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BOWLS: Club launches new artificial
15th June 2017
A NEW artificial green is now being used
at Bantham and Ongar Bowls Club, thanks to
funding from the National Lottery and Sport
The 'Inspired Facilities' Sport England lottery
grant provided the money for the green which was
officially opened by Essex County Bowling
Association president Mark Cohen.
Epping Forest District Council vice-chairman
Richard Bassett, and his wife, Epping Mayor Tony
Church and North Weald Bassett Parish Council
chairman Cyril Hawkins were also present
together with Essex County Bowling Association
coaching co-ordinator Mike Ferris, president
Jean Cobbin and Essex County Women's Bowling
Association secretary Jill Polley.
Deputy president Byron Davies represented the
Brentwood and District Bowling Association while
the Harlow Senior Citizens League was
represented by George Cook.
Guests were treated to an exhibition match
between English International Mark Royal,
currently ranked 13th in the world, and Keiran
Clinton, 21, from Scotland, who has more than
ten international caps.
Before cutting the ribbon, Mr Cohen spoke about
the future of bowls and the relevance of the
artificial surface to the modern game.
On behalf of the club honorary secretary Sue
Czuba thanked all those who had worked to secure
the funding, the contractors and those
responsible for carrying out the work. She also
thanked all those who attended the
Twelve clubs took part in a triples competition
sponsored by Daniel Robinson & Sons funeral
directors with hampers presented to the top
three teams - Halex Bowls Club (Chingford),
Stock and Buttsbury Bowls Club (Stock) and
Falcon Bowls Club (Chelmsford).
Bantham and Ongar club captain Francis Czuba
said: "Our new green played well and both
club players and professionals complimented us
on the excellence of the playing surface."
FOOTBALL: Club celebrates 20th
15th June 2017
A CHIGWELL-based football club, which is
marking its 20th anniversary, continues to go
from strength to strength.
Colebrook Royals FC was formed in 1997 on a
local park pitch off Colebrook Lane.
The club started with two junior boys’ teams.
It has since twice moved location within the
village due to its continuing growth and is now
a thriving community hub hosting 32 teams for
boys, girls, men and soon ladies.
After a spell at the Metropolitan Police sports
ground, the club moved to its current base at
The Grange, Grange Farm Lane, in 2012 achieving
its status as an FA Charter Standard Community
Club at the same time.
That move has allowed the club to grow
Colebrook Royals has seen players go on to join
the academies of renowned sides across the
Last year Colebrook's under-13s won a tournament
at the Nou Camp, home of Spanish giants
Barcelona - while the Under-14s are currently in
Portugal playing tournament football at Benfica’s
Estádio da Luz.
Club chairman John Eagleton was recognised by
the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Sport award in
He said: “This is a significant milestone
because we’ve grown from essentially nothing
to a thriving, diverse community hub, providing
sporting activity, education and career paths
for young people.
"Some of the real success stories have been
the coaches who have gone on to move into the
professional game while it’s been invaluable
for us as a club to be able to attract some top
names from the top level of football in years
gone by and for them to pass on their experience
and knowledge to our youngsters who want to play
“We are also especially proud of our thriving
girls’ section, which has grown year on
"Girls’ football is increasingly popular
and we’ve been lucky to have some fantastic
people driving our own progress in this
"Jacquie Austin initially set up our girls’
section and one of her fellow coaches, Louisa
Sadlers, is now taking things to an even greater
level, having recently secured FA Grow the Game
funding to establish our very first ladies’
team next season.
"We are always striving to grow, develop
"We now want to grow our education
programme to provide higher-level qualifications
and give our young coaches the experience
required for them to go into a career of
teaching, coaching and mentoring.
“We are now moving into an exciting new era,
with newly-appointed secretary Derringer Clarke,
whose five years’ service in previous roles is
helping us to push forward with our plans and
Grange Farm centre manager Rob Draper said:
"These plans include expanding the existing
building at The Grange and installing additional
car parking, while we are also exploring the
possibility of securing a site for a 3G
"These are clearly exciting times for
everyone at the club - here’s to the next 20
The club’s current home at The Grange was
opened in 2012 by Sir Trevor Brooking with a
special legends match between Tottenham Hotspur
and West Ham United marking the occasion, an
event covered by GMTV’s Ben Shephard and Sky
The festivities around the 20th anniversary
culminated in a celebratory ball at The Grange
hosted by former West Ham star and current Sky
Sports pundit Tony Gale, along with actor and
comedian Terry Alderton.
The sold-out event, attended by more than 250
people, also featured music from The Motown
Band, featuring Michelle John from TV’s The
FOOTBALL: School lands tour
18th May 2017
FOOTBALLERS at King Harold Academy have
landed themselves a sponsorship deal ahead of
their week-long tour to Barcelona this
The arrangement with Stuart Minchin, of First
Class Facilities Management Limited, has secured
a donation for tracksuit tops bearing the
Mr Minchin said: "It is a without doubt a
privilege to help the school with a donation to
purchase training tops for the up-and-coming
trip to Barcelona.
"We wish the boys all the best and hope
they have an enjoyable trip."
During the trip the boys will experience two
days of training with West Ham United coaches
and play against other English schools in the
School Sports Festival Tournament.
They will also visit the Nou Camp, stadium, home
to Barcelona, and spend a day at the water park
in LLoret de Mar.
NETBALL: Double league success for
3rd May 2017
YEAR 9 and under-16 netballers at Debden
Park High School are celebrating after winning
the District netball league for the second
The U16 team, who secured their second year
sponsorship with local building contractors
Gillard early in the season, won the district
league undefeated before losing to St Mark's,
Harlow, in the play-offs.
Meanwhile the Year 9 team, captained by Ellie
Webb, not only retained the district league
title but went on to win the play-offs for the
second time, this time overcoming Burnt Mill,
Head of PE Jen Perry said: "The standard of
netball the Debden students have played over the
last few years has been excellent. I am always
proud of the students' achievements, and their
dedication and commitment to their training
"I am pleased they were able to collect
silver and gold medals.
"We are looking forward to the next season
FOOTBALL: West Hatch district
3rd May 2017
THE Year 7 footballers at West Hatch High
School have been crowned West Essex and Harlow
West Hatch, unbeaten winners of the Year 7 West
Essex League beat Harlow champions Passmores
Academy 3-1 in the final which was played at the
Metropolitan Police Sports Ground in Chigwell.
Passmores took an early lead but West Hatch
equalised shortly before half-time with a goal
from Brandon Bryan-Waugh.
With 15 minutes to go substitute Aaron Mbwese
put West Hatch 2-1 up with Brandon
Bryan-Waugh easing any nerves with the third
goal eight minutes from the end.
The victory meant West Hatch were unbeaten in
the competition throughout the season.
Head of Boys PE Aaron D'Silva said: "'The
boys truly deserved their victory and the
trophy. To go unbeaten in any season is a
tremendous feat but their willingness to learn
this year has been the most satisfying element
of the season.
"I am hoping for much of the same in the
years to come."
The West Hatch team included Luca Van
Wijngaarden, Teddy Keepence Bobby Gardener,
Charlie White, Kimarley Hudson (Captain), Tate
Windsor, Kaiyan Reeves, Brandon Bryan-Waugh,
Tommy Byers, Aaron Mbwese, Jaoao Goncalves and
SWIMMING: West Hatch student
crowned county champion
28th February 2017
YEAR 8 West Hatch High School swimmer
Ryan Davis was crowned Essex County Champion in
the 200m Freestyle at the Essex County Swimming
The event was held over three weekends at the
London Aquatic Centre and Basildon Sporting
Ryan was also a silver medallist at 1,500m
Freestyle and bronze medallist at 100m and 400m
He also achieved six further top ten finishes at
other strokes and distances.
His next major competition is the East Region
championships, involving swimmers from six
counties, at the end of May.
MOTOR RACING: Ben secures team
25th January 2017
WALTHAM Abbey racing driver Ben Green has
been signed by Century Motorsport for the GT4
Supercup 2017 following a successful first year.
Ben started racing in hire karts at Brentwood
Karting in 2011 where he spent 18 months before
moving on to owner driver racing at Rye House,
Buckmore Park and Bayford Meadows.
Racing in the Junior Subaru class in the Kent
Cup championship he won his first year in
A team of drivers entered the Sodi World Series
competition, which featured hire kart racing on
an international level with the team finishing
eighth in the world.
In 2014 Ben and his school team won the BSKC
(British Schools Karting Championship).
In 2015 he moved up to the Kickstart Ginetta
Junior Championship which featured ten race
meetings throughout the year, all of them
supporting the British Touring Car Championship.
Ben had several top ten finishes.
Last year Ben took the leap into the Ginetta GT4
Supercup series and secured a double podium at
Knockhill Racing circuit (third places) and a
podium at Donnington Race Circuit (third)
helping him to eighth in the Ginetta Cars
standings for the year. Ben also competed in his
first international race, in the V de V
Championships, Estoril, Portugal, with Ginetta
Cars and Century Motorsport.
Already this year he took a second place with
Century Motorsport at the Dubai 24 Hours.
Ben said: "I'm very excited to be committed
to racing with Century Motorsport for 2017 in
the Ginetta GT4 Supercup.
I have already had success with the team at
Estoril and Dubai in the last few months and
this has set me up nicely for the season this
"A massive thanks goes to Greg Mcilwraith,
Marshal Monster Sport and all who have helped me
as part of Super Green Racing, I wouldn't be in
the position I am without the hard work put in
by everyone who has been involved in the team
over the last four years.
"Now the focus goes towards Brands Hatch
where we have the first round of the
Century Motorsport team principal Nathan Freke
said: "Ben caught our eye for a while as a
very competitive package and that was confirmed
when he joined us in Estoril in our Ginetta
G57-P2 late last year, but even more so behind
the wheel of our podium-finishing Ginetta G55 at
the Dubai 24H earlier this month.
"After an incident during the night, we all
had to put in qualifying- style laps to get
ourselves back up the order and Ben certainly
"If we can take this type of pace and
consistency into the championship this year, I
don’t see why we can’t challenge for the
MOTOR RACING: Endurance success for
17th January 2017
WALTHAM Abbey racing driver Ben Green
helped his Century Motorsport team clinch the
runners-up spot in the GT4 race at the 2017
Dubai 24-Hour event.
The race was part of the 24 Hour Endurance
Championships at the Dubai Autodrome.
Ben, 18, behind the wheel of a Ginetta G55, was
joined by Scottish BTCC driver Aiden Moffat,
Jack Mitchell and Nathan Freke.
Ben said: "I had a fantastic weekend with
Century Motorsport, my second endurance race
with the team. "Through all the practice
sessions we showed our pace was strong and
carried this into the race.
"Contact with another car while leading the
race cost us a lot of time but we fought back to
recover as much time as possible.
"Both the team and I were very happy and
proud of the final result.”