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ith Mother’s Day later this month we have included a selection of treats and gift ideas, plus messages to your mum’s in ‘Have Your Say.’ We also introduce the first of our new features; ‘Local Landmark’ starting with the Winston Churchill statue in Woodford, which I grew up 5 minutes from so it was great to learn more about it. As ever we shall be giving you a roundup of Local News, What’s On, Club Focus, Dad’s Diary and much more. The charity feature remembers a very close friend of mine, Michael Norgrove, a boxer who tragically passed away but whose memory lives on through the Michael Norgrove Foundation. I hope you enjoy the first of our monthly issues and will see you again in April. Regards

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Independent and family run home care provider “Union Care Ltd” have recently completed their latest Care Worker recruitment campaign, with their intensive training course commencing next week. Union Care will be generating a number of roles within the West Essex area in the coming months and will continue to be a key recruiter for the area and are always looking for exceptional people to join their team. Union Care is dedicated to making a difference in the home care sector ensuring those who require care or assistance receive reliable, dignified and affordable care in their own home. For more information about Union Care please see page 23.

NEW OPENING! A taste of Turkey has landed in Wanstead. The newly opened Gezi Park adds to the string of eateries on Wanstead High Street and offers authentic Turkish cuisine. The restaurant (formerly Hadley House) has undergone a stylish makeover with new features including a giant fish tank, which separates the main Giant fish tank dining room from an area suitable for large group bookings and celebrations. feature in Gezi Park Restauran The new dining experience is proving t popular with local residents as well as attracting customers from further afield. provide great tasting food Restaurant Manager Semih Kamalak of the highest standard and we pride said; “We are very proud of what we ourselves on great service.” have achieved so far with Gezi 27 High Street, Wanstead, E11 2AA Park. Our highly skilled chefs Tel: 020 8530 5499

WINTER WALKIES IS BACK ON! Sunday 9th March has now been confirmed as the new date for the postponed Winter Walkies event at GreenAcres Woodland Burials in aid of St Clare Hospice. The second of the two Winter Walkies events was originally due to take place on 16th February but St Clare housekeeper Zoe Almond with her seven adorable mutts



had to be cancelled due to high winds. The first event on 9th February saw 150 walkers and their canine companions take part in the 5k countryside walk and prizes were given out for the ‘wackiest wellies’ and ‘best owner/doggy lookalike’ competitions. If you would like to register for the event then there is still time to do so. Anyone is welcome to join the walk - whether you are a pet owner or not. Visit uk/walks.html or call the fundraising team on 01279 773750 for further information.


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Children at Blossoms Nursery, Harlow, recently took part in I CAN’S Chatterbox Challenge – ‘Sounds Like Fun with Humf’ – the early years fundraiser that makes chatter matter! I CAN is the children’s communication charity, who strive to ensure that no child is left out or left behind because of a difficulty communicating. The national challenge raised valuable funds to help the one

million children across the UK who are struggling to communicate. The children and babies learned nursery rhymes which they belted out in a fun sing-along designed by I CANS speech and language expert’s and got to play with a variety of musical instruments. Nursery owner Bobbi Chana said “Blossoms babies and toddlers enjoyed their sponsored singing and dancing with musical instruments for chatterbox challenge! We made hats to match our songs and have raised £70 so far! Our children really enjoyed their musical morning and look forward to more events!” To find out more about I CAN’s work and Blossoms Nursery visit: and


The unveiling of a plaque at the Ongar Town Council offices marked the end of former councillor Keith Tait’s 36-year association with the town as a parish and latterly town councillor. Mr Tait, who withdrew from the council last year, had served the Shelley ward from 1977 until 2013. Mr Tait had also served spells as council chairman and vice-chairman. Ongar Town Council marked Mr Tait’s departure from the council with a reception and plaque unveiling at ‘Bansons’ in Bansons Way, Ongar. The commemorative plaque was unveiled by current council vicechairman Brian Surtees and Olive Gross, widow of Mr Tait’s former Labour councillor colleague Roland Gross. Mr Surtees said: “I’ve known Keith all the time I have been a member of Ongar Town Council and we have shared the roles of chairman and vicechairman several times in the past. “Keith’s generosity and understating together with his knowledge and skill has been a tremendous asset over the years. “We look forward to maintaining contact with Keith in future and know that many residents will continue to value his advice and support.”







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mmortalised in bronze, the figure of Britain’s formidable wartime leader still casts a giant shadow over Woodford Green more than 40 years after his death. His statue, which glares moodily towards South Woodford, serves as a fitting reminder of his legacy as Prime Minister during the Second World War, and as the area’s most famous MP. Churchill was in the twilight of his political career when he became MP for Woodford in 1945, his greatest achievements already behind him. A self-confessed workaholic, he continued to represent the constituency right up to October 1964, just months before his death at the age of 90. It was commissioned from sculptor David McFall, a supremely talented artist from Scotland. Born in Glasgow in 1919 he studied in Birmingham before moving his studies to the Royal College of Art in London. Quickly gaining a reputation as a master craftsman one of his earliest Portland Stone pieces called ‘The Bull Calf’ was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and was subsequently bought by the Tate in 1942, all whilst the sculptor was still a student. During his career he also sculpted a piece for another former Prime Minister who resided in Woodford, Clement Atlee. However, it’s the 8’6” statue of Sir Winston Churchill that is arguably his most recognised creation. The statue itself took McFall almost two years to create. His diaries show that he initially travelled to France in January 1958, to meet Churchill and begin work on the portrait head. Over a series of further meetings and sessions McFall went on to create casts of Churchill’s hands and bust and finally finished the piece on 2nd September 1959. Over 5,000 people (including

David McFall makes the finishing touches to his masterpiece

An iconic local landmark that millions have enjoyed

The bronze statue of Sir Winston Churchill is a prominent landmark The present day statue on Woodford Green, overlooking the top of Salway Hill. It was unveiled in 1959 to celebrate the great leader’s time as MP for Woodford and Wanstead. Churchill himself) were there on the 31st October 1959 to see the masterpiece unveiled by Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery. Churchill himself remarked “very nice” and the crowd applauded. The 39 year old McFall said “I’m delighted, this is my biggest work so far. The people will be proud of this statue.” His words are still

true to this day, such an iconic local landmark that millions have enjoyed over the succeeding years, and which stands strong in all weathers, still keeping watch over Woodford as Churchill himself once did. All thanks to the late sculptor David McFall. With thanks to the McFall family






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MUM’S THE WORD With Mothering Sunday just around the corner on 30th March, here is our pick of the best gifts and treats to make the day extra special and leave your mum smiling all day long.


The classic combination of flowers and chocolates are always a popular choice s

Brook Buds are a family run florist based in Chigwell. They create beautiful, contemporary Mother’s Day bouquets that are guaranteed to raise a smile. With bouquets starting at just £30 they are very affordable too. What’s more, they offer same day delivery to local areas, even for last minute orders on Mother’s Day!! Tel: 020 8500 2002, 12 Brook Parade, Chigwell, Essex IG7 6PF


Surprise the taste buds with Chocolate Truffles from I Heart Candy. With flavours like Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut, White Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Orange they will make an ideal gift for a special mum. The online sweet store also has a great selection of hampers, filled with a variety of retro sweets and chocolate. Chocolate Truffle Box (500g), £8.50 Truffle Cone Bag £7.50


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Enjoy a classic Afternoon Tea in stylish surroundings at Packford’s Hotel in Woodford. Their delightful tea includes: tea, sandwiches, scones, pastries and a selection of homemade cakes plus more for £18.50 per person and £25 per person with Champagne. The hotel itself is a beautifully appointed period house with original features, open fires and well established gardens - the perfect setting for a Mother’s Day celebration. To book a table please call the Hotel on 0208 504 2642 or email




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A gift that captures a memory can be enjoyed for years to come.

s Zoë Panting of Wonder Years Photography is an easygoing and sympathetic presence, working on location or in your home. Her focus is on capturing the moment, fleeting expressions, and relationships between family members, whatever their age, resulting in images of warmth, personality, beauty and energy. She will be offering a special Mother’s Day gift package, a mini-shoot (up to an hour) on location or in your home, to include a photograph or fine art print of 10x10in or 10x12in, for £99.   Visit  or call 07791 382813. Baby casting kits let you capture a baby’s tiny feet and hands in perfect detail. Everlasting Castings’ 3D baby casting kits with frame are available in various frame sizes and finishes to suit any home and make a very special baby keepsake gift – perfect for new mothers. They can also engrave a name-plate for that special finishing touch. Their home casting kits start from £19.99.


Nothing beats the gift of gorgeous hair and what better way to make your mum look and feel fabulous this Mother’s Day than giving her the Best in British Hairdressing to cater to her hair woes. The Alterna Caviar Treatment at HOB Salons Loughton is the perfect way to relax and indulge whilst the team select the perfect mask for her hair care needs and deliver the ultimate head massage to melt the stress away. £33.00 Call 0208 532 0001 to book.



On the outskirts of Harlow there is a garden full of beauty, peace and tranquillity - The Gibberd Garden. It is a wonderful place to stroll and be inspired. Every turn reveals another aspect or a work of art, for this garden was created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, the planner of Harlow New Town, who designed the garden and filled the grounds with sculptures, ceramic pots and architectural salvage. The garden has many aspects - formal lawns, flower beds, a brookside walk with a waterfall, a wild garden with a tangle of paths where children love to hide, a gazebo with a formal pond, an island fort to defend with a drawbridge onto it, an arboretum of young trees, and, at the end of a fascinating and memorable tour, a tearoom with mouthwatering cakes, ice creams and refreshments. Accompanied mothers will receive free entry to the garden on Mother’s Day. Marsh Lane, Harlow CM17 0NA Tel: 01279 442112, www.





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Your Mother’s Day Messages



BLOSSOMS NURSERY STAFF (left to right): SYRAE “I’m looking forward to taking my mum out more this year” EMMA “Looking forward to taking my mum to Van Hages for tea and cakes”

BOBBI “Love you lots Mum, thank you for everything you have done for me, I’m very lucky to have you” KATE “Thank you Mum for being you”

(left to right): MILLIE “This flower is for you Mummy” HANNAH “I made a big flower for my mummy” JOSHUA “I love my mum and my nanny” JOSEPH “I love you lots and lots Mum” MARICA “I made you a card Mummy” MAYA “I love my mummy to the moon and back” STEPHANIE “My mummy likes glitter” ELENA “I painted my mummy she is pretty” ISABELLA “I hand painted this for my mummy”


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ull, cold and very wet. That has pretty much been the gist of the great English weather so far. However, believe it or not, spring is on its way and what better way to set yourself up for the warmer, sunnier months ahead than with a complete spring clean of your diet and lifestyle bringing your body and mind out of hibernation. Spring sees nature abound with tasty ingredients to inspire a healthy change and is an ideal time to give your dietary and lifestyle habits an overhaul. Healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to prevent and control many health problems, such as: heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Healthy eating starts with learning new ways to eat, such as adding more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and cutting back on foods that have a lot of fat, salt, and sugar. A change to healthier eating also includes learning about balance, variety, moderation and getting active.

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TIPS TO GIVE YOU AND YOUR PLATE A HEALTHY SPRING MAKEOVER Q Aim for balance. Most days, try and eat from each food group. Whole-grains, fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat and protein and fats and oils. It is important that you listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry and stop when you feel satisfied. Q Aim for a rainbow of colours. Think reds like tomatoes, oranges like carrots and shades of green in all the different types of lettuces that come into season. Then there are yellows like peppers and blues and purples such as blueberries and aubergine. The darker the green, the better. Aim for spinach, kale, spring greens and rocket for example. Eating a colour-rich diet helps boost your nutrient intake,



including antioxidants and vitamins which support healthy weight, skin, and energy levels. Q Practice moderation. Don’t have too much or too little of one thing. All foods when eaten in moderation can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Even treats now and then can be ok. It is important to remember that healthy eating is not a diet. It means making changes you can live with and enjoy for the rest of your life. Q Get active. If you match healthy eating with more physical activity, you are more likely to get to a healthy weight-and stay there. Q Drink up. Make sure you’re drinking at least two litres of water per day – even more if you’re

exercising. This not only helps to flush toxins from the body, but staying well-hydrated improves mental alertness, promotes glowing skin, boosts your metabolism, and can help curb on those 3pm hunger pangs. Add a slice of lemon or a few sprigs of mint to your water for a burst of flavour and remember to stay hydrated if you’re cutting back on caffeine. Q Stay supported. Having support from others can be a huge help. The more support you have, the easier it will be to make changes. Ask family and friends to practice healthy eating with you. Have them help you make meals, and share healthy, delicious recipes and cooking tips.


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I speak to Charlotte Knight about her success, celebrity following and love of Top Golf. By Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham


ast year was quite a ride for Charlotte Knight, founder and designer of Essex based brand, Ginge London, this brand has gone from strength to strength, gaining not only a huge fan base but also a wide celebrity following. The Diversity boys, Becca Dudley and Made In Chelsea’s Ollie Locke have all shared pictures of themselves adorned with Ginge London accessories. Within a minute of talking to Charlotte, it becomes



clear how passionate she is about her brand, she cites Burberry as her major influence while recognising the role that street bloggers play in the game that we call fashion.

still is incredible. I never imagined it would happen so quickly! Social media has played a huge role in getting Ginge London onto the market.

You’ve gained quite a following in quite a short amount of time, was this a surprise for you and how have you managed to take it in your stride? It was a huge surprise: the support I received from the public was, and

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per portion. Heat large non-stick frying pan and heat a small amount of oil, season the quail crown and pan fry the birds turning until golden all over. Place in the pre heated oven at 180c for 3 minutes. 6. Reheat the sweet potato puree in a saucepan and fondants in the oven whilst letting the birds rest. 7. Remove the breasts from the crown, seasoning the inside of the breast. 8. Organise warm plates and put the sweet potato puree on the base along with the sweet potato fondant piece. Place the breasts skin side up and drizzle the nut & seed dressing over the top. Place the caramel around the side of the plate. 9. SERVE.

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Upon arrival we were given the choice of two bars for a pre-dinner cocktail. We ventured upstairs to the Mezzanine, and found a seat at the end of the bar – the perfect place to watch the expert cocktail waiters work their magic. We were recommended a couple of cocktails from the extensive list; an ‘English Cosmopolitan’ (complete with Pansy decoration) and a ‘Classic Rye Manhattan,’ both of which were fantastic. The bar staff really knew what they were doing and invited us to go ‘off menu’ for something more bespoke, so as a fan of Amaretto I asked for a drink built around the liquor. What arrived was a thing of beauty, laden with a chocolate

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The wine list was presented on a hand-held tablet where we could scroll through the selection of wines according to our preferences, which we thought was a nice modern touch (conventional menus were also available). We were pleasantly surprised to find that we could order ‘by the glass’ rather than commit to a whole bottle for most of their wines, which is a rarity for many fine dining establishments. We asked Sarah to

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The rooms and the spa of this excellent hotel are of five-star standard. Designer glamorous, this is where the stars stay who perform at the Roman amphitheatre: think Tom Jones, Jose Carreras, Sting, Vanessa Mae... and the biggest indoor pool in Croatia. Visit the Roman ruins, the fantastic Brijuni islands or escape for a day’s sunbathing on wild Cape Kamenjak. From £549 per person if booked before 15 March 2014. Based on two sharing a Superior double room (Marina Wing) on a bed and breakfast basis, departing on 13 May 2014 for 7 nights, including return flights with Ryanair from Stansted to Pula and shared transfers.

TOP: Roman Amphitheatre, Pula. BOTTOM: Sandy Bay on the island of Rab. There is a very wide choice of accommodation from clean, simple apartments in Dubrovnik to luxurious five star hotels with spas. More five star hotels, together with some stylish three and four-star properties (many right by the beach), can be found on the island of Hvar. There are also private villas that were once family palaces and even a lighthouse overlooking a beach with direct access! In addition, beautiful self-catering apartments have helped to make the most exclusive spot in Croatia affordable for all budgets. Add to this a great selection of cruises in simple, casual style or on more stylish motor yachts. Other options include multi-centre trips, walking holidays, escorted tours and self-drive itineraries.


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ith a blend of boxing and academics, the Michael Norgrove Foundation aims to help young people develop themselves and improve their life chances as outstanding members of society. Set up in memory of Michael Norgrove, the Scholarship covers the cost of school fees and other educational activities, with the aim of helping youngsters develop a sense of discipline and work ethic. Michael Norgrove was born in Kabwe, Zambia, Southern Africa in 1981 where he lived until he was seven. He later settled in Woodford Green, where he attended Woodbridge High School. With a keen interest in a range of sports from early on, Michael eventually singled out boxing as the sport he would dedicate himself to. His achievements came quickly since he was eager to thrust himself into the boxing limelight as soon as possible. Maximising the short time available to him, he went through white collar boxing, ABA’s, reaching the finals and eventually losing by just one point. Being undefeated in 6 fights Michael set his sights on the Southern

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he three big news stories in Diddy Man’s life right now are starting nursery, mastering walking and food. He has started going to see the other kids at nursery three days a week, and is really enjoying it. Although mingling with so many people had the inevitable consequence of him catching new illnesses, namely a seemingly never-ending cold and the dreaded Chicken Pox. His nose continuously leaked whilst the Chicken Pox began to spread, the poor fella looked like a snotty dot to dot game. The recent bad weather has kept his cold going longer than any of us would have wanted, and he often looks like he has threaded a luminous green shoelace through his nose the way it hangs and sways. This can be especially gruesome when picking him up for a hug only for you to be left looking like something that’s crawled out of a swamp.  It has also made his sleeping quite tricky as he gets very bunged up, which then affects his breathing, so he wakes up crying. In turn this has also ruined our sleeping patterns. Oh the joy of these first few colds! The other night he woke again quite early as his congestion got the better of him and we brought him into our room as he dozes off very peacefully on my arm. But as he floats into the land of snooze I’m left with an arm rapidly losing circulation. I try to lever his head without waking him in order to allow a faint trickle of blood to flow back down my arm and into my limp hand, but it’s no use, he begins try cry and I quickly prioritise ‘sleep’ above ‘limb’. At 2am I awoke with a strange pain between my buttocks, it was



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RING I n the early 1950’s the Dr Barnardo’s children’s home, ‘Gwynne House’ in Woodford Bridge (now the Prince Regent Hotel) started the Garden City Amateur Boxing Club. Over the past 60 years the club has helped transform the lives of children and young adults from all backgrounds, teaching them the value of hard work and dedication. Now based at Hainault Business Park the club has since undergone a name change to Gator Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) and has 8 dedicated coaches who train just over 80 members ranging from 10 years of age to their late 20’s. Keith Markham, the current Chairman and Head Coach has been involved in Gator ABC since 1980 and has been a father figure, psychologist, mentor and trainer to thousands of kids in that time, many of whom have gone on to become professional boxers. Most recently, 14 year old Martin Ward became the ‘National School Boys Champion’ after going through 6 regional rounds to make the final. As a registered charity Gator ABC is constantly striving to stay afloat through donations, and each year they hold a Grand Dinner at the Prince Regent Hotel, keeping the clubs link with the past at the venue. Their next ‘Grand Dinner Boxing Show’ is on 9th May and tickets are £35.



Upon our visit to Gator ABC we saw some terrific sparring between evenly matched members, and noticed the discipline and respect the members had for each other and the coaches. We caught up with Keith who explained their plans for the future, “Well firstly we hope to continue for another 60 years, it gets harder and harder but that’s why our yearly dinner is so important for our funding. After that, we would like to do well in the National Championships again. The London Association Finals are on the 9th of March so we hope to have progressed beyond that.” The club is open for all levels of ability and they have two main groups, the ‘Carded Boxers’ who compete across the country in competitive bouts, and the ‘Nursery Group’ for beginners of all ages. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, or what background you are from, we all start equal in boxing and we coach the members from the Nursery group onwards” said Keith.

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Haircut £9.50 Boys (under 16) Monday to Friday £8.50 Same No. Crew cut £8.50 Senior Citizen Monday to Wednesday £8.00 Wash/cut and blow-dry £13.00 Beard trim £3.50





DEPENDABLE. You can depend upon us. We are reliable, trustworthy and always strive to give you the client our upmost care and attention. Delivering a comprehensive service that’s tailored to meet your individual needs - everytime.





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telephone: 01992 571175

Essex Central issue 5 - March 14  
Essex Central issue 5 - March 14