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GreenAcres Woodland Burials – Epping Forest has proudly supported the local community of Epping since 2008. Set in 52 acres of beautiful mixed woodland close to Epping Forest, the stunning facilities help to make this one of the most idyllic places for a very special goodbye in and around Essex. With their award-winning ceremonial buildings, the woodland provides a tranquil setting, where families and friends can share joy, laughter and tears as they remember a loved one. Throughout the year GreenAcres - Epping Forest has held a range of events in the park for children and their families. They have supported many charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Trees for Cities, Bug Life, St Clare Hospice and Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs, raising over £5000. In May this year, GreenAcres opened the doors to their new shop in Epping High Street. During the Christmas period there will be a Christmas tree in

the shop window, for families to pop in and place their personal message tags in memory of their lost loved-ones. All money raised from donations will be donated to BIBIC, the Epping town Mayor’s chosen charity. In 2015 the shop will play host to a selection of small events to enhance community relations and enable people to openly talk-over anything from planning funerals, writing a Will to perhaps volunteering at events in the park. Three Christmas Services to remember loved ones will be held in the park on Sunday 14th December in the beautiful Woodland Hall. Tickets are priced at £5 per person with all proceeds going to St Clare Hospice. To find out more or to book tickets, please call the park on 01992 523863 or pop into the shop. If you’re planning to visit over the e Christmas period, the park will be open every day but check opening times before visiting to avoid disappointment. e Please call the park or visit www. greenacreswoodlandburials.co.uk/ epping for further information.

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Air Holistic Academy is a new ITEC accredited college based at Air-Yoga Studio, South Woodford’s local yoga and Pilates studio next to the station which has been running since 2011 and offers regular yoga and Pilates classes. Local residents now have an opportunity to explore new career ventures.  They are offering Intensive Holistic Diploma courses in Massage Therapies, Yoga Teacher Training and Pilates Teacher Training. The courses are taught in small groups by local, approachable and friendly ITEC Tutors who are offering full guidance and support within the specific fields of study, as well as Business Development advice to help start your new career. They will train and empower you to teach and practice with confidence, safety and integrity. First course starts week commencing 19th January 2015, an ITEC LEVEL 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage. Limited spaces available, book now to secure your place and save £200 in the January offer.  For further information, please contact Kirty Mody on 020 8227 1841 or email info@ airholisticacademy.com

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Woodford based charity 1NE held their recent AGM at Packfords Hotel and revealed their funding from Redbridge Council had recently been cut. This now means, more than ever, that the organisation is at the mercy of donations to keep afloat the fantastic work it has been doing for the last 20 years. 1NE will now be expanding their services from the borough of Redbridge to across Essex and East London. Patron of the charity, Iain Duncan Smith, spoke glowingly about the tremendous work that has been

done and continues to be performed by Fiona Dunwoodie, Jo Blackledge and the rest of the team, in helping local people break their drink and drug addictions. But the true stars of the day were the guest speakers themselves; a doctor who had come through an amazing journey of heroin addiction back to being clean for his patients, the former drug addicts who have turned their lives around to become mentors to the next generation, and touchingly the parents of addicts who couldn’t praise 1NE enough for their ‘Friends & Family’ service, which helps those

whose lives are also torn apart from the addiction of a loved one. The meeting ended with a Q&A session where various members of the audience delved further into the backgrounds of the speakers whilst also trying to look into a solution to the funding problems. It’s a fact that 1NE has saved lives, and for this work to continue, and to help local people get the help they need, 1NE must get funding to do this. If you require their services, or if you can help, you can find out more by visiting www.1ne.org.uk, or call 020 8220 0132.

CHARITY CHAMPION HITS TARGET Charity Champion Lloyd Moulder, Co-Founder of designer bathroom supplier BathWorks, based in Woodford Green Essex and in Milton Keynes has achieved his target to raise £10,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice at the same time as celebrating the company’s 10 years in business. “Last September the Hospice was celebrating 10 years of caring so it was a very good match” said Lloyd. “It’s taken a year and in that time I have enjoyed taking on various fundraising challenges and people have been generous.” Haven House said thanks to e an invitation to visit the Lloyd with Hospice to mark his support for the charity’s Pay for a Day scheme. He signed the Book of Days, received a special framed certificate and met mascot Henry the Hound. Lloyd said “Family life is precious to all of us and even more so when you see what is achieved at Haven House. The charity has always been close to my heart because

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The local dental practice of choice ! I'm so glad to be a patient of the Woodford House Dental Practice. I was one of those people going from one dentist to another, never entirely satisfied with the quality of care. Now in Dr Malik and his team I finally have a dentist I completely trust.’ WELCOME to the local practice of choice for excellent dentistry. The quote above is typical of the feedback we regularly receive from our patients. As you walk into Woodford House, you will notice the difference – not only do we have the experience and range of services to ensure all your dental needs are met. Our friendly team will see that all your questions are answered and you can be confident in the knowledge you will have the very best dental care. Our philosophy is not only to treat dental problems if they arise, but to prevent them in the first place. We work with each patient to help keep their mouth healthy – and their smile attractive. Woodford House is a long established practice that prides itself on quality of care, always listening to our patients and doing the right thing for them. In our caring hands you will enjoy these benefits and much more: l State-of-the-art equipment, and an expert multidisciplinary team dedicated to your dental health l Convenient, flexible appointments to suit your busy schedule l Comprehensive dentistry with a team approach, all under one roof. The first step is a comprehensive examination. We guarantee you have never had a dental check up like this before! We look at your gums, teeth, any decayed and defective restorations, jaw joint and bite problems and give you a full oral cancer screening. Using radiographs and intra-oral cameras we can show you and discuss with you what is happening in your mouth. We can then begin to plan with you any steps necessary to restore you to full dental health.

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ith thirty years experience, Keith Gold has established a successful business after a long vested interest in photography. Keith Gold has spent a lot of his career photographing weddings and 70% of his business is in photographing weddings and general functions. Keith takes pictures of the bridal party preparing for the ceremony, the ceremony itself and then the post wedding shots of the happy couple and family members. Keith will then stay until the end of the reception capturing candid and posed shots, and will then collate the pictures and design them into an album. While he is based in Redbridge, Keith is willing to travel far and wide to capture these special days and recently travelled to Darlington. Keith is also focused on children’s photography, around 30% of his trade comes in taking children’s portraits, he is talented in capturing the expressions of children. He photographs children’s birthday parties and religious occasions such as First Holy Communions and Bar Mitzvahs. He has good local affiliations and this Christmas will be photographing the Christmas Show at a local dance school in Chigwell. Keith Gold receives a lot of his business through word of mouth and he also works closely with a videographer, John Rose of Videomagic, and so they regularly give each other work. 158 Redbridge Lane East, Redbridge, IG4 5BT, Tel: 020 8551 2886, E: keith@keithgoldphotography.co.uk, keithgoldphotography.co.uk

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en Kaye opened Hair on the Green ten years ago in Woodford Bridge with 45 years hairdressing experience. He has had salons in Gants Hill and on Claybury Broadway after working at Regent Street’s Robert Fieldings. Len brought his salon to Woodford Bridge while it was developing and his skill and great customer service has awarded him repeat custom, he has clients of forty years who still visit weekly. Hair on the Green is a family orientated salon who specialise in all things hair; cut and blow dry and especially colouring. With a small staff of four; Len, Tessa, Shannon and Kelly, Hair on the Green make for a personal salon experience that is professional and affordable, they exclusively use Wella products. Len maintains that a combination of good advertising, word of mouth and quality work creates the returning custom and good working atmosphere of Hair on the Green. 646 Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8AF Tel: 020 8504 1773

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There is so much going on at this busy time of year, so as well as starting the Christmas shopping and organising, take time to enjoy some of the exciting events on offer in the local area. We’ve picked a few to get the family warmed up for the festive season.

Fresh greenery wreaths provide the senses with many delights. Not only do they look beautiful, but also they perfume the air around them. Pine boughs, ivy, eucalyptus sprays, box hedge stems and ferns are just a few kinds of fresh greenery you can use to make wreaths. Work on a table when preparing your wreath form and later hang it up to add the decorations and final touches. It is easier to see where you need to add leaves, flowers, ribbons etc. when you are face to face with your wreath. STEP 1. Make a base using two wire coat hangers. Wire the hangers together and cover with floral tape. STEP 2. Cut several 8 to 10 inch long braches of greenery (redwood, pine, Douglas fir, etc). STEP 3. Use lightweight floral wire to secure the branches to the wreath base. Overlap the stems. Keep adding stems until the wreath base is fully covered. STEP 4. Secure decorations with floral wire or hot glue.

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Take a tractor ride down to visit Santa and his reindeer in the farm grotto at Ashlyn’s Farm Park in North Weald on weekends between Saturday 6th and Sunday 21st December. Tickets also allow you access to the farm, and need to be booked in advance. £10 per child (2 accompanying adults free per child). s Tel: 01992 523118

t On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December, Santa will be getting warmed up for the festive season and holding a Breakfast/ Brunch buffet and meeting children between 2-12 years old at Topgolf, Chigwell. Kids will get an opportunity to take part in Christmas cupcake decorating Chr and walk away with a small istmas tree gift. Santa won’t forget the adults - there will usu be pastries and coffee ally grow for available for them too. abo re ut 15 years befo Tickets cost £12 per child. Tel: 0208 500 2644, www. they topgolf.com/uk/chigwell. sold

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tIt’s all-aboard for Santa’s Special train at the Epping Ongar Railway as Santa hops on and delivers presents to the children as you take a leisurely ride along the line. Mulled wine and mince pies available for the adults! You can also buy a compartment for exclusive use by your party at an additional cost. Tel: 01277 365200, www.eorailway.co.uk

Santa will be in his grotto at Chigwell Nursery on selected dates in December, with carol singing on Saturday 6th December 2-4pm. Visiting Santa is free, but donations to their chosen charity would be gratefully received. The nursery is full of fabulous Christmas things and looks like a magical winter wonderland. Tel: 020 8500 2690, www.chigwell nursery.co.uk B

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times Get in the festive mood and book your chance to see Santa in his grotto at Lee Valley Park Farms. The farm-tastic Santa event takes place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December as well as Saturday 20th through to Tuesday 23rd December. The farms are open to visit even if you’ve not booked a slot to see Santa. You will also get to meet the reindeer and try your hand at all of the Christmas arts and craft activities on offer. Book online at www.visitleevalley.org. uk/farm or Tel: 01992 892 781.

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Refurbishment continues at historic Essex hotel Down Hall Hotel, one of England’s most established country house hotels on the Hertfordshire and Essex borders has currently invested £2.5 million in an extensive refurbishment program to upgrade rooms and leisure facilities to benefit both residential and corporate clientele, with further funding promised. Down Hall has enhanced its leisure facilities with the opening of four luxury treatment rooms in October 2014. The opening of the treatment rooms completes phase 1 of the spa development, phase 2 includes the installation of a water feature, tanning facilities, indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, sauna, steam room planned for April 2015. The spa development follows the conclusion of phase 2 of the bedroom refurbishment which has seen 71 bedrooms refreshed and enhanced, reflecting the style of the hotel. Furthermore, a state of the art gym, sauna and steam room have been opened in the West Wing for the use of hotel guests. Plans are being made for the refurbishment of the remaining 28 bedrooms in 2015, making Down Hall the premier choice in Essex to rest, revive and relax.

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top. Try this method if you need to cover a large bed area or cover each one individually with a plastic bottle or a mini cloche. _ For general protection apply a 2 inch layer deep of bark compost or mulch around herbaceous perennials but use a handful of grit around the plants themselves before applying the mulch. This will stop any moisture rotting the stems, the mulch will keep the plants warm. _ If you have a greenhouse, make sure your heater still works. _ Prevent your pond from freezing by floating a small ball on the surface.  _ Leave any faded flower heads on your hydrangeas until the spring, as they

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Germany becomes a stunning winter wonderland during the colder months and the bright lights of the Christmas markets are a huge draw. Where better to start than its capital. Berlin’s rich history, culture and sublime architecture make it a premiere cultural destination. The city’s festive markets are stunning and a source of pride for the locals, who welcome and want to

impress visitors. There are 60 lovely markets to choose from during your stay. The Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market is home to 150 vendors who trade from inside decorated cabins and glass pagodas. The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most beautiful squares in the city. Here, you can gain insight into old handicrafts, such as flax embroidery, woodcarving and stonemasonry. The TV Tower on Alexanderplatz - with its rotating restaurant and stunning views is not to be missed. See it all with a 5-day tour, includes a VIP Home Departure Service from your front door. Stay at the Golden Tulip Berlin Hotel, a great location on the Kurfürstendamm shopping street.

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Above: River Danube. Left: Berlin Christmas Market.

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Explore beautifully preserved Bruges and historic Ypres - along with their charming Christmas Markets - on this festive tour. You will also discover some of Belgium’s most poignant memorials of the First World War. Medieval Bruges hosts one of the most famous Christmas Markets in Belgium, which offers the best of winter products, Christmas gifts and gluhwein. A guided walking tour will help you see its beautiful architecture that justifies its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. You will then experience one of the country’s most popular exports, with a visit to a chocolate maker. You will have time at leisure to explore Bruges Christmas Market, held in the city’s main square as it is decorated for the festive season. You may also choose to see something different: a brewery tour, a cruise along the pretty canals, or a visit to the Historium museum. Ypres Christmas Market, a relative newcomer, is fast becoming one of the most popular. The Swiss style chalets and ice rink ensure a great atmosphere, and it’s decorated with trees and fairy lights, and offers many regional food specialities. The town is also remembered for its place in history. It saw intense fighting during the First World War, and contains many monuments.Your tour include a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium’s largest war cemetery. You also visit the compelling ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum, detailing the invasion of Belgium, and the area’s subsequent trench warfare. Later you will dine in a restaurant in Ypres, before visiting the imposing Menin Gate. Here you see the moving Last Post Ceremony. Prices from £395 per person. This includes standard class rail travel return London St. Pancras to Lille on the Eurostar, all coach travel, 3 nights in the Hotel Aragon with breakfast each day, 2 dinners in a local restaurant, full-day excursion to Ypres, and the services of a professional Tour Manager throughout. Departures: 8, or 15 December 2014. Abbotts Travel, 134 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BA Tel: 0208 989 9445 www.abbottstravel.com

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and Strauss Decks have French balconies. Menus include carefullyselected local dishes. You will visit Linz and Salzburg’s Christmas markets (with a mug of Glühwein), explore Bratislava and experience the idyllic village of Grein. Christmas Day will be spent in Vienna with a sightseeing tour (taking you along the Ringstrasse, into the Schwarzenbergplatz, passing by the Karlskirche and Vienna’s stunning opera house), ending with a Christmas concert at the famous St Stephen’s Cathedral. Prices from £1395 per person including scheduled direct flights, 6 nights on the MS Amadeus Elegant, 17 meals, services of an experienced Titan tour manager, and Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service.

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over two days. 5. Separately sauté 1 onion, 3 cloves of garlic and thyme. 6. Add beef trimmings and the prepared liquid. 7. Add 1 bottle of port, Madeira and red wine. 8. Reduce the mixture to 1/3. 9. Pan fry one duck breast per person for 6 minutes

not from the famous Côte d’Or, but from more outlying areas such as the Côte Chalonnaise. François Lumpp makes some fabulously polished wines in Givry – we have a few bottles left of his graceful Givry 1er Cru Petit Marole 2011, a wine that would shame many from more esteemed appellations. Away from Burgundy, New Zealand has come on in leaps and bounds and is now making world-class Pinot. Isabel Estate in Marlborough planted the low yielding Burgundy clone early on, and is now amongst the most respected producers. Their 2011 is pure, subtle and mineral, yet intense, with great varietal expression. I find duck works well with some of the gentler wines from the southern Rhône, for here we can supplement aromatic intensity with weight and an element of sweetness from the Grenache variety. Dominique Ay of Domaine Raspail Ay in Gigondas is responsible for one of

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advance. Firstly boil bones of veal with a selection of root vegetables. 2. Skim off the fat and continue to do this throughout the process. 3. Take out the bones and pass the liquid through a sieve. 4. Keep the liquid simmering when possible

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Enjoy La Sala 7 days a week, while we serve you with a mix of worldwide cuisine using regionally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. A place to celebrate in style or to meet with friends and family.

We have live music 7 days a week visit our website www.lasala.co.uk to find out more...

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

THE GARNON BUSHES

Tel: 01992 560211

E-mail: info@garnonbushes.co.uk

Christmas Bookings now being taken

FOOD THEME NIGHT first Wednesday every month

Take away's

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Fish Fryday - fresh from Grimsby!

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

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Music nights

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117 High Rd Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6QQ TEL: 020 8500 6282 www.thebluebellrestaurant.co.uk

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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such as wheelchairs and bathroom handlebars. Epping Forest ReUse receive a huge amount of donations and send out vehicles every day to collect goods and when furniture arrives at the showroom, they are restored in house to their former glory. In their workshop, wooden items are French polished by a professional and upholstered and they have a professional industrial cleaning machine which is done on the shop floor in order to show the customers that they are buying high quality furniture. Epping Forest ReUse share their site with Citizens Advice Bureau and an Essex Mind consultation room. In special cases, there is a scheme in which social workers may refer severely low income households to Epping Forest ReUse and they have donated beds and tables to these families. Epping Forest ReUse has five paid members of staff and the rest of the work comes from volunteers of whom there are around thirty.

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Volunteers come from all over and include housewives, people who have retired and others who have the time to donate. They are also affiliated with Urban Futures who provide volunteering opportunities to unemployed people and in eighteen months, they have been able to bring sixteen people to employment. Epping Forest ReUse is a fantastic initiative which helps local people in need by rehoming used furniture which may have been left on the side of the road otherwise. They also do a lot to raise money for other charities, recently raising £266 for MacMillan and have been the named charity at the Loughton Festival. Michael Kushin is soon to take over the operations of Epping Forest ReUse and they are striving to find a new, larger home for the charity. For more information visit www.eppingreuse.org.uk or call 01992 578 222. The Re-Use Centre, Bower Hill Industrial Estate, Epping, CM16 7BN.

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n partnership with Lighthouse Furniture, Epping Forest ReUse are a charity and social enterprise who, through reselling used furniture are able to sell furniture at considerably lower prices to low income households. Epping Forest ReUse’s showroom is familiar to a typical furniture shop floor, allowing customers to shop without the feeling of buying used goods. There are two amounts on the price tag, the first being the price for customers and the second lower price for low income households. Not only do Epping Forest ReUse sell furniture but they also provide household goods such a glassware and crockery and electrical appliances, all of which are fully serviced, which they do in their own premises workshop by a mechanic who comes in weekly. Appliances include fridges, washing machines and computers. Each item has a full audit trail which tells customers where it has come from, they also sell disability aids

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Family Afternoon Tea Discos Saturday 6th December & Sunday 4th January

Enjoy a family fun afternoon tea with Christmas & Frozen decorations.

We invite you & the family to dress up in your best ‘Character’ outfit. Our beautiful Snow Princess will be joining you singing all the classics & playing games. After lunch our DJ entertainer will then get the Kids Disco started 1pm - 4.00pm

Adults £19.95 Children £14.95

Includes unlimited Squash for the Children, Tea & Coffee for Adults Dainty Cakes, Scones & Finger Sandwiches 02085 002549 or email trish@woolstonmanopr.co.uk

Christmas Craft Fayre & Market Wednesday 10th December 5pm - 9pm

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WHEN: Saturday 6th December, 10am - 4pm WHAT: Wanstead Vintage Fashion & Brocante Fair: A fabulous one-stop Christmas shop with wonderful vintage gifts. An affordable selection of genuine vintage fashion, accessories & homewares. Vintage Café offering light lunches, morning and afternoon tea. Admission: £2 (accompanied children under 14 free). Tel: 07860 214 009, www.lovevintage.co.uk WHERE: Christchurch Hall, Wanstead Place, E11 2SW

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WHEN: Sunday 7th December, 9am-2pm WHAT: Loughton Residents Association Farmers Market: Produce stalls and local organisations. LRA councillors on hand to respond to residents’ questions and problems. Carols & mince pies. For more details email contact@loughtonresidents.co.uk. WHERE: Centric Parade, High Road, Loughton

WHEN: Monday 8th - Tuesday 23rd December WHAT: Loughton Arts Centre’s Christmas Fair: Featuring a handmade craft and artisan collection. It’s a varied selection ideal for Christmas presents - natural soaps and soy wax candles, fused glass work, button jewellery, natural skin products, wooden bowls made from local forest trees, Christmas wreaths, mosaics and more. WHERE: Lopping Hall, High Road, Loughton, IG10 4LF WHEN: Friday 12th December, 7.30pm - 11.55pm WHAT: Freddy Boy’s Rock n Roll Nites present: Si Cranstoun and his band, plus support with Cody Lee & the Retro Boys and RnR DJ Neill. Large dance floor, licensed bar, sandwich bar, retail stall and raffle. Advance tickets £15 (£20 at the door). Tel: Freddy Boy: 07930 544312, or write and enclose an S.A.E. & cheque to: F. Humphreys 35 Homebush House, 142 Kings Head Hill, Chingford E4 7PW.

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CHRISTMAS REMEMBRANCE SERVICES SUNDAY 14TH DECEMBER 12PM , 1.30PM & 3PM

Meet Rudolph and his friends and have your photo taken in his magic sleigh

Kiln Road, North Weald, Epping, CM16 6AD

All are invited to our popular Christmas Services to remember loved ones during, what can often be, a difficult time of year. Comfort can be gained from the music, readings and poems, which will be included. ÂŁ5 per person (children under 2 free) with all proceeds going to St Clare Hospice.

Tickets must be booked in advance please due to the popularity of the services. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the Gathering Hall following the service.

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As Christmas fast approaches, here are some lovely things to do with your little ones in the surrounding areas: DICK SANTA’S GROTTO WHITTINGTON AND ICE SKATING AND THE PIRATE AT VAN HAGE Children will be enchanted TREASURE

Join lovable Dick by the winter wonderland Whittington and his loyal cat displays when visiting for a rags-to-riches magical the Grotto. Each child pantomime extravaganza will receive a surprise toy. that’s purrrrfect for the Open on selected days from Saturday whole family! 8th November Dick is off to London to seek fame and fortune, but until Wednesday he’ll need your help! Come 24th December. Experience cheer, hiss and sing along as our hero and his lovable the magic of ice skating sidekick Tommy travel to at Van Hage exotic lands and mystical this Christmas, worlds. 11th Dec-17th Jan business Kenneth More Theatre. opening networking th www.kmtheatre.co.uk Thursday 13 Box office: 8553group 4466. of November. is 020 a local like-minded people who meet on a weekly basis Book online: www.vanhage.co.uk Amwell Hill, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9RP

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Why not come and paint some pottery for that personal Christmas present? Your recipient will love something unique that they know you have made specially. £3.95 per painter, plus the price of your chosen pottery (from £2.95). Tea and biscuits included. 6th Dec, 11am-3pm Hainault Forest Country Park. Tel: 07852 152300 or 07982 170918, E:ceramic.magic@ yahoo.com

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his month he has been learning about different parts of the face, pointing to his nose, saying “Nooze”, then my mouth “Moof”, ears “Urhs”, all very cute, until he gets to your eyes... It’s as though he wants them as souvenirs. The last thing you see is him lunging towards your face with his fingers pointed and nails sharpened “Eyhs, eyhs!!”, “Yes son, they belong to me, leave them in my head, please!!” you open one eye, expecting to see the other being pulled away from your socket, on his finger. Like a lollipop. He tried copying me whistling the other day, half way through his dinner I whistled to gets the cats in from the garden, immediately he attempted to help... And whistled a mouthful of beans across my face, and then tried removing them from my “eyhs” as well. Not a great start to the day. He is becoming a fan of sharing his food as well (so there’s a small chance of getting the eye back), but unfortunately he’s often fully chewed his food, before the sharing comes into his

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head. This results in him reaching into his own mouth, before pulling out half a saliva ridden sandwich and trying to thrust it into yours. His eyes wide and sympathetic, giving you the food “ta, ta” asking you to thank him for his sharing. What do you do in this situation? One part wants to encourage him to share, but the rational side of me is yelling “That’s disgusting!

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No, son, YOU can enjoy it, have it back, please!”, and I palm it back towards him in the hope he goes in for seconds. Thankfully, more often than not, he does. A lot of this sharing happens first thing in the morning, he sleeps very well, 7pm7am, straight through, we (well, the Mrs in truth) managed to get him into a lovely routine, but at 7am the madness begins as he bounces around the bedroom like a Mexican jumping bean. Flinging himself off the bed whilst holding his drink and breakfast bar. The result being that drink gets the bed soaked whilst the bar crumbles across the sheets. We’re now experiencing a type of ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’ torture trial as we have bits of cereal stuck to us, whilst trying to get warm under a drenched duvet as he jumps up and down on our heads. We head downstairs for breakfast and the first chores of the day are to feed the fish, I calmly say “Let’s give the fish breakfast” and we each sprinkle some flakes into the tank. All very nice, until my mum stayed over last week. She was awake early and sat in the front room as the boy and I came downstairs “What does he eat in the morning?” she asked, “Oh anything really, he’s good like that” I replied, with that he pointed directly at the fish tank and yelled “Breakfast, breakfast!!” My mother’s jaw fell to the floor “Er, no, it’s not what it seems! We just, erm… ah forget it. Yes, I feed him live fish” (why fight it?). He is also still saying “uh-oh” for any mistake that happens, the only problem we have is there is no sliding scale in volume or tone to denote the seriousness of the mistake, each one, however big or small gets the same “uh-oh”. You hear him mumble it a

few feet away, then slowly turn your head, not knowing if his innocently dropped a baked bean or taken both the “eyhs” off the cats face. By far his favourite word of the moment though is still “No” ... or the French “Non” he keeps pushing ahead with. He throws this one out morning, noon and night. Quite often with no regard to what’s actually being said to him... “Where’s your shoes?”... “Non!”, “What’s

“Yes, I feed him live fish.” the name of this teddy bear?”... “NON!!”... and so on. It’s only when he realises he’s accidentally turning down food, or a chance to play on the new trampoline that he then reconsiders his answer! I will leave this month’s update with news on that trampoline. He had his own one, a little 1ft square thing with handle bar to bounce with and he loved it, at first. Recently it’s not had the same enticement. Then us adults decided to get a monster 12ft trampoline with safety net around the outside, his ‘eyhs’ lit up when he saw it and we both launched on, me chasing him with big bounces and him absolutely creasing up with uncontrollable laughter as he kept falling over, toddling around and bouncing about. It’s been great fun (and getting me fit!). Who knows, maybe he will end up bouncing high enough to poke the pigeons in the ‘eyhs’ as they fly overhead. Have a great Christmas everyone, and a brilliant new year. See you in January! ...TO BE CONTINUED


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CLUB FOCUS

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BASEBALL CLUB 2014

By Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham

has been quite the year for Essex Arrows Baseball Club, not only did they celebrate their 30th anniversary but they were also crowned National League Champions and a trophy presentation from Waltham Abbey Mayor, Councilor Ann Mitchell. League baseball in England dates back to the 1880s and football teams used to have their own accompanying baseball team. Essex Arrows Baseball Club was founded in 1981 by Louis Courtney with an initial focus on youth teams and in 1984 the Essex Arrows senior team was founded by Phil Chesterton. Essex Arrows Baseball Club’s first team are known as the Essex Arrows, they are managed by Steve Simmonds and this year, player Lance Louw won the national trophy for best pitcher with the best record. Their second team are The Archers, they are managed by Adam Porte and play in the A League. Essex Arrows are aligned with Little League International and have one youth team however are aiming to create more teams due to the sport’s recent popularity growth. Youth players are between the ages of 8-13 and the senior team involves players from ages 16 and up. With a great opportunity for progression, three players have gone on to receive American scholarships. The Essex Arrows are home to one of the best baseball fields in the country, their grounds in Waltham Abbey which they lease from Waltham Abbey council (with whom they have great affiliations) is visible from the M25. In 2001

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they received funding from the council with which they erected a fence in order to fully enclose the field and create an in-field apron. In 2010 the Grange Farm Trust along with Epping Forest District Council, Sport England and Baseball Softball gave funding to Essex Arrows which made way for a dug-out and a security fence and the Arrows are currently the only club in the country with bleachers. The Arrows field is close to the major league baseball dimensions also. Due to the advancement of their field, Essex Arrows hosted the Collegiate Baseball League Europe in July as well as the Essex Meet tournament which sees teams from Holland, Cambridge and Essex compete for the cup. League play takes place between April and September and they make an annual trip to Holland for tournament play. Essex Arrows are very active in the community, hosting barbecues, family fun days and quiz nights, they are sponsored by Thirteen (tattoo shop), CSS Motors and Turner FM amongst others. Games take place on Saturdays (Youth) and Sundays (Seniors) with midweek training sessions which resumes in January. For great family fun, head down and watch Essex Arrows in action. For more information contact Sue Barnes - Tel: 07530 887 925, email: soorik@tiscali.co.uk or Facebook: Essex Arrows.


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indian fusion

The coriander restaurant group started with Buckhurst hill, Essex in 2000. In 2003, a second restaurant opened its doors in Vauxhall, south London followed by Blackheath, south east London in 2006.

Temple Indian Fusion offers diners a unique culinary experience.

The Coriander management take great care to ensure that our diners are happy with both our food and service. We have many years of experience in providing service and catering to standards of excellence. Our food speaks for itself. A delicate blend of Northern Indian and Bangladeshi flavours combine to create a unique taste to tantalise all palates. We always use fresh ingredients, locally sourced produce where possible and have most of your traditional favourites within our extensive menus.

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Our Cuisine At the heart of any successful restaurant is it's cuisine. Here at The Temple, we have created a menu to tantalise the most demanding of tastebuds. Our 'Indian Fusion' style cuisine contains dishes from the Indian sub-continent including Bangladesh, India and Nepal. If you feel like a traditional favourite such as The Korma, Madras or Masala, you will be well catered for as our Chefs have multiple years of experience in creating these delicacies just the way you like. If your feeling little more adventurous, we have a unique range of house specialities including seafood delicacies which you will not have tried in an Indian restaurant before.

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