Review of Once, at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The cast of Once. Photographer: Mike Kwasniak

Once – New Wolsey 6-22 September 2018

Once started life as a very successful film, a love story set in Dublin, of two musicians, one about to give up on his singer-songwriting dreams, and the other, a Czech flower-seller, mother of one. Calling them “Guy” and “Girl” was supposed to signify that they could be any couple, in any city.


Following the plaques

When wandering the streets of our towns it is amazing what you discover if you just look up. Often modern shop plate-glass windows and automatic doors are topped by Georgian roof lines or Tudor windows, giving us clues to the history and previous incarnations of the buildings. Sometimes a plaque on a wall reveals that someone of eminence lived, died or worked there. You can see plaques on buildings across Suffolk and Norfolk, in Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds, Kings Lynn, Gt.

Gardens and Gardeners

Michael Perry on GVC shopping channel

“March winds, April showers, brings forth May flowers” is a familiar saying. With so many professional gardeners around Norfolk and Suffolk, let’s find out from two of them how we can get the best out of our gardens, large or small….

Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens, in Norfolk began in 1953 when nursery owner and plantsman Alan Bloom planted a garden of island beds in front of the family home, Bressingham Hall. Now known as the Dell Garden it covers six acres and has nearly 5,000 different species and varieties.


What's in a Church?

From the organ to the mouse traps, it is the job of volunteer Church Recorders, to record everything in the building and provide an inventory of the church. This is a unique look at the changing history of what is often the oldest building in a community,

A Lifetime in Libraries

How often does someone know, at the age of ten, what their destiny will be?

Alison Wheeler retires as the Chief Executive Officer of Suffolk Libraries this month, after 39 years as a librarian.
“I arrived in Suffolk in August 1979 as a newly qualified librarian, filled with excitement about being at Felixstowe library, and in my first professional job,” she remembered.

And it started at a young age…..


Review of Unseen Enemy, RADAR and the Cold Way.

Felixstowe playwright, Suzanne Hawkes latest local history play has achieved what would seem impossible, a story of the Cold War, radar, and threatened nuclear attack, that is also funny.

With even more intriguing venues to come, Unseen History, Radar and the Cold War opened to a sell-out audience comprising regular Black and White Productions supporters, those interested in local history, and a few who were intrigued to see inside one of Felixstowe’s iconic landmarks, Harvest House. None should have been disappointed.


Getting Crafty for Christmas

There is something about Christmas that makes the most cack-handed of us think that we too could make our own crackers, stockings, tree decorations, or holly wreath for the front door. We visualise our homes sparkling in green and gold, in the warm glow of candles and firelight, as our family and friends admire our seasonal hand-made creations.

Perhaps with some help and tips from the experts, Suffolk Norfolk Life readers could turn crafty this Christmas…..


Getting Together to Read - book clubs and reading groups

Nowadays, most books of fiction have a section at the back with a list of discussion points and notes for book clubs. Across Norfolk and Suffolk there is hardly a town (and many a village) that doesn't have at least one monthly meeting for book-lovers and, if none is nearby, newspapers and radio have also got into the act.



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