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Welcome Hi There, Welcome to our April edition. I hope you all had a lovely Easter. I would first of all like to apologise to our readers about our recipe last month as we printed the wrong ingredients. If you would like to try The Tomato Frittatas then you can get the correct ingredients this month. If you are planning on running The London Marathon on the 21st April and would like any extra help to prepare then we have information on Bootcamp’s within the magazine. Don’t forget its St. Georges day on the 23rd of March. This month, we have a New Prom section and Gardening section for you, which contain all the Businesses you need to make your night special and have a lovely garden.

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In our Quizzes this month, you can win a meal up to the value of £50 at The Rajpoot Indian Restaurant, and For the children you can win a Party for 10 kids at the popular Stay & Play children’s indoor play area in Basildon. www.stay-play.co.uk 01268 491511.

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Last month’s Quiz winners were: Mrs Sheila Fry from Stansfield Rd, Benfleet who won 2 Tickets to see Annie at the Towngate Theatre. Anita Connelly from Grove Road, Benfleet who won a Party for 10 children at the popular Stay & Play children’s indoor play area in Basildon. www. stay-play.co.uk 01268 491511. I hope you enjoy your prizes.

We would like to welcome all our new advertisers and thank our existing advertisers for your continued support. We are receiving great feedback from our readers.

If you would like to advertise with us, the last day to get your advert in is 20th April. We can design your ad for Free and a Month’s Advertising to 20,000 homes costs from as little as £50. You can contact This is your magazine so if there is anything you would like to see in the magazine us on 01268 330271 or email at sales@essexbusinessandleisure.co.uk. or any events you would like advertised then please get in touch, you can email us We do not vet our advertisers and take no at enquiries@essexbusinessandleisure. responsibility for anyone who advertises co.uk , call us on 01268 330271 or write with us. to us at Unit 7 Durham Road, Basildon, SS15 6PH Please stop by and like our Facebook page (Essex Business & Leisure). Please log on to our website www.eblonline.co.uk to see all our Essex Discount vouchers, there are some great offers and new offers updated on a monthly basis. You can register for free for monthly updates of our vouchers.

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www.TheDannyGreenFund.org.uk Since the last update we have made a lot of progress in getting the message out there in the local community and wider as awareness grows. There have been various Charity Events including Barn Dance, a Family Member James shaving all over his body for Charity and Friend Andy not Foot shaving for a month, also the Island Football Club arranged a Walk for Danny recently all raising money for the charity. There are many more events being scheduled and will be announced as soon as confirmed details available including Indian nights, Family days out, Fire & Ice walking, Sky Dives, Paint Balling, Charity Runs etc. We would love to see as many people as possible in the local community supporting this tiny charity in anyway. We have set up Justgive/TheDannyGreenFund, a JustGiving account if you wish to arrange an event or donate, use this charity. Please contact

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Essex Gardening Section You’re Gardening Problems... Solved! by Sharon Longshaw

Q. Is it possible to grow a Magnolia tree/shrub in pots or tubs?. If so what size pot should be used? A.Yes, it’s highly possible to grow magnolia in pots, especially if you have a sheltered area away from frost that’s in sun or part shade. Select a pot grown, small tree, Magnolia grandiflora ‘Galissonniere’ would be a good choice. Choose a container only slightly larger that the pot it was grown in (you can always pot-on in a couple of years or so). Ensure good drainage by adding broken pots etc to the bottom of the pot. They will grow much better in acidic soil, Azalea or Camellia potting mix should be fine. Use a slow release fertilizer once a year, stating approx 6 months after potting. The surface roots are very easily damaged so best to avoid planting bulbs etc in the container. Q. I have inherited a garden with some old climbing roses that have all their growth at the top and long thick woody stems. When can I prune them and how low should I go? A. I’ve had the best luck for many years of spring pruning just as the lower part of the bush begins to green up. In your case, I’d recommend severe pruning. Rose bushes are hardy and difficult to damage by pruning. All of the wood, dead old stems should be removed, and all crossing canes should be pruned back to encourage air circulation and

give better shape to your bushes. Additionally, I’ve had really good results in fertilization the roses by using the rose “spikes” one pushes into the ground around the base. One only has to do it once per season and the balance of the constituents is well designed for rose needs. Q. I have a persistent intruder in my garden who sits under a bush and tries(sometimes successfully) to catch the birds visiting my bird table. I’ve tried all sorts, smelly plants, prickly plants and an electronic cat scarer. I’m the only one who can actually hear the cat scarer the cat curls up opposite it. Anymore ideas please? A. Sprinkle mothballs - available from most hardware stores - round the base of the table. The whiff of camphor should offend the cat’s delicate nose, and keep him away. Or try a water pistol for a more direct approach .. Meow! If you have any gardening questions please email Sharon@southendgardener.co.uk and I will answer as many as I can here over the coming months. When asking a question please give me as many details as possible and attach a photo if you can. Provided by Flower Power Garden Services www.southendgardener.co.uk 01702 305554

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