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EHAAT receive cash injection Essex & Herts Air Ambulance is to receive ÂŁ140,000. The money is part of ÂŁ6 million awarded to Air Ambulances UK for distribution to the 21 air ambulance charities on behalf of the Department of HSC.

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Hunt is on for spooky pumpkins Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation is calling for help after escaped pumpkins invaded a north Essex beauty spot.

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Ms Karen Gracie-Langrick has been appointed as the new Headteacher of Colchester High School.

Our 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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The Power of nature As the summer comes to a close Essex Wildlife Trust are sure that autumn is on its way with the arrival of large flocks of geese to our coast and the changing colour of the trees.

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outh East homeowners must turn their thoughts to energy efficiency in their homes sooner rather than later. That’s the view of Steve Rawding, Sales and Marketing Director at leading home improvement company SEH BAC.

With the government committed to a greener future and to meet targets ensuring all homes in England and Wales are C grade or above by 2035, its £2bn Green Homes Grant ‘voucher’ scheme for energy saving home improvements for qualifying homes is a major step forward.

According to data analysed in a recent national media report, nearly two thirds of UK homes fail to meet long-term energy efficiency targets. “Spending more on energy bills than necessary and pumping huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere should be a concern for all homeowners,” said Steve. “The easiest way of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions in domestic housing is by improving the level of thermal insulation and minimising air leakage and draughts. “Windows and exterior doors are vulnerable point for heat to escape or the cold to enter so making sure you have energy efficient windows and doors is a must.”

SEH BAC understand the importance of energy efficiency when considering replacement windows and doors.

The scheme will give homeowners vouchers to install ‘primary measures’ such as solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation as well as further energy saving measures, such as double or triple glazing/secondary glazing amongst others. But Steve warned that getting replacement windows and doors with the scheme, which finishes in March 2021, is not straightforward. “Homeowners have to commit to spending on primary measures first before considering secondary measures such as windows and doors,” said Steve. “And, given that around 90% of the UK’s windows are thought to be double-glazed already, replacement windows will be limited. “But while it might not be possible for homeowners to get the home improvements they want using the grant, it will have made them aware of the importance of sustainability in their homes moving forward.”

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance injection from Government E

ssex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is to receive £140,000 from the Government. The Government funding is an emergency injection of cash to help air ambulances cover the increased operational spending they have faced as a result of the additional activities undertaken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pam Withrington, Fundraising and Marketing Director at EHAAT said, “We are pleased to receive this money from the Government during these uncertain times. It follows a period in which our crews have continued to provide a 24/7 lifesaving service to the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and

The money is part of £6 million awarded to Air Ambulances UK for distribution to the 21 air ambulance charities on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care.

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surrounding areas and gone above and beyond to support their NHS colleagues. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on our fundraising this year, with events and initiatives being cancelled or postponed because of the lockdown. In order to make up for an expected shortfall in donations of around £500,000, it is vital that we continue to raise funds to support our life-saving service, and this money will really help us to cover unbudgeted COVID-19 costs.”


In April EHAAT announced that the critical care team based at the charity’s Earls Colne airbase would be available to assist the NHS with the transfer of patients between hospitals. The team based at North Weald continued to provide vital care to the people and communities of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas by helicopter and rapid response vehicle. In addition to supporting the need for urgent inter hospital transfers, the charity supported the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust at Basildon Hospital, Broomfield Hospital and Southend Hospital with the provision of a Pre-hospital Care Doctor from the EHAAT team, to assist with patient transfers between these three hospitals. Also in April EHAAT’s Patient Liaison Managers were part of the Family Liaison Team at the temporary NHS London Nightingale Hospital, where they supported families affected by COVID-19 as well as carrying out their core EHAAT work. £140,000 is a substantial grant, and the charity is very grateful to be receiving it as it will help to cover some of the unplanned pandemic costs. However, we take this opportunity to reach out to the people of Essex & Hertfordshire for their continued to support which is vital now more than ever to help keep their local life-saving charity operational.

To find out more about the charity’s work and how you can support it, visit ehaat.org or call 0345 2417 690. Thank you…we can’t fly without you!

CEO shortlisted for a second national award

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ane Gurney, Chief Executive of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT), has been shortlisted in the category ‘Charity Chief Executive’ in the Third Sector Awards 2020. It is the second time in the space of a few weeks that that Jane has been shortlisted for a national award, having been shortlisted for the recent Charity Times Awards in the category `Charity Leader of the Year’. Jane, who has led the charity since 2003, is one of seven people on the shortlist for the award. The winner will be announced during a virtual awards ceremony on the 7th and 8th October 2020. “To have been shortlisted for two such prestigious awards in the space of a few weeks is truly amazing.” Thanks to her drive, passion and inspirational leadership, EHAAT now delivers its life-saving service with Prehospital Care Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics across two counties, around the clock 365 days a year, using two helicopters and four rapid response vehicles (RRVs). Another key milestone in Jane’s leadership of EHAAT has been overseeing the building of a new state of the art airbase at North Weald Airfield, future-proofing the charity’s operations there. The base is due to be operational by Summer 2021.

To view the latest time-lapse footage of the build and learn how you can support this project through the charity’s ‘Buy-a-Brick’ campaign visit ehaat.org/buy-a-brick. Jane Gurney, CEO of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

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Hunt is on for Foundation’s spooky pumpkins A

CHARITY is calling for help after escaped pumpkins invaded a north Essex beauty spot. West Bergholt has been overwhelmed by the orange veggies, which have been ‘planted’ in the name of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation.Volunteers and knitting group Knit One Down One have been handmaking the knitted pumpkins in time for a special Halloween hunt. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “It’s really all thanks to villager and friend Jo Beck for not only coming up with the idea but really helping to pull it all together. “I’d be surprised if any shops have any orange wool left at this rate. We’ve been knitting furiously for the past few weeks. This year’s Easter Bunny Hunt was cancelled because of lockdown and the village really missed out on the fun. We decided the half term holiday was the perfect time to add a little spooky twist and bring the hunt back.” Around 100 of the hand knitted vegetables will be hidden throughout West Bergholt for the half term holiday, finishing on Sunday, November 1. The fun starts on Saturday, October 24 from 11am to 3pm when the

Foundation will be holding a garage sale in West Bergholt. Pumpkin hunt maps, costing £1, can be bought on the day of the sale from 9 Firmins Court, West Bergholt, and Rivendell, Queens Road, West Bergholt. Pumpkin hunters will also be able to find letters on the trail which will then spell out a special Halloween word. Those who correctly find the word will be entered into a special Halloween prize draw. But entries must be handed in by 3pm on November 4th to 9 Firmins Court, West Bergholt. Nikki said the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation was taking precautions because of coronavirus. She said: “We have looked at all the advice and don’t want anyone to put themselves at risk. If you have any symptoms at all please stay home and self-isolate. “If you wish to take part it is incredibly important you make sure you follow Government guidelines, are social-distancing from anyone you might see on the way and stay in your house bubble. We are also asking people not to touch the pumpkins. As always, please do check for latest advice from the Government and put your safety first.” The Foundation has an Individual Giving Campaign where supporters can give a monthly donation. Alternatively, text the amount you wish to donate to CRACKON4TOM to 70085.

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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.”

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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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Perennials need lifting and dividing, thereby increasing the stock of evergreen plants. Tender bulbs such as agapanthus, amaryllis, crinums and nerine should be moved to frost-free situations like an un-heated greenhouse. In fact, plants that you suspect might be damaged by frost should be moved to positions that are protected from potential damage.

Being human beings we may not have done so. This means that we should return to these areas, removing weeds as we go, digging in manure or garden compost, leaving the soil to be broken down by future frosts, in readiness for our raking prior to seed sowing next Spring.

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Similar actions need to be taken in flower borders, where dahlias blackened remains should be lifted, dried and stored in frost-free conditions

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not dry out during sunny or windy weather, by keeping the grass moist at all times. If you are planting new hedges, enrich the planting holes with organic matter and mulch the ground after planting to keep the soil moist and weed-free. Prune deciduous trees and shrubs by cutting out crossing and badly positioned branches. On rose bushes prune stems by half to prevent damage by strong winds that cause bushes to rock during winter months. There is much to do in October to get the garden in condition ready for winter and the promise of beauty in Spring. Enjoy your work and keep fit!

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you? Except… Before they even met, Glenn collapsed with Asian flu! While recovering, Sukesi tracked him down and nursed him back to full health. Glenn returned to Britain and called Sukesi every day. After a whirlwind courtship, Glenn proposed on Facebook Messenger. Sukesi introduced him to the finer arts of coffee production, from the cherry to the cup. And that became Glenn’s new love affair – with Sukesi’s approval, of course! Today, they are happily married with a young daughter, Lalita. It’s her name that gives Glenn and Sukesi’s coffee roasting company its name – Lalico Coffee.

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e are delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Karen Gracie-Langrick as Headteacher of Colchester High School. An experienced senior leader, Ms Gracie-Langrick has been at Leighton Park School, a coeducational independent school in South East England since 1997, taking on the role of Deputy Head in 2014. During her time at the school she has led a number of successful initiatives on STEAM; ethical leadership and outdoor learning to name but a few. With Ms GracieLangrick driving the school’s IT

A passionate historian, Ms Gracie-Langrick gained a degree in Archaeology at Reading and a Masters in Archaeological Heritage Management.

strategy, Leighton Park was awarded the Education Business Award as ICT Facility of 2018. Under her stewardship the school was also identified as one of the top performing schools at adding value at GCSE by the DfE. A passionate historian, Ms GracieLangrick gained a degree in Archaeology at Reading and a Masters in Archaeological Heritage Management. She is also a keen musician and sportswoman. Ms Gracie-Langrick said “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Colchester High School and look forward to further developing the School’s ethos of “Building A Bright Future for All” through an enriching and forward thinking curriculum combined with small classes and high quality teaching.” Mr David Young, stepped down at the end of August, after 10 years as Head, to take up a new role in the Education Team in Cognita, working with a number of schools within the Cognita group as a Mathematics Adviser.

For further information contact: Helen Clarke Tel: 01206 573 389 Email:Helen.clarke@ colchesterhighschool.co.uk

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Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Support Centres reopen! H

aving temporarily closed our doors amid the coronavirus crisis, the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Mid Essex Support Centre in Hatfield Peverel has now reopened! Initially we will be offering 40 hours of reflexology per week to those living with cancer. Our West Essex Support Centre in Harlow has also opened offering 15 hours and 4 hours of reflexology per week. We

“I didn’t realise how much I missed the reflexology until now – it’s amazing.”

have also restarted our services at our North Essex Support Centre at Colchester Hospital where we will be offering 20 reflexology sessions over a two week period. As our Support Centres begin to reopen, visitors will be asked to sanitise their hands when they arrive and before they leave and will need to wear a face mask or covering during the duration of their visit. They will also need to follow social distancing guidance. Karen Fox from Hatfield Peverel was one of the first clients to visit the Mid Essex Support Centre after reopening; “I was very lucky to have an amazing foot massage in a very safe environment this week. A lot of thought had been put into access into the building and I felt totally secure and safe. Such a special place and lovely to see it open. Thank you everyone for making it happen.”

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we can only offer reflexology and there are some guidelines we need to follow with regards to who this can be offered to but as soon as it is safe for our full services to resume they will be reinstated. “Our therapists will be following the latest government guidance to keep everyone safe, including wearing PPE where necessary, maintaining social distancing and regularly sanitising and washing their hands. “We have also introduced enhanced cleaning at our Support Centres so that anyone who needs our support can be reassured that it is safe to visit us. “As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we have unfortunately had to cancel many of our fundraising events, which means the charity will suffer a considerable loss of income. “Of course Covid is still at the forefront of all of our minds, but even once it has calmed down, cancer will still be there. On average 1,000 people in the UK will face a cancer diagnosis every day and 450 others will die. ABOVE: Client Sharon Cane from Hatfield Peverel with HRCC therapist Wendy Beer.

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity CEO Kate Alden said: “We are absolutely delighted that we are now in a position to safely reopen some of our Support Centres following our enforced closure.

LEFT: Client Shellie Barnett from Chelmsford with HRCC therapist Nicola Bird.

“Although we have continued to provide help and advice over the phone to over 1,100 of our clients during the lockdown, we still feel that face-to-face contact is incredibly important. Reopening our Support Centres will allow us to offer that personal touch once more. Initially

“We are appealing for the public’s support to help us through this difficult time by donating to us or supporting us in other ways so that we can continue enabling quality of life while living with cancer. Please help us support our clients, both now during this time of unrest, and in the months and years to come.”

To make a donation please visit our website www.helenrollason.org.uk or call our Charity Office on 01245 380719. Thank you.

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s the summer comes to a close a sure indication that autumn is on its way is the arrival of large flocks of geese to our coast and the changing colour of the trees. Many of you will have appreciated the benefits that nature has to offer, none more so than in the last few months.

The evidence in support of access to nature is just never ending, with more and more research pointing to the benefits of engagement with the natural world. One study has even shown that viewing green space from your office window (for as little as 40 seconds at a time in regular breaks) can improve people’s overall attention. They know from their own forest school programmes that those children engaging with nature have enhanced performance and independent research has

recently shown that children recover much more quickly from stressful life events, when they have access to nature. From Essex Wildlife Trust, the ecological argument for protecting nature is blindingly obvious, but at the end of the day, health & wellbeing might be that vital final piece of the jigsaw for the defence of our natural heritage. The argument to protect our natural world and reverse the effects of climate change is becoming higher on the political agenda. As recent scientific evidence suggests 30% of our land and seas need to be managed for nature by 2030 if we’re to reverse the decline of recent decades. Essex Wildlife Trust’s vision and determination to protect wildlife and inspire a lifelong love of nature has never been stronger, and the need never greater.

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Police record over 10,000 online child D

ata obtained by the NSPCC reveals 10,391 crimes were recorded by all 46 forces across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for 2019/20. The offences increased by 16% from the previous year where data from police forces is available and includes crimes that had a cyber element such as grooming, sexual assault and rape. That takes the total number of recorded offences in the five years

In the East of England, there were 896 recorded crimes in 2019/20 an increase of 7% for the region compared to 2019/18

since it became mandatory to record whether a crime involved the internet to more than 36,000. The charity says this highlights the urgent need for the Government to push forward with the Online Harms Bill, which would place a legal Duty of Care on tech firms to protect children, enforced by an independent regulator. The NSPCC is calling on the Government to publish its final plans before the end of the year, and get an Online Harms Bill on the statute book by the end of 2021. Andy Burrows, NSPCC Head of Child Safety Online Policy, said:

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sex crimes in a year for the first time “These figures underline that online abuse was already rising before lockdown, and the risks to children appear to have spiked significantly since.

The Government published the Online Harms White Paper in April 2019 but are still yet to produce the final consultation response.

“It is now almost 17 months since the Government’s original proposals for social media regulation were published and children continue to face preventable harm online.

The charity previously published a set of set of regulatory proposals setting out how social media regulation should work, called Taming the Wild West Web.

“At the Hidden Harms Summit, the Prime Minister signalled he was determined to act. That’s why he needs to prioritise making progress on a comprehensive Online Harms Bill this Autumn, and pass legislation by the end of 2021, that sees tech firms held criminally and financially accountable if they put children at risk.”

At the end of the month, they will set-out further proposals explaining what powers the independent regulator needs in order to protect children online.

The NSPCC has been campaigning for a Duty of Care on tech firms since the launch of its Wild West Web campaign in 2018.

Adults concerned about a child online can contact the NSPCC Helpline confidentially for advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

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West Bergholt Concert Band – Going Musically GaGa M

usicians across the country are missing playing together but luckily West Bergholt Concert Band & Training Band have found a way to keep playing together, and are now starting a second term of virtual rehearsals via Zoom. The band met virtually every week from April to August, playing over 50 pieces ranging from Lady Gaga to Shostakovich, and the fun continues this term with (so far) 40 new pieces of music ranging from VaughanWilliams to Queen, Lloyd-Webber to Harry Potter, and the Beatles to the Big Bands. The band are also looking forward to unwrapping (haha) lots of their favourite Christmas music later this term, so we’ve certainly got lots to play.

The Friday Zoom sessions are totally free and are open to anyone who plays a brass or woodwind instrument.

As well as being a fun catch-up and play-through for our existing

members, we’ve warmly welcomed some new players to the Zoom sessions and we’re hoping they’ll stay with us when they meet us in person. September always sees far too many of the band depart for university, so we’re hoping that more new players will join our Zoom sessions this term to help fill those gaps. The Friday Zoom sessions are totally free and are open to anyone who plays a brass or woodwind instrument. Our two bands cater for all abilities, with Training Band (615-715) best for Grades 1-4, and Concert Band (7309pm) suited for Grade 4+. If you’d like to take part, just email Conductor@wbcb.org and we’ll send you details of the Zoom sessions plus your own copies of the music. Zoom is a GREAT way to get used to playing in a band – no-one can hear your wrong notes for starters – and the band’s fun atmosphere has been maintained even though we’re only seeing each other virtually. We obviously can’t wait to be able to meet up properly…but in the meantime we’re continuing to prove that there’s no better way to start a weekend than having a ton of fun playing great music with a friendly bunch of fellow musicians ! Stay safe…and maybe we’ll see you soon.

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