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Wot No Lollipop Lady?

Posted on 19th September 2011 in children/ colchester/ lollipop lady/ school crossing patrol

UPDATE:

There is a vacancy for a school crossing patrol assistant in Colchester if anyone is interested in applying please click here for details…

I am genuinely saddened to have received a text from my youngest child’s school (in Colchester) today saying that as of tomorrow there will no longer be a school crossing patrol near the school.

This means that the children of the infants, juniors and 3 seniors schools will all potentially be attempting to cross a very busy road unaided.

Yes, I know that the little ones will be with parents but the year 6 (and upwards) children generally walk on their own. However I don’t feel that it is in any way appropriate for my year 6 son to be negotiating the traffic on his own so I will now have to adjust my working hours further to make sure that I can take him to and collect him from the school gate.

I won’t be the only parent who comes to this conclusion and for those of us who then have to dash off to work the only viable solution is to drive which will increase congestion near the schools and subsequently increase the risk to vulnerable pedestrians even further.

I am quite appalled that this has been deemed acceptable.

W&G Car Park Gets Graffiti Make-Over

Posted on 27th August 2011 in Art/ car park/ colchester/ graffiti/ W&G

The stairwell of the Williams & Griffin (W&G) carpark in Colchester town centre has been given a makeover. It was such a nice surprise to be greeted with graffiti art rather than plain white walls!

They seem to be depicting Colchester’s past.

For any one who doesn’t already know, Colchester is Britains oldest recorded Roman town and we are lucky to have lots of history remaining in the town with Roman walls, ruins, chariot racing track (thought to be the largest found outside of Italy).

This last section is a part town referred to as the Dutch Quarter which features rows of higgledy-piggledy houses in this style.

I’ve no idea who did it (I’m assuming it was commissioned by the council) but I personally think it’s great and I hope that people will respect it rather than adding their own graffiti to it.

 

 

 

 

Flood! #TheGallery

Posted on 11th August 2011 in #thegallery/ colchester/ flood/ lower castle park

My post for week 69 of The Gallery: water.

My immediate thought when I saw the prompt was of the time when lower castle park in Colchester flooded. I lived just off the park at the time and found the rising water both fascinating and terrifying at the same time!

As you can see in the picture below, even though the rain had long since stopped the flood water was very aggressive.

These ducks are swimming on the prized cricket ground!

Miraculously the water vanished as quickly as it had arrived, but it did give me a brief insight into how terrifying and unstopable flood waters are.

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Slack Space calls for artists

Posted on 6th June 2011 in artist/ exhibit/ firstsite/ slack space
Slack Space call for artists
Open 3 Exhibtion

Slack Space in Colchester will be hosting their third Open Exhibition on 11 – 23 July and they’re calling for artists’ submissions now! Open 3 promotes a wide selection of local artists’ work and attracted over 1,400 visitors last year.

To be eligible to apply you must be based in Colchester or the surrounding area and must not have exhibited your work at Slack Space in the past.

To apply, email Slack Space with digital images of your work

Deadline for submissions is Friday 10 June.

 

The East of England

Posted on 17th June 2010 in Blog/ castle/ colchester/ east of england/ norwich/ roman/ smitten by britain/ visit colchester

Welcome one and all to the East of England – a guest blog for @smittnbybritain

The East of England is a beautiful and underrated part of the country. It isn’t especially well known and yet it contains both a wealth of beauty and a depth of history within its boundaries. If you ask someone from another country what comes to mind when they think of Britain, you often get the very stereotypical answer of ‘a london bank manager in a bowler hat’ or ‘a scotsman in a kilt’, I doubt anyone would ever say ‘an office worker from Peterborough’.

Yet Peterborough, Huntingdon, Ely, St Ives and Ramsey all have a lot to offer. As well as being close to Cambridge where you can immerse yourself in student life, shop till you drop or go punting along the river – these fenland towns offer a gloriously flat landscape, fabulous markets and an array of differing architectural styles.

Norfolk brings the beauty of the ‘The Broads’ a stunning network of canals where many a holiday maker can delight in being captain for the day (or week!) in a narrow boat – the fictional home of Swallows & Amazons that was so captivatingly brought to life by Arthur Ransome. Norwich is a busy, metropolitan town with everything you could need for a memorable city break – shops, shops and more shops plus exciting nightlife and all to the backdrop of an imposing Normal cathedral.

Although just over 100 miles apart, Great Yarmouth and Southend both offer an amazing family experience with exciting rides and attractions on the seafront and a multitude of reasonably priced B&Bs, caravan/camp sites and chalet parks to accommodate those wanting to stay for a few days.

Tiptree in Essex is a small town with several small holdings and a very special jam factory! Wilkin & Son make the most delicious jams and you can enjoy a visit to their museum, a tour of the factory and then of course it would be rude to leave with out a visit to the tea room! Just over 20 miles away, up the A12 you can find the Dedham Rose tearoom where they also serve Wilkin & Son jams with warm scones and clotted cream – a fantastic venue for a mother’s day treat! If the guilt of the scones gets to be too much you can take a stroll through Constable country – maybe you will even walk the same route that inspired John Constable in 1800?

Did you know that Colchester (Roman name Camulodunum) is Britains oldest recorded town? The earliest record of the town’s existence is a reference by the Roman writer, Pliny the Elder in AD77. When describing the location of the island of Anglesey, he wrote that ‘it is about 200 miles from Camulodunum, a town in Britain’. Colchester also boasts a stunning castle, in the beautifully kept (and aptly named), Castle Park where seasonal flowers seem to magically appear in breathtaking displays throughout the park.

Last, but by no means least, we come to ‘the Essex Sunshine Coast’. The East of England has an amazing shoreline, loved by families and responsible for many happy holiday memories. Clacton’s annual air show is an amazing event with exciting air displays that can be viewed from the comfort of a good old fashioned deck chair! Beach huts are synonymous with the great British summer and seaside resorts in the East are lined with rows of brightly painted, weathered and well loved ‘huts’ most of which have been in families for decades and are viewed of more as holidays homes than little wooden sheds.

If you haven’t been to the East of England before – it’s about time you did! The excellent road and rail links mean that once you’ve picked a town to use as a base, the rest of the towns and attractions are all within traveling distance. The only question is – where do you start?

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