, Stay Safe or fundraising volunteer role descriptions and select the one most convenient to your location.

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We are an Essex based IT Support Company with a solid decade of IT expertise. We support both large and small companies and liberate you to focus on your passion doing business. We handle everything from cloud services to installing servers and helpdesk support. Our service is all about the needs of the customer and we value cost-consciousness as much as you do. We also provide a wide range of software products from our well-known partners, along with our high-quality IT hardware.

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• IT support and consultancy • Microsoft Office 365 software package with full software support • Domain registrations • Website design • Cloud hosting services • VPN, CAT5/6, fibre optic cabling and CCTV installations

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An enjoyable ending to a notable Colchester Recalled year A lmost fifty hardy souls members of Colchester Recalled and their friends - braved a cold and very wet evening to attend the usual Christmas celebration on Thursday 12th December at the Roman Circus Centre, where they enjoyed the traditional picture quiz, a mince pie and glass of ‘red’ or ‘white’, (fruit juice for drivers), followed by three short films.

‘Jumbo The Water Tower’ by Colchester Recalled member Brian Light, published by the Balkerne Tower Trust.

The quiz was produced and presented by Patrick Denney, featuring 25 scenes of Colchester, both old and new, which was won by Philip Beeton giving 23 correct answers. After the refreshment break, the three films featured - one about Jumbo, the water tower; one on Colchester between the 1950s and 1970s; and one featuring former Mayor Peter Chillingworth, covering his childhood memories of the Second World War. All three were fascinating in their own right, the audience learning several facets of


events about which they were previously unaware. Both Patrick Denney and Andrew Phillips featured in the Jumbo film, commenting on both the early and later working and the original necessity for the tower, and the efficiency of the Victorian controls, still existing in the building today. Many of the audience were not residents of the town before the re-developments of the 1970s and so were delighted to see the film produced by the late Ken Cheeseman showing how the town functioned fifty years ago, and nearly all of the audience were

impressed by the memories of a young boy, resident in the countryside seeing doodlebugs, remembering Morrison air raid shelters and the bombing of the town centre. The next meeting is on Thursday 16th January at 7pm at the Roman Circus Centre, when Lawrence Northall explains an oral history on the Archaeology of Mersea Mud, a project which uncovered a mammoth tusk, ancient fish traps and the lost harbour of a forgotten fort. Members £2, non-members £3 including refreshments. All are welcome. All are welcome.




Repairing, remaking and reusing your loved clothing Clothing Clinic’ began in March run by clothes designer and seamstress Penny Pancaldi and Roger Byamungu.


enny felt passionately about wanting encourage people to waste less by repairing, remaking and reusing their loved clothing.

“The Clothing Clinic gave me the confidence to do my own projects.” With a light now shone more brightly to the wider public about the damaging effects the industry has on our environment, Clothing Clinic has provided the perfect solution to aid people in throwing out less, but also teaching people the basis skills in how to go about that. Most of the repairs are free of charge and a there’s a lovely warm cup of tea for people popping in too.


We have found it’s beginning to create a lovely community hub and where everyone is welcome. Clothing clinic also runs workshops outside of the clinic hours for those wanting to further their sewing skills which were a great success in 2019 where people made zero waste Christmas decorations and bags.

“Lovely warm and friendly, very, helpful, great to benefit from their friendly expertise.” Run on Wednesdays and Thursday from 10am-1pm at 11 Maldon Road, Maldon Road Chapel, Colchester, Essex or like us at www.facebook. com/pg/clothingcliniccolchester

For Sale

Guildford Road, Colchester, CO1 2RZ Situated on the popular Riverside development is this extended four bedroom semi detached family home being superbly located for the town centre and Colchester North and Colchester Town railway stations. The property offers a good size family living accommodation throughout and comprises of an entrance hall with ground floor cloakroom and built in storage cupboard with the hallway leading to a study or sitting room.

4 bedrooms 3 reception rooms Extended family home Family bathroom Garage Close to Castle Park Good access to Station

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To the front of the property there is an open plan lawned area with driveway to the side for parking for 2 - 3 vehicles, which leads to the garage. To the rear of the property there is an enclosed garden being paved for easy maintenance with water feature and gated side access. 42

Much sought after Riverside Estate, Colchester The property is situated on the Riverside development just to the East of Colchester’s Town Centre, just a short walk from Colchester’s Castle Park and Colchester’s Town Centre. From this location, relatively straightforward access can be gained to Colchester Town Railway Station with good connection to Colchester North Station and beyond and the Tesco Superstore and petrol filling station at The Hythe is close at hand. The lounge to the front offers a feature fireplace and has a view towards the riverbank of the River Colne and double doors lead to the dining room to the rear which is of good size and in turn leads to a kitchen which has fitted units and built in oven and hob and door to the rear garden. On the first floor all bedrooms are of good size with bedroom four currently being used as a dressing room and the bathroom is fitted with a modern 3 piece suite in white. elite magazine 194


Room Sizes Entrance hall Study 10’ 0” x 7’ 11” (3.05m x 2.41m) Lounge 14’ 0” x 13’ 10” (4.27m x 4.22m) Dining room 18’ 4” x 10’ 0” (5.59m x 3.05m) Kitchen 10’ 9” x 10’ 0” (3.28m x 3.05m)

Stanway - Head Office 1 Tollgate East, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 8RQ Email:

Landing Bed one 11’ 2” x 10’ 10” (3.4m x 3.3m) Bed two 11’ 2” x 10’ 9” (3.4m x 3.28m) Bed three 8’ 9” x 6’ 1” (2.67m x 1.85m) Bathroom

Opening hours Monday to Friday 08:30 - 18:00 Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Sunday Closed

Guide Price

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Facebook’s encryption plans risk making it a one stop grooming shop, NSPCC warns Thousands of online child sex crimes recorded in England and Wales could go undetected if Facebook introduces end-to-end encryption in its apps, NSPCC research suggests.


olice recorded over 4,000 instances where Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp were used in child abuse image and online child sexual offences last year – an average of 11 times a day. This was nearly half of the total 9,259 instances where the platform was known, according to Freedom of Information requests obtained by the NSPCC from 32 forces. Police forces in the East of England recorded 482 instances where Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp were used in child abuse image and online child sexual offences last year – which was 55 per cent of the total 877 offences, where the platform was known. The NSPCC warns crimes will go undetected if the tech giant continues with its plans to encrypt messaging on Facebook and Instagram without first putting clear safeguards in place. The charity also believes more serious child abuse will take place on Facebook owned


apps as abusers won’t have to move their victims off the platform to other encrypted ones to groom and exploit them. The data obtained by the NSPCC found that, of the total number of incidents where the method was recorded, 22% were on Instagram and 19% on Facebook or Facebook Messenger.

Tech giant plans to roll out end-to-end encryption in its platforms, making child sexual abuse harder to detect Only a small percentage (3%) were recorded on WhatsApp which is already encrypted, highlighting how much more difficult it becomes to detect crimes. Andy Burrows, NSPCC Head of Child Safety Online Policy, said: “Instead of working to protect children and make the online world they live in safer, Facebook is actively choosing to give offenders a

place to hide in the shadows and risks making itself a one stop grooming shop. “For far too long Facebook’s mantra has been to move fast and break things but these figures provide a clear snapshot of the thousands of child sex crimes that could go undetected if they push ahead with their plans unchecked. “ The NSPCC is calling for: • No end-to-end encryption for messages going to or coming from children’s accounts on Facebook apps • Adults accounts not to be encrypted until and unless Facebook has solutions to ensure child abuse can be detected and that children safety won’t be compromised • The next Government to push ahead with introducing an independent Duty of Care regulator to keep children safe online • The next Government to warn Facebook that encryption breaches the incoming Duty of Care and pressing ahead will mean tough consequences

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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

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

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Opening Times 1 Nov – 28 Feb 7.30am to 5pm 1 March – 14 March 7.30am to 6pm 15 March – 31 March 7.30am to 7pm

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

Thursday 30th January at 7.30pm Swing Time Swing-along with songs from Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald. Five Star swing have featured on BBC TV’s Children in Need, Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball, London’s Leicester Square Theatre and Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom. The band includes Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra and Chris Smith Jr., composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band and the Herb Miller Big Band.

Tickets: £16, £14 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s) Friday 31st - Saturday 1st January, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm She Said, He Said, They Said An evening of musical theatre presented by the University Centre Colchester second year degree students. Featuring songs from well-established and contemporary musicals.

Tickets: £10, £5 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s)

Tuesday 4th - Saturday 8th February at 7.30 Saturday Matinée 2.30pm Les Liaisons Dangereuses Paper Lantern are proud to present ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’, Christopher Hampton’s classic play based on the scandalous eighteenth-century French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Set in precarious times shortly before the French Revolution, the play deliciously documents the cruel games and manipulation of a bored aristocracy. Contains material of an adult nature.

Tickets: £15, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s) 50

Wednesday 12th - Saturday 15th February at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.30pm Dare To Be Different Don’t conform... Perform! Our society wants everyone to be “normal” - but, as individuals, we are different. We “want to break free”, be accepted for our individuality and “make our own kind of music”. An evening’s entertainment featuring a diverse range of songs from musical theatre and pop.

Tickets: £12.50, £10 (under 12’s, Over 65’s and people with disabilities) Monday 17th February at 7.30pm An Evening of Clairvoyance 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

Wednesday 19th February at 7.30pm Sondheim & Me Joanna Eden & George Double Trio Sondheim & Me, is a must for those with a passion for jazz and musical theatre, as singer/pianist Joanna Eden honours the ‘Godfather of Modern Musical Theatre’. In a journey from ‘West Side Story’ to ‘Into the Woods’, Joanna explores the jazzy side of Stephen Sondheim without losing the theatrical truth.

Tickets: £15

TO BOOK TICKETS PLEASE CONTACT THE HEADGATE THEATRE Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel St North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT Telephone: 01206 366000 elite magazine 194


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