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MUCH-LOVED charity is celebrating an early Christmas gift after it scooped the jackpot thanks to the National Lottery. The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, based in Colchester’s West Bergholt, was named as one of the lucky charities set to receive a huge £10,000 from the National Lottery Fund.

The grant means the Foundation could help more than 20 young people with cancer alone this Christmas. Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder, said: “It really couldn’t have come at a better time. I still don’t think I can quite believe it now. “We applied to the National Lottery earlier this year not knowing whether we would be successful or not. To open that letter and find out we had not only been chosen but been given 10

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“It’s the best Christmas present the Foundation has ever been given. Father Christmas really has come early.” Nikki added: “Now we’ve got the gift, the Foundation’s elves are hard at work delivering that magic to youngsters up and down the country to make sure they have what they need this Christmas. “If you buy a National Lottery ticket, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You will never know what a chance like this means to a young person with cancer.” Nikki and Richard Bowdidge celebrating the huge £10,000 grant from the National Lottery. Image copyright of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, credited to Steve Brading www.elitemagazine.co.uk


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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’.

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o what did you get for Christmas, if you were a gardener perhaps HTA garden vouchers and you are now wondering what to buy with them!

Well that’s my job to give you ideas. Where I would start is with the seed catalogue and try and grow a few things this year that you have never grown before. This is everything from vegetables to flowers and if you think that you haven’t the patience to grow from seed, look at the plug plants as these have had the hard work done for you. Talking of growing on I remember Jack Kinns up at his sons nursery at Lambourne End popping the Chrysanthemum stools, you know what I mean “clumps of plants” up from underneath the staging and popping them into old Fish and tomato boxes with

a sandy compost around them, watering them with his Haws watering can , not soaking just moistening. Come back in a couple of weeks he said and you can help me take cuttings. I learnt a lot from Jack, yes gardeners always learn all through life, I also joined him taking Irish cuttings of Dahlias , more of that in the future. Talking of Dahlias, check those saved have not dried out at all and any that have rotted totally get rid of, then if the dried up ones are sound you need to soak them in warm water for a good hour then check them and they should have plumped up, take them out and then thoroughly dry them off . Mentioning taking cuttings if you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse, you can still keep sowing winter lettuce, salad leaves, radish and spring onions, you will have to be patient but there is nothing better.

Let’s get organised and I’ve mentioned those seed catalogues, now we need to organise the vegetable plot, I divided mine into four, one for cabbages, sprouts (even though I don’t eat them) broccoli and kale. Then onions and leeks and garlic, now peas and beans and again don’t forget to leave room for a late sowing of runner beans in June/ July to run into autumn. Last but not least the root vegetables and these and the sweet corn. I work salad crops in any gaps that appear as they are fairly swift from seed to harvest.

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ollowing the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of Brexit, burqas and buttplugs through the lens of The Periodic Table, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia is taking on the burning (and infectious) issues of our time in her latest show; ‘Coconut’ to Colchester Arts Centre, 12th February 2022. Recently seen back to absolute basics in Channel 4’s Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, taking a speedy turn (2.07 seconds to be exact) in BBC2’s Top Gear and temporarily enjoying the high life in Channel 4’s

Travel Man – 48 Hours In… Côte d’Azur, Shazia has also guested on ITV’s Jonathan Ross and Loose Women, BBC1’s The One Show, and is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff. “I wrote this show two years ago. It was relevant, funny, timely and I knew every single bit of it. Then one day in March, the world ended. I had nothing to do, nowhere to go, and I did what everyone else was doing. I sat on the settee in my pyjamas, stuffing myself with Nutella whilst watching documentaries on Ted Bundy. I thought I’d better change my show and make it more relevant: no one cares about reality TV, celebrity and me starving in a jungle; let’s get real”.

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Outdoor nursery where children can enjoy both freedom and security S

et in the grounds of Abbotts Hall Nature Discovery Park near Colchester, where children can enjoy both freedom and security, the outdoor nursery is run by early learning experts at Essex Wildlife Trust, the most experienced provider oof outdoor education in the county. The nature nursery is nestled among meadows and grassland, with large open skies and sheltered woodland to explore. Different zones within the nursery provide a variety of sensory and learning experiences. The nursery itself is fully outdoors with an outdoor kitchen,

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composting toilets and a yurt with a log burner for the unfavourable weather conditions.

“Children will have the opportunity to become confident and independent, curious and playful.” The trust believes that to create a sustainable future, education must be based on a deep relationship with the natural world. Learning

will follow the early years Foundation Stage curriculum guidelines and statutory requirements, in the same way as a conventional indoor nursery. However, there will be a focus on holistic learning, and children will gain from the breadth of stimulating natural spaces to provide a healthy measure of awe and wonder. All staff are highly qualified in Early Years, Forest School qualified leaders and specialists in their field and the Nature Nursery is Ofsted registered.

At the Nature Nursery, children will have the opportunity to explore different habits and natural processes, while learning about wildlife with the support of expert staff. From learning to tie knots and working together to cook lunch that they grow in the garden to playing in the woodlands, climbing trees, digging and making mud pies. Children will have the opportunity to become confident and independent, curious and playful, develop a love of nature and wildlife and forge lasting friendships.

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UK tour of Human Nurture comes to Colchester T

heatre Centre has announced the cast and creatives for the UK tour of Human Nurture by Alfred Fagon Award-shortlisted writer Ryan CalaisCameron.

Exploring race, privilege, allyship and masculinity, Human Nurture tells the story of two ‘could-be’ brothers whose lives are cleaved when one is rehomed and the other is left behind in the care system.

The production is directed by Theatre Centre’s critically acclaimed Artistic Director, Rob Watt In order to ensure that Human Nurture is as authentic as possible, Theatre Centre has worked with Ryan and many young people from across the country to explore the themes of race and class found in the play. Having grown up in care together, Roger and Harry’s bond is so strong they’re like brothers. They share everything, food, music, and even dreams – everything 22

except their race. Roger is black and Harry is white; it’s never mattered to them but when Roger is fostered and Harry remains in care the boys grow apart and, in different cities and at opposite ends of the UK’s social spectrum, these differences come to the fore. Roger begins to connect with his cultural roots, while Harry falls into a crowd that are openly racist. Human Nurture unpicks how exclusion and socioeconomic context can affect worldviews and relationships. Writer Ryan Calais-Cameron commented, “With Human Nurture I really want us to collectively explore the reality

of questions/statements that felt like a huge contradiction throughout my life and the lives of so many Black people that have been brought up in the UK, especially now whilst there is so much attention on Black lives mattering.” Theatre Centre is a national touring company that makes bold and relevant shows with and for young people and Human Nurture comes to Colchesters Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT on 25th and 26th February 2022

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onday 13th December marks a milestone at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) as it reaches 1,000 days carrying blood on board its helicopters and rapid response vehicles. Over 130 patients have received blood transfusions from EHAAT’s critical care teams since the charity first started carrying blood products on 19 March 2019. Laurie Phillipson is Head of Clinical Development and Blood Project Lead for EHAAT. He said: “Previously patients who suffered blood loss were given a saline solution, which although 24

effective, doesn’t carry oxygen or help with clotting. With blood on board our helicopters and RRVs now carry packed red blood cells of blood group O Negative, meaning they can be used on any patient, and when needed, these are given with plasma, the other major component of human blood. “Together they enable our pre-hospital critical care teams to provide a blood transfusion rapidly and safely at the scene of an incident. This can be a life-saving intervention for the most seriously injured and is another example of how EHAAT is bringing innovative

care to the patient’s side. The 1,000-day milestone would not have been reached without the support from the laboratory and transfusion team at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) in Harlow, who provide the blood, and the volunteer drivers and bikers of the Essex Voluntary Blood Service (EVBS), who deliver the blood to EHAAT’s airbases at Earls Colne and North Weald daily. Carol Weller is Chair at EVBS and said: “Over the last two years we have all worked very hard to make sure that EHAAT has blood whenever www.elitemagazine.co.uk


EHAAT critical care team practice giving a blood transfusion (simulation) Credit EHAAT they need it night or day, even throughout the pandemic. It has been an absolute honour for me to work so closely with such an amazing team of men and women who I am proud to call my EHAAT colleagues”. Blood is replaced daily and replenished as required. It is delivered and stored in special insulated boxes that keep it at a cool temperature for over 24 hours. These are fitted with a data logger that indicates if the temperature is trending outside of safe limits. If unused after 24 hours the blood is returned to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for use elsewhere, preventing any wastage of this precious commodity. When the blood is required, it is warmed to body temperature to make it safe

to administer and prevent unnecessary cooling of the patient. Tracy Nevin, blood transfusion specialist practitioner at PAHT, said: “We are so delighted to have the pleasure of working in partnership with this wonderful team EHAAT and to have reached this magnificent milestone together in providing emergency blood products at the roadside for 1,000 days. We are committed to supporting this essential service and to be a part of helping make a real difference in patient care.” “We enjoy working with our EHAAT colleagues and continuously look at ways to improve the service and are excited to continue

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supporting them on this project. It has been a pleasure and honour to work with such a dedicated team.” On average it costs £500 to help one patient in need of blood and EHAAT launched its ‘Blood on Board Appeal’ in March this year. The appeal managed to raise just over £23,000, but EHAAT needs continued help to secure blood on board. Your support will ensure they can continue to carry blood on board into the future.

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There has never been a better time to get the ‘spotlight on’ your local business to your local audience and beyond. Ipswich

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We also have the website that will have a section on the “Spotlight on” feature that will get you even more exposure as well as the eagerly awaited app, launching at the start of 2022.

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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

Colchester Castle Park

High St, Colchester CO1 1UG Parkrun Every Saturday at 9:00am A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you! Entry Fees: FREE

Headgate Theatre

14 Chapel St N, CO2 7AT Tel: 01206 366000 tickets@headgatetheatre.co.uk

Colchester Arts Centre Katherine Ryan – Missus 20th January 2022 at 8:00pm Comedian and TV’s Katherine Ryan makes a hugely welcome return to the stage with her brand-new live show, Missus. Having previously denounced partnership, Katherine has since married her first love, accidentally. Tickets: £27

Church St, Colchester CO1 1NF Tel: 01206 500900 January Events Fri 7 The Laughter Zone Comedy Club Sat 8 Carl Hutchinson Live 2021 Thu 13 Rev Simpkins Fri 14 Paul Jones & Dave Kelly Sat 15 Tony Law Tue 18 Stephen K Amos: Before And Laughter Thu 20 John Otway & The Big Band Fri 21 Catherine May & Andrew Allen: Blue Sat 22 The Prettiest Starman Sun 23 Teddy Bear’s Concert Sun 23 Sarah Gillespie & Ruta Di Sun 30 Nishla Smith

Martin Kemp’s Back to the 80’s Party 28th January 2022 at 7:30pm Dig out those 80`s clothes, grab your dancing shoes, and prepare to enjoy a night of pure ‘Gold’ and Yes fancy dress is encouraged! Martin’s first ever show in Colchester. If you want to join us, don’t delay. Tickets: From £22

An Evening of Musical Theatre Fri 14th January 2022 Students from the University Centre Colchester present an evening of on and off Broadway music and dance.

The George Harrison Project Sat 22nd January 2022 A live music celebration of songs written and performed by George, from the Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, and his successful solo career. My Sweet Lord, Got My Mind Set On You, Give Me Love, What Is Life, Something, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes The Sun, Handle With Care, All Things Must Pass, Blow Away, Cheer Down, and many more!

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Big thumbs up for children and young people’s care C

hildren, families and young people have rated their experiences of receiving care at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) as among the best in the country.

ESNEFT has been highlighted as one of the few trusts in England to score “better than expected” in the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) 2020 children and young people’s patient experience survey. Amy Bruce, associate director of nursing for women’s and children’s services, said: “We are delighted to receive this feedback from children, young people and their families in our care and are proud to deliver a positive experience during what is often a very difficult time.

“We are one of a small handful of trusts across the county to be highlighted in this way by the CQC. “This is a tremendous achievement and a testament to the dedication and commitment of our staff, who work hard every day to deliver the best possible services to children, young people and their families.” The survey was sent to young people aged eight to 15 who were admitted to hospital between November 2020 and January 2021. It asked a range of questions about their admission, and

covered subjects such as the hospital ward and staff, facilities for parents and carers, pain management, operations and procedures, the discharge process and their overall evaluations of their care. The full report and survey results are available here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/ childrenssurvey Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity is currently raising money to transform the children’s department at Ipswich Hospital and make services even better for young patients and their families.

To find out more or support the appeal, go to https:// colchesteripswichcharity.org.uk/childrensappeal

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