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Students at West Hatch High School were reminded of the need for all nations to join together in the cause of world peace by taking part in the International Day of Peace initially established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Organised by School Counsellor Sarah O’Donnell, all students viewed a Powerpoint presentation and took part in assemblies where key issues relating to the need for world peace were introduced - such as the suffering caused by war and conflict alongside the need for growing awareness and the generation of hope. Ms O’Donnell said: “Peace every day is the goal but focussing on a particular day is helpful for us all: peacefulness is important in our own lives, in our families, at work, in school and in our wider social lives.” On the day a ‘Tree of Peace’ adorned the school’s entrance hall, on which students tied messages related to the

desire for peace around the world. Some of the messages were prayers and sayings from different cultures and religions; others were statements of empathy for children like themselves distressed by the present Syrian conflict. Year 9 student Arjun Kuhaendran, a West Hatch High School Charity Ambassador, helped to organise the event and was instrumental in the cookie sale that took place at break time. He and his team - which included Nathan Grannel, Tilly Mae Kent, Charlotte Kent, Jaques Van Praagh, Kirsten Sewell-Humphreys and Charlotte Stevens - also sold tickets for the lunchtime Dance of Peace, a workshop led by Year 11 Dance students where anyone who paid 50p could join in the fun. The day raised £143.97 to be donated to the charity War Child.




The four-star Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel has welcomed a new executive head chef to build on the property’s enviable reputation for excellent cuisine. James Campbell has built an impressive CV during the last 19 years, having worked in a variety of Marriott hotels and other venues across London, as well using his skills in the Army. James, born in Zimbabwe, has a passion for all types of cuisine and will be using his skill set to bring a new style of fare to the hotel’s restaurant, introducing a contemporary twist to the menus and using more local produce. Talking about his new role, James Rotary Club of Epping president Barbara Scruton with Nico Kooij, from the Literacy for All project, and St Clare Hospice community fundraiser Dani De’ath said: “I have always admired the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel ROTARY CLUB RAISES MONEY FOR CHARITIES and it’s the perfect place for me A cheque for £11,500 - the project which is supporting children to showcase my skills and use my industry knowledge to deliver proceeds of its annual golf day in South Africa. The project the best possible banqueting and - has been presented by the focuses on children aged five dining experience for our guests. Rotary Club of Epping to St Clare to eight and provides them with Hospice. specially illustrated colourful books Marriott is one of the best names in the industry and I’m very excited to The club, in the 12-year history to aid their reading.The project is be part of the team.” of the event, has now raised currently working with 17 primary Russell Prior, General Manager at £140,000 for the Hastingwoodschools and five pre-primary based hospice. schools in South Africa. The cheque Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel, said: “We’re delighted to Some 112 golfers took part in was presented to ‘Literacy for All’ be welcoming James May’s event which culminated committee member Nico Kooij. as our new executive in a dinner for 127 people at A raffle held at the dinner raised head chef, he will Saffron Walden Golf Club.The £215 for Mrs Scruton’s chosen undoubtedly make a main sponsor for this event was charities, the national charity valuable addition to Stevenette and Company. bibic and the Heart of Epping the team, bringing The cheque was presented by appeal which is raising money for with him a wealth Rotary Club of Epping president a community centre adjoining St of experience that Barbara Scruton to St Clare John’s Church. will prove extremely Hospice community fundraiser For more information about important in driving Dani De’ath at a Rotary dinner at the Rotary Club of Epping, and Head Chef, details of membership, ring Peter our food and Theydon Bois Golf Club. beverage offering.” James Campbell Stevenette on 020 365 6578 or A cheque for £500 was also email presented to the ‘Literacy for All’


A poster highlighting recycling and the penalties for dropping litter has won an Ongar Town Council competition. The eye-catching design by Brentwood County High School student Callum Curtis caught the eye of judges after the council ran the competition to try and target litter in the town. The council holds two litter picking events a year but councillors have been increasingly Winning poster by Callum Curtis concerned at the amount of rubbish



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A slimmer who transformed her life by losing 5 stone is using her success to shape a whole new career helping other people change their lives and achieve their weight loss dreams too. Stacey Moran joined her local Slimming World group in Epping 18 months ago, now she has trained as a Consultant for Slimming World, the UK’s largest group-based weight loss organisation, at their national training academy in Derbyshire. Members at the group are getting ready to welcome Stacey as their new Consultant when she takes over the group on 20th October. She says: “Obesity is becoming such a huge issue across the UK. When I first joined Slimming World as a member, I never dreamed that I would end up helping other people to lose weight but now I just can’t wait to get started. After losing 5st and completing my training, it’s a privilege for me to be able to pass on the experience, insight and understanding that helped me, so that I can give my members the support they need to get to target.

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‘Chronic’ means pain which has persisted for more than 12 weeks. Some sufferers may have had pain for several months or even years. Long-term back pain can have various causes but for many sufferers, it is due to a disc condition.


Discs are the protective pads of connective tissue dividing the bones of the spine - the ‘shock absorbers’ which protect the spine. Being on our feet all day, sitting at workstations or lifting heavy objects, can weaken the spine, eventually causing a disc to bulge or even rupture. When damage like this occurs we might say the disc has ’slipped’, herniated or prolapsed.


Typically, you will suffer with episodes of pain which will become more frequent over time. You may experience additional symptoms such as nerve pain in the arms or legs (sciatica), neck pain or headaches.


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You should talk to a back pain specialist with experience in disc-related problems. Chronic back pain and sciatica usually require a combination of antiinflammatory medicine and physical therapy - including the non-invasive, targeted disc treatment, IDD Therapy.


IDD Therapy relieves back pain and sciatica without the need for surgery.

IDD Therapy uses safe and gentle pulling forces to draw apart specific spinal segments where discs are damaged, removing pressure and irritation from any trapped nerves. Patients receive a structured programme of regular IDD Therapy sessions, progressively relieving pain and improving mobility.


As well as working with patients in the Woodford community, Neil Velleman lectures to medical students, GPs and colleagues. He specialises in spinal disc conditions and associated nerve pain. His practice is an approved IDD Neil Velleman Therapy Disc Clinic.


Retired nurse Margaret Vernalls suffered for 4 years with back pain and sciatica: “As a result of two disc bulges, I suffered a grinding sciatic pain in my leg when I’d been walking or sitting for too long. I couldn’t do my normal daily activities simple things like dressing myself and standing at the sink to wash the dishes. After IDD Therapy I’m virtually pain-free and enjoying walking with my friends again. I’ve finally got my life back.” Call Atkins Physiotherapy Consultants on 020 8504 0478 or go to: Located at: 154 High Road, Woodford Green IG8 9EF



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emi-permanent makeup can be the solution to so many of our beauty worries, from filling out an ageing lip line to restoring over plucked eyebrows. As a means of enhancing a youthful appearance semi-permanent makeup is often a great alternative to fillers and Botox and is used for a wide range of treatments such as lip enhancement, eyebrow correction and perfectly placed eyeliner. Well filled out eyebrows and a perfectly drawn eye-liner can take years off of the face and semi-permanent makeup doesn’t carry the risks associated with invasive cosmetic surgery. If nothing else, semi-permanent makeup is a great time saving device - you’ll never need to worry about popping to the toilet to reapply your lipstick or eyeliner because you know you’ll always have perfectly placed makeup. Catherine has been tattooing now for a little over two years. She qualified in London with the Finishing Touches Training Group who are the leaders in the makeup tattooing world. Catherine initially advises a free consultation with herself, where you can discuss your requirements. Your eyebrows may need reshaping, defining, filling in, lifting, thickening or simply just enhancing. Using precise techniques Catherine can create or improve the shape and balance of your eyebrows; enhance the shape and definition of the eyes and repair years of over plucking. You will benefit from having a bespoke shape that suits you perfectly and that frames your eyes beautifully! The procedure will commence with the creation of a









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here’s nothing like a new season to get us thinking about a new look and the advent of autumn has us reaching for rich dark hues and cosy textures almost immediately. Updating the look of a larger piece of furniture such as a sofa can often seem an expensive option, however by choosing a



sofa with removable covers, it’s easy to change your upholstery from season to season, without the cost of the of a whole new frame. Available across a huge array of sofas and chairs from contemporary styles through to formal classics, each cover is carefully tailored to each sofa, ensuring a tight fit and immaculate finish.

This season Multiyork have introduced six beautiful new Autumn/Winter looks, perfect for adding warmth to your living rooms during the colder months. From elegant neutral palettes to bold-hued schemes that demand attention, each look has been crafted by the brand’s expert team to reinvigorate your home for the season ahead.



Diplomat Large Sofa in Farley Fabric in Oyster £1819

Undeniably graceful with a sumptuously structured aesthetic, Neutral State offers a wonderfully adaptable and liveable look that will take you through the seasons. Fusing together a calming balance of simple plains and subtle patterns in gentle textures, definition has been created through the use of oversized accent patterns, a chunky throw and metallic accessories. Monochrome prints and gold accents stop this look from appearing plain by injecting a touch of glitz and glamour.



making a statement in any scheme. Sunshine yellows are clashed with dark stormy greys and up-scaled geometrics to create a look that’s larger than life. Staged against dark walls this occasional piece will transform an unused corner into an intimate space that’s bursting with style.

Dexter Large Sofa in Tiffany Fabric in Silver £1549

Exuding a soft feminine look, Multiyork’s Dexter marries simply structured arms with a sumptuously soft back and seat. Upholstered in delicately patterned fabric in muted grey hues and paired with soft pink accents, this latest look encapsulates grown-up glamour. Style with pearlescent velvet scatter cushions, tactile linen throws and treasured finds.



Dexter Snuggler in Camden Fabric in Grey £869


Simple and liveable, corner groups are a contemporary classic that are particularly perfect for family rooms. Warm textured weaves in a soft grey palette lend this look a homely, yet stylish feel that will stand the test of time. Adorned with snuggly throws and cushions in chic geometric patterns this laid-back look is muted modern style at its finest.

York Extra Large Sofa in Paris Fabric in Reef £3399

Osborne Extra Large Sofa in Rococo Fabric in Basil £3139

A distinctive and decadent seating design infused with a pleasing contrast of elegant, masculine accents that will bring a dash of luxury to any living scheme. Featuring subtle sweeping lines and rounded edges, Multiyork’s Osborne sofa is shown upholstered in a dark, striking weave, providing a new take on deco-inspired style. Dress with plump scatter cushions in geometric and tweed patterns for a statement yet sophisticated look that’s set to impact and inspire.

Bold and beautiful in equal measure, this decadent look is infused with the spirit of bohemia. Taking inspiration from the proud peacock, rich emerald tones are combined with iridescent velvets and regal plaids to create a bold look that lends itself perfectly to formal spaces. Shown here on Multiyork’s York sofa - a contemporary interpretation of a classic Knole sofa - this stunning piece suits this trend down to the ground. With sumptuous cushioning and beautiful tassel detailing, it’s a statement sofa fit for a king or queen.


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Dylan Corner Group in Hopsack Fabric in Rose £3167

All of Multiyork’s sofas and chairs are lovingly handmade in Norfolk and are available in an extensive range of fabrics - the largest on the High Street - including both designer and in-house ranges. Drawing on 35 years of expertise, each piece boasts the reassuring comfort Multiyork is celebrated for. Tel: 0845 303 7134



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Ladybirds are brightly them down to ground level _ Brighten up outside OCTOBER JOBS coloured to warn and apply a lovely thick your front door by planting predators. They have _ The cooler weather is layer of straw over the up pots and winter fast approaching so now a bitter taste which hanging baskets. Choose is the time to protect your helps with their survival. plants such as heathers, half hardy plants, like your They can also exude a pansies, primroses, dwarf pelargoniums, because pungent fluid to ward conifers and dwarf hebes. they won’t tolerate a touch off ants, birds and _ Plant out primulas and of frost. To save them you even people. The twowallflowers that will give will have to dig them up if spot ladybird, Adalia you a fantastic display in they are in the ground and bipunctata grows up to 5 the spring. place them in a pot. Prune mm long and the seven_ If your rambling roses them back by one-third spot ladybird, Coccinella and your climbing roses once in a pot and if they septempunctata grows have finished flowering are already in a pot do up to 8 mm long. You prune them and tie in the the same. Water the pot may see hibernating stems before any winds thoroughly and place in adults this cause damage. a cool but well lit part of month _ Keep regularly raking your house or green house clustered Skimmia japonica heather off any leaf matter from until next spring. in groups & pansy ‘Deep Pink’ your lawn if you have one. in sheds _ Lift your dahlia tubers top of each one and put This will also help to break or other at the end of this month in a marker so you know up any thatch that you and store them away in a sheltered may have too. cool dark place. But if like where they are. places. me you don’t have enough By Victoria Robertson, amenity horticulturist & committee member of Copped storage space then cut Hall & Epping Horticultural Society & Chairman of Epping in Bloom.



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Sevylor’s inflatable Madison Kayak Kit is ready when you are and lends itself to hours of adrenaline-filled fun or fitness on the water. The Madison kayak’s inflatable, ultra-stable design is easily transportable and includes a pump and two comfortable paddles making sure you’re ready to hit the water in an instant. The boston valves allow for easy inflation and deflation at the water’s edge, while the manometer (included) indicates when you have inflated it to the correct pressure. Thanks to features like moulded handles, a drainage system, a handy carry bag and new comfortable seats, this kayak offers hours of endless fun and fitness on the water. At the end of the adventure the Madison Kayak is easy to deflate and compact to transport and store in its carry bag. To find out more about Sevylor’s Madison Kit Kayak (RRP: £469.99) visit   


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Swedish beauty brand FOREO, who has achieved global success with its award-winning LUNA™ skincare range, has launched the LUNA™ mini 2, which has an updated design for deeper, more efficient cleansing while offering all the benefits of the original LUNA™ mini. Its T-Sonic™ cleanse will remove 99.5% of dirt and oil (based on clinical trials) plus makeup residue. Dead skin cells are also cleared away, enhancing the absorption of skincare products and also diminishing the appearance of pores to refine skin texture. What’s more, the ultra-hygienic silicone design is quick drying and nonporous to prevent bacteria build-up. The device is 35 times more hygienic than nylon-bristled brushes. The LUNA™ mini 2 is 100% waterproof with 1 full charge lasting for 5 months when the device is used twice a day. Requiring no replacement brush heads, it boasts exceptional value and comes with a 2-Year Limited Warranty and 10-Year Guarantee. The LUNA™ mini 2 is £99 available at


English Heritage by Woods of Windsor have launched a stylish new home fragrance collection. Inspired by three of English Heritage’s historic landmarks, Kenilworth Castle’s Elizabethan Gardens, Osborne House and Eltham Palace, this beautiful Home Fragrance Collection includes luxury Scented Candles, Room Fragrances, Diffusers, Drawer Liners and Wardrobe Sachets. Each range is available in three fragrances, all beautifully decorated with designs reminiscent of these monumental sites. Our favourite is definitely the Citrus & Basil Candle! Available at selected English Heritage sites (Osborne, Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden and Eltham Palace) and online at



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ST. VINCENT AND Which island will you choose?


combination of 32 islands (only nine of which are inhabited) St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the Caribbean you’ve been looking for. The largest and northernmost island is St. Vincent, a forestcovered interior dominated by an active volcano. It has outstanding natural beauty and very welcoming people. St. Vincent has the full range of accommodation options from budget guest houses offering simple bed and breakfast, to luxury high-end resorts catering to your every need.

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To its south lie the Grenadines including Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union Island and the amazing Petit St Vincent with its renowned outdoor callisthenic fitness trail. They gained independence from Great Britain in 1979, but the islands’ history dates much further back, including long struggles against colonialism. Their natural beauty still staggers, from St.




Vincent’s lush tropical rainforest full of eco-adventures, to the idyllic beaches, coral reefs and turquoise lagoons of The Grenadines, a paradise for yachting, scuba diving, enjoying nature and relaxing in luxurious hideaways. The tropical climate peaks June and September (averaging 30°C / 86°F) but the most popular months to visit are between December and May when the climate is more comfortable and dry. Abbotts Travel have teamed up with Essential Detail and Caribtours to focus on two wonderful holiday retreats on two of the lesser-known islands: Bequia and Mustique.

A quick ferry ride from St Vincent brings you to Bequia (pronounced ‘bek-way’). This is a relaxed and friendly Caribbean island with an international flair, tailormade for sailing enthusiasts, beach lovers and honeymooners. Enjoy white sand beaches, sheltered bays, turquoise seas and a selection of lovely hotels, well appointed villas and apartments, and excellent restaurants and bars. Industry was based around boat building, which continues to this day.

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Local artisans build everything from simple sailing vessels made from coconut husks to ornate, extremely intricate and factually accurate replicas that may take up to a year to complete. Simpler model sailing boats are also built for racing during the annual Easter Regatta when competition between rivals can be fierce, but all in great fun. Escape to Bequia, drop anchor and unwind!



Lose yourself in Caribbean splendour at this retro-chic, beach hotel on a sought-after hideaway island. Nestled within the stunning Friendship Bay beach with views across the water, this is the perfect spot from which to indulge in quiet relaxation, experience unspoilt Bequian life and activities and sample some delicious Caribbean-European fusion cuisine in unrivalled surroundings. The hotel was built from scratch by entrepreneur Bengt Mortstedt, with ideas gleaned from his extensive worldwide travels. Accommodation ranges from classic pool rooms to split-level suites on the beachfront, a penthouse suite and even an estate villa (housing up to 8 people) with a private chef on request. Since its opening in 2011 the hotel has developed a following

famous on a Caribbean island that blends elegance and luxury with natural white sands, palm trees and turquoise seas. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular past-times on Mustique with dive sites around All-Awash, Pillories, Dry Rock South and Coral Glen. For a fascinating peek into secluded Bequia Beach bays, coves and gardens of the Hotel room famous, take to the water. On a tour of our island by boat (or by of repeat guests who love the modern colonial style that combines taxi), you will see some of the elegance, charm and flair. They also resplendent private homes owned by the rich and famous. love the location, on Bequia’s best To enjoy the island at your own stretch of beach with views across to Mustique in the distance. It is the perfect spot from which to indulge in quiet relaxation, experience Bequian life and activities, plus a chance to sample delicious local cuisine.



A favourite place for the Royal family and an army of celebrities, Mustique lets you rub shoulders with the rich and




“A favourite place for the Royal family and an army of celebrit ies, Mustique lets you rub shoulders with the rich and famous.” pace, and in wonderful peace and solitude, put your walking shoes on. In addition to walking paved roads, there are a number of hiking trails around the island that take in hilly woodland as well as some of the beautiful beaches and bays.

WHERE TO STAY: Cotton House

Iced water and a chilled towel will be your first gift after touching down; the beauty and luxury of a Mustique landmark is the second. Cotton House is an 18th

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Century stone and coral warehouse transformed into a contemporary haven set amongst thirteen expansive acres of tropical gardens leading down to Endeavour Bay. At the heart of the estate lie The Great Room and Veranda Restaurant surrounded by a collection of seventeen luxurious, garden and sea-facing villas, suites and cottages with private verandas and plunge



Cotton House room

pools. Wherever you stay you can enjoy all the island has to offer; a gastronomic dinner at the Veranda, the renowned Tuesday night cocktail party in the Great Room or a surf fresh seafood grill at the Beach Cafe. The bespoke treatments in the Cotton House spa are designed exclusively for the hotel by award winning organic spa range, ila. This range takes inspiration from the islands most potent natural

wonders; the life giving Moringa and Baobab trees; regenerative ylgang ylganag; sweet revitalising jasmine, and seductive balancing frangipani. For further details on these recommended hotels and properties and these wonderful islands please contact Abbotts Travel. Abbotts Travel, 134 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1BA Tel: 0208 989 9445,

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


his month Amy shares her recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cake from her book Amy’s Baking Year. Make this simple and beautiful autumn-themed Halloween dessert look special by decorating it with fresh autumnal flowers and berries from your garden for the whole family to enjoy.

H 2 tsp. ground cinnamon H 1½ tsp. ground cloves H 1 tsp. ground mixed spice H 1 tsp. ground nutmeg H ¼ tsp. salt H 410g (14¼oz) granulated sugar H 250ml (8fl.oz) vegetable oil H 4 eggs H 1 x 425g (15oz) tin pumpkin purée


For the cream cheese frosting: H 75g (3oz) butter H 225g (8oz) cream cheese H 175g (6oz) icing sugar, sifted H 3-4 tbsp. milk, plus more if needed

INGREDIENTS (makes 12)

For the cake: H 475g (1lb 1oz) plain flour H 2 tsp. baking powder H 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda

To decorate: H Small flowers and autumn berries


METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4 and lightly grease a bundt or ring cake tin with butter or a flavourless oil spray. 2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, cloves, mixed spice, nutmeg and salt into a large bowl and mix together. 3. Beat the sugar and vegetable oil in the bowl of a free standing electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or you can use a handheld electric whisk and mixing bowl) on a medium speed for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar is incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and paddle with a spatula. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the speed and add the pumpkin and beat until combined. 4. On a low speed, add the flour mixture in two additions and beat on a higher speed for 1–2 minutes until fully incorporated. 5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Leave for 5 minutes before turning out of the tin onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 6. For the cream cheese frosting, beat the butter in the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer (or you can use a handheld electric whisk and mixing bowl) until soft and creamy, then beat in the cream cheese, icing sugar and milk until you reach a pouring consistency. 7. When the cake has cooled completely, place on a cake stand. Put the icing in a jug and pour over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. 8. Decorate with fresh autumn flowers and berries. Amy’s Baking Year is available to buy online and in bookshops & supermarkets nationwide.

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WHEN: Every Monday & Wednesday, 7.10pm - 10.30pm WHAT: Loughton Bridge Club - A good standard of duplicate bridge in a friendly environment. See our website for details - WHERE: Monday - Oak View School, Whitehills Road, Loughton IG10 1TS, Wednesday - Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, IG7 6DP 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: Monday 3rd October, 7.30pm-9.30pm WHAT: Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society Winter Talk - A talk from David Swinden on Flowers of Arizona. Free entry for members (£1 nonmembers). Refreshments. For more information contact chairman Maureen Briggs - email mbriggs@ or ring 020 8504 8436. WHERE: St James’ United Reformed Church, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill

WHEN: Thursday 6th October, 7.30pm WHAT: ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ Motown Party Night with LA DIVAS - In aid of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Breast Cancer Unit charity. Tickets £25 include any starter, main course, side dish and rice or naan bread. For more information and bookings, ring Zaikaa on 01992 575122. WHERE: Zaikaa Epping, 201 High Street, Epping


WHEN: Thursday 6th October, 10.15am WHAT: The EnglishSpeaking Union - Epping Forest branch monthly meeting - Mark Lewis, a keen amateur folklorist and maritime historian will give a talk entitled ‘Beacons of Hope’ – the lighthouses which have protected shipping for many years. Admission £4, including tea/coffee. For more details ring 020 8505 9001 or 01992 812454. WHERE: The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton

WHEN: Saturday 8th October, 7pm WHAT: Tigers & Sharks! - An evening with local wildlife photographer, Bob Johnson ARPS. Admission: Adults £6 Children £3 to include refreshments - in aid of Church funds. Tickets from eventsstmaryschigwell@yahoo., Katrina 07780 668541 or on the door. WHERE: St Mary’s Church, High Road, Chigwell, IG7 6QB WHEN: Saturday 8th October, 7.30am-9.30am WHAT: Mammal Morning with Epping Forest Countrycare followed by breakfast. Cost £6. For more details and to book, ring 01992 564224. WHERE: The Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell WHEN: Sunday 9th October, 11am-4pm WHAT: Apple Day -. Entry £8 per person. Access

to gardens and mansion (room stewards). Apple Day is a national annual celebration of apple orchards and local distinctiveness. Join in the fun, play traditional games, help with the juicing and have your own apples identified by an expert. There will be a display and apples for sale. There will also be entertainment, refreshments and bar, lunches, produce for sale and the Trust shop. WHERE: Copped Hall, Epping WHEN: Sunday 9th October, 10.30am WHAT: Autumn Walk for St Clare Hospice - With South Loughton Old Walkers Society. The walk will finish with a hot buffet meal. £10 per person payable on the day. Children and dogs free. For more details, ring 01279 773738 or email WHERE: Victoria Tavern, Smarts Lane, Loughton WHEN: Tuesday 11th October, 8pm WHAT: NE London RSPB Group Meeting - A talk by Euan Dunn entitled ‘The trials of being a puffin. Admission £3 for RSPB members (£3.50 for non-members). For more details ring David Littlejohns on 020 8989 4746 or email nelondonrspb@ WHERE: St Mary’s Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford

WHEN: Saturday 15th October, 10am-noon WHAT: Nearly New Table Top Sale New or nearly new children’s clothes, toys and equipment and maternity wear. All Proceeds to Theydon Bois Pre School Group. Sellers pay £16 for a table which they will man themselves; sellers keep all money taken. Buyers pay 50p admission. For more details, email tbpsnearly WHERE: Scout Hut, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois

WHEN: Thursday 20th October, 10.30am WHAT: Walk - Ancient Stories, Historic Views. Explore around High Beach for history and good views! Discover the Pillow Mounds, Rats Lane, High Beach Church and more with local experts. Free. No booking required. WHERE: Epping Forest Visitor Centre, High Beach WHEN: Saturday 22nd October, 10am WHAT: Walk - Discover Knighton Woods and Lords Bushes. Find out more about the history and wildlife in Lords Bushes and Knighton Woods. Free event, no booking required. WHERE: Buckhurst Hill Station WHEN: Sunday 23rd October, 2pm-5pm WHAT: Pumpkin Plod in aid of Haven House Children’s Hospice - A choice of a 2km or 5km walk through the forest. The warm up starts at 2pm with face painting, Baileys hot chocolate, Halloween sweets and other refreshments on sale. The walk begins at 3pm. Participants will receive a pumpkin-themed goody bag on arrival and a medal and pumpkin on completion of the walk. WHERE: Haven House Children’s Hospice, High Road, Woodford Green WHEN: Thursday 27th Saturday 29th October, 8pm WHAT: Show - Lock Up Your Daughters, by Henry Fielding. Licentious London, 1735: Hilaret, our naive heroine, determined to escape her over-protective father, sets forth to elope with her beloved Captain Constant. Justice Squeezum, a corrupt roguish judge, has a fine time keeping tabs on his distinctly lecherous wife, Mrs Squeezum. Add in Ramble, a virile gentleman in love with the ladies, his friend Sotmore, more in love with his wine, and many other colourful characters, plus plots galore, mistaken identity, intrigue and double-dealing. Tickets - £9.50, Box office - Mr and Mrs James - 01992 812250, WHERE: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Essex CM16 7ER

WHEN: Friday 4th November, 8pm WHAT: Movie Night - A range of entertaining movies made by members of the Wanstead and Woodford Movie Makers. Well worth taking a look. Tickets £6 includes light refreshments. Further information: Tel: 07951 198713, Email: WHERE: The Meeting Room, St. Paul’s Church, Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge IG8 8BT WHEN: Saturday 5th November, 6pm WHAT: Bonfire and Firework Display - Barbeque and other refreshments available throughout the evening. Tickets: adults £6 (children £3; family ticket £15 for two adults and three children). Tickets available on the door or in advance from the Parish Office email uk or ring 020 8532 0060. There is a maximum capacity of 1,000 people. There is no parking on-site. WHERE: St John the Baptist Church, Church Lane, Loughton WHEN: Sunday 6th November WHAT: Abridge Firework Display and Bonfire Night - Grand fireworks display, kids Guy competition, funfair, food stalls and licensed bar. Free car parking. Gates open 4.30pm, Grand firework display 8pm. Admission: Adults £5, Children £3. Tickets can be purchased in advance by ringing 07958 535971 or on the night at the gate. Proceeds will be given to local charities and organisations. For more details visit WHERE: Abridge Village Hall Field, Ongar Road, Abridge








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In memory of Georgia Cordery

eorgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal (GTCA) is an Essex based charity set up by and in memory of Georgia Cordery, a Brentwood girl who sadly passed away due to a rare cancer in May 2010. Georgia was first diagnosed with cancer in 2008 on the weekend of her 13th birthday. She and her parents Peter and Sue Cordery and friends set up Georgia’s Teenage Cancer Appeal in January 2009. Georgia played a huge part in raising funds for her charity before her sad passing just over a year later. GTCA has helped to improve the lives of families with children with cancer and life threatening conditions.

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It helps with travel expenses, kitchen appliances, laptops, family breaks, pushchairs, sensory equipment etc. - anything that will help their day to day lives - whatever helps to relieve some of the stress and pressures that

accompany caring for a sick child. The charity has also provided funding for a member of Clic Sargent’s social care team to cover the South Essex area for the last 4 years and has just committed to continue this support for an additional year from May 2017. Clic Sargent is a national organisation offering cancer support to the young. GTCA hold various events throughout the year to raise funds, as well as having individuals support them by performing various challenges such as running the London Marathon and getting sponsorship through their online fundraising pages. There is an annual Netball Tournament held at Brentwood School, where Georgia was a pupil and talented sportswoman and netballer. GTCA are heavily involved in Brentwood’s Half Marathon and Fun Run in March and annually enter a team of around 100 runners in the event. The charity also helps raise funds by providing food and refreshments for all the runners. The Fun Run this year was won in an amazing time by Elliot Cordery in 15 mins 13 secs (probably a record!). Elliot is Georgia’s brother which makes winning the race even more momentous. This is the fourth time of entering the race and running in memory of his brave sister. Since its inception, the charity has raised over £470,000 and 2016 is

hugely important for the charity who are hoping to make the total over half a million pounds by the end of the year, with lots of events as well as the flagship event of the Charity Butterfly Ball at Orsett Hall in November. The local charity was over the moon to be chosen as Brentwood

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Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year from June 2016. They were voted by both staff and customers and it will raise money for this great cause up till June 2017. GTCA have also been chosen by Brentwood’s Mayor, Noelle Hones, as her Charity of the Year and she will be organising her events to support the charity too. Hopefully these two major achievements will help the charity to quickly reach the half million mark by the end of 2016! For more information please visit and to donate please visit



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e moved house this month, up to the countryside and hoped George would not miss his old comforts too much, such as the house and his nursery. Thankfully it’s gone very well, although he does call his new nursery by his old ones name, much to their confusion.

“His monster chasing technique may need to be slightly refined.” We picked him up recently and asked how his day had been, “Me being a monster” he said. “Oh really, and what did you do?” I asked. “Me was chasing the girls” he replied. “Oh right, and did they like that?” “No, they did not”. So, his monster chasing technique may need to be slightly refined if he’s to start being friends with the girls, and perhaps he could also tweak his new love of ‘sharing’. It began innocently enough, I was eating some strawberries and he asked if he could have some, I replied saying I would “share some with you” and handed him a couple, after finishing them he proceeded to take more and tell me he “was sharing”. This has now been happening for a few days, where he decided to effectively steal my food, then protest his innocence that he was actually sharing. I can see a situation in 20 years where is defence to the judge is roughly along the lines of “but Your Honour,



the bank had lots of money in its vault, and I thought it needed sharing”. Hopefully it doesn’t quite come to that and he quickly learns the difference between sharing and theft! Jake on the other hand was no such worry with regards to the move, he’s blissfully happy in any surrounding, so long as there’s food. The main problem we have with him currently is that we now have a large conker tree in the garden, and he seems to assume these will taste superb. George has discovered that his joy of stamping is now useful when it comes to breaking the conkers from their casing, although he has also discovered that doing this in flimsy slippers enables the spikes to puncture the base of your feet. It rare to see a child tread on a conker then jump up so high you have to pluck them down from a tree, but I guess he won’t do that again. Conkers are mildly poisonous and this information isn’t sinking in with Jake, who just waddles over to piles of them and attempts to down them like muffins as we fling ourselves in the way to stop them entering his mouth. The real problem here is that he has got so fast these last few weeks and doesn’t like being held. It’s like trying to cuddle an eel when you pick him up, a crying, screaming eel. Yet when you put him down he starts smiling again and runs off towards whatever place seems to have the most danger, even if a scenario looks tranquil he seems to have developed a set of skills that can find danger. I put him on the rug in front of the TV, watching something innocent. I

go into the hall and come back with his beaker, to see him standing by the fireplace about to pull the guard off with his left hand, whilst holding a cocktail stick close to his face with his right hand. I have no idea where the stick came from, and the guard had been pushed back so far that an orang-utan would have struggled to reach it, but like I say, he’s developed these skills. We decided to paint George’s room when we moved in, as he loves green. So we headed out for some paint and picked what looked like quite a peaceful summer meadow style of green. Back home and on the walls it’s the most intensely powerful looking green you’ve ever had the misfortune to lay your eyes upon. If you can imagine how green the hulk would be if he ate nothing but spinach, kale and broccoli for a year, then rubbed himself in grass for a few weeks and finally covered himself in lime peel then you be coming potentially close to the vibrancy that George’s wall now possesses. We’ve left it so far as just the one

“He seems to have developed a set of skills that can find danger.”

wall (the brush melted from the intensity of the paint) and you only see it as you’re walking back out of the room. So we showed George his new room and he absolutely loved it, “It’s green” he said, “Me love green!” ...TO BE CONTINUED


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