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May Essex secured a draw, part in thanks to the downpour that bought a premature end to the game versus Derbyshire. The run shortage came to a welcome end on Thursday 19th May when Graham Napier hit another worldrecord. This time he notched a world record 16 sixes whilst totalling 19 fours. A batting wicket provided for an entertaining draw however the game will always be remembered for Napes and his six-hitting capabilities!

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The Winner of our May Edition Essex Cricket Quiz was: Gavin Cotgrove, Langdon Hills Gavin’s answer was: Alistair Cook

The Winner of our May Edition Kids Tangled Quiz was: Graham Mancini, Wickford Graham’s answers were: 1. Pascal 2. Frying Pan 3. His nose is wrong 4. King & Queen 5. Maximus

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The Winner of our May Edition Cliffs Pavilion Quiz was: Derek Ubee, Noak Bridge Derek’s answer was: Queen

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Emergency & Community Numbers

Area Housing Office: Anti-social Behaviour: Asbestos Management Team: Age concern:

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Childline: 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 0844 993 8614 Council Tax: 01268 294544 Locksmith: 01277 657058

Barleylands Recycling Centre: Basildon District Council: Basildon Hospital: Basildon Police: British Gas Emergency: Bulk Household Refuse:

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Animal Feed & Supplies D & F Feeds


Apple Mac Maintenance Apple Check


Bathroom Specialist Aqua Bathrooms & Plumbing


Blinds & Curtains Paul’s Blinds & Fitting Service

Business Opportunity Utility Warehouse

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Cakes Cakes By Leslie Edwards Carpets & Flooring Paul Kent Flooring

Chinese Takeaway HoHo

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Cleaning & Household Services Maids in Essex Supreme All-Clean Carpets Supreme All-Clean Paving Webbs Cleaning Services Wheelie Bin Wash Company

Clothing Zakz

Computer Maintenance Tuff Computers

Cricket Club

Essex County Cricket Club

Discount Vouchers/Coupons Distribution Basildon Leaflets

Dog Services

Pampered Pooch

Driving School

Cole’s Driving School Roadcraft

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Electrician Mercury Electrical

Estate Agents

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All about Fencing

Function Hire

Amy Ann’s Gardening Angels Build Tec

Aron Mead Guitar Lessons Beauty Palace Hair by Natalie Elizabeth Karen Webb Beauty Pamperlicious Split N’s Tip Top Nails

Home Maintenance Braylins JD Maintenance

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Hotel & Wedding Venue Park Inn

Locksmith LockRite

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MDM Mini Buses

Mayhem Paintbaling

Painter & Decorater

PRJ Decorating Services


Natural Spinal Health Care Centre 18


Aqua Power Flush M. Crawley Plumbing Services Studio 9 Rags to Riches


Roofing Star Roofing Singles Events


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Suit Shop

David White Suits


Tailors Tailoring for Ladies & Gents


Taxi Company TV/Aerial Services


Vehicle Body Repairs


Web Design

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Recording Studio

A2K Cars

Hypnotherapy What Will You Change?

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Basildon Sporting Village Clinic 13


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Amethyst Paving K & T Paving

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London Sales/Lettings Office:

Essex Sales/Lettings Office:

No.1 Liverpool Street, London C2M 7QD

28 High Road, Laindon, Basildon, Essex SS15 6NR

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Essex Business & Leisure Basildon June Edition 2011  

Monthly magazine, distributed to 20,000 homes in Basildon, Billericay & Wickford