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REDBRIDGE COLLEGE FIREWORKS NIGHT Redbridge College is hosting its first-ever fireworks event on 5th November for students, staff and all members of the community. The event will be held on the Sports Field at the Chadwell Heath Campus on Chadwell Heath Lane, Romford RM6 4XT starting at 5:30pm. There will be a bonfire lit at 6:00pm and a fireworks display starting around 6:30pm. Catering staff and students will be selling hot food and drinks from their Pop Up Kitchen including crowd favourites like burgers, hot dogs, wraps, winter warmer soups, as well as hot chocolate and toffee and chocolate apples. Event coordinator Siobhan Clouter said, “Redbridge College is extremely excited to host this event.

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It will give us the opportunity to reward our current students and all of their hard work to date as well as build links with the local community. This is the first event of its kind and, if successful, we will be able to offer more events like this in the future.” The invitation to attend Redbridge College Fireworks Night is extended to the entire community. This will be a family-friendly evening and there is no need to book ahead of time - people can pay at the entrance gate. Tickets will be sold for £3 to adults, £2 to children and students, while children under five years of age enter for free. The admission charge will go towards paying for the event and future community events.

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OWLS VISIT CHIGWELL SCHOOL

Lower School pupils at Chigwell School enjoyed a visit from ten owls thanks to Rita Wells from Epping Forest Hawk and Owl Sanctuary. The visit was kept a secret so the children were amazed when they walked in and found the junior art room full of various species of owls. Rita told the children all about the different owls which ranged from a huge European Eagle Owl called ‘Bulcher’ to a sweet Little Owl called ‘Ava’ which arrived at the school in Rita’s waistcoat pocket. The children all drew pencil sketches of the owls and said it was the best art lesson they have had so far!


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Children and staff dressed up for the day at Avon House Preparatory School

DELICIOUS, DAHLICIOUS DAY AT AVON HOUSE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Staff and pupils at Avon House Preparatory School, Woodford Green, dressed up as Roald Dahl book characters to raise money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Raising almost £200 for such a good cause will hopefully make a difference to sick children in the UK. The school started a busy day of fundraising on Friday September 26th with a World’s

Biggest Coffee Morning event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Parents and pupils arrived at school to the smell of freshly brewed tea and coffee and a table packed with home-baked cakes. The school raised £415 for the cancer charity. Headteacher Amanda Campbell said: “This is a great total raised for a very worthwhile cause.”

NEW START FOR JAMES LEAL CAFE

Six months ago, a Redbridge customer service business started community cheer went up when as a young boy growing up amongst it heard that the café in Ray Park his Dad’s restaurant in Shoreditch would be re-opening under different where he started working and cooking management. The loss had certainly after school from a young age, and been felt amongst the community subsequently started his own catering when the charity company that was business at the tender age of 16. He has running it previously could not make a simple philosophy which keeps him it work anymore; Ray Park won’t be going, “Rush to open in the morning, the same howled the amblers, dog don’t rush to close”. He adds, “With walkers, parents and children, all a café in a public park, it’s all about thinking it could be closed for good. balance as there are many different Well, six months on, on a balmy sorts of public you want to please”. end-of-summer September weekend, It is apparent his philosophy is the café and park is full to the brim working. With the joint work of himself with the happy, relaxed faces a and Vision Redbridge, the picnic area neighbourhood park with feeling and gardens are being re-designed can bring. The café has been and expanded, the function rooms brought to new fruition by Ayhan now have children’s music and Aksu and his team alongside Vision arts and crafts classes during the Redbridge, with aplomb. Not only week and are also available for hire. are you met by the friendly faces of This is truly starting to look like the him and his team, but the coffee, community hub we were all hoping for. snacks and food are delicious and varietal; all displayed on the beautifully-designed chalkboard menu. Ayhan has created the delectable James Leal Salad, and to mention the sumptuous Portobello Mushrooms and Eggs Benedict amongst many others, all begging to be scoffed alongside properly-made coffee, desserts and a 99 Flake Ayhan Aksu (Manager ) made with real ice cream. and Josh Furjak Ayhan’s love of the food and (Assistan t Manager)

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CHIGWELL SCHOOL TEAM ENTERS ROYAL PARKS HALF MARATHON FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK

A team of parents, staff and Old Chigwellians from Chigwell School completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday, October 12. The team was over 40 strong which was the largest team either the Royal Parks Foundation or Cancer Research UK have ever had, which caused much interest from press and public alike. The team was organised by Gill Punt, wife of Chigwell School headmaster Michael Punt. She completed this year’s London Marathon in 4hrs 40mins as part of her continuing fundraising efforts for the charity which in the last 12 months have topped £50,000 and continue to grow. The school is supporting Cancer Research UK after a number of staff, former pupils and parents in the Chigwell community have battled the disease. Gill said: “It was a great day and we did Chigwell School proud. The team have so far raised £25,000 - and the total is still rising!” Gill added: “My father died of cancer 15 years ago and so I am only too aware of how much this dreadful disease affects whole families.”

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Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham visits four local businesses.

SLEEPING BUDDHA TATTOO STUDIO

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n early 2014, Sleeping Buddha opened Ibeen its doors to the public and have since illustrating their customers to great

results. Manager, Glen and his team work to create bespoke tattoos for each of their customers, clients come into the studio and they then advise on how to best portray their ideas. Each artist is assigned to individual clients in order to create the best service possible and it is evident in their busy trade that their dedication is showing in the quality of work. Each artist has a long vested interest in tattoos and each individual job, no matter how large or small is given the greatest attention, Glen favours a geometric style and dot work as well as old school type tattoos. Sleeping Buddha is a fully equipped studio which caters for a large range of customers and a diverse range of tattoos. A lot of business stems from word of mouth recommendations as well as their website and Instagram page where the work speaks for itself. 47 Chigwell Road, E18 1NG, Tel: 020 8262 0032 or 07565 560 895, www. sleeping-buddha-tattoos.co.uk, www.facebook.com/SleepingBuddhaTattoo


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own company, Language Communication Centre. Ansah has developed specialised programmes in which a bilingual person can become a qualified interpreter. These short, intense workshops teach the codes of conduct, interpretation policies as well as defining one’s role as an interpreter. In becoming an interpreter, it is possible to work for the NHS, Immigration and for solicitors and with Ansah’s contacts, immediate work is guaranteed. Language Communications Centre is based in Olympic House in Ilford and recent years have seen a big demand for Eastern European interpreters,

Pupils studying at Language Communication Centre

however all languages are welcome. One of the main facets of becoming an interpreter is the ability to convey a message and tone through translating and this is one of Ansah’s main points while individuals are attaining a CPD (Continued Professional Development). There is an Introduction to Interpreting as well as an Intermediate and Advanced class, each of which can take place at the students pace, Ansah provides smaller classes as well as larger workshops. Translating as a freelancer is a great opportunity to use a bilingual tongue and the flexibility and diversity of the job is not to be missed. Olympic House, 28-42 Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1BA Tel: 07572 362 762, info@languagecommuncation.co.uk

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Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks at The Royal Gunpowder Mills will be taking place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November. This spectacular event features the gunpowder plot story with reenactors from the period, engaging craft activities and the hugely popular ‘Ghost of Guy Fawkes’ children’s play shown in the theatre. The evening culminates in a fabulous 15 minute fireworks display at 7pm. For tickets visit: www.royalgunpowdermills.com.

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Redbridge College Fireworks Event will be taking place for the first time ever on Wednesday 5th November on the sports field of the Chadwell Heath capmus. The evening celebrations will include hot food, drinks and toffee apples for sale. A bonfire will be lit at 6pm and the fireworks will then start at 6.30pm. The price for tickets is £3 for adults and £2 for students and children available on the gate, with free entry for children under 5 years of age.

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By Josie Stevens

www.notjustadress.com Ahh! The 5th of November, full of gunpowder, treason and plot. Sounds like three good reasons to stay in on Guy Fawkes Night. But, if like many of us you’re heading out to professional firework displays, or off to a friend’s to have drinks around the bonfire, you’ll want to make sure you’re wrapped up warm. Layering is key to keeping the warmth in, and if you get hot standing a little too close to that bonfire it’s easy to peel a layer off. So here’s a few of my favourite pieces that’ll keep the cold at bay whether you’re braving the outdoors or cosying up at home.

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MUST HAVES By Josie Stevens

www.notjustadress.com If you’re off out to a big fireworks display with the family this Guy Fawkes you’ll want to make sure you’ve wrapped up, if anyone gets cold you know you’ll be handing over a jumper or two to help warm them up! Here’s some key purchases that will not only keep you (and the rest of the family) warm, but will work with the rest of your winter wardrobe.

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also equal their effectiveness. For instance, the facelift has been replaced with Dermal Fillers, or the ‘liquid facelift’ as it has been dubbed, which involves injecting a substance found naturally in the body to temporarily plump and lift the skin. A more recently established technique that is said to rival liposuction is Fat Freezing, also known as cryolipolysis. Patients are

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able to achieve the same results as they would with surgery but without the downtime or pain – and for a fraction of the cost. The idea for the treatment came about when doctors noticed a strange reaction in children after they had consumed large quantities of ice-lollies. The fragility of the subcutaneous fat in the cheeks of these children became damaged by the low temperature of the ice, causing permanent dimples to appear on the flesh. This was dubbed ‘Popsicle Panniculitis’ and was later used as a basis to develop the method of Fat Freezing. Ideal candidates for this treatment are patients at or near

to their ideal body weight but with stubborn pockets of fat, such as love handles or back rolls. The process involves applying a handheld vacuum device to the chosen problem area, which sucks the skin and fat towards two cooling plates. The fat is then exposed to cold temperatures of around -7°C to -8°C for 60-70 minutes, safely destroying the fat cells at that site without damaging the skin. The cells continue to die for the next 7-10 days, eventually flushing naturally out of the body via the lymphatic system. The result is a noticeable inch-loss in the treatment area. Fat Freezing is essentially a controlled activation of Popsicle Panniculitis and, similarly to the condition, is completely harmless having been clinically tested and awarded the CE Mark for approved medical use. However, this treatment should always be performed by professionals in a professional environment. There are a multitude of non-surgical treatments available nationwide, but it is essential to ensure that any procedure you choose will be performed by a certified expert before making an appointment. Non-surgical options may be statistically safer, but there are still risks involved. If you would like to learn more about Fat Freezing, it is available along with other non-surgical treatments at Courthouse Clinics. Visit their website www.courthouseclinics.com for more information.

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SAFE Make sure your home is secure for the coming winter months.

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s nights grow longer, home security becomes even more important. Here are some methods available to help protect your property and your family.

SIMPLE MEASURES

Burglaries are considered ‘crimes of opportunity’ as thieves look for easy ways to get into your property, e.g. an open window or unlocked door. They will always look for the weakest (and

quickest) point of entry when trying to gain access to your home so make sure you employ some simple measures to make things harder for them. Ensure that all doors and windows are fitted with adequate security locks, and make sure that you use them! Dead-

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locks, security chains and latches can all be fitted quickly and inexpensively. Installing a sensor light, which will turn on when it detects movement is a great way to illuminate portions of your property only when needed - like when someone enters the area, and can be a great deterrent for burglars.

INTRUDER ALARMS

To step up measures even further an intruder alarm is the best way to go. Not only will it immediately alert you to an intruder, but also your neighbours as well. There are a vast array of options available to suit different budgets and properties, which can be discussed with a professional during a security survey.

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offers you the best in home security. Connect to your home - either with the Smartphone application or via your PC, and enjoy a host of benefits including the choice to view the inside of your home with the visual verification capability, and the option to arm or disarm the system, wherever you are. All images taken are saved on a secure cloud server so that you always have a record of events, should you need it. You decide you’re in total control! Other useful add-on features also include wireless smoke, gas, CO and flood detectors to keep your home and family safe.

LOCAL EXPERTS

Locktec Security Group has been serving the local community for their security needs since 1989. They are one of only a few companies offering complete “one stop” security, covering all sectors of the Security Industry. As home and business security specialists, they supply and install high quality equipment from Intruder Alarm systems, Locksmith services, CCTV, Access control systems and Boarding up services to Key cutting. Whether it is a single lock change or an integrated Security System their products are of the highest quality, reliable, cost effective and durable. The Locktec team is made up of experienced professional tradesmen with detailed practical knowledge of all security products and systems. Their friendly and helpful approach to

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customer care has earned them an excellent reputation which is further demonstrated by the significant level of referrals and recommendations received. With more than 25 years in the industry, Locktec have carried out thousands of installations throughout East London and Essex for domestic customers as well as a wide variety of commercial clients, including Metropolitan & Essex Police Forces and local council authorities. Locktec always ensure quality, well priced work through memberships of numerous trade associations and are SSAIB registered (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) with high standards of practice being recognised through the award of eight SSAIB Certificates of Merit. They are fully insured and all staff are Police vetted, so you can be confident that you’re in safe hands. All jobs undertaken are priced before work begins, so that you know exactly what you will be paying and all work is guaranteed, giving you total peace of mind. Locktec Security Group pride themselves on providing safe and secure living for you and your family... Guaranteed!! Unit 1, 24/26 Fowler Road, Hainault Business Park, Hainault, IG6 3UT www.locktecsecurity.co.uk Tel: 0208 500 0014

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Why would I buy air conditioning when going into the winter months? Every air conditioning unit sold nowadays is a heat pump inverter. This means that they operate both in heating and in cooling mode.

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Is an air conditioning unit expensive to run? No, air conditioning is cheap to run and is extremely energy efficient both in heating and in

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What is the life expectancy of an air conditioning unit? A properly maintained system should give you a trouble free air conditioning for 10 - 20 years. All Seasons has a team of dedicated highly trained engineers to provide full back up and breakdown service at the most competitive rates on the market.

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GARDENING

Earthworms are made up of ridged segments. They are completely covered in minute hairs, which allow them to grip the soil and move. Worms are vital in maintaining soil structure and fertility as they aerate the soil, improve drainage and bring nutrients to the surface. They feed on decaying organic matter and can be seen all year round. Botrytis cinerea

WITH VICTORIA ROBERTSON

A seasonal guide to help you get the most out of your garden.

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elcome to my gardening guide for November. As the last of the leaves from the trees tumble down and rest upon the ground and the cold early morning frosts begin, this is a sure sign that winter is well and truly on its way.

JOBS FOR NOVEMBER

_ Continue to rake up any fallen leaves especially on your lawn as leaving them will prevent light getting through and the frosty damp conditions will become a haven for slugs and snails which carry an array of fungal diseases. _ Put a colourful zing back into your garden containers to enhance their look. By bringing them back to life it can really help to lift your

mood especially if they are filled with colourful plants and placed by the entrance to your home. Choose plants that will survive the low temperatures such as ornamental grasses, flowering cabbages, violas and pansies which come in a vast selection of colours.

Clean your birdbath

_ Clean out your bird baths and bird feeders too. Keep them topped up with fresh water and food. _ Dig up Dahlias as soon as the leaves become blackened by the frost.

The tubers can be dried off, labelled and stored in a frost free place until next spring. _ Plant bare-rooted trees, shrubs, hedging and roses as well as fruit trees and bushes. Before planting soak the roots in a bucket of water for about an hour. _ A good scented shrub for this time of year is the winter honeysuckle bush - Lonicera fragrantissima. Callicarpa bodinieri. has the most amazing violetpurple berries that really stand out and for coloured stems the Tartarian dogwood, - Cornus alba is a lovely choice with its vibrant red stems. By Amenity horticulturalist & gardening committee member of Copped Hall and Epping Horticultural Society Victoria Robertson.

PESTS AND DISEASE

Look out for grey mould especially on your cyclamens. This is a fungus called Botrytis cinerea, it’s a very common disease that causes a growth of fuzzy grey mould. It can infect many other plants, especially those grown under glass or where conditions are humid. Remove any dead and dying leaves or buds promptly. Try not to leave dead plant material lying around and reduce humidity by improving ventilation if you have a greenhouse.

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ARGENTINA Wetlands to winelands, gauchos to glaciers, Argentina is a place of great beauty and variety.

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andscapes range from arid desert and sub-tropical jungle in the north, through endless pampa plains and vineyards moving down through the lakes and peaks of the Andes to the mighty glaciers of Patagonia. Let’s not forget the Antarctic cruises departing from Ushuaia, affectionately known as the ‘End of the world’. Argentina is an outdoor lover’s paradise, extremely safe, friendly and accessible. A 3-hour time difference means no jetlag, and no visas are required for British passport holders. Getting there: British Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires daily. Many other airlines fly from a variety of airports in the UK via Europe and the USA. Travelling around: This is normally a multi-centre destination so if you have limited time, Abbotts offer discounted air passes. If you have more time and want to travel overland, buses and self-drive are a good choice. Accommodation: The rustic traditions and friendly nature of the Argentine people is reflected in a great selection of smaller hotels, guest houses and lodges. The country can also boast a range of luxurious 4* and 5* hotels that are the very definition of refinement

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and indulgence. Tell Abbotts what you’re seeking, and they will find something to suit. Where should I go? It is true that Argentina is vast (2400 miles from north to south! It’s the world’s eighth largest country) so it can be overwhelming when looking at where to go. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

Puerto Madero

BUENOS AIRES

One of the most vibrant and exciting cities in South America, Buenos Aires is a bustling hub of activity. This irresistible capital will inspire any city dweller with its stylish architecture, tree lined avenues, eclectic mix of modern, bohemian, and more traditional neighbourhoods and the host of exquisite boutiques and restaurants. It is a romantic city that seems to have inherited the best of its Spanish heritage whilst maintaining an individual flair. Spend some time wandering the streets of this beautiful city and get lost in the story of Eva Peron before indulging in some of South America’s finest cuisine. Take a city tour and explore the diverse neighbourhoods and architecture, see a tango, indulge in the best steak you will ever eat, visit the local markets, go to

Iguazu Falls

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TRAVEL ARGENTINA

La Boca, Buenos Aires

a football match like nothing you have experienced before, take a day trip to Uruguay, take the boat along the Tigre Delta, or even visit the Pampas (Argentinian countryside).

IGUAZU FALLS

Located on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Argentinian neighbouring Paraguay, this Tango astonishing piece of natural beauty is surely a candidate for the eighth paradise for birdwatchers and wonder of the natural world and will nature-lovers alike. most definitely exceed expectations. Stay in a remote lodge, enjoying It’s possible to see Iguazu Falls jeep safaris and getting face to from both Argentina and Brazil (which face with caimans, capybaras, we do recommend as the view is swamp deer, pampas deer, howler very different from both sides). We monkeys, giant otters, anacondas, recommend one day to visit the greater rheas and hundreds of birds. Argentine side and half day for the Brazil side. You could take a boat THE LAKE DISTRICTunder the Falls, or if you really want BARILOCHE something to remember, a helicopter The enchanting lands of Patagonia trip over them. Outside Iguazu house crystal blue waters, towering National Park, visit the bird or butterfly glaciers, mountains and volcanoes. parks or take a rainforest safari. Relax in one of the lakeside hotels or, for an adventure, partake MENDOZA in one of the numerous water or Mendoza is Argentina’s wine land based activities that this area capital, and one of its most is so fantastic for. You can also ski HIGHLIGHTS attractive cities. Against in the months of June and July. ARGENTINA OF a backdrop of the Andes 16 Day Packag e from £2839 pe Mountains and surrounded EL CALAFATE r person. by beautiful vineyards, this Home to the famous Perito is a haven for those looking Moreno Glacier, this dramatic sight to escape crowded city definitely competes alongside the life with its vineyards and Iguazu Falls as one of Argentina’s stunning scenery which are top sights. A continually moving complimented by nightlife and creaking glacier, it sits in a and top-quality restaurants. beautiful valley until ice breaks off, V Discover th e si Mendoza has it all! bringing the mighty glacier to life. the home of ta ghts of Buenos Aires ng Stay in one of the many Visit the glacier, and for those more V Visit the alm o ig beautiful wine lodges, or if active we recommend adding on a V See the crys hty Iguazu Falls ta you prefer amenities on your mini-trek on the glacier itself. Take a dramatic mou l blue lakes and nt doorstep, stay in the city. Take a catamaran to see other glaciers, visit V Marvel at th ains of Bariloche e regional wine tasting tour, cycle one of the ranches for a taste of the Calafate, includ dramatic scenery of El ing the Perito M real Patagonia, and for keen walkers oreno Glacier or horse ride through vineyards, V Includes In ternational Ec enjoy the gastronomy, ascend we recommend a trip to El Chalten, onomy Flight from UK (via s Mount Aconcagua in the Andes Euro famously home to Mount Fitz Roy. V Internal Econ pe) omy Flights or simply relax and unwind. Finally, we have to mention V 13 nights ac co Peninsula Valdes, which has some of Crillon, 3 nights mmodation (4 nights at NH at IBERA WETLANDS the best wildlife and whale-spotting at Edelweiss H La Cantera Lodge, 3 nights ot A collection of swamps and bogs opportunities in South America, and V Transfers (m el, 3 nights at La Estepa) ix doesn’t sound too appealing at the red-rocked lunar landscapes of V Half Day Sm ture of shared & private) all Salta in the northwest. V Full Day Gro Group Tour of Buenos Aires first. But delve deeper and you up Tour to the find one of the largest nature Abbotts Travel can tailor make side of Iguazu Argentinian Fa reserves on Earth. A protected a holiday for you based on your V Half Day Sc lls enic Surroundi area, access to the Ibera Wetlands interests, time and budget. ngs Group Tour in Barilo che is limited because of the strong Abbotts Travel, 134 George Lane, V Full Day Gro up Tour to Pe focus on preserving biodiversity. South Woodford, E18 1BA rito Moreno Glacier Home to over 300 species of bird, Tel: 0208 989 9445 V Services of La it is a haven for rare wildlife and a www.abbottstravel.com throughout yo tin Routes Guides ur stay

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the wide range of Indian/ Pakistani food rustled up by Head Chef Mohammad Iftikhar makes for a great night out with family and friends, especially on weekends when a fantastic buffet menu is offered. The owners of AlQasr spoke of their new

BEST SERVED WITH... The pairing of wine with spicy cuisine gives rise to much heated (forgive me) debate amongst wine lovers, with many claiming that wine and much Asian cuisine simply of ter bs Toby We don’t work together, a cold s ne Wi Black Dog lager being the only sensible recourse, whilst others think that certain wines can work. I tentatively fall into the latter camp. Chicken Jalfrezi is a fairly hot dish, and even if not eye-wateringly so it constitutes an undoubted challenge. However, there are wines which are capable of taking up the gauntlet. I have enjoyed success with dry, crisply refreshing, overtly mineral whites - the thirst-quenching 2012 Muscadet that I usually recommend with fish, is a

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venture, “We decided to open because wherever we ate we were always missing that certain home cooked taste, we simply couldn’t find food that we would like to eat for ourselves”. Here is their recipe for Chicken Jalfrezi,a spicy family favourite.

4 Method 1. Dice the chicken breast, onion and capsicum. 2. Heat up the vegetable oil

personal favourite with Indian cuisine. An interesting and inexpensive alternative might be a Verdejo-Viura from Rueda, our 2013 Finca Remendio having the requisite cut combined with a lovely ripe fruit. Some argue that whites with a slightly sweeter or richer character are better at coping with spice, and Pinot Gris from Alsace is amongst the most highly regarded in this respect. Whilst at the drier end of the Alsace spectrum, it has sufficient richness to carry the dish. There is a strong argument too in favour of Rosé. I feel that a reasonably full bodied Syrah would work better than the lighter Provençale style much in favour at the moment. Yves Cuilleron makes a particularly compelling example from his lair in the Northern Rhône, a gastronomic wine in the best sense, bone dry but with a ripe, well-structured fruit that arches across the palate, and a lingering finish. H 2012 Muscadet Sur Lie, Yves Bretonnière £10.70


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6 in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Stir for half a minute and then add the chopped onion and capsicum. 3. Stir fry for a further two minutes. 4. Add all of the spices and season to taste with the salt. 5. After cooking for a minute, add the chicken

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Giving a helping hand to the community for over 25 years is a treatment is provided as well as employment “1NE has a facility which opportunities with referrals to agencies provides an in the borough. fantastic staff abstinence based Aside from the recovery programme, recovery programme for alcohol and 1NE also provide a service called NE and if somebody substance misusers. Running since Teens which is counselling and support 1987, 1NE moved to Woodford Green in for teens who have lived with parents is ready to 2008 and has helped people invaluably, or guardians with addiction, this too is undertake the minimum is two weeks however a lot extremely important as young people of individuals decide to stay on for a lot may not have another outlet in which sobriety then longer in order to ensure rehabilitation. to help them voice their issues or At 1NE, clients attend a day understand what is happening. NE Teens this method programme of sessions which include was born when a number of recovering counselling and psychotherapy which alcohol and substance misusers allows them to get to the root of their voiced their concerns for their children will work”

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substance issues. 1NE has seen far better results than attending a residential rehabilitation facility; at a residential facility people become far removed from the outside world and therefore upon leaving there is a higher chance of relapse. However, 1NE is a more hardy recovery; misusers stay at home and deal with the stresses of everyday life, which will acclimatise them to life beyond rehabilitation. 1NE has a fantastic staff and if somebody is ready to undertake sobriety then this method will work, the largest percentage of people who use this facility are from self-referrals. People can also be referred to this clinic by professionals as part of a drug intervention programme, 1NE is an appointment only service. As well as the recovery programme, ongoing aftercare

and wanted them to have access to a safe place in which they could fully communicate, 1NE go to secondary schools both local and further afield after teacher referrals. In October, 1NE hosted a local event in order to showcase the fantastic work that they do. They invited agencies in the surrounding area and ex clients in order to prove that their abstinence based recovery programme is the best in our local area, this was an opportunity to open their doors to a wider audience. In the office, Fiona does a great amount of fundraising, she was instrumental in the building of a large extension at the back of the building. NE Teens as well as relative services (for anyone affected by someone else’s alcohol/drug misuse) are funded however for any charity, extra fundraising is always a necessity.

For more information on the amazing work that 1NE do, visit www.1ne.org.uk.

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PARENTING PROS AND CONS TO THE ‘CRYING IT OUT’ METHOD:

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4 Crying it out teaches a baby how to self-soothe so when he wakes throughout the night, he can settle himself back to sleep. 4 It does work, many parents find this to be a successful form of sleep training. 4 Infantile sleep deprivation can lower cognitive performance, and negatively effects memory, learning and behaviour. 4 Maternal sleep deprivation is linked to depression and stress, and can have negative effects on the rest of the family.

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6 Leaving a baby to cry evokes physiological responses that increase stress hormones, and increases heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure. 6 When babies cry, it is because they need the comfort and love of a parent, and that need is as real and as valid as their need for food. It is our responsibility to respond to that need. 6 It doesn’t actually work for long. When babies reach new developmental milestones, if they are unwell or when the routine changes, sleep could be interrupted again. 6 The long term effects of increased cortisol levels (stress hormone) from prolonged crying has been linked to aggression and emotional detachment later in life.

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e’ve all been there. We’ve all been so exhausted, we would do anything for a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation is without doubt, one of the toughest things about parenthood, but how far would YOU go to combat night awakenings? To cry or not to cry, that is the question (and I don’t mean you, mum, that’s a given, I mean the baby.) Picture this. Exhausted, bleary-eyed parent leaning over 9 month old baby’s cot, balancing The Baby Whisperer book in one elevated hand, while attempting the ‘shush pat’ technique with the other hand. Reading rule number ninety-twelve “do not make eye contact with sleep-allergic wired infant” and promptly relinquishing eye contact with said wired infant, who is gazing up at you trying to play peekaboo. Turning the page with an entangled mess of fingers on one hand while trying not to lose the rhythm of the shush pat with the other which is starting to resemble an awkward belly rub/head pat kerfuffle. Urgh! I tried everything. I read every sleep ‘guru’ from Gina Ford to co-sleeping advocates. We tried lots of techniques,

bought comforters, musical night lights, went to an osteopath, we adhered to a strict bedtime routine, even did a bit of feng shui in the nursery (you know, in case the bad sleeping spirits were causing havoc). But to this day, I am still wrestling with a bad sleeper. Three years of broken sleep; clearly I don’t have the answers! Do I just have an infantile insomniac on my hands or did I do it all wrong from the start? Well, if wrong is listening to the ever powerful maternal instinct, then yes, I did it all wrong. In the early days I cuddled, rocked and fed to sleep, soothed every whimper and comforted every cry. Am I still paying for all that now? Controlled crying is one of the most hotly debated subjects in the parenting arena, full of passionate opinions and conflicting research findings. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not against other people doing it and I did try it (if trying it consists of baby crying in one room and me crying in another for an hour one night, until I emotionally combusted, scooped her up and vowed never ever to leave her again) but not responding to her cries just went against my grain.

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s mentioned last month our boy is now 18months old and his new found independence appears to be growing stronger by the day, this has been exemplified by his recent French sounding “Non” when trying to say “No”, this is often accompanied by a pushing away motion, and a firmer “Non”. We’re unsure why such a small simple word has come out with a French accent, but if he starts progressing to “Allo allo, what is zis Monsieur?” then I may have to see if my satellite dish is facing a French mast. I’m happy to go along with this for the time being though and have run with the idea and purchased a red beret, string of onions, and striped blue and white T-shirt, however, when presented with these gifts he simply said “Non” and brushed them aside… should have guessed really. The little lad has had quite a bad cold this month, with a very niggly cough that has kept him (and us) awake through many nights. Unfortunately, our initial concern for his cough played straight into his little manipulating hands, as when it first started we felt he may have been chocking, so we darted over, checking his mouth, patting him on the back etc… after a few minutes, it was clear he had a winters cold (the doctor said as much) and we didn’t go sprinting over each time he made the noise. This apparent lack of sympathy seemed to bother him! Over the next two weeks we were treated to full on coughs in the face as he would be playing with his toys, feel a tickle at the back of the throat, calmly get up and walk towards us, in order to begin coughing, open mouthed at our faces or over our food. We

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were getting used to him ‘showing off his cough’ but it was very awkward in public situations, for instance, when we were casually packing our shopping bags at the supermarket counter and he lurched forward into the poor checkout girl’s face to proudly show off his cough and demand sympathy. We have finally taught him to cover his mouth whilst coughing…to our relief! Towards the end of the month we visited my father in law’s allotment plot where he had grown the largest pumpkins I’d ever seen. The little lad loved sitting on top of the biggest one to have his photo taken for Halloween, and then

“He lurched rward into the fo poor checkout gir l’s face to proudly show off his coug h”

tried to pick it up, grunting like a weightlifter as he failed to heave the pumpkin off the floor, much to the amusement of his Granddad, who has decided to grow even bigger specimens next year. This month ahead we’re looking forward to him enjoying his first fireworks night, last year we stayed indoors and he slept through the excitement, but this time round I know he will be wide eyed and mesmerised by the brilliant flashes across the sky. My only concern is that once he’s seen such a display, my own ‘blowing bubbles’ show will pale abysmally into insignificance against a few tonnes

of explosives being lit up across the night sky. I end this month’s diary entry with an update on his every growing eating habits and the eagerness he tries to consume food with. The first thing he does when he wakes up is plead for food, pointing frantically at his mouth saying, “more, more, more”, it’s so forceful that we have to keep a cereal bar at the side of the bed in the morning, poised like a tranquiliser dart that we throw at him to pacify his cravings. In the afternoon after nursery we pick him up and he seems starved, demanding food and quickly gobbling anything he can lay his hands on like some weight watchers renegade. So, we check his nursery book, expecting to see that has been asleep throughout all the mealtimes, or that he had refused to eat what was offered, only to find that he’s eaten everything! He’s had seconds, eaten the leftovers from the other kids, downed ploughman’s lunches, lasagnes, and roast chicken dinners. He eats better than us, and four times as much! Although when he has decided enough is enough he has begun to start posting his food through the cat flap. He loves to share his food/drink/toys but hasn’t quite grasped the fact that once it’s posted through, he can’t get it back. So, quite often you will hear noises of frustration by the back door, only to go outside and see a mound of teddy bears and sandwiches piled high on the other side, with a couple of bemused cats wondering why their entrance to the home is now producing food and drink, as they wait patiently for a bowl of ‘Whiskers’ to appear. ...TO BE CONTINUED


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REDBRI D GE FOOTBALL CLUB edbridge Football Club (FC) was founded in 1958 under the name Ford United FC where they played in association with Ford Motors who sponsored them at their home ground in Rush Green, however they have played at Oakside Stadium since 2000. In 2004, Ford United FC changed their name to Redbridge FC in order to become the predominant local team in Redbridge, they play in the Ryman League Division One North where they play Saturday and midweek games either at home or away. In the Ryman League Division One North, Redbridge FC play against sides from neighbouring counties such as Essex, Kent and Suffolk. Each year they enter the F.A Cup and in the 2011/12 season they managed to reach the second round, leaving the competition to League 2 team Crawley Team which saw Redbridge FC make national headlines. Redbridge FC had a good run last season, finishing in a mid-table position and sustaining their quality of play, they have a first team, and then the under 21 reserve team who have come through the youth teams at the club. With 10 youth teams from ages 13-18, there is a lot of talent and great opportunity to grow with the club. Redbridge FC prides itself on its family friendly atmosphere, match days will see families come down to watch a game, have a burger and a drink in the spacious clubhouse.

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Aside from the main pitch, there is a five a-side ball court which can be rented out for games and the hall has, in the past, been used for events such a quiz nights and end of season celebrations, Alan Davies even attended and spoke at a comedy night last year. Next year, Redbridge FC are looking to expand and create a women’s team as well as a disabled team. These expansions will create a great platform for the future of the club and the next generation of players. Situated just behind Barkingside Station, one of Redbridge FC’s main aims are to further integrate themselves in the local community. Receiving sponsorship from Kitroom on the High Street, they also have great ties with Uniting Friends and are always interested in affiliating themselves with other local charities and businesses. Redbridge FC have a dedicated committee with Jim Chapman as the Chairman, who is also a previous player for the team as well as committee member George Adams who has been with the club for fifty years. Adam Silver is instrumental as he keeps the website updated as well as creating the programme for each match. It is clear that Redbridge FC have a deep vested interest in football and are the perfect local team for a family friendly community atmosphere. For more information visit redbridgefc.co.uk or e-mail webmaster@redbridgefc.co.uk. You can also find them @TheMotorMen on Twitter.

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MRC New Campus Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

n the 12th September 2014 Mont Rose College opened their O new building to the public in Ilford,

Essex, Greater London. The event was a themed afternoon tea, with a marquee outside in the car park replete with 1940s decorations. Vintage Catering provided delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes. The guests of the event were: the Mayor of Redbridge and his Lady wife, Redbridge councillors, staff members, tutors and various important people who were responsible for making the College the way it is today, from the design of the college to the funding and financing.

main entrance of the college. Then followed the afternoon tea served in the marquee by Vintage. After a tour around the new college, there was a performance by a Bulgarian dance group, two traditional Bulgarian songs and then a traditional Bulgarian Dance. Everyone who attended enjoyed the event and were very excited about the progress of Mont Rose College. The next intake at Mont Rose College for new students will be January 2015. There will be HND in Business Marketing, Business Accounting, and Hospitality Management.

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