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Welcome A very warm welcome to the Southend Local Business Guide, a new magazine for the Southend community. The main aim of the Southend Local Business Guide is to provide readers with an interesting and stimulating reference magazine that helps put them in touch with their local business community. We have tried to produce a format which has something for everybody with a mix of editorial, games and quizzes, reference material and local business advertising. If you have any interesting stories about Southend or if you are a local team, association or charity that would like to be featured in any future editions of the Local Business Guide then please drop us a line at: info@thelocalbusinessguide.co.uk Our featured articles in this edition are on the History of Southend (pages 10-11), a focus on Southend Airport and the opening of the new terminal (pages 24-25) and the origins of the Southend Coat of Arms (page 8). We also have a feature on the ‘Top 10 Super Foods’ (pages 32-33). We also have a couple of community features on the Acres Way Kennels (pages 14-15) to try and help them re-home some lovely dogs that need a second chance! We also feature the Wrinkle Club (page 30), an innovative new club for the over 50s. There is also our regular financial feature from our financial expert Martin Lamb from Joseph R Lamb Independent Financial Advisors (see centre pages). We would like to thank all of our business advertisers for supporting our Southend Local Business Guide and would ask our readers to support their local businesses in order to help secure local jobs. Please visit our website at www.thelocalbusinessguide.co.uk where you will find our latest guide on-line. You will also find web-links established from our e-magazine to the websites of most of our business advertisers. Please do not forget to mention the Southend Local Business Guide when contacting businesses featured in this magazine!

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The Southend Coat of Arms S

outhend was awarded County Borough status in 1914. The status of County Borough meant that the town could control aspects of local government that were normally the County’s responsibility, such as the police and education. The County Borough included not only Southend but also Southchurch, Leigh-on-Sea and part of Eastwood. The Borough boundaries were extended in 1933 to include Shoeburyness and North Shoebury, the rest of Eastwood and parts of Great Wakering and Rochford. The Coat Of Arms A coat of arms was created for the new County Borough in which the two main elements central to its history - the church and the sea - were the principal supporters. This was emphasised in the motto “Per Mare Per Ecclesiam” By the Sea and By the Church. The Arms and Crest and the Supporters were granted by Letters Patent dated 1st and 2nd January 1915

respectively by King George V. By Order dated 21st May 1974, the Arms, Crest and Supporters were transferred to the newly created Borough Council of Southend-on-Sea. Meaning The blue background indicates the sea. The lilies rising from the vase, the central feature of the anils, are the emblem of the Virgin Mary and represent both the Mother Parish of St Mary, Prittlewell and the Cluniac Priory dedicated to St Mary, founded at Prittlewell about 1110 AD. To the left of the Arms is the golden anchor which is the emblem of St Clement the patron saint of the Church of Leigh. On the other side the golden gridiron stands for St Lawrence the patron saint of Eastwood Church, being the instrument of his martyrdom, whilst the golden trefoil at the foot of the arms, being the symbol of the Holy Trinity, represents the dedication of the Parish Church of Southchurch. The supporters, the medieval fishermen (trailing a net from his right hand) and the Cluniac bearded monk (holding a red book in his right hand and a staff in his left) were chosen as representing the two influences which most affected the early life of the town. The red mural crown is a coronet made of masonary to represent the walls of a city and is an honourable distinction associated with crests of several towns and cities. The ship’s mast, flying the banner of St. George, with a crow’s nest like that of an old galley refers to Leigh’s history as a port and the town’s general connection with shipping.

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The Origins of Southend A

t the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the area we now call Southend was divided between the manors of Prittlewell and Milton. Other manors in the area included, to the east, Southchurch Hall, and to the west Leigh.

Norman and Medieval Period In the early 12th Century Robert Fitzswein, lord of the manor of Prittlewell, gave part of his lands for the foundation of the Cluniac Priory of St. Mary (Prittlewell Priory). He retained a part of Prittlewell for himself, and this later became Earls Hall manor. By the 13th Century or so, the original two manors of Prittlewell and Milton had been divided into the manors of Prittlewell Priory (or Priors), Earls Hall, Milton and Chalkwell Hall. To the north of the Priory lands there was also now the manor of Temple Sutton, lands belonging to the Knights Templar. Milton Hall had been given to Christ Church, Canterbury, before the Norman Conquest. Prittlewell Priory owned lands that stretched right down to the seafront. As early as the 14th Century

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there was a landing stage called “Stratende” and, by the end of the 15th Century this had become known as South End – the south end of the lands of Prittlewell Priory.

Tudors and Stuarts In 1536, at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, a survey was made of the lands of the Priory which mentioned the properties lying in South End. Another survey was undertaken for Robert Rich, the owner of the Priory in the late 16th Century; this is very detailed, and it is possible to draw a map of Southend at this time. There were a number of farms here (on land owned by the Priory) and fishermen’s cottages. We know that there were fish traps (or keddles) all along the foreshore from Leigh to “South End” at this time. In the 17th Century this original South End was bought by Mr. Hercules Arthur. His principal house, originally Facons Farm, was now called Southend. In 1758, what was known as Southend was made up of Thames Farm and Arthur’s Land, so-called after its owner. Arthur also bought land to the west of

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Southend which was later developed in the mid-late 18th Century. In 1767 John Remnant built some brick cottages for local fishermen, called Pleasant Row, at the north end of Pleasant Road. These were demolished in the 1950s.

The New Town On the seafront, the Ship Hotel had been opened in the 1760s and, later, the Hope Hotel. By the middle of the 18th century the custom of visiting the coast for sea-bathing was becoming fashionable. Southend was becoming a “watering place” where people could “take the waters”, making use of a bathing machine in which to enter the sea modestly, or visitors could perhaps try the “South End Baths,” on the seafront. In 1780 the village had nineteen houses. By 1785 the popularity of South End had increased to such an extent that the lord of the manors of Prittlewell and Milton Hall, Daniel Scratton, decided to have the western end of his estates developed into a “new town”. He leased three areas of land, on the cliffs, to developers, for the building of a grand terrace and hotel, a smaller terrace and library, and a new road linking the new estate with the main road from Shoebury to London. This road was to be known as High Street, and the estate was called the “New Town” or upper town of South End. The original settlement along the seafront to the east was now known as the lower, or old town. The developers of the New Town were Pratt, Watts and Lowdoun, and John Sanderson.

The Grand Hotel 1793 It was proposed to build “a most elegant hotel”, the cost of it to be raised by subscription. A year later the building work began on the Terrace, the Grand Hotel (the centrepiece of the development scheme), the Library, sixty houses and two inns. These were the Duchess of York and the Duke of Clarence, completed in 1792. Two terraces (‘Royal’ and ‘Grove’) formed part of the development, together with associated mews. A ball held on the opening night of the hotel on July 8th 1793,

attracted 170 guests, among them being distinguished visitors to the town and members of the leading families of the district. In 1793 it is recorded that a Theatre was opened in South End.In 1803 Princess Caroline (the wife of the Prince Regent) stayed in the Terrace, and hence the new name “Royal Terrace”. By the late 18th Century Southend had become a thriving small town, with public houses, shops and private and lodging houses, almost all of them clustered along the seafront. Buildings had been built right along the seafront, from South End Lane (Southchurch Avenue) in the east to the end of Marine Parade in the west. There was also a regular post- or stagecoach service from London. By 1794 there was a delivery from London four times a week, and in 1812, a daily delivery. To the north were the fields of the local farms, such as Porters (now the Mayor’s Parlour or official residence), Milton Hall and Prittlewell Priory (at this time, a private house). To the east was the farm of Southchurch Hall. The nearest towns were Prittlewell itself, separated from South End by all these fields and Leigh, an ancient ship building and fishing port to the west.

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Working for the Community

Can you help Re-Home a Dog from Acres Way Kennels? A

cres Way Kennels has been caring for dogs over 20 years. They look after both boarders and strays and provide a high level of attention to every dog under their roof. They take in strays for both Southend and Rochford councils, and from members of the public.

yourself in this difficult situation. Please note, that due to limited kennel space and resources, a fee is charged for this service. If you feel you may need to rehome your dog, please call the kennels on 01268 770402 between 10am and 3pm and ask to speak to Tom or Cheryl.

To accomodate the rising number of strays, Acres Way have recently rebuilt their kennels to hold 50 boarders and strays, where every dog has access to a covered outdoor run.

Adopting a Dog

If you’ve found a stray dog in Southend or the surrounding areas, you should, in the first instance, contact Southend Council on 01702 215836. If you found the dog in Basildon, you should contact Basildon Council on 01268 533333 Sometimes, due to no fault of their own, people find they need to rehome their dogs. This can lead to the difficult and heartbreaking process of trying to find a new home for the dog. Acres Way are sometimes able to take these dogs into their kennels, and find new homes for them. They are visited by a large number of people each week looking to adopt a dog, and are often able to match dogs to new owners within a short period of time. This is far less stressful on the dog in the long run. Their ability to take in dogs for rehoming is dependent on the number of kennels they have available at the time - space is limited, and they are required to keep a number of kennels free for any strays that may be found by the council. That said, they will always endeavour to do their best to help you, should you find 14

If you think you might be able to offer a dog a good home, the first 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 identification showing your current address, and the £130 adoption fee. It may also benefit you to bring a lead and collar, but if you do not have one, they do have a number available for sale at the kennels. 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!

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This month’s featured dogs Jake - German shepherd Male / Age 8

Jake was picked up in the Basildon area and we can only assume that he was a yard dog. He was covered head to toe in oil, his ears have been clipped and had a terrible infection set in. His feet were also in a horrendous condition and for the first week he was unable to stand. Jake has endured a hard life and would enjoy a relaxed environment to settle into. He is not good with other dogs and would need to go to an older family with either grown up children or just adults.

How to contact them Acres Way Kennels, Great Burches Road Thundersley, Essex SS7 3NE They are open 10am-5pm Monday to Wednesday, and 10am-3pm Thursday to Sunday. Visitors are welcome at any time during these hours - no appointment is necessary.

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Jake was collected by the dog warden as he was found wandering the streets. He was very under weight and in need of a good wash. Although not very good with other dogs or cats he is brilliant with adults, children, is very affectionate and loves a fuss.

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Did You Know.. • Samuel Pepys loved to play the recorder. • Pears ripen better off the tree, and they ripen from the inside out. • The full name for Britain, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island, is the third longest country name in the world. • In Alabama dominoes may not be played on a Sunday. • The most landed-on square in Monopoly is Trafalgar Square. • There are more people in New York City (7.9million) than there are in the states of Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Hawaii, Delaware and New Mexico combined. • Lewis Carroll wrote most of his books standing up. • Whispering is more wearing on your voice than a normal speaking tone. Whispering and shouting stretch the vocal chords.

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• Male hospital patients fall out of bed twice as often as female hospital patients. • Bright yellow and bright blue are the most visible, and therefore most safe, colours for cars. • The word ‘taxi’ is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish and Portuguese. • When John F Kennedy was assassinated, it was not illegal to kill the president of the United States. • Shakespeare invented the phrase ‘laugh it off’ and the words ‘bedroom’ and ‘puke’. • In Tokyo, a bicycle is faster than a car for most trips of 50 minutes or less. • In the afternoon your feet are bigger than at any other time of the day. • The most common name for a pub in Britain is ‘The Red Lion’. • People in Siberia often buy milk frozen on a stick.

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THE LOCAL BUSINESS GUIDE WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY

Money Guidance

by Martin Lamb Dip. PFS Certs C11 (MP & ER)

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elcome to the first Money Guidance page of the Local Business Guide. From the content of the media stories it would be easy to think that the financial world is about to come to an end and that economically we are all going back to the caves! The media love to run stories on whose fault the current crisis is, and apportion blame, but that does not help us to move forward. Whilst we are undoubtedly in difficult times I believe that fantastic investment opportunities are being overlooked. The whole World is undergoing a transition of both economic and political power from the West to the East and Emerging Markets.

in the East and Emerging markets will continue to drive commodity prices and wages upwards, and as we are a significant net importer of goods made in these countries, and we have structurally weakened Sterling by printing more money, that Sterling will devalue relative to these currencies. This makes imports even more expensive, and adding fuel to the inflation fire. Interest rates are not going up in any significant way for several years, and the real value of ‘safe’ cash, gilts, National Savings, and Premium Bonds will be eroded at a considerable rate.

Over the last 12 months concerns in Europe over sovereign debt and the impact on their banking system have held markets back. In recent months policymakers have taken positive steps and secured enough support to allow European Banks to cope with what is effectively an “orderly default” in Greece. However issues in Spain are now becoming prevalent and in outright terms their debt dwarfs that of Greece. The situation in Europe is without doubt very serious however if the policy makers do get it right, and on balance we believe they will because the impact of getting it wrong is almost too significant to contemplate, then there will be a massive release of capital into world stock markets. This is currently tied up in cash and Government Bonds and we believe that this will be moved into Stocks and Shares globally but especially in the growth markets of the world and Commodities.

1. That it is absolutely VITAL that you spread your investments across different asset types. There is much more to effective investing than just Stocks and Shares. Blue Chip Commercial property, Corporate Bonds and Fixed Interest securities issued by the largest soundest companies, Commodities and Energy, Bonds issued by more credit worthy countries, and strengthening Currencies should all form part of your portfolio. The key is holding them in the right proportions at the right time to minimise Risk.

The great irony of this is that the value of the traditional ‘safe haven’ assets, ie Gilts could fall significantly in this scenario, and, if you add in the impact of long term high inflation, then even cash is going to prove a poor investment. It is our belief that on-going economic growth

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So you must remember;

2. That you or your adviser MUST be reviewing your investments to allow for the short term risks within the Eurozone, but also to make sure they continue to be reviewed to allow for the outcomes of the Euro crisis, whether that be positive or not. 3. And that what appears to be SAFE in this changing world, might NOT be……… Martin Lamb, Managing Director of Joseph R Lamb Independent Financial Advisers Ltd. This article does not constitute investment advice, readers should seek an assessment of their needs and requirements before making any decisions based on the content of this article

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History of Southend Airport T

he Southend airport site lies partly on land in the Rochford District. It was formed on the flat well-drained fields of Westbarrow Hall Farm where in 1909 the area was used by two Leigh men, Victor Forbes and Arthur Arnold, to test out their home-made bamboo monoplane.

World War I The site was first developed as an operational air base for the Royal Flying Corps in the Great War in the autumn of 1914. RFC training continued until May 1915 when the site, known also as Eastwood, was taken over by the Royal Naval Air Service who dictated Britain’s war strategy. On 4th June 1916, the airfield was renamed RFC Rochford and it was designated as a night fighter station. Many sorties were flown against intruding Zeppelin airship raiders. Several squadrons used the airfield for varying durations until the formation of 61 Squadron at Rochford in 1917. They stayed at Rochford until 1919 when the recently formed RAF derequisitioned the airfield and civil aviation and pleasure flying began at the aerodrome. Aviation lessened due to a slump in

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trade, and eventually the station was closed in 1920, and returned to farmland for a while. Early in 1933, Southend Corporation bought the aerodrome for a flying ground, and two years later it became a municipal aerodrome. The Southend Flying Club, Crilly Airways, and Southend on Sea Flying Services Ltd were already in residence, along with the RAFVR.

World War II On 1st September 1939, the Air ministry requisitioned Rochford civil aerodrome and the airfield was renamed RAF Rochford and placed in No 11 Group of Fighter Command as a satellite field to RAF Hornchurch. The first squadron to arrive was 54 Squadron on 11th September 1939 with its Spitfires, followed by 600 City of London Squadron on 16th October with their Blenheim 1F’s. During the Battle of Britain various squadrons from both Hornchurch and North Weald used Rochford as

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an advance base. On 26th October 1940, Rochford became a station in its own right and was known as RAF Southend, although the fighter control remained with Hornchurch. On 18th June 1940, Rochford entered the History Record books when Flt. Lt. ‘Sailor’ Malan, of 74 Squadron became the first single seat pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft at night. A week later, he became the first pilot to down two aircraft in one night.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said “it was an example of how regional airports can contribute towards economic growth, at a time of growing debate over the need for a new hub in the London area. Our regional airports have an absolutely vital part to play in making sure the aviation sector remains competitive and continues to serve businesses and the community.”

As fighter command moved forward to a more offensive role in early 1941, Southend became the forward base for a number of Spitfire squadrons. On 1st May 1941, the airfield was transferred to North Weald Sector, and became a forward offensive fighter base. In bad weather on 9th February 1943, a lone Dornier 217 sneaked in right under patrolling Spitfires over Southend and shot up the airfield and escaped! At the beginning of June 1943 the airfield was transferred back into the Hornchurch sector and remained there until the operations room was closed down in February 1944.

Southend mayor, David Norman, said the town would be put on the map: “It’s very much London’s sixth airport and it’s going to be a tremendous driver for jobs. It’s the best thing that’s happened in this area for many years.”

By March 1943, the war had passed it by and in 1944 it became part of the V1 balloon barrage network. R.A.F. Rochford (Southend) was de-requisitioned and a licence was issued to Southend Corporation on 31st December 1946 and the airport returned to commercial and pleasure flights.

London Southend Airport Open’s New Terminal On 5th March 2012 The Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, visited London Southend Airport to officially open the new terminal building. The new terminal comes complete with a new control tower, runway extension and new airport railway station providing frequent train services direct to Stratford and to central London’s Liverpool Street Station. The Stobart Group, which owns the airport, says it has invested £100million in the terminal and it will create 500 jobs.

The new terminal will see London Southend Airport become a fully functioning international gateway during 2012. EasyJet will begin operating 70 services, including flights to Amsterdam, Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast, Faro, Ibiza, Jersey, Malaga and Mallorca from April 2012 in advance of the Olympic Games in July 2012. This is in addition to Irish airline Aer Arann which is already operating flights to Waterford. The airport is predicting passenger growth to 2 million passengers per year by 2020. Alastair Welch, managing director of Stobart Air, said: “We are never going to be Heathrow and we don’t want to be. We want to retain our focus on customer services and we never want passengers to spend more than four minutes at security or take longer than 15 minutes from aircraft to station platform.” Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, said: “As the first new airport capacity in the South East for decades, London Southend is much needed. It is a brilliant new facility with fantastic transport links to London.”

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Recipe Corner

Tomato soup METHOD 1. Firstly, prepare your vegetables. You need 1-1.25kg/2lb 4oz-2lb 12oz ripe tomatoes. Throw the vines and green bits away and wash the tomatoes. Now cut each tomato into quarters and slice off any hard cores. Peel 1 medium onion and 1 small carrot and chop them into small pieces. Chop 1 celery stick roughly the same size. 2. Spoon the into a large heavy-based pan and heat it over a low heat, then tip in the onion, carrot and celery and mix them together with a wooden spoon. Still with the heat low, cook the vegetables until they're soft and faintly coloured. This should take about 10 minutes. Stir throughout.

INGREDIENTS 1-1.25kg/2lb 4oz-2lb 12oz ripe tomatoes 1 medium onion 1 small carrot 1 celery stick 2 tbsp olive oil 2 squirts of tomato purée (about 2 tsp) a good pinch of sugar 2 bay leaves 1.2 litres/ 2 pints hot vegetable stock (made with

boiling water and 4 rounded tsp bouillon powder or 2 stock cubes)

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3. Squirt in about 2 tsp of tomato purée, then stir it around so it turns the vegetables red. Add the tomatoes, sprinkle in a good pinch of sugar and grind in a little black pepper. Tear 2 bay leaves into a few pieces and throw them into the pan. Stir to mix everything together, put the lid on the pan and let the tomatoes stew over a low heat for 10 minutes until they shrink down in the pan and their juices flow nicely. From time to time, give the pan a good shake - this will keep everything well mixed. 4. Slowly pour in the 1.2 litres/ 2 pints of hot stock (made with boiling water and 4 rounded tsp bouillon powder or 2 stock cubes), stirring at the same time to mix it with the vegetables. Turn up the heat as high as it will go and wait until everything is bubbling, then turn the heat down to low again and put the lid back on the pan. Cook gently for 25 minutes, stirring a couple of times. 5. Remove the pan from the heat, take the lid off and fish out the pieces of bay leaf and throw them away. Ladle the soup into your blender until it's about three-quarters full. Blitz until the soup's smooth, then pour the puréed soup into a large bowl. Repeat with the soup that's left in the pan. (The soup may now be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost before reheating.) 6. Pour the puréed soup back into the pan and reheat it over a medium heat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until you can see bubbles breaking gently on the surface. Taste a spoonful and add a pinch or two of salt if you think the soup needs it, plus more pepper and sugar if you like. Ladle into bowls and serve.

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KES Community Learning Courses The King Edmund School offers a wide range of community learning courses that suit all ages and abilities.

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THE LOCAL BUSINESS GUIDE WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY

The Wrinkle Club

CONCEIVED AFTER A LONG HARD LOOK AT JUST WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR US ‘OLD UNS... WHEN WE SAY OLD, WE MEAN IN TERMS OF YEARS UNDER OUR BELTS - NOT THE DATE OF OUR BIRTH WE THOUGHT THERE MUST BE THOUSANDS LIKE US WITH THE SAME FEELINGS AND WE WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

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he Wrinkle Club is a social network for the over 55’s and it is akin to taking part in a social life geared for people like us. You know the things, dining out, scrabble meetings, quiz meetings, dances, coffee and tea mornings, classic cream teas, theatre trips, coach trips and such like. In fact, it would be you who decides what to do. England is a beautiful country with much to see and do so there would never be a shortage of ideas as far as this is concerned. Let us enjoy our lives now that the burden of a job is not relevant any more, the kids have gone (hopefully) and there is an abundance of free time to utilise and relish. If you are bored – lonely and fed up with day time tv and you wish to broaden your horizons by meeting new people and making friends perhaps The Wrinkle Club can assist. We actually believe life is about people – nothing much else... My name is Bob Dobson. Having reached that golden age of 65... My wife Tricia is a very similar age but will not reveal the figure at the moment....I can tell you though, she has a bus pass...

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If you would feel comfortable in the company of similar people, you can join the Wrinkle Club for nothing. Yes, that’s right, it’s free..!! Let us have an email address (computer again) and you shall receive a regular news letter explaining all on offer. Tell your kids, neighbours and relatives. Get them all to join in and assist. Get a blog going (computer again!) But you’re grandchildren can do it for you!

Give it a try... Email: information@thewrinkleclub.com www.thewrinkleclub.com The Wrinkle Club unit 3 555 Sutton Road Southend-on-Sea Essex SS2 5BF

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The Top Ten

Super Foods All foods have nutritional value, however there are 10 foods that are very beneficial to your health and are called ‘super foods’. These are the top 10 with reasons why they are so good!

1. Apples There are over 7,500 varieties of apples grown around the world and each is full of antioxidants and vitamin C which helps towards healthy gums and skin. Apples also contain pectin which can help to lower blood cholesterol levels and keep the digestive system healthy. They improve diabetics’ long-term control of blood sugar levels and can help weight control.

2. Baked Beans Baked beans are full of protein, calcium, iron and fibre. It contains carbohydrate that is of the low GI variety. The tomato sauce covers the baked beans is a good source of lycopene which is an antioxidant to help prevent prostate cancer and heart disease.

3. Broccoli Only two florets count as a veggie portion. It contains antioxidants (vitamin C) and is a good source of folate which is meant to be a major benefit in preventing heart disease. Broccoli also contains a phytochemical called sulphoraphane that has specific anti-cancer properties.

4. Olive Oil Several studies have shown that the monosaturated fat in olive oil is good for the heart, it lowers bad cholesterol levels and increases the good levels. It is also rich in antioxidants.

5. Wholegrain Seeded Bread Wholegrain seeded bread has a low GI which can protect against heart disease, help with weight control and also reduce hunger pains. They contain essential fatty acids and are full of fibre which keeps the gut working efficiently.

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6. Salmon All fish are full of protein, vitamins and minerals, but oily fish (salmon) also contain omega 3 fats that reduce blood clotting and inflammation. Oily fish have been proven to dramatically reduce the risk of having a heart attack. Omega 3 fats also prevent depression and protect against the onset of dementia!

7. Tea The caffeine in tea is helpful for stimulating alertness, mood and motivation. Tea counts towards the recommended eight cups of fluid daily, which is the minimum to avoid dehydration. Tea is a rich source of antioxidant called catechins which is meant to protect the artery walls against the damage that causes heart disease and prevents formation of sticky blood clots; one cup a day offers some protection according to studies!

8. Yogurt Yogurt is an easily absorbed source of calcium, its therapeutic benefits are the health of the large intestine and the relief of gastrointestinal upsets. The bacteria Lactobacillus GG, added to some yogurt, are not digested, reach the large intestine and fight harmful bacteria.

9. Bananas Bananas are slightly higher in energy than other fruits but the calories come from carbohydrates which are excellent for refuelling before, during or after exercise. Bananas contain antioxidants that protect cells in the body against damage from free radicals that can cause cancer and heart disease. They are also full of potassium that helps lower blood pressure and vitamin B6 for healthy hair and skin.

10. Brazil Nuts All nuts are full of essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. Studies have recently suggested that eating a small handful of nuts four times a week can help reduce heart disease and satisfy food cravings. Brazil nuts are a good source of selenium that may help protect against depression, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Recipe Corner

Gooey Chocolate Mousse Cake METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line a 20cm/8in springform cake tin. Wrap the outside of the cake tin in two layers of aluminium foil so that it will be waterproof when placed in the bain-marie in the oven. 2. In a bowl beat together the egg yolks with two thirds of the sugar until creamy. 3. Add the orange liqueur and beat for a further three minutes.

INGREDIENTS 6 free-range eggs, separated 150g/5oz caster sugar 50ml/2 oz orange liqueur 400g/14oz chocolate, melted 300ml/10 oz whipping cream

To serve strawberries, raspberries and cream

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4. Stir in the melted chocolate and half of the cream. 5. In a separate bowl, whip the cream, then fold this into the mix. 6. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed. Beat in the rest of the sugar, then fold this into the chocolate mix. 7. Spoon the mixture into the lined, foil-wrapped cake tin and place into a deep baking tray. Set the baking tray onto the oven shelf. Half fill the tray with boiling water from the kettle to make a bain-marie. 8. Place in the oven for 45 minutes at 180C/350F/Gas 4 and then reduce the temperature to 150C/300F/Gas 2 for 45 minutes more. 9. Turn the oven off but leave the cake in for another 20 minutes. 10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Remove the cake from the tin and peel off the paper. Serve with fruit and cream.

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The Rayleigh, Rochford & Castle Point Talking Newspaper for the Blind T

his Talking Newspaper (Charity no. 278578) started over 30 years ago with help from Rayleigh Lions, who also provided the funds for the initial purchase of equipment. We know that it’s relatively easy for those with sight problems to access national and international news simply by switching on the TV or radio. But it’s not always so easy to find out about local news and events. That’s where we come in – we make audio recordings for those people who live in our areas and who may be blind or partially sighted. Our recordings are now produced on USB memory sticks. We can supply special players for listeners who do not have their own. Each month, our listeners receive two local news editions and one magazine edition. Those who live in the Rochford area also receive a copy of Rochford District Matters every quarter. These recordings arrive in ‘Articles for the Blind’ yellow wallets. The wallets have return address

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labels and, once the listener has finished with the memory stick, it can be returned to us in the wallet. We have our own rented studio at St Luke’s Place, Rochford and it is here that our volunteers make the recordings. It is a FREE service. Increasing public awareness is vital to us and we advertise our existence whenever and wherever we can.

If you know someone who would like to receive our service or if you simply want some more information, please call: Janet Berry: Chairman/Treasurer Ann Willis: Secretary

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Helplines 999 101 0800 555111 0300 3334444

Hospitals 24hr A&E - Basildon Broomfield, Chelmsford Southend

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Health NHS Direct confidential health advice

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