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On March 18, 2020, the UK government announced a nationwide shutdown of all UK schools, colleges and nurseries. Asides from a priority group of children of key workers and those from vulnerable backgrounds who continued to attend school in social bubbles, all school children were sent home until further notice, with just two days’ warning.

Kirsty Pitcher, interim chief operating officer of The Benjamin Foundation, shares her East Anglian Heaven and Hell with Gina Long.

Rachel Moore says schemes to help businesses through lockdown have been abused by many of us

Contemporary painter Jelly Green shares her East Anglian Heaven and Hell with Gina Long.

Gina Long MBE meets Andy King, chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue.

James Marston doesn’t agree with free TV licences for over-75s. Instead he suggests simply avoiding BBC channels and watching something else

Publishing company Archant has confirmed it is seeking fresh investors after suffering significant falls in advertising revenue during the Covid-19 crisis.

Sales on wine, beers and spirits have risen in lockdown but, says blogger and music producer Liz, life without booze can be better than ever

Jo Reeder, head of fundraising and marketing at Age UK Suffolk is a true Suffolk girl, having had a career predominately in local media, before entering the charity sector. As we experience another week of COVID-19 lockdown, Age UK Suffolk has had to quickly adapt its core services. This very special charity is represented throughout our region and is committed to improving the lives of older people – something that is nevermore important. Jo and the Age UK Suffolk charity are continuing to give vital help, including emergency shopping during this desperate time of need. She has seen a 40% increase in the charity’s befriending scheme and the same increase in their information and advice service. Here she talks to Gina Long MBE

Meet the inspirational sisters behind the elegant country clothing global fashion brands, based here in East Anglia, whose designs are worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. As entrepreneurs they have seen the power of working together and sharing the same passion and goals to help them achieve success.

Here they talk to Gina Long.

We’re allowed to go out for essential reasons but, Rachel Moore says, some police forces seem to be a little to heavy handed in enforcing lockdown rules

Columnist Rachel Moore says women at the top end of business have to endure all kinds of sexism unlike their male counterparts

From the Bubble Rush to the The Inflatable 5k, get fit the fun way in 2020 with these runs taking place across Norfolk and Suffolk in 2020.

Media firm Archant has announced a new outsourcing agreement for the printing and distribution of its print products.

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