Archive for Month: September 2014

  • OFF TO CONFERENCE…

    For the first time in years I am off to the Conservative Party Conference. When I last did the rounds of the party conferences, as a political hack, it was the Labour Party that struggled to present a united front and I can’t recall anyone being caught in a tabloid sting texting dodgy photos of…

  • SUFFOLK’S LATEST TRUANCY SWEEP NETS FEWER OFFENDERS

    Just six pupils were found truanting from school as part of a co-ordinated county-wide sweep carried out in the past week by SCC and Suffolk Police. The operation demonstrated a significant drop in offenders when compared with a sweep which took place last year whereby 43 individuals were caught truanting in Ipswich alone. The truancy sweep this…

  • COMING SOON … SUFFOLK SKILLS SHOW & JOBS FAIR

    Suffolk businesses are being encouraged to support the first ever Suffolk Skills Show, set to reach over 4,000 young people. The large-scale skills and careers event targeting young people between 11 and 24 years old has been planned for 22 October at Trinity Park in Ipswich, and businesses are being called on to exhibit. The…

  • THE SAGA OF THE CHIPLEY ABBEY LEAK

    My Dad was a big fan of the comedy duo Flanders and Swann and I grew up listening to their songs such as The Gas man Cometh which describes a catalogue of domestic mishaps requiring one tradesman after another from the gas man to the electrician to the joiner to the decorator to put things…

  • BRILLIANT BROXTED SOLAR PARK

    Win-win is one of those clichés that I try hard to avoid but I can think of no other term to describe the utterly brilliant Broxted solar farm which had its official opening today. At the heart of the site on the old Stradishall airfield is an 150 acre solar farm which will provide the…

  • HUNDREDS OF SUFFOLK RESIDENTS ON SCAMMERS HIT LIST

    Suffolk County Council’s Trading Standards team has identified nearly 1,600 Suffolk residents on scam mail company lists. Our team has been working with the National Scams Team. We know the lists of names are swapped between scammers and they target peopel by mail or phone trying to get them to sign up to ‘miracle’ health…

  • TOP HEAD TEACHERS COMING OUR WAY

    Suffolk is to benefit  from a national programme to bring the best head teachers into its schools. The Talented Leaders programme, funded by the Government, and led by the Future Leaders Trust, will recruit and train 100 exceptional head teachers. Schools in particpating areas can then interview and employ these talented people. This scheme is…

  • OFF TO SEE THE NEW PRISONS MINISTER

    In my days as a political correspondent, I used to pontificate about the winners and losers in ministerial reshuffles analysing whose career had stalled, whose had plummeted and those very few who had shot to political stardom. This year, I have been more concerned about the causes and communities that can get overlooked as ministers…