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MOVE OUT a new programme which has been developed by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, gives people the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with nothing but nostalgic fun and games!

 When was the last time you did the egg and spoon race or played rounders? Always wanted to try Tai Chi or have a go at walking football but didn’t know where to go? Join MoveOut! and have a go next week.

 This eagerly anticipated programme is led by Southend’s Public Health and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Sports and Leisure team. The fun and informal sessions will be delivered in Priory Park by experienced instructors. Sessions start at just £5 for 6 weeks – that’s less than £1 per session, including all equipment!

 Cllr Lesley Salter, cabinet member for Healthy Communities and Wellbeing, says: “We have been looking forward to the launch of Move Out!, and are excited to invite those living or working around the borough, to head to Priory Park either for the lunchtime or early evening sessions. This is all about having the most fun possible, trying new activities and reminiscing over those old games we played as children. You don’t have to be well-versed in the rules of the games, you don’t have to be a gym-bunny, and you don’t have to have specialist kit to attend. These sessions are open to all working-age adults, regardless of fitness level or ability. Come on your own, or come with friends.

“Please do let us know what you think of the sessions – we hope they can become an integral part of enjoying the outdoors in Southend, and if they prove to be popular we would like to roll them out to all our parks in Southend.”

 Activities in July include: Egg and Spoon Race, Tug-o-War, Hula Hooping, Parkour, Health Walks, Thai Chi, Tone and Fit, Rounders, Bootcamp, Nordic Walking, Skipfit, Dodgeball, Tennis Games, Lawn Bowls, Chi Gung, Outdoor Yoga and more.

  The free launch event is on 4th July 6-8pm – come along and join us in Priory Park!


To book your place, or for more information, contact Angela Squires on 01702 534456 or at


The launch event on 4th July is free. Sessions are bookable in 6 week blocks for a discounted price. Alternatively participants can pay as they go if they prefer.

Places may be limited for some activities. For payment details, to book places for sessions or for further information contact, Angela Squires on 01702 534456 or email:

MoveOut! billed as the      MOST fun you can have                     after work in Southend!




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Nurseries, preschools, childminders and school nursery classes across the borough are offering free places for three and four year olds, as part of the Government’s initiative to improve financial support for working parents.

 To qualify for up to 30 hours’ free childcare per week, parents must be working at least 16 hours, and the children must be aged three or four. It’s easy to apply – parents can go to the Childcare Choices website and follow the instructions to apply for a code, which they will need to give to their childcare provider.

 Cllr Helen Boyd, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “The take-up of these places has been strong so far in Southend-on-Sea. That said, there are still September places available in many childcare settings, for those children who apply prior to the end of August. To start in September with up to 30 free hours per week, your child must have turned three before 31st August 2018, and you must have completed the application process by then too.

 “Juggling work and childcare is no easy feat for parents, but we hope that the 30 hours initiative can support those parents who are continuing their work, or getting back in to work, so their family finances are easier to manage.”

Working parents are urged to make sure they don’t run out of time to apply for a 30 hours code for September – parents can check whether they are eligible at


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Southend’s mayor  hoisted the rainbow flag at Southend Civic Centre on Friday to mark the return of Southend Pride this weekend after a 15-year absence.

  The Worshipful The Mayor of Southend, Cllr Derek Jarvis,  led a flag-raising ceremony , a day ahead of a week of celebrations of LQBT culture in the town. All are welcome to attend.

  Southend Pride is finally making a return thanks to the hard work of volunteers on its planning committee, who have pooled their talents to raise funds and organise a varied week-long programme of events, including comedy, poetry, film, drag acts and social gatherings.

  Festivities will commence with an opening party at 8pm on Saturday 14 July at The Railway Hotel and continue until Saturday 21 July, when Southend Pride Parade will march from Royal Square to arrive at Warrior Square for an afternoon of music, food and entertainment. The Festival will close with an after party at The Cliff pub on Hamlet Road from 5pm.

 The Worshipful The Mayor of Southend, Cllr Derek Jarvis, said: “Even today, when LGBT people in the UK have greater rights and social acceptance than ever before, we must recognise that there are still people within the community who are persecuted, mocked and attacked simply for their sexual orientation or their gender identity.

 “Neither should we forget that gay relationships are still criminalised in over 70 countries and punishable by death in ten of those.

  “Southend Pride is an act of solidarity with LGBT people in our town and across the world and I am delighted to see its return in Southend.”

 Dan Turpin, Southend Pride Chair, said: “We would like to record our thanks to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and all the residents in Southend for showing support and enthusiasm for Pride in Southend.

 “We have a great, positive and diverse community in Southend and Pride is about celebrating it and showing inclusivity and positivity, no matter what your sexuality or gender identity.”

 For a full list of events - all of which are completely free – see the official Pride Week in Southend-on-Sea Facebook page.

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Value of UK publishing industry increases 5% to £5.7bn

The UK publishing industry had a record-breaking year in 2017, with income up 5% to £5.7bn, according to new figures released today by the Publishers Association.

 The industry is already the number one exporter of books in the world and export income rose a further 8% to £3.4bn in 2017, accounting for 60% of total revenues.

 Other highlights from the PA Publishing Yearbook 2017 include:

 Total book sales income (Physical and digital books) is up 4% to £3.7bn

Total digital sales income (Digital books and journals) is up 3% to £1.8bn

Total physical book sales income is up 5% to £3.1bn  

Total journal sales income is up 5% to £1.6bn

Total journal export income is up 5% to £1.4bn

Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association said:

 “These figures reveal another stellar performance from the UK publishing industry. From blockbuster novels to the textbooks and research papers which shape our thinking, today’s statistics prove that society’s love of books in all forms shows no sign of waning.

 “Publishers are catering to modern consumers who are reading books in different formats across different platforms, but still showing a very significant attachment to the printed word, as we continue to see the resilience and popularity of print across publishing sectors.

 “Export income has increased significantly and this increase is testament to the high regard UK publishers, authors and their work are held in around the world – and the continued appetite of readers for them.”

Value of UK publishing industry increases 5% to £5.7bn