Five Es­sex Things

Sarah Day and Nick Cheshire from The Ark Cen­tre in Chelms­ford pick their five favourite things about Es­sex

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Sarah Day and Nick Cheshire from The Ark Cen­tre in Chelms­ford pick their favourite things


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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