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COMMUNITY 6 Your Comments 10 Local News Wo S od 55 What’sWo Onout od h fo rd fo HEALTH & FITNESS rd 23 What Your Mouth Gives Away 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, Lauren Brown, Matt Brace. Sales Manager: Dennis Hutton Contributors: Amanda Anastasiou, Victoria Robertson, Josie Stevens, Sarah Mackie, Toby Webster. 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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elcome one and all to our November issue, the weather has finally started to turn towards a winter feel as we approach the darker nights, but at least one of those evenings will soon be lit up by the fireworks of Guy Fawkes Night, we have provided a guide on where to watch the firework displays this month so you don’t miss out on your local show. We have teamed up with Woodford House Dental Practice to talk about your teeth, whilst we also visit Argentina to explore the wonderful variety the country has to offer. In our club focus we meet Wanstead & Woodford Chess Club and even delve into the archive photos from the clubs beginnings. Enjoy these and many other features in this issue, see you next month for our Christmas edition!

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NEW TAI CHI CLASS COMES TO WOODFORD

Tai Chi is a holistic form of exercise that uses a series of gentle, controlled movements that stretch the muscles and work the joints. It was developed in China by monks to counteract their sedentary lifestyle. The exercise is suitable for everyone and has become popular with people of all ages. A new Tai Chi class for beginners will shortly be commencing at Woodford County High School for Girls, High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 9LA. The class will take place in the Dance Studio which is in the Sports Hall. Classes will commence at 7pm, and will run for an hour. The first class is free and really is a chance to “come and look at Tai Chi”. The cost after that is £6 per weekly session, paid termly. Tai Chi instructor, Rudolph de Burgh, said, “I used to partake in Shotakan Karate and progressed to my purple belt. I dearly wanted to get the black belt, but found that during free-sparing sessions the young guys were following through with their punches when they should be simply touching! I felt that Karate was not right for me and so switched to the gentler Tai Chi and have now been teaching for about 20 years.” Tel: 0208 502 9842

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A short roundup of what’s been going on

REDBRIDGE COLLEGE FIREWORKS NIGHT

Redbridge College is hosting its first ever fireworks event on 5th November for students, staff and all members of the community. The event will be held on the Sports Field at the Chadwell Heath Campus on Chadwell Heath Lane, Romford RM6 4XT starting at 5:30pm. There will be a bonfire lit at 6:00pm and a fireworks display starting around 6:30pm. Catering staff and students will be selling hot food and drinks from their Pop Up Kitchen including crowd favourites like burgers, hot dogs, wraps, winter warmer soups, as well as hot chocolate and toffee and n chocolate apples. tio ac in ss cla i Rudolph’s Tai Ch Event coordinator Siobhan

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Clouter said, “Redbridge College is extremely excited to host this event. It will give us the opportunity to reward our current students and all of their hard work to date as well as build links with the local community. This is the first event of its kind and, if successful, we will be able to offer more events like this in the future.” The invitation to attend Redbridge College Fireworks Night is extended to the entire community. This will be a family-friendly evening and there is no need to book ahead of time - people can pay at the entrance gate. Tickets will be sold for £3 to adults, £2 to children and students, while children under five years of age enter for free. The admission charge will go towards paying for the event and future community events.


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LARGER PREMISES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CHARITY Local environmental charity ecco have opened a brand new reuse shop on Epping High Street. They have signed a 10 year lease on the former tile shop next to Lathams, and are bringing a whole new look to charity and reuse shopping. Molly Folan from ecco said “This is a long term commitment to Epping Forest District and we are building a great relationship with our donors and customers. We have had amazing positive feedback from the

local community which is fantastic. Residents and businesses in the area are taking full advantage of our free collection service, our vans have been very busy! Residents also like that we are a local charity supporting environmental projects in the local community. We have been trying different things in our new shop such as a wifi hotspot available to customers so they can look up the treasures you will discover for sale and also play our weekly online

‘Green Lottery’. We have set up a photobooth where customers can take pictures of themselves and things they’ve found in our shop which we can use on our social media sites. With the help of Essex County Council we are upcycling furniture that would otherwise be sent to landfill, look out for some unique pieces.” ecco is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Tel: 01992 578957

HAVEN HOUSE CHARITY CHAMPION AT ROYAL OPENING Charity Champion Lloyd Moulder, Co-Founder of designer bathroom supplier BathWorks, based in Woodford Green, joined Haven House celebrations for the opening of a new Holistic Care Centre. Officially opened in September by HRH Duchess of Gloucester, the new building will enable the hospice to provide a broader range of specialist services to an increasing number of local life-limited children. The hospice works with children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions who are unlikely to reach adulthood. Lloyd’s fundraising challenge began in September last year as he set about raising £10,000 for the work of Haven House hospice. Celebrating 10 years in business BathWorks partnered with the hospice which was celebrating 10 years of caring and the challenge to raise £10,000 was created. It has included some hair raising

activities including a tandem skydive; a thrilling white water rafting team event and many very generous sponsors. Lloyd was also able to contribute to the new Holistic Care Centre by providing bathroom Lloy d Moulder jo ins the celebr equipment, kitchen ation units and work tops BathWorks for the new building. for example has been most helpful Lloyd said “This has been an in supplying products for the centre incredible journey for me and my – our thanks to Lloyd Moulder for family and to see the great work being done by the charity has more this and his magnificent fundraising efforts for the hospice.” than made up for the hard work it’s Lloyd is edging closer to his taking to raise the money.” Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of £10,000 target but he still needs the charity said “The opening of the your help! See details of Lloyd’s Holistic Care Centre would not have fund raising challenges on www.bath-works.co.uk and add been possible without the support of our business community offering your support by clicking on www.justgiving.com/bathworks. reduced rates and gifts in kind.

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REMEMBER

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Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks at The Royal Gunpowder Mills will be taking place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November. This spectacular event features the gunpowder plot story with reenactors from the period, engaging craft activities and the hugely popular ‘Ghost of Guy Fawkes’ children’s play shown in the theatre. The evening culminates in a fabulous 15 minute fireworks display at 7pm. For tickets visit: www.royalgunpowdermills.com.

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Ongar Round Table’s Firework Extravaganza at Chipping Ongar Primary School, Greensted Road, Ongar will be taking place on Friday 7th November. Gates open 6.30pm and there will be stalls, rides, hot food and drink and a beer tent. Tickets are available from John Sear estate agents and Chipping Ongar Primary School - £12 per family (up to two children), £5 per adult, £3 per child, under-fives free. On the night, tickets will cost £5 per adult, £3 per child.


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Making a Guy for the bonfire is a simple activity that will keep kids occupied for ages. Visit a local charity shop to get some old clothes to use, e.g. a jumper, trousers and a hat. Stuff the clothes with newspaper and tie off the ends of the arms and legs with string. Then stuff an old pillow case and form into a head shape and attach to the body with string. Use marker pens to draw on facial features and hey presto!

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Redbridge College Fireworks Event will be taking place for the first time ever on Wednesday 5th November on the sports field of the Chadwell Heath capmus. The evening celebrations will include hot food, drinks and toffee apples for sale. A bonfire will be lit at 6pm and the fireworks will then start at 6.30pm. The price for tickets is £3 for adults and £2 for students and children available on the gate, with free entry for children under 5 years of age.

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o doubt the peace loving monks of Waltham Abbey would have been horrified if they had foreseen the consequences of establishing a simple water powered fulling mill on the Millhead Stream. From this single mill, used in the production of cloth, would develop an industrial site dedicated to the production of gunpowder and explosives. Mills could easily be adapted for many uses and by the early 17th century the mill at Waltham Abbey had been converted to produce vegetable oil. The outbreak of war with the Dutch led to shortages of gunpowder and the mill was converted again, this time for the production of gunpowder. In 1665 the mill came into private hands when it was acquired by Ralph Hudson. In the late 1600s it was bought by William Walton and this marked the start of a family connection with the mill and the production of black powder which was to last almost one hundred years. Increasing demand allowed the Walton family to expand their business and in the years that followed further mills were built along the Millhead Stream and by 1735 there were some 21 buildings

at the works. Later described by Thomas Fuller, a local historian as the “largest and compleatest works in Great Britain” the Waltham Abbey Mills were one of the first examples of an industrialised factory system in the country. However by 1780 there were concerns that the production of gunpowder remained in private hands. Concerns over security and the quality of the product led to recommendations that the Waltham Abbey Mills be bought by the Crown. In October 1787 the purchase was completed and this marked the beginning of their 204 year long ownership of the Mills. Sir William Congreve was the driving force behind the Crown take-over and under his leadership the manufacture of gunpowder changed from something regarded as a ‘black art’ to an advanced technology of the time. To meet increasing demands during the Napoleonic Wars the site expanded


and production levels rose until Wellington’s victory over the French at Waterloo in 1815. The period of relative calm which followed led to a dramatic decline in production volumes and the number of staff employed at the Mills was also reduced. However despite this fall off in demand improvements and developments in production techniques continued to be made. The outbreak of the Crimean War in 1854 marked another period of expansion and many new buildings were constructed on the site. They were widely spaced for safety reasons and many of these buildings have survived to the present day. The need for increased amounts of energy to drive the mills led to the introduction of steam powered mills in 1857. This brought its own hazards and the first mills to be built were destroyed on 27th May 1861 in a spectacular explosion. The new mill complex grew up around the Queen Meads area and the Group A mills built in 1857 were followed by the Group C mills in 1861,Group D in 1868,Group E and F 1878 and Group G in 1889. This group of mills made up the largest steam driven gunpowder mill complex in the country. The Indian Mutiny followed by the Boer War between 1899 and 1902 provided the impetus for further developments. Although the main function of the Mills was to provide supplies for military use by this time there was an increasing demand for explosives for commercial use. The extensive construction projects, quarrying and tunnelling created a massive demand for gunpowder. It was following the end of WW1 that the decision was made to transfer

production away from Waltham Abbey to new locations in the west of the country. The last gunpowder mill remained until 1956 when it was finally demolished. The 170 acre site has since been turned into a wonderful, fun and educational attraction for all the family where you can see many original buildings and structures from the Gunpowder Mills past. The charity which runs the attraction is committed to conserving and sharing the fascinating 300 year history with future generations by providing exciting and interesting educational programmes and family activities including Professor Nitrate’s Mad Lab, Living History Shows, Military Truck and Landtrain Tours plus special events throughout the year.

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crucially, of what is going on inside our bodies. Most of us are familiar with our GP asking to see our tongue when we’re under the weather - that is for the same reason. One of the most valuable things we can do to preserve our general health

is to have regular checkups with a well-qualified and caring dentist, in a practice with a modern and holistic approach promoting general health awareness. A really good up-to-date professional will offer advice on anything to do with general wellbeing that a mouth examination might reveal as helpful or necessary. They will check the teeth, gums, lining of the cheeks and the tongue for early signs

of oral cancer – on every examination; hygienists in a really good practice do this too. An inconspicuous ulcer or even the tiniest lesion on the gums that isn’t going away could be a danger sign, otherwise going unnoticed until too late. ‘Routine’ dental appointments have been known to save lives. If anything untoward is found on a thorough mouth examination, a referral will be made to a clinical specialist to establish whether there are deeper concerns. It goes without saying, of course, that checkups are there to prevent or identify any problems with your teeth, too! Woodford House Dental Practice are currently offering 15% off a new patient appointment for readers of Essex Central magazine. Please quote code EC1 when you book. Woodford House Dental Practice, 162 High Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9EF, 020 8504 2704, info@improveyoursmile.co.uk, www.improveyoursmile.co.uk

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t Wellies are a must if you’re heading out to a big event on a muddy field. I love this pop of bright red, reminds me of that bonfire glow, but if you’re looking for fashion forward footwear these high heel chelsea boots won’t look out of place in the town or country.

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t When it comes to knitwear this season the chunkier the better, and they don’t come much better than this jumper from Atterley Road.

By Josie Stevens

www.notjustadress.com Ahh! The 5th of November, full of gunpowder, treason and plot. Sounds like three good reasons to stay in on Guy Fawkes Night. But, if like many of us you’re heading out to professional firework displays, or off to a friend’s to have drinks around the bonfire, you’ll want to make sure you’re wrapped up warm. Layering is key to keeping the warmth in, and if you get hot standing a little too close to that bonfire it’s easy to peel a layer off. So here’s a few of my favourite pieces that’ll keep the cold at bay whether you’re braving the outdoors or cosying up at home.

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t This cape is the ultimate layering piece for any wardrobe. Team with a chunky knit and skinny jeans, but this will also look so chic over your LBD for Christmas party season.

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MUST HAVES By Josie Stevens

www.notjustadress.com If you’re off out to a big fireworks display with the family this Guy Fawkes you’ll want to make sure you’ve wrapped up, if anyone gets cold you know you’ll be handing over a jumper or two to help warm them up! Here’s some key purchases that will not only keep you (and the rest of the family) warm, but will work with the rest of your winter wardrobe.

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A portrait makes a special Christmas gift for your friends & family to treasure

Woodford based photographer, with friendly & relaxed style, offers portraits either in your home or favourite outdoor location

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FASHION

WINTER MAKEUP TRENDS

BEAUTY

By Amanda Anastasiou

Amanda Anastasiou

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adies put your bright lipsticks away as eyes are the focus for autumn/winter 2014. From bold strong liners and smokey metallic shadows applied at Dior and Donna Karen to extra-long false lashes at Gucci, makeup artists turned their attention to eye makeup when creating this season’s beauty looks. The autumn/winter 2014 collection consisted of a warm wintery palette with hues and pops of green, purple, orange and blue. As usual the timeless natural look remained popular, but with more sculpting and definition for a perfected take on the bare-faced look. When re-creating this season’s looks, I use the versatile makeup range from a new brand called Provoc. The range consists of lip liners, eye liners and lashes and the most amazing part… the makeup is semi permanent! Lasting until you remove with an oil based remover. We have the range available for you to purchase at Finesse Hair & Beauty.

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LIGHT AND SHADE

Highlighters and an abundance of taupe eye shadows are present in every makeup artist’s kit this season. Contouring and illuminating were used to emphasise the face for a flawless take on the natural look and gave a youthful look. Oils and serums were applied to the skin before foundation at Valentino to give that illuminating glow, whilst brows were neatly groomed. A sculpted, almost mannequin-like look was displayed at Givenchy and Marc Jacobs. Teamed with flawless skin were minimal nude look lips.

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Did you think 80’s blue eye makeup was a thing of the past? It turns out its back in shades of sapphire, azure, cerulean and cobalt. It was joined by purple at Burberry Prorsum, Chloé and Diane von Furstenberg, and khaki at Derek Lam. It’s certainly not a season to be afraid of colour! And, while we’re on the topic of colour, Chanel created a rainbow of eyeliner flicks with fuchsia, lime, teal and orange. It’s all about pushing limits with colour. You can easily create this look on yourself with the Provoc eyeliners. Prep your lids with foundation and then powder to matt and simply apply the liner in a straight line for a sharp cat eye look or you have a few seconds to blend the line for a more softer look and then viola…there is no budging or smudging!

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Particular attention was paid to the eyelashes on the catwalk. Extra-long false lashes gave models a dolllike prettiness at Versace, Rochas and Gucci, whilst clumpy, clogged mascara was used at Prada. Falsies may have been around forever, but makeup artists went crazy with them this year! At Gucci, a row of false lashes was applied to both the upper and lower lash lines.

t PRECIOUS METALS

Although lips were not the focus point on catwalks this season, metallics certainly were! Bronze hues were used on the lips at Rodarte. Gold liner at Badgley Mischka, silver shadow at Donna Karan and glittery eyelids at Altuzarra - metallic makeup was everywhere, particularly at the New York shows. Punky and a little futuristic, we too can take inspiration from this trend, as well as bold colours, there is an array of metallic colours within the Provoc range for you to experiment with. Try a dash of metallic in the corners of the eye for a subtle but striking look.

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FREEZING

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Cooltech machine

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Improve stubborn problem areas with this new technique.

osmetic treatments have come a very long way in recent years. Surgical procedures have given way to non-invasive alternatives such as lasers and heat-based therapies to provide safer solutions to common aesthetic issues. For every surgical option there are now gentler substitutions that not only cut the cost and risk associated with surgery, but

also equal their effectiveness. For instance, the facelift has been replaced with Dermal Fillers, or the ‘liquid facelift’ as it has been dubbed, which involves injecting a substance found naturally in the body to temporarily plump and lift the skin. A more recently established technique that is said to rival liposuction is Fat Freezing, also known as cryolipolysis. Patients are

Courthouse Clinics Brentwood

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able to achieve the same results as they would with surgery but without the downtime or pain – and for a fraction of the cost. The idea for the treatment came about when doctors noticed a strange reaction in children after they had consumed large quantities of ice-lollies. The fragility of the subcutaneous fat in the cheeks of these children became damaged by the low temperature of the ice, causing permanent dimples to appear on the flesh. This was dubbed ‘Popsicle Panniculitis’ and was later used as a basis to develop the method of Fat Freezing. Ideal candidates for this treatment are patients at or near

to their ideal body weight but with stubborn pockets of fat, such as love handles or back rolls. The process involves applying a handheld vacuum device to the chosen problem area, which sucks the skin and fat towards two cooling plates. The fat is then exposed to cold temperatures of around -7°C to -8°C for 60-70 minutes, safely destroying the fat cells at that site without damaging the skin. The cells continue to die for the next 7-10 days, eventually flushing naturally out of the body via the lymphatic system. The result is a noticeable inch-loss in the treatment area. Fat Freezing is essentially a controlled activation of Popsicle Panniculitis and, similarly to the condition, is completely harmless having been clinically tested and awarded the CE Mark for approved medical use. However, this treatment should always be performed by professionals in a professional environment. There are a multitude of non-surgical treatments available nationwide, but it is essential to ensure that any procedure you choose will be performed by a certified expert before making an appointment. Non-surgical options may be statistically safer, but there are still risks involved. If you would like to learn more about Fat Freezing, it is available along with other non-surgical treatments at Courthouse Clinics. Visit their website www.courthouseclinics.com for more information.

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Chloe

Denise

Crystal

We have 2 fantastic offers from Tikadi Theydon Bois when you book in with our stylists Chloe, Denise or Crystal up until the end of November

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Cut & blow dry

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During Oct & Nov 2014 with one of the following stylists at Tikadi Theydon Bois:

During Oct & Nov 2014 with one of the following stylists at Tikadi Theydon Bois:

Chloe, Denise or Crystal

Chloe, Denise or Crystal

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We have 2 fantastic offers from Tikadi Ongar when you book in with our stylists Nikki, Michaela or Lana up until the end of November

£30 

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During Oct & Nov 2014 with one of the following stylists at Tikadi Ongar:

During Oct & Nov 2014 with one of the following stylists at Tikadi Ongar:

Nikki, Michaela or Lana

Nikki, Michaela or Lana

T & Cs Cannot be used with any other offer or discounts and is valid until 30/11/2014 Present voucher to validate the offer. EC/2014

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SAFE Make sure your home is secure for the coming winter months.

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s nights grow longer, home security becomes even more important. Here are some methods available to help protect your property and your family.

SIMPLE MEASURES

Burglaries are considered ‘crimes of opportunity’ as thieves look for easy ways to get into your property, e.g. an open window or unlocked door. They will always look for the weakest (and

quickest) point of entry when trying to gain access to your home so make sure you employ some simple measures to make things harder for them. Ensure that all doors and windows are fitted with adequate security locks, and make sure that you use them! Dead-

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locks, security chains and latches can all be fitted quickly and inexpensively. Installing a sensor light, which will turn on when it detects movement is a great way to illuminate portions of your property only when needed - like when someone enters the area, and can be a great deterrent for burglars.

INTRUDER ALARMS

To step up measures even further an intruder alarm is the best way to go. Not only will it immediately alert you to an intruder, but also your neighbours as well. There are a vast array of options available to suit different budgets and properties, which can be discussed with a professional during a security survey.

STATE OF THE ART

The latest Agility™3 Alarm offers a new concept in home security systems, giving you total control at all times. This state-of-the-art wireless alarm system


HOME GARDEN

offers you the best in home security. Connect to your home - either with the Smartphone application or via your PC, and enjoy a host of benefits including the choice to view the inside of your home with the visual verification capability, and the option to arm or disarm the system, wherever you are. All images taken are saved on a secure cloud server so that you always have a record of events, should you need it. You decide you’re in total control! Other useful add-on features also include wireless smoke, gas, CO and flood detectors to keep your home and family safe.

LOCAL EXPERTS

Locktec Security Group has been serving the local community for their security needs since 1989. They are one of only a few companies offering complete “one stop” security, covering all sectors of the Security Industry. As home and business security specialists, they supply and install high quality equipment from Intruder Alarm systems, Locksmith services, CCTV, Access control systems and Boarding up services to Key cutting. Whether it is a single lock change or an integrated Security System their products are of the highest quality, reliable, cost effective and durable. The Locktec team is made up of experienced professional tradesmen with detailed practical knowledge of all security products and systems. Their friendly and helpful approach to

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Sleep soundly knowing your family is safe.

customer care has earned them an excellent reputation which is further demonstrated by the significant level of referrals and recommendations received. With more than 25 years in the industry, Locktec have carried out thousands of installations throughout East London and Essex for domestic customers as well as a wide variety of commercial clients, including Metropolitan & Essex Police Forces and local council authorities. Locktec always ensure quality, well priced work through memberships of numerous trade associations and are SSAIB registered (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) with high standards of practice being recognised through the award of eight SSAIB Certificates of Merit. They are fully insured and all staff are Police vetted, so you can be confident that you’re in safe hands. All jobs undertaken are priced before work begins, so that you know exactly what you will be paying and all work is guaranteed, giving you total peace of mind. Locktec Security Group pride themselves on providing safe and secure living for you and your family... Guaranteed!! Unit 1, 24/26 Fowler Road, Hainault Business Park, Hainault, IG6 3UT www.locktecsecurity.co.uk Tel: 0208 500 0014

“To step up measures even further an intruder alarm is the best way to go.”

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ALL SEASONS CLIMATE CONTROL Too hot in summer? Too cold in winter? A home air conditioning unit could be the answer to your problems.

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ll Seasons Climate Control are a local company based in Loughton offering cost effective, energy efficient climate control solutions. Steven Maxwell answers some of our questions regarding their home air conditioning units and reveals that this perceived luxury item will more often than not save you money compared with a traditional home heating system.

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Why would I buy air conditioning when going into the winter months? Every air conditioning unit sold nowadays is a heat pump inverter. This means that they operate both in heating and in cooling mode.

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Is an air conditioning unit expensive to run? No, air conditioning is cheap to run and is extremely energy efficient both in heating and in

cooling. To give some sort of example, it is estimated that in heating mode the cost to run them is roughly a third of the cost of running a normal gas central heating system.

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Will it take up a lot of space in my home? No, all of our units are small and compact. Â All that we require is a space for the indoor unit whether it be ducted, floor mounted or wall mounted, and then a small outdoor space for the condenser, which is roughly the size of a small suitcase.

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What is the life expectancy of an air conditioning unit? A properly maintained system should give you a trouble free air conditioning for 10 - 20 years. All Seasons has a team of dedicated highly trained engineers to provide full back up and breakdown service at the most competitive rates on the market.

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Do you need planning permission? Under the latest building regulations your contractor will notify your local building control under the approved contractor scheme. In most cases planning is not needed, however if your property falls within a conservation area you may do. All Seasons have over 15 years experience in dealing with all different types of property, and can help guide you through this.

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How noisy are air conditioning units? No, all the modern inverter systems are extremely quiet. The variable speed compressor helps with energy efficiency as well as noise reduction. To request a brochure or arrange a free no obligation survey Tel: 0207 078 0339, or for more information visit the website: www.beattheheat.co.uk.

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“Choose plants which will sur vive the low temperatures”

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Earthworm

WILDLIFE WATCH

Rake any fallen leaves

on Victoria Roberts

GARDENING

Earthworms are made up of ridged segments. They are completely covered in minute hairs, which allow them to grip the soil and move. Worms are vital in maintaining soil structure and fertility as they aerate the soil, improve drainage and bring nutrients to the surface. They feed on decaying organic matter and can be seen all year round. Botrytis cinerea

WITH VICTORIA ROBERTSON

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

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elcome to my gardening guide for November. As the last of the leaves from the trees tumble down and rest upon the ground and the cold early morning frosts begin, this is a sure sign that winter is well and truly on its way.

JOBS FOR NOVEMBER

_ Continue to rake up any fallen leaves especially on your lawn as leaving them will prevent light getting through and the frosty damp conditions will become a haven for slugs and snails which carry an array of fungal diseases. _ Put a colourful zing back into your garden containers to enhance their look. By bringing them back to life it can really help to lift your

mood especially if they are filled with colourful plants and placed by the entrance to your home. Choose plants that will survive the low temperatures such as ornamental grasses, flowering cabbages, violas and pansies which come in a vast selection of colours.

Clean your birdbath

_ Clean out your bird baths and bird feeders too. Keep them topped up with fresh water and food. _ Dig up Dahlias as soon as the leaves become blackened by the frost.

The tubers can be dried off, labelled and stored in a frost free place until next spring. _ Plant bare-rooted trees, shrubs, hedging and roses as well as fruit trees and bushes. Before planting soak the roots in a bucket of water for about an hour. _ A good scented shrub for this time of year is the winter honeysuckle bush - Lonicera fragrantissima. Callicarpa bodinieri. has the most amazing violetpurple berries that really stand out and for coloured stems the Tartarian dogwood, - Cornus alba is a lovely choice with its vibrant red stems. By Amenity horticulturalist & gardening committee member of Copped Hall and Epping Horticultural Society Victoria Robertson.

PESTS AND DISEASE

Look out for grey mould especially on your cyclamens. This is a fungus called Botrytis cinerea, it’s a very common disease that causes a growth of fuzzy grey mould. It can infect many other plants, especially those grown under glass or where conditions are humid. Remove any dead and dying leaves or buds promptly. Try not to leave dead plant material lying around and reduce humidity by improving ventilation if you have a greenhouse.

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DISCOVER

ARGENTINA Wetlands to winelands, gauchos to glaciers, Argentina is a place of great beauty and variety.

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andscapes range from arid desert and sub-tropical jungle in the north, through endless pampa plains and vineyards moving down through the lakes and peaks of the Andes to the mighty glaciers of Patagonia. Let’s not forget the Antarctic cruises departing from Ushuaia, affectionately known as the ‘End of the world’. Argentina is an outdoor lover’s paradise, extremely safe, friendly and accessible. A 3-hour time difference means no jetlag, and no visas are required for British passport holders. Getting there: British Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires daily. Many other airlines fly from a variety of airports in the UK via Europe and the USA. Travelling around: This is normally a multi-centre destination so if you have limited time, Abbotts offer discounted air passes. If you have more time and want to travel overland, buses and self-drive are a good choice. Accommodation: The rustic traditions and friendly nature of the Argentine people is reflected in a great selection of smaller hotels, guest houses and lodges. The country can also boast a range of luxurious 4* and 5* hotels that are the very definition of refinement

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and indulgence. Tell Abbotts what you’re seeking, and they will find something to suit. Where should I go? It is true that Argentina is vast (2400 miles from north to south! It’s the world’s eighth largest country) so it can be overwhelming when looking at where to go. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

Puerto Madero

BUENOS AIRES

One of the most vibrant and exciting cities in South America, Buenos Aires is a bustling hub of activity. This irresistible capital will inspire any city dweller with its stylish architecture, tree lined avenues, eclectic mix of modern, bohemian, and more traditional neighbourhoods and the host of exquisite boutiques and restaurants. It is a romantic city that seems to have inherited the best of its Spanish heritage whilst maintaining an individual flair. Spend some time wandering the streets of this beautiful city and get lost in the story of Eva Peron before indulging in some of South America’s finest cuisine. Take a city tour and explore the diverse neighbourhoods and architecture, see a tango, indulge in the best steak you will ever eat, visit the local markets, go to

Iguazu Falls

Recoleta Cemetary


TRAVEL ARGENTINA

La Boca, Buenos Aires

a football match like nothing you have experienced before, take a day trip to Uruguay, take the boat along the Tigre Delta, or even visit the Pampas (Argentinian countryside).

IGUAZU FALLS

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FOOD & DRINK AL-QASR

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by Al-Qasr

the wide range of Indian/ Pakistani food rustled up by Head Chef Mohammad Iftikhar makes for a great night out with family and friends, especially on weekends when a fantastic buffet menu is offered. The owners of AlQasr spoke of their new

BEST SERVED WITH... The pairing of wine with spicy cuisine gives rise to much heated (forgive me) debate amongst wine lovers, with many claiming that wine and much Asian cuisine simply of ter bs Toby We don’t work together, a cold s ne Wi Black Dog lager being the only sensible recourse, whilst others think that certain wines can work. I tentatively fall into the latter camp. Chicken Jalfrezi is a fairly hot dish, and even if not eye-wateringly so it constitutes an undoubted challenge. However, there are wines which are capable of taking up the gauntlet. I have enjoyed success with dry, crisply refreshing, overtly mineral whites - the thirst-quenching 2012 Muscadet that I usually recommend with fish, is a

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venture, “We decided to open because wherever we ate we were always missing that certain home cooked taste, we simply couldn’t find food that we would like to eat for ourselves”. Here is their recipe for Chicken Jalfrezi,a spicy family favourite.

4 Method 1. Dice the chicken breast, onion and capsicum. 2. Heat up the vegetable oil

personal favourite with Indian cuisine. An interesting and inexpensive alternative might be a Verdejo-Viura from Rueda, our 2013 Finca Remendio having the requisite cut combined with a lovely ripe fruit. Some argue that whites with a slightly sweeter or richer character are better at coping with spice, and Pinot Gris from Alsace is amongst the most highly regarded in this respect. Whilst at the drier end of the Alsace spectrum, it has sufficient richness to carry the dish. There is a strong argument too in favour of Rosé. I feel that a reasonably full bodied Syrah would work better than the lighter Provençale style much in favour at the moment. Yves Cuilleron makes a particularly compelling example from his lair in the Northern Rhône, a gastronomic wine in the best sense, bone dry but with a ripe, well-structured fruit that arches across the palate, and a lingering finish. H 2012 Muscadet Sur Lie, Yves Bretonnière £10.70


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200g chicken

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breasts 1 /2 a large onio n 1tsp cumin se eds 1 tomato, dice d 1 large capsic um (any colour ) 2 tbsp vegeta ble oil 1tsp garam m asala (spice m ix) 1 /2 tsp turmeric 1tsp red chilli powder Salt 1 /2 cup water A handful of fre sh, chopped coriander leav es

6 in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Stir for half a minute and then add the chopped onion and capsicum. 3. Stir fry for a further two minutes. 4. Add all of the spices and season to taste with the salt. 5. After cooking for a minute, add the chicken

along with half a cup of water. 6. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat. 7. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves. 8. Serve with boiled rice and naan bread. Al-Qasr, 308 Ley Street, Ilford, IG1 4BS Tel: 020 3583 2189

(£9.95 if you buy 6 bottles) H 2013 Verdejo-Viura, Finca Remendio, Rueda £9.40 (£8.75 each for 6 bottles) H 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Isabel Estate, Marlborough £15.80 (£14.70 each for 6 bottles) H 2012 Pinot Gris, Domaine Bruno Sorg, Alsace £15.35 (£14.30 each for 6 bottles) H 2012 Syrah ‘Sybel’, Yves Cuilleron £10.60 (£9.85 each for 6 bottles) Available from The Black Dog Wine Company at Ashlyns Farm Shop in North Weald. www. blackdogwines.co.uk, Tel: 01992 525009.

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020 8524 8438 The Green, Chingford, London E4 7EL Table7@hotmail.co.uk

Christmas Menu 3 courses £29.99 Drink on arrival

Raspberry Bellini, Bottle of Beer or Soft Drink

Starters

Leek and Potato Soup with Black Olives Tapenade on Croute Scottish Smoked Salmon with Potato & Horseradish Pancake Pan Fried Chicken Livers served with Garlic Toasted Ciabatta & Cranberry Jus Gorgonzola Picante served with Pear & Chestnuts Salad

Mains

Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings Lamb Shank served with Creamy Mash, Wilted Spinach & Rosemary Jus Pan Roasted Salmon served with Potatoes Brava’s & Parma Ham Crisp Gateau of Crispy Polenta & Chargrilled Vegetables topped with Goat Cheese & Green Harissa Dressing

Desserts

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce Chocolate Fondant with Winter Berries Compote & Table7 Grand Marnier Ice Creams Bread & Butter Pudding with Baileys Cream Mediterranean Cheese Board served with Table 7 Fruit Chutney and Crackers

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Enjoy this Christmas at the Bluebell Restaurant December Midweek Set Supper Menu

New Year's Eve Menu

December Lunch Menu

(Served Tuesday - Thursday) - 2 Courses £23.95 / 3 Courses £29.95 per person

(Served 31st December 2014, 7.00pm til 1.00am) £90.00 per person

(Tuesday-Saturday) £19.00 for Two Courses/£25.95 for Three Courses

Chef’s Seasonal Soup Smoked Haddock Rarebit with Plum Tomato Salad Chicken and Duck Liver Pâté with House Chutney and Toasted Brioche ~~~

Canapès Lobster Cappuccino Hen’s Egg Ravioli with Baby Spinach & Parmesan Cappuccino ~~~ Fried Scottish Scallops with Honey Roast Pork Belly & Granny Smith Apple ‘Duo of Goats Cheese’ Pressed Terrine with Olive Tapenade, Filo Baked Baby Crottin with Red Pepper Chutney ~~~ Mojito Sorbet

Oak Smoked Scottish Salmon Salad with Avocado, Cucumber & Olives Bluebell Prawn Cocktail with King Prawns, Avocado & Citrus Fruits ~~~ Fresh Papperadelle with Butternut Squash, Crepes, Broccoli & Toasted Chestnuts Roast British Lamb Rump with individual Shepards Pie & Honey Roasted Roots ~~~ Apple Tart Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream Seasonal Fruit Salad

Free Range Roast Turkey with Pork and Sage Stuffing and Traditional Accompianments Roast Breat Braised Leg of Pheasant on Parmentier Potatoes, Sprouts, Chestnuts and Black Pudding. Market Fish of the Day ~~~ Traditional Christmas Pudding with Rum Anglaise

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THE GARNON BUSHES

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COMMUNITY

KIDS IN NEED

Granting wishes since 1982 By Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham.

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n 1982, two couples were contemplating how lucky they were to have healthy and able children and decided that they wanted to raise the funds in order to assist children who were physically and mentally disabled. After sharing the news with close family and friends, twelve people began the project to help these children. Their first project was a knitathon which helped raise funds for a barn dance and Kids in Need has had unstoppable support ever since. Kids in Need is a charity which grants wishes for children who suffer with physical and mental disabilities such as Autism, ADHD, blindness and even terminal illnesses. Chairman Lawrence Conroy and his team of dedicated fundraisers and coordinators will stop at no end to fulfill as many wishes as possible. Wishes come in all shapes and sizes, from celebrity meetings such as Kylie Minogue and Nicholas Lyndhurst to theme park holidays and tickets

to the Doctor Who Experience. For Lawrence Conroy, one stand out wish was a terminally ill boy of fourteen who had always dreamed of being in a Ferrari and it was arranged that Egham High Street be shut down so that he could be driven from either end at an accelerated speed. To this boy’s delight he was also given t-shirts and other memorabilia, it is an especially poignant memory as he tragically passed away shortly afterwards. Kids in Need work to grant around one hundred wishes per year, and so fundraising is the paramount objective, they hold many events which all raise money to bring children’s wishes into fruition. Two golf days per year are arranged to raise money as well as a dinner and dance which goes a long way towards meeting their goals, other events include quiz and racing nights and an alternative ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ which have also brought in necessary funds.

Kids in Need are often contacted through word of mouth recommendations, as well as through the internet and special needs schools. This is such a vital charity in the area because they work tirelessly to allow physically and mentally disabled children to meet their heroes or even enjoy a trip to Legoland which able children are able to visit without any difficulty or extensive special planning. One child who was both deaf and blind wished to visit a theme park and was able to go to Southend’s Peter Pan’s Playground which was a rare opportunity and her delight was truly awe-inspiring. Kids in Need is ran on a purely voluntary basis and nobody receives any kind of remuneration, ensuring that all of the money goes toward the children. For more information visit www.essexinfo.net/kidsinneed/

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WHEN: Thursday 6th November, 7pm-8pm WHAT: Essex Police Local Community Meeting: Find out more about what’s going on in your local area and meet with your local policing team. All welcome. WHERE: St Mary Church, 201 High Road, Loughton

WHEN: Saturday 1st November, Gates open 5pm WHAT: Abridge Bonfire and Firework Display: Bonfire 6pm, Judging the Guy competition 6:30pm, burning of the Guys 7pm, fireworks display 7.30pm. Funfair, food stalls, refreshments, barbecue and licensed bar. Parking. Tickets on the gate or at a discounted rate if purchased in advance. Tickets £5 adults, £3 children, aged three to 16. Ring Bev on 07958 535971. WHERE: Abridge Village Hall field, Ongar Road, Abridge

WHEN: Saturday 15th November WHAT: Waltham Abbey Supporters Quiz Night: Tickets £10, include a ploughman’s supper. For tickets and more information, ring Sally on 01992 711849. WHERE: The Scout Hall, Cornmill car park, Waltham Abbey (behind the town hall)

WHEN: Saturday 8th November, 11am-4pm WHAT: Flamingo Fairs - Earlybird Xmas Fair: Admission free. Refreshments available. WHERE: Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, corner of Woodbine Place and Spratt Hall Road

WHEN: Sunday 2nd November, 9am-2pm WHAT: Farmers Market: Produce stalls and local organisations, second-hand book stall. Loughton Residents association councillors on hand to respond to questions and problems. For more details, email contact@loughtonresidents. co.uk or visit www. loughton residents.co.uk. WHERE: Centric Parade, High Road, Loughton

WHEN: Saturday 8th November, noon-4pm WHAT: Christmas Market: Scheduled kennels tours, a dog demonstration, Santa Paws Grotto, Christmas Craft market stalls, chocolate tombola, refreshments and other fun activities. Admission free. No pet dogs allowed. Limited parking on site. WHERE: Guide Dogs Training School, Findlay House, 7 Manor Road, Woodford Green

WHEN: Tuesday 4th November, 7.30pm WHAT: Ongar Flower Club: Demonstration by Doug Howard entitled ‘Mists and Sparkling Cobwebs’. Visitors welcome. WHERE: Zinc Arts, High Street, Ongar

WHEN: Friday 14th November WHAT: An evening of cabaret and burlesque in aid of St Clare Hospice: Tickets £15 for seated, £12 for standing. Ring Anna on 07958 487644 (over-18s only). WHERE: The Park Inn, Southern Way, Harlow

WHEN: Monday 17th November, 8pm WHAT: Ongar Wildlife Society: With a talk by Nick Johnson entitled Carnivorous Plants. For more details visit www.ongarwildlifesociety.org WHERE: Zinc Arts, High Street, Ongar WHEN: Saturday 29th November, 11.30am-3pm WHAT: Advent Activity Day: Buffet meal with pancakes. Crafts and activities, £1 each, for children based on horses as 2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse. For more details ring Rev’d Gill Hopkins on 01992 760492. WHERE: The Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beech

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PARENTING

MUM’ S CORNER By Sarah Mackie

What would you do for a good nights sleep?

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e’ve all been there. We’ve all been so exhausted, we would do anything for a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation is without doubt, one of the toughest things about parenthood, but how far would YOU go to combat night awakenings? To cry or not to cry, that is the question (and I don’t mean you, mum, that’s a given, I mean the baby.) Picture this. Exhausted, bleary-eyed parent leaning over 9 month old baby’s cot, balancing The Baby Whisperer book in one elevated hand, while attempting the ‘shush pat’ technique with the other hand. Reading rule number ninety-twelve “do not make eye contact with sleep-allergic wired infant” and promptly relinquishing eye contact with said wired infant, who is gazing up at you trying to play peekaboo. Turning the page with an entangled mess of fingers on one hand while trying not to lose the rhythm of the shush pat with the other which is starting to resemble an awkward belly rub/head pat kerfuffle. Urgh! I tried everything. I

read every sleep ‘guru’ from Gina Ford to co-sleeping advocates. We tried lots of techniques, bought comforters, musical night lights, went to an osteopath, we adhered to a strict bedtime routine, even did a bit of feng shui in the nursery (you know, in case the bad sleeping spirits were causing havoc). But to this day, I am still wrestling with a bad sleeper. Three years of broken sleep; clearly I don’t have the answers! Do I just have an infantile insomniac on my hands or did I do it all wrong from the start? Well, if wrong is listening to the ever powerful maternal instinct, then yes, I did it all wrong. In the early days I cuddled, rocked and fed to sleep, soothed every whimper and comforted every cry. Am I still paying for all that now? Controlled crying is one of the most hotly debated subjects in the parenting arena, full of passionate opinions and conflicting research findings. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not against other people doing it and I did try it (if trying it consists of baby crying in one room and me crying in another for an hour one night, until I emotionally combusted, scooped her up and vowed never ever to leave her again) but not responding to her cries just went against my grain.

THINGS TO DO

The world’s favourite pantomime will sweep into town this Christmas,

the stars at the Harlow Playhouse. 12th December to 4th January. Box Office: 01279 431945 Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS

SANTA SPECIALS ON THE EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY

Father Christmas is returning to the EOR this December to help spread

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As Christmas fast approaches, here are some lovely things to do with your little ones in the surrounding areas that are bookable now: as Cinderella reaches for CINDERELLA

Epping Ongar Railway

festive cheer. Departing North Weald, Santa will travel through the train and present all the good boys and girls with their very own gift. Good mums and dads get a free mince pie and a glass of mulled wine too. Selected dates from 6th to 24th December.

Book online: www.eorailway.co.uk Station Road, North Weald, CM16 6BT

SANTA’S GROTTO AND ICE SKATING AT VAN HAGE

Children will be enchanted by the winter wonderland


PROS AND CONS THE ‘CRYING IT OUT’ MTO ETHOD:

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4 Crying it out teach es a baby how to self-s oothe so when he wakes thr oughout the night, he can settle himself back to sleep. 4 It does work, many parents find this to be a successful form of sle ep training. 4 Infantile sleep depri vation can lower cogn itive performance, and ne gatively effects memo ry, learning and behavio ur. 4 Maternal sleep depri business vat and stress, and can ha ion is linked to depression ve negative effects on networking the rest of the family and marital relations. people who meet on a weekly basis CONS is a local group of like-minded 6 Leaving a baby to cry evokes physiological responses that increa se stress hormones. Crying infants experience an increase in heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure. 6 When babies cry, it is because they need the comfort and love of a parent, and that need is as real and as valid as the ir need for food. It is Eppnet ad 74x110mm.indd 1 our responsibility to respo nd to that need. 6 It doesn’t actually wo rk for long. When babie reach new developme s ntal milestones, if the y are unwell or when the rou tine changes, sleep co uld be interrupted again. 6 The long term effect s of increased cortisol levels (stress hormone) from prolonged crying has been linked to aggression and emotional detachm ent later in life.

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displays when visiting the Grotto. Each child will receive a surprise toy. Open on selected days from Saturday 8th November until Wednesday 24th December. Experience the magic of ice skating at Van Hage this Christmas, opening Thursday 13th November. Book online: www. vanhage.co.uk Amwell Hill, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9RP

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COPPED HALL CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT THE MANSION

Listen to Christmas carols sung by the Copped Hall Choir, Harlow Chorus and Cantando. 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th December. Book online: www.coppedhall events.ticketsource. co.uk. Copped Hall, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS

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In Partnership with

ENTERING FATHERHOOD

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s mentioned last month our boy is now 18months old and his new found independence appears to be growing stronger by the day, this has been exemplified by his recent French sounding “Non” when trying to say “No”, this is often accompanied by a pushing away motion, and a firmer “Non”. We’re unsure why such a small simple word has come out with a French accent, but if he starts progressing to “Allo allo, what is zis Monsieur?” then I may have to see if my satellite dish is facing a French mast. I’m happy to go along with this for the time being though and have run with the idea and purchased a red beret, string of onions, and striped blue and white T-shirt, however, when presented with these gifts he simply said “Non” and brushed them aside… should have guessed really. The little lad has had quite a bad cold this month, with a very niggly cough that has kept him (and us) awake through many nights. Unfortunately, our initial concern for his cough played straight into his little manipulating hands, as when it first started we felt he may have been chocking, so we darted over, checking his mouth, patting him on the back etc… after a few minutes, it was clear he had a winters cold (the doctor said as much) and we didn’t go sprinting over each time he made the noise. This apparent lack of sympathy seemed to bother him! Over the next two weeks we were treated to full on coughs in the face as he would be playing with his toys, feel a tickle at the back of the throat, calmly get up and walk towards us, in order to begin coughing, open mouthed at our faces or over our food. We

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were getting used to him ‘showing off his cough’ but it was very awkward in public situations, for instance, when we were casually packing our shopping bags at the supermarket counter and he lurched forward into the poor checkout girl’s face to proudly show off his cough and demand sympathy. We have finally taught him to cover his mouth whilst coughing…to our relief! Towards the end of the month we visited my father in law’s allotment plot where he had grown the largest pumpkins I’d ever seen. The little lad loved sitting on top of the biggest one to have his photo taken for Halloween, and then

“He lurched rward into the fo poor checkout gir l’s face to proudly show off his coug h”

tried to pick it up, grunting like a weightlifter as he failed to heave the pumpkin off the floor, much to the amusement of his Granddad, who has decided to grow even bigger specimens next year. This month ahead we’re looking forward to him enjoying his first fireworks night, last year we stayed indoors and he slept through the excitement, but this time round I know he will be wide eyed and mesmerised by the brilliant flashes across the sky. My only concern is that once he’s seen such a display, my own ‘blowing bubbles’ show will pale abysmally into insignificance against a few tonnes

of explosives being lit up across the night sky. I end this month’s diary entry with an update on his every growing eating habits and the eagerness he tries to consume food with. The first thing he does when he wakes up is plead for food, pointing frantically at his mouth saying, “more, more, more”, it’s so forceful that we have to keep a cereal bar at the side of the bed in the morning, poised like a tranquiliser dart that we throw at him to pacify his cravings. In the afternoon after nursery we pick him up and he seems starved, demanding food and quickly gobbling anything he can lay his hands on like some weight watchers renegade. So, we check his nursery book, expecting to see that has been asleep throughout all the mealtimes, or that he had refused to eat what was offered, only to find that he’s eaten everything! He’s had seconds, eaten the leftovers from the other kids, downed ploughman’s lunches, lasagnes, and roast chicken dinners. He eats better than us, and four times as much! Although when he has decided enough is enough he has begun to start posting his food through the cat flap. He loves to share his food/drink/toys but hasn’t quite grasped the fact that once it’s posted through, he can’t get it back. So, quite often you will hear noises of frustration by the back door, only to go outside and see a mound of teddy bears and sandwiches piled high on the other side, with a couple of bemused cats wondering why their entrance to the home is now producing food and drink, as they wait patiently for a bowl of ‘Whiskers’ to appear. ...TO BE CONTINUED


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WANSTEAD & WOODFORD

CHESS CLUB By Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham

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n terms of chess it has been said that the acquisition of rules is simple yet the application is infinite, Wanstead & Woodford Chess Club (W&W CC) corroborate this wholly. Meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, W&W CC are well established in the local area, competing in the Essex League, North Circular League and the historical London League. W&W CC meet at Wanstead House and are led by chairman Ian Hunnable, whose father was instrumental in the club’s founding in 1946. The chess season takes place between September and May and W&W CC also arrange mini leagues for out of season play. W&W CC found great success in the previous season, they were the joint winners of the Capes Trophy, a rapid play tournament as well as winners of the Bound Trophy in which participants compete in two thirty minute games. As club secretary, Philip Staniland undertakes the membership and league paperwork as well as taking the minutes of the meetings, he is also the 1st Team Captain for the North Circular League. As the game of chess takes an impeccable amount of concentration and determination, it is inevitable that W&W CC runs like a well-oiled machine. The Club Championship dates back to 1946 and the aforementioned Ian Hunnable has won the prestigious trophy a record ten times (left). There are many other awards within the club, including

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Picture of club meetin

g from its early days

the David Wood Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the member with the best overall score in competitive play and the Roy Wagstaff award for the best combination of internal events. An extended trip to Hastings commences every year which sees members of W&W CC make the trip to one of the most historical chess cities in the world, they also have a stand at the annual Wanstead Festival. W&W CC has fifty members of which the ability ranges from complete novice to international masters and there is opportunity for competitive as well as casual play. A lot of members, including Philip Staniland and Ian Hunnable have played chess since childhood and others played earlier in their lives and came back to it after a break. W&W CC also have some of the area’s most promising junior players including Naomi Wei, Partha Mulay, Devdoot Barman and Nail Ali, and early interest in chess has been proven to aid concentration and academic performance. W&W CC offer three taster sessions and then memberships costs a £25 annual fee which pays club fees as well as a Bronze Membership to the BCF and there is a £3 board fee per session. If you are interested please contact Philip Staniland at 07949 881 881 or mra1h8@live.com or see www.wansteadwoodfordcc. wordpress.com.


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