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Yesterday, 17:17

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
Experiencing nature

When you were a child and you had free time, what did you spend it doing? Did you climb trees, build dens or make daisy chains and petal perfume? Most people are lucky enough to have fantastic memories of playing outside, in and with nature, but sadly this is not the case for so many children today.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
EXG JUL 15 Clacton

Billy Butlin played a pivotal role in shaping the British institution that is the summer holiday camp. Petra Hornsby explains why Clacton on Sea figured in Mr Butlin’s plans and how the town remains a top attraction today

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
EXG JUL 15 SOUTHEND ART

Southend is home to some rather unusual art thanks to chainsaw artist Ben Louughrill, as Simon Murdoch discovered when he went on this woodland walk with a difference

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
EXG JUL 15 EPPING

With a thriving weekly market, a busy high street and impressive historic buildings, Epping is a much-loved Essex escape at the end of the Central Line. Petra Hornsby takes a closer look at the town’s appeal

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Homes & Gardens

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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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Monday, June 1, 2015
EXG JUN 15 Home Truths

Stephen White is head of Savills’ Chelmsford-based residential team. He has more than 35 years of experience in selling country homes and town properties across Essex. Here he gives his advice on adding the wow factor to your home

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Monday, May 18, 2015
Front of the Hall

An incredible historic collection of roses bred by Joseph Pemberton are in bloom this month at Havering-atte-Bower. Philippa Pearson enjoys the colour and fragrance of these garden-worthy roses

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
EXG JUN 15 TTK

There are countless happy memories to be found for Elizabeth Wastnage in her home at Creeksea Hall near Burnham on Crouch and the home she never wanted to move to has become the one she never wanted to leave. Pat Bramley tells 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

Yesterday, 17:17

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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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
EXG JUL 15 PRODUCERS

The origins of The Saffron Ice Cream Company came from a boyhood dream, explains Stephanie Mackentyre

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Monday, June 8, 2015
EXG JUL 15 RECIPE ZOE

Owner Zoe Brady opened Zoe’s Coffee Shop & Deli two-and-a-half years ago and the café has gone from strength to strength in that time. Along with deputy manager Lucy Hutley-Branch, who heads up the kitchen, Zoe is delighted with how things are going and there are plans for branching out into outside catering. ‘We’ve already done a Christening and a golden wedding and it’s all come about from customers coming into the café and sampling our home-baking,’ says Zoe. ‘I want to keep the quality and the passion that we have and I think the format we have right now is the right one, I don’t want to expand and lose that.’

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Monday, June 1, 2015
EXG JUN 15 DINING OUT

OFFERED the opportunity to enjoy a sunny afternoon on the water following some fabulous French cuisine, I was buoyant with excitement as I drove towards Maldon. Le Bouchon has its own car park and is just off the Maldon Road and therefore very easy to locate. The lunch menu also boasts a trip along the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation (weather permitting) and it was all the excuse I needed to dine with them this lunchtime. I’d booked the day before and expressed my interest in their boat trip. I had no less than three call backs organising and confirming the trip, which was encouraging before I’d even arrived. The restaurant is elegantly decorated in creams and taupes with high-backed cloth chairs for comfort, linen cloths, cooling palms and fresh, red roses on each table.

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People

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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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Monday, June 1, 2015
EXG JUN 15 TONY

Billericay boy Tony Parsons has been a larger-than-life figure in journalism and literature for more than 40 years. Here he talks to Shaun Curran about his recent move into crime thrillers and how his colourful career is constantly influenced by his Essex upbringing

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
EXG JUN 15 FIVE THINGS

Sharon Agates is the creator of Agape Cottage in Brentwood. Agape Cottage is a unique healing retreat that nourishes your body, heals your heart and nurtures your soul through a selected programme of sessions to help empower you to find peace and control within your life’s circumstances.

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