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It’s one of the biggest obstacle courses in the world - and Keren Smith is aiming to conquer it in aid of charity.

A monthly Farmers’ Market has received sponsorship from a holiday company in Suffolk.

In his latest column, Suffolk chief constable GARETH WILSON writes about why an increase in council tax is needed to pay for more policing.

Plans have been unveiled to offer dedicated support for unemployed young people in West Suffolk.

Three men were arrested after allegedly hiding class A drugs in a shoe during a police raid in Bury St Edmunds.

Suffolk highways will be gritting the A12 and A14 as they prepare for sub-zero road temperatures in East Anglia tonight.

A coroner has opened an inquest into the death of a 31-year-old man who was killed in a car crash two days before Christmas.

The Dream Lodge Group, which operates holiday homes across the East of England has collapsed, making 80 people redundant.

Suffolk County Council has scrapped plans to force all staff to take a day of unpaid leave each year as part of cost-cutting measures, following union pressure.

A Suffolk artist has created a series of interpretations of eight women who helped shape a prestigious estate near Bury St Edmunds.

Snow has started to fall in parts of the region with flakes landing in Finningham, Framlingham and Bury St Edmunds.

An award-winning Indian restaurant in Mildenhall is gearing up for its first major fundraising event for children at a special school.

Daniel Whytock of discusses the technology likely to impact the retail sector in coming years.

A Sudbury-based writer who has received hundreds of rejections over the course of 16 years has finally secured a publisher for their debut novel.

The “exceptionally kind and caring” staff at a nursing home near Bury St Edmunds were hailed as inspectors awarded an ‘outstanding’ overall rating.

A burglar who was chased out of a house in Bury St Edmunds by the homeowner who then managed to snatch back his laptop from him has been jailed for 12 months.

A councillor has spoken of her shock after a man was struck on the head with a crowbar and a brick during a robbery in a west Suffolk village.

An Ipswich recruitment consultant who played a key role in an episode of BBC TV show DIY SOS, admits she may have “a tear in her eye” when it is first broadcast tomorrow.

There is a limited number of places left for people to take part in London’s Big Vitality Half Marathon.

A poppy appeal in Mildenhall Sainsbury’s raised a record total of more than £11,000 for the Royal British Legion.

A series of lunchtime concerts at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds begin next month with The Reduced History of Jazz, featuring Jeffery Wilson on clarinet and saxophone and John Human on keyboard and piano.

People came along dressed as their idols from Freddie Mercury to Madonna and Adam Ant to Abba at a special 1980s-themed fundraising disco at Pakenham Village Hall.

Highways and civil engineering contractor Graham has been working with Highways England, Blood Bike groups and contractors in a pioneering initiative to help Blood Bike riders reach their destinations safely during road closures in the East of England.

Emails have been sent out to 2,500 people on the housing register in the Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury districts, advising them that they will need to re-sign by the end of next month.

Coaches and players at a Bury St Edmunds primary school football club are celebrating after being awarded Football Association (FA) Charter Standard accreditation.

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Bury St Edmunds are relishing what promises to be their biggest test of the season, when they welcome National League Two South leaders Rams to The Haberden this afternoon (3pm).

Join Bury Town first-team boss Ben Chenery and former Ipswich Town striker Alan Lee talking all things non-league, as well as a few tales from the pro game they both enjoyed playing in.

MIKE Bacon takes a look at the latest VAR issues. Plus is Sir Andy the greatest-ever sporting Brit?

There was a third consecutive win for Laura Sampson (Sussed Out/Mondraker) at the Winter Series mountain bike races near Brandon where she won the Veteran Female 90 minute race, writes Fergus Muir.

Coaches and players at a Bury St Edmunds primary school football club are celebrating after being awarded Football Association (FA) Charter Standard accreditation.

Ampton’s Dunston Harriers meeting was run on going described as on the quick side, but still provided some competitive racing and both trainers and jockeys were full of praise for the exceptional job done by clerk of the course Simon Stearn and his team.

In our latest round-up of the local rugby scene, Southwold scored the win of the weekend, while there were also victories for Colchester, Sudbury, Chelmsford, Braintree and the Woodbridge Amazons.

Bostik North

Bury Town 1

Canvey Island 1

A last-gasp header from defender Kyran Clements, deep into injury time, salvaged a point for Bury against their fellow mid-table opponents from the Thames estuary.

National League Two South

Barnes 24

Bury St Edmunds 24

Two last gasp converted tries denied Bury the bonus point victory their performance deserved, writes Simon Lord.

Bury St Edmunds, on a three-game winning streak, have strengthened their squad still further this week by adding a couple of new players to their squad, ahead of today’s trip to mid-table Barnes in National League Two South.

Bury Town manager Ben Chenery is looking for the same sort of performance from his team, but with a very different result, when they entertain Canvey Island at Ram Meadow tomorrow afternoon.

Join Mike Bacon, Carl Marston, Needham Market’s Nathan Munson MBE and Brightlingsea Regent first-team boss Tom Rothery in this week’s Non League Podcast.

Kieran Jarvis won the Senior men’s race at the Stow Scramble at Haughley Park after Eastern League rival James Madgwick fell while in the lead and – in a carbon-copy of their collision last week - Jarvis ran into him, writes Fergus Muir.

In recent years some high quality racing has been seen at Ampton, and this Sunday’s meeting could provide another excellent day’s action.

Walsham-le-Willows boss Trevor Newman has admitted it was ‘a bit daunting’ taking over from Paul Smith in the summer.

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