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Welcome A warm welcome to the July 2018 edition of the Rayleigh Local Business Guide. We’ve had some really great weather this last few weeks and have all had a chance to get out and about. It’s a good time to get down on the farm and this month we feature some of Essex’s lovely farms for you and your family to visit in our article on page 6. In our regular ‘What’s On in Rayleigh’ on page 16 we feature the ‘Spirit of the Horse’ equestrian theatre show – Renaissance, which is coming to the Crouch Valley Showground starring more than 20 magnificent horses. We also feature a free Nature Event for kids in Wick Country Park which allows them to explore the nature and the wildlife of the park. In our regular Acres Way feature (pages 10 and 11), we are really pleased that both Daisy the Staffie and Bluebell the Lurcher type that we featured last time have now found new loving homes! Unfortunately, Jerry the Labrador is still currently at Acres Way awaiting a new home, so we are featuring him again this month, along with 2 new dogs needing new homes. Within our Community section this month we feature an article on the History of the Dutch Cottage which has a history going back to at least 1740 and maybe even earlier (page 21) and an article on the History of the old Rayleigh Weir Stadium (page 24).

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Children’s Farms In Essex With the sun hopefully beginning to shine, now is a great time for a fun and educational visit to one of the many farms in Essex. Lee Valley Park Farms in Waltham Abbey offer two fantastic experiences and are nestled in the middle of picturesque River Lee Country Park. At Hayes Hill Farm you can meet a variety of exciting animals and learn about life on a working modern dairy and arable farm. Visit www.visitleevalley.org.uk/go/farms for more information including special events and opening times. Boydells Dairy Farm in Braintree is a working family farm open to the public and specialises in sheep milking. Set in the beautiful North Essex countryside it provides a fun-packed and educational visit for children and adults alike. The farm is open to the public 2pm to 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. For more details visit www.boydellsdairy.co.uk in Brentwood cares for a variety of animals including horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, cats and more recently has become home to smaller animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas. HopeďŹ eld Animal Sanctuary is open every Friday to Monday 11am - 4pm. For more details visit

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Can you help Re-Home a Dog from Acres Way Kennels? Adopting a Dog If you think you can offer a dog a good home, the firs thing you need to do is to go down to the kennels, select a suitable dog you like, take it for a walk and see how you get on. Some people and dogs just don’t get along, so before reserving a dog, the Acres Way staff would need to see if you suit each other. If you have children, or another dog, they recommend that you bring them with you, to make sure that everyone will get on. Once you have visited the dogs, and hopefully found one that matches your lifestyle and expectations, a member of staff will arrange a convenient time for a home check. These are usually carried out within 2 or 3 days of your visit and take about half an hour. Once the home check is complete, you’ll

be able to collect your dog. You will need to bring with you some identifiction showing your current address, and the £130 adoption fee. Their staff will be on hand if you have any questions, and will be able to guide you through the adoption process. All the staff and dogs at Acres Way look forward to seeing you.

Re-Homing Update We are really pleased that both Daisy the Staffie and Bluebell the Lurcher type that we featured last time have now found new loving homes! Unfortunately, Jerry the Labrador is still currently at Acres Way awaiting a new home, so we are featuring him again this month, along with 2 new dogs needing new homes.

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- Labrador Aged 2-3 years Loves : Jerry loves lots of long walks and is very affectionate towards his owners. Looking for : Very experienced owners that know how to handle a larger dog. Not to go with children as he can be unpredictable and nervous of new people. Would need to do a meet and greet if he is to live with another dog.

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Money Guidance What do we actually do at Joseph Lamb’s....? It is very easy for us to forget but what we think ‘Financial Advice’ is not always not what you may think it is! The Financial Advice industry has grown out of what used to be the life assurance and insurance broking industry, but is now a very different animal indeed. Whilst everyone in it moans about the level of regulation and complying with regulation, there is no doubt at all that higher and higher levels of regulation have led to higher and higher levels of professionalism. At Lamb’s we recognised the impact this regulation would have on us right from the earliest days, so we stopped doing ‘general insurance’ as long ago as 1987, and subsequently have simplified our business model to focus on our corespecialist activities. These are now very different from the past, our business has developed into an Investment and much as I hate the phrase ‘Wealth Management’ business. We run our own investment portfolios under our Discretionary Premier Investment Monitoring Service (D-PIMS) which can apply to all aspects of your personal wealth as it can operate for your investment ISAs, pensions, unit trust portfolios and even via Life Assurance Bonds where their special tax treatment may be advantageous for some clients. We are now in the very proud position of being entrusted with looking after approaching £350,000,000 of investments on behalf of clients and are the most longstanding and largest firm in our sector in the area. The D-PIMS service operates at 6 levels of ‘risk’ from ‘low’ through to ‘very high’ so we can find a suitablelevel for just about everybody, and has been operating for nearly 14 years. The performance of the portfolios can be seen on our website where you will see that we have consistently outperformed our peers and competition, often with much lower ‘volatility’, the values don’t jump around as much as our competitors. D-PIMS keeps you up to date with your investments, we can provide on-line valuations, formal 6 monthly reports and market commentaries via e mail from our investment team as and when we make changes to our portfolios. We think that this makes our clients feel much more ‘engaged’ with their money than any other service previously experienced and we find clients become much more interested in and aware of the world’s investment markets. 14

In running the portfolios we look forward over the coming months and try to position our investments in line with what we feel are the most likely outcomes of economic and political events. We reduce risk in our portfolios if we foresee potential risk events, and this is what helps control the volatility of the service. We are always looking for areas that may provide better returns, and have an excellent track record of introducing or increasing investments in sectors just ahead of their performance increasing. As well as running your investments for you we can provide full advice around the financial planning issuesrelating to your retirement, accessing your pensions, funding pensions, (which the ‘New Rules’ have made infinitely more ttractive),saving, protecting your family and your business, cash flw planning, Trustee Investment services, and from our experience in running our own business, we can often help out with business planning and corporate decision making. Our adviser team has hundreds of years experience across all market and economic cycles, why not contact one of them to pick their brains and get some financialplanning ideas? The first consulttion is always free and we are confident tht we can add value and improve your current situation - our existing clients certainly think so as can be seen from the testimonials on our website. So, why not find out wht we do - free of charge and contact us with any financial planning quey you may have. We will do all we can to help, free of charge until we commence chargeable work for you. We will notify you before we begin any chargeable work and provide an estimate of the costs involved.

Martin Lamb, Dip.PFS Certs CII (MP & ER) Some elements of business and corporate advice are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This article does not constitute advice and readers should seek an assessment of their needs and requirements before making any decisions based on the content of this article. The value of investments can go down as well as up and past performance is not a guide to future returns.

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What’s On In Rayleigh SPIRIT OF THE HORSE Thursday 2nd August - Sunday 5th August 2018 Show Times: Thursday – 7.00pm Friday – 2.30pm & 7.30pm Saturday – 2.00pm, 5.00pm & 7.30pm Sunday – 2.00pm & 5.00pm. Location: Crouch Valley Showground, A1245 (Just off A127), Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7FQ. For the first time in 10 years, Europe’s greatest equestrian theatre show is coming to Crouch Valley Showground with a spectacular new production for 2018 – RENAISSANCE. Starring more than 20 magnificent horses from six countries in its own stunning 2,000-seat Equestrian Theatre touring arena, the lavish show has the must-see factor. Choreographed to a specially-arranged musical score, blending spectacle, dramatic action, humour, poetic motion, and awe-inspiring lighting effects the show weaves the magic of myth and legend through man’s bonding with his oldest and most trusted ally – the horse. Contact: 0871 705 5507 Website: www.spiritofthehorseshow.com

NATURE EVENT Sunday 22nd July 2018 Starts: 2.00pm – 4.00pm Location: Wick Country Park, The Wick, Tresco Way, Wickford, Essex SS12 9GP. This event is for children to allow them to explore the nature and wildlife of the park. They will be able to take part in a number of activities including pond dipping and bug hunting. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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History of Dutch Cottage T

he Dutch Cottage is a charming octagonal-shaped cottage located on Crown Hill in Rayleigh, Essex. It takes its name from the association of this type of house with the seventeenth century Dutch immigrants who constructed many of the sea walls of the south Essex coast and the cottage is typical of the types of homes the workers built for themselves. The 20 foot wide building is one of three such cottages in the area with the other two being on Canvey Island. The cottage’s history is the subject of dispute. Above the front door is an inscription which reads “1621”, suggesting its year of construction. Nevertheless, surveyors, architects and historians who have studied the cottage have opined that it was not built until the eighteenth century, more specifically around 1740. However, there are no records of exactly when, why or for whom it was built. The unusual octagonal timber framed and plastered structure is said to serve several functions. It is strong, relatively easy to thatch, and provides the occupants with a more panoramic view. Also, as it was constructed in an era when people were more superstitious, supposedly the lack of right angles

prevented evil spirits from lurking in wait around a corner. The cottage was purchased by Rochford District Council in 1964 and is both the smallest and the oldest council house in the United Kingdom. It was completely restored back in 1984 when 47 Dutch Delft tiles were found behind the fireplace, the oldest dating from the 17th Century. Rochford District Council opened the cottage to residential tenancy on condition that they would make the property available for pre-arranged guided tours every Wednesday afternoon. The cottage can be visited on Wednesday afternoons by prior arrangement with Rochford District Council on 01702 318150. Although only tiny, the cottage has a fully fitted kitchen and shower room. The main living area is open plan and is set out around a central fireplace. The bedroom is in the roof and only accessible via a stepladder. The cottage’s one and only circular bedroom, is just large enough to squeeze in a double bed inside.

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Local History

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ayleigh Weir Stadium on the main Arterial Road (where Sainsbury’s at Rayleigh Weir is today) was first opened in 1948. A gentleman called Frank Arnold had obtained a licence from the British Speedway Control Board to open a 385 yard track at Rayleigh and work started on the site in January 1947. The first venture at the stadium was Speedway and Rayleigh became the home of the Rayleigh Rockets team. The first ever fixture was a friendly meeting against Leicester taking place on 24th July 1948 in front of a crowd of 11,500 with a display by the London Irish Girl Pipers. The winner of the first ever race was Rockets Captain Ron Howes. The Rockets closed in 1958 but re-opened again in 1960 and rode at the stadium until 1973. They were always well supported with crowds of over 10,000 but were less successful on the track.

The owners of the stadium wanted to maximize the use of the venue and over the years it also hosted greyhound racing, stock car racing, harness horse racing, open air wrestling, cycle speedway and firework displays. The only reminder of Rayleigh Weir Stadium today is the road alongside the supermarket called ‘Stadium Way’.

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