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Win a family day out at Wyvernwood Page 13 to enter and find out more 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 4 for more details


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he team here at Elite magazine hope you are enjoying this sunny heatwave whilst being mindful of keeping yourself safe in this heat. Rik was delighted to carry on our association with the Tom Bowdidge Foundation Trust as our parent company Creative Fabrik took a team to their Charity Golf Day, held at Benton Hall Golf Club, in the sun, it was a great day had by all and some well needed funds to this fantastic charity. Wyvernwood is an Enchanted Lost Kingdom inhabited by fabulous fairies, fierce dragons, wise wizards and other characters and we have the chance for you to win free tickets... have a look at Page 12 and 13 and get your entry in early... Page 14 tells us about the Hayley’s vision in Copford, helping people in a holistic, practical and sympathatic way at Crystal Dreams. If you can, please keep donating to the Red Cross appeal at We hope you enjoy the summer holiday time with the children off school, enjoy the weather, have fun and as always, Be Kind!

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Dozens of people braved swimming through mud rivers and a trip on a deathslide to raise money.

Crystal Dreams has proved its worth in helping people in a holistic, practical and sympathetic way.

Adventurers covered in mud and glory

Grown into something quite magical!

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Adventurers cover themselves in mud and glory


OZENS of people braved swimming through mud rivers and a trip on a deathslide to raise money for a Foundation. Fundraisers from across Essex descended on Wild Forest Races, in Kelvedon Hatch, for the filthy challenge which saw them covered from head to toe in mud.

Founder of the Foundation, said: “I have to say it did make me laugh to see these amazing people turning up in their pristine white Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation t-shirts only to be entirely covered in thick mud by the end. It was fantastic. “They all absolutely loved

Nearly 40 people took part in the day, raising more than £4,500 for the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, based in Colchester.

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“I must say a big thanks to everyone who took part and raised so much money for teenagers and young people with cancer. Watch out for next year’s event, we’ll be announcing details soon.” To sign up to the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation’s Individual Giving Campaign go to www.

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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.

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A vision that has grown into something quite magical! From its earliest days Crystal Dreams has proved its worth in helping people in a holistic, practical and sympathetic way. Originally established in 2020 during the pandemic as an online venture and now as a welcoming shop based in Copford, Crystal Dreams continues to live up to owner, Hayley Moore’s vision of having grown into something quite magical! Coming from a care background as an NHS nurse with over ten year’s experience, Hayley’s interest in alternative healing has proved exhaustive for the success of Crystal Dreams,

giving a wide ranging understanding in both conventional and holistic treatments that compliments the way in which Crystal Dreams offer their services to their customers to help cope with the everyday stress and strains of life. Gaining a large following on social media has meant that Crystal Dreams has been able to expand physically into the local community at 17 School Road, Copford, Colchester, CO6 1BU. Crystal Dreams offer a vast selection of crystals from all over the world, as well as holistic giftware for that special someone.

Hayley offers, by appointment only, Reiki and Crystal Healing. In stressful times times, many of us harness ways to feel grounded, to calm anxiety and soothe stress, so it’s not surprising that alternative therapies like crystal healing have come to the fore. The concept of using crystals to heal has been around for centuries but, with celebrities speaking out publicly about their belief in the practice, it’s had a more mainstream resurgence in recent years. And, as with most trends re-entering the zeitgeist, social media has played a huge part in its popularity – in more ways than one.

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