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We’re just past the longest day now which means that the nights will now slowly begin to get longer again and darker, writes Suffolk astronomer Neil Norman.

A Suffolk council has warned that a list of actions to address squeezed budgets following the coronavirus lockdown are being considered, and council reserves are likely to be “severely depleted”.

Government coronavirus restrictions have meant that Ipswich Borough Council has had to close many of its buildings such as sports centres, swimming pools, the Regent and Corn Exchange – and our museums, writes David Ellesmere

Support is being offered to small businesses who missed out on Government aid, explains David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council.

Book-lovers who have been unable to visit Suffolk’s libraries during lockdown are now being invited to resolve overdue fines online.

BBC Radio Suffolk communities manager and Ipswich Community Media director Cad Taylor has written an open letter to Ipswich in a bid to boost spirits in the town.

The lockdown requirements have brought challenges to all of us. But it has been extra difficult for those without a home, writes Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere.

The family of a British soldier who was killed during the retreat to Dunkirk have finally received a letter he wrote just before his death nearly 80 years ago.

The Prime Minister’s speech to the nation last Sunday was clearly of great significance and it clearly marks us moving to the next phase in tackling Covid-19.

Twenty school days have so far been lost to coronavirus with more to come, writes Claire Flintoff, Chief Executive Officer of ASSET Education.

Ipswich Borough Council’s top priority when the coronavirus struck was to keep essential services going and to support vulnerable residents and local businesses, writes leader David Ellesmere.

I was appalled to find out yesterday that one of those found guilty of the murder of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens had five years taken off his 21-year sentence.

I was very sorry to find out that more than 50 people have now died at Ipswich Hospital having contracted the coronavirus.

For his new novel, Spiked News, a thriller based on the British media, Suffolk author Clive Strutt researched the country’s press. Here, he explains what he found – and the differences between national and local newspapers.

We have to start off this month with news on a bright comet you may have read about that is approaching the sun, writes Suffolk astronomer Neil Norman.

This week we have all witnessed the dramatic spectacle of the Prime Minister of our country being admitted to the intensive care department at St Thomas’s Hospital in central London. This was a very sudden development and one that caught many of us by surprise.

What will Sizewell C bring for the young people of Suffolk? Dan Mayhew, principal of Alde Valley Academy in Leiston, looks at the benefits and opportunities for his students and explains ‘Why Sizewell C is for me’.

We are certainly living through extraordinary times.

There are so many dramatic words that can be used to describe the past week: unprecedented, extraordinary, dramatic, harrowing. Last week my column only touched upon the coronavirus briefly, this week it feels inappropriate to mention anything but the virus and the challenges it poses to us all.

Plans for a new 190 home estate and a care home which would create 50 jobs have been submitted to Babergh District Council.

Wednesday’s budget was my first as a new MP and rightly a large part of the Chancellor’s speech was dedicated to our economic response to the coronavirus. The importance of this effort was certainly brought home by the recent news of the first case in Suffolk.

Forensic experts have been at the home of a retired antiques dealer after a man was arrested on suspicion of murder following her death more than three weeks ago.

The notorious Copdock Mill roundabout should be replaced by a new junction between the A14 and A12 – and drivers should be able to use a dual carriageway all the way from east Suffolk to Stansted Airport via Braintree. But they will have to wait at least 10 years.

As president of the Victorian Society, Griff Rhys Jones has written an open letter following the Tolly Cobbold and Fisons fires, published below.

There has been a steady stream of unwelcome economic news over the past few weeks, writes Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere.

A Suffolk man who “avoided any form of exercise for the first 40 years of his life” is taking on one of the world’s most gruelling physical challenges to help homeless people in Ipswich.

An oil company in charge of an Ipswich filling station has been fined after selling petrol dispensed into a plastic drinks bottle by a woman who used it in an arson attack.

As your local MP, it’s a great privilege to be in a position to effect real change in our town and to work on the commitments I made during the campaign, writes Tom Hunt, MP for Ipswich.

Volunteers and parish council groups are being urged to help make roadside verges across Suffolk havens for wildlife.

Stargazers were treated to the spectacular sight of a green fireball on the same night five planets and a new moon were all discovered - here Neil Norman, an astronomer from Suffolk, tells us more about the night of February 16, 2020.

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