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Happy Easter to all of our readers, I hope you enjoy the long weekend! Make sure you check out our feature for some great chocolate recipes to use up any leftover Easter eggs. This month I caught up with Vinnie Jones to discuss his events in support of The British Heart Foundation in May. We also take you on a journey to Japan with our go-to travel experts Abbotts Travel. If you’re planning a summer holiday then take a look at our swimwear special where I’m sure there is something for everyone, or our men’s fashion page showcases loungewear for lazy days. On top of all this we have our usual mix of local sports clubs, charities, organisations and businesses to keep you occupied. Hope you all enjoy the sunshine. Darren Perry Editor/Owner

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A new Adult Art Class opens in Loughton in mid-May designed for absolute beginners to improvers with an easy step-by-step guide to draw, paint and create. Local people who enjoyed TV’s ‘the Big Painting Challenge’ will now get a chance to get ‘hands on’ at the same time as having fun and learning new skills. It will be held at LifeWorks behind Loughton Methodist Church on Wednesdays for three hours with a choice of mornings or afternoons. It’s a part-time course run over 14 weeks. Chingford based Art teacher Adelaine


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Avon House School children donned red noses as part of the fundraising efforts for Comic Relief. Year 4 children organised an assembly with some clever cameo films where teachers entertained the pupils to a little bit of humour. Year 4 had previously made cakes with red cherries on top which were sold after school. A grand total of £300 was raised from the sale of cakes and red noses. Comic Relief day coincided with the school’s traditional Mother’s Day tea, an annual event in the Children at Avon House School Avon House Pre-Prep calendar. The Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage After the 1 children treated some 85 mums to a couple of songs singing the children enjoyed a cream tea with which expressed how much they appreciate all the their mums while David Cook entertained everyone on things mums do for them. the piano.


A Davenant Foundation School student has been named runner-up in the Lions Club International’s Young Ambassador of the 21st Century awards. James Lingfield was recognised for his contributions to the school’s Boccia team and his charity work. James, 15, gave the £100 he received as the winner of the 2014 Epping Forest District Council Young Citizen of the Year award to Loughton Foodbank. He has also raised money for the Chigwell Riding Trust where he has ridden every week​since ld James Lingfie he was four years old.

A couple of years ago James raised £400 for the charity when he walked a mile. Commenting on receiving the award, James said: “I was a bit shocked. People I was up against included a young St John’s Ambulance member of the year and someone who had gone to South Africa to help build a village.” As part of his prize James who was one of the youngest nominations for the award - will be helping to crew a tall ship around Great Britain in summer 2016. Davenant Headteacher Chris Seward said: “The qualities that were recognised in James last year when he was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year award have now rightly been recognised by The Lions club.”

LOUGHTON FESTIVAL RETURNS The Loughton Festival is a 4-week programme of music, children’s events, a history study day, walks, talks and art events, all in some way raising money for this year’s charity, which is Epping Forest Re-Use. The charity, which is based at Bower Hill, Epping saves furniture and white goods from landfill. Its volunteers restore and then sell the items from its warehouse to members of the public to raise money to help needy families in the Epping Forest area. Sue says: “This year’s programme contains many of our old favourites and some exciting new events too.

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VINNIE JONES INTERVIEW Our Editor Darren Perry grabs 10


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Morning Vinnie, it’s great to see you coming to Essex on the 9th of May for ‘An evening with Vinnie Jones’ and I wanted to start by asking how you got involved with the British Heart Foundation, whom the event is in support of? Well initially they came to me to do the commercial.


The ‘Stayin’ Alive’ one...

Yeah exactly, and that just went crazy when it came out. So now, any charity work I get involved with, I look to split between Harefield Hospital where Tanya (Vinnie’s wife) had her heart transplant 27 years ago, and the Heart Foundation itself which have now saved about 30 to 40 lives because of the commercial.

Left: Vinnie Jones in his ‘Stayin’ Alive’ Hands Only CPR Campaign for the British Heart Foundation

then he asked me back for some reshoots and gave me a bigger role.


So did you already know Guy Ritchie? No, no, they just called my manager and said we’d like Vinnie to do a cameo role in our new movie, so I did it and never thought no more of it.


But then your acting career just exploded!? HAHA, yeah exactly!

So, going back to the manager idea, would you still like to be a football manager or are you too far down the acting path? I’d still love to be a manager, it’s in my heart.


give him a cuddle. I’m two years now without alcohol.


Nothing at all?

Not a drop, nothing.

Was there an incident or just a change of mind? I’d just had enough of it really, I decided to throw myself into my work and my golf, I’m trying to get my handicap down now.


Oh yeah, what you down to?

I’m down to a 9 now but I want to get a lot lower. I just think Gazza needs a focus in life, some responsibility.


Well he tried the So who would you fancy management side didn’t he, managing, Chelsea, Leeds, but that didn’t really pan out. Nah, true… but I’ve got MK Dons, Wales? You never say never in life, it’s some ideas for him which a massive question... if Leeds should help. phoned me up and said ‘We’re in a bit I hope so Vinnie, ok well I of turmoil would you come back?’ better wrap this up. I really then it would certainly pull at my heart strings! It would be a tough decision. appreciate your time and I look forward to catching up again at the Ok, finally, you’ve got this event on May 9th. Are you coming down yeah? event coming up on May 9th, and if you can have anyone in the I wanted to ask a little audience, sat on those tables, who I’ll be there. about your football career would be your ideal guest? A really well Gazza. too, obviously you were known as Great stuff mate, it’ll be a a tough guy on the pitch but do great night. you think there was also a slight That would be lovely, performance with it, that later Vinnie will be in London on 8th May certainly. Although I saw helped you blend into acting? Well I actually always wanted some news recently of him back and Essex on 9th May for to be a manager, not even an with the bottle in the last few days. ‘An Evening with Vinnie Jones’. Oh no, I saw him on TV the actor. When I came out of football The event, in support of The British other day with Robbie Savage Heart Foundation, also includes it was all I knew. The acting was an and he looked great. absolute freak of nature. special guests and a VIP after party. For more information and tickets So how did that come Yeah I know, it seems like it’s contact Simply Prestige Events. around then? been a recent relapse. Tel: 020 8709 8089 Guy Ritchie asked me to do two I hadn’t seen it, oh no... I’ll days on ‘Lock Stock’ originally, try and meet up with him and


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he time has come - after months of training, race day is finally upon us! On 26th April you will be blessed with running 26.2 miles in what I see as one of the greatest marathons in the World! Here are my top tips for race day:


WARM UP Do some light walking, then jogging followed by dynamic, on the move stretching. All of this should have been carried out in your training so repeat this and don’t get carried away by copying someone else’s warm up - reserve your energy!


CLOTHES Take some old clothes with you, which you would be happy to leave at the race start. You need to keep warm once you have been ushered into your ‘pen’ at the start line. You may be waiting there for 30-45 minutes so you need to keep warm. Having old trousers and a jumper with you is ideal, then take these off just before you start running and Charity representatives will collect these items and donate them.


ROUTINE Make sure you are wearing trainers, socks and running kit that you have worn many times before! New runners get ‘sucked in’ to shiny new items and discounted clothes at London Expo and then wear them for the first time on actual race day - BIG MISTAKE! These


can cause blisters, chaffing and other disasters. So make sure you haven’t changed anything, everything you do on race day has been carried out in your training!


NUTRITION Make sure you are sipping water and electrolyte drinks regularly throughout the race - it is probably going to be a warm day, so don’t let the heat get the better of you and ruin your race. Equally do not take on more water than you need, over-hydration can occur as well so find a balance. Take on board your energy gels, sweets and other sugary foods to help maintain your glycogen stores so your muscles have energy over the duration of the race.


PACE Relax and pace yourself - 26.2 miles is a long way to run so make sure you continue to set a steady pace around the course just like you have been doing throughout all your training. Do not get carried away - use your watch to help you, find an official pace maker or make friends with the person next to you and run steady together!


ENJOY IT! Have the time of your life! You are extremely blessed to be running the VLM! Soak up the atmosphere, use the fantastic crowd support to help you get round and open your eyes to the amazing sights you are experiencing... it’s a sight!



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I asked two of my experienced London Marathon clients, John Hanlon and Angie Flight, who are training for the VLM a few questions about their training so far and what their thoughts are leading up to the race...


What 3 tips would you give a new marathon runner? AF 1. Slowly build up to the marathon. 2. Work out your hydration and food early on in training and learn to carry water. 3. Have lots regular sports massages to prevent injury - you will also get valid advice and tips from your Sports Therapist. JH 1. Get along to a running shop and get fitted out with trainers that are designed for road running and complement your running style. 2. Check out your local running club and join in with the runs! 3. As distances get longer take care with nutrition and hydration to fuel the increased effort.

of the most amazing experiences that you simply can’t buy and the more training you do the more you will enjoy it. JH n VLM is a fantastic carnival of London, spectator support is stellar. n Standing at the start of your marathon after many months of training amongst thousand of fellow athletes, you already feel like a winner!


What is your highlight from running the VLM in the past? AF The Atmosphere. JH For VLM 2014 I ran with a GoPro camera a wonderful momento of a great day, check it out here: www. watch?v=ugX5zAE_ GE4.


Why are you running the VLM again?! AF To achieve a PB!


What is the hardest component in a marathon?


What are you most looking forward to about the marathon? AF n Trying to beat my PB. n The crowds and atmosphere taking part is one

board sufficient electrolytes. JH The right marathon pace for you, one of the hardest things to get right, it’s so easy to go too fast at the start. Relax, run well within yourself over the initial stages of a marathon, it’ll make the latter stages a lot more comfortable.

AF If it is hot - it is definitely dealing with the heat. Fingers crossed I have worked out how to take on

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ith spring on our doorstep it’s finally time to start thinking of warmer months and more importantly, how we’ll be spending our time in the garden. Deciding how to make the most of outdoor spaces is often the main challenge, but with careful styling you can create an area that’s both beautiful and functional. Firstly, think about how you want to use your space. Are you looking to host elegant alfresco dinner parties, socialise with family and friends, or are you simply wanting to furnish a small nook? With a huge array of furniture available, from sun loungers and daybeds, to outdoor sofas, dining ranges and balcony sets, creating a tailored look is easily affordable. You’ll also want to take into consideration the quality of the furniture. Unlike indoors, every piece will undergo the stresses and strains of British weather. With this in mind, it is wise to invest in furniture that is built to withstand the elements. Rattan furniture is always a good option as it’s incredibly hardy and won’t warp if it gets wet; many pieces also come UV protected which will prevent them from bleaching in the sun. With so many gorgeous designs to choose from, it’s easy to establish a super-stylish, laid-back look; simply accessorise with bold scatter cushions to compliment the colour scheme of your garden.

gilded patterns and small ottomans or poufs with traditional glass lanterns and leafy pot plants to create a stylish look.


If you love eating out in the open-air on warm summer evenings, a chic dining set will lend an air of sophistication to proceedings. Rattan pieces such as Fishpools’ Margarita range are great for a contemporary vibe and will often come kitted out with home comforts such as padded seats and glass table-tops. For a more classic feel, go for metal or wrought iron pieces with delicate detailing - a bistro table and two chairs placed under a tree will add a pretty touch and can also be left out all year round. Above: Savona Lounger in Pink. Right: Rattan Table Top Heater


For those who want to create an outdoor living room, larger pieces such as Fishpools’ Naples corner sofa set will help you to create a central focus. Smaller armchairs and low tables can then be built-up around it, depending on the size of your space. If you’re lucky enough to have a large garden, try to place sofas or chairs underneath the shady boughs of a tree or by a wall as this will provide a degree of shelter.


Day beds or hanging chairs are the perfect way to make a statement and a piece like Fishpools’ Tobago Hanging Chair is guaranteed to impress. With comfy in-built cushions, it’s ideal for lazy Sunday afternoons and can be brought to life with patterned throws in on-trend geometric prints. Moroccan styles are always a popular statement choice for summer and will immediately imbue your garden with exotic charm. Combine bright fabrics,



An assortment of bright and bold accessories, from plant pots and parasols to striking tableware and lighting will add the finishing touches to your outdoor space, helping you to define the look you’re going for. Remember to keep it simple, as themes can easily get lost in garden spaces, so pick one and use each item to strengthen it for maximum impact. On long summer evenings, lanterns or outdoor fairy lights strung between trees are the perfect way to create an ambient party atmosphere. If space doesn’t allow for this, tea-lights trailed up steps or placed on low tables will have a similar effect. Consider investing in a patio heater to keep you toasty, even after the sun goes down. An extensive range of outdoor furniture is now available in-store and online at furniture specialists Fishpools, based in Waltham Cross. Their newly launched online magazine is also packed with further ideas and inspiration. Tel: 01992 63 64 65

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Tortoise shell and peacock butterflies can be seen this month. Your garden can attract up to 18 species of butterfly throughout the year. If you manage your patch to create a breeding habitat you may see even more. Remember, it’s good to have a variety of different plants that flower at different times of the year. In spring good nectar providing plants are Primrose, Forget-me-not, and Wallflowers.


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pring has really started to take hold in the garden inviting you to spend longer outside. Even though there will still be occasional days ahead filled with April showers one thing is for sure the milder weather is now on its way.


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cutting time is here. Keep the blades high to start with and lower as the spring and summer moves on. _ Start tying in new shoots on your rambling roses, clematis and jasmine. Roses are greedy plants and will greatly benefit from feeding as they come into growth. _ Plant lily bulbs into pots. If you want to get ahead with your summer lily display, you will need to start planting now. By planting them in pots it will give you the freedom Lily Bulbs

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_ Prune your Penstemons, cut all the old shoots back to the base provided there is new growth at the bottom of the plant. If there are no new shoots at the base, cut just above the lowest set of leaves. By amenity horticulturalist & gardening committee member of Copped Hall and Epping Horticultural Society Victoria Robertson


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he food culture tops anything in Europe; standards of service and overall politeness are unmatched anywhere in the world; and the transport infrastructure is second to none. When you look beyond the modern cities, you’ll find old Japan too: Shinto shrines with graceful pagoda roofs; mineral hot baths enclosing exquisite pebble gardens; woodfronted sake bars; carved temples set in parks of fragrant cedar and cypress trees, where teenagers slip out of their micro-skirts into flowing white robes to place votive paper offerings written in fine calligraphy. GETTING THERE: Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer direct flights from London Heathrow to Tokyo Narita. Flying time is approx 11-12 hours. ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation is offered in a range of styles, from international-grade luxury and business hotels to family-run minshuku B&Bs, or simple shukubo temple lodges. For a uniquely Japanese experience you can also stay in a traditional ryokan inn, where you are encouraged to wear a yukata (light cotton kimono), sleep on a futon and eat kaiseki cuisine in rooms lined with tatami mats, sliding paper screens and doors, and windows opening on to beautiful Zen gardens.

also has an extensive network of well-maintained roads and a good network of internal flights. WHEN TO TRAVEL: Japan is a year round destination however March to May and late September to November are considered the best times to visit, with milder temperatures, relatively low rainfall and frequent clear days. Japan is a country that offers a wide variety of attractions and experiences, here are just a few highlights: Mount Fuji and Tokyo City in twilight

TOKYO: Vast, vivacious and containing every image that epitomises modern Japan, Tokyo is the epicentre of the world’s largest and most cutting-edge conurbation. Highlights include the vibrant areas of Shinjuku and Shibuya, the exclusive boutiques of Ginza, the delicious sushi bars of Nihonbashi, the elegant Meiji Shrine, the futuristic Omotesando district and TRAVELLING AROUND: Where possible, the historic Asakusa Temple. train travel is recommended with a highly developed, fast and punctual KYOTO: Boasting no less than 17 rail system. A Japan rail pass UNESCO World Heritage sites, and can be included in any trip and around 2,000 Buddhist temples is often economical. The country and Shinto shrines, Kyoto and

Kinkaju-ji Temple in Kyoto

nearby Nara are the cultural and historical centres. The grand, ornate ‘kaiseki’ meals found in this city are rightly revered throughout the land, and this is the place to see geikos (Kyoto’s name for geishas) in their costumes of flashing silk, admire pagodaroofed buildings sprinkled with cherry blossom, to catch a performance of kabuki dance drama, or learn to make perfect sushi or tempura.

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HAKONE NATIONAL PARK & MT FUJI: Ideal for those looking for a relaxing spa, the picturesque Hakone is abundant in hot springs as well as having stunning views of Japan’s iconic sacred mountain, Mt Fuji. You can climb Mt Fuji in the summer.


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HIROSHIMA: The Geihoku region offers mountain spas for relaxing and ski resorts for the adventurous. Historical sites include the Koriyama Castle, and for a cultural activity, the Kagura dance performances are a colourful sumptuous spectacle. The Bihoku region is good to visit for art museums and wineries, as well as the Hillside Park, carpeted with flowers. Atomic Dome, Hiroshima


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Inari Shrine in Kyoto

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ew Choices for Youth Trust is a Newham based charity which works with young people both in the criminal system and at risk, it was founded in 1985 as the Newham Consortium for Youth by a fledgling multidisciplinary team who were keen to help young people entering the criminal justice system. The current CEO is Marcia Samuels and in the last thirty years it has helped people turn their lives around as well as providing youth support in Plaistow. NCY Trust has four main objectives which umbrella a plethora of developed projects; Supported Housing; Accredited Training; Positive Activities and Wellbeing. NCY’s Supported Housing is called Launchpad, the initiative began in 1994 and is semi-independent living for 16-18 year olds who are leaving care, this is based in Beckton and in these two years, young

people are transitioned into independent living. They are given the opportunity to achieve qualifications, gain employment as well as learning to consider their wellbeing and manage their finances. This project has been sited as a model of good practice by the Centre for Social Justice. NCY “has a proven track record for devising and delivering quality accredited programmes” as a NOCN, Arts Council Award and AQA Registered centre, they have a solid reputation in delivering alternative qualifications, this includes Skills for Young Parents and Introduction to Mentoring Young People which is a necessity in cementing the future of youth work for further generations. NCY Trust work extremely hard to promote mental and emotional wellbeing, they recognise that there is still a certain stigma attached to mental health issues which make young people feel isolated and alone, however bringing this onto

a safe and judgement free platform has proved invaluable to the well being of hundreds of people. Youth work is very important to NCY, while funding for youth projects is limited, they previously set up a fundraising committee for youth sessions and then supported their application to build a youth facility in Plaistow which has become a staple in the community. An example of innovative projects delivered by NCY’ is called Tracks and it helps people who have had their first entrance into the criminal justice system into employment. They

“NCY Trust work extremely hard to promote mental and emotional wellbeing ” also attend schools for Schools Prevention of Offending and Mentoring Services which gives peer support and empowers children to make good decisions. NCY Trust will reach out to schools in Newham as well as neighbouring boroughs. NCY was commissioned to deliver a project called SHINE which helps young people with complex needs into employment; this is delivered in the London Borough of Redbridge. A lot of employers appear to be reluctant to employ young people with disabilities as they think this will cause them a great deal of issues and aids/adaptations. They fail to see the skills that young people bring and the commitment. Employers should ask what young people can do for them rather than the other way round. Kristian Bridge is Manager of Young Adults and Development; he has worked with NCY for ten years, he helped develop BMXtreme BMX Club, “the first club of the Olympic legacy project.” They work with schools and youth clubs to teach riding skills and encourage people to compete in the London Youth Games. Last year NCY Trust were nominated and won an Innovation Award in Westminster for the BMX-treme programme. For more information on this important charity, visit












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t all started to go wrong just after we drove away from the house, we had decided to head to a new shopping centre and I’d tapped the coordinates into the sat nav and blindly assumed we were heading in the right direction. I needed to type a road into the device and punted a vague guess at something I’d read the night before. What I didn’t account for was the various options that appeared and in my haste I’d selected the wrong option. We travelled across the country and without knowing it I had gleefully set off for Dover. My lady was firing a few questionable looks in my direction during the first few miles yet I confidentially explained, “It’s the sat nav darling, it’s probably a short cut”. However, my cheery smile was wearing thin as we started to cross the Dartford bridge as we both knew our required destination was actually north of Hertfordshire. Even I was starting to feel a little unsure at this point and pulled over to the side of the

“He stood there staring back at me, wearing 6 inch stilettos”

road to check the sat nav once more. Realising my mistake (I’d left in a rush to be fair and just clicked anything to get us all going) I explained that the shortcut may have been a little wrong, but everything was correct now. We painfully retraced our route, driving past our own home 2 hours later on the way to our destination (another 2 hours driving) and I had to put up with a barrage of abuse. Luckily the


boy had slept through the entire journey and the screams of anger hadn’t woken him. By the time we arrived in Milton Keynes the sun was descending quicker than my confidence in the sat nav, but we strode into the shopping centre and began to start part two of our day. Our boy was now wide awake and sprinting between the different outlets, trying on clothes, eating samples and generally causing chaos like some spinning Tasmanian Devil as he span from shop to shop leaving a path of wreckage behind him. At one stage he stood there staring back at me, wearing 6 inch stilettos and a summer bonnet on his head, whilst eating a hotdog that hadn’t yet been paid for. The pictures we took of him will come in handy for bargaining once he’s a bit older! We soon found a play area for him to let off some steam (in a controlled environment) and he began hurling himself around the soft cushions and down the slides. As we were leaving he ran into an Anne Summers and my heart jumped out of my chest, I leapt in after him and considered grabbing a pair of handcuffs just to slow the lad down! The shop assistant could only smile as I ran in and out of the isles with all kinds of toys jangling behind me and the boy giggled with delight at the chase, “Dad Dad hahaha!”, but it seemed I was the only one not laughing, just wishing the ground would swallow me up. A small crowd had begun to gather by the time I finally reached him, by lassoing him with a pink feather boa (I had to start improvising if I was going to bring him down), and I carried him out like a trophy. The way home was unsurprisingly quick, no sooner

had we set off that we seemed to pull up on our drive, not a word was said about the journey being easier without a sat nav... but I knew what her face was telling me. The little lad had hopefully worn himself out and we got him in the bath to start his ‘evening routine’. After a scrub down (and quite a lot of water leaving the tub) we dried him off and attempted to get him

“He ran into Anne Summers and my heart jumped out of my chest” to sleep, at which point he started telling us about his day, for the next two hours. This even involved the sighting of some sheep on our way home, as a long story merely consisting of two words, “Sheeeep BAAA, sheep BAAAAA, sheeeeep BAAAA”, and so on. We then tried to get him to close his eyes, this request was met with one of the strangest faces he’s ever pulled. He closed his eyes and then pulled up his top lip to expose all his teeth and made a grimacing type of expression that looked anything but relaxed. He then held this for almost a minute before we realised he was also holding his breath, “Stop now mate! That’s it, well done!” The ‘close your eyes, relax and go to sleep’ tactic, had proved nearly as successful as the sat nav experience earlier in the day. After a second bottle of milk he began to doze off, although every now and then would sleepily say his favourite new phrase “Ello maate!” just as I was creeping out of the room. ...TO BE CONTINUED

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To coincide with The Lullaby Trust’s Safer Sleep Week this month’s focus is on just that. As an expectant parent we focus so much on our pregnancy, what to eat, where to birth and what to expect that many of us aren’t as aware as we should be about how to ensure our new baby has a Safer Sleep. We asked Bababoom’s resident Midwife, Becky Elliott to help explain the Safer Sleep points to us.


ot everyone will remember back in the 1980’s when the famous Anne Diamond, the woman at the forefront of morning TV lost her son Sebastian to Cot Death. Anne spearheaded the ‘Back to Sleep’ campaign and the figures for cot death plummeted, it was an amazing result. Since then figures have dropped but have remained almost static over the last few years and it’s time to get the word back out there. SO let’s make this simple and clear. No one has a crystal ball or any cast iron guarantees because that is life but research over decades has shown us that there are 5 key contributing factors to help your baby stay safe. ALWAYS sleep your baby on his/her back, with his/her feet to the bottom of the crib so they can’t wriggle down and over heat. Your mattress should be a firm flat surface and baby should sleep in the same room as you for the first 6 months.

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Rooms should be kept between 18-20 degrees, if you’re not sure buy a room thermometer. NO HATS indoors. If babies get too hot they will expel their heat through their head so this needs to be free. No smoking around the baby. In fact babies cared for by smokers, that have never smoked around the baby, when tested their urine carries the toxins from the smoke. If you’re baby appears unwell or has a temperature seek help from either a GP, midwife or A+E, you know your baby so trust your instincts. Sudden Infant Death or SID’s can occur anywhere so that fact that we have referred to it as Cot Death for so many years has probably not helped. With one of the key contributing factors being over heating many new parents aren’t aware of the risk in cars. We are so worried about our precious little ones that we tend to bundle them up to stop them from getting cold, how many of you go on journeys in huge puffer jackets? Babies should be in a thin jacket or cardigan at most

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ased at Barkingside Recreation Ground (Queen Elizabeth II Field) in Essex, Ilford Catholic Cricket Club is a fast growing and vibrant club with teams in Divisions 1, 3, 5 and 6 of the Herts and Essex Cricket League. The club also has a Sunday friendly side and runs an invitation midweek Twenty20 league. Founded in the social “Catholic Club” of St Peter and Pauls Church in Ilford in 1920, the club is now entering its 95th year. To begin with the club played at Valentines Park throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s, and even continued during the Second World War with the Secretary of the time Francis Lion merging clubs in the surrounding area in order to keep local cricket alive. After the war the club moved to Barkingside Recreation Ground and have been the resident cricket club there ever since.  In the 1950’s and 1960’s the playing membership soared and club legend Vic Harris featured heavily in the all-time record books. Some staggering achievements took place with Harris dominating the local cricket scene setting records that stand to this day.  The club continued to run several sides throughout the 70’s and 80’s and enjoyed many years of cricket in the Lillywhite Frowd and Smallcombe Sports leagues. The 1990’s were a great time for the club with three league sides in the Essex Morrant league, a Cup Winners trophy in 1994 and the Morrant league title in 1996.  Last year the cup winning 1994 team reunited for an anniversary match in a great social day for the club. In 2010 the committee set out a plan


for the year 2020, its centenary year, to develop the club further including the formation of additional teams, improving the facilities and to work as hard as it can on a volunteer basis. Despite a tough period in the mid 2000’s there has been a significant growth in membership over the last few years with the 2nd and 3rd teams reformed and a 4th XI set up for the first time in the club’s history. For 2015 the 4th XI has been accepted into the Herts and Essex Cricket League having played a full season of friendly cricket in 2014. In 2012 ICCC worked closely with Redbridge Council to gain Queen Elizabeth II field status to ensure Barkingside Recreation Ground was protected and sports, including cricket, would be played there in perpetuity. The club is very diverse with players of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, with all members united by a shared love of the game. Chairman Vince Mulholland, who is in his 25th year with the club, comments; “The club has always prided itself on being a social, welcoming and friendly club, but at the same time our teams are very competitive on the pitch and are extremely well respected throughout the Leagues. As a result of these strong values and ethics, we have experienced a significant growth in membership over the last few years and hope to continue to thrive as we approach our centenary year.” With indoor practice from March to May and outdoor training sessions on Wednesday evenings there are opportunities for players at all levels to get involved, regardless of whether you have 1st team experience or you are just starting out. If you are interested please email  For more information visit


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Essex Central The Loop - Issue 9 - April '15  
Essex Central The Loop - Issue 9 - April '15