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Year in Review: Take a look back with us on the Enjoy Brentwood More journey

PUBLISHED: 15:24 23 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:26 23 December 2019

It’s been a year since we launched our first Enjoy Brentwood More. Picture: April Roach

It's been a year since we launched our first Enjoy Brentwood More. Picture: April Roach

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It's been a year since we launched our first Enjoy Brentwood More magazine following the success of our website and Facebook community page.

The Chicken and Frog Bookshop in BrentwoodThe Chicken and Frog Bookshop in Brentwood

The ethos of the plan was to create a different way of engaging with people and allowing them to be a key component in everything we do.

That's why we placed contributors - local campaigners, community stalwarts and group leaders - at the heart of what we produce.

We wanted to shine a light on the great community within Brentwood, but allow you to lead the agenda talking about the issues, campaigns and top things to do in the borough that matter to you.

And the feedback has been amazing.

The Chicken and Frog Bookshop in BrentwoodThe Chicken and Frog Bookshop in Brentwood

It's why we've grown from a Facebook page a little over a year ago to a website and this magazine - now the 7th published since November last year.

We hope there are many more... but here are just some of your highlights since its launch:

November 2018 to January 2019: 1st edition

Reporter Hayley Anderson on the right helping out as a volunteer at the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood with staff member Hannah Marco.Reporter Hayley Anderson on the right helping out as a volunteer at the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood with staff member Hannah Marco.

Aside from the magic of Christmas, we profiled Ingatestone Camera Club, Natasha and Jim's quest to spread the joy of reading through the Chicken and Frog Bookshop, Russell Lord's stunning hand-crafted Ford Escort model charity auction and Spargoland.

Brentwood basketball star Theo Hughes also featured alongside q&a's from local people.

We introduced you (in case anyone didn't know here yet) to Villene Hyam with her mission to inspire kindness and recognise acts of goodwill through Do Good in Brentwood and, likewise, historian and vice-president of Brentwood Writers' Circle Sylvia Kent who wrote about the centenary of Armistice Day.

Our reporter Hayley Anderson visited the magical Hopefield Animal Sanctuary and we went into partnership with Wallace Kennels Dog Rescue in a bid to help rehome rescued animals.

Body builder Ben Ashley, who runs autistic gym sessions at the Brentwood Centre.Body builder Ben Ashley, who runs autistic gym sessions at the Brentwood Centre.

March to April 2019

The turn of spring saw daffodils fill the country parks as we profiled the best places to spend time in the great outdoors from the sedate to the adrenaline fuelled (in our popular Top 5 section).

We reviewed Brentwood Theatre's 25th anniversary, the refurbished Nags Head and even interviewed The One and Only Chesney Hawkes.

Art collector John Brandler has a number of works by Banksy at his gallery in Brentwood.Art collector John Brandler has a number of works by Banksy at his gallery in Brentwood.

We also featured autistic body builder Ben Ashley, charitable label printing business Baker Labels, SNAP charity, Brentwood Community Print, Brentwood Cricket Club, a profile of local London Marathon runners and our regular contributors, including our latest addition Karen Barker, Doddinghurst and Warley Slimming World consultant.

May to June 2019

The Brentwood Festival - renamed Evoke - took the front cover and inside pages as we profiled the summer festival and took a look-back at some of the stars who performed in previous years.

And the former Headley Arms is transformed into plush restaurant Felix.

We featured Banksy art collector John Brandler and his shop, a round-up of school news and a focus on theatre school Razzamataz.

Celebrity photographer and fundraiser Richard Barker, Brentwood Art Trail, street clean volunteers and profiles of not-to-miss events and fairs also made the cut alongside Brentwood bowling club.

Theo Hughes celebrates with GB under-18 teammates (pic FIBA)Theo Hughes celebrates with GB under-18 teammates (pic FIBA)

July to August 2019

Summer activities lead the agenda as school holiday plans take shape.

Forget jetting off when there's so much to enjoy here.

Charities benefitting from Children in Need grants are featured, Ingatestone Railway Station marks 175 years and we profile more acts confirmed for Evoke.

Brentwood Brewery opens its doors, K's Cakes celebrates three decades and Seymour Pavilion is refurbished. Fundraisers and volunteers are also given civic awards, Brentwood Imperial Youth Band's remarkable rise to fame features as does the vital Forget Me Not Activity Club

September to October 2019

Basketball star Theo jumps from the back sport page to the front as Great Britain under 18s team - with his help - reach the quarter-finals of the European Championships in Greece.

We profile Halloween events, the Essex Country Show and wrestling at Brentwood Live.

Howard Lodge Care Home reveals its new scheme where young children help the elderly overcome isolation and retired police chief inspector Dennis Rensch is honoured.

Sasha Cairns, a former pupil at Stagecoach Performing Arts Brentwood, returns as principal annd Jacqui Taylor's fundraising event to combat breast cancer raises more than £4,000.

November 2019

Stunning pictures from Billericay Round Table fireworks helped preview this year's event - and its 50th birthday.

We take a look inside the refurbished Eastern Oriental, a novel idea from Chicken and Frog Bookshop plus the stories of two lifesavers.

We round-up more school news, interview father and son duo Michael Lee Taylor and James who run venue Brentwood Live and look at Baytree Shopping Centre's green credentials.

Brave women bare all for Hopefield Animal Sanctuary and Hutton businessman Richard King's 25 runs in aid of charity SNAP. Other feelgood stories and articles by contributors feature.

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