A warm welcome to Babergh Green Party. It is a party that is new and growing fast and has the potential to make a real difference to this beautiful and diverse patch of Suffolk.
In May 2011, the Green Party candidate for Brett Vale ward, Robert Lindsay, turned what had been seen as a safe Conservative seat into a marginal by losing to the incumbent by just six votes.
In May 2013, he stood for the larger county council seat of Cosford, which includes Brett Vale ward, and came a close second to the Conservative, polling 1,128 votes to the Conservatives' 1,450.
In 2010 Conservative councillor Dean Walton, who represented Great Cornard, realised that the party he had joined was not interested in changing things for the better and decided to join the Green Party and stood as a candidate in the County Council elections this year.
Because Babergh is a hung council, with the Conservatives only exerting control by the vote of the chairman, just one or two Green councillors would make a real difference.
So now is the time to help. There are many ways in which you can do so.
We always welcome volunteers to help with our campaigning work. Could you help deliver our newsletters to your street, or go out with our campaign team and speak to local residents about their concerns?
We are particularly keen to find more volunteers with fundraising experience or web design, press, research and administrative skills. Whatever your level of experience and however much or little time you can give, we would love to hear from you.
If you don't have much spare time at the moment, but would still like to help, why not make a donation? Your donation will help us stand more candidates for more elections, and help the party do more to support the work of our members across the country.
As a member, you can be as active as you like - from armchair and online support to standing as a candidate for election.