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This month we are looking forward to Easter and feature some great ways to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays, we have days out and activities to try at home so you should be sorted whatever the weather. Last month we had the pleasure of visiting Down Hall Country House Hotel to check out their new spa facilities and were very impressed, a full review can be found on pages 20 and 21. Finally I would like to say happy Mother’s Day to all the mums, mums to be and nans out there! If you are still looking to book a family meal to celebrate then why not contact one of the lovely restaurants advertising with us this month.

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SV Sports Therapy - sports injury clinic and sports massage therapists are pleased to announce the opening of 2 new clinics! Based in Station Road Wellness Centre, Epping, the team will now be at The Limes Medical Centre, Epping and Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate, Loughton from March. SV Sports Therapy is the only official 2016 London Marathon clinic in Essex and the official sports injury clinic for this year’s Brentwood Half Marathon on 20th March and St Clare Hospice 10k event on 10th


Year 11 West Hatch High School students Ela Reeves, James Scollan and Lorena Pipenco recently organised a Quiz Night for school staff to raise money for the school’s Borneo Expedition 2017. There were nine rounds of questions and a raffle with a variety of prizes. The quiz was won by Team LesQuizerbles who received certificates and chocolates as their prize. Each of the students took on different organising roles for the evening. Ela said: “Overall I believe the evening was great fun and a huge achievement as we raised a lot of money. Thank you to all the team members who participated.” Meanwhile PE teacher Lizzie Edwards is in training for the London Marathon when she will be running for the charity Barnardo’s. She has set herself a target of £1,800. She said: “With your help I can do that and together we can help change the lives of so many young children here in the UK. “By donating, you will be helping the most vulnerable children who may be being abused, forgotten or neglected.” To add your support, go to her JustGiving page at Elizabeth-Edwards9/

April. At both events, the team will be on hand providing pre and post sports injury treatment and sports massage where ALL donations go to charity. If you are training for any sporting events and would like any sports injury advice, get in touch with the team! SV Sports Therapy will be open 6 days per week including evenings and weekends throughout their 3 clinic sites. Lizzie Tel: 07904 116757 Edwards


VILLAGERS GIVEN THREE WEEKS TO COMMIT TO NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Villagers in North Weald, Thornwood Common and Hastingwood have been given three weeks to decide whether to commit their time to working on a Neighbourhood Plan. North Weald Bassett Parish Council will then decide whether there is sufficient community support to proceed with creating a plan. More than 40 residents and 11 members of the parish council attended a public meeting held by the parish council to highlight the idea of the Plan which can ensure local people have a say over new development and community infrastructure in their community. Clerk to the Council Susan De Luca said that a Neighbourhood Plan must actively promote development and must be community-led. The council’s Principal Financial & Administrative Officer, Adriana Jones, said: “It’s a powerful tool which affords the community an element of control in terms of what happens in their community with regards to land use.” She stressed that a Neighbourhood Plan cannot stop development and must not be in conflict with Epping Forest District

Council’s Local Plan and national planning policies. Residents and local community groups would be involved with the Plan, along with the district council, local land owners and developers, and anyone with a potential interest. The parish council needs to increase awareness and build up local

contacts, and get the community on board if a Neighbourhood Plan is to get off the ground. Local people are needed to form a steering group which will lead the work with support from the parish council. The Designated Neighbourhood


A new telephone helpline for the residents of Park Homes has been welcomed by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing. The helpline - 020 3846 6601 - offers advice on all matters relating to Park Home living. The Epping Forest area has Park Homes at Breach Barns, Galley Hill, Waltham Abbey, and Woodbine Close in Waltham Abbey. Mrs Laing said: “I want to pay tribute to Dame Annette Brook, the former Liberal Democrat MP, who has worked hard on this issue for many years and to Sonia McColl OBE who leads the Park Home Owners Justice Campaign for all they have done in setting up this excellent initiative.” Eleanor Laing (far left ) at the Further information about the Park Homes Helpline launch helpline can be found at


Area consists of most of the Parish of North Weald Bassett, with the exception of an area west of Thornwood Road, between Rye Hill Road and the M11 roundabout, which includes Latton Priory. Mrs Jones said: “The Parish is three villages - North Weald, Thornwood Common and Hastingwood - and there are over 7,000 residents. “You (the 40-plus people at the meeting together with a very few who sent their apologies) are the only people who have come forward and said ‘we should do it’. “This is not enough. It takes community involvement.” Not having a plan means the Parish and its residents would miss an opportunity to have a great degree of control over future development. Mrs De Luca said: “At North Weald Parish Council we always like to ensure our residents have as much control as they can about the future of where they live, and I believe that is what we are trying to do with the Neighbourhood Plan.” Expressions of interest from people willing to commit their time to working on a Neighbourhood Plan should be with the parish council by Monday, March 7.


Kay Ranu and Mani Kaur are two young women from Essex and East London, who have been best friends since the age of 10. Over the years they have enjoyed spending time together, had a lot of fun and memories and always took pictures! They decided that the best

way to re-experience their love, friendship and journey together was best expressed with memories through pictures and decided to turn this into a business and help people share the same experience by offering memorabilia whilst having fun. Last year Kay and Mani launched Foto Fame, the new stylish way forward for photo booths. They are a unique photo booth company that operates from within an iconic London taxi! Mani said, “On a great night out, you always remember the taxi ride! So we put together the perfect night out with the new age taxi photo booth for the ultimate selfie experience. Whether it be a wedding, festive party, school prom, or even a 50th birthday bash, Foto Fame is the ideal fun factor to add to any occasion. We offer exclusive and bespoke packages from as little as £300, which includes unlimited prints and can also offer a pick and mix sweet table, guest books, personalised branding and themed props.” Please visit the website for more information and keep updated on twitter for discount offers and promotions. @FameFoto


Mega Media Printing opened in Barkingside High Street in May 2015. They are now approaching their first anniversary and look forward to celebrating a successful year in business. Mega Media is a photographic and digital printing shop that offer a wide range of services. They have specialist photographers, with vast experience of taking passport pictures for adults and children from new born age. They offer a

digital photo printing service from any camera or phone and can also reproduce a picture from another picture even if it needs some restoration. They do personalised photo gifts for any occasion e.g. weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and many more. The list of gift products which can be personalised is extensive, but includes, mug printing, T-shirt printing, canvases, posters, pillow cases,

jigsaws, calendars, snow globes and made to measure photo frames. Their digital printing services include business cards, flyers/ leaflets, booklets, brochures, invitation cards (for birthday, wedding, anniversary etc), letterheads, banners and more and also offer an in-house design service for all those printing needs. Mega Media Printing can be found at 10 High Street, Barkingside, Ilford IG6 2DF



King Harold Academy students at the Girls in STEM event

KING HAROLD ACADEMY STUDENTS ATTEND GIRLS IN STEM EVENT IN LONDON Nine Year 9 girls at King Harold Academy, Waltham Abbey, attended the Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) event organised and sponsored by Accenture UK at the Royal Institute, London. Tasked with designing a belt buckle using 3D software, Rosie Seddon won second prize - an iPod shuffle - for innovation and creativity while Amy Vallance won the programming prize - an Asus tablet for the fastest code breaker! The event was a great opportunity for the girls to experience different aspects of STEM and see how women can be a huge asset within the organisations. The day featured speeches from CEOs, engineers,

marketing executives - all of whom were women who worked for world renowned organisations - and MPs. The girls were encouraged to develop their communication skills by working with girls from other schools in various workshops. This enabled them to talk about their experiences and think about where they saw themselves in the future working within STEM. Harmy Juttla, King Harold Academy’s Curriculum Team Leader for Computer Science and Business Studies, said: “It was a highly motivational and inspirational day for all the girls who attended from King Harold Academy.”

CHIGWELL SCHOOL STAFF PANTOMIME RAISES £2,500 Chigwell School staff helped raise £2,500 when they staged the latest staff pantomime. The tenth biannual staff pantomime was directed by Sixth Form Drama Scholars Will Weightman and Barney Walsh.


This year’s performance of Peter Pan featured a 16-strong cast of staff - including teachers and support staff - who provided songs, dance and slapstick comedy to two full houses. The money will be split between Save the Children and the Timothy

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Eggtastic activities to entertain the kids during the school holidays ACTIVITY CAMPS

Barracudas, the UK’s No1 children’s activity camp offers peace of mind for working parents during the Easter and summer holidays. They have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted more times and more consistently than any other activity day camp provider and because they’re registered with Ofsted you have the added bonus of using your childcare vouchers as payment! They have the best staff to child ratios for any comparable provider and also offer extended hours from 8am-6pm. They operate at over 35 locations and have Easter camps running at Chigwell School and Woodford County High School from 29th March to 8th April. With action packed programmes for 4.5-16 year olds, and choice of varied activities including archery, swimming, fencing, motor sports, arts & crafts, dance & drama they have plenty to keep your children entertained! As well as all the above activities they have fantastic roaming equipment that visits camps including a bungee run and giant inflatable assault course. The popular camps sell out fast, to secure your child’s place call 0845 123 5299 or visit www. for more information and summer dates.




Making your own Easter eggs is a great activity for rainy days and easier than you might think.

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Reserve a small amount of the chocolate to use later. 6. Once set, use a knife to scrape any excess chocolate from the outside of the moulds to leave a smooth edge. 7. Carefully remove each half from the moulds. Fill one half with sweets. 8. Melt the remaining chocolate and use it to stick the 2 halves together. Leave in a cool place to set fully. 9. Decorate with your choice of chocolates, sweets, sprinkles or edible glitter using a little melted chocolate as the glue.

1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. 2. Take off the heat and allow to cool (but still remain runny). 3. Spoon a quarter of the chocolate into each half of the egg moulds and spread evenly and thickly using the brush to cover the moulds. 4. Place in the fridge for 5

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Head outdoors into the spring sunshine and hunt down some tasty treats left behind by the Easter Bunny! There are a variety of egg hunts being organised locally this Easter weekend. On Sunday 27th March Copped Hall in Epping and The

Gibberd Garden in Harlow both have egg hunts arranged, which will also allow you to see the wonderful spring flowers that have appeared this month. From Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th March you can visit the egg trail at Valentines Mansion and Gardens and also participate in

Easter crafts on the Monday whilst Epping Ongar Railway’s beloved Bertie Bunny will be leading what is probably the longest Easter egg hunt in Essex. It will run the length of the railway track from Ongar through to Coopersale, which is the length of 131,579 eggs placed end to end! Children will be asked to find the eggs which have been hidden by Bertie around the Railway. They will have some clues to help them and any child who completes their egg sheet is entitled to a special Easter prize. In addition there will be ‘The Bunny Hop’ - Bertie’s special children’s disco and face painting (additional charge applies). A great day out for the family! For more information and prices visit: thegibberdgarden., valentines, coppedhalltrust., eorailway.


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With the weather getting better why not visit a fantastic local site for a great day out? The Discover Me website lists some great attractions with a range of activities and events to suit all budgets. Our Redbridge members include the historic Hospital Chapel in Ilford which has set open days throughout

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the summer months starting on Saturday 12 March, 10am -2.30pm. Valentines Mansion and Gardens is another of our Redbridge sites. Set in lush parkland you can explore 300 years of history in the Mansion with recreated period rooms and there are also lovely historic gardens. You can combine your visit with a trip to the Gardeners Cottage Café. Visit the Discover Me website

The Hospital Chapel, Ilford to find out about events and activities at these venues and to plan your visit. Metropolitan Essex has fascinating sites across the London Boroughs of Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and also Thurrock, ideal for a day out. Intriguing heritage, inspiring architecture and things to do for all the family – visit now to Discover Me!



We visited Down Hall Country House Hotel to see their newly refurbished rooms and try out their luxury spa facilities.


riginally developed nearly 800 years ago Down Hall Country House Hotel has seen many changes throughout the ages and the modern day building stays true to its historical roots, such as an engraving of “Ibbertson” on the front facade, one of the main families to have owned the building, along with the “Selwins”. These days the grand country house plays host to an exquisite hotel and spa with no expense spared on creating the perfect experience for its visitors.


After winding your way up the long driveway through the grounds towards the hotel you are greeted by the magnificent sight of Down Hall in all its glory surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens, woodland and parkland. Inside it’s everything you would expect from a country house hotel of this stature with sparkling chandeliers, open fires, ornate ballrooms and the finest service from attentive staff, making it a popular choice for weddings, romantic getaways and special occasions.

Executive Room


The hotel is currently undergoing a full renovation of all the bedrooms and communal spaces, with half of the 100 bedrooms being complete at present. We were told that they expect the rest of the works to be finished by this summer. We were shown to our room, which we were delighted to see was an Executive Room in the refurbished part of the hotel. The room was spacious, beautifully decorated and boasted a super king size bed, chandelier above the bed and views over the grounds. The luxury bathroom was well appointed and very clean. The room felt modern, whilst still retaining the traditional feel of the hotel. We immediately felt relaxed and looked forward to trying out the facilities that Down Hall has to offer.

knew we would get attentive and speedy service, which was very welcome. The contemporary British menu is reasonably priced, with a set price for 3 courses of £32.50 or £25.95 for 2 courses. The food was very tasty and nicely presented, however we did feel the portions were a little on the small side (compared to other fine dining restaurants we have visited), perfect for a special occasion, but maybe not if you have a large appetite. Breakfast is also served in The Grill Room, which was a lot busier for this service. There was a choice of Full English or Continental Breakfasts, both of which were served buffet style in the centre of the room. We both opted for the Full English and enjoyed the food very much, the sausages were particularly moreish!

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We decided to take a look at the gym area, it’s small but has everything you need, and better still it’s practically empty as most people staying at the hotel are there for weddings or business meetings with little time for a workout. We had the gym to ourselves and the adjacent steam room and sauna, it was bliss! Again everything was sparkling clean and maintained to the highest standard. If a gym session isn’t for you then maybe a stroll through the beautiful grounds, with a picnic supplied by the hotel would suit better. There are also tennis courts and outdoor games are available too.


After a stroll through the grounds we were ready for diner, and headed to ‘The Grill Room’ restaurant. We were one of only 4 couples dining in the restaurant that evening, as most of the guests were attending a wedding taking place in the Ballroom, so we

The Eden Spa is a new addition to the hotel, being completed just last year. We booked in for a Full Body Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy Massage, then a session in the spa pool. The treatment rooms are luxurious and relaxing, with dimmed lights, soft music playing and comfy treatment couches. We were in the double treatment room, which was a nice touch and great for couples enjoying a romantic getaway. The massages were amazing, very relaxing and the perfect way to end our break. The brand new spa is very impressive, with rainforest showers, steam room, sauna and a jet whirl pool that completely sooths away all those aches and pains, it is well worth a visit even if you are not staying at the hotel. Down Hall is a beautiful historic venue, with all the modern touches and comforts you need and the service and facilities are superb. We would fully recommend a weekend trip and use of the spa facilities if you’re looking to treat that special someone or just feel you deserve a relaxing break. Down Hall Country House Hotel Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex CM22 7AS. Tel: 01279 731441

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Make way Kim Kardashian! We have yet another beauty trend we can thank Kylie Jenner for - Ballerina Nails. These nails are shaped long and sharp but as they are squarer than the popular ‘stiletto’ shape, they’re easier to maintain. We also know them as ‘coffin’ nails because of the shape. Although they’ve been around for a while, we are forecasting ballerina nails as the biggest nail trend for 2016. You will need to visit a beauty or nail salon to achieve this look as it’s created with acrylic or gel. Matte finishes look really chic with this shape nail as well as nude and dark polishes.

a first for the nail industry. Last year brands like Ciate launched a toner, serum and overnight mask for nails and this year it comes supercharged with superfoods. Nails Inc has just launched a regenerative Overnight Detox Mask with green tea, acai and spirulina and also a Nail Grow treatment powered by matcha green tea. Following skincare for nails we start to see makeup for nails! You’ve heard it all now right? While Orly got in on the act early with its BB Crème, the new generation comes courtesy of Butter London with its Nail Tinted Moisturizers. Free of nasties and formulated with vitamin E the polishes lock in moisture and deliver a hint of tint to complement your skin tone.


If the natural look isn’t your thing, then this trend will surely be right up your street. We predict that using lots of nail accessories to go over and off the free edge of your nail is probably the most out there kind of nail embellishment. Almost like jewellery for your nails, dangling jewels, chains and serious 3D texture were seen on the catwalks. Team up with lots of hand jewellery and you are good to go. Practicality? Zero. On trend? Totally. By Amanda Anastasiou If you would like to have your hair, nails or make-up done by Amanda, Amanda please visit www. Anastasiou


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Avoid injury with this advice from Sophie Vowden from SV Sports Therapy


Are you struggling with knee pain? Most knee pain arises from either a repetitive injury i.e. your knee bending and straightening thousands of times over the course of a run, causing ITB pain or patella (kneecap) pain, or due to past trauma to the knee i.e. wear and tear in the cartilage. To help your knee pain, try increasing your cadence. Cadence is how many steps you take per minute. Often when we have a low cadence of 150-160 steps per minute, it causes the knee extreme force and aggravates the structures in the knee. The optimum cadence is 180 steps per minute. To find out your cadence, during your next run in the middle of your run once you are warmed up, count how many steps you take in 15 seconds and multiply this by 4. Then repeat this again on your next run and then calculate an average. If your cadence is below 180 steps per minute, you want to start self-teaching by taking shorter strides and a higher turnover in steps. This doesn’t and shouldn’t mean you are going faster. Improving your cadence takes time and practice. Stick with it and you should notice some improvement with your painful symptoms.


Are your legs feeling sore, tight and heavy after your long runs? As we get older we tend to blame age and our body’s inability to recover as quick as we did

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10-20 years ago. But we shouldn’t be so flippant and dishonest to our bodies! What is your recovery strategy? At SV Sports Therapy we are huge advocates for a sound recovery regime. After your long runs we advise you have a quick shower to clean yourself, dry off, then put a jumper on, hat if you would like as well and then sit in the bath tub with the plug secure. Start running the cold tap and let the cold water rise until it reaches your thighs. So your upper body is dry and warm with your jumper on and your legs are sitting in cold water, enhancing the recovery process of endurance training stress. Of

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course, if you are brave and willing enough, immerse your whole body and add some ice cubes in the bath. Try and sit for 5 minutes and then increase this by 1 minute every time you have a cold bath after your long runs i.e. once a week, aiming for 15 minutes. Cryotherapy (cold water treatment) has been shown to help recovery to the muscles after endurance training. After all, you need optimum recovery ready for next week’s run programme! For more sports injury advice, please contact Sophie at, 07904 116757,





o matter what your budget is, a sofa will always be a big investment, but get it right and it’ll be one that’ll pay dividends for years to come. Unlike accessories and homewares which will naturally change from season to season, a sofa will need to act as a corner stone to any décor scheme.


When it comes to choosing a size, you’ll need to consider how many people you’ll be looking to seat as well as the dimensions of your room. Measure up the space carefully, allowing for a small gap at either end and accounting for any other furniture you’ll be adding in, such as lamp or side tables.


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A large sofa squeezed into a small space will only serve to make the space look smaller so if you’re looking to seat a larger number, consider opting for a slightly more compact model and matching it with an armchair or snuggler. As well as the width and length of your space, don’t forget to consider its height; high-backed sofas will complement lofty rooms, while those with lower backs will help to create an illusion of space when paired with a low ceiling.


The shape of your sofa is one of the most important decisions you’ll make and with so many options available it can often be the hardest. From backs and seats to legs and

arms, each separate element will play a defining role in the look of the sofa so familiarise yourself with the variety of styles available before you start to browse. Models with shapely curves, rolled arms and turned legs will sit beautifully in period homes with traditional décor schemes, while those with straight backs, square arms and plinth feet such as the Parker Knoll Leon will be better suited to contemporary homes. The function of your space should also be taken into account when deciding on styles. For occasional spaces such as drawing rooms or libraries, a fixed or formal back will add a beautifully tailored touch. For oft-used family rooms, pillow-backs will provide a more casual look.



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n the northern rim of the Alps, mountain peaks and glacial lakes fill Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland. Within this heavenly area, pretty villages can be found, some only accessible by cable car. This incredible holiday, based in a top-class hotel, includes excursions to admire some of these isolated dwellings and the impressive scenery that surrounds them, which can simultaneously inspire and daunt with gentle green slopes overlooked by imposing rock faces. These are balanced with free days to explore at your own pace with the extensive rail and cable car network at your disposal. It’s been put together by Titan Travel. They refuse to compromise on

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quality, and ensure that your holiday balances value, peace of mind and that adventurous travel spirit. That spirit is much in evidence in this Alpine Rail Adventure, which includes multiple excursions and a regional pass giving you unlimited travel, at your own pace, within Bernese Oberland. No one includes more in the price, led by Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service. This means that the holiday starts at your front door thanks to a comfortable transfer from your home to the airport and back again. Titan pioneered home transfers many years ago and their service is still streets ahead of the competition with no mileage limits or supplements to pay.

H Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service H Free connecting flights from regional airports H Check-in service by Titan staff with porterage H Services of an experienced Titan tour manager H Scheduled British Airways direct flights H Best available coaches with experienced drivers H Hotel porterage (one bag per person) H Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges H UK Air Passenger Duty ç


ç ITINERARY DAY 1 London - Zurich - Grindelwald.

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Zurich. Sit back and enjoy a transfer to Grindelwald and the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof. Relax into your peaceful surroundings with a welcome drink and dinner this evening. DAY 2 Grindelwald.

Lake Brienz

Today is for exploration at leisure. A Bernese Oberland Pass is included to transport you to many outstanding attractions including the impressive Jungfrau Region, Lake Brienz, and several lovely towns. DAY 3 Brienzer Rothorn.

Paddle steamer across Lake Brienz

Spend today enjoying this beautiful area. The small steam locomotive takes around an hour to push the carriage uphill from Lake Brienz to the summit station on Brienzer Rothorn (2,244m above sea level), but the captivating views make it seem like just minutes, and an


incredible view over more than one hundred mountain peaks awaits at the top. On arrival in Brienz, take a paddle steamer across the stunning turquoise glacial waters before a train takes you back to Grindelwald for dinner at the hotel.

of footpaths, 160km of mountain bike trails, waterfalls, alpine lakes and breathtaking panoramic views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

DAY 5 Lake Thun. After breakfast we take a train to DAY 4 Interlaken, with free time to explore Grindelwald. at leisure. With its unique location between two lakes (Lake Thun and Lake Brienz), Interlaken is also in the heart of the magnificent Jungfrau Region and affords views of the world-famous Alps from its main street, the Hoheweg. We cruise from Interlaken to the city of Thun. The narrow lanes of its unique Old Town are presided Lucerne over by the 12th century towers Today is free for you to enjoy at of Thun Castle, now a museum your leisure. You may like to travel of the region’s development over to Lucerne, using your Bernese the last four centuries. Lake Thun Oberland Pass to explore this is a beautiful spot, surrounded by wonderful city, or explore the 500km fabulous mountain scenery dotted


“Incredible views over more than 100 mountain peaks awaits” with ancient churches. We return to Grindelwald by train. DAY 6 Grindelwald. After four days of learning the local transport system, you have another day to explore at leisure, maybe venturing further afield with your Bernese Oberland Pass. DAY 7 Schilthorn.

The Eiger

Today, take a train to Kleine Scheidegg to witness the awe-

inspiring Eiger. From this close, the mountain’s imposing north face is just stupendous. Continue to Stechelberg, the starting point of the Schilthorn Cable Car in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It will take you to the Schilthorn, the location of the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant, named for the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, some of which was filmed here. There is an exhibition dedicated to the film and the restaurant offers stunning and exhilarating panoramic views. Returning to the cable car, another journey takes you to Mürren. At 1,650m above sea level, it is the highest continually inhabited village settlement in the canton of Bern and unreachable by road. Take a stroll through this village to the train station to continue our journey back to Grindewald by cable car and train in time for the final dinner together.

Schilthorn cable car

DAY 8 Grindelwald - Zurich - London. Transfer to the airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.


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WHEN: Every Friday, 6pm-8pm WHAT: Hotstepperz Dance Class - Street and Freestyle dancing open to any level, ages 11+. £2 members, £3 non-members. WHERE: The Jack Carter Centre, The Drive, Ilford IG1 3PS

WHEN: Every Saturday, 10.30am WHAT: Wanstead Place Walk Steady pace, some gentle slopes and uneven terrain. Allow between 1 - 2 hours. Enquiries: 020 8708 0954. WHERE: Entrance of Wanstead Place Surgery, E11 2SW WHEN: Every Wednesday (term time only), 9.30am-10.30am WHAT: Back2Netball - Get back into netball, all abilities welcome. Ladies aged 16+, £3. For more information contact Lucy Hantson 07854 090628 or email Lucy.hantson@ WHERE: Redbridge Sports & Leisure Centre, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HD WHEN: Every Thursday, 12noon - 4pm WHAT: Open Thursday Coffee Shop - We have real coffee and interesting biscuits, (or you might fancy toast). All are welcome to stay for 10mins or all afternoon. 50p donation to cover expenses. WHERE: Gants Hill Methodist Church, 18 Gants Hill Crescent IG2 6TU


WHEN: Saturday 5th March, 10am-12.30pm WHAT: Velazquez - An illustrated art history lecture examining the work of one of the great masters. Cost £14 (plus £1 if not a BHCA member). For more details ring 020 8504 6668 or email office@ WHERE: Buckhurst Hill Community Association, Bedford House, Westbury Road, Buckhurst Hill WHEN: Monday 7th March, 7.30pm-9.30pm WHAT: Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society Winter Talk - Marks Hall - Then and Now. For more information email chairman Maureen Briggs at mbriggs@ or ring 020 8504 8436.

WHERE: St James’ United Reformed Church, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill

WHEN: Tuesday 8th March, 8pm WHAT: NE London RSPB Group Talk on restoring rivers for wildlife. Admission £3 for RSPB members, £3.50 for non-members. For more details ring David Littlejohns on 020 8989 4746 or email WHERE: St Mary’s Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford

WHEN: Saturday 12th March, 10am-noon WHAT: Nearly New Table Top Sale - New or nearly new children’s clothes, toys and equipment and maternity wear. All Proceeds to Theydon Bois Pre School Group. Sellers pay £16 for a table which they will man themselves; sellers keep all money taken. Buyers pay 50p admission. For more details, email WHERE: Scout Hut, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois WHEN: Saturday 12th March, 7.30pm WHAT: Felicitas Chamber Choir presents: ‘Baroque and Beyond’ Vivaldi - Kyrie, Purcell - My heart is inditing, J S Bach - Der Geist hilft, Rutter - Requiem. Tickets: £12 (£10 if purchased in advance - free for children & full-time students under 25). To

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WHEN: Saturday 12th March, 10am-3pm WHAT: Willow Weaving Workshop - Construct and take home a willow obelisk support for climbing plants to enhance your garden. No experience necessary, materials provided. Cost £37 (plus £1 if not a BHCA member). For more details ring 020 8504 6668 or email WHERE: Buckhurst Hill Community Association, Bedford House, Buckhurst Hill

WHEN: Saturday 12th March, 2.30pm WHAT: National Jazz Archive Concert - With British Jazz Awardwinning pianist and vocalist Liane Carroll accompanied by Roger Carey on bass and Pete Cater on drums, (below). Tickets £15. For details and to book tickets, visit www., email events@ nationaljazzarchive. or ring 020 8502 4701. WHERE: Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton

WHEN: Monday 14th March, 1.45pm WHAT: West Essex Flower Club Meeting - A demonstration by Annette Parshotam entitled “Hollywood meets Bollywood”. A warm welcome awaits all. Visitors pay £5.00 on the door. WHERE: Thornwood Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood WHEN: Saturday 19th March, 10am-3pm WHAT: Watercolour Learning from the Artist, discover the techniques of Emil Nolde and how to use them in your own work. All levels. Cost £27 (plus £1 if not 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 19th March, 7.30pm WHAT: Rotary Club of Ongar Fundraising Event for St Clare Hospice - BBC gardening expert Christine Walkden will give a talk on Exotics for your Garden’, followed by a question and answer session. Tickets, priced £10 (£12 on the door) are available from Tony Moore on 01279 902452 or by emailing WHERE: Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar WHEN: Sunday 20th March WHAT: Guided Tour of Copped Hall - Tours start at 10am and last about two-and-a-half to three hours and cover the gardens, a large part of the mansion, the cellars and stables. Gates open at 10am with last entry at 11am. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes available in the Racquets Court where there is a shop selling books about Copped Hall and a range of gifts. Secondhand books on sale in the mansion. There are also permanent exhibitions. Entry £8 per person. WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping

WHEN: Friday 25th March, 7.30pm WHAT: Epping Church Choirs Association Concert - Fauré’s Requiem, conducted by Simon Winters. Entry free. Retiring collection for charity. WHERE: St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Epping WHEN: Sunday 27th March, 2pm-6pm WHAT: Easter Egg Trail - An opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the garden, with activities for children, including an Easter egg trail. Refreshments in the Barn Tea Room. Adults £4, concessions £3. Accompanied children 5-16 £1. Free for under 5’s. WHERE: The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow CM17 0NA WHEN: Sunday 27th March, 2pm-4pm WHAT: Easter Egg Hunt - Children can see the Easter bunny and join in an Easter egg hunt while adults enjoy the spring flowers. Tea/coffee and homemade cakes and gift shop available until 4pm. Entry £5 per person. Egg hunt: 50p per child taking part. Car park will be closed at 5pm and locked at 5.15pm. WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping WHEN: Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th March WHAT: Egg Hunt & Easter Crafts Follow the trail around the house and gardens to find the hidden eggs and bunnies and pick up your special treat when you complete it! £1 per child, 11am-2pm. On Bank holiday Monday join us to have some fun with Easter arts and crafts. We’ll be making masks, cards and some fantastic stands for your Easter eggs! £5 per child (age 3+), 11am-12.30pm. WHERE: Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford IG1 4XA


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he Loughton Arts Centre was opened in 2011 at 187b High Road and is part of Lopping Hall. Originally, it was going to be a source of local information on events that were taking place in Loughton. Within two weeks of opening, local people asked to exhibit their paintings. They very quickly grew a waiting list so the space was transformed into a gallery. The space is dedicated to the visual arts which include, painting and drawing, photography, sculpture, design and illustration. The exhibition changes fortnightly so that the community can experience the variety and richness of the works on display. It is free of charge which makes it an ideal place to just browse. Judging by the quality of the work so far, it certainly proves that there is a tremendous amount of talent in the locality. There is obviously a need for the Gallery as they have bookings right up until the end of the year so check the website for details. They are open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm where friendly and helpful Stewards will be happy to provide you with information about the works on display. The Centre recently hosted a very successful Christmas Craft Fair which highlighted local artisans and raised funds to support their local arts programme. Splashes of colour lit up the gallery with sumptuous displays of sculpture, jewellery, crochet, hand crafted soaps, ceramics, woodcarving, hand knitting, embroidery, soft sculpture and greetings cards. This proved to be so popular with the community that it will be an annual event, so a definite date for the diary! January was a very exciting month in the Centre when

local schools were invited to provide artworks by students. Roding Valley High School, Davenant Foundation and the Oak-Tree Group of Schools participated with original displays of rich and diverse work. Prizes were awarded for the most outstanding works, a very difficult decision, and presented by Loughton Mayor, Judy Jennings. The enjoyable evening on the 8th February, was attended by pupils, parents, teachers and representatives from the gallery. All agreed that giving young people the opportunity to show their work in an authentic gallery setting was a confidence building experience for all the students taking part. Loughton Arts Centre has a unique place in Loughton, it enables artists to exhibit their works in a friendly and well organised space. They try to encourage all artists: professional, aspiring, or just enthusiastic - there is a Summer Exhibition, that is open to everyone. The people who keep Loughton Arts Centre going are all volunteers and their enthusiasm for this little gallery is commendable. To have such a space in a busy High Road is truly special and everyone involved appreciates how lucky they are to have such a place to enjoy within the community. Loughton Arts Centre 187b High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 4LF. Tel: 07532 053 194








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hy can’t I see?!” He yelled... “where are you!!??” for the 5th time that minute he had not grasped what I was trying to explain. “George, let me wipe your face with the flannel, you have conjunctivitis” of course he didn’t know what was going on, he just knew that he couldn’t open his eyes and after a bit of persuading he finally rubbed then himself and began to open them. We took a trip took doctors and got some eye drops. However, whilst sat in the large waiting room he kindly decided it would be fun to put me through some major social embarrassment. We had taken his ‘doctors kit’ a small stethoscope, the circle mirror to look in the mouth, something that goes in your ear... you get the picture. So, we sat down, and smiled to the family opposite, he began my examination with my hands, with no instruments but his eyes. Grasping them he moved so close his nose was touching my palm, there he waited, then looked up and yelled... “Wash your hands Daddy!” I grimaced a smile once again to the family opposite, and just as I

“Like the angriest ventriloquist you’d ever seen”

was about to say “They’re clean honest, in fact I’ve only just washed them” he opened the medical kit, took out the mirror instrument and thrust it violently into my mouth, his face of concentration followed swiftly behind it and I sat there,


motionless, waiting whilst sweating for him to deliver his verdict. “Why do you have a black tooth Daddy?!” I was about to explain that it was a filling when he did the double on me, firstly he smashed the stethoscope hearing pad onto my chest with such force that my heart nearly stopped, whilst reeling from this he shoved the ear probe violently into position at which stage I yelled a few blue expletives through gritted teeth, like the angriest ventriloquist you’d ever seen. The doctor finally arrived, took one look at me with my bleeding ears, punctured chest, missing teeth and called an ambulance. Later that week it was time to enjoy a party for one of the children at his nursery. We didn’t know it at first but the parents had hired some special guest characters, from the animated film Frozen. The pretty young women playing Elsa seemed to be hoping Simon Cowell would burst through the door, or at the very least a few of the parents would upload her singing talents to youtube. She meandered her way through the three years olds, bending down to sing full pelt into their little faces, with their hair flying back and flapping eyebrows, each child’s facial skin was rippling in waves to the back of their heads as she yelled “Let it go, LET IT GOOOO!” Once she had finished, and the children had found their eyebrows, she kindly asked if anyone would like pictures. A flurry of dads started to rise from their seats, only for their partners to grip the hands, vice like, fake a smile to the room, and pull them sternly back down. The groans echoed throughout the

hall whilst Elsa just stood there, oblivious. One by one the kids came up (with their mums) and started having some photos, all was going well until a 7 foot snowman rocked

“Elsa seemed to be hoping Simon Cowell would burst through the door”

up and started trying to muscle in on the kids photos, I was fuming and started to angrily head over whilst rolling my sleeves up “I’ll smash the carrot off his face” I said as I tried to keep the peace, however... as some of you may know, the snowman is actually another character, “That’s Olaf you moron!” my lady’s voice echoed around the hall as she grabbed my arm. I stood there, kids staring back, Elsa unsure, parents confused, and Olaf with arms folded... “I just wanted a pic” I said, and picked up my son, thank fully I’d escaped too much embarrassment. We went over to the snowman and after the initial frosty reception (hilarious, I know) the guy seemed quite decent. I envisaged a scenario about an hour from now, me and the snowman sat outside a pub, having a pint, when the kids come past and have their dreams of Olaf tarnished. Anyway, that wasn’t to happen, as it was soon time to collect his party bag and go home. ...TO BE CONTINUED

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ne of the earliest Essex Golf Clubs, Theydon Bois is nestled in the heart of Epping Forest, steeped in tradition, designed by James Braid, five times winner of The Open and a prolific golf course designer. le 4th ho Playing this traditional English forest course through the changing seasons of the year is a delight to the senses and the soul. The essential character of the 1897 design remains intact, although our Green-staff Team constantly look to enhance the course with modern practices and technology. The course is accessible to nonmembers throughout the week, and provides a true test for all skill levels. The clubhouse provides a cosy atmosphere to relax after a round, with the veranda providing a stunning vista of the course. Barista coffee and our breakfast menu are available from 7.30am, 7 days a week, and the bar opens for more exciting libations at 11am, with a diverse lunch menu available until closing time. We have a buoyant and diverse membership of which we are very proud. Ladies are particularly welcomed and will enjoy our Ladies and Mixed golf as well as integrated club golf competitions. Full equality has applied at Theydon Bois for many years. The club proudly fields teams in all major inter-club county competitions, and there is certainly a real badge of Winter golf honour to wear the “Theydon Blues”. t es b ’s it at

We are always looking to develop the next generation of Junior golfers, and our annual coaching program starts every spring, with all abilities encouraged (for more information please visit the clubs’ website or social media pages). We have a wide range of lifestyle and classic memberships available to provide suitable options for golfers of all ages, with new members very quickly integrated into the club, both on and off the course. Selecting the right golf course for a golf society or company day is not an easy task - there are many things to consider. But at Theydon we believe we can offer something for everyone. We offer a comprehensive range of packages to suit the requirements of societies and corporates. As a result, we have a high number of visitors with many returning year after year, so early bookings are recommended. Our packages range from simply a round of golf to a full day including breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more details and availability, email: richard@ All in all, Theydon Bois is a golf club for everyone, both members, guests and visitors alike so come along and see what we have to offer. For further information, please either visit our website or contact the Pro on 01992 813054.

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Essex Central - The Loop - March 2016 - issue 20  
Essex Central - The Loop - March 2016 - issue 20