Your Town | Bungay

Population: 5,127

Nearby Towns: Beccles, Diss, Lowestoft

Bungay is a thriving market town in a loop of the River Waveney. The origin of the name of Bungay is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon title Bunincga-haye, signifying the enclosure of the tribe of Bonna, a Saxon chieftain.

It has a wealth of historical sites including the ruins of Bigod’s Castle, the ancient Butter Cross in the town centre, a Roman well and a Saxon church.

Bungay has its own mayor, town reeve and town crier, traditions which it has kept alive for many years.

The town is home to the Fisher Theatre and an indoor swimming pool and has its own marathon which was renamed this year as the Bungay Festival of Running, and a two-week festival in the summer to showcase everything on offer.

Poet Luke Wright.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Ripping poetry from the page to centre stage, Luke Wright is back to launch a new tour and tour-de-force

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John Lange, Fred Hartwell and Nick Cooklin from the Ditchingham Men's Shed group, who are looking for a permanent home. 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

For decades a shed has been man’s sanctuary- a place where the sound of hammering and drilling could be heard as he crafts and creates objects for work or pleasure.

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A second man has been charged in connection with the rape of a young woman in Lowestoft in December.

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A special surgery is being held to tackle traffic-related issues. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Residents are being asked for their comments on traffic related issues in the centre of Bungay and outlying areas.

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Leader of Waveney District Council 
Colin Law.

Leaders at a district council are to seek an urgent meeting with the government to see if they can keep the prospect of a Suffolk-only devolution deal alive.

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Humphrey and Karen Leah at the memorial  art exhibition for their daughter Alix who died in 2008. 
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A memorial exhibition celebrating the life and work of a young Bungay artist has been unveiled.

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Staff had to be evacuated after a small fire broke out at a leading north Suffolk printers and publishing service.

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Clays book printers in Bungay. Picture: Submitted

Readers turning away from digital books and the continuing rise of the self-publisher have stabilised sales at the region’s biggest book printer.

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Vicky Wood, School secretary with Sarah Querelle, Deputy Headteacher at Ellingham Primary School, which has been targeted by oil thieves.

A member of staff at a village school has described her heartbreak after thieves repeatedly stole oil in tanks used to provide heating for young children.

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Police released CCTV images of Shane Lay, who was killed in a fail-to-stop collision in Bungay

One man has been released without charge and another is on bail after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a hit-and-run in Bungay.

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A Nissan Qashqai believed to be very similar to the vehicle involved in the Bungay fail to stop.

A community has been left in shock after a man died in hospital following a hit-and-run in Bungay.

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Midwives at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Georgia Hegarty from Pulham Market, and Lou Read from Wymondham, who are preparing for the London marathon in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

On Sunday, more than 40,000 runners will be lining up for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. Here, we take a look at some of those from our region taking part in the race, and the inspiration behind their decision to run what has become one of the world’s most iconic races, raising vital funds for charity.

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Gordon Knowles has written a book based on his life in and around Bungay. Picture: James Bass

For 30 years Gordon Knowles rose at the crack of dawn to troop two miles with a wheelbarrow of food to feed the roadside residents of Ditching-ham’s “chicken roundabout”.

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Bungay High Sixth Form will be starting a Football Academy in September. 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Students interested in a career in sport are being given the chance to join a new Football Academy launching in Bungay.

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Police have issued a next of kin appeal for a Bungay man.

Police are appealing for help to trace the family of a man who died in Bungay.

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Jimmy Mac is getting ready to run the Bungay half marathon with a fridge on his back  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

After completing numerous marathons and half marathons, runner James McCallion decided he needed a new challenge to focus on.

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