Critics unconvinced after poll says majority favour Babergh and Mid Suffolk council merger

More than half of Babergh residents are in favour of seeing their local authority merge with Mid Suffolk, according to a telephone survey commissioned by the two councils.

TRACKSIDE: Ben Barker is returning for a third season at the wheel for Porsche's Gulf Racing team  Picture: Porsche Media

Barker will get two shots at Le Mans 24

Ben Barker will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for a third straight season, having again been confirmed as the lead driver for Gulf Racing’s 2018 GTE-Am entry.

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Long Melford, Suffolk. Kentwell's flock of rare-breed Norfolk Horn sheep begin lambing in mid-March, along with spring bulbs, flowers and Welly Walks through the gardens and grounds. Alix Massey in the lamb enclosure. ''Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

PICTURES: Visitors flock to see newborn lambs at Kentwell Hall

A yellow carpet of daffodils and spring bulbs are emerging from the grounds of historic Kentwell Hall in Long Melford, shaking off the snow.

HELPING HAND: Lily May Humphreys (centre) was among the latest athletes to be recognised by SportsAid Suffolk at Ipswich Town FC   Picture: SportsAid (Pagepix)

Humphreys hits top six in Faldo’s event

Stoke-by-Nayland star Lily May Humphreys got to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names to have played golf when she competed in the Major Champions Invitational in Florida last week.

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Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler’s column: Urgent answers needed

When it rains around this club, it pours.

Gaol Lane

Plans for new retail units and flats in Sudbury resurrected

Plans to construct a number of new shops and flats in Gaol Lane, Sudbury, have been resurrected, 12 years after almost identical plans were granted permission but not acted upon.

AT THE DOUBLE: Chris Kent, pictured in action earlier in the season, scored two tries in Sudbury's latest victory, a 24-14 success at Cantabrigian that put them within a point of mathematically securing a play-off place  Picture: Mark Bullimore

Sudbury looking to seal a play-off spot in fine style

Sudbury Rugby Club head into Saturday’s London League Division Two North East fixture at Harlow (3pm) knowing a losing bonus point would be enough to confirm their place in the end-of-season play-offs with two matches to spare.

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TRICKY CONDITIONS: AFC Sudbury's Mekhi McKenzie attempts to keep the ball in play on a snowy surface at King's Marsh Stadium on Saturday   Picture: Mark Bullimore

Sudbury fire a blank for third consecutive match


Simon Barrett, Sudbury district cllr, who is pleased the transport plan is going for consultation and a fresh start after iniital ideas were not well received.

Sudbury councillor disputes bullying claims after being told to issue apology

A Sudbury councillor has disputed claims of bullying and lacking respect for a former colleague, after being forced to issue an apology.

LAST FOUR: Sudbury ABC member Jack Wiffen

First boxer to progress through to semis twice

Neil Anderson is backing Jack Wiffen to become the first member of Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club to reach the final of the England Boxing Junior Championships for at least 35 years, writes Russell Claydon.

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St Joseph's Care Home in Sudbury was received a 'Good' rating from the CQC''''PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Sudbury care home delighted after strong showing in national survey

A Sudbury care facility is celebrating after earning strong plaudits in an annual nationwide survey – just one month on from receiving an improved rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

CELEBRATIONS: Bures United congratulate each other after they score one of their two goals in the semi-final    Picture: Clive Pearson

Reigning champions spurred on by promise of Portman Road final


Motor Show East

Motor Show East: In a first for the region, inaugural event will celebrate everything automotive

At last – the region is getting its own motor show.
Court News.

Man who burgled Halstead home given suspended jail sentence

A man, who was forensically linked to a burglary at a home in Halstead after he injured himself while carrying out the crime, has avoided jail following his sentencing hearing last week.

LOOKING TO IMPRESS: AFC Sudbury Academy student Luca Collins Picture: Clive Pearson


Danny Laws is hopeful goalkeeper Luca Collins will take his chance at Colchester United with both hands to become the first AFC Sudbury Academy player to turn pro.

Police news

Thieves with sledgehammers and axe target Co-op in Clare

Thieves targeted the Co-op in Clare in the early hours of this morning - the latest in a sequence of overnight burglaries in the region.

The Suffolk Police Dog Section is using the former Babergh District Council office in Corks Lane, Hadleigh for training purposes. Photo supplied by Babergh District Council.

Police dogs in training take over former district council office in Hadleigh

Police dogs in training have temporarily taken over Babergh District Council’s former home in Hadleigh, as the council seeks to secure the site’s long-term future.

Rene van den Oort

Culture: Variety is the spice of life  says Rene van den Oort from Beautiful Beers

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is meeting people with diverse and wide-ranging tastes. Over the past few years, more and more beers and traditional ales have become available, whether it be in local free house pubs, supermarkets or specialist beer retailers. Only the other day, an elderly man popped into the shop and produced a list, about as long as my arm, of beers he had recently tried and tasted! Lots of the beers on his list had been sampled in local pubs, such as The Dove, The Beerhouse  and Oakes Barn, and he exclaimed that out of the first 15 or so beers he had tried, he had only enjoyed about three of them.

Rob Butterworth's coffee column

Culture: Rob Butterworth's coffee column looks at championing women

Last week we marked International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, celebrating the exceptional women in our own lives and turning our minds to the work of women in our industry and in our own supply chain at Butterworth & Son.

Swiss meringue

Culture: Gastrono-me’s back

By the time you are reading this, Gastrono-me on Abbeygate Street will be about to open. To everyone who has dined with us before and has experienced the “please give me your mobile number and I’ll call you in about 10 minutes, when a table is ready” scenario, I apologise that we have been running a little later than expected.

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