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Mystery Shopper

Nick Robertson takes a trip into the unknown, well, certainly the less well known, as he reveals one of London’s best kept secrets

5 mins read
Essex Life
November 2017

Doing The Right Thing

Until his death at the age of 73, Bill Ives was still very much the man behind Rainham Steel. This hugely successful businessman built his company and his reputation on a mantra of ‘doing the right thing’ and before he died, he become a founder of a new multi-million-pound hospice with a hefty investment. Kelly Clark spoke to him in one of his last interviews before he passed away in September

4 mins read
Essex Life
November 2017

Dining Out At... The Finchingfield Lion

THE FINCHINGFIELD LION celebrates its first birthday this month with a renaissance.

2 mins read
Essex Life
November 2017

Cold Busters

Louise Lloyd explores how to not let the bugs get you down this winter by booking your doctor’s appointment in less than 60 seconds.

3 mins read
Essex Life
November 2017

Back To Reality

Sybilla Hart reflects on her new life in Essex after leaving London

2 mins read
Essex Life
November 2017

Farming Fashion

Daisy Siggers found inspiration in the farmland of Essex which surrounds her home in Kelvedon near Colchester for a innovative new fashion brand that is causing a stir

4 mins read
Essex Life
October 2017

How Wild Writing Took Flight In Essex

When JA Baker penned a book about the peregrine falcons of the Blackwater estuaries, now 50 years ago, few realised it would be a pioneering piece of literature. Essex Life finds out more

4 mins read
Essex Life
October 2017

Lands Of Discovery

It might sound strange, but the places where our armed forces once operated are some of our least damaged landscapes. Rich in history, and in wildlife, today these ex-military reserves are great days out, and Essex is particularly well blessed with them

3 mins read
Essex Life
October 2017

One Man & His Lightship

Tony O’Neil has had a passion for boats and broadcasting for as long as he can remember, and now he runs LV18 in Harwich, a fitting reminder of how marine safety and music went hand in hand off the Essex coast

4 mins read
Essex Life
October 2017

Stepping Back Through History At... Debden Hall

Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office reveals the hidden history of Debden Hall and the rise and fall of its various owners

2 mins read
Essex Life
October 2017

Dining Out At The Bicycle Bar & Restaurant

Tendring

2 mins read
Essex Life
October 2017

Coming Together In Billericay

Billericay is one of the county’s popular commuter towns, situated just 28 miles east of Central London, but it is also a location with a thriving community. Petra Hornsby takes a closer look at two projects that have enhanced the town and its appeal

5 mins read
Essex Life
October 2017

Time To Come Home

Essex girl Denise Van Outen has matured to become more passionate about playing golf than late-night parties, but there’s still no place like the home county of Essex, where she grew up and plans to return to soon

4 mins read
Essex Life
October 2017

Holiday? What Holiday?

Sybilla Hart is a freelance writer and mother of four. here she writes about life as a busy Essex mum, trying to stay on top of things with four children under the age of ten.

2 mins read
Essex Life
October 2017

Winds Of Change

The Great Storm of 1987 brought havoc to the south of England and was a career-defining moment for TV weatherman Michael Fish. Peter Naldrett looks back at the events of 30 years ago and how they still impact today

4 mins read
Essex Life
October 2017

Back To Grass Roots

Chigwell’s proximity to the capital may make you think that green space is at a premium, but with a bit of forethought more than 100 years ago, there is plenty of space for a growing community of sport.

4 mins read
Essex Life
September 2017

If Walls Could Talk

If the Roman walls of Colchester could talk, what tales they’d tell. Petra Hornsby reveals what secrets there are to discover and what draws people to the oldest recorded town in England

5 mins read
Essex Life
September 2017

If You Knew Suzi...

Rock star, actress and radio presenter Suzi Quatro has just written her first novel. She talks to Pat Parker about her life, loves and regrets, her home in Essex, and how she keeps her ego in check.

8 mins read
Essex Life
September 2017

Rural Life

Your monthly update of news and views from the Rural Community Council of Essex

2 mins read
Essex Life
September 2017

Designs For Life

Aaron Farris from Orwells Furniture explains the inspiration and installation of a kitchen transformation with maximum storage as well as minimalist styling

2 mins read
Essex Life
September 2017

Fashion Comeback

As Essex Life magazine celebrates 65 years, what better time to look at the current catwalk trends for autumn/winter 2017 which take their inspiration from the last 65 years

4 mins read
Essex Life
September 2017

From The Farm Gate

Stephanie Mackentyre takes a look at three award-winning farm shops offering you the freshest, local and most delicious products.

6 mins read
Essex Life
September 2017

Stepping Back Through History... Felix Hall

Raising it like a phoenix from the flames, from the Essex Record Office shares the history of Felix Hall near Kelvedon, before it was burned to the ground

2 mins read
Essex Life
September 2017

Chapter & Verse

He’s made millions running a company shaping steel, owns Billericay Town Football Club, is both publicly and privately a generous philanthropist and is a committed Christian. In typically unique style, Glenn Tamplin shares his life story (so far) with Robyn Bechelet

9 mins read
Essex Life
September 2017

1952 & All That

It cannot be denied that the 1950s was a very special chapter in Britain’s exciting history, from its interesting fashion trends to the new era of music and movies. Of course, 1952 was particularly special as the year the first issue of Essex Life’s forerunner, Essex Countryside magazine, was published. Mica Bale reveals some other landmark moments from this treasured time in our county’s history

4 mins read
Essex Life
September 2017

What A Life!

50 years of Fleet Street photography has been lovingly edited and now presented in a remarkable book by outstanding Hornchurch snapper, Ted Blackbrow. Here he shares with Essex Life a snaphot of his most iconic images

1 min read
Essex Life
August 2017

The Artistry Of Leigh On Sea

Leigh on Sea, situated on the northern side of the Thames Estuary and a district of the more renowned Southend on Sea, is a place of inspiration, discovers Petra Hornsby

5 mins read
Essex Life
August 2017

Stepping Back Through History... Beeleigh Abbey

Once home to the White Canons and much later to a library of antique books, Beeleigh Abbey has a history worth reading about, as Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office reveals

3 mins read
Essex Life
August 2017

The Story Of Stow Maries

Located east of Chelmsford, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is home to a rare example of original World War I airfield buildings, and now more than one fascinating museum. Essex Life finds out more

3 mins read
Essex Life
August 2017

Our County's Peerless Piers

The centrepiece of the traditional British seaside holiday, the classic pier is a treasured landmark, and especially so here in Essex.

4 mins read
Essex Life
August 2017