Friday, 18 August 2017

What's On This Weekend

Fri- Archaeological Finds Quiz & Handling at the Roman Circus Centre 11-12 midday, free.

Fri- Friday Health Walk at High Woods Country Park 11am-12 midday, free.

Sat- Bee Safari Colchester Castle Park 2pm, free but must book at Ranger’s station.

Sat- Wivenhoe Farmer’s Market at the Congregational Church in the High Street 9.30-12.30pm.

Sat- Sunshine Pop Garden Party Music Festival at the Whalebone Inn 6-10pm, free.

Sat- Free Family Saturdays at Firstsite 11am-1pm & 2-4pm.

Sat- From Camulodunum to Colchester guided walking tour from Colchester Visitor Centre 11am, fee payable.

Sat- Guided tour of Colchester Roman Circus 12 midday & 1pm £3 (under 16s free).

Sat- Guided History Walk of Mersea, from West Mersea Museum 2.30pm, small fee payable.

Sat- Kids Club at Colchester Odeon 10am & 10.30am. This week’s screenings are “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” & “Boss Baby”.

Sun- Classic & Vintage Car Show at Hedingham Castle 10am-5pm, fee payable.

Sun- The History of Castle Park Guided Tour 2.00pm, free but must book in advance at the Rangers Station in the Park.

Sun- Wivenhoe Annual Crabbing Competition. Registration at the Quay at 10.30am, £2 entry fee, competition starts 11am until 1pm.

Sun- Hat Check Honeys at Colchester Castle Park Bandstand 12 midday-1.30pm followed by the Harmonettes at 2pm finishing with Sid Bolan’s Big Band at 4pm. All free.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Maldon Smoke & Fire Festival Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August Maldon Promenade

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Wivenhoe Annual Crabbing Competition Sunday 20th August


Colchester is hosting its very first Pride!
This will be a local community event full of fun, learning, shopping and of course PRIDE. 

Book your calendars, it will be on Saturday 19th August, and it will take place at Colchester's very own Firstsite.

Admission Fees

Available on the door, Cash only
Online purchase available soon
Adults:                    Before 3pm       £3
                                 After    3pm       £5

Juniors (11-17):   Before 3pm       £1
                                 After    3pm       £2

Children (under 11) : Free

Children and Juniors are welcome until 6pm.

Clacton Pier Armed Forces Weekend 23rd & 24th September



Come and join us for a fun packed weekend. FREE if you are in the military and bring your ID card. We are offering a family of 4 FREE wristbands for anybody has an active military ID. Here at Clacton Pier we appreciate the sacrifices that you make everyday to keep us all safe, this is our way of saying Thank You. We also have classic military vehicles on display!


Monday, 7 August 2017

Health & Safety Vacancy

Job Purpose
Carrying out Health & Safety consultancy and training services, providing timely reports, documentation and advice/assistance as required.
Job Overview
Safetyboss is looking for a hardworking and professional Health & Safety person, with a high level of technical knowledge and people experience. You will have the ability to build strong relationships and deliver high quality, bespoke consultancy and training services. Ideally you will be a chartered member of The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health or equivalent or working towards this. Training experience is required, and a training qualification desirable.
Day-to-Day Responsibilities
  • To visit client premises (75% within M25 corridor) for the purpose of carrying out agreed contractual work, such as audits, fire risk assessments, training, noise assessments, risk profiling.
  • Advise and instruct clients in the use of Health and Safety Management systems and other relevant technical documents and online services
  • Liaise with the HSE and other Enforcing Authorities on behalf of clients when required to do so
  • Assist clients with accident or other special investigations as required
  • Advise clients on matters of Health and Safety standards and best practice affecting their business
  • Provide high quality management reports as required
  • Manage time effectively to provide an effective and efficient service to clients
  • Supporting the client through effective crisis management where required
  • Attend regular meetings at the Head Office in Woodbridge
What you Bring to the Team
  • Excellent people relationship skills
  • Provision of practical solutions
  • Ability to deliver a high quality consultancy service within commercial boundaries
  • Ability to deliver training courses -both client internal and professional
  • An all-round people person with a ‘can do’ attitude,
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong Health and Safety technical knowledge ideally within an engineering background
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Full UK driving licence and access to own car
Why Join our Team?
Fun, professional and supportive, and with a national ‘blue chip’ client base, we provide a fantastic place to work with a great reputation for providing high quality consultancy and training services.
You will experience a huge variety of Health and Safety challenges across a wide range of business sectors. You will be able to build long lasting and fulfilling professional relationships with your clients, develop their Health and Safety practice and compliance. Every day brings a different and exciting challenge calling on all your expertise and experience.
In return, we offer a competitive salary, 33 days holiday (including bank holidays), bonus opportunities, pension contributions and more.
We work at the highest levels and our team includes some of the UK’s top safety specialists – we will provide a superb opportunity to learn and develop your skills from some of the best in the industry.

If our culture sounds like a good fit for you and you want to be part of our success story, then send us your details or ring to discuss further 01394 389683.

Forces Travel - Late Deals

Visit Colchester Update

Visit Colchester
Below you will find a round-up of the best things to see and do this month. For full listings of all the latest great activities and things to see and do around the Borough, take a look at our website

New Tourism Campaign Launches

Visit Colchester have launched a new tourism campaign to promote the Borough. If Our Walls Could Talk shines a spotlight on Colchester's rich heritage and culture. Using the building blocks of the town, it's walls, Colchester's history will be highlighted and shared.
Make sure you are following Visit Colchester's social media accounts for news of exciting competitions and promotions.

Head to Never-Never Land this August...

This summer the Mercury Theatre are staging a production of the childhood classic Peter Pan.
Join Peter and soar over the streets of London, escape to Never-Never land and join in all the adventure with the Darlings, Peter, Wendy and Tinkerbell. Running from 28 July - 26 August it's one not to miss!

Enjoy fun packed days at Colchester Zoo this summer

Looking for inspiration for the holidays? Look no further than Colchester Zoo.
With plenty of play areas, interactive exhibits and the opportunity to feed the animals there is something for the wholefamily.

Mersea Regatta & Round The Island Race

This year's famous Mersea Round the Island race will take place on Wednesday 23 Augustfollowed by the Mersea Town Regatta on Saturday 26 August.
The Island Race was first run in 1970 and each year hundreds of competitors and spectatorsenjoy the unique race which circumnavigates Mersea Island. This year spectators can watch the race on the big screen at the West Mersea Yacht Club. Good luck to all those taking part!

Don't forget to add the hashtag: #ispycolchester to your social media posts about all the great things you're seeing and experiencing in Colchester and across the Borough! Plus why not enter our new selfie competition running on Instagram over the summer. Find out more at

What's New at Colchester Zoo

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Thursday, 27 July 2017


Welcome to Fletchers Farm Riding School & Livery Yard,
Fordham, formerly known as The Colchester Garrison Saddle
Club, newly owned by Emily and Tom Bradshaw. 
The Riding School and livery yard at Fletchers Farm has been established since
2004. The Riding School is registered with the BHS, PC and ABRS.
We have horses and ponies that are suitable for complete beginners to participate
in our full range of lessons, holiday and weekend clubs and activities.
For the more experienced and competitive riders we can offer training, shows and
an array of clinics.  
Fletchers Farm Riding School has 14 horses and ponies ranging from 11hh to
17.2hh and a very experienced team to offer top quality instruction and care in a
relaxed and friendly environment. We also offer lessons on your own horse. 
Fletchers Farm Riding School has access to extensive hacking in the beautiful
Essex countryside with 7km of off road hacking around the farm which joins on to
the East Anglian Farm rides. 

Great Notley Country Park - Home of Sky Ropes, High Ropes and Essex's Longest Play Trail


100+ Tips For Cheap School Holiday Fun

100+ tips for cheap school holiday family fun

Ideas to entertain the kids this summer holiday

Colchester Castle


Colchester's Roman Circus Centre

Opening hours for Centre and Gardens
● 11.00am-4.00pm, Mondays to Saturdays until late September.

What's on offer
● Admission free.
● Tours and information from friendly guides.
● Free WiFi in cafĂ©.
● Book and hire a bike from the Colchester Cycle Hire at the Circus Centre and explore the Colchester area.
● Or grab your own bike and come to the Circus Centre as part of the great Essex Cake Escape!
● Centre available for hire out of opening hours by corporate organisations and societies.

Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus House, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester.
Enquiries and bookings: 01206 501785.

Colchester Archaeological Trust website:

Essex School Holiday Dates 2017-18

Events at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre -

Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve and visitor centre, set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary, even on the dullest of days the views are fantastic. It offers the visitor real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all. A wide range of habitats are on view here, including grassland, heathland and ponds. 
There is a great range of family events/activities.


Activities at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre - Essex Wildlife Trust - Essex Wildlife Trust
A wetland site of international importance for wildfowl. Up to 40,000 ducks, swans and geese visit each year. Excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous views over the reservoir.

There are always great family events/activities going on at the visitor centre.

Click here for more info

Ideas For Days Out With The Kids


Interesting & Unusual Local Job Vacancy

Joint Service Housing Advice Office Presentations

Monday, 24 July 2017

SFA Customer Satisfaction Survey

Summer Holiday Fun at Old MacDonald's Farm

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The Beach intu Lakeside is Essex’s largest urban beach and theme park. There’s no need to go to the seaside, as we're bringing The Beach to you! Come and see us at West Thurrock Way, Lakeside from July to September between 12pm and 9pm to experience a Urban Beach like no other! Situated at the fantastic intu Lakeside Shopping Centre, with over 300 tonnes of golden sand and an amazing 20m x 12m paddling pool, you can enjoy everything you might find at the seaside, apart from the odd ship sailing past.
If you're not the relaxing type, our new range of rides and fun attractions are sure to get those summer feelings flowing. There are rides for adults, children and families, offering you a mix of the new and exciting with the good old favourites. We have a fun range of entertainment that is sure to get you into that holiday spirit, with exciting free events and entertainment for the little ones and all the family. Come and enjoy a day out at The Beach with us! Please be aware that we don't allow any cameras/video recorders at The Beach.

Summer Holidays at Leisure World

Peter Pan at the Mercury Theatre 28th July - 26th August, a Made in Colchester Production offering 20% Military Discount

The magical tale of the boy who never grew up!
When Peter Pan returns to the home of the Darling family to retrieve his lost shadow, he’s not expecting to meet Wendy, or that she’ll join him on a trip to Neverland for the adventure of a lifetime.
As they soar over the streets of London (yes, they really can fly!), Wendy can only imagine the fun she’s going to have with Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys, and the danger that awaits her in the form of the dastardly Captain Hook and his band of pirates!
Daniel Buckroyd (Dick Whittington, The Butterfly Lion) and Matthew Cullum (Wind in the Willows, James and the Giant Peach) team up to bring J. M. Barrie’s much loved masterpiece to life this Summer.
Will Wendy escape the clutches of Captain Hook and make it back home? Can Peter and the Lost Boys ever capture the pirate ship? And will Captain Hook finally silence the ‘Tick-Tock’ of the Crocodile that always follows him?
Join Peter, Wendy and all your favourite characters from the classic story for a magical, musical adventure that is guaranteed to delight young and old!
Tickets are now available for the Peter Pan Backstage Tour and Touch Tour.
For more information about our Relaxed Performances click here. Relaxed Performances are supported by Colchester Catalyst.
Presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Limited.
Written by J. M. Barrie

Extended Free Childcare Entitlement In Overseas Locations

1. In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).

2. The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge. In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.
3. The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.
4. The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.

5. The additional entitlement will be introduced by government on 1 September 2017 across England and is mirrored in MOD locations overseas, using the same eligibility criteria defined under the 2016 Childcare Act above.

6. The additional entitlement has been trialled across England prior to the rollout on 1 September 2017. The MOD entitlement will not be backdated to include these periods.

7. In overseas locations where the MOD-provided settings have sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through those settings, free of charge. Free childcare cannot be claimed when using childminders or nannies.
8. In overseas locations where there are no MOD-provided settings, or where MOD-provided settings lack sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.
9. The entitlement applies to eligible Service Personnel and entitled Civilians only. The latter means UK Based Civil Servants posted overseas or Specially Recruited for Overseas Service. Fee-paying contractors cannot apply.

NHS Veterans' Mental Health Services Now Available For Armed Forces Personnel Approaching Discharge

JSHAO - Housing Matters Magazine - Summer 2017

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Diary Dates for Legal Advice Clinics 2017

Legal Advice Clinics continue to be held at the AWS Office, Community Centre, Fallowfield Road.

Bookings are to be made by telephoning the AWS Business Support Worker on 01206 816581.

Dates and timings as follows:                                                                      
Wed 30 Aug 17 1000 - 1600 hrs
Wed 27 Sep 17 1000 - 1600 hrs
Wed 25 Oct 17 1000 - 1600 hrs
Wed 29 Nov 17 1000 - 1600 hrs                      
Wed 13 Dec 17 1000 - 1600 hrs

Due to the increasing number of FTA, anyone failing to attend a booked appointment will forfeit their right to the free 30 minute advice session.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Veterans Gateway

Officially launched on 20.06.17, the Veterans Gateway is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is made up of a consortium or organisations and Armed Forces Charities including  including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.
They put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.