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  • Taxpayers set to pay extra £3 a year to cover police force cuts Gazette: Nick Alston speaking at the Ahmadiyya Peace Symposium

    TAXPAYERS will be asked to pay an extra £3 a year in a bid to safeguard police staff and officers - but jobs will still be lost. read more

  • Dragons boss Osman hopes overdue win can be a springboard to success Gazette:

    Mo Osman hopes his Wivenhoe Town players can use their victory over Gorleston as a catalyst for more success. read more

  • Depleted Seasiders fall to heavy defeat Gazette:

    Clacton Rugby Club crashed to a heavy 77-0 defeat at Upminster. read more

  • Harwich beat Templars in inaugural shield match

    Harwich and Dovercourt’s second string side ran out 19-7 winners at Halstead Templars, in the inaugural Andrew Grimes Charity Shield. read more

  • Frozen-inspired day at Firstsite

    FAMILIES chilled out at a Frozeninspired fun day. read more

  • Humes - I won't hide away from U's challenge Gazette:

    Tony Humes insists he will not "hide away" from the challenge of turning around Colchester United’s flagging fortunes. read more

  • Centre gets a £40k grant

    VOLUNTEERS are needed at a youth centre on Colchester’s St Anne’s estate. read more

  • Clacton sex predator could have carried out TWENTY attacks on boys and young men over last four years

    A SERIAL sex predator wanted for accosting boys and young men in Clacton could be responsible for up to up to 20 attacks. read more

  • Independent review finds no evidence of manipulation of cancer waiting times at Colchester General Hospital, but says management was 'incompetent' Gazette:

    AN independent investigation into the trust which runs Colchester's hospitals has found there is no evidence staff were ordered to manipulate cancer waiting time data. read more

  • Burglar disturbed during break-in attempt Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

    A WOULD-BE burglar ran off when he was disturbed, after smashing a kitchen window. read more

  • We need to all stick together, urges U's skipper Magnus Gazette: Survival instinct - Magnus Okuonghae believes the experiences Colchester United had in battling relegation last season has been beneficial to them, this time around. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

    Club captain Magnus Okuonghae admits it is imperative Colchester United’s players stick together to turn around their season. read more

  • GP surgery will get a new, bigger base

    A FORMER school in Wivenhoe will reopen as a new GP surgery next year. read more

  • It's Borough for Braintree in the Trophy

    Braintree Town now know who their FA Trophy second round opponents will be. read more

  • First-half goals hit Witham's hopes at Bognor Gazette:

    Four goals in a hectic first-half spell were Witham Town's downfall as they lost 5-2 at Bognor Regis Town in the Ryman League premier division. read more

  • Oops! Planning inspector goes to the wrong site

    A RED-FACED planning inspector overturned a decision to refuse a mobile phone mast after visiting the WRONG site, it has been revealed. read more

  • WATCH THE VIDEO: Prince Charles, 66, tests his reaction speeds

    PRINCE Charles insisted he put his reaction speeds to the test when he stopped by the RAF stand at the Big Bang Workshop at Essex University. read more

  • Vose - I didn't want to leave Colchester Gazette: Confident - Dominic Vose is sure that Colchester United can preserve their League One status. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90945-05)

    Dominic Vose insists he never wanted to leave Colchester United. read more

  • Christmas 2014 at Chelmsford Cathedral

    CELEBRATE Christmas at Chelmsford Cathedral with a series of festive services and carol concerts.  read more

  • Vandals rampage around three estates Gazette:

    A GRANDMOTHER says vandals have left her unable to buy Christmas presents for her children. read more

  • Isabelle’s Lapland wish finally becomes reality

    A SCHOOLGIRL who spent two years battling leukaemia was granted her wish of a lifetime when she met Father Christmas in Lapland. read more

  • Trial for man accused of causing death by careless driving Gazette:

    A MAN will stand trial accused of causing death by careless driving. read more

  • Golf range could be turned into hotel and business park

    THE owner of a golf range plans to turn it into a hotel and business park, creating hundreds of jobs. read more

  • Jame Angus Wilson Reid

    REID B.Sc., Ph.D. James Angus Wilson 10th July 1937 – 13th December 2014 Died, at home, Saturday 13th December. Loved and respected by Wife, Mickey, Son Jonathan (and Wife Karlina), Daughter Stephanie (and Husband Simon) and Grandchildren Alexander and Lucia. Will be greatly missed, not only by family but numerous friends. Funeral service to be held at Colchester Crematorium at 9.30 am on Tuesday 23rd December 2014. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to St Helena Hospice, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU or to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ angusreidsthelena read more

  • Sheila Mary Hayward

    HAYWARD Sheila Mary Passed away peacefully on 10th December 2014 aged 87 years after a long illness bravely borne without complaint. Devoted Wife of the late Roy, Treasured Mum of Sue and Colin Cherished Nan and Great Nan of Michelle, Martin, Joanna, Richard, Jessica, Libby, Joseph & James. Mum-in-Law to Jim and Jane. Funeral Service to take place at Colchester Crematorium on Tuesday 30th December at 2:45pm Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Sheila for Colchester League of Hospital Friends or St Helena Hospice. May be sent c/o East of England Co-Operative Funeral Service, 89 Wimpole Road, Colchester, CO1 2DB read more

  • Carolyn Brett

    CAROLYN BRETT Suddenly but peacefully on 7th December 2014, aged 59 years. Devoted Wife to Derek loving Mum to Amie and Sophie. Funeral service to take place at Colchester Crematorium on Monday 22nd December 2014 at 1.15pm Family flowers only please donations payable to “Diabetes Uk” may be sent c/o John J Smith Funeral Service St. Marys Chapel, Mersea Road, Colchester CO2 8RT Tel. 01206 761800 read more

  • Edna Irene Minnikin

    MINNIKIN Edna Irene Passed away peacefully at Milton Lodge Retirement Home [Formerly of Saxon Close, Colchester] On 14th December 2014 Aged 87 Years A Kind and Loving, Sister, Sister-in-Law and Auntie. Now reunited with her late Husband Roy. Much loved and greatly missed by all her family and friends. Edna’s family would like to give particular thanks to all the staff at Milton Lodge for their care and kindness throughout her time there. Funeral service will take place at Colchester Crematorium on Monday 22nd December 2014 at 2.00pm. Family flowers only please But donations if desired Payable to St. Helena Hospice May be sent c/o: John J Smith Funeral Service St Mary’s Chapel, Mersea Road Colchester. CO2 8RT Tel: 01206 761800 read more

  • Peter Howard Horsler

    HORSLER Peter Howard Passed away peacefully at home on 11th December 2014. A much loved Husband,Father Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Brother. Also a good friend to many. He will be greatly mourned and missed. Peter's Thanksgiving Service will take place place at Weeley Crematorium on Friday 9th January at 2pm. Buffet Refreshments after service. No flowers please. Donations, if wished, to St Helena Hospice c/o Titford Funeral Service, 151 Old Road, Clacton on Sea CO15 3AU read more

  • Louise CALVER

    LOU-ANNE'S Louise of Lou-Anne's would like to wish all her customers a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your support read more

  • Brenda Francis Carter

    CARTER [Formerly Foskett] Née Bingle Brenda Frances David, Kevin, Karen and families would like to thank everyone for their kind messages cards and support following Brenda’s death. Many thanks also for the generous donations To Singlepoint in her memory. Special thanks to the Rev’d Pauline Scott for a lovely celebration of Brenda’s life. And All at John J Smith’s for their care, compassion and kindness at a very sensitive time. Please accept this as our only but most Sincere acknowledgement. read more

  • Doris Card

    Doris CARD/KNIGHTS Dear Mum, June and I still miss you after all this time. A blast after 72 years, I've got my Dad's North Atlantic Star Medal, who survived the infamous PQ17 Russian Convoy. First Class Able Seaman Binly Card on board The Royal Navy Ship, Pazarica, after many hardships, the ship arrived at the Russian Harbour of Archangel, the rest is history. From your Loving Son Don and June Card. read more

  • eileen elizabeth white

    WHITE Eileen Elizabeth Words cannot express how much you are missed. Brian, Melanie, Mark and Marsha. read more

  • Victor BISHOP

    BISHOP Victor17.12.1994 Twenty years may have passed, but you will always be remembered and loved deeply in our hearts. No matter how much time goes by. Love Sammi and Ads read more

  • Maurice Moodie

    MOODIE Maurice Passed away on 8th December 2014 aged 82 years. Will be sadly missed by his Wife Shirley, Children Lynne, Stuart, Darren & Royston, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and all who knew him. The family would like to thank all the staff at Tall Trees Nursing Home for their exceptional care and support. The funeral service will take place at Colchester Crematorium on Monday 29th December 2014 at 11.45am. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired can be made for Tall Trees Nursing Home c/o East of England Co-operative Funeral Service, 89 Wimpole Road, Colchester CO1 2DB. read more

  • WATCH: Prince Charles visits Colchester

    HUNDREDS of students, teachers and business leaders welcomed the Prince of Wales to Essex University. read more

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