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Welcome to the August issue, which we are very pleased to say marks one year since we started the magazine! I would like to thank everyone who has supported us this past year, both our advertisers and readers alike. We receive wonderful feedback every month and hope that for this coming year we can continue to bring you interesting and exciting information about the local area and businesses who make it a great place to live. This issue we highlight some of the enticing places to visit on the Essex coast, which should hopefully give you some inspiration for the bank holiday weekend. We also delve into the history books of the Copped Hall Estate in our Local Landmark feature and bring you some un-missable events in our What’s On pages that will round off your summer nicely.

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The Jive Aces are set to appear at the biggest UK music festivals this summer, and have just released their 8th studio album ‘Spread a Little Happiness’. They have established themselves as the UK’s top jive and swing band, and on Friday 18th September play at Chingford in support of the National Jazz Archive. The Jive Aces are renowned for their high energy Jump Jive music (the exciting sound where Swing meets Rock ’n’ Roll) and spectacular stage show. They combine a mixture of fresh arrangements of swing/jive/R&B classics - songs made famous by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Big Joe Turner and Sammy Davis Jr. - along with a selection of superb swinging originals taken from their studio albums. Appearing alongside the Jive Aces are special guests Swing Museum. Inspired by


the ‘Hot Club of France’, Swing Museum is a well-known instrumental Jazz Manouche quartet, playing a delightfully authentic version of this sophisticated and refined music from the 1930s and 1940s. By combining the innovative styling of Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt with their own foot-tapping original compositions, they make each of their sets unique. This concert is on Friday 18th September 2015, and is one of a series during the year to raise funds to support the work of the National Jazz Archive. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £17. The venue is Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Road, Chingford, London, E4 7EN (500 m from Chingford Station), with parking close by, and good access by bus. For more information visit events, phone 020 8502 4701 or email

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Local yoga teacher Amy Bramble is celebrating the success of her yoga blog and classes by running a 100 prize give away this summer as a thank you to everyone who attends her sessions. She has managed to secure an incredible selection of prizes including several items of luxury, organic yoga clothing for men and women, natural beauty products, snacks, teas, treatments from local massage therapists and a beautician, scented candles and lots more. From Monday 20th July through to Saturday 29th August, any adult who attends one of her classes (there are 10 per week) will receive an entry ticket to the prize draw and prize draw party on Friday 4th September at Epping Golf Club. Everyone is free to attend and enter as many times as they like and with 100 prizes on offer, the chances of taking one home are pretty high. Amy will also be collecting on behalf of St Clare Hospice throughout the evening. Amy says, “I’ve been so fortunate to have such incredible support since I began teaching in Epping 3 years ago and I wanted to offer a big thank all those people who’ve been a part of it. I also love organising events and get-togethers and this was a great chance to arrange a fun night out for all my students. I’ve been fortunate enough to arrange some incredible prizes from some very generous yoga companies and other organisations and I’m hoping that the fun spirit of the evening will mean people are more than happy to dig into their pockets and donate to our wonderful local hospice at the same time”.

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, MONTAGUES CELEBRATE 20 YEARS IN BUSINESS Montagues is celebrating 20 years in the estate agency business this year. It is still going strong because of the experienced and passionate team who are experts in sales and lettings. Wayne Flegg, the sole director, was born and bred in Epping and still lives locally with his wife and three small children and therefore has a wealth of local knowledge enabling him to confidently assist buyers and tenants moving to the area. Montagues specialised in lettings for 18 years and due to its success decided to move in to property sales two years ago. Wayne says this was a “natural progression” as the company had already established a large portfolio of rental properties. With all this success Montagues moved from their first floor offices to a prominent shop on Epping High Street. Meanwhile, the team has also seen growth and as well as the long standing members of staff, Wayne has invested in fresh local talent to continue to drive the company forward. So, despite the company reaching its 20th anniversary, Wayne says there’s “no time to celebrate as they are too busy working and developing the business.” They may not have time to celebrate, but Montagues has bold ambitions for the future and Wayne is looking for a second office to expand into. So watch this space… Wayne Flegg Tel: 01992 571 175,,

ELITE VISION OPENS BARKINGSIDE BRANCH Elite Vision Opticians is celebrating the opening of another high street branch in Barkingside having nearly 15 years of success behind them. The company is proud of its other community serving practices located on the high streets in neighbouring Ilford and East Ham. Having 15 years of experience, Clinical Optometrist Eileen Senthan had the inspiration to open up an opticians in Barkingside for the local community. Elite Vision offers all the services you would expect from a modern opticians - private and NHS eye tests, contact lenses and an extensive range of glasses. Luxury brands including Chloe, Versace, Valentino, Gucci to name a few are stocked as are bespoke custom-made frames by Tom Davies whereby customers can even choose the colour and shapes themselves! Elite Vision was and still is a practice of clinical excellence where it always invests in the latest opticians’ technology. Being at the forefront of clinical care in addition to a fundus camera having an advanced OCT scanner enables images of deep retinal layers to be obtained so that any abnormalities found can be detected at an early stage. This has been so vital in saving vision. At Elite Vision custom made digital lenses are made for patients using a digital Kodak Intelligent Dispensing System (IDS). This has been done for the last five


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1NE is still offering unrivalled rehabilitation services to drug and alcohol addicts after 28 years in business. It offers non-residential therapy programmes that have a 70% success rate. It achieves this by being non-residential and offering counselling programmes that fit in with the working lives of its clients. It was set up to provide rehabilitation services in north east London and is still based in Redbridge. While being non-residential most of 1NE’s clients come from the local area so it really is an Essex company. The counselling programmes range from evening and weekend sessions for those who work full-time, to two-week assessment periods for those who can take time off, then, depending on their needs they will continue.

One of the unique things that 1NE also offers is counselling for the addicts’ relatives and children. There are flexible group or individual sessions, but 1NE prides itself on it being sociable too and recently took family members on a day trip to Kew Gardens. So it’s rehabilitation with a smile at 1NE and even MP Iain Duncan Smith has called it “One of the best treatment centres in the country.” Business manager and Founder of 1NE Fiona Dunwoodie feels that, “As an independent, 1NE can offer this kind of personal treatment to clients, but the rehab industry is being overrun by these big and faceless providers”. Her hopes for the future are that 1NE keeps doing its good work. For more information see

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ask seventh-generation oyster fisherman Richard Haward, who’s family also own and run the Company Shed restaurant on the island - and there are other facilities to make this a great destination for a brilliant day out. Of course, no guide to the county’s beaches is complete without mention of Southend-on-Sea. Upmarket Leigh on Sea’s Bell



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WALTON has a tidal pool and is close to all the delights this famous seaside town has to offer; Adventure Island, the legendary pier (the world’s longest pleasure pier), the High Street and cafes, shops and amusements. It’s the perfect spot for anyone who wants to swim or paddle. A Southend ritual, especially on fine, sunny days, is ‘Having a Rossi’ or brunch in one of the cafes overlooking the seafront in Westcliff. The former is the name of the local ice cream producer which gives its name to an almost unchanged 1950’s ice cream parlour come coffee bar nestling below the Cliffs Pavilion theatre. The terrace of cafes, collectively known as ‘The Arches’, tempts customers in with a wide range of classic, British food. Over the road, Westcliff’s beaches are clean and expansive and the water is so clean that oysters have returned. If you head down the Eastern Esplanade, you’ll have the choice of the superb beaches in Thorpe Bay and Shoeburyness. The latter is a Blue Flag-winning beach consisting of sand, shingle and mud. The promenade is lined with colourful beach huts behind and there are large grassed areas that can be used for a picnic, or to walk your pooch. Famous for its water sports, this area is very popular for sailing, jet skiing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. In Shoebury, you’ll find East Beach. A combination of a huge expanse of grass, complete with barbecue stations, and a sandy beach. The area is perfect for those who want to spread out and enjoy a sense of space around them and adrenaline junkies, as East Beach is also home to the Essex Kitesurf School. For more information about all the places mentioned and much more about the Essex coastline, go to


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LOCAL LANDMARK COPPED HALL By Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham.


Copped Hall has a rich past which is deeply embedded in the history of England.

ituated in Upshire, the Copped Hall estate and mansion has changed hands many times since its beginning and has ties to King Henry VIII and William Shakespeare. Copped Hall’s earliest recorded history dates back to the 12th century when the Fitzaucher family owned the sizeable estate. In 1337, Sir John Shadwell held Copped Hall, which he exchanged with the Abbots of Waltham for other lands. The Abbots described it as “a mansion of pleasure and privacy” and in 1374 they were granted permission


by King Edward III to extend the grounds a further 120 acres. In 1537, during King Henry VIII’s reign, the Abbot gave Copped Hall to the King in a bid to save Waltham Abbey from Dissolution. King Henry “valued Waltham as a place to escape the cares of state and enjoy hunting and discussion with the Abbot.” However, this wasn’t enough to save Waltham and it was the last monastery to be dissolved in 1540. The estate was later used in 1548, King Edward VI allowed the Catholic future Queen Mary to live at Copped Hall “where she

remained -to a large degree- a prisoner.” In 1564, Queen Elizabeth I bestowed Copped Hall to confidante, Sir Thomas Heneage who rebuilt the mansion while

“In 1917 a fire burnt out a large part of the mansion”

incorporating certain components of its previous form. Heneage most notably added a long gallery which took up the entire first floor of the east wing. Upon completion of

COMMUNITY Elizabethan mansion were turned into rock garden and fragments of the former house remained. A four-acre walled garden was constructed to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables, lodges were then built in 1775. Further improvements were not made to Copped Hall until 1893 under Ernest Wythes’ direction. The First World War had a devastating effect on it; one Sunday morning in 1917 a fire burnt out a large part of the mansion and the Wythes family moved into Wood House, another house on the estate. After the

“The Copped Hall Trust was created in 1993.”

the work in 1568, Queen Elizabeth would stay at Copped Hall. After the death of his first wife, Sir Thomas Heneage married the Countess of Southampton in 1594. As part of their marital celebrations it is widely understood that Copped Hall held the first performance of William Shakespeare’s play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. According to history, the performance took place in the aforementioned long gallery of the Elizabethan house and was received by many high-seated members of society. Throughout the next century Copped Hall was passed down

until it was held by Sir Thomas Webster, who allowed the mansion to become dilapidated. After this Copped Hall was largely ruined due to hurricane damage. In 1746, artist George Lambert painted two depictions of Copped Hall in landscape which are currently on show in Tate Britain. In 1748 John Conyers demolished the building and rebuilt a more contemporary and expressive Palladian mansion on a different site of the grounds. This was designed by John Sanderson, Sir Roger Newdigate and Thomas Prowse. The cellars of the

death of Wythes and his wife, the estate was sold in 1952, as were all remaining interiors, staircases and garden stonework and statuary. After the M25 was built through one corner of the park, Alan Cox among others felt compelled to save the mansion grounds from becoming a developer’s dream. After a long campaign, the Copped Hall Trust was created in 1993 and then the Trust bought the mansion and gardens in 1995. It’s a Grade II listed property - including the mansion, parkland and garden pavilions – and it is the aim of the Trust to “permanently protect the site, to carefully restore Copped Hall and its gardens for educational and community benefit.” Much carefully researched restoration has been carried out in the past 20 years and a lot of fundraising is required in order to make this restoration possible. Enriching and diverse activities include guided tours, pudding tastings, drawing classes and an antique furniture restoration course amongst others. In September the acclaimed Fitzwilliam Quartet will be returning for a performance that is not to be missed. For more information and events details, please visit Sources: walthamabbeychurch.,, eppingforest,,


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ikram Yoga Essex is a luxury facility offering the original beginners hot yoga classes. Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 Hatha yoga postures and breathing exercises performed in a room heated to 40°C with an average humidity of 40%. Classes are taught by Billi Mucklow, former star of ITV series ‘The Only Way is Essex’, along with a team of dedicated and knowledgeable instructors. The heat warms up your body allowing you to stretch deeply into each posture. The humidity also promotes sweating which in turn flushes toxins from the body. During the 90 minute session each posture systematically and progressively works out every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, organ and gland, whilst sending oxygenated blood around the whole of the body. In addition, the series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination which increases mental clarity and reduces stress. You will leave each

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appy gardening month of August! Let’s hope the best of the summer weather is still yet to come so we can continue to enjoy being outside appreciating all the floral scents and admiring all the vibrant colourful flowers as they continue to keep on growing. Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus) is a bulbous plant that looks great this time of year. It will create more of an impact in your garden when grown on its own in tubs or flower beds. It can reach a height of 2-3 ft. Penstemon (campanulatus) is also looking great this month. It has foxglove-like flowers on evergreen foliage. An ideal plant for mixed borders that grows to a height of 1-2 ft.


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_ Prune English lavender by cutting it back by two thirds this month. Don‘t be frightened to cut them back to just 22cm (9in) immediately after flowering as they will love it! New shoots will quickly appear at the base of the bush and these will have enough time to grow and harden up before the winter comes. This pruning regime will keep the plant nice and compact for many years. A well-pruned plant can last for twenty years or more without becoming woody. By amenity horticulturalist & gardening committee member of Copped Hall and Epping Horticultural Society Victoria Robertson


Spider mites can feed on at least 200 different plants, including many common flowers, fruits and vegetables. They feed on the content of plant leaf cells by piercing them with their mouthparts. This results in a yellowing and fine brown speckling effect on leaves where the cells have died. Inspect plants every week and deal with the first signs of infestation immediately by removing infested leaves and buds because this will help reduce numbers.



MADEIRA Few places rival Madeira’s wealth of natural gifts and beauty, and you won’t have to travel far to prove it.


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The sporting can play a round of golf, indulge a passion for surfing or deep-sea fishing. Those whose idea of a perfect holiday is to relax, unwind and enjoy the best of life might prefer a selection of spa treatments, an elegant afternoon tea, a black tie dinner and all the fine wining and dining that the island’s world-class hotels can offer. With a ready supply of superb fish, locally grown vegetables and no end of tasty fresh fruit, it’s easy to eat healthily and heartily in Madeira. The most popular fish is the locally caught espada, or scabbard fish. The white, soft and succulent flesh served with banana or lemon is an inescapable feature of island cuisine. For dessert it has to be the local bolo de mel, Madeira honey


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Abbotts’ recommended hotels show the many different ways to enjoy this sensational island. 5* QUINTA DAS VISTAS course - a superb 18-hole, par 72 PALACE GARDENS Championship layout - and offers Carved from a manor house, privileged access to guests staying this swish hotel is positioned at Casa Velha. The hotel’s Sports on the brow of a hill with Fishing yacht ‘Balancal’ lying in the fabulous panoramic views over Funchal marina is available for deep the mountains, the ocean and sea fishing and coastal excursions. Funchal’s city centre. Surrounded by centenary 5* QUINTA DA SERRA gardens featuring fountains, a pond with swans, a pavilion and a minigolf course, this elegant Quinta is setting new standards, and reflects the luxury and elegance of life in Madeira in the old days. 5* CASA VELHA DO PALHEIRO Funchal Port at sunset

cake, made from molasses, which is dark and delicious. And, of course, one of the great treats of eating in Madeira is the chance to sample some fine wines. There are four types of Madeira, each named after the grape that gives each wine its flavour. The island’s enduring appeal is an absence of man-made attractions and an abundance of natural ones. It is the perfect holiday destination for those seeking recreation or relaxation. For further details on any of the recommended accommodation or the island itself, please contact Abbotts Travel. Abbotts Travel, 134 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BA. Tel: 0208 989 9445

A celebrated five-star country house hotel of exceptional character and year-round appeal, formerly a hunting lodge built by the 1st Count of Carvalhal in 1801 as a summer residence. It has 32 rooms and five suites, gourmet restaurant, spa, and all-weather tennis court. The hotel borders the famous Palheiro Gardens and the Palheiro Golf

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for the benefit of the organisation and its members. The charity raises its money through grants offered by the government or by donations. At each session or event there will be donation boxes, and members are encouraged to make donations when they book their membership online, while RML welcomes any other donations to help with the good work it does. Each month the club has had its playing sessions at the Ilford Sports Club, but the good news is that RML will be moving to bigger and better location after buying the old Cranbrook Bowls Club site in Ilford. The club is very sociable and at the sessions members are encouraged to get involved in the music whatever their abilities. Some are learning to play an instrument for the first time and there’s a supply of instruments for them to use. Those good enough can play in the RML Players, who regularly perform

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WHEN: Every Thursday, 10am -11am WHAT: Family Aerobics - Aerobics sessions for children 0-5 years old and their parents, bought to you by Healthy Lifestyles. £2.50 for 1 adult and 1 child. WHERE: Forest Children’s Centre, Hainault WHEN: Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th August WHAT: Peppa Pig Visit - Peppa Pig will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. Plus other fun activities for children! For more information or to book tickets visit WHERE: Epping Ongar Railway WHEN: Saturday 8th August, 1.30pm-3pm WHAT: Butterfly House Making - Discover which butterflies you can find in Ray Park. Make your own caterpillar house and take some caterpillars home so you can care for them until they turn into beautiful butterflies. Ages 5+, £3 per child. Booking essential on 020 8559 2316. WHERE: Ray Park

WHEN: Sunday 9th August, 11am-3pm WHAT: Best of Music Fest - Enjoy a delightful selection of acoustic music performances in a beautiful setting. Arrive early to get the best spot! Picnics are welcomed but please bring your own seating or ground covers as chairs and blankets are not provided. Hosted

by the Redbridge Green Fair Music Club and the Redbridge Music Lounge. Free entry for all ages. WHERE: Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Ilford IG1 4XA

WHEN: Wednesday 19th August, 10am-3pm WHAT: Graffiti in a Day - Working with professional artists you will learn how to create your own stencils and spray paint your own graffiti artwork onto canvas. For children aged 11 and over. Cost £30. To book or for more information ring Zinc Arts on 01277 365626 or email info@ zincarts.

WHERE: Zinc Arts Centre, Great Stony, High Street, Ongar WHEN: Friday 21st August, 1pm-5pm WHAT: Community Swap Shop - Do you have something useful that you no longer need? Bring it along and swap it for something else - for FREE. We cannot accept infant car-seats, bulky items (such as furniture) or electrical items. Donations can be made up to 3pm WHERE: Redbridge Central Library WHEN: Friday 21st August, 2pm WHAT: Essex Police Street Meet A chance to meet your local Police Community Support Officer and discuss any community issues or problems. WHERE: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois

August, 10am-12.30pm WHAT: Holiday Club - Suitable for four to 12-year-olds. Cost £20 per child for the week. To book and for more information, ring 020 8559 0222. WHERE: Buckhurst Hill Baptist Church, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill

WHEN: Saturday 29th August, 12.30pm WHAT: Epping Horticultural Society Annual Show - Enter your vegetables, flowers and cakes (exhibits must be in the church by 10am). Refreshments will be served. There will also be raffles and stalls. Entry £1. For more details, ring the secretary on 01992 890591 or email WHERE: St Johns Church, St Johns Road, Epping WHEN: Saturday 29th August, 11am-5pm WHAT: Angels, Hearts & Creative Crafts Fayre - Come & enjoy an inspiring atmosphere. Enjoy coffee and delicious home-made food with friends old and new! Browse through unique gifts, unusual hand crafted items as well as sparkling crystals, Angel cards, candles, organic skin products, art and more! Charity Raffle tickets available with a percentage of the proceeds go to Haven House. £3/£2 concessions. WHERE: Wanstead United Reformed Church, Nightingale Lane E11 2HD

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TALES Once you decide to announce your pregnancy to family and friends the fun begins. People cannot resist sharing with you their birth stories, be that good or bad, along with countless ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ and superstitions but is there any truth in them? We talk to Bababoom’s resident midwife, Becky Elliott, to get to the bottom of one of the most common.


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uite a few things have happened this month! He’s learnt the worst word a child could learn, he’s failed miserably at the rules of hide and seek, and he’s somehow taken on the role of a whip cracking personal trainer, but I begin this month’s update with his new breakfast requests... The warm weather has been kind to us, and the long sunshine days have meant trips out, games in the garden, and ice lollies, or as they’ve come to be known in our home “I-slol-leees”. He wants them morning noon and night, upon waking he used to say, “Good morning Daddy” now it’s simply “I-slol-leey??”... it’s the same when picking him up from nursery, or after any meal. We’re trying to gently phase it out (like we did with Peppa Pig) and expect the colder weather to help us with this. Although knowing him he’d be gladly shoving them into his face whilst standing in the snow on Christmas day. Which brings me on to diet, I’ve recently tried to improve mine, and have also been doing a little exercise, so whilst in the garden I told the little fella to hop onto my back whilst I did some press ups. Heavier than expected (I blame all the ‘I-slol-lees’ he’s been eating) I got to 10 and collapsed to the floor under his weight. It was at this point he bent his head down directly into my face and said, “Come on Daddy...100!?!” One hundred? Where on earth had he learnt that word? He can barely count to 15 and he’s pulling 100 out the bag?! “Noooo!” I replied with eyes wide open in shock, to which he fell off my back laughing hysterically. This has now become a regular game, he counts me up to 10 then pokes his head round with his magic ‘100’ words and cracks up when I give him the same shocked response of “Noooo!”. What he hasn’t grasped


however is that this joke has a time and a place, simply running up to me every 5 minutes yelling “One hundred Daddy!” is making my cheery smile wear a little thin. I decided the next time we were in the garden I’d leave the press ups and try to play a little hide and seek with him. I thought it best not to let him hide himself as I could picture a scenario where I’m still searching for him after midnight and I didn’t find it too safe or appealing, so I decided to

“I got to 10 and collapsed to the floor under his weight.”

hide a couple of blue plastic butterflies instead. “Ok boy, look at these, Daddy is going to hide them and you have to find them, ok?” he nodded gleefully and replied “100 Daddy?!” “No, just the two of them”. I told him to face the slide and I would tell him when I was ready, I then placed them in the garden. He turned round and after some very strong clues, “It’s on the chair, no not that one, this one... look what my finger is pointing at!” he finally found them. It was now his turn to hide them, I explained I would stand by the slide and count whilst he did so. After a long count I slowly turned around and lowered my palm from my eyes, only to reveal a surprising sight, about half a foot behind me was the boy, eyes clenched shut and arms outstretched, in each fist I could make out a crumpled plastic butterfly. “That’s not quite right Son, YOU need to HIDE them” “Ok Daddy”, I felt like he may grasp it this time, I turned to face the slide and started counting. It was at this moment I felt a small human brush past my leg, and place two plastic butterflies at the top of the slide, about

6 inches from my face, he then gave me a beaming smile and pronounced he was “Redeeey!”. I tried to feign confusion and began walking away from the slide “Is it under the chair?” I asked, trying to hopelessly add some tension to forgone conclusion...“No Daddy, the slide!” he was dragging me now, by the arm, quite forcefully. I tried stretching the game a nano second longer as we passed the trampoline, “Is it under here maybe?”, “No Daddy!! The sliiiddde!!!!” he was almost angry that I wasn’t listening to him. I leant forward to get them but he beat me to it, grabbing them and handing them to me “Did it!” Yes, well done, not quite correct but I’m glad you enjoyed yourself. Finally, I have to report some sad news, terrible in fact. It regards a word he has learnt and its making life hell, why you ask?... and so does he. Yes, the word is “WHY”. The first time he said it really threw me, I spoke to him early morning and asked “Did you have a nice sleep?”... “WHY?” Wow, that’s a bit harsh, I’m only asking, “Erm, just making conversation”... again, “why?” I decided to drop it, wasn’t even sure what else I could say and decided we should just go and clean our teeth. Again it cropped up “why??” luckily I could answer this one, “Because you need to keep your teeth nice and strong and clean. Otherwise you will break them on all the ice lollies you’ve been eating”. Ok, I didn’t say the last bit but I was certainly tempted. The problem with “why?” is it can be asked after practically anything, and it’s certainly being used as such. Again I hope this is a phase, like Peppa Pig and ice lollies, but if not then I can picture myself very soon knelt in the garden after midnight, fists clenched looking up to the stars yelling …. “WHHHHYYYY!?!?!” ...TO BE CONTINUED

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edbridge & Ilford Hockey Club is a well established club based on the borders of East London and Essex, playing their home games at Redbridge Sports Centre, which is located next to Fairlop Tube station on the Central Line and within easy reach of the A406, A12 and M11. It all started on 11th September 1906, at an AGM held at the ‘Afternoon Tea Company’s Rooms’, where it was decided to form a hockey club, to be called Ilford Hockey Club. The home ground was to be Valentines Park. In 1982, at the AGM, the members agreed to amalgamate with Redbridge Ladies under the name of Redbridge and Ilford Hockey club. In 2006, the club celebrated 100 years of Ilford Men’s, 50th anniversary of Redbridge Ladies and the Silver Jubilee of Redbridge and Ilford Hockey Club. During its history, the Club has had four boys who have represented England at Under 18 level, two England mixed players and a Mixed team in the National finals. In 1920, keeper Harry Haslam was part of Great Britain’s gold medal winning team at the Antwerp Olympics. Recent achievements are the Ladies 1s winning the Essex Premier League title in 2014 and gaining promotion to the East Leagues, the Men’s 1s reaching the semi-final of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Vase and the Ladies Vets narrowly losing the final of the


Investec Women’s Masters Over 35s Shield, the latter being played at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, the home of GB/England Hockey. The Club has recently returned from Kortrijk in Belgium having taken a touring party there for the past ten years, enjoying not only competitive games, but also the social side of hockey. The Club runs 4 Men’s, 3 Ladies, 2 Indoor and Mixed teams. The Men play in the East Leagues with the Ladies playing in the East and Essex Leagues. They have a thriving youth section with coaching for children aged five years upwards, entering teams in the Essex mini leagues. They also run ‘Back to Hockey’ sessions for those wishing to get back into the sport again after a break. As a club, they are always looking for new members and whatever your level, they have a team for you. Training sessions take place on Wednesday evenings and will re-start in August ahead of the forthcoming season. Club members are kept up to date with weekly match reports, game day photographs and news articles via their website. Always looking at ways to expand, the club offers various sponsorship packages with the main shirt sponsor being up for grabs. If you fancy playing hockey on new sand based pitches with a sociable bunch of people, message them via their website and one of their officials will make contact with you. Go on…you know you want to! redbridgeandilford/

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Essex Central The Loop - August 15 - Issue 13