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ISSUE 118 December 2012/ January 2013 publishing director Ian Goldsworthy Telephone: 01206 500543 editor Polly Enfield advertisement sales 01206 500543 telesales manager Ian Clark publishers Publishing Expert Ltd, P.O. Box 7391 Colchester, CO4 3WZ design and artwork contributors Polly Enfield, Chantelle Smith, Antony Sherman, Karen Ward, Peter Constable, Steve Wakefield, Philip Amoss, Nick Kotarski, Ray Pile, Lara Townsend.

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December 2012/January 2013

Dear Reader Have you noticed how brilliantly the china blue skies of Autumn go with the golden colour of oak tree leaves? A stunning view out of my window as we prepare elite magazine for its Christmas edition ... It’s well worth taking a few minutes to appreciate, also to recognise how lucky we are in this neck of the golden woods compared with the flooding elsewhere in the country. Let’s hope that the weather is kind to us all as we approach the Festive Season or perhaps I should say, gallop towards the Festive Season! Elite is playing its part to support all our local communities and businesses as they all pitch to make the best of the seasonal opportunities that are out there, but I am certainly not the only one to realise that the impact of internet shopping really is huge this year. But each of us out there can do our bit to support local business, even when the lure of staying warm and dry, propped up in front of our computers, is tempting us to be lazy. As Andy Mumford says about his new kitchen showroom, nothing beats having a hands-on experience when it comes to buying things, so wrap up warmly and take in the wonderful atmosphere and excitement of our wonderful REAL Christmas shops! You’ll be missing out on so much, if you don’t.

From the Editor ...

Polly Enfield wishes all our readers a wonderful Christmas Quote of the Month ... “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” Benjamin Franklin

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In This Month’s Issue ...



Dovetails of Colchester


Makeup Artist – Chantelle Smith

– Make your dreams a reality with handmade kitchens and bespoke bedroom furniture with Dovetails of Colchester ...


Van Leasing with Vanarama

We are your local branch of a leading national commercial vehicle leasing specialist … says Philip Amoss

Take This Month

– Andrew Marr’s “History of the World” has been an amazing watch … says Polly Enfield



– This month’s Crossword and Wordsearch.



Pete’s Patch

“Home of Our Dreams” When Graham & Ruth Hadfield purchased their new home, it was their first real home for many years … says Jeremy Walsham, Director Footings Direct Ltd. Josh Wakefield

elite Food &

– After December 21st, Drink Supplement the days will gradually get lighter Reader’s recommend and therefore, more conducive to – The Three plant growth and gardening ... Horseshoes at Fordham near says Peter Constable Colchester, for a proper Sunday roast like Mum’s in a rustic pub ...

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Total Catering

– Food@The Mercury under new management with a totally new theme and look at the Mercury Theatre ....

– Get ‘Little Black Dressready’ Plan for Christmas ...


Footings Direct

– “We need to ensure we achieve the best possible opportunity for Josh to succeed,” says Steve Wakefield

Enjoy Christmas with Weight Watchers

Advertisers’ Index.................Page Abbott Photography......................37 Autobreak .....................................31 Black WIll Catering.............17/46(19) Colchester Glazing Co. Ltd ............23 CF Electrical...................................15 Damon Young Carpets...................15 Dave Neal......................................15 David Blundell ...............................18 Dovetails of Colchester....................5 Essex Bars & Catering Services.................................48(17) Footings Direct ..............................33 Furniture Medic.............................15 GDA Graphics................................35 Bodylean at Gymophobics ..............7 Gymophobics ................................11

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– Chantelle is offering some fantastic Beauty & Make-up Treatment Packages for your beauty needs ...


ISSUE 118 December 2012/ January 2013

Advertisers’ Index.................Page H&E Installations........................2/44 Hart 2 Hart Homecare ...................12 Hintlesham Golf Club................56(9) InkXpress.........................................9 John Fisher Gardener.....................29 JH Holiday Villa..............................35 John Harding Photography............36 La Cascada................................61(4) Little Fish Shop........................52(13) Littlegarth School ..........................10 Man with a Van.............................15 Millenium Paving Services.............28 Moving Memories .........................26 Mussi’s Restaurant ...........62/63(2-3) Neil J. Cain.....................................31 Oriental Cuisine .....................52(13)

Advertisers’ Index.................Page Old Siege House Restaurant ..................49/50(15-16) Peldon Rose ..............................60(5) Personal Results ............................26 Pink Star Cleaning.........................13 Protech TV .....................................21 Snake in the Grass....................40/41 Sparkling Clean .............................15 Stephen Tierney Photography........27 Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa .......................24/47(18) Thai1 Restaurant.....................51(14) Yang Style Tai Chi ..........................15 Utility Warehouse ..........................22 Vanarama......................................20

December 2012/January 2013

Dovetails of Colchester Make your dreams a reality with handmade kitchens and bespoke bedroom furniture with Dovetails of Colchester ... Instead of moving home, it is such a good time to take advantage of the low interest rates out there right now, to modernise and add value to your own property. So if it's a new bespoke kitchen or bedroom or a new extension built to accommodate them, we are here to help. Based in Colchester, on the Essex - Suffolk border, Dovetails was started in 1993, by Malcolm Norton. Malcolm began work as an antiques restorer in 1976 then moved on to specialise in new handmade kitchens and bespoke bedroom furniture in 1983. Dovetails' aim has always been to provide an excellent service. As well as fully fitted and freestanding handmade kitchens and bedrooms, we also manufacture and fit study furniture for the home as well as for commercial offices. If you prefer, we can work with your own architect or interior designer, but of course we still install to ensure a flawless fit. We can also supply all major brands of kitchen appliances including Neff, Miele, Bosch and Rangemaster, and will take care of all associated works, including electrical, plumbing and tiling. We are proud of our good working relationships with a number of local builders and property developers. From our well-equipped workshop in Fordham

we use traditional cabinet-making skills to build quality furniture. Although we specialise in the use of solid wood, we can also offer the latest hightech laminates, and thanks to personal recommendations from our many satisfied customers, we maintain a healthy order-book. References from previous customers are available upon request.

Focus – Dovetails Colchester

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Visit or call us on 01206 242001.

Dovetails of Colchester Fordham Place Barn, Bergholt Road, Fordham, Colchester, Essex CO6 3NU Tel: 01206 242001

Makers of Quality Kitchens – Luxury Bedrooms – Fine English Furniture

Specialists in Tailor-Made

Kitchens & Bedrooms That are built to Last

Tel: 01206 242001 Over 23 years experience Fordham Place Barn, Bergholt Road, Fordham, Colchester, Essex CO6 3NU


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Focus on Gymophobics

December 2012/January 2013

BODYLEAN – Another Satisfied Customer! Having seen the ad in November’s elite Magazine, “A Facelift without the Surgeon’s Knife”, I decided to treat myself … says Sonia “Come and treat yourself to a wonderful pampering facelift that uses patented technology that lifts; smooths; reduces wrinkles; firms the skin and gives you a fantastically healthy glow. Clients have seen a visible difference in just one session! It is a wonderfully relaxing treatment that will make you look and feel sensational.” Well, who could resist the charm of such an invitation? I arrived to a very warm welcome and was taken into one the treatment rooms with Joanna, who explained what was going to happen regarding the treatment. She made me feel very relaxed and assured me that this treatment was totally pain-free and non-invasive. We began with cleansing, then applying a solution to the areas that she felt needed help. Joanna then applied a small machine to my face explaining all the time what she was doing, and it really was very pleasant and pain free. This procedure was then repeated to different areas that had been chosen. My face



After just 6 months of regular facial treatments.

was then cleansed and moisturised, and it felt really smooth and clear. When I looked in the mirror, there really was a visible difference – and what a wonderful boost to my selfconfidence, just in time for the Christmas Party season. I shall most definitely be booking another treatment soon …it is on my Christmas list! Sonia

SPECIAL OFFER 4 SESSIONS JUST £99 Bodylean at Gymophobics The Mulberry Centre, Albany Gardens, Haven Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 8HT Tel: 01206 796007




After just 3 months of regular facials.

Opening Hours Monday, Wednesday: 8am-8pm Tuesday, Thursday: 9am-8pm Friday: 8am-8pm, Saturday: 9am-1pm

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Call 01206 796007 or visit Units 1& 2, The Mulberry Centre, Haven Road, Colchester CO2 8HT

Chantelle – Makeup Artist

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Makeup – Beauty – Tanning by Colchester Makeup Artist

Chantelle Smith The festive season is approaching fast and Chantelle Smith is offering some fantastic packages for all your celebrations and beauty needs …

Beauty & Make-up Treatment Packages Airbrush Makeup Flawlessly Airbrushed onto the skin to give you a professional makeup that will last all night long and includes subtle corner lashes being applied to complete your look ... £30.00

Mini Manicure & Mini Pedicure Removal of existing nail varnish. Your cuticles will be softened and tidied with a colour of choice applied to both hands and toes ... £22.00

Shellac Manicure and Spray Tan Your cuticles will be tidied and nails shaped before a Shellac colour is applied which lasts up to 14 days looking freshly done. A full body tan leaving skin glowing to your desired colour and silky smooth ... £25.00

Mini Facial and Swedish Back Neck & Shoulder Massage A Collagen cleanse, exfoliation to rid dead skin and increase cell renewal, second deeper cleanse, tone and massage with a collagen moisturizer. Following with your massage to ease muscle tension, aches and pains. It will reduce stress and promote a sense of relaxation ... £30.00 For more information and a full listing of treatments available please visit or contact Chantelle on 07769 168684 I look forward to hearing from you.

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Do you have a printer at home or in your workplace? Then save money by visiting us here at InkXpress We refill cartridges on the premises, sell compatible cartridges & laser toners as well as give friendly help and advice on your printer needs. Our customers have been coming here for the past 10 years to benefit from our low prices, quality products and personal service with a smile. Why don't you join them and visit us at InkXpress We've even given you £1 off your first purchase and our prices start from as little as £3.99 with a 100% guarantee All major brands including HP, Epson, Canon, Samsung, Lexmark ...


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LITTLEGARTH SCHOOL and NURSERY Spring Term: Thursday 28th February 10.00am - 12 noon


Independent Co-education for 21/2 - 11 year olds situated in the beautiful Stour Valley

Littlegarth School is an independent co-educational Prep School for 21/2 - 11 year olds situated in the beautiful Stour Valley, yet only four miles from Colchester Station. Founded in Dedham in 1940, it is now located at Horkesley Park near Nayland – a fine Grade II listed house ensconced in 26 acres of landscaped farm land and playing fields. Comments from our most recent ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) Report nicely sum up the school’s ethos: ‘Littlegarth School is a Preparatory School with a very strong family atmosphere, in which pupils achieve high standards and progress well …. the excellent provision for pupils’ personal development, with very good pastoral care, provides an environment in which pupils enjoy their school life’. As well as boasting excellent academic results, a high priority is given to art, drama, music, and sport at Littlegarth, with an extensive choice of extracurricular activities offered and a wide selection of appropriate resources available to use in all subjects. The school continues to build on its reputation with numerous developments. These include a new multi-use sports hall, improved sports fields, optional Saturday activities and improved and extended IT facilities. For further details, please contact: Peter H. Jones, Littlegarth School, Horkesley Park, Nayland, Colchester, CO6 4JR. Telephone: 01206 262332 Fax: 01206 263101

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Pink Star Cleaning Paula Collins has a conscientious team who pride themselves in meeting all your domestic cleaning needs ... Whether you're looking for a regular cleaning service or a spring clean, they can tailor their services to suit you and leave you with the feeling of a beautifully ‘Pink Star Cleaned’ home. Paula explains, “We are a family-run business that wishes to work with you to achieve your aims in terms of budget and cleanliness. We are able to negotiate, and we offer a service that is always friendly, professional and reliable.”

Regular Clean Our regular cleaning option is recommended as a weekly or fortnightly service and we can tailor-make it to suit your needs. We like to find out what is important to you and what you personally require from our menu, so will usually include dusting & polishing; floor-washing; vacuuming; kitchen surfaces, bathrooms and bedrooms.

above tile cleaning; lamp-shades; picture frames and ornaments; skirting boards and the outsides of kitchen units, for example.

Focus on Pink Star Cleaning

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End-of-Tenancy We provide a high quality end-of-tenancy clean. This is for customers whose tenancy is due to end, or for landlords who want their property to be in impeccable condition. Similar to a spring clean it also includes kitchen and bathroom units (inside and out); fridge & microwave cleaning; internal windows & walls and any remaining furniture being cleaned and polished. Visit to view a full list of our services including an Ironing Service and Oven Cleans.

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The Editor writes...

December 2012/January 2013


Take this month Andrew Marr’s “History of the World” has been an amazing watch … says Polly Enfield First of all, you should know that I take my hat off to any communicators of huge brain. If it’s not Stephen Fry it’s John Humphrys; or David Attenborough or Professor Brian Cox – all masters in the art of communication but, most of all, having the ability to unravel all the ‘stuff’ and present it to us via the media as if an elegant plate of nouveau cuisine, expertly trimmed and with just the right amount of jus. But to make yourself the eponymous hero of a mere History of the World must surely be more than ‘a bit of a mission’; however Andrew Marr has hit it fair and square and then served it up in such an accessible way that it has honestly got me thinking why I didn’t ever find the subject of history more interesting at school. Mind you, this presentation was not a portion of dry facts interlaced with dusty dates – it was reality, presented holistically with no real dividing lines between the history, the geography, the sociology and yes, the

psychology of the human beings who have been, and are continuing to play out, their part on Shakespeare’s global stage. But what will stick in my mind even longer than the fabulous visual production numbers that brought such reality to his narration, was Andrew Marr’s summing up of what it really means to be human. This is what gave me personally the greatest pause for thought. He described us as brilliant in our many achievements; that we know more about the world, ourselves and the universe than any other living creature on the planet; but Homo Sapiens, the wise man? Here he also paused, and had us consider instead how dangerous we are; how immoral; how ruthless – and in spite of so many good intentions that we might learn from the mistakes of the past, how rarely this actually happens as successive generations find themselves facing every day a brand new set of challenges that have little in common with those faced by previous generations. He

described our current world as high-speed; gobbling up resources at a fantastical rate; accelerating as never before, flying up in an exponential curve towards the future. We have created our own needs and are at once capable of fulfilling them, as never before, but at what cost? We have only to look at our rather pathetic attempts to recycle our daily rubbish to know that really, in the grand scheme of things, it’s a bit of a sad giggle. Nearly everyone has i-pods, pads and phones; everyone has a virtual life as well as an actual life; everyone’s expectations are sky-high. But it’s also true that everyone in the developed world is living healthier, longer lives than ever before, so we naturally want more and more of that particular cake, and who could blame us? We are also more aware now than ever before of the state of the rest of the world, as it scratches out a living (or not) in our wake; and we do try to redress some of the balance through Pudsey or Red Nose extravaganzas, so perhaps all is not lost. Whew! Ever fancy a bit of a rest from all this stuff? How about a nice, old-fashioned Christmas? A chance to sit back and reflect, relax and appreciate what really matters. I’m up for that – and thank you, Andrew Marr, for highlighting the importance of what might at first sight appear mundane. Happy Christmas!

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Across 6 Preoccupied with thought of pens I've got. (7) 7 Nautical; weigh anchor. (5) 9 Musical genre, a mixture of pop and gospel. (4) 10 Literally, no place it's not. (10) 11 An edict from the Senate perhaps? (5,3) 13 A Princely Dutch colour. (6) 15 Constituents of blood. (4) 17 Even if she can't speak she supposedly has fun. (5) 18 With a C it's a lump of something without a C he's a fit guy. (4) 19 Unmoving but the electrical version will make you jump. (6) 20 A man about town perhaps? (8) 23 If it's dull it could leave you in a lather! (5-5) 26 What the swan did well. (4) 27 Cathy is confused in a nautical setting. (5) 28 Enrol to high office in masonic terms. (7)


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1 Anna lets up, but does it with poor grace (10) 2 Little Alan follows path of family tree. (6) 3 Once was; plural. (4) 4 Parts of my land come in numerous ways. (8) 5 Something to look up to in popular churches. (4) 6 This is supposed to never lie. (5) 8 Pagan or model of excellence it's merely a matter or order. (7) 12 Grown differently and definitely not right. (5) 14 One of a group of native Indian tribes from Alaska. (10) 16 Where fresh and salt waters meet. (7) 17 Talk unkindly about someone in their absence. (8) 21 20 across might well be this. (6) 22 These suspects are normally the ones. (5) 24 This time long ago? (4) 25 Even when the PM loses his head he is still enthusiastic. (4) 1) unpleasant 2) lineal 3) were 4) manifold 5) arch 6) photo 8) paragon 12) wrong 14) Athabascan 16) estuary 17) backbite 21) dressy 22) usual 24) once 25) avid

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Health chiefs’ antibiotics warning A local pharmaceutical advisor has echoed the warning of the country’s Chief Medical Officer about the over-use of antibiotics following a significant rise in their use this year across north east Essex … Paul Breame, Pharmaceutical Advisor with North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said at times this year, antibiotic prescribing across north east Essex has been as much as 30 per cent up on the same time last year. “If people keep using antibiotics indiscriminately, they will have to address genuine serious resistance issues in the next few years. Widespread use of antibiotics for many years has already resulted in many of them being ineffective against a variety of bacteria. There are even bacteria which are now resistant to even the strongest antibiotics. We know from the feedback we receive from GPs that many people expect – often demand – antibiotics prescribed to them if they have a cold, cough, flu or ear-ache. However, the facts are that antibiotics will not help with most of these infections as the majority are caused by viruses. “It is very important people don’t treat antibiotics as a cure-all,” said Paul.

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Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria Antibiotics do not work on viruses – colds and coughs are caused by viruses Antibiotics are usually taken by mouth, but can sometimes be given into a vein (intravenous), into a muscle (intramuscular) or applied to the skin (topical) Different types of antibiotics treat different kinds of infection Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for respiratory infections when most of these are caused by viruses not bacteria Most patients are prescribed antibiotics without the doctor knowing the cause of the infection If you take antibiotics when you don’t need them, they may lose their ability to kill bacteria

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It is essential that if you are prescribed an antibiotic that you take the full course of treatment and not stop just because you are feeling better Antibiotics must never be shared with other people – they may be taking the wrong antibiotic for their infection Antibiotic resistance is growing. If the bacteria keep ‘overpowering’ the medicines we have, we may run out of ways to kill these bacteria Antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA can cause serious infections and can be spread to others in your family In appropriate use and overuse of antibiotics have been implicated in C.diff infections Resistant bacteria have to be treated with very powerful drugs which can have unpleasant side-effects Even ordinary antibiotics can give you unpleasant side effects, such as diarrhoea.

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Layer Village People’s ‘Almost New Year’ Walk Join us on this forthcoming event on Sunday, December 30th to walk off the Christmas turkey! The route takes to the footpaths and roads to ‘Blind Knights’ via Malting Green, crossing the fields to Layer Church, past Water Works Close back to the Layer Fox. It takes approximately 1.5 hours and is about 3 miles. Please follow the countryside code. This walk will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views across the reservoir and see the immense works going on at the Abberton Reservoir enhancement project. All are welcome. ● Free walk. ● Booking not required, just turn up.

We advise booking beforehand with the Layer Fox pub if you wish to eat after walk. ● Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the weather. ● Route includes uneven ground, mud and stiles. ● There will be wildlife experts on the walk. Meet up at Layer Village Hall at 1.30pm. Finish at The Layer Fox pub for drinks approximately 3.30pm. For more information contact Rachel Read (Liaison) on 01206 734336.

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Enjoy Christmas with Do you want to be healthier, happier & slimmer this Christmas? Get ‘Little Black Dress-ready’ with Weight Watchers ... If the Christmas party season is filling you with dread about what to wear, you’re not alone. A recent study from Weight Watchers found that almost two thirds (63%) of women snub invitations at least once a month because they can’t find anything to wear that makes them feel confident, and over half of them dread going to parties for fear of looking overweight. Four out of ten invent fake excuses to turn down invites because of their appearance, whilst six out of ten feel inferior to their slimmer friends. Some 27% also feel they are letting their partner down by being overweight. Looking ahead to the Christmas party season, one in four will turn down invitations to festive get-togethers because they feel they are too large to look attractive in any yuletide outfits with as many as 69% feeling intimidated by slim-looking women. The study also revealed that losing weight or having a great outfit to wear made 66% feel better about themselves. But Weight Watchers is here to help – and now is the perfect time to decide to feel fabulous for the festive season. Local Weight Watchers Leader Karen Ward says: “Slow and

steady weight loss is not only healthier, but more sustainable too. If you start now, you can be feeling fabulous for the festive season!” Karen continues, “And remember whether it’s Christmas or another celebration, you don’t have to go without to lose weight – or conversely, go off track to have a good time. Here are some ways that you can enjoy the festive season, whilst still seeing success at the scales: Drink Dilemmas - Alcohol can hinder weight loss by lowering your resolve and providing extra calories. And those festive wines and beers can also lead you to eat and drink more than you planned. Solution - It’s all in the choice: By making smarter choices, you can still enjoy a tipple without tipping the scales. Try swapping a 175ml glass of wine for a 25ml vodka and soda. Or swap a pint of Guinness for half a pint of lager.

Snack Attack - When you’re sticking to a food plan, the abundance of savoury and sweet snacks around at this time of year can make you feel driven to distraction! Solution - Nibble knowhow: If you snack; track! Be aware of the ProPoints® values and portion sizes of the foods you like. Keep track of what you eat and drink and you can still see success at the scales. Chocolate Overload Boxes of chocolates adorning your work place? Stocking your cupboards at home with treats for visitors? With chocolate all around, it can be hard to resist. Solution - Plan your treats: If chocolate spells heaven for you, plan for it. Create room in your ProPoints® budget so you can enjoy a treat without worry. Karen Ward runs three meetings per week across Colchester and Braintree. Contact Karen at KWard@ For more information on Weight Watchers ProPoints® plan or to find your nearest meeting call 0845 345 1500, or log on to website.

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December 2012/January 2013

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Lighting levels, when measured after about six months of use, maintained an average performance of 93.6%. Lighting accounts for approximately 20 per cent of the electricity used in domestic homes in the UK. The Energy Saving Trust has always considered energyefficient lighting an important area, and has led several different initiatives in this sector.

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Local Business Network Group A new business networking group has been set up by a group of Elmstead Market - based business women … Essex Girls in Business was set up as a joint initiative between local Chartered Accountant, Suzanne Howlett, Sam Lilley of Sea Breeze Catering, Joanna Rigby of Gymophobics and Sacha Brakenbury of Learning Academies Limited. Open to all Essex-based business women, the group meets once a month in the Sea Breeze Café in the village, to discuss and share business ideas and tips. The group aims to celebrate and promote the work of local businesses while hopefully generating new work and encouraging mutual support. They already have lots of ideas in the pipeline to expand the effectiveness of the

network group and would welcome any new members. As our members increase, it is hoped groups will be able to meet all over the county.

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Pete’s Patch With the shortest day of the year being December 21st – most of the days will be at their darkest for longest, but after that date, the days will gradually get lighter and therefore, more conducive to plant growth and gardening ... says Peter Constable If it has been frosty by the time you are reading this, once the soil has thawed you will need to firm in newly-planted shrubs and trees that might have been loosened. Take advantage of hedges and shrubs being dormant by pruning any old and congested growths and continue to protect tender plants with fleece to beat the cold. Remember to cut out totally green growths on variegated shrubs to


prevent reversion. If the lawn is fairly dry and needs it, give it a light mowing; if not, keep off, unless you are aerating or raking to remove fallen leaves. Do not waste this bounty - leaf mould is a valuable source of nutrients, so save as many as you can for use next year. Continue to harvest Brussels sprouts, leeks, parsnip, winter cabbage and cauliflower, putting all unwanted growths on the compost heap, unless it is diseased, in which case consign it to the bonfire. Now is an ideal time to plant garlic. The cloves grow best when they have been subject to some cold weather, then when the soil warms up they take on a new lease of life. Home grown garlic is simply the best. Now that the leaves have fallen, it is the ideal time to prune apples and pears,

by reducing leading shoots by about two thirds. However, do not prune any stone fruit plum, peach, damson, cherry, greengage, apricot etc – as at this time they may well succumb to disease. The best time to prune these is in early summer. Finish off tidying flower beds, removing weeds and fallen leaves that would harbour slugs and snails. When it is frost free, keep the soil on the move with a hoe between plants, being especially careful between bulbs to prevent damage which reduces the chances of flowering. There is always something to do in the garden during the winter months, indeed, many of the jobs can only be done in the winter, so if the weather permits, do take advantage by putting on some waterproof footwear,

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warm clothes and enjoy the exercise and fresh air. If you need help in your garden, call 07887 660711 and ask for Pete. If I can help I will, especially if you live in Colchester. My hourly charge is quite modest.


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‘Let’s get Essex moving’ say the county’s MP’s and businesses Essex MP’s have joined forces with many of the county’s leading businesses for the launch of the Essex Business Transport and Infrastructure Forum (EBTIF) at Portcullis House in London … EBTIF has been established by Essex Chambers of Commerce in conjunction with Witham MP, Priti Patel, to bring together the county’s Members of Parliament and leaders of the Essex business community. With congestion on many of the county’s roads growing, business owners and directors told MPs of the amount of time that they, their staff and customers waste in getting held up on the roads; and the cost to them all, as a result. Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, said, “I was delighted when Priti Patel wrote to us and asked for our help in setting up this Forum. Our members regularly complain to us about our road network, so to be able to get most of the county’s MPs in one room to talk with first hand, is excellent.” Priti Patel, MP for Witham, added, “Essex has a strong entrepreneurial spirit that is in danger of being held back by lack of


investment in our infrastructure. No-one has really sought evidence from businesses about how this affects them, so that we can make the case for Essex to ministers. But working with Essex Chambers, we aim to do just that.” Alastair Welch, Managing Director of London Southend Airport, said, “Road congestion is a fundamental barrier to growth for my business, in particular key junctions and the last mile to my premises. I therefore welcome this opportunity created by Essex Chambers and Priti Patel to meet with our MPs and put the case for government investment in Essex.”

Essex Chambers of Commerce Tel: 01206 765277 Fax: 01206 578073 Email: Colchester office: 8/9 St. Peters Court, Colchester, Essex CO1 1WD

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Footings Direct: The Home of Our Dreams When Graham & Ruth Hadfield purchased their new home, it was their first real home for many years … says Jeremy Walsham Graham, a retired Army chaplain and his wife, had previously lived wherever the army posted them. Their chosen retirement property overlooks the estuary at Mersea Island but it needed much work to make it suitable for their needs. Jeremy Walsham, Managing Director of Footings Direct Ltd, a Colchester based company, said, “We are delighted to welcome Graham & Ruth to the area and equally pleased to have undertaken this extension and renovation package for them. We are all proud of the final result. I believe the pictures speak for themselves.” Then, to quote Graham himself, "Both


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December 2012/January 2013


Decision time for Steve Wakefield “We need to ensure we achieve the best possible opportunity for Josh to succeed,” says Steve Wakefield, MD & Founder of Colchester Communications Company Ltd … It’s been a very tough season for Josh Wakefield, Colchester’s highly promising young racing driver. After a reasonably successful season with a total of five podium finishes, including a 2nd place in the first race of two at Spa, driving a 3.5 litre Ginetta G50 in the British GT4 series, he stepped up to drive the powerful, 3.7 litre Ginetta G55. “It should have been so good,” sighs Josh, “but when a car is unreliable and there are issues with preparation there are bound to be problems both in qualifying and actual racing. It wasn’t all bad though. It was good to drive such a powerful car and I managed to get on to a few podiums and weighed in with a fastest lap at Croft. This showed I had the ability to drive very fast but sadly the car’s set-up was often not right and even when it was OK the reliability wasn’t good enough for us to make a consistent challenge for the whole season. “It was all summed up for me half way round Croft when the car started to fill with smoke. I shut my visor and planned to open my door going down the straight to clear the smoke. Suddenly, the car erupted into flames and I had to get out quick. A Marshall stood in shock as I grabbed the fire extinguisher and put the fire out myself. In spite of that I had still managed the fastest lap, so there was still something positive to take away. With the memories still vivid and with next season looming this is the time when Steve Wakefield, Josh’s father, has to play a vital part in deciding

what car his son will now drive. “Being in the right car and having a quality support team is the priority but all factors have to be taken in consideration. The budget is the other key issue,” explains Steve. “We need to achieve the best possible opportunity for Josh to succeed but, at the same time we have to be realistic about the overall cost. Motor racing is a very expensive business. I accept that it is a precarious balancing act between the various priorities as we consider the options of what class to race in and then decide which team has the best car and organisation to maximise Josh’s talent.…..all within a fair and reasonable budget. Gathering all the information and sorting this out is difficult because when we’ve decided which class to go for, we must then consider which teams offer the best overall deal for Josh”. Says Josh, “Mum and Dad have been absolutely brilliant in supporting me so much. The family finance is vital, of course, since racing is so expensive, but it goes further than that. The whole family has helped and encouraged me in every way possible. I’m desperately ambitious to be successful in motor racing but most of all I want to succeed to make them proud of me.”

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the reception. Nice to be popular! If requested, I can offer the use of a regimental dress sword for cutting the cake. This is usually placed into two slotted wooden blocks, with the scabbard alongside. At this particular wedding, there were several young children and before the guests had taken their places at table and were milling around renewing acquaintances, I spotted that the scabbard was being dragged around the room behind a little boy of about four. Fortunately he wasn’t strong enought to wield what he obviously believed was a sword, or he might have knocked someone’s hat off, at the very least. As it was, I gently relieved him of it and placed it well out of the reach, uttering silent thanks that he hadn’t dislodged the sword itself from its blocks. As a Wedding Toastmaster I have to be ready for the unexpected and be able to adapt to any and all circumstances. After all, that’s what I am paid for.

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Focus on Wildlives

December 2012/January 2013

Wildlives Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre Much of this month’s newsletter is devoted to the difficulties faced by our hedgehog population this year ...

Hedgehog Crisis A couple of months ago we covered some of the issues that had come to light, largely due to the weather conditions over the past nine months. A number of hedgehogs came out of hibernation late and subsequently had a late first litter. As we predicted, these then went on to have a late second litter. This isn’t unusual, every year there is a problem with second litters, but this year the problem is on a much larger scale and some of the hoglets are weighing in at less than 200gr. In the seven days prior to writing this newsletter, the centre had taken in around forty tiny hoglets and there are probably thousands more out there that will die very soon unless they are brought in. Normally, the concern is about them going into hibernation underweight, but this year they won’t even make it to start hibernation. The juveniles arriving at Wildlives are barely alive, hypothermic and suffering from severe dehydration and starvation. Any hedgehog out in daylight, big or small, please gather it up and put it in a box on a hot water bottle,

A severely underweight juvenile (left) and a hedgehog ready for hibernation.

wrapped up in a towel with some food and water and contact the centre. If you find one baby it is highly likely to have siblings, there can be between four and six in a litter. So, if you find one, do scout around and try and find the rest of the litter. Putting a dish of cat food near a door or window, where you can see it, will attract the hoglets and allow you to get hold of them easily. We really need to do everything we can to support the survival of our hedgehog population.

Albino Hedgehog

Fatal cat attacks

Little Angel, as she has been named, came in with serious and extensive wounds, one particularly nasty one on her chest that goes deep into the chest cavity. She was also suffering with a compound fracture. Her leg needs to be amputated, but she must be built up before any surgery can take place. At the moment she is still too weak and debilitated for this, however her other wounds are starting to close up, which is good news.

So far this year, the centre has admitted over one thousand birds; most of these have been the victims of cats. In the last few weeks migratory birds, such as redwing, woodcock and goldfinch have been coming in from Siberia and Eastern Europe and are arriving absolutely exhausted, making them vulnerable to attack. Several woodcock have arrived, landed and immediately been savaged and mauled by cats. Sadly, all of the injuries sustained by the migratory birds have been too severe for them to be saved. CATS - Please keep them in at night, they are not nocturnal!

She won’t be released after her operation because as an albino she will be vulnerable to predation and disease. If she recovers, we have an enclosed and secure garden waiting for her.

Happy Christmas to all our supporters and volunteers, without whom Wildlives would not exist. Thank you. Wildlives Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre ‘Catkins’, Frating Road, Thorrington, Colchester CO7 8HT

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December 2012/January 2013

A Review of Colchester & East Essex Cricket Club‘s 2012 Season The season was meant to be a very memorable one for the Club - it was its 150th after all. In the end, however, the victor was the weather, with so many games affected by rain both early and late in the season … says Peter Constable In the Essex Senior League the 1st XI finished a creditable 5th; the 2nd XI just missed out on the Runners-Up spot in their first season back in their Premier Division; and the 3rd XI were champions in Division 3 and promoted in only their second season in existence. The performance of the year belonged to Gareth Fisher, taking nine wickets for four runs including three wides against Woodford Wells at Castle Park. The visitors scored just 24, the Club knocking off the runs without loss. Ben Foakes and Reece Topley represented England Under-19s in the World Cup and were losing quarter finalists. Ollie Bocking joined the Essex Fast Bowling Academy and other representative honours included three players in the Essex Under-12 and Under-17 teams, and a record number of Club boys and girls representing either Essex or Suffolk Junior teams. The Girls’ Under-16s won the Essex County Girls’ Match Play Cup and the Club entered a Girls’ Under-11 team in the District League for the first time. Charlie Ellison, aged seven, appeared

Girls U16 Matchplay winners - scoring 231 for 6 off 40 overs with Rebecca Neill amassing a spectacular 107no off 84 balls and bowled Bentley CC out for 81 in 28 overs at the County Ground at Chelmsford.

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2nd XI vs Woodford Wells - a tense, low scoring game that the Club finally won by 2 wickets.

on YouTube and starred in an Essex County Cricket Club promotion video for Twenty20 games and the ICC commissioned a documentary on Charlie and the Club to be shown worldwide. Charlie’s brother Ben scored 138 for Essex Under12s against Yorkshire in a Twenty20 game at Taunton. Off the field, the main square has been extended and a new Junior square added on the eastern side of the ground. A new scoreboard and a mobile net were purchased and both put to regular use. The Summer Ball at Castle Park celebrated the 150th anniversary, which is also being marked by the publication later this month of the Club’s Official History, ‘The First Gentlemen Players in the Area’ by Colin Perkins and Peter Constable. Contact Colin on 07795 473426 if you would like a copy. All proceeds are going towards refurbishment of the Clubhouse. Next season promises to be equally eventful, but sadly 1st XI captain Julian Russell has resigned. He has been a great ambassador for the Club and has scored over 10,000 runs in 8 seasons. He will be sadly missed.


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WHAT’S ON Diary Dates

2012 in Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1TJ

Sunday 9th December

Saturday 15th December

Santa Fun Run

Wivenhoe Farmers Market Wivenhoe Congregational Church

Over 400 Santas in Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, for the Colchester Hospitals Charity's spectacular Santa Fun Run. For all fitness levels & ages. 10am - 12.30pm

Wednesday 12th December Christmas Market Castle Park, High Street, Colchester. Stalls, entertainment and much more, so don't miss out on this fantastic event. 3:00pm to 8:30pm

Saturday 15th December Christmas Celebration – New & Traditional Carols at St Leonard's Church Lexden 7:00pm. Mann's Music - Tickets £10.00, conc. £9.00, includes a finger buffet.

Saturday 15th December Daddy Cool at Colchester Library Make some noise with your baby and toddler at a Daddy Cool sessions.

Come along to the farmers market for fresh, seasonal & local produce!

Saturday 15th December Christmas Celebration at St Leonard's Church Lexden New & Traditional Carols with audience participation followed by a finger buffet. 7:00pm Mann's Music - Tickets £10.00, conc. £9.00, includes a finger buffet.

Saturday 15th & 22nd and Sunday 16th & 23rd December Steam with Santa at Colne Valley Railway Santa travels on board our luxury Pullman train, with a present for every child. Adults from £10.00, Children from £9.00.

Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd December Day out with Thomas & Santa at East Anglian Railway Museum 10:00am to 4:00pm

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December Christmas at Layer Marney at Layer Marney Tower Step back in time to 1912 – the golden age of Christmas. Family rooms decked out for Christmas. Animals in the barn. Festive food. Booking essential. T: 01206 330784.

Wednesday 12th and Wednesday 19th December Late Night Shopping in Colchester Town Centre Christmas is almost here, so why not head to Colchester for some late night shopping. Walk around look at the fantastic Christmas lights and hit the shops for some must-have gifts!

Sunday 23rd December Sunday Stroll at High Woods Country Park A 3 mile Ranger-led walk through the Country Park on varying terrain. Meet at Visitor Centre, off Turner Road, 11am. Free tea and coffee afterwards. Call 01206 853588 for more details. Free entry.

Christmas at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa Come along with family and friends to join in the festivities this Christmas


Christmas Day Lunch Enjoy a five course Christmas Day lunch overlooking glorious Constable Country then relax with a drink in front of a roaring applewood fire. £65 per person, £32.50 per child 5–12 years and £15 per child under 5. Boxing Day or New Year’s Day Buffet Brunch Come along and soak up a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and indulge in our scrumptious buffet brunch to include a delicious array of traditional breakfast fayre, plus much much more!! £14.95 per person for an all-inclusive Buffet Brunch, £9.95 per child 5–12 years and £4 per child under 5. New Year’s Eve Supper and Disco We are excited to be hosting a sparkling Supper and Disco to welcome in the New Year and would love you to join our party. With a mouth watering celebratory menu and dancing to Cloud 9 Disco, it’s going to be a spectacular evening for all you revellers!! Tickets £48 (Members £38) Boxing Day Evening with a Frank Sinatra Tribute Join us for a dazzling evening of entertainment with a tribute performance to ‘old blue eyes himself’ from Ian Gallagher. Tickets £5. For bookings or further information regarding any of the above, please call 01206 265835 or 262836 or email

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December 2012/January 2013


Madam Butterfly With Large Live Orchestra Experience the magic of Madam Butterfly as the Grand Opera of Belarus® brings this delightful opera classic to Clacton’s Princes Theatre. On Sunday 24th February 2013, the impressive cast will be presenting an unforgettable show ... The Grand Opera of Belarus is one of only three theatres in the former Soviet Union to receive the honorary status ‘Bolshoi’, which translates as ‘Grand’. They have continuously toured around the world, and visited more than 30 countries over the past fifteen years. As the National Opera and Ballet Theatre, they opened in 1933 and quickly gained an exceptional reputation for their high quality and professionalism. They toured the most prestigious stages in the former Soviet Union, including the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. They gained the honorary “Bolshoi” status in 1940, and were then given the title “Academic” in 1964. Puccini’s Madam Butterfly is the magnificent story of a trusting Japanese maiden who catches the attention and affections of an American officer. In order to become his bride she must cross cultural boundaries and defy the will of her family. Alone, she faithfully awaits his return, but she has a serious dilemma on her hands … Madam Butterfly is a deeply gripping

opera that will remain in the consciousness of its audiences for a long time. To purchase tickets for this performance, go to

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