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Wednesday 24th February - Brrrreakfast with Fran from Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary

Fran from Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary spoke to me about the hard work they have been doing over the Christmas Period looking after 70 horses, goats and sheep.
Remus Horse Sanctuary was formed in 1983 following the plight of  the horses on Rainham Marshes, where over 100 horses were left on the bleak marshland, as the water inlets flooded, they became cut off resulting in 13 horses dying in the most awful conditions. This was then followed by the single case of REMUS, a poor horse stolen and starved for three months in a feud between two people, over the paltry sum of £50. REMUS was eventually left tied to a lamp post in the most horrific body condition, and despite all possible help, his suffering was so bad that he eventually had to be put to sleep.
There are 40 acres of land at Buttsbury with stabling/shelter for 50+ horses, caring for this many animals requires a lot of hard work and support both physically and financially.  You can take part in Pony Days, afternoon teas or seasonal strolls to help the sanctuary raise some well needed cash to help them continue their good work.  Also if you are interested in owning a horse you can enrol on an Adult Horse Carer day which is only £40 for the day and they are taking place on the 13th June & 19th September 2010
As well as rescuing horses the sanctuary can provide help and advice to horse owners and also check up on horses that you think might be in need of help.  If you do spot a horse that looks as though it has been abandoned or miss-treated contact Remus on 01277 356191 and someone will go and check the horse and take the necessary action,
There are a host of family open days throughout the year May 2nd, June 6th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th and October 3rd with Displays,  Talks, Dog Shows not forgetting refreshments and food.
A rare copy of the Superman Comic is sold in New York for $1million. It was a 1938 edition of Action Comics No1 which features Superman lifting a car on its cover and originally cost 10 cents.  A comic book dealer said "It's considered by most people as the most important book.  It kind of ushered in the age of the superheroes.  It's like a diamond or a precious stone."
Blue Square SouthBishop's Stortford 3 - 0 Bromley 
Weymouth 1 - 1 Braintree Town
League Positions (very close battle for 2nd - 5th places)






Newport County




Chelmsford City  




Staines Town  








Braintree Town 



Ryman League
There were 17 postponed games, including all seven Premier Division fixtures.
Division 1 North:-
VCD Athletic 4-3 Leyton
(GB v Sweden tonight at 2200)
Great Britain's men's curling team will face a play-off with Sweden for a place in the Winter Olympics semi-finals. They lost their final group match to Norway 9-5, the winner of the play-off will then meet the unbeaten Canadians.
But it was the end of the road for Britain's women's curling team. A six-five defeat to Canada has confirmed they're heading home.
Sarah Ainsworth
BRENTWOOD'S Winter Olympic hope Sarah Ainsworth missed out in qualification for the women's aerial skiing final on Saturday. Competing in the qualifiers at the Vancouver games Ainsworth, 24, finished second from bottom with a total score of 105.36. On her first run Ainsworth scored 52.44 and bettered that on her second run, scoring 52.92 with a more difficult routine, though she did lose balance a little on her landing. It was Ainsworth's first appearance at the Winter Olympics and comes four years after she switched from trampolining.You can see a full page article at the back of the Gazette as Sarah now targets the 2014 games after finishing 22nd
FRONT PAGE OF THE GAZETTE - Sinning Bishop has lost unfair dismassal case as he admitts affairs with women from his church!
Going for Green
THREE Billericay School pupils have designed winning posters as part of a campaign to make the town greener.
Year 9 pupil Stephan Garner, Katie Brewer, in Year 8, and Shanice Richardson in Year 10, designed posters to advertise the launch of the town council’s Greening Campaign which is set to encourage residents to lower their carbon emissions and water waste. 
Residents will be asked to take up one of ten challenges which could be turning off lights,switching to low energy bulbs, not leaving electrical equipment on standby, not leaving taps running when they brush their teeth, washing laundry at 30c, insulating their lofts and closing the curtains at night to cut down on heat loss

The Greening Campaign will be launched at a special public meeting on Tuesday, March 23, at 7.30pm at Emmanuel Church, in Laindon Road.

At the meeting, residents and community groups will be asked to pick a challenge and share how they got on at another public meeting to be arranged in June.
Vandalism caused disruption to commuters using C2C
COMMUTERS faced a cramped journey to work after vandalism caused some services to run with fewer carriages.  The 7.24am and 7.35am services from Shoebury to London Fenchurch Street ran with four and two fewer carriages respectively.  The 8.00am service from Fenchurch Street to Shoebury was also affected, running with four instead of eight carriages.
Fire Fire!
FIRE ripped through a top-floor flat in Ingatestone on Monday night.  Four fire crews were on hand to tackle the blaze at the property in The Limes, off the High Street, which was reported at 8.40pm.  The fire started accidentally in the kitchen. Initially two teams were sent to deal with the incident, but further assistance was requested at 9pm including an aerial ladder platform to assist in fire fighting operations .  A man and woman, described as in their early 30s escaped from the incident unhurt.  By 9.52pm, the flames were extinguished.
Brave Lady
LIVING side-by-side with the troops who are putting their lives on the line, Gazette editor Deanne Blaylock is gaining a first-hand insight into life at Camp Bastion.  It may have taken three very fraught days to arrive, but now she is seeing just what our heroic soldiers, airmen and women and personnel officers face during their tours' of duty in the war zone. Follow the news link and click on Afghanistan Diary to find out how our lads and ladies are coping.
V Festival 
In years gone by, locals could queue up at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford in person but such has been the overwhelming demand that a new system has been introduced so that Essex folk can get their tickets 24 hours before they go on sale nationally.  Chelmsford Borough Council has teamed up with the V Festival organisers and SEE Tickets to provide the new service so you can buy without having to queue or pre-register.

There are two easy ways to buy tickets from 9am on Thursday, March 4: either go to and follow the links or phone 0844 5790090.  You'll qualify for the service if you have an Essex postcode. Each customer will be able to buy up to four tickets.

The headline acts for this year's festival are due to be announced on Tuesday, March 2 – look out for details in go! or stay tuned to Phoenix FM and we'll give you the line up
Midweek Movies taken from the Box office MOJO:
1. Avatar assumes its position at the number one spot
2. The Princess and the Frog climbs from number 4 to number 2  - a gentle push from half term viewings
3. The Lovely Bones is a new release and the film centres on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family and the killer. She has to decide between getting her revenge and the desire for her family to heal.
4. No more Womance for Valentines Day as it falls to number from the top spot
5. Percy Jackson & the Olympians holds its position in the middle of the table
6. The Wolfman falls from number 3 to number 6 after 2 weeks on the screen
7. A new entry for Solomon Kane - A historical 17th Century good versus evil story that has evolved from a Weird Tales, An American Fantasy and horror fiction pulp magazine.
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks is hanging in their having gained a position after last weeks half term break.
9. Invictus falls two positions from number 7
10. And in the dropping zone Astro Boy is holding its position after a good week at the box office during half term.

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