New Sudbury business aims to fight rural isolation among older generations

A new business in Sudbury, which launched earlier this month, has set its sights on reducing the high levels of rural isolation among older generations in south Suffolk and north Essex.

Long Melford Street Fair 2017.
(Two live music stages, fun fair, entertainment area, street performers, more than 100 stalls etc.
Bellydanza from Sudbury and Earls Colne
Picture Mark Westley

PICTURES: ‘Massively successful’ Long Melford Street Fair attracts crowd of 15,000

More than 140 stalls ran the length of Long Melford last week for the village’s popular street fair, with organisers estimating that around 15,000 people attended.

Long Melford Bull Lane development.
Councillors John Watts chair of planning Long Melford PC, John Nunn parish and district councillor and Richard Kemp Parish district and county councillor
Picture Mark Westley

Proposal to build new 71-home estate in Long Melford granted planning approval

Plans for the development of a new estate in Long Melford containing 71 new homes has been given the green light – but opponents believe legal action remains a possibility.

Stock Picture - East of England Ambulance Service emergency ambulance on a blue light run.

Future of Sudbury ambulance station unclear as union calls for greater transparency

The future of Sudbury’s ambulance station remains uncertain, as union representatives seek more information about proposed changes to ambulance services across the region.

Campaign for a bypass. Pictured: Cllr Colin Spence, James Cartlidge, John Sayers, Jan and Adrian Osborn

Government’s new £1bn bypass fund renews optimism for Sudbury relief road

Long-running plans to create a £40 million relief road for Sudbury has a new opportunity to at last become reality, with the introduction of a new central government bypass fund.

Sudbury Town Hall.

Have your say on how to improve Sudbury’s neglected areas at public meeting

Sudbury Town Council is set to host a public meeting next week, when it will seek views on how to improve the untidy and neglected areas of the town.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge with Hadleigh resident Christine Brindle, of the Pass Wide and Slow Campaign.

South Suffolk MP backs campaign to protect horses and riders on rural roads

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge has voiced his support in the Houses of Parliament last week for a campaign to help safeguard horses and riders.

Gainsborough Weaving in Alexandra Road is saying they are in need of skilled workers

PICTURE: Mecha Morton

‘Booming’ Sudbury weaving firm desperately seeking new staff to fulfil backlog

Demand for Sudbury silk is high and its specialist weaver workforce is busier than it has been for years.

Liverpool, England - March 6, 2011: Sign of Barclays Bank in Liverpool. Barclays PLC is a global financial services company headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

Barclays set to close Halstead branch, despite efforts of town council

Halstead Town Council met officials from Barclays to argue a case for not closing the town’s branch, it has been revealed.

Friends of the Kings Head in Pebmarsh celebrate their successful acquisition of the pub on behalf of the community. Photo by Roger Cuthbert.

Pebmarsh to revive Kings Head pub after bringing it into community ownership

Friends of the Kings Head in Pebmarsh say they could not have dreamed they would be able to bring the pub into community ownership, less than a year after it closed.

From left; Cllr Alaric Pugh, Cllr Paul Bishop. James Cartlidge MP, Susan Moore and Cllr Mary Evans at the launch of Visit Clare. Photo by Paul Sargeant.

New tourism project aims to make Clare an area to ‘rival the Cotswolds’

A new initiative to attract more visitors to the Clare area – and boost the local economy – has been launched.

Kirsty White, who runs a junior cycling club, has called for people to stop parking inconsiderately near Pot Kiln Primary School in Great Cornard.

Great Cornard resident calls for action to stop inconsiderate parking near school

A Great Cornard resident has joined the chorus of recent criticism of “disrespectful parents” inconsiderately parking on school days – and slammed Suffolk County Council for not doing enough to address it.

PepsiCo Copella juice factory at Boxford Farm, Suffolk.

Boxford drinks manufacturer Konings lifts lid on ten-year expansion proposals

Boxford drinks manufacturer Konings has started talks with nearby residents’ groups and parish councillors to explain its factory expansion plans.

Scenes from The Royal Norfolk Show Norwich 2017 (Day 1 Wednesday)
Environment Secretary Michael Gove (right) during his visit to the Royal Norfolk Show on Wednesday, he is seen her with Rob Alston (left) (Vice Chairman)

Gove vows to ‘listen’ to farmers during Royal Norfolk Show visit

New to the job Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, was given a damp introduction to the world of farming in the eastern counties when he called in at the Royal Norfolk Show today.

An Apache helicopter from Wattisham

New training contract for Wattisham’s Apache teams

A £48 million training package for the Apache helicopter announced by the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon today will support about 70 jobs in Suffolk, Hampshire and Dorset.

James Cartlidge at Sudbury train station.

Gainsborough railway line benefits from share of £1.1 million investment

The community organisation running Sudbury’s branch line to Marks Tey is to get more funding from Greater Anglia.

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Gary Harvey, Group CEO of The MEL Group based in Sudbury.

Sudbury’s MEL Group acquires Sussex firm Oldbury Engineering

Sudbury-based engineering specialist MEL Aviation has acquired an engineering firm in West Sussex.

Delphi Diesel Systems.

‘Poor decisions’ put 520 jobs at risk at Delphi in Sudbury, says union leader

Up to 520 jobs in Sudbury could be at risk, after one of the biggest employers in the area announced it was considering the long-term future of its local plant.

PepsiCo Copella juice factory at Boxford Farm, Suffolk.

Boxford drinks firm plans to invest £35 million and create over 100 new jobs

A drinks factory is planning a major expansion to its Boxford base, pledging to invest £35 million and create more than 100 new jobs.

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Linda Askew and her staff celebrate the opening of her new hair salon in Sudbury.
Pic - Richard Marsham

Sudbury shop badly damaged in 2015 town centre fire re-opens

A shop that was badly damaged in the devastating town centre fire in Sudbury in 2015 has reopened.

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