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Although last month was a chilly one we are looking forward to spring and getting you prepared for the Easter holidays. We feature 3 great local attractions that will keep the whole family entertained and have special themed events running for the holiday so you can make the time off extra special. Shaken Udder share their recipe for the most delicious hot cross buns on page 33 which are perfect for whipping up with the kids if you encounter a rainy day. We also bring you our roundup of wonderful gifts to treat that special person this Mother’s Day, whether it be your mum, nan, auntie or partner we have included something for everyone. We hope this month is a little warmer than the last and you all get to go out and enjoy some spring sunshine!

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Britain’s premier lawn care company has just launched a unique ‘Makeover’ service to give consumers in the Barnet and Chigwell area the perfect patch – without the hassle of re-turďŹ ng.

TV tough guy Ant Middleton was among 15 participants to take part in Haven House Children’s Hospice’s ‘Chilly Dip’ at Hampstead Heath Lido on Sunday 4th February.

GreenThumb’s Lawn Makeover programme guarantees exceptional service to create a wonderful lawn – at a fraction of the cost of laying new turf.

The ultimate action hero, famous for fronting SAS: Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape braved the winter chill and dipped into the lido as part of its ďŹ rst #Team15 challenge event which raised almost ÂŁ2,000 for the hospice as it celebrates its 15th birthday in 2018.

Its Makeover is unique, says the company, because as well as killing and completely removing worn-out grass, choking moss and problem weeds, its expert staff re-seed the clean soil with an exclusive grass seed mix, top-dress with recycled, organic and sustainable compost to nourish its growth, and then make aftercare visits.

Ant was on hand to get everyone ďŹ red up for the challenge which involved swimming one length of the pool. The water temperature was a chilly 5 Celsius.

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Along with cheering on each participant Ant completed two lengths of the pool and gave everyone a signed certiďŹ cate, medal and selďŹ e. Participants had the opportunity to warm up in the poolside sauna and enjoy hot refreshments. Ant Middleton said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was delighted to take part in the Chilly Dip and help raise funds for Haven House in its 15th birthday year. The hospice provides such vital care to children and their families in the local area. I was really impressed with the enthusiasm shown by all those who turned up. The water was very cold, but everyone did exceptionally well and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad to be part of Team15.â&#x20AC;? Nathan Ramsden, North London Community Fundraising Executive at Haven House, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are so grateful to Ant Middleton and all of our supporters for taking part in our ďŹ rst Team 15 challenge event for 2018.There was a wonderful atmosphere and Ant was brilliant in getting everyone ďŹ red up and into the pool.This is the second time we have staged a Chilly Dip in North London and it was great to see so many people raising funds for local life-limited children and their families. We hope more people will be encouraged to be part of our Team 15 and take on a challenge for Haven House in our 15th birthday year. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a runner, swimmer, cyclist, trekker or adrenalineseeker, we really do have something for everyone for all ďŹ tness levels.â&#x20AC;? Be part of our #Team15 and take on a challenge for Haven House in our 15th birthday year. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a runner, swimmer, cyclist, trekker or adrenaline-seeker, we really do have something for everyone, regardless of your level of ďŹ tness. (EFALH@GL=HIJLKGL>>><CKJFCH@DJ<HI8<@5N?CKBBJF8JJJFGDL


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The charity Guide Dogs in Essex h has llaunched hed a social media campaign to recruit volunteers who could help guide people who are visually impaired and blind. An emotionally charted 3 minute Facebook video aims to promote the charity’s My Guide Service. It shows how My Guide Partnerships are transforming the lives of people living with sight loss. The charity says it has 36 people waiting for life-changing volunteers to help them get out of their home to access the communities we all belong to. Guide Dogs Herts, Beds and Essex My Guide Ambassador Helen Rowe says: “It’s such a wonderful, rewarding thing to do, to be able to help someone do something that sighted people take for granted.” She added: “We’re calling for anyone who can spare 2-3 hours per week to help us change a life.” My Guide Service User and Guide Dogs Engagement Officer Siobhan Meade says: “It’s given me the confidence to get out while I’m waiting to train with my third guide dog. “As a totally blind person, My Guide has really supported me to get out in to the community again after my second guide dog retired in October 2016. While the dedicated mobility team work hard to match me with a suitable guide dog, the My Guide Service has stepped in and ended the helplessness I felt, confined to my home.” She added: “No words can describe the difference My Guide makes to the life of a person who is blind or visually impaired. Please help us end isolation.” 6CJLME+G)+6E=JL2:L@EAJL1JIE?JLEAJHL?KFL-JLEJ>JALHFLGCJL@EAJ H8DL.JIGD9L/JADLKFAL7DDJL(K?J-HH5L;K8J +K?-JHH5<?H=N@EAJ H8D'*#

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The Easter holidays are fast approaching. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our pick of the best days out in the area for some family fun.

OLD MACDONALDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FARM EASTER FESTIVAL Head down to the farm this Easter for a whole host of egg-citing activities and a thoroughly enjoyable day out for all the family. The Old Macdonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm Easter Festival is running every day from Friday 30th March until Sunday 15th April and includes a rabbit hole themed maze, special guest character appearances, face painting, craft activities, Easter egg hunt and chick, duckling and baby rabbit animal encounters on top of their usual range of fantastic all weather attractions. Spend time exploring  with your little ones and visit over 200 animals that live on the farm, experience thrilling family rides, watch indoor shows that capture the imagination of young s minds and take a break in the cafĂŠ while the kids play in the soft play zones. If you book tickets in advance from the website then you also receive a discount. )BAL2K? HFKBADL(KI=9L&JKBAL,HKA9 /IJFG>HHA9L7DDJL324L!' >>><H=A+KI=<?H<@5

THE LONGEST EASTER EGG HUNT IN ESSEX! In 1994 the last ever Central Line service ran from Epping to Ongar.  This quirky part of the Central Line was originally built in 1865 as an extension from Loughton. It became part of the Underground in the 1940s running ďŹ rst with steam and then electric services from 1957. After a number of attempts, services were ďŹ nally withdrawn in 1994. In May 2012 the present owners, Epping Ongar Railway, opened again with the aim of running an impressive and attractive heritage railway and tourist attraction. Alongside the trains it runs heritage bus services picking up from right outside Epping Tube Station making it the only regular steam

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A VERY VICTORIAN EASTER Travel back to Victorian times this Easter! Join Professor Nitrate for family fun as the Royal Gunpowder Mills opens daily between March 30th and April 15th. Kicking off with a bank holiday weekend full of fun! Visit on Friday March 30th and Saturday March 31st as the very cute and cuddly Pygmy Goats and Ducklings join the crew! Alongside these cuddly creatures you’ll be able to learn about how these precious animals were looked after in Victorian times. Then on Easter Sunday & Monday travel back in time with the “Van Buren Victorian Theatre Of Wonders” You’ll be able to get a look into the magic and learn about where it all began with this fabulous show for all the family – This show will take place at 12.30 and 3.30 with a circus workshop also taking place and 2.00 – this is one you have to see to experience! Join Professor Nitrate daily and immerse yourself in the interactive science shows taking place. Alongside these shows there are great daily activities. Get creative with Victorian Themed crafts – make

railway readily accessible by the tube. This Easter, EO Railway is running an extremely long Easter Egg Hunt and uniquely the only one on a former Underground Line. The Egg Hunt will be lead by the Railway’s beloved Bertie Bunny which will run from Ongar Station through to Coopersale which is the length of 131,579 eggs placed end to end. Children will be looking to find eggs hidden around the stations and along the track but they will have some clues to help them. To take part in this exciting event which is running from 30th March-2nd April all

your own Victorian Top Hat and Learn about how Victorians celebrated Easter by making your very own Easter Cards and Victorian table decorations – there’s also opportunity to make your own Chalkboard Eggs.You could also get in the Victorian Spirit by dressing up Victorian style in the dress up area. In the Mad Lab things get messy in the Experiment Zone where you can learn about Non Newtonian Fluid, Bouncy Eggs and make your very own Gooey Fried Egg to take home with you. Alongside all these fantastic activities which are included in your entry ticket , there’s opportunity explore the award winning exhibition , theatre and armoury – have a 40 minute guided land train tour and explore the 300 years of secret science and hidden heritage the fantastic site plays host to. Gates open 10am, Last Entry 3pm – Tickets can be brought on the day however you can also prebook your tickets through Eventbrite. Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY >>><IH:KB8@F;H>AJI=EBBD<?H=

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PESTS & DISEASE Vine weevil feed on roots causing the plant to die. The vine weevil can infest many plants by eating their leaves. To get rid of these garden pests in a non-chemical way just pick the adults off during the early evenings You can also trap adults with sticky barriers around pots and encourage their natural predators into your garden which include birds and hedgehogs.

   WITH VICTORIA ROBERTSON A SEASONAL GUIDE TO HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR GARDEN. 6CEDL8KIAJFEF8L=HFGCLH+L2KI?CL>EBBL-IEF8 =KF:LAK:DL+EBBJAL>EGCL@F;IJAE?GK-BJ >JKGCJI<L6CJIJL=K:L-JLIKEF9LDGIHF8L>EFAD KFAL=EBAJILAK:DLGHH<L Try not to be seedling planting shy, instead be brave and open up a packet of seeds and sow them. Be sure to have a fleece handy to cover up your vulnerable plants should you hear of an overnight frost. Primula vulgaris can now be seen in full bloom. These wild flowers are pale yellow with a deep yellow centre. Now is the time to begin removing moss and weeds from your paths and driveways. This may seem like a boring task but by doing it now it will make light work later on. Look out for special offer deals on plug plants because now is the perfect time to order them. You don’t even need a greenhouse to grow them on. Just a sunny back bedroom or kitchen windowsill will be fine. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR PLUG PLANTS ARRIVE:

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through the post you should pot them up immediately.

: If you have to delay for a few day’s keep

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: Plant the plug plants individually into 5cm

pots using multi-purpose compost, place a few slow release pellets into the soil too. If you decide to use trays leave a 5cm spacing between each plug plant to allow for growth.

WILDLIFE WATCH Slow worms have long, smooth, shiny, grey or brown bodies and look very similar to tiny snakes. They are legless lizards and are quite harmless. They like humid conditions and usually appear from their hiding places after heavy rain to hunt for food.

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slightly larger than the plug plant and place them in the soil gently. Then firm the compost around the roots.

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greenhouse or conservatory if you have one. If not a windowsill will do. Keep them well watered

: Once your plants are full grown you will

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scenery but to bring you closer to Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural wonders. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll relax and enjoy scenes of unimaginable grandeur from the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansive wide-open decks or from your suiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s private verandah. Enjoy the convenience and value of an optional breakfast, lunch and dinner meal-plan while onland, with all cruise dining included in your booking - as well as a professional


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military population, Native Alaskans and adventure-seeking types. Much like Seattle, you can find a coffee shop just about anywhere.

THE INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE Choose whether you start your journey on land or ocean, before soaking up the highlights. Boarding in Vancouver, Canada, you’ll get the chance to explore a second region. Soak up this fabulous city’s majestic mountains, sparkling ocean and beautiful foliage. Head over to Richmond Night Market, the biggest night market in North America, check out Capilano Suspension Bridge Park or spend your morning wandering along the shore and seeing if you can spot migrating whales swimming past. Then jump aboard the cruise ship and head for Alaska’s waters. Bearing the nickname the Golden Heart, Fairbanks’ location makes it a gateway to the arctic, and in summer tourist boats run cruises along the Chena and Tanana rivers. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, fly over the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, the Yukon River and the Arctic Circle. Whitehorse stands at Historic Mile 918 of the Alaska Highway and remains popular to tourists for attractions like the Yukon Wildlife Preserve; the Frantic Follies; and the natural and cultural insights at the MacBride Museum. Visit Denali Square, nestled on the 60-acre McKinley Chalet Resort at the gates of Denali National Park,

it is the perfect place to soak up the Alaska experience. At the centre of Denali Square is the amphitheatre with a covered performance stage and bench seating for guests to enjoy a variety of local shows, ranger talks and demonstrations. The city of Anchorage plants thousands of flowers to celebrate the arrival of the warmer months and days that last as long as 19 hours from dawn to dusk. Approximately 40 percent of Alaska’s population lives here and the diverse city includes a large

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Easter Egg Hunt

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Easter Bunny Visit Children’s Disco “The Bunny Hop” Facepainters

See Peppa Pig & George 27 & 28 May at intervals

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Come and see Chase & Skye – 4 August Marshall & Rubble – 5 August at intervals on each day © 2018 Spin Master. All Rights Reserved.

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  WITHOUT A MAP... In February we had a trip to Maldon, a birthday party and the school valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disco, Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst question when we told him about the event was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will there be girls there?â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;Ś hang on, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 4, when did you turn into a Romeo?! We answered yes, and his face lit up. It seems like he is already trying to be a little charmer here and there because the following week he attended his friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party with a bunch of ďŹ&#x201A;owers whilst the other kids all had presents like plastic poo or snot slime. But, back to the Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discoâ&#x20AC;Ś we get there and I was immediately asked to start blowing up balloons, George ran off to dance and I was left trying to introduce myself to the other parents whilst simultaneously exhaling my entire lungs into 250 balloons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi, pleased to huuuuu! meet you, my name huuuuuuh! isâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? and so on. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d nearly passed out by the time I tied up the last balloon and hit it into the crowd of children, with blurry vision I stumbled across to some seats and forgot how low childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seats are compared to adults. The thud of my backside crashing into this tiny stool nearly made the record skip and certainly turned a few heads, once the staring had stop I tried pushing my spine back down into place and subtly wiping away the tears, it was not going well for me so far. George on the other hand seemed to be having the time of his life, running around the hall, dancing as though possessed, and eating like a ravenous pig. It had been a minute or two and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d started to unwind, sure the screaming kids were an ear ache but generally things seemed ok, untilâ&#x20AC;Ś a full on ďŹ st ďŹ ght broke out directly in front of me, between two 7 year olds! I

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kid you not, it was like a scene from Lock Stock mixed with Teletubbies and after a second of looking around for parents or teachers I quickly stood up and parted the pair of them, one had been knocked down twice, the other had a bruised swollen face, eventually some other people came over and the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parents were called, I sat back down on my miniscule stool and hoped the worst of the night had passed.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was like a scene from Lock Stock mixed with Teletubbiesâ&#x20AC;? It was at this moment of tranquillity I was hit with a 5 feet wooden spear. The teachers, in their inďŹ nite wisdom, had decided to set up two huge piĂąatas hanging from the ceiling and arm the kids with weaponsâ&#x20AC;Ś. sorry, wooden batons, in order to smash them open to unleash the sweets. It was absolute carnage, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen more peaceful nights in war zones, and the screaming kids were like a pack of wolves as the sweets started to trickle from a crack in the side of these hanging treasures. By the time the event had ďŹ nished I needed counselling, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d seen things no man should see and I'm honest enough to admit Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had many sleepless nights since that evening, waking up, screaming in cold sweats yelling, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put down the sticks, for the love of God can we all just PUT DOWN THE STICKS!?!â&#x20AC;? The following week we went to Maldon and got robbed in broad day light. This was one of those

legal robberies though so I was unable to go to the police, ÂŁ7.50 for a single burger is horrendous, but I was starving so begrudgingly handed over my money. Jake was the one going a tad nuts today, and George did his best to chase after him. I was still busy haggling with the burger seller, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throw in some bacon at least mate? Or an egg?â&#x20AC;? I was getting nowhere. The boys had gone with their mum onto the adventure park and I trudged along behind, eating my lousy expensive burger and grumbling under my breath (I must be getting really old). After ďŹ nishing the burger I thought it best to jump around with the boys a bit and throw myself into the fun, what I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taken into account was how many other small children were also trying to clamber up these climbing frames and how my sizeable frame was sending them ďŹ&#x201A;ying into the frantic arms of angry parents, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry, whoops, that was me, I do apologise!â&#x20AC;? I slowly made my way down and suggested a short walk by the riverbank, this idea was met with screams louder than a rocket launch and whilst I would generally carry on regardless, I decided this time to let them be, after all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to get them climbing because if I ever forget my house keys they can scurry up the wall and into the bedroom window like a couple of monkeys. Perhaps not the greatest use of them, but for the time being maybe they can climb into that burger van and get me some bacon!

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