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  • REMEMBRANCE

    A poignant Remembrance Day service at St Mary’s Lidgate today  with members of the seven parishes in the Bansfield Benefice joining together to mark this special day. All the wreathes were taken out to the Lidgate War Memorial for the exhortation, laying of their wreathes, reading of names and then each parish took their wreath…

  • PREVENTING FUTURE FLOODING

    Having your home flooded is surely one of the most unpleasant experiences any householder can suffer: your property is polluted by foul water, carpets, rugs and furniture are ruined; your prized possessions are damaged salvage; you are in many cases forced into temporary accomodation for months and, of course, your insurance premiums are penalised as a…

  • GETTING READY FOR WINTER

    The drop in temperature is a timely reminder that winter is on its way. Last year we had a terrible time with storms and floods and in recent years we have had some very bitter cold snaps. But it is good news that despite the many shortcomings over the past year, SCC highways and its contractors Kier May…

  • RECYCLING BOOST IN SUFFOLK

    A new service, designed to make recycling even easier, will go live this week with Suffolk residents being given the chance to recycle even more at home. The new enhanced household recycling service means that residents can now put their food and drink cartons, aerosol cans, books and metal pots, pans and trays into their recycling…

  • A DAY AND NIGHT OF FRONTLINE POLITICS

    Richard and I enjoyed a day, and evening, of front line politics on Wednesday starting with a visit back to our old stamping ground – the Palace of Westminister – for Prime Minister’s questions. In our day, when we both worked in the Press Gallery and Lobby, PMQs ran for 15 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.…

  • MUSING ON MANSION TAX

    I am possibly missing the point with the enthusiasm of the Lib Dems and Labour for the introduction of  the so called mansion tax…But I can’t help thinking: why on earth would anybody want to go to all the effort and expense of defining and refining a new tax measure when the mechanism already exists and pretty much…

  • CALLING ALL LOCAL VILLAGES GET MOVING FAST – AND GRAB SOME OF THIS £100k GRANT!

    I was sorry to miss the annual autumn clear up at Stansfield Village Hall this year but saw at a glance on my latest visit just what great efforts had been made in chopping down vegetation, hacking and clearing the undergrowth and opening up the entrance to make it safer. All the parishes in this…

  • COUNTY’S BLUE-LIGHT MERGERS WIN NEARLY £5MILLION GRANT

    Suffolk’s campaign to merge police, fire  and even ambulance stations –  saving money and improving collboration across the emergency services into the bargain – has had a major boost with the award of a £4.9m grant. It has been made as a result of the submission of a joint-bid, led by SCC’s Fire and Rescue Service, earlier…

  • TIME TO REFLECT

    Three hours scraping ivy off the front face of the platforms, while avoiding damaging the rare ferns, at the old railway station in Clare allows plenty of time to reflect. A very strong and diverse quartet has been chosen for the shortlist for the Bury St Edmunds seat – good luck to them all Jo Churchill,…

  • CHIPLEY ABBEY – UPDATE

    Result! The potholes have been filled… only the phone to be fixed and all will be back in working order for the frst time in well over a year!