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Charity Champion Lloyd Moulder, who raised £10,000 last year for Haven House Children’s Hospice, has inspired his Co-Founder to do the same. The Loughton father of two runs bathroom studio BathWorks based in South Woodford. To celebrate ten years in business Lloyd threw himself out of a plane in a tandem sky dive and took on the rigors of team white water rafting to help swell his fund raising target. Now Richard Banks, who runs BathWorks in Milton Keynes, is raising £10,000 for his local charity Willen Hospice.

The year-long challenge began on Father’s Day when Richard pedalled from Capital to Coast and joined 28,000 other cyclists to celebrate the 40th year of the London to Brighton bike ride. Meanwhile, on Sunday 5th July Lloyd will roll out his fundraising bath at the Haven House annual Summer Fayre in the grounds of the hospice. Lloyd said “I enjoyed the fundraising events I did, even the sky dive which had my nerves jangling. I believe it’s important to give something back and I really admire the work these charities put into raising money at the same time as providing a superb service.” The annual Summer Fayre is a fantastic family fun day with a variety of stalls and from 11.00am until 4.00pm. BathWorks offers supplyonly or full installation services and the best in dream bathrooms, shower rooms or en suites. It’s also a dedicated bathroom outlet offering ceramics, furniture, showers, wet rooms, tiles & lighting.

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Dani White, ex Toni & Guy Style Director and hair care specialist of seven years has opened a brand new salon in Barkingside, Essex. With a modern layout and exciting opportunities for unique parties and appointments, SixtySix is at the forefront of hair care trends and is set to transform the landscape of hair in Essex. After winning numerous hair competitions with Toni & Guy and taking various courses in men’s, women’s and children’s styling as well as extentions, Dani and her highly trained team provide a welcoming, friendly and hospitable service with top quality results. Unique styling and appointments at SixtySix: " Mummy Brunch Mornings: join the team at SixtySix and feel free to bring young children and babies. " PRES: the perfect way to get ready with bouncy blow drys and the salon to yourself with the help from the Sixty Six team. Please make an appointment or join the grand opening party on Saturday 4th July from 2-4pm at 66 High Street, Barkingside, IG6 2DJ. Nearest tube: Central Line, Barkingside Tel: 020 8550 5661


More people with terminal or life-limiting illnesses are being cared for at home by St Clare Hospice following the expansion of its Hospice at Home service. The service is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the Night Service, initially introduced in December to provide overnight support during the winter months, is also continuing. In its first year after launching Hospice at Home in January 2014, the St Clare team provided hands-on, personal care for more than 300 patients in the final weeks of life or Me times of crisis, making over 1,600 face-to-face Ho mbers of the St Clare spice at Home team visits. Unnecessary hospital admission was enable avoided in 3 out of 4 cases. Also, the service has people to remain at home, if they wish,” said St provided transition support when a patient can be Clare Hospice chief executive Tanya Curry. “Working discharged from hospital, but the necessary care is together with the commissioners and our health care not yet in place. With demand expected to continue to grow, St Clare partners, we are delighted to be moving a step closer towards our goal of providing high quality specialist aims to more than double the number benefitting from palliative care at the right time, in the right place, for the service to 720 patients a year, caring for patients every family who needs it.” who are very near the end of their lives or who have For more information about Hospice at Home and symptoms that are difficult to control. how to access the service, visit “We are celebrating 25 years of hospice care in West Essex this year and the vision has always been to

STUDENTS DISPLAY THEIR WORK AT END-OF-YEAR ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION Year 11 GCSE and BTEC students at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, have staged their end-of-year Art and Photography exhibition. Eighty-five students exhibited their work which is the culmination of 20 months of hard work.

On show were a wide range of artworks including paintings, drawings, sculpture and clay work with some work done to a smaller scale and some larger than life models. Head of Art David Tisdale said: “We are always proud when it comes to exhibiting the work of our students. Sometimes the work is pretty, sometimes amusing, maybe even disturbing and provocative. “The work is an individual response to an idea and it’s always surprising and entertaining. Our students work so very hard and we’re proud of them.” Comments from parents tt nne Be na Monta who attended the exhibition included: “...huge breadth of materials, sizes and shapes on show”, “Impressive large scale pieces” and “...excellent photos and fantastic ideas. Very well presented and laid out” The exhibition will be recreated at Loughton Arts Centre, High Road, Loughton between June 26th and July 10th (Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm). Some pieces will be displayed at the Youth Makes Art event at St John’s Church, Epping, between July 10th and 14th




Blossoms Nursery have chosen to raise money for The Darcie-Mai Project at their annual Fun Day on Saturday 25th July. The event is set to be a great day for all the family with music, games, face painting, a BBQ, cake stalls, drinks stall, penalty shoot-out and much more! The event will run from 11.30am to 4pm at the Epping nursery. Entry is £3 for a n Day family of 4 or £1 per person. Fu ’s ar ye st La Co-owner of the nursery, Bobbi Chana said, “We are very excited about this year’s event, and look forward to welcoming people from the local community as well as our Blossoms children and families. We are proud to be helping such a great charity, and hope the day goes well and is enjoyed by everyone.” The Darcie-Mai Project is a charity set up to raise awareness of babies who are born fighting and also raises money for two hospitals. Blossoms Nursery, Horse Shoe Farm West, London Road, Thornwood Common, CM17 9LH, Tel: 01279 429 937


A child’s bicycle dumped in the Cripsey Brook was just one of the items recovered during Ongar Town Council’s litter pick last month. Dozens of bags of rubbish were collected by the 11 local residents and seven town councillors who targeted the southern end of the town. Ongar Town Council open spaces committee chairman councillor Alison Wingfield said: “There was a really good turnout and there was a really good atmosphere. We were not expecting so many people to turn up to help.” Refreshments, including bacon sandwiches, were enjoyed by the litter pickers at the Jubilee Pavilion, Love Lane, at the end of the morning. A further litter pick is planned for Saturday, November 14, when volunteers will focus on the Litter pick volunteer northern end of Ongar. s

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Networking is a well tried and tested means to increase the profile and turnover of a business. Many, many of us have attended business network meetings and felt ‘that pressure’ to refer someone just because that’s what’s expected. Maybe, even more disappointingly, when you’re having a bad business time and you’ve wanted friendly support and encouragement, your network group has simply turned out to be there just for referrals; it’s sad isn’t it. Well no, actually it’s inevitable; business network groups run for profit are essentially just that - there’s no room for


anything else, and let’s be honest, they make good profits and do help many businesses along the way. But for some of us this just isn’t enough. Back in 2008 some members of a local branch of such a group decided to give it a go themselves and Eppnet was born. It was created to be a local, caring business network group, designed for mutual business support, although it is firmly set on a structure and strategy for business referrals as well. They’ve been doing this successfully now through the standard format of weekly breakfast meetings for 7 years. In Eppnet’s normal slightly radical style however they’ve decided now is a good time to change and so are going fortnightly and alternating mornings and evenings. Each first Wednesday will be a morning breakfast and each third Wednesday will be an evening curry. Eppnet is owned by its members, it’s non-profit making and it’s there for business referral and support... so why on earth would you not want to join? For more information contact Adam Kaytaz on 07879 838 383 or visit

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STUDENTS VISIT VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM Pupils at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, visited the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The students also attended a workshop with renowned curator and lecturer Juliana Sissons. The exhibition was an extravagant biography of the life of the Londonborn designer who was widely acclaimed as a creative genius.

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Pupils watched a presentation about the designer and his work then had visited the exhibition for inspiration. Students then went back to the workshop and produced garments using a variety of paper and fabric. The final designs are clearly influenced by Alexander McQueen. Pupils also had fun trying them on while suggesting occasions when they could wear them. They will use the research collected to help develop original ideas in their coursework.


The ever creative Gavin Maguire of The Bluebell restaurant, Chigwell, is set to delight his patrons this summer with the launch of a new afternoon tea menu. The head chef and owner explained to us, “It’s something I’d been thinking about for some time, and I really think we can add a touch of Bluebell style to this traditional English occasion”. After seeing the afternoon tea in question it’s clear to us that Gavin has indeed added his own touch and the dish is beautifully presented. There’s a selection of exquisite mini deserts, amazing cakes, scrumptious finger sandwiches, and hand-made scones with either tea or champagne (priced at £17 & £25 respectively). The afternoon tea menu is joined by a new dish on the main menu, a half grilled lobster with asparagus salad and glass of champagne, for two people at just £35 (has to be ordered 48 hours in advance). If you have never been to the Bluebell then you are missing one of the greatest dining experiences our region has to offer, and it’s always

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cott Harris set up Aspect Electrical in 2008. It is based in Hainault, Essex as it’s his hometown and where he grew up. Another reason for being in Hainault is that Scott’s a family man and needs to be close to his two daughters as they grow up. Scott has 15 years of experience as an electrician and started off in an apprenticeship for three years before becoming a fully qualified professional. Throughout his career he’s worked on projects of all kinds and he built up his experience this way. After working for many other companies he decided to go it alone seven years ago. Scott says he enjoyed talking to the clients and decided it was time to start his own.


Aspect provides a full range of electrical services: from domestic to commercial properties. No job is too small or large and he has fitted out extensions, whole houses, shops and large office buildings. The area the company covers really is nationwide and he has had jobs as far afield as in Birmingham and Brighton. With such big projects on such a wide area, luckily he has three other trained electricians in his team. However, Scott feels that his most important customers are the ones in Essex who keep coming for his extensive experience and great service. Tel: 07804 650894

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avid McHardy started DM Mediation in 2011 in our local area of Woodford Green in order to offer professional mediation services to separating couples in the local area rather than having to go to Central London. David has extensive mediation experience. Couples who come to him benefit from a personable, friendly approach enhanced by his many years of experience in dealing with family issues. David has been a Family



iaz had been brought up in the family business and would eventually take over Kashmir Food Stores when it relocated in 2009. When his father had owned it, the company was based in Ilford, but Fiaz saw an opportunity to open a new type of intercontinental store in Gants Hill where he lived with his family. There was a growing population of Asian’s in Experienced on site butchers

lawyer for 37 years and is now a Consultant having been Chair of Resolution, the largest national association of Family lawyers. He continues since 1995 as a Deputy District Judge at the Principal Registry of the Family Division in 1995. Having qualified as a Mediator in 2000, David is a member of Mediation Associates, a select group of London-based practitioners and Family Mediators in Action (FAMIA). As an Authorised Mediator, David can undertake Information and Assessment meetings (MIAM) for separating couples to see if they can calmly discuss issues so that they have a less stressful environment in order to meet and reach agreement. As an Accredited Mediator David will help to guide the parties towards reaching mutual resolution on financial arrangements, division of property, arrangements for the children as well as separation and relationship issues. Despite the growing importance of mediation for many couples, there still aren’t many Accredited and Authorised Mediators locally. David knows he offers great service in the Woodford Green area and welcomes enquiries. 1-2 Johnston Rd, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0XA Tel: 02085060589

the area and the store was established to target this market. But Fiaz also says that his store was all about breaking from the older traditions of his father and starting a totally new type of store, with new product lines for a modern market. The store sells a wide range of Asian spices and many other cooking items and it seems to be a recipe for success. The company has been very busy and the staff at the store has grown to nine. Due to such demand Fiaz has recently opened a second Kashmir Food Stores outlet in Hainault and it’s replicating the success of the Gants Hill store. Naturally, the ambitious Fiaz is looking to add a third store and beyond. So who knows where this expansion will end? 705-707 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Essex IG2 6RJ Tel: 020 8551 0042 47 New North Road, Hainault, Essex IG6 2UE Tel: 020 8500 4951



ean Drury set up his Zero Dry Time franchise 15 months ago and has been going from strength-to-strength since. It’s located in Hornchurch in East London but draws clients from around London and the Essex region. He works across residential and commercial projects and offers dry cleaning of carpets, upholstery, soft furnishings, tiles and grout; as well as cleaning leather, restoring wooden floors and carpet maintenance programs. As a franchisee, Sean is part of a nationwide Zero Dry Time network so all the services, machines and products he uses have had years of testing. He’s also a fully trained professional after an intensive five-week course before starting the business. His is a unique service in the East London/Essex area as he’s one of only two franchisees in London - so no wonder he’s so busy. Sean says that, “The USP Sean Drury for our services is it leaves Meanwhile, the carpets, leather and upholstery Sean’s clients range from small completely clean and dry, so it’s residential flats to a large projects ready for immediate use.” like the Shard in London and By not using water there are he gets lots of business from no colour runs and no damp letting agents needing properties or mould left in the items being cleaned. cleaned. It’s also an eco-friendly Tel: 01708 918120 method, as there are no toxic substances that might harm children and pets.



Kashmir Food Store was established In 1973 by two brothers namely Mr Sharif & Mr. Rafiq. The store was set up to fulfil ever increasing demand from the asian community which was migrating to Ilford. We are an Asian grocer’s and have an extensive range of ethnic spices, vegetables, meats, snacks, flours, rice and Halal sweets. We have various sources such as Peri Peri and Encona. The business specialised In Halal Meat & Asian groceries. The demand for Halal Meat & Asian groceries established the business from a single Shop to a large supermarket, however the business kept to Its core principles of offering the best quality products at great value whilst still offering a personal service. After 35 years the business is now run by the next generation bringing new & dynamic ideas to the business.

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Keep boredom at bay throughout the summer holidays with these family friendly local attractions.


Lee Valley Park Farms in Waltham Abbey are just the best kind of fun when it comes to a great value family day out, with something to suit all age groups. There are a wide variety of animals to see and learn about. Visit the cheeky meerkat family at Meerkat Lookout. Their interactive enclosure lets you get up close to the mob whilst learning about them. See who’s in the Paddocks and head to World of Farming to see miniature zebu, reindeer and llamas. Be dazzled by Coda Falconry’s amazing collection of birds. See Barn Owls, Harris Hawk, Red Tailed Buzzard and lots more in daily shows twice a day or for a fluffier visit take a look in the rabbit and guinea pig enclosures. There are a number of play areas where little ones can let off steam. The Bundle Barn is a soft-play area for children up to 12 years old, with a separate area for toddlers to explore safely. The Hilltop Adventure


includes a giant jumping pillow, bungee Spider Tower and at the Alpine adventure you can zoom down the toboggan run on squidgy donuts. At specified times during the day you can catch a ride on Tex the Tractor to a working dairy farm, where you will learn all about where milk comes from! After all the running around on the farm, you’ll deserve a break! Enjoy a delicious cream tea with homemade scones and cream and jam that are locally sourced at the Orchard Café. Entry tickets include everything you need to have a farm-tastic time including entry to all the play areas, animals, activities, amazing bird shows by Coda Falconry and tractor rides to the dairy farm! Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF, Tel: 01992 892 781

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The Epping Ongar Railway is a great day out - with friendly volunteers, steam locomotives, buses and a wave from the signalman as the train leaves, the railway offers you the chance to experience life as it might have been 50 years ago. The extension from Loughton to Ongar was built 150 years ago and later it became the eastern end of the Central Line. In 1994 London Underground stopped running services east of Epping. Since then the railway has been lovingly restored with the help of hundreds of keen and friendly volunteers to the fantastic attraction it now is - a heritage railway running steam and diesel trains through 6 miles of the Essex countryside. Trains now run to within 100m of the boundary with LU at Epping. Naturally, the Railway is keen to have a viable and attractive interchange at Epping Underground station both for visitors and local people to use its services. The railway also runs a fleet of oldfashioned London buses. These are included in your ticket price and are not only a delight to see and ride on, but provide a regular and direct link to Epping Station - making a day out at the railway convenient to visit by tuo. There is also parking at Epping Station. The railway hosts a series of special events, dining trains and murder mysteries throughout its running season. There is a buffet and picnic area at both stations. Many of the trains have seats with tables - so you can even have a picnic on the train. Epping Ongar Railway Ongar Station, Ongar, Essex Tel: 01277 365200


Valentines Park is an award-winning park next to Valentines Mansion & Gardens, and was once the parkland to the house. There are a whole host of wonderful activities and facilities available. Enjoy boat hire on the lake, two children’s play areas, basketball and tennis courts, guided tours, ornamental gardens and flower beds, an outdoor gym, bandstand plus a choice of two cafes. And also you are likely to come across some very friendly squirrels! The mansion itself is a beautifully restored 300 year old country house, where you can visit the period furnished rooms, including the recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms. The mansion plays host to a variety of events throughout the year including creative

GO GRUFFALO HUNTING Visit Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood and head into the woods in search of the Gruffalo! The Gruffalo Trail is a magical self-led walk around the woods, searching for beautiful wooden carvings of the characters from the much loved children’s story books. Follow the map to find the snake, the mouse, the owl, the fox, the Gruffalo’s Child and finally The Gruffalo himself! Children are sure to love having their photo taken with their favourite characters, building dens and exploring amongst the trees. Maps are available from the Countryside Centre at a cost of 50p, where you can also purchase Gruffalo

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Whether you’re a blonde, brunette or redhead, Balayage can give your hair a super summer lift.

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Balayage is a French word meaning ‘sweeping’ or ‘to paint’. It gives a sunkissed natural look - similar to what nature gives us as children - with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The idea behind it is less is more when creating soft, natural looks.


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Balayage pretty much works for all lengths except very short cropped hair. However, if you have dark brown or black hair, balayage alone may not be the best option for you but your colour specialist at Finesse can advise you on how to achieve this look by including other methods of colouring.


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ON STYLISH SUMMER LIVING As the weather heats up over the coming months, there’s no better time to

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Turn your seating into a main feature of your scheme by choosing a new sofa that brings both style and comfort in abundance. For a laid-back look, opt for unadorned designs with softly rounded edges and perfect proportions for your guests to kick back and relax in. A lightweight fabric like linen or cotton is a great


choice for balmy nights spent socialising, but be sure to decide on a sofa or chair shape that works for your household from season-to-season. If you like to switch up your scheme regularly then loose cover designs are a worthwhile investment - especially if you have one particular room that you spend the majority of your time in. Multiyork’s sofas with replaceable covers are a great solution; they also offer seven different fillings from firm to soft, bouncy to squidgy to cater for every level of comfort.


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Lively fabric patterns will easily transform a functional piece into stand-out seating during warmer months. A check or plaid will always lend itself perfectly to country décor but can make just as much impact in a modern scheme, providing that the colour you choose is on trend. Don’t be afraid to play with scale too, as a large oversized print like on Multiyork’s Large Verona in Clarke & Clarke Dana Red Check fabric will quickly give your living zone a pop of colour that it needs for a summery update. Layering contrasting patterns like florals or geometrics will offer a similar effect, but be sure to select patterns wisely as too many opposing designs run the risk of making a room feel chaotic.


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Why would you suggest blinds instead of curtains? Compared to curtains, blinds offer some more bespoke choice in terms of measurement and fitting and are easier to tailor to a particular window space. For example, blinds can be measured to fit perfectly over the window, giving much more control over the amount of light that passes through it. Blackout blinds can also be used as a complete covering for a window space, and work well to block out light for children’s bedrooms.


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

uly is usually one of the hottest and driest gardening months of the year so a lot of your time in the garden this month may be spent on watering. Container plants and hanging baskets will need to be top priority and may need to be watered twice a day as they will dry out very quickly, they are best watered in the early morning and in the evening. Camellias, rhododendron, azalea and pieris are lime hating plants that may develop yellow leaves if your tap water is too hard. Hard water usually contains a lot of lime so for these plants it’s best to use filtered water or collected rain water. To reduce water loss around other plants apply layer of mulch which will help suppress

the weeds too. Consider planting drought tolerant plants that look fabulous in the garden this time of year.


_ Achillea Pretty Belinda which looks great this time of year with stunning flat clusters of rich pink flowers on upright stems and a magnificent aromatic fern-like foliage. _ Yarrow is an easy to grow perennial. It makes a great cut flower too. It comes in a number of varieties with blooms in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white. _ Sedums -There are hundreds of varieties of sedums available. While most are grown for their flowers, ‘Frosty Morn’ has

wonderfully variegated leaves that look great. In the Autumn it produces clusters of pure-pink flowers too. Ponds and other water features will need some care this month to keep them looking good. Clean out your pumps and water filters. Top up water levels as they evaporate rapidly in the height of summer. Rainwater from a water butt is best as chemicals in tap water can affect the nutrient balance in ponds. Remove blanket weed with a net to let oxygen into your pond. Remember to give aquatic life a chance to get back to the water by piling the weed next to the pond for the day. By amenity horticulturalist & gardening committee member of Copped Hall and Epping Horticultural Society Victoria Robertson

The wood mouse is easily identifiable by its huge ears, pointed face, dark brown coat and long thin tail. They generally live in burrows, coming out at night to forage among the vegetation and leaf litter. You are more likely to find signs they leave than the animal itself. The burrow entrances are circular holes about the size of a 50 pence coin. They are great hoarders and like to collect spare food, so if you find a pile of seeds at the back of the greenhouse or shed, or even in an unused bird box, a wood mouse is the most likely culprit.


Ants build their nests here and there, and they come in an army of about 4000 to 7000 ants. Signs of ants in your garden include small piles of earth around holes in soil, lawns, paths, and at the base of exterior walls. Heaps of earth around the nest entrance can be a nuisance in the lawn where they interfere with mowing, and they can also partly bury low-growing plants. An organic method of control is to encourage insectivorous birds by hanging bird boxes and feeders.


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From the reef to rainforest or valley to vineyard, Australia will take your breath away.


t’s not just the famous cities that delight. Australia has over 7,000 beaches - and that’s before we even think about the attraction of Uluru or The Great Barrier Reef. It’s also vast but surprisingly easy to get around, thanks to travel options that suit any budget. Selfdrives are hugely popular, as are simple transfers or escorted tours. Gold Medal are specialists in the land Down Under with a team of travel consultants who have over a century of selling experience and Aussie knowledge between them. Together with Abbotts Travel they can help tailor-make your perfect trip. You can choose anywhere in this colossal country - it’s 31 times bigger than the UK - but this month we’re focusing on two of the lesserknown areas, Northern Territory and Queensland, which perfectly reflect its scope and beauty.

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Stretching from the tropical north 1. Take an exhilara ting air right down to the rugged Red across the Mary Riv boat ride er Wetlands Centre of the Outback, Australia’s 2. Enter the ‘Cage of De ath’ at Northern Territory is an incredible Crocosaurus Cove - the crocodile land where red-gold desert dive experience contrasts with verdant rainforest, 3. Hike the Larapint a Trail near where wetlands teem with native Alice Springs Australian wildlife and stunning 4. Take to the skies at dawn with a Ho rock formations have to be t Air Balloon ride fro m Alice Springs witnessed. 5. Jump aboard for a Ju mping Croc This is a region of contrasts. cruise on the Adela ide River, near Home to an ancient Aboriginal Darwin culture - one of the world’s oldest 6. Take in Katherin e Gorge from the air - yet with a vibrant and fun-loving on a scenic helicop ter flight capital city, Darwin, which boasts 7. Kick up some dir t on a quad biking the youngest and most multiadventure at Undo olya Station, close cultural population in the country. to Alice Springs Travel from the lush, green 8. Soar over majes tic wa wetlands and tropical monsoon of a scenic flight ov terfalls as part er Kakadu forests of the Top End down to National Park the fiery desert landscapes at the 9. See Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the back centre, and it’s obvious why this is of a camel known as Australia’s Outback. 10. ...or from the ba ck of a Harley Davidson

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If exhilaration isn’t on your list, we have that covered too. There’s a relaxed pace to the Northern Territory. Life is lived outdoors and balmy evenings abound - enjoy al fresco lunches by the water in Darwin or outback BBQs and Café Culture in Alice Springs. From prolific birdlife to reptiles, camels and kangaroos plus the world’s largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles, there’s plenty for nature lovers too. Foodie? Whether you want to try a laksa, a curry or Sundowners at Darwin’s Mindil Beach, have a proper Aussie BBQ, try crocodile, emu or kangaroo, learn more about bush tucker or experience fine dining atop a dune under a million stars, the Northern Territory is full of amazing dining experiences with arguably, even more amazing backdrops!


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1. Snorkel, dive or take a scenic flight Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or and explore the Gr eat a sun worshipper, Cairns and the one of the natural wo Barrier Reef, nders of the world Great Barrier Reef will satisfy. 2. Kayak along the Tully River It’s where you can wind down at a 3. Explore the rainfo rest by foot and stunning spa retreat prior to scuba take a bushwalk wi th an Aboriginal diving or snorkeling in the Great Barrier guide at the Mossma n Gorge Centr Reef, the world’s largest living organism 4. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over e the and home to 1500 species of fish. Tablelands, taking in the sunrise The region’s beautiful beaches with hopping walla bies and islands include Green Island, 5. Dine alfresco on tro pic Mission Beach, Low Isles, Vlassof seafood and indige al fruits, nous flavours Cay, Palm Cove and Four Mile 6. Swim with dwarf minke whales Beach. Explore them all. on the ribbon reefs off Combine this with unrivalled natural and snorkel with tur Port Douglas tles at a sand surroundings, as this is the only place cay (available seas on ally) in the world where two World Heritage 7. Discover an cient cultu Listed Sites meet, and you have a famous Tjapukai Da re with the ncers in Cairns truly unique and iconic destination. 8. Take a tree top view of ancient Abbotts Travel, 134 George Lane, rainforests by cable car or zip wire, South Woodford, E18 1BA. with Skyrail Tel: 0208 989 9445 9. Spa treatments overlooking Palm Cove beach or the Daintree rainforest 10. Driving through the Atherton Tablelands, seeing vast agricultural lands and the water fall circuit Not forgetting the highlight of the coastal landscape s - and perhaps the whole trip - Ca pe Tribulation, where the Daintree Ra the Great Barrier Re inforest meets ef.


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hrough the winding countryside of Essex, at what used to be the end of the central line, lies the lovely historical town Ongar. Last month we took a trip to High Ongar and visited Cucina Italiana, and judging by their glowing Trip Advisor reviews we knew we were in for a treat. After renovating the old Green Man pub the new owners have created a beautiful dining location by mixing elements of the buildings historical exposed wood beams, alongside a modern clean finish. Our food was served by the wonderful Manager Guiseppe Russo, who along with the Head Chef, overseas the creation of all the dishes on the menu, and everything is hand made on site, fresh for the diners. My partner began with Calamari Fritti, served with a chilli and lime mayo, whilst I opted for the Formaggio al Forno - baked camembert, fig & onion marmalade, with toasted bread. Both dishes were faultless, the light crispy batter on the squid was fried to


perfection and the squid was superbly cooked, not like the rubbery versions some restaurants try to serve. My camembert was all melted through, no hard areas of solid cheese, just velvety smooth from the first to the last dip of the bread, and the marmalade was a great contrast to lift the depth of the dish and give the palate a fresh zing to every bite. For our mains we enjoyed lasagne, and arguably the best steak I have ever tasted. As Guiseppe provided the lovely tropical chardonnay I took a bite from the Sirloin, or, to give its full name ‘Bistecca Capri’ - Sirloin steak, cooked with white wine, mustard, mushroom & cream sauce. It was amazing, genuinely amazing. I immediately asked about the meat and Guiseppe explained “We bring fresh meat to the restaurant on a daily basis from a local supplier, it’s never frozen and we cook every dish to order, exactly how the diner wants.” It certainly was how I wanted, and the creamy mushroom sauce was the icing on the cake, I didn’t want it

to end and could happily have eaten another one. My companion’s lasagne was lovely, with a rich cheese topping and crusty garlic bread, very filling and very flavoursome. There wasn’t much space left within us for dessert, but Guiseppe twisted our arm with his Italian charm and served up a home-made panacotta and a home-made tiramisu. The serving size of both was very generous. The panacotta was topped by a glorious bright strawberry red glaze and my tiramisu was rich, but not overpowering. It held its shape too, I’ve had many tiramisus that are sloppy and wet, but this was neither and it was clear that it had been made to perfection. We will certainly be heading back to Cucina Italiana and would recommend a visit if you’re looking for some lovely, fresh, authentic Italian food and beautiful surroundings. 15 The Street, High Ongar, Essex, CM5 9NB Tel: 01277 369999


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WHEN: Sunday 5th July, 12pm-4pm WHAT: Theydon Bois Donkey Derby - Run by Theydon Bois scout group. Stalls and entertainment, fun family dog show by Homeward Hounds plus 7 donkey races. Entry is free, programmes on sale for £1. To be a jockey, children need to be aged 10 to 15 and weigh less than 50kg (seven-and a-half stone). Ring Andy Bowles on 01992 813772 to register or sign up on the day at the PA van. WHERE: The Green, Theydon Bois WHEN: Sunday 5th & Sunday 12th July WHAT: 150th Anniversary Family Fun Day - Fun and games for all the family including Kwik Cricket tournament for U8s-U11s, barbecue, raffle, bouncy castles, face painting, sweets and ice creams. Admission free. WHERE: Epping Cricket Club, Lower Bury Lane Club (next to the tennis club) WHEN: Saturday 11th July, 6pm-11pm WHAT: Dance Under the Stars - An

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WHEN: Sunday 12th July, 11am-3pm WHAT: Best of Music Fest - Enjoy a delightful selection of acoustic music performances in a beautiful setting, each month showcasing different musicians and music styles. Arrive early to get the best spot! Picnics are welcomed. Hosted by the Redbridge Green Fair Music Club and the Redbridge Music Lounge. WHERE: Valentines Mansions & Gardens, Ilford, IG1 4XA

WHEN: Saturday 18th July, 11am-5pm WHAT: Wanstead Vintage Fashion & Brocante Fair - Affordable selection of genuine Vintage items - Stunning Jewellery, Handbags, Hats & Shoes, Gorgeous Textiles & Trimmings, Buttons, Lace, Fashion books & Menswear, Homewares, Ornaments, Furniture and Collectables. The Great British Tearoom will be serving light lunches, morning and afternoon teas. Admission: £2.50 (accompanied children under 14 free). WHERE: Wanstead United Reformed Church, Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, E11 2HD

WHEN: Monday 13th July, 2.15pm WHAT: West Essex Flower Club’s Annual Luncheon - Visitors welcome in the afternoon for Lee Berill’s flower demonstration entitled ‘Let’s Dance’. £4.50 on the door. WHERE: Thornwood Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane WHEN: Saturday 18th July, 12pm-4pm WHAT: Fun in the Park - Bouncy castle, a visiting Fire Engine & crew from Woodford Fire Station, Chingford Morris men, Woodbridge school choir, Parks Police, St John’s Ambulance, stalls & games, refreshments, raffles, ice cream van, fancy dress & dog’s

WHEN: Saturday 25th July, 11.30am-4pm WHAT: Blossoms Fun Day - BBQ, cake stalls, face painting, drinks stall, music, games, penalty shoot-out, dancing, raffle and more! Raising money for the Darcie-Mai Project. £3 entry for family of 4 or £1 each. WHERE: Blossoms Nursery, Horse Shoe Farm West, Thornwood Common, CM17 9LH WHEN: Sunday 26th July, 11am-late WHAT: Family Fun Day - Bouncy castle, stalls, raffles, barbecue, family games and more. Frank Sinatra tribute at 8pm. Proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society. For more details, ring Marion McGurk on 07779 243762 or the club on 020 8504 6368. WHERE: Buckhurst Hill Sports & Social Club, Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill


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his month was a bit of a negative one... involving tantrums. We’ve all been out and seen someone else’s kid screaming their face off, whilst the embarrassed parent tries to calm the situation. Usually it’s the mum who tends to be less fussed about the onlookers and loudly tells the child, “You can scream all day, but until you stop we’re not going to the park”, whilst dads (myself included) are generally a bit more conscious of the public attention and start speaking very sternly and very quietly “If you keep shouting I swear I will chop your legs off!” or words to that effect, with a hushed tone in the child’s ear. Well, this month my two year old has been that child, and I have been that dad. The missus can’t chase him very well at present (just two months until son number two arrives - double trouble), so it’s largely down to me to run down the aisles after him when we go shopping. He zooms off laughing whilst I sweat and ‘speed walk’

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behind him, trying to smile at the shoppers whilst telling him to “stop running” through painfully gritted teeth. I look back and the lady is holding two hats above her head whilst looking into a mirror, she’s no use to me now. I focus my gaze on the boy as he darts off past a shoe rack, laughing like a maniac. I can hear the sounds of shocked shoppers leaping out of the way.


Breaking into a gentle jog my smile progresses to a light, yet fake, giggle as another parent catches my eye, “Oh, what are they like?” she playfully asks, “A terrible mistake that’s destroying my life!!” is my initial thought, but my brain thankfully kicks in before my mouth can speak, and provides the words “Cheeky rascals, but we love ‘em don’t we”. I finally catch up with him, and explain that if he runs off again I will kill Peppa Pig. This has the desired effect and he immediately stands still. I tell him to sit on the ‘naughty step’ (at the seats for trying on shoes) and an elderly man already sitting there looks slightly puzzled and walks off, limping to the exit wearing just the one slipper. “Now listen, you can’t go running around everywhere, you might get lost and that would be very bad, do you understand?” I explained. “Yes Daddy” he replies. “Ok, now sit here for 2 minutes, and calm down, then we can WALK around the shop and find Mummy, ok?” “Yes Daddy.” It’s good, progress is clearly being made, I even get a few nods of acknowledgement from other parents, they clearly couldn’t see the small plastic gun I was holding against the figure of Peppa Pig. “That’s right boy, just do as I say, or there’ll be bacon for breakfast”. After a few minutes he stepped down from the naughty step, “Now Son, remember what I told...” he was off again, running and yelling ahead off me, the whole scenario had been pointless. At the end of the aisle his mum stepped out to greet him, I saw that thankfully she hadn’t purchased any hats, but then the shop assistant followed her out with enough hats to shelter a small village community. “See

anything you like love?” I asked, “Oh just a couple of bits, nothing much” she replied... yeah, righto I thought! She picked up our little lad and gave him a big hug as he sat legs astride on her pregnant belly. Unfortunately the temper tantrums have not just been confined to shopping trips. He threw a wobbly earlier this month when we asked him to wear shorts!

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It was baking outside and the sun was beating down hard on us all. He’d received some new summer clothes for his birthday and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity for him to get some wear out of them. We were wrong! We put on our own shorts and asked him to do the same. He swiftly put them on and looked down at his bare shins. “No Daddy, no shorts... trousers!” The tears began to fall as he tugged at his shorts, screaming for trousers. This went on for a while until I decided on this occasion the best way forward would be for him to learn from his mistakes, so we changed him into the trousers and strolled outside. “How are you feeling?” I asked. “Very, very hot Daddy” was his reply as he started to blow the air (he blows at anything considered hot, this includes the hot water tap even when it’s not even on). “So shall we put your shorts on?” “Yes Daddy” and the lesson was learnt. ...TO BE CONTINUED

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heydon Bois Lawn Tennis Club has been in existence for 90 years on land owned by the Buxton Trust, a local charitable trust. The site is shared with cricket and football pitches. Over the years the Club has grown from two grass courts, few members and an Elsan toilet in a shed to one boasting six artificial grass courts, 200 members and a clubhouse with a bar, showers and changing facilities. Three of the courts were resurfaced in early 2015, with the remainder due to be renewed in 2019. The playing members are aged from 5 to 85 year olds. There’s a large junior section and TBLTC runs weekly junior coaching sessions on Friday evenings and Saturday morning, with additional coaching camps during the school holidays. The Club also enters the Aegon Essex junior league. Each week one of the Club’s coaches goes into the local primary school to provide coaching lessons at no cost to the school. New for this year, the tiny tot group on Sunday mornings allows for 3-5 year olds to get into the sport using mini rackets and soft sponge balls. It’s a friendly club where anyone is welcome to join in whatever their abilities or age, and on Sunday mornings there are Adult Beginners


classes to help total beginners learn the basics. Membership is competitively priced for the area, with half-price membership for new adult joiners. There are a number of internal singles, doubles and mixed doubles competitions each year for juniors, adults and veterans. The next step is for members to compete at local league level and the TBLTC has a history of success in these. Seventeen senior teams from the club regularly compete in the local South West Essex League and the Essex Senior and Veterans Leagues. Despite all the competitions going on, TBLTC is equally about offering relaxed tennis in a friendly environment. Club Captain Ian Carter says the club is run as a local community club where anyone and everyone is welcome to join in. There are social tennis sessions every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, where guests and members can meet up with and play, while TBLTC’s busy calendar of social events also helps to give the club a fun vibe. Most of the events help to raise money for local charities. For more information contact Tel: 01992 814 044

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Essex Central THE LOOP - July 2015 - Issue 12  
Essex Central THE LOOP - July 2015 - Issue 12