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EXG NOV 14 ART PAGE

Shaping the Future

Sculpt Gallery near Great Braxted is shining a spotlight on talented, emerging Essex artists. Caroline Foster learns more of the gallery’s latest exhibitions

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EXG NOV 14 SCHOOL PROFILE

School Report: Safe, happy and supportive

Colchester High School aims to create a safe, happy and supportive environment in which each individual feels valued and respected and is able to develop into a confident, disciplined and enquiring learner

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EXG NOV 14 BOOKS

Book Club

Jane Lambert takes us on a tour of literary Essex with a look at the latest works by the county’s authors

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EXG NOV 14 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Christmas all wrapped up

COLCHESTER may be one of Britain’s oldest towns, but it celebrates the Christmas season with fresh festive flair each year. To begin the festivities, residents and visitors can make a trip to the town centre on Sunday, November 30 at 4.30pm, to see Colchester’s beautiful snowflake Christmas lights being switched on.

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EXG NOV 14 DOVERCOURT

Dovercourt delights

Dovercourt has certainly welcomed more than its fair share of holidaymakers over the years, but Petra Hornsby discovers that this small town, along with nearby Harwich, still offers plenty to visitors

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Morrocan lamb

Morrocan Lamb

Husband and wife team, Malcolm and Kim Knox, own French’s Farm Shop. The completely organic 165-acre farm was formed in 1984, using no herbicides or pesticides and the herd is fed organic feed with no growth promoters or hormones added. Malcolm explains: ‘I started in 1984 originally to feed my family quality meat. Once it got busier I gave up my business as a jeweller and it has been life-changing for us all.’ Here Malcolm shares his recipe for a rustic and wholesome lamb dish

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Five minutes with Jonathan Antoine

Holly Eells talks to Essex boy and singing star Jonathan Antoine about his solo album and his special guest performance in the Last Night of the Autumn Proms at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

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EXG NOV 14 WALK

Trundling around Thaxted

This four-mile walk takes us through lovely open landscape with wonderful countryside views around the ancient town of Thaxted

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EXG NOV 14 ERO

Essex History: Samuel Courtauld, 1793-1881

Victorian industrialist Samuel Courtauld left a lasting legacy within the county. Here Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office traces some of his history

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EXG NOV 14 WINTER BREAKS

Beat the winter blues

With so many beautiful places to visit across Essex and on its doorstep, why not take the chance to escape to a dream destination this winter

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EXG NOV !$ MOTORING

Back to the Future

It’s lean, mean and very green — BMW’s i8 is the supercar of the future, says motoring editor Andy Russell

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EXG NOV 14 CHELMSFORD

City living

Chelmsford’s profile has been raised since becoming England’s newest city in 2012, but with privilege, comes responsibility. Petra Hornsby learns how the city has risen rather well to the challenge

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Rice and Spice

Tilda launches rice Rice & Spice Pairing Guide

Rainham-based rice specialists, Tilda, is releasing the first ever Rice & Spice Pairing Guide in partnership with spice expert and MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker. Launching this October to celebrate Diwali, the guide has been designed to help people understand the complex characteristics of rice and discover the perfect mealtime pairings.

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Canine Partners

Puppy Parents wanted by Canine Partners

Read on to find out how you can become a Puppy Parent

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Down But Not Out by Jack Lacy

Review: Down But Not Out by Jack Lacy

Jack Lacy was born in Buckhurst Hill. Down But Not Out is his debut book

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Ham Hock Hash

Ham hock hash served with a poached quail egg and salad

Lauren Gregg has worked with Café 1885 for almost two years. There is a constant stream of visitors as Snape Maltings is a natural draw for tourists, concert goers and shoppers. “It’s always busy. All of our dishes need to be served within a 15-minute window as we cater for coach parties and people attending the concerts, so timing is everything.’ Here Lauren shares one of her most popular dishes.

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EXG OCT 14 Brentwood

The world’s a stage in... Brentwood

Brentwood, formerly known as Burnt Wood, began as a small Saxon settlement cleared by fire in dense forest. Since then, it has seen a peasants’ revolt and a martyr burnt at the stake and more recently the arrival of camera crews. Petra Hornsby takes a look at the Brentwood of today

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Thorpe Bay,Essex

Barry Kirk’s Essex Insight

Barry Kirk shines a light on Southend both past and present

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Wake up to organic food!

Wake up to organic food!

Sybilla Hart is a freelance writer and mother of three, soon to be four. She recently moved to North Essex from Fulham and writes a monthly column for Essex Life. This month she talks organic food

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