Lady Bird ddirector Greta Gerwig has assembled a stellar cast of Hollywood's brightest young stars. Saoirse Ronan as eldest sister Jo March and Florence Pugh as Amy both have Oscar nominations for their performances.

The National Garden Scheme's Snowdrop Festival in February is at three Essex gardens, raising money for health charities

The inexplicable return of Emperor Palpatine has stunned the surviving members of the resistance, who under the stewardship of General Leia Organa (The late Carrie Fisher) must now deal with this ominous new threat, as well as facing off against the evil First order.

With the same hilarious body swap antics that made the last film such a hoot, The Next Level doubles down on this success by adding more characters and freshens things up by switching their roles.

Braintree was the birthplace of Courtaulds. This is the story of the development

of artificial silk and the influence of a family whose members became war heroes, local politicians and suffragettes.

For film fans, a new year means awards season approaches. Oscar Nominations will be announced on January 13 before the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles hosts the 92nd academy awards on February 9. PAUL STEWARD predicts the runners and riders in the six main categories and says who has the best chance of winning a golden statuette.

Saffron Walden adventurer, entrepreneur, and world record-breaker Fiona Quinn, 32, published her first-hand account of stand up paddleboarding the famous Land's End to John O'Groats (LEJOG) route.

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