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Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation plans for ‘return to normal’ with annual golf day Page 12-13 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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Hello everyone to Issue 207 of the elite magazine and hope everyone is safe and well as we look at the June 21st date for lifting of all restrictions in England... fingers crossed that last milestone can be met and we can all get back to some normality.... whatever ‘normality’ now means going forward as it will, no doubt, look different to everyone.


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Essex Wildlife Trust are on hand to tell us about the panoramic views across two different worlds in Tollesbury on page 32.


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP visited dedicated teams leading the restart of routine NHS care at Colchester Hospital and you can read more on that visit on page 46.



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Cyclists raise £50,000+ in event Over 1,000 cyclists from around the county and beyond, gathered at Crix in Hatfield Peverel to take part in Ride for Helen 2021, raising over £50,000 for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity!


Foundation plans for golf day The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation has revealed its first fundraiser since the start of the pandemic with its popular annual golf day at Benton Hall Golf and Country Club.

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Nearly 700 patients a month are receiving effective care for suspected broken bones while making fewer trips to Colchester Hospital following the introduction of a virtual fracture clinic.

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

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First mission from new airbase Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s (EHAAT) new airbase at North Weald became operational when a critical care team based at North Weald, was tasked with its first mission... an incident in Bishop’s Stortford.


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SEH BAC is on the lookout for talented and driven people for trainee sales roles as the UK economy begins its recovery from the pandemic.

in new blood – whether they have sales experience or not. “The number of enquiries we are currently getting has been reaching record levels and it shows no signs of slowing down yet, as things slowly return to some form of normality,” said Steve. “The pandemic has really hit local jobs and we thought it was the perfect time to create some trainee sales roles to help us meet that demand. “We’re looking for the right people with the right attributes, not just people with a sales background; you don’t even need experience in the window, door, and conservatory industry either, as we will provide full sales and product training.” The role will require selling the very latest and most innovative home improvement product ranges and all successful applicants need is good communication skills and a full UK driving licence. “We want to help local employment and train the right people to have a long career with us here at SEH BAC, an award-winning company that has been leading the way for more than 50 years.”

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Over a thousand cyclists take part in event raising over £50,000! O

ver 1,000 cyclists from around the county and beyond, gathered at Crix in Hatfield Peverel to take part in Ride for Helen 2021, raising over £50,000 for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity! Strict social distancing measures were adhered to to ensure riders could take part with confidence and guidelines set out by British Cycling were followed. The annual bike ride, now in its eighth year, has become a firm favourite on the Essex cycling calendar. The Charity welcomed riders of all ages and abilities, with a choice of cycling routes; 6 miles, 15 miles, 30 miles and 65 miles. Those enjoying the beautiful countryside routes included families with small children, seasoned road cyclists and even a Unicyclist and penny farthings! Gregory Bloyce, 9 from Maldon took part in the 6 mile route with his dad and raised £600 in sponsorship! “I really enjoyed the event but got a bit wet in the rain! Next year I hope to

Strict social distancing measures were adhered to to ensure riders could take part with confidence and guidelines set out by British Cycling were followed.

do the 15 mile route and I can’t wait.” Paula, Richard and Alice Threadgold from Chelmsford completed the 30 mile ride. Paula said; “We had a brilliant day and were thoroughly impressed with the organisation and social distancing measures which had been put in place. The route was easy to follow with very little traffic so it was a most enjoyable ride.” Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Community Fundraiser Karen Mitchell said: “What a fantastic turnout with over 1,000 supporters attending our annual Ride for Helen raising in the region of £50,000 for the charity, with almost half of the income being generated from sponsorship and more money is flooding in! This event will fund 2,000 counselling appointments or 1,000 reflexology sessions for our clients. We’d like to thank the following local businesses and volunteers for supporting Ride for Helen; • Bishop Nick Brewery for their well-received beers! • Ian and Alison Twinley for


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allowing us to hold our event every year at Crix in Hatfield Peverel Tiptree (Wilkins & Sons) for sponsoring riders medals Group 1 Audi Essex for rider support Spokes Cycle Care & Repair in Chelmsford for helping with cycle checks and rider maintenance on the day Nature’s Choice Catering Greengrocer Ltd for bananas Readings Greengrocers in Braintree for bananas Great Braxted Farm Shop for bananas Eat Natural in Halstead for rider snacks Multitech Site Services Ltd in Great Dunmow for financial support Anytime Fitness Witham for providing water supplies, hosting rider warm ups and sports massage/hamstring checks on the day The Duke of Wellington Pub in Hatfield Peverel for providing water Chelmer Radio who were playing music on the day

We’d also like to thank all of our volunteer photographers; Blake Mark Productions, Dave Brillus of Pixels for Pleasure, Graham Wilson and the Bishop’s Stortford Camera Club. And certainly not forgetting the countless Volunteers, friends and family who gave up their day to make Ride for Helen such a success. Thank you one and all! We are now looking forward to our brand new cycling event taking place on Sunday 5th September 2021; Ride for Helen Suffolk! Our new event will offer cyclists the chance to sign up for either 65 or 35 mile routes through some of the picturesque Suffolk countryside. The Ride will start and finish at Trinity Park, Ipswich, home of the Suffolk Show. Registration is now open for Ride for Helen Suffolk on Sunday 5th September 2021. Adult tickets from £20 each and juniors from £10 each. You can register by visiting www.rideforhelen. or calling 01245 380719! Photographs for purchase will be available soon; visit for updates! The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is dedicated to championing quality of life for everyone living with or affected by Cancer through the provision of support centres, complementary therapies, information and advice and supporting clinical trials.

The Charity receives no Government funding but there is no charge for the services provided. For more information please visit or call 01245 380719.

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Foundation plans for ‘return to normal’ with golf day T

“It will be so much more amazing this year because we cannot wait to get back to seeing our fantastic supporters again.”

The charity will be making a welcome return with its popular annual golf day at Benton Hall Golf and Country Club, Witham, after having to cancel last year’s event.

Sponsored by The TP Group, the Foundation’s golf day will tee off with bacon rolls, tea and coffee before a shotgun start at 10.30am. The day will finish with a two-course dinner with a raffle and prizes for the day’s competitions.

HE Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation has revealed its first fundraiser since the start of the pandemic.

It will be the first event the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, based in West Bergholt, has been able to schedule since the Feather Ball in February 2020. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Foundation, said: “The 18-hole championship golf course, set in beautiful countryside, offers a challenge for golfers of all abilities and runs alongside the River Blackwater. “It has been such a hard year for so many people. To be able to plan to get back to some normality after everything the last year has thrown at everyone is such a relief. “And what a way to get back into the swing of things! Our golf day is always such a huge event with friends, colleagues and families teaming up to tee off.

It will be held on Wednesday, October 13. Nikki added: “The good news is you still have lots of time between now and October to make up for all that lost practice over the last year. “We’d also really like to see more ladies come and show us how it’s done this year too. We know we have a thriving ladies’ golf scene across the region and it would be amazing to welcome them on board. “Whether you want to enjoy a much-needed day out or really want to win the cup, you’ll be having fun while raising money for young people with cancer. We can’t think of a better way of doing it.” Tickets cost £55 each, with teams of four people, and can be bought by emailing or by calling the Foundation on 07771646654. Sponsorship packages for the day are also available. To support the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, go to www.


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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

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Gardening with

Now all the hard work of preparation of the beds is done we can start to enjoy the planting. This is to give us summer long colour whether it’s on the patio with tubs , baskets , planters ,beds and borders. The fertiliser has been worked into that prepared soil and now all we have to think about is what to plant . Think and look at the aspect of the bed before deciding on a plant is worth thinking about and perhaps if you can become a clairvoyant and let us know if the summer is going to be dry or wet this year, it could be a lot easier on what to plant where. Bizzy Lizzie and these of latter years struggled with Downey Mildew which is an airborne fungus, worse in humid damp conditions and results in yellowing of leaves and eventually leaf loss and loss. So now I’ve depressed you all, most

of the new varieties have been specifically bred to resist this.

a trailing one for running over the edges of tubs and troughs.

I always remember my Dad buying bedding plants and usually snap dragons or Antirrhinums he would go to a local nursery a Mr Bretton, I remember as they were grown in wooden boxes and Dad would buy a few plants which were cut from the box with an old Kitchen knife and wrapped in newspaper.

Now let’s be positive as we hope for warmer weather so it’s time to get your runner beans in, nothing better than picked from your garden why not try climbing French bean Cobra from Kings seeds or even grow a row of French Bean , try Amethyst a rich burgundy colour. Lets, face it pulling carrots,a quick wipe and chewing them fresh is a real treat . Keep sowing salads, cut again lettuce, radish and spring onions. Sow a few more often and that way you will get a succession of fresh vegetables to enjoy through the summer , whatever the weather.

They got dotted around the borders planted with no compost in our heavy clay soil, sometimes they would survive and flower. This was all before Dad let me get hold of his garden. Enough reminiscing, the new varieties are very good indeed still favourite with children as you can squeeze the sides and they produce a mouth shape dragon. Good colour mix from Gardening Direct and one I like is Antiquity Mixed or why not try

Last but not least it’s a great year for slugs and snails, I’m not even going to suggest how you eradicate them as the challenge gets harder and harder each year.

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alking Tollesbury’s wide protective seawall alongside The Trusts expansive Wick reserve will give you panoramic views across two very different worlds. To one side you get a glorious vista of saltmarsh, sails and wind-rippled waters. To the other, a broad green wonderland of grazing marsh sprinkled with birdlife, livestock and freshwater scrapes. For decades this 243-hectare site has been worked to help wildlife and now boasts a wonderful diversity of species. Balmy summer days bring fluttering clouded yellow butterflies, contrasting with big noisy flocks of dark-bellied brent geese gathering in winter. Whilst myriad feathered species work the waterlines, overhead majestic marsh harriers and hovering kestrels scan for prey.


Tollesbury Wick comprises two distinct halves as one side has never been cultivated. This gives the site different looks; one half is laced with a network of creeks and channels meandering between areas of large ant hills, lending it an almost otherworldly feel. The other is significantly flatter, with large swathes of grassland mixed with freshwater scrapes, making it ideal for many wading birds. There’s evidence of the site being used as early as the Iron Age, 2000 years ago, and our resident ‘Time Team’ has been the Wicks badgers, as over the years their excavations have unearthed some interesting archaeological finds. Our ‘flying flock’ of sheep (so-called as they sometimes travel to other reserves when needed!) are made up of a mixture of Shetland, North Ronaldsay, Black Welsh Mountain.

very different worlds We also have one of the largest pedigree herds of Shetland cattle, an old rare breed of Scandinavian origin. Pingu and Jenga, our Grazing Officer’s faithful border collies, have become indispensable members of the Tollesbury team as together they help move the flock around to maintain optimum sward heights in order to attract target species. But livestock grazing doesn’t just benefit breeding birds; areas of rough pasture provide the perfect home for small rodents such as field voles and pygmy shrews, which in turn provide food for birds of prey that reside and hunt here. Onsite are a number of nest boxes used by kestrels as well as both barn and little owls each year. A perfectly located bird hide just minutes walk from Tollesbury’s colourful tucked-away marina gives a chance to watch large flocks of wildfowl and waders gathering to feed. Continuing along the sea wall you’ll reach the wide expanse of shingle point, a key location in our collaborative Share Our Shores project with the RSPB. One which aims to protect Essex’s most threatened

beach-nesting birds. During spring and summer, areas like this provide critical nesting sites for chattering little terns, ringed plover and brightly-billed oystercatchers. Whilst the Trust endeavours to protect threatened wildlife at Tollesbury Wick, excitingly it seems new species may be soon colonising the reserve of their own accord. Last summer 13 cattle egret were spotted feeding around our herd of Shetlands! A scene that would have been unheard of just a few years ago. These egrets feed on insects and worms disturbed by hooves and last year were recorded breeding in Essex for the first time, so it is likely we’ll be seeing an increase of these visitors from now on. So, what are you waiting for? Why not drive out to Tollesbury today and see for yourself just how much The Wick has to offer…

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Headgate Theatre re-opens for performances A fter 15 long months the Headgate Theatre is counting down the days until it can welcome performers and audiences into the theatre once again.

It’s looking forward to seeing its patrons back at the Headgate to enjoy a programme of, initially, socially distanced performances. Tickets are on sale for performances from the 9th June and it’s also launching a new Friends scheme designed to help support the theatre and its community engagement activities.

The theatre has been working hard to meet the See It Safely standards established by UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatres. It means that audiences can feel confident and safe knowing that the venue is COVID-secure and will be following the latest government and performing arts guidance. There are sanitiser points around the building and a one-way system in different parts of the building, with signs and markers to guide people round the theatre. The start of June sees the return of its dramabased workshops for seniors. Held on Monday mornings the “Act V” sessions cover a wide variety of topics and new participants are always welcome. Plus there’s a new weekly “Limber and Stretch” class for some gentle exercises, focusing on flexibility, co-ordination, cardio and balance. Due to social distancing guidance, until the end of June the auditorium can only accommodate 50% of the usual capacity. From the 9th to 12th June the first show in the new season is “Two” by Jim Cartwright. Two actors play the landlord and landlady, and their 12 customers.


Other exciting new developments include, • a Junior Choir launching in June and meeting each Saturday morning. The theatre is interested to hear from potential participants as well as possible choir leaders. • The Headgate Young Company. Young people aged 16 to 21 will be involved in all aspects of creating exciting and challenging drama. Introductory workshops for actors and those interested in technical aspects of theatre such as lighting, sound are being held on the 20th June. • And the theatre is inviting patrons to join as a Headgate Friend to support the work of the theatre both on and off the stage. Friends newsletters and invitations to season talks. In July there is a tribute to Monty Python star, Terry Jones who shuffled off this mortal coil, ceased to be, expired and went to meet his maker in January 2020. Talented local artistes will recreate scenes from the Python films and perform some of the most famous Python sketches and absurd songs. Colchester’s Rev Simpkins is a singer-songwriter, folkster, gospeller and a priest in the Church of England. He returns to play in Colchester for the first time in two years, in an evening supporting Colne Radio. There’s more music in an Acoustic Evening with Dave Ellis and Boo Howard. They have played the Headgate several times previously as part of the Acousticity gigs, and their songs draw on influences from both the folk world and the rock scene they have been involved in. And Five Star Swing return with their Jazzed Up Jukebox. The theatre is planning a full programme of shows and events from September until the pantomime at Christmas.

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Virtual fracture clinic hailed a success N

early 700 patients a month are receiving effective care for suspected broken bones while making fewer trips to Colchester Hospital following the introduction of a virtual fracture clinic. The clinic gives orthopaedic consultants the chance to review the notes, histories and x-rays of any patient coming to Colchester Hospital’s emergency department, Clacton’s minor injuries unit or Harwich’s urgent treatment centre with a suspected fracture within just 24 hours of their visit. They can then decide whether to discharge the patient if no further action is needed, or arrange for them to come in for a follow up appointment. Every month, the clinic manages around 670 referrals and discharges more than 200 patients who need no further treatment, which prevents them from having to come back to hospital unnecessarily to be discharged face-to-face. As well as improving convenience for patients, this

means that more clinic slots are also being freed up for those who do need additional treatment, such as surgery, a plaster cast or onward referral to their GP or a physiotherapist. The clinic is also making sure that patients who do need to come back are seen at the right time, while also ensuring everyone receives exactly the same care, regardless of where they live. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Mahbub Alam, who set up the clinic alongside nursing staff, the plaster room team and admin colleagues, said: “The virtual fracture clinic is a brilliant example of successful team working which is making a real difference to our patients. “Previously, patients going to ED with a fracture would automatically be invited back to the orthopaedic clinic several days later. This was very inconvenient for patients who need no further treatment, as it meant they would have to make an unnecessary trip to hospital just to be discharged. “In addition, the virtual clinic means that every patient’s notes and x-rays are reviewed by a consultant within 24 hours of their injury. We feel this provides a gold standard of service and additional safety, as every x-ray is double checked by a senior member of staff to ensure nothing has been missed.

Front (L – R) Orthopaedic practitioner Mary Stubbins, consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Mahbub Alam and orthopaedic practitioner Roxy Gardner. Back (L – R): Trainee orthopaedic practitioner Sacarra Lee and lead orthopaedic practitioner Steven Chan.


“As well as improving the experience our patients have when receiving care, the clinic is also helping us use our appointment slots most effectively while making sure that everyone receives the most appropriate treatment, from the right professional, first time. It also means patients in Clacton and Harwich receive the same level of care as patients seen at Colchester. “We have had some fantastic feedback from our patients about the initiative, which was also highlighted as best practice by the CQC during their last inspection.”

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Historic first mission from new airbase E

ssex & Herts Air Ambulance’s (EHAAT) new airbase at North Weald became operational from the end of April 2021 when a critical care team based at North Weald, was tasked with its first mission by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, to an incident in Bishop’s Stortford. Cliff Gale, EHAAT’s Operations Director, said: “The first mission from our new airbase is a historic landmark for the charity and we would like to thank all of our amazing supporters who have made this first-class facility possible”. “This first mission is the culmination of a great deal of commitment, planning and hard work. We are delighted to see our crews operational from the new base by helicopter and rapid response vehicle. This building will give the charity a home for decades to come with

facilities that will allow us to continue providing a world-class clinical service.” Stuart Elms, EHAAT’s Clinical Director, said: “After years of planning and preparation it is great to see this state-of-the-art building being used as a base from which our highly skilled pre-hospital care teams can attend critically ill and injured patients across Essex, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas”. “I’m delighted for the charity, our supporters, our clinicians and our patients as it will be central to how we deliver care and how we continue to improve outstanding patient care.” The new purpose-built airbase was completed in February 2021 and replaces a leased facility nearby. A time-lapse video showing the complete build can be viewed at

EHAAT’s AW169 in front of their new North Weald Airbase.


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Aerial shot of EHAAT’s new North Weald Airbase. It includes dedicated areas for training which will benefit not only EHAAT’s crews and the local pre-hospital care community along with an interactive visitor centre for supporters, who we look forward to welcoming to this incredible new building when such visits become possible again once government restrictions are fully lifted. The new airbase includes a hangar which is capable of housing two helicopters when necessary, for aircraft maintenance and has underground heating beneath the helipad to keep it free of snow and ice during the winter months. It has been designed with “green” issues very much to the fore. Photovoltaic panels on the roof means that the building generates more electricity than it uses with the excess sold to the

national grid. Electric vehicle charging points enable users of electric vehicles to charge them. There is bicycle parking for staff who wish to cycle to work and as much waste as possible will be recycled. The building has been well insulated in order to retain heat and reduce noise pollution and it makes as much use as possible of natural light in order to save on electricity. This exciting day really does mark an important milestone in the charity’s history and the whole team would like to thank everyone involved in this project.

For more information about EHAAT and its work, visit

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It’s that time of year again for the team Colchester United Football in the Community C

olchester United Football in the Community are very pleased to confirm this year’s holiday activity courses for Whitsun half-term and the Summer holidays. Whitsun half-term will include our very popular Soccer Camps, along with Mini-Kickers, Train Like A Pro and our Unique Girls Only Holiday Camp. With such a wide range of activities, our coaching team cannot wait and we’re sure they’ll smash it out the park. The holiday courses are always a brilliant opportunity for children to interact with others, learn important skills and take part in enjoyable games! With the participants in the front of our minds, we always try to make it the best experience possible so your child can leave with more than just how to nail a Cruyff turn. With vivid memories of last summer’s smiles and scorching sun, we’re hoping for Summer 2021 to be the best so far! We’ll also see the return of our biggest soccer camp of the year once the schools break up for the summer! The Colchester United Annual Summer Camp is coming back, and we have no doubt that it’ll be a great one. All attendees will be given a FREE Colchester United first team shirt, a brand new football to use throughout the week, lots of prizes and trophies to be won, along with meeting Col U players and Club Mascot Eddie The Eagle.


Our Sports Participation Lead, Joe Hart, had this to say when asked about our up and coming Courses: “We are all extremely excited to welcome players of all abilities to participate within our Holiday Activities during Whitsun Half Term and the Summer Holidays. “If you wish to participate in fun, engaging and challenging activities, be sure to take a look at our Summer Brochure for courses at either Shrub End Community Centre or the JobServe Community Stadium.” We will now be offering an early bird discount for all holiday activities courses moving forwards. Unfortunately our early bird discount for Whitsun has timed out but for summer, please book by Monday 28th June 2021.

With a brilliant summer in mind, we look forwards to seeing you there! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask by getting in touch by calling us on 01206 755160 or via email at

Your local Whats on and Where Guide Firstsite

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. Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex 25 June 2021 - 5 Sept 2021 Colchester’s contemporary art gallery, Firstsite hosts a major exhibition of brand new works by Michael Landy CBE (b.1963). Free entry

Colchester Castle Museum

Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1TJ Tel: 01206 282939 Walton Bridges, painted by J.M.W. Turner goes on display in Colchester Castle. This event is included as part of Castle admission. For your safety and comfort, we are asking visitors to book a ticket in advance for a timed entry to visit Colchester Castle. You will be able to book your visit up to 14 days in advance by calling our booking line on 01206 282939 between the hours of 10am – 4.30pm (11am – 4.30pm on Sundays)

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Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UD Ibiza Orchestra Live 17 July 2021 The incredible ibiza orchestra live is heading to colchester for the very first time. Immerse yourself in the some of the most amazing classic ibiza tracks all performed by a full live 26-piece orchestra. Over 18s ONLY £45 a ticket

Centre for Creative Writing

University of Essex, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ Tel: 07913 061948 https://www. Essex Bookfair 6 June 2021 - 29 Aug 2021

Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex CO5 9US Tel: 01206 330784 Live Music Day Sun 27 Jun 2021 11:00 AM 5:00 PM Talented singers & instrumentalists with be performing in various corners of Layer Marney throughout the day. Tickets £9 Adults, £5 for Children, Family Tickets available

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A hidden racket sport venue in Feering M

ost motorists making their way along the busy A12 just south of Colchester will have no idea that they are passing within a few hundred yards of one of the most unusual racket sport venues in the county. Tucked away at the end of a leafy avenue on the outskirts of the village of Feering lies Prested Tennis Club. Lawn tennis is played here but most members will be found playing the less familiar games of padel, the UK’s fastest growing racket sport, and real tennis, the world’s oldest racket sport. Prested Tennis Club has introduced hundreds of new players to real tennis since its inception in 1999 and is now doing the same for padel, and it would love to provide the same opportunity to you. Whether you’re an established tennis or squash


Prested Tennis Club professional, Mark Hobbs, in action on the real tennis court player, or if you’ve never played a racket sport before, Prested Tennis Club offers you the chance to try out these exciting racket sports.

Contact their Tennis Team on 07746 289113 to have a go and to find out how to join.

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Prime Minister visits ESNEFT P

rime Minister Boris Johnson MP visited dedicated teams leading the restart of routine NHS care at Colchester Hospital. On his visit to the hospital, run by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), the Prime Minister also took a quick tour of The Collingwood Centre to talk to staff and patients about cancer care. ESNEFT Chief Executive Nick Hulme said: “It was a privilege to welcome the Prime Minister to Colchester Hospital and to give him the opportunity to meet some of our staff who’ve all worked so hard during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in our hospitals and in the community. “We have robust plans in place to tackle hospital waiting times, which have undoubtedly increased during the pandemic response.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks with Colchester Hospital’s Director of Operations Alison Power and Chief Executive Nick Hulme. Picture by Simon Dawson No 10 Downing Street The Prime Minister visited The Collingwood Centre, Colchester Hospital’s £3.25million stateof-the-art dedicated cancer centre. NHS England recently announced Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (which includes ESNEFT) is receiving a share of £160m in funding and extra support to increase the number of elective (planned) operations it delivers.

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