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THE ISLAND November 2019 Edition • 15,000 Homes Monthly • 01268 330 271

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Hi there, Welcome to our November edition We're in to the penultimate edition of 2019 now as Christmas and ultimately 2020 approaches thick and fast. Me personally, I can't wait for Christmas to get here. I know I won't be thinking that when I'm running around like a headless chicken working and trying to get all the shopping done but once the 24th finally gets here it's great to just do nothing but spend time with family for as many days as we can. As much as this can be a great time of year for most, there are plenty of people that do struggle with the extra stress. This month we have a little article trying to offer a few small tips to mildly help with anxiety.

Last months quiz winner was Robert Rosenwould from St Anne’s Road, who won The Queen's Corgi DVD. Congratulations and please remember to send all your details! In the kids quiz this month your child has the chance to win a copy of Horrible Histories DVD. Don’t forget you have to be in it to win it! If you would like to advertise with us, the last day to get your advert in is 15th November. We can design your ad for Free and a Month’s Advertising to 15,000 homes costs from as little as £45. You can contact us on 01268 330271 or email at sales@ eblmagazines.co.uk

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AUTUMN / WINTER TREND REPORT MENSWEAR

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As the year end draws ever closer, it may be a good idea to focus your attention on what exactly you’ll need to keep snug and suave this winter. With a bit of luck you can hang onto your trusty wardrobe staples and just add a bit of fashion forward garnish… Here is Dress Doctor’s pick of what to look out for whilst navigating the high-street:

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I am not going to utter the ‘C word’ yet, but velvet is a brilliant choice for seasonal parties and social events. A tailored jacket in a rich wine colour partnered with black oozes sophistication and adds something unique to your offering. A handkerchief in paisley sticking out of your top pocket is also a rather lovely addition.

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POTS OF CABBAGE November can be a bit of a grey, miserable month. My kids would call it ‘meh’. I like to inject some colour with winter bedding plants. A cheerful pot by the front door can make you smile on the gloomiest morning. Obviously, the choice of plants for winter is not as large as during the summer months but there are enough varieties around to make very attractive combinations for pots. My favourite plant for winter pots has to be the ornamental cabbage. These robust beauties come in wonderful colours including cream, pink and purple – with either attractive frilly or very spiky leaves. They pair beautifully with winter-flowering pansies and hardy cyclamen. Try planting three pots of different sizes using a colour scheme which co-ordinates with the cabbages. Plant a 50cm pot with four large ornamental frilly cabbages surrounding a central spiky one, to give some height to the display. Then choose a smaller pot (38cm) and plant one frilly ornamental cabbage surrounded by pink and purple winterflowering pansies. Finally plant a small pot (25cm) with a mixture of hardy cyclamen and white pansies. The resulting display will give you pleasure through November, December and January. Winter Tips

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24th November, Barleylands Craft Village Enjoy a festive fayre with Christmas gifts, food and drink! 10am-5pm FREE ENTRY & FREE PARKING Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD

Basildon Bake Off

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Canvey Island Carnival Association are a holding a Free Lantern Parade from the Library to Scotts Amusements. Lanterns Available at Knightswick Centre 7 December and 30 November. The Woods, Coombewood Drive, Benfleet, SS7 3

Havens Christmas Toy Drive 1st December, Half Crown, Benfleet In aid of local charity Little Havens Hospice, we're hosting a charity toy drive this Christmas! Any and all spare toys or donations are accepted and greatly appreciated! Half Crown, 25-27 High Street, Benfleet SS7 1NA

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