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MAGAZINE MARCH-JULY 2013

A local Treasure

HaveringLife celebrates 40 years of Fairkytes Arts Centre in Hornchurch

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Hello and welcome to the second edition of HaveringLife magazine. We are very proud to bring you the best that Havering has to offer, from fashion and interiors, to local events and food. We kick off this issue with a fantastic feature celebrating 40 years of Fairkytes Arts Centre – looking at its history, as well as some of the great classes offered to residents living in Havering today. Dave Sherman gets his running shoes on for some al fresco exercise in the borough, whilst dog trainer Emma Robins wonders if we can learn more about the way we live our lives from our furry friends. In our new travel section, HaveringLife interviews 3 ladies about why they’ve made the move from England to Australia, plus we hop on the Eurostar to Brussels for a weekend away in this Belgian city. We hope you enjoy our bigger and better issue and would love to hear your feedback, get in touch by emailing hello@haveringlife.co.uk.

With many thanks to: Dave Sherman, Sarah-Jane Lewis, Emma Robins, Sarah Lloyd, Kelly Youlton, Michelle Castelo and David Christie

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FEATURES Top party dresses 06 | A3local Treasure HaveringLife looks at some of the great classes on offer at Fairkytes Arts Centre, and delves briefly into its history 44 | Follow the Leader Emma Robins investigates how our dogs may hold the answer to harmonious living

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FASHION & BEAUTY 25 | Style Selection Fashion for him and her from local retailers 32 | Beauty Clear out your make-up bag and replenish with pastel colours ready for Spring and Summer

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1. Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www.newlook.com. 2. Grey baroque peplum dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins, 127-132 High Street, Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flock spot prom dress, £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, Upminster, www.mandco.com

FOOD & DRINK 37 | Chef’s Corner 30 HaveringLife gears up for Easter by picking out some yummy local treats 40 | Restaurant Review We visit Alasya in Hornchurch for a taste of Turkey 4


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REGULARS 16 | Events Everything you need to keep abreast of local happenings, plus we look forward to the upcoming Harold Hill Festival 22 | Snapshot A new section showcasing some fantastic old images of Havering, courtesy of David Christie. This issue, we step back in time to Romford, 1967 34 | The Secret Single We have a giggle and a girlie chat about one of the many exasperating issues facing single girls today 43 | Pets Corner HaveringLife’s resident sausage dogs Coco and Max get their own page on which to share their woes and wants 53 | Interiors We bring you some of the most beautiful things to fill your home with this season, to suit all budgets OUT & ABOUT 56 | Born to Run Dave Sherman explains why running with a group is good for motivation, and also a great way to see the borough’s parks TRAVEL 63 | Escape to Oz Wondering why so many are choosing to up sticks and move to the other side of the world? HaveringLife investigates… 68 | Mini Break We enjoy a weekend away in Brussels and bring you a roundup of the must-see sites, plus useful tips for visiting the city 5


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he fantastic creative hub we see today, sitting opposite the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch has been standing since the 1700s and has an interesting history. A Thomas Wedlake owned and resided at

which he owned with his brother Robert. The Fairkytes building gave the foundry its name, and the business, specialising Elizabeth Fry’s son Joseph occupied in agricultural Fairkytes from 1810 (image: Neftali / Shutterstock.com) implements, became well known throughout charitable work, as well as entertainment events the country.

“The house was used for religious and charitable work, and entertainment events for village folk, so the building has always been an important part of the Hornchurch community” Fairkytes from 1784, opposite the Fairkytes Iron Foundry (where the theatre now sits),

Joseph Fry, son of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry, occupied Fairkytes from 1810, and the house was used for religious and

Fairkytes Iron Works specialised in producing agricultural implements

for village folk – so the building has always been a important part of the Hornchurch community. Fairkytes was home to several other residents before it housed Hornchurch Library, which opened on 18 June, 1953. It was always supposed to be a temporary measure, as the building was cramped and did not 7


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as well as putting on its location where it still really have adequate Sequin stripe jumper, £28, own classes, meaning it moved facilities, but operated stands afterJane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk that there is a huge until On opening, from Fairkytes. Six Your1967. wardrobe years later, the Fairkytes range to choose from. the library issued 800 must-haves this party season For wannabe books the first day, and building became the performers, there Arts Centre. 234,648 for the rest are classes in many The Centre is ideal for of the year. It was the Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, different types of serving the Havering first www timehm.com that there skater skirt by Lashes, dance, from£45, street to residents due to its Gold had been a library House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk tap, plus singing and location and transport in the town centre Top 3 party dresses acting and lessons for links. Fairkytes offers of Hornchurch. The local clubs and societies learning a new musical library moved to the halls and rooms to rent, instrument. Those nearby North Street

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“On opening, the library issued 800 books the first day, and 234,648 for the rest of the year”

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FOCUS ON‌ TAP DANCING with CHARLIE STAUNTON

Tuesdays, 7.30pm - 8.30pm The Tuesday adult tap dancing session is ideal for those who want to join a fun class without the pressure of exams and targets. A friendly group of ladies of mixed ages and one token gentleman, the class is small and welcoming, with a range of abilities. Charlie caters for all, whether you are a beginner needing help or have been tapping for years. The classes cover practicing basic and more advanced steps in isolation to polish performance, as well as putting together regular routines. Each student has plenty of one-to-one time. The class is run by Ultimate Dance NRG. ÂŁ4 per class, call Lucy at UDNRG on 07950 475476 for more information. 9


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Your wardrobe must-haves this party season Experimental Pottery with Michael Allard Fridays, 7.30pm - 9.30pm This a brilliant class both for those wishing to discover the pleasures Topis £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, of pottery for the first time, and more experienced potters to learn new www hm.com skater skirt Lashes, skills, since Michael runs a relaxed class withGold plenty of by time to£45, spend House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk with each of his students, and caters for all needs. With such a passion Top 3 party dresses for the medium and a wealth of knowledge, he will help you discover new ways of using clay to make interesting ceramic items. You’ll get the chance to work with different types of clay and glazes, plus experiment with Raku firing outside in the courtyard with a homemade kiln. Call Mike on 01708 752865 for prices and more information.

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the classes are after 7pm so ideal for those who work full time. Fairkytes also runs Twilights, which is an after school group of classes that take place in term time. Each last an hour and a half (£45 for 10 sessions) and the little ones can choose from art, art and craft or pottery. The Saturday Arts Scheme is also for kids, these are two hour sessions (£45 for 10 sessions) in art, drama or pottery. They run just during term time so there won’t be any “Those who prefer creating physical problem in the little pieces rather than taking centre stage are spoilt for choice with life drawing classes ones missing out if a family break is planned available, watercolour and pottery” during the holidays. Kids who want to be available, watercolour who prefer creating and pottery. Crafters can in the spotlight will love physical pieces rather the Saturday Morning than taking centre stage try beadwork, flower arranging or decoupage Musical Theatre classes, are spoilt for choice held at Fairkytes by with life drawing classes and quilting. Many of 11


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Ultimate Dance NRG. “Fairkytes Arts Centre celebrates its Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Suitable for ages 5+, the 40th birthday this year, so there is no Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk better time to try something new” Hip Class, Musical YourMix wardrobe Theatre and Singing must-haves this party classes are aseason great way to start the weekend, and Top students willLiberty have £19.99, H&M, Shopping Centre, Romford, the opportunity to www hm.com Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, take part in shows and House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk exams if they wish. Top 3 party dresses Fairkytes Arts Centre celebrates its 40th birthday this year, so there is no better time to try something new. something for As well as arts, there hand at acting or a everyone whether are keep fit and pensioner hoping to you’re a youngster language lessons, so meet new friends and wanting to try your there really is hone your watercolour skills. Havering residents are extremely lucky to have such a 1. Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, wonderful place to get www.newlook.com. 2. Grey baroque peplum dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins, 127-132 High Street, Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flock spot prom dress, £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, in touch with their Upminster, www.mandco.com creative side in the 30 locale. Fairkytes Arts Centre, 53 Billet lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX (01708) 456308

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FOCUS ON… FIGURE DRAWING with Patrick Gaughan

Tuesdays, 7.30pm - 9.30pm This two hour class is ideal for sixth form and college students wishing to gain a head start in nude figure drawing, but also suitable for anyone wishing to polish their existing artistic skills or those just joining for fun. Patrick has such a passion for art and his mantra of “every day, draw something” will inspire even the most reluctant artist to create great things. The classes allow artists to draw in a variety of media including pencil, paint and charcoal. 10 weeks cost £45 (concessions £40), plus an additional charge each week to cover the model. Call Fairkytes on 01708 456308 for more information.

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welcome to submit Hornchurch and a pair of logos for Undiscovered your entry. If you are Upminster, plus designing your logo a mug bearing on the computer, their winning you can download a o celebrate design. The logo can free Photoshop-type the launch be anything, including software called GIMP of their new text, a photo or sketch. from www.gimp.org. webpage, our friends To enter, email your at HornchurchLife TOP TIPS logo as a jpeg to: 1. Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, have announced anbaroque peplum www.newlook.com. 2. Grey dress,logo £39.50, Dorothy High Street, As the will be Perkins, 127-132 hornchurchlife@gmail. Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flock spot prom dress, £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, exciting competition used in a variety of com. Competition Upminster, www.mandco.com to design the official environments, it should closes 31/03/13 and 30 HornchurchLife logo. be easily viewed in the winner will be The winner will receive both colour and black announced in April. 2 DVDs – Undiscovered and white – you are www.hornchurchlife.co.uk

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The very best local events happening in the coming weeks

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4 April Morning (Easter/Spring workshop) & Afternoon (Cakepop workshop) Get the little ones creative in the kitchen without making a mess in your own! The morning session of Watson’s Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, Wonderful workshops www.houseoffraser.co.uk sees 6-11 year olds create 6 Easter/Spring cupcakes whilst the afternoon session is for over 11s to learn the art of cakepops. All equipment and refreshments are provided and each 2 hour session is £23 per child. Book on 07837 800243. St. Josephs Social Centre, Upminster

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4 April, 10.30am-11.30am Get the kids down to Gidea Park Library for an hour of fun making their own castle, feeding their imagination and deciding if they’ll be a king, queen, princess or Royal Knight. For 7 to 12 year olds, £4.50 (£4 library members), book on 01708 434978. Gidea Park Library


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Indian Evening

26 April, 7pm-10.30pm Enjoy a night out whilst helping raise money for a variety of charities. The evening will see you treated to a three course Indian meal accompanied by Bollywood style dancing and traditional music. There will also be a raffle with lots of superb prizes. Bring your own drinks, tickets £20, book on 01708 477693. St. Edward’s C of E School, Romford

Ale Tasting

25 April, 6.30-8.30pm Twin an evening of ale tasting with some culture as you learn about the history of Mayland’s Wibblers Brewery. Over 18’s only, £14 (members £13), book on 01708 434933. Upminster Library

MOSCOW BALLET’s Coppelia

1 April, 4pm or 7.45pm & 2 April, 7.45pm Follow the delightful tale of an eccentric toymaker who creates a wonderful life-like mechanical doll named Coppelia and enjoy her adventures on this magical and comical classic ballet. An ideal trip for all the family, with adults priced at £25, and children at £16. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch 17


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open day and craft fair

12 May, 12pm-5pm Visit Upminster’s beautiful 200 year old windmill and learn Give and take day about its fascinating 27 March, 10.30am-1.30pm history on a guided De-clutter your home and treat yourself tour. The craft fair on to some new books, clothes, DVDs or the ‘Mill field’ starts at toys for the kids at this free give and take 12pm, tours from 2pm. day. Who knows what you’ll find… Free, but donations Romford Central Library always welcome. Upminster Windmill 1. Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford,

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2 April, 2 May, 2 June, 10am-12pm Meet new people and craft together. Just pop along with your materials and enjoy a morning with like-minded adults. Free. Rainham Library


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Grand Opening Weekend of The Old Chapel

23 & 24 March, 10am-4pm After many years, The Old Chapel has finally been beautifully restored and will be ready to welcome visitors at the open weekend. Learn about the chapel’s history and take a free guided heritage walk through Upminster (11am). Students from the Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School will also be selling unique gifts. The Old Chapel, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster

As You Like It

Image: Romford local studies & family history centre

4-7 & 10-14 June, 7.30pm Enjoy the great outdoors and head to beautiful Langtons Gardens for a Queen’s Theatre performance celebrating 60 years of theatre in Hornchurch. The Shakespeare play is a classic tale of love, passion and mistaken identity. You can really make an evening of it by purchasing wine and a pre-ordered picnic from the theatre bar. Langtons Gardens, Hornchurch 19


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by volunteers, working in partnership with local organisations. It brings together residents, charities and organisations in Harold Hill. The oneday event at Central Park – which this year

some of the area’s best music and performance acts. There is something for all the family – for example the little ones will enjoy cuddling up to Harry the Squirrel, the event’s mascot. The organisers rely

“Visitors can enjoy a wide range of community stalls, information stands and family activities, plus the stage showcases some of the area’s best acts” falls on Saturday 6 July – is attended by thousands of people every year. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of community stalls, information stands and family activities, plus the stage showcases

on the help of local residents to make each year bigger and better than the last. There are many ways you can help.

If you are interested in running a stall or performing on stage, the Harold Hill Festival is a great place to get noticed. Alternatively, you can try your hand at marketing or sales, or even help with car parking or catering to make the day a success. Visit the website and fill in the form by 26 June. The only thing nobody can guarantee is the weather, but Haveringlife will keep its fingers crossed for sunshine! www.harold hillfestival.moon fruit.com

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STEP BACK IN TIME… ROMFORDS BUSES 1967-‘70s

A book featuring photographs by David Christie

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1. Canvas buckle messenger bag, £25, Marks and Spencer, 30 Romford 2. Canvas messenger bag in light brown, £17.79, Argos, Hornchurch 3. Designer brown leather utility bag by Rocha John Rocha, £68, Debenhams, Romford

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Straight leg chinos, £20, Next, Romford Dark wash jeans, Hjh by J Hampton & Sons £22, Matalan, Romford Blue and white pattern t-shirt, £18, Topman, Romford

Superdry Larceny sneaker, £44.99, Superdry, Romford

BC London men’s grey stripe casual shirt, £16.99, Blue Inc, Romford

Grey aztec panel hoodie, £19.99, New Look, Romford

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Suitcase essentials for those jetting off soon Designer brown flocked wash bag, £25, Debenhams, Romford

Trespass flip flops, £12, M&Co, Upminster

Leather belt, £12.99, H&M, Romford

Sunglasses , £6.99, H&M, Romford

Thor watch, £84.99, Superdry, Romford

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in support of Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

BooK A StAll noW for JuSt £15 to book, call christine Hampton on 07910 421182 Plenty to see and do for all the family, including children’s corner, stalls, raffles, refreshments plus the opportunity to meet our gorgeous animals. Free parking for visitors and stall holders. admission adults £3, children £2

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1. Coral bow dress, £30, 30 Dorothy Perkins, Romford 2. Clutch, £12.99, and 3-pack bracelet, £6.99, both H&M, Romford 3. Orange 2 part kitten heel sandal, £25, BHS, Romford

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Mint green crew neck cardigan, £9.99, New Look, Romford Dark grey trousers, Morgan, £55, Debenhams, Romford Anchor and stripe nautical jumper, £26, M&Co, Upminster Nude platform peep courts, £35, Dorothy Perkins, Romford Cream cutout lace skater skirt, £36, Topshop, Romford

BON VOYAGE Suitcase essentials for those jetting off soon

Wow spot bikini top, £18, and hi leg briefs, £12, both Next, Romford

Corsage straw hat, £6, Matalan, Romford

Preppy colour-block sunglasses, £14, Topshop, Romford Image: Dress, £24.99, H&M, Romford

Barnsley large multi way bag, £229, buy online at www.radley.co.uk

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Homey trap lip balm, £5.50, Lush, Romford


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Multi-wrinkle repair 30ml, Bare Minerals, £38, Debenhams, Romford

Pure colour mono eyeshadow in latte, Autograph, £6, Marks and Spencer, Romford

Nina L’Eau by Nini Ricci 50ml, £33.99, The Perfume Shop, Romford

Aluminium cosmetics case in silver, £19.99, Argos, Hornchurch

Essie nail polish in Master Plan, £7.99, Superdrug, Upminster

Sanctuary salt scrub 650g, £11.50, Boots, Hornchurch

Crystal Mmake u p Mirror, £12, BHS, Romford

Japanese style makeup bag £1, Poundland, Romford

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The only conclusion I can come to is that sending it turns the guy on and therefore he thinks it does the same for me. But guys, one essential thing to note is women are not men. Seeing and being sent the infamous ‘manhood’ shot does about as much for me sexually, as watching someone be sick and then eat it. There is no reason for it. Not even if we are ‘friends with benefits.’ I’d rather the suspense and surprise like Christmas – of opening and seeing it for myself the first time. Guys need to realise that should they send me the said picture, the following texts are likely to be exchanged between me and my best friend(s)…

Me: You are never going to believe it, but this guy has sent me a picture of his ‘you know.’ Friend: WOW, what a weirdo… why did he do that, did you ask him to? Did you send him a picture of –––? Me: No! who knows – he said he thought he’d send me something to cheer me up…?! Hang on a minute I’ll send it to you… Friend: Ewww look at it… not sure it should look like that? Me: Oh yeah I see what you mean… and I haven’t even met him yet! Let’s delete it. But hang on… I’ll show Abbie, Lisa and Emma first ;-)

On the other hand with my gay best friend: Me: You are never going to believe it, but this guy has sent me a picture of his ‘you know.’ Gay best friend: Seriously? Can you forward it to me?

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INGREDIENTS METHOD 100g (3 1/2oz) butter 1. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add egg and whisk. 75g (2 3/4oz) caster sugar 2. Add the flour, spices and currants and mix well. and extra for sprinkling 3. Lightly knead, then roll out to a 5mm (1/4 inch) thick11.large eggred shirred waist lace dress,ness. Use Look, a bunny cutter to press approx. 12 biscuits Mela dark £25, New Liberty Shopping Centre,out Romford, www.newlook.com. Grey baroque peplum dress, with £39.50, Dorothy 127-132 High Street, 225g (8oz) plain2.flour 4. Brush milk andPerkins, pop onto a greased baking tray. Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flock spot prom dress, £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, Upminster, www.mandco.com 1/2tsp mixed ground spice Make eyes with the extra currants and sprinkle over the 1/2tsp ground cinnamon remaining sugar. 30 50g (1 3/4 oz) currants 5. Bake for 12-15 mins at 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. or until 12 currants for eyes golden. Leave to cool on a wire rack. 2tbsp milk 7. Tie ribbons around the necks once cooled. Ribbon to decorate Recipe courtesy of Britegg at www.goodtoknow.co.uk 38


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Fresh Hot Cross buns will be available throughout Havering at our many bakeries – Greggs in Romford, Kingcotts Bakery in Upminster and Godfreys of Hornchurch to name but a few

Easter kilner jar, £4 Waitrose, Upminster

Easter cupcake set, £1, Poundland, Romford

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WANTS THIS! Milk chocolate Bramble Bunny model, £6.50 Thorntons, Romford

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Havering is home to a huge variety of restaurants selling dishes from all over the world. HaveringLife goes Turkish and heads to Alasya in Hornchurch

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been to Turkey before, portions were certainly there is a distinct sense generous and for a very of nostalgia on entering reasonable price. The volume was the restaurant –the notched up a level “Alasya promises that their sole purpose when the live music is to ensure that you have the best food, began and many were service and ambience possible” on their feet enjoying welcoming atmosphere, the lively atmosphere. their “sole purpose is Leaving the restaurant to ensure that you have the sound of traditional Turkish music and old with satisfied appetites the best food, service and ambience possible.” favourites on the menu and memories of a great night, the HaveringLife all playing their part. Saturday night is The menu itself is large agreed that Alasya had party night, as the succeeded in its sole and varied, catering restaurant has live purpose, and plans to music and a disco until for all tastes and with return soon were met a mouth watering late. Fridays will see with agreement. you treated to a spot of selection of proper bellydancing, whilst the Turkish meals such as Alasya Turkish Kleftiko and Chicken other nights are more Restaurant, 179 High suited to those wanting Shish plus meze dishes. Street, Hornchurch Service is good and a quieter bite to eat. RM11 3XS 01708 473 531 food very tasty. The For those who have lunch for two or a lively evening out with a large group of friends. Alasya promises that

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The dog divas aim is to promote responsible ownership and demonstrate that ALL dog breeds are capable of great obedience and companionship. My passion and area of expertise involves a more troubled area of dog ownership, and one where most owners are unable to pinpoint the cause of and how to rectify the situation. Aggression is a growing issue for many notorious breeds but it’s a myth that only certain breeds are affected. My mission as the dog diva is to help those owners get some control back and work alongside their companion. Like every Glamorous diva I need a personal assistant and this for me is my beautiful Doberman Naala. She is a prime example of how the right handling approach can give you an in tune working and living environment. I’m here to demonstrate that even basic training techniques will allow your dog to gain general etiquette and also educate people on the importance of respect that both man and dog require for a harmonious relationship. Specialists in canine behaviourists and animal trainers for television and other media sources, as well as providing private dog training sessions and advice for all dog owners. Mobile: 07841 431678 Landline: 01376 343905 emma@thedogdiva.co.uk www.thedogdiva.co.uk


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FOR HER Your wardrobe must-haves this party season

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to become freer with your heart, for example smile at a stranger, or do something positive for another person, your dog will take its cue from your relaxed state and become more content itself. If you have a busy lifestyle with a hectic and stressed state of mind, your dog won’t necessarily cope well, and can ultimately start to suffer. Our dogs will always come looking for attention no matter what we do – they have unconditional love for their owners, one of the reasons many people choose to own a pet, dogs are always happy to see you regardless of what mood you are in, tail wagging. However if we carry

feelings of resentment, anger and stress, how can we fully engage with our dogs the way we really should? If you are under pressure

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Bower, to large parks like Bedfords Park or Hornchurch Country Park. With the warmer weather on its way, now is the time to make the most of the great outdoors, and running is ideal both for exercise and to meet new local people.

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Havering 90 Joggers When? Every Tuesday and Thursday, meet 7pm to run 7.30pm Where? Hornchurch Sports Centre How much? £25 per annum (concessions available) First month is free E-mail: enquiries@h90j.org.uk Phone: 07871 589971 www.h90j.org.uk fitness session than the treadmill at the local gym. Red deer can be seen at Bedfords Park in Havering-AtteBower, and wildlife in Cottons Park, Romford or Harold Wood Park – both of which hold Green Flag status. To run through Havering Country Park is to take a trip through history, as it is a former base of RAF Hornchurch, used during the first and second world wars. The park is now a local

nature reserve, and was awarded gold in the Best Country Park category for London in Bloom 2011. It’s also an integral part of the Ingrebourne Valley, and retains some of its history, with an aircraft dispersal bay, pillboxes and Tett turrets still visible within the park. If you prefer to run in a group rather than alone, the Havering 90 Joggers is perfect for that extra nudge of motivation. The local running club meets at 59


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How does the pace of life compare? Sydneysiders think their city is crazy busy. I tell them to try living in London! The lifestyle is much more laid back. They have an admirable work:life balance. It’s an outdoor lifestyle and feels much more social. What do you miss? Strawberry Ribena! Family, obviously, and friends. I miss the dayto-day things – I miss my mum’s cooking. I

miss London streets and the history in our capital. I love Sydney, but since moving here I have become much more patriotic – Britain is definitely Great!

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Where will you eventually settle? I intend to come back to the UK. The Has it lived up to your lifestyle I would stay expectations? for, the distance from It has been amazing. I’ve my family makes that had the most incredible impossible though. year, met some of the most amazing people Have you any advice and visited some really to those thinking of spectacular places. I’ve moving to Australia? learned that life is for Do it! If you’re under living and I hope I take 30 getting a working holiday visa is easy. If not, you may have to work a little harder to find a job and get sponsored, but anything possible if you really want it. A year flies by, it’s nothing. It’s hard, especially the first 6 months, but still totally worth it. 65


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just need to learn the when you are feeling What advice would homesick, it does pass. areas. We are currently you give to someone renting and have been thinking of moving all around Australia. How easy was it out to Australia? Jobs have been easy to Visit for a long holiday settling overseas? We literally came with find for both of us. first and see as much of Australia as possible just a backpack, and What are you plans for are still buying items – not just the cities, the future? as we go along here. but also the Outback 1. Melacountryside. dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, things Liberty Shopping WeRomford, are currently Organising like Centre, and Have www.newlook.com. 2. Grey baroque peplum dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins, 127-132 High Street, Hornchurch,saved www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flock bank spot prom dress, £49,and M & co, 55-57 Station Road, gaining permanent new account money and be Upminster, www.mandco.com residency this year to health insurance is prepared to spend 30 very simple, much can enable us to stay in it on getting things Australia. We have no be done from the UK. like qualifications transferred over. Don’t There are lots of places intention of moving back to the UK. to rent and buy, you give up or go home

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Why did you emigrate to Australia? My English boyfriend decided 3 years ago to move to Australia but I wasn’t ready. However after much thought and thousands of Skype calls later I finally decided to make the move. It was the catalyst as I needed to try something new. What things do you miss the most? Friends, family, culture and history, the News, proximity to Europe, the Tube, guilt free reality TV and cab drivers that know where they are going. What things do you miss the least? Power walking everywhere, being late for everything, long

Name: Michelle Castelo Age: 27 Lives: Sydney, Australi a Works: In marketing Travelled: Alone Arrived: August 2011

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WHERE TO STAY The 4 star art-deco NH Atlanta Brussels is reasonably priced and in a good location close to cafes, restaurants and bars as well as extensive shopping. La Grand Place is a short walk away. Having breakfast on the rooftop terrace in the sun overlooking Brussels is a must. www.nh-hotels.com WHAT TO SEE & DO Belguim is renowned for its chocolate and beer, so this is the ideal place to stock up, with many chocolate shops offering a wide range of treats, and several specialist beer shops. Grand Place is the bustling central square in Brussels and here you’ll find lots of cafes and restaurants with

outside seating (and heaters in the winter), ideal for watching the world go by. Well worth a visit is the famous Manneken Pis fountain, where the small boy statue is often dressed in costume. There is a small market in the square just behind Grand Place selling handmade goods and souvenirs. Avenue Louise is a busy main road with high-end clothes boutiques, whilst for art lovers there is the Magritte Exhibtion at 3 Rue de la Régence. FURTHER AFIELD Brussels is a good base for taking daytrips if you are staying for a few days. The historic city of Bruges is a just a train journey away.

A ride on the city’s metro system to line 6/Heysel will bring you to The Atomium – a futuristic looking structure made from spheres, built in 1958. It houses temporary and permanent exhibitions and has a fantastic viewing platform so take your camera. Located at the foot of the Atomium is Mini Europe. From London’s Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, here you can see all of Europe’s most famous landmarks in scaled replica. GETTING THERE The Eurostar starts from £69 return per person and takes around 2 hours from London’s St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International. www.eurostar.com. 69


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The Directory FOR HER Where to find all the lovely things featured in this issue… Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

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featured SHOPs HORNCHURCH Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty

Shopping Centre, Romford, 0845 hm.com Argoswww 165 7274

84-86 High Street, RM12 4UH www.argos.co.uk

Homebase 0845 640 7034 Davidson Way, RM7 0AJ www.homebase.co.uk

Thorntons 746428 www.thorntons.co.uk Topman 738541 Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, www.topman.com Lakeside, 739664 Matalan 0845 330 3330 House of Fraser, Topshop www.houseoffraser.co.uk 117 North Street, RM1 1ES www.topshop.com www.matalan.co.uk THE MALL, romford The Body Shop 757990 Blue INC 752847 46 South Street, RM1 1RB www.blueinc.co.uk www.thebodyshop.co.uk Poundland 762651 www.poundland.co.uk Tesco 0845 677 9589 Wilkinson 738132 Bryant Avenue, RM3 0LL www.wilkinsonplus.com www.tesco.com

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B&Q 734210 Hornchurch Road, RM11 1PY www.diy.com Boots 442089 126 High Street, RM12 4UH www.boots.com

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Godfreys of Hornchurch 442533 175 Station Lane, RM12 6LL Tesco 0845 6779581 300 Hornchurch Road Hornchurch RM11 1PY www.tesco.com

The Range 771790 The Brewery, RM1 1AU www.therange.co.uk

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UPMINSTER Aldi 119-129 St Mary’s Lane RM14 2QB www.aldi.co.uk

the Liberty, romford BHS 0844 488 5127 ww.bhs.co.uk Dorothy Perkins 760348 Kingcotts Bakery 640546 www.dorothyperkins.com 66 Station Road, RM14 2TD 1. Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25,  New Look, H&M 0844 736Liberty 9000 Shopping Centre, Romford, www.newlook.com. 2. Grey baroque peplum dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins, 127-132 High Street, 0844 Debenhams 561 6161 251280 www.hm.com M&Co Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flock spot prom dress, £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, Market Place, Romford RM1 3ET Marks & Spencer 766424 57 Station Road, RM14 2SU Upminster, www.mandco.com www.debenhams.com www.marksandspencer.com www.mandco.com New Look 760637 30 745885 Greggs www.newlook.com M&Co 251280 57 South Street, RM1 1NL Next 0844 844 5235 57 Station Road, RM14 2SU www.greggs.co.uk www.next.co.uk www.mandco.com Superdry 760588 Lush 769379 www.superdry.com Roomes 255300 Swan Walk, RM1 3HD The Perfume Shop 720066 22-24 Station Road, RM14 2UB www.lush.co.uk www.dorothyperkins.com www.roomes.co.uk

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Superdrug 220303 6 Bell Corner Corbets Tey Road, RM14 2AT www.superdrug.com Waitrose 224444 218 St Mary’s Lane, RM14 3BT www.waitrose.com

ONLINE

Radley www.radley.co.uk

BaggyFitted on Etsy www.etsy.com/shop/ BaggyFitted

Hotel Chocolat www.hotelchocolat.com/UK

Monsoon Online uk.monsoon.co.uk

The Present Finder www.thepresentfinder.co.uk

featured PLACES GIDEA PARK

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Gidea Park Library 434978 Balgores Lane, RM2 6BS www.havering.gov.uk

Rainham Library 434970 7-11 The Broadway, RM13 9YW www.havering.gov.uk

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Central Park Gooshays Drive, RM3 9LB

Romford Library 432389 St Edwards Way, RM1 3AR www.havering.gov.uk

HORNCHURCH Fairkytes Arts Centre 456308 51 Billet Lane Hornchurch, RM11 1AX Alasya 473531 179 High Street, RM11 3XS The Queen’s Theatre 443333 Billet Lane, RM11 1QT www.queens-theatre.co.uk Langtons House 433403 Billet Lane, RM11 1XL www.langtonshouse.co.uk

Upminster Library 434933 26 Corbets Tey Road, RM14 2BB www.havering.gov.uk Upminster Windmill The Mill Field, St. Mary’s Lane, RM14 2QL www.upminsterwindmill.co.uk

St Edwards C of E School 730462 London Road, RM7 9NX www.steds.org.uk

UPMINSTER St Joseph’s Social Centre 220391 117 St. Marys Lane, RM14 2QB The Old Chapel 222660 Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School, St Mary’s Lane, RM14 2QR www.theoldchapelupminster.co.uk 71


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