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Bishop's Stortford Life Drawing

by David Plank from Bishop's Stortford Life Drawing

12th November 2013

Post Type: New Member Article
Bishop's Stortford Life Drawing

The history of life drawing is the history of art. The first recorded drawings - cave paintings - depicted man and his environment. The Greeks and Romans achieved perfection in the sculpted human form, Leonardo's and Michelangelo's figure drawings have been taking people's breath away since the Renaissance, and in an era when art could a shark in formaldehyde, the impulse to draw, paint and sculpt the body is as strong as ever. By taking part in life drawing you're engaging in the oldest, most enduring tradition in art. Be part of it at Bishop's Stortford Life Drawing, every Wednesday evening, 7pm - 9pm.

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FitSteps - Fitness That's Strictly Fun

by Vicky Wright from Shake & Shuffle

25th October 2013

Post Type: Newspaper Article
FitSteps - Fitness That's Strictly Fun

Bishop's Stortford and Dunmow saw the launch of brand new
dance fitness class FitSteps this Summer. A fitness class that combines your
favourite Ballroom & Latin steps into a fun workout. 

Combining the ‘Strictly’ dance steps with proven fitness techniques, FitSteps makes for a really fun, energetic and effective way to stay fit and keep trim that will appeal to everyone, even those who think they can’t dance. Already, Vicky has taught so many customers to Jive, Cha Cha and Waltz who had initially walked in thinking they had ‘2 left feet’!

A fantastic class that is brilliant for keeping healthy, losing weight, toning up & meeting new friends and that's just the start of it!

No dancing ability required...just a pair of trainers!

FitSteps is the creation of Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe, and Strictly competitor and Olympic swimmer Mark Foster. Ian
Waite and Natalie Lowe trained a small number of FitSteps Pioneer Instructors this
Summer and Vicky was lucky enough to be one of the first instructors qualified
to teach FitSteps. So, starting 3 classes per week just before the Summer holidays, she was overwhelmed with the number of participants coming through the doors for FitSteps - some once, some twice and some even three times per week! Needless to say, the schedule was updated with another 2 classes in place for September with a strict booking in system. Now, looking forward to January….there’ll be even more FitSteps classes available with Shake & Shuffle!

Go to to see when/where our classes are held. Booking is a must! 

So come on, give it ago..
You’ll have such fun, we bet!

Because with Shake & Shuffle..
We smile whilst we sweat!

MOT Centre

by Matthew Wright from Wright Cars

02nd October 2013

Post Type: Other
MOT Centre

Wright Cars are pleased to announce that we are now a VOSA approved MOT Centre. A car or light commercial van over 3 years old by law require an MOT. 
VOSA recommend that an MOT is charged at £54.85 but we charge a fantastic price of just £35. If a re test is needed we do not charge a fee for this and also if
needed we can collect the vehicle. 

To book an MOT please call 01279 850596

LED lighting - choose the correct one

by Steven Godfrey from Auditel

24th August 2013

Post Type: Education Item

Lighting consumes 19% of the world’s electricity, but traditional incandescent bulbs convert only 5% of this into light.  Consequently, in 2007 the EU announced a phased ban on their import or manufacture – 100w bulbs were banned in 2009, 60w in 2011 and so on.  More efficient versions (such as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LED bulbs) are now widespread, winning some prestigious converts – the Empire State Building is now LED lit and Tower Bridge has 2 km of flexible led lighting.  This has brought significant cost savings – the Dorchester Hotel saved £50k per year by installing LED lighting.  Savings come not only from energy efficiency – replacing bulbs in inaccessible locations can be vastly reduced due to the long service life of modern units.

However, CFL and LED lighting are not without problems – CFLs can emit high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation and the bulbs themselves contain mercury.  They are therefore regarded as hazardous waste and manufacturers and retailers have an obligation to provide suitable collection and disposal facilities, often subcontracted to specialists such as such as that Recolight.  In the case of domestic breakages, guidelines published by the UK government and  United States Environmental Protection Agency recommend that pets and humans should vacate the vicinity for 10 minutes and air-conditioning should be shut off until the debris is cleared (vacuum cleaners should not be used as they may spread mercury further afield).

A study by Dr. Celia Sánchez-Ramos, of Complutense University in Madrid drew attention to the damage which some LED bulb’s harsh blue-white light can do to human retinas, particularly to young people whose young eyes are not yet capable of filtering out shorter wavelengths.  Moreover, human eyes are designed to see using the light reflected off an object – many modern consumer items such as backlit televisions, games consoles or computer monitors require users to stare directly at a bright LED light source for long periods of time.

For most businesses, rising energy prices (and ECA incentives) will soon make re-lamping an attractive proposition.  Bespoke units to fit existing luminaires can make this a swift and efficient procedure, with breakeven horizons as little as 1 year.  However, LED lamps vary greatly in the quality of their manufacture and/or light output.  Lumens, colour temperature and (most important) light quality can all influence the efficiency and safety of a workforce, and independent external advice is recommended.

Summer shenanigans - packaging for sweet success

by Noel Greenwood from GWD

15th August 2013

Post Type: Education Item

We’re now well into August, and August brings with it the quintessential British seaside experience that we’ve all come to know and love.  Okay, so the weather so far in August is not quite at the same level as the heatwaves we experienced in July, but with only three weeks left before the kids go back to school, now’s the time to enjoy some sea and sand (and hopefully sun). 

One of the things that goes hand in hand with the seaside and the school holidays is someIMG_0299 good old-fashioned sweets.  If you haven’t strolled along the promenade clutching a bag of boiled sweets or headed into a local shop for some ‘pic-n-mix’ and a piece of rock, then there’s a good chance that your British citizenship could be revoked.  At GWD we’re pretty involved in the sweet industry, and in ensuring that all of those tasty treats are packaged as beautifully as possible.IMG_0301

However, even if you’re not headed to the coast, the summertime is still a great time to enjoy a few sweets.  The kids are off school, and if the weather’s a little bit more traditionally British, the cinema can be a great outing; and of course, there are plenty of sweet delights to keep the children fed and watered.

One particular sweet box that we tend to produce a lot of is a pouch box like the one pictured.  It’s a great way to package loose confectionery and is particularly good for fudge – another type of confectionery that is very much ubiquitous with the summer time.  The jelly bean is another type of confectionery that works well with the pouch box, and has become very popular in recent years, with myriads of flavours available; some good, some not so.

In terms of summer outings, one particular trip that is likely to captivate the children’s attention more than most others is an excursion to a safari park.  GWD make one particular type of box that fits in perfectly with the safari theme, which are these ‘jungle creature cartons’ pictured.  These fold-up cartons are a fun way in which to present sweets, and can make a nice little memento too.


One of the benefits to using a fold up box is that they are generally more flexible than rigid boxes, and as a result there is far greater scope for creativity when it comes to a folding carton.  No matter what motif or logo you want, or whether you want a box of sweets in the shape of a house, tent, car, bag or anything else you can think of, we have the expertise and ability to do it.

IMG_0300The hotel industry is one industry that we tend to supply a lot of sweet boxes for, so if you’re visiting a hotel during your holidays this year, there’s a good chance that you might come across one of our sweet and fudge boxes.  We often undertake work for confectionery companies who supply hotels, personalising pouch boxes and other folding cartons, with a variety of different finishes, including foil blocking.

Whatever you want a sweet box for, you can rest assured that GWD can produce a high quality carton that will ensure satisfaction.


Noel Greenwood is the Managing Director of GWD Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of presentation and promotional packaging.  You can reach him on (01279) 416093 or at the company’s website: