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Remi Morrison is pictured at Pump and Grind in Ipswich.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis finds great value at Pump and Grind in the centre of Ipswich.

Justine Paul is setting up her fourth farmer's market at the Traverse in Bury St Edmunds on December 11.

Nearly 30 traders at new market in Bury St Edmunds on December 11

Charlotte review Crown and Castle Orford. Steak and kidney pie.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis enjoys relaxed dining at the award-winning Crown and Castle in Orford.

Festive Taste Testing.

Our judging panel put Christmas food from Suffolk supermarkets to the test to help you with your Christmas 2016 food shop.

The Northgate Bury St Edmunds

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis visits brand new restaurant with rooms The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds

family life

Shoppers fill the Cornhill area of Ipswich town centre preparing for Christmas

If you are still struggling for Christmas gift ideas for your children, nieces and nephews, this could help you out. Here we list the must-have toys that will be under Christmas trees in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Woodbridge this year.

From left, Sonya, Maureen and Laurence Burrows, Emily and Helen Ellison, with information about the Roger David Burrows Music Fund, set up in memory of their son, brother and uncle.

When they lost a much-loved son and brother four years ago the Burrows family decided to continue his love of music through a fund they set up in his name. Sheena Grant reports

1st Stowmarket Guides on the steps of Abbot’s Hall with Black Knight Historical reenactment specialists in Georgian costume

What foods did our medieval, Georgian and Victorian ancestors enjoy? Young people in Stowmarket have been reviving some centuries-old recipes. Sheena Grant finds out about the delights of salmagundi and stone-ground bread that could wear your teeth away.

England's Jonny Bairstow plays a shot on the third day of the second cricket test match against India in Visakhapatnam last month. Photo: AP/Aijaz Rahi

For a man who reckons he drifted into advertising and public relations without knowing much about it, Bob Cattell hasn’t done badly. We’d all be pretty chuffed to have altered course slightly and ended up selling more than 250,000 children’s books, wouldn’t we?

walks

Some of the views around Sweffling

Richard Tyson enjoys a three-mile walk around the village of Sweffling.

All Saints Church, Hawstead

Chris Barker has a glimpse of a fascinating heritage project taking shape in west Suffolk with the latest in our weekly walks.

Botesdale walk, Bill Baldry, Oct 8 eadt

Bill Baldry finds some fascinating peculiarities on a north Suffolk stroll starting at Botesdale Chapel-of-Ease, an attractive 15th Century building with an engraved Latin inscription.

The Leather Bottle at Pleshey

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

opinion

Shoppers fill the Cornhill area of Ipswich town centre preparing for Christmas

If you are still struggling for Christmas gift ideas for your children, nieces and nephews, this could help you out. Here we list the must-have toys that will be under Christmas trees in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Woodbridge this year.

Ellen's son is excited about Santa's visit on December 24

Here is your spoiler alert: In the improbable event that your child gets hold of this page of the newspaper, do not let them read on - warsn mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Lynne Mortimer's bag drifted off in the water feature as she ate lunch

It was a first, writes Lynne Mortimer. Daughter Ruth, recently married, invited me to have lunch with her at the council offices where she works.

No-one would argue that 2016 has been anything other than a strange year. A very strange year, writes Sheena Grant.

Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future

When I was a kid I was obsessed with my imagined vision of “life in the future” - which centered largely around the year 2015, writes Ellen Widdup.

homes & garden

Former nightclub is being converted into luxury homes.  Owner Joe Fogel with contractor Levi Draycott of TLC Building Services

Work has started on transforming a former Ipswich nightspot into luxury homes but many of the original features will be retained by the new owner.

Homefield, Little Bealings

Take a look at some of the most valuable homes sold in Suffolk in August.

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.

travel

Nueva, Asturias - cheese stall at the market

Roger Hermiston and Eileen Wise found more riches than they could have imagined exploring the Northern Spanish coast.

Dorf Andermatt

Switzerland is a land of contrasts. And this year the Swiss are celebrating the completion of one of the world’s greatest engineering projects that connects two strikingly different parts of the country, writes James Marston.

The pistes blend into one another in Courchevel

The main streets are littered with designer names including Dior, Prada and Chanel, the pavements are heated and only the best champagne is served.

Relaxing in the garden spa

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

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