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matt gaw

George Monbiot who appeared at the Suffolk Festival of Ideas.

I hate the tag of sleepy Suffolk. It conjures up an image of somewhere that’s not progressive or dynamic, exciting or vibrant.


It is time to do away with a system that leaves thousands without a voice and an illegitimate government

Voting is the foundation of political engagement

If you really care about democracy, it’s time to make your voice heard

ellen widdup

Ellen's children

I nearly forgot to write this column.


Ellen Widdup’s 2.4 Children

Ellen with her husband and children... soon to be joined by a new addition

They say good – and bad - things come in threes. It’s a magic number after all. Buses, lions, wishes - they all come in threes, writes Ellen Widdup.

my pet

Abbie Hunter

So it was all blue, blue and more blue for Suffolk in the general election.

Abbie Hunter

I am dog years ahead of my human person Matt.

Abbie Hunter

As the sun blazes down to raise temperatures to the mid 20s, I am thinking about sport., says Abbie Hunter.

james marston

015 James Marston column pic

I must say, wasn’t Winston Churchill a great man?

James Marston

So much excitement in the Edwardian Spa town of Felixstowe where I have a small flat with sea views (distant).

James Marston

The election was fun, wasn’t it? All that talking and chatting and running around the country.

Health and Fitness

Joni Bendall, who was born a male and now idenitifies as a woman

Something needs to happen, something needs to change.

Kat Parnell who has taken part in the TV show Ninja Warrior UK.

An Ipswich fitness instructor has taken a break from training others to put her own ninja-like strength to the test.

Reporter Matt Stott took on the UK's fittest man aged over 60, who is Great Bealings 62-year-old Mike Watts.

My news editors have asked me to do a few unusual things for the paper over the years – dress up as a nun on a golf course, pose as an elf in the high street and get dive-bombed by an angry mob of seagulls near the office.

lynne mortimer

Miss Marple

One of my birthday presents (yes, I still acknowledge gifts, if not my age) was a set of four British Library crime classics, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Lynne Mortimer's Monday Feeling

Sometimes, I have envied men, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Lynne at the surgery

This, I’m afraid, will be a tale of woe, writes Lynne Mortimer.

superdad will lodge

The Lodge family, Mitchell, Gemma, Mila, Seth, Will and Finley.

Parenting columnist Will Lodge looks at trying not to laugh when children say inappropriate, but funny, things.

Mila crawls

Crawling opens up a world of possibilities – and problems, says parenting columnist Will Lodge.

Mila Lodge at Chessington, with mum Gemma and brother Seth

Will Lodge, parenting columnist, reflects on the Easter holidays.


Duncan Goodhew launching Swimathon 90 at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre Stowmarket

 - January  1990

In January 1990 our photographers were at the Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre in Stowmarket for the launch of a major swimming challenge.

From The Archives Essex

Queens Guide Award to Lexden Girl Guides

March 1967

This group of Lexden Girl Guides posed for our photo back in March 1967 - but where are they now.

From The Archives West

Great Barton School Book Week
March 1997

Do the pictures in our gallery bring back any memories for you?

From The Archives East

Brandeston School pupils with parcels for Romania March 1998

More events featured in photographs have been remembered by our readers

From The Archives West

 Howard Primary School in Bury

Book Week characters October 1994

Were you at any of the events or do you recognise any of the people in this week’s archive pictures?

thrifty living

Swift in flight. CREDIT: Mark Thomas

If you want to share in one of the year’s most joyous experiences go outside, stand still, look skywards and listen, writes Sheena Grant as she continues her thrifty mission.


From Twitter trolls to cyber bullying and more besides, we all know there are lots of negative things associated with the internet., writes Sheena Grant.

Wanted: a DIY car repair course

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The car is just a financial and environmental millstone, writes Sheena Grant, who has embarked on a challenge to live a thriftier life.

Splashing out on new tyres

Books can entertain, make you laugh, make you cry, writes Thrifty Living columnist Sheena Grant.

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