Category: News

The Storehouse Garden – Southend Community Project

The Storehouse Garden Project was established by volunteers from the Storehouse Homeless & Community Project based in central Southend-on-Sea. They have been given an allotment for their service users to plant and grow food that will be given to people in need. The Storehouse Garden Project comprises Gardening as Therapy & Gardening to support the Storehouse Food Programme.…

Obesity and Diabetes Continue to Rise Across Essex and England

Diabetes UK have reported that the number of cases of diabetes in the UK have risen dramatically in recent years. Diabetes is caused by being overweight and eating a poor diet, usually one that consists of excess junk food and inadequate nutrition. Prevalance of diabetes is now extremely high. In England 2,338,813 are reported to…

Breast Screening Campaign Launched in Essex

NHS South East Essex, in partnership with Southend University Hospital, is launching a new breast screening campaign to encourage women to attend mammogram appointments. Mammograms can detect small changes in breast tissue, which may go unnoticed by a physical examination. This tissue can be an early indication of breast cancer, and detecting it at an…

Essex Kickboxing Mother Wins British Title Belt

Helen Robinson-Carey from 5 Elements Martial Arts in Basildon

Helen Robinson-Carey from 5 Elements Martial Arts in Basildon, Essex won the British Title Belt sanctioned by the Kickboxing Governing Body WAKO, at the show “ROUND 2” in Basildon on Saturday October 2nd. Helen fought the more experienced Emma Leam of Grimsby Martial Arts Academy and won a points decision making her one of the…

Reiss Beckford from South Essex Gymnastics Club Wins Commonwealth Medals

Great news for Essex gymnastics as Reiss Beckford from Basildon’s South Essex Gymnastics Club wins two silver medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He just lost out to gold when he slipped when dismounting the parallel bars and won silver in the men’s all-round individual. Fellow Brit Luke Folwell took the gold. He also won…

UK House Price Crash – 3.6% Drop in September

Latest figures by the Halifax show that the average price of a home across the UK fell by 3.6% in September. This is the largest monthly drop in prices that has been seen since records began and also marks the end of the busiest house move season. However, the large drop in September may have…

Essex Needs More IT Professionals

As far as the IT sector is concerned the economy is on the rise once again, the computer and telecommunications industry is in good health according to the leading IT contractor news sites. There has been such a rapid growth in demand for IT contractors across the South East, Essex and London that many firms…

Essex Asthma Service Shortlisted For National Award

A 24-hour service for local children who suffer from asthma in south east Essex has been shortlisted by the Health Service Journal (HSJ). The service, provided by NHS South East Essex Community Healthcare, offers support, advice and specialist home nursing for children with asthma and their families. The service is run by the young people’s…

Essex Clinician Recognised As One Of The Top 10 Breast Surgeons In The UK

Mr. Ramakrishnan

SOUTHEND, ESSEX, 30 JULY 2010 – Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Venkat Ramakrishnan, who practices at BMI Southend Private Hospital, has been chosen as one of the UK’s top 10 breast reconstruction surgeons in a survey conducted by the Daily Mail. The survey, which canvassed 50 leading breast cancer and reconstructive surgeons, asked just one…

NHS Request That Patients Keep or Cancel Their Appointments

Missed appointments costs the taxpayer money and means fewer people get to see a doctor as quickly as they may need to. Over half of GP practices state that more than 50 patients miss GP appointments every month, this equates to more than 1,725 missed appointments in south east Essex every month. According to the…

Rickard Keen Supports Fundraising Appeal

Partners and staff at Essex-based accountancy firm Rickard Keen have been raising valuable funds for medical workers in some of the world’s poorest and most war-torn countries after staging a number of events in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières. As a firm which provides specialist accountancy services to the GP sector, Rickard Keen is a…

Sun Shines on Second Rochford Information Day

More than 200 people enjoyed sunny weather, face painting and a refreshing glass of orange squash at the second Information Day held in the beautiful gardens of Rochford District Council’s offices. The event, organised by The Rochford District Local Strategic Partnership (LSP), linked in with National Volunteers’ Week to give local residents the opportunity to…

Local Amputee Skydives for The Limbless Association

Today we received a letter from Ruben Carril of Purfleet who is skydiving for charity. As we like to support charities of all kinds across Essex we have decided to post his letter. Ruben Carril tells us his story and what he is now doing to raise the awareness of The Limbless Association and also…

Great Night for Basildon’s 5 Elements Martial Arts

On Saturday 8th May 5 Elements Martial Arts hosted their first WAKO Kickboxing and K1 show at the Selex Sports Centre in Basildon. There was a full house and an excellent atmosphere. 5 Elements entered 5 fighters into the competitions of which 4 won, including the English WAKO title belt for the under 63.5kg group,…

OUTDOOR CENTRE ACHIEVES IT’S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

Lambourne End

Lambourne End Centre celebrated the opening of it’s new climbing wall with a Mission Impossible theme. The Lord Lieutenant of Essex to opened the wall with big bang fireworks and two gorgeous men in suits abseiled down to mission impossible theme music to cut the ribbon. Confetti rained everywhere – it was a thrilling event.…

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW TO GIVE YOUNG CHILDREN A HEALTHY START IN LIFE

Local families are invited to come along to Kids Kingdom, Southend on Thursday 15th April 10am-6pm to find out more about MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it!), an initiative helping families lead healthy lifestyles in a fun and creative way. NHS South East Essex is running a series of MEND courses at a number of local…

Essex MEND Give Advice on Surviving the Easter Egg Binge

Local obesity experts have launched some top tips for families on surviving chocolate overload at Easter Time. A set of top tips to help overweight children and their families living in south east Essex to survive Easter has been launched today by child obesity experts MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it!). One in three children in…

NHS South East Essex Promotes Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

March is Prostate Cancer awareness month. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It is responsible for 25% of newly diagnosed cases of cancer in England and Wales. The chances of developing prostate cancer increases with age. Although prostate cancer can sometimes occur in younger men, most cases develop in men aged 65…

Essex Mum’s Become Certified Breastfeeding Support Volunteers

Ten women in south east Essex will be celebrating on 10 March as they receive official certificates enabling them to become breastfeeding support volunteers. All of the new recruits have spent 14 weeks completing the NHS South East Essex Mum2Mum course to become breastfeeding supporters to encourage other mums to breastfeed while sharing useful advice…

Canvey Scaffolder wins to become British Kickboxing Champion

Nick Lumb British Champion with Tony Willis

Nick Lumb from 5 Elements Martial Arts in Basildon, Essex won a unanimous decision to take the men’s 81kg Title and become the WAKO Amateur British Kickboxing champion Sunday 21st February 2010. Nick who won silver last year in the 86kg category had worked really hard to drop weight so he could fight at the…

5 Elements Fighter wins to become British Kickboxing Champion

Helen Robinson-carey British WAKO Champion

More good news for 5 Elements Martial Arts in Basildon, as Helen Robinson-Carey won a unanimous decision to take the ladies 56kg Title and become the WAKO Amateur British Kickboxing champion Sunday 21st February 2010. Helens husband and son travelled to Nottingham and were both watching the fight as she took the title. Helen who…

Chelmsford’s Children Are Getting Less Fit

The results of a 10 year study have just been released which shows that children of a healthy weight are less fit today than they were 10 years ago. The results have been published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The study tested the fitness of a group of 10 year old children in…

Essex Rock DJ Helps Rage Against the Machine beat X Factor to Number 1

Some people just hate manufactured pop music and the whole commercial, soul stealing machine behind it. Some people love rock music. This is why a 35 year old rock DJ called Jon Morter, from South Woodham, started a campaign to stop Simon Cowell’s X-Factor single making the prized Christmas number 1 position. Jon Morter used…