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THE LOCAL MAGAZINE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE - ISSUE 14, SEPTEMBER 2015
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ON THE COVER 14 The Deer of Epping Forest 12 Back to School 18 Mums on the Run 28 Make Your Office Work Hard at Home 45 Competition Win a Chef’s Tasting Menu for 2 at The Bluebell
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TRAVEL 36 Rwanda and the Mountain Gorillas COMMUNITY 8 Your Comments 12 Local News Editor: Darren Perry Email: Darren@essexcentralmagazine.co.uk Tel: 01279 319 318 Advertising: advertising@essexcentral magazine.co.uk Features Editor: Victoria Grace Journalist: Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham Design: Sharon Butler-Felby @SketchDesign, Lauren Brown. Contributors: Victoria Robertson, Becky Elliott, Eda Iannone, Elizabeth Abrahams, Ben Sneath. Publishers: 3 Blue Worldwide Ltd Facebook: EssexCentralMag Twitter: @EssexCentralMag
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After what seems like a very long summer of either beautifully sunny days, or torrential rain I would like to welcome you to the September issue! The holidays are over and it’s back to school and back to routine for many of you, for some the decision of where you would like to send your pride and joys to school next year. Turn to page 12 where 5 local schools let you know what they can offer you. We also have a feature on the magnificent deer of Epping Forest, a fascinating creature who few people are lucky enough to spot whilst taking a walk in our lovely countryside. Of course we bring you our usual mix of all things local: news, events, sport, charities and great independent businesses, plus a lot more. See you next month!
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LOCAL BUTCHER RETIRES AFTER 60 YEARS OF SERVICE
Saturday July 25th saw Richard Chapman’s final day at his family butchers W.D Chapman after sixty years. W.D Chapman has been around since the 1880’s and has stood in three sites in Woodford, residing at 415 High Road, Woodford Green since the 1920s. W.D Chapman is a traditional butchers, they sell only the highest quality meat from local abattoirs in Chelmsford and Hertfordshire, staff know the exact origin of all of their meat and absolutely nothing is pre packed ensuring that their produce is the best. As well as meat they also sell a selection of cheese and chutneys. Richard Chapman, who grew up with this business, going to the markets as a child and then at 15 entering the shop as a butcher said he is “looking
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forward to fishing, gardening and holidaying with his wife.” W.D Chapman has been bought by local butchers Alan and Lee who will be keeping the same suppliers, name and level of customer service, they will also be offering free local delivery for all orders over £25. Chapman and his sister, Sue Hall said, “We would like to thank all of our customers for their patronage and loyalty throughout the years and we hope that you enjoy a good relationship with the new owners.”
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YOUNG CARERS LIGHT UP REDBRIDGE WITH LANTERN SCULPTURES
From 27th -29th July award-winning arts charity Create worked with young carers in Redbridge to design and construct a series of ambitious lantern-inspired sculptures. Thanks to funding from The Queen’s Trust, the young carers shone their light on the theme of “identity,” incorporating elements of their personality and dayto-day lives into their unique collection of sculptures. The workshops began with the young carers sharing their personal definitions of “identity” and design ideas with the group. They then collaborated to sketch their plans, drawing up designs that represented each of the young carers’ identities. Under the expert guidance of Create’s professional artist Sheridan Quigley, they experimented with willow rods and other natural materials, bending and shaping them to create the structure of their lanterns before customising them in accordance with their designs. Young carer with In the UK, 75% of carers say they find it difficult her sculpture to maintain relationships. Create provides young power to carers with the opportunity to explore their creativity in stimulate emotion and accentuate our similarities, the company of other young people with similar home lives. The safe and encouraging workshops that Create bringing people together. For many young carers, opportunities to socialise and take “time out” from the offers allow young people to relax away from their stresses of daily life can be few and far between, which caring roles, communicate their feelings and cultivate makes the collaborative arts activities that Create lasting friendships. provides so meaningful and transformative for the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Create, Nicky young carers we work with.” Goulder, commented, “The arts have an extraordinary
WOODFORD WELCOMES NEW MEZZE RESTAURANT
Some beautiful changes have taken place recently down at Woodford Broadway, where ‘Mezze Restaurant’ has recently opened, upon the former site of ‘Seasons Bar and Grill’. As the sister restaurant to the superb Mezze Ocakbasi just 5 minutes away, the owner, Nick Aricioglu, can now boast of two fantastic restaurants in the heart of Woodford. Nick explained more about this new venture and early feedback, “We’ve been really happy with the initial response. It took us about 5 months to completely renovate the venue and the diners have been very complimentary with the new décor and relaxed atmosphere. We are serving traditional mezze style classics such as lamb shish and steaks, as well as sea bass and lobster dishes.” We fully recommend paying a visit to Mezze as the food is exceptional, the prices are very reasonable and the décor is lovely. Mezze Restaurant, 24 The Broadway, Woodford Green IG8 0HQ Tel: 0208 504 4034, info@ mezzerestaurant.co.uk rior
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he summer holidays are well represent their sport at district and and truly over and with this county level, including one girl who in mind Woodbridge High is a national sailor. School, Epping Forest College and The Oak-Tree Group of Schools educate us on what they offer their pupils and prospective students.
WOODBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Woodbridge students make excellent progress and achieve high standards. The school is rated in the top 10% nationally for A levels. The majority of our students achieve 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths. Our students, whatever their ability, can be confident that they will achieve their potential at Woodbridge. Woodbridge has a strong sporting tradition with recent successes in schoolsâ€™ football, basketball and netball. A number of students
Students benefit from a wideranging programme of activities during the school day. There are opportunities to experience overseas residential trips to America, Italy, Iceland, Russia, France, Malta and Germany. Each student is expected to try something new and to give up their time to serve the community. Woodbridge is a fantastic place
to work and study. The school is currently undergoing an expansion project which will deliver exciting new facilities for the students, including a new canteen, fitness centre and creative arts faculty. The students are cheerful and courteous. Mutual respect between staff and students is evident. The school prides itself on developing academically and socially successful students who are suitably equipped for the next stage of life. The school is holding an open evening event on Thursday 1st October 6-9pm. All prospective parents and pupils are most welcome to attend. For more information visit: www.woodbridgehigh.co.uk
EPPING FOREST COLLEGE
An exciting array of courses starts this September, at Epping Forest College in Loughton. Whether looking for an alternative vocation, updating skills or wanting to do something just for pleasure, the College has something for everyone.
are accredited by the renowned Rockschool examination board. The College has a vibrant apprenticeship offering, working in industry and earning a wage, from Hairdressing to Teaching Assistants, Motor Vehicle to Child Care and Accounting, with new apprenticeships added in: Brickwork, Electrical Installation, IT and Telecoms, Customer Service, Business Administration, and Health and Social Care. For more information visit: www.efc.ac.uk
THE OAK-TREE GROUP OF SCHOOLS
A brand new Air Cabin Crew programme prepares students for taking to the skies and a range of sports programmes gives opportunities to become a Basketball Player, Personal Trainer or professional Sports Masseurs. Taking a different tack, the new Media Techniques Programme supports students into TV and radio production. New leisure courses have been added for French, choir, guitar, car maintenance, ebay workshops, first aid, and business skills, including presentation and assertiveness.
In partnership with The London Lions, London’s only professional Basketball Team, the College is offering courses to link sports theory with elite standard coaching. Practical sessions will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Copper Box Arena. Following its successful introduction, from September girls will also have an opportunity to follow the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Programme. Art and Design courses are now approved by the prestigious UAL Awarding Body and Music programmes
The Oak-Tree Group comprises three privately-owned independent schools in the Epping Forest area. Normanhurst School in North Chingford is available for children up to 16, and Oaklands School in Loughton and Coopersale Hall School in Epping take children from 21/2 to 11. Each school has its own individual character and together they offer an excellent standard of education in happy, secure and family-orientated environments. High staff-pupil ratios at
every level ensure that pupils are thoroughly prepared for the next stages of their education. Individually the Oak-Tree Schools use their size to their pupils’ advantage to personalise the education and to know each one as an individual. At Coopersale Hall School, 42 offers including three scholarships from 14 selective and non-selective senior schools were made at 11+ to the Year 6 pupils. Pupils regularly achieve excellent successes in competitive sport and there are many sports clubs on offer. Extensive breakfast, lunch and after school clubs and activities run from 7.30am to 6pm and there is a wide range of holiday clubs including multi-sports, drama, arts and crafts. Coopersale Hall has extensive grounds and
facilities that cater for all types of sporting and social activities. This is an exceptionally friendly and familyorientated school that takes pride in welcoming new children into its family. Normanhurst School’s levels of achievement at all stages are excellent. The school has an excellent track record of academic success at GCSE and is regularly ranked as one of the top schools in Waltham Forest. The recent inspection report picks out Art and Design, Music, Computing, Maths and Science as particular strengths. PE and Games are taught in Olympic-standard facilities in the locality. Instrumental lessons, orchestras and LAMDA are offered, and the extra-curricular programme is wide-ranging with many activities to choose from between 7.30am and 6pm. Normanhurst is a friendly, happy and nurturing community in which academic achievement is valued alongside personal development and participation. Oaklands School pupils are thoroughly prepared for entrance exams for local senior schools and this year’s record results have seen most pupils in the enviable position of being able to choose between 2, 3 or 4 selective schools. An extensive sports programme sees all boys and girls included in a wide variety of sporting activities from cricket and football to fencing and hockey. The Breakfast and Teatime Clubs run from 7.30am to 6pm and many holiday clubs run during the breaks from school. Oaklands pupils are encouraged to be independent, creative and to develop a love of learning within an environment that is warm, friendly and unique and with a traditional family approach. For more information visit: www.oaktreeschools.co.uk
OF EPPING FOREST The City of London Corporation tell us all about the magnificent creatures which inhabit our local forest.
pping Forest has held a long association with deer. In times when the pleasures of the chase were the favourite recreation of the Sovereign, Epping Forest became a much favoured royal hunting ground. As part of the Royal Forest of Essex it was controlled by Forest Courts which meted out harsh penalties to those caught poaching or even just disturbing the deer. A number of deer parks were formed in and around the Forest. Copped Hall, Monkhams and Fairmead date from the 13th century. The hunt grandstand of Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge still stands today at Chingford. The Lodge was commissioned by Henry VIII as a grandstand from which to view the hunt. Queen Elizabeth I is thought to have visited the Lodge.
The tales of poaching and annual Easter Hunts of tame deer bedecked in ribbons continued for may hundreds of years. The notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin, was known for dealing in poached Forest venison which was sold on the black market as ‘Black Mutton’. The City of London became the Conservators of Epping Forest in 1878 and deer are the only wild animals to be specifically mentioned in the Epping Forest Act. The gradual loss of interest by the Crown for hunting in the Forest eventually led Queen Victoria to relinquish all Royal hunting rights in 1882. Most fallow deer in Britain are descended from animals introduced by the Normans but it is possible that Epping Forest’s herd is descended from an importation in Stuart times.
“The Deer Sanctuar y was established to the south-west of Theydon Bois in 1959 to retain specimens of the darkcoloured deer. ”
Although the fallow exhibits a wide variation in coat colour, ranging from white through to black, the uniform dark colour of these animals is unusual. With the growth of car ownership during the 1950s, the Conservators became concerned about the increasing numbers of deer killed on the roads throughout the Forest and the Deer Sanctuary was established to the south-west of Theydon Bois in 1959 to retain specimens of the dark-coloured deer which have long been associated with Epping Forest. Public access is not permitted but good views can be obtained from the nearby public footpath and the adjoining Forest. Occasionally guided visits to the Sanctuary are organised by Forest Keepers. Male fallow deer are traditionally known as bucks. Each year a new set of antlers are grown, the older buck casting their antlers in April, the younger ones usually later in May. The new sets of antlers start to grow almost immediately and are usually fully grown by August. Female fallow, known as does, do not grow antlers. Fawns are born each summer from mid-May into June. It is quite normal for young fawns to be left alone by their mothers for long periods, the fawns lying hidden in the grass. In late autumn, the does come
into season. The bucks move into rutting ‘stands’ where they make muddy wallows by scraping the ground and urinating onto it. They then roll in their wallows to gain the distinctive and powerful odour of a rutting buck in its prime, which, together with their loud belching groans, serve to attract does and overawe younger males. Challenges for the rutting stands are met in a battle of clashing antlers. Today, the Forest’s deer delight visitors who are thrilled to catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures. The main threat to deer now comes not so much from poaching, but from fast busy roads and human disturbance. When walking in Epping Forest please be mindful to minimise disturbance to the deer and always ensure dogs are under effective control. Deer walks, talks and educational activities are regularly organised, for further information, please visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ eppingforest or follow @COLEppingForest on Twitter. You can find out more about this unique, ancient woodland at Epping Forest’s Visitor Centre, The View, Rangers Road, Chingford, which is conveniently located next door to Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge.
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Why not get ﬁt using a combination of Dance and Aerobic movements to tone up and get ready for the party season. A friendly class suitable for all ages and abilities. This is a body conditioning class that will help sculpt your body and assist with weight loss when used in conjunction with a healthy diet. Classes are £5 per session, book and pay for ﬁve Classes in advance and get a free Synergy TShirt or Stringer. Kids Thai Boxing This is world famous, dynamic martial art will help your child with more than self-defence. Experience shows they become ﬁtter, disciplined, more focused and learn self-respect. Jazz, our instructor, has spent time in Thailand learning from some of the masters of the art and has put together a syllabus that will develop their minds and bodies whilst having fun. Classes are £5 per session.
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This is the thinking person’s martial art A traditional Japanese martial art that has its roots in the days of the samurai, because of its length, the short stick was used to disarm and subdue the swordsman by getting inside their range using a series of blocks, pokes and thrusts. Using a combination of throws, locks and the short stick, this is ideal for anyone starting martial arts and is also a great way to compliment the experience of those already practising. Classes are £15 per session, discounts available for block bookings. Combat Fitness. If you want to get combat ﬁt without the bruises, then this is the class for you. Whether you are about to enter a competition and want to improve your endurance or just want to reach your maximum ﬁtness potential, this class will take you to the limits and when you are ready to give up – step it up a gear. Classes are £5 per session, book and pay for ﬁve classes and get a free Synergy T Shirt or Stringer.
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landing space that can be reinvented with a purpose. Your home office must work within your interior scheme too - you don’t want to put office furniture in an awkward setting but be sure to reserve your other rooms for relaxation, keeping work and social time separate.
SELECT A SPACE:
Picking the right furniture is a key to creating an office space that works and looks great in your home. The amount of space that you’re able to dedicate to your workspace will have an impact on the type of furniture that you are able to introduce. A good desk is a great place to start and a small wooden design such as the Campton Bureau or Arena Corner Desk at Fishpools with concealed storage options are a great choice, helping to banish any unwanted clutter on display. Modern desks with sleek tapered legs and a glass top are also good at keeping
Look for an area in your home that encourages creativity but is also quiet enough to avoid any distractions from busy family households. Your chosen space should also allow you to get the most out of your working day and distance you from domestic life, while a room with a view is a wonderful way to get you inspired. If your options are limited, then be sure to consider spaces that you could utilise better such as cluttered cupboards, cubby holes or even vacant hallway and
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a space streamlined and tidy, so perfect when space is at minimum. Have your study books to hand and personal belongings on display ready to inspire by introducing stylish, slim line shelving like the Mammoth S Storage Unit at Fishpools. A statement chair that is strikingly cool yet comfortable enough to sit at from 9 to 5 is also a must. Don’t be afraid to combine furniture that is normally associated with a different room too, such as bedroom or kitchen for an eclectic look.
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Wall space can be a great asset especially if it’s somewhere communal like a hallway alcove. Pick playful and inspiring prints like Fishpools’ ‘My Dachshund’ artwork or brightly coloured magazine snippets and samples to make your mark and breed creativity. Pin a notice board up to keep track of those
When working from home it’s important to have great task lighting as well as alternative solutions to help to set a relaxed ambiance during heavy workload pressures. Small chrome desk lights offer a retro feel whilst also being incredibly practical. Add interest by choosing lighting with interesting design details, such as the Luther Desk Lamp at Fishpools with a faceted crystal glass shade. If desk lights don’t work for you, tall and thin floor lamps or wall lights will also be an ideal partner. FISHPOOLS 115 High Street, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN8 7AL. Tel: 01992 63 64 65. www.fishpools. co.uk
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Badgers are stocky, with short legs and silverygrey fur. They have very distinctive black and white markings on their faces. They can sometimes be seen at night wandering through the garden, foraging for food and also in woods and on grassland. They live in family groups in a series of underground chambers, called setts, which are often used by successive generations.
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A seasonal guide to help you get the most out of your garden.
uite often during the month of September there is generally more rainfall. The soil is still warm making it a perfect time to divide up some of your perennials. By dividing them up and replanting them now they will have the whole of the autumn for their root systems to begin developing. Look around in your garden for the perennials that have become too big and overcrowded, these are the plants to divide. This will help reinvigorate them and encourage better flowering next year.
_ Start by digging up clumps and using a spade cut the roots in half or in quarters if the plant is quite big.
_ Improve the soil before replanting by adding some well-rotted manure or compost which will help to feed the plant until next year. _ Water them in well and continue to do so for the next few weeks.
of colourful flowers to be enjoyed like dahlias, chrysanthemums and asters. Keep deadheading them to encourage them to flower for as long as possible. Plant up some hyacinth and amaryllis bulbs
Dividing up perennials
_ Don’t forget to leave some of your perennials with their seed heads still on to provide food for birds. This will also help to add some interest in the garden over winter especially on frosty days when they will stand out with some sparkle and shine. There are still plenty
indoors in pots ready for forcing. They will grow into lovely colourful blooms just in time for Christmas and will make perfect presents. By Victoria Robertson, amenity horticulturalist and committee member of Copped Hall and Epping Horticultural Society
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Cabbages, cauliflower and other brassicas are prime targets for the cabbage root fly. As the plants grow slowly they begin to wilt and die as their roots are eaten by the fly larvae. Plants can be protected by growing them under the cover of horticultural fleece. Or you can place a brassica collar around the base of the stem. The collar prevents the female fly placing eggs on the soil surface close to a plant. Eggs deposited on the collar often dry up and fail to hatch.
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AND THE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS
Christened ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’, Rwanda is a delightful, compact and landlocked country in East Africa renowned for its beautiful scenery, charming people and extraordinary wildlife.
wanda has prospered since the end of its political problems, and today is a calm, stable destination where tourism is thriving and well managed. In partnership with Rainbow Tours - who Abbotts consider to be best in class for
dedication to tailor-made African adventures - Abbotts Travel recommends a closer look at this remarkable place. The capital, Kigali, is a safe and enjoyable city to explore. It has a number of excellent hotels in which to stay including the luxury Kigali
Serena and the Flame Tree Cottages. A visit to the Genocide Memorial Site at Gizozi is a heart-rending experience, but it does remind visitors of how the country has rebuilt itself. Just two hours drive north, Parc National des Volcans is home to ç
çhalf the world’s remaining population of endangered mountain gorillas. Superlatives just do not cut it when trying to describe being among these gentle but endangered giants. After visiting the gorillas, drive westwards to the scenic Lake Kivu, which borders the Democratic
“Superlatives just do not cut it when tr ying to describe being among these gentle but endangered giants.” Republic of Congo. Stopping along the way at Imbazazi, brought into the international spotlight by the late Madame Rosamond Carr, is an inspirational experience. The lake is flanked by the former colonial buildings of Gisenyi. There, the Kivu Serena provides top
quality accommodation. For those with time available, as well as a strong interest in natural history, Nyungwe Forest National Park offers the chance to see much The following itinerary can easily more of Rwanda’s wildlife. This be combined with a Kenya or huge evergreen forest is bisected Zanzibar holiday. by 130km of trails, along which A wonderful tailor-made tour you can seek out some of the 13 which takes you to visit the resident species of primate. endangered mountain gorillas Most often seen are Grey(only some 880 remain today) cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest’s and also gives you the chance to monkey, Blue monkey and see something more of Rwanda’s Rwenzori colobus, as well as the beautiful and varied landscapes. park’s star attraction, increasingly London Heathrow (or habituated chimpanzees. There is DAY selected other UK airports) an impressive forest canopy walk. 1 to Kigali via Nairobi: Check Birders will be in their element, as in for the overnight flight. the park is home to many of the sought-after ‘ARE’s or Albertine Rift Endemics. AY On the way to or from Nyungwe, D2 a stop at Butare allows visitors the opportunity to attend a performance by the famed Intore Dancers.
ITINERARY: LAKE KIVU & MOUNTAIN GORILLAS
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Kigali - Parc National des Volcans: Arrive Nairobi early morning and connect with the Kenya Airways flight to Kigali. On arrival in Kigali you will be met and assisted by your dedicated, professional driver-guide. Depart for Musanze to stay 2 nights at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, all meals included. (Drive time is 2 hours). Twin volcanic lakes of Burera and Ruhondo
Parc National des Volcans: After breakfast you will be briefed on conduct during gorilla tracking. Experienced trackers then lead you into the forested slopes to seek one of the habituated bands of mountain gorilla. Reaching the gorillas can be as quick as 30 minutes, or it can take a few hours. In the afternoon, visit the panoramic twin volcanic lakes of Burera and Ruhondo (Time allowing).
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Parc National des Volcans - Lake Kivu: Today you could do an optional extra gorilla tracking excursion (additional gorilla permit is US$765), or choose from one of the following optional activities: a nature walk in Parc National des Volcans; seek the rare Golden monkeys; visit Dian Fossey’s tomb, or climb the volcano Mt Bisoke. Afterwards drive to Gisenyi (3 hours) to stay overnight at the Kivu Serena, on the shores of Lake Kivu.
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handicraft village and other shops, the Batwa pottery and dance centre and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. The memorial is very moving the tour takes a couple of hours - and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country. This afternoon you will be taken to the airport for your return flight to London Heathrow via Nairobi.
Early morning arrival in DAY London Heathrow. Lake Kivu – Kigali: Relax at 7 Lake Kivu in the morning. In the afternoon, you will be driven through scenic countryside to Kigali PRICE Subject to availability and based (21/2 hours) to stay overnight in on 2 people travelling, the price Kigali Serena with breakfast. of this itinerary is from £3,155 per adult sharing double room Kigali and departure: You DAY have a Kigali city tour today accommodation. 6 and visit the Genocide INCLUDES: Memorial Museum. The city tour includes the old town (Nyamirambo) 4 Kenya Airways return flights (economy class seating) from and Muslim quarter, the new London Heathrow to Kigali via Tea Hills Nairobi, and airport taxes 4 Accommodation and meals as specified 4 Private transfers and transportation by road as per the itinerary, in private 4WD vehicle 4 The services of your dedicated, professional, English-speaking driver guide throughout 4 All excursions and activities as per itinerary with entrance
fees/ permits 4 Local guide and park ranger fees 4 1 gorilla permit per person EXCLUDES: 8 Rwanda entry visas (US$ 30, cash per person) 8 Any drinks and meals not specified 8 Travel insurance, gratuities 8 Items of personal expenditure (tips, phone calls, laundry) For further information or to discuss this amazing destination further, please contact Abbotts Travel. Abbotts Travel, 134 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BA. Tel: 0208 989 9445 www.abbottstravel.com
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Abel Care offers housing and care (extra care) services primarily to older adults, although we can also offer services to adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities and physical disabilities. Housing and Care is an excellent alternative to residential care for people who are able to live independently but who need a few hours of care and support each week. The model of service typically offers: • Self-contained accommodation (often typically apartments)
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VALENTINE SINGERS Valentine Singers 2015/16 season begins on Friday 11th September with an Open rehearsal of music for our autumn concert: Featuring Faure Requiem and Kodaly Missa Brevis. Everyone is welcome whether as a prospective member or just to enjoy an evening’s singing in friendly company.
Come and sing, or just listen. Friday 11th September 2015 7.30 for 7.45pm In the Main Hall at: Gearies Junior School, Gants Hill Crescent, Ilford IG2 6UT Parking in the school playground – a few mins walk from Gants Hill tube Music provided for the evening. If possible let us know if you are coming: phone 01708 751097 or e-mail email@example.com Cost £5 (under 30’s/students/beneﬁt holders: £3)
Valentine Singers’ next concert will be on Saturday 19th November. at St Johns Church, Epping The Christmas concert on Saturday 19th December will include contributions from the Valentine Singers Community Chorus.
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WHEN: Every Tuesday, 6.30pm-8pm WHAT: Write Next Door - Creative writing club offering friendly advice and support and welcomes all types of writers - short stories, poetry, novels, songs, plays etc. Contact Nina on 020 8708 2423. WHERE: Schools’ Library Service, Rebridge Central Library
WHEN: Every Friday, 5.30pm-6.30pm WHAT: Chess Club - Chess is fascinating and the most popular strategy game in the world. Enthusiasm for chess is infectious; come to the library to try it out and see for yourself. All level players are welcome, ages 5-14 years. Booking required on 020 8708 9274. WHERE: Gants Hill Library WHEN: Sunday 6th September, 9am-2pm WHAT: Loughton Residents’ Association Farmers Market - Produce stalls and local organisations. WHERE: Centric Parade, High Road, Loughton WHEN: Wednesday 9th September, 7pm for 7.30pm start WHAT: Moth Night - Copped Hall gardens are a prime site for moths. Peter Warne will set up moth traps to attract moths to view and photograph. Cost adults £8 (children £5). WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping WHEN: Saturday 12th September, 2pm-4.30pm WHAT: Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society Autumn Flower Show Includes flower arranging, cookery section, junior entries, plants for sale and garden sundries, teas and
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WHAT: Duathlon - Looking for your next challenge? Take part in our duathlon of running and cycling around an athletics track. The run is 4 laps (1 mile), bike 8 laps (2 miles) then run 4 laps (1 mile). Cycling equipment is not provided, you must bring your own. Helmets must also be worn. £6 on the day
or £5 in advance from www.eventbrite.co.uk. WHERE: Cricklefields Athletic Ground, Ilford
WHEN: Tuesday 22nd September, 7.45pm WHAT: Bat Walk - Join the rangers for a night-time walk in the park to learn all about these mystical creatures. Bat detectors will be provided. Walk will last approximately 1 hour. Children (age 7+ only) must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Meeting point will be given at the time of booking. £3 per person, call 020 8559 2316 to book. WHERE: Wanstead Park & Roding Valley WHEN: Sunday 4th October, 10.30am-4.30pm WHAT: Indoor Art and Craft Fair - Quality arts and crafts by local people. Free entry and free parking. Seated area with light refreshments on sale. WHERE: Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs, Grange Farm, off High Road, Chigwell
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“Think about your local shops and what they do for your d show them an y it n u m m co ow many times has your support by a shop closed and you’ve thought ‘what a shame, it was a lovely shop’? With ping local.” op sh changes in consumer buying patterns and experience and the almost
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the introduction of large, American style malls our British High Streets face a constant threat. This month we hear from Becky Elliott, owner of Loughton’s Bababoom and Chairman of Loughton High Road Town Centre Partnership to get to the nitty gritty of all things retail. I have been a shop owner for over 5 years now and if I knew just what was involved I may well have spent a tad longer thinking about whether it was a good plan. British retailers really do have their work cut out now, with high rents and massive business rates, for many breaking even is a good week, and gone are the days when they actually made a good living from their businesses. Yet, your local shops, especially Independents contribute hugely to your local economy. Year on year our Business rates increase yet did you know this doesn’t even cover getting our bins collected, we have to pay separate companies another fee on top of this? Did you also know that the type of shops on your local High Street has a direct correlation to your own homes value, not to mention the employment and the support given to the community with offering your teenagers work
daily contribution of raffle prizes for school fetes and charity events. The internet has had such an impact on the way people shop, lots of people shop around for the cheapest price possible without a thought for returns and after sales care yet most of your local shops will offer amazing customer service, will care about you and the product you receive and will usually go above and beyond to help resolve any after sales issue you have. For us personally one of the products we sell are prams so we have ensured that our staff can do on sight repairs for most issues so that the customer is never without, or if their pram does need to be sent off then ensure a high quality loan pram is given and a speedy return of their own pram. This is in stark contrast with many larger chains who take up to 5 weeks to address even small issues. Parking is often an issue that many customers complain about yet even if they had to park at the furthest parking space in town from the shops it is still a closer walk to the shops than most of the parking spaces at our nearest retail park and definitely heaps cheaper.
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I know that many will feel that going to large retail parks will save them time as they will have a larger selection of stores to choose from and while time is precious to everyone, taking the time to shop local, be creative in what you are buying, speaking to Independents about ordering in specific products for you will make such a difference. Our local book shop has a 24 hour service so I give them a call with the book I want and if they donâ€™t have it in stock I can pop down the following day and collect it. So I ask you before you next hop on the tube or jump in the car to think about your local shops and what they do for your community and show them your support by shopping local. Bababoom, 255 High Road, Loughton IG10 1AD. Tel: 020 3174 0418 www.bababoom.co.uk email@example.com
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he imminent arrival of bouncing baby boy number two is very much in our minds this month, the official due date was August 17th, and I’m currently writing this two days AFTER. I remember the first one going overdue, by nine days, and I’m hoping we’re not in for the same scenario as there’s only so many times we can rub mum’s belly and say ‘any minute now!’ But deep down I’ve a horrible feeling that glaciers would arrive quicker, which means we’re all in for some long hard nights of pain…. mainly for me. I say that because I’m tasked with: foot massages, back massages, midnight trips downstairs to get water and Paracetamol, and constant chores around the house. I’m sure there’s mothers reading this thinking, “You’ve got it easy compared to what we have to go through!” but it’s no fun having your fingers constantly smelling of stale cheese…I really wish she would learn to wash her feet. Of course, all of this is a joke (even the feet part) she’s doing a great job whilst me and the little lad are waiting eagerly for a new son/brother. This month our eldest was treated to a trip to the beach with his nursery, in the run up to the big day out we got him very excited with talk of sand castles and digging so we were eager to hear how much he’d enjoyed his day when we picked him up. “He slept all day,” said his teacher, “He did what?” I couldn’t believe it! All week he’d been eager to dig holes and play with the sand then I guess the overwhelming rush of excitement had simply exhausted him. The next day however they went back, which obviously made
for a completely new experience for him. “How was he this time?” I asked, and thankfully I was informed he had loved it. The main problem we find when taking him on a big day out is the journey itself inevitably sends him crashing to sleep. As we pull into the: zoo/theme park/beach/grandparents, we can already hear him snoring like Santa Claus on Boxing Day. We took him to the zoo recently and as we tried to wake him from his slumber we were greeted with a stream of moaning, wailing, a fair bit of snot and a strong desire to curl up in his car seat, “Come on boy, we’re here! Time to see the animals!”, but we got nothing.
“It’s no fun having your fingers constantly smelling of stale cheese” Eventually after carrying him around for a few hours he starts to come to, just as we’re about to leave and we have to traipse our weary legs around once more whilst getting a strong sense of ‘deja zoo’ (awful pun, please excuse me). He’s certainly a kid who likes a cat nap, although when he wakes in the morning he is very focused about getting his daily ritual underway, it starts at 6:50am, on the dot, a knocking on his door with a repetitive request of, “Daddy, wake up… Daddy, wake up!” which acts as my alarm clock coming through the monitor. I get to his door and open it to find him holding his dog under one arm (stuffed, not real) and clutching
his bottle in his hand, “Morning Daddy... Simpsons?”, “No, I’ve told you, Simpsons is not on in the mornings,” (every day we do this, and every day he asks with a hint of extra curiosity in his voice, as though this might just be the day). So, from this greeting stance we then go back into ‘Mum and Dad’s room’ where he lays down alongside and requests, “Daddy, can I have an orange pleeeease?!” he then sits up, eats half the orange and spies the banana, “Daddy, can I have banana pleeease?” He then grabs the peeled banana and squeezes two thirds through the fingers of his clenched fist, looking like some kind of Play-doh machine, and proceeds to eat the banana by partially consuming his entire fist. Just to make sure he doesn’t miss any he then proceeds to hit the back of his fist with his other hand in order to tap it in further, and eat any remaining pieces that could have fallen down to his wrist. Once he’s finished tickling his stomach he removes his hand and asks to go downstairs for cereal. Within seconds he is off the bed and I’ve barely got one slipper on as he turns open the door handle at the bottom of the stairs, “Just wait a minute,” I yell, as I hear the door slam shut behind him. I make it down to see he’s pulled the cereal from the cupboard and the plastic inner bag from its box, scattering Cheerios across the floor and get to him just in time as he’s about to drop the milk into the cat bowl. This breakfast ritual will no doubt be amended once the second boy arrives and I just hope I have enough oranges and bananas to keep them both satisfied. ...TO BE CONTINUED
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hingford Karate Club, started 30 years ago and has expanded to include 15 other clubs in East London and the Essex area. Clubs in Waltham Abbey, Harlow, Enfield, Wanstead, Woodford, Walthamstow and other areas have joined the Chingford Club, and the group is now known as Shotokan Karate England. This explosion of interest in karate is due to Pre-grading people of all ages realising that karate is a course discipline that helps concentration and coordination and is also fun to learn. The Chingford Karate Club was actually ground-breaking because 30 years ago in 1985, it was the first karate club to open in Waltham Forest. The founder, Rod Butler, had to persuade the local council that karate was in fact a disciplined martial art rather than an aggressive sport. Opinion of karate has happily changed and there are now karate clubs throughout London and Essex and children can even study karate as a GCSE subject at school. Fundraising Shotokan Karate England has a wide Karate Marat hon range of ages and a great family atmosphere in its clubs. Many of the children are introduced to karate by parents, but Rod got into karate years ago after watching his son in a class, he even met his wife at Chingford Karate Club! After more than 40 years of karate experience Rod is now the chief instructor maintaining a high standard in all of the SKE clubs. SKE also organise karate
demonstrations in schools as a way of introducing children to karate. Classes are open to students from the age of six and all abilities are welcomed. There is also a free introductory class for anyone interested in starting a structured programme of learning defence against punches, kicks and grabs. As members become more experienced, they are encouraged to attempt gradings, rising through the colour belt ranks, from white to black. Every three months there are grading courses where members can demonstrate their new skills and attempt the next belt exam. There are also regular inter-club competitions, and an annual National Championships. SKE has had members representing Great Britain in the World Karate Championships in Japan, and Chingford member Tim Ahmet won the Great Britain Under-21 Championships as an active junior member. The clubs also use karate to help various charities. This year 200 members performed a Karate Marathon to raise money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Appeal and a sum of £22,000 raised by the event will shortly be presented. During 30 years the clubs have raised more than £100,000 for various charities. Future plans include international exchange visits with clubs from abroad where visiting clubs train here and SKE Clubs travel abroad to a host club. The next exchange trip will be to a club in Belgium. Shotokan Karate England Tel: 01992 768 664 www.shotokan-karate-england.co.uk
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