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Welcome to the April Issue Spring at last! It’s always lovely to start thinking about getting back outdoors again in the spring and if your home or garden needs a bit of TLC after the winter months, Your Benfleet & Hadleigh features lots of local businesses that can help you prepare for the month’s ahead.

Benfleet or Hadleigh. We would also like to hear about any celebrations or events you have planned. With any information, please call Angela on 01268 696404 or e mail: If you have missed a copy of Your Benfleet & Hadleigh, you can find back issues and an archive of past articles included in the magazine on our website: Best Wishes

As soon as the Easter holidays are over this year, people’s thoughts should turn to the exciting celebrations we have coming up over the summer. We are planning our special Diamond Jubilee Issues and would love to hear from you if you have any photos or memories of the Queen’s Coronation Celebrations in

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Easter Sunday - 8th April player’s egg breaks, that player must leave the game. The last person left without a broken egg is the winner.

Easter Witches in Sweden

Easter is celebrated in Christian communities across the world. However, not everyone celebrates in exactly the same way. Here are five Easter traditions from around the world.

Easter-Crime - In Norway, it is common to turn to mystery books and TV detective shows during the Easter period. This tradition, known as “Passkekrim” or “Easter-Crime” started because many new crime books are published between Holy Thursday and Easter Monday - a period of public holiday. Also, it is common for Norwegians to go on holiday during this period, often taking new books along with them.

Witch Costumes - In western Sweden, children dress up as witches to visit neighbours in a tradition similar to American trick or treat. The children are known as “Paskkarringar” (Easter hags) and carry Kite Flying - In Bermuda, people brooms and Easter cards during their visits. traditionally fly kites for Easter. This practise They may receive a small amount of money or is said to have begun when a British teacher candy from their neighbours and often carry a had trouble explaining Christ’s Ascension to a coffee pot with them to hold any goodies. This church class so he made a cross-shaped kite to tradition started because Mediaeval people help illustrate the event to his students. Now thought that on Easter eve, witches stole people make colourful paper kites with long brooms and flew over church bell towers on tails for Good Friday every year. Most of their way to visit Satan. these kites are hexagonal, with wheel-like spokes, instead of cross-shaped, while some Easter Bonfires - Large fires are common in are octagonal in shape. parts of the Netherlands and northern Germany. They are known as “Paasvur” in Egg Breaking - Many countries dye and Dutch and “Osterfeuer” in German. They are decorate eggs for Easter, but in Latvia, the lit at sunset on Easter Day. This tradition tradition also involves breaking them. As part actually comes from the pre-Christian Saxons of a holiday game, each person takes a and was adopted by Christians during the coloured boiled egg, then chooses a partner. Mediaeval period. The fires are meant to bring The two players tap the large ends of their the community together and symbolise the eggs together, followed by the narrow ends. triumph of life over death. They may be used They then tap one narrow end against one to light a Paschal candle for Easter wide end, before repeating the process. If a celebrations. 6

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Community News Kent’s Hill Junior School Radio Club The documentary was then entered into the Sony Schools competition which was being run by the Schools Radio Organisation. As a prize, Kents Hill Junior School, in Benfleet receive £750 worth of Sony Equipment to help develop their media facilities. The Radio Club, accompanied by Mrs Durant and Deputy Headteacher Vanessa Gigg also got to visit the Sony Kents Hill Pupils on the front row - Daniel Bull, Grace Goodall, Holly Howlett, Hannah Worsfold, Abbey Harvey Headquarters in Weybridge, Surrey, where “Canvey Flood” a radio documentary they were welcomed by Sony Head of put together by the Kents Hill Junior Corporate Affairs, Adrian Northover-Smith, School Radio Club has won a Schools Radio President, Peter Thompson and prestigious Sony Schools Radio Award. founder, John Bradford. They also met the winners of the Awards entertainment category In the industry, a Sony Award is often from the Culverhay School, who had travelled deemed as a Radio Oscar - many top radio presenters have won Sonys over the years and all the way from Bath. The children were shown around and got a demonstration of it is highly respected. some of the latest Sony products. They then The Radio club, started by parent volunteer enjoyed a lunch with the Sony Europe Michelle Durant (2nd from the right on the Managing Director Gildas Pelliet and were above photo) was run once a week in the each presented with a Sony Walkman. school lunch break and started off doing road As part of the documentary, the children read safety adverts before attempting the a very moving letter from Frederick Charles documentary project. The pupils received Taylor which describes his experience on the helpful visits from BBC Essex Journalist night of the flood in 1953. You can listen to James Melley, The Canvey Community this on the Canvey Community Archive Archive, Your Benfleet & Hadleigh editor website at I had the Angela Owen and Bill Snow from Castle privilege of meeting the children when they Point Council. The final work was kindly were producing their documentary and their broadcast in September by local Community enthusiasm for the project really shone Radio Station Gateway 97.8 where Mrs through. Well done to them all! Durant is a volunteer. 8

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What’s on in March On-Going Events Mondays Hadleigh Castle U3A Hadleigh Methodist Church, Chapel Lane Every 1st Monday 1.30pm - 3.30pm Tuesdays Social Dance Ballroom, Sequence and Latin St Cedds church, Bridgewater Dr, Westcliff Every Tuesday - 1.45pm Call 07767 406194 Thundersley Village W.I Swans Green Hall, Hart Road, Thundersley Last Tuesday of the month 7.30pm for 8pm start Call Mary Brockman on 01268 750835 Runnymede Ladies Guild Runnymede Small Hall, Kiln Road, 2nd Tuesday of every month 7.45pm for 8pm start - New Members Welcome Call 01268 757795 for details Benfleet Floral Art Group Richmond Hall, Benfleet, SS7 5HA 4th Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm 01268 751216. Mrs H A Cade Flower Arranging Demonstrations Wednesdays New Thundersley Townswomen’s Guild St George’s Church Hall, Rushbottom Lane, Benfleet, SS7 4DM 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month - 1.30pm For any further information call 01268 751708


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Local History An Introduction to Hadleigh & Thundersley Community Archive meetings included talks by local people and covered topics in all of the areas within Hadleigh and Thundersley including “Cunning Murrell” by Bob Delderfield, “Thundersley” by David Waller and “Daws Heath Pictures” presented by Graham Cook.

The Hadleigh & Thundersley Community Archive was formed in 2010 in partnership with Essex County Council Libraries and The Essex Record Office. A community archive was already in existence for Canvey Island and Heritage Lottery funding was obtained for a further six archives in South East Essex. Together, these archives are known as the South East Essex Community Archive Network (SEECA). The archives are run by local people with an interest in their town. Thundersley had not originally been included in the six new archives but at an early meeting of the Hadleigh Community Archive it was agreed that Thundersley, including Daws Heath, should be incorporated with Hadleigh. From late 2010 through to early 2011, regular meetings were held in Hadleigh Library to generate interest in the community archive. Several of these


The Community Archive was officially launched in September 2011 in Hadleigh Old Fire Station and is now available to view online at Anyone can contribute to the site by uploading photographs, documents, memories or any information about the history of Hadleigh and Thundersley. It is very easy to do with simple instructions to follow online but if you need any help at all either in writing your story or publishing your documents to the site - you can e mail You can also meet representatives of the Hadleigh & Thundersley Archive to chat about your memories and view the website. Drop in sessions are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month at Hadleigh Old Fire Station between 2pm and 3pm and on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Hadleigh Library between 10.30am and 12noon. You can take your old photos, documents, newspaper cuttings or other memorabilia along to these sessions for scanning.

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Community Information CASTLE POINT BOWLS CLUB experienced bowler. The Short Mat season features a similar menu of activity with County and internal league games, friendlies and “Roll-up” days allowing players of all standards to enjoy a game of bowls.

Castle Point Bowls Club, located at Woodside Park, Manor Road, Thundersley, was founded in 1980. The outdoor season runs from the end of April through to the end of September and from October until April the Club plays Short Mat bowls in the Clubhouse next to the Bowling Green. Over the past 5 years the Members have funded the building of a Clubhouse, storage facility and landscaping work around the Green and the adjacent buildings. This programme of improvement has given the Club modern, attractive and pleasant surroundings to support the bowling activity on the Green. During the Summer, the Club plays in Essex County and local league competitions as well as a programme of friendly games against local Clubs. They also organise a comprehensive programme of internal competitions and has Club “roll-up” days during the week and at weekends. There is something arranged for everybody, from the beginner through to the competitive and 18

In addition to the activity on the Green, the Club organises a series of Social events throughout the year in the Clubhouse for Members and their guests. The Club always welcomes new Members, either experienced bowlers or beginners. If you are interested in joining, the Club is running a series of coaching sessions to give people the opportunity to see if the game appeals. The sessions will take place on Friday 27th April and Friday 4th May from 5pm until 7pm and on Saturday 28th April and Saturday 5th May from 2pm until 5pm. Individual sessions can be arranged if the four dates mentioned are inconvenient. The Club will provide the bowls and qualified coaches to show you what to do. All you need is a pair of flat soled shoes. If you would like to try the game please contact one of the following: Eddie Bennett - Club Secretary 01375 394336 Alan Prestoe - Club Captain 01245 321716 Jill Tungate - Ladies Captain 01702552157

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Recently I’ve had a couple of clients with really terrible problems with balance which had totally disrupted their lives for many months or years. In my work, no matter what the doctor has diagnosed I ask “what’s been going on in their lives recently” and then I listen.

When I use Bowen technique, I talk about us being like a tent. Life’s stresses have caused your guy ropes to become uneven. Bowen gently works to get your guy ropes (core muscles) back in balance so you feel straighter, less tied in knots, able to stand tall again and look the world in the face! I often send patients home with a blend of essential oils to help them return to relaxation anytime they choose.

So, what can you do? I advocate what I call guilt free “brain break.” This is time out for you away from the “musts” and “shoulds” of life. Think about what you used to enjoy as a I always hear of some long term stress. It’s child. It might be time outdoors pottering in as if our internal pressure cooker gets to a the garden, walking the dog and really long simmering boil and then it explodes. appreciating your surroundings. It may be a Our bodies are equipped to keep us in balance, whatever we throw at them and they night away from hubby and the kids visiting do an amazing job to keep us breathing and an old friend! Ask yourself what feeds you, upright! However, we can take only so much makes you feel good and refreshed and do it and then something just has to give. We may daily if you can. Why not have a holistic treatment for a special occasion and savour have had earlier warning signs but often we’re so busy that we carry on our stressful every moment. Remember how it feels to be really relaxed and do whatever it takes to find way. that feeling on a daily basis. The photo (above) is of Oak Creek in When I was in Oak Creek I felt to wonderfully Arizona which is an area where the earth’s energy is reputed to be especially strong. In still inside and having felt that feeling, I’ve taught myself to get into that state any time. If a clearing I came across hundreds of these you’d like help, do get in touch and I’ll teach “cairns” or piles of rocks. I stopped in awe you tools to keep your pressure cooker on and just gazed. If we have our lives in low! balance, everything follows and unfolds To Advertise Call 01268 696404 or 07974 238657 28

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April in History 7th April 1749 On this day, Dick Turpin - the most infamous highwayman in the world - was hanged at the Tyburn, which is on the modern day York Race Course otherwise known as the Knavesmire. Dick Turpin was a butcher’s son, born in Hempstead, Essex in 1705. He was also a violent highwayman who was executed in York, after being charged for murder. Almost a hundred years after his death, he became the subject of legend. Victorian author Harrison Ainsworth wrote stories about Turpin, presenting him as a fearless and gentlemanly hero. He also virtually invented the most famous episode in Turpin legend: Turpin’s non-stop ride from London to York on his faithful mare, Black Bess, in less than 24 hours. Ainsworth’s fiction was soon mistaken for fact, spawning a host of local legends.

15th April 1912 In the early hours of this morning - 100 years ago - the RMS Titanic sank. Built in Belfast by The White Star Line, the Titanic was the second of three ships and was the largest and most luxurious ship at the time. She measured 269 metres by 28 metres and was meant to be unsinkable! 30

On April 10 1912 the Titanic set sail from Southampton to New York carrying 900 crew and 1316 passengers. The captain of the ship was Edward John Smith who was a very experienced sailor. The passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world as well as emigrants from Ireland, Scandinavia and other places who were looking to start a new life in America. For the first three days of her voyage, the Titanic sailed through calm waters but as she neared Canada on the fourth day, the waters turned icy. After steaming too fast, the Titanic scraped the side of an iceberg which made a huge hole in the side. Less than 3 hours later, the Titanic plunged to the bottom of the sea. As the ship was meant to be “unsinkable,” it carried only 20 lifeboats - enough for about half the passengers and crew. Many people didn’t realise the danger they were in, again thinking the ship to be unsinkable, and refused to get onto the lifeboats. It took three hours for the ship to sink with over 1000 still on board. The RMS Carpathia rescued 710 survivors from the lifeboats a few hours later and transported them to their intended destination in New York. The wreck of the Titanic is still on the seabed, gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet (3,784 m).

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The famous Buddy Holly – A Legend Reborn show comes to town fresh from sell-out shows throughout the UK. Win tickets to see the show. Answer this simple question: Buddy Holly – a Legend Reborn features a special guest appearance by which original Sixties icon?

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Your Benfleet & Hadleigh April 2012  

Local community magazine for the residents of Benfleet, Hadleigh and Thundersley