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Town Centre Teams, a year on patrol

Town Centre Teams, a year on patrol

By Essex Police | August 2020 Issue

In the last year our Town Centre Teams have made more than 1,000 arrests and led more than 2,000 investigations – bolstering our ability to catch criminals and keep you safe.

Oracle Photo Competition 2020

Oracle Photo Competition 2020

By Keith Hoskins | July 2020 Issue

It’s time to clean up those Kodaks and lose those lens caps because Oracle is, once again, looking for its local photographers for the 6th year running!

A blooming solution

A blooming solution

By Charles Wynne-Morgan | July 2020 Issue

The current epidemic has put a massive strain on local authorities and over the past few months up and down the country, councils have battled to keep core services going while also providing economic relief to local businesses. As a result some non-essential maintenance has been placed on hold.

How Coronavirus is affecting our wildlife

How Coronavirus is affecting our wildlife

By Alex Rowe | June 2020 Issue

As you are aware, coronavirus has had a substantial impact on almost everything we do in our daily lives, but how has it impacted our environment?

Covid Consequences

Covid Consequences

By Cllr. Martin Terry | June 2020 Issue

Nobody can afford to underestimate the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is cutting across every aspect of all our lives be that health, family and virtually all socioeconomic matters. Local Government has very much been in the eye of the storm and Southend Council staff have worked very hard to deliver, and to continue to deliver, what was and is required. Southend Council offers a myriad of services which are integral to daily life and require human intervention.

A fine state of affairs

A fine state of affairs

By Clive Rowe | March 2020 Issue

Who will manage your affairs if you lose mental or physical capacity? Who will make decisions on your behalf, control your assets and organise your care?

How to choose a therapist

How to choose a therapist

By By Natasha Wellfare - The Wellness Project | March 2020 Issue

Mental health awareness is growing. Schools are talking about it, the media are talking about it, even William and Kate are talking about it. However, taking the leap from talking about mental health issues to actually seeking help, can feel like a huge step.

What can I do to get ready for retirement?

What can I do to get ready for retirement?

By Charlotte Wood | March 2020 Issue

In the UK, we are fortunate to have the state pension to help fund our retirement. However, not everyone is entitled to receive the full state pension – and this can be a nasty surprise for people approaching retirement age. The state pension generally isn’t enough to provide a comfortable lifestyle, at just £8,767 a year (rising to £9,110.40 from April 2020). It is therefore essential to have built up a pot of savings alongside the state pension. Here are some actions you can take right away to boost your chances of an enjoyable retirement.

Why 5G should be stopped in Southend

Why 5G should be stopped in Southend

By Sarah Jennings | March 2020 Issue

Electromagnetic radiation (EMFs) from wireless technology overpowers the natural frequencies the body uses for communication and to regulate biology. 5G uses short range frequencies, so masts would be installed on lampposts outside every fourth house.

3 major new projects at Garon Park

3 major new projects at Garon Park

By Clive Shiret | February 2020 Issue

The new decade is upon us and at Garon Park we are already celebrating the completion of 3 major new community capital projects!

Shoebury Hub - Everyone's welcome

Shoebury Hub - Everyone's welcome

By Chris Gostling | January 2020 Issue

What is behind the Yellow Door in West Road? “What are you talking about?” I hear you say. Well, anyone who has been down West Road recently and walked past the Ice Cream Factory (if there are many of us who can actually walk right past an ice cream manufacturer) you will have seen the little church building with the bright yellow doors.

Prittlewell’s Princely Burial

Prittlewell’s Princely Burial

By Ciara Phipps | October 2019 Issue

In 2003, Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) was contracted by Southend Borough Council to carry out an archaeological investigation ahead of a road widening scheme at Priory Crescent, Prittlewell. A chance decision to move a trench a little to the left led to the extraordinary discovery of an Anglo-Saxon princely burial chamber.

Become involved!

Become involved!

By Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation | October 2019 Issue

Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation was founded in 1998 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the NHS and to continue the tradition upon which the hospital was built. The trustees at the time, as today, were a group of local people who cared greatly about Southend and wanted to help enhance the services that the hospital could provide.

Landlords licensing requirement

Landlords licensing requirement

By David Dedman FRICS | October 2019 Issue

The question of residential landlords requiring a licence from Southend Borough Council has once again been raised. Many in the property industry will be aware there is a voluntary organisation called SEAL (South East Alliance of Landlords) which has done an excellent job over the years in ensuring its members maintain properties to a decent standard and act responsibly. Southend Council have for some time said this is not enough and only an enforced licensing scheme will improve the general standard of repair of tenanted properties and elimination of “dodgy” landlords from the town.

The Old Leigh Regatta

The Old Leigh Regatta

By Tony Prior | September 2019 Issue

The origins of The Old Leigh Regatta are lost in the mists of time but there are faded photographs dotted about the public houses in the old Town which depict sailing races which too place as part of its festivities almost a century ago.

World Zombie Day-on-Sea

World Zombie Day-on-Sea

By Stephen Daultrey | September 2019 Issue

“Bite back” against homelessness with apocalyptic fundraiser, shuffling into Southend on 5 October 2019…

Essex police town centre teams

Essex police town centre teams

By Essex Police | August 2019 Issue

Monday 22 July saw an increase of officers across the county with Town Centre Teams.

 Oracle Photo Competition 2019

Oracle Photo Competition 2019

By | August 2019 Issue

It’s time to clean up those Kodaks and lose those lens caps because Oracle is, once again, looking for its local photographers for the 5th year running!

Mix history with pleasure

Mix history with pleasure

By Francesca Wynne-Morgan | August 2019 Issue

A vital part in history, Caen in Normandy, is bustling with memories of the past from William the Conqueror to WW2.

Introducing Oracle Travel Offers

Introducing Oracle Travel Offers

By Angie and Richard | May 2019 Issue

Recently, I was approached to partner with a travel company called Arrive Relax Travel Ltd. After meetings and talks, I was convinced this was a good move for Oracle's readers. The proprietors Richard Dobinson and Angie Akister both have a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience within the travel industry, and they are local. After researching the local magazines in the area, I am very proud they chose the Oracle, because of its reliability, attention to publishing unique articles, quality feel and target audience. Both partners felt that Oracle was the right vehicle for this partnership. Oracle Travel Offers aim to bring Oracle’s readers some wonderful exclusive holiday packages and much more. I realise that when booking a holiday, trust and expert advice, is very important. I asked Angie and Richard to explain to you why you should choose Oracle Travel Offers for your next holiday:-

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