Long Melford will be ‘open season without Neighbourhood Plan’, warns councillor

Long Melford councillors say the success of their latest neighbourhood plan consultation showed the concerns people have about the future of the village, after plans for another large housing development were put forward.

SUDBURY: New shop for social enterprise
Bazaar, 26-27 Gainsborough St, Sudbury
The Bridge Project has taken over the running of a shop called Bazaar in Sudbury.
Picture Mark Westley

Bridge Project charity continues Sudbury gift shop’s legacy

A charity in Sudbury which supports adults with disabilities and disadvantages has expanded its operation into retail.

Taste of Sudbury Festival

Taste of Sudbury food festival awarded grant of almost £10,000

The Taste of Sudbury, a food and drink festival held in the town centre for the past six years, has won Lottery funding to put on more events.

The Swan Inn, Monks Eleigh.

Monks Eleigh pub to be relaunched after sudden closure without warning

Villagers reacted with shock and disappointment when their only pub suddenly closed without warning last week, leaving a question mark over its future.

A & G News in Friars Street, Sudbury, is closing due to the retirement of Alan Devereux and his wife Gillian, who have run the business for 34 years.

PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Sudbury newsagent to bid farewell to town after 34 years in business

A long-standing newsagent will soon bid farewell to Sudbury, after the store owners announced they will call time on their careers, following more than three decades in business.

David Cackett, a long-time Sudbury church leader, businessman and Suffolk Free Press contributor, has died.

Tributes paid to long-time Sudbury businessman and preacher David Cackett

A well-known Sudbury church leader, businessman and Suffolk Free Press contributor, who was an active figure in town life for many decades, has died.

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

PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Sudbury care home’s CQC rating rises after raft of improvements

A Sudbury care facility says it is delighted that its improvements over the last year have been recognised, after a positive report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

HADLEIGH: Antiques and collectables valuation day
Hadleigh Town Hall
Antiques & Collectables Valuation Day

Hadleigh Town Hall Complex
Bishop & Miller are holding a free valuation day. Bring your antiques and collectables along for a free no obligation valuation from antiques expert Oliver Miller. 
Picture Mark Westley

PICTURES: Eclectic items show their worth at Valuation Day in Hadleigh

A diamond ring, thought to be worth as much as £7,000, was among the eclectic range of items brought in for valuation when a Suffolk auctioneering firm returned to Hadleigh on Tuesday.

Long Melford, Suffolk. The Save Long Melford�"s Skylark Fields community action group is leading a walking tour of potential development sites in Long Melford, to highlight the issues of over-development. Pictured is Lisa Tipper


PICTURES: Hundreds rally to protest over-development in Long Melford

Hundreds of residents showed their support for a campaign against the overdevelopment of Long Melford, when they joined a march around the village at the weekend to raise awareness of the issues.

Big Cars Ltd in Sudbury has ceased trading due to unsustainable trading conditions

PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Big Cars dealership in Sudbury shuts due to market pressures

A car dealership in Sudbury faces an uncertain future, after the company formally ceased its operations because of what it described as “unsustainable trading conditions”.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge in Hadleigh

Sudbury bypass project moves to next stage after MP presents petition to Parliament

The campaign to try to deliver a bypass for Sudbury is moving to its next stage, after the MP for South Suffolk brought a petition in support of the road to Parliament last week.

Chambers Bus operator in Sudbury is running a trainmen programme as part of a recruitment scheme

Pictured: Lloyd Kyzer (Just passed his PCV driving test), Instructor Kev White and Natalia Sowa (Bus Driver)

PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Bus operator seeking new recruits for training scheme in Sudbury

A bus operator is encouraging more drivers to join the profession – by providing full training to new recruits.

Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk
Long Melford resident Brian West is seeking 1,000 signatures for his petition calling for a stop to further development in the village.
Picture Mark Westley

Long Melford action group forms to fight ‘excessive’ development

A new campaign group, aiming to fight overdevelopment in Long Melford, has urged Babergh residents to band together to stop developers from “running roughshod” over the district.

ETC pics from The Swan in Lavenham.     Ingo Wiangke.

Lavenham hotel forms alliance to host recruits on training placements

Lavenham’s The Swan Hotel and Spa has joined an award-winning organisation specialising in training and placing college graduates into the hospitality, tourism, travel and catering sectors.

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

PICTURE: Mecha Morton

PICTURES: Sudbury silk firm busy as ever after successful recruitment drive

One of the oldest producers of silk in England, The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company in Sudbury, is as busy as ever.

CLARE: Hotel hosting the first ever Masterchef in Clare competition
The Bell Hotel, Market Hill, Clare
Four chefs will prepare a four course meal for a panel of judges.
Chefs Becky Hind, Dean Harding, Claire Haigh and Vincent Bushell.
Picture Mark Westley

Clare hotel chefs deliver the goods in MasterChef challenge

Four chefs took up the challenge of being master chef in Clare, when an inaugural contest took place earlier this month.

PIE Performance

Pie Performance, a Porsche specialist, is racing money for charity by entering the BRSCC Toyo Tires Porsche Racing Championship.
They are in the process of building the car on site at the workshop. Toby Smales will be driving the car during the race.
Chris Lansbury  Glasses and cap business owner

John Lansbury  Father

Billy Mclean  trainee technician curly hair

Mark Harrison  Bearded next to billy

Adam Wright  Beard standing next to john workshop manager

Ashley Martin  next to Chris, glasses engine builder

Toby Smales  Racing driver
Picture Mark Westley

Brent Eleigh business to race in prestigious championship for charity

A family-run business specialising in Porsches is building a race car to compete in a renowned championship in aid of charity.

Jack Siggers has succeeded in his protracted legal battle to secure unpaid wages from his former employer, The Boathouse Restaurant in Sudbury.

Pictured: Tina and Jack Siggers

PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Sudbury man relieved after long fight to secure unpaid wages following tribunal

The family of a Sudbury chef, who took his former employer to a tribunal to secure unpaid wages, says they are relieved the situation has been resolved, but upset at how it was handled.

CLARE: Launch of new cafe in Clare Castle Country Park
Clare Castle Country Park, Malting Lane, Clare.
The cafe is opening for business on Friday 28. The project has been put together by the Clare Castle Country Park Trustees and Richard Palmer, owner of the Number One Deli and cafe in Clare.
Picture Mark Westley

Grant scheme urges Suffolk businesses to apply for funding

Businesses in need of a cash boost are being urged to apply for the Wool Towns’ Leader programme.

Greater Anglia Trains logo

Fallen tree causes disruption on railway between Sudbury and Marks Tey

Rail services between Sudbury and Marks Tey have been suspended, after a tree fell down across the railway following strong winds overnight.

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