Out & About

Mon, 11:39

Who said Chelmsford was dull? Actually, Charles Dickens did, but Paul Wreyford — author of The Secret History of Chelmsford — begs to differ

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
EXG MAY 15 DANBURY HSH

With its rural charm and outstanding natural beauty, Danbury is a place that holds its traditional high street in high regard. Emily Talbut explains more

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
EXG MAY 15 WALK

This walk offers great variety, starting from the quaint riverside town of Wivenhoe and taking you through countryside, woods and the Colne 
River path via the village of Alresford

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Monday, March 30, 2015
EXG APR 15 WALK

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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Monday, March 30, 2015
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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Homes & Gardens

Mon, 11:46

Chris Mills and his wife Maggie knew they had an historic treasure when they bought Wisemans in Great Waltham, but this Grade II* listed home held yet more secrets

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Mon, 11:23
Admiring the flower display

As the world’s most prestigious horticultural event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, opens later this month, Philippa Pearson looks at the latest gardening trends and who’s exhibiting from Essex

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Monday, March 30, 2015
The sunken Italin Garden

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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Style

Friday, March 6, 2015

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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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
EXG FEB 15 HEALTH

Looking for some down time in the build up to the big day or need some health and beauty solutions? Petra Hornsby discovers how Clarice House in Colchester has the answers

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Friday, January 16, 2015
Inside TC2 Salon in Maldon

Holly Eells speaks to Jane Crane from TC2 hair salon in Maldon

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Purple trousers, £89, with matching sequin top, £79, and purple shoes with bow, £95, all by Jacques Vert and from Quadrant. Silver, gold and peridot earrings, £125, and daisy pearl necklace, £345, both by Marisa Arna Jewellery. Christmas tree, from Christmas Wrapped Up By The Easters and Christmas decorations by The Willows Flowers

Essex Life gets dressed up for Christmas with this stylish collection for festive looks on show at Wakes Hall Lodges in Wakes Colne

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Food & Drink

Mon, 11:51

Sous chef Marcin Kowalik has worked with Justin and Liz Flodman at The Duke’s Head in Hatfield Broad Oak for the past four years. He moved to the UK 14 years ago and worked in Soho House in London before moving to the village. ‘One of my favourite dishes to prepare is slow-cooked Chiltern lamb shank, with sweet potato mash, pearl barley, celeriac and pancetta ragout,’ says Marcin. Here he shares his recipe for fresh mussels with a pleasing kick…

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
EXG APR 15 Recipe Mutton

For 33 years, Roger Underwood has worked in the catering industry, initially training as an army and now head chef at the Shoulder of Mutton in Fordham. Originally from South Worcestershire, Roger came out of the army and worked in Michelin-stared hotels in London and the Cotswolds before settling in Essex. ‘I worked in London for 10 years and finally moved out to Essex for a quieter pace of life,’ he says. At the Shoulder of Mutton he is kept busy with a restaurant and tea room and this summer they will also be offering picnic basket lunches for people to enjoy while sitting by the pretty riverbank setting of the River Colne.

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Monday, March 30, 2015
EXG APR 15 Recipe Bosworth

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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People

Mon, 11:35

Harwich-born Peter Firmin, famously the co-creator of Ivor The Engine, the Clangers and Bagpuss, speaks to Pat Parker in what the 86-year-old says will be his last ever interview

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Monday, March 30, 2015
EXG APR 15 Meet The Head

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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