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February at the Spa Pavilion gets off to a flying start with a celebration of the music of the Bee Gees Direct from London’s West End. You Win Again – A celebration of the Bee Gees allows you to immerse yourself in the brothers’ music though the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and includes hits they wrote for the likes of Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton. Sounds like your kind of show? We’ll join them as they grace the Spa stage on Saturday 1st February from 7.30pm. Next it’s another huge show with, Mercury – The Ultimate Queen Tribute which has been touring for 20 successful years. The band are very well established as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to the legendry Freddie Mercury and Queen. Joseph Lee Jackson has an extraordinary vocal range as Freddie and the guitar work of Glenn Scrimshaw as Brian May is something you won’t want to miss on Sunday 2nd February at 7.30pm. Next its time for the ever-popular Jive Aces with their Big Beat Review the following weekend – join them on Saturday 8th February from 7.30pm and be whisked away to a hugely popular musical era. Then it’s time for a completely different tack for the Spa – Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path - a sizzling and fast-paced drama featuring Nick Cochrane (Coronation Street’s Andy McDonald) and definitely one to watch out for in February. It’s a tale of an innocent witness to murder who tries to set old injustices right. Nick and the rest of the cast will be in Felixstowe on Tuesday 11th February at 3pm. The Bon Jovi Experience is on Saturday 15th February, ranked number 14 in Q Magazine’s top 50 bands of all time! These artistes are the only ones to have performed live on stage with Jon Bon Jovi himself. Lead singer Tony Pearce’s striking resemblance to Bon Jovi is quite something. To




complete the weekend its Soultown USA – The Hits of Motown & Soul on Sunday 16th February. It wouldn’t be a fun, family half term without a show for the children, the Spa invites you to see Jungle Book by Joseph Purdy Productions on Monday 17th with performances at 1pm and 4.30pm. The laugha-minute script and songs and dancing for all ages will be sure to give you a swinging time. Completing the line-up for February is Darren Page as The Voice of Roy Orbison bringing the month to a magnificent close on Saturday 22nd February from 7.30pm.   Looking ahead to March some of the highlights include: Leather & Lace a dynamic new show bringing together classic rock anthems and power ballads. Bootleg Shadows celebrating the music of The Shadows and Sir Cliff Richard, Chicago Blue Brothers’ A Night at the Movies is a new 2-hour all singing, all dancing hit parade. One Night in Dublin with the Wild Murphys see’s Murphy’s Pub set up at the Spa. Julie Nevada returns to the Spa in March with her brilliant show The Tina Turner Experience – Simply the Best. Finally, Shakatak stop by as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour. The very best way to find out first about all the top shows coming to the Spa Pavilion Theatre is by joining their mailing list – full details can be found on their website. Tickets for all theatre shows are available from the Spa Pavilion Box Office which is open from 11am – 4pm 01394 284962. You can also select and reserve your seats on line, 24 hours a day, at www.felixstowespa.co.uk The café, bars and restaurant are open every day from 9.30am to 5pm. Also, food is always served for two hours before every performance. You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and show updates.










The schools hardly seem to have been back and already HalfTerm approaches. Throughout the magazine you'll find great days out ideas. Plus on page 7 there's news on how to cuddle a new-born lamb!

7 Motoring:

Electric motoring is increasing in popularity, child car safety and the constant niggles over potholes.

At Home:

Hopefully the weather will soon improve to enable us to get out in the garden. This month we look at gardening trends plus why you should leave space for insects.

18-21 Weddings:

If you are popping the question or already accepted an invitation to marry then we have lots of help and advice to help your big day go perfectly in our 12-page pull-out and keep supplement.

Events Diary:

Our day-by-day round-up of what to do in the local area for the month of FEBRUARY.


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There will be lots happening at Ipswich Museums this February half term! The three venues – Ipswich Museum, Christchurch Mansion and Ipswich Art Gallery – are all free to enter and open Tuesdays-Sundays. The popular Animal Invasion will be back at Ipswich Museum! Come and meet live animals and find out how they adapt and survive in their environments. Booking in advance is recommended due to popularity, visit www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk . Also at Ipswich Museum, the Ask the Expert day on Wednesday 19th February will be a chance for you to bring in your own objects and ask our specialists your questions. Join in the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk for Ed’s birthday week! The exhibition at Christchurch Mansion explores Ed’s journey from Suffolk school boy to global superstar through portraits, photographs, unseen personal items and memorabilia. There is lots to see to please visitors of all ages! Kids can get stuck in with activities inspired by the exhibition on Thursday 20th February. Have a go at making your own portrait at a free drop-in event. There will also be shadow puppet workshops inspired by the puppets used in Ed Sheeran’s ‘Sing’ video. Tickets for the Puppets workshop are available to book at www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk Art Forms in Nature is currently on display at Ipswich Art Gallery. The exhibition features 40 photographs by German photographer Karl Blossfeldt, alongside natural history illustrations from the Ipswich Museums collection and works by local botanical illustrator Guy William Eves. To find out more about what’s on at Ipswich Museums visit www.ipswich.cimuseums.org.uk

Victory in Europe (VE) Day: 75th Anniversary In connection with a programme of events planned in Leiston to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day in May 2020, the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group is researching the lives of those who tragically lost their lives during World War Two. The list of names reproduced below has been sourced primarily from the War Memorial in St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Leiston, and includes members of the Armed Forces and civilian casualties. The research focus is restricted to those individuals who had a significant connection with the parish of Leistoncum-Sizewell, and the Group are keen to hear from any living relatives or friends who may be able to provide stories, photographs or other treasured artefacts and help us to commemorate fully the bravery of these people: A.  Armed Forces Personnel                                                                                 –1. John William Francis ANDREWS (1913-1943) –2. Bertie Valentine BAILEY (1911-1944) –3. George Frederick Kenneth BEDWELL (1920-1944) –4. Robert BERRY (?) –5. Frederick Charles BLOCK (1899-1942) –6. Russell Ebb BRIDGES (1908-1942) –7. Bromley John William BROWN (1914-1943) –8. Cyril George BROWN (?) –9. James Alfred CHURCH (?) 10. John Alfred CLARKE (?) 11. P. CLARKE (?) 12. Percy William CLARKE (1912-1943) 13. Raymond Cyril CLARKE (1914-1943) 14. John Davy CLOUTING (1915-1941) 15. James Arthur DAY (1922-1942) 16. Jack Frederick Charles DAY (1919-1942) 17. Geoffrey John Harry FAIRS (1918-1944) 18. Reginald Stanley GIRLING (?) 19. Frederick William John LAST (1912-1944) 20. Robert Charles LAWRENCE (1919-1942) 21. C. MARJORAM (?) 22. Leonard Woolford MORLING (1910-1941) 23. Harold Arthur OSBORNE (?) 24. Bernard Hewett PACKMAN (1921-1941)

25. John Norton Haken PENDLE (1910-1943) 26. Harry Tobit PESKETT (1905-1940) 27. Frank Herbert Edward PHILLIPS (1918-1940) 28. Andrew Harold Garbutt ROE (1899-1940) 29. Dennis Arthur Robinson ROSE (1916-1943) 30. Clifford Jepps SMITH (?-1942) 31. Harold James SMITH (c.1921-1943) 32. J. SMITH (?) 33. Richard James SMITH (?) 34. Sydney Graham SMITH (1921-1944) 35. David Frederick Andrew STEELE (1919-1944) 36. David Andrew TITLOW (1923-1944) 37. Felix William J. WALTON (1923-1941) 38. Mary Beatrice WARREN (1921-1943) 39. C. WILLIAMS (?) 40. Frederick Henry George WILLSHER (?) 41. Charles Abbassia WINTER (1920-1944) B. Civilians –1. Arthur William GIRLING (?) –2. Harold William GODDARD (1921-1941) –3. Frederick Kenvyn HICKS (1893-1941) –4. Agnes Maud HICKS (1893-1941) –5. Peter Robert PAGE (1928-1941) –6. Phillip ROSS (1906-1941)

Pet & Country Store Gladwells Pet & Country Store have three stores in Suffolk, situated in Copdock, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds. Regular and first-time customers can choose from a great range of pet and animal accessories and equipment, designed to keep your animals happy and healthy in their environment. The friendly, knowledgeable team will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for in-store. As an independent retailer, Gladwells Pet & Country Store compare favourably to supermarket prices for animal feeds, treats and accessories, helping you to get more for less. Gladwells Pet & Country Stores are part of the Copdock Mill family. Established in 1912 by Herbert George Gladwell, Copdock Mill originally started as a country mill. The family run business continues today, whilst diversifying to produce and supply premium quality animal food supplies and accessories to customers nationwide. With four generations of the Gladwell family having played a part in the business, customers are assured of a first-class personal service. Copdock Mill is committed to producing top-quality nutrition for animals at affordable prices. The Copdock Mill Wild Bird Range is available in all of their stores. The Mill has been making Wild Bird seed for more than 35 years. It is well documented that natural habitats and feeding grounds are declining and that our indigenous and visiting bird population need other sources to supplement their feeding requirements. The cold Winter months bring their own set of hardship with snow, frost and strong winds making food hard to find. Birds need high-energy foods such as suet balls and Sunflower seeds during this time of year. Some smaller birds need to eat 30-40% of their body weight daily to survive the Winter. A few firm favourites for the colder months include Peanuts, Sunflower Hearts and the Copdock Mill ‘No Mess Mix’, all available at Gladwells. • You can follow Gladwells Pet & Country Store stores on Facebook (@gladwellspetcountrystores) & Instagram (@gladwellspetandcountrystore). Keep an eye out for Competitions to win products and store vouchers as well as monthly special offers and any seasonal opening time changes.

The question marks in brackets denote that further research is required to validate either the identity of the named individual or a meaningful connection with Leiston-cum-Sizewell. • Do you have any information or photographs which the Group could use? If so, please contact secretary Angela Skelcher on a_skelcher@hotmail.com or 01728 830949.

Film & Jazz at the Library

Film director Tim Curtis will be showing previously unseen film shot for 'Life on the Deben' at Woodbridge Library in February. The film, followed last Autumn by the book of the same title, has rapidly become a local favourite. Inevitably, though, some scenes ended up on the cutting-room floor. Some of these will be shown at a special event on Thursday 6th February at 6pm. Tim Curtis will introduce the previously unseen footage and he and Nick Cottam will talk about the creation of the extremely attractively produced book that now complements the DVD. Refreshments will be served; there will be plenty of opportunity to question the creators and the book will be on sale. Tickets for this special event are available from the Library (01394 330855) at £5 each. Later in the month local four-piece band Pick 'n' Mix performs lunchtime music at the Library. On Tuesday 25th February at 12.45pm Tim, Chris, Ian and Steve will play an eclectic mix of jazz classics, pop and country music. The four friends have played together and with other local groups for many years - you may have seen them at garden parties, pubs and country fairs. Their assortment of old favourites and the occasional lesser-known piece will set toes tapping. As ever for lunchtime music at the Library entry is free.

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February at Stonham Barns Stonham Barns Leisure & Shopping Village is a bustling family complex filled with an abundance of attractions and activities to suit all, providing a wonderful family experience in the Suffolk Countryside. Great family events are hosted throughout the year in the Showground, Barn and Theatre. On Saturday 8th February from 9.30am until 1.30pm back again to celebrate its 25th year is the East Anglian Potato Day, one of the few events in the country dedicated to the humble potato. This very popular event has many people queuing early to get their seed potatoes for the rest of the year. There are over 80 varieties to choose from so come along and choose your favourite. Tickets Adults £1.50 on the door.

Then during February half term from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th, come and join Barnsley and his team for Barnsley’s Big Party 2020. A fantastic experience the kids will love filled with magic, illusion, comedy, party dancing and much more. 2pm each day. Prices Children £8.00. Adults FREE. Come along and enjoy the fun. Also back again for February half term are Bloomfields Amusements with their Traditional Children’s Fun Fair, look out for their new bumper cars.

A great day out for the whole family Teapot Pottery & Tea Room Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

What’s on in February ~~~~~~ East Anglia Potato Day

Children’s Fair Rides

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February until end of Summer. During school holidays/weekends

Saturday 8th February 9.30am-1.30pm

~~~~~~ Barnsley’s Big Party Tuesday 18th Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th February 2.00pm


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You will find all your essentials at the convenience store. There is also a post office and a range of individual shops with gifts, crafts, books, jewellery, clothes, furniture, aquatics, toys, garden products, beauty treatments, homewares, holidays, hot tubs, sweets, restaurant and lots more Come and take a look.


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If you are coming along to an event or even if you are just planning to visit there is always plenty of to do at Stonham Barns, you will find a fabulous Golf Park which is made up to 8 different golfing activities including Smugglers Bay Adventure Golf, golf simulators, nine-hole golf course, footgolf and golf darts. The Teapot Pottery and Tea Room with a wonderful range of beautiful teapots for sale or take the opportunity to paint your own masterpiece and whilst you there try the wide range of speciality teas and coffee and the delicious home-made cakes. There are two fully stocked fishing lakes where you could enjoy a relaxing day of fishing or enjoy a fishing holiday. A shopping village with a convenience store, post office and a wonderful range of unique shops which include clothes, furniture, jewellery, toys, plants, crafts, hot tubs, books, garden products, beauty products, sweets, collectables and so much more. The Bistro which serves delicious food seven days a week. For the younger ones in your family visit Tumbledown Soft Play Barn or the children’s playzone which has a bouncy pillow and static steam train. With so much going on at Stonham Barns, why not stay, there are four and six berth fully furnished holiday homes to rent in our holiday park. Contact 01449 711 901 for more details. This is a ‘dog friendly’ site, but they must be kept on lead. All areas are disabled accessible with designated parking areas. For more information visit the website at www.stonhambarns.co.uk or their social media pages ‘StonhamBarnsLV’

New Networking Group for Mums in Business

A new business networking group for mothers in business has opened in Ipswich. The child-friendly group, run by the Mums in Business Association, aims to give business advice on topics such as cash-flow and attracting new customers and to provide support on the practicalities of running a business around your family. The Mums in Business Association (MIBA) was founded by sisters Estelle Keeber and Leona Burton after they realised that there was a lack of support for mothers in business. The duo has seven children between them, and they have run several businesses. The association has grown very quickly, and they currently have groups in Australia, Canada and all over Europe. In two short years, they have grown massively, and have over 40,000 members worldwide, which demonstrates the need. Mothers are taking control of their economies. With spiralling childcare costs, and the lack of jobs that enable women to work flexibly, and around the school holidays, many choose to run a business to increase their income and give them a degree of independence and work-life balance. Katherine Cresswell, a wedding & events planner, who leads the Ipswich group is excited about the opportunities that it will create. “Getting this role is such a great opportunity and I am really looking forward to helping all the great businesses run by multi tasking mums that we have in and around Ipswich” We have a fantastic Facebook group offering support, guidance and inspiration too.

Look for MIBA Networking Ipswich to join in! The next group will meet on 30th January at 7.30pm at Riverhills, Bramford Road, Ipswich with our guest speaker Helen Oldfield from Affinity PR. There are also two spotlight sponsor prizes up for grabs as well as a showcase table for you to display any products or marketing materials. “We look forward to welcoming you to the Facebook community and our first meeting of 2020” concluded Katherine.

90 minutes, 2 bikes, 1 team – who will travel the furthest for RideFest 2020?

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Local businesses are being called upon again to see who will be RideFest Champions for 2020.

February is fast approaching and life on the Farm is getting quite hectic. The Farm open it’s doors on Saturday 15th February and will be starting the new season with lambing (and hopefully a litter of piglets). The new lambs love to sit on your lap and if you are very lucky you may even see more being born. As well as cuddling a lamb you can also meet the bunnies in the bunny barn, help to groom the goats and the pigs, feed the chickens and collect their eggs, or even have a go at building a den in the wood. All this and all the other animals that always look forward to meeting someone who'll feed them! When you’re done wandering the kids’ play area means they can keep busy while you can relax with a cup of coffee and a delicious cake. Due to last year's popularity for Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm’s Lamb SEN hour they are going to be opening on Monday 17th February 2020 at 11am - 4pm for a day of lamb cuddling, pony grooming, goat grooming and meeting our Baylham Bunnies at various times throughout the day.

With a few tweaks to the rules from last year, each company is asked to assemble a team of nine riders to cycle on static bikes for 10 minutes each, with the total km’s travelled placed on a leader-board to ultimately find out who will take home the coveted yellow jersey this year. 2020 will also see the return of the much anticipated CEO heats, to see which boss has the fastest legs in Ipswich. RideFest launches on 24th February through to 13th March, with the top four companies and CEO’s battling it out at the finals event on 18th March. This year, the Hospice are looking to sign up 55 businesses to the event with each pledging to raise £350 for the hospice. Jazmin Peach, the corporate fundraiser at the hospice said, “RideFest is back for its forth year and this year we want the competition to be more heated than ever before. Our corporate events contribute so much to what the hospice delivers each year, and RideFest is one of our biggest events for businesses to get involved in.” This year’s RideFest event sponsor is Beagle Property, Shaun Collins from their Ipswich office said, “We’re delighted to be part of the upcoming RideFest event for the hospice. Being Ipswich born and bred, we feel it’s important to help support our local community and the hospice in particular do such a fantastic job. We speak to people regularly who have used their facilities, so helping to raise awareness and support for them is the least we could do.” Does your business have what it takes to be RideFest Champions this year? Sign up here www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/ridefest and make sure to challenge other businesses to sign up too that is if they’re not scared a little bit of healthy competition.

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is six miles north west of Ipswich, off the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Needham Market. They are open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am – 5pm. With entry prices at £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for concessions, £3.50 for children (aged 4-16) and free entry for under fours, it would be difficult to find a more diverting and better value attraction in Suffolk. Family tickets are also available. • For more information visit www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk or www.facebook.com/BaylhamFarm or call 01473 830264.

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Rag 'n' Bone 5 steps to greater Man for Forest happiness in later life Rag‘n’Bone Man has announced date as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England. Rory Graham aka Rag‘n’Bone Man is an English singer-songwriter known for his distinctive baritone voice. Having won the 2017 BRIT’s ‘British Breakthrough Act’ and receiving the BRIT’s Critics’ Choice Award in the same year, Rag‘n’Bone Man cemented his success with the record-breaking release of his 4 x platinum #1 album Human and a further BRIT Award for ‘British Single’ for the title track (Human) in 2018. The album has been recognised internationally, earning Rory sell-out tours and festival appearances around the globe. Subsequent side projects include the monster hit collaboration track ‘Giant’ with Calvin Harris; he is currently working on his next album. Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series held every year by Forestry England. It introduces forests to new audiences in unique, natural woodland arenas around the country. Over 1.9 million people have attended a Forest Live concert in the last nineteen years. Going to a Forest Live concert helps look after the nation’s forests sustainably, with income from ticket sales helping to create beautiful places for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and trees to grow. Rag‘n’Bone Man + guests will be at Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk on Sunday 21st June. Tickets £38.50 (plus £4.85 booking fee) are on sale from Forestry England Box Office telephone 03000 680400 or buy online: www.forestryengland.uk/music

The Oddfellows has more than 200 years’ experience in helping people to get more out of life and to form lasting friendship, so we thought we’d share our 5 steps to help you along the way Step 1 – Keep your brain busy! At Ipswich Oddfellows we offer a monthly Scrabble (and other games) club; interesting speakers, quizzes, and plenty of opportunities for conversation. Research shows that staying mentally active can increase your brain vitality. Step 2 – Helping others – volunteering offers a new perspective to one’s own life while enhancing that of others. Ipswich Oddfellows relies on its volunteers to manage the business of the Branch, help run events and to support members who are ill. Step 3 – Join a local club of society. Being part of a group and making regular contact with those who share similar interests will result in meaningful friendships. Generally people in mature years with a wide circle of friends tend to be happier and healthier. Ipswich Oddfellows’ social programme offers a variety of events to enjoy, from coffee mornings to cruises! Step 4 – Get physical! (Don’t panic, we’re not suggesting the Olympics!) There are so many benefits to regular exercise aside including reducing cardiovascular risks. It gives your mental health a boost, helping to combat stress, anxiety and depression. So “ditch the slippers” and join the activity session at Ipswich Oddfellows on Thursday mornings, or the new chair-based exercise class running on a Wednesday at 11.30am Step 5 – Seize the day and make the most of every minute of every hour of every day. Forget routine and do more of what you love – meet friends for lunch; take a walk together; use your bus pass to visit new places; visit the cinema/theatre together or book a holiday. The Oddfellows can help you achieve steps 1-5. All YOU have to do is contact Lynne 01473 251867; email lynne.wyatt@oddfellows.co.uk or check out www.facebook.com/oddfellowsipswich


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Alfie Boe heads to the races The Jockey Club Live have announced that Alfie Boe will be making his Newmarket Nights debut on Friday 14th August 2020.  Ever since he exploded onto the music scene nearly 20 years ago, Alfie has racked up one extraordinary achievement after another. He has multiple Number 1 albums to his credit, while ‘Together’, 'Together Again' and ‘Back Together’ his collaborations with good friend Michael Ball, have sold over a million copies. Having performed in some of the world's greatest classical venues, he also has the rare ability to bring together all sorts of music lovers. Not many artists can lay claim to having appeared in the West End theatre, Broadway with lead roles in Les Miserables, La Boheme (which earnt him a Tony award) and a spectacular orchestral version of the classic rock album Quadrophenia. He is a singer who transcends categories. “When I look at the crowd at my concerts,” he says, “I can see I've got Who fans, classical fans, musical theatre fans and jazz fans as well.” Having completed a 16 week sold-out run returning to the role of Jean Valjean at the ‘All Star’ concert of Les Miserables, which streamed the final show live to cinemas making it a big office hit, Alfie will be headlining his own concert at Newmarket Nights, performing some of his favourite songs and most well known West End hits. 


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Sophie Able, General Manager of Newmarket Racecourses, said, ”We're very excited to be welcoming Alfie Boe to the July Course on Friday 14th August. Alfie Boe has one of the most recognisable voices in musical theatre and we can't wait to see him bring the magic of the West End to Newmarket.” The Jockey Club Live are leading promoters on the UK live scene, delivering spectacular line-ups of some of the hottest chart talent and legendary household names to some of the world’s most famous racecourses. Summer Saturday Live and Newmarket Nights are a staple in the region’s social calendar and each year host tens of thousands of fans of live music. Past headliners have included Kylie, George Ezra and Little Mix.  The events are renowned for combining a fun filled evening at the races with a spectacular evening concert in the informal and relaxed open-air setting of the hallowed turf. Newmarket Nights won the ‘Best Event for Groups’ at the prestigious 2018 Group Leisure & Travel Awards.  Tickets will be on sale via thejockeyclublive.co.uk,

Become your own boss!

Help for bars & pubs to tackle anti-social behaviour

You want to become your own boss in 2020, you like the idea of new business resolutions, but how many of us have made them?

Local businesses and organisations have come together to create ‘Barwatch’; a digital system that allows bars, clubs and pubs in Ipswich to share information about anti-social behaviour amongst each other and with Suffolk Constabulary, Ipswich Central and Ipswich Borough Council. Ipswich is a safe town to enjoy both the during the day and on a night out, however to make the town feel safer for visitors and residents in the evening, night-time economy businesses from across Ipswich town centre to create a new system which will enable them to communicate and share information about anti-social behaviour. This system is supplied by Ipswich Central (the Business Improvement District (BID) for the town) to bars, clubs and pubs across the town centre to better communicate

cause problems will make a better atmosphere at night in Ipswich.” Sophie, BID Manager at Ipswich Central, adds, “We’re really excited to be providing this new system for night time economy businesses in Ipswich; this important development might seem like a small change, however we’re confident that by working together we can help create a better evening atmosphere in Ipswich for all.” Debbie, Senior Licensing and Enforcement Officer at Ipswich Borough Council says, “A Barwatch

Drop the stress, there is plenty of that around at this time of year without the need for anymore. New business resolutions are not just for the first couple of months of 2020. MENTA have fully funded Start-up support with a range of Ipswich based workshops and training. The Start-up team have come up with their top five best resolutions to help you kick-start your new business idea. 1. Write a business plan - Love or hate them, business plans are a focusing tool. Whether you’re new to business, or have already started, they can help you define your dream and turn it into a reality. Sometimes, our imaginations run away from us. Business plans force us to test the viability of our goals before we run into ruin. 2. Get social! MENTA can help, they understand, for some, social media is like a flying pig, for those of us who haven’t grown up with it, social media can feel like a great big headache, a flying pig on the launchpad. The solution to approaching that issue; however, is to take one step at a time. Perfect your Facebook page for the first month or two, then move onto LinkedIn. That is your personal branding and very handy it is! 3. Learn to network - MENTA has fuss-free networking events across east Suffolk and they really are friendly and a great way to spread your new business wings. 4. Organise your bookkeeping tabs on your business expenses seems like a no-brainer. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll have receipts drowning at the bottom of your man drawer or bag or both! With the tax return deadline looming, now's the time to reorganise. Remember, MENTA run a Bookkeeping and Self-Assessment workshop to help you get on track. 5. Make time for yourself - Starting and running a business is hard. Many of us have full-time jobs and families to care for, let alone a business to manage. We’re so stressed out; we feel we won't bother with starting at all. Therefore, this resolution is about you, not the business. Taking a break lets you reflect, refocus and recharge your passion. If you think this is a waste of time, remember this: stepping back lets us make a bigger jump forward. What’s your number one business resolution? Discover more at menta.org.uk

U F O Y DO EAM O UR DR ING YO S BE N BOS OW with each other and the police, local authority. A banned from one, banned from all will resonate throughout the licensed premises in Ipswich. Ady, owner of The Dove, on behalf of Barwatch says, “As a group of responsible licensees, we are keen to work together to ensure the safety of everyone including our staff. "By working together alongside the constabulary, licensing and agencies; we can minimise and hopefully eradicate the few that can cause issues and remove them from our town. "Communication is vital to ensure this can happen and the new DISC system from Ipswich Central will enable us to do so. Sharing information faster, more efficiently and banning people that persist to

scheme linked to the DISC system can only improve the night time economy in the town by giving premises information relating to individuals who are known to cause trouble and prevent them from entering licensed premises. Ipswich town centre also benefits from Purple Flag status - Barwatch and the DISC system can only further enhance this.” Purple Flag is a national accreditation that is a sign of a safe and enjoyable night out. Ipswich has this because we have a vibrant night time economy – with a range of places to eat and drink and many events going on all the time, while different agencies – like the borough, the Police, and Ipswich Central - work behind the scenes to keep people safe.

...but don’t know where to start? Then take advantage of MENTA’s fully funded Start-Up Workshops. You’ll find out about legal structures, business plans, successful marketing, bookkeeping and tax. Multiple dates and workshop locations near you. To find out if you qualify simply call 01284 760206 or visit www.menta.org.uk Funded by







Something for everyone this Spring This Spring Season, join the New Wolsey Theatre as they present the hilarious musical, murderous romp Burke and Hare, a new version by Tom Wentworth. Originally created by Jenny Wren Productions and directed by Abigail Pickard Price. escapes the workhouse for a life of adventure where he joins the Artful Dodger, Fagin and their mischievous gang of pickpockets. But enjoyment is short-lived as he falls under the influence of the vicious Bill Sykes. This stunning show is on the New Wolsey Stage from Wednesday 25th March to Saturday 4th April. The backstreets of Edinburgh in the 1830s take centre stage as Burke and Hare burst onto the scene this Spring. Directed by Abigail Pickard Price, this riotous show will have people rolling in the aisle. Tom Wentworth’s breathless take on the infamous grave-robbing duo is packed with mayhem, laughs and music in a play that’s more hysterical than historical. Catch it at the New Wolsey between Thursday 14th and Saturday 30th May. Also this Spring, the New Wolsey Theatre welcomes Leeds Playhouse in association with Ramps on the Moon with Oliver Twist. This newly adapted version by Bryony Lavery is a bold, brutal and beautiful retelling of Dickens’ classic novel. After being born into misfortune Oliver Twist

Another highlight of Spring 2020 will be the visit of Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch with Macbeth, undoubtedly Shakespeare’s darkest and spookiest thriller. This chilling play takes us up north to Scotland, witnessing the prophecy of three witches for the Scottish king. As Macbeth’s obsession with the future takes hold, he and Lady Macbeth embark on a bloody and fateful path, from which there is no turning back. The tale of this complex couple will be showing at the New Wolsey from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st March. A Murder is Announced continues the New Wolsey on down this path of twists and turns, as Middle Ground Theatre Company Limited follow Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple

as she investigates the complex relationships intertwined with a dark mystery. Directed by Michael Lunney, this popular performance in its fifth year of touring will stop at the New Wolsey from Monday 13th to Saturday 1th8 April. Looking at three married couples, three kitchens and three Christmas parties, London Classic Theatre’s Absurd Person Singular also gives the season a lighter tone, blending together farce and black comedy as Alan Ayckbourn combines class differences, ambition and social climbing in 1970s suburbia to hilarious effect. All these ingredients add up to create a perfect comic masterpiece that will be here in Ipswich from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th March.

Andrew Lownie on Thursday 6th February, a return of Duke's Comedy Club as it celebrates its 10th birthday at the New Wolsey on Friday 7th February, Box, a tale about sibling connection told with acrobatics, tricks and handbalancing that comes hand-in-hand with a workshop on Tuesday 18th February, Dad's Army Radio Show where two actors will play over twenty-five characters on Saturday 14th March, An Evening with Eric & Ern on Wednesday 29th April,

involving the most loved Morecambe & Wise routines and songs, and the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra dazzling with 1920s and 30s music in You're the Top! on Thursday 30th April. And there’s more! A whole range of nights out will be on at the New Wolsey next season, including a talk on The Mountbattens, presented by

To book tickets visit the website at wolseytheatre.co.uk or alternatively you can get in touch with the Tickets Sales Team by calling 01473 295900.

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Classic slapstick fun musical This February half-term, the National award-winning CTC return to the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge with everyone’s favourite fun gangster musical BUGSY MALONE! complete with custard pies and splurge guns! Bugsy Malone is a master class in musical comedy. Set in New York City, two gangs square off in a 1920s rivalry of Caponeian standards. 

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Whilst you may think panto season is well and truly over, the award winning Company of Four Musical Theatre Society are busy rehearsing and putting the final touches to their traditional family pantomime. It is taking place at The Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge, during February half term from 15th until 22nd. With a 12 show run there is still time to grab those tickets - but don’t leave it too late as their Panto always sells out, especially the matinees! This year the well renowned company present their latest version of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Woods, an amalgamation of two traditional Pantomimes. It’s a tale of two young children sent away to be looked after by Nurse Nellie who works for the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. When the Sheriff, who is obsessed with money and power, finds out the babes are rich he hatches a plan to capture them and steal their money a all whilst trying to wed the beautiful Maid Marian! Sadly, the Sheriff had not bargained for the stupidity of his guards, Ruff and Redy, or the heroic Robin Hood and his Merrie Mob of outlaws getting in the way of his plans. Olivia, a wise owl, will keep you up to date with the story throughout the show. This pantomime promises to be a fast paced, comical and colourful adventure not to be missed!  Robin Hood and Babes in the Woods opens on Saturday 15th February and runs every day (apart from Monday 17th) to the 22nd. Performance times are 2pm and 6pm on weekends and 2.30pm and 7.30pm weekdays (no matinee Tuesday or Thursday) Tickets are available by calling the Box Office on 01394 382174.  Robin Hood and Babes in the Woods has something for everyone, music, laughter, fun and happiness - a fabulous treat for this coming February half term holiday.

Dandy Dan's gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the "splurge" gun - a weapon that shoots whipped cream! Now, Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble. Bugsy, a onetime boxer, is thrust not-so-willingly into the gangster limelight when he becomes the last chance that Fat Sam's gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love and aspiring singer, Blousey Brown, but will he be able to resist seductive songstress Tallulah and stay out of trouble while helping Fat Sam defend his business? The CTC was founded by Bridie Horne in 2009 and began its journey by offering summer workshops in a local school hall. Now offering fulltime provision (CTC Foundation); a part-time training platform (CTC Academy); an in-house Agency (CTC Management); and award-winning full-scale productions (CTC Events), the CTC has earned its reputation as one of the finest training centres in the East of England. The CTC now have their own studios based in Needham Market providing a modern, vibrant and professional training hub fully equipped for the specific needs of the Performing Arts. With sprung flooring, Sonos surround sound, costume and props store, a scenic workshop, floor to ceiling mirrors and windows, the space is uniquely fresh and inviting. • Bugsy Malone will be at the Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge on the 21st and 22nd February 2020. To book tickets visit the Box Office at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk or telephone 01473 295900.

n Stowmarket Chorale The choir is looking forward to a Singing Day on the 8th February at Woolpit Village Hall. The chosen music is the iconic and uplifting Verdi’s Requiem. A Singing Day is the perfect opportunity for anyone of any age to join in with people who already know the work and others who have never sung it (but always wanted to!). The Music Director Tom Appleton will lead the day, and it promises to be great fun. Rehearsals are well underway for the Spring Concert, the beautiful Faure’s Requiem. This will be performed on Saturday 21st March in the United Reformed Church in the centre of Stowmarket. Choir members rehearse every Wednesday evening at Combs Ford Primary School. Non members are always welcome. Contact secretary@stowmarketchorale.org.uk for further information.

Ipswich Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 1st March 2020 at 2:30pm Tickets £7-£10 (inc £1 booking fee) Regent Box Office 01473 433100 www.ipswichcornexchange.com www.ipswichsymphonyorchestra.org


All loved up A giant cuddly bear, an album of love songs – and a partner expressing their undying love by having your name tattooed on their body, are among the Valentine’s gifts Brits would least like to receive, a study has found. According to the poll of 2,000 adults, rather than looking forward to being given a surprise gift on February 14th, many have presents they dread the thought of receiving. Four in 10 loved up Brits would hate to receive an oversized cuddly bear while another 28 per cent wouldn’t want a giant heart-shaped balloon. And despite it being a very permanent show of love, 46 per cent would be mortified if their other half got a tattoo of their name as a Valentine’s gift.

The study, by online food delivery marketplace Just Eat, found other presents Brits would least like to receive include an expensive bouquet of red roses, a giant cookie with ‘I love you’ written on it or a box of heart-shaped chocolates. According to Just Eat data, pizza is the number one dish enjoyed on February 14th, with five pizzas ordered every second between 7.00pm and 8.00pm last year as Brits turned to the Italian staple for a romantic Valentine’s night in.


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Lottery Award for Suffolk & Essex's AONB A joint application from the Suffolk Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of 15 to be awarded a share of £7.4million from the National Lottery. The project will celebrate the 50th anniversary of both areas, which were formally designated in 1970, and will encourage residents and visitors to connect with the landscapes. The £129,000 grant from the National Lottery will help

Have you ever wanted to learn a new craft?

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Here you can sign up for a variety of workshops. Each are ‘standalone’ sessions meaning that you are not signing up for weeks of the same thing. Each one will enable you to complete the project and take away your finished work. Should you enjoy it then sign up for another or move on and try something else. Ranging from £6 to £15 a session this offers good value for two to three hours crafting – with tuition and refreshments thrown in too! Most include the materials and tools required for the project with the opportunity to buy more supplies if you wish. OH, and don’t forget the chance to meet likeminded people! Once a month on a Saturday Craftability offer seven to fourteen year olds their own class and most school holidays there are further ones too. So, what can you learn? They have fortnightly card making and beaded jewellery classes. A monthly scrapbooking class and an opportunity to learn crochet. Once a month they offer a ‘special’ project – a slightly longer session to undertake something completely different. The next ones include felting, glass work and an introduction to canal art. What are you waiting for? Sign up today – places are limited! 01473 257550

the AONBs celebrate the 50th anniversary milestone by connecting people with the landscape. Both AONBs have very different and unique landscapes. The Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB is made up of largely tranquil and unspoilt landscape with wildliferich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages, while the Dedham Vale is characterised by a lowland English river valley landscape with significant

cultural heritage made famous by artists including Constable and Gainsborough. A photography initiative will see the installation of fixed-point photography posts across both AONBs and visitors will be invited to share their photographs on a dedicated website with the aim of building a unique record of the changing landscapes through the seasons over the next five years. Since 1994, the National Lottery has invested £829million into nature and wildlife projects and this round of funding will help threatened species and habitats – from the seas of the Northern Isles to parkland in Devon.

may want to join in the battle of the brambles in the Left Battery. Volunteering is good for your health Studies have found that when you stop thinking about your own problems and focus on something else your stress levels start to decrease. You’ll learn new skills This all adds up and helps to improve your teamwork. You’ll make an impact Volunteering, gives you the chance

to contribute every day to the kind of community and world you want to live in. You’ll make real connections Volunteering lets you meet people from all walks of life.

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February half-term: Landguard Fort opens it's doors for 2020 Landguard Fort first opened for the half-term holiday back in 2015 and received 700 visitors. By last year this had risen to 1400. This shows that people need somewhere to go during the school holidays and the fort is ideal. Grandparents looking after the little ones that week can get them out of their living rooms looking at screens and get them in the fresh air with a bit of exercise. As usual there will be a trail for the youngsters to explore and enjoy and learn from. And othe shop will be open with a selection of hot drinks to drive away the chill. There is nothing like a hot chocolate or a Bovril to thaw you out. They also serve tea and coffee and soups. Landguard Fort are only open the week 15th to 23rd February but then from Easter they will open every day until the end of October. The fort is run by volunteers and they are always looking to recruit new ones. You may like working in the ticket office or shop. You may fancy learning to be a guide. the maintenance team includes people with a variety of skills who will take you under their wing and help you develop your own skills. Gardeners

• If you’re interested in joining Landguard Fort’s friendly, diverse and inclusive team give them a bell on 01394 675900 or drop them a line at operations@landguard.com

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Every Monday

Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. St Alban’s School, Digby Rd, Ipswich, 6.157.30pm. Cardio Workout Noteriety Choir in term time from 7.15pm to 9.15pm at Bramford Road Methodist Church, really friendly atmosphere and no audition needed. All types of music covered and no singing experience necessary! Contact Steph at noteriety@btinternet.com for more information. Fitness Pilates with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Rushmere Sports Pavilion, Sidegate Ave, Ipswich, 9.45-10.30am; 10.45-11.30am. Must pre-book, call 01473 613397 or email Kay@KayFletcherFitness.com Chatsworth Ladies Club. Tower Hall, Broadlands Way. 7.30-9pm, £3.00 tea, coffee and raffle ticket included. Excellent speakers and social events. Tel: 01473 711633 Fitness Pilates with Kay Fletcher Fitness. St Alban’s School, Digby Rd, Ipswich, 7.45-8.30pm Must prebook, email Kay@KayFletcherFitness.com or call 01473 613397 Zumba, 10am (60 mins) Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Rd. - £5 turn up Yoga, Sidegate Lane Comm Centre, 10-11am Beginners Ballroom and Latin Class, Kesgrave High School, Main Rd., Kesgrave, 7pm, Tel: Sharon (AISTD) 07946 347167; Graham (AISTD) 07790 230651. All levels welcome. No partner necessary, £5 Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF, 9.30am–11am (Term time only). Body Moves & Dance Class, with Linda, St James Catholic Church Hall, 482 Landseer Rd, Ipswich, 7.459.15pm. A Fun & Friendly class, try a free taster session for more info Call Linda 01394 273033 Badminton, Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich 7.30pm-10pm £2.50 per session new members welcome for info contact Ann 01473 726423

Every Tuesday

Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Inspire Suffolk Lindbergh Rd Ipswich, 9.3010.45am Cardio Workout Co op Senior Singers, weekly sessions at the Co operative Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, (parking at rear). 10.30am-noon during term time. Phone Vera Manning 01473 879817 Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Kesgrave High School (Gym), Main Rd, Kesgrave, 5.45-7.15pm Cardio Workout Tea Dances with Teresa Brown at Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, IP4 4HZ. From 2-4 pm, with dancing and refreshments. Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. £3pp members. 01473 422427. Fitness Pilates with Kay Fletcher Fitness. St Alban’s School, Digby Rd, Ipswich, 6.15-7pm. Must pre-book, email Kay@KayFletcherFitness.com or call 01473 613397 Memory Lane Cafe for people living with dementia, including carers, cared for and bereaved. 11am - 3pm - £1 entrance fee - light lunches and activities available - The Meeting Place Community Centre, Limerick Close, Ipswich IPI 5LR. Tel 07795 587425 for more info Cycle Speedway, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham from 6pm (March-Oct). Tel: Gavin on 07988 816874 to join and for further info. Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Martlesham Community Hall, Felixstowe Rd., Martlesham, IP12 4PB, 9.45am–11.30am (Term time only). Short Mat Bowls. Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich. 10am-12 noon. Beginners and experienced players are most welcome, £3 per session. Details Yvonne Beaumont 01473 411210. Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 7.30pm – 10pm, £2.50 per session, New members welcome. For more details contact Tony Crane 01473 410740. 16

Table Tennis. All standards and ages 7.30pm to 9pm, Lindsey Village Hall (next to the church), Lindsey (near Hadleigh), IP7 6PP, £2, info: 07768 828362 Art Group, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd., Ipswich, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 Co-op Ladies Choir meet at The Co-op Education Centre from 2.15pm to 3.30pm, Come and join this busy choir, performing on average 15 times a year, A friendly group, who enjoy singing to a high standard, If you would like to join us please contact Lynn Scannell 01473 710820 Lets Dance, Ballroom Latin & Sequence, Social Dance. At the Manor Ballroom Ipswich, 7.15 - 9.45, (from 9th January). New Members Welcome £5.00 Martlesham Heath Country Market, The Pavilion, The Square, Martlesham Heath, 9am, home-made, homegrown, and home-crafted items for sale. 

Every Wednesday

Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Tower Hall, 5 Bradlands Way. Rushmere St Andrew, 9.15-10.30am Cardio Workout Ipswich Juggling Workshop. £2. In the Dome Gatacre Rd, Ipswich Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Tower Hall, 5 Bradlands Way. Rushmere St Andrew, 10.30-11.45am Zumba NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Zumba (60 mins) Oaks Primary School, Chantry, 6pm, £5 turn up Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Ipswich School Sports Centre, The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, 6.10-7.15pm (Cardio Workout); 7.15-8.20pm (Bootcamp/Circuits). Kick-boxing, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham. U14’s 6-7pm; 14yrs and over 7.309pm. Tel: Richard 07979 311086 for info. Seated Zumba Gold (every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of month) (45 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Rd. , 1.30pm - £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Zumba Gold, (low impact, 50 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, 10.30am, £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Ballroom, Latin & RnR Dance Classes; Refreshers 7-8pm, Shared practice until 8.30pm, Improvers until 9.45pm. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. £4.00pp members. 01473 422427./01473 723070. Martlesham Art Group. 1.30-4.00pm Richards Rooms, Martlesham.(behind Tesco) Spaces available at an informal group with mixed abilities who just enjoy painting together with a cup of tea. Come and join us. Ring Diane on 01473 659257. Balkan and International Folk Dance. Quaker Meeting House, 39, Fonnereau Rd. Ipswich 10-12 Wednesdays in term time. For info call Sally 01473 252824 or email fletchersm@aol.com 11th Ipswich Wednesday Cubs, Chesterfield Drive Scout HQ, every Wednesday, during term time, 6.30pm to 8pm, For boys and girls from seven and a half to ten and a half years, Join for fun, friends, outdoor adventure, camps and visits, Call Mary on 07821 979509 for further information, Orwell Panthers Athletic Club for athletes with disabilities, aged 10+, Northgate Sports Centre between 6.15pm - 7.30pm, See website “orwellpanthers.co.uk” for more information Dance Classes. Ballroom, Latin and rock and roll dances. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. Refreshers 7-8pm, plus practice time, then 8.3010pm the Intermediate level class. £3pp members. 01473 422427 / 01473 723070. Creative Writing Group, Arlington’s Brasserie, 13 Museum St, Ipswich IP1 1HE, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, First session free, for further information ring Mai on 01473 711639 or go to suffolkwritersgroup.com



Tea Dance, Hintlesham Community Hall, Timperleys, Hintlesham, 2pm - 4pm at £4 per person, coffee/tea and biscuits/cakes provided, Sequence/ballroom/latin dancing, contact Teresa 01473 422427 Co-op Singers meet every Wednesday in term time from 7.30pm to 9pm, Co-op Education Centre Fore St. Ipswich. Car parking is available - entrance from Waterworks St. New members welcome, no auditions, For further information telephone Margie 01473 727829 or Julie 07986261503. Art & Craft Group, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd., Ipswich, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 The Phoenix Women’s Group Meeting, The Quakers Friends Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Rd., Ipswich, From 10am -12pm, For more info 07976 768763 or email: Ip.Phoenix@Virginmedia.Com

Every Thursday

Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave 9.30-10.45am (Cardio Workout) Salsa Classes, Kesgrave Social Club, 7.30-10.30pm Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. St Alban’s School (Front Hall), Digby Rd, Ipswich, 6.30-7.45pm Cardio Workout The Orwell Singers, at Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich, 7.30-9.30pm. Female voice choir looking for new members under new Musical Director, Lindsay Gowers. For more details contact 01473 635955 or email d.sharman@btinternet.com. Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Kesgrave High School (Front Hall), Main Rd, Kesgrave 6.30-7.45pm Zumba Seated Zumba Gold, (last Thursday of month), 10.30am (45mins) Alasdair Place, Claydon £4 turn up (followed by optional tea/coffee) Zumba (60mins) Bramford Rd. Methodist Church, 7.15pm, £5 turn up Carpet Bowls, Nacton Village Hall, IP10 0EU, 7.30pm, Come and have a go. First three visits free, then £2 per evening if you like us and want to stay, A sociable and fun evening, just turn up! Feeling lonely? Enjoy friendly company and learn something new in an hour round the Bible. 2.30pm to 3.30pm, at Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd.. For more info call 07419 837115. Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 2pm – 4.15pm, £2.80 includes tea & biscuits, for further information telephone 01473 725274 Body Moves & Dance Class with Linda, Girl Guiding Building, Garrison Lane,Felixstowe. 7.30pm to 9pm, A Fun & Friendly Class. Info call Linda 01394 273033 Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information contact Adrian 01473 464920 Woodbridge Country Market, Woodbridge Community Hall, next to Deben Pool, 10am - 11.15am, Local Home Produced Food, Plants,  Vegetables 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, Ipswich, 10.15am - 11.30am

Every Friday

Felixstowe Country Market. Note new location from Friday 10th January 2020, Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe. Open from 9.30-11.15am. www.country-markets.co.uk Zumba (60mins) Stone Lodge Community Centre, Hawthorn Drive (behind library), 10am, £5 turn up Yoga, Burness Parish Rooms, Melton, 6-7.30pm Badminton Stowupland High School (IP14 4BQ) nr Stowmarket, 8-10pm, all players with some racket experience welcome. No league involvement, just friendly competitive games. £4 per session. Contact Kevin 01449 615136 — continues on page 17 —

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At High Lodge they have created a secluded wedding venue which offers exclusive use of their function facilities.

Ideally situated on the A12 between Lowestoft and Ipswich, they are the perfect location for guests coming from Norfolk or Suffolk to attend your special day. High Lodge can guarantee complete privacy by ensuring that the wedding venue will be exclusive to you – creating an intimate atmosphere that goes towards creating a truly memorable Wedding day.

The beautiful Suffolk wedding venue has been designed to ensure that your wedding celebration is a truly memorable event for both you and your guests. You can rest assured that every detail of your day will be taken care of by High Lodge’s dedicated, caring and professional Wedding team. Why not take a look at their 2020 Wedding Brochure for further information.

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With you every step of the way The Venue Unique venue set in 120 acres of Suffolk woodland.

Flexible Menu Options Modern, traditional and bespoke menu choices available.

Civil Ceremonies We are licenced to conduct Civil Ceremonies.

On-site Accommodation 19 luxury lodges, some with private hot tubs all in walking distance of the celebration.

The Champion Suite Flexibility to accommodate both large numbers 180 seated and 350 for evening reception as well as intimate gatherings.

Looking for inspiration or would like to view this beautiful venue? Why not take a look and come along to The High Lodge Wedding Fayre on Thursday 20th February, 2020 from 6pm-9pm?

The Champion Suite

The Champion Suite is the main wedding reception room. It is a non-smoking selfcontained facility with rest rooms, bar and terrace. It offers a cosy setting for smaller receptions as well as seating for up to 180 guests for those of you with a larger guest list. For your evening wedding reception we can accommodate up to 350 guests. The terrace offers plenty of seating exclusively for you and your wedding guests to sit and relax whilst admiring the views across the lake and golf course.

Car Parking Car parking space for up to 200 cars, suitable for coaches too.

Honeymoon Lodge

One of High Lodge’s Claywood Retreat luxury lodges, WILLOW, has been designated exclusively as their honeymoon lodge. The honeymoon lodge is a luxury one bedroom lodge (2 people maximum) with private outdoor hot tub. It has beautiful views over the golf course, within close proximity to the venue, and is perfect for that romantic getaway. Please note that this lodge is only available to book on a short break basis (Mon-Fri or Fri-Mon). Please ask your Wedding Coordinator for prices and availability.

Bespoke & Tailor Made Packages

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Do you want something totally unique and know exactly what you want? Then why not build your own package? Beautifully tailored to your specific requirements. No matter what you have in mind, High Lodge will work with you to create a plan that suits your individual requirements and makes your big day special! For further information on 2020 Weddings, please ask to look at the 2020 Wedding Brochure which contains information on the various packages available, prices, menu selections and optional extras telephone High Lodge’s Wedding & Events Team on 01986 784347 or visit www.highlodge.co.uk.

Weddings can be a stressful event as things may happen on the day that are completely out of your control but with enough preparation and support from your friends and relatives it can be the most memorable and joyous event you’ll remember for a long time to come. Here are some handy tips to bear in mind to ensure that your special day goes as smoothly as possible: 1. Be aware of time: at the start of your day time moves slower than normal (“It’s only 10am, I’ve been up hours”), but once you’re an hour away from the start of proceedings time goes into overdrive; and make sure you take time out to be together during the day – it will be over before you realise. 2. Allow plenty of time for marks from bra straps and socks to fade before your big day. 3. If you’re getting ready in a hotel, make sure you have a pair of scissors for cutting the tags off new items. 4. Leave plenty of time for doing up the dress if it has lacing at the back. It looks easy in the shop when they show you how to do it, but on the day it can add to the stress levels if you’re short of time! 5. Have an emergency kit: (sewing kit for the groom to repair his trousers?), scissors, hair grips, rubber bands, plasters etc. Make sure that the groom has cuff links if his shirt needs them. 6. Plan the day and then hand over the detail to someone else. If necessary, hire a professional wedding coordinator for the day so that you don’t have to worry about anything. And if things don’t go to plan, don’t worry, your guests will probably not even notice. 7. Don’t ask your photographer for too many posed family shots as you will get tired/bored/fidgety and miss the chance to be with your guests – and prevent your photographer from getting those special informal images. 8. Ladies hats: make sure that there is an understanding that hats will or won’t be worn during the wedding breakfast; and if not that there is somewhere for them to be kept; photographers, incidentally, prefer it without hats! 9. Timing: a one and a half hour interval between the start of the reception and the wedding breakfast is usually good; this will allow plenty of time to mingle with guests as well as for photographing the couple and the family shots. But see next point. 10. Receiving lines: the irony here is that if you have a lot of guests and want to make sure that you meet all of them, then a receiving line will do that for you, but will also take a considerable time (an hour for 125 guests at a recent wedding). It may be better to wander around the tables between courses.

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Your venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your wedding day; something you will have imagined and thought about from the moment the ring was placed on your finger. Set in 120 acres of magnificent and historic parkland, Ufford Park is situated in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, and our 18-hole award-winning golf course provides a stunning backdrop for your ceremony, with beautiful, natural photo opportunities, we are the ideal location.

Whether you are looking for somewhere to host the full wedding celebration, the reception, or perhaps you are getting married abroad and would like to arrange a reception party, with a wide range of wedding packages available, tailored to suit the need of every couple down to the tiniest of details, Ufford Park can help 2020 01 Ipswich24 Weddings.qxp_135mm h x 93mm w 09/01/2020 12:49 Page 1 to make your day extra special for you and your guests.

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11. If you have guests joining you later in the day, designate someone to meet and greet – nothing worse than turning up to a party in full swing and not knowing where to go, or what to do if the speeches are still going on because things are running late. 12. Confetti: if there’s going to be confetti thrown, get the ushers to organise a couple of lines. If it is just handed out to the guests without a plan, they will eventually wander up to you and throw some – usually against the wind! 13. The weather: a nice day is a great bonus – but if it rains, just smile and enjoy. And as far as photographs are concerned, if you want to go outside, make sure that it’s the photographer that gets wet, not you! 14. A lipstick tip from makeup artists: to avoid leaving some of it on your glass, wet the lip of the glass before bringing it to your lips – how you do this is up to you! And remember, this checklist is only a guide. It’s you who will be living out the day with your friends and family. Do your best to prepare as much as you can beforehand and when the big day finally arrives relax in the knowledge that you’ve done everything possible to make it a success. After all the hard work is done, your job is now to have fun and enjoy each memorable moment that happens on your wedding day. Richard Galloway

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How to get the most from Wedding Shows n Wedding Shows and Fairs are a great place to go if you’re planning your special day. Here you can have a look at all that’s on offer and see what you would like, and what you don’t like for your own wedding. Ipswich24 caught up with Country Wedding Events to find out what their top tips are for making the most out of your visit to a Wedding Show.

1. Narrow down. Before the show, have a chat with your partner to decide a few key factors about your wedding. In what season and year are you hoping to tie the knot? Have you decided on a location? What overall style will you be going for? It’s good to have an idea on this when chatting to companies. 2. Comfort. You’ll be on your feet all day; wear comfy flats and pop some blister plasters in your bag. 3. Set up a wedding email address. This way you can keep everything in one place, and it makes it much easier to refer back to suppliers’ emails. 4. The entourage. Decide who you’ll take with you – will it be your partner, or would you prefer to have a day with the girls or your mum? 5. Homework. Make a checklist of the type of suppliers you’re looking for on the day. If you’re in

the early stages of planning, this might be your venue or photographer. Later down the line, you might want to check out florists, cake designers and DJs. 6. Get social. Follow the event organiser and some of the suppliers who are attending on social media. This way you’ll be first to know of any show offers, and you’ll also be able to decide who you want to meet on the day. 7. Book. If you love something, book it! There will be lots of other couples chatting to the same suppliers, so make sure you secure your date – but don’t ever feel pressurised into doing so if you’re not 100 per cent sure. 8. Prep work. Pre-register for the event online so it saves you time on the day, and arrive early to make the most of the show. 9. Get organised. Take your diary with you so you can make appointments, and make sure you keep any literature you receive in a folder – you never know when you’ll need it during your planning. 10. Enjoy! Chat to other couples, enjoy the cake tastings, check out the incredible fashion shows, get in the photo booth and grab a glass of fizz. There’s nothing quite like a wedding show!

Savvy Wedding Show is back and better than ever in 2020!!

Keep an eye on the finances

It is an event not to be missed with a selection of Suffolk’s finest wedding suppliers all under one roof.

Millions of married couples underestimated their wedding budget - and ended up having to borrow money to pay the difference.

The Savvy Wedding Planner is very excited to be hosting the next Savvy Wedding Show at the lovely village location of Henley Community Centre. They will be on hand to offer their professional services to make your special day as stress-free as possible.  There will be bubbles on arrival, beauty demos, cake samples and live entertainment throughout the day.   Other refreshments will also be available on site.  

There’s more! For everyone that pre books a ticket via Ticketgun will receive a free entry into the prize draw with a selection of fantastic prizes on offer.  Keep an eye out for updates on the Facebook event page, on twitter and on their websites.  

The Savvy Wedding Planner looks forward to welcoming lots of brides and grooms to be and helping them plan their special day. Save the date!  Sunday, 8th March 2020 

The Savvy Wedding Show will take place at Henley Community Centre, Church Meadows, Henley, Ipswich, IP6 0RP from 11am to 3pm. Tickets are just £1 and available from Ticketgun https://www.ticketgun.com/events/ the-savvy-wedding-show-1

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Almost two thirds admitted the total cost of their wedding was more than they expected with 70 per cent of those having to look elsewhere to find the money. And 23 per cent said their spending went a whopping £20,000 or more over budget. Almost two thirds (65 per cent) admitted they were unprepared for how much their wedding was going to set them back. Paul Went, managing director of Shawbrook Bank, which commissioned the research, said, “Nowadays, weddings are generally a more lavish and costly affair than in years gone by. “People appear to be spending more and more money to try and create an unforgettable experience but there is a risk of overstretching your finances.

“When planning for your big day it’s important to set a clear, realistic budget, preparing for those unexpected costs you could experience further down the line. There are many ways of saving money if you start planning early and avoid being forced into last-minute decisions. By taking a slightly different approach, you could reduce the overall cost of your wedding. "For example, getting married mid-week, during the winter or even overseas could help you stay on budget. When considering how to finance your wedding, it’s important to make sure it doesn’t put you or your family under unnecessary financial pressure. Understanding your available budget and your options for finance will help you make an informed decision.” The study of 500 adults who got married within the last five years found the most popular sources for borrowing additional funds were from parents (26 per cent), via credit cards (17 per cent) and through personal loans (14 per cent). But 44 per cent of those polled felt under pressure from others to spend more than they had planned to or felt comfortable with. And just under a quarter said pressure came from their family members, while 12 per cent blamed friends or neighbours. A tenth said their spouse-to-be was the one pushing to spend more.

Cost-conscious Brits are also getting married in winter, on weekdays or overseas to help keep costs down. Nearly three in 10 respondents in the study held their wedding reception in a hotel, but 18 per cent chose a pub, village hall or community centre.

Have a Good Hair Day on your Wedding Day

Every bride wants to look their absolute best on their wedding day, and having the perfect hair is no exception. It can be easy to overlook this detail, but having a great hairstyle on your big day not only completes your look, but will make you feel confident and beautiful—which is how every bride should feel.

Similar to an article of clothing, some hairstyles will always be more traditional, while others may be more on-trend and quickly go out of style. If you are completely stumped as to what hairstyle would suit you best on your wedding day, here are some tested-and-true hairstyle suggestions: - The half up half down: This hairstyle is suitable for all lengths of hair as well as any thickness. Begin with putting loose waves in your hair and then loosely pin half of it up. This look is romantic and natural. - The chignon up-do: Again, this hairstyle works for all lengths and thicknesses. Begin by curling your hair into fairly tight curls. Pull hair into an up-do, and secure the curls with bobby pins. This hairstyle has been around for years and fits the epitome of elegance. It also allows the bride to easily pin her veil into the chignon. - The low ponytail: This look is best for longer hair. Begin by adding loose waves to hair. Pull hair into a low ponytail, wrap a section of hair around the base of the ponytail and secure it with a few bobby pins. This hairstyle is modern yet still effortlessly beautiful. Almost any bridal hair look can be accessorised with flowers, feathers, or decorative hairpins. Accessories can make a huge difference in making your hairstyle unique and are customisable to match your wedding dress or overall colour scheme. Having a hair care regimen for a few weeks before the wedding can be advantageous in maintaining healthy, shiny locks. A few tips include combing your hair regularly, applying special treatments such as hot oil, and drinking lots of water. With all of the time and effort it takes to plan a beautiful wedding day, it can be easy to neglect certain details. Take time to plan to do a pre-wedding hair trial a few weeks prior to your big day and talk over with your hair stylist your options, that way you will know in advance what style best suits you and your wedding dress and on the day you can just sit, relax and be pampered!

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Weddings at Stonham Barns

Stonham Barns is a unique and beautiful country escape wedding venue nestled in the heart of the Suffolk countryside just off the A1120 at Stonham Aspal, surrounded by unspoilt scenery, yet conveniently located for the A14 and M25, it is both ideally suited and perfectly located for you and your guests making it the perfect setting for your wedding.

Their friendly and professional team are always available to organise a personal package to make your dream wedding perfect and will be on hand to turn any ideas you have into reality. The Barn wedding venue is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies, partnerships and wedding receptions and can cater from 20 to 300 people. This is beautifully decorated and where you and your guests can enjoy excellent food and drink. There is a fully licenced bar, modern kitchen and it is fully heated. There are male/female facilities and separate disabled access and facilities. The Barn also has a stage and dance floor, if you want to make use of that and you require music or entertainment for your reception, let them know whether you would like a live band or disco and they can arrange it for you. You can also enjoy use of the outside space, with an area designated for outdoor catering with ample seating and five acres of grass, it definitely gives the children plenty of room to run around and play, maybe even hire a bouncy castle to keep the kids entertained. Food packages are created by the in-house caterers, they have many options already but if these are not to your liking or you need special dietary requirements, they are able to work with you to create something more suitable. Stonham Barn’s can highly recommend their onsite wedding photographer to take all your perfect photos in the beautiful surroundings. Why not have a Horse and Carriage to make the day extra special. They also have onsite the Suffolk Bridal Outlet selling a large range of bridal gowns and The Beauty Barn and Elegant Hair & Beauty which offer several wedding packages. There is onsite accommodation available so if you and your guests would like to stay after your wedding, discuss that with them and it can easily be arranged. Stonham Barn’s also have facilities for stag and hen parties, these include Adventure golf course, foot golf, fishing and hair and beauty packages for that pre-wedding pampering. The team at Stonham Barns want you to have a magical day, so they would like to get to know you and understand exactly what you are looking for, please feel free to get in touch to arrange to have a look around and discuss what they can do for you. For more information go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk, telephone 01449 711111 or email weddings@stonhambarns.co.uk


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Ten things to think about for your Wedding

After the initial few weeks of feeling on top of the world after you have decided to get married, it is then time to get down to the real hard work of planning your big day.

Below, we take a look at our top ten things to think about when planning your wedding, taking a look at the things you really need to get straight in your mind to make your big day a massive success. Location – If you have family spread out over the country then choosing a location that everyone, including yourself, is happy with is going to be a nightmare. Many people will either get

married in their home town or go back to a place they used to live. The amount of people getting married abroad has risen in the past ten years, with travel and accommodation getting cheaper,

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but this is something that might not suit all of your guests. Venue – From Churches to Football Stadiums, you can get married anywhere these days so you will not have a problem when it comes to finding a venue, unless you leave it too late. Churches are still one of the most popular places to get married, but many more people get married in hotels, marquees and other readily available places these days. Accommodation – If you are going to hang around before shooting off on your honeymoon then you will need accommodation and so will your guests, so you need to try and sort out a range of options for everyone to stay. If you go for a luxury hotel then you have to bear in mind that some of your guests might not be able to afford this, so it’s well worth offering a range of options that everyone can afford to stay over should they want to. Catering – With so many medical conditions, allergies and fussy eaters, catering for all of your guests has never been harder, so this aspect of your wedding might involve you having to really spend some time thinking about it. You also need to think about whether you will have a sit down and served meal or whether a self service buffet might fit your requirements better and with so many options to choose from this could take some time! Insurance – Many people over look wedding insurance and yet it is crucial you at least consider having this kind of insurance and have a look at some quotes. A good insurance product can help to protect many things with regards to your wedding, including cancellation costs, any damage that occurs and also if any of your third parties should go bust before your big day. Guests – When you have decided how many people you will be inviting, you then need to sit and down and work out who is coming, where they are going to sit, what they are going to eat and all the other minor decisions you have to

make when holding any kind of event like this. Many people will invite a selection of people to the wedding and then more people to their evening party, as this helps to keep the cost down and means you do not have to have a huge venue for your actual wedding. Presents – Most weddings have a “wish list” where the guests can go along and choose a present that the bride and groom actually want, which can stop them ending up with ten toasters and three cushions. Most leading department stores offer a wedding list service which allows guests to buy a present and when that present is purchased it is removed from the list, meaning the happy couple only get what they really want. Wedding Apparel – The brides dress and the groom’s suit needs to be purchased and the bridesmaids all need to be dressed in clothing that you want for your big day, so this is something else that needs to be organised. Gone are the days when you need to spend thousands on a wedding dress, with many of the supermarkets and department stores now offering cheaper alternatives that still look amazing. Transport – You need to decide how the bride and family will be getting to the place where you are due to be married. Will you be going for a traditional limousine or are you going to have a full blown horse and cart solution? No matter what kind of transport you opt for, it is vital that you book it early to get the best choice and also try to get an early booking discount. Rings – Don’t forget to buy the rings! To symbolise the joining together of two people, it is traditional to swap rings at a wedding, which is normally at the closing end of the wedding ceremony. There are hundreds of shops that you can buy jewellery from, but do go and make sure they fit perfectly first else it could be a tight squeeze when it comes to placing them on the fingers on your wedding day. Ian Spencer

Five ideas for Creative and Unusual Wedding Cakes As the centerpiece of your reception, wedding cakes are a bride's opportunity to make a major style statement. But many brides don't particularly like the taste of wedding cake, and some simply prefer to serve something a little more distinctive for the dessert course. Looking for something different? Browse these ideas for a refreshing spin on the traditional wedding cake.

2. Wedding Cakes Made of Cheese

Scattered plates with barely nibbled pieces of wedding cake are an alltoo-familiar sight at receptions. If you want to serve a dessert your guests will actually eat, consider a wedding "cake" made of cheese. Literally a cake made of cheese stacked in tiers and decorated to look like a wedding cake. Adornments like foliage, grapes, berries, nuts, and flowers transform a

If you like the look of iced tiers, but want something truly surprising, have rich, velvety gourmet cheesecakes

stacked and decorated like a traditional wedding cake. Your guests will be none the wiser until it is time to slice up. Cori Russell

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Do you have a Wedding coming up and you're looking for a great place to celebrate it with all your friends and family?

1. Break the Mould

Cupcakes and doughnuts are trendy alternatives to traditional wedding cakes, but good old jelly might be the most creative new option. When molded into cake form with a touch of class and ingredients like tropical fruit, champagne, and lychee, the family picnic favorite can be transformed into an elegant and refreshingly light treat perfect for a summer or outdoor wedding. Plus, it's bound to be an instant conversation starter. Love the idea? Present it to your caterer to recreate it.

5. Cake Fake Out

The function room at the Felixstowe Trades and Labour Club is the perfect venue. With a large spacious hall that consists of a stage area, a large dance floor and a lovely bar, and plenty of parking making this the perfect venue for your special day. Being a large venue, there is plenty of scope to have different seating plans. Felixstowe Trades and Labour Club is the perfect family friendly venue, it’s dance floor is perfectly placed so guests can see the Bride and Groom’s first dance, before partying the night away with the happy couple. And for members of your family that prefer to catch up with relatives, there is room to find a quiet corner where you are not competing with the loud music of the festivities. creamy Lancashire or unpasteurized cheddar into an elaborate wedding cake that can match your decor scheme.

3. Blinged out Baked Goods

When it comes to wedding day bling, bejeweled brides have some competition. Now your cake can don jewellery too! That's right, the latest adornments to hit wedding cakes are hand-made Swarovski Crystal Cake Jewellery. Design a sparkilicious cake bedecked with crystal monograms, hearts, flowers or butterflies.

4. Flavourful Fountains

Chocolate fountains in lieu of wedding cakes have been done. So put a new spin on the chocolate fountain with a colourful, flowing display of fruit coulis, which is that powerfully tangy syrup made from raspberries, mangoes, or other fruits and often comes drizzled over something like a flourless chocolate cake. In its fountain form, dip brownies, shortbread, and other cakes and cookies for a sweet, fruity treat.

Felixstowe Trades and Labour Club friendly staff are on hand to ensure that your reception runs smoothly, taking the stress of the day away and allowing Bride and Groom to have that perfect wedding. Available for all your partying needs, whether that's a birthday or anniversary party, a wedding or a christening. The hall is also available to hire for charity events, meetings and presentation nights. Pretty much anything. For more information telephone 01394 282108. Felixstowe Trades and Labour Club is situated at 182 High Road West, Felixstowe.

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There are some funny traditions in British weddings. One of them is the "giving away" of the bride. away the bride. On the other hand, maybe the mother doesn't want to think she is losing a son. If the old saying above still holds true, then the father isn't actually giving away the bride, he is in fact going to collect a son. So, if we dissect more of these wedding traditions, and put them alongside old sayings, will we find that the opposite is true of many more of them? The throwing of the bouquet for example? Who knows? But even if some of these traditions stem from ideas that are now a little passe, it doesn't mean that they can't be enjoyed for the fun or the sentiment that they bring. For a father, giving away his daughter can be a very emotional and moving thing. It is the right way around, of course. It is like saying goodbye to your eighteen year old son or daughter before they go away to college or university. It is good that it is happening, and everyone is happy for everyone else, but still, a few tears might be shed. People like to laugh, and they also like to cry happy tears like this. So any tradition that creates either one of these responses, has to have it's place in a good wedding day. Hasim Bham

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The bride's father is meant to hand his daughter over to the new most important man of her life. This is of course a rather old-fashioned idea, but it can, never-the-less, be an emotional moment for both father and daughter. So why are the mother and son deprived of such a ceremony? In modern times, isn't the father daughter relationship quite similar to the mother and son relationship? When a girl is a baby, her father is the first man she ever gets to know. And this is the same with a baby boy and his mother. Yet somehow a "Daddy's girl" is a more acceptable fixture of modern life than a "Mummy's boy". There are old sayings about this sort of thing. One saying goes that when a son marries, the mother loses a son, but when the daughter marries, the family gains a son. The implication behind this is might be that the daughter is better at staying in touch with the family, and bringing her own loved ones into the fold of her family. Perhaps it's also suggesting that when a man marries, he wants to please his wife more than he now wants to please his mother. So maybe the mother of the groom should give away the groom at the same time as the father of the bride gives


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LOVE is in the air!

With Valentine’s Day this month, the new wedding season has well and truly begun. From the moment the question has been popped until the time you say ‘I do’ there is so much to organise.

Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Café, based in the centre of Ipswich, may be the perfect starting place to put a few ticks on your to do list. From planning the Hen Party to sourcing the Wedding Favours and even creating personalised bespoke thank you gifts for your wedding party. Plus adorable ceramic keepsakes to mark your big day and capture your guests well wishes for the future. Starting with the Hen Party, from small low key girly get together to larger scale gatherings, the cosy studio/cafe can accommodate and host your perfect party. Special painting deals to suit your theme and budget can be arranged including refreshments. From traditional Cream Teas served on vintage cake stands to full buffets. The venue can also be hired privately in the evenings when you can bring your own alcohol in, subject to a small corkage fee. Plus a mobile painting service is also available. How about creating your own unique thank you gifts? Truly personal and something that will treasured for years to come. Don’t panic if you have never painted pottery before because the friendly staff will be on hand to guide you through the process and give you handy helpful hints. Alternatively, one of the talented in-house artists can be commissioned to create a perfect gift for you to a design of your choosing. These fantastic items can be as individual as the people for whom they are created. For the ultimate keepsake why not create a signing item. Purchase a piece of ceramic and take it along to your big day, get everyone to write a message on it in pencil. Return your item to the studio and the amazing artists will hand finish your piece by painting over every message, keeping exactly to the handwriting. The finished the ceramic will be personalised with a design of your choice, glazed and fired to create the perfect wedding memory. The contemporary alternative to the guest book! Open seven days a week and there is no need to book to paint in the studio and no time limit on your visit. Don’t forget to cut out and use the discount voucher which entitles you to £2 off ceramic painting.

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Where next for weddings? Could Pinterest and DIY weddings eventually replace the humble wedding show? Melissa Neisler Dickinson the Event Manager of The Suffolk Wedding Show gives her point of view,“Since the early days of my very first shows back in 2006, wedding trends have changed considerably. Many couples are now looking for a more rustic and relaxed approach to their wedding day, they browse the web for inspiration and often plan their colours and theme of the day with the likes of Pinterest, YouTube and Facebook.

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“Couples also like to add meaningful special touches to their day; this often involves them personally making items or encouraging relatives to lend a hand. This can work well in a lot of cases, saving a substantial amount of money on the services offered by professional wedding suppliers. However, during my time as a wedding planner I have seen this ‘DIY approach’ often leaving the couple feeling deflated and regretting they did not enlist a professional for certain aspects of their day. Therefore, I always believe there will be a place for quality wedding shows if they keep on trend, offer a big sprinkle of inspiration and the attending suppliers offer quality products and services at a reasonable price”

The Next Suffolk Wedding Show at Wherstead Park is on Sunday 23rd of February from 10.30am until 3pm, and, will meet all the criteria of a successful show. Suffolk Marquees will be displaying their new Rustic Tipi’s and Jamie Lee Smith Catering will be showcasing something very special to tie in with the rustic/retro on trend look. This event will be bigger and more inspirational than ever before, with free entry, parking, bubbly and wedding magazine for every couple, this is one show not to miss. Melissa Neisler Dickinson looks forward to seeing you there. To claim your free tickets visit www.thesuffolkweddingshow.co.uk Suppliers wishing to exhibit please email info@suffolkevents.co.uk


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Helping you achieve Facial aesthetics the perfect smile without surgery n A & L clinics is a private dental clinic in the heart of Ipswich town centre. Based in the beautiful listed building on Lower Brook Street, where there is parking available to patients at the rear of the building. With a wide range of dental services and treatments on offer, the friendly A & L clinics team ensures every patients dental goals are achieved, whilst also ensuring your dental experience is as smooth and pain-less as possible, also with a smile!

General dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry is available along with Invisalign, the invisible brace system to align teeth to give that perfect smile and dental implants to replace missing teeth. On-the-day crowns can also be made at A&L clinics, no messy impressions, no temporary crown and no waiting for dental labs to make crowns. Denplan is also on offer to ensure your dental health is the best it can be and spreading the cost of the regular appointments as well as necessary treatment and regular hygiene visits. This is covers you for emergency dental treatment, worldwide! The Prinicipal dentist, Dr Andrius Pocius has many many years of experience within Dentistry and has undertaken lots of smile makeover cases, ensuring every patient can achieve their ideal smile. A & L clinics also have a CBCT scanning machine, this computerised scan uses advanced technology to generate three-dimensional [3-D] images.

n Dr Linea Strachan is an award-winning facial aesthetic doctor with many years experience within the industry.

By listening to her patient’s needs, offering treatment options, advising on the best approach to achieve the optimal results and formulating a treatment plan together, Dr Linea ensures each patient feels confident, refreshed and the best version of themselves.

At Dr Linea aesthetics they provide a wide range of treatments for natural rejuvenation, skin tightening, corrective and enhancing facial treatments.

Often it is thought, surgery is required to modify these things, however, with advancing technology and the right practitioner, facial aesthetics is more accessible and affordable, with better results than surgery. 

With a wealth of medical knowledge and understanding of facial anatomy, Dr Linea has mastered the art of natural rejuvenation, using the highest quality products to give natural results. Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to softened frown lines, erase crow’s feet around the eyes, slim down the face, lift sad mouth corners, improve neck lines and even to reduce the gummy smile appearance. 

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Choosing a disco for your wedding can be important for the success of your wedding reception. Here are some questions that you need to ask before you decide on one: 1. What sort of experience does this DJ have doing weddings?

Are they practiced enough to deal with any surprise situations that may arise. They must be able to spin appropriate music during certain phases of your wedding. Softer more ambient music should be played while the guests are mingling and dining, and then move into to lively or upbeat sounds when the atmosphere calls for it. Also, the DJ needs to be able to take requests and stay out the way of other venders such as the caterer and photographer.

2. What kind of party does the DJ usually play?

Obviously one would prefer the proficiency in weddings. Lots of disc jockeys play different venues and will maybe do a wedding on occasion. Weddings are different from clubs or raves and should be handled that way by a professional DJ. There is certain criteria which a wedding DJ needs to adhere and a novice DJ can end up bringing unnecessary stress to your wedding event.

KWMCC - A unique Suffolk wedding venue Set in twelve acres of land in a peaceful, attractive and easily accessible location, close to the local church in Kesgrave. KWMCC boasts a unique wedding venue, offering couples complete flexibility and a choice of individual rooms to suit all budgets. Ropes Hall is the most popular room for weddings, with its stunning floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the beautiful garden area. The garden is perfect for guests to gather throughout your celebration or for entertaining the children with activities, whilst the venues conservatory which also has access to the attractive garden, makes a wonderful setting for your arrival drinks reception. Whether you are looking for a reception venue, the perfect location for a celebrant ceremony or seeking to combine the two, at KWMCC they understand the importance of your wedding day. Your wedding, your way: - Choice of function rooms and flexibility to suit all budgets or exclusive use of the venue - Option of using your own caterers and preferred suppliers - Celebrant Ceremonies welcomed

3. Can the DJ refer to satisfied customers or repeat customers and can you contact them?

- Fully licensed bar, selling a range of reasonably priced drinks, wine and special drinks can be pre-ordered for your wedding breakfast/reception or arrival drinks.

The key to a disc jockey is repeat customers and word of mouth promotion and nobody recommends a DJ that can't perform well for the most important day of their lives. Ask how you can get hold of past customers and keep relevant questions ready to ask them regarding their experiences with the DJ.

- Attractive enclosed garden area and band stand, perfect for those special wedding photos and suitable for marquees and outdoors catering.

4. Are the prices in line with other competing DJs?

Shop around but don't settle for the lowest bidder. There are decent DJ services where you get a good bang for your buck and feel as if the DJ added to the event. There are also services that will charge you too much. Watch out for companies that try to exploit a couple preparing for a wedding.

5. What sort of hardware will your DJ use?

Make sure they have all high-grade electronics, no home speakers and lights that belong in a garage. You are hopefully hiring a veteran who knows how to pull off a stunning display of aural magic. Make sure they have made an investment in equipment. Only expect the best. No bride and groom should have to worry about the microphone or speakers going bad in the middle of their event!

6. Will the DJ play a mixture of music?

You hope to locate a DJ that will play music appropriate for all stages of the reception. The music library should contain a myriad of selections. They should also offer to find any of your requested songs that will make you wedding even more memorable, which they might not have in their collection. Also, ask for a sample music menu.

- Up to date audio & visual equipment - Indoor stage, suitable for disco or band (Ropes Hall Only) - Fully accessible, including disabled parking and toilet facilities - Two large free car parks - Easily accessible by public transport - Access to KWMCC recommended suppliers - An experienced coordinator available to offer advice and ensure your day runs smoothly. A new addition to the venue are ceiling drapes and uplighters which when added to your package can greatly enhance the look to your big day. Kesgrave Community and Conference Centre can be found at Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave. For more information about this great venue and the facilities on offer please call 01473 612648 or visit www.kwmcc.co.uk

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Let Deben Travel help with your perfect honeymoon Greek Islands

A honeymoon classic - Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Rhodes are just some of the many beautiful islands that are popular to visit. The 6,000 different islands make Greece a perfect destination for island-hopping, enabling you to experience the history and culture of more than one resort

The Maldives

Made up from over 1,000 individual islands, each offering its own personal slice of paradise. While being secluded and relaxing the islands also offer some amazing activities to keep you both entertained, from diving to thrilling water sports, spa treatments, sunset cruises and picnics on uninhabited islands.


Thailand boasts a fabulous array of islands and resorts – from lively beach scenes to relaxing hideaways. A great honeymoon choice for those seeking more than just a beach, although if a luxury resort is what you're after, Thailand has them in abundance.

Can’t decide on just one destination? At Deben Travel they specialise in tailor-made itineraries so can personalise your holiday to be as simple or as complex as you like – popular twin-centres can vary from a Safari in South Africa and then a beach stay in Mauritius, or two Caribbean Islands like Antigua and St Lucia.

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They would always recommend an airport lounge as the perfect way to start your honeymoon. Where you can have a quiet and relaxing space away from the busy airport before your flight, and with a range of complimentary food and drink (sometimes even Champagne!) it can work-out good value for money. Prices start at around £25 per person At Deben Travel they offer a complimentary ‘Honeymoon Gift Fund’ service. They can supply you with small cards to place in your wedding invitations, inviting guests to donate to your honeymoon as way of a wedding gift. This is a lovely way for your close friends and family to help contribute to your trip, perhaps enabling you to upgrade certain elements such as your flights or hotel room – making your experience even more special.

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Every Saturday

Fri 7th Feb

HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. www.hmsgangesmuseum.com The Co-op Waterfront Music School meets at the Co-op Education Centre, Fore St., Ipswich. 9am-12.15pm, Orchestral, Recorder and Jazz Groups All ages and all abilities welcome 01394 273290 for further details Free Volleyball with Ipswich Ravens, 2pm - 4pm in Christchurch Park, Beginners or experienced, adults and juniors age 9 upwards, Call or text Steve 07584 636669 Games Club, Woodbridge Library, 10.30am-2.30pm Drop in to play a wide selection of board games including pre-school learning, sci fi and traditional games, with a few puzzles too. Free squash and biscuits for children. Hot drinks are available at £1.00 each. The Club is free to attend but young children must be supervised by an adult.

Talk: “Air and Water” The fascinating story of The Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment (M.A.E.E.) at Felixstowe. Martlesham Heath Community Centre, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham Heath 7.30-10pm. Organised by MHAS. Entry costs £3 for members, £4 for non-members. Pay on the door. Contact: Howard on 01473 274300 for info

Every Sunday

Have Fun With Clay with Michele Parsons, 7.30pm at Broadway House, Orwell Road Felixstowe. If you would like to join Felixstowe Art Group please go to www.felixstoweartgroup.org or telephone 01394 276975

HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. www.hmsgangesmuseum.com NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Frog Squad Sunday Kids Club, Salvation Army Bramford Rd., 11.30am to 12.15pm, all children from 3 to 12 very welcome for stories singing and games Kid’s Club Craft Activities, Woodbridge Library, 10.30am-12 noon.

Sat 1st Feb

Felixstowe Country Market will be in the Hadwen Room at Felixstowe library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7BY from 9:30am to 3pm. We will be serving refreshments, as well as our home-made crafts, bakes and preserves. Sequence Dance to music by Michael & Sylvia (CDs) 7.45pm – 11pm. Bar, Draw, Refreshments. Members £5 Guests £6. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ Live Music: Just Us. Felixstowe Trades & Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe Live Music: Skittlez, 8.30-11.30pm, £2 members, £5 guests. Hadleigh RBL Club

Sat 8th Feb

Potato Day, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT, 9.30am-1.30pm. For more information go to www. stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 Live Music: Bits n Pieces. Felixstowe Trades & Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe Talk by Mia Philips (Well-being Coach), Woodbridge Libarary, 10.15-11.45am. Suggested donation of £7. www.facebook.com/ccEHWB

Tues 11th Feb

Wed 12th Feb

Talk: Colchester Tramways presented by Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Soc. At Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich, 7.30pm

Thurs 13th Feb

Ipswich RSPB Group Indoor Meeting. ‘Suffolk Diary’ an illustrated talk by Liz Huxley, Wildlife Photographer. Rushmere St Andrew Church Hall, The Street, Rushmere, Ipswich, IP5 1DH. 7.30pm. Admission: Local Group members £2.50 (concessions apply). NonMembers £5.00. Under 18s free. Contact 07887770942. All welcome.

Sat 15th-Sat 22nd Feb

Panto: Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood, something for everyone in Co4’s panto at the Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge. Box office 01394 328174 – see page 13

Sat 15th-Sun 23rd Feb

Landguard Fort, open daily 10am-4pm. Come explore, discover and be amazed. Includes children’s Fun Quiz Trail. www.landguard.com

Sun 2nd Feb

Sat 15th Feb

Ipswich RSPB Local Group Field Meeting to Shotley for waders and wildfowl . Meet at 1.30pm at Bristol Arms. 2 hours. 2 miles. Contact 01473 258791. All welcome.

Live Music: Chart Attack. Felixstowe Trades & Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe Lambing at Baylham Rare Breeds Farm, plus, maybe, piglets too. see page 7 of this issue for more infomation

Tues 4th Feb

Tues 18th-Thurs 20th Feb

Company and a Cuppa – Join like-minded people for a chat over board games, cards or dominoes. Brain teaser puzzles and jigsaws available too. All welcome at the Oddfellows Hall, 37 High St., Ipswich IP1 3QH, at 1.30pm £2 entry. Call 01473 251867 for details. Dementia Together Suffolk, Woodbridge Library, 10am-1pm. If you have memory worries, are living with dementia, caring for someone who has dementia or if you’re a health professional this drop-in information session can help.

Wed 5th Feb

Ipswich Aviation Society Meeting at Ipswich Sports Club, Henley Road, Ipswich. 7.30pm. Barry Turner on 01473 250816

Thurs 6th Feb

Life on the Deben - the unseen bits. Director Tim Curtis shows previously unseen footage. Woodbridge Library, 6pm. Tickets for this special event are available from the Library (01394 330855) at £5 each.

Barnsley’s Big Party, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT, 2pm. For more information go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Mon 17th Feb

Ipswich Transport Society Meeting: AGM followed by Talk: A 1982 Summer in New York (Shipping), Greenfinch Church Hall, Greenfinch Avenue, Ipswich7.30-9.30pm, Adm £2, info 01473 405116

Tues 18th Feb

Ipswich RSPB Local Group Midweek Walk round Chantry Park Ipswich. Meet at 10.00am at car park near toilet block (Hadleigh Road entrance). Approx 2 hrs. Contact 01473 714839. All welcome.

Wed 19th Feb

Puccini’s opera La Boheme, with Ellen Kent Company. Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm. Box Office 01473 433100



Thurs 20th-Sat 22nd Feb

The Ballad of Maria Marten, a thrilling retelling of reallife murder mystery. New Wolsey Theatre. Box office 01473 295900

Fri 21st-Sat 22nd Feb

Bugsy Malone, presented by CTC, Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge. Book tickets at New Wlsey Theatre Box Office, 01473 295900 - wolseytheatre.co.uk

Sat 22nd Feb

Live Music: No Angel, 8.30-11.30pm, £2 members, £3 guests. Hadleigh RBL Club

Sat 22nd Feb

Live Music: Words & Music. Felixstowe Trades & Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe

Sun 23rd Feb

The Suffolk Wedding Show, 10.30am-3pm, Wherstead Park, The Street, Wherstead, Free entry (see page ix for more info)

Mon 24th-Sat 29th Feb

Once, New Wolsey Theatre, Broadway and West End hit musical that’s a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference. www.wolseytheatre.c0.uk

Tues 25th Feb

The Art Of Stained Glass with Naomi Branwyn, 7.30pm at Broadway House, Orwell Road Felixstowe. Felixstowe Art Group, open to non members at a small charge of £2. If you would like to join Felixstowe Art Group please go to www.felixstoweartgroup.org or telephone 01394 276975 Music at Lunchtime. Classic jazz group Pick ‘N’ Mix, play an eclectic mix of jazz classics, pop and country music. Woodbridge Library, 12.45-1.30pm

Wed 26th Feb

Talk: Brocks & Foulmarts, Darren Tansley of Essex Wildlife Trust talks about changing fortunes of these animals from the 1500s to today. Stowupland Village Hall 7.30pm. Admission £2.50, children free Royal Naval Association. New members welcome at lunch-time meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Kirby Street Conservative Club. All Maritime Services personnel, MN and others with military connections are eligible.Contact the Secretary, Ray Leonard, 01473 740735; rayleonard@sky.com. In Conversation With…Novelist, Liz Trenow. This popular novelist talks about the inspiration for her latest book, set around the development of radar at Bawdsey, Suffolk during WWII. Woodbridge Library, 7.30pm. Tickets £12 and include a copy of ‘Under a Wartime Sky’ (RRP £7.99), available from Browsers Bookshop 01394 388890. Talk: Moving Abnormal Loads, presented by Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society at Salvation Army Citadel, 558 Woodbridge Rd, Ipswich at 7.30pm. Visitors £3.50, members £1.50 includes rerfreshments. Entrance via rear door

Thurs 27th Feb

Monthly Meeting of Suffolk Family History Society. Presentation on Suffolk Windmills. The Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, 7.15pm (Members £2, non members £2.50 - pay on door)

Sat 29th Feb

Vampires Rock - Ghost Train, a classic rock musical sensation featuring the music of Queen, Meatloaf, AC/ DC, Bonnie Tyler and more. Ipswich Regent, 01473 433100 Live Music: Words & Music, 8.30-11.30pm. £2 members, £3 guests. Hadleigh RBL Club Live Music: Jax & Co. Felixstowe Trades & Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe 17

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Ipswich – have your say!

The final round of public consultation on Ipswich’s planning blueprint will start next week. The final draft Local Plan, which is aligned with those of neighbouring councils, sets out how development will take place in the town over the next 16 years. Many people have already had their say on a wide range of issues but the Plan is now being finalised to go before a government inspector to approve – and Ipswich Borough Council needs to demonstrate it has got it right! That is why the Council is urging residents, businesses and developers to have another look at the Plan and have their say. Even if people have commented before, if they don’t make any comments at this stage they lose the right to put their case to the Planning Inspector. The public consultation will run until Wednesday 26th February. Officers will be discussing the Plan with residents at events across Ipswich at the following venues: • Monday 3rd February 5pm-7pm - Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, IP1 6DG

Cleaning ponds, helping wildlife

• Friday 7th February 1pm-7pm Pickwick Room, Ipswich Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich, IP1 1DH • Saturday 8th February 10am-5pm Pickwick Room, Ipswich Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich, IP1 1DH You will also be able to have your say online at www.ipswich.gov.uk/ currentconsultations. Copies will also be available at the County Library (reference section), the Customer Services Centre at the Town Hall and at Grafton House Reception. Any enquiries about this consultation should be directed to Ipswich Borough Council Planning Policy via e-mail (planningpolicy@ipswich.gov.uk) or by telephone on 01473 432019.


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Ipswich Borough Council’s Wildlife Team occasionally finds abandoned pets in our parks - from guinea pigs to terrapins, fish and snakes, and have recently discovered several goldfish in one of the town’s ponds. Wildlife Ranger Sarah Kilshaw explains, “The pond contained Great Crested Newts, a European protected species. Fish eat the eggs and larvae of these newts, so we really needed to remove these fish to make sure that the newts do not suffer. “After a couple of brief attempts to catch the fish with a net, we began dragging leaf litter and branches from the pond and raked one of the fish out at the same time. After being checked over the fish was unharmed in his ordeal and was quickly placed in a tank to be taken to a safe pond where it cannot affect any amphibian populations. Although there are still a few fish in the pond, we are hoping to get back there soon and remove the fish before the newts return to the pond in spring to breed.” Parks Manager Lisa Stannard said, “It’s a shame and unsuitable that a few people abandon their unwanted pets in parks and open spaces – it might be a cliché but it is true that a pet is not just for Christmas. A lot of animals will not survive in the wild; others can pose a threat to native species.”


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Leave space for garden wildlife Gardeners should embrace the odd bald patch in their beds and lawns if they want to support certain wildlife, finds new research from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). In the third paper from its four-year Plants for Bugs study, a team of researchers from RHS Garden Wisley looked at the particular needs of ground-dwelling invertebrates in gardens. They found that overall the denser the vegetation, the more ground-active invertebrates but that grounddwelling spiders were found in greater numbers among sparser plantings. Spiders are important predators and a valuable part of the natural balance in a garden, feeding on a variety of prey including biting midges and sapsucking insects. Planting slightly smaller, younger plants and letting them fill out and embracing the occasional bald patch of earth is therefore not only economical, but provides a habitat different to that provided by full, mature borders. RHS researchers also found that evergreen plants such as holly, Christmas box and pittosporum might have a special role to play for invertebrates. Evergreens, while not as popular as some showy plants - roses or peonies for example - were found to provide allimportant shelter in the winter months, supporting a wide range and abundance of invertebrates including ladybirds, springtails and ground beetles. In all, the study found that the best way to support invertebrates in gardens and promote

a healthy ecosystem, is to choose plantings biased towards British native plants and encourage dense vegetation, while leaving some patches of bare soil. Near-native - northern hemisphere - and exotic - southern hemisphere plants also have a positive role to play in providing a habitat for invertebrates, offering good evergreen winter cover and supporting pollinators when in flower. Many gardens are already important habitats for invertebrates, but this research helps refine the advice given to gardeners wanting to maximise their garden’s potential and support declining invertebrates.    To support invertebrates in gardens the RHS advises: 1. The perfect cover: Let planting fill out, but keep some areas sparser to help specific groups notably spiders. Although not covered in this research, some ground-nesting bees also make use of patches of bare ground. 2. More local: Plant densely with plenty of native and near-native plants to support the greatest number of ground-active invertebrates but be prepared for more nibbled plants than exotic plant schemes. 3. Winter protection: Whatever the plant origin, try to include some evergreens in your garden to give shelter to invertebrates. 4. Decide priorities: Choosing more exotics in your planting scheme might mean it supports marginally fewer plant-dwelling and ground-active herbivores, but will mean potentially fewer nibbled plants and should help extend the season for pollinators if you choose flowering exotics. 5. Be bio-diverse: For rich species diversity, follow all of the above. Don’t limit yourself to just a few different plants - this and other studies suggest the greater the variety of plants in a garden, the richer the diversity of invertebrates it will support. • For more information about the RHS Plants for Bugs research project and advice on how you can support insects in your garden visit www.rhs.org.uk.

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Flower Demo

The next meeting of the Deben Flower Club will be held on Tuesday 11th February at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, Church Lane, Kirton. IP10 0PU. The evening will take the form of a demonstration by Club members. This will be an informal event with members and visitors having the opportunity to move around the hall and ask questions of those producing the arrangements. Tea and coffee will be available and there will also be a raffle of the flower arrangements. Visitors are always assured of a warm welcome. Please telephone 01394 411422 if you would like further information. Visitors £5.00

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Market Flower Club? Not sure? Worried you will have to take part? Be talented? No one will speak to you? You won't know anyone?  Well... At Wickham Market Flower Club none of this should worry you.  They are renowned for being a friendly club. In fact if you leave a meeting having not laughed once or made a new friend they would be very surprised.  They meet on the forth Thursday of each month (except August and December) at Wickham Market Village Hall.  The meetings start at 7pm but doors open at 6.30pm to enable you to come in, look at the stalls and maybe purchase a raffle ticket and look at the notice board.  The meetings attract a wide variety of people. Young and mature, men and women. They have members from several local towns and surrounding villages and they would love to see more young adults. No participation whatsoever, unless you want to. Just watch the demonstrators perform magic on the stage.  Beautiful arrangements in amazing containers, surprising ideas and interesting tips, should you want to try flower arranging yourself.  There are two "Open Meetings" a year, where they have a National Demonstrator and invitations are sent to all the other clubs in the group. These are really special meetings and the November 2019 open meeting was just phenomenal. A stunning demonstrator and the award winning Alison Cooper. NAFAS Designer of the Year 2015. We were inspired. The first meeting is FREE and afterwards meetings cost just £3 thereafter unless you become a member.  And, membership costs just £27 a year. The February meeting is one they call their "Hands on" meeting when they all take part, with guidance, to make an arrangement themselves. For details of items that will be needed to take part, please contact June (details below) nearer the time. The March meeting is on Thursday 26th March, when the demonstrator will be Lynda Stamp and her talk is called “Chasing Rainbows” For more details about Wickham Market Flower Club, their meetings or any other questions please contact chairman Mrs June Allum on 01394 384803. A great fun and interesting evening is guaranteed.  The Club have a 50 year history that supports this. – Go along, you know you want to.


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Garden trends have changed drastically over the past decade as people change the way they use their gardens and look to become eco-friendlier at the same time. Creating a practical space which is easy to maintain and comfortable to use can be a daunting task, but with a little planning and preparation, you can create an up-to-date and modern garden which will add that wow factor to your property. From plants, flowers and shrubs, to creating designated areas and secluded spaces in the garden, specialists Oeco Garden Rooms give us some of their top gardening predictions on what will be trending in 2020 so that you can create the perfect space for you and your family. Creating designated garden areas The ultimate goal when planning any garden is to create a flexible space which has the right combination between plants, flowers and foliage, and inviting spaces in which to relax, unwind and entertain in. Designating specific areas of the garden is a great way of creating comfortable areas to entertain in as well as space for the family to play and have fun. Establishing boundaries between different areas can be achieved by planting simple borders, installing a patio or decking area, or building a fence to create secluded areas for reading, relaxing and even al fresco dining. Investing in high-quality garden furniture If there is one place to invest in the garden, then it is in your garden furniture. Cheap garden furniture will weather and fade a lot faster than high-quality products, and with the majority of us cutting down on waste and being more economical with our money there has been a resurgence of people investing in high quality and handmade garden furniture that is designed to last. Rattan furniture is one of the top choices when it comes to high-quality garden furniture and with good reason. Rattan is strong and durable, able to withstand the changing seasons and is available in a number of different colours and styles to suit any garden. Rattan furniture is also ideal for casual seating areas and alfresco dining. Another popular choice for garden furniture is solid wood furniture; these will generally need a little bit of maintenance to keep them looking new, but in turn, will last for many years. Wooden furniture makes a style statement in the garden Boat & Caravan and creates a sense of luxury and Upholstery extravagance, but be sure to buy Cushion refilling sustainably sourced or reclaimed service wooden furniture for peace of mind.

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Planting native flowers, plants and shrubs There has been a big shift in the types of flowers, plants and shrubs gardeners' plant in their gardens. In years gone by people planted flowers, shrubs and borders to create colourful collages without much thought to the environment or local wildlife.

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That has all changed over the past few years as gardeners continue to make a conscious effort to use native plants and local resources to create gardens that closely mimic the nature around them. Perennials such as the Pasque flower and Bellflower create pops of colour, while Primrose blooms with pale yellow flowers in the Spring. Wildflowers such as Corncockle, Pyramidal orchid and Harebells add a natural touch while creating an ecosystem for local wildlife to live and thrive. A trend in organic gardening will become popular over the next few years too as gardeners learn about the benefits of 'going organic'. From healthier soil, stronger and bigger plants and greener lawns, to robust ecosystems of minibeasts, birds and other wildlife, organic gardening is at the forefront of reversing the damage done by decades of chemical and pesticide use. There are other ways of attracting local wildlife to your garden too, including adding a birdbath or pond, leaving a small area of your garden to overgrow for shelter and food, and by planting pollinator-friendly flowers. www.oecogardenrooms.co.uk

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Is it just a fad?

The average British adult will try 126 fad diets over the course of their lifetime. A study of 2,000 adults found each person will embark on at least two fad diets a year - in a bid to lose weight FAST. The most common ‘quick fix’ methods were revealed as the Atkins Diet, the 5:2 and the Cabbage Soup Diet, while others opted to eliminate key food groups by trying the Keto, South Beach or Juice diets. Unsurprisingly, the typical fad diet is abandoned after an average of just six days. But 52 per cent of those polled admitted they were really confused about which diets were sustainable and which were not. One fifth don’t know where to go to get reliable and truthful information, and more than half are baffled about which foods can and can't be cut out. Almost one third of adults even believe consumption of fruits such as berries, apples and bananas should be limited.

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Nick Marston, chairman of Love Fresh Berries, which commissioned the study, said, “January tends to be the month when people embark on fad diets as a quick fix. However, we know that it isn’t a sustainable or even healthy approach. “Instead, nutritionists advise that we follow evidence-based nutritional advice and look for a well-balanced diet that does not cut out any food groups. Incorporating lots of fruit and vegetables is important, including berries as they have many important nutritional benefits.” The study also revealed that when deciding to ‘emergency diet’, almost half of those polled would turn to Google as their first port of call for

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information, while 10 per cent would find out what their favourite celebrity does to look good. Social media and self-help books are referred to by 15 per cent of people, but only 27 per cent say they’d consider consulting a GP. Key motivations for Brits to take up a crash diet include having a big event on the horizon (18 per cent), preparing for a holiday (21 per cent) and wanting to feel happier with appearance (24 per cent). But some of the methods of dieting proved even more extreme than others, with 16 per cent admitting they would consider drinking up to 12 glasses of lemon juice a day to lose weight quickly. And one in twenty would even be happy to intentionally ingest a tapeworm to burn ‘extra’ calories. Other drastic - and unhealthy - methods respondents would consider trying include eating ice every day, drinking olive oil between meals and tucking into jars of baby food. The apparent confusion about what works and what doesn’t means many Brits are opting to cut out essential food groups, believing this will encourage faster weight loss. And with the majority of adults admitting they experience more than five food cravings a day when trying to crash diet, the research indicates the elimination of certain foods is not sustainable for any period of time. Loving food topped the poll of reasons why dieters found these plans impossible to stick to while a quarter said food and drink were

integral to their social life. Among the chief diet breakers are chocolate, bread and pasta, but for one in 10 fruit juice and bananas prove hard to resist. Some Brits have even had to abandon a diet after it clearly affected their health, with fatigue (21 per cent), weakness (29 per cent) and headaches (26 per cent) putting an end to quick weight loss plans. The study, carried out via OnePoll, also revealed just under half are confused about whether fruit should be limited when dieting, due to fears the food is too high in sugar (45 per cent) and carbohydrates (13 per cent). More than one in 10 are convinced fruits are too calorific, while another tenth believe they contain worrying levels of fat. Dr Emma Derbyshire, a nutritionist speaking on behalf of Love Fresh Berries said, “It seems there are still ongoing confusions about how much and what form fruits should be eaten. Concerns about sugars and carbohydrates are largely unfounded. “The benefits that fruits bring in terms of micro and phytonutrients far outweigh any potential sugar concerns. Sugars naturally occurring in fruits are intrinsic and not ‘added’ sugars, also known as free sugars. Fruits such as berries are naturally sweet so there is no need to add extra refined sugar to these. In terms of calories and fats in fruit, this is rather concerning. When put into a larger context fruits contain far fewer calories, sugars and fat than refined snacks such as crisps, biscuits and cakes. Such confusions are worrying and clearly further myth busting is needed to help correct these misconceptions.”

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NEW YEAR NEW YOU At Kay Fletcher Fitness they are experienced at helping local people who want to get fitter and healthier and to lose weight. They are not a “diet” club but focus on helping people lose weight through healthy eating and exercise. There are a choice of healthy eating plans to offer and support each and every member through their journey.

Breakfast is the most stressful time of the day - because of tantrums, queues for the bathroom and running out of milk for cereal. A study of 1,000 parents and their children uncovered a never-ending list of early morning responsibilities, with more than two-thirds feeling there are never enough minutes in the morning. Getting yourself - and the kids - out of bed on time, getting little ones to brush their teeth, and making sure everyone eats well were found to be the top culprits behind morning stress. And during a typical working week, this means families will sit and eat breakfast together for just two out of five days, wolfing down their meal in less than 10 minutes. But 15 per cent NEVER eat the first meal of the day together. Nearly two-thirds of mums and dads - and half of children - wish they could sit down and talk together EVERY morning over breakfast. The study was commissioned by Lyle’s Golden Syrup to encourage Brits to enjoy #LylesGoldenTime – 15 minutes connecting with loved ones over a good breakfast, setting everyone up in mind and body for the day ahead. Sara Metcalfe, group product manager at Lyle’s Golden Syrup, said, “Monday to Friday means the weekly grind, and that starts in the morning. Breakfast is traditionally deemed the most important meal of the day, but a never-ending list of things to do can see us chasing our tails before we’ve even left the house. “With kids running amuck, getting everyone to sit down and eat together can be hugely challenging. But taking those extra 15 minutes can make a world of difference.” The study also found that after spending nearly an hour battling through the morning routine, more than a quarter of parents would describe getting themselves - and the kids - out the door on time as a ‘daily struggle’. A fifth said they spend the majority of time in the morning packing bags, with three in 10 preparing lunches for the family and a third swamped by ensuring everyone has breakfast. As a result, a quarter of families end up being late leaving the house for more than half of their working week. The research, which also polled 1,000 children aged six to 16, found nearly a quarter of youngsters find getting ready for school stressful. More than three in 10 said being unable to find their school clothes can worry them first thing in the morning, with getting homework done a concern for 45 per cent. But as many as eight in 10 youngsters agreed it’s important to have breakfast, with more than one in 10 feeling that skipping the family meal can make getting ready for school more stressful. It also emerged 62 per cent of adults are grabbing breakfast on the go, rather than making time for a meal, with the average adult skipping their morning sustenance entirely twice a week. A third of parents also admitted to giving their child something to eat ‘on the go’, so they don’t start the day on an empty stomach. The good news is that a good breakfast doesn’t have to take the whole morning, as more than half of those surveyed, via OnePoll, agreed porridge is a quick, filling and nutritious option.

Top 10 greatest causes of morning stress: 1. Kids not getting out of bed 2. Kids getting dressed 3. Getting the kids to leave the house on time 4. Kids brushing their teeth

If you are fed up of faddy diets and want to join a class where you will be encouraged to lead a more healthier life and join in group exercise then look no further - Kay Fletcher Fitness classes could be just what you are looking for. They are also happy to welcome those of you who don’t want to lose weight but would like to do group exercise in a friendly and fun environment too. With four day-time classes and six evening classes to choose from as well as short courses in Kettlebell, Bootcamp and Fitness Pilates there is something for everyone. Why not make 2020 the year you make changes. Join Kay Fletcher Fitness this New Year and see what they can do to help you become the person you want to be. • For full details of all classes please visit the www.KayFletcherFitness.com or call Kay on 01473 613397


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Confident healthy smiles are very attractive Warm, open friendly smiles are an attractive feature that often come from having confidence in our teeth, says Malcolm Harbour the principal dentist at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich. Hiding your smile behind your hand, or smiling with your lips tightly closed are signs that there is something with your teeth you are unhappy about. It could be that they have become stained due to the natural ageing process or from tea, coffee, red wine or smoking. Or perhaps they are crooked or you have lost a tooth and are aware of the gap. Maybe you feel your breath could be fresher? Whatever the niggle, our dentists and hygienists can help.

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If you are worried that your breath isn’t as fresh smelling as it could be, don’t worry – and please don’t feel embarrassed. Our dentist and hygienists deal with this problem all the time, so please ask for their help and advice. Knowing we have fresh breath does wonders for our self-confidence.

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Bad breath is a common problem that is usually caused by the gases released by bacteria that coat the teeth and tongue, and can often be a sign of advanced gum disease.

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However, bad breath is most often caused by a lack of good oral hygiene. Fortunately, the problem can be easily solved by the simple oral health routine of brushing our teeth for two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and visiting a dental hygienist.


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Cutting back on meat Improve your balance Meat eaters saved £6.7 BILLION last year - by cutting down on meat.

Researchers estimate more than 12 million carnivores ate less pork, beef, lamb and chicken in 2019 compared to previous years - and they saved around £550 each by doing so. And this year, more than a fifth intend to reduce their intake even further or for the first time – if not eliminate meat from their diet completely. For 28 per cent, saving money is one of the biggest motivations for doing so – indeed, 51 per cent think meat is too expensive. While the research of 2,000 adults commissioned by Linda McCartney's, the well-loved vegetarian brand founded by Linda, discovered that 44 per cent believe a meat-free lifestyle is more affordable now than ever before. Miguel Barclay, author of ‘One Pound Meals’, who has teamed up with Linda McCartney’s to share his advice for going meat-free affordably, said, “There can be a real misconception around the cost of eating meat-free. However, this research proves that there is actually a lot of money that could be saved by making a veggie or vegan commitment. The study found those who eat meat do so four times a week on average – with one in six eating meat every day of the week. And a quarter admit they eat ‘too much’ meat, but six in 10 have been contemplating cutting back for ‘some time’. While just under half revealed they are more open now to a completely meat free diet than ever before. Further to this, two thirds of carnivores have tried meat-free alternative products – and more than three quarters liked what they ate. Around four in 10 intend to be more or completely meat-free in 2020 in order to help the planet. Forty-four per cent hope this change to their diet will improve their health, while 11 per cent see it as a personal challenge. And 14 per cent admit they simply don’t enjoy meat as much as they used to. The Linda McCartney’s study carried out through OnePoll also found 56 per cent think 2020 will see more people than ever before go vegetarian.

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Looking for a local friendly Fitness Pilates Class where you can improve your balance and core strength? At Kay Fletcher Fitness they have been running Fitness Pilates classes in the local area for many years and they can cater for all levels including beginners. The are many health benefits of Fitness Pilates which include: - Improve balance & flexibility - Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the 'core muscles' of your body) - Increase muscular balance - Improve posture & alignment At Kay Fletcher Fitness their Fitness Pilates classes are suitable for both females and males who are looking for an exercise class that will focus on building core strength. It is particularly good for keen cyclists, runners and anyone who wants a more holistic approach to their fitness or to add balance to those with a more vigorous exercise regime. Each session is 45 minutes and participants are encouraged to work at their own level at all times with various options available depending on their experience. They usually notice that four to six weeks participants will see a real improvement in their core strength, mobility and posture.

Are you in your dream job? New research from Think Forward Consulting has revealed that 75% of people in the UK are unhappy within their role.

In a survey of almost 1500 workers, the findings were reflective of a largely unsatisfied workforce. This unhappiness appears to be down to three key issues: passion, recognition and environment. Only 19% of respondents said that they were doing their dream job. A staggering 83% said that they were not recognised for doing a good job, and only 18% of respondents were allowed to work flexibly. These factors all conspire to create a largely unsatisfied workforce. The malaise gripping the UK workforce doesn’t discriminate when it comes to age, but the tendency to stay in an unhappy situation does. The Think Forward Consulting research revealed that 26% of respondents feel stuck in their role. This is particularly pertinent to professionals between the age of 35-44, amongst whom 28% feel stuck. 26% of professionals over the age of 55 believe it’s too late to change things, compared to 12% of 18-24-year-olds. Business psychologist Penny Strutton says the career fear that comes with age can be overcome, “It’s common that people become more fearful with age: children, mortgages and other obligations combine to create an illusion that it’s too late to change career. But this is just an illusion – people always have the power to change things, they just need some help along the way”. Penny believes that it is never too late to change things, but that the relentlessness of work can make it appear that way. Her advice for older professionals is to step away from the rat race to reflect on what they truly want, “Any big life change requires time and space. If you feel restless and trapped within your career, I would advise you take a break and restore the work/life balance that we are often deprived of. Our retreat centre provides an idyllic backdrop for you to work hard with specialists that can reconnect you with your strengths, interests and purpose, opening up doors to new job roles and improved life and wellbeing. We want you to return home with a defined outcome, ready to make the career change you desperately want”. For Penny this one decision could be life-changing. In her view the feeling of being stuck is linked to the confinement of the work environment and an old belief that you have a job for life. The relative fearlessness that millennials enjoy is possible for the older professional. It’s not an exclusive privilege. For Penny, the key is stepping away, “My hope is that older professionals develop the same attitude as millennials to their career. I’d advise them that age means little – one of our aims is to alter that mindset, and to show the older professional that their potential is limitless. Ultimately, we spend a lot of our lives in work, and we all deserve to feel happy in that environment”.

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n FORD'S FOCUS with Daniel Ford I love the darts! Ever since I first started watching it I have fallen in love with the sport, who knew that watching some morbidly obese men throw darts at a board could be so thrilling? As a result, I sat down with bated breath to watch the 2020 World Darts Championships unfold, and this was to be a tournament that provided one of the great sporting stories. At 35 years of age Peter Wright was an amateur darts player who played in his local leagues as a bit of fun, one night he sat down and watched the Grand Slam of Darts tournament, turning to his wife he said, “I’ve beaten most of these guys”, these were the words that changed his life. After this admission his wife convinced him to take up darts professionally, however, initially progress was slow, he worked his way up to number 16 in the world but decided that

the 2014 World Championship would be his last hoorah. What a hoorah it was though, out of nowhere Wright made his way to the final and suddenly his career was back on track… The next five years saw Wright excel at everything except getting over the finish line, between 2014 and 2019 he played 11 major finals of which he only managed to win one. Time after time he was the polite loser always gracious in defeat but really wanting more, perhaps the most debilitating was the 2017 Premier League final defeat in which he missed multiple darts to win the match. Wright was getting a reputation for being always the bridesmaid but never the bride. Fast-forward to this years’ world championship and Wright faced defeat against an unheralded opponent in the first round, with his opponent left on 25 he had to pull an unlikely 140 checkout out of the bag, but from utterly nowhere he did and hence went on to win the game. This though

summed up people’s doubts about him, undoubtedly he was a quality player but he lacked the consistency to compete. Somewhat surprisingly Wright made his way to the final, here he would face his arch nemesis Michael Van Gerwen a man who had beaten him in all seven major finals they had played. Against all logic Wright dominated every aspect of the game to complete an unlikely 7-3 win and write his name in darting history. The reason I love the story is it is because it is about a man achieving against the odds, Peter Wright is a man whose family were so poor he had to use a tree as a dartboard, a man who gave up darts because he didn’t think he was good enough, well that man is now the champion of the world!

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Coping with the Winter Blues Depression doesn't pick days, however there are reasons we experience low moods at this time of the year, and things you can do to counteract them.


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Winter is a rather romanticised time. When it first arrives, the crisp weather is described as 'Christmassy' and presents the perfect excuse to be cosy indoors, or dig out our favourite winter coat when we go out. By the time the festive period has been and gone, though, we're left with the cold temperatures but without that sense of magic, which can leave us feeling fed up. If you look out the window, the chances are the skies will be grey – and more often than not, raining. We can take comfort, however, in knowing the colours and freshness of spring are just around the corner. We can also make the best of the situation by embracing the prospect of staying in and enjoying that book we've long intended to read, or perfecting a hearty winter recipe to put those good dietary intentions into practice.

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Some people notice a real shift in how they feel as the seasons change. This is called seasonal affective disorder, sometimes known as 'winter depression' because that's when symptoms can be strongest and there's reduced exposure to sunlight, which is linked to the condition. Symptoms of SAD can include irritability, lack of energy and weight gain. Read more about SAD and when you should consider seeing your GP.

New Year's resolutions

Year in year out, we set ourselves resolutions only to break them as soon as January ends, if not before, and beat ourselves up for it. Most of

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the resolutions we make are about our wellbeing, and the reason we may give up on them is because we're trying to give up or take on too much at the same time, or haven't done enough research on the best way to go about it. The best way to go about it is to do some research and try things out, to discover what works for you, and increase the chance you'll stick with your plans to improve your health – be it a better diet or increasing levels of exercise.

Money worries

Christmas may seem a long time ago now but our bank accounts often mean it's something we have to keep thinking about long after the gifts have been opened and the wrapping paper thrown away. It can be a very expensive time and people often rely on credit to buy presents and food, and prioritising these costs can mean struggling with household and energy bills. The stress and anxiety of falling behind on payments or getting into debt can really get the year off to a bad start. Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of free information and advice to help ensure the situation doesn't get worse. www.ageuk.org.uk

FREE power for electric car owners Electric car owners could get more than 1,000 miles of FREE driving per year following the rollout of a groundbreaking complimentary car charging network. Volkswagen announced last year it had partnered with Tesco and Pod Point to install around 2,400 charging points for electric cars. The rollout is well under way – with electric vehicle (EV) owners at 100 Tesco stores across the United Kingdom now able to top up their battery for free while shopping. To highlight the scheme, Volkswagen visited the Potters Bar store in Hertfordshire with its all-electric ID.3 – the first time the model has been in the UK since debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The appearance of the new car – which arrives at UK dealerships in the summer – coincided with research by Volkswagen which revealed the average Brit spends 50 minutes per week in a supermarket buying food and drink. Electric car owners who plug in their vehicles could get around 22.5 miles of free charging from the 7kW points during that 50-minute period – enough time to do the weekly shop. Over a whole year this works out at 1,170 miles - the equivalent of driving from London to Rome - for free. The partnership and the new ID.3, which has a range of up to 340 miles between charges, is part of Volkswagen’s drive to boost e-mobility and make electric cars more affordable for millions of people. Its production is entirely carbon-neutral, while all electricity used to charge cars at Tesco comes from renewable sources. Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said, “Volkswagen literally means the people’s car, and with the ID.3 we are making electric car ownership more accessible. “This fantastic partnership with Tesco and Pod Point makes choosing an electric car even more attractive, allowing people to charge for free, all while going about their daily business. “And the best bit is that this is not just for Volkswagens – the chargers are designed for any electric car owner to take advantage of. "We are really pleased to help break down any remaining barriers to opting for an electric car.” Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK & ROI, added, “We’re now well on our way to achieving our ambition of installing more than 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores.

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“Providing customers with charging points offers them a sustainable choice and giving them the opportunity to charge their car for free while they shop is another little help to make their lives easier.” Erik Fairbairn, founder and CEO, Pod Point, said, "With the rollout now underway, we are witnessing a pivotal moment for the UK’s rapidly expanding public charging network. “Providing smart, easy-to-use chargepoints at this scale is likely to accelerate the transition to electric cars up and down the country. Being able to top up while you shop at so many locations makes it more convenient to go electric than ever before." UK sales of pure electric vehicles (EVs) are up by 125 per cent this year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. And the growth is set to continue, with Volkswagen’s survey of 2,000 UK motorists revealing 41 per cent are considering leasing or owning an EV as their next vehicle. This figure increases to 61 per cent among the 25-34 age group.


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Young drivers should avoid the pitfalls of potholes Telematics insurer offers tips for inexperienced drivers as winter roads throw up some scary obstacles As winter weather sweeps across the country and causes further damage to already worn roads, drive like a girl, is warning that young, inexperienced drivers could be particularly vulnerable to potholes.  Despite the Department for Transport reporting a drop in the number of poorly maintained roads, falling from 10% in 2012 to 6% today, deterioration is still a significant problem for UK drivers, especially, in the winter months. “For a new, inexperienced driver, its already daunting to face winter driving conditions”, said Kelly Wilkins, Head of Customer Service at drive like a girl.  “And the addition of potholes, which can be hard to spot on dark nights, can make journeys even more treacherous. “We believe it’s crucial that young drivers not only stay alert to the risk of potholes, but also know what to do should they hit one, because this could undermine the safety of their car.” The frosty climate of the winter months brings with it added risks. While a crack in the asphalt might appear inconsequential, rising levels of rainfall, frost and snow can find their way in, freeze in low temperatures and expand.     To help young, newly qualified drivers stay safe when faced with these conditions, drive like a girl has provided some top tips. 1. Stay alert Remaining focused behind the wheel is important at all times, especially in winter. Potholes are difficult to spot, even with headlights on, and can appear in unexpected locations.


2. Stick to a safe speed Maintaining the correct speed is key to staying safe on the roads anytime of the year. But the level of damage caused by a pothole-related incident will be influenced by the speed of the car at the time of the impact. The slower the impact the less damage likely. 3. Remain calm If a pothole is spotted ahead, try to slow down or avoid it. But do not suddenly swerve or brake sharply because this will cause dangers to other motorists as well as yourself. 4. Check the car If you do hit a pothole, stop driving at the first safe location. Check the inner and outer walls of your tyres and take pictures if there is any damage. Depending on the level of damage, call your insurance provider. 5. Report potholes If you hit a pothole or you have seen one on the road, you can contact your local council to report the issue. Park somewhere safe, note the location and size of the pothole and take pictures of it. “Staying calm behind the wheel is vital for safe driving in the winter months when there are so many more hazards”, added Kelly Wilkins. “Planning ahead is also important – so that there’s no need to rush a journey.  And to help protect fellow road users, report cracks and potholes. You may even be able to get compensation for damage caused to your vehicle by potholeridden roads.” www.drivelikegirl.com

Breaking the law with child car safety One third of parents have broken the law by transporting someone else’s son or daughter without a child seat, it has emerged. A study of 1,000 UK parents of children aged 12 or under revealed an alarming proportion of UK children who could have found themselves at risk of death or serious injury. One in 10 parents have had four or more children sat across one row of seats in the car while one in five let their child sit on a cushion rather than a booster seat. And 33 per cent said they had transported someone else's child without a child seat. The survey was carried out by OnePoll for the car manufacturer SEAT to highlight the risks posed by youngsters not being strapped in correctly. Under the current law, children aged up to 12 years old or 135cm tall are, with a few exceptions, legally obliged to use a child seat when travelling in a car. Drivers currently face a fine of up to £500 and three penalty points for using the wrong restraint. But the incorrect use – or lack of use – of a child seat can have devastating consequences. In a 30mph collision, the injury sustained by a child weighing 8kg who gets thrown from a seat is similar to falling from a three-storey height. Almost 10,000 children aged 15 or under were injured while travelling in a car in 2017, according to the Department for Transport, with 20 killed. However, just one fifth of parents are confident about the rules regarding children and car seats. One third of parents polled admitted using a car seat designed for an older child, while 20 per cent have used an incorrectly installed child seat. But three quarters of parents think the government should do more to raise awareness of car seat regulations, with 20 per cent worried they might inadvertently break the law regarding child seats. Javier Luzon, from the SEAT vehicle safety development department, said, “According to research from Spain’s Traffic Department, the difference between correct and incorrect child seat use can reduce the risk of casualty by 75 per cent and injuries by 90 per cent. “The survey by OnePoll revealed 40 per cent of parents are worried they have not fitted a child seat correctly. All they need to do is follow some basic rules. “It is crucial to use the seat which is certified for the child’s height and weight, as the design of each one meets the specific requirements to protect children’s bodies. “Children should always travel in the rear seats. This is by far the safest place to travel. “It is also important children face the rear for as long as possible. In the event of a frontal impact, a baby’s neck cannot support the weight of its head when propelled forward. “Make no exception during short trips. For trips lasting only a few minutes, many children are placed in seats while still wearing a coat or even a backpack, which are major obstacles for the correct operation of the safety harness. Even though the trip is a short distance, you should never forget safety is a priority from the moment you set out.” The OnePoll survey also revealed 40 per cent didn’t know an adult seatbelt could potentially cause serious injury to a child. And 47 per cent of parents weren't aware that a child under 135cm tall could, in the event of a crash, slide under an adult seatbelt if the lap strap is too high over their abdomen.

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Ipswich24 - February 2020  

This month in addition to our usual features and news we also have a special pull-out Wedding Guide

Ipswich24 - February 2020  

This month in addition to our usual features and news we also have a special pull-out Wedding Guide