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EDITOR Darren Perry

Welcome to the November issue! This month we feature local fireworks events and share a recipe for toffee apples to enjoy round the bonfire.

CONTACT Darren@essexcentralmagazine.co.uk Tel: 01787 583152

We also have reviews of two restaurants, one local and one up London which are perfect for your festive celebrations in the run up to Christmas and our fashion page covers party season outfits to take you through to New Years Eve.


Our what’s on pages are bursting with local events on page 36 and we also have a bumper news section this month.

Victoria Grace


Personal Trainer Danny Cohen is also making a return with his health and fitness tips, this issue he talks about the importance of flexibility and how to improve it.

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Hope you all have a safe bonfire night, see you next issue for our Christmas special!


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Recycling to be rewarded with new Epping Forest Recycling Rewards scheme Every month, the six residents who have earned the most Green Points will win a £25 voucher for their efforts from a choice of: Marks and Spencer, iTunes, Love2shop, local leisure centres, or they can chose the option to donate to their favourite charity from a shortlist. There will be extra opportunities to win vouchers in raffles, or if their block of flats is a top performer.

Epping Forest District Council is launching a brand new scheme: Epping Forest Recycling Rewards. The scheme will reward residents taking part for recycling their waste correctly. “Recycling – It’s Worth It!” - the scheme is certainly making recycling worth it, with prizes for top performing residents and blocks of flats, as well as community prizes of £1,750 for local charities. The scheme is open to residents of selected blocks of flats in the district and will be delivered on behalf of Epping Forest District Council by specialist recycling reward scheme provider Local Green Points.

The scheme will also be supporting four local charity and community projects with £1,750 in donations in the first year. Residents will vote for their favourite local charity and the more points each community earns, the more money they will be able to donate. The local projects being supported this year are Epping Forest Community Transport, Chigwell Riding Trust, Epping Forest Foodbank and Safer Places. Environment Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Will Breare-Hall, said: “We know that recycling rates in flats are below where they should be. This scheme is a wonderful opportunity for residents in the selected blocks of flats to get rewarded for improving that situation. We hope that it will encourage them to do as much as they can so we can increase recycling rates across flats in the district and improve the quality of recycling collected. We’re also delighted to be supporting some fantastic local charities with this scheme.”

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Abbotts Travel and Chigwell Golf Club present Indochina

Abbotts Travel has organised a very special client night on Thursday 2nd November, featuring some incredible locations, previewed by guest speakers from a selection of handpicked resorts. Co-hosted with Chigwell Golf Club and Western & Oriental, the evening begins with a focus on Indochina: its essential experiences, culture, elite hotels, resorts, tastes and local knowledge. The latest addition to the Abbotts Travel Golf Collection a selection of Europe’s finest golf resorts - will also be introduced. Plus a representative from one of London’s most indulgent boutique hotels will be sharing her knowledge of luxury getaways closer to home. In attendance will be ambassadors from Vidotour (Vietnam), Aqua Expeditions, Western & Oriental, Song Saa Private Island, Hapag Lloyd, Fusion Maia Danang, Anantara Hotels, Finca Cortesin and The Hari. Abbotts Travel's managing director, Julian Abbott, said: “Following the success of our first showcase in March, and the wonderful feedback we received from our clients and Chigwell Golf Club members, we thought this was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the delights that Indochina has to offer. At Abbotts, we’re all about telling, not selling, so we’re thrilled to be introducing a fantastic region alongside the people that know it best.” For more information or to register your interest, please visit www.abbottstravel.com/showcase

1NE 30th Anniversary

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It offers non-residential therapy programmes that have a 70% success rate. It achieves this by being nonresidential and offering counselling programmes that fit in with the working lives of its clients. It was set up to provide rehabilitation services in north east London and it’s still based in Redbridge. While being nonresidential most of 1NE’s clients come from the local area so it really is an Essex company. The counselling programmes range from evening and weekend sessions for those who work full-time to two-week assessment periods for those who can take time off, then, depending on their needs they will continue. One of the unique thing that 1NE also offers is counselling for the addicts’ relatives and children. There are flexible group or individual sessions, but 1NE prides itself on it being sociable too and recently took children on a day trip to Kew Gardens. So it’s rehabilitation with a smile at 1NE and even Iain Duncan Smith MP has called it, “One of the best, if not the best treatment centres in London.” Co Founder Fiona Dunwoodie feels that, “As an independent, 1NE can offer this kind of personal treatment to clients, but the rehab industry is being overrun by big and faceless national providers.” Her hopes for the future are that 1NE keeps doing its good work. www.1ne.org.uk



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Building on the same principles that have made their Epping office so successful, Montagues Estate agents have announced the opening of their new branch in Ongar. Montagues are already well established within the town, having been letting properties for over 20 years and selling for the past five. They are now looking forward to offering clients an even better service in Ongar & the surrounding villages with their presence on the High Street. With members of their team being lifelong Ongar residents, there are few people who know the area as intimately. Montagues offer a full sales service which includes



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THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER CELEBRATE BONFIRE NIGHT WITH A BANG! The safest place to enjoy fireworks night is at a properly organised public event, of which there are many happening locally. If you are planning on having fireworks at home then make sure you follow safety instructions and why not try your hand at making our bonfire toffee apples, perfect for enjoying around the fire.

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ST JOHN'S FIREWORKS DISPLAY Gates open 6pm-9pm. Bonfire 6.45pm; fireworks 7pm. Barbecue and refreshments. Children £3; adults £6; family ticket £15 (two adults and up to three children). For tickets email admin@loughtonchurch.org.uk

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Enjoy natures very own firework display this month. All around their will be amazing bursts of colour in our gardens, woodlands and parks. On the ground a beautiful tapestry of leaves and when walking through them a refreshing crunching crisp sound. If you want to add more autumn interest into your garden these plants will certainly help: ✿ Cornus alba 'Siberian Pearls' has a magnificent show of bright red stems with clusters of plump white berries perfect for an amazing display. ✿ Pennisetum compressum, Chinese fountain grass is a plant which gives almost all year round interest in the garden. It is a low-maintenance plant, which quickly forms a clump, so is ideal for filling gaps in perennial and shrub borders. ✿ Grass Uncinia Rubra Everflame is ideal for planting in containers or at the front of garden borders where its evergreen foliage will add drama and structure all year round. ✿ Skimmia japonica is an evergreen shrub that has aromatic, bright glossy green

foliage, with deep red flower buds that are held throughout winter. It will look great if planted in a pot outside your front door and will really help to brighten up your entrance. In the spring the buds will open to dense clusters of pure white flowers. Wrap up your pots which contain evergreens with bubble wrap for extra insulation and move them to a sheltered area near the house for the winter. Apply a mulch around the crowns of perennials to improve the soil and give extra protection for the plants against hard weather. This monTh you can planT rosEs inTo wEll prEparED grounD Roses are easy to grow all they require is lots to food and water, they need to be planted in a sunny position and will require some TLC. • Dig a hole big enough for the roots. In the bottom place in a handful of bone meal and mix it with some of the soil. • Put the rose into the ground and fill the hole with soil that has been enriched with organic matter. • Water in well

WILDLIFE WATCH There are 18 species of bats in Britain. Periods of torpor are lasting longer this month and some will begin hibernation to save energy over the colder months when insects are harder to find. Bats need time to find and explore new homes. So be patient if you have put up a new bat box as it may be several years before the box has residents. by victoria robertson, amenity horticulturist and committee member of copped hall & Epping horticultural society & chairman of Epping in bloom.




bAli Bali is perhaps more 21st century than the island that fills your imagination, but just a short step away from the beach resorts, you’ll find a Bali brimming with romance that etched the pages of Eat Pray Love. The rich assortment of beautiful beaches include the relaxed charm of Sanur where the beach slopes gently into the crystal waters; the golden sands of the more exclusive Nusa Dua; the rolling waves of Kuta and the darker sands of Seminyak. Home to scores of restaurants, clubs and designer shops – Seminyak’s flash sense of style will make visitors feel as though they’ve stepped onto another Island. The upmarket town is somewhere you could easily spend your entire holiday. Seminyak is also known as Bali’s spa capital, although the notorious Taksu Spa is situated in the town of Ubud. With a long list of treatments available, alongside an open invitation to roll out a mat and embark on the journey of yoga, a visit to Taksu Spa is a must. Ubud, an hour inland, is the island’s cultural and artistic heart, with spectacular rice terraces overlooking river valleys and intricately carved temples hidden away in the lush hills. The town’s popularity continues to grow, mostly due to its appearance in Liz Gilbert’s adventures, and is home to a noticeable expat community



where days can easily turn to months. Perhaps one of the most mesmerizing images of Bali is sunset over the stunning temple of Tanah Lot, set on a tiny island off the coast. The rock formation is a tourist hotspot and cultural icon. Hire bikes to explore Nusa Dua and cycle the 5km beach boulevard before trying out some water sports. To experience the bigger waves (which Bali is famous for) join the avid surfers at some of the best beaches in the world, or hit the waves at nearby Kuta for a family surfing lesson. On the stunning north-west coast of Bali is The Menjangan, a peaceful retreat located in the heart of unspoiled West Bali National Park. With over 175 species of plants and 160 different bird species the park is a wonderful natural haven in one of the least-visited parts of the Island. Explore the jungle on foot, jump on a mountain bike or experience the park’s beauty on horseback. Whichever you choose, keep your eyes peeled for the thriving wildlife. Home to a beautiful underwater world it’s also popular among the diving community. But if snorkelling or diving doesn’t appeal to you, then kayaks are available, allowing you to explore the best of the bay and mangrove maze. One of the most popular dive sites on the Island is the wreck of the US cargo ship Liberty in Tulamben. The

town’s ethos surrounds diving, but even snorkelers can swim out and enjoy the wreck and surrounding coral. When it comes to shopping the markets are hard to beat, particularly for batik cloth, ikat fabrics, woodcarvings, and paintings. If you wish to try some authentic Indonesian food visit one of the many warungs (street stalls) or Rumah Makans (small restaurants); specialities include Nasi Goring (spiced fried rice), Babi guling (roast suckling pig) and Ayam goring (fried chicken). There’s plenty to see in Bali, as well as an array of accommodation. The dry season, between May and June, is the best time to visit. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Premier Holidays to present three of our favourite resorts that we’re sure you’ll love…

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Blending contemporary design and traditional architecture, the peaceful courtyards, spacious terraces and private gardens create an intimate feeling. Inviting rooms and villas have panoramic vistas and views

By day there are all manner of sporting activities to tempt you away from the pools and golden sands, as well as the chance to unwind at the spa. By night, there's a superb choice of restaurants and a lively night market with cultural shows, food stalls, a handicraft exhibition and bazaar-style market. Upgrade to the highly recommended club rooms and you will receive access to the club lounge, which boasts a view overlooking picturesque gardens. Honeymooners who stay at least seven nights receive one in-room honeymoon breakfast and one dinner with a cultural show.

MENJANGAN The Menjangan resort is relaxed, casual and quiet. It covers a large area which adds to the feeling of peace and tranquillity, so doubledecker safari-style minibuses carry guests smoothly and easily between the resort’s various accommodations, dining spots and facilities - including the unspoilt beach. The buses are equipped with spotlights for impromptu wildlife

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THE THEYDON JAZZ CLUB Featuring top quality live traditional jazz bands for listening and/or dancing. All welcome (disabled facilities), visitors and/or new members welcome, phone Dave Dyer 01945 588325 for details. 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at Thornwood village hall Epping, weald hall lane cm16 6nb

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COMMUNITY ALLOTMENT If you enjoy gardening and would like to help maintain an allotment site but do not want the responsibility of managing your own plot, then volunteer to help out at our Wanstead Community Allotment. We want to hear from you! For more details email sports.development@visionrcl.org.uk Every Friday, 10am-1pm at redbridge lane west, wanstead


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BUCKHURST HILL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY With Nina Lewis giving a talk on 'Growing exotics in Woodford'. The talk follows the AGM. Free entry for members, £1 nonmembers. Refreshments. For more information ring chairman Maureen Briggs on 0208 504 8436 or email mbriggs@uwclub.net monday 6th november, 7.30pm-9.30pm at st James’ united reformed church, palmerston road, buckhurst hill


A demonstration of painting and collage by Sylvia Paul : ‘A Street Scene’: using Acrylic and Collage. Sylvia exhibits across the UK and internationally and has recently exhibited two of her landscape collages at The Royal Institute of Water Colour Artists. Visitors £4. Thursday 9th november, 8pm-10pm at high ongar village hall, The street, high ongar

ARMISTICE SERVICE BONFIRE Funfair, live band, food stalls, licensed bar, free parking and disabled parking. All proceeds go to local good causes. Gates open 4pm; bonfire lit 5.30pm; guy judging 6pm; fireworks display 7.30pm. Live band 'The Issues' will play once the display is finished. Tickets (now accepting card payments) are £5 for adults (17 years +), children £3 (3-16 years), under-3s free). On sale by ringing 07958 535971, or by calling in to the Shell Garage, London Road, Abridge.

Choral service with hymns for the congregation. For more details, ring Jane Begley on 07572 111387 or email jane.begley@irwinmitchell.com saturday 11th november, 10.30am at church of the holy innocents, church lane, high beach


Ongar Art Society's winter art sale. Original art work on sale. Tea/coffee and cake. saturday 11th november, 9.30am-4.30pm at budworth hall, high street, ongar


Produce stalls and local organisations. Loughton Residents' Association councillors on hand to respond to residents’ questions and problems. sunday 12th november, 9am-2pm at centric parade, high road, loughton


Skin, butcher and cook venison in a woodland setting. Discover what to do with the bones and antlers. Venison lunch provided and a bag of venison to take home. Over-18s only. £110 per person. Booking required. Ring 020 7332 1911. saturday 18th november 10am-4pm, the venue will be confirmed at time of booking


Bottle tombola, raffle, cake stall, jams, jewellery, children's craft activities, refreshments - lunches served from noon. Licensed bar. For more details email admin@loughtonchurch.org.uk saturday 18th november, 11am-3pm at st John's church hall, church lane, loughton


Tours last two-and-a-half to three hours and cover the gardens, a large part of the mansion, cellars and stables. Entry £8 per person. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes available in the Racquets Court where there is also a shop selling books about Copped Hall and a range of gift items. Second-hand books on sale in the mansion. There are also permanent exhibitions on site. sunday 19th november, 10am at copped hall, Epping


A guided walk looks at how deer have adapted to exist alongside humans in the 21st century, the effects they have on their surroundings and the challenges that they face. The walk includes a visit to the Deer Sanctuary at Theydon Bois. No dogs. £5 per person. Booking required. Ring 020 7332 1911. 19th november, 9.30am-1.30pm at lodge road car park, Epping Forest


Proceeds to St Mary the Virgin Church. Admission £1. Stalls will include homemade cakes and preserves, jewellery, clothes, bric-a-brac, tombola and raffle. Refreshments available all day. sunday 19th november, 10am-2pm at stapleford abbotts at stapleford abbotts village hall, stapleford road, stapleford abbotts

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Jake’s speech is starting to slowly come along, but the words he’s chosen to begin his vocabulary repertoire are somewhat dubious. He’s starting to sound like a market trader and his phrase of choice seems to be “morning bubble”. His first word was ‘bubble’ and he likes to throw it in with any new word he learns, this has given us a few chuckles but it’s his chirpy market trader character that has forced me to pre-order a flat cap for Christmas. I’m hoping to get a good deal on a pound of bananas once he opens his fruit ‘n’ veg stall. His brother on the other hand needs to learn how to use fly spray, and understand that trying to swot a flying insect with a toilet brush is not the way forward. We had an incident last week where we suddenly heard grunting and frustrations from him whilst in the toilet upstairs, then we heard a thud and so promptly ran upstairs to find out what the commotion was.

I found George standing in the middle of the bathroom, looking up to the ceiling and frantically around the walls whilst aggressively holding a toilet brush. Before I had the chance to ask, “What are you doing?!” his face lit up as he saw the fly once more and immediately launched a savage attack, swinging the toilet brush back and forth like a man possessed. This would have been fine… if the brush was clean. I tried shielding my face but it was too late, myself (and the bathroom walls) looked like we had caught the plague, it was utterly grotesque and stank to high heaven. “STOP!!” I yelled (whilst covering my mouth through fear of



more flying debris) “Put it dooooown!!” I closed my eyes and lunged to grab him, my initial surprise was how small and bristly his head felt, and I opened my eyes to find myself falling into the shower as George looked on curiously. As I began to hit the floor I threw out an arm to stabilise myself and succeeded in turning on the hot water. I genuinely can’t remember feeling as low before as I sat there in the shower, fully dressed, getting pelted by boiling water, with bits of brown grudge splattered across my face and gripping the wrong end of a toilet brush.

My initial surprise was how small and bristly his head felt

It was at that moment that Vicky entered the room and asked what on earth I’d been doing. George and the fly just stared back at me, and the one saving grace was that the scolding water was starting to clean my pebble dashed appearance, although it was simultaneously melting the skin from my bones. I said no more of the incident and tried to continue getting us ready for our day out, we were off to the zoo.

I started to think that the monkeys might smell me coming and throw their own welcome presents my way, but thankfully remembered the Perspex partition was between us. After washing vigorously with industrial cleaning products and a scourer I dressed again and we headed to the zoo although I was

still mildly blind and my skin was almost luminous as I strutted through the gates and we made our way around the animals, ultimately ending up at the monkey enclosure. Personally I'm always a bit uncomfortable seeing animals held in a zoo, but I also appreciate they’re treated very well and ultimately it gives younger generations the chance to see these animals up close, giving them a greater appreciation of them which should teach them to be more respectful and conscious of their environment’s as they grow up. This wonderment was very much etched across the face of both, especially Jake, who kept pointing at each one, calling them “bubble”. We explained the word was actually “monkey” and his attempt came out as “Mummy”. For the next 15 minutes the other visitors laughed on as every monkey was eagerly pointed to with the yell of “Mummy! Mummy!” I loved it. Try as she might to correct him, Vicky was on a losing battle and eventually gave up defeated. It had been a day to forget for both of us, with Victoria being continually referred to as an ape, and myself having a rather troublesome bathroom encounter, but thankfully the kids had enjoyed it. As I laid down in bed later that night I had one thought on my mind… tomorrow I'm going to get that fly.

…To be continued





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