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Editor: Darren Perry Email: Darren@essexcentralmagazine.co.uk Tel: 01279 319 318 Advertising: advertising@essexcentral magazine.co.uk Features Editor: Victoria Grace Journalist: Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham Design: Sharon Butler-Felby @SketchDesign Contributors: Carrie Feagan, Sarah Mackie, Amanda Anastasiou, Victoria Robertson, Tony Amdur. Publishers: 3 Blue Worldwide Ltd Facebook: EssexCentralMag Twitter: @EssexCentralMag 46,000 copies distributed to homes, businesses and station locations, along the Essex section of the Central Line and surrounding areas: South Woodford, Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Loughton, Debden, Abridge, Theydon Bois, Epping, North Weald, Ongar, Wanstead, Redbridge, Ilford, Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Barkingside, Fairlop, Hainault, Grange Hill. 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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t’s been a LONG twelve months since we launched our first issue and it’s been pretty tricky at times as well! We started with one publication, coming out every two months, just one year on and we’re launching our 2nd publication, The Loop, and print a total of 46,000 magazines every month. This progression is down to the great feedback we have received from the public and the repeat success our advertisers have enjoyed. All made possible due to the hard work of our great team, go and see them for yourself on page 14. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as the rest, see you next month!…
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ach month we trawl through our mailbox and social media sites to see what you are thinking. Here are a few of our favourite messages that we have received recently. Keep your comments coming in for a chance to win £20 if we pick you as our ‘Star Comment’ and £10 for the ‘Reader’s Photo’.
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Great feature on @ChigwellBiz in latest @EssexCentralMag Grab a copy/join us FRI @Woolstonmanor & find out what your biz has been missing! @marcomedia_s Thank you! I am an exile these days but enjoy keeping in touch with God’s Own County. More pics please! Johnny French Just got our copy delivered and as usual went straight to the back to read the latest instalment of Entering Fatherhood. Always a great read. Keep up the good work. Alan Dawes
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STAR Hi Darren, just picked up my copy of the latest mag and wanted to congratulate yourself and your team on winning the grant with Chigwell Business Group. It is so great to see local businesses and people showing real
community spirit and helping each other out in this way. As a small local business owner I would actually love to pop down to the group myself but unfortunately other commitments on a Friday permit me from doing so. Well done again, it’s great to see independent businesses doing so well. Have a great day, hope you enjoy the sunshine! Stuart Saunders
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SMASHING SUNDAY AT CHIGWELL SCHOOL
Celebrity cricket and netball teams visited Chigwell School to play school sides and raise money for Cancer Research UK. The celebrity cricket team was captained by former England cricketer and Strictly Come Dancing winner Mark Ramprakash and the netball team was captained by former England netball captain Amanda Newton. Other players included Bradley Walsh, Carlos Remy and Rob Rollins. The Chigwell sides were made up of current and former pupils who played well and relished the opportunity to play against such prestigious opposition. In both sports, the visiting sides won in highly competitive games. The day was very well supported and included an auction of memorabilia carried out by former England cricketer David ‘Syd’ Lawrence. The occasion raised £1,100 for Cancer Research UK which takes the total raised for the charity this year by Gill Punt, wife of Chigwell School headmaster Michael Punt, and the school to £25,000. Mark Ramprakash’s excellent innings included a six that unfortunately smashed a clubhouse window.
A short roundup of what’s been going on CHARITY CHAMPION FALLS THROUGH THE SKY
Lloyd Moulder, Co-Founder of designer bathroom supplier BathWorks, based in Woodford Green, threw himself out of a plane all in the name of charity. As the Charity Champion headed for Headcorn Airfield in Kent on Sunday 29th June it was for the third time having been hit by bad weather previously. A very small plane held 14 people some jumping solo, and a lady who would film his descent. Lloyd said “It was chilly as we climbed up to 12,000 feet and all I could see was cloud. I was tightly strapped to Chris my guide and realised this was it, from now on I was totally in his hands.” They were in free-fall for 45 seconds at a speed of 120 mph and still in cloud. The cold made it hard to catch his breath and he couldn’t see the ground just swirling cloud. “Next thing I knew Chris pulled the parachute and for another 5 or 6 minutes we drifted down, silently watching the ground below get ever amprakash R k ar M d nearer. It was awesome. By this time Gill Punt an
the adrenalin had kicked in - I felt joy and exhilarated. It was nothing like what I thought - it was much better! We landed well and immediately I wanted to do it again. I Lloyd still do!” Moulder Lloyd is delighted during free-fall. to have pictures and a video to look back on. “Considering I have never been great with heights before this, I now think how soon can I do it, or something like it, again?” When Lloyd signed up last year to raise £10,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice little did he know that his fundraising challenges would include a skydive and white water rafting. Celebrating 10 years in business with a charity challenge has been memorable and Lloyd’s commitment to the charity is outstanding. Haven House works with children and young people with life-limiting and lifethreatening conditions who are unlikely to reach adulthood. Lloyd is edging closer to his £10,000 target but he still needs YOUR help! See details of Lloyd’s fund raising challenges on www.bath-works.co.uk and add your support by clicking on www.justgiving.com/bathworks
NEW MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE IS COMING TO WOODFORD
On the grand old bank site opposite The Castle pub in Woodford Green, a new restaurant will shortly be opening. A few have come and gone in recent years but ‘Marina’ looks like it will be making the stunning building its long term home. We spoke with the experienced restaurant owner Semih Kamalak about his plans, “We shall open in September, with a beautiful Meze Grill & Sea Food experience. I want to bring some lovely regional dishes from the sunny Mediterranean and give our diners a warm and friendly service they will love to come back to.” Semih is a great man, always smiling and very customer focused, we’re sure that Marina will be a great success and will be heading down as soon as the doors open! 352 High Rd, Woodford Green, IG8 0XQ. Tel: 020 8505 8999
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HEREWARD PUPILS WIN NATIONAL SAFETY POSTER COMPETITION AWARDS Four Year 3 pupils at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, have won awards in the national ‘Stay Safe, Stay Away’ poster competition to promote safety issues related to construction sites. Georgia and Aliza were regional winners and each received a £100 gift certificate while the school was awarded a £200 book voucher.
Additionally Brooke and Charlie were regional runners-up. Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural (SMSC) Co-ordinator Rachel Brooke said: “We are so proud of the achievement of these pupils. They were so engaged in the project and this is reflected in the quality of the posters which they created.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GO-TO GUYS FOR A GETAWAY: ABBOTTS TRAVEL The firm, who provide our own travel features, have been nominated at the industry’s own Oscars. Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) is the travel market Bible, and they have shortlisted the South Woodford firm as Luxury Travel Agency of the Year. Abbotts have been a presence on George Lane since 1957 and it is now run by Julian Abbott on the same street - and with the same principles as his father and grandfather. In recent years they’ve launched abbottstravel.com and found a new audience through social media, which now plays a big role. Their plush new refurbishment, which opened late last year next door to Costa Coffee may also have played a part in persuading
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Owner / Editor With a long history in sales and marketing Darren is ultimately responsible for driving the magazine forward with new business each month, as well as overseeing the rest of the company. “When the magazine started it felt like I had two kids, both the magazine and my baby son arrived at once (a mildly stressful period!). Obviously my son won the lion’s share of my time, but I’m pleased to say the magazine has also flourished. I oversee the advertising sales and assisting clients, but as
Features Editor The other part of the ‘management duo’ (and future Mrs Perry) who also has to juggle different roles, Victoria mainly oversees the features, deciding what we should write about in each issue and liaising with our contributors but also tackles the accounts and many admin tasks. “Only since we started the magazine have I realised just how busy two people can be, and throwing in the arrival of a new baby to that has been quite a challenge to say the least! Regardless, I love my role within the company and enjoy finding out about the great independent businesses, attractions, charities and events that we have in the local area and bringing them to the attention of our lovely readers.”
Art Director Sharon is the lady who makes the magazine looks gorgeous every month, beautifully designing all the features, front cover, and putting the whole publication together. “I have extensive experience designing in many of the primary publishing houses in London, but Essex Central has been a great project to get my teeth into and I have enjoyed putting my creative stamp on this fab publication! Our first year has been a fun and exciting adventure! I look forward to what the next year brings and the exciting launch of The Loop!”
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e chatted to Dan Mitchell, owner of the newly opened Sharpes Barbers in Loughton, and started by asking how the whole venture started, he said, “ I began working for Matt Jones (now my business partner) when I was 14 as a Saturday boy, making tea, coffee, sweeping up and general jobs for the shop. From then on I always wanted
to become a barber and eventually open up a barbers in my hometown of Loughton.” Sharpes opened on Friday the 11th July after working on the shop since March of this year. The shop is located on Loughton High Street and so is accessible for people driving to the town as there are various car parks you can park including M&S and High Beech road as well as free parking down station road. Dan is a local lad who wants to offer a traditional barbers with a modern twist. Sharpes really do stand out from the crowd, as they have an individual style with varnished wood and stylish black & white photos adorning the walls, plus they offer a free Peroni beer and complimentary hot drink with every service, a lovely touch! The shop is very high end with styles ranging from classic to contemporary but pricing is still kept very reasonable. 148 High Road, Loughton, Tel: 0208 6164041
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ougie Robertson’s path into counselling is a rich story of seeing the suffering of others in nearby communities and around the world, as well as his own experience of abandonment in early childhood. Around 20 years ago at the Dougie Robertson Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green he began to change his life, Dougie explained, “It was here that I discovered the Buddha found enlightenment or freedom from unnecessary suffering caused by early conditioning of the mind. What’s more he was simply a human being just like me - and this gave me hope.” As his interest in Buddhism grew so did his understanding of the mind and its potential. “The more freedom from personal suffering I attained the more generous I became and I naturally wanted to give something back.” The giving to others in Buddhist teaching is called Dana. It was this
experience of learning to give to others and his development of gratitude that motivated Dougie to train professionally as a counsellor. After working in the NHS for several years he opened a private practice in 2007. “The Shrubberies in George Lane is a beautiful part of London to work in and attracts a lot of diverse people who either live/work locally or in the city. It has great transport links, shops, local amenities and is accessible also by neighbouring boroughs.” What is different about the service Dougie offers, is that working privately means he’s not caught up in number crunching, quick fix solutions or the creation of clinical outcomes which tend to distract from clients therapeutic needs. He said, “My working approach has a heart and uses a wisdom of some 2500 years old. This profound wisdom understands that all human beings want to be happy, have a birth right to be happy and can attain happiness with the right conditions. My working approach teaches the development of self-awareness which is vital in the process of change.” The Shrubberies, George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BD. Tel: 07792 128681. www.counsellingine18.co.uk.
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And how did you come up with these solutions? I’ve always worked in the Jewellery industry - I started when I was 15! And I’ve always loved working in the boutique jewellers’ environment because you really get to know your customers and get an understanding of what they want. I felt that many people wanted that independent, unique service but combined with the convenience of shopping online - and it didn’t exist for them so I launched Sparkle Diamonds. Because we’re online it also means we have significantly lower overheads, but higher end quality and attention to detail, so we are incredibly competitive too.
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HOME with Stylish Summery Splashes
“The key to making your living space fit for summer is to introduce on trend items”
any of us want to make a few changes to our homes to reflect and embrace the arrival of a new season. As the weather heats up, summer provides the perfect excuse to give your space a fresh, seasonal spruce. Whether you’re planning a complete makeover or simply want to liven up your living room, there’s so many quick and easy ways to update your interior scheme that will leave it feeling supercharged, refreshed and ready for warmer months. From vibrant splashes of colour to subtle punches of pattern, the key to making your living space fit for summer is to introduce on trend items such as furniture and decorative homewares that exude an uplifting, light and airy vibe. Follow our guide on how to achieve the perfect summer look for your home that’s full of stylish summery surprises:
PLAY WITH PRETTY PASTELS
There’s nothing quite like a burst of pretty pastel colours to make your living room feel super chic and summery. A sofa in a subdued hue is a great way to soften the feel of dark walls and wooden
furniture, allowing colour to creep into the home with a nonchalant feel. Opt for designs in a pared-down colour palette in washes of pale and barely-there shades like salmon pink, duck egg blue, pistachio and sorbet lemon hues. Use a few pastel colours together through artwork and accessories that will help to harmonise your overall scheme.
KEEP IT COOL AND CRISP
You can keep your living room or dining space looking fresh and crisp by sticking to a predominantly white colour scheme. A little goes a long way and this look is perfect for recreating the trend for a Scandi-style home. Choose clean, minimalist shapes for furniture in light, natural timbers as well as washed finishes in white and soft grey shades. Multiyork’s Burghley furniture range effortlessly encapsulates the Scandinavian look with its light, solid wood structure and beautifully painted cool grey finish. For upholstered items like sofas and armchairs, select unadorned designs with softly rounded edges and covered in lightweight fabrics such as linen for a simple, laid-back vibe.
Geometrics remain a popular choice for bringing pattern into the home this summer, with sharp, angular designs such as zig zags and circular graphic prints leading the way as favourites. They work brilliantly on fabric and can easily turn functional furniture like a sofa or a dining chair into a striking statement piece. To ensure furniture is centre of attention, play with scale and opt for large, oversized geometric prints in a vibrant colour palette like on Multiyork’s standout Manhattan Chair in Designers Guild Amlapura Moss. Layering contrasting geometric designs will provide a similar impact, but be sure to choose prints wisely as too many ‘busy’ and varied fabrics can make a room feel chaotic.
MAKE IT ELEGANTLY FRENCH
A French-style living room is ideal for summer months with its light, understated feel that evokes the casual elegance of homes typically found in the South of France. White, shabbychic furniture such as a console table or grand dining table is a wonderful choice, particularly when teamed with a
minimalist palette of chic, chalky hues. For seating with sophisticated appeal, Multiyork’s beautifully bowed Verona Extra Large Sofa in Athena Charcoal fabric lends itself perfectly to this style. Patterns like gingham and checks also sit in keeping, as will decorative furnishings like full length curtains in delicately striped prints.
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Introduce flowery prints into your living room in the form of wallpaper or through fabric used to upholster a sofa, choosing a pattern that complements your overall scheme. From bold, statement styles to delicate floral compositions, blooms work well in both small and large doses so don’t be afraid to complement larger pieces with soft furnishings like cushions and throws. Keep the rest of the room neutral, and you’re ready to invite your friends over for a cup of tea and slice of cake - very country English! MULTIYORK, Loughton Store: 165A High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4LF, www.multiyork.co.uk, 020 8502 4123, firstname.lastname@example.org
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A seasonal guide to help you get the most out of your garden.
elcome to my gardening growers guide to August. Hopefully there are still some great sunny days yet to come to help you make the most of your garden. If you are going away on your annual holiday ask someone you know to water your pots, hanging baskets and containers. If you can’t manage to find help to keep them moist place them in a semi shady position inside a paddling pool filled with water until you return. Other jobs this month include pruning lavenders by cutting them back by two thirds. New shoots will quickly appear at the base of the bush and these will have enough time to grow and harden up before winter comes. Take cuttings from hebes which are easily
propagated from 3-4 inch cuttings taken from this current season’s growth. Cuttings are taken just below a leaf joint. The bottom two pairs of leaves are removed and the cuttings dipped into a rooting hormone, although this not essential. These are then inserted into a soilbased John Innes Compost. Keep your early flowering shrubs like rhododendron well watered during dry periods to ensure good flower bud development. Cut back perennial stems and flowers that are starting to die back. Now is also a good time to preserve your herbs! Gather and dry herbs while they are at their peak. Always pick the healthiest looking shoots and wash well before you chop them. Herb leaves can be frozen whole but
first you will have to freeze them individually on a plastic tray to avoid them becoming stuck together. Once they are frozen you can place them whilst still frozen into a bag together. You can also chop up your herbs and place them into ice cube trays with enough water to cover them. When needed add them to your favourite recipes straight from the freezer. Dahlias are looking stunning at this time of year. These are the flowers that I just love to grow. I have managed to grow over 30 different varieties some of which I will be entering into the annual Epping Horticultural Show on August 23rd. Remember to continue feeding your dahlia’s with a high potash liquid fertiliser, such as tomato feed every two weeks until early September.
Set up earwig traps to help protect your Dahlia blooms. Earwigs hide during the day and emerge at night to feed. They like to nibble soft, young leaves and petals, leaving large ragged holes. Older leaves may be stripped back to a skeleton of veins. Fill upturned flowerpots with straw or shredded paper, and place them on top of canes close to vulnerable plants with soft, new growth. Check the pots daily.
Damselflies and dragonflies are usually spotted near ponds this time of year. Damselflies have a lazier, zigzagging pattern of flight, whereas dragonflies take a faster and more direct flight path. August is their breeding season, and you may see them mating in mid-air, or laying their eggs around the pond.
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It’s a wobbly stiletto’s walk from the Piazzetta, the former market square which is now the island’s heart and a magnet for paparazzi. You have a choice of fifty gorgeous rooms, crowned by the elegance of the Bellevue Suite. The antique fittings and modern design will seduce you, but we’ll admit that the Mojito Terrace, with its 360-degree views of Mount Solaro and the Mediterranean, helps. There’s a splash pool, housing up to eight people, here too! The Capri Suite pays tribute to former guests Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, and the era of 1950s film glitz. It contains a bedroom and large separate living room where you’ll be in the company, pictorially, of Sophia Loren and others. Terrazza Tiberio serves lunch and dinner with a strong regional identity. The menu is created by Francesco De Simone and Stefano Cerrotta, and includes a number of dishes which are certified kosher. Friuli, Sicily and Tuscany contribute to the wine list, which also includes
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Harmonise with nature in this glorious getaway of 50 guestrooms in 9 villas - environmentally friendly facilities in harmony with the community. As the name suggests, it’s an oasis of greenery with olive trees, carob trees, strawberry plants, pine and oak trees and a myriad of flowers leading from pathways to secluded woods. Garden & Villas resort is situated just outside the town of Lacco Ameno, a short walk through the rocks and greenery of Mediterranean beauty to the haven of the half moon of golden sand at the bay of San Montano. Little wonder it attracts such rave reviews. The resort’s restaurant, Il Corbezzolo, nestled by the pool, invites you to tour Ischia’s gastronomy with local and regional breads, cakes, lunches and candlelit dinners. Many ingredients
Ischia Classic will come from the resort’s own fully organic gardens. The outdoor thermal pool (maintained at a temperature of 27 degrees) is surrounded by plants and flowers, while a panoramic solarium roof-terrace is ideal for sunbathing in total peace and quiet, and the resort adopts water and energy-saving policies in respect of the natural environment. The same level of care can be seen in the guestrooms, which have complimentary soft drinks, safe, satellite TV, air conditioning and wi-fi. All bathrooms have a bath or shower, hairdryer and make-up mirror. The Junior Suite includes a mini Jacuzzi, while the Suite comes with sea views and a mini pool. The Negombo Thermal Gardens are close by, housing a thermal water park with 12 pools and baths, each heated to a different temperature.
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Method Flavoured butter 1. Wrap your garlic bulb in foil and roast in oven. 2. Fry the bacon off in a hot pan, and once crispy deglaze the pan with a shot of Pernod and a shot of white wine. 3. Now add your butter to the pan and tarragon stalks. Leave to infuse for 6 hours. 4. Pass your butter through a sieve discarding bacon and stalks. 5. Add chopped wild garlic, crushed roasted garlic and fresh tarragon to your butter along with
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this for you, open your scallops and clean the shells and also prepare the prawns. 2. Cut your squid and leave to soak in milk, this tenderises the flesh of the squid and makes it softer to eat. 3. Make a mix of 100g cornflour, 100g plain flour, 2 tbsp smoked paprika and the zest of one lemon to dust your squid and white bait. 4. To begin cooking firstly
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Pernod White wine over some of the butter and roast in the oven at 180 for 7 minutes. 5. Cook your tuna next, cook for 3 minutes a side so it’s still rare. 6. Now chargrill your cod and once coloured place in the oven for 4 minutes. 7. Heat a small pan and add oil, season your scallops then add to the pan straight away, this prevents the scallops from curing. Once the scallops colour on one side turn
them and add some butter to the pan, with a squeeze of lemon juice, cook for a further minute in the pan and take off the heat. 8. Dust your squid and whitebait in the flour mix and fry at 180 until golden brown, season with Maldon sea salt. 9. Serve with wilted samphire, saffron aioli and chorizo mash!
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WHEN: Tuesday 19th - Friday 22nd August, 10am-12.30pm WHAT: Mega Makers!’ - Holiday Club for children aged 4-11 years. Booking forms available from the church office. Ring 020 8559 0222; email firstname.lastname@example.org. WEBSITE: www.bhbc.org.uk WHERE: Buckhurst Hill Baptist Church
WHEN: Wednesday 20th August, noon-2pm WHAT: Teddy Bears Picnic - Join Countrycare and teddy bears for some fun outdoor activities. Take a picnic to enjoy while you join in with bug hunting, crafts, nature trails and more. Don’t forget your teddy bear! Aimed at three to six-yearolds, cost £3 per child, parents must accompany their children. Booking essential on 01992 788203. For more information email contactcountrycare@ eppingforestdc.gov.uk WHERE: Linder’s Field Local Nature Reserve, Buckhurst Hill. The reserve entrance is on Roebuck Lane where it meets Russell Road
WHEN: Sunday 24th August, 11am WHAT: Family fun day in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign. With a barbecue, raffles, tombola, games, bouncy castle, Rodeo Bull, music, face painting, stalls and competitions. To volunteer on the day, host a stall, buy raffle tickets, or for more details, ring Dan on 020 8502 0444. WHERE: The Plume of Feathers pub, Church Hill, Loughton
WHEN: Sunday 24th August WHAT: Copped Hall Open Day - Illustrating the impact of the Great War on Country Houses and Estates. Victoria Robertson will be growing a WW1 cannon which will be in the walled gardens WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping WHEN: Monday 25th August, gates open 11am for registration. WHAT: Companion Dog Show. There will be breed and novelty classes to suit everyone. Tea, coffee and home-made cakes will be served throughout the event. Proceeds in aid of All Saints Church. WHERE: All Saints Church, Epping Upland.
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n September 2012, Grace Boxall passed away shortly before her 16th birthday, leaving family and friends devastated, Grace had been battling with brain tumours since she was ten years old and spent a significant amount of time in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), the Royal London Hospital and Whipps Cross Paediatric Ward. In 2011, she founded Smiles with Grace along with her parents; a charity which allowed her to help children who suffer as she had, and since her passing it has gone on to become her legacy. In July 2011, Smiles with Grace hosted their first charity walk, from Buckhurst Hill to Great Ormond Street Hospital raising £15,000. The same walk was planned in 2012, however a week before, she had a bleed on the brain and therefore while the walk went ahead, Grace was in a coma at GOSH. By September 2013, Grace was ready to go back to school but within a
week another tumour was found and she tragically passed away. Grace’s charity efforts earned her the Redbridge Young Citizen of the Year in 2012 and she was also put forward for the National award, along with many Bravery awards. Smiles with Grace is a very wellknown charity in the local area and her alma mater Chigwell School is continuing on to raise money, this month saw her year group’s prom raising money for the charity as well as a charity football match. Smiles with Grace has sixteen patrons, all of whom are her friends who continue to raise money to keep her legacy going. For all involved, this is a very emotive and personal charity due to the place that Grace holds in their hearts, which makes this charity all the more special. After Grace’s passing, there was an influx of donations not only from friends, but from anonymous sources, it is clear on their Justgiving page
how many lives Grace’s story has touched. One anonymous donor even commissioned a bench in her memory to Chigwell School. Their largest project to date is in its final stages of planning and Smiles with Grace have raised £57,500 to fund the collaboration of GOSH neurosurgeon Dr Dominic Thompson and Professor Andy Copp of UCL who will develop a biomarker for monitoring clinical outcome in children with spinal lipoma. In the future, this will enhance neurosurgery for children and it is important for the Boxall family and all at Smiles with Grace to be able to contribute to the future of paediatric surgery on Grace’s behalf. Smiles with Grace are hosting a 9 mile walk on September 21st from Chigwell to Woodford and back, all are welcome to participate. For more information visit www.smileswithgrace.org
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ne of my friends shared an article on Facebook recently from the Huffington Post, about modern day parenting, and why it is apparently in ‘crisis’. I saw the headline “5 Reasons Why Modern Day Parenting is in Crisis, According to a British Nanny”, and I sighed. What over-intellectualised garble (probably written by someone who doesn’t have children) am I going to read now? But read on I did. And here’s where I bite back. Here are the reasons why most of us are doing just fine, thank you, according to a British mummy. Emma Jenner’s first line of attack was that we all have a ‘fear of our children’ and she refers to her ‘sippy cup test’ wherein she observes parents getting their toddler a drink and putting it in a blue cup. If the child says he wants the pink cup and mum or dad changes the cup over -
they have failed epically, because they should have kept the blue one and let said child scream and shout instead. While I agree that it would do no harm for Little Angel (LA) to have a wee paddy and drink from the blue cup, would it do us any harm to change it over? Of course not. Her point was that it teaches LA that all he has to do is make a fuss to get what he wants, but do you really think he will be screaming for a different cup, or toy, when he’s 10? Doubt it. What about teaching LA that his needs will always be met by his parents, and that we support his independence, for isn’t his demand for the pink cup just an expression of an opinion? Moreover, shouldn’t we be picking our battles more wisely? I’d come down like a tonne of bricks if my daughter was ever unkind or rude or a bully. But life’s way too short to fight about sippy cups. Next up was that we ought to ‘raise the bar’ and raise our expectations of our children, because, for example, they are capable of behaving for an entire
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trying to get the young lad to “stroke nicely” and “be gentle” rather than trying to pick them up by their eyelids. They seem to love him though, and do play with him constantly. He chases after them laughing whilst they easily out manoeuvre him, then come back for more. It’s at this point he tries another of his new found skills, throwing. He picks up his
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Lego and launches it at the kittens, laughing hysterically. Luckily he usually misses and the little fluff balls just play with the Lego like a mouse, chasing it around the room. Unfortunately, as anyone who has had kittens will know, they not only move horizontally, but also vertically, jumping onto the highest furniture and scaling the curtains with ease! Diddy Man has seen these wondrous circus skills and tries to copy their every move. Up onto the sofa he climbs, and then he heaves himself onto the window ledge behind and stands up, clapping himself for his achievement. This is not a ‘skill’ we wish to encourage for obvious reasons so we quickly rescue our little adventurous mountaineer. Late last week we decided to get his hair cut, he was starting to look like Boris Johnson in a wind tunnel again so we quickly realised things had gone too far and his blonde
locks needed to go. My cousin, who is a Barber, popped round to give him a home haircut in the garden. Approaching a 15 month old child with a pair of scissors, whilst they squirm and laugh is not an easy task. For the next two hours, the three of us struggled with the task in hand as we tried to pin him down, hold his face, distract him with toys and food and generally pray for calm, which never came. The tactic became a type of dive bombing ‘snip and go’ technique, managing to cut up to three hairs at a time on a good dive bomb, and so it went on. My cousin moved his arms with the lightning speed of a Ninja and in the end he looked superb. The final part of this month’s update regards his new bath toys, a couple of squirting rubber turtles that can stick to the side of the bath. He squirts the water out of the rubber base, then splats them against the side, letting go they suction on with the force of a limpet. What happens next is a tug of war between the suction force of the turtles and the pulling power of the little lad. All at once the strenuous noises start, “Ooohhhh, Aaarrhhh Ooohhhh!!!” face going red, veins and arms bulging… turtle unfazed, and looking relaxed “Oooohhhh!” turtles head now being stretched, then “pop!” the turtle pings off, he hurtles backwards in fits of giggles as I reach out to catch him and the whole process starts again. In all it’s been a great month full of new developments but we are thinking of buying the kittens some lead weighted boots to keep them (and our son) at ground level. ...TO BE CONTINUED
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It never ceases to amaze me why some people will buy a car and once they get home will then start to investigate its previous life, only to find out they have brought a “wrongun”. Your home aside, it is usually your second most expensive asset and a tool to get from A to B. Even if it is the right model, right colour, right price, it is easy to fall into the trap, you put on the rose coloured glasses and to not do your homework. “All that glitters is not gold” goes the saying, just like if it’s too good to be true, it usually is. There are various safeguards you can easily use to prevent a disaster. Get a proper full inspection by a recognised motoring organisation, yes they sometimes witter on in their report about the insignificant fleck of ash in the ashtray, but usually they are thorough, the total condition, any historical drama’s damage, theft and even any outstanding finance are all crystal clear and give a true picture of what you are buying. If they miss anything of importance after you own it, they are responsible and could be held accountable. If the car is old enough to require an MOT test, the last 4 years mileages will be on the new pass certificate, which has gone a long way to prevent altering the mileage back. Newer cars are more of a problem as no MOT records will show unless your pride and joy has been a taxi/mini cab which have
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WOODFORD RUGBY CLUB 2014
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has been a big year for Woodford Rugby Club; long time member David Phillips has been appointed Chairman of the club and they have just celebrated their 90th Anniversary hosted by Ben Shephard and attended by Jason Leonard OBE, a 2003 World Cup winner. Woodford Rugby Club takes on players from Under 6s up to senior teams. In the youth teams there is at least one team for every year up to Colts/ U19s and there are four senior teams all of who play in leagues. For the Youth Teams, U13-U19, league matches take place on Sundays with half of the season in competitive play and the other half being friendlies. U6-U12 groups play on Sundays in competition for a third of the season while the other two thirds are used to learn the game and rules. At all levels of play, an all-inclusive policy is adopted and girls participate at many age levels, players are welcomed at all ages and abilities. Training takes place twice a week for Senior teams and once a week for Youth teams. While teams compete in leagues, they also play in the Essex Cup and last year the Colts/U19s returned victorious. Home games at Woodford Rugby Club prove to be extremely vibrant, with seven age groups all including 15-20 players, plus opposition and
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