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MAY/JUNE ISSUE 99 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 contributors Polly Enfield, Peter Constable, Andy White, Jeremy Walsham, Peter Jones, Andy Mumford, John Hall, Steve Brown, Lara Townsend, Fulvio Mussi, Nick Kotarski, John Harding.

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From the Editor Dear Reader What an amazing window of sunshine for Easter! I reckon the sales of barbecues and garden furniture rocketed over the traditional surge in wallpaper and paint, and I was thinking as I battled an almost immoveable crowd of shoppers in the supermarket what an amazing logistical exercise it is for supermarket managers to stock the shelves with what people need or want during any public holiday. Mind you, as I write this, the holiday isn’t over because the Royal Wedding has yet to happen, and the sun is apparently conveniently on course to bless this too. But never before has the camp been so divided as on this event; whether to embrace all the pomp and circumstance in these tightened times and enjoy the fairytale element or staunchly to keep the box switched off as a measure of our disapproval of such blatant excess. It’s a shame in a way that so much information is now in the public domain, as the media scratches around in the dirt to satisfy our voracious appetite for anything negative. Couldn’t we just try to look more at the positives and build our happy summer lives on these good things, and be less quick to criticise?

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Contents Advertiser’s Index Page alphalets ..............................................25 Auto Aid Accident Repair Limited.......13 Autobreak Limited...............................13 Bartercard ............................................37 Butterfly Landscaping .........................17 Canine Care..........................................14 Club K9.................................................14 Clarice House .......................................36 Ciolchester Double Glazing Repair .....27 Colchester Plumbing & Drains Ltd ......27 D. J. Tatham .........................................35 Dave Neal ............................................27 Earn Extra Cash ....................................62 Footings Direct.......................................5 Furnuiture Medic .................................35 Gallery Bathrooms........................21/31 Get fit Cyprus.......................................28 Gymophobics.......................................33 Headway Essex....................................12 Hintlesham Golf Club ..........................56 Impossible Access Cleaning ................17 J & A Cleaning Services........................35 John Fisher Gardener ..........................16 John Harding Photography..................38 Kevin Turner Carpenter & Joiner .........27 Kotarski ................................................50 La Cascada Restaurnat ........................53 Lemon Lighting ...................................22 Littlegarth School ................................10 M&M Travel..........................................27 Man with a Van ...................................35 Moving Memories ...............................29 Mrs Beton ............................................27 Nash Homeworks Limtite ...............9/11 Nationwide Home Innovations...........35 Old Siege House Restaurant..........57-59 Professional Choice Personnel Ltd......49 Prested Hall .........................................61 Procare Property Services.............27/34 Rollerworld ..........................................64 Quayside Bar and Restaurant .............62 SEHBAC...................................................2 Signal ...................................................44 Simply Plumbing & Heating................34 Sparkling Clean....................................27 Stoke by Nayland Golf & Spa..............63 Stour Valley Photography ...................39 The Starr Restaurant............................55 Toastmaster John.................................38 Vassallo Jewellers .........................42/43 Yang Style Tai Chi ................................30 The Venue..............................................6

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In this month’s issue... 3 From the Editor – Polly Enfield writes ... 5 Footings Direct – Interest vs Interesting! 6 Diary Dates – What’s On in the area 8 Get on your bike for ... Air Ambulance 12 Focus On... Headway Essex – The Dogathon is back! 14 Andy, dog behaviourist – The True Spirit of Dogs 15 Focus On... Personal Results – Benefits of Pilates 16 Pete’s Patch – Pete talks about gardening 18 Focus On... Wildlives – Lara Townsend shares a Newsletter ... 19 Zonesleep – How did you sleep last night? 20 National Trust – What’s On in Essex 22 NHS - Local NHS health checks target shattered! 23 Focus On... RWCL – Colchester Consultant’s Airport Building ... 24 alphalets – Colchester’s Leading Independent Lettings specialist 28 Carbon Saver Gold award for Colchester University Hospital 29 Moving Memories – transfer your VHS, tapes, cine reels to DVD 32 Focus On... Gymophobics – Conventional Gym or Gymophobics? 28 NHS - A new Mental Health unit for Children 30 Take this Month – Polly Enfield writes ... 37 Focus On... Colchester Samaritans – new premises in Colchester 38 The Wedding Page – Toastmaster John writes ... 40 Mindbender – Quiz Page 41 Focus On... Sam’s Walk – sponsored fun walk for charity 44 Focus On... CBC – How to save the taxpayer a cool £3 million! 46 Colchester United – near the end of yet another football season 47 Fulvio Mussi – new season underway ... 48 Stoke by Nayland Golf – Euro Challenge Tour returns ... 48 Kotarski – Fake Antivirus software 51 Food & Frink Supplement 52 Mimosa Restaurant & Deli – Andy Mumford, behind the scenes 54 Top Table – The Starr, Great Dunmow

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Domestic Services

Footings Direct says: Interest vs. Interesting! With interest rates at their historical lowest in many decades, now could be an ‘Interesting’ time to spend those funds that are just sitting in your bank earning very little interest ... Not to waste money of course, but to invest in a bigger and brighter home which will undoubtedly increase further in value when the inevitable recovery in house prices comes along, as you know it must and eventually will! So, if you have a project in mind, whether it might be a Home Extension, a Loft Conversion, or Kitchen/Bathroom revamp, now could be one of the best times to get this underway. Even if it is to be completed on borrowed funds, what better time than

when Interest Rates are on the floor! Footings Direct Ltd specialises in a ‘one stop’ complete service, from ideas; drawings; council Planning Application; Building Regulations’ Compliance and through to a final build. What’s more, we offer a guaranteed fixed-price contract in writing, with no hidden extras. So for your ‘one stop’ building solution, give Footings Direct Ltd a call now on 01206 760000 or 01245 835005 or 01376 235005.

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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 28th May & Sunday 5th June Go Kart Party

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May Go Kart Party

Bungee Trampolines Clacton Factory Outlet, Stephenson Road West, Clacton-on-Sea, 10:00am to 5:00pm Tel: 01255 479595

Bungee Trampolines Clacton Factory Outlet, Stephenson Road West, Clacton-on-Sea, 11:00am to 4:00pm Tel: 01255 479595

FORTHCOMING EVENTS at Colchester United Football Club

Tribute Band Nights 2011

Saturday 21st May Wivenhoe Farmers Market

7:30pm to 11:30pm Friday 27th May – CHER Tribute Act

The Congregational Church Hall High Street, Wivenhoe 9:00am to 12:00pm Tel: 01206 367776

Weston Homes Community Stadium The Events Team: 01206 752443 www.colchesterstadiumexperience.com

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Saturday 11th June Newton Green Grand Treasure Island Fete Newton Green Village Hall, Newton Green, Sudbury, Noon till 5.00pm Tel: 01787 379204

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Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June Brightlingsea Open Gardens in aid of St Helena's Hospice: Over 20 gardens open, some old favourites, and several new gardens to enjoy. Available from various shops in Brightlingsea and all opening gardens. Refreshments, available all day at various venues listed in the program. 10.00am - 5.00pm Price £4.00 per adult, accompanied children free. Contact 01206 303157 for more information.

Saturday 23rd – JENNY ECLAIR Monday 16th – CLIVE GREGSON* Wednesday 18th – INSTANT DISSIDENCE: SHE'S LOST CONTROL Thursday 19th – VILLAGERS Saturday 21st – PEEL SESSIONS: TRACKS FROM GOD'S SET LIST Sunday 22nd – Trevor Cordwell's Piano Recital*

JUNE 2011 Sunday 5th – TOMASSO STARACE – JAZZ Monday 6th – TIMES OF GRACE + SUPPORTS – GIGS Wednesday 8th – THE HERITAGE SURVIVAL – WORLD MUSIC Thursday 9th – FOSTER & DECHERY: EPIC – LIVE ART Saturday 11th – CLEVER CLOGS & THE CUNNING PRINCESS – KIDS Saturday 11th – THE VOCAL ENSEMBLE OF AFRICA – WORLD MUSIC Tuesday 14th – WOLF GANG + FOREIGN OFFICE + INTOTHENORTHSEA – GIGS Thursday 16th – THE MORNING AFTER + DAY OF THE SIRENS + SHALLOW WATERS* – GIGS Friday 17th – THE LAUGHTER ZONE: TIM CLARK + TOM DEACON + GAVIN WEBSTER – COMEDY Saturday 18th – COLCHESTER FROCK SWAP – FASHION Saturday 18th – D'UKES* – GIGS Wednesday 22nd – JENNY EDBROOKE: SMALLS – LIVE ART Thursday 23rd – SUSANNE HAWKES: REFUGEE CAFE – THEATRE Friday 24th – LIMEHOUSE LIZZY* – GIGS Saturday 25h – THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – KIDS Saturday 25h – MODERN ENGLISH + MECCA 38 + DJ GILLY – GIGS

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Get on Your Bike for Essex Air Ambulance Essex Air Ambulance will be holding its 3rd ‘Colne Valley Cycle Ride’ on Sunday 22nd May 2011, to help raise all-important funds for the County’s life-saving helicopter … Join us for a ride around the beautiful Colne Valley and help keep your Air Ambulance flying! There are a total of three routes to choose from; approximately 20 miles for the ‘just for fun’ riders, approximately 40 miles for the more serious cyclists, plus new for 2011, a shorter fun family cycle ride! The circular route starts at 9.30am from the Essex Air Ambulance fundraising office in Earls Colne. A fab new mountain bike worth £250 is up for grabs. Just visit website to enter! www.heart.co.uk/essex

The helicopter will be operational from the event, giving people the unique opportunity to see the Air Ambulance up close and personal and meet the Air Crew! Plus the Heart Angels will be joining in the fun. Wendy Byland, Events Manager of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said, “We are all really excited about the 3rd Colne Valley Cycle Ride, as we had such a brilliant day last year! For the last two years we have been fortunate to have glorious sunny weather and we hope we will be lucky again this year and that even more cyclists will get involved in what is a fantastic way to support the life-saving helicopter! So, get on your bike and come down to Earls Colne Business Park on Sunday 22nd May and join us for a ride around the stunning Essex countryside for your Air Ambulance.” If you wish to take part, the registration fee is £16 per cyclist or per family for the fun family cycle ride (2 adults and up to 3 children) in advance or £20 on the day. Adult participants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag and children will receive Essex Air Ambulance baseball caps. Visit EssexAirAmbulance.uk.com to preregister online or contact the Fundraising Team on 0845 2417 690.

Essex Air Ambulance Trust The Business Centre, Earls Colne Business Park, Earls Colne, Colchester CO6 2NS

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LITTLEGARTH SCHOOL and NURSERY Saturday 11th June 10.00 am - 12 noon

NURSERY OPEN MORNING

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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Headway Essex The Headway Dogathon is back! This year’s Colchester Dogathon takes place from 10.30am on Sunday 26th June in High Woods Country Park and this ever popular event will raise much needed funds for Headway Essex which provides brain injury care and support throughout the county … The sponsored dog walk is around three miles through beautiful fields and woodland, and there will be an opportunity to pop in to the Visitors’ Centre for a rest and refreshments, before returning to the start for the Fun Dog Show where pooches can compete for the title of Dog & Owner Lookalike amongst others, with the chance to win prizes, certificates and rosettes.

Every dog participating in the walk will get a bag of doggy treats and a personalised Certificate of Thanks for the money they raise, and there are super prizes for top fundraisers too. The Dogathon is sponsored by Penrose and Partners Veterinary Surgeons and Snoopies Grooming Salon and supported by The Essex County Standard and Barking Mad & Bow Wow Pet Photography. We would like to thank our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and the staff of High Woods Country Park, without whose support the event would not be possible. The Headway Essex Dogathon has become a firm favourite for fundraising Fidos over the years, with more than 100 dogs taking part. It’s a great morning out for all dogs - meeting and greeting, fresh air and exercise, and the fun and frivolity of the dog show. So don’t miss out; register now! If you would like to join in, please call the Headway Essex Office on 01206 547616 for a registration form or email Headway on fundraising@headwayessex.org.uk Participants will be sent an information pack including sponsorship forms, posters and a map of the route. For further information visit the website at www.headwayessex.org.uk/fundraising

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Dear Dylan - The True Spirit of Dogs Often we get caught up with the do’s and don’ts with dogs - trying to alter this or that behaviour; making them fit into our world. But sometimes it seems that it’s all too easy to forget their true nature … I would like to tell you about ‘Jasmine’, whose story was told to me by a friend. A female greyhound, locked in a shed, and left to die, was in a bad way when found by a kindly policeman who took her to a local wildlife rescue center. After many weeks, and with her new name, Jasmine’s health improved; the team had managed to gain her trust, and was beginning to think about re-homing her.

Jasmine, with a mother’s heart, and in making the world a better place for the abused and abandoned, shows the true spirit of a dog. 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.

Jasmine, however, had other ideas. She started to welcome all and any new arrivals at the sanctuary! It didn’t matter whether it was a puppy, fox cub, rabbit, bird, or any lost or hurting animal, Jasmine would peer into the box or cage and at the first opportunity deliver a welcoming lick, followed by cuddles, giving warmth and much needed reassurance. This tired, abused and deserted dog, had taken on the role of surrogate mother to all in need, and her list of beautiful achievements includes; five fox cubs, four badger cubs, fifteen chicks, eight guinea pigs, two puppies, fifteen rabbits, one barn owl, and one Roe deer fawn called ‘Bramble’.

DOG DAY CARE Give your dog a break and a chance to meet new friends at Club K9. Based on the Island and run by Andy White, Mersea’s own dog whisperer, Club K9 is the perfect destination for a canine away-day. • • • • •

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Owners’ courses Difficult dogs club Rehabilitation Home consultations

For further information contact Andy White, dog behaviourist on

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Benefits of Pilates ‘Personal Results’ is a Pilates and personal training studio in Colchester. We work with clients to support their individual goals, whether it be to reduce their weight and tone up or working with specialists to help reduce back and neck pain … We run beginner and intermediate Pilates courses which last four weeks per course, with a maximum of six people to a course, so that we can focus on your individual needs. The main benefit of a small class is that you learn to recruit the correct muscles and how your personal alignment should be during each individual exercise. This is basic to Pilates, and can sometimes be overlooked in a larger class environment. When you learn to engage your abdominal muscles and your spinal stabilizers in the correct way, you can increase your back strength, learn to stabilize your pelvis and improve your posture. You will also decrease your waistline because of the increased muscle contraction through your core. So, if you are looking to decrease your stress levels, increase your energy levels or just feel stronger throughout your whole body, this is the perfect environment to achieve just this. There are so many benefits in taking part in Pilates,

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that we are making a Free Offer to readers of elite Magazine … We would like to invite all elite Magazine readers to come along for a FREE TRIAL class! There will be no hard sell and you will be under no obligation to continue further if you don’t want to. Please call us on 01206 865 175 to book in to your class. Alternatively you can also visit our website www.personalresults.co.uk where you can learn more about Pilates and our studio.

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Pete’s Patch For me, May is vegetable-sowing month and few jobs in the garden are more enjoyable or potentially more rewarding … Of course, many seeds should have already been sown by now, like broad beans in November, onion sets and garlic in late March, followed in April with parsnips, early potatoes, peas and leeks. However, if you are two or three weeks late, do not despair. Perhaps even be glad, because if late frosts take place like last year, sowing too early will result in poor germination and disappointment. In my opinion, it is better to sow a little late and take advantage of the drier, warmer soil conditions that are so conducive to successful germination. This year, April has been very dry and quite warm, so the usual April showers that normally assist young growth, have been missing. Don’t worry, keep sowing - the rain will probably appear in May! If not, use the watering can to good effect.

sowing instructions. Obviously space is at a premium and in any event, instructions are printed on each packet of quality seeds, so I don’t need to repeat them, but do follow them precisely because the seed companies want you to be successful! There is a lot to do in the rest of the garden as well, but the fresh air and exercise can be enjoyed almost as much as those fresh vegetables that you will be savouring in a few weeks’ time! If your garden is in need of an extra pair of hands call 07887 660711, and ask for Pete. If I can help, I will, at a modest hourly rate.

Among the seeds to sow are main crop potatoes, peas, beetroot, cabbage, carrot, salad onions, lettuce, radish, turnips and (later in the month under cloches) sweet corn, runner beans, French beans, pumpkins, squashes, marrows and courgettes. Now is also the time to plant Brussels sprouts and summer cauliflower - and basil, rosemary, sage and thyme, those tasty herbs that will enhance your fresh vegetables! You MUST keep weed seedlings at bay. They are hosts to all sorts of diseases and pests. At the current time, moisture is at a premium and weeds will take all they can get, starving your vegetable seedlings into the bargain. To prevent this from happening, wield the hoe. If you keep the soil on the move (but not where you have sown seeds!) you will prevent weeds from proliferating. You will, no doubt, wonder why I have not included

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Conservatory Cleaning has finally arrived!

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.

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Wildlives Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre Lara Townsend shares a Newsletter with Elite readers ... Prestigious Rotary Club award for volunteer Two Wildlives volunteers, Samantha Lennox and Sharrise Scott, are to receive an award from Trinity Rotary Club after being nominated by a teacher at St Helena School in Colchester. The two girls volunteer at the centre at weekends and during the school holidays and their dedication was recognised by one of their teachers who put them forward for the community award. Samantha and Sharrise won their category and will attend the Community Awards ceremony in June to receive the Rotary Fellowship Award, the highest award the Rotary Club can give for community work. The two St Helena pupils also had to prepare an assembly for fellow pupils, which they delivered with the help of another volunteer from the centre, Jane. We are very proud of their achievement and hope that they have a fantastic evening at the ceremony in June.

Orphans As ever, at this time of year, the orphans are beginning to arrive at the centre. Amongst the first arrivals have been birds, mice and fox cubs. Rosie received a phone call from Rebecca at the RSPCA who had been called out to 4 cubs that had been discovered, freezing, in a garden, underneath some decking. After her first inspection Rebecca had thought that the cubs were dead, but detected a tiny groan from one of the four. She hastily got them into the van and over to Wildlives with the heat on full and her feet burning hot! On arrival at the centre the cubs were immediately put under infra red lamps and Rosie spent from 8.30pm to 5.00am getting them warm by turning them and injecting them with warm fluids. Unfortunately, two of

the cubs have not made it, but that fact that two were resurrected is nothing short of miracle. In all Rosie is caring for 6 fox cubs at the moment and with feeding taking place every two hours she has done a few twenty four shifts recently!

Hedgehog post release monitoring – We need your help! We would like to ask for your help with a new initiative at Wildlives. As you will already be aware the centre looks after many hedgehogs every year, the vast majority of which are released back into the wild. We would now like to try and monitor how successful the survival rates are and how far the hedgehogs are travelling after release. From now on any hedgehog that is released from the centre will have up to three coloured, numbered beads placed twice on their spines. (See pic below). If you see one of these hedgehogs (alive or dead) please could you contact the centre with the colour, number and where you have seen it. This will help us to build a picture of movement patterns and survival rates. Hedgehogs are now coming out of hibernation after a bad winter and due to the recent dry weather are waking up to ground that is rock hard and dry which means that there is very little food for them. Please keep an eye out for any sick looking hedgehogs and bring them in if you are concerned. You can also help by leaving out some water and non fish cat food. Remember, no animals should be given milk.

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

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What’s on this May ESSEX Bourne Mill: Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex. Tel: 01206 572422

Tudor skills day Monday 30 May 2-4.30pm Come down to the Mill and learn about Tudor life and skills. Have a go at the different activities and watch the Mill come alive with the sights, smells and sounds of Tudor England. Normal admission applies. Activities: £1 per person. Hatfield Forest: Near Bishop's Stortford, Essex. Tel: 01279 874040

Healthy walks Thursday 5, 12, 19, 26 May, 9.45am A variety of intermediate health walks through this ancient medieval Forest. Please note this is a muddy site with roaming cattle. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Free, car parking charge applies. No booking required.

Explorer Evening Walk Wednesday 11 May, 6 - 8pm Circumnavigate the farther flung corners of Hatfield Forest with an experienced guide, looking at its fascinating archaeological, historical and natural wonders. Wear suitable footwear. The walk requires basic physical fitness. Meet in main entrance car park. Cost: adult £7, child £5, family £20. Booking essential on 01279 870678. No car parking charges. 20

Conservation in Action Walk Monday 30 – Tuesday 31 May, 2pm Free guided walk to take a closer look at the conservation work we do and what makes Hatfield Forest such a unique place. Car parking charge applies. No booking required.

Introduction to Forest Survival Tuesday 31 May, 10.30am - 3.30pm Learn the basics for surviving in the wild with only the bare necessities. An introduction to shelter building, fire lighting and foraging. Bring a hearty packed lunch! Suitable for accompanied children, aged 8 years+ Group of 2: £18, 3: £26 4: £34 additional person £10. Car park charge applies. Booking essential on 01279 870678. Paycocke’s: 25 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NS. Tel: 01376 561305

Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers demonstration Monday 30 May The Guild will reveal the secrets of dyeing, weaving and spinning. Normal entry costs apply, no booking required. For further details please telephone 01376 561305 For more information and opening hours, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Local NHS health checks target shattered!

North East Essex

More than 20,000 NHS health checks have been carried out in north east Essex in the past 15 months – three times the target – resulting in an estimated 112 heart attacks being avoided during the next five years … Local GPs and the public health team at NHS North East Essex have been co-ordinating the health checks campaign, supported by the area’s pharmacies and community healthcare staff from Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE). The checks target residents of Colchester and Tendring between the ages of 40 and 74 who have not already had a heart attack, stroke, angina or diabetes. The checks include measurement of cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and waist measurement. A risk calculation is

carried out and personalised advice offered about how to stay healthy. Dr Farman Ali, Senior Health Improvement Specialist at NHS North East Essex, said, “We have now completed 20,222 NHS health checks, three times as many as our target set by the East of England Strategic Health Authority. The checks aim to detect early signs of cardiovascular and other health problems. By taking early action, people can improve their health and make lifestyle changes to help prevent the onset of these conditions. Our checks have highlighted 425 cases of chronic kidney disease, 182 cases of diabetes, 780 cases of high blood pressure and 1,734 cases where statin medication was required. “Such early interventions are not only very good news for the individuals concerned as their problems are being spotted early so avoiding bigger problems longer term, but are also good news in terms of making best use of local NHS resources. Prevention is invariably less expensive, as well as better, than cure. The NHS health checks campaign is ongoing and our success locally is testament to the superb team-working between GPs and community healthcare professionals.” Dr Shane Gordon, CEO of North East Essex Commissioning Group, said, “I am particularly proud of the efforts of our local GPs, pharmacists and community services working together in this project. It will prevent many local people from suffering serious illness in the next few years. It is a great example of clinicians’ leading the local NHS.”

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Colchester Consultant’s Airport Building Robert M Webb, Eur Ing. is the MD of RWCL, the Colchester based international consulting firm, He recently visited Malaysia with the Rotary Club of Colchester Centurion ... They entered and departed through Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where RWCL was responsible for the detail design of the complex steelwork for the Passenger satellite building.

The Penang Indoor Stadium Grand opening for Commonwealth Games.

lights especially for him, so that he could take these photographs. The Rotary Club of Colchester Centurion group in KLIA Satellite Building.

Above is a photograph of the Rotary Club group in front of the airport’s circular atrium, designed by the firm. Mr Webb is first on the left, next to Pauline Dean, club president, Mike Hogg ex Mayor of Colchester and Helen Chuah the next Mayor of Colchester. While in Penang, Mr Webb visited the Penang Indoor Stadium designed by the company’s Chief Structural Engineer, Dr Mike Griffiths, for the Commonwealth Games. There was no scheduled event when he visited, but the authorities switched on the stadium

The Penang Indoor Stadium Interior.

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RWCL has undertaken work all over the world during its twenty one years of operations, including Australia, the Russian Far East, the Gulf of Mexico, Mozambique, Tristan da Cunha, The Falkland Islands, Malaysia, offshore West Africa, offshore India as well as Great Britain, Ireland and France. Mr Webb would be very pleased to discuss development opportunities in the UK or overseas.

Please contact Robert M. Webb by E-mail at info@rwcl.co.uk or by telephone hom on 01206 860 900.

The Penang Indoor Stadium exterior.

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– Colchester’s Leading Independent Lettings Specialist Since opening in 2008, alphalets’ hard-working approach to residential lettings has allowed this independent specialist to go from strengthto-strength, cultivating a position as Colchester’s top agent. Whether you have a property to let, or are looking to move into a new home, alphalets will ensure that your needs are catered for. Attending to clients’ individual needs is what makes alphalets stand out from the crowd. The experienced team behind the company promote a robust ethical code, which allows long-term working relationships with landlords and tenants to flourish. Peace of mind is essential when engaging the private rented sector, and a thorough understanding of your expectations is what makes alphalets work. As landlords, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find a good tenant. Alphalets’ comprehensive vetting procedure allows us to be sure that our applicants develop lasting relationships with their homes. A recent report published by the English housing Survey has suggested that the number of private tenancies has risen by 1.3 million households since 2001, a trend consistent with our expectations for the next ten years. This dependency on the rented

sector, and the ongoing codification of the industry means that a good agent can be hard to find, and alphalets will challenge landlords to put their service to the test, by offering 3 months free management to readers of elite. alphalets understands that a prudent landlord wants certain assurances with respect to their tenancies, including rent guarantee insurance, and legal fee assistance, to cover all eventualities. Alphalets’ work with Homelet to provide the most reliable protection available to our industry, and all tenants will undertake Homelet contents insurance, too, protecting their deposit, and a landlords fixtures and fitting supplied with a property. Further, alphalets’ ‘hands-on’ approach to property management means that landlords’ investments are well looked after by experienced professionals, obsessed with attention to detail. Regular inspections, deposits protected by the DPS, and a fleet of reputable independent contractors ready to undertake maintenance make alphalets first choice for careful landlords. Following a fantastic start to 2011, alphalets have recently launched two great additions to our service. Working with the Energy Saving Trust, alphalets is

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‘If you want to compete advertise with elite’ promoting ways which help landlords and tenants reduce domestic energy consumption; giving our property a competitive edge, and helping save on bills! alphalets’ Student Lettings advice section provides a good hub for landlords and members of our academic community a place where they’ll receive good advice on how best to work in this sector. We’ve already been pleased to rent a range of student properties for academic year 2011/2012. Have you found a housing solution yet? We appreciate that this can be a challenging, yet rewarding enterprise, and will help wherever we can. alphalets knows that landlords and tenants deserve more from your agents. Challenge alphalets to beat the service you’re currently receiving; we’ll show you just how rewarding private renting can really be.

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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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Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the Carbon Saver Gold Standard after measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions across the organisation … During the assessment process, the Trust was praised for having good processes in place to collect and substantiate carbon data. This enables efficient energy management. They worked with Carbon Saver Ltd to calculate their carbon footprint, measure the progress of their carbon management strategies, and examine their areas of risk. Out of the NHS trusts certified, Colchester has shown the most effective energy reduction following introduction of LED lighting. Over one-third of lighting on the premises is LED.

The conversion to new gas boilers has also shown a significant drop in energy costs. Glenn Wilkinson, Managing Director of Carbon Saver Ltd, said, “We’re delighted that Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has achieved the Carbon Saver Gold Standard. Achieving the Standard shows that they are seriously attempting to reduce their carbon emissions. We were very impressed with the enthusiasm of the Energy Manager.” The Trust’s energy manager Vall Rasaratnam said, "We are only the second trust in the country to have received this award, so this is a huge achievement for us.” In order to achieve the Carbon Saver Standard, organisations must show an accurate footprint measurement of all required emission sources. They need to demonstrate an absolute reduction of their footprint or an equivalent relative efficiency improvement. They also need to evidence good carbon management including carbon accounting, reduction, targets and governance. The Carbon Saver Standard is an early action metric for the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment. Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will have an improved position on the CRC Performance League Table as a result of having the Carbon Saver Gold Standard.

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Moving Memories In addition to our Video & DVD recording facilities and Photography services, Moving Memories can transfer your VHS, camcorder tapes, cine reels etc to DVD ... Moving Memories can convert most formats and offer a fast effective way to view and store old those old tapes and memories. From a Wedding Video to this summer's vacation memories, your tapes will be transferred DIGITALLY to a hi-grade DVD and presented in a top quality DVD storage case. If required, a title will also be printed onto the DVD disc for easy identification, and will match as closely as possible the original title on your tape (max 6 words). There is no data loss as the entire transfer process is DIGITAL. Perhaps you have a foreign tape that won't play in your system due to incompatibility with the UK (PAL) TV system. We can convert to UK (PAL) to allow you to view the tape/DVD in your domestic player.

to almost any problem regarding audio or video, from tape/cassette/memory card/USB stick etc etc Prices start from just £5 and there are huge discounts for bulk transfers so why not give us a call? You won't be disappointed!

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We offer an editing service too, so your mammoth recordings can be reduced to shorter, more watchable classics and have titles and music too, just like on TV!

We can transfer your camcorder tapes, VHS tapes & cine films to DVD for safekeeping. We also convert audio cassettes and open-reel tapes to CD

Another popular service is transferring vinyl records and audio cassettes to CD. Where possible, individual tracks are marked for easy access on CD, allowing the listener to navigate quickly from track to track just like a normal CD. Open Reel to reel audio tapes are also transferred to CD in our Studio.

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Take This Month May already? Only one more month and half the year has gone … OK, so I’m writing this in April, but you will be reading it in May, and I shall probably still be finding it hard to come to terms with the galloping of the year. People are often heard to say that the older you get, the faster time goes, so I’ve been doing my own little bit of Einsteinian research and trying to work out why it is that things seem this way. It was 200 years ago that Albert Einstein came up with the theory of general relativity that enabled us all to quote a scientific formula and win pub quizzes - even though we might not have had a clue about what he actually meant; so let me explain in layman’s terms. His theory has of course been widely accepted as a valid description of the ‘gravitational force between masses’. “Aha,” I thought, “Here is the first reason why time seems to slip through my fingers.” It must be because there is more mass to me than there was in my younger days, and I therefore spend increasing amounts of time sorting the contents of my wardrobe, trying to work what to wear to hide the spare tyre around my middle. In the days of my youth it would be quick pair of skinny jeans and a skimpy top, and be out of the house three minutes later. That, sadly, is no longer the case.

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His theory then goes on to address ‘gravitational time dilation’. Well, a rough translation of this is that if you sit down for long enough, your hips will broaden. Well, yes, I do spend a considerable part of my life these days addressing my computer and standing up to do this is really not an option. So this enforced physical sloth in turn leads to still more work with the wardrobe and still more minutes ticking by with little else being achieved. Then, of course, his theory provides the foundation for our current understanding of ‘black holes’, which are regions of space where gravitational attraction is so strong that not even light can escape. I had never imagined Einstein losing his car keys; and particularly not looking for them in my fridge; but my domestic take on the black hole issue is that there are increasing numbers of these turning up in my house and they are swallowing essential items with increasing regularity. “I have looked everywhere!” we all moan; but had we done so we would indeed have found the things we were looking for … which must mean that they had actually fallen into one of my black holes. Whether or not your home has yet been visited by black holes, you can take my word for it; they are the worst of time-wasters. And finally we have ‘electrodynamics’, which is described as the interaction between objects with an electric charge. Walking across nylon carpets has confirmed to me (and anyone else who touches my shoulder) that I definitely qualify as having an electric charge. Then, when my dynamic grandchildren arrive with their i-Pads, xBox’s and the like, I find myself being coerced into being a student of the 21st century, as they try to bring me fully up to speed with the latest technological wonders. They are indeed my little electric charges; but this is one aspect of passing time with which I have no argument at all! Polly Enfield

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Gymophobics Colchester For the morbidly obese, gastric band surgery is not the only answer … Yes, Amanda was nervous at the prospect, but Gymophobics is a ladies-only gym for women who feel intimidated about joining a conventional gym. In this friendly and supportive environment, Amanda met other ladies of a similar size to herself, and she has now gone from 23 stone to 15 stone 4 lbs and from a dress size 30 to an 18! But that is only a small part of Amanda’s achievement; she received the fantastic news from her GP that she is no longer a diabetic, and even better than that, she has now made the huge decision that she no longer needs gastric band surgery. She took the extremely hard decision to pick up the phone and cancel her surgery, just weeks before it was due to take place. Amanda says, “I never thought I would join a gym, let alone stay and achieve what I have to turn my life around. My family are delighted with all that I have achieved and I just couldn’t have done it

Celebration cake supplied by The Sea Breeze Cafe, Elmstead Market.

without Gymophobics. They have literally changed my world. Now I am a mentor for other ladies at the gym, which I find amazing! I am trying to inspire others to show them that, with determination and support, they really can do it.” Amanda recently took part in a charity abseil off Colchester Town Hall to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Amanda says, “I would never have done anything like this before - but now I have lost weight, my confidence has soared and I really want to show others how much you can achieve by being slimmer, fitter and healthier.” I asked Gymophobics, “Are the machines any different from those you would normally use in a conventional gym?”

Left to Right, Janice Bloomer Manager of the Year, Donna Hubbard Gymophobics Founder, Amanda Shellum, National Member of the Year.

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“Oh yes, they feel like pushing or pulling against a cushion of air. Anyone can use them regardless of their fitness, or lack of it. Using 'air' machines like these, muscles can be toned at much lower levels of resistance. They are smooth, quiet and much more in tune with the female user when compared with clanking weights or primitive hydraulic machines.”

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New Home for Colchester Samaritans The Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Borders branch of Samaritans, which has operated out of the same leased premises in Colchester's Vineyard Street for the past 46 years, has purchased the building in Walsingham Road, Colchester, previously used by the Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) … The single-storey building, which sits alongside the Southway dual carriageway in the town centre, will undergo some refurbishment to suit the needs of Samaritans. “We hope to be up and running in our new home by the end of this year or early 2012,” said Elizabeth Tuxworth, director of Colchester Samaritans. “Until then it is business as usual in Vineyard Street. “We shall forever be grateful to everyone whose hard work, enthusiasm and financial contributions meant we could buy our future new home. But while we may have purchased our new building, our fundraising has to go on. Not only do we have to pay for the refurbishment of the Walsingham Road premises, but we also have our normal operating costs – some £30,000 a year – to cover,” she added. The acquisition of this building marks a milestone in the history of Colchester Samaritans, which was established in May 1964. Local volunteers have been

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working flat out these past 18 months raising monies to purchase a new property, knowing the lease on the present premises expired in 2012. Elizabeth Tuxworth continued: “With our move to Walsingham Road we shall be taking the opportunity to raise the local profile of Samaritans and play an even more active part in the communities we serve, including offering the use of parts of the premises to other community organisations.” Although the branch will not transfer its full operations from Vineyard Street until much later this year, it has been decided that the annual meeting of Colchester Samaritans will be held in Walsingham Road on May 17. “We are hoping a large number of supporters, former Samaritans and friends will join our current volunteers in coming along that evening and seeing our wonderful new home for themselves,” concluded Elizabeth Tuxworth. You can contact the Colchester Samaritans on 01206 561234.

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Weddings on a Budget Wedding Fairs have become very popular and make a great deal of sense for prospective marriage couples… In my role as a toastmaster I was recently exhibiting myself (if you will excuse the expression) at a wedding fair, and it occurred to me how much more choice young couples have these days. Every conceivable aspect of weddings is catered for, and usually by several different companies or businesses. In my own particular field there were three other toastmasters offering their services, giving enormous choice for the potential customer, and with competition comes the opportunity for a good deal. In addition to this, many of the stands offered a product or service that a few years ago were not even considered. Some people would argue that they are unnecessary and only put up the already high cost of getting married and there might well be some truth in this, but quite a few of these peripheral offerings appeared to be doing good business, so they have already created a niche for themselves and if couples want what they are offering, who are we to demur?

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. John Harding

Member of SWPP & BPPA, the top Photographic Organisation in Europe.

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Ten or even five years ago, who would have expected to see a chocolate fountain offered for hire at a wedding - but two such attractions were on show and both were generating a lot of interest and taking firm bookings. There was bespoke stationery; kinky bridal boots; poetry commissions - all on offer alongside the more traditional exhibits of wedding gowns, hire cars and photographers. One other plus-point for the future bride and groom is that only the very best in each field can expect to do business, so standards are very high. So my advice to any of our readers of are planning for their big day? Get along to a Wedding Fair! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 01255 674455 or email me: toastmasterjohn@btinternet.com

'Formality with the Friendly Touch'

Toastmaster John

John Harding Photography

Phone: 01255 674455

The Studio, 16 Kingswood Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 5JX

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MINDBENDER ANSWERS: Across 6) diction 7) let-up 8) smut 10) skyscraper 11) lynch-law 13) maiden 15) zinc 17) apart 18) sate 20) king-size 23) Very lights 26) espy 27) youth 28) unlucky Down 1) Acetic acid 2) tinsel 3) envy 4) place mat 5) Etna 6) dumpy 8) prescript 12) whack 14) insistence 16) imagery 17) all right 21) nestle 22) zippy 24) your 25) haul

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Local Organisations Invited to Join Colchester Samaritans on National Walk Local organisations and businesses are being invited to join Colchester Samaritans on June 11 when Samaritan volunteers will be doing something entirely different from their usual role of supporting people in distress … That day up to 500 walkers, comprising Samaritans from all over the UK plus supporters from Essex and Suffolk will arrive at Nayland Village Hall to take part in the National Samaritans Walk. And members of other organisations, sports clubs, businesses and charities are being positively encouraged by Colchester Samaritans to join in the fun – either as individuals or as groups.

On June 11 walkers will have a choice of three routes – a 16 miles (intermediate walk), 26 miles (for serious walkers) or a gentle family-orientated walk of around three miles. Full details of the event and how to enter can be found on the website specially set up by Colchester Samaritans – www.walk4sams.org Alternatively, e-mail: contact@walk4sams.org

The National Samaritans Walk is both a 'fun' walk and optionally a 'sponsored' walk. “There is no requirement on anyone who enters the walk to raise sponsorship for any charity, including Samaritans,” said Iain MacArthur, chairman of Colchester Samaritans. “It is absolutely not a problem if people just want to walk for fun and enjoy a super day out in our wonderful countryside. “We welcome all participants, walking as individuals or groups, with family and friends. And if anyone does wish to raise funds for their favourite good cause, then we wish them good luck with their efforts. The choice is theirs,” he added. The youngest entrant so far is 12 year-old Amy from Harpenden who is walking with her grandfather Ian Franks. Travelling the furthest are Kim McCarthy and Susan Wright from Inverness And coming down from Teesside are Ann Weatherall, Jayne Cunningham and Lynne Shepherd whose branch of Samaritans is hosting the National Samaritans Walk in 2012.

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How Colchester Borough Council could save the taxpayer a cool £3 million! It’s all a matter of averaging out some silly salaries, actually, and under the Freedom of Information Act, CBC has provided the following … Were you to visit the Government’s own statistics database and follow the link www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp ?vlnk=1951, you would discover some surprisingly simple and interesting figures about where people live and work.

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As at 31 March, CBC employed 1005 permanent staff of which 876 live in a CO postcode (87.2%). £23,657 x 1005 = £23,775,285. In addition to this they employ 365 casual staff of whom 296 live in a CO postcode (81.1%).

Head first for Table 8 which will pinpoint Place of Residence by Local Authority (where people live) and you will find subsection 7a, which states that the average gross pay for Colchester is £21,471 per annum. Then go back to Table 7, which is about Place of Work by Local Authority, and that also has a subsection called 7a, which puts the annual figure at £19,972 per annum. So, bearing those medians in mind, consider this:-

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Of the 10 Senior officers (Executive management team and Heads of Service) only 50% live in Colchester.

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What is the average annual salary for someone working at CBC in Colchester? It is £23,657. Note this figure is based on staff employed at 31st March 11 and excludes casual staff, since they do not have an annual salary.

If you then ask the database to list the annual full remuneration and salaries paid to the top 10 wage earners employed by CBC, this would be the result:Chief Executive Executive Director 2 x Executive Directors Head of Service 3 x Heads of Service Head of Service ICT Manager

£118,389 £94,236 £94,200 £71,010 £70,890 £70,758 £62,799

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be regarded with a degree of caution.

Interesting. Below is a table listing spend in 2010/11, with the figures split for each year between capital and revenue spending. Revenue spending relates to day to day costs of services whereas capital spending relates to projects involving new assets, or major repairs to assets. This has then been further analysed by type of consultancy as shown in CBC’s accounting system. Acoustic Consultant £5,012.50 Archaeology £520.00 Environmental Consultant £4,891.00 Landscape Designer £109,957.87 Lighting Consultant £9,259.31 Ict/Av Consultant £18,190.84 Legal £44,220.08 Planning Supervisor £1,778.00 Structural Engineer £12,417.50 Transport & Traffic Consultant£200,000.00 General Consultants £776,387.13

Total Capital

£1,182,634.23

Legal - Counsel’s Opinion Management - Consultancy & Support Professional & Advisory Fees

Total Revenue

Total

33,679.39 226,279.84 600.00

£259,359.23

Costs have been included which appear to fit a description of consultants / consultancy, however it is fair to say that an argument could be made for including or indeed excluding various types of spend.

Specifically excluded has been:Capital spending: architects, surveyors, project management and mechanical and engineering costs. Revenue costs: legal costs

Costs shown will include items that have been funded either in part or in full by other bodies. So, if Colchester Borough Council were to pay their staff the average wage for the area of £19,972 x 1005, that would total £20,071,860 - which would save the council and therefore the tax-payer that cool £3 million! And it seems that even a further million might be saved by not hiring Consultants when they have such high earners on their staff, who are already, presumably, specialists in their field. It’s understood the excuse is that Consultants come with their own, inbuilt, high risk insurances but doesn’t that smack of ‘cake and eat it’?

£1,441,993.46

2010/11 figures are provisional as CBC are currently completing work to finalise their accounts

It relies on figures in CBC’s accounts and the ‘coding’ given to the type of spend. In other words, if something has been coded to ‘consultancy’, it has been included. No attempt has been made to validate individual transactions and as such the figures should

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Colchester Utd The arrival of May might mark the start of the summer for many people, but the fifth month of the year is the end of yet another football season for Colchester United … The U’s will bring down the curtain on another campaign with a home game against Bristol Rovers and, regardless of the result against the Pirates, the Essex side can look back with pride at another season of positive home results. Over the past two seasons, the U’s home record is amongst the best in the country, with over 90 points collected in that time. U’s boss John Ward admits that he has been pleased with the team’s excellent home form, but that the results on the road haven’t always been what the performances have deserved. “Our away form has not been good and has been our downfall in improving the league position,” he said. “We have been in and around the top six for our home form, but the away form has been nowhere near that and we are in fact bottom for goals scored, and there’s no hiding from that. We are analysing the reasons for that all of the time, because we won’t want it to drift over into next season.” As the footballers of Colchester United disappear for the summer armed with their fitness programmes, work is already beginning on plans for the 2011/12 campaign. Chairman Robbie Cowling has frozen season ticket and match ticket prices for next season, meaning fans can watch for as little as £15 a game for adults. He said, “The revenue we receive from season tickets is so important to the club; not least because we receive the funds at a time when we are not playing games and do not have many other sources of revenue. This also coincides with a time when amongst other things we are trying to bring in new players to strengthen our squad. I remain determined to provide better value to our fans and especially to those who are prepared to commit to supporting the club by purchasing a season ticket. Of course it has not previously been the case that everyone who wanted to could afford to make that level of financial commitment and that has been a

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problem that we’ve worked really hard to resolve. I now believe that by introducing a really affordable payment plan alongside our quarter, half and full season tickets we’ve allowed everyone who is planning on attending a series of games at the Weston Homes Community Stadium to commit to doing so and more cost effectively than ever before. On top of that, those fans also get the benefit of the Voucher Book which was successfully introduced last season and has reduced and in some cases even removed the cost of our fans watching their favourite football team. For the 2011/12 season the voucher book will be even better.” Further details on season tickets can be found by visiting the club’s official website or by calling the Ticket Office on 0845 437 9089. Meanwhile, a full programme of social events continues to take place over the summer – be sure to come along to one of our tribute nights, comedy clubs or other great events – more details at www.colchesterstadiumexperience.com Finally, the club will be repeating their successful open day, with this year’s event taking place on Sunday July 3rd. More details soon!

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Fulvio Mussi After what feels to have been a really long winter with a lot of testing, meetings, hard work and a little relaxing, my season got under way when I was signed by GT4 MOTORSPORT, to contest the British MSA Endurance Championship, in the team’s own Lotus GT3 Car … The team have started the season with the car in development and at a very basic level, but even so, at our first outing we finished in an exceptional fifth place, against much faster and fully-prepared cars. Then with little change, but with more know-how, we had a great podium finish at Rockingham, finishing Third in Class. All the while, the team will be making adjustments and upgrades to the car, which will be putting us in a stronger position at each round. Getting involved in the endurance side of racing has given me more options and I am looking to enter other endurance races throughout the year. I am also looking to make my debut in historic racing and will keep you up to date with that. My new website is finally coming together and I am looking forward to telling all the Elite readers when it is ready, so that you can log on and give me your feedback.

So, there’ll be more info on up-and-coming races in next month’s edition, as well as website details. Safe driving,

Fulvio

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The European Challenge Tour returns to Stoke by Nayland – a great corporate hospitality opportunity A televised European Challenge Tour international golf event is to be held again at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa from Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th July … This is the second year that the European Tour has brought this prestigious championship to the renowned Stoke by Nayland Gainsbourough course, following a very successful inaugural event in 2010. Once again there will be excellent value-formoney corporate hospitality packages during all four days – from just £50 + VAT for a full day to include coffee and pastries on arrival, 3 course lunch with wine and full English Afternoon Tea – and an opportunity to stroll around the course to watch world class golf, or simply to take advantage of the fantastic viewing from the clubhouse. There will be around 150 professionals from around the globe – some of them from the main

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European Tour – competing for a 140,000 euro pot over the four days of the championship. Entry is free to spectators and there will be also be free golf clinics at the Driving Range during the 4 day event. The East Anglian Golf Show, organised by Archant, will also be open to the public at the Stoke by Nayland Club Driving Range on the final 2 days of the Challenge Tour – on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July from 10am – 4pm. For more information about corporate hospitality packages please contact Mary Saward on 01206 265827 or email mary.saward@stokebynayland.com

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Call us today for all of your recruitment requirements Temporary, permanent and contract work available Administration – Reception – Sales – Insurance – Customer Services – Web Design – Web Development – Apprenticeships

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Kotarski – Fake Antivirus Malware There are many fake antivirus scams which trick the unwary user into parting with money by asserting that their computer is infected with malware … Software with names like ‘Win 7 Antispyware 2010’, ‘Spyware Cleaner Pro’ or ‘VirusGuardPlus’, try very hard to make you believe that your computer is infected. The aim of the game is to part you from your money and gather credit card details - and for good measure probably infect your computer with some real malware. Should you be taken in by all the hype and your system becomes infected, there is a ‘simple’ cure - which is to reinstall the computer’s operating system and all of the software and data! There are a few occasions where there is no alternative but to reinstall; although thankfully they are few and far between because it can lead to lost data, much pain and a significant amount of work. The story of a local company illustrates my

point. Their computer became infected and they were advised that, because their IT person could not remove the malware, reinstalling everything was the cure. However, this resulted in the loss of several months’ worth of accounts and there was no way to get them back. So, if this happens to you, what should you do? First of all, turn the computer off or at least disconnect it from the Internet. Then, give me a call. If I can’t fix it without reinstallation you are no worse off than before - but I do have an exceptional record in recovering data!

In the meantime for any help and advice contact Nick Kotarski on:

07790 842 968 / 01206 299 568 nick@kotarski.co.uk or visit kotarski.co.uk

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Behind the scenes Total Catering Equipment; the region’s premier supplier to the catering industry; give you an in-depth “Behind the scenes” look at the region’s restaurants … Each month, Andy Mumford will feature a local establishment, so giving you an insight into the Chefs & personalities, equipment & gadgets, dishes & menu ideas in our region’s favourite eateries. This, our first month, launches this feature with a real fanfare! Mimosa is the region’s newest venue, a flamboyant new restaurant and terrace dining experience situated just north of the Severalls Industrial Park. Head Chef Jon Tindal, owner Ash & designer Julian, have come up with an eclectic look which carries through the whole venue. You will be amazed at the incredible detail, as you enjoy fine pieces of art mixed with antique furniture - and of course an exciting menu to complete the package. At the heart of the operation, is the open-plan kitchen designed by Total Catering. This includes a central island cooking suite imported from New Zealand, and they chose Blue Seal cooking equipment, which is a true heavy-duty performer but with equally stylish looks and finished with its trademark blue stripe. You will of course be able

Mimosa’s Deli bar and seating area. to see your dishes prepared before your very eyes in the gallery kitchen! Dining in the cool restaurant or lounging on the fabulous Mediterranean terrace, food is served on stylish coupe plates and olive boards and is accompanied by extraordinary cutlery from Switzerland which is beautifully tactile and comfortable to use as well as fitting in so well with all of the other feature items. Jon’s food has won him many accolades in the past as owner-operator of many successful restaurants, so we know that we can look forward to more than a touch of class in this Colchester attraction. The stage is set for a fabulous dining experience; go there!

Mimosa Restaurant & Deli 706 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester CO4 9YQ Tel: 01206 751555.

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www.lacascada-restaurant.co.uk A truly authentic Spanish restaurant set in four lovely acres of Essex countryside, La Cascada is well known in the Colchester area for fine food, excellent service and a delightful dining experience. The exterior is modern and kept meticulous by managers Emma and David who are keen to ensure that every guest has a great visit. Inside the restaurant boasts a modern and contemporary decor that creates a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere enhanced by the sumptuous smells emanating from the kitchen, where the chefs source only the best local ingredients for the extensive Spanish menu. Dishes in this stunning menu include paella, tapas, suckling pig, lots of fresh fish and grilled steaks. A selection of fine wines allow special wine tasting evenings and La Cascada is more than capable of hosting those special occasions, with room for large functions. An outside barbeque area is well used during the summer months and the large garden creates an excellent summer dining area. Special Events & Functions catered for For further information, menus and special events please call 01206 864030 or visit www.lacascada-restaurant.co.uk

Sundays include Traditional Sunday Roast - 3 courses £13.95.

Loyalty Card For regular diners we also offer the La Cascada loyalty card.

Menu del dia (Set Lunch meal) 2 courses £9.50 Not available on Sundays or with any other offer.

Sunday Special One child eats free Wine tasting & tapas evening from the Childrens menu Wednesday 25th May when accompanied by an 7.30pm - booking required adult dining. May Bank Holiday and Fathers Day BBQ and Special Menu available

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To reserve a table for lunch or dinner please call 01206 864030 – mentioning this elite voucher.

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The Starr, Great Dunmow On the recommendation of a friend, we decided to have dinner at The Starr - then on looking at their web site, we had a change of heart and booked into the hotel as well ..!

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We arrived at about 2.30 and had afternoon tea. The very impressive display of sandwiches scones and pastries was enhanced by the accompaniment of a tea strainer … yes real tea with not a tea-bag in sight! A member of staff then showed us to our room, The Oak Room, which has a four poster bed with a feature Victorian bath actually in the bedroom. Our stay was certainly looking promising! After stretching our legs round the town, we went back to our room to dress for dinner - which of course involved a long soak in that bath – so totally relaxed and refreshed we went down for dinner. After a couple of drinks by the warming log fire in the bar, we were shown to our table. Sonia chose Thai Fishcakes with cucumber & coriander salad and I went for Crispy Reblochon with hash brown, poached hen’s egg, tomato, and chorizo. Both were fantastic starters and were followed with lemon sorbet. Then our main

courses were Bigod's Farm Local Venison Loin with celeriac & potato dauphinoise and braised red cabbage; and for me Starr Beer Battered Fish crushed garden peas, triple cooked chips, sauce tartare, rock-salt and Sarson's vinegar. The Starr knows a thing or two about fine dining! This was truly top drawer; right up there as one of our best meals we have ever had, and so plentiful that even we were unable to contemplate dessert, in spite of the mouthwatering options. And the breakfast next morning! Also a fine dining experience … fantastic! The Starr made us so welcome. We recommend it wholeheartedly and, thanks to the much improved A120, it is only 25 minutes from the heart of Stanway.

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Enjoy The Derby

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Wild

onion, bound in chilli & tequila mayonnaise.

& roasted shallots, finished with mint pesto jus.

Topped

Pan fried in garlic & lemon, served on creamy

Honey & Orange Marinated Duck Breast

Currie Cane

potato, bacon & caper risotto.

Fanned around a confit fondant potato, topped

Curried

with glazed baby carrots & oriental jus.

into pa

King scallops

£7.45

Fennel, Poached Apple, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad £6.30 Fennel roasted in balsamic vinegar & olive oil, caramelised walnuts, poached apple & crumbled blue cheese.

Quail, Black Pudding & Wild Mushroom Terrine

Pork Three Ways

Quail, black pudding & wild mushrooms bound with

£13.95

Slowly roasted pork belly in barbeque sauce,

Goat Vege

homemade pork & apple sausage & pork liver

Linguin

with creamy whole grain mustard mash.

& roast

Poached Trout £5.95

£14.95

£13.95

On a bed of curly kale & black pudding potato cake, topped with a poached duck egg & Hollandaise sauce.

Steamed Mussels & Chorizo In creamy lemon grass & shallot

Confit Supreme Of Chicken £7.45

Served

Seafo

herbs & pork mince, served with three way potato salad & garlic crostinis.

Pea &

£12.95

Breast of chicken rubbed in coffee & cinnamon, then

A selec in tarra

confit in duck fat, served on sautéed green beans, potato rosti topped with vanilla butter sauce.

sauce, served with parmesan

SIDE ORDERS

croutes.

Pan Fried Chicken Liver & Bacon Salad £5.95 Pan fried chicken livers & bacon cooked with garlic & shallot, served

Basket Of Freshly Baked Bread

£2.95

Marinated Olives

£2.95

Mixed Leaf Salad

£2.95

Homemade Chunky Chips

£2.95

Roasted New Potatoes

£2.95

on toasted brioche & rocket dressed with a sour raspberry.

Creamy Potatoe Rocket Salad Tomato Mozzare

Call us now to make


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S

HOUSE MAINS 21.95

Baked Cod Fillet

£12.95

e,

Served with a sesame seed filo basket filled with stir

ate

fried vegetable & cockles finished with sweet corn & ginger puree

16.95 erry

Pan Roasted Stuffed Salmon

£13.95

Filled with an artichoke, leek & parmesan mousse, wrapped in pancetta, served with a baby gem heart & roasted pepper coulis.

15.95 Wild Mushroom & Lentil Pie

£10.95

Topped with cheesy celeriac mash

14.95 ped

Curried Courgette & Feta Cheese Canelloni £10.95 Curried courgettes creamed with feta cheese stuffed into pasta tubes baked in spicy tomato sauce.

13.95

Goats Cheese, Basil Pesto & Roasted Vegetable Linguini £9.95

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Linguini bound with basil pesto, goats cheese & roasted aubergine, peppers & courgettes.

13.95 ato

Pea & Smoked Ham Risotto Seafood Gnocchi

12.95 on, then

£12.45

Served with deep fried breaded parmesan scallops.

£11.95

A selection of fresh seafood creamed with gnocchi in tarragon cream sauce.

eans,

SIDE ORDERS £2.95 £2.95 £2.95 £2.95 £2.95

Creamy Mash Potatoes

£2.75

Rocket & Parmesan Salad £2.75 Tomato, Red Onion & Mozzarella Salad £3.95

w to make your booking –

75 East Street, Colchester CO1 2TS www.theoldsiegehouse.co.uk

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Ford Street, Aldham, Colchester CO6 3PH

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Shoulder Of Mutton

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01787 222353

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26 Court Street, Nayland, Essex CO6 4JL

74 Church Road, Fordham, Colchester CO6 3NJ

The Bricklayers

Victory Hotel

01206 852008

01206 382907

27 Bergholt Road, Colchester CO4 5AA

92 Coast Road, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8LS

The Bull

Waffles Bar

01206 366 647

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4 Crouch Street, Colchester CO3 3ES

24 East Street, Colchester CO1 2TR

The Cherry Tree Pub

Ye Olde Marquis

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Mersea Road, Blackheath, Colchester CO2 0BU

25 North Hill, Colchester CO1 1EG

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