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Fri, 14:55
Southend Pier at Sunset

We have collected 9 great days out to enjoy around Essex - perfect for school holidays or weekends with the kids

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Wed, 09:00
Saffron Walden

The book Saffron Walden Through Time looks at the stunning street scenes of this thriving market town down the centuries. Here the author, Kate Cole, shares her unique insight

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Wed, 09:00
Conservation of wildlife is an important environmental issue

Andrew Fallan shares his expertise in Essex wildlife with us, sharing his views on the conservation and enivornmental issues that we face in the county and across the country

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Wed, 09:00
Starling nest box

The RSPB is encouraging people to donate nest boxes for birds through the cold winter months

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Lido Pool Bar

Few trips make for the romance of a Caribbean cruise, exploring some of the most beautiful island resorts in the world. Rebecca Underwood took to the waves

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Homes & Gardens

Monday, January 18, 2016
Update the most utilised room in the house

New Year, new look? This is a great time to update the most utilised room in the home, the bathroom, so Sarah Hammill asks three local experts to answer some of the key questions for your redesign

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Monday, January 18, 2016
These gorgeous kitchens will breathe new life into your house

Don’t let dark nights and dismal days diminish your dining experience, Sarah Hammill shares four designs to change your kitchen from dull to dazzling in an instant

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Ripley Grange

Mark Anderson caught a glimpse of Ripley Grange as a 17-year-old and never dreamed that he would one day call this recreated Elizabethan mansion home, but he did. Pat Bramley shares the story

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Glowing gold and glass-themed room

We have selected some gorgeous Christmas decorations and ideas so you can add that little bit extra to your house over this festive period.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The Stour Coach House in Dedham

There wasn’t much about The Stour Coach House in Dedham to commend it when Richard and Ruth Abel bought it in 2010, but their passion for transforming old buildings has resulted in quite a transformation. Words by Pat Bramley

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Style

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
9 of the best indulgent treats and personalised presents for Valentine’s Day | Great British Life

We pick 9 of the best indulgent treats and personalised presents for Valentine’s Day

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Aiming towards more effective treatments for bowel cancer

Cases of bowel cancer are on the rise, but treatments are also becoming more successful in recent years

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Wedding venues for your day

We have hand selected 11 breathtaking wedding venues from in and around Essex to help you celebrate your marriage just the way you want to

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
The clinic

Essex-based Courthouse Clinics had much to celebrate in 2015, but medical director Dr Patrick Bowler is still keen to keep Essex clients looking their best for the New Year. Holly Eells explains more

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
How to spot early signs of cervical cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and WEL talks to Dr Bano from Spire Roding Hospital in Redbridge about how to spot the early signs

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Food & Drink

Wed, 09:00
King scallops with curried parsnip puree, pomegranate dressing and parsnip crisps

Head chef of The Dog & Gun Bar and Restaurant Andy Jenkins shares one of his coveted recipes.

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Wed, 09:00
Smoked haddock and parmesan tartlet

Chef Terry Howard, owner and head chef of The Creek, shares one of his coveted recipes

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Brian Wilks

The world of wine is constantly changing, but here in Essex you will find all you need to get the most from your wines, including some excellent Essex-made wine. Stephanie Mackentyre meets local experts working with wine

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
New wholegrain flour bread

Marriage’s launches wholegrain flour

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Sweetened with the Stevia leaf, this delicious frozen yoghurt is diabetes friendly

The diabetes-friendly, no added sugar, healthy frozen yoghurt brand Only by Nature has an interesting story behind it

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People

Wed, 09:00
Yvette Ankrah: CEO of The Kitchen Table

As well as being CEO of The Kitchen Table, Yvette Ankrah is a business and marketing coach and mentor. Here she shares five of her favourite things about Essex

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Mike Edmonds on the set of Time Bandits

Southend’s Mike Edmonds is one of the world’s most secret movie stars. Having featured in the original Star Wars trilogy, Harry Potter and on stage with the RSC, Mike’s life is set to be the subject of a new film, sharing the secrets of his success. Words by Sylvia Kent

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
'Sgt William McWhiney took the wounded man on his back and carried him to sanctuary'

As we approach the 160th anniversary of the end of the Crimean War, Stephen Roberts shares the tales of some Essex heroes involved in this conflict and explains the impact it had on our county

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
David Whiteley

In his new monthly column for Essex Life, BBC presenter and director David Whiteley shares his insightful view on stories from across the county of Essex

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Neil Watson in his element

EL hears about Neil Watson’s first novel and how he was inspired to write this story

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Monday, January 18, 2016
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The County Hotel

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
THE COUNTY HOTEL

Not just a Hotel Restaurant but a destination venue. We have held an AA Rosette since 2008. Our Chefs produce an extensive menu which changes regularly.

We care deeply about good food and good cooking and when we sent our young chef off to work in two of the best restaurants in the country it paid off...

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