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For many of us living a greener life is something we aspire to. We know that our planet is in danger. We know that something must be done and it must be done soon or our grandchildren will face potentially catastrophic consequences. Our intentions to live greener are often thwarted by the demands of our day; the school run, getting to work on time and the weekly supermarket trip all usually require motorisation. The suck, squeeze, bang and blow of the four-stroke engine are mighty convenient. This convenience we deem as essential rather than a privilege and our green aspirations are valet-parked whilst we dash around the planet as efficiently as possible. Perhaps we all need to consider something that would offset a little of the impact we make individually on the environment and that we could all sign up to



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SLIMMING SENSATION BRINGS SLIMMING WORLD TO EPPING On Thursday 4th June, local slimming sensation Kelly Harris will be relaunching the Slimming World group in Epping at Quakers Meeting Hall, Hemnall Street at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Kelly reached her own target last summer with the help of her warm and friendly group. “It’s a great evening out, no one is judged or humiliated and members can choose their own target weight. On this plan, you can still eat all your favourite foods such as a roast or barbeque with a glass of wine or two and never go hungry. There are many recipes and food choices which are family friendly

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On Saturday 25th April Blossoms Academy in Forest Gate held an open day to showcase the new nursery to the community with the support of Dan Osborne, star of ‘The Only Way Is Essex’. Dan attended the event and performed the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the nursery. Local families also attended the day to tour the excellent new facilities with the children taking part in various activities. The Ofsted registered nursery includes a large garden area as well as fun and inviting playrooms where children can play and learn in a caring environment. Blossoms Academy is co-owned by Bobbi Chana and Johanne Emmanuel, who already own the very popular Blossoms Nursery in Epping, which will be celebrating its 4th birthday later this year. Bobbi said, “We were very

excited for the opening of Blossoms Academy and even Dan Osborne joined us to cut the ribbon! “We are opening up opportunities for all and look forward to building a new family with our staff, children and parents alike.” Blossoms Academy is now open and they currently have spaces for children aged 2 to 5 years old. Located on Sebert Road, Forest Gate it is easily accessible from Stratford, Wanstead and surrounding areas and is open from 7.30am to 6.30pm. If you would like to book a tour please call the Epping branch on 01279 429 937 or email info@ Blossoms team and

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A dozen students from Loughton’s Epping Forest College, took to the stage for their first public performances last month. The boys and girls aged between 16 and 19 formed 2 bands and 2 acoustic acts to play at ‘Stand & Deliver’, Loughton’s acoustic ‘open mic’ club which is based at The Royal British Legion club in Church Hill. Club organiser Roy Tyzack told us, “I was approached by teaching staff from the college who explained that the students needed to perform in public as part of their course work and we were the perfect choice of venue.” He added “They had an audience of around 50 people to perform in front of and they did a great job”. The two bands were named ‘Confetti’ Confetti and ‘100’ and the two acoustic acts were ‘The Dolls’ and ‘Down, Not Out’ and each got a great reception from the enthusiastic audience. Music tutor Marc Oliver from Epping Forest College said “The students are all part of the level 2 music cohort. This venue was perfect and they all very much enjoyed the experience of live performance in front of an audience which included some of their parents.” The evening also featured Loughton musician and former Davenant pupil Matthew Shepherd who’s professionally produced album ‘Top Of The Tree’ will be released on June 27th following a launch party at the Loughton Club in Station Road. Mr Tyzack said, “I am already working on the line up for Tuesday June 9th and we are going to have some great acts” he added “Doors open at 7.30pm Matthew and it’s £3 to get in”. The club has a licensed bar and food is available.



The Director of Music at Chigwell School will be taking to his bicycle to raise money for the Lifebox Charity. Howard Ebden said: “Every year 2,000 to 3,000 old minis drive from Crystal Palace to Brighton along the old A23. It is a great fun spectacle with many camping the night before in Crystal Palace and ending on the promenade at Brighton with a lot of Howard Ebden activities and food stalls. “I am going to be chasing the environmentminis on bicycle from London to appropriate equipment and Brighton!” education to hospitals around the His latest fundraising venture world where surgery takes place follows the successful fundraising without essential monitoring and efforts of the school’s Chapel Choir safety checks. which has raised £45,000, some Mr Ebden added: “Any money I £4,500 of which has gone to the raise will be making an immediate Lifebox charity which distributes difference to the safety of surgical



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LOCAL STUDENTS PRESENT WORK AT BFI SOUTHBANK Students from Seven Kings High School, Woodbridge High School and Redbridge College presented their work at BFI Southbank on 8th May as part of a celebration of youth media produced as part of Adobe Youth Voices. From Seven Kings High School Labib Hassian and Oludamola Ayeni introduced the work produced over the past year by the Year 12 students. From Woodbridge High School Laura Darker and Freddie Lee introduced the work produced over the past year by the Year 8 students aged 13. Lauren Hodge, Hasnat Raza, Liam Phelan, Hunnana Tariq and Nazlin Herbert introduced the work produced over the past year by the Music Students and Media Students aged 16 - 18. The students have participated in a global programme empowering young people to voice their opinions on global issues. This year students’ media has tackled a wide range of subjects including climate change, cyber-bullying and ethical fashion.   Adobe Youth Voices is delivered by Eastside Educational Trust in the UK and the AYV Co-ordinator explains more:

Avon House School, Woodford Green, is raising money to help the people of Nepal following the two recent earthquakes. The school had planned to raise £500 at its fundraising day on May 13th but managed to raise £700 with a non-uniform day and a bucket collection. The money will help many families who have lost their homes and suffered in the earthquakes. Just £35 will buy a tent, food, clothes and toothbrushes for a family of four.

“AYV is powerful because we are able to support teachers and educators to develop their skills by working with industry professionals and harness this to young people’s desire to make their voices heard. AYV Live! at the BFI Southbank is a wonderful showcase of young people’s burgeoning creative confidence. Making media in a meaningful way and having your work reach an audience is not always easy but we’re so impressed with the work showcased at AYV Live! which shows energy, enthusiasm and spirit.” After the event Nazlin Herbert commented “I really enjoyed taking part in Adobe Youth Voices and it was an amazing opportunity to present my work as well as perform to such a big audience! Seeing it shown on the screen at the BFI has made me want to make more films and music videos, and also to get them shown.” Participants in Adobe Youth Voices are also able to apply for a Creative Scholarship which offers support to recipients for tuition Nazlin Herbert fees for up to four years.







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Shades of blue have become synonymous with summer style and there are heaps of great ways to incorporate them into your home. The classic combination of blue and white is timeless and can be used to create a fresh look with a touch of Riviera-style glamour. For a bolder statement, azure shades work brilliantly when paired with primary colours such as yellow or red and will provide any interior scheme with a stylish update that’s bright and playful. A large piece of furniture like a display cabinet or sideboard in a blue shade is perfect for creating a focal-point. It’s best to restrict your palette to no more than three colours, as this helps to ensure a space is well-balanced and avoids a room feeling overpowered by these colour groupings. Introducing blue in smaller accents through decorative homewares such as plates, bowls and mugs will work equally well. Fishpools’ new Royal Doulton Pacific collection has a gorgeous summer vibe and its mix of geometric and painterly patterns will give your home a fresh, Mediterranean look.




From soft sage to rich forest green, botanical shades are everywhere this season and can be used to create a number of fresh looks that’ll lift the look of your home. Leafy prints are a great place to start and will immediately add a sense of adventure to any décor scheme. Mixing and matching a variety of patterns and textures will ensure your space is tactile and visually interesting, while plants with plenty of foliage will introduce a horticultural touch. Wallpaper is a quick and easy way to make an impact and can be used as extensively as you wish. Fishpools has a stunning array of wallpapers from top brands such as Sanderson, Harlequin and Designers Guild, all of which offer many a botanical pattern to set your theme. If you love a Scandinavian vibe for your home, a white back drop will temper rich green hues perfectly whilst providing enough of a contrast to make an impact. Alternatively, a darker shade of paint or wallpaper design supplemented with a few gold accents can be used for a more formal setting.



Above: Genoa 2.5m parasol in orange and 3m parasol in blue. Below Left: Kartell Lulu Ghost children’s chair in blue. Below Right: Savona lounger in turquiose.


While pastel shades are often our ‘go to’ look for spring and summer, there’s a new palette on the scene that’s captured our attention. Featuring a range of darker, earthy shades this grown up colour collection offers a sophisticated take on the pastel look that’s cooler than ever before. Closely linked to the trend for all things natural, these shades can be paired beautifully with rustic or textured finishes in the form of wood and stone. For those looking for something a little bolder try introducing a metallic accent such as copper or brass. This will lift the colours without making them look too gaudy. Replacing your chairs is one of the easiest ways to refresh your scheme with pastel hues. Swap tired designs for on trend styles like Fishpools’ Lexington Button Back Dining Chair, making sure to mix different materials and textures to create a covetable contrast at the table. Comfort is also key, so opt for a shape that provides just as much support as it does panache.


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ahan Restaurant is a large, modern Turkish restaurant in Ilford. They have been open for two and a half years and have become very popular with the local community for their authentic dishes prepared using traditional family recipes. Head chef Deniz Devran has 20 years experience as a chef. He said, “We make fresh healthy food prepared every day with passion.” Here he shows us how to make sac tava...

INGREDIENTS H White rice H 1 tomato H 1 green pepper


Marinated lamb cooked with tomato and onions and prepared in an earthen clay pot. By Sahan Restaurant


H 1 onion lamb joint H 1 shoulder of H Vegetable oil H Salt H Tomato puree H White pepper er H Red chilli powd

H Water H Oregano butter H Half a pack of eetcorn H Precooked sw Method For the lamb: 1. Cut the lamb into small pieces and marinade in 50ml salt, 150ml vegetable oil and 2 soup spoons of tomato puree per 1kg of meat and leave overnight in the fridge. 2. The next day put frying

pan on a medium - high heat with dash of oil and add the lamb, half of the onion sliced and one full green pepper sliced. 3. Cook for 2-3 minutes, shaking the pan throughout. 4. Add one sliced tomato, half teaspoon oregano, half teaspoon salt, half teaspoon white pepper and half teaspoon red chilli powder.


5. Cook for a further 5 minutes whilst shaking the pan then take off the heat ready to serve. For the rice: 1. Add 100gs of butter and 2 glasses of rice to a frying pan and leave for 2 minutes. 2. Add 4 glasses of water and cook on full heat until boiling. 3. Once boiled add

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HOSPICE Celebrating 25 y ears of care

t’s been 25 years since St Clare Hospice cared for its very first patient, and since then more than 10,000 people across West Essex and the East Herts border have received the charity’s compassionate care, free of charge at one of the most difficult times of their lives. Throughout that time, the Hastingwood-based Hospice is proud to say the families it supports have remained at the heart of all it does, as it continues to strive to ensure every person receives the right care, in the right place, at the right time. One of St Clare’s five strategic goals is to increase awareness and understanding of the Hospice and its incredible way of caring. A challenge for any small charity, let alone one that people think, mistakenly, is only to do with death and dying. So, a year ago, the Hospice set out on a journey and, coinciding with its Silver Anniversary celebrations,

has revealed a new visual identity and launched a new website. The inspiration for the new look sprang from a pen portrait that was written using words and phrases you would use to describe St Clare if it was a person. The Hospice also took a long, hard look at its current visual style, which was felt to be rather clinical, official and dated the opposite of the feedback given by the patients and families the charity cares for. The conclusion was St Clare’s visual identity needed to better reflect the essence of who St Clare is; to look warmer, brighter and more comforting. So a project steering group with representatives from across the Hospice was formed to oversee the development of the new branding and website. The group considered different visual styles, testing each against St Clare’s pen portrait plus nine different criteria, with one emerging as the outright winner. It was shown to groups of staff, volunteers and people who

have experienced St Clare’s care and support, and it passed with flying colours. Two phrases in particular from the pen portrait helped to spark the creative idea: ‘holding hands together’ and ‘feels like arms being wrapped around you’. St Clare chief executive Tanya Curry said: “Celebrating 25 years of incredible hospice care and looking to the future, it seems a fitting time to introduce a visual style and website that better reflect the heart and passion of St Clare: to be there for those living with a life-limiting or terminal illness and all those close to them. “As the new look is rolled out over the coming months and visitors to the new website increase, our hope is that people across West Essex will notice the difference, become more aware of St Clare Hospice and seek to understand more.” For more information, visit



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If we haven’t convinced you yet, read below some of the comments from our current staff team! I have been with the company for 8 years and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I have progressed within the company from a nursery nurse and am now the Deputy Manager. My dedication to the company and my nursery has been recognised through parent partnership and I have been very successful in achieving the Awards of Excellence for two years running. - Tiffany I have been at the nursery for 4 years now I really enjoy my team who I work with in the 18 months to two years room, I find it very rewarding and have built up a good parent partnership. - Danielle

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WHEN: Every Saturday (term time only), 2pm-3.30pm WHAT: Homework Help Club - Come to the library to concentrate on your homework and receive help if you get stuck. For ages 7-13 years. WHERE: Goodmayes Library, 76 Goodmayes Lane, IG3 9QB WHEN: Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th June, 8pm WHAT: The Diary of Anne Frank Show by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett. This true story concerns the lives of a Jewish family hiding from the German occupying forces in wartorn Amsterdam. In her diary Anne recorded an account of the trials and tribulations of the people around her, all trying to live a normal life in cramped attic accommodation, whilst under the constant threat of discovery by the Gestapo. Tickets - £8.50, Box office - Mr and Mrs James - 01992 812250,       WHERE: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Essex WHEN: Saturday 6th June, 11am - 5pm WHAT: Guide Dogs Training School Annual Fun Day - There will be dog demonstrations, craft stalls, children’s activities, BBQ, refreshments, raffles, tombolas, and of course the opportunity to meet some of the wonderful 4 legged friends. Parking is at West Hatch High School IG7 5BT with shuttle buses to bring you to the site. Admission is £2.00 for adults, children are free. Sorry, Pet Dogs Not Allowed.

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WHEN: Wednesday 10th June, 1.15pm-4pm WHAT: Tea Dance - Shimmy and sway your way down to our Tea Dance! Dance the afternoon away with Mr. Wonderful in beautiful surroundings. Air conditioned hall and tea & biscuits provided. Adults only, tickets £5 or £4 with Redbridge Leisure Pass. WHERE: Sir James Hawkey Hall, Broomhill Road, Woodford, IG8 0BG

WHEN: Sunday 21st June WHAT: North Weald Bus and Coach Rally - Buses and coaches on display along with a transport enthusiasts’ bazaar selling spare parts. Books, photographs and maps on sale. Special bus services link with Epping Station and the Epping - Ongar Railway. Real ale beer tent and full refreshment facilities. For more details email WHERE: North Weald Airfield WHEN: Sunday 21st June, 2pm-5.30pm WHAT: Sunday Afternoon Tea Tea, coffee and homemade cakes, plus puddings on sale for Father’s Day and two walk-in concerts at 2.30pm and 4pm which are free with a retiring collection. For more information, ring Rev’d Gill Hopkins on 01992 760492.

WHERE: The Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach WHEN: Saturday 27th June, 7.30pm WHAT: Valentine Singers - 1215 and all that - musings on the Magna Carta. Conductor: Christine Gwynn, Pianist: Tim Smith. Featuring Gilbert & Sullivan Trial by Jury and  Vaughan Williams In Windsor Forest with music and readings in a lighter vein. Tickets: £12/£7 (students and benefit holders) or £14/£9 on the door. Box Office: 020 8550 4657 or WHERE: St Mary’s Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford E18 2PA

WHEN: Saturday 27th June, 10am-4pm WHAT: Art Exhibition, Sale and Garden Party - Buckhurst Hill Community Association’s annual exhibition of work by its students in painting, drawing, printmaking, pottery, sculpture, needlecraft and china painting. Much of the work is for sale, and there will also be a sale of art books, and plant and bric-a-brac stalls. Live music and refreshments. Admission Free, donations welcomed. For more details, ring 020 8504 6668. WHERE: Bedford House, Westbury Road, IG9 5NW

WHEN: Sunday 28th June, 1pm-4pm WHAT: Dance Workshop English Country Dancing with the Chingford Morris Men. Discover baskets, stripping the willow, hey and chain. Learn figures and join in the dancing. Cost £10 per person. WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping



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With the exciting news of a new arrival in our Royal Family we take a look at just how birthing has changed over the years.


any of you may be surprised to hear that Prince William was actually the first royal to be born in hospital; all previous royals had been homebirths, Ok even if their home was a palace. Don’t know about you but when I think of The Queen, her having a homebirth isn’t the image that springs to mind. Today mums tend to lean more towards Birthing Units or stand alone birth centres than homebirths or epidurals so how do we best prepare for our desired births? Research shows that having regular Reflexology during your pregnancy by a specialist reflexologist can have an accumulative effect leading to a reduced first stage of labour (the longest bit), increases your pain threshold and usually prevents you from needing to be induced or having gone past your due date. Obviously you get lots of other benefits from Reflexology so having to endure a lovely treatment in preparation for the birth sounds like a task worth taking. In addition regular, birth specific yoga has been shown



to help keep you calm and balanced throughout your pregnancy. Pregnancy Yoga teaches you how to be in tune with your body and your baby and learning that all important breath work which will make all the difference. I remember when women started asking about breathing classes on the NHS, the way we used to have them, hearing midwives saying “you’ve been breathing for the last 24 years and you’ve managed so far” how frustrated I felt knowing that if a woman can get her breath work right she will be more relaxed and calm, her baby will receive more oxygen and her body’s natural endorphins (pain killers) will be able to flow easier through her body as the vessels will not be so restricted. This all sounds great but is this enough? With all the TV dramatisation around childbirth most women have at best an unbalanced view of how bringing their baby into the world will be. If the reports are to be believed then Kate chose the increasingly popular Hypnobirthing technique to help her through her birth.

“Prince William was actually the first royal to be born in hospital; all previous royals had been homebirths.” This tried and tested method is taught over a series of antenatal classes teaching you how your body reacts during birthing and a collection of tools to ensure you are equipped to cope. Even more importantly it teaches your birthing partner just what to do with you and how best to support you. Was I convinced when I first heard about this ‘Hippy Birthing’ well no! I had had two children and remembered what that felt like, I have seen Hypnotists on TV so there was no way I would believe that. The first Hypnobirth I witnesses was, in my cynical brain, a fluke, the second, a coincidence but by the third and fourth I was sold. Knowing that our Queen in waiting is reported to having undertaken this form of preparation, I can see how see just popped in to hospital to have a baby and was home in time for tea. For more information on any of the services above please visit or pop in store where Becky will be happy to talk in more detail. and are also useful.

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his month we have been trying to push ahead with the potty training, I think I’ve finally got it under control so it was time to pass on my fatherly wisdom to the boy. This didn’t go as well as planned, as he sat down, got stage fright, tensed up and nothing ‘flowed’. The lad needed to calm down and relax so I picked him up for a soothing cuddle. This was a huge error on my part as he then relaxed everything and promptly covered me. I’m ashamed to say I fell for this 3 times on the first night, and twice on the second. My dry cleaning bills were going through the roof and something had to change... the pee and poo cuddles stopped. In better news his trampoline work is coming on superbly. Back drops, seat drops, front drops, and roly polys. The first roly poly wasn’t too successful though as he put his

“I started to wonder if we could power the house with him” head on the mat, raised his bottom into the air then proceeded to push from the legs, although instead of rotating himself over, he ended up pushing himself like a small human pyramid across the 14ft length of the mat. He stood up at the other end with his hair so statically charged it looked as though it was trying to run away from his head.



The electric current he had built up was incredible, I started to wonder if we could power the house with him. I just stood there, watching him glow, whilst expecting him to offer me a bowl of ‘Ready Brek’ (one for the older readers). He soon nailed the roly poly and then started to embark on a futile quest once the sun came out... attempting (and failing) to outrun his shadow, he spent the next 20 minutes trying to kick it off the trampoline, a brief success was given to him (as a cloud passed the sun) but this was short lived and the frantic kicking resumed once more. In the shopping queue last week, he started calling me by my first name again, I politely grinned and bared it in front of the other shoppers who were starting to smirk, he then let rip with a rather large explosion in the nappy area and proceeded to yell “Daddy poo, Daddy poo!”. On one hand, I was pleased my name had reverted to ‘Daddy’ but it was the surname he’d given me that I was less enthused about. “Come on Son, let’s go” and we hurried to the changing room with him laughing. I got there to find he’d actually produced nothing but methane and had just taken great delight in showing off his powers to the public, at the expense of my own embarrassment, cheers kid. We decided a family day out was in order and went to a beautifully tranquil nature reserve (Rye Meads) and started to walk round peacefully, spotting the ducks, dragonflies, and various other birds and wildlife. Everything had been going great and I was a little taken aback at how calmly

he had strolled around, and how genuinely fascinated by the wildlife he was. His fascination boiled over into excitement on the final leg though. We approached the final marshy bank, where an elderly photographer with a camera so powerful it could take pictures of fleas on Neptune, was sat down, crouching, poised and ready for his shot. I had to do a double take

“He then let rip with a rather large explosion in the nappy area” to make sure he was not a statue, such was his dedicated poise. Within seconds a graceful young duck, about 20 feet ahead, made its first flight into the air and I saw the photographer smile and go to take his long awaited photo. My sons joy at this moment made him yell “DUUUUCK!!!!” at the top of his lungs and point frantically at the little chick making its maiden flight. The photographer (who hadn’t seen or heard us up to this point) very nearly dropped his camera and fell into the lake, juggling his equipment in the air with a mixture of fear, resentment and anger across his face. We scurried past him, but I could feel the glare of his eyes in my back as the duck flew above us all and out of shot. “Sorry! Gotta run” I yelled, and the boy backed me up... “Daddy poooo!!”. ...TO BE CONTINUED


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By Ben Sneath

een fencer John Wood founded the Loughton Fencing Club in 1971. Wood’s daughter Elizabeth would later go on to represent Great Britain in the sport at the Los Angeles Olympics of 1984. Loughton Hall on Rectory Green was the LFC’s first home, but in 2009 the club moved to the bigger and better facilities offered by the Debden Park High School on Willingale Road. The club’s membership has fluctuated from 40 members and three coaches in its halcyon years to 17 members and one coach currently. This rise and fall of interest is often down to the sport hitting the national consciousness during an Olympics or when movies featuring fencing, such as Zorro or the James Bond film Die Another Day, are released. With only 10 adults and seven children the LFC’s small sections offer a great atmosphere for learning and fencers can develop skills quicker as they get more time with the coach. The LFC attracts men and women, young and old. In fact, the ages range from children as young as 10 to the adults in their late 60s. There’s a diverse membership and it’s trying to break the image fencing has as a sport only taught at private schools. Both the children and adult sections meet on Wednesday evenings during the school term. Children from 7pm8.30pm and adults from 7.30pm-9pm.



Each session starts with a warm up and foot exercises and then the fencers can challenge others in their group. The sessions overlap so the children can pick up new skills from the adults. Putting them all through their paces is the Romanian international coach. Having a professional coach means the club has insurance to cover its members. The coach also helps members build up their British Fencing Association grades. There’s no pressure to win competitions and chairman, Alan Hall feels the club is more sociable than competitive. There aren’t internal tournaments, but members are encouraged to compete with others and build up their experience. The LFC does enter national competitions, however, and one of the highlights was its performance at the 2009 RCS Fencing Club Tournament - two club members came top of their categories. People of all backgrounds and of all abilities are welcome at the LFC. Beginners can learn the basics of fencing from experienced members and the coach. To encourage new members there’s a ‘two weeks free’ deal when they join, while they can also use the club’s kit to start with and work out if they enjoy it. The sessions are priced at £10 for two hours. Not bad when you consider everything you get for it: learning a fun sport, getting fit, meeting new people and building your confidence. For more information email Alan Hall at or visit



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