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EXG AUG 14 FRANKIE

Living for the weekend

The Saturdays’ effortless climb to the upper echelons of the pop charts has been achieved despite a rather grounded approach to stardom. And in Romford-born Frankie Sandford, it seems the quintet have someone who craves her Essex roots even more than a life in the glare of a lens

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EXG AUG 14 DAYS OUT

Discover a different Essex

A great strength of our county is it’s great variety and diversity, and that includes the great number of ways there are to spend a day out in Essex. Here Visit Essex provide us with an insider’s guide

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EXG AUG 14 TRAVEL

City slickers

Looking for a London stopover to make a trip to the capital a little extra special? Katherine Davies thinks she’s found the answer

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EXG AUG 14 ART

Going potty

This month The Sculpt Gallery in Tiptree hosts the People and Pots exhibition featuring sculptures by Essex artist, Neal French. Janice Walker reveals what visitors can expect from the exhibition

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EXG AUG 14 Leigh

Lots to see in... Leigh on Sea

A treasured heritage and a welcoming feel make Leigh on Sea one of the county’s most popular destinations for a day out. Here Lily Floyd discovers even more reasons to add to the list

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EXG AUG 14 WWI POEMS

Poetic reflections

So too have the doves gone is an anthology of poems which reflect on the general theme of conflict, released as part of World War I commemorations. The poets are drawn mainly from Essex and the surrounding area with 20 poets from Essex contributing to the book including Martin Newell. The poems consider many aspects of conflict and its creation was inspired by the Wilfred Owen Memorial at Ors, in Northern France.

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EXG AUG 14 HERES COOKING

Here’s cooking with you… Tom Kirby from The County Hotel in Chelmsford

Tom Kirby, head chef at The County Hotel in Chelmsford, talks about his run-in with a rather angry celebrity chef, his kitchen rules at home and why you should never trust him with birthday cake

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PERRYWOOD NURSERIES

Perrywood Garden Centre marks 30 years

The owners of an award-winning Essex garden centre are celebrating 30 years in business. Alan and Karin Bourne bought Perrywood Nurseries from Alan’s parents, Mary and Les, 30 years ago and moved on site with their three young children, Hannah, Simon and Tristan. At the time it was a small business selling pick-your-own strawberries, potatoes, plants and compost.

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EXG AUG 14 CLA

Dedication to diversification

Diversification has been a buzzword in agriculture over the last generation and one Great Bardfield farmer has turned his attention to nurturing the learning and development of the county’s children with the launch of a novel new venture

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EXG AUG 14 WRITTLE

Discover our county’s dormice

Writtle College lecturer Alan Roscoe shares his fascination with one of our smallest mammals and explains why our county has a very important role to play in its survival

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EXG AUG 14 WALK

Exploring Chrishall and Elmdon

In the northwest corner of the county are Elmdon and Chrishall, both blessed with beautiful architecture. This walk runs from one village to the other

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EXG AUG 14 Wild About

Celebrating Essex snakes

Together with spiders, snakes are among our most feared creatures, with a capacity to inspire terror far beyond any risks they may actually pose. I’ll never forget the time my panic-stricken mum ran into the house, locking the door behind her, when my brother and I found a slow worm (which is actually a legless lizard) in the garden. Such reactions are perhaps not as irrational as they may at first appear and it seems reasonable to conclude that such phobias likely have their origins way back in our evolutionary history, when an intense aversion to potentially harmful animals could have meant the difference between life and death.

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EXG AUG 14 PRODUCERS

The Producers...Hoyle’s Honey Navestock Side

RICHARD and Sarah Hoyle began beekeeping 10 years ago as a hobby to run alongside the family business of arable farming, but within that time the hobby has grown to become a business in its own right. Farming in Navestock Side for more than 35 years, the couple have used their knowledge and responsible farming methods to position their bees onto their own farm and neighbouring farms to allow the bees to forage for the very best pollen and nectar.

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EXG AUG 14 RBL

An army that keeps marching

Colonel (Retd) Roger Burgess OBE, vice chairman of the Essex County Royal British Legion (RBL), looks back at the role of the RBL since is foundation following World War I

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A young Patrick MacCarthy outside The Royal Albert Hall

Patrick’s Prom

Nearly 40 years ago, Colchester man Patrick McCarthy made a famous appearance at the Royal Albert Hall to rescue a recital conducted by André Previn. Here he shares some memories of that incredible moment and his plans to mark the occasion in Harwich

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Essex Wildlife Trust's Lower Raypits nature reserve

An overview of Lower Raypits

Charlie Oliver from the Essex Wildlife Trust gives a monthly update on the wildlife near you

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Glassblowing at Parndon Mill

Studios open at Parndon Mill

Parndon Mill in Harlow will be hosting it’s Open Studios this month. Holly Eells tell us more.

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Owners, Russell and Gillian Prince

A Georgian dream

Russell Prince and his wife Gillian have seen some very special properties in their time, but they fulfilled a dream when they moved to their Georgian house in Roydon, as Pat Bramley explains

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Priory Park, Southend

All roads lead to Southend

It might not be the Tour de France, but the London to Southend Bike Ride will welcome enthusiastic cyclists for a day of fun and fundraising this month

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