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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2014 Publishing Director Ian Goldsworthy ian@elitemagazine.co.uk Telephone: 01206 500543 Editor Polly Enfield pollyenfield@btinternet.com Advertisement Sales sales@elitemagazine.co.uk Telephone: 01206 500543 Publishers Expert Publishing Ltd P.O. Box 7391, Colchester Essex CO4 3WZ Design and Artwork Pure Creative Design www.purecreativedesign.co.uk Contributors Polly Enfield, Peter Constable, Shane Leach, Antony Sherman, Josh Wakefield, Andrew Mumford, Ray Pile, Peter Jones Front cover River Stour at Mistley, by Abbott Photography Food & Drink cover Global Buffet in Ilford

DEAR READER Yay! We have finally shaken off the number 13, and for those of you who are sufficiently superstitious, this is surely reason enough to look forward with fresh vigour to 2014. The weather has been doing its best to rain us off and stop play, but we need only look at how much better off we in North Essex have been, compared to other parts of the country, to feel as if luck is indeed on our side this year. But we can’t complain yet of the cold. American weather might at times be a tad unpredictable and dramatic, but this year at least it has hurled us some warmth, mixed in with those storms, so we can only hope the temperatures will hold up for a bit longer. Of course the year will have its challenges, like any other year, but keep thinking positive thoughts and the rest will follow.

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Spring 2014 will be DanceEast's busiest performance season to date S u pplement

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Following an incredibly successful joint Christmas concert – West Bergholt Concert Band took a welldeserved break over the festive season … Kevin Grant of Colchester has challenged himself to run a marathon and raise vital funds for Essex Air Ambulance, the Charity which helped save his son Jordan’s life last April …

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Pete's Patch – Monty Don, has recently suggested that to help prevent gardens becoming completely waterlogged, fewer patios and hard standing for motor cars be laid …

The arrival of the New Year brings a series of tough decisions for Colchester racing driver Josh Wakefield …

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The Editor writes…

TAKE THIS MONTH As everyone strives to be the same, it’s still the individuals who will shine says Polly Enfield The professional sociologists

sharing on Facebook as life is

filled in; all of this is ‘sameness’

have many theories about the

getting largely simpler and more

in natural action; and it might

importance of belonging to the

equally accessible.

beg the statement that the end

in-crowd; of enjoying safety

product of evolution

in numbers and not sticking

So was this mankind’s goal?

your individual head above the

Was it so that we could become

parapet if you want to survive.

a row of identical tin soldiers,

But we humans are still a

In the blink of an eyelid, I could

all singing the same tune and

competitive lot, always working

Google it if I wanted to research

marching in the same direction?

out the most effective ways

the idea – but I have rather

We might even find support

of doing things; to find the

sat back and thought about

for this idea in the powerful

most rewarding work; the most

it myself, and I would be very

analogy of the natural world.

satisfying way of progressing

interested to hear back from

Show me a mountain that

through our lives in a way that

Elite’s readers about these, my

doesn’t get eroded over time,

defines success for us; so is this

personal, views.

so it will eventually flatten;

at variance with the above idea

and show me a lake in a valley

of boring sameness?

My theory is that as our

is extinction.

that doesn’t get silted up and

amazing world globalises, it is

No. It is my belief that the

the very sameness of everything

human race does indeed

consumable that has enabled

appear to be heading (with

so much of the rapid social

varying levels of success) to

progress which has defined the last 50-odd years; from standardising measurements like A4 paper and the boxes it fits neatly into, to our being able to eat strawberries twelve months of the year. Wherever we go in the world nowadays, we can rely on getting no surprises at any MacDonald’s restaurant; the entire world is 8

… TO OUR BEING ABLE TO EAT STRAWBERRIES TWELVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

the idea of the Level Playing Field, where everyone has more equal opportunities to survive and thrive. So are we perhaps finally approaching the starting line of real opportunity, where individuals are more fairly equipped to choose to step up to lead us all forward to the next exciting stage of our evolution?


Fri 7 February Sat 8 February Sun 23 February

Colchester, Charter Hall Basildon, Towngate Theatre Clacton-on-Sea, Princes Theatre

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West Bergholt Concert Band Following the incredibly successful joint Christmas concert with the Cavender Singers at the West Cliff Theatre, Clacton – which raised over £1,200 for St Helena Hospice – the band took a well-deserved break over the festive season …

A

near-capacity audience was treated

associates. The grand finale, Irving Berlin’s

to lively and hugely enjoyable

‘Christmas’, which featured both the Band and

performances ranging from ‘Frosty

the Singers performing those songs which will

the Snowman’ and ‘White Christmas’

forever be associated with this time of year was

to the beautiful ‘Merry Christmas Darling’ and

a fitting end to what one gentleman described as

energetic ‘Rockin’ Robin’. There were traditional

“the most enjoyable Christmas concert he’d been

carols with audience participation, ably assisted

to in many, many years.”

by the ladies of the Cavender Singers and even the less well-known, ‘I want a Hippopotamus

On Friday 24 January there is an open rehearsal –

for Christmas’ by the Training Band. Leroy

a chance for all you brass and woodwind players

Anderson’s classic, ‘Sleigh Ride’, provided

to come and play and find out more about what

another opportunity for interactivity, resulting

is involved in being part of this hugely talented

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produced by the massed rattling of keys!

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As if this weren’t enough to kick-start the

On 8 February a free workshop for players of

festivities, the gorgeous arrangements of

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traditional carols were sung with perfection

www.WBCB.org/events for more details about

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Music Education Colchester Ukulele Academy

LEARN TO PLAY THE UKULELE IN COLCHESTER! Whatever your musical experience, or none, Colchester Ukulele Academy can teach you to play this amazing instrument in a range of styles, says Robin Jennings … Learning an instrument is great fun. It’s

the use of a ukulele during the class if you

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Thanks to the internet, playing the ukulele has

of 6 sessions.

yet again become a hugely popular pastime, just as during the heydays of the 1920’s and 1950’s. Although easy to learn, there are a huge range of styles, so whatever your musical taste, you can play it on the Uke. The Academy also teaches in local primary schools running Ukeskool with INSET training for teachers. Through our own Academy Ukuleles online store we offer an extensive range of high-quality instruments starting from just £28 so there’s no big outlay to worry about, and our ‘Adult Absolute Beginners’ daytime and evening courses are just £60 for 8 hours tuition (2 hours a week

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Focus on DanceEast

Spring Season 2014 at DanceEast The spring 2014 season is now on sale … Spring 2014 will be DanceEast’s busiest

It will include:-

performance season to date. To reflect the spirit of spring; the season of ideas, renewal and birth;

One Night Stands; shows which offer

DanceEast will be introducing a programme

audiences the chance to see the highest

of new work at the Jerwood DanceHouse

quality new dance and to give

from January.

feedback afterwards. Longer runs by award-winning companies. Collaborations with the New Wolsey Theatre, Pacitti Company and Gecko, as part of an exciting new partnership called ‘We Are

Box Office

Ipswich’, which celebrates the world class theatre being made in the town.

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Great savings can be made with the Multibuy discount package and people are encouraged to book tickets early to avoid disappointment as shows sell out quickly.

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Community & Health Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust

Family Trio to Run Marathon for Essex Air Ambulance Kevin Grant of Colchester has challenged himself to run a marathon and raise vital funds for Essex Air Ambulance, the Charity which helped save his son Jordan’s life last April … Kevin and other family members will be taking part in the Brighton Marathon on 6th April 2014. Last April, Jordan White fell 30 feet through the roof of a derelict warehouse in Rowhedge, and The Essex Air Ambulance was despatched to give him immediate, advanced pre-hospital care to

L-R: Ben Clarke (HEMS Doctor), Louise Rosson (HEMS

protect his airway and prevent any further brain

Paramedic), Mary Chandler (Jordan’s Mum), Jordan White,

injury. Once Jordan was stable he was rushed by

Nicky Smith (HEMS Pilot) and Kevin Grant (Jordan’s Dad)

air to Addenbrookes, the region’s Major Trauma Centre, for emergency surgery.

Since his accident, Jordan has been our inspiration, our hero. Having suffered so much, he has shown

Jordan finally awoke after spending weeks in

a determination which makes me humble and all

a coma, much to the delight of his family who

this with a smile and a sense of humour.

were overwhelmed with emotion at this amazing breakthrough and now, seven months later

We are proud to be raising money for the Air

Jordan is well on his way to recovery, following an

Ambulance – it is an honour to support these

extensive period in rehab.

amazing people whose only safety net is you and other people like you, who support them in

Jordan’s father Kevin, reflects, “I was shocked to

their work. I will never be in the helicopter saving

discover that this amazing service receives no

someone’s life – however by raising money I know

funding from the Government but rather relies

that a very tiny little piece of me is up in the air,

on public subscription.

making a difference.”

Have you always wanted to run a marathon but never had the chance? For the very first time the Air Ambulance has three places for the 2014 Brighton Marathon up for grabs, so if you are interested in taking part we would be delighted to hear from you! Register by 28th February; fee £25; plus a minimum fundraising target of £400 is required. If you would like to take part in the 2014 Brighton Marathon and help support Essex Air Ambulance contact Jenny MacPherson on 0845 2417 690 or email jenny.macpherson@EHAAT.uk.com


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Horticulture and Landscaping

PETE’S PATCH A belated Happy New Year to all readers! Following on from my article of last month, I am heartened to read in Weekend (published each week with the Saturday edition of the Daily Mail) that my hero, Monty Don, has recently suggested that to help prevent gardens becoming completely waterlogged, fewer patios and hard standing for motor cars be laid … says Peter Constable

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his would encourage

opinion. He also recommends

January is not normally very

to the soil to absorb

treating all bare soil with

gardener-friendly and it is

the rainfall, rather

generous amounts of organic

especially so during these very

than it running off

matter, garden compost and

wet periods with many gardens

causing flooding. These areas

leaf-mould, to make the soil

under water. So what’s to do?

should to be planted with

more water retentive. Another

Sadly, not a lot, but time need

flowers instead, which is much

excellent point, especially in

not be wasted. Stored garden

better idea, in my humble

these very wet conditions.

equipment need attention,

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Horticulture and Landscaping

cleaning tools hurriedly put

to have a study of this year’s

When you have completed your

away dirty at the end of a

catalogues. Seed packets have

list, visit the local garden centre

session and wiping them over

sell-by dates printed on them,

to make your purchase. Many

with a lightly-oiled cloth. Pay

so check these and discard any

centres have excellent tearooms,

special attention to forks,

that are out of date. List the

ideal for a cup of tea or coffee, a

spades, shears, secateurs and,

names of replacements and

slice of cake of your choice and

of course, the lawnmower. It

others you require but do not

an enjoyable afternoon to be

probably could also do with

have, paying special attention to

had, while enabling you to have

a complete service, to have

those varieties listed as resistant

seeds ready for sowing when the

all working parts ready and

to certain diseases such as

weather improves, enabling you

sharp for the spring surge.

carrot root fly or club root.

to start sowing that much earlier.

An indoor activity to save overspending on duplicates or forgetting much-needed packets of seeds, is to check any left over from last year and

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Community & Health Anglian Community Enterprise

Major blitz launched to help people kick the smoking habit January will witness the most concerted stop-smoking campaign ever seen across north east Essex … Sue White, Anglian Community Enterprise

There’s no one off-the-shelf solution. A trained

(ACE) Colchester and Tendring NHS Stop

member of our team will sit down and talk with

Smoking Service Co-ordinator, said, “We are

the person to see what might work best for them.”

throwing our full weight behind the national campaign by Public Health England and our aim

“Weekly support is recommended for up to 10

is to achieve a record number of local quitters.

weeks. Based on your current smoking habits and

We know many people’s New Year resolution is

smoking history your adviser will help you decide

to quit smoking, so we are going to be offering

which stop smoking medicine will work best for

every possible assistance to them. It doesn’t

you. The sessions will help you manage cravings

matter how many times people have tried to stop

and you’ll get regular carbon monoxide checks to

smoking; we encourage them to try again. There

show how much progress you are making. You’ll

is nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

also be given useful tips on coping with triggers and support to help you avoid

The ACE-run service, funded by Essex County

a relapse.”

Council, is one of the most successful in the country and its January campaign will include: • Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) available completely free of charge from participating pharmacies for people who sign up to quit during January with the local smoking cessation service I would urge anyone thinking of quitting to • A leaflet drop to 30,000 homes

call in and see us to plan their campaign.

• The launch of the service’s Twitter account.

They can find us at Cornerstone, 5-7 Sir

Follow them @ACE_StopSmoking

Isaac’s Walk, Colchester or can call us on 0800 731 2656 or 01206 545134.

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Focus on Josh Wakefield

Vital Decisions for Steve and Josh Wakefield The arrival of the New Year brings a series of tough decisions for Colchester racing driver Josh Wakefield (21) and his father, Steve … ensure the right choice is made and even when this is decided he will need to consider which of a number teams running his chosen car he elects to drive with. This diligent process of elimination is time consuming and expensive, involving meetings in different parts of Josh and Steve jostle light-heartedly for the driver’s seat in a

the country but it has to be

new car Steve is considering buying

done if Josh is to be sure he has chosen the best car, best

his switch last season to front-

engineering support and the

class of racing Josh should be

wheel drive Renault in the Clio

most efficient team.

in next season,” explains Steve.

Cup brought a series of mixed

“First of all we must decide what

Steve is now planning to

“When that is settled, we will

fortunes. “I did achieve some

need to look at the various

very satisfying performances

speak directly to Ginetta, the

racing teams competing in that

in the Michelin Ginetta GT4

manufacturers of the cars, to

class and then decide which

SuperCup in 2012 and it is

ascertain what they feel may be

one is the best for him to join.

certainly tempting to go back,

Then there is the all-important

especially after the overall

question of finance, an issue

disappointment of last season

of other teams with which I

which has to be linked to the

in the Clio Cup,” explains Josh.

have good relationships.”

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commercial support we can generate from sponsors.

Josh’s father’s extensive

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Free Rock school places for 9 -16 year olds Getting Rocking for the New Year - ‘Creating Superstars’ Rock School! ‘Creating Superstars’ is a music project in partnership with Supastars Rock School and Hythe Community Centre, and is funded by Youth Music. If you are age 9 -16 you can come along and learn to play guitar, bass drums or singing. You will learn all you need to know to form a band and even play a gig at the end of the session.

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Focus on LSG (Civil & Structural Engineering) Ltd

LSG (CIVIL & STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING) LTD A new approach to integrated Engineering and Development Services LSG is a multi-disciplinary organisation providing comprehensive engineering design services for both the public and private sectors. We are capable of undertaking a multitude of work from small and medium projects to larger schemes, up to and in excess of £400 million … We are a group of graduate and chartered

urban development; agriculture; telecoms; project

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We would be happy to present our full portfolio

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you to realise your plans. We look forward to hearing from you.

All projects that include structural reports and building surveys are undertaken or supervised by qualified, experienced and chartered civil and structural engineers with over 40 years’ experience in Asia, UK, the Middle East and Africa. LSG aspire to be worldwide, expanding their portfolio and presence in the developing world and bringing the best possible and innovative engineering and design, as well as environmental technology, to bear in a new global and

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for its beneficiaries.

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Our services cover structural; water; geotechnical;

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A bit of Panto History

A BIT OF PANTO HISTORY As the panto season draws to a close, have you ever wondered about this strange art form that twists real life on its head? Simply put, a pantomime is a comic play, based

would combine skills in different genres, from

on a fairy tale, which combines song, dance,

acrobatics to music, to tell stories. In 1717,

comedy and cross-dressing to entertain families

Harlequin was introduced from French drama to

at Christmas. It is a predominantly English

become a stock character in much English drama

tradition, and combines aspects of drama which

of the time.

date back many centuries. The word ‘pantomime’ comes from Ancient Greek, roughly translated

There is a lot of cross-dressing and playing

as “all imitation.” Ancient Greek plays, like

cross-gender. This dates back to the very earliest

pantomime, had singing and dancing, and told

theatre in Ancient Greece. In England it was only

stories with a strong moral.

in 1660 that women were allowed on stage. Men still played grotesque or older roles that women

Since at least the Middle Ages, whole towns

were unwilling to play. Women also wanted

would participate in putting on outdoor

to adjust the balance by playing male roles,

productions which dramatised biblical stories.

something audiences were only too happy to see

There was a recognisable cast of characters and

in times when women were not usually allowed

audiences were encouraged to join in. Heaven

to display anything of their figures between the

was on the right of the stage and hell was on

waist and the ankle.

the left; this is a tradition still used today in pantomime, with the good fairy entering from the right, and the villain from the left.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the adaptation of fairy tales became common, and by the beginning of the twentieth century, elements of the

Pantomime has also been influenced by the

declining traditions of music hall and vaudeville

late Middle Ages tradition of comedia dell’

had been combined to provide a spectacle which

arte which evolved in Italy. A travelling

drew on other art forms, and often referred to

troupe of performers

current events or culture. Audience participation is always allowed and actively encouraged: traditional cries of “He’s behind you!” “Oh yes, he is!” “Oh no he isn’t” and loud boos will be encouraged, along with joining in some of the songs, and getting some children up on the stage. Long may it last!

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Focus on Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo takes on poachers in South Africa “We’re getting hit on all sides at the moment,” warns Liam Westall, Conservation Coordinator at UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve, South Africa … UmPhafa is a 4,500 hectare reserve in the

when the grass is dry, and a fire can be lit to burn

KwaZulu Natal region. The land had been used

out an area of land. When the new green shoots

for cattle farming, which had destroyed the

appear and the wildlife comes out to feed, that’s

natural habitats for native species of animals,

when the gambling begins.

until Colchester Zoo bought it in 2005. The Zoo’s ‘Action for the Wild’ charity is now working

Attitudes towards poaching are slowly beginning

to rehabilitate the land to its natural condition,

to change. Elephant ivory and rhino horn

helped along with kind donations from individuals

poaching is being seen by some as a threat to

and through the Reserve’s internship programme.

national security, as it has been suggested that these activities are funding terrorism.

Liam explains, “These poachers are seriously militarised outfits and aren’t the sort of guys you

‘Action for the Wild’ has been raising funds since

want to mess with. Because there are such huge

2005 for the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South

amounts of money involved – 65,000 US dollars

Africa, a Save the Rhino project.

per kilo for rhino horn – it has become one of the most lucrative criminal activities in the world, up there with human trafficking and drugs. “Many attacks in South Africa involve local villagers who are employed to track a rhino on foot and give information on its whereabouts. The villagers just want to feed their families, so it’s very difficult to convince them that they shouldn’t give up information about a rhino, when they are being offered money. And it’s not just the rhino horn and bush meat poaching; UmPhafa has to contend with

Visit www.umphafa.com to find out more

syndicates of poachers making huge sums of

about Colchester Zoo’s nature reserve and

money from gambling on which of their prized

the work of its ‘Action for the Wild’ charity at

hunting dogs will take down an animal on the

www.actionforthewild.org

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Community & Health Anglian Community Enterprise

Sign up now for free award-winning weight management programmes People looking to get fitter and healthier in 2014 are being encouraged to sign up now for free with award-winning weight management programmes run by Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) … Colchester-based ACE is inviting people to sign-

ultimately unsuccessful – and with their help has

up for group or one-to-one programmes starting

now shed a staggering 12 stone!

in January. The two programmes, ‘Shape Up’ and ‘My Weight Matters’, have both been nationally

The 30-year-old from Clacton said, “I’d tried

recognised during the past year and boast

various diets in the past and had some short-term

excellent results.

success but the weight always came back on again. I heard some very good things about the

Chris Lawrence, Health Development

weight management programmes run by ACE. I

Co-ordinator at ACE, said, “There is no charge

opted for the one-to-one approach and, from the

to attend our programmes. All we ask is that

very first meeting, found the whole experience

people are motivated and ready to make

hassle-free – and effective.”

changes to their life. The programmes are held at numerous locations across north east Essex

People can sign up to the programmes now by

during the day and evening so there should be a

calling 01206 363002 or 0800 022 4524.

location and time to suit everyone. “These programmes are not ‘just another diet’ and it’s not just about losing weight short-term. Our programmes are proven to deliver long-term health benefits, including weight loss which stays lost. They use psychological approaches to help people overcome barriers which can get in the way when they try to change eating habits and increase physical ability. Programmes are run by trained facilitators with experience in helping people lose weight.” Gary Ashby turned to ACE’s weight management team when numerous attempts to diet proved 40


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Computing

PATCH TUESDAY Pretty well everyone knows that Microsoft keeps on updating their computers, but what does it really mean? says Nick Kotarski The updates are usually of two kinds: Stability

The number of patches varies from month to

and Security.

month, from one or two patches to up to twenty or more. They can also vary from a few megabytes

Stability updates fix crashes and hangs, and

in size, right up to 200 megabytes or more; so you

generally are a good thing; but are to some extent

probably don’t want your laptop updating where

optional unless you are directly affected by the

you have to pay for the data.

problems they seek to address. On a bad day, one of the updates will break Security updates are a different thing altogether.

something and this can be a real pain. If you are

They are created to fix vulnerabilities which can

really unlucky, your computer may not start or

be exploited by criminals to gain control of your

one or more programs will not work properly.

computer. It is really important that these are

That is when you need help and advice. So if you

always installed as soon as possible.

have that happen, please ring me for help.

To save us being bombarded with updates, Microsoft release patches once a month on what

In the meantime for any other help and

is known as ‘Patch Tuesday’. Patch Tuesday is the

advice, contact Nick Kotarski

second Tuesday of the month and in practice we usually get the updates the following day. Very

T: 07790 842968 / 01206 299568

occasionally, a patch for a high-risk vulnerability

E: nick@kotarski.co.uk

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‘Love your Heart’ Open Evening

Come along for free advice, health checks and refreshments! Thursday 27th February 2014, 6pm until 9pm at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

All Welcome! ♥ Healthy Heart Presentations ♥ Free Fitness Testing (bring Kit!) ♥ Free Cholesterol Testing ♥ Biometric and Body Composition Analysis ♥ Delicious Healthy Heart Food Treats ♥ Healthy Heart Giveaways! AND there’s a fantastic “No Joining Fee” offer on the night if you are interested in becoming a member of Peake Fitness! To book your place or for more information please call Peake Reception on 01206 265820/822 or email peakebookings@stokebynayland.com or visit www.stokebynayland.com/healthyheart

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WHAT’S ON COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE Never Knowingly Understood FEBRUARY 2014 Sat 1

GARLIC THEATRE: GEORGE & THE DRAGON Kids

Mon 10 HANNAH JAMES & SAM SWEENEY Folk

Sat 1

THE MONOCHROME SET + MELODIE GROUP

Tue 11 I WISH I WAS LONELY Performance

+ LA MUERTE Gigs

Wed 12 THE OH F*** MOMENT Performance

Sun 2

TEDDY BEAR'S CONCERT Kids

Thu 13 SIXTH FORM COLLEGE BATTLE OF THE BANDS Gigs

Sun 2

CHICO CHICA Jazz

Fri 14

THE OH F *** MOMENT Performance

Fri 14

I WISH I WAS LONELY Performance

Mon 3 JAMIE SMITH'S MABON + MAZ O'CONNOR Folk POETRY BY HEART Poetry

Tue 4

Wed 5 BADAC THEATRE: ANNA Performance

Sat 15 KIDS CIRCUS SKILLS WORKSHOP Kids Sat 15 CHRIS MAYNE'S WORLD OF MAGIC Kids

Thu 6

JOE NEAL: RETURN OF THE NATIVE Poetry

Sun 16 AUGUST BURNS RED + HUNDREDTH

Fri 7

FARMERS MARKET Fruit 'N Veg

Fri 7

THE LAUGHTER ZONE Comedy

Mon 17 KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN Folk

Sat 8

FESTIVAL OF THE SPOKEN NERD:

Wed 19 SLOT MACHINE: THE AUSTERITY SHOW Performance

FULL FRONTAL NERDITY Comedy

Thu 20 JOZEF VAN WISSEM + PROVINCIALS

Sun 9

THE EDUARDO NIEBLA EXPERIENCE Jazz

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Thursday 20 February 2014 – 8pm The Gambit Jazzmen £9.00 plus day membership Thursday 20 March 2014 – 8pm The Ken Colyer Legacy New Orleans Jazz Band £9.00 plus day membership Thursday 17 April 2014 – 8pm Blue Harlem £11.00 plus day membership Thursday 15 May 2014 – 8pm Spike Heatley Trio and Art Themen £12.00 plus day membership Thursday 12 June 2014 – 8pm Rags, Jass and Hokum with Keith Nichols, Julian Vincent and Tim Huskisson £9.00 plus day membership Telephone: 07786 744789 boxoffice@electricpalace.com | www.electricpalace.com

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FEBRUARY – APRIL 2014 DAtes Feb 5-8

Kiss Me Like You Mean It

Feb 10-11

An Evening of Clairvoyance – Ronnie Buckingham

Feb 15

Kissing Angels

Mar 5-8

Woyzeck by George Büchner

Mar 19-22

Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan

Mar 28

Quattro Amici

Mar 29

The Webber Express! –

40 Musical Years

Apr 1-5

Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine

14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT Box Office and Enquiries: 01206 366000 www.headgatetheatre.co.uk


LOCAL EVENTS IN AND AROUND COLCHESTER

DOS RAMAS International Flamenco Stars Jairo Barrull and Manuela Vargas to perform at the The Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Saturday 12th April 2014 – 7:30pm Tickets: £17 Box Office: 01787 374745 or boxoffice@quaytheatre.org.uk www.quaytheatre.org.uk The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AN

SUNDAY KIDS CLUB

ANNUAL BEER TASTING FRI 7 FEB 2014 – 7:30PM Join in the fun of the annual beer tasting at the town hall, in aid of the Mayor's Charities. Included in the ticket price are four beers from a selection provided by CaMra and a four course meal. Doors open at 19:30 for a 20:00 start

Price: £30 per ticket available from the Mayor's office, town hall, high Street Cheques made payable to Mayor's Charity Fund

www.colchester.gov.uk

Sudbury Library, Market Hill - Free Activities Every Sunday from 10:30 – 12:00 children of all ages are welcome to come and join in the FREE craft activities held at Sudbury Library

JOIN US FOR HORRIBLE SCIENCE 2ND / 9TH / 16TH / 23RD FEBRUARY Join our Rogues gallery and receive a FREE GIFT for every four Sunday activity sessions attended

ALL CHILDREN WELCOME – COME & JOIN IN! www.suffolklibraries.co.uk www.facebook.com/sudburylibrary Contact Sudbury Library on 01787 242570 for further information.

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