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Pantomime season is here again… Oh yes it is! Anna Jackman rounds up the festive shows to see around the county.

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The festive season is a special time for all the family, and that includes your pets. Deborah Satchell, the animal home manager at the RSPCA Danaher Animal Home in Wethersfield, shares some top tips to make sure everyone enjoys their Christmas

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Tue, 12:47
Great Dunmow

Great Dunmow is known for its architectural charms and stunning countryside, but it also boasts one or two quite unique features. 
Petra Hornsby uncovers more of what makes Dunmow great!

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Tue, 12:38

At the heart of the clash of cultures where East meets West, Istanbul is a city of exotic tastes and exciting surprises. Rebecca Underwood shares more of its stunning appeal

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
'Christmas Lights' © WGCPhotography /GettyImages

See the county at its most dazzling when Essex switches on its Christmas lights. We have handpicked seven Christmas light switch ons across Essex, to give you the perfect excuse to get outdoors.

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Homes & Gardens

Tue, 12:30

There wasn’t much about The Stour Coach House in Dedham to commend it when Richard and Ruth Abel bought it in 2010, but their passion for transforming old buildings has resulted in quite a transformation. Words by Pat Bramley

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Apartment block in Romford

Steven Bond, managing director of residential lettings at Beresfords, shares his views on buying to let

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Pasque flower wood engraving

Billericay artist, lecturer and writer June Crisfield Chapman specialises in wood engravings, creating stunning botanical prints. Philippa Pearson finds out more about how the gardens close to her home have been her inspiration

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Monday, October 19, 2015
Manor Cottage, Little Bardfield

Manor Cottage at Little Bardfield has seen many political movements as well as changes to the fabric of its own building down the years. Pat Bramley shares the full story of this charming home

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Flooring solutions

Choosing the right flooring for your home to suit your space and the durability you require can be challenging. Sarah Hammill meets three local experts who can help guide you to making the perfect decision

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

As England becomes the final country in the UK to pay for plastic bags, we select our pick of the canvas shopper options worth toting

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Essex Life asks Blackmore-based business, Trinity Independent Living, about a new shower pod it has just launched to help those who need to, to re-discover the pleasure of bathing

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Food & Drink

Tue, 15:35

As the days get shorter and colder, we all need a little sanctuary to unwind in, so why not choose a cosy pub in the Essex countryside? We have selected 10 of the finest for you.

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Tue, 12:35
South Weald steak in Stilton

Try this fabulous winter warmer dish of South Weald steak in Stilton

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Friday, November 20, 2015
10 of the best champagnes and sparkling wines for Christmas

It’s hard to deny a glass of champagne over the festive period - but which sparkling wines are worth the splurge and which should you avoid?

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Monday, November 16, 2015
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When the weather is cold and miserable outside we often turn to comfort food to keep us warm and get us through the winter. Here are 10 recipes from the award-winning butchers Broad Oak Farm in Bishop’s Stortford ADVERTISING FEATURE

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Monday, November 16, 2015
Sarah and Duncan

Stephanie Mackentyre meets the mother and son team behind McLaren’s Pure & Natural in Chelmsford and their famous Christmas puddings

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Tue, 12:42

A prolific artist, specialising in watercolour and capturing some of the county’s most beautiful scenes, Alfred Bennett-Bamford left a lasting legacy for the county. Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office tells his story

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Monday, November 16, 2015
Paul Taylor

As headmaster of Framlingham College, former cricketer Paul Taylor is committed to hitting the ‘league table culture’ for six, writes Nicky Adams

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Maggie Smith

Dame Maggie Smith’s triumphant career spans six decades and multiple genres, and with two Academy Awards under her belt, the Ilford-born actress has worked hard for her successful career. Camilla Davies speaks to the national treasure about her own story

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Scott Whitehead

Scott Whitehead is a business coach with Pro-actions as well as the founder and managing director of digital media agency, Zest City. For more than 15 years, Scott has been coaching and training clients across Essex in how to use digital media to improve their efficiency and he enjoys seeing the diversity of our county. He lives with his wife and daughter in Braintree.

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Monday, October 5, 2015
Mary Berry and fellow Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood. (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)

Millions tune in to see the Queen of Baking share her culinary wisdom each week on The Great British Bake Off – but how much do you really know about judge and food writer Mary Berry?

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