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The Dogs Trust rehoming centre near Basildon does some important work to support and train the dogs in its care.

TRUE vs TOWIE: Woman’s best friend

Penny Fordham compares the True (The Real Unexplored Essex) with TOWIE

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EXG AUG 14 COop

Sole Man

Away from the fields of our splendid countryside, farmers of the sea have trawled our coastline to bring home fresh fish for centuries. Clacton’s Ken Green shares his tales of the sea

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Kim Wymer

Five Essex Things

Kymer Wymer, founder of Positive Thinking Feeling Good, selects her five favourite things about Essex

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EXG AUG 14 MEET THE HEAD

Blossom and grow

Head of the Sheila Ferrari Dyslexia Centre in Woodford Green, Fay Cookson may have enjoyed a life spent drawing plants, but instead her chosen career allows her to nurture her students and see them blossom

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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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Sybilla Hart

Looking for a clean break

Freelance writer and mother of three, soon to be four, Sybilla Hart reflects on her new life in the Essex countryside

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Matt Lane

Five minutes with... The Royal Opera House’s Matt Lane

Holly Eells talks to Matt Lane, Head of Royal Opera House Thurrock and Thames Gateway, about The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus taking on one of the music world’s best-loved pieces, Verdi’s Requiem at High House Production Park this month

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EXG JUL 14 RW

A summer to remember

Award-winning actor Richard Wilson will be spending his summer in Frinton, starring in this year’s Frinton Summer Theatre. 
Here he talks to Holly Eells

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Alan officially opening The Titchmarsh Centre for Animal Studies at Writtle College in 2011

About Alan

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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EXG JUN 14 ART REVIEW

Five minutes with Jenny Eclair

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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EXG MAY 14 ERO

Romford’s Humphry Repton

Humphry Repton (1752–1818) was a landscape gardener who lived in Hare Street near Romford from 1786. Born in Bury St. Edmunds to an excise collector, Repton received his education in Suffolk and Norfolk before being sent abroad and learning to mix with high society in the Netherlands.

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EXG MAY 14 MTH

Knowledge and understanding

Loraine Guest, the headteacher of Maldon Court Preparatory School, would like to step into government, if she wasn’t in the classroom, but still feels there is no room for politics in education

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EXG JUN 14 BOOKS

Kimberley Chambers talks about her creative process

Kimberley Chambers is a crime writer from Dagenham. Her latest book, Payback, was published by Harper Collins in January 2014

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EXG MAY 14 ART REVIEW

Five minutes with... Lesley Joseph

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

Read more »

EXG MAY 14 MARTINA COLE

More from Martina

Every time Martina Cole releases a book, it goes straight to the top of the best-seller charts and, as Lilly Floyd discovers, this conveyor belt of successful books from the Essex-born author shows no signs of stopping

Read more »

EXG MAY 14 AUSTRALIAN

On the up Down Under

Tiptree girl Lynne Blighton was brought up to be a farmer’s wife in rural England, but her life took a dramatic turn when she jetted off to Australia. Kate Stark reveals more

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Local People

The Dogs Trust rehoming centre near Basildon does some important work to support and train the dogs in its care.

TRUE vs TOWIE: Woman’s best friend

Penny Fordham compares the True (The Real Unexplored Essex) with TOWIE

Read more »

EXG AUG 14 COop

Sole Man

Away from the fields of our splendid countryside, farmers of the sea have trawled our coastline to bring home fresh fish for centuries. Clacton’s Ken Green shares his tales of the sea

Read more »

Kim Wymer

Five Essex Things

Kymer Wymer, founder of Positive Thinking Feeling Good, selects her five favourite things about Essex

Read more »

EXG AUG 14 MEET THE HEAD

Blossom and grow

Head of the Sheila Ferrari Dyslexia Centre in Woodford Green, Fay Cookson may have enjoyed a life spent drawing plants, but instead her chosen career allows her to nurture her students and see them blossom

Read more »

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

Read more »

Sybilla Hart

Looking for a clean break

Freelance writer and mother of three, soon to be four, Sybilla Hart reflects on her new life in the Essex countryside

Read more »

Matt Lane

Five minutes with... The Royal Opera House’s Matt Lane

Holly Eells talks to Matt Lane, Head of Royal Opera House Thurrock and Thames Gateway, about The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus taking on one of the music world’s best-loved pieces, Verdi’s Requiem at High House Production Park this month

Read more »

EXG JUL 14 RW

A summer to remember

Award-winning actor Richard Wilson will be spending his summer in Frinton, starring in this year’s Frinton Summer Theatre. 
Here he talks to Holly Eells

Read more »

EXG MAY 14 ERO

Romford’s Humphry Repton

Humphry Repton (1752–1818) was a landscape gardener who lived in Hare Street near Romford from 1786. Born in Bury St. Edmunds to an excise collector, Repton received his education in Suffolk and Norfolk before being sent abroad and learning to mix with high society in the Netherlands.

Read more »

EXG MAY 14 MTH

Knowledge and understanding

Loraine Guest, the headteacher of Maldon Court Preparatory School, would like to step into government, if she wasn’t in the classroom, but still feels there is no room for politics in education

Read more »

EXG JUN 14 BOOKS

Kimberley Chambers talks about her creative process

Kimberley Chambers is a crime writer from Dagenham. Her latest book, Payback, was published by Harper Collins in January 2014

Read more »

EXG MAY 14 MARTINA COLE

More from Martina

Every time Martina Cole releases a book, it goes straight to the top of the best-seller charts and, as Lilly Floyd discovers, this conveyor belt of successful books from the Essex-born author shows no signs of stopping

Read more »

EXG MAY 14 AUSTRALIAN

On the up Down Under

Tiptree girl Lynne Blighton was brought up to be a farmer’s wife in rural England, but her life took a dramatic turn when she jetted off to Australia. Kate Stark reveals more

Read more »

EXG APR 14 DICK TURPIN

Dick Turpin: 275 years on

This month marks 275 years since Dick Turpin’s reign of terror came to an end. Stephen Roberts investigates the legend of this Essex icon

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EXG APR 14 PROP NEWS

Hannah makes move from Dubai to Loughton

Essex agency Stevenette & Company has strengthened its lettings team with the appointment of Hannah Mitchell as senior lettings negotiator. Based in the company’s Loughton office, Hannah will oversee the letting of properties in Epping, Theydon Bois, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and all surrounding areas.

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The Appetite Book Group

The Appetite Book Group

The Colchester-based book group assemble each month to discuss their latest read. Jo Coldwell tells us how you can get involved.

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Celebrity Interviews

Alan officially opening The Titchmarsh Centre for Animal Studies at Writtle College in 2011

About Alan

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

Read more »

EXG JUN 14 ART REVIEW

Five minutes with Jenny Eclair

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

Read more »

EXG MAY 14 ART REVIEW

Five minutes with... Lesley Joseph

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

Read more »

EXG FEB 14 Alan Davies

Alan Davies maintains his magic touch

Alan Davies, the mop-haired, boyish 47-year-old from Loughton, has become something of a national treasure and 2014 sees him more in demand than ever as he returns to our TV screens for a new series of Jonathan Creek

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The Royal Baby Bookazine

The Royal Baby

Congratulations to Prince George of Cambridge

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EXG NOV 13 PHIL DAVIS

An actor’s life for me

Phil Davis rose from a Thurrock council estate to become one of our most respected actors. Pat Parker talks to the man Daniel Day-Lewis rates alongside Meryl Streep and Marlon Brando as one of his greatest inspirations

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EXG OCT 13 MICHELLE DOCKERY

Mother Mary

With the fourth series of the wildly successful costume drama Downton Abbey set to hit our TV screens, the world waits in anticipation. For Romford-raised Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, the show’s transition from stable British series to international period drama powerhouse has been remarkable.

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