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There’s an endorsement on the village website: ‘we go to a lot of open gardens events and this is the best’. High praise. We can judge for ourselves soon

From giant latex balloons launched towards Europe, to the Prime Minister who played regularly at the local golf course, it’s all in a new book

The Beano’s 80th birthday bash reminded us we’ve got an artist in our midst who’s drawn for the comic’s publisher for nigh on four decades. He explains why it’s still a success

I’ve got Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Victoria Wood and Katherine Ryan. Who tickles your fancy?

Sometimes, when doing your research before an interview, you chance upon something fascinating. The name of Elodie Harper’s mother rang a bell. Suzy Kendall – an actress whose credits include the 1967 film To Sir, with Love that starred Sidney Poitier and Lulu. And who was married to comedian Dudley Moore (news to me) before they divorced and Suzy went on to wed Elodie’s father.

The clothes are great. Sadly, I have the body of Shrek...

Mind you, would we really fancy going to a place where the temperature falls regularly to -92C? Ooh!

The Blues Band, Georgie Fame, Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and more… It’s got the lot

You’ll never guess who I am. Can I demand a recount?

This year’s sustained high temperatures and lack of rain brings uncomfortable echoes of another year remembered for its heat and ‘white grass’, writes Steve Russell.

With ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ riding high in the cinemas, Steven Russell thought he’d list his top five ABBA songs. Has he got it all wrong?

Forty years on and it’s still fresh and fabulous, reckon three fans

Musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is out, a decade after the first film. Steven Russell explains why he likes the concept, and a long-suffering work colleague insists he’s wrong

It has dazzling colours and topiary in the shape of a duckling and dragon!

Grayling Marsh, a fresh-out-of-college vet, will write a regular column for us about creatures great and small... and adventures with her Labrador Lachlan

With the end of the World Cup and Wimbledon, many of us will experience a come-down. Here’s an antidote: some great football and tennis books to keep the buzz alive a while yet

The world would be a better place if we had more people like former Colchester Art School student Peter Firmin, and with the values that shone through in his work

The reason is simple: We want to honour the numerous inspirational women of today who deserve to be recognised for their successes. And, in doing so, we’ll also remember the achievements of those who have gone before.

Today we launch a quest: To find, with your help, the Suffolk women making great and positive differences to our lives.

Angela Harvey got in touch following our article about the 10 top equine-related films of all time

We’ve got Monty Roberts, Nick Skelton, Clare Balding and more. Do you have any good ones to share?

‘By now, the cold spell in Britain is in its 64th day – the coldest winter since 1829-30. The last really cold spell, in 1949, lasted 49 days...’

The National Garden Scheme’s Snowdrop Festival is ON. Here are the local dates and places

Margaret was about two years from retirement and looking forward to it. Then a letter blew a hole in her dreams

The number of registered adult breeding female horses has dropped by more than 5% in a year, so the battle’s on

Winter training in Argentina is paradise - his own field of dreams

Her book Drawn to the Country is a perfect pick-me-up on a dull, grey, winter’s day

Adventurers and pirates, traders and tragedies, dreams and danger… All in Bob Malster’s book from Poppyland Publishing

Is the BBC’s Sunday-night treat really ‘essentially a women’s show’?

The first statue of a woman will soon be unveiled in Parliament Square. A woman who helped win the vote. A woman from Suffolk. Steven Russell looks at her life and legacy.

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