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  • TEAM BONKERS BEAT 100K

    I  undertook the toughest challenge of my life two weeks ago with three friends from west Suffolk. Not for nothing did we call ourselves ‘Team Bonkers’ as we signed up to walk the London-Brighton 100K challenge – which is billed as one of the UK’s greatest endurance events. My team mates, Jane Ballard, Lucie Riches, Leigh…

  • FOSTERING FORTNIGHT

    During Fostering Fortnight, which runs until 14 June, Suffolk the county council’s fostering team will be touring the county, making connections and searching for people who could help care for a  vulnerable Suffolk child. More than 700 children are in care in Suffolk, with 400 over the age of 10. They need someone who can…

  • MY OLD FRIEND CHARLIE

    We woke to the news of the death of Charlie Kennedy. What a terrible blow for his family, especially his young son, and what a shock to all of us who cared about him. True, I hadn’t seen Charlie for years, but there was a time, way back, when I guess I saw him most days.…

  • NEW HORIZONS

    In the reorganisation of Conservative councillors at SCC, following our leadership election, I have been appointed to chair the Scrutiny Committee. I am sorry to leave highways, as I hate to drop something when it has not been finished. Although we had made progress there is still a great deal of work to do to…

  • PROTECT YOUR PENSION FROM SCAMS

    As a new law comes in giving people greater access to their own pension funds, Suffolk Trading Standards team is urging everyone to be aware of pension scams. Suffolk residents have already been targeted by the scammers with reports received by the county’s Trading Standards of bogus telephone callers offering advice on how to take advantage…

  • LONELINESS IS NOT THE PRESERVE OF THE ELDERLY

    I make no apologies for coming back to the problem of loneliness with the timely reminder on Mothers’ Day that it is not problem affliciting only the elderly.The latest instalment in a county-wide campaign to tackle loneliness is seeking to raise awareness of support available to Suffolk mums. A recent survey by AXA PPP healthcare…

  • SUPER FIT HUNDON

    Congratulations to Hundon which came runner up in the large village category of the Suffolk Fit Villages competition. The timing of the award could not have been better as it was just before the bid from the village went before the county council’s Empowering Communities Fund panel. I am delighted that the application was successful…

  • Autism Survey Across Suffolk

    Suffolk county council today launched the 2015 adult autism survey as part of its commitment to empower adults across the county to live independent, healthy and fulfilled lives within their local communities. The survey can be completed by adults with autism themselves, their carers or of course, together. Responses will help the Suffolk County Council learn…

  • MAGNA CARTA IN CLARE

    This June sees the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and nowehre will it be celebrated more enthusiastically than Clare. The town of Clare in Suffolk has a special place in the anniversary because two Lords of Clare, Richard de Clare (Earl of Hertford) and his son Gilbert de Clare (Earl of Hertford and Gloucester) were…

  • LOOK OUT FOR LONELINESS

     AgeUK Suffolk predicts that 15,000 older people in the county can go a month without speaking to a friend, family member or neighbour. This horrible statistic came to light in the preparations for the recent launch of a new campaign by Suffolk’s health professionals, inviting people to play their part to beat loneliness; drawing attention to the…