Festivals Cleaning Up Their Act

Festivals Cleaning

Up Their Act

Copy write 2010

Publishes in The Face of Chelmsford Magazine summer edition.

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10:10 is an ambitious project to unite every sector of society behind one simple idea: cutting our emissions by 10% in 2010. The campaign was founded by Fanny Armstrong, director of the climate change blockbuster The Age of Stupid. The Climate Safety report had identified a 10% cut in the developed world’s emissions by the end of 2010 as the kind of target we should be aiming for to maximise our chances of avoiding a climate catastrophe.

How 10:10 festival programme & event organisers will reduce carbon emissions in 2010.

A coalition of UK festivals, bought together by the 10:10 campaign and specialists Julie’s Bicycle, are implementing a carbon reduction programme which will see each event cut its own carbon footprint by 10%. Julie’s Bicycle is a broad coalition of music, theatre and scientific experts committed to making our industry green. “British summertime wouldn’t be the same without music festivals and we feel privileged to be working with some of the very best this year”, says Eugenie Harvey, director of 10:10.

“Music festivals in the UK have been making huge efforts to reduce their environmental impacts and Julie’s Bicycle is really pleased to provide practical support which will help them fulfill their 10% reduction ambitions. 10:10 is an ideal campaign for festival-goers to sign up to, and we hope there will be plenty more summer pledges” said Alison Tickell, director of Julie’s Bicycle.

10:10 is a dramatically different carbon reduction campaign works with individuals, businesses and organisations ranging from hospitals to councils to schools. The two companies are working together to help festivals identify and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy – Covering all the gas, electricity, diesel, propane and butane that it takes to light up the stages, pump music from the speakers and power the refreshment stands. A large festival can emit hundreds of tonnes of CO2 just from energy demands, however festivals are combating this by switching to cleaner sources of energy, efficient lighting, and in the case of the Isle of Wight, an entirely solar-powered stage. Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals have continuously increased the use of biofuel such as waste vegetable oil.

Waste – Festival-goers leave behind hundreds of tonnes of waste, much of which ends up as landfill. This ranges from small items like cigarette butts and used cups, to costumes and entire tents. On-site waste separation and recycling is crucial to minimising emissions from landfill. Lovebox has committed to having 100% recyclable or biodegradable drink vessels in 2010, and Bestival sends recycled goods to a nearby gasification plant to be turned into electricity. All cups and cutleries sold at Latitude, Reading and Leeds arenas are either recycled or composted. Reading and Leeds work with several charities to prevent tones of re-usable goods from going to waste, even broken tent fabric can find a new life as a jacket or a bag!

Together they are supporting festivals in promoting transport alternatives such as life sharing and public transport. For further information check out the festival section of the 10:10 website: http://www.1010global.org

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Carol Markham Pink Tractor

Carol Markham Pink Tractor

Supporting Helen Rollason Cancer Charity

Copy write 2010

Publishes in The Face of Chelmsford Magazine summer edition.

 

Carol Markham is out and about with her pink tractor which she is taking on a tour of many events around the County this summer fundraising for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.

The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity has four cancer support centres: two in Chelmsford, Essex; one in North Middlesex Hospital, London; and another in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, offering support to cancer patients along with their carers, family and friends.

The support centres offer counselling and a range of complementary therapies including reflexology, aromatherapy, counselling, massage and Manual Lymph Drainage.

The charity has a research laboratory at Anglia Ruskin University undertaking world-class research into a new potential biomarker and investigating whether we can predict responses to chemotherapy. There is also a team of research nurses caring for cancer patients on clinical drug trials offered by the charity.

The charity, named after the first woman to present Grandstand, BBC Sports Helen Rollason MBE, marked its 10th anniversary of Helen’s involvement throughout 2009.

She shared the vision of her oncologist, Professor Neville Davidson, that people should be treated as a whole and not just their illness. She said: “Good quality of life while coping with cancer is the most important gift a sick person can receive; it should be available to everyone.”

Carol was first diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, and during this difficult time found the staff at the Helen Rollason Cancer Support Centre at Broomfield Hospital very friendly and helpful – especially during the initial shock of her diagnosis.

The charity has 11 shops in Hertfordshire, Essex and London and aims to extend its recently launched cancer support groups. It receives   limited funding, but relies heavily on funding from the community. Carol decided that she wanted to support the charity by doing something a little different for fundraising, and it was when her son, a member of a local tractor club, took her to numerous tractor fairs to get her out and about, that she decided to marry the two together. So the tractor was found, and sprayed pink by Gary Brewster, of Brewster Motors in Chelmsford.

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Something for the Weekend

 

Something for the Weekend

by Sarah Tucker

Copy write 2010

Publishes in The Face of Chelmsford Magazine summer edition.

I’ve stayed in my fair share of hotels. I suspect not as many as supermodels, salesmen and politicians but more than many. Some of them were little more than places to rest my head (ski hotels) where most of the day and night for that matter was spent outside on the slopes or in the bar, and all I needed was a good mattress and a hot shower – which was in most cases exactly all and what I got. Other hotels – those catering for romantic breaks – have bedrooms that have cloakrooms twice the size of my ski hotel room, in the anticipation you’re going to spend most of your time in bed ordering room service, occasionally walking down to supper and around the grounds, only to retreat to the bedroom again.

The growth of boutique, town house and house party hotels (think Mr and Mrs Smith and Hip Hotels) I know has enchanted many couples now in their thirties and forties not because of the ambience, the staff or indeed the facilities, but because they have unashamedly filched all the interior design ideas they’ve seen in these places. I now walk into homes in Barnes and Kingston and think I’ve just walked into Blakes or Babington House. It’s getting positively silly. I expect mini toiletries in the bedrooms when I go to stay – and in some of them I actually get them. I know people who take photos of their room because they want to turn their own homes into versions of the place they’ve stayed. Forget pinching the toiletries, they want to replicate the lot. A friend of mine recently visited Babington House and has turned his pied a terre into a replica of his garden room there. He has good taste but none of it is his.

These places to stay are an altogether more interesting and eclectic bunch. Mr and Mrs Smith and Hip Hotels have almost cornered the market in identifying sexy, stylish smallish hotels where receptionists look as though they wouldn’t look out of place on the judging panel of America’s Next Top Model, or at a push Australia’s Next Top Model, and where The house party hotels, where everyone eats round a communal table at breakfast at least is interesting – the hotel Palazzo Vecchietti (a town house and luxury apartment hotel) in the heart of    Florence is part of a group of small hotels that are almost like staying in someone’s home – albeit extremely stylish and expensive home. There’s an intimacy that the large hotels lack. Boutique hotels have been replaced by house party hotels to be replaced by the larger hotels (think converted traditional Stately home with acres of land, no nonsense staff and renovated spa) where you can be comfortably anonymous again.

I recently visited a place called Armathwaite Hall (www.armathwaite-hall.com) in Cumbria. Armathwaite Hall is as it sounds. A stately home with a newly renovated spa attached to it’s side – in the main building there is a lot of dark oak paneling, to the sky high ceilings and very large ornaments – chandeliers you can imagine some buccaneer swinging from and stag and deer heads  looking down with their dark brown eyes at you, with more life in them than some of the folks they look down on.

The Lake District, stunning though it may be, is a place where I would holiday but never choose to live. Unless you are gagging to know about the inner machinations of tractors and are a twitter of the bird variety. I can completely understand why everyone knows everyone else’s business, because nothing much happens. I visited a pencil museum while I was there. Almost as surreal as the potato museum I visited in Prince Edward Island over twelve years ago with a large polystyrene potato with eye and everything, outside the entrance. The pencil museum had the world’s largest pencil and despite being small was perfectly formed, very interesting. But places like this you go to find yourself or lose yourself or find each other, or rediscover each other, or realize you have nothing in common whatsoever with each other.

Old fashioned in many ways, Armathwaite Hall as a concept that works. It doesn’t have the intimacy of the small hotels or the stylish design of the house party places, but as a place and concept it’s found it’s audience who love the food, the ambience, the staff, who have a no nonsense, can do low profile quality without the fuss that southern hotels would do well to imitate.

About sarah

Sarah Tucker is an award winning travel journalist, novelist, producer and broadcaster. She has edited, produced &         presented her own radio and TV series as well as presenting reports for BBC    Holiday Programme & anchored I Want That House on ITV. She devised and presented the award winning Jazz FM Travel Guide for over two years and was a travel correspondent for Classic FM. She is the author of best  selling novels The Playground Mafia, The Last Year of Being Single, and the Control Freak Chronicles.

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Natural Skincare – Lavender Essential Oil

Natural Skincare – Lavender Essential Oil

by Sarah Perry

copy write 2010

publishes in The Face of Chelmsford Magazine May edition

Natural Skincare is a regular feature in The Face of Chelmsford that gives an opportunity to familiarise our

readers with nature’s best natural skincare and remedies.

In each issue I will feature a different ingredient that you could easily use to improve the condition of the skin and body. In this issue I want to share with you the benefits of Lavender Essential Oil.

Lavender essential oil or Lavandula angustifolia is extracted from the beautiful blue/violet lavender plant. It has a well-loved sweet aroma that blends well with other essential oils. Although almost all essential oils cannot be applied neat on the skin, lavender oil is one of the very few that can be. It can also be blended in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil.

Lavender has many healing properties and can be used to treat:

Migraines, headaches, stress, eczema, sleeplessness, anxiety, aching muscles, cuts and wounds, bites/stings, minor burns, digestion and more.

 

Ways to benefit from lavender essential oil:

 

Relaxing Bath:

Add a couple of drops into a full bath and relax. You can buy a preblended oil, such as peace bath and body oil by face aromatherapy which contains lavender essential oil amongst other essential oils.

 

Oil Burner:

To gently breathe in the incredibly soothing aroma, apply just a couple of drops into an oil burner with water and light the candle below. This will release the vapors of the oil into the environment and spread a sense of calm through the room.

 

Room Spray:

Fill a spray bottle with water, add up to 10 drops of lavender oil and shake well before each use. You can also mix in some alcohol e.g. vodka for preserving the spray for longer but this is optional, just don’t drink it!

 

Perfume:

For an alternative to alcohol and artificially fragranced perfume, add 1 drop to a carrier oil and pour into a new ‘roll on bottle’.

 

Pot Pourri:

Freshen up tired pot pourri by adding a drop or two and mixing thoroughly.

As with all ingredients, artificial or natural, each person’s skin sensitivities differ from others. Therefore we would always

recommend patch testing a small amount on the skin.

Essential and carrier oils are available from Face @ 7-9 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SY; Tel: 01245 496578 or shop online at http://www.shopatface.com

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Natural Skincare – Tea Tree Oil

Natural Skincare – Tea Tree Oil

by Sarah Perry

Copy write 2010

Publishes in The Face of Chelmsford Magazine April edition.

Natural Skincare is a regular feature in The Face of Chelmsford that gives an opportunity to familiarise our

readers with nature’s best natural skincare and remedies.

In each issue I will feature a different ingredient that you could easily use to improve the condition of the skin and body. In this issue I want to share with you the benefits of Tea Tree Oil.

Tea tree oil is an essential oil known by the Latin name of Melaleuca Alternifolia and is used all over the world as it is one of the best known natural remedies. It is effective against killing bacteria and fungi and is used diluted in creams and products as well as being used neat to treat many ailments including: acne, athlete’s foot, cold sores, dandruff, bites, wounds and sinusitis. Another use of tea tree oil is that it can also be used to make natural homemade cleaning products.

Many skincare formulations include tea tree oil particularly for ranges of oily or acne prone skin. Tea tree is one of the only oils that can be used neat on the skin. However some skins will tolerate neat tea tree oil better than others. To dilute the oil, blend one or two drops with a carrier oil such as sweet almond, grapeseed or jojoba oil.

There are many home remedies that use tea tree oil. Here are some examples:

=Add a few drops to shampoo to help deter head lice.

=Mix 2-3 drops with water in an oil burner to refresh the room.

=Add a couple of drops to a foot bath to prevent fungal infections.

=Apply one drop of neat tea tree oil directly to a spot or pimple but do not use on the surrounding skin.

It is easy to confuse the term ‘oil’ with pore clogging oils that can be found in make-up, skin and hair products. Essential oils do not congest the skin and so are fine for oily or acne prone conditions. Oils that do congest the skin and should be avoided are: lanolin oil and mineral oil which is also known as parrafinium liquidium, petroleum or paraffin.

Important things to remember with tea tree oil:

DO NOT ingest tea tree oil.

=Always buy pure essential oils.

Tea tree oil is not suitable during pregnancy or breast feeding.

Not suitable for children.

Keep in a safe place away from direct sunlight and out of reach of children/pets.

Be aware that tea tree oil is super concentrated and must never be used in large amounts.

If the skin becomes irritated discontinue use immediately.

Tea tree oil should only be used externally.

This information is not to be confused with or taken as medical advice.

For a complete understanding of essential oils speak with a qualified aromatherapist.

Pure Tea Tree oil and almond oil are both available from Face @ 7-9 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SY; Tel: 01245 496578 or shop online at www.shopatface.com or email: sarah@faceinternationalgroup.com

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Natural Skincare – Almond Oil

Natural Skincare – Almond Oil

by Sarah Perry

Copy write 2010

Publishes in The Face of Chelmsford Magazine summer edition.

Natural Skincare is a regular feature in The Face of Chelmsford that gives us an opportunity to familiarise our      readers with nature’s best natural skincare and remedies.

In each issue I will feature a different ingredient that you could easily use to improve the condition of your skin and body. In this issue I want to share with you the benefits of Almond Oil.

Almond or sweet almond oil comes from the almond tree, native to the Middle East. It has many benefits for the skin and hair, making it a versatile natural product which can be used for treating many conditions. Almond oil may not be suitable for those with nut allergies.

This natural oil is rich in vitamin E as well as vitamins B1, B2 and B6. Other elements also found in almond oil include magnesium, iron, calcium and copper.

How to use:

Pour a small amount of the oil into the palm of your hand and  gently massage over the skin (face and body) and even the hair, if desired.

Benefits:

  • Helps to heal chapped skin
  • Rehydrates and nourishes
  • Improves complexion
  • Excellent for calming and soothing the skin, hair and scalp
  • Nourishes hair and smoothes cuticle

 

Almond oil is fairly inexpensive but can go off if stored in the wrong conditions. To prevent this, always store the bottle away from  direct light and ensure the lid is replaced after each use.

Essential and carrier oils are available from

Face: 7-9 Broomfield Road | Chelmsford | Essex | CM1 1SY

Tel: 01245 496578

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What to look out for…

What to look out for…

with Philippa Barnes of Truly Madly Vintage

copy write 2010

publishes in The Face of Chelmsford Magazine April edition

Now that spring is officially here thoughts turn to the new season’s fashions and what we will all be wearing for Spring/Summer 2010. I have compiled a review of the hot new looks and given you some ideas as to how you will rock them in the season ahead. Whether you source your clothes from the high street or seek out vintage finds you will be sure to find fantastic ways to tick all the 2010 style boxes.

Girls – Ice-cream pastel shades are the colours of spring with the air of freshness and vitality that they bring to your wardrobe now that winter has passed us by. Pastels are easy to bring into your wardrobe with soft

and sheer tops and knitwear or, for that special occasion, go all out with a gorgeous dress in sheer floaty fabric.

Playsuits in their many forms from rompers to jumpsuits are certainly here to stay for another season or two. They come in many styles from short and tailored, à la Karl Largerfeld, to loose and flowing as seen in the Stella McCartney catwalk show. Available in a multitude of colours and prints they make a wardrobe basic that can take you anywhere.

Guys – The slim fit silhouette is still definitely the key look for this season but you can bring a new edge to it with military or Victoriana themes. For the more adventurous pastel tailored suits and jackets will really make you stand out from the crowd.

For everyone – Denim is always in fashion and this season will see the return of double denim. Once a fashion faux pas but now the epitomy of cool it was seen at lots of catwalk shows. The trick to pulling off this look is to mix the shades of denim, so wear a washed out shirt with your dark wash skinny jeans.

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