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OUR 200TH CELEBRATORY ISSUE

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As we go to print there is talk in the air of another possible lockdown, but, this time it’s in the whole of the UK... and we thought this would all end in tiers....

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Also a big thanks to our sales team and off course our fabulous delivery team as we meet this milestone... don’t think we are stopping here as Rik and the team at Creative Fabrik have big plans for 2021 and will continue to look for new local editorial contributors as well as our usual mix of advertisers... all happy to be helping their local community. Another packed issue this month and all football and I’m a Celebrity fans will recognise King Harry on the front cover and a great article on pages 12 and 13 about Harrys phone call to Nikki Bowdidge asking if he could help with the Charity set up in their son Tom’s memory... a Hammers’ supporter himself. Some sad news from Colchester Zoo with the passing of the beautiful Malika, their 16 year old Lioness on page 36.

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Harry Unveiled as TBF Patron Much-loved footballer Harry Redknapp left mum Nikki Bowdidge speechless when he rang out of the blue to help the Tom Bowdidge Foundation she and husband Richard set up in their son Tom’s memory.

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Partner at FJG passes course Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors (FJG) is pleased to announce their Clacton-based Partner, Andrea Godfrey has passed the Level 2 British Sign Language (BSL) course.

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In what is already a very difficult and hard times, Colchester Zoo are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Lioness Malika at the age of 16yrs old.

Our 12 page Pull Out section with this months activities to help us all to Live Well.

Zoo mourns Lioness Malika

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Live theatre returns to Headgate During these changing times, the Headgate Theatre is proud to be able to help local dance and wellbeing groups meet for their weekly sessions.

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SEH BAC celebrate winning Best Showroom award L

eading home improvement company SEH BAC is celebrating after winning Best Showroom at the prestigious Emplas 2020 Best Showroom Awards. SEH BAC operates 13 showrooms across East Anglia, the South East and the Home Counties and won the award for the southern region. A delighted Peter Wheeler, Managing Director at SEH BAC said: “It’s brilliant to come out on top in the Best Showroom for the southern region and we’re thrilled to win the Emplas award.

With more than 50 years’ experience, SEH BAC is part of the multimillion-pound Ipswich-based One Group Construction.

“We pride ourselves on our refurbished showrooms as the perfect space for customers to come and visit and feel at home in. “While being able to browse online is great, nothing beats experiencing the quality and performance of our products first-hand. And our knowledgeable team are on hand to answers any questions.” SEH BAC’s collection of state-ofthe-art showrooms showcase a huge range of stylish and energy efficient windows, a variety of security enhancing doors and an array of striking extensions. Emplas’ Managing Director Ryan Johnson commented: “Showrooms are so important as they provide the best way for homeowners to gain inspiration and insight for their home improvement plans. “SEH BAC’s showrooms provide the perfect customer journey and experience and allow customers to fully immerse themselves with the company’s impressive range of products.” With more than 50 years’ experience, SEH BAC is part of the multi-million-pound Ipswich-based One Group Construction.

Peter Wheeler, MD at SEHBAC (left) receives the Best Showroom award from Emplas’ MD Ryan Johnson

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Are you looking for birthday or Christmas gift ideas which help protect your local wildlife and support local charity at the same time?

Look no further! This autumn we have created a new way for you to invest in your local wildlife and support our vital conservation work in Essex. Fingringhoe Wick Nature Discovery Park is Essex wildlife Trust’s first nature reserve, a gravel works that in 1961 was purchased by the Trust and now it is a haven for wildlife we all know and love. Now, in 2020, Fingringhoe is the first nature reserve to have a beautifully crafted tree of life installed.

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30 birds available to sit amongst the tree, which will be which will be on display for 8 years. Each leaf or bird can accommodate a personalise inscription, so over time the leaves and birds will fill the tree and showcase the wonderful messages. All the proceeds from this beautiful tree will help support our conservation work around Essex and could be the perfect gift for both the recipient and your local wildlife. If you would like to find out more visit: www.essexwt.org.uk/tree- of- life, email TreeofLife@essexwt.org.uk or call us on 01621 862987.

This beautiful tree is made from copper, with 470 leaves available for personalised sponsorship. It will be an opportunity for you to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, marriages, retirements, long service awards, a thank you, Christmas or you may choose to remember a colleague or loved one in memory at this special location.

This opportunity has been made possible thanks to the wonderful fundraising efforts by our volunteers at Brentwood and Billericay Local Group, Chelmsford Local Group, Colchester Local Group and South Woodham Ferrers & Maldon Local Group and we are very grateful for their support of this exciting addition to Fingringhoe Wick Nature Discovery Park.

The leaves will come in three colours that will give it a wonderful autumnal feel. The colour of the leaf also determines the period you wish to the leaf to be placed for: bronze - three years, silver - 5 years, and gold - 7 years. In addition, there will be

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Harry Redknapp Unveiled as Foundation’s Patron A

TEENAGER’S lifelong idol has been revealed as his Foundation’s Patron.

Much-loved footballer Harry Redknapp left mum Nikki Bowdidge speechless when he rang out of the blue to help the charity she and husband Richard set up in their son Tom’s memory. Hammers’ supporter Tom, of Colchester, Essex, was just 19 when he died of an extremely rare and aggressive cancer. Harry first heard about Tom at a book signing in London in 2019 and had been following the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation ever since. He said: “Tom’s an amazing young man and I can’t believe he did so much in such a short life. “When I heard about the fantastic work Tom did raising more than £170,000 for charity before he died and how his Foundation is cracking on I knew I wanted to be a part of it. “I’m just sorry I didn’t get to meet him. “I was delighted to say ‘yes’ when Richard asked me to be their Patron. I’m really looking forward to raising awareness of Tom’s charity and the brilliant work they do.” Nikki Bowdidge, Founder and CEO of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “I really hadn’t been having a good day when the TBF phone went about quarter to six. “The person asked for Richard and I asked who was calling. He said ‘Oh it’s Harry, Harry Redknapp’. “Well I was pointing to the phone in shock and

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mouthing ‘it’s Harry Redknapp!’ to Richard. I just couldn’t believe it. “Tom just idolised Harry because he was a Hammers supporter. He even had his golden retriever named after him. And now he’s patron of Tom’s charity. He’ll be over the moon.” The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation supports young people with cancer through personalised grants, funding vital research and supporting projects so patients get the right treatment. The Foundation hit the £1 million fundraising mark in February. Nikki said: “Richard met Harry at a book signing a year ago and he asked about the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation badge he was wearing. “Richard told him what it was for and Harry was so interested to hear about the work we do. Harry just said whatever he can do to help we only need to ask. “When we got the call we asked if he would consider being our patron. Harry immediately said he’d be delighted. We have always been on the lookout for a patron but it has always been about finding the right one and Harry really is that. “He has a link to Tom and a fantastic following who will really raise the Foundation’s profile and highlight the important work we do. “We are so proud to work alongside him. He is so down to earth and such an ambassador. We’d just like to thank him for taking Tom’s story to heart. We can’t wait to work with him.”

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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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Article by Sharon Jenkins

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”


er in r ay b uk jo ou D em h. To for pen ov t x.sc N c us al O th nta sse 7 o .e u rt y 2 c th Vi ida ase gar Fr Ple ttle n li O @ ey or cm 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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compost to your soil, by way of further weed growth due to the roots not completely rotted or diseases that weeds naturally foster. A job to be carried out with the protection of some appropriate gloves is the pruning of roses. Some have very nasty thorns, so be warned! Hybrid teas and floribundas should be reduced by about half their height at this time, to save bushes being rocked by winter winds causing damage to root growth. Ramblers and climbers also need some cutting back of older growths to encourage replacement by younger ones. Also dead growths and those crossing healthy ones should be removed to avoid chafing. However, do not put rose prunings on the compost heap, they are best burnt or bagged and left for the Council to remove. Among the work best done in November is planting tulip bulbs. Make sure you plant them deeply, at least three times the depth of each bulb, otherwise they may not flower

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OUR 200TH ISSUE CELEBRATION PULL OUT ISSUE 1 Ian Goldsworthy begins Elite Magazine in January 2003 with a magazine launch at North Hill Exchange. Issue 1 had Rollerworld, TBG Learning, Turners, Colchester Toyota , Kingsford Park and our longest ever advertiser Stoke By Nayland Golf and Country Club. Editorial was from Oaks Hospital in this first 24 page edition.

TURN OVER Enjoy a whistle stop look through the timeline of the Elite Magazine over 17 years and 200 issues...

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Our 17 year timeline to THE BEGINNING Ian Goldsworthy begins Elite Magazine in January 2003 with a magazine launch at North Hill Exchange.

ISSUE 31 New Editor is Ruth French and Design moves to Hughes & Co.

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ISSUE 2 Peter Constable comes on board as an Editorial Consultant. ISSUE 17 Design of the magazine changes to Colin Theobald and upgraded to full colour throughout.

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ISSUE 143 Polly moves onto pastures new and Carol Evans takes over the role of Editor.

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ISSUE 161 Alice Thomas becomes our new Editor and is still with us today.

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ISSUE 100 Design taken over by GDA Graphics and Food & Drink moves to the back of the magazine.

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ISSUE 197 AND THE FUTURE Creative Fabrik, the design team since Issue 175 take over the Publishing of the Elite Magazine.

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Partner at Local Law Firm passes British Sign Language course F

isher Jones Greenwood Solicitors (FJG) is pleased to announce their Clacton-based Wills, Life Planning and Probate Partner, Andrea Godfrey has passed the Level 2 British Sign Language (BSL) course. This qualification enables individuals to progress their skills to communicate with Deaf people using BSL in a variety of everyday situations. Andrea undertook the course with iSign Learning & Development (ISLD) in Colchester. As a firm FJG are Deaf aware and committed to serving the Deaf community. FJG were awarded the Deaf-Aware Quality Mark from the Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) in 2018 as well as being the first law firm to work with SignLive, ensuring Deaf clients gain swifter access to a qualified BSL Interpreter. BSL is a crucial communications connection between the Deaf/hard

With Andrea’s Level 2 BSL qualification, her language skills are at an intermediate level to improve communication with Deaf people.

Andrea (Partner at FJG) and Sebastian (ISLD Director)

of hearing and those who can hear; Andrea’s skill in this area can be utilised to make the access to legal services easier for the Deaf community. Sebastian Smith, ISLD Course Director, commented “We at ISLD are very pleased to announce Andrea has successfully passed her Level 2 BSL Course. She passed all 3 assessments on the first attempt, a great achievement! She is very passionate about learning BSL and has recently embarked on her Level 3 a few weeks ago, I am pleased to say she is still enjoying herself very much.” Managing Partner, Paula Cameron, adds “I am delighted to share Andrea’s accomplishment. Andrea is a highly-respected Solicitor & Partner in the Tendring area; this new string to her bow is true testament to her going above and beyond to provide an excellent client service.” As well as having the BSL qualification, Andrea is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and also a Dementia Friend. As well as seeing clients in the office, Andrea is happy to visit clients at their homes.

Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors can be found at 73 Station Road, Clactonon-Sea, Essex. Alternatively you can contact Andrea Godfrey directly by calling 01255 323103 or by emailing agodfrey@fjg.co.uk.

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Colchester Zoo mourns the passing of beautiful Malika I

n what is already a very difficult and hard times, Colchester Zoo are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Lioness Malika at the age of 16yrs old. Malika’s health deteriorated over a very short period of time, she was becoming very lethargic and keepers noticed a loss of appetite. After close consultation with our International Zoo Vet, different treatments and therapies were recommended but unfortunately, they had less effect than hoped. On 13th October the decision was taken to examine Malika under general anaesthetic, X-rays, ultrasound examinations and bloods were taken to help diagnose Malika’s health condition and results sadly indicated liver disease. Although Malika recovered from the anaesthetic, the prospect of Malika making a full recovery was slim. Despite this, the Animal Care Team held out hope that Malika would pull through and undergo further medication. Unfortunately, on the morning of 14th October, Malika

“Malika was our feisty protective female of the pride who had a big personality and would always protect her sister Naja.”

passed away despite all best efforts taken to help her. Not only will all the staff at Colchester Zoo miss Malika terribly but she leaves behind her sister Naja and cousin, male lion Bailey. As all 3 were related they were not a breeding group, but they had a strong bond with one another, having lived at Colchester Zoo together since 2010 & all coming from the same park previous to this. Despite Bailey being the dominant male within the pride, Malika was also very much ‘in charge’, she loved her food and would often have first pickings after cheekily stealing from Bailey. Hannah, one of Malika’s keepers said “Malika was our feisty protective female of the pride who had a big personality and would always protect her sister Naja.” Malika will definitely leave a big hole in the hearts of the Animal Care Team and Lion Rock will not be the same without her. There is never a good time to say goodbye to an animal who has been part of the family for so many years, it is always a very difficult and sad time, even more so in these unprecedented times we find ourselves in. The Animal Care Team will be making sure that Bailey and Naja recover from the loss of Malika as well as supporting one another through this sad time.

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Live theatre is back at the Headgate D

uring these changing times, the Headgate Theatre is proud to be able to help local dance and wellbeing groups meet for their weekly sessions. These seem more important than ever on these shorter days with the autumnal weather. But of course, what we really want to see in the building is live theatre. To this end, the Headgate management team are currently looking to put on a limited season of live performances, with a socially distanced audience, starting at the end of November. With no new performances on stage, instead we’ve been helping celebrate previous productions at the theatre – both by our own team and those of the local groups that use the building. The North Essex Theatre Guild (N.E.T.G.) is a group dedicated to helping amateur theatre in North Essex. During the year, adjudicators review productions from across the area, from operatic societies to local village groups. Despite the curtailing of the performance season by the pandemic, over 40 productions were adjudicated and in June the Guild announced the nominations for this year. It typically holds an awards ceremony in Clacton’s Princess Theatre each autumn to celebrate the talent in the area.

As Elite went to print full details were still to be announced, so keep an eye on the theatre’s website and social media for more information.

Unable to hold their usual event, this year the N.E.T.G. awards

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were presented virtually from the Headgate Theatre. Groups that perform at The Headgate did extremely well, reflecting the high production values that we have come to expect from Platform Musicals (A Little Night Music), Colchester Theatre Group (The Beauty Queen of Leenane) and Mad Hatter (Spring Awakening). Members of the cast and production team of our own Headgate Theatre Productions received numerous nominations and in the end won awards for technical achievement (Bug); Best Actor (Joe Eason as Peter in Bug); Comedy (The Vicar of Dibley directed by David King); and Choreography (Alice Molnar assisted by Lorna Perrin for Treasure Island the Panto). The awards evening gives the opportunity to reflect and celebrate the successes of local theatre. It reminded us of the passion and talent brought to each production by every single performer and backstage volunteer. It has never been such a crucial time to be


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This time the theatre is looking for original monologues or duologues that fit the theme of ‘Comedy at Christmas’. Can you turn your best Christmas cracker jokes into a comedy sketch or monologue?

reminded of just why protecting our industry and supporting the arts matters. We’ve had to cancel this year’s Headgate pantomime due to the number of people involved both on and off stage. The decision was made harder by the fact that significant effort had already been made with the writing of an original script and original music for Jack and the Beanstalk. Instead, following the success of our Sofa2Stage project earlier this year, we’re focusing our efforts on a festive reboot. The first project resulted in one-minute monologues and ten-minute plays written, performed and recorded by local creatives, and streamed online. They can still be seen on the Headgate Theatre’s YouTube account.

Entries can be no longer than 6 minutes in length, involve no more than 2 roles and must be self-contained. The deadline is the 14th November and details of how to submit scripts are available on the Headgate website. Those scripts shortlisted by a panel of readers will be rehearsed and recorded in a Covid-secure environment and once again put to the public vote. Watch them online in December – on your phone, laptop or Smart TV - and raise your spirits on these darker days. ‘Tis the season to be funny’!

For further information on what’s happening at the Headgate Theatre visit www.headgatetheatre.co.uk, find us on Facebook and Twitter or call 01206 366000.

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Extra support for people living with cancer P

atients receiving cancer treatment at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) will be offered extra help and practical support from diagnosis through to discharge thanks to a new cancer care navigator service. The initiative, which is being jointly funded by the East of England Cancer Alliance and Macmillan Cancer Support, will see four dedicated colleagues based at Colchester Hospital and a further four in Ipswich. They will contact anyone with a new diagnosis of cancer to provide advice and signposting, as well as referrals to support groups or other services to help them manage the practical, emotional and financial challenges they may face.

The pilot project will initially run for 12 months, after which the results will be evaluated to measure its success.

She said: “This exciting pilot project will make sure cancer patients are given all of the help and support they need from diagnosis right through to discharge, in turn helping to reduce some of the anxiety and stress they may be feeling. “The navigators will be able to help with everything from signposting people to financial or employment advice to informing them about courses, support groups and complementary therapies which they may find helpful. “We will also be working with GPs, charities and other organisations to provide additional support for patients once their treatment has finished and as they transition to life beyond cancer.” Cancer care navigator Sarah Lawrance said: “Volunteering in the John Le Vay Cancer Support and Information Centre at Ipswich Hospital, as I’ve done for the last seven years, you come to appreciate that there really is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to providing cancer support.

The new service is being overseen by Rachael Scott, strategic lead for Macmillan Cancer Services at ESNEFT.

“It can be devastating at first, but with regular guidance to address their changing needs and links into local support services, that person can resume an element of control over their life that allows them to live as well as they can with their diagnosis. “That’s the essence of my new role as a navigator – helping people find the stability and security they need to keep moving forward.”

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It’s gearing up to be a season like no other... C

olchester United are a couple of months into the new 2020/21 season, but it is already gearing up to be a season like no other. Last season saw the final nine games cancelled, with league placings decided on a points-pergame basis and the third promotion place fought for in the Play-Offs in June.

Those three games took place behind closed doors, but it is looking likely that the U’s will also be playing without fans at the JobServe Community Stadium well into the New Year. That means no ticket income, no matchday hospitality or food and drink income and away from the games themselves, no events, conference or banqueting income. This isn’t a scenario that is lost on the U’s Head Coach Steve Ball, who grew up and went to school in Colchester, and has played for and coached the U’s previously. He explained: “The whole situation has been terrible across the globe and like a lot of others, football is an industry in this country that has been hit really hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The whole community benefits from the football club and the club benefits massively from its local community. Safety must always be the priority, but football stadiums have been severely regulated and have the added advantage of being outside. Our Chairman has invested a lot of money and time to ensure that everything and more has been done to make the stadium safe and we are ready to go as soon as we get the nod. “Our only source of matchday income whilst fans can’t come in is our excellent iFollow live stream, so fans can at least watch the action from the safety of their own homes. A big chunk of the £10 cost comes directly to the club so not only are the fans getting to watch and support the lads, they are massively supporting the club in what is an extremely difficult time.”

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