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FASHION & BEAUTY 29 Key to WinterW oo Women’s fashion dfo rd ou What’s Your Winter Style? WoS31 h od tMen’s fashion for d Editor: Darren Perry Email: Darren@essexcentralmagazine.co.uk Tel: 01992 275 918 Fashion & Beauty: Victoria Grace Design: Sharon Butler-Felby @SketchDesign Web Design: Alex Collard www.aj-computing. co.uk Contributors: Danny Cohen, Jez Godlonton, Victoria Robertson, Amanda Anastasiou, Toby Webster Publishers: 3 Blue Worldwide Ltd Printed by: The Magazine Printing Company Facebook: EssexCentralMag Twitter: @EssexCentralMag 23,000 copies distributed to homes, businesses and station locations, along the Essex section of the Central Line and surrounding areas: South Woodford, Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton, North Chingford, Chigwell, Theydon Bois, Epping, North Weald & Ongar. Although every care has been taken to ensure accuracy, 3 Blue Worldwide Ltd take no responsibility for any errors, or the advertisements within this magazine.

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Firstly, a massive thank you for all the positive feedback from our launch issue. We have listened to your requests, and have now added extra pages to the magazine which cover: local news, what’s on, and a regular seasonal gardening feature, amongst other additions. This second issue has been great fun to make and it’s been a pleasure to welcome our new partners on board, as well as strengthening our existing relationships. We hope you enjoy this edition, and please do get in touch if there is anything you want to say. Speak to you again in November! Regards

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Just a quick email to say that it’s nice to see a new local magazine which caters to both men and women. I particularly enjoyed the article on ‘Buckhurst Hill Football Club’ and thought the ‘Dad’s Diary’ was hilarious! I’m looking forward to the next issue. Keep up the good work! Phil Thompson Well done on the 1st release guys! Looks great!! X Amy Holland

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WOODLAND DAY SHOWCASES LOCAL GROUPS On Saturday 17th August GreenAcres Woodland Burials in Epping hosted their third annual Working Woodland Day. The free family event attracted over a thousand people and showcased over thirty local groups and organisations, including; Harlow Badger Group, Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers, Essex Amphibian & Reptile Group and West Essex Ramblers. Popular activities included archery, den building, horse and carriage rides, and the opportunity to stroke an owl! Demonstrations by a traditional blacksmith, and chainsaw carving, where felled trees were turned into beautiful pieces of art also drew crowds. The event, which aimed to educate people about how the woodland

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ENJOY GUILT FREE CAKE WITH NEW CHARITY APPEAL

People in Essex are being encouraged to raise funds to support disabled people in their local community – by eating cake. It’s all part of disability charity Papworth Trust’s new fundraising appeal, Care for Cake. The Trust is looking for cake lovers to host or take part in their own cake themed fundraising event during National Cake Week (7-13 October 2013). All proceeds raised through Care for Cake will help Papworth Trust to offer essential care and support to disabled people in the local community. For example, youth clubs for disabled young people to make new friends and have fun, and learning and leisure centres that support disabled people to learn important life and work skills. “All proceeds you raise will go towards supporting our services, which provide essential care and support to older and disabled people. It’s a guilt free way to indulge in eating cake! By fundraising for Papworth Trust you will be helping us to care for more people in your local community,” said Fundraising Manager Annette Angell. To find out more, or to download a free fundraising pack, please go to: www.papworth.org.uk/careforcake

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VICKI MICHELLE LAUNCHES MAKE A WILL WEEK

Haven House patron and local actress, Vicki Michelle, is launching Haven House’s inaugural Make a Will Week (7-11th October) encouraging local residents to consider Haven House when writing their Will. During the week, a number of local solicitors have generously agreed to give up their time and provide a free standard Will-writing and updating service in support of Haven House. This is on the understanding that a donation is made to the hospice and that local residents might consider leaving a gift to the hospice in their will. Vicki, a long-term supporter of the charity, said of her support: “I think this plan is a great idea. Most of us are lucky enough to have healthy children, but if we can help those less fortunate by leaving something in our Will, to a wonderful cause like Haven House, it can only be a good thing.” For more information, and to book an appointment with a solicitor, go to www. havenhouse.org.uk/makeawillweek2013 or contact Teena Antoniou on 020 8498 5846 or teenaantoniou@havenhouse.org.uk ESSEX CENTRAL

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COMMUNITY The dedicated 1NE team.

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Giving a helping hand to the community for over 25 years

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based at Woodford Broadway, is a charity that has been running for over 25 years. They focus on changing the lives of people who have fallen into dependency on drink and/or drugs and gives them new hope and direction in getting their lives back on track. They do this life saving work through their award winning ‘abstinence based treatment’ which has a huge 70% success rate. We caught up with managers Fiona Dunwoodie & Jo Blackledge who explained more… Fiona “I originally got involved back in 1987, as my mother was running the organisation. As time went on we (Jo & I) became more hands on with the management side of the charity, and took over complete control in 2005 when my mum retired”. Jo continues “We run 3 main services here, the free ‘NE Teen’ side which helps youngsters come through their problems with onsite counselling. Our ‘day programme’, which runs Monday to Friday 9am until 4:30pm, consists of group therapy based on abstinence, education and support. Finally, since 1992 we have also been

running a ‘Relatives Service’, which is another free service for families and friends of addicts. This can greatly improve the recovery of an addict when you also help to educate and support their family”. It’s clear from the short time spent with Fiona & Jo that they are incredibly dedicated to help save the lives of so many local people, who through one way or another have found themselves asking for help. One of their recent participants explained how 1NE has helped to change their lives, saying, “1NE has opened my eyes, to how ill I was, how much time and effort recovery takes, but more importantly 1 NE has given me myself back. I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity 1NE has given me to begin to recover from a potentially lethal disease in a robust and meaningful way and equip me with the tools I need to be safe and well for as long as possible. Thank You” Finally, I ask what the future holds for 1NE… “In truth, we really need funding and support, or the future is not good. We try to do as much fundraising as possible but we do need help.”

If you feel you need help from 1NE or would like to help support the organisation, then please visit www.1ne.org.co or call them on 020 8220 0132. Address: 10 The Broadway, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0HL. (You can donate via the ‘just giving’ section of their website or over the phone.)

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VENUS IN FLOWERS 1 Coppice Row, Theydon Bois

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or over 15 years Donna & Debra have run Venus flowers in Theydon Bois. They stock flowers for every occasion and have built up an enviable reputation amongst other florists in surrounding areas. The small seating area outside the front serves as a little community area where the ladies will sit and have a good old chat with the locals whilst the passing traffic comes and goes. Donna explains a little about their business, “we deliver for free in the local area, but we have seen some changes in the past few years as more businesses do their trade online. This is an area we have now expanded into.” This delightful florist’s is like a treasure trove, combining floral displays with items such as picture frames, candles and vases, making it a must visit when looking for the perfect gift. Tel: 01992 813106 Website: www. venusinflowers.com

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THE LOCALS Here are four great independent businesses that are well worth a visit. From fabulous flowers to perfect pie & mash, our local area has it all.

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his local bakery founded over 100 years ago is steeped in history. The original Shepherds bakery company were recently looking to sell this last remaining outlet, as they now concentrate solely on production and distribution. The site would have been lost forever, were it not for one customer, a local milkman called Mick, who felt that he couldn’t let the shop and its staff go the way of so many other traditional businesses. Mick said, “It was a shock when I got the chance to own the place, I came here every day and now I was going to be in charge. I really didn’t want to see the place go under and become another fast food shop, which was the plan.” Since taking over Mick has worked with his dedicated team to implement several much needed changes. The interior has recently had a make-over, and a new shop front will soon be installed. As well as their baked goods, sandwiches and breakfasts, Shepherds now serve a delicious ‘real East End’ pie, mash & liquor from Thursday to Saturday. Their great food, friendly service and very reasonable prices (especially when compared to other eateries in the area) has earned them a steady lunch time trade. From late October they also plan to open from 6am, providing the perfect place for commuters to have breakfast and grab a take-away lunch before heading into London. Tel:020 8505 3716


WILL FOX BARBER SHOP

177 High Road, Loughton

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ill Fox Barber Shop has been trading on Loughton High Road for 23 years and has built up a reputation in the area for great haircuts and affordable prices. Their consistently high standards, customer satisfaction, and professional, friendly service once earned Will & his dedicated team the title of ‘Best Barber Shop in Essex’. With discounts for senior citizens and specialised services for children, Foxy’s caters for everyone and every client is considered a valued customer.

Not only is Foxy’s worth a visit for their choice of traditional cutting and modern styling (plus complimentary beverage for every customer!), but the building is also a treat to set foot in. As one of the last remaining Edwardian establishments on Loughton High Road, and once used as a dairy, both the exterior and interior of the shop offer a charming insight into the past. Their beautiful hidden courtyard garden, complete with water fountain can be viewed from within the shop and is also open for customers to relax and enjoy a drink during warmer months. Inside there are two glazed arches, which are original features of the building and create a nostalgic feel. Tel: 020 8508 9457 Website: www.willfoxbarbers.co.uk

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ow trading for almost 35 years, The Epping Bookshop has stood the test of time thanks to the on-going support of their many loyal customers. The stock is carefully chosen to offer the cutting edge of modern literature as well as; classics, ‘top ten’, travel guides and maps, and a selection of coffee table books in every subject, which make beautiful gifts. Children are especially welcomed and they have a vast choice of picture books, novels and interactive books which bring the text alive. Mindful of the need to diversify, the bookshop now stocks a wide range of products such as; LAMY fountain pens, Gibson’s Jigsaw puzzles, exquisite Paperblank and Moleskine journals and diaries, bookends, greetings cards and Epping memorabilia.

They consistently strive to give first-class customer service and can usually obtain any book within 24hours. The staff are extremely knowledgeable, no request is ever too challenging, and they often successfully find books for customers with nothing more than a vague description. Although new technology is brilliant and useful, there is no experience that can match getting lost in a good book that transports the reader into another world, so visit Epping Bookshop for a great choice, and perhaps a recommended read from a member of staff. Tel: 01992 575849 Website: www.epping-bookshop.co.uk ESSEX CENTRAL

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Personal Trainer Danny Cohen uncovers 12 common training myths that could be stopping you from reaching your goals

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MYTH Sit ups and crunches will get you Abs. TRUTH In part, but it is more effective to do core exercise like the plank and exercises that require the core to work harder, targeting a larger number of abdominal muscles!

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MYTH Cardio is the only way to burn fat. TRUTH Heat burns calories not exercise. Doing weights will keep the muscles burning longer way after your workout is finished, look at it like the more muscle fibres worked, the more calories burned.

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MYTH You MUST stretch before working out. TRUTH While it won’t hurt, studies show that your neuromuscular system can be benefitted more by doing a good warm up instead, improving blood flow, lubricating the body preventing injury. So leave the static stretching for the end of your workout.

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MYTH Women who lift weights will bulk up. TRUTH Women who use weights will generally tone up quicker and burn body fat faster than those who don’t. Using weights can be used to bulk up if that’s the goal, but will take a lot of heavy weight, a long time and the correct diet in order to do so. In conclusion, weights for women is a must in my opinion!

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MYTH Starting exercising when your older can be harmful or dangerous. TRUTH Light exercise has many benefits for all ages. As with anything, start gradually then work to challenge yourself when you’re ready. Exercise has proven benefits for muscles, bones and the cardio vascular system, so get a good tailor made program from your trainer and enjoy it!

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MYTH Drinking lots of water is a necessity. TRUTH Drink only enough water for clear urine. If you’re not thirsty, don’t force it. We also get a lot of water from our food which people are unaware of! Although water has many benefits, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing too!

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MYTH No pain no gain. TRUTH You need to know the difference between a dull ache or tightness, and a sharp shooting pain. Avoid all pain that feels like it shouldn’t be there. Sharp shooting pain is usually bad, rest, move to a different exercise or stop full stop.


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MYTH You have to train for long periods to burn body fat. TRUTH Your body will use fat as energy as soon as you start training, yes it will burn better the longer you go for but it also will require a steady pace. If you can’t do the recommended 30 minutes a day for adults, then a shorter more intense workout is better than none at all!

MYTH You only get an efficient workout from a gym. TRUTH I train some people only using their body weight and they will tell you it can be just as hard. Just change up the things you do, add bands, and or a chair for equipment, but overall adding tempo’s and multidirectional movements can change your workout dramatically!

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MYTH “I want to burn body fat in one area” so I can train only that part to do so TRUTH Unfortunately you can’t spot place reduce any specific area. In order to reduce body fat in one area, it has to be lost all over! So there is no quick fix, it really is calories in vs. calories out otherwise known as Thermodynamics. In plain simple terms, if you eat more calories than you expel then you will put on weight.

MYTH You need to train every day to see results TRUTH Training every day will eventually burn you out, lower your immune system and could make you catabolic (you will lose muscle instead of build it). Also tiredness can lead to fatigue resulting in poor form, possible injury and then lack of motivation due to lack of energy. It is better to do fewer quality workouts and get better results than doing lots of mediocre ones.

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MYTH Skipping meals will help to lose weight TRUTH Skipping meals can actually make you put on weight! Make sure you have breakfast, which will set you up for the day. It is better to eat smaller meals more often, which will keep your metabolism fired up, give you energy, and keep you feeling fuller, avoiding the snacks or pick me ups during the day!

ASK DAN… Need ideas and tips on nutrition? Send your questions for Danny to: editor@essexcentralmagazine.co.uk titled ‘ASK DAN’ Tweet us @EssexCentralMag #ASKDAN or post on our Facebook page, Essex Central Magazine. Danny Cohen www.dannycohenpt.com ESSEX CENTRAL 

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Swim instructor, Jez Godlonton explains why swimming could be the sport for you.

wimming is excellent for many health and fitness goals from competing in local and national swimming and triathlon events to using as a warm down after a cardio or resistance workout. Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and toning and cardiovascular fitness. The health benefits of swimming can be continued for a lifetime, although not everyone has the ability to be able to swim naturally and feel comfortable within the water. If you were fortunate enough to be taught from a very early age, you probably will find that getting into a pool and going for a swim is not such a big deal. However, if you lack confidence while swimming, then taking lessons at any age will help you learn techniques so swimming can be no different than going for a run or bike ride. When I first started many years ago I could barely swim a length and had fears of deep water. After training with a swim coach I soon learnt to relax and find rhythm in my stroke and now have no issues with jumping in a freezing cold lake for a 4km open water swim. There are 4 main strokes in swimming: Front crawl, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly. If your goal is to just swim lengths at an easy pace or as part of a

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The health benefits of swimming can be continued for a lifetime

warm down then breaststroke would be a preferable stroke. But if you would like to enhance and push your cardio fitness and build good endurance using swimming then front crawl would be the most beneficial stroke for this exercise. Losing weight swimming is also possible but will depend what level you can swim at. If you can swim 1 mile in 30 minutes then you can burn up to 900 calories if you swim nonstop for 1 hour. However not everyone can swim at that pace so for those people another form of gym or outdoor exercise would be suited if you’re on a weight loss programme. Also as you are supported in the water the whole time, then swimming does not offer great bone density benefits, but that’s about the only thing that’s missing from swimming. With my experience over the years I have witnessed many different types of swimmers. From young children just cruising up and down in the pool like it’s just a game of football, to some of the fittest people in the gym that get in the pool and just about manage one length without being totally out of breath. So if you’re not a natural swimmer you have to bear in mind that swimming is not like running or getting on a bike, its about 70 to 90% technique with a bit of fitness thrown in for good measure. ESSEX CENTRAL

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Pierre Balmain Navy Cotton Biker Jacket £625.00

HOODED

Stone Island Orange Hooded Padded Jacket £495.00

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Armani Jeans Charcoal Hooded Gilet £270.00

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There’s a definite chill in the air and so the time has come to pick your winter jacket. Whether your style is sporty or smart, Zee & Co have the answer.

SMART LEATHER

Hugo Boss Brown Nimo Leather Jacket £580.00

Vivienne Westwood Man Navy Herringbone Peacoat £490.00

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Lyle & Scott Blue Splash Jacket £85.00

Zee & Co Loughton 221-225 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1BB Tel: +44 (0)208 508 8040

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STRIP WAX BAR – HD BROWS

285 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1AH Website: www.stripwaxbar.com Tel: 0203 544 9600 Email: Loughton@stripwaxbar.com Strip Wax Bar has quickly The only downside I found THE TREATMENT - HD BROWS become known as London’s to the treatment was the HD Brows is the latest treatment premier waxing and lingerie embarrassingly pink forehead you available to transform your boutique, attracting a string of are left with after, although, this is eyebrows into their perfect celebrity clients including Victoria shape. The seven step procedure to be expected and only lasts a Beckham, Ellie Goulding and Lisa included; tinting (I went for a short while! Snowdon. I visited their Loughton natural brown tint), waxing, branch, which has now been SERVICE threading, plucking, clipping and open for just over a year, for ‘The The service I received at Strip was the addition of a calming tonic ‘Strip Experience’, and my first impeccable, highly professional and mineral powder followed by ever HD Brow treatment. and I felt confident that I would the HD Brow Beater gel to set be satisfied with my finished the hairs. I was amazed at how THE BOUTIQUE brows, even before seeing the correctly shaped eyebrows can Strip incorporates a luxury results, due to the evidently dramatically enhance your facial lingerie boutique alongside their knowledgeable and highly skilled features (I thought my brows waxing and beauty services. staff. I feel assured that every were fine before, but was proved Upon entering the Loughton client would be made to feel wrong!) and left very happy with boutique, a modern and spacious the results. Only taking around comfortable and receive great reception area greets you, customer service no matter what 30 minutes, the process was and you are spoilt for choice treatment they were visiting for. surprisingly pain free. I was with a great range of beautiful told that this was down to their underwear. It is immediately VALUE special blend of Lycon waxes, noticeable that the standard of Costing £40, this isn’t the and in particular the nourishing cleanliness is extremely high, cheapest price I have seen for properties of the Olive Oil wax, which is of course reassuring HD Brows locally. However, it making it the perfect choice when visiting any beauty salon. must be noted that when you are for brow treatments. Upkeep The treatment rooms are dealing with such an important requires a return visit after exquisitely designed, and each feature of your face, it is worth roughly 5 weeks, depending is themed around the scented going to the best around to on individual hair growth, but waxes that they use. The ‘Olive avoid being left disappointed. to maintain the precise look at Room’, where my treatment took With Strip you really get what home, you can also purchase a place definitely helped add an air you pay for; excellent service, range of HD Brow pencils and of relaxation to the procedure, and shadows from the boutique (your great results and leave feeling the luxury surroundings added to technician can advise you how to pampered. the feeling of being pampered. use them correctly). ★★★★★ Do you have a product or treatment you would like reviewed? Or would you like to review beauty products for ‘In The Spotlight’? To be on the beauty panel send your details to: victoria@essexcentralmagazine.co.uk

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STEAM CREAM

£10.45 www.boxedbeauty.co.uk Steam Cream is an all-in-one natural moisturiser for face, body and hands. It is handmade and fused together with a shot of steam. The cream feels silky and luxurious, and leaves your skin perfectly moisturised. The scent is beautiful with a hint of lavender, rose and orange flower, however I did find this a little overpowering when being used on the face, as I normally only use non-scented products.

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BLINC EYELINER

£16.00 www.boxedbeauty.co.uk Another great product from blinc. This eyeliner won’t budge, unless you want it to! I have to admit, I am not great at applying liquid eyeliner, but the application brush is nice and thin so you get accurate results and the colour is deep enough to only need one coat. When it comes to removal, apply gentle pressure and lots of water and the colour just slides off in one go.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Beauty Editor Victoria Grace tries out innovative products from online beauty boutique, Boxed Beauty and visits Strip Wax Bar in Loughton, for HD Brows. BILLION DOLLAR SMILE ULTIMATE TEETH WHITENING HOME KIT WITH LED TECHNOLOGY

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£16.00 www.boxedbeauty. co.uk This mascara forms tiny water resistant tubes around your lashes, rather than painting them like conventional mascaras. The product didn’t run or smudge when worn all day, and even lasted through a workout. Unlike most waterproof mascaras which, even after endless scrubbing with make-up remover, never seem to come off completely, all that was needed with blinc was warm water and gentle pressure using a face cloth (or your hands) to effortlessly remove the tubes. My only problem with this product was that I found it hard to build up enough layers to create a dramatic look for night time, so would say is best for daytime wear.

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...OMBRE NAILS The latest Ombre trend is not just for hair!

Amanda Anastasiou, owner of Finesse Hair & Beauty in Chingford shows us her step-by-step guide to creating fun and classy ombre nails at home.

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choose 2 bold colours that clash or 2 colours that complement each other. A sponge Topcoat Tin foil – small section

1. Make sure you have everything you need and that you are comfortable. 2. Cut off a small section of the sponge. You can use an ordinary kitchen sponge or a make-up sponge. 3. Using your lightest colour apply a coat to the whole of the nail and allow it to dry. 4. Apply your second coat of the same colour

and allow to dry completely. 5. Put a dab of your darker colour varnish onto some tin foil. 6. Dab your little cut out section of sponge into the varnish on the foil. 7. Dab onto the nail, starting from the top of the nail and work your way down to the centre, allow it to dry. 8. Repeat step 7 but this time don’t go all the way down to the centre, stay at the top to create the effect of the colour being darker at the top. 9. Once you are happy that the blend looks even, let it dry and then apply a layer of your topcoat to create a shiny finish. And there you have it, your very own ombre manicure!

★ Make sure your sponge is clean; any dust particles will show up and cause air bubbles. ★ Try mixing clashing colours like Green and Purple to achieve this year’s fashion trend. ★ You can always go for a 3 colour ombré if you’re feeling even more adventurous! Remember to start with your lightest colour and work your way to the darkest. ESSEX CENTRAL

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Discover the delights of Marrakech with a fabulous city break

he Kingdom of Morocco sits on the Atlantic coast of North Africa, where it joins the Mediterranean. It is a nation with a long history and rich, proud tradition of art and culture. Abbotts Travel, in partnership with Prestige Holidays, recommends the cosmopolitan, international city of Marrakech, where palm-lined boulevards shadow the walls of another, older city within. For those interested in shopping, the souks, made up of intricately connected alleyways, comprise a dizzying number of stalls and shops selling leather goods, carpets, metalwork, bejeweled materials, pottery and spices. Don’t miss Djemaa El Fna Square, the hub of Marrakech, full of music, acrobats, storytellers and snake charmers. Make sure you don’t overlook the authentically rich and

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spicy Moroccan food, such as the traditional tagine, a Moroccan stew. If you want something modern, there are stylish lounge bars and a choice of fashionable nightclubs within the city. You could also try a relaxing spa treatment, join a tantalising cookery course or visit the ancient Saadian tombs and old palaces of the city. Accommodation varies from distinctive 4* and 5* hotels to cosy Riads – the traditional Moroccan house or mansion characterised by an open central garden and courtyard, surrounded by high walls and often including their own private pool.

WHERE TO STAY RIAD LA MAISON ARABE

Experience the real Marrakech when you book the delightful Riad La Maison Arabe, hidden away in a quiet side street on the edge of the Medina with the bustling Place Djemaa El

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Fna and the Koutoubia Mosque and five luxurious private Riads. within walking distance. Relax with A seven night holiday in October a complimentary spa treatment after will cost from £1599 per person you have finished your shopping and based on two sharing a Superior sightseeing for the day. garden view room on bed and Holidays cost from just £499 per breakfast basis, arriving on 16 person in December 2013. Price based October 2013. on two sharing a double room on Soak up the a bed and breakfast basis on 7 atmosphere at Jemaa-el-F December 2013 for 4 nights. The na market. complimentary spa treatment is available for stays between 25th November and 23rd December 2013. Stay a minimum of 4 nights and receive a Marhaba Spa treatment that includes a 30-minute Hammam and a 30 minute massage per person per stay.

5* FOUR SEASONS HOTEL & RESORT

The Four Seasons Resort is located in a quiet area just outside the centre of Marrakech with the Medina, Place Djemaa El Fna and the Koutoubia Mosque just a short stroll away. This spacious resort has a very calming atmosphere with Moorish gardens, a beautiful spa, two pools, a selection

KASBAH TAMADOT

Kasbah Tamadot, owned by Sir Richard Branson, stands in substantial terraced gardens overlooking a valley near the small rural village of Asni, in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. The hotel boasts 27 individually styled and beautifully furnished guestrooms and suites. Marrakech can be reached in less than one hour. Stay for 5 nights and Pay for 4, saving at least £334 per couple for holidays started and completed between 18th November and 21st December 2013. A 5 night stay on 19th November 2013 will cost just £1029 per person, based on two people sharing a Superior double room on bed and breakfast basis. All deals above include return flights with easyJet from London Gatwick to Marrakech and private airport transfers. For further details and bookings, please contact: Abbotts Travel 134 George Lane, South Woodford E18 1BA (open Monday-Saturday) Tel: 0208 989 9445 Track more exclusive offers and receive your free monthly newsletter online at www.abbottstravel.com Twitter: @abbottstravel

The souks, made up of intricately connected alley ways, comprise a dizzying number of stalls and shops of dining and children’s facilities making it an ideal choice for both couples and families. Book this stunning five-star property from £1559 per person this December. Price based on two sharing a Superior room on a bed and breakfast basis on 6 December 2013 for 7 nights.

5* HOTEL SELMAN MARRAKECH

This beautiful hotel opened in 2012 and is situated on the outskirts of Marrakech in six hectares of gardens that include stables for the owners’ private collection of Arabian horses. The hotel offers just 56 spacious and beautifully furnished rooms and suites

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Bring a little warmth into your home this winter

nterior design consultant Sarah Hellmers of Lathams Home, tells us that the new season is about bringing warmth and comfort inside the home. Fur fabrics, aromatic fragrances and soft furnishings are all key items set to launch. Whilst comfort is the focus, the fabrics and dressing of a room should still remain contemporary and stylish. The most lavish soft items to set the scene for the autumn, winter

collection will be faux fur throws and velvet cushions, soft to touch and perfect to wrap yourself in when reading a book on a cold wintery day. Lathams Home based in Epping, Essex and Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire brings to the customer unique and luxury goods for the home. See the items Lathams love for design inspiration. www.lathamshome.com

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

’m pleased to introduce my new gardening column to the magazine. I’ve been a passionate gardener since I was five years old and devote lots of my spare time to different gardening preservation projects. I’m a volunteer gardener at Copped hall and love introducing new ideas during open days to help inspire younger growers; after all they are our future gardeners. The autumn season is on its way! The darker cooler autumn evenings are now drawing near and plants no longer need to be watered as much as they did before. While the plants in your garden take a rest there

are plenty more things for you to be getting on with.

PLANTING BULBS September is the best time to plant your spring bulbs, such as Daffodils, Tulips and Grape Hyacinths. Bulbs grow better when the soil is prepared well, which can take some time, but is well worth the effort. They are best planted in a sunny location but some, such as the woodland varieties, will thrive in more shady spots within your garden too. As most bulbs require a certain amount of sunlight per day, select an area in your garden that is not in the complete shade. Remove any perennial

weeds and fold in a little peat moss, compost and bone meal to the soil, to improve drainage and add nutrients. They can also be planted in pots and containers. For this, drainage is important and can be achieved by mixing coarse sand into your peat compost. Dig holes two to three times as deep as the bulbs are wide and plant with the pointed side up. Come spring you will have a colourful flower display to enjoy. Written by Victoria Robertson, amenity horticulturalist and committee member of the Epping Horticultural Society and garden committee member of Copped Hall

Look out for Webworms and Caterpillars growing within your ornamental trees. They emerge from web-like egg sacs to feed on the foliage. Use a couple simple steps to get rid of them organically. Wear gloves to remove the webworm formations as soon as you see them appear. You can use a broom or rake to lightly brush them away too. Try to remove as many of the nests as possible to disrupt their life cycle.

WILDLIFE WATCH

Look out for Goldfinches during these months; they have plenty of charm and beauty. They are strikingly colourful with a mixture of red, white and black on the head, golden brown body and bright yellow wing bars. If you have a bird feeder try to include plenty of sunflower heart seeds as these are among some of the goldfinches favourites. ESSEX CENTRAL

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LIVE MUSIC

OUR PICK OF THE BEST

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE FORRESTERS ARMS

The Forresters Arms in High Ongar is a traditional style village pub serving Real Ales and good food. The wooden beams and large open fireplace add to the welcoming, warm and friendly atmosphere. From the 22nd September, and every other Sunday thereafter, the pub will be hosting an Open Mic Night. Local musicians (or anyone who wants to have a go) are invited to take centre stage and showcase their talents accompanied by a live house band for support. It is expected to be a fantastic experience for both participants and spectators alike. Landlord, Keith Morgan said, “It’s a very different experience from a karaoke when you grab the mic and hear your own band playing instruments behind you! Everyone is welcome to come down and have a go for themselves, or just enjoy the live entertainment.” The Street, High Ongar CM5 9NH Tel: 01277 366656

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The festival season may be over, but if live music is your thing then our area has something to suit every taste

JAZZ AT THE OLIVE TREE

This classy restaurant serves beautiful food, accompanied by sublime live jazz every Tuesday evening. The velvet tones glide through the air whilst you dine and create an exquisite experience. The ambiance is relaxed and laid back, whilst the Mediterranean inspired food is created with authenticity by Manos and his team. With dishes such as Aegean Fig Salad, Butternut Squash & Sage Tortelli and Charcoal Grilled Whole Sea bream on offer your taste buds are in for a treat, as well as your ears! The overall experience is certainly worth paying The Olive Tree a visit for. The restaurant also plays host to various other music events at the weekend, and it’s always wise to check the website for the latest offerings. Unit 2, 258 High Rd, Loughton IG10 1RB Tel: 020 8502 3332

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY AT O’NEILL’S LEYTONSTONE

Every Friday O’Neill’s plays host to an array of live bands. Acts range from Irish folk bands to indie and beyond, if there’s a sound or scene that gets you going, you’re likely to find it here. Once the band has finished, the DJ takes over and it’s time to hit the dance floor. With a winning combination of tasty pub grub (served until 9pm), a late license, and eclectic music offerings, O’Neill’s is often the venue of choice for music lovers from Wanstead, South Woodford and surrounding areas. 762 High Road London E11 3AW Tel: 020 8536 4039


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LIVE TRIBUTE BANDS AT THE BLACK LION

The Black Lion regularly showcases some of the best live music acts from in and around Essex. Steve and the team have a superb converted barn at the rear of the pub, known as The Black Room, which plays host to some fantastic live tribute bands most Saturday nights throughout the year. The popular local cover band, Repertoire Dogs, regularly perform. Their material ranges from classic 60’s numbers right up to current indie hits, and you can catch them next on 30th November. The establishment is the oldest pub in Epping and is said to have links with the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin. It’s very warm and cosy inside but also has screens to watch all the major sport events. Pop down to the Black Lion to visit an historical venue with a modern twist… as well as some great live music. 293 High Street, Epping CM16 4DA Tel: 01992 578670

LIVE MUSIC EVENTS

From smooth jazz to crazy karaoke, live music nights in Essex are fast becoming the choice of many for an enjoyable night out with friends.

KARAOKE AND MORE AT SPEAK EASY BAR

This fun American themed bar has the widest variety of live music around. A popular night is always their karaoke, which takes place every Wednesday and Sunday evening with host Gordon. Karaoke is a fun way to get involved in live music yourself, no matter how awful you may be, everyone still gets applause after their performance! If karaoke is not your cup of tea then there is also a lot more on offer at Speak Easy. We spoke with managers Carly and Sara who told us about their various acts, “We have loads going on down here: indie nights, jazz nights, karaoke, rock bands, soul, funk, 60’s & 70’s, club classics…honestly we have everything! It’s best to check the website or the board at the front to see what’s happening on any given night. Plus we have a late license which is long after the Epping pubs close. We have also started serving food in the day so we’re open nearly 24/7 now” The venue also serves a wide variety of fantastic cocktails and often has special offers on food and drinks. Well worth a visit… any time of day! 175 High Street Epping CM16 4BL Tel: 01992 570303 ESSEX CENTRAL

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FOOD & WINE KING WILLIAM IV

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Warm up over Winter with this hearty fish dish

FISH PIE WITH SMOKED HADDOCK, COD & KING PRAWNS

Head chef Marcin Furmanski, from King William IV in Chigwell, shows us how to make this classic dish with a twist. METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 180°C. 2. Peel 200g of potatoes, cut into chunks and boil until soft. Drain and mash with 15g butter and a spoonful of milk. Add 25g of Applewood Cheddar, then season with a pinch of salt and white pepper. 3. Heat 125ml milk in a large pan; add 75g smoked haddock, 75g cod and a bay leaf. Place half an onion into the pan. Bring the milk up to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 6 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, finely chop the remaining half

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onion, 1 small leek & 5g garlic. Heat 15g butter with 1 tbsp olive oil in a small frying pan and gently fry the onion and the leeks for 4-5 minutes until soft, but not brown. 5. Remove the fish from the pan, and set aside to cool slightly. Keep the milk in the pan. 6. Add 1 tbsp flour to the leeks and stir well to combine. Fry for one minute, stirring frequently. Gradually spoon in the milk from poaching the fish, stirring well each time. Add all the milk in this way, and heat gently until the

sauce has thickened. 7. Taste the sauce for seasoning, and add more salt or pepper if necessary. 8. Break the fish into chunks then fold into the sauce. 9. Add 40g raw king prawns and 15g frozen peas to the mixture. 10. Spoon the fish mixture into the bottom of an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle fresh chopped parsley and grated lemon zest over the top. 11. Carefully top with the cooled mashed potato and place in the oven for 12-16 minutes, or until goldenbrown and bubbling.

This classic fish pie recipe, with its rich texture and subtly combined flavours, calls for a wine that will envelop and lift, but without asserting too aromatic a personality. Acidity is essential to provide the lift, whilst a full ripeness will complement the flavours. Jean-Paul Brun is a grower in the Beaujolais region and distains the use of the modern techniques which mask the unique terroirs of this beautiful area. A superb white wine is his Beaujolais Blanc, from the Chardonnay vines which grow on his limestone slopes. Raised in stainless steel without any oak contact, it is a perfect foil to our dish. The polar opposite of the heavy, oaky, headache-inducing Aussie Chardonnay. This is at once beguiling and familiar, pale in colour with hints of butter, white flowers and citrus on the nose. It has just enough round, ripe fruit in the middle palate to give weight to the clean, crisp minerality which is always the hallmark of this wine. Toby Webster 2011 Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay Classique, Jean-Paul Brun - available from Black Dog Wines of North Weald at £12.95 per bottle, or £11.95 when 6 bottles are purchased. www.blackdog wines.co.uk


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‘Tis the Season to be Jolly ✴

After a spectacular summer at the Theydon Oak with our new children’s play area being officially opened by Legend Rocker Rod Stewart and his stunning wife Penny Lancaster plus a refurbishment bringing a sunny glow and freshness to us. Cool BBQ’s, hog roasts and movie nights the Theydon was the place to be! We are merrily sleighing into a joyous Christmas season. Bringing to you our locally sourced, deliciously scrumptious festive menu. We have a large selection of fine wines, malt whisky’s, beers and ales. Our beautiful spruce tree, inglenook real log fires and sensational Christmas decorations are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Whether your organizing a Christmas party for 100 or having a family meal for 4, we look forward to welcoming you to the Theydon Oak.

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HAVE YOUR SAY

“What do you like the most in YOUR local area?” SARAH - South Woodford

“As a mother, I love the range of schools my children have open to them. Churchfields School has been classed to be outstanding by Ofsted. What more can i ask for?!”

MIKE - South Woodford

“Its best place around, surrounding areas just don’t compare.”

ED - Woodford

“I Love the way it’s easy to get up in the morning and practically fall out my front door into a nice cafe, there are so many good places to eat!”

MR SAGOO - South Woodford

“ There is a good amount of shops with a wide range of things and a few doctors all located by the station.”

JILLIAN - Woodford

SIMON & JESSICA - Loughton

“We love Loughton’s close proximity to the forest and that we also have easy access to Town from here.”

LESLEY - South Woodford

“South Woodford is not only a nice, safe area, but also has great nightlife, restaurants, a cinema and regular live music.”

SUE - Woodford Green

“I like the parks, and being walking distance to the shops is a bonus! “

FRED - Woodford Green

“I love my allotment! Since Tesco opened, causing local shops, such as the greengrocer to shut, I prefer to grow my own veg.”

“I enjoy the greenery all over the place, it makes me feel more relaxed not living amoungst a concrete jungle.”

TOM - North Chingford

HELEN - South Woodford

ROSIE - Woodford

KHALIL - South Woodford

GAVIN - Loughton

“There’s a really good variety of shops in South Woodford with great transport links...and the people are very friendly!”

“I love South Woodford because whenever I go out alone I don’t worry about much. It’s pretty safe.”

“I like the bars and restaurants down station road”

“I love the great places to go for walks. The River Roding and the forest have the best muddy puddles!”

“The shops are good here, I like the Sainsbury’s as it’s just outside the station!” ESSEX CENTRAL

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WHEN: Every Tuesday 8pm WHAT: Pub quiz WHERE: The Theydon Oak, Epping. Cash Prize. TEL: 01992 572618

WHEN: First Tuesday of each month WHAT: Business Networking Group WHERE: The Vojan, Ongar. From 7.30pm. No membership fee, just £10, includes dinner some drinks and social media support. CONTACT: Sharon Butler-Felby 07850 864 799 WHEN: 14th September-13th October WHAT: Beer & Cider Fest WHERE: O’Neill’s Leytonstone Come down with friends to O’Neill’s Leytonstone and enjoy an extensive range of draught and packaged beers and ciders from Ireland, Germany, the UK and USA. WHEN: 25th-26th September, 8pm WHAT: Eric and Little Ern WHERE: Lovegrove Theatre, South Woodford Recreating some of the finest moments of Eric and Ernie’s television and stage performances, cherished moments from the archives sit alongside new material created by the performers. www.redbridge dramacentre.co.uk BOOKING LINE: 020 8708 8803

WHEN: Sunday 29 September WHAT: Bike Ride, Epping Forest, WHERE: Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge Forest Keeper, Ian Greer, will lead a bike ride through the Forest, exploring its many tracks and trails. 10.45am-4pm TEL: 020 7332 1911 WHEN: Sunday 6th October WHAT: Indoor Art & Craft Fair WHERE: Chigwell Riding Trust For Special Needs. A chance to buy quality work from local artists and crafters. Over 100 paintings, jewellery, woodcraft, glass, organic creams, local honey, quilting, knitting, plants and much more. 10.30am - 4pm. Free entry and parking. www.chigride.co.uk

WHEN: Saturday 12th October WHAT: Mum2mum nearly new sale WHERE: Prospect Hall, Woodford Green Bag a bargain or sell on some of your pre-loved baby clothes. 11am-1pm. ADMISSION: £2 (free after 12.30pm; children free all day) WHEN: Sunday 13th October WHAT: Apple Day WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping Apple Day is a national annual celebration of our apple orchards and local distinctiveness. Join in the fun, play some traditional games, help with the juicing and have your own apples identified by an expert. Gates open 11.00am-4.00pm. Entry £7.00 per person.

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Dare you board and travel on the steam hauled “Ghost Train” this Halloween? Ghost trains will be departing from Ongar at 15:30, 16:45 and 18:00, with a welcoming warm drink, entertainers, apple bobbing, themed decorations and a goodie bag for every child. Prize for best fancy dress. Buy tickets at www.eorailway.co.uk WHEN: 2nd – 3rd November WHAT: Guy Fawkes Festival WHERE: Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey Learn about 17th century life, meet the ghost of Guy Fawkes and celebrate with a 15 minute firework finale! There will also be a bonfire and great fairground rides. www.royalgungpowdermills.com ESSEX CENTRAL

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just to find them staring back bemused. The second you do actually fall asleep they yell at the top of their little (but annoyingly powerful) lungs. I’ve lost count of the times I try to change him into a new baby grow whilst I’m still half asleep, only to frantically yell at the Mrs “Good lord, he’s got 3 arms and 1 leg!?” before realising I’ve buttoned him up wrong, yet again. I’m proud to report he has also quickly mastered the art of bladder control, and can successfully ‘hold on’ until the

the second leapt like an angelic salmon, past my eyes, and unfortunately past my nose as well exact moment we go to change his nappy, often smiling as he leaks in our direction. This has also inspired us to learn a new ‘karate kid’ style skill, it’s not so much ‘wax on, wax off’ but more ‘reveal and cover’ with a wet wipe. I’m sure Mr Miyagi would be proud. The most alarming changing session thus far resulted in a night now affectionately known as ‘the night of 4 times’. He was a few weeks old, it was 3:30am and the screams started, the Mrs was having a nightmare. Shortly afterwards our baby took up the crying like a successful relay baton change, and I went to the Moses basket by the side of our bed.’ Feed or nappy change?’ is often the question. You hope for the former but it’s generally the

later, so I laid him down and lifted him gently by the ankles. Then it happened… without warning, a small, yet pungent missile of mess launched straight past me and directly onto my trainers sitting about 2 feet away. I was appalled and impressed in equal measure (which is a difficult facial expression to convey) but continued with the task. Boom! Number 2 appeared (pun intended) and the second leapt like an angelic salmon, past my eyes, and unfortunately past my nose as well. The amazement was wearing thin when the third arrived, like a magic trick. I had turned to place said ‘salmon’ in the waste bag and upon turning back there it was. He genuinely looked as surprised as me, when finally the fourth appeared, I kid you not! It’s a foul anecdote and I apologise unreservedly for sharing it, but I feel new dads need to be clued up on these events, as they can (and do) happen. All the excitement seemed to wear him out, and eventually he fell back to sleep. Like a very poor, amateur mime artist I slowly tip-toed away from him, breath held and buttocks clenched, fearing that a creaking floorboard or escaping noise could mean another 3 hours of crying, feeding and salmon catching. All told, I feel we’re getting the hang of this now, he’s 10 weeks old & doing great on the health charts, he’s giggling and always happy… hang on, hold everything…what are those two white shiny things growing out of his bottom gum?? … Oh no… TEETH! ...TO BE CONTINUED


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