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CONTENTS

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Help us ‘build for better care’

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Micro Shading & Micro Blading What is the difference?

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Sausage and Cider Fest in Colchester for the first time!

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Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Raffle Winner Announced!

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Critically acclaimed Shazia Mirza’s show comes to Colchester

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Outdoor retailer to support Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

The NHS in Suffolk and Essex is inviting people to share their views on a proposal to create an elective care centre in Colchester for patients.

People have most commonly semi-permanent make up applied on eyebrows, lips and eyes.

The Sausage and Cider Festival will be arriving on Saturday 23rd May 2020 at the Charter Hall, Colchester.

We are very pleased to announce that the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Winter Raffle has raised an incredible £4,000 for the charity!

Strap in for a hilarious and uplifting joyride into the art of survival in a world of crocodiles, coconuts, solitary confinement and alpha males.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has been selected by Mountain Warehouse as one of 22 regional charity partners across the UK for 2020.

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Help us improve the quality of our services A local home improvement company has kicked off its 50th year in business by winning a highly sought-after industry award.

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ast Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) is asking patients, carers, the public and staff to help choose its key areas for improvement (which are also known as ‘quality priorities’) for 2020/21. The trust, which runs Ipswich and Colchester hospitals as well as a range of community services, has developed nine priorities and is asking for people’s views on which they feel are the most important so that they can be taken forward and given extra focus during the year.

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Catherine Morgan, chief nurse at ESNEFT, said: “We want to make sure we are always delivering safe, effective services and the best possible experience for every patient receiving care in our trust. “We are asking our patients, staff, the public and stakeholders to help us do that by sharing their views on the areas they feel we should focus on during the next year. “We would encourage as many people as possible to take a few minutes to fill out the short questionnaire and help us make sure we are

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concentrating on the things which matter the most to them during 2020/21. “What you tell us will make a difference.” The questionnaire is available at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ priorities2020/ and runs until Friday 28 February. ESNEFT’s board will take all of the feedback received into account when making a final decision during March. The quality priorities will be published in the summer as part of the trust’s annual report.


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Help us ‘build for better care’ The NHS in Suffolk and Essex is inviting people to share their views on a proposal to create an elective care centre in Colchester for patients who need planned orthopaedic surgery such as hip and knee replacements.

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he centre would be built on the Colchester Hospital site on Turner Road. Its benefits would include:

• a better experience for patients and carers

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operations, as beds will be dedicated to planned orthopaedic surgery and could not be used by emergency patients • shorter waits for surgery • new and exciting ways of working, in turn helping to retain existing staff and attract new talent to East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals and a range of community services increased capacity to treat all local people into the future. As part of the £44 million project, a replacement day surgery unit (DSU) would also

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be created at Colchester. Nick Hulme, ESNEFT Chief Executive, said: “After working with patients, carers, staff and community groups to look carefully at where the new centre could be located, it quickly became clear that Colchester was the only option.” Dr Ed Garratt, Chief Executive of Ipswich and East Suffolk and North East Essex clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), said: “We have developed these proposals alongside colleagues at ESNEFT, as well as patient groups and other stakeholders, and are confident they will bring benefits to thousands of patients every year.” Andy Yacoub, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Suffolk, said: “We appreciate being invited to support the Trust to reach patients and carers

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for their views about this important development. We will do this together with our colleagues at Healthwatch Essex.” People can share their views at www.esneft.nhs.uk/ publicconsultation or by emailing hello@esneft.nhs. uk and putting ‘Orthopaedic Surgery Centre Consultation Response’ in the subject line. A series of social media chats using the hashtag #BuildingForBetterCare will take place over the coming weeks. Full details are available at www.esneft.nhs. uk/publicconsultation. The consultation will run from 4pm on 18 February to 5pm on 1 April. North East Essex and Ipswich and East Suffolk CCGs will take people’s feedback into account when making a final decision on the proposal in the summer.



Foundation hits £1 million mark at Feather Ball H

UNDREDS of guests helped a charity break the £1 million fundraising mark by dancing the night away at its pinnacle event of the year. Revelers from across the country got dressed up in their finest to smash the record for the largest amount raised at the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation’s annual Feather Ball. Altogether a staggering £56,464 was raised on the night, breaking the previous ball record of £33,000. The total meant the Foundation was able to announce at the popular fundraiser it had raised more than £1 million to help young people with cancer since it was launched in 2014. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “We suddenly realised a few days before we could very well reach the milestone at the Feather Ball. “There were huge roars when we announced it on the night. We were absolutely delighted, not only to mark the incredible milestone but raise that fantastic amount at the ball too, breaking our previous record. “The total doesn’t include the amazing £175,000 Tom raised for charity himself when he was diagnosed. We can’t think of a better way of continuing Tom’s legacy.”

More than 280 people attended this year’s ball. This year’s surprise theme musicals was, as usual, hidden from revelers until they arrived at the venue. Nikki said: “What a fantastic night! Every year seems to be bigger than the one before and we had so many more people wanting to come this time. “Musicals was a great theme choice, people were dancing to their favourite songs and challenging each other to dance-offs. It was perfect and we had such amazing support. “I’d especially like to thank Lanswood Residential and Commercial Developments for being the Feather Ball’s main sponsor this year. They helped make it a great success and we really cannot thank them enough for their support.” The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation’s Feather Ball was held at Braxted Park in Witham for the first time in its six year history. The Foundation decided to look for a new venue because of increasing guest numbers. As well as live music from The Beavers to dance to, there was the famous silent auction, a pianist and a casino for guests to try their hand at. Partygoers also enjoyed a sparkling reception and three course dinner, which was interrupted by crashing waiters – incognito musicians who challenged guests to a musical competition. Nikki said: “A huge thank you to everyone who came and made it such a spectacular night. “I haven’t enjoyed myself so much in ages and the crashing waiters were just fantastic. I can’t believe we have to wait a full year to do it all again.”

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

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Dispelling the myths about making a will Are you mystified by making a Will, left in the dark when it comes to legacies?

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ssex & Herts Air Ambulance is hosting a special event in Essex intended to dispel some of the common misunderstandings around making a Will. Peter King, Partner at Nockolds Solicitors, will speak about the willmaking process and answer questions. Jen Townsend, Finance Manager at EHAAT, will discuss the part that legacies play in funding the charity. EHAAT Fundraising Manager Lana Meade commented: “Making a Will can be daunting if you haven’t done it before, but the process is much simpler than many people think. We hope this event will answer many of the questions people have about making a will that is right for them. “It will also be a great chance to learn about the life-saving work our Critical Care Teams do across Essex. One in ten of our missions is funded by a legacy, so we are incredibly grateful to the people who choose to support us in this way.” Tea, coffee and cakes will be served. To book a FREE place at the event call EHAAT on 0345 2417 690

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Micro Shading & Micro Blading What is the difference? People have most commonly semi-permanent make up applied on eyebrows, lips and eyes.

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owever, there are additional trends in Semi -Permanent Make up, like the Meghan Markle inspired freckles tattoos. A semi-permanent lip liner can be a great option for a person who wants that more defined look without the lip liner wearing off during the day. Semi -Permanent Make up artists can use a machine that implants pigment into the skin using ultra-fine needles. The machine is different from a standard tattoo machine, as it implants the pigment much closer to the skin surface. For eyebrow enhancement there are two main techniques; micro blading and micro shading. Micro blading and micro blading can correct the results of years of ‘over plucking’ something a lot of us have done in the past Micro blading is performed by using a disposable hand tool, which can only be used to create fine hair strokes. The benefit of using this hand tool is that the hair strokes are so fine, they perfectly mimic the effect of a real eyebrow hair.

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This will give you the result of perfectly natural eyebrows. Micro shading can be performed manually or by machine. The manual and machine techniques both leave small pinpoint dots that create the whole look. The affect can last even longer than micro blading and can be more noticeable. A great result can be achieved by a combination of micro blading and micro shading, achieving a noticeable, lasting and natural result. The artist will draw some hair strokes,

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usually around the edges where they are most visible, then add shading to the body of the brow, giving it a full look that retains a beautiful shape every day.

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Sausage and Cider Fest arrives in Colchester for the first time! The Sausage and Cider Festival will be arriving on Saturday 23rd May 2020 at the Charter Hall, Colchester.

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here will also be a huge variety of delicious sausages, not the standard bangers you would find in your local supermarket. We source from the finest butchers around the UK choosing the quirkiest and most adventurous sausages to bring to our festivals. Why not enter one of our competitions:

How many sausages can you eat in 2 minutes? Chilli eating competition (that features the world’s hottest chilli)

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All whilst you are enjoying a pint or two of Cider.

Sessions - Each session will be 5 hours each.

You can also enjoy incredible live music with our in-house band and live DJ acts, whilst you are enjoying a pint or two of our many delicious craft ciders and beers on offer.

12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Tickets from just £10

We love the real cider, we scour all corners of the UK looking for the finest, sweetest and tastiest cider money can buy! Non-Cider Drinkers fear not, there’s not just Cider at this event! With a fantastic Craft Beer, Gin bar, Prosecco Bar and soft drinks available! Events will be hosted in

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Strictly 18+ / ID Will be Required Join us for a day of indulgence and experiences never seen before. Tickets are available via various ticket partners; Eventbrite and via sausageandciderfest.co.uk If you would like more information about Sausage & Cider Fest Colchester, please contact info@ sausageandciderfest. co.uk or visit our website sausageandciderfest.co.uk



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Big News for Colchester Zoo’s calf on the way! A month after White rhino Emily gave birth to her 3rd calf, Lottie. Colchester Zoo are excited to announce that young Lottie will have a play mate later this year as one of the zoos other female White rhinos, Astrid, is expecting a calf of her own!

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strid is due to give birth at the end of September/ early October 2020 after a pregnancy of 16 months. The pregnancy was confirmed in 2019 via hormone analysis

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from faecal samples sent to a specialised lab after the Animal Care Team had their suspicions. This will be Astrid’s first calf fathered by our male Otto making this youngster the half sibling

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of our current bundle of joy, Lottie! Colchester Zoo has had great success as part of the breeding programme for White rhinos and this new


White rhino crash with another arrival will be the 6th calf to be born at the park. With previous youngsters having departed to join other zoos in the hope that they too become part of a successful breeding programme. Astrid arrived at Colchester Zoo in 2016 and lives with our male Otto, along with Emily and more recently with Binta, a third female white rhino that joined us from Knowsley

Safari Park in November 2019. Otto had previously been temporarily transferred to Woburn Safari Park whilst Emily was pregnant. The purpose of this move was a recommendation from the studbook keeper to see if he would mate with their female rhinos. Unfortunately, Otto did not breed whilst at Woburn but on his return to Colchester Zoo he reignited his flame with Emily but it

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also seems Otto found a new love with Astrid, who arrived whilst Otto was away, as she became pregnant within a year of his return. White rhinos are listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, this is due to the poaching crisis and ivory trade, so this pregnancy is brilliant news for the conservation of this magnificent species.

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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 in a wide range of activities.

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The school has been judged as ‘Outstanding’ in all four categories in the school’s latest ISI inspection 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”.

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Littlegarth children also achieve excellent 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 80 children gaining over 120 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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Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Winter Raffle Winner Announced! We are very pleased to announce that the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Winter Raffle has raised an incredible £4,000 for the charity!

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he raffle was drawn at the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Fundraising Office by Volunteers Brett Shanahan, Karen Rowan and Derek Banks, and the first prize cheque of £500 was presented to Mrs Marilyn Stickland from Shalford near Braintree in Essex. We invited the lucky winner to our Mid Essex Support Centre in Hatfield Peverel to see the fantastic work taking place and how donations are helping those living with cancer.

“I had heard of the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity many times but I truly didn’t appreciate the important work they do until I visited their Mid Essex Support Centre. I spoke with Therapist Angela Woodward about the treatments that the charity provide for those living with cancer. The ambiance at the centre was one of peace and tranquillity with soft gentle music playing and a wonderful welcoming atmosphere; I was most impressed. To win the £500 top prize in their Winter Raffle was a complete shock; I never win anything! I had attended their annual Christmas Gift and Food Fair at Chelmsford City Racecourse last November where I purchased my tickets. It was a wonderful surprise. I plan on spending my winnings on a weekend away with my friends and treating my daughters and I to a special day to commemorate my husband. A huge thank you to the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity for my prize and to staff member Holly who showed me around the Mid Essex Support Centre in Hatfield Peverel; I really enjoyed my visit.”

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Our second prize winner of the Winter hamper went to Mr Blatchford from Chelmsford. Third prize of the Meal Voucher for the Lion Inn at Boreham went to Mrs Anderson, also from Chelmsford. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Marketing Coordinator Holly Butler said; “Congratulations to Mrs Stickland and our other raffle winners! A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Winter Raffle and bought a ticket, whether it was in one of our Support Centres, on our website, at an event, with your Moment Magazine or over the phone. Our Raffle draw is a fun and yet valuable way in which to help our charity enable quality of life while living with cancer. We are delighted for Mrs Stickland and our other winners and we would like to thank them for taking part and supporting us. Make sure to mark October 2020 in your diaries, when we will be releasing details for our 2020 Winter raffle draw - where there’ll be another £500 top prize up for grabs!”


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Critically acclaimed Shazia Mirza’s brand-new show comes to Colchester Strap in for a hilarious and uplifting joyride into the art of survival in a world of crocodiles, coconuts, solitary confinement and alpha males in awardwinning, critically acclaimed Shazia Mirza’s brand-new show.

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ollowing the success of her last solo shows, ‘With Love From St. Tropez’, a riot of Brexit, buquas and butt-plugs through the lens of the periodic table, and ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It’, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia is now taking on the burning issues of our time. What’s going on? Why is everyone fighting? Why does everyone hate each other? Who the hell is Alexa? And why are there no women left with real eyebrows? Women are in fashion now but the eyebrows come and go? And why do all the right-wing papers keep calling her for answers every time there is a paedophile with the same skin colour as her? Can we really educate people? Can we drag anyone forward against their will? Recently seen back to absolute basics in Channel 4’s Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, taking a speedy turn (2.07 seconds to be exact) in BBC2’s Top Gear

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and temporarily enjoying the high life in Channel 4’s Travel Man – 48 Hours In… Côte d’Azur, Shazia has also guested on ITV’s Jonathan Ross and Loose Women, BBC1’s The One Show, and is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff. Other TV credits include Have I Got News For You (BBC), F*** Off, I’m a Hairy Woman (BBC), Celebrities v Child Genius’ Christmas Special 2018 (Channel 4), Celebs In Solitary (Channel 5), NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Beautiful People (BBC2), The World Stands Up (Paramount Comedy) and The Late Late Show (RTE). She has also appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Graham Norton and Steve Wright, Radio 4’s The Now Show and Saturday Live, and her Pause For Thoughts can often been heard on Radio 2’s Vanessa Feltz Show. In 2008 she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, won ‘Columnist of

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the Year’ at the prestigious PPA Awards for her fortnightly column in The New Statesman and won The GG2 Young Achiever of the Year Award. She has performed all over the world, selling out performances from Singapore to Kosovo, and regularly writes for various publications, including The Guardian, The Financial Times and New Internationalist. 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. Local Tour Dates Thursday 26th March at Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) Saturday 11th April at Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) Thursday 4th June at Cambridge Junction (01223 511 51) Image by Idil Sukan


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Outdoor retailer to support Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has been selected by Mountain Warehouse, the UK’s largest specialist outdoor retailer, as one of 22 regional charity partners across the UK for 2020.

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he company will be donating all profits from a selection of specially designed organic cotton tote bags to charity. Money raised in the retailer’s shops in Essex and Hertfordshire will go to EHAAT.

every month to keep the service operational and cover all charitable costs, and this would not be possible without the generosity and goodwill of people and businesses of Essex, Hertfordshire and beyond.”

Natasha Robertson, Fundraising Manager at EHAAT, commented: “We are really grateful to everyone at Mountain Warehouse for this support.

Mark Neale, founder of Mountain Warehouse said: “We are passionate about supporting our customers and the communities surrounding our stores. Our Charity Bag Campaign, which has been running since 2018, is very

“It costs in excess of £750,000

popular with staff and customers across the UK. We are delighted that our stores across Essex and Hertfordshire are be supporting such a worthwhile cause.” Participating Mountain Warehouse stores in Essex and Hertfordshire:

Braintree Bishop’s Stortford Harpenden Berkhamsted Hatfield Galleria

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olchester Recalled’s second meeting of 2020 on Thursday 13th January at the Roman Circus Centre was another well attended talk, with Philip Crummy inspiring much interest in the subject of the town’s water supply in Roman times. Philip’s talks are always enlightening and well

presented, packed with fascinating detail, gleaned from his vast experience coupled with expert observation and this talk certainly lived up to expectation. Surprisingly, Colchester in Roman times was well supplied with water, probably having an aqueduct rather like the one discovered at Pompei, but, of course, much smaller. It was probably sited against the town wall as evidenced during the Balkerne Lane excavations in the 1970s. It almost certainly supplied rich houses first, then the public baths and public buildings for fountains for both decorative and drinking purposes.

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The water was transported via underground wooden mains, consisting of straight pipes held together by thin flat circular bands of iron, known as ‘collars’, hammered in to the wall of the water main. Pressure would have been provided by a tank on top of a water tower, similar to the modern header tank in today’s houses.

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During the excavations of the town in 1970, (which formed the largest archaeological site in Europe), many instances of the Roman water supply were uncovered, including some uses of lead for both pipes and tanks. Sites included Wyre Street, High Street, Culver Street, at the Roman Circus and at Gosbecks. A set of drains were discovered in St Peter’s Street with a wooden lid, at Duncan’s Gate indications suggested that water was disposed of in neighbouring fields and there is much evidence of urine and faeces were used extensively in the treatment and dyeing of leather in the town. Water and drainage did not seem to cause many problems to Roman Colchester! The next meeting of Colchester Recalled is on Thursday 12th March at 7pm at the Roman Circus Centre, when David Whittle’s talk is entitled ‘The Great Flood of 1953’. Admission - members £2, nonmembers £3. All are welcome.


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The LisaGraham Duo have a repertoire sure to delight! Together we have many years of live music experience performing in restaurants, hotels, at private functions, garden parties, dinner parties, corporate events, clubs, weddings, christenings and even wakes! Lisa Strong

Graham Keeble

Lisa has been singing professionally since 17 in bands and as a solo performer starting her career in the Royal Hospital School Choir performing in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, St Pauls cathedral and St Mark’s Basilica Venice.

Graham is an exceptional pianist with a passion for performance.

At 21 Lisa auditioned for a Jazz band and was introduced to a new exciting genre of music.

Graham is an avid Jazz fan and loves it when he can get his teeth into some of the more complex numbers, you can almost see the smoke rising off his fingers!

Lisa developed her Jazz vocals over the next 12 years nurtured by the wealth of experience in the band who had played alongside the Beatles and Jazz legends in their time. Lisa has been performing with Graham for the last 3 years. They have created this duo from a shared passion for performance. Lisa brings a vast variety of genres gathered from the years of experience as a performer and enjoys singing anything from operatic choral pieces to soft Jazz. Lisa enjoys bringing modern pop or soul down to an acoustic level, creating arrangements that surprise and delight. 40

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Graham turns his hand to most genres playing anything from dinner jazz, soul, show stoppers with a 50 strong choir, to rock and roll- his new found favourite.

Graham is a musical marvel able to transform and adapt songs to fit with your event. he loves a challenge! The Repertoire Ranging from vintage to jazz, soft pop to soul and Disney, the duo has a vast repertoire. Favourites include Ella Fitzgerald, the Carpenters, the rat pack, and many many more.

Need to know more? Check out our website, www. thelisagrahamduo.com, or find us on Facebook.


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

ÂŁ340,000 07816 074511

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Council Tax Band C All services connected Freehold

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

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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 196

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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

£340,000

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West Bergholt Concert Band West Bergholt Concert Band & Training Band are gearing up for two backto back concerts with different programmes in very different venues.

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heir first concert of the year takes the band on A Sentimental Journey back to a venue which holds a special place in the band’s heart Clacton’s West Cliff Theatre. The concert (Sunday 29th March at 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 band will be playing a wide range of music from the Big Bands, Musicals (Oklahoma, Phantom), Films (James Bond, Singing In The Rain), Pop (Neil Diamond, The

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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.

church – known in the village as St Mary’s Old Church. It’s almost 30 years since the band last played there, so they’re very much looking forward to a return visit, and to seeing the recently uncovered medieval wall carvings.

Tickets are available now from the theatre box office (01255 433344) so give the theatre a call and get yourself a ticket for a wonderful afternoon of good music.

The programme will include musical favourites old and new – from Holst, Raiders, Bon Jovi, Irving Berlin – and many more. Come along for a lovely afternoon in this beautiful old church.

With that concert still ringing in their ears, a selection of the band will be playing in West Bergholt on Saturday 4th April at 3pm, as part of the re-opening of the recently restored 1000-year old retired

If you’d like any more information on the band, its events, or how to join us – have a look at the band’s website (www.wbcb.org) or you contact the band via Conductor@wbcb.org.

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WHATS ON COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF www.colchesterartscentre.com APRIL 2

LEE SCRATCH PERRY + HOBO CHANG *

APRIL 3

FARMERS MARKET *

MARKET

APRIL 3

THE LAUGHTER ZONE COMEDY CLUB *

COMEDY

APRIL 4

LONDON CALLING: SANDINISTA! 40TH ANNIVERSARY *

APRIL 5

COLCHESTER HERITAGE TOUR WITH HIGH STEWARD SIR BOB RUSSELL - TOUR B

APRIL 5

KEITH JAMES: CONCERT FOR A CHANGING WORLD

GIGS

APRIL 6

THE HUT PEOPLE *

FOLK

APRIL 7

DOM JOLY’S HOLIDAY SNAPS - TRAVEL AND COMEDY IN THE DANGER ZONE

APRIL 8

MADE IN CHINA: SUPER DUPER CLOSE UP 67 tickets left

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SALAD + ANORAK PATCH + THE VERDICTS

APRIL 11

LOU SANDERS: SAY HELLO TO YOUR NEW STEP-MUMMY - RESCHEDULED

COMEDY

APRIL 11

SHAZIA MIRZA: COCONUT

COMEDY

APRIL 12

LEWIS WRIGHT & KIT DOWNES

JAZZ

APRIL 13

ROY AYERS UBIQUITY - MYSTIC VOYAGE 45TH ANNIVERSARY

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APRIL 14

COURTNEY PINE: SONG (THE BALLAD BOOK) *

JAZZ

APRIL 15

WHAT A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME THEATRE: WHEN DID YOU STOP DANCING?

APRIL 16

JARLATH REGAN: NOTIONS ELEVEN

COMEDY

APRIL 17

LUCY PORTER: BE PREPARED

COMEDY

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TRANSMISSION: THE SOUND OF JOY DIVISION *

APRIL 19

COLCHESTER HERITAGE TOUR WITH HIGH STEWARD SIR BOB RUSSELL - TOUR X * WALKING TOUR

APRIL 19

VINYL SESSIONS: NIRVANA - BLEACH *

APRIL 19

PAN AMERICAN + MASAL + BOSCH

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APRIL 20

MAIREARAD GREEN & ANNA MASSIE *

FOLK

APRIL 22

GEORGIA TEGOU & MICHALIS THEOPHANOUS: REVERIE

APRIL 23

CROFT & PEARCE: DOUBLE TAKE

APRIL 24

THE STYLE COUNCILLORS - CAFE BLEU TOUR *

GIGS

APRIL 25

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: GHOSTS OF MEN + BIRDS OF HELL + KULK + HISTORY & LORE *

GIGS

APRIL 26

GRAVITON

JAZZ

APRIL 27

THE WARM & TOASTY CLUB PRESENTS MEMORY AFTERNOONS *

APRIL 27

THE DRYSTONES *

FOLK

APRIL 28

WHITECHAPEL + DYSCARNATE + VEXED

GIGS

APRIL 29

NYMPHS & THUGS PRESENT LIVEWIRE WITH LUKE WRIGHT & CO

APRIL 30

PINT OF SCIENCE - SEEING IS BELIEVING: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF IMAGERY *

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Colchester United FC

JobServe Community Stadium, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5UP 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

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

Firstsite

Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH Telephone: 01206 713 700 Email: info@firstsite.uk Saturday 14 March 2020 Essex Book Festival: Colchester’s Literary Legacy – A Guided Walk with Josie Watson 12:00 PM Essex Book Festival: Writing Sustainable Tourism 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Essex Book Festival: Dragon Detective Workshop with Gareth P. Jones 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Essex Book Festival: Blogging Workshop 1:30 PM 2:30 PM elite magazine 196

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

Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th April at 7.45pm, Saturday matinée 2.30pm. The Diary of Anne Frank by (Dramatised) Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Anne Frank was 13 years old when she went into hiding in a secret apartment in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1942. She was a young girl, jubilant, hopeful and honest - and with most of the traits expected in a teenager! Anne is young but not naive.

Tickets: £14.00 (full) £12.00 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s) Tuesday 7th April at 7.30pm Strictly Sherlock by Jonathan Goodwin (based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle) Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes, in a one-man show. Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life those three startling cases, ‘The Sussex Vampire’, ‘The Creeping Man’ and ‘The Devil’s Foot!’. Don’t Go Into The Cellar! were formed in 2010, and have toured the United Kingdom ever since.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions (OAPs, students, unemployed)

Saturday 11th April at 8pm Voices In Her Head American comic/ventriloquist Trish Dunn and her VentCrew take the absurdity out of everyday life, turn it on its head and generate “side splitting” and “oops I peed my pants” laughter. Each member of the VentCrew, aka dummies, will amaze you with their diverse personalities and voices! Trish’s show is suitable for age 16+ as it contains adult comedy.

Tickets: £10 50

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Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th April from 9.30am - 4.30pm ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame adapted by Griff Scott A four day workshop for young people aged 8 to 16. Poop Poop! Join Mr Toad, Ratty, Badger, Mole and their friends in this madcap riverbank adventure this Easter holiday. Our carefully crafted script gives each participant the chance to shine and have fun, and days are filled with music and dance.

Tickets: £100 if booked by 28th February. Bookings after this date £110. Wednesday 15th April at 7.30pm Piano Divas/The Music’s On Me With a voice that has been likened to Blossom Dearie with hints of Diana Krall, pianist/singer Wendy Kirkland’s influences range from Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson, to Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly and Chick Corea. Wendy will perform material from her critically acclaimed albums ‘Piano Divas’ and ‘The Music’s On Me’, including original compositions and several instrumentals to which she has added her own lyrics.

Tickets: £15 Saturday 18th April at 7.30 Eastern Swing Fourteen of East Anglia’s finest and most versatile musicians just love getting together to play big band music. Their enjoyment is infectious and you will be swept away by classics from Glenn Miller and jazz standards down the years to some unexpected and modern tunes that arranger John Chillingworth has given a swing twist. Maybe a few originals thrown in too

Tickets: £14

TO BOOK TICKETS PLEASE CONTACT THE HEADGATE THEATRE Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel St North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT Telephone: 01206 366000 tickets@headgatetheatre.co.uk elite magazine 196

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