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18 COMMUNITY 8 Your Comments 12 Local News 58 What’s On Editor: Darren Perry Email: Darren@essexcentralmagazine.co.uk Tel: 01992 574 275 Advertising: advertising@essexcentral magazine.co.uk Features Editor: Victoria Grace Journalist: Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham & Ben Sneath. Design: Sharon Butler-Felby @SketchDesign, Lauren Brown. Contributors: Victoria Robertson & Paul McLaughlin. Publishers: 3 Blue Worldwide Ltd Facebook: EssexCentralMag Twitter: @EssexCentralMag Distributed residentially each month to homes, as well as high street businesses, industrial estates and at underground stations throughout the following towns: South Woodford, Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Loughton, Debden, Abridge, Theydon Bois, Epping, North Weald, Ongar, Wanstead, Redbridge, Ilford, Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Barkingside, Fairlop, Hainault, Grange Hill. Although every care has been taken to ensure accuracy, 3 Blue Worldwide Ltd take no responsibility for any errors, or the ESSEX CENTRAL advertisements within this magazine.

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Welcome to our summer edition, which will cover both July and August, as we take our first holiday since starting the magazine! We are very proud to be celebrating our third anniversary for Essex Central and our second anniversary for The Loop, and would like to thank all our readers, advertisers, contributors, and our superb team for helping us reach this milestone. In this issue you will find some great local family attractions to enjoy this summer, plus we got to sample the new menu at Las Iguanas and tried out Pivaz Restaurant, the latest addition to Epping High Street. We also have our usual mix of articles including local news and what’s on listings. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer, especially Team GB at the Olympics!

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KING HAROLD ACADEMY STUDENTS VOTE FOR CHANGE

Year 7 to 10 students at King Harold Academy experienced a taste of democracy when they voted for new tutor group names to start in the new academic year. The Student Voice, which regularly meets to discuss school issues, met with Head of School Kim Thackray and provided a shortlist of names based on famous British people. The 13 names - including literary greats, scientists, sportsmen, and key political figures were - Attenborough, Austen, Brunel, Churchill, Darwin, Dickens, Hawking, Pankhurst, Potter, Redgrave, Rowling, Shakespeare and Tolkien. Students were provided with ‘official’ ballot papers and information and books on the famous British personalities to help them make an informed choice. School librarian Giselle Morris transformed the Learning Resource Centre into a polling station where students placed their votes in the ballot box. Hundreds of votes were received and the results of the top four final names will be announced at the end of term.

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RHS HYDE HALL TO HOST FIRST SURREY SCULPTURE TRAIL One of the most renowned regional arts organisations in the country, the Surrey Sculpture Society, will be bringing the works of their talented emerging and professional sculptors to a new area and new audience, with a sculpture trail leading visitors through the rolling landscape at RHS Garden Hyde Hall near Chelmsford, Essex, one of the finest gardens in the East of England. The Sculpture Trail will open to the public on 19th July and run until 14th August and will give visitors to RHS Garden Hyde Hall the opportunity to discover a range of sculptures in diverse garden settings including the hilltop, dry and woodland gardens and in other locations around the garden, with all sculptures for sale. RHS Garden Hyde Hall is the second RHS Garden to host a Surrey Sculpture Society exhibition.  The society has held seventeen annual sculpture trails at RHS Garden Wisley - an unbroken record of success. Henriette Van der Does, Chair of the Surrey Sculpture Society commented: “Our members are very excited about

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Year 7 students at Debden Park High School, Loughton, took part in a sponsored 5km run to raise money for Skillforce and Cancer Research. The event was a part of the Skillforce programme that 12 students are taking part in. The programme involves developing lifelong skills to aid them through various challenges of life. Activities have included a BMX workshop, First Aid course and navigation course along with

organising the 5km run. KS3 Progress Co-ordinator Merys Rees said: “The students were dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated during the run and their passion towards both causes were clearly seen. It was fantastic to see every Year 7 student taking part, working together and celebrating their success as a year group.” Each student received a medal and certificate.

Students at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, have displayed the art and photography work which they have been working on for the past 18 months. The exhibition featured their coursework, their exam final pieces and all of their preparatory sketchbooks. Head of Art David Tisdale said: “We have such a broad range of materials, techniques and scales this year including ceramics, pen, pencil drawing, painting, collage and assemblage. “Each piece of work is individual, experimental and exciting, with some of the students producing work which wouldn’t be out of place in any A-Level exhibition.” He added: “This year, for the first time, we also exhibited the work of our A-Level artists and photographers. This turned out to be of great benefit for our GCSE students as they could see the difference in scale and skill required for this higher level of study.” Many pieces from the exhibition will be displayed at Loughton Arts Centre, High Road, Loughton, until Friday, 8th July.

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CHARITY SUPPORTER RAISES OVER £600 WITH PERSONAL BEST 10K RUN TIME

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A supporter of The Dream Factory charity raised over £600 when he completed the Vitality London 10k run. Jason Digwa, director of the RGB electrical superstore in Ilford - which supports the charity - achieved a personal best time of 57.55 mins. The event attracted more than 15,000 runners of all abilities. Jason, from Chigwell, said: “Luckily conditions on the day were great and all the pre-training paid off. I chose to run for The Dream Factory as it is a great local charity that supports young terminally ill children by granting them wishes.” The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: “Our thanks go to Jason for choosing The Dream Factory and raising money for us which will go towards the cost of granting even more dreams for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.”​

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RETIRING HEADTEACHER WILL MISS DAVENANT’S “INSPIRATIONAL” YOUNG PEOPLE

The Headteacher of Davenant Foundation School retires this month after fifteen years at the helm. Chris Seward started at the Loughton school in September 2001, having previously been Headteacher at a school in Hertfordshire. His retirement will mark the end of a 39-year teaching career which began as a History teacher at a comprehensive school in Ealing, West London. Mr Seward said: “It has been great to maintain a really high and consistent level of achievement across a whole range of activities. It is not just academic success that we value at Davenant - it is as important to see students developing themselves through sport, music and the arts. “For me it’s about consistent achievement in exams and a consistent commitment to a broad curriculum with a wide range of opportunities for our students. Developing and maintaining this level throughout the whole period has been a tremendous satisfaction.” Mr Seward singled out many highlights of his time in charge at Davenant including the school’s music tours to Italy and the visit of many

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high-profile figures to Davenant among them Lord Falconer, England women’s cricketer Lydia Greenway, Paralympian Hannah Cockroft and seated volleyball player Martine Wright. However, just as important have been the individual successes he has seen with students over the years. Mr Seward said he would miss the many “inspirational” young people who have regularly surprised and impressed him during his time at Davenant. He said: “They are a wonderful group who bring a richness of diversity and experience to the school. “I will certainly miss my colleagues with whom I have really enjoyed working but what is unique about a school is the young people. It is the day-to-day experience of working with the young people that I will miss most of all.” Mr Seward’s successor at Davenant is Adam Thorne who is currently Headteacher at a school in Havering. Mr Seward said: “I’m already working with Mr Thorne to ensure there is a good transition and he’s able to make a successful start in September.”


LOCAL NEWS WEST HATCH HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GO UNBEATEN IN TAG RUGBY COMPETITION

Year 7 and Year 8 girls at West Hatch High School combined to form a formidable team which was undefeated in the Barking Tag Rugby competition organised by the RFU. The girls’ results included 7-1 and 5-0 victories. Maddie Fitch, who plays for Eton Rugby Club, scored seven tries while her sister, Amy - who is also with Eton - scored four tries. The Year 7s also showed their worth as Isobel Smith scored three tries against schools such as Sydney Russell and Jo Richardson. This was the first time the year groups had played together as a team and they gelled straight away.Lily Wagstaff captained the team on the day and showed great leadership skills helping the Year 7s and organising the team. Kiera Carroll and Jodie Verghese were triumphant in moving the ball forward drawing the opposition in. Regular training attendees Tilly Mae Kent and Faye Plunger (Year 7)

held their own, making crucial tags and supporting the girls.Making her first appearance, Maya Matias kept West Hatch in the game at one point with her rapid speed to stop the opposition scoring at the last minute. Each girl played their part and really enjoyed the experience.

Head of PE Coralie Reid said: “I stepped in to take the girls as Miss Dawkes (their coach) was unavailable.It was a pleasure to see how well they played, and always nice to see West Hatch completely dominate in any sport.”

EPPING FOREST MP VISITS WOODLAND GROVE CARE HOME TO MARK NATIONAL CARE HOME OPEN DAY Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has dedicated, committed and residents have their own hair salon, visited Woodland Grove care home caring staff who are on hand to and can enjoy fine dining with their in Loughton to help mark national provide wonderful services to the families. There is also a cinema Care Home Open Day. residents. I was very impressed to room and plenty of quiet areas Mrs Laing was taken on a tour see that the where the residents to sit and read.” of the home which opened just over two years ago and caters for 72 residents. She met several of the residents, some of whom she already knew from her time in the constituency. Among them was former Theydon Bois councillor Joy Wainwright who will celebrate her 98th birthday later this year. Mrs Laing was shown around by Harnoop Atkar, managing director of Oakland Primecare which owns Woodland Grove, and general manager Jo Coughlan. Mrs Laing said: “I was delighted to be invited to visit Woodland Grove and see the wonderful Epping Forest MP Ele facilities that it has to offer. I was anor Laing with Woodl and Grove resident and Theydon Bois counci surprised to see so many people llor Joy Wainwright (lef former t) Woodland Grove res Cearns and care ass ista ident Dreen who I knew.” nt Barbara Toure She added: “Woodland Grove

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STEP BACK IN TIME AT EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY EXPERIENCE A TASTE OF RIO AT BEACHEAST

Soak up a tropical beach atmosphere without leaving London this summer. From Saturday 23rd July to Sunday 4th September the UK’s largest urban beach will feature a vast stretch of sumptuous white sand, a huge kid’s paddling pool, funfair rides, two beach bars and a host of sporting events and activities for all the family. Friends and families can enjoy a Rio-inspired staycation at East London’s answer to the famous Copacabana beach. Spend the day building sandcastles, having fun at the fair and enjoying seaside snacks in the Stratford sunshine. Boasting one thousand tonnes of sand spread over 2200 sq metres of Stratford Waterfront beside the former Olympic Stadium, with a huge paddling pool, BeachEast will have something for everyone. Screams will be on offer alongside ice creams as the popular rollercoaster and rides return to give thrill-seekers an action-packed funfair experience. After a hard day in the office, cool off with a beer or wine at one of the beach bars or a sundowner cocktail, mocktail or fruit juice or two. What’s more, visit the official Team GB FanZone London at BeachEast this summer to watch live coverage of the Olympic Games from Rio on the big screen and participate in some of the sports that our Team GB stars will be competing in. The Official Team GB FanZone London at BeachEast will be a fantastic place to experience all of the action and soak up the sizzling atmosphere of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games whilst supporting the Team GB athletes in their quest for Olympic glory. There will be live entertainment, DJs, themed events and cracking competitions will ensure there is always a Rio carnival atmosphere at BeachEast and celebrating a sporting summer on the Park, there will be a packed programme of fun beach activities throughout the holidays including beach volleyball. BeachEast, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford E15 2DU www.beacheast.co.uk

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The Epping Ongar Railway is a great day out - with friendly volunteers, steam locomotives, buses and a wave from the signalman as the train leaves, the railway offers you the chance to experience life as it might have been 50 years ago. The extension from Loughton to Ongar was built 150 years ago and later it became the eastern end of the Central Line. In 1994 London Underground stopped running services east of Epping. Since then the railway has been lovingly restored with the help of hundreds of keen and friendly volunteers to the fantastic attraction it now is - a heritage railway running steam and diesel trains through 6 miles of the Essex countryside. Trains run to within 100m of the boundary with LU


DON’T MISS THE THEYDON BOIS DONKEY DERBY

The Annual Theydon Bois Donkey Derby - celebrating its 29th year - takes place on Sunday 10th July, raising money for the Theydon Bois Scouts & Guides and other local youth groups. It regularly attracts 4,000 visitors and this year is supported by main sponsor Stevenette Estate Agents. Held on the village green and running from 12noon to 4pm, the Theydon Bois Donkey Derby is a perfect slice of Essex village summer life, featuring bouncy castles, candy floss and face painting for the kids, an old fashioned big wheel and dodgems for the big kids, hog roast, BBQ, a Tea Tent, and various other hot and cold refreshments. Other events and attractions include a fastest tennis serve contest, a ‘Smash the Crocs’ stall, a Popchoir recital and a drill demonstration by Chigwell Squadron Air Cadets and much, much more... and of course, donkey races and rides! Nik O’Flynn, Chair of the Theydon Bois Donkey Derby Committee said; “The Annual Theydon Bois Donkey Derby has become a permanent and much loved date in the village diary, bringing visitors from far and wide, and has something for everyone in the family. This year we have some added excitement as it will be the first time we have had a Tug Of War challenge between the two village pubs, The Bull and The Queen Victoria. We hope to continue this rivalry with an annual trophy for the winner so come along and cheer for your favourite pub team”. The Green, Theydon Bois CM16

at Epping and in this year the Railway introduced a new timetable with more journeys along the full length of the line. The Railway also runs a fleet of old-fashioned London buses. These are included in your ticket price and are not only a delight to see and ride on, but provide a regular and direct link to Epping Station - making a day out at the railway convenient to visit by tube too. There is also parking at Epping Station. The railway hosts a series of special events, dining trains and murder mysteries throughout its running season. The fun starts with a Real Ale Weekend at the end of July, characters from Paw Patrol visit in August and they finish off the summer season with a splendid Victorian Weekend. Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar Station, Ongar www.eorailway.co.uk

FREE FUN FOR FAMILIES AT VALENTINES MANSION

Have a summer to remember at Valentines! Kids love a visit to the house and gardens with the chance to explore and discover the 320 year old mansion. Who lived in this grand house over the years and what was it like when they did? Step back in time and find out for yourself! Listen out for the sound trail as you walk through the period furnished rooms, including the Victorian kitchen and Georgian bedchamber (why not get dressed up and stop for a photo on the new peep board?) and see if you can spot portraits of the previous owners along the way. There’s just as much to see and do outdoors - a visit to the aviary is a must, as is a walk around the walled gardens - have fun naming all the fruits, vegetables and

herbs growing here. Bring along a picnic or stop for lunch at the Gardener’s Cottage Café. Venture into the award-winning Valentines Park - it’s great for a bike ride, scoot or leisurely walk and packed with fun activities including boating plus a fantastic children’s play area. So for some traditional family fun, head on over to Valentines Mansion. During the school holidays, the Mansion is open to the public every Sunday to Wednesday, 11am-3pm, with free entry. Check out the website for pre-bookable children’s events taking place at the Mansion, this year they have close encounters with amazing animals, gardening fun, arts & crafts and more! Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford IG1 4XA www.valentinesmansion.com

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b Shift the coffee table for a spot of front room fitness - For tech lovers, swap the traditional games console for a competitive motion-control game that will get you out of your seat. Squats, planks, crunches and tricep dips are easily squeezed into television ad breaks. Pick up a cheap set of weights or improvise with tins of beans, bags of rice or whatever you’ve got lying around. b Devise an active reward scheme Mark your family’s achievements with active outings instead of foodie treats. A trip to the bowling alley, ice rink or swimming baths make for memorable ways to celebrate dad’s promotion or the children’s exam success. b Tap into school sporting opportunities - Most schools offer much more these days than the traditional football or netball team. Trampolining, martial arts or dance groups are likely to be more appealing for those children who don’t class themselves as sporty. b Set a family fitness challenge - Tap into your family’s competitive streak with a 10,000 a day step challenge. Rewards and forfeits such as household chores are sure to motivate the troops. Give yourselves something to aim towards and sign up for a big event that the whole family can get involved with.

“The heart needs exercise to keep it strong and healthy.”

Heart Research UK has plenty of ideas to get you started www. heartresearch.org.uk

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FOOD & DRINK RESTAURANT REVIEW

PIVAZ EPPING

The Essex

A review of Epping’s new restaurant

Roasted Goats Cheese

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e arrived just a day after the main opening and the restaurant was buzzing. This really is the place to be seen right now, wall to wall with guests who were looking smartly dressed and glamourous. It was 8pm on a Friday night, and it felt like we had taken a trip up to the west end of London, yet here we were, on Epping High Street. The lights were soft, the décor was classy, and the staff were superb. We made our way to the bar and the mixologist gave us two of the nicest cocktails we’ve ever had, firstly ‘Epping’s Ex’ – made with: Lychee liquor, Frangelico, lemon juice, fresh ginger, fresh mint and ginger ale, whilst I went for ‘The Essex’ which included: Whisky, Champagne, peppermint syrup, Angostura bitter and lemon. Sipping these at the bar allowed us a little time to people watch, seeing the new entrants being greeted at the door, some then moving into the lounge bar near the front of the restaurant, whilst others went straight through to join up with

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friends already at their tables. The place was really busy and had a lovely, friendly feel about it. It felt like it was going to be a great night out. We finished the drinks and headed over to our table. The menu is predominately Turkish, with a pleasing amount of dishes from other parts of the Mediterranean too, for added variety. For starters we opted for: Tiger Prawns au Gratin and Roasted Goats Cheese with Walnuts. The prawns were huge and meaty, draped in a succulent amount of creamy melted gruyere cheese. Service was a little slow at this point in truth, but this was understandable due to the fact it was a new team, and clearly the place was very busy. For our mains we went with a Chicken Beyti, a Pivaz Mixed Kebab, and sides of Sautéed Spinach with Pine Kernals and Pan Fried Garlic Mushrooms. This was truly delicious! The dish was filled with a good portion of food, not a small pretentious underwhelming amount as in some restaurants, but was instead a sumptuous assortment of chicken

shish, lamb shish, Adana, chicken wings, and a lamb chop. All the meats had been individually cooked to perfection, each juicy and flavoursome as the knife glided through. My guest went for the Chicken Beyti and was equally impressed, this was minced chicken, flavoured with garlic, hot pepper, parsley and pistachio and then grilled on a skewer. Although nearly full we decided we should go the full distance and ordered desserts, this time we tried the Berry Cheesecake and the Chocolate Fondant - warm, soft, chocolate sponge which oozed with liquid chocolate when it was broken into. All in all this was a lovely evening out, certainly one for special occasions, but the relaxed atmosphere means this can also be a very fine and regular dining experience for all the lucky locals. Pivaz is just what Epping High Street has needed for a long time. 238-240 Epping High Street, Epping CM16 4AP www.pivaz.co.uk Tel: 01992 571 440


MEDITERRANEAN FOOD AT ITS FINEST

Pivaz is a new oasis of sumptuous Turkish cuisine in the heart of Epping High Street. Our aim is to bring the very best traditions of our homeland to your table, where you can enjoy true Turkish hospitality with a delectable drink or two. Drop in for a professional cocktail at the fully-stocked late night bar, or start your dinner early with an aperitif before your meal.

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Come and visit our new branch at 50 Station Rd Chingford, opening the 2nd week of July!

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FOOD & DRINK RESTAURANT REVIEW

We try out the new street food inspired lunch menu.

Pan Fried Pescado

Glazed Pork Ribs

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won’t lie, this job can be great... getting to try food at various restaurants, but after a while it can all become quite similar, however well it’s cooked. That’s why I was delighted to try something different from the average high street cuisine, and jumped at the chance to sample the new Brazilian street food lunch menu at Las Iguanas in Lakeside. With the Olympic Games about to launch in Rio we thought we ought to dine with our South American cousins and try something from across the Atlantic, after all, we all know Brazil, but there’s not many outlets here selling Brazilian food. So... what’s it like? Well, it’s certainly got a ‘street’ feel about it, most of the new dishes were hand held, bite-sized, deliciously created and full of flavour. We started with some ‘Dadinhos’, cubed smoked cheese with a sweet and sticky, chilli jam, and some classic quesadillas - a folded tortilla with chicken, onions and cheese. These were snack type lunch food, but so very different from everything else on the high street, and they tasted lovely.

Mojito Jelly

The brahma beer was cool and refreshing as our mains arrived, 3 new dishes to the lunch menu: Havana Club & BBQ Glazed Pork Ribs (Half a rack of fall off the bone pork ribs covered in a sticky rum glaze, topped with crispy onion & chilli, served with slaw & your choice of fries, sweet potato mash), The Cuban Sandwich (Roast pork belly, pulled pork, Emmental cheese & ham with sweet mustard & green pickle relish in a bun) and finally the Pan Fried Pescado (Sustainable white fish marinated with lime & artichoke, pan-fried & served on roasted sweet potato mash and topped with a piquanté pepper dressing & sweet potato crisps). The glazed pork fell off the bone, it was cooked perfectly, tender, and juicy. The fish was also superb, very fresh and the lime really lifted the flavour, a perfect healthy mid-day pick me up, however the ‘crisps’ could have been a bit more crispy. The Cuban Sandwich was a mixed affair, I couldn’t fault the pulled pork, again this had been carefully cooked, but unfortunately the bun was not given the same care and had

been microwaved into a hard, chewy dough. This was only downside of a thoroughly enjoyable main meal. We ordered cocktails before our desserts and it was another triumph for the menu, we enjoyed a two for one vanilla Mai Thai - Havana Club Especial rum, Absolut vanilla vodka, lime juice, almond syrup & bitters - superb! For desserts we found some space to share the new Mojito Jelly and the Macadamia Cheesecake. The cake was rich and gooey with the sauce; it was very indulgent and tasted delicious, whilst the Mojito Jelly gave a light, refreshing zing to round off what had been a thoroughly enjoyable lunch. I’d certainly go back to Las Iguanas and would fully recommend it for many reasons, firstly the food is different to the standard high street offering, much of it is snack sized allowing you to sample a wide variety without feeling bloated, it’s very reasonably priced, the drinks are fantastic, the service was friendly, plus we’re about to go Rio crazy with the Olympics starting! www.iguanas.co.uk

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hen it comes to furnishing your home we’re great believers in the importance of telling a story - whether that be through a specific theme or by choosing key pieces that have a character of their own - if a room has an interesting tale to tell, it’ll

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more often than not be a space that people will enjoy spending time in. From a practical point of view, themes are one of the easiest ways to give a room a clear sense of direction; they’ll not only make the decorating process easier but ensure that everything hangs together. Think of it as setting a stage.

While ‘trends’ are always a tricky term - and we wouldn’t advocate subscribing to their every whim they are a great way to explore new ideas and shape a look of your own. This season we’ve taken inspiration from around the globe and crafted five beautiful new themes:


HOME

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‘Furnish your room for conversation and the chairs will take care of themselves” - Sybil Colefax By Paul McLaughlin, Managing Director at Libra

MODERN GOTHIC

This striking theme sees classic Victorian-style furniture paired with a contemporary warehouse vibe. Think dark turned-leg furniture, plush velvets and grand chinoiserie pieces placed in distressed, almost derelict surroundings. Lush green palms contrast with shadowy walls, flashes of beaded blue sateen glimmer in darkened hallways and polished ceramics in blues, whites and deep maroons illuminate cobwebbed corners. There’s a touch of theatrical drama to this theme but it is by no means frivolous. These pieces are for keeps; classic, solid and carefully made heirlooms.

shoreline in all of its distressed beauty. Furniture is chunky, weighty even, but given an easeful grace with pale finishes and pretty ticking stripes. Reclaimed teak and elm is paired with sea-green recycled glass, delicate feather motif ceramics and husky basketry. This is a contemporary and fresh take on the theme but with a distinct nod to classical shapes. It is a place to escape, to carefully display your beach-combed treasures and to fling the windows open to the salty air.

CHANDELIER FACTORY EQUESTRIAN

A theme that is chic, pared back and luxurious. Steel and glass furniture reflect light whilst powerful horse sculptures hint at equine design influences. Shades of silver, grey and cream are now accented with verdant botanical greens, bringing the theme up to date. Rugged wood pieces give texture and interest and when paired with proud hurricane lanterns and beautiful time pieces will showcase an earthy luxury.

COPPER ROSE COASTAL

Coastal themes can be interpreted in any number of ways, from old-school Riviera style glamour to a classic ‘red, white and blue’ nautical look. We prefer to take our inspiration directly from the

perfect partner and will give this look a clean, contemporary feel. A balance between structure and softness can be achieved by combining Mid-Century style furniture in rich wood finishes with accessories and object that take their lead from the natural world.

Copper is still at the centre of our trend radar but this season it’s been given a fresh face with soft tones of blush pink, bronzy glass and deep nutty woods. Geometric patterns found in pieces such as the Libra Copper Web collection are the

This season we’ve been developing a softer sub-plot to the classic industrial trend: Chandelier Factory. Pairing wrought iron, chunky woods and raw concrete with intricately constructed show-stopping chandeliers, this theme juxtaposes masculine elements with softness, tactility and light. Like a beautiful scene from a dark fairytale, this delicately constructed look weaves a story of its own.

ABOUT LIBRA

Led by an expert team, passionate about design, Libra’s ever-evolving portfolio of furniture, lighting and accessories is one of the largest and most diverse in Europe. Working with leading designers and artists from around the globe, their collections are filled with beautifully crafted products, each with a story to tell and a heritage to be proud of. Libra’s collections are stocked at Dansk Interiors in Lakeside (01708 866606) and Raleigh (01268 775688).

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A seasonal guide to help you get the most out of your garden.

njoy the next few summer months in your garden. Take plenty of time out to just sit outside to admire the flowers and look out for the wildlife on these dry, warm, lovely days that are on the way.

SAVE YOUR SEEDS

Give annual flower seed saving a go! Choose seeds from Marigolds or Petunias. Start by finding a dead flower. The Petunia seeds are located in a seedpod called the calyx which is at the base of the flower. You can wait until the flower dies and falls off. As the calyx swells with seeds it will begin to turn brown and then it will split open. Inside

the pod you will see the seeds that will look like tiny dark balls. If you don’t want to wait until the dead

SUMMER JOBS

_ Remember to keep on watering and weekly feeding your hanging baskets and tubs. _ Keep on deadheading any faded flowers, this will help encourage a much longer flowering period. _ Pinch out the

flower drops off you could pick the calyx off before it opens and put it into a brown paper bag.

leading shoots on Chrysanthemums, this will help to encourage a much more bushy plant. _ Begin taking cuttings from your Fuchsias and pelargoniums. _ Support your upcoming local Theydon Bois, North Weald and Buckhurst Hill horticultural shows this year by entering a few flowers from your garden. You could even make a homemade jar of jam or marmalade. Entering is a fun way to make new gardening friends too.

Toads can be a variety of colours from dark brown to green and sandycolours too. They have broad bodies and warts on their skin. You will see that they walk rather than hop. They secrete an irritant substance from their skin and puff themselves up to deter predators. They tend to live away from water and feed on insect larvae, spiders, and worms. You will usually see them at night or sometimes in the daytime after it has Common Toad rained.

PESTS AND DISEASE

If your plants are wilting check for vine weevils. Adult vine weevils are black and about 1cm long. They lay their eggs in soil which hatch into white, C-shaped grubs that feed voraciously on the roots of your plants. Use a biological control method called Nemasys, it contains microscopic creatures called nematodes that are a natural enemy of vine weevils. The product is available from garden centres but it must be kept in a fridge. Vine Weevil

By Victoria Robertson, amenity horticulturist & committee member of Copped Hall & Epping Horticultural Society & Chairman of Epping in Bloom.

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TRAVEL TUSCANY

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Tuscany is a vibrant, beating heart of culture and learning which, as the centuries pass, deepens both in beauty and stature.

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enaissance palaces and Romanesque churches are plentiful, housing works by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. There’s profound natural splendour too, with the beautiful mountain paths and hills of Chianti and the majesty of the Chiana Valley to witness. The highlight must be Florence, Tuscany’s most famous city and the cradle of the Renaissance. It is here that palaces, monuments, churches, palazzos and galleries adjoin. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Pitti Palace (an architectural declaration of intent from a kingdom that changed the Earth) and the Uffizi Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s David. Any Tuscan tour demands the very best places to stay, and we have selected four unforgettable locations...

CASTELLO DI CASOLE

A five-star marriage of resort and residences, Castello di Casole has both style and romance. Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, director of The Leopard, lived in the Castello and is said to have housed his mistresses in the surrounding villas. He brought the jet-set and gave the place a glamour which has endured. This 4,200-acre estate features 28 Tuscan farmhouses, a 41-suite boutique hotel, 10 hotel villas and a stately penthouse. It is very much a working farm in the classic traditions of Italy, home to more than 100 acres of vineyards and 30 acres of olive groves, where signature vintages are harvested and pressed for guests.

Ristorane Tosca features traditional Tuscan cuisine interpreted with a fresh twist. The focus is pure Italy - homemade pasta, locally sourced meat, linecaught seafood, organic produce, and house-made breads with estate-grown extra virgin olive oil. Take it further and attend a cooking demonstration to learn the authentic way of pizza making. Seasonal activities include truffle hunting in October and November, guided by an expert and his dog in the woods at nearby Certaldo. October is also the time to see the saffron harvest in the old medieval area of San Gimignano. Numerous other activities, cultural, sporting and spiritual, are also available.

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GRAND HOTEL PRINCIPE DI PIEMONTE, VIAREGGIO

HOTEL BRUNELLESCHI, FLORENCE welcoming, refined and luxurious dining rooms attract tourists and fine food enthusiasts all year round for the quality of the expertly revisited Tuscan and Versilian cuisine. We love the magnificent fifthfloor pool, with hydromassage and water features, heated to 34°C to afford you the pleasure of complete relaxation throughout the year. Get more of the same with saunas, a fitness centre, massages, and holistic beauty treatments at the Wellness Centre.

Built in the 1920s and grandly refurbished this century, the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte blends history and prestige. It’s located in the heart of Viareggio, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea and close to the beach, with a beautiful view. The 106 rooms, of which 87 are standard and 19 are suites, are on five floors, each one of which has a different style of décor, overlooking the water. Each has broadband Internet, plasma satellite TVs, a choice of pillows and beautiful marble bathrooms with showers and/or bath tubs. The Piccolo Principe and Regina restaurants have made the hotel famous. The intimate and

Named for one of the founding fathers of the Renaiisance, the 4-star boutique Hotel Brunelleschi is situated in Florence city centre, just 6km from Florence Airport. It lies within a circular Byzantine tower and a medieval church, entirely reconstructed, but keeping the original characteristics of the buildings. Inside you can find a private museum in which is conserved the architectural ruins discovered during the restoration of the hotel. Little wonder that Dan Brown name-checks the hotel in The Da Vinci Code! It has 96 rooms and suites, the latter include the Pool Suite, with a four-poster bed and a hot tub for Spa entrance

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two on the large terrace, and the Pagliazza Tower Suite, where you can realise your dream of sleeping inside a tower, but one equipped with all the latest amenities. But step outside and you have the best of the city in view. It is a few steps from The Duomo (with is cupola designed by Brunelleschi), a breathtaking place that took 140 years to complete. The Uffizi Gallery is 400 metres away, a world centre of fine art with a flawless portfolio including works from Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, El Greco, Botticelli and, of course, Leonardo Da Vinci.

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Other places of interest close by include the Piazza della Signoria and the medieval stone arch bridge, the Ponte Vecchio.

L’ANDANA, CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA

views or spacious mosaic bathshowers reminiscent of Roman spas. Some Prestige Suites are even equipped with their own whirlpool bath in refined mosaic, allowing guests to relax at leisure in privacy. Located in what used to be the ancient granary of Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine, Trattoria Toscana is a sort of contemporary hostelry, a simple meeting place, where genuine specialities of Tuscan tradition are served. Open only in the evening, the restaurant seats 100 guests in a cosy, reserved atmosphere. The dining-room An enchanting resort and gourmands’ is furbished to achieve a sense of getaway, L’Andana consists of 33 discreet elegance and intimacy, with spectacularly spacious rooms split over wooden beams, exposed brickwork, two buildings, The Villa and the Fattoria. a fireplace and cotto tile flooring. They are separated by a Winter A second restaurant, La Villa, serves Garden made of wrought-iron and breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The glass within a gorgeous estate. dishes are prepared by the same Decor is contemporary, rustic chic, chefs as those at Trattoria Toscana and the colours, warm and rich and reflect genuine local traditions, hinting at the Tuscan landscape. where the delicate tastes of food from The 20 Superior and De-Luxe the sea flank stronger ones from the guestrooms are decorated with an land: risotto with peas, streaky bacon eye to detail and tastefully furnished and pecorino cheese is followed by to maintain an atmosphere of anglerfish and courgette flower tortello, family intimacy. All the rooms offer stewed octopus and Borlotti beans, delightful views of the surrounding and ossobuco with potatoes and celery. countryside and the interiors are De-Luxe guest room enhanced by stone fireplaces. The 13 luxurious suites feature elegant bathtubs with magnificent

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ambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning is a registered charity and one we call our ‘54 acre classroom’. Situated on Manor Road, just 100ft up the hill from the Miller and Carter pub, our Centre boasts a variety of adventurous and team building activities such as climbing, caving, kayaking and archery, as well as a farm education barn and dedicated environmental areas. We

use these activities to put together bespoke programmes for young people to build their self-esteem, confidence, and personal and social skills. We work with recognised groups such as schools, youth organisations, churches etc. from across Essex, East London and further afield. We also work with individuals who can be referred onto specific projects we run, such as Hands On Animal Care and

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED On Sunday 11th September 2016 we are opening our gates to the public for you to come and have a go at our activities yourselves! No booking necessary, just turn up anytime from 11am (gates close at 4pm, so last entry is usually around 3pm). Activities are just £1.50 per go or you can buy a £12/6 wristband for unlimited tries. We ask politely for a £3 donation upon entry as all funds raised are put towards our personal development programmes of outdoor learning. Food and drink will be served and our Farm Shop will also be open from 2pm, selling our awardwinning sausages and other produce. We hope to see

many of you there! We also have lots of volunteering opportunities, birthday parties and run an Adventure Academy for young people during the school holidays. Please visit our website www. lambourne-end.org.uk to find out more information. We’d also be happy to chat to you about how we can create bespoke programmes to suit your groups so call us on 0208 5003047 or email info@ lambourne-end.org.uk! We’ve just launched a community fundraising campaign to raise the funds that we desperately need to refurbish our well-loved climbing wall, and we’re

Food for Thought. These projects engage people with learning how to care for and nurture the animals on our farm and the plants in our gardens, which encourages people to socialise and raise their independence whilst feeling valued. These key skills help create a positive transition into adulthood, help people back into education, find training opportunities or secure employment.

reaching out to you. Over 1,000 marginalised and disadvantaged young people climb our wall each year, raising their confidence, building their self-esteem and realising their potential.

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Fundraisers include volunteers, project users and young people from the National Citizens Service who are taking part in

fun runs and fundraising through cake bakes! If you are inspired and want to do something, we would love to hear from you! Perhaps a cake bake at work, a quiz or shaving your head? Or any other whacky ideas?! If you can make a donation, however big or small, we would be incredibly thankful. The campaign can be found online here: http:// campaign.justgiving.com/ charity/lambourne-end/ climbingwall Lambourne End Centre, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Essex RM4 1NB Tel: 0208 5003047 www.lambourneend.org.uk

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WHEN: Every Thursday, 12noon - 4pm WHAT: Open Thursday Coffee Shop - We have real coffee and interesting biscuits, (or you might fancy toast). All are welcome to stay for 10mins or all afternoon. 50p donation to cover expenses. WHERE: Gants Hill Methodist Church, 18 Gants Hill Crescent IG2 6TU WHEN: Every Thursday, 7pm WHAT: Ladies Running Club Come and join our social running group for ladies only. Set yourself targets and push yourself or just be comfortable running at your own pace plus Fairlop Waters is a perfect place to enjoy a run. £3 per session, no booking required. WHERE: Fairlop Waters, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HN WHEN: Every Friday, 6pm-8pm WHAT: Hotstepperz Dance Class - Street and Freestyle dancing open to any level, ages 11+. £2 members, £3 non-members. WHERE: The Jack Carter Centre, The Drive, Ilford IG1 3PS WHEN: Every Sunday until 25th September, 2pm-5.30pm WHAT: Miniature Steam & Electric Train Rides - One of London´s best kept secret rides in Chingford is the 2 miniature train tracks at the

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back of Ridgeway Park. There is a 1000 foot 5” raised level track (£1) and a 3000 foot 7¼” ground level track (£1.50). Kids under 3 go free with a fare paying adult. For further information see www.chingfordmodel-engineering.com WHERE: Ridgeway Park, Peel Close, off Old Church Road, Chingford E4 6NU (SatNav E4 6XU) WHEN: Sunday 3rd July, 11am-4pm WHAT: Matching Green Classic and Sports Car Club - Autojumble, commercial vehicles, fire engines, motorbikes, refreshments. Free admission and free parking. For more details ring Mike on 01279 434521, Dennis on 01279 739000 or Jon on 01279 731426. WHERE: Matching Green

WHEN: Sunday 3rd July, 11am-4pm WHAT: Dog Show - Fun activities for dogs and their owners, including have-a-go agility, displays, tombola, stalls and a dog show. Admission free. £1 entry per category for dog show. All dogs must be kept on a lead. WHERE: The View, Rangers Road, Chingford WHEN: Wednesday 6th July, 7.30pm-9pm WHAT: Theydon Bois Book Club - No membership fee. All books will be paperback and will aim to cost about £5 (new per Amazon). Visit the Theydon Bois Book Club Facebook page for the latest information on the next book and

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meeting or contact Clare Homer by emailing clare.homer@yahoo.com or ringing 01992 848931. WHERE: Queen Victoria pub, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois WHEN: Saturday 9th July, 2pm–4.30pm WHAT: Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society Summer Flower Show - Floral art, cookery and junior entries, plants for sale, teas and homemade cakes. Admission free for members (£1 for non-members). For more details, ring show secretary Jill Jones on 020 8257 8996 or email jill998@btinternet.com. WHERE: The Centenary Hall, St John’s Church, High Road, Buckhurst Hill WHEN: Monday 11th July, 2.15pm WHAT: West Essex Flower Club’s Annual Luncheon - Ticket only. If you would like to join us for the demonstration by Susan Phillips entitled “Petals Galore” we would be pleased to see you. Visitors pay £6 on the door. WHERE: Thornwood Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane WHEN: Thursday 14th July, Gates open 6pm WHAT: Outdoor Theatre: Illyria - A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performance 7pm (ends about 9.30pm). Booking required, Ring 020 7332 1911. Tickets: 0-3 years £2.95, 4-16 £8.95 and 16+ £14.95. Hot and cold refreshments available or take your own picnic. No dogs, except guide dogs, allowed in the enclosure. Parking available for blue badge holders only. WHERE: The Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park, E11 2LT


WHEN: Sunday 17th July, Gates open 10am WHAT: The 100th Anniversary Air Fête - Celebrating the airfield’s centenary from 1916 to 2016. Entry is £6 per person (children aged two and under free). Historic aircraft on static display, re-enactors and historic tableaux, general aviation fly-in, displays on the ‘Village Green’, classic car and bike show, community stalls, free activities in the children’s adventure land, Sunday farmers’ market, hog roast, food and licensed bar. The event is in support of Voluntary Action Epping Forest. For more information, ring Weald Aviation on 01992 525176; email events@emaviation. co.uk or ring North Weald Airfield Operations on 01992 564200. WHERE: North Weald Airfield WHEN: Thursday 21st July, 1pm WHAT: Chigwell Floral Art Group Workshop with Susan Papathanasiou and a cream tea. Visitors welcome, £5. For more information ring Linda on 020 8504 3238. WHERE: Victory Hall, Hainault Road, Chigwell

WHEN: Wednesday 27th July WHEN: Pond Dipping at Highams Park Lake - Have a go at pond dipping and find out what’s lurking beneath the water! No toilets on site. A minimum of one adult per two children is required throughout the event. U12s. £2 per person. Booking required. 10am, 11.15am or 12.30pm (one-hour sessions). Ring 020 7332 1911. WHERE: By the Scout Hut, The Charter Road, Woodford Green, IG8 9RE

WHEN: Wednesday 3rd August WHAT: Bushcraft Workshop: Whittling - Develop your skills with the first of three bushcraft workshops in the holidays. Learn how to safely use a knife and whittle some camp kit essentials. For 6-12 year olds. A minimum of one adult per two children is required throughout the event. £2 per person. Booking required. 10am, 11.15am or 12.30pm - one hour sessions. Ring 020 7332 1911. WHERE: Barn Hoppitt car park, Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH

WHEN: Friday 5th August & Friday 19th August, 8pm WHAT: Wanstead and Woodford Movie Makers - Some of the Things that Hollywood would prefer you not to know! Terry Church - no slouch when it comes to movie animation will explain and demonstrate live what can be achieved in today’s digital movie world. Just don’t believe all that you see! Come along - it’s free and it will be intriguing. Contact 07951 198713 - email flicks2go@aol. WHERE: The Meeting Room, St. Paul’s Church, Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge IG8 8BT WHEN: Wednesday 10th August, 1pm-4pm WHAT: Apothecaries & Potions: Meet a Tudor Herbwife - Look, touch, see, smell. An introduction to Tudor medicine with activities for all the family: Admission free. No booking required. WHERE: Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH

WHERE: Theydon Bois Pond, Poplar Row, Theydon Bois

WHEN: Sunday 28th August, 11am to 4pm WHAT: Copped Hall Open Day Access to the gardens, parts of the mansion (with room stewards), the cellars and stables. Tea, coffee, homemade cakes and lunch available, as well as a bar selling alcoholic drinks. Stalls and exhibitions, homemade and home-grown produce for sale. The Copped Hall Trust shop will be open. Entry £8 per person. WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping WHEN: Saturday 3rd September, 11am - 4pm WHAT: Guide Dogs Training School 30th Anniversary Fun Day - Come and celebrate the 30th birthday of the Redbridge Guide Dogs Training School. Not only will we have balloons and birthday cake, we’ll have dog demonstrations, craft stalls, a children’s area, refreshments and you can visit our kennels and say hello to our wonderful life-changing dogs. A great Day Out. A mini-bus will bring you from the car park at West Hatch School (IG7 5BT) to the event. £2 entrance for adults, children free. Sorry, we do not allow pet dogs. Admission is £2.00 for adults, children are free. WHERE: Guide Dogs Training School, Findlay House, 7 Manor Road, Woodford Green, Essex. IG8 8ER

WHEN: Saturday 27th August, 10am-2pm WHAT: Junior Angling Day - Try your hand at angling. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £2 per person. Booking required. Ring 020 7332 1911.

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e recently enrolled George for football training sessions in North Weald, he has been kicking a ball around the front room for some time and in the personal interests of protecting our home we decided to take this activity into a supervised outdoor environment. The four of us initially went into town to buy him a little football kit, Jake liked the taste of most options as he promptly signalled his approval with various degrees of saliva. Finally we were ready and the next day we rocked up to Shooters. He ran onto the astro turf and immediately started roaring like a lion, hands clawed up into the air whilst the other kids looked on. I offered some words of encouragement from the side-lines, “Come on George, stop doing that, can you kick the ball into the.....”, “ROOOAAARRR!!!!” I’d been publically cut off and drowned out. Jake was just watching on, laughing hysterically and clapping like a seal at feeding time. George, noticing this, took his animal impressions to the next level. Over the next 20 minutes we were treated to: frogs, kangaroos (both hopping of course) sheep, elephants, crocodiles and eventually a bee. Eventually Jakes’ laughter was starting to wear him out and began to slow down, eventually falling asleep. It was at this point George turned to the rest of the group and decided his matinee performance had finished, it was time for the main event, he was about to become a footballer. At this point the coach was doing a simple communication exercise, the kids (all 3-5 years old) would chase him, and when he yelled freeze they would stop with their arms out. Simple enough I thought,

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“Go on George, chase him, then stop like a star shape when he says freeze!” The instructions had been passed across, the 3 of us watched on as the coach began jogging and George began chasing along with the rest of the group. “Freeze!” came the cry and in pure unison each child froze perfectly like a statue, each with their arms out stretched... Every child except one. Laughing and yelling he ran past the static children (each with a face of pure bafflement) and meandered his way up to the coach, hitting him on the bottom with a big slap, yelling “Got you!!” and then

“Fell into an uncontrollable fit of laughter.” unleashing a mighty lions roar. Jake had woken up and fell into an uncontrollable fit of laughter. This routine repeated itself 6 or 7 times, and eventually the coach decided it was time for penalties. Now, at this stage I need you to visualise the size of this astro turf pitch in relation to the size of the children, for them it would be like a full size football field, their little legs running around trying to cover the ground as best they can. So, as I say, it’s penalties. The coach places the ball on the spot about 5 foot from the goal, a couple of feet behind the ball is a queue of eager kids all looking to score one by one. The coach calls up each parent to go in goal for their own child and they all feign an attempt at saving the ball but ultimately let it roll through their legs or something similar. After a few more children its George’s turn, my Mrs and Jake are watching by the side as

George took a few steps back to start his run up, “Come on then George, can you score against me?!” Looking focused he kept edging backwards, any minute now he will begin his run I’m thinking, shall I dive the other way? Shall I let it roll under my legs? If it goes wide shall I accidentally kick it in for him? Whilst all these scenarios are going through my head I’ve noticed he’s now about 80 foot from the goal, standing at the other end of the pitch, in the opposite goal! “George!!” I yell, “come on!!” with that he takes the longest run up known in football history, twice he stops for a breather, when he eventually reaches me a lot of the other children have left for the day and I’m sporting a rather unruly beard, then inches from the ball he flings he right foot forward with such gusto he launches himself into the air (still smiling broadly) and lands back down on the ball. Unflinching he dusts himself off and tries again, this time striking the ball, at some speed towards me, leaving me unable to sportingly dive out of the way in time. It hits me on the thigh and I can hear the remaining parents groaning “Fancy that, wouldn’t even let his poor boy score a goal” as I go to protest my innocence George runs closer and smashed the rebound straight into the goal “Well done George that was brilliant”. Exited he turns around in order to start another 80 foot run up, but thankfully I manage to stop him in time. That night he couldn’t stop talking about his goal, and went to bed holding a football. I just hope he didn’t spend half the night doing another 80 foot run up in his dreams! ...TO BE CONTINUED


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n 1972 when Norman Booth and a group of friends came together to build a community centre for them to play tennis; could they have imagined that 44 years later the centre would be home to over 400 clubs, ranging from Tennis to Boxing; from Gymnastics to Squash. Yes 44 years later and the seams of Redbridge Sports and Leisure are bursting with activities for all ages, genders and abilities. One of our very popular clubs is our Badminton Club, which was created for lovers of badminton to come together. Over the years the Badminton Club has expanded to accommodate the increasing demand for youth and adult tournaments and sessions. Under the guidance of Martin Lawrence; Badminton Development Officer, the Badminton Club thrives.

CLUB SUCCESS

Open tournaments see all players able to enter, whereas from September through to April, the tournaments are graded Gold, Silver and Bronze and players can only enter tournaments that are at their grading. The Kent U16 Open saw Akhil Pillai add to his impressive season’s haul of medals with a gold in the boys doubles. At the same tournament, Vidhi Garg won a bronze medal in the girls’ doubles. The Essex U12 and U14 Opens took place at Redbridge Sports and Leisure on 15th May 2016 and the local players won a total of 8 medals. Liam Purton won gold in the U12 boys doubles after winning

a bronze in the U14 boys singles. Kiera Dennis-Nelson won the girls doubles gold, beating PC colleagues Alicia Chu and Shreeya Mehta in the final. Shreeya won her second silver medal of the day in the girls singles event. Arushi Agrawal won silver in the U14 girls single consolation event. Rosie Allen has continued to collect medals in the senior tournaments. At the recent Loughborough Senior bronze event Rosie won gold in the girls doubles.

REDBRIDGE BADMINTON PLAYERS THROUGH THE 100 MARK FOR THE SEASON

The badminton players from Redbridge Sports & Leisure won their 100th gold medal for the season at the Forza event held at the centre on last month. The players have beaten last season’s tally for gold medals already and with a handful of tournaments left this season, their sights are set on last season’s total of 256 medals.

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Our aim is to deliver quality coaching sessions to every player we see and make them the best player they can be. For details about our Redbridge Sports & Leisure Adult Badminton sessions for players of all standards (over 18′s); our competitive play, where you can enter a number of teams in local league competitions or Junior Badminton sessions for players of all standards please visit the website. www.rslonline.co.uk/racket-sports/ badminton


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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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