Sponsor me to jump off Jumbo

Ben in front of Jumbo

Here’s hoping that a) the jump is a success and b) Jumbo soon becomes a ‘restaurant in the sky’

I’m chucking myself off  Jumbo, Colchester’s Victorian water tower, in aid of mental health charity MIND.

Thrill-seekers will see me on top of this colossus (‘Jumbo’), attached to a abseiling rope, on Saturday 28 September 2013. I’ll let you know the exact time as soon as I do.

I’ve abseiled only once before. Down a very small rock face in the Lake District.

I got to the bottom to find everyone else had packed up and gone to the pub, leaving me behind. Fortunately I had a copy of the Daily Telegraph to keep me amused until someone realised.

So if you can make it along to point and wave, you’d be most welcome.

And better still, if you can spare a few quid for MIND, please sponsor me.

Sponsor me!


Car Arson in the Hythe

I arrived at my office in Colchester’s Hawkins Road this morning to find a burnt-out car outside.

I called the police, and it was reported last night. Two people were seen running away from the scene.

If you have any information, call Essex Police on 101. Gallery of pictures below.

  • Car arson in the Hythe 1

    Car arson in the Hythe

  • Car arson in the Hythe 2

    Car arson in the Hythe

  • Car arson in the Hythe 3

    Car arson in the Hythe

  • Car arson in the Hythe 4

    Car arson in the Hythe

  • Car arson in the Hythe 5

    Car arson in the Hythe

Staring out Cllr Manning as Cabinet refers #antisocialmedia proposals to full Council

Councillors will vote on meeting tweetingMore coverage in The Gazette at which @dariusglaws, @jon_manning and others talked a lot of sense.

I spoke too, and also drew 1-1 with Cllr Manning in a staring-each-other-out competition. Next time victory will be mine Manning…

Cabinet has referred the proposals to reserve the power to ban recordings, and to silence councillors’ tweets, to full council on 20th March.

I’m going to be rolling up with a copy of the petition. Please sign it if you haven’t already.

Sign the petition