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THE LOCAL MAGAZINE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE - ISSUE 8 MARCH 2015

HELLO SPRING Local Attractions For The New Season

MUM’S THE WORD Mother’s Day Messages

LOCAL NEWS Keeping You Up To Date

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LOCAL NEWS

A short roundup of what’s been going on

TAKE FIVE COOKS On March 26th Redbridge College will be hosting a dinner in the Rouge Restaurant called Take Five Cooks. The brainchild of Ian Samuels the “Lead Chef” he has persuaded a group of his friends to give up their time and use their contacts to donate foods to the cause of supporting two local Essex charities with a special fundraising dinner that will also be a chance for hospitality students at the college to help and work on the event. The charities that will be benefiting from the profits will be Home Start (Essex) and Welcome Project (Ilford). There will be a total of six tables of ten in the restaurant and then they are auctioning the exclusive “Chefs Table” in the kitchen itself where six guests will be in prime place

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to observe it all behind the scenes. The brigade is an impressive one and is made up of the following chefs; Jack Boast (Cafe a Vin, Galvin Brothers, London), Gary Lee (The Ivy, London), Paul Blackman (Le Talbooth Restaurant, Dedham), Matthew Bare (The Leather Bottle) and Hari Covert (Kent’s first Secret Supper-Club) alongside organiser Ian Samuels (Come Dine With You). Price per person is £75.00 (£600 for a table of 10) with all profits going to the charities as well as proceeds raised from the Auction and raffle. To book please complete the booking form at www.haricovert undergroundrestaurant.wordpress.com/ take-five-cooks or call 07973 839266 between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

BLOSSOMS TESCO TRIP

Last month children from Blossoms Nursery enjoyed a morning trip to Tesco. They are focusing on healthy eating and being more involved in preparing their own food. Together they made a shopping list for their lunch time meal involving baguettes, ham, cheese, salad, chicken, butter, cucumber, carrots and of course ginger bread biscuits. With lots of help from nursery staff they used food cards to help find the right food in the right isles.  The children said, “We enjoyed seeing the baker man, he helped us get yummy baguettes for our lunch. We also saw some very nice people on the way who waved to us and said how well we are doing.”

SCHOOL’S PANCAKE RACES FOR CHARITY

Pupils at Avon House Preparatory School, Woodford Green, held pancake races in aid of the Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs. The children raced up and down the playground tossing their pancakes, with winners from Early Years, KS1 and KS2. This was followed by a staff race. Headteacher Amanda Campbell said the successful fundraiser had been great fun and had raised over £280 for the charity.​


COMMUNITY £6,400 RAISED AT CHARITY’S COCKNEY NIGHT

A bottle of whisky signed by Prime they really had a fabulous time and when the Blues Minister David Cameron and The Dream Brothers came on everyone carried on dancing.” Factory patron and Work and Pensions Miss Mills added: “It was a night to remember for Secretary Iain Duncan Smith boosted the everyone. Thank you to everyone who came including total raised at a Cockney Knees-Up for Vicki Michelle, Colin McMillan, Lisa Nash, my The Dream Factory charity. volunteers and the three ‘dream’ young people who The whisky was auctioned for £250 had received dreams.” with the money going towards the £6,400 raised. Some 160 people attended the event which was held at the Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey, by The Pearly Kings & Queens Society. Pie and mash and ‘Rosie Lee’ (tea) were served while entertainment was provided by the Pearly Kings and Queens and The Fabulous Blues Brothers (presented by Souled Out). There was also a raffle with a host of donated prizes. Charity founder Avril Mills said: “We had to turn people away because we sold so many tickets. It was the best atmosphere ever and many people have asked if it could become an annual event. “Everyone was up dancing with the Pearlies; Vicki Michelle, The Dre

CAREER ACADEMY MENTORING EVENT The Career Academy at Redbridge College held their first icebreaker event in January where students had the chance to meet their mentors, business professionals who will play an important role in helping these young people prepare for the transition from education to the workplace. The Career Academy is part of Career Academies UK, which is a national organisation that links schools and colleges with employers to help prepare young people for the world of work. Every year at Redbridge College, the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Studies students have the opportunity to apply and interview for a place in the elite Career Academy. The mentors help students develop their employability and confidence by

giving practical CV and application advice, and acting as a sounding board and critical friend. One student in her second year of the Career Academy, Veronica Salako, said, “My mentor has helped me so much with my CV writing, effective management of my time and even helping me develop my confidence in public speaking. I am really grateful for her time and commitment in mentoring me!” This year’s mentors include professionals from Barclays, BT, Santander, Hutchinson Financial Planning Ltd, Lloyds Banking Group, Concept Building Solutions, Navy Media, Ofgem, Baker & McKenzie LLP and St James’s Place Wealth Management. Kevin Bracey, one of the mentors, said, “I found the event very

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anwise was founded in 2003, it is a privately owned company who take pride in delivering a value for money “one stop van shop” for every aspect of van hire and sales. Vanwise have two branches, one in Harlow and one in Maidstone, where they sell and hire out used vans. Not only do they provide vehicles but they take care to see that each customer is satisfied and provide a free HPI check on each vehicle to ensure peace of mind. Vanwise provide quality vehicles at very competitive prices, since opening they have catered to thousands of customers, from businesses to individual hire.

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They can facilitate hire for multiple vehicles or a single van from just £12 a day, providing daily, weekly and longer hire facilities. Vanwise deal in all brands, among the popular are Vauxhall, Ford and Peugeot and van hire will incorporate break down cover and insurance. When a customer uses Vanwise, they are also privy to bodywork and servicing as well as repairs, all of which are carried out at their authorised service centres in Harlow and Maidstone which are well equipped. London Road, Harlow, CM17 9AN, www.vanwisegroup.com Tel: 01279 444 994

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ollybaby was opened in December 2014 by owners Aisha and Cassim Ghanty, after a combined 30 years retail experience. Rollybaby is a unique children’s boutique which sells the highest quality shoes, clothes and accessories, with a European influence they stock shoe brands as worn by the Spanish Royal Family and Prince George. Aisha and Cassim work hard in store in South Woodford with an ever changing layout and stock, they rarely reorder stock in order to uphold individuality. Rollybaby currently have a vibrant spring collection with new garments coming in every week,


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Tadman funeral directors was founded in 1849 by Thomas Tadman who began his career as a horse trader and then built a funeral business. It has since become one of the prime funeral directors in East London where families of multiple generations will use A&C Tadman’s services when planning a funeral. A&C Tadman remains in the Tadman family and they have branches in Bethnal Green, Stepney, Kings Langley and Wanstead. The Wanstead branch was opened by general

manager De McIrvine in January 2015 and carries the company’s great reputation. A&C Tadman are an independent company and that allows them to give a far more personal service than a corporation could, they work hard to ensure that each funeral is tailor made to the family’s needs with their dedicated and professional staff. They will always present every option available to give the family the choice, A&C Tadman will take responsibility for moving the deceased, working with the church or venue for the ceremony, cars, flowers and much more. In the Wanstead branch there are two chapels along with a large greeting and reception area which is presented in a light, homely atmosphere and clients would want their loved ones to be there. They are open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and will arrange viewings by appointment. 37 High Street, Wanstead, E11 2AA, www.actadman.co.uk Tel: 020 8989 6617

BROOK BUDS they sell a wide variety of bright colours and they work directly with manufacturers to create bespoke colour palates. Rollybaby is growing and they are always in search of new designs to keep customers excited, clothes sold in store are to a very high quality and are also affordable, you won’t find their stock anywhere else on the high street. Aisha and Cassim’s dedication also sees them travel to Europe to view new collections from established Spanish and Italian designers. 8A The Galleria, George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1AY, www.rollybaby.co.uk Tel: 0758 522 9237

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lan and his wife Terri opened Brooks Buds florist 6 years ago, they are a friendly family run business that is constantly growing. Their daughter is the head florist and Brook Buds are committed to providing top quality flowers and gifts in their Chigwell shop. Each day, Brook Buds buy the highest quality flowers for their shop and use their expertise and artistic flare to create beautiful bouquets for any occasion. Brook Buds cater for all, from a Valentine’s bouquet to party arrangements and even corporate events, they will work hard to ensure client’s happiness, Alan says, “We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction every time.”

As a contemporary florists, they are dedicated to stocking a wide variety of flowers, classics such as roses and lilies and the more unique freesias and eryngium amongst others. You will be sure to find a dazzling bouquet for Mother’s Day, a birthday or just because. Brook Buds offer free delivery subject to a minimum order as well as same day delivery. Brook Buds have a vast collection of greeting cards from as little as 99p and balloons for all occasions as well as small gifts including candles, picture frames and decorative gifts. 12 Brook Parade, Chigwell, IG7 6PF, www.brookbuds.co.uk Tel: 020 8500 2002

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HELLO

SPRING Local attractions for the new season.

_ NEWEST ARRIVALS

Nothing says spring like the arrival of baby animals so why not take a trip to Foxburrows Farm in Hainault Forest Country Park and meet the cute new arrivals. A visit to this all-weather petting farm is must for families looking for fun and cheap day out. Look out for farmyard favourites such as sheep, goats, chickens, ponies, pigs, ducks and geese as well as the cheeky meerkats! Entry to the farm is free but parking on site is £1 for the first hour or £3 all day. Take a journey on the Foxburrows Express. The land train takes passengers on a 15 minute ride from outside the farm all around the lake and surrounding areas during weekends. The train stop is located in the second car park close to the farm entrance. The route is not fixed and will vary year round according to the weather. If all this excitement hasn’t worn the kids (and you) out then head off into the forest in your wellies for another springtime adventure. Foxburrows Farm, Hainault Forest Country Park, Romford Road, Chigwell, www2. redbridge.gov.uk

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The first buds are blooming, birds are busy building their nests and the days are getting longer. March is the time to dust off the cobwebs, get out into the great outdoors and sample what the local area has to offer. We have picked four attractions that we feel will brighten up your day.

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The Gibberd Garden is an inspirational, Grade ll listed garden, full of beauty, peace and tranquillity, where every turn reveals another aspect or work of art. It was created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, an uncompromising Modernist architect and the master-planner of Harlow New Town, who acquired the site in 1957 and remodelled the house and garden, and from 1972 filled the grounds with sculptures, ceramic pots and architectural pieces. The garden has formal lawns, pools, streams and glades, a dramatic mature lime avenue, a brook-side walk with a waterfall, a wild garden with tangled paths

where children love to hide, a moated castle with drawbridge and a Barn Tearoom run by friendly volunteers – with cakes, ice creams and refreshments. The wooded areas of the garden provide the perfect opportunity to view swathes of daffodils and other spring flowers. The garden will be open on 1st March 11.30am-4pm, 15th March 2pm-5pm and from 1st April will be open every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday from 2pm-6pm. Entry is £4, or £3 for concessions and £1 for children aged 5 to 16. The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NA www.thegibberdgarden.co.uk


_ FLOWER POWER

Norpar has been established since 1969 starting out as a farm diversification business growing & drying flowers on the family run farm in Navestock.  Whilst dried flowers were popular in the 1980’s and 1990’s the family regularly exhibited at the RHS shows in Westminster, London and it was in 2000 that they won a coveted gold medal for their dried flower display. As fashions have evolved, so has their quintessentially English business and now the Flower, Easter and Christmas Barns celebrate the changing seasons where the aim is to inspire and delight visitors with natural themes and affordable decorations for living in a modern country home and garden. The Easter Barn is a breath of fresh spring air after the cold winter months. Enter this haven of pretty seasonal Easter decorations, gifts, chocolates & entertaining ideas, displayed in pastels and bright colours against the whitewashed walls of the mediaeval barn. Unlike anywhere you will have been before, this unique experience will capture your creativity and inspire you to dress your home for spring!   Alongside the Barns in the old farmyard is The Granary museum, an original farm building dating back to the 14th century. It now houses old farming and household implements collected from the farm’s bygone days and is open for all to see.  They also have a few Simmential cows and a small group of guinea fowl and peacocks which can be seen roaming the grounds.

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Winding down the country lane is the only way to reach this tranquil place and once discovered it will never be forgotten. Norpar Barns, Navestock Hall, Navestock, Romford, Essex, RM4 1HA, www.norpar.co.uk

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The Farmers Market is a popular event at Valentines Mansion, attracting visitors wishing to buy fresh, local produce. Fresh bread, tempting cakes, homemade chutneys and jams are just some of the fantastic local foods on offer. Run by ‘Essex Farmers’ Markets’ the event showcases only selected local traders selling high quality products and aims to re-establish a relationship between the small-scale producer and consumer. After you have browsed the stalls why not relax and unwind in the

gorgeous gardens at Valentines. Discover the historic kitchen garden, the Old English walled garden and the Victorian rose garden. There are also a whole host of unique features like the Long Water canal, rococo grottoes and dovecote. Don’t forget to visit the Gardener’s Cottage Café in the walled kitchen garden which offers light bites and tasty snacks. Dates for upcoming markets are: Sunday 22nd March, Sunday 26th April and Sunday 24th May, 11am-3pm. Valentines Mansion and Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA, www.valentinesmansion.com

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he Lux Centre is a brand new establishment on Cranbrook Road in Ilford, and providing the lucky public with 3 great businesses; Lux Hair Beauty Sunbeds, Lux Flowers and Lux Cakes.

Lux Hair Beauty Sunbeds is a multi-functioning beauticians which offers extensive hair treatments including Brazilian straightening and extensions, gel manicures and extensions as well as facials, microdermabrasion, hot stone massage and a slimming machine rolling shaper. Lux Hair Beauty Sunbeds use Anna Lotan professional skincare, extremely high quality products to enhance their results. Eyebrows starts from £6 and for a limited time slimming machine is £15 per session with a free vibe plate. Facials are 40% off until March 5th.

Lux Flowers stocks fresh flowers every day, head florist Lina has 22 years’ worth of experience and is on hand to create bespoke bouquets for any occasion. Be sure to pay her a visit for Mother’s Day on March 15th!

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What is it? n Pain on the side of the knee during sitting, walking or jogging, may feel bruised. n Jogging at faster speeds or incline jogging may exacerbate the pain. n May be minimal swelling on the outside part of the knee. n The knee may feel very stiff if sitting or lying for a prolonged period of time. What to do? n Stretch your glute muscles and hip flexors. n Use a foam roller for the ITB region. n Ice the painful area on the side of the knee for 15 minutes at regular intervals. n Cease running distances which cause you pain i.e. if 3 mile runs are pain free, continue with this. If 4 mile runs causes the pain then stop these runs. n Make sure your trainers are the correct ones for you - have a gait analysis performed at a specialist running shop.

What is it? n Pain suddenly in the back of the leg during running or a gradual pain a few hours after a run. n Feels like a ‘bruised’ burning or dull pain. n The calf muscles feel tight and inflexible. n Visible bruising may appear depending on the severity of the strain. n May feel sore to walk and thus produce a limp. n May throb when sitting down or lying in bed. What to do? n Ice the affected area for 15 minutes every 2-3 hours using cling film to aid compression. Repeat this for 48 hours. n Cease any activity which causes pain. n Lightly stretch the calf muscles. n Use a foam roller gently around the targeted painful region. n Carefully commence calf raises off a step and partial lunges and squats when normal walking becomes pain free before you recommence any form of jogging. If symptoms persist or worsen, please seek medical advice by a health professional. For more information please contact SV Sports Therapy on 07904 116757, sophie@svsportstherapy.com, www.svsportstherapy.com

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“Vintage style with a modern twist is where it’s at” decanters; or colourful soft furnishings. A simple cushion/throw with the right design can add that splash of colour your room has been craving. They are a great way to add colour and lift a room without breaking the bank. For a quick colour tip, surprisingly the mix of Egyptian blue, burnt orange, and white work really well together.

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The first solitary bees can be seen this month. There are more than 200 species of solitary bees in Britain. They are named solitary bees because, unlike honeybees and bumblebees, they do not live in colonies. Some solitary bees make their nests in hollow plant stems and soft rotten wood.

WITH VICTORIA ROBERTSON

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

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his gardening month of March will bring many days filled with unpredictable weather. There may be rain, strong winds and milder days too. Try not to be seedling shy, instead be brave and open up a packet of seeds to sow. Be sure to have a fleece handy to cover up your vulnerable plants should you hear of an overnight frost. Primula vulgaris can now be seen in full bloom. These wild flowers are pale yellow with a deep yellow centre. Pulmonaria are also in flower, they can be planted in the shade or under trees and shrubs. They come in colours of blue, white and pink. Now is the time to begin removing moss and weeds from your paths and driveways. This may seem like a boring task but by doing it now it will make light work later on. Look out for special

offer deals on plug plants because now is the perfect time to order them. You don’t even need a greenhouse to grow them on. Just a sunny back bedroom or kitchen windowsill will be fine.

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PLUG PLANTS

_ As soon as you receive plug plants through the post you should pot them up immediately. _ If you have to delay for a few day’s keep them in a cool, bright and well ventilated place. _ Soak the plug tray in water for at least 10 minutes before planting, this will soften the compost. _ Plant the plug plants individually into 5cm pots using multi-purpose

compost and place a few slow release into the soil too. If you decide to use trays leave a 5cm spacing between each plug plant to allow for growth. _ Simply make a hole in the compost slightly larger than the plug plant and place them in the soil gently. Then firm the compost around the roots. _ Place your potted plants into a greenhouse or conservatory if you have one. If not a windowsill will do. Keep them well watered. _ Once your plants are full grown you will need to prepare them for at least a week before outdoor planting. Place the plant outside still in the pots or trays during the day and cover them with fleece overnight. _ Only plant them into their permanent position once the threat of frost has passed. By Victoria Robertson, Epping Horticultural Society.

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PESTS AND DISEASE

Black spot is a very serious disease of roses. It is caused by a fungus called Diplocarpon rosae, which infects the leaves. If you notice it, you can create a mix using 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to 5 litres of water. Spray the infected leaves, bottoms of the leaves, stems and canes. Also, spray the soil near the plant to kill any Black Spot fungus that may be lingering in the soil from previous dead leaves or water applications. Apply early morning or early evening once a day until the Black Spot is eliminated.

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of both worlds; all the freedom of selfcatering with all the facilities of a hotel. All apartments have a fully equipped kitchenette with hob, microwave or oven as well as a fridge and dishwasher. Living areas consist of a double sofa bed, TV and safe. Bathrooms provide a hairdryer and all apartments have LES ARCS - THE a balcony or terrace were you can IDEAL FAMILY SKI enjoy the view with your feet up. DESTINATION 7 nights from £767 per person Perched high in France’s Based on 6 sharing a 3 room classic enormous Paradiski apartment on a room only basis, SWISS area, lies the snow-sure flights from London Heathrow to Geneva resort of Les Arcs, whose and private return transfers. spacious, accessible beginners’ TOP TIPS slopes are ideal for many families. Choosing the right accommodation Q Ski Independence are delighted to for your family can make the world of offer FREE rental for children under difference. Abbotts highly recommend 12 when one or more adult in the party rents selected equipment. Le Village at Arc 1950 and it’s not Q Le Village reception is manned 24 hard to see why. First, it offers ski-in/ski-out access hours a day, so someone is always around to lend a hand. to the slopes as well as having the Q Les Arcs is easily accessible ski school, local shops, bars and from Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and restaurants right on the doorstep. Grenoble leaving you with a wide This is so convenient; less time variety of flight options. commuting between areas means Q The kids club hosts a variety of more time to enjoy yourselves and indoor and outdoor activities for far less opportunity for lost gloves children from 9 months to 13 years. on the way to ski school! Second, Le Village is made up WHISTLER - A CANADIAN of a wide variety of well-appointed self-catering apartments. All of these CLASSIC include a choice of indoor and outdoor Take a lively vibrant town in a vast pools, Jacuzzis, steam room, sauna, spa mountain landscape, add 11 metres treatment rooms and fitness suite. The of average snowfall each winter and on-site spa centre gives you the best you have Whistler, a Canadian snow

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Whistler

sports paradise. With over 8000 acres of skiable terrain, Whistler Blackcomb has more than enough to keep the experts busy, plus pistes to satisfy skier and snowboarders of all abilities. Pistes are immaculately groomed, lifts are fast and efficient and the on-mountain dining options are endless. Whistler Village is itself an experience, with outstanding après ski and a huge choice of restaurants and shopping to suit every budget. This welcoming town caters for visitors from all over the world.

RECOMMEND ACCOMMODATION: FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER

This slope-side hotel offers luxury ski accommodation. Beautifully appointed rooms vary in size, type and location within the building to suit all tastes and needs. Extensive amenities include two restaurants, a piano bar, sport & leisure facilities, outdoor lap pool with underwater music, indoor/ outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpools, Vida wellness spa and state of the art gym. A snow sports rental and service shop is on site, as well as several boutiques. 7 nights from £1098 per person Based on 2 sharing a Fairmont Room with


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Featured on Condé Nast Traveller’s 2010 Gold List of World’s Best Places to Stay, this resort is luxurious and immaculately kept. Located at the heart of Whistler village, everything the town has to offer is right on your doorstep. On-site you’ll find three restaurants offering everything from mountain classics to sushi, an extraordinarily extensive spa and health club and a variety of children’s facilities and clubs. 7 nights from £1122 per person Based on 2 sharing a Deluxe Studio Suite with Air Canada flights from London Heathrow to Vancouver and shared transfers.

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Q Whistler village Fire & Ice show is on every Sunday throughout the winter season. The show is a real spectacle, and it’s free. Q Take advantage of the endless winter activities programme, including Tubing, dog sledging, Snowcat tours, Ziptrek and ice skating. Q Try out the amazing First Tracks experience and be one of the first to ski those perfect groomers or fresh powder snow including a breakfast buffet at the top of the mountain.

With some of the most dramatic scenery of the Alps, Chamonix wins the prize for convenience and charm. The breathtaking Mont Blanc Massif plays backdrop to the historical Alpine town which offers enormous variety of accommodation, shopping, restaurants and bars. From the town you can access five main ski areas which provide a wide range of terrain, perfect for all ability levels. Chamonix’s short transfer time from Geneva makes it an ideal choice as a short ski break destination. Flights to Geneva are not only frequent, but often good value and there is also a wealth of accommodation options in Chamonix to suit short stays.

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Q Don’t forget your camera; ascend 2.5km to the peak of Aiguille du Midi cable car to experience the world renowned views. Q Spend an afternoon in Chambre Neuf; live music, great atmosphere and a very reasonable happy hour, this is the perfect après ski bar. Q Fly SWISS; this airline offers great flight options from London airports with prices including on-board snacks, one bag per person and free ski carriage.

Hotel Heliopic

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL LE MORGANE

Located in Chamonix Sud, this hotel offers extensive spa facilities, 24- hour front desk service, restaurant, bar, comfortable lounge, laundry service and more. The perfect choice for a luxury ski break centred around sport, fun and convenience. Standard and Superior double rooms are available on a bed and breakfast basis. All rooms are en-suite and feature a hairdryer, RECOMMENDED minibar, TV and Wi-Fi. ACCOMODATION: HOTEL 3 nights from £512 per person HELIOPIC The Hotel Heliopic Based on 2 sharing a Standard Double Room on a B&B basis, SWISS flights is conveniently from London Heathrow to Geneva and located at the shared return transfers. base of the Abbotts Travel, 134 George Lane, Aiguille du Midi South Woodford, E18 1BA. cable car. This recently built property offers stylish Tel: 0208 989 9445 interiors whilst maintaining its cosy www.abbottstravel.com

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HUAIYANG CUISINE Tomato fish soup and garlic chicken

Method 1. Season white fish fillets of choice with salt and pepper. 2. Cut the pork rib into bite-size pieces, and put them in boiling water with a generous glug of chilli

fillets in water, then place on the top of the soup.

surface with some salt and pepper, then leave the chicken covered in the fridge for 12 hours. 2. After 12 hours, thoroughly wash the salt and pepper off the chicken.

GARLIC CHICKEN

TOMATO FISH SOUP Ingredients H White fish fillets H Pork ribs H Chilli sauce H Tomatoes H Salt and pepper

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Ingredients H Chicken breasts H Spring onions H Garlic H Coriander H Peanuts H Black bean sauce H Sugar H Salt and pepper Method 1. Wash the chicken breasts and rub the

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WHEN: Every Thursday, 4.30pm-5.30pm WHAT: Learn To Swim - Swimming lessons for all abilities of swimmers ranging from Learn to Swim through to National level. £60 for 12 week course. 31/2 years plus. WHERE: Caterham High School, Clayhall, IG5 0QW

WHEN: Every Saturday, 9.30am-10.30am WHAT: Salsa Aerobics - A dance themed fitness session bought to you by Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure as part of the Healthy Lifestyles programme. Ages 16 plus, £6.50. WHERE: Wanstead Leisure Centre, Redbridge Lane West, E11 2JZ WHEN: Sunday 1st March, entries to be displayed by 2pm WHAT: St David’s Day Daffodil Competition in association with

Epping Horticultural Society Four classes; a daffodil with long trumpet, a daffodil with short trumpet, and a made object on the theme of ‘Daffodil’, under 13s and over 13’s. Prizes will be awarded. For more details, ring David Buckle on 01992 890591. WHERE: Travellers Friend pub, Epping Green

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WHEN: Wednesday 4th March, 10am WHAT: West Essex Ramblers Walk - A ten-mile circular walk through ancient forest and open countryside. Lunch stop at Abridge. For more details ring 020 8502 1628. WHERE: Meet opposite the Miller & Carter pub, Lambourne End

WHEN: Tuesday 10th March, 8pm WHAT: North East London RSPB Talk - The Birds of the Scrubs by David Lindo. Admission £3 for RSPB members, £3.50 nonmembers. For more details ring David Littlejohns on 020 8989 4746 or email nelondonrspb@yahoo.co.uk WHERE: St Mary’s Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford WHEN: Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th March, 8.00 pm WHAT: The Ladykillers - Comedy show by Graham Linehan. This is a classic black comedy. A sweet little old lady, living alone, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate

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PARENTING

HOW SAFE ARE YOUR LITTLE ONES? This month we are looking at the mind field that is car seat safety. With constant research and improvements in car seats how do we tell which car seat is safe and when an old seat has passed its ‘Best Before’ date. By Becky Elliott

“One of the biggest changes to hit the UK is the introduction of Rear Facing seats.”

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he law requires all children travelling in any car or van to use a correctly fitted child car seat until they are either 135 cm tall or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). There are very few exceptions but really when we are talking about our children’s lives then really no exception is a good enough exception.

5 X SAFER!

One of the biggest changes to hit the UK is the introduction of Rear Facing seats. We know now that Forward facing child car seats subject the neck and head to considerable strain as children’s heads are disproportionately heavy, their backs and neck vertebra are under-developed and their reflexes and ability to react are poor. If a child is sitting forward facing in a collision its head will be thrown violently forwards, subjecting the neck and head to considerable strain where as if the child’s seat is rear facing, the shell of the chair will form

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a protective shield and absorb the shock. Crash tests show that compared to forward facing seats, the pressure exerted on the neck is 5 times lower for rear facing child car seats. These are the reasons why all baby seats (group 0+) are only designed for rear facing use. The new iSize regulations came in to effect in the Nursery Industry in July 2013 and will in time replace the existing regulations. One of the key changes was that all children will need to be rear facing until the age of 18months whilst most manufacturers and indeed, crash test experts would encourage this limit to be until the age of 4 years. I can hear all the cries of protest about little Johnnies legs, or him getting bored or you not being able to see him and trust me these probably echo the cries our mums all made when wearing seat belts became law back in the early eighties. Let me allay some of your hesitations. Simply remove the headrest from the rear seat where little Johnny is sitting and he then has an amazing


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panoramic view out the back window rather than looking at the back of your head getting even more frustrated because you’re not turning round to talk to him. As for those little leggies, there hasn’t been any reported cases of permanent leg injuries to a child using a rear facing seat which sadly can’t be said for head or spinal injuries and whilst I never want to see any child injured I’d take a broken leg over any of the other possibilities. So finally that ‘Best Before’ date, to me this is a simple one. If the seat does not tick all of the boxes to ensure your child is as safe as possible or has been involved in any impacts then it’s time for a change. A good child safety seat will cost less than a £1 a day and we all know that our bubbas are priceless. For more information on car seat safety please go to www.carseat.co.uk. For a great range of car seats and expert advice visit Bababoom, 255 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1AD. Tel: 020 3174 0418, www.bababoom.co.uk

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s the weather has started to get a little sunnier this month, we decided it was time for a day at the seaside. As soon as we arrived in Clacton we headed down to the pier for a go on the amusements and immediately saw the mechanical horses plus some flying elephants, I got my 20p ready and strolled over with the young lad clutching my hand “One quid?! Are they having a laugh?!?!” my screams echoed throughout the pier as worried mothers shielded their children’s ears. Never the less, it’s want he wanted, so I pulled out a few quid and stuck a pound on Dumbo (sounds like the worst bet ever). He gently circled round for 20, maybe even 30 seconds, before stopping and asking for another pound. This plastic elephant was nothing but a hustler and clearly making more money than all the hard working people of Clacton combined “More, more!” he looked at me sympathetically, yet I was already £12 down and we had only just arrived. I needed something cheap, something for... 2p! We ushered him towards the 2p machines inside the arcade and changed up a couple of quid in 2p’s, showed him how to play the game, and he was hooked. I was then involved in the quickest theft I’ve even seen, as he snatched the tub of 2p’s in a blur, and proceeded to accurately time their drop into the machine... and start winning! The lady and I watched him, mesmerised, whilst he tip toed up on the raised platform, left arm clutching his tub of money and right hand poised skilfully above the drop zone. The money started to flow out and we looked on a little enviously in truth, what happened

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next was astonishing. Whilst standing up on tip toes he lost his footing and fell, not a big drop but enough for me to bend down and help him, yet without making a sound he simply grabbed clutches of his scattered 2p’s, threw them back into his tub, checked the money tray for any winnings that may have dropped down (during his 5 second absence) and proceeded to launch more money in. At that stage we became a bit concerned at the hypnotic effect the lights seemed to be having on him, whilst poor lonely Dumbo was outside being rained upon. I considered calling gamblers anonymous, then realised that I’d probably be asked

“I was then involved in the quickest theft I’ve even seen”

for his age “He’s nearly two years old,” would not make me look like the best parent. Instead I decided we had to pull him away physically and I clutched him around the waist, he immediately held onto the machine with both hands and starting yelling “Noooooo!” At this point his mum picked up the tub of 2p’s and started walking towards the door, within a split second he had released his grip and began sprinting towards the money. After that we headed down to the beach itself, happily posing for a picture whilst a wave came crashing in around my ankles, soaking my trainers for the long journey home. We then collected some shells and my jacket pockets ended up dragging along the floor as the boy proceeded to stuff half the beach into them.

I decided to head back inside for a bit of warmth and strolled past a machine that pays out in tickets, “Sure, let’s get paid in tickets... I’m sure supermarkets and petrol stations will look at me kindly when I come to pay for my goods with these.” Pushing the sarcasm to one side I decided to throw another pound away and pressed the ‘start’ button. With that a small basketball launched up inside this big container and came crashing back down into a revolving disc at the bottom, I was so tired I hadn’t really paid attention to this game but I was now transfixed. On the disc where different numbers, each saying how many tickets I could win, and incredibly the ball finally decided to fall into the top slot... 500 tickets! I sprinted across to the cashier desk where all the prizes were, trying hard not to look so smug after my big win. I then glanced up at the board to see what I could reimburse so many tickets for, perhaps a car, or a holiday to New York, yet my dreams were agonisingly crushed when it became apparent the only thing I could get for 500 tickets was a large inflatable banana (I kid you not). Even the novelty key rings started at 650. I turned down to the boy who was wide eyed looking at all the prizes, and before I’d even had the chance to say “This poxy arcade has fleeced your dad kiddo, it started with Dumbo and its finished with this 17 year old cashier,” he started asking for “nana, nana” I looked around for my mum then realised he was pointing at the inflatable banana! I happily reimbursed my tickets and handed him a banana that dwarfed him in height, he was delighted and it rounded off a very memorable day. ...TO BE CONTINUED


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n 2003 John Hassan and Marc Wakley founded Newbury Forest FC as a way for a group of friends to play Sunday football and it has since flourished into a club with eight teams both junior and senior. The adult first team was the beginning of Newbury Forest FC and by 2007 they had created their second and third team. The first team plays in the Premier Division of the Essex Olympian Football League and won the Essex Saturday Premier Cup last year under the keen training of manager, Leo Connolly. The U21 team plays in the U21 Essex Olympian Football League and their Sunday First Team plays in Division One of the Independent South Essex Sunday Football League. Chairman John Hassan holds a UEFA A Licence and works hard in coaching the team as well as encouraging them to play to their highest ability. Ron Dangerfield is the Club Secretary at Newbury Forest FC and he runs the club alongside Leo Connolly, First Team Manager/Academy Director and Michael Benn, Treasurer/Youth Secretary. In 2007, the Newbury Forest Colts were created and to this day there are five teams, from U8 to U15, ages 10-15 compete in the Echo Junior Football League. Newbury Forest are currently looking to create an U6 team to be able to make squads at

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all ages. Youth teams train at the Newbury Forest Academy on Saturdays and are coached by qualified coaches who also play for the current senior teams. Newbury Forest FC play at London Playing Fields on Forest Road, due to the club’s inviting and nurturing values, there is “a really great atmosphere at the club generally”. Match days create a keen and competitive environment which elevates gameplay, especially when they play their rivals Manford Way, with whom they share a clubhouse, which gets a lot of people down to watch and enjoy the match. Newbury Forest FC are an incredibly inclusive club, as mentioned before they want all ages to be involved with Newbury Forest Colts and they are hoping to soon start a vets team, as well as women and girls teams. Ron Dangerfield says, “We have a policy of ‘football for all’. Our vision and strategy has always been to be able to provide football for all people, regardless of gender, ability or health.” The club is, “always looking for additional players at every age group, the more the better.” Looking ahead, Newbury Forest FC are aiming to get their First Team as high up on the National League system as their ability will take them and they hope to be able to secure their very own venue for a home ground. For more information visit www. clubwebsite.co.uk/newburyforestfc/ Home or email ron.dangerfield@ newburyforestfc.co.uk.


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What’s On Spring 2015

ENTERTAINERS presents

ADRENALINE PRODUCTIONS presents

Sunday 29th March

Sunday 12th April

A Night of Dirty Dancing

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Pop Factor

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Monday 13th April

Saturday 25th April

Milkshake! Party Party Live 1.00pm & 3.30pm

Islands in the Stream 7.30pm

Box Office 020 8553 4466

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