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atherine Connor has always loved elephants, citing her favourite childhood toys as a pair of elephants which have now been replaced by the real thing at her sanctuary in Thailand. The Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary was founded in 2005, after a chance meeting with its namesake, Boon Lott led to Katherine devoting her life to saving these magnificent animals. After finding success in retail management, Katherine Connor, from South Woodford, decided to take a once in a lifetime trip to Asia in 2002, six weeks into her nine month stint, she found herself volunteering in an elephant conservation centre and hospital. Upon meeting and forming a close relationship with baby elephant Boon Lott, her love was awakened and she realised she had to do everything in her power to spend her life with elephants and learning everything she could about them. During her elephant education, she became aware of their vulnerability and was overcome with a desire to help.

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BLES was founded in memory of baby elephant Boon Lott, Thai for ‘survivor’, this premature baby was to be sold to a tourist establishment at six months old, however being separated from his mother too early would be detrimental to his physical and mental health, Katherine raised the funds to rescue Boon Lott and be by his mother’s side with the ‘Rescue Baby Babar’ initiative. However shortly after, he suffered a fall leaving his hind legs paralysed, Katherine then raised the money for a hydrotherapy pool and she administered Thai massage and acupuncture daily to aid his recovery and slept with him every night. On his second birthday, Boon Lott received the world’s first elephant wheelchair with help from Chiang Mai University which aided progress and he was walking unassisted every day, however he suffered a fatal fall which snapped his femur and he died in Katherine’s arms on June 26th 2004. BLES is a sanctuary for rescued and retired elephants, where they are treated with the dignity and respect that

they deserve. Elephants are a beautiful and loving species and while they are endangered, many elephants are made to work undignified jobs in order to survive their owners, these include performing in chains and illegal logging. Their poor life quality, bad diet and long hours leave them malnourished and beaten down. BLES is an idyllic home for these rescued elephants as they are allowed to just live, BLES is a notable sanctuary as they don’t make the elephants work or give rides, they can wander, graze and socialise with other elephants as they please. Katherine has strong feelings about other ‘sanctuaries’ who make elephants work and wear chains dubbing them liars as they are mistreating the elephants as well as their visitors, “Anyone who claims to be a sanctuary, and yet offers rides, shows, painting and tricks is lying. I feel so sad for the tourists as most of them want to travel with morals and not support a typical camp. Sadly, the camps have twigged on to this and are now using key words on their websites,

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n 1982 while on holiday in the South of France in Nice I watched a sport that kind of grabbed my attention. There were a bunch of guys that dived into the Mediterranean, swimming like mad men then getting straight onto their road bikes to climb up the Alps, then if that wasn’t enough when they got back down to the beach they ran 20 miles along the promenade. At the time I was living what some people call ‘good living’ with smoking, drinking and eating anything and everything, so the possibility of me doing anything like that was nowhere on the charts. Who would have thought ten years later that I would turn my life around and actually start competing in triathlon events myself? In 2003 I actually won the Corporate Games triathlon event for my category and now love helping others to change their lives to achieve similar goals. Today the sport of triathlon is much more popular than when I first heard about it. People are also much more aware today of the health benefits of extreme sports as well, like the popular Tough Mudder events, which are basically an army assault course for the general public. So what is triathlon? SWIM, BIKE, RUN in that order. Tri means 3 so it’s 3 events rolled into one, meaning it’s nonstop from start to finish. The distances vary from the sprint distance (750 metre swim, 20k bike and 5k run)

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The dining room is the perfect place to entertain guests, so it’s important that your scheme creates an inviting ambience to while away the hours. For a more formal setting that is sure to impress, opt for a table with clean lines, such as the stylish Kato. This modern extendable table not only provides flexibility when it comes to hosting but works well in both a classic and contemporary space. For a more laid back, country feel, choose a round table such as the wooden Campton with stunning natural grain, and pair with super comfortable button back chairs. If you desire an on-trend eclectic look, mix and match a few statement chairs adorned in bright colours for plenty of impact.



Keeping on top of organising your belongings can be tricky and it’s no secret that in order to banish cluttered chaos, storage is key to ensuring a room remains functional. To keep order and possessions neatly out of sight, introduce storage with versatile, concealed compartments such as drawers or hidden shelving for a super tidy and streamlined look. Storage can also be an attractive focal point. Choose interesting pieces such as vintage travel trunks or stack old suitcases for that retro feel. Not everything has to be hidden away when it comes to storage. Showcase your favourite collectables with stunning open shelving such as the striking Mammoth unit with its cool zig-zag design.


If you have chosen a neutral backdrop, don’t be afraid to cover walls and large surfaces with soft tones that will allow colourful furniture and accessories to really pop. Introduce vibrant hues such as zingy greens, oranges and yellows on rugs, sofas and cushions. To complete the look, pick patterned pieces like the new Matrix Max Rugs to break up larger blocks of colour and complement furniture such as the Camden Sofa range. Use smaller accessories in an array of citrus shades to accelerate this sophisticated look.


Whether it be for an unused corner or a fabulous main focal point to your scheme, an occasional chair will always


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eptember is a busy month for the gardener, as the changing seasons bring many new jobs to your doorstep. Keep your garden looking attractive through to autumn with my gardening tips for September. _ During this month you will begin to notice that the summer bedding is starting to look tired and a little worse for wear. Revitalise your tubs and baskets with some pansies, small conifers, violas and grasses to help add some autumn colour and interest. _ Move any shrubs that have outgrown their space. _ Raise the height of your mower blades as grass growth slows down. _ Begin planting springflowering bulbs such as

daffodils, crocus and hyacinths. _ Keep deadheading annuals and perennials to extend their performance. _ Start to divide herbaceous perennials as the weather cools. Make sure you keep watering them in well.

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_ Collect seeds from perennials and hardy annuals to preserve your favourite flowering gems until next year. Seed pods should be picked when they begin to change from green to

a tan or brownish colour, and develop a brittle texture when the seeds inside are ripe. Place them into brown paper bags and store in a dry, ventilated location for a few weeks to ripen further and continue the drying process. Don’t forget to write the name of the plant on the seed bag. Once the pods are completely dried, seeds can be taken from the pods. Kitchen sieves can sometimes come in handy to help you sift the actual seed from the other dried bits of plant material. The fully dried seeds now need to be stored in airtight containers in a cool, dry place. Written by Amenity Horticulturalist & gardening committee member of Copped Hall and Epping Horticultural Society Victoria Robertson.

The bright red adult lily beetle feeds on the flowers, leaves and stems of the lily. An infestation of lily beetles in the garden or greenhouse can destroy and kill lily bulbs and plants. They can be found underneath the leaves of lily plants. Check leaves regularly and remove any adult beetles by hand.


Hoverflies are important pollinators of flowering plants. They tend to hover near and rest on flowers. There are over 250 different hoverfly species in Britain. Adults drink nectar and eat pollen and some species feed on dead insects. Look out for them hovering near and resting on flowers this month. Many seem prone to entering conservatories and greenhouses too and can quite often be mistaken for wasps.



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struggles of the Cuban Revolution. You will find the tank that Fidel Castro used in the 1961 invasion of the Bay of Pigs, and the Granma yacht that transported fighters. A daiquiri at The Floridita lets you step in the shoes of Ernest Hemingway, while the Malecon at sunset lets you melt into a crowd of local lovers and classic cars. Heading away from the city, Vinales is in the western province of Pinar del Rio, famous for limestone mountains and tobacco plantations, a great place to learn how tobacco is grown and produced. There are also a number of cave networks that you can visit, hot springs and lots of hiking and bird watching opportunities. Progress from there to Las Terrazas, a community built on the idea of sustainability. The Hotel la Moka is a great base from which to walk to the waterfalls, take the zip line, go horse riding, fishing and

more. The Orchid Garden in Soroa is nearby, and it is a great place for meeting the locals. Abbotts also recommend Cienfuegos, a charming sea port where the Star Flyer cruise departs from December - March. The city was settled by French immigrants and their legacy remains in the architecture. There is a wonderful botanical garden and the city is home to many of Cuba’s artists and musicians. Trinidad is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring some great paladares (non-state owned and usually family-run restaurants) offering local dishes, and a number of music houses where you can sit and listen, dance and sample the local rum. Good accommodation is sparse here and the excellent Iberostar can be sold out months in advance if booked independently. A casa particulare, in which you stay in a room connected


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including flights from the UK to Havana, 3 nights at Iberostar Parque Central on arrival and 1 night at Iberostar Parque Central post cruise, private transfers in Cuba, 7 night cruise on full board in a standard inside cabin. These are just two of many ways to experience Cuba. You may be interested in the unspoilt beaches of islands like Cayo Largo, Cayo Coco or Cayo Santa Maria. Abbotts also recommend several alternative hotels as they enjoy a special relationship with the Melia Group, giving access to exclusive discounts for hotels such as the Paradisus Princesa del Mar, Paradisus Varadero and Paradisus Rio de Oro. Abbotts Travel 134 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BA Tel: 0208 989 9445 Twitter: @abbottstravel





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BEST SERVED WITH... This month’s recipe involves an exotic and complex combination of contrasting flavours and textures, the kind of dish that makes a good sommelier worth every grain of his (or increasingly, her) salt. Sweetness from the strawberry, sweet bitterness from the balsamic, and subtlety from the salmon are playing amidst a range of different textures. We are looking for both sweetness and acidity, some degree of ‘fullness’ but also subtlety, and energy too. It may defy tradition to recommend a red wine to drink with fish, but we have moved a long way from the classic French cuisine around which those rigid rules were bound. Pinot Noir works well with salmon, and well-crafted Pinot carries that combination of sweet ripeness, crisp acidity and soft,



feta cheese. 3. Pre heat oven to approx. 180C. 4. Put the salmon in the oven for approx. 5-10 minutes depending on how well done you will like it to be cooked. 5. In the mean-time peel the avocado and remove the stone. 6. Blend cornflakes to

create a crumb. 7. Dip half of the avocado in the beaten egg and then coat in the cornflakes. 8. Deep fry the avocado for 1 minute. 9. Pre heat a pan and add the balsamic vinegar, once the vinegar starts to reduce, add fresh strawberries and toss them around for about 1

red fruit nuance. New Zealand is delivering upon its promise of making great Pinot Noir, and Isabel Estate’s sits comfortably at the top table. Grown, like great Burgundy, on limestone and clay, it is pure, elegant and balanced, with a cascade of bright yet subtly delicious red fruit flavours. Riesling is a grape variety that is often overlooked for its foodfriendliness, and whilst some examples might be too lean for our dish, and others too sweet, those of Alsace in eastern France

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CONNOISSEUR We caught up with Toby Webster of The Black Dog Wine Company to talk about his love of France and the finer things in life.

of the great chateaux of Bordeaux. After leaving school I took a foundation course in Art & Design, but found my love of fine and illustrative art to be somewhat at odds with the Toby Webster of ‘progressive’ s ne Wi Black Dog fashions of the late 1970s, so in order to fill some time How did you become and improve my woefully interested in wine? inadequate French My father’s family ran a my father found me a small chain of pubs in placement with a Cognac The City, East London house. I quickly fell in love and Essex, to which was with France, its people attached a wine arm with and its gastronomic a couple of off-licences traditions, and the die that also imported and was cast. I subsequently bottled wines from worked in Bordeaux and Europe, including some



Champagne, and travelled around the wine producing regions of France, falling in love in turn with Provence, the Rhône, and Burgundy. How did you come to run your own wine business? On my return from France I worked for the family company, eventually overseeing wine buying and looking after sales to restaurants and private clients. During this time I passed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma, taking scholarships in the Bordeaux and Burgundy sections. When the company was sold in the early 1990s, I set up my own wine business, initially running it from

a barn at home, before eventually taking a shop in Epping High Street. When did you open the shop at Ashlyns, and what made you pick the location? The Farm Shop at Ashlyns was established by my sister and brother-in-law, with the beautiful green oak barns built by my brother, so it was something of a family affair. The philosophy of top quality, low intervention and organic foods also fitted in perfectly with my own love of small scale, artisan winemaking, so when the lease in Epping came to an end I took the recently finished Cart Barn at Ashlyns. The shop opened in time for Christmas 2009.

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Songs the students learn could be anything from a classic by the Rolling Stones, a contemporary rock song by a band like Nirvana or Red Hot Chili Peppers, or something more chart friendly by Ed Sheeran or 5 Seconds Of Summer. Every 6 months Livewire hold a charity concert where students can show off their skills to friends and family on a proper stage, in a proper venue. They are also regularly invited to play at local festivals - students have recently played the main stage at Stortford Music Festival and supported Led Zeppelin (actually the concert movie!) and Saffron Screen. The school has been so popular that they are now open for adults too! To find out more, and to book a free taster lesson you can visit the website: or call manager Dean on: 07941 670575.



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By Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham

pping Netball Club (Epping NC) was founded in 1975 and started by six young ladies for the sole purpose of keeping fit and keeping social. In the present day Epping NC has thirty girls and three teams in competitive leagues throughout Essex. Essex NC play in the Harlow Indoor Winter league which runs from September to April, their First team last year gained promotion to the first division. The Second team plays in the third division while the Third team plays in the fourth division. It was monumental that the First team gain promotion as it was the first in twenty years. The Winter Indoor league meets on Tuesdays at Harlow Sports Centre. Epping NC have two level 2 coaches and three qualified umpires, ensuring that all of the ladies have a full awareness of rules and regulations and therefore enhancing gameplay tenfold. In the Summer league in Stortford, Epping NC came joint third and they also competed in a Sunday league in Harlow, which is a great training platform for the up and coming youth players. Year round, Epping NC meets for training on Wednesdays at St Johns School in Epping. One of the most important facets of keeping netball teams alive is the recruitment of youth players,



Epping NC take on players from ages 14 and up. Lisa Matthews, Level 2 coach and Chairwoman of the club, aims to have a team of young players for their first team in five years time, a feat which isn’t impossible however will take a lot of hard work. Lisa is currently confident in the potential of a couple of her players, so watch this space. In January, Epping NC received a grant from the Grange Farm Trust of £1000, this money enabled the team to build a website which has been invaluable to them in terms of recruitment and information enquiries. Flyers are also handed out at events such as the Epping Forest Country Show. At Epping NC, the first night’s training is free, followed by a three week grace period in which it will be established whether one is a right fit for the team. After that, a yearly fee of £32 per adult is paid to the All England Netball Association, which allows for competitive play and also covers insurance plus a quarterly fee to Epping NC of £35 per adult and £20 for juniors. Not only is Epping NC a fantastic way to keep fit, it also includes a great social life, while the teams meet twice a week, for training and games, there are also social events, Christmas parties and year round activities to ensure fun and to keep everybody involved. For more information please visit

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Essex Central Issue 11 Sept 14  

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Essex Central Issue 11 Sept 14  

Issue 11