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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Children from three Suffolk primary schools outside the Kenyan High Commission in London

An education project that was the brainchild of a former Suffolk headteacher is helping local schools understand the lives of children almost 7,000 miles away in a remote part of Kenya. Sheena Grant reports

Elene Marsden and her charity shop clothes.

One day almost two years ago, Elene Marsden bought a pair of boots from a charity shop and when she got home she felt she just had to tell the world about them.

Juliette Bryant with a healthy chocolate smoothie

Forget most of what you thought you knew about dieting and healthy eating, says nutritionist Juliette Bryant.

Plant out in spring for an instant boost to your borders

Are you a novice gardener in need of a guiding hand? Catherine McMillan can ease the pressure

'One of the best aspects of archery is how easy it is to get up and running very quickly'

Anna King, from Colchester and District Archery Club, tells us why her sport is great

Tom and Pat Lait

We ask Pat Lait, who co-founded The Lait Dance Club in Ipswich, how we can shimmy like Ore Oduba (and not Ed Balls)

You don't need much to get started with geocaching. Photo: Sonya Duncan

Keith and Lorraine Shelton have found hidden containers in Estonia, Portugal and the Canary Islands

All above board here! Joe Jaques, great-great grandson of the inventor of croquet;, Susanna Dekker, Tom Bowen and Ricki Hall take part in the Pimm's Cider Extreme Croquet Cup on the White Cliffs of Dover, to celebrate the 165th anniversary of the game., Photo: Matt Alexander/PA

Fancy trying a new sport in 2017? Bury St Edmunds & District Croquet Club sends an invite

Great Britain's Judo player Gemma Gibbons (top) throws France's Audrey Tcheumeo during the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA

Want to try a new sport in 2017? Gail sings the praises of judo, where ‘the females always fight harder!’

Browsers Bookshop best-evers

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Catherine Larner

Does The Grapes of Wrath do it for you? What about Catch 22?

Gallery: The hottest new books of 2017?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson in The Girl on The Train

Who doesn’t savour the anticipation when you know a book you’d like is about to come out? Try these, suggests Steven Russell

Mandie Holgate at the launch of her new book. Photo: Caroline Horne Suffolk Photography

We must ‘fight the fear’ to conquer our negative mindset, she says

Fenella was part of a team that worked on two homes belonging to David Bowie and his wife Iman. Photo: Yui Mok/PA

Handy hints to make your home look great in 2017

Liddy, Sam and Luke in Jordan

Who says you have to set your sights low when you have children and also want a holiday to remember?

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz told a newspaper she had resisted Facebook and Twitter, and said: Im on Instagram but I use it for specific things. Its a bit frightening, really. Im not going to photograph the fried eggs I eat in the morning. It seems unnatural to me, like posting photos of my family. Photo: AP/Abraham Caro Marin

A look back at what made the news in 2016

All the pigs at the Ta Ta Trotters exhibition at Ipswich Corn Exchange.

As merrymakers tuck into their piggys in blankets over Christmas, some families across the region have enjoyed the festive period with a different type of hog.

Gary Willis

Gary Willis of Conservatoire East shares his ultimate playlist with Martine Silkstone and explains the significance of each track in his life.

Cocktails in Wingspan Bar, The Angel, Bury St Edmunds.

The festive season is well and truly upon us, so if you’re thinking about where to go for a cocktail, then Suffolk has some of the finest bars around - chin, chin!

Jo Salter giving a presentation on Fashion Revolution at an Indian college when she visited the country earlier this year.

Jo Salter is no fashion victim. So how did she come to set up a clothing label that has captured the interest of Joanna Lumley and may help change the way we think about how the things we wear are made? Sheena Grant reports

Author Jeanette Hewitt with her Chernobyl-based crime novel released earlier in 2016. It's been quite a year....

Would you seek help from a former IRA gunman jailed for life for attempted murder? Felixstowe’s JM Hewitt did, for her book The Hunger Within

Ellis Barker with her guests during her La Belle Assiette dinner experience

As the cold winter nights descend upon Suffolk, what could be better than enjoying a night of outstanding food surrounded by your nearest and dearest but in the comfort of your own home?

Go on... admit you can remember the dance that went with this Eurovision winner...

If you’re younger than about 23, you’ll probably fall about laughing at suggestions the UK has actually won the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. But we have

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.

Roger’s inspirational legacy

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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

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