Category: News

Have You Signed Up To The Essex Outdoor Cinema?

If you are on Faceook you have probably seen a post about an outdoor cinema that is being held in town – although as yet, full details not announced. According to Facebook, 11,000 are going in Essex, during an event that is running from 5th June until the 30th September. This event is still in…

Visit Famous Essex Film Locations

West Thurrock St Clements Church

Essex has been used as the setting for several of Hollywood’s biggest films. From Brannigan to World War Z, when you visit Essex you’ll tread the same streets as some of cinema’s leading stars. Four Weddings and a Famous Backdrop When people think of famous filming locations in the United Kingdom (UK), many will immediately…

The UK Government Pledge £500,000 Towards Software Development

MIdata

by Lara Fox How Midata provide better information and protects consumers In May of 2015, The Department for Business Innovation and Skills announced a £500,000 deal to be invested in the government ‘Midata’ scheme. The investment is hoped to assist small software developers, who are creating innovative ways to solve problems concerning areas ranging from health…

Keep our school crossing patrols!

lollipop man

A bid has been made by Rodney Bass, Conservative Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, to remove lollipop men and women from our streets. The reason to axe school crossing patrols is their cost. UPDATE: Plans scrapped due to social action! It seems that the combination of outrage from parents and the somewhat unusual coalition of Labour, Green,…

Southend-on-Sea no longer in Essex – According to Google Maps

Southend dropped out of Essex - Google Maps

If you search Google Maps for “Essex border” it shows a dashed red line around he border of Essex. However, do some reason Google has decided that Southend does not belong in Essex. The last time I saw a more serious map error for Essex was when Google insisted on calling Danbury “Banbury”. Usually mistakes…

Is New Call Broadband for real? A pound a month?

OK, I am a naturally sceptical / suspicious person, so when three smartly dressed salespeople with clipboard appear at my door selling a new broadband service, that is apparently as fast as BT Infinity and only £1 a month, I think that this cannot be true. I cannot remember what I pay for BT Infinity,…

The Tiptree Sneeze

The London Central FellowshipBand visited Tiptree recently and the video of their performance has “gone vital” on Youtube, but for all the wrong reasons. During a recital at a church in Tiptree, Essex, the trombonist sneezed. Unfortunately he did not withdraw from his trombone quickly enough, and the result was rather amusing. Julian Bright, the conductor for the…

Colchester General Hospital Investigated

Colchester General Hospital

Today the BBC reports that Colchester General Hospital’s cancer unit is being investigated by the police following reports of management bullying. Hospital workers have said that they have been “pressured or bullied” into changing patient data. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that there are some “inaccuracies” relating to waiting times for cancer treatment at the…

Learn to cook in Essex at one of our cookery schools

Just Cook in Essex

If you have been inspired by Celebrity Masterchef and now want to learn how to cook, or you wish to learn how to make cupcakes for the next social gathering, the fastest and best way to learn is by going back to school. There are several excellent cookery schools in Essex where you can learn…

New Solar Parks In Essex

Rural Essex may be getting 7 new solar parks to help boost the national grid with new green energy. The parks will be run by several companies, including Lightsource, Green Switch Solutions, Bluefield Energy and Hive Energy Ltd. The 7 sites will provide over 300,000 new solar panels which will provide thousands of Essex homes with…

Stansted Airport – News and Information

Stansted Airport

Nothing has been decided yet, but both business leaders and members of parliament are in agreement that the south east needs to see an increase in the number of international flights in and out of the region. Stansted Airport is in a good position to cater for this increase in demand.

HMV Closing Down? No, HMW Saved!

Breaking News Apri 11th, 2013: HMV in Chelmsford Saved! Hilco have managed to save 2500 HMV jobs and we have now heard that Chelmsford’s HMV store is safe. HMV is out of administration.   Jan 14, 2013 His Masters Voice may soon be silenced after delivering music to the high streets of Great Britain for…

Felsted Prep Pupils Win Big Bang UK Young Scientist Awards

Felsted Prep school, which is one of Essex’s finest independent schools, is proud to announce that 3 pupils at the Prep School have stormed the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair awards. Bethan Hudson-Lund, aged 13, and Imogen Gander and Sophie Weston, both aged 12, won the top prize in the Junior Science…

The Compasses in Littley Green

Compasses Inn Ridleys

The Compasses in Littley Green is run by an old Essex brewing family, the Ridleys. It was formally the Ridley’s Brewery Tap. Joss Ridley is the landlord and his brother, Nelion Ridley, runs the local Bishop Nick brewery. Ridley’s Rite Bitter is the main beer, along with with Heresy and 1555. Food is served at…

Colchester Library Books and DVDs Stolen

library trolley

If a library’s success was determined by its income, then Colchester library may be the most successful library in the UK. Already this year Colchester library has made thousands of pounds from members who forget to return their books on time. However, on the flip side, many of Colchester library’s books are never returned.

Is The Horse Meat Scandal Affecting All Meat Sales?

Minced Beef Steak on Offer

The horse meat scandal is still in the news, with more companies and products being found to be victims of criminal activity. The CEO of French a processing company found to be adding horse meat to ready meals has issued an apology to the UK, as have Findus, who were found to be putting horse…

Jane Dolby’s Fishwives Choir To Release Record

Fishwives Choir

In 2008 Jane Dolby’s husband, Colin, sailed out of Southend-on-Sea for a day of fishing and never returned. During the 8 months that he was missing – his body was eventually found – Jane fell into severe debt. She was unable to pay bills using his bank account or credit card, and as a result…

The Green Deal in Essex – How It Works

Green Deal Approved Badge

Today the government are launching the new Green Deal. The Green Deal provides a loan to help you to upgrade your home to make it more energy efficient. The loan is repaid via your energy bills. The cost of work done on your home will be added to you energy bills, so the cost will…