Are We Entering the New Roaring Twenties?

The quote is attributed to the English theologian Thomas Fuller from 1650. It could easily be applied now, more than 370 years on. As the weather turns for the better, the vaccine programme accelerates across the UK, and green shoots of the ‘old normal’ start to spring up, here at Martin & Co we’re feeling…

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Three Stories to Get You in the Mood for Valentine’s Day

Lockdown celebrations One thing star-crossed lovers in Chelmsford don’t have to worry about this Valentine’s Day is bagging a reservation at a candle-lit restaurant.  In “normal times”, even the most mediocre eatery is booked solid on 14 February, but – alas – thanks to lockdown that won’t be the case this year.  So how can couples celebrate…

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What NOT to Buy Your Partner this Valentine’s Day

The Beatles were right when they sang ‘money can’t buy me love.’ But money can buy you a gift to give to your significant other. The trouble is not all ‘romantic gifts’ are created equally and received gratefully. And with Valentine’s Day on Sunday here are seven presents to avoid. Anything weight-related – Slim-Fast won’t…

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Why Hope is on the Horizon for Chelmsford

The past 12 months have been a Mount Everest like challenge for most of us. But hope is on the horizon. Here are seven reasons to stay optimistic in 2021. The vaccine rollout continues to gather pace and is vaccinating millions. Several animal species are expected to be saved from extinction. More governments across the…

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Three Stories to Make You Feel Good This Friday

Mental health used to be a taboo subject, but thankfully things are changing.  This week was Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and up and down the country, people found interesting ways to engage with young people about the issue. The week’s theme was ‘expressing yourself’ and encouraged young people to find ways to share feelings,…

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7 Mental Health Tips for Children in Chelmsford

Children’s Mental Health Week runs until Sunday. And we’re sharing seven super tips on how you can help your little cherubs cope with the strains lockdown can place upon their young shoulders. Listen – Ask them how they are feeling and listen to what they have to say. Support – There have been difficult times…

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How to Advise Tenants Who Won’t Be Told about Mould.

Let’s unpack what Chelmsford landlords can learn from the findings of the memorably titled Mouldy Nation Report. Firstly, before you ask, yes there really is a document called the Mouldy Nation Report (we’re not making it up).  Uswitch, an energy and finance comparison website, produced the report after surveying 2,000 people from across the UK about mould…

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Four Reasons to Be Cheerful in Chelmsford Today.

You can’t lose if you snooze If you often nod off mid-afternoon, we have good news – a new study suggests napping can sharpen your mind and help ward off dementia. A survey of 2,214 people, published in General Psychiatry, found post-lunch snoozers had better memory recall and improved emotional stability and verbal fluency.  All this comes…

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