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This is when fund-raising hots up

This is when fund-raising hots up

This is when fund-raising hots up

28 June 2015

Flaming June! Even if the weather has not been quite as flaming as I might have hoped (I was forced to put on a cardigan last night), my diary has been packed.


Recycling needs to hit the bathroom

Recycling needs to hit the bathroom

Recycling needs to hit the bathroom

28 June 2015

What a great coincidence that this month’s column lands during Recycle Week, the national campaign that encourages us to get organised and recycle more.


BTO: Sit back and enjoy your bird tables

BTO: Sit back and enjoy your bird tables

BTO: Sit back and enjoy your bird tables

28 June 2015

It is around this time of the year that we start to see the first young finches and tits visiting Suffolk’s bird tables, typically arriving in the company of their parents.


Metal trees are in the wrong place

Metal trees are in the wrong place

Metal trees are in the wrong place

28 June 2015

I’ve withheld judgment for a few weeks, waiting for them to ‘bed in’ to the street scene, but now I have a definite opinion about the steel trees in St Andrew’s Street South...


Why the wolf is part of our heritage

Why the wolf is part of our heritage

Why the wolf is part of our heritage

14 June 2015

The wolf is an indomitable animal, aloof, untamable and in times past represented humankinds struggle against the wilderness as Christianity slowly spread through Europe, replacing what it saw as a feral abyss. Often depicted as evil in folklore and in the church teachings of medieval Europe, there was no place for such a wild beast in the garden of the Lord.


BTO: Turtle dove numbers are in decline

BTO: Turtle dove numbers are in decline

BTO: Turtle dove numbers are in decline

14 June 2015

One of our sounds of summer is fast disappearing from the Suffolk countryside, a pattern that is being repeated across much of south-east England.


DAVE GOODERHAM: George has caught the reading bug

DAVE GOODERHAM: George has caught the reading bug

DAVE GOODERHAM: George has caught the reading bug

07 June 2015

In the last few months, I have learned that there is a Shark in the Park, a Goose on the Loose,Harry loves keeping dinosaurs in buckets and, of course, a certain beast thinks a certain mouse would taste good on a slice of bread.


YOUTH VIEW: So how does football work?

YOUTH VIEW: So how does football work?

YOUTH VIEW: So how does football work?

07 June 2015

I’m finding it rather difficult to understand the football leadership crisis that’s sweeping the globe.


NIKOS SAVVAS: Be bold and learn from mistakes

NIKOS SAVVAS: Be bold and learn from mistakes

NIKOS SAVVAS: Be bold and learn from mistakes

07 June 2015

For all the students out there who are grappling with exam stress this week, I want to let you into a secret – your life won’t be over if you don’t get the result you want.


JO CHURCHILL: It’s been a whirlwind start for me

JO CHURCHILL: It’s been a whirlwind start for me

JO CHURCHILL: It’s been a whirlwind start for me

07 June 2015

So, post May the 7th I am privileged to be one of the 330 Conservative MPs making up part of what is a historically different House of Commons.


GRAHAM TURNER: A grisly end to our holiday

GRAHAM TURNER: A grisly end to our holiday

GRAHAM TURNER: A grisly end to our holiday

07 June 2015

Despite relying on my car for so many things – travelling to work, shopping, leisure, holidays – I don’t really like driving.


A punishment fit for fly-tippers

A punishment fit for fly-tippers

03 June 2015

I share the rage of Walsham-le-Willowers who recently awoke to find a tsunami of washed up rubbish soiling their village verge and hedgerows.


GEOFF BARTON: A rich seedbed for great thinkers

GEOFF BARTON: A rich seedbed for great thinkers

GEOFF BARTON: A rich seedbed for great thinkers

18 May 2015

Let’s be honest: the A14 trunk road is hard to love. Living here in Suffolk, we can’t avoid it. It’s as inescapable as it is unpredictable. Sometimes it delivers us to our destination with the unerring precision promised by the satnav or our online journey planner.


Voting can ‘change your world’

Voting can ‘change your world’

Voting can ‘change your world’

04 May 2015

I was in the supermarket the other day when I overheard a conversation that always makes my heart sink. Two people were discussing who they would be voting for in the General Election and one said: “I won’t be voting for anyone – they’re all the same.”


SOCIAL MEDIA: Identifying your business goals

SOCIAL MEDIA: Identifying your business goals

SOCIAL MEDIA: Identifying your business goals

03 May 2015

Before you get into marketing your business or organisation, whether off line, on your website or through social media, you need to identify your business goals.


Midnight ‘switch-off’ was a shock

Midnight ‘switch-off’ was a shock

Midnight ‘switch-off’ was a shock

03 May 2015

Suddenly plunged into darkness on an isolated footpath in the pouring rain, it was one of those moments I severely doubted the wisdom of my actions.


BTO: Nightingale’s song heard less often

BTO: Nightingale’s song heard less often

BTO: Nightingale’s song heard less often

03 May 2015

The first of the season’s nightingales have arrived back at traditional sites across the county. This migrant songster is a familiar species, at least in name, appearing throughout some of our best poetry and nature writing.


GREEN VIEW: Helping communities with renewable energy

GREEN VIEW: Helping communities with renewable energy

GREEN VIEW: Helping communities with renewable energy

26 April 2015

Back in May last year, I raised the potential for communities to become energy generators. The big Big 6 energy companies currently dominate the consumer energy market but changes are happening with some far-reaching opportunities for community energy ownership. Let me tell you more…


DAVE GOODERHAM: I knew it was a club going places

DAVE GOODERHAM: I knew it was a club going places

DAVE GOODERHAM: I knew it was a club going places

26 April 2015

I first stepped foot inside the Haberden five years ago – and I knew straight away it was a club going places. I met a committee member who was proud of what had already been achieved and fuelled with ambition about progressing further and further.


GRAHAM TURNER: My view of the 70s is not rose-tinted

GRAHAM TURNER: My view of the 70s is not rose-tinted

GRAHAM TURNER: My view of the 70s is not rose-tinted

26 April 2015

It appears that 1970s style is coming back into fashion which, for some, will foster feelings of nostalgia while other (younger) folk will perhaps welcome it as ‘retro chic’.


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