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Thomas Malina is a senior reporter on the Suffolk Free Press and Suffolk News. Thomas trained on the Diss Express before moving across to the Sudbury news patch.

Fundraisers conquer Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for cancer charity

19 September 2021
Fundraisers conquer Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for cancer charity

Fundraisers conquer Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for cancer charity

19 September 2021

A fundraising team conquered 25 miles of walking and 5,200 metres of ascent in under 12 hours to help continue a Suffolk woman’s fundraising legacy.


Town council supports campaign to re-open sports centre after bemoaning lack of clarity on facility's future

17 September 2021
Town council supports campaign to re-open sports centre after bemoaning lack of clarity on facility's future

Town council supports campaign to re-open sports centre after bemoaning lack of clarity on facility's future

17 September 2021

Councillors opposed to the controversial closure of a long-running sports facility have vowed to raise the issue at “the highest level possible”.


Town enjoys successful start to Heritage Open Days as 'Edible England' weekend approaches

17 September 2021
Town enjoys successful start to Heritage Open Days as 'Edible England' weekend approaches

Town enjoys successful start to Heritage Open Days as 'Edible England' weekend approaches

17 September 2021

Visitors dived into the sights and history of a Suffolk market town for a successful opening weekend to this year's Heritage Open Days.


Planned new parking charges in two towns labelled as 'town and health tax' by councillor

17 September 2021
Planned new parking charges in two towns labelled as 'town and health tax' by councillor

Planned new parking charges in two towns labelled as 'town and health tax' by councillor

17 September 2021

Plans to introduce controversial new parking charges in two market towns next year have been labelled as a 'town and health tax' by a new councillor.


Pedal and Drive Rally gathers classic car enthusiasts to support Suffolk Ride and Stride fundraiser

16 September 2021
Pedal and Drive Rally gathers classic car enthusiasts to support Suffolk Ride and Stride fundraiser

Pedal and Drive Rally gathers classic car enthusiasts to support Suffolk Ride and Stride fundraiser

16 September 2021

The vintage motors departed from five country houses and travelled along six routes, before gathering in the backdrop of an historic rural church.


St Peter's signs off in style with farewell celebration party before closing for £2m regeneration works

16 September 2021
St Peter's signs off in style with farewell celebration party before closing for £2m regeneration works

St Peter's signs off in style with farewell celebration party before closing for £2m regeneration works

16 September 2021

The signature community venue signed off in style with a special celebration, ahead of a two-year closure for a £2 million regeneration scheme.


The Original Factory Shop excited to be part of community after concession launch at Co-op

16 September 2021
The Original Factory Shop excited to be part of community after concession launch at Co-op

The Original Factory Shop excited to be part of community after concession launch at Co-op

16 September 2021

A discount retail chain has voiced its delight at the response to the launch of its new partnership with a supermarket.


Pub to cut prices on Tax Equality Day to support plea for permanent VAT reduction for hospitality trade

15 September 2021
Pub to cut prices on Tax Equality Day to support plea for permanent VAT reduction for hospitality trade

Pub to cut prices on Tax Equality Day to support plea for permanent VAT reduction for hospitality trade

15 September 2021

The reduced VAT rate of five per cent for food and drink in hospitality venues, announced by the Chancellor in July 2020, will end on October 1.


Air force veteran returns to home village during Help for Heroes cycle relay to lay wreath at war memorial

15 September 2021
Air force veteran returns to home village during Help for Heroes cycle relay to lay wreath at war memorial

Air force veteran returns to home village during Help for Heroes cycle relay to lay wreath at war memorial

15 September 2021

Adam Springall made an emotional return to the village where he grew up to pay tribute to those lost in conflict at the local war memorial.


Leisure centre re-opens after temporary closure due to roof leak

14 September 2021
Leisure centre re-opens after temporary closure due to roof leak

Leisure centre re-opens after temporary closure due to roof leak

14 September 2021

The facility shut for several hours, due to a leak which is causing issues in the reception area, but it has now re-opened, after the issue was fixed.


Plans submitted for purpose-built health centre to replace three ageing GP surgeries

14 September 2021
Plans submitted for purpose-built health centre to replace three ageing GP surgeries

Plans submitted for purpose-built health centre to replace three ageing GP surgeries

14 September 2021

The health practice seeking to consolidate ageing surgeries into a purpose-built medical centre says the plans are needed to future-proof its service.


England rugby players and coaches help school pupils 'play like a pro' at Twickenham

13 September 2021
England rugby players and coaches help school pupils 'play like a pro' at Twickenham

England rugby players and coaches help school pupils 'play like a pro' at Twickenham

13 September 2021

Schoolchildren stepped onto the turf at the home of English rugby, to receive a special coaching session from past and present players and coaches.


Veteran Suffolk firefighter Stephen Simmons remembered as devoted family man following death aged 58

10 September 2021
Veteran Suffolk firefighter Stephen Simmons remembered as devoted family man following death aged 58

Veteran Suffolk firefighter Stephen Simmons remembered as devoted family man following death aged 58

10 September 2021

The father-of-two and granddad to six was a 32-year-veteran of the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, which he described as his "extended family".


Gallery confident of rebound as local arts hub following successful double exhibition launch

10 September 2021
Gallery confident of rebound as local arts hub following successful double exhibition launch

Gallery confident of rebound as local arts hub following successful double exhibition launch

10 September 2021

The popularity of a pair of new exhibitions has shown the public’s enthusiasm for supporting local artists, according to an independent gallery owner.


Sale trail fundraiser gives big boost to future of village community shop

10 September 2021
Sale trail fundraiser gives big boost to future of village community shop

Sale trail fundraiser gives big boost to future of village community shop

10 September 2021

Villagers rallied behind a community-wide sale trail at the weekend to help raise money for a new permanent location for their local shop.


Fossil display at heritage centre reveals town's prehistoric roots

09 September 2021
Fossil display at heritage centre reveals town's prehistoric roots

Fossil display at heritage centre reveals town's prehistoric roots

09 September 2021

Items on display include a bone from a large plesiosaurus lizard, the ears of a whale, and sea urchins that lived in the area two million years ago.


Couple involved in all aspects of town life over many decades celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

09 September 2021
Couple involved in all aspects of town life over many decades celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

Couple involved in all aspects of town life over many decades celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

09 September 2021

The well-known couple mark their 60th anniversary today, and will celebrate the occasion in the company of dozens of family and friends this weekend.


Sports centre campaign accuses academy leadership of treating public with contempt over public meeting snub

09 September 2021
Sports centre campaign accuses academy leadership of treating public with contempt over public meeting snub

Sports centre campaign accuses academy leadership of treating public with contempt over public meeting snub

09 September 2021

A campaign lobbying to reopen a landmark sports facility says it feels treated with “utter contempt” by the decision makers behind its closure.


Rugby match honours former player and raises thousands in his memory

08 September 2021
Rugby match honours former player and raises thousands in his memory

Rugby match honours former player and raises thousands in his memory

08 September 2021

Players past and present laced up to pay a fitting tribute to their long-time friend and team-mate, who lost his battle with cancer last year.


Family-run firm hopes major factory expansion will provide big boost to local economy

07 September 2021
Family-run firm hopes major factory expansion will provide big boost to local economy

Family-run firm hopes major factory expansion will provide big boost to local economy

07 September 2021

The manufacturing business plans to boost its workforce from 24 to 48 employees before the end of 2022, and then to around 70 in the next four years.