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There have been warnings about scam calls purporting to be from Amazon and your Prime account, we have also received calls purporting to be from our bank saying a sum has been taken from our account overseas, avoid these calls they want your bank details it is a scam! Why in these days of technology can’t the telecommunications companies be forced to know the identity of everyone who has a phone, stop the use of “caller unknown”, if this happened we could report the calls and the police pop round and arrest the perpetrators, indeed make banks know all their customers so if funds get transferred to an account the police know who has scammed our money. Sorry rant over. I notice the daffodils are starting to appear a good sign that spring is on it’s way. Please view the letter from Clir Kevin Bentley Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for infrastructure @ Essex County Council to Will Quince MP on page 24 with regards the Ipswich Road roundabout “improvements”. Be happy stay safe.

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Foundation goes above and beyond to cut financial burdens


Colchester Zoo announce name of White rhino calf


Get ready for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s Rural Ramble!


Air Ambulance’s stylish new shop officially opens


Colchester Recalled’s bumper start to 2020


Clothing Clinic to launch a host of evening workshops

LIFE-CHANGING grants have helped dozens of young people with cancer meet their everyday needs across the country.

Born in January our young female White rhino calf has been named Lottie!

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is asking you to put your best foot forward by taking part in our third Rural Ramble charity walk on 18th April 2020.

The newest Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) shop in Head Street Colchester has been officially opened by Claire Cottrell, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex.

Colchester Recalled’s first meeting of 2020 on 16th January was one of their best attended talks for a long time.

With the start of a new year we have not only continued our work with Clothing Clinic, but also launched a host of evening workshops.



Local home improvement company named Extension Designer of the Year at major industry awards A local home improvement company has kicked off its 50th year in business by winning a highly sought-after industry award.


EH BAC, which specialises in windows, doors and conservatories, has been named Extension Designer of the Year for 2020. The award was commissioned by Ultraframe, one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of conservatory roofing systems and presented as part of their Design Awards. The award celebrates SEH BAC’s successful track record in the design, build and renovation of conservatories and singlestorey extensions. In making their decision, the judges were particularly impressed by a challenging renovation project recently completed by the SEH BAC team.

The project in question was a large p-shaped conservatory, where SEH BAC replaced the leaky and inefficient polycarbonate roof with a brand-new, fully-insulated solid tiled roof.

the ‘improve don’t move’ philosophy continues to gather pace, we are delighted to provide customers across the region with another reason to trust our talented team to improve their home.”

Following its completion, the complex project was awarded the title of ‘Installation of the Year’ at the prestigious Conservatory & Orangery Awards.

In addition to their recent award wins, Ipswich-based SEH BAC was also named Company of the Year (South East) by the Master Window and Conservatory Installers Association.

Peter Wheeler, Managing Director of SEH BAC comments: “We are incredibly proud to receive this fantastic honour from one of the biggest and most respected names in our industry. It’s wonderful recognition for our 200-strong team and a great way to celebrate 50-years in business. “In such a volatile housing market, opting for a refurbishment or even a new conservatory or extension offers the most efficient way to find the extra space homeowners need. As



The home improvement firm operates across the South East, East Anglia and the Home Counties with state-of-the-art showcentres throughout the region. SEH BAC is part of One Group Construction, a £160 million group of specialist construction companies that complete landmark projects across the UK. For more information, call SEH BAC on 0808 159 6310 or visit www.sehbac.com.

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Landmark number of missions for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has been tasked a total of 25,000 missions since the Charity was founded 21 years ago.


his landmark figure was reached on January 1st when the team attended a road traffic collision in Hertfordshire. EHAAT attended 1,526 patients in 2019, making it the busiest year ever for the Charity’s Critical Care Teams. This is an increase of 35 patients on 2018 when 1,491 patients were treated.

incidents accounted for 39% of the total, followed by road traffic collisions (21%) and accidental injuries (16%). The remaining 24% included a mix of cases such as assaults and sports/leisure accidents. Blood transfusions, which EHAAT has been able to provide since October, were given to 35 patients.

“In March, we began carrying blood products on board our helicopters and RRVs thanks to our partnership with The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow and the Essex Voluntary Blood Service.

During 2019 EHAAT’s helicopters and rapid response vehicles (RRVs) were dispatched a total of 2,238 times. Medical

Stuart Elms, Clinical Director at EHAAT, commented: “The last 12 months have been a hugely significant time for EHAAT.

“We have been able to provide potentially lifesaving transfusions to 35 patients suffering significant blood loss.

“We are proud of two key developments over the last year.

“Since October 2019 our critical care team has been delivering a 24/7 pre-hospital care service to the people of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas using helicopters by day and RRVs by night. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helps us. None of this would be possible without the amazing backing we receive from our supporters and volunteers across both counties and our partners in the NHS and emergency services.”

EHAAT crew at Earls Colne Airbase



Foundation goes above and beyond to cut financial burdens for youngsters with cancer


IFE-CHANGING grants have helped dozens of young people with cancer meet their everyday needs across the country. The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation has paid out £10,000 in personal grants since April 2019 – including buying clothes for one teenager who only had their pyjamas to wear. As well as helping to fund travel costs to and from hospital to receive vital treatment, the money has also been spent on laptops to help youngsters continue their studies and last days out for terminal patients to relax with their friends. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said cancer left many youngsters and their families in an impossible financial situation. She said: “The majority of the grants go to help with travel costs to and from hospital as well as food. Often steroids make teenagers hungrier and they need more food than hospitals offer. “The steroids can also affect their weight, leaving youngsters needing new clothes. One person we helped

was making do with only pyjamas at the time. “Many families lose one income because a parent has to become the main carer and patients are susceptible to infection so cannot travel on public transport either, but taxis are expensive too. The costs of cancer just go on and on and it’s not something you realise until you are in that situation.” Latest research has shown families spend an extra £600 a month when a child has cancer* - an extra burden they do not need. One youngster the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation has helped since April includes a 19-year-old man who cannot pay for his rent, bills or food because of a large metastatic brain tumour. Left without income since February 2019, he has had to rely on foodbanks. The Foundation gave him £500 to help with his rent and food. Another patient, a 13-year-old boy, has a Ewing Sarcoma and his mum is no longer working so she can look after her son, placing great financial strain on the family. The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation paid a care grant of £500 to cover petrol costs to and from hospital and £200 for food costs while there. Nikki said: “We even had one young lady who had to leave university because of a Ewings Sarcoma and who, while recuperating in hospital, asked for a Nintendo Switch to break the boredom, which we were happy to do. “We want to help wherever we can and it is through our amazing supporters and donors that we are able to make things a little easier for youngsters and their families. They shouldn’t be put under this extra financial burden and we will continue to make sure we do all we can to help youngsters and their families so they can focus on doing what they need to to get well again.”

Richard and Nikki Bowdidge with supporters at a Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation fundraiser. 12

To support the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, go to www.tombowdidgefoundation.org


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Colchester Zoo’s Animal Care Team announce name of White rhino calf as she begins exploring outside! Born in January our young female White rhino calf has been named Lottie!


nlike the usual African names chosen for many of our past rhino calves, this little lady was showing personality traits of both her mum Emily and Dad Otto so her keepers decided that she should be named after them both. They’ve used letters from both parents’ names and she is now called Lottie. As well as being named, Lottie has also been busy exploring a new area of her home, on the 22nd January she headed outside with mum to the large paddock for the first time! Mum Emily

was quick to lead the way and enjoyed wallowing in the mud closely followed by excited little Lottie who enjoyed running, skidding and jumping through the muddy puddles! Mother and daughter then proceeded to explore the whole area of their outdoor paddock in a galloping motion! Check out the video on Colchester Zoo’s website to see the pair in action. Lottie and Emily will gradually spend more time in the outside paddock before Lottie is introduced

to our other female rhinos, and eventually the other species who she shares her home with once she is a little bigger! When Lottie isn’t out in the main paddock, visitors may be able to catch a glimpse of her 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 at the top viewing area inside the Kingdom of the Wild building! Find out more about Lottie’s birth at: https:// www.colchester-zoo. com/2020/01/rhino-calfborn/ as well as mum Emily and dad Otto’s history. Colchester Zoo has had a number of previous successful births as part of the breeding programme for White rhinos with Lottie being the 5th calf to be born at the zoo. White rhinos are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, this is due to the poaching crisis and ivory trade, so adorable Lottie is brilliant news for the conservation of this magnificent species.



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New year, new challenge?

Bring on the Big Battle with Helen Rollason Cancer Charity! Helen Rollason Cancer Charity are inviting the brave and courageous to take part in our second Big Battle challenge on Sunday 5th April 2020.


he 5km course will test your endurance, speed and strength, all in the name of charity. A personal trainer will escort and encourage groups of participants around the course which will see you take on the famous Nuclear Races obstacles including the 15 lane Zip-wire into water and 20’ free-fall Deathslide.

Have you got the nerve? Participants should expect an ultra-muddy and obstacleloaded course from Nuclear Races who are well known for delivering award winning races with high quality obstacles that will test your fitness as well as your nerve. Held at The Event Village, Parsonage Farm, Ongar

From JC Designs Ltd in Braintree – Janet Peacock and Charlie Spires.



Road, Brentwood, opposite the Secret Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch; the event is open to individuals and teams aged 13 or over. Our very first Big Battle saw 48 brave supporters take part raising over £5,000 for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity! Katie Gardner and colleagues from Lambert Chapman LLP took part as part of a team building day said, “When we initially heard about the event, I tentatively circulated the details expecting maybe one or two brave and/or bonkers members of staff to sign up, but I was delighted when I quickly had a list of 10 eager participants. Our team of intrepid accountants had a fantastic time!” Janet Peacock, 63 and Charlie Spires, 24 representing J C Designs Ltd in Braintree were two brave individuals who took on the challenge said, “Charlie supported me throughout the event and my family came along

to cheer me on. It was completely out of my comfort zone but I set myself the challenge and I was determined to complete it, and I did!” Sarah Rayner, 30 from Hutton works at ProMedical Personnel Ltd based in Brentwood; she was part of a team of 15 colleagues who took part commented, “As well as raising money for an invaluable charity, it was also a fantastic team building exercise for our company; we definitely bonded and helped each other throughout the run. I loved being part of the team!” Nadije Butler, 58 from Ilford also took part in the challenge, “I am already a supporter, fundraiser and volunteer for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity and I wanted to challenge myself to an event which is going to be much harder.

Competitors taking on the death slide all levels of fitness ability and ages, testing courage, determination, teamwork and physical strength. Based on permanent farmland with mud, woods, rivers and lakes, Big Battle pushes participant’s limits over a fun combination of big and small obstacles. So expect to enjoy a muddy memorable time, to get

wet, dirty and to #LoveMud for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity! Tickets are £50 per person and must be booked in advance as places are limited. Don’t delay; book your place today! Call the Fundraising Office on 01245 380719 or visit www.helenrollason. org.uk

The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity means a lot to me; as a breast cancer survivor myself, I know first-hand how important complimentary therapies and support are for cancer patients and their nearest and dearest. I am delighted to support the charity – they do amazing work and have helped so many people and their families.” Our Big Battle challenges

48 people took part in our last Big Battle – well done all

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The difference between Tattoos and Semi Permanent Make up Micropigmentation, also known as permanent and semi-permanent make-up (SPMU) has increased in popularity in recent years.


he trends such as semipermanent make-up for fast lifestyles, beauty influences from magazines and TV (celebrities often setting new trends) and even medically related treatments, mean that the number of people turning to Semi Permanent Makep Up is growing. Celebrities like Cara Delevingne (model, pictured below) have influenced the eyebrow trend, having visible, nicely shaped eyebrows is an important part of many people’s beauty regime. It is often said that eyebrows ‘frame’ the face and that they bring attention to the entire eye area. Eyebrows can make eyes appear wider, bigger and younger. They can also balance the size and shape of the nose. Semi-permanent Make Up (SPMU) is the application of a pigment to the skin, (people

also call it cosmetic tattooing, however the technique and pigments are different from each other). Tattoos are made using ink and SPMU uses pigments. Pigments used in SPMU are of smaller particles that can also be suspended in a diluter, this allows for a more natural, softer colour in the skin that can be layered to create a much more realistic finish. Traditional tattoo inks are much more concentrated which means that they are much stronger in colour. The ink used in tattoos reaches deep into the hypodermis of the skin, making tattoos



a permanent option. Semipermanent make- up is implanted into the dermal layer of the skin, not as deep and will fade over time. SPMU generally lasts from 6 months to 2 years, although depending on the individual it can last longer.

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ollowing the coldest night of winter, I have been precluded attending to a customer’s lawn, due frost, being in the shade of the house. Following all the recent rain, moss is rampant and I had intended to remove as much as I could with a rake. Had I done so, I would have caused more damage than good. So if your lawn needs raking, do not do it while the grass is white with snow or frost, or very wet. Wait on the better weather. You should not have to wait long as it will be early February before you read this, with the anticipated climatic improvement in progress. If moss and weeds are prevalent, I suggest the lawn is first spiked with a garden fork, pushing it into the grass as far as possible, every 6 inches and rocking the fork in all directions before each withdrawal. Afterwards a combined, moss,


weed and feed treatment is recommended, following the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging, or you might have a lawn showing big black areas that need re-seeding.

compost mixed with top soil, and then sprinkle grass seed over the patches. Also repair any edges that have been damaged, re-seeding as required. Do not step on the edges to avoid their being spoilt.

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“Improving” a roundabout system We hear stories of the Chinese building hospitals in weeks and we have all witnessed housing estates being constructed in far less time than it has taken Essex County Council to “improve” a roundabout system.


ollowing is a letter from Clir Kevin Bentley Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for infrastructure @ Essex County Council to Will Quince MP, please note the times Cilr Bentley uses the word improve (we counted 6 times) in his letter, only time will tell, he at least acknowledges the “severe inconvenience” this has already caused. It would be interesting to know if the utility companies mentioned in his letter, have been fined for the delays caused. Dear Will, As you already aware, the A133 Ipswich Road/Harwich Road roundabout scheme aims to alleviate congestion, improve access for all modes of transport while supporting growth and economic prosperity of the town. In terms of traffic capacity of the junctions, traffic modelling has been undertaken and demonstrates that the works will improve the overall junction capacity at both junctions. Regarding efficiency and operational benefits, the existing double mini-roundabouts necessitate two give-away points for the majority of movements and have more conflict points (when compared to the proposed), which leads to driver hesitation and consequently delay. With single, larger roundabouts, widened approaches and dual carriageway improvement between the two junctions there will be more capacity and a less complicated arrangement, where al l movements need to give way just once and drivers are able to access and egress the junction more efficiently. In relation to safety benefits, the proposed roundabouts provide overall geometric safety improvements (with deflection etc.) and as it is a single roundabout, there will be less manoeuvres and conflict points between traffic when compared with the existing miniroundabout arrangement.


We absolutely understand that these works are a severe inconvenience for many people, however as described above they are essential for Colchester’s longer-term good. The junction is in a very busy urban area and due to the importance of the junction we are unable to fully close the road for the duration of the works. In itself this increases the amount of time it takes to complete the works. We are also obliged to use extensive traffic management measures to create the areas we are working on, protect the workforce and direct the traffic flows. There are a number of complicated activities which need to be coordinated to enable the widening and realignment of the carriageway and therefore improve the capacity of the junction. Although much of the initial work is out of sight, we have to liaise with multiple statutory undertakers (i.e. Gas, Water, Media Cable, BT, Electric etc.) for their apparatus to be moved. This takes time. These activities are underway across the scheme and will continue to progress across the duration of the works enabling us to widen the Carriageway and move traffic across the highway to work on new areas, while keeping the road open. As part of the overall scheme we also need to undertake works to strengthen the retaining wall between the road and the railway cutting (Colchester to Clacton line). This in itself is a significant operation and will require the construction of a continuous new piled retaining wall behind the existing wall below the surface of the Ipswich Road roundabout. This element of the works is expected to start in the New Year once key elements of statutory undertaker diversions have been completed. The works are much more complex than just widening and changing the roundabouts. Tasks involved to complete the project include: removal of existing structures; diverting utilities pipes and cables over several months, undertaking piling works for the Waitrose and Network Rail walls to allow space for improvements; replacement of street lighting; building the new wider carriageway and pavements; renew and improve cycle paths; improve pedestrian controlled crossings; renew highway linings and signs; build new roundabouts and deal with any unforeseen engineering complications


underground. The improvement scheme has unfortunately seen delays to the planned work schedule, caused by utility companies experiencing issues which have built up over the last couple of months. This includes a significant Anglian Water leak on Harwich Road roundabout and a series of alterations to the design and routing of underground utility cabling and piping. Several other issues have also prompted the recent re-programming of works, including an unexpected issue discovered by BT, meaning the company needs additional time to divert fibre optic and interned cables on Ipswich Road roundabout before work on the retaining wall can commence. There has been a work schedule on our website for a long time however this needs to be updated due to the latest information and changes. Hopefully the above gives you a better understanding of the benefits and the scope of works involved. We appreciate it will cause frustration and would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation whilst we undertake these improvements. We would encourage residents and businesses to also check the Essex Highways website for the latest updates including any changes to traffic management arrangements. www. essex.gov.uk/majorschemshttp:/www. essex.gov.uk/majorschemes (follow the link to the A133 Ipswich Road improvement scheme, Colchester’). You can also check the @Essexhighways twitter feed and WWW.roadworks. orghttp://www.roadworks.org for information about other works in the area. Thank you again for taking the time to contact me and if you have any other concerns or queries that I can help you with, then please do not hesitate to contact me again. Yours sincerely Cllr Kevin Bentley


Walkers get ready for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s Rural Ramble! Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is asking you to put your best foot forward by taking part in our third Rural Ramble charity walk on Saturday 18th April 2020.


his is a unique opportunity to enjoy a beautiful walk around the Essex countryside and The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge, just outside Great Dunmow. There are three distance options for participants to choose from; 10 mile walk, 4 mile or a 1 mile walk family trail. Whichever route you choose, this promises to be a great day out for all the family and all distances end with a garden visit and delicious cream tea. Last year almost three hundred supporters joined us at our second Rural Ramble raising over £4,000 for the charity! Participants were full of praise for the event,


“I would just like to say thank you for organising a great second Rural Ramble. My husband, children, dogs and I completed the 10 mile ramble today. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, the organisation, the route and the tea afterwards.”

volunteers, comprise of a walled kitchen garden dating back to the 18th century, a wild flowers area for the bees, formal gardens, beautiful carpets of snowdrops in February and expansive colourful displays of flowers in Spring and Summer.

The gardens which are entirely maintained by

Claire Matthews, a trustee of the Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust, said, “We are delighted that the Gardens are to be the focal point of the Helen Rollason Rural Ramble on Saturday 18th April. We hope that this event will encourage even more people to come to find out more about these fascinating Gardens. Their history spans from the mid-1590s, through the Edwardian era and Second World War, right up to the current time, when important


and exciting renovation is taking place.” Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Community Fundraiser Suzanne Watson added, “We are all incredibly excited to be hosting our Rural Ramble in partnership with The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge. We already have lots of people signed up and looking forward to a great day out – we’re keeping our fingers crossed for sunny skies and warm Spring weather! Walking more is a proven way to feel good and improve your fitness – and you’ll be helping the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity to enable quality of life while living with cancer.” Situated a few minutes outside the historic market town of Great Dunmow, this promises to be a great day out for all the family. Adults and children can take part but as most of the route is offroad it is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. All entrants aged 16 years or under must be accompanied by an adult. Well behaved dogs are welcome both on the walks and on a lead in the gardens. Limited places available so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Don’t delay, book your place today! Call the Fundraising Office on 01245 380719 or visit www.helenrollason. org.uk elite magazine 195


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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Three great dining venues now open at Stoke by Nayland Hotel to suit all tastes! The clubhouse at Stoke by Nayland has just completed an impressive refurbishment and has been rebranded this month as The Sports Bar.


his is now open all day and evening to guests, members and local residents who are keen to watch SKY, BT, Amazon Prime and other live TV sports channels on big screens in good company whilst enjoying a delicious homemade burger or other hearty dish from a great new menu, freshly prepared to order from the open kitchen.

No need to book! The state-of-the-art Golf Simulator suite is available for hire (for just £30/hour for up to 4 golfers at a time) and players are encouraged to order food and drink from the Sports Bar whilst they enjoy their game on one of many famous courses around the world – including Carnoustie and Wentworth!

Also in January the hotel opened the Gallery Restaurant upstairs and this is offering a range of delicious Afternoon Teas from 12 noon until 5pm and then a mouth-watering Grill menu from 6pm – 9pm. Enjoying fabulous 270 degree views through floor to ceiling glazing over the lake and rolling Constable Country the Gallery is definitely worth a visit. From Easter weekend you will also be able to enjoy hearty Brunches up here. To complete the dining offering the hotel’s AA 2 Rosette Lakes Restaurant specialises in serving excellent a la carte dishes created by our award-winning Executive Head Chef, James Barber. Using fresh, locally sourced produce – including asparagus, rhubarb, apples and soft fruit in season from the Peake family’s own adjacent orchards.

Views from the Gallery Restaurant for Afternoon Teas and evening Grill menu

Information about online booking (advised but not essential), opening times and menus are available on the website at www. stokebynayland.com/dining or simply call Reservations on 01206 265835.

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Walk your dog and help keep air ambulance flying Whatever sort of dog you have, you could help save a life just by taking it for a walk this Spring.


ssex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT), is pleased to announce that its popular Heli Hounds event will return on March 1st, and pooches of every size and shape are welcome. With dogs and their owners walking in support of their local life-saving charity, it’s a great way of spending a day with your four-legged friends. Starting from EHAAT’s Charity Office on Earls Colne Business Park, close to one of the Charity’s two airbases, a delightful three-mile route will take participants through the picturesque grounds of the Marks Hall Estate.

can do an amazing trick or is a great mover, this is the dog show for you!

a life just by taking your `pawsome’ pal for a walk and getting sponsored.

Emily Donnachie, Events Manager at EHAAT, said: “Our Heli Hounds walk is a really popular, fun event with hundreds of people and their dogs joining us each year.

“If 300 dog walkers each managed to get £30-£50 in sponsorship money, we could raise over £10,000, enough to fund four lifesaving missions.”

“Because EHAAT is a charity, the money raised by events such as this is important in keeping our life-saving service operational. It would be great to see as many people as possible come along with their dogs. You can help save

Registrations are now open at ehaat.org/events or by calling 0345 2417 690. Pre-registrations for the walk are just £7.50 beforehand or £10 on the day. Entries for the dog show are £1.50 in advance or £2 on the day.

Following the walk, which starts at 10.00am, there will be lots of dog-related attractions to enjoy and stalls to browse. Burnham & District Dog Training will be present with dancing dog demonstrations and ‘how to’ sessions. There will be a dog show with a selection of classes to enter including; best rescue, best veteran, handsome dog, prettiest bitch, cutest puppy, child’s best friend, little and large, dog/owner lookalike. If your dog looks like you,


Participants at the 2019 Heli Hounds event


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Air Ambulance’s stylish new shop officially opens in Colchester The newest Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) shop in Head Street Colchester has been officially opened by Claire Cottrell, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex. The shop which sells designer and brand clothing plus accessories, takes the total number of EHAAT shops across Essex and Hertfordshire to ten.


rs Cottrell was accompanied by Jane Gurney, EHAAT’s CEO. Other invited guests included Nick and Elizabeth Cope (Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester) and Freya Goulding along with her son Tom. In 2018 Freya out with her four young children in Highwoods Country Park, Colchester, when Tom (4) was struck by an out of control cyclist. Donna Lee, EHAAT’s Head of Retail said: “We are really

excited to be opening our newest fundraising shop in Colchester. Our shops play a vital part in raising the £750,000 the charity needs each month to remain operational and saving lives. We hope that the merchandise we have selected will particularly appeal to Colchester’s fashion-conscious student population. We’ve got something for every taste! “Like our other shops, this will be somewhere where people can come in and find out more about our work and learn about the many ways they can support us, such as fundraising or volunteering. “The shop opened for business earlier this month and the response we’ve had from people donating goods or coming into the shop has been really positive. We are looking forward to welcoming many more local people through the doors.”

(L to R) Elizabeth and Nick Cope (Mayoress and Mayor of Colchester), Claire Cottrell (Deputy Lieutenant of Essex), Freya and Tom Goulding (former patient), Jane Gurney (CEO, EHAAT)


Freya Goulding recalled the day her son Tom was attended by EHAAT: “We were walking around the lake when a teenager on a bike


came down the hill at speed and hit Tom. Even from a distance I could see it was serious. The leg looked like it was snapped in half, and there was a lot of blood. “The EHAAT team were able to administer ketamine and fentanyl before escorting him to the hospital where the major trauma team was waiting. I dread to think how much worse it could have been, if they’d had to move him without those drugs. The care the crew took was amazing.” Following his discharge from hospital Tom visited the EHAAT airbase at Earls Colne. “Tom absolutely loved his visit to the airbase, he can’t stop telling people about it! It was very emotional when we saw the helicopter and met the crew. They are Tom’s heroes now.” The shop, at 16 Head Street, Colchester, CO1 1NY is open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday. For more information about this and the other EHAAT shops visit ehaat.org/shops or call 0345 2417 690.


Helping people live with and beyond cancer A free event designed to help patients and their families to look after their health and recovery as they manage the effects of cancer will take place in Colchester later this spring.


iving with and beyond cancer has been organised by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) and Macmillan Cancer Support. Taking place at Colchester United’s football stadium on 9 March, it is open to patients who have completed or are nearing the end of treatment, and those on long term surveillance or maintenance therapy, as well as their families and carers.

“Cancer can affect every part of life, which is why our support is geared towards the whole person, rather than simply the cancer patient”

Speakers will include Sarah Orr, Macmillan lead cancer nurse with ESNEFT, who will talk about managing the long-term effects of cancer, and dietitian Hayley Cole, who will discuss healthy eating and nutrition. People attending will also learn more about sleeping well and be given the chance to take part in workshops looking at emotional wellbeing and the importance of physical activity. A raft of information stalls giving help and advice on everything from complementary therapies, stress management and mental health support to wigs, scarves and prostheses will also be available. Morven Angus, Macmillan survivorship lead with ESNEFT, said: “We have organised this special event to help people look after their physical and mental health as they cope with the effects of cancer. “Cancer can affect every part of life, which is why our support is geared towards elite magazine 195

the whole person, rather than simply the cancer patient. We hope that as many patients as possible, together with their loved ones, will come along and benefit from the information and advice which will be available. “Our last event went really well and we received some fantastic feedback from those who attended, who told us they valued the support they received and being able to talk to others in a similar position. “We hope that we can replicate that success this time around to help more people affected by cancer live life as fully as they can.” The event runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To reserve a space, please contact Morven on 07831 502183 or email Macmillan. SurvivorshipProject@ colchesterhospital. nhs.uk 35


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Colchester Recalled’s bumper start to 2020 C

olchester Recalled’s first meeting of 2020 on Thursday 16th January was one of their best attended talks for a long time. The subject was ‘The Archaeology of Mersea Mud’ by Oliver Hutchinson, who stood in for the unavailable Lawrence Northall, who had prepared all the material from about 5 years work to preserve the coastal archaeology at 7 sites around the island. The small group involved are all local people, dedicated to research and record the changes taking place to the coastline, wildlife and environment. Their findings are available for all to see on their website - www.searchingmersea.com which is continually updated. One of the most researched areas is near Cooper’s Beach, where at dusk one evening, a teenage oysterman kicked what he thought to be a rock, which turned out to be a skull, that later carbon dating proved it to be 100-300BC.


Some of the group pointing to their discovery of a Mammoth tusk in the mud at Mersea Other findings include the disappearance of eel grass which grew in the mud on the south side of the island, flowering and seeding itself, but has now, along with the mud, disappeared leaving just stone. Among the discoveries is a small Roman Samian-ware bowl, now on display in the Mersea Island Museum. Many planks of very old wood and vertical poles have also been identified as a jetty of some sort, dating back to Saxon times, suggesting that the island was a shipping centre, further strengthened by the discovery of a wreck ‘The Pioneer’ with its rotting bow sticking up out of the water at low tide.


There is also strong evidence of the loss of shoreline and the need to re-draw many of the maps currently in use. Along with the evidence of a serious reduction of seabirds, the work of this small dedicated group is obviously of some importance to the future of the island. The next meeting of Colchester Recalled is on Thursday 13th February at 7pm at the Roman Circus Centre, when Philip Crummy will talk about the Mystery of the Roman Colchester Water Supply and the recent discovery of Public Baths in the town centre. Admission - members £2 , non members £3. All are welcome.




Clothing Clinic to launch a host of evening workshops Since our last piece in Elite much has happened and we’re excited to share that with you!


ith the start of a new year we have not only continued our work with Clothing Clinic, but also launched a host of evening workshops. You may have also seen our feature on BBC Look East at the end of January too! For those of you who don’t know what we do, Clothing Clinic was founded by, Penny Pancaldi, London College of fashion trained seamstress and designer. Penny felt passionately about contributing to bringing awareness to the effects of the clothing industry on the environment. With the heavy use of water to make denim, to the toxic chemicals used to make and dye fabric, the slave trade and the amount that ends up in land fill, its affects are astronomical. Here at Clothing Clinic people can bring

in their damaged clothing for repair for a small charge or come and create something new out of something old to give it a new lease of life. In addition to that we have evening workshops for those wanting to further their skills. Over the next couple of months the workshops will include learning how to make a homemade bag with refillable bottles inside, learn the technique of ‘chenilling’ to make a new fabric for a cushion cover and reusing your old jeans to make something new. You can enjoy a lovely cup of tea, a warm and friendly environment and learn a new skill! The Clinic is welcome to everyone of all ages and skillset! We hope you’ll pay us a visit when you can, whether it be the drop in Clinic on Wednesdays or Thursdays, 10am - 1pm at 11 Maldon Road in Colchester, Essex or booking onto a workshop. You can also arrange to have private sessions too! We look forward to seeing some of you soon! For information regarding the clinic and workshops, please visit us at www.facebook.com/ clothingcliniccolchester or email us on clothingclinic1@gmail.com



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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 195


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) 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) Bed four 6’ 8” x 6’ 1” (2.0m x 1.85m) Bathroom

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West Bergholt Concert Band 2020 events West Bergholt Concert Band & Training Band’s 2020 events are already underway following their rousing end to 2019 with a wonderful Christmas Concert in Coggeshall’s St Peter ad Vincula Church.


irst up in 2020 are a series of open rehearsals which are aimed at maintaining the mix of all ages for which the band is renowned. This year we’re especially looking to gain some additional young musicians to replace those who keep leaving for university, so if you do play a woodwind or brass instrument you are very welcome to come along any Friday to Heathlands School in West Bergholt. Our Training Band (6pm7pm) is a great place to start if you’re Grade 1-4, and our Concert Band (7pm – 9pm) is

aimed at players of Grade 4 upwards. Playing in a band is a great way to improve your playing whilst having fun, and our experienced players will help ease you into ensemble playing. The band’s first concert of 2020 is A Sentimental Journey at a venue which holds a special place in the band’s heart - Clacton’s West Cliff Theatre. The concert (March 29th, 3pm, don’t forget to put your clocks forward) marks exactly 30 years since our current conductor first nervously conducted the

band at the West Cliff during the memorial concert for the band’s founder, so it’ll be a very special afternoon for the band. As always the concert will feature a wide range of music from the Big Bands, Musicals (Oklahoma, Phantom), Films (James Bond, Singing In The Rain), Pop (Neil Diamond, The Beatles), Classics, Marches and more, and be delivered in the band’s entertaining style. As with the concert 30 years ago this concert will be in aid of St Helena Hospice, with the band hoping to add to the circa £12k they’ve raised for the hospice in recent years. Tickets are available now from the theatre box office… so get yourself a ticket for a wonderful afternoon of good music. We look forward to seeing you on a Friday or at our concert…and if you’d like more information, everything you need to know about the band can be found on their website (www.wbcb.org) or you can contact the band via Conductor@wbcb.org.



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JobServe Community Stadium, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5UP Colchester United - Plymouth Argyle Sat Feb 08 2020 15:00 (UK) Colchester United - Grimsby Town Tue Feb 11 2020 19:45 (UK) Port Vale - Colchester United Sat Feb 15 2020 15:00 (UK) Salford City - Colchester United Sat Feb 22 2020 15:00 (UK) Colchester United - Cheltenham Town Sat Feb 29 2020 15:00 (UK) Carlisle United - Colchester United Sat Mar 07 2020 15:00 (UK) Colchester United - Scunthorpe United Sat Mar 14 2020 15:00 (UK) Colchester United - Crewe Alexandra Tue Mar 17 2020 19:45 (UK) Newport County - Colchester United Sat Mar 21 2020 15:00 (UK) Colchester United - Mansfield Town Sat Mar 28 2020 15:00 (UK) Bradford City - Colchester United Sat Apr 04 2020 15:00 (UK) Northampton Town - Colchester United Fri Apr 10 2020 15:00 (UK) Colchester United - Oldham Athletic Mon Apr 13 2020 15:00 (UK)

Walsall - Colchester United Sat Apr 18 2020 15:00 (UK) Colchester United - Forest Green Rovers Sat Apr 25 2020 15:00 (UK)

Cudmore Grove

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 merseaislandhelpers@parkrun.com www.parkrun.org.uk/merseaisland

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.

Colchester Park

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

Friday 21st - Saturday 22nd February at 7pm also 1pm and 4pm Saturday A Night at the Musicals Theatretrain Colchester invite you to join them for a Night at the Musicals. Our talented students aged between six and eighteen will dance, act and sing their way through musical theatre numbers from The Lion King, Billy Elliot and Dear Evan Hansen.

Tickets: £10, £8 (60+, FTS, under 16’s) Monday 24th - Saturday 29th February at 7.45pm, Saturday Matinée 2.00pm Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Following their very well received productions of ‘Radiant Vermin’ and ‘Macbeth’ - Protocol are back at the Headgate and proud to present their latest production from the bard! Prepare yourselves for a Romeo and Juliet with the usual Protocol flare. Perfect for Shakespeare lovers and those studying the text for GCSE alike!

Tickets: £12, £10 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s) Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th February at 7pm, Saturday Matinée 3pm Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Sam Steiner “Octopus Buffalo. Shanghai. Yellow. Aliens. Pasties. Terrorism. Creep. Wasted. California. Rhinoceros. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons. Lemons.” Bernadette and Oliver meet and fall in love at a funeral for a cat. Includes sexual content and swearing

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Friday 6th March at 7.30pm Mother/land by Eilish Mullane Audwin transcribes the words of better men, distributing them around a newly-divided city, but rebellion comes at a price. As the Stasi close in, Audwin must decide who he can really trust, and how he can keep them safe. Contains violence

Tickets: £5 Saturday 7th March at 9:30am - 3pm (Part 1) Get Creative! A Photography Workshop for Beginners Part one of a two part, hands-on workshop with lots of practice. Learn how to take beautiful creative photographs in a small group workshop. You need to have a camera that allows you creative control.Fees: £95 per day or £165 for Parts 1 & 2 when purchased together. Includes refreshments and light lunch.

For tickets contact Sally Parkinson Photography: 07849 854308 or email sally@sallyparkinson.co.uk

Sunday 8th March at 7.30pm Live with The Femmes Prepare to be whisked back to the 1940’s with this vocal harmony trio as they take you through the years giving classic hits that vintage twist! With more fizz than a glass of champagne these girls will get your toes a tapping and leave you jumping and jiving!

Tickets: £12

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30,000 copies delivered FREE every month to homes in the CO postcode of North East Essex. To advertise in Elite, call Ian on 01206 500543