LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 5/4/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 5 April, 2018
DATE SET IN STOWMARKET COUNCILLOR MURDER TRIAL
A date has been set for the trial of a former Stowmarket councillor accused of killing his wife.
The trial of 64 year old Stephen Searle will start at Ipswich Crown Court on July 9th and is expected to last for over a week.
Searle is remanded in custody charged with murdering his wife, Jessie at their home in The Brickfields on December 30th.
EYE TOWN HALL REOPENS
Eye Town Hall has been opened again as plans move ahead to turn it into an important community hub.
A refurbishment programme costing about £200,000 has been carried out with final work due to be completed in the summer.
An official opening ceremony is planned for the building in September.
Town hall committee chairman Caroline Byles says that it’s hoped the improvements will mean wider use of the hall, turning it into a real community hub for all ages with its new facilities.
It’s also planned to set up a dedicated website.
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate last weekend’s break-in at the building when valuable oil paintings were badly damaged by vandals.
Estimated cost of the restoration is put at several thousand pounds.
FASTEST RURAL BROADBAND IN SCOLE
Scole’s community centre has become the home of the country’s fastest broadband service in a rural area.
The centre in Ransome Avenue can now claim download speeds of up to a thousand megabytes per second.
It’s one of a few rural areas to go live with hyperfast broadband…after the discovery of a direct fibre line from Holland to London via Lowestoft.
It’s taken a lot of effort by organisers and volunteers to set up the project and it’s now planned to expand the service to other villages including Thelveton and Thorpe Parva.
FOOTBALLER IN FATAL ACCIDENT WAS DRINK DRIVING
An inquest has heard that a Bungay Town footballer had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood when his car crashed into a tree.
23 year old Aiden Lowe from Beccles died after the accident at Gillingham last September.
The hearing was told that Mr Lowe died from a head injury and his car had probably been speeding before the accident.
LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER TRAVELS THE GLOBE TO PHOTOGRAPH THE MILKY WAY
A South Norfolk photographer has travelled around the world to take a unique picture of the entire Milky Way.
Shaun Reynolds from Ditchingham has put together a possible world’s-first photo of our galaxy.
After taking shots of the night sky first in this country at Lands End he then travelled all the way to New Zealand to capture the view in the southern hemisphere.
Shaun has now had all the 70-odd shots merged together for a one-off photograph.
He’s been photographing the night sky for years some appearing in astronomy publications.
GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS
A reminder has gone out to community groups around South Norfolk that there’s valuable funding now available to them.
South Norfolk Council’s Community Action Fund has grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 available to support projects and initiatives that benefit local people.
A range of projects have been funded already, including Diss Air Training Corps who were awarded £3,760 from the fund last year to pay for equipment.
FRAMLINGHAM COUNTRY SHOW TO BE HELD AT SUFFOLK SHOWGROUND
There’s been a change of venue for this year’s Framlingham Country Show.
The show will now be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Suffolk Showground.
Organisers had to make the move after the original site at Framlingham College became water-logged.