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Page 27 BASIC Life Charity Page 31 Dean’s Blog

Page 8 Book Review

Page 32 & 33 Advertising With Us

Page 9 Health Tip

Page 34-35 Life on the Deben

Page 10-13 Local Photography

Page 36 - 39 What’s On Listings

Page 14-15 Santa’s Little Helper

Page 40 Sounds of Suffolk

Page 16-17 December’s Recipe

Page 43 The Christmas Dip

Page 18-19 Historical Photo

Page 44-45 Local Theatre

Page 20 Decembeard

Page 46-47 Fun page & Competitions

Page 23 Local Person Beth Manister

Page 47 Index

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BOOK REVIEW Notes On My Family by Emily Critchley I doubt it’ll come as any surprise to you, but my exposure to Young Adult fiction has been both limited and largely negative. I wrote, scathingly, about the genre an issue or two back. Now, in what might be seen as a violent volte-face, I’m about to heartily recommend a novel which has just been published under the YA banner, Notes on My Family by Emily Critchley. I should immediately declare my relationship to both author and book. Emily is my partner and I’ve watched ‘Notes’ blossom from tentative opening pages to published novel. The book was originally conceived as a novel for adults but, as all writers know, the work has a way of finding its true destination. The foregoing review is written entirely without bias. The author, and my readers, would expect nothing less. The novel’s greatest strength lies in its central character, confused and alienated Louise Coulson (Lou) who witnesses the breakdown of her family through a series of surreal crises, not least seeing her mum burning the family photographs in a saucepan on the living-room floor and setting the carpet alight. To escape her bizarre and unhappy existence, Lou has created an alternative reality for herself and another set of parents, Annabel and Neil, both successful architects who live beside a beautiful loch. There’s also an adorable dog, Renzo. Each of the novel’s cast of characters is marvellously evoked. These people are real and authentic, not there to serve the author’s greater purpose, as is the case with so much YA fiction whose raison d’être is to draw attention to some societal injustice or whatever; nothing wrong with that of course, but a novel needs to work as a novel and here 8

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‘Notes’ succeeds admirably. The story is tight as a drum, Lou’s take on life is both humorous and often painfully acute. You can’t help but admire her fortitude as she wanders through life in an autistic haze, for Lou is clearly somewhere on the autistic spectrum but, wisely, the author has chosen an oblique approach here. This is, avowedly, not a novel which seeks to explore the subject head-on. Lou’s autism is merely a facet of her personality and the hectic, almost baroque world she inhabits. Notes on My Family is far too entertaining and accomplished to only be read by teens. It’s a novel for everyone seeking a warm, wise and witty tale about a young girl struggling to make sense of life, something which very few of us succeed at.


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1. Philip Hill, Boardwalk at Felixstowe Pier. 2. Alan Boyle of Elm studios. 3. Adam McCullum - Mr Skits Photography. 4. Jenny - capturing Felixstowe’s answer to Banksy!

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SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER An adorable story of how father and daughter express their take on Christmas giving As my children got older we grew to love Christmas for a different reason. It started one year as we passed a homeless man on the streets. We wanted to do something for him, so we bought a meal for him with a hot drink. When we had a fiver spare and it was especially bad weather, we would try to help someone. The years went on and it soon became a family joke that it was what Dad did at Christmas every once in a while. Later we wanted to add a little mystery to how we give to those in need, so we came up with the idea of Santa’s Little Helper, Felixstowe. We wrote a simple card with a message explaining that we understood the predicament they were in and that we wanted to help. Three days before Christmas, with a Christmas card in hand, Olivia, my daughter (pictured above), lead us up the front path to a stranger’s house, knocked on the door and recited a verse that she had practiced again and again and that would become her tagline. “Hi, I’m Santa’s Little Helper, I’ve got a present for you.” Later, we put scratch cards into Christmas cards with a little message. We would head off to town and deliver a dozen or so through people’s doors that we thought might need a little luck over the holiday period. No signature inside or name of where it had come from apart from ‘SLH’, it all added to the magic of Christmas knowing that these people would probably chat at work or online about it and the mystery would deepen as only a select few knew what we were doing. As we were walking through town that day with the remaining cards, Olivia picked 14 The Felixstowe & Woodbridge Magazine - December 2017

out a lady that was walking towards us. “Give one to her”. An absolute stranger going about her Christmas shopping, which Olivia picked because she looked sad. I checked with my daughter if she was certain and she was adamant it was the lady, so quickly we rehearsed what Olivia would say and we were off chasing a lady down the street. When we caught up with the lady, I told her I was trying to teach my daughter the joy of giving at Christmas, that Olivia had picked her out of the crowd and that she had something to say to her. Olivia then went into her rehearsed line, “Hi, I’m Santa’s Little Helper, I’ve got a card for you,” handed over the card and turned to walk away. The lady’s face was a picture, full of surprise and confusion and said it was a wonderful thing to do. We walked away knowing that the surprise was inside the card. It was an amazing feeling, both of us giggling to each other and filled with an enormous sense of fulfilment. We spent the next 2 hours picking out random people to give these cards to. Best afternoon ever! Our last ‘victim’ was an incredibly busy lady that had a face like thunder as she approached. Olivia pointed and said “Her!” I asked her if she was sure as the lady looked a bit moody. “Yes, her.” came the reply. Ok I thought to myself, this might not go well... I stopped the lady with a sincere apology, explained that Olivia had picked her out of the crowd and the lady just stared with ferocity at me. Then, slowly, she turned to Olivia and her fierce look


softened. SLH repeated her tagline and she handed over the card. We made our escape as sharply as possible and headed back to the car park to get out of the cold. We managed to get about 300 yards away when a Christmas hustle and bustle was broken by a deafening cry of “STOP!” The lady came running over to us, tears in her eyes and declaring what a wonderful and amazing little girl Olivia was. She told Olivia that she was having the worst Christmas ever and that SLH had made her day, her week and her Christmas. She told Olivia how special she was. It was amazing, incredibly satisfying and simply PERFECT. The beam of pure happiness on our mystery lady’s face was only eclipsed by the love and joy in the eyes of Olivia. This was our calling at Christmas time. If we are honest, after 3 years now, I think we get more from the day spent giving out Christmas cards with scratch cards in them than the people we give them to. That day gave us the drive we needed to take SLH to the next level. The following year, (after a family consultation, seeking advice from Mandeep and talking to a number of suppliers I knew in the area) we set up a Facebook page which was anonymous where local people could nominate someone that needed a little help at Christmas, needed a pick me up after a tough time or just deserved a little treat because of what they do. It took off really well. In 2015 we probably helped about 30 families ranging from entire Christmas packages (food, drink, presents and

decorations) to a pamper session at the local hair salon for a Mum who always put others first. We received a message from a son that was living away and was unable to see his parents due to being disabled. The mother, in her 80’s was the sole carer for his father and as getting out became more difficult, she felt more and more cut off from the rest of the world. I agreed I would take something round and wrote what I hoped would be a letter of encouragement and explained that she was still in a lot of people’s thoughts and that we cared. As SLH and I drove up to the address, it became apparent that this was not a poor family by any stretch of the imagination. The house was set in Old Felixstowe with lovely views of the countryside and golf course. We rang the bell, knocked on the door and waited as we could see there was someone inside. No answer. As we knew it was an old lady, we left the present on the doorstep with the card and returned home, texted the son to tell him we had delivered and that the present was outside the front door. After a few hours we received one of the most wonderful messages of thanks from the lady explaining that we had lifted her spirits and that she truly loved our wonderful gesture. This delivery in particular reaffirmed the belief in me that it doesn’t matter what your financial status is, loneliness and depression doesn’t care. The gift we gave that evening was a potted plant and a letter from the heart. The smallest of gestures can make the world of difference to someone’s life. December 2017 - The Felixstowe & Woodbridge Magazine 15


LEEK, MUSHROOM AND CHESTNUT TART

Celebrating our many cultural delights with what we love best... food! Breaking convention with a delicious leek, mushroom and chestnut tart, this wholesome crust filled with a rich combination of festive flavours pairs beautifully with your classic roast vegetables. Makes one 9-inch deep tart. Ingredients For the crust: • ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds • 1 cup rolled oats, gluten-free if necessary • ¼ cup brown rice flour • ½ cup buckwheat flour • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder • ½ teaspoon baking powder • ¾ teaspoon sea salt • 4 tablespoons olive oil 16 The Felixstowe & Woodbridge Magazine - December 2017

• 4 to 5 tablespoons unsweetened nondairy milk For the filling: • 1 tbsp olive oil • 2 medium leeks, halved and thinly sliced • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed • 500g mushrooms, I used a mixture of wild mushrooms and chestnut mushrooms • 180g pack ready-to-eat chestnuts • 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme leaves • 50ml sherry (optional, can substitute with veg stock) • 150ml Oatly Crème Fraîche (you can substitute this with a thick soya cream or vegan soft cheese) • 1 tbsp milled flaxseed Method For the crust: 1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. 2. Place the sunflower seeds and oats in a food processor and blend until fine.


3. Add the flours, arrowroot, baking powder and salt and process to combine. 4. Drizzle in the olive oil while the food processor is running then add the milk slowly until the mixture starts to come together. You can check this by turning off the food processor and feeling the mixture - it should hold together when pressed. 5. Grease the tart tin then firmly press in the crust mixture. 6. Prick the bottom with a fork and bake for 15 minutes. For the filling: 1. While the tart case is cooking, heat the oil in a large deep frying pan and sauté the leeks for approx 5 minutes.  2. Add the garlic and cook for a couple more minutes then add the thyme and cook for another minute. 3. Add the mushrooms and chestnuts to the pan and cook for approx 5 more minutes until softened.  4. Add the sherry or stock and allow to cool off for a few minutes. 5. Stir through the crème fraîche to coat the veg then add the flaxseed and stir well. 6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. To assemble the tart: 1. Once the tart crust is cooked remove from the oven and pour in the filling. 2. Bake for a further 25-30 minutes then serve while hot or leave to cool completely. Mmm! Here’s to a delicious alternative for a festive lunch!

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DECEMBEARD Beating Bowel Cancer’s Decembeard campaign asks men to grow a beard for the month of December to raise awareness of bowel cancer and raise funds for the charity to help them support all those affected by the disease. During their lifetime men are 35% more likely to be diagnosed with bowel cancer than women. Decembeard is a fun campaign in aid of a very serious cause. Each year in the UK more than 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and 16,000 each year die from the disease. But it doesn’t have to be that way because 90% of those diagnosed at an early stage can be successfully treated. That’s why awareness of the disease and its symptoms is crucial in improving survival rates and such an important part of the Decembeard campaign. Over the last five years thousands of men around the UK have supported the campaign. The awareness it has raised has undoubtedly saved lives and the funds raised for the charity have enabled them to provide support services to a great many bowel cancer patients and their families. Around 110 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every day, that’s someone every 15 minutes. But thousands more people are diagnosed each year, so the charity is once again asking men to become a Decembeard champion to help them harness the power of the beard. 20 The Felixstowe & Woodbridge Magazine - December 2017

“Beards are taking on bowel cancer this Christmas with this innovative campaign” If you’re willing to go grizzly throughout December, dye or decorate your existing face fur or hold a ‘beardy’ event in the local area, please check out Decembeard.org today and join the hairy band of brothers taking on bowel cancer beard by beard. 5 facts about beards that you might not know: • On average, a man’s beard will grow 5.5 inches per year. • A man who shaves spends roughly 3,350 hours of his life in the bathroom. • 55% of men around the world can be seen sporting a beard or facial hair. • Prehistoric men grew beards for three reasons: warmth, protection and intimidation. • During the Middle Ages, anyone who touched another man’s beard was considered offensive. The act was grounds for a duel. The beard was a sign of virility and honour. For more information about bowel cancer, visit: www.beatingbowelcancer.org


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After recently being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, local lady, Beth Manister (above left) decided to try and make a small difference. Through stellar defiance, Beth gathered friends, family and colleagues to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, by braving the shave and joining CLUB BALDY!!! Having raised over £7000, Beth continues to triumph over adversity with humour, courage fun and friendship.

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Pictured here are the fabulous members of Club Baldy so far: 1. Beth with friend Rodge Wingfield 2. Nephew Ritchie Hicks 3. Nephew-in-law Matt Berry 4. Nephew Dale Hicks 5. Big brother Ian Manister 6. Beth with younger brother David Manister 7. Friend Adrian Patterson 8. Friend Jools Teape 9. Nephew-in-law Sam Harden 10. MSC colleague Dave Plumpton 11. Brother-in-law Jim

12. Friend Mark Lambert 13. Friend Lee Ellis (also raised £480 for Movember) 14. Friend Bruce Read 15. Beth’s hero, 12-year old Rory Gillespie-Gardiner 16. MSC colleague Brad El Menbaoui 17. Friend Sally Harris 18. MSC colleagues Celia Petersen and Jude Rouse 19. Friend Charlie Burton 20. Friends Barry Gillespie and Carl Reddings

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FELIXSTOWE TOWN AND AROUND On a sunny Monday in November I found myself thinking about what news to write about this month. Planning seems to have been uppermost in the news in Felixstowe of late – so let’s start with that! As I imagined, the application for the Cavendish site was approved by Felixstowe Town Council in October. I was a bit concerned about the height of the building fronting Sea Road – 6 storeys – and voiced this view at the meeting, but the majority of members were in favour. It now goes to the District Council for a decision. I am told that there will be no challenge made to the Secretary of State’s decision to allow development on the Candlet Road site – so what shape that will take when a detailed proposal is received will be very interesting. Whilst visiting Felixstowe Academy recently I was amazed to see how quickly the housing development on the field alongside the Academy is coming along. The conflict of contractor’s vehicles accessing the site originally has been solved by the provision of another access road further along the High Road. There were grave concerns about safety of pupils when this development first commenced. The town clerk made some enquires on behalf of the town council as to what was happening with the Wetherspoons site (formerly the doctors’ surgery opposite the Orwell Hotel). He received the following information: . They only own the one site and are looking to develop that. . No interest in any other sites in Felixstowe . The reasons for the delay are simply that they have changed their minds about the design of the scheme. No other factors (e.g. economic, cashflow etc.) . Whilst they have an extant planning permission for the site the fact that they have changed their minds about the design means they are required to put in a new planning application. 24 The Felixstowe & Woodbridge Magazine - December 2017

Update from Felixstowe’s town councillor . The application should be on the Planning Portal any day now. . Timeframe allows for 12 weeks planning, 12 weeks tendering in anticipation for works to commence in early 2018. From the above it is clear that Wetherspoons still intend to develop the site! Can’t wait. Looking forward to Christmas (not far away now) the usual annual events will be taking place like the Lions Lighting Up weekend (2nd December) the Ice Rink returns funded by the town council and the East of England co-op (20th-23rd December 11am-7pm and free of charge). These are just two of the hundreds of events that can be found listed on the Visit Felixstowe website during December. Once again it will be the volunteers of all the various organisations that exist in Felixstowe who will be helping to make the festive season one of enjoyment for everyone. Felixstowe Town Council has received Gold Award status from the LGA. This is a huge achievement and makes Felixstowe one of only 40 out of 9000 town and parish councils across the country to receive this award. One of the many things that helped to achieve this status is the work of our Youth Forum which is unique in its concept and working and of which we are very proud. I wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Doreen Savage.


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BASIC LIFE CHARITY For most of us Christmas is an exciting time but we know for others it can be a lonely, painful time.Thankfully, as always, the Felixstowe community look after each other and once again we’re so pleased to be able to provide presents to those who might need to know that they are loved by their neighbours. Our shoe box appeal is going really well and we’ve received a whole mountain of boxes ready to pass on. The boxes cover all ages and we’re sure they will make a massive difference in somebody’s life. There’s still time to fill one if you haven’t already. We ask that the boxes are filled with small gifts which can be passed on – we love the idea of including a picture from a child. In addition, if the appropriate sex/age of the recipient can be marked on the outside of the box we can make sure it goes to the right person. In November we wrote to fifteen nursing, care and retirement homes in and around our town and asked if the managers could advise how many people in their care would be alone and unlikely to receive visitors. We are sure we can make Christmas 2017 a special one for them. We’ve teamed up with Felixstowe Lions and will have a stall on the Triangle on 2nd December where we will be collecting seasonal food for our Christmas sacks. We hope people will donate generously as we

A regular update from this brilliant local charity, providing financial, practical and general support shall have referrals from Social Services for both adult and younger people. Funds raised from the stall holders on the same day in Hamilton Road will also come to BASIC to enable us to offer more support to local people in the year to come. A special thanks to Sharon Iannuzzi and Sarah Gooch for their part in this. Pop-up Shops We were delighted to see so many people visiting our new pop-up shop at Trimley Free Church which is held every Monday at 11am. We’re hoping to build a real community there so if you want to take advantage of the food at just £1 a bag or even just want to make new friends why not give it a go! Our other two pop-up’s are offering Christmas meals to customers – both taking place 19th December. Overall there is so much going on and so much Christmas spirit it’s hard to keep up with everything! So all that’s left is to wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas and a wonderful New Year. All at BASIC. December 2017 - The Felixstowe & Woodbridge Magazine 27


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A SCHOOL OF THOUGHT Did you like school? Do you know, I did, I think. But then I was fond of mashed potato served with an ice cream scoop and I adored bananas and custard – always with a skin (the custard that is). But besides what for most was the horror of school dinners school holds bittersweet memories for the majority of folk. I consider it a privilege to mentor a teenage lad at a Suffolk high school, but there are moments there, even at my age that can induce a shiver down my spine as memories flood back. For starters there’s the obligatory pile of sawdust surrounded by ‘slippery floor’ signs in the corridor. It signifies that some poor 13 year old failed to catch Sir’s attention soon enough to make it to the loo in time to say hello again to last night’s spaghetti hoops and chips. I also remember recently being diverted through the assemblycum-sports hall to meet my mentee (possibly because of an extraordinarily high number of sawdust piles that day) and spied the box of shame. Yes I’m certain, dear reader, as I describe it, it too will strike dread throughout your entire being. The ‘box of shame’ is the repository for left behind gym gear including gargantuan pairs of faded shorts, stained running vests and yes even stinky trainers. Yes, you know what’s

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New film tells the story of a Suffolk river Life on the Deben, a feature-length documentary film to be premiered in Woodbridge this December, uncovers astonishing new interpretations of the river’s history, from the latest findings on the Anglo Saxon period to evidence of an extensive medieval port at the river’s mouth. As well as exploring the past, the film will look at how the river’s future can be protected. Journalist John McCarthy and Woodbridge based film-maker Tim Curtis trace the entire length of the Deben, from the secret and disputed upper tributaries near Debenham, through the little known reaches above Melton, down to the ever changing estuary from Woodbridge to Bawdsey and Felixstowe Ferry. The beauty of this Suffolk river is revealed with stunning drone footage. The chronology of the river is explored from Celtic times to the present day. McCarthy speaks to the detectorists and archaeologists who reveal the significance of new finds at Rendlesham that place the Deben at the heart of one of England’s great early kingdoms. In the film lead archaeologist Professor Chris Scull comments: “...these discoveries are of the highest importance, changing our ideas of south east Suffolk, the East Anglian kingdom, early England, and their wider place in the North Sea world.” With the help of experts and the people living along its banks, the film tells the stories and explores the issues that affect the Deben: wildlife and conservation, boat building, sailing, farming, fishing, milling and even smuggling. Life on the Deben considers not just man’s influence on the river, but the river’s influence on man. Artists, writers and musicians - past and present – the

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film shows how the river has inspired their work. Scientists and politicians forecast the future and describe the battle to safeguard the river’s renowned but threatened tranquility. As filming neared completion, John McCarthy said: “I lived beside and sailed on the Deben for many years and loved it for all its tranquil beauty. But I’d never appreciated the hidden depths, historical and natural that we’ve discovered making the


DEBEN’S AMAZING HISTORY REVEALED film. It’s even more magical a place than I’d ever imagined.” Two years in the making in association with the Woodbridge Riverside Trust charity (WRT), the film’s producer and WRT trustee Malcolm Hodd comments: “We believe this is the most comprehensive review of the whole river Deben ever made, a call to protect this amazing asset for future generations.”

Cinema, Woodbridge on Sunday, 3rd December 2017, and will be available on DVD and BluRay. Profits will be donated to the Trust charity. Full details can be found at www.lifeonthedeben.com and bookings made at the Riverside Theatre on 01394 382174.

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Evening Concert in Woodbridge @7.30pm Evening concert by Woodbridge School Chamber Orchestra. This festive concert will be the orchestra’s first performance in Woodbridge Library. The ticket price of £8 (£4 for students) will include an interval drink and a mince pie. Come and join us for the culmination of what will be a thoroughly enjoyable feast of music. Tickets are available from the Library or you can reserve your seat by telephoning 01394 446510.

Felixstowe Christmas Craft Market and Lighting Up Day @10am-6pm Hamilton Road and Felixstowe Triangle Canopy, IP11 7AD. Traditional Christmas craft market and the switching on of the lights by the Mayor. With Santa's Grotto, carol singing and live entertainment throughout the afternoon. A children’s candlelight parade (starting at 4.30pm) along Hamilton Road leads up to the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm. Free car parking is available from 3pm at Crescent Road, Highfield Road and Ranelagh Road car parks.

Christmas Fair @12-4pm Felixstowe & Walton Utd FC, Dellwood Avenue. Craft & Gift stalls, music & entertainment, Santa’s Grotto, seasonal food & drink. Free entry. Christmas Fanfare @3pm At St John the Baptist Church. The Seckford Brass Ensemble John Jermy & Ian Abbott trumpets, Kay Dawson Horn, Dave Cole Trombone, Geoff Webb Tuba. Felixstowe Community Choir conductor Emily Bennett. £12. Children free. Tickets from: Stillwater Books, Felixstowe and Music in Felixstowe 01394 670633.

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Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Farmyard & Craft Fair @10.30am-4pm Santa will be arriving on our festive Suffolk Punch drawn cart at 10.55am on both days. Booking for Santa’s Grotto highly advisable. Christmas Farmyard - Meet our beautiful farm animals and endangered Suffolk Punch horses in our magical Christmas Farmyard. Craft Fair - The perfect opportunity to pick up quality crafts and gifts. Suffolk Punch Trust, Woodbridge Walk, Hollesley, Woodbridge, IP12 3JR.

Christmas Coffee Morning @10am With stalls, raffle and tombola. At Highlands, Fitzgerald Road, Woodbridge.

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Charity Christmas Tree Festival Tues - Fri @10am-5pm Sat @10am-4pm. At the Salvation Army, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe. Over 50 trees decorated and Illuminated by local charities. For more info 01394 276502.

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Book Mountain and Craft Fair @10am-3pm New craft items for sale and good quality donated books. Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7BY. 01394 694880.

Woodbridge’s fiat Christmas Street Fair @ 10am At the Thoroughfare, from the Parkside area along to Cumberland Street.

Christmas is Coming @11.30am His Lordship’s Library, Orwell Hotel. Brian Theodore Ralph actor and Emily Bennett singer. A festive concoction of words and music for Christmas Tickets £10 children free from: Stillwater Books, Felixstowe and Music in Felixstowe 01394 670633.

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Christmas Craft and Coffee Fair @10am-4pm With tombola, books, crafts and food stalls. Entry is free. £2 for coffee and cake. United Reformed Church, Orwell Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7NY.

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Santa's Ride around town with Rudolf @6-8.30pm (weekdays only) Various locations throughout the town, IP11 2AG (see visitfelixstowe.org.uk for map). In addition, they will be seen at Landguard Fort on Saturday 16th December (10am-4pm), Hamilton Road on Tuesday 19th December (10am-4pm) and at Morrison's on Saturday 23rd December (10am-4pm).

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Christmas Season Concert @7.30pm By the Woodbridge Choral Society in St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge. With more than 100 experienced singers, the 130 year-old choir is one of the most highly-regarded performing arts organisations in the Suffolk Coastal area. Tickets are on sale at £12, with a £7 price for students. They can be ordered by calling the Choral Society’s Honorary Treasurer, Richard Lyon at 01473 620 775; or by emailing him at treasurer@woodbridgechoralsociety. org. Tickets can also be purchased from Browsers Bookshop on the Thoroughfare in Woodbridge, or through any member of the choir.

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Christmas Bazaar @2-4pm At Seaton Road Methodist Church, Felixstowe. Various stalls: cakes, books, bric-a-brac, Christmas gifts, raffle, chocolate tombola, competitions, refreshments, Father Christmas. Free entry. In aid of Church funds.

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Christmas Tree & Lights @6pm on the Market Hill The lights are being switched on by BBC Journalist / motivational speaker / TV presenter – John McCarthy (who is back in his adopted home town to premiere his new film “Life on the Deben”). Food stalls, drinks, a choir & music from The Biscuit Brothers.

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Music to Enjoy @7.30pm At the United Reformed Church Hall, Tomline Rd, Felixstowe, “Rosalie’s Christmas” presented by Rosalie Thomas. More info from Mike Fowle on 01394 275098.


Saturday 9th December

Sleeping Beauty 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) Suffolk Libraries Presents: Recording of Matthew Bourne’s Ballet. Tickets £8, under 18s £7.50. Advance bookings only 01394 694880. Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, IP11 7BY.

Felixstowe Book Festival @2-4pm (doors open 1.30pm) At Felixstowe Library. Felixstowe Book Festival Presents: Crime at Christmas. Crime writers Nicola Upson and Mandy Morton discuss the delights of creating murder and mayhem for the festive season. Tickets £5 including refreshments. 01394 694880.

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Felixstowe Museum Talks @7.30pm Broadway House, Orwell Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7DD. Cakes, ale and partying. Feasting and Fundraising in Medieval Suffolk. Speakers: Kate Jewell Members free, visitors and guests £1. All welcome. www.felixstowemuseum.org www.felixstowefhs.onesuffolk.net/

Carols at Great Eastern Square @10am Enjoy the carols from members and friends of the Felixstowe United Reformed Church, just outside the Coop. Helping raise money for Shelter. 01473 214206. www.felixstoweurc.org.uk Alice in Wonderland Librarian Theatre are a touring theatre company visiting Woodbridge Library, Formed in 2015 to work in partnership with libraries, Librarian Theatre use their varied spaces to make top-quality professional theatre accessible to all, while at the same time supporting library services. This production is supported by a grant from the Arts Council. Entitled “Alice in the Cuckoo’s Nest”, the play is a modern re-imagining of Carroll’s work and, as well as portraying the well-known characters that Alice meets, the production does not shy away from the darker sides of the story, tackling the theme of mental well-being in an open and sympathetic way. £7.50 for adults and £4 for students (aged 12+) and are available from the Woodbridge Library in person or on 01394 446510 or from the Librarian Theatre website: www.librariantheatre.com. During the evening Woodbridge Library’s Friday knitters will be manning a stall selling their knitted creations so come along and buy! Christmas at Landguard Fort @12noon-7pm With Santa’s Grotto (must be prebooked), crafts and gift stalls, quiz trails, snow machines, live music - choirs and carols including music from J.S. and the Lockbillies. Adults £6, children £7 includes visit to Santa, or £4 without visit to Santa. Book now at www.landguard.com

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Saturday 16th December Christmas Crafts @10am-12noon Christmas crafts session for ages 5-12. Tickets £2.50 per child Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7BY. 01394 694880.

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Felixstowe Late Night Christmas Shopping Throughout the Town Centre this Christmas, the seaside town of Felixstowe provides the perfect festive shopping destination. Retailers from High Street favourites to speciality shops, boutiques and independents will be opening their doors until 7pm. On these evenings there will also be free car parking in the town centre car parks (Crescent, Highfield and Ranelagh Road) from 3pm onwards. Bring your family and friends for entertainment, tastings and special offers. Glittering lights and festive shop windows. See visitfelixstowe. org.uk for a full list of shops which will be listed here soon.

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Christmas Wreath Making Workshop @10.30am-4pm Learn how to make a beautiful Christmas wreath for you to take home in our annual Wreath Making Workshop. Suffolk Punch Trust, Woodbridge Walk, Hollesley, Woodbridge, IP12 3JR.

Christmas Music at the Triangle @10-11am Felixstowe Triangle Canopy, IP11 7AD Traditional brass band concert with the Salvation Army (Junior band). 01394 276502. www.salvationarmy.org.uk/felixstowe

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1920s Themed Christmas Charity Dinner & Dance @6pm-midnight At the award-winning Woodhall Manor for a fabulous 1920’s themed Christmas party. Raffle for our chosen charity, PACE. £50p/p. For info and bookings, contact hello@neyuu.com or call 07929 979 073. Seats are limited, so please book soon to reserve your place. *Exclude VAT.

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Thursday 7th December

Dolls Houses and Miniatures Fair @10.30am-3pm Felixstowe Leisure Centre, IP11 2AE Dolls Houses and Miniatures Fair with various exhibitors and stalls. Now in its 14th year. Admission £1.50 per person (half-price from 1pm). Accompanied children under 16 free. 01945 870160. www.dollysdaydreams.com

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Dance Lessons Children’s and adult beginners and intermediate. St. Edmund’s Hall, Langer Road. 07757 217456.

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New Year’s Day Viennese Gala @3pm The Orwell Hotel Ballroom. The Festival Orchestra – leader Nicholas Ward Tickets £16. Children free from: Stillwater Books, Felixstowe and Music in Felixstowe 01394 670633.

Baby & Toddler Group (term time only) @10-11.45am £1 per family at the United Reformed Church.

Felixstowe Opportunity Group @9.30am-12pm For children from birth and for their siblings. £1.50. Maidstone Campus of the Academy. 286399 or visit www.facebook.com/ FelixstoweOpportunityGroupFog.

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Deben Flower Club (Second Tuesday of the month) Kirton Church Hall. £4. 448415/ 286626.

Felixstowe and District Horticultural Society (every second Tuesday) £2 for guests. Old Felixstowe Community Centre. 284647.

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Mobile Police Surgery @2pm-3.30pm Visit by the Woodbridge & District Safer Neighbourhood Team. Come along to the mobile police surgery and talk to members of the local Safer Neighbourhood Team about any concerns you have. They will also be happy to give advice on crime reduction. FELIXSTOWE

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Wednesday 20th December

Walking Football in Felixstowe @1.40-3pm (for over 60’s) Each session is £3 payable to Brackenbury. If you are interested, all you need is a pair of trainers, jogging/sports bottoms.

REGULAR EVENTS

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Variations Choir @7.15-9pm The Function Room, Felixstowe Conservative Club. 276478.

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Felixstowe Community Choir @7pm At the Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe. £4p/p on the door. felixstowecommunitychoir.org.uk

Wednesdays

Street Dance @6.30-7.30pm For 9-16 years old. £4. Brackenbury Sports Centre. 07549130959. justjaydance.co.uk.

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New Year’s Day Race @11.30am-1pm Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, IP11 9RZ First day and the first dinghy race of 2018! Get the boat out and head down to Felixstowe Ferry for a 11.30am start. Returning to shore before high tide at 1330. Book club boats now to avoid disappointment. FFSC extends the invitation to members of other clubs to join in the race. Galley and Bar open to the public for lunch. Admission free for spectators. 01394 283785. www.ffsc.co.uk.

Felixstowe Electronic Organ Club (Second Monday of each month) Trades and Labour Club in High Road West. 01394 279373.

Anglo Scottish Dancing @7.30-9.30pm Trinity Methodist Church Hall. £3. Until 14th December. Newcomers and experienced dancers welcome - no need for a partner and first taster session free! No club fee just £3 per session: Contact Libby 01473 721270.

Tuesdays The Felixstowe Master Mariners (every third Tuesday) A luncheon meeting at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club. To those interested in attending please see www. mastermariners.uk. Felixstowe Harmonies @7.30 - 9.30pm during school term. Seaton Road Methodist Church IP11 9BT. felixstowe.harmonies@gmail.com. www.felixstoweharmonies.co.uk t: @FelixstoweChoir fb: @felixstoweharmonies Knit and Natter at Crafty Coffee @10am-12noon Take along any project you are working on and meet others in a sociable environment. All welcome! Drinks and cakes available. Admission free. (note not running during school holidays.)

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Monday 1st January 2018

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The Promenade Walk, Felixstowe A bracing walk along the prom to aid recovery from the festive season, meet at 10.30 opposite the Fludyers Public House. Distance 2 miles. Grade 1. Organised by Felixstowe Walkers. felixstowewalkers@hotmail.co.uk

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Thursday 28th December

Felixstowe Indoor Bowls Club Monday-Friday @7am-10pm Felixstowe Leisure Centre. 694600.

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Christmas Music at the Triangle @10-11am Traditional brass band concert with the Salvation Army (Senior band). 01394 276502. www.salvationarmy.org.uk/felixstowe

Felixstowe Old People’s Welfare Association Monday-Friday @10am-4pm At Senior Citizens Centre, Broadway House, Orwell Road. 278061.

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23rd December

A V A GO Art Group @1.30-4.30pm For pros and amateurs. Refreshments incl. £2. St Edmunds Hall, Langer Road. 275690.

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Felixstowe Ice Rink @11am-7pm Great Eastern Square, IP11 7DT A synthetic rink with rides for smaller children and stalls serving food and drinks. Admission free (including free skating). 01394 282086. www.felixstowe.gov.uk

Bridge Club @6.45-10pm Rubber Bridge Partners. Broadway House, Orwell Road, Felixstowe. Call Ron on 277085.

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Mondays

Woodbridge Red Hat Society (second Thursday) @2.30pm Fun, Friendship, Freedom, Fulfillment and Fitness. Ladies admitting to 50 and over please wear purple from the shoulder down plus a red hat. Under 50’s Pinkies wear lilac with pink hats. We ALWAYS wear the colours. Free. Wyevale Garden Centre (Restaurant), Grundisburgh Road, Woodbridge, IP13 6HX. thebloomingfuchsias@hotmail.com


Stories in the Middle @10.15-10.45am At Felixstowe Library. Story time with songs and crafts for pre-school. Free. 694880.

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Felixstowe Indoor Bowls Club @8am-8pm (Sat & Sun) Felixstowe Leisure Centre. 694600.

Baby Ballroom Lesson @9am At St. Edmunds Church Hall Langer Road . £3. 07757217456.

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Sundays

Saturdays

Photographic Society @7.30pm All welcome. FREE. Broadway House, Orwell Road.

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Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Tots @9.30-10am and 11.30am-12noon At Felixstowe Library. Free but ticketed. 694880.

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Felixstowe Country Market @9.30-11am Homemade preserves, eggs, garden produce and crafts. Trades and Labour Club, High Road West. 272003. www.country-markets.co.uk.

Market (by the Old Felixstowe Community Association) @10am-12noon Every second Saturday (except June). Raffle, cake, jewellery, and more. Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road. FREE.

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Baby & Toddler Group (term time only) @10-11.45am A relaxed group for Mothers/ Parents/Carers with Babies & Toddlers. £1 per family. United Reformed Church.

Felixstowe Old People’s Welfare Association @9.30am-12.30pm At Senior Citizens Centre at Broadway House, Orwell Road. Pop in for a cuppa. Meet old and new friends and relax. 278061.

Jazz East at The Alex @8-10.30pm. At The Alex. 123, Undercliff Road West. Free! www.jazzeast.vpweb.co.uk.

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Rob’s Spiritual Awareness Centre (First Friday of the month) @7-10pm Open to all faiths, denominations and beliefs. £2. Trimley Welcome Hall, Trimley High Street. robert.lummis@ntlworld.com.

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The Felixstowe Area “N” Gauge Model Railway Group @7.30pm At Great St. Farm, High Road, Trimley St. Mary. 277211. www.felixstowengauge.org.uk.

Fridays

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Felixstowe Opportunity Group @1-3pm For children from birth and for their siblings. £1.50. Maidstone Campus of the Academy. 286399 or FB: FelixstoweOpportunityGroupFog.

Felixstowe Con Club Bridge Club @7-10pm Playing rubber and duplicate on alternative weeks. Tuition can be made available for those interested. Call Don on 01394 282959.

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Felixstowe Twins Club @10am-12noon Felixstowe Academy, Maidstone Road, IP11 9EF. www.felixstowetwinsclub.co.uk.

Kirton and Falkenham Parent and Toddler Group @1-3pm. £1.50 per family. Kirton Church Hall. 07742 227877.

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Walking Football @6.30-7.30pm Outdoor 5-a-side over 50’s. £3. Brackenbury. 270278.

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Felixstowe Fit Club @8.15pm-9.30pm Fun activities to help you lead a healthy active lifestyle. At St Philips Church Hall, Wadgate Road, IP11 2LP. Your 1st week is free! Then only £1 each week. www.felixstowefitclub.co.uk or call/text Jamma on 07850214463.

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Speakers of Felixstowe (The second Thursday of the month) @7.30pm A warm welcome awaits. Landguard Room, Marlborough Hotel.

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Walking Football in Felixstowe @6.30-7.45pm (for over 50’s) Each session is £3 payable to Brackenbury. If you are interested, all you need is a pair of trainers, jogging/sports bottoms.

Dance Classes @10-11am 4-7year olds: Ballet and modern dance. @11am-12pm 8-12 year olds: modern and street dance class. Brackenbury Sports Centre. £5. 270278.

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SOUNDS OF SUFFOLK The winners of a local photography competition, raising awareness about untreated hearing loss, have been rewarded with their photos being featured in 2018 charity calendar. The ‘Sounds of Suffolk’ competition was created by family-run hearing care specialists, The Hearing Care Centre, who have local clinics in both Felixstowe and Woodbridge. The competition has helped encourage those struggling with hearing loss to seek help, as well as highlighting some of the incredible sounds that can be found in and around our county. During a prize giving presentation organised at the company’s headquarters on Upper Brook Street in Ipswich, the calendar was officially unveiled, along with a series of greeting cards which are both to be sold in the run up to Christmas. Competition winner James Stannard and second place runner up Stephen Squirrell attended the presentation, along with Brian Platt and his hearing dog Elton. Karen Finch, The Hearing Care Centre’s managing director said, “We were incredibly touched by how many people 40 The Felixstowe & Woodbridge Magazine - December 2017

Suffolk photography competition calendar in aid of deafness charity entered the competition and told us just how much they would miss their favourite sounds if they couldn’t hear. Producing this stunning calendar and beautiful cards will hopefully prolong the message of seeking help if you are struggling with your hearing.” All sales from the calendar and cards will be donated to the company’s chosen charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Hearing dogs not only help deaf people by alerting them to sounds they would otherwise miss, but they also give a deaf person a newfound sense of independence and confidence with their loyal companion and true friend at their side. The Sounds of Suffolk calendar and greeting cards can be purchased for £4.99 and £3.50 respectively from The Hearing Care Centre’s website www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk/ shop or by calling 01473 230330.


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CHRISTMAS DAY DIP Places are now up for grabs on a local charity’s annual Christmas Day Dip. The icy plunge into the cold North Sea, organised by and in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, will take place on Felixstowe sea front at 10am on Christmas morning. Catherine Sheppard, events and challenges fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “This will be our 14th Christmas Day Dip and it’s gathering quite a following. We now have around 400 people take part each year and see this as the start of their festivities on the day. Their friends and family all come along to watch and there’s a fantastic atmosphere as everyone gathers to run into the sea. “The hospice itself is open 365 days a year, including Christmas Day, so it’s important that we fund-raiser 365 days a year too in order to offer our services to local people.

Take the plunge for a local charity this Christmas While those raising money will be dashing into the bracing waters, there will be patients in the hospice, receiving the care they need, thanks to their support.” Joining the dippers this year for the first time will be the Mayor of Ipswich, Sarah Barber, and the Mayor of Felixstowe, Nick Barber. The event is short and ends following a short dip into the sea. As they emerge from the water, all participants will receive a medal as a keepsake to remember the day before returning to the warm to enjoy their Christmas turkey. To secure your place on the Christmas Day Dip, please visit stelizabethhospice.org.uk/dip

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LOCAL THEATRE RIVERSIDE - WOODBRIDGE A Christmas Concert with The Riverside 100 Musical Theatre Choir Friday 8th December 7.30pm Saturday 9th December 3pm Saturday 9th December 7.30pm Are you dreaming of a White Christmas, do you wish Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, well you're in luck because the Riverside 100 Musical Theatre Choir will be performing right here! Following three very successful concerts at St Mary's Church Woodbridge, The Riverside Theatre's very own musical theatre choir, the R100 will be performing "A Christmas Cracker" of a concert live on stage. The choir will be singing Christmas favourites and festive ditties old and new.

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"December the 25th" and "Sing a Christmas Carol" from the musical the "Scrooge." "Bethlehem" from the musical "Martin Guerre." "Carol of The Bells" featured in "Home Alone." "Believe" from the film "The Polar Express." Also featuring iconic songs from other well known musicals. The choir have considerable stage experience between them. Some members have performed in the West End and some more local - you may even recognise one or two of them! Riverside Theatre Cinema Quayside, Woodbridge, IP12 1BH


Vegas heydays with some Christmas Classics – Santa Claus is coming to town, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas and the Christmas Song whilst the talented cast bring you hits from Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr. and of course ol’ blue eyes himself Frank Sinatra. The following Saturday evening join the Spa for Soul Legends on 16th from 7.30pm. Combining hits from the late great Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and James Brown plus many more. Christmas Party Meal packages are available for 80’s Mania, Rocket Man and Soul Legends for an extra special pre-Christmas treat – with details available online or from the box office. Finally it wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional family panto and this year the Dennis Lowe Theatre Company are taking audiences on a magic carpet ride to visit the wicked magician Abanazar, the brave Aladdin and his beautiful Princess (eventually!). It runs from Saturday 23rd Dec to Sunday 7th January and evening and matinee performances are available with discounts for family tickets.

SPA PAVILION - FELIXSTOWE Starting off the month of December with Europe’s Official 1980’s Multi-Tribute Concert on Friday 1st which will feature 25 chart-topping pop icons all authentically recreated with a live band and dancers. The show will see over 35 chart smash hits and tributes include Duran Duran, the Human League, Kim Wilde, Culture Club, Madonna and Wham. Saturday 9th December sees a stunning tribute to Multi-Grammy award-winning legend and superstar Sir Elton John with ‘The Rocket Man’. The audience will be taken back in time to enjoy all the hits including; Crocodile Rock, Philadelphia Freedom, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting and I’m Still Standing plus many more with flamboyant costumes and a dazzling lightshow. The following afternoon the stage will be set for Rat Pack Live on Sunday 10th from 3pm. This show combines the fifties and sixties

For the first time this year a set lunch will be available on Boxing Day by reservation only, whether or not you are seeing the panto that day. Tickets for Aladdin and indeed all shows in December are available from the Spa Pavilion’s box office which is open from 11am-4pm 01394 284962 and Gift Vouchers towards any of these shows are also available which make a great Christmas gift. You can also buy your tickets online, 24 hours a day, at www.felixstowespa.co.uk. Our bars & restaurants are open every day from 9.30am and two hours before performances for pre-show dining. You can also follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and show updates. Spa Pavilion, Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, IP11 2DX

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Enjoy taking your family on a magical carpet ride of a pantomime this Christmas with a family ticket to see Aladdin at the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe on Saturday 6th January at 11am. To get yourself in the draw to win a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) All you have to do is answer the following question: Q The wicked magician who traps Aladdin in the cavern to stop him reaching the Princess is called:a) Alibaba b) Abanazar c) Ebenezer

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CHRISTMAS JOKES Why was the snowman looking through the carrots? He was picking his nose. Why can’t Christmas trees knit? Because they always drop their needles. What kind of motorbike does Santa ride? A Holly Davidson! What do you call a bunch of chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby? Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer What athlete is warmest in winter? A long jumper!

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DECEMBER FACTS • The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany, fashioned out of goose feathers that were dyed green! • In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world’s biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall. • Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C.

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