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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.

Bosses at Bungay Primary School say they are on ‘going in the right direction’ despite a recent ‘inadequate’ Ofsted report.

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High streets in 12 Suffolk towns are to get a major boost after hundreds of thousands of pounds were approved for a project to provide free Wi-Fi and footfall tracking.

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Lockdown has provided a welcome boost for a sheepskin clothing maker – as its slipper sales soar.

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A town’s “frustrating” two year wait for a 24-hour cashpoint is almost over after clearing the latest hurdle.

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Long-delayed plans for 150 homes in Bungay have finally been given approval, following four years of wrangling.

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The locations for two new special schools have been identified as part of multi-million pound plans to create hundreds of new places for pupils in Suffolk.

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Plans to relaunch a support programme for isolated people in East Suffolk are in development, after loneliness was identified as the district’s biggest problem.

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A boarding kennels owner now faces legal bills of more than £150,000 after losing her appeal over whether the sound of dogs barking on her premises was a nuisance.

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A historic town centre hotel could be set for a new lease of life, almost a decade after closing.

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A dog kennel owner has launched an appeal against a court ruling which left her with a £93,000 legal bill.

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Building work on a town’s community centre has officially started after decades of planning, fundraising and delays.

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An historic building in a busy market town is set for a new lease of life after being vacant for more than a year-and-a-half.

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2019 could be a vintage year for East Anglian wine, according to a viticulturist whose first commercial crop of grapes is among the best he has seen – despite the weather woes elsewhere in the country. CHRIS HILL reports.

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