Thursday, 27 July 2017

FLETCHERS FARM RIDING SCHOOL (FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE COLCHESTER GARRISON SADDLE CLUB)


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




















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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

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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: thecolchesterarchaeologist.co.uk

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.

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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.

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Ideas For Days Out With The Kids

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Interesting & Unusual Local Job Vacancy


Joint Service Housing Advice Office Presentations



Monday, 24 July 2017

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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

BACKGROUND
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.

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.

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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.