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DAVE GOODERHAM: I expected more from candidates

DAVE GOODERHAM: I expected more from candidates

DAVE GOODERHAM: I expected more from candidates

29 March 2015

Hands up who has heard of Jo Churchill? I would suspect that the majority of Bury Free Press readers now know the identity of Conservative’s parliamentary candidate ahead of us all going to the polls in May.


KAREN CANNARD: Going for gold by reducing waste

KAREN CANNARD: Going for gold by reducing waste

KAREN CANNARD: Going for gold by reducing waste

29 March 2015

Earlier this month I had the privilege of joining the judging panel for the Zero Waste Awards, bringing with it a chance to review an exciting range of applications from organisations around the UK that are making great strides in reducing waste.


GEOFF BARTON: I’m searching for a new word . . .

GEOFF BARTON: I’m searching for a new word . . .

GEOFF BARTON: I’m searching for a new word . . .

29 March 2015

‘The limits of my language are the limits of my world’. That’s the twentieth century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein reminding us how our language shapes the way we see the world and perhaps the way we think.


EDITOR’S COMMENT: Check candidates’ stances on A14 cash

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Check candidates’ stances on A14 cash

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Check candidates’ stances on A14 cash

27 March 2015

There are various givens in life: a buttered slice of bread will always fall butter down in the kitchen, your mobile always runs out of charge when you most need it and you’ll always forget an anniversary (once).


NICOLA MILLER: Politics is about our everyday lives

NICOLA MILLER: Politics is about our everyday lives

NICOLA MILLER: Politics is about our everyday lives

25 March 2015

A while ago I was asked to participate in the campaign by the towns branch of the Fawcett Society to encourage young women to engage with politics and vote. I am proud to be a part of it but remain frustrated by the apparent ease by which the anti voting argument appears to shout loudly and more successfully.


SOCIAL MEDIA: The value of joining a ‘community’

SOCIAL MEDIA: The value of joining a ‘community’

SOCIAL MEDIA: The value of joining a ‘community’

22 March 2015

You find TLAs – three-letter acronyms or abbreviations – everywhere in life now – countries, companies, science and, of course, social media.


CAMILLE BERRIMAN: Uplifting tribute to Fred – and others

CAMILLE BERRIMAN: Uplifting tribute to Fred – and others

CAMILLE BERRIMAN: Uplifting tribute to Fred – and others

22 March 2015

Occasionally, through my day job, I am fortunate enough to be a part of some incredibly uplifting experiences.


GRAHAM TURNER: More than just a place to ‘gawp’

GRAHAM TURNER: More than just a place to ‘gawp’

GRAHAM TURNER: More than just a place to ‘gawp’

22 March 2015

By happy coincidence my daughter returned home from ‘The North’ for a short break last week, while I also had a few days off work.


SWT: Smallest of gardens can still be wildlife friendly

SWT: Smallest of gardens can still be wildlife friendly

SWT: Smallest of gardens can still be wildlife friendly

22 March 2015

My son and daughter-in law have just bought their first home together and, as for many first-time buyers, it is a small terraced house with a correspondingly tiny front garden and small back garden. Being inexperienced gardeners, they have asked me to come up with some ideas on how to improve it and make it as wildlife friendly as possible.


TIM PASSMORE: Taking steps to tackle domestic abuse

TIM PASSMORE: Taking steps to tackle domestic abuse

TIM PASSMORE: Taking steps to tackle domestic abuse

21 March 2015

March 3 was a significant day for University Campus Suffolk (UCS), for me as Police and Crime Commissioner and for Suffolk as a whole. It was the day we published a report into victims’ perception of the support they receive to help them recover from domestic abuse.


BTO: Coot disperse to start breeding

BTO: Coot disperse to start breeding

BTO: Coot disperse to start breeding

20 March 2015

The numbers of coot on the local gravel pits have dropped, a sure sign that winter is at an end and that the birds have dispersed to begin the first of their two or three breeding attempts of the year.


EDITOR’S COMMENT: It’s foul by name and foul by nature

EDITOR’S COMMENT: It’s foul by name and foul by nature

EDITOR’S COMMENT: It’s foul by name and foul by nature

20 March 2015

Imagine the scene: You’ve got little Johnny up, had breakfast, dressed and got all his kit ready for the Sunday morning football match (after finally finding those boots).


NIKOS SAVVAS: Learning as a real life experience

NIKOS SAVVAS: Learning as a real life experience

NIKOS SAVVAS: Learning as a real life experience

08 March 2015

It was half term a few weeks ago and for me it was a lovely opportunity to spend some quality time with my children. As is the way, with every parent, we want to teach things and impart our wisdom to our children – and if we can entertain them and tire them out at the same time, all the better!


GREEN LIGHT TRUST: Scheme will offer opportunity for Suffolk retired people to take part in woodland activities

GREEN LIGHT TRUST: Scheme will offer opportunity for Suffolk retired people to take part in woodland activities

GREEN LIGHT TRUST: Scheme will offer opportunity for Suffolk retired people to take part in woodland activities

08 March 2015

Statistics have shown that after retirement, many older people can experience isolation, loneliness, exclusion, cognitive memory loss, and take a more sedentary lifestyle.


CAMILLE BERRIMAN: Messy site not a good advert for town

CAMILLE BERRIMAN: Messy site not a good advert for town

CAMILLE BERRIMAN: Messy site not a good advert for town

08 March 2015

Have you ever noticed how, when you see something all the time, you cease to look at it properly?


BTO: The amazing success of the collared dove

BTO: The amazing success of the collared dove

BTO: The amazing success of the collared dove

08 March 2015

Periods of spring-like warmth have prompted the resident collared doves to initiate their first nesting attempt of the year.


EDITOR’S COMMENT: Could 2015 be my first show-time?

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Could 2015 be my first show-time?

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Could 2015 be my first show-time?

06 March 2015

I have a secret. It’s a shocking secret. I need to share it.


DAVE GOODERHAM: Take a bow, for great customer service

DAVE GOODERHAM: Take a bow, for great customer service

DAVE GOODERHAM: Take a bow, for great customer service

01 March 2015

George’s birthday was going so well. My little lad turned three on Friday (where has the time gone) and he is now well and truly into the art of opening presents. So much so that I woke up this morning, five days after the ’big day’, to see our eagle-eyed boy spying more presents when, in fact, they were merely gift bags. Oh, the disappointment.


GREEN VIEW: Simple solutions to energy problems

GREEN VIEW: Simple solutions to energy problems

GREEN VIEW: Simple solutions to energy problems

01 March 2015

Good news, energy costs are coming down. Or so we are told. The global oil price has fallen by more than 40 per cent since June, when it was $115 a barrel – apologies to those who do not use dollars or measure things in oil barrels, so think of an oil barrel as 35 UK Gallons or 280 pints.


COMMENT: Put the brakes on race to adulthood

COMMENT: Put the brakes on race to adulthood

COMMENT: Put the brakes on race to adulthood

01 March 2015

‘All children, except for one, grow up’. So says J M Barrie in the first line of his classic novel Peter Pan.


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