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Issue Number 1 - October 2013

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Hello from Paul and Nick and we welcome you to the very first edition of Chelmsford The City Times. We are two local guys who also publish the Moulsham Times which was launched in January 2013 and have been encouraged to publish this new free monthly magazine. The magazine will be available in the middle of each month. If you cannot find your free copy at the railway station or one of the many distribution points around the city then you can view it on our website (see the details below). You can also join our mailing list to receive an email as soon as it is published. If you have a location in the city and would like to stock the magazine then please contact us. We aim to be a family friendly magazine with interesting local articles written by local people for all of you in the local community, so if you have and idea or thought, we want to hear about it. Please email We also have advertising from local businesses, some with special offers so please make use of the vouchers throughout the magazine. We hope you enjoy reading our first edition and we welcome your feedback on the magazine. We also welcome articles, if you have something interesting to write about or old photos of Chelmsford please send them to This month we have articles on gardening, Round Tower Brewery, The Ideas Festival, hypnotherapy as well as history. There is also a page for younger readers from Toot Cornetto! We aim to grow this magazine with more articles and a readers letters page. Please send your letters to us letters@ as we would love to hear from you. You will see we have an events listing page and want to hear about yours events whether small or large from small clubs and individual events and fundraising to theatre and music and anything else you think we maybe able to list. We have lots of ideas for the future such as focusing on a different area of Chelmsford each month but for this we will need your help to tell us things of interest in the area whether current or historical or just funny or of interest to us all. So where do we start? We think alphabetically is best, so first is Boreham. Please send us your photos and thoughts and information please to the editorial@ If you would like to advertise with us please contact us at ads@ or call 07970 206682.   For editorial and events and letters please send to editorial@  07595 949701/ 01245 262082.   10,000 printed copies are available each month at Chelmsford railway station and many other locations across the city. Also visit our website, like us on facebook and follow us on Twitter. We hope you enjoy this first edition. Many thanks Paul & Nick www, www,

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Autumnal Style Trends

Moulsham based fashion consultant Emma Smith gives the lowdown on autumn/winter 2013 trends, there’s something for everyone and it’s all available here in Chelmsford.

The Pink Coat The pink overcoat (or duster coat) is making an appearance. The style should be unstructured and loose and have a sixties look. Monsoon has a pure wool version, the Alexis Boucle Oversized Coat, or head to Topshop for the Fluffy Swing Boyfriend Coat. Pink can be a difficult colour to wear, the rule of thumb is, if you have a peaches & cream complexion or you are olive skinned, then paler pinks will suit you, however, if you have a sallow complexion, opt for a warm brighter pink. Wear with other pastels or neutral colours. The Biker Jacket The biker jacket comes in many different guises. If you have always fancied yourself as a rock chick, then there are plenty of black classic leather versions around. The Limited Edition Zip Biker Jacket is available at Marks and Spencer and Topshop’s Quilted Leather Look Biker has a detachable fur collar. If you prefer something softer, in tweed or wool, but still with that biker look, Gap have a knitted version, the Moto Jacket (in navy), which falls somewhere between a jacket and a cardi. Winter Florals In the fifties women would wear florals all year round not just spring/summer, so maybe that was the inspiration for this year’s winter floral trend. This season’s florals are earthy and dark, rose prints on black or dark brown and tapestry style brocades. Here are two ways to wear the same floral dress- the lady-like option, worn with a cardi or blazer and a pair of kitten heels, or you could go grunge, and wear with a boyfriend cardi, black opaque tights and biker boots. Check out Oasis at Debenhams to see their floral collection. The Shift Dress The shift dress is a plain silhouette, but very flattering with it. If you are an hour-glass shape, go for a more fitted style, but if you are a pear or apple shape, then the tunic style should work well. As this silhouette is quite simple, the high street has made up for that with a wealth of textures, prints and great design details. You will find shifts in tweeds, wool, tapestry, dogtooth, check and florals. Tartan For the girls, Marks and Spencer have the lovely Checked Fit and Flare Dress, which is a tartan inspired print. Also from Marks, is the Checked Mini Skirt in wool, a really wearable skirt, which will become a mainstay in your wardrobe through the autumn and winter. If you fancy trying out the midi length trend too, then pop into Monsoon, where you will find the Ruby Check Skirt. Men don’t have to miss out here, as H&M do a great tartan shirt and take a look at Topman’s Green Check Flannel Shirt (both would look stylish with skinnyjeans and brogues). Also, Topman have got a classic Red Tartan Scarf that will go with absolutely anything. Layering Layering is something that women are quite expert at, but this year it’s the men’s turn. It will always be a big ask convincing men to layer up, butI’ll have a go. Layering is stylish and practical, especially for the autumn, when temperatures can change dramatically, even on the same day. You can shed a layer

and still look sharp. The combination of a shirt, thin knit jumper and sleeveless body warmer is perfect for this time of year, but also consider a tee shirt, hoodie, and tweed blazer, or shirt, denim jacket and Barbour coat. The essential rules for layering are simple, ensure the thinnest layer is next to your skin and go up in layer thickness. The individual layers should look and feel good on their own, so check that you are comfortable and if you can’t perform simple tasks, your layers are too thick. The Brogue The humble brogue has been around for a very long time. Celtic in origin, its purpose was as an outdoor shoe and it was considered inappropriate dress for business. They usually come in four toecap styles: wingtip, semi, quarter and longwing. The brogue is a good-looking shoe. Totally versatile, they look great with a suit (it doesn’t even matter if the suit is navy and the brogues are brown). They also look fantastic with jeans (preferably dark blue) and a chunky knit. Feeling inspired? The Quadrant’s concession Jones Bootmaker, stock a boot brogue, Jones Bootmaker Fig Lace-up Boots’. Or over at Debenhams, Loake, considered the masters of the brogue (producing them since 1880), have an impressive range. Emma Smith is a style consultant. She offers a personal shopping service and wardrobe planning sessions. You can contact her via her or by email: emma@

CT Cooking

by John Jacobs

Finally, we’ve had the summer we’d been waiting for. The sun blazed gloriously, the smell of barbeques breathed through my street as countless char grills strewn with random body parts smouldered in the cheerful sunshine. Chelmsford soaked up every second, every weekend crammed with festivals, music, arts and buzzing beer gardens. October has arrived and from my apartment window Central Park’s vibrant pallet is steadily being coloured with reds and browns, joggers are wearing long sleeves and morning dog walkers expel breathy vapour. Autumn approaches and my thoughts turn to cosy Sunday roasts, rich casseroles of beef and game which becomes widely available this time of year. You could of course buy such things readymade, unidentifiable meat in a sauce of gravy and formaldehyde and sealed in a plastic sachet giving it a shelf life somewhere shy of 650 years. Alternatively, try this simple, inexpensive classic and start thinking of curling up in front of the fire.

This dish is a version of the roast chicken casserole my mother made in my early years in Cyprus using poussin and giant cassoule beans that are popular as a starter. There are fewer nicer aromas than a chicken roasting in the oven and the smell of onions gently sautéing in olive oil.

Once that’s done, place the fried mixture back into the pan, or if you’re frying pan isn’t oven proof, into a casserole dish with the poussin and add the beans and passata. Add the sprig of thyme and some generous seasoning over the top. Cover the birds loosely with tin foil and place in a hot oven at 240 degrees for 20 minutes. Once that’s done, remove the foil and allow to brown for a further 5 minutes. Take the birds out of the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving. I like to take the whole pan to the dinner table to serve topping off with a healthy helping of the beans that have soaked up the moorish stock.

Treat the poussin as individual portions. You can use any small game bird such as pigeon and quail which work equally well. The olive oil I’m using has been flavored with a little chili from my window box. This will give a really subtle extra and unexpected element to what is a classic Greek roast. I like this with lemon roasted potatoes and a little horseradish. Ingredients Serves 2 250g smoked bacon lardons 2 poussin 1 medium sized diced onion 2 cloves garlic 250g gingantes beans (if you can’t find these, ordinary cassoulet beans will be fine) 260g passata or chopped tomatoes sprig of fresh thyme splash of olive oil salt and black pepper to taste

John Jacobs abandoned a legal career to take up cooking. As the former head chef of the one time Essex Restaurant of the Year he now works as a consultant and food writer. This recipe is taken from his forthcoming book Meze, Misery and Moussaka available in December this year. If you wish to know more or order an advanced copy please e-mail:

Using a large heavy based frying pan or casserole dish (one that will survive on the hob) sweat off the onions on a medium heat in a dash of olive oil and add in the bacon lardons. Cook until fat has begun rendering down and they’re turning that delicious crispy brown colour. You probably only need about 200g of lardons but I factor in extra for sneaky nibbling during the cooking process. Add in the garlic and reduce the heat to a low simmer to avoid it burning otherwise it will turn acrid and bitter. Turn out the contents into a separate dish and using the flavoursome oils left, brown of the poussin by placing them breast side down in the pan until they start to colour. Turn the birds so they colour evenly all over.

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M. Lucking & Sons serving Chelmsford for over 360 years M. Lucking & Sons have served Chelmsford and the surrounding areas for over 360 years. They have been at their current New London Road location since 1883 which was purchased by William Lucking. Ongoing research has traced the family back to 1631, in the Great and Little Waltham areas where a William Lucking was a carpenter and joiner and would no doubt have been asked to build coffins. In 1876 William Augustus married Susan Piper, their son George, born in 1880 carried on the business after the death of his father. He married Mary Hurry and they had four children, Percy, Gus, Gladys and Doris. When George died his wife Mary continued in the business hence the name M Lucking & Sons.

The second son Gus took the business over from his mother, he married Alice Ketley and they had two daughters, Christine and Jennifer. Christine married Bernard and they had one daughter Sarah. Bernard carried on the family business. In 1996, Bernard was joined by Darren Lucking, grandson of Percy and great nephew of Gus. In 2002 Roy Palmer, Darren’s cousin joined the company. Bernard died in 2010 and Jennifer, Christine, Darren & Roy run the company together. Outside of work Darren is married to Nicky and they have two children, four chickens and two cats. Darren enjoys keeping fit, gardening and cooking. Roy is married to Deborah and they have 3 children, outside of work Roy likes to read, cycle and play squash. Their joiner Martin Gooddard has been with the company for 40 years this year, he does a lot of work for local builders and Chelmsford residents making windows, doors, gates staircases and furniture. Being based in Chelmsford they have a long term commitment to the community and appreciate local customs, traditions and expectations. They are available 24 hours a day 365 days of the year.

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CT Gardening By now, most perennials are through blooming and by mid autumn you might be ready to throw in the towel, but there are still a few duties you need to do to ensure that your perennials survive the winter.

General Tasks It’s still worth dead-heading annual flowers frequently. Showy plants, such as petunias, will flower all summer long if dying blooms are removed, and seed heads not permitted to develop. If they are allowed to set seed, they will stop producing new flowers. Don’t take off just the flower head, trim back to a leaf joint. This keeps the plant tidy, and is less likely to result in dieback. Remove any dead or damaged leaves to prevent attracting fungal pathogens. Dead-head roses, unless you want them to produce rose hips, and pull off suckers growing from the base. Use pliers to hold the suckers firmly as you pull. Prune rambler roses when flowering is over. Remove one third of stems at the base, then shorten side shoots by about two thirds. Prune wisteria. Cut back to two or three leaves on the new whippy wood and you could be blessed with another flush of flowers. Repeat next February by cutting back any whippy growth to 2 buds… or tie in long stems to extend the framework. Keep remembering with this old favourite, that flowering occurs on old growth NOT new. On new plants, tie in this season’s whippy growth securely to robust support wires. Never allow this vigorous plant to grow up to the guttering on your house or onto the roof – the weight could bring down gutters and pop off tiles or create areas for water to get into your nice dry house! Take stock of your garden now. Are there enough flowers? Are there gaps? Are there plants you would like to change? Put sticks alongside plants you decide need attention, ready for action in the autumn. Take pictures so that you can remind yourself of what you’d like to change for next year. Preparation is key to success. And, if you haven’t done so already, buy in bulbs for autumn planting. New stock arrives in August, ready for the rush, so check out catalogues now. Spring flowering bulbs are a great source of ‘breakfast’ for bees and other pollinators so the more you can grow the better. Crocus, aconite, snowdrops and grape hyacinth are all good for bees.

by Tom Cole Hedge Care Trim hedges now. Birds will have finished producing young, and not yet started to look for winter roosting sites. Use secateurs for large leaved hedges such as laurel, holly and Oleasters (Elaeagnus spp.,) unsightly brown marks develop on leaves that have been half-snipped by shears. Privet hedges can be cut back hard this month if necessary. They will re-grow from bare wood. This plant would also benefit from a good feed to boost re-growth. Use Growmore at a rate of 50g/m². Leylandii can be reduced by one third. Take out the central leader down well down into thecentre of the tree. Then trim top and sides to the required size cutting into fresh wood only. If you cut too hard in woody bare growth there will be rewarded by bare growth for ever! Good luck and happy gardening! For any gardening tips why not contact Tom Cole, Head of Faculty for Land & Environment, Writtle College, Chelmsford, CM1 3RR by post (including a SAE) Email

PARKOUR : Sport or Work of art? By David Arscott

He studied the teachings of Georges Hebert in the late 1950swhose book ‘Methode naturelle’ looked at how best to tackle obstacles fluidly in your natural environment. Now, both his son and school friends’ own training methods have inspired a range of other activities around the world, including freerunning and l’art du déplacement. Although their creators define them as separate activities, practitioners and non-practitioners alike often find it difficult to discern the differences between them.

Parkour can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation. It may be performed on an obstacle course, and is usually practiced in a creative way using stunts around urban spaces. Parkour involves seeing one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for movement around it. It is a non-competitive activity but is considered to be a sport by practioners – early groups of which were called traceurs.

One such inspired practioner is Brad Wendes, who is a world travelled fitness trainer and heads Team Kinetix – who are fully affliliated with Parkour UK, and along with his team of skilled gymnasts, run Parkour lessons locally at Chelmsord’s Riverside Sports Centre every Thursday and Saturday.

Parkour was developed primarily by two frenchmen David Belle along with his school friend Sebastien Foucan during the late 80s after David studied Kung fu, following a (mainly) military background. The interest started to spread on videos David and Sebastian made called ‘Air speed man’, then later cultural documentaries, viral videos, and advertisements.

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Parkour is a holistic training discipline using movement that developed out of military obstacle training. Practitioners aim to quickly and efficiently overcome obstacles in their urban every day environment, using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves to their chosen destination. In addition, they try to maintain as much momentum as is possible in a safe manner.

David Belle has starred in many major commercials for Nike and Nissan and also films on the big screen for director Luc Besson in District 13 and Transporter 2. Belle and Foucan’s training methods were inspired by Belle’s Vietnamese born, unique military trained fireman father Richard, described by his peers as nothing less than a force of nature!

This is an incredible way for children of all ages to get fit and learn great agility, to then apply such skills in the pursuit of urban landscape adventures.

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CT Whats On In Chelmsford October 16th

Asylum - Battle of the Bands Heat 2 Bonds Bar - Slim Chance & Benny Gallagher Blues In The City The Golden Fleece - DJ Darryl Butcher 17th Asylum - Dismanibus Evoke - Bruce Foxton From The Jam + The Lunar Pilots The Golden Fleece - Jolly Rogers Open Mic Comedy Night


Asylum - Blackdroid + Adonis + Yak Attack The Golden Fleece - The Ellie Clare Band


Asylum - Three Birds Blind Album Launch The Alehouse - Jamie Williams and the Roots Collective The Golden Fleece - Hot Sauce Disco


Asylum - Battle fo the Bands Heat 3 The Golden Fleece - DJ Darryl Butcher


Asylum - Comedy Night The Golden Fleece - DJ Darryl Butcher


Asylum - Feral Sun + Circle of Reason The Bird In Hand - See You In Reno + Shango The Golden Fleece - The Repertoire Dogs


Asylum - Blast + The Connectors The Golden Fleece - The Long Run


Asylum - Villains + Chasing Cadence The Golden Fleece - 22nd Century


Asylum - Battle of the Bands - Heat 7 The Alehouse - No Machino


Asylum - Nine Day Decline + History of Guns Please note all events are subject to change, please check the venue website or facebook to confirm. Asylum Bonds Bar www. Evoke The Alehouse The Globe The Golden Fleece If you have an event you would like us to add to our list for November/December please email


Asylum - Manic Shine + JunkCake The Golden Fleece - Squabbler


Asylum - Solstice + Loveless


Asylum - Battle of the Bands Heat 4 The Golden Fleece - DJ Darryl Butcher


Asylum - Dropper’s Neck + Mary Do You Wanna + Swivelman The Golden Fleece - Halloween Crème De Chevre & Silent Disco

November 1st

Asylum - Dreamhead The Golden Fleece - Halloween Party Nuffzedd & Silent Disco


Asylum - Delta Jacks Zombie Barn Dance The Alehouse - Bad Whiskey The Bassment - Opening night The Globe - Dollset Tones - The Golden Jackals + Roisin O’Hagan The Golden Fleece - Halloween Party Red Leaf & Silent Disco


The Golden Fleece - Differente


Asylum - Herida + Tickturds


Asylum - Battle of the Bands Heat 5 The Alehouse - Dice Duo The Golden Fleece - DJ Darryl Butcher


Asylum - Altered Sky The Golden Fleece - Dj Darryl Butcher

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Ideas Festival 2013 - Imagine! If you’re dreading the chorus of “I’m bored” this half term then you’ll be delighted to know that the Chelmsford Ideas Festival is offering lots of imaginative kids events.

The festival has grown and key sponsor Anglia Ruskin University is hosting 17 events. They are joined by Chelmsford Library, Chelmsford Museums, Essex Record Office, Genesis Housing, Hylands House, Marriage’s Mill, Mid-Essex Quakers, The National Trust and The Royal Geographic Society all hosting Ideas Festival events, most for free. Sunday the 27th October is Local food day. You’ll be able to stroll through the Purely Essex Market in the High Street sampling wares from local producers, see Pizza Express making healthy pizza and join in a host of local food workshops at the Ideas Hub in Market Square, including contributing to the Chelmsford City Council Local food map. And the fun isn’t just for kids! If you like making things you’ll be able to see 3D printing in action, and (if you book soon enough!) learn about Tech Jamming, book binding, make soda bread, join in K-reative Knitting, upcycle fabric, forage wild foods and use simple electronics to explore the Internet of Things.

History buffs will be able to journey through Black History, sharpen their personal and/or local history skills, hear stories of Tudor Chelmsfordians changing the world and explore our City through the fresh eyes of Ollie Barnard. As always, Changing Chelmsford seeks to inspire us to increase our collective sense of place and community. Celebrate the launch of the festival and the first anniversary of the Ideas Hub. Join the conversation about the Heritage Triangle. Contribute to a “manual for local places”. Join the bus tour examining what creates vitality in local neighbourhoods, Promote your vision whether by Imagining you are mayor for a day, or by adding to the Imagine - Community Enterprise board at the Ideas Hub. And collaboratively design how to inject life into under-used city spaces. And there’s so much more! Don’t miss out, you can get a copy of the programme from local Libraries and The Ideas Hub, or download it from

Ideas Festival (not just) for Kids Sat 26th Oct, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm Kids! Design your own shop... Sunday 27th Oct, 11am-3pm Big Draw with Hylands’ Artists Hylands Park Monday 28th Oct 10am-5pm Marconi’s wireless telegraphy workshop Chelmsford Library Monday 28th Oct, 10am-12pm 3D Tudor Chelmsford Essex Record Office Wed – Sat 10am-4pm Imagine In-Print Chelmsford Library Wed 30th Oct, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm Be your favourite story character Ideas Hub Wed 30th Oct, 1pm-2.30pm Snake Reloaded: Create your own version of a classic computer game Anglia Ruskin University Thurs 31st Oct, 11am-4pm 50 things to do before you’re 11&3/4 Ideas Hub Sat 2nd Nov, 12pm-2pm Fun with Code! Ideas Hub (upstairs)

PURELY ESSEX FOOD PRODUCERS’ - MARKET SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2013-10.00-4.00 Chelmsford High Street Come and support our Local Essex Food Producers: Smoked Meats, Wine, Jams and Chutneys, Honey, Baker, Oil and Vinegars, Hot Soup, Brewers, Chocolates, Lathcoate’s Farm Shop, Free Range Chickens, Quiches, Turkeys, Cupcakes, Venison and Game, Savoury Pies, Pork Sausages.

LOCAL FOOD MAP, DEMOS AND WORKSHOPS - 11.00- 4.00 Ideas Hub: The Chelmsford City Council Food Map, Tasty City talk and local food demos and workshops, Come and learn apple identification, cider making and apple pressing. Please check the programme for more details These Ideas Festival events are hosted by Transition Chelmsford initiative - Towards a sustainable future.

Why not join the City School of Rock

Are you a budding young guitarist and musician or a young talented vocalist who wants to show off your talents? If so, then why not join Chelmsford’s very own ‘City School of Rock’.

If you wish take part at the ‘City School of Rock’ fees cost £20 per 2-hour session or £75 for the 4-week term. Enrolment forms are available at James Dace Music 173 Moulsham Street CM2 0LD or simply call Tel: 01245 357107 for more information.

James Dace Music Moulsham Street is proud to announce the ‘City School of Rock’ which is to be staged at the Ideas Hub’ Market Square Chelmsford. This new music concept is the first ever Rock School held in the Chelmsford town centre which will commence every Saturday in November from 11am -1pm starting Saturday 9th November through to Saturday 30th November. The main ethos of the rock school is to nurture students from the early ages of 11 up to 19 who play a variety of instruments, sing, rap or who write their own material or just like to perform music. This 4-week term will be tutored by professional musicians and qualified teachers instructing and mentoring students into groups or as soloists while providing a vibrant platform to enhance tomorrow’s new talent. The ‘City School of Rock’ is located at the Ideas Hub opposite Market Square, which is ideal for parking at the High Chelmer multi story car park and convenient for Mums and Dads to drop off students at the school then go shopping. Students attending, will experience a jam-packed 2 hour workshop from 11am to 1pm with all the latest equipment at hand such as a 16 channel mixing console, full PA system, mic’s, stands, guitar amplification and a full drum kit all provided courtesy of James Dace Music Moulsham Street. For any young musician looking to form a band, sing solo or form a vocal group, this is the ideal stage to learn practical and performance techniques and later show off their skills at the end of term.

In the Loop by Stewart McNicol

While we can all go crazy over international music artists and groups, we sometimes tend to forget the immensely talented ones closer to home and even on our own doorstep. One such local artist that we should definitely not ignore is Paolo Morena. Chelmsford musician Paolo is a unique live loop artist in other words a modern day one man band. My first encounter with looping began with Paolo, an experience that blew me away. His Manager, Martin Jeffries, a Moulsham resident, with over 30 years experience in the music industry, was the person who first introduced me to Paolo. I was offered the opportunity to work alongside them. After watching various videos on YouTube, I jumped at the chance, but I had yet to see Paolo play live. 13th May 2013, is the first day I met live looper Paolo, and also the first time I saw looping... live. It’s a day I won’t forget. It was a Monday evening, Paolo would play The Half Moon in Putney in three days time supporting ex-Amsterdam front man Ian Prowse. Tonight was a rehearsal for that show. The instruments were tuned, the loop pedal was on and Paolo was ready to run through his set. I was intrigued to see how a solo artist could create a song by mixing melodies, beats and harmonies of various instruments to create an overall sound. It didn’t take me long to realise, in fact when the first chord was struck and note sung, how talented this guy was.

Not only was I wowed by this new style of playing instruments, I was impressed by the variety and array of different genres in each song. I heard aspects of Blues, Jazz, Rock and Pop and it wasn’t till later that I found out where he had acquired these influences. Paolo’s route so far had taken him across the globe, from Amsterdam to Chicago and even as far as Australia, along the way adopting new techniques and ideas, as well as supplying plenty of writing material. 2013 has been a busy one for Paolo as he continues to strive to play his music and be heard to a wider audience. Over the summer he has played numerous London and Essex gigs as well as at festivals such as Cornbury, where he was on the bill with the likes of Van Morrison and Echo and the Bunnymen. However the 6th December, ladies and gentlemen, is a date for your diaries, as Paolo will be playing a hometown headline gig in what will be one of the first live music nights at the new Bassment in Wells Street. This is an evening not to be missed as it’s a chance to see for yourself Paolo’s amazing live looping abilities, and lend your support to an innovative and exciting Chelmsford individual. *The “IS” EP by Paolo Morena available now on iTunes.

The Reluctant Commuter Dear Fellow Commuter

I used to run a dive shop in the Caribbean. I drove to work in a jeep that was rumoured to be the same one used in the old television show Daktari that Dr Tracey and Clarence the crosseyed lion used to ride around in and yes, I know, it probably wasn’t the same jeep but I rather liked the idea that maybe a cross-eyed lion had once sat in the back! Anyway, I digress, the drive to work took five minutes or less depending on the number of potholes and goats I had to avoid. I had two sets of work clothes – flip-flops, swimming costume, shorts and t-shirt for the beach and swimming costume and t-shirt for diving - oh, and a towel of course. The dive shop sat on a fine white sandy beach, the turquoise sea sparkled, the rum shops were plentiful and the pace of life serene.

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So why on earth did I swop that to stand on a cold platform waiting for the 7.35am train into London every day? Seriously, I have no idea. Even just writing that intro makes me want to fling down my annual rail pass, stamp on it a bit, and head off back to the Caribbean. So you have to help to convert me into a contented commuter! Tell me your funny stories, the positive things about commuting. What do you do on the train to make the journey more interesting? Read? Listen to music? Play games? Learn a foreign language? Tell me everything you get up to (well, maybe not everything…) and help me forget that once it took me five minutes to get to work on an island paradise. Yes, you have your work cut out for you! I’m going to run an ‘overheard’ section so go on, give me the goss, tell me snippets of conversation you’ve overheard from your fellow commuters. I’ll start off. On the train last week a woman behind me was telling her daughter off in no uncertain terms; I tried to cut off the sound of her voice but then all of a sudden she yelled, “You are not going out without a bra on! No! Get me your father on the line – now!” The whole section of the train burst into smiles – yes, a sunny funny moment whilst commuting.

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Amazing. There must be more golden nuggets out there – give me your stories, it’s not just me that needs a giggle, we all do! Looking forward to hearing from you, Please email via the editor at The Reluctant Commuter PS: does anyone out there remember Daktari or am I alone?


Essex Boys and Girls Clubs

Set up in 1939, Essex Boys and Girls Clubs is a registered UK charity working in Essex, Thurrock, Southend and East London. Set up as part of the Boys’ Club Movement and thus deeply involved with the development of Youth Football and Youth Boxing, we remain true to our roots by supporting independent youth groups. These include mixed youth groups, boys’ clubs and grassroots sports clubs, including boxing, cricket, rugby and swimming clubs. We also provide an extensive program of activities and events to create opportunities for young people aged 11-19 to develop their character, enhance their skills and build their own bright future. This involves plenty of trips to our adventure centre, Stubbers, where groups of young people can take part in activities like raft building, high ropes, tunnelling and jet-skiing! We also provide activities closer to home, bringing our activity programme to local clubs – this includes creative cookery, dodgeball, pool, cricket, film-making and much more!

Say yes to NCS! If you are aged 16-17, you can sign up to take part in NCS. NCS (National Citizen Service) is a government scheme that aims to develop young people’s skills and broaden their horizons. It includes residential trips where you’ll get to do outdoor adventurous activities like kayaking, climbing and laser tag, as well as an opportunity to plan and deliver a volunteering project. Make new friends, increase your confidence, learn new skills AND give something back to your community! You can find more information about NCS at, and to sign up for NCS, call us on 01245 264783, or email katiem@

We believe that young people learn and develop their character by stepping outside of their comfort zone, and so we provide opportunities for young people to challenge themselves, whether this means climbing a mountain, kayaking 100 miles, or entering a short story into our writing competition.

As a participant from this summer’s NCS put it: “The experience has been amazing and worthwhile – I have made new friends and more importantly – a family.”

How you can get involved: Volunteer! We have plenty of opportunities for volunteers to help us out, by carol singing to raise money, driving a minibus, or working with young people to help them develop their confidence and skills. This is a great way to gain valuable experience; all while helping young people and having fun! Fundraise! We organise fundraising events every year, including our springtime highlight, the Essex Jailbreak. In the Jailbreak, teams compete to get as far away as they can from Chelmsford Prison, without spending any money. Last year saw two teams reaching Germany, and one team of young people abseiling a mile! Do you think you could get further, or escape in an even more exciting way? Enter a team in next year’s event, on Saturday 26th April 2014. Join a club! We have links to youth clubs throughout Essex, including eight clubs in Chelmsford. Wherever you live, and whatever you are interested in, we can find a youth club that will help you to make new friends and try something new, while having a lot of fun!

For more information or to get involved, give us a call on 01245 264783, or check out our website at www. We’d love to hear from you! Charity number: 301447 Harway House, Rectory Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1RQ

Essex teenagers raise over £500 for Cancer Research as part of NCS project A group of seventeen 16-17 year olds in Essex have raised £536 for Cancer Research UK, through a bake sale at Basildon market and a sponsored swim at Harlow Leisure zone. Two members of the group, Jake and James Little, from Harlow, swam the distance of the Channel (23 miles) and have so far raised £230 in sponsorship. The rest of the group held a bake sale at Basildon Market on Saturday 31st August, and raised £306 selling over 200 cakes that they had baked together the day before, using ingredients donated by shops throughout Essex.

The group of young people were taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS), a government scheme for 15-17 year olds, which is being delivered by Essex Boys and Girls Clubs. In the third week of NCS, the group plan and carry out a social action project, developing their teamwork, organisation and communication skills, while giving something back to their local community. This group also volunteered at North Avenue Youth Centre in Chelmsford, organising games for young people from Melbourne, Chelmsford in a local park.

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Singing is one of lifes pleasures by Bridget Metcalfe of the pubs along Moulsham Street; it’s all performance. Whether it’s karaoke or a folk club, a blues jam session or an open mic night, singing is for everyone. Being a professional singer has given me some wonderful opportunities. I’m also a radio presenter with my own show on BBC Essex every Sunday at 6pm. It’s a music show covering upcoming concerts in

Theatres and Arts Centres across the east. Every week I have exciting top name guests and play the music that made them famous; everyone from Status Quo to The Osmonds, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to The Drifters, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel to The Four Tops. Yes, singing is one of life’s pleasures. Bridget Metcalfe Tel: 01245 269291.






Singing is one of life’s pleasures. It makes you feel good. It builds confidence and self esteem too. I teach singing and for many years I’ve seen what it does for people. I teach at Christ Church on New London Road, and it’s not just the singing, but the thrill of performance which makes it such a wonderful experience. Whether you want to see your name in lights in London’s West End or play a live music night in one

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The Ideas Hub is now part of the Jelly network and is to host local edition of Question Time We’re proud to say that the Ideas Hub are part of the Jelly network. But what is it? Jelly is a world wide phenomena where freelancers, home workers and people running small businesses meet up in order to get out of their normal space, meet some new people and work together in a sociable environment. The first Jelly at the Ideas Hub saw local entrepreneurs making new connections, comparing ideas and passing on tips to each other, all while getting some work done. Projects varied from backend coding for BBC iPlayer, to making preparations for a halloween night at the Ideas Hub featuring local designers and film enthusiasts. We also had a skills-share board where people were invited to write what they were working on, what skills they have and any skills they were looking for. Already it’s help set up two skill-shares. It’s great to see local entrepreneurs willing to help each other, encouraging one another to develop themselves. Getting ready for the next Jelly (6th November), we are already making tweaks and coming up with new ideas on what we can do, elevator pitches, speed networking, a communal lunch, the possibilities are endless. So whether you’re an artist, blogger, community activist, designer, developer, entrepreneur, hobbyist, start-up or writer, bring along whatever you’re working on, get involved and be part of something new in Chelmsford, if only to enjoy the amazing view over Central Park. Participants must sign up via EventBrite prior to each Jelly event.

“Go for it. We could make it local. It’s actually a good idea :-)” “Oh yes. Agree… and could make it local!…” The idea of spaces enabling people to engage in the political process and decision-making has always interested me – think Agora from ancient Greece. A space where people can be pro-active citizens; taking charge and acting as key protagonists in their local areas rather than being passive recipients of decisionmaking by others. Is there is a space like that in Chelmsford? Is there even an appetite for such political debates to be staged in Chelmsford? Short answer – yes. While watching Question Time on the beeb i tweeted asking should we host something similar and many, from local people to councillors, responded saying do it! So, after further discussions and a few emails, we’re glad to announce that the Ideas Hub will be hosting a local edition of (Chelmsford) Question Time - the date is still to be confirmed, though we are looking to host the event on a weekday evening sometime in November. It’s over to you citizens of Chelmsford. What are the key local issues that need to be discussed with your local councillors. Tell us by sending an email to chelmsfordqt@ideashubchelmsford. org or by tweeting using the hashtag #ChelmoQT.

When & Where! Hosted at the Ideas Hub in High Chelmer, opposite the indoor market, Jelly’s will be hosted on the first Wednesday of every month from 10am-5.30pm and it’s FREE, even the teas and coffees in the coworkers very own kitchenette. Jelly at the Ideas Hub 1 – 4 Market Square High Chelmer Shopping Centre Chelsmford, CM1 1XF Attendance is free but you must sign up prior to event at Eventbrite For more information contact Question Time “Watching #bbcqt is making me think, what if @IdeasHubChelms was to host Question Time? #Chelmsford lets make this happen, lol!”


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Asylum is truly the home for the musically insane. We’re a live music venue catering for alternative music. Small in size but great in atmosphere, so we’re told by our in-mates. Ideally situated under the railway arches by Chelmsford bus station and spitting distance to trains and taxis and town centre. Competitively priced drinks, quirky décor and friendly staff/customers make Asylum a great place to hang out. Casual dress code.

As well as live bands and DJs we offer karaoke, cabaret, acoustic, film and open mic’ nights. Also planning a games night.

Fri/Sat open until 3am. Mon/Thurs until 1am. We’re an over 18s venue and free entry. Facilities We have 2 floors, 2 stages and 2 bars and cater for anything from punk, rock, metal and ska to folk and electronica. Live bands play at least 3-4 nights a week, some unsigned local and signed bands from all over the world. We have a great p.a. system and professional sound engineers thereforegood sound quality is guaranteed. Owners We’re a family-run business, most staff are musicians themselves. Owners Ed and Denise still play in a band which enables us to see any potential pitfalls for both bands and club owners. Private Hire Upstairs function room available for parties, band practice. Includes use of P.A. stage and bar. Prices upon request. (60 max capacity). Bands We supply full back-line including:Pearl Vision drum kit and stands (courtesy of idrums). 2 x 100 watt Marshall cabs and heads 150 watt Trace Elliot bass amp. Mic’s and leads. Bands just need instruments and breakables. Door Staff We’re told we have the friendliest doorstaff in town. Polite, efficient and friendly and great fun. DJs Our DJs play anything from punk and metal to indie and reggae and always open to requests.

Check us out, you may be lucky enough to glimpse Dr Von Schott, our resident mad scientist, looking for his latest victim. Contact:- 48/49 Viaduct Road, Chelmsford CM1 1TS. Tel. 01245 256285 Band bookings:- Denise on

Chelmsford’s own brewery: Round Tower

It’s been only nine months since Round Tower started brewing on Navigation Road in the centre of Chelmsford. After Grays stopped brewing forty years ago, Chelmsford has been waiting for its own brewery and right at the start of 2013, Simon Tippler received his license to brew and made his first commercial brew in his hand-made brewery.

Round Tower is part of a new movement towards real ale produced as a craft product by smaller independent breweries. For years, the real ale market had been dominated by large breweries producing reliable, traditional beers but following a revival in the US of stronger, hoppier beers produced in small batches by craft brewers, the trend moved to the UK. With new beers on the market, real ale has boomed and smaller breweries are popping up all over the country and pushing the boundaries of what we

are drinking. Drinkers are now looking for innovative, exciting beers with beer festivals and specialist real ale pubs becoming hugely popular. Pubs are looking to stock new beers each week and experimenting with a variety of tastes and styles.

Round Tower is at the cutting edge of this in Chelmsford, producing a new beer each week including its award winning stout, golden ales, heavily hopped IPAs, APAs and the more traditional bitters. Round Tower is producing such a variety of tastes that even reluctant real ale drinkers have been converted by its easy drinking golden ales. Round Tower has beer on regularly in Chelmsford at The Orange Tree and The Ale House as well as many other pubs in the town and further afield in Essex. They will be launching their bottles range in October just in time for Christmas and this will include gift packs. It will be a great

opportunity to sample the range of beer that Round Tower has to offer. They have also produced bespoke brews for beer festivals and local companies as well as for the Blues in the City event on 26th29th September across the city. If your local brewery has achieved all this in such a short time, then the future of real ale in this city certainly looks bright.

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Halloween and the Autumn Fire Festivals

In May when writing in the Moulsham TImes when looking at the springtime festivities that are descendants of the pre-Christian agricultural calendar I noted that May Day marked the beginning of summer in the cycle of growth and decay in nature. Halloween, or Samhain to give it its old Celtic name, equally signals the beginning of winter. The autumn equinox, when day and night are of equal length, actually occurs on 21st September. But like the May Beltane festivities, halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice, Halloween is a cross quarter day, halfway between the autumn equinox and yule, the midwinter solstice, and hence shortest day. As such Samhain falls at a time, after the harvest, when what has been harvested and is not needed for winter food or animal fodder needs to be burnt off to prepare the ground or trees for the following year’s growth, and at a time when the long dark nights of winter are on the increase. Thus we find the fire festivals that have survived best in lands where the Celts were driven during Roman occupation: the Highlands, Wales and the Channel Islands. As the dominant religious ideas in society have changed so modified versions of the festivals have been created, and when Guido Fawkes and fellow Catholic conspirators sought to to blow up James I and his parliament they became ideal candidates to replace the fire festivals of early November, on the 5th. Guy sat neatly on the bonfire as treason was punishable by burning rather than hanging. The Samhain time of year with its increasingly dark nights, dying off of vegetation, and slaughter of weaker animals that would not last the winter and which were instead salted for preservation, also became the festival of the dead. This festival, somewhat demonised by the church, which had been associated by Celts and Germanic incomers as a time to commune with dead ancestors, has degenerated into the masquerade of ghosts and ghouls and the dark side of the old Pagan religions that we know as Halloween, tidied up as All Hallows, followed by All Saints Day on the 1st November in the Church calendar. In parts of Europe that is a day for visiting the graves of ancestors. In the May edition of the Moulsham TImes, I mentioned Matthew Hopkins, alias Witchfinder General, but Chelmsford was not known for its witches, rather for the trials of those accused of witchcraft at the County Assizes held here. I could only find records of three people accused of witchcaft that came from Chelmsford or Moulsham Hamlet: Ellen Smith in1579, Blanche Worman of Moulsham in 1607, and Myles Blomefielde in 1577, a church warden who practiced herbalism and divination as part of his medical practice. All others came from around the county but were brought here for trial. 230 people were indicted in the county between 1560 and 1700 after the Elizabethan Witchcraft Act. The notoriety associated with witch trials did much to attach to events in Chelmsford as they began with cases from nearby Hatfield Peveral when Agnes Waterhouse became the first to hang in1566, followed by a friend of hers and two others implicated in 1579. Hopkins reign of terror took place in the Cromwellian Protestant era and began with the hanging of 14 out of 30 tried from his native Mistley. There were other well known cases of witchcraft groups, linked geographically or known to have worshipped the Old Gods in covens of organised gathering. St Osyth, near Clacton was rumoured to have such a coven, but when members from that community were brought before the law in 1582 it was individuals

blaming each other for affecting livestock and family members and indicating dire poverty, as they were over disputes regarding household items that we would consider very minor today. Brian Darcy, Lord of the Manor of St. Osyth was an amateur witchfinder and first interviewed the suspects. Ursula Kempe was accused of causing an infant’s death. Her son Thomas said she had an imp that served her wishes, and she admitted to using herbs, but said it was to remove curses. Darcy said he would show her favour if she confessed, but when she did he condemned her. Conversely Alice Newman would not confess, so he said that that was a sign of her guilt and condemned her too. Elizabeth Bennett took the confession route. Alice Hart was accused of keeping spirits in a pot; Margerie Salmon on entertaining spirits; Joan Percy, at 70 years-plus denied incest; Cysley Selles was condemned by her 9 year old son of having imps. When the cases reached the County Assizes Darcy’s over enthusiasm and flimsy evidence was largely overthrown by circuit judges yet Kempe and Bennett hanged, four other women were found guilty by Darcy but reprieved, four were acquitted and two were acquitted but kept in prison. They were certainly not related in any legendary coven. For more real Essex covens we need to move forward in time beyond the Repeal of the Witchcraft Act in 1736 and to just north of Southend in the village of Canewden. Two famous Witch Masters are associated there. James Murrell [1812-1860], although he came from nearby Hadleigh, was known as a Cunning Man due mainly to his mastery of herb lore used for cures and gathered by moonlight on his nocturnal rambles with highly practical staff of office, an umbrella, used to fend off the Essex sea storms and mists whilst often also aiding moonrakers [smugglers] along the coast. He was said to be able to curse, lift

curses and exorcise, employed a scrying mirror to see spirits, and used a copper talismanic dowsing pendant. A seventh son of a seventh son, he was reported saying that there would be witches in Leigh for 100 years; three in Hadleigh; and nine in Canewden forever: three in silk of the gentry, three in cotton of the common folk. Meetings of the coven were held at a crossroads where a witch had been hanged, or in the ‘witches field’ by the river. At full moon meetings were held in the churchyard, once a site of Pagan significance. Old George Pickingill [1816-1909], also of Canewden was later known to summon his witches to the churchyard for naked revels, and headed several other covens in East Anglia and the South Downs. He was attributed with many legendary occult powers by the locals, such as keeping imps in the form of mice and rabbits that did his bidding. Fear of his powers brought free lodgings and much free beer. He was a gypsy horse trader, but often helped with the harvest, although he seems to have done little, while the locals said his imps did the work for him. His hereditary status as a witch can be traced back to the time of Hereward the Wake when Normans employed, unsuccessfully, a forebear to rout out rebels from the Ely marshes. Many revivalists of the Craft and Folklore researchers made use of his knowledge. He advised Freemasons like founder of Gardnerian Witchcraft, Gerald Gardner, Ritual Magicians like Aleister Crowley, who was in one of his Norfolk covens for a while, Rosicrucians, Satanists wanting to overthrow the Church, and even Cambridge Academics. He was often associated with the dark side of the Craft, but no blood was ever spilled in his covens. As a gypsy he had a Black Madonna on his alter, which can be traced back as a derivation of Kali the Indian Goddess worshipped in the gypsy homeland of Rajastan.

Horned Gods, like Celtic Cernunnos, or his Germanic equivalents, and Moon Goddesses were the focus of rites in the witches circle: symbols from a time when fertility was the difference between life and death. It was in the Third Century that the early Romanised Christian Church needed to invent a gevil to represent the dark shadow of their Solar Christ, and naturally crowned this reactionary creation with the horns of the cults they wished to replace. This dualism did not exist in Paganism. Their demons were forces of nature that seemed to work against them,not deities to be worshipped. Satan means nothing except as an enemy of Jesus. Without one there is no need of the other. So if Black Magicians believe in Satan they do so because they admit to a reality for Jesus . Neither had a place in preceding forms of worship. Druids certainly practiced blood sacrifice, just as Mediterranean cults did. Again this was a matter of fertility as blood was associated with the female cycle. Undoubtedly as heirs to the Old Religions many who have been known as witches did turn to the dark side of the hidden potential of the deep mind, and use coercive psychology as weapons against the incomers who sought to replace them, and oddly this is what has become the caricature for the dark forces of the beginning of winter. Humans acted out the parts of gods, goddesses and other mythic beings in rituals and some of these functions survive in masques, mummers plays, and folk dances, and have now degenerated into children’s games like trick or treat, apple bobbing, pumpkin lamp skulls of the dead, and more elaborate dressing up for parties, but along with the guy on the bonfire, in there somewhere is the folk memory of the fire festivals to lighten the long dark half of the year we know as winter.

Hypnotherapy by Jenny Hartill Hypnosis has been around for a lot longer than people think. Although “mesmerism” was an early form of hypnosis (named after Franz Anton Mesmer born 1734), the hypnotic trance was used as far back as Ancient Egypt. We know this because the Demotic Magical Papyrus depicts a young boy being led into a trance like state so he could contact the Gods. Stage hypnotists has shocked and impressed us with their seeming “control” over their subjects and because of this hypnotherapy to many is still an enigma, some don’t understand what it is, what it involves and the benefits hypnotherapy can have. This has led to certain myths about hypnotherapy and hypnosis, I am a qualified hypnotherapist with distinction, my qualification is HypDipCS meaning Hypnotherapy Diploma with counselling skills (although I also have an advanced diploma in counselling and psychotherapy) and I would like to dispel some of these myths, mostly to aid understanding about this type of therapy, partly because some of the myths I’ve heard are so amusing I felt they needed to be shared! “Hypnosis is dangerous/voodoo/black magic/supernatural” - hypnosis absolutely is not dangerous, it’s a very deep state of relaxation where mentally you’re hyper-aware. It has been studied scientifically using electroencephalography (EEG), which measures brainwaves and gives us an idea of the range of brainwave activity within which hypnosis fits. Worry not – we won’t start invoking spirits, sacrificing animals and chanting curses in the middle of your session! “I won’t be in control, the hypnotherapist will have power over my mind” – Contrary to popular belief, you are in complete control. If you wanted or needed to, you could bring yourself out of hypnosis. Nobody can over power or “control your mind” but you, and we can’t erase or create memories either. We’re here to help you with your issues, not create brain washed drones in order to take over the world! “The therapist can mess with my mind and cause psychological damage” - This cannot happen if you see a trained therapist, not even accidently, because that’s not how hypnotherapy works. Even if you have hypno-analysis and something painful is revealed, the therapist should help you deal with this is subsequent sessions. If not, you can always go see a counsellor. “Hypnosis can make you do random and dangerous things like murder someone, kill myself, commit petty crimes etc” – Even if the suggestion was given, this is impossible. No suggestion will make you do something if you see it as morally wrong. People commit crime and suicide only because, unfortunately, they want to, not because they’re hypnotised to. I know that stage hypnotists have attempted this kind of thing before to show the “awesome power of hypnosis” – in the context of a TV show people will do illegal things because they are expected to. Stage hypnosis is completely different to hypnotherapy. Let’s remind ourselves of the last bit of that word again people – “therapy” – what’s therapeutic about robbing a bank? Exactly. It’s not going to happen. “I will be made to do ridiculous and embarrassing things like bark like a dog, act like a chicken etc” – That is reserved for the stage only, there are many theories about why people do what they do on stage when hypnotised but there is one absolute fact – it is their choice, they are never forced. If you don’t want to do anything embarrassing then you won’t. Also, I highly doubt your hypnotherapist has any desire to make you look like a right idiot in your session; it wouldn’t be very good for business!

“The therapist may not be able to get me out of a trance, I’ll be stuck that way forever” - hypnosis is a state of hyper-awareness, even when used for relaxation you would still be able to come round. We enter a state of hypnosis twice per day anyway, just before we go to sleep and just before we wake up. As long as you’re not dead or in a coma, you’ll be fine. And for the record, no we can’t put you in a coma either! “Hypnosis is a miracle cure” - nothing is a miracle cure. Everyone improves at their own rate. “Hypnosis can be used to make people “confess” or say things they don’t mean to” -firstly, hypnosis is not a truth serum, secondly I’m sure that most hypnotherapists do not work for the FBI or MI5 and go round randomly hypnotising people to get any information they can. You won’t say anything you don’t want or mean to under hypnosis because you are in complete control. “self-hypnosis is safer than going to a trained professional. It might even be more effective” - self-hypnosis can be detrimental because if you have a negative attitude or belief about yourself this could be reinforced regardless of your suggestions. For example, if subconsciously you believe you’re a failure it’s likely you could create a self fulfilling prophecy where the hypnosis doesn’t work therefore further confirming your belief that you’re a failure. Hypnotherapy, when done properly by a trained professional, directly accesses the subconscious mind, while selfhypnosis cannot therefore it is impossible that it would be more effective. “I can’t be hypnotised because my mind is too strong/disciplined” – Until Dr John Kappas came along and proved otherwise, generally it was accepted that only about half the population could be hypnotised. Over the last 30 years, Dr Kappas developed various methods to induce hypnosis and proved that anyone, as long as they want to be hypnotised, can be. Because it is your decision to use hypnosis for self-improvement, your mind should have already accepted the idea of hypnotherapy. If you go to a hypnotherapy session determined that you’ll “beat the hypnotherapist” and concentrate on not being hypnotised, then no you won’t be hypnotised. Sometimes hypnosis isn’t as effective if you’re very anxious – this is usually just “fear of the unknown”, try to concentrate on the hypnotherapist’s voice rather than your worries. I hope this has cleared a few things up, if anyone has heard any other myths please email me – I would be interested to know of any more out there! Next time I’ll talk about the different types of hypnotherapy. Jenny Hartill Cloud9 Counselling and Hypnotherapy

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The Bassment is back!

Tucked away on the narrow back streets of Chelmsford, the Bassment provides a slice of London basement bar culture with a focus on design and atmosphere, forward thinking cocktail menus and a soundtrack leaning towards the less commercial side of the dance floor. Up until its closure in January 2013 the Bassment had long been a favourite destination for the more discerning Chelmsford reveller. Almost a year later the doors open once again as the team behind Hooga and Barhouse re-launch the Bassment with a distinct style and vision. Split between two rooms, the venue has a dedicated cocktail bar serving an inspired mix of fun yet sophisticated drinks with all the theatre of service, alongside a main room, which is where you will find that all important dance floor. The unique and relaxed surroundings draw influence from the retro styles of the 60s to the 80s, making it the perfect setting for starting off or spending the whole night. Be seduced by the music and entertainment until the early hours with the weeknights featuring a mix of acoustic acts, bands, comedy, burlesque and themed nights. The weekends offer DJs, both local and established, paying homage to the musical history of the venue whilst keeping things fresh with an eclectic mix of disco, reggae, indie, funk, soul and house. Upcoming nights will feature a retro set from Mr C (The Shamen), The Fellowship with Guthrie Govan and many, many more. Opening Times - Mon-Thurs: 4:30pm-12:00am Fri: 4:30pm-4:00am - Sat: 7:00pm-4:00am

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New restaurant - The New London Chelmsford’s eagerly awaited restaurant The New London will open on October 23rd.

Formerly the Red Lion pub on the New London Road, the venue has undergone a 6-month refurbishment process to transform it to a stylish eaterie. Under the ownership of renowned local chef Justin Cracknell, the 56-seater restaurant will provide a fresh take on modern cuisine. Justin, managing director and award-winning executive chef of Limeberry Catering, has a 20-year hospitality career which has taken him all over the world. His credits include cooking for the Sultan of Brunei, Royal Family members and world leaders, staff positions at the prestigious five-star Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeenshire, and the Laura Ashely, Keswick Hall in Virginia, USA, and last year he picked up the best wedding caterer in the east of England National Wedding Awards

Justin, who lives in Chelmsford, said: “I am delighted to be opening The New London, which I believe will bring something really special to the local dining scene.

“I am passionate about using fresh, local produce and creating an intimate, stylish experience for all our customers. “Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner for two, or a large booking for a corporate lunch, we will be delighted to host you.” The menu features a mouth-watering range of dishes, to suit all palettes, and if you are vegetarian, or have any other dietary requirements, Justin and his team can accommodate your needs easily. The New London is now taking bookings. Its opening hours are Monday – Sunday, 10am-late For more information, or to make a booking, call 01245 266288. Alternatively, visit the website

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