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Welcome to our August issue. What a scorcher of a summer we have had so far! Let’s hope the sunshine continues this month, although some rain would be nice too. This month sees the arrival of the ďŹ rst ever RiZE festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford which is replacing the popular V Festival. Turn to page 12 for an interview with up and coming local band BILK who have been given the privilege of opening the main stage. Abbotts Travel once again bring us another fantastic holiday destination, this time in the form of the far ung honeymoon favourite, the Seychelles on age 26. Our fashion and beauty pages are feeling summery with surf inspired clothing and mermaid hair plus see how you can inject a tropical vibe into your home with tips from an interior designer.

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    GreenAcres Epping Forest is recognised as one of the UK’s very best green spaces New waxing salon for Woodford Joanna Locke is really excited to be bringing hot waxing to Woodford! Joanna studied Beauty Therapy at the prestigious London College of Fashion before setting up her own business in North London, in 2007. Now family commitments have brought her closer to home, and she is now based in the beautiful Lily House on George Lane in South Woodford. Joanna said, “I have specialised in hot waxing for 15 years, so rest assured you are in very safe hands. I have worked with many clients in this time, including treating ladies during the sensitive time of pregnancy. “People don’t always realise how different hot wax is. It is the original but now rarer method of waxing, which is especially good for delicate areas. I use the bee’s wax variation, a very natural product which works without waxing strips. It is usually a more comfortable treatment, as the extra heat relaxes the hair follicle prior to removal. “I largely specialise in intimate female hair removal using hot wax, but I also provide all other areas (with hot and warm wax) as well as eyebrow, back and chest waxing for men. “ Joanna’s waxing services include bikini line, Brazilian, Hollywood, 1/2 & full leg, 1/2 & full arm, underarms, lip, chin & facial areas and eyebrow reshaping for women plus, back, chest, shoulders, lower back and brow reshaping for men. Joanna is offering new customers 20% OFF your ďŹ rst visit with packages available thereafter.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. Deborah McNamara, Park Manager said: “The team at GreenAcres Epping Forest, is delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the 10th year running. We know how much quality green spaces matter to visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining GreenAcres Epping Forest to such a high standard.� International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.

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Following the success of Teens Unite’s annual It’s a Knockout event in Hertfordshire for the past seven years, the charity is bringing the fun-filled day to Loughton on Sunday 16th September 2018. Teams will compete against each other on the inflatable assault course to be the first to overcome a series of challenges and obstacles along the way. The concept is based on the hit 1960’s TV comedy game show and is the perfect opportunity for companies, sports teams, friends and families to embrace their competitive side. Seven teenagers are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK and Teens Unite’s It’s a Knockout event will raise vital funds and awareness to support the charity’s work in uniting young people and rebuilding their lives following a cancer diagnosis. Teens Unite is the only charity in the UK to provide ongoing emotional, social and physical support throughout a young person’s cancer journey. By organising workshops and residential stays, young people can come together and meet others their age in a similar situation, rebuild their confidence and self-esteem and learn new skills. Entry to spectate at the event is free of charge. Aside from the It’s a Knockout competition, there is fun for all the family, with a BBQ and a selection of stalls and games to enjoy. Debbie Pezzani, CEO and Founder, Teens Unite has said: “We’re incredibly excited to bring It’s a Knockout to Loughton. As the charity continues to grow, we will be having more of a presence in Loughton and the surrounding areas and we look forward to introducing our work to new supporters. The day is a fantastic opportunity for companies, sports teams, community groups, friends and family to come together and make a difference to the lives of young people.” Taking part in Teens Unite’s It’s a Knockout competition costs £400 for a team of 10, £200 for a team of five and £40 for an individual place. To book your place, visit www.teensunite.org/events, email events@teensunite.org or call 01992 440091.

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BILK are an exciting, new band from Chelmsford, Essex. Here is an interview with the band ahead of their upcoming performance on Friday 17th August, where they will be opening the main stage at the new RiZE Festival ahead of the likes of Liam Gallagher, James Bay and Plan B. What was the first festival that you ever went to and are there any memories that stand out? Sol: The first festival I went to was V Festival because Hylands Park is literally around the corner from my house so it’s really local. Luke: The first festival I went to was Download Festival in 2013. It rained a lot so that was dead but I saw Queens Of The Stone Age and Motörhead which was quality. Harry: First festival was Village Green Festival in Chalkwel, Essex, I have a very vivid memory from that day caused by Strongbow dark fruits You're performing at the first ever RiZE Festival this summer, are there any other acts on the line-up that you're looking forward to seeing? Sol: I want to make sure I watch Dave. I like his lyrics and I think he’s good. I’m into Oasis too so seeing Liam Gallagher should be a laugh.

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Luke: I’m looking forward to seeing acts like James Bay and Circa Waves. Their new material should be good to hear live. Liam Gallagher headlining should be a good one as well. Just hope he plays the tunes people want. Harry: I’m looking forward to seeing Liam Gallagher and Miles Kane. Who would be your ideal festival headliner(s)? Sol: It has to be The Streets or Paul Weller because the tunes are classic. Luke: The Stone Roses. I think they’re a right festival band. Always got a great atmosphere at their gigs. Maybe some newer bands as well because you don’t get a lot of them headlining these days. Harry: My ideal headliners that are still around today would be Kings Of Leon, The Streets and The Twang, headliners that aren't around anymore would be Oasis, The Smith's and The Beatles.


What's your favourite festival you've attended and why? Sol: I liked V Festival just because it was a messy one, not necessarily because of the music. It was more about the vibe and getting on it with your boys which made it such a good time. Luke: I went to Community Festival last year at Finsbury Park. That had a good vibe to it. I’d like to see us playing there at some point. Harry: Favourite festival I’ve been to is All Point East festival just because the vibe was great. Do you ever take part in the camping/glamping on site at a festival or do you prefer to opt for the comfort of a hotel room?

Luke: Maybe someone like Miles Kane. I reckon he’d be a laugh to work with. He could bring something good to the table. Harry: Liam Gallagher or Miles Kane. Got any tips on how to recover from a festival? Sol: A fat fry up. Luke: Never stop drinking. That’s the way forward. Harry: Loads of Berocca and water Social links www.facebook.com/bilkbandpage twitter.com/bilkbandpage

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With attractive year-round temperatures (approximately 2430°C), warm ocean temperatures and enticing sunshine, the period between May and October is generally considered to be the best time to travel. Whilst keen sailors and windsurfers should aim for this travel window, divers and those wishing to go snorkelling may wish to consider visiting during the months of April and May, or October to November, as these provide the best times for underwater visibility. Whilst the most famous Seychelles beach may be Anse Source d’Argent Beach, on La Digue, the picturesque Anse Lazio located on Praslin consistently ranks in the top ten beaches of the world. The incredible scenery, imposing palms and accessibility make it ideal for swimming and snorkelling — the water is fairly deep — and there is usually a lifeguard present during high season.

Whilst the tropical Indian Ocean is home to a diverse collection of marine-life and vibrant coral reefs, the nature reserves are home to giant Aldabra Tortoises and impressive flora and fauna. The colourful vegetation makes it a veritable treasure trove for plant-lovers, with hikers able to venture into the dense green foliage to see exotic flowers such as wild vanilla and endemic plant species. Highlights include redwood and ironwood trees and, of course, the unique natural phenomenon of the Coco de Mer — the most famous of the Seychelle’s six endemic plant species. Possessing the largest seed of any plant in the world, this tree is endemic to Praslin and Curieuse only.


Those keen to explore — whether beneath the ocean, on top of the waves or at the lofty mountain heights — are simply spoilt for choice, with watersports, such as fishing, sailing or scuba-diving, to volleyball and horseback-riding. The lush green landscape makes for some incredible island golf courses, whilst off-shore, a yacht charter is the best way to appreciate the rich green and blue colour contrasts. The main travel hub and largest of the 115 islands, Mahé is 17 miles long by ten miles wide and is home to the capital, Victoria (named after the British Queen). Here, visitors can venture to Morne Seychellois, the highest point of the Seychelles, see fishermen along the coast, sunbathe on Beau Vallon, photograph granite peaks and visit local restaurants and shops. Guests can languish in luxury within a selection of indulgent private villas and suites. The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, on Mahé Island, is situated next to one of the world’s top ten beaches, Petite Anse Bay, and boasts 67 hillside villas and suites. Head to the Hilltop Spa for breathtaking 360 ° views, enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach, relax on the beach with dedicated beach butlers catering to your every need, or perhaps try some paddleboarding or catamaran sailing. For families, Constance Ephelia is an attractive alternative with extensive facilities and two great beaches to choose from. For those wishing to visit Praslin island, Raffles Praslin provides a

modern resort with eighty-six villas, located beside pristine sands and surrounding forest and is ideal for couples seeking a spa, romance and service from beach butlers. Alternatively, Constance Lemuria is an eco-friendly resort with an idyllic, 18-hole, championship golf course, 105 suites, three beaches, including Anse Kerlan (where turtles lay their eggs), thrilling watersports, a Turtle Sanctuary and remarkable granite boulders. For those seeking the ultimate private island experience in the Seychelles, North Island is the pinnacle of barefoot perfection. Renowned for exquisite exclusivity and privacy, conservation is key here. Similarly, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles At Desroches Island is an idyllic natural hideaway with pristine white sands, a tropical reef, world-class diving and Giant Tortoises. Couples wishing to escape to a quintessential private island paradise should stay at Six Senses Zil Pasyon, on Félicité, for complete seclusion, sensational dining and a dazzling beachfront. Whilst naturelovers will feel totally inspired with a stay at Fregate Island Private, where the neighbours are rare birds and guests dine on organic produce. With just sixteen Private Pool Residences, each with a Jacuzzi and personal butler, guests can experience an incredible wildlife

encounter by meeting graceful Giant Aldabra Tortoises in their natural habitat, witness endangered Hawksbill Turtles and see over onehundred species of birds. Enjoy the chance to escape the real world and get back to nature on some of the most beautiful islands on earth. For more information or to start planning your Seychelles adventure get in touch with Abbotts Travel.

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WITHOUT A MAP... So, last month we had BBQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the school fete, and the World Cupâ&#x20AC;Ś

and dangling off a tree saw. I can only hope the subsequent nightmares will pass by the time he has kids of his own.

The World Cup was obviously full of highs and lows, but on a very personal level it was the ďŹ rst ever World Cup my boys had watched and they both loved it. Jake (still 2) was able to follow the game closely and then jump with joy, raise his hands aloft and yell â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goal!â&#x20AC;?, this was great at ďŹ rst but quickly became tedious when he clearly couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand what a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;replayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was. Every single viewpoint of the goal was met with the same original gusto and enthusiasm ,â&#x20AC;&#x153;goaaalll!!!â&#x20AC;? Ok Jake, chill, the game ďŹ nished 20 minutes ago, these are just the highliâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x153;GOOOAAALLLLL!!!â&#x20AC;?, and so it would continue.

Later that week, another couple of parents came around and we decided to have a BBQ (to be fair, it was our only hope of trying to make a dent on our ridiculous levels of lamb). About halfway through it felt like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d each eaten a hippo and the early high jinx had been replaced by the sounds of groaning and pain. Our neighbours assumed we were rehearsing for an upcoming zombie apocalypse ďŹ lm.

Since George has been going to school we have seen our social circle rapidly expand to include all the new parents, one of whom asked the other day if I like lamb, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sureâ&#x20AC;? I said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you selling pies at the school fete?â&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, I have a whole lamb carcass and wanted to know if you want half?â&#x20AC;? Christ almighty I thought, but I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to turn down this opportunity. Before I go any further I need to explain that we have no butchery skillsâ&#x20AC;Ś or tools (even though my dad was a butcher), so when we were presented with this vast piece of meat I went to the garage and came back with a wood saw. This was the start of our troubles, and what should have been a 20-minute dissection ended up becoming a 4-hour massacre. At one stage George entered the kitchen and saw a scene akin to something from Pulp Fiction, his mum and dad covered in blood, holding knives, with chunks of meat and ďŹ&#x201A;esh strewn across the kitchen

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;What should have been a 20-minute dissection ended up becoming a 4-hour massacreâ&#x20AC;? A few hours later, we cracked open the Balderdash and prayed in vain that the kids were all asleep. These prayers went unanswered and the next few hours were riddled with interruptions as one by one all 4 kids kept coming out us with complaints, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My burps smell like lambâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve eaten a hoofâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why did mum and dad kill someone in the kitchen?â&#x20AC;? The following week it was the school fete, I was expecting a fete worse than death (thank you, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here all week) but it was in fact a great event with thousands of

people in attendance and I was asked to help with the BBQ section. After my recent trials and tribulations, I was delighted to see there was no lamb on the menu and began selling burgers by the bucket load. After an hour it was time to get the Mrs and boys and head back into the fete as a member of the public, we decided to get in the queue for the ice cream van, not really paying much attention to the length, as it was a hot day and we assumed the turn around would be quick. However, progress was glacial, and my freshly clean-shaven face had grown into a Brian Blessed impersonation by the time we eventually reached the window, only to be met with the cheery quote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry mate, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just sold the last oneâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;Ś I was so angry I could have eaten my beard. The boys didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to care though and immediately jumped onto a bouncy castle, laughing like maniacs as they ďŹ&#x201A;ung themselves down the slide section and landing on the scorching hot plastic at the bottom. Each child seemed to be having the same pain/pleasure experience, whooping with laughter at the top, then screeching a painful â&#x20AC;&#x153;oow!â&#x20AC;? at the bottom. I stood there, in the baking heat, sans ice cream, beardy like Blessed and considering the installation of forehead windscreen wipers to stop the cascading sweat ďŹ&#x201A;owing into my eyeballs and my breakfast of lamb starting to repeat on meâ&#x20AC;Ś it was enough to drive a man insane. Hopefully next year the fete will have a bit of cloud cover, or perhaps even some rain.

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