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The Tinderbox - Julian Harries, Common Ground

Funny business - Common Ground’s alternative Christmas show

For actor-musician team Julian Harries and Pat Whymark, creators of Eastern Angles’ much-loved Christmas shows, this year is even busier than usual. Andrew Clarke grabbed a moment in their hectic schedule to talk

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Suffolk Magazine - Feature on food and beer matching with Ross Turner, beer sommelier and Hamish Johnston Cheeses.

Match of the Day: Say cheese!

Ross Turner pairs up with Hamish Johnston Cheeses to create a festive beer and cheeseboard

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From the film ET

Mulled wine and movies in Framlingham

On the back of its three sell-out summer opening weekends, Framlingham’s pop-up cinema will be lighting up again at Christmas with a quartet of cracking films.

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from left Emily with Daisy, Charlotte with Florence, and Claire with Joseph

The world in lotion

The mums behind Love Soap come clean about their plans to Martin Chambers

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Alternative Christmas tree, £31

Twelve tips for a greener Christmas

Tara Greaves finds fun ways to enjoy the festive season without it costing the Earth

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walking at Middleton

Journey to Middle Earth

David Falk, manager of Brandon Country Park, explores the area around Middleton and discovers wetlands, meadows, pubs, farmshops and eels!

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Roger Wright at Snape Maltings

The Wright way

Aldeburgh Music’s new chief executive, Roger Wright, is excited by Suffolk’s enormous cultural and creative wealth – and he wants more people to know about it. He starts with Andrew Clarke

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The panto dames

Bold and bright Cinderella at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

A pantomime is a great part of Christmas and often the first time children see some live theatre.

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Mark Ellis plays his 'trashed' parlous guitar

Singing the Suffolk blues

Martin Chambers is on the road again, pulling strings with the guitar man

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Hidden Suffolk Golden wonders

Lindsay Want takes a seasonal look at some of the county’s shy stars

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From left, Adnams brewer Belinda Jennings, John Lyndsale, of Adnams, Kevin Warden, East of England Co-op and Adnams brewer Fergus Fitzgerald,

Adnams brews own-label beer for Co-op

The East of England Co-op has become one of only two retailers in the UK to stock an own-label ale brewed by Adnams.

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At home with Nicci Gerrard, who   is one half of the bestselling husband/wife thriller writing team that is Nicci French.

Crime writer Nicci Gerrard on matters of life . . . and death

A chance discovery in her mother’s attic inspired Nicci Gerrard’s latest novel, discovers Lucy Etherington. Pictures: Sarah Lucy Brown

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Christina Baxter's Bildeston Cottage

A cottage for Christmas

For Swiss-born Christina Baxter, this is a magical time, especially in her renovated 16th century Bildeston home Words and pictures by Tony Hall

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Cathy Frost, owner of Loveone in Ipswich with her 'practical' Boden Satchel in silver

What’s in my bag?

Cathy Frost, owner of Loveone in Ipswich, has an eye for beautiful and quirky things. Amy Westall takes a peak inside her favourite and ‘practical’ handbag

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Julia Jones

A Good Read: Stories of smugglers, pirates, and a North Sea battle

Louise Denyer explores the story behind a well known pub landmark near Woodbridge

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Handmade Shop - Jane Crick

Made for sharing

Looking for original and different gifts, Tara Greaves heads to the Handmade Shop and Gallery in Bury St Edmunds

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Casa del Mare in Bury (formerly Cafe del Mar).

A taste of the Mediterranean

Tessa Allingham meets the multifaceted woman behind Casa de Mar in Bury St Edmunds

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Helen Goodall, dog behaviourist

Learning to ‘think dog’

Helen Goodall, of Dogs Behaving Badly, examines the all-important bond between dogs and owners

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