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News & Sport for week commencing Saturday, September 21

     A singles group from Braintree are creating ‘dad bod’ calendar to raise awareness for mental health. Organiser Anthony Jefferson, from Braintree wanted to raise awareness of mental health, but wanted to do something different to do it after being inspired by the loss of a young man, who was a member of the group, who lost his battle with depression earlier this month.
The 2020 calendar will be put together by 19 men who are all going shirtless for the campaign and will be released in January with all proceeds going to the Mental Health Foundation charity.

     Air Cadets from Squadrons across the North Sector of Essex including Witham, Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree, and Dunmow marched down Witham High Street to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The parade was led by the North Sector band, playing lots of familiar RAF tunes, including ‘The Great Escape and ‘It’s A Long Way to Tipperary’.
Cadets were also in Witham town centre all day on September 14, collecting for the RAFA Wings Appeal, which helps current and former RAF personnel and their families who are in need.

     Zero-waste business, REco Store, which opened up in a converted storage container in Tiptree in April, has had to double the size of its shop in Tower Business Park after being overwhelmed by the support of their customers.
The store sells environmentally-friendly household cleaning products, beauty products, dried foods and degradable bin bags and now also stocks stainless steel lunch boxes, water bottles and more food varieties, meaning their customers can now get the majority of their dried foods and household items all plastic and package free. Since it opened the shop has sold more than 2,600 litres of household cleaning products from washing up liquid to fabric softener, saving around 2,000 plastic bottles from going to landfill.

     Train passengers will be able to check car parking availability at stations thanks to a new online service introduced to provide live parking space information at 14 local rail stations, including Kelvedon, Hatfield Peverel, Witham and Marks Tey.
The new service allows customers to check the number of spaces available in station car parks before setting off on their journey.
It will also offer expected occupancy for any given time or day of the week based on historical trend data.

     GP practices across north east Essex will soon be holding flu vaccination clinics for registered patients, and people in at-risk groups are being encouraged to attend as Flu is more than just a ‘bad cold’ – it is a highly infectious viral illness. Those who have regular contact with vulnerable people, including carers, frontline healthcare workers and young children, may spread the illness, even if they have no symptoms. The flu vaccine is free for at-risk groups and is available at a range of convenient locations, including pharmacies and GP surgeries.

And now for the sport


In Div 1

Lakenheath conceded their final match leaving Witham 14 points clear of Wivenhoe at the top of Division One; Lakenheath only avoiding the last position on net run rate.
In Div 2
A two-wicket win over Kelvedon & Feering on the final day saw the Braintree Dolphins finish top of Division Two, and, although he wasn’t available for his team’s final outing of the year, captain Louis Cant was pleased that his team's strengths shone through again,

Braintree’s reward for their win at Kelvedon & Feering, and their season of success, is a return to the top-flight of the Two Counties Championship next year.

They will be joined by East Bergholt, who finish second behind Braintree


Braintree Town ended Havant & Waterlooville's unbeaten record with a 3-1 victory at Westleigh Park.

A crucial 68th minute penalty save by Iron keeper Michael Johnson proved to be the turning point of this exciting and enthralling encounter.

Had the Hawks equalised they may probably have gone on to win but, despite pressing the Iron defence hard after the penalty miss, they struggled to make much inroad against a stubborn and well organised Iron defence.

It was a hard earned victory for Iron who had their backs to the wall but they showed growing confidence with some resolute defending.

After last Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at the Simarco Stadium against Romford, Manager, Marc Benterman admitted to feeling underwhelmed by the result as he felt his team’s second half display merited a stronger return.
That made it feel like two points dropped for the Witham boss after he had seen his side beat Histon 4-1 with a superb performance the previous weekend.

Benterman said before Saturday’s game at Histon that they’d take four points from six, but on reflection, he was disappointed with how they were against Romford because the first half wasn’t good enough.

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