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From the team at Estuary LIFE Magazines
Carpet Bowls Club 3
Your Letters 4
New Year, New You 6
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Pawz for ought 12
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Property 13 - 16
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Family Research 17 13-1
What’s On 18
GOLD Advertiser List 19
Competitions 12 & 21
Your Directory 21 - 23
Garden LIFE 26
New Year Resolutions 27 & 28
SESAW (animal sanctuary) 29
Wining & Dining 30 - 34
Recipes 32 & 34
Zoo News 37
Maldon & District CVS 39
Get Dancing 42
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Maldon Carpet Bowls Club – Q&A’s
Q: What is ‘Carpet Bowls’?
A: Carpet Bowls is a derivative of ‘Indoor Bowls’ that has been Q: Who came up with the idea and how has this been possible to set up?
tailored to suit village halls. It is played mainly in East Anglia, the A: My parents, who live in Maldon, have both played bowls and
Midlands and the North and at the turn of the century there were more than wanted to be able to play locally during the winter months when the outdoor
1000 clubs. The ‘carpet’ is around 30 by 6 feet and the bowls are delivered clubs close. I have been a member of a carpet bowls club in Witham for over
from an 18-inch-wide space at the front of the carpet and must avoid an 18- a year so my mother and I decided to look at setting a club up in Maldon
inch wide block placed in the centre of the carpet. The Jack (or target ball) town. We attend a local church, CGC (Christian Growth Centre) that meets
is 2.5 inches in diameter (the same as for Indoor Bowls) and is placed on a at the town hall on Sundays, so we approached the church ministers, Rob
centre line 3-6 feet from the opposite end of the carpet. The game is usually and Jeannie Saggs and they agreed to host the event and provide funding
played ‘socially’, but also in leagues and competitions. for the equipment and hall hire. CGC is very keen on providing community
based projects such as this.
Q: How do the game and rules differ from other forms of bowls?
A: Some of the complex rules of Outdoor bowls have been dispensed Q: So who can be a member and what do they need to do to join?
with – for instance there’s no ditch. Due to the centre block it is rare for A: Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to attend. There is no annual
players to try to ‘break up the head’ by delivering a forceful bowl. Carpet membership fee – just £2 paid on the door for each session. No special
Bowlers regard this as a point of superiority over Indoor Bowls and Short equipment or clothing is required although we ask that suitable footwear be
Mat Bowls, as Carpet Bowls is a game that relies heavily on skill and worn (no high heels or sandals for obvious reasons). Flat soled shoes or
accuracy and less on power and fortune. trainers are ideal. Then just turn up and pay ‘n play!
Q: Is the game regulated by a governing body, like Outdoor Bowls? Q: When do the sessions start?
A: The English Carpet Bowls Association was formed to represent A: There will be a special ‘Introduction’ evening on 12th January from
the game at a national level, and to promote the game and its growth. It will 7pm at the Town Hall. This is an open evening for people to come and try
rule and advise on the technical aspects of the game, including rules and the sport, receive tuition and enjoy a cuppa. It is likely to be busy so we
equipment. The Association also administers the English Championships, would request that people contact us if they intend to come so that we can
and other competitions, for both individuals, and counties. cater for everyone. The weekly sessions will start on 2nd February and run
every Thursday from 7 til 9pm at the Town Hall.
Q: So why set up a carpet bowls club in Maldon?
A: Maldon doesn’t have a carpet bowls club. There are several in Q: How can people contact the club?
the surrounding villages but not in Maldon town and it was felt that a club A: They can contact me (Paul) on 07989 748266, or Jeannie at the
situated in the town centre would be of great beneﬁt to the community. The CGC ofﬁce on 01621 855855.
aim is to provide a social indoor, all-season activity for adults of all ages.
The emphasis will be on a relaxed, social atmosphere with a break for
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Your Letters... have your say!
We’re keen to hear your views, so please get in touch with your thoughts, frustrations,
observations and stories. Only you can help make a difference, so pick up a pen or send us
an email. Our contact details are on page 20 this month.
Dear Editor a show and stayed open. Dear Editor
Not this year. No Victorian Dear Editor
Outside Gyms Evenings and no show of unity Scooters
Please could you promote the amongst the shops. Would you print this in your I can’t find Ed!
Outside Gyms in your next magazine please, as I want He drives me nuts but I love
edition to encourage local Having spoken to a few of parents and carers to remind him. It’s the ﬁrst thing I do
residents to improve their my favourite traders, I get their children about road when the magazine comes
Health and Wellbeing. the sense that many have dangers. through the door and I have
just ‘given up the ﬁght’. Their yet to ﬁnd him ﬁrst time round.
The locations of the gyms: hearts just aren’t in it anymore Kids get distracted, especially If at all!
and they’re tired of trying. when with their friends and
• Southminster, King George it takes only one such lapse If I can’t ﬁnd him, I wait for the
V Playing Field I don’t want us to lose our town in concentration to cause an next magazine to see where
but I fear we will. Someone accident. he was - usually convinced
• Tolleshunt D’Arcy Playing I spoke to said that within 10 that you’ll say there was a
Field years they reckon there will be My biggest worry is scooters, misprint and that he wasn’t
no local towns for shopping - as it is these that have caused actually there anyway but no,
Kind regards that all we’ll have are eateries me to brake on more than a every time I’m proved wrong.
Tina Vale and service businesses couple of occasions.
Health & Wellbeing such as beauticians, banks, Please don’t stop him hiding
Development Ofﬁcer solicitors, hairdressers and the After speaking to my grandson, and feel free to hide his entire
like. Having just seen two new it would seem that they create family in the magazine, as it’s
barbers open literally opposite more noise than bikes and double the pleasure when you
Dear Editor each other, I’m inclined to think this, coupled with a ‘hoodie’, do that!!
they may be right! means that the person on the
Where is our town? scooter can’t hear so well - Regards
It seems that not a day goes With the odd exception of including oncoming cars. Nathan B, Maldon
by where I don’t see another ‘corner shops’ catering for We’re glad you enjoy looking for him
one of our local businesses emergency purchases, larger So please, please, please Nathan and hope you have success
closing down. supermarkets will have it all... remind your children to listen this month, as he’s deﬁnitely in here
and look when crossing roads. somewhere! Even I don’t know where
and sell it all. our designer hides him and I get just as
This Christmas, I shopped much pleasure searching. Ed
locally and didn’t really We can’t stop progress I guess Thank you
experience much in the way but it’s a big shame. I have Maureen, Heybridge Please make this the
of queues, so I dread to think heard many people say that it Thanks Maureen - I too recently month you put ‘pen to
how many other local shops would be a shame to lose any experienced a youngster with a hoodie paper’ or ‘thought to
hurtling along on a scooter and he email’ and drop us a
we’ll lose this year. more of our local independents
didn’t look before whizzing across the
but what a pity they didn’t road with a gang of friends. Thankfully I
line. Use this space to
I for one am really sad speak with their wallets! It’s was some distance away but it gave me air your views, moans
too late now, for many. a fright to see that he didn’t even glance and messages etc.
about it, as I used to love around to check for vehicles. Assoc. Ed
the atmosphere of Victorian
Evening - it used to be packed Fed up, Maldon
and the shops all put on Name supplied
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New Year, New You
January is well and truly here, and if your New Year’s resolution is to get ﬁt,
there’s no better time. Bleak days, long cold nights and a headache from a
Christmas’ over-spend makes January ideal to kick-start your ﬁtness regime. The
team from Blackwater Leisure centre has put together some tips to get you fabulously ﬁt in 2012!
- Start a new ﬁtness and health programme and a great place to start is your the gym and keeping ﬁt and now take part in three classes a week. I would
local gym. Choose one that is close-by, offers a range of classes and has certainly recommend to all those who want to get ﬁt in the New Year to join
personal trainers – they can give you that bit of extra bit of motivation and the centre – exercise has really improved my life and I’m sure that it could
help you kick start your new programme. do the same for others”.
- Eat a natural, whole food diet. Try and stay away from processed food and Blackwater Leisure Centre has everything you need to help you get back into
opt for ﬁsh, vegetables, chicken and cut down on bread, pasta and potatoes. shape, from a state-of-the-art gym and group classes to sauna and steam
If you ﬁnd that you’re craving sugary and starchy foods, try a healthy snack rooms to relax in after a hard work-out. To ﬁnd out more about Blackwater
such as nuts, seeds or berries to ward of any temptation. A personal trainer Leisure Centre and membership offers visit:
can also give you advice on diet and nutrition and help you ﬁnd the best diet http://www.harpersﬁtness.co.uk/gyms/blackwater-leisure-centre/
plan to help you achieve your goals.
- Find an exercise that you really enjoy! Exercise doesn’t always have to
be all pain and no gain, ﬁnding one that you love makes exercise fun and
because it’s fun, you’ll want to take part. Whether it’s Pilates, Zumba, or
Demonstrating that being active can have far-reaching improvements to
life and health, Blackwater Leisure Centre has over the past year helped
73-year-old Clare Urry, from Maldon, go from using a mobility scooter to
being able to cycle to and from the centre. Clare suffered from mobility
problems for years and had to use a mobility scooter to get around. After
being referred to the centre through a GP referral scheme, she was able to
improve her strength and ﬁtness, which meant she could qualify for a rare
operation to freeze her joints into place enabling her to walk again. She also
underwent a hip replacement and had her Achilles tendons lengthened.
Clare said: “Thanks to the dedicated staff at Blackwater my ﬁtness has really
improved allowing me to undergo a life changing operation that has given
me my mobility back and, as a result, my quality of life. I now love going to
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The Courtyard Clinic was established in 2000 and over the past 10 years has successfully treated
thousands of patients with a range of conditions. Our Male and Female
practitioners are registered with the General Osteopathic Council and
undergo continuous training in order to maintain standards and stay at the
forefront of the profession.
We are located in the heart of Maldon adjacent to the White Horse car park
and our team aim to provide the best possible care in pleasant surroundings.
If you wish to discuss an injury or treatment, please contact us.
Well it’s that time of year, New Year’s resolutions, losing weight, getting ﬁt, and lifestyle changes. Many of
us set out to make these changes every year and for many of us by February it’s just a distant memory!
Looking after your health should be your number one priority. 2. Don’t Overtrain!
The important thing is to make whatever goals that you set Lots of people are familiar with the “no pain, no gain” philosophy of
realistic and achievable. exercise. In most cases 30-40 minutes of moderate exercise three times
a week is reasonable.
What can I do?
You should be conﬁdent that you’re healthy enough to undertake Pain is your body’s way of letting you know there’s a problem, if you feel
whatever exercise you wish to undertake. If you have a history of health discomfort then take a break and stretch. If you feel you have a strain, ice
problems you should certainly consult your GP beforehand. the injury and rest it. If you fail to improve take further advice.
Make it Realistic 3. Fad Diets Don’t Work!
If it’s been a while since you last exercised then start small and slowly We all know someone that has lost lots of weight on a short term diet, but how
build up. If possible take some advice from a personal trainer. At the many of us know someone that has kept it off? Rapid weight loss is unhealthy
Courtyard Clinic we work closely with experienced personnel trainer Paul and unsustainable. If you want to lose weight you have to have a long term
Mumford. change in attitude to the way you eat. Your diet needs to be sensible, realistic
and balanced. If possible take advice from a dietician or nutritionist.
This communication between Trainer and Osteopath is very effective and
helps to reduce injury and optimise training. For more details on Paul see 4. Come and See Us!
his website www.mumfordphysed.com Patients that visit the clinic are not always in pain. Many patients who
have suffered previous problems continue to see us for treatments every
1. Warm Up/Cool Down three or six months on a maintenance basis. Osteopathic treatment and
Warming up in the winter months should be taken literally. When our Massage therapy help to keep the joints supple and posture balanced.
muscles and joints are warm they are ﬁlled with blood and therefore more Your body will beneﬁt from periodic treatment to give you the best chance
pliable and our joints are mobile and lubricated. When we get cold our body of keeping up an injury free exercise program.
diverts blood into the centre of our bodies (our core) and away from muscles
and joints making them tight and stiff, this is the main reason that people that If you have any questions or concerns in relation to this article please
suffer with muscle and joint ailments tend to ache more in the cold. email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team will
endeavour to answer your question as part of our next article. For any
If you exercise cold muscles and joints you are at more risk of strains and further information please contact us at The Courtyard Clinic on 01621
sprains. Warm up with a brisk walk or gentle jog followed by stretching. 842750. Or ask for a free orthopaedic assessment. You can visit our
Lower back exercises can be found on our website at website at www.maldonosteopath.co.uk
Finally we would all like to wish you a Happy New Year!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR?
Traditionally, after the Christmas and New
Year Festivities there is a surge in separating
couples and 2012 is set to continue this trend.
There are many reasons for this, including
the strain for couples of being in close
proximity over the holidays and not wanting
to upset children and other family members
Financial worries are also a signiﬁcant factor with unemployment rising and an
unpredictable housing market.
January 12th is widely predicted to begin the surge in separations, being
the ﬁrst Monday after children return to School in the New Year. However,
if thcouple are able to step back from the emotions involved and take a
conciliatory approach, with both having sound legal advice from a lawyer, then
it need not become a “battle” which will inevitably increase cost, delay a ﬁnal
settlement and further damage the ongoing “relationship” between the couple.
Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors have a large team of expert solicitors
who adopt a constructive approach and are ready to help you deal with a
separation and ﬁnancial settlement fairly and amicably in the interests of all
concerned including, of course, any children of the family. The way forward
may be Mediation or Collaborative Law.
What is Mediation?
Family mediation is a process of dispute resolution in which a neutral mediator
assists the separating couple to reach their own joint decisions on a ﬁnancial
settlement and the arrangements for the children. Mediators do not offer
counselling or legal advice.
Collaborative Law – “a different approach”
Collaborative Family Law is an alternative approach to litigation which can
be used to resolve divorce and family disputes without going to Court. The
process involves the disputing parties and their specialist trained collaborative
lawyers meeting through a series of 4 way discussions until a fair settlement
for both sides has been reached.
With ofﬁces in Colchester, Clacton and Chelmsford, FJG have experts trained
in both Mediation and Collaborative Law.
For further information about any of the issues raised here or any other
Family related queries, please contact our Family Team on 01206 835320
or 01245 890110 or email FamilyLaw@fjg.co.uk.
You can also visit our website at www.fjg.co.uk and view our advice
guides or listen to a range of podcasts.
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Beware the winter vomiting bug
ONE of the festive season’s least welcome visitors is all set to put a
dampener on celebrations.
NHS North Essex has warned that the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus, is
set to makes its seasonal appearance and is urging people to maintain tip-
top cleanliness to minimise its spread.
Symptoms can begin suddenly and may include nausea, vomiting,
diarrhoea, stomach-cramps, chills and muscle aches which tend to last for
around 24 hours, although the bug may last for up to 48 hours in the body.
Dr Pam Hall, Public Health Consultant at NHS North Essex, said:
“Norovirus is common in winter and can make vulnerable people, such as
the elderly, very ill,” he said. “It is extremely easy to pass on but simple
steps can help to stop its spread, principally thorough and frequent hand
washing – with particular emphasis on thorough as it is surprising how
many germs can survive a hand-wash if not carried out thoroughly.
“If you catch the bug, you should also stay at home and avoid visiting
hospital or preparing food until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have
Anyone having trouble keeping ﬂuids down or who believes any medication
they are taking is being compromised can telephone their own GP or NHS
Direct for advice on 0845 4647.
People are reminded to frequently wash hands with soap and water or an
alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after toilet visits and before eating
or preparing food. Sharing eating utensils and drinking containers should
Minimum contribution £3
Details from: Diana Rogers 01621 853841 or email:
Nearly New Sale
Saturday 21st January 2012 from 10.15am to 12.15pm
Maldon URC Hall, Market Hill
The proceeds from this sale will be going to
Samaritans Purse Swasiland.
Enquiries to: 01621 853748
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Society Musical Director Dr Gillian Ward Russell
Present - in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
The programme will include works by Parry, Rutter, Goodall, Jenkins the
Armed Man Suite, The Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah, and organ
solos including Walton’s Crown Imperial. Conductor: Dr Gillian Ward
Russell. Accompanist: Elizabeth Day (organ). At the United Reformed
Church. Saturday 31st March at 7.30 pm. Tickets £10 in advance, £12
on the door - available from Maldon Tourist Information Ofﬁce, Wenlock
Way, Maldon, Tel: 01621 856503 or reserve by phone: 01621 853220.
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Pawz for thought
A few of you may recognise
Marc - the friendly chap
in the photo - as he is a
regular around town and
Prom, walking his 3 dogs - a
Bullmastiff, Doberman and
Pugg. Four pretty distinctive
characters in fact!
Being inspired to change
career and retrain in canine
psychology after acquiring his
ﬁrst dog in 1999, Marc Rudd
(39) now has the perfect job
– working with dogs full time.
Marc wanted to know their
thoughts, why they do the things they do and generally everything he
could know and he has now set up Pawz Outdoors, which specialises in
behavioural problems or issues, dog walking and sitting plus home visits
Marc, who lives locally, claims that dogs have changed his life for the
better and he’s keen to ensure they do the same for others.
When asked about dog walking as a service, Marc said: “I would typically
DON’T MISS OUR
visit the owner’s home ﬁrst, at a convenient time and discuss what is
needed. This might be simply a scheduled home visit, walking their
dog(s) in a park or a road walk perhaps. If a park, I would establish if
they want me to keep their pet on a leash or not and if yes, I would make
the decision after a few walks, when I can be conﬁdent the dog would
come to me”.
Marc has a few stories to tell – some funny and some alarming but
most are just nice tales of people and pets for whom he has made a SEE PAGE 27
He once helped a lady with a rescue dog that hadn’t been let off a leash
for nine years, mainly due to the owner’s lack of conﬁdence. Marc took
the dog out a few times to release some energy, as he was only being
leash-walked once a day for less than an hour. He had been aggressive
to other dogs in the past, so once Marc had worked on the animal and
felt the time was right, he took it out with his own dogs and recorded
him running and having fun with other dogs and showed the lady on his
return. She had a tear in her eye, as she had never seen her dog run
and play with another dog. This, in turn with some training, gave her
the conﬁdence to trust herself and the dog, and changed her life. Her
friends and family saw the difference and her son shook Marc’s hand and
All dogs need exercise and stimulation every day and in these times
when everything is so expensive and people are working longer
hours, leaving a dog for long periods of time can result in unwanted
behaviours - being anything the owner regards as a behaviour they
dislike, which varies from person to person.
Marc’s philosophy is that a tired, stimulated dog is less likely to show
signs of unwanted behaviour. Maybe there are times you just don’t
feel like walking the dog after a long day or, perhaps you need to go
on an outing without the dog(s). Well, worry no more as Marc will
take care of your pet as if it were his own. All dogs need exercise and
whether aggressive, timid, anxious or old, Marc will take all necessary
precautions to keep your pet and everyone else safe.
Services also include swimming (hydrotherepathy), which is easy on the
joints and excellent as part of weight loss and also very good for draining
energy! Pawz outdoors can help socialise your puppy while you are at
work, as this time is crucial for the puppy’s development to ensure that
you and your dog have a happy future.
It should be said that no efforts to improve a dog’s behaviour will
work in the long term, if an owner doesn’t continue what has been
learnt, so what are you waiting for? Start the ball rolling now and
make a difference to yours and your dog’s lives today! Marc can be
contacted on 01621 840463 or 07869 736171. See advert top right.
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Researching Your Family Tree
This month we will be looking at records prior to 1837, how to store all of the information you have
begun to accumulate and ﬁnally some “Do’s” and “Dont’s”.
Before 1837 most of the birth, marriage and death (BMD) records were kept “Ancestral Trails” by Mark Herber is excellent
by the parish church. The church was the hub of village life, the centre of the but make sure you get the latest, in print
community (along with the pub) and it was not uncommon for people to be edition. Don’t take information given to you by
baptised, married and buried all in the same church. Many of these records a third party as accurate – check and double
still in existance have been transcribed by the “The Church of Jesus Christ of check.
Latter-day Saints”, and are available free on their website FamilySearch.org
Do look at any original documents where
I do not have enough space in this column to explain their site in detail possible, especially census forms – what you
but it is brilliant. Some of their records include BMD’s back to the 1500’s see may not be what the transcript says +
in England as well as many other countries. The area to look is the different websites have their own scanning and
International Genealogical Index – known as IGI. Have some fun – type in transcription of the census and sometimes vary from one site to another.
your surname, the country and county and push the “Search” button – you
will be amazed! – then do the proper research. Do not stop there – you can You look, you read, you decide what is correct. Don’t rush, these records
also search the full 1881 census for England and Wales. The information have been there a long time and are not going anywhere. Do be as accurate
held on this site is huge – get on it and explore, you will not be disappointed. as you can – poor research is worthless.
Now you have quite a lot of information about your ancestors you need to If you have followed the instructions I have given you over the last few
have an efﬁcient way to store it all. Keeping it all on paper is a nightmare, months you should have enough information to have at least created the
inefﬁcient and you will never be able to ﬁnd anything. Using an off the shelf outline of your family tree. Now it is time to ﬁll in the detail. There are huge
family history software program is the way to go. A good one which is free amounts of information available – military and merchant seaman service
to download from the internet, is Legacy Family Tree Software. Available at records, ship’s passenger records, prison and courts records, property
legacyfamilytree.com I ﬁnd it a very easy program to use. records, old newspapers and list goes on, plus new information is being
made available on the internet all the time.
You can purchase an upgraded version, but the basic is usually sufﬁcient
for most people. Download it, open a ﬁle, call it “Play” and practise until For example next year “Find My Past” is going to publish electoral roll
you become familiar with the program. Then open a new ﬁle and name it records from 1832 - 1932. I can hardly wait. Once you have found your way
your family ﬁle and start with yourself. There are many genealogy software around some of these web sites you will ﬁnd that they lead to others and so
programs available and essentially, they all do the same thing but some are on. Enjoy your research and getting to know your ancestors. If I can be of
easier to use than others. Remember to back up everything you do in more help, please avail yourself of our professional services.
than 1 place. Get a memory stick or external hard drive.
Rob Pead – RGP Ancestry
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Under 17s Success
Young drivers in Essex are set for a safer future thanks to an
innovative partnership between Streetlife Driving School and
Colchester United - S.L.Y.D.E (Street Life Young Driver Education).
The partnership will see the car park at the U’s award winning
Weston Homes Community Stadium provide a safe environment
for 15 and 16yr olds. The scheme will teach the youngsters driving
skills for life and a great understanding of being a safer driver.
Gary Lipman of Streetlife Driving School said: “Having two teenage
boys of my own, my youngest is 16, what a great opportunity
for him to be educated to the real dangers of every day real life
driving. I urge all parents to take note of what we are doing and
trying to achieve SAFE DRIVING FOR LIFE!”
Streetlife Driving School have previously worked on similar
schemes with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.
And Stuart Huxter from their Community Education programme
backed the scheme, saying: “Young people aged 17 to 25, are
more likely to be killed or seriously injured on our roads than any
other age group. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service believe,
assisted by our positive relationship with the public, that we can
inﬂuence young people in making safer decisions whilst travelling
on the roads of Essex. Thereby reducing the risks to themselves
and other road users, and the suffering involved for those close to
The safe driving scheme is the latest of Colchester United’s
commitments to their local community and U’s General Manager
Tim Waddington was delighted to be involved.
He added: “We are delighted to back this scheme. Many of our
young fans will be looking to begin driving in the coming year and
we hope that they, along with other young adults from around the
area will get on board with this course.”
The scheme has already seen 240 15/16 year olds attend since
September and on top of gaining driving experience, there have
also been presentations from Essex County Fire and Rescue
service, Essex Air Ambulance and IPDAS - a drug and alcohol
Essex Police are booked for February and March, so if you know
someone that would like to learn driving skills for life and hear from
the experts, get in touch or visit the website.
Visit www.streetlifedriving.com for details of how to register
and to download an application form. StreetLife Driving
School: 01376 334411 / 01621 869123 / 01206 581020.
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Garden LIFE By Christine Robson
As you read this, the anticipation and participation of Christmas will have absolutely thrive as long as it is
faded. We have exchanged gifts, praised the Lord and welcomed in the New planted in moisture retentive soil.
Year – 2012. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful year ahead.
For me the attraction is the large
You may be asking how I can cheer myself up, and my home, now that all greeny-purple leaves but it’s always
the decorations have been put in the back of the cupboard. I always buy interesting to see the orange daisy-
a few pots of colourful primroses, to display on my coffee table (they are like ﬂowers that appear in August. There are several species and I don’t
relatively inexpensive and can be planted in your garden to bloom again next know which one this is, (it maybe Dentata) but you can use this photo to help
year). I also buy bulbs growing in pots, such as the paper-white narcissi and you search for this one if you would like to grow it in your garden.
of course there many pot grown hyacinths for sale as long as you appreciate
their heavy heady perfume. Other species have rather different shapes of leaves and ﬂowers but have
the same soil requirements and they all can be lifted and divided after 2 or 3
The photograph is of a Ligularia. I have grown this plant for several years seasons.
and recommend its hardiness. It is a damp loving perennial which will
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New Year, resolutions and
neighbourliness By Peter Inson
Yes, here we are already in 2012. A convey them around Europe and for ourselves without recognising a smile, or just a nod of the head
Happy New Year to you all. We’ve beyond faster than anything else that others have the same basic from time to time we won’t know
made it – another year lies in front that was available then. Even the needs. and, more important, neither will
of us. Tell me - have you made a wave of immigrants who followed they.
New Year’s resolution yet? Would the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, Of course, in busy urban areas
you make a New Year’s resolution wondered at the remains of their people cannot greet everyone they So, a challenge for us, a New
if you believed that you could make civic architecture and concluded see, but when opportunity allows Year’s resolution if you like, to
a difference to something? Later, I’ll that there had been a race of us to smile, or wave or simply say remind others that we hope for
come back to this. builder-giants in this country. For thank you, perhaps we should try and expect the best from them as
the Anglo-Saxons building was still to remember the pleasure that fellow humans. That way we keep
When I was twelve I found myself a ge-timbran; they could do nothing we enjoy when someone else open channels of communication
weekend job, on a farm, and cycled in stone. treats us kindly. If you are not between strangers so that we can
away from my parents’ home on sure whether you could do this, easily ask for help, or directions
the fringe of suburbia out into the Can you imagine the glories of try just the beginning of a smile or information, or simply surprise
sticks. On Saturday and Sundays, Bath, of the Coliseum in Rome and a slight nod of the head. Find someone with the magic of an
and during the school holidays I and of the beautiful Roman mosaic your conﬁdence and challenge unexpected thank you.
would leave home and the row of which can be seen in Colchester others not to acknowledge your
houses where we lived and pedal Castle, without a tradition of people friendliness. Don’t be put off by Contact: Tel: 01206 382010
my way into a landscape where co-operating with each other, people who look as if they have
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there were large distances between treating each other considerately, never been on the receiving end of
the houses, and where there were experimenting and exploring, a smile; they might well appreciate Post: “Swallows”, 6 Dormy
hedges and ﬁelds but far fewer learning how to make lead water one of yours. Houses, East Road, East Mersea,
people. pipes, for example, and then Colchester, Essex CO5 8UW.
installing them for the beneﬁt of the No one can insist that we do
It was not long before I realised community? this, although some people try. I
that here there was a sort of rule remember a determined former
about meeting people here that I Good manners, politeness, colleague, ﬁrst thing in the morning:
had absorbed, without the need for combined with consideration for should any child walk past her,
anyone to explain it to me. Once others, it can become a sort of along the school corridor, without
this had dawned on me the thought instinct and you hold back while at least a smile and a greeting,
of ignoring the rule would never someone older, or less steady on then that child would ﬁnd itself
have occurred to me, certainly not their feet, or carrying something called back to smile and to say
in the village where I worked. The heavy or awkward, or managing good morning, Miss. The offending
rule simply was that the ﬁrst time small children, is not kept waiting child would then ﬁnd itself on the
you encountered anyone, whether by someone whose progress is that receiving end of a warm smile and,
they were known to you or not, much easier. And on the receiving in those far-off days, an affectionate
you would greet them; a nod and a end of good manners most of us pat on the head.
curt, Morning, Afternoon or Evening acknowledge the other person’s
was all that was required. Not to consideration; at least half our local Our local towns always seem to me
do this was regarded, not just as motorists seem to do this when to be friendly and relaxed places,
forgetfulness or ignorance, but as a someone driving in the opposite but even here there are some
deliberate slight. direction pauses on the other side people who seem to scurry past
of a parked car. before anyone can nod a greeting.
Around home, we greeted people They may well prefer to be ignored
we knew, people from half a dozen Good manners can be rather but unless someone tries a hello or
or so houses either side, calling like a Mexican wave, created by
out sometimes if necessary, to strangers working with one another,
make sure that they knew that we watching one another to get the
had spotted them. Strangers we timing right, something that can
acknowledged only if we found neither be started by individuals or
ourselves face to face with them, spoilt by individuals who don’t want
standing back in a shop doorway, to play. Infectious, spontaneous
waiting for them to get off a bus or, and, until you have been there and
possibly, passing them on a narrow experienced it, ﬁnding yourself
stretch of pavement. rising to your feet with those around
you, it’s not easy to imagine taking
At the time, the irony was lost part. Do it at least once before they
on me; all I knew was that in the take you down to the crem.
countryside I had to be more
particular in acknowledging More seriously, I think the basis
strangers that I needed to be of politeness is the importance of
around home. It can seem strange acknowledging other people. That
that civilised conduct is more easily was the reason that the villagers
found in the countryside than where I went to my Saturday job did
in town, yet the term civil, civis not like to be ignored, treated as if
in Latin, means a member of a they were insigniﬁcant. Most of the
community, someone who belongs time we enjoy the reassurance that
to a state, or a town or city. And comes from recognition as another
while our forebears in this country human being, with the suggestion
were painting woad on their faces that we too appreciate someone
Roman cities, Roman citizens, noticing us and being aware of our
had running water and communal needs and interests, of knowing
latrines and paved roads that would that we cannot claim these things
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Keep Those New
10 great tips for keeping resolutions
A new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is most likely why so many
of us create New Year’s Resolutions but of course they’re easier to make than to
keep and soon, many of us abandon our resolve and settle back into bad habits.
1. Choose a Specific, Realistic Goal
Don’t select a vague target, focus on something concrete that you can realistically aim
for. For example, instead of saying ‘lose weight’ or ‘get ﬁt’, you might commit to losing 10
pounds or running a mini-marathon. Being speciﬁc gives you the chance to plan exactly
how you are going to achieve your goal.
2. Pick Just One Resolution
You may have a long list of Resolutions but you should perhaps pick just one key one
and focus your energies on it rather than spreading yourself too thin among a number of
3. Don’t Wait Until New Year’s Eve
Plan out how you will tackle a major behaviour change. You can start by writing down
your goal, making a list of things you might do to achieve that goal and noting any
obstacles that might stand in your way. You can start any time – why wait until next year?
4. Start With Small Steps
Taking on too much is a common reason why so many New Year’s Resolutions fail.
Take tiny steps that will ultimately help you reach your larger goal. If you’re trying to
eat healthier, start by replacing some of your junk foods with more nutritious foods.
While it may seem like a slow start, these small changes make it easier to stick to
your new habits and increase the likelihood of long-term success.
5. Avoid Repeating Past Failures
Another strategy for keeping your New Year’s Resolution is to not make the exact
same resolution year after year. If you think you can do it, you probably can, but if
you’ve already tried and failed, your self-belief will be low.
6. Remember That Change Is a Process
Those unhealthy habits you are trying to change probably took years to develop, so
how can you expect to change them in just a matter or days, weeks or months? It may
take longer than you would like but remember that this is not a race. Once you make
the commitment, it’s something you can continue to work on for the rest of your life.
7. Don’t Let Small Stumbles Bring You Down
A setback is the most common reason why people give up on a Resolution. If you
suddenly relapse, don’t view it as a failure. The path toward your goal is not straight and
there are always going to be challenges. Instead, view relapses as learning opportunities.
8. Get Support from Your Friends and Family
You’ve heard this a million times but that’s because ‘buddy’ systems work! Explain what
your goals are to your close friends or family and ask them to help you achieve your
objectives. Better yet, enlist the help of others by joining a group that shares your goal.
9. Renew Your Motivation
In the early stages, you’ll feel conﬁdent and motivated because you won’t have faced
any discomfort yet. After dealing with the reality of dragging yourself to the gym at
6am or gritting your teeth through headaches brought on by nicotine withdrawal, your
motivation will probably dwindle. When you face such moments, remind yourself of
exactly why you’re doing this. What do you have to gain by achieving your goal? Find
sources of inspiration that will keep you going when times get tough.
10. Keep Working on Your Goals
By February, many people have lost that initial spark of motivation. Keep that
inspiration alive by continuing to work on your goals, even after setbacks. If your
current approach is not working, re-evaluate things and develop a new plan.
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Everyone can help Sesaw’s animals
Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare (SESAW) is a registered charity devoted to the welfare of needy animals. A variety of
animals pass through their doors - many are abandoned, some are victims of accidents, most need a home. Volunteers devote
hours looking after them until owners are found. Those who can’t be homed are fostered or become permanent SESAW residents.
Give an animal a home Food, bedding, carrier bags and
If you want to offer a safe and loving newspaper Sponsorship
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opening hours. well as sheets, blankets and towels for caring for one of our permanent
bedding, carrier bags for collecting waste residents, either for yourself or
We have many and newspaper for the cat litter trays. make it a wonderful present for
cats, kittens, someone special.
dogs (such as Recycling
Ben, pictured), There are many things we can sell to You can choose from donkeys,
rabbits and raise money for the animals. Kune Kune pigs, pygmy goats,
guinea pigs sheep, a lovely tabby cat,
looking for new These include items such as mobile dogs, rabbits and a pony.
homes, and we phones, toner and inkjet cartridges,
more waiting to textiles and shoes, good quality bric It costs just £5 a month and our sponsors will received a Certiﬁcate, photo and
come in. a brac, jewellery, books, CDs, DVDs, details of the animal(s) chosen. Please ask for a sponsorship leaﬂet, visit us during
clothing, household items and small opening hours or email email@example.com for further details.
Hands on animal care pieces of furniture.
Come along and help us to look after the
animals, including feeding, cleaning out, Donations
socialising and walking the dogs. Good old-fashioned money! unlike so
many places, we still welcome cash and
Occasionally caring and knowledgeable
foster homes are required, with
veterinary care provided by SESAW Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare
10am - 1pm Wednesday to Sunday
Maintenance Idano, Stoke Rd, Leavenheath,
There are plenty of DIY jobs to do Suffolk. CO6 4PP
around the centre.
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Join our small team of fundraisers, or www.sesaw.co.uk
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January Recipes - Celebrating the ‘Apple’
Serves 4 | Ready in 35 - 45 minutes
• 75g butter
• 8 skinless chicken thighs
• 6 shallots, halved
• 4 celery sticks, chopped
• 300ml apple juice (or cider)
• 300ml good-quality fresh chicken stock, hot
• 200ml crème fraîche
• 4 quality eating apples, cored and cut into wedges
• 3 tbsp chopped fresh chives, to serve Normandy Chicken - quick, easy, delicious!
Heat 50g butter in a roasting tin on the hob and brown the chicken. Add shallots
and celery and cook for a few mins. Pour over the apple juice and stock and Cinnamon Toffee
season. Bring to the boil, cover tightly with foil and cook for 20 minutes or until
the juices run clear when chicken is pierced. Stir in crème fraîche and bring just
to the boil, then simmer for 1 minute. Heat the rest of the butter in a large frying
pan over a medium heat. Add the apple wedges and fry for 5 minutes until
lightly coloured. Stir the apples into the chicken. Sprinkle with chopped chives Serves 4 | Ready in 15 minutes
and serve. Great with French beans, broccoli and mashed potato.
Quick and easy to prepare - serve with giant chocolate cookies!
1. Suitable for freezing - defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat at 180C/
fan160C/gas 4 for 30 mins until piping hot. • 100g butter
2. Using a roasting tin saves time, as you can do it together rather than in batches. • 100g golden caster sugar
3. Keep it tightly covered with foil during cooking. • 6 apples, cored/cut into wedges
• ½ tsp ground cinnamon
• Handful pecans, toasted/chopped
Heat the butter and sugar in a pan set over the ﬁre or a medium heat. As it
begins to bubble and turn golden brown, add the apples and cinnamon and
cook for 5 minutes, turning to coat the apples in the toffee mix.
Stir in the pecans. Serve immediately with giant chocolate cookies. or cool,
then pack up in a container to transport to a party.
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Zara Indian Cuisine
Listed in top 100 Indian Restaurants in UK
Restaurant & Takeaway
10th February 2012
Seating for 100
Opening Hours Please call for details
Mon - Thur 5.30pm - 10.30pm
Fri & Sat 5.30pm - 11pm
iver y Sunday Buffet
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The Mayland Mill, Steeple Road, Valentine’s
Mayland, Essex, CM3 6EG
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Just £10.95 per person
Wednesdays & Sundays
INCLUDES 4 COURSE MEAL
STARTER MAIN DISH SIDE DISH RICE/ NAAN
Battle against excess Excludes hot and cold beverages, dessert and papadom.
Offer valid for dining in only. £2.95 Supplement for Heybridge
alcohol is stepped up Special dishes, prawn, king prawn and ﬁsh dishes.
THE battle against excessive alcohol consumption is being stepped up in mid
Essex. NHS Mid Essex is working closely with the North Essex Partnership
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NHS Foundation Trust to launch a number of initiatives aimed at reducing the
increasing number of alcohol-related admissions to hospital. There are three new
initiatives, which will work alongside existing services:
1. An alcohol liaison nurse specialist based in Broomﬁeld Hospital to
support people admitted with alcohol-associated conditions, plus an alcohol-
worker located in A&E at Broomﬁeld at certain times who will support people
attending A&E for reasons relating to alcohol.
Leek, Pumpkin and
Sweet Potato Soup
2. A scheme for GP practices to advise patients on alcohol-related harm
and provide advice on how to cut down;
3. A new service for people who need more intensive help to cut down or
to stop drinking. This service is known as Compass is provided by ADAS. GPs Serves 4-6 - prep time approx. 50 minutes
can provide information on how to access this service.
Essex Drug and Alcohol Partnership has launched a website which contains a fun Ingredients 3. Reduce the heat and simmer
scratch card to help ﬁnd out ‘how much is too much’, information on alcohol and for 15-20 minutes or until all the
2 tbsp Olive Oil
how it can affect you plus how to get help locally: www.essexrethinkyourdrink.org vegetables are tender.
1 Leek, chopped
A few sobering facts… 1/2 Onion, chopped
4. Add the sage, cloves, nutmeg,
1/2 Stick Celery, chopped
cinnamon, and salt and pepper
As typical glass sizes have grown and popular drinks have increased in strength 1 small Carrot, chopped
and continue to cook for a further 5
over the years, old rules of thumb about how many units are in a drink have become 1 Sweet Potato, peeled and diced
harder to follow. Nowadays, a large glass of wine or a pint of premium beer might minutes.
675g/1-1/2lb Pumpkin ﬂesh, chopped
well contain three units or more – the same amount as a treble vodka. 1 Garlic Clove, crushed
5. Remove the bay leaf and allow
It’s important to get to know how many units there are in the drinks you
480ml/16ﬂ.oz. Fresh Chicken Stock
to cool slightly then transfer to a
regularly consume. Check labels, ask bar staff or go to 120ml/4ﬂ.oz. Double Cream
food processor or liquidiser and
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Alcoholhome.aspx 1 Bay Leaf
process to a puree.
1 teasp freshly chopped Sage
Alcohol misuse is associated not only with liver disease but also cancer, stroke, A large pinch Ground Cloves
hypertension, asphyxiation and poisoning. 6. Return to the rinsed out pan and
A large pinch Ground Nutmeg
reheat until hot.
A large pinch Ground Cinnamon
Drinking more than the recommended limits frequently causes depression, anxiety
and insomnia or makes these conditions worse. Salt and Black Pepper
Drinking can seriously affect your performance….on the road….at the ofﬁce….in bed. Method
Most people who die from alcohol-related illness will not be dependent drinkers. 1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan,
add the leeks, onion, celery, carrot,
Drinking regularly over the recommended limits increases health risks over the sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and garlic,
long term. Even consumption slightly above these levels contributes to signiﬁcant and sauté until they start to brown.
numbers of deaths.
2. Add the bay leaf, stock, and
The risk of long-term health harms increases progressively the more you exceed
cream, mix well and bring to the
boil stirring constantly.
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With the festive party season coming to
a close, Colchester Zoo is putting out a
special request for any leftover nuts that
have not been eaten over Christmas to
be donated to the zoo for the animals to
A number of species within the collection
thoroughly enjoy an addition of nuts to
their diet as a special treat and we would
be grateful of any donations people are
able to make following the Christmas
Gelada baboon born
Female gelada baboon, Thandi, gave birth to a new offspring on the
15th December 2011. Mum and baby (pictured below) are doing well,
with both looking happy and healthy. The sex of the youngster is not yet
known, but both mum and baby can be seen within their enclosure from
the gelada bridge.
This baby is the ﬁrst offspring to Thandi and Bosso, one of Colchester
Zoo’s two new males who both arrived in May 2011 from Edinburgh Zoo.
As the largest gelada baboon within the group, Bosso has taken the
dominant male status, and we hope that he will continue to breed
sucessfully with the females in the future.
The gelada baboon is
listed as least concern
on the IUCN Red List.
Found within a large
range of Ethiopia, the
main threat facing this
species in the wild is
loss of habitat from
erosion and agricultural Delivery Agents
expansion. This is turn
also causes pressure Help needed to deliver Maldon Life
on grazing areas for Magazine each month.
food, as overgrazing by
livestock leaves less
grasses for the gelada
Useful remuneration - call 01621 854333
diet. for more information.
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From the Maldon & District
Community Voluntary Service
Do you know someone – male or If you would like to register your or Support people with life limiting If you are good with numbers and have
female- who would be interested in someone else’s interest, please get conditions and their families approx 15 hours to spare per month
trying football for fun? in touch by emailing Lynn Marston at then this role could be for you. Duties
The J’s Hospice are looking for
More2Life@maldoncvs.org.uk or ring will include managing the charity’s
Maldon and District CVS, in partnership volunteers to help support people
her on 01621 851891. ﬁnances and bank account, making
with Essex County FA and local football aged 18-40 with life limiting conditions.
payments and creating reports
Volunteers can train to provide support,
clubs, hope to run evening Soccability More2Life project
sessions in Maldon this spring. information and respite to individuals
Join Emergency Fundraising team
The More2Life project seeks to and their families.
improve the social and leisure activities ActionAid is looking for enthusiastic and
People interested in taking part are
available in the Maldon District for Additionally the hospice are also dynamic volunteers from around the UK
invited to come forward and express
people with Learning Disabilities looking for a volunteer complementary to join them in the global ﬁght to protect
an interest, If enough people are
including those with complex needs. therapist to visit patients those affected by international conﬂict
interested in attending regularly,
sessions will take place in Feb/March. and natural disasters by becoming
We work with people who have high Get involved with local Conservation Emergency Fundraisers.
support needs, their families and/or
The Sessions will be supported by Essex Wildlife Trust are looking
carers to understand the difﬁculties Volunteers will work alongside
trained coaches from the Beacon Hill for volunteers to join their Living
that people face in joining in with ActionAid UK and ActionAid
and Maldon Saints football clubs who Landscapes projects to help with
community clubs and activities, from International to ensure that funds are
have experience with working with conservation tasks and activities.
playing football or going to the cinema raised immediately as soon as an
people with all kinds of disabilities, Examples of activities include clearing
to visiting the pub. emergency strikes.
particularly those with learning scrub, restoring heathland, digging
disabilities. Carers are welcome to stay ponds or volunteering on species
We would like to hear from families Help organise a support group for
to watch or play alongside the person recovery programmes
and carers who would be willing to help women
they care for to offer them support and
us identify ways to make it easier for
encouragement. Volunteers can also help to support this Chelmsford Women’s Aid is looking for
adults with Learning Disabilities to get
project by providing admin skills such volunteers that can help run various
involved in social and leisure activities
The people who have come along to as assistance to develop the website types of groups from Art and Craft to
both on an individual level and as part
the sessions in the past have really and support funding bids Conﬁdence Building, all with the aim of
of the wider LD community.
enjoyed themselves. Participation empowering female victims of domestic
in this sort of activity improves not Treasurer needed for local and sexual abuse. Volunteers will be
Please call Vicky or Lynn – 07810
just people’s physical wellbeing but Samaritans asked to support the Facilitator with
886486 or 01621 851891 - for further
increases their conﬁdence and sense the general running of the group, i.e.
details about the project or to get Chelmsford and Mid- Essex Samaritans
of wellbeing too. The emphasis is on setting the room up, helping with the
involved (Vicky@maldoncvs.org.uk or are looking for a volunteer to take on
ability rather than disability and all refreshments, clearing up and listening
firstname.lastname@example.org) the role of treasurer.
levels of skill and experience from nil to women.
upwards are welcome.
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John Austin garage
receives ‘Buy with Confidence’
seal of approval
John Austin Volkswagen & Audi Specialists Ltd has been awarded the
prestigious Buy with Conﬁdence accreditation by Essex County Council
Trading Standards, to join an exclusive group of Approved Traders. The Buy
with Conﬁdence scheme was established to help residents and businesses
ﬁnd reputable companies locally. Of the 209 Essex businesses approved
under this scheme, John Austin is currently one of only three garages in the
Colchester area offering vehicle repairs and servicing with this accreditation.
To become a member, the garage and its quality management systems were
fully audited and a random list of current and past customers contacted for
their feedback. Commenting on the company’s award, John Hull, Trading
Standards Ofﬁcer at Essex County Council, said: “The garage industry is full
of reputable businesses who provide
a ﬁrst class service. Sadly the
inexperienced and the unscrupulous
few, who fall well below the standards
expected, tarnish the reputation of
many. The Buy With Conﬁdence
scheme gives the extra assurance
that the business has been vetted by
Trading Standards and peace of mind
that the work will be done to a high
standard at a fair price.”
Paul Miller receives BWC certiﬁcate from
Essex County Council’s John Hull
To ﬁnd a local Buy with Conﬁdence
business, visit www.buywithconﬁdence.gov.uk or call 0845 603 7626. Anyone
who uses a Buy with Conﬁdence trader can ﬁll in an online feedback form
about the service they received. Feedback is constantly monitored and any
businesses that fall below expectations can be expelled from the scheme.
For a free vehicle health check, please call John Austin Volkswagen & Audi
Specialists on: 01206 211483 or visit: www.johnaustin.co.uk.
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Get Dancing for the Colchester
Spectacular Strictly Air Samaritans
Ambulance New Home
Popular Strictly Air Ambulance event is returning to Brentwood for a breathtaking show starring James and
Ola Jordan, celebrity professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing. The Charity is calling on all dancing An exciting chapter in the 47
and ’Strictly’ fans to join them for this fantastic night out! Join Essex Air Ambulance and celebrity guests at the year history of Colchester
Brentwood Centre on Friday 2th March 2012 for a spectacular evening of dance and entertainment all to raise Samaritans.
vital funds to keep the life-saving helicopter ﬂying.
The Samaritans Walsingham Road
Hosted by Alex and Martin from Heart Breakfast, this fun evening will see 6 couples including our very own Air Community Hall, just off the Southway
Crew Doctor Derek Hicks battle it out on the dance ﬂoor; performing 2 dances each to try and impress judges. dual carriageway, was purchased in
Working in partnership with Essex Air Ambulance, Chelmsford Dance Centre has been training the contestants. 2011 and replaced the charity’s rented
premises in Vineyard Street.
Special guests James and Ola Jordan will give a show-stopping performance on the night and will judge
Major work included the construction
the competition alongside Head Judge Phil Meacham of Chelmsford Dance Centre, Su Harrison from Heart
of a new duty room and visitors’ room
Breakfast and Jane Gurney, CEO of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust.
area within the building as well as
redecoration of the other facilities so
Singing sensation Josh Dubovie will provide musical entertainment as well as taking part as one of the
that they can now be made available for
contestants. This is a chance for ‘Strictly’ fans and Essex Air Ambulance supporters to enjoy hire to other local organisations.
some fantastic dancing and world class entertainment all in aid of a very worthy cause.
Tel: 01206.851881 (home)
Wendy Marcon, Events Manager of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said “I am delighted Mob: 07895.820799
to be putting on such a fantastic show and offering a great night out for our supporters, all Web: www.colchestersamaritans.org
helping to raise the vital funds needed for our Doctor/Paramedic Team to continue
to save lives. Working in partnership with Chelmsford Dance Centre and the Samaritans is available 24 hours a
Brentwood Centre, we’re looking forward to another thrilling dance show. day to provide conﬁdential emotional
support for people who are experiencing
Thank you to our team of professional dancers and our contestants who feelings of distress or despair, including
have generously given up their time to rehearse some exciting new moves. those which may lead to suicide.
The show is really coming together and we can’t wait to see everyone there.”
Tickets are £12 (concessions £10) each. For information and to book visit To contact Samaritans phone: 08457.90
EssexAirAmbulance.uk.com or call Wendy Marcon on 0845 2417 690. 90 90 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org write to:
Chris, PO Box 9090, STIRLING FK8 2SA
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