This is just a brief notice about hospital visiting. It’s become obvious over the past couple of years that stays in hospital are becoming shorter; many are now either day or overnight cases. This makes visiting difficult, and in many cases, impossible and  I have come to the conclusion that for most cases, visiting will shift from hospital to home.  So I’m suggesting that if you’re going into hospital or have already been discharged and
It is with enormous sadness that the Committee of Colchester and District Jewish Community announce the sudden death of our beloved and respected Chairman, Roy Fox. Under these sad circumstances we consider it would be inappropriate to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Colchester Synagogue at the present time. We have with regret decided to postpone the event to a date to be announced. We thank you for your understanding and support at this very
A number of local volunteer organisations could really use help. Here are some examples of organisations that I know something about; you may think of others. Fresh Beginnings Migrant and Relief Centre – www.freshbeginnings.org. Among other things it offers advice and support on living in a new country, runs English classes, IT classes and maths classes for children. Citizens Colchester (part of Citizens UK) – citizensuk.org is a broad-based alliance of local organisations fighting together for social justice and the
Please allow me to introduce the Local Community Action Panel (LCAPs) meetings to you. These meetings take place in each zone in Colchester at least three times each year. It is a panel to which residents as well as the Police, Safer Colchester officers and Councillors are invited to; so that the community get together face to face to discuss issues which affect the community. Local Community Action Panels work with the Community to address crime, anti-social
PROGRESS REPORT The aim of our research is to find genes that predispose to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (collectively, inflammatory bowel disease or IBD) in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, in whom these diseases are four-fold more common. We hope that by identifying such genes we will better understand the underlying cause of IBD, an important step towards improved diagnosis and treatment. Research to date has found over 200 genetic variants associated with IBD. However,