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Welcome to the February issue. We are spreading the love this month with our Valentine’s special. We feature four of our favourite Essex restaurants to spend the most romantic day of the year and also have a gift guide with ideas for spoiling your loved one. In local news there are talks of moon rocks, local business moves and the latest update from Essex Police. Our What’s On guide is packed with local events to keep you busy this month and the Dad’s Diary on page 64 has some more hilarious stories to keep you entertained. Don’t forget to enter this month’s exciting competition on page 61 for a chance to win a supercar experience day at North Weald Airfield. I wouldn’t mind having a go at that myself! 

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Pupils at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, were thoroughly entertained when they were visited by Shakespearean actor Anthony Glenn who performed Macbeth to the whole school. Using a range of props and selecting children from the audience to play various roles, Mr Glenn - from the ‘Shaking up Shakespeare’ company managed to tell the whole story with style and humour in just 60 minutes! Headteacher Matt Woolard said: “Anthony has been visiting Hereward for over 15 years and his performance is one of the highlights of the year. “The children love taking part and really appreciate the enthusiasm he brings to his drama and story-telling.”


Students at Epping St John’s School have confirmed their programme for the Rotary Club of Epping’s ‘Youth Makes Music’ concert at St John’s Church, Epping, on Saturday, February 3th (7pm). Rebecca Harvey, the school’s subject leader for music, said: “The school is really excited to be involved again with the Youth Makes Music event. Students from Year 7 to Year 12 are going to be performing in a variety of musical acts. “Youth Makes Music is a wonderful event as it celebrates the wonderful work and musical skills of the young people of our and other schools.” Headteacher Allan Osborne added: “What a great way to celebrate our students’ talents in the community.” Teale Cunningham and Jessica Grossmith will play a piano duet of ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ while Cameron Krueger will perform Ghost on the guitar and Marley Chick will sing ‘Hello’. Also taking part will be four students of Goodman’s Music School - singers Hannah-Mae Duggan, 14, and Orin Daniel, 12, and pianists Chhaya Hetal Shah, 14, and Daniel Antat - and children from Ivy Chimneys Primary School, Epping; Epping Primary School, Theydon Bois Primary School, High Ongar Primary School and Holy Cross School, Harlow. Admission is by programme (£2 for adults), which can be purchased on the night.​



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CHIGWELL SCHOOL CELEBRATES OXBRIDGE SUCCESSES Chigwell School students and their teachers have been celebrating excellent university offers with more than ten per cent of applicants receiving offers from Oxford and Cambridge universities. Nine members of the sixth form year group, in which there are 84 students, have been offered Oxbridge places: Bianca Andrei (Natural Sciences, Trinity College, Cambridge), Anna Chelchowska (Medicine, Worcester College,


Oxford), Hana Edwards (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College, Cambridge), Rhea Gupta (Classics, Clare College, Cambridge), Faith Inch (English, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge), Ben Kennedy (Philosophy, Politics and Economics, St Hilda’s College, Oxford), Neha Patel (Modern and Medieval Languages, Downing College, Cambridge) Harbir Sahota (Mathematics, Jesus

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College, Oxford) and Kejing Zhong (Economics, Newnham College, Cambridge). In addition, other students have been receiving highly competitive offers from some excellent universities in the UK and USA. Chris Lord, Chigwell’s Coordinator of Learning+, said: “We are all delighted. The students worked very hard indeed, and were well supported by many members of staff. They are justifiably proud.”


Suggestions for possible future uses for the Ongar Cemetery chapel are being sought by Ongar Town Council. The council is to undertake a twomonth period of consultation inviting people and local organisations to come up with ideas for the building which is in urgent need of repair. The council has obtained

three estimates for priority work, all of which are far higher than the figure of £2,000 to £3,000 estimated by council vice-chairman John Reynolds, town clerk Aimi Middlehurst said at a recent finance committee meeting. Councillor Derek Birch. speaking at the meeting, said: “If a group comes back and is prepared to work with the council then we explore that avenue.” Some years ago the council held

discussions with the town’s history society about whether the chapel could be used as a museum and had assurance from English Heritage that funding could be made available provided the building had a purpose. However the history society later decided that the building was too small and in the wrong place for such a use. The issue will also be raised at the annual town meeting.


Year 11 students at Debden Park High School spent ‘A Day in the Life of a Sixth Form Student’. Dressed in their smart business attire, the students followed a specially-created timetable of A-Level taster lessons to give them an idea of what life will be

like when they join the Sixth Form in September. Each lesson was designed to inform and inspire students, leaving them with an understanding of what each course involves and what lies ahead. The day focused on students’ futures, moving on to the challenge of A-Levels and deciding on a pathway to their future. The day was enjoyed by staff and students alike. Students were inspired, knowledge was gained and new friendships were formed. The vast majority of Year 11 students applied for a place at the school’s Sixth Form. They will be the second cohort of A-Level students through the doors of the Sixth Form which opened last September. Director of Sixth Form Sharon Palmer said: “It was such an amazing day, seeing all of our Year 11 students so engaged in their lessons and so enthusiastic about the next step in the academic career. “Our Year 12 students also had a fantastic day raising their aspirations and building the futures they are working so hard towards.”​


The Ashworth Group are a recent arrival to Buckhurst Hill, after outgrowing their existing South Woodford office space. The inventory and cleaning company work very closely with estate agents and private landlords throughout the Essex and London areas and decided that the new location in Queens Road was the next step on a very successful business model. Since 2001 owner Jae Gadar has built the reputation and service of the group to now cater nearly 800 jobs every month, and in just the last 18 months the company has doubled in size (hence the need for new office space!). Jae explained the company goals for the upcoming year, “In 2016 we are planning on cementing our reputation with all our clients, new and old. The aim is to secure new relationships and contracts with clients who might not be aware of our company in East London and Essex. Bringing a stream lined procedure to our Jae Gadar services and keeping to the highest quality, we are aiming to lead the market.”




Moon rocks land at West Hatch High School


Exciting and rare samples of moon rocks and a collection of impressive meteorites landed at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, when students enjoyed a unique, interactive experience of astronomy during their science lessons. Highlights included getting up close to hand-sized meteorites enabling the students to touch a real piece of space. Included in the collection was a 1.2 billion-yearold piece of Mars and a 4.3 billion-year-old nickel meteorite. The solar system is 4.6 billion years old. Science teacher Phillip Peters organised the fantastic opportunity which coincided with Year 7 and Year 8 students’ study of space, astronomy and the Moon.

As well as Year 7 and 8 students getting the opportunity to see the samples, students and staff could also attend after-school sessions to get an even closer look of the moon rocks and meteorites. The samples, provided by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), were collected during the later 1960s and 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions. Professor John Womersley, STFC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to be able to see, touch and really experience such important and exciting messengers from space turning science fiction into science fact.”

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KING HAROLD ACADEMY WELCOMES STUDENTS FROM FRANCE The King Harold Academy welcomed 24 Year 9 students and their teachers from the Collège SainteMarie in ChavagnesenPaillers, Vendée, France. The visitors were met by their future pen pals before they played games, socialised and mixed with other students. They were all given a tour of King Harold Academy and enjoyed the opportunity to experience a day in an English school.



Some French students loved the idea of a school uniform while King Harold’s English students loved the idea of a non-uniform school. At lunch time the visitors were given a taste of English cuisine when they enjoyed a fish and chips lunch delivered by a local restaurant. In the afternoon, the Expressive Art department invited the visitors to attend a rehearsal.



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ver the festive season, officers in Epping rallied together to help brighten the Christmas of a terminally ill schoolboy. Nine-year old Layton RobinsonBancroft was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease in August 2014. The incurable condition has left him confined to a wheelchair and he needs round-the-clock care from his family. Layton loves receiving post; so in December, his family set up an

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Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a choice of Essex’s most romantic restaurants


s the saying goes “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, and we’re pretty sure this applies to most women too! Whether you are trying to impress a first date, or enjoying a well overdue ‘date night’ with your other half, our pick of the most romantic local restaurants are sure to set your heart, and your taste buds alight!

and European cuisine. It has recently undergone a huge refurbishment which has added a modern twist to the 500 year old venue. There are new furnishings throughout, giving the dining rooms a bright and sophisticated feel without losing the intimacy and charm that local diners love. This Valentine’s weekend Gavin and his team are giving their romantic diners a great offer, a fantastic 6 course menu including: Prosecco, oysters, scallops and mains of lamb and wild sea bass amongst the choices, and finishing with Bellini sorbet, chocolate and strawberries then coffee and petit fours for £65 per head. If you wish to visit outside of Valentine’s weekend , then they also have a special offer running for their popular Afternoon Tea ending THE BLUEBELL 29th February. 117 High Road, Chigwell IG7 6QQ RESTAURANT The Bluebell is a beautiful restaurant set in Chigwell serving modern British Tel: 020 8500 6282




La Nostra is known for its original simple Italian food and an atmosphere that is talked about around the local community and afar. This little Epping restaurant has been earning rave reviews since it opened just over a year ago. Diners keep coming back for the authentic Italian cooking in the traditional woodfired oven and the cosy romantic atmosphere the venue creates. Set over two floors La Nostra serves traditional Italian food, cooked in the authentic ways.

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music and the famed A la Carte and Sunday lunch menu prepared with love by the Head Chef. La Sala’s famous three course Sunday roast starts from just £15.95 and will be complimented with live music by Stephen Dunnett, followed by the amazing Haifa Jordan. There is also a kid’s entertainer every Sunday to keep the little foodies busy whilst you savour the best roast in Essex. If you prefer to do it on a Sunday evening, you and your loved one can indulge in La Sala’s extensive A la Carte menu featuring a range of international and Spanish favourites, all made from ingredients of the highest quality. Valentine’s night will be filled with love songs by one of the best local vocalists - Simone Kaye. Why wait for Valentines night time, when you can do it earlier this year? Surprise the one you love by booking Saturday evening and LA SALA CHIGWELL enjoy an incredible performance by When do you like to do it? the talented Jade Jaeger or instead Lunchtime or night... bring your special someone for Celebrate true love with truly good Valentine’s Day lunch. food by joining La Sala Chigwell this Choose when you want to do it Valentine’s weekend. The ‘La Sala and book now for lunch or dinner Lovefest’ runs from Saturday lunch and celebrate love in the best until the early of hours of Monday possible way. so you can choose your perfect 692-694 Chigwell Road, moment for romance. Woodford Green, IG8 8AL Throughout the whole of Valentine’s Day they will be celebrating with live Tel: 0333 006 3008


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Following the ever so popular embellished hair trend, thick ribbons and headbands are making a comeback from the 70s for 2016. This is a great style for a wedding or special event as it’s a very simple tool that looks expensive and luxurious. We’ve seen it used at various shows with a mixture of textures and fabrics including crushed velvet, satin and leather. Try mixing it up with a roughly thrown together hairstyle, neatly finished with a hair band to create an edgy look.


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prepared to set themselves achievable goals and prioritise their health and fitness, then anything is possible. On my journey, I have learnt that life is never going to be an easy ride but the ride can become effective and efficient and hard obstacles can be overcome when we find purpose in who we are. Looking after and taking care of ourselves is one of the best ways to finding purpose. It helps you not just physically but importantly mentally as well. It doesn’t mean you have to be super fit, it’s just when we re-align our focus to having some sort of quality of life which can determine our future.   The human body is like life’s journey it’s self, as when we strengthen our body we break down muscle fibre so it rebuilds stronger each time if this is achieved in a healthy way. For me going down to a level that wasn’t healthy actually gave me the motivation to bring myself to a healthier, fitter and balanced level which made me stronger physically & mentally. Setting small goals with an end goal was key. For me the end goal was not just to run the London Marathon (which I’ve now done 3 times) but to make health & fitness part of my everyday life and to find a hobby and friends that I could relate to.

10 years ago I qualified as a personal trainer teaching others how to achieve what I did, with balancing health, fitness, family, work, study and social life. But my qualification wouldn’t be complete to teach this if I had not experienced it myself. Today it gives me great satisfaction when I see someone make changes to bring purpose into their lives and also pass their experience onto others.


1 Do your best to adapt and overcome in every circumstance you face. 2 Never make excuses but give yourself a genuine reason why you shouldn’t do something. 3 Give yourself regular rewards with every small goal achieved. Everyone of us has a unique DNA with our appetites, desires of the heart and health. But wherever you are at on your journey of life... my hope is that a seed of motivation and purpose is being built to bring fulfilment in what you can achieve and overcome.



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IMYOUR PROVE ROOMS From a simple door swap to a whole new installation


t 4 Kitchens and Bedrooms, we aspire to partner exceptional customer service with high quality product. As a family run business, with over 10 years in the industry, we can offer a personalised service, where we work closely with our clients in all aspects of the renovation. We understand that remodelling a kitchen or bedroom is not something you do on a regular basis and this can make it a stressful time. Our aim is to make the whole process as easy as possible, from their initial phone call, through to completion. Our clients will have a point of contact that is familiar with all aspects of their project. We aim to deliver the highest of standards. This means that we not only offer a high quality product, but each of our tradespeople are highly skilled in their own particular field. Our goal is to be a one stop option, where our clients can rely on us to manage the project from start to finish with the minimum of fuss and disruption. Whether our clients are looking for a plumber, electrician, tiler, builder or plasterer



we have developed a dedicated, trustworthy team that are committed to delivering a reliable and dependable service.

“As a family run business, with over 10 years in the industry, we can offer a personalised service.”

The services we offer range from re-placing doors and drawer fronts on existing kitchens, to complete installations. Our doors, drawer fronts and units are all made to measure; this means we can offer an enormous choice, tailored to suit the space perfectly. Each of our 30 door designs can be made in any of our colours, and the units are built in a matching board. So whether you are looking for a traditional country style kitchen or a high gloss modern finish we


have the style to suit. The benefits of being able to provide a madeto-measure service, are that we can change a few units on an existing kitchen, and supply all new doors and accessories so you can refresh your kitchen without going to the expense of an entire new kitchen or bedroom. In addition to providing made-to-measure doors, drawer fronts and units, we can also supply a large range of worktops. Our laminate worktops are supplied by Duropal, Axiom and Bushboard; market leaders in their field for quality and design. We can also supply solid wood worktops in Beech, Oak, Walnut and Iroko if you are looking for that traditional appeal. For a more high-end finish, we offer a range of granite and quartz worktops. If you are looking for that high-end finish without the price tag of solid granite or quartz, we can also provide a quartz overlay that sits on top of your existing worktop. We can supply a range of appliances, sinks and


taps from recognised brands such as Bosch, Franke, Rangemaster etc. As part of our service we also offer CAD design. By providing a simulation of their kitchen or bedroom in the colours and finishes of their choice, we can help our clients visualise the final product. We believe that our job is to advise our clients and to provide them with all the information they need to make an informed decision. By providing a friendly and helpful service we can create a strong working relationship with our customers, which helps us to achieve great results. This way we can finish an installation in the knowledge that our client is completely satisfied that we have accomplished our aims in fulfilling their needs. Happy clients are the foundation on which we build and develop our business. If you would like to book an appointment for our representative to visit please call 01375767997, or visit our website where you can request a call back.



RJS Lofts is a family-run, well-established company with years of experience and knowledge, specialising in the construction of loft conversions and home extensions.

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Restore The Ambience, Preserve The Character, ...with all the charm of wood. The new window system designed to replicate the 19th Century English Flush Sash Timber window. It can be considered for use in Conservation Areas due to it’s authentic appearance and is also appealing to any homeowner who wants a top end luxury window. It can accommodate 28mm double or 44mm triple glazing with market leading thermal and acoustic performance. It is hand finished and made by craftsmen.

Residence 9 is manufactured from a modern composite material to give a virtually maintenance free finish. Only available in heritage colours, the ‘easy clean rebates’ are also foiled in the same finish, which means that the high, maintenance free, appearance is maintained when the window is open.

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Nature was a big part of her life So it was no surprise she chose a woodland burial

GreenAcres makes planning your last requests and pre-paying your funeral arrangements easy, simple and affordable. So when it’s your time, your family has the comfort of knowing that things are just as you wanted them to be. Your Goodbye, Your Way.

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

welcome colourful sight in gardens and woodlands this month comes from the wide variety of beautiful hellebores that are pushing their way up through the frozen ground. Hellebores come in a range of colours from creamy white to vibrant lime greens, and some can be almost black. The ideal position to plant them is under deciduous trees where the plant will remain sheltered from the sun throughout the year. A stunning Helleborus is ‘Anna’s Red’, (main picture) which has red single flowers with a lovely evergreen marbled foliage. Helleborus orientalis ‘Blue Lady’ has upright stems and the flowers are

Look out for animal tracks and trails this month in the forest and parks as there are fewer plants and plenty of muddy areas and damp soft ground. Look out for the double slot tracks of deer, the prints of a fox and even a badger. If we have snowfall these tracks will become even more visible. Double slot deer tracks


Look out for Hellebore Leaf Spot (rounded black or brown spots on the leaves) this is a common fungal disease. Remove all affected leaves as soon as you see them and destroy. Do not leave any dead infected leaves to remain around the plants as this will cause infection the following season.

garden this year. A good way to begin is to sort out your seeds by sowing date and month by month. Now is also the time to look out for deals on summer flowering bulbs which you can find online and in your local garden centres, e.g. Gladioli, Lily of the Valley and Lilies. Some of us don’t have enough room to plant potatoes so if you are struggling for space try using potato grow bags. If the view from your Potato grow bag window into your garden is outward-facing in blue or of an unattractive shed or dark purple. compost areas think about Preparation for the using evergreen climbers months ahead should begin to screen unsightly areas now if you want to create a which will help create a spectacular display in your fantastic growing screen. By Victoria Robertson, amenity horticulturist & Hellebore committee member of Copped Hall & Epping Leaf Spot Horticultural Society & Chairman of Epping in Bloom.



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Unmissable Indian adventures

It’s easy to get poetic when describing India. It’s a country to enchant you with beauty, delight you with pageantry, stun you with modernity and overwhelm you with hospitality. Here, the ancient and the contemporary exist side by side, along with startling contradictions that give a texture to life. Western & Oriental specialise in luxury holidays for the discerning traveller, and have worked with Abbotts Travel to nominate 20 unmissable Indian adventures whether you are a new or frequent visitor.

Taj Mahal at sunrise


Taj Mahal at sunrise in Agra. Of course this is our number one - and you’ll see why. Sunrise captures the crimson colour and different shades of this marble mausoleum, one of the world’s most recognizable locations, featured in Treasures of the Indus as part of the recent BBC India Season.

Hot Air Ballooning, Udaipur


Two options for a unique and panoramic view: Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur or Udaipur or a helicopter tour in Udaipur.



Chopper to Everest Base Camp


The Jawai Dam in Rajasthan is a testament to the coexistence of man and nature. This is a formidable place to spot leopard and flamingos, as Professor Brian Cox showed in his series, Human Universe.

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binoculars and an exclusive jeep with personal private naturalist. Possible venues include the national parks in Tadoba, Kanha,


Feel on top of the world with a flight over Mount Everest. You can also a take a private chopper to Everest Base Camp and enjoy the roof of the world.


Travel like royalty and experience the upscale living of a bygone age, on board luxury trains. Abbotts recommend the Deccan Odyssey and the Maharajas’ Express, which is the best such locomotive in the country.


Hunt for the Royal Bengal Tiger cubs - with your camera,

Pench or Ranthambore, where you can also take a hot air balloon trip.

Leopard, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve


Backwaters of Kerala


Cruise through the lazy and romantic backwaters of Kerala - watch the life of locals unfold in front of you (people washing

up, children playing or someone simply catching fish for dinner) following the likes of Rick Stein, Michael Wood and Kate Humble.


Experience the sound of bells and chanting during Aarti (prayer) ceremony on the Ghats of the sacred river Ganges in Varanasi - a myriad of beliefs, like the

Aarto Ceremony in Varanasi

transforming moment you witness people dipping into the Ganges to cleanse their sins. Evening prayer at Meenakshi Temple in Madurai is

Golden Temple

also a unique must-do experience.


Flower market tour followed by cruise on the Hoogly river - the tour also includes visits to fruit, vegetable and fish markets to experience the daily routine of a local - you may have seen something similar on Kolkata with Sue Perkins.


Visit the famous Golden Temple at night when it is quieter. One can visit all the areas and get much richer experiences of this holy temple of the Sikhs.


Meet the famous historian Raaja Bhasin (an advisor on Channel 4’s drama Indian Summer) and learn of ç




Top: Amber Fort Jaipur. Below Left: Jaisalmer. Below: Holi Festival of colour.

ç the legacy of the Raj, experience the Himalayan railways (one of the Unesco world heritage sites) as seen in the brilliant series Indian Hill Railways.


Spend a day like a Maharaja. Ride on an elephant with a Royal Palanquin and do a city tour in a vintage car (this is possible in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur).


Sit on a private terrace or balcony of your suite at Ahilya Fort and watch the ever-changing drama of life unfold (people bathing, washing clothes, offering prayers, doing yoga, or spy boatmen simply taking passengers) on the Ghats of the Narmada River.


Take a slum tour of Dharavi (one of the largest slums in the world and home to ‘Slumdog Millionaire’) with a twist to witness



prospering industries worth over $650 million dollars. This was the location for Kevin McCloud’s documentary, Slumming It. A tour can also be arranged in Delhi.


Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein and others have enjoyed a spice tour. Now it’s your turn. The tours are private and interactive, you get to choose vegetables, spices and other ingredients before you have them cooked by an Indian family.


Experience the colours and celebrations in popular ancient monasteries during various famous festivals in Bhutan. Also, meet and interact with a local Buddhist monk.


Walk the trails and scenic foothills of the Himalayas in Northern or Eastern Himalayas or the beautiful valleys of the Annapurna range in Nepal.


Top: Jodhpur, Right: Chittorgarh Jain Ceremony, Bottom Right: Madurai



Guests have a wide choice of activities including fishing and falconry.


Enjoy the Sufi music in Delhi every Thursday at Nizamuddin Dargah or experience Indian theatre to get a taste of Bollywood at Kingdom of Dreams. There is also a famous Sufi Music Festival in Naguar and Jodhpur every February.


Experience the celebrations, colours and festive mode of India during the festival of Holi (festival of Colours) or Diwali (festival of lights).


Finally, try a heritage walk or shopping tours with personal shoppers. These can be arranged in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur. Create your own very special Indian getaway with Abbotts Travel. Abbotts Travel, 134 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BA. Tel: 0208 989 9445

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Steam into the Forest We're open every weekend, bank holidays and Wednesdays from Easter to the end of October.

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Bring the kids to the Epping Ongar Railway during the February half term when child fares are just £1! 13,14,17,20,21 February

Easter Egg Hunt Easter Egg Hunt in Essex stretching from Ongar all the way to Coopersale – and you have to travel by train to find all the eggs! 25 – 28 March 2016

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19% of parents have witnessed their child choke and 69% did not know what to do

92% do not think their babysitter knows basic first aid

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RECRUITING NOW! Remedy Medical is a Loughton­based Recruitment Agency specialising in the supply of a wide range of clinical and non­clinical staff to the NHS and Private Sectors. We currently have hundreds of available vacancies to start immediately for the following:

•General Nurses •CAMHS Prac��oners •Social Workers •Mental Health Nurses •Learning Disabili�es Nurses •Clinical & Counselling Psychologists •Occupa�onal Therapists •Health Care Assistants •Managers, Leads and Commissioners •CBT Therapists •Psychological Wellbeing Prac��oners If you are looking for ad­hoc or long term placements, contract or permanent roles, call one of our consultants for further details on our latest opportuni�es.

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emedy Recruitment Group Ltd is a Loughton based recruitment agency specialising in Social Care, Medical and Education staff in the UK. Established in 2003, Remedy Recruitment Group are proud of the company’s constant growth, due to an excellent reputation and handpicked, inspirational team. Their highly trained Consultants receive regular updates on up to the minute changes in employment and sector guidelines to ensure they offer you the very best careers in your specialism when you are looking to change jobs. Remedy has long standing contracts with all the London Boroughs and contracts in the south and north of England. The company are currently recruiting and have hundreds of immediate start positions available for the right candidates in the following careers; Social Workers, CAMHS Practitioners, General Nurses, Mental Health Nurses, Learning Disabilities Nurses, Occupational Therapists, CBT

A service of excellence Therapists, Health Care Assistants, Managers, Leads and Commissioners, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, SEN, Primary and Secondary teachers. When you are seeking staff the Remedy Recruitment team of experts will recruit the most experienced, qualified and dedicated workers to suit your team. These passionate candidates will enhance your team through giving the best professional services to the children, young adults and families of today to make well rounded, equipped-for-life adults of tomorrow. Remedy Recruitment Group’s commitment to the delivery of high quality candidates and customer satisfaction ensures the continued success of the company and they stand by their ethos, “A Service of excellence”. Throughout the year, Remedy raises money for various local and nationwide charities. Back in November, they held

a fun day where the staff all dressed as their favourite film characters and donated money to Children In Need, which provides grants for projects throughout the UK which benefit disadvantaged children and young people. This got their fundraising off to a flying start. In December they chose Children In Need to be their “Dress Down December” charity where the staff paid to wear casual clothing throughout the whole month. After a combined effort by everyone involved, a grand total of £1,000 was raised, which will contribute to much needed support for a variety of youth projects. For more information on working for Remedy or what they do, please see their website www., call 020 8418 9441 or email info@ Remedy Recruitment Group Connaught House, 1st Floor 112-120 High Road, Loughton Essex, IG10 4HJ



Outstanding offers on the Polo. With £1,400 towards your deposit and insurance at no extra cost.† £1,400




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*At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) own the vehicle: pay the optional final payment; ii) return the vehicle: subject to fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle. Available on Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s and over. Subject to availability. Finance subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Offer available when ordered by March 31st, 2016. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. †One year’s insurance included from Volkswagen Insurance on all qualifying new Polo models registered by March 31st, 2016 for drivers 21 and over (BlueGT and GTI is 25 and over). Drivers under 21 are not eligible for insurance offer. One year’s insurance offer excludes Northern Ireland. Other eligibility criteria will apply. Go to for full terms and conditions. Volkswagen Motor Insurance is sold and administered by Ageas Retail Limited. Accurate at time of publication. Freepost Volkswagen Finance. Finance providers may pay us for introducing you to them. We can introduce you to a limited number of lenders to assist with your purchase, who may pay us for introducing you to them. Standard EU Test figures for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Official fuel consumption figures for the Polo range in mpg (litres/100km): urban 37.2 (7.6) – 70.6 (4.0); extra urban 55.4 (5.1) – 91.1 (3.1); combined 47.1 (6.0) – 83.1 (3.4). Combined CO2 emissions 139 – 88g/km.

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Taxi & Chauffeur Service Based in Loughton, Archies cars offers an affordable yet luxury taxi service across Essex and London 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Your journey with us when you book a taxi with Archies cars we will call you when your taxi has arrived and you also have the option for us to text the vehicle details to you if desired.

Our drivers- Every driver at Archies cars has been CRB- checked and Epping forest district/Hackney carriage licensed. Our drivers are friendly, professional and reliable and work hard to make sure your journey is not only comfortable and clean but on time and at the best rates!

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Proposed plans of the playground

Campaigning and fundraising to upgrade the play equipment in Wanstead Playground.

Current run down and tired equipment


campaign to renovate the children’s playground on Christchurch Green in Wanstead started in November 2014. The seed was sown via a moan on Facebook about the poor condition of the playground. Old and tired, with dated equipment and nothing for younger babies, older children or children with special needs, it desperately needed a facelift. A group of local mothers met with the local councillor, set up Facebook and Twitter accounts and formed the Wanstead Playground Association. Since then, they’ve been hard at work. They started with an incredibly successful crowd fund and gained numerous donations from local businesses. They have organised many events, including Sing-a-long Frozens, comedy nights and a very successful black tie gala dinner. Several grants have been awarded, including £11,000 from the Mayor’s High Street Fund and £10,000 from The Headley Foundation.  Sarah Boud, Chair of the Wanstead playground Association said, “The year has flown by but it hasn’t all been plain sailing. We’ve had highs (our black tie dinner, being awarded

the Mayor’s High Street funding), and lows (the organisation of said black tie dinner!). There’s been a lot of hard slog – pounding the pavements delivering letters, building our mailing list and manning a freezing stall at The Farmers Market, and some really fun events - like our Singa-long Frozens. We’ve learnt a lot of new skills - social media, blogging, article writing and public speaking to name but a few. Best of all, we’ve met lots of lovely people who have really supported our campaign.” So, one year on, what’s going on? “Well, we’ve now raised £90,000, following a Christmas announcement from The London Borough of Redbridge that they will be donating up to £19,500. We still have funds coming in from various sources including text donations via Just Giving and Give As You Live contributions, and a couple of grant applications outstanding. All things considered, it’s been a great year. We’ve raised more than we dreamed possible, and Wanstead will have a new playground next spring.” For more information please visit the website





WHEN: Tuesdays, 10.45am or 1.45pm WHAT: Strider Bike Sessions - If your child can walk then they can ride! Strider bikes are balance bikes designed for children to gain confidence before progressing to a bike with pedals without having to use stabilisers. Suitable for ages: 2 to 5 £4 per session which includes a Strider bike, helmet, tuition and a hot beverage for the parent/ guardian. Please call 020 8500 9359 to book. Spaces are limited. WHERE: Redbridge Cycling Centre, Forest Road, Hainault, Ilford, IG6 3HN

WHEN: Wednesday evenings WHAT: Epping Forest Horological Centre - New sessions for Novice Watchmakers. Are you an interested collector? Keen Amateur? Or just interested in watches? Join us for weekly Wednesday evening sessions with an experienced tutor to guide you through the intricate world of watches. No previous experienced required. Further details call Paul Newis on 07545 304370 or email p.newis@ WHERE: Epping WHEN: Thursdays (excluding 18th February), 1pm WHAT: Talking Fashion - Do you want to improve your spoken English



and learn dressmaking skills? Then join this special dressmaking session for women learning English. Come along and learn how to take measurements, cut a pattern and make a unique garment while improving your English. You will also have the opportunity to complete a Reading Ahead diary. Spaces are limited. £3 donation will be requested for each session which will go to MWWA. For more information, please contact Shahida on 020 8215 4949. WHERE: Redbridge Central Library WHEN: Thursdays, 1.30pm-2.15pm WHAT: Junior Squash - Learn the skills to the play the game at our squash coaching session. Suitable for children of all abilities. For ages 2-5 years £3.50 WHERE: Redbridge Sport & Leisure Centre WHEN: Thursdays, 7.15pm & Saturdays, 10am WHAT: Female Boxing Fitness Boxing fitness session for females only. Also includes a full body assessment. £30 for 4 weeks plus full body assessment. Contact Odell call 07592 536007 or email info@  WHERE: Wanstead Youth Centre WHEN: Third Saturday of every month, 10am-11am WHAT: Chatterbooks - An enjoyable reading group for youngsters in the borough. We chat about books, play games, do quizzes and have fun together.

Suitable for ages: 6 to 12. WHERE: South Woodford Library WHEN: Tuesday 2nd February, 6.30pm - 8pm WHAT: Successful Storytelling - In this special workshop for National Storytelling Week, you will learn how to read a short story and hold an audience. Bring your own short story, or any other of less than 300 words that you would like to read, and learn how to communicate it effectively to an audience. Join Chris Tutton for this fun and informal session. Places are limited so please book in advance with the library. WHERE: Woodford Green Library WHEN: Tuesday 2nd February, 7.30pm WHAT: Leyton & Wanstead Flower Club - We meet the first Tuesday of the month to see flowers arranged in beautiful designs. We have a cup of tea and a chat, arrange outings to other events, take part in flower festivals. As a member of the club you are affiliated to NAFAS and can attend workshops, training in floral art and take part in London and National events. We are a very friendly club and welcome new members and visitors. Adult: £5.50, cheaper for 10 sessions. WHERE: Quaker Meeting Hall, Bush Road, Wanstead, London E11 3AU WHEN: Thursday 4th February, 10.15am for 10.45am WHAT: The English-Speaking Union Epping Forest Branch

Monthly Meeting - a talk by Mary Done, a Volunteer at Kew Gardens. Admission £4 including tea/coffee. For more details ring 020 8505 9001 or 01992 812454. WHERE: The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton WHEN: Thursday 4th February, 10am-2pm WHAT: Orchard Planting Day - Come and join the Nature Conservation Team and The Urban Orchard Project in planting new orchard trees in our already successful orchard. Also we will be cutting back last year’s meadow and wetland growth, re-seeding the meadow and seeding the wetland for the coming spring. Meet at Seven Kings Park, the bridge over Seven Kings Water between the park and Goodmayes Hospital. WHERE: Seven Kings Park WHEN: Friday 5th February, 1.30pm - 3pm WHAT: Murder Mystery: Love You To Death - Become an detective and prove you are Miss Marple and Poirot rolled into one! You can expect all the plot twists of an Agatha Christie novel as you while away the afternoon enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake. £10 per person including tea and cake. Contact Ronnie Waller 020 8553 4466. WHERE: Kenneth More Theatre WHEN: Saturday 6th February, 3.30pm - 4.30pm WHAT: Join us for a special screening event as part of National Libraries Day. We will take you on a tour of the borough through film exploring archive clips from the last century. Film archivist Louise Pankhurst will offer you an insight into how the borough of Redbridge has changed. WHERE: Redbridge Central Library WHEN: Sunday 7th February, 9am-2pm WHAT: Farmers Market - Produce stalls and local organisations.

WHERE: Centric Parade, High Road, Loughton WHEN: Monday 8th February, 1.45pm WHAT: West Essex Flower Club - The first demonstrator of the year will be Patricia Bashford with her flower arrangements entitled “Design Focus”. Come along to this friendly club and enjoy a warm welcome on a Winter’s afternoon. Visitors pay £5 on the door. WHERE: Thornwood Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood

WHEN: Tuesday 16th February, 10am-2.30pm WHAT: Classical Mosaic Workshop - A workshop devoted to creating your own mosaic in the style of Classical Roman and Greek mosaics from around the ancient world. Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. £30 per person. To book call 020 8708 8100. WHERE: Valentines Mansion

WHEN: Saturday 20th February, 10am-2pm WHAT: Table Top Sale - Various stalls including second hand and new goods, crafts and food. Refreshments available. Entry free. To hire stall space (£8 for a 6ft table) ring Andrew or Christine on 020 8524 8729. WHERE: St Edmund’s Hall, 216 Chingford Mount Road, Chingford WHEN: Saturday 27th February, 10am-4pm WHAT: Portrait Painting Workshop - A day painting/drawing from a model. All levels welcome. Cost £43.50 (plus £1 if not already a BHCA member). For more details ring 020 8504 6668 or email WHERE: Buckhurst Hill Community Association, Bedford House, Westbury Road, Buckhurst Hill

WHEN: Saturday 27th February WHAT: Book Signing Saturday You are invited to come along to speak to local authors about their books and their experiences of getting published. Copies of books will be available for purchase and signing. If you are a local author and would like to take part, please contact Rhonda on 020 8708 2409 or email uk. Authors writing all genres and ages are welcome. WHERE: Redbridge Central Library

WHEN: Saturday 13th February, 2pm & 4pm WHAT: Tortoise and the Hare - Northern Ballet’s new ballet for children. For tickets and more details ring the box office on 01279 431945. WHERE: The Playhouse, Harlow



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eorge loves jumping in muddy puddles, everyone loves jumping in muddy puddles”... this quote, as any parents of ‘Peppa Pig’ fans will know, is used frequently in the programme, and my own ‘George’ is no exception to this activity. He watches the show religiously and takes their opinions fully on board, so when the recent rains came down he was quick to throw his feet into his wellies and sprint to the park for some jumping. He leapt like a grasshopper from puddle to puddle, falling and laughing like some mud-obsessed escaped lunatic. It was at this stage I realised jogging bottoms where the wrong garments to wear. The grinning swamp monster squelched his way back to me, arms open wide for a cuddle, “No, no” I quickly stuttered, “lets hold the other end of this stick eh? And follow me home” as I offered him one end of a stick long enough to keep me from getting coated in his mud. We must have appeared like we were looking for any stray limbo dancers as we walked home, across the width of a pavement each grasping one end of the branch. I realised I’d been watching too much Peppa Pig with him the other day when I actually shouted at the TV, “I really hate Peppa, she’s a complete moron!” as she did something foolish. The Mrs looked at me, eyebrows raised with a knowing look that seemed to say, “Really?... Peppa’s the moron here is she??”. We’ve been attempting more potty training lately, and I’m pleased to report this is going well, but there was a recent incident that took us back a few steps. It was



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Essex to join them in the tournament. Tony Ikel is also a Senior Coach who regularly coaches wheelchair archers at Stoke Mandeville hospital and archers come to the club for performance coaching. Many club members have been selected to shoot for Essex over the years and there has always been a small but often successful junior section. Archery is not just about top level competition, many members only shoot at the club and, if they wish, there are a variety of personal awards they can shoot for or, in the summer, sit and enjoy the sunshine and the company and shoot as much as they want with other club members. Oakfield Archers run beginners classes throughout the year. The course comprises of six lessons where you will be trained by fully qualified instructors and coaches as well as being loaned training equipment for the duration of each lesson. Once you have passed the course you will be given the opportunity to join the club and participate in club nights; county, regional and national competitions; and social events throughout the year. This course costs £60 for adults and £50 for juniors (over 10s). If you are interested in taking part please contact Joan Ikel on 020 8551 1074 or for more information visit or see

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Essex Central - The Loop - Feb 2016 - Issue 19  
Essex Central - The Loop - Feb 2016 - Issue 19