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.

Liz Leatherdale Colchester Classics & Classical Music columnist FREEPHONE 0800 999 6994

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

Colchester Classics, St Austell, 47 Gladwin Road Colchester CO2 7HW


A message from Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.


One of my key duties as Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex is to put together the strategic plan for the policing of our county in the interests of the public.For me, safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and well being for all.

The new Police and Crime Plan is relevant to all our lives. During my election campaign and since becoming PCC, I have listened to the people of our county. They are clear that more local, visible and accessible policing, and being tough on Anti-Social Behaviour are vitally important. This was reinforced at my first public meeting as PCC, held in Grays, where two Thurrock mothers made powerful and courageous comments about the impact of ASB on their families. These are the first two priorities in the new Plan, and mark a commitment to refocus some police resources in these important areas.

Some priorities build on the existing Police and Crime Plan, such as being tough on domestic abuse and improving the safety of our roads. Two further priorities highlight crucial work on increasingly important challenges: reversing the trend in serious violence, and tackling gangs and organised crime.

Finally, protecting children and vulnerable people will be a core priority. This will involve the police bringing criminals to justice and a drive to prevent crime and abuse from happening in the first place.

I want to hear your views. During September and early October 2016, I will be seeking your thoughts on the draft Police and Crime Plan through meetings, online engagement, and a dedicated address for correspondence.

Your insights will be taken into consideration as the Police and Crime Plan is developed further, so please take part in the online survey, attend one of our public meetings, or contact me with your thoughts at the dedicated email address.
Online survey

You can also write to:
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
3 Hoffmanns Way
Essex CM1 1GU

The engagement process for the new Police and Crime Plan will end on October 7, 2016. An updated Police and Crime Plan will be taken to the Police and Crime Panel for their final comments at the end of October. It is anticipated that the new Police and Crime Plan for Essex will come into effect in early November 2016.
The full schedule of PCC public meetings can be seen here:

Identity Theft and Identity Fraud


Your identity and personal information are valuable so it’s important to protect them.

Criminals can use your personal details to open bank accounts and get credit cards, passports and driving licences in your name.

This is known as identity crime.

Identity theft and identity fraud are two types of identity crime.

Identity theft is when someone gains enough information about an identity (e.g, name, date of birth, address) to commit identity fraud. It’s the misappropriation of the identify of another person without their knowledge or consent.

Identity Fraud

Identity fraud occurs when a stolen identity is used to gain goods or services by deception e.g, open a bank account, gain benefits or apply for credit cards.

Criminals commit identity theft by stealing personal information, usually from documents they find in the rubbish.

A stolen identity can result in identity fraud which can affect your personal finances and chances of getting a loan, credit card or mortgage.

Bank and credit cards

If any of your cards are lost or stolen, cancel them straight away and never give card details or personal information over the phone or on the internet when other people can see or hear.

Don’t carry cards unnecessarily. If you don’t need them, leave them in a safe place.

If your driving licence is lost or stolen, contact the issuing organisation straight away.

Get in the habit of checking your bank statements. If you spot any transactions you didn’t expect, contact the company concerned.

Destroy unwanted documents using a shredder. Don’t throw away bills, bank statements, receipts or unwanted post in your name without shredding it first.

Keep personal information somewhere safe like a lockable drawer or cupboard.

Passwords and PINs

Keep passwords safe and don’t store them anywhere that means they may be stolen such as your purse or on your mobile phone.

Try not to use the same password for more than one account.

Never give personal or account details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly even if they claim to be from your bank or the police. Take a phone number and call them back to make sure they are genuine. Remember a bank will never ask for your PIN or your whole password.
Sent by Kevin Blake, Essex Watch Liaison Officer, to all of Essex

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 

The Care Advice Hub – A Service in Colchester & Essex

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The Care Advice Hub signposts and supports people who pay for their care (known as self funders) by bringing together local expertise from the care industry, finance and legal professions.

We offer an initial no fee consultation to assess a client’s needs, which may cover a wide variety of issues. If you decide to use The Care Advice Hub we will provide a detailed report, giving you the road map for your journey through what is often described as the “drunken walk” through the care maze i.e. going from pillar to post.  In addition we will give you a personal introduction to our partners (not just a list of websites) with your consent. When requested we will also try to facilitate joint meetings with different professionals, subject to availability.

A fee of £500.00 applies for The Care Advice Hub service. Some of our partner’s services are free and some will charge i.e. legal services for example.

Here is a sample of some of the types of hub partners we will actively introduce you to:

Care Services

Independent Social Worker                                                           

•Domiciliary Care                                                                             

•Live In Care                                                                                     

•Care Homes                                                                                     

•Local Support Groups       


Legal & Professional

Specialist Care Fees Advisers

•Equity Release Specialists

•Solicitors/Will Writers

•Power Of Attorney Specialists


•Funeral plans

The area that we currently cover is predominantly the A12 corridor which is Essex. This ranges from Colchester up to Upminster, Romford and the Epping Forest area.

We are continually striving to increase our local links and will appreciate any input from our clients for the need for a relevant service. We would welcome your feedback or introductions if you feel you know someone who would benefit from a chat about their situation and how to approach the need for care and all its implications – as it is sometimes difficult to know who to ask first then please contact us.

The service will include:

  • Initial meeting (at a comfortable place of your choice) with a family member or friend if you wish.
  • A discussion of your care needs and financial situation.
  • Pro-active access to the ‘Hub’ – which gives you access to trusted local professionals and services we feel would benefit you. This will be done by means of a personal introduction by the Care Hub, which will include (with your permission) a summary of your personal situation. The aim of this to avoid the need the repeat your story several times over.
  • A review of benefits potentially available to you (state benefits).
  • Written report detailing what is available to you and where we feel we can help.
  • You will be given your personal roadmap to possible care options, financial solutions and help and guidance to the correct services.

Please contact us today for a meeting. You are not alone, The Care Advice Hub will work with you to make a difference and to give you choices.


Can you get something for nothing? We think you can!!

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Gransnet Local Colchester Newsletter – August 2014  is available here.

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