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“This for us is a complete culture change. We have got to all now wake up and smell the coffee.”

Parents are facing uncertainty over how their children will get to school in September, as spare seats on school buses cannot currently be offered for sale.

A social workers’ association in Suffolk is calling for a rethink on a planned shake-up of children’s centres, claiming that it will reduce the availability of safe spaces.

A taskforce is to be formed to investigate ways of kickstarting the economy in part of Suffolk following the coronavirus lockdown, including means of upping demand for local firms.

CCTV systems in Lowestoft will be upgraded to high-resolution cameras, it has been revealed.

An ambitious blueprint to reinvigorate Lowestoft town centre has been unveiled featuring ambitions for up-market hotels, new green spaces and vibrant waterfront nightlife.

Suffolk councils have received nearly £6million in emergency cash from central government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the latest settlement – but council bosses have warned more is needed to see them through the crisis.

East Suffolk Council has forecast a £4.5million hit on its finances this year as a result of coronavirus, but bosses say that it is in a stronger position than most authorities.

Digital doctor’s appointments could be set to stay in Suffolk, after health chiefs outlined their intention to make sure transformations in the system remain post-coronavirus.

Householders are being warned about a spate of fake emails from someone claiming to be from BT.

A final decision on the revamp of children’s centres in Suffolk has been delayed after an error was spotted in the council’s reports.

The number of parents wishing to home school their child is expected to rise in Suffolk, after the coronavirus lockdown gave families a ‘trial run’.

Suffolk’s official film office has launched a new database of local TV and film professionals to help kickstart the industry following the coronavirus lockdown.

Firefighters battled a blaze in the loft space of a bungalow in Westhall, Stradbroke.

Issues such as home schooling, special educational needs and school transport have prompted fresh calls for a dedicated council committee scrutinising education issues.

An action plan to tackle food poverty in Suffolk is to be published before the end of next year as part of a pledge to help families struggling to make ends meet.

Plans to create a new woodland space in memory of those who died after contracting Covid-19 have won the backing of councillors.

A catalogue of measures to make Suffolk County Council more environmentally friendly have been unveiled.

East Anglia could be facing a shortfall of thousands of flu jabs this year a health meeting has heard – with drive-through vaccinations under discussion for Suffolk.

A revamp of Lowestoft’s iconic East Point Pavilion has secured the lion’s share of a £750,000 pot awarded to East Suffolk from the government.

High streets in 12 Suffolk towns are to get a major boost after hundreds of thousands of pounds were approved for a project to provide free Wi-Fi and footfall tracking.

A £23million budget shortfall is being faced by Suffolk County Council as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, latest figures reveal.

A final decision on a shake-up of children’s centres in Suffolk is set to be made next week – with one more centre remaining open full time than planned.

EDF Energy has applied to the Environment Agency for three environmental permits required to operate Sizewell C.

An urgent investigation has been launched after new figures revealed the numbers of Suffolk school pupils permanently excluded doubled this year.

Seven of the 10 biggest nations Suffolk and Norfolk firms export to are EU nations, data has revealed.

A Suffolk education union has warned that having full classes in September without effective social distancing will be “reckless” and “potentially dangerous”.

Lessons have been learned from problems which plagued Suffolk rail passengers last winter, a transport minister has said – and vowed that commuters in the county will not suffer in the same way in future.

Thirty-five towns and villages across East Suffolk have begun work on extra measures to protect their areas from speculative developments.

Increasing confidence from parents has prompted a rise in the numbers of pupils returning to school - with nearly 2,000 going back in some format.

Britain’s history should be taught “warts and all”, education leaders in Suffolk have said - amid fresh debate on whether the nation’s colonial past gets enough attention in schools.

Plans to begin improving cycle routes across Suffolk have been given the green light, with work to begin on detailed proposals for 20 priority routes.

Search and rescue efforts are ongoing to try and locate a missing pilot after wreckage of the US Air Force F-15C from RAF Lakenheath was found in the North Sea.

A search and rescue mission is underway after an F-15C Eagle from RAF Lakenheath crashed into the North Sea – with the squadron’s commander hopeful the pilot will be “located and recovered”.

Parents in Suffolk are divided over whether they would send their child to a summer school this year to help them catch up with learning, a poll has indicated.

Fewer than one in five primary pupils returned to school in Suffolk last week, new data shows.

Communities in Suffolk are being urged to be the “eyes and ears” for children in danger, as children’s services bosses report a 50% drop in referrals.

The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent group at Suffolk County Council has adopted a new leader.

Mental health experts in Suffolk have produced a support pack for schools to help anxious pupils through their return from coronavirus lockdown.

The value of pension fund investments by Suffolk County Council plummeted by £327million as a result of coronavirus, latest figures show.

The leaders of Suffolk council are being urged to create a climate emergency role at cabinet level so the issue can be addressed with greater “energy and conviction”.

Fewer pupils and schools returned in Suffolk today than anticipated, according to education chiefs, as parents proved to be cautious about sending their children back.

If you are a keen sky gazer, then here are all the important astronomical events to mark on your calendar throughout June – including a strawberry moon, space station and clouds made out of ice crystals.

Testing of all care home staff and residents in Suffolk if one person gets coronavirus has been in place for more than two weeks, according to council care bosses.

Businesses in Suffolk preparing to reopen in the next few weeks following the coronavirus lockdown are being urged to press ahead with safety measures for their stores.

A handful of Suffolk primary schools are not expected to reopen their doors on June 1, it has been confirmed.

A decision on the revamp of children’s centre services in Suffolk should not be made while the coronavirus crisis continues, a trade union has warned.

A new push to get Suffolk cycling in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown could solve town centre congestion in Suffolk while encouraging social distancing, it has been claimed.

A greater reliance on video and messaging apps during the coronavirus lockdown has helped children’s social care teams communicate better with vulnerable youngsters, say care chiefs.

Changes to road and pavement layouts are on the cards in Suffolk to help ensure social distancing as lockdown eases.

Dozens of questions are being asked by schools in Suffolk as they prepare to open schools from June 1 in a bid to ensure safety.

Dedicated home-schooling activities have been produced to help children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Suffolk during the coronavirus lockdown.

A Suffolk council has admitted that people could be receiving council-funded care worth tens of thousands of pounds which they are not eligible for because of their immigration status.

A monthly package of more than £3million is keeping Suffolk care providers afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, it has emerged.

Long-delayed plans for 150 homes in Bungay have finally been given approval, following four years of wrangling.

Government provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) was unlikely to have been enough to meet demand in Suffolk, it has been revealed.

Special educational needs bosses in Suffolk have turned around the ailing performance in processing care plan assessments, and are now above the national average it has emerged.

Fuel prices have plummeted to their lowest in four years as supermarket giants slash costs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

People off work under the furlough scheme in Suffolk may be keeping busy by caring for older relatives, it is believed.

Care bosses in Suffolk have said their priority remains supporting providers in Suffolk though the coronavirus crisis, as some authorities plan public inquiries.

Suffolk education leaders are set to lobby the Government on reimbursing schools which have had to fork out for free school meals, following failings in the national programme.

Hundreds of people across Suffolk may have cancer symptoms they are not getting checked out it has emerged, as referral rates plummet to just 20% normal levels during the coronavirus lockdown.

Teachers will be reviewing the progress their pupils have made while learning at home during lockdown as they prepare for a gradual reopening of schools.

School transport providers in Suffolk will be required to provide flexibility once pupils start returning to the classroom, according to education bosses.

Suffolk’s recycling centres and rubbish tips will re-open from Thursday this week – but only for those who have booked an appointment first.

The Prime Minister has outlined a possible phased return of schools from June 1, as part of a planned second wave of easing lockdown measures from Covid-19.

Steps are in place for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to be admitted to new schools in Suffolk as planned this September - despite construction delays caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

Ofsted inspectors have carried out a virtual monitoring visit on a struggling children’s home where frequent cannabis use was reported.

Schools across Suffolk have been urged to claim free tampons and sanitary products for their pupils from a government scheme to help support young female pupils.

With car journeys having dropped significantly during the coronavirus lockdown, plenty of vehicles have been left parked without use for days or even weeks on end.

Plans for a shake-up of a Suffolk council’s ward boundaries, which will see a reduction in the number of elected members and savings of more than £100,000,looks set to be postponed until 2025.

Providers behind two of Suffolk’s three specialist speech and language schools which have been confirmed for closure have opted not to run new smaller units.

A fresh injection of government cash to help local authorities tackle the coronavirus crisis has eased the pressure but council leaders are warning that more support will be needed further down the line.

Education leaders in Suffolk are praising the efforts of parents who are teaching their children during the coronavirus lockdown, urging them not to feel guilty if they have struggled.

A small number of recycling centres are set to reopen in some parts of the country – but what is the plan in Suffolk?

Education chiefs in Suffolk have approved plans which mean all new-build special educational needs schools must be equipped with sprinkler systems, after it emerged the Department for Education did not make the system mandatory.

Suffolk’s archive service has launched a project to capture life under coronavirus lockdown to be preserved for future generations.

Tributes have been paid to a “lovely vibrant” grandmother, who has become the first person to die after contracting coronavirus in Suffolk.

Bus services in Suffolk are the latest to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as reduced timetables are being rolled out.

A warning has been issued to householders following a spate of scam telephone calls from fraudsters claiming to be from British Gas.

Householders are being warned about a spate of automated scam calls from someone claiming to be from Inland Revenue.

Farming leaders said Boris Johnson’s general election win could relieve the “political paralysis” over Brexit – but urgent questions remain over how the prime minister will protect East Anglia’s vital food industry.

The return of bird flu to East Anglia should act as a “wake-up call” for the region’s poultry farmers to step up their efforts to prevent another devastating outbreak.

If you like your home to be filled with natural light, you need look no further than this landmark property situated in Reydon close to Southwold.

The world’s elite sheepdog trialling community has leapt into action to help a Norfolk enthusiast’s charity event to raise money for the hospital which saved her father’s life.

Farmers could switch from growing grain to grapes as a warming environment creates opportunities to make East Anglia a major wine production region, according to a climate change scientist.

An artist inspired by the East Anglian countryside is preparing for a fundraising exhibition after completing 100 drawings in 100 days to help a farming mental health charity.

With East Anglia’s annual Agri-Tech Week innovation showcase set to begin on Monday, Agri-Tech East director Dr Belinda Clarke explains how the collaborative vision of “One Agriculture” can create a diet that supports people, the planet and sustainable businesses.

Recruitment is due to begin “soon” for management jobs at the two vast tomato greenhouses being built in Norfolk and Suffolk – with hundreds more general staff expected to be hired in spring 2020.

The first major assessment of a “Payment by Results” pilot scheme in Suffolk and Norfolk has shown that farmers are more motivated to develop nature-friendly practices and are delivering “exceptional results” for wildlife.

A rejuvenated East Anglian fishing industry could restore hundreds of jobs and boost our economy by £32m – but only if government policies can maximise the “once-in-a-generation chance” offered by Brexit.

During a period of unprecedented change, farm businesses must evolve to stay ahead of the curve says BEN UNDERWOOD, East regional director for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA East).

A vast tomato greenhouse covering an area larger than the O2 Arena will be built outside Norwich as part of a £120m project creating 360 new jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Suffolk superstar has taken to Instagram to share a picture of a derby grudge match where he is wearing a full Ipswich Town kit.

Organisers of the Latitude Festival had to pause performances on three of their main stages as a safety precaution, whilst a huge storm cloud hovered over Henham Park.

Parents have been warned not to give their babies a type of baby food amid fears rubber may be found in some jars of the product.

A food and clothing giant which saw its sugar profits plummet in the first half of its financial year expects them to bounce back.

A teenager from Ipswich has made a heartfelt documentary highlighting the plights of dementia sufferers and their families that will be played in hospitals across East Anglia.

The New Anglia LEP has revealed which four projects in Norfolk and Suffolk will receive a portion of funding totalling £14.5m.

The chances of much support for UK farming in a post-Brexit future are “pretty small” and a “dramatic shock” to the industry is inevitable, a Suffolk-based food entrepreneur predicts.

Consultant vascular surgeon Michael Gaunt is full of surprises as he reveals to Gina Long MBE the things he loves and hates about living in East Anglia...

Previously unseen photographs of the Queen and Prince Philip relaxing at a picnic have emerged for sale in East Anglia.

A celebrated Suffolk brewer has branched out into cider making.

A weather warning remains in place because of Storm Gareth, with the potential for gusts of up to 60mph in Norfolk today (Wednesday).

The last time Jeanette Kempton was seen alive, she was staggering down a London street holding a funeral wreath. Her body was found 16 days later in a north Suffolk ditch. Why has this case gone unsolved for 30 years?

An intrepid actor has completed a 118-mile morris dance in memory of a friend, raising more than £7,000 in the process.

Norfolk commuters will hope new trains being rolled out on the regional network keep time with the same precision as Swiss-made watches, as Greater Anglia tests the first of its new long electric trains made in the Alpine country.

An 18th century Broads pub which has been empty since 2016 could be converted into new homes despite councillors refusing the plans.

A food enthusiast who spent years selling food at music festivals is to turn a former delicatessen in Harleston into a café specialising in vegan food.

Leaders tackling drug supplies in Suffolk from larger towns and cities have highlighted some of the signs for people to look out for that a “county line” may be operating on their doorstep.

Plans for a £190,000 revamp of a Cromer park have been approved with work set to start later this year.

Nearly £2.9m in fines and court costs were handed out to fare dodgers last year after Greater Anglia prosecuted passengers caught without tickets.

How does the body of a young mother from south London end up in a field 120 miles away in rural Suffolk?

Teenagers from a Norwich college are providing a valuable friendly face for elderly people living with dementia.

Suffolk is set to pioneer technology aimed at future-proofing Britain’s roads as part of a nationwide £22.9m government project.

The head of a proposed new nuclear power station based in Suffolk urged developers, investors and government to join forces to make it happen following a decision to shelve schemes elsewhere in the UK.

Douglas Smith was just 14 when he followed in his father’s footsteps and started work at a crematorium. He proved himself a good listener in a challenging job – “sympathetic and understanding”, says his son.

A coroner has opened an inquest into the death of a 31-year-old man who was killed in a car crash two days before Christmas.

Kit Harington, better known as Jon Snow has praised fellow star Ed Sheeran for giving him the idea to move to Suffolk.

Agents charged with selling Lord Nelson’s old watering hole have asked for offers over £350,000.

After more than 10 years of searching, a professional diver claims he has found the plane wreck that could prove once and for all how a Suffolk-based airman crashed down to Earth nearly half a century ago.

A historic pub named after Lord Nelson has been put on the market, throwing into doubt the prospect of it ever re-opening.

As one year ends and another begins Derek James climbs aboard the time machine and slaps it in reverse gear to discover what was making the news in days gone by.

Thousands turned out to Boxing Day hunt meets across the region - as Labour warned it would strengthen legislation banning the hunting of animals.

Plans are underway to transform a former delicatessen in Harleston into a café specialising in vegan food.

In a world ever more digitally connected, organic and honest friendships have taken on a new level of significance.

A major A-road was blocked following a collision between several vehicles.

The family of a popular cafe owner who died in a road crash have paid tributes to a “wonderful lady who will be missed by everyone”.

Public Notice

Monday, December 17, 2018

NATIONAL PARKS AND ACCESS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE ACT 1949 WILDLIFE AND COUNTRYSIDE ACT 1981 DECLARATION OF NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE PARISHES OF BLYTHBURGH, WALBERSWICK, WESTLETON, WANGFORD WITH BENHAM, REYDON, DUNWICH AND SOUTHWOLD. COUNTY OF SUFFOLK

An East Anglian farmers’ leader is cautioning against creating a post-Brexit divide between those able to afford food reared and grown to a high standard in the UK and those who can’t.

Feedback from a controversial consultation into the Lowestoft Record Office and “future delivery” of the service will come under scrutiny in the next few days.

A major brewing and pubs group based in Suffolk says it is outperforming the market as it enjoyed a boost from the summer heatwave and World Cup.

The Duke of Cambridge has opened up about his own experiences of feeling “very sad and very down” while working for the air ambulance service.

Is ‘change’ always ‘progress’? Take a look and decide

Jubilant music will be showcased as an exciting concert takes centre stage.

Gina Long talks about former East Anglian Daily Times editor Terry Hunt about the things he loves - and hates - about East Anglia

East Anglian agricultural consultants are holding a timely conference at Newmarket aimed at helping the farming sector face future challenges for the industry.

Suffolk-based St Peter’s Brewery has signed a deal to supply beer to one of the country’s best-known pie-makers.

It was 60 years ago, on October 16 2018, that Blue Peter first arrived on our screens. People in East Anglia have been sharing their memories of the iconic children’s show.

There are many more super-septuagenarians, too, this year. Was there something in the air back in 1948?

Switching to electric cars is a ‘chicken and egg’ situation in this area for, despite a good uptake, many drivers are put off by a lack of public charging infrastructure. Motoring editor Andy Russell visited an experience day to help motorists find out more.

An East Anglian farmer has hit out at his MP for ‘failing’ to hold a meeting to discuss the implications of Brexit with his constituents.

Building work is set to start on the first 343 of 5,000 new homes in a major development scheme.

The taste of the East End proved such a hit that the opening of a traditional pie and mash shop in Norfolk has seen them sell out of pies.

A special rewards assembly has been held for a number of pupils at a Dereham high school following a successful work experience week.

The easy living of summer is almost gone. It’s time for horse owners to batten down the hatches and prepare for winter. Sheena Grant has some time and labour-saving tips to see you through the coming months.

East Anglian landscape photographer Brian Beaney has been offered a major retrospective by theRoyal Photographic Society. Arts editor Andrew Clarke went to meet him and was bowled over by the fact that the world is no longer as it seems

Gangs have opened up a new front in the war on drugs - recruiting children who have been taken into care.

The head of a Suffolk brewery is set to step down after presiding over a remarkable turnaround.

When turnaround expert Steve Magnall joined Suffolk brewery St Peter’s in 2015, the business was going through a tough time.

Archant’s Digital Decoded workshops offer a no-nonsense guide to SEO and more. Jamie Brown explains what you’ll learn at the free sessions.

A west Suffolk parish council has warned it will be forced to pursue legal action if applications for hundreds of new homes are approved this week.

With his 20s taken up leading writing workshops at primary schools during the day and performing at comedy clubs at night, James Campbell has earned his stripes as a successful children’s author.

Southwold’s lighthouse looks tickled pink by the launch of a brand new gin in the town. But its rosy glow isn’t all that it seems...

Three minutes: that’s all the time you may have to find and use a defibrillator if you see someone having a heart attack.

Photographs celebrating the natural beauty of central America will be on show at a city centre attraction.

A 28-year-old who works for a Suffolk-based brewery has become the world’s youngest Master Brewer.

UK workers are among the most stressed in the world, according to a new survey. Sheena Grant finds out about an initiative to try and redress the balance.

Graduates of a flagship East Anglian enterprise hub have praised its “invaluable” work as it closed on Tuesday due to the tough funding climate.

Eastern Enterprise Hub on Ipswich Waterfront is closing after a highly-productive seven-year run. Some of its graduates reflect on how it’s helped them. Sarah Chambers reports

Find out where to buy the best ice cream in the east.

There’s no surprise that almost all of the audience hailed from Norfolk as if you lived in Suffolk you would have left foomin’.

A panel holding Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner to account have urged him to pursue plans to widen a scheme featuring new speed cameras with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR).

A dedicated panel which holds Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner to account has expressed “serious concerns” over plans to axe half of the county’s PCSOs.

Teenager sweethearts to celebrate golden wedding anniversary on Norfolk Day

A Norfolk ambulance service could benefit from a muti-million pound bid to modernise outdated stations.

Some of the children who will be part of the first intake at a new primary school have paid a visit to the construction site.

With the start of Southwold Arts Festival only a few days away, time travel and farming become surprisingly linked for a talk at the festival.

As a popular open gardens event approaches one green space will welcome visitors for a preview.

Developing and maintaining Suffolk’s road network has been put at the heart of the policies of the new county council leader as he takes over the helm at Endeavour House.

East Anglian bean to bar chocolate maker scoops accolades at 2018 Academy of Chocolate Awards.

Bury St Edmunds-based major employer Servest the target for European company

Before Dad’s Army even began, there were warnings at the BBC that it might be doomed. But creators David Croft and Jimmy Perry pressed ahead, the very first episode went out in July 1968, and the rest is TV history.

Festival founder Melvin Benn assured families worried about Latitude becoming the first festival arena to sell solely street food that kids will find lots to eat.

The campaign to save Lowestoft’s record office continued last week as founders of Save Our Record Office (SORO) invited Waveney MP Peter Aldous to the site.

A dramatic stunt scene is being rehearsed and shot by an Oscar-winning director on the seafront in Gorleston this evening.

Poets from Lowestoft’s New Words: Fresh Voices will be among those taking part in the fifth Festival of Suffolk Poetry.

Two teenage friends are organising a netball tournament to share the sport they love with others while raising money for charity.

Evolutionary biologist, primatologist and broadcaster Dr Ben Garrod - known for TV shows like Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur, Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots, The Day the Dinosaurs Died and Secrets of Bones - shares how growing up in East Anglia sparked his love of nature.

A gang of burglars who stole more than £200,000 worth of property from homes and shops across five counties has been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison.

Latitude has scored another UK festival exclusive, with Belle and Sebastian joining this year’s line-up.

If you are eggs-pecting the Easter bunny on Sunday, make sure you make room for his friend recycling rabbit too

Horning Sailing Club’s 2018 season began on Sunday with spring arriving for the occasion.

Local councillors and business leaders gathered to celebrate the “topping out” of a new free school being built at Oulton.

Councillor and business leaders gathered to celebrate the topping out of a new free school in Oulton.

Humphry Repton, who transformed great East Anglian landscapes, died 200 years ago today. Don Black explores a unique heritage.

A Suffolk brewery boss has slammed proposals to create new labelling for drink with 0.5% alcohol or less as “misleading, harmful and dangerous”.

Strong interpersonal relationships will be key to building on the East of England’s growing export trade with China, a government expert says.

A visit to an East Anglian farm taught primary pupils about the great outdoors – while headteachers learned how to make lessons come alive outside the classroom.

With the trend for staycations still going strong, thanks to post-Brexit concerns and a falling pound, escaping to a holiday home is an attractive option. A holiday house investment is also a savvy option, as increasing costs for landlords suggest holiday lets in Norfolk and Suffolk could be the new buy-to-let.

Red Rooster returns to Euston Hall this summer. We check out the festival line-up so far.

The owner and chief executive of a UK chicken empire is stepping into a new role at the company.

An atmospheric twisted tale of obsession set in Suffolk, Ruth Rendell’s Gallowglass has been adapted into a play for the first time. TV actor and cast member Paul Opacic tells us about transferring it to the stage ahead of its run in Norwich.

Solange will perform her first ever headline slot at this year’s Latitude, a UK festival exclusive.

A team of bird watching enthusiasts from Norfolk are set to take part in an international bird race in Israel later this year.

An alarming rise in vandalism on a residential street has prompted the police and council to begin a two-month trial which will see a street’s lights kept on all night to act as a deterrent.

Britannia, a new epic series about the Roman invasion of Britain, has launched to great fanfare on Sky television. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to Suffolk-based film-maker Steven Hall about the joys of recreating Ancient Britain as a surreal wild frontier

Another Norfolk town looks like it is about to get its first branch of Costa Coffee.

A teenager faced a terrifying ordeal as he was beaten with a baseball bat by two balaclava-clad robbers as he walked home alone.

It’s common knowledge that Norfolk offers all manner of diversity... except mountains. Don Black writes about discovering the fact late in life.

Suffolk children’s author and stand-up comic James Campbell loves to share his writing skills with schoolchildren in East Anglia and he’s not sure who gets most out of it - them or him - as his new book, The Funny Life Of Pets, is full of their stories.

We’ve had bowl food. Superfoods. Tacos. Clean eating. But, the turning of a new year heralds the beginning of a whole new set of trends on the food scene.

Gallery Fascinating history of the Pye Road inns

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Three ancient inns between Norwich and Ipswich have reopened after closing for ownership changes and refurbishment. Don Black relates their extraordinary stories.

You may have actors, dancers, musicians and panto script but you also need some stunning backdrops. That is where a Lowestoft-based company comes in bringing festive productions, including the one at Norwich Theatre Royal, to life.

Ed Sheeran set to receive MBE

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ed Sheeran is set to be honoured by the Queen, say palace officials.

An organisation that promotes the producers and retailers of Norfolk food and drink is set to receive “significant” backing from a new sponsor.

There’s no place like home. No matter where life leads Helen Johnston, the Norfolk-Suffolk borderlands girl can’t resist returning to her roots. She spoke about stepping off the treadmill of modern life and running Hales Hall and The Great Barn.

Meet some of the fabulously diverse men from Norfolk and Suffolk. They include a man with a Canadian city named after him, a four-time Olympic gold rower, a pig farmer and the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

A wine merchant has reported strong half-year sales as it prepares for the busy Christmas season.

Opinion: Delia Smith is just plain wrong about cookery books, says Andy Newman

Fare-dodging cost 25 travellers more than £10,000 when they appeared before magistrates in Ipswich last week.

Nature writer Simon Barnes has never lost the thrill of hearing the keening cry of the buzzard. He’s not alone.

A man jailed for 25 years after a police raid netted Suffolk’s biggest drugs haul has been ordered by a judge to hand over £4,500 he was awarded in damages after the prison authorities failed to provide him with kosher food, to pay back his criminal profits.

Former Lowestoft Grammar School pupil and England captain Terry Butcher has paid tribute to his son Christopher’s “larger than life character” and described him as a “formidable and true friend” following the 35-year-old’s death.

When foreign language plays are translated for the stage they usually end up as starchy period pieces with cut-glass accents. In a new production heading to the region, Blake Morrison has relocated a 18th century French comedy to a Yorkshire town in the 1920s.

A huge thank you to the Cote Brasserie in Bury St Edmunds where one of the waiters on Sunday achieved what I informed him was a remarkable first.

Air weapon licensing laws are to be reviewed after a teenager died when accidentally shot while playing with his friends in a village.

As a British Showjumping course designer I am lucky enough to be able to enjoy watching equestrian sport at all levels, from pony club children just starting out to Olympic riders at the pinnacle of their career.

A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after a teenage girl was allegedly stabbed in a village.

A man attempted suicide after losing a court fight over the care of his daughter following the death of his estranged partner, a judge has been told.

An online database on all things related to elderly care in Norfolk is celebrating its first anniversary.

Supporters from a Polish far-right nationalist group with links to the BNP have been criticised for attending the unveiling of a Polish memorial for Second World War refugees.

A lack of available land for development is holding back East Anglian builders from filling the demand for housing, according to research by a trade body.

My mum has become unable to look after herself – my dad died a few years ago.

Paintings by well-known Norfolk artist John Midgley will be on show at the Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich, this month, in an exhibition celebrating a decade of painting and drawing the lesser-known back roads and urban areas of the county.

Fears are growing for a pregnant British mum and her sister who have not made contact with their Suffolk family since Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean island of Barbuda.

Staff and youngsters at a North Walsham children’s holiday, breakfast and after school club are jumping for joy, after Ofsted inspectors rated the facility oustanding in all areas.

A well-known concert band established over 50 years ago is set to hold their annual concert in Wells to raise money for the RNLI.

Broadcaster Bill Turnbull has urged people across the region to unite against dementia and take part in a planned Norfolk Memory Walk.

A north Suffolk-based charity’s immense contribution to global nature conservation was illustrated last week with a visit to its headquarters of two leading South American naturalists – and success in its appeal to help prevent a critically endangered macaw becoming an ex-parrot.

Construction will begin this week on a long-awaited road for Beccles, which will remove heavy traffic and enhance the local economy.

With just a week left to enter the Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018, an exciting new category has been added aimed at owner run bed and breakfasts.

More council-funded funerals are held in the Great Yarmouth area, compared with other areas of Norfolk and Suffolk figures reveal.

One of the Guardian’s top festival picks, FolkEast returns to Glemham Hall today. We sat down with organisers Becky and John Marshall-Potter.

A new era for the Norfolk County Golf Union’s Order of Merit series got under way at Eaton, with youngster Tom Carding claiming the win.

The following spots are known for going the extra mile to be inclusive. But remember, if you are a coeliac (different to an intolerance) always call ahead first to book.

University champions will be put in Norfolk’s sixth forms and colleges to drive up the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds going into higher education.

As the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra prepares to take to the stage with the music of James Bond this weekend, Emma Knights looks at seven 007 links to our region.

From flexitarians to fruitarians, fads for diets are turning in to big business for food manufacturers and restaurants.

Small-scale farmers are providing the answers to the challenges we face with climate change and the environment in a way that larger agricultural operators are failing to equal, a Suffolk-based agro-ecologist claims.

East Anglian singer-songwriter Bessie Turner talks about playing Latitude Festival.

With more than 750 acts covering music, the arts and activities for kids spread across 15 different stages, the choice of what to see and do at Latitude Festival today to Sunday can be bewildering.

A string of major contract wins is fuelling growth at a Norwich firm of architects, as the construction industry continues to rally.

They have been a part of civic life for 300 years - and now they are celebrating by putting £3m back into the community.

Visit some of the best views in Norfolk and Suffolk and enjoy the beautiful sights that are on offer this side of the country.

From rolling hills to sandy beaches, salt marshes to city skylines, East Anglia has some of the most picturesque landscapes, and therefore some of the best scenic views. These are our 25 favourites.

Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett explains why performing live will be forever in their DNA, when we can expect new music and why he loves Suffolk’s Latitude Festival.

Ivan Cutting, artistic director and a founder of Eastern Angles, has a foot in Suffolk and Norfolk. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

Organisers of a popular north Norfolk music festival are appealing for volunteers to help run stalls and games at the annual event, which regularly raises more than £3,000 for local good causes.

A charity, which is dedicated to providing supported activities and opportunities for young people with disabilities and additional needs, has received a funding boost.

Today, scores of exciting and fun events are happening across the county as people and organisations take the opportunity to celebrate all things Suffolk, writes Terry Hunt.

The founder of a scheme which aims to change the negative image of young people has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The show has always been a magnet for visitors who like their food and drink (most of Norfolk, in other words) so we’ve put together a few of the treats that are going to tickle the taste buds as you make your way around the area dedicated to you.

He has tried everything from farming quail to raising a herd of more than 100 wild boars.

Nearly two hundred children from six north Norfolk primary schools had a chance to show off their performing talents, at a variety show held at Sheringham High School.

After announcing they would not field general election candidates in a number of Norfolk seats, UKIP have sprung a surprise by standing in a number of constituencies where they might have been expected to stand aside.

A scheme which could see drivers subsidised for trading in their old diesel vehicles would be welcomed by motor dealers – but campaigners have warned measures do not go far enough.

While the majority of the county painted itself blue in today’s local elections, Labour found success in Norwich as they held onto their existing seats - and gained new ones.

Ukip have had a ‘strong and stable defeat’ in Great Yarmouth at the county council elections.

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom was quizzed on topics ranging from pesticide regulation to post-Brexit labour issues during her long-awaited first official visit to Norfolk and Suffolk.

This summer East Anglia offers a plethora of music events covering a wide range of genres. Whether you like to boogie to Bananarama, clap along to Mumford and Sons, be swept away by classical tones, or prefer the blues vibe of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, there is more than enough variety to suit the discerning music-lovers in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Here’s our pick of the best...

Do you fancy a brew? If so, Suffolk-based Adnams has just the answer after bringing together the best of two British staples – beer and tea.

One of England’s brightest young chess hopes, Suffolk-based Alan Merry, took first prize in the open tournament at the Kingsley Healthcare sponsored Great Yarmouth Chess Congress.

This summer East Anglia offers a plethora of music events covering a wide range of genres. Whether you like to boogie to Bananarama, clap along to Mumford and Sons, be swept away by classical tones, or prefer the blues vibe of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, there is more than enough variety to suit the discerning music-lovers in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Here’s our pick of the best...

Suffolk-based cleanroom and healthcare consumables manufacturer Nitritex has been acquired by the Australian group Ansell in a deal valued at £57m.

One of England’s brightest young chess hopes, Suffolk-based Alan Merry, has entered this weekend’s Great Yarmouth Chess Congress.

The managing director of an arm of Naked Wines’ owner is to quit the group.

Set and costume designer Christopher Oram was the man charged with bringing to life the 18th century world of history’s most notorious womaniser.

His name is synonymous with being the ultimate ladies’ man, but Kenneth Tindall’s production at Norwich Theatre Royal shows there was a lot more to history’s most notorious womaniser than depravity and decadence.

A global boom in the use of smart meters is set to fuel the growth of a pioneering East Anglian engineering company after it struck a major production deal with a leading Indian manufacturer.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling reaffirmed the government’s commitment to Lowestoft’s third crossing project when he visited the town today (Friday, March 17).

There are strong suggestions newly-elected President Donald Trump could visit Britain in the autumn.

Rail passengers travelling between Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and London can expect delays this Easter as work gets underway to improve the line.

In an isolated workshop on the Norfolk and Suffolk border, an award-winning business has been producing bespoke hand-made pens and delighting writers since 2013.

Many people are so keen to trace their family history that they are prepared to go the extra mile.

With its quaint villages, bustling towns, colourful fields and miles of dramatic coastline, East Anglia provides the perfect backdrop for stories of all genres; from romance to crime, chilling thrillers to childhood adventures.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy knows a long-awaited victory against bitter rivals Norwich City would go a long way to salvaging some pride from a stuttering season.

A brewery is raising a glass in celebration after securing a string of new contracts which will see it hit more than 800 stores.

It was built in 1964 and became its owner’s most beloved car - but now a rare Ferrari will provide much-needed funding for the region’s air ambulance.

The end of EU quotas could allow East Anglia’s sugar beet industry to ramp up production by 50pc and boost its already-significant role in the region’s rural economy.

The Royal Air Force Regiment commemorated its 75th Anniversary with a special service held in St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Fortnightly drop-in surgeries are being held by a police community support officer (PCSO) to offer a coastal community the opportunity to put a face to local policing.

Leaders of a seaside community have vowed to continue fighting against proposed business rate changes due to be enforced this April.

Students will be encouraged to grow and sell fresh produce through a social enterprise being launched by a brewery.

Young people are being encouraged to give up their warm beds to spend a night sleeping in cardboard boxes under the stars to raise funds for homeless youngsters.

The man who was evicted from hospital after a two year stay has gone on hunger strike.

With its stunning scenery, unique charm and traditional character the seaside town of Southwold is no stranger to receiving national acclaim and praise.

Volunteers are becoming increasingly important for vital charity services amid funding cuts.

Donald Trump has said the development of F-35 fighter jets which are due to come to Norfolk and Suffolk towards the end of the decade is way behind schedule and budget.

He has promised to introduce “competition”, claiming it is going to be a beautiful thing.

Christmas is a time traditionally when families come together to spend time with one another and celebrate their union of love.

The government is ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ by taking money away from district councils to plug a black hole on the cost of social care, critics have claimed.

Record numbers of patients are stuck in the region’s biggest hospital despite being ready to leave – as managers roll out new schemes to meet winter demand.

An ambitious multi-million pound drive to push up the number of disadvantaged young people into higher education has today been revealed.

A supermarket in Holt has always prided itself on offering a first class service.

Sugar beet growers are more than half-way through this season’s campaign – with an improving crop making its way to East Anglia’s sugar factories.

Leaders at a district council are to seek an urgent meeting with the government to see if they can keep the prospect of a Suffolk-only devolution deal alive.

With his handlebar moustache and array of WW1 uniforms, Neil Storey has cut an imposing figure at living history events all over the country.

Popular theatre group the Lowestoft Players have celebrated the completion of a new step in their project, From Bethel to Theatre.

A long-awaited new road for Beccles which is set to remove heavy traffic from the town and boost the local economy has finally been given the green light.

It has become an iconic landmark at the entrance to a Suffolk coastal resort and this year marks 10 years of the environmentally friendly Adnams’ Distribution Centre.

There’s a still time to bid on a piece of musical memorabilia that helped shape international superstar Ed Sheeran - and raise valuable funds to support children with life-threatening conditions at the same time.

A new vegan cafe with a unique on-site soya dairy is opening in the Norwich Lanes.

Plans to double the size of new a 53-home estate in Stoke Holy Cross have been shunned by neighbours, who have called the move by Hopkins Homes “utterly ridiculous” and “an accident waiting to happen”.

From today, cardiac arrest emergencies in parts of the county will be dealt with by firefighters as a pilot scheme gets under way. Five fire stations in Suffolk, including Lowestoft, are taking part.

A chance to bid on a piece of musical memorabilia that helped shape the career of Ed Sheeran is being offered by a global charity auction in partnership with East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

A bride and groom, who were so determined the mother of the bride could play a leading role in her day despite recovering from a stroke, have exchanged vows at her nursing home.

A group for users of public transport in East Norfolk has called for Great Yarmouth’s railway station to be refurbished in the next franchise.

Abellio has been confirmed by the Department for Transport as the operator of the new East Anglian rail franchise, which will commence on the 16th October 2016.

Nine bands and artists will be performing an eclectic mix of music as the annual Harvest Moon Music Festival returns to Beccles tomorrow.

Hosting a party or planning a wedding in Norfolk? Here’s a look at some of the great street food businesses from across the region that could help to make your event extra special.

“We need to make sure intolerance isn’t brought into our community” – that is the message from community leaders across Waveney today after fears a rise in hate crime is taking place under the radar.

As the head of one of the most powerful houses in the cut-throat, albeit fictional, world of Game of Thrones, Roger Ashton-Griffiths is used to fighting his way to the top.

Following the success of the Aviva Women’s Tour, event organisers are encouraging women and girls of all abilities to join a charity bike ride.

People across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are set to start giving their views on potential devolution deals for East Anglia from today – but uncertainty still surrounds what the future holds for the much-vaunted power transfer.

Budding young poets are set to pen sports-themed verses based on inspirational visits by Paralympians.

A revamped website is presenting evidence from those convinced that our region has been visited by UFOs.

Among the thousands of England fans heading to watch England’s opening Euro 2016 clash in Marseille this evening will be two of Norwich City’s most famous faces.

Encouraging the students to believe that they can achieve their dreams, the Lib Dem peer and House of Lords European Union Committee member said: “I’ve spent most of the last 30 years being scared.”

Pupils from Aylsham High School have been treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Twickenham.

Lives are still being put at risk outside a busy primary school – more than three years after a campaign was launched to tackle traffic problems there.

An entrepreneur’s pioneering food growing technology could be set to take root in Africa in the wake of interest among government officials in Kenya.

A renowned husband and wife catering team will take over hospitality for a prestigious Suffolk estate.

Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and retailer Adnams today posted a 7.3% increase in annual operating profit, despite a slight dip in overall sales.

Since devolution plans for East Anglia were announced in George Osborne’s budget on Wednesday, discussion has been rife about who may become the first mayor of East Anglia.

With George Osborne announcing the devolution of powers to East Anglia in Wednesday’s budget, we take a tongue-in-cheek look at what devolution in East Anglia may look like, including possible candidates for mayor and who could play in an ‘East Angila United’ football team.

Three people remain in hospital with “serious” injuries following a crash near Southwold.

Police have arrested a man in connection with three armed robberies.

Age truly is no barrier to success, according to octogenarian artist John Midgley, who, with no fewer than eight exhibitions in the pipeline, is enjoying the busiest year of his career.

A road has been named in honour of a much-loved former mayor and long-standing councillor who left a lasting legacy on the town he served.

People have just a few days left to register their views about proposed cuts to the area’s fire service.

Tributes have poured in for a “dedicated” Brandon councillor and “absolute gentleman” who has passed away.

Here are the latest job moves in East Anglia’s businesses.

Rural businesses are still being failed by poor mobile signal and broadband speeds, a new survey shows.

A group of writers will be taking part in a special event this week celebrating a poet who was inspired by the art and landscape of East Anglia.

It was an unenviable task for the panel of judges who were given the responsibility to select 12 pieces artwork to best represent our town.

The former Metropolitan Police detective responsible for catching Milly Dowler’s murderer is to stand for election as Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Regional business leaders will launch a campaign today for Britain to leave the European Union in a sign that the debate over the nation’s relationship with Europe was ramping up across the east.

A new year has ushered in a new era for Suffolk Constabulary with the formal appointment of Gareth Wilson as the county’s chief constable.

Photographs of a Suffolk parish council chairman’s hidden room which housed the biggest hoard of illegal weapons ever found in the UK have been shown to jurors.

A leading manufacturer is expanding with the development of a new production line thanks to a multi-million pound funding package.

Dereham were on the end of a 6-3 defeat at Bedford in the Premier Division as they ended 2015 on a low note.

Suffolk-based flavour and fragrance ingredients company Treatt today announced increased annual sales profits.

A museum has celebrated its 30th anniversary with an event which also marked the retirement of one of the venue’s founding members and its chairman for the past 20 years.

A devolution deal for Norfolk and Suffolk without an elected mayor would be akin to getting “crumbs”, compared to the benefits of one with such a figurehead, it has been claimed.

Open warfare has broken out at Suffolk County Council following the shock resignation of education spokeswoman Lisa Chambers.

Former BBC correspondent Michael Cole, who worked for the corporation for 20 years and lives in Suffolk, had this to say on Clive Lewis’ comments on racism in the BBC.

For the region’s beer lovers, it is one of the first dates entered into calendars at the start of the year. For these people, the wait is finally over.

A bid to see traffic lights at the “dangerous” Fiveways roundabout near Mildenhall has gained the backing of West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock.

Prominent East Anglian figures have traded verbal blows over Britain’s future in the European Union amid the launch of opposing campaigns.

Hundreds of dictionaries have been delivered to 21 primary schools in the Lowestoft area – thanks to the three town-based Rotary clubs.

Businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk are being urged to take advantage of lucrative contract opportunities within the UK space sector as part of an event championing the region’s top innovators.

Broadland scored a goal after just 20 seconds in their Premier Division match against Norwich City II and then went two up – but they eventually had to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw.

St Andrews recovered from their cup defeat last week to overtake Acle at the top of the Premier Division.

The region’s sugar beet campaign has steamed into action this week, as Norfolk’s two processing factories received the season’s first deliveries from farmers.

A “ground-breaking” education centre in Lowestoft is aiming to help kick-start new careers.

Norfolk and Suffolk leaders have been pitched into a race against time to draw up a plan to take more power from Westminster.

Three busy shopping locations have played host to a mighty mollusc, piquing interest and giving a taster of what will be on offer at this weekend’s Out There festival in Great Yarmouth.

He has dodged ferries and dangerous whirlpools, crossed the Irish Sea and slept in a makeshift tent made of windsurfing equipment.

In the early 1960s, Ann Croft, wife of the late Suffolk-based Dad’s Army creator David Croft, splashed £1,700 on a second-hand Rolls-Royce.

A former builder has brought the unusual world of fairground culture to the front lawn of his Norwich home.

“People power won the day” – that was the reaction of campaigners after supermarket giant Tesco finally backed down in its attempt to take over a historic Lowestoft hotel.

Eleven people have been charged with conspiring to supply crack cocaine and heroin across the region.

The RNLI is hoping to provide bespoke life-saving advice to beach visitors through new voluntary groups to raise awareness of water safety.

An avian jetsetter from Suffolk has helped scientists shed light on the migration mystery surrounding the UK’s fastest declining bird.

A Norwich company tackling the looming recruitment crisis among the over 50-year-olds has received formal backing from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) as it looks to return a “missing million” to work.

Businesses working in food, farming and agriculture now represent the largest sector in the Top 100 leading companies in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Towns, villages and communities are being urged to get behind the Tour of Britain as the full route of the Norfolk stage is revealed for the first time.

More arts and music talent has been unveiled for this year’s Latitude Festival.

A Sunbeam Alpine which survived a military coup in Iraq before being rescued from a garage and restored is one of the star cars at Watton Classic Car Event on Sunday, June 21. Current owner John Simmons tells of its adventures and history.

Family-owned garden centres group Notcutts has named its new chief executive, and announced the addition of a new non-executive director to its board.

While there are not many valleys in mid Norfolk for many in the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards the return to the UK will feel like coming home.

Despite a volatile year for the farming industry, a Norfolk-based agricultural buying group has reported 12 months of continued growth, with turnover increasing by 2.2pc.

Up to 150 people in Norfolk and Suffolk who have current accounts with the Eastern Savings & Loans credit union have been told they will have to look elsewhere and find an alternative provider.

Motoring editor Andy Russell is back on two wheels and preparing for his Safe Rider course run by Norfolk and Suffolk police.

Some of the world’s best cyclists will race through the heart of Norfolk when the Tour of Britain returns to the county for the first time in three years this autumn.

St Peter’s Brewery has recruited the former deputy managing director of Greene King, Steve Magnall, as its new chief executive.

Parts of the region will be bracing against gusts of more than 60mph tomorrow, as today’s windy weather looks set to continue.

It would barely register as a foothill in many parts of the world. But at 338ft, Beacon Hill – a moderately taxing ascent for walkers traversing the north Norfolk coast – is the county’s highest summit.

Author Ruth Rendell, who lived in Suffolk, has died at the age of 85.

Firefighters in Norfolk and Suffolk have been verbally abused, had objects thrown at them, been harassed and physically assaulted nearly 40 times in the last five years, figures have revealed.

For many artists, painting the same scene over and over again might seem like a monotonous – even pointless – exercise.

High visibility patrols will be carried out along the Suffolk Broads over the summer months, with officers and the Broads Authority joining forces.

They come with a fearsome reputation and are synonymous with vampires. But the humble bat is in decline and needs our help.

Estimated declaration times for the General Elections have been announced with the majority of verdicts in our region expected to be announced by 4.30pm.

Stewart Larter insists his Wroxham side will be taking their season run-in one game at a time ahead of hosting league leaders Needham Market.

A new chairman of a business forum plans to help connect companies in Diss.

When Jamie Hall got an email from one of the world’s most well-known camera companies on April 1, he could be forgiven for thinking it was an April Fool’s joke – but little did the self-taught photographer realise it was the beginnings of what has seen his work shown to millions of people across the globe.

The Norfolk Livestock Market could be relocated, after it was announced that Norfolk is to host one of the new Food Enterprise Zones (FEZ).

A young woman who jumped from a 50ft balcony because she believed she could fly hopes that her story will help bring further understanding about mental health.

Suffolk’s tourism value now tops £1.8billion – and is not far behind Cornwall which earns £2bn a year from visitors.

More than 400 people were caught not wearing their seatbelt during a week-long campaign by police in Norfolk and Suffolk.

A mental health service under severe financial strain raised the salary of its chief executive by £35,000 – as its frontline NHS staff dealt with tough pay cuts.

How many more victims? That is the question being asked by police forces in the region today after a serial sex attacker admitted raping a woman in Norwich and a string of other offences across the east of England.