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08:05

Leigh on Sea is one of the county’s top coastal spots and has recently been rated fourth out of the top 30 places to live in England by a team of property experts. Petra Hornsby reveals more about the town’s appeal

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Stage 35.

A 64-day cycle ride taking in the entire coast of Great Britain is coming your way - and anyone can get involved

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Abess Roding

The Rodings is a group of several villages south of Great Dunmow and this route takes you from the pretty village of White Roding to the quiet village of Abbess Roding and back again

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Stephanie Stow

Colchester-based contemporary painter Stephanie Stow exhibits across London and East Anglia, and this summer her work is hanging in Hayletts Gallery in Maldon. Caroline Foster reports

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunset at Southend with a view of  Adventure Island

The Countrywide Great Tour begins on 4 July 2015 and takes place over 64 days visiting various coastal locations across the UK. Cyclists will begin to arrive in Southend-on-Sea on the afternoon of 7 August (Day 35) after a ride along the coast from Ipswich, and leave on Day 36.

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Homes & Gardens

08:01

Little Easton Manor near Great Dunmow has seen many theatrical performances down the years, as well as numerous romantic wedding days, but at its heart it is still a family home, writes Pat Bramley

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07:48
Borders are packed with interesting plants

Naturalistic planting to attract wildlife is in abundance in Margot Grice’s garden at Boyton Cross near Chelmsford, as Philippa Pearson discovers

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Limehouse from Neptune

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home and whatever your budget, you can find a way to create your dream design. Sarah Hammill meets three local experts who can help create the space you’re hoping for

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Clover Hill in Summer

RHS Garden Hyde Hall near Chelmsford has a new curator as well as some bold new projects to champion the garden’s horticulture offering. Philippa Pearson paid a visit to find out more

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
EXG JUL 15 TTK

Gwyneth Sommerlad and her husband, Brian, bought the The Old Vicarage in Writtle in 1988, when it was in quite a state. Within 11 months it had seen a dramatic transformation and become a rejuvenated family home. Pat Bramley tells more of the story

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Style

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In November 2015, Nicki Rodriguez-Holmes and Ian Marshall (owner of Spargo hair salon in Brentwood), are opening the world’s first SEN hair and nail cutting salon for children and adults with physical disabilities, developmental disorders and learning difficulties. It will be called SpargoLand and will be a place where people can have their hair and nails cut as well as being offered a support service within an environment safe and appropriate for them. SpargoLand will incorporate a sensory waiting area and specialist independent booths for hair cutting as well as an area for holistic massage.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
EXG MAY 15 HEALTH

Mr Garrick Georgeu from the Springfield Hospital Cosmetic Clinic team in Chelmsford, shares his expertise on 
the subject of cosmetic breast surgery

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
EXG MAY 15 BEAUTY WITH SUE

MANY women like the idea of tighter, firmer skin on their face, but few like the idea of surgery. The thread lift is an alternative to surgery which is much more efficient than other non invasive treatments on the market. It can be done in less than an hour and, if you really wanted, you can go straight back to work after the treatment, although it is advisable not to talk for a little while and not to exercise for a week.

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Men's Health

Taking the time and the care to look after our own health is something that can be easily forgotten in the rush of a busy lifestyle, but maybe now is the time to make it a number 1 priority

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Friday, February 13, 2015
Why not enjoy a relaxing spa day ahead of your big day?

One Skin in Riverdell Village in Maldon is a beautiful spa and the perfect place to make final preparations before the big day.

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Food & Drink

09:07

PETE Thompson heads this third-generation family business which was originally founded at Brook Farm in northeast Essex in 1948 by his grandfather, George Thompson. It’s a little too early to say if there will be a fourth generation, Pete explains: ‘My children at the moment want to grow up to be Transformers but they do enjoy our fruit.’

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08:11
Senor Kose from Intimo Fresco

Intimo Fresco’s head chef, Sener Kose, is originally from Kismet in Turkey. Here he shares his tendency to boil over but how he can keep his cool under pressure, even when asked to wash up

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Time for Tea

Essex Air Ambulance is calling on the tea and cake-loving folk of Essex to hold their very own fundraising tea party in aid of their local air ambulance.

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunset at Southend with a view of  Adventure Island

The Countrywide Great Tour begins on 4 July 2015 and takes place over 64 days visiting various coastal locations across the UK. Cyclists will begin to arrive in Southend-on-Sea on the afternoon of 7 August (Day 35) after a ride along the coast from Ipswich, and leave on Day 36.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Hudson & Hudson in Colchester

Are you ready to read about what is perhaps Colchester’s best-kept secret?

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People

08:09

Maldon’s Laura Renwick is Great Britain’s leading female show jumper, coming back into the sport after some time out as an air stewardess. Mica Bale finds out what it is about Essex that keeps her grounded in the county

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Oliver Brown

Oliver Brown is the general manager of Wivenhoe House in Colchester. Here he picks five of his favourite things about Essex

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Katharine Mansfield

When Katharine Mansfield makes her debut as headteacher of Woodlands School in Great Warley in September, she will bring with her an understanding of the workings of the human mind — as well as inside knowledge of Strictly Come Dancing!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
EXG JUL 15 Home Truths

Planning expert John McLarty looks at how to win planning permission for residential or commercial developments

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Monday, June 8, 2015
EXG JUL 15 ERO

Engineer, innovator and famous son of Chelmsford, Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton left a lasting legacy on the city and his chosen profession. Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office looks back at his life of achievement

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