Colchester Institute is the largest provider of education and training in Essex and a key provider of higher education. Colchester Institute operates from campuses at Sheepen Road, Colchester, The College at Braintree, The College at Clacton located at Church Road, Clacton-on-Sea and Thomas Road, Clacton-on-Sea. The Learning Shop @ Dovercourt and The Learning Centre (Colchester) provide additional town centre locations for computer training and learndirect access.Whether you're contemplating a career in construction or music, art and design or sport, health and care or business and management, these areas and many more can be found detailed on the Colchester Institute website.
Brett Vale Golf Club at Raydon, Suffolk is situated in stunning Constable Country just across the border from Essex in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The idyllic 18 hole course extends to 5,864 yards and has a tranquil charm all of its own, inspirational to the golfer who has a love of the countryside as well as the game itself. Brett Vale is a soft spike only course. The course is playable all year round and boasts a comfortable golf club room with bar and restaurant as well as a function room, changing rooms and exten fitness suite. There is a well stocked Pro shop where a bargain can be had along with a friendly smile from Tony Norton.
Colchester United's proposed move to a new stadium has been an ongoing situation for some thirty or more years now, but as the 2005/6 season approaches, the U's - and the town of Colchester - stand closer than ever to fulfilling their dream of a new sports facility. Since the middle of 2004, there has been significant progress with regard to the plans at Cuckoo Farm. Much of this progress has come since October 2004. The current administration at Colchester Council has made big strides towards completion of the new community stadium and, at the time of writing, completion in time for the start of the 2007/8 season remains the target.
Newton Green Golf club was founded as a 9-hole common land course in 1907. It is one of the oldest golf clubs in Suffolk. The Common land area now holds 8 holes for the 18 hole course plus a spare hole we maintain for the villagers 9 hole rights, practise, and as an emergency hole when we undertake any large scale work on the course. These are challenging golf holes, where patience and tidy golf will reap rewards.The old area of the course is on 'The Green', which is managed by the Newton Green Trust on which we have a member to represent the club.
The club is a private members club, administered by a Committee of Management comprising the Captain, Vice-captain, Immediate Past Captain, Treasurer and eight full members.Club Secretary Manager is Helen Woodrow.Membership categories are seven-day, junior and social.Playing Membership is currently limited to 650 playing members and Junior Membership limited to 100. The course covers 110 acres and runs alongside the sea wall and inland to West Road.It is flat, part wooded and part open, and comprises five par 3s, nine par 4s and four par 5s.Total length from the competition tees is 6448 yards and the standard scratch score is 71.For Ladies it is 5526 yards (SSS72).Two practice putting greens and a chipping area together with two practice nets are located in front of the clubhouse.There is also an excellent practice ground of 10 acres.
Melford Hall is a romantic turreted brick Tudor mansion near the green in the unspoilt village of Long Melford. The Hyde-Parker family have lived in the house since 1786, Queen Elizabeth I was entertained here in 1578. The house has a traditional garden with fine trees and clipped box hedges. Seasonal interest in the garden includes daffodils in the spring, herbaceous borders in the summer and autumn colour. There is a display of items connected with Beatrix Potter who was related to the family and visited often. General Information:Walk in the historic park, Adapted WC at gatehouse. Dogs not allowed in house (except guide dogs).
The overall look of the ground has greatly improved, with the re-development of both ends in recent years . Both these ends, the Greene King (South) Stand and the North Stand, are similar in appearance and size, and dwarf the smaller older stands, located on each side of the ground. Unusually, both ends have a larger upper tier which overhangs slightly the smaller lower tier . Both have windshields to either side of the upper tier and they are completed , with some spectacular floodlights perched on their roof s . Both sides are much older stands and now look quite tired in comparison.
Situated only three miles north of Ipswich, Fynn Valley Golf Club is set in a picturesque undulating river valley. The golf facilities at Fynn Valley consist of:a Par 70, 6371 yard eighteen hole parkland course, Par 3 nine hole short course, 22 bay floodlit driving range (10 bays undercover), putting greens, practise bunker, two golf shops,and expert tuition from four qualified PGA Professionals. Green fee visitors and societies are welcome. Categories of membership are available for all standards of golfer. A progressive, friendly and informal club where members are nurtured and visitors encouraged.
The Channels Complex is set in 300 acres of beautiful mature Essex parkland. Founded in 1974 and starting life as a nine hole course on flat farm land. Over the years sand and gravel has been extracted from surrounding land, landscaped and restored to further golf holes. On 1st April, 1994 27 holes were complete and the Belsteads Course was opened. In years to come more holes will be added and eventually there will be two eighteen hole courses. Channels is our main eighteen hole course and mixes some of the old holes with some of the new. A magnificent course, boasting some of the finest greens in the county, superbly managed and kept in peak condition. Being mainly on restored land, it is quite unique to Essex with its numerous lakes and undulating fairways.
Established in 1968, Forrester Park is an 18-hole, par 71 course of 6,073 yards set in undulating parkland in the Essex countryside commanding some beautiful views across the River Blackwater. With accuracy more important than distance, judgement more important than strength and the amateur golfer more in mind than the professional golfer, it is a traditional 'club' course. There is a separate 10-acre practice ground, a well-known Professional - Gary Pike - and a clubhouse with full facilities for golfers.