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MAGAZINE WINTER 2013

Christmas

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From a fabulous gift guide to help you pick the perfect present, to the best events in the area, we’ve got Christmas covered

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Hello and welcome to the winter edition of HaveringLife magazine. We are very proud to bring you a mix of articles and style pages, from fashion and interiors, to local events and food. This issue we are getting into the Christmas mood and have put together a gift guide to suit all budgets, whether you are looking for something special for someone special, or stocking fillers for the kids. We take a closer look at Havering’s fantastic libraries. Far from just being book lenders, our libraries offer a huge range of other activities, from pampering to cookery. HaveringLife also chats to some of the winners of the Havering Business Awards to find out what makes them stand out above the rest, and celebrates the huge talent our borough has to offer. We hope you enjoy this latest issue and would love to hear your feedback, get in touch by emailing hello@haveringlife.co.uk.

With many thanks to: Kelly Murfet, Michelle Fitzgibbons, Sarah Ion, Natasha Ridley, Jill Willis, David Christie, Kaci Sherman, Michelle Andreou, Tracy Giddings and Paul Wade

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Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

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Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

FEATURES Top 3 party dressesChristmas Gift Guide 06 | The HaveringLife HaveringLife brings you gifts for him, her, and the little ones with ideas to suit any budget and recipient 42| Going the Extra Mile We meet some of the superstar winners of the Havering Business Awards

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FASHION & BEAUTY 25 | Style Selection Winter fashion for him and her from local retailers 32 | Beauty Suzanne Cook from Gorgeous Colour shares her top must-have products and tips for party-ready hair this season

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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 35 | Chef’s Corner 30 HaveringLife brings you all the foodie essentials for a perfect Christmas with all the trimmings 38 | Restaurant Review A visit to Italian restaurant Sorrento, Upminster 4


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REGULARS 14 | Events Everything you need to keep abreast of local happenings from crafts to theatre, and including a guide to Christmas shopping events in the area 22 | Snapshot We showcase another old photograph of Havering, courtesy of David Christie. This issue – Romford Station, 1974 41 | Pets Corner HaveringLife’s resident sausage dogs Coco and Max share their news including a visit to Paige’s Poochie Parlour, Romford 49 | Interiors Some of the most beautiful things to fill your home with this season, from furniture to finishing touches OUT & ABOUT 52 | More Than Words HaveringLife takes a closer look at the borough’s libraries, and discovers why there is so much more than just book-borrowing, with dedicated staff and a huge calendar of varied events TRAVEL 61 | Vacation To… …New York. HaveringLife jets off to The Big Apple to experience everything in super-size. Whether you want to stay on foot, hail a yellow taxi, ride the subway or splash out and book a mini-cruise, there is plenty to see however you travel 66 | Mini Break HaveringLife wraps up warm for a chilly weekend in Prague, and enjoys some sightseeing and good food 5


STYLE GUIDE

FOR HER Your wardrobe must-haves this party season

Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

Top 3 party dresses

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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

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FOR HER Your wardrobe must-haves this party season

Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

Top 3 party dresses

Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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not things! 1. Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress,Give £25, thoughts, New Look, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, An ideal for the ladyPerkins, in www.newlook.com. 2. Grey baroque peplum dress,gift £39.50, Dorothy 127-132 High Street, Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3.your Flocklife spot prom dress, £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, who appears to have Upminster, www.mandco.com everything. In three easy Boston Terrier scarf in green, £90, buy online at 30 www.graduatecollection.co.uk

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steps, you can personalise beautifully printed promises – from agreeing to do household chores to taking her away for the weekend. From £9.50, order online at www.ipromise.to


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Sterling silver sapphire & diamond flower stud earrings, £149, H Samuel, Romford

Mantaray light green floral cross body bag, £18, Debenhams, Romford

Embroidered trinket Box, £1, Poundland, Romford

Michael Kors Sexy Amber EDP 30ml, £38, Boots, Hornchurch

Father Christmas charm, £45 and reindeer pendant charm, £30, Pandora, Romford

Flower tealight holder petal pink, £4, Wilkinson, Romford

Celebrate gift set, £22.50, Lush, Romford

Biscuit handled teacups, £15 each, buy online at www.made-in-essex.com/ juliepettit

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy book by Helen Fielding £9.49, W H Smith, Romford 9


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FOR HER Your wardrobe must-haves this party season

Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

Ceramic vase, £120, buy online at www.made-in-essex. Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, com/annabeljohnson

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Romfords Buses 1967 - ‘70s book by David Christie, from approx. £34, buy online at www.blurb.com/b/1623003romfords-buses-1967-70s

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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

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Burberry Touch 100ml mens EDT, £24 Superdrug, Upminster


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Mr. cufflinks, £6 Wilkinson, Romford

Horn trapper, £8 Asda, Romford

Smirnoff gift pack, £10 Asda, Romford

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DIFFERENT Perfect for a gift that keeps giving, way after Christmas is over! Tell The Willoughby Book Club a little about your recipient, and they’ll send a hand-picked, beautifully wrapped book to their door once a month. 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions, from £29.99 buy online at www. thewilloughbybookclub.co.uk

Magnificent meerkats “Sherlock”, £39.99 H Samuel, Romford

Designer brown faux fur lined mule slippers, £22 Debenhams, Romford

Slow watch, £190 - £230, buy online at www.slow-watches.com

Satzuma flash in a can 4GB monkey USB memory stick, £12, Boots, Romford 11


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FOR HER Your wardrobe must-haves this party season

Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com Chest money box, £6,

Matalan, Romford

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Christmas hand puppet, £1 each, Poundland, Romford

Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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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

30 Wooden music ferris wheel, £7.99, The Range, Romford

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LIKEaBIKE ‘Hardy’, £99.95, buy online at www.likeabike.co.uk

Disney Minnie Mouse coin purse, £6, BHS, Romford

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DIFFERENT Although not designed to be played with, these beautiful handmade bears are ornamental pieces – or even heirlooms – to treasure for years to come. They are made in Essex by Helen Aldridge who uses mohair fabric, high quality faux fur and glass eyes. ‘Oliver’ ornamental bear, £40 www.made-in-essex.com/ helenaldridge

24cm animated penguin, £14.99, The Range, Romford

Personalised chocolate bar 100g, £3.99 each, order online at www.choccasions.com

Snowman knit jumper, £9, Asda, Romford

Strawberry mini cupcake gift, £5, The Body Shop, Romford 13


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FOR HER Your wardrobe must-haves this party season

EVENTS Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

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HaveringLife brings you the season’s finest local events Adult Craft Workshop Table and Tree Decorations

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Active Birthing Workshop by Daisy Birthing

Sunday 1st December, 10am-2pm Mums-to-be and their birthing partner can Thursday 28 November, feel more confident about the journey ahead, 1pm-3pm with invaluable tips and information, leavTry some new craft ing you with a holistic ‘toolkit’ for labour. techniques for Christmas. 1. Mela dark red shirred waistbut lace dress, £25, New Shopping Centre, £75Look, perLiberty couple, book onRomford, 07549 009 834. Materials provided 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, bring your own pencil, Upminster, www.mandco.com ruler and scissors. £6 for 30 library members, £7.50 for non-members. Book on 01708 434903. Hornchurch Library 14

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Jamie Walton Cello Trio

Tuesday 14 January, 2pm-3pm Cheer up your diary for the new year with a performance by the Jamie Walton Cello Trio. Jamie’s powerful sounds will brighten up any winters day. £13.50, book on 01708 456308. Langtons House, Billet Lane, Hornchurch

Love Food Hate Waste Cookery Workshop

Thursday 20 March, 6pm-8.30pm Book yourself on this free cookery session to save money and reduce the amount of food thrown away. You’ll be guided by professional chefs to cook up a storm! Hornchurch Library

Leader’s Business Networking Event

Thursday 21 February, 5.30pm-8.30pm If you own a local business, keep in the loop and have Councillor Michael White answer your burning questions. There will also be an opportunity to network. Book on 01708 433602 Harefield Manor Hotel, Romford 15


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stripe jumper, £28, Thursday 6 February 9.30pm-1.30pm Sequin Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk Whether you want to hone your Your wardrobe sewing skills and learn a new must-haves this party or season technique, simply get some guidance on mending your old favourites, this workshop is ideal. Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, No need to book, just drop in. www hm.com Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, Hornchurch Library House of Fraser, Lakeside,

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Adult Craft Workshop

Dick Whittington

1. Mela dark 2 redDecember, shirred waist lace dress,6pm £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Romford, Monday from 30Centre, November-11 January www.newlook.com. 2. Grey baroque peplum dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins, 127-132 High Street, Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flockhome spot prom dress, £49, M Enjoy & co, 55-57 Station Road, Add a personal touch to your this this rags-to-riches tale Upminster, www.mandco.com Christmas by making your own garland. of Dick Whittington seeking 30 You’ll be guided through all the steps and his fortune in London, with head home with something unique and his sidekick puss as they handmade. £15 per person, book in advance travel to exotic lands. Perfect on 01708 434933. for all the family. Upminster Library Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

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Christmas shopping events

Sunday 17 November, 11am-12pm The Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster Saturday 23 November, 11.30am-4.30pm North Romford Community Association, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row Saturday 23 November, 10am-2pm St Edwards Church, Market Place, Romford Saturday 30 November, 11am-2pm Harold Wood Primary School, Recreation Avenue, Harold Wood Saturday 30 November, 10am-4pm Upminster Methodist Church, Hall Lane, Upminster Saturday 30 November, 11am-3pm North Romford Community Association, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row Sunday 1 December 2.30pm-5pm Myplace Youth Centre, 343 Dagnam Park Drive, Romford Saturday 7 December 10am-4pm Hall Mead School, Marlborough Gardens, Upminster Sunday 8 December 10am-4.30pm The Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster

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Wednesday 11 December, 10am-12pm Get thewardrobe little ones inspired by Your nature with this themed morning, must-haves this party seasonactivities and which will include natural play, arts and crafts. £5 per book in advance Topchild, £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, on 01708 748646. www hm.com Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Havering-atte-Bower

Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Top 3 party dresses Baby Sensory - Precious Early Learning for Babies

Thursday 9 January, 11.45pm-12.30pm If you’re a new mum, enjoy some time with your baby, taking part in unique activities designed to build up a volcabulary of sensory experiences, such as light shows, bubbles and musical fun. £5 per baby, book on 01708 443333. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Afternoon Jazz

Friday 24 January, 3pm-5pm Spend a relaxing couple of hours listening to Helen Keating and her band with some nostalgic 1920s and 1930s tunes. Queen’s Theatre, 1. Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, Hornchurch

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Making Winter FOR Magical HER

Your wardrobe Sunday 15 December, 10.30am-12pm & 1pm-2.30pm must-haves Wrap up season in your warmest this party clothes and learn how you can make special decorations to Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford,to appear encourage wildlife www hm.com for Christmas. No need to book, £2 for Wildlife Explorer members, £4 for nonTop 3 party dresses members, and free for adults. Rainham Marshes

The Dreamboys

Tuesday 21 January, 7.30pm Enjoy a perfect girls’ night out with the UK’s top male glamour show. An action packed night of music, muscle, magic and gorgeous men. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

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Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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Black and White Cupcake Class

Saturday 18 January, 10am-12pm Create sophisticated cupcakes in black and 1. Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Romford, white under theCentre, watchful eye of the tutors. 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, Mhow & co, 55-57 Stationbuttercream Road, You’ll learn to swirl and Upminster, www.mandco.com create the perfect bow then decorate 4 30 freshly bakes cupcakes. All Equipment is provided, book on 01708 224990. Boutique Cake Studio, 91 Front Lane, Cranham 20


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FOR HER Your wardrobe must-haves this party season

Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

Top 3 party dresses

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Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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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

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REGULARS: SNAPSHOT

Havering Snapshot

This 86 route bus at Romford station has already had its destination blind changed ready for its return to Bow Photo taken by David Christie in May 1974

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

A book featuring photographs by David Christie

Browse the online store at www.blurb.com/user/store/crisdave


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Style selection

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Wrap up warm with winter essentials Image: H&M 25


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three Top FOR HER … Christmas Your wardrobe

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Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

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Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

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Image: Checked borg lined shirt, £32, M&Co. Upminster


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Brown Levi’s belt £25, River Island, Romford

Superdry tarp messenger bag £39.99, Superdry, Romford

Tube scarf, £12.99, H&M, Romford

Marled jumper £19.99, H&M, Romford

3 pack black/grey stripe socks, £6, BHS, Romford

Dark straight fit jean, £20, Sainsbury’s Hornchurch

Bold raschel striped scarf, £9.60, M&Co. Upminster

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Items to make you stand out from the crowd

Limited collection prom bow tie, £7.50, Marks and Spencer, Romford Black leather side lace up shoes £40, Debenhams, Romford

Italian fabric black suit, regular fit jacket, £110, waistcoat, £50 and regular fit trousers £60, all Next, Romford

Red twill tie, £6, BHS, Romford

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TOP LOOK FOR HER UNDER £70 Your wardrobe …to the party! must-haves

Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

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1. Moda knitted shrug, £12, 1. MelaRomford dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, Asda, www.newlook.com. 2. Grey baroque peplum dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins, 127-132 High Street, 2. Gold sequin sleeveless Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flock spot prom dress, £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, bodycon £24.99, New Upminster,dress, www.mandco.com Look, Romford 3. F&F Embellished beaded 30 bag, £12.50, Tesco, clutch Roneo Corner 4. Truffle womens gold diamante platform court shoe, £16.99, buy online at Image: Rose prom dress, £89, M&Co. Upminster www.shoezone.com

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Gold rush embellished cami top, £39, Miss Selfridge, Romford

Beatrice Dress, £139, Monsoon, Romford Clutch bag, £14.99, H&M, Romford

Rustle suede strappy heels, £48, Topshop, Romford

Lace print peter pan collar top, £26, M&Co. Upminster

Blair lurex shrug, £25, Monsoon Romford

Wool hat, £12.99, H&M, Romford

SNUGGLE UP After partying hard, keep cosy at home

Purple multi floral infusion cami PJ set, £13, BHS, Romford

Fairisle design sleep socks, £6.40, Matalan, Romford

Grey striped ballet slippers, £6.40, Debenhams, Romford Heart print robe, £18, Sainsbury’s, Hornchurch

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Simply Gorgeous FOR HER Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

Your wardrobe Suzanne Cook from Gidea Park chats to HaveringLife about must-haves her mobile hairdressing business Gorgeous Colour and this party season recommends some top styles for the party season

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Vitimino colour fter working FIVE Top shampoo by L’Oreal for Toni&Guy Creates a protective haircare products andskirt weightless Gold skater by Lashes, £45, in London for shield around the House of Fraser, Lakeside, for luscious locks www.houseoffraser.co.uk hair - perfect for over 20 years, local girl colour treated hair. Top 3 Cook party dressesResurrection style Suzanne decided £9.00 from L’Oreal dust by Label.M hair salons to set up mobile Great for creating a perfect little up hairdressing salon do and gives matt Gorgeous Colour to fit texture,volume and root lift. £10.95 from around her family life. store.toniandguy.com She can offer daytime, evening or weekend Coconut oil formula strong appointments, and has roots spray by Palmers Refreshes hair and scalp, fewer overheads, so The O heated velcro formulated with pure coconut she can provide good rollers by Cloud Nine oil - this is a fantastic detangler A little bit of luxury – these and keeps hair smelling great. value for money and heated rollers create £3.49 Superdrug, Hornchurch unbelievable volume, body better flexibility for and movement, and the 1. Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, her customers too. rollers heat up in just four www.newlook.com. 2. Grey baroque peplum dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins, 127-132 High Street, seconds. From £159.95 Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flock spot prom dress, £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, Micro-ring extensions, from store.toniandguy.com Upminster, www.mandco.com a current trend, will be EverSleek smoothing and 30 available for December, nourishing conditioner by L’Oreal and Gellish nails £10. Soothing and intensely nourishing conditioner, indulgent care for over 07521 662 264 processed frizzy hair. £6.99 Boots, @gorgeouscolour Romford Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

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PARTY LOOK Suzanne shows us how to easily create a French side twist at home

1. Put some back combing into the hair to create volume.

This season’s trends

Ombre A less natu ral look with a mo re visible contrast from roots to ends. W e’re going to see mo re to comple metallic tones ment this season’s clothes, a ntique bro nze, burn sienna an t d mediev al gold – all look amazing o n brunette hair.

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FOOD & DRINK

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HaveringLife pays a visit to Sorrento in Upminster and brings you the best festive goodies for your Christmas table 35


STYLE GUIDE

FOR HER Your wardrobe must-haves this party season

Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

Top 3 party dresses

Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

3 Chef’s corner 1 HaveringLife gets ready for the biggest foodie month of the year

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Mini mince tartlets

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, INGREDIENTS Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3.METHOD Flock spot prom dress, £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, www.mandco.com •Upminster, Jar of mincemeat 1. Defrost the pastry if frozen • Ready-made shortcrust 2. Roll out and use cutter to make circles 30 pastry (can be frozen) 3. Place in a greased yorkshire pudding tray • Icing sugar to dust 4. Add a spoonful of mincemeat • Circular and star cutters 5. Cut star shapes and place on top, pushing down edges 6. Bake at 200º/Gas 6 until golden, and sift icing sugar over

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Waitrose snowflake gingerbreads (2), £2.50, Waitrose, Upminster

Berry cookie cutters £1.50, Wilkinson, Romford

Berry Christmas chopping board, £4, Wilkinson, Romford

Lebkuchen, 99p, Aldi, Upminster ASDA stuffed dates and apricots , £4, Asda, Romford

Family Christmas hamper with festive cushion £150, order online: www. marksandspencer. com

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Give your hot chocolate an indulgent Christmassy kick by adding a dash of Bailey’s and a sprinkling of mini marshmallows. Perfect for a Christmas morning biscuit dunking session!

Felt floral placemat, £2.49, The Range, Romford

ASDA mixed nut basket with nutcracker, £4.50, Asda, Romford

Champagne Magnum, £29.99 and Specially selected Irish cream, £6.49, both Aldi, Upminster

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Help those less fortunate by donating to a local Foodbank this winter. Collier Row: The Church of The Good Shepherd, Collier Row Lane, Romford RM5 3BA (01708 745626) Harold Hill: 153 Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill, Romford RM3 8DL (01708 386323) Rainham: King of Kings Community Centre, Mardyke Community Centre, South Street, Rainham RM13 8PJ (01708 521728) Read the full article at www.hornchurchlife.co.uk/ article/havering-foodbanks

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with traditional Italian tomato and herb sauce. The cheese is soft and flavoursome, and portion size is perfect. The main courses range from delicate fish dishes to steaks and veal. The Pollo Sorrento is a great choice – a chicken dish with Parma ham and mozzarella cheese, finished with a tomato and herb sauce and served with sauté potatoes. Again, portions are just right, and the waiting staff attentive to every need. Dessert was a sharing affair, and the melting chocolate pudding

“Sorrento feels more old fashioned and authentic than the well known Italian restaurant chains” was rich and delicious, despite a good portion of it ending up down my companion’s shirt! Sorrento feels more old fashioned and authentic than the well known Italian restaurant chains and makes for a

refreshing change. It was reasonably busy for a Thursday and although a little more expensive, definitely worth the experience. The food was beautiful and puts the restaurant on the map for one of the nicest in the area. 13 Station Road Upminster, rm14 2sj 01708 224165 www.sorrentoupminster. co.uk 39


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We have been very busy little pups over the last few months! We stayed at Essex Pooch Palace while mum and dad went to Krakow to see the sausage dog parade, and met the lovely Jessica at Paige’s Poochie Parlour just around the corner from where we live, who was very gentle trimming our nails. Our adventures also included a daytrip to mum’s office to celebrate her birthday. The staff loved us and we were well behaved! Paige’s Poochie Parlour Albert Road, Romford, RM1 2PJ. 07710 607075

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heavy retail stock. Doggie Delights holds grooming workshops for dog and owner, and we give help and advice on grooming and nutrition. We also have a dog crèche, and work closely with animal colleges – offering work placements alongside their courses. New Business of the Year: Doggie Delights Kelly Murfet from Harold Hill set up Doggie Delights in 2011 after taking over an existing shop that was already set up as a dog groomers. She recognised the need for a good dog groomers within the area, complemented with a fully stocked retail shop. Her Cockapoo Indie enjoys spending time with Kelly and playing with the customers when they come in for their groom. What extra services does Doggie Delights offer its customers? We offer a pick up collection service for customers that can’t get to us, are open late 3 nights a week, and provide delivery of

How did you feel when you won the award? I was surprised and overwhelmed, and never thought we would win a business award – especially having had the shop open for only two years. We were delighted winning New Business of the Year. What do you think makes your company award winning? Commitment and team work from everyone who works in the shop, listening to our customers’ needs and giving advice if they need it. Above all, we pride ourselves on our work and of course, have a passion for dogs. 9 Camborne Avenue, Harold Hill RM3 8RH. www.doggiedelightz.co.uk 43


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our 18th birthday in November, and for me this double award win demonstrates that we are just as dedicated to excellence as we were when I first opened the doors and welcomed in my first client in 1995. What do you think makes The Vanilla Room award winning? We are committed to providing excellence to our clients. We invest extremely heavily in training and staff mentoring, and this investment has been increased in recent years. Apprentice of the year: Ellie Ford at The Vanilla Ellie Room After completing her GCSEs at 16 and deciding to pursue a career in hairdressing, Ellie Ford, now 19, enrolled as a TVR apprentice on the ‘Haircamp’ programme in 2010 after her induction working as a Saturday Girl at the salon.

What have you learnt on your apprenticeship with TVR? I have the best opportunity to learn and become an outstanding hairdresser at TVR. Working day-today with a team of stylists and their clients means that the training is intense, and opportunities to stretch myself are available frequently. How did you feel when you won? So happy. It’s fantastic to be recognised as a hard worker and dedicated to my career. There are lots of apprentice schemes in Havering, and to be highlighted as the best makes me very proud. What’s your next goal? I have just successfully graduated! And am proud to have recently begun as a stylist with TVR. My new role is an exciting one, and my next goal is to grow my own TVR client base and continue to improve my skills. 123-125 High Street, Hornchurch RM11 1TX & 1a Wilson’s Corner Brentwood CM15 8AP. www.thevanillaroom.co.uk 45


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Hall succeed in bringing the community together? We have been in the town for 80 years now and have recently invested in a new building designed And why is it award winning? to meet the needs of local retailers. We hold a number of free charity We try to provide more than retail events throughout the year to help space: many local businesses need as many good causes as we can. We value our strong links with schools flexible licenses which allow their and the wider community. And we businesses to grow or contract, hope that the judges understand not long leases. They like one bill 1.rather Mela darkthan red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Centre, Romford, the Shopping importance of having dealing with each of Look, Liberty www.newlook.com. 2. Grey baroque peplum dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins, 127-132 High Street, Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flockwe spot prom dress, £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, somewhere where new retail ideas the utilities themselves. And Upminster, www.mandco.com can be tried and young businesses can pull together some central 30 marketing activity to bring footfall, can make a start. Twitter: @romshoppinghall rather than leaving each business to fight for itself. By bringing small Facebook: www.facebook.com/ romfordshoppinghall businesses together under one

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Staff Training and Development: New Beginnings Nurseries Ltd New Beginnings was established in August 2005 in response to the direct personal experiences of the founders of the business when sourcing childcare services for their own children and grandchildren. Joanna Wilkinson is Managing Director of the company, which has branches in Romford, Rainham and Loughton. What sets New Beginnings apart from other local nurseries? We are one of the few nurseries in Havering to be awarded outstanding by Ofsted. The early years of children’s lives are key to their ongoing educational, physical and social development. To give children the best possible start, we provide well-resourced environments, and employ high quality, well-trained staff that have a deep understanding of children and how they develop and learn. Our commitment is to provide the highest quality childcare

in an environment that is safe, exciting and nurturing. How did feel when you won? Extremely proud of the New Beginnings staff team and excited to develop our strategies even further. What do you think makes your company training award winning? We create tailored training programmes for each member of staff and train them in-house. Each employee is encouraged to be the best they possibly can, and offered support to develop in their role. We have a successful apprenticeship programme in place and our retention of staff is high. www.newbeginningsdaynursery.co.uk

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for Culture, Towns and Communities) comments “Residents understand how important libraries are – which is obvious with membership numbers across the borough rocketing over recent years – and so do we. That’s why we’re committed to delivering an excellent service and to building new libraries, not closing them.”

refurbishments in the last decade has taken place, ensuring the buildings evolve with the changing needs of the communities. Elm Park Library is also the first public, low-carbon status building in the borough. Romford Central library is the largest, originally built in the early 1960’s and was refurbished most recently, in 2010. The local studies and

“We’re committed to delivering an excellent service and to building new libraries, not closing them” Each of the libraries boasts many services aside from traditional book borrowing, such as meeting areas, talks, and a whole host of events for children and adults alike. A program of updates and

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reflexology and massage at Gidea park Library’s Mini Relax and Indulge Days

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forgotten dark and dated buildings full of dusty books, Havering’s libraries are embracing new technology, and moving with it. The libraries have a regular presence on both Twitter and Facebook, interacting with their customers and local businesses, and circulating posters and photographs of their many events residents can attend. The passionate staff also put in tremendous effort decorating the libraries to celebrate special events such as the Summer Reading Challenge, where

each branch created a ‘Creepy House’ with ghosts and ghouls – and competed with each other for best dressed library. Christmas sees the arrival of Santa and his elves, plus the obligatory decorated tree and festive cheer. The extensive events programme focuses on bringing the

community together through shared interests, learning a variety of new skills and meeting local friends. FOR ADULTS Creative Rainham library holds a free Craft and Chatter Group each month – simply take along your own current project and craft materials, to work in a friendly environment whilst meeting new like-minded people. The drop-in Knit and 55


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Get the children’s creative juices flowing at the library craft sessions, making everything from masks and cakes, to cards and bookmarks. Call your local library to see what’s in the diary

Kaci Sherman aged 9, from Honrchurch, tells HaveringLife about why she enjoys attending the children’s craft events at Havering Libraries

I usually visit the libraries with my Nanny and I make a lot of craft things. My favourite thing I’ve made is a reindeer and a sleigh last Christmas at Upminster Library, and I like the different things I can do and the people there. In the Collier Row library this year there was an Easter egg hunt and if you found a little toy chick in the eggs you would win a prize!

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out ingenious ways to use up leftovers, thus reducing food waste. Over 2,000 Havering residents have now attended these popular workshops which include demonstrations and the tasting of a three course meal. You can also become a whizz at cupcake decorating at one of Tracy T-Cakes’ themed Cupcake Classes. For bargain home makeovers, attend one of the Give and Take Days, where you can de-clutter and swap unwanted items for something else you prefer, such as books, DVDs, toys and homeware. In a similar vein are the Let’s Get Swishing events which focus on swapping clothes and shoes.

FOR CHILDREN Early Learning The under 2s can start their educational journey by learning tunes, words and actions of favourite nursery rhymes with Baby Bounce. Read and Rhyme offers stories for pre-school children (ages 2-5), and Wiggle and Giggle (ages 2-4) teaches youngsters about song actions and rhyming. Creative There is an extensive calendar of events to get kids creative with crafts. The sessions are a great way for them to develop confidence and meet local children. Past events have included decorating birdhouses, making bookmarks and Christmas crafts.

All of the events are reasonably priced for both children and adults, with library members often paying a reduced fee. Havering Libraries are going the extra mile to ensure fantastic learning and community facilities, and a wide range of events for the borough. Whether you are looking for a craft morning for the kids to enjoy, fancy some ‘me-time’ pampering or – of course – just somewhere quiet to read, Havering’s libraries can offer sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle. Contact the individual libraries for more event information, details on the Directory pages. arena.yourlondon library.net/web/havering 59


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being just 3 blocks away. All the main landmarks are within easy reach, and the hotel offers treatments in its Moon Shine spa, or a fantastic brunch at Norma’s. For a pickme-up after a hard day’s exploring, the Nave Bar serves coffee and cocktails, plus there is a rooftop pool with amazing views of the skyline. For those who prefer to be on the water “Times Square is New York’s answer to rather than in it, The Around Manhattan Piccadilly Circus, on a giant scale” Brunch Cruise is a wonderful way to dream about seeing sequentially. Times see the city. Leaving their name in lights. Square is New York’s For accommodation, from Chelsea Piers, answer to Piccadilly the luxury yacht Circus, on a giant scale. there are a huge Manhattan will take amount of hostels These ‘Crossroads of you around the entire and hotels to suit any the World’ are in the island, affording views Broadway district where pocket. To be close to Central Park, Le Parker of the Statue of Liberty, all aspiring actors, Roosevelt Island, Meridien is perfect, singers and dancers 63


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images of Gary Marlon A trip to New York parts of Brooklyn and Sequin stripe jumper, £28, would not be complete Suson. Suson was Queens, Battery Park Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk without paying tribute the official, and only and Financial Yourthe wardrobe to those who tragically photographer allowed District. Settle down must-haves thisover party season on the site following lost their lives in the for 2 hours, and 911 attacks in 2001. As the attacks, and started tuck into the brunch a more informative and documenting the spread of delicious Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, recovery in December in-depth alternative pastries, fresh bagels, www hm.com skater skirt byThe Lashes, £45, 2001. tiny fruit, ham and smoked to vising Ground Gold House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk museum is filled with salmon. There is also a Zero itself, The Top 3 party dresses bar for those who wish Ground Zero Museum recovered artefacts and photographs, each to get their coffee fix, or Workshop situated of which tells a story, “The High Line is a one-mile stretch narrated by Suson of disused rail track, elevated above himself. The museum the city, giving fantastic views of the seeks to support sick hustle and bustle below” and disabled Ground Zero workers, help celebrate with an early in the meatpacking people connect on a district explains the Mimosa (Bucks Fizz). deeper level to both the recovery operation, www.zerve.com/ tragedy and heroism through the touching SailNYC/ArManBru

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that the day brought, and to honour the men and women who lost their lives. www.groundzero museumworkshop.com. Nearby, and also in the meatpacking district, is the High Line - a one-mile stretch of disused rail track, elevated above the city, giving fantastic views of the hustle and bustle below. The walkway has been filled with an array of plants and flowers, affording differing visual

displays throughout the year. There is a walkway throughout, and sunbeds to enjoy when the weather allows. Whether you want to match the speed of this

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Prague Your wardrobe must-haves this party season

Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Jane Norman,buy online at www.janenorman.co.uk

Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

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As winter sets in, HaveringLife heads off for some warming food and soaks up the culture and sights of Prague

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WHERE TO STAY The Clarion Hotel Prague City is located just 10 minutes walk away from Wenceslas Square, so close to all the attractions. Dinner can be taken at the Benada Restaurant, plus the hotel also offers massage and a hairdressing salon. Throughout the winter, prices are around €70€160 per room per night. www.clarionhotelprague city.com SEE THE SIGHTS Wrap up warm and explore all that Prague has to offer. Whilst visiting Prague Castle, the nostalgic toy museum within its grounds is well worth a look. The famous Prague astronomical clock in the Old Town Square is a must-see,

especially for the hourly chime. Walk across Charles Bridge and browse the street sellers’ art stalls, or visit the Jewish Quarter. FURTHER AFIELD To save your legs, trams are a cheap way to travel around the city, and the Petřín funicular is a fun way to travel up the hill before tackling a half-hour climb up the lookout tower. There is also Prague Botanic Garden which is easily reachable by bus or subway where you can see many species of plants and admire the outside art sculptures on display. www.botanicka.cz FOOD AND DRINK For pushing the boat

out, the hidden gem U Modré Kachničky (The Little Blue Duck) is wonderfully cosy and serves high-end czech specialities, with live piano playing as you eat. Or head to Staroměstská Restaurace, situated in the Old Town Square. It serves up delicious food, from steaks to salads – at very reasonable prices. Café Slavia is a traditional cafe perfect for a warming hot chocolate and pastry. www.umodrekachnicky.cz; www.staromestskarestaur ace.cz; www.cafeslavia.cz GETTING THERE You can fly to Prague in around 2 hours from Gatwick or Stansted with Easyjet, or fly from Luton with Wizzair. www.easyjet.com; wizzair.com. 67


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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

Your wardrobe must-haves this party season

HAVERING LIBRARIES Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty Collier Row Shopping Centre, Romford, 45 Collier Row Road www hm.com Romford RM5 3NR Tel: 01708 434936 (Open late Mon & Wed)

Hornchurch 44 North Street Hornchurch RM11 1TB Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, Tel: 01708 434903 www.houseoffraser.co.uk (Open late every night)

Elm Park St Nicholas Avenue Elm Park RM12 4PT Tel: 01708 434919 (Open late Mon & Wed)

Rainham 7-11 Broadway Rainham RM13 9YW Tel: 01708 434970 (Open late Mon & Wed)

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Gidea Park Balgores Lane Gidea Park RM2 6BS Tel: 01708 434978 (Open late Tue & Thur)

Romford Central St Edwards Way Romford RM1 3AR Tel: 01708 43238 7/9 (Open late Mon-Fri)

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South Hornchurch Harold Hill Rainham Road Hilldene Avenue Rainham RM13 7RD Harold Hill RM3 8DJ 1. Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, Tel: 01708 434921 Tel: 017082. 434973 www.newlook.com. Grey baroque peplum dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins, 127-132 High Street, Hornchurch, Flock spot prom £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, (Open late dress, Tue & Thur) (Open www.dorothyperkins.com.3. late Tue & Thur) Upminster, www.mandco.com

Harold Wood Arundel Road Harold Wood RM3 0RX Tel: 01708 434975 (Open late Tue & Thur)

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shopping HORNCHURCH Argos 0845 165 7274 84-86 High Street, RM12 4UH www.argos.co.uk B&Q 734210 Hornchurch Road, RM11 1PY www.diy.com Boots 442089 126 High Street, RM12 4UH www.boots.com Sainsburys 475214 95-101 High Street, RM11 1TX www.sainsburys.co.uk Superdrug 446742 70-74 High Street, RM12 4UW www.superdrug.com Shoe Zone 472180 142 High Street, RM12 6QX www.shoezone.com Tesco 0845 6779581 300 Hornchurch Road RM11 1PY www.tesco.com

ROMFORD Debenhams 0844 561 6161 Market Place, RM1 3ET www.debenhams.com Matalan 0845 330 3330 117 North Street, RM1 1ES www.matalan.co.uk

Tesco 0845 677 9589 Bryant Avenue, RM3 0LL www.tesco.com the BREWERY, romford Boots 737778 www.boots.com Sainsburys 761978 www.sainsburys.co.uk The Range 771790 www.therange.co.uk TK Maxx761978 The Brewery, RM1 1AU www.tkmaxx.com the Liberty, romford Accessorize 747337 uk.accessorize.com BHS 0844 488 5127 ww.bhs.co.uk Boots 768017 www.boots.com H&M 0844 736 9000 www.hm.com H. Samuel 746807 www.hsamuel.co.uk Lush 769379 www.lush.co.uk Marks & Spencer 766424 www.marksandspencer.com Monsoon 747337 uk.monsoon.co.uk New Look 760637 www.newlook.com Next 0844 844 5235 www.next.co.uk Pandora 607464 www.pandora.net Superdry 760588 www.superdry.com The Body Shop 757990 www.thebodyshop.co.uk

Topshop 739664 www.topshop.com W H Smith 762317 www.whsmith.co.uk THE MALL, romford Asda 388700 www.asda.com Tiger www.tigerstores.co.uk Poundland 762651 www.poundland.co.uk River Island 0844 847 2627 www.riverisland.com Wilkinson 738132 www.wilkinsonplus.com

UPMINSTER Aldi Upminster 119 - 129 St Mary’s Lane, RM14 2QB www.aldi.co.uk M&Co 251280 57 Station Road, RM14 2SU www.mandco.com Roomes 255300 22-24 Station Road, RM14 2UB www.roomes.co.uk Waitrose 224444 218 St Mary’s Lane, RM14 3BT www.waitrose.com Superdrug 220303 Bell Corner, Corbets Tey Road, RM14 2AT www.superdrug.com

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Blurb Your wardrobe www.blurb.com

must-haves

Choccasions this party season www.choccasions.com Folksy Top £19.99, H&M, Liberty www.folksy.com

Shopping Centre, Romford, www hm.com

www.graduatecollection.co.uk Sequin stripe jumper, £28, Shoezone Jane Norman,buy online at I Promise To www.janenorman.co.ukwww.shoezone.com www.ipromise.to Slow Watches LikeaBike www.slow-watches.com www.likeabike.co.uk Willoughby Book Club Made in Essex www.thewilloughbybookclub. www.made-in-essex.com co.uk

FEATURED PLACES Top 3 party dresses CRANHAM Boutique Cake Studio 224990 91 Front Lane, RM14 1XN www.boutiquecakestudio.com

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Gold skater skirt by Lashes, £45, House of Fraser, Lakeside, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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Broxhill Road, RM4 1QH www.essexwt.org.uk

HORNCHURCH Langtons House 433523 Billet Lane RM11 1XL www.langtonshouse.co.uk The Queen’s Theatre 443333 Billet Lane, RM11 1QT www.queens-theatre.co.uk

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North Romford Community Centre 766308 Clockhouse Lane, RM5 3QJ www.nrca.co.uk

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UPMINSTER Hall Mead School 225684 Marlborough Gardens, RM14 1SF www.hallmeadschool.co.uk Thames Chase Community Forest 642970 The Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, RM14 3NS www.thameschase.org.uk

Harold Wood Primary School 1.345473 Mela dark red shirred waist lace dress, £25, New Look, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford,  Rainham Marshes 899840 www.newlook.com. 2. Grey dress, £39.50, Dorothy Perkins, 127-132 High Street, Recreation Avenue, RM3baroque OTH peplum New Tank Road, 1SZ Upminster Methodist Church Hornchurch, www.dorothyperkins.com.3. Flock spotHill prom dress,RM19 £49, M & co, 55-57 Station Road, webfronter.com/havering/ www.rspb.org.uk Upminster, www.mandco.com 222278 haroldwoodprimaryschool Hall Lane, RM14 1AE www.upminstermethodist.org.uk 30

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HaveringLife Magazine Winter 2013  

A local magazine for the residents of Havering, covering fashion, entertainment, home and more. Follow is on Twitter @HaveringLife

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