Read April's etc Magazine online here

Little did I know that when I put the April edition of etc Magazine to press what would happen in the following weeks.

Thursday, 26th March 2020, 3:25 pm
Picture courtesy of Dorothy Perkins

It has all got a bit odd hasn't it.

A lot of time and love goes into producing the magazine each month and I think the April edition is one of our best.

And then we went into lockdown and many of our outlets had to close so we had to rethink how we would get the issue out to our readers.

Firstly you can view it online, as you can every month. West Sussex by clicking here and East Sussex by clicking hereWe will also be placing the magazine in next week's Chichester Observer and Eastbourne Herald, so you will get a little bonus when you pick up your weekly newspaper.

So what can you expect inside?

In West Sussex Rachel talks to yoga teacher Heather Leary about her new venture The Real Yoga Club in Chichester and her mission to make it less intimidating for people attending their first class or getting back into it.

I caught up with Tracy Walker and Salima Rajap who are bringing an oasis of calm to Arundel. Tracy has opened up Tracy Walker Salon, while next door is Salima’s day spa The Spa Club.

I was also invited to take a look at a new project run by Carers Support West Sussex they joined forces with Lewes’s Community Chef to bring his ‘Man with a Pan’ cooking workshops to the county. It was really nice to see the impact this was having on male carers and how cooking can get people talking, while increasing confidence in the kitchen.

In both editions we also have an interview with the legend that is Jeff Goldblum who has a new series starting on the Disney+ streaming service called The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

In East Sussex you can expect a round up of some very delicious looking Easter eggs, I wouldn’t say no to the Fortnum and Mason’s Easter hamper.

On the theme of chocolate Juliet heads to Eastbourne and catches up with a chocolatier who created a 6ft high god, weighing nearly 100 kilos and made up of £600 worth of Belgian chocolate.

I had a really interesting chat with Jules Ash who owns The Silvery. I was amazed to find out that the pieces are created by silver plating the items rather than a mould. So that shell your child lovingly found for you can be preserved in silver forever. It was great to hear what requests people have had in the past from teeth to a pet goldfish.

And St Leonards photographer Georgina Piper reveals the inspiration behind her work and what led her to first picking up a camera.

I also found out more about hypnotherapy and Rapid Transformational Therapy in particular. Jodie Creaser qualified in October 2019, she is certified under Marisa Peer, a leader in the field.

Due to the current climate etc Magazine is going to take a little break but will be back in the summer.

We will still be posting lifestyle features on the newspaper websites and check out stories in your local paper.

Take care and enjoy the issue.

A message from the Editor, Gary Shipton:

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