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The Strand, Chelmsford

Beauty Review

Holly Eells visits The Strand in Chelmsford to discover a new, healthy look

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Bride on deck

5 fabulous honeymoon destinations

What better way to start married life than in one of these stunning honeymoon locations

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Artistic commemoration

Dedham artist, Sir Alfred Munnings, braved flying bullets to produce masterpieces of war art during World War I. Janice Walker takes a look at the man, his works and the Museum where his art is on display

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Slow braised ox cheek with smoked pancetta, mushrooms and baby onions

Slow braised ox cheek with smoked pancetta, mushrooms and baby onions

Tom Kirby is the head chef for The County Hotel in Chelmsford. Prior to settling in Chelmsford, Tom worked at the Savoy Hotel in London. Originally from Surrey, he’s worked in Scotland too and has certainly felt the heat in some of the country’s top kitchens. Tom Comments: ‘I’ve worked preparing lunch for the Blair family on Mother’s Day, I’ve cooked for Sir Paul McCartney and been involved in the catering for the closing ceremony of Wimbledon.’ Here Tom shares his recipe for a delicious and warming supper.

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At first glance Talliston House looks like any other house but all is not what it seems

Hidden Secrets

John Trevillian bought this three-bedroom council house in Great Dunmow with a very special project in mind and as you enter the front door, expect the unexpected

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Special day: Ian Aitken and Tanya Howett on their wedding day at Seckford Hall

Everyone’s a winner

Braintree’s Tanya Howett and Ian Aitken were lucky enough to win a competition to have their wedding courtesy of the East Anglian Daily Times. Here Tanya shares some of her experiences of the big day

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9162 by Allure Bridals, £1,450. Available from Turner & Pennell

Bridal beauty

These delicious designer dresses offer brides inspiration for that unique look on their big day

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Mark Davies

A Guide to Open House Days

Mark Davies, head of Strutt & Parker’s Chelmsford office, advises on planning a successful open house day

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One of the seating areas enjoyed by students

Top marks

The gardens at Writtle College open three times a year to show off their superb planting schemes and students’ talents. Philippa Pearson enjoys the autumn colour display

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Marriages dough kneading in the test bakery

Flour Power

W&H Marriage & Sons has been producing flour for the bakers of Essex since 1824, but this Chelmsford business of great history has always been forward-thinking, writes Jackie Brown

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Lower Barn Farm

Be Inspired... Stylish Heating Solutions

Fireplaces can be a key element in a living room or even a whole house, providing functionality in the colder months, architectural structure and a comforting ambience. Sarah Hammill explores some of the best-selling stoves

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Neil Bull

The Producers

This month Essex Life takes a look at the East Anglian Wine School in Stebbing

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Southend Airport

London Southend Airport 80 years on

While many may know of its recent regeneration, Southend Airport has had a connection with aviation for 100 years. Simon Murdoch looks at fascinating history and how it has recently taken off

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Jackie Tyrrell

Five Essex Things with Jackie Tyrrell

Jackie Tyrrell is an accredited Feng Shui consultant based in Hornchurch. She believes that by balancing the energies in your environment and by making simple and inexpensive alterations in your home or business, you can experience life transforming changes which will help create a happier and brighter future. To find out more about consultations for your home and business, visit www.fengshuipathway.co.uk

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School Rocks

Nicholas Weaver is headmaster at Ipswich School, although he still has secret ambitions to be a rock star. Here he shares more of his hopes and those he has for the students in his care

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Here’s cooking with you

Ed Campbell has recently joined The Anchor Inn at Nayland as head chef. Here he talks about returning to his former workplace, creating a mash-up for a musical god and the kitchen moment when it all went black

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Discover your dream wedding day venue

Pick from this exclusive selection of excellent Essex wedding venues as Essex Life helps 
you find a sensational setting for your special day

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Down to earth elegance

Gravetye Manor offers an ideal escape for a short break in the Sussex countryside. Sybilla Hart enjoys the manor house and its famous gardens

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Top class fun

BMW’s new 4 Series Convertible is a real stunner whatever the weather, according to motoring editor Andy Russell

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Building for the future in… Chelmsford

With plans afoot for the development of Essex County Cricket Ground among other areas in Chelmsford, Nick Dines assesses how the city will change in the coming years

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