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Ken Delve looks at the key role Suffolk’s many airfields played in the defence of the country during the early years of the Royal Air Force

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As lockdown restrictions are eased and more places are gradually reopening, we take a look at the businesses who are ready for business

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William Gocher from Ipswich, Suffolk, started a surfing craze in the 1900s when he defied the law on swimming in daylight on Sydney’s famous Manly beach. John Wright tells the story

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Superstar Ed Sheeran has made a ‘founding gift’ to help launch Suffolk Community Foundation’s ‘Rebuilding Local Lives Appeal’ in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The appeal has a £2 million target – find out how you can help

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Columnist Lynne Mortimer tells of a new book about Wickham Market National School between 1841 and 1934 and recalls her own school days in Ipswich

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BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley shares the wonderful, wild world in her own back garden

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‘There’s someone at the door’ won’t get you out of a tedious phone call at the moment, says Jan Etherington

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Need something to keep the kids occupied or just fancy a little project to exercise your arty side? We’ve put together this list of Suffolk-themed craft activities for you to try

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A new edition of Suffolk Scene, Julian Tennyson’s book written on the eve of war, recaptures his great love for his county | Words: Tessa Allingham

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‘All Creatures Great and Small’ star Carol Drinkwater is among a stellar collection of authors who will be appearing in a virtual Felixstowe Book Festival during the Coronavirus lockdown

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It’s a decade since an epic walking challenge raised £20k for charity and set the course for May de la Rue’s life. Now she’s told the story in a book about the experience | Words: Jayne Lindill

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Marion Welham explains how to bring the beach to your garden even if you live nowhere near the coast

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Tessa Allingham discovers how the Covid-19 pandemic has opened up ways for Suffolk producers to reach new customers

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Ipswich born and bred Lynne Mortimer explains why she’s abandoned her posh, office telephone voice in favour of her Suffolk sing-song roots

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In a shed on Woodbridge’s quayside volunteers and maritime experts will build an exact copy of the Sutton Hoo burial ship | Words: Richard Ginger - Photos: The Ship’s Company

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For the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Beccles Museum has created an oral history of the role the town played in defending the nation | Words: Mike Trippitt

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Work by the Bawdsey Radar Trust reveals the huge role women played in securing the nation’s wartime defences | Words: Catherine Larner

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Generations of inshore fishermen have helped shape our east coast ‘towns of the sea’. Gary Doy is one of this diminishing breed | Words: Richard Negus - Photos: Sarah Farnsworth

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There are only 25 of each specially designed deckchair being offered as part of the Art For Cure Big 100 Artists online exhibition, which is raising funds for vital breast cancer support.

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Bury St Edmunds is celebrating its ancient abbey that’s been at the heart of the town’s identity for a millennium | Words: Catherine Larner

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, the day that formally recognised Nazi Germany’s surrender - so we gathered some beautiful old videos that capture the celebratory atmosphere of that first VE Day in 1945

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Optimistic People is the title of composer Denis King’s song recorded to cheer us all up during lockdown

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How do you tell your friends they have a wardrobe malfunction or VPL? Our columnist shares her advice

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The East Anglian hotel and gastropub group Chestnut has launched Giving Tree, a new arm of its business dedicated to supporting local communities

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Hitcham honours its famous former vicar, John Stevens Henslow, the man who taught Darwin

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