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This month we have a bumper wedding special for you, with information on local venues, bridal fashion and the latest beauty trends to ensure you say ‘I do’ in style and create memories to last a lifetime. Our travel destination is the luxury getaway island of Mauritius, the perfect backdrop to a romantic honeymoon. We also meet four local business owners, with the return of our ‘Meet the Locals’ feature and our community news pages have an interesting mix of stories from across the local area, including an update from The Essex Police. Thank you for all the feedback so far, keep the comments and suggestions coming in, we always enjoy hearing from our readers.
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BUILDING WORK UNDERWAY AT THOMAS WILLINGALE SCHOOL Work is underway to provide additional facilities for children at Thomas Willingale School, Loughton. The project - which will provide two extra rooms and a medical room - involves the infilling of a piece of wasteland between the reception classrooms and the KS1 corridor which is currently not being used. Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: “We are undergoing the building work this term towards an exciting outcome that involves the provision of extra space to support the children’s learning and medical needs. “Primary schools are always struggling to find spaces within school to teach the children in smaller groups, sometimes they have staff available but no actual room to deliver much-
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needed small group support which is a proven method of raising children’s confidence and attainment.” The school has appointed chartered surveyors Munday and Cramer to manage the project with Forum Contracts Ltd completing the work. Work started in the Easter holidays and is due to be completed for a grand opening in September. Miss Phillips said: “We are all looking forward to seeing the impact the extra space will have on our children. Our reception children are being given the chance to see the build as it progresses and their teachers have cleverly used the opportunity to create their own ‘builders yard’ in their outside play area. “The children love wearing the hard hats and helping to ‘build the school!”
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GOLD FOR WEST HATCH HIGH SCHOOL GYMNAST
An 11-year-old student at West Hatch High School has won a gold medal in gymnastics while representing the UK in an international competition. Larni Shulton was up against gymnasts from Malta, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Jersey when she competed in the DHA International competition in Colchester. The Chigwell youngster came third overall with high scores in her vault, bars and floor routines - and earned herself a gold medal with her beam routine. Larni, who is in Year 7 at the High Road school, started in the sport at the age of just four and took part in her first competition about three years later. She now trains 18 hours a week, spread over five days, at Havering Gymnastics. Larni initially took part in ballet but then turned her attention to gymnastics. She said: “Being with my friends is one of the best things as well as being able to do a lot of cool skills. “I like the strengthening side (of the sport) which is strange because a lot of people don’t like that.” Of her latest success, Larni said: “I knew I had done well; I’d had a solid competition - it was just really amazing to win. I didn’t expect it.”
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Recently, Shumaila’s Beauty Salon has also popped up at Chigwell spreading their top beauty treatments for the residents of Woodford. The high-street of Chigwell Road needed a salon, the locals wanted it and Shumaila’s heard it. Shumaila’s Beauty Salon that started its journey in 2003 already spans across areas of Essex & London: Gants Hill, East Ham, Seven Kings, and Leytonstone. Now, in your very own vicinity discover this high-class salon which offers everything from the revolutionary Guinot Facials to the trending shellac nails. They specialise in body massage, threading, waxing, CACI, laser hair removal, facials, microdermabrasion, manicure, pedicure, body wraps, eyelash & eyebrow treatments, and bridal hair & makeup. Indulge yourself in their Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue or aromatherapy massage provided by their very skilled therapists. They are also unmatchable in their exotic bridal makeup and intricate hairstyles. Besides the traditional threading and waxing, Shumaila’s Beauty Salon also provide laser hair removal services at competitive prices for both men and women. With a friendly and hygienic environment Shumaila’s Beauty Salon in Chigwell is your one-stop to all beauty treatments. 634 Chigwell Road, Chigwell, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 8AF. Tel: 020 8504 6723, www.shumailas.com
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Charlie the Chimp is 1 year old, Magical Monkey Fun© is celebrating its birthday and lots of exciting prospects are on the horizon! This children’s group centres around music, instruments and puppets and is aimed at children aged 6 months to 4 years. It is unique in that it caters for all of those ages in mixed groups. This means that more than one sibling can come along and join in the fun and all age ranges can enjoy the group together but develop individually and at their own rate. They have had an exciting first year where they have seen the group grow to three highly successful Essex locations; Epping, North Weald and Ongar. The class has been shaped around the Early Years Learning Stage criteria and the needs of the children with rhyming, coordination, listening and involvement being central to the development, enjoyment and fun had by all. In the next year, Magical Monkey Fun will be getting ready for franchise. The nursery rhymes and key songs will be being recorded using the highest quality session musicians and a large variety of styles and instruments so that the children are exposed to a wide range of stimuli within the music itself. Dani Epstein said, “We are very excited at these developments and look forward to more expansion and growth in a magical second year so that children all over the country can become Magical Monkeys and join in the Monkey Fun!” Tel: 07804624652 www.magicalmonkeyfun.com
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What could be more romantic than marrying at Valentines Mansion? With stunning stained glass windows overlooking the grand staircase, feature fireplaces and gorgeous period rooms, this really is the most perfect and romantic venue for saying “I Do”. Couples and their guests can experience a truly special day with exclusive use of the Mansion for weddings, receptions, ceremonies, partnerships and functions, as well as capturing some picture perfect memories in the enchanting walled gardens which look stunning at any time of the year. With a capacity of 100 guests, Valentines is ideal for those dreaming of an intimate celebration and with the option of using one of their fine caterers or selecting your own, you really can have the wedding you’ve been dreaming of. Situated in Valentines Park, close to Gants Hill Underground Station on the Central Line and easy to reach by rail and road too, this venue is accessible for all. So if you’re thinking of saying ‘I do’ or even ‘popping the question’ in a unique setting, why not choose Valentines Mansion? Call to discuss your special day or visit the website for more information. Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA. Tel: 020 8708 8100, www.valentinesmansion.com
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Nestled in the Essex countryside, That Amazing Place is Essex’s newest premier wedding venue and is ideally suited to couples who are looking for a unique blank canvas on which to create their dream wedding. A peaceful, private residence, That Amazing Place is an exclusive use venue. This means that when you book your wedding with them, the beautiful Manor House with its stunning ground, 12 bedrooms (sleeping up to 25 people), treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub are exclusively yours for the day and night of your wedding. They offer large bright rooms ideal for small intimate gatherings of up to 72 people seated or for larger parties the house can be extended with a marquee structure, complete with lake view. Licensed for civil
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Located in Ilford and set in 18 acres of pure Essex green-belt, The Willows is the perfect destination for your wedding celebration. The name is taken from the three willow trees which have been standing in the grounds for a hundred years and will make a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. The Willows is an elegant and serene haven for all, offering contemporary luxurious furnishings and everything you’ll ever need for your big day, including your own bride and groom rooms with make-up and other facilities to help your special day start perfectly. The Willows is a destination that will leave your guests talking about your event long after you’ve
exchanged your vows. In collaboration with ‘The Wow Effect’, The Willows spared no expense with the design: the room boasts wool carpeting, quality crystal chandeliers, top of the line burgess tables and chairs and a L.E.D lighting system allowing you to change the colour of the room based on your colour scheme. The ground floor of the venue will be exclusive to you and your guests for the day and is adaptable for small gatherings to celebrations for up to 800 guests. Their wedding planners are highly experienced and regularly applauded for designing, managing and delivering events built around the clients requirements - no matter the size, theme or budget. Let The Willows take care of the details while you relax in the glamorous and unique setting and revel in every minute. The Willows, Forest Road, Ilford, Essex, IG6 3SL. Tel: 020 8500 5580, www.thewillowsilford.com
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ceremonies, you can say “I Do” in your choice of elegant reception rooms and enjoy fantastic food from one of the carefully selected preferred caterers. Open to ideas, with a flexible approach and a willingness to accommodate your every need, the team at That Amazing Place will be there to guide, excite and inspire you! With a wealth of experience and contacts in the industry, they only work with the highest quality suppliers to make sure you are in the best possible hands. Remember, your wedding is about more than just a venue, it’s about finding That Amazing Place to turn your dreams into some of your most treasured memories. So get in touch and let your imagination do the rest. That Amazing Place, Hubbards Hall, Churchgate Street, Old Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NH. Tel: 07955 940 532, www.thatamazingplace.co.uk
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Cutworms are dull brown caterpillars ranging in length from 1 to 2 inches when fully grown. They curl into a C-shape when disturbed. Normally they are found on or just below the soil surface or on lower parts of plants and are commonly active at night. Hand-picking them off at night with a torch is very effective. Clip and dispose of infested foliage and blossoms.
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THE LOCALS Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham visits four local businesses.
THE VIN VAN
olin Imber started The Vin Van in the summer of 2014, he has a long vested interest in wine which he decided to evolve into a business. Colin is qualified by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust where he was taught extensively on different grapes and wine varieties. Colin is based in South Woodford and able to travel all over and will go to homes and host tasting parties where he encourages a fun and light hearted atmosphere so that participants of 6-8 people can enjoy tasting different wines and purchase what they try. He is also able to host up to 50 guests in social clubs. He
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n January Adelaine Frank and Jim Jack introduced the first Seasons Arts Class to LifeWorks which is situated behind Loughton Methodist Church. It runs for 14 weeks and follows a structured curriculum starting with drawing and learning to observe proportions and perspectives. Throughout the course students are taught different mediums and techniques. Adelaine is passionate that “art can translate to work” and both herself and Jim are working artists. Adelaine is trained in art and focuses on illustration and printing. Jim is a sculptor working out of his studio in Hackney and his experience includes teaching.
INSIGHT PRIVATE FINANCE
nsight Private Finance was founded in 1999 by Simon Marzell. The company was first based in Ilford and the business has since flourished into a nationwide finance company with branches in Harlow, Norwich and seven other locations around the UK. Simon first founded the company to “provide a market leading mortgage and protection service.” Until 2005, Insight Private Finance was based in Buckhurst Hill and has recently reopened a shop at the top of Queens Road. Simon himself is from Epping and along with Jason Howard, who is the
Managing Director of Insight Financial Associates, an independent financial advisory firm, Insight works closely with every client to find the most suitable mortgage for them. From their website it is clear that they have enabled many people to buy their first homes as well as multiple properties. Insight Private Finance helps their clients to find the right mortgage and the right insurance to protect them, their family, their property and their income. Simon has 25 years’ experience in financial services and will stop at nothing to ensure peace of mind for every individual client. Simon Marzell and Jason Howard created Insight Private Finance with the vision of “ensuring that our clients are both valued and cared for by consistently providing exceptional service and advice” and their new branch on Queens Road promises to be a fantastic service for all. 178 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill Tel: 0203 653 0800 www.insightpf.com
Seasons Art Class is taught on a Wednesday morning or afternoon. The students have all found the course rewarding, enjoyable and are delighted with their new skills. The class is taught using tuition, demonstrations and one-to-one help and all have developed at their own pace with many amazing results. Current students have the opportunity to develop further during the next course. New classes start midMay and Adelaine and Jim are keen to welcome new students from beginners to improvers. LifeWorks, 260 High Road, Loughton IG10 1RB. Tel: 020 8935 5962 www.theseasonsartclass.com
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ddie Tolley noticed a gap in the market for a florist in Loughton and opened on March 13th just in time for Mother’s Day and it has since become a staple in the area. Situated on Church Hill it is a stone’s throw from the high street, Loughton Florist will cater for all of your floral needs. Eddie has a long experience in floristry as do his staff, they specialise in exotic flowers, contemporary bouquets and bespoke hand tied flowers. If customers wish to have their flowers arranged in their own vases, Loughton Florist are happy to do this. As well as a vast range of flowers, Loughton Florist also stock cards and balloons for birthdays and celebrations as
well as an Sarah extensive range of silk flowers, vases, plants, pots and outdoor bushes. Loughton Florist will provide flowers and arrangements for parties, weddings and funerals and deliver up to a 10 mile radius free of charge. The Florist source the highest quality fresh flowers daily and deliver friendly and helpful service in store. Loughton Florist are also equipped for corporate contracts and are also open seven days a week. 16 Church Hill Loughton IG10 1LA Tel: 020 8502 2609 www.thefloristloughton.co.uk
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ead chef Champ hails from a Thai background, arriving in England 16 years ago where he honed his craft working for 12 years with the Orchid Group. He originally got his passion for cooking from his mother spending his youth in Thailand watching and helping her cook for family and friends after picking fresh ingredients all from his local area then going home and getting creative in the kitchen. Due to the amount of fresh ingredients used and his homely upbringing Champ has a very healthy and fresh outlook on what he cooks and simply believes everyone should be able to have access to great food conveniently whenever they choose. After working for two very large companies for a number of years he has recently taken on the position of Head Chef at Origin Restaurant at the Railway Tavern in Woodford and now enjoys providing fresh, quality food for the local community. Champ said, “It’s simple, we like to provide good healthy food that excites the palate, not just here but delivered to your doorstep too.”
ORIGIN KITCHEN Authentic Thai cuisine at the Railway Tavern
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2. Put the chicken strips onto skewers. 3. Start cooking the rice according to instructions. 4. Use a vegetable peeler to create fine strips of the carrot and papaya. 5. Add the cashews, chillies (however many you want depending on your heat requirement) garlic and palm sugar to the mortar and pestle and crush.
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Ingredients H 5-6 chicken strips H Massaman curry powder/paste (from any Thai shop) H Sticky rice (from any Thai shop) H Green papaya H 3 fresh cloves of garlic H Half teaspoon palm sugar H Half a handful of cashew nuts H 3-6 chillies H 1 carrot H 2 tbsp. fish sauce H Half a tomato H Half a lemon H Coconut milk H Peanut sauce H Mortar and pestle H Skewers
Method 1. Marinate the chicken strips in a mixture of massaman powder and coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
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WHEN: Every Tuesday, 7pm-8pm WHAT: South Ilford Body Conditioning - Affordable Aerobics and Body Conditioning classes to participants of all ages and abilities in the local community. Delivered by fully qualified instructors. Adults £4, OAP’s £2. To book contact Martin Warminger 07526 975 907. WHERE: St Marys & St Erconwalds Church Hall, 2 Khartoum Road, Ilford, IG1 2NR WHEN: Every Saturday, 9.30am-10.30am WHAT: Salsa Aerobics - A new dance themed fitness session. No need to book just turn up. £6.50 per person. WHERE: Wanstead Leisure Centre, E11 2JZ
WHEN: Every Sunday, 10am-3pm WHAT: Indoor Market - Children can enjoy the park and the soft play area. Adults can browse the stalls and enjoy refreshments from the café. WHERE: James Leal Centre, Ray Park, Woodford Green
WHEN: Saturday 9th May, 11am-3.30pm WHAT: Theydon Bois Transport Enthusiasts’ Bazaar and Vintage Bus Display - Up to 40 stalls selling bus and railway memorabilia, books, photographs, maps, timetables. Some 20 vintage buses on display. Admission £3 (accompanied children free). Refreshments available. WHERE: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois WHEN: Sunday 10th May, 1pm WHAT: Wedding Fair - Exhibitions, live music and a bridal fashion show. Pop in for a look around and a Pimms in the garden. WHERE: Packfords Hotel, 16 Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green, IG8 0BS
WHEN: Monday 11th May, 1.45pm WHAT: West Essex Flower Club - Sit back and enjoy this month’s demonstrator Vicki Hease entertaining you with arrangements entitled “Alfresco Summer”. All welcome at this friendly club. Members pay £4.50 on the door. WHERE: Thornwood Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood WHEN: Wednesday 20th May, 3.30pm-8.30pm WHAT: Wedding Show - No prebooking required, no admission charge, come and visit the venue, meet the team and some of our regular suppliers. WHERE: Blake Hall, Bobbingworth, Ongar, CM5 0DG
WHEN: Sunday 24th May, 11am-4pm WHAT: Copped Hall May Open Day - Lots to see and do, stalls, tea and coffee, homemade cakes and biscuits. A floral art yacht designed by Victoria Robertson which will be on display in the walled gardens. WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping, CM16 5HS WHEN: Thursday 28th May, 10am-1pm WHAT: Introduction To Road Racing - Suitable for riders who are competent cyclists and would like to try road racing bikes and techniques. Minimum height 138cm. Road bike required and can be hired. £10 per child per session, bike hire £5 extra. Bookings and enquiries 020 8500 9359. WHERE: Redbridge Cycle Centre, Forest Road, Hainault, IG6 3HN
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ou may recognise Louise Coveney from her patrols in the local area - the Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) is a regular sight on the beat across the Epping Forest district. Louise has been part of Essex police for the last eight years. During this time she has built some excellent working relationships with local groups, schools and businesses. Her knowledge of the area and local people is invaluable and other officers regularly call upon her to assist in the identification of suspects. She explains “It’s great being out and about, talking to people. It’s very much like the East End of London around here. Some of the residents have been living here for 60 years or more, everyone looks out for each other.” As well as being the eyes and ears of neighbourhood policing, Louise has made a real difference to the lives of people in crisis, including elderly victims of fraud and
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Breastfeeding again finds itself in the national news with a recent study of over 3,500 showing a definite link between breastfeeding and a higher IQ. The research study over 30 years took into account an abundance of factors that could have influenced the findings although they didn’t look at the parents IQ which seems an obvious one to have included. So what are the benefits? We ask Bababoom’s Midwife and breastfeeding advocate to give us the low-down.
reastfeeding can be the most wonderful experience for a new mum, bonding with the baby and the convenience but this is all presuming that your new little bundle takes to it like a duck to water. For others the experience can be the absolute opposite and whilst I am a keen advocate for breastfeeding I am a very firm believer that the baby needs a happy mum more. Education and support is most definitely the key to successful breastfeeding as there is only about 1% of women that physically can’t feed, the rest don’t succeed either because they weren’t given the education and support in the early days or they were being pushed into doing something they really didn’t want to. So who is right, should we make new mums who are already tired and hormonal feel pressured in to breastfeeding? The obvious answer is of course no but somewhere between making sure the parents have all of the information they need to make an informed choice and relaying all the Public Health guidelines the well meaning care provider can very easily be seen as a nag. The evidence shows that if you were breastfed you are more likely to breast feed, perhaps because this is the norm for you. It also shows that if your partner was breastfed you are more likely to be supported and successfully breastfeed. The facts: We know that breastfeeding your baby will help build his or her immune system, protecting against gastroenteritis, ear infections, chest infections and may protect against eczema, asthma and diabetes. For mums it can protect against pre menopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer and post menopausal hip fractures plus it burns around 500 calories a day which may help shift some of that pregnancy weight. Still with knowing this, breastfeeding may not be right for a mum for a variety of reasons and she should never be judged in that coffee shop as she gets her baby a bottle out, remember there are a small percentage of women who physically cannot feed their babies. For those that can and want to then a standalone breast feeding workshop during pregnancy will give you all the information, including tips and pitfalls so that you have a realistic expectation of what’s to come. Good support at home from family and friends, you feed and nurture your baby and let them feed and nurture you. Finally locate where your closest breastfeeding support is should you need it once the baby is here. Bababoom, 255 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1AD. Tel: 020 3174 0418, www.bababoom.co.uk
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e’ve had highs and lows this month, catching chickenpox for a second time (worse than the first) and having a great day for his 2nd birthday. But I’m going to start by mentioning his growing collection of animals... stuffed teddy bear animals. His bedroom is starting to resemble a poorly underfunded wing of London Zoo, and I keep thinking I should enter with some stuffed bananas and nuts just to appease the imposing creatures. He loves taking them everywhere with him, down the road, in the car and on the trampoline. The last one is proving tricky, trying to watch the poor lad jump whilst holding so many animals, frantically picking them up as he flies through the air and dropping them with each bounce. He looks like he’s trying to rescue a bunch of animals from falling off the ark. So far only one has been named, a small dog he calls ‘Nino’, personally I call him ‘17 quid’, it’s not quite as catchy, but it’s difficult to forget the financial hit I took when trying to ‘hook a duck’ at the local funfair, (who should have dropped the ‘f’ off ‘funfair’) and for which ‘Nino’ was the prize. The fair, aside from that stall, was actually a good laugh, we both watched as he flung himself down huge inflatable slides and across blow-up houses. His mum and I must have looked like quite an odd couple, her face contorted with fear, barely able to peek through the gap as her hands covered her face in terror, whilst I smiled and cheered, punching the air, yelling, “Higher, faster! Keep going! That’s brilliant!!” The next morning I took him to nursery as usual (although I could
barely see his face beneath the animals in the back seat) but got a call that afternoon saying he had some spots and it looked like chickenpox. Now, like most people, I was under the impression that you only got chickenpox once, this is not the case. Indeed, the nursery (and subsequently other parents and doctors) have informed me that kids can certainly get it twice. Over the next 7-10 days the poor boy got absolutely covered head to toe in the spots which messed up his sleep pattern (waking up scratching) and also gave us a little concern about another scenario that has happened in
“Her face contorted with fear, barely able to peek through th e s nd ha gap as her covered her face.”
our household... we’re expecting a second baby boy!! This is great news of course, but the danger of having a boy in the house with chickenpox alongside a pregnant woman was something that concerned us. Thankfully beyond 22 weeks this is something that “should be fine” said the doctor. We are trying to explain to him that another baby will be arriving soon (August) and he has taken to kissing his mum’s belly when we speak of him, bodes well so far but I’m unsure how many animals he will share when the new lad turns up. Back to the here and now. The lad had chickenpox and we had to cheer him up, thankfully
he still enjoyed bouncing on his trampoline, although not quite as agile as before, and the ‘seat drops’ were proving to be an uncomfortable manoeuvre, but at least he was happy. The succession of calamine cream and Piriton also helped and before long he was back to his old self and back at nursery, just in time for his 2nd birthday. On the way in he caught a glimpse of his cake, which resulted in a 20 minute consecutive burst of wanting to share his cake with his favourite member of staff (Charlotte, who he calls ‘Shar’) the yells off “Cake Shar, cake Shar, cake Shar” in the end became one word “cashar” by the time we arrived. When I picked him up at the end of the day the cake was demolished and everyone seemed quite pleased, so I guess he managed to share it!? We also went round to see the grandparents for his birthday and took a stroll to Ray Lodge Park, going on all the swings, slides and various play areas, through tunnels and over climbing frames. We then got to the rope bridge, his auntie followed behind him for support but he quickly realised that jumping up and down meant the wooden slats would shake furiously and the rope would be tricky for his auntie to hold. He began to bounce like he was saving the animals on his trampoline and laughed loud as the other kids looked on. I can only hope his younger brother doesn’t share the same adrenaline rushes otherwise it’s going to be a very crazy household... but that’s probably what I’m expecting if I’m honest! ...TO BE CONTINUED
By Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham
ounded in 1923, Woodford Bowling Club has maintained a familiar presence in Kings Avenue for over ninety years. Built by Monkhams Development Limited, WBC holds a prominent position in the Essex bowls community having provided a number of County Presidents over the years. It is also one of only a few private bowls clubs in the area. The club is run by a team of hardworking members, who not only maintain the green and surrounds in perfect working order but also organise a vibrant social calendar including casino nights, wine tastings, cabaret nights and quizzes. Woodford Bowling Club’s enviable facilities are headed by its clubhouse, which is supported by a well-stocked bar. The adjoining full professional kitchen enables members and their guests to be catered for at social events. This all sits well with club president Phil Cole, who is a firm believer in the social side of the game. In addition to competing in several local competitions, WBC also enters players in tournaments that span the county. Held each Saturday afternoon during the outdoor season - April to October - players take part in the ‘weekend drive’ in which teams are chosen based on ability, with players competing in teams of four, the winning team collecting a bottle of wine each, donated weekly by a
different member of the club. Men’s league matches are played throughout the week, on both afternoons and evenings, competing in a number of local leagues. WBC is by no means a men-only environment. There is also a thriving women’s section, making up a third of the membership. Ladies compete in their own leagues and competitions. Several of the senior WBC members raise money for charity through Dennyside, a charitable bowls organisation. As this year’s president is a Woodford member the selected beneficiaries include the Chigwell Riding Trust and Haven House. To swell its coffers, the club hires out its facilities for pilates, yoga and ballroom dancing classes during the week as well as being available for hire for private functions. WBC also supports the Woodford Green Amenity Group, which is allowed to use club facilities free of charge. WBC is always delighted to welcome new members, either experienced or new to the game. Following on from April’s successful Open Day, they will be holding a ‘Learn to Bowl’ course on Tuesday mornings through May for those new to the game. Those who have never played before can count on friendly and knowledgeable members to teach them the rudiments of the game. Why not give them a call and have a go! For more information visit woodfordbc.co.uk or contact Alan Farmer at 020 8505 6002.
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