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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…..

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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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Ghosts and Ghouls and all things scary!

Ghosts and Ghouls and all things scary!

It was in October 1991 that I made my first visit to America and was amazed at how huge Halloween was. Shops were full of costumes and snacks, every front step was decorated with pumpkins, orange plastic refuse sacks, with faces on, were stuffed with the fallen leaves and displayed on front lawns, shop assistants were in fancy dress and elegant businesswomen wore discreet witch-shaped earrings and stockings with a seam of tiny embroidered spiders.

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Back to School Memories

As the school run begins again and the children’s long summer holiday is a fading memory, it is a good time to look back on our own school days.

Before I started school my grandfather would tell me how he would cross the road from my grandparent’s council flat, to talk to me through the fence at playtime. Sadly, he died a few months before I started at Hillside Primary School in Ipswich.

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The High Sheriffs of Suffolk and Norfolk

The ancient role of High Sheriff, in a modern society.

Every year, like other counties, Suffolk and Norfolk have a new High Sheriff. In April, James Bagge from Stradsett, was appointed to Norfolk, and Geoffrey Probert, from Bures, to Suffolk. A Royal appointment, this is an unpaid, unelected, non-political position, that lasts for twelve months. Apart from attending Royal visits to their county, and supporting High Court Judges and the judiciary, both new High Sheriffs have definite ideas of how they will use their year in office. 

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REVIEW: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (adapted by Jessica Swale)

REVIEW: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (adapted by Jessica Swale)

Gallery Players, Sir John Mills Theatre 17-21 October 2017

The story of a proud, independent and confident female, written in 1874, kept the audience in rapt attention when staged by the Gallery Players. The audience were seated on two opposite sides, so were at the heart of the action, totally involved through the many different scenes as Bathsheba Everdene (played by Leanne Wilcox) coped with running her inherited farm and the major distractions of three men who wanted to marry her.

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