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The Green Owl is open on Broadway. Debden Broadway

The Green Owl Canteen opened this April, on the site of the old Debden post office on The Broadway. This new eatery serves a range of tempting dishes for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and is open every day. But what makes the Canteen different is that everything is cooked from scratch in its state-of-the-art kitchen, including its range of patisseries and sour dough pizzas, the basil and lemon mayo and the prime beef patties. Even the baked beans are cooked in a homemade tomato sauce.

This care and attention to detail is down to Jane and Marc Linch, who opened their first small café, the Green Owl Café & Deli, five years ago. With a background in fine food and hospitality, the focus was always on providing excellent fare and a warm welcome. The Canteen is much bigger - with over 80 covers it’s twice the size of the Café - and has literally given them the kitchen space to be more adventurous.

Speaking about their new venture, Jane said: “We’re passionate about food, but we also know what people like and, quite often, they like to be surprised by interesting new dishes. Together with our chef Alessandro, we’ve created a new menu which will appeal to diverse tastes, but we have brought with us our recipes for some firm family favourites.”

If you want to celebrate, there’s a cocktail menu to help you and, if you’re on a health kick, a wide range of Healthy Shakes to choose from. But you don’t have to eat in; if you’re pressed for time, you can phone ahead and the Green Owl Canteen staff will have your take-away ready. There’s also a catering service for parties and events.



Yazmin Oukhellou opens sk:n South Woodford at VIP event


Yazmin Oukhellou, famous for being on ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex reality TV show came to cut the ribbon and officially open the brand new state-of-the-art sk:n clinic in South Woodford.

On Thursday 19th April the new sk:n clinic opened its doors to welcome the elite of South Woodford to their 49th clinic opening.

Attendees were greeted with a glamorous red carpet entrance and treated to canapes, cupcakes and an exclusive sk:n goodie bag. All guests were given the opportunity to have a complimentary skin scan – a detailed assessment of the condition of your skin so that steps can be taken to prevent or improve any existing damage.

Yazmin said I would like to thank sk:n for inviting me here today to open their 49th clinic in South Woodford. I am really excited that they have opened their new clinic right on my doorstep. I think the local residents are really going to benefit as they make dermatology and aesthetic treatments more accessible for us."

The new clinic is conveniently located two minutes’ walk from South Woodford tube station on George Lane and has 4 treatment rooms boasting the latest state-of-the-art equipment and the highest medical grade lasers to treat a broad spectrum of skin colours, tones and areas. Treatments available will include; laser hair removal, skin peels, anti-ageing injectables, acne treatments, rejuvenation and dermatology treatments.

To contact sk:n and book a consultations please go to their website,

Charity Christmas Fayre in Loughton on 26th November

Keeley Lexton is organising a Charity Christmas Fayre on 26th November 11am – 4pm at the Loughton Club, 8 Station Road, Loughton, IG10 4NX to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation, which is a charity close to her family’s hearts.  Keeley’s family have lost family members due to heart conditions as well as her partner losing his father 13 years ago. 

At this event there will be a raffle held at 3pm with amazing prizes that have been generously donated from companies and stall holders which include family swimming days, bowling, Kidspace, cinema tickets, Nandos voucher, paint balling and more.  There will be various stalls including a Santa’s grotto, face painting & glitter tattoos, homemade jams & spreads, personalised baubles, Christmas cards & gifts, Usborne Books, clairvoyant, horse themed gifts, pet stall and sweet stall.  In addition an author called Graham Clingbine and a singer called Charlotte Ambrose will be present and much more. 

Entrance fee is £1.00 for an adult and 50p for a child and all money raised from the raffle and entrance will all be donated to the British Heart Foundation.  So if you are looking for a day out with your family or thinking of making a start on Christmas shopping or to even be in with a chance to win some great prizes from the raffle then this will be the right place for you.  Why not go along and have some seasonal fun and help raise some money for the British Heart Foundation?    

School's Arsenal star supports charity football match


A group of former students who left Davenant Foundation School in 2010 continue to raise money in memory of their friend Peter Cross who, very sadly, died of leukaemia, aged 20.

A special football match was organised between the school’s 1st XI and their 2010 counterparts organised and managed by ex-Davenant student and Arsenal player Carl Jenkinson.

He and his friends pulled together their squad, publicised the match and have so far raised over £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The result of an entertaining match was a 3-1 victory for the Old Boys. The Davenant team represented themselves well and impressed Carl and his friends.

Headteacher Chris Seward was pleased to give his permission for the match. He said: “Carl and his friends came to see me and asked if they could have a game in memory of Peter Cross. They have such great memories of their school days and, in particular, of Peter and it was a pleasure to allow the event to happen."

The former students will continue to remember Peter and hope to have another game in his memory in the years ahead.

To support the fundraising effort go to:

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing sponsors women’s rights 150-year exhibition in Parliament


Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has sponsored an important new exhibition in Parliament charting 150 years of progress on women’s rights and gender equality.

The exhibition has been produced by the UK’s leading sex equality charity, the Fawcett Society to mark the 150th anniversary of the date of the presentation to Parliament of the first petition for women’s votes.

Millicent Fawcett collected signatures on that first petition, but at 19 was too young to sign it herself.

She then went on to lead the constitutional campaign for women’s votes (the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies) and was in Parliament to witness the granting of universal suffrage in 1928, 62 years later.

The suffrage movement was not only campaigning for votes for women but also wanted to achieve wider social transformation of access to education, property rights even the right for women to exist in their own right and not only as the property of a man.

The Fawcett Society, established in Millicent Fawcett’s name, is marking its 150th anniversary with a timeline in Parliament and a call to speed up the pace of change.

The charity has also published a book about the history of the suffrage movement, In the steps of exceptional women: the history of the Fawcett Society, by Jane Grant.

Mrs Laing will be donating a copy of the book to all the secondary schools in the Epping Forest constituency.

Adding her voice in support Eleanor Laing MP said: “I am delighted to support this important exhibition. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Millicent Fawcett and the suffragists and suffragettes who campaigned alongside her.

“This is why I will be donating a book about our suffrage history to all the Epping Forest secondary schools. I hope that all pupils, boys and girls, will get the opportunity to find out more about this crucial part of our past.

"I want the young people in my constituency to experience a future free from sex discrimination. Equality – it’s about time.”

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, said: “We are very grateful to Eleanor Laing for her support and help with bringing this exhibition to parliament. It is fitting that it should be there for the 150th anniversary of the petition presentation.

“By understanding our past we can make sex discrimination history. We don’t want to wait another 150 years for equality.”