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THE LOCAL MAGAZINE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE - ISSUE 53, APRIL 2018
LOCAL NEWS Keeping You Up To Date
FOOD REVIEW We Visit Temple Fusion
TEMPTING TRAVEL Plan Your Next Adventure
WHAT’S ON Get Out & About In Essex
HELLO! Welcome to our April issue. This month we are celebrating the successes of two local businesses. On page 13 you can read all about a new venture in Debden for the owners of Green Owl Café and on page 15 you can find out about the history of Cole’s on Epping High Street, a business which has outlived most other high street shops in the area. Once again Abbotts Travel bring us another fabulous travel destination to add to our bucket list, discover the adventures to be had in Costa Rica on page 28. If you want to freshen up your home interiors for the new season then grab some inspiration from our Home Trends page or if it’s your garden you’d like to work on then Victoria Robertson provides some tips and jobs for the month in her gardening guide.
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Following the resounding success of Classic Ibiza with Ministry of Sound in 2017, the high demand for tickets at this year’s concert at Hatfield House, on Saturday 1st September, indicate that it will sell-out ahead of schedule. So, sign up now if you don’t want to miss The Urban Soul Orchestra, DJ Goldierocks and a host of live vocalists performing some of the biggest dance tracks from the last 20 years. The evening starts with a chill-out set where people can enjoy their picnics and a drink, or dance along as the sun fades. Then DJ Goldierocks will turn things up in the interval, getting the crowd into the mood before the USO and vocalists return to the stage to ramp things up into full, party mode. The second set last year started with Fat Boy Slim’s “Right Here Right Now” and Insomnia’s “Faithless”. The euphoric crowd responded by getting on their feet and dancing, while the accompanying lasers turned the setting into a magical, alfresco nightclub. One classic dance track followed another and the atmosphere was electric. This year’s set list will include a number of new tracks that are sure to thrill the crowd. In addition to the amazing artists, what really sets Classic Ibiza apart is that it is a concert for all the family. Set in the delightful outdoor setting of Hatfield House, with easy access to transport links, concert goers can bring their own food and drink, or take advantage of numerous stalls selling high-quality street-food and refreshments. For full event details and tickets visit www.classicibiza.co.uk or call the event box office on 01283 841601.
All ages and abilities are welcome to join in as individuals or as a team, and families can enjoy two free child places for every paying adult on the 6 mile route. Included in the registration price is a fundraising pack, route maps, route signage, first aid support, mobile mechanic support and recovery, refreshment stops and a medal for finishers. Entrants have the option to purchase a Ride for Helen t-shirt on registration or a special cycling jersey which has been designed for the charity by Scimitar (available to purchase from www.stores4sports.com). Nadije Butler from Ilford has volunteered to act as sweeper for the 65 mile route; “My role as sweeper involves cycling at the end of the 65 mile riding group to ensure all riders are safe and keeping together. I really enjoy this role and it will be my third year in a row taking part as a volunteer. As a breast cancer survivor myself, I know first-hand how important complimentary therapies and support are for cancer patients and their nearest and dearest.” www.rideforhelen.co.uk
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Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing joined the Leonard Cheshire disability charity at a parliamentary event to highlight its #MakeCareFair campaign for good quality social care and an end to rushed 15-minute personal care visits which can deprive people of dignified and compassionate care. More than 12,000 people are still receiving ‘flying’ 15-minute personal care visits across England, according to Freedom of Information requests by Leonard Cheshire, a leading disability charity.
Liam Gallagher and Stereophonics have been announced to headline the brand new RiZE Festival which will take place at the iconic Hylands Park in Chelmsford on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th August 2018. Celebrating its very first year RiZE Festival brings together an exciting mix of the very best music from classic indie, pop, urban, dance and new upcoming talent across four stages. Hylands Park has a history of hosting world class events and this new local festival promises to bring an incredible weekend of live music plus a huge hub of the best food and drink on the festival circuit. Liam Gallagher will headline the main stage on Friday night. Releasing one of the biggest albums of 2017 ‘As You Were’, the album debuted at number one in the UK, outselling the rest of the top 10 of the UK Albums Chart combined and achieving gold certification in its first week. One of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics will make their festival return this summer headlining RiZE Festival, TRNSMT festival in Scotland and two huge stadium shows in Wales. Also performing are James Bay, Manic Street Preachers, Bastille, Maxïmo Park, Years & Years, Plan B, Rag’n’Bone Man, Dave, Rita Ora, Example & DJ Wire, Tokio Myers, MNEK, Disciples, Sinead Harnett, The Manor as well as Craig David’s world famous TS5 show. Many more acts will also be announced across four stages. Tickets are priced from just £59.50+BF and are on sale now, please visit www.rizefestival.co.uk for official outlets.
Mrs Laing said: “I was delighted to join Leonard Cheshire Disability in support of their #MakeCareFair campaign. These 15-minute personal care visits rob too many people of their dignity and are completely unacceptable.” The charity has long campaigned against the use of 15-minute personal care visits to support people with basic needs such as washing, dressing and eating. These can deprive people of dignified and compassionate care. Leonard Cheshire’s chief executive Neil Heslop said: “As we approach the long-awaited government green paper on social care, the situation is tough in the sector. Inadequate flying visits are indicative of a care system in crisis and coupled with PIP shortcomings have rendered disabled people an increasingly embattled, beleaguered community, singled out for punitive measures. We will continue to campaign for the critical long term funding that is needed to transform the provision of care and improve the quality of thousands of lives.”
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Alongside the ever changing retail shop is the Hire Wear, which will fit all shapes and sizes for some of the biggest events in the country from Ascot’s top hat and tails to specialised evening tails to meet the Queen. Or perhaps more important, your wedding day, Cole’s will show you around their selection of modern mohair 3 piece suits to the more traditional dinner and tail suits, the choice is yours, as long as you and your men look perfect on the day.
By the late 80’s Cole’s had to evolve to survive, moving away from hand made products, and in the direction of a high-end outfitters. Cole’s soon encompassed the country and city gentleman’s every need. Customers soon became well accustomed to the personal customer service that the stores offered, offering etiquette advice to helping a gentleman find a new summer wardrobe. In the early 21st Century Cole’s was to enter its third generation with the introduction of Freddy Cole. To date the company has become more of a lifestyle brand with a very wide range of clothes that cater for the most formal of occasions to the every day, working
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Look out for the first bumblebees to arrive on the warm days this month. These will be the queens which have successfully survived the winter and are now seeking nectar and pollen from spring flowers.
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Box tree moth is quite a new pest to Britain. The box tree caterpillars feed within webbing and can completely destroy all of the foliage on box plants. To stop the damage remove all the caterpillars by hand.
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A SEASONAL GUIDE TO HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR GARDEN. Spring has really started to take hold in the garden inviting you to spend longer outside. Even though there will still be occasional days ahead filled with April showers one thing is for sure the milder weather is now on its way.
JOBS FOR APRIL _ This month begin giving your garden a general feed. Sprinkle a general fertiliser around the base of all your plants and shrubs. Suitable fertilisers to use are Grow more, Chicken Manure and slow release pellets. Roses are greedy plants and will greatly benefit from feeding as they come into growth. _ If you have a lawn now is the time to
get out your lawnmower as the first cutting time is here. Keep the blades high to start with and lower as the spring and summer moves on. _ Start tying in new shoots on your rambling roses, clematis and jasmine. _ If you want to get ahead with your summer lily display, you will need to start planting now! Planting them in pots will give you the freedom to move them around the patio or to help fill in any gaps in your borders when they come into flower. _ Prune your Penstemons, cut all the old shoots back to the base provided there is new growth at the bottom of the plant. If there are no new shoots at the base, cut just above the lowest set of leaves.
By Victoria Robertson, amenity horticulturist & committee member of Copped Hall & Epping Horticultural Society & Chairman of Epping in Bloom.
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This iconic Woodford venue is one you’ve probably seen hundreds of times, situated just outside the station with its large wooden outdoor terrace area for summer dining, and evening cocktails. Inside, the restaurant is split in to two dining areas with a central bar, the décor is very nicely designed with comfy seats, ambient lighting and the tables are not too close together so you don’t feel like you’re sat on top of other diners. We visited during the weekend of all the snow from the ‘Beast from the East’ and we expected to be the only diners there but were pleasantly surprised a lot of other people had made the trip, which filled us with confidence, if the regulars were prepared to brave such harsh conditions to make it to Temple then we were surely in for a treat. For starters we had Paneer Shashlik, which was a spicy home-made cheese cooked in the Tandoor, along with Ajwani Salmon; 2 plump portions of fresh Scottish salmon char-grilled in the tandoor with lemon juice, ginger and carom seeds. Both were delicious and very well cooked, with lots of flavour. The paneer is a personal favourite as I’ve tried it many times elsewhere and I’m pleased to say the cooking at Temple was just right for this cheese, and it had just the right texture. The salmon fell away in flakes with a light push from the fork, each piece expertly cooked in the traditional tandoor. For mains, we opted for the stunning Tandoori Mixed Grill: a plate of mouth-watering tandoori specialities which include pieces of king prawn, chicken tikka,
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WHAT’S ON YOUR LOCAL EVENTS GUIDE QUIZ NIGHT Cash prize to be won. Tel: 01992 572 618. Every Tuesday at The Theydon Oak Dining & Pub, Coopersale Street, Epping CM16 7QJ
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. Every Thursday, 7pm at Fairlop Waters, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HN SPRING FLOWER SHOW Spring flowers, cookery section, photography, and junior entries, plants for sale, teas and homemade cakes. Admission free for Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society members (£1 for nonmembers). For more information contact show secretary Jill Jones on 0208 257 8996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday 7th April, 2pm-4.30pm at The Centenary Hall, St. John’s Church, High Road, Buckhurst Hill FARMERS MARKET Produce stalls and local organisations. Loughton Residents’ Association councillors on hand to respond to residents’ questions and problems. Sunday 8th April, 9am-3pm at Centric Parade, High Road, Loughton ONGAR ART SOCIETY ‘A Critique of Members Art Works’ by Melanie Cambridge. For more
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This month is George’s 5th birthday, so this week he took a load of party invitations to his school for his friends. Initially he wanted to invite, “everyone in the world,” I explained this would be a logistical nightmare, and his eyes seemed to glaze over when I went into details about the cost of airfares and the need to build an unimaginably large dome for over 7 billion attendees. He then scaled it down to, “everyone in my school,” again, this was a no from me, all these kids will need party bags and I’m not Willy Wonka. Eventually he settled on, “everyone in my class,” (my initial idea) and we proceeded to write out the invites. However, when we picked him up from school later that day he look absolutely distraught and we couldn’t work out why, could it be that no one wanted to come? Was everyone busy that day? Through torrential tears he tried to explain the devastating news… “Everyone got an invitation to my party… Except for me!!” Through stifled laughter we tried to console him and explained how invites work and the concept of a ‘host of the party’, and eventually he understood he’d also be there… after we decided to give him his own invitation as well. In other news, Jake’s hair continues to grow at a relentless rate, he looks like the offspring of a scarecrow and a pineapple. However, each time we take him to the barbers he immediately takes the free lolly and slides down under a table, crying as we drag him out by his legs and put him in the seat. The muscles in his stomach work overtime as he pushes his gut outwards to try
and escape, and we keep trying to push him back into the chair. After a few minutes of this we give up, as we’re aware it’s starting to look like child cruelty and leave the shop once more, defeated. In hindsight I should take him to a different barbers, as the local one I use is a traditional Turkish barbers, so Jake sits with his mum whilst I go up first and have the flaming cotton buds on the ears, the cut throat razor blades trimming my stubble and then my head fully wrapped in a steaming towel… it must look like torture to a 2 year old.
“He looks like the offspring of a scarecrow and a pineapple.” My cousin has said he will come down and cut Jake’s hair whilst he’s watching Blaze or Paw Patrol, the only problem I see is that Jake likes to jump like a kangaroo when watching these, so perhaps we need to think this plan through… or just superglue him to a chair. We had Mother’s Day in March and the boys picked out some dinosaur earrings for the Mrs, it was cute, she was happy, and all seemed good. The problem is that Jake loves them so much he keeps trying to rip them from her ears, and quite soon she may start to look like one of those dangly ear lobed Goths. I guess at that stage the boys can throw basketballs
through the hole so they still won’t leave her ears alone, I think next year I will give them a selection choice that contains earrings they don’t wish to steal from their mother’s ears. With George’s birthday coming up we asked him want type of cake he would like, in previous years the Mrs has done some incredible creations (last year was an octopus) and felt confident she could fulfil any recommendation George came up with, and whilst looking at her earrings he proudly yelled, “a Brontosaurus!… next to an erupting volcano!!… with pterodactyls flying overhead!!!” With each suggested addition I could see her cheery face crumble a little further, by the time he’d reached the word “overhead” her own head was in her hands (whilst Jake tried again to steal her earrings). “Erm, that could be a tad tricky George, for starters most cakes don’t fly,” we toiled with the idea of wires for the pterodactyls, and dry ice for the volcano explosions, but it was starting to feel more like a science project than a cake and so we managed to talk him round to just a volcano (dormant) and a 3D standing brontosaurus (tricky!), let’s see how it goes. We’re going to take all the kids to a farm for the actual party so I’m just hoping the old saying of, “never work with kids or animals” doesn’t come back to bite us doubly bad… wish me luck.
…To be continued
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