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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?

Essex Girls’ Night Out!

Saturday, December 3, 2016
It's all about making an effort and having fun with your friends

How Leanne and Tracy went back to the Roaring Twenties, with the help of their friends

Inspiring tomorrow’s young scientists

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Angela Smith, chief executive of Connect Education & Business

Want to know why too few girls are choosing science subjects to study and work in? It could be that the language of the lab is turning them off as much as the gender stereotyping, says Angela Smith, who is on a mission to change things. Sheena Grant found out more.

Timoshenko: the ship's cat who could feel danger coming

Colchester raised £435,223 to buy a Second World War submarine. Why have we forgotten that? asks Steven Russell.

Marcella McGovern and Sarah Byam from Isaacs on the Quay receive the regional wedding venue award from founder Damian Bailey

Historic Waterfront venue, Isaacs on the Quay, has been chosen as regional winner in The Wedding Industry Awards.

Relaxing by a cosy fire is definietly 'hygge'.

There has been a lot of talk lately about hygge; the lifestyle phenomenon from Denmark that is credited with the country’s reputation as one of the happiest in the world. But how do we embrace the concept in Suffolk?

Elizabeth Woodcraft in the 1960s, ready for a wedding

David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Who... They were all on the bill in Chelmsford

Two of the pages from the Second World War book of remembrance

After the guns fell silent on the Western Front, a Suffolk village decided not to build a big memorial. How it plans to turn back time.


In a year when so many rock and roll heroes have left us, it is easy to get caught up in the nostalgia of our own musical heydays.

Paul Packwood with his book about his experiences of sailing around the south coast. Taken in 2006

If you can squeeze as much into your life as Paul Packwood did his, you’ve cracked it.

Boys earn more than girls, even in their first jobs as teenagers and in the amount of pocket money they get from parents.

Thursday was Equal Pay Day, which means women are effectively working for free for the rest of the year because, on average, they earn less than men. And, suggests a study by researchers at the University of Essex, the gender pay gap starts at a tender age. Sheena Grant reports

Richard macRae, Carol Gant, simon Hallsworth and Ellie DeGory at St Clements Church, Ipswich they hope to turn into an Arts Centre

Deadline approaches for community cash bid

A nativity scene made in Naples by Ernesto Castiglione. It even features a miniature bed

Enjoy hundreds of nativity scenes and cribs in village church

The winners of the Suffolk Young Poets Competition 2016 at The Cut in Halesworth. Back row: Hannah Chilver, Willow Butler, Mollie Shaw, Alastair Davis, Ryan Hicks, Charlie Button, Kat Finch (reading for Louisa Sadler); front row: Sam Claxton, Freya Ballantyne, Jay Owen. Photo: Peter Everard Smith.

Read the winning poems from pupils at Alde Valley High School, Suffolk One, Hollesley Primary, Orford Primary, All Saints Laxfield, Grundisburgh Primary and Springfield Junior School

Let the adventure begin

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Ron Bibby on a Dementia Adventure holiday with the Calvert Trust in Kielder Water, Northumbria in June

A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t have to mean the end of life’s travels and discoveries. Sheena Grant finds out about a charity offering specialist holidays and learns about its work to increase opportunities in the great outdoors for people with the illness

George Orwell and ever-present cigarette. Photo: The Orwell Archive, UCL Library Special Collections

There’s no doubt about it: George Orwell, famous for novels such as Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, pretty much despised Southwold. Mind you, he smelled badly – of BO and shag tobacco...

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

By this time next week the United States may have their first woman president, the most powerful person in the world, writes Don Black.

'It’s not twee or pretty in the way that some other counties are. You have to work a little harder in Suffolk; it requires a deeper engagement,' says Fiona Melrose

‘I wore velvet shoes, spent long nights in cocktail bars...’ But then city girl Fiona Melrose lost her heart to eerie rural Suffolk

The Rev Richard Coles is a big dachshund fan. He and David have four

The former pop chart-topper turned vicar − in Southwold this week − tells STEVEN RUSSELL why he’s drawn to The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Queen officially opens The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. School children and sightseers gather on Newmarket High Street. To-To the dog.

Today Her Majesty the Queen was in Newmarket - the headquarters of British horseracing to officially unveil a statue of herself and open the new heritage centre.

Weavers' House Spa  - retail boutique and manicure emporium

It’s National Spa Week and with the weather turning colder and party season on its way, it’s a great time to pamper yourself at one of the top spas in Suffolk.

Alice is helped onto her horse by instructor Tessa Amos, left, and volunteers Tubs Hammond, right, and Viv Sadler, centre.

Over the years Hollesley Riding for the Disabled group has brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of children and adults. 
But it’s not just the riders’ lives that are enriched, as Sheena Grant discovered...

Ellen won't be sprinking edible glitter on her son's dinner again

There are some parenting hacks it took me three children to figure out, writes Ellen Widdup.

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