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Emma Freud

Emma Freud’s relishing her new role in Southwold

Emma Freud is patron of the new Southwold Arts Festival. She tells Pat Parker why she was so keen to get involved, her support for Suffolk’s arts scene and her admiration for Mary Berry

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Rachel Kellett and her dog Kali have recently returned after a sixth month , 6,000 mile 'one woman and a dog' campervan journey through eastern Europe ending up in Instanbul.

Spirit of adventure

David Green catches up with Rachel Kellett, the woman who saved her Suffolk village shop and who just can’t keep still

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Author Julie Myerson at Southwold.; Photo: Andy Darnell

Peace of mind

It was when she found herself unable to step on to the escalator in John Lewis that Suffolk author Julie Myerson realised she needed help for her lifelong anxiety. Here she reveals her formula for stability. Steven Russell reports

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upcoming events for 2014

Lord of the dance

DanceEast’s new artistic director Brendan Keaney is a man who likes to get involved and wants the Jerwood DanceHouse at the heart of Suffolk’s cultural life. He talks to Andrew Clarke about building a creative climate

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Ceramic artist Karen Risby of East Bergholt with some of her work

You don’t have to be crazy to work here . . .

Lucy Etherington discovers the joys of madness in artist Karen Risby’s work

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James Nickerson as the panto dame in BSE Theare Royal Aladdin

Frock star

Panto season is here – oh yes it is! James Nickerson could be Bury St Edmunds’ favourite panto dame. Following his first appearance in 2002, he’s become a regular fixture and this year’s production of Aladdin will be his seventh production with the Theatre Royal. He tells why he loves being the man in the frock . . .

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Tracey Mcleod, a journalist, broadcaster, food critic for The Independent,  and has presented a range of BBC arts and music programming, gets away from London to Walberswick where her mother has a house.

Tracking down Tracey

Masterchef regular, restaurant critic and former Late Show presenter Tracey MacLeod talks to Pat Parker about her childhood in Ipswich, her media career, how she became the inspiration for one of Bridget Jones’s best friends, and why she loves spending her holidays in Walberswick.

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Karen Simpson is the new Executive Director of The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.

Karen Simpson on the future of Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal

Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal has been through some turbulent times in recent months. Karen Simpson is in the process of taking over as chief executive Andrew Clarke spoke to her about her vision for the future

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Local people

Andy Spetch (left) and Austin Cornish are organsing a memorial bike ride to mark 40 years since the plane crash which killed 18 members of Bury Rugby Club. Andy and Austin are pictured at Bury Rugby Club.

Five minutes with Austin Cornish

Gina Long talks to the Bury St Edmunds businessman about a very personal fundraising mission

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Jeweller Megan Birnie is pictured in Bury. Megan has recently started making silver jewellery with childrens handprints, footprints or fingerprints impressed in it.

Adding some sparkle to life

Tessa Allingham meets jeweller Megan Birnie of Bury St Edmunds

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Barbara Gale, CEO St Nicholas Hopisce , BSE

Five minutes with . . . Barbara Gale

Gina Long talks to the CEO of St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds

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Kim Whittingham, watercolour artist for Suffolk Magazine.

A fish-eye view of the world

Tessa Allingham meets artist Kim Whittingham who’s perfected a quirky style

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New head chef, Lee Bye, at Tuddenham Mill.

The wheel turns at the The Mill

Tessa Allingham meets the new man in charge of the kitchen at Tuddenham Mill

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Havergate Hares

Mad about March

Terry Hunt tells why this is his favourite month

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Charity

Barbara Gale, CEO St Nicholas Hopisce , BSE

Five minutes with . . . Barbara Gale

Gina Long talks to the CEO of St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds

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Head of fundraising at West Suffolk Hospital Dave Gooderham and a group of friends have scaled the largest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales to raise more than £6,000 for the hospital. 
You can help too by taking part in the hospital's online auction.

West Suffolk Hospital’s Christmas charity auction in aid of neo-natal unit

Fancy having a rugby World Cup winner take a training session and talk to your school? Or have a three-course dinner cooked in your own home by renowned chef Regis Crepy?

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