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Steve Barton is the senior reporter on the Haverhill Echo and works across Suffolk News, too. Steve has worked on the Echo for well over a decade.

Celebration time for performing arts school

19 February 2024
Celebration time for performing arts school

Celebration time for performing arts school

19 February 2024

A performing arts school in Suffolk has just celebrated its fifth anniversary.


Poppy Appeal total hits an all-time high in branch’s centenary year

17 February 2024
Poppy Appeal total hits an all-time high in branch’s centenary year

Poppy Appeal total hits an all-time high in branch’s centenary year

17 February 2024

Hot on the heels of celebrating its centenary year, a Royal British Legion branch in Suffolk has raised a record amount for its Poppy Appeal.


How kindness is helping to keep people more physically active in this town

16 February 2024
How kindness is helping to keep people more physically active in this town

How kindness is helping to keep people more physically active in this town

16 February 2024

A town running club and leisure centre have teamed up to help people who want to participate in sports but find the expense prohibitive.


How these four schools are joining forces to boost education

15 February 2024
How these four schools are joining forces to boost education

How these four schools are joining forces to boost education

15 February 2024

An ambitious commitment to sixth form education will see four schools join forces.


‘Parents report that the staff nurture their children exceptionally well’: Praise for nursery as Ofsted rates it ‘outstanding’

14 February 2024
‘Parents report that the staff nurture their children exceptionally well’: Praise for nursery as Ofsted rates it ‘outstanding’

‘Parents report that the staff nurture their children exceptionally well’: Praise for nursery as Ofsted rates it ‘outstanding’

14 February 2024

The owner of a Suffolk nursery believes the ‘outstanding’ rating awarded by Ofsted is due to the dedication and hard work of everyone involved.


Threat of job losses avoided after firm given go ahead for site redevelopment

14 February 2024
Threat of job losses avoided after firm given go ahead for site redevelopment

Threat of job losses avoided after firm given go ahead for site redevelopment

14 February 2024

A Suffolk manufacturer has secured its future and avoided job losses after winning planning permission to redevelop its site.


New roundabout on busy route completed two months early

13 February 2024
New roundabout on busy route completed two months early

New roundabout on busy route completed two months early

13 February 2024

A new roundabout to improve road safety and help people’s journeys along the A1307 near Haverhill has been completed two months ahead of schedule.


New care home proposals ‘would have impact on GP practices’ and funding support is needed

11 February 2024
New care home proposals ‘would have impact on GP practices’ and funding support is needed

New care home proposals ‘would have impact on GP practices’ and funding support is needed

11 February 2024

A health organisation has said that a proposed new care home should only go ahead if the applicant contributes towards healthcare in the area.


‘It is a pretty damming indictment of the social failure in the UK’: Charity says report makes ‘awful reading’

09 February 2024
‘It is a pretty damming indictment of the social failure in the UK’: Charity says report makes ‘awful reading’

‘It is a pretty damming indictment of the social failure in the UK’: Charity says report makes ‘awful reading’

09 February 2024

A Haverhill-based charity that helps people in financial hardship says levels of UK poverty revealed in a new study are ‘tear-jerking’.


‘I thought let’s start up a breakfast club, not thinking much would come of it’: Breakfast club is now so much more than just a place to socialise

09 February 2024
‘I thought let’s start up a breakfast club, not thinking much would come of it’: Breakfast club is now so much more than just a place to socialise

‘I thought let’s start up a breakfast club, not thinking much would come of it’: Breakfast club is now so much more than just a place to socialise

09 February 2024

It began as a place where armed forces veterans could meet once a month but a Suffolk breakfast club is now providing wider support for its members.


Makers Markets set for a return to region’s towns this spring

08 February 2024
Makers Markets set for a return to region’s towns this spring

Makers Markets set for a return to region’s towns this spring

08 February 2024

West Suffolk Council’s popular Makers Markets are returning to Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill next month and to Newmarket in April.


‘It needs to be stopped dead in its tracks’: Parliamentary candidate opposes bio-digestion plant plans

08 February 2024
‘It needs to be stopped dead in its tracks’: Parliamentary candidate opposes bio-digestion plant plans

‘It needs to be stopped dead in its tracks’: Parliamentary candidate opposes bio-digestion plant plans

08 February 2024

The man hoping to become a Suffolk MP has set out his objections to a proposed bio-digestion plant.

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Former police officer admits committing misconduct in a public office

07 February 2024
Former police officer admits committing misconduct in a public office

Former police officer admits committing misconduct in a public office

07 February 2024

A former police officer from Suffolk whose actions caused ‘great distress’ to those affected has admitted committing numerous misconduct offences.


‘A huge legacy’: Bells ring out as Gordon turns 90 and marks 80 year milestone

07 February 2024
‘A huge legacy’: Bells ring out as Gordon turns 90 and marks 80 year milestone

‘A huge legacy’: Bells ring out as Gordon turns 90 and marks 80 year milestone

07 February 2024

The bells of a Suffolk church rang out on Sunday in celebration of the 90th birthday of a bellringer and community champion.


‘I’m afraid it’s all got too much’: Restaurant and bar closes after 17 months as running costs become unsustainable

06 February 2024
‘I’m afraid it’s all got too much’: Restaurant and bar closes after 17 months as running costs become unsustainable

‘I’m afraid it’s all got too much’: Restaurant and bar closes after 17 months as running costs become unsustainable

06 February 2024

‘Spiralling costs’ have driven the owners of a restaurant in Haverhill to take the decision to close their doors after 17 months in business.


Details of funeral and memorial service for councillor confirmed

06 February 2024
Details of funeral and memorial service for councillor confirmed

Details of funeral and memorial service for councillor confirmed

06 February 2024

The funeral arrangements for former Suffolk councillor and journalist, Mary Evans, have been confirmed.


‘We want people to leave with a smile on their face’: Information and listening service celebrates first anniversary

06 February 2024
‘We want people to leave with a smile on their face’: Information and listening service celebrates first anniversary

‘We want people to leave with a smile on their face’: Information and listening service celebrates first anniversary

06 February 2024

An information and listening service set up by The Salvation Army in Suffolk one year ago is now helping up to 100 people every week.


Gym extension at hotel’s health hub would create jobs and ‘increase choice for clients’

02 February 2024
Gym extension at hotel’s health hub would create jobs and ‘increase choice for clients’

Gym extension at hotel’s health hub would create jobs and ‘increase choice for clients’

02 February 2024

The owners of an an award-winning health and fitness facility at a Suffolk hotel hope to extend its gym space.


Pothole-scarred bridge needs fixing ‘before someone dies’

02 February 2024
Pothole-scarred bridge needs fixing ‘before someone dies’

Pothole-scarred bridge needs fixing ‘before someone dies’

02 February 2024

Potholes on a Suffolk bridge look set to be fixed following pressure from campaigners who feared that someone would die if they were not repaired.


‘It was wonderful recognition’: School praised by government Minister for impressive phonics results

01 February 2024
‘It was wonderful recognition’: School praised by government Minister for impressive phonics results

‘It was wonderful recognition’: School praised by government Minister for impressive phonics results

01 February 2024

A village primary school in Suffolk has received governmental praise after its Year 1 phonics results were among the top 3 per cent in the country.