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THE LOCAL MAGAZINE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE - ISSUE 36, NOVEMBER 2016
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ON THE COVER 9 Local News 14 Cosy Pubs 18 What’s Your Ski Style? 35 Festive Beauty 53 Competition Win tickets for Epping Ongar Railway
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18 COMMUNITY 48 What’s On 49 Dog’s Trust Charity feature Editor: Darren Perry Email: Darren@essexcentralmagazine.co.uk Tel: 01787 583152 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, Hellen Barlow, Amy-Beth Ellice. 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.
HOME & GARDEN 36 Bedroom Inspiration 41 November Gardening Guide FOOD & DRINK 43 Baking with Amy-Beth Ellice 45 Las Iguanas FUN & GAMES 54 Puzzle Corner 58 Entering Fatherhood Without a Map
This month we are feeling very wintery, the clocks have changed, fireworks will soon be filling the air and it’s time to start Christmas shopping and getting sorted for the big day! This issue we have a wonderful ski feature from Abbotts Travel plus we bring our top local pubs that have the cosy factor, good food and great atmosphere. Our featured charity is the Dog’s Trust, who are looking for foster carers for dogs in Essex and would love to hear from any of our readers who might be able to help so please get in touch with them if you can. Amy-Beth Ellice is back again with her baking column with two more tasty recipes to try at home that are great as gifts or entertaining over the festive period, plus we have our usual mix of articles, local news updates and what’s on listings. See you next month for our Christmas special.
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Sleep under the stars, trek with the Maasai, discover waterfalls, mountains and explore the beautiful African savannah with Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust’s (EHAAT) next challenge - Trek Tanzania. Hot on the heels of this year’s trek to Slovenia, the life-saving Charity’s October 2017 event, Trek Tanzania, will take adventurers to the wildlife-rich plains of East Africa’s largest country. The group will experience trekking with the Maasai tribe, an early morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater where they can spot elephants and flamingos and a trek through Maasai villages and the Elbulbul grasslands, the grazing pastures of zebras and wildebeests. The trip will culminate with an early descent of the Rift Valley Escarpment to the base of the Oldoinyo Lengai, the ‘Mountain of God’, before enjoying lunch at Lake Natron and a hike to the Engare Sero waterfalls. Maria Alexander, Head of Fundraising at EHAAT said: “Our treks are one of our most successful events of the year, and everyone who has taken part so far has made lifelong friends while experiencing the trip of a lifetime. Trek Tanzania will capture the imagination of our adventurers, with its mountains, plains and lakes to be experienced in one trip, all while raising vital, lifesaving funds for the Essex Herts Air Ambulance Trust. Joining us on the trek is a great way to support the Air Ambulance. As a Charity we rely on the generosity and support of residents and businesses across Essex and Hertfordshire to keep our helicopters flying to emergencies in the area.” Registration for the trek between October 7th and 15th 2017, is £299 before December 16th 2016, after which it will be £350. A minimum fundraising target of £3,300 is required. For a FREE information pack call 0345 2417 690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
JOINT PROGRESS SUCCESS FOR KING HAROLD ACADEMY AND DEBDEN PARK HIGH SCHOOL
King Harold Academy in Waltham Abbey and Debden Park High School in Loughton are overjoyed at having achieved Progress 8 scores well above the national average. The schools have attributed the success down to the collaborative working relationship. The data, which can be found on the DfE website, shows that students at both schools make fantastic progress compared to students nationally. Executive Headteacher Christian Cavanagh said: “We are thrilled at the progress students in both schools have made. This is testament to their hard work and to the dedication and commitment of all staff at both schools. What is clear is that the close collaboration, working together for success, and common structures between the two schools has benefited both of them. These Progress 8 scores put both schools among the highest in Essex.”
CHARITY CHRISTMAS FAYRE IN LOUGHTON
Keeley Lexton is organising a Charity Christmas Fayre on 26th November 11am - 4pm at the Loughton Club, 8 Station Road, Loughton, IG10 4NX to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation, which is a charity close to her family’s hearts. Keeley’s family have lost family members due to heart conditions as well as her partner losing his father 13 years ago. At this event there will be a raffle held at 3pm with amazing prizes that have been generously donated from companies and stall holders which include family swimming days, bowling, Kidspace, cinema tickets, Nandos voucher, paint balling and more. There will be various stalls including a Santa’s grotto, face painting & glitter FRIENDS TAKE CANDLE MARKET BY STORM A new local team based in Woodford enabling us to give our clients exactly tattoos, homemade jams & spreads, are taking on the major players in what they asked for at the price that personalised baubles, Christmas the candle industry, creating high they wanted to pay... The feedback and cards & gifts, Usborne Books, end scented candles at a third of repeat business has blown us away.” clairvoyant, horse themed gifts, pet the price of similar quality products. The girls believe that their success stall and sweet stall. In addition an 40 degree candles, diffusers and is due to the amazing value they offer, author called Graham Clingbine and room sprays are making their mark in packaged simply and tastefully in a a singer called Charlotte Ambrose an overcrowded market. How ?-they way that their products can be given as will be present and much more. Entrance fee is £1 for an adult listened to what people wanted through gifts with no extra wrapping. Christine extensive market research and found Jones (Partner) said, “It all started a and 50p for a child and all money raised from the raffle and entrance out that the most important factors couple of years ago over a cup of tea in the purchase of candles were a and our own love of expensive scented will all be donated to the British Heart Foundation. So if you are beautiful scent, affordable price, stylish candles and why couldn’t there be packaging and natural ingredients. a more affordable brand - the rest is looking for a day out with your Janine Salmon (Partner) told us, history, we are so thrilled with our range family or thinking of making a “Everyone that we contacted loved and although we have started in Essex start on Christmas shopping or to even be in with a chance to win the expensive, high-end brands but our plan is to grow our distribution tended to buy them only as special model across the whole of the UK.” some great prizes from the raffle then this will be the right place for treats for themselves or as gifts for Adele Reece (Partner) advises you. Why not go along and have friends and family as they are priced to start getting your Christmas at £40 plus. We made the decision to orders in now, check out the range some seasonal fun and help raise some money for the British Heart develop the same quality candle and on www.40degree.co.uk or call sell through distributors and online, 02085066476 for more information. Foundation?
KING HAROLD ACADEMY HOLDING REMEMBRANCE EVENING
Staff and pupils of King Harold Academy are holding a remembrance evening to commemorate those who have given their lives for our country and those that continue to serve their country today. The evening - Wednesday, 16th November (5.30pm-7pm) - will feature a variety of performances including dance, poetry and song. During the week of remembrance students will also be involved with a variety of curricular activities including poetry competitions, creative writing and the completion of more than 300 clay handmade poppies that will be on display. Tickets will be available about two weeks before the event. Visit the school website for full details.
Event organiser and English teacher Stuart Springthorpe said: “Remembrance is a very important time of the year and symbolises a message which can never be forgotten. It is our duty as educators to inform, teach and help make aware to the younger generation the sacrifice that others have made in order for them to lead free lives today. It will be their job in the future to carry this message forward to ensure that it is never forgotten. Waltham Abbey was an area greatly affected by war. One only has to view the names on the memorials in the area and in the Abbey itself to understand and recognise the level of sacrifice made.” For further information email SSpringthopre@kha-tkat.org
LOCAL NEWS RECORD-BREAKING CHIGWELL HALFMARATHON RUN FOR CHARITY
The Chigwell School community again came together to run, walk and stagger for charity when almost 100 Old Chigwellians, parents and staff ran the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on Sunday 9th October. The 13.1-mile course took them through the heart of the capital as the route showcased the iconic sights of London through four Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park) and past some of the capital’s most historic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Albert Hall. With ‘Chigwell School’ emblazoned across their chests team members donned their trainers again to raise much-needed funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK. Cancer Research UK chief executive Sir Harpal Kumar said: “My huge thanks to all the alumni, staff, parents and children at Chigwell School for the amazing
support and participation at the Royal Parks Half Marathon.To see so many running, supporting and raising awareness of our cause was hugely impressive. Chigwell is a role model for the sort of impact that a school community can have in society. Given that one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetimes, this support is critical to us. You should all be enormously proud of your efforts, which is helping us to beat cancer sooner. We look forward to seeing you all at
next year’s event.” Gill Punt, who is married to Chigwell School headmaster Michael Punt and who organised the team effort, said: “It was a wonderful day and showed Chigwell at its best! We all came together to raise funds and awareness for a very worthy cause and managed to have fun at the same time. We are still collecting the donations but the total will join our running total of £132,000 from the last two Royal Parks Half Marathons.”
HAVEN HOUSE VOLUNTEER VIOLET PACE RECEIVES HEART OF ESSEX AWARD
Haven House Children’s Hospice’s longest-serving volunteer has been honoured at the Heart of Essex Awards for her tireless support for the charity. Ilford resident Violet Pace, who recently celebrated her 85th birthday, attended a glitzy evening ceremony at Hyland House in Chelmsford last month where she received second place in the Volunteer of the Year category. Violet has been with Haven House from the very beginning and long before the hospice opened its doors at its home, The White House, in Woodford Green in 2003. Having worked at the Kenneth Moore Theatre in Ilford for more than 30 years, Violet started volunteering with Haven House in 1999 when the charity was operating from a temporary office on Cranbrook Road in Ilford. Violet recalled: “Back then Haven House had one fundraiser, an administrator, a facilities person
and just two or three volunteers. It’s lovely to see how everything has changed since those early days”. Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of Haven House, said: “We are delighted that Violet has been honoured for her long-standing volunteering. Violet’s ability to brighten up everyone’s day at Haven House with a joke and song makes her wonderful company. She is simply a legend and an inspiration to all of us. Violet is one of more than 300 volunteers who give their time to Haven House each year and help us make an immeasurable difference to life-limited children in our local area.” Violet said: “I love volunteering at Haven House because it’s such a lovely place; the good that we do here and the care that we provide to the children is exceptional.
I hope more volunteers can come and join us.” If you are inspired by Violet and would like to give your time to Haven House, please visit their volunteering page to find out more about their roles: www. havenhouse.org.uk/volunteering
Violet Pace at Haven House, left: Violet receives her Heart of Essex Award
KING HAROLD DAY IN WALTHAM ABBEY
King Harold Day was celebrated in Waltham Abbey on 8th October with the laying of flowers on the King Harold memorial stone in the grounds of the Abbey Church. Flowers were laid by Waltham Abbey councillors Jeanne Lea, the chairman of Epping Forest District Council, and Waltham Abbey mayor councillor Helen Kane, as well as by Jean Church from the Waltham Abbey Historical Society. This followed a costumed procession along Sun Street and Church Street. This year is the 950th anniversary of the Year of King Harold II, of his Coronation, the three great battles of 1066, and Harold’s death on the battlefield. The event commemorated Harold Godwinsson, King Harold II, who was Lord of the Manor of Waltham when he was Earl of Essex and East Anglia, owned much land and property in the area, and whose family home with his wife, Edith Swan-Neck, was at Nazeing.
Harold founded the Minster Church which eventually became the Great Abbey, and legend has it that he came to pray at the Miraculous Cross of Waltham before the Battle of Hastings, and that his body was brought back to the town after his death. Waltham Abbey Mayor Helen Kane said: “It was an
“Thisthyear is the 950 anniversary of the Year of King Harold II.” honour to again be part of the commemorations this year and to see what a marvellous event King Harold Day has become over the past 13 years. Waltham Abbey has a great part to play in our country’s history, and that of King Harold, and it is marvellous that King Harold Day, which brings the community
Main picture: Civic dignitaries and re-enactors prepare for the costumed procession along Sun Street, Waltham Abbey Above: King Harold Memorial stone with flowers.
together and ensures we remember such an important chapter of history, has become such a great attraction in our town.” Re-enactors set up camp in the Abbey Gardens where visitors could also listen to medieval musicians Trouvère. Birds of prey were on display while the Chingford Morris Men performed their Mummers’ Play. Various local attractions manned exhibition stalls while Waltham Abbey Town Council had a stall to promote its Neighbourhood Plan.
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A warm welcome and much more awaits you at the multi - award winning Theydon Oak Dining & Pub. We have Christmas all wrapped up with our fresh delicious traditional festive menu. Having recently won Guardian Newspapers Best Pub Food Award you can be rest assured of a memorable lunch or evening. We are also delighted recently to have been nominated for the best pub roast in the UK. Why not bring your Christmas party to us? We have fantastic live music planned for every Friday night in December. Our dining pub is within a grade II listed building which has been standing for over four centuries. You will immediately be taken by the sense of history that surrounds you. Exposed beams decorated with
genuine horse brasses and antiques adorning every alcove. You can be assured of a cosy atmosphere with our two log burning fireplaces on cold winter days. As members of Cask Marque and featured in The Good Beer Guide our bar is very well stocked with a wide selection of real ales, lagers, beers, fine wines, champagnes and malt whiskies. Tables are booking fast for Christmas please book now to avoid disappointment. There’s something for everyone at Theydon Oak. Please like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter and view our website for more information. We look forward to welcoming you soon. 9 Coopersale Street, Epping CM16 7QJ. Tel: 01992 572618 www.thetheydonoak.co.uk
This homely old-school pub has been with McMullen since 1898. Steeped in historical charm and overlooking the green in Theydon Bois, the Queen Victoria is a home from home, serving classic British seasonal food. Having recently undergone refurbishment, the interior is bright, fresh and welcoming with a few touches of country chic thrown in. Drink or dine alfresco, in the restaurant, or enjoy a post-work libation of locally crafted real ale in the divine snug. Feeling the need for
privacy? Why not treat yourself by booking our private dining room. The Queen Victoria present fabulous food, glorious wines, refreshing ales - all just a hop skip and jump from the central line and Epping Forest! The festive menu is available to book now, please see the website for more details. The team look forward to seeing you soon. Coppice Row, Theydon Bois CM16 7ES. Tel: 01992 812392 www.mcmullens.co.uk/ queenvictoria
THE FORESTERS ARMS
The Foresters Arms is a family run business on the edge of the beautiful Epping Forest with views that go on for miles. We are going to undergo a refurbishment in the New Year as we like to keep up to date with the changing styles but until then we will have the most beautiful Christmassy looking pub you have ever seen! We really go to town here for Christmas so why not sign up to our newsletter to see what Christmas events we have coming up including the lighting of our huge 30ft Christmas tree outside with live music, singers & mulled wine!! We always try to give a little wow factor to Loughton with a roaring fire in the winter and the most beautiful blooming garden in the summer and lots of live music, dancing & entertainment in between, we always have something going on here! The Food is really something to get you going with all seasonal produce we are always rolling with
the times and real Ales on offer we really do try our best to impress. For our food we use all local produce as we like to shop local and keep things fresh, if you fancy treating yourself to a wonderful Sunday lunch this is the place to go but we would advise booking as it’s pretty busy! With some of your old favourites (or your Nan’s favourites) playing in the back ground you won’t be able to stop that foot tapping. On the 16th December we have the pubs 4th anniversary and to celebrate we have the sensational Harry Martin singing some swing classics and we would love everyone to come along and celebrate with us all, here at The Foresters Arms. If you don’t want to miss another event and would like to see what’s coming up you can sign up to our newsletter via our website. 15 Baldwin’s Hill, Loughton IG10 1SF. Tel: 020 8502 5087 www.forestersarmsloughton. co.uk
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A skiing holiday is about so much more than just the snow. It’s a chance to get away from it all, to sample food and wines from some of the world’s best chefs and to indulge in spa treatments at stunning slope-side hotels. It’s cozying up beside the fire in your mountainview suite and sinking into a bubbling hot tub on your own private balcony. We know how to make your trip away extra special, whatever your requirements we’ll help to make it happen. We love The W, Verbier Niseko because of its alpine feel, The Four Seasons,
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After making the short trip up the M11 to Cambridge we arrived at the The Cambridge Belfry Hotel, on the quieter outskirts of town. The Cambridge Belfry is a four star spa hotel which seems to attract a variety of guests, from wedding parties to business people. Being a modern building, the hotel is a little underwhelming from the outside, but once we stepped into the foyer we were pleasantly surprised in comparison. The large foyer is light, bright and welcoming and the check-in process was quick, with very hospitable service. We were lucky enough to be staying in one of the 6 Penthouse Suites that are available at the hotel and found the room to be more than adequate. It was very luxurious, stylish and even included an amazing spa bath with luxury toiletries. The super-king size bed was extremely comfy and in the separate living room we were greeted by a beautifully presented tray of treats including a bottle of red wine, chocolate raisins and savoury snacks, plus the usual tea and coffee facilities. The perfect place to unwind and relax and we’d not even got to the spa yet...
The Cambridge Belfry is home to an ESPA Spa, which we were very keen to try out. The treatment rooms were set within a larger leisure area, with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. This gave us a chance to fully unwind before going in for our treatments. There is also a fitness suite which we did not use. We grabbed our robes and slippers from the spa reception desk and headed straight for the Jacuzzi, overlooking the pool. There were a number of other guests using the facilities but it didn’t feel crowded at all, so far we were impressed. For our treatments I opted for a Full Swedish Massage: A traditional full body massage using firm pressure to promote relaxation and ease muscle tension. Plus I also had a separate head, neck and shoulder massage and a tension relieving massage to the legs and feet whilst my guest went for the ‘Fit for Business Back Ritual’ - with a back cleanse, exfoliation and deep massage followed by a purifying back mask and then a pedicure. The full body treatments were approximately an hour long and superb value for money (£55).
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Above: Penthouse Suite Below: Spa Double Treatment Room
The treatment rooms were comfortable, clean and relaxing with gentle music playing in the background and the beauty therapists were very knowledgeable and provided a first class treatment.
Above: Penthouse Suite Bathroom Below: Spa Relaxation Room
medley of vegetables and hand cut sweet potato chips, with a thick and creamy béarnaise sauce. Unfortunately the cod was very slightly overcooked but nonethe-less the flavours were incredible. With just enough room remaining FOOD for desert with opted for Poached Although we were initially tempted to order Raspberry Crème Brulee, fresh fruit and room service we decided to dine in the cinnamon biscuit. With myself choosing Bridge Restaurant for our evening meal. the Pecan and Toffee Cheesecake, The modern European menu uses fresh banana anglaise, Irish coffee foam. As ingredients sourced from around the UK. you can tell from the descriptions, all of We enjoyed 3 courses and began with these dishes are very creative and will Confit Pork and Caramelised Apple, give most diners a superb gastronomic pickled shallot and peas, and some sour experience they have not tried before. dough, whilst my companion had Duck The wine list was varied and not too Liver Pâté, spiced apple and rhubarb pricey whilst the staff were friendly and compote with toasted brioche. Both dishes professional, nothing was too much looked incredible and tasted even better, trouble for our waitress despite the the pork and apple in particular gave a restaurant being busy. lovely contrast of flavours on the pallet and makes my mouth water just thinking back VERDICT to it. There wasn’t enough toast provided We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and for the pate so we had to ask for more, but would definitely recommend this hotel we are still yet to come across a restaurant for a relaxing break, spa day or special occasion. If you are visiting Cambridge that doesn’t have this problem! for a spot of sight-seeing then it is a great For mains we enjoyed Poached Cod affordable option for an overnight stay Loin, wild mushroom risotto cake, crispy with the added benefit of great leisure mushroom, pea and honey sauce and facilities and beautiful rooms. a deliciously tender steak, with a side
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Why are back problems so common? It’s often related to faulty posture, undue wear and tear due to incorrect lifting techniques. Once someone injures their back their core muscles often remain switched off, even when the initial pain has eased they are vulnerable to future episodes.
So what is the best way to diagnose back problems? My team and I try and stick to the good old fashioned principles of a thorough examination, testing reflexes, whole body posture (even the feet), testing the individual movements at each level of the spine and looking for adverse muscle tension and “trigger points” in the spinal muscles. Treatment is tailored What causes to the individual and may involve back pain? deep massage, manipulation, There are many potential trigger point acupuncture or use of sources of back pain, it some of the special technologies can be from knots in the back we have invested in such as Shock muscles known as “trigger points”, Wave Therapy or IDD Therapy. If inflammation of the small “facet patients have had an MRI scan we joints” along the spine, or from ask them to bring these along so tears and bulges in the discs which we can have a look, as these often can cause sciatica down the leg in provide valuable insights which addition to back pain. may not have been reported on. To book an appointment at Spine Plus’ Chigwell or Woodford clinic call 020 3369 0937. Visit www.spineplus.co.uk for further details.
My friend has been told he needs injections and if that does not work he might need surgery, what does that involve and are there any alternatives? Spinal injections usually involves injecting pain killing medication and corticosteroids into the facet joints or onto the nerve(s) causing sciatica, this is to reduce the local pain and swelling. This can work well with patients but with many it’s just a temporary relief as it does not tackle the cause of the pain which may be from shrunken or bulging discs compressing the facet joints and nerves. Back surgery commonly involves shaving off the bulging part of the disc (microdiscectomy) or removing the disc completely (fusion). The success rates are pretty good for things like sciatica but are not without risk of serious complications and relapse rates. Patients often come to our clinics because previous physical therapy and injections has not worked for them and they are seeking an alternative to surgery (and more injections), we usually offer such patient IDD Therapy which involves gently stretching out the damaged discs and this tends to fix the pain in around two out of three cases.
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INGREDIENTS (makes 6) H 75g (3oz) butter, plus extra for greasing H 150g (5oz) caster sugar H 175g (6oz) self-raising flour H 2 eggs, beaten H 175g (6oz) stoned dates H 175ml (6fl.oz) boiling water H ½ tsp. vanilla extract H 3 tsps. black coffee (or Kahlúa) H 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda For the sauce: H 175g (6oz) soft dark brown sugar H 110g (4oz) butter H 7 tbsp. double cream H 50g (2oz) walnuts, chopped To serve: H Double cream You will need: H 6 x mini pudding tins
METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4. 2. Roughly chop the dates and put them in a bowl. Pour the boiling water over them and then add the vanilla extract, coffee and bicarbonate of soda and leave to one side. 3. Cream the butter and sugar in a free-standing electric mixer (or you can use a handheld electric whisk and mixing bowl) until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Add the beaten eggs, a little at a time, beating well between each addition. 4. Sift the flour and lightly fold it into the mixture, followed by the date mixture. 5. Grease 6 mini pudding tins with butter, and line the bases with a cut out disc of baking parchment. Divide the mixture equally between them threequarters full. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. 6. When removed from the oven, leave to cool for 5 minutes before turning each pudding out of its tin. Peel off the baking parchment. If you need to, slice a little off the bottom of each pudding so they are level and sit evenly on a plate. 7. To make the sauce, place the butter and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until melted and combined. Add the cream and stir until fully incorporated. Stir in the
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chopped walnuts. 8. To serve, pour the toffee sauce over each pudding and drizzle each pudding with cream.
INGREDIENTS (makes 8 jars)
H 725g (1lb 10oz) apples, peeled, cored and cubed H 1kg (2lb 2oz) pears, peeled, cored, chopped and cubed H 500g (1lb 2oz) fresh figs, cut in quarters H 375g (13oz) onions, peeled and diced H 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon H 1 tbsp. cardamom seeds H 1 tsp. mace H Zest and juice of 2 oranges H 500g (1lb 2oz) soft dark brown sugar H 500ml (16fl.oz) cider vinegar METHOD 1. Sterilise the jars. First wash them in warm soapy water and rinse. Allow them to drip dry, upside down on a rack in the oven set to 180°C/ fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4 for 5 minutes (or you can carefully swill the washed jars with boiled water). 2. Place the prepared onions, apples, pears and figs into a large pan with the orange juice and simmer until the onions and fruit have cooked and have broken down. Add the spices, orange zest, vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes until the chutney has thickened. 3. Ladle the chutney into the sterilised jars and seal. Store in a cool dark place and give as a gift or serve with bread and cheese. Amy’s Baking Year is available to buy online and in bookshops & Amy-Beth supermarkets Ellice nationwide.
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as Iguanas has thrown open the doors of their latest restaurant, bringing a fiesta of lovely Latino flavours to the area. Las Iguanas has taken up residence in a brand new extension to the Braintree Freeport Designer Village dining zone, nestled between the cinema and the prime shopping district. The vibrant restaurant décor takes its inspiration from the team’s most recent travels in South America. Both the decoration and the food showcases the tropical flavours and
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We headed down to the new venue to try out some dishes and check out the new interior. Firstly, we loved the décor in Las Iguanas, it is so different to other ‘chain’ restaurants and provides a real talking point with interesting details and vibrant colours. We would definitely recommend Las Iguanas as a great restaurant for a special occasion or party venue over the festive season. Secondly the food was amazing! We shared a selection of Tapas to start (5 dishes for £24.95) including the Corn & Habanero Fritters which are new on the menu and were absolutely delicious. The Bahian Coconut Chicken for the main course was a beautiful combination of flavours with a creamy coconut sauce and the Dulce De Leche Macadamia Cheesecake was indulgent, rich and a delightful end to the meal. The service was also great, everything arrived in good time and we would definitely go back again. Unit N1, Freeport Designer Village, Charter Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 8YH www.iguanas.co.uk
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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 www.bridgewebs.com. 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.
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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 £6.00 includes light refreshments. Further information: Tel: 07951 198713, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 www.abridgefireworks.co.uk. WHERE: Abridge Village Hall Field, Ongar Road, Abridge WHEN: Monday 7th November, 7.30pm-9.30pm WHAT: Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society Winter Talk - A talk from Paul Harrigan on Bees in your garden. Free entry for members (£1 non-members). Refreshments. For more information contact chairman Maureen Briggs - email mbriggs@ uwclub.net or ring 020 8504 84363. WHERE: St James’ United Reformed Church, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill WHEN: Tuesday 8th November, 8pm WHAT: NE London RSPB Group Meeting - A talk by wildlife photographer Ben Andrew entitled ‘From the weird to the wonderful’. Admission £3 for RSPB members (£3.50 for non-members). For more details ring David Littlejohns on 020 8989 4746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org WHERE: St Mary’s Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford
WHAT’S O N WHEN: Monday 14th November, 1.45pm WHAT: West Essex Flower Club Come along and enjoy flower demonstrations by Charles Barnard. All Welcome. Visitors pay £5 on the door, or why not join this friendly club? WHERE: Thornwood Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane
WHEN: Wednesday 16th November, 7.30pm WHAT: Epping Folk Club - With Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby. Tickets, priced £12.50 available online at www.eppingfolkclub.com or from Little Sew ‘n’ Sews, 307 High Street, Epping. WHERE: St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Epping WHEN: Thursday 17th November, 1pm WHAT: Chigwell Floral Art Group Christmas Event - ‘Deck the Holly’ by Lee Berrill. Admission by ticket. Members £5 (visitors £8). Refreshments, sales table, cake stall. The displays will be raffled at the end of the demonstration. For more information ring Linda on 020 8504 3238. WHERE: Victory Hall, Hainault Road, Chigwell WHEN: Saturday 19th November, 11am-3pm WHAT: Autumn Fayre - Toys, china, glass, books, cakes, raffle, tombola and many other stalls. Refreshments available with hot lunches from noon. Licensed. Admission free. WHERE: St John the Baptist Church, Church Lane, Loughton WHEN: Sunday 20th November 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
Union - Epping Forest branch Monthly Meeting - Bob Johnson will give an illustrated talk on Wildlife in Tanzania. Admission £4, including tea/coffee. For more details ring 020 8505 9001 or 01992 812454. WHERE: The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton 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: Sunday 20th November, 10am-2pm WHAT: Christmas Market - In Aid of St Mary’s Church, Stapleford Abbotts. Stalls will be selling homemade cakes and preserves, jewellery, clothes and bric-a-brac. Refreshments available. WHERE: Stapleford Abbotts Village Hall, Stapleford Road, Stapleford Abbotts WHEN: Sunday 20th November, 3.30pm WHAT: Harlow Symphony Orchestra Autumn Concert - Rossini Italian Girl in Algiers, Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major Op 61 and Mendessohn Symphony No 4 Op 90 ‘Italian’. Tickets priced £12 (£10 concessions) available at the door and by ringing 01279 838598. WHERE: St John’s Arts and Recreation Centre, Old Harlow WHEN: Saturday 26th November, 11am-2pm WHAT: Christmas Fair - Stalls including festive refreshments, toys, Christmas gifts (for adults and children), lucky dip, jewellery, toiletries and raffle. For more details, or to donate items, ring Phil or Amanda Simmance on 01992 813732 or email email@example.com. WHERE: St Mary’s Church Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois
WHEN: Saturday 3rd December, 7.30pm WHAT: Felicitas Chamber Choir - ‘Make we Joy’ - A Christmas Celebration: O Magnum mysterium - settings by Byrd, Victoria, Gabrieli, Poulenc, Lauridsen and Maxwell Davies. Medieval carols, including Gaudete & Make we Joy. Other works by Bach, Lassus, Judith Bingham, Carl Rutti, John Streeting, William Walton, John Rutter and Andrew Carter’s arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Tickets £12 (£10 if purchased in advance - free for children and full-time students under 25) available from www.felicitas. org.uk or www.ticketsource.co.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or (no later than two weeks before a concert) send a stamped addressed envelope and cheque payable to Felicitas to The Ticket Secretary, 87 Malford Grove, South Woodford, London E18 2DH. WHERE: The Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey WHEN: Sunday 4th December WHAT: St Clare Santa Dash Follow a 5km route (one-mile mini route for children). Entry includes a Santa suit for adults and an elf hat for children. Advanced entry costs £12 for adults and £2.50 for children (£15 and £5 on the day). Registration opens at 9.30am with the Dash starting at 11am. For more details, ring Jade Clarke on 01279 773756 or email email@example.com WHERE: The Water Gardens, Harlow
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We believe there are many fantastic benefits to being a foster carer. As well as the enjoyment of caring for a dog, it’s also a great way to get outdoors and keep fit and healthy.” Volunteer Foster Carer Nigel believes volunteering with the Freedom Project has had a special impact on his life: “I’m a lifelong animal lover and decided that I wanted to do something to help dogs after I retired. I began fostering for the Freedom Project 2 years ago. I made a conscious decision that I wouldn’t get a dog of my own - I’d much rather carry on helping dogs and people at risk. Fostering is certainly a rewarding experience. To watch any dog fostering service providing vital help arrive anxious and confused, and then develop into a confident and for people fleeing domestic abuse. The scheme works by placing dogs contented ‘guest’ is very satisfying, and easily compensates for the into the homes of volunteers who small amount of effort involved. care for them until they can be With every dog the most special safely reunited with their owners. moment is when you realise you The charity is currently looking have earned their trust. It might be for foster carers in Essex who are around for most of the day and have as simple as them not opening their eyes as you stand to leave the room experience of caring for dogs. or nudging you for another back Dogs Trust has been running the scratch. It’s difficult to explain how project for more than ten years, or when the moment will happen supported by a team of volunteers but when it does it brings a smile who have fostered more than 1000 and makes everything worthwhile.” dogs between them. If you would like to find out Amy Hyde, Freedom Project more about volunteering as a Coordinator for Essex, explains: “Volunteering is hugely rewarding Foster Carer for Dogs Trust’s Freedom Project please visit and fostering through the Freedom www.dogstrustfreedomproject. Project not only helps the dogs but org.uk or call 0800 298 9199. also enables their owners to flee
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he 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. We have tickets for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) up for grabs for one of their Santa Specials events which are taking place on selected dates throughout December. The experience will start at North Weald, where there will be some stalls, entertainers and a brass band to create a festive atmosphere whilst you wait to board Santa’s train. Once you have boarded your train, Santa will visit your children whilst the train takes you on a leisurely tour along the line. On board the entertainers will visit your party at your seat and the children will have time to write letters to Santa. On returning to North Weald there is time for a quick photo with Santa himself and you can stay to soak up more of the festive atmosphere or catch a bus home. For more information visit www.eorailway.co.uk
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ur youngest is growing, fast. Every day he appears to be shovelling more food into his mouth, vast quantities disappear from the plates of others and still he demands more. Holding Jake when food arrives is like trying to contain a greased velociraptor, and more often than not I’m left with claw marks across my face that would suggest as such. With all this extra food going in he now has additional energy to run, scream, laugh and... fill up his nappy. This is the area where we meet again with the ‘vast quantities’. I certainly back the current strike of our local bin men; I certainly wouldn’t want to be lifting all that waste. So, in short, he’s getting big. Which also means he’s becoming a bit more of a handful for George, who in fairness is taking this new beastly brother quite well. Even when he has to endure hair pulling, or the destruction of his Lego towers, he politely speaks up with, “Look what Jake’s doing,” or “Me think he doesn’t understand”. All of this whilst Jake himself his grinning from ear to ear, me thinks he understands quite a bit! He has also taken to grunting at the dinner table like a caveman... well, cavebaby. If he runs out of food it tends to be one large, long grunt, a drink refill is two short grunts, and wishing to leave the table is a grunt-yell-grunt. I may have to devise some kind of translation book for when he begins to assimilate into society, or failing that he could choose to comfortably live with a pack of gibbons. George meanwhile is speaking perfectly and articulating the majority of words so well that pretty much everyone can understand what he’s saying. This was true recently at the petrol station; we
had both got out of the car as I wanted to explain about the petrol and the engine. Somewhat remarkably he actually seemed to be quite enthused and pleaded with me to join me in paying for the petrol in the shop. As we walked in I suddenly clocked his plan as all the sweets drew him like a magnet, “Daddy, me think me would like some chocolate”. He found the Kinder Eggs (other eggs are available - such as hard boiled, and scotch) and eagerly handed it up to me asking, “Daddy can me have this egg please?” after agreeing to his request I was met
“Daddy, Daddy, me found me bum!!”
with, “Me love you now Daddy”. It was the use of the word “now” that stuck out and puzzled me, much to the amusement of the people in the queue behind me. I went to pay for the petrol and egg, and was startled to hear his voice once more, this time shrieking excitedly, “Daddy! Daddy!!... me found me bum!!” I turned to see him on all fours, facing away from me, bum in the air like a pyramid and his head poked between his legs looking back up at his behind... with a face our pure joy like he’d just discovered penicillin. “Well done George, there it is, congratulations,” I scooped him up and made my way past the queue who were now laughing uncontrollably. My embarrassment had begun to slowly subside as we made our way to the supermarket, I’d reminded George that now he’d successfully attained his ‘discovery of the rear’ award, he no longer needed to yell
this to the public, he agreed and the 4 of us started to walk calmly around the aisles. Quite quickly George asked to go on my shoulders, this seemed to suit all parties as he would be happy up there, and also unable to run away, I saw no downside and eagerly lifted him into position. By the time we had reached aisle 3 I was ready to complain to the store manager, for there was a ghastly smell in the shop which appeared to be getting stronger with each aisle we walked down. As I made my way to the customer service desk the fumes were almost affecting my eyesight and I decided I should put George down for his own safety, the last thing I wanted to do was injure an innocent child because of the stores shoddy cleaning policies. However, once off my shoulders I immediately noticed the smell start to fade, my vision was becoming sharper and my headache was starting to disappear. I immediately grabbed George by the hand and tried to seamlessly walk away from the customer service desk whilst the staff looked at me with a puzzled expression. Once out of sight I asked for answers, “George... have you been doing windies on my head??” His laughter nearly shattered my eardrums as he nodded enthusiastically and with a bit too much pride for my liking. “That wasn’t very nice was it George!?” I tried to reprimand him but the Mrs and Jake had now arrived and seen the situation unfold which resulted in 3 people laughing at me. After the incident in the petrol station it had been a day packed with laughter, unfortunately though... None of it had come from me! ...TO BE CONTINUED
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