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COMMUNITY EPPING FOREST MP ELEANOR LAING OPENS “INSPIRATIONAL” MEMORIAL GARDEN A memorial garden next to St Michael and All Angels Church in Loughton has been officially opened by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing. More than ten years ago a group was formed to restore not only the garden but the whole of Roding Road alongside the brook but after years of trying the project died because the costs involved could not be raised. Ken Angold Stephens, who masterminded the project, said: “I was asked to take over about six years ago and soon realised the impossibility of this large scale project so I narrowed my focus to just the garden and started fundraising. “It has taken about three years work to raise sufficient funds as the garden was in such a bad state. The breakthrough came with a substantial grant of over £17,000 from the SITA Trust.” Then grants from a variety of sources including Epping Forest District Council, Essex County

Council, Loughton Town Council and The Grange Farm Trust took the total raised to about £26,000. The garden’s benches were all donated by people commemorating a member of their families. Fundraising was undertaken to pay for the stone and other installation work with local walking group The Ravers raising over £500 which with contributions from Loughton and

Buckhurst Hill Rotary Club and local accountants Haslers has enabled the commission to go ahead. Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing said: “It’s a great privilege to be involved in the opening of this inspirational project. “I am full of admiration of the enormous number of people from the church and the community who have worked so hard to bring this about.”

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MOLLY, 13, RAISES £500 FOR THE DREAM FACTORY WITH SPONSORED SWIM A 13-year-old pupil at Epping St John’s School raised £500 for The Dream Factory after hearing a presentation about the charity in a school assembly. Molly Curtis was inspired to do something to support the charity after hearing about its work when founder Avril Mills visited the school. Molly set about seeking sponsors and arranged her own sponsored swim at Loughton Leisure Centre where she swam


West Hatch High School’s Year 9 netball team have been crowned U14 Essex Plate champions after a narrow 20-19 victory over Stewards School, Harlow, in the final held at Redbridge Sports Centre. West Hatch took an early lead and were five goals clear at half time but Stewards had a strong last quarter to challenge West Hatch until the last minute. Player of the match was captain Brooke Davey. The team was Brooke Davey (c), Ellie Wilkinson, Gemma Peckham, Nikita Roberts, Amy Jones, Olivia Wheatly, Romy Robinson, Lorena Pipenco, Lauren Green, and Caitlin Hulbert (Year 8).



120 lengths non-stop in an hour. Molly, from North Weald, said: “I think The Dream Factory is a really inspiring charity and thought it would be really sweet to do something for it. I think it’s really good.” Avril attended school assembly to receive the cheque and thank Molly for her fundraising efforts. She said the money would pay for another ‘dream’ for a child or young adult with a life-limiting condition.


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CHIGWELL SCHOOL’S UNDER-13S RUNNERS-UP IN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT Chigwell School’s Under-13s football team earned praise for reaching the INVESTEC Independent Schools FA national cup final at Burton Albion FC (Thursday, March 20), when they lost 3-0 to Whitgift School. This was the second national final in two years for a Chigwell team after the Under-16s won the ISFA small schools shield last year. Reaching the Under-13 final was an outstanding achievement as 71 teams from across the country entered the tournament with the vast majority having far more boys in a year group than the 44 boys that Chigwell had to choose from. The Chigwell squad stayed in Nottingham overnight and enjoyed a late breakfast before an impromptu stroll along the River Trent and a visit to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground. The final was always going to be tense

with Whitgift School, Croydon, fielding their maximum allowance of five academy boys. More than 120 Chigwell supporters made the trip to Burton, including practically all the Year 8s and numerous family and friends helping to create an excellent atmosphere to make the day special for all involved. The Under-13s team were also runners-up in the IAPS national sixes tournament last November and enjoyed a fantastic tour to Barcelona last October. Creag Lawrence, Head of Football at Chigwell, said: “This was a great occasion for all involved at Chigwell and it will certainly be a day that the players will remember for a long time. “The boys worked incredibly hard on a huge League 1 pitch to contain a very talented Whitgift side and I am delighted with the attitude and the manner in which the boys conducted themselves.”


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MERMAID WAVES Great news for busy ladies; spring’s biggest trend is laid-back, fussfree mermaid waves. The more randomly placed and tousled the better! Our hair expert Bobbie Anastasiou says: “This is a delicate face-framing wave that creates a casual chic look with style”. Tip: Don’t apply too much product or overuse the heated styler otherwise it will look too constructed. Finesse recommends: using L’Oreal Liss Control to eliminate frizz £13.49 LOW PONYTAIL Diminish bad hair days by perfecting the fashion ponytail for SS14. Super slick and low at the nape of the neck. Finesse recommends: teaming an extreme right parting with a high gloss hairspray for a chic look. LONG & STRAIGHT Achieve a fashion forward long

and straight look by blow-drying your hair rather than straightening. Go for a centre parting for that effortless model off-duty vibe. It’s very simple but also feminine, and the wispy finish adds softness to any face shape or complexion. Tip: hair condition is very visible in a simple style like this, invest in regular intensive treatment masks. Finesse recommends: L’Oreal Intense Repair Mask Treatment available at Finesse Hair & Beauty £10.00

THE BOB The most popular haircut of 2013, the bob, is set to make a huge comeback again in 2014. Spotted on all runways, this season’s bobs come in all shapes and sizes, from slick and smooth to choppy and textured. It’s important to book in for regular trims to keep your blunt cut bob looking sharp. Finesse recommends: using a mousse to create texture


ACCESSORIES Bored with your look? We have the perfect solution! It’s the season to get creative with your hair accessories, allowing you to change things up without spending a lot of money. From floral garlands to pretty headbands and scarves, make a bad hair day into a good one by adding something special. Sparkly crystal clips are an easy way to glam up a ponytail or bun. Sassy low-riding headbands like Mischa Barton’s are a great accessory. Finesse recommends: Sparkle Stone Headband by Topshop £12.50 PLAITS A real red carpet favourite right now. Whatever your face shape and style, there will be one to suit you. This is a hair trend that has remained popular for years. However, instead of the traditional fuss-free plaits that we are all used too, this season they have a new creative twist to them. Finesse recommends: a side pony, fish tail plait - guaranteed to catch attention.

By Nail Harmony Master Educator Amanda Anastasiou, owner of Finesse Hair & Beauty in Chingford. If you would like to have your hair or nails done by Amanda, please visit









Temperatures may be set to soar as summer approaches but now is a good time to upgrade your central heating in preparation for next winter

Where’s the best place to position a radiator? To get the maximum benefit out of your radiator, you should place it in the coldest part of the room. The chilliest areas tend to be the walls that face are external to the property or under a window. How can I make the most of my space in a hallway? The mirror radiator known as the Reflection radiator is ideal for a hallway as it doubles up as mirror and also gives the required output. The radiator is neatly obscured by a full length mirror so can ideally be used for any room in your home. This designer radiator with an impressive golden frame doubles up as a mirror, adding a practical and beautiful addition to any room.

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With bi-fold doors and a large open plan kitchen/ living space I need to minimise the amount of space used for radiators, but I need a high output for the area to heat it sufficiently. What are the best options? Trench and perimeter heating options allow you to maximise available wallspace in a room without losing valuable heat output. Trench heating is ideal for counteracting draughts from the glazed windows or doors. Another option would be Art designer radiators. These are a great way to add

impact and interest to your room. The Art is created by digitally printing images onto toughened acrylic which is fixed in front of a stainless steel radiator. If you have a specific theme or design in mind then you can create the perfect image or alternatively customers can provide their own imagery for a truly personalised and individual product. A third popular option is stainless steel designs in a vertical option providing the highest outputs from the slimmest radiator. These are commonly used in large kitchen/diner areas where bi-fold doors reduce your wall space availability. How can I utilise space in the bathroom? The bathroom is a crucial selling point for any home. We suggest the use of a heated towel rail not only as a heating solution, but it also acts as a space saving option. There is nothing like a warm, heated towel after a bath, especially during the colder months of the year. Towel rails can also have the option of electric or dual fuel, so warm towels can be an option all year round. The dual fuel option would run on central heating system in the winter and electric in the summer months. How can I make my home energy efficient? The attractive Strada is a contemporary looking radiator that not only looks great

Heated towel rail



Energy efficient Strada radiator

Art designer radiator

Use Trench heating to maximise space

but also has superior performance due to Jaga’s Low-H2O technology, cutting carbon emissions by 10%. Its elegantly slim, minimal & contemporary design offers a cool-touch front panel and is available in white, a cool sandblast metallic grey plus other colour finishes. It works efficiently even with low flow temperature heating systems. It also has Dynamic Boost Effect (DBE) technology for even greater power and efficiency. What are the advantages of using aluminium radiators? An advantage of aluminium radiators is that they require far less energy to heat up as aluminium is an excellent thermal conductor and has the ability to heat up very quickly. Because aluminium radiators are so quick at getting to reach the desired temperature, it makes them very suitable for areas of a house that are only used occasionally such as an attic or a conservatory. It is this optimum

heat output that also makes the radiator suitable for low-temperature systems, another factor that reduces energy usage. I have a period property, do cast iron radiators take a longer time to heat than a conventional radiator? Yes, but the radiators stay warmer for longer after they have been turned off. Cast iron radiators are becoming increasingly popular with heating engineers and architects as they tend to retain warmth in the fabric of the building so counteracting condensation and damp, and also adding appropriate style & design to any period home. The Radiator & Bathroom Gallery Ltd, 140 Hermon Hill, South Woodford, London, E18 1QH. New showroom opening May 16th, 621 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, London. SW18 4SX 0208 530 7555, Fax: 0208 530 8844

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“May brings an explosion of coloured flowers”




Victoria Robertson


A seasonal guide to help you get the most out of your garden.


ay brings an explosion of coloured flowers that can now be seen on blossoming trees and shrubs. The longer days give us more time to complete a wide variety of gardening tasks. Now is the time to install plant supports for your peonies, delphiniums and other tall, floppy plants. Keep close eye on the weather as seedlings and young plants still need to be protected from late frosts from now until the end of May. If there is a threat of frost, cover up all your vulnerable plants before dusk. You can do this by building a simple frame around the plants just by using a couple of canes.Then drape over some garden fleece or bed sheeting. For small individual plants you can use milk cartoons, glass

jars or even paper cups upside down. Don’t forget to remove the covers in the morning when the frost has thawed, to let the fresh air and light back in. Try to resist the temptation of planting out any summer bedding until the end of the month, but now is a good time to get vegetable seed sowing! Remember to stagger the sowings so you have crops over a longer period. Once your spring bulbs have finished flowering dead head them but remember to leave the foliage to die and break down naturally. Doing this will encourage a stronger growth next spring. Apply mulch around shrubs, roses and trees to help prevent any moisture loss, it will also help to suppress weeds. Sweet peas have an exquisite fragrance, the

flowers resemble fringed butterflies and look lovely when freshly cut in a vase. Before planting your sweet pea seeds it’s a good idea to soak them in water overnight to help them germinate quicker. Choose a sunny position in your garden then sow the seeds at least 6inchs apart. Sweet peas will need to be trained growing up bamboo stick frames or trellis supports. If you prefer a rustic look then choose willow or silver birch branches they make a great support too. Looking good this month is Clematis Montana – This vigorous climber produces a mass of white or pink flowers. Written by Amenity horticulturalist & gardening committee member of Copped Hall and Epping Horticultural Society Victoria Robertson

Vine weevils are 1cm in length and wingless. They’re dull black with light-coloured patching running down their backs. Look out for circularshaped notches along the sides of leaves, which is a sign of a vine weevil infestation. They can become a particular problem for plants grown in pots. Every week check for vine weevil infestations to stop them becoming out of control. Deal with early signs immediately by removing larvae and destroying newly-hatched adults to reduce the numbers of eggs laid in the soil.


Ladybirds are brightly coloured, warning predators of their bitter taste, which helps their survival. They are also able to exude a pungent fluid to ward off ants, birds and people. Look out for them in your garden from now until autumn. Ladybirds are very helpful in the garden as they feed on aphids.



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For the Dolma 2 tbsp of olive oil chopped 1 medium finely red onion 1 tbsp pine nuts currants 1 tbsp dried black ite rice 4 tbsp crushed wh namon, 1 tsp each of; cin er, dried pp pe ck cumin, bla salt basil, sugar and ce Lemon jui vine leaves 100g marinated water 2 glasses of hot ed seafood For the deep fri ss ba Half a sea g prawns 8 raw peeled kin gs rin 8 squid ead crumbs Half a glass of br in flour Half a glass of pla ck pepper bla 1 tsp each of salt, kes fla illi ch nd ou gr and oil 1ltr of vegetable


ezesphere Restaurant in Loughton is the perfect place to visit for simple but delicious Mediterranean cuisine using fine, fresh ingredients. Here they share the recipes for two of their dishes that will be perfect on a warm summer’s day.


SEAFOOD with a tasty Dolma side dish

METHOD Dolma 1. Put the olive oil into a frying pan and place over a medium heat. 2. Add your finely chopped onion to the pan and cook for 5mins. 3. Now add the rest of the ingredients (not including the vine leaves), add one glass of hot water

BEST SERVED WITH... Simply prepared fish and seafood dishes have a natural affinity with a handful of wines produced close to the seaside, and which combine a crisp, Toby Webster of cleansing acidity with s ne Wi g Do k Blac a sometimes distinct salty tang. The best known of these comes from the Pays Nantais, the region that carries the great Loire River into the Bay of Biscay. It is here that the oysters grown on seemingly endless beds of stakes between the points of high and low tide are consumed by the thousands in blue and cream painted seaside fish restaurants, washed down with



and cook for another 4-5 minutes. 4. Leave the mixture to rest and cool down. 5. Take your vine leaves one by one and teaspoon fill with the mixture and begin to roll. 6. Place the rolled vine leaves into an empty saucepan. 7. Add the other glass of

hot water and cook on a medium heat for 20mins. Leave to cool down and Viola your Dolma is ready to serve! Deep Fried Mixed Seafood 1. Slice the sea bass as per your preferred choice. 2. Mix the breadcrumbs, plain flour, salt, black

one wine, the famous and increasingly reinvigorated Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine. A new generation of young producers are bucking the trend here, making wines of concentration and real vigour. The best choice for this fried seafood dish is the classic ‘Sur Lie’, where the wine is bottled young and coldwater fresh, having spent a single winter on the fine fermentation lees. The French Mediterranean coast has its own version of this seaside wine, the increasingly popular Picpoul de Pinet, grown within a shout of the oyster beds on the Bassin de Thau. It is very like Muscadet, with a pin-sharp acidity and a salty tang, and sometimes a hint of white flowers and even honey. So too do Spain and Portugal, respectively dry, fresh, zesty and lightly prickly Vinho Verde, and its close cousin just north of the border with Galicia, the super-trendy Albariño from Rias Baixas.

The Mezesphere Team

Mezesphere Restaurant offers simple yet brilliantly executed Mediterranean dishes in the heart of Loughton. It is the culmination of simple creative ideas and a passion for food, drink and entertainment. pepper and chilli flakes in a mixing bowl. 3. Place all of the seafood in the mixing bowl and shake so that it is coated in the flour mix. 4. Boil the vegetable oil in a pan. 5. Place your mixed seafood into the oil.

6. Cook until they turn golden in colour. 7. Serve with your choice of salad. Mezesphere Restaurant 112-120 High Road, Loughton, IG10 4HJ Tel: 020 8502 3329 Website: www.

Any of these, served chilled will perfectly compliment this simple but delicious recipe. H 2012 Muscadet Sur Lie, Yves Bretonnière £10.70 (£9.95 if you buy 6 bottles) H 2013 Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine Félines Jourdan £10.70 (£9.95 if you buy 6 bottles) H 2012 Albariño, Rias Baixas, Diluvio £12.95 (£12.20 if you buy 6 bottles) These and many other artisan made wines are available from The Black Dog Wine Company at Ashlyns Farm Shop in North Weald., Tel: 01992 525009.

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“Now owned by head chef Gavin Maguire”

The Bluebell restaurant is located in the heart of Chigwell, Essex and represents the finest in modern British and European cuisine. We pride ourselves on The Bluebell’s elegantly relaxed atmosphere, beautifully and simply presented food and first class service. Housed within a lovingly restored five hundred year old building, The Bluebell is deceptively large on the inside. Part of the restaurant’s charm are the two separate dining areas; at the front a cosy and intimate space whilst at the rear you will find a larger sophisticated dining area. The Bluebell is perfect for business entertaining, intimate evenings, delicious lunches or even a family celebration. Whatever the event we will do our utmost to make sure you have a truly special experience in a relaxing and elegant environment.

SPECIAL OFFER! 50% off 6 course tasting menu when quoting Essex Central at time of booking Tuesday to Friday nights throughout May 2014

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Loughton’s own Mary Berry this month celebrates the first birthday of her Fabulicious Baking School.


ased above a shop in Loughton High Road, it boasts two kitchens and a range of baking classes aimed at adults and children. Owner Latifa Hassanali is French trained having turned her lifelong hobby into a business. She specialises in French patisserie, bread, cupcakes, birthday parties and kids’ clubs. Her food is also available at

Loughton’s Farmers Market on the first Sunday of each month. Mother of two Latifa said, “I want to make it easy for everyone to enjoy my food, whether they make their own or buy mine. Our school is a great way for children to learn to bake and enjoy what they create.” Baking Clubs for children three years and older run once a week after school and during the holidays. Birthday parties are a big hit with children, and their parents, as it’s a unique way to celebrate. So whether you are a beginner or a home baker there’s a class to suit you. The Baking School is at 251a High Road, Loughton - access is around the back by the junction of Brooklyn Avenue. As a 1st birthday celebration offer £5 off the first class booked. Visit or call 020 3129 5451.



A lux�rious yet affordable Gezi park restaurant Restaurant presents on its menu a complimentar� selection of classic mezzes and mains �om finest t�rkish and mediter�anean cuisine.

Fresh meat, fish and poult�� is t�aditionally prepared with authentic herbs and spices and cooked upon order by our dedicated chefs paying par�icular a�ention to authentic taste and presentation. Our staff display the char�, a�ention to detail and war�th t��ical of the Turkish cult�re. Such hospitalit�, coupled with the restaurant’s relaxed and sophisticated ambience, completes the superb culinar� ex�erience. Whether an intimate candlelit dinner for t�o, an enjoyable night out with the family or a large par�� booking let our �iendly and efficient team t�r� your dinner into a g�eat occasion.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW G Exterior picture courtesy of Atakan Mercan

by D James

ezi Park Restaurant is one of the newest openings on Wanstead High Street (on the former site of Hadley House), and offers traditional Turkish cuisine. Upon our visit we were greeted by the owner, Eddie and manager, Semih who made us feel very welcome. As we passed the sizzling charcoal grill the sounds and smells took us back to a recent holiday to Turkey, and we couldn’t wait to see if Gezi Park’s menu could match up to our memories of authentic Turkish food. We were seated at the raised area towards the back of the restaurant and loved the huge fish tank and colour changing ceiling, as well as our view down into the restaurant of the chandeliers and lovely wood panelled décor. It’s a great position which offers a little more privacy than the main seating area without losing any of the buzzing atmosphere from groups of chatting diners. We wanted authentic drinks to accompany our meal and were recommended Efes, the Turkish pilsner beer and Yakut, a fruity red wine from the Anatolian region by our very helpful waitress. We had tried both whilst on holiday and were pleased to see them on the menu. Our starters of Mixed Cold Meze arrived promptly. The dish included dolma, Mediterranean olives and a

variety of dips with a basket of warm flatbread which was all very tasty and attractively presented. For mains my dining partner opted for the Swordfish which was succulent and perfectly cooked with a nice meaty texture, plus not a dish you see in every restaurant. It was cooked on skewers in chunky pieces - so no annoying bones to remove. I had a lamb and chicken mixed shish, which was delicious, very tender and full of flavour. We also ordered a couple of sides, a salad and a squid dish but soon realised the generous main portions alone would have been sufficient to fulfil our appetites. We were too full for dessert but a square of sweet sticky Baklava proved a nice end to the meal. We really enjoyed our evening at Gezi Park, the food was very authentic and matched what we previously enjoyed in Turkey. The restaurant was beautiful to be inside and has a nice relaxed friendly feel plus the service was first class even though we visited on a busy Friday night. I’m sure we will return with friends this summer to enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace area at the front! Gezi Park Restaurant, 27 High Street, Wanstead, London E11 2AA Tel: 020 8530 5499




PORTO Perched on a hillside overlooking the River Douro, Porto, also known as Oporto, may not be the most obvious choice for a break, but it’s one of the best.


ortugal’s second city has a cool Mediterranean climate with temperatures from 15° to 25°C, and heat-waves likely. Beaches are often breezy and more comfortable than many other destinations, thanks to the River Douro. A former European City of Culture, it houses many beautiful churches, monuments and impressive structures. These include the Ponte de Luis, built by a partner of Gustave Eiffel and, on opening, the world’s longest metal arch bridge. Casa De Musica is a venue whose striking shape, resembling a crashed meteorite, catches the eye, while the 14th century Sao Francisco church is crammed with gilt wood carvings layered, it is said, with 400kg of gold. From one vantage point of the city, pastel-shaded houses with vibrant tiled facades appear to tumble down the hillside to the buzzing waterfront. From another,



2,000 years of history unfold. The historic city centre has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, honouring a place where vibrant contemporary living meets traditional culture. Porto is, of course, the home of port wine, and no visit would be complete without a trip to one of the wine lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.The river is at the heart of the wine industry, and you can still see the traditional Rabelos boats sail past laden with barrels on their way to and from the wine lodges.   If time allows, head out into the countryside vineyards and quintas, the wealthy estates where wine and port are still produced according to traditional methods. Plan your trip for early Autumn and you should be lucky enough to experience the harvest.   Anyone booking an Anatolian Sky Porto break through Abbotts Travel will benefit from a complimentary half-day city tour for an insight into the history and culture of the vibrant city of Porto.

It includes a visit to a wine lodge and a port tasting. This offers relates to the following three hotels. Prices shown are for three nights but holidays of any duration can be arranged. 


A modern, 4-star hotel offering good standard of accommodation in a convenient location. Prices per person: from £469-£599 for departures between April and October 2014.   


A stylish, contemporary hotel set right in the heart of Porto. A member of Leading Hotels of the World. Prices per person: from £579-£719 for departures between April and October 2014.   


A charming, historic hotel in Old Porto set on the city’s medieval


Porto by nigh


Luxurious facilities

Gorgeous Geres

walls. Prices per person: from £575-£715 for departures between April and October 2014.  


u Return flights from the UK plus all taxes u Private return transfers from airport to hotel u Baggage allowance of 20kg u Three nights accommodation on B&B basis u Services of local representative You might like to combine 3 nights in Porto with 4 nights in Madeira. Staying in 4* hotels, and including all flights and transfers, prices start from £855 per person (based on departures from 1 July 31 October).

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We must tell you about two more places, picked by Abbotts’ management. Abbotts will be happy to quote on any combination of stays:


Superb 5* hotel located near Porto Cathedral, with many influential fans. A former monastery, tastefully converted, it boasts an excellent restaurant, spa and fitness centre appealing to both the personal and business traveller.


Sited in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, 83km from Porto, among the breath-taking forests, the

5* Intercontinental

translucent cascading waters and the unforgettable sights. Gerês is one of Portugal’s more attractive Natural Regions, considered by UNESCO to be a World Biosphere Reserve. This gorgeous destination hotel is the perfect excuse for a twin-centre break. It overlooks the Caniçada dam in the Cavado River, giving you visibility of both Portugal and Spain. Abbotts Travel, 134 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BA (open Monday-Saturday). Tel: 0208 989 9445. Track more exclusive offers and receive your free monthly newsletter online at Twitter: @abbottstravel.



Glimpses Of Vietnam With a vivid history, rich culture and deep beauty, Vietnam is a stunning place crammed with highights.

Tours include return flights from London Heathrow with Singapore Airlines, return private transfers and the services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide.

See them all with our exclusive Glimpses of Vietnam, a 12-night privately escorted tour with 3* accommodation and breakfast throughout. Your itinerary includes landmarks and attractions such as:

Prices start from just £2099pp. This exclusive tour is also available with luxury five star accommodation throughout, from only £2499pp.

• Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi Tunnels and Binh Tay Market • Hanoi • Mekong Delta • Can Tho • Hue • Hoi An, with a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter

This offer is based on two adults sharing and is valid for travel between 1st May – 15th June and 1st - 30th November 2014. Please ask for details of other selected dates available during 2014 and 2015.

We remain a family business, run by Julian Abbott on the same street and on the same principles - as his grandfather and father. Visit us in person at 134 George Lane, South Woodford E18 1BA (open Monday-Saturday). Track more exclusive offers and receive your free monthly newsletter online at Twitter: @abbottstravel





I Heart Candy working to support MacMillan Cancer. It is a real honour to be invited and take part in the amazing charity event held at Woolston Manor, Chigwell for

The Macmillian Charity Big Band Ball on

Saturday 17th May 2014 I Heart Candy will be showcasing and auctioning the Candy Cart whilst also bringing lots of treats to the event. We'll be giving someone the opportunity to bid for the use of the Candy Cart at their own personal party with all the proceeds of course going to this amazing charity. For booking enquiries for the Charity Big Band Ball then please Contact

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WHEN: Various Fridays and Saturdays in May WHAT: Live Music from Stacey Lee (3rd) Ray Collings (9th), Alex Jones (10th), Claire & the Cowboy (17th) and Premonition Duo (23rd) WHERE: The Garnon Bushes, 13 Coopersale Common, Coopersale, Epping, CM16 7QS

WHEN: Friday 9 May 7.30pm WHAT: Talk on the 1662 split of clergy from the Church of England and the establishment of Non Conformist Churches by Revd Prof. David Thompson, Followed by Refreshments No charge for entry WHERE: Ongar United Reformed Church (on the High Street opposite the Fire Station) th

WHEN: Saturday 10th May 11am-3.30pm WHAT: North London and Essex Transport Enthusiasts; bazaar and vintage bus display. Selection of bus and railway books, photographs, DVDs and other memorabilia. Up to 20 vintage buses on display. Admission £3 (accompanied children free). Refreshments available. WHERE: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois. WHEN: Saturday 10th May 11am-4pm WHAT: Flamingo Fairs - A Greener Flamingo event: Recycled, Upcycled & Vintage Fair, Admission free. Refreshments available. WHERE: Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, corner of Woodbine Place and Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead WHEN: Wednesday 14th May 10am-4pm WHAT: Cultural Tour - Art, architecture, sculpture and garden design in one unique day out with an expert led tour exploring Sir

Frederick and Lady Gibberd’s life and art. Tickets £25 inc. transport and lunch - Tel: 01279 446 404 Email: or from The Gibberd Gallery WHERE: Start at the Gibberd Gallery, Civic Centre, The Watergardens, Harlow, CM23 1WG WHEN: Tuesday 22nd May 1pm-5pm WHAT: Free workshop as part of National Dementia Awareness Week, for friends and families of those with dementia and for those working in the community to support those with dementia. For more details, ring 01992 666777. WHERE: Home Instead offices, High Street, Epping

WHEN: Sunday 25th May 11.00am - 4.00pm WHAT: Copped Hall Open Day £7.00 - a wide variety of stalls including Ferret Roulette from Essex Ferret Welfare Society, a chance to look around the mansion and the gardens. In the walled gardens Victoria Robertson will be revealing a garden living statue to celebrate 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare. WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping WHEN: Monday 26th May from 11.30am WHAT: Chigwell Village Fete Arena events, stalls, music, falconry

display, barbecue, tea tent, Pimms tent, bouncy castle. The event will be raising money for a number of local charities. Free admission. WHERE: The green opposite Brook Parade shops in Chigwell

WHEN: Friday 30th May WHAT: National Jazz Archive concert, The Gresty-White Ragtimers, with classic jazz. For more details and to book tickets visit uk, ring 020 8502 4701 or email WHERE: Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton WHEN: Thursday evenings. Starting 12th June. 8pm to 11pm WHAT: Modern Jive freestyle. Come before 8.45pm - only £7 MJ Dance - Tel: 07967744025 or 07939247326   WHERE: Chingford Assembly Hall, Chingford Green, Station Road, Chingford, E4 7EN




13 Coopersale Common, Coopersale, Epping, Essex CM16 7QS

Tel: 01992 560211


Under New Ownership

Pauline and Mark extend a warm welcome to this lovely village pub.

2 for £10

All food served is home cooked and available 7 days a week

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A social space, information point and education centre for young people


By Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham.

pon realisation that there was nothing much for young people in Epping to do, former teacher Alison and her husband Tim Dolan developed The Box. A charity, open to all, which provides a safe place for young people to attend after school and on Friday evenings, a welcome alternative to hanging out on the streets. Founded in 2005, the Dolan’s went into schools conducting market research in order to determine what young people in local areas really needed in terms of support and mentoring. It was important for The Box to have a position on Epping High Street as in their research, they found that young people felt pushed aside and wanted to provide a place where everybody felt welcome. While The Box provides support in the way of a counselling service and access to information, they also provide

cooking lessons and life skills, promoting a healthy lifestyle is instrumental in ensuring that The Box knows that they are doing all that they can. Aside from life skills, The Box also offers DJ workshops, pool tables and arts and crafts which creates a diverse range of activities so that young people feel fulfilled in what they are doing. Not satisfied with providing a comfortable after school environment for young people, they also started an educational programme in September 2005, providing alternative tuition to vulnerable and struggling students. Alison Dolan runs the educational programme which is free and funded per student by education funding. The programme provides teaching to children who might be struggling and slipping through the net, each student who has attended this programme has seen a benefit. The Box has

incredibly strong local affiliations and therefore are able to secure work experience placements for students, making the transition from school into work as comfortable as possible. The main values of The Box are providing a safe place to go where young people feel comfortable and supported with an adult presence. It is testament to the work of Alison and Tim that half of the volunteers who were there in 2005 are still here to this day, showing the importance that they value in continuity for the wellbeing of their visitors. In July The Box will be hosting a fundraising event in conjunction with the Tour de France, details of this and much more are available on their website. The Box, 34 High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4AG. Website: Tel: 01992 577300













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MUM’ S CORNER Discussing the wonderful world of parenting By Sarah Mackie.


elcome, lovely mummies, mummiesto-be, daddies, nannies, child-minders, and anyone else reading this to the magazine’s first Mum’s Corner! We’re delighted to be here! Are you sitting comfortably with your feet up, hot tea in hand, feeling Zen-like and refreshed? Haha! *JOKE* Of course you’re not! Does Petit Filou stained, exhausted, with a to-do list (much) larger than your bank balance sound more like it? Thought it might. We get it. And that’s why we’re here…to share the woes and wonders of the crazy world of parenthood. A place to read about what’s going on in your area for your little ones, things to do, to share ideas for rainy days, to discuss those lovely parenting issues of contention and much more. Written by a local mummy, we also have the expert advice of a post-natal fitness trainer giving tips on how to get back into shape safely and healthily after pregnancy and child birth.


In an age where parenting approaches are more contentious than politics, ‘attachment parenting’ has become a bit of a buzz-phrase and has been bandied around, but if you’ve ever wondered what it actually entails, here’s a brief summary of the core beliefs: 4 Child-birth without use of intervention unless medically necessary. 4 Responsive breastfeeding (i.e. - on demand). 4 Co-sleeping.




When we are pregnant, our tummy muscles (the rectus abdominis) split and separate to allow for the growing bump. The medical name for this is diastasis recti. (Less admirably, this also happens if you have a beer gut.) Once baby is born, it takes a while for the two sheaths of muscle to fuse back together and often, they don’t ever fully fuse, leaving a peculiar little gap in the middle of our tummies. As a 4 Lots of physical post-natal fitness instructor, I always contact, particularly ‘baby advise mummies to check their wearing’ (i.e. - carrying in a diastasis recti before going sling or wrap). back to exercise. 4 Responding with sensitivity this encompasses a timely response to the child’s needs by the caregiver so methods such as controlled crying do not adhere to this. 4 Consistency in the loving caregiver - this depends on continuity of care by a single, primary caregiver, ideally the parent/s 4 Positive discipline - this encourages and celebrates positive behaviour rather than berates negative behaviour So, what do you think? and doesn’t believe in punishment Is this something you did techniques such as ‘time out’ or the without realising it had use of the word ‘naughty’, instead it a name? Have your say! encourages such things as distraction Write to us at: editor@ and substitution. essexcentralmagazine. 4 Family balance - this means that or Essex Central the children and the adults have Magazine, Brickfield equal value, of course the parents set Business Centre, High boundaries but they are not stringent Road, Thornwood, Epping, rule makers. Parents are not tyrants yet CM16 6TH. not martyrs.



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Lay on your back with your feet on the floor and your knees bent. Place your index and middle fingers 1cm above your belly button, horizontally. Inhale through your nose, as you exhale, sit up as if you were doing an ab crunch, just 45 degrees from the floor. Wiggle those fingers to feel for the gap between the two sheaths of muscle. If you can fit more than two fingers in the gap, your muscles are still rather weak. I only advise stomach exercises when the gap is two fingers wide or less, and only after your 6 week GP check.

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ince its founding in 2009 by Ian Hardy and his wife Sevda, Allstar Kickboxing in Woodford Green has become a staple in the kickboxing community in Essex. From an early age, kickboxing was one of Hardy’s main passions, citing John Claude Van Damme as an early inspiration, which led to a lifelong passion for the practice of kickboxing. Starting out in Plymouth, Hardy practiced with some of the best coaches and competitive meets in the field, he then relocated to be with his now wife Sevda, Loughton being her hometown. The club itself, while tucked away behind Woodford Broadway, is a highly respected club, open to all and teaching the discipline from the age of four into the fifty plus demographic. The range of age groups and levels is extremely varied, and the method of teaching relies on the encouragement provided to students, while there is opportunity to compete, and to be graded, it is not a vital aspect of the Allstar mentality. Hardy believes that kickboxing from an early age will help a child develop fitness, learning and listening skills which are all necessary in learning the foundations of martial arts. Allstar Kickboxing are a part of the ICO (International Combat Organisation) and officer, Andy Hennessy will attend the club for graded meets, in which students can earn belts, showing their



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