Saluting the partnership between schools and business

Samuel Ward Aspire event at The EpiCentre

It is always an interesting talking point… Should we be doing all we can to encourage our youngsters to stay in and around Haverhill to improve the local area and economy? Or should we be offering and promoting opportunities further afield to showcase a life outside our town? The simple answer is that it’s probably […]

Tell us what YOU like most about our town

Haverhill High Street - sunshine

What do you like most about Haverhill? Whether you live in the town, work here or visit regularly, we all have our unique reasons for holding Haverhill close to our heart. Now, ONE Haverhill Partnership would like you to share those reasons with us. We have launched a campaign asking the simple question “What I […]

How YOUR action is supporting Ukrainian families

Sometimes it can be difficult searching for the positives. We are beginning to move from living in a pandemic to living with the effects of a pandemic. The headlines around the cost of living, and the worry that will cause so many who are already facing financial difficulty, come at a time when we were […]

What is on your wish-list for 2022?

Gardening in East Town Park

If you could wish for one thing in 2022, what would it be? Given the events of the last two years, some degree of normality is probably near the top of the list. ‘Normal’ could mean spending more time with family and friends, getting the balance between work and life right, getting that much-needed break, […]

‘Haverhill has more community spirit than any town I’ve ever worked in’

Haverhill Christmas lights switch-on

This column, in keeping with the time of year, was going to be a look back and also a look forward, writes Andy Hunter, Chairman of ONE Haverhill Partnership. To review 2021 for ONE Haverhill Partnership and, in particular, my first nine months as chair of an organisation that has achieved so much. And to […]

Haverhill’s famed community spirit once again shown

When I first started working in Haverhill, one of the first things I was told about was the town’s famed ‘community spirit’, writes Andy Hunter, Chairman of ONE Haverhill Partnership. People pull together and work together to get things done. They may not always get the plaudits, and many do not seek them, but there […]

September marks a time to look ahead

Women's Tour race

September always seems like a time to look ahead to the future, writes Andy Hunter, chairman of ONE Haverhill Partnership. Maybe it is 25 years working in education and all the excitement a new school year brings. I think it is also because August is a time for many to unwind, refresh and review – […]

John signs off as chairman of ONE Haverhill Partnership

John Mayhew at Volunteer Garden Party

This month’s newspaper column represents my last as chair of ONE Haverhill Partnership. After five years leading the organisation, I am stepping down and being replaced by Andy Hunter, headteacher at Samuel Ward Academy. Looking back to 2016, I remember being approached by my predecessor, Sarah Howard asking if I would like to put my […]

Businesses reopening is a big step towards normality

Queen Street reopening

Walking through the town centre last week, you couldn’t help but have a warm feeling – and I’m not just referring to the April sunshine that Suffolk has enjoyed recently. The return of so many businesses reopening really was a momentous moment. The next step on the roadmap and a big step towards normality. There […]

Time to start looking ahead to a brighter future

I write this as the nation prepares to pause one year after the first national lockdown was announced. It is a time to reflect and remember a year none of us could have ever imagined – and one that will be taught in our classrooms to future generations. Of course, the pandemic is not over […]