Five Essex Things
Sarah Day and Nick Cheshire from The Ark Centre in Chelmsford pick their five favourite things about Essex
Sarah Day and Nick Cheshire from The Ark Centre in Chelmsford pick their favourite things
FAVOURITE ESSEX RESTAURANT
Sarah: Having two children with autism can make getting out for dinner tough. That’s why it’s great to have the Blue Strawberry just minutes from our front door. We love the setting and the fish of the day is always delicious.
Nick: It has to be a tea room for me. The one tea room all my routes include wherever possible is the Owls Hill Tea Room in Terling. Everyone is so friendly that I’ve made it either the starting point or end (sometimes both), for all my rides around Essex.
FAVOURITE ESSEX WALK Nick:
Boris has made every walk a bit special for us and every time we get out of the house it’s an adventure. Noah and Isabella absolutely love him, so being out as a family, even on a rainy day, is great fun.
Sarah: Walking around Maldon Promenade Park is always enjoyable as there’s something for everyone there, including the splash park for the kids. On a summer’s day, walking along the estuary looking at the boats is such a pleasure.
FAVOURITE ESSEX INSPIRATION
Sarah: Nick and I are truly privileged to work with some wonderful children and parents who are our daily inspiration. They work so hard on a daily basis to achieve the smallest step forward — things most children naturally learn incidentally such as talking, playing and social skills. They keep us pushing on so we can help reach more children and their families across Essex. These positive daily changes and the happiness it brings each family we support can’t help but motivate us and our wonderful team.
FAVOURITE ESSEX ACTIVITY
Nick: As an avid cyclist, I spend as many opportunities as possible exploring the county on my bike. I plan our routes riding from tea shop to tea shop, so there’s always a cake waiting for you on arrival. In fact, I recently rode 300-miles from Paris to Chelmsford with 28 other riders in aid of The Ark Centre. Thanks to our sponsors, TJ Evers and Mitsubishi Electric, we raised more than £58,000 and on the final leg of our journey the Blackmore Tea Rooms treated us all to a very welcome free lunch, which was incredibly kind of them.
FAVOURITE ESSEX EVENT
Sarah: Competing in the 2017 Maldon Mud Race was so much fun, it had been on my bucket list since childhood. Any excuse to get out and get muddy, enjoy time with friends while raising funds for a good cause gets a thumbs up.
Nick: We loved the Rize Festival this year, which replaced the V Festival of old. It reminded us of how the V Festival was before it got so big. It’s back to being a smaller event which is about the music, the food and the fun. We have gone to V since it started (that ages us), and now Rize is definitely going to be an annual event for us.