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Mayor's Update

rial in the Bury Cemetery.

The Worshipful the Mayor of St Edmundsbury This is a mouthful for a title and longer than 'The Premier Citizen of the Borough'. I was appointed as the Borough mayor back in February 2010 by the Mayoral Committee of the Council. I was chosen from other councillors who had volunteered for this prestigious honour. One factor helping my application was that I was the only 'rural' councillor on the list and it was felt that it was about time (25 years) the Mayor was selected from a rural Ward.

Not the Mayor of Bury St Edmunds I am not the Mayor of Bury St Edmunds but Mayor of the Borough of St Edmundsbury. The Borough includes Bury St Edmunds, the town of Haverhill and over eighty very diverse villages. The Borough Wards are looked after by 45 elected Councillors, some councillors have up to six villages in their Ward. I have lived in Barrow Ward for 27 Years and have been the Ward Councillor for nearly 8 years

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I am so fortunate to have part-time driver and a super secretary to keep me in check; my wife Sue as Mayoress ably supports me. I have been presented to Prince Charles and the Princess Royal at separate events roll on the next 7 months with more invitations - please.

Don't stand still when you could be moving forward

A Level equivalent level 3 courses are available in Business, Travel and Tourism, Health and Social Care or Art and Design. Level 1 and 2 courses are available in Engineering, Health and Social Care and Construction courses which can lead to a CSCS card. Further training available for young people includes Apprenticeships, Pre-apprenticeships and Foundation Learning Programmes from Entry Level. Courses designed to prepare learners for employment or further studies start throughout the year. To find out more, call 01284 716333, email info@wsc.ac.uk or log on to www.westsuffolk.ac.uk

Christmas Special games include Leicester City (Saturday 18th December), Watford (Sunday 26th December) and Nottingham Forest (Monday 3rd January). Our Christmas Special Packages can be booked at the amazing low price of just ÂŁ45 so what are you waiting for?

ITFC Holiday Football Courses Don't be left on the bench this Christmas Holiday. ITFC's 2 day Christmas Holiday course offers an unforgettable 2 days of fun football activities for children aged 5 12 years of age and will be running on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st December.

The Queen confirmed this Royal status when the Borough was formed in 1974. I am only appointed Mayor for a year becoming Deputy the year after. I attended 30 events in October with 15 booked so far for November. All events are by invitation.

My duty is to represent the whole Borough - people, businesses, charities, volunteer groups etc., not forgetting the Council officers & staff and the Council itself. I am Chair of the Full Council meetings. I represent the Borough for our Armed Forces attending events at RAF Wattisham, Honington, Mildehall and Lakenheath. It is essential for me to give as much support to all these groups within the Borough and promote all the positive aspects of this wonderful part of Suffolk. It is a daunting task Young people who have but let me be honest, a fabulous privilege and an incredibly entertaining left school but not yet and enjoyable duty. found a job or started a training course can turn I have met some wonderful people on my travels, usually they are the their career prospects unsung heroes working away, unpaid, behind the scenes for the benefit around with a course at of others. I have been moved by what I have seen and heard particuWest Suffolk College, larly when visiting volunteer groups and the unveiling a children's memo- starting in January.

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Photo of the month

I always wear a chain of office when on duty but only the full regalia of a red fur trimmed gown, fore and aft braided hat, white gloves and a 1lb gold medallion & chain presented to mayor in 1805 at formal civic events. The history of the mayor goes back to1606 when the authority was granted the Royal privilege of a Sword of State and subsequently the honour of having two maces. The Sword of State and the two maces are paraded in front of the Mayor at all civic events.

Another harsh winter for Suffolk? Experts are predicting more snow for January and February. Do you have any winter wonderland photos you can send in for our monthly photo of the month feature? If so send them to monthlyeditorial@hotmail.co.uk. This month's photo was taken in December 2009 by Graeme Miles

Christmas Special Matchday Soccer Experience packages Make this Christmas one to remember by booking your child up to one of our Christmas Special Matchday Experience Packages. Experience the exciting atmosphere that surrounds Ipswich Town Football Club's stadium on a match day with ITFC's Matchday Soccer Experience. Packages offer an unforgettable opportunity for children aged 5 to 16 years to not only train with our dedicated coaches, but to also enjoy fun prematch games, a tour of the stadium, a chance to perform in the Guard of Honour as the players take to the pitch, 1 child and 1 accompanying adult ticket to watch the match, plus a matchday programme.

Kicking off at 10am and with the final whistle blowing at 3pm the ITFC Charitable Trust's 2 day Christmas course offers parents the perfect opportunity to get some of that last minute Christmas shopping done. Kids will enjoy an action packed day full of fun football activities including mini football games, technique advice and football skills training which are all overseen by our experienced, FA qualified coaching team. The ITFC Charitable Trust is particularly proud that its Holiday courses have achieved FA Charter Status, a reflection of its high quality content and organisation. The 2 day Christmas course will be running at Portman Road only and is priced at the fantastic low price of just ÂŁ20! Don't miss out on these fantastic activities. Avoid disappointment by booking early. Call 0845 1369333 to guarantee your child's place today or for further information visit www.itfccharitabletrust.org.uk.

Be A Good Neighbour! Age UK is calling on people to keep an eye out for the older family, friends and neighbours during cold weather. Vulnerable older people are more susceptible to the cold, so the charity urges people to show community spirit by checking on friends, relatives and neighbours during the colder winter months.

For more information call Age UK free advice line on 0800 169 65 65 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk.

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News from David Ruffley MP It's great to be back. I am glad to say that I have had a full return to health and resumed my full constituency and House of Commons duties. Tell me on a Sunday starring Claire Sweeney Monday 1st November 7.30pm Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.co.uk

RSPCA Craft Fair. 27th November 1pm - 4.30pm St Michaels Church, Martlesham FREE Entry, lots of lovely stalls, refreshments, raffle and lots more...

Ickworth House Guided Parkland Walk Sunday 7 November, 11.30am - 12.30pm No Booking Required.

Sutton Hoo Wreath Making Workshop Sunday 28 November, 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm Materials and afternoon tea included. £19.50, booking essential on 01394 389714.

Pudding Lunches Sunday 7th and 21st November, 12 noon - 2.30pm Indulge yourself with as many hot and cold puddings as you can eat, served with custard and cream in Ickworth's West Wing Gallery. Bookings essential on 01284 769505, please state dietary requirements and age of child. Connecting to Orbs Clairvoyance Evening - Languard Fort Thursday 11th November 19.00 - 23.00 Contact Patricia 07787 730210 The Trees of Ickworth Tour and Lunch Saturday 13 November, 11am - 3.30pm Booking essential on 01284 735961. Please state dietary requirements when booking. Sutton Hoo Christmas Gift Fayre Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November, 10.30am - 4.30pm £2 per person, NT members free. Flatford Valley Farm Open Weekend - Free Event Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November, 11am - 3.30pm This 600 year old medieval hall will be open free of charge to visitors this weekend

Carols in Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo Sunday 28 November at 12noon - sessions of 30 mins of 1930's carols and seasonal songs and hopefully in costume. Contact Geraldine & Friends singing group 01394 275125 The Little Big Club Live in concert Sunday 28th November at 1pm The new 90-minute extravaganza from Premier Stage Productions with Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Pingu, Fifi Forgetmenot and Fireman Sam on stage together - something the younger members of the family will never forget! Adults £14 Children £12 family ticket £46. Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.co.uk For more information on any of these What's On's check out Flyer on line at: www.flyeronline.co.uk

One to watch for next month The Chuckle Brothers 12 Days of Christmas - Monday 6th December With a full supporting cast, The 12 Days of Christmas will have you laughing out loud! What a way to start the festive season. Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.co.uk If you'd like your what's ons to be featured, please email us here at the Flyer: flyerpress@btinternet.com

Reginald D Hunter plus support Wednesday 17th November 8pm Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.co.uk

Closer to home, I will be fighting hard for local services in Bury St Edmunds and the rest of my constituency to ensure that our schools, NHS and other essential services get a fair share of the national cake. I will be out and about in Bury St Edmunds as usual and will be holding regular constituency advice surgeries in the area. If you need my help or advice please write to me at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, email info@tellDavidRuffley.com or ring my Westminster office on: 020 7219 2880.

Largest Street Market with old-fashioned charm and plenty of continental charisma comes to Bury Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds will be transformed into a Victorian style Christmas market with colourful local stalls and old fashioned fairground rides. There will also be free entertainment throughout the day and many stalls hosted by people from other parts of the world adding new tastes and aromas to the fayre. If you'd like to go but don't relish the drive, Ipswich travel company Gemini are planning to take visitors to the Market for the day by luxury coach on Sunday 28th.

The Bury St Edmunds based PR, marketing and events specialist, Sarah Stamp, has been appointed as Senior Parliamentary Assistant to Dr Daniel Poulter, the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Sarah will be working alongside Dr Poulter on a part-time basis to support him with his Suffolk based PR and communications and also helping with his website management. Dr Poulter has often talked about his commitment to employing Suffolk based staff wherever possible, and said: "Sarah will be a welcome asset to the team. She already has a solid relationship with the local media, and understands the need for me to communicate with my constituents about what I am doing on their behalf. I am pleased that she will be supporting me".

Essence of Ireland Sunday 21st November 7.30pm Tickets £20, £18 Family ticket £68. Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.co.uk

Sarah says: "I am absolutely delighted at the prospect of working with Dr Poulter and very much looking forward to the challenge. I have always had an active interest in politics on both a local and national scale, and the opportunity to combine my two passions of politics and communications is like a dream come true".

Constable Country Ramble: Langham Church Saturday 27 November, 10am - 1.30pm £6.00 per person, booking essential on 01206 298260.

The Flyer November 2010 Page 2 Mayor's Update Page 3 Local Matters Page 4 Local News Page 5 Solar East Anglia Ltd Page 6 Local News Page 7 UCS Bury St Edmunds Page 8 Focus 12 Charity Sky Dive Page 9 Public Meeting Page 10 What's On guide Page 11 ITFC Charitable Trust

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The market will be an attractive combination of six markets selling local produce and crafts. Including a 'world' market with enticing goods from mainland Europe and beyond, a Cathedral gift fair, and an historical market in Moyse's Hall museum. On Saturday and Sunday there will also be the acclaimed provisions market - which is the largest regular street market of its kind in the area. This year Bury has the added advantage of its all-new indoor shopping centre the Arc so it's two shopping experiences in one terrific day out.

Bury St Edmunds Based PR To Support Local MP

Lecture Lunch with Dr. Sam Newton - St Edmund: Last of the Wuffings at Sutton Hoo Sunday 21 November, 11.30am - 2pm Includes coffee and a hot lunch. £22.50, booking essential on 01394 389714.

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We face tough economic times. We all need to pull together and the Government needs to get rid of wasteful and unnecessary bureaucracy. My first question this autumn to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, was would he cut the UK's contribution to the European Union which is due to double in five years from £4.7 billion to £9.5 billion per year? Just think about the number of nurses and teachers that could pay for.

Sarah will continue her work running her own PR agency, where she supports a number of local businesses and causes, including the Bury St Edmunds based charity, Focus12.

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Bury Town Football Club (BTFC) The council, Suffolk FA and BTFC representatives, recently held two drop-in sessions at Moreton Hall for you to have your say about the relocation of the club to the estate. I looked in on both days and there had been a steady stream of people with many completing the comment forms. I haven't yet seen the collated results but hear 95 percent were positive either because BTFC were moving and/or Moreton Hall would get some much needed recreational space. There was one recurring comment about insufficient parking Cllr Trevor which is hardly surprising as we suffer so many council-inflicted parking problems on estate roads Beckwith and the bigger access roads like Skyliner Way. I have urged everyone involved to sort it out at the build stage as it's much easier to nip things in the bud than to take years to sort them out afterwards.

Local Development Framework

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Suffolk County Council You have probably seen the local and national media coverage of Suffolk County Council's proposals for "divestment" of its services. They propose to offload many services in an attempt to save 30% of their ÂŁ1billion budget. The principal was agreed at a recent council meeting but is so vague it's impossible to support it. They talk readily of services being taken over by the private and voluntary sectors but have no real idea of the capacity or inclination of those sectors to actually do it. Everything is sketchy at the moment but I urge you to have your say during the next couple of months when they claim they will be engaging with the community. My immediate concern is the position of council run care homes with closure and transfer to the private sector being investigated. This is causing real anxiety to our most vulnerable and the staff who do a terrific job caring for them. Not the high earners but the real workers who receive a fraction of those overblown salaries. The county council had better get this right or they will never be forgiven. I will keep you updated. Cllr Trevor Beckwith Eastgate and Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds

Despite objections to 500 more houses coming from community groups, individuals and myself, the council is steamrollering their way through the rubber stamping process. I hope this disregard for the estate comes back to haunt them but realistically we will be the only ones to suffer. A BT is bringing the infrastructure which will enable residents and businesses full council meeting is the final stage and unless something spectacular in Bury St Edmunds to access superfast broadband (up to 40Mbit). happens they will agree to the proposals in December.

Broadband in Bury St Edmunds

It's a public meeting so if you want to see democracy in action (huh!) you should go to the council offices at Western Way on Tuesday 14 December at 7.00pm. There will be much more on the agenda but you may want to see which particular political group is so strongly in favour of this folly. Don't worry if you can't make it as I'll certainly be letting you know what happens.

Openreach is the company which is installing new cabinets on streets throughout the town to house the fibre-based technology. Cabinets in many areas will start to be installed from later this month. Those in conservation areas will go through a 56-day consultation process and considered by the Development Control Committee on 2 September.

Suffolk Schools Receive Sustainable Travel Awards

These awards reflect the success of our School Travel Plan project, which has been running since 2004. Our commitment to promoting safe and sustainable travel has resulted in car use decreasing by ten per cent since the travel plan was introduced."

Schools across Suffolk are celebrating after receiving national recognition for their efforts to encourage sustainable travel and reduce car trips. Suffolk County Council supports The National School Travel Plan Accreditation Scheme for Schools which was launched in 2009 by Modeshift (a voluntary organisation who support sustainable school travel). The scheme is designed to ensure that school travel plans promote and achieve reduction in car use for the journey to and from school. All the schools take part in a variety of initiatives to reduce the impact of travelling to school by car. These include setting up Walking Buses, promoting Park and Stride schemes, taking part in cyclist training (including improving cycle storage on school premises) and Junior Road Safety Officers have been involved in promoting road safety awareness to both pupils and parents. There are three levels of accreditation and among the 24 schools to receive awards, Corton and Kessingland Primary schools in north Suffolk have been classed as 'outstanding' and will go head-to-head for the prize of National School of the Year. Mendham Primary School in Harleston and Pot Kiln Primary in Great Cornard have achieved the 'higher' standard and 20 others have received 'sustainable' level awards for their efforts to begin encouraging and enabling sustainable travel and monitoring the results. Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council's Portfolio Holder for Roads, Transport and Planning said, "I am delighted with the successful contribution to sustainable travel by everyone at these schools including staff, parents and children. I would particularly like to congratulate everyone at both Corton and Kessingland Primary Schools on their 'outstanding' achievement and wish them the very best of luck as they compete for the National School of the Year prize.

Moreton Hall Residents Association - Public Meeting

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Monday 6th December 2010 at 7:30 p.m At Moreton Hall Community Centre "Around 500 houses for Moreton Hall starting 2011" The Council Chief Executive and senior planning staff will meet members of the public to explain the current situation regarding Moreton Hall development and the Local Development Framework subsequent to the Inspectors Report and prior to the Council Meeting on the 14th December when the LDF will be presented for adoption as Council Policy. The Residents' Association believe that the Infrastructure for the Estate is not sufficient for the existing development and are asking the Council to reconsider this element of the Plan. After statements from the Council and Residents' Association Committee the Council Officers will listen to statements from members of the public and answer questions. In order to cover the maximum number of issues members of the public are asked to give notice of their questions to the Chairman of the meeting in writing to the postal or email address given below by not later than Friday 3rd December. If you are unable to attend the meeting and wish you views to be taken into account please contact the Chairman of the meeting in the same manner. Michael Bacon Chairman MHRA

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Focus 12 Charity Sky Dive

the first year. Compared to money in the bank, there is no contest."

A charity skydive to raise funds for Bury St Edmunds based drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity, Focus12, has raised over ÂŁ2,500 for the charity, with money still coming in.

Ben continued,

Thirteen jumpers offered to take part in the sponsored tandem skydive after reading details of the ÂŁ130,000 funding cut faced by Focus12 in the Bury Free Press, and on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. The first eleven jumped last Saturday 6th November at Beccles airfield, with the remaining two due to take part this coming Saturday. Amongst the jumpers was Bury St Edmunds based hypnotherapist, Sue Smith, who for their support. There were had to battle her own fear of flying to board the plane in the first a lot of nerves early on in instance. the day as we first arrived and they started training, Sue said: and the air of anticipation "When I heard about the cut in government was high. But once the first funding for Focus12, I knew I had to do something jumpers went up, everyone seemed to calm down to get involved somehow. Having lost my own and seeing the looks on father to an alcohol related illness at an early age, their faces when they I understand totally how important it is for services landed was amazing, I am so proud of them all, they like Focus12 to continue running." are so much braver than I am!" Sue was joined on the day by other jumpers from Bury St Edmunds, including Rudlings and Wakelam Solicitor, Heidi Berry and husband Mike, The charity's patron, Davina McCall, tweeted a message of thanks after and also by jumpers from further afield who had replied to appeals by the jump to the three jumpers that had responded to the original pleas the event organiser, Sarah Stamp, on Twitter and Facebook. Among on Twitter. The event has been such a success that Focus12 are them was radiographer, Katrina Grimsey from Brighton and dental nurse, planning to run another one early in the New Year. Anyone wishing to Katie Chapman from Luton. take part can contact Sarah Stamp on 07584 028671 or via email at Sarah Stamp, event organiser, said: "We are so grateful to all the jumpers sarah@sarahstamp.co.uk for further details.

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Earn Money From The Sun! The Feed in Tariff which started in April this year gives the householder and small business owner the chance to generate their own electricity, make savings on carbon emissions and earn a substantial income at the same time. The scheme covers a number of technologies and all suppliers must be registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme to allow their installations to be registered for the payments. One of the best technologies for this region is photovoltaic panels, as they require no maintenance and in most situations do not require planning consent. We tracked down Ben Boon of Solar East Anglia one of a number of specialist companies in this field to find out more about it; Asking him about the financial benefits, we were told; "People often ask me if solar photovoltaic panels are now the best thing to invest in. I am not qualified to give investment advice but anything that offers a return of 8% to 11% on a good site in the first year and is linked to RPI for 25 years has to be more than worth a look. The government doesn't even want any tax on the income on a domestic installation and for businesses the cost can be written off against tax in

"What requires most explanation, apart from the technical aspect of an installation, to those who have become familiar with the feed in tariff system is why we at Solar East Anglia seem to offer better returns than most of our competitors. The answer is simple. We buy the same MCS approved products as others but we do not have the overheads of a national organisation. No large management structure, no sales force and very little advertising as most of our business comes from word of mouth. This can mean we are several hundred if not thousands of pounds cheaper than most. Being local has other benefits too. We have invested in our own scaffold systems which cover the majority of situations meaning we can bring them with us when we install rather than hiring scaffolding which can cost hundreds Our aim is to be not only the most cost effective supplier in the region, but to offer the very best in service, something we can achieve from our base near Bury St Edmunds"

You only need to talk to some of our customers to find out about the quality of our service and our products. "You only need to talk to some of our customers to find out about the quality of our service and our products. Take a look at our website www.solareastanglia.co.uk to find out what fantastic returns are available"

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ITFC Charitable Trust It is with great pleasure to announce that the Ipswich Town Community Trust has changed its name to the ITFC Charitable Trust! Since 2003 the Ipswich Town Community Trust has used sport (in particular football) and the relationship with the Football Club to improve the lives of children, young people and adults living in and around Suffolk. With the new name and logo, which incorporates the Suffolk Punch horse that adorns the Club badge, the ITFC Charitable Trust looks to build on their relationship with the Football Club and enhance their standing as a local charity.

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Elderly And Vulnerable Targeted By Rogue Traders Following an increase in the number of cold calling related incidents in the county, Suffolk Trading Standards would like to remind members of the community to remain extra vigilant when answering their door to traders and salespeople. Suffolk Trading Standards would like to highlight two specific incidents: There have been a number of reports involving a home improvement business that operates by cold calling elderly and vulnerable consumers. This company offers to clean guttering for a low price and proceeds to find other work which inflates the cost by hundreds, and often, thousands of pounds. Numerous incidents have been reported in Sudbury and the surrounding area, but this company, and others like them, are likely to be operating across the county.

An investigation is also underway following an incident in the Claydon area involving a tree care company that pressured a vulnerable consumer into having garden work carried out which, again, was completed to a very poor standard. This particular trader is described as white, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, with dark hair. He drives a white transit Terry Baxter, Chief Executive of the ITFC Charitable Trust explains "We have - style pick up truck with black mesh sides at the rear. always been very proud of the amount of people we help, but felt that we needed to shout much louder about the work we do and to highlight Mark Skillin, Principal Trading Standards Officer, said "As the winter months the fact that we are a charity and rely on donations, funding and draw closer, elderly and vulnerable members of the community begin sponsorship to continue our work in the local community. to worry about the effects of cold weather on their homes. Rogue traders are often ready to jump in and take advantage of this situation. To find out more about any of the activities and programmes the ITFC If you are looking to have work carried out, please consider using a Charitable Trust offers please visit www.itfcchartiabletrust.org.uk or call Suffolk Trusted Trader - for further details about the scheme, which is 0845 1369333. operated by Suffolk Trading Standards, or to look for a trader near you visit www.suffolktrustedtrader.com, email tradingstandards@suffolk.gov.uk or call 01473 264859." Last year alone, 60,000 people took part in Trust activities but very few people not directly involved in the charity are aware of the vast work the Trust carries out.

Letters to the Editor

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UCS Bury St Edmunds Graduation Ceremony

If you believe you have been approached by either of the two traders mentioned and feel your area is being targeted, please contact Suffolk Trading Standards who are setting up No Cold Calling Zones around the county. If you feel threatened by a trader or salesperson on your property, you should lock the doors and phone 999 immediately.

Hat trick for Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre has been acknowledged as the top tourism event in the East of England at a prestigious awards ceremony. The latest success came in the 2010 Regional Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, organised by East of England Tourism, known throughout the industry as the 'Oscars' of tourism, and comes after being voted the Best Specialty Market in the country,(run by NABMA), and the Best Event or Festival in the Suffolk Tourism Awards run by Choose Suffolk.

Honorary Graduate Betty Milburn, MBE [front L], heads the civic and academic procession from the Athenaeum to St Edmundsbury Cathedral The third UCS Bury St Edmunds Graduation Ceremony took place in St Edmundsbury Cathedral at the end of September. In total, 327 students graduated from UCS Bury St Edmunds this year, and 45 students completed Higher Education qualifications at West Suffolk College. Almost 150 students attended the graduation ceremony, accompanied by friends and families, nearly 750 people in all. An Honorary degree of Doctor of the University was awarded to Betty Milburn MBE, a long-standing supporter of the College and former Chairman of Governors. Mrs Milburn is a remarkable woman, who has been tireless in pursuing her interest in education, politics and community affairs. She has an inherent sense of fairness and believes that all young people should be encouraged to improve themselves, principally through education. Mrs Milburn, who earlier in the year visited Buckingham Palace to be invested with an MBE, said she was absolutely delighted to accept the honour bestowed on her by University Campus Suffolk. She said: "I consider myself to have been very fortunate throughout my life, having had so many opportunities to engage with voluntary organisations and pursue the things that interest me most." She said that her 20 years with West Suffolk College had been a privilege, adding that, as Chairman of Governors for the past decade, she had had the pleasure of working alongside some remarkable people. Mrs Milburn reserved particular praise for the "irrepressible and dynamic" College Principal, Dr Ann Williams. Prizes were awarded to a number of outstanding HE students: z z z z z z z z z z z z z

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The CIOB prize: Laurie Newberry The Design Award: Tracy Green. The Havebury Housing Partnership Cup: Sarah Beales. The Towergate Risk Solutions Cup: Carly Stebbing. The Jennifer J Black Cup: Elizabeth Ward. The Lloyds TSB Bank plc Shield: Joan Careford, The Waterstones Prize: Anthony Cunningham. The Continuing Professional Development Prize: Colette Burgess. The Finance Cup: Chelsea Firman. The Purchasing and Supply Trophy: Katie Darcy. The Camera Dynamics Award,: Martin Buckle. The ceremony was followed by a reception and buffet at the Corn Exchange.

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