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We shall ignore all talk of a Christmas Lockdown and wish you the happiest of Christmas’ and New Year with your friends and families as we come to the end of the strangest of years. For the team here at Elite Magazine, 2022 will see the launch of our new mobile app, built for your mobile phone and downloadable in 2022 from your relevant ‘app store’. The app will be a mix of everything you need if you live in our CO postcode area... we are so excited to let you know more in the next issue. Page 10 in this issue is an appeal from the wonderful Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation to help young people with cancer as demand for their services remain high. We have put together a list of activities for you and the kids to do this Christmas and these are on page 18. Throughout December, the beautiful 80-bedroom Stoke by Nayland Resort is transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland and you can read all about it on page 22. Page 24 tells us about one of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance most popular fundraising initiatives at Christmas, is their `Lights for Flights’, which sees homes across the county light up their properties in aid of their local air ambulance. Gift membership with Essex Wildlife Trust makes a perfect present for nature – loving friends and family and you can read all about it and how do it on page 26. Having not performed a Christmas Concert for two years, West Bergholt Concert Band are thrilled to be returning to the beautiful St Peter ad Vincula Church in Coggeshall on Sat 18th Dec at 7:30pm, more on page 30. What’s On and Where is on page 27 and there is a link to the website so you can make sure that your event isn’t missed out of the next issue, don’t forget to stay up to date at: www.elitemagazine.co.uk/whats-on It just leaves me to thank a few people in what has been a difficult year... all our advertisers over the year, thank you so much, we love working with you and are always aiming to try and over deliver for you as you book your advertising space with us. Thanks also to all our contributors who keep us updated of all the things that are happening within their charities and businesses, our suppliers and partners for all you do for us and lastly to our fantastic delivery team, our band of dedicated deliverers who in rain or shine make sure that the magazine gets to your door after our work is done and to you our reader from all the team here at Elite Magazine we wish you the merriest of Christmas’ and the happiest of New Years and hope to see you all in 2022. Alice

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Magical Winter Wonderland Family-owned Stoke by Nayland Resort’s on the Essex/Suffolk border is pulling out all the stops this year to help family, friends and colleagues enjoy the festive season.

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Getting in the festive spirit One of the charity’s most popular fundraising initiatives at Christmas, is EHAAT’s ‘Lights for Flights’, which sees homes light up their properties in aid of their local air ambulance.

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Become a Member this Xmas Gift membership with Essex Wildlife Trust makes a perfect present. To help protect the environment and explore beautiful places and learn about wildlife and attend special events.

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

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WBCB Christmas Cracker WBCB are thrilled to be returning to the beautiful St Peter ad Vincula Church in Coggeshall on Saturday 18th December at 7:30pm for a concert packed with nothing but the best in Christmas music.

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Is your conservatory fighting the effects of climate change? W

ith world leaders coming together at COP26 to discuss how we tackle climate change across the globe, adapting our own homes to help combat its effects is important. Reducing our energy usage and carbon footprint can help minimise climate change and choosing the right home improvements will help futureproof our homes – and help the environment. Conservatories are proving a popular and inexpensive way of adding space to our homes, but climate change means we must think about our choice of conservatory more than ever. Steve Rawding, Sales and Marketing Director at leading South East home improvement company SEH BAC, said: “Climate change is already at the point of no return, so more thought than usual must go into home improvements. “Conservatories can affect the whole house in terms of temperature and how much heat is lost in adjoining rooms. “Older styles that use lightweight and thermally

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Charity launches Christmas Appeal as it predicts ‘bleak future’ for youngsters with cancer A

FOUNDATION has launched a Christmas giving appeal to help young people with cancer. The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation said it had been another tough year for everyone following the pandemic, with demand for its services remaining exceptionally high. Since April, it has helped 68 young people with cancer with grants to help them pay for necessities such as rent, food and even the cost of transport to and from vital hospital appointments. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder of the Foundation, said it was a heartbreaking situation for families, who are also facing ‘serious’ delays over receiving diagnoses because of Coronavirus. She said: “2021 has been a very tough year both because fundraising is very hard but also because the demand for our services has remained exceptionally high. Since April we have helped 68 young people directly and over 200 indirectly. The support we have given has relieved financial worry at the most desperate times of these youngsters’ lives. “The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation is bracing itself for an extremely busy winter. We are all too aware over the serious delays in diagnosing children and young people with

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cancer. The University of Oxford has published a study which shows the number of cases has fallen by almost a fifth. This worries us as because the young people will have been diagnosed later, it means the cancer could be further along possibly indicating poorer prognoses. “In addition to this we are all bracing ourselves for a tough winter financially. It is going to be hard for most of us so imagine how tough it will be for those with an exceptionally sick child and additional costs that cancer brings, with less income, travel expenses, hospital stays, increase in electricity bills and household bills. The future looks bleak.” The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation hopes its Christmas Appeal will see it able to continue to help those youngsters in desperate need across the festive season and beyond. Nikki added: “We are hoping this Christmas you might spare whatever you can afford. Together a little generosity from many can add up to a lot. It will make such a huge difference to those families needing us more than ever this winter. “In the words from one of our young adults who received the charity’s help a few weeks ago - ‘Thank you, I cannot thank you enough. I am so grateful for the help. I appreciate it so much I can’t quite tell you how grateful I am. For now I am taking each day one day as it comes, but you have given me hope’.” If you are able to help the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation this Christmas please visit the donate page https://www.tombowdidgefoundation.org/ current-appeals/donate-now

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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. Littlegarth recently 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.

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. Head, Kathy Uttley is delighted with these excellent results; ‘The children and staff 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 continued to receive their full curriculum and results in external exams have seen 11 children achieve places at our

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Gardening with Most people turn off to their gardens at this time the year but gardens never stop growing, evolving and giving pleasure. To think that under the soil bulbs roots and shoots are growing to give glorious shows in spring. Winter flowering shrubs are always in my opinion very underestimated, sometimes planted too far away from the house and as many of us rarely wander around the garden at this time of the year plant so you can see them. One of my favourite still is Lonicera fragrantissima and Osmanthus burkwoodii are also fragrant, the latter is evergreen but the Lonicera is pretty boring the rest of year as it is deciduous and the leaves in summer are just green. These can be found via the web and that way you will see a picture and description, remember if you possibly want larger plants you might have to go to a Nursery or Garden Centre. Always try and prepare the soil first where you are going to plant and I always add in a Soil Improver which helps the plant to establish. Then use a tree and shrub compost to

plant with, this does not mean just digging a hole throwing in compost and plonk the shrub in, No mix the compost with the surrounding soil and after placing the plant you have carefully taken from the pot, tease any matted roots from the edge of the rootball, check the best side of the plant faces out and then in with the plant and backfill around it with the mix of soil and compost, firm in around the plant using the heel of your boot and there you have it... Done!

those winter pies and tarts with custard as well and have you tried adding Ginger to Rhubarb? It gives it a interesting kick. So when at home, my Dad and I had some big galvanised buckets and the like and we would put them over several crowns of rhubarb and push straw in and around the clump.

Last month I went on a lot about vegetables, which I’m sure most of you will have ignored! Well here is another one you will most likely put off and that’s clearing and tidying the veg plot. So on a nice dry day why not venture out to the plot and clear off any big weed and spent crops and add them to the compost bin. If you have compost spread that on the plot and get digging.

The very last from me for this year, is brighten up your home during the festive season by cutting flowering shrubs from your garden, prunus, like cherry’s, forsythia, viburnums, even winter Jasmin to name a few, but experiment and pop in vases with some evergreens and enjoy your garden indoors.

I’m going to stay with fruit although technically it’s a vegetable, Rhubarb, well let’s hope you pulled plenty and blanched and froze it ready for

I mustn’t forget Christmas and it would not be the same without a real growing tree, good for the environment as thousands are grown across the country.

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Your local Christmas Colchester Zoo The Magic of Christmas Colchester Zoo, Maldon Rd, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL. Dates: 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th and 18th – 24th December 2021. Tickets: Tickets to be released soon. Markshall Estate Father Christmas at Marshall Markshall Est, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG. Museum of Power Christmas Fair Museum of Power, Langford, CM9 6QA. Dates: 12th December 2021. Tickets: Adult: £8.00, Child – £12.00 (includes 1 ride on miniature railway and visit to Santa). Colne Valley Railway Santa Specials Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DZ. Dates: 27th Nov to 24th Dec 2021. Tickets: From £22.00 per person. Under 1 – £10.00. East Anglian Railway Museum Festive Days out with Thomas Chappel & Wakes Colne Station, Station Rd, Wakes Colne, Colchester, CO6 2DS. Dates: 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th December 2021. Tickets: From £12.10 per child and £16.50 per adult. Under 2 – FREE. Hylands Estate Enlightened Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ. Dates: 26th Nov to 2nd Jan 2022. Tickets: Adult – £15.00, Child (4-15) – £11.00. Under 3 – FREE.

RHS Hyde Hall Glow 2021 at Hyde Hall RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Ln, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET. Dates: Wednesdays to Saturdays only 10th – 18th December and then 21st to 23rd December and 29th December to 2nd January 2022. Tickets: Adult (non-member) £12.95 (RHS member) £7.95. Child (non-member) £6.95 (RHS Member) £3.95. Under 5 – FREE. Christmas markets in Essex They are a great place to pick up some handmade Christmas gifts. We usually grab a hot chocolate or mulled wine, select a decoration for the Christmas tree and soak up the festive atmosphere. Colchester Town Hall Christmas Market Colchester Town Hall, High St, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PJ. Dates: 27th and 28th November 2021. Tickets: FREE – but you must book tickets Pantomimes in Essex Here are the local Pantomimes to look out for this Christmas. The Mercury Theatre Colchester Aladdin The Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT. Dates: 27th Nov to 16th Jan 2022. Tickets: From £15.00 to £32.00. Princes Theatre Jack and the Beanstalk Clacton Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE. Dates: 4th Dec 2021 to 3rd Jan 2022. Tickets: From £15.00 per adult and from £14.00 per child (under 16).

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Magical Winter Wonderland backdrop for Stoke by Nayland Resort’s bumper festive line-up W

ith last year’s disappointment of a locked-down Christmas and New Year, the family-owned Resort on the Essex/Suffolk border is pulling out all the stops this year to help family, friends and colleagues make up for lost time and enjoy the festive season. Throughout December, the beautiful 80-bedroom hotel and Resort is being transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland, lavishly decorated to immerse guests into a sparkly, snowy paradise whilst they enjoy the fantastic selection of dining and entertainment options. The award-winning restaurants will serve an array of delicious dining options to tempt every taste bud. From festive lunches, dinners, Christmas Day and Boxing Day dining to an indulgent seven-course NYE menu, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. As well as the traditional turkey with all the trimmings, you can expect to see seasonally-inspired Afternoon Teas and a selection of cakes to enjoy in front of

Winter Wonderland at Stoke by Nayland Resort their crackling apple-wood fire in the Orchard Lounge. What’s more, the big man himself will be flying in to greet families on selected Sundays throughout December at their ‘Santa Sunday’ events. In addition to a three-course lunch, families can enjoy a spectacular array of festive activities with a surprise gift for every child. “We are so excited to welcome back our local community and guests from further afield to celebrate Christmas again with us this year,” said Operations Director Matt Manning. “I am incredibly proud of the team who have worked so hard to ensure our venue, events and dining experiences are as safe and enjoyable as they can be.” If you would like to find out more about festive dining and event packages at Stoke by Nayland Resort, you can visit their website www. stokebynayland.com/christmas.

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Getting in the festive spirit supporting Essex and Herts Air Ambulance A

s the festive season approaches, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is asking the people of Essex to get behind their local life-saving charity with some suitably sparkling fundraising. One of the charity’s most popular fundraising initiatives at Christmas, is EHAAT’s `Lights for Flights’, which sees homes across the county light up their properties in aid of their local air ambulance. And this year will not disappoint, with many householders already signed up to take part. Emma Barker, Head of Income Generation at

EHAAT, said: “Essex and Herts Air Ambulance provides helicopter emergency medical services 24/7, so Santa isn’t the only one who will be flying this Christmas. “’Lights for Flights’ is an amazing way to fundraise, and we would love to see more houses lit up in support of our charity. It couldn’t be easier to take part. All you need to do is decorate your home or workplace inside or outside with festive Christmas lights; then contact us for a festive banner and collection tin, which you can put outside your house for people to make a donation.”

One of the EHAAT air ambulances with its helicopter emergency medical services team. Credit EHAAT

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EHAAT truly is a life-saving charity kept operational thanks to everyone who volunteers, donates, fundraises, and plays its lottery.

You can also purchase gift wrapping, Christmas cards, branded notepads, and socks - a seasonal favourite, from our online shop at ehaat.org.

The service is provided free of charge but, unlike NHS emergency services, it receives limited direct funding from the Government and none from the National Lottery.

“Our committed team remain dedicated, ready and able to save lives when someone is having the worst day of their life – even on Christmas Day.

It costs in excess of £750,000 every month to keep the service operational.

That’s why we need support from the people and businesses of Essex this festive season. Whatever your fundraising idea, it all helps to keep us operational, and our fundraising elves are ready and waiting to hear from you to help your fundraising take off!”

Ms Barker continues. “We would like to say a big thank you to all those who have supported us this year, and we are appealing to the local community to help us in any way they can this Christmas. There are many ways you can support. You can host festive fundraisers like mince pie mornings, Christmas jumper days, craft sales and carol singing, or buy tickets for our Winter Raffle.

We hand make brownies, truffles, tarts and cakes in the Colchester area specialising in Gluten and Dairy-Free goods.

To support EHAAT’s Festive Fundraising initiative, sponsored by Raine and Co, visit ehaat.org/festive or call the Fundraising Team on 0345 2417 690.

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Give The Gift of Membership this Christmas G

ift membership with Essex Wildlife Trust makes a perfect present for nature – loving friends and family. It will inspire them to help protect their environment and also gives them the opportunity to explore beautiful places and learn about wildlife and attend special events. 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. Essex Wildlife Trust is the leading conservation charity protecting wildlife in Essex. Our climate is in crisis and our species face extinction. The natural world needs our help. Together we can protect the future. 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.

Help keep Essex wild, join online today at www.essexwt.org.uk/membership or contact the Membership Team on 01621 862964.

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Your local What’s on and Where Guide Colchester Charter Hall Colchester Leisure World, Cowdray Ave, Colchester CO1 1YH. Tel: 01206 573948

Forbidden Nights 2021 10th December 2021 at 7:30pm Immerse yourself in this sexy, innovative and classy show this new age entertainment brings you world class circus acts with our signature Forbidden tease. Tickets: From £24 X-mas X-travaganza – Shantay You Sleigh 18th December 2021 at 8:00pm Klub kids bring you the biggest drag Christmas show ever to the Uk. Hosted by the dynamic drag duo The Vivienne and Baga Chipz. Tickets: £34

Colchester Castle Park High St, Colchester CO1 1UG

Santa Fun Run 2021 5th December 2021 9am Registration, 10am run starts Join the jolliest run of the year! The Santa Fun Run, now in its 12th consecutive year, is the ideal way to kick off your festive season and get fit at the same time.You can run, jog or walk the 5km or 3km routes around Colchester’s picture perfect Castle Park. Everyone gets a free Santa suit which we will give you on the day. Entry Fees: Adults: £10, Children: £7.50, Team of 10: £75, Under 5s: Free

Colchester Arts Centre

Church St, Colchester CO1 1NF Tel: 01206 500900 Mediaeval Baebes bring 25th Anniversary Celebration Tour to Colchester Sunday 19th December

A Merry Little Christmas Sun 19th December 2021 All the warmth and joy of a perfect Christmas wrapped up in your favourite seasonal songs. Tickets: £10.00 (Full), £8.00 (Under 16)

Colchester Utd FC Celebrating their 25th Anniversary year in true Mediaeval Baebes style; the classical chart-toppingchoir will be weaving its storytelling magic once again this Christmas.

Headgate Theatre

14 Chapel St N, CO2 7AT Tel: 01206 366000 tickets@headgatetheatre.co.uk Jack ’n’ the Beanstalk Fri 3rd December 2021 Sat 11th December 2021 We present a fast-moving, up-to-date retelling of this classic folk tale about brave young Jack Nimble, Daisy the dancing cow and a life and death struggle with the cannibal giant Mr. Bigg. Tickets: £13 (full), £10 (Students, under 16’s)

Weston Homes Stadium, United Way, CO4 5UP Tel: 01206 755100 Tuesday 7th December Sky Bet League Two Bradford City v U’s 19:45 Saturday 11th December Sky Bet League Two Walsall v U’s 15:00 Saturday 18th December Sky Bet League Two U’s v Hartlepool United 15:00 Sunday 26th December Sky Bet League Two U’s v Leyton Orient 15:00 Wednesday 29th December Sky Bet League Two Sutton United v U’s 19:45 Saturday 1st January 2022 Sky Bet League Two Crawley Town v U’s 15:00 Saturday 8th January 2022 Sky Bet League Two U’s v Rochdale 15:00

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Christmas Cracker West Bergholt Concert Band

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resh from a fabulous evening of music at St Botolph’s in November which saw the band perform better than ever and with the joyous excitement of a return to concert performances, the band are looking forward to their favourite concert of any year – their Christmas Concert.

Having not performed a Christmas Concert for two years, we are thrilled to be returning to the beautiful St Peter ad Vincula Church in Coggeshall on Saturday 18th December at 7:30pm for a concert packed with nothing but the best in Christmas music, from classic Christmas songs such as White Christmas and Sleigh Ride, to Christmas music from Broadway & Films, to modern pop classics from The Pogues & Slade. There’ll of course be carols to join in with too, so it’s bound to be another Christmas Cracker of a concert. Tickets are available on the door (£6 adults, £5 concessions) with proceeds in aid of the Church’s chosen charity (The Brain Tumour

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Charity) so we do hope you’ll join us for a wonderful evening.

As well as returning to concert performances, the band have just undertaken their first “Play Day” for two years, and are delighted that the youngsters who took part enjoyed it so much they’ve joined the band. The band’s audiences always comment at how wonderful it is to see players of all ages, and especially so many youngsters, and it’s this mix of all ages that keeps the band successful after over 40 years. Don’t worry if you couldn’t make the play day, we always welcome new members of all ages into the band, with our January 2022 rehearsals all being open to anyone to come and try the band. Everything you need to know about the band and our events can be found on the band website www.wbcb.org - we look forward to seeing you at our Christmas Concert, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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