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Amy Hardingham makes eco-friendly instant light charcoal using Raydon Great Wood woodland manager Graham Sayell's kiln.

Burning ambitions

Tessa Allingham meets Graham Sayell, a man keeping the ancient art of making charcoal alight, and Amy Hardingham, who’s found a very modern use for it

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Sgt Jim Moss, RAF Band

Jim beats the drum for RAF concert tour

A percussion player from Suffolk is aiming to drum up interest for the annual autumn concert tour by the Bands of the RAF as the nationwide tour calls in on Saturday, December 6 at Ipswich Regent.

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On the second day of Christmas . . .

Rachael Murray reports on efforts to halt the decline of the iconic turtle dove

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Suffolk to the core

Frances Hopewell-Smith talks to to Barry Chevallier Guild, of Aspall Cyder, about running a family business that’s nearly 300 years old

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James Marston takes a look inside the transmitter block at Bawdsey Radar Trust.

Bawdsey Radar needs your help to raise funds for heritage museum

Bawdsey Radar Trust is taking to Twitter with a new fundraising campaign for an exciting project to preserve and develop the historic Transmitter Block, which was part of the world’s first operational radar station.

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Gifts for book lovers

A good book is a must on any Christmas list. Catherine Larner, of Browsers bookshop in Woodbridge, makes her seasonal suggestions

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Generations of Ladybird books to revive childhood memories. Photo: Bill Smith

Legendary Ladybird . . . Lorraine Johnson spots an opportunity

Lorraine Johnson grew up enjoying Ladybird books (no doubt she got one or two in her Christmas stocking). Decades later she’s written the first proper story of the company that helped teach so many children to read.

Words Jayne Lindill Pictures Bill Smith

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Old Hall Darsham

Back to grass roots

A shared love of animals and farming led Jude and Paul Rylott to their magnificent period home at Darsham

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Ipswich War Memorial

Reflecting on remembrance

Louise Denyer reviews Wake, a delicately written novel set in the aftermath of the First World War

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The Bury Christmas Fayre gets underway. Towncrier, Tony Appleton, lets the town know what's going on.

Get your Christmas shopping started . . .

The spectacular Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre – November 27-30 – promises more than 300 stalls, a world market, stage and street entertainment, fun fair and more spread over historic Angel Hill, Abbey Gardens, Athenaeum, Hatter Street and Moyses Hall Museum into the apex, arc shopping centre and the Buttermarket.

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Volvo has unveiled its all-new,  premium quality seven-seat Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle.

Volvo XC90 heralds new era

Excitement is building at the Donalds Group about Volvo’s all-new XC90 which marks a new chapter in the brand’s history, says motoring editor Andy Russell

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blueberry plant

Rich pickings - now is the time to plant fruit trees

Plant trees now and enjoy the fruits of your labours for many years to come

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Robin Ellis with cooking students

The return of Robin

Veteran Ipswich-born actor Robin Ellis is returning to the screen in a remake of the period drama that made him a household name. Peter Robertson talked to him about it and his new career as a cookbook writer

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Hidden Suffolk

Gentle reminders . . . lest we forget

Hiding perhaps, but not hidden away, Suffolk has so many poignant traces of the past, memories which shall never be forgotten. Lindsay Want takes a moment to reflect and share

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Beer and food feature at the Shepard and Dog in Forward Green.

Match of the Day

Beer sommelier Ross Turner teams game and dark, rich beer at The Shepherd & Dog, Forward Green

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Maggi Hambling in her studio

Wall of Water

Maggi Hambling’s on-going love affair with the sea makes a big splash at the National Gallery in London this month with the unveiling of a new series of paintings created after a storm at Southwold. Andrew Clarke gained a sneak preview at her Suffolk studio

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Artist and writer David Gentleman at his Suffolk cottage

Gentleman’s retreat

Lucy Etherington meets the artist, David Gentleman, at his Suffolk home, the subject of his most recent – and personal – work to date

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Vintage trader Tim Clover

Have yourself a very vintage Christmas . . .

Looking for bespoke gifts? Richard Ginger suggests heading to one of the county’s vintage markets

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