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we love and miss and ‘are not made like that anymore’. It’s a proven scientific fact that music was better years ago – sales of singles peaked in 1979 by one way of proof – but is it really true that low definition grainy TV was better in the past?

Fit To Drop There is a phrase I am already sick of hearing this year. It’s a phrase that suggests bone idleness, lazing around and all the other things we actually prefer to do – especially in later life. People tend to use this phrase in an accusational way – as if it is something we should be ashamed of. The phrase is ‘sedentary lifestyle’. How many times have you heard that recently? Quite often it rolls off the tongue of a holier-than-thou health professional who attributes the entire woes of the NHS on the fact that after fifty or so years of toil we occasionally like to relax for ten minutes. Let me ask you this question. How many old dogs so you see going for a jog? How many ageing cats spend thirty minutes a day doing squat thrusts and star jumps? As I often mention to anyone who will listen, we can learn a lot from nature. You know those pointy up wing tips that airliners have these days? We pinched that from birds of prey. As such I am convinced that as the years go by we are entitled to slow down a bit – like nature does. I am not suggesting for one minute that we fill our faces until we are sick and then lay on the sofa for three weeks. I merely propose that we eat reasonably sensibly and occasionally do a bit of light gardening. At all other times we respect the fact that our bodies have gone through hell for 70 years and deserve some peace and tranquillity without some PhD blaming us for the imminent destruction of mankind.

Well… Whilst trying to find something to watch from the one thousand channel choice the other night I stumbled across a show that I had never watched before. It’s a rare I thing to find a programme that is hilarious, brilliantly acted and very entertaining. It was ‘Yes Minister’ and that was made over thirty years ago.

The Chinese Way I learned an interesting lesson this month. Again, if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. A website pretending to be in the UK tempted me in to a purchase. When the goods didn’t work I found that that I needed to return the item before the supplier, eBay or Visa would do anything about it. To China! I thus decided not to spend £125 in order to get a £65 refund – and thanks to all those organisations that claim to protect your on-line activities but don’t appear to give a Shanghai.

Talk Is Cheap I don’t choose to take Warfarin but I have to. It prevents my new heart valve from getting all clotted up. The brand new prescription website computer thing refused me the stuff the other day and I wish to communicate with you exactly why. Communication. The hospital do not communicate with the surgery and the surgery do not communicate with the chemist. And that was the official response. If only someone would invent the telephone, the letter, the email or the carrier pigeon… See you in April

425 Lines TV was better in the old days. Whenever I do a radio phone in about telly or the seventies the conversation often includes those shows that

Woodbridge Carnival The Woodbridge Carnival is back for a second year and the organisers, Choose Woodbridge, say it’s going to be bigger and better. The Carnival will take place on Kingston Field in Woodbridge over a full weekend this year on 5th and 6th July. The main carnival with the procession will be on the Saturday and on the Sunday there will be a classic car show. There will also be a fun fair in situ for the whole weekend. More details about the weekend programme of family fun will be released nearer the time. In the meantime, the Carnival Committee are looking for any local clubs and businesses who would like a float, any classic car clubs who would like to be involved in the Sunday car show and anyone who would like to be considered for Carnival Queen. If you would like to be involved, please email Graham Shemmings, who is leading the Choose Woodbridge Carnival Committee for a second year said, “We had such a positive reaction to the Carnival last year that we just had to do it again. We’ve learned a lot from last year and have brought some really good ideas to the table for this year. We’d like everyone who wants to be involved to have the opportunity and we have already had a lot people book their floats, stalls and entertainment for the weekend. It’s fabulous to see this family event picking up so much momentum after just one year!”





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Pet advice from vet JF Nell, win tickets to a great dog event at Trinity Park and news of the return of Woofbridge.

Spring Homes & Gardens: Step into Spring with ideas for brightening your home or garden, maintenance and decoration.

17-19 7 Health and Wellbeing Jules Button explains the differences between gluten and wheat, news of a stress busting event plus latest health news.


Treading the boards There’s lots of performance to be seen in March, including musicals, dance and drama.

Events Diary Looking for something to do this March? Our day-by-day guide will keep you informed and don’t forget there’s more on our website at

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As well as a day-by-day guide to live gigs around the area we also have a great CD competition news on two outside concerts this summer and details of the annual Mayor’s Gig.





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East Anglian Game and Country Fair The 2014 East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday the 26th & Sunday the 27th April, at The Norfolk Showground, Norwich. This year there are several new displays including world famous Frenchman Christian Moullec who will be taking to the Norfolk Countryside skies in his microlight flying with his flock of geese and swans. Christian lives and breathes for his birds and has been training birds for years to follow him in formation to enable them to find safe migratory routes. Christian was recently featured in nature documentary ‘Earthflight’ on the BBC, which explored the extraordinary relationship possible between humans and birds. This is a rare opportunity to see this fascinating display, which is in the UK for one weekend only. The Savage Skills cycle stunt team that wowed the nation on ITV1's 'Let’s Get Gold' will be attending the East Anglian Game and Country Fair. The Savage Skills team has eight World and over 25 British Championship titles so you’re sure to see some of the most impressive tricks, jumps and stunts possible on a bicycle, many of which you would not think possible. There are excellent equestrian displays and workshops at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair. Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation present an invitation to see working equitation ridden by the riders who have represented Great Britain in the European and World Working Equitation Teams. The Uk Polocrosse display returns in the main arena each day and there will be horse behavioural demonstrations in the round pen arena over the weekend. The UK National Horseboarding Championship is the latest, and arguably the most exciting,

equine sport around. The 2014 Horseboarding Championship season will begin at the East Anglian Game & Country Fair in April, not to be missed. Children of all ages will be able to take part in countryside activities and meet several animals. Stands at the event for little ones include Red Barn Farm, The Exotic Animal Encounter, Woodbine Alpacas, Heart Radio and Scratby Donkey Rides. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is plenty for them to do at the show! Dock Dogs from America will be returning running the Big Air Wave competitions. Mid Norfolk Gun Dog Club will be running the Gun Dog Scurry competitions and ‘have a go’ over the weekend and New for 2014 a Gundog Team event. Enter your dog into the Dog Agility and Jumping competitions and ‘have a go’ arenas, the Pet Dog Show or even the popular Terrier & Lurcher Show which take place on Sunday at 11am, which will be a qualifier for all major championships as well as the East Anglian Championship. A dog crèche is also available at the show run by Samsalin Dog Rescue so if you need to leave your dog somewhere safe for a couple of hours you can. Whether you want information about the Game Fair prior to buying tickets or want to know what is happening next in the Main Arena during the weekend or to save your car park location, the Game Fair app is your essential guide to a great day out for all the family, available to download FREE from 'The App Store'. Advance discounted admission tickets are available now online at or by calling the ticket hotline number 0871 230 1102 Calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline plus standard network charges.


Ipswich24 has got ten family tickets for The 2014 East Anglian Game & Country Fair to give away to lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning this great prize just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: East Anglian Game & Country Fair Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW or you can enter online at The closing date for entries is Monday 31st March 2014. Q. Where is the 2014 East Anglian Game & Country Fair held?





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Running shoes on! Make 2014 your time to shape up and smile at a fun run that promises to give people of all ages and abilities the chance to get active. Entries open today for the Big Fun Run at Christchurch Park, Ipswich on Saturday 18th October. Organisers, GSi Events believe the 70 acre green space which includes rolling lawns, woods and a beautiful Tudor mansion house is a perfect setting for the 5K event. Big Fun Run director, Neil Kilgour said, “If you’d love to get more active in 2014 then this is a great place to start. The Big Fun Run is strictly for fun and all about easy, relaxed exercise. It doesn’t matter how quickly or slowly you go. You can run, jog, juggle, dress up, take a buggy. It’s your choice. “There’s no pressure, just some easy moves and a lot of laughs. It’s all about taking part and enjoying the day. The events aren’t timed so what’s motivating Big Fun runners is the chance to get together with family or friends and do something healthy in the great outdoors. “They’re family affairs with people across the generations taking part. It’s not unusual to see a grandparent, mum and kids all at the start line. Lots of runners take part in fancy dress. Are you getting a picture of something a little different? This isn’t about testosterone charged athletes charging home in a record time. It’s about mums with prams, dads with toddlers on their shoulders, Fred Flintstone running around with his grandma. Throw in 101 Dalmations and you get an unbeatable mix.” The Big Fun Run which starts in Ipswich at 11am is among 18 Big Fun Runs across the UK staged from July until October 2014. More than 7,000 people took part in the nationwide events last year and more than £200,000 was raised for charity. Last year, at The Big Fun Fun, Ipswich husband and wife team, Clair and Ian Collett raised £1,075 for Bliss, a charity which is a lifeline for premature babies and their families. Clair, 40, of Colchester, said, “One in every nine babies in the UK is born either premature or sick. The vital care that babies receive after birth can have a profound impact on the rest of their lives. We were glad to do our bit to help.” Entries for The Big Fun Run in Ipswich cost £11.49 for adults, £9.49 for children and runners over 65 while kids under five go free. Everyone who finishes gets a medal, goody bag and refreshments. To enter the Big Fun Run 2014 go to

Spring on the farm They say that March is in like a lion and out like a lamb, which is particularly apposite down on the farm. Life at Baylham House Farm is never dull but during spring things start to get really exciting. February’s lambs are all out in the field, leaping around and driving their mums to distraction. Louise and her litter of Berkshire piglets are delighting visitors and the Large Black sows - Nina and Ella - are near to farrowing. Just next door in the lambing tunnel the next batch of ewes are waiting to give birth. The lambs are born from the end of March through the Easter holidays and there is usually plenty of opportunity to cuddle a lamb and, if you’re lucky, the chance to see one born. The Easter Speggtacular (18th to 21st April) is fun for all the family. In addition to lambing there are craft stalls, a treasure hunt, and the chance to hug a bunny in the Bunny Barn. With lots to see and do and, of course, the fabulous Baylham BBQ with local beer and wine, it’s a day out everyone will enjoy. The kids’ play area means they can keep busy, while you can relax with a cup of coffee and a homemade cake. Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is six miles north west of Ipswich, off the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Needham Market. It opens Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am – 5pm. With entry prices at £7 for adults, £6 for concessions, £3 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. A family ticket (2 Adults and 2 children) is also available at £18. • For more information visit the website at or call 01473 830264.

Calling all Brides All brides, grooms and their families are welcome this month to pop along to the Foxhall Community Centre’s first Wedding Fair on Sunday 23rd March from 10am until 3pm. Not only will you have a chance to chat to a host of wedding suppliers but you’ll also get to see the centre’s large function room, decorated ready for a wedding reception. Their Dragon room holds up to 250 guests and is the largest wedding and party venue in Suffolk where you can bring in your own choice of outside caterer. The hall also boasts a large stage, its own party lighting and a private bar and entrance for your guests with plenty of free parking. The Wedding Fair will be an ideal opportunity to see the room transformed into a Wedding Reception venue with beautiful drapes and lighting. Foxhall Community Centre still have a few Friday and Saturday nights available for 2014 so whether it’s a christening, birthday or indeed a wedding reception you’re planning, pop along on Sunday 23rd from 10am and see the room and its facilities for yourself. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook for news of forthcoming events.





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Boogie Nights

Flower Club Quiz Night

An all hits concert party reunion starring Chic La Freak, Heatwave and Phil Fearon’s Galaxy, Boogie Nights will be at the Apex this March. Chic La Freak are an amazing re-creation of the Nile Rogers Chic who not only perform Chic’s hits but other songs written by Nile Rogers for 80s acts including “Le Freak - He's The Greatest Dancer”, “Upside Down”, “Everybody Dance”, “I want your love”, “Lost in Music”, “Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)”, “We are Family”, “Good Times”, “My Forbidden Lover”, “Thinking of You”, “My Old Piano” and “I’m coming out”. Galaxy’s original lead singer Phil Fearon performs the band’s hits with the same enthusiasm as when they were first released. You can expect to hear “Everybody’s Laughing”, “Dancing Tight”, “What Do I Do”, “Fantasy Read” and “I Can Prove It”. Heatwave are a legendary band spanning many decades and still feature original lead singer Keith Wilder. They deliver all the classics including “Always & Forever”, “The Grove Line”, “Mind Blowing Decisions” and of course the multi-platinum selling “Boogie Nights”. The concert at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds is on Saturday 8th March at 8pm. Tickets are £25, ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see the website for details.

The Deben Flower Club will be holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 5th April in Kirton Church Hall, Church Lane, Kirton IP10 0PU starting at 7.30pm. Why not bring along a team of six, or alternatively you are welcome to join with others on the night. This will be a light-hearted fun evening

Model Railway Group Following a busy winter working on new layouts it is now the beginning of the show season for the Felixstowe Area N Gauge Model Railway Group. The first Open Day of the year is on Saturday 22nd March at The Welcome Hall, High Road, Trimley St Mary, from 11am until 4pm, admission to this event is free. Running will be the Group Modular Layout along with Stowley Loop - the now named “Hands On” layout - as well as some of the Group members own layouts, plus some of the Group’s on-going projects will be on show. The N Gauge Society Second hand stall and Scograil will both be attending offering the opportunity to purchase items for your own layout or perhaps start a layout for the first time. Club members, new and old, will be on hand to talk about the group and offer advice on any problems you may have, plus you can have the opportunity to run your N Gauge stock on one of the Group’s layouts. Trimley Railway Station is only a short walk and the venue is on the Ipswich/Felixstowe bus route and there is plenty of on street parking. The venue is wheelchair friendly. For further information contact Chris Shum on 01394 277211 or visit

and will include a Ploughman’s Supper. Tickets are £6.00 each including supper. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. • Telephone 01394 411422 or email for further information and tickets.

News from Inspire Suffolk Are you a parent or running a Youth Football Team? The charity Inspire Suffolk are offering a brand new innovative way of improving as many local youth football clubs as possible by offering a neutral coaching development tool based around sustainable coach and player education. Are you a parent who has offered to run your child’s team as no one else would take the responsibility and you would like some fresh new ideas? At Inspire Suffolk their coaching is offered by staff with over 10 years experience working in youth development.

Their aim is to make Suffolk a leading county for youth football and they can offer a wealth of knowledge and experience relating to both technical and game related elements of football with FA qualified coaches. To find out more about the tree different coaching packages available go to their website or call Inspire Suffolk on 0845 1369 333.

Holiday Soccer Courses With the school holidays around the corner what better way to keep your children entertained and out in the fresh air than by sending them to a grassroots level football course with Inspire Suffolk? Their courses are run at many centres throughout Suffolk for boys and girls from four to 13 years of age, catering for a wide range of abilities. You can book on line and find out more at





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Woofbridge – Bark in the Park Woodbridge’s fun dog show, Woofbridge: The Bark in the Park, will go ahead on Saturday 29th March between 11am and 4pm in Elmhurst Park, Woodbridge. Entry is free and there will be entertainment, games, stalls and activities throughout the day – as well as the dog show itself. The event was originally due to take place last September but was postponed following reported cases of the canine parvovirus in the region. The event is sponsored by local vets, Ryder-Davies & Partners, who will be providing demonstrations on how to give your dog a health check and, will have their mobile doggy weight clinic so attendees can check their dogs are a healthy weight. There will also be a team from Ryder-Davies on hand to offer advice and answer questions plus a range of trade stalls for people to browse including; Stokes Sauces, handmade bags, Cakes and Bakes, Usborne Books and many more. This year there are ten classes to enter including: Dog with the waggiest tail; Most stylish dog; Cleverest dog/Best trick; Dog that looks most like its owner; Best young handler and dog the judges would most like to take home. Organised by Choose Woodbridge, the team that brought back the Woodbridge Carnival after 21 years, this event promises to provide a fabulously fun day out for all ages celebrating the important part dogs play in our families and our community. Chris Harrold, Chairman of Choose Woodbridge said, “With so many dog owners living in and around the town, it is fantastic to be able to host a fun dog show within the town. We hope to continue the great work started at this event in 2012 and seal its place firmly in the local calendar.”


Q. Should my cat and dog be vaccinated? A. Yes, because there are lots of nasty diseases out there that pets can catch, which can cause pain, distress and may even be fatal. Vaccinations are the best way to safeguard your pet and to also prevent diseases from being passed on to other animals.

Q. When should I get my pet vaccinated? A. They should receive a ‘primary’ vaccination course early in life, followed by yearly health checks with ‘booster’ vaccinations depending on their individual lifestyle as immunity gradually fades over time. It’s never too late to vaccinate though. If your pet hasn’t ever been vaccinated, or you haven’t kept up-to-date with their yearly vaccinations, they will need the ‘primary’ course to get their protection started. The ‘primary’ course consists of two injections given two to four weeks apart.

Q. Which diseases do vaccines protect against? A. The most important diseases we can protect dogs against with vaccinations are: • Canine Parvovirus normally known as Parvo • Distemper • Infectious Canine Hepatitis • Leptospirosis • Kennel Cough • Rabies (only required for dogs travelling abroad) The most important diseases we can protect cats against with vaccinations are: • Feline Viral Infectious Respiratory Disease • (Cat Flu) • Feline Panleucopaenia (Enteritis) • Feline Leukaemia • Rabies (only required for cats travelling abroad) We recommend that you protect your pets and keep them safe by regular vaccinations. For more information on vaccinations please contact the surgery on 01473 636 550. Open 7 days a week inside Pets at Home, Martlesham

Get your paws on some grrreat All About Dogs show tickets! Ipswich24 has teamed up with the pawsitively spectacular All About Dogs show to offer readers the chance to win tickets to one of the UK’s largest outside events dedicated to pampurred pooches. Set to return to Trinity Park, Ipswich on 18th and 19th April 2014, the jampacked weekend event offers a host of canine fun for the entire family. From entertaining demonstrations to plenty of fun 'have a go' games, agility and recall challenges, this show actually offers the chance for every dog to have its day! It also features stacks of expert grooming or behavioural advice from top canine professionals. Meanwhile, the Doggy Shopping Parade will host stands selling a complete range of doggie products. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful new collar, a comfortable bed or even a new coat there’s something for even the fussiest pooch. There's also a selection of specialist dog foods on offer. “In terms of excitement, these shows offer the heart-pounding doggie equivalent to Disneyland as they’re stacked with treats,” explains Matt Upson of show organiser Aztec Events. “Whether you have a great scruffy mutt or a small pampered pooch, the All About Dogs shows offer a great day out for the entire family.” The All About Dog show is at Trinity Park, Ipswich on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April from 10am until 5pm. For more information or to book discounted advance tickets, visit: On the gate tickets are priced from £6.50 adults and £3 for children. Concessions and family tickets are also available.

— COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has got ten family tickets for the All About Dog Show to give away to lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning this great prize just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: All About Dogs Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW or you can enter online at The closing date for entries is Monday 31st March 2014.

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Popular Lunchtime Concerts return The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is once again welcoming the ever-popular series of Lunchtime Concerts to its stage this Spring to inject a little harmony into locals’ lunchtimes. Having run for many years (always with the generous support and sponsorship of Gross & Co), and in various venues, the ever-popular Lunchtime Concerts will once again be held in the auditorium of the Theatre Royal. March sees the concerts draw closer to home, as Benjamin Britten’s niece discusses the memoirs of her mother – “My Brother Benjamin” on March 31st. Written by Britten’s younger

sister Beth, the memoirs are a wonderful portrait of their shared Lowestoft upbringing. After this thrilling insight into the life and family of one of our finest composers, Britten’s 3rd Cello Suite will be performed by the ex-LSO cellist Nick Cooper. Be sure to bring your copy of My Brother Benjamin with you, as there will also be a book signing by Britten’s niece, Sally after the concert. April 14th sees the husband and wife duo David Gough (guitar) and Danielle Perrett (harp) come together for a programme of popular toetapping classics for all the family to enjoy. Known for his TV and film scores, (including the

soundtrack of Persuasion) David Gough will play alongside his wife Danielle who is a leading period and concert harpist bringing some nimble finger-work to the stage. And for those disappointed by the soggy sandwich lurking in their lunchbox there will be complimentary tea, coffee and cakes available after each concert to really make your lunch hour a special occasion! • For tickets and further details please call the Box Office on 01284 769505 or visit .

Vintage music at the Seckford Theatre A CLASS ACT have been promoting shows at The Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge since March 2013, with Ruthie Henshall, The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, The Temperance Seven, The Reduced Shakespeare Company (the cast from The Criterion Theatre in London), and finally The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, all appearing, without exception, to great acclaim. The Seckford is a very comfortable intimate theatre, seating about 300 on two levels. Free car parking is within a few metres, and the Foyer Bar is open for socialising before curtain up, and during the interval. The 2014 Season is now in place, and the first two shows are both a reflection of the taste that the local audience has for what is now being termed” vintage music”, that is the Great American Songbook, and the melodic and foot-tapping numbers of the prewar period. The first show in 2014 is Martin Litton’s ‘Red Hot Peppers, on the15th March. Martin has appeared at Snape Maltings, with his big band and he now comes to the theatre with an eight-piece band of the best musicians in the business. Look out for Fats Waller and “Chances Are”, the ragtime theme music ”The Entertainer” from the Paul Newman/Robert Redford film The Sting, and many other well remembered numbers.


The following show, in May, is a cabaret evening with Michael Law. Michael has recently been appearing on TV with Len Goodman, presenting the great days of the British dance bands, but also has an intimate evening show of his own, ”Easy To Love”. A brilliant raconteur, and an equally accomplished musician, Michael has had enthusiastic reviews, and is a great hit with this new show. • For further information on these, and later shows, go to the website, which also has booking details -

Jesus Christ Superstar comes to The Regent IODS (Ipswich Operatic & Dramatic Society) have a great show soon to be performed Jesus Christ Superstar will be at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich from Wednesday 9th until Saturday 12th April. The Society have not one but two ex-West End professionals on their production team for the first time ever! Martin Warden who is the Director is originally from Woodbridge and started his stage work in Company of Four when he was three, he then spent his career in the West End in Les Miserables for seven years, Miss Saigon, Oliver, Oklahoma and was the deputy resident director of Jesus Christ Superstar in the Professional UK and Europe tour. Mark Connell the Choreographer is no stranger to this area, originally had a very successful career professionally in The Full Monty, Miss Siagon and spent about five years in Mamma Mia in the West End. Having to cast so many men in a show is fairly difficult, however, IODS have been able to get some

great people in their cast. Jonathan Mudd who is playing Judas this time played Jesus last time - nice twist and very different roles. Phil Kinsella who is Jesus looks the part and acts it really well. Both leads are excellent and have voices that can cope with the demands of this difficult rock musical score. Mark Backhouse who is playing Pilate was in the final of ‘Ipswich has got talent’ and IODS have managed to pluck Edward Jerrie out of a church concert at Henley church! Both of these men have amazing voices and reach some very high and very low notes. Jesus Christ Superstar recently had lots of publicity from the revamp of the show at the O2 Arena which has raised the profile of this great rock musical. IODS have chosen charity for draw money with proceeds this year going to Suffolk Family Carers. Tickets for this production are available at Regent Theatre Box Office on 01473 433100.




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Betty Blue Eyes: the story of a humble chiropodist A 21-strong team will take to the stage at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester this spring in the new touring co-production of Betty Blue Eyes. Fresh from his role with The Book of Mormon, Haydn Oakley stars as Gilbert Chilvers. Amy Booth-Steel, currently appearing in the National Theatre’s The Light Princess, will play Gilbert’s wife, determined socialclimber Joyce Chilvers. Set in 1947 austerity Britain, Betty Blue Eyes tells the story of humble chiropodist Gilbert Chilvers and his ferocious wife Joyce. When an invitation to the social event of the year fails to materialise, the Chilvers resolve that they must do whatever it takes to get their fair share of the banquet’s centrepiece – a rations-busting illegal pork roast! Haydn’s extensive theatre credits include Wonderful Town at Manchester Royal Exchange, The Secret Garden at Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Passion at Donmar Warehouse. He has also appeared in Wicked and Spamalot. In addition to The Light Princess, Amy’s stage credits include the National Theatre’s production of She Stoops To Conquer, the UK tour of One Man, Two Guvnors and the role of La Rosa in Sister Act at The London Palladium. Amy also made the final 12 in the BBC’s search for Nancy in I’d Do Anything. Director Daniel Buckroyd said, “Betty Blue Eyes is the biggest show the Mercury has produced

in many years. Supporting Amy, Haydn and Sally will be 18 experienced actors, singers, dancers and musicians from the West End and the best of regional theatre. I'm delighted that we've been able to assemble such a fantastic multi-talented company of performers for the regional premiere.” Choreography is provided by Andrew Wright, winner of the 2013 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Choreographer, and nominated at the 2012 Olivier Awards and the 2011 Broadway World Awards. His numerous credits include Singin’ In The Rain at the Palace Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and the national tour, Barnum for Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh, and the national tour of Wonderful Town. The Mercury Theatre’s Richard Reeday is Musical Director. Richard’s previous theatre credits at the Mercury include The History Boys, Quadrophenia, and The Hired Man, the latter earned Richard a nomination for Regional Musical Direction Award in the Broadway World Awards 2013. Betty Blue Eyes opens on March 14th at the Mercury Theatre before embarking on a five month tour across England in a new co-production between Mercury Theatre Colchester, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse. • Betty Blue Eyse is at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester from Friday 14 March until Saturday 5th April. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01206 573948 or visit

Theatre company tempt audience with Palm Wine and Stout! East Anglia’s regional touring theatre company Eastern Angles are back on the road this Spring with their latest show, Palm Wine & Stout. Written by acclaimed poet and playwright Segun Lee-French, and directed by Eastern Angles’ Artistic Director Ivan Cutting this funny and emotional play is based on the writer’s visit back to a small Nigerian village in search of his father. Audiences can see this fascinating new play at the Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich between Tuesday 29th April and Saturday 3rd of May. The story, which focuses on Taiye, a young British man on a quest to find out more about his African heritage, draws some fascinating parallels with English village life. Along the way Taiye experiences both the vibrant bustle of modern Nigerian city life and the mysterious rituals of rural African

villagers. With half-brother, Femi, as his guide, Taiye’s journey becomes a challenging culture clash incorporating music, dance and host of spiritual ancestors. Eastern Angles are known for their extensive tours designed to bring professional theatre to audiences in rural locations and the play will visit fifty East Anglian venues during March, April and May. Ivan Cutting said. “This is a fantastic play. We took the show out in 2010 when it got some great feedback from critics and audiences so now we want more people to experience this heartwarming piece of theatre. It’s got some really great atmospheric music, some very funny moments and will certainly strike a chord with anyone familiar with the dayto-day eccentricities and petty politics of village life!” • Book your tickets by calling 01473 211498 or visiting Palm Wine & Stout is sponsored by Ipswich Building Society & Abellio Greater Anglia





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Miss Nightingale returns to NW After taking the UK and West End by storm last year the hit show Miss Nightingale – the musical is back by popular demand. It comes to the New Wolsey Theatre from Thursday 27th March to Saturday 5th April as part of a six week UK tour this Spring. It’s a hilarious and heartwarming love story celebrating the world of sex, scandal and showbiz in the cabaret clubs of war-torn London. The show is set in London 1942, when times are tough and rationing is starting to bite. Feisty northern singer Maggie and her refugee songwriter, George, struggle to find their big break. She longs for the bright lights. He's hiding a dark secret in the shadows. Everything changes when they are picked up by wealthy man-about-town Sir Frank Worthington-Blythe. He needs a new act for his nightclub and transforms Maggie into the satirical music hall star ‘Miss Nightingale’. Her outrageous costumes, saucy songs and racy love life create a scandal, making her the toast of London. But out of the spotlight there lurks a threat more devastating than The Blitz. Miss Nightingale – the musical is a gorgeous, glamorous, feel-good story of love, loss and hope. The show is performed by a talented cast of actor-musicians. It features Matthew Bugg’s critically acclaimed original songs, from hilarious tongue-in-cheek numbers to tender ballads, which wonderfully capture the glorious spirit of the 1940s. A time when danger lurked around every corner and the best you could do was live each day as if it was your last.


Miss Nightingale - the musical is written by leading theatre composer Matthew Bugg. His work has been heard in theatres across the UK and in the West End. His recent productions includes: Black Coffee, Volcano, Barefoot in the Park, Go Back for Murder, Quartet, Some Like it Hotter, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Murder of the Nile, Polygraph, The Father, League of Youth, Three Men in a Boat, and The Handyman. The show is directed by Peter Rowe, Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre. His productions include: Our House, The Threepenny Opera, Mods And Rox, Sweeney Todd, Double Indemnity, A Family Affair, A Mad World My Masters, The Good Companions, Neville’s Island, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Vincent in Brixton, Blues in the Night, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus of Disapproval, Noises Off, Up on the Roof, and Guys and Dolls. He directed Boyband and Return to the Forbidden Planet for the West End and national tours, together with his own musical, Leader of the Pack. He is also well known across the country the writer of our hugely successful rock ‘n’ roll pantomimes. To reveal more about the show visit, follow @Nightingale1942 on Twitter or • Tickets are on sale now and can be booked through the Box Office by calling 01473 295900 or by booking online at




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Have a Flirt with a One Night Stand at DanceEast DanceEast have introduced an exciting, new strand to its artistic programme, the One Night Stand. The aim of this initiative is to introduce new work by the best new dance companies to the Jerwood DanceHouse, some of which may be challenging, but all of it will be of the highest quality. Keen to engage with audience members after the performances to gain feedback on the work, DanceEast will be offering all One Night Stand ticket holders a half price drink at the bar post-show and the opportunity to chat to Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, along with his colleagues. Running on Empty, by dance theatre company Probe, kicked off the programme with an intrepid contemporary dance piece which wowed audiences at the Jerwood DanceHouse Ipswich. Dance, text and song were combined to tell the story of man, woman and their repeated collision over time, travelling through dreams, fears and memories.

Men in Harmony Charity Concert The Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir is pleased to once again present a concert in aid of a local charity, at St John the Baptist Church, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich on Saturday 29th March. The choir is delighted that St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir will be their guests on what will be a wonderful evening of male voice singing. The concert commences at 7.30pm.

Speaking about the new works, Keaney says, “My tip this season would be, whatever you do, do not miss Avant Garde Dance, this extraordinary young company is genuinely moving street dance into new territory – they are on the cusp of something very fresh and exciting”. The second show lined up in the programme is The Black Album by effortlessly stylish Avant Garde Dance. This London-based company, under the artistic direction of Tony Adigun - 2011 & 2012 BEFFTA Best Choreographer and Artistic Director of Sky’s Got To Dance - will present an exceptional triple bill, The Black Album. Featuring three distinctly different hip hop choreographies, seamlessly woven together like a concept album, the work is music inspired and the innovative choreography is sure to take audience members on an exciting journey. Open up the sleeve of The Black Album on Friday 4th April to find a lineup of effortlessly stylish dance. Other One Night Stand performances include A Darker Shade of Fado by Nuno Silva, In Good Company by Hofesh Shechter Company and a mixed bill from HeadSpaceDance. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 295230 or visit

The charity to benefit from the proceeds on this occasion will be the Suffolk Family Carers ‘8 Days A Week Appeal’. This appeal has been launched to raise over £500,000 to buy a mobile family carers centre. This vehicle will tour the more rural and isolated areas of the county, reaching many of Suffolk’s hidden Family Carers and providing a place where Family Carers can be listened to and supported. It will also provide a space to deliver health and wellbeing activities. • Tickets for the concert are priced at £8.00 and available from 01449 672600 or on the door.

Ipswich Gang Show After six months rehearsal the Gang Show is back with more uplifting and toe tapping songs that’ll get you humming and singing along both during the show and on your way home! With a collection of traditional and modern songs, tightly choreographed dance routines and impressive harmonies this is a show not to miss! With a cast of more than 70, these young people and leaders put their all into entertaining you and as always, it will include a performance from some of the younger members of the Scout movement - the Cubs… This year’s show will take you back to the 80’s and then woo you with a selection of Love themed songs - a number which has been created by two members of the cast. With funny sketches and polished chorale productions this is the Variety Show for all ages to see in Ipswich. The Show takes place from the 16th until 19th April at 7.15pm, with a matinee at 2.15pm on Saturday 19th April at the Great School Theatre, Ivry Street, Ipswich. Tickets are available either by calling the Box Office on 01473 657082, visiting Craftability, St Lawrence Street in Ipswich town centre or going online at; Tickets are priced at £8.50 Adults, £6 Children/Concessions. Tickets for the matinee performance will be £6 all classes.





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Have your Event Listed Free!! Email: Post: PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW Every Sunday Lions Club of Ipswich Car Boot Sale, Portman Road Car Park, Ipswich (Weather permitting), Gates open 8am, Pitch fees - car £5.00, Car & Trailer £10.00, small van (Escort size) £5.00, large van (transit size) £10.00 all payable on entry, Refreshments and toilets on site, Other details visit Ballroom and Latin Class, 22 Bond Street, Ipswich, 7pm – 8pm, 07736 306519 Giant Sunday Market, Mannings Amusements, Felixstowe, from 9am Ballroom and Latin Class, 22 Bond Street IP4 1JE, 5pm - 6pm

Every Monday A V A Go Art Group, St Edmunds Hall, Langer Road, Felixstowe 1.30pm till 4.30pm beginners welcome, For details ring 01394 275690 Ballroom and Latin Class, Goals Centre, Suffolk New College, Grimwade Street IP4 1LT, 6.30pm - 7.30pm 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 Ballroom and Latin class, Goals Centre, Grimwade Street, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, 07736 306519 Yoga, Holbrook Village Hall 9.30am - 11am, Suitable for beginners and intermediates, Contact Cathie 07734 469038/ 01394 388379 Yoga, Henley Community Village Hall, Ashbocking Road, 7.45pm – 9.15pm, 01473 690762 Badminton, Claydon High School Sports Hall, 7pm to 9pm, Social badminton, all welcome, Further information contact Don 01473 747596 Suffolk Promenaders Square Dance Club, Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 7.30pm – 10pm, Only £2.50, tea and coffee provided, contact 01473 422663 or 01473 415785for further details Badminton, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, 7.30pm - 10pm, Social Badminton further information contact Alan 01473 437707

Every Tuesday Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 7pm - 10pm, £2.50 per session, New members very welcome, Contact Tony Crane 01473 410740 for details Art Group, meeting at J Parker Studios, Ivy Cottage, Wenham Road, Great Wenham Beginners welcome tuition available, for details 01473 313100 New Beginners Latin and American Dance Classes, Methodist Church Hall, Seaton Rd, Felixstowe, 7 - 8pm Co-op Ladies Choir meet at The Co-op Education Centre from 2.15pm to 3.30pm, performing a variety of music including chart hits, musicals and classical. If you would like to join us please contact Lynn Scannell 01473 710820


Senior Singers, Co-op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich, 10.30am – 12pm, Male & Female singers, 55 plus, join in this ling established & friendly group of singers, No auditions, Call Maggie on 01473 713597, Dance & Music Improvisation, Northgate Arts centre in Ipswich, 7pm - 8pm (studio available from 6.45pm - 8.15pm for warm-up and warmdown) £5 / £3.50 (freelance dance artists and concessions) Telephone 07830755070 Martlesham Heath Country Market, The Pavilion, The Square, Martlesham Heath, 9am, home-made, home-grown, and home-crafted items for sale. For information Tel 01473 623849 or Ipswich Folk Dance Club, St Johns U.R.C, Cowper St, 8pm - 10pm. Experience not necessary, as all dances are walked through first, and then called, for full details call 01473 212085. Tea Dance, Ballroom & Sequence Dancing, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, 2pm - 4pm, £2. Includes tea and biscuits, for further information call 01473 257593. Knit ‘n’ Natter Group, Bags of Handles, Walton, Felixstowe, 6pm – 9pm, Knit, Natter and browse through hundreds of knitting magazines available to the group.

Every Wednesday Ipswich Croquet Club, Fynn Valley Golf Club, Ipswich, 2pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information contact Fran Rousham 01394 671642 Voices Together, award winning female singing group, Whitehouse Baptist Church, Waterford Road, Ipswich, 7.30pm - 9pm. Friendly rehearsals. No auditions, Easy listening music, Interested? Call Kath 01473 652351

Every Thursday Wot's up 18+ Community Club at Castle Hill Community Centre, 5pm - 9.30pm, Free taster session, more info call Mags 07926428432. The Club is manly Learning/Physical Difficulties but they would like to reach out to Mental Health, The Elderly, Head injuries 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 Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 2pm – 4.15pm, £2.80 includes tea & Biscuits, for further information telephone 01473 725274, 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 Coffee and Chat: informal coffee morning with activities, 10am – 12pm All Saints Church Hall Blenheim Road, Ipswich



Ipswich Country Market, Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, 10.15am to 11.30am, Local Food, Handmade Crafts Open to all, Free Entry,

Every Friday Country Market, Trades and Labour Club, High Road West, Felixstowe, 10am – 11am, Preserves, eggs, garden produce and crafts, 01394 272003, Ballroom Class, United Reformed Church, Ipswich St, Stowmarket, 7.30 - 9.30pm, further info 01394 282285 Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich, 2pm - 5pm, £2.50, per session, New Members very welcome, for more details contact Tony Crane on 01473 410740

Every Saturday Cycle Speedway, Great Blakenham Cycle Speedway Kids Club, 10.00am – Midday, A variety of activities connected with Cycle Speedway, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham (Next to Village Hall) For more info contact Terry on 07860 262112 Wot's up 18+ Community Club at Castle Hill Community Centre, 10am - 5pm, Free taster session, more info call Mags 07926428432, The Club is manly Learning/Physical Difficulties but they would like to reach out to Mental Health, The Elderly, Head injuries

Sat 1st Mar Talk: Diverse Factions and Seditions orders’ in the Port of Ipswich by Deirdre Heavens, Records Office, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, 10.30am - £5.50 Mind, Body & Spirit Event, Needham Market Community Centre, 10am – 4pm,Free Entry, Enjoy an inspiring day with readings, therapy tasters, Workshops and lots of lovely stalls, for more details visit

Sun 2nd Mar Ipswich Orchestral Society, The Corn Exchange, Ipswich, Box Office 01473 433100 Organ Recital by Andrew Cantrill, Royal Hospital School (school Chapel), Holbrook, 7.30pm, Free Ipswich RSPB Local Group Field Meeting at Freston, Harkstead & Shotley for waders and wildfowl. Meet at 9.00am at Freston Hill layby on B1456, Map ref TM175400, then on to Harkstead & Shotley by car, 4 hrs. 3 miles, Contact 01473 258791, All welcome

Tue 4th Mar - Sat 15th Mar Ipswich and District Photography Annual Exhibition Council Chamber, Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich, Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Admission Free,

Tue 4th Mar Ipswich And Suffolk Section of The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Meeting, Ipswich School, Rushmere Sports Centre, 7.30pm




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The Golden Hind, 470 Nacton Rd, Ipswich, 7.30pm, Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Contact Karen 07742229480

Wed 26th Mar

Afternoon Tea Walk, Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, 2pm, What about the Women? £7pp, prebook on 01473 258070

Sat 8th Mar

Sun 16th Mar

Thu 27th Mar

Fri 7th Mar

Talk: Bread – The Staff of Life by Dr Pat Murrell, Bury Records Office, 77 Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds, 10am, £5.50

Charity Gala Concert, Royal Hospital School (school Chapel), Holbrook, 7pm, Box Office 01473 433100 A full evening of good pro/am music song entertainments, St Peters Church, Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich, All tickets £5, 01473 832197 Tower Chamber Choir ‘The Passion of the Baroque’, St Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, 7.30pm, £12.50 or £5 students Talk: Suffolk Folk Tales by Clive Paine, Bury Records Office, 77 Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds, 10am, £5.50 Prometheus Orchestra ‘Playing with Fire’, St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge, 7.30pm, Tickets £15, Box Office 01728 687110

Irish Ghost Stories to Celebrate St Patricks Day, PJ McGinty’s Green Room, 8pm, Tickets £15 per person includes Irish Stew, Tickets available from the Tourist Information Centre 01473 258070

Sun 9th Mar

Death and the Maiden, Sir John Mills Theatre, Gatacre Street, Ipswich, 7.45pm,

School Choirs Concert, Royal Hospital School (school Chapel), Holbrook, 7pm, Box Office 01473 433100 Felixstowe Family History Society Open Day, At 'The Tree House', Maidstone Road, Felixstowe (in the grounds of Felixstowe Academy), from 10am - 4pm, Admission is free and there will be free access to the Find My Past and Origins websites. Come and use the Society's facilities and talk to experienced members. Green Fair, Guild Hall, Hadleigh, 10am – 4pm, Charity Stalls, Green Groups, Craft Stalls, Live Music, Refreshments, admission by donation,

Tue 18th Mar

Sun 30th Mar

Bach Cello Suites by Orlando Jopling, Harkstead Church, Near Ipswich, 5pm, Tickets £10 Students £5, places are available for a candlelit supper in the church after the concert,, 01473 328291

Mon 10th Mar RHS Notes and Nibbles Buffet lunch and complimentary programme, Royal Hospital School (school Chapel), Holbrook, 1pm, £5 inc. lunch, pupils from the school perform a programme of solo and chamber music

Tue 11th Mar Ipswich and District Historical Transport Society Meeting, Ascension Hall, Larchcroft Road, Ipswich, 7.30pm, 01473 422145, Dean Forest Railway in Preservation by Peter Adams

Wed 12th Mar Talk: Florists Feasts, Botanic Gardens and Horticultural Societies by Dr Pat Murrell, Bury Records Office, 77 Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds, £5.50 Felixstowe Family History Society Meeting, Broadway House, Orwell Road, Felixstowe. Talk 'The Cobbold Family' to be given by Mick Farrow. Starts 7.30pm, Admission free to members and £1.00 for non-members.

Thu 13th Mar Ipswich RSPB Group Indoor Meeting, ‘A Suffolk Birder's quest for the endangered White-eared Night Heron in Vietnam’, an illustrated talk by David Walsh, Suffolk Birder and tour leader, Sidegate Lane School, Ipswich, 7.30pm, Admission: Local Group members £2.00 (concessions apply), Non-Members £3.00. All welcome, For more information contact 01473 423213

Sat 15th Mar – Sun 16th Mar 2014 Ipswich Closed Table Tennis Championship, Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 9am 5pm Finals 7pm on Sunday, Free to the general public

Sat 15th Mar Talk: Pilgrimages, Saints and relics in Medieval and Tudor Suffolk by Clive Paine, Bury Records Office, 77 Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds, 10am, £5.50 An Evening of Clairvoyance and Psychic Art by Thomas Sonne Nielsen and Karen Davies,

Mon 17th Mar Ipswich and District Electrical Association present Ipswich Travel Project for the 21st Century by Suffolk County Council, Ipswich, Golden Hind, Function Room, Nacton Road, Ipswich, 7.30pm Big Band Showcase, Ipswich School, 25 Henley Road, Ipswich, 7pm, 01473 408310

Tue 18th Mar – Fri 21st Mar

Afternoon Tea Walk, Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, 2pm, Art and the Park, £7pp, prebook on 01473 258070 Ipswich And Suffolk Section of The Vintage Motor Cycle Club Meeting, Ipswich School, Rushmere Sports Centre, 7.30pm Ipswich RSPB Local Group Midweek Walk round Bourne Park area and park, Meet at 10am at Bourne Park car park (Bourne Bridge entrance), 2 hrs. Map ref TM161419, Contact 01473 714839, All welcome.

Wed 19th Mar Stress Buster Day with Alison Basil and Valerie Chater, Seckford Hall Hotel, Woodbridge, details 07775 600230

Thu 20th Mar Suffolk Family History Society present ‘Using documentary evidence to find out who has lived in your house’ The Red Cross Hall, Chevallier Street, Ipswich, 7.30pm, Members £2, Non Members £2.50, 01473 274300

Talk: Who Lived in your house? Records Office, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, £10, 01473 263909

Sat 29th Mar

Giant Antiques Fair, Trinity Park, Ipswich

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Sun 23rd Mar Boat Jumble, Trinity Park, Ipswich Wedding Fair, Foxhall Community Centre, Ipswich, 10am – 3pm, Ransomes and Rapier Annual Reunion, Kesgrave Social Club, Edmonton Road, Kesgrave, 12.30pm - 5pm, £2pp to pay for hall hire, 01206 734581 Felixstowe Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile, Grange C.P School, Grange Road, Felixstowe, 2.00pm, Entries or on the day, Adults £6.00, Child £3.00, Family £15.

Mon 24th Mar Mr Cobbler Sports Awards 2013, Felixstowe Town Hall, Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, All welcome, Free

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Tue 25th Mar Afternoon Tea Walk, Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, 2pm, Wonderful Westgate, £7pp, prebook on 01473 258070

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Bands, Gigs, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical & Competitions

Mayor’s Concert A concert of acoustic Blues and Folk music has been arranged in Ipswich for Wednesday 2nd April at 7.30pm. The concert, taking place at the Novotel Hotel, Greyfriars Road, near the Waterfront in the town, will feature popular local acts “Back Porch”,

“Gan Ainm”,“MC2” and “Silbury Hill”. Back Porch are no strangers to local music fans with an upbeat, happy take on the blues from their line-up which includes harp, washboard, 6string and 12-string guitars - with a good deal of friendly banter between front man, Mike Rushmore, and the band thrown in. MC2 (pronounced Mac too) feature songwriter Paul McCartney (the other one!) with a band whose line up includes respected folk sessioneer Pete Gosling on guitar and mandolin. Duo, Silbury Hill, have been carving a niche in recent years

with Scott Dolling’s flute the signature sound in a set that includes original material plus covers from the likes of Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull. Adding a lively take on traditional folk tunes, Gan Ainm (pronounced Gan Anim!) feature some fine local folk musicians including Jim Bell and will be playing foot stomping instrumentals. The Mayor of Ipswich is a big supporter of local music and musicians and was pleased to put his name to the event. The three charities he is supporting during his term of office are: EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospice), The Dame Vera Lynn Trust (supporting children with cerebral palsy) and Fresh Start – New Beginnings (supporting young victims of sexual abuse)

Tickets cost £5 per person and are available from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephens Lane Ipswich –Telephone 01473 258070, email - and all proceeds will go to the charities supported by the Mayor of Ipswich, Hamil Clarke, in his year of Office. The doors open at 7.00, first band on at 7.30 and there will be a bar. Purchasing tickets in advance from the Tourist Information Centre is recommended as numbers will be limited at the venue.


Added to Forest Line-up Britpop pioneers Suede have announced gigs this summer as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert series where an eclectic mix of acts perform in magnificent woodland locations around the country. Suede bounded onto the British music scene with the eponymous No 1 debut album released in 1993 that sold over 100,000 in its first week of release, kickstarting the Britpop revolution and going on to become a Mercury Music Prize winner. Success continued throughout the nineties with further No 1 albums like ‘Coming Up’ and ‘Head Music’ and top 10’s ‘Dog Man Star’ and ‘Sci-Fi Lullabies’. Fronted by the charismatic Brett Anderson, top 10 singles like ‘Animal Nitrate’, Stay Together’, ‘Trash’, ‘Beautiful Ones’, ‘Saturday Night’,


‘Lazy’, ‘Filmstar’ and ‘Electricity’ epitomised the vibrancy, edge and excitement of the band and ensured an impressive chart presence across a decade before going on indefinite hiatus in 2003. After re-forming for some well-received live shows in 2010-11, Suede got down to recording their sixth studio album. ‘Bloodsports’ was released in 2013 to overwhelmingly positive reviews, marked as one of the great rock comebacks and regarded as one of the best albums of the year. Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission bringing music to new

audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income from the concerts is spent on improving the woodland for both people and wildlife. Suede plus special guests will be performing on Friday 13th June at Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk. Tickets at a cost of £42.35 (inc booking fee) are on sale from the Forestry Commission Box Office on 03000 680400 or buy online at




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• The Boneshakers

Sat 1st Mar SILBURY HILL, The White Horse, Sweffling, 8pm HALF TON MAN, Olive’s Bar, Orwell Crossing, A14 East, Nacton BLIND LEMONS, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe DIEZEL, The Plough, Ipswich

Sun 2nd Mar

• Legend

GIGguide • Red Beryl

Fri 14th Mar

Sat 22nd Mar

ANIMAL NOISE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich STETSONS ARE COOL, Olive’s Bar, Orwell Crossing, A14 East, Nacton SMOKIN’ HOGS, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich KARAOKE, The Grinning Rat, Ipswich SOULTOWN CHIC, DJ BIG SOUL IAN, The Cameo Hotel, Copdock,

COLOURBLIND HEDGEHOGS, The George, Hadleigh KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe ALL REVVED UP, The Plough, Ipswich ACID DROP, FRANTIC, BACK TO THE POINT, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3, 16+ ID req THERE AND BACK, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave STEVE HOOKER, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich

Sat 15th Mar

SUFFOLK SONGWRITERS, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich

JEREMIAH MARQUES & THE SKAGILLS, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3 SHEEBEN, The George, Hadleigh THE KICKS, The Plough, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe GEORGE MCINTOSH, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave BACK PORCH, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich BLUE PRINT, The Cork Bar, Felixstowe

Fri 7th Mar

Sun 16th Mar

SING FOR YOUR SUPPER – KARAOKE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, with Chilli Supper LEGEND, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich COLOURBLIND HEDGEHOGS, The Ordnance Hotel, Felixstowe KARAOKE, The Grinning Rat, Ipswich

MARTIN RUDDY & KEVIN BARRY, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave FOLK SESSION, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe

MAYDAY FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3 BACKTRACKIN, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich KARAOKE, The Grinning Rat, Ipswich

Wed 19th Mar

Sat 8th Mar

COPPERHEAD TOAD, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich

RED BERYL, Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £4 HURRICANE ALLEY, The Plough, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe THE MARTELLS, COOL REMEDY, SHANE AND THE KORRADOS, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave, Air Ambulance Charity Night, Tickets £10 THE REMEDY, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich STEVE LINTON BAND, The George, Hadleigh

JAZZ JAM, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, Food from 12pm, Jazz from 2pm FOLK SESSION, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe

Thu 6th Mar

MAD DOGS, The George, Hadleigh DOUBLE BARREL, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich NOBEL OX, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe ALMOST ORIGINAL, The Plough, Ipswich

Sun 9th Mar SECOND SUNDAY JAZZ LUNCH with THE GIPPING VALLEY STOMPERS, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, Food from 12pm, Jazz from 2pm KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe

Thu 13th Mar FOLK JAM, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich BACK PORCH, Olive’s Bar, Orwell Crossing, A14 East, Nacton

• Silbury Hill

Thu 20th Mar SUFFOLK COLLEGE LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich A TEAM LIVE BAND, Olive’s Bar, Orwell Crossing, A14 East, Nacton

Fri 21st Mar ELLIE TREE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3 COLOURBLIND HEDGEHOGS, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich Ipswich24 Magazine cannot be held responsible for cancellation of events. If in doubt please contact the venue before travelling

• Back Porch

Sun 23rd Mar BACK PORCH, The Grinning Rat, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe

Thu 27th Mar FOLK AT THE BOAT, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich

Fri 28th Mar

Sat 29th Mar

Sun 30th Mar LAST SUNDAY JAZZ LUNCH Featuring LA FONTAINE ENSEMBLE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, Food from 12pm, Jazz from 2pm FOLK SESSION, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe

Mon 31st Mar SUFFOLK COLLEGE LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich

• Double Barrel





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Katherine Jenkins announces East Anglian summer concert Pic: Chloe Mallet

Superstar diva, Katherine Jenkins OBE has announced a special concert this summer, appearing in Thetford Forest as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert calendar.

Katherine Jenkins is the world’s most prolific classical crossover artist. In 2003 she signed the biggest-ever recording contract for a classical artist and has since become the premiere ambassador of bringing classical music to a mainstream audience. Her stratospheric rise made Katherine the fastest-selling mezzosoprano ever. To date, Katherine has released nine studio albums, all of which have sold in excess of seven million copies and gone platinum around the world. She has received numerous awards for her recordings, including two Classical BRITS for the coveted Album of the Year Award. Due to international demand, Katherine spends much of her time touring the world. In 2013 alone she toured South Africa, the US, China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, and also continental Europe, cementing her position as one of the UK’s greatest musical exports. Her most recent accolade is receiving an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for services to music and charity, in particular, her work with the armed forces. Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission, bringing music to new audiences without commercial branding or sponsorship. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving the local

forests for both people and wildlife. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the concerts are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere. The concert will include a selection of Katherine Jenkins favourite works as well as classic proms repertoire. Katherine last played the venue to a capacity crowd in 2008, and commented on her forthcoming concert, “I thoroughly enjoyed my forest debut which was a little while ago now so I am delighted to be returning to Thetford Forest again in the summer. I hope to see everyone there!” The concert announcement coincides with the news that Katherine has renewed her relationship with the world’s No.1 Classic label, Decca Records - signing a deal which will see the nation’s favourite songstress release her next album in the autumn of 2014. • Katherine Jenkins with the National Symphony Orchestra Conductor Anthony Inglis will be at Thetford Forest on Saturday 12th July. Tickets costing £39.60 (including booking fee) are on sale from the Forestry Commission Box Office on 03000 680400 or buy online at

Win Three Welsh Tenors CD The Three Welsh Tenors release their second album on March 3rd. Titled TARANTELLA it comprises the follow up to their debut CD, ‘Three Welsh Tenors’, which charted high in the UK Classical Charts. The new album is released on the Sain record label and showcases some brand new arrangements of much loved classics, Welsh favourites and some of the best loved popular songs of all time. Tarantella features 12 tracks in all, two of which are bonus tracks: a new arrangement by Wyn Pearson of the Welsh hymn ‘Rhys’, sung in both English and Welsh, and an acapella version by Aled Hall of ‘Busy Doing Nothing’ from the film ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’. Wales is renowned for its vocal talent...Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Bryn Terfel, the National Eisteddfod, the Cardiff Singer of the World...not to mention


Shakin’ Stevens, John Cale, Aled Jones, Duffy, Charlotte Church ... the names go on. Now Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall and Alun RhysJenkins (the Three Welsh Tenors) must be added to that illustrious list. All three are professional tenors with successful solo careers in their own right. They first came together to sing as a trio at the Celtfest in Cardiff , part of a spectacular line up of stars entertaining rugby fans prior to a Wales/New Zealand match. They blew the audience away. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, even releasing their own national Rugby Medley – Bread Of Heaven, Delilah and the Welsh National Anthem – sung in true stirring form. Passionate and witty, Tarantella shows perfectly what remarkable voices these three men have. Guitarist Wyn Pearson composed ‘Cymru, gwelaf di’ especially for the Tenors and asked Dafydd Iwan to compose the words. The result is a moving testament to Alun, Rhys and Aled’s feelings for Wales, sung with real conviction. The same is true of Caradog Williams’ new medley of Welsh evergreen favourites ‘Men of Harlech’, ‘Unwaith Eto’n Nghymru Annwyl’ and Rhys Jones’ ‘O Gymru’. Caradog, the trio’s regular accompanist on stage, also arranges a new version of the much loved traditional Welsh song ‘Ar lan y môr’, and probably the best-known of all Welsh songs, ‘Myfanwy’ by Joseph Parry. ‘O sole mio’, ‘My way’ and ‘Bridge over troubled water’ also feature on the album, together with the title song ‘Tarantella Napoletana’, all arranged by John Quirk. The duet from ‘The Pearl Fishers’ is probably the best-known of all operatic duets but is sung here in a new arrangement for the first time for three voices.

— COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has got three copies of Tarantella to give away to lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Tarantella Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW or you can enter online at The closing date for entries is Monday 31st March 2014. Q. How many tracks are on the album Tarantella? 16




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WIN Suffolk Spring TICKETS Garden Show The Suffolk Spring Gardening Show is set to be in full bloom next month (April) and we’ve got ten family tickets up for grabs. Featuring a treasure trove of the finest trees, shrubs, flowers and pot plants, green-fingered enthusiasts can explore ornaments, water features and much more when the show opens at the Trinity Park showground on 18th April 2014. Whether you’re looking to create a fun space, organic vegetable plot or family friendly patio, the unforgettable three-day show will be filled with everything you need to transform your garden into a personal haven. The extensive range of stands in the Shopping Village and Indoor Shopping Marquee will offer a fantastic chance to see all the latest product launches and an array of useful gardening tools and gadgets,

plants and stunning homewares, crafts and gifts at special event prices. Visitors can also enjoy talks and demonstrations by gardening experts, botanists and landscape designers, and seek further inspiration from our show gardens and floral displays. Meanwhile, the Food and Drink Court will be filled with the aromas of wonderful cheeses, special sausages, fine wines, pickles, chutneys and more with many stallholders tempting visitors with ‘try before you buy’ nibbles. And, while visitors peruse the stands and stalls they will be entertained by a diverse range of entertainers, from musicians to children’s face painters. The Suffolk Spring Garden Show will be at Trinity Park from Friday 18th until Sunday 20th April from

10am until 5pm daily. For more information or to book advanced discounted tickets visit: — COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has got ten family tickets to the Suffolk Spring Garden Show to give away to lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning this great prize just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact

telephone number to: Suffolk Spring Garden Show Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW or you can enter online at The closing date for entries is Monday 31st March 2014. Q. Where does the Suffolk Spring Garden Show take place?

Giving your home a Spring make-over Is all this grey weather putting you in the mood to brighten up your home and bring a little bit of sunshine inside?

all the big department stores come and take a look at Delvaux in Felixstowe. You will find a fantastic range of canvas artwork or how about a painted ceramic tile for that continental look? Perhaps an unusual clock would make a feature on a bare wall. A beautiful mirror is always a good way to introduce more light into a room and gives the illusion of space. If your walls are full how about a new ornament for your console

table or fireplace? Delvaux offers a stunning choice of handmade glass, ceramics, carved wood as

well as Frith bronzes and Edge sculptures. They also carry a range of occasional furniture which you will not find on the high street. So, if you want to make some changes to your home, a trip to Delvaux in Felixstowe is definitely worthwhile. Delvaux is at 116 Hamilton Road Felixstowe (opposite Prezzo) Open 10.00am – 5.00pm Mon -Sat

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Keep the WOW factor in your Wool carpets for longer With all the choice of colours, design and patterns on the carpet market, it is easy to pick the best colour to match your decoration and colour scheme at home. But what material should the carpet be made from? A new carpet is an investment and to make sure you get the best value for you

team at Ipswich Carpet Care, you can keep your wool carpets and rugs looking wonderful for longer! Due to the natural properties of wool, 99% of a stain can be removed if dealt with correctly. This is in contrast to the harsh bleach based carpet cleaning products available in the supermarket. The WOW scheme is easily recognised by the logo and there is an easy online registration. The team at Archway Carpets can help you find the best WOW carpet for you. Whether you choose wool, man-made fibres or vinyl we have 30 Years of experience at our fingertips, to give you a lifetime of carpeted pleasure under your feet. • Darrell Smith is the owner of Archway Carpets. You can visit them at; email them on; telephone them on 01394 386684 or visit them in their comprehensive showroom at 7 Church Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DS

Help with Domestic or Commercial Cleaning money, wool is recommended as the best material for carpets. Due to wool’s natural properties, it is strong and resilient - the fibres have a natural bounce back, maintaining the appearance for longer. Not only is wool easy to care for, it is also soft and warm – and the sheep agree on this! It is one of the most ecofriendly types of carpet fibre currently used. Another largely unknown fact is that wool is naturally fire retardant so it is safe as well. To promote the WOW factor of wool carpets the Wool Owners Warranty (WOW) has been launched. At Archway Carpets they stock Kingsmead and Georgian Carpets - two of the manufactures that are taking part. This warranty will increase the life of your wool carpet by promoting basic care and also offering direct contact with professional cleaners. So if the worst was to happen in the first year and a stain happened, this will be cleaned free of charge by a professional, qualified to Wool Safe standards, technician. Working with Rob Reeve and his


Platinum Cleaning are able to meet virtually any commercial or domestic cleaning project, regardless whether the job is a one off domestic spring clean, a full house of carpets, or a regular cleaning round in an office or business. Platinum Cleaning, as the name suggests, pride themselves on high standards regardless of the size of the job. Platinum Cleaning are an Ipswich based cleaning company, but are a relatively new company, having been in business for only 18 months. However, Wayne Bullock, Director of the company has been in the industry for over six years. The growth of the business over the last 18 months has been immense, with the company starting with only three customers, it is now the preferred cleaning company to many estate agents, schools, businesses and homes, all based in and around the Ipswich area. In addition to high standards, Platinum Cleaning are also price competitive, making them excellent value for money when compared with other contract cleaning companies of a similar size. Despite the huge success of Platinum Cleaning, Wayne Bullock still takes the time to ensure all the contracts are inspected regularly by one of his supervisors, or he will happily roll up his sleeves to ensure all the cleaning is done to his exacting standards which has allowed him to build the reputation as one of the premier contract cleaning companies in Ipswich. To find out more visit or call 01473 228870.




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Wild Alaska Salmon, Lentil Affordable Property Maintenance and Chick Pea Patties Who said the detox had to end in February? Wild Alaskan salmon is low in fat and cholesterol and packed with vitamins, calcium and Omega-3 oils, making it the perfect ingredient for a healthy diet at all times of year. Living in the cool waters of the North Pacific Ocean, Alaska salmon is wild, sustainable and rich in all the goodness that farmed salmon can often be stripped of. Canned wild Alaska salmon is processed straight after it is fished, locking in the freshness from ocean to plate. This quick wild Alaska salmon, lentil and chickpea patty recipe is simple to prepare and makes a tasty starter or the perfect light mid-week meal. Just mix the ingredients together, shape into patties and pop under the grill. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes — Cooking time: 12 minutes Ingredients: 1 x 416g or 2 x 213g cans red or pink wild Alaska salmon 1 x 400g can green lentils, rinsed and drained 1 x 400g can chick peas, rinsed and drained 1 medium courgette, grated 4 spring onions, finely chopped Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lime 1 egg, beaten Salt and freshly ground black pepper Olive oil, for brushing Relish: 200g (7oz) low fat plain yogurt 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander Method: Drain the canned salmon, discarding the liquid. Remove any skin and bones, if wished, then break half the salmon into chunks. Mash the remainder with a fork. Put the lentils and chick peas into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Tip into a bowl and mix in the mashed salmon and salmon chunks, courgette, spring onions, lime rind, lime juice and beaten egg. Season with salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into four large or eight small patties. Chill for 10 minutes Preheat the grill. Arrange the patties on a baking sheet and brush with a little olive oil. Grill for four to five minutes on each side. Meanwhile, make the relish by mixing together the yogurt, mint and coriander Serve the patties, accompanied by the relish Cook's tip: These patties are delicious served in warm pitta bread, stuffed with salad. If you'd like to spice them up a bit, add a little finely chopped red or green chilli to the salmon mixture


The weather is starting to feel warmer as the season has turned to Spring, so it’s now time to refresh your home. Maybe you’d like to decorate a room, re-tile your bathroom or maybe lay a new floor, however does the idea of doing those DIY jobs fill you with dread? And, even if you are thinking of undertaking a home improvement task yourself, without the proper tools or expert knowhow a small DIY job can quickly turn into an expensive nightmare! So, if you have a job that needs doing and you want to use the services of somebody who has a good reputation, someone that has lots of references from many satisfied customers, then you need to call Glenn Taylor Professional Property Maintenance Services. “If it’s not good enough in my home, then it’s not good enough in yours” says Glenn, “This is the ethos that I have been trading with since I established my company in 2005. I set the business up in response to homeowners not being able to find a reliable or trustworthy tradesman. People need to have someone that they can feel can left alone in their home and someone that is interested in any project no matter how small.” Glenn Taylor offers a number of services including: flooring, plumbing, carpentry, cabinet making, painting and decorating, roofline and windows and doors. “Everything is done by only myself and not outsourced or subcontracted. Resulting in a hassle free experience with minimum disruption and the highest standards of workmanship.” Glenn operates throughout Essex and Suffolk and has many longterm customers and can also provide many outstanding customer testimonials. So, if you’re looking to makeover your home or you just need a few odd jobs doing give Glenn Taylor a call on 01473 274774 or 07549 188511 or for more information about the services on offer visit his website





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The Tractor Boy Column For this month’s article I have decided to write about my recent Spanish Exchange trip, to a place called Alcazar Sun Juan (just outside Madrid). It was an amazing adventure and one that I will certainly never forget… I was pretty nervous about the trip; I had never been to a different country without my family before and had never dreamed of staying in a house of complete strangers for a week. So as I said I was slightly anxious about my excursion, the plane journey did not help settle my nerves, a horrific descent full of turbulence. However there was one positive, at least I wasn’t sick. After seven hours of travelling we finally arrived at our destination, the local school. A slightly beleaguered group of schoolchildren got off the bus and raced to find their exchange students. In the melee I found my student (Alberto) and got in his car ready to be driven to his

Suffolk’s youngest sports pundit

home, it was at this point I was informed that he lived 30 kilometres away. Great! So not the best start but at least things could only improve. And they did. A delectable evening meal of homemade Spanish omelette followed by a lovely night’s sleep, things were looking up! The next morning emphasised the differences between our two nations, in England we get up and have supermarket bought orange juice, in Spain I had mine freshly squeezed right in front of me. In the UK we have lunch between 12pm and 2pm in Spain they eat between 2.30pm and 4.30pm (by which point I was at passing out stage!) However something both nations share a passion for is football! As I was near Madrid, my adoptive family as you would expect, were Real Madrid fans, on the night I arrived I watched their Copa Del Rey quarter final tie against

Espanyol. It was one of the greatest spectacles I have ever seen, the Santiago Bernabeu filled up with fans watching what literally was, a game of attack against defence. Amazing. Looking in my bag of ‘holiday reads’ I realised how inappropriate it would be to get my Lionel Messi autobiography (available at all good book stores) out. Talking of football, the one huge disappointment of my trip was the fact we did not visit the spectacular stadium that is the Santiago Bernabeu. All the past exchanges had visited it but apparently some people had complained that it was boring, so instead and I promise I am not joking here, we went to an ART MUSEUM. Now I apologise to all you art fanatics, but when was walking round looking at paintings and sculptures more interesting than going to the Bernabeu. The answer, NEVER!! To compound

our misery the security guards in every pictured filled room followed us round - just because we are children does not mean we were going to trash exquisite art. Some of us may be silly but we are not dumb, it would cost a lifetime of pocket money to pay for the damage! So I hope you enjoyed hearing about my trip and if you ever visit Madrid in the future, I strongly advise you to steer well clear of the art museum!

• Dan Ford aka “Tractor Boy” would love to hear from readers with suggestions for future items in the column: Tractor Boy, c/o Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 9FW.

Creative Photographic Exhibition Suffolk Creative Photographic Group will be showing their latest exhibition at Woodbridge Library during March.

The exhibition will show an eclectic mix of images from the eight members, each photographer demonstrating their own style. It will be open during library hours from Saturday 1st to Monday 31st March and entry is free. The Group was formed in early 2011 by a small group of photographers whose aim is to be forward thinking and creative in photography, to help each other, and to freely share the knowledge and skills that each have. For more information - contact Telephone 01449 676471 or visit www.suffolkcreativephotographi

Unique setting for Bird Club’s talk

Ipswich Table Tennis Championships

RSPB’s South Suffolk Coast Warden David Fairhurst will be giving an illustrated talk in The Great Hall at Bawdsey Manor, Bawdsey, Near Woodbridge on Saturday 8th March at 7.30pm. David will talk about two of the most recently developed reserves “RSPB Hollesley Marsh” near Shingle Street and “RSPB Snape Wetland” in the village of Snape. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the enormous amount of work that goes into creating a new habitat for our birds and other wildlife and the long-term hopes and aspirations the RSPB have for these developments. Not only will this be a most informative talk but it is also a unique opportunity to experience the splendour of the Great Hall at Bawdsey Manor, which is rarely open to the public. Admission is adults £2.50 under 18’s £1.00, There is ample free parking and refreshments will be served after the talk. For directions and further information please email or telephone 01394 411422


Over 100 competitors will be participating in the annual closed championships held at the Corn Exchange, Ipswich on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March this year. The Grand Hall will see seven match tables hosting the Men’s and Ladies Singles, Men’s and Ladies Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Divisional and Junior events throughout the weekend. There will also be an exhibition of Fred Perry memorabilia including

the World Table Tennis Men’s Singles Winner’s Trophy from 1929, Fred being the only player ever to win Wimbledon and become World Table Tennis Champion. The Sunday Finals will be attended by Ipswich Mayor Hamil Clarke and will start at 7pm and David Mann from Suffolk Radio will be your compare. It’s free admission to the public throughout the weekend and the Sundays Finals, plenty of seating, for this fast and furious sport, close up to the action.




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Health and Wellbeing

Efficient and Rapid Clearance “The mind of “Excess Baggage” replays We are such creatures of habit! Our mental/emotional patterns run on and on, even when we wish to let them go. If you haven’t experienced Thought Field Therapy (TFT) Tapping, it is a simple, safe and easy to learn technique for releasing negative emotional thoughts and beliefs, which clog our circuits leading to disharmony and physical disease. For effective clearance and emotional freedom we focus on a problem or issue and Tap on certain acupressure points on the upper body in set sequences. The negatives are instantly de-activated, it becomes increasingly difficult to think of the problem, upsetting emotion dissolves and we feel lighter and clearer. It is a most strange experience and seems unbelievable, especially when it usually only takes a few minutes.

New Scanners Transform Liver Diagnosis Two new scanners at Ipswich Hospital have been transforming the care of patients with liver disease and will shortly be used to help prisoners with chronic hepatitis. The Fibroscanners use an ultrasound based technique which gives an instant picture of the liver’s condition, helping doctors to diagnose and monitor liver diseases.

I use the Tapping on myself every day for some issue or another. I recently Tapped on “my need to be needed”, which makes me a more relaxed practitioner!

what the heart can’t delete”

Testimonials: Shock at diagnosis (2hrs) “I was in extreme shock at the liver cancer diagnosis for my son. I was in a terrible state and could not stop crying and worrying. I was not sleeping. The Tapping instantly helped me to calm down and feel more relaxed. Absolutely amazing, it has really helped me to be strong for Christopher.” Flying Phobia (1hr) “Huge difference at airport. Felt totally calm and for first time ever no dread of stepping on the plane! My wife thinks it’s a miracle!” Possible issues that can be deactivated with tapping: • Past trauma’s, shocks, upsets, accidents, panic, injuries • Repressed emotions such as tension, anger, resentment • Toxic shame and guilt (might be inherited and generational) • Fears, phobias, anxieties, worries • Self-limiting beliefs • Interventions such as scans, x-rays, anesthetics, surgeries • Identification of toxins (ingested, inhaled, environmental) “Every cell of your body is eavesdropping on your thoughts” — (Deepak Chopra) ASK VAL FOR “SPRING CLEARANCE” REDUCED RATE This includes a follow up email & Tapping sequence for your self-use. 07775600230

Until recently patients had to have an invasive investigation by being admitted for the day for a liver biopsy. Previously patients who needed follow-up monitoring would have repeat biopsies, but now they can have several Fibroscans. The new scanners have been purchased thanks to donations from The Digestive Disorders Foundation and the Fonnereau Foundation. “The Fibroscanner has enabled the team to revolutionise the care being delivered to their patient group – in particular those with the diagnosis of viral hepatitis - and reduces the cost and inconvenience to patients. We are very grateful for both foundations and all people who contributed to this project which is transforming the care of patients with liver disease.” said Dr Mohsen, Consultant Gastroenterologist.





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Health and Wellbeing Gluten and Wheat … What’s the difference By Jules Button I am often asked what exactly is the difference between Wheat and Gluten, so thought I would take this opportunity and help you all understand and encourage you to reduce your wheat intake.

loves variety. Its gets tired eating and breaking down the same old foods every day, so it is important to eat a WIDE Variety of foods.

What is Gluten?

Corn, rice, quinoa, potatoes, millet, buckwheat and there are lots of other flours too. There are many ready mixes, pasta, meals, biscuits etc which will have numerous different blends of various gluten free grains in. Therefore it’s not as hard as it used to be to be Gluten or Wheat Free. If you are a Celiac then check to ensure the label clearly states gluten free as for example; oats are normally contaminated from wheat cereals during harvesting or processing. If you have an intolerance to wheat then usually you just need to avoid the cereal wheat itself. You can usually eat other cereals which are gluten containing such as rye, barley, spelt etc. Spelt is a cousin to wheat and is much easier tolerated by many. (But not if you are coeliac)

Gluten is a protein, which can be found in many cereals such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt, etc. It gives bread and other flour products structure, elasticity and chewiness. How can Gluten affect you? The degree of gluten intolerance for individuals varies from mild reactions to severe. Mild reactions can be: Runny nose and eyes, sneezing, tiredness, skin rashes, lumps or irritations, change in bowel movements to constipation, diarrhoea, itchy red eyes, weightgain, weight-loss, stomach cramps, headaches etc But if you have severe reactions to gluten you could be a Coeliac. Coeliac disease is the result of damage to the cells or villi in the small intestine due to the presence of gluten, others foods and nutrients then fail to be absorbed, resulting in weight loss, fatigue, poor concentration and lots more. However, many people are not coeliac’s but you can be intolerant to gluten or wheat simply because you eat too much of it and then you get a build up of it in your system. The body

What can you eat instead of gluten?

Try to reduce your wheat and gluten intake for a healthier body. As wheat is a staple food item and has so many functions as a carrier, thickener, bulking agent and so on it is widespread and in so many products. Bet you never though wheat could be in foods like ice-cream, some yoghurts and

canned foods etc. Elimination of wheat and gluten from the diet for a while is great whether you have an intolerance or not… You may see improvements in your skin, energy levels and bowel habits, motivation levels and lots more. I tend to recommend to my clients that they should only have one meal per day containing wheat. Not only will it help your body but it will get you enjoying more varied foods too. So remember… A gluten free item will always be wheat free, however a wheat free item may not always be gluten free! Health & Peace to you all – Jules

Special offer to Ipswich24 readers I am offering all readers of Ipswich24 a

10% Discount Off all specialised Gluten and Wheat free food at Rainbow Apothecary. Just tell the cashier you are an Ipswich24 reader before you pay and they will deduct your discount. This offer is only valid until March 31st and there is no cash value.

For more information about this article, Naturopathic advice or Allergy Testing contact Jules Button (BSc) Email: Web: or call 01394 386777 or pop into Rainbow Apothecary 6E Church Street Woodbridge IP12 1DH

Trust wins contract to help disadvantaged people National back-to-work charity, Shaw Trust, has been successful in winning a £612,000 two-year contract, which will help people within Suffolk who experience mental health problems, learning difficulties and/or autism to find sustainable work and gain independence. This new contract will enable Shaw Trust to provide invaluable employment related support and guidance to the charity’s clients, working with local employers to source appropriate work placements. The new contract broadens the support Shaw Trust already delivers through its Work Choice team. Work Choice, the Government’s specialist disability employment programme, is designed specifically for people who, due to their disability or health condition, may find it difficult to find or keep a job. Winning the new two-year contract and working with Suffolk County Council, Shaw Trust aims to provide support to people with mental health problems, learning difficulties and/or autism; guiding them into sustainable employment and independence. This is a payment by results contract, and the staff at the project have ensured that they have shaped the service to fit both the clients’ needs and the

commissioner’s requirements. This new service will respond to the variety and range of people’s abilities and needs; offering the appropriate support required to place them into the right employment. Shaw Trust Mental Health and Employment Operations Manager, Chantelle Beckett, says of the service, “I am delighted to continue our long established and well embedded presence in Suffolk. The experience gained through our current delivery provides us with extensive knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the needs of people who use this service. “Shaw Trust believes that each person has the right to employment, inclusion and independence. This service is tailored to the needs of each individual, and takes the time to address clients’ work-related goals and aspirations in order for them to achieve sustainable employment.” The support Shaw Trust will provide is flexible and tailored to each individual; providing time-limited stepping stone opportunities for clients, such as shortterm work placements to enable people to test their capacity for work. The charity has developed a wide network of employers across Suffolk who are willing to provide work-related opportunities to its clients, such as work placements, tasters and volunteering. • To find out more about the service please contact the Shaw Trust Lowestoft office on 01502 527 600.





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Saturday 1st St David’s Day – celebrating everything Welsh with special priced ale

Friday 2nd Mums & Tots from 9am Friday 2nd – Monday 5th Beer Festival, Real Ales, BBQ and Live Music all weekend Saturday 3rd Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Saturday 3rd Kiss Karaoke with Apryl Sunday 4th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Friday 9th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 10th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 11th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Friday 16th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 17th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 18th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Thursday 22nd Quiz Night Friday 23rd Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 24th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 25th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Friday 30th Mums & Tots from 9am Friday 30th Suffolk Soul Nights Saturday 31st Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am)

Friday 7th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 8th Kiss Karaoke with Apryl Friday 14th Mums & Tots from 9am Monday 17th St Patricks Day – celebrating everything Irish with special priced ale Friday 21st Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 22nd Outdoor Car Boot Sale 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 23rd Wedding Fair Sunday 23rd Outdoor Car Boot 11-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Thursday 27th Quiz Night Friday 28th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 29th Outdoor Car Boot Sale 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 30th Mother’s Day – free flowers and chocs for all mums Sunday 30th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am)

Saturday 5th April Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Saturday 5th Kiss Karaoke with Apryl Sunday 6th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Thursday 10th Quiz Night Friday 11th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 12th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 13th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Friday 18th Mums & Tots from 9am Friday 18th – Monday 21st Easter Family Weekend (Egg Hunt on the Friday from 2pm with hog roast and bouncy castle) Saturday 19th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 20th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Wednesday 23rd April St Georges Day – great tasting beer on special to celebrate Friday 25th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 26th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 27th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am)

JULY Friday 4th Mums & Tots from 9am Friday 4th – Sunday 6th American Weekend with BBQ and live music Saturday 5th Outdoor Car Boot 11am – 3pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 6th Outdoor Car Boot 11am – 2pm (stall holders from 10am) Friday 11th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 12th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 13th Outdoor Car Boot 11am – 3pm (stall holders from 10am) Thursday 17th Quiz Night Friday 18th Mums & Tots from 9am

APRIL Friday 4th Mums & Tots from 9am

We are open every day with a full Sky Sports Package on wide screen TV, a large, comfortable lounge, and discounted drinks and room hire for members, however we welcome nonmembers too so come and take a look.

JUNE Sunday 1st Wedding Fair Sunday 1st Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Friday 6th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 7th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Saturday 7th Kiss Karaoke with Apryl Sunday 8th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Friday 13th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 14th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 15th Father’s Day – Live Sports on Sky a selection of great beers all Dads welcome Sunday 15th Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Thursday 19th Quiz Night Friday 20th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 21st Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 22nd Outdoor Car Boot 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am) Wimbledon Weeks – Monday 23rd June – Sunday 6th July join us for live coverage on our Sky wide screen Friday 27th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 28th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 29th Outdoor Car Book 11am-3pm (stall holders from 10am)

Saturday 19th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 20th Outdoor Car Boot 11am – 3pm (stall holders from 10am) Friday 25th Mums & Tots from 9am Saturday 26th Outdoor Car Boot 10-1pm (stall holders from 9am) Sunday 27th Outdoor Car Boot 11am – 3pm (stall holders from 10am)

Have you booked a room yet for your next party? Did you know our function suite holds up to 250 people with its own private bar and large stage? We still have some Friday and Saturday nights available at competitive rates.

Contact us for a personal tour of our club and facilities with plenty of FREE PARKING.

Just off Foxhall Road (formerly St Clements Sports & Social Club) Ipswich

Tel: 01473 712544

Ipswich24 March Issue 2014  
Ipswich24 March Issue 2014