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Welcome to the first issue of 2016. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and are now ready to get stuck into the New Year. Many of you will have made resolutions and set fitness goals for the year ahead, and like most people these goals may have been forgotten about by the time I next see you in February! If this sounds familiar then take a look at our jam-packed Health & Fitness section this month, which brings together some of the best ways to get fit and stay healthy from experts across Essex to keep you on track. We also have our usual mix of news and events from the local area, an amazing travel feature from Abbotts Travel and take a peek inside the newly renovated Bluebell Restaurant in Chigwell.
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Royal Naval Lieutenant Oliver Bundock, a former Davenant student, inspired students and staff when he visited the school to host a careers session promoting the Royal Navy. Circling the grey skies above the school, Lt. Bundock expertly set down his preferred form of transport, a Royal Navy helicopter, in the middle of the playing field. Delighted students interested in a career with the British Armed Forces were then treated to a special careers talk and question and answer session before having the privilege of boarding the Royal Navy helicopter to experience the iconic machine first hand. Year 13 student Nicholas Anderson said: “This was such a good opportunity, I have learnt such a lot about the Royal Navy and the opportunities it offers.” Head of Careers and Student Services
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Judith Ball was responsible for orchestrating this unprecedented careers visit. She said: “It’s always good to hear from former students, particularly when they have gone into such an interesting career. “When Oliver made contact with the school I jumped at the chance to have him visit and give a talk to our Year 11 and sixth form students. “When he asked for permission to land the Royal Navy helicopter on the school field... well, how could we resist?” In addition to the older year groups, Mrs Ball’s Year 7 class joined her on the field to experience the fabulous opportunity. Year 7 student Nicola Childs said: “The helicopter was really big and Lieutenant Bundock was very nice. He let us sit inside the helicopter. There were lots of buttons to press but the rotors were really loud.”
Chigwell School’s Drama Department staged an ambitious production of Sophocles’ ‘Electra’, a Greek Tragedy about revenge and family feuds. This modern interpretation was a rich mixture of dance, song, choral movement and some breath-taking stage fighting. The lead role, Electra, played by Odette Clark, was a hugely challenging part if only for the vast number of lines to be learnt. The school’s Director of Drama, Joe Maingot, said: “Well done to Odette for a truly impressive feat of memory and a moving, emotional portrayal of this tortured soul. “Dance was beautifully choreographed by Year 13 pupil Serena Bassi and this was very much enhanced by highly professional use of light and sound effects. Well done to all involved - a great show!”
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Hairdressers Gary Pellicci won Ongar Town Council’s best Christmas shop window competition for their fabulous bright red festive window bows. Hockings Butchers was runnerup with Koko Kouture highly commended. The windows were judged by Epping mayor councillor Michael Wright and Epping deputy mayor
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councillor Les Burrows. Mr Wright said: “We were honoured to accept the invitation from Ongar Town Council to judge the many Christmas shop window displays in the town. “The standard was extremely high and the winning display was distinctive and entered into the spirit of Christmas.” Ongar Town Council public
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relations committee chairman councillor Sheila Jackman said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the mayor and deputy mayor of Epping. I always feel it is right to have independent judges. “I would like to congratulate all the shops and businesses that made such a good effort to bring festive cheer to our High Street this Christmas.”
Prime Minister David Cameron and the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow were among those who received a Christmas card designed by a pupil at Upshire Primary School. Teddy Campling’s design was judged the winner of Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing’s Christmas card competition. Hundreds of entries were received from schools across the Epping Forest constituency. Teddy, aged eight, was presented with a special book prize and a package of his own specially printed cards when Mrs Laing visited Upshire Primary School to announce the winner. Mrs Laing said: “I was delighted to visit Upshire Primary School to present the prize to the winner of the Christmas card competition. Teddy Campling with “We had a huge number of entries this year and I would like to thank all the children Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing (right) and Hasle rs who made such a great effort to provide business development wonderful designs. executive Joanna Fry (left) “The outstanding feature of Teddy’s card is the brilliant red background contrasting with the white presentation. snowflakes. Everyone has admired it.” “Haslers have been very generous in their Mrs Laing added: “I was also delighted that Joanne sponsorship of the competition, as a result of which Fry (business development executive from Loughtonwe have been able to make a donation to St Clare based accountants Haslers) was able to take part in the Hospice.”
CHILDREN HOLD MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY AS PART OF ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’ STUDIES
Year 2 children at Avon House Preparatory School, Woodford Green, studied ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in detail in a variety of subjects last half term to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the book being published. As a finale to the topic, the school hosted its very own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! The day began with the children arriving at school dressed as one of the characters from the book with numerous Alices and Mad Hatters, a few White Rabbits, Kings and Queens of Hearts, Cheshire Cats and even a Dormouse!
Headteacher Amanda Campbell said: “The children all looked wonderful. The day began by creating a poster to advertise the tea party and the main event was held in the afternoon. “The children entered the hall to see a spectacular table set up, with rabbit and cupcake-shaped sandwiches, playing card pizza, jam tarts and amazing cupcakes that looked like Alice had fallen down the rabbit hole! “After the wonderful tea party Year 2 played a game of flamingo croquet and we hoped we played well enough that the Queen of Hearts would not shout “Off with your head!” Year 2 pupil George said: “My favourite part was playing flamingo croquet.” Fellow pupil Asia said: “My favourite part was when the Knave of Hearts (Mr Evans) kept stealing the marshmallows and jam tarts!”
CRIMESTOPPERS AND THE ESSEX POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER REACHING OUT TO THE ELDERLY COMMUNITY Elder abuse has been thrown in the spot light in recent years - with investigations into elder care revealing shocking abuses of trust. In 2013/14 there were 104,050 cases nationally in which concern was raised about the abuse of an adult - 63 per cent of these involved victims of the age of 65. Elder abuse is a problem in the UK. It can be physical, emotional, financial or a case of neglect; and it can happen anywhere - whether it’s the victim’s own home, a care home, a hospice or sheltered accommodation. It’s an issue that we all want to see stamped out but not everyone feels comfortable reporting it - that could be because the abuser is a friend or relative or someone who should be in a position of trust. But we have been trying to break down the barriers and believe that anonymous reporting may be the key to encourage more to speak up. In February 2015 Crimestoppers joined forces with Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston, to tackle the issue. Together they launched a trial of the first ever anonymous reporting line for elder abuse 0800 032 7644 and hope to see it rolled out across the country in the future.
“We all have a duty to protect our elderly community and this should involve speaking out if there is any suspicion that they are suffering abuse. “It’s not always easy to report an issue like this especially if the perpetrators are known to the victims. This is why an independent reporting line that people can call safely, securely and anonymously is so important.” Said Mark Hallas, Crimestoppers CEO.
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Over the last few years it seems the fitness industry has gone to new heights. More and more people are getting into the healthy lifestyle, with nutritious food plans, to finding the most effective ways to work out... and one method that stands out...boot camps! Although the weather can play havoc with consistency! At “PT Studio One” they have taken the boot camp to new levels, with a fully equipped, fully air conditioned indoor studio, the weather can never be a problem, meaning they can guarantee a timetable of over 100 professionally coached classes each month! All of their personal trainers are fully qualified, and classes are capped at a maximum of 10 people, so they can keep a close eye on technique to make sure all clients are getting the very best advice, and are being pushed out of that comfort zone without risk of injury to maximize results... all while having a great time, and meeting new like-minded people. The atmosphere is something else! Daniel Collins, Partner at PT Studio One says, “Since we opened in September 2015 we’ve seen a great number of people of all ages and abilities through our doors, and already the success stories are piling in! Our boot camps cater for everyone, and for a monthly “Class Pass” (with no contract) it’s just £55... oh, did we mention that the first class is free!?” Check out the website www.ptstudioone.com or download the free mobile app (search for “ptstudioone”), and begin your fitness journey with a team who live for results!
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If the Gym or training alone is not for you, classes could be your answer: Synergy Fitness has a wide range of exciting classes suitable for men, women and also children. Kettlebells burns up to 20 calories a minute and compliments all other sports. A class with Jane Maddern can help improve core strength, cardio vascular fitness and endurance by using every muscle in your body. Fitness with Laura is a body conditioning class that uses dance and aerobic movements to music that can help transform your body and assist with weight loss, whilst having fun. Baptiste Power Vinyassa Flow Yoga with Jo Ritchie will improve your flexibility, increase your core strength and reduce stress levels. This dynamic style can also help martial artists improve breath control and reduce their risk of injury. Krav Maga is favoured by
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erniated or ‘slipped’ disc are amongst the most debilitating of back pain problems - sometimes with added symptoms such as the grinding leg pain of sciatica. In my 26 years as a physiotherapist I have always been interested in treating complex conditions and my back pain patients have often presented me with the most challenging. Of course there are many levels of back and neck pain but a herniated or ‘slipped’ disc is one of the most painful and it can cause long-term immobility if it’s not treated correctly. A slipped or herniated disc refers to a condition where the centre of a spinal disc bulges outwards and presses onto a nerve. The spinal discs act as shock absorbers and through a variety of causes, including injury, poor posture and general ‘wear and tear’ (meaning gradual deterioration), the walls of the disc can become weaker. If the centre of the disc pushes out it can cause the disc wall to bulge and that can be when pain strikes.
THERE ARE FIVE STEPS OF MANAGEMENT TO CONSIDER IN THIS SITUATION: 1) Pain Killers 2) Manual therapy 3) IDD Therapy 4) Injections 5) Surgery
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Townsends also has clients of all age groups coming to them and one of Melanie’s most interesting cases involved a couple who decided to divorce in their late 80’s. The husband only found out that his wife was leaving him when they were waiting for a ride to a care home and his wife announced she had arranged to go to a different care home to him and wanted a divorce. Having been divorced herself Melanie knows the emotional and financial turmoil this process brings “the fear of the unknown is usually worse that the reality of the separation. After seeking advice people usually feel relieved that we can help them and that they do have options”. Townsend Family Law Solicitors 2nd Floor, Trinity House, Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1PH Tel: 01992 892214. www.divorce-law.org
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he Christmas season comes equipped with its own warmth and glow, but when decorations are taken down and relatives return home, living spaces can sometimes feel a little flat. Your living room, in particular, will continue to serve as a social hub for friends and family throughout the New Year and with a few simple updates you can avoid January lethargy and keep it feeling luxurious and lovely.
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Come January, it’s tempting to start dreaming of spring décor schemes and clear away everything that’s made our homes so comfy during the early winter months, but it’s important to keep things homely. Introducing a variety of patterns, colours and textures in soft, delicate hues will make a space look instantly more inviting. Indulge in gloriously chunky woollen knits, toewarming sheepskin rugs and elegant woven accessories to create a look that’s as stylish as it is toasty. In terms of colour schemes, don’t underestimate the power of white; it’ll brighten any room, helping it to feel
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The start of a New Year offers the perfect opportunity to have a good clear out. Bin, re-home or recycle anything that you no longer use and seek out storage for any additional clutter that you don’t want on display. Your rooms will feel instantly fresher for it. In terms of storage, sideboards and shelves are a good place to start. Something such as Multiyork’s Cranleigh Buffet is as elegant as it is practical, providing an array of drawers and compartments in which to stowaway items. Larger pieces can be popped on low shelves or behind cupboard doors and surfaces at eye level can be used to showcase a stylish array of accessories and decorative objet.
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appy new gardening year 2016! Will your gardening year become yet again another growing success? Or will you just let your garden become over grown and leave it looking a mess? Will you focus on growing fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs, or shrubs? Do you want to attract more wildlife? Or would you like to create more areas for shrubs and perennials which will look after themselves? This month Sweet box Sarcococca confusa will be in flower with its fragrant ivory flowers. It has dark green, glossy foliage and will grow well in a container. Nepalese paper plant ‘Jacqueline Postill’ also has highly
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ast month we reported that The Bluebell restaurant in Chigwell was to undergo a complete makeover to the bar and dining area. Now the work has been completed we wanted to give you a peek at their fabulous new interior. The refurbishment was coordinated by Jenny Lellow from Woodford based Inside Job by Lellow, in a ‘Changing Rooms’ style makeover over 48hours. The work started on Sunday night and was finished by Tuesday morning, ready to welcome diners again. Jenny was given free reign with the design of the restaurant interior, by owner and head chef Gavin Maguire. As a regular customer to The Bluebell restaurant, Jenny met with Gavin to discuss her vision to update the current look to a more colourful, vibrant, fresh and modern design. Replacing the existing curtains with a bright Harlequin print (Paradise – available in 3 colours) and using white wood
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textured wallpaper in the dining area from Brian Yates which added a contemporary feel to the room and contrasted well with the bare brick walls. New crystal wall lights added a much needed touch of sparkle with mirrored alcoves to reflect the atmospheric light for
evening diners.” Bespoke furniture designed by Jenny and handmade in Portugal was also added to the dining area for a modern and sleek way to house glass and tableware. The new décor and atmosphere it creates compliments the whole dining experience. Gavin said, “I think Jenny has done an amazing job of transforming the restaurant to a completely different level, a level that now matches the food and service that we provide. I love the bar as it is so fresh and comfortable, but I also love the way the light now hits everything in the back restaurant from the crystal lights, it is so much brighter during the day now, as the restaurant doesn’t get much natural light, but also still cosy and romantic with the lights dimmed at night.” The Bluebell, 117 High Road Chigwell, Essex IG7 6QQ Tel: 020 8500 6282 www.thebluebellrestaurant.co.uk
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shford Castle sits on the border of counties Galway and Mayo in the west of Ireland. Both counties are on the Atlantic coast and located on one of Ireland’s most scenic driving routes, the Wild Atlantic Way. This is one of Ireland’s most scenic regions, with rugged Connemara nearby. The area is also home to Lough Corrib, on the shores of which sits this majestic property. A recent winner of the prestigious Virtuoso Hotel of the Year award, Ashford Castle was once in the possession of Lord and Lady Ardilaun of the Guinness family. It has welcomed royalty, celebrities and heads of state across its illustrious history including Ronald Reagan, Brad Pitt, Barbra Streisand, John Travolta, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and more. It was also the chosen wedding location for Pierce Brosnan in 2001. Following its loving restoration, all 85 guest rooms and suites have been individually redesigned and
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ç lough-facing Drawing Room with its warm scones, piled high with thick clotted cream and homemade jams. The Castle’s three restaurants - the George V dining room, Cullen’s at the Dungeon and Cullen’s at the Cottage - have all been beautifully enhanced. They boast delicious menus reflecting the bountiful source of fresh and locally sourced Irish produce, including fruit and vegetables from the Castle’s very own gardens. Dishes include organic Clare
Island salmon, slow roasted rib of locally reared beef and Connemara Whiskey-scented Crème Brulee. Brand new additions include a traditional billiard room and spacious cigar terrace with views across the sweeping gardens and calming waters of Lough Corrib. Then comes the 32-seat cinema with red velvet chairs and a vast selection of movies (which change daily) and the opportunity to spot local sights during screenings of The
Quiet Man, which was filmed on the estate and in the local village of Cong. No luxury hotel would be complete without somewhere to truly relax and rejuvenate and with the completion of the Ashford Castle Spa, guests can enjoy luxury by the lake. Featuring an indoor ozone-filtrated relaxation pool, five treatment rooms, relaxation area and gym, it promises pampering from head to toe with an extensive spa menu which includes hot stone massage, French
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WHEN: Thursday 14th January, 10am - 2.30pm WHAT: Tree Planting Day - Join the Nature Conservation Rangers as we visit the Stevens Field Woodland planted in 2011. We will be replanting trees in the arboretum as well as cutting back growth from the paths. Meet at park entrance. WHERE: Goodmayes Park, Stevens Road RM8 2PU
WHEN: Thursday 14th Saturday 16th January, 8pm WHAT: Confusions - A set of five interlinked one-act plays by Alan Ayckbourn. Each play deals riotously, but with sharply pointed undertones, with human eccentricities and the human dilemma of loneliness: a mother unable to escape from baby talk, a disastrous fete, an unsuccessful seduction attempt, a fate fraught dinner encounter - the final play sums up with five self-immolated characters on park benches. Tickets £8.50, Box office - Mr and Mrs James 01992 812250, theydondrama.org WHERE: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois CM16 7ER WHEN: Saturday 16th January WHAT: Pastels and People Workshop - Explore the vibrant colours and techniques of chalk pastels and how to use them to portray people. 10am-3pm. Cost: £27 (plus £1 if not already a BHCA member). For more details ring 020 8504 6668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org WHERE: Buckhurst Hill Community Association, Bedford House, Westbury Road, Buckhurst Hill
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t was the day before George’s Christmas concert, and we still hadn’t sorted out a star costume. We were going to order something online but forgot and now the quickest delivery wouldn’t arrive in time, and all the shops had sold out, so we had to go ‘Blue Peter’ style and make something ourselves. Unfortunately, no one had “prepared one earlier” for us, so we grabbed some scissors and tinfoil and began cutting the big old box that he was playing in a few months ago (when our table arrived... as regular readers may remember). We laid him down and drew a huge star around him, we soon realised he would need to levitate in order to move around whilst wearing such a huge costume and quickly amended our drawing. When satisfied, we cut and covered the star in tin foil and decided to go for a test run on George. We tied the giant star to him and spun him round to have a look. “Do you like your costume George?” we asked. “Yes, I’m a big star” he replied with a little grimace on his face as he peered through the hole in his costume, “that’s right George, you look
“It looked like the car had wings as we drove towards the nurse ry” superb, I fully agree.” Self-delusion at its best. I then had to take the massive star to the nursery which normally wouldn’t be a problem in my usual car, but I’m currently borrowing a friend’s Smart Car and this became incredibly awkward. I’m
6ft 2, and not skinny, so I have to grease up my hips just to squeeze inside, add to that my son on the other seat next to me and the car is pretty much filled. So trying to then cram a 4 foot, pointy, silver star into the equation is a tad tricky. In the end we opened both windows whilst I balanced the poxy thing on my head. It looked like the car had wings as we drove towards the nursery. The next day we eagerly headed to the local village hall and as our anticipation reached fever pitch we pushed open the doors of the hall waiting to see our dazzling shining little super star on stage, belting out “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” at the top of his lungs. Our dreams of winning ‘costume of the year’ were short lived as we immediately saw he was wearing his normal clothes with a borrowed pointy gold hat. One of his teachers came over and explained, “we tried putting him in the star costume but he really didn’t want to wear it”. The self-delusion was nearly gone and reality had set in, it didn’t matter that he wasn’t wearing it of course, he was on stage and happy and that’s all that mattered. He then noticed us sitting in the audience and dramatically changed the words of his song when he saw my camera, we were all treated to the lyrics “Twinkle Twinkle Little... CHEESE!!!” and waited for the flash to go off before resuming his singing duties. Nativity cheese aside he has taken massively to his ‘fairy door’ (a paper cut-out we stuck to the wall) and the fairies placing chocolates in his advent tree (a large felt hanging decoration with little pockets, one for each day, that we place chocolates in). Each morning he runs up to the tree and dips his hands into each pocket
asking if the “fairies have climbed up the tree and put a chocolate in?!” This is clearly great leverage from our side as we can use the ‘fairies’ in all sorts of ways, “come on George, finish your dinner or the fairies won’t put a chocolate in the tree”, “hurry up and get ready
“The subsequent scream I unleashed could be heard as far as Rotherham”
George or I will put a chair in front of the fairy door so they can’t get out” and so on... We have noticed this month that George has realised he can blame Jake for things, more often than not... a smelly nappy. When quizzed about the stench wafting through the home he will always reply “It’s not me Daddy, its Jake” even if Jake is not in the house at the time. I guess this is just a brotherly thing, as I know I’ve certainly been guilty of the same ‘blame the little brother’ tactic when I was a youngster! There’s not much of an update for Jake except for the inevitable teething stage, he’s got his first tooth coming through which I only realised when I playfully let him grab my finger, stick it in his mouth and chomp down like a ravenous little crocodile. I’ve been told the subsequent scream I unleashed could be heard as far as Rotherham, and I quickly retracted my battered finger from his grinning little face. ...TO BE CONTINUED
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ONGAR LADI E S NETBALL CLUB By Ben Sneath
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he club was founded in Brentwood by Carla Ince but moved to Ongar because many of its members lived in the area. The team is now run with the help of Kelly Stone and Charlotte Kearney. They have all become friends because of netball, they have fallen in love with the sport all over again, not playing since their school days and now want to play as much as they can in their free time. Kelly says that one of its main aims is to spread the word of sports clubs for ladies in Ongar. Most of the local sports clubs are male dominated so Ongar Ladies Netball offers girls and women the chance to do a sport and socialise together. The club has grown from its early days to now have 20 regular playing members, with a team playing in the local leagues and a regular coach Shona McCabe who runs the training sessions and makes sure the team is ready for league matches. Much of this growth was due to some funding from estate agents Balgores Hayes that has helped with the purchase of their kit and the club’s league membership. Despite its growth in the past two years the club still hasn’t got its own ground and uses the flood-lit court in Epping during the winter months and in the local primary school in the summer. But they hope to have a home by 2017 with the help of the new Ongar Academy and more corporate sponsorship.
Every week Ongar Ladies Netball has training sessions on Thursday that include a 30-minute warm up and fitness session, followed by practicing court training for an hour. Meanwhile, on Monday nights the club team plays matches in the Leventhorpe league and regular Back to Netball Rallys in Redbridge. Netball can be played by all ages and the member’s ages range from 15 to 63. It’s a welcoming club with family friendly atmosphere. There’s a big focus on netball events for families and a few of the members run lessons in local schools for children. Ongar Ladies Netball are hoping to organise a summer event where all the members’ families can enjoy a picnic and play sports, men v women, including netball. Fundraising is also important at the club and the members recently had a charity event, raising £1000, donating some of what they raised to Macmillan Nurses with the rest going to help support the club. Kelly says that there is a great atmosphere and she has made many really good friends at the club. They enjoy the netball, the social life and also the support network they get from the club. New players are always made welcome and we hope the club goes from strength to strength. www.ongarladiesnetball.co.uk Tel: 07767607194 www.facebook.com/ongarladies. netball @ongarladies
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