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THE LOCAL MAGAZINE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE - ISSUE 30, APRIL 2016
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Calling all cyclists! Come down to Earls Colne Business Park between Braintree and Colchester on Sunday 22nd May and join us for a ride around the beautiful Colne Valley countryside and help raise vital funds for your local Air Ambulance Charity. The Essex Air Ambulance Colne Valley Cycle Ride is a fun and easy way to support the Charity. There are 3 routes to choose from; 50 miles for the serious cyclists, 20 miles for intermediate riders and a 3 mile family ride. The circular routes start and finish at The Cricket Pitch on Earls Colne Business Park, Earls Colne, CO6 2NS. Cycle Ride registration opens at 9am with staggered start times between 9:30am and 11:00am.
The helicopter will be at the event, giving people the unique opportunity to see the Air Ambulance up close and meet the Air Crew! Cyclists are encouraged to get sponsored to help raise even more funds to keep the helicopter flying and saving lives. There is no minimum amount to raise but just £50 from each cyclist taking part would make a huge difference…every little helps! The registration fee is £16 per cyclist in advance (pre-registration closes on 15th May) or £20 on the day. Under 14’s go free! (up to 3 children when cycling with full paying adult). For details visit EssexAirAmbulance. uk.com and to pre-register contact the Events Team on Events@EHAAT. uk.com or call 0345 241 7690.
STUDENTS’ CAKE SALE SUPPORTS BARNARDO’S
Students at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, raised £92.55 for the children’s charity Barnardo’s when they held a cake sale. The fundraising event was organised by Year 8 student Arjun Kuhaendran who has also held two other cake sales for charity. He said: “The day went really well. We sold cupcakes, brownies and cookies. I am hoping to do something else next time to make it more fun for the pupils. Overall it was fantastic I didn’t expect to get such a high total!” He added: “The help from (fellow students) Remi, Seyon and Sonya was what made it go so well on the day. The support from (headteacher) Mrs Howarth made the day happen and the extra baking of brownies from Mrs Sharma helped us a lot in making money. “The cakes went in seconds as soon as the crowd came. Organising it was a bit tricky but with the help of Nathan it made it much easier for me. “I hope that the money we raised will benefit the young poor children supported by Barnardo’s.” Headteacher Frances Howarth said: “I have been very impressed with Arjun’s and Nathan’s commitment to fundraising and to wanting to help others who are less fortunate than themselves. “The event was very well planned. Both boys are a real asset to the school.”
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EPPING FOREST MP ELEANOR LAING ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL CHURCHILL SOCIETY MEETING
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing attended a meeting of the International Churchill Society held at Chigwell Golf Club. The meeting - organised by chairman Tony Woodhead and secretary Raymond Warner, saw Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston, give a “brilliant” lecture which was illustrated by pictures and videos of the Great Man, entitled, “The Power of Words”. She took her enraptured audience through the history of Sir Winston’s most famous speeches explaining their importance and effect. For the
FUNDRAISING FOR A DEFIBRILLATOR
audience it was a very special experience - hearing about Sir Winston directly from his beloved granddaughter. Mrs Laing said: “Hearing about Sir Winston directly from his granddaughter, Celia, was a very special experience. “Celia is an accomplished historian and chronicler of her grandfather’s works. Her presentation was brilliant - most informative and utterly enthralling. “The members of the local branch of the International Churchill Society enjoyed it immensely.”
Fundraising is underway at a Loughton school to help provide a piece of equipment the school never wants to use. Emergency First Aid Ltd is working with Thomas Willingale School and Nursery in The Broadway to raise £1,000 for a defibrillator. Danny Hyde, Emergency First Aid Ltd director and lead instructor, hopes to eventually raise sufficient money to provide the equipment for other schools that it works with in the area. The company will provide free training once the defibrillator has been purchased. Danny said: “Our staff, shareholders and family will be taking on various challenges in the next few years to achieve this. A 100km run and a gruelling hike up Pen Y Fan are already planned along with a triathlon in September. Danny said: “Sadly 270 children die in the UK every Danny Hyde from year after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at school. Emergency First Aid “If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is to be given the opportunity to have a performed within three to five minutes of cardiac defibrillator based at our school, most of us are already arrest, survival chances increase from six per cent to trained on the use of one as we are highly trained in 74 per cent which is incredible. First Aid thanks to Emergency First Aid Limited. “A full defibrillator package costs roughly £1,000 so “This potentially life-saving equipment will be we have a massive challenge.” available not only for our school community to use, but Staff at Thomas Willingale have already received also the local community too.” training.They are an amazing school who really believe To support the fundraising effort visit https://crowd in First Aid for all.” Head Teacher Teresa Phillips said: “We are delighted funding.justgiving.com/Defibsinschools
LEARN TO FISH CARP ACADEMY LAUNCHES IN HAVERING The Learn to Fish Carp Academy in association with Angling Direct will launch at a lake in the London Borough of Havering in an attempt to get children from London, Essex, Herts and Kent away from the computer screens and back into the great outdoors during the school holidays with one of the nation’s favourite pass times, fishing. Concentrating on the fast growing carp fishing scene, children will learn the basics of fishing from qualified coaches with
the chance at landing a big fish to show their friends. The first bookable sessions are starting from the 28th of May 2016 and are open to children aged 7-15 at Tylers Common Fishery in Upminster. Although this is a paid event it does include free Membership to the Academy, free fishing equipment hire supplied by Angling Direct whilst all bait for the session is provided free by Baitcraft. Sessions are running throughout the school holidays with overflow
weekend sessions available. The academy is supported by the Angling trust and sponsored by some of the biggest tackle and bait manufacturers in the country. Interactive shopping baskets also take away the headache for parents wanting to purchase the equipment and bait needed for this exciting hobby. Availability is limited and sessions can be booked online at www. learntofish.co.uk or by calling 07535139632.
UNIVERSITY STUDENT TO ABSEIL OFF AVON GORGE FOR CHARITY A university student from Epping will be taking part in a 200m abseil from the top of Avon Gorge in Somerset to raise money for a charity which has supported her family for 21 years. Sophie Turrell, 19, of James Street, Epping, hopes to raise £200 when she takes the plunge to support the charity bibic, which supports children and young adults, on Saturday 7th May. Sophie said: “Bibic has this wonderful ability to welcome beautiful children, desperate parents and everyone in-between in the family, provide them with the support and comfort they need, for them to leave smiling and hopeful. “There is a rising population of children with disabilities nationally and I hope that through events like this, not only will they help fundraising for the charity, but also promote and expand the reach of the charity, so they are able to help even more children such as my brother.” Sophie’s family have been involved with bibic since her older brother, Charles, who will be 21 in
August, was eight months old. Sophie, who is in her first year studying law at the University of Winchester, said: “Before we found bibic, we were in a hopeless situation with the hospitals not offering any new information or help about Charles’ condition. “Bibic not only offered us help and answers, they offered us support as a family, not just for Charles. I can guarantee that without bibic, none of us would be where we are today.” Sophie’s only previous abseil experience saw her drop 20m on a climbing wall while on a school trip nine years ago. Now she is preparing for something far more daunting. She said: “This is going to be a massive challenge and I hope I remember the right techniques! When I agreed to take part I thought it would only be about 50m, or a little climbing wall. When I found out it was closer to 200m I almost fell off my chair! “I can’t imagine how I’m going to feel when I’m at the
top but I guarantee I’ll feel much better once I get to the bottom on solid ground again!” Anyone who wants to support Sophie’s fundraising effort can do so via her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/SophieAnne-Turrell
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The natural, cultural and man-made wonders of the world have enough for a lifetime’s travel on their own. The headliners are obvious: the pyramids of Giza, Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China. Then come landmarks like Uluru (Ayers Rock), the national parks of the USA, or the Northern Lights. Our list is far from comprehensive, but we bet you already have at least one wondrous location on your wish list.
The rising and setting of the sun can sear itself into memory. It’s all about location. Seeing it wake above the Taj Mahal is lifeenhancing, while a Zanzibar sunset sets the sky ablaze in orange. Monument Valley, Cambodia and
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3 CHALLENGE YOURSELF
You can supersize this one perhaps climb a mountain or something equally heroic, but challenge comes in many sizes. It may involve hiking a glacier in South America or Canada, exploring the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania, pedalling in Poland, painting in Crete or sailing in Kos.
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We had a bad time with food, growing up. Most Sunday roasts were distinctly Cypriot: half turkey, half grease. Which is why we envy the range of food-themed trips on the market. France and Sicily offer some formidable culinary
6. EAT THE WORLD Cooking lesson Sicily 7. WITNESS THE GREAT RELIGIONS Reclining Buddha gold statue, Wat Pho, Bangkok
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Like most things, it’s all in the prep! The way your make up base appears relies heavily on your skin care regime. Following a good skin care routine, primer is key to achieving long lasting coverage. Primers do for your skin what lingerie does for your figure - they smooth, flatter, conceal and hold things in place, so that everything you put on top of them looks immediately better. ‘Smashbox Photo Finish Primer’ (£25.50 www. smashbox.co.uk) is one that I always use and am very loyal to just because it hasn’t let me down so far!
Once you have applied your primer you can go ahead and apply your foundation. The foundation you use is very much personal choice, as you will want to match your foundation with your skin type but for something long lasting, try ‘Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation’. Using a dense flat top brush like Real Techniques Stippling Brush (£11.99 Boots) is very important as it helps you create a much smoother appearance.
(peaks above your top lip). This helps contour your face and brightens your make up base. I would recommend using ‘High Beam’ by Benefit Cosmetics (£19.50 Boots).
Apply an under eye concealer after your foundation and ideally after your eye make up, this will eliminate any eye shadow dropping and sticking to your concealer and you having to re do all your hard work. Pick a light reflecting creamy product that wont look caked and crease throughout the day. For skin blemishes and specific coverage choose a heavier matt concealer. It may sound like a lot of work having 2 types of concealer but the skin around the eye is very different from the rest of your skin on your face. Givenchy Teint Couture Concealer (£24.00 House Of Fraser) is great for under the eyes.
Add a few dots to the top of your cheekbones and around your eye area, particularly the inner corners of your eye for a bright-eyed look. You can also add a dot on your cupids bow
The last step to achieving the perfect base is to finish off with a powder. It helps keep your face shine free and also keeps your make up in place. If you use a slightly darker powder under your cheekbones and jaw line this will contour your face, but very naturally. You can use a simple translucent powder for the rest of your face. If you require more staying power then you can go ahead and spray your face with ‘MAC Prep and Prime Fix +’ £17.00 available at www.mac cosmetics.co.uk. By Amanda Anastasiou If you would like to have your hair, make up or nails done by Amanda, Amanda please visit www. Anastasiou finessesalon.co.uk
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Is your life blighted by back pain? Are you seized by the agony of sciatica? Stuck on the merry-go-round of painkillers and GP visits? Spinal expert, Neil Velleman answers some commonly asked questions.
WHAT IS CHRONIC BACK PAIN?
‘Chronic’ means pain which has persisted for more than 12 weeks. Some sufferers may have had pain for several months or even years. Long-term back pain can have various causes but for many sufferers, it is due to a disc condition.
WHAT IS A HERNIATED OR ‘SLIPPED’ DISC?
Discs are the protective pads of connective tissue dividing the bones of the spine - the ‘shock absorbers’ which protect the spine. Being on our feet all day, sitting at workstations or lifting heavy objects, can weaken the spine, eventually causing a disc to bulge or even rupture. When damage like this occurs we might say the disc has ’slipped’, herniated or prolapsed.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’VE ‘SLIPPED’ A DISC?
Typically, you will suffer with episodes of pain which will become more frequent over time. You may experience additional symptoms such as nerve pain in the arms or legs (sciatica), neck pain or headaches.
WHAT IS SCIATICA?
When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated by a protruding disc, it can result in a grinding or shooting pain travelling from the buttock down the length of the leg. Sometimes the pain is accompanied by tingling, numbness or weakness in the legs and feet.
HOW DO I GET HELP?
You should talk to a back pain specialist with experience in disc-related problems. Chronic back pain and sciatica usually require a combination of antiinflammatory medicine and physical therapy - including the non-invasive, targeted disc treatment, IDD Therapy.
HOW CAN IDD THERAPY HELP?
IDD Therapy relieves back pain and sciatica without the need for surgery.
IDD Therapy uses safe and gentle pulling forces to draw apart specific spinal segments where discs are damaged, removing pressure and irritation from any trapped nerves. Patients receive a structured programme of regular IDD Therapy sessions, progressively relieving pain and improving mobility.
ABOUT THE EXPERT
As well as working with patients in the Woodford community, Neil Velleman lectures to medical students, GPs and colleagues. He specialises in spinal disc conditions and associated nerve pain. His practice is an approved IDD Neil Velleman Therapy Disc Clinic.
MARGARET’S IDD THERAPY EXPERIENCE
Retired nurse Margaret Vernalls suffered for 4 years with back pain and sciatica: “As a result of two disc bulges, I suffered a grinding sciatic pain in my leg when I’d been walking or sitting for too long. I couldn’t do my normal daily activities simple things like dressing myself and standing at the sink to wash the dishes. After IDD Therapy I’m virtually pain-free and enjoying walking with my friends again. I’ve finally got my life back.” Call Atkins Physiotherapy Consultants on 020 8504 0478 or go to: www.AtkinsPhysio.com. Located at: 154 High Road, Woodford Green IG8 9EF
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Sophie Vowden from SV Sports Therapy quizzes two of her clients about their London Marathon experience.
ongratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s VLM 2016, what an amazing and awe-inspiring day! At SV Sports Therapy we have been working with a lot of London Marathon runners this year, helping them with current sports injuries or simply for maintenance sports massages to their tired legs. 56 of our clients completed the London Marathon this year and we have worked closely with 3 local charities helping their amazing London marathon runners during their training! Two amazing clients of ours, Chloe Stephens and Sallie Croton successfully completed their first ever marathon! We asked them a few questions in the build up to race day and this is what they had to say:
Why did you decide to enter the VLM 2016? Chloe To see how far I could push myself physically and mentally. Sallie To challenge myself to something way outside my comfort zone, and to raise money for Cancer Research.
What has been the most challenging obstacle so far? Chloe Finding enough time to complete my training programme. Sallie To mentally convince myself that I can do it. What has been the most surprising thing to note so far? Chloe Your body is capable of so much more than you think! Sallie I am more capable than I imagined and I’ve risen to every challenge along the way.
If you were to train for the VLM 2017 next year, would you do anything differently and why? Chloe I would make sure I made the most of my rest day on the weekend and lay in more often! Sallie I would start training earlier, rather than having only started in February due to injury.
What 3 tips would you give to someone who is thinking about entering VLM 2017? Chloe Stay focused. Believe in yourself. Just keep going. Sallie Be prepared for the allconsuming training, believe in yourself (if I can do it, you can!), see a great Sports Therapist!
So what now? Feeling lost after completing the London Marathon and not sure what to do next? This is very common, people who have been training for an event over the last 4-6 months often feel quite depressed once they have completed their challenge. Our advice is to simply find a new challenge! There are copious amounts of running challenges throughout the year, muddy obstacle course races to train for, the world is literally your ‘oyster’. Don’t fall into the black hole for months on end, instead, find a new goal and go for it! Remember your body is marathon fit, your aerobic capacity is fully functioning and after your marathon legs have recovered, they will be ready to embark on a new challenge. Some science research papers have even suggested it is detrimental to health to cease activity post training and running a marathon. So... who is signing up for London Marathon 2017?!! For more information about help with sports related injuries and post marathon sports massage, please contact SV Sports Therapy on 07904 116757 or email email@example.com.
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ith spring well under way and extra hours of light flooding our days, it’s time to turn our attention to outdoor spaces and how we’ll be spending our time in them. Whether you enjoy socialising, working or simply lazing outdoors, creating a functional outside area is key to making the most of the season and with a few simple steps, you can craft an idyllic space in no time at all.
CONSIDER THE STYLE:
If you enjoy eating and entertaining alfresco, proper furniture is a must, but in order for these pieces to look at home in your garden they’ll need to complement the design of your property. Homes with period features and traditional garden spaces will pair beautifully with classic rattan styles - such as Bridgman’s Devon and Paddock collections. Those with modern spaces should look for
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really fit your space. If they’re too large they’ll only serve to make the area feel cramped and by doing so you’ll be reluctant to use them. Compact dining tables and foldable chairs are always a failsafe option as they can be tidied away when not in use. If you’re lucky enough to have a larger garden, modular corner sofas are a great way to add structure and will help to create a social zone, that’s perfect for entertaining. Smaller armchairs and tables can then be built up around it depending on requirements.
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contemporary models - such as Bridgman’s Kingston collection. Its clean lines and luxurious deep seats will complement the finish that comes with newer homes. Alternatively, lightweight aluminum pieces in pastel colours - such as the San Marino Dining Table and Chairs - will make a chic addition.
TAKE ACCOUNT OF YOUR SPACE:
Furniture requirements will naturally vary depending on the size of your garden but with a huge array of styles and sizes available - from accommodating modular units to small bistro tables and chairs - it’s easy to make the most of the space you have. For those with a smaller garden or even a balcony, it’s worth taking the time to find models that
Another key consideration is the quality and durability of your furniture. Variable English weather calls for furniture that will look good, rain or shine. From weatherproof rattan that can be left outside all year round to waterproof and stain-proof cushions, investing in pieces that can withstand wear, tear and spills will pay dividends for years to come.
ADD THE FINISHING TOUCHES:
When it comes to adding the finishing touches, imagine you were decorating your living room. While in most cases neutral tones will remain the base colour for outdoors schemes, introducing bold hues using scatter cushions, throws and brightly-coloured parasols will really bring your look to life; in larger spaces they’ll tie everything together and in smaller ones they’ll help to inject a bit of personality. That said, simplicity is a virtue when it comes to colour, so try to stick to one or two bold colours to create a non-cluttered, yet eye-catching display. Don’t forget to also consider the flowers you already have planted and construct a palette that will co-exist with these throughout the season. Preparing your space for balmy summer nights is just as important as prepping for day-time activities. Lanterns and fairy lights are an easy way to create an ambient party atmosphere and a fire pit - such as Bridgman’s Sorrento model - will keep guests warm, long after the sun goes down. An extensive range of outdoor furniture is now available instore and online at furniture specialists Bridgman. Just head over to www.bridgman.co.uk or call 020 8804 7474.
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There are many different fungi that cause rust. Patches on foliage are the early signs of a rust infection. Circular in appearance and dark orange, yellow or red spots on the undersides of the leaves. Remove infected plant material to stop rust development. Burn infected plant material as soon as possible and never use it for compost.
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Miami’s South Beach, on the southeastern tip of Florida, is where the international jet set comes to play.
iami has Latin flavour, European culture and a Caribbean climate to create an oceanfront life all of its own. From the Art Deco buildings and café culture on Ocean Drive to the shopping on Lincoln Road, there’s an energy that hums from sunrise to sunset and around again. There’s luxury and elegance everywhere, but strange throwbacks too, such as Wynwood Walls
downtown. Nowadays it hosts the prestigious Art Basel event, but it was once the warehouse that housed cocaine for the 1970’s cartels. The Miami Arts Quarter is buzzing and the city’s ambition is evident in the many art, food and culture projects launching this year. Multicultural Miami should not be missed, and the Cuban district is a lively must-see. Of course you’ll need somewhere to stay, so we are recommending three very special hotels.
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The historic Art Deco hotel offers 140 guest rooms and suites situated in the heart of South Beach on the corner of 17th and Collins Ave. Designed by Philippe Starck, guest rooms offer sleek, luxurious comforts with 24 hour in-room dining by chef, Jose Andres. Starck’s whimsical furniture, wall coverings and designs are highlighted by softly lit ambient tones that create a chic and serene environment accompanied by stunning beach and city views.
Katsuya by Starck infuses traditional Japanese cuisine with a provocative twist. Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, whose acclaimed sushi bars have been recipients of top Zagat ratings for years, unleashes his culinary artistry with a menu of innovative sushi and robata dishes. The restaurant also features the Dragon Lounge, an intimate mezzanine lounge, showcasing award-winning cocktails.
The Bazaar by Jose Andres makes its Miami debut with a vibrant mix of sophisticated cuisine and a playful indoor-outdoor environment. The menu blends Spanish heritage, tradition and ingenuity with influences from local Latin flavors.
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Hailed as a “grand dame” by Condé Nast Traveler, The Raleigh Miami Beach is a perfect blend of style and comfort. Prime oceanfront location designed in 1940, it has 105 art deco rooms and What Life Magazine crowned the “Most beautiful pool in America”, all temptingly close to the best shops and nightclubs.
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The Restaurant at the Raleigh boasts a truly Miami-American menu. The choice of discerning locals and sophisticated visitors, each unique dish has an emphasis on freshness and quality, showcasing the latest fresh, seasonal ingredients from farmers and fisherman near Miami while incorporating global and diverse techniques to the dishes. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner al fresco in an atmosphere that blends classic iconic style and comfort.
The splendid cocktails, sumptuous There’s luxury outside too, with a 12,000-square-foot rooftop pool and shared plates and warm, inviting event space, plus complimentary BMW setting create an intimate, unforgettable A boutique hotel of 69 guest rooms, car service within a 3-mile radius. experience for any occasion, which The Redbury South Beach has is why it’s one of OpenTable’s 50 a war, bohemian counter-culture HIGHLIGHTS Hottest Restaurants in the U.S. feeling. Each room features a record Named after the Egyptian queen, player with a special vinyl collection Cleo features mezzes, shared BONUS HOTEL: THE curated by Capitol Records, MIAMI BEACH EDITION plates, flatbreads and more. The spacious closets, work areas, along welcoming atmosphere, designed Our recent encounter with their sister with luxurious marble bathrooms hotel in London left us very well by famed photographer Matthew featuring soaking tubs and rain disposed toward the EDITION brand. Rolston, playfully marries classic showers - you’ll want to linger a little Tinseltown style with a relaxed The Miami Beach EDITION is only a longer each morning. year old and represents a renovation Mediterranean charm.
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WHEN: Every Wednesday, 7.30pm-8.30pm WHAT: Zumba - Burn off those excess calories, tone those wobbly bits and get fit and healthy with my fun Zumba Fitness classes in Barkingside!
The instructor is a professionally qualified Exercise to Music instructor. Includes toning exercises with hand weights. £5 per class. Contact Elaine 07961 365674. WHERE: St Francis Community Centre, 144 Fencepiece Road, Barkingside 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@england netball.co.uk 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 10 mins or all afternoon. 50p donation to cover expenses. WHERE: Gants Hill Methodist Church, 18 Gants Hill Crescent IG2 6TU
WHEN: Every Thursday, 7pm WHAT: Ladies Running Club - Come and join our social running group for ladies only. Set yourself targets and push yourself or just be comfortable running at your own pace plus Fairlop Waters is a perfect place to enjoy a run. £3 per session, no booking required. WHERE: Fairlop Waters, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HN
WHEN: Every Friday, 1pm-2pm WHAT: Bollywood Dancing - A Bollywood Dance session part of family fit & fun. WHERE: All Saints Children’s Centre, Goodmayes IG3 9QX 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: Thursday 5th May, 10am-2.30pm WHAT: Claybury Park Clear Up Day - Come and help keep this beautiful ancient woodland site clean and tidy by joining the Claybury Park warden for a clear up day. WHERE: Claybury Park entrance on Ravensbourne Gardens WHEN: Friday 6th May, 6pm-8pm WHAT: Cricket Taster Day - Free
introductory session at Loughton Cricket Ground for boys interested in playing cricket. For further information ring Cliff Greenhill on 020 8502 2064 or email cliff. firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Paul McGuinness on 07974 482198 or email paul. email@example.com. WHERE: Loughton Cricket Club
WHEN: Saturday 7th May WHAT: May Fair - Join us for a day of music and entertainment in Valentines Mansion and the surrounding grounds with entertainment for everyone and great fun for families. With art and craft stalls, live music and lots of family activities. Organised by the Friends of Valentines Mansion. Tickets: £2 payable at the door, free for under 12s accompanied by an adult. WHERE: Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Ilford WHEN: Tuesday 10th May, 8pm WHAT: NE London RSPB Group Meeting - Talk on Operation Turtle Dove, the RSPB’s conservation project, by
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WHEN: Wednesday 11th May, 1.15pm WHAT: Tea Dance - Shimmy and sway your way down to our Tea Dance! Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure invites you to put on your dancing shoes and step back into an age of elegance. Dance the afternoon away with Mr.Wonderful in the beautiful surroundings of Sir James Hawkey Hall. Airconditioned hall and tea & biscuits provided. Tickets £5, £4 Redbridge leisure pass holders. WHERE: Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford IG8 0BG WHEN: Wednesday 11th May, 7.30pm - 9pm WHAT: Theydon Bois Book Club - No membership fee. All books will be paperback and will aim to cost about £5 (new per Amazon). Visit the Theydon Bois Book Club Facebook page for the latest information on the next book and meeting or contact Clare Homer by emailing email@example.com or ringing 01992 848931. WHERE: Queen Victoria Pub, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois WHEN: Thursday 12th May WHAT: Haven House Children’s Hospice Corporate Golf Day - Tickets £90 per head (£360 for a four ball). For more details about booking or sponsorship opportunities, email special events manager Laura Boenke at lauraboenke@havenhouse. org.uk or ring 0208 498 5848. WHERE: Abridge Golf and Country Club
WHEN: Friday 13th - Saturday 14th May WHAT: Theydon Art Group’s Annual Exhibition - Talented artists, variety of mediums and subjects. More than 100 paintings. Entry £1. Refreshments. Free parking. Friday 7pm-9pm with a private preview 6pm-7pm; Saturday 10am5pm. For more details, ring Derek Springham on 020 8504 0584. WHERE: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois WHEN: Saturday 14th May, 10.30am -1pm WHAT: Life Class Half-Day Workshop - Draw or paint from a life model, all abilities welcome. Tutor; Teresa Witz. Cost £19.50 (plus £1 if not a BHCA member). For more details ring 020 8504 6668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org WHERE: Buckhurst Hill Community Association, Bedford House, Westbury Road, Buckhurst Hill WHEN: Thursday 19th May, 1pm WHAT: Chigwell Floral Art Club With demonstrator Lionel Clark “In Touch” at 2pm. We would love to welcome new members to join this very friendly club. Visitors welcome £5.00 per meeting including tea and biscuits. For further information please contact Linda on 020 8504 3238. WHERE: Victory Hall, Hainault Road, Chigwell, IG7 6QX
WHEN: Saturday 28th - Monday 30th May WHAT: Roding Quilters Patchwork and Quilting Festival - Hand-crafted items for sale, refreshments, workshops. Admission £3.00, children under 16 with an adult, free. Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1pm 4pm, Monday 10am - 4pm. Free parking. Enquiries: 020 8599 6883 or 020 8502 9191. Proceeds in aid
of Guide Dogs for the Blind. WHERE: St Mary’s Church and Church Rooms, High Road Chigwell IG7 6QQ WHEN: Sunday 29th May, 11am - 4pm WHAT: Copped Hall Open Day Access to the gardens, parts of the mansion (with room stewards), the cellars and stables. Tea, coffee, homemade cakes and lunch available, as well as a bar selling alcoholic drinks. Stalls and exhibitions, homemade and home-grown produce for sale. The Copped Hall Trust shop will be open. Entry £8.00 per person. WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping
WHEN: Monday 30th May, 11am - 4pm WHAT: May Fayre - Refreshments, barbecue, bouncy castle, children’s sideshows, bric-a-brac, books and plants. For more details, or to donate items, ring Phil or Amanda Simmance on 01992 813732. WHERE: St Mary’s Church Hall, Piercing Hill, Theydon Bois WHEN: Sunday 5th June, 9am - 2pm WHAT: Loughton Residents’ Association Farmers Market - Produce stalls and local organisations. LRA councillors on hand to respond to residents’ questions and problems. WHERE: Centric Parade, High Road, Loughton
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S-UK was established in 1993, and is a national charity dedicated to empowering people with multiple sclerosis to make the most of today, and live life to the full. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects the central nervous system - the brain and the spinal cord. Around 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis, MS-UK are here to make sure that each person has choice, control and independence. The charity put people affected by MS at the heart of their work and provide high quality, professional services to support people living with multiple sclerosis, and also listen to people affected by MS.
by multiple sclerosis. Since then, the centre has grown and developed new services for people experiencing a range of neurological conditions. For people with multiple sclerosis, finding the right exercise is important. MS affects people differently, and the specialised equipment at Josephs Court enables people with limited mobility to take part in exercise. Above all, Josephs Court is a community hub, offering a positive atmosphere to connect with other people and really make the most of today. To keep up with rising demand and to ensure MS-UK can meet the needs of all people in the community affected by MS, they have extended their opening hours. The Wellness Centre is now open 10am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm MS-UK HELPLINE on Fridays and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. At MS-UK, the Helpline is staffed by trained By extending services to include advisors to offer all the information people evenings and weekends, Josephs Court need to make their own decisions. They is able to support more people affected will never advise a course of action or by MS, including those that may be in make recommendations, but we will give full-time employment or that would prefer people access to as much information as to visit later in the day. they want so that theyâ€™re able to make MS-UK supports anyone, which includes choices that are right for them. carers, families, and professionals, who may be affected by multiple sclerosis. So, whether you have a question about yourself or someone else, you can ask them. There are no taboo subjects at MS-UK, and as an independent charity, they are able to provide completely unbiased information. Call the MS-UK Helpline for free on 0800 783 0518 weekdays, 9am - 5pm. Visit www.ms-uk.org/livewebchat to WELLNESS CENTRE speak to someone using a live web MS-UK supports people through their chat service, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wellness Centre, Josephs Court. Based in To contact Josephs Court call Hythe Quay, Colchester, the centre opened 01206 867222 or email the centre in 2012 to support local people affected manager, email@example.com.
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y cousin popped round a few weeks ago and they proudly showed off their new offspring, who is only a couple of weeks older than Jake and so it was nice for them both to play with a child of similar age. Pretty soon though you can’t help but do that whole parent ‘top trumps’ conversation, “Teeth 4, steps 9, milk scoops 6”, “Ah, we have teeth 5, steps 7 and milk scoops 4”... And so it continues. It’s funny how newborns are referred to by stats even as soon as they arrive “So, how much did he weigh?” and it takes a good few weeks/months before they start getting described by personality “He smiles a lot… when passing wind... oh look he’s smiling now... great”. Jake himself is now 8 months old and is in full on biting mode, now he’s armed with teeth on both upper and lower gums and his particular preferences appear to be my laptop cable, my toes and George’s puzzle pieces. Many a time we have watched George gleefully finishing his puzzle only to ask curiously, “Dad, where is this piece?” pointing in a somewhat concerned manor to a gaping hole in the middle of his masterpiece “Me can’t find it”. It’s generally at that moment we will notice Jake is casually watching TV, whilst munching on the puzzle piece, smiling away and covering the thing in dribble. George squashes the piece down into place as it leaks saliva across to its bordering puzzle segments, “Me did it” he proudly says, whilst I look on disgusted at the thing. Aside from puzzles George’s throwing and catching are also getting better, but he’s not throwing
the balls I want him to throw, the soft foam ones. Instead he has found some back pain relief spikey rubber balls that he insists we do underarm to him to catch, yet he launches them overarm at our faces. I’ve taken a few to the chops whilst not even realising I was ‘playing catch’, I may be watching TV, eating dinner, or having a snooze on the couch, then ‘whack!’ a spikey ball thuds against my face, followed by the sound of laughter ringing through the air about half a second later. It’s awkward because
“He spent the next 2 hours tr ying to become an orpha n” I’m fully aware this is the kind of thing I used to do at his age and that I would also be finding it hilarious, yet being the parent on the receiving end is not as much fun. This ‘circle of life’ scenario has obviously been played out for generations and my only hope is that I get to watch my grandkids do this to their dad... He who laughs last and all that. It was Georges 3rd birthday this week and we took him to Kidspace in Romford where he spent the next 2 hours trying to become an orphan. It may be easy for him to squeeze through all these tunnels and sharp turns but I’m quite a large build and was having to throw kids to the side in order to keep up. I must have looked like some strange monster to any poor kid coming towards us, first they would see him swinging across ropes and over bouncing balls like some
mini Mowgli, then crashing through the carnage behind him was this big scary ogre yelling/panting “for the love of god, slow down!” and I saw him whiz off round a corner. Eventually I managed to coax him off with the promise of food “Me like strawberries” he said hopefully. I could barely see him at this stage as the sweat was cascading down my forehead, but we managed to make our way back to the table and both ate and drank. As soon as he’d finished he was running back into the madness, and I flung my cake into the air and gave chase. He was already climbing up through another inverted tunnel as I started to approach him, and then it happened... “Daddy, me need a wee”... “No George, no! Let’s get off first!!” I couldn’t turn around, as there was already a back log of kids behind me, “Daddy me done a wee” a large stream of urine began making its way towards me and my knees and socks took the full force of two Fruit Shoots. I trudged back to the seating area, with parents shielding their kids away from me as I left a smelly trail in my wake, all whilst holding George who was pushed towards my chest giving me a cuddle, further worsening my situation. He had a change of clothes, I had nothing. Nothing but shame and embarrassment. As we made our way home I felt like Stig of the Dump, all windows were open with the hope of letting out some of the stench, but my bad luck was completed when I found ourselves stuck in a traffic jam, in the sun, for over an hour. I can’t wait untll the boys have kids of their own! ...TO BE CONTINUED
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oughton Mountaineering Club (LMC) was established in 1975 by a group of friends with a shared interest and passion for the outdoor environment. This ethos continues today, 40 years later, as the club provides a friendly and enjoyable environment for everyone to actively participate in outdoor activities including mountaineering, hill walking, scrambling, rock climbing and mountain biking and meet others with similar interests.
WHERE ARE THE MOUNTAINS? It’s the question we get asked the most, and it’s not surprising when the highest point in Epping Forest is 117m. The club runs monthly meets to the hills and mountains, alternating between North Wales, the Lake District or the Peak District.
Meets (weekends away) are held in climbing huts, often converted barns, or cottages. Located in inspiring places, we can go straight from the hut onto the hill each morning. The activities people do on the weekend will often be determined by the other people going, the area we are visiting and the weather. By booking climbing huts and catering as a group, the cost of a weekend away is £25 per person (for 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts and 1 evening meal). Where possible we share cars, and costs are split between the people in each vehicle. LMC has about 35 members with a wide range of interest and abilities, so there is something organised to suit most people. We actively encourage members to plan their own events and recently
club members have planned invitation only trips to Scotland, the Alps, climbed the Matterhorn and climbed Mont Blanc.
As well as weekends away, we have an annual calendar of events and activities that take place locally. Members are often out and about in Epping Forest, or at a climbing wall. We also meet monthly in a local pub, an opportunity to catch up with others and plan more adventures. Members are encouraged to plan their own activities using our email list to suggest walks, bike rides, or other socials.
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