Natal Now Named Kinect, Games Revealed

Natal is no more. As rumored, the device has been renamed from its codename to Kinect, a clever way to state the camera allows you to connect and move with it. Kudos on the name.

At launch, you can expect a virtual pet game (Kinetctimals), Joyride will be Kinect equipped, Kinect Sports will follow in another system’s path, and MTV’s Dance Central.

This information was all revealed by a USA Today article that was published early, apparently by accident, and was then pulled. Baffling as it may be, Microsoft is not streaming its Kinect premiere event live. Instead, it will air Tuesday, June 15th at 3:30 PM EST on MTV. If this is such a big deal, why can’t we see it?

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Brentwood Gazette March 21, 2012 Billericay Jim Devlin, 01277 656937 Nutrition advice VISIT the Reading Rooms in the High Street on Tuesday, March 27, from 1.30 to 5.30pm for nutritional advice and healthy breakfast ideas on sale to help you lose weight. There will also be handmade jewellery on sale. call Keiko on 0777 6437505.

Jazz standards TIM Huskisson and Trio play jazz at the Belvedere tonight. With Tim on clarinet, John China on piano and vocals, Murray Salmon on double bass, Matt Skeaping on drums. A mixture of swing, mainstream and Dixieland standards including tunes associated with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Irving Fazola, Ed Hall and Peanuts Hucko. The Belvedere is in Hardings Elms Road; doors open at 7.30pm with live music from 8 to 10.30pm. Entrance Pounds 10 with free parking. Mark Stratford with Infusion play Wednesday, March 28.

Council finances THERE will be a town council meeting of the Finance and General Purposes Committee tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm in The Coach House, Crown Yard just off Billericay High Street opposite Iceland store. This meeting is open to the public. this web site healthy breakfast ideas

Annual meeting BASILDON and Billericay U3A will be holding their annual meeting on Friday at 2.30pm in Canon Roche Hall, Laindon Road (behind the Catholic church). New members always welcome. Local football BILLERICAY Town FC welcomes Lewes FC to New Lodge on Saturday.

This Ryman Premier League match kicks off at 3pm.

Teak furniture TEAK garden furniture will be on sale at the Reading Rooms in the High Street on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Free entry.

Church service THE Redeemed Church of God are holding their Abundant Life church service in the Reading Rooms on Sunday at 9am. For details call or text 0776 6402706. Local rambles GREENWAY Ramblers meet at 10am every Sunday and Tuesday to go on local walks. On Sunday meet at Sizewell Beach car park, Suffolk, (grid reference TM 474628, postcode IP16 4UD) for a 10.5 mile figure of eight walk with a pub stop. Half day option. Further details from Reg on 01268 472295. The Tuesday walk meets at Hylands Park car park, (grid reference TL 683048, postcode CM1 3RL) for a five mile walk. More details are available from Russ on 01268 767231.

Visually impaired? COME along to the PAVIS Drop In -an exercise class for people with impaired vision and a chance to share information over a cup of tea or coffee, on Tuesday, March 27 from 10am to noon in the Reading Rooms in the High Street. Further details call 01268 280932. Bonnet parade THIS year will see the revival of the Easter bonnet parade in Billericay High Street. A contest to find the best homemade Easter bonnets will be held on Easter Monday, April 9, at St Mary Magdalen Church, Billericay High Street. The event starts at 10am, with the first parade at 10.30am and, depending on the number of participants, the prizes should be awarded by noon. The parade is being organised as a More than Gold event by Churches Together in Billericay, with help from the Billericay Lions. If you are interested in taking part, either as a bonnet maker or supporter, please call Derek Prior on 01277 651824. It is full of tradition, free and will be great fun.

Blackmore & Stondon Massey Alan & Lillian Haward, 01277 822527 a l a n _ h a w a rd @t a l k t a l k. n e t The monster hunter STONDON Massey WI’s February meeting was cancelled due to snow so members were pleased to see each other at the March meeting.

Mr Simon Dinsdale’s talk was titled the Mystery of Loch Ness. The loch is part of the Caledonian Ship Canal, running from Fort Augustus to Inverness, and is 21 miles long, one mile wide and 800ft deep. It takes half an hour for the wake of a boat to reach the side from the middle of the loch. Five to six clans live alongside the water. The first sighting of ‘the Beastie’, as the monster is known in the area, was in 562 AD by St Columbia. S i m o n’s father was described as a ‘monster hunter’; he spent many hours and years camping and sitting with his camera ready to photograph the creature, taking a young Simon with him. As a child Simon was as fascinated as his father and continues to be today. Visitors are always welcome to attend meetings which are held on the second Thursday of the month at 2pm in Stondon Massey Village Hall.

Lunch club THE March Baptist Lunch Club is on Friday (please note that it’s not March 30) from 12.30 to 2pm in the church. Come and enjoy excellent home cooking and a thought for the day. To book call 01277 822412, leaving name and number. Donations are welcome. Sport Relief BLACKMORE Tennis Club will be taking part in Sport Relief on Friday from 4 to 7.30pm at the club courts in the village hall complex. All are welcome to come along for some fun tennis games, dodge ball, football skills and more. Refreshments available.

Entrance Pounds 5, children Pounds 3, family Pounds 10. All proceeds got to Sport Relief. For more details about Blackmore Tennis Club call the membership secretary Andy on 07971 308954.

Race night 1ST BLACKMORE Scout Group is holding a race night in Blackmore Village Hall on Friday. Doors open at 7.30pm, the first race will be at 7.45pm. Tickets are Pounds 7 and include supper, children go free. drinks will be available from the bar. For tickets call in to Blackmore Post Office or call John on 01277 822364. Note this is not a video race night and there will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation. Mobile library THE Harlow- based mobile library unit was affected by the severe weather conditions at the end of February and the schedule had to be abandoned. The vehicle is due to be repaired and overhauled on Saturday so will not run that day.

Quiz night FRIENDS of St Laurence Church, Blackmore, are holding a quiz night in the church on Saturday. Doors open at 7 for a prompt 7.30pm start. Tickets Pounds 7.50 on 01277 821654, includes a ploughm a n’s supper. Tables seat six to eight people.

Farmers’ market THE monthly Blackmore Farmers’ Market is from 10am to 1pm in and about the village hall complex.

Traditional produce, crafts and hot and cold refreshments will be on sale. Please support your local market.

Quiz evening THERE will be a quiz night on Thursday, March 29 in Blackmore Sports and Social Club at 8.30pm. Tables of six at Pounds 2.50 per person. Book a place with Paul on 01277 372463. Tickets limited please book early.

Church services CHURCH services this weekend on Passion Sunday are as follows: 9am, St Peter and St Paul; and 11am, Priory church of St Laurence, Holy Communion with the Rev Frances Drake.

Penny told the group many hair raising stories of twin, breech and normal births and about the 1960’s method of ‘g etting mothers started’ by giving them caster oil and enemas. Scans hadn’t been invented at that time. Although she did not consider herself to be religious she came to believe in the power of prayer and prayed to God several times during her career for the safety of mothers and babies she was helping. As Penny came from a service background she became a nursing sister and joined the Princess Mary Royal Air Force Nursing Service, completing her Air Force Training at Holton she was then posted to Lincolnshire. She amused the group with many stories of her time in the Air Force until she left to marry and have children of her own. Penny was Essex born and bred and worked at the surgery in Ongar. An interesting and enjoyable evening was had by all. The next meeting is tomorrow (Thursday) in St Margaret’s Hall, Doddinghurst Road, at 8pm, with speaker Mr Ian Kirby on the subject of The History and Future of the London Olympics.

Historic All Saints A SECOND talk on the history of All Saints Church takes place in the 800 year old church at 2pm on Sunday. Come and hear about the church and the people who worshipped there during the last century. Tea and the talk costs Pounds 4. Proceeds go towards the upkeep of this beautiful building. Jumble sale FRIENDS of Wallace Kennels are holding a jumble sale at Doddinghurst Village Hall, Church Lane, on Saturday from 10am to noon. With good clothes, bric-abrac, a nearly new rail, children’s games, toys and books. Refreshments available, admission 30p.

East & West Hor ndon Lorraine Ashton, 01277 810392 hor Parish meeting THE next meeting of West Horndon Parish Council is in the Christabella Wing of the Church of St Francis at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 29. As usual the first 30 minutes will be given over to questions from residents. Please come along if you want to know what is going on in your village. A copy of the agenda can be seen on the parish council notice boards.

Bowls club WEST Horndon Short Mat Bowls Club meets in the village hall every Monday and Tuesday afternoon between 2 and 4.30pm. It is a small friendly club so do come along, have a go and make new friends -everyone welcome. Horticultural stores DON’T spend a fortune on new gardening equipment, pop along to the Horticultural Society Stores and hire it instead. They have equipment to scarify lawns, lop trees and lots more. They also stock everything you need to tend your garden and plants, as well as green garden sacks and food waste caddy bags. The stores are open every Sunday and Saturday during April and May from 10am to noon.

Havering Don Hewson, 01277 219892 Rowing adventure THE Young at Heart Club (for 55s plus) will hear Mr Patrick Arnold give an entertaining talk about his journey in a rowing boat from London to Ostend on Tuesday, March 27, from 11am to noon at Harold Hill Library, Hilldene Avenue. Free entry. For information call 01708 434973. Hidden London IAN Porter will be talking about L o n d o n’s hidden historical past tomorrow (Thursday) from 7pm at Harold Wood Library, Arundel Road. Costs Pounds 3.50 to library members and Pounds 4 for non members. Book on 01708 434975.

Spring talk INGATESTONE and Fryerning Horticultural Society, spring talk is on Tuesday, March 27 at the Parish Room, Stock Lane, Ingatestone.

The talk will be given by Mr Ken Crowther of BBC Essex, with Right Plant, Right Place, at 7.45 for 8pm. Free admission for members, non-members Pounds 1.

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Book groups LOVE crime stories? Get together with other crime novel lovers to talk about your favourite books, authors and your latest great read over a cup of tea or coffee at Coffee and Crime, Ingatestone Library, 2.30pm on Monday, March 26. All the other book groups at the library are currently closed to newcomers, but if you are interested in joining or setting one up come in and have a chat with the library supervisor Sharon Stevens, call 01277 354284.

Spring show INGATESTONE and Fryerning Horticultural Society Spring Show is on March 31 at the Parish Room, Stock Lane, Ingatestone. The show will be open to the public at 11.30am, prize giving will be 12.45pm. Members free, non-members 50p.

Footpath walk INGATESTONE and Fryerning Parish Council is running a seven mile Footpath Walk on Easter Monday, April 9. Walkers leave Ingatestone Market Place at 9.45am. The route is as follows: Fryerning Lane, Beggar Hill, Maple Tree Lane, Parsons Spring, then heading back towards Mill Green via Metsons Lane, through Ellis Wood and coming out by Wells and Sheds Farm; from there it’s just a short walk uphill to the Viper pub for a refreshment stop. The group will then return to Ingatestone Market Place, by way of Mill Green Common and Hardings Farm at around 2pm. The terrain is quite easy going but may be muddy in places after rain. Walks are at your own risk and sorry, no pets, please. The walk leaders will be Barrie and Norman Crowder, call 01621 817340 or 01245 225488.

Ingrave & Her ongate Ken Wright, 01277 810455 Passionate about plants COOL, wet weather did not deter the indomitable ladies of Thorndon WI from attending their March meeting. With a lusty rendering of Jerusalem and thanks to Barbara Bourne for a superb flower arrangement of beautiful yellow roses, the meeting got under way. President Liz Hart gave the sad news of the death of member Shirley Tait. The group send their deepest sympathies to her husband and family. Items in the WI news included a coach trip to the Inns of Court on Monday, May 21. A worthwhile and interesting tripopen to non-members also, see the WI News for details. A proposed trip to Brighton (third time lucky) is on June 27, costs Pounds 12 for the coach fare only. You will need to bring along enough money for entry to the Pavilion and refreshments.

This will only go ahead with support from another WI, they have fulfilled their quota so watch this space. Speaker, Tim Carter from Longhouse Plants, told the group he was passionate about plants, and after he and his wife had transformed the church hall into something resembling a nursery, he gave suggestions on planting. Starting with Dogwood, he pointed out that with their long coloured stems they benefit from under planting with Heucheras, Euonymous or Bergenia to give base colour. Heucheras are also good for hanging baskets, but beware of the vine weevil.

Hellebores are not happy in soggy ground. The group were introduced to Ipheion, a sort of savoury and sweet plant, with leaves smelling of onion and star shaped flowers emitting a honey fragrance (once you get past the onion). Members asked advice on cuttings, propagation and when to prune camellias. It was an interesting and different meeting, and after Brenda Cunis had given the vote of thanks, the group became eager purchasers. The next meeting is the annual lunch at Joy Fook on April 4.

Kelvedon Hatch Jane Dobre Parish lunch ST NICHOLAS Church hosts a parish lunch on Sunday at 12.30pm in the Fane Hall, Church Road, following the morning church service. Bring your own drink and glass. Adults Pounds 5, children Pounds 2.50. Call Pat Salvage on 01277 373473.

Nail art FOX Hatch WI will next meet on March 27 at 8pm in the Fane Hall, Church Road. Karen Page will talk on a day in the life of a nail technician. All welcome. Tennis club WIMBLEDON is not too far away and with the onset of spring to entice us outside, now is the time to get out your racquets, brush off the cobwebs and come and play tennis. Membership forms for the new tennis season are now available from Ann on 01277 362720. The tennis club has various tournaments booked and are always looking for new faces to challenge existing members. They will once again be starting their popular mini tennis courses on April 17. This year they will be working towards the LTA Mini Tennis Rally Awards, which will help minis learn in stages and take part in exciting challenges with regular rewards. Lessons take place at various times after school on Tuesdays and are for primary school children.

If you have a ‘mini’ t h at would like to take part or you need more information please call Elaine on 01277 822823.

Mountnessing Rita Harries, 01277 352237 School jumble THE Friends of Mountnessing School are holding a jumble sale on Saturday, from 2 to 4pm in the hall. Donations of jumble can be left at the school in Roman Road on Friday between 3.30 and 5pm or on Saturday between 10am and noon. All welcome to come along, find a bargain and raise valuable funds to support the school. Sweetpea cultivation AT the March meeting of Mountnessing Garden Club, Alan Gillingwater gave an instructive talk on sweetpeas. Alan is a national judge and began by giving a short history of the sweetpea, followed by advice on how to plant their seeds in pots and transplant into the garden. He covered their care during the growing and flowering season, with tips on staking and layering, and how to raise blooms for both everyday displays and exhibition and show purposes. Alan concluded by showing slides of plants in his own garden, from small ones through to mature flowering plants of many colours. Bill Bossom will give a talk on Grandad’s Garden on Monday, April 2 at 8pm in Mountnessing Village Hall.

Bridge club MOUNTNESSING Bridge Club met on March 15 when 27 pairs competed in their weekly session.

The winners were Angela and Bill West. They are now inviting membership for the year starting on April 1. There will be no significant change to charges for 2012/3, so the weekly table money will remain at Pounds 2.50 for members, and Pounds 4 for visitors. The club meets on Thursday evenings at Mountnessing Village Hall at 7.25 for a prompt 7.30pm start. The next special event at the club will be on April 12, when they will be holding a heat of the national Green-Pointed Simultaneous Pairs; that will be followed a week later by their first Teams of Four night of the new season. All events at the club are open to both members and nonmembers, and new members are always welcome. For further details, visit the club’s website on www.mountnessingbridg ecl ub.

North Weald David Richardson, 01277 363272 07913 156616, Business advice THE third of the four monthly free advice sessions with HM Customs and Excise to help local businesses with their finances takes place tomorrow (Thursday) in committee room two in Epping Forest District Council’s Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, 10am to 12.45pm. The session, entitled Becoming an Employer -What you need to know, will focus on becoming an employer, employer responsibilities, online filing, National Insurance, PAYE tax principles, starters and leavers, and the P45 and P46 procedures.

To register call the HMRC Business Education and Support Team on 0845 6032691. Bridge night THEYDON Bois and District Friends of Cancer Research UK bridge night is on Friday at the village hall in Coppice Row from 7.30pm. Tickets are Pounds 10 and include a light supper and glass of wine. For tickets and more details call Sheila on 01992 573319.

New limits LOCAL residents may have noticed that many roads through the forest, including the A104 Epping New Road, have had their speed limits reduced from 60 to 40mph. Essex County Council hopes the new restrictions will encourage more people to visit the forest as well as make it safer for the many walkers, cyclists and horse riders. In the meantime, drivers need to be aware that they could receive speeding fines if they continue to drive at the old speeds.

Toddler fun EPPING Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey, holds a special free event for under fives, every third Tuesday of the month. Based around a particular theme, children and their carers learn a nursery rhyme, enjoy a story and make a craft piece. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 01992 716882. There are two sessions available, the first from 10 to 10.45am and the second from 11 to 11.45am. The theme on Tuesday, March 27 is ‘I had a little hobby horse’. Carers must stay with their toddler at all times. Fundraising thanks THERE are a number of people that the St Germain’s PCC would like to thank for their generous contributions towards the cost of repairing the church roof. These include Friends of Essex Churches Trust and Essex Environment Trust for their donation of Pounds 10,500; Epping Forest District Council for their grant of Pounds 1,000; and the local community who donated approximately Pounds 4,000. Fundraising will need to begin for repairs to the nave roof later in the year.

Ongar Jackie Lucas, 01277 364043 Boot sale MORETON C of E Primary school are holding a grand boot sale on Saturday, April 21. Pitches are Pounds 10 each and can be booked in advance. Sellers arrive from 8am, they will be open to the public from 9am, Food and drink will be served all morning. Floral folklore ONGAR and Shelley Ladies’ Thursday Group met in March to hear a talk on Flowers and Their Folklore. Pauline read a prayer and then introduced June Crisfield- Chapman who had trained at the Glasgow School of Art. She already has a couple of exhibitions showing around the country depicting her love of wood engravings of wild flowers. These are done on a flat wood surface by making gouges using small chisels and knives as the wood is moved around. The ink was similar to a gooey tar which subsequently made the detail on the prints. Every one is made by hand, some engravings with white against a black background and others black on white. She showed slides of many flowers, berries and wild flowers, including poppies and clematis, and each print had its own folklore story. Pauline thanked June for an interesting talk. Their next meeting will be in April at the Church Rooms. They have a full membership at present but if you would like to go on the waiting list, call Jan on 362800. On Tuesday, March 27, there are still spaces available for a trip to the British Schools Museum at Hitchin, including a tour and lesson. go to site healthy breakfast ideas

Time in Hitchin afterwards and stopping at Van Hagues on the return journey. If interested, please call Jan.

Aurora Ensemble THE Ongar Music Club February concert had a disappointingly small turnout, perhaps an evening of music featuring the trombone did not strike people as the most alluring. Matthew showed good balance in his choice of programme, for as well as showing off the trombone, he brought along two violinist friends who contributed to one item, and Jennifer Hughes, the pianist, played two solo items by Brahms. It was a varied and interesting evening, and Matthew commented on the unusual nature of playing solo, rather than sitting in the brass section, counting 73 bars rest and then playing three notes! All are welcome to the group’s next recital, given by the Aurora Ensemble on Friday at 8pm in the Ballroom at Budworth Hall. Apart from choirs at their Christmas concerts, the OMC never splash out for sextets at concerts. One of the members of the group is Joanna Smith, well-known to members, and their programme will conclude with the world premiere of a piece written by her partner, the group’s music advisor, Roderick Elms. It will be preceded with pieces by Mozart, the delightful Quintet for piano and winds, an arrangement for the group of some piano pieces by Debussy, and a trio by Mendelssohn.

The second half contains some Rossini, and they conclude with the premiere already mentioned.

The group hopes you will all come along to what is perhaps a more mainstream programme than February’s. The club had some spotlights, installed before the February concert. They give a pleasantly intimate light on the performance space without overaccenting it. It is not very often that the group reports good news from interactions with the Revenue (HMRC), but they are happy to report that a payment of over Pounds 1,300 was received from them this month. This was in reply to a reclaim of tax on Gift Aid on donations in the club’s financial years 2009-2011. Thanks to all those who have so generously supported the club with donations, and have taken the trouble to complete the Gift Aid forms. (They are not able to claim Gift Aid on memberships or ticket income, only on donations).

Annual lecture THE Ongar Millennium History Society’s Marion Slade Annual Memorial Lecture is on Friday, March 30, in High Ongar Village Hall at 7.45pm. Georgina Green will be talking about several generations of The Buxtons -An Old Essex Family. Tickets Pounds 6 from John on 01277 362461 or Jenny on 01277 362684. A cheese and wine buffet is included. Ample free car parking space available.

Shenfield Joy Harding, 01277 260316 rs.harding@btinter Puppy fundraiser FUNDRAISER and puppy walker for Guide Dogs, Brenda Weaver, offers a big thank you to the pupils, staff and parents of St Mary’s School in Shenfield who raised Pounds 897.21. This was raised by a non-uniform day, name a puppy and collections. The school held activities showing pupils what it would be like to cope with blindness.

Walk of Witness THE congregation of Hutton and Shenfield Union Church invite you to walk with them on Good Friday, April 7, leaving the church in Roundwood Avenue at 9.10am and arriving at the green outside Shenfield Library at 9.30am. There will be a short service before walking back to the church for hot cross buns and tea or coffee. Meet at the library if you prefer not to walk.

Rhone wines THERE has been a change to the Brentwood Wine Appreciation Society April 10 meeting at Shenfield Parish Hall. John Kernaghan of Jubilee Wines will give a presentation on Rhone Wines. If you are interested in finding out more about wines, do come along, you will be made most welcome. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 8pm in Shenfield Parish Hall, usually tasting four white wines and four red wines. If you would like to know more about the society call Malcolm Bigg on 01277 221594.

South Weald Ann Coe 01277 215394 07731 182526 Coffee and chat COME for coffee and chat in a relaxed atmosphere every other Thursday in the Belli Centre, St Pe t e r ‘s Church, from 9 to 11am.

Toast, pastries and other beverages are available for a small charge, with a play area for small children. The next Lika Latte takes place tomorrow (T hursday).

Warley Tony Haywood Biles 01277 218363 Methodists’ diary CLUBWED will be meeting in Brentwood Methodists church hall, Warley Hill, tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30pm. The minister, the Rev Wes Hampton, will be holding his surgery tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm in church, after which the Friendship Hour group meet at 2.30pm in the church hall for an afternoon of music with Dorothy. The Wesley Guild meets tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.45pm in the church hall. On Saturday it will be Church Away Day, when members will be joining Blackmore Baptist Church members for the day. On Friday, March 30 church members will be holding a Grand Book Sale in the church hall from 3 to 6.30pm.

Holiday activities THERE will be a full programme of Easter holiday activities for all the family in the county”s various country parks. Further details are available at activities Museum open days A FULL list of Brentwood Museum’s open days is now available.

It will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2.30 to 4.30pm and on Mondays from 10.30am to 12.30pm on the following: March 31 to April 2, May 5 to 7, June 2 to 4, July 7 to 9, August 4 to 6, September 1 to 3, October 6 to 8. The museum is situated in the former sexton’s cottage, Lorne Road, off Warley Hill. Each year there is a different theme. This year, coinciding with the Olympics, the curators have chosen a sports theme and have included hobbies and pastimes. There will be photographs of both cricket and football teams from the former Selo and Brentwood Mental Hospital. Old sports programmes and local drama group programmes are also included. There will also be a display to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Admission is free, car parking free on site. Wildlife visit MEMBERS of Brentwood and Billericay group of Essex Wildlife Trust will visit Two Tree Island to see wintering waders tomorrow (Thursday). Meet at 10am in the car park next to the slipway.

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