Special Offer from Colchester Classics where Music matters!


Welcome especially if you’ve read our columns in the Essex County Standard, Essex Life, Daily Gazette or Colchester 101

This year we are celebrating 11 years as a Classical Music service to clever collectors, those starting their love affair with music, choirs and at concerts. We’re as passionate about providing the best service as we were when we started in 2006.

We are always here to help you hear more music and are offering you 10% OFF YOUR NEXT ORDER* placed by ‘phone, email, social media or post.

If you have the time and are that way inclined, please do pop by and say hello on our links below. Thank you in advance for this.

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*10% off does not apply to P&P. Offer ends 31 May 2017

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Zhang Enli – Gesture and Form

Firstsite, Colchester, is delighted to present Gesture and Form, a major solo exhibition by acclaimed Chinese artist Zhang Enli.

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The presentation marks the start of the gallery’s year-long focus on identity; a key component of Zhang’s artistic practice, from his depictions of commonplace objects, such as cardboard boxes, to his observations of the ordinary rituals of everyday life.

Gesture and Form is comprised of ten works in oil, as well as a ‘Space Painting’, a monumental, site-specific installation that will be created by Zhang over a 10-day period before the show opens on March 11th, 2017, remaining at the gallery for one year before being ‘unmade’.

The Firstsite commission will see Zhang cover the gallery’s 140-metre curving wall with swathes of pulsating colour, washed, scrubbed and stroked into place with expressive brushstrokes. The scale of the work, which sees the artist deliberately blurring his abstract and figurative practices – many Chinese and British trees will be featured – draws the viewer into an imaginary environment, inviting them to consider not just the spectacle of the painting, which is rendered in watercolour, but also the aesthetic enquiries behind its creation.

Zhang began this series in 2007 – other works have been seen at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and the Muse Duarte Contemporaneity di Villa Croce, Genoa – with the aim of challenging and ultimately conflating the relationship that exists between an artwork and the space it inhabits.

The same stylistic trajectory of the ‘Space Painting’ is manifest in the ten figurative and abstract paintings that feature in the show. The figurative works are inspired by the painter and calligrapher Jin Nong (1687-1764) whose own depictions of branches and blossoms, like Zhang’s, often waved in the wind. Rendered in oil, the artist’s mark-
making is invariably underpinned by a faint, pencil-drawn grid. This structures the rapid expressionistic gestures, coiled tendrils, perforated sheets and majestic tree trunks that are depicted.

In Red-Green Brushwork (2016), for example, sketchy patches of carnelian red, forest green and muted, rusty orange are delineated across the canvas. The grid is still discernible amid chaotic brushstrokes that swirl and blend into one another, with watery rivulets of pigment travelling down the surface plane, creating further, unpredictable marks.

In contrast, Tension 1 (2013), in shades of teal and juniper green, channels a mass of tangled lines wrapped around two thin brown arches. These are seemingly pulled together under the dynamic tension of what could be coils of vine, water-hoses or string.

These same lines reappear in The Transparent Fabrics (2014), threading through the holes of a translucent turquoise veil, and again in The Tree Stump (2) (2015), where they loosely fall from and curl around severed branches.

In all of these works, from the ‘Space Painting’ to the joyful, colourful abstracts and carefully-rendered figurative canvases, Zhang references Buddhist philosophy, and the way it mediates ‘sentience’ (the ability to feel or perceive) and the ‘material’ (our spatial relationship to our environment), exploring what unites humanity rather than what sets it apart.

Says Firstsite Director, Sally Shaw: ‘Firstsite is truly delighted to be staging this show of recent works by Zhang Enli, and honoured that he will be creating a Space Painting of such monumental scale for the gallery, which we feel sure will captivate everyone who comes to see it.’

Business Merger Leads To Global Growth For A Colchester Accountancy Firm

A thriving accountancy business has gone from offering local to global services after joining unnamed (1)forces with an Ipswich firm.

Simon Robinson, founder of SAS Accounting Services sees the merger with DAA Tax Accountants as means of expanding their cost effective solutions for bookkeeping and accountancy work for sole traders, companies and partnerships.

Sue Davies, head of DAA Tax Accountants, who specialise in tax services for expatriates around the world, has relocated her client base, and herself to work as a consultant, from her premises at Brightwell Barns to The Colchester Centre, Hawkins Road, Colchester, under the umbrella of SAS Accounting Services.

“I’ve known Sue for five years. We’ve always got on and she came to me with this proposal,” said Simon, who has been self-employed for 15 years and whose business has steadily grown since he started it in 2013.

He said: “You have to adjust your business according to the economic climate and my business is going well. We’ve been registering new clients, including many for our cloud bookkeeping services – instead of businesses paying someone to do their bookkeeping and accounts full time in-house, we’re being seen as cost-effective outsource solution for them.”

Sue said: “Simon is familiar with our clients and shares the same values we do and the decision exceeded our hopes for a firm we can work with and continue the tradition we have for excellent service, deep expertise, and an environment our clients and associates want to be a part of.

Simon has had to recruit a new member of staff to join his established team of four and SAS Accounting Services has moved into a larger premises at The Colchester Centre to accommodate his growing business.

Sue said: “For myself, having been professionally qualified for nearly 40 years, it is time to ensure that someone with new ideas and foresight continues the growth of the business in the future and this will enable me to concentrate on the specific areas of the business where I have the most experience and can add value.

 “The growth of our business has been predominantly internal, stemming from the referrals of our client base and those of other professionals. We have been fortunate to attract an interesting and varied client base whom we hope we have helped to contribute to their development and growth. As a result of those efforts, we have also experienced expansion over the past several years, which in no small way is also directly related to the success our clients have had in their business and personal pursuits.

 “We have decided to work alongside another firm because we believe that a larger organization will allow us to provide a wider array of services and more depth in particular fields.  

 “We cover a large area of the UK but finding and retaining excellent people as associates is a constant challenge and a larger organization will also mean these individuals will benefit from even more and stronger opportunities in the future.”

SAS Accounting Services now offers a complete accountancy and tax return service, including expatriate tax as well as bookkeeping and payroll services. The business is aiming to offer new services and areas of expertise in the future.

DAA Tax Accountants existing Ipswich telephone number will continue to operate for the time being and calls will be automatically transferred to the new Colchester offices.


Business Buddies Band Together To Boost Funds For Charities


A group of likeminded business owners are working together to boost funds for Colchester charities in a bid to show their joint Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).


Essex Networking is a small, independent business networking group who meet fortnightly at Wivenhoe House Brasserie and has raised more than £2,400 for various organisations.

The members most recent event, a quiz at Marks Tey Parish Hall, raised £1,033 which is being shared between Home-Start Colchester and Autism Anglia’s Doucecroft School. About 70 people gathered for a fun evening, during which clues to questions could be purchased as an extra means of raising funds. Six local businesses also donated prizes for a raffle.

After a similar quiz event last year, members of Essex Networking donated a cheque for £1,100 to Headway and they’ve previously collected £296.55p for St Helena’ Hospice in the Birkett Long £50 Challenge.

“The main focus of our group is the passing of business between members, along with business support and social activities,” said Nick Kokolski of Maid2Clean who is the organiser.

“Larger organisations have a dedicated Community Champion who spend their time raising funds for local worthy causes and two years ago we felt members of Essex Networking could pull together and make a contribution to the local community too. The members put forward the names of local good causes they consider worthwhile supporting and two names are drawn from the hat. This year was Doucecroft School and Home-Start.”

Essex Networking, who are looking for new members, are planning to do some more fundraising in the coming months before handing over cheques to Home-Start and Doucecroft School.

If you are interested getting in touch with Essex Networking to ask them to raise funds for your charity or if would like to become a member of the group, contact them via their website: http://essexnetworking.com




Fraud isn’t just a Scam, it’s a Crime.

page-0A Community Guide has been produced by  the Serious Crime Directorate in Kent and Essex.

Please share this guide as widely as possible within your community to provide valuable advice and support to help protect the most vulnerable within our communities and prevent them from becoming victims of crime.

Fraud not just a scam but a crime leaflet 

Age UK Colchester moves and changes name.

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A charity which acts as a life-line for elderly people is moving to a new base and re-branding.

Age UK Colchester will now be known as Age Concern Colchester and will work from the Colchester Community Voluntary Services building in Winsley’s House, High Street, Colchester after agreeing to take on five rooms on the first floor of the building.

Offices will be on the first floor, special arrangements have been made to see clients, where necessary, on the ground floor:

All of the charity’s services which it offers to pensioners including benefits assistance, information and advice, befriending and social activities will continue as normal from the new address.

To contact the charity, phone the original number of 01206 368420

Colchester Women set to tackle the Grand Canyon Trek for Alzheimer’s Society!


Lauren Goddard and Hayley Newell, from Colchester, will join the fight against dementia in March 2017, as they don their walking boots to trek the magnificent Grand Canyon.

Lauren and Hayley hope to raise over £7,000 for Alzheimer’s Society by taking part in the five day trek starting on 26 March 2017. This trek inside one of the most famous Canyons in the world, also passes some spectacular landscapes, breath-taking waterfalls, pools of turquoise blue and learning from our hosts the Native American Reservation. This tough challenge will help the UK’s leading dementia charity continue its vital work to support the 800,000 people currently living with the condition.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

‘We are delighted that Lauren and Hayley are giving their time to support Alzheimer’s Society. One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Lauren and Hayley to help us continue our vital work. Please back Lauren and Hayley in their fundraising efforts so that Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.’
To sponsor them please visit justgiving.com/Lauren-Goddard-2017Trek

Alzheimer’s Society has a fantastic range of events both in the UK and abroad. To find out more, please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/events or call  0870 417 0192.