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