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EXG MAY 15 FIVE THINGS

Jackie Callow is passionate about organic skincare and, after five years of research and experimentation, she has taken this obsession to the next level by setting up Earthzest Organics. She is committed to providing the best organic skincare on the market and she makes everything by hand ensuring that it’s 100% organic and 100% cruelty-free. Jackie is passionate about animal welfare and it’s essential that none of her ingredients contain animal derivatives or have been tested on animals. When Jackie isn’t working, she enjoys keeping fit, spending time with friends and family as well as helping to organise Essex Mind, Body & Soul holistic events.

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Monday, April 13, 2015
EXG MAY 15 Peter Frimin

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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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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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
EXG MAR 15 GEORGE UNWIN

It’s not just arable crops that are growing at Baythorne Hall these days. The next generation of an established Essex farming family are growing some exciting new attractions for visitors to their farm, reports Nicky Adams

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
EXG MAR 15 FIVE THINGS

Charlotte Nial is the owner and director of Cranwell House Skin Clinic & Medispa in Ingatestone. Here she shares with Essex Life five of her favourite things about the county

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Friday, February 13, 2015
John Ray

Recognised internationally for his inspirational work, John Ray is known as the father of English natural history. With the help of the Essex Record Office archives, Essex Life shares an insight into his remarkable life and career

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
EXG MAR 15 David Gandy

Billericay boy David Gandy has danced with Jennifer Lopez, stolen food from the plate of supermodel Natalia Vodianova, garnered millions of adoring fans around the globe and will be swapping Valentine’s Day cards with sexy Saturdays singer Mollie King. But it wasn’t always thus for the 34-year-old, explains Tim Aldred

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
EXG FEB 15 ART PAGE

The Beecroft Gallery in Westcliff on Sea will be hosting an exhibition befitting the memory of Essex artist

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
EXG FEB 15 FIVE THINGS

Simon Talbot has recently returned from skippering the Team GREAT Britain yacht in The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Here, he shares with Essex Life five of his favourite things he enjoys most about Essex

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Friday, January 16, 2015
Shami Chakrabarti CBE

Equality campaigner and writer, Shami Chakrabarti CBE, has recently taken on the role of chancellor at the University of Essex, as the university celebrates its 50th year. Holly Eells speaks to Shami about her reasons for coming to Essex

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Monday, January 12, 2015
Erin Kelly

Erin Kelly grew up in Hornchurch and went to school in Upminster. She is the author of the psychological thrillers The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose and The Burning Air. She has also written a novelisation of the first series of ITV hit television show, Broadchurch.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Jennie Skingsley

Jen Skingsley is an associate and the marketing manager at Essex law firm Birkett Long LLP. She is also the musical director of Exaltation! Gospel Choir and an active member of St Andrew’s Church in Halstead. Jen and her team at Birkett Long recently won the Essex Digital Award for the use of social media in business. She changes her hair colour fairly regularly and believes life is too short to wear boring shoes.

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Tom Roddis

Holly Eells talks to 13-year-old Saffron Walden singing sensation Tom Roddis about his passion for singing, playing guitar, writing songs and busking in Essex

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Monday, December 8, 2014
Helen Mirren. Courtesy of Phil Stafford/Shutterstock.com

Leigh on Sea’s Dame Helen Mirren has amassed a tidy collection of accolades — an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, and three Golden Globes among them —

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
EXG DEC 14 MTH

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what career would you have chosen instead?

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Amy's Baking Year

At only 16 years of age, Amy-Beth Ellice has taken the baking world by storm. Since she was a small child, growing up in a creative family in Stanford Rivers near Ongar, Amy has loved to make cakes and sweet treats for her friends and family, inspired by her mother, Gillian. After many years of taking orders for her special cupcakes and decorated cakes, her first baking book, Amy’s Baking Year, has been published and is now on the shelves! Amy’s Baking Year follows the four seasons, including fresh, light recipes for Mother’s Day, Easter and summer picnics and warming treats for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, of course. Here, Amy shares her top five Essex things about the Christmas season…

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Local People

Mon, 17:24
EXG MAY 15 FIVE THINGS

Jackie Callow is passionate about organic skincare and, after five years of research and experimentation, she has taken this obsession to the next level by setting up Earthzest Organics. She is committed to providing the best organic skincare on the market and she makes everything by hand ensuring that it’s 100% organic and 100% cruelty-free. Jackie is passionate about animal welfare and it’s essential that none of her ingredients contain animal derivatives or have been tested on animals. When Jackie isn’t working, she enjoys keeping fit, spending time with friends and family as well as helping to organise Essex Mind, Body & Soul holistic events.

Read more »
Monday, April 13, 2015
EXG MAY 15 Peter Frimin

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

Read more »
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

Read more »
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

Read more »
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

Read more »
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
EXG MAR 15 GEORGE UNWIN

It’s not just arable crops that are growing at Baythorne Hall these days. The next generation of an established Essex farming family are growing some exciting new attractions for visitors to their farm, reports Nicky Adams

Read more »
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
EXG MAR 15 FIVE THINGS

Charlotte Nial is the owner and director of Cranwell House Skin Clinic & Medispa in Ingatestone. Here she shares with Essex Life five of her favourite things about the county

Read more »
Friday, February 13, 2015
John Ray

Recognised internationally for his inspirational work, John Ray is known as the father of English natural history. With the help of the Essex Record Office archives, Essex Life shares an insight into his remarkable life and career

Read more »
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
EXG MAR 15 David Gandy

Billericay boy David Gandy has danced with Jennifer Lopez, stolen food from the plate of supermodel Natalia Vodianova, garnered millions of adoring fans around the globe and will be swapping Valentine’s Day cards with sexy Saturdays singer Mollie King. But it wasn’t always thus for the 34-year-old, explains Tim Aldred

Read more »

Celebrity Interviews

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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Monday, December 8, 2014
Helen Mirren. Courtesy of Phil Stafford/Shutterstock.com

Leigh on Sea’s Dame Helen Mirren has amassed a tidy collection of accolades — an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, and three Golden Globes among them —

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Lee Mead

Holly Eells talks to Essex boy and musical theatre actor Lee Mead about being back on the road with his latest tour and performing in his home town at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

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Monday, September 8, 2014
EXG SEPT 14 ART REVIEW

Holly Eells talks to legendary singer Lisa Stansfield about her return to the music industry, an upcoming European tour, a new album and performing at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

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Friday, June 20, 2014
Alan officially opening The Titchmarsh Centre for Animal Studies at Writtle College in 2011

His list of horticultural accolades is almost never-ending and Alan Titchmarsh holds a special place in the nation’s heart. But there is a corner of Essex that holds a special place in Alan’s heart, and that is Writtle College

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
EXG JUN 14 ART REVIEW

Holly Eells talks to Jenny Eclair about her return to the hit show, Grumpy Old Women, which ends its tour at Southend Palace Theatre this month

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Monday, May 12, 2014
EXG MAY 14 ART REVIEW

Holly Eells talks to actress Lesley Joseph about her current tour, Hot Flush, which this month visits the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford

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EXG MAY 15  BLUEBELL WALKS

One of the great pleasures of an Essex spring is wandering among the lakes of bluebells that suddenly spill out in April and May through many local woods. Here are four of the county’s best spots for a springtime stroll courtesy of Pheobe Taplin

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Who's the top 50 richest in Essex?

Monday, November 15, 2010
No 18 David & Victoria Beckham

Philip Beresford, author of the annual Sunday Times Rich List, turns his attentions to our county's richest and reveals those that make up our wealthiest millionaires

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35 Dining Delights in Essex

Friday, August 7, 2009
Barda Restaurant

Why not enjoy these fresh ideas for dining out in Essex and beyond?

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EXG MAY 15 Producers

LAMBTON & Jackson began trading last year, but its smokehouse is already making a big impression among lovers of smoked seafood. Raised in the Maldon area, Sean Jackson has been smoking fish professionally since leaving school more than a decade ago. However, the dream of running his own artisan smokehouse only became a reality after joining entrepreneurial forces with Darcy Lambton. Both men have extensive contacts in the restaurant world, so the tie-up makes plenty of commercial sense.

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15 Tempting Tea shops in Essex

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
15 Tempting Tea shops in Essex

Essex Life's Tea shop trail

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EXG MAY 15 Wild Swimming

Open water swimming has seen something of a surge in recent years. Here Caitlin Davies, author of Downstream: a history and celebration of swimming the River Thames, explains some of its appeal

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