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THE LOCAL MAGAZINE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE - ISSUE 32, JUNE 2016
ESSEX FESTIVALS Getting You In The Mood For A Musical Summer
GIFT GUIDE Treat Your Dad This Father’s Day
LOCAL NEWS Keeping You Up To Date
WHAT’S ON Events From Ongar To Wanstead
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ON THE COVER 13 Local News 18 Father’s Day Gift Guide 22 Essex Festivals 56 What’s On 61 Competition Win a paintballing day out
41 FASHION & BEAUTY 27 Festival Fashion 29 Flawless Finish 33 Hassle Free Holiday Brows HEALTH & FITNESS 37 Spotlight on Local Business
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HOME & GARDEN 41 June Gardening Guide TRAVEL 44 Sun, Sea & Sand FUN & GAMES 60 Puzzle Corner 64 Entering Fatherhood Without a Map SPORT 66 Chigwell Ladies Football Team
Welcome to our first issue of the summer! This month we focus on local live music festivals, with events to suit a variety of tastes, and also provide some Father’s Day gift inspiration to treat your dad on June 19th. Personally I am looking forward to this Father’s Day with my two boys, and hope you all enjoy it too. For June our travel pages take us to the sunny Costa del Sol, so if you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet then be sure to take a look. We also have our regular charity feature, which this month showcases the fabulous work of The Children’s Trust, who help children with brain injury. Plus our usual mix of local news, event listings, fashion & beauty. Finally for anyone interested in sport, our club focus features the newly formed Chigwell Ladies Football Team. Enjoy the sun!
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A short roundup of what’s been going on TOWN COUNCIL HOLDING EVENT TO CELEBRATE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY
(left to right) The Archdeacon of Harlow, the Venerable Rev Martin Webster, Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing, Bradley Walsh and Canon Rev Geoffrey Connor
EPPING FOREST MP ELEANOR LAING BACKS HEART OF EPPING PROJECT Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has praised everyone involved with the Heart of Epping project to build a community centre adjoining St John’s Church in Epping. Mrs Laing was among more than 100 people who attended a reception and presentation hosted by television celebrity Bradley Walsh. Mrs Laing said: “I was delighted to hear that the project has now received its full planning approval and that every effort is now being made to get the ‘Heart of Epping’ development to its next stage. “St John’s Church is already quite literally at the heart of Epping and a community centre building adjoining the church will only further strengthen the church’s role as a focal point for the community in the town. “I thank everyone who has been involved with the Heart of Epping appeal so far, and wish them all the very best as the massive fundraising effort continues.” Bradley Walsh has said the Heart of Epping project will be a massive boost for the “sensational” St John’s Church and for the Epping community as a whole. The plans are for a community centre
adjoining St John’s Church providing community space, meeting rooms and a cafe. Funding has already been raised to cover the cost of preparing the project and getting it to the planning approval stage. Now the fundraising effort is focusing on raising £1m to build the facilities and an additional £1m to equip the new building. Bradley Walsh, the television actor, entertainer and presenter of The Chase quiz show and Tonight at the London Palladium, introduced various members of the church and local community who explained to the audience what the new Heart of Epping building will mean to them and the town. Mr Walsh, who is one of the patrons of the Heart of Epping appeal, said: “It’s something that this area has needed for a long, long time. “There are some of us here who won’t be here forever; that gives us a chance to leave a legacy. This is the hub of our community. “This place is sensational. When we get a community hall attached to the church, the church can only go one way, and that’s up and up and up.”
Cream teas and Prosecco cocktails will be on offer when Ongar Town Council and its Jubilee Park facilities celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. A special event is being held at the Love Lane venue from noon to 5pm on Saturday, 11thJune. There will also be a bouncy castle, Pimm’s tent, face painting, children’s activities, DJ and ice cream van. Council chairman councillor Jim Browning said: “This is a very special occasion and the council is pleased that Ongar is able to be part of the celebrations. “This event is open to all and I’m sure everyone will find something of interest and fun to do in celebrating this occasion. “We very much look forward to welcoming visitors to Jubilee Park.” For more information about the day contact the town council office on 01277 365348 (email clerk@ongar towncouncil.gov.uk) or ring the Jubilee Pavilion on 01277 363838.
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Abbotts Travel has been named as London’s Top Travel Agency in a new power-list of the nation’s best agents. Abbotts Travel edged out competition from four other high street finalists in London to take the trophy. TTG’s Top 50 Travel Agencies list was revealed in a ceremony in Birmingham after an extensive judging process led by industry Bible Travel Trade Gazette, which saw agents rated by tour operators and other suppliers, and assessed by travel trade journalists. TTG editor Pippa Jacks said: “Our search for the nation’s best travel agents has taken us the length and breadth of the country, where we’ve uncovered countless stories of brilliant agents going the extra mile for their customers, giving great value, and serving their communities. “What our new Top 50 list shows is that travel retailing in 2016 is a vibrant and successful business sector, and that - particularly on the high street - agents continue to prove
STUDENTS TRY OUT NEW SPORTS
A group of King Harold Academy students attended a sports event at Debden Park High School where they could learn archery, judo and fencing. PE teacher Luke Andrew said: “This was a great opportunity for students to learn about different sports from the curriculum, some of which they were participating in for the first time. “They received coaching from experts who made the events very enjoyable for the students.” Students from Debden Park, Roding Valley, Davenant and West Hatch were also involved in the day on Friday 13th May.
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SCHOOL’S ARSENAL STAR SUPPORTS CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH A group of former students who left Davenant Foundation School in 2010 continue to raise money in memory of their friend Peter Cross who, very sadly, died of leukaemia, aged 20. A special football match was organised between the school’s 1st XI and their 2010 counterparts organised and managed by exDavenant student and Arsenal player Carl Jenkinson. He and his friends pulled together their squad, publicised the match and have so far raised over £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The result of an entertaining match was a 3-1 victory for the Old Boys. The Davenant team represented themselves well and impressed Carl and his friends. Headteacher Chris Seward was pleased to give his permission for the match. He said: “Carl and his friends came to see me and asked if they could have a game in
memory of Peter Cross. They have such great memories of their school days and, in particular, of Peter and it was a pleasure to allow the event to happen.” The former students will continue to remember Peter and hope to have another game in his memory in the years ahead. To support the fundraising effort go to: www.justgiving.com/ ForPeterCross
LOCAL NEWS CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY WITH ESSEX AIR AMBULANCE!
Essex Air Ambulance is inviting everyone from across the county, looking to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, to host a Royal Afternoon Tea in her honour and help raise vital funds for their local Air Ambulance. Throughout June, the lifesaving charity is asking people to get out their best china sets, get baking and enjoy a cuppa with friends and family - all with a rather Royal theme. Sabi Blyth, Essex Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager said: “Afternoon Tea is such a fun thing to do and a great way to not only celebrate the Queen turning 90, but help keep the Air Ambulances flying too. “It costs around £500,000 every month to keep both of our helicopters flying so what are you waiting for, let’s bake and donate!” The Charity’s Royal Afternoon Tea initiative has been sponsored by Fulton’s Restaurants in Writtle and
Dunmow. Dean Sexton, Managing Director, Fulton’s Restaurants said: “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Queen turning 90 and to support our local Air Ambulance! We are a local family business and you’ll never know who will need to call upon this lifesaving service.” Everyone who hosts a Royal Afternoon Tea will be entered into a draw to win a specialist baking
hamper from W & H Marriages & Sons. You can get a FREE fundraising pack and royal decorations for the day by calling 0345 241 7690 or email AfternoonTea@EHAAT. uk.com. For more information on Essex Air Ambulance, visit EssexAirAmbulance.uk.com or follow us on Facebook for our latest news.
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the raffle and helped us raise over £2,000.” Miss Mills added: “We have more than 26 dreams on a waiting list which we need funds for so we need all the support and funds we can get.”
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FATHER’ S DAY GIFT GUIDE This Father’s Day, laugh at his Dad jokes, make him a cup of tea, and don’t forget the all-important present! Not sure what to get? We have rounded up our favourite gifts for some inspiration. Grab your dad a drink, and let him lay back and relax in this stunning personalised deck chair featuring 24 of his most cherished photographs. Personalised Photo Deck Chair £129 NotOnTheHigh Street.com
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Treat your dad to a fantastic meal at Table 7 in Chingford this Father’s Day. With live entertainment from 5pm on 19th June and a fantastic, varied menu to choose from this is something the whole family can enjoy. To book please call 020 8524 8438. www.table7chingford.com
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ESSEX When it comes to summer music festivals Essex is firmly on the map. Whether you want to bop along to cheesy pop acts of yesteryear, or shake your thing in a dance tent, we have a festival for you. Here are four local events we believe will be the highlight of your summer…
NOW THAT’S A FESTIVAL
27th - 28th August Now That’s a Festival promises to take you on a nostalgic musical journey! The two day event at Central Park, Dagenham will be attracting crowds eager to see Peter Andre, Alesha Dixon, Sister Sledge, Blue, 5IVE, East 17, Aswad, Atomic Kitten, Kenny Thomas and X Factor contestants Reggie n Bolle and Che Chesterman plus more. However that’s just part of the experience that this fun filled weekend has to offer. Make memories, share good times and enjoy the huge choice of food & drink, entertainment, fairground rides, shopping, fashion shows and much more. Day Tickets are priced at an affordable £25 per person in advance, or more on the door (subject to availability) making Now That’s a Festival a great choice for families (children under 6years of ages are not permitted). Parking is also available at extra charge and you can take blankets to sit on whilst enjoying the acts, although we expect you will be too busy dancing to your guilty pleasure to worry about sitting down. If you love cheesy pop then this is the event for you this summer! Central Park, Rainham Road North, Dagenham, Essex RM10 7EH www.nowthatsafestival.com
ONE LOVE FESTIVAL
2nd - 4th September The One Love Festival is a melting pot, a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, free trade and environmentally-friendly event, buzzing with creativity, fun, ideas and soul. One of the most diverse and unique festivals in the UK, the One Love Festival offers something for everyone and is an experience that should not be missed. Bringing together all the facilities and allures of a large-scale event but with the personal touch of a small, independent occasion. The One Love Festival’s popularity increases each year, and brings together some of the industry’s greatest veterans, alongside the rising stars of tomorrow. Being the only reggae camping festival in the UK makes it a special occasion with a friendly and chilled vibe. For those who love the Caribbean sound, this is your chance to experience the taste too with a huge range of catering outlets providing authentic food. Also expect an array of independent stall holders
20th - 21st August V Festival 2016 takes place over the weekend of 20th & 21st August simultaneously at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in South Staffordshire, with world class artists taking to the stage at one venue on the Saturday and then the other on the Sunday. The event attracts hoards of festival goers each and every year with numbers reaching 270.000. Although originally a rock music festival, a wide range of musical genres are accepted; in recent years pop acts have become more common and this year the is no exception with a predominately pop line up. This year marks the 21st birthday of the cross-country event and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The headline acts on the main stage this year are pop favourites Justin Bieber and Rihanna, as well as the likes of Faithless, Jess Glynne, Kaiser Chiefs, David Guetta, Sia, Example and Rita Ora performing throughout the weekend plus many more artists, and also comedians, who will be taking to the stage in the Glee Comedy Tent. There are a variety of ticket options available from single day tickets to weekend tickets including camping ,or if you prefer not to do battle with an unruly tent and stand in miles of Porta-loo queues then you can upgrade to VIP or the luxury camping options. Coach travel to the event is also available from a variety of locations, provided by Big Green Coach company. There are still some tickets available, however, please make sure you book through official ticket outlets listed on the website. Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ www.vfestival.com
selling crafts, clothing, cultural items and most importantly records, so you can take some of the music home. Festival Director Dan Wiltshire, commented: “This year really is a big one for One Love Festival. Seven headliners across three days - it’s a first for us and the UK Reggae scene. I’m always looking to give One Love Festival fans something new and this year isn’t going to disappoint. The mighty Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Junior Reid, Big Youth, Half Pint, Kabaka Pyramid and Jah9 are going to be incredible.” Weekend tickets are £140 and Day tickets are £47.50 (+ £6 booking fee.) Hainault Forest Country Park, Chigwell, Essex IG7 4QN www.onelovefestival.co.uk
8th - 10th July BSTK Festival (formerly named Brownstock Festival) has fast become one of the UK’s most popular small festivals. See some of music’s biggest DJs and bands up-close and in a festival atmosphere rammed with personality and personal touches. They were shortlisted for “Best Small Festival” by The UK Festival Awards in 2013 and 2014 and for “Best Dance Event” in 2015. Last year saw the 11th festival since they launched with 150 people in 2005. The popularity of the event has grown enormously and they now see over 6000 visitors. The event organisers said: “We are super proud of our varied line up and entertainments across 6 stages, which we think makes sure Essex is firmly on the festival map. Beyond the main stage you can head to our huge Good Shed dance big top which has seen sets from some of the best DJs in the world. Meanwhile The Stumble Inn is strictly house music only. The rest of the festival is scattered with hand built areas and other entertainments.” This year’s headliners are Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah, Kelis and Annie Mac, with Katy B, Scouting for Girls and Wretch 32 adding to the incredible line up of artists plus many more amazing acts. A standard weekend camping ticket costs just £89 or you can upgrade to VIP for £149, which is great value compared to other festivals of this quality. Morris Farm, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 6SG www.BSTK.co.uk
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ayhem offers an exhilarating paintball and laser tag experience from fantastic facilities, set in beautiful woodland in Abridge. They have been running for almost three decades, attracting visitors looking for a thrilling day out from both near and afar. Mayhem is the perfect place to hold events, from children’s parties to hen and stag dos or even corporate days out, they have packages to suit everyone. They have invested in genuine tanks, aeroplanes, helicopters plus much more to ensure you have an immersive experience at the centre. It’s safe, professional, authentic and unique. This month we have teamed up with Mayhem to offer one lucky reader plus four friends an unforgettable day out. You can choose one of the following events; Outdoor Laser Tag, Paintballing with 300 paintballs each (minimum age 12 years old), or Mini Paintballing for 2 hours for 9 -11yrs olds.
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Cucina Benito Cafe is situated on the Forest Lodge Complex, Epping New Road, formerly, the Kids Corner site it is now home to Boningtons Auction House, Forest Lodge Motel, Go Further Cycling and Cucina Benito Cafe. The cafe is a family run concern, offering good home made cooking with a warm welcome and family atmosphere and of course not to mention the homemade cakes! We are open six days a week Monday to Saturday, serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and cakes. We also offer a daily special all homemade, fresh to order. There is ample parking and the added bonus of viewing the auction house, as the cafe has one glass wall which connects with Boningtons, having full exposure to their current sale in action. We also offer reservations for early morning meetings, book clubs, mothers meetings etc.. and have organised monthly evening events, with a set three course, music and entertainment. Private hire is also available and we are happy to create a menu to your taste. We hope to see you soon and Cucina Cafe Benito, come and be part of the family!
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e’s persistently asking “why”, the dreaded word of any parent. I find myself going from casually asking if he’d like a sandwich to explaining advanced quantum physics in the space of a minute. A typical conversation tends to start like, “Oh look George, you need to wear a coat because it’s raining outside”, “Why?” “Well, erm, because the clouds have filled up with too much water”, “Why?” , “Erm... well the water cycle dictates that as the ground water evaporates and raises up into the clouds it accumulates at different levels of atmosphere where it eventually falls back to the earth as rain due to the gravitational pull”, “Why?”... “Oh, just put your bloody coat on!!” (you can guess his reply, and so it continues). The Mrs has come up with a better tactic, when he says “why?”, she replies with “Why do you think?”, this often stumps him, and more importantly gets his brain working as he tries to think of an answer. I tried asking her how she came up with it, but she just asked “Why?” so I decided to walk away. George’s mispronunciation of words continues to amuse, his younger brother Jake continues to be called “Cake” and whilst singing his favourite song (when Santa got stuck up the chimney) he appeared to sing about Santa having some seriously bad luck “My beard black, there’s s**t in my sack”. He keeps asking when Christmas will be and I guess that by continually singing festive songs he hopes to draw the event in quicker. Speaking of his younger brother, Jake is now crawling at some speed, and also attempting to fly. When you sit him down, he initially smiles broadly and starts flapping his arms and pumping his legs back and forth, yet when the lack of desired elevation appears to have been acknowledged he decides to swivel round to all fours
and propel himself into overdrive. Each obstacle he encounters then turns into an opportunity for him to climb up and stand, whether it be a plant, a chair or your leg. Once standing, the biting, slapping and dribbling techniques are unleashed with a vengeance and in just a few agonising seconds your healthy leg can resemble something thrown into a tank of piranhas, then in the style of Keyser Soze “he’s gone” (for any fans of ‘The Usual Suspects’ out there). You can usually find him again gnawing on a table leg, or eating the leaves of a plant, like a ravenous koala bear. Thankfully the lawn is quite
“Daddy! Me need a poo!” overgrown and I’ve run out of baby food... two birds with one stone. The second part of this month’s Dad’s Diary is solely devoted to a rather harrowing bike ride. I’d decided to take George out for a short ride on my bicycle, I’d connected a child seat on the back and secured his crash helmet on tight, we rode off into the fields. After a few minutes I realised that going uphill, with a child on the back, constantly asking “why?” about everything was becoming a little tedious, so we decided to pull over and get some shade under a rather large tree. “Look Daddy, me can climb the tree!” I looked up to see him hugging a tree so vast that he simply had both his arms outstretched like straight rods, you could have placed a spirit level across his shoulders. “Can me climb it?” I looked at the thing and could imagine seasoned climbers turning back down after the first mile (it was truly colossal and seemed to disappear into the heavens
like something from Jack and the beanstalk) “No George, you can’t climb it”, “Why?” I had no time for this and decided it best we continue our journey, yet as I placed him back into his seat the cry went up, “Daddy! Me need a poo!!” It was loud enough to make the birds fly from the trees and I had to think fast. He’s out of nappies and I’d set off with minimal essentials (although judging by the trees he wants to climb perhaps abseiling equipment would have been handy). I found an old newspaper and stood him on it, immediately realising that any evacuations would be drooped straight into his waiting pants around his ankles, I urgently needed to re-position him. I lifted him to the front of the paper, then pulled him back over it, so his feet remained near the front, but now his unloading section hovered gently above the centre of the drop zone (I’m running out of euphemisms here). As his cross-eyed face began to go red the action had begun, we were doing this and I held him firmly. He seemed to be challenging the spirit of the tree because it was an absolute log that appeared to be coming out of him. I thought to myself “Christ, that was big!” but little did I know it was just the first half. I can only apologise for the visual crudity of this story, but it happened, and this is parenthood. Every parent out there will know what it’s like to dangle a child at a rakish angle in order to help them go to the toilet, whether it’s by a roadside, or next to an incredibly large tree. Somewhat coincidentally he’d produced what looked like a festive yule tide log, and as I excruciatingly wrapped the sides of the newspaper around it I was glad that I shouldn’t be seeing one for another 6 months! ...TO BE CONTINUED
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CHIGWELL LADIES FOOTBALL TEAM
higwell Ladies is a newly formed team consisting of a mix of new players and half of Walthamstow Eagles, a team that folded at the end of last season. We play in Division 1 of the Essex New tracksu Woman’s Football League. Most of its courtesy of Th the girls from Walthamstow wanted e Crown and Crooked Billet to continue playing and Chigwell FC were kind enough to take us on as a new team, Chigwell Ladies. Half of the team have been playing together for years and the new players have fitted in really well. We came third in the league this season which is a great achievement for our first season! Coming third in our first season warm up ch at m re P has set the bar high, so we have high hopes (and Chigwell FC has high expectations) for next season. The players have agreed to continue training through the summer, which shows their dedication, and we are going for gold next year and hope to win the league and get promoted to the Premier Division. We will be entering in the League Cup and the Essex County Cup as well so who knows, we could win the treble. Our training sessions are at 8pm Day out to w atch every Thursday at Power League Leyton Orient in Fairlop and we play our games
there at 2pm on a Sunday, we always welcome supporters! All the girls do their best to get to every game and every training session and they have all become good friends and socialise together which makes a great team bond (and sometimes shared team hangover on a Sunday). Chigwell Ladies is sponsored by the Crown and Crooked Billet in Woodford, you can often see some of the ladies in there for dinner or drinks. Chigwell FC has teams that range from Under 6 to Under 18 and they have mixed teams up to the Under 13’s. Any girls or boys, men or women that are interested in coming along to a training session with the view of joining, go on our website or you can tweet us. New players are always welcome, the ladies team have found it especially difficult to find a goalkeeper last season after our previous one left to have a baby. All of the teams are always looking for new talent. If you are interested in coming to a training session you can find our contact details on the club’s website. www.chigwellboysfc.co.uk @chigwellboys or @chigwellladies
Celebrate the Journey
Set in 52 acres of beautiful mixed woodland close to Epping Forest, our stunning facilities help to make this one of the most idyllic places in and around Essex for a private celebration of life. Since opening in 2008 we have helped many families come together to Celebrate the Journey in a tranquil and beautiful setting. Our uniquely enchanting Woodland and neighbouring Gathering Hall, coupled with the natural surroundings of woodland allows friends and families to mark special occasions at GreenAcres.
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