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  • 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…

  • MAGNA CARTA IN SUFFOLK

     Living in an area of medieval churches and old villages it is sometimes easy to take history for granted but seeing Magna Carta last week underlined how the courage and determination of our forefathers echoes down through the ages and influences our lives today. Four clauses from Magna Carta still survive in English law. Trial by jury and…

  • WE’RE TAKING THE HIGHPOINT CASE TO LONDON

    Residents of the Highpoint Estate, Stradishall are taking their campaign to London next month when we go to meet Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright at the House of Commons. The meeting on Monday 9 June will be our first chance to put our case in person to the minister and argue the claim that successive Governments…

  • HIGHPOINT: GIVE US THE PROOF!

    Calling all residents of Highpoint Estate: please come to a public meeting at Happy Days Nursery at 7pm on Friday 11 April and bring any evidence you have that you have paid the prison or Home Office for the upkeep of the roads. I want people to look out their old bank statements, check out…

  • Funding for Home Energey Saving Scheme

    Suffolk Energy Action – a major new initiative delivered by the county council, in partnership with all seven District and Borough councils across Suffolk, has won nearly £6m to help resients reduce their fuel bills. This is excellent news as the money, allocated by the  Department of Energy and Climate Change, will fund work to help  households…