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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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EXG APR 14 MTH

Preparation for life

She may have had an ambition to present Blue Peter, but now the director of St Mary’s Lower School in Colchester, Emma Stanhope, concentrates on preparing her young pupils to fulfil their dreams in the world of the future

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EXG APR 14 FIVE THNGS

Five Essex Things

In a new Essex Life series, we ask local personalities to pick out five of their favourite Essex things. Paul Hardy, head of construction at Swan New Homes, selects his top five

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EXG MAR 14 ART PAGE

Painted Pages

As the month-long Essex Book Festival launches on March 3, literary adventure is on the agenda in Essex this spring. Stephanie Wright investigates the antics of Essex art society, Artbookart

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EXG APR 14 ART REVIEW

Five minutes with…Lee Hurst

Holly Eells talks to comedian Lee Hurst about his latest tour, Things That Make You Go Aaargh, which this month visits the Towngate Theatre in Basildon

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EXG MAR 14 MTH

Class act

Having exited the stage and entered the classroom, Andrew Hampton, headteacher of Thorpe Hall School, now helps to put his pupils’ skills in the spotlight

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EXG MAR 14 HELEN ROLLASON

Keeping the wheels spinning

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and events will be held all over the world celebrating the achievements of women past, present and future. Over the years, the county of Essex has been well blessed with inspirational women. One such example is Helen Rollason, the BBC sports and news presenter who helped set up The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity before her death in 1999. Her legacy lives on in the work the organisation bearing her name continues to do today, helping to improve the day to day lives of people living with cancer.

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EXG MAR 14 TERRY WAITE

Talking Terry

Currently in rural New Zealand enjoying a semi-solitude break from travelling around the world, CBE and hostage survivor Terry Waite takes the time to talk to Holly Eells about his insider account, Terry Waite: Travels With A Primate

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EXG MAR 14 Ann Widdecombe

About Ann

ANN WIDDECOMBE has never been afraid of controversy. As well as making her name as a British Conservative Party politician for more than 20 years and unforgettable star performer in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, Ann has also battled some challenges in her own life.

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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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EXG JAN 14 FRANK LAMPARD

Midfield Maestro

Frank Lampard is the archetypal Essex boy made good. Although, ‘good’ may not cover it for a footballer who has 
won everything possible at the top level of club football and made more than 100 caps for England

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EXG JAN 14 ERIC

The life story of an Essex Boy

Eric Hobbs’ life story is played out across the county of Essex, and it really is quite a remarkable story. His recently-released book, all the proceeds of which will go to the Essex Air Ambulance, tells his tale with both photographs and words, and his experiences have allowed him to provide some insightful commentary on life past and present within the county.

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EXG JAN 14  Ronnie

Ronnie O’Sullivan, Chigwell’s current world snooker champion

So Ronnie, it’s great to see you are coming to Southend this month, have you played there before and is it a town you would visit as a child at all?
I spent a small amount of time in Southend. To be honest, most of my childhood was spent in the shed at the bottom of my garden practicing snooker, but I have engaged in a small amount of running round the area and it is a nice place. I know both of my kids would enjoy Southend, especially the amusement park.

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Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Queen

Mirrorball, mirrorball

Craig Revel Horwood is known to millions as the outspoken judge on Strictly Come Dancing, but this Christmas he comes to Southend as the Wicked Queen

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The Royal Baby Bookazine

The Royal Baby

Congratulations to Prince George of Cambridge

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EXG NOV 13 FAVE VILLAGE

My Favourite Village

Susie Cornell MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Essex, picks Little Baddow

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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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Local People

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.

Read more »

EXG APR 14 MTH

Preparation for life

She may have had an ambition to present Blue Peter, but now the director of St Mary’s Lower School in Colchester, Emma Stanhope, concentrates on preparing her young pupils to fulfil their dreams in the world of the future

Read more »

EXG APR 14 FIVE THNGS

Five Essex Things

In a new Essex Life series, we ask local personalities to pick out five of their favourite Essex things. Paul Hardy, head of construction at Swan New Homes, selects his top five

Read more »

EXG MAR 14 ART PAGE

Painted Pages

As the month-long Essex Book Festival launches on March 3, literary adventure is on the agenda in Essex this spring. Stephanie Wright investigates the antics of Essex art society, Artbookart

Read more »

EXG APR 14 ART REVIEW

Five minutes with…Lee Hurst

Holly Eells talks to comedian Lee Hurst about his latest tour, Things That Make You Go Aaargh, which this month visits the Towngate Theatre in Basildon

Read more »

EXG MAR 14 MTH

Class act

Having exited the stage and entered the classroom, Andrew Hampton, headteacher of Thorpe Hall School, now helps to put his pupils’ skills in the spotlight

Read more »

EXG MAR 14 HELEN ROLLASON

Keeping the wheels spinning

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and events will be held all over the world celebrating the achievements of women past, present and future. Over the years, the county of Essex has been well blessed with inspirational women. One such example is Helen Rollason, the BBC sports and news presenter who helped set up The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity before her death in 1999. Her legacy lives on in the work the organisation bearing her name continues to do today, helping to improve the day to day lives of people living with cancer.

Read more »

EXG MAR 14 TERRY WAITE

Talking Terry

Currently in rural New Zealand enjoying a semi-solitude break from travelling around the world, CBE and hostage survivor Terry Waite takes the time to talk to Holly Eells about his insider account, Terry Waite: Travels With A Primate

Read more »

EXG MAR 14 Ann Widdecombe

About Ann

ANN WIDDECOMBE has never been afraid of controversy. As well as making her name as a British Conservative Party politician for more than 20 years and unforgettable star performer in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, Ann has also battled some challenges in her own life.

Read more »

EXG JAN 14 FRANK LAMPARD

Midfield Maestro

Frank Lampard is the archetypal Essex boy made good. Although, ‘good’ may not cover it for a footballer who has 
won everything possible at the top level of club football and made more than 100 caps for England

Read more »

EXG JAN 14 ERIC

The life story of an Essex Boy

Eric Hobbs’ life story is played out across the county of Essex, and it really is quite a remarkable story. His recently-released book, all the proceeds of which will go to the Essex Air Ambulance, tells his tale with both photographs and words, and his experiences have allowed him to provide some insightful commentary on life past and present within the county.

Read more »

EXG JAN 14  Ronnie

Ronnie O’Sullivan, Chigwell’s current world snooker champion

So Ronnie, it’s great to see you are coming to Southend this month, have you played there before and is it a town you would visit as a child at all?
I spent a small amount of time in Southend. To be honest, most of my childhood was spent in the shed at the bottom of my garden practicing snooker, but I have engaged in a small amount of running round the area and it is a nice place. I know both of my kids would enjoy Southend, especially the amusement park.

Read more »

Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Queen

Mirrorball, mirrorball

Craig Revel Horwood is known to millions as the outspoken judge on Strictly Come Dancing, but this Christmas he comes to Southend as the Wicked Queen

Read more »

EXG NOV 13 FAVE VILLAGE

My Favourite Village

Susie Cornell MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Essex, picks Little Baddow

Read more »

EXG SEPT 13 SHEILA

Sheila Hancock is still living adventurously

AT the age of 80, Sheila Hancock is about to embark on one of her most exuberant stage roles – playing an out-and-out villainess and head of a dysfunctional family of gangsters in the new West End comedy, Barking in Essex.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Jaime Winstone attend the launch of the Vertu Constellation at Farmiloe Building on November 24, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

Her father’s daughter

It must be hard to break free from the shackles of criticism based merely on being the offspring of a national treasure, but Ray Winstone’s daughter, Jaime, has set out to prove she has acting excellence all of her own.

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EXG  Newletter May 23 JO WHEATLEY

Ongar’s Jo Wheatley on baking and being a supermum

To say Jo Wheatley’s life has changed since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2011 is an understatement. Back then, she was a housewife and mother who had left school at 16 with only three GCEs. Now, she’s just published her second baking book, holds regular cookery classes from her Essex home and rubs shoulders with celebrity cooks such as Gino D’Acampo and her heroine, Mary Berry.

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Celebrity Interviews

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

Read more »

The Royal Baby Bookazine

The Royal Baby

Congratulations to Prince George of Cambridge

Read more »

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

Read more »

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.

Read more »

EXG JULY 13 JOEY BEVAN  1832_imogenleaverandjoeybevan_dukeofessexespolotrophy2012_exc_011(1)

Southend stylist has a Royal commission

THREE years ago, Southend fashion designer Joey Bevan was working as a part-time sales assistant at H&M. Today, he’s hailed as one of Britain’s top new fashion talents and has even been compared to the great Alexander McQueen.

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