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  • Time to dig for victory!

    ON your marks...get set... grow! A flower-power plan to set Colchester ablaze with summer colour has been launched. read more

  • Pupils raise the roof for annual prom

    PUPILS put on a musical extravaganza at Colchester’s Charter Hall. read more

  • £72k grant set to help stop flooding on busy town road

    FLOODING on one of Colchester’s busiest roads could become a thing of the past, thanks to a Government grant. read more

  • School troublemakers face a day in isolation

    PUPILS at a Colchester school who consistently misbehave could be made to spend a whole day in isolation. read more

  • Strike to halt trains for four days

    RAIL workers are to strike on the four days after Easter.

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  • Pensioner jailed for trying to smuggle £80,000 of cocaine into UK

    A PENSIONER who used to live near Colchester has been jailed after trying to smuggle £80,000 of cocaine into the UK. read more

  • Tree roots destroying pavement

    DESTRUCTIVE tree roots in Shrub End are destroying the pavements of a residential street. read more

  • Colchester United sign Premier League star

    Colchester United have pulled off a coup in signing defender Franck Queudrue on loan from Premier League side Birmingham City. read more

  • Mental strength is key says promotion-winning U's skipper

    Promotion-winning skipper Richard Wilkins believes mental strength can make or break Colchester United’s promotion hopes. read more


    HARPIN Joan Passed away peacefully on 14th March 2010 Funeral service to take place on Tuesday 6th April at Weeley Crematorium at 11am read more


    DAVIES Ann Peacefully at her home in Manningtree on 20th March 2010. The much loved Wife of Freddie and devoted Mother of Julian and Quintin. Private Funeral has taken place. read more


    FRENCH George Edward Passed away peacefully in his sleep on 16th March 2010, aged 80 years. Much loved Dad and Grandad, who will be sadly missed by all who knew him Funeral service to take place on Thursday 1st April at Weeley Crematorium at 1.15pm Family flowers only please, donations, to benefit St Helena Hospice, if desired, may be sent c/o East of England Co-op Funeral Service, 56 St Andrews Road, Clacton CO15 3AP read more

  • HALL

    HALL Norma (née Stockton) Of The Avenue, Colchester, formerly of Layer de la Haye. Died at home on Friday 19th March 2010. She was the heart of a large loving family and will be hugely missed. Funeral service to be held at St John the Baptist Church, Layer de la Haye on Monday 29th March 2010 at 1.45pm. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to The Alzheimer’s Society may be sent c/o Hunnaball Of Colchester, York House, 41 Mersea Road, Colchester, CO2 7QT. read more


    PEIRSON Anne Mary Passed away peacefully on 20th March 2010, aged 72 years. Re-united with her late husband John, she was a wonderful Mother, Sister, Grandmother and a great friend to all. The funeral service will take place at Wix Methodist Community Church on Tuesday 30th March 2010 at 12:30pm, followed by burial in Beaumont Churchyard. Family flowers only, but donations, if desired, made payable to either Parkinson’s Disease Society or Wix Methodist Community Church may be sent to Geo. Paskell Funeral Service, 15 High Street, Manningtree, CO11 1AG. read more


    NEVARD Ken 24.03.1918 - 23.03.2010 Died peacefully aged 91 years with his family by his side. Dearly loved Husband of Joan, Father of Jan and Kate. Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Funeral Service to take place on Wednesday 31st March 2010 at 2.30pm at Co-operative Funeral Service Chapel, Wimpole Road, Colchester. All welcome. Family flowers only, but donations if desired to R.N.L.I, c/o East of England Co-operative Funeral Service, 89 Wimpole Road, Colchester, Essex. CO1 2DB. The Family would like to thank the staff at The Oaks Nursing Home for all their care and kindness. read more

  • ROBINSON Lorna

    ROBINSON Lorna Aged 64 years. Passed away suddenly at home. Beloved Wife of Keith, precious loved Mum to Lindsey and Fiona and much loved Mother in law to Mark and Reeves. Loving Grandma to Charlotte, Liam, Teagan and Elliott. Special Sister to Neville and Connie, much loved Aunty and Friend. Funeral Service to take place at Colchester Crematorium on 1st April 2010 at 10.15am. Family flowers only, donations if desired to National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society c/o East of Co-Operative Funeral Service 89 Wimpole Road, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2DB. 'Forever in our hearts' xxxxxxxxxxxxxx read more

  • HALL

    HALL Lillian May (Lily) Passed away after a short illness on 21st March 2010, aged 99 years Much loved Mum of Chris, Mum-in-law of Kate and Nan of Amanda. Funeral service to take place on Tuesday 6th April at Weeley Crematorium at 1.15pm No flowers by request, donations, if desired, for Cancer Research UK may be sent c/o East of England Co-op Funeral Service, 56 St Andrews Road, Clacton, CO15 3AP read more


    MARTIN James Alfred (Jimmy) 03.09.1920 – 21.03.2010. Passed away at home in his 90th year, after a long illness. He had his family around him when he left us. A much loved Uncle to Sharon, Mark, Russell and Jackie also Jack and Ruth. Jimmy will leave a huge void in all our lives and we will miss him dearly. Funeral service will take place at St Andrews Church, Greenstead on Tuesday 30th March at 10:00 am. All welcome. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to St Helena Hospice c/o W H Shephard Funeral Directors, 93/94 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1TH read more


    HARDEN William Gerald 'Gerry / John' Passed away unexpectedly on, 10th March 2010, aged 77 years. Beloved Uncle and Great Uncle who will be sadly missed by all the family. Funeral Service to be held at Colchester Crematorium on Monday 29th March 2010 at 2.00 pm. Flowers welcome c/o East of England Co-operative Funeral Services, 89 Wimpole Road, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2DB read more


    CALMUS Jessie Passed away peacefully on March 20th 2010, aged 92 years. Dearly loved Mum of Roz, Ginny and Lee. Loving Nan, Great and Great Great Nan. Funeral service to take place at Colchester Crematorium on Tuesday 30th March 2010 at 11.45am. Flowers may be sent c/o John J Smith Funeral Service, St Mary's Chapel, Mersea Road, Colchester, CO2 8RT. Tel 01206 761800. Roz and family would like to thank all the staff at Well House Residential Home for the loving care given to Mum. read more


    Stanley BEECHENER 26.3.2010 Happy 90th birthday. Lots of love from Brin, Keith, Jane, Lucie, Simon and Kerry xxxx read more


    Luke TAPPENDEN 29th March 2010 Happy 18th birthday. Have a great day Lots of love Mum, Dad, David and Rachel xx read more

  • HATT

    40 Paul HATT Congratulations Have a wonderful day. Lots of love Barry, Jeanette, and Andrew. x read more


    Look who's 60! Mick BRILL 31.3.2010 Happy Birthday. Love from Linda, Tanya, Daniel, Kelly, Jake, Charlie, Jenson, Nathan, Connor and Harry xx read more

  • Betsie Barlow

    Betsie BARLOW 26.3.2010 Happy 1st Birthday darling. Lots of love, Mummy and Daddy xx read more


    Chloe CROSS 30th March 2010 Happy 18th Birthday. Lots of love from Mum, Dad Mike, Kayleigh and Lauren xxxx read more

  • HATT

    Paul HATT 28th March 2010 Happy 40th birthday. Lots and lots of love from Hayley and Elizabeth xx read more


    Ruby Mai PRIDMORE Born 13.3.2010 6lbs.13ozs. Love proud Mum Lauren, Nanny Marianne, Grandad Daren, Uncle Callum, Uncle Bradley and all the family x read more


    CARTER Gwyneth Lydia Irene Passed away peacefully at Brenalwood Retirement Home Walton-on-the-naze on 15th March 2010. Aged 92 years. Loving Wife to Richard. Will be sadly missed. Funeral Service to take place on 31st March at Weeley Crematorium at 10:15am. read more


    KEEBLE Bill Passed away peacefully 14th March 2010. Beloved Husband of Pat. Much loved Father of Janine and Willa. Grandad of Madison, Paige, Jake and Megan. Sadly missed by all. Funeral Service will take place on 1st April 2010 at 2.30pm at Weeley Crematorium. Flowers welcome c/o Lesley Barlow, Funeral Services 01255 222899. read more


    RATHBONE Keith David 29th March 2005 This day we shall always remember, With heartache, tears and regret. It's the day you were taken from us, How could we ever forget. Love from your wife Anne, daughter Michelle, dad Peter, all you In-laws, your friends Frank and Sheila read more


    Warwick BORLEY 28.3.2008 As time unfolds another year, Memories keep you ever near. Silent thoughts of times together, Hold memories that will last forever. Sarah and John read more


    LYNESS John 27th March 2008. You were a loving Husband A friend so good and true. A better husband never lived That's why I picked you. Elizabeth DAD. Only you know how much you're loved and missed James, Sarah, Carly, Matthew. Give our Grandad all our love, Archie and Konnie. Two years on - loved and missed by so many. Cath, Jock, Thomas, Katy, Family and Friends. read more


    SYKES Dr Roger Morton 25.03.2009 One year has passed so quickly. Remembering you with love Lenore (wife) and sons Francis, Joseph and Adrian and Grandchildren and Cath read more


    ARGENT - DAVY Sue and Ron Argent are pleased to announce the marriage of their only daughter EMMA to TONY on 27th March 2010. Wishing them every happiness for their future together. read more


    EZARD Betty Lilian David and family would like to thank everyone who attended Betty's funeral on Wednesday 24th March at Weeley Crematorium. Also thanks to all who sent messages and gave support. read more

  • DAY

    DAY Henry John Pauline and all the family would like to extend their thanks to everyone who attended Henry's funeral, also for the flowers, donations and heartfelt messages of sympathy. Many thanks to all who have supported us at this sad time. Thanks to Rev'd James Wood for the lovely service, thanks to Titford Funeral Directors for their excellent arrangements. Special thanks to Paul Wilson for his care and compassion throughout. Please accept this as our only but most sincere acknowledgement. read more


    O'RAHILLY Jodi. A special thank you to all family and friends who attended Jodi's funeral and for all the donations to the Sick Children's Trust. read more


    Charlotte WHITE-ROBINSON Martin ROOT Wishing you every happiness for the future. All our love Mum, Dad and Nick xxx read more


    Roberta and Franco FLORES Are pleased to announce the Engagement of their Daughter MELITA to STEPHEN SANDERSON. Congratulations and best wishes. read more

  • WEBB

    WEBB Dennis Who feel asleep on Saturday 6th March 2010 Loving dad of Denise, grandad of Darren, Emma, Aimee, David, Sophie, great grandad of Alfie and brother of Harry. Dad you fought so hard to the very end. Now the pain has gone but in my heart you will forever be. Your ever loving daughter Denise. The Funeral is to be held at Weeley Crematorium on Friday 26th March at 2.45 p.m. followed at Clacton Conservative Club. read more

  • Colchester United set for big loan signing

    Colchester United are set to announce an exciting new loan signing today. read more

  • Police name Great Horkesley crash victim

    A MOTORIST who died following a crash in Great Horkesley has been named. read more

  • Book aid: How we can all help Africa to read

    A team of volunteers in Wivenhoe is launching a new charitable trust to help children in South Africa learn to read. read more

  • Bus station must remain

    I trust Colchester’s planners will have the sense to keep the town’s temporary bus station open until it is replaced. read more

  • Hospital missed target because its staff cared

    Hospital targets and under-performance make the national news and our local hospital, Colchester General, received some bad press recently. read more

  • My support based on principles

    Councillor Martin Goss has done it again. read more

  • Questions over road spending

    In the Gazette on Tuesday, March 16, it was reported Essex County Council’s highways department had this year set aside £8.1million for Colchester and Tendring, compared to £12million for mid Essex and £13.7million for the west of the county. read more

  • Artist’s memories inspire work for U’s Gazette: U’s representative Matt Hudson and art agent Mike Keeble with the pictures presented by Heather Brilliant

    Heather Brillant, official portrait artist for the Royal Art Circle of Barcelona, in Spain, has produced a series of pictures for Colchester United, inspired by her memories of the club and town when growing up. read more

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