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Learned cycle maintenance from a school age in riding to and from school
Left school and trained at Newmarket in Horse racing
Freelance consultant in the pro cycling events world - Tour of Britain, Tour
Series, London Prepares, London 2012 Olympics, Ride London, Tour de France
2007 & 2014, Velothon etc
Have cycled the coastline of Great Britain (The Great Tour)
Team mechanic to British Duathlon and Triathlon Team for 5 years at various
events around the world.
Guest mechanic to Team Canada Triathlon team
Interested in all aspects of cycling, I'm an occasional Time Trialist /
Triathlete / Duathlete. I've ridden, and in some cases raced, tandem, trike,
recumbent, mtb, track and even a Royal Mail bike

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From an early age I can always remember both my grandmothers and my mother making chutneys and jams.  Despite the fact that we lived in town, as a family we would drive to the local pick-your-own fruit farm and pick seasonally the fruits that were on offer.  Today of course this has become terribly trendy, but to us it was the norm!


Having married a dairy farmer, and finding myself with some ground to work with, apple trees and fruit bushes were the first crops planted.  When not milking the cows, I began to use well-worn family recipes and, as the family grew, they too picked fruit and veg for us all to bottle and jar.  Now, as well as feeding the family, I stock the farm shop with more than twenty-five varieties of jams and chutneys using home and local grown produce.

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Jam and chutney-making - harvest in a jar Friday, 7 September, 2018 view

For the last 10 years I have been growing flowers for sale. This is a small scale enterprise and the emphasis is on finding the best flowering plants for cutting that can be grown outside in the garden. Colour is very important to me and the cutting garden provides a colourful contrast to the surrounding landscape, especially in late summer.

I have been gardening in the area for many years, and for the last 17 have been developing and maintaining a long established garden/orchard of about an acre. It is a productive garden, and flowers, fruit and vegetables are carefully chosen for the contribution they make throughout the seasons. It is also the setting for my garden buildings.

I trained as an architect in London and worked in Essex and Cambridge for a number of years. Prior to that I researched nineteenth century agricultural improvement in upland areas for my PhD. I am a member of the Suffolk Gardens Trust 'Walled Kitchen Gardens Group', and last September opened my cutting garden for the Trust.

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Having gained my BA (hons) in Textile Design from Central School of Art and Design in 1985 I designed hosiery and garment graphics for many years before becoming a lecturer in textiles.  In 2002 I started Rojoart with two colleagues to provide creative art workshops for schools and community groups in a wide range of media.  This was when I began feltmaking.  I first exhibited felt artwork in 2006, most recently showing work in the IFA’s international touring exhibition ‘The Climate is Changing’.  I currently work as Costume Supervisor at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and design costume.  I am also a felt-making tutor and give workshops across the country.


I am interested in mixing contemporary art practice, and traditional techniques.  I make felt using the traditional wet felting method and am constantly exploring different ways to manipulate the fibres and develop the technique to produce work that can be both practical and sometimes challenging. 


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Helen Perry is an artist and designer living in the heart of rural Essex. She is inspired by her surroundings: the big open skies, seasonal changes to the landscape and, of course, her garden hens that are a constant source of amusement to her, with the benefit of providing rich yoked eggs for delicious cakes and other goodies.

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Hi! I’m Hen, and welcome to my course, Clean Cakes. I grew up in rural Suffolk, UK, with my brother, sister and my parents who love to cook. Having our own vegetable garden, fruit trees and chickens and procuring the rest of our ingredients from nearby friends and shops, led me to value the importance of cooking with local, seasonal and fresh produce from a young age.

After graduating from Edinburgh University where I studied French and Italian, I enrolled on the Professional Pâtisserie Scholarship at Westminster Kingsway College, London and graduated with distinction two years later. I loved it all, learning about new ingredients, the precise methods of cooking and fine craftsmanship involved. I went on to work as a pastry chef in a range of award-winning kitchens, including the Lanesborough Hotel, London.

In September 2013, I moved home to Suffolk. After nearly five years of working in professional kitchens, I realised that I wanted to be my own boss and create my own food. I started my business, Henrietta Inman Pâtissière, the following December. I now do pop-up pâtisseries, farmers’ markets, food festivals, celebration cakes, bespoke orders and take private commissions from a single tart to dessert for 200.

The response has been incredible and I truly love being able to meet my customers, see them enjoy my food and hear their feedback. But the more first-hand interaction I have with them, the more I become aware of the amount of people today who have either cut down on gluten and dairy, or cut them out of their diets completely due to allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. Another comment I often hear is, ‘Oh, I really shouldn’t, too much sugar!’. At the same time, after cooking with refined wheat flour, caster sugar and butter for the last five years as a pastry chef, I have become a bit bored of them to be honest! There are so many other interesting and varied ingredients out there to use so why limit ourselves to these so-called ‘staple’ baking ingredients? As someone who has always been interested in healthy and flavoursome food, this led me to begin to work on my Clean Cakes, free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar and packed with nourishing, whole and unrefined ingredients to create my new, naturally delicious pâtisserie.

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Hollie Hughes is the author of two picture books for children – The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth (longlisted, Oxfordshire Book Awards 2017) and Ninja Nan (shortlisted, Hillingdon Picture Book of the Year 2017).

Previously a youth worker and higher education lecturer, much of her work now takes place in schools – both as a visiting author, and as a literacy consultant.  She also runs writing workshops for children and adults, and regularly takes part in literary festivals and events.

Her next book – Princess Swashbuckle – will be published by Bloomsbury in 2018.


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 Ian Rose has a life long interest in most aspects of natural history, travelling the world to study flowers, animals and insects.  He leads fungus forays in the autumn and lectures on mushrooms and toadstools with advice on edibility. 

He has an extensive library of natural history photographs, many of which have been published in books and magazines.  He was part of the recording and publication team for "The Butterflies of Colchester and North East Essex", and also for the "Wild Flowers of North East Essex".  He tutored natural history courses for the WEA for ten years.

Jude Greenan is a qualified medical herbalist (BSc Hons Herbal Medicine) with many years of clinical and practical experience.  Her professional training in plant medicine is comprehensive:  from botany to pharmacology; research methods to material medica.  Jude also has a certificate in permaculture design and training in biodynamic gardening.  She brings her in-depth Shamanic knowledge and experience to the plant teaching in a grounded and practical way.

Neil Catchpole 

Neil comes from a long line of East Anglian countrymen who have worked the fields, woods, game coverts and brick-yards of the Essex / Suffolk  border for many  generations.

Most of Neil’s working life has been as a tree-work contractor  and many of the woods and hedges of the local countryside are of his planting. He now works as Landscape and Biodiversity Officer for the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project, a responsibility which extends along the valley from it’s source to the sea.

 His days are mostly still spent out in the countryside, perhaps building an Otter holt, ringing a clutch of young Barn- owls, or advising land- owners on conservation matters.

 He has an overwhelming passion for all aspects of country life, past and present, with  an ever-growing collection of old artefacts and curiosities, gleaned from the local area.  With a gentle twist of the arm he can be persuaded to dig up an old folk song or a suitable tale to illustrate a point.

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James has been involved with the training and development of young people and adults for more than thirty years, often using the outdoors and adventurous activities as the medium for learning.  For the last 10 years he has been a Senior Instructor at Essex Outdoors, Mersea.  He now runs his own business.

James believes passionately in the importance of the natural outdoor environemnt for our health and well-being as well as creating opportunities for adventure and learning outside the classroom.

He enjoys most outdoor pursuits, but particularly bushcraft,  mountain walking, scrambling, climbing, and sea kayaking.

In 1993 James started an outdoor pursuits club for young people called "Out There", based at the Essex University Climbing Wall.  Over the years, together with the help of a team of volunteers, they have been able to give hundreds of young people an introduction to climbing, kayaking, mountaineering and bushcraft.

James is a member of the following professional organisations:

Association of Mountaineering Instructors -

British Mountaineering Council -

Mountain eadership Training Association -

British canoe Union -

Institute of Outdoor Learning -

Scottish Mountain Bike Leaders Association -


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Words have always held a fascination for me, not only their meanings, but also the patterns they make when written, or the sounds and shapes they make when spoken.  Add to this a lifelong passion for pens, pencils and papers, and you may just see what a journey of delight opened up for me when I discovered the broad-edged pen!

So, my aim is to express an understanding of the words, either poetry or prose, through pattern, letterform and colour, and hope to enhance the readers perception.
Sometimes this can be a long and arduous, but usually enjoyable, travail: though there have been times of instant inspiration!

I first did Manuscript writing at GCE O level with an enlightened Art teacher called Mrs Zabel, and continued to use [ & abuse ] the art for many years, until starting at an evening class with my daughter in Saffron Walden in 1984, where we had a most inspirational tutor in Mary Pearce, who encouraged me to study with Fellows and tutors of The Society of Scribes & Illuminators, which I continued for several years.

In 1996 on presentation of a body of my work, I was selected to study on their Advanced Training Scheme; a 3 year intensive course, which I completed in 1999.
The following year, [2000] I was elected as a Fellow of The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society.  I am also very pleased to be a selected member of The Essex Craft Society since 1995.

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