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YOUR LOCAL LIFESTYLE GUIDE - ISSUE 3 CHRISTMAS 2013

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I hope you are all looking forward to Christmas, there is still plenty of time to go shopping and I’m sure some of our advertising partners can help you out! Make sure you check out our ‘Shop Local Vouchers’ for great discounts as always. On a personal level it’s been a great year, launching Essex Central and becoming a dad in the summer has kept me very busy! We are going to become monthly in 2014 as we continue to grow and I can’t thank you enough for the kind feedback you have given us. On behalf of the team I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Regards

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e always enjoy hearing from you so keep your letters and emails coming in, if we choose you as our ‘Star Comment’ then you will win £20 and our ‘Reader’s Photo’ will win £10. Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of; beautiful Essex views, your Fish Pie recipe recreations from the last issue and even your pets! Here are a few of the best letters and comments we have received recently.

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Hi, I thought that I would compliment you on a great magazine. The design and layout has clearly been well thought out with a great mix of editorial. It doesn’t feel that I am wading through a magazine full of ads but with no local information. Well done again. Nick Reily

@EssexCentralMag thanks for hand delivering my copy & leaving a few for the neighbours ;) if u need a food critic, gimmie a shout! @LoveFromChar Delays on the central line again. Luckily someone g a ed handed me your lovely enjoyin eshly deliver ris r h ‘Dylan f magazine at the station, C ’ l! is a h f ntr just what I needed to . read o f Essex Ce d r o f od o o e W cheer up yet another u h s t is s, Sou e stressful commute. id t is Ar Thanks! X Holly Walker CONTACT US Address: Essex Central Magazine, 26 Aynsley Gardens, Church Langley, Essex, CM17 9PB @EssexCentralMag EssexCentralMag editor@essexcentralmagazine.co.uk

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Thank you @EssexCentralMag for the lovely feature on ‘Make a Will Week’ - Haven House Congratulations to Graeme Perry (right) from Buckhurst Hill, who was the winner of our Abbotts Travel holiday vouchers competition. Graeme said, “I am planning to use the vouchers for a pre-Christmas short break.”

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STUDENTS COOK UP TASTY DISHES FOR YOUNG CHEF COMPETITION

Eighteen students at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, recently took part in the Rotary International Young Chef competition. Each had 90 minutes to prepare a main dish for two people. Technology technician Heidi Collings said: “We had a fantastic turnout and as always the food was amazing. Each student showed great skill in the dishes that they served.” This year the school’s judges were head of art Dave Tisdale, English teacher Shannon McEvoy Georgia Maginn and learning support assistant Grace Cutts. After sampling each of the dishes the judges decided on joint winners – Year 8 student Georgia Maginn, who cooked chicken and chorizo with chilli, feta and rice, and Year 10 student Miles Ahmed who prepared pan fried cod with stuffed peppers. Runner-up was Adam Ahmed who served chicken stuffed with spinach wrapped in bacon and served with carrots and sauce. Vikki Michelle, Waltham Abbey Marriott general manager Ross Paton and Avril Mills

MARRIOTT HOTEL SUPPORTS THE DREAM FACTORY

The Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel has chosen The Dream Factory as their charity for the year and will be hosting in-house fund-raising events and supporting the charity with moneyraising ventures over the coming months. The Marriott chain has already offered to provide two night’s accommodation for a young girl and her family at the London Marriott in Park Lane, when The Dream Factory makes her dream come true to visit the Winter Wonderland attraction in Hyde Park before Christmas. Hotel general manager Ross Paton said: “The Dream Factory is a lovely

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charity which does a tremendous amount for young people. We want to support it as much as possible.” The Dream Factory was founded by Epping mother Avril Mills after her son, Oliver, died from leukaemia at the age of nine. ‘Allo ‘Allo actress Vicki Michelle, who is a patron of The Dream Factory, said: “The involvement of the Marriott is wonderful news for The Dream Factory. The Marriott is a fabulous hotel and the staff are amazing, we look forward to raising lots of money with their support over the coming months.” The Dream Factory has already granted 238 dreams, and is now working on 42 more. www.yourdreamfactory.org

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RESIDENTS COMBAT LITTERBUGS

After noticing a large amount of litter being dropped on the footbridge between Churchfields and Gordon Road in South Woodford and hearing regular complaints about the mess, local residents decided to take action. Lily Richardson and daughter Isabella, Tom McLaren and son Owen, Emma and Bill Best, and Joel and Isobel Herga got together to perform a litter pick of the area.


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A short roundup of what’s been going THE NEW ESSEX AMBASSADORS NEEDS YOU!

During the London 2012 Olympics, Essex Ambassadors gave a fantastic welcome to visitors to our county. The new Essex Ambassadors continue to provide assistance, this time at high Maiken H profile events such as the Epping and and Shar aaden, Mumin Ali on Butler-Fe adors Waltham Town Shows, the Clacton Air lby Olympic Ambass Show and the Essex County Show as SWEDISH FAYRE well as various sports events across Essex. They are now recruiting BOOK LAUNCH volunteers for their new programme of events. Ongar resident and founder of Free training and uniform is provided and of Swedish Fayre, Maiken Haaden course entrance to the event. If you are 16+, launched her new cookbook, then why not join them? It really is a lot of fun! ‘Maiken’s Taste of Sweden,’ Just go to the website www.savslast week at the Vojan Business southend.org/essex-ambassadors or Networking Group in Ongar. call Bill or Emily on 01702 356060. Attendees of the event were able to get their copies of the book signed EPPING OPTOMETRIST by Maiken and sample some of her WINS NATIONAL AWARD fabulous Swedish recipes. Polly Dulley, Practice Owner of Aves Optometrists in Epping, To find out more about Swedish has been announced the winner of a prestigious national award Fayre and ‘Maiken’s Taste of in recognition of her services to optics. Run by the Association Sweden’ please go to www. of Optometrists (AOP), the awards recognise the highest levels facebook.com/ of achievement in UK optics. Polly was named the winner in the SwedishFayre. ‘Optometrist of the Year’ category during Below: Some an awards dinner held in Birmingham. of the Vojan This award recognises the optometrist Networking who has gone above and beyond the Group members. sight test routine in order to deliver Right: One of excellent patient care, combining Maiken’s recipes. clinical expertise with outstanding people skills. Commenting on the accolade, Mrs Dulley said: “I feel totally overwhelmed to win this award. To be nominated by my peers and voted for, by both my fellow professionals and my own patients, feels just amazing.” Polly Dully ESSEX CENTRAL 

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his iconic Ilford venue will celebrate it‘s 40th anniversary in 2014, and looks forward to many more years of great entertainment. Over the years the theatre has played host to thousands of plays featuring many household names such as: Barbara Windsor, Danny La Rue and Downtown Abbey star Michelle Dockery. We caught up with managers Steve and Sally who told us more, “We really love working here, as it’s such a great venue. People can hire it out for various events and we have some really good ideas for next year. We are looking at a cinema screen inside the theatre showing some ‘Silver Screening films’ for the older audience, as well as baby friendly viewings and some film club classics amongst other things.” As a registered charity the theatre survives on public donations and also

raise funds through their ‘Theatre Club’ membership scheme which gives people discounts on shows throughout the year for just £10. They continued, “We want to increase our disabled access with further funding and donations, we already have some but we do need more and that’s where public donations and help become so important. We want to provide for all members of the local community for another 40 years!” The theatre will be showing the classic pantomime ‘Aladdin’ over the festive period, which will be a fantastic Christmas spectacle for the whole family, running from December 12th until mid-January. Why not pay them a visit and also become a member? It’s vitally important to preserve these local venues for future generations and it’s also a great, fun and affordable family day out.

For more information and ticket bookings please visit www. kmtheatre.co.uk or call 020 8553 4466.

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SHADES COLOUR CENTRE

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rading for nearly 40 years this family run business in Woodford Bridge keeps painters and decorators well stocked whenever required. They also opened a sister site a few years ago in Loughton and between the two outlets they sell anything you could wish for when painting and decorating. We caught up with Craig, who has worked there for over a decade, and puts the shops success down to good staff and the local people, he said; “Shades is just a lovely place to work and visit, which comes down to both my colleagues, and the public who come in, many locals just visit for the banter as well as buying paints or wallpaper.” With such helpful and experienced staff plus a vast array of products, Shades is definitely the place to visit next time you’re doing some decorating! Tel: 020 8505 4419 Website: www.shades colourcentre.co.uk

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MR GRUMPY’S OLD FASHIONED SWEETSHOP & TILLY’S TEA ROOMS

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his magical little shop on Ongar High Street dates back to the 1600’s. In the 1800’s the dwelling was transformed into a sweetshop and has been providing treats to young and old ever since. Carlos and his team have been running the show for the past five years and on my visit I ask about the shop’s name, “Well, Mr Grumpy is meant to be me” says Carlos chuckling with a big smile, “and the tea room is named after my daughter Tilly. We wanted to offer the locals something more than just sweets, and so now we do breakfast and lunch with cream teas, pie ‘n’ mash, as well as salt beef”. His team are very friendly and Carlos acknowledges their part “the five girls are great at making the customers feel at home” he says. Everything in the shop is original and it’s more of an experience than just a café. Ducking under the old wooden beams as you enter, you are greeted by the colourful jars of sweets and walls adorned with memorabilia from the shops past. The small cosy tea room to the back of the shop is a great place to stop for a spot of lunch with friendly service, whilst stocking up on a few treats for Christmas. Tel: 01277 366056


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ontagues have been trading in Epping High Street for almost 20 years, initially dealing solely with Lettings & Property Management building up an impressive portfolio. The team is headed by owner Wayne Flegg who has been with the company from the start and is closely supported by the 6 strong team of Lynne, Amy, Tom, Victoria, Tracy & Chris. The agency has recently undergone an exciting rebranding exercise, and at the same time have

made the transition into sales. Wayne says: “Moving into sales was a natural progression for us and by achieving our first completion already along with many more under offer I feel that we made the right decision”. Montagues advertise extensively on the major property portals including rightmove & Zoopla for both Sales & Lettings, as well as regular spots in local productions such as Essex Central. Whether you are buying or selling, looking to rent, or a landlord looking to let a property, call Wayne and his team for a chat. Montagues are open from Monday to Saturday. Tel: 01992 571175 Website: www.montaguesepping.com

PINE STORE AND MORE

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down South Woodford High Road. The furniture is beautifully crafted and very reasonably priced with many items at a ‘sale’ discount rate. This local shop is run by some very experienced people who can help you can find some great furniture at a very fair price, and will make you want to turn your back on flat-pack furniture forever! Tel: 020 8559 1213 Website: www.pinestoreandmore.com ESSEX CENTRAL 

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H E A LT H FITNESS

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Running strengthens your immune system, which means you may suffer less from minor illnesses like colds, fatigue, allergies, menstrual discomfort and digestive disorder.

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Studies have shown that runners find it easier to get to sleep at night and sleep longer.

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Our ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’ one-day break offers the chance to visit Lapland and be introduced to Santa and his reindeer, spending a magical day before returning home by supper! From £489 per adult and £429 per child *To qualify for a free child place child must be travelling with three full-fare paying passengers, or with two full-fare paying passengers to receive a half-price child place. Selected dates are subject to availability and Transun terms and conditions.

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plants at this time of year accordingly. There are many flowers, berries, coloured stems and foliage to choose from. Transform small areas of your garden to help add colour and interest during winter months, as some days can be quite dull and dreary. Simply adding a fresh coat of paint to your fence or shed can make a big difference to your

JOBS TO DO IN WINTER f Carry on digging over beds and borders and incorporate in some organic matter. Forking over not only helps prepare your soil for next year, it helps reduce pests by exposing them to hungry birds. f Rake and compost leaves that are free of diseases and insects. f Cut back and remove any diseased or infested foliage.

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garden, and plant pots and containers can really add an interesting bright winter seasonal effect outside the entrance of your front door or walk way. Written by Victoria Robertson, amenity horticulturalist, committee member of Epping Horticultural Society and walled gardener and committee member at Copped hall. of frost is expected. f Annuals need to be dug up and thrown away, ideally on a compost heap. Dig up and store away dahlias, gladioli, and other tender plants and store in a cool dry place. f Transplant trees, shrubs, and rosebushes. f Neaten your garden borders and edges if you have not already done so.

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5. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well each time. 6. Add the mixed spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir well. 7. Add the treacle, making sure it’s all mixed in. 8. Stir in the fruit and peel, then add the breadcrumbs and mix well. 9. Add the rest of the Guinness and the Baileys and stir. Don’t worry if the mixture looks too liquid at this stage just add the flour a bit at a time until you have a thick consistency that drops slowly off the spoon. 10. Place the mixture into the bowl, leaving about 2cms clear at the top. Grease the centre of a large piece of tinfoil and make a 1 inch fold in it, to allow the pudding to rise. Secure over the top of the bowl with string. 11. Place the bowl in a large saucepan and add enough water to come 3 quarters of the way up the side of the bowl. Place the lid on top and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 4½ hours, making sure to regularly top up the water. 12. Carefully remove the bowl from the saucepan, remove the foil and pierce pudding with a skewer. The skewer should come out clean, but if it doesn’t, replace the foil and put the bowl back in the saucepan for another 20-30 mins. 13. Let the pudding cool slightly, remove foil and turn out onto a plate. If keeping for a future date, cool completely before wrapping in greaseproof paper. 14. Serve warm with whipped cream, brandy butter, or ice cream. By Julia Jacobie, Art of Cakes. www.artofcakes.co.uk


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must first make my interest clear. I run a wine business, and all of the wines that I am going to recommend, I sell. I see the task of an independent wine merchant as not to attempt to compete with the supermarkets on the narrow criteria of price, but to offer a carefully chosen selection of wines which are made by individuals who are striving to create the clearest possible expression of their unique vineyard site. Our suppliers are without exception small, artisan scale grower, passionate about what they do. My specialist region is the most traditional, I have worked in, and travelled around, the myriad wine producing regions of France for 30 years, and can say that I know at least some of it moderately well. The range of styles on offer is far richer than from the vast majority of countries. So I shall recommend only French wines.

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TALKING TURKEY Roast turkey provides a background against which a wide range of wines are comfortable. One of the best remains Pinot Noir, and none better than a red Burgundy. Paul Jacqueson’s wines are redolent of cherries and autumn fires and the soft landscape of Burgundy. His 2011 Rully 1er Cru Les Cloux is a treat at £21.20.

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WHEN: Third Monday of the month. 5.30pm WHAT: Vojan Cooking Club WHERE: The Vojan, Ongar. £30 CONTACT: Sharon Butler-Felby 07850 864 799 WHEN: Every Tuesday 8pm WHAT: Puz quiz WHERE: The Theydon Oak, Epping. Cash Prize. TEL: 01992 572618 WHEN: First Tuesday of the month WHAT: The Vojan Business Networking Group WHERE: The Vojan, Ongar. From 7.30pm. No membership fee, just £10, includes dinner, some drinks

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his body decides to spasm like a greased eel at a 70’s roller disc o We are now looking forward to his first Christmas and aside from the Gillette Mach 3 and shaving foam, we are thinking of getting him some hiking boots as the little fella is crawling at speed, standing unaided and climbing the stairs. Hopefully when we speak next he won’t be running and writing, otherwise the next diary might be from him! The crawling and standing actually happened on the same day, we watched, smiling, as he coordinated his legs and arms to get across the floor like a drunk after closing time making their way home, but then upon reaching the TV cabinet he didn’t stop, instead he climbed up and stabled himself, we almost expected him to turn round, start clicking his fingers and swagger across the floor swinging a cane

like Fred Astaire! In the last month we have started the weaning process so his auntie bought him a ‘food dummy’ type contraption whereby you fill a small net with soft fruit or veg then screw this onto a handle for him to hold, he then bites on the ‘dummy’ and the food comes out through the net, all very simple we thought. After filling the net we handed it over and the sparks began to fly as he launched at it wide mouthed and teeth gleaming. He gobbled the food with such ferocity I genuinely feared he may eat his own hands if we didn’t stop him in time. Suffice to say he loved it, so much so that on a recent visit to the zoo he started to get quite jealous when he saw the monkeys being fed. He now loves to do his best sword swallower impression with a whole banana, but currently turns his back on my option of kebab, although I’m sure the little lad will see the light shortly. Aside from bananas he is also having a fruity porridge for breakfast and I have found myself doing the classic aeroplane sounds and motion. I’m not sure if he appreciates the time it takes me to go through my routine about the aeroplane exits and seatbelts, but you can’t put a price on safety. Well that’s all for now, we’re off to watch MTV so the little man can learn to breakdance. I wish you all a stress free Christmas (especially the parents out there!) and look forward to seeing you next year. ...TO BE CONTINUED


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Lexus are a Sunday League football team from Woodford. Their home ground is Low Hall Farm and they currently compete in the Essex Sunday Football Combination league. It all began seven years ago outside the Horse and Well pub, a conversation between 4 men: Kevin Jameson, Vincent D’Abbro, Daniel French & Andy Pearce, resulted in them putting a pub football team together, but as the name Horse & Well was already being used by another team, they went for AFC Lexus (as the Lexus garage was next door!). Kevin was the first manager of the club, Dan was the first Captain, John Kelly was the Chairman, he paid for kits and pitches for the season. Current manager Gary Simm began as a fan, watching his mates play, then after the first season became secretary, six seasons later he became manager as Kevin passed him the reins! Gary recalls some memorable games, “We got to a cup final in our first season, but lost 5-1 to Plaistow, excellent football team and a good set of lads. Memorable victories I would say were beating Collier Row 4-3 in a cup game about 4 years ago, the best game I have witnessed so far, and the cup final vs. Eva Hart, was a great day as we won our first

ever trophy two years ago. I’d like to see Lexus go on & reach 10 years as a Sunday football team, which would be an achievement in my eyes, as you see so many teams fold season after season”. The squad enjoy a rich bond which has strengthened in the close season with an intake of new players, from the current squad, only 4 players have played every single season for Lexus, that’s Vincent D’Abbro, Tony Simm, Chris Leckie & Warren Williams. Up front the mighty Lemons currently have the ‘double Dazza’ strike force with Darren Perry and Darren French knocking in the goals alongside Warren Williams. Flying down the wings are Tony and Phabian, whilst in the middle Ben, Leckie and Jamie (The Animal) do battle. At the back Vinny, Adam (The Ginger Prince) Jack, Jordon, and Simon aim to keep a clean sheet along with Adam (Gard Dog) Gard between the sticks, and sometimes the happiest man in the world, Ryan takes over the gloves! It’s a great team and the lads are often to be found at Red Mantra for some post match drinks every Sunday. We wish them every success and hope they can add to their silverware in this season’s league and cup challenges! If you are a local sports club, and would like to appear in Club Focus, then please email editor@essexcentralmagazine.co.uk


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