Recent News

  • CHRISTMAS OVER + ON WITH EASTER

    I know they say time seems to fly by as you get older but I was somewhat surprised when I was in the Clare Co-Op the other day to see there were hot cross buns for sale …before I had even taken my Christmas decorations down!

  • BETTER MOBILE RECEPTION COMING THIS WAY SOON?

    One of the very few downsides of living and working in our picturesque corner of South West Suffolk is the rotten reception for mobile phones. Neither my county council blackberry nor my own orange phone receives a decent signal at home or pretty much anywhere in Stansfield. The great news is that our mobile network…

  • WICKHAMBROOK’S NEW BRIDGE

    The dodgy old footbridge by Wickhambrook ford was replaced by the county council just before Christmas. I part funded the project to the tune of £1,500 from my highways budget because I felt that the new structure apart from being sturdier and safer would also allow for a better flow when water levels are high. Steven…

  • TO WICKHAMBROOK SURGERY & WEST SUFFOLK HOSPITAL …………………… A VERY BIG THANK YOU

    Like many people this Christmas, my husband Richard and I have struggled through with bad colds. So we thought it was just his cough when he lost his breath as we walked home from the Hawkedon Queen with friends on Boxing Day. He didn’t want to make a fuss and waited until Monday to see his…

  • CALLING FOR THE RAIL SERVICES WE NEED

    The Department for Transport  has fired the starting gun on the contentious process for the retendering of the East Anglia rail franchise. There are plenty of strong and varied views to be expressed as we aim to shape Suffolk’s rails services for the next 7 – 10 years. It is therefore crucial to get it…

  • OUR VIEWS ON LIVING IN SUFFOLK … WE LOVE IT!

    Financial concerns and the lack of affordable housing are two major factors preventing Suffolk residents from moving house, according to the recently published ressults of a major housing survey. However the key finding is that: the vast majority of us – nearly nine out of ten – enjoy living in Suffolk – no surprises there! The…

  • FUTURE OF POLICING IN CLARE

    The lease on the police office in Clare expires at the end of the month which raises the whole issue of the future of policing in Clare and the surrounding villages. To make sure residents know what is happening – and so that they can have their say – I have invited Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s…

  • WHAT A MERRY START TO CHRISTMAS

    There was a great atmosphere at the Wickhambrook pensioners’ Christmas lunch on Wednesday. It made a merry start to the festive season … but do please note I was there as a guest. An under-age guest at that! It was a really lovely event, a delicious meal, great entertainment with music and the most brilliant magician. It…

  • A FAIR DEAL FOR RURAL AREAS

    I get a host of emails from special interest groups, lobbyists and campaigners, but the ones I really look out for are the regular updates from the Rural Services Network, which  has just published its manifesto, calling for a fairer deal for rural England. The document, Seeking the Best for Rural England, calls on an incoming…

  • KEEPING WARM

     It is a shocking fact that around 350 elderly people could die this winter in Suffolk because of the cold and it is reckoned that nationally 200 older people in the UK die of cold every day throughout the winter. Well, help is at hand to keep Suffolk people warm this winter thanks to the county’s Warm…