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Thousands of people turned out for festive light switch-on events in Suffolk and north Essex this week.

Tonight’s Lotto draw has an estimated £18.1 million jackpot after no ticket holders scooped Wednesday’s top prize.

Visitors are being invited to celebrate a true Dickensian Christmas at Kentwell Hall, near Long Melford, over two weekends next month.

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Disabled swimmers in Sudbury can now access their pool more easily thanks to the generosity of a local business.

Pop on your Christmas jumper and get ready to feel festive at one of these Suffolk and north Essex Christmas markets.

MP for South Suffolk James Cartlidge has backed a campaign which aims to promote better training and opportunities for female coaches in football.

A woman is appealing for people to join her to make Sudbury a more dementia friendly town.

Stressed nurses have been forced to take out payday loans, borrow from friends and take on extra hours to supplement their wages, a new poll suggests.

Residents in villages and towns near the Suffolk border with Essex are being warned to be vigilant by police following five daytime burglaries which all happened yesterday.

The count down to Christmas has begun, with residents across Suffolk and north Essex preparing for various Christmas lights switch on events.

Only visit A&E in a genuine emergency this winter. This is the plea from hospital bosses in Suffolk and north Essex following a bleak warning from The Health Foundation.

Shoppers have the chance to choose from hundreds of different Christmas card designs, as well as advent calendars and candles, wrapping paper, gift tags, napkins and stocking fillers, thanks to the opening of the Cards for Good Causes pop-up charity Christmas card shop which has opened at Sudbury Library, on Market Hill.

Enjoy the festivities and occasion and stay safe ... that’s the message from organisers of the annual Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, the single biggest event that takes place in the town each year.

Sculptor Ben Loughrill, who created the wooden wolf which sits on the Southgate roundabout, in Bury St Edmunds, has been busy giving the structure a brand new makeover.

Final plans are being made for the annual Christmas Fair and the switching on of the Christmas lights, in Sudbury.

Hundreds of people turned out to attend services of Remembrance in Needham Market and Ixworth with a White Poppy Wreath service taking place in Stowmarket and the Muslim community in Long Melford supporting a Poppy Appeal.

With scores of books at her home Kelly Cable decided it was time to clear them out.

Health bosses across Suffolk and north-east Essex are today launching a campaign to improve awareness of diabetes.

Shotguns, self-loading pistols and a Second World War military rifle were among the weapons handed in to Suffolk police on the first day of a firearms surrender.

Deserving people from across Suffolk picked up an array of awards at a glittering Stars of Suffolk ceremony.

Two men arrested after a man was found unconscious with serious head injuries have been bailed by police in Sudbury.

People have the chance to view, and have their say on, plans for the £8.5m redevelopment of Gainsborough’s House museum in Sudbury on Friday.

Thousands of people in Suffolk and Essex paid their respects over the weekend to the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate price in defence of our freedom.

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In the Bostik League, Reece Dobson bagged a brace to grab AFC Sudbury a share of the points at Waltham Abbey.

Walsham-le-Willows enjoyed a fine 4-0 home win over Wivenhoe Town on Saturday.

Billy Bird’s secret is out – he has a Southern Area title fight in the New Year.

AFC Sudbury boss Mark Morsley is taking the positives from Tuesday night’s cup defeat to Suffolk rivals Needham as his charges return to league matters this weekend.

Mike Bacon discusses Suffolk FA’s decision to scrap extra-time in their cup competitions and Italy’s World Cup demise in his weekly column.

Stephen James (Renvale RT) took his fifth successive league win in the Hempton Senior cyclo-cross despite losing over a minute when debris stuck in an obscure part of his bike’s transmission.

The best of the county’s sporting talent was celebrated at the Suffolk Sports Awards at Kesgrave Hall, writes Elaine Anderson-Browne.

Billy Bird is a man with a secret – but says he is “buzzing” for the new year, writes Chris Lakey.

London 2 North

Woodford 12

Sudbury 56

Sudbury travelled to East London on Saturday to play Woodford, opponents they have not met for approximately 20 years, and came away with a convincing win.

AFC Sudbury manager Mark Morsley has said he will pick his ‘strongest available’ side against Needham Market in the Suffolk Premier Cup, at King’s Marsh Stadium, tomorrow night.

Bacon’s Bites: Mike Bacon’s thoughts on the sporting world. Who wants to live Down Under?

AFC Sudbury may be on a run of three games without a win, but there is still a positive mood in the camp heading into tomorrow’s clash with Tilbury.

Stowmarket assistant Alex Davey won the professional prize at the Suffolk Winter Alliance meeting on his home course on Sunday with a round of 71.

Wow! How many times can you remember an England football team coming back from 2-0 down to win 5-2?

AFC Sudbury manager Mark Morsley has said he will do things his way, as he searches to find the perfect formula for his Bostik North side.

It proved to be a season of excitement but ultimate heartache for Ipswich Witches and their fans. MIKE BACON takes a look – at the team that never was!

Essex PGA have followed in the footsteps of Suffolk by winning the PGA in England and Wales County Championship at The Belfry.

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