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It’s time to join the PRIZE COMP ‘Homegrown Revolution’ with Suttons Seeds & James Wong! Suttons Seeds continue to be at the forefront of innovation and contemporary thinking by joining forces with TV Presenter and Best Selling Author James Wong this Autumn. Famed for his modern, fusion twists on growing and eating unusual foods or maybe just those varieties that were used for food years ago but now are purely used in an ornamental capacity, James is the ideal partner for Suttons to promote the 'Homegrown Revolution'! The Suttons 'Homegrown Revolution' range has been designed by Suttons and James Wong to challenge conventional thinking when it comes to growing produce at home. The chosen varieties are unusual yet easy to grow and include vegetables and flowers that are tasty, unusual and beautiful. There will be a 30-variety strong seed range (available both in garden centres and mail order) and also a selection of plants (mail order only). This superb range of new and unusual varieties will partner James's new book 'Homegrown Revolution'. Each seed packet has information of the history of each variety and how it can be used in everyday cooking and comes complete with a unique recipe, written and tested by James. The Suttons 'James Wong Home Grown Revolution' seed range has already been despatched into stores and the full range is available online and through our catalogue. James's book is also available through Suttons both retail and mail order. The new seed range is as follows, and the plant range will be available online and through catalogues in March 2013: Asparagus Pea, Borage, Inca Berries, Chinese Chives, Squash Flowers, Cucamelon, Radish Mooli, Goji Berry, Herb Anis, Microgreens, Sea Kale,

Musk Melon, Purslane, Quinoa, Radish Rats Tails, Popcorn Fiesta, Salsify, Stevia, White Strawberry, Tomatillo, Callaloo, Dahlia Yams, Japanese Beefsteak Plant, Electric Daisies, Bergamot, Wintergreen, Queensland Arrowfoot, Lemon Eucalyptus, Nasturtium Gems.

— COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has teamed up with Sutton Seeds to offer five lucky readers the chance to win some seeds from the new range, this include; Microgreens, Callaloo, Electric Daisies, Cucamelon, Tomatillos. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize from Suttons just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Suttons Seed Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW or you can enter online at The closing date for entries is Thursday 31st January 2013. Q. Who has Sutton Seeds worked with to create the 'Homegrown Revolution' range of seeds?

Sweet Treats served to launch Charity Ball Sponsors of next year’s ITFC Charitable Trust Ball were delighted to be met with sweet treats courtesy of Hintlesham Hall last month. The prestigious hotel has kindly offered a luxury weekend break as one of the many prizes to be auctioned off at the Trust’s biggest fundraising event of the year. The Trust Ball will be held on Friday 22nd March at Portman Road and this year’s organisers have come up with the theme of ‘Sweet Charity’ to run throughout the evening. Not only will guests have a surprise welcome upon arrival, the room will be beautifully decorated to complement the chosen theme. Guests attending can expect a delicious three course dinner, courtesy of ITFC and then dancing to, not only a popular live function band, but also a professional disco to round the evening off in style. The event is being organised by Mick Parker of Parker Communications, a leading event management company in East Anglia, and he’s appealing for local businesses to get involved in this high profile event. He said, “Businesses are welcome to book a table for their staff and also to donate prizes for the special charity auction. Along with the weekend break, we’ve


‘ITFC Charitable already had an amazing cruise donated by Trust’s CEO Terry Fred Olsen Cruises.” Baxter with headline CEO for the ITFC Charitable Trust, Terry sponsors East of Baxter said, “None of this would be possible England Co-op, without the generosity of our headline sponsor sponsors inc; East of England Co-op and also the other Hintlesham Hall, Fred Olsen, Ufford Park, businesses who’ve agreed to kindly support Ramada Encore, Trust us.” He continued, “It’s important for us to give Ambassador Nick those who’ve kindly purchased a ticket a Pandolfi Breakfast dazzling night out and this is certainly going to Presenter for Town be one of the highlights in Suffolk’s social 102, along with Trust calendar for 2013.” Staff. The ITFC Charitable Trust’s Charity Ball is all about raising money to help youngsters in Suffolk to get a brighter future. As a charity they have to raise £1m each and every year and so far they have managed to change the lives of over 60,000 young people in the past 12 months alone. Those who purchase tickets before 31st January 2013 are in for a special treat. Their names will go into a draw and, if selected, will win the opportunity to sit on the VIP table with Trust Patron, former Ireland International Footballer and Town Fans Favorite – TV and Radio Presenter Matt Holland. Not surprisingly, tickets are already selling fast with tables of ten available to book at £700 per table or £75 per head for individual tickets. Businesses who wish to raise their profile whilst helping a very worthwhile charity here in the County can donate their prizes and purchase tickets to this glittering event by calling Parker Communications on 01473 636983 or For more information about this year’s Charity Ball, the ITFC Trust and news of the many ways it works with the communities in and around Suffolk take a look at their website




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Discover a little known Dickens’ tale at Christchurch Mansion. The Red Rose Chain bring this charming tale to life.

James Hazell: The BBC Radio Suffolk presenter reflects on the ending of another year, motherhood and Christmas.

18 7 Support the Independents With so many large National retailers it’s easy to forget the smaller independent stores who actually provide fantastic value and superb service. 4 page feature – Centre Pages

Up for a Challenge? Have you ever wanted to do something totally different.... push your boundaries or maybe try something just for fun? 2013 could be the year.

Events Diary Looking for something to do this January? Our monthly day-by-day guide and don’t forget there’s more on our website at


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Success for Kidzone It’s all change for Crèche at Ipswich Colchester Castle! Sports Club After a very successful open day, with over 80 children attending the event, Kidzone are happy to announce that the Crèche is now open at Ipswich Sports Club, Henley Road on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings from 10am until noon. Kidzone are also offering alternative activities for school aged children on Saturdays mornings and during school holidays. The Crèche is open to both members and non-members of Ipswich Sports Club and offers the flexibility for parents/carers to use the Crèche for either one or two hourly sessions whilst using the clubs facilities, attending exercise classes, for a hair and beauty appointment or just simply having a drink with a friend. Sessions will be charged at £2.50 per hourly session for members and £3.25 per hourly session for non-members. Kidzone are also offering discounted prices for block bookings of six sessions or more. • For more information or to book a Crèche place, please call Kidzone on 07724 114794/07756 535059 or alternatively Kidzone welcomes your visit on any crèche morning at Ipswich Sports Club.


Colchester Castle is undergoing an exciting transformation. The award-winning Museum is due for essential improvements, and will be closing temporarily to visitors from 7th January 2013. The Castle will reopen in spring 2014. The Castle Museum needs refreshing and updating to ensure it remains a topclass heritage attraction for future generations. When it’s back open, the new-look Museum will tell the 2,000year story of Colchester in a fresh and exciting new way. You’ll find an interactive hub, a full-size burial reconstruction, audio character stories, video projections, replica objects to handle, and much more. Redevelopment will also reveal more of the Castle’s historic interior, and make it safer and more watertight. You’ll see improvements to the shop and the toilets; the Castle roof will be insulated, and under-floor heating will boost energy efficiency. A new glass lift will ensure that every part of the Castle is fully accessible. Between now and the 9th March, the Castle will be stripped of its contents. But before major renovations get underway in April, there are some rare opportunities to see inside the empty Castle building. On 9th March, a craft fair offers demonstrations, workshops and a vast array of goods for sale. Families will enjoy a Medieval day on 1st April, while for grown-ups only there are two Tea and Talk events on 10th and 24th March, and a real ale festival from the 19th until 22nd March. On the 14th, 24th and 29th March, the Castle will be open to all comers for guided tours, when you can marvel at it’s architectural splendour during this unique empty period. £3.2 million of the total £4.2 million cost of this ambitious project has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The remainder has come from other sources, including the European Regional Development Fund Interreg IVA programme, Norman Connections project. Keep up with all the latest at Colchester and Ipswich Museums look forward to welcoming you back across the bridge in spring 2014




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Vintage Ipswich Shopping Map Do you have a passion for vintage? Would you like to support local small businesses? Betty Blue Hat and Loveone have joined forces to create the first Vintage Shopping Map for Ipswich. Dotted around Ipswich are many Vintage inspired shops and this map identifies all their locations. A great selection of clothes, jewellery, homeware, music, art and books can be found. Also included are three suggested locations for a vintage inspired tea or coffee break. Cathy Frost from Loveone said, “We want people to hunt for the treasure within the shops and not have to hunt for the shops themselves. “This is a great example of small businesses pulling together to enhance the shopping experience Ipswich has to offer.” The Vintage Shopping maps are free and will be available at all the shop locations, and Tourist Information Centre, Ipswich. Happy Vintage Shopping!

Afternoon Tea Walks will Warm the Winter Months A brand new series of Guided Walks has been prepared by the Ipswich Blue Badge Tourist Guides to help bring the history of Ipswich to life. “Afternoon Tea Walks” will run from January to April, giving visitors and local people a chance to discover more about the town in what is traditionally the Guides “close season”. Each of the eight walks will explore a particular theme or aspect of the town’s heritage and, to make it extra special, will conclude in one of the towns tea rooms where walkers will enjoy refreshments and a further opportunity to chat with their Guide. Walks include “Ramble Round the Ramparts” (looking at the clues to the towns Medieval defences still to be seen in buildings, road layout and street names), “Explorers and Adventurers” (tales of the town’s

merchants and explorers who circumnavigated the globe, settled in the “New World” and more besides), “Dickens in Ipswich” (See the town that the great writer knew and used in many of his works) and “Extraordinary Women of Ipswich” (explore the lives and times of remarkable Ipswich women - from England’s first female aviator to writers and wartime bus drivers).

Burn off the Christmas Calories with a Seasonal Guided Walk Ipswich Tourist Guides have organised the perfect antidote to all the excesses of the Christmas festivities – The “Turkey Buster” Guided Walk! This special winter walk is to take place on Friday 28th December starting from the Tourist Information Centre, St. Stephens Church, St Stephens Lane at 10.30am. This will be a fun walk for all and the perfect inspiration to get some fresh air! The cost is just £3 per person. Places are limited and should be booked in advance at the Tourist Information Centre. Telephone (01473) 258070 or email for further information.

Tickets cost just £6 per person per walk, which includes refreshments, and must be booked in advance. A full colour leaflet with details of all the walks, and how to book, is available from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephens Church, St Stephens Lane. Telephone 01473 258070, email or visit





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Panto-time at Colchester

When it comes to traditional family pantomimes Jack and the Beanstalk has to be one of the favourites. At the Mercury Theatre Colchester they have taken this well-known story and added their own special sprinkle of magic as the fabulous cast sing and dance to bring the tale to life. The future for Puzzle Town doesn’t look bright; a large dark cloud has descended over the houses, shutting out the sun, stopping the crops from growing and seriously affecting sales

at Dame Shakira Trott’s Ice cream business. Dame Trott in unable to pay the rent, Daisy her well loved cow is unable to produce milk to make her ice cream, so the only thing that she can do is send her son Jack off to market to sell poor Daisy. However on the way Jack meets a mysterious woman who offers to buy Daisy in exchange for some magic beans! If it’s traditional family fun that you are after then this production of Jack and the Bean Stalk ticks all the boxes. Some great musical numbers

Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves tells the story of Ali who is a lazy young man, who would like to make his fortune doing nothing. He is nagged by his mother and loved by their servant, but he has fallen in love with a visiting princess. He discovers a plot to rob the Princess’ father, the Sultan, and sets out to impress by catching the thieves and therefore winning the favour of the Princess. His efforts are rewarded with help of a servant girl, a genie and the people of the Lost City of Ooh, but are thwarted by the thieves and the greed and foolishness of his mother. Eventually he wins the day, but there are lots of twists and turns along the way and you will have to see for yourselves how our story ends. Come along and meet Ali and his friends, plus Jabber, Lofty, Toot, Carmen and all the thieves, and Fayha the camel. The Orchard Players present Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves at Capel St Mary Village Hall on Thursday 10th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January 2013. Performances are at 7.45pm each evening with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 12th. Tickets, price £8 adults, £6 concessions, £5 children are now on sale from Box Office 07761 782456.


coupled with fantastic comedy moments makes this performance a must see. Audience members both young and old were thoroughly immersed in the story unfolding on stage. All of the cast are brilliant, but a special mention must go to Dale Superville as Simple Simon who really is the star of this show and who had the audience members roaring with laughter with his antics on stage. Also a mention must go to the younger members of the ensemble, who were just brilliant, there are sure to be a few future stars amongst them. Every Jack and the Beanstalk tale has a giant, and the giant in this

performance didn’t disappoint. Fantastically created and brought to life by the talented Lyndi Smith, this ogre was certainly scary. Baddies to boo and his at, a hero to cheer on, a dame to laugh along with, a dancing cow, plenty of audience participation and roller skates, this production has is all. If you want a traditional family show, then what better way to introduce your youngsters to theatre than Jack and The Bean Stalk at the Mercury Theatre. Jack and the Beanstalk will be at the Mercury Theatre Colchester until Saturday 12th January. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01206 573948.

Waterfront setting for wedding reception Located on Ipswich's Waterfront, Isaacs on the Quay offers a magical location for your wedding day. Situated close to the town centre, Isaacs on the Quay is easily accessible from all major routes and the train station is just a 20-minute walk away. Car parking is widely available throughout the area. Isaacs on the Quay's Wedding Rooms boasts historic original features adding to the ambience of your wedding day. There are a variety of rooms available to hold your ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception party. The original Sale Room boasts wonderful wooden beam throughout. At Isaacs on the Quay they understand that not every wedding is the same, so they have created various wedding packages to suite your needs. For more information contact the dedicated weddings team who will be happy to talk through your requirements. With 365 days in a year, at Isaacs on the Quay you are not just limited to weekend weddings! Talk to them about alternative dates and they will do their utmost to ensure that they can accommodate you. The team at Isaacs on the Quay are always happy to show you round their breath taking venue and speak to you about how they can cater for your big day, to contact them telephone 01473 284000. Below is just one of our testimonial’s that can be found on their website “Myself and Jonny just wanted to thank you for making our wedding ceremony so wonderful. It was just perfect and everything we had hoped for with every detail taken care of. I would recommend Isaacs to anyone for a wedding, it was just amazing and a day we will always treasure. Thank you again for everything. Caroline and Jonny”




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A magical tale about a fishbone When you think of Red Rose Chain you think of their fantastic Theatre In The Forest productions, however this year the theatre company have produced their first ever festive offering, in the form of Charles Dickens’ short story, The Magic Fishbone. Artistic director and writer Joanna Carrick has expanded upon this little known tale, and the result is something rather special. The Magic Fishbone is the story of the young princess Alicia and how her family are down on their luck. Struggling to cope with mounting debts, 18 younger siblings, a mother who has taken to her bed and a father who only seems to take care of himself, Alicia is gifted a magic fishbone. This gift will grant her one wish which, if requested at the right time and for the right thing, will come true. But how will Alicia know what to wish for and when? Set in the magnificent Christchurch Mansion, Red Rose Chain have created a production full of magic and mystery, a mixture of fantasy and reality as you learn about Alicia’s story and how she uses the toys in her dolls house to express her feelings. Anna Doolan brings a child like quality to the piece as Princess Alicia; the talented actress makes the character both likeable and believable. Scott Ellis

Hospice Open Event and photographic exhibition St Elizabeth Hospice would like to invite you to a free open event at the Hospice in Ipswich on Saturday 5th January. There is no need to book just turn up on the day between 10am and 3pm. There will be an opportunity to view Light up a Life message tags on the Christmas trees, look at a wonderful national photographic touring exhibition called Small Actions, Big Difference, reflecting the small things that can be done to make a big difference in hospice care, view all books of remembrance and Midnight Walk memory tags and have a tour of the Hospice. Refreshments will also be available.

is a joy to watch as he switches parts from the venerable Percy Pickles to the pantomime damelike Mrs Flancrust. Joel Johnson takes on a variety of parts, most memorable Clyde, the Scottish salmon carcass, whose broad accent and quick wit had the audience in fits of laughter. Jimmy Grimes is the man behind the puppets and in this production they were fantastic, with the snarling growling Dogfish, the fishmongers dog, making a great contrast to the likeable Clyde and his memory problems. The Magic Fishbone is a lovely story that is fitting for the time of year, with both humour and a hidden meaning that befits any Christmas tale and one that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. As with all Red Rose productions The Magic Fishbone is sure to be popular, so be sure to book your tickets fast to see this brilliant show. • The Magic Fishbone is playing at Christchurch Mansion until Sunday 13th January 2013. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 603388.

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Dial M for Murder at the Seckford Theatre There’s a wild beast on the loose in the woods around the village, the hotly contested annual horticultural show is looming but the impossibly posh Fitzall family have more pressing things on their minds. The family appear to be getting through butlers at an alarming rate with another bumped off every time they turn their backs. There’s in fighting and rivalry within the family and plenty of places to point the finger of suspicion, but just ‘who did it’? Call Miss Murgatroyd who surely will unravel it all? The Eastern Angles Festive offering is always an opportunity for this talented little company to let it’s hair down and indulge in some comedy. This year’s offering comes from collaborative pens of Julian Harries and Pat Whymark and is a murder mystery in the Miss Marple mould. However there’s a comedic twist, if Agetha Christie had


done comedy she would have done it just like this! Dial M for Murgatroyd is set in the 1940s and also features many of the characters typically seen in movies of the period, a gunghoo daughter Georgina Fitzall (played by Deborah Hewitt) who would rather shoot and bag a tiger than a husband, much to her mother’s disappointment. Georgina’s brother Fenton (Samuel Martin) has always been a disappointment to his father and resents his father’s attempts to make him man up. Julian Harries in addition to being co-writer takes on a variety of roles, mostly notably the slightly mad-scientist like Clive Fitzall as well as a confused police inspector, Harries is a terrific comedy actor. A newcomer to the Angles stage is Emma Finlay who plays Violet Fitzall as well as Mad Meg, hopefully she will be returning to the company for future productions. Patrick Marlowe manages to take on the roles of

seven of the cast but most notably Miss Murgatroyd as well as Sir Gerald Bartrum, it is Murgatroyd’s interrogation of Bartrum that provides for one of the most memorable performances in the play, which is simply outstanding. The cast of five are superb and multi-talented taking on twenty characters between them and not once getting confused, even when it includes lightning on-stage costume and character changes that are worth the ticket money alone. Add in a few more dead bodies, twists and turns aplenty, and some of Pat Whymark’s witty songs and you have what has to be one of the best pieces of original drama that I have seen this year. Dial M for Murgatroyd will be at The Sir John Mills Theatre until 12th January, and then at Woodbridge’s Seckford Theatre from the15th until the 26th January. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 211498.




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Felixstowe Futures gets Government backing The work of the Felixstowe events coordinator and the recently launched VisitFelixstowe website has won £10,000 of backing from the Government after a successful bid from the Felixstowe Futures team and the support of the local MP. The Minister for Housing, Department for Communities and Local Government, Mark Prisk, announced that the Felixstowe bid had been successful and would gain funding from the Town Team Partner initiative. "This important new grass roots support scheme was launched by the Government in the wake of it being overwhelmed with bids from town centres for its Portas Pilots initiative, for which Felixstowe was one of nearly 400 unsuccessful applicants. However the Town Team Partner gave us the opportunity to still proceed with part of our original bid and we have now won £10,000 to support more events to boost the town," said Andrew Rowdon, Chairman of Felixstowe’s Chamber of Trade and Commerce and member of the Felixstowe Futures steering committee.

"Stephen Rampley has become a key part time member of the Felixstowe Futures team, helping to publicise and organise events, and this funding means we will be able to develop a much more comprehensive and exciting calendar of events for the town centre, the resort and the Landguard Peninsula,” added Mr Rowdon. The Government had called on local MPs to support Town Team bids and become partners in the scheme to help breathe new life into the country's high streets. By being successful, the Felixstowe team can now tap into the support of the Association of Town Centre Management which has over 20 years’ experience of helping make locations more attractive for businesses and creating vibrant focal points for local communities. "Thanks must go not just to the Government for recognising the strength of our exciting proposal but also to Dr Therese Coffey, whose backing was essential in order to be able to submit the bid. We aim now to attract funding from other key partners in the area to press ahead and help attract even more to enjoy the delights of Felixstowe," Cllr Geoff Holdcroft.

Therese Coffey wrote in support of the bid, saying, “As a peninsula town with significant investment in edge of town retail stores near Ipswich and Woodbridge, it is critical for the central shopping area of Felixstowe to have targeted support to increase footfall. Drawing shoppers back to the centre is key to preserving the current shops and re-opening shops and I support the funding of an events co-ordinator with the key task of putting on new events to encourage people into the town and endorse the further developments to the VisitFelixstowe website." The website was launched in August and is packed with information that is not only invaluable to potential visitors but also to the town’s own residents who also now have a one-stop virtual shop for all their leisure needs. The site has a bright and vibrant feel to match the town with specific sections on leisure, shopping, history, fun, walking, and nature, as well as an events listing, directions and weather news.

Now treat yourself So Christmas is over for another year, you’ve taken down the decorations and the house is looking a little bare… Maybe you feel like you deserve a treat after all your hard work over the Christmas season. Cheer yourself up with a visit to Delvaux in Hamilton Road Felixstowe. You will find lots of gorgeous things to brighten up the dark days of January. Delvaux will tempt you either for yourself or for your home. If you want

that perfect something that is individual and a little bit special and you like to have service with a smile then you will be in the right place. Delvaux is a great place to browse with a relaxed and well lit store and friendly staff on hand to help. • Delvaux is open Monday to Saturday 10am till 5pm





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Have your Event Listed Free!! Email: Post: PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW Yoga, Henley Community Village Hall, Ashbocking Road, 7.45pm – 9.15pm, 01473 690762

Ipswich Folk Dance Club, St Johns U.R.C, Cowper St, 8pm - 10pm. Experience not necessary, as all dances are walked through first, and then called. For full details call 01473 212085.

Ballet, Tap & Modern Dance Classes, Witnesham Village Hall, for ages 3 to Adult, from 4pm, call Kelly on 07799 130967 or email for more details, A Qualified Member of United Teachers of Dance

Tea Dance, Ballroom & Sequence Dancing, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, 2pm - 4pm, £2. Includes tea and biscuits, for further information tel 01473 257593.

Every Monday

Discovering Suffolk meet at Westbourne Sports College 7pm - 9pm, Illustrated talks mainly about Suffolk History and Heritage, For further details ring 01473 214494 or e-mail Line Dancing, Bramford Road Methodist Church Hall, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Suffolk Promenaders Square Dance Club, Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 7.30pm – 10pm, Only £2, tea and coffee provided, contact 01473 422663 after 2pm for further details

Every Tuesday Co-op Ladies Choir meet at The Co-op Education Centre from 2.15pm to 3.30pm, performing a variety of music including chart hits, musicals and classical. If you would like to join us please contact Lynn Scannell 01473 710820 Senior Singers, Co-op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich, 10.30am – 12pm, Male & Female singers, 55 plus, join in this ling established & friendly group of singers, No auditions, Call Maggie on 01473 713597, Ipswich Croquet Club, Fynn Valley Golf Club, Ipswich, 6.30pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, For a free taster session or more information contact Fran Rousham 01394 671642 Dance & Music Improvisation, Northgate Arts centre in Ipswich, 7pm - 8pm (studio available from 6.45pm - 8.15pm for warm-up and warmdown) £5 / £3.50 (freelance dance artists and concessions) Telephone 07830755070 Martlesham Heath Country Market, The Pavilion, The Square, Martlesham Heath, 9am, home-made, home-grown, and home-crafted items for sale. For further information Tel 01473 623849 or

Knit ‘n’ Natter Group, Bags of Handles, Walton, Felixstowe, 6pm – 9pm, Knit, Natter and browse through hundreds of knitting magazines available to the group.


Thu 27th Dec Winter Walk with the Warden, Dunwich Heath, 10 am – 12pm, Over indulged over the festive period? Why not join us on a two hour guided walk with the warden exploring the fascinating wildlife of Dunwich Heath. Please meet outside the Information Centre opposite the Coastguard Cottages, Tickets £5

Sun 30th Dec Organ Concert by Michael Crowtower St Mary and St Botolph, Whitton, Ipswich, 5pm

Every Wednesdays Voices Together, award winning female singing group. Whitehouse Baptist Church, Waterford Road, Ipswich, 7.30pm - 9pm. Friendly rehearsals. No auditions. Easy listening music. Interested? Call Kath 01473 652351 New Voices is a friendly, enthusiastic choir who sing a wide variety of choral music. 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Seventh Adventist Church, Rope Walk, Ipswich, New members are welcome. Email for more information.

Every Thursday Woodbridge Country Market, Woodbridge Community Hall, next to Deben Pool, 10am 11.15am, Local Home Produced Food, Plants, Veg and Hand made crafts for sale, Comfortable tea room to meet your friends, Open to all Free Entry. Ipswich Country Market, Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, 10.15am to 11.30am, Local Food, Handmade Crafts Open to all, Free Entry, Coffee and Chat: informal coffee morning with activities, 10.00am – 12noon All Saints Church Hall Blenheim Road, Ipswich

Every Saturday Mini-Market, Manning's Amusements, Sea Road, Felixstowe, 10am - 4pm

Every Sunday Lions Club of Ipswich Car Boot Sale, Portman Road Car Park, Ipswich (Weather permitting), Gates open at 6.30am, Pitch fees - car £5.00, Car & Trailer £10.00, small van (Escort size) £5.00, large van (transit size) £10.00 all payable on entry, Refreshments and toilets on site, Other details visit Car Boot Sale, Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Complex, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, from 9am

Wed 26th Dec Boxing Day Ramble, Flatford Mill, 10.30am – 1pm, Enjoy a 2.5 hour (4mile) guided ramble through the beautiful landscape of the Stour Valley, using quiet footpaths to explore the rich tapestry of fields and woods that were the inspiration for the artist John Constable, Meet at Bridge Cottage, Normal admission applies, Activities/per person: £6 per person, Booking essential 10


Tue 1st Jan New Year’s Day Viennese Concert, Woodbridge, Community Hall, Woodbridge, 2.30pm, £10, 01394 383393 Christmas Season Public Guided Tour, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, Meet 11.30am near the Font- Donations Welcome New Year’s Day of Steam, Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, 11am – 4pm, £6 for Adults, £5 consessions, £3 Children and a special rate for families, Admission includes a Free annual ticket and as many rides on the train as you can fit in, The Tea Room will be providing drinks and light lunches as well as mulled wine and mince pies. The shop will be open, There is also a very good selection of second hand books, videos and magazines.

Thu 3rd Jan Organ Concert by Michael Crowtower, St Peter’s Church, Monks Eleigh,

Fri 4th Jan Ipswich, Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Meeting, Martlesham Heath Community Centre, Old Felixstowe Road, Talk by Ivan Potter ‘ The Mobile Squad’, ‘The Dirty Tricks Units’ and ‘Churchill’s Secret Army’, 7.30pm, £1.50 Members, £2.50 Non-Members,

Sat 5th Jan Trianon Music Group presents ‘Lights Camera Action’, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 7.30pm, 01473 433100 Book Fair, Village Memorial Hall, Long Melford, 10am – 4pm, Adults £1, Children Free, 26 exhibitors offering a wide range of secondhand, out of print and collectable books for sale, Often also postcards and ephemera, Home made refreshments available, Free parking

Sun 6th Jan Antiques and Collectors Fair, Cameo Hotel, • continues page 11 Copdock, 01255 862107




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Have you ever walked down the high street of your local town and thought that, because of the big national chains occupying many of the stores, you could be in any high street in any town in the country?

• Woodbridge Thoroughfare

Well, take a closer look, because just off the main stretch, there are many great independent shops to be found. The misconception is that shopping at independent stores means that you pay more for your goods, this doesn’t have to be the case.

If fact many of these local shop owners try hard to source and stock items that can’t be found in major high street stores and often at very affordable prices, add to this the excellent customer service on offer, something that’s not always the norm at the large retailers, and you have all the ingredients for a great shopping experience. It’s easy to jump in the car and go to a large outof-town retailer, however because of their mass buying power, consumers end up all buying the same goods. How many times have you turned up at a party and someone else is wearing the same outfit as you, or you have visited someone else’s home and they have the same item of furniture that you have? This just doesn’t happen when you shop at local and independent stores as they often stock one-off pieces and unique items, and you are often dealing with the owner of the

business, who can help and advise you, and, in many cases, source the exact item you are looking for. So next time you are planning a shopping trip don’t forget to check out some of the great little independent stores in our local area, here you will find a stress free shopping experience with excellent service, plus you will be supporting your local economy!

• The Saints, Ipswich

From movie sets to St Nicholas Street Mad About The House is a little shop that is just bursting at the seams with a fascinating designer collection of gifts, cards, art, handmade and quirky jewellery, unique pieces of furniture, cushions and textiles and bags. Mad About The House is situated in St Nicholas Street in Ipswich and opened it’s doors just six months ago. Owner Rebecca Green has a wealth of experience having previously worked with a Cambridge based furniture restoration company as well as working as a stylist for the last 25 years, creating fabulous set decoration for both film and TV. Rebecca has worked on projects with many famous celebrities, including cookbooks with Nigel Slater and George Michael and Robbie Williams on music videos. Having spent so much time working within the film industry means that Rebecca now has many contacts and is able to source the most amazing items. Currently she has in stock some lovely pieces of furniture including an 1886 pitch pine church pew, a Cambridge University examiner’s table, a Scandinavian Rocking Chair and French Kitchen Table. Rebecca continues to travel all over the world and is able to source lots of oneoff pieces, so you will always find something unique at Mad About The House. Stepping into Mad About The House is like walking onto a mini film set and is a great place to explore and find those little treasures that will add those special touches to your room. Rebecca is always on hand to offer help and advice so that your purchase is right for you. So if you’re looking for something a little bit different be sure to visit Mad About The House! Mad About The House is open 10am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Rebecca also offers an interior styling package for more information you can contact her on 07973 430822.





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Step inside Ipswich’s smallest department store Loveone has been situated on St Peters Street in Ipswich for five years. Stocking an eclectic mix of homeware and gifts this special little shop is packed to the rafters with lovely things. Loveone is the only stockist of Jellycat toys and Cowshed Toiletries in Ipswich town centre so if you’re looking for something unique this little boutique store is the place to visit.

At Loveone they also support local artists and designers and are coorganisers with Imakefunstuff of the St Peters Street Markets. Recent additions to the shop are Betty Blue Hat vintage homeware that now occupies part of the first floor, and Jenny Wrens Yarns opened this year offering a wide selection of yarns, knitting equipment and classes.

So if you are looking for something a little different for your home, would like to find a unique gift for someone special or you would just like to treat yourself, then, check out Ipswich’s smallest department store that is Loveone! • Loveone is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and can be found at 21 St Peter’s Street, Ipswich.

Professional skincare advice on your doorstep The Health and Beauty Company is operated in Ipswich by selfemployed, Kerry Wheeler. Spend just five minutes with Kerry and you will see just how passionate she is about her products. The Health and Beauty Company believe that there is a three step process to looking fabulous and feeling healthy. Support your body and fight the ageing process from the inside with nutritional supplements, protect your skin from the signs of ageing with innovative skin care and enhance your features with naturally healthy mineral cosmetics and advanced tanning solutions. On offer are: Naturally Advanced Skincare – a complete range developed using collagen technology and high quality ingredients Natural Mineral Cosmetics – Vibrant pigmented minerals combine natural ingredients to delivery high class paraben free baked mineral range Naturally Advanced Nutrition – Science led premium formulations provide a range of supplements to balance the body Advanced Sports Nutrition – scientifically blended proteins to help you reach your sporting goals Kerry sells her products at local gift fairs as well as holding party nights, were you can look and try the products in your own home with your friends and family. Why not contact Kerry to arrange a pamper evening it's fun and as host the party you also get to earn some free products. If you are looking to earn some extra money why not become a consultant, Kerry is always on the look out for more people to join her. To book a party, enquire about becoming a consultant or find out more about products on offer call Kerry Wheeler, 07854 979512 or email





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Woodbridge salon offering treatments for nearly twelve years Gold Leisure has welcomed clients old and new for nearly twelve years. Situated in Gobbitts Yard, Woodbridge, the beauty salon offers many treatments, from waxing, manicures and pedicures finished with OPI polish or an air brushed French finish or design. The salon boasts four treatment rooms and three nail desks, and the professional service of five experienced beauty therapists. Gold Leisure offers St Tropez spray tanning

and Sun Showers, to make your body beautiful with a spring and summer glow. And to complete your look, why not try Marvel eyelash extensions or Sellac Gel Colour for your nails! Why not relax with a Dermalogica facial, or maybe treat yourself to massage with Dermalogica toxin relief and stress relief treatment oils. At Gold Leisure they can offer their clients nonsurgical cosmetic procedures by Hunter Beauty, these include wrinkle relaxing

injections, Dermal Fillers, Sculptra and Skin Peels/Dermaroller. The salon also have wedding make-up and wedding/holiday packages available, and if you’re stuck for ideas for the lady in your life, then why not treat her to a Gold Leisure gift voucher. • For more information about the many beauty treatments and packages on offer at the salon you can contact Gold Leisure on 01394 389384.

Maud’s Attic — Striving to be unique Maud's Attic has been a familiar shop front on Ipswich's St Peter's Street for the past sixteen years. This family run business owned by Wendy Childs is sometimes mistaken as an antique shop, it is in fact a shop

that offers traditional vintage feel but without antique shop prices. You could spend hours looking around Maud's Attic and still find something you'd missed the first time around. Wendy travels extensively to

Top off your fashion shopping with cake My lovely shop, Cake & Catwalk is based in the iconic Jerwood DanceHouse on the Waterfront and after you have finished shopping you can treat yourself to a warm cup of coffee and delicious cake. I source my jewellery, bags, scarves and belts from over 20 suppliers and wholesalers and take pleasure in hand picking everything. Taking care that the lovely things I buy are not readily available on the high street. At Cake & Catwalk we have products on sale from £5 to £100. Large statement necklaces, quirky button rings and broaches, handbags that really do look like leather and a selection of candles and beauty products that make great gifts. My latest collection is from Pasha, which is a nickel free, brushed silver metal with earrings from £12 and bracelets and necklaces from £16. I can gift wrap anything purchased in the shop and I am happy to give honest fashion advice and help match up your outfit with the perfect accessory. I also have a website, which gives just a tiny glimpse into our fashion packed shop. I regularly post new products on my facebook page #cakeandcatwalk1 including special offers and encourage interaction from my customers. At Cake & Catwalk we also do house parties and we can bring a range of all our products for you and your friends to muse over at your leisure. So for 2013 it’s very important to support local small businesses to keep Ipswich thriving with independent shops. Lynn Turner – Cake & Catwalk

stock the shop and strives to be unique, offering items that you will not find anywhere else locally. And, when she buys she doesn't buy huge amounts of items, thus making sure that there is always uniqueness to the items on offer. In addition to the vast collection of items always in stock, a cornerstone of the business is customer service; Wendy goes out of her way to help browsers. There is also a delivery service available for larger items. A testament to the outstanding customer service at Maud’s Attic - the shop was recently visited by someone who had been let down over the purchase of a dining table. Not only were Maud’s Attic able to supply the

customer with a great piece of furniture, they also managed to deliver it after they closed that afternoon in time for a dinner party that evening. The family also own two other businesses either side of Maud's Attic, Wendy's husband operates the Merchant House on one side and last year the couple's son opened The House in Town on the other side, each of the three shops is individually different. Situated at 25 St Peter's Street, Ipswich, Maud's Attic is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am until 5.30pm and Saturdays 10am until 5pm. Telephone 01473 221057.





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Happy customers prove that travel company is doing it right As we move into our second year we can look back on year one with a huge amount of pride. Not only was it successful from a business perspective but we have built excellent relationships with the local community and already have many repeat customers. We like to say to our customers that the marketing budget is small here at Deben Travel so our customers word of mouth is our main form of advertising, even more of a reason for us to go that extra mile. Many customers ask what the advantages are booking travel arrangements with an independent travel agency, there are many… The personal service from knowledgeable Travel Consultants, state of the art electronic brochures, open seven days a week, out of hours appointments available, ATOL protection on all package holidays plus, access to over 200 tour operators allowing us to find the perfect holiday at the best possible value. Whatever your travel needs may be please let us know. Our top selling destinations during 2012 included Croatia, Italy, Turkey


and the Indian Ocean. Lately we have seen a huge increase in not just traditional cruises but also River Cruises. The Danube, Rhine and Rhone are as popular as ever but more people are looking for something a little different leading to increased bookings for the Russian waterways, Portugal’s Douro and the Mekong stretching through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. January is traditionally a busy month in the travel industry. Many tour operators offering additional discounts, free children’s places, low deposits and added benefits such a room upgrades and complimentary airport/port parking so if you have not yet experienced Deben Travel this is the ideal time. You can visit Deben Travel at 25 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge. Call 01394 615620. Email or visit our web site to find our latest offers Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Lee Hunt, Deben Travel

Over 30 years of experience in flooring solutions Archway Carpets in Woodbridge have a huge selection of carpets and a wide range of vinyl samples in the store! And with the many colours and designs to choose from, deciding on the right carpet for you and your home could not be simpler. At Archway Carpets you will also find the Lifestyle range of flooring which is exclusive to them as an Independent retailer! Archway Carpets is a family run business with 50 years of customer service between owners Graham and Darrell. There will never be any high pressure sales people or costly add ons applied at the end of your quote. Just a plan and easy to understand estimate so you know what you are paying for. Buying a carpet is one of those shopping experiences that can cause more stress than the norm. What type of pile? What should it be made from, wool, manmade, mixture or the new recycled products? What backing is the most suitable? What colour? These are just a few questions that the experts at Archway Carpets can provide advice on! At Archway Carpets they really can help you find the best value, most suitable flooring for you. Another service that they offer at Archway Carpets is their ‘In Home Selection Service”. Archway Carpets can bring a range of samples to your home so you can match colours, design and textures. So, if it is not suitable or inconvenient to come into the store, contact Archway Carpets and they will bring the ‘showroom’ to you! You can also visit the store in Church Street, Woodbridge where Archway carpets also offer a sample loan service as well. So you can take the samples home with you to aid with the prefect selection. For more information you can visit the website at or or follow Archway Carpets on Twitter @archwaycarpets




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Have your Event Listed Free!! Email: Post: PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW • continued from page 10

Tue 8th Jan Ipswich and District Historical Transport Society presents ‘The First Railway to Ipswich and Beyond’- by Mervyn Russen, Ipswich, Ascension Hall, Larchcroft Road, 7.30pm, £1 Members, £2 Non-Members Talk, "The Burning of the Bath Hotel by Suffragettes", from Phil Hadwen, Felixstowe Area Social Club for Retired Persons, Old Felixstowe Community Centre, 2.15pm, New members always welcome. Please call Matthew Robertson, 01394 282202, for more information

Thu 10th Jan Ipswich Recorder Music Society presents ‘Sounds Familiar’, The Meeting Room, 19 Tower Street, Ipswich, 7.30pm, £2 Members, Ipswich RSPB Group Indoor Meeting. ‘Blacktailed Godwits in the Suffolk Estuaries’, a talk by Dr Jenny Gill from the UEA, Sidegate Lane School, Ipswich, 7.30pm, Admission: Local Group members £2.00 (concessions apply), Non-Members £3.00, includes refreshments, All welcome. Town Lecture, The Suffolk Punch Horse – Past, Present and Future by Chris Miller, Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich, 1pm – 1.50pm, admission is free, a retiring collection of £2.00 will be appreciated. This is to defray expenses incurred in hosting the series. More details can be obtained from or Tel. 01473 738324

Wed 23rd Jan – Sat 26th Jan Trimley Saints Players present Cinderella a traditional family pantomime, Trimley Memorial Hall (next to Trimley Sports and Social Club High Road Trimley Saint Martin), Nightly at 7.30pm and a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday, Tickets £7 evenings and £6 matinee from the Box Office 01394 671119 Proceeds to local charities and good causes.

Wed 23rd Jan Afternoon Tea Guided Walk ‘Flights of Fancy’Commencing outside the Raven Public House, 2pm, £6 including refreshments

Thu 24th Jan Ipswich Recorder Music Society presents ‘England and Beyond, The Meeting Room, 19 Tower Street, Ipswich, 7.30pm, £2 Members,

Sat 26th Jan Ipswich Chamber Music Society – Endellion String Quartet, Ipswich School, IP1 3QW, 7.30pm, 01473 258218 Burn’s Night, Church Hall, Lower Street, Sproughton, 7.30pm, £12 including a glass of punch, Traditional piping (recorded) & addressing of the Haggis, 3 course meal (main course - Haggis, Neeps & Tatties) followed by a quiz. Licensed bar, Proceeds to All Saints'



Church Fabric Fund and Suffolk Guild of Ringers Bell Restoration fund, Tickets available from 01473 742766 Rumplestiltskin by Springfield Follies, Kesgrave Community Centre, Kesgrave, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Box Office 01473 719089,

Sun 27th Jan Isaacs 1st Wedding Fair, Isaacs on the Quay, Ipswich, 10am - 3pm, Isaacs is pleased to announce that they will be showcasing Isaacs as a possible wedding venue for you! They will have everything here that you will need to plan your wedding day. On arrival you will receive a welcome pack and the attention of one of the specialised wedding team. No need to book, just turn up on the day. For further information please contact Tanya or Marcella on 01473 284000 (option 2)

Wed 30th Jan Manningtree Museum Meeting, Methodist Chrurch Hall, Manningtree, 7.30pm, £2.50, members free entrance, Local Wind and Water Mills. Many of these once common features of Town and Countyside are now lost. The audience will be reminded of how these ingenious and important structures served the local communities. Presented and Illustrated by Museum Members using Archives and Images

Fri 11th Jan Afternoon Tea Guided Walk ‘Ipswich Street Names Old and New’, Tourist Information Centre, Ipswich, Commencing outside the TIC at 2pm, £6 including refreshments,

Sat 12th Jan Ipswich RSPB Local Group Field Meeting at Holbrook Bay for waders and wildfowl. Meet at 10.00am at Stutton Church. Map ref TM162344. 3 hrs. 4 miles, Contact 01473 258791, All welcome.

Sun 13th Jan Grimthorpe Colliery Band, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 Organ Recital ‘Messiaen’s La Nativite du Segneur’ by James Thomas, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, 5pm, Free Admission with Retiring Collection

Tue 15th Jan Ipswich RSPB Local Group Midweek Walk round Holywells Park Ipswich (inc Conservation Area). Meet at 10am at Stable Block off Cliff Lane. 2 hrs. Map ref TM176432, Contact 01473 714839. All welcome.

Thu 17th Jan Suffolk Family History Society Monthly Meeting- Talk Entitled ‘Miss Grimwade and and the Girls of Hope House, Foxhall Road’ Linda Sexton, The Red Cross Hall, Chevallier Street, Ipswich, 7.30pm, £2pp Ipswich24 cannot be held responsible for cancellation of any event, if in doubt please contact the venue or organisers of event.





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A host of new fundraising events have been announced for 2013 for people across Suffolk wishing to support St Elizabeth Hospice. There are a wide range of activities scheduled for the New Year for members of the public to take part in including; the return of the hugely popular Midnight Walk (now open to men), the poignant Walk of Thoughts and remembrance service and the adventurous Great Xscape. Take your pick from: • Sign up for a sponsored night-time Midnight Walk which takes place on Saturday 18th May. Online registration opens in January at • Take a reflective Walk of Thoughts around Ipswich to remember a loved one on Sunday 3rd March • Adventurous people can take part in the Great Xscape on Saturday 6th April. The mission: for teams of 3 or 4 to be blindfolded, driven to a secret location and challenged to find their way back with no money, mobiles or maps


• Cycists can take part in the Suffolk Coastal Bike Ride from Glemham Hall on Sunday 4th August in aid of the Hospice. • Gardeners, open your garden, no matter how big or small throughout the summer. Visitors are asked to make a donation to the St Elizabeth Hospice • And for adrenaline junkies there are skydives, a climb to Kilimanjaro or other overseas challenges. Rachael Maidment, of St Elizabeth Hospice, said, “The Hospice needs to raise £8.7m a year to continue to provide its services free of charge so we always try and organise a range of fundraising events for supporters to choose from. “Whether you are looking for a challenge or something slightly more sedate, take a pick from the varied line up or just put a date in your 2013 diary for future reference.” To see all the 2013 events, visit, or call 01473 723600 and they can send you a 2013 events leaflet.




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— Advertising Feature —


RESOLUTION? Ask anyone what their New Years Resolutions are and they usually involve giving up something bad for us, starting something good for us, increasing our social circle and generally improving our quality of life. Will 2013 be different? How many of those New Years Resolutions will be achieved and as 2012 comes to a close will you be proud or full of intent for 2013? The trick is to keep up the good work, make a commitment and stick to it. Easier said than done I know - but what if there was an activity that could help in all those areas? If you watched the last series of Strictly Come Dancing you will have seen the game celebrities lose weight and soar in popularity, but what you will also have heard the contestants say repeatedly is how much they enjoyed the dancing and how proud they are to have taken part. You may not imagine that dancing is the next step towards health and happiness, but for many Ceroc members it was once a New Years Resolution and now it's a way of life. Ceroc is fun, fashionable and totally addictive. Established 29 years ago Ceroc makes learning to dance fun, easy, exciting and relaxed. At Ceroc they teach 'modern jive' a partner dance without any complicated footwork. Great for people of all ages, a Ceroc night offers a fantastic social evening that is an addictive alternative to what some consider a 'lonely' gym work out. The aerobic effects of dancing have been hitting the headlines across the nation ever since TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing have graced our screens and it's true - dancing really can make you healthier, slimmer and more confident. Kieran Moore - A Ceroc Franchisee in the Norfolk and Suffolk region says, "I still remember how immediately addicted I became when I first joined Ceroc. Everything about Ceroc appealed to me when I first started and even though it is now a business for me I still get the same buzz. When you look around one of our dance floors everyone is happy and enjoying themselves - it really is a great way to improve your quality of life. “I really would recommend it to anyone who wants to convert to a positive and healthy lifestyle." It's little wonder Ceroc has grown so quickly throughout the UK as a Ceroc evening offers good clean fun. The steps are simple and easy to pick up, the social scene is great, you don't need to take a partner with you and the varied music appeals to all ages. So, if you are interested in having a go and strutting your stuff to a whole array of tunes from old to current chart hits then come visit us at one of our venues in this area, the evenings start at 7.30pm and end at 10.30pm and are suitable for both beginners and intermediates.

TUESDAYS: St Clements Social Club Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LS

THURSDAYS: Manor Ballroom 4 St. Margarets Green, Ipswich, IP4 2BP For more information on these classes plus our other classes held in Norfolk & Suffolk please visit or call 07801 492358 or visit our Facebook Ceroc Fusion group page. or call


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BBC Radio Suffolk’s “Tractor Boy” and Suffolk’s youngest sports columnist Dan Ford speaks to Ipswich Town legend


Welcome to 2013, after the Great British Sporting triumphs of last year, I would like to start this year with a Dutch masterpiece! Arnold Muhren was seen as one the most influential players in helping Ipswich Town win the 1981 UEFA Cup. I was lucky enough to speak to this Town legend.

I understand you are coaching Ajax youth players nowadays? Is that your full time occupation? Arnold: I have had two operations on both my hips, so at the moment I am not working on a daily bases for Ajax. What I am doing now is visiting countries [mainly] in Europe and talk about the Ajax youth academy and about my own career, together with a Ajax youth expert. Very enjoyable work. I am doing that one or two times monthly at the moment. Ajax are known for developing young talent, are there any Christian Eriksens coming through? Arnold: There are a lot of good talented players at the club but they are still very young, but Eriksen is still the best player at this moment. You and Frans Thijssen had what was arguably the best midfield partnership Ipswich has ever seen. Do you keep in contact with him? Arnold: Frans is still a very good friend of mine, but he is working for FC Twente and that is to far away from the place I am living to see him much, but we are still keeping in touch. One of my favourite ever goals is the Marco Van Basten volley in the European championships final in 1988, how did it feel to be part of such an amazing goal leading to Holland lifting the trophy? Arnold: It is my favourite goal too, and that goal is still shown a lot on the Dutch television, and of course I am very proud that I was involved in that great goal.

Arnold Muhren

Talking of Van Basten, how do you rate him against the current Dutch superstar Robin Van Persie? Arnold: It is difficult to compare the two players they are both great goal scorers, and it was a joy to have played with marco at Ajax and the national team. Who was the best manager you ever played under and why? Arnold: Johan Cruyff was in my opinion the best manager because when he was my manager he was also still a very good player and a perfect example with great skills. But, I also rate Bobby Robson as a great manager and gentleman, and he was a great father figure too. He did everything for me and my family and we were made to feel really at home and we had a lovely time at Ipswich, time we will never forget. Rinus Michels was also a very good manager, when I think about him I think about winning the European Cup for Holland in 1988. What persuaded you to come to England to further your career, as at the time it was rare for foreign players to join English teams? Arnold: I have always been an admirer of English football and it was a good opportunity and great experience for me and my family to go to England and we really enjoyed it. Would you ever consider going into management and who would be your dream team? Arnold: I have been a youth coach for 11 years at Ajax but I have no plans to go into management. I have played with so many outstanding players, and my favourite players where: Cruyff, Van Basten, Rykaard, Gullit, Alan Brasil and Bryan Robson. These are all the players I used to play with! I'm a massive Ipswich Town fan do you still follow them? Arnold: I still follow the team, but they are not doing so well this year, hopefully with their new manager they can get back on the right tracks again, and let's hope the good times will come back again too!

— COMPETITION — If you would like to read more about Arnold and that amazing town team, then here is your opportunity to win a signed copy of "1980-81 The Greatest Season in Ipswich Town History" book, containing signatures of some Town legends including Arnie and Frans Thijssen. Just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Ipswich Town Book Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW or you can enter online at The closing date for entries is Thursday 31st January 2013. Q Who scored the famous goal in the European Cup Final of 1988? • Further copies of the book can be obtained at the reduced price of £5.99 from Waterstones in Ipswich, Planet Blue in Portman Road and from the website where you can also see a little video about the book.

New book tells the inside story of ITFC Ipswich Town Uncovered by Dave Allard and Neal Manning is a football book with a difference, it takes you behind the glory and the cameras and, with only a few holds barred to protect the slightly less than innocent, they reveal the best of their stories from the last 50 years, many of which have never been told before. It would be impossible to produce a book like this of the modern game. The relationship between managers, players and journalists is nothing like it used to be. Press conferences are regimented, permission is sought to speak to players and even questions sometimes have to be seen in advance by the club’s Press


office! Today, clubs go to great lengths to keep journalists at arms’ length and in many cases only tolerate them because they have to. It’s all a far cry from authors’ Dave and Neal’s experience back in the day, when players and journalists regularly socialised – having a game of golf or going out for a meal and a beer or three. A lot of what was said remained ‘inhouse’. Players and managers used to tell journalists stories that were ‘off the record’, meaning they must not be published. Breaking this trust meant any relationship would come to an abrupt end, and this was a code clearly understood by all concerned. But that said, don’t imagine for one moment, that nothing controversial was ever reported. A lot of it was, but the relationship between managers, players and journalists was such that some incidents never saw the light of day on the front or back pages. Until Now! Yes, now two of our greatest authorities on the post Sir Alf era reveal a treasure chest of stories which never made the papers and, purely for legal reasons, some of them – shame I hear you cry! – have to be told without naming names. Everything herein though, the boys swear most solemnly on Sir Alf’s and Sir Bobby’s statues, is absolutely true. From the late, great ‘Wor’ Jackie Milburn right through to Roy Keane and featuring in particular the 13-year reign of the late, great Sir Bobby Robson, this book offers a fascinating insight into the personalities of the various managers at Portman Road over the past 50 years. Packed full of stories and surprises, you’re going to love reading about an Ipswich Town you haven’t read too much about before. Ipswich Town Uncovered by Dave Allard and Neal Manning is available at all good book stores priced at £12.99.




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Book Now to see Maxi Priest at Regent Maxi’s first major album was the self-titled “Maxi Priest” in 1988 which, along with “Some Guys Have All The Luck” and his cover of Cat Stevens "Wild World" brought him worldwide recognition. He is one of only two British reggae acts along with UB40 to have an American Billboard number one: "Close to You" in 1990. Also a duet with Roberta Flack, "Set the Night to Music"1991, reached the American Top Ten, His duet with Shaggy in 1996, "That Girl", was also a hit in the United States.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime

Listen to Maxi Priest live in concert with his full band this spring, making his first Suffolk performance with support from new sensation Gappy Ranks performing hits such as “Heaven In Her Eyes”. Maxi Priest will be at The Regent Theatre, Ipswich on Saturday 23rd March, to book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100 or visit

Pic: Mike Kwasniak

As verified by his long-awaited retrospective, 'Maximum Collection,' Maxi Priest has earned his place among greats such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals and Dennis Brown in spreading the reggae far and wide. This is an extraordinary achievement for a singer steeped in Jamaican music, yet raised

in South London. Maxi's joyous brand of reggae and lovers rock, infused with R & B and accompanied by real charisma, would bring him a level of success no other British singer can match. He deserved it too, because despite the pressures of stardom, he's remained true to his core audience from the beginning.

A colourful set, much fun and laughter, great music, two fairies, a pantomime dame and a reference to X factor, this can only mean one thing? Yes, it’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto time again at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich! This year the talented team at the Theatre turn their hands to Sleeping Beauty and under the Direction of Rob Salmon, they have created something rather special. The evil witch Morgana has put a spell on King Candlestick Camelot’s baby daughter Susie, when she turns 16 she will pick her finger and die! Fortunately for the King, Fairy Fanciful and her trainee fairy assistant Frederica manage to shift the curse so that instead of dying, the princess sleeps for a 100 years. Add to this an unlikely hero, Simon Steadfast and Dame Taffeta Trott, plus some great musical numbers and you have all the ingredients for a great pantomime! William Kenning returns to the New Wolsey as Dame again this year, and what a brilliant Dame he makes! His antics on stage are hilarious, he even made some old jokes sound fresh and funny and the audience loved him. Esther Biddle is great as Fairy Fanciful, playing the role well, as does Sarah Mahony as her wayward sidekick Federica – never have we seen a sprite with such amazing boots! The talented Peter Manchester makes a return to the New Wolsey as our hero Simon Stedfast following his recent successful run at the Theatre in Mods and Rox. Lilly Howard makes a beautiful Princess with a wonderful voice and her tap dancing father King Camelot was brilliantly portrayed by Sean Kingsley. Every pantomime requires a baddy to boo and hiss at and Karen Mann didn’t disappoint in her role as Morgana. Brilliant staging made her entrance quite scary and she lived up to the part fantastically. Over all Sleeping Beauty is a brilliant night out for all the family with lots of fun and laughter along the way. The talented cast of actor musicians really bring the show to life belting out one hit after another, this really is one show you don’t want to miss. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto Sleeping Beauty will be at the New Wolsey Theatre until Saturday 26th January. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 295 900 or visit

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Have your Gig Listed Free!! Email: Post: PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW


Thu 27th Dec

Sat 5th Jan

MOONSTREET, YOUTH CLUB XMAS GIG, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3, 16+ ID Required

JEREMIAH & THE BLUE ACES, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £4

Fri 28th Dec SMALL FAKERS, The Railway, Ipswich DIEZEL, The Royal Oak, Ipswich PAUL PRYCE, The Dolphin Hotel, Ipswich

Sat 29th Dec THE SPACE ROCKS, The Cork Bar, Felixstowe

Sun 30th Dec LAST SUNDAY JAZZ LUNCH featuring LA FONTAINE ENSEMBLE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, Food from 12pm, Jazz from 2pm

Sun 6th Jan JAZZ JAM, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, food from 12pm, jazz from 2pm THE REASON, Venue 77, Ipswich, 3pm

Wed 9th Jan

•East Town Pirates

LUCY HALL, JOHNNY SKEATES, JIM NUNN, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £2, 16+ ID required WEEKLY BLUES JAM, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich

Thu 10th Jan FOLK JAM, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich BONESHAKERS, Olive’s Bar, Orwell Crossing, A14 East Nacton, Ipswich, PETE CLOUGH, The Curve Bar, Ipswich DOWNSETTERS, The Royal Oak, Ipswich

Sat 12th Jan

Mon 31st Dec ROGUE TRADERS, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave HATMAN, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich DOOKIE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich SKA’D 4 LIFE, Venue 77, Ipswich COLOURBLIND HEDGEHOGS, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich GUNPOWDER RUNNER, The Cork Bar, Felixstowe WALKWAY, The Railway, Ipswich THE OUTLINES, The Plough, Ipswich BOUNCING OFF CONCRETE, Trimley Sports & Social Club, Trimley NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY WITH DOOKIE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich, Ticket £5 JUKEBOX FURY, The George, Hadleigh BOND AT THE BOAT! NEW YEAR’S EVE COCKTAIL PARTY, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £5 including buffet

Tue 1st Jan ED GASKET AND THE ROCKERS, The George, Hadleigh

Fri 4th Jan DINGUS KHAN, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3 ROX OFF, The Royal Oak, Ipswich

IRIE J, Venue 77, Ipswich, 3pm

Tue 22nd Jan ACOUSTIC NIGHT with GLON STUMP, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich

Wed 23rd Jan WEEKLY BLUES JAM, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich

Fri 25th Jan

Fri 11th Jan

• The Colourblind Hedgehogs

Sun 20th Jan

COLOURBLIND HEDGEHOGS, The Royal Oak, Ipswich EAST TOWN PIRATES, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich

HEARTAKER, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3, 16+ ID Required GROWLER, The George, Hadleigh TERRY LEE TRAVIS, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave BLONDIED, The Royal Oak, Ipswich

Sat 26th Jan

Sun 13th Jan

Sun 27th Jan

SECOND SUNDAY JAZZ featuring GIPPING VALLEY STOMPERS, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, food from 12pm, jazz from 2pm WURZLE JAM, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich CAMELFOOT RAIDERS, Venue 77, Ipswich, 3pm

I.C.R. FUNDRAISER featuring GION STUMP, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3, 16+ ID required BOUNCING OFF CONCRETE, The George, Hadleigh WAXIE’S DARGLE, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich LAST SUNDAY JAZZ LUNCH featuring LA FONTAINE ENSEMBLE The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, food from 12pm, jazz from 2pm DOUBLE BARREL, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich JAN INNER HEART REGGAE, Venue 77, Ipswich, 3pm

Thu 31st Jan

Wed 16th Jan WEEKLY BLUES JAM, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich

FOLK AT THE BOAT, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich THE CCJ’S The Thomas Wolsey, Ipswich

Fri 18th Jan MOONSTREET, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3, 16+ ID Required IRIE J, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich

Sat 19th Jan TALLOWAH, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3 JUKEBOX FURY, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich THE OUTLINES, The Limes Hotel, Needham Market SAPPHIRE, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave JOHNNY ONE EYE, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOUR, The Royal Oak, Ipswich

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Keeping Bolan’s music alive Forty years ago saw the release of a record that would bridge the generation gap and become a rock anthem to both young and old - ‘20th Century Boy’ was written and composed by Marc Bolan, who with his band, T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic of the original glam rock era. With Bolan’s special ingredient of Boogie songs, he was able to obtain what would be his last Top 20 record in 1976 that has since become one of the most memorable and everlasting signature tunes, ‘I Love to Boogie’. T.Rextasy have now been gigging around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex. The band are now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan and T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original exmembers of T.Rex, and Bolan’s catalogue management. Due their passion, musical ability, longevity, and attention to detail, the band is consistently described by many as ‘legendary’ and ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’. Marc Bolan is now recognised as the innovator of the 1970s glam-rock scene and with T.Rextasy now carrying the baton, everyone can once more enjoy the spirit of a T.Rex concert! June Bolan (Marc’s wife), after seeing Danielz and the band perform at Wembley Arena, commented “If there was anyone to follow in Marc’s shoes, I’d like it to be you!” They have, with their Marc Bolan doppelganger lead vocalist and lead guitarist, Danielz, signed with Columbia Records and Liberation DVD, won the accolade of ‘Best Live Tribute Band in the UK’ on BBC 1’s ‘Battle of the Fantasy Bands’, performed at the original Billy Elliot Premiere Party, filmed for the BBC TV ‘Arena Special’, toured around the world from Europe to Japan and have performed at most of the arenas in the UK. They have played alongside many of the 1970s original contemporaries such as Wizzard, Cockney Rebel, Slade, and Ian Hunter In September 2012, T.Rextasy returned to the Shepherds Bush Empire on request by the PRS (Performing Right Society) to perform and hold court for a 35th commemorative concert for Marc Bolan where their special guests included Boy George, Steve Harley, Sandie Shaw, Tony Visconti (Bolan’s producer), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Alvin Stardust, and others. In 2012, Danielz was offered the first ever publishing deal to a tribute artist to write a book about his ‘life in a tribute band’. The book, entitled ‘The Spirit of Marc Bolan’, was issued by Wymer Publishing late last year and has a world-wide distribution. The band plays totally live recreating the music, performance and excitement of those heady and outrageous glam rock times without resorting to backing discs of any kind and a massively enjoyable time for all ages. If you want to know exactly what a Marc Bolan rock’n’roll concert felt like in the 1970s, this gig is for you! T.Rextasy will be playing a high-octane double-set of Marc Bolan's electric boogie at The Ipswich Corn Exchange on Saturday 30th March 2013. There will be no support band for the evening as the band will perform for approximately 2hrs with a 20min interlude. This date is part of the band's current 'I Love To Boogie with T.Rextasy' Tour. T.Rextasy remain the world's only official tribute to Marc Bolan & T.Rex endorsed by Bolan's catalogue managements, Marc's family, exmembers of Bolan's T.Rex, and fan clubs around the world. Doors open at around 7pm. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100.

Dublin’s finest, The Script, announce an East Anglian date for 2013 in what will be a welcome return to Thetford Forest, performing as part of Forest Live, the Forestry Commission’s annual concert series. Since the release of their eponymous debut album in 2009, The Script broke Britain, then the U.S. then everywhere from Asia to South Africa with their meticulously-crafted and meaningful songs such as ‘We Cry’, ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’, ‘Nothing’ and ‘For The First Time’. Generating sales of over four million albums and a staggering nine million singles, amassing almost four million followers on Facebook and 1.5 million on Twitter, the band are truly established in the global arena. Their third and latest album release, appropriately entitled ‘#3’, sees band members Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power continuing their success and includes the hits ‘Six Degrees Of Separation and ‘Hall Of Fame’ featuring. Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving the local forests for both people and wildlife. Forest Live concerts are renowned for their safe and relaxed atmosphere in fantastic woodland settings. Commenting on the date, lead vocalist Danny O'Donoghue said, “We loved our Thetford forest debut to a sell-out crowd in 2011 and can’t wait to get back on that stage again. Hope to see you there.” The Script plus special guests will be performing on Thursday 11th July Thetford Forest, nr Brandon, Suffolk. Tickets £32.50 (subject to booking fee) are available from the Forestry Commission Box Office by calling 03000 680400 or buy online at





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Recollections of a Wartime childhood


Urchin: A Child of War is set in the throes of the Second World War, this book recounts snippets of recollections of events and of people that both scarred and inspired a young boy growing up in this troubled time.

It is humorous and quirky, as we look at the adult world and its interpretation through a boy’s eyes, as well as deeply moving and poignant, as we see lives torn apart by the bombing raids, the ‘lost in action’ telegrams, and the personal tragedies that occurred at every turn. The book offers glimpses of the harsh livings conditions of the time – the rationing, the poverty, the evacuation of children, the camaraderie, the Yanks coming, the appalling acts perpetrated by teachers in the name of education and the simple pursuits and pleasures of youngsters at the time – what child these days would be thrilled to receive a length of coloured string and a yo-yo for Christmas or dribble at the thought of Spanish rhubarb? As, these days, memories of the war seem more and more distant, and to younger generations it becomes increasingly the stuff of action films – fiction, fantasy and thrills, rather than the grim, hard reality that it actually was – Urchin draws the reader into the real world of the Blitz, from a viewpoint that is often overlooked – the perspective of a child, a child who witnessed the atrocities of the adult world, a world that he feared and of which he never wanted to become a part. Urchin: A Child of War is available from

— COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has got a copy of Urchin: A Child of War to give away to a lucky reader. Just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Urchin: A Child of War Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9Fw or you can enter online at The closing date for entries is Thursday 31st January 2013. Q. Which war is the book Urchin: A Child of War set in?

December 25th What’s the best you can hope for from Christmas? Often I hear people talk about losing the ‘real meaning’ of Christmas to a commercial, profit making world and in many ways you can make that argument - But what is the real meaning of Christmas? It has, without doubt, changed over the years – right back to when it was a pagan festival long before Christianity. And it has diversified. It has as many meanings as there are gods and it has become as personal as your medical records. For me it’s about family and togetherness. As the years go by and the children drift yet further from my parental clutch, days that bring us all back together are increasingly cherished. We laugh, we have fun, we share gifts, we eat well and we do this all together, against the back-drop of unconditional family love. Yes, we may have pinched the day from its ‘real’ meaning but as a nonChristian, I would rather hope Christianity would not object to ‘my’ meaning of Christmas. I am very thankful that, unlike many, I experience it. I wish this ‘very happy’ Christmas to all – to people of all faiths, or otherwise, the world over.

Time Flies 2013 is a big year for my family. We have in Birthdays a 50th, a 30th, a 21st, a 16th and a 25th anniversary. Not to mention becoming a grandfather sometime in April. Now does this mean six separate parties or one big one? I seriously welcome suggestions!

Modern Mum I was recently visited by a brand new mum together with her bundle of absolute joy. I couldn’t help but notice that during the customary attention she was giving to the baby she was fiddling about with her phone. Up steps Mr Big Mouth Parental Advice. “You’ll have to leave that alone now, baby needs all your attention”. “Oh yes”, she replied, “He gets it because of this great app.” Intrigued, I quizzed further. This app keeps a record of feeds, times, amounts, sleep, nappies etc etc and gives you advice on what baby needs along with reports and graphs on development. With a smile, an idea was formed. I will write to these know-all people with the following request. “My son is thirteen, his room is a mess and his homework is late. His trousers have half the football pitch scraped up the side of them and his new shoes are scuffed. He’s fond of a girl but she doesn’t like him, however her best friend does. He wants to be out after dark and doesn’t understand why we worry. He wants the latest games and if he doesn’t get them his friends laugh at him, if he does adults laugh at him. He watches the news and wants to know why people kill each other and he gets tearful at RSPCA cruelty ads.” - Now what do you suggest?

Not Just Another Year I think a word about 2012 is called for as we say goodbye to it. A remarkable year! Not just for the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Royal celebrations but for that fact we can now stop listening to people who claim that the world will end because someone four thousand years ago said it would.

Pic Of The Month Cold, misty and damp can sometimes look nice!

See you next month





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Ipswich24 Magazine 2013  

The January issue of the popular local magazine for the Ipswich area

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