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Days Gone By

Photographs of the Woodbridge Road, Sidegate Lane area of Ipswich, were published on these pages recently and readers have responded with memories of the area.

Trains provided a link to the outside world for towns and villages as the Victorian railway companies expanded with main and branch lines all over Suffolk.

A mixture of homes, schools and businesses make the busy area of Ipswich around the junction of Woodbridge Road, Rushmere Road and Cauldwell Hall Road.

Family life

Emily Cotton enjoys Sunday brunch at The Boarding House Dining Rooms in Halesworth.

Hazel O’Connor was a trailblazer for female performers during the 1980s. She reminisces about the friends she made and the battles she’s fought.

Sudbury Christmas lights switch-on. When and where to enjoy the entertainment

Travel

Weekends have a tendency to disappear in a blur of swimming lessons, household chores and football matches, and it is not until you escape for a mini-break that you realise just what you can do in 48 hours.

Christmas is largely over-rated. There I have said it. Why would you want to fight over a parking space in Tesco when you could have the slopes to yourself in Sestriere?

Travel review: The beauty of Bath

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I’m always on a mission to explore new cities but that doesn’t mean I’m easily impressed. I was disappointed with Venice – an uncomfortably busy, tourist city which appeared to have none of the usual city functions.

Opinion

The Christmas lights are up, and on, all over Ipswich. The Bury Christmas Fayre starts today. So the festive season has well and truly started.

In a flight of fanciful Nigella-ness, Lynne wonders if Christmas is more commercial tackiness than warm loveliness

No one who lived through the firestorm prompted by the 18% council tax rise imposed by Suffolk County Council in 2003 will be in any doubt about how toxic the issue can be.

Homes & garden

A driving force behind Colchester’s beautiful public spaces has been named a community champion.

Two Essex community gardening groups have achieved excellence in one of Europe’s largest horticultural campaigns.

Four British records were smashed at a national pumpkin festival sponsored by Ipswich seed firm Thompson & Morgan.

Ipswich icons

Amongst the previous articles to feature under the banner headline Ipswich Icons John Norman, of the Ipswich Society, has written about the River Orwell (possibly the most beautiful commercial river in the country), the River Gipping and the Alderman Canal, and following the publication of each it has been suggested I should write about Woodbridge’s River, the Deben.

John Norman looks at the land earmarked for a new record office and finds it has a fascinating history.

John Norman looks at Lower Orwell Street, a quiet neighbourhood once of civic importance and full of life

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