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What is ESU?

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh , Prince Philip ,with the winners of the ESU Public Speaking Competition for Schools 2010 at the Buckingham Palace ceremony in November last year

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n 1918, one man's visionary response to the tragedy and destruction of a World War was to create an organisation whose aim was to foster peace and understanding between nations and peoples through the use of the English language. Evelyn Wrench launched the English-Speaking Union on 4 July 1918 and, almost a century later, its ethos and ambitions are upheld in branches throughout the UK and across the globe.

The ESU also networks with a variety of cultural events across the nation and benefits from a beautiful national HQ at Dartmouth House. This Grade 1 listed building in London’s Mayfair has a restaurant and bar and hosts a variety of events open to all members. We were recently delighted to welcome Peter Kyle (previously CEO of the Globe Theatre) as the ESU’s new Director General.

The ESU is an educational charity. For over 90 years it has provided scholarships, bursaries and exchange opportunities to English-speakers around the world allowing young people, teachers, librarians and others to develop their personal and professional skills. It also promotes the skills of public oratory and debating to school and university students worldwide by running speaking and debating competitions in the UK and overseas (details of your local Southend on Sea competition are below).

The Southend-on-Sea Branch of the ESU has an excellent programme of events, with lunches, talks, etc. in the Cliffs Pavilion at Westcliff on Sea interspersed with visits to local places of interest. These are excellent opportunities to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. We are always happy to welcome newcomers and all members are encouraged to bring guests.

Fun and Relaxed At both national and branch level our 5,000 members are tireless fundraisers, working hard to help young people fulfil their potential. The good news is that most of these fundraising occasions are also fun with lunches, garden parties, talks and visits at home and abroad providing a relaxed environment for members to meet, chat and vitally, support their local communities. OCTOBER 2011

Achieving Aspirations At our Christmas lunch on Monday 5th Dec at The Cliffs Pavilion, our ever hardworking Branch President, Sir Teddy Taylor, will make a presentation to Ben Gershinson, an outstanding local music student and the recipient of the branch’s 2011 Florence Warren Award. 18yr old Ben, educated at WHSB and with aspirations in the field of conducting, is now reading music at Downing College, Cambridge.

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for Schools. This is aimed at pupils from years 10 and 11. Winning teams of three pupils progress from branch finals through regional finals to the national final. The overall winners are presented at Buckingham Palace and one member of that team goes on to compete in the International Public Speaking Competition against young people from all over the world. The Southend-on-Sea branch of the ESU resumed holding heats of the Public Speaking Competition two years ago and it has been a great success with each heat being of a high quality and extremely enjoyable for participants and audience alike. Schools from throughout the Borough took part - the current champions are Westcliff High School for Boys. It is important for teachers to know that public speaking skills are applied in many areas across National Curriculum Key Stages 3 & 4. The ESU competition is generally acknowledged as the blue riband speaking competition for young people in the UK. Schools can enter more than one team.

The 2012 Southend branch heat(s)will be held at The Eastwood School, Rayleigh, on the evening of January 19th. The winners will go on to the Regional Final at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge on March 24th . Schools Wanted For entry details please e-mail me at the address below. I will be delighted to visit any school in the area to explain the competition in more detail and to discuss coaching opportunities. I hope to welcome new members to our events and even more participating teams to the Public Speaking Competition. If you would like to know more about the ESU please email me mjones3005@googlemail.com

New members under 27yrs old are entitled to FREE membership. Under 65yrs, membership of the ESU is an absolute bargain at ÂŁ36, with concessions for senior citizens and for family members at the same address. Join your local branch - go to ESU events in the UK and around the world, meeting people for whom we open new horizons - enjoy the facilities at Dartmouth House, London. Further details and a list of events and programmes can be found on www.esu.org

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Thorpe Hall achieves best ever GCSES – Again! T horpe Hall School’s Headteacher – Andrew Hampton – was delighted to announce that the school had beaten its record at GCSE for the second time in three years.

“97% of our pupils achieved 5 or more A* to C grades, with 94% including Maths and English. Added to that 26% of all grades awarded were A* or A. This is a magnificent achievement for the pupils and staff and I am very proud of them all.” said Mr Hampton. “It is also very gratifying that amongst the girls in that group, 100% achieved 5 or more A* to C grades including Maths and English. I think this all shows that the many strategies that have been put in place over the last four years have been very effective in raising academic standards at Thorpe Hall School.” he continued. Pupils at Thorpe Hall enjoy outstanding facilities and cutting edge use of technology. “I think our use of the Virtual Learning Environment has been particularly useful and popular with the pupils. 12

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All homework in the Upper School is now set on line and this has helped create greater clarity and direction. Pupils can also find many revision and learning resources on line through the VLE and this is preparing them well for working life in the 21st Century.” said Mr Hampton.

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open morning Saturday 15th October from 10am to 12pm Prospective parents and families are invited to join us at our open morning to:Take a tour of our school and its excellent facilities including the 250 seat, fully equipped theatre, state of the art ICT suites, dedicated studios for food, textiles and D&T and extensive sports and recreation amenities. Meet some of our exceptional nursery, lower and upper school staff and find out how we achieve our outstanding results through forward thinking and first class teaching practices. Meet Headteacher Andrew Hampton and learn more about the many ways in which he and his team bring education to life at Thorpe Hall School. Thorpe Hall is a co-educational day school with excellent facilities and outstanding results. With separate nursery, lower school and upper school, it offers parents great flexibility in the paths they choose for their children’s education from early years aged 2-5 years, through preparatory stages aged 6-11 years and all the way to GCSE from 12-16 years.

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he need to turn on the heating signifies the arrival of the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Just as summer inevitably gives way to autumn, sooner or later, we all go grey.

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others appear older than their actual age. It’s not just deciding to go grey, but how to do it to ensure you always look your best. Look in a mirror at your skin tone. If it is ‘cool’, in that pinks, blues and white suit you – you can rest assured that white hair will turn you into a silver siren. If you look good in orange, brown or green, colour your hair to look younger for longer.

Work out a plan with your hairdresser – be sure to see them regularly to monitor how the greying process is unfolding, they may suggest adding lowlights and/or glosses for definition and To be factual, grey isn’t really a colour at all. Hair shine. Ensure your hair is regularly trimmed and colour pigments range from shades of white, red, well cut, keep it well conditioned and use the brown and black and this pigment comes from most appropriate products for maintaining your melanin (located in hair follicles). As the human grey hair. body produces less melanin with age, then hair becomes grey as you grow older. Just one note of caution though, if you maintain flame red locks into your seventies, you could find I am often asked, why do some people turn grey yourself fully-booked for Halloween or Macbeth! earlier than others? There are two answers. Firstly, heredity – it’s in your genes and there is nothing For all your hair and beauty issues write to you can do to change it. The second is stress and beauty@oraclepublications.co.uk Sponsored by life situations. Parents who blame their teenaged children for premature grey hairs actually have a point. Stress hormones can interfere with hair cells, making it hard for the pigments which maintain the original hair colour to survive. 32 Alexandra St., Southend SS1 1BU Some people look stunning with grey hair, while 01702 340965

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nflation can cause havoc for your personal finances as it erodes the real value of our money over time. Inflation is creeping upwards and could yet rise above the 5 per cent later in the year.

If inflation ran at the Bank of England’s intended target of 2 per cent, the sum of £100,000 would be worth £67,297 in real terms 20 years later. However at 5 per cent the original sum of £100,000 would be worth just £37,689 in 20 years’ time. Basic rate taxpayers need to earn interest of 5.25 per cent on their savings in order to make a real return on their money once CPI inflation is taken into account. Higher rate taxpayers are in an even worse position, needing returns of 7 per cent to stop the value of their deposits being shrunk by inflation. But with interest rates at rock-bottom levels, accounts paying such high rates are very few and far between. In inflationary times, when the real value of level income payments is eroded over a few years, it is important to find good and increasing sources of investment income. This is the big dilemma for many savers today. Not unreasonably, they do not want to lose a penny of their hard-earned cash. But with increasing life expectancy and potential long-term care costs to consider, they will need their money to work harder for longer – and this is likely to mean taking on more risk.

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The question is where to start? Opportunities for attractive income still exist in the corporate bond market, however investors are having to be increasingly selective. One of the most efficient ways to beat inflation over the longer term is to invest in the stock market and take advantage of the dividends paid by companies. After a couple of leaner years in the teeth of the recession, the earnings of UK companies are looking far more healthy. On the back of those profits the outlook for dividends is more positive. Diversification is also key in balancing risk and returns. Inflation also brings particular problems for people about to retire because even a low level of inflation will seriously dent pensioners’ fixed incomes over a number of years. Inflation and uncertainty go hand in hand, but it is even more marked given the current economic turmoil. It is why investors are going to have to explore all the options to make the most from their savings and investment – and maybe taking a step up the risk ladder. by Jacqui Moyies To receive a complimentary guide covering Wealth Management Retirement Planning or Inheritance Tax Planning, contact: Jacqui on 01702 589553 Jacqui.moyies@sjpp.co.uk or visit www.sjpp.co.uk/jacquimoyies

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Oracle Motoring

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ost English and Welsh Police forces have adopted new speeding guidelines that could allow motorists to travel at 86mph - 10% above the limit, plus 9mph – whilst avoiding points on their licence by paying for a speed awareness course.

Previous legislation allowed 10% above the limit, plus 6mph, but 37 of the 44 national forces at a recent meeting of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) agreed to the changes.

Education, not punishment. An ACPO spokeswoman said "Evidence suggests that if people are sent on educational courses, rather than being punished with fines and points, they are less likely to reoffend in the future". Courses could now be offered at up to 42mph in a 30mph zone, a major concern for critics such as Joel Hickman, from road safety charity Brake. "If you hit a child at 30mph, it's the equivalent of that child falling out of a three storey building. Driving at 42mph would give that child no chance of survival”, argued Mr Hickman.

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risk losing their licence, so it is quite clear which is the greater deterrent to speeding”, said Mr Hickman. However, ACPO feel there is room for flexibility; "Clearly if someone is breaking the speed limit outside a school at 3.15pm, it's a no brainer and they would be punished. But at 3am when streets are empty, there is a degree of discretion”, said the spokeswoman.

'Get-out-of-jail-free card?' Chief Examiner at the Institute of Advanced Motoring said that they supported the changes, "We don't feel it’s a 'get-out-of-jail-free card' as drivers can only attend one course in a three-year period, so repeat offenders will still be hit with points on their licence.” Essex Police were one of the 37 forces who have endorsed the new guidelines, but the Metropolitan and City of London forces have not. Stuart Winder Planet Leasing

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Chocolate and Banana Tart

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