Out & About

Mon, 08:38

This walk from the village of Steeple to the River Blackwater offers beautiful countryside views and the chance to see a variety of sailing boats

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Mon, 08:29
EXG APR 15 ROMFORD

Essex has long been noted as a hotbed for entertainment talent and Petra Hornsby takes a closer look at how lots of hard work 
in Romford has added to the opportunities for stars of the future to flourish

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Monday, March 23, 2015
EXG APR 15 RSPB

April is a gorgeous time of year to get out and see the best of Essex. Spring flowers are appearing everywhere, trees are coming into leaf and bees and butterflies have started busily buzzing around the place looking for food.

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Monday, March 23, 2015
EXG APR 15 Thorpe HSH

With an impressive past dating back to the Saxon era, Thorpe le Soken is a small village with a big history. Jennifer Savin discovers how its High Street offers a perfect blend of the ancient and the innovative

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Monday, March 23, 2015
EXG APR 15 Travel London

Lured to the bright lights of London for a special celebration, Nick Roberts uncovers a luxury hotel in the capital that 
the whole family can enjoy

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Homes & Gardens

Mon, 08:45

The restored historic gardens at Easton Lodge near Great Dunmow are looked after by an enthusiastic team of volunteers. Philippa Pearson finds out more and also helps out with the digging

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Monday, March 23, 2015
EXG APR 15 NGS GARDENS

A record number of 80 Essex gardens will be opening across the county this year as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Here Susan Copeland, NGS County Organiser, reveals some of the highlights, from private gardens not usually open to the lavish landscapes of stately homes, plus 23 exciting new gardens opening for the first time in 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015
EXG APR 15 TTK

When Colin and Christine Thompson bought Highfields in Coggeshall, they knew they were buying something with potential, but had they really unearthed a hidden gem? Pat Bramley explains more

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Grow some beautiful roses in your garden

From November through to March is the perfect time to plant bare root plants in your garden, so Philippa Pearson helps you find the best places in the county to purchase bare rooted plants and offers her tips on how to plant them

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Hilldrop House

Home to a famous artist during World War II, Hilldrop House in Helions Bumpstead has many a claim to fame its owners can be proud of, writes Pat Bramley

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Food & Drink

Mon, 08:52

Bosworth’s is the latest venue to come under the tea cosy-style umbrella of the Tiptree Tearooms and Le’Anne Grabowski is head chef. All the team at Bosworth’s have skills in the kitchen and front of house too. ‘We have a team of five and we all take turns to cook, so whichever part of the restaurant is busy, we can all help,’ says Le’Anne. Le’Annne also trained as a pastry chef at the Westminster Kingsway College in Victoria and her family ran the popular tearooms for almost 10 years before Tiptree came along. Here Le’Anne shares her recipe for a delicious, traditional dessert

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Monday, March 23, 2015
EXG APR 15 Producers

LIKE most farms, Frenchs Farm in South Weald, is busy all year round, but especially as we near the Easter holidays. Owner Malcolm Knox explains: ‘We’ve won awards for our environmentally friendly farming as we encourage natural growth, with the flowers and the weeds and natural pollination. We don’t use any chemicals or artificial fertilisers on the land and it’s this land which our animals are reared upon. Yes, it is more labour intensive, but the meats we produce are the crème de la crème and everyone says how wonderful our meats taste.’

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Monday, March 16, 2015
EXG APR 15 DINING OUT

OFTEN when dining out with friends, at least one in the group is vegetarian or even vegan. I’m increasingly conscious that the veggie in the party gets the raw (no pun intended) deal, so this month I’ve found four restaurants which will keep both parties happy. The Oak Tree Vegetarian Bistro is easy to locate as it’s right on the Leigh Road as you drive through Leigh on Sea.

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Padmaja Kochera

Cook With Padmaja Indian Cookery Classes, Braxted Park

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
EXG MAR 15 recipe Thatchers

Justine Cater has been head chef at The Thatchers Arms in Mount Bures for the past 18 months and prides herself on the quality home-cooked dishes she serves along with her team. ‘We have the capacity for 200 diners as we also have a separate function room which holds 100 guests,’ explains Justine. And if you are looking for a nice treat for Mother’s Day, try a special afternoon cream tea with a glass of prosecco on the Saturday before Mothering Sunday. Here Justine shares her lamb recipe from her recently-launched spring menu…

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People

Mon, 08:49

Head of St Cedd’s School in Chelmsford, Dr Pamela Edmonds, has not strayed from her chosen career path, although her journey has offered plenty of scope to travel the world

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Monday, March 23, 2015
EXG APRIL 15 OLLY MURS

Six years on from his rise to stardom via The X Factor, Witham’s Olly Murs has seen his star continue to rise. Holly Eells went to meet the Essex boy everyone loves to love

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Monday, March 16, 2015
EXG APR 15 ANDRE

Andre Agassi is one of the world’s most iconic sporting stars, so when Nick Dines got the chance to meet the eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion in Chigwell, there was no holding him back

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Vicki Michelle MBE

You can take the girl out of Essex but you can’t take Essex out of the girl. Holly Eells talks to Vicki Michelle MBE about her stint in the I’m a Celebrity jungle, 40 years in show business and her exciting plans for the future

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
EXG MAR 15 GEORGE UNWIN

It’s not just arable crops that are growing at Baythorne Hall these days. The next generation of an established Essex farming family are growing some exciting new attractions for visitors to their farm, reports Nicky Adams

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