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YOUR LOCAL LIFESTYLE GUIDE - ISSUE 6 APRIL 2014
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ON THE COVER 18 Easter Fun 28 Pastel Power 48 Sri Lanka Travel 57 Competition Win a Diamond Whites Smile 66 Club Focus Woodford Green Athletics Club
HEALTH & FITNESS 21 E-Bikes 23 Do You Have Gum Disease? Thwith Michael Jelbart 25 Q&A e
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6 Your Comments 10 Local News 14 Meet the Locals Wo 16 Union Care od 52 What’s On S fo Wo ou 55 The Homes Trust rd th od Holiday Charityfofeature rd 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 Web Design: Alex Collard www.aj-computing.co.uk Contributors: Carrie Feagan, Dr Ash Parmar, Michelle Harris, Victoria Robertson, Amanda Anastasiou, Toby Webster, Wendy Barritt. Publishers: 3 Blue Worldwide Ltd Printed by: The Magazine Printing Company Facebook: EssexCentralMag Twitter: @EssexCentralMag 23,000 copies distributed to homes, businesses and station locations, along the Essex section of the Central Line and surrounding areas: South Woodford, Wanstead, Snaresbrook, Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton, North Chingford, Chigwell, Theydon Bois, Epping, North Weald & Ongar. 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.
FUN & GAMES 56 Puzzle Corner 60 Entering Fatherhood Without a Map Comical diary of a new Dad PROPERTY 63 Why Choose Epping?
’m pleased to say that spring is finally here… The recent warmer weather has been lovely and we now approach the time when many of us will gorge ourselves on Easter eggs! Let’s hope the warm weather continues into a lovely summer. In this issue we explore Sri Lanka, go on an Easter egg hunt, show how to maximise your living space, have a Q&A session with our new fitness columnist and ‘Meet the Locals’ is back, along with our regular gardening, fashion, dad’s diary, puzzles and much more. We’re also giving three lucky readers the chance to win a Diamond Whites smile in this month’s competition. I wish you all a great Easter and shall see you again in May! Regards
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Following their runaway success with Seasons Greetings in October 2013, Chigwell Row Operatic and Dramatic Society (CROADS) are delighted to be performing Acorn Antiques, The Musical!, the stage musical version of Victoria Wood’s spoof soap opera about the goings-on of an antiques shop in Manchesterford involving Miss Babs, Miss Berta and their loveable cleaner Mrs Overall. Acorn Antiques was first seen on TV over 20 years ago and has continued to be fondly remembered ever since, renowned as it was for poor acting, wobbly
sets and missed cues. Well CROADS can promise all of that and more! The musical, which satirises other musicals, follows Miss Babs and her fight to keep her antiques shop open while the stores around her are taken over by corporate franchises such as Hong Kong Thongs and The Guilty Bean. From start to finish Acorn Antiques delivers, jokes, parodies and hilarious songs, with saucy lyrics that are trade mark Victoria Wood. She said herself that she wanted to give a, “Lovely happy evening at the theatre,” and that’s just what
CROADS are hoping to do with their performance. Jenny Witchell, Co-Musical Producer has said, “We are branching out to try something a bit different for CROADS, something a little adventurous, tongue in cheek and slightly off the wall. With members of all ages we are going to do this very funny comic piece great justice.” Performances are at Victory Hall, Chigwell from 9th - 12th April at 8pm.Tickets are £9 and available at www.croads.ticketsource.co.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07922 617930
MINIMIS HAS LANDED IN ESSEX
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An exciting new brand has launched called Minimis, selling mini me styling for babies and children online. Founded by best friends from the Epping and Woodford area - Jennifer Martin, a Nanny and Samantha Barclay, a Fashion Buyer. Both have always dreamed of being entrepreneurs. Samantha said, “We met on holiday 7 years ago and have always spoken about starting our own business, we wanted to do something we both felt strongly there was a gap in the market for and that we really believed in. We have such high standards with Minimis, we believe in consistency across all aspects of our brand and have very high standards in
the brands and products we choose.” Minimis unique selling point is selling age appropriate, high fashion, vibrant catwalk trend and classic pieces for babies, boys and girls aged newborn to 7 years. They have now unveiled their first Spring Summer 2014 collection, designed for the modern, style conscious parent that wants to dress their mini me in amazing style that emulates their own wardrobe. Big brand names such as Timberland, Mini Melissa and Baby Graziella are mashed together with cool French labels, fun American designers and Minimis own boutique range to give you a strong mix of fashion and tailoring. Shop the collection now on www.minimis.co.uk
CHIGWELL RESIDENT’S MARATHON EFFORT
A short roundup of what’s been going on Left to right: Thomas, Toshiro, Luke, Miyako, Lesley and Nina at the cake sale.
TREKKING FOR CHARITY
On the 10th October this year Lesley Maeda and Nina Maskell plan to trek Machu Picchu in Peru to raise money for their chosen charity HemiHelp. They are two mothers from Woodford Green and Buckhurst Hill who have never trekked before and hope to raise £8.000! The trek is organised by Charity Challenge and involves trekking from Cusco through Lares Valley and on to Machu Picchu. They have chosen HemiHelp as Nina’s nine-year-old son Thomas suffers from Hemiplegia, a condition which causes weakness down one side of the body. Childhood Hemiplegia is a common condition affecting one child in 1,000. Life can be difficult for children and young people with Hemiplegia who want to do the same things as other children. They tire easily and the effort involved in simple tasks can be considerable. Apart from offering vital support for parents, HemiHelp brings children with Hemiplegia together for Fun days and music workshops where they are encouraged to try new sports
and musical instruments that they would not normally have the confidence to try. Possibly the most important part of these events is that these children realise they are not alone in having this condition. They kicked off their fundraising efforts with a cake sale in December which raised £603. The 16th Woodford Brownies held a “bring and buy sale” and raised £65 and the 43rd Woodford cubs pack have raised over £45. On 27th February a pub quiz at the Horse and Well, Woodford Green raised £365. In the next few months a number of events will be taking place including; a Race Night, a Fun Day, a Dinner and Auction evening, a Michael Buble tribute night at Seasons Bar in Woodford, a school fun run and a psychic night. To donate visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ NinaandLesleysMachuPicchutrek or keep up to date on events on Twitter: @ninaandlesley
Gill Punt is seeking to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK by putting herself through the challenge of running the London Marathon in April. This will be the second time that Gill has run the Marathon in aid of Cancer Research, the first being fifteen years ago, a month before her father sadly lost his battle with the disease. Gill, who is the wife of Chigwell Schools Headmaster Michael Punt, said, “In the Chigwell community a number of pupils, close friends and colleagues have experienced cancer and I wanted to do my bit to ensure that, one day, others will not have to suffer as they have. I am running for Cancer Research UK and hope to raise as much as I can.” To support Gill please donate online at: www. justgiving.com/GillyHeyho
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his family run business may well be part of a national lawn treatment franchise, but make no mistake, it’s very much a locally run set up with a father and son partnership leading the way. Steve and Nick are joined by their partners and together they take great pride in their work. “We currently have about 900 customers and this year we want to hit the big 1,000,” said Steve. He explained that 90% of the business growth comes via referrals, saying, “To us everyone is a valued customer, no matter how big or small. We visit town houses to mansions and treat every lawn with the upmost care and professionalism.” It’s clear from being around them both that they are very personable and you can see why the customers warm to them, plus, as they’re both former policemen then you know your garden couldn’t be in safer hands! Nick explained further, “We took over the franchise three years ago and it’s just so satisfying to take a lawn from a run-down state into something healthy a thriving. This job can really give us so much satisfaction I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.” So, if your lawn is in need of some TLC heading into the summer then call them right away, you will be glad you did! Tel: 01992 522 214
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WHEN SKIES ARE GREY
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his quirky little gem of a shop is hidden at the end of Ongar high street and well worth the journey. Upon entry there’s vintage music playing in the air and an amazing floor with the print of old wooden crates. Run by Colin and Sara for just over a year, the shop already has a strong personality selling individual gifts and home accessories. Upon talking to Colin it’s clear he loves to try and offer his customers something a little different, “I travel to various trade shows across the country, looking for unique items to put in the shop, something that will catch the eye of people and stands out from the norm,” he said. As we head into Easter they are stocking a selection of ‘Bake at Home’ and ‘Easter Jar’ kits. These look like great fun for the family and something you’d struggle to find in many other shops. They are open 7 days a week and are looking to expand more online but already run a ‘click and collect’ service which means customers can make sure that special item ends up in their hands. If you want something a little different for the home, or as a gift, then pop down and see what Colin and Sara can offer you, you won’t be disappointed! Tel: 01277 500 207 Website: www.whenskiesaregrey.com
EPPING ROOFING COMPANY
e have known Dave, the owner of Epping Roofing, for about a year and can genuinely say he is one of the nicest people you could wish to meet, and were saddened to hear he suffered a terrible injury before Christmas. However, he has spun this into quite a positive that has really pushed the company forward. Dave explained, “The leg break was actually a blessing in disguise as I had to stay in and work from home. It enabled me to catch up on a lot of admin, book in work and oversee the running of the business instead of being up on a roof all day.” Dave’s eldest son Connor has taken over his role on roofing jobs. Dave said proudly, Connor, Dave, Jay and Jake “Connor has really stepped up to the plate, he has been immense and alongside the other It’s clear that Dave’s professional yet friendly two workers Jake and Jay, they have been superb. approach has been inherited by Connor and the It’s my plan to pass the business over to Connor in company looks like it will be going strong for another the future and he has a great work ethic, plus unlike 30 years as the third generation takes over the me he’s as fit as a butchers dog, in fact he’s actually running in the future. running the London Marathon this year for the World As part of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, plus Wildlife Fund.” We wanted to meet the man himself, approved Kemper Systems contractors you know so drove down to see Connor on site, literally, on you will be in professional hands with the Epping the roof! The roof itself looked great and a passing Roofing Company. resident remarked how considerate they had been in Tel: 01992 575 241 or 07973 532125 not parking on the grass verge. Website: www.eppingrc.co.uk
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ince re-establishing ownership of the business just a few weeks ago it’s been something of a whirlwind for Tony and his wife Alison, but one they are handling superbly. “It’s been hectic, certainly, but we’re loving every minute of it,” said Tony. He has been at Motech for 20 years, running the company early on then stepping back to become more hands on, until he recently took over the reins once more as the previous owner departed. On my visit it’s clear that there is very much a ‘yin and yang’ set up in the office, Alison is greeting the customers warmly whilst Tony is busy ordering parts and overseeing the mechanics in the garage. It works perfectly and Alison tells me more, “It’s certainly a family run business now, there’s a warmth to the place and the public have remarked how happy they are with
our service which is great to hear.” As part of the ‘Good Garage Scheme’ they are often blind checked by anonymous customers only to find out after that they have passed once more to keep their status, which is great for any customer to know. They service all vehicles, from cars and vans, to quads, caravans and black cabs. Tony mentions, “We want to build up our regular customer base and know if we continue to offer a good service the business will continue to grow.” It’s a new dawn at Motech and its looks like there are great things to come, if you ever need a service or repair then pop down as all Essex Central readers get a free pick up, delivery and MOT with every full service. Tel: 020 8559 0102/6767 Website: www.motechvehicleservices.co.uk
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Blossoms Nursery offers a caring, supportive home from home environment where children aged 3 months to 5 years can learn, play and develop social skills. Here they share some crafty ideas to keep your little ones entertained over the Easter holidays. Easter egg hunts are brilliant fun, and can be tailored to children of all ages. Gather them together to decorate baskets or paper bags whilst someone hides the eggs. You could use chocolate eggs or plastic ones which can be filled with a variety of healthier treats such as dried fruit or even small toys. Place the eggs around your home or garden; spread over the lawn, hide under flowerpots or up trees and hide around the house. Older children will enjoy following clues to lead them to each hiding spot. If you have a mixed age group get them to hunt in pairs so older children can help the youngsters or set a limit to how many eggs each child can collect to keep it fair.
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Making Paper Mache eggs is a great way to incorporate ‘messy play’ with a craft activity. Mix 2 parts PVA glue with 1 part water. Tear newspaper into strips or squares and blow up a balloon. Dip the newspaper pieces in the glue mixture and cover the balloon at least 3 times (allow to dry in between). Once completely dry pop and remove the balloon. This is your basic egg that you can use in a variety of ways; cut in half to make cute bowls for nibbles or add a handle to make an Easter basket. Hang them up as decorations or fill with sweets (cut a small hole before decorating, fill and patch with more Paper Mache) to make a piñata. Decorate with paint or coloured tissue paper.
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HAVE GUM DISEASE? By Dr Ash Parmar of Smile Design By Ash
HOW TO PREVENT GUM DISEASE AND HAVE FRESH BREATH
had an interesting chat with a patient of mine recently. We were reviewing his X-rays and I explained to him that he had lost a lot of bone around his teeth i.e. he had moderate gum disease which he had not been aware of. This patient did not previously clean between his teeth and had accumulated a lot of tartar deposits beneath the gum levels. This harmful plaque and tartar is the main cause of gum disease, which is a slow and painless process.
GUM DISEASE AND BAD BREATH
Gum disease and bad breath are linked. This can be a social problem, unpleasant for others and embarrassing for the person that has it. In 9 out of 10 cases the problem originates in the mouth and not the stomach, as many people believe. Even in the cleanest mouth there are both good and bad bacteria. These bacteria live off food debris and dead skin cells and create odour-causing
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GUM DISEASE AND GENERAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Scientific research has shown that if someone has gum disease, then they have a higher risk of getting heart problems, as well as diabetes. Also, people that smoke have a higher risk of gum problems.
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My name is Michael Jelbart and I run a local business called Functional Roots from a private practice located in the Redbridge area. I am a Movement Specialist, an Advanced Personal Trainer and a NG360 Golf Performance Specialist.
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A Movement Specialist is someone who understands how the human body performs and functions on an optimal level. This enables one to analyse, assess, rehabilitate, restore, train and condition individuals of all levels and abilities, including professional sports.
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The Movement Specialist role is relatively new to the UK; its foundations largely originate from cutting-edge developments made in the U.S. So when combined with Personal Training and NLP, it has evolved into a more accomplished and diverse programme that can suit the need of any individual. I predominantly use a weightbearing approach to movement and fitness because everyday sport and activities often occur in the very same way. The assessments and training should always look and feel like the task in hand. This is something I strive to achieve for fast and effective results.
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his month you will see that the garden is slowly starting to come to life again. Lawns now need a regular mow, vegetable and flowering seeds also need to be sown! April is the perfect time to plant some lovely summer flowering bulbs such as Alliums, Agapanthus and Canna. Bulbs are ideal for patio containers and will add colour to mixed borders without taking up much space. Make room in your garden for some herbs, there’s nothing like the taste of freshly picked herbs that have come straight from your own garden! Herbs are relatively easy to grow and not only do they taste great in food, they provide us with a number of health
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Arrive in Colombo, and transfer to Vil Uyana, a boutique hotel located in the cultural triangle and named by Harper’s Bazaar as Best Eco Luxury Hotel in Sri Lanka. Tour Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, and spend time on the Minneriya Elephant Jeep Safari, witnessing herds gathering around a third century reservoir to drink.
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From Kandy, take the train to Nan Oya and visit Horton Plains National Park on the way to Nuwara Eliya, where a car and driver will meet you. On arrival, visit the Tea Factory, a gorgeous conversion which, as the name implies, lets you pick your own tea from the plantation.
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WHEN: Third Monday of the month. 5.30pm WHAT: Vojan Cooking Club, £30. Contact: Sharon Butler-Felby 07850 864 799 WHERE: The Vojan, Ongar. WHEN: First Tuesday of the month. From 7.30pm WHAT: The Vojan Business Networking Group - No membership fee, just £15, includes dinner, some drinks and social media support. Contact: Sharon Butler-Felby 07850 864 799 WHERE: The Vojan, Ongar
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he Holiday Homes Trust is a Lottery funded charity offering affordable family holiday accommodation. Each of their homes is wheelchair accessible and they offer a wide range of facilities, ensuring fun for all the family. Holiday homes are available in Yorkshire, Norfolk, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and South Wales. The Holiday Homes Trust was founded with deep rooted family values, in the late 60s, after installing a wishing well in his front garden, Charles Porter, a former Scout, took the funds from this and bought a caravan for which his disabled great nieces could enjoy a fun-filled holiday without the stress of finding a destination with wheelchair accessibility. Porter then decided that every family with disabilities should be able to enjoy the same luxury. In 1969, a group of former Scouts, including Porter founded the Scouts Holiday Home Trust upon the belief that
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s Diddy Man continues to move around we felt the time was right to start letting him walk more outside and so purchased his first pair of trainers. Although a little awkward at first he was soon back to his delighted self as we set off for a sunny countryside walk. It was becoming a little hard to control his enthusiasm as he attempted to walk ahead in the pursuit of eating butterflies and rabbits but we managed to keep up (whilst gasping for breath). Unfortunately his new found hiking skills had come at a price, when we removed the new footwear it showed his big toe had swollen to the size of a space hopper. He was still giggling as I looked at him with a sense of disbelief and fear (this kid is clearly tougher than me) and he just smiled back. The doctor calmly informed us that a short course of antibiotics would have everything looking normal again, however, the next day his sock came off….along with his entire toenail! We’ve been told it grows back though (don’t worry new parents!). Aside from losing toenails he has also been starting to sleep a little better as his recent chest infection seems to be passing. This is great news for us as we would often bring him into our room to get him back off to sleep, but his snoring was like sharing a bed with Darth Vader. I lay there with eyes wide open, him, on my arm, whilst I looked at the ceiling, waiting for him to say in that Darth Vader voice, “Father,… I am your father,” … aaaghh! It was a nightmare each evening. But thankfully he now seems to be back to full health. His balance also went a little bit ‘Matrix’ yesterday, he started to fall
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ounded in 1908, Woodford Green Athletics Club with Essex Ladies is one of the most successful Athletics Clubs in Essex, competing in Division One in the British Athletic League. Since its founding, the club’s longest running member, Ken Bray has seen WGAL crowned Essex Steeple Race champions in 1954 as well as numerous victories since. When Bray first joined the club in 1952, the club had only a grass track, then developed into a cinder track. However upon news that the M25 would be built so close to the club, situated at Ashtons Playing Fields, the track was brought up to the top table and he formed a committee in order to persuade the council that an all-weather track was essential for the club’s future. Once the all-weather track was in place, a clubhouse was built, an operation which required fundraising, a vital organ in the club’s community spirit. Ken Hollingworth, the club’s President and Secretary continues in his community efforts, organising the annual Roding Half Marathon, raising money for the club. The club offers facilities such as running, hurdling, jumping and throwing, an indoor exercise area was built also, making hurdling training and throwing possible all year round. In 2008, to mark its centenary anniversary, Ken Bray, John Hayward and John Baker raised the money in order to build a museum on site celebrating the first hundred years of the club.
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The Athletics Club is open to all, the prominent demographic is young athletes from the ages of 12-20, the British Athletics League team is managed by Gladys Bird, a former international 400m hurdler and this team is prominent in its division, the club competing nationwide. Club members have also gained worldwide credentials, one athlete Daniel Awde competed in the Beijing Olympics in the Decathlon event. The Ladies team manager is Keith Hopson and they compete in Division Two in the UK Women’s Athletics League, also travelling nationwide to compete. Another league in which the club competes is the Southern Athletics Team, a unisex squad managed by Paul Manson. The club hosts open graded meetings around four times a year, inviting runners to compete against their peers. Children are also invited to join a group known as the WASPS, and compete in the Youth Development League, where Helen Finch, Wendy Fuhr and Colleen Wint take the helm in creating the athletes of tomorrow. For more information please visit the club website: www.wgel.org.uk
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