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Hi there, Welcome to our March edition. Once again we’ve had a whole month full of rain, I hope the magazines didn’t come through too soggy! Fingers crossed that this month is much nicer and we see an early Spring. Don’t forget your mums on Mother’s Day at the end of the month, make sure to add 30th March into your diaries. It may be a good idea to get a bouquet of flowers ordered early from World of Flowers on page 12, or if you’re feeling generous maybe book a nice break away with Your Holiday Booking on page 7. If there is anything you would like to see in our magazine, then please get in touch, you can email us at enquiries@essexbusinessandleisure. co.uk , call us on 01268 330271 or write to us at Unit 7 Durham Road, Basildon, SS15 6PH Please log on to our website www. eblonline.co.uk to see all our Money saving 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. Last month’s Quiz winners was: Lisa Bailey, from Haarle Road, Canvey Island, who won a party for

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Sudoku 10 children at stay and play. If you would like the chance to win a mid week party for 10 children at the popular Stay & Play children’s indoor play centre, or 2 tickets to see Soul Legends at the Cliffs Pavilion, then why not enter this month’s quiz. If you would like to advertise with us, the last day to get your advert in is 20th March. We can design your ad for Free and a Month’s Advertising to 20,000 homes costs from as little as £40. You can contact us on 01268 330271 or email at sales@ essexbusinessandleisure.co.uk. We do not vet our advertisers and take no responsibility for anyone who advertises with us. Please stop by and like our Facebook page (Essex Business & Leisure). Keeping it Local Sarah Essex Business & Leisure Magazine’s are delivered to 55,000 homes monthly Throughout Essex by Basildon Leaflet Delivery Service. Please stop by & like our Facebook page (Essex Business & Leisure).

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Metabolism Boosting Foods Page 6

Danny Green Fund Update Page 8

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Money Matters... Page 12

Chocolate & Raspberry Nests Page 14 Win a Party for 10 Page 15

Community Safety Update Page 18

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Adding some spice to your food can speed up your weight loss. Hot peppers, like jalapenos, contain a chemical called capsaicin, which gives these veggies their heat and causes a spike in your metabolism. This chemical also keeps the calorie burn going hours after you’ve finished your meal.

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The protein found in chicken, turkey and other lean meats takes a great deal of energy to break down. Therefore, your body burns a lot of calories during the digestive process. Protein is also an essential ingredient in building lean muscle mass, which burns more calories than fat.

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brought up, before & during the Second World War. But it’s not how I remember it: Brown Sauce Sandwiches, Sugar Buppies, Camp Coffee, Welfare Orange Juice, Daily Spoonful of Malt, Freezing Cold Lino, Outside Lavs, Ice on the Inside of Windows, Coal Fires (when you could afford coal) that burnt your front & froze your back!! That’s what I remember! The Good Old Days, when we had nothing – which so many hark back on with affection. When we could all leave our Front Doors unlocked & not worry about being burgled- That’s because we had nothing worth burgling!!!!! Lionel Bart may well have caught the spirit of the times with his lyrics, but he didn’t actually quite see the future affluence. Universal Education, Universal Medical Care, Haute Cuisine on the Dinner Table, Food aplenty & affordable, Designer Clothes for the Masses, 2 (& 3,4 or more) Car Families, Home Ownership for most - All achievable & attainable for a Generation that grasped the opportunity.

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• Never leave spare keys in your garden, garage or shed • On garage door consider adding locking bolts to both sides of the “Up and Over” garage doors as they tend to be weak. Alternatively, consider using a garage door defender in the ground in front of the door. • With sheds, coach bolts and plate the padlock hasp sections to the frame and door. Use a good quality closed shackle padlock and ensure that the hinges cannot be unscrewed. • Avoid storing valuable items in your shed. If this is not an option, consider locking away more valuable items in a lockable secure box. • Consider using “Ground Anchors” or “Shed Shackles” to chain larger items to; keep chains tight so that it is not in contact with a surface it can be struck against • If it is safe to do so, consider screwing your shed windows shut or fitting window locks. Protect windows with a wire mesh and fit a curtain or white wash the windows to prevent prying eyes. Alternatively, hang curtains in your windows as this will make it difficult for a burglar to see inside • Visibly mark up your garden equipment such as lawnmowers, plant pots and bikes with your house number and postcode as this reduces the value to the thief; you can even register serial numbers free of charge at www.immobilise.com . • It is also worth fitting a shed alarm to the shed or garage, and adding security lighting these are relatively inexpensive and available from most DIY/hardware stores. If you have a house alarm consider extended this to cover the garage. • Garden lighting covering all areas of your garden such as Patio doors, Garage entrance, side paths etc. Whilst out in the garden do not neglect your home security: • Ensure that all windows are closed and that all doors are locked • That your car/home keys are not left to close to any door or window. • Ensure that no items are left on show in your car and that the sunroof and windows are shut. Products that are fit for purpose can found by looking for the “Secured by Design” or “Sold Secure” logos, or on their websites www.securedbydesign.com If you would like any further advice, please contact our Crime Reduction officer on 101 (extension 490533) or visit the website for further assistance (www.essex.police.uk)

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Index

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Accountants Need an Accountant? 1 Blinds Specialist Home Smart Blinds 15 Marts Blinds 5 Bouncy Castles Go Wild Bouncy Castles 9 Car Breakers Canvey Auto Breakers 14 Car Garage Toomey IF Car Repairs Canvey Auto Repair 19 Cooters 13 Childrens Play Area Stay & Play 17 Cleaning Specialist Molly Maids 8 Webbs Cleaning Services 4 Courier Deliveries & Removals D & R Clearance & Couriers 18 Cycle Shop Les’ Cycles 2 Dog Grooming Fur Kutz 5 Pampering Pooches 18 Drain Specialist Flushed Away 7 Driveway Sealing Sealing Technique 9 Electrician Lewis McCarthy 7 RT Electrical 16 Estate Agents Fisks Back Cover Haart Front Cover Fitness & Dieting Rosemary Conley 7

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The Canvey Island Magazine's March 2014 Edition