South 18 Woodham Focus South Woodham Focus MALDON FILM CLUB Maldon Film Club’s very successful season continues with the screening of After the Storm on Wednesday 11th April and Love and Friendship on Wednesday 25th April 2018. In After the Storm Ryota, whilst dwelling on his past glory as an award winning author, wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his mother and ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Although he renews contact with his family Ryota struggles to find a lasting place in the life of his young son – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to change all that. The second film in April, Love and Friendship, is based on “Lady Susan” by Jane Austen. Young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits her in-laws estate to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her eligible but rather reluctant daughter Frederica. In doing so she attracts the attention of three men, with great complications. Directed by Whit Stillman, Love and Friendship starts Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Fry The Club meets at Maldon Town Hall and doors open at 7.15pm. Wine and soft drinks are available, at a charge, from 7.30pm and all films begin at 8pm. From now until the end of the season films will be screened on a Wednesday. The current season continues until May 23rd and the remaining two films to be shown are Victoria and Toni Erdmann. Why not come along as a guest for the rest of the season and pay just £3 per film. Membership forms for 2018/19 will be available soon and new members are very welcome! For further information please check out our web site www.maldonfilmclub.info, visit the Maldon Tourist Office or call 01621 869340 (for membership enquiries) or 01621 850250 (for general enquiries). Springtime at the RHS Gardens Hyde Hall, Essex April and May 2018 It’s a great time of the year to visit the RHS Gardens and shake off memories of chillier months with the uplifting colours and scents of spring It is truly the season of new beginnings at Hyde Hall as its major investment projects near completion this spring, and work begins to create beautiful new horticulture in the Hilltop area. In the meantime, there will be plenty to find around the Hilltop Garden on the Spring Trail, including the delightful pink and white blossom of Malus ‘Butterball’, fragrant Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Anne Russell’ and double-headed Narcissus ‘Thalia’. In late spring, look out for rich blue spires of camassia with its striking star-shaped flowers on tall stems. On Clover Hill, plants that have earned the RHS Award of Garden Merit offer plenty of seasonal inspiration for home gardeners. The burst of golden flowers on Forsythia x intermedia 'Lynwood Variety' AGM are a welcome sight in early spring, while the pinkflushed white blossom of Japanese quince 'Moerloosei' AGM will put on a show for several weeks. The earliest-flowering rose of spring can also be found here: the sunny yellow blooms of Rosa xanthina 'Canary Bird' AGM appear in May to herald the coming summer months. Check on the progress of Hyde Hall’s new Winter Garden close to the Visitor Centre and see how the planting has been designed to create interest throughout the year – not just winter. The drooping sprays of bell-shaped yellow flowers on Stachyurus praecox ‘Rubriflorus’ in early spring offer a contrast to the fluffy white balls of blossom appearing on Prunus maackii ‘Amber Beauty’. Elsewhere, containers of tulips including deep purple ‘Recreado’ and lemon yellow ‘Budlight’ can’t fail to raise a smile. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall SOUTH WOODHAM FOCUS www.facebook.com/swfocus
South Woodham Focus 19 Relaxed Opening at Chelmsford Museum Is A Success Chelmsford Museum's special relaxed opening on Monday 26 March, as part of World Autism Awareness Week, was a big success and was enjoyed by children and adult alike, and future relaxed openings are already in the diary. The Chelmsford Museum at Oaklands Park reduced lighting and sounds to ensure a suitable environment for those on the autism spectrum. The theme for the relaxed opening was ‘Victorian Life and Inventions in Chelmsford', with the opportunity to experience and smell kitchen herbs and spices, handle mystery kitchen objects, try some hands-on washing-up of Victorian objects, as well as following an ‘eye-spy' picture trail around the museum's galleries. A comfy ‘chill-out' area was also available for those needing time to relax. The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Duncan Lumley, also paid a visit to the relaxed opening. Chelmsford City Council's Champion for Disabled Children and Adults, Councillor Stephanie Scott, said: "Places and events which provide support for people with autism and their families are enormously valued and the move towards greater accessibility at Chelmsford Museum has been positively received. In June 2017 Chelmsford Museum was awarded by The National Autistic Society the prestigious National Autism Friendly Award. One of the first museums in the country to have achieved this status for the welcome extended to children and adults on the Autism Spectrum, their families and Carers." She added: "Chelmsford City Council is now working to extend the autism access project to other cultural venues in the city and are already providing relaxed productions at Chelmsford City Theatres. The first relaxed production was the Snow White Pantomime at the Civic Centre in January this year. Future inclusive events at Chelmsford Museum are currently being planned and I am delighted that the City Council is considering more relaxed Civic Centre Theatre performances also." The next relaxed opening at Chelmsford Museum will be on Sunday 23 September, 10am to 12 noon. To discover more about Chelmsford Museum, including more information about autism and downloadable resources, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums SOUTH WOODHAM FOCUS Left to right, Dave Finkle, Museum Business Manager; Caroline Hammer, Senior Curatorial & Learning Officer; Jo Gillam, Museum Volunteer; Councillor Stephanie Scott, Champion for Disabled Children and Adults; Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Duncan Lumley; Mayoress of Chelmsford, Edna Lumley and Councillor Julia Jeapes, Cabinet Member for Leisure. Doors, Replacement Windows, Garage Doors Patio Doors, Conservatories... We’ll do it right! Design your door online www.ez2ownwindows.co.uk/doors Reg. 17593 Please call for a quote or information pack: 01245 835 011 www.facebook.com/swfocus Official installers of Ez-doors Huge choice of uPVC Windows Quality A+ Energy Rated Glazing Choice of Frame & Glazing Styles Range of Frame Colour Options Double or Triple Glazing Choice of Handle Styles Need help choosing? Please call our team of helpful advisors on 01245 835 011 Get instant window quotes online www.ez2ownwindows.co.uk/windows Electric Roller Garage Doors Security for your Garage Attractive Design Choice of Colour Options Easy to use From £1199 Fully installed inc. vat Online price guide and colours www.ez2ownwindows.co.uk/garagedoors 2-Part White Patio £899 Fully installed inc. vat Large Choice of Styles & Colours Patio & French Doors Quality A+ Energy Rated Glazing Choice of Styles Range of Frame Colour Options Choice of Handle Styles Improved Home Security Roof and Glazing Upgrades available More Styles & Colours Online Conservatories Our range includes Gable Ended, P-shaped, Victorian, Edwardian, Lean-to or Double Hipped. In addition to Garden Rooms and Orangeries.