A Clean Approach To Chimney Sweeping

GVK Chimney Sweeps and Services is a small family-run business based on the Shotley peninsular. Owner Gordon Pooley takes great pride in providing a reliable, friendly, clean and tidy service to all customers with the introduction of power sweeping technology. Gordon explains, “Proper maintenance of your appliance is obviously a safety issue which we take very seriously, but we also recognise that it’s a privilege to be invited into someone’s home and we treat every home we visit with respect.” The company offers a CCTV inspection service if required at…

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Vacancy At Hall Farm

Hall Farm are currently looking for a chef de partie to join the team in the hall farm kitchen. It is a busy kitchen, which means experience required, with any experience in pastry being an advantage! They advertise great working hours with evenings off and a chance to be a part of their wonderful expanding local business! Please contact Head Chef Lee with a CV by emailing: Café@hallfarmshop.com

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Manningtree Photography Society

A popular visitor, light artist Ed Bacon returned in November to host another fun evening involving light painting. While they all wrestled to capture some intriguing albeit surreal imagery, it really did make them think hard about long exposure settings for dramatic effect. More recently, they were privileged to hear from Ann Miles FRPS, a very well qualified and enthusiastic photographer specialising in nature and landscape photography. Her talk explained the unexpected benefits arising from photography in bad weather, where less bright, but diffused or reflected light can produce much…

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Events Under Canvas Sponsor Ball

East Anglia’s leading giant tipi hire company, Events Under Canvas, was proud sponsor of the East Bergholt Community Fund’s inaugural Harvest Ball in October. The sell-out event raised a whopping £10,000, to be shared between the Suffolk Royal Voluntary Service and East Bergholt Primary School. Around 200 attendees turned out to enjoy a sparkling reception in the grounds of Ackworth House, where five of Events Under Canvas’ interlinked tipis, complete with furnishings, provided the backdrop to a lively evening of entertainment. Local musician Glen Crisp welcomed guests with an acoustic…

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Manningtree & District Photographic Society

Their new term opened with a friendly competition. Restricting entries to local pictures taken in the summer break produced some refreshing and ingenious submissions. David Edwards and Harvey Perkins gained joint honours in the print section with Chris Rogers gaining top marks in Projected Images with an intriguing photograph of the door to Mistley Church. Later in September, they were pleased to welcome David Hall and his wife from Leigh on Sea for a commentary on his recent Landscape and Wildlife photography, titled ‘Home from Home’ delivered with gentle northern…

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Mammoth Book Fair

Attracting bookworms from near and far, and now in its 28th year, the Colchester NSPCC Mammoth Book Fair will be taking place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October at Holmwood House School in Colchester. Open from 9.30am-4pm on both days, the event will offer around 35,000 books, plus games, jigsaws (all completed in advance to avoid disappointment), CDs and DVDs. Stock is replenished on Sunday and entry is £1.50, with under-16s free. Funds raised will go towards the NSPCC’s Helplines available 24/7, every day of the year. They are…

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Manningtree & District Photographic Society

A haven of peace, coffee and scones, in the Tendring District, can be found at Beth Chatto’s Garden in Elmstead Market. Members were pleased to join in this hands-on, outdoor session with colleagues from the Harwich & Dovercourt Camera Club, during the summer break. And again on another occasion a ‘Sunset Photograpy’ workshop, held at West Mersea, both ably led by their Club Chairman George Fossey. Future meetings are as followed; Encouraging a Photographic Eye takes place on Thursday 12th October, Open Colour Competition on Thursday 26th October and Five Way…

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Kenny’s Sesaw News

My goodness, what a lovely open day they had last month. Lots of people came to see the animals awaiting new homes, browse the games and stalls or show off their pets in the Fun Dog Show. Darrell from Gladwell & Son came to help dispense the rosettes his company had kindly sponsored and pupils from Bentley and Copdock Primary Schools who won the art competition came to collect their prizes. They were amazed to find £4,650 was raised, thank you to everyone who helped make the day such a…

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Brooklands Primary School

Brooklands is extremely lucky to have so many sporting ambassadors in the school including Marie Hunting who plays netball for Ipswich Storm, experienced marathon runners Pippa Wake and Megan Glazin and a former regional level badminton player in Lily Loveday. They are also soon to be joined by Brantham team footballer Charlie Goddard and Harry Legg, who is a keen cricketer. Meanwhile Tam Harvey is recovering from her recent, impressive 100 kilometre charity cycle ride. Pretty inspiring stuff, so much so they too have been inspired to take to two…

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