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Days Gone By

Dozens of public houses have closed in Ipswich in recent years. The pace of losses has now slowed and many community pubs are run by volunteers. 


Ransomes Sims and Jefferies is an Ipswich company where generations of local people worked, writes photography and local history enthusiast David Kindred.

Anybody who was at school up to the 1970s will recall how punishment was administered with a cane or slipper.

Family life

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

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.

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

Travel

Mike Pickup and his wife weren’t entirely sure where they were even going when they signed up to a trip to Kazakhstan - and even had to open the Atlas to check, as he reveals.

Roger Hermiston and Eileen Wise found more riches than they could have imagined exploring the Northern Spanish coast.

An Army veteran who has been frequenting the White Horse, a 17th Century coaching inn, Duns Tew, for decades, has just one answer when asked for his advice on what to do in the rural Cotswolds village.

Opinion

Suffolk County Council’s publication of possible routes for a northern by-pass for Ipswich does take the project forward – but there is a very long way to go before any new road is built, writes Paul Geater.

This is the time of year when we hear about the crisis in the NHS with A&E units struggling to cope – and social care facing financial meltdown, writes Paul Geater.

January can be depressing, so depressing, in fact, that someone has even done a calculation to pinpoint the exact day when we’re likely to be at our most melancholy, writes Sheena Grant.

Homes & garden

For some, a New Year means a new home – and there are plenty of homes on the market in Suffolk at the moment to satisfy most budgets.

Suffolk can be a hotspot for expensive properties, with it’s stunning locations, historic towns and transport links to London.

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

Ipswich icons

We must have been a God-fearing lot back in the middle of the 19th Century; the churches were full, people queued outside and there was standing room only, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Seckford Hall was built in the early years of the 16th Century, there had been an earlier house on the site incorporated into the present building which was finished between 1540 and 1550, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Margaret Mary Tempest was born at 28 Fonnereau Road on May 15, 1892 to Charles and Frances Tempest, writes John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

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