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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 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 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 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 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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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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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 PASSION PLAY

Every five years, Hornchurch hosts an Easter Passion Play to graphically show the story of Jesus’ last days before the crucifixion. John Race shares his thoughts on this striking spectacle

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Monday, March 16, 2015
EXG APR 15 EMERGENCY

When it comes to looking after the public when an emergency strikes, planning for the worst and hoping for the best isn’t quite enough. Essex expert Peter Charman shares his wisdom on how the county is prepared for when the worst might happen

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Monday, March 16, 2015
EXG APR 15 EWT

Why not savour the song of the nightingale at our Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve this spring?

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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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Monday, March 16, 2015
EXG APR 15 Cogeshall

Coggeshall’s pretty, timbered buildings and terraced cottages are a delight to stroll past, but, as Petra Hornsby explains, this fascinating history owes much to one Queen and the building of an abbey

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Monday, March 16, 2015
EXG APR 15 ART PAGE

With spring upon us, Fingringhoe’s Geedon Gallery is gearing up for its first exhibition of 2015. Co-owner Jacqueline Wolfers talks to Caroline Foster about the galleries exhibiting artists

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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
Hylands House

Chelmsford and its surrounding countryside has plenty to offer its residents and visitors, but Hylands House and Park is among the city’s most treasured resources. Petra Hornsby finds out more

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Padmaja Kochera

Cook With Padmaja Indian Cookery Classes, Braxted Park

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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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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, March 6, 2015
A freestanding copper Junior Suite bathtub at Coworth Park

You might not have thought of taking a countryside escape in the centre of London, and nor had Nick Roberts until his stay at Coworth Park. Here he explains his change of heart

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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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