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Well... this has been a different few months at the start of 2020 and something that no-one predicted back in March. The Team at Elite Magazine hope that you, your family and loved ones are safe as we try to come out the other side of this pandemics lockdown... one that will forever have an impact on all our lives.

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A Wilder Essex for Everyone Over the next five years the Essex Wildlife Trust will be spearheading a high-profile campaign that focuses on securing a Wilder Essex for everyone.

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The Hotel, Golf, Spa & Lodges resort is now back up and running again – with the added reassurance for customers that they have been awarded the Industry Standard “Good to Go” kitemark.

Our NEW 12 page Pull Out section with this months activities to help us all to Live Well as we come out of Lockdown

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Essex Wildlife Trust are the county’s leading conservation charity, committed to protecting wildlife and inspiring a lifelong love of nature. We manage nature reserves and discovery parks across the county, providing outstanding outdoor education and preserving places of wonder. Founded in 1959 by volunteers, we protect over 8,400 acres of land across 87 sites and are supported by 39,000 members and 450 business partners. Our climate is in crisis and our species face extinction. The natural world needs our help. The next ten years could be the most important in the history of nature conservation. By most estimations, we only have a decade left to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change before the damage is irreversible. This is a daunting prospect, but it opens up opportunities for businesses with an active commitment to conservation – such as our Investors in Wildlife. With everyone having been in lockdown, nature and green spaces has been truly appreciated. Over the next five years, we will be spearheading a high-profile campaign that focuses on securing a Wilder Essex for everyone. As part of this campaign, we want to bring people closer to nature at work. We are keen to collaborate with businesses on a vision for how we can all be more ‘Wild at Work’ or home and develop our working spaces into ‘Wild Workplaces’. With your help, we can establish a business culture across the county where performance, satisfaction, wellbeing and reward are all intimately linked to engagement with wildlife and wild places, underpinned by green principles.

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Foundation’s grant applications rise staggering 1,333% following Coronavirus T he impact of Covid 19 has seen The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation’s grant applications rise by 1,333% as the impact of the pandemic hits patients hardest.

Money for laptops, household bills and even travel to and from hospital has been given to 60 youngsters and their families since April. At the same time, the Foundation’s income has been slashed by an estimated £70,000 as fundraising events have been cancelled because of social distancing. Richard Bowdidge, Chairman and Founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “Cancer doesn’t stop for anything, not even Coronavirus. So many families have been furloughed and this has brought such financial strain to the family. “With cancer patients not being able to travel by public transport, families have had to drive them to and from hospital. Many haven’t been able to stay overnight so are doing over 100 mile round trips. “Young cancer patients on palliative care have also struggled to make memories because their last few months have been stuck at home. We have managed to send a mother and her son for a few days in Wales between treatment but his prognosis is very poor.” One of the major problems facing patients thanks to the pandemic is mental health, with patients who have been shut away for treatment having to isolate and shield when they go home. Richard said: “We have given laptops, iPads and phones to keep them connected with friends and support groups. Some have wanted to do

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courses to give them a future to think about. One young girl won’t talk and uses her iPad to converse with the medical team. It is such a desperate time for so many youngsters with cancer. Families are stretched to the limit and we have been helping in any way we can while facing a loss in income.” The West Bergholt Easter Bunny Hunt, which usually brings in hundreds of pounds, is just one of the events which had to be cancelled since April. An Individual Giving Campaign has been launched to allow those who are able to give a few pounds each month so the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation can continue to help those in need. Richard added: “The Foundation is desperately trying to adapt to new ways of fundraising. With all our events cancelled at the moment we are relying heavily on individual donations. This month we launched our Individual Giving campaign to encourage people to sign up and give a few pounds every month. A small gift from our amazing supporters makes a significant difference to us and those we help.” 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, 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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Littlegarth achievements recognised by THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE After years of continual improvement, the GSG contacted Littlegarth earlier in the year to arrange a visit in preparation for a review of the school. This is a huge achievement as Littlegarth is one of only about 10 schools in the country that have been selected for review in the past calendar year. To receive a visit, the school has to show that it is performing to a very high standard and that it is has a strong reputation in the region. School names are submitted to a committee for scrutiny and the school has to go through consideration at three committee stages to qualify for a review. The visit took place in February and involved an interview with the Headmaster, a tour by the children and discussions with parents who had

been suggested by the school and many others who were known to the GSG representative. The subsequent review is written for the benefit of parents and provides an honest view of the school from those who have known the many good points and the faults! The review was released in May while Littlegarth was coming out of lockdown. There is plenty to celebrate as the review is glowing. In fact, the final paragraph begins with the statement: “The only gripe we repeatedly heard from parents was that their children were compelled to leave at the end of year 6.”

You can find the full review by accessing the link at: www.littlegarth.essex.sch.uk Littlegarth was established in 1940 in a house of that name in Dedham and moved to the present

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Headmaster Peter Jones said: “We are all delighted that our wonderful school has been recognised by the Good Schools Guide and that the report reflects what a vibrant educational community we are. The children love the family feel and the School works hard to fill these essential primary years with excitement and adventure so that our children leave us full of confidence and ambition to be the best that they can be”


groups, with unbeaten sports seasons and excellent drama and music results,” explains Peter. “We are proud of our broad curriculum and of the fact that so many of our children achieve outstanding results in their various senior school exams.

site at Horkesley Park, Nayland in 1994. Peter joined in 2003 and the school joined the Independent Association of Prep Schools shortly afterward.

These are difficult times for all schools and it is ironic that we received our Good Schools Guide report when we were in lockdown. However, I am sure that the strong Littlegarth staff team will continue to work hard to provide the very best educational experience for the children, whatever challenges we might face in the future”

Littlegarth is rated as Excellent in all aspects by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). It’s no surprise then that the past ten years have seen 20-30% of children gain places at local grammar schools while over 50% of leavers have gained scholarship awards to independent senior schools While academic standards continue to rise, Peter is equally proud of the school’s extra-curricular programme which helps build confidence in children across a wide range of activities. “Littlegarth provides many opportunities for children to develop their talents across the age

If you would like to know more about all that Littlegarth provides, please visit our website or email cmorey@littlegarth.essex.sch.uk or telephone 01206 262332 to arrange a visit in the coming weeks.

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The last time I wrote, back in April, I mentioned the urgent work that needed to be done as a result of the wet weather of the previous weeks. As it turned out, the lockdown due to Corona Virus provided many gardeners ample time to catch up. Three months later, following two very hot, dry spells, many gardeners have experienced problems. For example, I have set seeds of leek, parsley rooted parsnip, carrot, beetroot and French bean, and germination has been erratic. All were from reputable companies, but the leek and parsley did not appear at all; the carrot and beetroot produced 30% and the French bean 50%. They were all sown ‘by the book’ as in previous years. I imagine that similar problems have also occurred in flower borders, resulting in gaps that never should have been. On the other hand, early

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potato, sweet corn, courgette, runner bean and butter nut squash have produced excellent plants, which I expect will produce well later in the season. Lawns also have suffered, with yellowing grass in June and July that usually do not appear until late August/early September. However, once wet weather returns lawns will recover their greenness. In the meantime continue regular mowingl Fruit has also been under pressure, with many strawberries not maturing, gooseberries falling from bushes, red and black currants being eaten by birds to take advantage of the little amount moisture in the berries and even rhubarb has struggled to produce the worthwhile crops of previous years. Autumn raspberries are already in bloom in early July - almost 6 weeks in advance!

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Stoke by Nayland Hotel re opens with “Good to Go” Visit Britain Industry Standard approval The team A fter 14 weeks of closure since lockdown at the end of March, the family-owned Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf, Spa & Lodges resort is now back up and running again – with the added reassurance for customers that they have been awarded the Industry Standard “Good to Go” kitemark. This means that the hotel has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. The team at the award-winning venue is delighted to be welcoming back customers to enjoy the hotel and lodge facilities, as well as some fabulous dining options – offering socially distanced table layouts and

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large terraces for al fresco dining with stunning views. The newly branded Sports Bar at SbN is open 7 days from 7am to 11pm serving hearty meals and snacks to visitors and golfers, the first floor Gallery features an enticing menu and panoramic views over the lake for evening dining from 6pm – 9pm, and indulgent Afternoon Teas can be enjoyed 7 days a week from 12 noon until 5pm. The two championship golf courses at Stoke by Nayland re opened in May, welcoming golfers who were desperate to escape their lockdown and get back out into this stunning Suffolk countryside to meet up with their friends and practice their swings again. Commercial Director, Peter Osborne said: “We were amazed at the enthusiastic response to our survey and at how keen so many of our customers were to return to Stoke by Nayland as soon as lockdown ended. We’ve put a wide range of strict hygiene and social distancing procedures in place and introduced the “Rest Reassured” logo and theme around the resort. Details of these procedures can be found on our webpage at www. stokebynayland.com/restreassured.”

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Changes to visiting rules relaxed V

isiting rules are being relaxed at hospitals run by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) so that some patients and their loved ones can see each other again. The Trust reintroduced visiting in June. It comes after the publication of new national guidance on hospital visiting during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The visit will be for 45 minutes and must be ‘booked’ in advance by ringing the ward where the patient is receiving care. Staggered visiting times are running Monday to Friday. At the same time, patients and visitors using any of ESNEFT’s services must now wear a face covering at all times to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and others. The covering can be made of fabric and does not need to be

a medical mask.

We need to make sure we do it safely – for the patient, the visitor, our staff and communities. That is why some restrictions are still in place and why we are limiting the time of visiting slots for now.

ESNEFT is asking visitors to:

Book a time for your visit by calling the ward caring for the patient you would like to see. Please ring between 10am and 3pm on weekdays only. All the ward telephone numbers are on the ESNEFT website. Wear a face covering (please supply your own) when you come to our hospitals to visit or for an outpatient appointment. Make sure you observe social distancing at all times and wash/sanitise your hands Please do not linger in shops or communal areas.

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Nick Hulme, ESNEFT chief executive, said: “We recognise how difficult the past few weeks has been for people who could not visit. This is a major step forward to support our patients and the people who care about them. “I have corresponded with many families who have found it really tough and so we wanted to respond as quickly as possible to the relaxation of the national hospital visiting guidance. We need to make sure we do it safely – for the patient, the visitor, our staff and communities. That is why some restrictions are still in place and why we are limiting the time of visiting slots for now. If you are coming to visit someone in our hospitals, please follow our new guidance.” Some areas of the hospitals are still closed to visitors, such as critical care units. Family liaison teams will support virtual visiting in those areas. The letters to loved ones service is still running and teams will continue using iPads and phones to help people keep in touch too. Visiting arrangements in exceptional circumstances, such as when a patient is receiving end of life care, have not changed. Mr Hulme added: “We are asking for everyone’s help in making these new visiting hours work. We are also asking you to bear with us as we introduce this new system.”


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Rehearsals Together on Zoom music each week...request nights where we discovered the stories behind band members’ favourite pieces, vote-nights to see which pieces are most popular, quiz nights to find the pieces we’ve played the most/least etc, themed evenings (e.g. “Music from Stage & Screen”) and a couple of “design a concert programme” evenings. In fact each week now starts with anticipation of our conductor’s latest crazy FridayZoom idea.

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est Bergholt Concert Band & Training Band were just weeks away from their first concert of the year when lockdown arrived, forcing the band to cancel all of its spring and summer events. The resulting disappointment quickly turned into a determination to keep playing, with the band members insisting on finding a way to meet up and play every Friday – so like many other amateur music groups, the band resorted to virtual rehearsals. After some initial amusement watching our conductor hit all the right buttons but not necessarily in the right order to get Zoom working, our virtual rehearsals have quickly become a fun way for us to meet up, socialise, and play some great music ranging from The Nutcracker to Lady Gaga and including new music specially arranged for the band during lockdown. We’ve also had lots of fun with different approaches to picking

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As well as all our current members having a fun time over Zoom, we’ve welcomed some new members to our sessions, perhaps encouraged by the fact that over Zoom noone can hear any wrong notes. Recruiting new players remains important as we lose key players to University every September, and this year is no exception. The band has always been full of talented musicians, but one thing lockdown has really highlighted is how much of a family the band is, and how much we enjoy meeting each other each week. It’s also demonstrated that playing music is the finest way to end a week and start a weekend. We can’t wait to be able to meet up properly…but in the meantime wish everyone a safe and healthy summer.

If there are any brass or woodwind players out there who are looking to join in with a fun musical group, please drop us a line (email Conductor@wbcb.org).


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All the latest from Colchester Recalled A

long with almost every other social and leisure society, Colchester Recalled has been ‘closed’ since the lockdown due to the Corona virus.. The last meeting was on Thursday 12th March and it is not certain at the time of going to press when the next meeting will take place. In normal years, by this time our programme would have been completed, with the Annual General Meeting already taken place and members looking forward to restarting again in September, with a newly appointed Commmittee and a new Annual Programme. As it is, our existing Committee is still in place, less, of course, our Chairman, Andrew Millar, who sadly died in March and the new programme only existing in embryo state due to the uncertainty of the future.

We are determined to re-start our activities as soon as possible. Thank you for your past interest, we will endeavour to keep you advised.

The statue of Mercury being put in its place in 1972 from our Box Set on Theatre in Colchester.

However, the year was not wasted. The early programme was much enjoyed by those attending the meetings; our archivists continued work in their homes; our 3.600 hours of recordings are ready to be accessed at the University of Essex when it re-opens; Marcel Glover’s 60 hours of recordings about Theatre in Colchester, is available on the Mercury Theatre Online website, with the three CDs box set which should be available to the public when the Mercury Theatre opens later in the year. The project Music in Colchester, covering those who provided music in the town during the past 60 years also progressing until the pandemic, with Folk and Classical being covered, with Jazz, Pop and Rock featuring when ‘normality’ returns. Issue 33 of the magazine appeared in October 2019 and sold well, despite the loss of our database preventing many ‘subscribers’ receiving their copies. If this includes you, please accept our apologies and contact the Editor on 01206 517788. Following some early hiccups our publicity did recover and Patrick Denney kept the website up to date. Between January and June 2020, over 2,000 people visited collectively 3,823 pages of the site, with worldwide viewings including those from America, China, Canada. Russia, Germany, Brazil and India.

We are determined to re-start our activities as soon as possible. Thank you for your past interest, we will endeavour to keep you advised.

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance begins reopening charity shops E

ssex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has announced plans to reopen its donation Warehouse and charity shops following the relaxation of Government regulations introduced during the COVID-19 lockdown. The phased reopening which began in June when the EHAAT warehouse in Stevenage was opened for donations using bins and cages outside the building. Donna Lee, EHAAT’s Head of Retail, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming supporters back into our shops, which play such a key role in supporting this vital life-saving service.

For the time being the shops will operate temporarily reduced opening hours of 10am to 3pm each day.

“We would like to thank everyone who has been patient holding on to unwanted items during lockdown, but anyone wanting to donate items should please wait until the warehouse or their local EHAAT shop has opened before doing so. Staff will not be available at individual premises to accept items until they have reopened. Any items left before these dates are likely to be stolen or damaged, meaning it will cost the charity money to dispose of them.”

The local programme is as follows: 25th July – Mersea and Burnham shops open 1st August – Braintree and Eastwood shops open 8th August – Frinton shop opens 12th September – Colchester shop opens Donna Lee said: “Our fundraising efforts have been badly hit by the changes which have been brought about by lockdown, so we need the support of the people of Essex and Hertfordshire more than ever. Anyone who comes to our warehouse or shops can be confident that all our premises are COVID-19 Secure.” Full details of EHAAT’s shops and the planned reopening dates can be found at ehaat.org/shops where you will find information on the measures that are being taken to keep supporters, staff and volunteers safe.

EHAAT would like to thank the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire for their ongoing support during these unprecedented and challenging times.

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Helen Rollason Cancer Charity plan to reopen Witham Charity Shop and appeal for volunteers H

elen Rollason Cancer Charity is looking to reopen their established Witham Charity Shop on Newland Street in Witham after closing in line with Government guidelines on the 23rd March. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic a number of their regular volunteers have been forced to retire, leaving Anne Keating the charity with a shortfall of help. and Beth Carder (above) Now the charity is appealing for both already people to give up their time and volunteer at volunteer at the shop otherwise it the Witham will be unable to reopen as planned. Charity Shop (below) Helen Rollason Cancer Charity CEO

Kate Alden said; “We are looking forward to being able to reopen our Witham Charity Shop as our shops are the absolute lifeblood of the charity. However we have sadly said goodbye to some of our regular volunteers and are therefore calling on the local community to help us. If you can spare a few hours, have a good sense of humour and enjoy meeting new people, we would love to have your help with volunteering in our Witham charity shop. Our shops are a hive of activity, with donations to sort, and our excellent regular customers to serve. We are always receiving new donations so our shelves are regularly filled with fresh stock and different items. I know that our regular customers in Witham have really missed popping into our shop for a browse and a chat; there is always a warm welcome waiting. However we can only reopen if we have enough volunteers to man the shop.�

For more information on volunteering please call Kate Alden on 07730 209442 or you can email her on kate. alden@helenrollason.org.uk

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hilst Colchester remains open for visitors the town centre is recovering with social distancing measure in place and many of the biggest tourist attractions have re-opened and adjusted their offer as necessary, although some smaller attractions remain temporarily closed. Many events scheduled for the summer have had to be cancelled or postponed, however at the time of writing several Colchester venues are hoping to host events from September onwards. Please do check with the venue directly before making a trip to any of these events. Of course, the beautiful borough of Colchester also offers fantastic outdoor spaces for socially distanced walks and activities, picnics and spectacular scenery... perhaps a better time than ever to explore the great outdoors.

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