Babergh ranked second happiest place to live in the UK

The Suffolk district of Babergh, the place we call home, is the second happiest place in the UK, according to a new study! 😀😃😄😁😆

“Babergh, which comprises the towns of Sudbury and Hadleigh along with the villages of Lavenham, East Bergholt and Long Melford, was second only to Winchester, Hampshire, in the index. Babergh scored the highest ranking for low carbon emissions, while its access to services also contributed to its top two placing.”

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Lavenham charms the ‘pants off just about anyone’

Congratulations Lavenham – #1 in this article within the travel section of The feature is entitled, ’10 Charming European Towns for Your Next Getaway.’ Here come the Yanks!

“Once a wealthy hub of the English wool trade, Lavenham continues to delight visitors with its old-world ambience. The quaint timber-framed cottages and medieval churches are enough to charm the pants off just about anyone. Other well-preserved reminders of its prosperous past include Lavenham Guildhall, a former workhouse turned museum.”

Let’s not forget that to our American friends pants are trousers!


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Clare Castle Parkrun

Parkrun takes place in Clare Castle Country Park every Saturday at 9 am, starting from near the car park. The 5km course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

This is one of the vast number of Parkruns that take place worldwide at the same time every Saturday. Using an individual’s barcode (which can be obtained, with more information, from times are recorded and are speedily available to participants. It is not a race but people can ‘compete’ against their previous times if they wish.

The course in the Park has been measured and approved by the Parkrun organisation; essentially it is three laps of the Park (excluding the Railway Walk) starting from the Clare Park Centre and involving the main paths to the Cavendish Road and Ashen Bridge.

Sarah Bevan has led a local group to set this up in Clare. If you want to find out more or are interested in running or helping, please contact her at

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Every Saturday at 9 am
Clare Castle Country Park
Malting Lane, Clare, CO10 8NW