Care UK


Here’s a little story about a new care home that’s opened in Chantry. A couple of years ago, the County Council decided to separate out its care homes and let them to an outside provider. Why? Because many were old and in need of renewal, and the County did not…

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Suffolk Loving Ipswich

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I grew up in the Suffolk countryside, first in Fressingfield, near Diss, and then after I was eight years old, just outside Debenham, in the little village of Winston. I remember, when I was very little, going to Norwich with my family for Christmas shopping but my real memories as…

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Suffolk New Academy: Progress


Today is a big day for me and for Chantry.  I will be putting a spade in the ground, cutting a sod of turf, and then smiling very, very broadly.  It’s a small act but one that marks the beginning of the end of a long journey for Suffolk New…

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Network Rail & Abellio Apology


An apology to our customers We’re extremely sorry for the disruption that has affected services on a number of days this week (especially on the Great Eastern Main Line).  We recognise that the delays suffered by many passengers have been both inconvenient and very frustrating.  We also understand that in…

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The Best Day of My Life


One by one they fell, the truisms about weddings that you thought were old tosh but turned out to be true. And on Thursday night last week I felt, quite literally, the curse of groom’s nerves. We had the rehearsal in the church, which went ok, and I’d gone out…

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Buggy Pushing


I cannot pretend that trying to work out what to write about this week is not a little tricky, as I am somewhat distracted by the Big Day, of which more in a moment. But it seems that fate has lent me a hand, as last Friday I had a…

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Bishop’s Hill lights stopped

Following intense lobbying from your local MP Ben Gummer and Holywells councillors, Liz, George and Pam, the County Council have decided not to proceed with the proposed traffic light plans at the top of Bishop’s Hill. Councillor Graham Newman said: ‘Ben Gummer MP and local councillors, led by Liz Harsant,…

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Rail transformation for Ipswich

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Ben Gummer has been fighting on behalf of Ipswich commuters to get better, faster, more reliable and more frequent rail services to and from the town. Now he’s delivered. The Chancellor has announced plans to transform railways in the region and bring better, faster, more reliable and more frequent rail…

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Ipswich chord river ramp

One of Ben’s major successes of 2010-11 was to secure £35m funding for the Ipswich Chord, which will allow trains to go straight from Felixstowe to the Midlands without having to travel via London as they do at present. The chord will require the construction of a new footbridge next…

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£5 million for Ipswich Hospital

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This October, Ipswich Hospital will begin building a second major development. A new state-of-the-art sterilisation unit will be built at the Heath Road site, which will allow instruments and medical equipment to be sterilised at the hospital. Ben says: ‘It is really exciting. This is about the hospital being on…

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