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into Spring with Ken in the Garden on Page 14 DOES YOUR DOUBLE GLAZING STEAM UP? WE REPLACE THE GLASS NOT JUST THE FRAMES AT A FRACTION OF THE COSTS OF NEW WINDOWS See page 6 for more details

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You can sense that there is a spring in the step at the moment, and I hope it is for you too as by the time this publication is out and about we will have passed that first milestone on 29th March and people can now have outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for us all to meet outside.

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Number 54… Harry’s at the door! The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation hit the jackpot when legendary football manager Harry Redknapp swapped footballs for charity bingo balls.

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Welcome to Gardening with Ken After 30 odd years of working at BBC Essex talking to listeners and helping them with their gardening problems, Ken Crowther is elite magazines new Gardening expert. Welcome Ken...

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pending more time in our homes due to lockdown has brought many things into sharp focus, not least the need for extra space. Here, Steve Rawding, Sales and Marketing Director at leading South East home improvement company SEH BAC, explains why a new modern flat roof extension will provide just that – and a lot more besides. As the saying goes, ‘the devil is in the detail’ and never more so than when adding an extension to your home. A new modern flat roof extension allows you to have your space exactly the way you want it – and bring your home to life. Flat roof extensions have risen massively in popularity in recent years, due to more sophisticated technology and designs, and they are the perfect choice to bring style and simplicity to your extension design. They provide a simple, cost-effective solution to getting some much-

As the saying goes, ‘the devil is in the detail’ and never more so than when adding an extension to your home. With a new modern flat roof extension, the sky really is the limit.

needed additional space in your home, a flat skylight will flood a room with natural light, and their comparative ease of construction and discreet visual impact also tick several boxes. SEHBAC’s new modern flat roof extension is the most thermal efficient flat roof on the market. Using the latest flat roofing technology, it will be premanufactured for up to a 50% faster build and fully compliant to the latest Building Regulations. For a contemporary and modern look, they feature extended soffits; level external flooring so it seamlessly flows from the inside to the outside; and an overhang to cover the doors. It also has a premanufactured ‘fall’ system to ensure water drains away efficiently. It can also be combined with a frameless flat skylight or a beautifully pitched lanterns for an elegant orangery, allowing the maximum amount of natural light to flood in With a new modern flat roof extension, the sky really is the limit. You will be able to view this new modern flat roof extension at one of SEHBAC’s local showrooms near you. With more than 50 years’ experience, the multi-awardwinning SEH BAC is part of the multi-million-pound Ipswich-based One Group Construction and has won numerous awards for its singlestorey extensions.

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UNDRAISERS hit the jackpot when legendary football manager Harry Redknapp swapped footballs for charity bingo balls. The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation held a special online bingo night to raise much-needed funds to support young people with cancer during the pandemic. But nobody was expecting Foundation Patron Harry and his wife Sandra until they were let into the online event. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, based in West Bergholt, said: “Oh it was such a brilliant surprise for everyone. “We had people from right across the UK joining in, and then all of a sudden there were Harry and Sandra. Well, of course nobody could believe it. We had a couple of avid fans of his who were completely transfixed on their screen. And then of course Harry only went and won a spot prize too! “Harry and Sandra completely made the

evening and we had so much fun. I don’t think any of us wanted the night to end. We owe a huge thank you to Harry and Sandra for making the night so memorable. It’s wonderful to have them both on board.” The sell-out event had 112 players on Zoom, ranging from four-years-old to 84. Players came from Nottingham, Lewes and even as far away as Malta. Harry, who was unveiled as The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation’s Patron last year, said he was only too happy to join in the fundraiser and support the Foundation. Nikki added: “They really were both there just enjoying a Saturday night like the rest of us.” More than £1,000 has been raised by the fundraiser to support young people with cancer across England and Wales. Special thanks also go to Funky Sweets which provided a superb hamper as one of the prizes. To support the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, go to www. tombowdidgefoundation.org

Some of the participants along with Harry and Sandra. Images copyrighted to TBYCF

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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. Littlegarth prides itself on 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. 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. Early last year Littlegarth received a visit from The Good Schools guide and the glowing review resulting from this visit and subsequent interviews with parents can be found on the School’s website.

places at our local grammar schools while all children gained places at the independent schools of their choice. 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 have worked extremely hard in a very difficult year 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’.

Despite the huge difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the children have continued to receive their full curriculum and results in external exams have seen 11 children achieve

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

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I am really pleased to be able to share with you some ideas on what we could be doing in the garden each month. Having started gardening at the age of 16 as an apprentice in London parks and been gardening ever since, not forgetting Thirty odd years of working at BBC Essex talking to listeners and helping them with their gardening problems, so never be afraid of contacting me through World Radio Gardening. With a spring that we have had this year it is difficult to predict what and where to start.

Lawns if wet and sticky leave alone, but I have been trying to mow all through winter on those rare dry days, cut at a high level and once the grass is growing and moss is a problem, look for a liquid moss killer or try MO Bacter, which you don’t have to scarify out, it breaks down and feeds. If you haven’t yet pruned your roses, now is the time, be hard you will get better blooms, patio ones just shape and climbers again must be pruned now, cut out old wood and encourage new stems, arch any existing new stems to encourage flower, then feed with rose food.

You can still sow Broad Beans and Peas. Too cold to start small seeds like Carrot, Beetroot or Parsnips, but look out for Kings beetroot ‘Red Ace’ or ‘Palo’. The best carrot for multiple sowings is Eskimo. Use a sheet of polythene to warm the soil it will help later on when you’re ready to start. If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse believe it or not you could sow some tomatoes, why not try Kings ‘Sweet Aperitif’ and for outside use try ‘Mountain Magic’.

Great time to plant trees and shrubs the ground is moist, however don’t plant if the ground is sodden.

I saw tomato plants for sale the other day, still a bit early honestly, but try sowing a few lettuce if you have some heat, what about Kings ‘Analena’ or a new dark leaf called ‘Oakus’.

Weather permitting you can start planting those early potato varieties, then second earlies.

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fter a long winter, exacerbated by lockdown, spring is finally here. The world is once again full of colour and sound. Having undergone our own versions of hibernation, it’s time to look outward again and enjoy the unique spectacles of the season. Now, more than ever, we have an immense appreciation for our natural surroundings, for many it has been our only source of entertainment outside of our own home. By becoming a member of Essex Wildlife Trust, you are helping to: • Manage and protect over 8400 hectares of land (and acquire more to help wildlife) • Improve habitats so that our most threatened species can flourish

• Ensure people have free access to our wonderful Nature Discovery Centres • Inspire and educate children and adults about the natural world and encourage individual action to safeguard it • Secure and protect Essex’s coastal habitats to help marine wildlife to thrive • Work with MP’s, councillors and businesses to protect wildlife • Consult on planning applications to protect our most important wildlife sites • Carry out extensive surveying to establish what wildlife needs our help most urgently If you love wildlife and want to help conserve local nature, please join Essex Wildlife Trust. Membership starts from as little as £3 per month or £33 per annum. As well as supporting their important work, you’ll receive: • A welcome pack introducing you to the work of the Essex Wildlife Trust • A comprehensive nature reserve guide • Membership card • ‘Wild’ magazine, including events guide, 4 times per year • Email updates about wildlife around the country and news from the Trust • The opportunity to get involved in a local group • Family membership also includes ‘Wildlife Watch’ membership for up to 4 children (at the same address); Wildlife Watch magazine four times a year, posters, stickers, a badge and a wildlife handbook. It’s great for getting kids interested in nature.

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Dance and Drama Workshops in April With performances still on hold until late June, the Headgate Theatre is hoping to be able to re-open in April for the dance and drama workshops that run each week. Be they in the theatre studio or via Zoom these have been essential for some in a difficult time. KATS (Kids Acting and Theatre Skills) is a youth theatre company, originally founded in 1985 and based at the Headgate since the building was opened in 2002. With a strong emphasis on fun, their performances take place at the theatre and the group offer ‘come and try’ sessions. The company is led by Sarah Young, who has appeared in numerous local productions. “We are a thriving and lively drama group for keen youngsters from the age of 6. We can’t wait to be back doing what we love best and look forward to seeing everyone very soon!”

Donovans Academy of Performing Arts. Established in 1996, the school is for children and young adults wishing to learn, perform and grow as individuals and performers. The Principal of the Academy is Sarah Dunn, a performer, choreographer and qualified teacher. “We have always tried to go above and beyond to ensure the students get the best possible training and have continued lessons via Zoom. We cherish the space and when the universe throws moments like this year, it allows us to value the wonderful space we do have.”

Little Stars Theatre Workshops The sessions are fun and exciting, for children of all abilities. They focus on having fun and building confidence, believing this will make the other skills easier to learn. Vicki Condron, Principal, said “We love being at the Headgate Theatre. It’s absolutely fantastic.”

Ilaz Dance Company was established in 2004 offering various classes to children and adults. The company is completely enjoyment and performance based and while they don’t participate in exams or competitions, students still work to a high standard. Zoe Insull, owner and Director, said “The students and I are so excited to get back into the studio and continue to do what we love! We have missed dancing so much and we will be making up for lost time, performing whenever we can and working hard towards our rescheduled annual show in November 2021.”

Dynamite School of Dance. Established in 2010 by Sarah Harding and specialising in Freestyle Dance. Students train for opportunities including events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone and the Rugby League Champions Cup at Wembley, as well as dance competitions and festivals across the country. Sarah is a qualified teacher. “We are very eager to reunite and return. It provides a safe place so every dancer of all ages can release and express themselves through movement to music, dancing from the heart.”

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Boxford Farms launches new organic “Gro” Fertiliser L

ocal family business, Boxford (Suffolk) Farms, has won a number of international and regional environmental awards for its sustainable energy production. The AD plant at Boxford Farms uses organic bi products from fruit growing, fruit processing and maize and the fermentation process produces a biogas which is converted into heat and power for the farms and hotel. The residual “digestate” contains essential macro and micro nutrients which are immensely beneficial to soil, and has been used for several years as a rich, sustainable feed for the company’s fruit orchards and golf courses. “Gro” has now been launched by Boxford Farms as a 100% natural, chemical-free fertiliser and soil improver which has been developed from

this rich digestate, and dried into easy-touse granules. The product has been awarded Organic-Approved status by the Soil Association and is 100% plant-based and vegan friendly.

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Peter Osborne, Commercial Director of Boxford Farms said, “We are really excited about the future of Gro as we believe it is fulfilling an increasing demand for the use of natural, chemical-free products that don’t harm the planet. It is also very much a project that reflects our commitment as a business to develop sustainable products that are kind to the environment - and we have had the advantage of seeing the huge benefits of Gro first hand by using it on our own crops.” “Gro” can be used either as a base or top dressing and ensures healthy growth for all shrubs, flowers, fruits, vegetables and lawns. “Gro” is being offered at an introductory price of £9.99 per 5kg bag in Pippin Store at Stoke by Nayland Hotel. Now is the perfect time to give your vegetables, shrubs and lawns a big spring boost with this fantastic 100% natural, locallyproduced, nutritious fertiliser – so just call in to Pippin any day of the week and pick up a bag.

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Social Distance Friendly Ride for Helen cycle event gets back behind the handlebars! H elen Rollason Cancer Charity is delighted to announce that its annual cycle event Ride for Helen is taking place on Sunday 16th May 2021 for its eighth year! Plus, cyclists now have the opportunity to take part in a Virtual Ride for Helen which can be completed in their own space and time. Cyclists from across the county and beyond will be meeting at Crix in Hatfield Peverel, Essex to take part in this fantastic, familyfriendly event which offers a choice of four cycling routes to suit all capabilities. You now have the option to sign up for a Virtual Ride for Helen; simply choose your distance and cycle in your own space and time. This year there are four circular routes through the beautiful Essex countryside with distances of 6 miles, 15 miles, 30 miles and 65 miles all starting and finishing at Hatfield Peverel. All adult registrations for the 6 mile route qualify for TWO FREE CHILD places. Helen Rollason Cancer Charity CEO Kate Alden said: “Last year almost 600 cyclists from around the county and beyond took part in Ride for Helen 2020, raising in the region of £35,000! We are all really looking forward to this year’s Ride for Helen which is always such an exciting and popular event; we know many people took up cycling during Lockdown so this is a great opportunity to get outside on two wheels again and support Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. We are also delighted to welcome Paralympic Gold medallist Danny Crates who will be taking part in the 65 mile route.” During Lockdown we have been supporting clients with welfare calls and telephone counselling as well as setting up an online directory of support and virtual groups. Between July and December 2020, we provided almost 1,000 hours of counselling to support people living with cancer. If cycling isn’t your thing but you’d still like to get involved, why not volunteer on the day? We have lots of fun and exciting roles for you to get stuck into – call us on 01245 380719 for more information or email fundraising@helenrollason.org.uk

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Colchester launches Eco Friendly delivery Service

avivacommunityfund.co.uk/ colchester-e-cargo-bike-deliveryservice) crowdfunding platform. So far, they have raised £1350 which is 67% of their target of £2000.

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The funds raised will be used to buy equipment to keep the service running for its first 12 months and to offer a free delivery service for Community Groups such as the Foodbank, Tots to Teens to their clients. Many of whom have mobility issues or are currently socially isolating during lockdown.

olchester residents and businesses are being urged to support the Colchester E Cargo bike delivery service which started last month. The service has been busy supporting local businesses, Community Groups such as the Foodbank and residents in an ecofriendly way. Deliveries and pickups are made using a new E- Cargo bike which is part of Colchester Borough Councils new E-Cargo bike library, instead of a fossil fuelled vehicle emitting harmful pollution. They are currently trying to raise funds through the Aviva Community Trust (www.

They are currently trying to raise funds through the Aviva Community Trust crowdfunding platform. So far, they have raised £1,350 which is 67% of their target of £2,000.

Lee Pugh the chief pilot said, ‘This service has really taken off over the past few weeks showing there is a huge demand for this service. People love the fact that their deliveries are being made in an eco-friendly and low-cost way. Community groups dealing with some of the most vulnerable people in Colchester love using this free delivery service and local businesses are benefiting from offering a low-cost delivery service to their customers. For myself I am getting fit and healthy. I have so far ridden over 400 miles. That’s further than the distance from Colchester to Edinburgh.’ If you are a Community Group or business wanting to set up a delivery service contact Lee Pugh on 07852 958953 or hello@ ecargobikecolchester.com

If you would like to help us provide this service, you can donate to us at www. avivacommunityfund.co.uk/ colchester-e-cargo-bikedelivery-service. You can even benefit from rewards such as discounted delivery.

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Your local Whats on and Where Guide Headgate Theatre

Colchester Utd FC

Kats Sat Mornings Ages 6 to 18 Performance skills Self confidence Sarah Young 01206 851796

Friday 2nd April Bolton Wanderers v Colchester United

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Monday 5th April Colchester United v Barrow

Ilaz Dance Monday & Thursday Age 3 to adult Tap and Modern Various styles Facebook: ilazdanceco 07508 203078 Donovans Dance Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday Ages 3 to adult Modern Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Street, and Musical Theatre www.donovansacademy. co.uk 07904 714880 Dynamite Sat Afternoon Ages 2 to 18 Disco, Acro, Street, Slow, Lyrical and Rock ‘n Roll. Facebook: dynamiteschoolofdance colchester 07986 635117 Little Stars Thurs Ages 3 to 14 Acting, Singing and Dancing www.littlestarsworkshops. co.uk 07743 650845

Saturday 10th April Oldham Athletic v Colchester United Saturday 17th April Colchester United v Walsall Tuesday 20th April Colchester United v Southend United Saturday 24th April Cheltenham Town v Colchester United

Roman Circus Gardens Open Day Colchester Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ

Colchester Fringe Shop Window Takeover Colchester Town Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1AA

Gardens Open Day at the Roman Circus Visitor Centre on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021. 01206 501785

On Saturday 1st May the Colchester Fringe Festival team take over the town centre with the ‘The Mayday Shop Window Takeover’!

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Make sure you take a trip into Colchester town centre to discover what’s happening in a selection of vacant shop windows. More information will be revealed in the coming weeks. https://www.facebook.com/ ColchesterFringe/

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Military charity starts property maintenance firm in Colchester giving work to veterans N

EED help fixing a leaking tap? Need your gutters cleared? Does your garden need a spruce up? Or do you have shelf that needs putting up? These are just some of the things a military charity is hoping their new handyman service will provide – with the bonus of helping keep veterans in work. A property maintenance company, called Building Heroes Property Services, has launched in Colchester. It has been set up by charity Building Heroes, which was set up by Brendan Williams five years ago with the aim of tackling unemployment among veterans. It currently runs training centers in Cheshire, Devon, East Midlands, Essex, Hampshire, Somerset, Tees Valley, West Sussex, and Wiltshire. At these centers, more than 1,000 veterans have graduated with new construction skills, with 400 graduating in the last academic year. Now they hope to put these skills to further beneficial use and have set up the property maintenance firm to provide further employment and raise money to put back into their centers. Brendan said: ‘When you open your door, you want to know you can trust the person walking through it.

‘All our skilled tradespeople are military veterans; it is understood they are people you can rely on. ‘Arriving on time. Putting you at ease. Solving problems, whatever it takes. You can be safe in the knowledge they will do the absolute best job, whilst also giving you the opportunity to recognise the commitments they have made for their country. When you use one of our people, to fix your tap, plaster your wall, or re-decorate your house, you are giving something back to those who were prepared to risk the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, to keep us safe. ‘And by doing so, you are also helping us continue to train up more veterans, giving them a clear pathway to a second career, and a future for them and their families.’ As well as employing veterans, their call centers are all staffed by military spouses, who also sometimes struggle to find work due to the transient nature of their partner’s postings.

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Essex Boys Raise Thousands for Brave Harry I n the middle of the second lockdown, Harry Cowling, 20, was getting headaches so decided to go to the optician thinking he would need glasses. To his shock, he was sent straight to hospital and had to undergo a nine-hour craniotomy to remove a tumour they had found.

incredibly moved by his resilience and strength”. Harry’s friends and some colleagues have signed up to do the 3 Peaks Challenge on 15th June 2021, this challenge consists of climbing up Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike, all in twentyfour hours.

Although the operation was largely successful, the incredible doctors and nurses at the UCLH Hospital were unable to fully remove the tumour. So now Harry is embarking on a fourmonth long chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment plan.

Harry’s company directors were planning on doing this challenge for Haven house with a couple of other friends, including Greg Shepherd as he is an ambassador for them.

Harry’s shock cancer diagnosis stunned his friends and colleagues. So now his Essex friends have got together to show their support. Their plan has already raised over £20,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity in less than two weeks. “As we watched his health deteriorate, we were

So far we have had great support from influencers, celebrities and businesses who have all been a great help in promoting and raising awareness.

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FJG introduce facial recognition technology E ssex law firm Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP (FJG) are one of the first legal service providers in the UK to introduce facial recognition technology to streamline their identity verification process for their clients.

As a new client initiating legal services you are required to provide identification documents, this is often referred to as the ‘on-boarding process’. During this process, a law firm has the responsibility to ensure the documentation provided is authentic and all photographic identification is of a true likeness. The covid-19 pandemic has made this process very difficult for law firms and clients alike. Recognising a need to innovate, FJG are pleased to launch facial recognition technology to ensure the on-boarding experience is significantly easier and more efficient for clients today and continues to remain so in the future.

Andrew Morgan (left), Learning & Compliance Officer at FJG has been responsible for the implementation of this technology. He comments: “Over the last 12 months, working remotely we have been looking at ways to meet our clients changing needs. The new facial recognition software we are introducing speeds up the on-boarding process in an innovative and straightforward way”. Paula Cameron, Managing Partner at FJG added, “At FJG, we pride ourselves on our forwardthinking approach and aim to continue to adapt and offer the best possible service from a law firm. The introduction of facial recognition technology takes away the need for face-to-face contact whilst still offering an excellent client experience”.

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