Following last weeks news item where I expressed my frustration at the length of time taken to site a defibrillator at the Co-Op on Shrub End, I am happy to report the machine is now located and charged ready should it be needed. Martin Ford of Colchester Community First Responders has thanked all involved, andContinue reading Shrub End’s Crowd-Funded Defibrillator Is Now Ready To Save Lives
Colchester’s MP Will Quince hit out at Colchester Borough Council (CBC) last week for spending £17,000 per edition on a leaflet which is being sent to household across the Borough. The ‘Centurion’ is a free newspaper designed to make residents more aware of council projects and services, which Mr Quince labelled as “absolutely disgraceful”. “Last weekContinue reading Opinion: Why Will Quince is Wrong To Criticise CBC Over Centurion Mag
Last month, my beautiful aunt – Beth Manister – lost her battle with cancer. She was just 47. Beth was diagnosed with the disease in 2017 and despite fighting hard, she eventually lost the battle with the cruel disease. Beth worked for the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) who continued to pay her during her treatment andContinue reading Colchester Borough Council’s ‘Dying To Work’ Policy is Vital For Terminally Ill
I attended my very first Pride event in London 1985, the year that the LGBTQ+ community marched with the miners in support of the strike. That year over £20.000 was raised by our community to help families that suffered during the pit closures. I learned just what can be achieved when people come together. HistoricallyContinue reading Why I’m Passionate About Pride
Like a lot of people I definitely need to get more exercise, so I decided to walk to work this morning. Five minutes into my two hour walk (I had massively underestimated how far it was), I quickly realised just how much litter there is around Colchester. I had a bit of time to killContinue reading 1000 Pieces of Litter Spotted On My Walk To Work
I attended my first Colchester has Pride on Saturday. As I stood amongst the crowds, a cacophony of rainbow flags and derivatives thereof, exhibiting the diverse nature of the LGBTQIAPP community, I had my moment of Pride. Proud that as a man of a certain age, and a visible, active and outspoken member of theContinue reading Opinion: Swallowing my Pride
It’s Christmas Eve here in LGBT+ Colchester. Tomorrow, as a community, we must show our UNITY. Colchester Borough Council have quite rightly agreed to fly the Rainbow Flag. Cllr Mark Cory, an openly gay man, is in full support of this weekends Colchester has Pride event, stating that he hopes to bring many events ofContinue reading Colchester Celebrates Pride and Town Hall Flies the Rainbow Flag
It is estimated that approximately 26% of UK households have at least one dog. The responsibilities of being a dog owner are numerous and much thought needs to be entered into prior to offering a dog a home. Can you afford to feed your dog for it’s lifetime, pay insurance and increasing veterinary bills? ItsContinue reading Opinion: Bag it, Bin it!
Rapidly approaching 40, I was conscious that I’d never donated blood, despite promising I would for the past 10 years. When I saw a post on social media over the winter regarding low blood stocks, I decided it was time to overcome my fear of needles and book an appointment. Like many families around the UK,Continue reading Opinion: I Wish I’d Bothered to Donate Blood Sooner
So our new council leader Mark Cory (Lib Dem), has this week suggested that people not s*** on their own doorstep, at a time when the Council’s street cleaning machine is offline. Mr Cory, Council Leader since May, defended his statement, adding he was fed up with people not disposing of litter appropriately and calledContinue reading Keep it clean!