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Essex bodybuilder taking internet by storm with new fitness website

Essex based Kelly Sephton, owner of a new diet, nutrition and work out advice website  Blueberry Sports is taking the internet by storm gaining hundred of the new followers weekly.  Kelly Sephton from Chelmsford set up the business from scratch and now has over 4 million subscribers to the website helping guide people of all ages across the world on how to live a healthy life.

Kelly was motivated to set up the online website from her past experiences during her teens where she suffered eating disorders and body image issues, she wanted to help people make the right choices.  Kelly transformed her life with hard work and dedication and was crowned one of the worlds best female body builders. 

"I did it all myself," she said. "I spent ages online researching diets and training and then I met my husband, who is a personal trainer, in the gym."

A determined Kelly then set about training for two hours a day, six days a week, and eating a strict, high-protein diet of lean meat, fresh fish and raw eggs before competing in her first competition, the National Amateur Bodybuilders' Association's Miss NABBA South East Toned Figure contest in April 2012.

For more information on how to improve your body's health,visit 


GreenAcres Woodland Burials supporting families affected by the loss of a precious young life


GreenAcres Woodland Burials – Epping Forest will be holding a special Service of Remembrance on Sunday 11th October for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a precious young life. This service will be held in support of the UK-wide Baby Loss Awareness Campaign from 9th to 15th October.

The Baby Loss Awareness Campaign recognises how alone and alienated bereaved parents often feel.  This is why they are encouraging people to try and understand pregnancy and the depth of the devastation experienced.  Baby Loss Awareness Week was set up to coincide with International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on 15 October.


Throughout this week bereaved parents can commemorate their babies’ all-too-brief lives, knowing that thousands of parents elsewhere in the world will be doing the same. The week also provides a crucial opportunity for people to talk openly about the subject of stillbirth and neonatal death and raise awareness of an issue that needs more attention.

There are many people whose lives have been affected by the loss of a baby before or just after birth and understandably, it can be heart breaking to deal with such a loss. It is hoped that families may be brought some comfort by the prayers and readings offered during this special service.

Here at Greenacres – Epping Forest we invite you to join us in our beautiful Woodland Hall from 1.00-2.00pm to take time to reflect and remember the life of the baby you have lost.

Please join us if you feel this service could support you or your friends and family in remembering your loved one. Visit our website for more information

For more information about Baby Loss Awareness Week please visit

St Clare shop thanks customers for support following double break-in

St Clare Hospice has thanked the people of Saffron Walden for their generous support following last month’s double break-in at the charity’s shop in the town.

The Hospice shop in Mercers Row was targeted twice in as many days back in August. While only a small amount of money was taken and damage caused during the first break-in, the impact of the second was much greater as the thieves this time stole the safe containing a cash float and that day’s takings. The culprits also damaged a brand new, empty cash till, which was due to replace the existing till.

In total, the Hastingwood-based charity estimated the cost of both incidents to be around £2,500, an amount that could have otherwise paid for its Hospice at Home service for two days. However, since the break-ins, St Clare has received almost £1,500 in donations from customers and supporters.

Saffron Walden shop manager Janice Fox said: “We were all devastated that the shop had been targeted, especially when the staff and volunteers work so hard to raise the vital funds St Clare needs to raise each and every year to fund our skilled and compassionate specialist care for local people and their families. To think that anyone would steal from any charity is just so upsetting.

“But, the way in which our supporters have responded in the wake of the thefts has restored our faith. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have come forward to make donations towards the money lost and the cost of installing extra security measures to prevent this sort of thing happening again.

“St Clare’s purpose is to care for the people of Saffron Walden, and we are touched that the people of Saffron Walden care for us too.”

Chigwell School “proud” of GCSE students

Chigwell School students were delighted when they opened their GCSE results.

A quarter had achieved at least seven A* grades and of the 86 pupils in the year group, six achieved at least ten A* grades.

A* was the most common grade awarded out of all entries and in addition to their other subjects, the ten students who also took the HPQ (the GCSE equivalent of the Extended Project Qualification) all achieved an A* grade.

Thirty-nine per cent of grades awarded were at A* (six times the national average); 72 per cent of grades awarded were at least an A, and 91 per cent were B grade or above.

Headmaster Michael Punt said: “We are very proud of all our GCSE students. They have studied hard in ten or more GCSE subjects with the dedicated support of their teachers and they have balanced their work and extra-curricular commitments with a great deal of success.

“iGCSEs are offered in many subjects because we believe these give a better preparation for A-level study and we look forward to continuing to work with these young people as they begin their Sixth Form careers.

“I hope these results take them closer to fulfilling their dreams and ambitions, and that they continue to flourish.”

Tee off for St Clare’s first-ever golf day

Get in the swing for your local Hospice by entering a team for St Clare’s first-ever golf day.

Offering the chance to tee off for 18 holes on the par 72 championship course at Abridge Golf Club, the sporting event on Friday, October 16 is the first time the Hastingwood-based charity has hosted a golf day exclusively for local businesses and corporate supporters.

Set in 240 acres of beautiful parklands, Abridge Golf Club is home to some of the major amateur golfing tournaments, including the South East Regional Open Qualifier.

After registration, players will enjoy breakfast before heading out onto the Henry Cotton-designed course. The 1st and 10th tees are reserved at 11.30am.

Teams will be playing an 18-hole Stableford format and there will be prizes for the 1st and 2nd placed teams as well as best individual golfer, nearest the pin and longest drive, plus the chance to win a car for a hole in one.

The golf will be followed by a two-course dinner, prize giving and charity raffle and auction. The event is being organised in conjunction with Loughton-based Planet Leasing and is being supported by golfing experts Leisure Link.

The competition is open to teams of up to four players and registration costs £340 per team. You can register online at Alternatively, for more information, call St Clare events fundraiser Heather Cameron on 01279 773750 or email

If you’re a local business looking for a team-building event that comes with more of an adrenalin rush, then there is still time to enter a team to our third annual St Clare Go-Karting Competition on Friday, September 18.

Competing against other teams, this exhilarating two-hour endurance race is similar to ‘Le Mans’ in style and offers the chance to enter a longer race format against other drivers.

The event at Hoddesdon’s Rye House Kart Raceway, one of the UK’s best karting circuits, is open to teams of at least two and costs £350.

Register online at or contact St Clare challenge events fundraiser Jade Clarke on 01279 773750 or