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Families Suffolk – The local magazine containing useful information for parents of 0-12 year olds


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Local News, Suffolk Most Active County News,Education News, Clubs & Classes Contacts, Whats On and much more I p s w i c h • R U SH M E R E • B E L S T E A D • WH E R S T E A D • P I N E W O O D • K E S G R AV E • H E N L E Y • W I T N E SH A M N A C T O N • H O L B R O O K • SH O T L E Y • C L A Y D O N • Woodbridge • Hadleig h • Sto w market


Welcome back to Families Suffolk. I hope you all had a great school summer holidays break. So here we all are, trying to get back in routine, in this issue we’ve included some interesting reading for that tea/coffee break that you may now have as the children are in school. Alongside our regular features we have on pages 12 & 13 contact details for many local clubs and classes so if you are looking for an afterschool Holiday Fun! or weekend activity this will help, interesting reading regarding family matters on page 10, some local education news on page 9 plus on page 5 details of an event not to be missed in October Half Term, Ormiston Children and Families Trust first ever children’s mini-marathon family event to be held at Trinity Park. We always like to hear your thoughts on our articles or any news you may wish to be included in future issues, so please do get in touch via email, Facebook or Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Reading Lisa Giddings – Editor

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Our Community Suffolk Libraries & Colchester & SCC Fostering & Adoption

Babytalk Maternity Reflexology

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Clubs & Classes What’s On

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Local News

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Why we should all walk to school Beat the traffic and get you and your kids out in the fresh air during International Walk to School Month this October. Each year, primary school children from across the UK join forces with over 40 countries worldwide to celebrate the benefits of walking to school and this October is no different, with the month-long activity encouraging pupils to walk to school at

least once a week. Many parents know that walking is actually quicker and less stressful than taking the car and they value the opportunity to spend quality time with their children. It also increases air quality with fewer cars on the streets and strengthen communities, where children and parents are seen in the streets! Stop moaning about the traffic … start clearing it!

Mums Time-Out

So the children have now returned to school and mums you are either feeling deflated upon their return or enjoying the fact you have returned to the school routine. Either way if you are looking for the perfect place to experience some time to reflect on the summer fun you’ve enjoyed or just to enjoy your own company, why not pop down to Wild Raspberry Craft Café near Ipswich. It has everything you could wish for to enjoy some time out, the beautiful surroundings of Pin Mill, Chelmondiston, the opportunity to indulge in some homemade cake to accompany your tea or coffee plus if you fancy there are various craft activities you could try such as ceramic painting, decopatch, mosaic making and textile or silk printing. So why not treat yourself to some timeout, you know you deserve too. See website for opening hours. 07868899676 / 07776062872

Exotic encounters

Would your nursery, school, or club like to get some real hands on experience with some exotic animals? If so why not consider speaking to Kimmys mobile petting zoo. Kimmy brings the zoo to your school, club or class, providing teachers and club leaders with a fun, proactive, practical learning method. There are a variety of packages including our ‘Kimmy’s Animal Roadshow’ (tailored to any topic), sensory sessions, animal encounters and animal workshops designed to meet your curriculum or topic that includes talks, games, handling, quizzes and craft activities!!! So for some unforgettable learning, fun and entertainment for fun days, Halloween events, Christmas fairs, even birthday parties

Deben Pool Parent & Child sessions

Term time only on Tuesdays between 9.30am -11am Deben Pool, Station Road, Woodbridge offer parent and child sessions which include singing, playing, swimming, jumping splashing and giggles for pre-school children to learn while having fun with other toddlers and their qualified instructor. For all details contact Ali 01394 384763 / 01394 380370

Sailfish Swim School

Sailfish Swim School are offering exclusive swimming lessons in Ipswich. Their new pool is in a private and relaxed environment, free from distraction. They have qualified, professional staff all committed to ensuring a safe and fun teaching environment. There are a wide range of classes to suit all ages and abilities including children’s lessons (small group sizes), parent and child groups, adult lessons, private 1:1 lessons, snorkelling and rookie lifeguard and lessons are available every day. There is also free parking and refreshment facilities onsite. The facility offers 2 changing rooms, viewing area above the pool and seating on poolside. Pool Parties are available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the year – a 2 hour party includes a fun swim session with lifeguard and food and drinks afterwards. Sailfish Swim School – Lindsey - 07824 366377 or Sally - 07771 872688 Things are getting very spooky down at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary during October half term!! This is the favourite time of year for all owls - Halloween means an annual get-together with their friends to fly some haunting missions through the night sky!! At the owl sanctuary the 80 resident owls and other birds of prey will be residing over the eerie Tombstone Trail which premiers on Sunday 27th October and runs throughout half term. Are you brave enough to pick your way through the tombstones to gather ghoulish clues and win a prize? Try your luck at ducking for apples, make a Halloween lantern and enter the children’s Fancy Dress competition - judging at 2.00p.m. Watch the owls in the spectacular flying display and see the cheeky Meerkat family enjoying their lunch! Can you spot one of the shy red squirrels? S.O.S. Safari Trail booklet with free gift for every child. 0845 680 7897


Baby Senses Baby Fair

The 4th annual event of the Baby Senses Baby Fair will be held on Saturday 23rd November at Kesgrave Community Centre from 10am to 2pm. There will be a variety of businesses, support and information services which are available locally for mums and dads to use from pregnancy through to welcoming the new arrival right up to preschool age group, all under one roof. This popular event is free to enter and offers free goody bags, free taster sessions to try and lots of other free activities for the children to have fun with while you browse around the stalls. If that’s not enough, why not spend some time pampering yourself in the Yummy Mummy room or have a rest with a cake and cuppa in the refreshment area where both breast and bottle feeding are welcome. Baby Senses run the fair in association with and fundraising for the Ipswich and

Chelmondiston Playgroup

Chelmondiston playgroup is delighted to announce that following a surprise inspection, Ofsted have awarded them with an official rating of ‘Good’. As those of you in the know will appreciate, this is something to be proud of as the standards set by Ofsted have recently been significantly raised,the playgroup are proud of the work put in by the staff and committee to obtain this rating. The playgroup would also like to wish the children heading off to ‘big’ school this year a happy start to their school life. With a number of children leaving, there are spaces available, so if you are looking for a happy, caring, welcoming, well-appointed Playgroup for your pre-school aged child (2 to 5 years). Call Dawn the Playgroup leader on 780948 (term time) or 780993 (hols).

Kidzone at Ipswich Sports Club

Kidzone are excited to announce their permanent location at Ipswich sports club, Henley road. They have their own studio available for daily crèche sessions to allow members and non-members a chance to use the club fantastic fitness facilities knowing the children are being cared for in a fun, safe and stimulating environment. Kidzone will also be running some exciting new parent/ toddler groups including singing group and messy play, before and after school club plus holiday club will also be available. Contact Natasha or Samantha for further timetable information on crèche sessions and parent/ toddler group information 07756 535059/ 07724 114794 East Suffolk branch of the National Childbirth Trust as we share a wish for all parents to have an experience of pregnancy, birth and early childhood that enriches their lives and gives them confidence in being a parent. For more information about the event, or if you have a business (small or large) and you wish to have a stall please contact Ann on 07748 914370 or visit

Hypnotherapy Helping children with symptoms of anxiety with the ‘Blowaway’

‘Thrive’ for Teenagers A very effective programme, helping older children to overcome anxiety, lack of confidence, exam nerves, problems with food, phobias, OCD, anger and much more. Now in Wetherden, near Stowmarket and Ipswich

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PUDDLE DUCKS IS COMING TO SUFFOLK Babies and toddlers across Suffolk will soon be learning unique swimming and lifesaving skills, thanks to the baby and pre-school swim-school, Puddle Ducks, which is arriving in Suffolk in October. Children can have lessons from a few days to 4 years old and have fun while they learn to swim in a safe, encouraging environment. Franchisee, Claire says “I believe that swimming is a skill that all children should be taught from an early age. It’s fun, helps them interact with other children and encourages them to lead a healthy life style. 1 in 3 children leave primary school unable to swim and 1 in 6 parents never take their child swimming , and we’re on a mission to change that, starting right here in Suffolk!”

Puddle Ducks is a national company which was founded in 2001. Quality of teaching has been the business’ number one priority. The teaching programme is constantly evolving, from the music that we sing in the pool, to the techniques we teach. Puddle Ducks classes are based on age, not ability, so children are learning amongst their peers. The first lessons will start at Seckford Hall in For details visit Woodbridge, Birch Farm in Hintlesham and a private pool in Levington. Source: Amateur Swimming Association

Swimming at Birch Farm

parents to have the stage of the class changed rather than the time. Due to the length of the terms some children may complete stages part way through a term this could easily be discussed and your child could move and receive a certificate part way through the term if needed so ensuring continuous development based on individual children’s needs. Certificates, badges and stickers will be issued once a stage is completed if children do not complete a stage at the end of the term an achievement certificate will be issued to help to motivate the children. In light that this is something new and unique Birch Farm will be sending questionnaires to parents seeking their views of this arrangement. Term starts on Monday 2nd September.

Birch Farm are developing a unique format to swimming lessons to help develop a service to fit in with the needs of busy families. Their swimming year will be split into 3 terms, Autumn, Spring and Summer with a 2 week break at Christmas, 1 week at Easter and a further 2 week break in the summer. This unique term structure ensures that children will have continuous development but also have the chance to enjoy a break. Birch Farm will also be offering a 10% sibling discount off the eldest child if you have more than 1 child attending lessons. Class times and stages will be reviewed by staff on a regular basis and if all children are completing a stage at the same time it may be easier for the

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Hypnotherapy and Thrive now in Wetherden & Ipswich Melanie Collings is now working from Wetherden near Stowmarket in addition to her busy practice in Ipswich. Melanie practices the ‘Blowaway’ technique which can help children from about 5 years of age, allowing children to let go of any negative experiences and distressing emotions which are causing anxiety or other problems. Older children and teenagers respond really well

to the ‘Blowaway’ ; together with help in changing negative ways of thinking using the ‘Thrive programme’ this is particularly good for boosting self confidence and self esteem, and helping teenagers overcome shyness. 07855 798 789

Stars from Cbeebies Live: Sid’s Show! Join Sid from Cbeebies live on stage on Tues 29th October, 2pm at Ipswich (Copdock) Cameo Hotel, Suffolk Suite, (Theatre layout) to enjoy a fantastic fun-filled adventure that’ll knock your socks off! Sid is setting out on a heroic quest to find out where in the world his favourite socks and shoes have gone to - share in the adventure at the bottom of the sea, deep in the jungle or floating in outer space you’ll meet some funny characters and discover plenty of surprises along the way. In an interactive experience crammed with games, songs, poems and magic, Sid’s Show will leave you with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Perfect for families with children aged 3-7 Sid is the hugely popular original star of the CBeebies channel. Box Office 01473-433100 or

Family Arts Festival 18 Oct – 3 Nov The New Wolsey Theatre would like to tell you about what’s coming up in half term and how you can get involved in an exciting new festival! The Family Arts Festival will be the first UK-wide festival including theatre, dance, music and visual arts events designed to increase family participation in the arts and building on the momentum of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad. As part of this, the New Wolsey will host a programme of theatre for families over the half term, including EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES based on the book by Erich Kästner, a new version of PINOCCHIO by Michael Rosen, CENTRALLY HEATED KNICKERS - adventures in science and sound starring Michael Rosen himself. This vibrant show for families and friend is packed full of surprises and will take you to places you have never been before! And HOW TO CATCH A STAR, based on the bestselling children’s book by award winning author, Oliver Jeffers. For more information and how to book, call the Box Office on 01473 295900 or visit

Newmarket Open Day Meet some of the top racehorses in the world when trainers open their yards to the public on Sunday 22 September between 9am -4.30pm. Horses will canter on Warren Hill in the morning and there will be a whole host of family entertainment at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in the afternoon with pony rides, the chance to try on jockey silks, watch a Shetland Pony Grand National or to have a go on the fairground rides. For further information go to


The Mermaid Family Event On 31st October local family restaurant The Mermaid on Yarmouth Road, Ipswich would like to invite families along to their first anniversary and Halloween celebrations. With their first year anniversary approaching Julie and her team thought it would be a great time to celebrate and mark the occasion by burying a time capsule. The capsule will include pictures and newspaper articles of the year as well as photos marking their opening one year ago. Local school children will be contributing to this occasion with a colouring competition as well as the restaurant running a Facebook competition. The plan is for the Facebook Family competition winner to bury the time capsule at 2.30pm. This will be followed by a fabulous Halloween Party at 3pm. Find them on FB - Mermaid Ipswich

SHOW JUMPING & HEAVY HORSE DAY On Sunday 29th September, Stonham Barns will host a combined a Show Jumping competition event with a full working horse display and exhibition, this special show will be a fantastic day out for all the family, and indeed anyone interested in horses and traditional Suffolk country life. As part of this packed day, a show ring programme will be coordinated by Rede Hall Farm and Cherry Grover, members of the Suffolk Horse Society. The show ring programme will be a celebration of heavy horse breeds and will demonstrate the many functions associated with their working life. Show ring displays include Shires and Drays, Harness demonstrations, Timber Snigging, Carriages, Shoeing and much more. A day of competition show jumping will be coordinated by Gipping Valley Riding Society. Other attractions include trade stands and rural craft demonstrations such as pole lathing, basket making and many other exhibits of Suffolk’s bygone era. For further information visit or 01449 71111

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Looking for a fun half term activity?

Then look no further than Ormiston’s Children’s Marathon. With the summer holidays done and dusted, most parents across Suffolk will be breathing a heavy sigh of relief after managing to keep their children entertained for six long weeks. But here’s a startling fact – it’s just seven weeks to go until October half term. That’s less than two months. What else is there to possibly do to keep the kids entertained, especially with the weather turning cooler and the chance of rain becoming increasingly likely?

That’s where local children’s charity Ormiston Children & Families Trust comes in. This October half term, Ormiston is launching a brand new fundraising event that will not only help to raise money for the organisation, but will also help keep the kids entertained and active during the holidays. Taking place on Monday 28th October at Trinity Park in Ipswich, Ormiston’s ‘Children’s Marathon’ is a 2.6 mile race which is open to children aged 0-16 and to those of all abilities – participants can either run, walk, toddle or be pushed around the route in their buggies. The idea came from Kate Alden, Ormiston’s Community Fundraiser in Suffolk, who earlier this year took part in the London Marathon for the first time. It was while she was training that the concept of the Children’s Marathon came to her. She explained: “My seven-year-old son, James, asked if he could come with me on a training run one night. I agreed, thinking that after a quick run around the block he would have run out of steam or would be put off by the cold weather. I couldn’t have been more wrong! We got home after running, jogging and walking around where we live, and I was really surprised to see that he’d managed a distance of 1.9 miles! “After that he came with me on several occasions and was very excited, assuming that because we were training together he was also going to be able to take part in the Marathon and he would get to meet Mo Farah ‘from the Olympics’. I had to explain that wasn’t the case but said I would look for another event for him to take part in, and that’s where it all stemmed from.” To keep the Children’s Marathon as close to the real thing as possible, Ormiston has reduced the 26.2 miles distance of the London Marathon to 2.6 miles – fairly short but something that will still be challenging. There will be a defined route with a proper Start/Finish line with a timing clock, and each participant will receive a medal when they cross the line. The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet, with tens of thousands of people running to raise money for good causes. This is a theme Ormiston would like to reflect with its Children’s Marathon. Registration is just £5 per person and the charity is hoping children will be able to raise some sponsorship too. As an incentive, every race-goer that manages to raise more than £26.20 will receive a special reward. The Children’s Marathon will be split into three stages for different age groups – a 10am start for secondary school students (Keystage 3), a 12 noon start for primary school students (Keystages 1 and 2) with pre-schoolers starting at 2pm. Something that Ormiston is keen to stress is that the event is not purely for elite athletes – children of all abilities are welcome to take part.

Kate explained:

Some experienced runners may use the Children’s Marathon as a time trial, but there could also be children who will gain a massive sense of achievement by walking 2.6 miles, or from a sibling enjoying the event with their younger brother or sister who’s being pushed round in a pushchair.

For families that have children who will be taking part in the different races, there will be plenty to do at Trinity Park on the day. Families are welcome to bring along packed lunches or a picnic although there will be food and drink available to buy on the day. There will also be lots of stalls and other activities going on to keep children entertained throughout the day. The event is being supported by LiveWell Suffolk, who will be organising warm-ups at the start of each race.

All money raised from the Children’s Marathon will go towards supporting Ormiston’s vital projects in the area. In Suffolk, the charity runs a children’s centre in Ipswich and works in HMP Highpoint, near Haverhill, to support children and families who have a relative in prison. Other projects in the county include Polish Outreach, which researches and responds to the needs of the Polish community in Ipswich; the Ormiston Domestic Abuse Service, which offers support to women on a one-to-one basis and Mpower, which gives intensive support to women who have had a child, or children, removed from their care. The charity also runs the Newmarket Family Support Project, where it works in schools and colleges in the town to raise aspirations and reduce behavioural and social issues. The charity is one of the leading children’s charities in East Anglia, with more than 40 services spread across six counties.

For more information about the Children’s Marathon, visit Alternatively, you can contact Kate Alden on 01473 705034 or email


Parents Place Parent to parent interview

Favourite park and why? There are lots of little parks in Kesgrave which we visit on a regular basis. Favourite children’s club/class? My daughter loves swimming but I think the best thing for both my children has been the Kumon classes – for my son who is bright – it is way of keeping him challenged and for my daughter who has special needs, it has helped bring her into the national level for maths. Favourite day out and why? We are very lucky to live near the coast & a day out to the beach in summer is always fun. Favourite child friendly restaurant and why? We love the farmhouse Pub in Kesgrave which is right in the centre of Grange Farm & has a lovely park next to it.

If you would like to visit any of the places Sangeeta has mentioned please find the contact details listed below: Next Martlesham 1-3 Beadmore Park, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 3RX 01473 631511

Best planet saving tip? Please remember to switch off lights before you leave the room.

In this issue we meet Sangeeta Kumar. Sangeeta has been a Kumon Instructor for Ipswich Central Kumon Centre for the past 2 years, before then an electronics design engineer for 18 years. Sangeeta has been married to Kumar for 17 years and they have two children, their son Advait 14 years old and daughter Keya 7 years old. The family have lived in Kesgrave for 9 years. Why do you like living where you do? Kesgrave is a very child friendly estate with cycle paths connecting all school & amenities like library & superstore. There are lots of little parks & the schools in the area are good. Children can walk or bike to the high school because it is safe. Favourite shop and why? Current favourite is the Next store in Martlesham with a lovely coffee shop & not too congested inside.

No parent should be without? Some crayons & paper when going out!! Can be a life saver when you are waiting at a restaurant or even a doctor’s surgery. Favourite family holiday spot? We loved Dubai – for the food & water parks & shopping. Best children’s book? My children both love the Gruffalo books & I think I have memorised the words for the first book. Best children DVD or video? I love the Toy Story movies & have watched them over & over again with my kids. My son loves the Harry Potter movies. Most played with toys? My daughter is still at an age where she loves her dolls & buggy. For my son it has been cricket bat & ball. Biggest waste of money? Leapad as my kids never did use it. Most successful recipe/food? My children love my chicken curry and so do my son’s friends.

Kumon Ipswich Central The Key 15 St Margaret’s Plain, Ipswich IP4 2BB 01473 614 665 Kumon Ipswich South Murrayside Leap Centre Nacton Road Ipswich IP3 9JL 01206 863 242 Kumon Stowmarket Stowmarket Community Centre Hillside Stowmarket IP14 2BD 01473 413 118 The Farmhouse St Isidores Road Grange Farm Kesgrave IP5 2GA 01473 611600

We’ve teamed up with Aztec Events organisers of the Suffolk Robin Hood Game & Country Show to offer 10 lucky families the chance of free entry to this year’s Suffolk Robin Hood Game & Country Show which comes to the Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, Ipswich on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October 2013 The Suffolk Robin Hood Game & Country is back for another thrilling outdoor event, dedicated to little Damsels in distress and rascal Merrymen. The show hosts WorldClass Arena Entertainment from jousting tournaments and BMX stunts, to fantastic have-a-go attractions like paintball, archery and zorbing! New for 2013 – hilarious Dog & Duck Show! Watch nail-biting swordfights in the historic re-enactment village or fantastic aerial arena displays with owls and birds of prey! Cheer on your winning bet at the ferret races or meet the farm animals in the petting zoo – there’s plenty of fun for everyone at the Suffolk Robin Hood Game & Country Show! Families Suffolk have 10 family passes to the show (Family pass = 2 adults up to 3 children plus your dog if you choose). To enter into the draw email: ‘Robin Hood’ to by 5pm on Wednesday 9th October. Terms & conditions apply, visit


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Our Community

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In this issue the Our Community page highlights Suffolk Libraries, a local resource we have access to that not only could assist with our childrens school work, but which offers fun family activities all year round, plus we hear from Suffolk County Council highlighting the need locally for foster families.

Your local library can help your child develop a love of reading and benefit their education. National statistics show that regular visits to libraries make a notable difference to children’s literacy skills and educational prospects. A child who visits the library every month from age three to five is two and a half months ahead of a five year old who did not visit the library as often. By early August there were already over 6,000 Suffolk children signed up to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – a major national campaign to keep children reading and engaged with their library over the summer holidays.

Suffolk’s libraries offer a wide range of activities for young children and families throughout the week across 44 libraries. Nearly 800 children attend activities in libraries every week which include: • Babybounce: soothing songs and gentle nursery rhymes for babies

The Bookstart charity funds two free packs of books. The first of these parents should receive from their health visitor for their baby and the second through their nursery or pre-school after they turn three. If you haven’t received these you can ask at your local library or children’s centre or call 01473 584563. Bookstart also fund some dual language books. There are also some baby and toddler packs for children with severe sensory impairments.

• Tot Rock: songs and action rhymes for toddlers • Storytime: stories and rhymes for pre-school children.

Of course you don’t have to physically go into a library to use the service. You can search for children’s books, including eBooks, using the online catalogue and reserve them for collection. If you live in rural Suffolk you can also access children’s books from the mobile library service. The Suffolk Libraries website also provides suggested books for teenage readers and information about mood boosting books to help children through new experiences and feelings, such as starting school, going on holiday or having a new baby in the family.

These sessions help to familiarise children with the library and provide lots of practice in phonic discrimination, rhythm and the pleasure of sharing books.

Children can join their local library for free at any age. You can find out the details of your nearest library at or by calling 01473 584563. The website also contains the details of all regular activity sessions for young children.

There has been a focus on ensuring the sessions engage with young boys by providing resources like construction toys and encouraging their participation with action rhymes that involve musical instruments, marching and counting.

Suffolk Libraries also run the Schools Library Service which provides advice and resources to help schools get the most from their libraries.

For the parents and grandparents who bring them along, our libraries provide a safe place to share books with their children, make new friendships and avoid social isolation.

Every child deserves a family Suffolk County Council’s Fostering service are appealing for more people in Suffolk to consider fostering to give the chance for all children in our county to grow up knowing what it is like to be part of a family. Suffolk’s Fostering Service are particularly appealing to people that may be able to offer a child a more long term home, through permanent fostering. When most people think about caring for a child on a permanent arrangement they think of adoption, but for many children permanent fostering may be the best option. The prospect of them being adopted significantly reduces the older they get, or the greater their care needs are, but also many will need a new family to grow up with who can support them to remain in touch with their birth parents, and help them feel they belong to both families. For many children that are permanently fostered their affiliation with their carers does not end once the child reaches 18, the relationship continues and they can remain a part of the family for life. Sue Lowndes, Head of Fostering at Suffolk County Council comments ‘We would really like to hear from anyone that has ever thought about sharing their home with some of our county’s most vulnerable children. Through permanent fostering, we can offer ongoing support to both the carers and the children, ensuring the child is given every opportunity to reach their full potential in a family environment that offers stability, love, support and positive role models’. If you would like to find out more about fostering a Suffolk child or speak to someone about permanent fostering, contact the Suffolk Fostering Service today on 0800 328 2148 or visit

Quotes from parents:

“ Baby Bounce is the highlight of my week, I don’t feel so alone and the other mums are so supportive.” “The library is such a welcoming place to visit these days.”



If you are looking for a new challenge, have the patience flexibility and desire to make a positive difference to children in care then Suffolk Fostering Service would like to hear from you. In return you will receive a financial allowance and excellent support and training opportunities

contact us now or follow us on facebook to find out more: 0800 328 2148 | WWW.SUFFOLKFOSTERING.COM


Baby Talk

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Maternity Reflexology by Caroline Lisle

Many people know that reflexology is a non - intrusive complementary health therapy based on the theory that different points on the feet correspond with different parts of the body. The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually after a treatment you might feel more relaxed. You might also notice that you are sleeping better, with your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. Fewer people know that there are specialised maternity or pregnancy reflexology techniques tailored specifically to care for the mind, body and spirit of mother and baby. This can start as early as preconception and continue through pregnancy, labour and the post-natal period. For those planning a pregnancy, reflexology can play a part in getting your body in the best possible shape to cope with the changes to come. Some couples find it easier to conceive than others and for those who feel it is taking longer than it should it can be an anxious time. Reflexology can be used to help support them on their fertility journey. Many couples have found it helpful to receive reflexology treatments when dealing with the stress and anxiety that accompany assisted conception methods. Pregnancy can be a wonderful experience but an expectant mother undergoes huge changes physically and emotionally. Reflexology can be used if you are suffering from the common discomforts of pregnancy such as:

• Morning sickness • Fatigue and lack of sleep • Anxiety • Constipation

• Heartburn • Backache and hip pain • Fluid retention - swollen puffy ankles and legs

Allowing yourself the time for regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy may even result in an easier labour. In a small research study undertaken by obstetrician Dr Gowri Motha presented in 1994, first time mothers who received 10 reflexology treatments prior to delivery had average labour times of 5 to 6 hours. Once the baby has arrived there are new issues to deal with and reflexology is a gentle and natural way to help you through the physical and emotional changes. Dads also benefit from a treatment during this sometimes stressful period of adjusting to life with a new baby.


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This is what a couple of Caroline’s clients have said about their maternity reflexology experiences.

I went to see Caroline when I was pregnant with a view to getting my body in good shape for the birth and prevent any complications that I had experienced with my first birth. I thoroughly enjoyed my sessions and looked forward to them each time. I felt relaxed and calm all the way through and think that the reflexology really helped with my wellbeing in the run up to having my baby. Caroline was always interested in how I had been and anything specific that I wished her to focus on for the session. I have to say that having my baby this time round was a much better experience thankfully, and I am sure that Caroline had a big part to play in that”. Anna Barton, Kesgrave

When you are pregnant all your senses are heightened and you are more aware of your body so when you experience a treatment such as reflexology you can really feel the benefit to you and your unborn child. These sessions taught me how to relax in a way that was re-energising for both myself and my unborn child. If I have another child, I will definitely be having maternity reflexology with Caroline to help me through the pregnancy”

Tanya Ruffles, Felixstowe

When choosing a maternity reflexologist it is best to go to someone with the appropriate qualifications. Caroline trained with the Maternity Reflexology Consortium and holds a Certificate of Competency in Maternity Reflexology. The course was compiled by Suzanne Enzer who is known as “the mother of Maternity reflexology”. She and Jenni Grant are the only authorised tutors of this work in the UK currently. Caroline is a member of The Association of Reflexologists and is registered for reflexology with The Complementary and Natural Health Care Council. If you would like any further information about the benefits of maternity reflexology she can be contacted on 01394 420558 or alternatively have a look at her website

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Education News Ipswich High School welcomes New Head

In September 2013, Ipswich High School for Girls will enter a new and dynamic phase as Ms Oona Carlin takes up the mantle as the new Head of Suffolk’s leading independent school. Oona Carlin will join Ipswich High from her position as Deputy Head Academic at the GDST’s Putney High School, where she has been a key member of the senior leadership team for six years. Prior to Putney High, she was Head of Chemistry at The Royal Masonic School. Ms Carlin studied biochemistry at Imperial College and has taught in a number of schools, including two years at The English School in Bogota, Colombia. For the past twelve years she has worked in independent girls’ schools. Ms Carlin has played hockey since she was at school where she participated at county level. She still plays hockey regularly, recently captaining Windsor Ladies, and she is looking forward to joining a new team in Ipswich. On being appointed, Ms Carlin said, “I have been extremely impressed by the warmth and sense of purpose among girls and staff at Ipswich High. The magnificent school grounds are home to a school community which is equally remarkable. I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with pupils, parents, staff and governors to build on the school’s success and I look forward to getting to know them in the months ahead.” Chair of the Governors, Mrs Annie Reid said “We are delighted to have appointed such an accomplished and resourceful Head. Oona has expert knowledge of girls’ education and will be a worthy successor to Elaine Purves. Oona is clearly passionate about joining Ipswich High School and moving to Suffolk. We are certain Ipswich High will continue to go to even greater strengths under her direction.”

Suffolk School Open Events

Prospective parents and families are warmly welcomed to meet Oona Carlin at her first Open Day on Saturday 5th October 2013, from 9.30am-1pm. If you would like to have a private tour of the school or meet with Ms Carlin in advance of the Open Day, please call Registrar, Bernadette Ross-Smith on 01473 201034 or email

Ipswich High School for Girls aged 3-18 Woolverstone, Nr Ipswich 01473 780 201

The Royal Hospital School Holbrook, Nr Ipswich Tel: 01473 326 200

• Saturday 5th October 2013, 9.30am - 1pm. Whole School

• Saturday 5th October 2013, 9am- 12:30pm. Whole school • Saturday 9th November 2013, 9am- 2:30pm. Whole School

Ipswich Prep School Ivry Street, Ipswich 01473 281 302 • Saturday 21st September 2013, 9:30am-12noon. For Nursery-Year 6

Ipswich Senior School Henley Road, Ipswich Tel: 01473 408 300

Framlingham College Framlingham, Suffolk Tel: 01728 723 789 • Saturday 12th October 2013 9:30am-11:30am. Senior School • Brandeston Hall (ages 2 ½ - 13) Not available at time of print, please visit website.

St Joseph’s College • Saturday 21st September 2013, Belstead Road, Ipswich 9:30am-12noon. For Year 7, Year 9 Tel: 01473 690281 and Year 12 entry Woodbridge School Burkitt Road, Woodbridge Tel: 01394 615 000 • •

Saturday 4th October 2013, 9.30am-12 noon. The Abbey (ages 7-11) & Queen’s House (ages 4-7) Saturday 28th September 2013, 10am -1pm. Senior School

• Dates not available at time of print, please visit website.

Suffolk School Open Events

Old Buckenham Hall, for boys & girls aged 3-13 Brettenham Park, Ipswich Tel: 01449 740252 • Saturday 28th September 2013-Prep • Thursday 7th November 2013, Pre-Prep & Nursery


Family Matters

Why gamble with your children’s future? As parents, we have a constant list of things to plan and arrange for our children, and as the new school term begins that list continues to grow. During this season of planning, East Anglia based Margary + Miller Solicitors are reminding Families magazine readers of the services available which can serve to alleviate stress and worry and assist in ensuring you have the appropriate legal advice, allowing you to plan for your family and to secure your child’s future.

Margary + Miller’s Family Solicitor, Josephine Hayes comments,

“The autumn is notoriously one of our busiest periods as families re-adjust following the holiday season. Important decisions have to be made and if you have concerns there is no substitute for good legal advice. We can assist families with conveyancing, children disputes, matrimonial issues, wills, probate and personal injury. With any issue concerning your family, it is important to ensure you are getting appropriate legal advice and support. The consequences of inaccurate guidance or representation can be devastating and are easily avoided by seeking timely legal advice.” With four offices across Suffolk, Margary + Miller Solicitors have a specialist, professional team, providing legal advice and support to families throughout the region. Margary + Miller Solicitors has expertise in a full range of legal matters and offers qualified guidance to clients, tailoring their service to the unique needs of each individual.

Where there’s a will… An area of specialisation for the partnership is wills and probate. It is essential for all families, particularly those with young children, to have a valid will that has been appropriately written to ensure parents’ wishes are carried out should the unthinkable happen. As well as dealing with the distribution of your finances, it is important that your will deals with who will care for your children in the event of your death. Although difficult to think about, without an appropriately drafted will, at the very worst, children can end up in care and without the financial security you may have wished to leave them with.

Accidents do happen… Whilst some things in life we can plan for, unfortunately sometimes situations arise which affect us and our families without warning. When an accident happens, it can impact on your family physically, emotionally and financially, adding strains that can have long lasting effects. Most of us accept that accidents do happen, however, many only occur because someone else has failed to take reasonable care. Margary + Miller Solicitors can provide free advice and guidance, assessing whether you or a family member may be entitled to compensation for the pain, suffering and financial losses suffered. At a potentially difficult and stressful time, Margary + Miller can become your professional and skilled ally to help you obtain the accident compensation you deserve whether the claim is for a minor injury through to something more catastrophic.

Decisions, decisions… Another thing that happens during the summer holiday is that parents do actually have time to think and discuss things together (when the kids have gone to bed!), and this can be a time of decisions made regarding the family home; renovations, improvements or ultimately moving. Anyone who’s ever bought and/or sold a property can tell you that it’s not a simple process – not unless you have the right people in place to advise and guide you through important decisions and the process in itself. With the housing market ever-improving and Christmas just around the corner if you can believe it or even bear to think about it, the summer presents the opportunity for decisions to be made, and the autumn term for searching and ultimately making the purchase and the move. Conveyancing is a specialism offered by Margary + Miller Solicitors; used to each and every eventuality you could possibly imagine (or dread) the solicitor is able to manage the entire process for you from start to finish, providing peace of mind during this period of change.

A marriage made in heaven… For parents and guardians planning a wedding, the possibility of relationship breakdown is generally overlooked which can have devastating consequences. If you already have children, are entering into a second marriage or if there is a significant discrepancy in your income or assets, timely legal advice is imperative to ensure that your position is protected. Often people are reluctant to consider entering into prenuptial agreements or cohabitation agreements, but the reality is that they are becoming increasingly popular and are simply a precaution that attempts to ensure the financial security of you, your children, family and loved ones. Margary + Miller recommends that anyone contemplating marriage considers their financial position at the outset and would welcome hearing from people if they have any questions or concerns.

Not always ‘til death do us part… When relationships break down, getting the right advice and understanding your options is crucial. If you have, or are considering separation or divorce, seeking legal advice is the best avenue. Margary + Miller Solicitors can assist with any query, providing accurate, unbiased advice.

“Our team of solicitors are in place to provide legal advice and support to clients regardless of their enquiries. We treat every enquiry with the utmost confidence and provide professional, unbiased advice. We understand that every case is different and offer a bespoke service to every family or person who we work with, ensuring we work together to achieve their goal.”

Josephine concluded,

Margary + Miller are a long established partnership providing professional legal services throughout Suffolk and beyond. With a reputation built on reliability, customer service and flexibility, the firm prides itself on providing quality advice, supported by legal expertise and local knowledge. Offering fixed fee and bespoke services, Margary + Miller Solicitors is confident that all of their services offer clients value for money.

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Geraldine McLaughlin For Ipswich teacher Geraldine McLaughlin parkrun has become a real family event with ten of her relations taking part.


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The weekly run has become a real social occasion for her family with her husband Ciaran and two sons Eoin, 13, and Cathal, 15, now firm converts. Even her 67-year-old father David Lincoln, a former runner who was forced to quit because of injury, now takes part in parkrun and is improving his time each week. Geraldine says it was difficult for her youngest son Eoin at first and he gradually built up his fitness through walking and running the 5km route each Saturday. Now Eoin has been spreading the word about the event at school and his best friend joins the McLaughlin family every Saturday morning to go toparkrun too.

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She said: “Eoin struggled at first but he has stuck with it and really improved. Two weeks ago he ran the whole route without walking which was a fantastic achievement.” One Saturday, ten members of Geraldine’s family took part in the event including her husband and two children, her sister and partner, her niece and nephew, and her cousin and two children. Geraldine, who is a teacher at Kesgrave High School, said: “We had all been together as a family the night before parkrun and I was explaining how much enjoyment we got from it and to my surprise they all decided they would come along the next day and give it a go. What is really great about parkrun is that we go on Saturday and my husband and I run with our sons. One week I will run with our youngest and my husband with our eldest and then we swap over for the next event.

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Parkrun gives us a chance to spend quality time as a family and see our children’s fitness and self esteem improve week on week, as well as our own. Then for the rest of the week we are talking about our times and our personal bests. It really sets you up for the week ahead.”

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There are currently 3 parkruns in Suffolk in Ipswich (Chantry Park), Brandon (Brandon Country Park) and Bury St Edmunds (Nowton Park). For details visit

Helping Suffolk to become England’s Most Active County


Clubs & Class Contacts Under 5’s & Baby /Parent Groups Babyballet Sudbury 01787211491 / 07580693747 Baby Massage with Baby Senses Learn to massage your baby (from birth to 12 months old) 07748 914370 Baby Music & Massage with Baby Senses Continue baby massage (From 4 months to active crawling). 07748 914370 Baby Bouncers Gainsborough Sports Centre A great opportunity for under 5’s to try trampolining

01473 433644 craftymonkeysinfo

Babybounce, Tot Rock and Storytime Suffolk Libraries 01473 263811 Baby Calm, Ipswich

Creative Kids The Scout Hall, Kesgrave 01473 614514

Baby Yoga, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket 01449 612229

Jo Jingles at Birch Farm 01473 652152

Daisy Baby Classes by Lazy Daisy 07944 070 362

Merbabies - Infant Aquatics Classes, Levington, Ispwich 01284 828030

Cheeky Monkeys Brackenbury Sports Centre, Felixstowe 01394 270278 Mini Melodies Rushmere St. Andrew, Ipswich Crafty Monkeys 01394 461467 / 07787331726 Holbrook Village Hall, Nr Ipswich My Bunny Boo - Mum and Baby 01473 327434 Massage, Ipswich 07774 078029 NCT - Early Days 0844 243 6174 ipswich-east-suffolk Parent and Child Swimming Deben Swimming Pool, Woodbridge 01394 384763 Parent and Toddler Play Session Gymnastics In Ipswich 01473 433676 Puddle Ducks Suffolk Ipswich, Hadleigh, Stowmarket, Martlesham, Woodbridge and Felixstowe. 01473 356222 Pyjama Drama 0844 272 6579 classes/ipswich Sing & Stretch and Baby Boogie 01473 828490 or 07749 791479 Snakes and Ladders, Ipswich Musical Mayhem & Arty Crafty 01473 255000 Swimming lessons at Birch Farm, Hintlesham 01473 652152 The Ipswich Community Playbus 01473 221521 Tiddely Pom Music Groups Ipswich, Woodbridge & Felixstowe 01394 284827 Toddle Talk baby signing (from 5 months to 3 years old) 07748914370 Tots & Co and Jolly Tots at Dance East Ipswich Waterfront 01473 295230 Tots Fun Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre 01284 753496 Tots Pony Club Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure, Wickham Market 01728 746916 Tots Tennis Brackenbury Sports Centre, Felixstowe 01394 270278


Under 5’s Story Time Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket 01449 612229

Additional Need Clubs & Classes

Activities Unlimited Find activities in Suffolk for children and young people who are disabled or who have additional needs. 01473 260026


Deben Archery Club Gipping Valley Archers Claydon High School Maidenhall Sports Centre 01473 433622 Northgate Sports Centre 01473 433611

Art & Craft

Kesgrave Cricket Club 01473 623776

Ipswich and East Suffolk Cricket Club The Theatre Emporium School of Performing Arts, Ipswich 07983 338203 Ipswich Cricket Club Stowmarket Cricket Club 01359 240019 Woodbridge Cricket Club


Dance & Drama

Northgate Sports Centre 01473 433611 Ipswich Harriers Athletics Club Ipswich JAFFA Running Club Stowmarket Striders Running Club

Basketball & Netball Ipswich Basketball Academy 01473 277240 www.ipswichbasketballacademy.

Stowmarkers Netball Club 07428 595354 Suffolk Netball Association

Bowling & Go-Karting Youth Bowling Club, Kingpin, Martlesham 01473 611111

Anglia Indoor Kart Racing The Cadet Karting Club , Ipswich 01473 240087


The CRAGG, Mid Suffolk Lesiure Centre 01449 674980


Kiddywinks Kitchen Grundisburgh Village Hall, Ipswich 01473 735 975 The Kids Cooking Experience 07824 357705


Copdock & Old Ipswichian Cricket Club 01473 730752

Woodbridge School of Dance 07944 520890


Copleston Girls Football Club, Ipswich coplestongirlsfootballclub

Great Blakenham Cycle Speedway Footstars Football Coaching, Ipswich 079640 47434 Hadleigh Cycling Club Gainsborough Sports Centre - Junior Ipswich BMX Soccer Club 01473 433644 Ipswich Bicycle Club Goals Soccer Centre, Ipswich Ipswich Cycle Speedway 01473 300 060 Kesgrave Panthers Cycle Speedway Ipswich Town Football Club Charitable panthers 0845 1369 333

Children’s Art Farm Foundation – CAFF Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead Ballet & Tap at Birch Farm 01473 403513 Hintlesham, Ipswich 01473 652152 Saturday Art Club, Ipswich Art School 01473 433691 Co-op Juniors Dance Classes, Various Locations Smart4Art, Felixstowe 07718 160863 07929 979 073


The Suffolk School of Dance, Hadleigh 07896 698514

Dance East, Ipswich Various Classes 01473 295230 Dance Skillz Hip Hop Dance Academy, Ipswich 07515645740 Hamilton School of Dance, Felixstowe 01394 286326 Ipswich School of Dancing 01473 251323 Lait Dance Club Clarkson Street, Ipswich 01473 215543 Laura Emily Dance & Musical Theatre School Various Locations 0772 972 4753 New Wolsey Theatre Drama Club, Ipswich Saturday Morning Drama Club for primary school aged students. 01473 295 900 Stagecoach Theatre Arts School Various locations 01932 254 333 Stacey Pepper Dance Academy, Ipswich 07801 675020 Suffolk Academy of Dance and Performing Arts, Ipswich 07889 982957 The Childrens Theatre Company (CTC) 01473 725822

JR Soccer Stars, Ipswich & Stowmarket 01473 213359 Just4Keepers - Goalkeeper Training in Suffolk 0845 094 1809 / 07988685122 Little Kickers 01394 210016 Maidenhall Sports Centre - Junior Soccer Club, 01473 433622 Striker 9 Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket 01449 674980 Whitton Sports Centre - Junior Soccer Club 01473 433633 Woodpeckers Saturday Soccer Club Melton Playing Field


Bramford Golf Centre - Junior Golf Lessons, Ipswich 01473 830694 Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham, Ipswich 01473 785267 Stonham Barns Golf Centre Junior Golf Academy, Stonham Aspal 01449 711545 www.


Brackenbury Sports Centre, Felixstowe 01394 270278 Gymnastics In Ipswich - Home of Pipers Vale Gymnastics Club 01473 433676 Maidenhall Sports Centre & Whitton Sports Centre Mid Suffolk Gymnastics Club, 01449 676124


Gymnastics In Ipswich 01473 433676

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Felixstowe Hockey Club Ipswich and East Suffolk Hockey Club Ipswich Hockey Club

Horse Riding

Bentley Riding School, Suffolk 01473 311715 Suffolk Badminton Association

Felixstowe Leisure Centre 01394 694600


iSwim Swim School Ipswich & Woodbridge 01473 277085

Junior squash Maidenhall Sports Centre 01473 433622 Suffolk Squash 07563 660053


Gainsborough Sports Centre Copdock Riding Centre 01473 433644 Wenham Road, Copdock 01473 730678 Whitton Sports Centre 01473 433633 Hill Farm Equestrian Centre Chelmondiston, Nr Ipswich 01473 780406 Newton Hall Equitation Centre Swilland, Ipswich 01473 785616 Valley Farm Wickham Market, Woodbridge 01728 746916

Martial Arts

Blackwell Academy Ipswich & Stowmarket 01473 256500 English Korean Karate Association Northgate, & Kesgrave Felixstowe Judo Club 01473 832441 Ipswich Judo Club Northgate Sports Centre 01473 433611


Hadleigh Tennis 07877 436541 Northgate Sports Centre 01473 433611 Sproughton Tennis club

SwimSure Swim School Ltd, Martlesham, Ipswich and Felixstowe. 01473 613269 Swimming lessons at Birch Farm, Hintlesham 01473 652152

Hadleigh Rugby Club 07770 917 709 clubs/hadleigh

Suffolk Swimming, Martlesham 01394 387810

Ipswich Rugby Club Humber Doucy Lane 01473 724072

Trampolining Pegasus Trampoline Club, Ipswich 07920 162751 / 07840 012473

Ipswich YM RUFC Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich. 07955812251 clubs/ipswichymrufc

Junior Trampolining Various Ipswich Sport Centres

Stowmarket Rugby Club 01449 613181

Brackenbury Sports Centre, Felixstowe 01394 270278

Woodbridge Rugby Club Bromeswell, Woodbridge 01394 460630

Sailing & Watersports Alton Water Sports Centre 01473 328408

School Support

Kumon, Ipswich 01473 614665 - Ipswich Central 01206 863242 - Ipswich South 01473 413 118 – Stowmarket Ipswich Tuition Centre 01473 233 735 La Jolie Ronde



Stowmarket Volleyball Club 07508 351875

Wildlife Clubs RSPB Minsmere’s Wildlife Explorers 01728 648281 minsmerewex Wildlife Watch Groups 01473 890089 www.

SWIMMING ... A skill for life

Girlguiding Suffolk Ipswich Junior Chess Club, Copleston High School, Ipswich 01473 726911 Ipswich Sea Cadets 01473 259508 Scouts

Tennis in Christchurch Park 07860 241144

Aquateach, Ipswich 07523 402880

Suffolk Orienteering Club (SUFFOC)

Woodbridge Tennis Club 07796 366032

Crown Pools Ipswich 01473 433655

For further details & additional clubs & classes contacts visit

Deben Pool Woodbridge 01394 384763

For details on classes in Ipswich & throughout Suffolk Call Mini on 01473 652152

Boys Brigade


Junior badminton, Northgate Sports Centre 01473 433611

• Co-ordination • Confidence • Listening Skills • Imagination • Language • Social Skills


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Fun Music, Singing & Movement Classes for children aged 3 months to 5 years Develop your child’s

Ipswich Volleyball Club www.

Suffolk Ski & Leisure Park, Ipswich 01473 602347

Stowmarket Lawn Tennis Club

Sing Along with Jo Jingles

Learn, improve, develop

Check the website or call us on 01473 433655


Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club, Lysette Fulcher: 07889972214

Sailfish Swim School, Ipswich 07824 366377

Felixstowe Rugby Club felixstowerugbyfootballclub

East Anglian Sea School Ltd Suffolk Ipswich Kickboxing Academy Yacht Harbour Levington 01473 233633 01473 659992 Kuk Sool Won™ Suffolk Water Sports Association Ipswich – Various location 07789 686928 Water Polo Suffolk Coastal Torpedoes Stowmarket Judo Club 07769 331245


Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket 01449 674980

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Theatre Sally And The Sunflower Saturday 14 September 2013 The New Wolsey Theatre An enchanting re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk with puppetry and colourful projections. A delightful story of a very small girl, a very tall sunflower and a magical adventure. Presented by Ripstop Theatre. Suitable for ages 3+ 01473 295900 Barrull, A Flamenco Legacy The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds Saturday 14 September 2013, 8pm Explosive Flamenco dancer Jairo Barrull, who is unmatched in his rapid footwork, presents his new show that reflects Jairo’s unique gypsy flamenco upbringing and his very unique personal style of footwork. 01284 758000 Nobody Rides The Unicorn Saturday 21 September 2013 The New Wolsey Theatre The greedy King of Joppardy and cunning Doctor Slythe trick an innocent young girl, Zoe, into helping them capture the Unicorn. When she realises that they plan to take the Unicorn’s magical horn, Zoe knows she must set the Unicorn free… But will she be putting herself in terrible danger? Suitable for ages 4+ 01473 295900 Family Orchestral Concert Saturday 28 September 2013 Great School Ipswich School, Ivry Street. The Zootube Orchestra return with Prokoviev’s Peter and the Wolf. Meet the animals on Peter’s adventure, who are all instruments in the orchestra, brought to life by drama, dance and puppets. Performers will include 150 children from Ipswich and further afield. 01473 433100 Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! Saturday 5 October 2013 The New Wolsey Theatre This lively show for is full of fun, feathers, laughter and excitement and features original music and lots of audience participation! Suitable for ages 3+ 01473 295900 Tony & Mike The Country Owl & The City Squirrel The New Wolsey Theatre Saturday 12 October 2013 Tony the Owl lives in the countryside. He’s really happy in his little garden until Joe and Charlotte turn up and ruin his peace and quiet. Suitable for ages 3+ 01473 295900 The Grimm Tales The New Wolsey Theatre Tuesday 22 October 2013 – Saturday 26 October 2013 Seven classic stories from the Brothers Grimm, including Hansel & Gretel, Ashputtel, The Lady


& the Lion, Little Red Cap and Rumpelstiltskin. So follow the light of the pale moon through the trees and remember not to stray from the path. Dark, mischievous and just a little scary. If you’re under 8 you may need to sleep with the light on. 01473 295900 Ipswich Has Got Talent – The Musicals Saturday 26 October 2013 Ipswich Regent Ipswich Has Got Talent is a local community based project bringing local talent to the Regent theatre. 01473 433100 Stars from Cbeebies – Sids Show Tuesday 29 October 2013 Ipswich Cameo Hotel Join Sid from Cbeebies live on stage in a fantastic fun-filled adventure that’ll knock yoursocks off! Perfect for families with children aged 3-7 01473 433100 Pinocchio The New Wolsey Theatre Wednesday 30 October 2013 Follow Pinocchio and his grasshopper friend as they set out on an adventure. Suitable for ages: 4+ 01473 295900 Centrally Heated Knickers The New Wolsey Theatre Thursday 31 October 2013 Adventures in science and sound - a vibrant show for families and friends, packed full of surprises and taking you to places you have never been before! Join an exciting adventure through science… What am I? Where am I? How does it all work? Your help urgently needed on a voyage to rediscover the world. 01473 295900

GENERAL ACTIVITIES Birds of Prey Display Saturday 21 September 2013, 11am - 3pm Langer Park, Felixstowe. Admission free. 01394 276770 Newmarket Open Day Sunday 22nd September 9am – 4.30pm Meet some of the top racehorses in the world when trainers open their yards to the public. Horses will canter on Warren Hill in the morning and there will be a whole host of family entertainment at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in the afternoon. Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Friday 27 September – Sunday 13 October 2013 Celebrate the abundance of good local food and drink in Suffolk at the 8th Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, including lots of family friendly events. Woof-bridge: The Bark in the Park! Saturday 28 September 2013, 10am – 4pm

Elmhurst Park, Woodbridge Everything for dogs!! It’s time to give man’s best friend his or her time to shine! Family Bushcraft Day Saturday 28 September 2013, 10am - 4pm West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds Join expert Rob Bevington for a day of bush craft; fire making, shelter building, tracking, wild foods, and much more. Keep warm and have fun! Booking essential. No under 5’s. 01284 728718 New or Nearly New Sale Saturday 28 September 2013, 2:30pm-4:30pm Cedarwood Primary School in Kesgrave A chance for you to have a clear out of unwanted clothes, shoes, toys and baby items (both adults and children’s) and make some money. Stalls are £10 each. All proceeds go to the Woolverstone Wish Entry: Adults £1 each and children are free 07796 547957 Fossil hunting in Secret Suffolk, The Suffolk Forager Sunday 29 September 2013, 11am-1pm. Meet at Newbourne Village Hall, Julie Foster takes you on an exploration of Suffolk’s fascinating geo history followed by home made cake & a hot drink Adults £7 adults Child £3.50 01473 736289 or 07710 786231 Wood and country craft fair Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2013, 10am- 4pm Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds A weekend for everyone to enjoy as woodcraft and contry craft professionals and enthusiasts come together to demonstrate and sell their crafts. The fair includes live bands, locally brewed ales, pottery tent with Raku firing, plenty of local foods and produce, craft stalls and children’s activities including Look Out Archery to test your skills. 01284 736127 Apple day Sunday 6th October 12noon-4pm Storytelling, wassailing, apple games and apple art. Fruit identification and growing advice, cookery demonstrations, apple juicing and tastings, orchard trails. Recipe and seed swap. Refreshments Location: Foxburrow Farm Cost: Adults £3, children £2 Contact: 01394 380113 Under 5’s Story Time Tuesday 8 October 2013, 10am-12pm Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket Drop in to one of the popular Early Years Storytime sessions and join in the fun as you explore the museum, listen to stories and have crafty fun making pictures. Perfect for keeping little ones amused. Included in standard museum admission, or free to season ticket holders. No booking required. 01449 612229

Framlingham SausageFest 2013 Market Hill, Framlingham Saturday 12 October 2013, 10am – 3pm A Sausage Trail around Framlingham where local producers are battling for your votes to be Best Festival Banger. Entertainment, magic, escapology, limo rides to venues, sausage making, games, music, cooking, refreshments and sausage tasting all day. Raising funds for The Ormiston Children and Families Trust £4 pp or £12 family of 4. Under 5’s go free 01728 726500 Clairvoyant Evening Thursday 17 October 2013, from 7pm The Holiday Inn, The Havens, Ransomes, Ipswich A fun evening of clairvoyance with the talented Wayne McHugh. Tickets only £8.00 each with all proceeds to The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Sara White on 01473 857678 or visit Apple Day Saturday Saturday 19 October, 11am-2.30pm Holywells Park, Ipswich Enjoy the Orchard, Apples galore, food & drinks - fun for all the family. Including Apple bobbing, Longest peel & Pumpkin carving etc.

Half-Term & Halloween Fun Halloween at Landguard Fort, Felixstowe Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October 2013 Thrills and chills for everyone at Landguard! Friday 25 October: Fright Night - evening tours of Landguard Fort Saturday 26 October: Spooky Day - daytime fun for families with younger children 01394 675283 Halloween Fun at Easton Farm Park Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2013 Easton, Woodbridge Shriek Week at Colchester Zoo Saturday 26 October - Sunday 3 November 2013 Enjoy plenty of spook-tacular fun! Get stuck into a variety of creepy crafts and enjoy a number of spooky themed displays and activities throughout the day. Spooky Trail Sunday 27 October to Sunday 3 November, 10am- 4pm Landguard Fort, Felixstowe Hunt out the clues around Landguard Fort and join in the spooky fun. Normal admission charges for the Fort apply, plus £1.00 for a trail sheet. 01394 675900 Halloween Hoot Sunday 27 October 2013 The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns 08456 807 897

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Time & Space 26 October – 3 November 2013 Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds October Half-Term sees the return of the hugely popular Time & Space Sci-Fi This year the event promises to be even bigger than before with a special visit from Dr Who and his time travelling Tardis to coincide with the programmes 50th Anniversary. Special guests on 26th October (TBC) will be signing and talking about their involvement in films and TV. Come and meet Daleks, Cyberman and see the props and memorabilia from other Sci-Fi favourites including Star Wars, Blake’s 7 and much more. Included in normal admission. or call 01284 706183 Ghosts and Ghouls Mystery Trial Monday 28 October - Friday 1 November 2013, 11am-4pm Framlingham Castle Let your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween with a creepy ghosts and ghouls trail at frightening Framlingham Castle! No need to book. Woodland adventure Tuesday 29 10.30am-12.30pm Forest schools activities for families including whittling, woodland art, fire skills and shelter building Location: Lackford Lakes Cost: £2.50 per person, please book 01284 728706 ‘The Gingerbread Man’ Family Morning Tuesday 29 October 10.30am-12.30pm Follow the story through the woods with lots to do and discover along the way Location: Foxburrow Farm Cost: £2.50 per person. Booking essential Contact: 01394 380113 Woodland magic Wednesday 30 October 10am-2pm Making shelters, whittling and outdoor cooking Location: Foxburrow Farm Age: 6-10 year olds Cost: £6 (discount for siblings). Booking essential Contact: 01394 380113 Halloween Fun at Pakenham Water Mill Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 October 2013, 1.30pm - 4.00pm Bury St Edmunds, Pakenham Pumpkin lantern making, stories, face painting and more. Children are FREE but must be accompanied by a paying adult (£3.50). There will be a charge for the pumpkin. Halloween at the Heath Thursday 31 1.30pm-3.30pm Knettishall Heath Family afternoon with spooky trails, applecarving and other activities Free, donations welcome, please book 07717 15660

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A walk on the dark side Thursday 31 6.30pm-8.30pm Lackford Lakes Family night walk for all ages. Follow the spooky trail and hunt for night time creatures £2.50 per person, please book 01284 728706 Natural Art and Nature’s Homes Tuesday 29 October to Friday 1 November 2013, 10am - 4 pm RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve Discover the beauty of nature and collect natural items off the reserve to create pieces of natural artwork using the materials found £2.50 per child, plus usual reserve entry fees 01728 648281 Young Children’s Discovery Walk Thursday 31 October 2013, 1pm - 3pm Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury A 1.5 mile guided walk though the Park discovering birds, sheep and wild flowers. For budding young photographers there are views a’plenty to capture a memory of your afternoon. Finishes back at the Hall with a hot chocolate drink. This walk is designed for Children aged 6 years and above. Normal admission charges apply. Booking Essential. 01787 379228 Willow lantern making and procession Friday 1 November 6pm-8pm Make a lantern, decorate it and use it to lead you on a night time walk. Bring a small torch Families, recommended 6+ years £2.50 per person. Booking essential 01394 380113 Woodbridge Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair Sunday 3 November, 10:00am - 4:00pm Woodbridge Community Hall Come and join us to browse and shop ready for christmas from approximately fifty local crafters with products ranging from handmade jewellery and cards to homemade cakes, jams and chutneys. Free Entry Light Refreshments will be available including mulled wine and mincepies. Tombola from which all proceeds will be donated to the Special Care Baby Unit in Ipswich. Enquiries to

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Families Suffolk Sept-Oct 2013 issue 13  
Families Suffolk Sept-Oct 2013 issue 13  

Families Suffolk magazine for September and October 2013