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Hello everyone to Issue 206 of the magazine, firstly we were all was saddened by the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh and our thoughts are with his family and especially the Queen at this time.

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Charity Vintage Day Out is back Vintage and retro lovers are being invited to roll back the years and dress to impress for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s A Vintage Day Out on Sunday 27th June 2021, as we celebrate all things vintage!


Nationwide joins Foundation Nationwide branches in north Essex and south Suffolk nominated to help the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation after co-founders Nikki and Richard Bowdidge appealed for help.

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Penny Pancaldi is not only hosting a weekly drop in clinic where you can remake your clothing, but is been calling on the Colchester community to get involved with their lockdown dress project.

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EHAAT is blazing a trail On Earth Day 2021 Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) announced the steps taken to date and further plans to reduce its impact on the environment.



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SEH BAC set to expand showroom offering to keep up with home improvement boom L

eading South East home improvement company SEH BAC is set to expand its number of state-of-the-art show centres to cope with the increasing demand for home improvements. The company, which operates across East Anglia, the South East and the Home Counties, reopened all 13 of its award-winning show centres across the region in accordance with the Government’s Safe Operating Procedures. And to keep up with the demand from consumers to improve their homes, SEH BAC is currently building a new showroom in Bicknacre. Managing Director Peter Wheeler said: “Our homes have fallen under the spotlight after being confined to them for much of the last year and despite edging back to normality, that shows no signs of slowing down.

The continued expansion and the reopening of showrooms will provide homeowners with even more opportunity to see what products are on offer.

“As a result, we have decided to rebuild the show centre in Bicknacre as we look to help homeowners in the area get the home improvements they want.” “While being able to browse online is great, when it comes to home improvements nothing beats experiencing the quality and performance of a product firsthand, which is why show centres reopening will come as a relief for many homeowners,” added Peter. “At SEH BAC we have added several new products, including our new modern flat roof extension, to give customers the very latest offerings in home improvements. “The chance to see them up-close by visiting our showrooms, and speak to our experienced team, will provide those who were perhaps unsure about upgrading their windows and doors, or those interested in extra space, with the perfect opportunity to see for themselves.” SEH BAC has more than 50 years’ experience installing to homes in Suffolk, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, and Essex and last year won the Best Showroom at the Emplas 2020 Best Showroom Awards.

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Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Vintage Day Out is back at Cressing Temple Barns for 2021! V

intage and retro lovers are being invited to roll back the years and dress to impress for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s A Vintage Day Out on Sunday 27th June 2021, as we celebrate all things vintage from a bygone era! Showcasing a myriad of vintage stalls, guests can expect affordable vintage fashion, retro secondhand items, pop up hair and beauty parlors, kitchenalia, fashion, jewellery, pre-loved furniture, antiques, collectables and lots more! Over 200 classic cars and motorbikes will be on display including vehicles from an American cars club, a Sunbeam, classic Fords, Mustangs as well as Morris Miners, Triumphs, a Wolseley Hornet and members of the Rochford Hundred Vintage Tractor & Engine Club with their stationary engines. Food and drink will be available to purchase including American fast food, wraps, cakes, waffles, ice cream,

After last year’s event was sadly cancelled due to Government restrictions, we will be celebrating the end of lockdown by hosting our 11th Vintage Day Out at the beautiful Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree.

vegan food, fresh lemonade and various bars selling alcoholic drinks. There will be live music from rock’n’roll band Kingsmen who will be playing instruments from the fifties, and dancing from LJ’s Jive School where you can watch or join in with modern jive dancing, and singing from the fabulous Harmonettes. Pre-loved and vintage shopping is an affordable and sustainable way to acquire unique and new items whilst also supporting a worthy cause. In addition, shopping at Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s Vintage Day Out directly impacts the vital care and support offered to those living with cancer and their loved ones in the community. It’s a double win! Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Community Fundraiser Rosie Jamieson said, “We have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation; the safety and wellbeing of our guests, sellers, entertainers, Volunteers and staff is always our primary concern, combined with the effect to the local area. To ensure that you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable day we are putting in place extensive safety measures to look after all involved. Our last Vintage Day Out in 2019 raised just under £13,000 for the charity, so if you love all things


We’re a local charity serving our local community, and every penny raised at this event will go towards ensuring we continue to provide the best possible cancer support care now and in the future. I look forward to welcoming all of our supporters to the beautiful grounds of Cressing Temple Barns on Sunday 27th June 2021.”

vintage, this really is the place to be! Whatever your interest, classic cars, heritage skills, old time bicycles and tractors, vintage fashion, antiques, dance and music, there is something for everyone. Plus dogs on leads are welcome and the kids will be thoroughly entertained too! We are still looking for sellers and have space for more classic cars so if you would like to join us on the day please email vintage@helenrollason. for a booking form.

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity’s A Vintage Day Out is on Sunday 27th June 2021, between 10.30am and 4.30pm at Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Essex, CM77 8PD. Early bird admission prices: Adults £5, Concessions £4 and under 16’s go FREE. Free parking is available and dogs on leads are welcome at the event.

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FOUNDATION will be able to help dozens of young people with cancer after a building society donated a huge £20,000. Nationwide branches in north Essex and south Suffolk nominated to help the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation after co-founders Nikki and Richard Bowdidge appealed for help. The Foundation went through a rigorous vetting process before being given the thumbs up following a final meeting. Julie Nurse, Branch Manager of Colchester Nationwide, said: “We all just had tears in our eyes after hearing Tom’s inspirational story.


“There was never any doubt in our mind afterwards that we wanted to help the Foundation. The local branch celebration, which was held virtually, was only meant to be 20 minutes but we were so moved it lasted more than an hour. “Ever since 2018, our Community Grants Programme offers financial support to those seeking to make a difference, those on the front lines of tackling housing issues that impact so many across the UK. The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation is a charity close to the hearts of many of our members, and has been helping young people with cancer keep a roof over their heads. With many charities struggling for funding in these times, it was a proud day working for Nationwide hearing the Foundation had been voted by our members to receive the £20,000 for their project. We cannot wait to get started and support the Foundation

Foundation’s fight against cancer in any way we can.”

are thrilled to have such a brilliant bunch of people behind us.

All Community Grant applications must meet Nationwide’s eligibility criteria to become shortlisted. The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation will be able to help 160 people with mortgage and rent payments, as well as necessary household goods, thanks to Nationwide. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “I was just amazed by how enthusiastic the whole team at Nationwide were. “They absolutely got what we are trying to do and are completely behind Tom’s vision. We

“There are so many hidden costs of having cancer, especially at a time when young people and their families must take time off work for treatment. Sometimes, keeping a roof over their heads can feel impossible. “We cannot thank Nationwide enough.” The £20,000 Community Grant and support has come from Nationwide branches in Colchester, Dovercourt, Clacton, Sudbury and Frinton. To support the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, go to www.

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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”.


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. May brings forth Flowers, well it was supposed to be April showers to help but they never arrived. It is the time to think about planting our summer bedding plants, yes now , well as soon as the frosts have gone. Our soil has quite a bit of moisture in the levels below the surface , but don’t let that fool you into thinking in needs nothing added. It does and the more organic material you can add the better. Wherever you are it doesn’t stop you ordering the plants and preparing the plot, but where do I start? Now what do I plant, I like bold blocks of colour sticking to one plant in one colour edging perhaps with another and then a series of dot plants through

Summer Bedding the bed maybe to give a bit of height and extra interest. Geraniums are always thought to be expensive but seedling varieties are extremely good value and the colours are magnificent. Bedding Geranium are very tolerant of dry summers but will still perform in less favourable weather as well. Edge with something as simple as a lobelia in soft blues, or be bold and use one of the new marigolds which in gold or yellow will set off those perhaps red or purple geraniums. You gather I like bold, so why not look at Begonias again in single colours maybe soft apricots with dot plants of cordalines in red. The thing not to do is mix lots of different bedding plants with lots of different colours all it does is give you a mish mash

of colours and then some need deadheading while others fade earlier in the season. Feeding summer bedding, a good start is to include a slow release fertiliser in the area as you prepare the ground, you could on the other hand use something as simple as growmore in that initial preparation. Then as the plants develop and start to form their flower buds use a liquid feed once a week, alternating between a general plant food like Maxicrop which is a good seaweed based feed and yes you guessed it Tomato feed. Look forward to a colourful summer and for more mixes of colours and ideas you know where to come to. Summer bedding can be to gardener a palette of oil paint to an artist.

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Essex Wildlife Trust installs inspiring wildlife-friendly lookout A

new wildlife-friendly lookout has been installed at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Two Tree Island nature reserve in Leigh-on-Sea. The lookout is not only a place to enjoy the spectacles of nature, but also provides a habitat for some of the important species that call this reserve home, including insects, birds and even bats. Monty’s Lookout, designed by Green Roof Shelters, and its associated interpretation was funded by a generous legacy and donations from a JustGiving appeal after the previous hide, including its informative interpretation boards were lost due to arson in 2019. Overlooking the serene western lagoon at Two Tree Island, Monty’s Lookout is in pride of place to witness the fantastic bird life that the island supports throughout the year. Adjacent to the internationally protected Thames Estuary, Two Tree Island is situated within an urbanised landscape but is still

So, if you have some time and would like to get out as we come out of lockdown this is a great place to visit and take in what nature has to offer.

a hub for wildlife, providing the perfect habitat for thousands of birds including wildfowl, waders and short-eared owls, rare bees, such as brown-banded and shrill carder bee, beautiful butterflies, and striking reptiles such as slow worms and adders. The new lookout is inviting, fully accessible and is made from re-purposed shipping containers complete with a shingle habitat roof and a wall made from log and stone filled gabions that allow more light into the lookout and provide a habitat for invertebrates. Inside the lookout reclaimed hardwood shelves line the walls as well as a display of engaging interpretation panels to educate visitors about the wildlife they can expect to see and the habitat around the lookout. So, if you have some time and would like to get out as we come out of lockdown this is a great place to visit and take in what nature has to offer. 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. If you would like to share in their mission to support wildlife and green spaces, please get in touch and become a corporate Investor in Wildlife.

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We have 20 tickets to win We have partnered with the team at Competition Boutique and Buchan and Byers to get our hands on 20 tickets for the draw to be the one lucky winner of the ticket that will WIN you this amazing Golf Break in the Highlands for you and three friends. Competition Boutique are an online competition website, the Founders and Directors are Jennifer Taylor and Claire Tough, childhood friends who fused their business development and marketing expertise to create this exciting website which specialises in luxury goods, holidays, experiences and items for

your home, you can visit their website www. to browse their latest competitions which you can win from as little as 99p. One of their associate suppliers are Buchan and Byers, a VIP executive golf travel company. Mr. Buchan is the golfer, a champion of his time, a true Scottish golf aficionado. Mr. Byers is the traveller, a seasoned business traveller, the original experience-man. If you win this competition Buchan and Buyers will ​take care of your every need all you need to do is get to Inverness with your friends.



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Buchan and Byers Golf Tours in association with Competition Boutique are delighted to offer you the following Golf Tour. The tour is for 4 golfers and includes 3 rounds of Golf (playing The Nairn GC, Royal Dornoch GC and Castle Stuart), two nights accommodation in the fabulous 4-star luxury Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness (with hearty Scottish Breakfasts)*, links shot clinic, whisky tasting event and luxury Mercedes people carrier transfers between the hotel and courses.

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The adventure begins on arrival at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness. Make sure your party arrive and check in by 8:15am on the first day as the transport will depart and take you to Nairn for your tee off at 10:20am. On arrival at The Nairn Golf Club, you will be met by the head teaching professional Murray Urquhart who will provide a ‘links shot’ clinic at around 9am to fully prepare you for some of the shots which you will be facing over the next three days and he will also offer any advice about the courses prior to your tee off. About The Nairn Golf Club The Nairn Golf Club’s truly remarkable feature is that from every hole you can see the Moray Firth

and the golden colouring and changing lights of the Black Isle. Even more extraordinary – Viscount William Whitelaw or Willie (as everyone referred to him) learned his golf here. More recently, in 1999 the Nairn Golf Club has hosted the Walker Cup matches which are the pinnacle team event of the armature game between Great Britain and Ireland and the United States. Other than in a strong westerly, it leads you in gently before demanding accurate driving and precision second shots. Gorse is a hazard. The par 4 holes tease and confound and all four short holes are cunningly angled, with the 4th a little gem and the 14th simply spectacular. As three of the par 5 holes are over 530 yards long, it is a test for all. Almost 100 years ago, having played the Championship Course, James Braid commented on the quality of the greens. Once your round is finished, feel free to head back to the club house for a drink and when you are ready, your transport will take you back to the hotel where you can relax. Inveness is a short taxi ride from the hotel and is well stocked with Bars and Restaurants for your party to explore.

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Up early and after a hearty breakfast, the transport will leave at 9am for the 1hr drive to Dornoch. Soft drinks will be provided on the drive and your party can relax in the comfort of the leather seats and enjoy the scenery. Your tee time is 10:50am.

1 TICKET • 2 NIGHTS • 3 COURSES • 4 FRIENDS • 5 QUESTIONS About Royal Dornoch Royal Dornoch is spellbinding and many golfers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this natural links at some point in their lives. It is often quoted as one of the must-play courses of not only Scotland but the world. It’s the timeless setting that makes Royal Dornoch such a pleasing place to play golf. It’s wild, isolated and, at the same time, absolutely beautiful; there’s the blaze of colour in early summer when the gorse is in flower. The pure white sandy beach divides the links from the Dornoch Firth and it all feels very humbling. Formed in 1877, Royal Dornoch has exceptional standards and always aim to exceed the expectations the frequent visitors and loyal members. However, it is all done in a relaxed, informal environment, with an emphasis on traditional highland hospitality. Once again, feel free to drop into the club house to unwind before being driven back to the Kingsmills Hotel. Some refreshments will be served on the drive back, but make sure to leave room for the Whisky Tasting session planned for the early Saturday evening. About B&BGT Whisky Tasting You host will introduce a range of whiskies, explain a little about the process, history and the characteristics of each one. Your party can then enjoy sampling a number of the whiskies under the guidance of your host. The tasting session will take a little over 1 hour, leaving you plenty of time to make the most of a Saturday night in Inverness or to stay in the hotel and relax.

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After a final breakfast, the transport will take you the short journey to Castle Stuart. Your tee time is 10:20am. About Castle Stuart History and diversity make Scottish golf courses famous throughout the world. As Turnberry is to Ayrshire and Gleneagles is to Perthshire, Castle Stuart has been conceived to be for the Highlands – a beacon reaching out to golfers throughout the world. The centrepiece for this Scottish destination golf resort is Castle Stuart Golf Links, a championship links course which has hosted the European Tour Scottish Open on four occasions (20112013, 2016) since its inception in 2009. US superstar Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart the week before he went onto Muirfield to win the Open Championship in 2013. Overlooking the Moray Firth and well-known landmarks that are synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle – Kessock Bridge and Chanonry Lighthouse perhaps the most notable. Make sure to visit the uniquely styled club house inspired by an Art Deco hotel from an Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot adventure. Your final transfer will be waiting to take you back to the Kingsmills Hotel where your golf adventure will end, but the memories made during the trip will last a lifetime. * Accommodation includes two nights B&B, with 2 x classic twin rooms. Single room supplement not include. No meals or drinks (other than refreshments provided by B&BGT) are included.

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How many stars does the Luxury Kingsmills Hotel have?

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Colchester’s Clothing Clinic is supporting sustainable fashion Penny Pancaldi, founder of Colchester’s Clothing Clinic is, in a bid to support sustainable fashion and fight fast fashion, is not only hosting a weekly drop in clinic where you can your clothing, but is been calling on the Colchester community to get involved with their lockdown dress project. The beautiful dress has been lovingly created by locals making their own flowers made from anything and everything recycled such as:

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Stoke By Nayland Secures ‘Ultimate’ Honour In Golf Industry ‘Oscars’ S

toke by Nayland Golf, Spa & Lodges Resort has been recognised a second year in succession for its overall high standards by being awarded the ‘My59 Ultimate Service Excellence’ honour in 59club’s 2020 service excellence awards. This is an event regarded as the golf and hospitality industry ‘Oscars’ where the East Anglian venue was competing against famous courses such as Gleneagles, Celtic Manor and The Belfry. Hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter and broadcaster Dan Walker, the ceremony to honour the market-leading performancemanagement specialist’s best performers across the UK & Ireland was broadcast online owing to the current UK coronavirus restrictions. And this excellent family-owned venue in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty secured the top award of its type – one of just three clubs to be recognised with the accolade. Stoke by Nayland, which boasts two

championship courses, as well as an awardwinning 80 bedroom hotel and spa, and luxury self-catered lodges on the golf courses, has earned a great reputation over the years for hosting televised international PGA and European Senior & Challenge Tour events. Director of Golf at Stoke by Nayland, Karl Hepple said, “We’re really thrilled to have won this award for a second year running, especially when you look at all the high calibre venues involved. I would like to pay tribute to the incredible hard work and dedication of all the team here at Stoke by Nayland who have contributed to this accolade. We all love working at this fantastic venue in such a stunning location, and we are always keen to share this passion with our members and guests, and to ensure that they are having the best possible experience when they come here.” The course reopened on 29th March after more than three months of lockdown, and already Karl is looking forward to next year’s awards. “In spite of all the challenges facing us, I’d like us to be able to go even bigger and better at next year’s awards.” Will Hewitt, 59club UK’s general manager, said: “This was our 11th annual Service Excellence Awards ceremony, but the first – and, hopefully, the last – we’ve been forced to host remotely. As always, our congratulations go out to all the winners and those who secured ‘podium’ finishes, which is still a sign of exceptional quality, particularly in such a difficult year.” The places in the 59club service excellence awards are determined by scores collected from its impartial mystery shopping audits, which evaluate the experience afforded to visiting golfers and prospective members, in accordance with objective benchmarking criteria.


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olchester High School offers pupils aged 2 ½ to 16 an excellent education that builds in them the confidence and strength of character to aspire higher. With Character Development, STEAM and a Global Perspective at our heart, our enriching and forward-thinking curriculum ensures a CHS education delivers academic excellence and develops creative and inquisitive minds for tomorrow’s world. The foundations of this philosophy are laid in our all-year-round Nursery, where our experienced practitioners engage each child with an individually targeted blend of free-flowing play and formal learning. It is built on in our Lower School, where we offer a broad curriculum designed to develop a vibrant community of inquisitive minds. And it is completed in our Senior School, where our subject-specialist teachers help pupils achieve

It is an education focused on “Building a Bright Future for All.”

excellent GCSE outcomes and prepare them for the future. Our extensive enrichment programme, trips and outdoor learning provision encourages pupils to discover new passions, cultivate a strong sense of citizenship and social action, maintain their mental and physical wellbeing and develop life skills. Whether in the classrooms, the Performing Arts Wing, Art Studio or on the Sports Field, there is something for everyone. In the Autumn Term, Colchester High School embarked on a new Digital Age of Education, rolling out 1-2-1 devices for all pupils Year 3 to Year 11 to ensure that our pupils benefit from the use of technology to support and enhance their learning and that they are able to access their learning “Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace”. It is an education focused on “Building a Bright Future for All.”


Relaxation of visiting restrictions at ESNEFT E

ast Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) is making further changes to visiting arrangements at its hospitals, including the relaxation of existing Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in maternity services. The changes apply in four areas – maternity, emergency departments (A&E), children’s services and end of life care. Maternity The guidance covers all maternity appointments and visits at Colchester, Ipswich and Clacton hospitals. The key changes are: • Pregnant people can be accompanied at all scans by one support person • Pregnant people can be accompanied at all antenatal and postnatal appointments by one support person • One support person ideally from the same household or support bubble may visit antenatal and postnatal wards for two hours, which has been extended from one hour • One support person may accompany someone in labour from the point of admission to the maternity unit – rather than from the point of established labour

bubble) within the A&E department – providing the patient and accompanying adult are free of Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms Visitors may not accompany the patient to other departments, for example x-ray. They must remain within the area of A&E they are in, until the patient is admitted or discharged, and not wander around the hospital building. If the patient is admitted, visitors will be kindly asked to leave at that point and book a ward visit. Children’s services Two parents / carers may visit a child on our children’s wards if they are from the same household or support bubble as the patient. As always, one parent may remain resident with their child throughout their stay. Parents / carers who are not in the same household or support bubble may continue to substitute each other as needed, but this will be limited to one person at a time. Under current Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines children are not able to visit our wards, apart from in exceptional / compassionate circumstances End of life visiting Up to four visitors will be able to visit patients receiving end of life care, where social distancing on the ward can be maintained and it has been agreed with the clinical team

Emergency Departments (A&E) Due to the need to maintain social distancing we are unfortunately still not able to allow visitors to accompany patients in our waiting rooms, unless the patient is a child, a vulnerable adult, or there are exceptional/compassionate circumstances, in which case one adult may accompany the patient – providing the patient and accompanying adult are free of Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms

ESNEFT Chief Executive Nick Hulme said: “The safety of our patients, visitors and staff is what’s most important to us. Restricted visiting policies and arrangements for attending appointments in our hospitals have to stay in place for now while Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be in general circulation in our communities and hospitals, but we will make further changes when we can.”

Patients who are in our majors and resuscitation areas only may be accompanied by one close family contact, or somebody important to them (ideally from the same household or support

Our hospitals This guidance covers Colchester Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, Aldeburgh Hospital, Felixstowe Hospital and Bluebird Lodge, Ipswich.


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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance is blazing a trail for the environment O

n Earth Day 2021 Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) announced the steps taken to date and further plans to reduce its impact on the environment. In what EHAAT believes is a first for a UK air ambulance charity, it has carried out a thorough review of its carbon footprint and sustainability, and is now looking at how it can achieve a net zero impact. The first stage of this process was to engage a carbon consultant and work with them to calculate the charity’s carbon footprint for the year 2019-20. This involved capturing the data on the fuel used under Scope 1 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (fuel used in aircraft, vehicles, heating buildings etc) and Scope 2 (Fuel used indirectly as a result of the charity’s activities, such as in the production of purchased electricity). James McInroy, EHAAT’s Head of Workplace and Infrastructure, said: “EHAAT is committed

to making the very best choices for the environment, our people and the community. We have reviewed all areas of the charity and calculated our Carbon GHG (Green House Gas) footprint. With long term sustainability and carbon impact forming our decisions across all areas of the charity, our objective is to reduce our carbon footprint and achieve a net zero impact”. One of the first beneficiaries of this trailblazing work is EHAAT’s new airbase at North Weald, which will become operational this summer. The building was designed with environmental considerations as a priority. These include: • The building has been designed to current BREEAM ratings and has achieved an energy performance certificate (EPC) grading of A, the highest possible. • Photovoltaic panels on the roof means that the building generates more electricity than it uses. The excess is sold to the national grid. • Electric vehicle charging points enable users of electric vehicles to charge them. • Motion sensor lighting inside the building means lights are only active when areas are occupied, reducing electricity consumption. • Additional steps such as improved waste segregation and recycling and Eco boilers are also being installed at the charity’s airbase and its headquarters in Earls Colne, as well as its charity shops across Essex and Hertfordshire. Over the coming year EHAAT will take steps to further improve sustainability and the organisation’s carbon footprint.

One of the electric vehicle charging points at our new base


For more information about the work of the charity and how you can support it, visit

This is My Theatre present

Sunday 6th June, 4pm Layer Marney Towers, Colchester

“Fifteen men on a deadman’s chest...” This swashbuckling tale will be lifted from the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-loved novel and brought to life with sea shanties and sword fights galore!

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The Headgate Theatre is open again! T

here’s been a lot of uncertainty at the Headgate Theatre over the past year, about when it can reopen for performances and how it will get through this period financially. But April brought great news on both fronts. From the 12th April the building reopened for a phased return by the children’s dance and drama groups. One of the group leaders commented “Can’t explain the feeling but just being back in our dance home doing 1:1 tuition felt good.

I’m so excited to be back next week with ALL my students.” All the groups are interested in hearing from new members who want to get back to dancing, singing or acting – or start a new challenge after the enforced break. In addition, the theatre is planning a three-day half term workshop for 8-12 year olds: Magic, Mayhem and Music, which will explore some of the characters and themes of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. And at the start of the month the theatre received a grant of £60,175 from Arts Council England, part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. The announcement was greeted with delight by the volunteer team. The grant will cover the costs of the newly appointed Headgate Manager, maintaining the building and some of the overheads associated with the premises. It will also help meet some of the costs in the coming months as the theatre prepares to re-open for performance and a full and varied autumn programme.


This grant, together with a business grant and the money recently raised through a Crowdfunder appeal, is a real boost for the venue – and for the various community groups and performing groups that use the vibrant community theatre. Malcolm Kimmance, Chair of Trustees said: “This money is an absolute lifeline for a small theatre venue such as ours. The support for The Headgate from our patrons, hirers and volunteers has been outstanding ever since we opened almost 20 years ago, and over the last 12 months it has been exceptional. It will enable us to offer a variety of opportunities to local community groups and freelancers as we come out of lock down.” To prepare for running a theatre post-lockdown, in the past months the theatre has installed screens in its box office and lighting gallery, increased the number of sanitising stations in the building and upgraded its air conditioning system. The theatre is aiming to recreate a convivial (but socially distanced) pub atmosphere in the auditorium, where the usual seating has been removed. Providing the government roadmap progresses as hoped, during May they will be announcing the performances dates and opening bookings for this production plus others over the summer months. In the meantime, the Act V workshops continue online, with Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading full mask theatre company delivering the sessions in May. You may have caught their series ‘How hard is waving’ on the BBC iPlayer last year. Places are available on the sessions they’ll be running on how we connect, play and create work together.

For further information, visit www., email tickets@, call 01206 366000

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

Saturday 1st May Colchester United v Salford City

Ilaz Dance Monday & Thursday Age 3 to adult Tap and Modern Various styles Facebook: ilazdanceco 07508 203078


Saturday 8th May Tranmere Rovers v Colchester United

Donovans Dance Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday Ages 3 to adult Modern Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Street, and Musical Theatre www.donovansacademy. 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. 07743 650845

Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH Email: Art for Life: An exhibition made with key workers Monday 17 May - Sunday 5 September 2021 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Discover different perspectives of the pandemic and reflect on your own in this poignant exhibition. Feel connected through art, creativity and shared experiences.

Phyllida Barlow Friday 24 July 2020 - Sunday 6 June 2021 A presentation of artist Phyllida Barlow’s sculptures in our Welcome Area, leading our reopening following the first UK lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roman Circus Gardens Open Day Colchester Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ Gardens Open Day at the Roman Circus Visitor Centre on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021. 01206 501785

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Fresh, Nutritious Food Delivery Service and Unpackaged Refillery Comes to Colchester H

ome Kitchen Colchester is ready to shake up dining at home options for locals.

Dine-in options will include sweet and savoury brunches such as maple banana and cashew butter chia toast, hearty meals and super salads such as Crispy Hoisin Pulled Rainbow Salad, with plenty of plant-based options. The spring menu options will be delivered direct from Home Kitchen Colchester, a conscious business which as well as offering fresh cuisine, will house an unpackaged refillery to take sustainable household shopping to the next level, following a hugely successful launch of the first Home Kitchen shop in Lavenham. Located on Crouch street, Home Kitchen Colchester will house the following departs: Fresh Kitchen - a seasonal choice of meals, snacks, desserts (even a hidden veg sticky toffee pudding), freshly pressed (70%) vegetable and fruit juices, real protein shakes and hot beverages, available to buy in store or delivery (via just eat) Frozen Pantry - a selection of gluten-free and dairy-free meals, ready to enjoy at home. The Refillery - pantry staples including freshly pressed nut milks and butters, dried fruits, pulses, rice, cereals, pasta, flours, spices, herbs, sugars, oils and vinegars. Loose leaf teas and freshly ground coffee - including family recipe blends. Efficient Homewares - from

the best knife sharpener to the beloved wooden spoon. Self Care - including natural make-up, gentlemen’s razors and toiletries. Nature’s Pharmacy - natural remedies to help anything from toothache to toe care. Utility Room - including refillable cleaning solutions and Pinterest-worthy bottles. Garden and Pet’s Corner - including Harrington’s complete nutrition, dairy-free, natural dry food and this season’s sowing vegetable seeds and garden essentials. The Library - a selection of books to encourage sustainability, gardening and children’s environmental awareness. Behind the Home Kitchen brand is husband and wife team Charlotte and Tom Springett. On launching Home Kitchen Colchester, Charlotte says: “We are thrilled to be bringing the Home Kitchen magic to Colchester with the addition of the home delivery dining service. Taking inspiration from our timeless family recipes, current family favourites, customerinspired dishes and a desire to create nutritious flare with full on flavour, the Fresh Kitchen department was created.” “Our desire for sustainability shines through everything we do from the food we carefully source and serve, to everything we select to retail in our shop. Our aim is to put the pride and inspiration back into our pantry and everyday living. We aren’t hoping for a handful of people doing ‘zero-waste’ perfectly. We need lots of people doing it imperfectly to make a real difference.”

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Zooming back to normality


est Bergholt Concert Band & Training Band can’t believe it’s over a year since our weekly band nights started on Zoom, and whilst that continues to be a fun way to catch up socially and play some great music virtually together, we are crossing our musical fingers that in the next few months we can go back to playing together properly. In the meantime, we continue to welcome new players of all ages (young & previously young) to our Zoom nights, which are a brilliant way to try the band for the first time. You get to meet fellow band members without being put off by our wrong notes and without us hearing yours. The sessions are every Friday and are free to brass & woodwind players – just email if you’d like to join in. We’d especially welcome some new young players to keep the band’s balance of all ages, as the combination of Uni and not being able to run our usual schools events has taken its toll on our younger membership. As well as our hopes to meet up to rehearse together, we are optimistically hoping to be able to hold a summer concert outdoors sometime in July. Hopefully by the next issue of Elite we’ll know whether that’ll be possible, and if so will be able to share a fingers crossed until then.

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In the meantime we’ll continue to meet on Zoom with both our Training Band (Grades 1-4) and Concert Band (Grade 4+), with in-person rehearsals hopefully re-starting before long. Stay safe & hopefully we’ll see you on Zoom or at our next concert.

To join in with us, either virtually or when we meet together properly, just drop an email to and we’ll send you details. Alternatively you can find out all about the band on our website

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