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We spoke to a member of the LetNCC team to find out about their private sector leasing scheme and how private landlords can earn guaranteed monthly rent.

Our columnist explores ways in which to age well.

Gina Long meets Jon Norman, senior pastor of Soul Church Norwich

Suffolk resident Joe Edwards-Gill and has been metal detecting for two years – and has uncovered a number of treasures from years gone by.

We meet fundraiser Michelle Anastasiadis, founder and owner of Elle & Tyne Events, whose charity dinners and tournaments attract a host of stars from the world of sport.

It’s hotting up nicely this week, so take your pick of Norfolk’s best beaches to soak up a slice of summer sun

Gina Long MBE meets Andy King, chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue.

‘Tackling climate change is something that we must all take responsibility for’ says Councillor Richard Rout

Gina Long talks to the region’s BID (Business Improvement Districts) about their post-COVID-19 recovery programmes, hoping to attract more investment and more visitors

Gina Long chats with the charity fundraisers and co-founders of Wild Play

There’s nothing more precious than time spent with your family and what better way to make the most of it, than with your own holiday home by the Broads.

Gina Long talks to mum-of-two Ali Stearn. She’s former Grand National winner Bob Champion’s stepdaughter and her love of horses has seen her devote hours of her time to raising funds for dementia with the help of her own four-legged friend

Submissions for the 2020 East Anglian Book Awards, which celebrate the outstanding literary culture of our region, are now open.

Gina Long meets Craig and Julie Jarvis, owners of Ravenwood Hall Hotel in Suffolk.

Are staycations the new normal? As the hospitality and holiday industry re-opens from today, Gina Long talks to Hannah and Jeff Hibbs, from Forest Lodge Holidays.

North Norfolk hotelier and restaurateur Eric Snaith adapted his fish and chip shops to offer click and collect to customers during lockdown and is due to welcome back guests to Titchwell Manor from July 4. And later this month he plans to open a new pizza restaurant too.

We spoke to Jack – former retail worker and now a full-time care assistant – and Danielle – manager at Black Swan care home Laurel Lodge – to understand why they love working in care and the opportunities available.

Actor and theatre producer Matthew Townshend tells Gina Long about how technology is playing its part in enabling Southwold Summer Theatre’s rep season to go ahead.

Phillip Bazley from Gordon Dean Solicitors explains why now is the right time to plan your Will and how a solicitor can help to secure your family’s financial future.

Liz Quigley has been a real tonic for residents of Cromer by helping with their shopping during lockdown, says Keith Skipper.

Chef Richard Bainbridge shares how he’s adapted his busines during the coronavirus outbreak

With holidays to far-away hotspots on hold until further notice, there’s never been a better time to enjoy our own outdoor spaces and give them some TLC.

A firm which makes equestrian equipment is feeling buoyant as sales and leads pick up in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.

From June 21-September 21, Slow Fashion Season aims to encourage people to make more conscious and sustainable fashion choices. We find out more from one of the campaign’s ambassadors, Norwich fashion stylist Karen James-Welton, aka Fabulous Miss K.

Gina Long talks to Infusions Group co-founder, award-winning chef John Jackaman and Sarah Stamp, director of operations about how they’ve re-emerged from the ashes, against all odds following the Covid-19 pandemic and a devastating fire

From a chocolate hamper to a pub in a box, here are some local ideas for treats for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21.

Holidays are going to look very different this summer. With lockdown measures slowly easing and hopes that some accommodation providers might be able to re-open from the beginning of July, internet searches for glamping are on the rise. We discover how sites in Norfolk are provisionally planning to welcome back guests.

Ruth Redford, who lives at Loddon, has worked in children’s publishing for almost 20 years. Her debut picture book, That’s My Daddy, is out now, in time for Father’s Day.

John and Carole Wilson are looking forward to celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends when coronavirus social distancing measures allow.

During social distancing, many of us have reported having more vivid dreams than usual. Charlie Morley explains why.

Gina Long finds out how a couple’s company look to the future, anticipate the ‘new norm’ for events and come up with a solution which also provides Covid-19 resistant shades

Dr. Antoinette Savvas is a GP practicing in the Fens, living in Newmarket with her family and her mother who has been shielding up until this week. Antoinette, speaks about the challenges trying to juggle taking care of her three daughters and supporting her mother, whilst working, along with the need to keep the usual household chores and homeschooling going. Here she talks to Gina Long

Parks and Recreation and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are among the stateside sitcoms you should add to your watchlist.

Kieren O’Connor’s passionate approach has seen his London-based business, Growth Stream, successfully transform sales teams into high performers, earning more than £10 million in additional sales revenue for its clients.

The first Friday in June is usually National Fish and Chip Day. This year the event which salutes the iconic dish has moved to September, but we love any excuse to celebrate Norfolk’s fantastic chippies. Here are a few of our favourites, which are currently frying.

The National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Houses have all announced plans to carefully re-open their sites over the coming weeks as lockdown continues to be relaxed. Here’s a guide to what’s reopening in June.

From re-opened ice cream parlours to click and collect, the taste of summer is still on the menu.

Submissions for the East Anglian Book Awards open in July.

From jewellery makers to independent boutiques and Royal favourites, we find out the creative ways in which the local fashion industry has adapated during lockdown.

With wellbeing at the top of the agenda during the coronavirus lockdown, Sarah Groves is launching a new online platform to support people in the east of England.

Award-winning Norfolk-based poet George Szirtes shares some of the virtual poetry creative exercises he has been doing with his grandchildren during lockdown and encourages you to have some fun and try them for yourself with your own little people.

To mark what would have been the start of English Wine Week 2020, we raise a glass to Norfolk’s vineyards.

The relaxation of lockdown measures means anglers can now return to their favourite fishing spots. Here are just five of Suffolk’s best sites.

If you’ve been missing your regular rounds of golf, here are some of the courses in Norfolk where you can get back into the swing of things.

Harrison Chocolatiers and Whatahoot Gin have teamed up to create a decadent teatime treat that’s strictly for grown ups.

Home-schooling students of any age can seem like a daunting task but add teenagers into the mix and you’re in for a challenge. With the uncertainty of coronavirus, you may be left worrying about their education and feeling like the responsibility falls to you.

Have you considered how rewarding it would be to protect a vulnerable child and help shape their future?

As part of its Festival of Kindness to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, on Wednesday, May 20, Norfolk and Waveney Mind is offering a free online mindfulness taster session. But what is it and how could it help us look after our mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic – and beyond?

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept many of us cooped up at home more than usual but a performing arts centre in Norwich is looking to help us break through the boredom and get off the sofa.

Not another book about food! Yes, but one like no other written by a former Norfolk vet which will help those using foodbanks. Derek James takes a look

What is mindfulness? And how could it help with your wellbeing in this difficult times?

From drive-through curry, to fine dining, and Sunday roasts with trimmings, Norfolk’s hospitality industry is rising to the lockdown challenge, with a growing number adapting the way they operate to offer takeaways and deliveries.

Halesworth Volunteer Centre has been carrying out food shops, providing over-the-phone catch-ups and dropping off prescriptions for vulnerable and isolated citizens during this period of lockdown.

Do you own a pair of Milly J’s unique, fairytale inspired shoes?

Despite coronavirus forcing us to press the pause button on life as we know it, you can still start thinking about building a family by adopting.

Sales on wine, beers and spirits have risen in lockdown but, says blogger and music producer Liz, life without booze can be better than ever

Henry Sutton, director of the creative writing programme at UEA, talks about a new landmark project to commemorate the course’s 50th anniversary.

The lockdown means we’re spending most of our time within the four walls of home, and the kitchen particularly is taking a bit of a battering. Here are some top tips for a clutter-free kitchen.

Were you the only one in your office left out of the watercooler chat about Game of Thrones or The Wire? Now is the time to catch up on some blockbuster drama with a boxset binge.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. We take a look at the six books that have made the shortlist and should go straight to the top of your to-be-read pile.

Who are East Anglia’s greatest female authors? Here are 10 to get you started.

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