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Ben's Bangers. Ben Stiff with his street food truck.

Entrepreneur Ben Stiff has launched a gourmet Suffolk sausage business

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Summer may be drawing to a close but it is still warm enough for a trip to the Suffolk coast - and you can’t visit the seaside without indulging in an ice cream treat.

Chilford Hall Vineyard in Cambridgeshire has won a total of seven medals in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year 2014 competition

Ever wanted to visit a vineyard? Suffolk has several and the best time to visit an English Vineyard is in September when everything is in full bloom, with full bunches of grapes and beautifully pruned foliage.

Food review: The Tuddenham Fountain

Friday, September 9, 2016
Review: The Tuddenham Fountain. Signature chocolate fondant.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis reviews The Tuddenham Fountain near Ipswich

A study by Healthwatch Essex shows why making healthy food choices an be difficult for some families

As campaigners complain about junk food marketing by sponsors of the Rio Olympics, a new study reveals what influences the food-buying habits of mothers from a deprived area of our region. Sheena Grant looks at the powerful forces that affect our choices to find out why we can find it hard to eat more healthily

family life

Stephen Dunn

If you could only listen to one playlist for the rest of your life, which ten songs would you choose? Professor Dr Stephen Dunn shares his ultimate playlist with Martine Silkstone, and explains the significance of each track in his life.

Dick Kirby

Ex-detective Dick Kirby’s new book, Laid Bare, on the unsolved murders of eight women

Elizabeth Jane Howard with first husband Sir Peter Scott.
 'I think they really were in love, but not at the same time...' says her biographer

She modelled for Vogue, endured painful times during marriages to well-known men, wrote novels that were turned into a TV series and finally found a kind of peace in Suffolk

Brenda Grunwell and her dog, Cola

Brenda Grunwell is determined to raise awareness about the rare condition that almost killed her, so that others too might live. Sheena Grant reports on a Saturday morning of near-tragedy

walks

The Leather Bottle at Pleshey

Pleshey is well known for its motte-and-bailey and is a popular walking area, writes walker Lotte Sherman.

River Waveney Sculpture Trail. Photo: Andrew Atterwill

The River Waveney Sculpture Trail is open. We take a wander down the riverbank to see what’s in store.

Ramsholt - Richard Tyson

Many readers will have seen pictures of the ancient Ramsholt church, which overlooks a stretch of the lower Deben, and perhaps used the riverside path towards the north.

Caroline Angus with A Pig's Year Of It at Endeavour House

Dressed for both a summer stroll and a winter hike, A Pig’s Year Of It arrived outside Suffolk County Council’s Endeavour House at exactly the right time.

opinion

The new iPhone 7

Apparently, a new iPhone was launched earlier this month, writes Thrifty Living columnist Sheena Grant.

Opinion: Does magic really exist? A Suffolk mum shares her doubts

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Ellen's daughter and kitten

I am awfully sceptical of anyone or anything purporting to have magic powers, writes mother-of-three Ellen Widdup.

A mindfulness and well-being confernce was held at Framlingham earlier in the year.

Growing up has never been easy but are the pressures on modern children particularly acute and if so, what can we do about it? Sheena Grant reports on a movement to help children cope better with the pressures of modern life and how Suffolk parents can find out more.

Lynne mortimer - How many more sleeps?

Monday, September 19, 2016
Happy Birthday George

George is four, writes proud grandmother Lynne Mortimer.

One of the first customers Hieu Pham with his new iPhone 7 at the Apple store in Covent Garden, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 16, 2016. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will both come in two new black finishes and are water resistant for the first time. See PA story TECHNOLOGY iPhone. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

When is the best time for children to start learning money management skills? asks Sheena Grant.

homes & garden

One of the most expensive houses sold in Suffolk in August 2016

Four homes in Suffolk sold for more than £1million in July.

Rats. Stock image. Credit: PA

An allotments site in east Suffolk is said to have descended into “anarchy” with a rat infestation that is feared to be affecting nearby homes.

Andrew Brogan is dwarfed by his plants! Photo: Belinda Roll - www.facebook.com/BelindaRollPhoto

Alan Titchmarsh called it “like Belize come to Beccles”. Just two more chances to visit in 2016. Grab them!

A house for sale in Woodbridge that has several castle attributes and was designed and built by local architect William Maj.

They say an Englishman’s home is his castle but rarely could the saying be more accurately applied than in the case of this Suffolk citadel.

travel

Relaxing in the garden spa

Amid the tears, tantrums, snotty faces, tense negotiations, inane chatter and bribery, lies a beautiful concept, writes Naomi Gornall.

Relax and unwind

When the weather is as glorious as this, you want to do nothing more than sit back and relax.

Norwegian fjords

So many holidays can seem ruined before they even begin because of airport hassle. So, why not chill out and try a no-fly cruise? Just drive to the cruise terminal and hand over your un-weighed cases. 
Your holiday begins with lunch on board your ship, and you’ll be amazed where you could end up. The main departure points are Southampton, Dover and Tilbury. You don’t have to get there until after mid-day so no need to be up at the crack of dawn either.

Scenic Crystal, Budapest

Let’s start with the fun bits, writes Mike Pickup after a trip to Budapest, in Hungary.

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