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Yesterday, 13:52

Leaders of a Suffolk free school have spoken of their delight after Ofsted rated it as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features.

Unsung heroes who go the extra mile to support their communities took their turn in the limelight as they were honoured at a glittering annual awards ceremony.

A fundraising campaign to restore the Victorian chapel of the Seckford Almshouses in Woodbridge has been kickstarted with a generous £920 donation from The Company of Four theatre group.

The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and his colleague the Rt Rev Dr Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich, invited the public to walk with them during their 10-day Lent Pilgrimage around the county.

Tourism traders in Suffolk are optimistic for an Easter boost following a stunted start to the year, a new survey reveals.

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Latitude festival’s watery neighbour makes music of its own.

A motion for a full council debate over controversial plans to shake up free school transport has been voted down – despite youngsters as young as 11 making representations in person.

Suffolk gritting teams have had to spread twice as much salt on the county’s roads this winter, as latest figures reveal that nearly 150,000 miles of road have been covered – the equivalent of six trips around the globe.

The Home Office will help towards the cost of the search for missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner has announced.

Babergh District Council has the third highest gender pay gap of all local authorities in the country to have submitted their results so far, according to latest figures.

Pharmacies can provide health advice so you do not end up calling on A&E simply because your GP surgery is closed.

Roads across the country – including East Anglia – are facing a crisis after this winter’s storms according to a new report by the body which represents road engineering companies.

Ambitions to integrate health services across Suffolk and north-east Essex have taken another leap forward as plans for joint budgeting emerge.

Suffolk Constabulary has been rated ‘good’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) for its overall effectiveness in a report published today.

A McDonalds branch in Beccles said neigh to a customer who attempted to ride through the drive-thru on horseback.

Spare land at Ipswich and Colchester hospitals is being eyed for staff housing once they merge in a bid to tackle recruitment problems.

New data reveals the top companies to work for in the UK it includes HSBC, Facebook and Lloyds.

Suffolk children are facing delays longer than six months for mental health support due to NHS staff shortages, it has been revealed.

A television show’s resident “gardening guru” will be supporting a children charity’s work in Suffolk with a talk about her life in show business.

Public invited to comment on blueprint for Suffolk landscape gem

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Yesterday, 16:55

If, like me, you remember the Green’Un Saturday night football paper, produced here in Ipswich, you probably do so with fondness.

Allan Hunter was one of Ipswich Town’s best-ever signings, helping drive the Blues to become one of the most feared sides in England and Europe. ROSS HALLS went to meet ‘Big Al’.

Two wins in their last couple of matches have left Leiston just one point off the play-offs with eight league games to play, writes Craig Cooper.

Ipswich Witches returning star Nico Covatti wondered if his speedway career was over after last season’s horrific crash at Redcar.

Second-half strikes from Byron Lawrence and Dominic Docherty saw Leiston close in on the Bostik Premier play-offs after a 2-0 victory over Tonbridge Angels at Victory Road, writes Craig Cooper.

A Suffolk shooter will be taking aim at a gold medal in next month’s Commonwealth Games, writes Katie Tassell.

Jamie Scales would like Woodbridge to get to 88 points – the sooner the better.

This Sunday sees the Woodbridge & DMCC host the opening round of the Bickers Lifting ACU Eastern Motocross Championship at the Blaxhall circuit near Woodbridge.

Leiston chairman Andy Crisp has given an impassioned plea to Blues fans to get behind the club – and help them balance the books this season – and going forward.

Eastern Counties 3

Woodbridge Saxons 40

Ipswich 3s 17

With the lines swept and repainted and a nod from the ref, Jez Hannon led his Saxons into the frozen wasteland, writes Chris North.

London East 3

West Norfolk 12

Southwold 52

High-flying Southwold overcame the home side in a hard-fought battle played out in arctic conditions, writes David Vaughan.

Thurlow Nunn One

Woodbridge Town 1

Whitton United 0

This much anticipated clash between the division’s top two sides was decided by an 81st minute strike from Ryan Keeble as Woodbridge went six points clear of their nearest rivals, writes Dave Meeson.

Bostik Premier

Leiston 4

Wingate & Finchley 0

This was the most emphatic of wins in this Bostik Premier match at Vicarage Road, raising play-off aspirations for Glen Driver’s side, writes John Campany.

Keith Preston and Lawrence Dodd have completed their Suffolk junior winter coaching programme for the most talented teenagers Suffolk have produced for many years.

Ipswich Witches held their 2018 press launch today. MIKE BACON went along to find out the mood in the camp after an exciting 2017 season

TIM HENMAN was in Suffolk this week – coaching stars of the future at Culford School. MIKE BACON went along to talk to the former British No.1

London 3 East

Wymondham 24

Woodbridge Warriors 0

Heavy overnight rain didn’t dampen Wymondham’s enthusiastic start to this mid-table skirmish.

Fetcham Grove is the venue tomorrow afternoon as Leiston head to Leatherhead FC to take on 14th-placed Kingstonian, writes Craig Cooper.

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