All posts by Alice Clinton

A luxury manor stay at Selsdon Park Hotel and Golf Club

THE outskirts of Croydon may not be the place that immediately springs to mind when you think of rolling country estates, but that’s exactly where the tucked away gem of Selsdon Park Hotel and Golf Club is located.  The historic 19th century country mansion is only a heartbeat from the conveniences of Central Croydon, but, […]

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“Guaranteed to get the mouth of any meat-lover watering”

Review: Cleaver 120 High Street, Billericay t: 01277 659832 w: cleaverrestaurants.co.uk NESTLED among dozens of tasty eateries on Billericay High Street, Cleaver offers up a varied menu of grill house delights guaranteed to get the mouth of any meat-lover watering. The tiny, unimposing frontage opens up into a surprisingly spacious bar and dining room, uber-stylishly […]

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Film Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 12A, 123mins Festival Film Rating: 3/5 by: Alice Clinton The weakest instalment so far in the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part One will still undoubtedly attract crowds in their millions. And although it failed to live up to my expectations I’m happy to say I’m still one of those […]

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Hornchurch theatre resists potential funding cuts of £200,000

THE Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch is resisting changes to the way it operates after it was announced earlier this month that it could face funding cuts worth £200,000. As the popular theatre calls on local people to get behind its appeal against what it calls “crippling” funding cut proposals, Havering Council has stood by their […]

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Travellers in Dagenham move on following warning

A GROUP of Travellers pitched illegally on a Dagenham council estate were moved on over the weekend after being threatened with court action. On Friday evening Barking and Dagenham Council told the group, who had camped on land containing empty flats at Wellington Drive earmarked for regeneration, they had until midday on Saturday to move […]

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Hospitals get £4m to tackle winter demand

THE local hospital trust is set to receive £4million in Government winter crisis funding this year. The cash will in part be spent on extra A&E capacity at Queen’s and King George hospitals in response to high seasonal demand. The Department of Health announced last week that in total the Government will pledge a £700million […]

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Helping people with the Osborne Partnership

GIVING those with learning disabilities a shot at independence is the driving force behind Dagenham charity the Osborne Partnership, which is further improving services thanks to a range of improvements. The small charity, which works out of the Osborne Centre just off Dagenham Heathway, provides skills, training and employment opportunities to adults of all ages […]

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Havering Council slammed by theatre over cuts

AS Havering Council insists worries that funding cuts could mean the end of days for Queen’s Theatre are unfounded, a spokesperson for the theatre has called the Council’s actions “the dismantling of over 60 years of work”. Budget proposals to save money include reducing the funding for the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch by £200,000 a […]

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Elderly heart attack victim saved by quick-thinking cops

HERO cops saved a pensioner’s life last weekend after he collapsed outside Barking tube station. The 70-year-old man collapsed in the street outside Barking tube station on Saturday, 1 November after suffering a heart attack. He is now on the road to recovery thanks to the quick-thinking actions of Barking and Dagenham police officers. At […]

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