Essex Chronicle - 2020-07-30
Essex Chronicle 2020-07-30

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Essex Chronicle

2020-07-30

30. Jul 2020
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Making local matter since 1764 THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 Local news all day every day ESSEXlive.newS InYourArea.co.uk £1.70 LEisure centre re-opens with safety measures page 6 vital Bridge demolition is delayed for a year page 13 Let’s put a stop to the Essex litter epidemic Litter in Central Park, Chelmsford, this year photo: darryl webber jb gill spearheads our campaign to change things for the better: pages 14&15

2 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 Inside this week music: sea girls release debut album page 29 Beanie Feldstein stars in How To Build A Girl On What’s best of streaming and tv motoring: cleaner and greener volvo page 54 Regulars Your Views .........................................22 Vicky Ford MP....................................22 Community News..............................24 Charity News ....................................25 Education News......................... 26&27 Sport..............................................56-60 Contacts Editor Alan Woods newsdesk@essexlive.news Phone News: 01245 602730 Sport: 01245 602737 Photosales: 01604 683902 Post During the lockdown period our offices are closed and we are unable to process post as usual. Please send correspondence via email. Advertising Advertising 01245 690235 Trade customers 01245 482764 Please note that we cannot accept advertising in person at our offices any more. Newspaper sales & distribution Newspaper Sales Manager 01245 602714 Subscriptions 0333 2028000 Leaflet Insertion customer.service@courier.co.uk E-editions essexlive.news/e-edition Corrections&Complaints If we have published anything that is factually inaccurate, please contact the Editor, Alan Woods on 01245 602730, via email at alan.woods@reachplc.com or post to: The Editor, Essex Chronicle, Kestrel House, Hedgerows Business Park, Chelmsford, CM2 5PF, and, once verified, we will correct it as soon as possible. The Essex Chronicle newspaper is published by Local World, a subsidiary company of Reach PLC, which is a member of IPS0, the Independent Press Standards Organisation. We adhere to the Editors’ Code Of Practice as enforced by IPS0, who are contactable for advice at IPSO, Gate House, 1 Farringdon Street, London, EC4M 7LG. Website: www.ipso.co.uk/ Telephone: 0300 123 2220; email advice@ipso. co.uk If you have a complaint concerning a potential breach of the Code of Practice, we will deal with your complaint directly or IPSO can refer your complaint to us. Please go to www. trinitymirror.com/howtocomplain where you can view our Complaints Policy and Procedure. A “How To Complain” pack is also available by writing to the Legal and Compliance Department, Trinity Mirror PLC, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP. geek adventures How To Build A Girl Amazon Prime ■■Coky Giedroyc’s coming-of-age film is based on Caitlin Moran’s best-selling autobiographical novel and mixes comedy and drama to great effect. Beanie Feldstein plays geeky, working-class sixth-former Johanna in the Midlands in the 1990s whose heroes include Karl Marx, Sylvia Plath and David Bowie. When she answers an ad for talent in a music mag with an idiosyncratic review, she gets a job as a writer, reinvents herself as hip London journo Dolly Wilde and embarks on a great journalistic adventure. off the beaten track Rogue Trip Disney+ ■■A new National Geographic travel documentary series in which father and son Bob and Mack Woodruff visit some of the world’s more overlooked and misunderstood destinations in search of beauty and inspiration. In this first six-part series, the duo go off the beaten track to travel to Columbia, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Lebanon and Ukraine where they find much to admire in some troubled places. bowing out Travel Man’s Greatest Trips: Out And AboutChannel 4, Friday, July 31, 8pm ■■A very different kind of travel programme as Richard Ayoade marks the end of his stint on the show (Joe Lycett is taking over) by delving into the archives to find some of his most The Muppets are back Father and son Bob and Mack Woodruff in Rogue Trip memorable journeys. Highlights include going up the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, the world’s tallest building, with Johnny Vegas and whale watching in Tenerife with Lena Dunham. Witty, silly and quirkily insightful. furry fun Muppets Now New episodes on Fridays, Disney+ ■■Kermit and co are back with a new weekly, improvised show starting this Friday. Expect the usual mayhem from old favourites like Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear along with appearances from special guests including RuPaul, Seth Rogan and Aubrey Plaza. Look out too for a new Muppet character Joe, a weasel from the legal department, who brings an extra edge to proceedings. bawdy georgians Harlots BBC Two, Wednesday, August 5, 9pm ■■Previously only available on short-lived channel ITV Encore, all three seasons of this bawdy drama about the brothels of Georgian London are now switching to BBC Two. With a top-notch cast including Jessica Brown Findlay, Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville, Harlots looks at 18th century society through the rivalry between two madams with Morton’s Margaret Wells trying to reconcile being a mother with her role as a brothel owner as her business comes under attack.

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 3 News Snapping the Stiletto project given £207k A PROJECT which aims to tell the stories of underrepresented communities in Essex has received £207,000 in funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Snapping the Stiletto project will collect the oral histories and heritage objects about the lives of working-class, BAME and LGBTQ+ women from the last 100 years. As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act 1970, the Snapping the Stiletto project will also include community craft and youth engagement projects, guided heritage walks, women’s history festivals and pop-up events to collect people’s stories later in the summer. The Snapping the Stiletto project will work with the Maldon Museum in the Park, Museum of Power, Saffron Walden Museum and Southend Museums – which is where the oral histories and heritage objects are to be displayed – as well as the University of Essex, Essex Children’s University, SHARE Museums East, Colchester Stitch & Bitch, Colchester Pride and the Essex Cultural Diversity Project. Councillor Susan Barker, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Customer, Communities, Culture and Corporate, said: “To receive this funding for the Snapping the Stiletto project is wonderful. “It is very important that we recognise the contributions that the working-class, BAME and LGBTQ+ women have made to our county over the past 100 years. “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act 1970, we want to ensure that these narratives are recorded and preserved for the future. We also want our local museums to be representative of our county’s residents’ experiences and local communities.” Indi Sandhu, creative director from the Essex Cultural Diversity Project, said: “Through engagement and participation, the Snapping the Stiletto project will engage with a range of diverse people from BAME communities to LBGTQ+, including women and young people, through a range of activities such as workshops, seminars, conferences, pop up events and a festival. “The grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund is very much needed to support the thriving heritage sector in Essex.” An early cohort of female Essex Police officers on the beat essex police museum City council says free parking to help shops is unaffordable chelmsford cannot offer same deal as basildon because of £9.5m budget gap By piers meyler Local democracy reporter piers.meyler@reachplc.com @meyler123 Chelmsford City Council has said that it cannot afford to follow Basildon Council in making its car parks free until the end of this year to boost high street recovery. Free pay and display car parks and season tickets were unanimously agreed upon by Basildon’s Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee on July 21. The move is designed to lend support to high streets as part of the Shop Local, Shop Safe campaign, which aims to encourage shoppers to support their local high street and support shopkeepers in reopening in a safe manner. The move is expected to result in a loss of income to the council of £225,000. But Chelmsford has argued it cannot afford to offer the same deal, given the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on Chelmsford City Council’s finances. This year, because ofche the pandemic and lockdown, Chelmsford City Council has a £9.5 million budget gap, largely through the loss of fees and charges. Responding to a request through social media that Chelmsford City Council should offer free parking, a spokesman said: “It’s a difficult balance for councils. “Once councils received big government grants which were used to fund essential services like homelessness support, bin collections and public health. “However, we don’t receive those grants any more. “Local councils also keep 11 per cent of council tax. That means all the services that local councils provide are paid for largely with income from car parking, leisure centres, High Chelmer car park, Chelmsford events and so on. “This year, because of the pandemic and lockdown, Chelmsford City Council has a £9.5 million budget gap which means we’re worried that we might struggle to provide those essential services. “Sadly, we really need the income from car parks to carry on doing what we exist to do - we’re not just being mean.” Councillor David Harrison, chairman of Basildon Council’s Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee, said: “This will have big value to high streets, especially in Billericay and Wickford. “While there is a financial cost to the council, it will provide a real boost to high street traders in a time of real need.” The council will also monitor the car parks to see how they are used. If there is heavy use by commuters rather than shoppers then a daily fee will be introduced between noon and 6pm.

4 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 News Police at the block of flats in Market Street, Braintree A police forensics van at the scene Witness appeal after fire in block of flats Homes were evacuated and a police cordon put up outside a block of flats following a “deliberate” fire. The blaze was first reported to emergency services at about 7.15am on Sunday (July 26). Two fire engines, including one from Braintree and one from Coggeshall, rushed to the scene of the fire in Market Street, Braintree. Crews confirmed that all the occupants of the flats had managed to safely leave the premises and the fire was extinguished by £25m 7.57am. At noon, a number of police officers remained at the scene and a small police cordon was blocking access to the flats. The flats are situated above a parade of shops in Market Street. A joint investigation between Essex Fire Service and Essex Police is under way into the cause. A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We are appealing for witnesses to a flat fire in Market Street. “We were contacted shortly after 7.15am and firefighters have now put out the fire. “It started in one flat but the occupants of all four flats in the building were evacuated for their safety. “No-one was reported to have been hurt.” He added: “It is believed the fire was started deliberately and we are making enquiries into the circumstances.” Witnesses and anyone with information is asked to contact Braintree CID on 101, quoting incident 297 and the date. You can also report online at www.essex.police.uk. Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org. black hole in council taxes County estimates cost of reduction as result of pandemic crisis By piers meyler Local democracy reporter piers.meyler@reachplc.com @meyler123 Essex County Council has predicted it will face a £25 million reduction in the amount it takes in council tax, due to Covid-19. The latest estimated reduction in council tax collection fund income for 2020/21 is £25 million. However there is a high level of uncertainty about this, given the level of deferrals in place and the impact of the tapering of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. However the council has not ruled out facing a permanent income loss of £25 million in future years. It says that “if the £25 million col- lection fund loss results in a permanent reduction to the tax base, that will also create a further £25 million pressure on the 2021/22 budget, which will be a significant funding reduction for the council”. In 2020/21 there is a forecast overspend of £12.3 million (1.2 per cent) against a net revenue budget of £1 billion. The overspend is directly driven by the additional costs and lost income or savings, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The overspend is directly driven by the additional costs and lost income or savings, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The council has lost out on £4.7 million due to the under recovery of income in closed country parks and the non-delivery of savings due to the impact of the virus. There is also shortfall of £3.6 million in park and ride income, a £2.6 million shortfall in income from the registrations and libraries services, a £1.7 million overspend on home to school, passenger transport and adult community learning and a £1.3 million overspend where the budgeted increase in commercial income, through fees and charges, is now very unlikely to be achieved. There are further potential cost pressures related to Covid-19 that may occur from August. These include the re-opening of services, social distancing measures on local buses and home to school transport. A statement to cabinet said: “In these unprecedented times, the impact of Covid-19 and the uncertain impact on both demand for services and future income, means it is difficult to provide a certain forecast for the year. The position is volatile, with significant risks given the nature of the pandemic. “For example, it is not clear how long social-distancing restrictions will be in place for all areas; there is the inherent uncertainty around future potential waves or local lockdowns; there is funding from Government to meet substantial Covid- 19 emergency costs but this falls short of the full costs and liabilities arising from Covid-19. “There are potentially further costs arising from Covid-19 from September, including higher home to school transport costs, potential pent up demand in social care as easing continues and PPE. “At this stage it is unclear as to whether there will be any further additional funding from central Government. It is inevitable that there will be volatility in the position as the year progresses.”

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 5 Benchmark Vaccines, on the Springwood Industrial Estate, Braintree Rachael Meyer News Facility is bought ready to mass-produce future vaccine for coronavirus £16 million buyout plus £100 million investment By alan jones and SIMON MURFITT newsdesk@essexlive.news mid-Essex will play a key role in the manufacturing of a Covid-19 vaccine if and when one is created after the Government bought a facility where it would be produced at scale. The purchase of the Benchmark Vaccines facility on the Springwood Industrial Estate, in Braintree, for £16 million, was announced by government ministers on Thursday of last week. Ministers also announced an additional £100 million will be invested into the new start-of-the-art centre to scale-up Covid-19 vaccine and gene therapy manufacturing. The investment will fund a Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Manufacturing Innovation Centre, which is due to open in December 2021, and be used by Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT Catapult), a centre of excellence in innovation, set up to help the UK become a world leader in the development, deliver and commercialisation of cell and gene therapy. The Government said the centre will have the capacity to produce millions of doses a month, ensuring the UK has the capabilities to manufacture vaccines and advanced medicines. Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “We are taking all necessary steps to ensure we can vaccinate the public as soon as a successful I am delighted that we have a long-term solution for the workforce. Peter George Covid-19 vaccine becomes available. “This new Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Manufacturing Innovation Centre, alongside crucial investment in skills, will support our efforts to rapidly produce millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine while ensuring the UK can respond quickly to potential future pandemics.” The facility, which was completed in 2017, employs 75 highly-qualified staff who will transfer to CGT Catapult on completion of the sale. Peter George, chairman of Benchmark Holdings, said: “I am extremely pleased that Benchmark has been able to be part of the UK solution for vaccine manufacturing. We were in the process of evaluating this sector when Covid-19 broke, and following communications with Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government Vaccine Taskforce, and with special thanks to the hard work of Kate Bingham and her team, this is the outcome. “I am delighted that we have a long-term solution for the workforce, which has always been our desired outcome. I would like to highlight the Government’s foresight in identifying the possibilities here and moving quickly on this decision.” Kate Bingham, who chairs the Vaccines Staff at work at Benchmark Vaccines’ facility on the Springwood Industrial Estate in Braintree photos: Rachael Meyer Taskforce, said: “This announcement is another important milestone for us. The work of the Vaccines Taskforce is focused on protecting the UK against Covid-19 through vaccination as quickly as possible. “In order to vaccinate our high-risk populations at the earliest opportunity, the Government has agreed to proactively manufacture vaccines now, so we have millions of doses of vaccine ready if they are shown to be safe and effective. The acquisition of this state-of-the-art manufacturing centre will not only help us with this, but also ensures we are well-placed as a country to be able to cope with any pandemics or health crises in the future.” The Government said that employment in the cell and gene therapy sector is predicted to reach more than 6,000 jobs by 2024, with more than 3,000 in manufacturing and bioprocessing. Matthew Durdy, CEO of CGT Catapult, said: “This commitment from the Government through the BEIS Vaccines Taskforce will enable continued growth and productivity in the cell and gene therapy sector.” INGATESTONE HALL HALL LANE, INGATESTONE, ESSEX CM4 9NR 16 th century mansion, set in 11 acres of grounds, containing Petre family furniture, pictures and memorabilia ¾ mile from Ingatestone High Street via Station Lane - FREE PARKING HOUSE & GARDENS Open Noon - 5 p.m. TEA ROOM SUNDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & BANK HOLIDAYS from Easter Sunday until the end of September Adults - £7 OAPs & Students - £6 Children - £3 GIFT SHOP Guided tours available for groups and school parties at other times by prior appointment Ingatestone Hall and its grounds provides an ideal setting for public and private events of all kinds. Whether you are planning a gathering for a couple of dozen people, a wedding ceremony and/or reception or a large exhibition over several days with up to 1,500 visitors per day, we are confident that we can provide a solution to suit your needs. We do not have any fixed package deals but can work closely with you to plan a format and layout for your event to suit your particular needs. Just some of the events held at Ingatestone during recent years include charity balls, wedding ceremonies and receptions, receptions for leading County figures and institutions, seminars, plays, concerts, exhibitions and film locations Tel. 01277 353010 The e-fit of the suspect Police issue e-fit appeal over suspect Essex Police are hunting for a man who allegedly indecently exposed himself in Danbury last month. Officers investigating the incident have released an e-fit of the man they wish to talk to in relation to the offence. It was reported that the man had indecently exposed himself at about 3.40pm on June 28 in Main Road. The electronically-generated image shows a man with a fairly rounded face, brown eyes and short curly blonde hair. A spokesman for Essex Police said: “He was wearing a brown and blue checked shirt and brown shorts. “Anyone who can identify him or has any information about this incident that could help with our inquiries is asked to call PC Nick Sharp in the Chelmsford local policing team on 101, quoting reference 42/95096/20.” Email: house@ingatestonehall.co.uk Website: www.ingatestonehall.com

6 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 News A number of machines will not be accessible Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford Riverside is re-opened with host of changes for safety By Elliot Hawkins elliot.hawkins@reachplc.com @Elliot_Hawkins It was only a year ago when the new-look Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford opened its doors. About £40 million was spent on making it one of the most modern and impressive sports centres in Essex, but Covid-19 stopped it in its tracks just months later. It has been a frustrating and difficult time for those in charge, working hard to put all the necessary safety measures in place ready for the public’s return. Riverside opened for the first time in four months on Monday, two days after the Government allowed indoor sporting venues to start operating again. The Chronicle was given exclusive access ahead of the centre’s re-opening to find out what I think Covid-19 has shown the importance of physical activity for people. changes visitors can expect. As soon as you park at the centre, you’ll instantly notice a change. All visitors must now enter through the entrance on the side of the River Chelmer, with the one-way system throughout the entire complex meaning you now exit through the car park doors. The majority of visitors, including John Lyons those attending sessions and classes, will have to use the queueing system in place outside the entrance where clear barriers and floor markings have been laid out to guide you. However, queueing isn’t necessary for those making a general enquiry. Booking is one of the main changes that visitors have been urged to familiarise themselves with before attending. You can now only attend a session or class if you have booked in advance using an ‘ourChelmsford’ account. If you haven’t booked ahead, you will be unable to use the centre. Each visitor will also be limited to one session a day, meaning you will no longer to be able to book two separate activities for the same visit. Riverside is also now completely cashless, meaning all payments have to be made by card or with contactless. And as the A queueing system will be in place for the majority of visitors Spin class sizes have been reduced Government is still enforcing social distancing, all visitors must stay two metres apart where possible, or at least more than a metre. Swimming is the most popular activity at the centre. If you’ve booked a swimming session, make sure you have your costume underneath your clothes when you arrive as the changing rooms will be unavailable prior to using the pool. The one-way system in place means only those leaving the pool will have access to both the changing cubicles and showers. The main pool will be open for public lane swimming while the learner pool will be limited to eight people from a maximum of two households. Both the flume and splash pool will remain closed until the centre is given the go-ahead from the appropriate authority to re-open them. Keep in mind that hairdryers will also be unavailable and that locker numbers have been limited for safety reasons. There will also be a reduced timetable in order for staff to carry out regular cleaning, and sessions themselves will be limited to one hour. The gym and classes have also been hugely affected by the changes. About half of all machines have been taken out of use in the gym to ensure social distancing is maintained, and clear signs are in place to show visitors which machines are in operation. Sessions will be for one hour only and individual stations will be available for a maximum of 15 minutes. Water stations will be out of use, so make sure you bring your own water into the gym. Gym instructors will be on hand to guide you around the gym safely, with a one-way system in place throughout. Classes have been similarly impacted, with the number of people permitted in each class significantly lower than before Covid-19. Timetables have been reduced to begin with and there will be marked spots on the floors in each of the studios to help maintain social distancing. Spin bike classes have been reduced from 35 bikes to just ten and visitors will be asked to clean the equipment they use as part of their cool down. The sports hall is also open for bookings but will initially be limited to just badminton and table tennis. The ice rink will not open until the following week. The majority of the ice rink’s seating area has been taken out of use There are changes to how the pool is used Visitors will follow strict guidelines There is, understandably, still concern amongst sections of the general public about coming back out following the Covid-19 lockdown. But the measures in place at Riverside have guaranteed the best possible safety for those using the service, and those in charge are confident that customers will be “reassured” once they return. John Lyons, leisure and heritage services manager for Chelmsford City Council, said: “When we opened the centre we were extremely successful. “People loved the building and we exceeded our attendances and income and things were going really well up until February and March [2020]. It is a shame but I’m confident that we’ll reassure customers and they’ll come back. It might take a few months but before long we’ll be back to where we were. “I think Covid-19 has shown the importance of physical activity for people and I think they will come back, hopefully sooner rather than later.”

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 7 News Police teams making a difference to town centres one year on By simon murfitt simon.murfitt@reachplc.com @simonmurfitt1 Police town centre teams have made more than 1,000 arrests and led more than 2,000 investigations in their first year. Since their launch this time last year the teams have made town centres safer by catching drug dealers, shoplifters and people carrying weapons as well as dealing with anti-social behaviour. The Braintree and Witham teams have been working with schools to identify those at risk and work to prevent antisocial behaviour among young people. This is linked to Essex Police’s efforts to educate and prevent young people from becoming involved in knife and violent crime under Operation Sceptre. Across the county the teams have been carrying out targeted searches in parks and other open areas which have resulted in a number of weapons being recovered and removed from our streets. Venues across Essex have worked with police to accommodate the use of knife arches to detect weapons and to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying knives. Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan said: “We want to thank you for welcoming our officers into your communities. They have become part of them as we all come together to fight crime and antisocial behaviour, making our town centres safer for all those who live, work or visit Essex. “By working together, we can keep the tide turning and put a stop to antisocial behaviour, drug-dealing and other insidious crimes which cause irreparable harm to families, friends and our communities.” The force, which saw 58 new officers passing out earlier this month, will be investing in 20 new community safety engagement officers. They will support their local policing teams alongside the town centre teams, People are very pleased to have them there and are reassured to have them around. Roger Hirst and are are starting to move into their posts now. ACC Nolan said: “We are increasing the numbers of new officers who will be bolstering our work to protect and serve our communities and catch the bad guys. “Our new CSEOs will be looking at solving those longer-term problems which really do affect people’s quality of life, at addressing issues that are priorities for communities and telling you about what they are doing so you know more about what’s happening in your town.” Since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in March, the town centre teams have carried out extra patrols to help protect closed businesses and since June have worked in partnership with them and local PC Rachel Holmes and ACC Rachel Nolan on patrol in Maldon High Street on Monday councils as they re-open. Denise Rossiter, chief executive of Essex Chambers of Commerce, said: “It is absolutely essential that as lockdown reduces there will be an even greater need for these teams to be visible and to help instil confidence and assurances as the high street comes back to trading full time.” Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “After listening to the public and local businesses and traders it’s clear that people want more officers in their town centres and the launch of these teams last year, alongside other expansions to the rural, business crime, schools and roads policing teams are a big success. “People are very pleased to have them there and are reassured to have them around.” Residents can find out more about what their local town centre team is doing on Facebook. Each district has its own Essex Police page. Chief Constable of Essex makes his own arrest in city BJ Harrington Chief Constable of Essex BJ Harrington got stuck in with his colleagues and made an arrest while out on patrol with town centre team officers in Chelmsford. Sgt Graham Thomas and PC Casey Armstrong were accompanying the Chief Constable in Chelmsford on Tuesday, as the force marked a year since town centre teams were created. A 29-year-old man, of no fixed address, was arrested in Springfield Road at noon on suspicion of a public order offence following reports that a man failed to heed warnings from police community support officer (PCSO) colleagues to stop swearing in front of children. Following the arrest, the Chief Constable and Sgt Thomas escorted the man to a police vehicle to be taken into custody. Sgt Thomas, who leads the Chelmsford town centre team, has been responsible for 33 of the team’s 123 arrests over the past year. in brief Appeal for witnesses after arson attempt Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempt was made to set fire to a property in the early hours of the morning. A resident reported seeing someone pouring liquid on to a doormat outside an address in Ashton Place, Chelmsford, at about 3.20am on Wednesday of last week (July 22). The resident disturbed the person, who was said to be wearing a helmet, by shouting at them, causing them to run off in the direction of Hopkins Mead. Officers arrived and found petrol and matches outside the address. Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw the incident or has seen any unusual or suspicious behaviour in the road recently. They would also like to hear from anyone who was in the area at this time and has dash cam or video doorbell footage. Those with information can pass it to police via their website essex.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/ tell-us-about-existing-case-report/ referencing 42/112865/20. Alternatively call 101 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously. Baddow Charity Races to go virtual this year The Rotary Clubs of Chelmsford Mildmay and Chelmsford Rivermead are replacing the Edmund Carr Great Baddow Charity Races this year with a virtual ten-mile road race (under UKA licence) and a virtual two-mile family fun run on September 13. Participants can download one of the free designated apps, which will certify timing, in order to gain a free medal and certificate. Runners will be able to compete on their own course locations. These are charity races and this year the main beneficiaries are Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled and Dementia Adventure. All runners are welcome to gain sponsorship for their own charity and the Rotary organisers encourage a donation to its nominated charities as listed on the website www.baddowraces.co. uk, where all information about the virtual races conditions and entry details can be located. A spokesman said: “We know that many runners would like the opportunity to run and also to raise money for charities which currently are hard pressed for funds.”

8 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 News ‘It’s an insult to say we’re not doing enough’ muslim society hits out at those blaming minority groups for surge in covid-19 cases By Elliot Hawkins elliot.hawkins@reachplc.com @Elliot_Hawkins Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups have been more affected by Covid-19 – that is a fact. It means they are more at risk of contracting, suffering from and even dying from the virus compared to the white British population. However, according to a report from LeicestershireLive, a small group is seeking to “blame, stigmatise and scapegoat” certain ethnic minorities for the second spike of coronavirus in Leicester which led to a local lockdown. The idea that minority religious groups are to blame is, quite simply, a racist misconception. The Chelmsford Muslim Society went above and beyond to ensure the safety of their community during the pandemic, including closing Chelmsford Mosque for the first time in more than 50 years. Prayers have been restricted to individual families within their own homes and the traditional celebrations for the most significant Islamic festivals of the year were cancelled. They simply could not have done more to protect themselves, their families and the wider Chelmsford population, and to be blamed for a second surge of Covid-19 is an “insult” to their community. The Chelmsford Muslim Society has been an official registered charity in the city for eight years. Ayman Syed is the group’s general secretary and has lived in Chelmsford for 22 years, during which time the city’s Muslim community has significantly expanded. When news of a potential global pandemic came about earlier this year, the society was quick to react. “We heard about the news initially before things were going into lockdown,” Ayman said. “We have a lot of doctors and medical people who were advising and telling us of the dangers and of how it can spread amongst the general population. “At that time we didn’t know it was particularly affecting the ethnic The Bangladeshi community provided food for NHS staff at Broomfield Hospital minorities. If someone in our congregation had it, we realised how serious it then would be, so we started to take action and had thoughts of actually having to close the mosque. “That was a huge thing for us to consider when the mosque has been established in Chelmsford since around 1970, so we’re talking over 50 years and it’s never been closed.” The mosque, located in Parkway, has always remained open for five daily prayers and closing the venue was understandably a difficult decision for the committee to make. Ayman said: “How do you get the community support behind such a big decision? “We were worried about the backlash related to it, so we decided before the government made a decision on lockdown to shut the mosque. “We were ahead of the time because we were concerned about the safety of not only the Muslim population but of the general population.” During lockdown the Imam had been attending the mosque and praying on his own, something that was important for the group from a religious standpoint. However, prior to the mosque reopening for reduced religious gatherings on July 4, no one else had prayed with him during lockdown. Millions of families across the UK have been affected by coronavirus and it was no different for Ayman and his family after he recently lost his uncle to Covid-19. While they were not aware at the start of the pandemic, the group soon understood the risk that ethnic minorities faced. “We then found out how it is affecting the ethnic minorities more than other populations,” Ayman said. “We’re getting much better information on the age ranges that are being affected. “All of these things have been important for us to have a better understanding of how to protect ourselves. Everyone has been taking precautions. “Many households have three generations living with them and I myself have my mum who lives with me and my dad who comes from London to live with us. “We then have to think not just for ourselves but the impact it could Ayman Syed, the general secretary for the Chelmsford Muslim Society have on our family. I’ve had an uncle who has died from Covid-19 as well and we couldn’t go to the hospital or the funeral, so it’s difficult when you then realise the personal impact it can have.” Two of the biggest Islamic festivals and events occurred during the months of lockdown. Both Eid and Ramadan would usually see hundreds of people attend mass congregations at the mosque – but restrictions meant that could not happen. Even Friday congregations, when all Muslims come together to chat and pray, were no longer possible in their traditional format. The society would often accommodate up to 600 people during Friday congregations at the mosque, but from July 4 that number was reduced to no more than 50 for each prayer. The society instead launched a variety of online teachings and sessions to allow members of the community to continue practicing their faith from home. It was an unprecedented and challenging time for the group, and after making huge sacrifices in order to comply with the guidelines, the accusations that religious groups may actually be to blame for a surge in Covid-19 were hard for Ayman to accept. He said: “It’s an insult to say that we’re not doing enough in terms of keeping people safe. When it comes to Eid itself, that’s the day when you all go out like Sunday Mass for Christmas. You wear your best clothes, you go out and you’re hugging and greeting people, all of these things we just couldn’t do. “We knew that whatever we did was going to be looked at – our congregation would be looked at whether or not we were socially distanced or not, so that had an impact on our decision. “It’s a frustration, but it’s not unexpected. For whatever reason people get blamed and you need to turn to someone, so now we’re the scapegoats. “Generally it’s the far right blaming us, but it doesn’t make any sense why the groups who are being affected the most would then turn around and be the ones spreading it. “A lot of families have vulnerable people in their households – why would they then be risking themselves? It makes no sense.” At the peak of the virus, Chelmsford’s Muslim community supported the NHS workers on the frontline. A large number of restaurants and takeaways came together to give food to staff at Broomfield Hospital, with others donated money to go towards the produce. In addition to providing food directly to the hospital, some restaurants within the community have been offering discounted food to NHS staff, including: Yasmin Indian Brasserie – 30%; Indian Zest – 20%; Skewers – 20% Moulshi Munch – 20%; Shapla Takeaway – 20%; and Balti King – 20%. The incredible work that the society has done, and continues to do, in Chelmsford certainly has not gone unnoticed. A spokesperson for Chelmsford City Council said: “These kind of accusations will not be tolerated in Chelmsford. “The Chelmsford Muslim Society and other faith groups within the city have done incredible work to support the community in response to the coronavirus crisis, particularly towards those who have been shielding and are in need of additional support. “We’re proud and grateful for the caring citizens here in Chelmsford and consider the accusations towards religious groups to be baseless.”

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 9 News The best motorway by miles By Alice Cunningham alice.cunningham@reachplc.com The M11 has been voted the best motorway in England in a brand new survey. According to the 2019/20 Strategic Roads User Survey, undertaken by Transport Focus, the motorway from Cambridge to London had the highest overall satisfaction of 92 per cent. It beat other roads like the M25, M1, A1(M) and M4. The best ‘A’ road was at the other end of the country, however - the A166 route across the Pennines from Scotch Corner to Penrith. This is the second year of the independent watchdog’s new survey looking at the views of over 8,000 road users about their last journey on a motorway or major ‘A’ road managed by Highways England. Transport Focus chief executive Anthony Smith said: “In the 12 months before the coronavirus lockdown, more than three out of four drivers were satisfied with their journey on England’s motorways and major ‘A’ roads - but some roads score much better than others. Goose Lane bridge over the M11 motorway near Birchanger John Stillwell/PA Wire “As drivers return to the roads it is vital that management of roadworks is looked at. “With just 68 per cent of drivers satisfied this is clearly an area for Highways England to keep focusing on. “Our research shows that if you’re happy with journey time, you’ll be happy with your journey overall. That’s an important message for Highways England as traffic starts to get back to pre-lockdown levels.” Commenting on an M11 journey a driver said: “Easy way to go, everything went well, no roadworks or holdups.” Drivers were least satisfied with the M20 - which links London and Dover - for the second year in a row. Commenting on the M20 one driver said: “Get the roadworks done - it’s been 50mph for too long - must be two years possibly.” Other key findings from the period April 2019 to March 2020: n 81 per cent of road users are satisfied overall with their last journey using a motorway or major ‘A’ road managed by Highways England n 79 per cent were satisfied with the journey time n Overall satisfaction with road surface quality is 83 per cent n The management of roadworks is lower - 68 per cent of those surveyed were satisfied n 92 per cent of drivers felt safe on their journey n The least happy road users were commuters at 76 per cent satisfied, followed closely by those travelling on business at 77 per cent. n Among drivers of vans and lorries, 78 per cent were satisfied with their journey. The Strategic Roads User Survey became the formal measure of satisfaction among users of Highways England’s roads in April 2020 as part of the Government’s second Road Investment Strategy. CARPET DESIGN CENTRE WE ARE NOW BACK OPEN!! 1000’S OF CARPETS WAREHOUSE PRICES! NOT HIGH STREET PRICES HUGE SELECTION OF CARPETS, VINYLS, WOOD FLOORS, LAMINATE & LVT. SHOP AT HOME! OUR MOBILE SHOWROOM IS STOCKED WIDE SELECTION OF SAMPLES TO VIEW IN YOUR OWN HOME! FREE! UNDERLAY*, DOOR BARS & GRIPPERS! OFF EVERY ORDER WITH THIS ADVERT! 7,000 SQUARE FT WAREHOUSE. BUY FROM STOCK! * Excluding felt back carpets Unit 3 Moss Road, Witham, Essex CM8 3UW T: 01245 352351 or 01376 513171 www.carpetdesignltd.co.uk

10 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 News nursing and midwifery council verdict on dismissed Broomfield worker By Hope Woolston hope.woolston@reachplc.com @essexlive A nurse who was dismissed from Broomfield Hospital after lying about the shifts that she worked has been suspended for three months by the Nursing and Midwifery Council Michelle Mead claimed to have worked about 40 shifts that she didn’t whilst working as a senior sister in the emergency department at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, between December 2016 and October 2017. Mead claimed payment for all of these shifts she didn’t attend, including one night shift where she was actually at a wedding in Ireland. A hearing carried out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard how Mead purposely pretended to work shifts for financial gain. The council heard how on a large number of occasions Mead altered the number of hours she had worked on the health roster. She also falsely claimed to have worked several ‘bank shifts’ to earn extra money. Mead booked herself a number of bank shifts between January 2017 and September 2017. She also abused her position of trust and made junior members of staff countersign time sheets, which she knew were false. In total, Mead was found to have claimed she had worked about 40 bank shifts that she never attended. She was also found to have altered a number of shifts to increase the amount of time she had worked, even though it was false. Mead had also used another nurse’s computer to allocate herself retrospective bank shifts for a number of dates. The other nurse was not aware of this. In addition to claiming to have worked when she didn’t, Mead was also found to have changed some of her own salaried rostered hours to a bank shift and then put herself down to do the bank shift. This meant that she could claim her regular salary as well as additional pay for the bank shifts. Her dishonest actions have been estimated as costing the NHS well in excess of £10,000. She was claiming an extra £1,000 to £2,000 per month for shifts that she I have to live with the knowledge that I behaved immorally and that nothing justifies dishonesty. never actually worked. Mead was caught out when another senior sister noticed that she had booked a 12-hour shift, but left early. She reported this to the matron who investigated and discovered a number of anomalies with Michelle Mead Mead’s shift records. She saw that Mead had booked herself on to a number of bank shifts, but didn’t recall her working any for a considerable amount of time. The matron noticed one night shift on the list where Mead had actually been at a colleague’s wedding in Ireland at the time. Mead was suspended at a meeting, pending investigation, and admitted to her actions. At an interview, she apologised, and said that she felt she had let her colleagues down. Mead said that she had acted dishonestly and had breached one of the fundamental tenets of the medical profession. She was summarily dismissed for gross misconduct at a disciplinary hearing in January 2018. In a statement seen by the council, Mead admitted to her actions and said that she feels ashamed. She said: “I admit that all my claims were dishonest, and the act itself certainly had ramifications for some time after my suspension and subsequent dismissal... my dishonesty and lack of integrity may not have caused direct harm to the patients we treated as a team but my actions did something far worse as it took funds away from an already overburdened establishment “I have to live with the knowledge that I behaved immorally and that nothing justifies dishonesty and taking from others, especially the most vulnerable in our community. “I have been a beneficiary of the NHS and so has my family, and it makes me sick that I over claimed money when I had no entitlement to from the same service that should’ve had all available to it for the needs of others. I feel like I have gone into a vulnerable person’s purse and taken money from them. I cannot defend my actions and make no excuses for my behaviour. “I am aware that I have caused a lot of people shock, disappointment and frustration. I have betrayed the confidence of my colleagues, my employer and the NMC. Worse yet the public. I have let down the same people I promised to look after for when I first became a nurse. “I compromised on integrity. Integrity to me is what holds up our profession. It is about me being honest and open and having a duty to do the right thing even when nobody is looking. When I qualified, I promised to honour a code of conduct and I have breached that on many levels due to my actions. Public perception on the NHS is that of a broken system and they’d probably be right in their judgement on some areas; however public opinions on nurses should be one of a caring and nurturing trustworthy professional. “A negative public image of a nurse such as myself impacts on other nurses and the development of a nurse’s professional identity... the public have a right to expect high standards because when they come to us in their most vulnerable state, they need to know that they have arrived at a place of trust and are being looked after someone who Broomfield Hospital ‘Excellent’ city hospital nurse suspended after lying about 40 shifts which she didn’t work places them and their welfare above all else.” Deciding what action to take in regard Michelle to Mead’s misconduct, the coun- Mead cil had to think about a number of factors. It acknowledged that no patients had come into direct harm from her I have let down the same people I promised to look after for when I first became a nurse. conduct, and that she understood what she had done and was unlikely to do the same again. It also made a point of the fact that Mead has previously been noted as an excellent nurse, and that her actions did not change this. The board took into consideration how Mead had abused her position of trust for her own personal financial gain on a number of occasions. It said her actions were dishonest and deliberate. It found that her fitness to work was currently impaired. The panel concluded that what Mead had done was serious, but that it did not change the fact that she is an excellent nurse. It said that it would not be in the public interest for her to lose her job and gave Mead a threemonth suspension. It stated that it wanted to ‘mark the importance of maintaining public confidence in the profession’ and send a clear message of what behaviour is and isn’t accepted. Mead is now suspended until October 17 this year, when she will then be allowed to return.

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 11 News Store worker is verbally abused for not wearing face mask during shift A B&Q worker has told of the verbal abuse she suffered for not wearing a face mask EMployee called ‘stupid’ by customers ignorant of rule over face coverings By Paige Ingram paige.ingram@reachplc.com @Journo_Paige A B&Q worker has described how she was left feeling mentally exhausted after aggressive customers swore at her for not wearing a mask on her shift. It has been compulsory for shoppers across England to wear a face covering since Friday (July 24). However, retail staff are not required by law to wear face masks. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, has worked at the B&Q store at Homelands Retail Park, in Chelmsford, for about three years. She works for B&Q full-time and was working nine-hour shifts on both Friday and Saturday following the rule change. While she admitted that Friday was fairly quiet, she revealed that her shift on Saturday was nothing like she’s ever experienced before. The anonymous worker said: “When working in retail, you do get difficult customers - it comes with the job. “But the rules state that masks are not compulsory for staff and the comments we get have been awful. “We are given the option. We have got the PPE at work if we want them - we are well-equipped. “I spend a lot of my time behind the paint desk so we have perspex shields up anyway. “I have that barrier between myself and the customers, so I have that safe bubble anyway”. When she finished her shift on Saturday, the B&Q worker said that she felt “mentally exhausted”. She added: “Over the three years, I’ve had a thick skin. “It just baffled me the way people were talking to us. “I was told I was stupid and I was putting more people at risk than anyone else and I was putting my family at risk. “That comment hit a nerve with me because I am very family-oriented. “Some members of staff have felt anxious coming into work and have to mentally prepare themselves to walk in the door because they don’t know what abuse they’re going to get.” The worker added that customers don’t seem to understand that staff can choose whether they want to wear a mask or not. “It got to the point you don’t know what to say to people,” she continued. “At first I tell them it’s not compulsory for us to wear them, but the only other thing I can do is grab a manager to explain it. “I’m grateful we have staff who will back us up and support us, but at the same time they’re also there to help reassure the customers”. She hopes that the public will learn to accept the idea, but isn’t hopeful that it won’t happen again. “When I go shopping I quite happily wear a mask,” she said. “I wouldn’t dream of talking to someone in the way the customers talk to us. “I can only assume it’s going to be a recurring thing. “I don’t know if it will get worse or if people will get used to the idea - only time will tell I guess.” I have that barrier between myself and the customers, so I have that safe bubble anyway. B&Q worker Free pitch fee in 2020 and 2021 * We’ve all been spending a lot of time at home recently. But now that things are looking up after lockdown, it could be a great time to think about spending time in your own holiday home instead. * With stunning caravans and lodges for sale across our parks in the South East, and amazing free pitch fee offers available now, there’s no better time for family breaks, romantic weekends and spontaneous escapes. Enquire about your holiday home today. Call 0333 207 6710, or visit parkdeanresorts.co.uk/pitchfeeoffer *Free 2020 and 2021 pitch fee available at selected parks only. Only available to new customers who complete the purchase of a holiday home from 1st June 2020 to 31st August 2020. Owners can holiday as often as they like within their specified holiday season and the terms of their pitch licence agreement. Parkdean Resorts holiday parks are not residential parks and holiday homes cannot be occupied as a permanent residence. Facilities and entertainment will be available from time to time at the discretion of Parkdean Resorts and are usually indicated in the current Parkdean Resorts holiday brochure. For full terms and conditions visit the website at parkdeanresorts.co.uk/terms-and-conditions/ownership/

12 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 News Home Secretary opens new charity store in town From left, Andy Smith, Priti Patel MP, Darren Southall, and Andy Smith. Inset, the front of the new shop Photos: SGCS Photography The new YMCA store in the Newlands Shopping Centre, Witham, was opened on Friday (July 24) by the town’s MP and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Priti officiated at the ribbon cutting ceremony alongside store manager Darren Southall, YMCA area manager Andy Smith and Andy Drake, CEO of YMCA Essex. The new YMCA store is a charity shop and it will sell clothes, textiles, second-hand furniture, PAT tested electrical equipment and bric-abrac. The YMCA is the oldest and largest youth charity in the world. In England and Wales, it supports 230,000 young people annually. Priti Patel, speaking after the ceremony, said: “It was a real pleasure for me to give the new YMCA store a good send-off. It was also a useful opportunity to get out the message that it is safe to go shopping again and, at the same time, support such a worthy charity in its efforts.” Dedicated team to take charge of council’s PPE need expected to grow for services By piers meyler Local democracy reporter piers.meyler@reachplc.com @meyler123 A dedicated team at Essex County Council (ECC) is being set up to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) until 2022. Up to £280,000 is being earmarked to fund the creation of a dedicated team within ECC to buy the equipment and manage the logistics required to provide PPE to suppliers and services until March 2022. ECC predicts that the need for PPE will increase as the council’s services reopen. The council says a good supply of PPE will be necessary to ensure staff safety and to provide reassurance to colleagues “who are anxious about coming out of social isolation”. At the same time, the council expects there to be a continuing need to act as a provider of last resort to the social care sector, ensuring it has access to PPE when normal supply routes fail. The expectation is that a PPE operation will be needed for a period of up to two years. This operation will ensure that the council stays abreast of the guidance on PPE usage as and when it changes, liaising with front line services and contracted suppliers as necessary. It will ensure appropriate stocks of PPE are maintained to meet anticipated demand and that logistics arrangements are in place to deliver stocks to where they are needed. At the beginning of July ECC confirmed it was continuing to support care homes by providing PPE where needed and in line with the Essex Resilience Forum guidelines. However, it added it urgently needs more PPE to provide protection to front line care staff who are looking after and delivering care to the most vulnerable residents within Essex. A statement as part of a cabinet decision notice said: “Supply of PPE may be required in some cases to comply with our statutory duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. “It is not known how long the current issues will continue, and it may be that there is a reduced requirement for PPE depending on the availability of a vaccine. “It is therefore recommended that the team should be engaged on terms which enable the early termination should it no longer be required.”

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 13 Coronavirus crisis delays vital bridge work for at least a year The Generals Lane bridge in Boreham News congestion fears as new road building hampered By piers meyler Local democracy reporter piers.meyler@reachplc.com @meyler123 Residents are facing another year of heavy congestion after the Covid-19 crisis caused the demolition of a bridge over a railway line to be pushed back by at least another 12 months. The knocking down of the Generals Lane bridge, which crosses the railway line and the link road from the A138 to the A12 in Boreham - a vital step in the creation of a new radial distributor road between Essex Regiment Way and the Boreham interchange - will not happen until December 2021. It means the new road will not be open until September 2022 at the earliest, leaving residents battling with severe congestion for longer than expected. Country Properties received planning permission in 2014 to build up to 3,600 homes in the Beaulieu development in north-east Chelmsford, and as part of a Section 106 agreement the road is being built to connect Essex Regiment Way to the Boreham interchange. The agreement states that this had to be completed by the 1,000th occupation at the development. The road is deemed essential to move traffic away from White Hart Lane, which is increasingly congested. It is also needed for the Chelmsford North-East Bypass, the southern end of which would meet the new road at a roundabout . To complete the new road the existing Generals Lane bridge over the railway line near to the Boreham interchange has to be demolished. The only time this can happen is Christmas and New Year as the line has to be closed for several days. Network Rail has confirmed the works were booked in to take place at Christmas this year. However Countryside advised Network Rail on May 11 that the works will be delayed by a year and requested all current booked closures for both the Generals Lane bridge demolition and the replacement bridge be cancelled. Network Rail is now working to a new programme, with the demolition planned for Christmas 2021, followed by the new bridge construction in 2022. A Countryside spokesman said: “The Covid-19 lockdown and closure of construction sites has unfortunately caused some unavoidable disruption to this year’s programmed works. Our first priority is the safety of those on site as well as the public, and given the complexity of the demolition involved, we had no option but to postpone until the next track possession, which is booked for December 2021. “These works are The delay of at least a year will have a significant impact on the residents of north Springfield. fully coordinated with Essex Highways and Highways England so as to meet all parties’ objectives and Countryside’s 106 planning obligations. These works also accommodate Essex Highways’ delivery of the new bypass scheduled for 2024. The public consultation for this was launched on July 13, 2020.” Resident Ian Fuller had earlier questioned the decision to cancel the demolition booked for this year. He told Essex County Council’s cabinet last week: “The delay of at least a year will have a significant impact on the residents of north Springfield and beyond as well as the ongoing housing development in north-east Chelmsford.” Ian Fuller After our darkest hour came our biggest celebration... VE Day 75 - Peace At Last is a unique 150 page commemorative e-magazine, packed with rare and unseen archive photographs. Exclusively available today at reachcollection.pressreader.com The incredible story of VE Day and life on the home front, VE Day 75 - Peace At Last, exclusively from Collection

14 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 Campaign A problem that needs sorting The results are in and this is how people in Essex feel about litter where they live. As part of its Don’t Trash Our Future campaign, InYourArea.co.uk ran a survey across the UK to get people’s views on the scale of rubbish being dropped and how well they think it’s being dealt with. Based on postcodes given by those who answered the Big Litter Survey, there were 133 responses across the county. Most people in Essex think there’s a problem with litter where they live – 45 per cent said it was a big problem, and 31 per cent said it was a major problem, while 20 per cent said it was a small problem, with four per cent saying there was no problem. The litter problem locally is also making people in Essex feel bad – 59 per cent said seeing litter made them feel angry and 22 per cent said it made them feel sad or depressed, while 14 per cent just said they hate it! The majority of people (62 per cent) also think the problem has got worse since lockdown was eased. Just six per cent think litter has decreased, while 27 per cent think it’s stayed the same. When asked what types of litter they come across most often, 93 per cent of respondents said fast food wrappers and cups, 87 per cent said drinks cans, 82 per cent said plastic bottles, and 55 per cent said plastic bags. As well as this, 47 per cent said cigarette butts, 32 per cent said food waste, 13 per cent said nitrous oxide canisters, 14 per cent said chewing gum stained pavements, and 16 per cent said receipts. While many respondents across the UK said they saw a mixture of types of rubbish from lots of different brands, some stood out as more commonly dropped – more than a quarter mentioned McDonald’s, with KFC, Costa, Greggs and Tesco also mentioned more often than similar outlets. In Essex, 31 per cent of respondents mentioned McDonald’s when asked which brands they saw littered more often. Litter in Central Park, Chelmsford Darryl Webber Respondents were clear, it’s not them causing the problem – 83% said they never drop litter. Just four per cent said they did drop litter, while 11 per cent admitted they may have dropped a very small wrapper, a cigarette butt or a piece of chewing gum. People in Essex are split on whether they would confront someone dropping litter – 36 per cent said they would be somewhat or very likely to confront the person, while 46 per cent said somewhat or very unlikely. When asked why they might be reluctant to confront someone, 87 per cent said they would be worried about how the person might react. Respondents were also split on whether they’d report someone they saw littering – 25 per cent said they were very likely to report littering, 42 per cent said somewhat likely, and 33 per cent said they wouldn’t. Most people (87 per cent) knew littering was a criminal offence – but few knew anyone who had been fined (none had been fined themselves and six per cent knew someone who had been fined). The aims of the Don’t Trash Our Future campaign are to get the maximum punishment for littering to a £1,000 fine or 100 hours of supervised community litter picking and to make it compulsory for councils to enforce the law on littering In Essex a majority (68 per cent) think the maximum fine for littering should be higher than the current £150, with 14 per cent saying it should be more than £1,000. The vast majority (98 per cent) think their local council should enforce the law against littering. More bins would also be popular - 83 per cent think there are too few in their local area, while 14 per cent think the number is about right. A smile behind every mask Rated ‘Excellent’ by our customers A GLOBAL LEADER IN HEARING CARE 1950 – 2020 RE270720 2 for1 on selected hearing aids * Book your FREE appointment FREEPHONE 0800 912 7831 Quote RE270720 £20 M&S GIFT CARD WHEN YOU TAKE OUR 7 DAY FREE TRIAL *Offer valid until 31/08/2020. M&S £20 GIFT CARD The quote reference must be stated at time of booking to qualify for the M&S gift card. The gift card will be sent up to 28 days following the successful completion of a trial. Call or complete your details below and we’ll give you a call to book your FREE appointment. Mr Mrs Miss (Please tick) Other: First Name: Surname: Address: Postcode: Telephone: Mobile: Email: Address your envelope to FREEPOST AMPLIFON and post TODAY No further address details or stamp required. ✁

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 15 Time to consign litter louts to the rubbish bin of history EVERYONE hates litter. And for more than 50 years, countries, cities and communities have waged war on the filthy litterbugs who shame our streets and parks. Who can forget ‘Keep Britain Tidy’? Then came ‘Don’t be a Litterbug’, ‘Be A Binner Not A Sinner’ and ‘Let’s Get Bitter About Litter.’ And The Golden Skip prize goes to Australia for the crudebut-cracking ‘Don’t Be A Tosser’ campaign that went worldwide. So much effort. So much creativity. Yet still so much filth and debris making lives miserable. But now, more than ever before, we can consign litter louts to the rubbish bin of history. In Your Area has nearly four million users across the UK. We operate in, and have users in, every single UK postcode district. Which means we have a huge army of people who care and can make things happen. So today, on behalf of four million people, we say: DON’T TRASH OUR FUTURE and we demand the punishment for littering is raised to a £1,000 fine or 100 hours of supervised community litter picking. And we insist that it’s compulsory for local authorities to enforce the law. How do we make this reality? Simply sign our petition and at 100,000 signatures we will call for it be considered for a debate in Parliament. And with four million voices behind us we will lobby MPs and ministers to drive through real change that makes things cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful In Your Area. Together we can win – and ensure those who don’t have respect for our streets, fields and pathways Don’t Trash our Future. Ed Walker, Editor-in-Chief InYourArea.co.uk Campaign Join us in the fight to tackle the country’s litter epidemic By Elliot Hawkins elliot.hawkins@reachplc.com @Elliot_Hawkins Littering across our county has sadly become all too common. We’ve seen a spike during the easing of coronavirus restrictions in the UK, but it’s clear that this is part of a long-term problem – the UK’s litter epidemic. Just last month, mass gatherings in Essex, at Epping Forest and Leighon-Sea, were responsible for leaving behind hundreds of bottles, plastic bags, food, waste and even canisters, leaving groups of volunteers to clean up the mess. Today we are standing up to it, and urging you to do the same, with our new campaign Don’t Trash Our Future. The Essex Chronicle, together with local community and information platform InYourArea.co.uk and our nationwide network of sister newspapers and websites, have teamed up with Clean Up Britain to push for changes we believe will help to stop irresponsible litter louts and make the authorities who have the power to enforce the law (but so often don’t) take long-lasting action. Our campaign has two aims: ■ ■ To increase the maximum punishment for littering to a £1,000 fine or 100 hours of supervised community litter picking. ■ ■ To make it compulsory for local authorities to enforce the law on littering. We are urging you to sign our petition (inyourarea.co.uk/DTOF) to see it - with the aim of reaching 100,000 signatures so we can lobby the Government to change the legislation and shed the country of its long-held reputation as a litter-plagued nation. We’re also calling on councils to flex their muscles in the fight against rubbish and make far better use of the powers they already have availa- JB Gill is supporting the Don’t Trash Our Future campaign Joseph Raynor ble. A Freedom of Information request sent by Clean Up Britain to 169 councils in England and Wales found the majority (56 per cent) were issuing fewer than one fine per week for littering and more than two dozen (16 per cent) don’t issue fines at all. In a recent survey conducted by InYourArea.co.uk, more than 7,500 respondents overwhelmingly said littering has a negative effect on them and their neighbourhoods and classed it as a big problem. JB Gill, a former member of superstar pop group JLS who is now a passionate advocate for education and the countryside, has signed up as an ambassador for Don’t Trash Our Future. Meet our ambassador JB Gill, 32, rose to fame as a member of one of the UK’s biggest boy bands, JLS. Four years ago, JB set up a farm in the Kent countryside, where he lives with his wife, Chloe, fouryear-old son, Ace and sevenmonth-old daughter, Chiara. Their smallholding successfully produces award winning KellyBronze turkeys and free-range Tamworth pork. Now an established member of the farming community, JB has used his success within the entertainment industry to highlight his passion to educate children about the origins of their food and he is the lead presenter on CBeebies’ BAFTAnominated television series Down On The Farm. JB’s enthusiasm for farming life and knowledge of countryside issues has seen him regularly contribute to BBC’s Countryfile and Springwatch. He said: “The only way to stop the damage being done to our health, nature and wildlife is to sign the Don’t Trash our Future petition, object to local councils not enforcing fines and demand a higher penalty for those dropping litter.” John Read, founder of Clean Up Britain, said: “Clean Up Britain is very excited to be running the Don’t Trash Our Future campaign with InYourArea.co.uk. “We know from the countless people who contact us that there is a huge desire - from people all over the country - to try and solve the litter epidemic. “We are all so fortunate to live in a beautiful country, but equally, it’s so depressing to see so many people littering it. This has to stop, as it shames Britain. There has to be zero-tolerance towards littering. “This campaign is about challenging and reversing these negative sentiments, and saying enough is enough.” More than 7,500 people responded to a nationwide survey on InYourArea.co.uk about littering and its effects. The results showed people are really angry and sad about litter in their area, which they say is a big problem and getting worse during the pandemic. They want more to be done. In Essex, 133 people responded to the survey and their responses can be seen on page 14. In June, Southend Borough Council launched its own anti-litter campaign, reminding residents and visitors of their responsibility to dispose of litter appropriately, and to take their rubbish home if they see a bin is full. The strongly worded ‘Don’t be a mug’ campaign is in place to reiterate the council’s message around personal responsibility when it comes to rubbish. As well as fighting for long-lasting change, we are encouraging people to take up the fight in their streets by organising community litter picks. Journalist and television presenter Jeremy Paxman is Clean Up Britain’s patron. He said: “There is only one sustainable and effective solution to littering: changing the behaviour of people who do it. Nothing else will work. “It pollutes the environment. It’s dangerous to humans and animals. “It depresses people because mucky surroundings make them feel worthless. It’s expensive - councils across the UK spend over a billion pounds a year trying to clean it up.” Ed Walker, Editor-in-Chief of InYourArea.co.uk, said: “InYourArea are proud to be working with Clean Up Britain to tackle the country’s litter and waste epidemic. “Our users are sick of seeing their neighbourhoods being treated like rubbish dumps. Don’t Trash Our Future will hopefully make councils and members of the public think harder about the littering issue.” The campaign has also received the backing of behavioural science expert Merle Van Der Akker, President of Behavioural Insights at Warwick Business School. He said: “It is not about the absolute value of the fine, it’s about the message it sends.”

16 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 News Fund supporting good causes in memory of Bill Essex businessman’s lasting legacy By simon murfitt simon.murfitt@reachplc.com @simonmurfitt1 A new fund launched in memory of pioneering businessman Bill Southern is to give vital long-term support to charities and voluntary groups across Essex. Bill, who died in December 2018 aged 82, set up Southern Supplies with his wife Jean 50 years ago. An enthusiastic supporter of local charities, Bill wanted this support to continue after he died. His wishes have been granted with the creation of the Bill Southern Legacy Fund, which is being run by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF.) Wife Jean said: “Bill and our children, Moira and Gordon, and son-in-law, Ian, did many fundraising activities, including parachute jumps, abseiling, 100km walks and organising a charity ball. “One of our staff members had a child with Down’s syndrome and we still support the charity that helped them. “ECF appealed to us as Bill’s Legacy Fund would benefit the Essex area long-term and we as a family could be involved in decisions about giving grants which would make a difference.” Bill was born and grew up in Glasgow and was one of seven children. From birth he had sight in only one eye. Jean said: “This did not deter him in any way. In fact, if anything, it made him more determined. “He left Glasgow when he was about 23 to find work and further his career. Bill and I met in Putney, London. “We were married in September 1965 and set up Southern Supplies in 1969. Bill had spotted the opportunity to start a business selling mostly to the garage trade from a mobile van racked out with supplies. “We moved to South Woodham Fer- Bill Southern Dad was a big character, known to all for his hospitality, generosity and gregariousness. Gordon Southern rers in 1971 and in 1976 the firm expanded into one of the first industrial units in the town. “We traded mostly in Essex and East London and had a retail shop in New Street, Chelmsford.” Bill and Jean built up the company together, with Jean working as company secretary and office manager and Bill in sales. When they retired, they enjoyed travelling and cruising, visiting many places around the world. Bill loved to explore. The fund will be a lasting tribute to Bill who had a legendary zest for life and was known in South Woodham Ferrers as one of the ”Three Wise Men” who set up one of the first businesses on the industrial estate, in what was then a new town. The couple’s son, Gordon, said: “Dad was a big character, known to all for his hospitality, generosity and gregariousness. He had endless energy, momentum, wit and charm. Only poor health in later years could slow him down.” Bill’s generosity will live on through the fund established in his name which will be a credit to the memory of a loving and wise man. ■■If you would like to know more about Essex Community Foundation, visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or call 01245 355947.

ADVERTISING FEATURE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 17 News Sports bar back as it adapts to Covid-19 rules owner tells of changes to venue By Elliot Hawkins elliot.hawkins@reachplc.com @Elliot_Hawkins As Essex’s hospitality industry begins its Covid-19 recovery mission, one Chelmsford bar is hoping to restore some social life to the city. Mojo, based at the Anne Knight Building, in Victoria Road, took over from Grand Central last year to become one of the city’s only sports and social bars. Lockdown forced the venue to close, as was the case across the country, but the owner is now hoping that the major changes in place will get Chelmsford socialising once more. With pool, table tennis and darts as well as food and drink all available to customers, there are plenty of ways for friends and families to get back out together. But as customer welfare is still very much the priority, a number of safety measures have been introduced to allow for a smooth return to the new normal. With a range of sporting activities comes the need to share equipment. Pool cues, table tennis bats and darts are all provided by Mojo, and pre-coronavirus there would have been no concerns surrounding the sharing and handling of such items. But the safety guidelines in place mean the staff at Mojo now need to take extra care when handing items out to customers. Steve Haslam, who owns the venue, said: “With table tennis, all bats are collected from behind the bar and will have been sanitised first before they’re given out. “You’ll leave a deposit for those bats to encourage you to bring them straight back once you’ve used them so they can be sanitised before they go out to the next customer. “We will then clean the tables ourselves ready for the next guest to play.” The same guidelines apply to We’ll give it our best shot and do whatever we can to make people feel safe and secure. Steve Haslam Pool and table tennis tables will be cleaned regularly pool. Steve said there are guidelines that state the balls, table and chalk all have to be cleaned every day, while the cue ball and pool cues are collected from behind the bar having already been sanitised. “It’s great fun,” Steve said. “Great for families to start getting out and getting together.” He owns three other Essex venues with his wife, Jo, as part of their TLC Inns business. With the majority of customers - more than 90 per cent - looking to sit outside, Steve said: “We have extended our outdoor space down both sides, so outside we’ve probably got the biggest capacity in Chelmsford. “Across our estate around 90 per cent of people want to be outside because the weather’s good and there’s still a bit of nervousness in their way of thinking which we absolutely appreciate. But we can assure you Mogo, in Victoria Road, Chelmsford we’re doing everything we can internally for there not to be issues. “We now have more outside seats than before, but we’ve lost about 20 per cent capacity inside as we’ve moved some sporting aspects outside. “But it’s been up to 40 per cent in some venues where they weren’t very adaptable.” As the venue re-opened to the public at noon on Friday (July 24), customers were met with big changes to the layout of the venue. A full one-way system is in operation and clear markings are placed across the floor to show customers where to go. There will also be individual queuing at the bar, meaning only one person from each group can queue and order from the bar area at any one time. Steve said: “There will be as much table service as possible to stop queues forming and hand sanitisers are on all entry and exit points as well as the toilets. “We’re hopeful that it will start going back to normal. We’ll give it our best shot and do whatever we can to make people feel safe and secure supporting local businesses. You get to socialise and that’s our new slogan, ‘let’s get social, at a distance’. “We will have to be stricter as we re-open with how we manage numbers because of the nature of the venue, which is why we’ve left it two to three weeks after being allowed to re-open.” Students looking forward to new term at WUC WRITTLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE TOPPED THE 2020 NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY LIST FOR STUDENT SATISFACTION WITH not long to go until September, colleges and universities around the UK are finalising their opening plans. Writtle University College (WUC), near Chelmsford, is living up to its reputation for student satisfaction. In the 2020 National Student Survey, WUC gained an impressive score. 92 per cent agreed with the statement “overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course”, making it the most highlyrated participating university sector institution in England. During lockdown, staff successfully delivered lectures, tutorials, wellbeing assistance and even careers advice from home. Animal Science student, Grace Burgin said: “I found it really helpful. The support online was really detailed.” With a new term on the horizon, WUC aims to open up its beautiful countryside estate, and make the most of its spacious campus for college and university students. Some lectures will be delivered online but the open, green spaces and specialist educational areas will allow students to enjoy safe socialisation and distanced in-person learning, in line with government guidance. WUC’s vice-chancellor, Professor Tim Middleton said: “We’re very lucky. We have a small, friendly student community and enough land to cover nearly 200 football pitches – it’s an extensive campus. “Our priority is always student safety and, as restrictions loosen, our large, open spaces will help us carry out a combination of virtual lectures and hands-on, practical work.” Many of WUC’s courses, such as Sports Science, Equine or Veterinary Physiotherapy, combine small class sizes and a strong, practical element. Staff teach skills and that will be of use to students in the workplace. In lockdown, lecturers used methods from quizzes to Q&As to help students turn theory into practice. Equine Performance and Business Management student, Mae Harkness, said: “The lecturers were brilliant and made tutorials for using Microsoft Teams and also checked up on us, easing nerves and going above and beyond to help us.” Cycling Performance student, Oscar Wood, added: “My tutor and lecturers provided good additional support in the one-to-one tutorials. The lectures were relaxed and students were able to ask questions.” WUC’s team has engineered a fivestep plan, to let students and staff safely adapt to the pandemic. As restrictions loosen, courses will incorporate time in WUC’s fantastic facilities. The estate features a sports science centre, art studio, stables, research greenhouses and a working farm. Animal students benefit from a specialist unit that cares for dozens of species, including alpacas, horses and emus. WUC is also the only university college in the UK to have a horse stud on campus. The student experience will be important, too. To help students safely enjoy their campus experience, halls of residence will reopen to over-18s, with flexible contracts and social distancing guidance. ‘Welcome Week’ will launch in September, with a mixture of online activities and outdoor socialisation that makes the most of WUC’s beautiful campus and gardens. Veterinary Physiotherapy student, Emily Toogood, said: “I am excited to return to campus. I do enjoy the online delivery but I have been missing my practical sessions as they help to reaffirm learning from the theory lectures. I also miss the community atmosphere. “While it might be slightly different returning in September to normal, I am confident that all of the teams at Writtle will ensure my learning is not affected and I will receive the support I need.” Writtle University College is still accepting applications for September 2020. For more information on college and university courses, visit www. writtle.ac.uk.

18 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 News The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastated impact on every facet of our lives and has been involved in the deaths of around 2,000 people in Essex. But how does it compare with other similar viruses to hit the county? Disaster historian John Withington looks back in history to answer this question. In 665, a ‘disastrous plague’ devastated Essex, according to the Venerable Bede, the monk known as ‘father of English history’. He wrote that, in what was then the province of the East Saxons, people were so shaken that, for a time, some abandoned Christianity and began to restore heathen temples ‘as if they might by those means be protected against the plague’. This is one of the earliest epidemics in Britain of which we have any record, but we don’t know what the disease was: Smallpox? Bubonic plague? The most devastating epidemic ever to hit Britain was the Black Death which probably arrived in Essex by the spring of 1349. According to one estimate, 43 per cent of the county’s population died. Across the country, historians put the death toll at anything between 30 and 45 per cent. Think how much fear and suffering coronavirus has caused, with an official figure for deaths in England so far of about 45,000 out of a population of 56 million, that is about seven or eight people in every 10,000. Then consider that the Black Death killed perhaps 4,000 in very 10,000! No wonder a lot of people believed it was the end of the world. Most historians think the disease was bubonic plague, perhaps allied with its pneumonic and septicaemic cousins. Spread by fleas of the black rat (though no one knew it at the time), it caused a horrible death with swellings as big as an apple appearing under the armpits, accompanied by black blotches beneath the skin, a high fever and an agonising thirst. The sweat and breath of victims gave off an overpowering stench. Like most diseases, it killed more of the poor than the rich, accounting for 18 per cent of bishops, but 40 per cent of the rank and file clergy, for example. A lot of people are worried about a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus. Well, bubonic plague had wave after wave, coming back time and time again over the next 300 years. It returned to Essex, for example, in A plague even jellied vipers coated in gold leaf couldn’t stop 1383 and 1387. Colchester was hit in 1625 and 1630, and in its last great epidemic in 1665-6, half of the city’s population, about 5,000 people, died, making it perhaps the worst hit major population centre in England. Unfortunately, one way in which the authorities tried to fight it was by hiring a man to kill cats and dogs, who it was thought might be spreading the infection, but all this probably achieved was to protect the rats whose fleas were the real problem. Recommended plague preventions or remedies like treacle, crab eyes, rhubarb, smoking tobacco, or for the better-heeled, jellied vipers coated in gold leaf, had little effect. Meanwhile in the sixteenth century, the county had fallen victim to the ‘sweating sickness’, sometimes called the ‘English sweat’, a rather mysterious illness, perhaps flu, that had come to England in 1485. It really scared people because of the speed with which it could kill. Victims might be ‘merry at dinner, and dead at supper’, and it almost claimed the life of Anne Boleyn before she married Henry VIII. Essex’s last know encounter with the disease was in 1551, when deaths were recorded at Chelmsford and Thaxted, while in August at Terling there were six burials in four days, then, after a gap of 11 days, another five in five days. In the nineteenth century, cholera was the new threat. Just as no one knew at the time that rats’ fleas were spreading bubonic plague, so it took years before we discovered that infected drinking water causes cholera. In the 1840s, a building boom in Chelmsford put extra pressure on an already creaking sewage disposal system, making drains and ditches ‘very filthy and unwholesome’, and providing ideal conditions for the disease. When cholera struck, it did at least provide impetus for a cleanup. The London doctor, John Snow, who took on the medical establishment in the 1850s to demonstrate that the disease was indeed spread through water, quoted the evidence of a row of houses at Ilford, in which only one escaped the epidemic. The well from which the residents got their water was contaminated by overflowing privies. The woman living in the one house that remained cholera-free took in washing, and paid someone to bring in water from a pump in the town because she thought the well water gave her laundry a nasty smell. Malaria was a curse in the marshy areas of Essex, and was still claiming lives until the early twentieth century, but one of the most tragic of all epidemics was the ‘Spanish flu’ of 1918, though it probably really originated in Asia. It arrived just as the First World War was ending, and claimed the lives of many who survived that dreadful conflict. Across the UK, it People praying for relief from the bubonic plague, circa 1350. Original Artwork: Designed by E Corbould, lithograph by F Howard Hulton Archive/Getty Images The bubonic plague was believed to have been spread by fleas from the black rat PA Photo/thinkstockphotos would kill just over a quarter of a million people, about one in every 200. It arrived in Essex in October 1918, and by the end of the year, it had killed about 2,800 people in the county. One victim was William Leefe Robinson VC, who had been stationed at Hornchurch and was the first man to shoot down a German Zeppelin on an air raid. He was just 23. Unlike most types of flu which tend to be more of a danger to older people, ‘Spanish flu’ was particularly deadly for those in the prime of life. A number of explanations have been offered for this. Was it the privations of the war? Or was it to do with the body’s immune system? The virus often stimulated an overreaction from the body’s defences, known as a cytokine storm. Young adults had more powerful immune systems than older people, so did this apparent strength actually put them in more danger of death? n John Withington is the author of a number of books on the history of disasters, including A Disastrous History of Britain (The History Press) and A Disastrous History of the World (Piatkus).

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20 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 The Chronicler A SIDEWAYS LOOK AT ESSEX LIFE with darryl webber Waiting for some very special deliveries This week I’ll be celebrating for two reasons. Firstly, I’m due to become a father for the third time with our little one due today (Thursday). Secondly, this weekend sees the long-awaited return of county cricket. It’s been a long time coming but the domestic cricket season finally gets under way on Saturday, a few weeks after the first professional game restarted with the three-match Test series between England and the West Indies. For me, summer isn’t really summer without the thwack of leather on willow and the gentle hum of the crowd at the start of play. To sit in front of a beautifully prepared pitch, full of anticipation at what dramas and heroics might unfold in the next few hours, is pure bliss for me. And it’s a feeling I haven’t had for a long time, not since last year’s golden summer when England won the World Cup and Essex won the double, the County Championship and the T20 Blast. The global pandemic stopped play in every sport at the end of March and delayed county cricket from its usual April start. As yet, there’s no prospect of seeing live cricket ‘in the flesh’ at the CloudFM Dan Lawrence batting for Essex against Surrey at Chelmsford last September during the county’s ‘golden summer’ Stephen Pond County Ground in Chelmsford when Essex take on Kent on Saturday. So no gentle hum of the crowd there then, although it has to be said that many county games are often pretty sparsely attended (and socially distanced) so that gentle hum can often be almost indiscernible above the sound of traffic from Parkway. At least we have a county cricket season, albeit in a radically altered format – I’ll take a couple of months of the glorious game over nothing at all. The longer form of the game, the County Championship that consists of four-day matches, has been shortened and regionalised into the Bob Willis Trophy. In the southern group Essex will play Kent, Surrey, Middlesex, Hampshire and Sussex over the next month. The winners of the regional groups will then play in a five-day final at the beginning of October. Domestic cricket in October! Let’s hope for a long, hot Indian summer this year. Before that, it’s the Twenty20 competition, the Blast, that occupies September. The hard-hitting, short form of the game normally sees ‘Fortress Chelmsford’ packed to the rafters with the beer and banter flowing. It’ll be a rather different prospect this time around, and I’m sure the players will miss the lively atmosphere that T20 games normally offer. However there is a glimmer of hope for watching live cricket. The Government let small, controlled numbers watch the friendly between Surrey and Middlesex at The Oval a few days ago to see if it could be done safely. Similarly, up to 2,500 spectators are being let in for the Bob Willis Trophy fixtures between Surrey and Middlesex and Warwickshire and Northamptonshire over the weekend as part of a pilot scheme to see if small crowds can start watching sport again without any problems. I’m daring to hope that if these experiments are successful, there might be a small chance to grab a few hours to watch one of Essex’s T20 games at the County Ground in September. Realistically, it’s much more likely that I’ll be changing nappies and trying to get a newborn to sleep, but I can dream, can’t I? Support for all from the Essex Wellbeing Service The Essex Wellbeing Service is here to help as we emerge from lockdown and shielding comes to an end. It offers a single point of access to practical, emotional and specialist support. All Essex residents, including parents and families, can now use the service. Support ranges from volunteers collecting food and medicine to local and specialist organisations giving help and advice. If you or someone you know needs support, visit www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk or call 0300 303 9988

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22 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 Vicky Ford A week in the life of... MP for Chelmsford Minister’s second station reminder Monday, July 20 There are three days left before Parliament starts summer recess. MPs are exhausted and this will be a very welcome break from the House of Commons, work to support constituents continues as does Ministerial work. However, I will not be writing an in touch so readers are spared me for a few weeks! I start the week by co-chairing a Mental Health Round table with the Health Minister, bringing together children’s charities and mental health experts. We know that many children and young people have felt greater anxiety during the pandemic, which is a normal reaction at such an abnormal time. We are giving schools extra resources, training and advice so that they can give extra pastoral and wellbeing support to pupils. We are also investing extra funding into many mental health charities who provide frontline services. I meet the Early Years team at the Department for Education, many nurseries and pre-schools have had a challenging time during the pandemic, so I have been working on a package for the Government to bulkbuy childcare hours next term. This will support both childcare providers and families. I join MPs for a discussion on the importance of keeping the United Your Views Council should be ashamed of its current rubbish collection service I have had to contact Brentwood Borough Council after our rubbish was not collected. This is something that happens on a regular basis. I know we’re all having to cope with Covid-19 and the council workers are at risk because of what they do. However this has been going on for years. We’ve been complaining to the council about this council failure for far too many years. We have in recent years had to resort to things like taking our household rubbish to the tip and actually taking it to the council offices, in order to show how the council is failing to stand up to its responsibility. The council is proudly boasting Kingdom united. And I drop into a meeting with Dr Liam Fox MP who is standing for election as h=ead of the World Trade Organisation. Late night votes on the Trade Bill which enables the 40 free trade agreements which we have been party to though our EU membership to be transitioned and continue without change. The NHS is protected in these trade agreements, and the Government has committed that it will continue to be protected in all future trade agreements, so additional language proposed by the Opposition in this Bill was not necessary. Tuesday, July 21 Start the day visiting a nursery to talk with staff, parents and children about their experiences. It is very good to hear first-hand how things are going. We are careful to remain socially distanced. I meet with the head of Ofsted before heading in to chair a digital meeting of the Family Justice Board. This brings together leading lawyers from the Family Courts and policy makers. I am keen to make sure that Covid-19 related delays don’t end up with huge delays for children seeking adoption or fostering. I join counterparts from the US to launch a transatlantic UK/US summit on adoption. We have a huge Letters about changes being made to our collections. It says it will be more cost effective. Would it not be more cost effective to do the job properly in the first place instead of messing around changing from orange sacks to blue ones? How much has it cost the council taxpayer for the council to have several meetings to discuss this ‘cost effective’ change from orange to blue sacks? What will happen to all the unused orange sacks? Will the amount to learn from each other. I quickly manoeuvre my office Union Jack into the Zoom screen when I see the large numbers of Stars and Stripes on display. Then over to a round table organised by Barnardo’s where I meet children, young people and care leavers from across the country and take their questions. A final end of term catch-up with the Education Secretary before another late evening vote. Wednesday, July 22 Lovely to join members of Chelmsford Rotary for a virtual breakfast meeting and then a catchup with the Children’s Commissioner where we discuss secure children’s homes. They often care for our most vulnerable children and young people and I am keen to improve the system. A very helpful and detailed meeting with officials on Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We are in the midst of a detailed review of the SEND system and key decisions need to be set before recess. Over to PMQs (digitally) and another in-depth stocktake with all the officials who are leading Covid- 19 response work for vulnerable children. An end of term call for over 100 civil servants from across the council allow us to keep them until they’ve all been used, or will we have to hand them all back so they can be recycled? Frankly, in my opinion, the council should be thoroughly ashamed of the service as it stands, stop having pointless meetings at taxpayers expense and improve the service in the way it needs improving. Paul Russell. by email Department to thank them for their immense efforts over the past few months. Then back to the House of Commons where the 1922 committee of MPs has arranged for the Prime Minister to come and answer questions. Hugely optimistic and forward looking. Thursday, July 23 First day of summer recess starts by dropping into a Zoom session of the English for Women project. This super group have been supporting so many people in Chelmsford who would otherwise have been incredibly lonely and isolated during the pandemic. I head over to Beaulieu Park to meet the Housing Minister, Chris Pincher, as well as the heads of Home England, and the developers L&Q and Countryside. Chris is deeply impressed by the sense of “place” and community spirit at Beaulieu. We hear from the awesome Reverend Dan Pierce how residents have come together and supported each other and set up foodbank collections to support other parts of Chelmsford. We hear from residents and meet some of the builders who are rapidly constructing 200 more affordable homes. I bend the ear of the Minister about the importance of delivering our second railway station. Photo of the week Our Policy ■ ■Please enclose your full address and daytime telephone number. Keep your letter to no more than 200 words. We reserve the Get in touch In Galleywood I meet up with Cllr Janette Potter and go to visit some of those who live on the Common. They explain how vulnerable they feel when travellers are on the Common and we discuss what more can be done. I speak to the Police District Commander to give him an update. Friday, July 24 Very helpful update with Cllr Kevin Bentley, who is leading the Essex County Council work on the Army and Navy. We discuss the progress that is being made with the Department for Transport on both short-term and long-term plans to change the junction. Get the great news that Chelmsford schools are to have a 6.1 per cent increase in funding this year. Well above the average four per cent increase across the country. I finish the week with another helpful debrief, this time from Cllr John Spence on Essex care homes and from Essex’s Director of Public Health on how the spread of the virus is being monitored in local communities across the county. 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THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 23 Chelmsford City Photo Competition Snap up top tips to help you enter photos contest The Chelmsford City Photo Competition has returned this year, but without the constraints of themed categories telling you what to photograph. Instead, residents are encouraged to find creativity and inspiration within Chelmsford and the surrounding villages, and submit photographs to the competition that capture the interesting but strange times that we’re living in. But what if you’re not feeling particularly inspired right now? The Government lockdown has put pressure on us all and we may not feel at our most creative. The City Photo Blog is on hand to help. Professional photographers, Don’t Cough by Scott Wright including Scott Wright and Mark Massey, have put pen to paper to share their best tips for capturing a winning shot. Scott shares his advice for finding your focus for photography. Temporary subjects such as graffiti or signage may not be there in a day or a week, meaning not everyone will be able to take the same photograph as you. Temporary situations can provide new perspectives for creativity. Mark writes about the importance of connection in portrait photography and how a rapport with the subject can shine through in the photograph. It’s not all about cheesy smiling grins if that doesn’t feel natural. Whatever it is that you’re feeling right now, let it come through in the photograph you choose to enter the competition. You have until Monday, August 31, to submit your favourite snap. Prizes are on offer from Blue Sky Printing and Unshaken Digital Photography Training. One winner will be selected from the over-16s category and another winner aged under-16; plus, a further winner from the separate competition happening on @CityPhotoCompetition’s Instagram page. Check it out for more details. The shortlisted and winning photographs will be announced in the Pippa by Mark Massey autumn and exhibited at city centre venues, for the whole of Chelmsford to see, following which, a public vote will pick another contest winner. Visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/ photocomp to read the latest blog articles and find out more about entering the competition, or follow along on Facebook and Instagram at @CityPhotoCompetition. In partnership with Essex Chronicle, Meadows Shopping Centre and Blue Sky Printing. JOIN THE #IAMOPEN COMMUNITY Access to free services plus the very best discounts and offers FREE LANDING PAGE FREE MONTAGE VIDEO FREE MENTION ON #IAMOPEN TWITTER DAY FREE WEBINARS FREE ONLINE MARKETING HEALTH CHECK FREE CREATIVE DESIGN SERVICE JOIN THE #IAMOPEN COMMUNITY AND SAY HELLO TO YOUR VIRTUAL NETWORKING HUB local.reachsolutions.co.uk/join

24 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 YOUR Community NEWS Schoolboy Dougie wins competition to guess the weight of former city flyover A thrilled school pupil has been announced the winner of a competition launched to coincide with the historic removal of the Army and Navy flyover in Chelmsford earlier this year. Essex County Council gave primary school children in Chelmsford the chance to win a prize for them and their school by guessing the weight of the well-known structure, which was a feature of the city’s skyline for more than 40 years. Winner Dougie Arben was among 140 children from more than a dozen different schools who entered the competition. After correctly guessing the 417- tonne weight from four options and being drawn as the winner, the eightyear-old was given a £75 voucher for Evans Cycles, which is located just off the Army and Navy roundabout and kindly donated the prize. Meadgate Primary School, which Dougie attends, will also receive a scooter storage pod, helping encourage active travel to and from the school. The removal of the flyover, which was completed in April, was a crucial step in a new era for transport in The 417-tonne Army and Navy flyover as it was being dismantled the city, with work continuing to develop the right long-term solution for the junction. Dougie said: “I was very pleased to win the competition and to have got the answer right. I didn’t expect to win. “I have used the voucher to buy a new cycle helmet and some cycling accessories. I am really excited to see the scooter pod at school when we return.” Cllr Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council and cabinet Dougie Arben celebrates his win member for infrastructure, said: “Congratulations to Dougie and Meadgate Primary School on winning our competition. We have seen a notable increase in walking and cycling during lockdown and would love that trend to continue.” Mayor officially re-opens hospice’s charity shop The cutting of the ribbon saw the official re-opening of a hospice charity shop in Chelmsford. The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Jude Deakin, officially reopened the Farleigh Hospice Charity Shop, in Gloucester Avenue, following lockdown, with a queue of customers at the door. The first phase of the shop re-opening programme also saw Broomfield Road, Moulsham Street, Braintree fashion and homeware, and Maldon warehouse open for business. The same weekend Farleigh opened a further four shops at Galleywood, Witham, Heybridge, and Southminster. Farleigh’s remaining charity shops will re-open over the coming weeks and months. To celebrate, shoppers were invited to take advantage of its summer sales and browse its range of gifts, clothing, footwear, accessories, and bric-a-brac. Alison Stevens, chief executive of Farleigh Hospice, said: “We are so pleased to see our retail shops re-opening. Our shops provide vital income to support the day-to-day running of the hospice and an excellent opportunity for us to support our local community. “I would like to thank all our staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to prepare each and every shop, ensuring the health and wellbeing of all our shoppers is paramount.” Farleigh says its volunteers are the heartbeat of its charity shops and have been instrumental in supporting the reopening of the stores across mid-Essex. They have been responsible for sorting stock, preparing the new shop layouts, and merchandising. If you would like to get involved, email volunteer@farleighhospice. org or call 01245 933735. The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Jude Deakin officially reopened the Farleigh Hospice Charity Shop

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 25 YOUR ChaRITY NEWS Generosity of Sir Jack has given many young people vital support Sir Jack Petchey, founder of one of the UK’s most successful business empires and of youth charity the Jack Petchey Foundation, celebrated his 95th birthday on July 19. Born in 1925 in Plaistow, Essex, to parents Dorothy and Stanley Petchey, the now successful business mogul Sir Jack Petchey CBE came from humble beginnings. Born shortly after the last Pandemic and just before the 1930s economic crash, there were few opportunities, with Sir Jack leaving school aged 13 to work for the local green grocer. At the age of 17, he joined the Royal Navy where he learned vital Email your news to: communitynews@gazettenews.co.uk communitynews@essexchronicle.co.uk Some of the gowns and scrubs donated to the St Francis Hospice Sir Jack Petchey at the foundation’s table tennis finals on 2019 skills in maths, algebra and geometry, and was put forward for officer training, but three months in he didn’t get through the selection process and upon enquiring why he was rejected, he was transferred to the aviation branch of the Royal Navy. After the Second World War, he was discharged from the Royal Navy in January 1947 with only a small fee to pay his rent. Sir Jack returned to his former job as an office boy at the Solicitor’s Law Stationary Society in East London. With ambition and a deep desire to grow within the business, Sir Jack asked to be trained as a manager only to be told he was “not management material”. Rather than accept rejection, he handed in his notice and decided to set up a business on his own. Faced with no income and a need to pay his way, Sir Jack bought an old car and started a taxi service business returning soldiers home from the docks into central London. The business expanded as he acquired a fleet of cars to hire, before realising that selling cars was more profitable. He established a chain of garages and, after a short while, realised that selling properties was more profitable than that. Sir Jack first embarked in the property business in 1954 which rapidly grew into Petchey Holdings which now manages a commercial portfolio which includes more than four million square feet of industrial properties and more than 350 residential flats in central London. Sir Jack occupied the seventh spot on the Essex Life rich list 2019. He has always focused on giving back to the community and established the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999, a grant-giving organisation that funds a wide variety of opportunities for young people across London and Essex. The Foundation celebrates its 21st birthday this year and has to date invested more than £133 million in programmes to benefit young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex. Sir Jack is very keen to share what he has learned with young people. Reflecting on his life, he believes that his greatest investment has been in young people and the work of the Jack Petchey Foundation, which has inspired thousands of young people to achieve more. Couple show backing for hospice with scrubs donation When temperatures soared in June, Saint Francis Hospice needed scrubs to not only keep staff and patients safe throughout the pandemic but also the nurses cool. Two of the hospice’s most ardent supporters, Jim and Anne Bender, leapt into action. As commercial denim jean manufacturers and over 45 years’ experience in the textile industry, the couple from Brentwood called upon their partners and sourced local factories and quality fabrics. Anne said: “We’d been working non-stop for months and had just delivered over 175,000 gowns and scrub sets to the NHS, but the chance to help Saint Francis Hospice was an easy decision for us all.” Anne and Jim’s connection with the hospice began in 2002. Anne started as a volunteer and then became a nurse on the ward and for the Hospice at Home service. After Anne retired, the couple became founding members of the Patrons Circle, a group of local philanthropists who have come together to support the services the hospice provides. Tes Smith, Saint Francis Hospice’s director of quality and care, said: “We cannot thank Anne, Jim and her partners enough for coming to our aid. The generosity and speed of their work has been incredible. Many thanks to everyone who helped.” The scrubs are water-resistant, antiviral, and cool to wear. The domestic team are now proudly donning sky blue, and the nurses royal blue. You can also help the hospice’s nurses by supporting the Urgent Appeal.

26 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 YOUR education NEWS Students at the Ursuline Preparatory School created a rainbow out of coloured handprints Year 6 pupils at Ursuline Preparatory School Children find enterprising ways to raise cash for NHS year 6 pupils at the Ursuline Preparatory School in Brentwood, take part in Enterprise Week every year to raise money for their chosen charities. This year, the group was unanimous in its decision to donate to charities supporting the work of the NHS. Each house set up a JustGiving page for the school community to donate to and arranged to complete various challenges. St Andrew’s decided on an exercise circuit challenge. St David’s created a rainbow out of coloured handprints. St George’s pulled their housemates around the school field in a go-kart for an hour a day for one week. And St Patrick’s pupils bounced on a trampoline or cycled around the field for a whole hour without stopping. The children thoroughly enjoyed their time raising money for the NHS and succeeded in doing this while keeping to the lockdown rules. In total, they raised £2,343. Mrs Macdonald, deputy head and class teacher, was proud of their commitment to their Enterprise challenges, especially during these difficult times, and thanked those who donated to this worthy cause. Mrs Macdonald, class teacher, and Mrs O’Brien, classroom assistant, said a fond farewell to the Year 6 class on July 10. The school said the children have been a delight to teach and have shown great resilience during the lockdown period, continuing with their studies via video and Zoom lessons. Once they returned to school, they transitioned brilliantly Music teacher hits the right note with his special videos Writtle Junior School music teacher Peter Sills A music teacher in Writtle has kept the musical momentum going for pupils during lockdown. Music at Writtle Junior School is often an event rather than just another music lesson. The school is equipped with four keyboards, eight guitars, 20 ukuleles, a selection of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments plus a full sized drum kit. Music teacher Peter Sills has had a wealth of experience to share with his pupils. Working since the age of 19 as a professional musician, playing with some outstanding musicians such as Rick Wakeman, he has written several highly successful songs for Cliff Richard and Olivia Newton-John. But his big passion has always Email your news to: communitynews@gazettenews.co.uk communitynews@essexchronicle.co.uk been teaching music and it is this vast experience that he brings into his classroom. The coronavirus crisis brought the curtain down on all school activities, but Nick Taylor, the head teacher at Writtle Junior School, was determined to keep the musical momentum going and asked Mr Sills to create a series of videos enabling children to make music at home. To date, Mr Sills has created seven videos with topics ranging from playing rock beats on a home made drum kit, to improvising on the guitar, keyboard, ukulele and recorder. There’s even a video on making DIY instruments and forming a Skiffle Group. ■■View the videos at www.musicianmagician.co.uk/

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 27 YOUR education NEWS Year 6 leavers from Widford Lodge School Year 6 leavers’ school gift is a timely reminder to make the most of every minute Lila Rehman-Wani with her picture As the summer holidays begin, Widford Lodge School is celebrating its summer term successes. The staff and children at the preparatory school in Chelmsford have now finished for the summer holidays after what has been a very different term. In the first half of the summer Email your news to: communitynews@gazettenews.co.uk communitynews@essexchronicle.co.uk term all classes worked from home, covering the full range of curriculum subjects through live online lessons with their teachers, assignments set and marked using Microsoft Teams, PE and outdoor activities as well as art and music. The children also spent lockdown finding ways to help others, including by donating to a local charity and writing letters to a local care home, Baycroft. Children of key workers came into school daily throughout the term and over the holidays. After half-term, the school opened its doors again to ever-increasing numbers of pupils and teachers, so that all children from pre-school to Year 6 were able to spend at least three weeks back with their friends and in the school environment. Staff and pupils have faced the challenges of the Covid-19 restrictions and social-distancing rules with courage and resilience, and have been so happy to be back together. Year 6 presented the school with a special gift of a beautiful clock to remind us all to make the most of every minute. A special mention was given to pupil Lila Rehman-Wani, in Year 1, who was awarded a highly commended prize for her picture of an elephant in the Year 1-2 IAPS IART 2020 Competition. International Baccalaureate success for candidates All 31 of Felsted School’s International Baccalaureate candidates have been awarded their Diploma this year, with an average score of 34 points per candidate (four points above the global average). This summer, its exam year pupils, along with those around the world, were not able to take their exams due to the global pandemic. Instead, scores were calculated by the governing exam body. Pupils at Felsted have a choice of taking A-levels or the IB Diploma, with about one-third taking the IB Diploma, a qualification that is considered broader in nature and recognised around the world. Among the school’s IB candidates, six students achieved at least 39 points (the equivalent of at least three A* grades at A-level), with 13 achieving 35 points or more (the equivalent of three A grades at A-level). Students hold offers from some of the best universities around the world, in countries as diverse as Canada, the Netherlands, United States of America, Italy as well as the UK, with offers for Cambridge, Durham, Warwick, UCL, Bath, Exeter and City University among others. Dominic Wells, from Rayleigh, achieved a world-class 41 points in the IB Diploma, achieving the top grade in English, history and French. Fenella Alexander, a weekly boarder from High Easter, achieved an excellent 39 points, with a top grade in English and history, securing her place to study history at UCL in September. Ben Farrow, a weekly boarder from Chelmsford, is delighted to have confirmed his place to read International Development with Economics at Bath University from September. Ben Farrow Fenella Alexander

28 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 film reviews With Damon Smith Summer love-in Summerland (12A) HHHHH Taking its title from Norse mythology’s notion of heaven as an astral plane where souls linger invisibly after they depart the mortal realm, Summerland is an elegantly constructed drama set on the Kent coast under threat from the Luftwaffe. Olivier Award-winning playwright Jessica Swale makes her feature film directorial debut with a self-penned meditation on womanhood and female empowerment, broadening her canvas beyond the confines of the stage to ebb and flow between three time frames: 1926, 1940 and 1975. She reunites with Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha- Raw, who both starred in her boisterous and bawdy 2016 play Nell Gwynn, to chart forbidden romance in a time of conflict and self-sacrifice, when two women in love was considered wickedness and a sin. The lead actresses catalyse simmering on-screen chemistry and Swale reflects discriminatory behaviour towards the couple in gentle brush strokes without labouring the point. Salty humour punctuates the measured introspection – an opening punchline about Help The Aged sets the tone magnificently – delivered with impeccable timing by an ensemble British cast that includes national treasures Sir Tom Courtenay and Dame Penelope Wilton. Alice Lamb (Arterton) lives alone in a remote cottage in a close-knit community not far from the white cliffs of Dover, where anyone 100% Wolf (PG) ★★★★★ A top dog requires the biggest heart, not the shiniest coat or sharpest teeth in this life-affirming computeranimated adventure. Based on the 2009 book by Jayne Lyons, 100% Wolf howls familiar life lessons about individuality, selfexpression and friendship in the framework of a teenager’s coming-of-age in the aftermath of personal loss. who dares to set themselves apart from the gossipmongering crowd risks being labelled a Nazi spy. She devotes her waking hours to investigating folklore, using rigorous science to dispel the existence of magic. Alice’s current fascination is the fata morgana optical illusion named after enchantress Morgan le Fay from Arthurian legend, which causes mirages of islands and cities to shimmer in the sky. She is rudely dragged away from her thesis by the unexpected arrival of Lucas Bond as Frank and Tom Courtenay as Mr Sullivan Batty and Freddy in poodle form Awkward teen Freddy Lupin (voiced by Ilai Swindells) is heir to a long bloodline of werewolves led by his uncle Hotspur (Rupert Degas), who assumed the role of pack rosy-cheeked London Blitz evacuee Frank (Lucas Bond) as part of Operation Pied Piper. Alice refuses to take the boy but local do-gooder Mrs Lawrence (Amanda Root) strikes a deal: “If you really can’t find it in your heart to keep him, bring him to the school in a week and we’ll make arrangements. A week, that’s all.” Frank’s sense of wonder, untainted by cynicism or grief, slowly penetrates Alice’s prickly exterior and reawakens her sense of adventure. She dares to unlock bittersweet memories of studying history in Oxford alongside the last person to stake a claim to her wounded heart: Vera Wilbond (Mbatha-Raw). leader after Freddy’s father Flasheart (Jai Courtney) perished during a cliff-top tussle with ice cream van man Foxwell Cripp (Rhys Darby). On his 14th birthday, Freddy prepares to step into a shaft of moonlight as part of the warfing ceremony to confirm him as the pack’s new high howler. The boy is horrified, however, when he morphs into a diminutive, fluffy poodle. Hotspur persuades the pack that his nephew is cursed because he lost a treasured Gemma Arterton as Alice Lamb Alice and Vera (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) Summerland makes splendid use of sun-dappled Kent locations as a backdrop to Alice’s soul-searching. Still waters run deep in Arterton’s purse-lipped curmudgeon, providing the actress with a rich and fulfilling character arc. Young co-star Bond is an endearing foil. Plot machinations in the film’s tear-drenched final third skirt perilously close to emotionally manipulative contrivance but Swale retains a firm grip on the rudder to chart a satisfying course back to calmer emotional waters. moonstone ring to Foxwell after Flasheart’s fateful fall. Pack elders give the teen until next moonrise to prove his worth as a wolf or be cast out forever. Trapped in the guise of a poodle, Freddy races into the city to retrieve the missing ring. En route, he befriends streetwise stray Batty (Samara Weaving) and clashes with the fearsome Commander (Jane Lynch) of Coldfax dog shelter. ■■Selected cinemas. also showing THE VIGIL (15) HHHHH Modest supernatural horror The Vigil unfolds predominantly on three floors of a dimly lit house in Borough Park in Brooklyn, New York, which is home to vibrant Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish communities. The religious practice of the shomer – typically a family member or friend who stands guard over the body of the deceased and recites the Psalms to ward off unseen evil – provides writer-director Keith Thomas with a neat dramatic conceit to mine for jump-out-of-seat scares in the unending hours before the light of dawn banishes paranoia and fear. Yakov Ronen (Dave Davis, pictured) has tentatively stepped away from his Jewish roots following the death of his younger brother Burech (Ethan Stone). He is medicating to cope with post-traumatic stress and makes regular visits to therapist Dr Kohlberg (Fred Melamed) to plumb his deep well of residual guilt. Following a support group meeting with other Jews in transitional phases of their lives, Yakov meets former rabbi Reb Shulem (Menashe Lustig), who has a job proposition. He is willing to pay Yakov $400 to act as a shomer for Holocaust survivor Rubin Litvak (Ronald Cohen). “A good man, a little weird,” the rabbi cryptically observes about the deceased, whose wife (Lynn Cohen) is in the grip of dementia and is unfit to stand guard. As Yakov begins his five-hour shift, he discovers alarming evidence of a demonic presence called a Mazzik (Rob Tunstall). “It’s playing with you, the way a cat plays with a mouse,” whispers Mrs Litvak as the malevolent presence torments Yakov with memories of his little brother. UNHINGED (15) Preview An everyday incident of road rage escalates into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in director Derrick Borte’s psychological thriller. Rachel (Caren Pistorius) is driving to work with her son Kyle (Gabriel Bateman) in the back seat. She is running late and has an ugly altercation with a stranger called Tom (Russell Crowe, pictured) at a traffic light. Tom is filled with frustration, feeling powerless in a world where good manners are frequently sacrificed to get ahead. A few hours earlier, he murdered his ex-wife and her new partner then set fire to their house. Rachel’s unnecessary rudeness is a spark to the tinder box of Tom’s volcanic rage. “I don’t think you know what a bad day is,” he snarls, “but you are going to find out!” In his delirium, Tom pledges to teach Rachel a series of deadly lessons by targeting everyone she loves. As Rachel is pushed to the brink of insanity by her relentless pursuer, she takes extreme measures to protect her nearest and dearest, including her brother Fred (Austin P McKenzie) and good friend Andy (Jimmi Simpson). Coming soon Seth Rogen (right) plays dual roles in the time-bending comedy-drama AN AMERICAN PICKLE... lovesick singletons flock to New York for a unique exhibition in THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY... and sworn enemies unite to protect an endangered kingdom in the computeranimated fairy tale THE SNOW QUEEN: MIRRORLANDS.

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 29 Music Sea Girls’ voyage to the big time gathers speed LIVE MUSIC Sea Girls are set to release their debut album Mathew Parri Thomas Graham Gouldman of 10CC Ian West By martin neal martin.neal@reachplc.com @Harveywahwah ON A warm afternoon last summer I sat down backstage at Standon Calling with two members of hotly-tipped indie rock band Sea Girls. They talked enthusiastically, among other things (including that their name came from a misheard Nick Cave lyric), about the release of their debut album this year. And when they walked onto the main stage in front of thousands of expectant fans, they totally nailed it. “Up until three or four months ago we were all working,” guitarist Rory Young told me. “I wasn’t doing anything exciting – I was a researcher for a marketing company.” But now things are getting exciting with a capital E. Despite being a year away from their first album release, the set they delivered at Standon Calling was a belter. Impressively, the crowd went mad for it and the band looked, sounded and acted like bona fide rock stars – right down to frontman Henry Camamile going on a midset walkabout in the crowd. They were one of the highlights of a memorable festival for me. Standon Calling has a habit of having ‘the next big thing’ on its bill - Sam Fender, Idles and Tom Walker all appeared before they were well known. And it was pretty clear last summer that Sea Girls would soon be added to that list. Now that album they so eagerly looked forward to recording after a busy summer of Martin Neal with Henry and Rory at Standon Calling festival appearances – how we’d have loved that this year too – is being released and it’s a belter. With all the anthemic singalong choruses and the adrenalineheavy guitar and synth hooks you’d expect, Open Up Your Head (out August 14 on Polydor) is an assured and confident a debut album as you’ll hear. If you like The Killers, you’ll love this. That’s not to say they’re trying to be like Brandon and the boys – though the influence is clear – but that they fuse the same rock edge with pop sensibilities to create a vibrant, mature sound. Close your eyes and you’re out in a field and the band are on stage doing their stuff to a fervent festival crowd as the sun beats down. And, importantly, it’s from the heart too. “I don’t buy all the love and flowers stuff,” says Henry. “Real relationships fall apart, you get hurt and you have to deal with it so you do what you have to do to get over it. I think what has saved me is music.” The particularly Killers-esque Weight in Gold is my personal favourite on the album, while fans of The Strokes will love Ready For More and the bouncy yet banging Violet. If you’ve seen the band before, you’ll be delighted that fan fave All I Want To Hear You Say is there too. Shake shifts to a harder, somewhat darker place musically while the melancholy You Over Anyone slows things down as Henry pours out his heart. That’s just a glimpse at what’s on the album but it sets the scene of what to expect. There’s a headline tour at the end of the year, including the band’s biggest-ever gig at Brixton Academy on November 6 – and as Sea Girls’ star continues to rise, those of us who were there at Standon Calling last year will proudly tell anyone who’ll listen: “I saw them before they were famous.” 10cc’s autumn tour has been rescheduled into April and May 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Tickets will be valid for the new shows. When the tour – which include’s a date at Colchester’s Charter Hall – does takes place, the band will be performing the hits which have established them as one of the most inventive and influential bands in popular music. Marking the 45th anniversary of the release of their mega-hit I’m Not In Love, a top-five smash hit single in ten countries that spawned a No 1 album in the US, the band will now visit Colchester on April 24. Led by co-founder Graham Gouldman, the art-pop band are heralded in equal measure for their ability to craft ingenious songs that also resonated commercially, with 11 top-ten hits, and more than 15 million albums sold in the UK alone. They also have three No 1 singles to their name – Rubber Bullets, Dreadlock Holiday and I’m Not In Love. “Although extremely disappointed to have had to move our autumn tour, we are delighted that we’ve been able to relocate it all to next April and May,” said Gouldman. “These certainly are challenging times for all of us, so keep safe, hang onto your tickets and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.” The line-up features Gouldman (bass, guitar, vocals), Rick Fenn (lead guitar, bass, vocals), Paul Burgess (drums, percussion) – both of whom have been with the band since the early years – Keith Hayman (keyboards, guitars, bass, vocals) and Iain Hornal (vocals, percussion, guitar, keyboards). In recent years, 10cc have toured worldwide, including Australia, Japan, Iceland, New Zealand, across the UK and Europe. They’ve performed at the 65,000-capacity British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, and sold out London’s 5,200-seat Royal Albert Hall in advance last year.

30 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 fashion focus STYLE files the latest from the catwalk, red carpet and high street ■■THE beautiful Hayley Bieber is the face of the latest drop of summer essentials from jeans giant Levi’s. But it is not all denim, the collection also includes pretty peasant blouses, fitted bodies and cute accessories. Hayley wears blouse £55, shorts £50, levi.com Check mate... Gingham is a classic print that brings to mind sunny days and picnics. rivkie baumpicks out her high street hits ■■Remember the spotty Zara smock dress that went viral last year? Well, it seems the playful print’s popularity never fades, as we saw designers including Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga resurrect it for SS20. Don’t immediately reach for the classic navy and white though, we love this green dress£27.99, New Lookand yellow bag £28 Very.co.uk Dress, £32, Apricot; shoes, stylist’s own ■■Eco-conscious jewellery brand, Nothing New by Ruthie Ru, has launched a collaboration with Aesthetic Laundry, entitled WRAPPED – a zero-waste earring range created from upcycled vinyl records and coloured tassels destined for landfill. The diamond-shape drop earrings can be wrapped in any colour choice, from day-glo yellow and fuchsia pink, to pastel pink and baby blues. Priced from £22 a pair at nothingnewbyruthieru.co.uk ■ ■ NOW that we are leaving the house once more, we are reaching for our handbags again and George at Asdahas just announced that now all of its ladies’ bags will be 100% vegan, meaning no animal-derived products are used in the making of the range. Prices start from £10. Jumpsuit, £39.99; shoes, £49; bag, £25, all Topshop Top, £29.99; skirt, £34.99, both H&M; sandals, stylist’s own Laurie gingham midi dress £55, Fat Face

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 31 Skirt, £35; trainers, £29.50; T-shirt, £6.50; denim jacket, £35, all Marks & Spencer Top, £59; skirt, £79; shoes, £79, all Phase Eight joanne watkinson I received a photo message from a friend this week with the caption: “If I was 21 and going to Ibiza I would wear this”. I didn’t turn a hair, it’s standard practice for us to show appreciation for an outfit we will probably never get the chance to wear (unless we invent a time machine) especially after the last few months, when there hasn’t been much “real life” to plan for. But it did remind me how many times I have found myself coveting an entirely inappropriate outfit. I have been known to give in and purchase said unsuitable look and been forced to share laughable bedroom mirror selfies with friends so they can appreciate just how awful these clothes meant for taller/ slimmer/curvier women look on me. A memorable one was a paisley mini dress with puff sleeves that made me look like Henry the VIII, a definite ‘Insta vs Reality’ moment. More recently some Birkenstock suede mules in my head made me look like an off-duty yogi, but in real life made my feet resemble the cartoon Moomins. A very quick superscientific friend group survey tells me that I’m not the only person who q&A I’M wearing TO GO Possibly the Q maddest question you will ever get. I am getting married and need face masks for the bridesmaids to match their lemon dresses. Me & My A Bloomers have created vegetabledyed linen face coverings which come with a muslin bag for storage. They have one in lemon. Who says gym leggings have to be for the gym anyway? gets sucked into lusting after clothes that are entirely unsuitable for my lifestyle, the climate I live in or the body I was born with. I wasn’t blessed with the 5ft 9” I feel I deserve, and that alone means some clothes I love will never work on me. Flares and long coats among them. How many of you have wardrobes that reflect the lifestyle you live? Not me. I own far too many long evening dresses for a girl who never gets invited to balls or galas. This is a subject that fashion people take seriously. There is even an equation – apparently most of us wear 80% of our wardrobe, 20% of the time. I can attest to that being true in my own case. I plan to correct the balance going forward, to buy clothes I will actually wear more frequently, even if that means admitting I wear gym leggings when exercise is not on the horizon. It’s the new normal. Face masks, £15 each, meandmybloomers.co.uk ■■Joanne is a stylist with more than 20 years’ experience in the fashion industry. Email: Joannecwatkinson@me.com

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THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 33 past times ANNE Elizabeth Alice Louise became Britain’s newest princess almost 70 years ago. Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter was born at 11.50am at Clarence House on August 15, 1950, and weighed exactly 6lbs. Details of her arrival were promptly posted on the gates of the royal residence, on a board outside the Home Office in Whitehall and at Mansion House in London. The royal baby was also welcomed with a 21-gun salute at Hyde Park and her father Prince Phillip is said to have happily announced to one and all: “It’s the sweetest girl”. He also toasted her arrival in champagne with his staff. Work was being carried out at Buckingham Palace following damage it had suffered during the Second World War so home for the new baby for the first three years of her life was Clarence House. She was named Elizabeth for her mother and grandmother, Alice for her father’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, and Louise for her great-great-grandfather King Edward VII’s oldest daughter. Her father was presented with a ration book, his newborn daughter’s identity card and bottle of cod liver oil and orange juice when he signed her birth certificate. Her grandfather George VI was out shooting when Prince Philip telephoned Balmoral Castle to give him the good news and a special messenger was sent out to find him. Anne’s big brother Prince Charles was almost two years older than her and she was baptised in the music room at Buckingham Palace by the Archbishop of York. She was too young to attend the coronation of her mother in 1953. Outfits worn by the young princess set fashion trends, while Russia sent her a little bear cub called Nikki as a present and he made his home at London Zoo. A Girl Guides Company called the 1st Buckingham Palace Company was reformed in 1959 so that Anne could spend time with girls her own age. The company had also been in place for her mother and Princess Margaret when they were young. The blonde-haired royal, unlike her brothers, was educated at home at Buckingham Palace by royal governess Catherine Peebles, who also taught Prince Charles before he went to boarding school. She became the first British royal female to go to school when she was enrolled at Benenden School in Kent in 1963. She spent the next five years Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with Princess Anne and Prince Charles outside Balmoral Castle, in September 1952 Princess Anne at the little Welsh house in Windsor, circa 1954 THE princess who broke the mould As she celebrates her 70th birthday Marion McMullen looks at the early years of the Princess Royal at the boarding school leaving with six O levels and A levels in English, history and politics. University had no appeal and she became a working royal as soon as she left the classroom – although she does hold a honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen. She was 19 when she became a patron for the Riding For The Disabled charity and just 20 when she became president of the Save The Children Fund. She is now involved with more than 300 charities, organisations and military regiment and her no-nonsense approach and her work ethic means she regularly tops the leader board as the royal carrying out the most public engagement each year. Princess Anne, celebrating her sixth birthday, with her brother Prince Charles in South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, on August 15, 1956 Princess Elizabeth with Princess Anne, born 18 August 18, 1950 With her Welsh pony Greensleeves in 1960 The Royal Family – including baby Anne – during a visit to Balmoral Castle in 1951 Anne is also known to be thrifty and is praised for recycling her outfits, re-wearing some of them up to 40 years after their first outing. The horse-loving royal was a tom boy growing up and once remarked: “As a young princess I was a huge disappointment to everyone concerned. It’s impractical to go around in life dressed in a long white dress and crown.” She rode horse Doublet to an individual gold medal at the eventing European Championship at Burghley in 1971 and became the first member of the royal family to complete in the Olympic Games in 1976 when she rode her mother’s horse, Goodwill, at the equestrian three-day event in Montreal. She took part in a royal tour of Australia with her brother Prince Charles in 1970 and later said in a TV interview with Michael Parkinson in 1980 that it made her realise she had never fitted the traditional image of a princess. Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Balmoral. Charles is celebrating his fourth birthday Princess Anne toasts Pamela Mountbatten and David Hicks with non-alcoholic cider at their wedding in January 1960 An official portrait of Princess Anne taken on August 14, 1954, one day before her fourth birthday As a bridesmaid, at the wedding of Princess Alexandra of Kent and Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in April 1963 “You know, a princess how they come in fairy tales. Somehow I didn’t fit that. Still don’t.” Anne, who has held the title Princess Royal since 1987, was also the first child of a monarch to insist her children were called ‘Mr’ and ‘Miss’. She said in a magazine interview this year she would have turned to engineering if she had not been a member of the Royal Family. She now encourages young women to carve out careers in the science fields as patron of Woman Into Science and Engineering.

34 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 family matters children’s book of the week the wild way home by Sophie Kirtley published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books, £6.99 (ebook £4.02) Sophie Kirtley’s debut is a thoughtful and gentle musing on how to cope with change. It’s Charlie Merriam’s 12th birthday, and his new little brother Dara has just arrived, but the baby is poorly, and Charlie doesn’t know how to love him just yet. So, Charlie runs away to the forest, where he and his friends have built a whole world of their own. Except this time, the forest feels and looks different – and then Charlie finds a boy in animal skins face down in a stream. There are broad echoes of David Almond’s Kit’s Wilderness, but The Wild Way Home is not so darkly complex and tangled. Charlie’s adventures lack a certain amount of peril, while the lives of those he encounters in this ancient version of his forest could do with more fleshing out. However, it’s a solid story about facing what terrifies you, feeling your feelings (however tough that may be) and protecting the ones you love. Plus, it will make you desperate to get out into the great outdoors. KIDS’ BUY of the week One of Scandinavia’s most recognisable designs, the Tripp Trapp high chair is described as a chair for life. When designer Peter Opsvik’s son Tor was two years old, he discovered that Tor had outgrown his highchair and could not find one which allowed him to sit comfortably at table height with the rest of the family. Opsvik decided to create a chair that would give children of all ages a comfortable seat at the table. A core product of the Stokke collection for more than 45 years, the high chair was Stokke’s first product designed for children and has sold more than 11 million units globally. Find it at stokke.com priced £178. How to deal with parental estrangement HAVING a family is one of the most fundamental experiences of human life, so it can be difficult to understand the complex and painful decisions involved in estranging yourself from a parent. But there are situations in which an adult child can feel that ceasing contact with a family member is their best and healthiest option. Singer Ellie Goulding recently revealed she has not seen her mother since marrying art dealer Caspar Jopling last year, telling The Independent: “I’ve done a lot of therapy about it. I think a lot of women have difficult relationships with their mothers and we find it hard to talk openly about that.” Parental estrangement of any kind is likely to be complicated, distressing, and very personal to the individual, prompting feelings similar to grief. We asked Relate counsellor Peter Saddington to share some tips for adults who are dealing with a family breakdown… Don’t think of it as a permanent state “Whether it’s your choice or a parent’s decision, a family estrangement is never easy to deal with. However, as a starting point, it might be helpful to not think of it as a permanent decision. Relationships can change,” says Peter. “When I’m working with adult children that have chosen to separate from their parents or family, it’s quite often a difficult and painful process to get to that point, so many people can feel extreme guilt about the situation. Try these simple steps to stop your children treating you like It’s a relentless duty every parent (who can drive) has. Climbing into the car at all hours to go and collect your child from whatever activity, club or friend’s house they might be calling you from. While the lockdown has saved us considerable petrol money, as things open up that mileometer is likely to start creeping up again as our children’s lives start to get back to something like normal. Indeed, research by ŠKODA found that in normal times parents drive approximately 1,648 additional miles a year while ferrying their children struggling with a fractured family relationship is often a painful experience. LIZ CONNOR asks an expert for advice “There can be any number of reasons for an estrangement. It could be an argument or years of feeling bullied or misunderstood, or a disagreement about money. “In the first instance, it’s recognising that you need to look after yourself and take time to work through the feelings, before you can think about healing the relationship.” Find a support network to help you through it “Make use of close friends, your partner or any other immediate support network. If you can share your thoughts about the estranged relationship, it can help you to process the feelings,” explains Peter. around – the equivalent of £12,565 worth of taxi fares. “We like to encourage our children to get out, meet friends and do stuff, but spending your whole life as their chauffeur is counter-productive,” stresses parenting expert Suzie Hayman, a trustee of the Family Lives charity. So, how can parents reduce the number of journeys they make chauffeuring children around? Here are a few ideas… Make them walk We frequently moan that our kids are lazy, but the truth is, it’s often Above: If your relationship with a parent has become toxic you may need time out Left: Ellie Goulding Are you tired of giving lifts to your ungrateful teenager? our own fault. If your child wants to go somewhere and it’s within walking distance, tell them they have to walk. Obviously, getting there under their own steam is age-dependent and you can’t expect young “There can be a lot of shame attached to estrangement, and just talking about the issue can bring a degree of relief. “The more you talk about it, the more support you [tend to] get. Quite often, you’ll also be able to find some impartial validation behind your rationality for cutting off contact. “Otherwise, it’s easy to blame yourself.” children to walk anywhere on their own, but older kids are quite capable of using their own two feet to get to where they want to go – they often don’t, because it’s much easier to just shout for the free parental taxi. Make them use public transport Hand them a mask, and tell them to jump on a bus or train. Again, this is only for older kids, but they need to learn how to navigate the public transport system at some point in their lives. If they haven’t been on a bus or train before, go with them the first time, or even the first couple

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 35 3 Support network: Make sure you make use of friends Think of pain as waves “There’ll be times where you feel able to cope with the estrangement, and then there’ll be other times where you’ll struggle with it – and that’s OK,” says Peter. “The feelings will probably come in waves and when it really hits you, you can feel angry, frustrated, upset and of times – it might be a pain, but it’ll save you time in the long run. Be sure to check out the cheapest fares/saver passes etc too – let’s face it, this is something they’re unlikely to do themselves, unless they’re using their own money. Charge them taxi fares Why should you run ungrateful small people around for free? If you give them pocket money, Suzie suggests charging them for lifts. It’s not mean, you’re teaching them a life lesson. Get them to do ‘taxi chores’ If you think taking money from them is too harsh make it clear that the vulnerable. These are the times when talking about your feelings with someone close to you can really help.” Look out for triggers “Christmas, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and other important dates can often bring up painful memories or feelings of hurt, anger, guilt or shame. It’s good to remember that the first year is always the trickiest; it doesn’t mean that 10 years down the line Christmas won’t be difficult, but resurfacing feelings might not be as painful.” Establish boundaries “If you’ve decided your parent’s behaviour is a toxic influence in your life, set yourself some boundaries and make sure everyone in your life knows about them,” says Peter. “Politely ask other members of the family not to try and bring you and the estranged parent together. Be clear that you’ve reached that decision and it’s the right one for you.” Find coping mechanisms “A lot of people seek therapy to help them to come to terms with the decision, which can be very helpful. Some adult children will join groups, while others might distract themselves with work or other activities. “A helpful CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) technique could be writing a letter to the estranged parent detailing all the reasons why you made the decision to cut off contact. Sometimes just having that letter as a reference point to revisit when you’re struggling, can help. “You could also try imagining the conversation you’d have with a friend who was going through a similar situation, and the advice you’d give to them if you weren’t emotionally involved. This can help you see the problem from another viewpoint. “Every estrangement is different and there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. If you’re keen to heal the relationship, it’s good to ask yourself if you’ve done everything you can. “Using agencies like Relate can be helpful, as we can bring together the two parties and try to find a way of repairing the emotional damage.” their unpaid personal chauffeur only way they’ll get a lift to wherever it is they want to go, is if they do a particular chore. Get other parents involved When the kids want a lift to someone’s house/a play area/the football pitch, they’re usually going with friends, who you’ll often end up giving a lift to as well. But have you ever stopped to think why it’s you who’s doing the driving, and not the other parents? You’ll usually know their numbers, so text or ring them and make sure the lifts are divvied up fairly. Hopefully, they’ll be as grateful as you are to share the driving. of the best... GIFT SETS FOR NEW parents O U T Q R J W V O G KIDS’ PUZZLES! SPOT THE DIFFERENCE WORDSEARCH Can you find all these car manufacturers in the grid? E L J L L I O G N H M A F Q U L D H Y J Unisex panda boxed baby gift set A 100%-cotton footed sleepsuit with matching hat in a playful panda print. £28, thewhite company.com O N N O V A J U L A R D A O R P N G L G A R S K O D A E M U F O S T A Z X Y R A L V I I A U W X K R A E N N S I D U W U Sanctuary new mum jar Contains Stretch Mark Oil, White Lily & Damask Rose Body Wash, Hand Cream and Foaming Bath Soak. £18, boots .com U R A B U S F I E B Can you spot the six differences between the pictures below? ALFA ROMEO AUDI FIAT FORD HYUNDAI JAGUAR Solutions O E M O R A F L A U U L A N D R O V E R T J F N A S S I N A Q L Q O O K T I N B R L U V R O A A S U J I L A P D Z U I S W O D J N A X W D F V G H U G E Y X U I O N Y L L M R K W E G H J A G U A R U B Babyblooms New Baby Welcome Hamper Babyblooms New Baby Welcome Hamper with Personalised Bunny Soft Toy, Light. A collection of gorgeous gifts from baby lotion to a bouquet of baby clothes. £60, john lewis.com LAND ROVER LEXUS NISSAN RENAULT SKODA SUBARU VOLVO

36 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 BREAKTIME Pathfinder Beginning with the top highlighted letter, follow a continuous path of words associated with the given subject. The trail goes through each letter once, twisting up, down and sideways, but never diagonally. Will Smith films I E P E WR E H E P S U E S S N D E L H E T T E U R I N Y P E D N A T E H N C O D T H A P N C A R K D A A B F N O F T K D E H O Y S Y V AGE L E H C A Y S U I E T R E G G E B L A G E L M A K A U S S M E N I N E N S U S I X C N I A R I C E I D S I D A D E OON I E A M R O Y C I U QGC N M A D H T O B D A D E S R S U C H C H R B O S B V E S E E S O F T I A A T D N E N E L AOF T I R E N Y O U O P T E T E S A O E T EWR K W I N R S P A R N A F Split Decision Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. W Y C A U H T E F I R D S H I U M E D U Y S T G R S F L W X B A S M A G Y E C E R E Sudoku There is one simple rule in Sudoku. Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box. Easy Hard Two Speed Crossword This two-speed crossword has two sets of clues, but just one grid. If you can’t solve the Cryptic clue, try the Quick. Cryptic Across 6. Temporary suspension in sentence by the Spanish officer (7) 7 & 9Ac. Not necessarily adverse blows to commerce (5-5) 9. See 7 Across 10. Firearms belonging to Nym’s companion? (7) 12. A single knocker, we’re told (11) 14. Rescuing the girl is a redeeming feature (6,5) 18. Gas inclined to be used around Pennsylvania (7) 19. The ability to observe part of a rifle (5) 21. See 8 Down (5) 22. Grasp a method for escape (7) Codeword Down 1. The daily record, I see, will show commonsense (5) 2. Provide support, but cause some delay (4,2) 3. See 20 Down 4. A man from the Mediterranean comes out of a trance (6) 5. Use fawning words at a duel, maybe (7) 8 & 21Ac. Art gallery? (7-5) 11 & 17Dn. Making progress counterfeiting one side of a coin (7,5) 13. Continue to cause a rumpus (5,2) 15. I’m getting the staff duty (6) 16. To find the very peak, do some mountaineering, we hear, with a hatchet (6) 17. See 11 Down 20 & 3Dn. The fellows are after a bird – they commit themselves to writing (6) Quiz This puzzle has no clues. Instead, every number printed in 1. Who directed Gregory the grid represents a letter, with the same number always Peck and Charlton representing the same letter. For example, if 8 turns out to be a Heston in the 1958 V, you can write in V wherever a square contains 8. Using your Western film The Big knowledge of words, complete the puzzle. Country? 2. Which sign of the zodiac is between Leo and Libra? 3. What name is given to the religious practice of driving out evil spirits? Q1 - Catherine O’Hara 4. Of which US state is Nashville the capital? 5. Of which US state is Phoenix the capital? LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 R I Scribble pad Pathfinder Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali, Paul Cezanne, Judith Leyster, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Georges Seurat, Marc Chagall, Mary Cassatt, Johannes Vermeer, Rene Magritte, Alice Neel, Paula Rego. Quiz 1 The Bidding Room; 2 Eight; 3 Gulf Stream; 4 Sodom and Gomorrah; 5 Ladybirds; 6 Bath; 7 Kent; 8 Harold Macmillan; 9 Lithuania; 10 Phobia. Quick Across 6. Officer (7) 7. Commerce (5) 9. Air currents (5) 10. Handguns (7) 12. Chance (11) 14. Redeeming feature (6,5) 18. Gas (7) 19. Vision (5) 21. Dwelling (5) 22. Act of escaping (7) Down 1. Rational thought (5) 2. Hinder (4,2) 3. Males (3) 4. Greek (6) 5. Flatter (7) 8. Image (7) 11. Producing metal components (7) 13. Resume (5,2) 15. Tax (6) 16. Decisive moment (6) 17. In front (5) 20. Enclosure (3) 6. Which breed of dog has Cardigan and Pembroke varieties? 7. What is a score of forty all in tennis called? 8. Which instrument of the violin family is larger than a violin but smaller than a cello? 9. Which French museum contains the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa? 10. Which international environmental pressure group was founded in 1971? Two-Speed Crossword Across: 6 Tastier; 7 Wager; 9 Any; 10 Admission; 12 Astonishing; 15 Divining-rod; 17 Breakneck; 19 Too; 21 Ashen; 22 Dispose. Down: 1 Maine; 2 Ate; 3 Lead; 4 Falsehood; 5 Rebound; 8 Hiding; 11 Aspirates; 13 Orient; 14 Tigress; 16 Worse; 18 Chip; 20 Opt. Wordsquare FORGIVING Wordsquare Give yourself ten minutes to find as many words as possible using the letters in N S N the grid. Each word must use the central letter and at least 3 others, and letters may be used only once. You cannot O G L use plurals, foreign words or proper nouns, but verb forms ending in ‘s’ are permitted. There is one 9-letter word to be found. I E T How you rate: 15 words - average; 25 words - good; 35 words - very good; 40 or more - excellent. Sudoku Split Decision P L U C K E S I C H A R T A G T N E E D Y Codeword 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 E W H U L X J D G S C Z Q 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 R M T A P N F K V Y I O B

BRAIN Eight pages of puzzles, quizzes and sudoku Teaser THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 37 STAR SEEKER Can you find the celebrity name hidden in this crossword? Complete the crossword in the normal way, then make a note of the letters contained in all the squares which are marked with shaded stars. These letters will make an anagram of the name you are trying to discover. H ACROSS H H 1. Barrenness (11) 9. Doze (3) 10. Height (9) 11. Unsuitable (5) 13. Plunder (7) 14. Interior (6) 16. Complete (6) 18. Copy (7) 19. Should (5) 20. Of one mind (9) 21. Beverage (3) 22. Reinstatement (11) GOGEN H H H H DOWN H H 2. Pinch (3) 3. Build (5) 4. Tramples (6) 5. Intrigue (7) 6. Garment-making (9) 7. Unwise (11) 8. Weighty (11) 12. Enchant (9) 15. Chronicler (7) 17. Pious (6) 19. Attack (5) 21. Also (3) H H H General Knowledge Quiz 1. Which British jockey has the record for the most Derby wins? A Lester Piggott B Lester Hoggall C Lester Sowitt D Lester Horace 2. What name is given to a visible cloud of dust and gas in space? A Vortex B Black hole C Nebula D Portal 3. What in France is the TGV? A The police force B The national bank C High speed train D A television station 4. In Greek mythology which band of sailors accompanied Jason on the quest for the Golden Fleece? A The Myths B The Gorgons C The Argonauts D The Muses 5. Who starred in the title role of the TV series Worzel Gummidge? A Jon Pertwee B Jon Percy C Jon Perrithew D Jon Prior 6. Which 1998 action comedy film starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as two cops dealing with an international kidnapping? A The Golden Child B Rush Hour C Big Trouble in Little China D Shanghai Knights Jackie Chan See Question 6. 7. Which novelist wrote The Horse’s Mouth? A Anthony Burgess B Iris Murdoch C William Golding D Joyce Cary 8. What sort of creatures are kept in an apiary? A Birds B Ants C Worms D Bees 9. Which Saint Etienne singer released a solo album entitled Lipslide? A Moira Lambert B Sarah Cracknell C Beth Gibbons D Beth Orton 10. Which Indian city associated with Sikhism was the site of a massacre in 1919? A Bangalore B Ahmadabad C Nagpur D Amritsar 11. What name is given to small flakes of scurf shed from the scalp? A Acne B Scum C Dandruff D Scoliosis 12. From which plant does the drug digitalis come? A Poppy B Foxglove C Rose D Lily 13. Which of the Seven Wonders of the World was a bronze statue at the entrance to a harbour? A The Hanging Gardens of Babylon B The Lighthouse of Alexandria C The Colossus of Rhodes D The Great Pyramid of Giza 14. In which continent is the Cape of Good Hope? A Australasia B North America C Europe D Africa 15. Whom did Joséphine de Beauharnais marry in 1796? A Louis XVI B Molière C René Descartes D Napoleon Bonaparte Insert letters to form the listed words, moving between adjacent cells horizontally, vertically or diagonally in any direction. Insert all the remaining letters of the alphabet (except Z) in the grid so all the listed words are spelt out in this way. P H T M V G O S A J U F R K C Q I N E W B X L Y D BIN DEWY FINE FOG GHOST JACK LIQUORS LYNX NECK POSTMARKED SHOT VAST A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y 1 2 3 T C W M K V O K D Y S D F Q H E U N A X I G L O V R Y J B P BOY BRIG CALM CHEF EXACT GUN HAM INQUEST JOB JOIN LOVING PRIED WALK A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y W R M F C I L B N Q E X G U P S J A H T APEX FLEX FLICK GAPE HAG INQUEST JUNK LIMB THUG VOW WINDY WRING A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y

38 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 BRAIN FILL IN When you’ve completed the puzzle, rearrange the shaded squares to spell out a type of pet. We’ve given you one word to start you off. 3 LETTERS ARE FEY LAB LAH NAN URN YEN YET 4 LETTERS ALMS DINE FELT FORM LADY NEST PONY ROTE WORDSEARCH 5 LETTERS AGONY ALONG MANES STATE TAWNY WAGER M O U N T I E 6 LETTERS BASALT LENDER SAFELY SALAMI SEEMLY SULTRY 7 LETTERS MOUNTIE RHYTHMS Here is a list of crime TV shows. Can you find them in the grid? The answers can be found running backwards or forwards, horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Bones Broadchurch DCI Banks Dexter Elementary Foyle’s War Inspector Morse teaser Lewis Luther Miss Marple Poirot Prime Suspect Sherlock Silent Witness The Bridge The Killing The Wire Twin Peaks Wallander A T S I L E N T W I T N E S S I S E B R O A D C H U R C H T N K A X U F W V E Y G D E D W S N E P W O N K B L V R C T I P A L P A Y I H E O L V C Z N E B E C L L T W L O N E W M P C I M V L E I P C U P E I O E T C E I A S X K O S T S S G A O D N U N W F S U I S H D R K R G T W D A L S I M R I E Z S M W A G E R E T A J R O H R M O E R X R M J R D B L C T H W R P Y D I L P I E P C W L T D S W U R D L T H T H E W I R E E S P D E X T E R L O B B W I General Knowledge Crossword ACROSS DOWN 1. City which 2. Scottish port on the houses Harvard Firth of Clyde (3) University (9) 3. Baton ---, 8. ‘The Private ---’, state capital of play by Peter Louisiana (5) Shaffer (3) 4. Small antelope 9. Draper in a 1905 of the genus novel by H.G. Madoqua (3-3) Wells (6,5) 5. Antarctic penguin, 11. African river which Aptenodytes forms the frontier forsteri (7) between Zambia 6. French actress and Zimbabwe (7) whose screen 12. River which passes roles included through Lake An American in Constance (5) Paris (6,5) 13. In Britain, the actors’ 7. British cleric who trade union (6) became general 15. Shrine at which a secretary of C.N.D. god is consulted, in 1980 (5,4) such as that at 10. ‘--- the Great’, play Delphi (6) by Christopher 17. Rainer Maria, poet Marlowe (11) who authored 11. Seaport linked by Sonnets to canal to Bruges (9) Orpheus (5) 14. Rock group whose 18. Male character from last concert was French pantomime filmed by Martin with a white face (7) Scorsese as The 20. 1934 novel by Last Waltz (3,4) Laurens Van Der 16. Plant with whorled Post (2,1,8) leaves and white 22. Machine used for flowers (6) separating seeds 19. The short final from raw cotton (3) stanza of a poem (5) 23. ‘The Living ---’, 1987 21. Small domesticated James Bond film (9) feline mammal (3) NINERS A test of knowledge for the sporting enthusiast 1 8 10 14 18 22 2 3 4 19 7 13 21 11 9 17 20 23 15 5 12 WORD WISE The word may sound familiar, but do you know what it means? JACKANAPES 1 14928 gives a ruler 2 145678 gives a second ruler 698436 gives an absolute ruler A In Australia, a newcomer from England B A stupid person C An impudent fellow Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters. SPORTWORD 6 16 54325 gives a fabric 38565 gives a second fabric 1987364 gives a third fabric 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ACROSS Your weekly puzzle challenge 1. David ....., England cricketer 1987-90 (5) 4. Jeff ....., West Indies Test cricketer who hit 139 against Australia at Perth in 1984 (5) 7. Muhammad ..., boxer known as ‘The Greatest’ (3) 8. Leon ....., Everton midfielder 2000-16 (5) 9. ..... DR, country whose footballers include midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu (5) 10. Change of direction in a swimming race at the end of the pool to start another length (4) 11 & 18A 1988 FA Cup-winner with Wimbledon whose last club was QPR (6) 14. Martin ......, 1966 World Cup finalist (6) 15. The ...., Sheffield Wednesday nickname (4) 18. See 11 Across. 20. A foul stroke in snooker (2-3) 21. ... Pfaff, a 1982 Australian Open women’s doubles tennis championship runner-up (3) 22. Badminton shot played to the back of the opponent’s court (5) 23. Jock ....., Celtic manager 1965-78 (5) FAMULUS A Attendant to a magician B Basket for sowing corn C Ancient lighthouse or beacon DOWN 1. Robert ....., England Test cricketer who took 5-95 against New Zealand at Christchurch in 1997 (5) 2. See 19 Down. 3. Parallel strip of track used by athletes (4) 4. Danny ......, Sunderland forward who moved to West Brom in 2001 (6) 5 & 12D Leeds United defender who moved to Norwich in 1994 (3,7) 6. Paul ....., Oldham Roughyeds former secondrow forward (5) 12. See 5 Down. 13. Neale ......, 1960 Wimbledon men’s singles tennis champion (6) 14. Mike ....., Stoke City defender who won four England caps in 1974 (5) 16. Marat ....., 2000 US Open men’s singles tennis champion (5) 17. In bowls, the part of a bowl designed to allow it to curve when thrown (4) 19 & 2D France-born Spurs defender who moved to Portsmouth in 2006 (3,7)

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 39 BRAIN Kakuro teaser Fill in the white squares with the numbers 1 to 9. Each horizontal block of squares must add up to the number in the shaded square to its left, and each vertical block must add up to the number in the shaded square above it. No number may be used more than once in any one block. 1 2 7 24 13 10 6 8 22 17 3 15 12 9 14 15 15 16 29 9 17 9 13 12 9 11 11 20 18 18 7 13 11 7 10 9 12 11 21 16 8 11 3 16 6 8 10 10 13 12 6 29 11 13 7 10 21 11 8 13 9 17 10 18 16 24 27 13 14 5 14 9 12 7 17 20 17 25 5 17 9 4 8 9 12 8 13 15 8 6 15 23 6 11 12 14 8 8 Using the clues provided, fill in each step of the ladder with a new word, changing one letter at a time. 1 2 Your weekly puzzle challenge WORD LADDER Projectile Soil Dagger Drop shot Submerge TORN DAFT PUNK Ripped 3 4 9 22 3 17 7 6 13 11 10 16 11 10 6 15 14 12 27 11 10 13 10 6 15 5 8 18 12 29 8 9 10 10 4 8 16 15 15 9 9 5 14 27 9 9 11 13 14 7 12 15 8 19 10 7 12 8 45 21 17 15 8 3 10 16 11 5 23 21 13 12 11 7 13 18 10 16 13 4 10 6 23 17 31 6 9 4 11 16 12 10 4 14 3 SLIT Large bag Footwear Immerse Tender Organise Smoke residue Opening BACK Fly high TWO SPEED CROSSWORD This two-speed crossword has two sets of clues, but just one grid. If you can’t solve the Cryptic clues, try the Quick. Cryptic Across 1 & 19D The Scriptures completely recorded, we hear (4,4) 3. Telephone the youths – they’re needed backstage (8) 8. They stop people telling jokes (4) 9. It needs a good man to goad a fish (8) 11. He joins the family after the match! (7-2-3) 13. What is taught wearing fewer clothes (6) 14. Polish – or North European, one hears! (6) 17. Those who have standard commissions (4,8) 20. A girl one limited to a particular area, maybe (8) 21. The bird that runs along the top of the fence (4) 22. I act strangely and go round without saying a word (8) 23. In the contest I raised a disturbance (4) Down 1. Strong drink will encourage the tennis player to smash! (8) 2. The French make progress by southern inland waters (7) 4. A vital link in circulation (6) 5. A complaint one has difficulty in voicing clearly? (10) 6. The last character to leave some gathering (5) 7. The girl’s making a comeback – that’s sensible (4) 10. Evicted for the whole length of the proceedings, we hear (10) 12. The referee’s an artist (8) 15. Associated with previous stage turn? That’s not absolutely correct (7) 16. What the traveller pays, one hears, for romantic intrigue (6) 18. Clearly there’s some reason for this to be a science (5) 19. See 1 Across Quick Across 1. Sacred (4) 3. Theatre workers (8) 8. Jokes (4) 9. Fish (8) 11. Relative (7-2-3) 13. Class (6) 14. End (6) 17. Navy personnel (4,8) 20. Local (8) 21. Bar (4) 22. Reserved (8) 23. Rouse (4) Down 1. Drink (8) 2. Shallow lakes (7) 4. Blood vessel (6) 5. Throat inflammation (10) 6. Greek letter (5) 7. Rational (4) 10. During (10) 12. Famous artist (8) 15. Imprecise (7) 16. Matter (6) 18. Deduction (5) 19. Document (4) Scribble pad Celestial body ALPHAMUDDLE SPLIT DECISION Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. S R P G A D T H V I E O D A L Z STAB Rearrange the letters in the grid on the left to make five words that read both across and down. Five letters have been placed to start you off. W H A T T E E S W R E E T H I G T I T R E E T H E T I E T O J K O U L D S O E R E H H R E R S F H L O E X O D T

40 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 BRAIN PATHFINDER Beginning with the top highlighted letter, follow a continuous path of words associated with the given subject. The trail goes through each letter once, twisting up, down and sideways, but never diagonally. Elton John songs teaser T W I Z E A R O C I L O C S T I L L A H Y T R K D E R K L A N Y A R D M G T E O C M I L N A D B N C A N M C R O S T I D N C E I D N I A N Y R R G N I G N R P L E K A E S E O S H A C O U O Y I N B R M E T H E R A S R N D H T O G S B E S E D N U F I W E O N T T O W T I F Y O E E C E D C A O B O F L E I N O L I F I R S R D R O I T G H T T H R O A D D E L E C K G T E V E K C I O S R C C E I O B Y O L L O R N W A R I V N O D E Y E L W B G I N T L O G Sudoku Challenge Easy 6 7 5 2 6 5 1 8 7 1 2 8 1 3 7 8 5 9 9 1 8 5 2 4 9 1 8 6 8 1 3 8 6 4 9 5 4 9 7 5 3 9 2 7 5 6 8 Your weekly puzzle challenge 9 6 8 4 1 7 2 6 1 8 6 2 3 5 4 1 2 6 3 5 8 5 2 4 6 MIRROR IMAGE Medium Which of the shapes below is an exact mirror image of the shape on the right? A B C CLOCKWORD The solutions from 1 to 12 are all six-letter words ending with the letter D in the centre. Moving clockwise from 1, the letters in the outer circle will spell out the name of an Italian former footballer. 10 9 11 8 D 12 1. Mailed 2. Attach 3. English city 4. Fell behind 5. Moving forward 6. Innumerable 7. Type of nut 7 D 1 6 8. Whipped 9. Request 10. Certainly 11. Lassoed 2 5 3 4 12. Water-surrounded land 8 3 1 6 6 3 3 9 1 7 1 7 6 4 Hard 4 7 3 3 8 9 7 8 5 8 5 2 7 3 8 4 6 5 9 4 3 2 4 6 1 3 6 1 5 6 2 9 7 2 3 6 2 9 4 9 3 1 3 5 1 8 5 4 1 7 4 5 9 9 4 6 5 2 6 4 3 5 1 6 5 2 1 3 5 4 2 3 9 2 6 7 4 3 8 5 6 6 9 3 1 7 6 2 8 4 3 3 7 6 1 4 1 9 7 5 1 2

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 41 BRAIN Giant Sudoku Every row, every column and every 5 x 5 box must contain every digit from 1 to 9 and every letter from K to Z. MWO Z X 6 Y N V R 9 Y 1 K 7 8 W M 2 T T U L M P X 5 K R 8 P 3 V R W 2 9 Z Y S 7 L 5 O P K R M Q 2 M T Z N R X Q 9 L 4 8 M Y S W 8 1 4 6 P L 9 Z 1 3 K 7 S R O 5 X 6 7 Y 5 2 N O W 2 K O 9 W T X 7 U R 7 9 T 2 1 W U 2 S P 8 O K 9 N T Q Z X K O 1 S L 6 W 4 3 6 S 9 M X 8 N 4 V L R 3 L M 5 U 7 1 Y R V N P 6 S O X 4 N S 7 Z 1 O V K T U P 4 Q S 7 1 L 5 O S Q T Z U 7 P M N 8 6 L R 5 V Y U T W S V O 6 2 L X 8 5 P U N 9 4 M 2 8 3 L U P V 1 Y T Q Q N W 3 4 V 5 S T R K 9 X 2 1 V W Z Q 4 Y P R 1 X O Y S 8 7 2 N K 5 Z U X 9 O L V ALPHADOKU teaser Both the puzzles contain 9 x 9 sudokus but with the letters R to Z. NUMBERFIT Fit the listed numbers into the grid. 1 2 digits: 74 87 3 digits: 335 447 449 533 538 638 835 838 844 944 5 digits: 43749 64834 6 digits: 434347 534757 543734 577437 7 digits: 4596654 4665944 4895644 4995684 9 digits: 477878856 677878854 977885746 2 2 digits: 17 19 21 29 42 99 3 digits: 147 238 318 337 357 358 467 763 4 digits: 1309 1999 3139 3339 8081 8314 5 digits: 69522 69534 6 digits: 121334 233102 233971 301793 777979 837897 8 digits: 21933692 69331022 3 Your weekly puzzle challenge Y Z U V R X X V U W V S W T Y S Z Y S V Z R U T T Y Y T X R Z V S Y U U R X Y X U S W Z R U S T V 2 digits: 14 69 86 93 3 digits: 129 213 343 418 433 492 682 943 962 964 4 digits: 4437 6317 7107 7127 5 digits: 51238 54469 7 digits: 2259035 8936997 9 digits: 468372244 478279794 482473254 498174254

42 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 BRAIN REMEMBER WHEN The following events all occurred in living memory. Can you guess the year? A teaser 1. Golfer Payne Stewart died 2. Westlife had a UK No.1 single with Flying Without Wings 3. The Millennium Wheel became a new landmark on the London skyline 4. Crown Prince Philippe, heir to the throne of Belgium, married Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz Arrowword Entreaty US state Coax European capital Jam container Kneecap Indian city Skewer Bitumen Morse's sidekick _ Arterton, pictured Devil Your weekly puzzle challenge Microorganism Biblical song B 1. Grace Kelly starred in To Catch A Thief 2. Jimmy Young had a UK No.1 hit with Unchained Melody 3. Jazz musician Charlie Parker died 4. This Is Your Life began on British television Scribble Church singer (5,3) English cathedral Offends Change Smudge Mineral spring Otherwise Sacred beetle C 1. Cliff Richard had a UK No.1 single with We Don’t Talk Anymore 2. Diane Keaton starred in Manhattan 3. The Shah of Iran fled into exile following a period of protests against his regime 4. The price of milk rose sharply to 15p a pint QUICK QUIZ 1. Which historian has been bringing us A Greek Odyssey in a recent Channel 5 documentary series? 2. What is the largest wild member of the dog family? 3. Which is the principal wine producing state of the USA? 4. Which Wall Street star features in Major League II? 5. Big Ears is the friend of which Enid Blyton character? 6. What nationality was the composer Beethoven? 7. In which month is the Henley Royal Regatta held? 8. In which sort of establishment was the sitcom Hi-De- Hi set? 9. During which war did Anne Frank write her diaries? 10. Who wrote The Day of the Jackal? Rich, upperclass people Defensive covering _ Stiller, actor Organises Affirmative Failure Lake Hearing organ Foetus Nocturnal birds Capital of Peru Largely Type of straw hat Before Japanese paper folding Oak fruit Cut grass Vital Speeds Novice Salad plant US actor, _ Baldwin Ignited Sailor's cry African country Vapour Rubber wheel Blusher Info Bird of prey Fur Bandit Joined Hurry _ Snow, TV historian Besides Italian city Interior Notion Air Brightlycoloured fish Door or window beam Fish CODEWORD This puzzle has no clues. Instead, every number printed in the grid represents a letter, with the same number always representing the same letter. For example, if 8 turns out to be a V, you can write in V wherever a square contains 8. Using your knowledge of words, complete the puzzle. 1 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 R I 2 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z _ Brosnan (pictured) Weird 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 A 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 D 3 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Rustic Mineral 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 O D

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 43 BRAIN teaser Your weekly puzzle challenge Giant Crossword ACROSS 1 Sport (6) 5 Land measure (4) 8 Secret (6) 10 Woodland plant (8) 14 Brings upon oneself (6) 16 __ De La Hoya, former US/ Mexican boxer (5) 22 Disease (8) 23 Paying guests (7) 24 Anthony __, Man United and France forward (7) 26 An intermediary (2-7) 27 Street urchin (5) 29 Burden (4) 30 In addition to (3) 31 Cuban dance (5) 33 Rugby forward (4) 34 Sporting competition (10) 35 Containing nothing (5) 36 Expresses disapproval (4) 39 Spanish cry (3) 40 Sailing vessel (8) 42 Kitchen appliance (6) 43 Earnest request (6) 44 Anteroom (5) 46 Previously owned (6-4) 49 Flowering plant (6) 51 Ascend (5) 54 Terrestrial bird (10) 56 Minus (8) 61 Strong coffee (8) 63 Passage of goods or people (7) 64 Odd or strange (5) 65 Spanish man (5) 66 Personal pride (3) 68 Metallic element (4) 70 Blood vessel (4) 71 Flightless bird (3) 72 Extremely bad or unpleasant (5) 74 The __, 1989 James Cameron sci-fi film (5) 75 Candidate (7) 78 Demonic (8) 83 Rather (8) 85 Dramatist (10) 87 Housey-housey (5) 89 Edges along (6) 91 Type of pasta (10) 94 Hold in a firm grasp (5) 96 Disappear (6) 98 Cigarette part (6) 100 Offer of marriage (8) 102 Biblical woman (3) 104 Middle Eastern country (4) 106 Scoundrel (5) 107 Sloppily (10) 109 Female sheep (4) 111 Berkshire racecourse (5) 114 Young dog (3) 115 __ Wayne, late US actor (4) 116 __ Dahl, children’s author (5) 117 Listen secretly (9) 118 Edgy, jumpy (7) 121 South American river (7) 122 Deduct (8) 123 Firm in one’s allegiance (5) 124 Small piece (6) 125 Final permission (8) 126 Made familiar with (4,2) 127 Petty argument (4) 128 Lucrative job or enterprise, informally (6) DOWN 2 Everlasting (7) 3 Ungues (5) 4 Unbeliever (7) 6 Roman name for Scotland (9) 7 Sea duck (5) 8 Fatty part of milk (5) 9 Raised edge (3) 11 Garland of flowers (3) 12 Zodiac sign (5) 13 Power unit (7) 14 Incompetent (5) 15 Talk (8) 17 Walking pole (5) 18 Tumults (5) 19 Aprons (9) 20 Group of three (4) 21 Deep gorge (6) 25 Slack (5) 26 Large ape (7) 28 Focus of an earthquake (9) 32 Perform on stage (3) 33 Fitch (7) 37 Unit of weight (3) 38 Card suit (6) 39 Precious stone (4) 41 Happen again (5) 42 Joins closely (5) 44 Absent-minded (9) 45 Spools (5) 47 Spicy (3) 48 Flatfish (6) 50 With difficulty (2,1,4) 52 Hidden bomb (5,4) 53 Opposed to (7) 54 Domed building (7) 55 And not (3) 57 Estimates (7) 58 Brilliantly coloured (5) 59 Taverns (4) 60 Musical instrument (5) 62 Not hard (4) 67 Exaggerate (6) 69 Gristle (9) 73 Pale mauve colour (5) 74 Whichever (3) 76 Light creamy dessert (6) 77 Foes (7) 79 __ the Dragon, 1973 film starring the late Bruce Lee (5) 80 Sag (5) 81 Rot (9) 82 St Kilda, for example (4) 84 Type of tree (3) 86 Relinquishes (5,2) 88 Infallible (9) 90 Indefatigable (8) 92 Make a mistake (3) 93 Move round (6) 95 Spray can (7) 97 Synthetic material (5) 99 Hot beverage (3) 101 Perceptible to the hearing (7) 103 Car, for example (7) 104 Perfect (5) 105 Specified amount (5) 107 Polite or courteous (5) 108 Songbirds (5) 110 Courts (4) 112 Capital of Egypt (5) 113 Fish (5) 115 Legal panel member (5) 119 Brazilian port (3) 120 Call for help (1,1,1)

44 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 BRAIN Solutions General Knowledge Quiz PAGE 1 1 A; 2 C; 3 C; 4 C; 5 A; 6 B; 7 D; 8 D; 9 B; 10 D; 11 C; 12 B; 13 C; 14 D; 15 D. Star Seeker Across: 1 Infertility; 9 Nap; 10 Elevation; 11 Unfit; 13 Despoil; 14 Inside; 16 Entire; 18 Imitate; 19 Ought; 20 Unanimous; 21 Tea; 22 Restitution. Down: 2 Nip; 3 Erect; 4 Treads; 5 Liaison; 6 Tailoring; 7 Injudicious; 8 Influential; 12 Fascinate; 15 Diarist; 17 Devout; 19 Onset; 21 Too. Star Name: CARRIE FISHER Gogen P G U H O F T S R M A K V J C Q General Knowledge Crossword PAGE 2 Across: 1 Cambridge; 8 Ear; 9 Arthur Kipps; 11 Zambesi; 12 Rhine; 13 Equity; 15 Oracle; 17 Rilke; 18 Pierrot; 20 In a Province; 22 Gin; 23 Daylights. Down: 2 Ayr; 3 Rouge; 4 Dik-dik; 5 Emperor; 6 Leslie Caron; 7 Bruce Kent; 10 Tamburlaine; 11 Zeebrugge; 14 The Band; 16 Spurry; 19 Envoi; 21 Cat. Fill In Type of pet: HAMSTER F O R M M L A D Y E H W A G E R Y Y N N E S T S T A T E D U L A H S E E M L Y A L M S R OTE B A S A L T U R N M F A G O NY D I N E W T Y A L O N G I E P O N Y Y F E L T Wordsearch A T S I L E N T W I T N E S S I S E B R O A D C H U R C H T N K A X U F W V E Y G D E D W S N E P W O N K B L V R C T I P A L P A Y I H E O L V C Z N E B E C L L T W L O N E W M P C I M V L E I P C U P E I O E T C E I A S X K O S T S S G A O D N U N W F S U I S H D R K R G T W D A L S I M R I E Z S M W A G E R E T A J R O H R M O E R X R M J R D B L C T H W R P Y D I L P I E P C W L T D S W U R D L T H T H E W I R E E S P D E X T E R L O B B W I Two Speed Crossword Word Wise: C. An impudent fellow. Niner Sportword Across: 1. Capel; 4. Dujon; 7. Ali; 8. Osman; 9. Congo; 10. Turn; 11. Vinnie; 14. Peters; 15. Owls; 18. Jones; 20. In-off; 21. Eva; 22. Clear; 23. Stein. Down: 1. Croft; 2. Pamarot; 3. Lane; 4. Dichio; 5. Jon; 6. Noone; 12. Newsome; 13. Fraser; 14. Pejic; 16. Safin; 17. Bias; 19. Noé. PAGE 3 Across: 1 Holy; 3 Callboys; 8 Gags; 9 Sturgeon; 11 Brother-in-law; 13 Lesson; 14 Finish; 17 Flag officers; 20 Regional; 21 Rail; 22 Taciturn; 23 Stir. Down: 1 Highball; 2 Lagoons; 4 Artery; 5 Laryngitis; 6 Omega; 7 Sane; 10 Throughout; 12 Whistler; 15 Inexact; 16 Affair; 18 Logic; 19 Writ. Split Decision P R O O F A L L V I D E O E E O D A R E D Word Ladder 1. Daft, Dart, Dirt, Dirk, Dink, Dunk, Punk. 2. Torn, Tore, Sore, Sort, Soot, Slot, Slit. 3. Back, Sack, Sock, Soak, Soar, Star, Stab. Clockword PAGE 4 1 Posted, 2 Append, 3 Oxford, 4 Lagged, 5 Onward, 6 Myriad, 7 Almond, 8 Lashed, 9 Demand, 10 Indeed, 11 Noosed, 12 Island. Italian former footballer: Paolo Maldini. Mirror Image: C I N E W 1 B X L Y D T S D F Q C H E U N W Pathfinder Tiny Dancer, Pinball Wizard, Candle in the Wind, Your Song, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Sacrifice, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Border Song, I Want Love, Circle of Life, Ticking. A X Alphamuddle S W E E W H I T E I G H E T H E T E T R I G M L O V R teaser 2 K Y J B P T E T R A V W R M F O C I L B K N Q E X D G U P S A. Attendant to a magician. 1. MONASTERY: MAYOR, MASTER, TYRANT 2. 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ADVERTISING FEATURE A very personal memorial marker Support Your Local Community Just as we have all been doing our bit to help one another through the pandemic, Funeral Notices continues to work closely with your local Funeral Directors to support them in any way we can as they continue to provide safe, professional funeral services. Unfortunately, there are still rules in place restricting the number of people allowed to attend funerals. To support Funeral Directors, please do not attend a funeral unless you have been invited to do so by the next of kin or the Funeral Director. Where a request to line the streets for a funeral has been made, please remember to social distance to help keep one another safe. For more information on restrictions still in place in your local area, or for information on whether it is possible to attend a funeral, your local Funeral Director is the best person to contact. If you are unable to attend a funeral but wish to make a donation, light a candle, add photos and leave tributes in memory free of charge, please visit funeral-notices.co.uk and search for the name of the notice you would like. We understand how important these notices are to you and we will continue to bring you every local notice with all the latest amendments found online at funeral-notices.co.uk Look after each other CARTER Susan Passed away suddenly at home on 3rd July 2020 aged 74 years. Much loved wife of Dougie (who preceded her death in 2015), sister to Terry, Andrew and Ian, mother to Richard, Sally, Michelle and Jennifer, grandmother to Katie, Toni, Chris, Hannah, Josh, Ellie, Emily and Dylan, great grandmother to Chloe, Jessica, Lee, Megan, Rhian and Orlaith. Due to coronavirus, attendance at her funeral is restricted to 20 close family. A webcast is available, family flowers only and donations to Little Havens Childrens Hospice. online obituary at https// www.funeralguide. co.uk/obituaries/79220 Enquiries c/o Chelmsford Star Co-op Funeral Directors, 348 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, CM2 9RA Tel: 01245 268993 CONNERY Dorothy Joan passed away at home on 12th July 2020, aged 78 years. Loving Mum to Jeannette, Susan, Marietta, Elizabeth and David and a much loved Nan. For further enquiries, please contact T Pennack & Sons, Funeral Directors. Tel: 01245 471157 CROZIER John Sadly passed away 4 June Loving husband of Pat Great dad to Stuart and Paul Funeral has taken place HAWORTH Janet passed away peacefully on 12th July 2020, aged 95 years. Much loved wife of the late Bob. Loving Mum to Clive, Linda and Susan, a dear Grandma and Great Grandma. Donations if desired for the British Heart Foundation may be sent to T Pennack & Sons, Funeral Directors. HUNT Patricia (Pat) Sadly passed away on 23rd July 2020. Special friend to John, beloved mum to Lesley, Liz and Jackie and a much loved granny. Who will be very sadly missed. Funeral service to take place at St Johns Church, Moulsham Street on Thursday 6th August at.12:00 noon, followed by a private committal. No black attire. (Please note numbers will be restricted). Family flowers only please, donations welcome to Farleigh Hospice c/o Chelmsford Star Co-op Funeral Directors, 348 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, CM2 9RA. Tel: 01245 268993. INCE (NÉE FAIERS) Maureen Betty Sadly at Broomfield Hospital on 12th July 2020. Aged 83 years. Devoted Wife of the late Alfred, loving Mother to Sonia, Mandy, Vanessa and Jonathan. Mother-in-law to Chris, Mark and Simon. A wonderful Nan and Great-nan. An amazing lady, who will be sadly missed by all. The Funeral Service will take place on Monday 10th August at Chelmsford Crematorium Chapel followed by Interment in Writtle Road Cemetery. Flowers welcome or donations to 'British Lung Foundation' may be made via 'Tributes & Donations' at www.pauljking. com or sent to Paul J King Funeral Directors 6 Corporation Road Chelmsford CM1 2AR 01245 264411 RILEY Patricia Died 17th July 2020 aged 77 years. Enquiries c/o Chelmsford Star Co-op Funeral Service Tel: 01245 268993 TODD Ron Passed away peacefully at Broomfield Hospital on 21st July 2020, aged 84 years. Loving Husband to Pat, much loved Dad to Liz and Gary, Sarah and David, Robert and Sonya, Grandad to Abigail, Alex, Matthew, Chloe, Katie and Louise and Great Grandad to Jack and Ronnie. WRENN Dorothy Edith (nee Ambrose) passed away peacefully at Okeley Care Home on 13th July 2020, aged 99 years. A much loved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Donations if desired for the Alzheimer's Society may be sent to T Pennack & Sons, Funeral Directors. CHAPMAN Fran 3rd August 2014 Missing you darling. Your ever loving Husband Bernard and all the Family STUBBINGS Peter Died 3.8.1981 To my loving husband, 39 years have passed but my love for you will never fade away. Thinking of you now more then ever. Love From your Wife Joan xx STUBBINGS Peter Died 3.8.1981 To a dear dad, grandad and great-grandad. Always in our thoughts, with fond loving memories. With love from Daughter Sharon, Granddaughter Samantha and Great-grandson Talbot. xxx Adam & Greenwood Funeral Home Independently run Family business ‘Our Family caring for yours’ • Burial • Cremation • ashes Burials • monumental masons • Pre-Paid Funeral Plans • sPeCialists in Green Funerals Professional Advice & support 24 hours a day. 01245 496620 Chelmsford 01621 857172 Maldon 01277 633085 Billericay 01277 811064 Brentwood www.afuneral.co.uk Herongate Wood Woodland Cemetery owned by Adam & Greenwood Funeral Home Paul J King FUNERAL DIRECTORS Independent Family Funeral Directors and Memorial Consultants CHELMSFORD, SW FERRERS, BRAINTREE BURNHAM-ON-CROUCH, HULLBRIDGE, MALDON 01245 264411 (24 HOURS) 6 CORPORATION ROAD CM1 2AR www.pauljking.com STUBBINGS Peter Died 3.8.1981 To a very special dad and grandad. Not a day goes by when we don't think about you. Still very sadly missed. Love Debbie and Grandson Charlie xx When you have lost someone close, a memorial headstone can provide an important point of focus for you. Little moments of calm remembrance will be important as you process your feelings, and a headstone is a place where you and others can reflect on happy memories. Selecting the right choice for your loved one can sometimes seem like a difficult task, but your local funeral director at Co-op Funeralcare can guide you through your options, working with experienced stonemasons to ensure that your tribute is as you want it to be. The team can also advise on caring for new and existing headstones to help you look after and maintain them. 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46 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 YOUR garden With Diarmuid Gavin Say hi to the hydrangea Hydrangeas are king in my garden at the moment! I have several varieties and they all do different jobs for me. They’re easy to grow, make great informal hedges, wonderful long-lasting cut blooms and are a good choice for coastal areas as well. Keep them well hydrated throughout the year and a good feed in spring will ensure long-lasting shrubs. Looking especially gorgeous at the moment is Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ as the immature green flowers have developed into delicious creamy white large flower heads. I think she performs better in full sun – sometimes you see her in the shade struggling a bit. Wonderfully the flowers will persist for months and like mopheads can be left on until next spring before being lightly pruned off. There is a new version called Strong Annabelle, the blossoms are the size of footballs! I’ve got a hydrangea paniculata growing nearby in a pot. These have cone-shaped flowers and are an increasingly popular plant. Mine is called ‘Limelight’, a subtle lime green flower that will mature to pink in autumn. For smaller pots and plots there’s a dwarf version of this called ‘Little Lime’. Another well-known variety is Vanilla Fraise which has cones of white flowers that start to flush a rosy pink, before deepening to a raspberry pink. Both are very hardy so are useful choices for colder northern areas. These types of hydrangeas can be pruned hard in spring to encourage new wood which bears the flowers. Doing a completely From climbers to mopheads, these fantastic flowers are a source of absolute delight different job is the climbing hydrangea, H. petiolaris. It’s a fantastically useful plant as it will happily grow in the shade on a north or east facing wall and it doesn’t need trellis or any other supports to climb as it is self supporting with its centipede-like aerial roots. However, like many climbers, it likes to settle into its new surroundings for a year or even a few before it really takes off. A lot of growth can be happening underground as it spreads its roots and gets ready for take off. You really do have to be patient and the blooms will come. Growing in the shade near the maple I have the beautiful hydrangea aspera Villosa. This has the most gorgeous big velvety leaves and lovely white lace cape flowers which surround a large mauve centre. This needs space as it does grow quite large and requires just a gentle pruning in spring of old flower heads, back to a pair of fat buds. Finally, my collection of mopheads and lacecaps, the most common and popular type of hydrangea, which are perfect for pots of colour. They range from pink to blue and purple as well as white. My blue one stays blue because it’s in a pot of ericaceous compost – if I plant it in the ground it will certainly end up pink. This is because the aluminium which keeps the flower blue is only available for uptake by the plant in acidic soil, which my soil isn’t. In pots you can occasionally top up with aluminium sulphate or some bluing compound. As a rule, unless they are growing too large, don’t hard-prune these types as you will remove future flowers – just remove faded flowers in spring. If I’ve whetted your appetite, and you see a hydrangea you really like in a friend’s garden, ask for a cutting. Because at this time of year hydrangea cuttings will root really quickly. Hydrangeas have a huge variety of colour from a zesty green through to creamy white For a true blue you need acidic soil, otherwise the flowers will revert to pink Harvest courgettes before they turn to marrows There’s plenty for you to harvest now ■■Harvest courgettes quickly before they turn to marrows, second earlies and maincrop potatoes if the foliage is going yellow. French and runner beans can be cropped regularly and onions, shallots and garlic are ready to dig up when foliage becomes yellow and flops over. ■■Check for cabbage white butterfly eggs and remove. Do the same with blackfly on broad beans and aphids everywhere. ■■It may seem an age away but JOBS FOR THE WEEK you could be ordering your spring bulbs now for delivery in September. ■■Spot-treat lawn weeds or pull out by hand if possible. ■■Cut back perennials that are finished or those that will give a second flush such as hardy geraniums. Deadhead bedding plants and perennials to encourage more flowers. ■■Trim lavender to prevent it becoming too leggy. ■■Prevent disease by removing rose leaves with black spot from the ground and fallen diseased apples or pears. ■■If you are growing fruit in containers, give them a high potash liquid feed. ■■Take leaf cuttings from houseplants such as Begonia rex, African violets, Cape primroses and Kalanchoe. Remove rose leaves with black spot now

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 47 If the giant mophead blooms are not to your taste, try the more delicate lacecap, above, or aspera villosa, right Hydrangea Paniculata Vanille Fraise ASK DIARMUID pLANT OF THE WEEK dahlia ‘thomas edison’ If you like your dahlias big and bold, here’s a great one for you. It has quite a big head on it with beautiful dark violet petals. It stands tall at around a metre in height so may need staking in windier or exposed situations. This will make a stunning cut flower and cutting it will encourage a few more blooms on their way. QCan you identify this plant for me? I bought it when it was tiny and had a name tag, but this has been lost. I’ve had it three or four years and it’s still quite small so grows very slowly. In the winter it loses its lovely colours and becomes mostly green but the hot weather this year has worked wonders for it. Avril Brown AThis has been a tricky one to identify and without a close-up I can’t be certain but I’m going to attempt anyway! One contender is Houttuynia, the chameleon plant, a semi-evergreen perennial with brighter leaf colours in sunshine. Another possibility with colourful foliage is Leucothoe fontanesiana. But it also could be an Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’, a dwarf evergreen shrub. Does that ring a bell?

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THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 51 (Cock Green Road, Felsted) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) Order 2020 Notice is hereby given that the Essex County Council intends, not less than seven days from the date of this notice, to make the above Order under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. Effect of the order: To temporarily close that length of Cock Green Road, Felsted in the District of Uttlesford, from is junction with Rayne Road for a distance of approximately 40m in a south westerly direction. The closure is scheduled to commence on 24th August 2020 for 3 days, or where stated on a valid permit (BC005CC1W0024AUGIBWG0TUH – BT). The scheduled dates may vary for these works with appropriate signs showing and/or displayed on one.network. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while underground cable works are undertaken by BT. An alternative route is available via Watch House Green, Cock Green Road and vice versa. The Order will come into effect on 6th August 2020 and may continue in force for 18 months or until the works have been completed, whichever is the earlier. (Various Roads, City of Chelmsford) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic & Clearway & Temporary Introduction of 30mph Speed Limit) (No.6) Order 2020 Notice is hereby given that the Essex County Council intends, not less than seven days from the date of this notice to make the above Order under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. Effect of the order: 1. To temporarily close the various lengths of road in the City of Chelmsford as specified in the schedule to this Order. 2. A temporary ‘No Waiting, No Loading and No Stopping’ restriction will be introduced on both sides of carriageway on the above lengths of roads for the duration of the closures to facilitate the works. Signs will be installed indicating when the No Waiting, No Loading and No Stopping restriction will be in force. 3. To temporarily introduce a 30mph speed limit in the lengths of road as specified in the schedule. “The Essex County Council (Chelmsford City) (Prohibition of Waiting, Loading and Stopping) and (On Street Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement Area) Consolidation Order 2019” will be temporarily amended to include the temporary ‘No Waiting, No Loading and No Stopping at Any Time’ restriction and suspend any existing parking and waiting restrictions on the above lengths of roads only. All other restrictions and exemptions contained in the aforementioned Order and Amendments to that Order shall remain in force. The works being undertaken will take place within an 18-month period from 6th August 2020, exact dates will be specified on http://roadworks.org/. The roads will be closed to facilitate each phase of works and then re-opened to the public. Access will be maintained for emergency services. Diversion routes will be signed at each location and residents will be informed of the dates of each phase via letter/leaflet drop and advanced warning signs on the road. For all enquiries please contact our Contact Centre on 0345 603 7631. The Order will come into effect on 6th August 2020 and may continue in force for 18 months or until the works have been completed, whichever is the earlier. Schedule Road Description Alternative Route Multi-storey Roundabout Parkway (East & West), Chelmsford Burnham Road, South Woodham Ferrers & Rettendon (including Fen Roundabout) Wood Street Roundabout/London Road, Chelmsford from the junction with Odeon Roundabout to the junction with Rainsford Lane in both directions a distance of approximately 2538m from the junction with Main Road to the junction with Rettendon Turnpike a distance of approximately 4600m from its junction with Westway to its junction with Princes Road a distance of approximately 645m Rainsford Lane, Waterhouse Lane, London Road, Princes Road, Van Diemans Road, Parkway and vice versa A130 New Bypass, A12, Maldon Road, Main Road, Maldon Road, Wycke Hill, Limebrook Way. Fambridge Road, Lower Burnham Road, Woodham Road, Burnham Road and vice versa Diversion 1: West Way, Waterhouse Lane, Rainsford Lane, Parkway, Van Diemans Road, Princes Road and vice versa. Diversion 2: West Way, Waterhouse Lane, Rainsford Lane, Parkway, New London Road, Moulsham Street and vice versa. Diversion 3: Wood Street, Galleywood Road, Stock Road, Beehive Lane, Baddow Road, Van Diemans Road, Princes Road and vice versa (Various Roads, District of Uttlesford) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic, Temporary Introduction of 30mph Speed Limit & Clearway) (No.7) Order 2020) Order 2020 Notice is hereby given that the Essex County Council intends, not less than seven days from the date of this notice to make the above Order under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. Effect of the order: 1. To temporarily close the various lengths of road in the District of Uttlesford as specified in the schedule to this Order. 2. To temporarily introduce a 30mph speed limit in those lengths of road as specified in the schedule to this Order. Essex County Council 3. A temporary ‘No Waiting, No Loading and No Stopping’ restriction will be introduced on both sides of carriageway on the above lengths of roads for the duration of the closures to facilitate the works. Signs will be installed indicating when the No Waiting, No Loading and No Stopping restriction will be in force. “The Essex County Council (Uttlesford District) (Prohibition of Waiting, Loading and Stopping) and (On Street Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement Area) Consolidation Order 2019” will be temporarily amended to include the temporary ‘No Waiting, No Loading and No Stopping at Any Time’ restriction and suspend any existing parking and waiting restrictions on the above lengths of roads only. All other restrictions and exemptions contained in the aforementioned Order and Amendments to that Order shall remain in force. The works being undertaken will take place within an 18-month period from 6th August 2020, exact dates will be specified on One.network. The roads will be closed to facilitate each phase of works and then re-opened to the public. Access will be maintained for emergency services. Diversion routes will be signed at each location and residents will be informed of the dates of each phase via letter / leaflet drop and advanced warning signs on the road. For all enquiries please contact our Contact Centre on 0345 603 7631. The Order will come into effect on 6th August 2020 and may continue in force for 18 months or until the works have been completed, whichever is the earlier. Schedule Road Description Alternative Route Chelmsford Road, Leaden Roding High Easter Road, Leaden Roding Chelmsford Road, Barnston High Street & Chelmsford Road, Great Dunmow Ongar Road, Great Dunmow B1256 Stortford Road/Dunmow Bypass (Dunmow Road Roundabout), Great Dunmow Stortford Road, Great Dunmow Stortford Road, Great Dunmow Woodside Way, Great Dunmow Woodlands Park Drive, Great Dunmow from its junction with Dunmow Road to its junction with Marks Hall Lane a distance of approximately 2058m from its junction with Chelmsford Road to its junction with Rossdene Gardens a distance of approximately 60m from its junction with High Easter Road to its junction with Parsonage Lane a distance of approximately 700m from the junction with Braintree Road to the junction with Chelmsford Road a distance of approximately 1200m from the northern junction with Chelmsford Road for a distance of approximately 70m in a south westerly direction and from the southern junction with Chelmsford Road for a distance of approximately 85m in a westerly direction from the junction with Woodside Way to the junction with Chelmsford Road a distance of approximately 1979m from Dunmow Roundabout to the junction with High Meadow a distance of approximately 43m Chelmsford Road, Bishops Stortford Road, Roxwell Road, Rainsford Road, Rainford Lane, Waterhouse Lane, Westway, London Road, Greenbury Way, Ongar Road, Chelmsford Road, High Ongar Road Straightening, Fyfield Road, Ongar Road, Dunmow Road, Stortford Road and vice versa High Easter Road, Shorts Farm Road, Shorts Farm Lane, Shorts Farm Road, Chelmsford Road and vice versa Chelmsford Road, Dunmow Road, Main Road, Hartford End, Chelmsford Road, Braintree Road, Dunmow Road, Braintree Road, Dunmow Bypass, Chelmsford Road and vice versa Chelmsford Road, Dunmow Bypass, Stortford Road, Woodside Way, Dunmow Road, Beaumont Hill, The Causeway, North Street, Market Place, High Street and vice versa Ongar Road, Dunmow Road, Chelmsford Road, Bishop Stortford Road, Roxwell Road, Rainsford Road, Parkway, Broomfield Road, Main Road, Braintree Road, Essex Regiment Way, Main Road, Dunmow Road, Chelmsford Road (Dunmow Bypass), Stortford Road, Woodside Way, Dunmow Road, Beaumont Hill, The Causeway, North Street, Market Place, High Street Woodside Way, Dunmow Road, Beaumont Hill, The Causeway, North Street, Market Place, High Street, Chelmsford Road and vice versa Stortford Road to join diversion above from Dunmow West Dunmow Bypass, Chelmsford Road, A120 and Interchange to the junction vice versa with Dunmow Bypass a distance of approximately 1686m from its junction with Stortford Road to its junction with Woodlands Park Drive a distance of approximately 589m from its junction with Woodside Way to its junction with Pine Avenue a distance of approximately 117m Woodside Way, Dunmow Road, Beaumont Hill, The Causeway, North Street, Market Place, High Street, Chelmsford Road, Dunmow Bypass and vice versa Woodlands Park Drive and vice versa CHELMSFORD CITY COUNCIL Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2015 Notice is given that the Local Planning Authority has received the following applications: Development within a designated conservation area. Pilgrims Main Road Margaretting Ingatestone Essex CM4 9HX Reposition East elevation rear dormer window, with addition of new dormer. Block up East elevation ground floor kitchen window and reposition. Glazed window to East elevation arch and conservation roof window to West elevation. Ref No. 20/00970/FUL Griffin Meadow 74 Main Road Danbury Chelmsford Essex CM3 4DH Proposed raised decking with wire balustrades, as an extension to existing patio area. Ref No. 20/01084/FUL Development which affect a listed building. Shoulderstick Haul Wheelers Hill Little Waltham Chelmsford Essex CM3 3LZ Proposed change of use for mixed use residential (C3) and childcare nursery setting, ranging in age from babies to pre-school children (D1). Ref No. 20/00972/FUL Development which affect a listed building in a conservation area. 295 Main Road Broomfield Chelmsford CM1 7AU Ground floor minor external alterations to include the removal of staircase, infill of existing door to boiler room with creation of new door opening. Internal alterations to include the conversion of boiler room to a WC, removal of internal partitions to store and kitchen areas, infilling of internal doors and creation of new door openings. First floor alterations to include internal re-fit necessary to accommodate 2No self-contained flats. Ref No. 20/00986/LBC The Folly The Street Pleshey Chelmsford CM3 1HE Replacement of front door. Ref No. 20/01060/LBC Development which affects the setting of a listed building Land East of Rye Cottage Broads Green Great Waltham Chelmsford Essex Demolition of existing stables, and the construction of two residential dwellings and associated works including a new formation of access and a detached garage. Ref No. 20/01004/FUL Development which affects the setting of a listed building within a designated conservation area. The Stables The Street Pleshey Chelmsford CM3 1HE Conversion of existing single storey barn to habitable space and construction of a glazed link to join the existing dwelling to converted barn. Addition of 2No. roof windows. Ref No. 20/01105/FUL & Ref No. 20/01106/LBC Major development. Land North South and East Of Channels Drive Broomfield Chelmsford Variation of condition 1 (approved plans) of the previously granted permission 18/01056/REM - (Application for the approval of reserved matters (access, appearance, layout, landscaping, and scale) in relation to the outline application permission 10/01976/OUT at Channels Phase 6 for the development of 128 dwellings together with associated access, car parking, landscaping and related works). Amendments and reconfiguration to sizes and layout of residential land parcels A - G. Alterations to designs of housetypes A1 and A2. Additional house types E3 and F3 implemented into design. Ref No. 18/01056/S73/1 Development which affects a Right of Way. Site At Handley Green Lane Margaretting Ingatestone Essex Demolition of existing garage/annex and construction of detached 3 bedroom bungalow. (Re-submission of approved application 18/01584/FUL). Ref No. 20/01068/FUL These applications can be viewed on our website at www. chelmsford.gov.uk/planning or at the Council offices in Duke Street, Chelmsford during normal opening hours. Comments can be submitted on the website or by writing to the Council at P.O. Box 7544, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE, quoting the appropriate reference number, by 21 August 2020. Please note that comments submitted will be available for the public to read, and if an appeal is lodged will be passed to the Secretary of State. Please see our website for further information. ADVERTISEMENTS: The Council gives warning, pursuant to its powers under Section 225 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, that it will remove or obliterate any placard or poster displayed illegally within the administrative boundaries of Chelmsford City Council. David Green, Director for Sustainable Communities. Goods Vehicle Operator’s Licence Robert Walker trading as BTT Transport ltd of 15-17 Church Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1LU is applying for a licence to use High Trees, Dunmow Road, High Roding, CM6 1NU as an operating centre for 2 goods vehicles and 0 trailers. Owners or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre(s) who believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be affected, should make written representations to the Traffic Commissioner at Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF stating their reasons, within 21 days of this notice. Representors must at the same time send a copy of their representations to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A Guide to Making Representations is available from the Traffic Commissioner’s Office. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A PREMISES LICENCE/CLUB PREMISES CERTIFICATE SECTIONS 17 or 71 of the LICENSING ACT 2003 The following application has been made: Applicant: Afternoon QTea Address of Premises: 13 Teak Walk, Witham, Essex, CM8 2SX Summary of Application: For the sale of alcohol off the premises. Mon-Sun 11.00-18.00 A copy of this application may be inspected on the Licensing Register at Causeway House, Braintree from Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. Any person wishing to make representation should write to: Licensing Officer, Braintree District Council, Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9HB by 18.08.2020. It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application and a maximum fine of £5000 is payable by any person on summary conviction for the offence. DiD you know? you can now book your Public notice by visiting bookanad.com For help booking online call our team on 01227 907972 9am-5pm Mon-Fri Self-Serve online

52 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 Public Notices SECTION 56 PLANNING ACT 2008 REGULATION 9, THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (APPLICATIONS: PRESCRIBED FORMS AND PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 2009 REGULATION 16, THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) REGULATIONS 2017 NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF AN APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER PROPOSED M25 JUNCTION 28 DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER (PLANNING INSPECTORATE REFERENCE: TR010029) Notice is hereby given that the Secretary of State for Transport has accepted an application made by Highways England Company Limited (“Highways England”) of Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LZ under Section 37 of the Planning Act 2008 (the “Application”) for a Development Consent Order (“DCO”). Highways England’s Application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 27 May 2020 and accepted for examination on 24 June 2020. The Planning Inspectorate reference number is TR010029. Summary of the scheme The proposed DCO would authorise the M25 junction 28 improvement scheme (“the Scheme”), located within the administrative areas of Brentwood Borough Council, the London Borough of Havering and Essex County Council. The Scheme comprises an alteration of junction 28 of the M25 and is needed to reduce congestion, improve safety and support development and economic growth. The DCO would, amongst other things, authorise the following: • the creation of a new two lane loop road with hard shoulder, for traffic travelling from the M25 northbound carriageway onto the A12 eastbound carriageway, including the provision of three new bridges and an underpass to carry the new loop road over a proposed access track; • realignment of the existing A12 eastbound exit (off-slip) road to accommodate the new loop road including the provision of a new bridge and the extension of the existing Grove culvert; • improvements to the existing A12 eastbound and westbound carriageways and A12 eastbound entry (on-slip) road; • realignment of the existing M25 northbound on-slip; • improvements to the existing Junction 28 roundabout, the existing M25 northbound carriageway and the M25 northbound off-slip; • provision of new gantries over the M25 carriageway; • alterations of existing private access and egresses and the provision of new private means of access to accommodate the new loop road; • earthworks including the deposit of surplus construction materials on two identified sites; • three new attenuation ponds and associated drainage and access roads and a new drainage outfall pipe; • realignment of the Weald Brook and the Ingrebourne River; • two new flood compensation areas and the provision of new ecological compensation and mitigation areas and two new environmental ponds; • diversion of an already underground high pressure gas pipeline and diversion underground of an existing overhead electric line; and • accommodation works to provide replacement facilities for Maylands Golf Course. The DCO also includes the necessary rights and powers to ensure the delivery and the operation of the Scheme, including powers of compulsory acquisition. Environmental Impact Assessment Due to its nature and size, the Scheme is “EIA development” within the meaning of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. This means that the Scheme constitutes development for which an Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) is required. The Application is therefore accompanied by an Environmental Statement (“ES”) documenting the findings of the EIA undertaken. Copies of Application Documents The application form and all of the accompanying documents, drawings, plans and maps (including the draft DCO and the ES) comprising the Application (“the Application Documents”) can be viewed online, or by downloading them, free of charge, from the Planning Inspectorate’s Project website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/m25-junction-28- improvements/ Given the current COVID-19 pandemic (“coronavirus”), associated Government guidance and in the interests of health and safety, the above described methods of viewing documents are strongly encouraged. A hard copy of the application form and all of the accompanying documents, plans and maps (including the draft DCO and ES) may be inspected free of charge at the venues (“Inspection Locations”) and times set out below. The documents will be available to view from Wednesday 22 July 2020 until Wednesday 9 September 2020. Venue Brentwood Library New Road, Brentwood CM14 4BP Tel: 0345 603 7628 Chelmsford Library County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford CM1 1QH Tel: 0345 603 7628 The above opening hours are correct at the time of publication. Please note that the Inspection Locations will be closed on Monday 31 August 2020 which is a Bank Holiday. We strongly advise telephoning the relevant Inspection Location in advance for confirmation that they are open as opening times and visiting arrangements may be subject to change by the Inspection Location in response to coronavirus. Please observe the latest Government guidance and laws in force if planning to visit an Inspection Location. Do not visit an Inspection Location if you are unwell, have symptoms of coronavirus, or have recently been in contact with someone with coronavirus. Copies of all of the documents can be provided free of charge on a USB stick. Paper copies of the documents can be made available but a charge will need to be made to cover printing, postage and VAT at 20%, up to a maximum of £1,000. To request copies of the documents or for details regarding payment methods please contact Highways England by: Email: M25j28@highwaysengland.co.uk; Telephone: 0300 123 5000; or Post: “FREEPOST M25 junction 28 improvement scheme” Making representations about the proposed DCO The period for making representations starts on 1 August 2020 and ends on 9 September 2020. Any person may make representations on the Application to the Secretary of State. All representations (giving notice of any interest in, or objection to, the Application) must be made on the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration and Relevant Representation Form, which can be accessed and completed online by following the instructions provided within the relevant link at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/m25-junction-28- improvements/. The Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination (December 2016) provides further guidance on how to register as an interested party and make a relevant representation. This can be accessed via the following link: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Advicenote-8-2v3.pdf. Due to the coronavirus, the Planning Inspectorate may review its procedures, and therefore please monitor that website for updates periodically. The Registration and Relevant Representation form will be made available by the Inspectorate once the registration/representation period has opened on 1 August 2020. This can be found via the relevant page for the Application via the National Infrastructure Planning website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/m25-junction-28- improvements/. If you require guidance or would like to request a paper copy of the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration and Relevant Representation Form, please telephone the Planning Inspectorate on 0303 444 5000 or e-mail M25Junction28@planninginspectorate.gov.uk. Completed forms should then be sent to: The Planning Inspectorate, Major Applications & Plans, 3D, Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN. The Planning Inspectorate reference for the Application (TR010029) should be quoted in any correspondence. Representations must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 11.59pm on Wednesday 9 September 2020. Please note representations will be made public and will be subject to the Planning Inspectorate’s privacy policy at https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/help/privacy-and-cookie/. Highways England 22 July 2020 Opening Hours Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 9.00am to 5.00pm Wednesdays: 9.00am to 1.00pm Sundays: Closed Monday to Saturday: 9.00am to 5.00pm Sundays: 1.00pm to 4.00pm DIANA MARGARET CLARKE (Deceased) Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925 any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of the above named, late of 14 St. Cyrus Road, Colchester CO4 4NG, who died on 02/12/2019, are required to send written particulars thereof to the undersigned on or before 01/10/2020, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims and interests of which they have had notice. Backhouse Solicitors, 71 Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1JU. PAULINE NORA FANTHAM (Deceased) Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925 any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of the above named, late of 66 Vicarage Road Chelmsford Essex CM2 9PH, who died on 26/03/2020, are required to send written particulars thereof to the undersigned on or before 01/10/2020, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims and interests of which they have had notice. ROGER BROOKER & CO, 70-72 New London Road Chelmsford CM2 0PE.

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54 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 TEST DRIVE Volvo S90 D4 FWD Auto R-Design Plus AT A GLANCE ■■Model: Volvo S90 R-Design D4 FWD Auto ■■Price: £41,915 ■■Mechanical: 190bhp, 1,198cc, 4cyl turbo diesel engine driving front wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox ■■Max speed: 125mph ■■0 to 60mph: 7.8 seconds ■■Combined mpg: 50.4 ■■Insurance group: 27 ■■CO2 emissions: 120g/km ■■BIK rating: 32 ■■Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 cleaner and greener BY david ward In the 10 years or so since being taken over by Geely of China the Swedish car maker Volvo has seen a complete transformation in terms of new models and increasing worldwide sales while now in this push for greener motoring they have committed to having only electric-powered cars across their range by 2040. So in a way it’s welcome news that at least for a while they are carrying on using the internal combustion petrol and diesel engines alongside their developing electric batterypowered for their impressive model range. This is because both their current petrol and diesel engines are the cleanest and most efficient they have ever been and none more so than in their S90 premier executive saloon which now puts Volvo firmly on a par with their long standing Germanic rivals like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Despite the push for real quality and luxurious up-market SUVs – Volvo has both their XC60 and XC90 firmly established in this sector too – the demand for big, premium four-door saloons is still there and it’s easy to see why. The S90, available with turbocharged diesel and petrol engines as well as plug-in hybrids, is probably the newest, most luxurious and so called complete up-market saloon currently available anywhere. Such cars are naturally the ideal transport for anyone involved in regular, long distant journeys because as with this latest S90 is simply so comfortable and relaxing for passengers and equally so for the driver as it’s effortless to drive. Test driving the turbodiesel D4 FWD R-Design Plus with its two-litre, 190bhp engine coupled with what is really an excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox – itself about the best in the premium car sector at present with quick, smooth up and down gear changes – it all makes such light work of driving. This is true whether out cruising on long motorway treks or through busy stop/start city centre traffic because it takes all the stress out for the driver in my view and so easy too for such a long bodied and large saloon. Quietness and all round refinement are two other vital plus factors with this car with its excellent, all round lumbar supporting and luxurious seats, front and back, and of course as with any Volvo nowadays all are packed to the gunnels with the latest safety features and on-board technology. Starting up and driving this S90 with its diesel engine under the bonnet and it’s so quiet most occupants simply won’t realise it’s an oil burner under the bonnet and not a petrol engine. It’s far cry from many years ago when I recall driving a four cylinder normally aspirated two-litre diesel engine in the veteran Volvo 240 estate on a 1,000-mile round trip to the Geneva Motor Show when it always rumbled into action with a clattering noise and blue smoke coming out of the exhaust and was never what one could call a refined piece of machinery! Today, proving how much quieter and more fuel efficient this D4 diesel is in the S90 it achieved an average of 50.2mpg on a long day’s 400-mile plus run to the north of England, only dropping to 48.6mpg in and around urban areas. Incidentally the best fuel returns on that Geneva run I can recall was 37.4mpg and not a particular quiet drive either. Other key advantage of this latest turbo diesel in the S90 was how good its’ mid range acceleration was for quick overtaking, certainly when using the steering wheel mounted manual paddle gear shifts. With a good, well engineered chassis underneath and sitting on the bigger 18-inch wheels along with the optional adaptive dampers all round gives the S90 that little extra edge in terms of the car’s agility and driver’s responses. With well positioned and easy to use switchgear the driver will also find everything close to hand, a simple and efficient nine-inch infotainment screen with all the safety and driving aids one would expect of an upmarket car in this executive sector. Leather seats are now standard across the whole S90 model range and those seats again typical Volvo making it such a comfortable ride whatever the road surfaces are like underneath. Again as usual in a Volvo there’s plenty of storage spaces around the cabin while the boot has a 500 litre capacity and the rear seats can be split 40/20/40 for carrying more versatile loads. As for pricing then cars of this premium class calibre are not going to be particularly cheap and whilst the R-Design Plus comes in at £41,915 – there are though cheaper versions available – it still represents exceptionally good value in my book. In diesel terms Volvo has certainly come a long way since those trusty days of the noisy old 240 diesels and others but a premium saloon like the S90 is certainly well on a par with its rivals. It will be a sad day really when all diesel cars like the S90 are banished for good so the key is to enjoy them whilst they are still around.

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 55 TEST DRIVE Ford Ranger Wildtrak Double Cab 2.0 EcoBlue rugged ranger AT A GLANCE ■■Model: Ford Ranger Wildtrak Double Cab 2.0 EcoBlue automatic ■■Price: £39,394 ■■Mechanical: 213ps, 1,998cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 10-speed automatic gearbox ■■Max speed: 112mph ■■0-62mph: 9.0 seconds ■■Combined mpg: 36.7 ■■Insurance group: 36 ■■CO2 emissions: 201g/km ■■BIK rating: 37% ■■Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles BY john murdoch THE Ford Ranger is the best-looking pick-up you can buy and that is why it has been a huge success for the Blue Oval badge in the UK. Big, bold and all-American the Ranger is as tough and rugged as you can get and it can be bought in a large variety of styles and with a choice of engines and transmissions. It combines the ability to shift and move heavy equipment with the comfort and equipment of an SUV. It also offers fantastic towing capacity as well as the talent to go off-road and tackle the rough stuff. The Ranger was updated last year and is now even more stylish but it remains a tough customer. It can wade through rivers, traverse rough terrain, slip through mud and snow with ease because the Ranger has the grunt to do it. On regular roads this flagship Wildtrak version behaves like most very large SUVs although it does feel a bit bouncy on rough surfaces but on smooth tarmac and on motorways it will cruise with decent ride and handling. The Wildtrak features 18-inch machined alloy wheels, a painted front fender grille, power-foldable heated door mirrors with puddle lights, side steps, roof rails and rear privacy glass. Inside the double-cab offers enough room for a family or for five workers and boasts equipment to satisfy leisure owners. You get satellite navigation, Bluetooth with voice control, rear parking sensors, a large touchscreen with Ford SYNC 3 technology, a DAB radio, heated windscreen, and a large number of power sockets as well as heated electrically adjustable seats with leather trim and a leather stitched steering wheel. At the touch of a button you can select between a choice of drives and low and high ratios. Safety features include a raft of airbags, hill launch assist, hill descent control and an electronic stability programme with traction control and emergency brake assist. There is front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera. Other features include a lane keeping aid, traffic sign recognition, a collision mitigation system, intelligent speed assistance and cruise control. This Wildtrak version came with the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel power plant combined with an automatic ten-speed gearbox. It punts out 213ps and gives the Ranger a top speed of 112mph and a 0-62mph time of 9.0 seconds. It has a claimed combined figure of 36.7 mpg but that will depend on how hard you drive it and how heavy it is loaded. The sporty Ranger has what it takes to attract business and lifestyle buyers. It is a head-turner and looks great in the optional Sea Grey metallic paint which costs an extra £600 and is more than capable of doing the business in any conditions.

56 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 Sport The only way is St Albans for Big Cats It’s all change for Essex & Herts Leopards basketball going into the new season. After 25 seasons, the Big Cats will have a new name and a new permanent base from August with the club becoming Oaklands College Wolves and playing all their home games at the St Albans college. Leopards played most of their home games at Oaklands last season, but the move will see them become a full part of the Wolves who also compete in the Women’s British Basketball League as well as running nine junior sides in the national league and several teams in academy competitions. It brings to an end 25 seasons of Leopards basketball - one of the most famous names in the British game - but general manager Dave Ryan explained that it as a necessary and positive move. “It’s become clear over the last couple of years that we simply couldn’t continue with our current model” he said. “Regular availability of venues has been a growing problem at a time when it’s getting increasingly expensive to be competitive in Division One. “I think we should be immensely proud of what we achieved since we restarted our club in 2004, with six national titles and a reputation as stalwart in Division One. “Even last season when we looked dead and buried, we turned things around because we were determined to finish our last season in the top flight. “When I look at all of the clubs who’ve come and gone, we really achieved something special. and just because the name is changing doesn’t diminish that. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped the club over the years, especially Roger Davinson at the Brentwood Centre, it’s been a a team effort. “I’ve been researching the history of the club, it goes back to pre-World War I and there have been various incarnations. “We’re about to start a new chapter and I’m sure the club will thrive with its new name and home. Oaklands are a fantastic club, we’ve worked with them for several years and our team have now become part of something bigger. “I hope Leopards fans will come to St Albans and support the new-look club.” Oaklands College Wolves director of basketball Michael Ball added: “We have been working closely with Leopards for the past couple of seasons and now is the right time to progress forwards and bring the team fully into the Oaklands College Wolves family.” McGrath hoping to add Bob Willis trophy to cabinet memory of the former England captain who died in December – replaces the County Championship as the four-day format for this summer. It is split into three regions - North, South and Central - with the two group winners with the most points advancing to a final over five days, starting on October 1. This unprecedented season will be augmented by 10 Vitality Blast T20 group games from August 27 – the five-home, five-away fixtures will be announced in due course – with both competitions are set to be played behind closed doors. “I feel very sad for the fans,” admitted McGrath. “It’s their club as well. We want fans to be able to come and enjoy it and create an atmosphere; that’s what we all play for. “It’s going to be surreal without fans. We’ve chatted about it during practice days and told the players, ‘Have a look around, this is what it’s going to be like on a match day’. We’ve been trying to get their heads around it. But, as I say, we’re just happy to be playing this season and we’ll put up with it. “It’s a shame for the cricket-lovers. But we want them to be safe – because it’s not safe at the moment to come and watch at the ground. But if there is a way to tune in, Essex won the County Championship in 2019 and will be looking to add to that silverware this summer Harry Trump Essex looking to make home advantage count Head coach Anthony McGrath is delighted that the Bob Willis Trophy fixtures present Essex with three out of their five games in the one-off, red-ball mini-series at ‘Fortress Chelmsford’, writes Martin Smith. The double champions of 2019 kick off the truncated season with back-to-back home games, starting when they entertain Kent at The Cloudfm County Ground next Saturday, followed by the visits of Surrey a week later, and Middlesex in the final Southern Group match in early September. “To have three of the games at home, given that we won all seven in the Championship here last year, will suit our attack, especially when you’ve got Simon Harmer and the seamers,” McGrath said. “We weren’t sure which way it would go with an odd number of matches, so we’re happy with our lot. I think you’d prefer to be around your home surroundings rather then going away in the first couple of games. “Hopefully with us having been practising at Chelmsford for the last three weeks it will give us a little bit of one up on the opposition. “But given the circumstances, we’re just fortunate we’ve got some cricket; a few months ago we didn’t think we’d have anything. Everyone is excited to get going a week on Saturday and we don’t really mind where we’re playing as long as there’s some cricket.” The Bob Willis Trophy – named in Anthony McGrath with the County Championship Trophy Alex Davidson/Getty whether that’s on a radio or via our live streaming service on the website, hopefully they can get their cricket fix that way. Fingers crossed by next season we’ll be back to normal and the crowds can return.” There is a certain irony that Kent should be Essex’s first competitive opponents since they also provide the opposition for the two-day preseason friendly which starts at Canterbury on Monday. “These type of coincidences tend to happen, don’t they?” said McGrath. “But it doesn’t really matter; it’s just more practice. We’re going to take a squad of 14-15 to Kent and we’ve agreed that, weather permitting, we’ll bat one day, they’ll bat the other. “We’ll try and get as many players on the field and rotate, so bowlers can have a bowl and batters can have a bat. Then we’ll see how the guys are before the final selection of the XI a few days later.” The Bob Willis Trophy campaign also includes back-to-back trips to Sussex, first to face the eponymous county at Hove, then on to Arundel to meet Hampshire at their temporary base while the Ageas Bowl provides a bio-secure environment for England matches. The ECB also confirmed on Friday morning that a regionalised women’s domestic competition will be played this summer, featuring the eight teams from the new Women’s Elite Domestic Structure.

Brentwood’s Liam McNeilly is revved up for the weekend as he gets ready to make his car-racing debut in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship at Donington Park, writes Jamie O’Leary. The 14-year-old has spent the past three years developing his skills in European go-kart racing and in 2019 finished fourth overall in the hotlycontested IAME Benelux Junior X30 Championship. With a podium finish in the Junior X30 European Championship and experience gained by competing at the FIA World Karting Championship in France in the OKJ class, he is prepared for a season in which he will race at iconic venues like Silverstone and Brands Hatch. The Ginetta Junior Championship is a one-make series using the British-built Ginetta G40 sportscar with its 1.6-litre Cosworth engine deliberately restricted to 100bhp to provide an ideal route into circuit racing for drivers aged 14-17. Drivers such as current McLaren Formula 1 racer Lando Norris have used the series as a springboard to greater things over the past decade. “I can’t wait,” said McNeilly. “The season was supposed to start in March, and because I didn’t turn 14 until April, I would have been too young to race in the first couple of rounds, so the delayed start has actually worked out well for me. “The UK circuits re-opened about seven weeks ago so I’ve been quite busy trying to balance pre-season testing with my schoolwork, which has all been at home. “I’ve managed to keep on track with everything though, and for now my focus is fully on Donington. With a prime slot on the support bill for the British Touring Car Championship – the country’s most popular racing series – McNeilly’s races will be shown live on ITV4 to an audience of more than 750,000, THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 57 Delayed Sport start Page triumphs in Charity Cup boosts McNeilly while each 2019 event attracted a trackside crowd of more than 30,000. Despite the extra attention, he’s keeping his expectations in check and aiming to use the campaign as a learning season. “I haven’t really set any targets,” he added. “Without having competed against the other drivers in a car, it’s impossible to know what level everybody’s at. “I’m just going to focus on my driving and try and learn and improve every time I go on-track.” Fox, who are based near Maldon, will run three cars at Donington with Ipswich’s James Townsend competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Hampshire’s Nick Halstead in the Ginetta G55 Supercup. At the same time they will run three cars in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Oulton Park, Cheshire, for Gordie Mutch, Ashley Marshall and Ian Duggan. Duggan from Hockley, competes in the Am class, which Fox previously won in 2018. He steps up from a race-winning campaign in the Ginetta G40 Chairman’s Cup – held for less-powerful versions of the British sportscar. “After the success we had in the G40 Cup last year, I knew I had to push myself to the next level for this season,” said Duggan. “Fox have helped me so much with developing my driving and technical skills since I made my race debut in 2018, so I know I’m in good hands. “It only took one test in the GT5 at the end of last year to know this was the car for me.” ■■Watch Liam McNeilly in action live at 1410 on Sunday, August 2 on ITV4. Porsche Carrera Cup GB races at 1150 and 1630. Ginetta G55 Supercup at 1555. Highlights of races held on Saturday will be shown ‘as live’ during a six-hour continuous broadcast. Great Totham golfer delivers in second round of British Masters FORMER courier Dale Whitnell has delivered a brilliant second round in the Betfred British Masters. Whitnell fired an eagle and five birdies in a flawless 64 at Close House to finish ten under par on the European Tour’s full return to action, a shot behind Italy’s Renato Paratore. Paratore went on to win the event on Saturday with Danish teenager Rasmus Hojgaardin second and Justin Harding in third. Whitnell shared fourth-place with fellow Brits Andy Sullivan and Robert Rock, all on 13 under. Thirty-one-year-old Whitnell, who is a member of Forrester Park Golf Club in Great Totham, played on the 2009 Walker Cup team alongside Tommy Fleetwood but struggled to establish himself in the professional ranks and was forced to take on a courier job for ten months to make ends meet. A victory on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour earned him five Challenge Tour invites in 2019 and he won the KPMG Trophy last September before claiming his European Tour card from the qualifying school. “I’ve been working hard on my game and this course suits me because it’s a little bit fiddly in places,” said Whitnell, who had not earned a single penny from five events in 2020 before the circuit shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m just trying to go about my business like I normally would and if it’s good enough, it’s good enough. “Two-and-a-half years ago I went and got a job, I was a courier driver, just to finance my year playing on the mini tours. Financially it just Teen racer Liam McNeilly Jakob Ebrey/Fox Motorport Teen would’ve been too young to race had it started in march wasn’t viable, I couldn’t carry on, so I got a job to pay for it and the rest is history I suppose. “The peaks and troughs of the golf profession are very interesting. You’ve just got to try to deal with it the best you can. “I love the game, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t and my amateur career speaks for itself. “I played Walker Cup with Tommy Fleetwood, I know all of those guys that I grew up with. I know that on my game I can compete with those guys.” Aaron Page, playing off 14, won the Men’s Charity Cup, the first Order of Merit competition of the season, played over the weekend at Braintree Golf Club. He signed for 43 Stableford points, finishing one ahead of runner-up Sean Kelly (6). There was a countback for third on 41 points with Mark Chamberlain (15) finishing ahead of Michael Latta (7) and Joshua Maleary (13). Past club captain Jim Clark came out on top in the Seniors’ Howard Robinson Stableford in showery conditions at Stisted on Monday. Playing off 12, he signed for 39 points, one ahead of two rivals and after a countback John Snow (14) finished runner-up ahead of Robert Young (19). There was a further countback for fourth on 37 points with Raymond Jenkyn (12) getting the verdict over Andrew Little (13). Dermot Burns, off 24, won the Midweek Stableford with 39 points. He finished two clear of Derek Burrell (24) with David Haylett (8) third on 35. Kim Fay came out on top in the ladies’ midweek Stableford. Playing off 26, she was a clear winner with 39 points, finishing three ahead of four chasers on 36. After a countback Sue Anderson (27) filled the runners-up spot ahead of Karen Aslett (24), Anne Townrow (23) and Debbie Blundell (19) Aythorpe beat Chelmsfordians Aythorpe Roding beat Old Chelmsfordians by 27 runs at the weekend. Aythorpe Roding batting first scored 257-8 in 40 overs, with skipper Paul Gravatt finding his form scoring 43 (seven fours) and his opening partner Tom Wharton hit 14 (three fours). This was followed by Sam Gravatt 50 (retiring) with nine fours, Joe Apperley 57, Steve Chambers 30, Dave Mack 11 and Andy Clarke 27 not out. Tom Bird 2-28 and J Edwards 2-41, Ross Cant 1-29 bowled well for Old Chelmsfordians. Aythorpe had scored 140 runs in their first 20 overs of their score of 257-8, so it left OCs needing 140 to win the game. But the Aythorpe Roding bowlers put in a good performance, with OCs scoring 36 runs of the first ten overs. OCs ended on 113-4 in 20 overs. Luke Wharton 0-16 from four overs, Andy Clarke 0-10 from four overs,Joe Apperley 2-11 from four overs,Nathan Mack 1-27 from four overs and Dave Mack 1-41 from four overs claimed the wickets.

58 CHRONICLE THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 Sport in brief Popular midfielder will lead swifts Iron get boost from Italy BRAINTREE Town’s giant lottery that will give the winner the rights to sponsor the club next season plus the shirt sponsorship has received support from a surprising source this week — Italy. Italian sporting website 888sport tweeted the following news with accompanying picture: La storia del @Braintree Town FC. Una sorta di “lotteria” di 20-30 piccole ditte individuali alle quali si chiedono mille sterline ciascuna. La prima sorteggiata sponsorizzerà la prima maglia, la seconda quella da trasferta. The translation is as follows: History of Braintree Town FC. A sort of “lottery” of 20-30 small sole traders who are asked for a thousand pounds each. The first draw will sponsor the first jersey, the second the away one. Entries to the draw close on Saturday and full details can be found on the Braintree Town website. It will be interesting to see if an Italian company is the first ticket out of the Iron hat. Coaches take learning online FOOTBALL coaches can now access an extended wealth of online learning content via the Essex FA’s YouTube channel. Essex FA’s Chris Evans said: “Continuing Professional Development and club development webinars are just some of the features on the EssexFA channel, as well as longer-running features. “Recent additions include the latest episodes of a Coach Interview Series, a thank you to Essex’s Grassroots Football Award winners and tips on how to be an effective assistant referee. “By visiting, you can become an expert in the laws of the game, examine intriguing referee scenarios and view interviews with ambitious Essex referees. “For coaches, whether experienced or merely interested for now, there are glimpses into popular courses, plus educational support. “Safeguarding, marketing, community engagement and funding videos are also included.” tailed by Covid-19 in March Swifts chairman Gary White praised the service of defender Siva, the dependable left back who was a key figure in the Swifts side that won the Isthmian North Division playoffs at Maldon & Tiptree in May 2019. Siva stepped up to lead the team as skipper last season after an injury to midfielder Brown, who has just undergone another operation on his injured leg. Siva made his Swifts debut at home to Soham in August 2018 and the school teacher from Hornchurch Huntley picks up trophy Danbury racing driver Scott Huntley, 18, has received his rookie vice champion trophy from last season. He was racing a single seat race car in the BRSCC Avon Tyres Formula Ford 1600 National Championships as a rookie in his first season in cars. He was due to pick up the trophy at the annual awards ceremony in February 2020 but was unable to attend due to the recent death of his grandmother, Cathy Huntley from Hornchurch. She was a great supporter of Scott and had a keen interest in his racing. The trophy was packed up ready to go in March, but then the BRSCC race office closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. Last season, Huntley won two first place Rookie Cups, the second one in July 2019 after changing teams to Kevin Mills Racing. Huntley won his first Rookie Cup at his first ever race weekend from karts at Snetteron in April 2019. The incredible feat of being crowned rookie vice champion 2019, was achieved despite missing nine races and having no practice between rounds. Huntley has just finished a two year course at Loughborough College on the Motorsport UK Academy AASE programme after being selected as one of the most promising young drivers in the UK. Huntley has also been praised by F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo who said “Great drive from Scott Huntley, one to watch’, after winning a race at his last kart racing weekend in November 2018, prior to switching to cars. Huntley was a former pupil at The Sandon School. Huntley has been unable to race this season due to the coronavirus pandemic and lack of funds but is keen to get back to racing. was a popular character throughout the club. White said: “Jey came in at the start of 2018-19 season and put in some excellent displays which were rewarded with the captaincy under our previous manager Karl Duguid. “Jey is so well-liked here and as with all Swifts players, past and present, he will always be welcomed back at any time in the future. “I understand Jey has been considering a couple of offers from other clubs and has decided to play for Canvey Island in the coming season. “Jey was looking for a club that George Craddock Alan Edmonds Craddock is new skipper HEYBRIDGE Swifts popular midfield player George Craddock has been named as the Isthmian League Division One North club’s new firstteam captain. Craddock succeeds defender Jey Siva, who left the club last week, and another midfield player, Nick Brown, who been sidelined for a season by a leg injury. Craddock, 25, returned to the Swifts last December 2019 after spells with Bishop’s Stortford and Potters Bar Town, and was a key player as the club pushed for promotion before the season was cur- could offer him regular first-team action at this stage of his long and successful non-league career and our Isthmian North rivals offered him the best opportunity.” Jey’s decision prompted popular Swifts winger Evans Kouassi to ask for a trial at Canvey too and he was rewarded with a deal after playing well against Canvey last season. And another popular Swift, Spaniard Odei Martin Sorondo, will also be heading for Canvey Island but only the location as he has signed for National League South side Concord Rangers.

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 CHRONICLE 59 Sport Several players have left Maldon & Tiptree during the summer Maldon & Tiptree FC Jammers need major lift-off Maldon & Tiptree still licking their wounds after being denied promotion by covid-19 ISTHMIAN League clubs will be ZOOM-ing into the competition’s annual meeting on Saturday to see if they can find out the answer to the biggest question so far this year. When will the spectators return? writes Jon Longman. Officials from Coggeshall Town, Heybridge Swifts, Maldon & Tiptree and Witham Town are ready to start the race for the North Division title on September 19 but will it be behind closed doors? Yes is the answer currently as the league adheres to restrictions on gatherings and guidelines on tracking and tracing. The FA’s provisional plan is to start the season with an early round of the FA Cup on September 12. But the huge stumbling block remains the admission of spectators. Cash at the turnstiles and money from season ticket sales is a must for all clubs. So the officials of the four Essex clubs will be hanging on to every word spoken by the Isthmian management online. Positive news will be most keenly felt by the fans and officials of Maldon & Tiptree who were denied a place in the Isthmian Premier Division. The Jammers are still in a state of shock but want to get back to business as usual soon to have another crack at promotion. They thought they had won the race to automatic promotion by securing a massive lead at the top of the table, spurred on by a magnificent FA Cup run to the second round tie against Newport County. Then the virus pandemic hit football and their 14-point lead counted for nothing as the season was declared null and void. The club has been in complete lockdown since apart from the distressing departure of three star strikers. To make things worse, Jammers manager Wayne Brown had been linked with the vacant position at Colchester United but the job has gone to Steve Ball. The U’s have used the Jammers as a nursery club but there has been talk about the U’s ending a relationship that has been fruitful for both clubs. Owner Ed Garty may now look to another club such as Leyton Orient, who the Jammers beat in last season’s FA Cup first round, to fill the void left by the U’s. Jammers secretary Roger Stapleton said: “We will begin training next week. We have been busy working through the Covid-19 regulations and will be ready to start if our plans are approved. “The manager and the coaching staff met on Monday and they have some players lined up. “They have been talking about pre-season friendlies but they haven’t told me yet.” Five key players are now furthering their careers elsewhere and not helping the Jammers chase promotion — the 91 goals that Danny Parish, Charlee Hughes and Jorome Slew bagged certainly gave the club a huge momentum. Manager Brown’s boys were having the finest season since the two clubs merged ten years ago. Stapleton heaved a huge sigh as he said that the disappointment has been very difficult for the players to come to terms with as well as the club. “Players were looking to further their careers by playing in the Isthmian Premier and now that this is not happening because of Covid-19 they are looking for opportunities elsewhere,” said Stapleton. Striker Jake Cass has joined Cheshunt while defender Ryan Clarke will play for Concord Rangers where he will be joined by Heybridge midfield dynamo Odie Martin Sorondo. Stapleton adds: “We hadn’t made a start on preparing for the new season because the whole situation was in limbo. “We lost a couple of players quickly as Charlee Hughes and Danny Parish signed for National League South champions Wealdstone and I expect more will go in a near future when clubs look to fill the gaps left by Covid-19.” Slew, who scored the wonder goal that knocked out Leyton Orient, has been dining out on the goal that won the National Football Awards goal of the season as he took the ball the full length of the field before scoring Slew says he go to club that offers the best deal to the pacy striker who netted 34 goals for the Jammers last season. Witham Town has joined the Jammers in total lockdown and manager Marc Benterman says he does not want to incur costs sooner than is absolutely necessary. Coggeshall Town has made five signings, including Swifts striker Matthew Price, and the club has been training for a month. Maldon & Tiptree chairman Ed Garty Joe Giddens The Seed Growers are expected to be among the frontrunners for promotion after filling one of the playoff positions when the North Division was scrapped. Swifts, another club occupying a play-off position, have hit the ground running under new manager Stuart Nethercott and have ten friendlies lined up for August. The first is on Saturday behind closed doors when Coggeshall United, a club launched by former Swifts boss Cliff Akurang visit Heybridge.

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 SPORT Spillane planning for Clarets’ future Academy have made provisional offers to would-be students By Jon Longman sport@essexchronicle.co.uk @EssexLive THE Chelmsford City Football Academy is up and running with the 22 youngsters selected for the chance to make the grade in the highlycompetitive ranks of semi-professional footballers. Popular first-team player Mickey Spillane is heading up the academy and over the last two Saturdays he has seen players who he thinks can make it through to playing in the National League South during their time with the academy. But first the 16-year-olds hoping for a place in the class of 2020 face the agonising wait for the GCSE grades based on teaching assessments that will be revealed on August 20. The student footballers need 38 points from their assessments to study for BTEC qualifications and 42 points to study for A-levels. Spillane says: “We have seen more than 70 lads over the two Saturdays. It has been really good but we have narrowed that figure down to 22 players in the squad but that has been really difficult.” The challenge for the academy’s coaching team has been intensified by the eight second-year scholars who were part of the Chelsea Foundation academy at Moulsham High School last year. The eight are continuing with the new academy running as a partnership between the Clarets and the sixth form college with its academic year starting in September. “On the first weekend we had 50 lads with five in each bubble and we had to adapt it a lot because of the government guidelines on social distancing,” added Spillane. “We had been hoping that the Covid-19 restrictions and regulations would be changed in time for the two trial sessions and funnily enough they changed during our session times in time for the second Saturday of trials last weekend.” Spillane was grateful for the support he got from members of the Clarets coaching team as they have all bought into the Clarets10 vision of creating opportunities for youngsters at all levels. ‘We organised it really well. We had lots of coaches to help us out. We had Mark from the Chelmsford U16s team and Cameron from the Chelmsford U18s team. And we had Ollie Muldoon too, from the first team, so it was a really good collective effort. “With the restrictions in place on the first weekend, we had do a lot of technical stuff – passing drills and all that kind of stuff. “But with the restrictions chang- Oxford City keeper Craig King catches under pressure from Mickey Spillane Matt Bradshaw ing in time for last Saturday’s session, we were able to see the lads in contact games situations, keep balls and a bit of everything and we were able to assess the lads a lot better than on the first Saturday. “Last Saturday we were able to do a good two-hour session and that was an excellent chance to see the skills that the lads had to offer.” Spillane is keen to get the Academy running as a cup draw is imminent and he wants the Clarets to have the best possible chance of progressing. But there is the small matter of the players getting the right grades when the GCSE results are released on August 20 as Moulsham High School has to uphold its premier academic status. “We have made provisional offers to the lads we want in the squad and the FA Youth Cup starts early in September so we will have to get them together as quickly as possible. “They are a new bunch of lads who don’t know each other and we need to get going because the midweek league starts in September too. “It is a really good competition with lots of good teams in it from well-established academies. “It will be a good challenge for the lads especially as the other academies will have second and third year players in their teams. “It will be a challenging learning curve for them but that is our job in coaching them every day and improving them as players.” Wearing his heart on the sleeve of his football shirt, Spillane is optimistic about the players in the class of 2020. “I am very excited because there are definitely some talented boys in the squad that we hope we can put together,” says Spillane. “As I have said from the start, our aim is to create a pathway so that they have the opportunity to come and join us in the first team. “From what I have seen of the lads so far, we will impress on all of them on a daily basis that they will have the chance to come over and see if they can do it in the first team.” There was a squad of excited Clarets coaching staff in the post-trials warm down as they assessed the 16-year-olds who are combining their football skills with the best education in he city. “It is 22 this year, it will be 44 the year after and then 66 in the third year so we are looking forward to telling a success story,” said Shan Toms, Head of Academy Operations. “We had to turn away a few youngsters who turned up because some were too old and others were working full time. “But the two Saturdays were well beyond my expectations, both in terms of the numbers turning up and the quality on view. We are in business and I hope the players we want get the grades they need when the GCSE results are revealed on August 20. Fingers crossed!”

Produced in partnership with UK Government Your guide to great staycations Make it a holiday to remember Pages 2&3 Brilliant places to stay in the South East Page 4

Produced in partnership with UK Government 2 Picking your PERFECT place to stay Your guide to great staycations HOME suFFolk GlaMPinG THE Suffolk seaside is a real treat, packed with pretty beaches, quirky high streets and fish and chips that’ll have you coming back again and again. Stay inland at Easton Farm park near Wickham Market and you’ll have the choice of camping, cottages or cow sheds (by which we mean sheds that look like cows). eastonfarmpark.co.uk GlasGow CiTy bREak When it comes to city breaks in Scotland, people usually flock to Edinburgh, but how about trying Glasgow instead? It’s got impressive architecture, a friendly feel and loads of attractions. Round off your day by booking a table at West’s new Beer Field (westbeer.com) for a “crafty” drink and a pizza. Stay at historic gem Cathedral House – a boutique hotel with great service. cathedralhouseglasgow.com CaMPinG in ThE Midlands The kids have been cooped up for months, so a family camping trip is the ideal way to get some fresh air and let off steam. Head to the heart of England and pitch up at Cuckoo Farm Campsite in Rutland, home to birdsong, seclusion and the River Chater. coolcamping.com PaRk uP in MoRECaMbE Regent Bay holiday park is ideal for a family staycation. Spend the day at the sandy beach, relax in your caravan or explore further afield, with the Lake District and Blackpool both within an hour’s drive. parkdeanresorts.co.uk PlEASE keep in mind that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland currently have different guidelines, advice and timelines for reopening tourism. So do make sure you check the respective official sources for information before you travel. baG a wElsh yuRT Traffic noise is replaced by birdsong at the secluded Hidden Valley Yurts in Monmouthshire, which have reopened with a reduced number of visitors making them even more tranquil. Enjoy stargazing and long walks in 80 acres of gorgeous green space. hiddenvalleyyurts.co.uk advEnTuRE awaiTs Glamping, outdoor activities for all the family and adventures such as quad trekking and paintball mean everyone will be happy with a stay at Oaker Wood near Leominster in Herefordshire. oakerwoodleisure.co.uk shoPPinG and RElaxinG Harrogate in North Yorkshire is home to the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms, the elegant Valley Gardens and a host of shops packed with antiques. The chic Hotel du Vin has a summer sale on, which means more cash for shopping. hotelduvin.com

Your guide to great staycations Produced in partnership with UK Government Campsites in Wales open on July 25 3 The summer of the staycation is here and there is no shortage of great places in the UK to spend a few days. Packing up the car for a minibreak, dusting off the tent for a camping trip or booking yourself a luxury stay in a boutique hotel is the new way to go to make those summer memories. Hotels, campsites, caravan parks and B&Bs are ready to take bookings, and there are plenty of attractions opening up. You might find places are less crowded than usual to keep you safe, with one-way systems and floor markings in place, as well as increased hygiene measures such as deep cleans, and hand sanitiser available. There’s no need to go looking for your passport – each of the home nations has its own charm and you needn’t stray too far from your locality to find something special. Whether you have a favourite beach from your childhood you want to revisit or you’re on the lookout for a hidden gem, there’s plenty of inspiration out there. With the boom in staycations, some places will get busy, so take a little extra time to find somewhere off the beaten track – then you can either keep it a secret or brag to your friends about it afterwards! Scotland has chic hotels for city breaks, castles and all the ingredients for a fabulous family adventure; it’s even home to some Harry Potter hideouts. Wales boasts mountains, coastal walks and some beautiful countryside to explore. And if it’s a road trip you fancy, Northern Ireland is the place to plan your itinerary, with quiet beaches, foodie delights and the chance to explore Game of Thrones locations. And you’re spoilt for choice in England, from the picturesque Suffolk coast to the green spaces of the North East. Cream teas, ice cream and a visit to a country pub garden are just a few of the delicious ways to round off your day. Whether you choose a hotel, campsite or caravan holiday, you’ll find a way to enjoy summer safely. And if you fancy getting away from it all, there are plenty of selfcatering cottages to tick every box, whether you’re holidaying with the family, keeping it cosy with two or travelling alone. know bEFoRE you Go Travel safely with these tips ■ AVOID travelling during peak times, and think about cycling and walking rather than taking public transport. ■ IF you’re driving, plan your route, including any breaks, before you set out. Your household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle. ■ CHECk your car is safe and roadworthy if you haven’t used it for a while. ■ WATCH out for more pedestrians and cyclists on the road – and leave room for social distancing at traffic lights. ■ LIMIT the time you spend at garages, petrol stations and motorway services, pay by contactless where possible and keep your distance. ■ WASH or sanitise your hands regularly – and always when exiting or re-entering your vehicle and at the end of your journey. ■ DO not travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, or are self-isolating because someone in your household or bubble has symptoms. ■ IF NHS test and trace has told you to self-isolate, do not travel. ■ kEEp two metres apart from anyone outside your household (or one metre-plus if you can’t). The two-metre distance must be maintained in Wales (wear a face mask if that’s not possible) and one metre in Northern Ireland. ■ WEAR a face covering (over your nose and mouth) in shops and on public transport: (which includes buses, trams, coaches, ferries, hovercraft, aircraft, cable cars). In Wales a three-layer face covering must be worn on public transport. ■ IT’S advised to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where you can’t maintain social distancing, such as stations and taxis. ■ IN SCOTLAND face coverings must be worn in enclosed spaces such as shops and public transport, but you don’t need to wear one in pubs, cafes and banks. Maintain a two-metre distance (this doesn’t apply to children under 11). ■ AND remember: going off the beaten track makes it more likely you’ll find your own little piece of paradise. luxuRy and winE Rathfinny Estate near Alfriston on the South Downs is the home of Sussex Sparkling, so treat yourself to a vineyard tour and a stay at the Flint Barns. It’s the perfect place to relax and sample some great food and drink. rathfinnyestate.com

4 Produced in partnership with UK Government Your guide to great staycations Campsites in Wales open on July 25 HIGH FIVE Great places to stay in the South East PARK LIFE 1 THE DrIFTwooD, BExHIll-oN-SEA Don’t tell anyone about this boutique hotel in Bexhill. It’s a little piece of luxury with just six rooms – each with its own character and a cosy feel. The Driftwood is only a few minutes’ walk from the beach and the stunning Modernist De La Warr Pavilion. thedriftwoodbexhill.co.uk 2 NETHErGoNG CAmpING Breathe in lungfuls of fresh air at this spacious campsite, which has bell tents and wagons as well as plenty of room for your own tent. It’s set in 26 acres of beautiful woodland and meadows, with a duck pond for added entertainment. nethergongcamping.co.uk All across the UK, holiday parks have been working hard to ensure guests can safely enjoy their longawaited breaks, explains operations director for Parkdean Resorts, Barrie Robinson. “We’ve started to open up our parks and it was absolutely fantastic to see our owners come back to their holiday homes. They’ve given us brilliant feedback about how safe and secure our parks are, but have also said it feels normal. “People are excited to go away again and July and August are booking up fast. We want people to experience a brilliant time with family and friends – and hopefully fall back in love with the great British holiday. “We’re lucky that with our caravan parks they legally must be five metres apart anyway, which means it lends itself very well to social distancing. Each one is self contained and deep cleaned at changeover, so if you were feeling uneasy about being in a crowded place you can still come and stay in splendid isolation with self catering. “Our bars and restaurants are open too. You give your details and set up a tab on the way in, and you can then order food and drinks via the app and our serving team will bring it to you on a tray. “We’ve invested heavily in outdoor activities in some of our parks, like bike rides and Segways, and we’re itching to get back up and running again.” 3 NAzE mArINE pArk Leave your tent at home and relax with everything you need for a great self-catering holiday at this Parkdean holiday camp in Essex. Seaside spots including Clacton and Walton are nearby and the Beth Chatto Gardens make for a wonderful trip out. parkdeanresorts.co.uk 4 THE roSE, DEAl This former pub in the heart of the chic east Kent seaside town has eight rooms. Foodies will love the choice of restaurants and shops, and you can also enjoy a slapup meal in the beautifully decorated hotel. therosedeal.com 5 wooDFIrE CAmpING Woodfire’s friendly owners are seasoned campers themselves, so they know a thing or two about how to host in style. Only 30 tents are allowed in the meadow and the site has a real back-to-nature feel. Wandering the nearby South Downs Way and a spot of stargazing will amuse all the family. coolcamping.com

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