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The Perfect Wedding Venue

Whether planning a budget wedding or an extravaganza, the best people to ask what makes the perfect Big Day, are wedding professionals. They seem to agree that the most important part of the wedding is the venue…

“I would say don't do anything else until you have chosen your venue”, stressed Caroline Gould, award-winning wedding planner from Suffolk.

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The Healing Power of Music

As a community choir member but definitely a non-musician, to find myself sitting at a keyboard, playing a duet, was not what I expected when I went to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), at The Treehouse, in Ipswich.

I had gone to talk to Ray Travasso about his work as a music therapist, but he was proving to me that anyone can make music. As I pressed random black notes, a beautiful melody filled the room as Ray’s improvised accompaniment, turned my faltering first attempt at playing the piano into a moving and uplifting experience that actually sounded very good!

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The Villagers who turn shopkeeper, landlord or postmaster.

Snow or rain, as winter weather tightens its grip upon Suffolk and Norfolk villages, communities inevitably close in. If some people worry about the potential loss of local amenities others decide to do something about it. The community takes on the challenge of becoming shopkeepers, landlords or postmasters.

The first community shop in Suffolk was set up Polstead in 1983, and was initially based in a caravan, before moving into a purpose built extension to the village hall three years later. The post office was also relocated there in 1999. It is run entirely by volunteers,

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Trying out a Landmark

Rachel’s weekend at Freston Tower, Suffolk, a holiday home owned by the Landmark Trust. 
Friday:
Left home at 4.06 and arrived at our Landmark Trust holiday home at 4.32. You do not need to travel far to have an adventure and escape the rat-race! This was the chance to stay in a six-storey Tudor tower, a folly I see every time I drive down the A14 and cross the River Orwell from my home in Felixstowe. In the sunshine Freston Tower stood silhouetted against a sparkling River Orwell…
 

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A side of Sizewell that isn't so well-known.....

Most people hear the name “Sizewell" and just think of a nuclear power station but, as well as small village, one of the east coast’s hidden gems is also located there. Unless you have stayed there you have probably never heard of the Sizewell Hall Christian Conference Centre and Camp site, which opened forty years ago this summer.
 

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