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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

Hi, Firstly let me say Happy Birthday Essex Central! Secondly I wanted to say how lovely the latest issue is! As a family we have visited everything included in the summer holiday guide. The Theydon Bois Donkey Derby was a great, fun-filled day (although a little nerve-wracking when my son participated in a race), we had a lovely trip to Epping Ongar Railway and plan to return again before the kids go back to school, we have also been boating at Valentines Park and we all had a wonderful time at the beach at the Olympic Park. Thanks for the suggestions, it has made entertaining the kids easier this year! Sara Swailes 18

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Contemporary Art Gallery, Firstsite, launched its Summer Season on the 2nd July 2016 with an impressive collection of works by Martin Parr. The exhibition has been especially curated for Firstsite and features over 300 works by internationally acclaimed Magnum photographer, including rare images from his personal collection. It will be the largest exhibition of Parr works in over 14 years. Firstsite Director, Sally Shaw, comments that, “this exhibition celebrates British talent, culture and history that will resonate with a huge cross section of the population. As a site that holds a unique place in the history of the UK, it’s fitting to be able to present such a vast and chronological overview of Parr’s most celebrated works, which depicts how we have lived and worked over the last four decades.” Parr’s successful The Rhubarb Triangle body of work lies at the heart of the Firstsite exhibition and comes directly from The Hepworth Wakefield. The series of photographs clearly demonstrate

Parr’s critical acclaim as an internationally recognised documentary photographer. Inspired by Martin Parr’s documentary photography style, Firstsite are inviting the public to capture the Essence of Essex through their own photographic submissions, which will be judged by Parr. Every submission will be displayed in the gallery on its impressive photography wall to celebrate the community and Essex. The Essence of Essex competition is live and open to any member of the public to enter with no limit on submissions. Prizes include an on location fashion shoot with CliQQ Photography; a yearlong membership to Colchester Photographic Society (18 & over); £200 gift voucher for London Camera Exchange Company and dinner for two and an overnight stay at The Pier at Harwich. To upload an entry, visit www.firstsite. Admission to Firstsite’s Summer Season is free. For more information on the exhibition visit www.firstsite.


Epping Foresters Cricket Club opening batsman Andrew French hit six sixes in an over in a recent record-breaking 40-over club match. Andrew, 25, smashed 193 from 110 balls in the local derby friendly match when Epping Foresters hosted Epping Cricket Club at Mill Plain last month. After sharing in an opening partnership of 165 with his father, Peter - of which Peter made just 38 - Andrew went on to hit a career best 193 before he was bowled. His innings included six sixes in one over - a feat which had never previously been achieved by an Epping Foresters player. Andrew’s innings included 12 sixes and 23 fours and helped Epping Foresters reach 312 for 6 in their 40 overs. Andrew’s innings was just seven runs short of the club record for the highest individual score which is held by Stuart Turner who hit 200 at Birchanger in the 1960s. Epping Cricket Club joined in the spirit of the day with their run chase and scored at ten runs an over - and needed 100 from the last 17 overs before Epping Foresters ended up victors by 60 runs. Andrew said: “Every batsman dreams of hitting six sixes. I played each ball as it came. On the fifth six I realised I may be gaining a record; I hit it into the same place.”




CHIGWELL SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE A-LEVEL SUCCESS Chigwell School A-Level students have been celebrating their exam results. This year over 79 percent of A-Level grades were at B grade or above and 51 percent were at least an A grade. Of all the grades awarded, grade A was the most common at Chigwell. Twenty-four percent of students achieved at least three A grades; 11 per cent gained at least four A grades, and 5 percent leave Chigwell with five A grades or more. In addition to their three or four A-Level subjects, eight students opted to take the Extended Project Qualification and of these six were awarded an A* grade. Headmaster Michael Punt said: “For the vast majority of students this A-Level success enables the start of university study at some of the most selective institutions, mostly in the UK but for a small number in USA, mainland Europe and Canada. “From the year group of 83 students, seven students will be



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studying at Oxford or Cambridge; six will be studying medicine, dentistry or veterinary science as well as a whole host of other disciplines. “We hope these university years will prove to be fulfilling for the individuals concerned as well as useful preparation for future careers and lives. “We are very proud of all our leavers who have achieved so much. They have some stunning results and are well-equipped to thrive in life beyond Chigwell.” Mr Punt added: “Today’s success is Art tutors Adelaine and Jim due to many years of effort, enthusiasm and co-operation on their part as well as the dedicated support and encouragement of their teachers and parents. “We thank these young people for all that they have contributed during their time at school, we wish them every future success and happiness and hope that they will stay in touch.”


An Epping schoolboy who saved a swimmer in trouble off the Norfolk coast has received a Certificate of Commendation from the The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). David Castleman, 14, a pupil at Epping St John’s School, was walking along the beach at Sea Palling while on holiday with his family when someone ran up to them saying there were people in trouble in the water. David, who passed his RLSS UK Survive & Save gold award earlier this year, ran into the sea to help. He said: “I could hear screaming in the distance but dismissed it as people messing around. After walking closer a man approached us and asked for a strong swimmer. I didn’t really think too much, I just took off my shirt and ran into the sea.” Reaching the stricken pair, who were both face down in the water, David turned them over, and realising the younger one still showed signs of life immediately began towing him to safety. David said: “It was quite difficult

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because the water was trying to pull you out but I managed to tow him to the shore.” Reaching land, passers-by began performing CPR on the man, and they were quickly joined by lifeguards and other emergency services before the man was airlifted to hospital. Another member of the public rescued the second man but he was later pronounced dead. David received his certificate from RLSS UK’s Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator, Aaron Dhanda, at Loughton Leisure Centre

where he learnt his lifesaving skills. RLSS UK chief executive Di Steer said: “We were so pleased to hear about David using the skills he learnt through the RLSS UK Survive & Save programme to save the life of a member of public on his holiday. “Our lifesaving award programmes teach lifesaving rescue, self-rescue and survival skills to all ages, whilst developing swimming ability and fitness. “David is a clear example as to why it is important to have water safety and lifesaving skills.”

BEST EVER A-LEVEL RESULTS FOR WEST HATCH HIGH SCHOOL West Hatch High School is celebrating its best ever A-Level results. A total of 86 percent of all grades were A*- C with 58 percent of grades awarded being A*, A or B. All results are significantly up on previous years. The overall pass rate at A-Level was 99.7 percent with vocational courses excelling. The results mean that many students have gained access to their first choice universities with a number now securing higher level apprenticeships. Headteacher Frances Howarth said: “We are absolutely delighted with these results and so proud of what our students have achieved. All their hard work coupled with excellent teaching from our experienced staff has really paid off. West

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Academies vs. Private Schools

he topic of state schools turning into academies is very current. With many local parents concerned about the transition, we look at the strengths of choosing a privatelyowned independent school over an academy.


It was a Government directive to convert all state schools into academies until the recent announcement by the Chancellor downgrading this to more of an aspiration. Academies are state-funded schools that receive their funding directly from central government, rather than



through a local authority. The day-to-day running of the school is with the head teacher or principal, but they are overseen by academy trusts and may be part of a chain. Academies control their own admissions and have more freedom to use non-Local

“More and more families are choosing private education instead of going with the state.”

Authority approved services. With a lack of guidance and support from the Local Authority and sudden responsibility of finances and curriculum, many new academies have been struggling and some have even closed. Staff have been worried about the changes with fears regarding future pay and conditions, together with the inevitable extra workload with curriculum

developments and concerns about securing future employment if their academy moves away from the National Curriculum. At the grass roots, class sizes are still very large – most in their 30s. Many parents are concerned about acadamisation as, even after some 15 years, it isn’t clear whether academies actually increase academic standards. With classes this large it is difficult for teachers to really know each pupil and any additional needs on a personal basis.


A privately-owned group of local schools More and more families are choosing private education instead of going with the state. One of the most important factors that parents consider is the size of the school. Smaller, nurturing environments offer a more personalised service but can small be too small? Individually the Oak-Tree Group’s schools cater for between 200 and 300 pupils per site, providing smaller environments in which children can flourish. Collectively, however, the strength of numbers with over 1000 children ensures that resources

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are readily available to continually enhance the education and provide further opportunities for academic excellence. With average class sizes of between 15 and 20, a more personalised education is

within the Group for shared learning experiences, extra-curricular activities or inter-school competitions. Popular events include the Oak-Tree Year 3

“With average class sizes of between 15 and 20, a more personalised education is possible.”

possible with each child treated as an individual. Teachers know each child well and can provide support and challenge in each lesson. Over 300 teachers, keyworkers, specialists and support staff are employed by the Group, so there is an extremely high level of expertise, knowledge and shared resources. Pupils get together frequently

overnight Camp, the Oak-Tree Art Exhibition, the biennial OakTree Performing Arts Festival and entertainment for families with the Group Fireworks Display and parents with the Group Summer Ball. So perhaps the new chains of academies can learn a thing or two from this successful Group of local private schools, which has long since established the excellent practice that academies strive to achieve. For more information visit www.oaktreeschools.



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cleanse, optimise and treat the hair and scalp environment in order to achieve thicker, fuller looking hair. Treatments are available in salons to help you get the best condition you can have, the perfect condition. Always consider speaking to your stylist first, they’re a professional so let them diagnose the best options for you to select from, they know your hair better than you do. All of these options are available at Tikadi salons, and on presentation of this feature you’ll receive 10% off any of them! Call the team at Tikadi Ongar on 01277 366775, Theydon Bois 01992 815700 or drop in to find out more. The experienced stylist team looks forward to seeing you!



precise angles to gradually draw apart the vertebrae surrounding a targeted disc. I suffered with excruciating back pain and sciatica for years. After IDD Therapy I can now get a good night’s sleep without constantly waking with the pain. I would recommend it to anyone who is suffering like I did. IDD patient, Dominyk Mackevic


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What does the programme involve? You will be fully assessed before undergoing treatment; this includes a review of a recent MRI or suitable scan.

How does IDD Therapy work? IDD Therapy uses gentle pulling forces to distract (draw apart) specific spinal segments where discs are damaged or bulging, removing pressure and irritation from targeted discs and any trapped nerves. Patients have a structured programme of regular IDD Therapy sessions which allows their body to adapt to treatment whilst progressively relieving pain and improving movement.

Treatment is gentle and safe. Sessions begin with some Thermedic heat therapy on the area to be treated, warming up the muscles and ligaments. You will remain fully clothed throughout treatment and be fitted with a soft, ergonomic harness for comfort and support. The machine tilts upright, allowing you to step on from the standing position without pain or difficulty. Once you are comfortably harnessed, computer-controlled pulling forces are gently applied at

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In the past, slipped disc patients often had to consider invasive options if manual treatments couldn’t get them better. Now with IDD Therapy, these patients have a very good chance of becoming pain-free

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Top tips from Heart Research UK

he weekly shop can be a minefield of deals and discounts often tempting us to impulse buy and overspend on less healthy choices. There are so many options on the supermarket shelves that knowing what’s good for you can be a little overwhelming. Filling your basket with tasty nutritious foods will help you build heart-healthy eating habits into your daily life. So follow our tips to shop smart for a healthy, happy heart.


Make a shopping list before you go and include healthy snacking options that you can graze on throughout the week. Stick to your list and buy only what’s on it to avoid tempting offers that could spoil your good intentions.

SHOP ON AN bDON’T bSTOCK EMPTY STOMACH UP Shopping when you’re hungry makes you more likely to give into the temptation of those high energy unhealthy treats to satisfy your hunger pangs. Make sure you shop when you’re full to keep you focussed on what you really need to create delicious healthy meals.


There’s no need to be baffled by the nutritional information; most supermarkets now include traffic light labels on the front of product packaging, helping you to make smart decisions at a glance. Look out for greens or ambers and avoid the reds, particularly for saturated fat, salt and sugar to be sure you’re buying the most heart-healthy options. Don’t be fooled by ‘low fat’ or ‘fat-free’ foods. While they may be low in fat, many are high in sugar. Check the sugar content on the packaging to be sure you’re making the best choice for your heart.

Frozen fruit and vegetables could be the answer if you struggle to use up fresh produce before it goes off or are short on time for preparing food. Pre-prepared vegetables are ready to use in stews, sauces or on the side and, because many of them are frozen so quickly after picking they can contain just as many nutrients as fresh produce. Tins can also be a handy way to keep vegetables, beans and lentils to hand and save you time. Canned fish like mackerel, salmon and sardines can be a convenient way to get your weekly portion of oily fish. Unfortunately tinned tuna doesn’t count as part of your oily fish intake, but try it fresh and get your daily dose of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Choose fish tinned in spring water rather than brine to cut down additional salt intake.


Look around for local markets and independent retailers where you can often pick up delicious fresh groceries, meat and fish for a fraction of the cost. Shopping needn’t be daunting -shake up how you shop and be sure to include a variety of fruit and vegetables as well as lean protein sources and wholegrain carbohydrates. Steer your trolley clear of those unhealthy old habits and put your health at the heart of your weekly shop.

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Advice from British furniture experts Bridgman

ometimes the most stylish of homes are the simplest. Clean lines and minimal fuss when it comes to design can make for a refreshing, calming home – creating a space that will stand the test of time. In fact, interior designer’s own homes often follow this principle, with a pared back palette of neutral shades and natural materials creating a muted backdrop that can be easily kept up to date thanks to the addition of on trend accessories. Investing in high quality furniture is key to getting this look right, and here we share some top tips for a new dining room. When it comes to planning a dining room, think about what you really use the space for. If you have a big family or love entertaining why



not choose an extendable table? These are perfect for hosting large numbers, but can be reduced in size when not being used to keep a room feeling open and airy. Make sure you leave about 40 inches around the fully-extended table, this will allow everyone enough room

Cobham Oval Extending Double Pedestal Table, £899

to easily get into position and you won’t be hampered when serving your favourite dish.

The Cobham Oval Extending Double Table by British furniture experts Bridgman is a great choice. Bringing a contemporary twist to country style, this piece would sit perfectly in both traditional and modern homes. Crafted in the highest grade European Oak, the table features beautifully turned pedestal legs available in a range subtle paint finishes, from Harbour Grey to Oyster White, topped with a natural wood top to show off the Oak’s natural grain. When the table isn’t dressed for dining, use it to showcase some of your most prized possessions by creating a curated display of books, trinkets and flowers in the centre. When choosing chairs, make sure they are stylish yet comfortable, and remember when using an


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extendable table, extra chairs will need to be stowed away or placed along a wall when not being used - so they need to look the part. Bridgman offer a wide range of chairs for their tables, and many would work well with the Cobham table. The Sandown, as shown, can be painted in the same shade as the table or you could choose from a range of complementary shades if you wanted to be a little bold. Dressers are the perfect addition for those with larger dining areas and will provide a stylish and savvy storage solution. Here the Cobham Dresser offers a handy mix of drawers and cupboards ideal for keeping cutlery, napkins and serving dishes within easy reach. The top features shelving with glazed doors and is great for

holding glasses, bowls and plates. For a more current look try not to be too regimented when you display pieces by stacking your bowls and plates. If you really want to stand apart think about the colour palette of your tableware by sticking to one shade or using two harmonizing hues. For a more contemporary look why not consider Bridgman’s Wimbledon Collection? This range of dining furniture truly champions the beautiful oak that has been used to craft each piece. The entire collection, from dining tables to sideboards, have been designed with clean lines to provide an almost retro feel. If you have the space why not consider including a wine rack in your scheme? The Wimbledon Wine Rack is perfectly proportioned and offers space for 30 bottles of your favourite tipples. Don’t forget to dress the top of the rack. One neat idea is to display a piece of art. Simply rest a framed print against the wall, there is no need for a hammer and nail to create a great look.


This unfussy aesthetic works particularly well in a dining room and allows you to change and

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ward-winning developer London Square, which has an extensive track record delivering outstanding projects in London’s most desirable locations, is bringing its experience to Essex with London Square Chigwell Village, a highly prestigious gated collection of four and five bedroom homes in a sought after corner of the ‘Golden Triangle’. Comprising 43 homes in total, London Square Chigwell Village will offer buyers a variety of nine different house types, ranging from striking symmetrical redbrick detached houses, to more contemporarily styled white render offerings, each suited to different requirements and lifestyles. The houses are set amongst leafy 12 acre grounds with a mature park forming the heart of this exciting new village. Residents of the development are within walking distance of the cosmopolitan amenities of Chigwell, while transport connections into central London are excellent. The houses have been designed with a focus on exceptional quality, natural materials and expansive layouts. The open plan kitchen, dining and family room forms the spacious heart of the home, with bi-fold doors opening onto the private rear patios and gardens, ideal for entertaining family and friends. Throughout, the

rooms are light filled, emphasising the design and specification on offer, including a choice of timber flooring with under-floor heating, feature lighting, sleek Seimatic kitchens with granite worktops and the latest integrated Siemens appliances. Striking stone fireplaces in the living rooms add a touch of timeless elegance. All homes have private driveways and garages. Chigwell is one of Essex’s most sought after ‘Golden Triangle’ areas, dotted with high end boutiques, high street names, independent retailers and fine restaurants, such as The Bluebell and Sheesh - both a short distance from London Square Chigwell Village. Whether relaxing with a coffee at one of the high street’s beautiful cafes, or enjoying a drink at the King William IV pub, there is an abundance of choices for food and drink in the village. Local schooling is excellent at all levels, with Eton Manor Nursery & Preschool, Chigwell Primary School, Chigwell School and West Hatch High School all within a few minutes’ drive. Rebecca Littler, Sales and Marketing Director, London Square, said: “This is our first site in Essex and we look forward to utilising our extensive experience to create Chigwell’s most sought

after new address, with spacious family homes that provide the combination of features to attract the most discerning purchasers. The expansive landscaped setting and park will provide the perfect spaces for families, while a diverse range of retail, leisure, dining and recreational opportunities are within easy reach, offering various lifestyle options to suit residents’ own tastes.” Sales will be launching on 1st October 2016 from the sales suite, by appointment only, with a show home available to view. Prices start at £1,075,000 for a four bedroom house. Interested buyers are asked to register by emailing chigwellvillage@londonsquare. or calling 0333 666 0103. To find out more, visit www.



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Devil’s coach horse is a long, black beetle. During the day it will rest among leaf litter or bury itself under stones. You will often see it come out at night looking to feed on spiders and slugs. If disturbed it lifts its body into a scorpion position by raising its rear end and it opens its powerful jaws. Devils Coach Horse Beetle

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

hinking back to last September it was very sunny and dry. So could it be the same this September, we will just have to wait and see. Some signs of the autumn season will soon be appearing in the forest and landscapes. This month is the perfect time to buy your spring flowering bulbs and to plant them. Remember when buying bulbs always choose firm bulbs and avoid any that have signs of mould. My beloved collection of dahlias are still flowering on my plot in the walled gardens of Copped Hall and they are still looking fabulously colourful. If you have never grown dahlias before maybe consider

planting some tubers next year. They offer great value for money and will often continue to flower until late October.


Fireblight is a disease caused by the bacterium erwina amylovora. It affects the rosaceous trees and shrubs with apple like fruits Pyrus, Sorbus, Cotoneaster, Pyracantha and Photina. Look out for dark brown dead leaves hanging on one or a few twigs or branches. Remove any infected leaves and branches and burn them. Sterilise any tools used for removing infected material with a household bleach solution.

around 3ft. Also in flower is Zauschneria California ‘Glasnevin’ it has lance shaped grey-green hairy leaves and tubular scarletred flowers. Most of your summer bedding plants will be dying back now so clear them away and replace with autumn flowering varieties. Divide up your perennials this will help to stop the plants from becoming too congested. You can then either Dahlias at replant them in your own Copped Hall garden if you have the Also in flower is Salvia room but if not then give x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’ a them away to your family lovely two-tone red and and friends. white flowering perennial. Finally don’t forget to It is a very striking cover your pond with plant for containers netting before the leaves Firebligh t and borders it grows to begin to fall. By Victoria Robertson, amenity horticulturist & committee member of Copped Hall & Epping Horticultural Society & Chairman of Epping in Bloom.



GREEK GETAWAY Book a break to remember with Abbotts Travel and Sunvil.


he idea of a Greek getaway paints pictures in the mind. There’s the tranquil and inviting seas, the gorgeous villages, the depth and inspiration of history, the world-famous landmarks and, let’s never forget, all that fresh and healthy food. These images become reality in a country whose ancient values laid the foundations of the world we live in today but, there is more - so much more - to discover. There are lush mountain valleys, Byzantine churches, extensive vineyards, sandy shores and cosmopolitan cities to enjoy.  And there are the Greeks themselves. You could not meet a more warm-hearted people, a nation whose generosity of spirit and friendliness towards visitors is legendary. From the landlady to the taverna host and the shopkeeper, no visit ends without new friends. Of course it’s always best to be guided by an expert. Sunvil are specialist holiday providers with a deep knowledge of (and love for) Greece. Here are four destinations to whet your appetite.




Elegantly crumbling neoclassical buildings and good sandy beaches lie to either side.


Samos offers such variety that everyone should be able to shape a pleasurable holiday here. With some 160kms of coastline and a rugged Lemnos Harbour

It does exist: an unspoiled island with a very Greek flavour, relatively few tourists, excellent sandy beaches, a characterful port and a direct flight. Lemnos is the eighth largest Greek island and home to some 260kms of coastline. Development here is minimal and tourism is in its infancy. What this means is that even in the height of summer you can find a sandy cove for yourself. If you can pull yourself away from the beach, the island’s capital calls out to be explored. Myrina is a most attractive little town. The harbour is archetypal with a range of cafés and restaurants, and plenty of small shops in the narrow lanes behind.



mountainous interior to explore, you will encounter magnificent scenery, traditional inland villages, small fishing hamlets, established seaside resorts and many fine beaches. The south-west coast, in villages such as Ormos, Limnionas and Votsalakia is an area steeped in history and tradition and is full of life. It is still possible to watch the local fishermen sell their catch from the harbourside in the morning directly to the local tavernas and waterside restaurants - you can’t find fresher than that!


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Thassos Town

Thassos is the greenest and most northerly of the Greek islands, just 40 minutes by frequent ferry from Kavala on the mainland, and in this way combines the attractions of island life with the fertile soil and rich eco-system more usually associated with the Macedonian heartlands.

The island has much to offer including a variety of beaches, from small rocky coves to long golden stretches of sand; its mountains are densely forested with cypress and pine, so a paradise for walkers; and the island is littered with ancient ruins, churches and monasteries. But it is proximity to the mainland which sets this island apart. Day excursions to the archaeological site of Ancient Philippi, the historic city of Kavala and its museum, the cooling Nestos river valley and the atmospheric market town of Xanthi are all on offer. The delight of a holiday in Thassos is that the island has adapted to the needs of the modern visitor without affecting its allegiance to the values and beauties of the past.

like Olympia, Mycenae and Mystra, the villages of Chrani, Kardamili and Finikounda and the Mani peninsula where rural villages, lush valleys and coastal communities dominate. There truly is something for everyone.


No one knows Greece like the team at Sunvil and Abbotts Travel. Let them use their experience to design your perfect holiday whether that it is a villa escape, an island hopping holiday in the Cyclades or a fly-drive holiday taking in the historic sites of the Greek mainland. Abbotts Travel, 134 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BA Tel: 0208 989 9445,


Lonely Planet named the Peloponnese as the best place to visit in 2016. This is a destination which Sunvil first covered over 40 years ago. Their programme to the region includes the traditional seaside resort of Tolon, the historic town of Nafplion - the first capital of Greece, ancient sites



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BAKI N G WITH AMY-BETH ELLICE Seasonal recipes from Britain’s youngest baker


5. Purée the blackberries in a food processor or blender, then push through a sieve to remove the seeds. Discard the seeds and pour into the buttercream. Beat on a low speed until incorporated. Save some to drizzle on your muffins. Now turn up the speed and beat for about 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. 6. Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and swirl onto the muffins. Drizzle with some of the blackberry purée and top with fresh blackberries.



my-Beth Ellice shares two fabulous blackberry recipes from her book, Amy’s Baking Year. Blackberries are in season right now, so why not get the whole family involved and go blackberry picking before making these perfect picnic treats.


INGREDIENTS (makes 12) For the muffins: H 250g (9oz) self-raising flour H 1 tsp baking powder H 50g (2oz) butter H 50g (2oz) caster sugar H 175g (6oz) blackberries, washed and lightly crushed with a fork H Juice and zest of 1 lemon H 2 eggs H 150ml (5 fl.oz/¼pint) milk For the blackberry buttercream: H 225g (8oz) butter

H 450g (1lb) icing sugar, sifted H 1/2 punnet blackberries H 1 tsp vanilla extract METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/400°F/gas mark 6 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake or muffin cases. 2. Sift together the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Using the tips of your fingers rub in the butter. Add the sugar and stir in the washed and crushed blackberries, lemon juice and lemon zest. Gently mix with a spoon. In a separate bowl beat the eggs and the milk together with a whisk then add to the flour mix. Quickly stir together with a fork until incorporated. 3. Divide the mixture into the paper cases until three quarters full and bake for 20–25 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 4. Meanwhile, make the blackberry buttercream. Beat the butter until soft and creamy. On a low speed, gradually add the icing sugar in two stages, beating well between each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat again.

INGREDIENTS (serves 6–8) H 1kg (2lbs 2oz) blackberries H 200g (7oz) granulated white sugar H Zest of ½ lemon H Lemonade or water, to dilute METHOD 1. Put the washed blackberries into a saucepan. Heat them slowly until the juice is oozing. Strain through a sieve to remove the pips. Return the juice to the pan and add the sugar and lemon zest and boil for 30 minutes. 2. Pour into sterilised bottles and seal. To serve, add lemonade or water to the cordial. Amy’s Baking Year is available to buy online and in bookshops & Amy-Beth supermarkets Ellice nationwide.



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Authentic Italian Food at La Nostra La Nostra is known for its traditional and authentic Italian food and an atmosphere that is talked about around the local community and afar. Our award winning head chef has over 15 years’ experience of fine Italian cooking. Creating dishes with passion and flare that our customers keep coming back for. Come and try for yourself and experience the real taste of Italy!

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n December 6th Buckhurst Hill Community Association will celebrate its 70th birthday, that being the date of the first meeting of local residents who came together after the war to establish a centre in Buckhurst Hill for social activities and education in a community that, in an era before widespread car or TV ownership, felt itself rather isolated on the borders of Essex and London. The founding of the Association was largely down to two men - Eric Southwell, who had a driving belief in community involvement and action, and the painter Walter Spradbery, well known for his designs (such as

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The Proud City) for London Transport posters during the war. With Spradbery at its head, it was no surprise that arts and crafts featured heavily in the adult

education classes the Association began to run, an emphasis which is maintained to this day. At first it had no permanent base, but in 1949 Bedford House in Westbury Road, was purchased by Essex County Council and leased to BHCA, and in the ensuing years the Association built up its activities including fetes, concerts, and the Forest Log Trial, where each year a local celebrity (such as William Hartnell, the first Dr. Who) adjudged who were the happiest married couple in the area. The Trials were held from 1947 to 1958 (with a brief revival in 1977-8), and hopefully their cessation is no reflection on the state of marital bliss in Buckhurst Hill! But the emphasis has increasingly been on the range of classes for adults and children, and although painting, pottery, printmaking and other crafts feature heavily, there is plenty for the less arts-inclined in its courses and one-day workshops, including aerobics, yoga, DIY, gardening, first-aid, family history, psychology, and many more. These classes are open to all (not just Buckhurst Hill residents) and are entirely self-financed - although for years the administrative staff were paid for by Essex County Council, this ceased in 2002 and

now no funding for the education programme or staff comes from any local or national government body. But Trustees and staff are working

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tirelessly to ensure the Association, as a self-supporting registered charity (No.301268), continues to thrive and provide a centre for community activities. Local groups meet at Bedford House, its hall and rooms are available for hire, and every year there is a Summer Art Exhibition and fete, and a Christmas Fair with stalls for hire (this year on 27th November.) And 70 years on, BHCA still aims to provide an extensive and varied programme of lifelong learning for all. For further information or a brochure phone the BHCA Office on 020 8504 6668 or email:





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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 2nd October, 2pm - 5.30pm WHAT: Miniature Steam & Electric Train Rides -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. chingford-model-engineering. com. WHERE: Ridgeway Park, Peel Close, Chingford E4 6XU 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: Wednesday 7th September, 6pm - 10pm WHAT: Creative Haven - Free networking event in support of Haven House Children’s Hospice. Featuring a poolside exhibition and auction of art created by 13 local disabled artists. To find out more and register for free entry please visit creative-haven or call 0208 498 5842. WHERE: Kings Oak Hotel, Paul’s Nursery Road, Loughton IG10 4AE WHEN: Wednesday 7th September, 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 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 10th September, 2pm - 4.30pm WHAT: Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society Autumn Flower Show - Flower arranging, vegetables, cookery section, junior entries, Plants for sale and garden sundries, 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 WHERE: The Centenary Hall, St John’s Church, High Road, Buckhurst Hill

WHEN: Sunday 11th September, 11.30am & 1pm WHAT: Pots & Potions - A look at what’s cooking in our Victorian Kitchen. Join us for a 30 minute glimpse into how our Victorian Kitchen was the focal point for producing potions and cures as well as some very odd recipes for dinner. WHERE: Valentines Mansion, Ilford

WHEN: Friday 16th September, 7.45pm - 9.45pm WHAT: Valentine Singers invite you to come along to an Open Rehearsal at our new venue. Visit our website for more information: www. WHERE: Seven Kings High School, 494, Ley Street, Ilford IG2 7BT WHEN: Sunday 18th September WHAT: Guided Tour of Copped Hall - Tours start at 10am and last about two-and-a-half to three hours and cover the gardens, a large part of the mansion, the cellars and stables. Gates open at 10am with last entry at 11am. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes available in the Racquets Court where there is a shop selling books about Copped Hall and a range of gifts. Second-hand books on sale in the mansion. There are also permanent exhibitions. Entry £8 per person. WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping

WHEN: Monday 12th September, 1.15pm WHAT: West Essex Flower Club’s A.G.M - Followed at 1.45pm with a flower demonstration by Jan Law entitled ‘September Sentiments’. All welcome, visitors pay £5.00 on the door. WHERE: Thornwood Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane WHEN: Tuesday 13th September, 8pm WHAT: NE London RSPB Group Meeting - Talk by Nigel Symes entitled ‘What shall we do with that hole in the ground? Admission £3 for RSPB members (£3.50 for nonmembers). For more details ring David Littlejohns on 020 8989 4746 or email WHERE: St Mary’s Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford

WHEN: Saturday 24th September WHAT: Thriller Ball - In aid of the Breast Unit at St Margaret’s Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital, featuring Forever Jackson with Stacey Lee. Tickets cost £75 and include a welcome drink, three course meal and half bottle of wine per person. For tickets and more information, ring Kay Harvey on 07912 222112 or the charity office on 01279 827857. WHERE: Manor Of Groves Hotel, High Wych

WHEN: Wednesday 28th September, 10am - 3pm WHAT: Autumn Fair in aid of Breast Cancer Care - Various stalls. Refreshments available. Raffle. Admission £1. WHERE: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois WHEN: Sunday 2nd October, 10.30am - 4.30pm WHAT: Charity Indoor Art and Craft Fair - Quality art and crafts from local people. Refreshments. Entry and parking free. WHERE: Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs, Grange Farm, High Road, Chigwell

WHEN: Sunday 18th September, 10am - 4pm WHAT: Wedding Fair Photographers, jewellery, cakes, honeymoons and more, we are looking to provide our visitors with lots of inspiration for their special day, including the allimportant venue. WHERE: Valentines Mansion, Ilford







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e had decided to head away for a week, 7 days in sunny Spain with the two boys and 5 other family members. I pulled George through the airport on one of those ‘Trunki’ suitcases, which took out the kneecaps of many unsuspecting holiday makers, much to George’s amusement. It was time for the plane, the first dreaded section of the trip, would the boys stay quiet? Would Jake soil himself? Would they both become scared and scream when the engines started? Thankfully they were quiet for most of the journey, except for George loudly shouting “Come on plane!!” while we were waiting to take off. On making our long drive to the villa I couldn’t contain my anger at the various reckless drivers on the roads, I had a family in the back to take care of and these lunatics had scant disregard for public safety, beeping loudly and almost blinding me with their flashing lights. It was only the last few hundred yards where I’d remembered I should drive on the right, but thankfully most of the passengers had fallen asleep by that point. The following morning the sunshine poured through the window like Sunny Delight, and we ventured to the pool side, trying to coax the boys into the pool. Jake was first in, laughing as he clung to the inflatable animals his auntie had bought him. George was still cautiously circling the pool, looking like a duck, wondering how to eat the bread that had landed on top of a crocodile. “Me don’t want to go in”, he said. He’d made up his mind, so I replied, “Ok George, fine, it would be very nice, but you don’t have to”. I had barely finished my response when there was an almighty splash, his arm bands bobbed him back up to the surface and he quickly swam over to a shocked Jake who was riding the back of an inflatable shark, “Me did it, me jumped in!” Later that day we headed into



town and found a lovely restaurant by the harbour, out of nowhere Jake started flirting with the waitress. This seemed to anger one of the waiters who clearly had been trying to also get her attention, yet Jake continued to giggle as she held him up and he dribbled sweet nothings in her ear... and down her top. A passing busker swaggered up playing the guitar and Jake burst into verse, serenading the waitress with ineligible lyrics that seemed to sound exquisite to no one but himself. She did not seem quite so keen now that a crowd was beginning to form and began to back away, undeterred Jake then pulled out the trump card (not

“He dribbled sweet nothings in her ear.”

Donald), but tears, plenty of them, accompanied with a healthy dose of screaming. The waitress couldn’t do anything but come back, and he immediately stopped crying. It was nearing the end of the holiday and I had decided to try some Fly-boarding. Now for those of you not quite sure what this is, I did not run around Spain trying to hit flies with a board, but instead I foolishly attached my feet to a board that propelled a high pressured jet of water through it which thrust me up gracefully into the air for everyone to admire and applaud. It didn’t quite start like that however. I’d kissed my kids goodbye on the shore (hopefully not for the last time) and strode confidently towards the instructors, “How many times have you done this before?” they asked. With fists on hips and a stance boarding on arrogance I shot back a proud “never!” All buckled up we went into the sea and he gave me the technical tips, “When I start the pressure you

will move forward, put your arms out in front as you go along the water, I will then increase it, you tilt your feet and rise up like Superman out of the sea.” It sounded brilliant, I was going to nail this and thankfully I had started to assemble a rather large crowd who would witness my triumph. I could see George proudly pointing me out to the masses and with delusion running through my veins I gave the signal to start the jets. A rumbling of bubbles and I was moving, I outstretched my arms and he increased the throttle waiting to see me rise like a phoenix. Instead I plummeted (at considerable and increasing speed) to a depth of approximately 20 feet, arms still outstretched I gently floated back to the surface as he turned off the jets. “What happened?” I gave him a cheeky wink and a smile with my blue lips, as if to say, “I always mess around on the first go” and he started again. This time it happened, I rose majestically out of the water by about 20 feet, tilting the board back and forth to keep balance and even managed to pull off a Superman pose, a Usain Bolt pose and a Bruce Forsyth pose. It’s a rare occurrence when old Brucie is name-checked alongside those two, but there you go. The crowd were going bananas, whooping and clapping, George looked ecstatic, whilst Jake was still looking for last night’s waitress. After a few more attempts it was time to leave and thankfully it had been an overall success. The holiday had now also come to an end and we headed home the next day. After a long journey we finally reached Epping once more, and on putting the boys to bed a small piece of paper came floating out of Jake’s pocket… with a phone number, a kiss and the words, “Call me in 20 years time”. The cheeky rascal. ...TO BE CONTINUED


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