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Here’s cooking with... Justin Flodman

Justin Flodman from The Duke’s Head at Hatfield Broad Oak talks about cooking for a winner, his unique brand of ceiling decoration and how he wishes he could keep is cool when things turn white hot

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South Essex Wildlife Hospital

An emergency lifeline for Essex wildlife

Andrew Fallan shares his expertise in Essex wildlife with us, revealing top locations to find special species as well as the unusual animals you can discover in your own back garden. This month he looks at South Essex Wildlife Hospital.

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An instructor pauses to chat to pupils at the top of the Cartels peak in Soldeu

New horizons

Conrad Sutcliffe explores a ski destination which is a little off the piste map but great value for money. Here he explains the virtues of a skiing holiday in Andorra

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Boutique 65 offers a safe an friendly environment for their clients

Fitting Support

The consequences of dealing with the diagnoses of breast cancer are many and varied. Petra Hornsby talks to Michelle Grant Richardson of Boutique 65 about how she is helping women to receive the right support following surgery

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The Appetite Book Group

The Appetite Book Group

The Colchester-based book group assemble each month to discuss their latest read. Jo Coldwell tells us how you can get involved.

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St. Andrew's Greensted Church

Place of worship

On the fringes of Ongar is not where you might expect to find the world’s oldest wooden church, but Greensted Church has just such a claim 
to fame. Lilly Floyd went on a pilgrimage

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Epping Forest

Dick Turpin: 275 years on

This month marks 275 years since Dick Turpin’s reign of terror came to an end. Stephen Roberts investigates the legend of this Essex icon

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Rossi ice cream is a customer favourite

Members and customers of the East of England Co-op have voted in their thousands to nominate their county champions in the East of England Co-op’s Producer of the Year Awards 2014. More than 3,500 votes were cast online, by post and in-store in the annual awards which celebrate the quality and diversity of more than 130 growers and producers who contribute to the Co-op’s Sourced Locally range, bringing locally produced food and drink into co-op stores in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

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Have you ever built a dormouse box?

From April to October, staff and volunteers from Essex Wildlife Trust and Essex & Suffolk Water will meet once a month to survey for dormice in the woods surrounding Hanningfield Reservoir, near Billericay.

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Give a dog a home

The recent recession and a faster pace of life means more dogs than ever are being taken into shelters across the UK, but over the last 12 months Essex Life, with the help of the RSPCA Danaher Animal Home in Whetherfield, has profiled some of those animals in need of loving new owners. Here are just some of those tales that have enjoyed a happy ending with a new beginning

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Little tern at nest, wing stretching after incubating.

The brilliance of the Blackwater estuary

The Blackwater estuary is one of the county’s truly special places. It supports a whole host of amazing wildlife from the rare native oyster to the impressive hen harrier and it is a hub for people to flock to over the summer months, enjoying everything from crabbing on the beach to cream teas overlooking the estuary.

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Days out for less

With the days getting longer and the countryside burgeoning with fresh new life, spring is the perfect time to get out and about in the county and discover some great days out on your doorstep. As an added incentive, this year, once again, Visit Essex has teamed up with top attractions and restaurants across the county to compile a cheque book of discounts and special offers, so that you can get more from your day out for less.

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High Street Heroes in...Halstead

This historic market town with a variety of independent outlets has had some contemporary help through the 
Portas Pilot Scheme. Lilly Flloyd finds out more

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Old fashioned spotted dick and custard

Dean Light has been head chef at the Rose & Crown in Great Horkesley since October and is now looking to wake up the taste buds of diners. His new menu was launched at the end of last month and includes some of the dishes he’s learned during his 20 years of working in the kitchens of the Charlotte Street Hotel in London. Here Dean shares his recipe for a traditional pudding currently featured on the new menu.

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Preparation for life

She may have had an ambition to present Blue Peter, but now the director of St Mary’s Lower School in Colchester, Emma Stanhope, concentrates on preparing her young pupils to fulfil their dreams in the world of the future

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& bespoke designs

Located on the edge of Stansted Mountfitchet, Brooklands is a home of heritage and high specification with each of its four owners in its 150-year history adding something special. Pat Bramley reveals more

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Top interiors trends

Floor tiles are very versatile, as they offer a wide variety in patterns, themes and configurations to adapt to your home’s style, yet they are hygienic, easy to maintain and hard wearing. Jane Hilliard, director at Specialist Floors in Colchester, has been involved in the family business for more than 13 years. She believes floor tiles are very manageable compared to wood and carpet, as they enable you to keep your floor very clean and dust free. Jane explains: ‘If you have high traffic in your home, tiles are great for areas like the hallway, kitchen and bathroom. Vinyl tiles are an ideal solution as they are forgiving if you drop anything on the floor compared to real slate, which can easily chip and break.’ Jane adds: ‘Grey is very popular and on trend at the moment, and there is even a lot of grey wood effect tiles as well as shapes, ceramics and natural designs. Amtico, for example, offers a fantastic range of abstract effect flooring such as Signature and Spacia.’

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Exploring our county’s most stunning gardens

National Gardens Scheme county organiser Susan Copeland reveals some of the stunning gardens opening for the NGS charity this year, including a collection of incredible private gardens open to the public exclusively as part of the scheme plus five exciting new gardens opening for the very first time

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Tom Kerridge
Tom Kerridge in his two Michelin-starred pub, The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, Britain - 11 Nov 2013

Essex on the menu

You don’t get awarded two Michelin stars unless you know a thing or two about food and few people in Britain know their way around the kitchen quite like Tom Kerridge. Now he is on the search for more great producers and he is looking for Essex to help

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