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An iconic Bury St Edmunds hotel famed for its association with writer Charles Dickens has reopened following a £750,000 refurbishment.

A day at the races is synonymous with fashion but it was the younger generation who stole the limelight and were dressed to impress at Newmarket’s first meeting of the season.

A Suffolk foster mother is urging people who are interested in providing a loving home for a child not to be put off by some of the myths surrounding the application process.

Villagers near Bury St Edmunds are getting a real buzz from a project to plant wildflowers and help the bees.

Revered actor Sir Ian McKellen is the latest celebrity to offer his support to walkers trekking 200 miles to fundraise for Bury St Edmunds’ historic theatre.

Scientists investigating skin cancer in dogs hope new research can lead to a DNA screening test being made available for two of the UK’s most popular breeds.

Police are ramping up efforts to catch drivers using mobiles, with the Suffolk crime commissioner “horrified” to see motorists putting lives at risk.

Much like the changes happening in the east of the county, the new West Suffolk Council will elect its first cohort to replace two previous councils.

Obituary: ‘True gent’ Clem Tompsett, who died at 84, described as ‘the greatest carrot grower the UK has ever known’

Tribute: How go-ahead headmaster Derek Robson helped transform Culford School. He has died, aged 83

A man accused of attempting to rape a 15-year-old girl in Bury St Edmunds last month has had his case adjourned to allow him to be legally represented.

April is bowel cancer awareness month, and a Suffolk colorectal surgeon is urging Suffolk people to be aware of the symptons, and check it out if they have any concerns.

Work is set to start on a £2.35 million refurbishment and extension of Sudbury’s Kingfisher leisure centre.

A rider has been arrested on suspicion of drug-driving after traffic police officers stopped a quad bike in Beck Row.

No children’s centres will be closed in Suffolk without a full consultation with the public, Conservatives have said.

A campaign has been launched this morning calling for Suffolk’s under-threat children’s centres to be spared from closure.

Where can you shop if you need a grocery top-up over the Easter break - or even an extra Easter egg or two? Here is our list of opening times for big supermarkets around Suffolk and north Essex.

Beach balls at the ready, Suffolk and Essex are going to have a warm and sunny Easter bank holiday weekend, say forecasters.

One in ten pupils were persistently absent from schools in Suffolk and Essex last year, according to latest government figures.

Avoid hold-ups on the region’s roads by finding out about planned roadworks in Suffolk and north Essex this week.

An anonymous donation of more than £100,000 left to a Suffolk charity will be used to fund breaks for family carers across the county.

Hundreds of dog lovers and their pets will descend on a Bury St Edmunds park next month when a popular event returns and organisers are appealing for volunteers to help out.

A shopkeeper suffered slash wounds after being attacked by two assailants, with one of the men armed with a knife.

The two new PCSOs patrolling the streets of Bury St Edmunds say the response from people to their presence in the town has been “very positive”.

Have you got a hedgehog-sized hole in your garden fence or wall? Get creative with us this Hedgehog Awareness Week and design a garden entry point that hedgehogs won’t be able to ignore!

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Higham racecourse stage the final meeting of their season on Saturday with the traditional Essex and Suffolk fixture, which normally attracts a bumper attendance.

Adrian Pettitt of the Stowmarket and District CC won his own club’s 20 mile Debenham time trial by the smallest of margins, beating David Crisp of Colchester club 3T Racing by just one second.

In this week’s Danny King column, the Witches skipper looks ahead to a busy Easter period and how important spreadsheets are to a racer.

In the final weekend of the rugby season, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester rounded off their campaigns with impressive victories.

Will Wright and James Ollington of Aldeburgh won the McLeod Cup as Suffolk Amateur Foursomes champions at Halesworth.

Bury Town, fresh from back-to-back wins over Barking (2-0 away) and Brentwood Town (2-1 at home), will be gunning for a hat-trick of successes at lower mid-table Great Wakering Rovers tomorrow afternoon.

On this week’s podcast are Felixstowe & Walton’s Danny Bloomfield, Leiston’s Ian Cornforth and Haughley’s James Hawkins

Bury St Edmunds play their final home game of the season, against already-relegated London Irish Wild Geese at The Haberden tomorrow afternoon (3pm), eager to halt a run of four straight defeats.

In this week’s column, MIKE BACON takes a look at the world of golf, from the Master so the EADT v Melton St Audrys

When rain hit the Fast Test Road Race, what was already a tough race turned into something of an epic, writes Fergus Muir.

Danny King reflects on a good week for the Witches and hopes for a quick-fire double over King’s Lynn

In his latest column, Nino Severino discusses his concerns about the rising issue of morbid obesity in the UK and beyond.

Thousands of people across East Anglia are being offered free entry to the first day of Newmarket racing - find out whether you are eligible here.

In the final rugby round-up of the season, Colchester secure a spot in the play-off game, Stowmarket beat Southwold in the Suffolk derby, Braintree win 109-7 and the Bury Foxes clinch promotion.

The Bury St Edmunds parkrun is getting used to welcoming 300-plus runners, joggers and walkers to Nowton Park each Saturday morning, for the weekly two-lap challenge.

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