31st July is National Avocado Day!

Happy National Avocado Day! 

Packed with a powerhouse of nutritional benefits, Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat and vitamin E.

However, avocados receive some criticism as they are high in calories due to the high-fat content.

Half an avocado counts as one portion of your 5-a day and those managing their weight might want to consider limiting the number of avocados they consume to two per week while increasing the portions of other lower calorie fruits and vegetables.

Hug Rug - New to Chelmsford Quadrant

Designed and manufactured in Yorkshire, HUG RUG is the most environmentally friendly barrier mat and runner available. They're brilliant at trapping dirt, dust and mud - then washes like new at 30°C. Suitable for all around the home, from the hallway, to the kitchen and even outdoor, they'll keep your floors and conscience clean and they look great.  Go on give yourself a HUG you'll love it....


Don't miss our Members holiday to Porthcawl, Wales...

Members Holiday to Wales

Our Member's holidays are proving popular, so we have added another holiday to the agenda for 2019...

Date: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - 9:00am
Duration: 5 days
Members holiday to Porthcawl, Wales.
3* Seabank Hotel, 5 days.
No interchange, half board and excursions.
 Pick ups from Chelmsford & Braintree. 
Phone us to book your spaces - 01245 490290 / 01376 551444.£225 for members, £230 for non-members.

£0 single supplement (only 6 available). Sole use available at a supplement.

£20 sea view supplement.

Keeping hydrated in the heat...

Brita water

You can’t survive without water. It makes up nearly two-thirds of your body and is essential for you to function properly. Water has a wide range of benefits for your body – everything from removing waste products in urine to lubricating your joints. It can even make your skin look good.

Here, we explain why you need to drink enough and offer some tips to help you stay hydrated.

How much should I drink?

As a basic guide, most people need about 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid a day, which is about eight to 10 glasses.

We help to clean up Woodford Green

Our Membership and Community Team united forces with the Woodford Amenity Group to help clean up the local area around Woodford Green.

Numerous volunteers gave up their time this morning (Saturday 20th July) to assist with the clean up and help the local community. Thank you to everyone that attended to help! 

We have some more clean ups scheduled for 2019. Please volunteer if you can. 

Top 5 tips to stop food waste

As a nation, us Brits waste far more food than we may think. Did you know nearly 1 out of every 5 bags of food shopping we buy ends up going to waste? In fact, the average UK household with children will throw away up to £700 worth of food per year! Preventing food waste will not only save you a ton of money but can ultimately contribute to saving the planet, and who can say no to that?

The county's biggest food festival...

Essex Food Festival Cressing Temple

Now in it's 8th year at Cressing Temple Barns the Essex Food Festival took place at Cressing Temple Barns on 13th/14th July.

14 of our Local Food Suppliers were in attendance in our 'The Only Way is Local' marquee including Cupcake Daisy, Broadoak Farm Sausages, Bishop Nick, Brentwood Brewing company, Dan Hull Prepared Foods, Shaken Udder and Elixirs of Life.

Monday 17th July marks the annual celebration of the pictographic language with World Emoji Day.

Monday 17th July marks the annual celebration of the pictographic language with World Emoji Day.


Here are 5 things to know about Emojis on their special day:


1. For the third year running, the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji reigns supreme on social media. It dominates on Twitter and on Facebook as the most-used on both social media platforms. This should come as no surprise to those versed in emoji; after all, this same symbol was even the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2015.