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The December/January issue is full of seasonal articles. We have loads of great events in our What's on pages and some fantastic local businesses advertising. Take a look!

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    Theconnection Free Dec/Jan 2013 Issue 49

    Christmas greetings to all our readers!

    Inside this issue...

    VolunteeringWIN25!

    Country Mutters

    Whats On - over 40 local events to choose from!

    Christmas recipes for the festive season!

    Plus...

    Book reviewsThe Connection is delivered free to homes in Aldham, Fordham, Great Tey, Chappel, Wakes Colne, White Colne, Colne Engaine, Pebmarsh, Earls Colne, Bures St Mary, Bures Hamlet, Mount Bures , Little Horkesley, West Bergholt, Eight Ash Green, Coggeshall, Kelvedon and Feering. Also available in Halstead, Sudbury, Assington, Stoke by Nayland, Nayland,

    Boxted, Dedham and Waitrose in Colchester.

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    Inside 10 Number Cruncher 12 Country Mutters 15 - 18 Whats On 20 Christmas Decorating 22 Notice Board 24 Book Reviews 27 Volunteering 28-29 Recipes 30 Sudoku 34 Spot the Difference 35 Boxing Day Walk 36 Useful Numbers and Christmas Postal Dates 38 Index of Advertisers

    HelloWith Christmas around the corner we have an abundance of seasonal articles in this issue. You will not have any difficulty finding something to do as we have over forty events to choose from on the Whats On pages from Christmas tree festivals, pantos, fayres and farmers markets - something for everyone.On the subject of Christmas trees we have some tips on keeping them fresh and some general decorating ideas too on page 20.If Christmas is going to be a thrifty affair for you this year you might like to see what Lady Muck is up to on page 12 as she seems to have got it sussed with her onion chutney! Ive always loved receiving and giving home-made foodie gifts at Christmas and on pages 28 and 29 you can find recipes for making mini Christmas cakes and gingerbread shapes - just like the ones on our front cover.Ladies, if you are looking for a nice posh frock for the festive season, why not take a trip to Coggeshall and visit Louise at Phoenix. They have a great selection - theres more details about them on page 5. Also, you may like to get in touch with Zoe at Ruby Slippers. Zoe is based in Bures and she specialises in dress hire. Theres more on Ruby Slippers on page 9. Id like to welcome all our new advertisers and wish them well - I hope you get lots of local support from our readers.From our newest advertisers to one of our oldest advertisers - Pippins in White Colne have been with us for seven years and have just celebrated their 20th year in business. What a great achievement! Well done to everyone at Pippins.

    Finally I would just like to wish all our readers, advertisers and distributors a very merry Christmas and happy new year.

    Sarah.

    Editor and Publisher: Sarah BanksAssistant Editor: Amanda FindleyContributors: Amanda Findley, Lauren Ford, Katherine SorrellAdvertising & Editorial: 01787 210701 / 07939 437078Email: [email protected]: Applegarth, Whitestreet Green, Boxford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 5JL

    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval systems or transmitted in any form - electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise - without the prior permission of the publisher.

    Competition winners from the last issue25 cash sudoku winner - Mrs Lucking from Mount Bures

    Deadline date for the February/March issue:

    9th January 2013

    Please get in touch if you want to advertise your business. Call me on:

    01787 21070107939 437078 or email:[email protected]

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    Pippins Nursery celebrates 20 years!

    And what changes since Pippins first opened its doors in September 1992 at Whites Farm, White

    Colne! Sally Scobie converted a redundant farm building to create a nursery for 2 to 5 year olds. With just four children on the first morning session, it was a nerve wracking time.

    The reputation at Pippins quickly grew and soon it was full with 20 children attending each morning. During the last 20 years Pippins has grown and adapted to meet the needs of modern families.

    In 2004, Anita Huckle joined Sally as a partner at Pippins and together they have expanded the business in order to utilise the peaceful rural setting. The nursery now offers full days as well as sessions and school days.

    Last March Baby Pippins was added in a beautiful barn opposite the original Pippins building. The baby room has proved to be very popular and parents are enrolling their babies before they are born! The wonderful views of the busy farmyard and orchards provide endless entertainment for the children. The introduction of home cooked daily lunches have been very popular with the children along with weekly swimming lessons for those who are interested.

    To date, almost 700 children have had their early years care and education provided by Pippins. And in many cases whole families have attended. Each child is special and the importance of early years care and learning has always been at the forefront of the ethos at Pippins along with a desire for continuous reflective practice.

    A nursery is heavily reliant on its staff team and for over 20 years Pippins has benefited from the expertise of many excellent people who have played an important part in so many childrens lives. It now employs 18 staff and encourages the development of people wanting to train in Early Years.With outstanding Ofsted inspections and top accreditation by the Montessori Foundation, Pippins continues to flourish.

    Happy Birthday Pippins!

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    Phoenix has a high turnaround of stock, but Louise says I dont sell fashion which dates quickly. I think its better to have timeless clothes which suit your style - so you always have a wardrobe which works for you and you dont have to buy new every season.Shopping at Phoenix is a much more relaxing experience than fighting through the crowds on the high street. You can come in to browse, have a coffee and there is even an area specially for men to sit and read while Louise and her staff are there to offer help with styling if needed. The personal touch extends to free alterations for clothes bought in the shop and with the 10% discount offer with the advert in this magazine, it is well worth a visit to look for that Christmas outfit youve been promising yourself.

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    Phoenix, CoggeshallLouise Hodges took over Phoenix in Coggeshall 18 months ago and it is now a thriving boutique offering individual clothes with a personal service. Louise explains Ive always wanted to open my own shop because I was keen to offer something a little bit different. I like to sell high quality clothes with an edge so that people who come to me arent going to look the same as everyone else. Her stock is mainly casual, with accessories such as jewellery, shoes and bags to provide a complete look. New in are the S Belt brand of jeans which are designed to give a flattering silhouette by disguising problem areas well-known to many 30-something ladies!

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    We have now had our showroom open for a year already and would like to say a BIG thank you to all of you that have supported us so far. We have met some lovely people on this journey, all of whom have cemented the fact that opening a carpet and flooring shop in the village was just what was needed. We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to your continued support in 2013 and onwards.Chris and Sindy Tate. Excellent service and expert advice, wide selection of samples, more than satisfied with final product and installation. Would not hesitate to recommend. Lori & Matthew

    It was such a pleasure to deal with a local company for whom the business actually matters and it was clear that Chris really cares about doing a good job. Matt & Nanette Gaskell The service we received from beginning to end was excellent, from the friendly and helpful advice when choosing our carpet from the showroom, to the fast and efficient service of the measuring and laying of our daughters super new bedroom carpet. All this just on our doorstep making life easy and convenient knowing also that you are supporting your local tradesman. Super!! Chris & Allison Baker

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    Do you need a gorgeous dress for a special event or party? With a wide range of designer dresses in different styles, colours and sizes, Ruby Slippers provides a first class hire service, offering a wide range of dresses for formal occasions such as Balls, proms, cruises, black and white tie events, trips to the ballet and opera or even the Christmas party!

    Based at a beautiful riverside location in Bures, Zoe and her team will make sure you have a wonderful time choosing the right outfit for that special event.

    Zoe has lived with her family in Suffolk for over 20 years and launched Ruby Slippers Dress Hire in 2012, based on the idea that shopping for that special dress should be a pleasure.

    Zoe considers herself very fortunate as following the privilege of a catwalk appearance at the Grosvenor Hotel in London for Breast Cancer Care back in 2005 her ideas for a fashion business had to be put on hold as despite a double mastectomy the cancer returned. But now with a new head of hair back and with her mojo back, following a stint as an Olympic volunteer driver , Zoe is really back on form with this little gem of a business . A visit to the showroom is a real treat and some new and ex hire dresses are also available for purchase.

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    Country Mutters Christmas Lite...by Lady MuckIve done my sums and its fair to say that however creative I am with the figures, Christmas this year will not be celebrated in the most lavish fashion ever. Clearly a bit of thrift and prudence is required, even if the very words make me feel like Im sucking on a lemon. Theres not much I can do about the lengthening list of computer games, so thats where the arm and leg will be allocated. Husband and I have agreed a challenge to spend a fiver on each other, with the stipulation that it has to be as inventive as possible. Not hard really - right now Ebay is offering a sealed empty packet of jelly babies, a box of plastic glow in the dark spiders or a pack of Saddam Hussein playing cards. I know - who wouldnt love to receive any one of these?A couple of weeks ago I scandalised my friends by gleaning several pounds of onions from nearby fields - and no, I dont mean stole, I mean gleaned - a perfectly semi-legitimate form of recovering good produce which the farmer chose not to pick up when harvesting and which would otherwise have been ploughed back in - OK? The fruits of my twilight labours shall be lovingly crafted into 2 dozen jars of onion chutney and handed out to my nearest and dearest. Ive often thought we could break down festive fare into the bits that everyone actually eats. Trifle could be reduced to a blob of whipped cream and a chaser of sherry. As we finally sit down to eat Christmas dinner red-faced, scalded and weak-kneed after hours of exertion Auntie Joan has often cheerfully remarked that Christmas dinner is just a bit of chicken, really, so maybe this year we should call her bluff. We can certainly do away with the sprouts, stuffing and cranberry sauce. As for pudding, we can just set fire to a block of Viennetta and as its only me and the birds that eat Christmas cake, I could carefully ice an upside down empty cake tin. No-one would ever know there was no actual cake in there.Recycling presents is an obvious saving, as long

    as you make sure to note down who gave you which present last year. Occasional lapses should be understood by the recipient as long as you have the decency to turn a blind eye to receiving the bargain box of synthetic guava bath salts you gave to someone else two years ago. Even the dodgy bottle of Asti Spumante you won in last years tombola can be your contribution to this years church fair. Youll be rumbled by the eagle-eyed secretary because she donated it last year, but so what? She probably recycled it herself, judging by the many layers of left-over sticky tape underneath the ticket.And then theres last years Christmas tree, still stubbornly un-biodegrading in a far corner of the garden. I could drag it out, give it a spray of silver paint, festoon it with tinsel and say I just fancied a bit of bling. Never mind, at least Christmas spirit wont be in short supply. Pea Pod Burgundy, anyone?

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    Celebrate the festive season at the George & Dragon with your

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    General InterestBrightlingsea Late Night Shopping Event

    Friday 7th December

    Late opening shops, street stalls throughout the town, children rides, craft fair, photographic exhibition, fire engine, Santas Grotto, music and much more. The St Helena Light Up A Life service will be held at St James Church at 7.30pm.

    Halstead Christmas Lights Switch On

    Saturday 1st December 4.30pm

    Halsteads Mayor will switch on the lights helped by Santa Claus and children in Halstead Public Gardens. There will be snow, and carol singing with Halsteads Brownies. Free event, all welcome.

    Halsteads Torchlight Procession and Carol Service

    Wednesday 5th December 7.00pm

    See the blessing of the crib near to the Christmas Tree at Market Hill and follow the Salvation Army Band down to the Public Gardens for a carol service organized by Halstead Churches Together. Free event, torches and glo-sticks provided by Halstead Town Council, donations welcome for the Mayors charity. For more details please contact Halstead Town Council on 01787 476480 or [email protected]

    St Peters Christmas Craft Fair

    At St Peters Church, Market Hill, Sudbury

    Saturday 1st December 9.00am - 4.00pm

    Over 35 fabulous stalls with unique gift ideas including silversmithed jewellery, hand crafted greetings cards, pop music and film framed memorabilia, vinyl picture disc record clocks, cupcakes, ceramics, glassware, childrens designer clothing, hand knitting, shabby chic and much more. Refreshments, free admission. Proceeds support many local and national charities.

    Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival

    At All Saints Church, Brightlingsea

    Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 10.00am - 6.00pm

    Christmas shop, refreshments, live music, park and ride. Admission 3, children under 16 free. For more information please call Ann Berry on 01206 305024.

    Creations Christmas Craft Fayre

    At Orpen Memorial Hall, West Bergholt

    Saturday 1st December 10.30am - 4.00pm

    A wide range of stalls selling handmade items: cards, art, jewellery, homewares, soaps, woodturning and more. A perfect place to buy Christmas gifts! Free entry, childrens craft table, refreshments. For more information see www.creationsfayre.blogspot.com

    Table Top Sale

    At Aldham Village Hall

    Saturday 8th December 10.30am - 1.00pm

    Your last chance before Christmas to sort out all those items you no longer

    use and hopefully make a little extra cash. Or browse the hall on the day to look for bargains. Admission 50p, children under 14 free. Refreshments also available. 5 to book a table. For more information please contact Anne Fulcher on 01206 211624.

    Christmas Quiz Night

    At Aldham Village Hall

    Saturday 8th December. Doors open at 7.00pm, to start at 7.30pm

    Entrance 4 per person at the door, tables of 4/6. Bring your own nibbles and tipple. Fun event with bumper rae. To book a table in advance, please contact Anne Fulcher on 01206 211624.

    Little Maplestead Traditional Christmas Craft Fair

    At Little Maplestead Round Church Essex CO9 2SL

    Saturday 8th December 11.00 am - 3.00 pm

    The round church will be looking magical with twinkling lights, glowing candles, holly and ivy to get you into the Christmas spirit. There will be a great selection of crafts and gifts, together with homemade refreshments. 1 entry, children free, all proceeds to the church fund. For further details contact Amanda on 01787 269900 or email [email protected]

    Christmas Fete & Shopping Evening

    At Great Tey Village Hall

    Wednesday 28th November 7.00 - 9.00pm

    Fundraising evening for 1st Great Tey Scout Group. Come along and buy some Christmas goodies

    plus refreshments and side-shows. Please contact the Group Secretary on 01206 212648 or email [email protected] if you wish to book a stall.

    Christmas Tree Festival at Lamarsh

    At Lamarsh Church

    Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th December 3.00pm - 6.30 pm

    Come and view the trees at their best, lit up and decorated by local people in country themes. Hot mulled drinks and nibbles will be available or you could go on for a meal at the Lamarsh Lion (pre-booking advised). On Monday evening there will be carol singing in the Lion at 7.00 pm. Entry free, donations to the church. Parking at the Village Hall, Henny Road, CO8 5EU. For more information please call Fiona Adedotun on 01787 228707.

    Ladies Pamper and Shopping Evening

    At Wormingford Community Education Centre

    Friday 30th November 6.30pm - 9.00pm

    Come and join us for a glass of mulled wine and nibbles whilst shopping for Christmas gifts or indulging in a relaxing mini treatment. Body Shop, chocolates, jewellery, cards, Christmas decorations and more. 3 entry to include a glass of wine. For more information please contact 01787 227037.

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    Coggeshall Christmas Fayre

    At Coggeshall Village Hall

    Saturday 1st December 1.30pm - 5.30pm

    Live entertainment, rides and amusement for the children and the chance to meet Father Christmas in his grotto. Wide range of stalls selling handmade items. A lovely traditional festive celebration culminating in the turning on of the Christmas Lights.

    Christmas Fayre

    At Chappel C of E Primary School, The Street, Chappel

    Friday 7th December 3.30pm - 5.30pm

    Sample our school cooks hot food, along with singing around the Xmas Tree. Yummy homemade cake stall, fabulous rae, Secret Santa, Childrens games, traditional stalls and tombolas - something for everyone! Free entry. For more information please call 01787 222296.

    Christmas at Layer Marney Tower

    Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December, tours on the hour from 4.00pm - 7.00pm

    Guided tours of the Tower and family rooms decked out for an Edwardian Christmas. Suitable for groups or individuals. Guided tour from the courtyard and around the house. Meet Father Christmas who will give a present to every child. Get the feel of a grand country house at the turn of the last century when the de Zoete family entertained in style. 10 adults, 6 children. Includes a glass

    of mulled wine and mince pie or tea/coffee/cold drink and mince pie. Festive Tea Room open. Please call to book on 01206 330784.

    Nayland Christmas Fayre

    At Nayland Village Hall Church Lane, Nayland CO6 4JH

    Sunday 2nd December 12 noon - 2.00pm

    Fun for all the family with Father Christmas, childrens games, traditional stalls, festive goodies, Rae & Tombola, great atmosphere. Free entry. For more information please call 01206 262994.

    Wild in Wormingford - Monthly Family Nature Club

    At Wormingford Community Education Centre

    Saturday 26th January 2.00pm - 4.30pm

    Enjoy a range of activities such as camp fire cooking, story and song, nature rambles and exploration, outdoor games, den and shelter building, whittling, using natural resources in crafts, wild food foraging, listening to the language of birds and species identification. There will be a different focus each month - please visit our website for information www.wormingfordcec.org.uk5 per family. To book please call 01787 227037 or email [email protected]

    St Helena Hospices Light up a Life Services

    St Andrews Church, Halstead

    Friday 7th December 6.30pm

    St Botolphs Church, Colchester

    Sunday 9th December 4.30pm

    St Helena Hospice, Myland Hall

    Thursday 20th December 6.30pm

    Celebrate your loved ones by attending one of our services this year. Each event includes traditional Christmas carols and readings. For more information or to make a dedication to a loved one, please contact the St Helena Hospice Fundraising Office on 01206 791740.

    Christmas Food and Craft Fayre

    At Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Braintree CM77 8PD

    Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 10.00am - 4.00pm

    A range of stalls including food and drink from around the world, cakes, cheese and sweets, Christmas decorations, cards, crafts, glassware, china, art and furnishings, jewellery, toys, plants, hot food and refreshments, live music plus donkey rides, zorbing and reindeer for the children. Entry for adults 5, concessions 4, accompanied children under 16 free. Sorry, no dogs are allowed at this event. For more information please visit www.helenrollason.org.uk

    Christmas Opening Evening and Market

    At Colchester Castle

    Wedesday 12th December 3.00pm - 8.30pm

    Come along to Colchester Castle for this magical free evening of music, Christmas carols, minced

    pies and mulled wine. Explore the museum displays, visit Father Christmas and wander through the amazing Christmas market outside the Castle for a chance to buy unique gifts or some festive food. Free entry, 3 to visit Father Christmas. For more information please call 01206 282939.

    MusicColchester Organ Society Concerts

    At Alderman Blaxill School, Paxman Road, Colchester.

    Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.45pm

    Friday 7th December Mark Ireland Friday 4th January Chris Powell Popular organ music from the 1950s onwards. Members 4, non members 6. For more information please contact 01787 269458.

    Suffolk Villages Festival concert - Schtz: The Christmas Story

    At the Church of St James, Nayland CO6 4JF

    Sunday 9th December 6.00pm

    Seasonal music performed by Claire Tomlin (soprano), Tom Stapleton (tenor), Psalmody, members of QuintEssential & Essex Baroque Orchestra, directed by Peter Holman. Tickets 17, 13, 11 (half-price for anyone in full-time education) from Suffolk Villages Festival Box Office on 01206 366603 or [email protected] Visitwww.suffolkvillagesfestival.comfor further details

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    Coggeshall Christmas Fayre

    At Coggeshall Village Hall

    Saturday 1st December 1.30pm - 5.30pm

    Live entertainment, rides and amusement for the children and the chance to meet Father Christmas in his grotto. Wide range of stalls selling handmade items. A lovely traditional festive celebration culminating in the turning on of the Christmas Lights.

    Christmas Fayre

    At Chappel C of E Primary School, The Street, Chappel

    Friday 7th December 3.30pm - 5.30pm

    Sample our school cooks hot food, along with singing around the Xmas Tree. Yummy homemade cake stall, fabulous rae, Secret Santa, Childrens games, traditional stalls and tombolas - something for everyone! Free entry. For more information please call 01787 222296.

    Christmas at Layer Marney Tower

    Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December, tours on the hour from 4.00pm - 7.00pm

    Guided tours of the Tower and family rooms decked out for an Edwardian Christmas. Suitable for groups or individuals. Guided tour from the courtyard and around the house. Meet Father Christmas who will give a present to every child. Get the feel of a grand country house at the turn of the last century when the de Zoete family entertained in style. 10 adults, 6 children. Includes a glass

    of mulled wine and mince pie or tea/coffee/cold drink and mince pie. Festive Tea Room open. Please call to book on 01206 330784.

    Nayland Christmas Fayre

    At Nayland Village Hall Church Lane, Nayland CO6 4JH

    Sunday 2nd December 12 noon - 2.00pm

    Fun for all the family with Father Christmas, childrens games, traditional stalls, festive goodies, Rae & Tombola, great atmosphere. Free entry. For more information please call 01206 262994.

    Wild in Wormingford - Monthly Family Nature Club

    At Wormingford Community Education Centre

    Saturday 26th January 2.00pm - 4.30pm

    Enjoy a range of activities such as camp fire cooking, story and song, nature rambles and exploration, outdoor games, den and shelter building, whittling, using natural resources in crafts, wild food foraging, listening to the language of birds and species identification. There will be a different focus each month - please visit our website for information www.wormingfordcec.org.uk5 per family. To book please call 01787 227037 or email [email protected]

    St Helena Hospices Light up a Life Services

    St Andrews Church, Halstead

    Friday 7th December 6.30pm

    St Botolphs Church, Colchester

    Sunday 9th December 4.30pm

    St Helena Hospice, Myland Hall

    Thursday 20th December 6.30pm

    Celebrate your loved ones by attending one of our services this year. Each event includes traditional Christmas carols and readings. For more information or to make a dedication to a loved one, please contact the St Helena Hospice Fundraising Office on 01206 791740.

    Christmas Food and Craft Fayre

    At Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Braintree CM77 8PD

    Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 10.00am - 4.00pm

    A range of stalls including food and drink from around the world, cakes, cheese and sweets, Christmas decorations, cards, crafts, glassware, china, art and furnishings, jewellery, toys, plants, hot food and refreshments, live music plus donkey rides, zorbing and reindeer for the children. Entry for adults 5, concessions 4, accompanied children under 16 free. Sorry, no dogs are allowed at this event. For more information please visit www.helenrollason.org.uk

    Christmas Opening Evening and Market

    At Colchester Castle

    Wedesday 12th December 3.00pm - 8.30pm

    Come along to Colchester Castle for this magical free evening of music, Christmas carols, minced

    pies and mulled wine. Explore the museum displays, visit Father Christmas and wander through the amazing Christmas market outside the Castle for a chance to buy unique gifts or some festive food. Free entry, 3 to visit Father Christmas. For more information please call 01206 282939.

    MusicColchester Organ Society Concerts

    At Alderman Blaxill School, Paxman Road, Colchester.

    Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.45pm

    Friday 7th December Mark Ireland Friday 4th January Chris Powell Popular organ music from the 1950s onwards. Members 4, non members 6. For more information please contact 01787 269458.

    Suffolk Villages Festival concert - Schtz: The Christmas Story

    At the Church of St James, Nayland CO6 4JF

    Sunday 9th December 6.00pm

    Seasonal music performed by Claire Tomlin (soprano), Tom Stapleton (tenor), Psalmody, members of QuintEssential & Essex Baroque Orchestra, directed by Peter Holman. Tickets 17, 13, 11 (half-price for anyone in full-time education) from Suffolk Villages Festival Box Office on 01206 366603 or [email protected] Visitwww.suffolkvillagesfestival.comfor further details

    Whats On (Cont)...Whats OnSudbury Symphony Orchestra Autumn Concert

    At St Peters Market Hill Sudbury, CO10 1TL

    Saturday 24th November 7.30 pm

    Brahms: Academic Festival Overture Op 80, Mozart: Piano Concerto No 21, K467, C major, Dvorak: Symphony No 9, Op 95, E minor (From the New World). Conductor: Matthew Andrews, Leader: Christina Everson. Tickets 10 (children 2) available from www.sudburysymphonyorchestra.com

    Compact Music, North Street, Sudbury, Tourist Information Centre at Sudbury Library and from 52 Friars Street, Sudbury Suffolk CO10 2AG (send cheque payable to Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and sae) or call 01787 375099 for more information. A limited number of tickets will be available on the door.

    St. Botolphs Music Society Concert

    At St. Botolphs Church Colchester

    Saturday 8th December 7.30 pm

    Choir and orchestra with Philip Smith (piano). Haydn - Te Deum & Symphony 99, Mozart - Piano Concerto K.175 & Rondo K.382. Choral music for Advent & Christmas by Colin Nicholson. Tickets 10 (con. 8.50) students 2. For more information and bookings please call 01206 577905.

    Bachs Christmas Oratorio

    At St Marys Church, Dedham CO7 6DE

    Saturday 15th December 7.00pm

    Parts 1,2,3 and 4 Pimlott Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Christopher Borrett. Tickets 5, 10, 15 available from daniela.pimlottfoundation @gmail.com

    CinemaLeavenheath Village Hall Digital Cinema

    At Leavenheath Village Hall, Wrights Way, (signposted from the High Road)

    Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

    Refreshments (wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee) will be available before the film starts and during the interval. Tickets 3.50 per adult and 2 per child. Please call Lesley 01206 262505 or Ken 01206 263266 for tickets.

    Saturday 1st December

    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (with a Christmas Rae and free mulled wine and mince pies).

    Dance and DramaFire and Ice

    At Nayland Village Hall, Church Lane Nayland CO6 4JH

    Friday 30th November, Saturday 1st, Friday 7th, Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm plus matinees on Saturdays at 2.30pm.

    A frosty musical fantasy for all the family presented by The Village Players. Tickets 6 adults, 5 children available from

    Nayland Post Office or call 01206 262808.

    Dick Turpin

    At St. Peters Church, Church Road, Coggeshall

    Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th January

    Coggeshall Amateur Theatrical Society will be performing their unique pantomime. Plenty of fun and laughter for all the family is guaranteed amidst the backdrop of one of the most beautiful churches in Essex. For more information please call Andy on 07703 829314.

    Dick Whittington

    At The Orpen Memorial Hall, West Bergholt.

    Friday 25th January 8.00pm, Saturday 26th January 2.00pm matinee, 6.00pm evening, Friday 1st February 8.00pm, Saturday 2nd February 2.00pm matinee, 8.00pm evening.

    Doors open 30 minutes before performance. The Orpen Players present a pantomime adaptation of Dick Whittington, written and directed by Peter Cox. Tickets available from Ashs Store West Bergholt from 12th January or by calling Roger Milne now on 01206 241048. Visit our website for more details, and also note that tickets can now be purchased online at www.orpenplayers.co.uk

    Charity Christmas Ball

    At Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Road, Feering CO5 9QB (ample parking)

    Saturday 24th November 7.30 for 8.00pm. Carriages at midnight.

    Featuring Funktion Junction Band, with

    ballroom, Latin, jive, rock and roll and disco dancing. Tickets 25 including buffet. Licensed Bar, rae. Dress code: Black Tie. For more information and tickets please contact Anne on 01376 572944 or Sue on 01376 570720 or email: [email protected] to KCA (Registered Charity No. 079014)

    Cinderella

    At Bures Community Centre

    Thursday 29th, Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

    A traditional family pantomime presented by Bures Stage Society. Tickets are 7 adult, 5 under 16, available at Bures Post Office, or by calling the box office on 01787 227715.

    Twas the Night Before Christmas

    At Rowhedge Village Hall

    Saturday 8th January Doors open 6.45 pm, show starts 7.00 pm. Running time approximately 60 minutes.

    A performance by The Keepers Daughter Theatre Company, for 4 years and above (children to be accompanied) Tickets are 3 for children, 7 for adults, available from Yvonne on 07780 923 688 or email [email protected]

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    ChildrensSteam with Santa

    At Colne Valley Railway, Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham, Halstead CO9 3DZ

    Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd December 10.30am - 3.30pm

    Travel in reserved seats in our steam hauled Pullman carriages. Santa will come through the train with a present for every child. Complimentary hot drink for adults, miniature and garden railways (weather dependent), Travelling Post Office, exhibition centre, signal box, large model railway, buffet and shop. Adults 10 in Pullman, 12 Royal. Children 3 - 15 9 Pullman or Royal, all children under 3 3.50. For more information and bookings please call 01787 461174.

    Crafty Christmas Event

    At Chappel and Wakes Colne Village Hall, Colchester Road

    Monday 10th December 10.30 - 12.00 noon.

    Join Chappel and Wakes Colne Toddler Group with Cherry Blossom Childrens Centre for a morning of Christmas fun ranging from Christmas crafts to messy play with a Christmas theme. All children welcome with a snack and a hot drink for parents in the session. For more information

    please contact Ria on 01787 220144.

    Chinese Clay Figures

    At Colchester Castle Museum

    Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December

    Treasures of China features some amazing objects. Take inspiration from the exhibition to create your own animal or bowl in clay to take home. 2 per person (after normal Castle admission). Booking is essential, book in advance by calling 01206 282940 or by dropping into Hollytrees Museum, Colchester.

    Talks and WorkshopsMichael Forbes presents Imaging the Night Sky

    At Wormingford Community Education Centre

    Friday 18th January 7.15pm for 7.30pm

    Astrophotography and how to get the best from your equipment. This will be handson and Michael will be providing handouts and advice. For more information or to reserve a place, please call Jane on 01787 227037 or email [email protected]

    Farmers MarketsPlease note that some Farmers Markets will not take place in January.

    Assington Farmers Market

    At The Barn, Assington

    Sunday 9th December at 10.00am - 2.00pm

    Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973

    Lavenham Farmers Market

    At The Village Hall, Lavenham

    Sunday 16th December and Sunday 27th January at 10.00am - 1.30pm

    Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973

    Colchester Farmers Market

    The Arts Centre, Colchester

    Friday 7th December at 9.30am - 1.00pm

    Contact Rowley Castiglione 01206 367776

    Wivenhoe Farmers Market

    Congregational Hall, Wivenhoe

    Saturday 15th December and Saturday 19th January at 9.00am - 12.00

    Contact Rowly Castiglione 01206 367776

    Brightlingsea Farmers Market

    At the Community Centre, Brightlingsea

    Thursday 20th December at 9.00am - 12.00

    Contact Bob Shotton 01206 302669

    Sudbury Farmers Market

    At St Peters Church, Sudbury

    Friday 14th December and Friday 25th January 9.30am - 2.00pm

    Contact Justine Paul 07704 627973

    Farmers Market - Christmas Fayre

    At Jimmys Farm, Wherstead, Ipswich

    Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 12.00 noon - 6.00pm.

    Contact 0844 4938088

    Rowhedge Farmers Market

    At Rowhedge Village Hall

    Saturday 1st December 9.00am - 12.00

    Contact Yvonne 07780 923688

    Hedingham Farmers Market

    At The Baptist Church, Swan Street, Sible Hedingham (next to the Sugar Loaves pub)

    Saturday 15th December and Saturday 19th January 10.00 am - 1.30 pm.

    Contact Roy Reece 07513 464567

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    The Connection has listed all the events in Whats On in good faith. We cannot accept responsibility for inaccuracies, changes to events or cancellations. It might be advisable to check with venues before attendance.

    DEADLINE DATE FOR NEXT ISSUE:Feature your community event FREE OF CHARGE in our Whats On pages by emailing your listing to [email protected] Business events can be listed for a small charge. Next issue: February/March 2013 - published 24th January 2013

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    Choose a themeChoosing a theme brings unity to the overall look. It should suit your house and the way your family celebrates the festive season, whether laid-back and relaxed, sophisticated or formal. For some, that might mean a traditional, living fir tree and a colour theme of red, green and gold. For others, a kitsch fake tree with fluorescent ornaments; or perhaps a minimal, modern style with pure silver and glass. Dress the treeStart by winding it with lights, making sure theyre evenly distributed. Next, drape your garlands, again aiming for evenness and an impression of generosity without overloading the tree. On small or slim trees, use slender garlands; on larger trees use heavier, fancier garlands. Last, hang your ornaments, with the largest first, filling in around them with smaller ones. Place some nearer the trunk for a sense of depth and interest. Hang a wreath For some, the making of a family wreath using foraged leaves, flowers, seeds, nuts and fruit is a significant part of the holiday season. Alternatively, ready-made examples are available in any style imaginable, from classic to contemporary, heart-shaped or circular, small or large, utterly simple or lavish and complex. Make some decorationsHome-made Christmas decorations can be as elaborate or simple as you wish. Multi-coloured paper chains are the ultimate in family favourites, as are cutwork paper stars and clove-studded oranges. How about pom pom snowmen, peg-doll angels or glitter-covered pine cones? Or mini stocking shapes cut out of felt and ginger biscuits to hang from the tree? Its all great fun and will create happy memories for years to come.Wrap your presentsTransform present-wrapping from a chore to a pleasure by taking a little extra time and trouble. When theyre piled under the tree

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    they will look so much better if theyre colour-coordinated and criss-crossed with ribbons and bows. Even brown paper or newsprint looks lovely if adorned with a home-made label, while sequins, feathers, glitter, stamped designs and wired beads can all provide additional allure. Sort out your cardsIt pays to establish a system as soon as the cards start arriving. Clear a shelf or two, and arrange them close together, large at the back and small at the front, in neat rows. Smaller cards can be tucked around a mirror or picture frame. An alternative is to staple them to ribbons (weighted by a bauble or pine cone) to hang in rows from a mantelpiece or along the side of the staircase. Create displaysNothing says Christmas like poinsettias in pots, scented candles on the mantelpiece and ivy, holly and mistletoe draped over every available surface. Nows the time to dig out that special table runner and your best crockery, glassware and cutlery for an eye-catching table display, finished off with a dish, tray or platter filled with greenery, candles and other festive decorations.

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    A string of lights cost about $12 which put buying them way out of reach of ordinary American families. General Electric, who had purchased the rights to Edisons bulbs, even released advertisements suggesting families rented them. It wasnt until 1925 when the Sadacca family, who owned a novelty lighting business, started mass manufacturing Christmas lights, that they become affordable.

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    Notice BoardCompanionship at ChristmasAbbeyfield invites older people who might otherwise be alone over the Christmas period to spend time with us at a local Abbeyfield House, The Chase, Kelvedon for a free festive dinner or an overnight stay (for people who are over 55, alone at Christmas, currently living independently). For more information please call 0845 052 3553.Mencap Weekly SocialAt the Level Best Art Cafe, 3 Culver St East, Colchester. Meets every Wednesday from 10.00 to 11.00am, for anyone with a learning disability. A great place to buy coffee and a safe way to make friends. For more information please contact Essex Me Time on 01376 519450.Light up a Life Take time over the busy festive period to celebrate your loved ones by attending one of St Helena Hospices Light up a Life events. These events allow you to reflect upon special relationships in your life, be it in remembrance or in celebration of a loved one. We will be holding several Light up a Life services this year throughout the North Essex area. Each event includes traditional Christmas carols and readings - please see Whats On pages for dates. For more information or to make a dedication to a loved one, please contact the St Helena Hospice Fundraising Office on 01206 791740.Kelvedon Players CelebrateKelvedon Players recently celebrated the 100 year life of The Institute, Kelvedon, their home ground for productions, and the contribution made by Jeremy Doughton, their Chairman, who has been involved with Kelvedon Players for 50 years. Jeremy has been a committee member since the mid 60s and was appointed Chairman on 5th November 1999. He received the Jan King Award in recognition of unsung heroes at the North Essex Theatre Guild ceremony on 8th September 2000.

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    Book Reviews

    The Far Side Gallery 1 By Gary LarsonIf theres any doubt that Gary Larson is some kind of comic genius, it was dispelled when they built a museum in San Francisco and filled it with his cartoons. Seeing the world through Larsons eyes is viewing it through a pair of Dame Edna-style glasses. He finds the funny in the ordinary and I guarantee youll never look at cows and chickens in quite the same way again. The Far Side books can be passed from grandparents to parents to children and all will be equally tickled by Larsons humour.

    Simons Cat Vs. The World! Simon TofieldNot since Garfield has a cartoon cat so captured the nations heart. Simons cat spends his days terrorising

    and tormenting his long-suffering owner but this time, its the puss thats under threat. With a new kitten on the scene, Simons Cat is facing a power-struggle of a magnitude hes never known before. Forget fighting dead fliesthis time its war. Life-long cat fan Tofield has had years

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    The Best of Punch Cartoons. Helen Walasek, Prion Books Limited

    Punch magazine may have closed its doors in 2002 but its legendary status lives on. This is the biggest collection of Punch cartoons ever and its one to be savoured. Its essential reading for all fans of humour and satire, with no holds barred and nowhere safe to hide. The selection was made by Helen Walasek of the Punch Cartoon Library and its definitely to be treasured. With 600 of the best to flick through, youd better avoid doing it in one sitting, or you might end up Punch drunk.

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    If youre fed up with your Uncle Jacks unfunny one-liners this Christmas, why not retreat to a quiet corner and find a bit of comic relief away from the relatives. We have enough Christmas cheer to keep you laughing well into the New Year.

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    When we think about volunteering at Christmas, its often the image of the soup kitchen that springs to mind, but you may be surprised to learn that your help could be needed closer at home.Craig Last, Frontline Services Team Leader at Colchester Community Voluntary Services says, Quite often its the people in our own communities just a few doors away who could really do with a bit of help. It could be something as simple as putting the bins out, but that 10 minutes a week could make all the difference, particularly if its icy outside. Cold weather and limited daylight hours in the winter months can contribute to elderly people becoming isolated, so the offer of a lift may be much appreciated. More and more people now have computers which is a great way of staying in touch with the outside world in general and family

    members who live far away, but elderly people sometimes need help with setting up and accessing social media sites. And as Christmas approaches, help with internet shopping can be much appreciated. Volunteering with a Time Bank means that for every hour you give to help others, you receive 1 time credit, which you can spend on the bank of skills available from other members, so you might earn help with the gardening or even be able to sign up for a Spanish lesson.If youre interested, the best way to get started is to register with the CCVS Time Bank, where you may be asked for references and sometimes a crb check.

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    Seasonal Recipes

    Mini Christmas Cakes

    Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/gas 2. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin with a double thickness of greased, greaseproof paper.

    Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and cream together until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs. Sift together the flour and spices then fold into the creamed mixture. Fold in the lemon zest, dried fruit, glace cherries and nuts and mix thoroughly.

    Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and smooth the surface. Use the back of a metal spoon to make a slight dip in the centre (this will help to give an even rise). Bake in the preheated oven for 3 - 3 hours or until firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin.

    When the cake is completely cold, use a sharp knife to cut it into 9 smaller square cakes. Brush the sides of each cake with a little apricot jam. Divide the marzipan into 9 pieces. Dust a surface lightly with icing sugar and roll each piece out to a strip long enough to go around each cake. Wrap the strips around the cakes pinching the ends together to seal. Top each cake with a selection of cherries, nuts and apricots. Tie a ribbon around each cake if liked.

    Makes 9Ready in 4 hours

    (plus cooling)

    These delightful mini fruit and nut topped cakes and festive

    gingerbread biscuits are perfect for giving as a festive foodie present. Simply wrap in clear cellophane and tie with gold ribbon or place in small gift

    boxes.

    FOR THE CAkE 250g butter, softened 250g dark muscovado sugar 4 medium eggs, beaten 350g plain flour 2 tsp ground mixed spice tsp ground cinnamon tsp ground cloves Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 800g mixed dried fruit 100g glace cherries, rinsed, dried

    and chopped 100g chopped mixed nuts

    FOR THE DECORATION 750g marzipan Icing sugar, for dusting 4 tbsp apricot jam, warmed and

    sieved Mixed coloured glace cherries,

    walnut halves, Brazil nuts and chopped dried apricots

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    225g plain flour, plus extra Quarter teaspoon of salt 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp ground ginger tsp mixed spice 50g unsalted butter 100g dark brown soft sugar 100g golden syrup 1 -2 tbsp milk Icing to decorate

    Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and spices. Heat the butter, sugar and syrup until dissolved, stirring frequently, then cool for 5 minutes.

    Stir the syrup mixture into the dry ingredients. Add enough milk for a stiff dough, cover with cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 5mm thick.

    Using cutters, cut out Christmas shapes. Place on the baking sheets, then use a skewer to make a hole in each one if you want to hang them from the tree. Bake for 10 mins approx until lightly browned, then cool on a wire rack.

    Use writing icing in small squeezy tubes to decorate.

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    Useful Numbers and InformationLocal SchoolsSt. Peters C of E Primary SchoolTel: 01376 561328Honywood Community ScienceSchoolTel: 01376 561231Kelvedon St. Mary C of E PrimarySchoolTel: 01376 570411Feering C of E Controlled PrimarySchoolTel: 01376570296Earls Colne Primary School andNurseryTel: 01787 222205Colne Engaine C of E (Aided)Primary SchoolTel: 01787222717 Bures C.E V.C Primary SchoolTel: 01787227446 Chappel C of E SchoolTel: 01787222296St. John the Baptist C.E.V.APrimary SchoolTel: 01787269300 Great Tey C.E Controlled PrimarySchoolTel: 01206210415 Fordham All Saints C of E PrimarySchoolTel: 01206240251Copford C of E Primary SchoolTel: 01206210439Stanway Primary SchoolTel: 01206574819St. Marys Lower SchoolTel: 01206211242The Heath SchoolTel: 01206571379Stanway Fiveways Primary SchoolTel: 01206574849Holy Trinity C.E. Primary SchoolEight Ash Green & AldhamTel: 01206 240880St Andrew's C.E.V.A PrimarySchool, WormingfordTel: 01787 227307Dedham C of E Controlled PrimarySchoolTel: 01206 322242Stratford St Mary Primary SchoolTel: 01206 323236Stoke by Nayland C.E. V.C.P SchoolTel: 01206 262418Stoke By Nayland Middle SchoolTel: 01206 262362Littlegarth SchoolTel: 01206 262332Nayland Community PrimarySchoolTel: 01206 262348Boxted St Peters C of E PrimarySchoolTel: 01206 272239

    DoctorsKelvedon and Feering HealthCentreTel: 01376572906Kelvedon SurgeryTel: 01376574560Coggeshall SurgeryTel: 01376561242West Bergholt SurgeryTel: 01206241137Marks Tey SurgeryTel: 01206213513 Tollgate Health CentreTel: 01206710030Stanway SurgeryTel: 01206572372The Pump House Surgery/EarlsColneTel: 01787222022Drs Hayhow & Barker/BuresTel: 01787227529Branch Surgery, Tel: 01787 227529Hardwick House Group PracticeTel: 01787 310000Dr Baldwin & Partners, NaylandSurgeryTel: 01206 262202

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    Police ContactsEssex Police (non-emergency callsto all stations and departments) Tel: 0300 333 4444Ministry Of Defence PoliceTel: 01206782917

    DentistsN.R Chappell andAssociates/HalsteadTel: 01787474447R Patel and Associates/HalsteadTel: 01787472202Kelvedon Dental CentreTel:01376 570785Tiptree Dental SurgeryTel: 01621816688D.R McLean B.D.S(Edin)/CoggeshallTel: 01376561748The Croft Dental Surgery/SudburyTel: 01787 372605The Dental Emporium/SudburyTel: 01787 311864G.P Sullivan/ColchesterTel: 01206 322489

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    Wakes Colne Post Office Tel: 01787222449Bures Post OfficeTel: 01787 227252Stoke by Nayland Park StreetStores and Post OfficeTel: 01206 262335Nayland Post Office Tel: 01206 262210Stratford St Mary Post OfficeTel: 01206 322150Dedham Post OfficeTel: 01206 323543

    Village HallsMount BuresTel: 01787 228055Bures Community CentreTel: 01787 227278NaylandTel: 0774 895 3175Dedham Assembly RoomsTel: 01206 323921Stoke by NaylandTel: 01206 262943Wormingford Tel: 01787 227631Little HorkesleyTel: 01206 271841LeavenheathTel: 01206 263301AssingtonTel: 01787 211162Stanway Village HallTel: 01206545062Feering Community CentreTel: 01376572467 Marks Tey Village HallTel: 01206213250White Colne Village HallTel: 01787221811Colne Engaine Village HallTel: 01787223668 Earls Colne Village HallTel: 01787224370Bures Community CentreTel: 01787 227278Eight Ash Green Village HallTel: 01206 562860Copford Village HallTel: 01206 211235

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    Useful Numbers and InformationEssex Recycling CentresColchester Recycling Centre for Household Waste, Maldon Rd, Colchester CO3 4RNOpening hours from March to October 8am - 5pmBank holidays in May and August 9am - 5pmBraintree Recycling CentreSpringwood Dr, Braintree CM7 2YNOpening hours from March to October 9am to 5pmLawford Recycling Centre for Household Waste, Greensmill, Riverside Avenue West, Lawford CO11 1UWOpening hours from March to October 8am - 5pmBank holidays in May and August 9am - 5pmFor more information visit www.essex.gov.uk

    Suffolk Recycling CentresSandy Lane, Sudbury CO10 7HQHaverhill Household Waste Recycling CentreCoupals Close, Chalkstone Way, Haverhill. CB9 7UR.Opening hours from April to September Monday - Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday and Bank holidays 10am to 4pmFor more information call 08456 066 067, email [email protected]lk.gov.uk or visit www.suffolk.gov.uk

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    Chemist Opening HoursWest Bergholt Pharmacy 39 Chapel Rd, West Bergholt Tel 01206 240352Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm Saturday 9am - 1pmDay Lewis Pharmacy, 9 Market Hill, Coggeshall CO6 1TS. Tel 01376 561298Monday - Friday 9.00am - 1pm and 2pm - 6.30pm .Saturday 9am - 1pmBoots the Chemist 72 High St, Kelvedon CO5 9AE. Tel 01376 570368Monday - Wednesday 9am - 7pm. Thursday 9am - 5.30pmFriday 9am - 7pm. Saturday 9am - 5pmBoots the Chemist 50 High St, Earls Colne CO6 2PB. Tel 01787 222818Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6.30pm. Saturday 9am - 1pmDedham Pharmacy High St, Dedham CO7 6DE. Tel 01206 322109Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pmRowlands Pharmacy 13 Nayland Rd, Colchester CO4 5EG. Tel 01206 852965Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm. Saturday 9am - 1pm

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