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Stacey Forsey, Leanne Brown, Zoe Connor and Faye Campbell

Harvey Nichols Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Show, Manchester

The style pack were out in force to check out the latest trends at the sell out Harvey Nichols’ A/W catwalk extravaganza

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Brian Holloway and Joanie

Congleton’s Brian Holloway is on a mission to raise cash for Guide Dogs

There has been triumph after tragedy for Congleton’s Brian Holloway

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Hilton star ball Manchester

2014 Star Ball raises £62,300 for Variety and the Hilton Community Foundation

Stars were out in force when the Hilton Hotel Manchester staged its annual Star Ball last night. The glamorous black tie event, attended by famous faces such as Hollyoaks actresses Jorgie Porter and Stephanie Davis, successfully raised £62,300 for Variety and the Hilton Community Foundation. More than 400 guests enjoyed a champagne reception followed by a four-course dinner before hearing speeches from some of those supported by the charities, including the inspirational story of Matt King, OBE. Attendees then danced the night away to the sounds of Jack Pack and girl-band Vanquish.

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Rudding Park

WIN a luxury overnight stay with a difference at Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf

Set within 300 acres of beautiful parkland, Rudding Park is three miles south of the spa town of Harrogate.

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Farrow and Ball

Win an exclusive prize from Farrow & Ball worth £1,000

Cheshire Life has teamed up with Farrow & Ball to offer one lucky reader the chance to win £650 worth of paint and wallpaper plus a two-hour colour consultation with a Farrow & Ball expert in your home, worth £350

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Metquarter Liverpool

Win a fantastic Christmas prize package worth over £900, courtesy of Metquarter Liverpool

Cheshire Life readers are being given the opportunity to win a fantastic Christmas prize package worth over £900, courtesy of Metquarter Liverpool

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Exterior of Oddest

High street shopping in Chorlton

Find food and fabulousness in the creative suburb

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Nick Oliver created this view of the market just before its facelift. Why not pay a visit to this historic part of the town centre? To see more of Nick’s artwork visit www.smilecreative.co.uk or ring him on 
01257 427465.

Altrincham Market renovation attracts a host of new businesses

There’s a resurgence of energy in Altrincham, with an influx of new businesses bringing passion and enterprise

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La Maddalena

Travel - Resort Valle dell’Erica, Sardinia

We fell in love with Sardinia on our honeymoon six years ago. Would our return visit be just as delightful - accompanied by two little ones?

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Longbow Company directors, Jason Powell (left) and Graham Higgs

Local people targeting success in the Wirral

There’s nothing insular about this peninsula. The Wirral has several towns and villages well worth a visit. Here are some of our favourite people and places

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Jersey Boys in Manchester, photo by Brinkhoff & Mogenburg

What’s On in Cheshire

A round up of events in Cheshire in October

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Arley Hall

Wedding Fayres in the North West - Autumn 2014

Nine top wedding fayres in Cheshire, Lancashire and Manchester - brought to you by the team at North West Bride

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Cattle judging

A look ahead to the 2014 Nantwich Show

The Nantwich Show is one of the highlights of the summer and this year’s event has much to tempt visitors

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Sami Armstrong

A look ahead to the 2014 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

It seems everyone’s getting excited about the region’s biggest garden event, including fashion students. Are you ready for RHS Tatton?

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FLUX festival team at Liverpool ONE;  (back to front); Aaryn James and Owen Jones,  Chloe Nezianya and Suzy Vanezis,  Jack Morgan and Amy Davies,  Aimee Marnell and Holly Lewis

Meet the team behind Liverpool’s Flux Festival

Liverpool’s creative community has come together to stage, Flux, a festival like no other. We chat to the young ambassadors to find out what exactly Flux

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St Marys Church

Cheshire Walk - Coddington

Keith Carter takes his family for a stroll through the countryside around Coddington

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Walkers resting at summit of Snowdon - Visit Wales Image Centre, Crown Copyright

Snowdonia Walk - Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon

Llanberis Path, a 10-mile round trip, hugging the tracks of the Snowdon Mountain Railway

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The impressive Goyt Hall

Cheshire Walk - Romiley

Keith Carter leaves the pavements behind as he explores the countryside around Romiley

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The Grade One listed St Peter's church

Cheshire Walk - Plemstall, Guilden Sutton and Mickle Trafford

The two and a half inch Ordnance Survey map shows Plemstall just to the east of Mickle Trafford with the railway line dividing them, Plemstall nothing more than the church and the odd farm. We read that paper maps are on the way out, their place taken by a touch of the button image on the iPad. Techno idiots like myself find this as improbable as printed books being replaced by on-screen texts which we are told is the inevitable fate of the written word, a crowded bookshelf of interesting titles soon to be as irrelevant and unnecessary as horse-drawn carriages.

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One of the four reservoirs this walk passes

Tameside Walk - Stalybridge Country Park

Studying the map for a likely walk in the Stalybridge area I was surprised to find how close it was to the high ground of The Peak, the land rearing up dramatically, stopping the onward march of housing development as open moorland begins to dominate. To parody the famous rhyme by the American poet Stephen Vincent Benet:

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Restaurant Reviews


Restaurant review - Bollicini, Chester

Digest this mini-review in 60 seconds

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The Dining Room, Hillbark Hotel

Restaurant review - The Dining Room, Hillbark Hotel

Hillbark has seen a couple of good chefs come and go. Now there’s another chef at the helm. Merseyside’s only five star hotel has a great reputation to maintain. 
How is Rich Collingwood doing?

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Waleska Nomura Heart in Love Black

All you need to know about the Buy Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary

“You won’t sell any real art up north” they were told but the organisers of the Buy Art Fair in Manchester proved them wrong. Get ready for the region’s biggest art show...

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Jacha Potgieter

Meet Jacha Potgieter - designer of the Alpine Apartments, Betws-y-Coed

Arriving at the railway station in the village of Betws-y-Coed, it was amazing to think that we would be staying in this interesting stone building for the weekend. The station - within Snowdonia National Park - was built by stonemason Owen Gethin Jones in 1868 to the architectural style of contemporary gothic revival. It is now home to an array of quaint shops, cafes and the new, luxury Alpine Apartments.

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Feeding the Ducks, by John Frederick Herring Senior

Feeding the Ducks, by John Frederick Herring Senior - Grosvenor Museum, Chester

An appreciation of Feeding the Ducks, by John Frederick Herring Senior (1795-1865)

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Holidays E-Edition

Holidays E-Edition

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Food and Drink

Lamb Chilli con Carne

Lamb Chilli con Carne Recipe

Wholegrain Basmati is a world apart from Pure Basmati in terms of flavour and texture.

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Giant Wild Rice Medley

Giant Wild Rice Medley Recipe

The nuttiness and texture from the Giant Wild Rice needs something with similar properties from the spice world - and that something has to be mustard seeds.

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Tipsy® Water

Business Profile - Tipsy Water

Imperial Spring Water is a dynamic family run, British soft drinks company that produces a range of natural spring waters with a flavour.

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Hole 5, Bramall Park Golf Club

Cheshire Life Reader Photos - October 2014

The judging has begun. Will your photo be the one to impress and win you a great new camera?

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Petit fours

The best instagram accounts in Cheshire

We celebrate the best smartphone photographers in the region

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A bench with a view, Frodsham Hill - Anthony Marsh

Cheshire Life Reader Photos - September 2014

Time is running out before the shutters come down on this year’s search for the county’s best amateur photographer. We have had hundreds of entries to our annual competition but there is still time to send in your favourite shots of the county – our panel of judges will start their deliberations on Friday September 19.

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Fashion, Health and Beauty

Stacey Forsey, Leanne Brown, Zoe Connor and Faye Campbell

Harvey Nichols Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Show, Manchester

The style pack were out in force to check out the latest trends at the sell out Harvey Nichols’ A/W catwalk extravaganza

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Get that perfect smile

Beauty - top tips to get that perfect smile

Want to look younger? A cosmetic dentist may be the answer

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The relaxed tailoring  of this Jaeger coat works equally well with workwear and off-duty denim

Winter Fashion - Outerwear

With outerwear like this you’ll be happy that winter is on its way

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Homes and Gardens

The Old Rectory, Church Lane, Gawsworth

Dream Property - The Old Rectory, Church Lane, Gawsworth

This former rectory has been given a modern makeover and has lost none of its charm

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Celebrity interviews

Antonio Carluccio

Antonio Carluccio comes to Hale - and he loves the train station

Janet Reeder discovers why the people of Hale have fallen a little bit in love with the master of pasta

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Sir Bobby Charlton

Sir Bobby Charlton - My greatest goal

One of the greatest footballers of all time, Cheshire’s own Sir Bobby Charlton could rest on his laurels. In an exclusive interview with Cheshire Life he explains why he is raising funds to help rid the world of landmines

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John Bramwell of I Am Kloot

Celebrity Interview - John Bramwell, I Am Kloot

As front man of I Am Kloot for the last 15 years, John Bramwell, aged 49, has long been a mainstay of the Manchester music scene. But lately he has immersed himself in Cheshire life

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Aldo Zilli

Aldo Zilli - My Holiday Hotspots

Italian-born celebrity chef and restaurateur, Aldo Zilli chats to Jill Nash about his enthusiasm for street food in India, the romance of Barbados and his fascination with Shanghai

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Clare Nasir

Claire Nasir: From TV weathergirl to book author

From TV weather girl to a five book publishing deal, janet Reeder finds that the outlook is sunny for Clare Nasir

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A Life with a View Fragrances

20% OFF A Life with a View fragrances and candles

Save 20% off all purchases of candles and fragrances by A Life with a View on the Great British Life Shop

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The Yellow Broom Restaurant

The Yellow Broom Restaurant

The Yellow Broom is one of Cheshire’s best known landmarks and treasured restaurants.

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Light Leisure events (The Milton Club)

Light Leisure events (The Milton Club)

The Milton Club is a contemporary members club located in the heart of the city of Manchester.

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Outside the Jabula Restaurant & Coffee Shop

Jabula Restaurant & Coffee Shop

Jabula Restaurant & Coffee Shop is a traditional South African food, serving South African cuisine, including dishes like Boboti, Springbok, Ostrich, Crocodile & Durban Curry.

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Vanrooyen Supercars

Vanrooyen Supercars

At Vanrooyen everything we do has been meticulously designed with you in mind.

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Moorcroft factory.

Discover what is said to be the finest art pottery in the world today…

Since 1897, each piece of Moorcroft art pottery has been made entirely by hand from start to finish with designs that push forward the boundaries of ceramic art.

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Rosso Restaurant

Rosso Manchester launch Christmas 2014 Lunch Menu

Traditional festive favourites with an authentic Italian twist to help you celebrate the joyous winter season ahead.

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Make Events

Business Profile - Make Events

Make Events is an Events Design and Planning Company based in Cheadle, Cheshire.

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Strutt & Parker

Understanding Planning – the Application and the Language

Plotting and planning: how to understand the world of planning – with a little help from professional friends.

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The AGA City60 in rose

The new AGA City60

Promotional Feature

Celebrate the arrival of the new 60cm-wide AGA City60 at one of the many events planned across the UK.

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