Stortford mum Ally Parkes draws on emotional trauma of living with brain tumour for 10 years to write debut novel she hopes will inspire others facing life-changing challenges

Ally Parkes was 31 with a two-12 months-outdated and a new child when physicians learned she had a mind tumour she had been residing with for 10 decades.

The sixteen-hour operation to eliminate it has still left her deaf in a person ear and with partial facial palsy and equilibrium challenges. She had to study once more how to stroll, stand up and sit down, and trip a bicycle.

But the mom of two from Bishop’s Stortford, who will work as an NHS occupational therapist, has used her traumatic expertise to create a novel that she hopes will enable many others faced with lifestyle-changing problems.

Ally Parkes: “I haven’t created it to turn out to be a multi-million-pound-offering writer, it was just my therapy to get the stuff in my head out on to paper.”

No For a longer period Me, which was introduced on Amazon in both of

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American journalist Jody Dean on mission to solve wartime romantic mystery of why his Texan father James Dean kept 75-year-old Bishop’s Stortford photo of woman named Olive

A passionate secret from the 2nd Entire world War has a son attempting to hook up Bishop’s Stortford to an American soldier from the small Texas city of Tom Bean.

Jody Dean, who has used his 30-12 months occupation performing in Texan television and radio, is on a quest to find out what transpired to “Olive” and why his adoptive father, Staff members Sergeant James Edward Dean, experienced a photo of her.

Jody reported: “My adoptive father, James, died in 1987. When I was sorting out his house, a glance by his Army footlocker exposed a single photo and a small gold ring which resembled a wedding band. Above time the ring has disappeared, but the images that have been with the ring nevertheless keep on being.”

Olive (15195632)

The image has the mark of Ernest Williams, a Bishop’s Stortford photographer in the nineteen thirties and ’40s, and has the

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Windhill21 Primary School teacher and Bishop’s Stortford adventurer Jon Doolan edits The Biggest Book of… Yes

A Bishop’s Stortford adventurer has collated a new book celebrating fellow mavericks.

Jon Doolan, a teacher at Windhill21 Primary School, is the editor behind The Biggest Book of… Yes, which will be officially launched on August 1.

The Biggest Book of… Yes is the third anthology from The Yes Tribe

The 36-year-old father of one is a member of The Yes Tribe and wanted to showcase the extraordinary experiences of fellow fans of derring-do and create a new wave of writers whose stories can inspire others to say ‘yes’ to new opportunities.

The worldwide group to help people “redesign their lives better” was set up in 2015 by Dave Cornthwaite. In 2018, he joined Jon in Bishop’s Stortford for the launch of a typical challenge – using the River Stort for the start of a 1,000-mile waterbike relay.

The new book – the group’s third anthology – features 49

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Bishop’s Stortford Town Council sponsors free socially distanced sports sessions in Sworder’s Field

Socially distanced athletics together with rounders, tennis and ‘street golf’ will be on supply to kids and young men and women in Sworder’s Industry this summertime many thanks to a Bishop’s Stortford Town Council grant.

Users voted to give £560 to Roydon-based mostly Sporting Inspirations CIC to continue on the faculty holiday getaway programme it has made available in the park for more than 12 years.

The classes, with two experienced athletics coaches for young men and women aged 11 to 19, will run from 3pm to 5pm on 4 successive Tuesdays: July 28 and August 4, 11 and eighteen. The overall cost is £700 but £140 experienced previously been raised.

Basic Views, Bishops Stortford.Adventure Playground, Sworders Industry..Pic: Vikki Lince. (37704125)

In his grant software, John Manitara from Sporting Inspirations said: “A wide range of social distancing athletics activities and online games will be made available on-web page, this kind

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Retune founder and Bishop’s Stortford musician Tom Ryder on how keeping active is an important part of good mental and physical wellbeing

Tom Ryder talks all issues ‘Active’ in the 3rd element of his look at Retune’s SCALES process for fantastic mental and physical wellbeing

I’ve discovered somewhere new for the duration of lockdown. In spite of residing in my flat in Bishop’s Stortford for nearly two many years, I had never ventured into Birchanger Wood, which turns out to be a mere 5-minute walk absent.

And what a discovery. It is really peaceful, wonderfully managed by a woodland have faith in and, apart from quite a few polite dog walkers, is relatively visitors-no cost. After I arrived across it, I knew that my ‘excuses to not go running’ checklist was looking small. So I set off.

Tom Ryder on a walk in Birchanger Wood (37452467)

I’ve had a very strike-and-skip relationship with functioning over the many years. Completing the odd 10k remaining me with a experience of achievement, but no

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