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The village where the women are still in charge

Nearly 100 years ago the long-defunct Westminster Gazette told its readers about a village “run by women”. The village in question was Lawford, which adjoins…
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The tower block residents who want their old cladding back

Housing providers up and down the country have been removing potentially dangerous cladding in the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster which left 72 people dead.…
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What do the new inflation figures mean for those already struggling to make ends meet?

New figures show that soaring food costs and the energy bill crisis are driving up prices at their fastest rate in almost 30 years, squeezing…
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‘Ed Sheeran inspired me to rap about my home town’

It is 2019 and Ryan Bruce is sitting eating his lunch during a work break. On the radio, Mr Bruce, whose rap name is RB…
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World War Two: The brothers who fled Nazi occupation by kayak

Whenever Niels Peteri visits a beach, he thinks of his father, Henri. He was one of the “Engelandvaarders” who, on 21 September 1941, stepped back…
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Allotment or a holiday? I’d rather have my allotment

During the coronavirus pandemic, waiting lists for an allotment have swelled. What do these small patches of land mean to those who cultivate them? Hidden…
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The street where neighbours eat, dance and party together

Six people or two households can now meet outside in England. The BBC asked what lockdown-easing measures meant to one neighbourhood where Covid-19 has already…
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Inside a Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Centre

Last week, the government opened 10 new mass vaccination sites across England. I spent the afternoon in one of them and joined two patients on…
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Covid-19: Demand for Norfolk school key worker places ‘outstrips supply’

Children of key workers are entitled to attend school during the lockdown, according to government regulations. But many head teachers say they simply do not…
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Covid-19 School decision: It’s like the Vicar of Dibley – no, no, no, no… yes.

The following piece was publishd on the BBC News website on 5 January, 2021. Thousands of pupils expecting to return to school in Essex learned…