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Issue No. 102 August/September 2011

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Serving the local community for over eight years www.elitemagazine.co.uk “If you want to compete, advertise in elite� 30,000 copies delivered monthly to quality homes in Brightlingsea, Colchester, East Bergholt, Elmstead Market, Frinton-on-Sea, Halstead, Kelvedon, Leavenheath, Long Melford, Manningtree, Nayland, Thorrington, Tiptree, West Bergholt, West Mersea & Wivenhoe.

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From the Editor

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER ISSUE 102 publishing director Ian Goldsworthy ian@elitemagazine.co.uk. Telephone: 01206 500543 www.elitemagazine.co.uk editor Polly Enfield pollyenfield@btinternet.com advertisement sales 01206 500543 sales@elitemagazine.co.uk sales managers Colson Price Reece O’Connor publishers Publisher Expert Ltd, P.O. Box 7391 Colchester, CO4 3WZ design and artwork GDA Graphics contributors Andrew Mumford, Peter Constable, Jeremy Walsham, Polly Enfield, Andy White, John Hall, Ray Pile, Adrian Priestley, Peter Jones, Steve Brown, Lara Townsend.

front cover Photography: Cover image by David Gynn stourvalleyphotography.com Produced in association with:

Dear Reader Do you know, I think that the pendulum is just beginning to swing back to a more sensible place … and not a moment too soon, in the opinion of myself and a load of other people from a similar generation. I was watching a documentary this week about the Space Shuttle as it was decommissioned, and I was particularly impressed with the window it offered on the human response to its amazing story. Never before had such technology been on offer for us to marvel and gawp at; never before had man’s ingenuity been stretched to such incredible lengths and only seldom had the whole of the world; not just the western world; been united by the soaring and plunging emotions of triumph and disaster. But, guess what; we all got over it. Before long it was no longer a marvel; we had become tired of the technology and we turned our attention to other things. With the vast sums of money being spent we became more interested in what else might be done with this heroic cash. We needed more than a distantly dished out, feel-good factor and began to engage instead with the new fashion of green issues, sustainable farming and the future of our own planet. Let’s hope we don’t get over that too.

Polly Enfield Quote of the Month... “Experience is a hard teacher, because she gives the test first and the lesson afterwards” – Anon

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In this month’s issue... 3 From the Editor – Polly Enfield writes ... 5 Footings Direct – Kitchens – Money well spent! 6 Diary Dates – What’s On in the area 8 Littlegarth School – Year 6 Pupils Celebrate a Record Year 10 Focus On... Racy for Life – Fundraising through naked ambition! 11 Pete’s Patch – Pete talks about gardening 12 Essex Air Ambulance – New Helideck now operational 16 Andy, dog behaviourist – Dogs need to belong 18 Take this Month – Polly Enfield writes ... 20 Focus On... Theatricool – The coolest theatre school..! 22 Clement Browne Shutters – simply stunning in any home 24 Focus On... Headway – The Peru Challenge 28 Focus On... Combat Pests – The trouble with wasps ... 32 SAFEagent – identifies agents in Client Money Protection Schemes 34 Mindbender – Quiz Page 36 Focus On... Chisbon Restorations – Buying a classic car 39 The Wedding Page – Toastmaster John writes ... 40 Focus On... Maritime Ipswich – Summer Festival 41 Protect TV – Multi-room Audio and TV with hidden cables ... 42 Stoke by Nayland Golf – East shows talent at Tri Golf Finals day! 45 The Dental Studio – talks about facial line-reducing treatment 47 Latest News from the Colchester & East Essex Cricket Club 48 Gerry Weatherley – talks about life management 49 Focus On... NHS – Clowns in the Sky 50 Focus On... Wildlives – Lara Townsend writes ... Food & Frink Supplement 2 Focus On... The Angel Inn – Stoke by Nayland 8 Focus On... Total Catering – Andy Mumford, writes ...

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Domestic Services

Footings Direct: Kitchens – Money well spent! How nice would it be for your Kitchen & Dining Room to be combined to create a better family environment … If you are a parent, you appreciate the importance of family interaction at mealtimes; and don’t forget the ‘Wow’ factor that such a room can generate.

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If you have already decided to refit your kitchen, why not consider now whether a small extension could transform your kitchen into a combined kitchen/ diner? Or perhaps transform an average kitchen/diner into a truly spectacular one?

We do, of course, undertake all types of building work, specialising in extensions and loft conversions. We will be delighted to discuss your requirements, offering friendly advice if necessary, without charge or commitment. We have many satisfied customers who will be happy to share with you their positive experiences regarding Footings Direct Ltd.

Footings Direct Ltd offers a free service for kitchen design and an architect on hand if you need plans for an extension. We will manage the project throughout, from initial concept right through to completion. We offer a ‘Fixed Price’ contract, never asking payment for extras, as we just don’t ‘do’ extras. Only our

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Diary Dates Your guide to what’s on in the area www.destination-colchester.com

EVENTS IN AND AROUND COLCHESTER

Saturday 20th August Colchester Sightrunning

Friday 19th August Piano Friday

Colchester Town Centre 1:00pm Tel: 0845 5194 539

The Space, St James House, Queen Street, Colchester, Essex The piano is available for anyone who would like to practice or play. Just pop in and have a tinkle! 11:00am to 6:00pm

Saturday 20th August BIG Garden Volunteering Saturdays High Woods Country Park Colchester, Essex 11:00am to 3:00pm Tel: 01206 855287

Saturday 20th August Wivenhoe Farmers Market The Congregational Church Hall High Street, Wivenhoe 9:00am to 12:00pm Tel: 01206 367776

Wednesday 24th August Football Lower Castle Park, High street, Colchester, Essex 11:00am to 2:00pm

COLCHESTER JAZZ CLUB at The Hawthorn Suite, Stanway Rovers Football Club AUGUST 2011 21st The Downhome Jazz Band 28th The French Quarter All Stars

SEPTEMBER 2011 4th 11th 18th 25th

Barry Palser’s Savoy Jazz Band The Great Northern Jazz Band Sarah Spencer’s Transatlantic Band The East Coast Wanderers

OCTOBER 2011 2nd Mysto’s Hot Lips (from Sweden) Doors open at 7.00 pm; music starts at 7.45 pm and finishes at 10.30pm MEMBERS £ 6.00, GUESTS £ 8.00 Advanced booking not necessary – unless ticket function www.colchesterjazzclub.co.uk Become one of our friends on Facebook! New Farm Road, Stanway, Essex CO3 0PB TEL 01206 501891 or 01206 763556

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Friday 26th August Friday Health Walks High Woods Country Park Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex 11:00am to 12:00pm Tel: 01206 853588

Sunday 9th October Tiptree 10 mile road race (BARR Gold Standard) Popular race through quite villages and lanes, finishing at Tiptree. 10:30am Thurstable Sports Centre, Colchester, CO5 0EW Sports centre facilities with car parking. Closing Date for entry form: 4th Oct 2011 Entry Fee Affiliated: £10.00 Unaffiliated: £12.00 Tel: 0845 293 9352 E: 2011@tiptree10.org.uk www.tiptree10.org.uk

AUGUST 2011 Tuesday 30th – WILLY MASON GIGS

SEPTEMBER 011 Friday 2nd – THE LAUGHTER ZONE: DAVE TWENTYMAN + HENRY PAKER + SPECIAL GUEST COMEDY Friday 9th – THE BEAT OF BURLESQUE BURLESQUE Monday 12th – MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK FOLK Friday 16th – EMMY THE GREAT GIGS Saturday 17th – THE JACKIE GENERATION: THE MOST FABTASTIK TRIBUTE TO THE SENSATIONAL 70S GIGS Sunday 18th – MARTIN NEWELL’S GOLDEN AFTERNOON GIGS Monday 19th – THE CARRIVICK SISTERS FOLK Friday 23rd – AMOR FLAMENCO: SOL Y SOMBRA FLAMENCO Saturday 24th – DR PALFI: NOT THE FLYING TORTOISE SHOW KIDS Saturday 24th – THE MAGNETS GIGS Sunday 25th – DAVID CHRISTOPHERSEN: PIANO RECITAL #1 CLASSICAL Monday 26th – JONNY KEARNEY AND LUCY FARRELL FOLK Tuesday 27th – MARTIN ROSSITER GIGS Thursday 29th – GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN: EXTERNAL LIVE ART

OCTOBER 2011 Thursday 4th – MEADOWS + BLACKTEMPLEMASS + SHRINE 69 + SUNS OF COLOSSUS GIGS Thursday 6th – THE CABINET OF LEOPOLD THORN THEATRE Friday 7th – THE LAUGHTER ZONE: SALLY ANN HAYWARD + ABANDOMAN + MIKE BUBBINS COMEDY

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Education & Parenting

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Littlegarth Year 6 Pupils Celebrate a Record Year What a year it has been! Record academic results saw 19 of the 35 Year 6 children gain Scholarship Awards for excellence to a wide variety of independent senior schools ... The Year 6 pupils of Littlegarth School ended their final year at the School with a wide variety of activities culminating in a Summer Concert, and a wonderful Leavers’ Production of ‘Olivia’ which raised £600 for their chosen charity ‘EACH’. During the final week of the term, staff members and Year 6 Leavers also gathered for a Formal Dinner to celebrate the many successes of the year. What a year it has been! Record academic results saw 19 of the 35 Year 6 children gain Scholarship Awards for excellence to a wide variety of independent senior schools. During the past three years, Littlegarth children have gained 80 Scholarship Awards, highlighting just how hard the staff and children work across the curriculum. In recent weeks, two Littlegarth pupils have also been voted as UK winners of a national geography mapwork competition. The posters designed by Natasha Woods and Freddie Price under the title, ‘Living in a Globalised World’ will now be entered into the international version of the competition. As a result of their excellent efforts, the School has been awarded a digital mapping software package and Natasha and Freddie may well see their posters published in books and online.

have donated a beautiful tree bench which has been placed next to the playground and will be enjoyed by Littlegarth children for years to come. On the final day of the term, Littlegarth School Speech Day was held in the Sports Hall. The Guest of Honour was Ian Galbraith, former Head of Ipswich School who presented a significant number of prizes before speaking to the children about the importance of supporting each other. All who attended felt that this was an excellent way to end the year and celebrate the exceptional achievements of the pupils of Littlegarth.

As a parting gift to the School, the Year 6 pupils

Littlegarth School is an Independent Preparatory School for children between the ages of 2½ and 11 situated just over 4 miles from Colchester Station and 7 miles from Sudbury. For further details on the school, please contact: Peter H. Jones, Headmaster, Littlegarth School, Horkesley Park, Nayland, Colchester, CO6 4JR. Tel: 01206 262332 Fax: 01206 263101 email: office@littlegarth.essex.sch.uk Or visit www.littlegarth.essex.sch.uk

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Racy for Life Fundraising through naked ambition! Colchester based photography studio Red Snapper Boudoir is looking for groups of people, friends, colleagues or club members, prepared to bare all for charity in a unique effort to raise vital funds for cancer research … David Gynn of Red Snapper Boudoir, explained how their fundraising project, cheekily named ‘Racy for Life’ was conceived. “We’re keen to raise much needed funds for cancer research – and in Racy for Life we believe we’ve got something different to offer - which makes it just the kind of challenge that others would be prepared to sponsor for a few pounds!”

Fillies, have raised over £5000 in just two weeks! To see the photograph of Alison’s Fillies, to find out more or start your own Racy for Life project visit www.racyforlife.org or alternatively find Racy for Life on Facebook.

“We know from customers who want beautiful boudoir photographs that their journey from decision to delivery can be a challenging one. However we also know that the end of the journey delivers so much more than truly personal photographs – customers tell us afterwards just how good their experience makes them feel. So in Racy for Life we have a win-win opportunity – raising much-needed funds for charity while also delivering fantastic personal and group gains for those who take part.” Sharon Gynn of Red Snapper Boudoir said, “We’re looking for groups of people who are prepared to take part in a group Racy for Life photoshoot – in return for which we’ll provide fabulous commemorative photographs. All of the money raised will be donated to cancer research and all costs will be covered by Red Snapper Boudoir. So everyone who takes part in this fun, challenging and personally rewarding fundraising effort can be confident that 100% of the money they raise will go to a very good cause - one that’s sadly likely to touch all of us in one way or another during our lives.” Launched at the end of June, Racy for Life is already proving to be a successful fundraising effort – the first group of volunteers, Alison’s

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Racy for Life organisers in Colchester’s Castle Park – Sharon and David Gynn (front and back) with volunteer Celeste King, who’s own mother sadly lost her fight against cancer.

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Horticulture & Landscaping

Pete’s Patch On your return from holiday, the garden will need some attention … While you’ve been away, the rain and warm weather has brought on the weeds as well as your favoured plants. The lawn, the roses and the side shoots on the tomatoes too all need attention, but begin with the lawn, edges and all. A neatly trimmed lawn improves the look of a garden and gives children somewhere to play. Now remove weeds quickly before they seed. Loosen the soil with a small fork and tease them out, roots and all. Put them in a refuse sack or burn them if you have understanding neighbours. Don’t compost them because they don’t all rot down. Nettles, dandelion, couch grass, docks and bindweed all reappear next year when the compost is used on the garden!

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Dead-head spent blooms by cutting off with sharp secateurs then compost them. However, if you require the seeds, then retain them on the plant and wait for the seed heads to ripen. Roses, dahlias and bedding plants need dead-heading regularly, to ensure a succession of blooms until the first frosts. Then it’s back to the usual jobs and don’t forget the stone fruits - they shouldn’t be pruned during the winter, so now is the right time to remove their dead and unwanted growth. If you need help in your garden call 07887 660711, and ask for Pete. I will help if I can, at a modest hourly rate.

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Feature Community & Health

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Broomfield Hospital Helideck is now operational The helideck at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford can now be used by the Essex Air Ambulance … The need to transport patients with severe burns or trauma injuries to an acute hospital as quickly as possible means the helideck is an essential part of the new hospital wing at Broomfield. Badly injured patients are taken directly from the helicopter, with a Doctor and Paramedic in attendance, to lifts that will take them directly down to the emergency department, where they can be treated instantly by the surgical teams. Cliff Gale, Operations Director of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said, “For critically ill or injured patients, speed of treatment is paramount. Our team of Doctors and Paramedics enable this life-saving treatment to begin at the earliest opportunity. For those patients that require the specialised treatment afforded by Broomfield, the opening of the new helideck will enable the helicopter and Crew to take the most sick and injured people to this specialist centre to give them a much better chance of survival and recovery.” Air Crew Pilot, Nicky Smith, added, “As a Pilot I am always looking for safe landing areas. The new

elevated pad at Broomfield provides superb landing facilities and fire cover which will enable me and my colleagues to get patients to this specialist hospital even quicker.” The helideck is situated on the roof of the new hospital wing and is managed by an operations officer, with the support of two other highly experienced full time members of staff, and the additional support from Trust staff volunteers who work on a rota basis. The volunteers have all had intensive training to CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) standards prior to taking up their support roles. Russell Harrison, Chief Operating Officer at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, said, “We are delighted that the new helideck has opened and is now fully operational. It has been a long time in the planning and construction, but now we have this excellent facility to bring to us burns and trauma patients, and for them to receive top class care quickly and efficiently.”

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Pets’ Corner

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Dear Dylan – Kids and Dogs No matter how well you know your dog, it is never advisable to leave young children and toddlers alone with them … You may well be thinking that this makes sense for the children’s safety – but it’s also true for the dogs’ safety. This problem was unfortunately highlighted in an article I have just read, and I hope that by retelling this sad tale, further awful conclusions can be avoided. A couple had had a German Shepherd for three years, and right from puppy hood ‘Elsa’ was always an affectionate and loving family dog without any problems or concerns. When the couple’s newborn arrived, Elsa took to it as if it were her own. Even when baby reached the crawling stage, Elsa never minded her tail being pulled or her ears grabbed, and the parents were delighted at Elsa’s obvious affection for their daughter. When the little girl was about eighteen months old, mum, responding to a scream, rushed into the living room to find her daughter crying with a bleeding arm, where Elsa had bitten her. Mum thankfully discovered that the wounds were superficial, but Elsa still seemed to be distressed. Fearing that she could no longer be trusted, but with a very heavy heart, Mum took Elsa to the vet’s. The vet, too, was very concerned as he put Elsa to sleep. He had a special interest in canine psychology, and

having known Elsa well from puppyhood, felt the incident was surprisingly out of character, so he gained consent to conduct further investigations. Sadly, he discovered that poor Elsa had a child’s crayon deep in her ear. Even suffering what must have been excruciating pain, Elsa had responded as mildly as she could, and the reason for her continued ‘odd’ behaviour after the incident, became clear. Andy White, Dog Behaviourist The Clubk9 website is now up and running at clubk9.co.uk, so if you would like to contact me please visit clubk9.co.uk/contact-us or call Andy White on 01206 385260.

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Take This Month We’ve just returned from a World Tour of Britain, on the train – all 1,927 miles of it in the space of two weeks and 1,077 photos taken. Amazingly, too, there wasn’t a single disruption to services … We travelled light; a small rucksack apiece; and had booked ahead at cheap hotels to get the best rates. The feeling of freedom as we set off was palpable. From London, the train took us crosscountry to Oxford to take in the eternal Dreaming Spires, then the next day we travelled on to Stratford upon Avon to do homage to The Bard and see some very pretty countryside too, viewed to great advantage from an open-topped bus. Beats driving the car behind banks and bushes, any day! Next it was into Wales. We cheated a bit here, as some friends who had moved out to the Isle of Anglesey picked us up from Bangor station and treated us to two days of their acting as our personal tour guides. Gone was the commercialism of the big cities as the vista of huge and unspoilt open beaches and crystal-clear turquoise seas opened up in front of us. We trudged about three miles that day past sand dunes and rock pools towards an island headland where ancient stone Celtic crosses stood solid against an almost royal blue sky, and white-painted lighthouses guarded the straits across to Colwyn Bay. Every minute, the colour of the distant hills changed as the light played across them; it was a real feast for the eyes, then a quick stop at Llanfairpwllgwyn (etc)

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on the way back, just so we could say we’d stood on the platform and seen the sign, if not yet learnt how to say it! Our next stop was for two nights in Carlisle, where we picked up the scenic train to Settle and back, and a load more superlatives on the scenery front. Next day we headed off into the hills on the local bus that served all the points of interest along that section of Hadrian’s Wall. We expected to be filed carefully past the remains of our chosen site - the most wellpreserved Roman fort at Housesteads - but how wrong we were. English Heritage have taken a hands-on approach to the visitor experience and not a single nook or cranny was out-of-bounds as we climbed over the huge site; not of fallen stones but of walls and underfloors; baths and even the best example of Roman latrines in the country. Birds-eye views across the surrounding rolling countryside really put us in the zone, while young boys donned dressing-up shields and helmets and fought imaginary foes with wooden swords. Two nights in Edinburgh was not enough, but Inverness was calling, with yet another train from there to take us up to Thurso and then board a bus to John o’Groats, so we could say we’d been there too. It was a singularly uninspiring place, but for the presence of two young bucks on push-bikes. They had cracked open two small bottles of champagne as they sat there on the quayside, having cycled all the way from Land’s End. Surreal, they said. Then to finish our travelling feast, we had two nights in York – perhaps our favourite city and, ironically, even close enough for a simple day-trip sometime!

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Clement Browne Shutters – simply stunning in any home Whether your taste is for a classic and traditional interior, or a modern contemporary living space, shutters by Clement Browne, will complement your existing interior perfectly or inspire a completely new look ... From country cottages to period homes and colonial charm to urban chic, Clement Browne have a shutter for every room in your home and because window shutters are as functional as they are stylish, you can control light, shade, heat and privacy with complete ease. At Clement Browne we understand that every home is individual in style, shape and size which is why our shutters are always made-to-measure and never 'cut down to size' or 'off the peg’. This ensures a perfect and bespoke fit. We also know just how valuable expert advice can be, therefore we offer a fully inclusive design and planning consultation, with one of our expert designers, which is completely free of charge and leaves you under no obligation; it really is just a means of Clement Browne understanding your requirements, what you have been inspired by and to develop a picture of what is in your mind's eye.

After working through all of the options and choices with your designer, we'll arrange for one of our surveyors to measure each and every window individually; to confirm the measurements taken by your designer so to guarantee the shutters we install in your home are truly bespoke and that they will look and perform to their very best. Once your shutters have been measured and surveyed, we'll arrange a time, at your convenience, for our installation technician to install your shutters with the minimum of disruption and fuss. With Clement Browne, you can be confident of an entirely professional, first class service that will mean your shutters look as good in years to come as the day they were installed.

Call 0800 028 1204 today to arrange your free, home design consultation.

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The Peru Challenge Organised by Mersea Island Fundraising for Headway, the brain injury association to Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, 24th May - 2nd June 2013 ... This trek to to Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu is one of the most famous in the world, presenting you with culture, nature and history thanks to its rich Incan past.

Because of the current economic climate this trek is being advertised well in advance giving you plenty of time to raise the required sponsorship. ● Secure your place with a registration deposit of

The trail combines mountain scenery, sub-tropical jungle and Inca paving stones, tunnels and ruins. You will fly to Cusco, via Lima, and will have time in which to acclimatise to the altitude before beginning the trek. The highest point of the trek, following a long, steep climb to Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) is 4,215m (13,769ft). The trek is graded moderate to strenuous and you will need to achieve the necessary fitness level in order to enjoy one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of a lifetime.

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cover trek cost balance, flights, and donation of £1800 (minimum) to be divided between Headway Essex and Headway UK. ● Register early to allow yourself ample time in which to achieve the required level of fitness and to raise your sponsorship. Headway was founded in 1979 because of a growing number of people surviving brain injury. There are over 500,000 people living with permanent disabilities as a result of head injury and as life expectancy is normal for brain injury survivors they have to live with the effects for life. Headway relies heavily on donations and voluntary fundraising to be able to give brain injury survivors, their families and carers the support they need. You can help greatly by taking part in this trek.

To request an information pack please contact Val Pryor – Tel: 01206 381456, or alternatively email valpryor@btinternet.com

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£400 towards trek costs. ● Raise a minimum sponsorship of £3,600 which will

The closing date for applications is 31st December 2011. Headway, the brain injury association: Registered Charity Number: 1025852. Headway Essex: Registered Charity Number: 1008807.

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S cheduled C onservatory M aintenance Ltd.

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Is your conservatory covered with moss, mould and algae and your gutters blocked by leaves? We clean conservatories inside and out, all year round and our prices are designed to make annual cleaning cost-effective, so that you will schedule us to come back each year. We avoid destructive pressure washers and use only specialist access equipment to carefully clean your conservatory from above; making sure it looks like new and to prevent permanent discolouration, seal deterioration, or any other nasty surprises. Please call us for a quote and let us ensure your conservatory is always looking it’s best and your investment is protected for years to come.

Tel: 01376 528921 Mob: 07813 205935 Web: www.scm-limited.co.uk Mail: admin@scm-limited.co.uk

If you don’t want green SCuM on your conservatory, get SCM on it instead!

SCM is part of the ‘Impossible Access Cleaning’ group of companies We Also Clean Fascias, Soffits & Gutters! The awkward windows above your conservatory will always be cleaned for free

Cool Comfort at Bedtime Bed technology is just getting better and better – as the team at Going to bed should be something you look forward to, time for a luxurious snuggle down into a comfy soft duvet with lovely crisp sheets but all too often that isn’t the case. Fine at first but then you get too hot. So you throw off the covers only to find you are awoken by the cold! And maybe that old lumpy mattress doesn’t help either. Zonesleep, in Royston, Hertfordshire, has been giving a lot of thought to this and other sleeping-related problems and has developed a brilliant solution – 3D Memoryfabric mattress topper with Trimorphic technology, it’s revolutionary amongst mattress toppers. The topper is ultra light weight making it easy to fit over the top of any mattress to reduce heat build up – regularly the biggest complaint against memory foam.

Astonishing result in the BBC test Obviously anything new needs testing so not content with their own exhaustive tests the people at Zonesleep got the BBC to test it too. The result was astonishing! In the independent consumer test the Zonesleep topper scored 9.5 out of 10 for comfort, value for money and ease of fitting whereas the ordinary memory foam topper only scored 5 out of 10.

The Zonesleep mattress topper is breathable, washable, lightweight and completely hygienic too. Advanced technology What is it that makes the Zonesleep mattress topper so great? The secret is zoning combining three different layers; the top sleeping surface is Coolmax, a high tech fabric that forms a unique moisture management system helping to reduce humidity buildup, creating a pleasant microclimate while you sleep plus it keeps your mattress cool and dry. Secondly a soft upper Memoryfabric zone for cushioning and pressure relief followed by a firmer lower zone for posture resulting in a unique combination of comfort and support.

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Jet fighter pilots love it 3D Memoryfabric is already used extensively in jet fighter pilot G suits to eliminate pressure points and give overall body support. It is also used by luxury top of the range car manufacturers such as Bentley and Mercedes for their ventilated seats. This advanced 3D knitting technology provides all round support, ventilation with Trimorphic technology and pressure relief. The material is constructed using a sophisticated, 3D knitting process with “space-yarns” crossknitted between two surfaces (see right). Zonesleep is now about to launch the Spacer-Pillow and the Zone-Sit seat cushion plus cots, baby mattresses and pillow all of which have the same benefits as the topper, we can’t wait! For more information or to listen to the BBC consumer review visit www.zonesleep.co.uk

Single £139.99 Double £179.99 King £199.99 Super-King £219.99 Your discount code is: ZElite10P Offer runs from March 11th to June 11th to cover all releases and will give elite readers £10.00 off their Zonesleep purchase. Review: The Zonesleep Memory Fabric mattress topper has made such a difference to my sleep pattern. Thank you for introducing it to me! Frances, Lexden

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There are solid reasons why we need to support local businesses Local businesses are the largest employers in the area and they reinvest the money that they make locally. A successful local business framework in a town is both economic and ecological, whilst offering the customer more choice. Loyalty card schemes have a proven track record, small businesses can afford to run one when they join forces with other local businesses, so that the customer base is shared, cross fertilization of customers makes good business sense.

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Carpet Suppliers & Fitters of Bow & Chingford

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We are able to supply and fit all types, styles and brands of carpet, we can also supply and fit carpet underlay and we can offer a bespoke carpeting service.

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From carpets to vinyls, from laminate flooring to real wood, we have a huge selection on offer, contact us today for more details.

We can fit floors of any type and style (specialising in carpets), which are fitted by our highly trained and qualified staff.

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Our highly skilled team are committed to providing the highest standards of service to all our customers at a competitive price.

Amtico ● Brintons Karndean ● Georgian ● Altro ● Godfrey Hurst ● Polyfor ● Heckmondwyke ● Forbo-Nairn ● Interface ● Gerflor ● Ryalux ● Woodward Grosvenor and many more ●

We will arrange to fit your carpet at a time that suits you, as well as offering a free measuring and delivery service.

We have been established for over 50 highly successful years, our family run company will provide the best possible service and at the most competitive price. If you should require any further information, please do not hesitate to call Carpet Suppliers and Fitters of Chingford today - we look forward to hearing from you.

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A5 Flyers – Full colour both sides (148.5mm x 210mm). Printed on 130g White Gloss Art. 2000 copies .................................................. £130 5000 copies ................................................. £170 10000 copies ................................................. £240 20000 copies ................................................. £380 25000 copies ................................................. £450 30000 copies ................................................. £520

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Background to the launch of SAFEagent There has been a big increase in letting agents’ absconding with their clients’ rent and deposit monies. Although well covered in the trade press this has not been publicised in the national or local consumer papers. If the agent was not in an insurance scheme to protect their clients’ money (Client Money Protection) neither landlords nor tenants have been able to recover stolen funds … As an organisation, NALS as well as ARLA and RICS continue to make strenuous efforts to get the message to consumers that they should choose an agent who can give them financial protection but it has proved difficult to alert consumers to the risk. Only when it is too late and consumers find that there is no cover, do they realise they should have checked their agent at the outset. Now, a representative group of CEOs of letting agents has approached NALS Industry Forum to devise a campaign to offer a single new mark to identify agents in Client Money Protection Schemes to raise awareness of the risks of using an “uninsured” agent. This Group has offered both practical and financial support to launch, publicise and run the campaign and NALS has agreed to co-ordinate and administer it. The Group, as all professional and responsible agents, do not want the reputation of all agents to be tarnished by the misdemeanours of unscrupulous operators exploiting their customers.

SAFE Campaign The campaign will be built on a simple, easy to recognise logo using the acronym SAFE – Secure Agent Fully Endorsed. This logo will be the mark for consumers to look for to know that their money is protected. All SAFEagents must be covered by the insurance schemes that protect clients’ monies. The PR for the campaign will be in two targeted phases - the first phase directed at the sector trade press, will urge and encourage agents to sign up to become SAFE – the

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subsequent phase will raise consumers awareness of the new mark and the key messages. SAFEagents will be encouraged to use a “health warning” on their websites and promotional material to tell consumers that their money is at risk if they do not use an agent who is SAFE. Agents will also be encouraged at the outset of any transaction with consumers to state that they are a SAFEagent and explain what it means. The following organisations have all offered initial support to the SAFEagent concept: The Property Ombudsman Scheme; The Council of Mortgage Lenders; The Residential Landlords Association; Trading Standards Institute and the British Property Federation.

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Mindbender great courage. (4) 17 Female egg factory. (5) 18 Little used word for a box in a theatre. (4) 19 Priest takes on a lively French persona. (6) 20 See in Reg a man full of vim and vigour. (8) 23 What Piccadilly Circus used to be famous for, apart from Eros (4,6) 26 Does this glass receptacle prevent easy access and egress? (4) 27 It has been said that it's nature’s way of slowing you down. (5) 28 Warn Hal to change to a marine unicorn. (7)

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Across 6 The sort of garments that thirst for change. (1-6) 7 Hello dour one you smell. (5) 9 Belonging to you. (4) 10 Without any sign of submission. (10) 11 They're so clever they have their own TV show. (8) 13 Isle of Man races encompass information technology and incomplete bid now isn't that a tasty morsel. (6) 15 The routed troops nonetheless contained a soldier of

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1 Someone who finds themselves busy most Sundays. (10) 2 Try endlessly to put gold before mother. It will cause shock. (6) 3 Within a shy person there is evidence of being burnt out. (4) 4 A commission that can see the wood from the trees? (8) 5 Amphibian with a Baronial lifestyle perhaps (4) 6 Chinese crime society reformed by history initially to become scanty (5) 8 Organised male royal into correct status. (7) 12 Take legal action about the avenue that's very sophisticated. (5) 14 The email of the Wild West perhaps (10) 16 Presumably that part of London containing Walford Square (4,3) 17 The political stance of a Tory supporter? Completely! (8) 21 Use rent endlessly to be certain. (6) 22 Delay the horse or put it in it. (5) 24 Goes in front of tide for least effect. (4) 25 What a dog a man and a nail can have in common (4)

The words to search for are all drawn from “Take This Month.” They are:DISRUPTION RUCKSACK COUNTRYSIDE ANGLESEY LIGHTHOUSES PLATFORM HOUSESTEADS HERITAGE IMAGINARY CHAMPAGNE

MINDBENDER ANSWERS: Across 6) T shirt 7) odour 9) your 10) unyielding 11) eggheads 13) titbit 15) hero 17) ovary 18) loge 19) esprit 20) energise 23) neon lights 26) ajar 27) death 28) narwhal Down 1) churchgoer 2) trauma 3) ashy 4) forestry 5) toad 6) thong 8) ranking 12) suave 14) telegraphy 16) East End 17) outright 21) ensure 22) stall 24) neap 25) hang

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Casa Katrina Villa, Costa del Sol, Spain A relaxing, quiet villa in the Costa del Sol mountains! Fully furnished, air-conditioned villa with private pool.

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Buying a classic car Research is very important to the successful purchase of a classic car. Apart from the model, price ranges, specification, and also other expenses related to the car you fancy – i.e. insurance – all the checks should be more thorough than for a modern car, because of the age of the vehicle and the cost of correcting potential faults ... Explore the Choices Are you looking for a project, or a classic for everyday use? Check out, for example, The Enthusiasts’ Guide to Buying a Classic British Sports Car which includes model- specific checks with a 100-point checklist and guidance for the inspection and buying process.

Know the Model – Join the Owners Club A prospective classic car buyer would be wise to join the relevant owners club. Apart from having lists of cars for sale in their magazine they provide expert knowledge. They usually have networks of engineers, inspectors and local groups who can help the buyer when examining a selected car. They can give guidance on every aspect of the model and its history; weaknesses and maintenance issues; costs and considerations

agreed with the seller and a receipt obtained for any deposit paid. On collection, re-check specification, the documents and any numbers before making the final payment.

Professional Support and Advice:

Check the Paperwork

Use Specialist Inspector or Engineers

Check the validity of the registration documents and make sure that the model, specification and chassis Number (Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) match the paperwork. It is also useful to check whether the engine number matches any documentation and is contemporary with the car. Old cars may have had their engine replaced but for many models matching or original engines add to the value.

If inexperienced, or when inspecting complex models, a buyer is advised to use knowledgeable support. Any fees will be money well spent as such experts will save money by identifying, possibly expensive, problems before purchase. For instance: an engine rebuild on a pre-war MG can cost over £10,000.

Be Prepared If the historic car is not local, then it is a good idea to use a trailer. The reliability of a just-purchased classic will be uncertain and it will be very trusting to embark on a 200mile journey, so collect the vehicle later. There are basic precautions to be taken. An inventory, perhaps with photographs, should be

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Volvo 123GT Amazon (list price £1372 in 1967). Solid, reliable and perfectly usable.

The service history file that comes with most classic cars should be reviewed. Check invoices for when major work was undertaken and for warnings that may have been documented. Major restorations should be supported by photographs of work in progress. These will give an insight into how thoroughly the work was done – were the parts

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tell whether a car has a loan secured on it, is stolen, or has been written off and often validate mileage. If you use 86300 from your mobile phone, the basic check is only £3.

Warranty A written warranty should be provided if there is one; either through insurance, possibly transferable, or at a dealers own risk. Private sales on older vehicles are usually at buyer’s risk. Triumph Stag (list price £2399 in 1972). Smell the hai karate aftershave.

actually replaced and if structural, like sills, was the car properly supported whilst they were removed. Most important: are the photographs really of the car being sold? It is wise to make a written note of any statements about condition, work undertaken or promises made by the seller.

Particular Checks All cars have their own weaknesses that need to be checked and that knowledge is available from model experts and owners clubs. Many old cars have a tendency to suffer from problems with of corrosion, cooling, suspension and a shorter engine and gearbox life than modern cars, so you must factor in regular servicing.

Back at Home Once the vehicle is at the buyer's home a detailed check should be made and any discrepancy or issues noted and taken up immediately with the vendor, especially if they were dealers or there is a warranty. Then use your classic car and enjoy it – after all, that is what it is all about! Adrian Priestley, Chisbon Restorations References; M-Dash magazine: The Enthusiasts’ Guide to Buying a Classic British Sports Car.

Proof of Ownership Does the seller have title to the vehicle – are they registered owner? It is wise to check there is no outstanding finance on the vehicle. A HPI check can

Reliant Scimitar GTE SE5i (list price £1759 in 1968). Reasonably practical, rust-free,great value.

Your local classic vehicle specialist For servicing, repairs and restoration to a very high standard please contact Adrian Priestley on 01255 862626 or via www.chisbon.com

Unit 2 Lower Barn Farm, Quay, Lane, Beaumont, Essex, CO160BB

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The Wedding Page For most of us, our wedding day proves the idyll that we have waited for, the fairy tale come true ... And even if the long term reality does not live up to our expectations, the day itself is hopefully one of euphoria, and building happy memories; but sadly this is not always the case - and, for an unlucky few, what should have been a dream come true turned into a nightmare. Stories of misfortunes in all guises are rife and although they represent only a comparatively small percentage of the thousands of happy outcomes, that is of no consolation to the unfortunate few. As none of us has any guarantee of wedding day Utopia, it might well be worth considering insurance. From about £60 upwards you can get up to £30,000 for cancellation, £2.5 million personal liability £5000 for loss of rings, plus a variety of other cover options. In most cases the management of your chosen venue should have personal liability insurance, so your main

concerns are likely to be unavoidable cancellation and loss or theft of rings and presents. I know that another £60-odd pounds to be found is not a pleasant prospect, particularly as there is a strong probability that the insurance will not be needed, but in the overall scheme of things it is small beer and in this case the old adage of ‘rather be safe than sorry’ is definitely valid. There are many packages on the market offering a variety of differing levels of cover for the various aspects of your wedding day, and I would suggest you use either an old-fashioned insurance broker or one of the insurance comparison web sites, to find one tailor-made for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 01255 674455 or email me: toastmasterjohn@btinternet.com

We cater for all types of photography, specialising in weddings and social occasions, also events and corporate, favouring the more natural and informal style many refer to as 'reportage' or 'photo-journalist' when shooting a Wedding or social event.

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Maritime Ipswich Summer Festival Back and revamped for the 21st Century, Maritime Ipswich will be once again be gracing the shores of the Ipswich Waterfront for the weekend of the 21st and 22nd August 2011 … It has been fourteen years since the last Maritime Festival and Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich Central are working hard to deliver a memorable weekend; in association with ABP, Ipswich Waterfront Action, Old Gaffers Association, Ipswich Maritime Trust and CAMRA. This major two-day summer festival will be a celebration of all things nautical, and will for the first time incorporate the Ipswich Beer Festival which presents an exciting opportunity for both Maritime Ipswich and the Beer Festival to evolve into one entity, and become a permanent vibrant, dynamic fixture on the Ipswich events calendar.

There will be a food and drink court with more than twenty stalls full of local Suffolk produce and opportunities to create your own picnic to sit and enjoy whilst watching the sights and sounds of the Maritime entertainment, which will include a musket firing zone, static Spitfire displays, World War Two enactments and displays and children’s entertainment in the form of fairground rides and Popblast – the UK’s number one band for kids. Maritime Ipswich will also be a great opportunity for local quayside entities such as Issacs, the Waterfront, the Brewery Tap and Kai Bar to showcase their businesses – alongside a backdrop of impressive traditional, classic and working vessels.

Over the course of the weekend there will be period re-enactments, dance performances, displays and stalls, live traditional music, open-air performances, fireworks and much more. The Old Gaffers will be bringing over fifty classic historical vessels into the Waterfront marina and will feature a variety of water activities over the course of the weekend; including blindfolded water racing, and rowing, sculling and sailing dinghies.

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Protech TV Providing the Latest Tech for Multi-room Audio and TV with Hidden Cables ... My name is Ray, I specialise in Custom Installations and Multi-room Audio and Video from Basic setup and tuning, to Full Design and Installation of LCD or Plasma Screens with Hidden Cables. Installing the set on the wall is a great way to save space and it looks great. A custom installation from Protech TV will not only look fantastic, it will be connected, set-up and integrated the correct way with your other equipment, to get the best out of the TV. Installations will have no visible cables and also the option of hidden Sky Box/DVD etc with full control via the TV.

I ensure that all installations are to the highest quality, taking that extra time and care to create the perfect job. I can mount your screen on any type of wall, reposition sky, aerial and mains points enabling you to have the screen mounted wherever you want it. Cables are installed into the wall; sometimes even without the need to chase out; and great care is always taken to achieve a faultless finish. Please call Ray on 01206 864422 or 07779 860251 or email me at ray@protechtv.co.uk

I provide a free site survey to design and discuss the options available for installing wall mounted Screens.

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The East shows talent at Tri Golf Finals day! Stoke by Nayland Golf Club hosted over 90 children last month, who were all hoping to become the East Region Tri Golf champions! Nine schools; each bringing a team of ten pupils; travelled from counties all across the East Region after winning their local and county qualifiers … The rain didn’t seem to dampen their spirits as was shown in the pupils’ excitement and determination to score as many points as possible on the 8 station, Tri Golf putting and chipping skills’ challenge circuit. Along with the Tri Golf games, two of the PGA professionals at Stoke by Nayland - Sarah Graves and Andrew Tokely - gave each of the teams a mini coaching session on the driving range; letting them experience using “real” golf clubs and balls, many for the first time.

winners of the competition were eventually announced as Mandeville Primary School from Hertfordshire who scored a massive 1399 points. Pear Tree Mead Primary school from Essex and Woodlands Primary School in Norfolk took the second and third place, with very respectable scores of 1320 and 1307.

Trick Shots!

Mandeville Primary School have now gone on to represent the East Region at the National Tri Golf Primary School Competition at Loughborough University on the 6th July and competed against teams from all regions of England, Scotland and Wales. Katie Cooper, East Region Development Officer for the Golf Foundation said, “ A big thank you to Stoke by Nayland Golf Club for hosting and providing a great backdrop for the event.” The competitive spirit between the pupils (and the teachers!) was clear to see, with everyone wanting to win the coveted trophy and a place at the National Final. It was obvious the scores were going to be tight with some brilliant displays of talent from all schools involved. While the scores were being added up, Kevin Carpenter from KC Golf Shows put on an excellent trick shot show, demonstrating some unbelievable talent using oversized drivers, gym balls and a unicycle! With the tension suitably high, the

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East Region Junior Tri Golf Finals at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club Driving Range.

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The Dental Studio

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Last month we gave you an introduction to Botulinum Toxic (Commonly known as Botox). This month Stephen Pitt of The Dental Studio, talks about the uses for Botox, which he has been treating patients with since 2003 … Commonly known uses are for line reduction such as forehead wrinkles , crows feet (lines around the eyes) and Glabella lines (lines in-between the eyes). However it received FDA approval for treatment of chronic migraines on October 15, 2010. Charities and neurologists who treat the condition say the injections, which are normally used as a cosmetic treatment to “freeze” the muscles in the forehead, and slow the progression of wrinkles, can help people who suffer from chronic attacks. The toxin is injected into the head and neck to treat these chronic headaches. Research published last year suggested that for those suffering from chronic migraines – classed as suffering more than 15 days a month – the number of attacks could be halved for a period of six months, with two courses of the injections. Estimates suggest around 700,000 adults – 2 per cent of the population – suffer from chronic migraines. Dr Mark Weatherall, a consultant neurologist from Charing Cross Hospital, said some patients who had been given the treatment had seen their number of attacks fall to zero.

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This injectable muscle relaxant is one of the most popular treatments in aesthetic practices worldwide.

What is Botulinum Toxin? Botox is mostly used to eliminate frown lines, crows’ feet, forehead lines and lip lines. More advanced techniques can also be used to lift brows, smooth lip lines, prevent or relax chin lines caused by tense muscles and stop teeth grinding.

What does the treatment involve? We begin with a short consultation, where we determine the patients’ needs and desires. A medical form is then completed to ensure that the patient is fit and healthy to proceed with treatment. A topical anaesthetic gel is applied to the area to be treated and left for about 15 minutes to take effect, the injections however are painless and the gel is not always needed. The practitioner will then study your facial muscles to see how they work; as individuals can differ. Then small amounts of Botulinum Toxin are precisely injected into the certain muscles in the face and neck. The treatment will take around 30 minutes and the results will be visible approximately 2 to 3 days later and will last 3 – 6 months.

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Colchester & East Essex Cricket Club The season approaches a climax, and with all the sections featuring in exciting situations … The Junior section has over 150 members and ranging in age from 5 to 16 - the most the Club has ever had. Every Sunday, morning practice sessions are enjoyed at Castle Park, with the youngest members partaking in Kwik Cricket tournaments around the district, where plastic bats and tennis balls are used. The older members play hard ball cricket, the opposition being clubs in the North Essex District Junior Leagues. The Under 11s play eight-a-side cricket and have won seven out of the eight, which for some members is their introduction to competitive cricket. The Under 12s have gone one better, winning all their matches, with Ben Allison and Charlie Fernandes both scoring centuries, which are remarkable achievements in 20-over cricket. Sam Chapman is the sole century maker for the Under 13s. He achieved it against Eight Ash Green, in one of five victories in six matches played. Although the Under 14s have been less successful, they have won three of their matches, while the Under 15s are League champions, with eight wins and a tie in nine games. The Under 16s in the Essex-wide Matchplay competition have had difficulty in fielding their strongest eleven and have therefore lost more games than they have won, but a number of excellent individual performances have been achieved. Meanwhile, the Ladies have retained the North Section of the Beaumont Seymour League that

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they won last season. They have now qualified for Finals’ Day at the County Ground, Chelmsford on Saturday 30th July, v. Great Waltham in the Semi at 1pm and if successful, in the Final at 5pm v. Kelvedon or Abberton. In the Men’s Section, Shepherd Neame Essex League, the Third eleven in Division 3 are joint 2nd; the Second eleven lead Division 1 and the First eleven are currently 3rd in the Premier Division. While the First eleven on Sundays are mid-table in the Piri Piri Premier, the Second eleven are currently second in Division Two. So the season is building up to an exciting climax, with several of the Club’s sides well placed for honours. For complete details of the Club’s forthcoming fixtures, please visit the website www.colchestercricket.org.

Some recent results: Saturday 23rd July 1st XI lost to Ardleigh Green. 2nd XI beat Hutton (Simon Gilhooly 95no). 3rd XI lost to Hornchurch.

Club Summer Events Saturday 20th August Help for Heroes Charity Ball

Friday 16th September Players’ Player Awards Night

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Life Management Sport in general and golf in particular leads the field in giving a powerful insight into improving other areas of our lives ‘In a game which is, I believe, intended to be played on grass, few golfers would dispute the mystical magnetism that sand and water possess’ A brief search of the internet will reveal a wealth of quotes from expected sources like golfing professionals Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, comedians and actors including Bob Hope, Dean Martin (‘If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt)’ to the less expected, evangelical preacher Billy Graham (‘The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course,’) and Princess Anne; even the poet William Wordsworth said ‘Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.’ Clearly, although not everyone displays a comprehension of the passion which the game arouses in its devotees, at least they acknowledge it. Modern day professionals like Westwood, McIlroy and Clarke display the remarkable control and focus which accompanies 1000’s of hours of painstaking practice and even they fall prey to attention shifts. Learning any kind of skill that involves co-ordination takes us through a series of phases ranging from a

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lack of technical skills to a programmed, almost instinctive performance which in time becomes ingrained by repetition. This place, known as ‘the zone,’ is the ideal mental state from which athletes, sportsmen and sportswomen can deliver their peak performance. It is a relaxed, balanced state of sensory connection to the unconscious mind and as long as the mind stays clear of the background barrage of instructions which the conscious mind often delivers when it feels under threat and pressure, the performance quality of this unimpeded connection is close to the individual’s optimum. Dealing with distractions in order to protect this fragile flow is seen as the single most important aspect of producing peak sporting performance. Bunkers, lakes and streams prove that even a static hazard can disrupt it with disastrous consequences. Developing mind management draws on relaxation, belief change, language use and teaches the immensely powerful skill of creative visualisation to leverage dramatic improvements in sport, and the results achieved can be just as remarkable in other areas where success depends on focussing the attention on the desired conclusion and harnessing the emotions to bring it about. As in mastering most skills, we find that the best results are obtained from a results focused, purpose-driven practical one to one session, or through small group workshops which are equally effective in generating rapid improvements in sport, study and/or career advancement. This is why companies, individuals, schools and colleges are realising that mind management provides ‘certain skills for succeeding in uncertain situations.’ If you are serious about getting the best results from your efforts and are interested in the advantage that this can give you, call Gerry Weatherley to learn more.

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Community & Health

Clowns in the Sky Children at the Colchester University Hospital in Turner Road have been presented with their own legacy of laughter, thanks to a charity called Clowns in the Sky and a special little girl called Jennifer … For a child suffering with a brain tumour, the chance to play is an essential distraction. Clowns in the Sky have provided the children’s ward with not only one of their Arts and Crafts Activity Trolleys but also one of their portable Sensory Trolleys too. The Trolleys are designed to offer stimulation and fun activities during times when playrooms may be closed, especially in the evenings and at weekends. Space is restricted in children’s wards and parents with sick children often spend weeks on end in hospital, literally bored to bits. Children with cancer are often unable to get out of bed or need to be kept in isolation to prevent the risk of infection, yet they still want to play and have some fun. The inspiration behind Clowns in the Sky came from a special little girl called Jennifer, who despite battling with a serious brain tumour found a sense of fun in each day of her treatment. It’s this sense of fun that has now been captured and is being actively promoted in children’s oncology wards throughout the UK. After a nine-month battle with an aggressive grade 4 tumour, Jennifer died, aged just three. Clowns in the Sky is Jennifer’s legacy to us, because one day after treatment she looked out of the car window and said, “Look Mummy there are Clowns in the Sky!” Colchester University Hospital is one of over 30 hospitals across England to benefit from an activity trolley and have also been fortunate to receive one of the first twenty sensory trolleys. Carolyn Horsfield, Play Specialist is delighted, as is Sam Simpson, one of the amazing Clowns Volunteers. Carolyn enjoyed exploring the special toys and was very excited about introducing both trolleys to the children. Donna said, “It was great to deliver them to the hospital and they

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seemed to be a hit with one little girl ‘Kiera’ who was on hand to give some of the items a test run. Kiera seemed to like anything pink, and particularly enjoyed playing with the wiggly centipede.” The Big Lottery has made the placing of these amazing trolleys possible, but we still need support from individuals, community groups and businesses in raising funds to re-fill the arts and crafts items, to be able to support parents with small grants that can sometimes make the bigger things easier to cope with, and also to pay for children’s entertainers to visit hospitals”. If you are interested in volunteering and/or raising funds for Clowns in the Sky or would like to find out about forthcoming events then please do visit our website: www.clownsinthesky.org or contact Donna on: 01708 756169 or email her at: donna.clownsinthesky@hotmail.co.uk Please note: Both Sam and Donna will be taking part in a Firewalk on 10th September, and welcome donations on their Justgiving Pages. Please visit the website www.justgiving.com Clowns in the Sky, registered charity number 1105195, offers support to children suffering brain tumours and cancer.

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Wildlives Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre Lara Townsend shares a Newsletter with Elite readers ... Bats and Birds Last month as usual was a busy month, but the number of garden bird admissions was down 50% on last year. This is worrying because it signals that the drought conditions that led up to July have taken their toll and that parent birds have not been able to find enough food for themselves, let alone to rear their young. Since the rain, the numbers have picked up and admissions to the centre are much closer to the level we would anticipate at this time of year. The centre has seen an increase in the number of bats being brought in recently, most of these being juveniles. The majority have either fallen from the roost and become victims of cat attacks, or have been dropped when Mum was flying. Juveniles are time consuming to look after, requiring plenty of space for flying so that they can learn to catch insects. Rosie is very grateful therefore, that Jan Rag from the Essex Bat Group has kindly taken these on and is rearing them ready for release.

Cygnets Two cygnets have been recent arrivals at the centre. One was brought in after being found at Clacton Golf Course on the verge of death, but after intensive care has made a speedy recovery. Swans are gregarious animals, so following his recovery this chap was quick to befriend one of the hundred plus ducklings Wildlives has had in this year. A couple of weeks later there was a call from the RSPCA following the rescue of a cygnet that had got badly caught

up in discarded fishing tackle at Alresford. The cygnet was one of a brood that had experienced difficulties as a result of the fishing line and had to be taken to Wildlives to be treated for leg injuries. This one had a lucky escape, due to the vigilance of the member of the public who alerted the RSPCA. However, other animals are not so lucky and discarded tackle like this can prove to be lethal. The two cygnets have now become firm friends, but for one little duckling the new arrival has meant the end of a beautiful friendship!

Fat Hogs This character is affectionately known as ‘Fat Hog’, who was brought in after being found out in daylight. The average healthy hedgehog should weigh in at 600-800 grams, but our little friend tipped the scales at a whopping 1400 grams! Apart from some minor hedgehog related problems, there was nothing to explain why he should have been out in daylight and why he was so lethargic. However, what was clear was that Fat Hog, who was quite content to just lie by his food bowl, needed an exercise regime. Initially there was some quietly determined resistance to this and he would simply refuse to move. Hydrotherapy became a possible option, which worked well to begin with. Fat Hog is not daft though, and quickly discovered where the shallow end was! He would simply head there and lie down again. Rosie and the volunteers have to be congratulated on their determination, which has finally got the better of our rather large friend. Fat Hog is now gradually becoming more active and even going for the odd run!

Wildlives Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre ‘Catkins’, Frating Road, Thorrington, Colchester CO7 8HT

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01206 251174/07802 767016 Opening hours: April – September 10.00am – 6.00pm Outside of Wildlives’ hours, please log on to our website for advice on what to do with a sick animal until we are open again in the morning.

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