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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”.

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 celebrate National Picnic Week.

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.

Children’s arts festival preview

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Once Upon A Festival show Tiddler and Other Tales

Need help keeping the kids entertained? Event looks at this year’s Once Upon a Festival, running June 12-26.

'Ben was for the best part of forty years my nearest and dearest,' said Peter Pears, right, of Benjamin Britten. 'And&I cant be thankful enough for that& it was just a gift from God, something I didnt deserve. It was a gift.' Photo: Courtesy Boydell Press

‘You expect to hear the roar of their success and achievements but instead you read the timpani sound of their affections’

Lois Mickleburgh owner of Jenny Wren's Yarns, which has been short-listed for the British Knitting Awards

There are lots of crafty people out there and, in these days of mass production, many are also discovering and taking up traditional crafts for making their own clothers and other items – ancient crafts like knitting and crochet.

Greyhound walkers at Notley Country Park, Braintree.

Ten years ago a handful of greyhound owners and their dogs got together for a walk at a country park in Essex.

Compact and bijoux: Claudia Myatt in the galley of her old tugboat Else

As her marriage crumbled, Claudia Myatt bid goodbye to the ‘yummy mummy’ years and swapped dry land for a life afloat in Suffolk

'I look after the garden but in tandem with all the bugs and beasties that are in it,' says Hazel Buchanan

‘My daughters call us The Hobbits...’ Hazel Buchanan’s one of the folk opening their gates to the public for Boxford’s big day

Gary Avis chats to the cast of the Co-op Juniors' production of Starlight Express. Photo: James Fletcher

Once a Co-op Junior always a Co-op Junior. Renowned Royal Ballet Star Gary Avis talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage about how the group took a bullied young boy and helped turn him into the man he is today.

Kelly Dorward with her book. Photo: Nick Butcher

This is unexpected. I’ve made the writer of an erotic novel blush. Just a little, writes Steven Russell/

Surviving the show with children in tow. Don't let pester power ruin your day.

The Suffolk Show is undoubtedly a great place for children. The opportunity to get within a metre of a champion Hereford heifer, or climb on an actual tractor, or watch cars race round the Grand Ring – it’s a perfect day for little people.

Rosa Hoskins

Suffolk-born actor Bob Hoskins died in 2014. Now his daughter, Rosa, has written a book about what it was like to grow up with him. She spoke to Sheena Grant

Brightlingsea Museum's First World War exhibition commemorating the arrival of thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers to the town.
Marriage of Sapper Gordon Henderson to Kitty Fieldgate on 1st August 1917.

During the First World War, the Anzacs arrived in Britain, to live, work, prepare for war, and, in some cases, marry. Sheena Grant finds out how Brightlingsea took the Anzacs to its heart

Some 14 years have passed since Jimmys Farm sprung to life. I spoke to farmer and TV star Jimmy Doherty about the highs, the lows and the importance of educating future generations about the food they eat. Photo: Lucy Taylor

Some 14 years have passed since Jimmy’s Farm sprung to life. Wayne Savage talks to the farmer and TV star about the highs, the lows and the importance of educating future generations about the food they eat.

Nicholas Pandolfi, returning to Town 102 on Monday

Nicholas Pandolfi returns to the airwaves from Monday. He tells entertainment writer Wayne Savage why, sheds light on his BBC Radio Suffolk exit and why “local” matters.

Zach Giles with residents

Students in Bury St Edmunds have had their eyes opened as an ambitious project in the town seeks to bring its young people together with those living with dementia.

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