Colchester Borough Council: E-newsletter August 2018

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#ColchesterForFree This summer Visit Colchester is helping visitors and locals find lots of amazing things to see and do in Colchester for FREE! The summer holidays can be an expensive time of year for families but not everything has to break the bank or costs lots of money. Simply head to www.visitcolchester.com/colchesterforfree to discover a […]

August news from the Essex Record Office

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Welcome to the August edition of the ERO e-bulletin. Document of the Month, August 2018: Drought in Essex, 1905 As we experience some of the warmest temperatures on record for the UK, Archivist Katharine Schofield has been finding out how extremes of hot weather could affect our ancestors. The years between 1890 and 1910 were […]

Street Eats ‘N’ Beats 2018

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Local Street Food Festival ‘Street Eats n Beats’ is coming back to Chelmsford for the 4th year and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. With more food trucks, a wider range of pop-up bars and live music including a saxophonist, vilionist, bongo’s complete with dancers. And yes, the space hoppers are […]

Grays Drop-in: Carers Café at The Beehive Centre

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Essex Carers – The Way to Work Drop-in to our Carers Café at The Beehive Centre, Grays. The Beehive Resource Centre | West Street | Grays | RM17 6XP All welcome! Ask us about The Way to Work – our project providing respite, funding for courses, and access to new opportunities just for Carers. We’ll […]

Get festival ready with ‘Festival Spirit’

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Summer is just around the corner and many flock to festivals each year. Festival Spirit exists to help people with life-limiting illness or disability to enjoy their festival experience. Festival Spirit started in 2010 with their first festival being ‘Womad.’ The charity hopes to use festivals as a way of changing people’s lives positively. Music […]

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up – Triumph over Adversity

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I have long admired the work of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who has become a cultural icon. She became an extension of her art herself, in the way she emphasised her physical features and also in her dress, favouring Mexican national costume to assert her political beliefs. Growing up in post-revolutionary Mexico in the […]

Diversity at London Fashion Week 2017

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Disabled models walk on the catwalk for the Teatum Jones show. The Autumn/Winter show was named ‘The Body | Part One’. The show is the brainchild of designers Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones. Models of the likes of 28-year-old Jack Eyers were in the catwalk. Eyers is a British para-athlete who became the first ever […]

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

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What you say, how you say it, and how well you listen can have a profound impact on someone who is emotionally distressed or having a difficult time. Everyone can learn and benefit from YMHFA skills. Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is an interactive and practical training course to help you spot the […]

Chelmsford during the Second World War

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Andy Begent, author of ‘Chelmsford At War’, will be giving a talk on Chelmsford during the Second World War. The event will be taking place from 7:30pm at Threadneedle House, 2nd Floor (opposite Chelmsford Library) on Tuesday 21st February. This event is hosted by the Chelmsford Civic Society and will cost £3 for members and […]

Father Christmas, an Elf and a Little Boy called Vinnie

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Santa’s Sleigh and Reindeer Vinnie With His Mum The Big Santa Project for Sticky Paws On December 21st at 10.00 am in Chelmsford High Street, the Mayor of Chelmsford, Chelmsford City Councillors, Virgin Money personnel and Chelmsford City footballers will be gathering around Father Christmas and his loyal elf to fund-raise for Vinnie, a very […]

Folk like us

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The Folk like Us Project continues to help people aged over 65 living in Southend break isolation and loneliness. Recently the Hub which is open Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm, received its 1000th visit. Jack Bailey was the lucky 1000th visitor and  received cake and a certificate to acknowledge the milestone. Jack said “I feel less isolated when […]

Olympic themed “knitted teddy making” competition

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Olympic themed “knitted teddy making” competition by Local Hospitals Get ready to assemble at the starting blocks ahead of a race to the finish line for an Olympic themed “knitted teddy making” competition. This competition is being run at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust. The team will be accepting entries for the Rio 2016 […]

Support the Paralympics Rio 2016

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Support the Paralympics Rio 2016 As everyone knows the Olympics start in Brazil in two weeks time. Included in that event are the Paralympics Rio 2016. We need to support the Paralympics Rio 2016 so our athletes can succeed. The British Paralympic Association (BPA) partner Mondelez International, who sell Cadbury chocolate products, have launched a […]