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Hockley Living

Issue 54 January 2017 FREE Monthly

Community Magazine

Call 07927718969

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GREAT NEWS FOR 2017 We are extending the cookshop, we will be twice the size!

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Grand Opening Early Spring

Inifer Potter & Sons Ltd

Opening Hours Mon - Sat 4-8 Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4QS 8.30am - 5.30pm Sunday Closed Tel: 01702 202727 Fax: 01702 202770 Bank Holidays www.potterscookshop.co.uk 10.00am - 2.00pm SHOP ONLINE AT POTTERSCOOKSHOP.CO.UK • DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR OR CLICK AND COLLECT

LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION? WALK THROUGH OUR GALLERY

EXTENSIVE RANGE OF SLIDING SASHES - ORANGERIES - GARDEN ROOMS - ROOF LANTERNS - BIFOLD DOORS

JANUARY

Energy Saving Windows - Doors Conservatories - Home Improvements

SALE

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TEL: 01702 205 853

19 - 21 Spa Road, Hockley, Essex SS5 4AZ www.seemoreglass.co.uk

TOP QUALITY PRODUCTS AT HONEST PRICES. LARGE GALLERY SHOWROOM TO VIEW

JANUARY SALE! - See Page 5


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all flowers with this advert Does not include Interflora orders

“The Ultimate Artificial Grass”

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Hair Studio

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Hair Studio

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• FREE Gents haircut with our stylist Rachel • FREE Lads from16 years haircut with Rachel • FREE New Year, New Groom with Rachel

OPTICIANS NEW YEAR – NEW YOU? Come and talk to us about trying contact lenses. We offer a FREE no-obligation contact lens trial

Have you thought about contact lenses yet? Have you thought about contact lenses yet?

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Visit our wedding consulting lounge, take time to browse and choose from our range of designs BOOK NOW! WE ARE TAKING YOUR WEDDING ORDERS FOR 2017 TO 2019

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White Hart Lane Dental Practice HOCKLEY & HAWKWELL NHS DENTIST

JANUARY SALE!

1 White Hart Lane, Hockley, SS5 4DQ

01702 206 640 www.dentisthockley.co.uk

Now offering HDL Aligners The clear choice for straight teeth.

HDL Aligners are a series of comfortable, virtually invisible aligners that gently move your teeth to help perfect your smile. Each aligner is removable and custom made to perfectly fit your mouth, you simply put the aligner in your mouth and it does the rest.

• Comfortable and virtually invisible. • No impact on your speech. • Start to straighten your teeth straight away • Know in advance how long your treatment will take • Know in advance your expected end results

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Church Services, Events & Local Info Thoughts of January I always feel a sense of excitement at the start of a New Year A new beginning, a time to forget the mistakes of yesterday A time for new hopes, new challenges, a time to face ones fear Yet where would I start and what should I do, will my dreams be many or will they be few? Pick up my watercolours, start painting again, resume my piano lessons and play a refrain Perhaps a new hairdo, that should suffice, high lights all over,oh! that would be nice Shed a few pounds, walk three miles each day, or will other things always get in the way And so my thoughts went round and round, until the answer at last I found New Year was not only all about ME, so outside I went, other things to see It was one of those calm tranquil days, which often happens at the beginning of January When nothing stirs, the sky the colour of lead, Halcyon days I once heard said The fields lay silent and sombre, I could see green young shoots above the earth I smiled Mother Nature preparing for new Birth, Oak and Ash standing shyly in their naked state As though waiting with bated breath, for the bitter north winds to seal their fate And then would follow the first fall of snow, Oh where would all those small creatures go And so it was as I walked along, listening to the Robin sing a new song Tiny bulbs appearing through the soil, it must have been a long hard toil Snowdrops in clusters, heads bowed in prayer, crocuses brightly dressed in gardens everywhere The winter Cherry adorned in bridal white, on such a grey day what a beautiful sight Reluctantly I retraced my steps for now I could see, just what the New Year meant to me Words suddenly sprung to mind, the origin I had to find I knew they had come from the Creator above, so please accept them with my love BEHOLD I AM MAKING ALL THINGS NEW.

Church Services & Events

Southend Area Ordinariate The Southend Ordinariate Mission wish all Hockley Living readers a very happy and blessed New Year! January 1 st is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God and you will be most welcome at our Parish Mass of the Day at 10:15am at our spiritual home, Saint Peter’s, Eastwood Parish, Leigh on Sea SS9 4BX. May the Holy Angels and Saints of God watch over us and protect us all. With every blessing Father Jeff Woolnough Group Pastor to the Ordinariate and Parish Priest of St. Peter’s. Parish Office 01702 522879 fatherjeffw@gmail.com For information check out: http://jeffwoolnougholw.blogspot.co.uk Facebook: Fr Jeff Woolnough Southend Ordinariate Mission Priest.

Hockley & Hawkwell 55+ Social Centre, Southend Road (In car park behind the Library)

ST PETER & ST PAUL PARISH CHURCH New Year is a great time for new beginnings. And this could be the perfect time for the most important new beginning of all: a new life in faith. St Peter & St Paul is a beautiful historic church, where for nearly 800 years, people have found faith and been nurtured in faith. You will be assured of a very warm welcome. With our prayers and best wishes for a happy and peaceful 2017.

ST PETER & ST PAUL

“On the edge of the village; at the heart of the community.” St Peter & St Paul church, Church Road, Hockley SS5 6AE Parish Priest: Father Ken Havey (01702) 203668 www.stpeterandstpaulhockley.org or find us on Facebook

Bramerton Road Community Church

January Quiz Night, Bring your own nibbles and drinks. Teams of up to eight persons. Doors open 7pm for prompt start at 7.30pm. Ring 203247 for date/tickets.

You are invited to join us for a Social Evening on Saturday 11th February – 6.30pm. A delicious two course meal and a selection of songs by The Barber Shop Boys Tickets £10 Contact 01702 206093 ‘Transform your Life by Controlling your Words’ A new teaching series in our Sunday morning services starting 15th January

The Bells of St. Mary’s, Hawkwell

Written by Iris Jean Thomson Have you written a poem, would you like it published? Email your poem to hockleylivingmag@gmail.com

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reat news for 2017, Potters of Hockley are extending the cookshop, it will be twice the size! The Grand Opening will be in early Spring. Their January Sale has up to 50% off selected lines please see their advert on the front cover.

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or over 500 years the Church has been standing as a centre of worship, witness and service. From records and references scattered over a long period of time an interesting story could be compiled. The little wooden belfry (as it is called in ancient records) could tell a story. A record dated 1757 says that there were three bells; in 1768 there were two bells and, in 1849 we read: “Ther remanythe at thys p’sent tyme in the churche of Hawkwell . . . on bell in the steepyll.” In an inventory of church goods taken in the reign of Edward VI it is recorded that Sir William Stafford forcibly carried off the bells of Rochford, Ashingdon, South Shoebury, Hawkwell and Foulness, and sold them for his own benefit. ! ! ! This article was researched by the Rev. Owen R. Brandon M.A. who was Rector here from 1951 to 1954. Hockley Living

Check out our website www.bramcom.co.uk Contact Rev David Sebley 01702 203557 Hockley Living

NEW YEAR

Emmanuel Evenings Café Worship: 15 Jan 5.30pm is a good time for Theme : ‘Just Pray’ NEW BEGINNINGS. And a good time to discover Continuing the series on The Lord’s Prayer. All Welcome NEW LIFE in JESUS Menu: Roast Chicken Dinner ======== and Pudding ----------------------------------------------------------------------------Morning Services Contemporary Worship: 9.15 am St Mary’s 22 Jan 6.00pm 11.00am Emmanuel Crèche and children’s activities available

Holy Communion: 8 & 22 Jan Morning Praise: 15 &29 Jan

WEDDING ENQUIRIES

We would be pleased to be part of your special day. We offer the Common Worship Marriage Service but add personal touches important to you both. So if you would like to find out how we can make your journey extra special. Contact our Wedding Team who would be pleased to meet and get to know you. Rector: Rev Peter Smith Church Office: 01702543514

Stepping Stones Support for the bereaved

Meeting at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Rectory Road, Hawkwell Monday 9th January & Monday 6th February 1:30pm – 3:30pm And the first Monday of each month. Everyone is welcome. 01702 543514 email: pcchawkwell@btconnect.com

St Teresa of the Child Jesus RC Church 109 Ashingdon Road Rochford SS4 1RF

St Pius X RC Church

56 Main Road Hockley SS5 4QH

01702 544334

WEEKEND SERVICES

SATURDAY 5.30PM AT ST TERESAS SUNDAY 10.30AM AT ST TERESAS SUNDAY 9.00 AT ST PIUS X

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Gardening Tips January, the coldest month

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n January, your garden could need protecting from frosts, gale-force winds and heavy rain. Check stakes, ties, fleeces and other supports for damage and consider moving plants to sunnier positions to maximize light. Don't forget to keep feeding the birds, food is scarce for them over winter. You can also start planning next year's vegetable plot. Ten jobs for the month. 1 Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch 2 Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring 3 Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already 4 Repair and re-shape lawn edges 5 Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia, Begonia etc for rot or drying 6 Prune apple and pear trees 7 Start forcing rhubarb 8 Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season 9 Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds 10 Make a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect against peach leaf curl

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n the 30 November I attended a Rochford District Council (RDC) meeting in Rayleigh that was mainly about the future of the public conveniences in Rochford District. There are 6 in total including the one in Hockley Woods that is not included at the moment. It was the usual stuffy council meeting where the public are not allowed to ask questions. There were about 15 council members and about 10 members of the public and parish/town councillors. An agenda/information document was handed out containing a lot of facts and figures. To cut a long story short, the main proposal seems to be to replace the current toilet blocks with the cubical type blocks they use in Southend and Leigh that have life expectancy of 20 years. As I see it the reason for this is that the existing facilities need to be completely refurbished costing probably as much if not more than replacing them. The other main point is they would for some reason like to offload the cleaning and maintenance responsibility to the parish/town councils. I would assume this is to cut the RDC budget cost, but in the end we all end up paying whatever way you look at it. My opinion is that as long as these facilities remain in a usable state it doesn’t matter what building they are in. I have used the cubicle type toilets in the past and as long as they are regularly cleaned and maintained they seem to work quite well. RDC are intending to consult the public before going ahead with any changes, but going by past experience of consultations/surveys the response can be as little as 0.4%. Alan James

Abellio Greater Anglia completes improvement work at Hockley rail station

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ail passengers are benefiting from improvements to Hockley rail station as Abellio Greater Anglia completes work to refurbish the station buildings, canopy, platforms and footbridge. The work carried out includes: • canopy renewal and redecoration on both platforms • repairs to buildings and walls throughout the station • vegetation clearance • an upgrade of the electrical connection between the platforms • repairs to both platforms, including resurfacing, spot replacement of damaged copers (slabs at the platform edge); • installation of new drainage • renovation of the footbridge. Abellio Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager, Flavio Lopes, said, “This significant programme of work means that Hockley station is safer, smarter and a more pleasant station environment for our customers. Abellio Greater Anglia is committed to upgrading stations across the network to make customers’ journeys better and will be spending £60 million on further upgrades across the network as part of the new franchise.”

Chasing the Sun

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hina determines its time and dates via a lunisolar calendar. A lunisolar calendar uses the astrological distances and positions between the Moon (Lunar) and the Sun (Solar) to determine its years, months and days. In the Chinese calendar, a new year begins at the mid-point of the winter solstice and the spring equinox. This event can happen on any day between the end of January and the middle of February and therefore means that new year’s day changes every year. For example, last year (2016) China celebrated its new year on February 8th, however China’s next new year’s day (2017) will be on January 28th. China’s new year’s day is celebrated as the most important and famous festival in its culture. A celebration that combines and ignites the enthusiasm of the turning of a new year with the warmth and love of Spring’s arrival. Therefore Chinese new year is literally called Spring Festival and it can be an entire month of holiday and festive surprises. Spring Festival brings with it a host of traditions, including big family reunions, meals and firework displays.

Even with China’s own unique calendar, modern Chinese culture still recognises the solar calendar and too acknowledges the day that the Earth completes an entire orbit around the Sun as January 1st. Joel Windle, Writer & Photographer. For more information about visiting China please email: windlejoel@hotmail.co.uk

01702 207297 Hawkwell Residents Association. hawkwell.org

Collective Energy Switch

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y annual energy contract was about to run out, although some last 2 years. This means unless you change, they automatically put you on a much higher standard tariff rate. You have 7 weeks to change over in, during which they cannot charge for ending the contract early. Changing your contract early can be as much as £40, £20 each for gas and electric. I had an offer to sign up for Essex County Council’s ‘’Collective Energy Switch’’ and after a couple of weeks I got an email with my estimated savings of £595 for the year. Not trusting anyone these days, I compared the tariff with the one I was about to change from and was surprised that unit cost and standing charge for both gas and electric were considerably higher. I have not done the calculations but I would assume they were making comparisons with my suppliers standard tariff rate and not the current tariff rate that I was on at the time. After using a couple of online comparison sites I finally changed with uSwitch. Although the electric rates are very slightly higher than my current ones, the gas prices are considerably better giving me a good saving overall with my heating costs. I have no way of knowing if my case is unique but be warned, do not change your supplier without a close look at the unit cost and standing charge tariffs for both services. Alan James

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Rochford District Residents Councillor drop in sessions

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eet your local Councillor drop in sessions from 10 am – 11 am alternate months, Jan 2017 then March, May etc. First Saturday of the month the drop in session will be held at the Hockley Library, Southend Road, Hockley. On the third Saturday it will be held at the Rochford Library, Roche Close, Rochford.

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