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The Poorly Paws and Pheonix Animal care (PAC) are non-profit organisations based in West Essex that regularly fund veterinary treatments themselves and all of their proceeds and donations go to the animals that they rescue. Their Fun Day on the 17th of August is a great opportunity for the local community to come along and lend their support. Non-profit and charity organisations such as Dogs Trust and Cats Protection League will also be attending. The event shall be sponsored by: Honey’s, Beautiful Joes, Cobby Dog, TJ Pet Supplies, Gilbertson and Page and Yeats Ltd. Running from 11am5pm at Wanstead RFC, Roding Lane North, IG8 8JY, the fun day has many attractions including: Charity stalls, craft stalls, bar, BBQ, children’s area, agility display, farrier display and a chance to meet Toffee the pony (whose fans include Chloe Simms and Frankie Essex from TOWIE), plus much more. There’s 20 different classes for the animals, and to enter it costs £2.50 per class, 5 classes £10 or 10 classes £18. Classes include: Best condition dog / bitch, best cross breed, handsomest dog, and the dog that looks most like its owner (maybe not one that everyone would want to win!?) and best trick! It promises to be a great family day out so why not get involved?

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LOCAL NEWS

A short roundup of what’s been going on

Mural painted by Victoria Baskerville and Lisa Tighe.

SNARESBROOK PRIMARY SCHOOL COMMEMORATE 100 YEARS SINCE WW1

Snaresbrook primary have painted a mural to commemorate 100 years since the start of WW1. It was designed by community artist and parent Victoria Baskerville and painted by Victoria and parent Lisa Tighe. It was inspired by poppies growing in Flanders Fields and the Somme during and after World War 1. Each class in the school, sixteen classes from nursery to year 6 designed a poppy and each is represented on the mural. The mural was opened on July 11th following a commemorative assembly. Special quests attended including local MP John Cryer, local councillor Chris Cummings, school Governors and grandparents who were children during WW2. The mural was opened by WW2 veteran Norman Roach accompanied by former soldier Steve Newsome from the British Legion. The assembly attended by school

children and parents involved reflecting on the symbol of the poppy, remembrance, a minutes silence and Flanders Fields poem. Child representatives accompanied the veteran in opening the mural all reciting “At the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them”. Over a hundred parents attended followed by a school picnic. Adults and children alike have spent weeks discussing the mural as it evolved, having conversations about war and remembrance and the sacrifice others have made and their hope for peace in the future.


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CHIGWELL SCHOOL STUDENTS MAKE GIANT THERMOMETER FOR CHIGWELL RIDING TRUST’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISING EFFORT Students at Chigwell School have contributed to the fundraising activities of Chigwell Riding Trust. The school’s Art+ group have helped with the charity’s 50th anniversary fundraising by making a giant thermometer which will help to track the Trust’s progress towards its target of raising £50,000 during the year. A number of pupils worked on the project during extra-curricular sessions after school and at lunchtime as a part of the school’s Art+ scheme. Art+ began in 2002 with the aim of enriching and enhancing the pupils’ experience of art and design via a series of visiting workshops at the school given by prominent artists and designers.

Chigwell School Art+ group members with Chigwell Riding Trust centre manager Deborah Hall

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Selling bathrooms, showers, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, saunas and more for over 15 years, Bodywash Bathroom Centre in Ilford have become one of the South East’s largest bathroom showrooms. The company make a point of only dealing with the bathroom industries leading manufacturers such as Villeroy & Boch, Hansgrohe, Jacuzzi and Ambiance Bain. The owner, Jim Healy, is a lovely man who has overseen the business, going from strength to strength. Jim said, “We have grown so much that we’ve occupied 7 shops all along the same parade,

creating one big super showroom and warehouse. As business continues to grow further we’ve taken the decision to move a few miles up the road (you don’t even have to take a turning) and will now be found along London Road, Romford, within the next few weeks.” This glorious new showroom is in a superb location and allows the team to showcase its latest bathrooms for the public to come and see. Make sure you head down to the new location for some fantastic products at extremely competitive rates.

CAFÉ @ NO 4 OPENS ITS DOORS Great news for the residents of Clayhall and surrounding areas, in that Café @ No 4 has just opened its delightful doors to the public on Claybury Broadway. Offering incredible food, and supreme service, the new café serves up some of the best coffee around. New owners John Charitou & Michael Alexandrou have been in the restaurant business for over 30 years. John said, “We started in this trade as teenagers and have had some amazing times at our old shops in Romford and Upton Park and we’re looking forward to many more years of great experiences. Our old customers come over to

this way to visit our shop just for the friendly service we give them, and we also have a growing base of new customers in this area.” The shop has had a major refit and everything is looking shiny and new, the coffee machine itself being the most eye catching piece of equipment. It’s also lovely to see old pictures of the team on the walls and you can tell immediately that it’s a real old fashioned run café, but set in a beautifully modern premises The team at - a lovely place for breakfast Café @ No 4 or lunch. 4 Claybury Broadway, Ig5 0LQ

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n early 2010 Surinder Bhambra decided the time was right to start his own marketing and communications company. He’d worked for the NHS, the local council and various design houses, picking up qualifications along the way. Whilst working as a marketing consultant he saw that the clients all wanted a company to do more than just the website, or the print management, or graphic design. So he decided to form Marcomedia. This company could provide clients with all the marketing and communications services they wanted, in a one stop shop. Surinder explained the core elements, “Our main role is fundamentally to increase a customer’s brand awareness, we want them to be as eye catching as possible for their target audience.” We were shown some designs his team has worked on and they were truly superb, from large posters, to various websites, and logo creations, the work is top quality, “We produce very high end results, but we are local, affordable designers. Clients can come to us and not have to pay the high prices of the big agencies, yet they can enjoy the same results.” It’s a great team, and it’s being led by a truly creative individual. Tel: 020 8590 0922 www.marcomedia.co.uk

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hen Carl Belle came down from Birmingham to London in 2005 he needed a place to rent. What he found was a service that was not just awkward, it was awful. Carl said, “I couldn’t believe managing agents were treating tenants Carl Belle in this way, I knew I could provide a much better service and it inspired me to start in the trade.” Initially the going was very tough, but a few selective early calls to the right developers has seen the portfolio grow to hundreds of managed properties and a wealth of investors and tenants on the books. Carl continued, “Over the last 7 years we have seen consistent growth through referrals and existing landlords giving us additional properties to manage, it’s a great endorsement and one that I’m very proud of. We keep the business strong by taking a lot of time to source the right tenants for the right landlords. The landlords are our customers, they are who we serve. It’s all too easy to put any tenant in a property, but it takes time to get the right tenant. That’s the service we give to every landlord, and that’s what’s seen our business grow each year.” So, if you’re a landlord, looking to rent out your properties, then speak with Carl and make sure you don’t get a quick fix, but a long term, reliable service, with the right company and the right tenant. 440 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, IG2 6LL, Tel: 020 8518 2818 www.belvoirlettings.com/gants-hill


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or the last 30 years Vincent Goode has been sharpening his skills within the printing sector and now uses that vast knowledge to give his clients a truly superb service. Working initially under his dad for the first 15 years Vince has seen many technological advances in his industry, “To begin with we had big type setting machines with ticker tape, the work took hours and then we’d drive it across London to be checked by clients. These days the same job can be designed and emailed within minutes.” As Vince tells us more stories his personality comes flooding through, making jokes and witty comments throughout and it’s a pleasure to share his company. The business itself offers a wide range of services including; picture framing, business cards, flyers, roller banners, PVC signs, menus and order of service funeral booklets amongst much else. The best thing that Speedprint offers though, is the man himself, “We’ve embraced the latest technology but at internet prices, plus all of our customers get a Vince!” his rapport with the customers is great to watch and it’s very clear to see why this independent business has survived so long. As we pull away, Vince gives us a smile and one

Vincent Goode last slogan, “Speedprint, you think it… we ink it!” 432 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Ilford, IG2 6LL Tel: 020 8518 6131 www.speedprint.co.uk

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of the day, and that’s how we like to run the business.” This attitude towards their customers is in stark contrast to many competitors who just look for the quick buck, and it’s seen Carter Clark go from strength to strength, liaising across all parties from the client, to lenders and creditors, making difficult times a lot easier for all involved. If you ever need to get advice on how to save your business before it’s too late, then give Carter Clark a call…They’re here to help. Recovery House, Hainault Business Park, 15-17 Roebuck Rd, Ilford, IG6 3TU Tel: 020 8524 1447 www.carterclark.co.uk

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here are fewer places in Redbridge with a richer history than Valentines Mansion. Built in around 1696, the grounds and gardens were owned by middle class patrons and housed themselves and their staff. It was Grade II listed in 1954 however until around twenty years ago it was a fairly neglected attraction. When this was recognised, Redbridge Council and Heritage Lottery Funds worked together to restore this site to its former magnificence. Valentines Mansion was built for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s widow, Elizabeth Tillotson and their family. When it was first built, it was a three story mansion home to her family and staff. From 1702 to 1870, Valentines Mansion played host to many different owners, boasting gentlemen such as Sir Charles Raymond (1754), who had strong connections with the East India Company and an eventual founding member of Raymond, Williams, Vere, Lowe and Fletcher, a bank which is now part of the The Royal Bank of Scotland. Other owners included Robert Surman (1724) and Charles T Holcombe (1838) all of who made improvements to the Mansion. It wasn’t until 1870, the year of Holcombe’s death that the Mansion was passed down to Sarah Ingleby when she and her family added a two story extension and made vast improvement and extensions to the grounds. After the passing of Sarah Ingleby in 1906, her son donated the grounds adjoining to Ilford Council, who soon after made the purchase of the Mansion and additional land in 1912. Until the 1990’s the Council made the Mansion a home to wartime refugees, a hospital, a public health centre and a council housing department, however the Mansion

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stood uninhabited until 2006 when restoration projects began, making this historical building a place for visitors to enjoy. Interest in restoring the grounds

“Valentines Mansion played host to many different owners”

started brewing in 1989, when a petition was collected from local historical societies and was presented to the council by Redbridge Mayor, Councillor Frank

Cobb which saw interest in turning the mansion into a museum, however this was knocked back. Revisiting the idea of restoration in 1999, a Lottery Heritage Fund agreed to the planning if a conservation plan could be compiled. This was the beginning of a long process, in which work didn’t begin until 2006. It wasn’t until conservation plans were put in place that the history and chronology of the Mansion were truly taken into interest and the Friends of Valentines Mansion started to collate information about previous owners and uses of the building. Valentines Mansion was awarded


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a Grade II listing on April 10th 1954, and while the preservation of such a beautiful building was at the heart of the project, difficulties arose in the restoration project. There were two main restoration projects; one on the Mansion, the other restoring the gardens and park back to their previous splendour. Restorations included the Boat House, the Cowling Shelter and moving the Parks Police headquarters to the Park Keeper’s lodge, all of which were eventually completed in 2009. Since work was completed and Valentines Mansion and Gardens were restored, this Grade II listed building has become a museum

and learning resource centre for children and adults alike. Primary students are welcomed to learn about the history of the Mansion as well as history of the time, using

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role-play children are entered back to the eighteenth century as a fantastic visual learning tool. The syllabus for Secondary pupils is focussed on art, design

and citizenship, taking inspiration from the beautiful architecture and the example of the many charitable uses of Valentines Mansion. Creative workshops are held for adults in which new skills can be learnt such as horticulture and pottery. Valentines Mansion holds many cultural and educational events, upcoming are War: An Exhibition to mark the centenary of WW1 which runs until September 30th and Art in the Park in the Dovecote Gallery until August 31st. Valentines Mansion & Gardens Emerson Road, Ilford, IG1 4XA www.valentinesmansion.com

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“The key to making your living space fit for summer is to introduce on trend items”

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any of us want to make a few changes to our homes to reflect and embrace the arrival of a new season. As the weather heats up, summer provides the perfect excuse to give your space a fresh, seasonal spruce. Whether you’re planning a complete makeover or simply want to liven up your living room, there’s so many quick and easy ways to update your interior scheme that will leave it feeling supercharged, refreshed and ready for warmer months. From vibrant splashes of colour to subtle punches of pattern, the key to making your living space fit for summer is to introduce on trend items such as furniture and decorative homewares that exude an uplifting, light and airy vibe. Follow our guide on how to achieve the perfect summer look for your home that’s full of stylish summery surprises:

PLAY WITH PRETTY PASTELS

There’s nothing quite like a burst of pretty pastel colours to make your living room feel super chic and summery. A sofa in a subdued hue is a great way to soften the feel of dark walls and wooden

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furniture, allowing colour to creep into the home with a nonchalant feel. Opt for designs in a pared-down colour palette in washes of pale and barely-there shades like salmon pink, duck egg blue, pistachio and sorbet lemon hues. Use a few pastel colours together through artwork and accessories that will help to harmonise your overall scheme.

KEEP IT COOL AND CRISP

You can keep your living room or dining space looking fresh and crisp by sticking to a predominantly white colour scheme. A little goes a long way and this look is perfect for recreating the trend for a Scandi-style home. Choose clean, minimalist shapes for furniture in light, natural timbers as well as washed finishes in white and soft grey shades. Multiyork’s Burghley furniture range effortlessly encapsulates the Scandinavian look with its light, solid wood structure and beautifully painted cool grey finish. For upholstered items like sofas and armchairs, select unadorned designs with softly rounded edges and covered in lightweight fabrics such as linen for a simple, laid-back vibe.


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GO GEOMETRIC

Geometrics remain a popular choice for bringing pattern into the home this summer, with sharp, angular designs such as zig zags and circular graphic prints leading the way as favourites. They work brilliantly on fabric and can easily turn functional furniture like a sofa or a dining chair into a striking statement piece. To ensure furniture is centre of attention, play with scale and opt for large, oversized geometric prints in a vibrant colour palette like on Multiyork’s standout Manhattan Chair in Designers Guild Amlapura Moss. Layering contrasting geometric designs will provide a similar impact, but be sure to choose prints wisely as too many ‘busy’ and varied fabrics can make a room feel chaotic.

MAKE IT ELEGANTLY FRENCH

A French-style living room is ideal for summer months with its light, understated feel that evokes the casual elegance of homes typically found in the South of France. White, shabbychic furniture such as a console table or grand dining table is a wonderful choice, particularly when teamed with a

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minimalist palette of chic, chalky hues. For seating with sophisticated appeal, Multiyork’s beautifully bowed Verona Extra Large Sofa in Athena Charcoal fabric lends itself perfectly to this style. Patterns like gingham and checks also sit in keeping, as will decorative furnishings like full length curtains in delicately striped prints.

FANCIFUL FLORALS OR PAINTERLY PATTERNS

Introduce flowery prints into your living room in the form of wallpaper or through fabric used to upholster a sofa, choosing a pattern that complements your overall scheme. From bold, statement styles to delicate floral compositions, blooms work well in both small and large doses so don’t be afraid to complement larger pieces with soft furnishings like cushions and throws. Keep the rest of the room neutral, and you’re ready to invite your friends over for a cup of tea and slice of cake - very country English! MULTIYORK, Loughton Store: 165A High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4LF, www.multiyork.co.uk, 020 8502 4123, loughton@multiyork.co.uk

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

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elcome to my gardening growers guide to August. Hopefully there are still some great sunny days yet to come to help you make the most of your garden. If you are going away on your annual holiday ask someone you know to water your pots, hanging baskets and containers. If you can’t manage to find help to keep them moist place them in a semi shady position inside a paddling pool filled with water until you return. Other jobs this month include pruning lavenders by cutting them back by two thirds. New shoots will quickly appear at the base of the bush and these will have enough time to grow and harden up before winter comes. Take cuttings from hebes which are easily

propagated from 3-4 inch cuttings taken from this current season’s growth. Cuttings are taken just below a leaf joint. The bottom two pairs of leaves are removed and the cuttings dipped into a rooting hormone, although this not essential. These are then inserted into a soilbased John Innes Compost. Keep your early flowering shrubs like rhododendron well watered during dry periods to ensure good flower bud development. Cut back perennial stems and flowers that are starting to die back. Now is also a good time to preserve your herbs! Gather and dry herbs while they are at their peak. Always pick the healthiest looking shoots and wash well before you chop them. Herb leaves can be frozen whole but

first you will have to freeze them individually on a plastic tray to avoid them becoming stuck together. Once they are frozen you can place them whilst still frozen into a bag together. You can also chop up your herbs and place them into ice cube trays with enough water to cover them. When needed add them to your favourite recipes straight from the freezer. Dahlias are looking stunning at this time of year. These are the flowers that I just love to grow. I have managed to grow over 30 different varieties some of which I will be entering into the annual Epping Horticultural Show on August 23rd. Remember to continue feeding your dahlia’s with a high potash liquid fertiliser, such as tomato feed every two weeks until early September.

Set up earwig traps to help protect your Dahlia blooms. Earwigs hide during the day and emerge at night to feed. They like to nibble soft, young leaves and petals, leaving large ragged holes. Older leaves may be stripped back to a skeleton of veins. Fill upturned flowerpots with straw or shredded paper, and place them on top of canes close to vulnerable plants with soft, new growth. Check the pots daily.

WILDLIFE WATCH

Damselflies and dragonflies are usually spotted near ponds this time of year. Damselflies have a lazier, zigzagging pattern of flight, whereas dragonflies take a faster and more direct flight path. August is their breeding season, and you may see them mating in mid-air, or laying their eggs around the pond.

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apri is a tiny jewel that has been a resort since the time of the Romans, where Augustus used it to unwind, and Tiberius made it the imperial capital. It remains a playground for pleasure seekers and lovers of luxury. Ischia is the largest island off the Bay of Naples, a place that tempted Aphrodite and Apollo, and sheltered an exiled king. Its beauty is formidable, made up of mountains, isolated hills and majestic promontories dotted around thermal springs rich in calcium, sulphates and many other healing properties. They can be reached via hydrofoil, ferry or private boat from Naples. Abbotts Travel have recommended one property in each destination and negotiated an exclusive offer for anyone booking with them.

CAPRI TIBERIO PALACE

The glamour of this 5* hotel has been boosted by this season’s redesign, a mix of shapes and colours masterminded by Giampiero Panepinto.

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It’s a wobbly stiletto’s walk from the Piazzetta, the former market square which is now the island’s heart and a magnet for paparazzi. You have a choice of fifty gorgeous rooms, crowned by the elegance of the Bellevue Suite. The antique fittings and modern design will seduce you, but we’ll admit that the Mojito Terrace, with its 360-degree views of Mount Solaro and the Mediterranean, helps. There’s a splash pool, housing up to eight people, here too! The Capri Suite pays tribute to former guests Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, and the era of 1950s film glitz. It contains a bedroom and large separate living room where you’ll be in the company, pictorially, of Sophia Loren and others. Terrazza Tiberio serves lunch and dinner with a strong regional identity. The menu is created by Francesco De Simone and Stefano Cerrotta, and includes a number of dishes which are certified kosher. Friuli, Sicily and Tuscany contribute to the wine list, which also includes

selections from wider afield. The restaurant’s outdoor terrace overlooks the southern part of the island, and is stunning. For relaxation, visit the Tiberio SPA, an oasis of wellbeing with swimming pool (honouring the ancient Roman baths of Tiberius), solarium and a treatment area for water therapies. Choose from six luxury treatment rooms, one spa room for couples, and areas dedicated to whirlpool and Shiatsu.

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Harmonise with nature in this glorious getaway of 50 guestrooms in 9 villas - environmentally friendly facilities in harmony with the community. As the name suggests, it’s an oasis of greenery with olive trees, carob trees, strawberry plants, pine and oak trees and a myriad of flowers leading from pathways to secluded woods. Garden & Villas resort is situated just outside the town of Lacco Ameno, a short walk through the rocks and greenery of Mediterranean beauty to the haven of the half moon of golden sand at the bay of San Montano. Little wonder it attracts such rave reviews. The resort’s restaurant, Il Corbezzolo, nestled by the pool, invites you to tour Ischia’s gastronomy with local and regional breads, cakes, lunches and candlelit dinners. Many ingredients

Ischia Classic will come from the resort’s own fully organic gardens. The outdoor thermal pool (maintained at a temperature of 27 degrees) is surrounded by plants and flowers, while a panoramic solarium roof-terrace is ideal for sunbathing in total peace and quiet, and the resort adopts water and energy-saving policies in respect of the natural environment. The same level of care can be seen in the guestrooms, which have complimentary soft drinks, safe, satellite TV, air conditioning and wi-fi. All bathrooms have a bath or shower, hairdryer and make-up mirror. The Junior Suite includes a mini Jacuzzi, while the Suite comes with sea views and a mini pool. The Negombo Thermal Gardens are close by, housing a thermal water park with 12 pools and baths, each heated to a different temperature.

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Then make the Makhani Gravy. 1. Blend all of the makhani ingredients except the honey, fresh cream, garam masala and 2 tbsp. of the butter. 2. Cook in a pot for 20 minutes. Once ready the butter will rise. 3. Next add the honey, remaining butter, cream and garam masala, stir and then add the cooked chicken. Serve with rice and Paneer

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basalt or lime. This diverse terroir is ideal for growing the winery’s main grape, Riesling. Josef Biffar wines are on the rich side with an incredible mineral complexity, specific in fruit and soil flavours that highlight the characteristics and variety of the terroir. This classical natural Riesling character has a tingling acidity to cut through the garlic and ginger, with apricot and ripe pear alongside a lemon zest finish which goes well with the aromatic buttery side of this dish. Dry but with a touch more residual sugar than most, this has a satisfying palate weight.


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edbridge Concern for Mental Health (RCMH) was founded in the late 1990’s with the objective of promoting and protecting the mental health of the local community. As there is a lot of stigma attached to the issue of mental health, it is important to all who work at RCMH to disprove the myth that mental health is an issue to be ashamed of. Jon Abrams has worked at RCMH for the past twelve years, he says, “Good mental health is fundamental to shape our health and well-being. How we think and feel not only shapes our mental health but it is also closely linked to our physical health.” Mental health can be affected by diet, environment and relationships and RCMH provide a Mental Health and Wellbeing Directory which offers advice, external links and support lines for a myriad of mental health issues. Certain lifestyle tips can be adopted in order to maintain a positive demeanour which can

improve mental health. Learning a new skill, keeping in touch with family and friends and keeping active can all attribute to maintaining a positive outlook. Giving and caring for others also has an importance, RCMH maintain that, “Seeing yourself, and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you. In addition, it can improve your mental wellbeing and make you feel happier and more satisfied about life.” RCMH has been “championing the cause of mental health in Redbridge for the last two decades,” everybody involved is contributing for the greater good. Funding, however, can be something of a difficulty as it doesn’t get the appropriate resources as there are so many charitable causes that could be funded. RCMH is funded by local authorities as a strategic partner, they also receive contract funding

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which would directly fund an initiative such as their Befriending Scheme which offers adults experiencing emotional or mental distress a social and emotional support on a one-to-one basis. Funding however can be limited as there are other charities competing for the same grants. The work that RCMH do is essential in Redbridge, it provides advice and access to help with anything from mental health, debt related stress and addiction counselling. The RCMH Mental Health and Well Being Directory is available in local libraries and doctor’s offices however residents are invited to call, e-mail or drop in for one. There is also an emergency page which provides the number for out of hours GPs and Samaritans and Redbridge Safeguarding Adults at Risk helplines. For more information please visit www.rcmh.org.uk or e-mail info@redbridgeconcern.org.

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become an ‘Us Girls’ Member to play. Membership is free. £2.60 for 40 balls or £4.40 for 80 balls. CONTACT: Gemma Tully  020 8708 0954. WHERE: Fairlop Waters Golf Course & Driving Range, Forest Road, Hainault IG6 3HD WHEN: Until Sunday 31st August. WHAT: Silver Wheels Roller Disco. Enjoy the sounds of the 80s through to current chart topping hits with DJ sets, laser light shows and much more at this unique and exciting outside roller disco! Admission £5 per session, skate Hire £1. You can hire skates or wear your own. Open daily, call 07841 697397 or email info@silverwheelsrollerdisco. co.uk for session times and further information on ticket deals. WHERE: Valentines Park, Ilford. WHEN: Monday 11th August, 11am. WHAT: Walk to Health. This is a grade 1 walk: Easy, flat walk at gentle pace on hard surfaces. Allow approx. 1 hour to complete the walk. No booking required WHERE: South Park, car park adjacent to tennis courts, Ilford, IG1 1SS. WHEN: Thursday 14th August, 10am-2.30pm. WHAT: Claybury Woods Practical Conservation Workday. Come and help the warden as we go through the woods removing invasive laurel and rhododendron, as well as litter picking inside the woods. Adults only, no need to book. WHERE: Meet at Claybury Park entrance on Tomswood Hill near to Wannock Gardens.

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ne of my friends shared an article on Facebook recently from the Huffington Post, about modern day parenting, and why it is apparently in ‘crisis’. I saw the headline “5 Reasons Why Modern Day Parenting is in Crisis, According to a British Nanny”, and I sighed. What over-intellectualised garble (probably written by someone who doesn’t have children) am I going to read now? But read on I did. And here’s where I bite back. Here are the reasons why most of us are doing just fine, thank you, according to a British mummy. Emma Jenner’s first line of attack was that we all have a ‘fear of our children’ and she refers to her ‘sippy cup test’ wherein she observes parents getting their toddler a drink and putting it in a blue cup. If the child says he wants the pink cup and mum or dad changes the cup over -

they have failed epically, because they should have kept the blue one and let said child scream and shout instead. While I agree that it would do no harm for Little Angel (LA) to have a wee paddy and drink from the blue cup, would it do us any harm to change it over? Of course not. Her point was that it teaches LA that all he has to do is make a fuss to get what he wants, but do you really think he will be screaming for a different cup, or toy, when he’s 10? Doubt it. What about teaching LA that his needs will always be met by his parents, and that we support his independence, for isn’t his demand for the pink cup just an expression of an opinion? Moreover, shouldn’t we be picking our battles more wisely? I’d come down like a tonne of bricks if my daughter was ever unkind or rude or a bully. But life’s way too short to fight about sippy cups. Next up was that we ought to ‘raise the bar’ and raise our expectations of our children, because, for example, they are capable of behaving for an entire

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“Sitting in an IKEA shopping trolley for prolonged periods is simply not interesting ” restaurant sitting. I also know some parents of this ilk, those who think they should be able to do the things they always did BC (Before Child), and expect LA to keep quiet and behave. Let me ask you – who goes in to parenting thinking life is going to be all sophisticated dinners and lay-ins?!? NO-ONE! If you did, what a rude awakening you are going to have, perhaps multiple, nocturnal rude awakenings. Sitting in a restaurant, a car or an IKEA trolley for prolonged periods is simply not interesting or attractive to LA. Not because she’s being naughty but because she is a healthy toddler. Yes, they need to learn patience and self-discipline, of course they do, but in relative doses. A healthy child has oodles of energy, is inquisitive, imaginative, expressive and playful. Shouldn’t we be supporting and encouraging those things rather than suppressing them? For the finale (I don’t have space to discuss all 5 points), is that these terrible parents ‘put their children’s needs before their own.’ Umm, yes. Yes we do. Because that is our JOB. To protect, nurture and love, and for a short amount of time, this is what becomes most important. To sum up, if you don’t want to put someone else first, and if you miss your social life and freedom that much, my advice? Don’t have children.

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o, this month our growing little boy has developed a new passion, he loves to dance! As soon as he hears a song on the TV he immediately starts to bop, crouching down and bouncing back up with a decent rhythm. He has not quite perfected his dancing skills yet though, in fact it looks like he’s trying to balance on an underground train whilst not holding on, but his little legs keep him stable. That’s his first ‘dance move’, the second however is a somewhat different affair. We’re not quite sure how he decides which of his two routines to use, but sometimes he does a full throttle stamping ‘hoedown’ style dance. His left leg stays firmly planted to the floor, whilst his right foot continually pounds up and down as though he’s being attacked by a swarm of army ants. He loves it, but we’ve got through three carpets in the last week! It doesn’t matter where he is either, and it doesn’t even need to be a real song, just any kind of beat and he’s off. The other day he danced to: a dodgy car engine, an old man’s cough, and a small dog barking. Each time the smile grew wide as the right leg hoisted itself into the air for the first pounding, then boom boom boom, he was off with his country dancing style hoedown. We may get him a straw hat and dungarees soon, perhaps a belt to tuck his thumbs behind as well. Recently the lady and I decided to go a bit crazy and purchase two new kittens. It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time, two little friends for our boy to play with. Instead, for the last few weeks we have spent every waking hour

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trying to get the young lad to “stroke nicely” and “be gentle” rather than trying to pick them up by their eyelids. They seem to love him though, and do play with him constantly. He chases after them laughing whilst they easily out manoeuvre him, then come back for more. It’s at this point he tries another of his new found skills, throwing. He picks up his

“The other day he danced to: a dodg y car engine, an old man’s cough, and a small dog barking.”

Lego and launches it at the kittens, laughing hysterically. Luckily he usually misses and the little fluff balls just play with the Lego like a mouse, chasing it around the room. Unfortunately, as anyone who has had kittens will know, they not only move horizontally, but also vertically, jumping onto the highest furniture and scaling the curtains with ease! Diddy Man has seen these wondrous circus skills and tries to copy their every move. Up onto the sofa he climbs, and then he heaves himself onto the window ledge behind and stands up, clapping himself for his achievement. This is not a ‘skill’ we wish to encourage for obvious reasons so we quickly rescue our little adventurous mountaineer. Late last week we decided to get his hair cut, he was starting to look like Boris Johnson in a wind tunnel again so we quickly realised things had gone too far and his blonde

locks needed to go. My cousin, who is a Barber, popped round to give him a home haircut in the garden. Approaching a 15 month old child with a pair of scissors, whilst they squirm and laugh is not an easy task. For the next two hours, the three of us struggled with the task in hand as we tried to pin him down, hold his face, distract him with toys and food and generally pray for calm, which never came. The tactic became a type of dive bombing ‘snip and go’ technique, managing to cut up to three hairs at a time on a good dive bomb, and so it went on. My cousin moved his arms with the lightning speed of a Ninja and in the end he looked superb. The final part of this month’s update regards his new bath toys, a couple of squirting rubber turtles that can stick to the side of the bath. He squirts the water out of the rubber base, then splats them against the side, letting go they suction on with the force of a limpet. What happens next is a tug of war between the suction force of the turtles and the pulling power of the little lad. All at once the strenuous noises start, “Ooohhhh, Aaarrhhh Ooohhhh!!!” face going red, veins and arms bulging… turtle unfazed, and looking relaxed “Oooohhhh!” turtles head now being stretched, then “pop!” the turtle pings off, he hurtles backwards in fits of giggles as I reach out to catch him and the whole process starts again. In all it’s been a great month full of new developments but we are thinking of buying the kittens some lead weighted boots to keep them (and our son) at ground level. ...TO BE CONTINUED


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