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How do you deal with a tantrum?

This weekend all eyes were on Felixstowe after a seafront cafe owner made the national headlines over a Facebook rant about unruly children and parents who seem unwilling or unable to control them.

Karen Mills, a finance assistant at Colchester Hospital, had a double lung transplant at Papworth Hospital In 2014. A mosaic  is being created at the hospital by artist in residence Anne Schwegmann-Fielding to celebrate organ donation. 
L-R Anne Schwegmann-Fielding,Karen Mills.

A new artwork is taking shape at Colchester Hospital, celebrating the generosity of those who help others live after their death. Sheena Grant spoke to a woman whose life has been transformed by one such donor.

Lots of pools offer cut-price swimming to younger children

The school holidays are almost here. Sheena Grant looks at some no-cost and low cost ideas to keep the family entertained until September - whatever the weather.

Marc Titford and Greg Cooper at the first pop-up bar at Colours Continental Cafe in Ipswich.

Beer and Co will host the Saints Beer Festival in Ipswich this August

Head out into the Suffolk countryside for National Picnic Week.

This weekend, get your blankets and baskets out of the back of the cupboard (and maybe your umbrella – this is England after all) and head out into the Suffolk countryside to enjoy a summer picnic.

Bridget McIntyre at Dream On

Bridget McIntyre doesn’t fit the hard-nosed businesswoman stereotype. As she says, she’s ‘artificially blonde’ and has a penchant for pink. But that certainly didn’t hinder her success. Now she’s sharing all she’s learned to help other women change their lives for the better. Sheena Grant reports

Andrea Leadsom's smug assertion that parents are better people cost her the Tory leadership bid

Frankly, it needs saying.

People with children – get over yourselves.

Lowestoft beach

The Suffolk coastline offers a wide range of inexpensive days out and we have put together a list of recommendations depending on what you want from your visit to the beach.

Sheila Ferguson, starring in Enchanted Entertainment's Sleeping Beauty at the Ipswich Regent. Photo: Brian Avis

No, you’re not dreaming; this cast for this year’s Ipswich Regent pantomime Sleeping Beauty has been revealed.

Have your say - we share your letters

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
The theft of a woollen hat from the statue of Cardinal Wolsey in Ipswich has prompted Andrew Lovejoy to provide further information about Wolseys actual Cardinals hat. 	Photo: GREGG BROWN

Here we bring you some of the letters sent by our readers this week

Chalky and Christine White's children, Liz and Paul, playing at Kingsmead Close in the 1960s.

They were post-war ‘temporary’ homes that lasted six decades. Even though they so-called Unity Houses now gone, residents’ memories will live on forever, thanks to a book and exhibition telling their story.

Party time - Christine enjoying the company of friends

Former Anglia TV presenter Christine Webber has a second novel out - nearly thirty years after her first! She talks to LYNNE MORTIMER about Who’d Have Thought It? an entertaining story of sex, love, life, more sex, and the older woman.

Lucy Worsley

How did murder become middle class entertainment in Victorian Britain? Historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley spoke to Sheena Grant during a visit to Suffolk.

Easton White Horse.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis speaks to the new team at the Easton White Horse

Zoella is a firm favourite with teens.

You could be forgiven for thinking that PewDiePie, Zoella, CutiePieMarzia and ThatcherJoe are characters from a new Cbeebies programme, but they are not. These are the rock stars and movie heroes of the current teenage generation.

Melissa Castiel in her treatment room.

Melissa Castiel’s home in a village just outside Bury St Edmunds is picture perfect, with views over miles of open countryside to woods beyond.

Tasty food at Cafe Como in  Brent Eleigh.

Amy Gallivan finds a new spot for cyclists, Cafe Como, in Brent Eleigh

Stallholders and shoppers at the relaunch of Woodbridge Farmers' Market.

Amy Gallivan speaks to organiser of the revived Woodbridge Farmers’ Market

Sir Trevor Nunn talks about his new production of

Suffolk-born theatre legend Sir Trevor Nunn realises a lifelong ambition when he opens A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the New Wolsey Theatre tonight. In an exclusive interview, he tells arts editor Andrew Clarke about the joys of coming home

Comedian Bill Bailey headlines Latitude Festival's comedy arena this year

A shake-up of Latitude’s traffic plan has been revealed by festival founder Melvin Benn, who described last year’s situation as “nothing short of a disaster”.

Karl Lankester as Greaseball, Amber Bourne-Williams as Pearl, Holly Metcalfe as Electra and Laurie Bertram as Rusty with the cast of Starlight Express, staged by the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

Staging Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express would be a stretch for any youth group, never mind the added challenge of building a theatre in a gigantic aircraft hangar once used for testing jet engines and the fact many of the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company’s cast haven’t skated before.

Celebrant Michelle Taylor in a steampunk dress

When it comes to getting married, the options don’t end with a church, registry office or any other kind of licensed venue these days. The only limits, according to celebrant Michelle Taylor, are the limits of your imagination. Sheena Grant reports

The entrance to the Buttermarket Shopping Centre with all the glass removed - June 9

A three-week project to transform the front of an Ipswich shopping centre is nearing completion.

Ipswich town centre is ever-changing

Ipswich is an ever-changing scene with Jack Wills opening last week and 99p Stores recently rebranding at Poundland.

Who’s your inspirational teacher?

Monday, June 13, 2016
Maths teacher Claire Meadows-Smith and a student at the Community Maths School in Bury St Edmunds

It’s the annual exam season with students across the country sitting their GCSEs and A levels. Sheena Grant looks back to her own school days and examines the impact a good teacher can have on your life.

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