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It's important we all stay close for our mental health - even if it's from a distance

It's important we all stay close for our mental health - even if it's from a distance

It's important we all stay close for our mental health - even if it's from a distance

22 August 2020

Steve Bugeja and Jamie Fallon talk to Retune's Tom Ryder about the social side of the charity's SCALES system for good mental health


American's mission to solve wartime romantic mystery of why his Texan dad kept Stortford photo of 'Olive'

American's mission to solve wartime romantic mystery of why his Texan dad kept Stortford photo of 'Olive'

American's mission to solve wartime romantic mystery of why his Texan dad kept Stortford photo of 'Olive'

16 August 2020

'I've long... wondered if Olive or her family might appreciate the idea that a Yank far away forever carried her memory with him.'


Masks, flask, clothing for all climates... we're all set for our English summer holiday

Masks, flask, clothing for all climates... we're all set for our English summer holiday

Masks, flask, clothing for all climates... we're all set for our English summer holiday

11 July 2020

In the seventh part of her Lockdown Life diary for the Indie, Stortford mum Cate Wilson is getting ready to pack for a staycation in Northumberland.


'The cancer has spread to my brain and I could be out of time, so I need to put my family first'

'The cancer has spread to my brain and I could be out of time, so I need to put my family first'

'The cancer has spread to my brain and I could be out of time, so I need to put my family first'

31 May 2020

Beth 'Bowel Warrior' Purvis, 41 in June, writes for the Stortford Indie as a married mother of two from Elsenham living with stage 4 cancer.


Chocolate cake for breakfast, a husband's home haircut hell and distracted by the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Chocolate cake for breakfast, a husband's home haircut hell and distracted by the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Chocolate cake for breakfast, a husband's home haircut hell and distracted by the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

23 April 2020

Cate Wilson's feeling better about the failure of her 'Project Wilson' family plan after hearing of the ineptness of others on the lockdown journey.


Lockdown life: Why I've had to throw in the towel on my family transformation plan

Lockdown life: Why I've had to throw in the towel on my family transformation plan

Lockdown life: Why I've had to throw in the towel on my family transformation plan

20 April 2020

Cate Wilson reflects on a traumatic Joe Wicks PE session, 'bake's off' with her 16-year-old son Jacob and Zoom chats with her mum's feet...


Nature Notes: Jono reaches a century of species on his Little Hadham garden safari

Nature Notes: Jono reaches a century of species on his Little Hadham garden safari

Nature Notes: Jono reaches a century of species on his Little Hadham garden safari

19 April 2020

Indie columnist Jono Forgham is studying his garden wildlife in detail during lockdown and has discovered over 100 species


'I can't see my beautiful boy Joey but I know he's in the best place'

'I can't see my beautiful boy Joey but I know he's in the best place'

'I can't see my beautiful boy Joey but I know he's in the best place'

10 April 2020

Stephen Unwin's heartfelt piece about the amazing care his 23-year-old son receives at St Elizabeth's Centre and why it needs our help during crisis.


Jono's Nature Notes: Lots more to see in your garden than you might think

Jono's Nature Notes: Lots more to see in your garden than you might think

Jono's Nature Notes: Lots more to see in your garden than you might think

02 April 2020

Jono Forgham doesn't let self-isolating get in the way of nature spotting as he takes a closer look at the wildlife in his own small bit of the world.


Time to get crafty with art packs delivered to your door

Time to get crafty with art packs delivered to your door

Time to get crafty with art packs delivered to your door

01 April 2020

Bishop's Stortford crafting businesses The Making Place and The Little Arts Workshop producing packs for the whole family to enjoy during lockdown


Trading places: Former City worker devises wildlife and environment board game

Trading places: Former City worker devises wildlife and environment board game

Trading places: Former City worker devises wildlife and environment board game

01 April 2020

Planet B Race, a game for all the family, is the brainchild of Stortford man Clint Williams, a 60-year-old father of three and a grandfather.


Lockdown: The Indie's guide to staying close while staying away

Lockdown: The Indie's guide to staying close while staying away

Lockdown: The Indie's guide to staying close while staying away

30 March 2020

In a new column, Tom Ryder offers tips and techniques to help you stay well during this period of self-isolation and social distancing.


Show your love for our NHS heroes by colouring this and putting it in your window

Show your love for our NHS heroes by colouring this and putting it in your window

Show your love for our NHS heroes by colouring this and putting it in your window

28 March 2020

Tickety Boo Illustration has created a picture for people to colour and display as a sign of appreciation for NHS doctors, nurses and other staff.


'It's like being trapped in an abusive game of Heads We Win, Tails You Lose'

'It's like being trapped in an abusive game of Heads We Win, Tails You Lose'

'It's like being trapped in an abusive game of Heads We Win, Tails You Lose'

02 March 2020

A Bishop's Stortford mother writes anonymously about her three-year battle with Herts CAMHS to get help for her son's mental health issues...


Why my rock bottom was the best thing that’s happened to me

Why my rock bottom was the best thing that’s happened to me

Why my rock bottom was the best thing that’s happened to me

16 February 2020

In September, Carl Waring completed the Berlin Marathon – 8 years to the day that he set off on the long road to recovery from life as an alcoholic.


Couple hope they have the magic formula with escape room for all the family

Couple hope they have the magic formula with escape room for all the family

Couple hope they have the magic formula with escape room for all the family

08 February 2020

In Sawbridgeworth, Escape Space's game A Magical Disappearance gives players an hour to help professor escape from a painting he's trapped inside


The road ahead looks bleaker – it seems like my cancer is back

The road ahead looks bleaker – it seems like my cancer is back

The road ahead looks bleaker – it seems like my cancer is back

27 January 2020

Beth Purvis, aka Bowel Warrior, writes a column for the Indie about living with stage 4 cancer as a 40-year-old married mother of two.


How the tragedy of my father's death led me to living the life that I love

How the tragedy of my father's death led me to living the life that I love

How the tragedy of my father's death led me to living the life that I love

26 January 2020

Lian Brook-Tyler, a Stortford primary school mum who lives in Farnham, writes a new column, Wild&Happy, for the Indie. This is her story...


Support and solidarity on the menu at Pregnancy Supper Club

Support and solidarity on the menu at Pregnancy Supper Club

Support and solidarity on the menu at Pregnancy Supper Club

25 January 2020

A supper club for new and expectant mums to meet others who are entering motherhood is launching in Bishop's Stortford


Get your binoculars out – it’s time for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

Get your binoculars out – it’s time for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

Get your binoculars out – it’s time for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

24 January 2020

Green Watch columnist Louise Tennekoon and her family are looking forward to the world's largest wildlife survey this weekend (January 25-27)


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