Sitting at the gateway to East Anglia, Colchester in the county of Essex, is one of Britain’s foremost historic towns, the first capital of Roman Britain and ‘Britain’s Oldest Recorded Town’, as well as being home to some of England’s most fascinating and important heritage sites. With such a rich and vibrant history, it’s no surprise that hidden in the depths of the town’s past there is a wealth of intriguing facts and hidden treasures for you to discover.

The Colchester Castle Museum explains all of these facts hidden treasures and gives visitors a real sense of town’s historical significance (CO1 1TJ). The Castle was constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, later destroyed by Boudica, when Colchester (Camulodunum) was the first Roman capital of Britain.

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But if you’re looking for somewhere to entertain the kids, Colchester Zoo is home to 220 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes (CO3 0SL). The zoo opened in 1963 and celebrated its 50th anniversary on 2 June 2013. It is home to many rare and endangered species, including big cats, primates and birds as well as many invertebrates and fish species.

There are many pretty villages in the area too. Take a trip to Mersea Island which is the home to the Colchester native oyster or just walk across the island. The Island is in the Blackwater and Colne estuary. There are many planned walks, a number of them start from the Victoria Esplanade and you can find them on the Colchester Council website. There is a museum, restaurant and Cudmore Country Park. there is also a seasonal foot ferry connecting Brightlingsea, East Mersea and point Clear and Rib tours. The Island is split into two main areas and connected to the mainland by The Strood, a causeway which can flood at high tide.

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Colchester has military connection and has the UK’s only military prison, which is known as The Military Corrective Training Centre. Apparently the government insists it is not a jail but is a rehabilitation unit. It is also known as The Glasshouse.

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Colchester family law firms include John Fowlers Solicitors which was established in 1924. “Regardless of your situation, family law proceedings can be a complicated, confusing and worrying time; however, we can help to make the process as seamless as possible and have an excellent track record providing effective legal advice and expertise to help you reach your desired outcome”. They are located at Town Hall Chambers, St Runwald St, Colchester, CO1 1DS.

Alternatively, Ellisons Solicitors is a top 200 UK firm, and one of the region’s oldest, most established firms. They offer a comprehensive range of services to businesses and individuals across the UK and beyond, including their Colchester office located at Headgate Court, Head St, Colchester, CO1 1NP. They also have offices in Chelmsford, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Tendring (Clacton-on-Sea and Frinton-on-Sea) and London.

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Legal Comfort Solicitors are a firm of solicitors based in London, Colchester, Hadleigh and Braintree who have positive attitudes and are professionally experienced, who you can find at 1-2 High Street, Habendum House, Colchester, CO1 1DA “We will listen to your concerns and provide practical help so that you can understand your options and plan for the future.”

Armstrong Family Law are based at 340 The Crescent, Colchester CO4 9AD.

Kew Law have 8 offices with their Colchester office based at 55 North Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PX. They say “Kew Law LLP’s family and matrimonial department will give you thoughtful, professional and dedicated support and advice.”

Do you want to try and convince your ex to mediate?

While you may clearly see all the benefits of mediating your divorce or separation, if your Ex doesn’t want to mediate, you’re stuck!

I’m always amazed at the number of mediators who have face to face – or these days I guess, Zoom – meetings with one person when the other person hasn’t a clue that mediation is being considered.

Let’s assume that trust between you and your Ex is damaged resulting from the break-up. Then, put yourself in your Ex’s shoes – if s/he had found a mediator, met with that person, told them ‘all sorts of untruths’ about the past and then turned around and said to you: ‘I think this mediator is great, you need to meet them,’ you’d likely be suspicious. Anything that your Ex thinks is great is perhaps more than a little suspect.

Try to include your Ex in the discussion about the mediation option and in the search process for finding a properly qualified and experienced mediator. I will give you three tips to try and get your ex to enter into mediation. Read the rest of this very useful article by Gillian Krajewski of Krajewski Mediation

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