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REDBRIDGE COLLEGE STUDENTS REBRAND QUADRANT ARCADE BUSINESSES IN ROMFORD
Redbridge College design students unveiled the results of an ambitious new creative rebranding project on 16th January at the Quadrant Arcade in the Romford Shopping Centre with hundreds of people in attendance. The students worked in collaboration with Havering Sixth Form and Havering College along with artists in residence and industry professionals with the goal of encouraging business growth in the shopping centre in the face of the recent recession. Redbridge College film students offered support by filming the process to produce a promotional video. The students worked with local businesses and business owners within the Quadrant Arcade to rebrand, promote and develop each business. Projects included the rebranding of Meat Express, the renaming of the Seahorse Fish Bar and the launch of the Synergy Media gallery. The project was scheduled to be completed in eight days, which meant the students were under immense pressure to meet their targets on time. Curriculum Manager Yamena Farkhani was confident in her students’ abilities and is pleased with the results. Yamena says, “The event was fantastic and the students have really done us proud. I think we’ll be working with some of the
businesses again. This is really the start of something great.” One local business owner who was a part of the rebrand says, “It’s fantastic to be working so closely with the college students. They bring a fresh perspective to the arcade, helping to improve their community and the lives and businesses of people living in it.” The professional relationships built Quadrant Arcade students working
by Blue Orange, the creative arts department at Redbridge College, have grown tremendously in the last year. Based on the success of previous exhibitions including the Lahore and Chandigarh Exhibition, Blue Orange has begun collaborative projects with Romford Contemporary Arts Programme, and hopes to continue its successful work with the Quadrant Arcade local businesses.
CHIGWELL SCHOOL CHAPEL CHOIR CONCERT SUPPORTS TWO CHARITIES
The Chigwell School Chapel Choir continued its fundraising efforts by performing a charity concert at Christ Church, Spitalfields, London. The concert raised almost £13,000 for the charities Smiles with Grace and Kids Inspire. Smiles with Grace was founded by Chigwell student Grace Boxall who died following a brave fight against cancer. Kids Inspire provides therapy for children traumatised by abuse or bereavement and is currently supporting nearly 400 children in Essex through clinical support and love. The programme included works by Handel, who wrote The Messiah also in aid of a children’s charity, and the Spotless Rose by Paul Mealor who supported the concert. The school’s Director of Music, Howard Ebden, said: “The choristers of the school inspired all those present with some glorious sounds and singing of the highest calibre.” The Chapel Choir has raised over £40,000 in two years, with two corporate concerts, a rowathon on the Serpentine, Hyde Park; and the sale of the latest Chapel Choir CD which went as far as America, New Zealand and Holland.
COMMUNITY EXCITING NEW FASHIONS FOR CHILDREN
December 2014 saw the grand opening of Rollybaby, a brand new children’s boutique in South Woodford stocking bright and colourful unique designs from Britain, Spain and Italy. With a combined retail experience of 30 years, Aisha and Cassim Ghanty have opened Rollybaby with the vision of selling the highest quality children’s wear up until 12 years old. They sell clothing and accessories including rompers, dresses, hats and shoes. At Rollybaby, they are “very passionate” and with an ever changing store, they ensure to provide exciting new fashions for children. As they never order in bulk, customers will find unique and exceptional clothing made to the highest possible quality. You won’t find these wonderful wares anywhere else on the high street, they stock shoes from Earlydays, Rollybaby shop front a brand favoured by the
royals and seen on Prince George as well as Leon, a Spanish leather brand which is frequently worn by the Spanish royal family. Aisha and Cassim are extremely dedicated to Rollybaby, Cassim says that “the difference between us and other baby wear boutiques is that we go and search ourselves for the best quality to go to our customers.” Aisha and Cassim often travel to Madrid and Florence to view new collections and to find the best stock for their store, they also customise stock directly with factories to ensure individuality. Their hats and mittens are hand knitted in Britain and due to Aisha’s close relationship with the makers, they are tailor made for Rollybaby. Rollybaby has garnered attention online at a nationwide level and were recently featured in Channel 5’s Blinging Up Baby. Find Rollybaby at 8A The Galleria George Lane, South Woodford. www.rollybaby.co.uk, Tel: 0758 522 9237.
Perfect pooches Peanut and Daisy will be taking the lead when St Clare Hospice holds its popular Winter Walkies on Sunday 22nd February. The cute canines are the furry faces of this year’s fundraising event after they won a Facebook competition to find a top dog to star on the Hastingwood-based charity’s posters, leaflets and other promotional material in the run up to the sponsored 5km countryside walk. From beagles and boxers, to collies and Cocker spaniels, almost 90 handsome
hounds and pretty pups entered the online competition, with both Peanut and Daisy winning more than 300 votes each! They were then invited to the Hospice with their owners Claire Hands and Nicola Parker for a special photo shoot with Pawtrait of Your Pet photographer Vikki Lince. Claire, from Hunsdon, said: “It’s lovely to see Peanut on the posters, and I’m just really happy she can help and hopefully raise lots of money for the Hospice.” Nicola, who lives in Harlow, added: “We were over the moon to hear that Daisy was one of the winners - to see her picture being used to promote Winter Walkies is just so exciting.” St Clare fundraising manager Dominique Brunning said: “We know our s photoshoot
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LuVEa Where to dine on the most romantic day of the year It’s February, the month of love, and Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. Whether you have been married for years or have just plucked up the courage to ask someone on a first date take time to show that special person you care with a romantic meal on February 14th at one of our top ten local restaurants.
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Table 7 in Chingford is known for great affordable food and excellent service. They specialise in serving fine Modern British and European cuisine with a few big differences. Their passion and ethos is simple, they are the restaurant with a personal touch! They pride themselves on delivering a high quality dining experience in a relaxed environment at unrivalled value. On Valentine’s Day Table 7 are offering a delicious 4 course meal and a glass of Prosecco for £50. Entertainment will be provided on the night in the form of a singer. Church View Buildings, The Green, Chingford E4 7EL, Tel: 020 8524 8438 table7chingford.co.uk
For a laid back date venue try Long Horn on Wanstead High Street. This American diner has a lively atmosphere and interesting quirky décor. They serve up the very best BBQ ribs, pulled pork, chicken and steaks along with a wonderful selection of expertly prepared cocktails such as frozen margaritas and daiquiris as well as milkshakes and draught lagers. This is a fun place to take someone for a first date and the comfortable, relaxed feel of the place will banish any first date nerves. 147 High Street Wanstead, Ell 2RL, Tel: 020 8279 5855 www.longhornlondon.com
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For fine dining in Epping Haywards is the only place to go. Haywards concentrates on using seasonal, local produce at its best, in order to bring together the freshest of ingredients to create elegant, attractive and tasty dishes. With Jahdre Hayward’s extensive CV and culinary knowledge the restaurant concentrates on modern European cooking techniques. Haywards is situated on the edge of Epping Forest, half a mile from Epping, and is in the grounds of The Forest Gate Inn, a 17th century free house owned and run by the Stokes family for over 50 years. The Gate House bed and breakfast is also adjacent to Haywards with four individually designed guest rooms. Haywards are offering a fantastic 5 course tasting menu for Valentine’s night. The menu will include a champagne cocktail on arrival, tea, coffee and petit fours priced at £70 per person without matched wines, or £100 per person to include matched wines. 111 Bell Common, Epping CM16 4DZ, Tel: 01992 577350 www.haywardsrestaurant.co.uk
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Specialising in Japanese cuisine, Sumo Fresh is the perfect venue for lunch or dinner, the ambiance is warm and inviting and the food served is the freshest quality Japanese cuisine you will find, situated in the heart of Wanstead. The Executive Head Chef, has over 15 years experience in the art of sushi preparation. Experience the very best Japanese rice wines, sake and expert cuts
of sushi, maki and sashimi along with a selection of hot dishes. At Sumo Fresh you can also relax at the cocktail bar, where you can watch the skills of the top Sushi Chef’s, who combine cookery with artwork. If you pay them a visit, make sure you try the lychee cocktail, they are amazing! 141 High Street Wanstead, E11 2RL, Tel: 020 8530 7500 www.sumofresh.com
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Consommé of Wild Mushroom with home-made Tortellini Char-grilled Asparagus with a poached Duck egg and Hollandaise sauce Rare Fillet of Beef served with Gorgonzola Picante and Pomegranate balsamic Pan seared Prawns and Chorizo Picante in a citrus butter ~~~
Selection of European Cheese with a Home-made chutney Chocolate Fondant with vanilla ice cream and a red berry compote Chocolate bread and butter pudding with crème anglaise Pear Tart with a caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream
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Fillet of Beef with dauphinoise potatoes, green beans and a Port jus Pork belly accompanied with half a Lobster, cauliflower purée and a pineapple salsa Sweet potato Gnocchi served with mixed bean brassato Pan seared Sea Bass with roasted squash, tomato cumin sauce and a Parmaham crisp
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If you read our review of Marina in last month’s issue then you will already know that we are a fan of this restaurant. Situated in the heart of Woodford Green in the old bank building (opposite The Castle pub) Marina offers a real Mediterranean experience with traditional home-style cooking. When you dine at this authentic restaurant it certainly gives you a feeling of being on holiday! The food is wonderfully tasty, the service is extremely friendly and everyone is made to feel welcome. The Meze selection provides a great opportunity for couples to share and enjoy the food together and the impressive décor from the giant fish tank to the 3D wall mural and elegant chandeliers will certainly be an interesting talking point. 352 High Road Woodford Green, IG8 0XQ, Tel: 020 8505 8999 www.marinamezegrill.com
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Luigi’s is a traditional Italian restaurant that has been situated on Beehive Lane for over 20 years and is even included on The Knowledge test for London taxi drivers as they are such a prominent landmark. Diners visit again and again for their authentic Italian cuisine using the same recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Luigi’s always strives for the best ingredients for their food, they grow their own herbs and vegetables, but also import some of their produce from Luigi’s mother’s farm in Italy. The atmosphere provided by Luigi’s is aided by the staff who give a personal touch to the service. This is because many of the staff have worked at Luigi’s for a long period of time. For Valentine’s Day a three course meal can be booked for just £22.50 per person. 5 Beehive Lane, Ilford IG1 3RG, Tel: 0208 554 1229 www.luigis-italian-restaurant.co.uk
Temple restaurant is situated by Woodford station and serves contemporary Indian food. At Temple they have created a menu to tantalise the most demanding of taste-buds. The Indian fusion style cuisine contains dishes from the Indian sub-continent including Bangladesh, India and Nepal. If you are feeling adventurous, try their unique range of house specialities including seafood delicacies which you will not have tried in an Indian restaurant before. If you feel like a traditional favourite such as Korma, Madras or Masala, you will be well catered for as the chefs have multiple years of experience in creating these delicacies just the way you like. The interior of the restaurant has a luxurious feel with plush seating, crisp tableware, ornamental features and low-lighting making it a great venue for a romantic meal. For Valentine’s Day they are offering a set menu for a very reasonable £21.95 per person. Old Parcel Office, Jubilee Parade, Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green IG8 7QF, Tel: 020 8505 6687 www.templefusion.com
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The Bluebell is famously regarded for the finest in modern British and European cuisine but with a sophisticated simplicity. They offer a la carte menus, set lunches and suppers as well as popular Sunday lunches. The cosy dining room and unfussy service creates the perfect atmosphere for an intimate dinner. Their Valentine’s Dinner menu is £59.95 per person for a delectable 8 course feast of Prosecco & Oysters, Lobster Cappuccino, Truffle Scented Asparagus & Quails Egg Salad, Seared Scallop, Honey Roast Pork & Apple, a choice from Herb Roasted Loin of Lamb, Wild Seabass or Wild Mushroom & Taleggio Arancini, Bellini Sorbet, Chocolate & Strawberries and finally Coffee & Petit Fours. 117 High Road Chigwell, IG7 6QQ, Tel: 020 8500 6282 www.thebluebellrestaurant.co.uk
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The recently opened La Sala Chigwell is fast becoming known as the most glamorous place to dine in Essex. La Sala offers diners a unique social dining experience with honest portions of food, inspired by rustic homecooking but with an eclectic twist. Taking inspiration from Mediterranean and international cuisines, La Sala offers a diverse eating experience, combining fun and vibrant flavours with the freshest ingredients, all expertly prepared using traditional methods. With live entertainment every night of the week there really is something for everyone. For Valentine’s Day they are open for lunch from 12pm with a set menu for £25 per person and during the evening listen to the sultry tones of Haifa Jordan whilst enjoying a romantic meal or perhaps a cocktail at the bar. The stunning interior and excellent food make La Sala the place to impress this Valentine’s Day. 692-694 Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8AL Tel: 0333 006 3008 www.lasala.co.uk
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You are sure to be blown away by the standard of food available at this lovely little restaurant on Woodford High Road. The restaurant, formerly Meghna Grill, has been beautifully refurbished with a fresh contemporary interior with a few traditional touches.
The Dove & Olive Branch offers an intimate dining experience with an exquisite menu created by Head Chef and owner Boris Halpin who has 20 years experience in the industry. Specialising in modern European cuisine, the Dove & Olive place an emphasis on creating fresh, high quality food and make everything in house. On Valentine’s Day they will be offering a beautiful 4 course menu with a glass of strawberry Bellini and chocolate petit fois with coffee for £45 per head. 219 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2PB, Tel: 020 8506 2327 www.doveandolivebranch.co.uk
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If oNlY I HaD a pouND for EvErY tImE somE oNE tolD mE ‘tHEY HatE tHE DENtIst’. NotHINg pErsoNal I am tolD, tHougH I am startINg to DouBt tHat! The reason people hate (going to) the dentist really intrigues me. Speaking to patients, I find the things that put patients off most are remembering bad experiences; the smell, the sounds, the needle, the drills and the pain. Once we have had a negative experience, it takes a long time, and several good experiences before we can start to forget. For some patients, this fear can always be present in their mind. Bad experiences at the dentist many years ago can stop people visiting the dentist again for many years. Often 30 or 40 years can pass by without so much as a check up or hygiene visit. Obviously this can lead to many dental and health problems. Dentistry however has changed massively since the days of the gas mask, painful injections and noisy drills. Advances in materials, techniques and technology mean we now have the tools to provide expert treatment, painlessly. You need to find a dentist that can deliver this. Here are my 7 top tips to help fight back on dental fear:
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When deciding on your new appliances: Consider the advantages of eye-level cooking as opposed to built-under or range ovens. If you have a young family an eye-level oven may well be best for you from a safety point of view. If you need the additional space for cooking that a range oven brings why not have two eye-level ovens built into tall units? Remember, it is always a good idea to have worktop space along side your oven to place hot and potentially heavy items on, straight from the oven. Age can also play an important part in your choice of oven; you may not want to be bending down to a low oven to lift out that huge turkey in 20 years time so consider the alternative of retrieving it with comparative ease from an eye-level
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hen I first went back to work, 3 days a week, we were living in West London and paying £75 a day for the nursery fees. Which, by the way, was average. After paying that and almost £10 a day on commuting costs, there was barely any financial gain at all to going back to work. When you are leaving a screaming and tired baby after a stressful nursery run and a dash to the office, it’s difficult to see the benefits at all. However, of course it does get easier, as the babies get older and the costs go down. This was just my experience...I also know of little ones who charged through the door without so much as a wave goodbye to mum or dad. The reality is though, that most of us do have to go back to work, and choosing the right childcare for your little one can feel like a real web of confusion. Here are the opinions of the people in the know who have first-hand experience - you guys! Diana, who has 2 boys aged 3 and a half and 18 months has a nanny and says that her stress levels on work mornings are dramatically reduced as a result. She’s also tried a nursery and a child-minder and her order of preference is; nanny, child-minder, nursery. She says “The
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“He’d whizz off like a wind-up toy.”
the underside of my foot. My knees crumpled to the matt and smacked firmly against a piece of Lego “Arrgghhh!” he tried finishing my yell “Arrghh-chooo!?”, “no mate, just arrggh, just bloody arrgghhh!” One of his new games is a sticker book and he loves it, quite often the stickers end up in quite strange places (as the cats can testify) but generally they make it into the book. However, one of the sections had a food theme and we kept wondering where the stickers had gone to, it was only after catching him eat a sticker of a cake with a cry of “Mmmm cake!” that all become clear. Needless to say, his recent nappy contained 3 hot dog stickers... and a faint smell of coffee. Ultimately though, when the coffee wears off, the trampoline is wrapped with darkness, and the toys are packed away... it’s time for
bed. This had been going great for quite a few months, but recently he has been staying up a little later and having a few awakenings during the night, but as long as we allow him to drop off into a deep sleep in our arms after his final feed then he tends to go through the night. So that ‘final feed’ becomes a very crucial time for us, to make sure our own nights sleep is a nice, uninterrupted one! Last week my brother was helping us out whilst we finished off some work. I received a text “eyes closed”... good work I thought, give it another 10 minutes, let him start to snore then lay him down in the cot, 5 minutes later another text “his ears are squeaking”. That’s not what I was expecting. I crept upstairs to see my brother looking defeated, whilst my son was smiling, “What happened?” I said, “He was falling asleep, then heard a noise, rose his head slightly, then went to put it back down on my arm, but as he did it there was a squeak as he put his head down. It confused him because he couldn’t work out where it had come from at first, and so he woke up a bit more, curious. He laid his head back down and realised it was his sweaty ears that were folding over and making a ‘squeak’ noise. After that he spent the next 5 minutes laughing and slamming his head into my arm to make bigger and bigger squeaks. I had to put him down because I’ve got a dead arm.” I turned back to the boy who was just smiling up at the pair of us. My first thought was “I have to remove his ears”, however, I put this on the backburner and tried drying the sweat from them instead. I’m pleased to say his head hit my arm without a squeak, and 10 minutes later his snores beautifully filled the room. Success! ...TO BE CONTINUED
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hab Niaz, head coach of Harlow Hawks, formed the club in 1999 at Harlow Leisure Zone. When Harlow Hawks began, there were around 12 players under the age of 18 and with substantial growth over the years they are now 100 strong with youth and senior teams. Shab has played basketball for 25 years and at the time he was playing National League basketball at Division 1 level. In the junior programme, children are invited to train from 5 years old up until 18. Training includes running drills, learning how to play the game and learning the codes of conduct, competitive play doesn’t occur until Year 4. Children of all abilities are invited to play, Harlow Hawks are not an elitist club and “welcome all levels at all ages.” Children are divided into teams via year group and during the summer they hold an internal summer tournament for Years 3,4,5 and 6, children from Year 3 are welcomed to the tournament in order to get used to competitive play and to meet their fellow teammates to allow a smoother transition into the group. Harlow Hawks junior programme offers two avenues when joining the team; there is an annual fee for children who wish to join the club and they also offer a pay as you go scheme which gives children
the chance to build up their confidence before committing to the team, however everybody does the same drills. There is also a Junior National League team who play in the U18 East Conference and Harlow Hawks have a primary age league of 9 teams from Stevenage, Thurrock and Cambridge. Joshua Steele started at Harlow Hawks at primary level and has gone on to become the best U18 in the country. Harlow Hawks are currently building up a girls team from Year 6 to 12. At the end of the year a basketball day camp is held for all age groups when they mix up players for fun activities, there is also an end of year presentation in which everybody is awarded for their participation. Parents also participate in the club through volunteer roles, they take responsibility for the kit as well as collecting money so that the coaches can focus their time on the children. The senior programme consists of social and competitive play. Social players meet once a week and play as a fun method of keeping fit, this is welcome to players of all abilities. Competitive players train once a week and play on weekends. Harlow Hawks have recently formed a partnership with the Essex Leopards who play in National League One to enhance the level of basketball in Harlow. For more information about Harlow Hawks contact Shab Niaz on 07958 470 133 or email@example.com.
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