Chaotic Survival: the role-playing game inspired by COVID

Colchester-based gamer Mitchel Gledhill has created his own survival game inspired by the coronavirus pandemic. Chaotic Survival, which is a text-based role-playing game, presses the importance of following the government’s guidelines. By sending out emails with COVID rules and rewarding gamers for active playing, Mitchell wants to protect those who don’t have time to follow the news. Watch the interview with Mitchell Gledhill here. Continue reading Chaotic Survival: the role-playing game inspired by COVID

Christmas campaign brings the nation together with a doorstep sing-along

If you feel like you’re always stuck in second gear and it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year, then the Friends theme song is an accurate representation of your 2020. In this case, the Sing Silent Night Campaign in Colchester is the ray of sunshine you need to end the past twelve months on a positive note. The campaign … Continue reading Christmas campaign brings the nation together with a doorstep sing-along

Suffolk charity group organises Christmas hampers for vulnerable people

Volunteers in Bury St Edmunds are trying to ensure no family in need goes without this Christmas. The Green Hearts community group, formed earlier this year, is taking donations of items such as food and toys to go into Christmas hampers. The Christmas campaign is expected to reach more than fifty vulnerable residents and there are currently nine drop-off points for people to help. Despite … Continue reading Suffolk charity group organises Christmas hampers for vulnerable people

VIDEO: Business owners and self-employed amongst the affected by the pandemic

Thousands of pubs and restaurants may never reopen after lockdown as owners are left struggling to meet their ongoing costs. The government has set up a number of financial schemes to support small businesses and self-employed workers. But will this be enough to save the hospitality industry from collapsing?  Continue reading VIDEO: Business owners and self-employed amongst the affected by the pandemic

TesCovid-19 – the virus of careless shopping

It’s a sunny Saturday morning. Another week in lockdown has almost passed. Since the emergency situation was announced, I have lost track of the days. There is only yesterday, today and tomorrow. But I know it is Saturday as I do my shopping then. I quickly wash up, grab my shopping trolley and armed with gloves and a mask, I am heading to the nearest … Continue reading TesCovid-19 – the virus of careless shopping

Meat: A threat to our planet? – 58 minutes that will put you off your steak

If you have ever wondered why climate activists are fiercely advocating cutting down meat consumption, but fail to see the connection between the mouth-watering bacon in the Sunday roast and global warming, then this is the documentary for you. But don’t be put off from watching it if you are not vegan or vegetarian. The film does not delve into the morality of eating animals … Continue reading Meat: A threat to our planet? – 58 minutes that will put you off your steak

Colchester Castle Park gets Changing Places toilet

Improved toilet facilities have been installed in Colchester’s Castle Park to provide better access for disabled people. The toilet facilities next to the Park Café  have been refurbished to include toilets for men, women and disabled people as well as baby change facilities, a wheelchair ramp and improved steps for access. A Changing places facility has also been installed to help severely disabled visitors like … Continue reading Colchester Castle Park gets Changing Places toilet

Free water safety sessions to run in Suffolk and Essex

Free water safety sessions are being held for children in Suffolk and Essex this summer. Youngsters aged seven to fourteen will be able to learn vital water safety skills in Lowestoft, Harwich, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton. Each session run by Swim England and RNLI will be an hour long and will teach children how to swim safely outdoors and what to do if they, or someone … Continue reading Free water safety sessions to run in Suffolk and Essex

Free Army Show sets to thrill Colchester

Soldiers and military veterans are set to be the stars at the return of a free show marking the Armed Forces Day in Colchester. The 16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison Show will take place on Abbey Field on Saturday, June 29. Looking back in the town’s military history, the event will also mark the 75th anniversaries of airborne operations at D-Day and Market … Continue reading Free Army Show sets to thrill Colchester

Swimming classes launched for those facing barriers to participate

An organisation, supporting people with different disabilities, is launching swimming classes as part of its main activities in Colchester. The Sports for Confidence programme will see health professionals and sports coaches teamed up to deliver a wide range of physical activities for those facing barriers to participate. Swimming classes will be held at the Leisure World Colchester every Monday between 12pm and 1pm. Tom Doughty, … Continue reading Swimming classes launched for those facing barriers to participate