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The Swan at Lavenham

Monday is traditionally the day when I set out with good intentions, particularly where food is concerned.

Review: The Townhouse, Ipswich

Monday, June 15, 2015
chickpea and spinach croquettes

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis and Nicola Warren rave about lunch at The Townhouse in Ipswich.

Sudbury Food and Drink Festival

More than 60 local food and drink producers are expected to show off their wares this Sunday as a popular festival returns to a west Suffolk market town.

family life

Jean's aunts Lily and Ethel. 'Lily was blunt-spoken, much like her mother (Retta), whereas Ethel was a real little madam'

Jean Keevil loved her childhood in Bath Street, though is sad the area has changed

Seth and Eliza Gaw loved Latitude but planning was key, says dad Matt Gaw

With the mounting costs of family holidays, events like Latitude can be a genuine alternative to a traditional bucket and spade break.

Stand-up comedian Zoe Lyons, playing Colchester Arts Centre tonight. Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Comedian Zoe Lyons is all for equal opportunities, but isn’t interested in being the token woman on TV panel shows. The Colchester-bound stand-up talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage.


Great Tey

Combine this journey with a visit to the garden centre; you will find a space in their extensive car park and some refreshments on return. In the summer an area with tables and seating is open for leisure activities next to the Colne River. The ramble is an easy route following the travel of the sun to the village of Great Tey, one in a group of villages including Marks Tey. It involves little hard-top walking and the route back from west to east is clearly marked by the Essex Way and other discs. One farm complex, singled out by a large painting of the English flag on a high wall, is undergoing a barn conversion to a private residence – watch this space!

Walkers and riders pass alongside one another on this route

Chris Barker follows a route south of Bury St Edmunds.

Wherstead walk

Bill Baldry enjoys a wide variety of habitats near Ipswich


Walking group

From high up on the fell we could see Derwent Water and many of the hills made famous by the journals of the great Alfred Wainwright.

A holiday in Marlow can uncover some gems

You don’t always have to go far to find the magic, writes Andrea Powell.

The Olympic Park in Munich

Last weekend was not quite a holiday – but a real treat nonetheless.


The Government is talking about changing the goalposts when it comes to measuring poverty while suggesting yet more cuts.

The Government has no doubt just breathed a sigh of relief.

Culford Girls under 18 Hockey Team January 1990

Were you a member of the Culford girls under 18 hockey team in January 1990. Were you in the squad photographed here?

Seth, Finley & Mitchell Tomlinson-Lodge looking cool in Paris

Superdad Will Lodge considers what we really want to know from school reports.

James Marston at Stanton Downham

My plain-speaking-photographer-friend-Lucy, who’s getting married, doesn’t like being photographed.

health & beauty

Woodbridge Mayor Josh Sayles gets weighed at Boots. Mayor Josh Sayles with Sarah Norman from Boots.

A town mayor is shedding the pounds – and hoping to bring in some pounds for charity.

Can pets really improve your health?

Sunday, June 21, 2015
Maddy in PAT coat

Hearing that unmistakable pitter patter of paws as you get home after a long, hard day definitely offers a welcome boost.

Dame Judi Dench. Photo: Ian West/PA

Wake up, world! Older women deserve more respect!

Healthy vegetable drink

Let the juice loose – and spark a healthier you. But you have to think beyond the tried and tested fruit staples as Richard Porrit discovered.

homes & garden

Abbey Garden Terrace, Colchester

New homes in a great Colchester location

Jennifer Welch Designs

Flags – Do you fly them with pride or worry about the connotations? Here Ellen Widdup investigates the history of the flag and how you can use them in your home.

Brewery Farm, Polstead

Charming character cottage at Polstead

The Chapel Rooms, Gislingham

The derelict former chapel in the village of Gislingham near Eye is about to be revealed in its new form - as a stunning, modern character home The Chapel Rooms.

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