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Strictly’s Giovanni returns, Goldilocks and jazz from Clare Teal’s little big band Looking forward to April, which includes the Easter holidays, the Spa Pavilion Theatre springs ahead with Johnny Cash Revisited on Saturday 4th April when Rick McKay brings his totally authentic show with Jodie McKay co-starring as June Carter Cash from 7.30pm.

with anecdotes and a rich jazz infused repertoire. Another huge show follows Clare - The Simon & Garfunkel Story direct from London’s Lyric Theatre on the following weekend, Saturday 25th at 7.30pm. This 50th anniversary celebration features a live band and all the hits from Mrs Robinson right through to Bridge Over Troubled Water and plenty in between.

Then the Spa welcomes back glorious Giovanni Pernice who returns with his brand new show – This is Me! on Friday 10th April from 7.30pm. As well as standard entry, VIP tickets, which include an exclusive meet and greet with the Strictly Star himself can be purchased although they are limited. Next it’s more dance, this time in the shape of beautiful ballet from The Vienna Festival Ballet who bring the stage alive with their classic adaptation of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty on Saturday 11th April at 5pm.

Day at Night – the Doris Day Songbook featuring 24 popular ‘Doris’ hits is on Thursday 30th at 3pm and that concludes a rather packed month of top entertainment.

With Easter comes Goldilocks & The Three Bears by the TaleGate Theatre Productions who turn this panto favourite into a colourful circus on Wednesday 15th April at 3pm. This big top family panto extravaganza features pop songs, magic and puppets! Award-winning jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her mini Big Band will also be performing at the Spa in April on Saturday 18th from 7.30pm. Always an entertaining and humorous evening packed


May starts with a the hugely popular Anything for Love show from the one and only Jim Steinmann on Friday 1st May, closely followed by The Bob Dylan Story on Saturday 2nd. Then it’s time for a rather special James Bond Concert hosted by ex-Bond Girl the lovely Madeline Smith, ‘Miss Caruso’ in Live and Let Die. The Spa are excited to welcome back to their stage local theatre group the Felixstowe Musical Theatre with Bless Em All and then it’s the turn of the Illegal Eagles who will also be performing at the Spa in May. The immensely spicy Forbidden Nights return with their 2020 Sexy Circus Tour plus the Spa play host to the Kinx – the ultimate tribute to the Kinks. The Dennis Lowe Theatre Company are back in May with Shrek The Musical and another

show sure to be popular with the children is the Enchanted Princess Ball. Finally, three more top shows round off the month of May; Little Mix Experience, The Rolling Stones Story and Made in Tennessee with a taste of Nashville by Soul Street Productions. The very best way to find out first about all the top shows coming to the Spa Pavilion Theatre is by joining their mailing list – full details can be found on their website. Tickets for all theatre shows are available from the Spa Pavilion Box Office which is open from 11am until 4pm 01394 284962. You can also select and reserve your seats on line, 24 hours a day, at www. felixstowespa.co.uk The café, bars & restaurant are open every day from 9.30am to 5pm. Also, food is always served for two hours before every performance, reservation strongly advised. You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and show updates.


Mad About Pets:

We have something for lovers of all creatures Great and Small as we celebrate National Pet Month.

Head just north of Ipswich this April to the Framlingham Country Show. Two days of fun for the whole family.... plus details on how you can save on your tickets.

22-23 Easter 6 Parade:

In Conversation David Walliams: Ahead of the visit to The Regent of "Billionaire Boy" we speak to the author David Walliams

There's lots to do over the Easter holidays so you'll need to make sure you check out our complete guide to what's happening. There's also ideas of what to do should you have any left-over chocolate as well.

Events Diary:

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


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Fall in love with the Scarlet Lady On 22nd January Elodie, from Cruise Ready was one of the first passengers to board the highly anticipated Scarlet Lady from Virgin Voyages, which has always been a dream of Richard Branson’s and described as ‘where super yacht design and your dream destinations meet’. “On entering my cabin I found a sofa where the bed should be, my cabin steward informed me this would be converted into a comfortable double bed during the turn down process, this is something new that I haven’t seen before and makes the most of the cabin space inside. The ship has over twenty eateries to enjoy freshly made cuisine including Seafood, Korean BBQ, Mediterranean, Japanese, Restaurant, serving Italian food but Hawaiian, healthy, vegan and gluten there is something for everyone. free options. I ate in the Extra Virgin

A drink is never too far away with a choice of bars my favourite was The Sip, a Champagne bar in an intimate and comfortable area to enjoy a glass of wine.

For ‘sailors’ staying in Rock Star Suites, there is an exclusive outdoor VIP area Richard’s Rooftop, with circular loungers, giant umbrellas and dichroic glass that casts rainbow reflections across the lounge, a great place to enjoy a cocktail and the Caribbean sunshine. The Scarlet Lady is adult’s only and I believe is aimed at the newto-cruise market, young-at-heart couples, solo travellers and friends

who enjoy a healthy lifestyle and like to socialise in the evening. As the Ship will be sailing out of Miami to the Caribbean on four to seven-night itineraries calling at ports such as Key West, Costa Maya, San Juan as well as the exclusive resort just for Virgin Voyage guests in Bimini, Bahamas, the cruise is a perfect addition to your trip.” Cruise Ready can tailor make your Virgin Voyage as part of a larger itinerary, with flights, hotels, car hire or transfers. For more information please pop in and see them at Cruise Ready Woodbridge or call the team on 01394 799179. team@cruiseready.co.uk

How much is my personal injury claim worth? Often, receiving an admission of fault is the hardest part of a personal injury claim. However, once a third party has admitted they were in the wrong, your claim is already off to a good start. Whether it’s a road traffic accident, an accident or incident at work or if it occurred on public or private land, an admission will undoubtedly support your claim. But how do you then go about making a claim and how is it valued? Compensation claims for personal injury are split into two parts. 1. Compensation for the actual injury / illness sustained 2. Compensation for any resulting financial losses

Pain & Suffering

When making a claim the first thing required is a medical report from an independent expert. This will confirm what injury you have sustained, the cause, how long it will take you to recover, and whether there will be any permanent damage. Further treatment may be required for the injury and this will also be recorded. As well as the physical pain from an injury, it can also impact both your personal and working life and this report will outline these details too. Once this medical evidence has been compiled, we will be able to assess your claim and value the injury or illness. We refer to the ‘Judicial College Guidelines’ used by all personal injury practitioners, which provide valuation brackets for most types of injury. The guidelines take into account the type of injury or illness you have, the duration of your symptoms, what treatment was required, and the impact it has had on your personal and working life. In this way, the injury or illness element of your claim can be valued.

Financial Losses

Not only can an injury have a physical impact on your life, your finances often suffer too. This could be due to loss of earnings because of not working, the cost of care, travel expenses, and medication costs, amongst many others. All of these losses can be recovered as part of your claim for compensation. It is therefore important that you keep a record of receipts and maintain a record of any financial losses incurred to help you progress your claim. Once both parts of your claim have been put together, it can be valued before being presented to the third party for a settlement to be reached. If you need help or advice following an accident, get in touch with Louise Plant on 01473 232121 or email lplant@prettys.co.uk 4

PR and media help for small businesses MENTA, the business support organisations based in Suffolk announce an exciting new partnership aimed at supporting a business with their PR and media communications. Building your brand profile in your sector and growing your exposure is an essential part of driving increased sales. PR is one of the best ways to do this with 84% of people trusting personal recommendations in their buying decisions.

Join in the fun during the National Walking Month of May for the 13th annual Suffolk Walking Festival, now established as one of Britain’s biggest and longest running walking festivals. Last year’s festival left an incredible 29 million footprints over 23 days across the county! This year’s event extends 9th May to 31st May and over three weeks you can explore Suffolk with over 120 guided walks and lots to do in the Spring Half Term. There are family friendly and fringe events at some of Suffolk’s most iconic and spectacular locations, a launch at Clare Castle Country Park on 9th May, plus a brand new Challenge Walk ‘Go West’ over five days (16th20th May). With so much more than • Clare Castle just walking, there is something for everyone: lots of short, medium, and long walks, and Nordic Walking too. You can experience ‘Forest Bathing’ (Shinrin-Yoku) Mindful Nature Walks, discover the Romans and Normans, and learn about the Cold War at Bentwaters. There are walks on the mysterious Orford Ness with Kite the Sheepdog (and his shepherd Andrew), an Orwellian Adventure down the River Orwell, photography and art workshops, meet Jemima Puddleduck, with lots more in between.

As journalists are considered trustworthy, PR helps you to get your product or service recommended to a very large audience. Therefore, MENTA has partnered with PR platform JournoLink, a tool enabling SMEs to manage their own PR affordably. The platform provides you with the following tools: - A press release distribution system, enabling you to send news stories to a targeted database of over 10,000 journalists: - A media requests function, enabling journalists to access, through you, commentators and spokespersons from businesses relevant to the request: - A media room builder, enabling you to build and manage a press page for your clients’ websites in no time at all, which automatically updates with the press releases distributed via the platform: - A key news dates calendar, populated with awareness days, award programmes and other key dates, enabling you quickly to plan campaigns relevant to your clients. Employing even a small PR Agency would generally cost over £1000 each month. Through the MENTA partnership with JournoLink the costs for businesses is just £39 a month (including Vat). MENTA CEO, Alex Till says, “We are excited to be able to help smaller businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk with this linking with the team at JournoLink, it offers a unique offering of support" Nick Pandolfi, Marketing Manager for MENTA, says, “Too many people suggest that the day of print has passed, and this is simply not true, changing yes, we need good quality journalism and most in business benefit from quality PR and understand the value it delivers.”


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Many New & Exciting Attractions at this year's

FRAMLINGHAM COUNTRY SHOW The Framlingham Country Show and Framlingham Festivals of Dogs is returning even bigger and better this year with so many new and exciting attractions. Jonathan Marshall from Game of Thrones will be with us again with a stunning new act. Also new to the show this year is our fabulous dog and duck herding display, which is great fun. The Zulu's will be showing us their African dance and singing, and we can't wait to show off our magic shows. Fancy a bit of Abba? Come along and boogie to our Abba Tribute band in the food and drink area. We have a separate motorbike ring this year, so watch some awe-inspiring stunts and why not learn a few tricks from the team with their BMX's as well. Don't forget our fabulous falconry team Ange and Rick, or if you fancy a laugh why not watch the wrestling. There will be Cookery demonstrations galore, along with our food and drink Festival and the opportunity to buy a little something special from our lifestyle stands. We have a record number of our very talented Rural Crafters joining us this year, as well as Living History, Classic Cars, Aerial Displays, Donkey rides, Alpaca's and The Suffolk Youth Orchestra who will be playing on the Sunday of the show. The list is endless.


There are over six bands joining us, including our Abba Tribute Band playing daily, and some exceptional music this year from local Choirs to fabulous acoustics and bands. We are delighted to announce that we have Lowestoft signing Choir who are brilliant and mesmerising.

The Framlingham Festival of Dogs at the show is hugely popular with our Charity Fun Dog Shows having over 20 classes a day (raising £2,000 for Charities last year), including Owner and Celebrity Lookalike Competition. Other highlights are the Dog Agility, Dogs Have Got Talent, Flyball and so much more.

The Framlingham Festivals of Kids

come along and meet Classisauras our T-Rex Dinosaur who will be at the show this year and our ever popular Storm Troopers. Lots for the children to do including Punch and Judy, Gemma’s Petting Farm, rides and loads more. The Framlingham Festivals of Cars is part of the show with an array of Vintage and Classic Cars for all those fans out there with a stunning backdrop, featured (or highlighted) in front of the school. • The Framlingham Country Show runs from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April at Framlingham College, College Road, Framlingham, IP13 9EY For ticket information visit: www.framlinghamcountryshow.co.uk/tickets

What’s on in April at Stonham Barns Stonham Barns Leisure & Shopping Village is a bustling family complex filled with an abundance of attractions and activities to suit all, providing a wonderful family experience in the Suffolk Countryside. Great family events are hosted throughout the year in the Showground, Barn and Theatre. On Monday 6th to Sunday 12th April bring your family along to the Pirate Show. Join Captain Robbie James and his crew of pirates on their all new pirating adventure as they set sail for Treasure Island in search of buried treasure. Tickets £12 adults. £10 children.

dancing. £50 for full event. Individual sessions available. Contact Pat Murphy on 01449 677405 or 07973 747831 for more information.

Then on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April visit the Spring Craft Fair where there will be a variety of stalls to browse around which include art, home-made products, gifts, homeware and much more. Free entry to buyers. The Suffolk Young Farmers Country Fair is on Sunday 19th April. Showcasing all that is great about farming and the countryside. Demonstrations, agricultural machinery, animals, trade stands, competitions, dog show, tug of war and lots more. Adult £5. Child £3.50. Family Ticket £15.

For music lovers try the Easter Fest Country Musical Festival on Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th April. Get your dancing shoes on for a great weekend of country music and

only £10 per person. Show & Shine Sunday entry, car and driver go FREE. Under 12’s FREE. Then also on Saturday 25th April the Record Collectors Fair. Come and browse records, vinyl, CD’s, memorabilia and lots more. Entrance £1.00 or FREE for Spring Break wristband holders. If you are coming along to an event or even if you are just planning to visit there is always plenty of to do at Stonham Barns, visit the Golf Park

With so much to do at Stonham Barns, why not stay, there are four and six berth fully furnished holiday homes to rent in their holiday park. Contact 01449 711 901 for more details. Stonham Barns is a ‘dog friendly’ site, but they must be kept on lead. All areas are disabled accessible with designated parking areas.

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April back again in association with Knuckle Busters Car Club is Spring Break Custom Car Show. A gathering for everyone with an interest in hot rods, bikes, yanks and ‘kustom kulture’. Weekend tickets £20 per person. Saturday or Sunday

Explore Colchester Castle after dark!

with eight different golfing activities. Teapot Pottery and Tea Room, two fully stocked fishing lakes, shopping village with a wonderful range of unique shops and businesses, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, children’s playzone, Tumbledown soft play barn and much more.

• For more information visit w w w. s t o n h a m b a r n s . c o . u k or our social media pages ‘StonhamBarnsLV’

A great day out for the whole family What’s on in April Monday 6th to Sunday 12th April

Pirate Show

~~~~~~ Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th April

Easter Fest Country Music Festival


~~~~~~ Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April

Children’s Fair Rides

Spring Craft Fair ~~~~~~ Sunday 19th April

Suffolk Young Farmers Country Fair

Have you or your children ever wondered what Colchester Castle is like at night? Then here is your chance! Colchester Castle will be throwing open its doors on the evening of Saturday 4th April for a sleepover experience. Knightzzz at the Museum is a family-friendly experience, packed with fun games and activities. Take a tour of the Castle and meet some of the characters that would have lived in the Castle hundreds of years ago. When it’s time to settle down for the night enjoy a late-night hot chocolate and a light breakfast in the morning when you wake. Councillor Julie Young, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Performance and Deputy Leader of the Council said, “Don’t miss this chance to enjoy a sleepover in Colchester’s very own historic Castle. Learn more about what life in a castle would have been like. This a great opportunity to make some magical memories – so gather together family and friends and enjoy this truly unique experience.” • Enjoy this amazing overnight adventure in Europe’s largest Norman keep for just £35 per person. Group discounts available. Call 01206 282941 to book.

~~~~~~ Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary February until end of Summer. During school holidays/weekends

Spring Break Custom Car Show ~~~~~~ Saturday 25th April

Record Collectors Fair

Delicious Food 7 days a week

Teapot Pottery & Tea Room

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


Tel 01449 711111




EasterParade Easter Fun at Ufford Park There’s lots of fun to be had at Ufford Park this Easter.

From Friday 10th until Friday 17th April between 9am and 5pm you can hop around the Hotel’s ‘Eggsplorer Trail’ to solve the clues and find the ‘hidden’ word. Once complete, head over to The Park Bar and claim your chocolate treat! The Trail cost just £2.50 per child and is suitable for children from aged four to 12, but it is FREE for those children staying at Ufford Park (Production of your room key card needed at start). No advance booking needed for this event, just pay at any of the Hotel’s reception desks and collect your first clue to start the trail.

Gang Show 2020 Are you looking for a really good evening out with First Class Entertainment for all the family? Then look no further that the Ipswich Scout and Guide Gang Show.

The cast is made up from 65 Scouts, Jersey Boys, involving over 50 cast members. Guides and Leaders from Ipswich There are also sketches entitled ‘I and the surrounding area plus 10 Joined Gang Show’, ‘Over the Gate’ Cub Scouts who have a very special and ‘The Babies Revenge’. There place in the programme as the Mini is also a Tribute Item to the Two Gang. Ronnies – You Rang M’Lord. The programme has a nod to One highlight of the show is always the Gang Show Founder, Ralph the men’s dance number and this Reeder, but comes right up to date Children must be accompanied year will be no exception – although with fantastic production numbers by an adult. For more information, we cannot disclose too much… singing and dancing to music by please contact our Events Team on 2020 03 Ipswich24 Easter.qxp_135mm h xBeach 93mm Boys, w 04/03/2020 17:07 PageThe 1 Show takes place from 8th until the Spice Girls and 01394 383555 ext.300

Ufford Park Woodbridge


Sunday Lunch

Sunday 12th April Served from 12 noon

Celebrate Easter with a delicious 2 or 3 course meal in The Park Restaurant.

£17.95 for 2 courses

£19.95 for 3 courses

Children 5-12 years old half price Children under 5 years old FREE Pre-booking is essential t 01394 383555 w www.uffordpark.co.uk Yarmouth Road | Woodbridge | Suffolk | IP12 1QW


11th April 2020 at The Great School Theatre, Ivry Street, Ipswich with evening performances starting at 7.15pm and a matinee performance on Saturday 11th April at 2.15pm. Tickets are available online at www.ipswichgangshow.org.uk, from Craftability, St Lawrence Street, Ipswich and by phone on 01473 561004. The Gang looks forward to entertaining you.


The Easter Bunny has laid a trail of chocolate across the area, so here is our guide to where you can hunt out some yummy treats. Flatford – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Saturday 4th until Sunday 19th April

Hunt for the clues the Flatford Easter Bunny has dropped and enjoy a yummy Cadbury Chocolate egg as your prize. The trail this year will have a nature theme, so you will discover more about the Flatford countryside on the way. Booking Not Needed. The event is very suitable for children. Dogs on leads welcome. This is a National Trust Event, gates open 10am, Normal Admission Charges Apply. Trail starts from the car park pavilion. Flatford, Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk CO7 6UL

The Great Felixstowe Museum Easter Egg Hunt Wednesday 8th April

Come and join in the fun Easter Egg Hunt. Search the Museum for the coloured eggs, then exchange them for a yummy reward! This event is suitable for children aged 3-10 years. Younger or older children may attend at parent's discretion, but please allow the recommended age group to enjoy the hunt. Maximum of 30 children per session. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities included in the one price. Children £4.00, adults £3.00. You must pre-book in advance for this event - NO tickets available on the door. You can choose between two sessions: 12.30 – 2pm or 2.30pm – 4pm. Book tickets online now at www.discoverlandguard.org.uk Felixstowe Museum, Landguard Peninsula, View Point Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 3TW, Contact telephone: 01394 674355.

Easter Egg Hunt at Glemham Hall Friday 10th April 2020

See if the Easter Bunny has been to Glemham Hall! Children will love exploring our beautiful walled gardens in the hunt for brightly coloured Easter Eggs! With wide open lawns and tree-lined avenues, there's plenty of safe space for kids to run free. Once you've completed the Easter Egg hunt, return to the marquee to claim your Easter treat and to enjoy getting crafty with Easter themed activities. You'll be able to purchase teas, coffees and snacks too! Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Suffolk. IP13 0BT (Use postcode for SatNav) Morning Session: 10am-12noon or Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm Ticket Price in Advance: £15.00 per child / £5.00 per adult Ticket Price on the Day: £18.00 per child / £6.00 per adult

Ickworth – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 3rd April to 19th April

Discover the signs of spring along Ickworth's Cadbury Easter Egg hunt and join in the celebration of the art we have in our nature.

Easter Egg Hunt Nowton Park Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th April

The Easter Bunny has hidden all of his Easter eggs in the Nowton Park Maze! Try not to get lost in the maze as you look high and low for his special Easter eggs. Collect a delicious chocolate treat when you find your way out. Keep an eye for the Easter Bunny he will be roaming about to greet you. Meet at Nowton Park Café. All children must be supervised by an adult. This event will go ahead in all weathers. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear - the ground may be muddy underfoot. Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, 10am 11.30am, 12.30pm - 2pm and 3pm - 4.30pm, Tickets: £5 per child, Booking is essential - call 01284 758000 This event is promoted by West Suffolk Council.

Take a stroll with the whole family through the Albana Walk and immerse yourself in nature's landscapes. Join your little ones as they discover more about Ickworth's past and have a go making their own wild art. They'll then get a Cadbury Easter Egg as a reward when they're done. Booking online guarantees your place on the day - payment will be needed on the day. Egg hunt - £2.50 per child payable on arrival. Egg hunt & Crafts - £4.00 per child - payable on arrival General admission to the property is needed on the day. National Trust Ickworth, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, www.nationaltrust. org.uk/ickworth/whats-on

HMS GANGES MUSEUM Shotley Marina, Shotley Gate, Ipswich IP9 1QJ

Our volunteers look forward to welcoming you to view our extensive collection of photographs and artefacts reflecting the life and heritage of Shotley’s Naval Training Establishment.


then weekends and Bank Holidays until last Sunday in October 11.00am to 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Tel: 01473 788315 or 788723 Website: www.hmsgangesmuseum.com Facebook: The HMS Ganges Museum 9


Step into Spring at Ipswich Museums Ipswich Museums has an exciting programme of events planned for April – June 2020. The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition is open at Christchurch Mansion until 3rd May – don’t miss your chance to see it!

Come along to Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion for lots of fun during the Easter holidays. Join storytellers, re-enactors and archaeologists at the Saxons in Suffolk day at Ipswich Museum on Wednesday 8th April. Discover what life would have been like for the Anglo-Saxons in Suffolk. On the same day, you can also bring in your own items for Ask the Expert and speak to a range of experts. Wondering what to do with all your Easter egg packaging? Come along to Eco Easter at Christchurch Mansion on Thursday 16th April and find out how to make treasured keepsakes out of trash. Try your hand at making animals out of egg cartons or discover how to make natural slime. You can also go on the Easter Ed Sheeran hunt around the Mansion to find the mini Eds. Ipswich Museums are bringing a band new escape room experience to the Museum’s Ancient Egypt

gallery this May half term! Are you brave enough to take on the tomb? Sovle puzzles, crack codes and escape the tomb before it’s too late. Bookings for groups of 6-8 will be taken for daytime sessions from Tuesday 26th until Thursday 28th May. Or, if you’re brave enough, try the exclusive after-hours experience when the museum has closed! On Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June Christchurch Mansion will host performances of Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden’s play Gainsborough and the Modern Woman. In 1760, Gainsborough painted a portrait of Ann Ford, which took his world by storm. Prepared to break the rules about how a woman should be portrayed, this painting was a cause of outrage but put a seal on Gainsborough’s growing reputation. Enter the world of Gainsborough and this extraordinary young woman in the beautiful setting of Christchurch Mansion, which houses a range of Gainsborough’s portraits.

• Visit www.ipswich.cimuseums.org.uk/events for more information about all the events and how to book. Visit the Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk website to find out more about the Easter events coming up: www.made-in-suffolk.co.uk



Easter Chocolate Leftover ideas We all over indulge at Easter, eating all the chocolate in site, but what can you do with your leftover Easter Eggs when you’ve simply had enough! We look at some quick and easy recipes and creative ideas to get rid of your leftovers and spread a little joy to your family and friends

Chocolate Fondet

Simply warm double cream on the hob and when small bubbles start to appear, stir in your chocolate chunks. Continue to stir until both the cream and chocolate are fully mixed, then transfer to a serving bowl with a range of tasty treats to dip into the chocolate fondant Strawberries and marshmallows are always a hit!

Chocolate Cakes Chocolate Simply melt chocolate and mix Strawberries with cereal such as Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes! This is a favourite leftover recipe for many, and also a great simple recipe to get young children baking in the kitchen for the first time.

Banana Split

Simply melt your chocolate Easter eggs and pour over sliced bananas, whipped cream and ice cream for a scrumptious dessert - Don’t forget to add sprinkles and a cherry on top!


Add small, roughly chopped chocolate to two scoops of your favourite ice cream, along with a splash of milk, ice and simply blend. We suggest finishing with whipped cream and chocolate shavings for a “wow” shake.

Melt dark or milk chocolate Easter eggs and dip large fresh strawberries into the mix. Place the chocolate strawberries on a plate, and leave to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes. Once set, melt white chocolate and re-dip the strawberries and place again in the fridge for a great double chocolate effect!

Chocolate Lollypops

Lollypop moulds are a quick and easy way to make something new and exciting from your chocolate eggs. Simply melt the chocolate, pour the chocolate into the mould and leave to set in the fridge for around 30 minutes. Once set, remove the lollypops and dip them into melted chocolate, followed by sprinkles or edible glitter for a great effect.

Visit historic fort this Easter

Landguard Fort opens is open this Easter with upgraded displays and interactive exhibits As one of Felixstowe’s premier visitor attractions, with an 18 percent increase in visitor numbers in 2019, the fort is progressively upgrading the quality of its historical interpretations of life and activities of the past. General Manager Nicola Barker states, “We’re making our displays more and more interactive to stimulate the senses and give hands-on-fun. Our 1940s de-contamination showers let you sniff the smell of different poison gases although of course they’re not the real stuff. We’ve put in new displays for our monster 38-ton Victorian gun and provided new visitor-operated sound tracks of what it sounded like being loaded and fired.” Other exhibits look at how the military communicated in the past. Visitors can try sending messages to each other using semaphore flags. Or test their skills at sending and receiving Morse code in our Cold War secret defence headquarters. As before, visitors can watch our popular and engrossing film of the reenactment of the Dutch invasion of 1667, and enjoy refreshments in our 1940s tea room. Steve Curtis is a trustee and chair of the Fort Forward management team that has been developing a five-year strategic plan with support and advice from English Heritage. He says, “We now have a clear plan going forward as to exactly what we want to achieve, by when and how we fund it. We’re fortunate to have a great team of volunteers with professional experience from IT and communications technologies to project management, design, accountancy, construction and fitting out. Our tour guides and ticket office and shop staff do an excellent job ensuring our visitors enjoy their visit and give us the feedback we need so we can keep improving.” Entry is great value for families at just £5.50 adults, £2.50 children 5-15 years, concessions £4.50, and children under 5 and English Heritage members FREE.

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Easter at the Farm April is upon us and life at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is getting quite hectic. If you haven't had a chance to go and meet the lambs you have another fantastic opportunity throughout the Easter holidays.

For those who want even more then, over the Easter weekend, the Speggtacular returns from the 10th to the 13th of April. The new lambs love to sit on your lap and, if you are very lucky, you may even see more being born. You can also meet the bunnies in the bunny barn, see Suzanne’s piglets, help to groom our goats and pigs, donkeys and ponies, and see all our other animals that always look forward to meeting someone who'll feed them. The Baylham BBQ will be all fired up and the bar will be stocked as usual with local beers and wines from around the world. Normal admission charged apply over the weekend, however any child in an egg related costume on Easter Sunday will be given free admission. The children’s play area means they can keep busy while you can relax with a cup of coffee and a delicious cake. Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is six miles north west of Ipswich, off the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Needham Market. Open Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays from 10am – 5pm, with entry prices at £8 for adults, £7 for concessions, £4 for children (aged 4-16) and free entry for under fours, it would be difficult to find a more diverting and better value attraction in Suffolk. Family tickets - 2 adults and 1 child at £19; 2 adults and 2 children at £22; 2 adults and 3 children at £25; 2 adults and 4 children at £28 – are also available. • For more information visit www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk or www.facebook.com/BaylhamFarm or call 01473 830264.

Easter Fayre A Giant Easter Fayre will take place on Sunday 5th April at the Ipswich Hotel, Copdock, Ipswich in aid of St Elizabeth’s Hospice. Over 65 stalls selling locally made crafts and quality gifts. Stalls will include, clothing, books, handbags, scarves, ceramic picture tiles, wood turned items, artwork, stained glass, cheese, savoury pies, bread, toiletries, handmade cards, photography and lots, lots more. Refreshments available all day Ample free parking, 10am 4pm, £1 entry.

Masquerade: not just for Superheroes

Masquerade costume hire based in Earl Stonham has been supplying costumes for parties, corporate events, television, theatre and film for over 12 years. At Masquerade they stock a wide range of costumes ranging from period costumes, uniforms, character and mascots through to costumes inspired by the latest film releases. The year 2020 sees 8th May declared a bank holiday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). VE Day celebrates the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on 8th May 1945. If you are looking for that distinctive costume or uniform to help commemorate this special day, Masquerade is the place to visit. A wide range of both male and female uniforms in a variety of sizes are available, and we have been proud to even supply period uniforms to the Ministry of Defence for commemorative occasions. Hiring a costume from Masquerade is not only an enjoyable experience and a great way to look your best for any event, it also reduces impact on both the environment and your wallet. Every costume at Masquerade is laundered or dry cleaned after each use meaning that you can always look the best for your event. • Visit Masquerade at Church Farm, Earl Stonham, IP14 5EE or have a look at their website, www.masqueradeshop.co.uk to view a sample of the costumes available for hire. Telephone 01449 71109

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New season up and flying at SOS As the weather improves and the nights draw out, creatures everywhere are energised and preparing for another busy year ahead!

Certainly, the staff and birds of the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary are shrugging off winter and looking forward to a new season of awesome flying displays. Over the last year, accommodation for the centre birds has been expanded and developed in order to welcome more visitors, young and old, to the world of owls and other birds of prey. The new facility, known as S.O.S.2, incorporates impressive new species specific aviaries housing golden eagles, red kites, peregrine falcons, buzzards, Mackinders owls and many of the native owl species with some new, colourful indoor presentation space, wildlife information hub, party room and toilet facilities. In partnership with local Prickles Hedgehog Rescue, a hedgehog rehabilitation cabin has also been established with secure outside space for recovering patients. Flying displays resume at the sanctuary on Saturday 4th. April at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. A different selection of birds takes part in each display, so bring a picnic and enjoy a whole day in the company of our birds! The Woodland Walk is always at its prettiest at Easter and visitors will find the red squirrels, meerkats and ferrets located here amongst the spring flowers, bug hotels, ladybird houses and butterfly feeders. The popular annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place between Monday 6th. April and Monday 13th April - when children discover an artificial egg concealed around the site they can swap it at reception for a chocolate one (dairy free option available). Meerkat feeding sessions with an informative

talk take place twice daily, at 11am and 3pm and individual close encounters with these cheeky creatures can be booked in advance with the admin team or reception staff. The owl sanctuary strives to offer access to all and to that end paths are tarmac and level, picnic tables accommodate wheelchairs and the children’s play area boasts double width slide, multi person swing and wheelchair friendly roundabout. There is a quiet, relaxing sensory garden with wildflower borders, tactile sculptural seating and water feature and an indoor interactive Discovery Centre. Disabled parking bays are located at the front door. The unique owlie gift shop offers a myriad of pertinent souvenirs as well as pocket money toys and there is a restaurant within a few yards of the sanctuary. For further details please telephone 0345 680 7897 or email info@owl-help.org.uk

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Spinning at Bourne Mill on Thursday 2nd April. Bourne Mill has a history going back over a 1,000 years. From a fishing pond for monks, an Elizabethan fishing and banqueting house, fulling mill to a corn mill and private home in the twentieth century. Join local spinners who will be on hand to demonstrate the process of spinning and explain about its fascinating history. Free Event but Normal Admission Charges Apply, Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, Contact telephone number 01206 549799


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Sweet Tooth Delight Pretty vanilla cupcakes each topped with butter cream and a chocolate nest of Jelly Belly “eggs”. You can use any Jelly Belly beans for decoration but the Ice Cream Parlour mix is especially pretty with egg like speckles! Makes 12 For the cakes: 125g softened butter or baking margarine

Cream the butter and sugar together with a hand held mixer or in your stand mixer. Add the eggs together with a tablespoon of the flour and beat well. Sieve the flour, baking powder, vanilla 125g caster sugar essence and salt and fold into the batter. If 2 eggs - beaten the batter is very stiff add the milk to loosen 125g self raising flour - or the mixture. plain flour with a tsp of Line a bun tin with fairy cake cases. Fill baking powder added each case 2/3 full with batter and bake at ½ tsp vanilla essence 190C / GM 5 for about 12 - 14 minutes. The buns are done when risen and springy. pinch salt Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 - 2 tbs milk five minutes then removed from the tin.

For the Buttercream This quantity will be enough to pipe the frosting onto the cakes - if you are going to spread the frosting you can reduce the amounts by a third. 100g softened butter 200g icing sugar Green food colouring 1 - 2 tbs milk The secret to fluffy buttercream is to beat the butter really well before you add any sugar. Place the butter in a bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until soft and fluffy. Slowly add the icing sugar beating as you go. Add the milk to loosen the mixture. Add the food colouring a few drops at a time until the frosting is the colour you require. You can also make your buttercream in a food processor, again beat the butter well before adding the icing sugar, milk and colouring. For the Chocolate Nests 40g butter 1 ½ tbs golden syrup 1 ½ tbs cocoa powder 1 ½ tbs white granulated sugar 50g shredded wheat - crushed Place the butter, syrup, cocoa powder and sugar into a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring all the time, until melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the crushed shredded wheat. Dollop teaspoons of the mixture onto a piece of greaseproof paper or silicon baking mat and shape into nests by flattening and hollowing out the centre. Allow to cool and set.

Decoration Pipe or spread the buttercream onto each cake, top each with a chocolate nest filled with a few Jelly Belly jelly bean “eggs”.

Art Show

A voluntary run charity will be staging the 46th Annual Easter Art Exhibition at the Needham Market Community Centre School Street Needham Market IP6 8BB. It will begin with a cheese & Wine Buffet on Thursday 9th April (Tickets for this evening event are available from Times Past Antiques Old Town Hall) Cost is £8.00 Each which includes two glasses of wine. Doors open at 8pm or telephone 01449 720845 to speak to the organiser, this is the first and best chance to purchase the painting you need. On display and available for purchase will be a wide selection of artwork from traditional to modern, landscapes, seascapes animals of all types, paintings of foreign lands and abstracts. This is one of the largest exhibitions in East Anglia with over 700 works on display and features local artists some have exhibited with us for many years along with a number of new artists to us this year. Prices range from a few pounds to £400 to £500 The Exhibition is open all weekend Friday 10th April to Monday 13th April 10am until 5pm every day Admission is £2.00 (Children FREE).



IT'S EASTER PANTO TIME Roll up! Roll up! Come and marvel at the greatest panto on earth! Goldilocks & The Three Bears - An Easter Panto will be at the Spa Pavilion this April and it’s just busting with fun for everyone. From the team that brought you ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ comes this magical adventure. Run away with TaleGate Theatre Productions to the circus this Easter. Help Goldilocks and her mum, Dame Dolly Donut, save their circus and rescue the three bears from the evil ringmaster. It's the big top family panto extravaganza featuring pop songs, magic and puppets! Goldilocks & The Three Bears - An Easter Panto Wil be at the Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe on Wednesday 15th April at 3pm Tickets are £12.50 Adults of all ages; £10.50 Child Under 16; £40 Family Ticket 2+2

The very best way to find out first about all the top shows coming to the Spa Pavilion Theatre is by joining their mailing list – full details can be found on their website. Tickets for all theatre shows are available from the Spa Pavilion Box Office which is open from 11am until 4pm 01394 284962. You can also select and reserve your seats on line, 24 hours a day, at www.felixstowespa.co.uk. The café, bars & restaurant are open every day from 9.30am to 5pm. Also, food is always served for two hours before every performance, reservation strongly advised. You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and show updates.

Steaming into Spring The first big weekend of the 2020 season at The Middy, Suffolk’s only standard gauge preserved railway is the Easter Steam-Up Sunday April 12th and Monday April 13th April. Together with steam train rides in genuine Victorian four-wheeled coaches plus Easter Bunny hunts and prizes for younger visitors and two locomotives in steam, it will be a great day out for families and rail fans alike. All the railway and museum facilities including the museum, shop, café and Restoration Shed and the Middy’s real ale bar coach, The Kitchener Arms, will be open for business.

extension of the line to just over twice its current length and visitors can see the route to the destination station, Aspall Halt. The Easter Steam Up will be at The Mid Suffolk Light Railway on 12th and 13th April open 10.30 until 5pm both days. For the full programme and entry prices see – www.mslr.org.uk

With its unique atmosphere, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, 2015’s Suffolk Museum of the year, offers a fascinating picture of what life was like on and around a rural railway during the early part of the last century. The Restoration Shed is helping to speed the work on the bringing back to life the railway’s own locomotive and visitors will be able to view the amazing recent progress on this project. Work has also started on the


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Sugar Content in Popular Easter Foods Mini eggs, chocolate bunnies and hot cross buns are set to become diet staples as Easter approaches. The season of chocolate will surely force even the most dedicated New Year dieters in to melt down. However, some choices are better than others when it comes to oral health, as the constant snacking on sugar puts teeth at risk of cavities and yellowing. For those with a weakness for mini eggs, choose Ferrero Roche’s version over Cadbury. Cadbury may be a favourite, but they contain 68.5g sugar per 100g, whereas Ferrero’s version has considerably less at 45.8g. When it comes to chocolate bunnies, Lindt’s signature gold variety is a clear choice, but the sugar content differs dramatically. Select the Lindt milk chocolate hazelnut version for 41g of sugar, compared to 55g in the standard milk chocolate bunny. For even less sugar, opt for the dark chocolate bunny which has just 35g of the sweet stuff. Ditching the Easter cake in favour of traditional hot cross buns is another way to give teeth a break. Choosing Tesco’s Seeded Hot Cross Buns over Cadbury Mini Egg Cakes will cut sugar consumption in half, from 18.9g in the cake, to just 9.3g in the bun. Just make sure to avoid

Ocado’s version of hot cross buns, which each contain an astounding 19g of sugar. When it comes to Easter Day itself, roast lamb is the traditional main of choice, but if mint sauce is your go to accompaniment, avoid hidden sugars by choosing Sainsbury’s Fresh Mint Sauce for just 0.9g of sugar per tablespoon, compared to Colman’s which has three times as much at 3.5g per tablespoon. Dental expert, Jordan Kirk explains, “With all the sweet treats eaten over the Easter weekend, teeth really don’t get much of a chance to recover. Making smart choices could

dramatically reduce the damage to the enamel, but I would recommend brushing your teeth more than you normally would, as damage can be done to your teeth for hours after high sugar foods are consumed.” Further tips to reduce the damage to teeth this Easter include choosing Green & Black chocolate eggs over Nestlè’s, to slash sugar from around 70g to 45.5g. Unfortunately, Creme Eggs should also be avoided as each one contains 26.5g of sugar, so opt for a Malteser Bunny instead for 15g of sugar. While Easter weekend is a time to enjoy food with friends and family, a few smart choices could save a trip to the dentist later in the year. www.whiteglo.com

Art at the Ferry

Felixstowe Ferry Sailing club are hosting their 3rd Art at the Ferry. Twenty five different local artists showing, selling and take commissions for their artwork. Refreshments will available. Sponsored by Billie Box Ltd. (storage containers... to your door) the Art Show takes place at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club Felixstowe Ferry Felixstowe on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April from 10am until 4pm both days. FREE entry, however, donations would be welcome

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A Spring Craft Fair will take place at Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April, 10 am until 4pm both days. There will be a variety of stalls including, art, homemade products, gifts, homeware and much more. No entrance fee for buyers and plenty of parking. Throughout the day there will be children’s rides, free activities and more, there is something to keep the whole family entertained. They will also have a fully licenced bar and a selection of food for you to enjoy. As well as free entry into the Craft Fair you can browse around the many unique shops. We have a stunning collection from furniture, treasured toy shop, collectables, jewellery, clothing, record shop, crystals, tea pot pottery and ceramic painting, vintage items, gallery, restaurant and more. With plenty of other activities to do, we also have an indoor play barn, bouncy pillow, golf centre with a variety of activities like.

Discover Lavenham’s Secrets at the Guildhall this Easter. Enjoy a short talk about the Guildhall over coffee and pastries before enjoying a guided walk around historic Lavenham uncover secrets and hidden tales. A guided walk around the historic centre of this unique medieval village. Coffee and shortbread will be available in the Guildhall’s our pretty Tearoom, where there will be a short talk about the building before you set off to discover the hidden gems and secrets of Lavenham. The tour lasts around two hours. Booking Essential by telephoning 03442 491895. This is a National Trust Event – Starting at 10am. The Guildhall located in the Market Place, Lavenham.


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With the Easter holidays just around the corner are you looking for something different to do with the kids, then why not give Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Café a visit? Open seven days a week (except for Easter Sunday) and ideally located in the centre of Ipswich, it is a fun place to relax and get creative. Don’t worry if you haven’t painted pottery before everyone can enjoy this great activity from tiny tots to tricky teens and create something truly unique but it’s not just for the kids the studio is also packed with the latest home décor items as well so you will be spoilt for choice plus the onsite café serves yummy cake and coffee which you don’t have to paint to enjoy. There is no time limit to your stay and no need to book. If you arrive on a busy day your mobile number will be taken and you will be guaranteed the next available table. The friendly staff will guide you through the process all you have to do is sit back, relax and get creative. Prices start from £6 plus a £3 studio fee per painter to cover your time in the studio, paints and glazing, cut out and keep the advert below for a £2.00 discount. Items are fired on the premises and ready for collection a week later, a postal service is also available. Check out the Pennikkity Pots Facebook page or call in the cafe for all the latest news. A mobile service is also available if you can’t get to the studio it can come to you.

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As part of the opening weekend for their 25th anniversary season, National Trust Orford Ness are inviting visitors to take part in their Cadbury Easter Trail. From Good Friday to Easter Monday (10 – 13 April) visitors will be able to follow the Easter bunny on a trail across the Ness to learn more about the wildlife that calls this corner of Suffolk’s coast home. From wading birds to rare breed sheep, Orford Ness comes alive during Spring, as wildlife returns to Orford Ness following the winter. It’s also the first chance to catch sight of some of the newest members of the Orford Ness family, as new-born lambs from four species of rare and endangered sheep take their first tentative steps. The Easter trail winds its way through the varied landscape of Orford Ness, asking participants to learn about the nature and history of Orford Ness, solving clues to gain a Cadbury Easter Egg. Orford Ness opens for the 2020 season on Good Friday, with the Cadbury Easter trail running Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 2pm. Entry to the trail costs £2.50 and standard admission charges apply. For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orfordness

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WIN: New comedy on DVD

AMY HUBERMAN (Cold Feet, Striking Out) writes and stars alongside Aisling Bea (This Way Up, Living with Yourself) and Jenny Rainsford (Fleabag) in a new, hilarious six-part comedy series Finding Joy, that follows the trials and tribulations of a journalist turned accidental superstar vlogger. Finding Joy arrived on DVD in March courtesy of Acorn Media International following its UK premiere on UKTV’s W Channel. Joy (Huberman) may have just broken up with her long-term boyfriend, Aidan (Lochlann O'Mearáin – Vikings), and her best friend Trish (Hannah James-Scott – Crumble) is busy having a baby, but she’s totally fine…no matter what her dog, Canine Aidan (Peter McDonald – Dublin Murders), thinks.



Joy is perfectly happy with her secluded and orderly life as a back-room news editor. That is until her quiet life is turned upside down as she is summoned to step into the position of the media corporation’s sexy and adventurous lifestyle guru and Ireland’s most beloved vlogger, Flora the Happy Hunter (Laura Whitmore – Love Island presenter). Joy is catapulted headlong into the unknown and unwelcome world of social media stardom. Forced to share her fears, feelings, and wardrobe malfunctions with the world, maybe the vlogosphere can help Joy solve the problems plaguing her personal life: tackling breaking boundaries through full-contact wrestling and ex-boyfriend induced insanity through hot yoga – what could go wrong? With straight-talking manager Charlene (Rainsford) and quirky new roommate Amelia (Bea) at her side, Joy pushes herself outside of her comfort zone, all in the name of learning about the crazy, uncomfortable and new-age methods people use to find – well joy.


Ipswich24 has got three copies of Finding Joy on DVD 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 daytime telephone number to: Finding Joy Competition, Ipswich24 Magazine, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at www.ipswich24.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Thursday 30th April 2020.

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Spring Concert from TMG After the successful departure and arrival of the Trianon train in January Trianon Music group are performing again at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich in April. In this classical concert you will hear the Overture from Beethoven’s Fidelio. This is Beethoven’s only Opera. And tells of the romantic story of Leonore and Florestan. Leonore rescues Florestan from prison where he is being held as a political prisoner and has been titled Leonore, or The Triumph of Married Love. First performed in 1805 Beethoven revised it three times before he settled on the Opera which we know today. Trianon also have two pieces by Sir Eward Elgar Great is the Lord, a piece which is based on Psalm 48 and you will be able to hear the Corn Exchange Organ on full flow. The second is the March from Caractacus. Elgar's love of the Malvern Hills is well known but it was his mother, Ann Elgar, who first suggested that he should write a work about

them. Caractacus tells the story of a British chieftain who fought the Roman invaders. Eventually defeated at the British Camp on the Malvern Hills (the earthworks of which can still be visited today), Caractacus was taken to Rome for trial but so impressed Emperor Claudius that he was pardoned.

Folk on the Boat The final concert in this years’ series of folk concerts aboard Sailing Barge Victor, on Ipswich Waterfront, takes place this month. Bringing the series to a lively close, on Friday 17th April, will be popular East Anglian based folk-rock four piece, The Silburys.

Last up they have Brahms A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures although we’re singing this in this is a largescale work in English. A German Requiem is sacred but non-liturgical. A collection of beautiful works to enjoy as we head into the warmer months. The Spring Concert is on 25th April at Ipswich Corn Exchange. Tickets start at £10 and available from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre and www.ipswichtheatres.com, call 01473 433100 or, to save the booking fee, book via the Trianon Ticket line on 01394 283170 or 07876 787029.

From harmonica to harp Making a welcome return to Woodbridge in April, the Harbour Lights Trio will play an evening entertainment at the Library. The folk trio specialises in East Anglian traditional, local songs and tunes together with music hall numbers and what they call 'a few more recent gems.' The three are Alvar Smith, Derek Simpson and Rob Neal and between them they play seven instruments (including the harmonica), sing and spin yarns. The event is on Thursday

2nd April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (students half price) and include an interval drink. They are available from Woodbridge Library in person or by phoning 01394 330855. A light-hearted and thoroughly enjoyable evening awaits you! Later in the month - and as part of the Library's occasional lunchtime music events - harpist Zoe Alderton will perform for for the first time. Zoe studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, at Manchester University and later trained

as a teacher. She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the Halle Youth Orchestra. Zoe has recently moved to Suffolk and has played with the Ipswich Symphony Orchestra, Prometheus Orchestra and the Academy of St Thomas Orchestra. She can also be heard regularly on Radio Norfolk and Radio Suffolk. Her lunchtime concert is on Tuesday 21st April at 1pm and entrance is free.

Liz Jones – 8½ stone and still full of issues Liz Jones, the former fashion editor and muchread newspaper columnist, with more than 69 million readers around the globe, whose career has seen her guest in an episode of The Archers, and take part in Celebrity Big Brother, announces that she will take to the road for a nationwide theatre tour with her first onewoman show:- LIZ JONES – 8½ Stone – and still full of issues. Always straight-talking, LIZ JONES – 8½ Stone – and still full of issues will see Liz, accompanied by her not inconsiderable collection of Jimmy Choo’s, enlighten audiences with tales of the horrors of the glossy world of high fashion, models, photographers, movie stars, plastic surgeons and the diet industry but most of all, in true Liz Jones’ style, the evening will be about herself – including her cellulite and men! The woman who has spent a lifetime on a diet, achieving her perfect weight of 8 ½ stone before realising to her horror that this did not mean she looked good naked, will reveal her innermost secrets to audiences around the UK. The tour will also celebrate the publication of Liz Jones’ first novel, 8 ½ Stone, which will be published in May 2020. • LIZ JONES – 8½ Stone – and still full of issues will be at the Corn Exchange, Ipswich on Tuesday 10th November. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100.

The Silburys play lively, original songs (much of it with an East Anglian theme) along with some traditional songs (given a definite Silburys twist) plus classic covers by the likes of Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention. Their recently released cd (their 4th to date) "Live at Springfest" has been well received by the media and fans alike. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.sbvictor.co.uk, or in person at Ipswich Tourist Information Centre or the Regent Box Office. Tickets cost £18.50 and include the Victor’s famous, hearty, hot buffet supper. Doors, and the licensed bar open at 7.30pm and music is from 8.00pm. Victor’s cosy, polished wood saloon and wood burning stove make for a unique evening and the opportunity to see some fine acoustic artists in an intimate setting. Further information is available from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, 01473 258080, tourist@ipswich.gov.uk.



David Walliams What is it like seeing your books come to life? It’s the most brilliant thing, seeing a book that you’ve written come to life either on television or on stage. You feel like a magician because what was in your head is somehow now all is real, right in front of you, so it is a very very exciting thing. If I gave you one billion pounds to spend however you liked and you had to spend it today, what would you spend it on? There’s one thing that Joe Spud, who is the billionaire boy, has in the book which is a water slide going down from his bedroom to a swimming pool. He just gets out of bed and goes straight down a water slide. That is something I don’t have and it really pains me. So if I had a billion pounds to spend today I’d get that water slide because water slides are so much fun. I love them! Do you make your books difficult to stage on purpose, like having a helicopter in Billionaire Boy? The thing is that when I write the books I’m not thinking much beyond them being books. And, of course, in children’s books you want to have lots of really exciting things

happening like helicopters and fast cars and I know that does create problems for people staging it but then the brilliant thing about theatre is that with imagination, anything can be done. Apart from Joe Spud who is your favourite character in Billionaire Boy? My favourite character in the story of Billionaire Boy is Mrs Trafe, the dinner lady and I actually played her in the TV adaption. Basically in the story she asks Joe for money and she says she needs for a hip operation but spends it on plastic surgery. So it was a lot of fun creating her horrible school dinners and also a lot of fun giving her the surgery in the book and seeing what she does with the money. It highlights the fact that Joe’s in a pretty difficult predicament because everyone is asking him for money and they all have good reasons why they need it. But at the same time money is quite a corrupting thing and it makes people do bad things and lie to him. So Mrs Trafe is really a side character but she does something pretty important in the story

If BUM FRESH was real as a toilet paper, would it be your favourite brand to use on the toilet? The reason Joe is a Billionaire Is because his father, Len Spud, who was just a humble man who worked in a factory, came up with this brilliant idea of a creating a special toilet roll which is moist on one side and dry on the other. I think this is a fantastic invention and I cannot believe someone hasn’t come to me and given me a billion pounds for the idea because if it was produced I think it would really catch on. But I liked it being something like this which they made their money from because actually when you sometimes meet people who have lots and lots of money you find it’s really bizarre things that they do. I met someone who was really rich and it was because their father provides toilet roles to lots of pubs in

the north of England and I thought, I could do that, but I didn’t have the idea, did I. Tell us more about the producers of the show The Birmingham Stage Company have already done two incredible adaptations of my books, Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie, both of which went round the country quite a few times, came into London, got great reviews, audiences loved the shows and came back and back and back and so I’m really excited that a third book of mine is in their hands. I think this could the most fun show of all because in a way this is the most comic book. It’s a story with an emphasis on jokes and silly situations and obviously the whole thing is quite surreal with someone having so much money. So I think it’s going to be a really fun theatre show and I can’t wait to see it

• David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy is at the Ipswich Regent Theatre from 21st until 24th May. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100. For more info go to www.birminghamstage.com


“What a magnificent show! It couldn’t be better!” David Walliams

THU 21 – SUN 24 MAY Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk 20

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ARTS LADIES OF IPSWICH! Get your voices and your dancing shoes ready for the brand new musical comedy ‘GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN’ coming to Ipswich Regent on April 15th.

Written by the same team that brought you the hugely successful Hormonal Housewives this show is guaranteed to not only have you laughing, but dancing in the aisles and channelling your inner diva as you sing along with the all-star cast. Join the legendary LINDA NOLAN, TV personality JESS WRIGHT, X-Factor finalist NIKI EVANS and Olivier Award Winner LEANNE JONES on the ultimate girls night out. This cast of divas will take you on a hilarious journey as their stories unravel, whilst we follow their ups and downs, trials and tribulations and see just what friends are for. The four characters are friends who have met in the local community choir – but they only really let their hair down when they rush off to Open Mic’s karaoke bar to grab a glass of wine - or three – and let off steam about men, diets, chocolate, clothes, and even some serious subjects! No topic is off-limits or too taboo for this lot – and if you’re in the audience…you might even find yourself included in the action and win a prize! With classic disco anthems, and legendary pop songs like 9 to 5, We Are Family, Get The Party Started, I’m in the Mood for Dancing, and, of course, Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, you will be dancing in the aisles! Don’t worry if you can’t remember all the words – they’ll be up there in front of you on a screen – just like in a real karaoke bar! So make sure you book your tickets and join us because Girls Just Wanna have Fun!

Red Skies continue There’s still plenty of opportunity to see Eastern Angles fabulous production of Red Skies at it tours the region this Spring. With the Seventieth anniversary of George Orwell’s death this year Eastern Angles are bringing Red Skies, their spring tour, to audiences in East Anglia. Written by Ivan Cutting who also wrote Private Resistance, the play centres on a fictional meeting between two of Suffolk’s most famous residents: George Orwell, who took his name from the Ipswich river, and Arthur Ransome, who lived on it. The play opens in Southwold just before the outbreak of war, and Orwell’s father is dying. Arthur, along with his wife Evgenia, are sailing up the coast from Pin Mill. When Orwell, who is about to write Animal Farm, learns that Evgenia was the former secretary of Russia’s revolutionary leader, Trotsky, and that Ransome used to play chess with Lenin, he hurries down to the harbour. With their shared interest in fishing, fables and the east coast, the two writers begin a tentative friendship, until a mutual suspicion of spies causes sparks to fly. The extraordinary links between Orwell and Ransome and the women they loved fuels the flames. Resolution comes in 1950 with a new decade, and Orwell’s final days. This comic, clever and at times deeply personal new play, probes behind the façade of two famous authors to find the secrets that both inspired and haunted them. With 55 performances across 42 venues in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, Red Skies is sure to be at a theatre, village hall or community centre near you in March, April and May. • Red Skies by Ivan Cutting Touring until 30th May 2020. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 211498 (Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm) or visit www.easternangles.co.uk 21


Help stop illegal practice of ear cropping on dogs RSPCA officers in East Anglia are urging people not to buy dogs with cropped ears after a string of calls to the charity about the illegal practice. The warning comes after a number of reports to the charity’s cruelty hotline of dogs with cropped ears and ‘bleeding, stitched up wounds’ coming in from Dereham and Diss, Norfolk, and Lowestoft in Suffolk. In 2015, the RSPCA received 14 reports of ear cropping and cropped ears from across England and Wales. But, last year (2019), that had risen 236% to 47 reports. And officers working across Norfolk and Suffolk said they’ve seen a flurry of calls in the last six months - having had very few in the past. Local RSPCA inspector Dave Podmore said, “Ear cropping has been illegal in the UK for a long time and it’s not something that I’ve seen much of during my time working at the RSPCA. “But in the last few months I’ve had a number of reports coming in from local people in Norfolk and Suffolk who have grown concerned after spotting dogs in the streets with cropped ears or after seeing puppies with bleeding, stitched up wounds on their ears.” It is illegal, under Section 5 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, to crop a dog’s ears but the RSPCA fears that images shared on social media, especially from the USA and in Europe where the practice is legal or unregulated in many states/countries, celebrity culture and an increase in bull breeds seen in advertising is normalising the look and making it more popular. Dave added, “I wanted to let people know that no matter a dog’s breed,

this is not normal. Dogs aren’t born this way and there are absolutely no benefits to having their ears cropped. In fact, it’s a process that is extremely painful and barbaric, and can cause them health and behavioural problems throughout their lives. “So please don’t support this awful practice and don’t buy a dog with cropped ears.” An RSPCA spokesperson - from the charity’s Special Operations Unit, responsible for investigating serious and organised animal cruelty such as ear cropping – said, “We believe ear cropping is being carried out illegally in this country. And we also believe that many breeders, sellers and buyers are sending dogs abroad to have their ears cropped before bringing them back home. “Anyone who is concerned that someone might be cropping dogs’ ears themselves or sending their dogs abroad to have the procedure done should report it to us by calling our 24-hour emergency hotline on 0300 1234 999.” To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit www.rspca.org.uk or call the donation line on 0300 123 8181.

Give a cat a home Every year thousands of cats and people put their faith and trust in Cats Protection when looking for a new addition to the family. Behind each volunteer and member of staff is a wealth of experience and expertise which means when you adopt one of our cats, you can feel safe in the knowledge that they has been given the best possible care. Ipswich cats protection cover postcode areas IP1 to IP11 and help all cats, domestic, stray and Feral. Their branch is solely run by volunteers, and they love what they do, with some giving lots of time

over a week, some people only help maybe once every other month, but all time is given is precious and used to the best ability to help the cats the charity’s care. The Cats Protection are always looking for volunteers, if you think you could give up a few hours of your time, then please get in touch on 0345 371 2069 or email coordinator@ipswich.cats.org.uk

SPRING HOMING DAY Saturday 18th April – 11am till 2pm


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National Pet Month is back, even bigger and better than ever, with a fresh new logo and offering us even more time to celebrate the UK’s amazing pets.

Now in its 31st year, NPM is an educational charity which works tirelessly to encourage responsible pet ownership, highlight key pet welfare issues and recognise the great role pets play in our lives. For 2020 its annual campaign will run for even longer, from April 1st until May 10th, giving pet fans more time to organise great fundraising events for their favourite UK pet charities and rescues. Change is in the air for NPM, starting with an eye-catching new logo to reflect the charity’s continued support for Britain’s pets and fellow UK pet charities and rescues. Look out for more exciting updates in the weeks and months ahead. If you have a favourite UK pet organisation and you’d like to raise money for during #NationalPetMonth then get involved! Wondering what sort of fundraiser to organise? What about a bake sale, a sponsored dog walk, art exhibition or show? Speak to your vet or pet store and encourage them to hold an open day. See if your local school would like to organise a pet themed

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event. Check out the handy guide for inspiration and join in the fun! https:// nationalpetmonth.org.uk/event-ideas then be sure to tell us about it on our social channels. Remember to register as an NPM supporter at http://www. nationalpetmonth.org.uk/_ members/ It’s free and only takes a minute. Check out www.nationalpetmonth.org. uk and the supporter toolkit which you can access after registering. Follow NPM on social media www.fb.com/NationalPetMonth, www.fb.com/JoinScratchingPost (cat fans), www.fb.com/ JoinParkBench (dog fans) and on Twitter @NatPetMonthUK using the hashtags #NationalPetMonth or #NPM.

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1. Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirements. 2. Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained. 3. Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet. 4. Provide suitable housing and bedding. 5. Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly.

Their regular and first-time customers can choose from a great range of pet and animal accessories and equipment, designed to keep your animals happy and healthy in their environment. The friendly, knowledgeable team will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for in-store. As an independent retailer, they compare favourably to supermarket prices for animal feeds, treats and accessories, helping you to get more for less. The ‘Brigadier’s Choice’ premium dog food range is available in all of the stores. Made in England by the country's leading premium pet food manufacturer, Brigadier's Choice brings you a premium dog food that delivers top quality nutrition at an affordable price. It’s safe to say food is the most important factor in your dog’s life. Through diet your pet must get all the nutrients their body needs to keep fit and healthy. Brigadier’s Choice Premium dog food is specially formulated to suit all breeds throughout all life stages. Using only quality ingredients and manufactured in the UK to the highest standard, you can be assured your best friend will get all they need from this highly palatable dog food. All diets are complete, balanced and hypo-allergenic, formulated to meet the unique dietary requirements of your pet. Don't compromise on nutrition, feed Brigadier's Choice Premium Dog Food and start saving today. • You can follow Gladwells Pet & Country Stores on Facebook (@gladwellspetcountrystores) and Instagram (@gladwellspetandcountrystore). Keep an eye out for Competitions to win products and store vouchers as well as monthly special offers and any seasonal opening time changes.




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Every Monday

Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. St Alban’s School, Digby Rd, Ipswich, 6.157.30pm. Cardio Workout Noteriety Choir in term time from 7.15pm to 9.15pm at Bramford Road Methodist Church, really friendly atmosphere and no audition needed. All types of music covered and no singing experience necessary! Contact Steph at noteriety@btinternet.com for more information. Fitness Pilates with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Rushmere Sports Pavilion, Sidegate Ave, Ipswich, 9.45-10.30am; 10.45-11.30am. Must pre-book, call 01473 613397 or email Kay@KayFletcherFitness.com Chatsworth Ladies Club. Tower Hall, Broadlands Way. 7.30-9pm, £3.00 tea, coffee and raffle ticket included. Excellent speakers and social events. Tel: 01473 711633 Fitness Pilates with Kay Fletcher Fitness. St Alban’s School, Digby Rd, Ipswich, 7.45-8.30pm Must prebook, email Kay@KayFletcherFitness.com or call 01473 613397 Yoga, Sidegate Lane Comm Centre, 10-11am Beginners Ballroom and Latin Class, Kesgrave High School, Main Rd., Kesgrave, 7pm, Tel: Sharon (AISTD) 07946 347167; Graham (AISTD) 07790 230651. All levels welcome. No partner necessary, £5 Zumba 9:30am £6 Rosary Club, Bramford Rd, Ipswich Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF, 9.30am–11am (Term time only). Badminton, Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich 7.30pm-10pm £2.50 per session new members welcome for info contact Ann 01473 726423 Pilates, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 1.45pm - 2.45pm, £5 per class, New members welcome. For further details contact 07763 456078. 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 please contact Adrian on 01473 464920 Ballroom and Latin Class, Goals Centre, Suffolk New College, Grimwade St., Ipswich, IP4 1LT, 6.30pm 7.30pm, 01473 251323, 07736306519 Suffolk Promenaders Square Dance Club Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 7.30pm - 10pm, Only £3.00, tea and coffee provided, Contact 01473 415785 or 01473 422663 for further details. Badminton, Suffolk New Academy Sports Centre, Birkfield Drive, Ipswich, 6pm - 7pm, Beginners and experienced players welcome, Come along for your free first session or call/text Gill 07706 044861

Every Tuesday

The Big Sing St Elizabeth Hospice Shop, 1-3 Heath Road, Ipswich, 7-9pm. £7 per week (pay as you go - first week free). Tel 01376 512292 Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Inspire Suffolk Lindbergh Rd Ipswich, 9.3010.45am Cardio Workout Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Kesgrave High School (Gym), Main Rd, Kesgrave, 5.45-7.15pm Cardio Workout Tea Dances with Teresa Brown at Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, IP4 4HZ. From 2-4 pm, with dancing and refreshments. Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. £3pp members. 01473 422427. Fitness Pilates with Kay Fletcher Fitness. St Alban’s School, Digby Rd, Ipswich, 6.15-7pm. Must pre-book, email Kay@KayFletcherFitness.com or call 01473 613397 Cameo Club at Greenfinch Hall, Chantry, Ipswich. A weekly club for over 55s. Fun, food and friendship guaranteed! Meets 10am-noon. Further information on 01473 400059. Cycle Speedway, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham from 6pm (March-Oct). Tel: Gavin on 07988 816874 to join and for further info. Carpet Bowls, Somersham Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tel Richard 01473 82711 or Sheila on 832591 for details Yoga, Kesgrave Com Centre, 7-8.30pm 24

Totally Shredded, HIIT to drum and bass music. Kesgrave High School, 7.30-8.30pm Call 01473 613397 Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Martlesham Community Hall, Felixstowe Rd., Martlesham, IP12 4PB, 9.45am–11.30am (Term time only). Memory Lane Cafe for people living with dementia, including carers, cared for and bereaved. 11am - 3pm - £1 entrance fee - light lunches and activities available - The Meeting Place Community Centre, Limerick Close, Ipswich IPI 5LR. Tel 07795 587425 for more info Short Mat Bowls. Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich. 10am-12 noon. Beginners and experienced players are most welcome, £3 per session. Details Yvonne Beaumont 01473 411210. Do you have one hour for Fun? Music? Dance? Join Jane of Suffolk Keep Fit Association at Woodbridge Community Centre Woodbridge. 9.45am - 10.45am, Contact Jane 07860 824747 Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 7.30pm – 10pm, £2.50 per session, New members welcome.  For more details contact Tony Crane 01473 410740. Table Tennis. All standards and ages 7.30pm to 9pm, Lindsey Village Hall (next to the church), Lindsey (near Hadleigh), IP7 6PP, £2, info: 07768 828362 Art Group, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd., Ipswich, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 Martlesham Heath Country Market, The Pavilion, The Square, Martlesham Heath, 9am, homemade, home-grown, and home-crafted items for sale.  For further information Tel 01473 623849 or www.martleshammarket.co.uk

Every Wednesday

Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Tower Hall, 5 Bradlands Way. Rushmere St Andrew, 9.15-10.30am Cardio Workout Chair Based Exercise Class, fun, inclusive class which incorporates strengthening, stretching, breathing and relaxation exercises, all of which are carried out from a seated position, 11.30am. Entry £5, refreshments inc. at The Oddfellows Hall 37 High Street Ipswich For more details ring Lynne 01473 251867 Ipswich Juggling Workshop. £2. In the Dome Gatacre Rd, Ipswich Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Tower Hall, 5 Bradlands Way. Rushmere St Andrew, 10.30-11.45am Zumba NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Ipswich School Sports Centre, The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, 6.10-7.15pm (Cardio Workout); 7.15-8.20pm (Bootcamp/Circuits). Kick-boxing, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham. U14’s 6-7pm; 14yrs and over 7.309pm. Tel: Richard 07979 311086 for info. Ballroom, Latin & RnR Dance Classes; Refreshers 7-8pm, Shared practice until 8.30pm, Improvers until 9.45pm. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. £4.00pp members. 01473 422427./01473 723070. Martlesham Art Group. 1.30-4.00pm Richards Rooms, Martlesham.(behind Tesco) Spaces available at an informal group with mixed abilities who just enjoy painting together with a cup of tea. Come and join us. Ring Diane on 01473 659257. Balkan and International Folk Dance. Quaker Meeting House, 39, Fonnereau Rd. Ipswich 10-12 Wednesdays in term time. For info call Sally 01473 252824 or email fletchersm@aol.com 11th Ipswich Wednesday Cubs, Chesterfield Drive Scout HQ, every Wednesday, during term time, 6.30pm to 8pm, For boys and girls from seven and a half to ten and a half years, Join for fun, friends, outdoor adventure, camps and visits, Call Mary on 07821 979509 for further information,



Orwell Panthers Athletic Club for athletes with disabilities, aged 10+, Northgate Sports Centre between 6.15pm - 7.30pm, See website “orwellpanthers.co.uk” for more information Dance Classes. Ballroom, Latin and rock and roll dances. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. Refreshers 7-8pm, plus practice time, then 8.3010pm the Intermediate level class. £3pp members. 01473 422427 / 01473 723070. Creative Writing Group, Arlington’s Brasserie, 13 Museum St, Ipswich IP1 1HE, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, First session free, for further information ring Mai on 01473 711639 or go to suffolkwritersgroup.com Tea Dance, Hintlesham Community Hall, Timperleys, Hintlesham, 2pm - 4pm at £4 per person, coffee/tea and biscuits/cakes provided, Sequence/ballroom/latin dancing, contact Teresa 01473 422427 Co-op Singers meet every Wednesday in term time from 7.30pm to 9pm, Co-op Education Centre Fore St. Ipswich. Car parking is available - entrance from Waterworks St. New members welcome, no auditions, For further information telephone Margie 01473 727829 or Julie 07986261503. Art & Craft Group, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd., Ipswich, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 The Phoenix Women’s Group Meeting, The Quakers Friends Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Rd., Ipswich, From 10am -12pm, For more info 07976 768763 or email: Ip.Phoenix@Virginmedia.Com

Every Thursday

Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave 9.30-10.45am (Cardio Workout) Salsa Classes, Kesgrave Social Club, 7.30-10.30pm Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. St Alban’s School (Front Hall), Digby Rd, Ipswich, 6.30-7.45pm Cardio Workout The Orwell Singers, at Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich, 7.30-9.30pm. Female voice choir looking for new members under new Musical Director, Lindsay Gowers. For more details contact 01473 635955 or email d.sharman@btinternet.com. Weigh-in & Workout or just Workout with Kay Fletcher Fitness. Kesgrave High School (Front Hall), Main Rd, Kesgrave 6.30-7.45pm Zumba Carpet Bowls, Nacton Village Hall, IP10 0EU, 7.30pm, Come and have a go. First three visits free, then £2 per evening if you like us and want to stay, A sociable and fun evening, just turn up! Yoga Classes at Museum St Methodist Hall, Ipswich, 9.3510.50am. Experienced British Wheel of Yoga teacher. Tel 01449 615351 Yoga, Kesgrave Com Centre, 7-8.30pm Feeling lonely? Enjoy friendly company and learn something new in an hour round the Bible. 2.30pm to 3.30pm, at Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd.. For more info call 07419 837115. Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 2pm – 4.15pm, £2.80 includes tea & biscuits, for further information telephone 01473 725274 Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information contact Adrian 01473 464920 Woodbridge Country Market, Woodbridge Community Hall, next to Deben Pool, 10am - 11.15am, Local Home Produced Food, Plants,  Vegetables and Hand made crafts for sale, Comfortable  tea room to meet your friends, Open to all Free Entry. Ipswich Country Market, Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 10.15am - 11.30am, Lots of home baked and handcrafted items available as well as Gluten free produces and local honey. Seasonal fruit and vegetables hand-picked the day before.  Free parking and tea and coffee refreshments available, great meeting place for new and old friends.

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Every Friday

Felixstowe Country Market, Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, 9.30-11.15am. Locally produced bakes, preserves and crafts. Not open on Friday 10th April (Good Friday).Zumba (60mins) Stone Lodge Community Centre, Hawthorn Drive (behind library), 10am, £5 turn up Yoga, Burness Parish Rooms, Melton, 6-7.30pm Badminton Stowupland High School (IP14 4BQ) nr Stowmarket, 8-10pm, all players with some racket experience welcome. No league involvement, just friendly competitive games. £4 per session. Contact Kevin 01449 615136 Short Mat Bowls. Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich. 10am-12 noon. Beginners and experienced players are most welcome, £3 per session. Details Yvonne Beaumont 01473 411210. Art Group, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10am – 12pm, £2 per session, An informal group of mixed abilities with lots of chatter, Refreshments and lunch available, For more info 01473 710721, ipswich.priory@salvationarmy.org.uk 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

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

Every Sunday

HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. www.hmsgangesmuseum.com NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Frog Squad Sunday Kids Club, Salvation Army Bramford Rd., 11.30am to 12.15pm, all children from 3 to 12 very welcome for stories singing and games Kid’s Club Craft Activities, Woodbridge Library, 10.30am-12 noon. Live Music: Harbour Lights Trio, Woodbridge Library, 7.30pm, tickets £10

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Sun 5th April

The Bootleg Beatles, Ipswich Regent. Box Office: 01473 433100 Shop Small - Free event at Wherstead Park Ipswich Farmer’s Market, Cornhill Ipswich, 10am-2pm

Mon 6th-Sun 12th Apr

Pirate Show – ‘A pirating adventure like no other’. Stonham Barns Leisure & Shopping Village, Pettaugh Rd, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT, 3pm. T: 01449 711111 or www.stonhambarns.co.uk

Tues 7th Apr

Company and a Cuppa – Join like-minded people for a chat over board games, cards or dominoes. Brain teaser puzzles and jigsaws available too. All welcome at the Oddfellows Hall, 37 High St., Ipswich IP1 3QH, at 1.30pm £2 entry. Call 01473 251867 for details. East Ipswich Camera Club, The Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew, 7.30pm. For further info www.eastipswichcameraclub.co.uk



Live Music: White Room, RBL Club, Hadleigh, 8.45pm til late Johnny Cash Revisited, Spa Pavilion Theatre, Felixstowe, 7.30pm. Box office 01394 284962 Felixstowe Country Market, in the Hadwen Room, Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe, 9.30am3pm. Locally-produced bakes, preserves, crafts and plants. Plus refreshments with homemade cakes and scones. Jumble Sale & Free Easter Egg Hunt (for children), Nansen Road Church Hall, Ipswich, 2-4pm


at Muntons Malt Stowmarket. Rushmere St Andrew Church Hall, The Street, Rushmere, Ipswich, 7.30pm. Members £2.50 (cons apply). Non-Members £5.00. Under 18s free. Contact 07887 770942. All welcome.

Fri 17th Apr

Live Music: Ska’d For Life, RBL Club, Hadleigh, 8.45pm til late

Sat 18th-Sun 19th Apr

Spring Craft Fair, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT, 10am-4pm. For more info call 01449 711111 or www.stonhambarns.co.uk

Sat 18th Apr

Ipswich RSPB Local Group Field Meeting to Bourne Park, Spring Wood and Kiln Lane Meadow for woodland birds and early summer visitors. Meet 9am at Bourne Park car park Stoke Park Drive. 3 hours. 3 miles. Contact 07887 770942. All welcome.

Sun 19th Apr

Suffolk Young Farmers Country Fair, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Mon 20th Apr

Wed 8th Apr

Talk: The City of Norwich Aviation Museum, at Greenfinch Church Hall, Greenfinch Ave, Ipswich, 7.309.30pm, admission £2

Thurs 9th-Sun 12th Apr

East Ipswich Camera Club, The Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew, 7.30pm. For further info www.eastipswichcameraclub.co.uk

Talk: Waveney Valley Railway, at Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Rd, Ipswich, 7.30-9.30pm. Info 01473 405116 Easter Fest 20 Country Music Festival, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. call 01449 711111 or www.stonhambarns.co.uk

Sat 11th-Sun 12th April

20th Annual Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit Festival, Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Rd, Woodbridge, 10am-5pm. Adults £3.50 (£5 for both days), Cons £3 (£4 for both days), 16 and under FREE.

Sat 11th Apr

Live Music: Double Trouble, RBL Club, Hadleigh, 8.45pm til late Felixstowe Country Market will be at the Community Market at Old Felixstowe Community Centre from 1011.30am selling homemade bakes, preserves, crafts and plants. Sausage and Cider Festival Noon-11pm at Ipswich Corn Exchange www.sausageandciderfest.co.uk Life Arts Mind Body Spirit Festival, Woodbridge Community Centre from 9am. Stands, talks, readings and treatments.

Sun 12th-Mon 13th Apr

Thurs 2nd Apr

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Easter Fair, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd, Ipswich, 10am-1pm. Craft stalls, raffle, Easter bonnet comp, Easter egg hunt. The Sunflower Group, free group for children (5-18) and families who have experienced serious illness or bereavement. Woodbridge Libary, 10-11am. Tel 07810 481308 for info


Easter Steam Up, Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket.

Sun 12th Apr

East Anglian Festival of Dogs, Summerpit Farm House, Elveden, Thetford, 10am-5pm.

Tues 14th Apr

Illustrated Talk: on Leonard Squirrel. Felixstowe Art Group, Broadway House, Orwell Road Felixstowe, 7.30pm Ipswich RSPB Local Group Midweek Walk round Bridge Wood Ipswich. Meet at 10.00am at Orwell Country Park car park. Approx 2 hrs. Contact 01473 714839. All welcome.

Thurs 16th Apr

Ipswich RSPB Group Indoor Meeting. Local Group AGM plus ‘Practical Sustainability’ an illustrated talk by Melissa Abbott, Sustainability and CSR Co-ordinator

Tues 21st April Wed 22nd Apr

Royal Naval Association - Our Shipmates welcome new members to join them at their lunch-time meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Kirby Street Conservative Club, Ipswich. For details contact the Secretary, Ray Leonard, 01473 740735; rayleonard@sky.com.

Thur 23rd Apr

Sounds of the 60s LIVE with Tony Blackburn, Ipswich Regent, Box office 01473 433100

Sat 25th & Sun 26th Apri

Spring Break Custom Car Show. Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 East Anglian Game & Country Fair, Euston Estate, Euston, Thetford

Sat 25th Apr

Live Music: Americana. St Peters by the Waterfront, Ipswich, 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 on the door. Join St Peters Band and the Ipswich Hospital Community Choir on their trip through American cultural icons. Spring Jumble Sale, Drill Hall, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe, 2-4pm, traditional jumble sale plus refreshments, iao HMS Landguard Sea Cadets Record Collector Fair, 10am-4pm. Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 The Home & Lifestyle Show, Wherstead Park, Ipswich, 10am-4pm. Admission Free Coffee Morning, St Mary’s Church Room, Bramford, 10amnoon. Plus sales of CDs, DVDs, jigsaws etc.

Wed 29th Apr

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This April is National Home Improvement Month. It’s an awareness campaign organised by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) to encourage people to improve one area of their home during the month. It seems that there are plenty of improvements to be made, because new research carried out for BHETA reveals that less than a third of Brits (31%) feel love for their home – and, for some, other emotions spring to mind: some 10% feel embarrassed, 9% ashamed, and 3% actually feel scared of their home. Whilst these are more extreme emotions, the very thought of starting to make improvements can be an overwhelming showstopper. It’s a feeling that TV presenter Julia Kendell (DIY SOS, 60 Minute Makeover), an official ambassador for NHIM can certainly empathise with. “Making home improvements can be addictive but it can also become overwhelming if there’s too much to do,” she says. “That’s why the aim of National Home Improvement Month is simply to encourage people to Make One Change.” Also on board is TV presenter, property and DIY interiors vlogger, Georgina Burnett. She

comments, “So many people lead busy and often stressful lives, so the emotional benefits of improving your home environment are immeasurable. We all need a home that supports our day to day living.” So where best should people look to #MakeOneChange? According to the research, it’s the kitchen – for many, the heart of the home – that people would most like to improve, with 20% of those surveyed choosing this first and foremost. Bedroom and bathroom shared the runners-up spot (17% each) with the living room in fourth (13%). Amongst those aged under-25 however, the bedroom is the number-one home improvement hotspot (25%) with bathroom (21%) and kitchen (12%) bringing up the rear, perhaps reflecting differing priorities when it comes to time well-spent.

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Those cold and wet winter months are now behind us, but with record rainfall at the start of the year, how is your flat roofing holding up? Have you noticed any leaks? Or, have you even had the condition of your flat roofing checked after those high winds that February threw at us? If you have this sort of roofing on your home, now might be a good time to get it looked at or even have it replaced. Here is where Eastern Counties Home improvements Ltd can help. Eastern Counties Home improvements Ltd is a registered installer of the Sarnafil Roof Assured roofing system. A unique 1 ply membrane with a 40 year plus life expectancy and all installations carry a 15 year manufacturer's material guarantee. Available in a range of colours, the weather resistant hard-wearing membrane provides value for money and can improve the thermal efficiency of your home. More heat is lost through the roof than any other area of your home, so by increasing the thermal efficiency of your roof you can cut your energy bills too. Sarnafil products were first developed in Switzerland in 1958, primarily for use on commercial and industrial buildings. Designed to cope with temperatures ranging from -30°C to 120°C and to withstand all weather conditions, this system is the perfect addition to your home, meaning you no longer have to worry about your roof, whatever the weather! Sarnafil flat roofing provides perfect roofing solution for homes and extensions, conservatories, balconies and terraces, dormers, porches and garages. In fact, whatever your flat roofing requirement Sarnafil Roof Assured will provide you with a solution that looks good and provides lasting performance, with minimum maintenance required. Consumer Protection Association (CPA) Insurance Backed Guaranteed member Eastern Counties Home Improvements fully guarantees all their products and services for a minimum of 10 years and in some cases 20 years, so you also have piece of mind when choosing them to undertake work in your home. For more information about how an Assured roofing system can enhance your home contact Eastern Counties Home improvements Ltd for a free no obligation quotation 01473 206299 or 01206 252393


Eco and Climate-friendly TV In a world where environmental consciousness has increased due to climate change and global, eco-friendly products are being rendered alternatives. This fuss has even gotten into the way of Televisions. However, TVs are exceedingly damaging to the environment because they are built from toxic chemicals and heavy metals. TVs also produce a larger amount of carbon emissions per household than most house-hold appliances. Research carried out by an Appliance Insurance Company Prominence Support showed that about 24% of the respondents in the UK are not aware that an average Plasma TV uses more energy than a Refrigerator. Furthermore, TV’s use energy even when they are in a sleeping mode. However, with the current industry and technological advancements, there is hope for eco-friendly and appealing TVs. Finding the right eco-friendly or at least friendly TV has not been such an easier task. In some cases, most of the TVs are advertised as green-washing. The best way to select an eco-friendly TV is by looking at the Eco HD tag, and this is common with LCD TVs. These TV sets are more energy efficient. From theory, one can look at the Energy Star sticker, a major point to consider when purchasing that green TV. However, the most environmentally effective and friendly TVs are the LED-backlit LCD. These sets are considerably efficient in energy conservation. They are better than conventional LCD and plasma sets that use fluorescent lamps to consume a lot of energy. Another area of consideration is the size of the TV. The size of a TV set is associated with the amount of energy used. Mostly, the larger TV sets will consume a lot of energy. When shopping for a smart TV, it is necessary and vital to consider modelling technology. For instance, for 3D TVs, emphasis should be on the passive and not active 3D. For such TVs, the choice should be to go for the 3D glasses that do not require power. These are easier to save power, wear and easily replaced at a cheaper price. Besides, the end of life for the TV should be evaluated, specifically, the manufacturer of the set. The implication is that one should check to find out if the manufacturer is willing to take back the TV set when it becomes a waste. In this case, such manufacturers would recycle the parts and as such, help in waste management by reducing the large electronic wastes in the landfills. In addition, some simple details in choosing eco-friendly TVs are; For instance, look for a "presence sensor" which switches automatically when the user leaves the room. Also, look for a TV set with reflection reduction.


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A light sensor is equally a feature of an eco-friendly TV, especially allowing automatic light dimming or brightening the TV based on the lighting level in the room. The TV switch should also be an energy-saving model. Another simple detail is to look for the user manual. This should be displayed to avoid printing because printing consumes paper. Saving trees or paper is one of the tenets of eco-friendliness. Although TVs cannot be fullyecofriendly, some designs and models reduce energy consumption. Eco-friendly TVs are about energy efficiency. Look for a set that saves and uses less of household electricity. Besides, most of the power is consumed by the screen's brightness. The current LED models have been fitted with affordances like automatic adjustment to the surrounding or background lighting. Whether shopping for Sony, Samsung, or LG, the focus should be on being mindful of the environment because, besides energy consumption, TV's are harmful to the environment through toxic chemicals and heavy metal wastes. The survey carried out by prominencesupport.co.uk was of 1,000 British male & female individuals ages 18 – 55 who own at least one household appliance.

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Most youngsters in the dark over changing light bulbs Millions of millennials admit they can't hang a picture - or even change a light bulb. The study, which polled 2,000 adults, found putting up wallpaper, bleeding a radiator and painting are also among the DIY tasks 25 to 34 year-olds don’t feel confident doing without help. Tightening a wobbly kitchen cupboard door and fixing a loose screw also emerged among the jobs young adults won’t try without assistance. In fact, this generation even confessed to ignoring a dead light bulb for more than THREE WEEKS before asking someone else to change it for them. Less than a quarter would rate their personal DIY skills as 'good', while 13 per cent confessed their abilities are 'poor'. According to the survey, by Plusnet, a third of millennials will get help on DIY tasks because they aren’t confident in their own ability, while a quarter agreed someone else will do a better job. But a tenth admitted to seeking assistance because they are impatient, while 14 per cent don’t have the time to do it themselves. Dad is the go-to person for two-fifths of 25 to 34-year-olds, while 16 per cent will ask their brother or mum for advice. And as many as 87 per cent will turn to Google for help with these tasks. However, 41 per cent are more likely to get a tradesperson in to fix the problem than attempt it themselves. In fact, a quarter would much rather pay someone to do a DIY job than have a go at doing it.

As a result, millennials will fork out £320 a year to find a good tradesperson to mend, fix and repair things in their home. But while 15 per cent will choose a tradesman based on value for money, a quarter will pick one based on online reviews. And a third will be put off choosing a particular ‘handy person’ because of a ‘cheap’ looking website, with two-fifths not booking their services if the website didn’t function properly. Three in 10 use social media to source help, with Facebook the top choice above Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn. When asked about the tradespeople they use most regularly, 37 per cent of the millennials polled, via OnePoll, have a plumber handy for frequent household tasks, and 42 per cent said the same about an electrician. As many as 11 per cent reported regular contact with a blind fitter, and 17 per cent are even in touch with a personal decorator. Nick Silverwood, from Plusnet, said, “We know the internet is a powerful tool for business and we wanted to find out the real difference it can make to independent workers. "The results of the survey were incredibly surprising - social media overtaking word of mouth for tradespeople recommendations is a big moment and a fantastic opportunity for tradespeople and all independent businesses to take advantage of social media.”

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GAROLLA: Unbeatable on Price, Unmatched in Quality Garolla is revolutionising the roller garage door industry. With impeccable products and outstanding customer service, upgrading your home has never been easier. The UK’s largest nationwide Roller Garage Door installers, Garolla has local installers across the country eager to transform your home and give it a new lease of life. Handcrafted at the Garolla head office in Yorkshire, every roller garage door is put through rigorous quality control checks before being fitted by a skilful professional. Utilising over 20-years of manufacturing experience, these doors are of the highest standard and come fully guaranteed for complete peace of mind.

Make this your last paper bill! No one likes bills dropping on the doormat but now you can help plant trees instead! A council tax paperless billing tree campaign by three Suffolk councils will see trees planted across Ipswich, Babergh and Mid Suffolk as part of a drive to encourage residents to opt for online bills. The simple message is: “make this your last paper bill – reduce waste and see more trees planted.” The initiative aims to support the county-wide carbon neutral and greenest county ambitions to promote the benefits which planting trees brings to communities improving the local area. This builds on existing environmental initiatives including the Greenway’s Countryside Project and Tree for Life in Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

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All three councils work together in the Shared Revenues Partnership to provide an effective revenues and benefits service. Cllr Jan Osborne, Chair of the Shared Revenue Partnership Committee, said, “This initiative is a wonderful way for all of our residents to reduce their paper footprint and see increased tree coverage in our patch. The benefits of planting trees and their impact on our environment are well known and this initiative plays a key part in Suffolk authorities’ ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030. “I’d encourage everyone to make the switch and go paperless on their bills, joining thousands of other who’ve already done so, to turn a paper mountain into a woodland.” Parks teams across the three authorities will identify public spaces for planting to take place during the Tree Council’s National Tree Week this autumn. Further details about the scheme will be announced at a later stage. All you need to do is join thousands of others and turn a paper mountain into a woodland. Sign up for paperless billing on the Council’s websites: Ipswich, Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

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Deben Flower Club meets in the Church Hall, Church Lane, Kirton. IP10 0PU on the second Tuesday of each month except August at 7.30pm The demonstrator for Tuesday 14th April is Terri Potter from Chelmsford in Essex and her title is “This Way and That” Terri has recently returned from a trip to India where she took part in the World Association of Floral Artists (WAFA) competitions, so no doubt she will have some interesting tales to tell us. You may even be lucky enough to win one of Terri’s arrangements in the raffle. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available after the demonstration. Visitors always welcome £5.00

Material Change Small enough to care, big enough to make a difference With five composting sites across the Midlands and the East of England, Material Change have been recycling organic waste for over 16 years, turning it into a valuable nutrient rich Soil Improver containing phosphate, potash, magnesium, manganese, small amounts of Nitrogen and trace elements. They ensure that the compost has gone through the correct quality procedure meaning their Soil Improver is certified PAS:100, ensuring safe handling for you and your garden. You can have their landscaper’s grade of 0-12mm soil improver delivered in bulk bags or larger quantities of loose loads. You can also come to Material Change’s Creeting St Mary site in Suffolk to collect their compost by the metre cube or 50L bags. Their dedicated friendly sales team will be able to guide you through the order process and provide information and help with regards to our products. To complement their PAS:100 Soil Improver, the Suffolk based site also has an extensive range of landscaping barks, mulches and playground surfacings. Material Change Composting Ltd, The Watering Farm, Creeting St Mary, Suffolk, IP6 8ND, 01449 722318, www.material-change.com

Discover crystals and minerals at Rendlesham With its ever expanding selection of crystals and minerals, Crystal Encounters can be found at Rendlesham Mews, Rendlesham. Upon entering Crystal Encounters, one is immediately soothed by the subtle scent of incense and oil, and a calmness descends that leads even the somewhat sceptical to consider that the vast array of crystals on display must be affecting one’s mood for the better. Owner and Advanced Crystal Energy Practitioner Alison had already been operating online and attending local fairs for some years, but realised in 2015 that the level of interest in Crystal Healing justified her establishing a permanent home for Crystal Encounters. Crystal Encounters offers items of interest to everyone: carved and natural specimens sought from all over the world, many of which are ethically sourced, tumble-stones, crystal tools for healers, silver gemstone jewellery, Himalayan salt products, gemstone beads for crafters, fossils and educational items for children. Alison also offers crystal therapy sessions from her treatment room above the shop, and is also running a range of crystal based workshops that are proving to be very popular. For further information please contact Alison on 01394 547120, email at crystalali@btinternet.com, or www.facebook.com/crystalencountersuk. Alternatively, pop into the shop which is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm.

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Award-winning children’s garden to open for popular Charity event A Suffolk School Garden filled with imaginative and interactive outdoor learning spaces is opening for one day only to raise money for local hospice whilst hoping to inspire more Suffolk residents to garden with children. Kelsale CEVCP Primary Schools charity open garden event takes place on Saturday 2nd May. The gardens were the vision of a parent who wanted to encourage more children to engage more with nature, growing food and the outdoor environment in everyday life. She did this by designing multiple immersive and inspiring areas in the local school garden. Areas that were supportive and inclusive so every pupil and staff member could both benefit and connect with their environment / the community around them. Gardens include Exploding volcanoes made out of a bath towel, Canopy gazing chairs, forest bathing under a 500+-year-old oak tree, prayer trees, plot-to-plate holistic gardens, wildlife areas, landscape themed beds, sensory garden and a theatre of herbs (Suffolk slowest theatre where stories are told using garden gnomes!) Work started in the gardens within a week of the new Head Teacher giving the thumbs up by a voluntary team of Parents, teachers and pupils of the school. All the work was done ‘On a shoestring’ with the help of very resourceful parents and help from local businesses. The Garden has now become a flexible resource that has many benefits to the school both for the curriculum subjects taught at the school as well as extracurricular activities and physical/mental wellbeing. The garden team wants to inspire more people to look at gardens from a child’s perspective to inspire a love of the natural world. The gardens will be open to the public for one day only on 2nd May 2020 from 11am until 3pm as part for the ‘Great Garden Trail’ The Senior teachers and garden designers will hold a master class on the day for anyone interested in designing a garden with children in mind - (Schools, childminders, parents, grandparents etc). There will be a separate masterclass held on the day by Suffolk Master composters. Refreshments and fete style stalls on the day ran by the PTFA

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Gardeners urged to plant to encourage butterflies This year’s Wild About Gardens campaign, run jointly by The Wildlife Trusts and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), is calling on gardeners to get growing to help the UK’s falling numbers of butterflies and moths. The new campaign draws inspiration from a dazzling new film adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic, The Secret Garden, starring Colin Firth, Julie Walters and newcomer Dixie Egerickx as Mary Lennox. The film will be bringing the magic of wildlife, childhood and gardening to the big screen this spring when it blooms in cinemas across the UK from Good Friday, 10th April 2020. Butterflies and moths are important pollinators and, along with caterpillars, are vital food for birds like robins and blue tits as well as bats. However, their habitats have faced catastrophic declines and once-common species like the small tortoiseshell have dropped by up to 80% in the last 30 years in some areas. An ideal butterfly garden has a wide variety of plants throughout the year to support their life cycles – for butterflies and moths emerging from hibernation, egg-laying females, caterpillars and then adults. Early-flowering species such as dandelions, aubretia and native bluebells are good sources of nectar; these could be followed by buddleia and red valerian and, finally, ivy flowers which are a great late-season asset in the autumn. Many wildflowers and long grass are also excellent larval food-plants. Whether your garden is large or small, or simply a flowering window box, it could throw these declining insects a lifeline, especially in urban areas.

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The Wildlife Trusts’ gardening champion, horticulturist and TV presenter Frances Tophill says, “Our garden flowers and plants provide a rich source of rejuvenating nectar for these much-loved garden visitors as they emerge from hibernation to herald the start of spring. Go wild in your garden and leave the dandelions and daisies in the lawn to provide a meal, aim for year-round flowers and include a wildflower area for egg-laying females as well as gardeners’ favourites like lavender, nasturtium and verbena. The Wild About Gardens website is packed with information and easy actions we can all take to support butterflies and moths throughout their impressive life cycle.” Helen Bostock, Senior Horticultural Advisor at the RHS says, “Many butterfly and moth species are helpful pollinators and an important part of a balanced, healthy garden. With many of their natural habitats under threat, consider rewilding an area of the garden to provide food and shelter for these fascinating insects or sacrificing a patch of plants – for example, a window box bursting with nasturtiums will help attract large white butterflies away from your cabbage crop.”

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Every butterfly garden counts. The RHS want to know about every new wild area, box or border that’s being grown for butterflies. Each garden contributes towards the network of green spaces that nature needs to survive. Please pledge a bit of garden for butterflies and put it on the map here www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk.

Take notice of nature

In the story of The Secret Garden, the garden eases grief, heals rifts and brings the joy out in all who experience it. Make a special place for wildlife – your very own Secret Garden where you can replenish your soul, reconnect with nature and help wildlife to thrive. You’ve probably noticed how spotting butterflies or birds, or walking through woodlands, or alongside rivers and streams can help to lift your mood. Make some time for nature today and enjoy the restorative benefits! • Find the full range of wildlife gardening booklets, advice and inspiration here www.wildlifetrusts.org/gardening

East Suffolk communities encouraged to plant trees As part of plans to tackle climate change, town and parish councils in East Suffolk are being encouraged to plant trees in their communities. Since declaring a climate emergency in 2019, East Suffolk Council has established an Environment Task Group which meets quarterly to consider what action needs to be taken to meet the Council’s challenging target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. One of the group’s first initiatives is to enable town and parish councils to plant trees in their local area. Cllr James Mallinder, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for the Environment, said, “Trees are essential in our fight against climate change as not only do they absorb carbon, they can help to reduce pollution levels and prevent flooding. Native woodland also provides a haven for wildlife.” Any town or parish council, or community group, wishing to plant trees is encouraged to contact their district councillor to determine whether there is any East Suffolk-owned land which would be suitable for planting. If land is not suitable for tree planting, it may be possible for the land to be allocated for rewilding or to become a wildflower meadow. Tree planting schemes can be supported through East Suffolk councillors’ individual Enabling Communities Budgets, with trees available through third party organisations. East Suffolk Council is supporting BBC Radio Suffolk’s ‘Planet Suffolk’ campaign which encourages people to create spaces for wildlife in their gardens and to get involved in other environmental activities. More details at www.facebook.com/planetsuffolk


Are your appliances antiques? Nearly seven in 10 Brits are regularly using household appliances which are at least 10 years old, according to research. A study into the nation’s kitchens revealed many old devices are still going strong in the country's homes. A survey of 2,000 adults found 37 per cent have a fridge that’s more than a decade old, and four in 10 are still using an oven after a decade or more. Amazingly, nearly one in ten of the population are still going strong with an appliance that’s a quarter of a century old, or even older. The research was conducted by the online electricals store, AO.com, whose spokesperson said: “It seems many Brits live by the old adage ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ “While we seem happy to chop and change certain tech in our lives – mobile phones and tablets spring to mind – in the kitchen we’re much more resistant to change. “Even small kitchen gadgets like kettles and blenders have a much longer life span than many of the other pieces of tech we use daily.” The study also put the call-out for Brits who maintain some of the oldest working kitchen appliances in the country. Margaret Havercroft, 65, from East Yorkshire, who has owned her blender since 1977, said, “I bought this in 1977 in order to prepare food for my baby son who had allergies. This blender also has a few attachments including a burger

press and a chopper. I am happy to say it is still going strong. Items were built to last 'back in the day'.

However, the appliance Brits most want to see swapped for a new model is the oven, followed by their freezer and then the washing machine.

“I must admit that talking about this trusty yet old appliance brought some happy memories back for me and hubby.”

And if they moved house, the appliances most likely to get upgraded would be the old oven, with just one in five saying they’d spring for a new kettle.

Jackie Andrews, 62, from Barnet, north London who still keeps her 1976 wedding gift appliances in working order, said, “My kitchen is awash with ancient appliances: My faithful Kenwood mixer has served me well since 1976. It was a wedding present which has lasted longer than the husband. “When I had my new kitchen installed about three years ago, I kept my built-in Siemens microwave and separate built-in oven from about 1994. Both work perfectly well so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. “Non-electric gems include my Prestige pressure cooker, which was also a wedding present in 1976 and is used for everything from stews and risottos to jam-making. It has always cooked quickly and fuel efficiently before energy efficiency became fashionable. “My manual multi-grater was bought in 1976 for about 75p from Wembley market and I thought it would only last a year or two but, despite a broken handle, it’s used at least once a week.” More than one in 10 have a kettle that’s been collecting limescale for 10 years or more, and the same amount say it’s the kitchen gadget they’d most like to replace.

Love East Suffolk this Spring The ‘Love East Suffolk’ litter pick scheme aims to encourage, enable and reward people to show some love for the environment we live in. The ‘Love East Suffolk’ scheme gives community groups a winning way of cleaning up their neighbourhood while helping themselves by offering £20 to their nominated community fund or charity for litter picks carried out until 31st May 2020. All registered groups who carry out their litter pick during this period will also be entered into a £200 grand prize draw, with prizes provided by the Council’s partners, East Suffolk Norse. Cllr James Mallinder, East Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said, “We had a fantastic response to the scheme last year and hope that we can do even better this year by encouraging more people to take part.

Brits appear to get strangely attached to the helpful tech and machinery in the kitchen – with more than a fifth saying they’d feel a genuine sense of loss if something they’d owned for more than 10 years broke down. Forty-seven per cent of respondents believe there is too much technology found in brandnew appliances, preferring to stick with the tried and tested. And a fifth report their parents still have appliances they remember from their own childhood, potentially going back generations. These are most likely to be blenders, microwaves or washing machines. Almost one in five Brits have something in their kitchen they believe is ‘impossible to break’ which they expect to last forever. While one in 10 have had their ancient appliances commented on by friends or family members – broadly in a positive light, praising their hardiness. After a kitchen gadget finally does break down, the average Brit takes less than five weeks to get it replaced, according to the research conducted through OnePoll.com.

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FORD'S FOCUS with Daniel Ford

How quickly things change It is January 25th, Ipswich Town are sitting pretty at the top of the league having just beaten Lincoln 1-0, their Christmas slump appears to be over, all is good in the world! It is now March 3rd, Ipswich Town now sit ninth in the table following a humbling 1-0 home defeat by Fleetwood, whose away following consisted of a paltry 88 fans, what on earth has happened in between? First of all, we can’t score goals. Three goals in our last eight games is simply not good enough, the loss of James Norwood to injury has proved crucial along with the unnecessary suspension of strike partner Kayden Jackson (which I will return to later). The fact of the matter is that without them we are left with players whose scoring records speak for themselves, Will Keane is a 27 year old striker with a grand total of 12 career goals, attacking midfielder Alan

Judge averages a goal every 16 games for Town, and Keane’s strike partner Freddie Sears is only just back from a serious long term average. The issue is that these players play like they have those scoring records and it feeds back into the crowd, when we concede I think you’d struggle to find many of us who genuinely believe we could score twice to win the game. I told you I would return to Jackson’s red card and I shall because I believe it highlights a key issue. At the time of writing Ipswich have the joint worst disciplinary record in the division having picked up a whopping 67 yellow cards this season. They say players reflect their manager and this is undoubtedly the case here, Lambert is passionate, impulsive and easily angered and so are his players. In recent games, issues of petulance have been rife, the worst example being Jackson’s sending off for an

unforgiveable stamp against Oxford, other examples include Flynn Downes amassing the 10 yellow cards necessary for him to get a two game ban. The biggest issue though has been at the defensive end of the pitch, Town haven’t scored many goals all season. The problem is that earlier in the season they weren’t conceding, now they are. We have recorded three clean sheets in our last 15 games having previously achieved eight in our first 15 matches of the season. The defence are feeling the pressure, they know that if they concede it is highly unlikely Town will win. To summarise, the decline of this wonderful club has reached new heights this season with Town’s inexplicable cliff-dive in form, I can only hope that next season brings better fortunes.

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Local author publishes fourth novel in series Local author Clive Strutt, who lives in Carlton, Saxmundham, has just published ‘Spiked News’, the fourth in his popular series of ‘Fane’ novels, which is now available both on Kindle eBooks as a download for eBook readers, Smartphones, or tablets, or as a hardcopy paperback. The plot follows the murder of one of his international pop-star clients, when Fane and the staff of his close protection company, Protec4, are catapulted into the murky underworld of a Russian-led conspiracy to subvert the national British media. A motorhome holiday to the south of France with his new love, Fiona, turns out to be more than they bargained for, as more unanswered questions unfold before them in their quest to discover who assassinated pop singer Dave Chat, and, more importantly, to seek out the Russian connection with his murder. It’s a fast, action-packed novel, with many twists and turns. Brought up in Leiston, Clive began his early working life as a press photographer for the East Anglian Daily Times, before becoming a freelance journalist, working for newspapers, magazines and television. Disillusioned by the seedier side of journalism, he underwent a mid-life career change and re-trained as a probation officer, working in Suffolk in the criminal courts with offenders, and in the domestic courts as a Divorce Court Welfare officer. The seventeen years he spent in that role, counselling clients whose lives had been dramatically changed by their encounters with the legal system, gave him a rich understanding of human behaviour, which he now draws upon in his writing. He and his wife Maggie, a lawyer working in the magistrates’ courts, took early retirement to spend seven years 'lotus-eating', cruising in the Mediterranean on their self-built yacht. Clive wrote his first novel, 'The King's Egg’, while cruising. It's an exciting Mediterranean adventure story set against a yachting background. His second novel, 'Critical Coercion’, the second in the 'Fane' series, sees Fane battling a major London terrorist threat. His third 'Fane' novel, 'The Naked Banker', is a fast-moving novel that blows the lid off the corrupt international banking scene. Clive has also had two 'coffee table' hardback pictorial books published: 'The Setting for a Suffolk Festival', and 'Britten's Suffolk Heritage Coast' - a centenary tribute to British composer Benjamin Britten, with whom he was friends. • To buy his books, follow the link on his website: www.clivestrutt.com, where you can also read the first forty pages for free. 34

inlaterlife Grandparents more inspiring than celebrities Two thirds of 18 to 39 year-olds admit they are more inspired by their own grandparents than celebrities – and have a real interest in spending time getting to know their elders. ‘Interesting’, ‘wise’ and ‘experienced’ are among the words the younger generation use to describe older folk, according to a study. Researchers found young adults are no longer giving blanket stereotypes to older generations, and instead found 88 per cent typically respect those over the age of 65. ‘Knowledgeable’, ‘caring’ and ‘relaxed’ are also ways youngsters now refer to those older than them. The research was conducted by stairlift manufacturer Stannah, whose spokesman Patrick Stannah said, “We are delighted to see that so many young people recognise and value our older generations. “All too often older people are portrayed by stereotypes of grumpy old folks who struggle with technology and are generally behind the times, but it is heartening to see that image hasn’t taken hold with today’s 18-40 year olds. “Alongside outstanding role models such as Sir David Attenborough, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Paul McCartney, it is clear that our older generations – parents, grandparents and great grandparents – are inspiring the generations that come after them.” According to the poll of 2,000 UK adults aged 18-39, and a further 2,000 over-65s, 16 per cent think they’re considered ‘past it’. One in 10 of the senior generation think they’re viewed as slow or elderly, and 14 per cent think they’re considered to be ‘out of touch’. But one in five younger folk believe the older generation are inspiring, and half think they’re knowledgeable. And 57 per cent of those under 40 would like to spend more time getting to know older folk in their community – if only they had more time. While half admit they always take the time to say hello to elderly people if they see them in the street, whether they know them or not. Some of the reasons younger Brits

respect the older generation include hearing their stories from the past, giving insight to what life used to be like. And a fifth love the fact that older folks can say what they want, when they want, without worrying about the consequences. However, one in three under-40s wouldn’t expect the older generation to have an interest in the lives and thoughts of those younger than them. Perhaps highlighting the divide, a fifth of over-65s think younger people probably wouldn’t be interested in communicating with them either. While almost half of older citizens believe youngsters would consider them clueless when it comes to modern technology. And 14 per cent don’t think they are considered as interesting by other generations. A quarter of old folk think the younger generation would be surprised at how much the over-65s love to party. And 22 per cent report that sex actually gets better once you hit retirement age. Two thirds would also like under-40s to recognise that those approaching their winter years are stronger or more resilient than they’re often given credit for. Dr Miriam Stoppard, health and wellbeing advisor at Stannah, said, “I found the results of this survey refreshing, particularly the views and attitudes of the younger generation about the old. ''Many of them painted a picture of the older generation which is not at all stereotypical - instead finding them fun, interesting, inspiring, knowledgeable and wise. “It was a joy to find that nearly nine out of 10 younger people respect the over-65s with six out of 10 saying they’re more inspired by their own grandparents than by celebrities. Good news for grandparents. “It seems, however, the older generation is selling themselves short because they’re concerned they’re seen as boring, uninteresting,

past it and not worth starting a conversation with. ''The older generation also feels that the younger generation underestimates how much they love to party and how enjoyable sex still is. "Three cheers for the over 60s who have a lot of life yet to be lived.” Patrick Stannah, added: “When we think about what our older generation have lived through – from WWII, to

the post war boom, to the economic crises of the 70s and punk, to social media – they have seen a pace of change unlikely to be paralleled in any other generation. "It is no wonder they have the respect of our younger generations who are eager to hear their stories.” The studies of 2,000 UK adults aged 18-39, and a further 2,000 over-65s, were conducted via OnePoll.com.



Are you getting what you are entitled to? According to Government figures Pension Credit take up levels remain the same as last year – with two in five (39%) who are eligible missing out on the pensioner benefit aimed to top up low incomes. Currently an estimated 590,000 households aged 75+ are missing out on Pension Credit, meaning they’ll also miss out on a free TV licence from 1st June. Despite so many eligible people missing out, if the BBC’s plan goes ahead, only those claiming Pension Credit will be eligible for a free TV licence. Age UK is warning that it will be the most vulnerable older people – those struggling on a low fixed income and not in receipt of Pension Credit, as well as those older people battling loneliness, ill health and disabilities – who will be hit hardest if the decision to scrap free TV licences for all over 75s remains in place. Department for Work and Pensions figures show an estimated £2.2 billion of available Pension Credit went unclaimed in 2017/2018. On average this amounted to more than £2,000 per year for each family entitled to receive Pension Credit who did not claim. Official figures show that Pension Credit take up was similar for those under 75 (62%) and those 75 and over (61%) but was lowest amongst pensioner couples – with just over half of those entitled received the benefit. Pension Credit is a means tested, tax free benefit for people over State Pension age, aimed at boosting weekly income. Often known as the ‘gateway’ pensioner benefit, Pension Credit not only tops up weekly income, but once claimed, can help people to get other benefits to help with the cost of living such as: - Free TV licence – from 1st June 2020, only those over 75 and claiming Pension Credit will continue to receive a free TV licence. - Council Tax.

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What is good for the heart is good for the brain Keeping heart and blood vessels healthy reduces the risk of cognitive decline and dementia according to a new report released by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). The report, ‘The Brain-Heart Connection’ summarises the strongest research on the topic by the GCBH, which is made up of experts, scientists and health professionals from around the world and supported by Age UK. The evidence shows that cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, an inactive lifestyle and obesity, all increase the risk of memory loss, thinking problems and dementia. The more cardiovascular problems you have, the greater the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. The GCBH also concluded there is strong evidence to show that it’s never too late to start treating those conditions or taking steps to help reduce the risks, even if you are in your 70s or 80s. The earlier a healthy lifestyle is adopted and any cardiovascular problems are treated the better, for a lifetime of a healthier brain. Age UK, a founding collaborator in the GCBH created by AARP, echoes the views that drinking high amounts of alcohol, not getting enough quality sleep and smoking damages both the heart and the brain. Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK, said, “Learning more about how to preserve good brain health later in life is extremely important. Diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels also affect the blood vessels in the brain and can cause damage there. The good news is that we can take steps to reduce our chances of cognitive decline and we can take positive action to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. “Having better control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, reducing the intake of salt and excessive alcohol, stopping smoking and taking steps to reduce the risk of having a Stroke - which is one of the strongest risk factors for dementia - all help to reduce that risk.” The experts recommend: - Be physically active. - Maintain a healthy weight with a balance of good diet and exercise. - Don't smoke. - Regularly check blood pressure and cholesterol levels. If they are high, work with a health professional to take steps to reduce it. - Work with health care providers or nutritionists to manage diabetes or prediabetes. - Have sleep problems such as apnoea checked and treated. - Make time to manage stress levels.


Friendly inspiration to help achieve Retirement Goals A friendship society is hoping to give an inspirational nudge to any retirees who find themselves feeling at a loose end.

2,000 older people’s care requests turned down every day Over the last year half of all older people’s requests for care were unsuccessful. New Age UK report on how older people increasingly have to battle for care New Age UK analysis finds that in the last 12 months, about 700,000 requests for formal care and support, equivalent to 51% of all requests, have been made by older people and yet have resulted in them not receiving formal care services. This is equivalent to 2,000 claims from older people being unsuccessful each day, or 80 every hour. In some of these cases the older person was found by their council not to meet the eligibility criteria set for the social care system and that was the end of it (23% of all requests for help); while in others the older person was found ineligible but their council then referred them onto other services in the hope that they could assist, including their local Age UK (46% of all requests for help). The Charity says that these figures show how very difficult it is now to qualify for care within our shrunken social care system: between 2010/11 and 2018/19 total spending on adult social care fell by £86 million in real terms, representing a 4% reduction in local authority spending. While spending has now largely recovered from its lowest point in 2014/15, the older and disabled population has meanwhile significantly increased, meaning social care spending per head of the adult population has fallen by 6% per person over the same time period. Because councils are so stretched it is very concerning but not at all surprising that so many older people who are asking for help are being turned away. Age UK’s new analysis also helps to explain why the numbers of older people living with some unmet need for care are so high and continuing to rise: 1.5 million over 65s in England are going without all the help they need to carry out at least one essential ‘Activity of Daily Living’. If you ask for help from your council and are turned down for it and you don’t have family or friends to step in or enough money to fund your own service then you are likely to find yourself included in this growing army of older people who are soldiering on unsupported, despite having some need for care. Caroline Abrahams, Age UK's charity director said, “The fact that 2,000 older people are being turned down for care every day demonstrates both the enormous numbers impacted by our ramshackle care system, and how serious the problems it faces have now become. We don’t know what happens to these older people whose applications are rejected but inevitably some have no choice but to struggle on alone. Good social care helps to keep older people fit and well, so if you are forced to go without it’s a recipe for emerging health problems to turn into crises, possibly leading to a hospital stay that might otherwise have been avoided and a decline in your health from which you may never fully recover.”“The Prime Minister has promised to fix social care and our new report shows why it’s so vital for our older population that he keeps his word. For some, tragically, it is already too late.”

The Oddfellows, a not-for-profit friendly society which organises social events across the UK, knows only too well how lost and demotivated retirees can feel after making the tricky transition from working life. While most people dream of days without timetables and responsibilities, the reality is that it can become quite boring and, more seriously, lonely. The Oddfellows hopes that by setting out a series of retirement goals it can help people see their move from working life as an opportunity to do more than they ever have before. This can be anything such as taking the time to ‘find a new tribe’ of likeminded friends, having a holiday hit-list, having time for a stroll, or volunteering your skills. Jane Nelson, CEO of the Oddfellows, explained, “While life with no set timetable and lots of spare time sounds fantastic, we know that many retirees can find themselves at a loss and really miss the routine that work brought and the social side of being part of a team. That lack of structure – especially if you are living alone – can actually be quite unsettling and lonely”. The Oddfellows, which was established more than 200 years ago, was set up to support its members socially and through hardship. Today there are 43,500 branch members, of which many are retired. 121 local branches organise hundreds of events each month – from coffee mornings and excursions, to rambling, themed events and holidays. It costs £25 or £35 per year to become a member. For more information about events and social meet-ups organised by the Oddfellows go to www.oddfellows.co.uk/retirement. The Ipswich Branch can be contacted on 01473 251867; by email ipswich.branch@oddfellows. co.uk or via facebook.com/oddfellowsipswich Local forthcoming events include: “Tools with a Mission” March 23rd at 7.15pm; “Company and a Cuppa” April 7th at 1.30; “Coffee and crafts” April 10th at 10am; “Don’t judge a book by its cover” (speaker) April 27th at 7.15pm. All meetings held at Oddfellows Hall 37 High St Ipswich IP1 3QH.

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1 in 20 don't want to retire!

One in twenty British adults claim they will NEVER retire. And of those who do believe retirement is on the cards, one in 10 reckon they’ll be aged 70 or older when the time comes. However, not all employees WANT to hang up their hat, as 37 per cent say they wouldn’t be able to afford to stop working and 27 per cent claim they would be bored.

keep their brain sharp, and 22 per cent feel work gives them a sense of purpose. Other popular reasons for wanting to continue the nine to five include enjoying colleagues’ company and conversation every day, and getting a rewarding feeling from their work.

The thought of spending all day with their partner, having to watch daytime TV and paying more for heating bills are other reasons Brits One quarter of adults would like to want to remain employed. REASONS BRITS


rd it / don't want to be poor 1. I wouldn't be able to affo 2. I think I would be bored rp 3. Work keeps my brain sha 4. Work gives me purpose

day at home 5. I don't want to spend all ple 6. I would miss talking to peo

my job 7. I enjoy the challenge of ey if I was off work 8. I would spend more mon 9. I would feel old 10. My work is rewarding

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feel they’ll be working for many more years than they’d hoped – perhaps well into their seventies, or beyond. “However, it’s clear many people also get a real sense of satisfaction going to work, as it gives them a reason to get up in the morning and a sense of purpose. It’s a different story for working animals in developing countries. "These horses, donkeys and mules must work for their entire lives and never get to retire. As they get older, they have to carry on working, even with painful conditions such as arthritis.” It emerged 14 per cent of employees are convinced they’d feel old if they were to retire, and 12 per cent want to keep going as it keeps their body healthy. A fortunate one in 10 adults are proud of their position at work, while 12 per cent enjoy the structure of their day and eight per cent enjoy the socialising that comes with being part of a business. The study of 2,000 office workers found 44 per cent intend to carry on working for as long as they are able to. And 43 per cent believe if they

stopped their current career they’d probably always have a part-time job or continue to work on an ad hoc basis. Only three in 10 adults say they’re likely to give up work suddenly, with most assuming they’ll make the transition from full time worker to retiree over a longer period of time. And although many cite money as being the factor that will have the biggest impact on when they retire (60 per cent), 45 per cent are likely to be led by the state of their health. Others say they’ll make their decision about retirement age based on availability of work, new ambitions or general happiness levels. Geoffrey Dennis of SPANA added, “The research shows that more than third of UK workers don’t want to retire, either for financial reasons or due to the positive aspects of working life they feel they’d miss. It’s positive that many people do have a choice in the matter, and can continue to work if they don’t feel ready to retire and put their feet up.


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Bereavement is often a time when emotions run high and perhaps one of the most confusing is the anger that can be experienced alongside that awful sense of loss. Anger can have a positive side however, and used positively it can protect us and provide us with energy to promote positive action. Amongst other things anger can help us to communicate our feelings and attitudes which must be therapeutic. Anger is a topic which Suffolk Bereavement Support cover regularly in their groups where they encourage their members to try to identify the many feelings that may be triggering their anger. The result is a better understanding of what it going on, which in turn helps us deal with it in a much more positive way. If this is meaningful for you in connection with a bereavement, be it recent or further back in time then why not come and join a Suffolk Bereavement Support group? They are there to help! The afternoon group is held in central Hadleigh on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 1.30pm until 3pm and The Capel St. Mary group meets in the early evening on the Second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6.30pm until 8pm. Each meeting finishes with refreshments and informal chat. Suffolk Bereavement Support would love to hear from you if you would like to join them at any time. Please ring Margaret or Patrick: 0746 9201 337; email: sbsg246@gmail.com; web site: www.suffolkbereavement.org.uk.

wellbeing Super slimmer Rachel is ready to ‘spring’ in to a new season! Rachel Zagni, who has lost over five stone, is celebrating the health benefits of having lost a life changing amount of weight, as well as enjoying being able to wear her high heels again! Rachel’s weight was putting a strain on her health and she had been suffering with back and hip pain, worrying about whether her husband would have to care for her in coming years. Rachel joined the Norbridge Social Club group after searching for a group on the Slimming World website. People who are overweight, with a BMI above 30, are more likely to suffer from health problems like coronary heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and cancer, and obesity is linked to a reduction

in life expectancy of between seven and nine years. Rachel says, “As well as less aches and pains, my psoriasis has really improved. I have also lived with depression for many years and a healthy diet and exercise has really helped improve my mental health.” Slimming World members follow Slimming World’s Food Optimising healthy eating plan, which encourages members to satisfy their appetite on healthy foods like pasta, rice, potatoes, lean meat, fish, fruit and veg and more. Slimmers are able to lose weight without ever going hungry and still enjoy treats without feeling deprived.

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Take care of your feet It takes an astonishing three-and-a-half days for feet to go back to normal after wearing ill-fitting shoes, new research has found. Nearly 30 million Brits have damaged their feet by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly - so much so they found it uncomfortable to walk afterwards. The study, commissioned by shoe brand Hotter, found the average person wears uncomfortable shoes two days each month – adding up to more than three weeks of recovery time over a year. One in five, meanwhile, haven’t had their feet measured in 10 years or more, leading to millions having no idea what their shoe size truly is. Dina Gohil, a podiatrist and foot expert, warned that as well as crippling our feet, wearing poorly fitting shoes can even result in back and neck problems. She said,

“Think of shoes as the foundations of your body, if the foundations don't support you properly it puts more pressure on other areas of the body like you knees, hips and lower back. This extra pressure will cause for overcompensation on these areas. It is incredible how so many people are unaware that something as simple as the footwear may cause lower body pains and aches and even in your neck.” The study also found that surprisingly, one in eight adults knowingly wear the wrong size shoes despite the agony they cause - simply because they like the style. And nearly a third have shoes they describe as ‘sit down shoes’ only -

that they can’t actually walk in. As a result of wearing the wrong size footwear, a tenth of Brits have to deal with bunions on a day-to-day basis. Thirty-eight per cent report hard skin on their feet, while more than one in 20 are contending with painful blisters. It also emerged four in 10 adults say looking good is their primary consideration when buying shoes, while a tenth are more concerned whether their legs look nice. And just under a fifth also believe they must wear the wrong size

shoes because the ones they want aren’t available in half size or different width options. Victoria Betts from shoe brand Hotter said, “We are on a mission to measure the nation’s feet. Our shoes come in four fittings, and with half sizes, we have over 6,500 options in our collection so we can precision fit every pair. “Our 3D Hotter Footprint scanners measure feet in five seconds and we’re taking them across the nation to share the joy of shoes that fit perfectly.”

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It's not just Tech that's life-changing Toothpaste, socks and WiFi are among the inventions which have had the ‘biggest impact’ on Brits’ lives. A study of 2,000 adults revealed it’s the humble creations which are held dear, with 66 per cent admitting they take these small things for granted. While technological discoveries including the internet, mobile phones and televisions topped the list, the likes of painkillers, toilet paper and laundry detergent also featured. Sat-Navs, hair dryers and cling film are also among the items considered to have had a big impact. It also emerged more than half believe the reason we take such inventions for granted is because we have easy access to them. The research was commissioned by Nurofen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ibuprofen first being given to a patient. Nurofen brand manager, Marcella Christophersen, said, “While not all inventions are world renowned or all inventors household names, the research demonstrates that it’s the things we often take for granted, such as pain relief, that are ultimately most important to us. “Although it’s been 50 years since ibuprofen first became available, we’re always striving to deliver the best products and solutions by continually learning and understanding more about pain and pain management. “We want to make it easier for people to resolve their pain on the go, or on a desert island for that matter.”

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The study also found that despite its impact, less than one in five were able to name the inventor of ibuprofen – Dr Stewart Adams – compared to three in four who confidently named Mark Zuckerberg as Facebook’s founder. As a result, 45 per cent admitted the creators of small, impactful products should be more wellknown, and a third wish they knew more about how everyday items were discovered. More than a third also said they couldn’t imagine a whole year without painkillers and 46 per cent feel the same about toothpaste. A further four in 10 would struggle for 12 months without a mobile phone and the internet. Similarly, one in three wouldn’t leave the house without pain relief, with 70 per cent of these being women compared to 18 per cent of men. And almost two thirds said their pain management would be difficult if they couldn’t buy painkillers off the shelf. When asked what items they would pack for their desert island survival kit, painkillers topped the list.

Inventions which have had the ‘biggest impact’ on Brits: 1. Internet

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2. Mobile phone

22. Headphones

3. Television

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4. Toilet paper

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6. Toothpaste

26. Ironing board

7. Painkillers

27. Cling film

8. Online banking

28. Hand cream

9. Deodorant

29. Nail file

10. Scissors

30. Eyebrow tweezers

11. Ballpoint pens

31. Tupperware

12. Socks

32. Mouthwash

13. Laundry detergent

33. Hair curlers/straighteners

14. Sat-Nav

34. Vitamins

15. Sunscreen

35. Dental floss

16. Alarm clock

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Mind Body Spirit Festival Twentieth Annual Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit Festival takes place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April 2020 at the Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge, open 10am until 5pm, both days. It’s time to feel excited! Coming soon, the 20th annual Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit Festival. Arrive by public transport and show your tickets for a discount on the door! With over 40 diverse, carefully selected stands, you will be spoilt for choice! With spiritual gifts, crystals, unique jewellery, natural body products, psychics, mediums, healers and natural wellbeing therapists; our special Life Arts event is set to be another great success!

On offer throughout the weekend are a wide array of workshops and demonstrations on subjects as diverse as ‘Astrology for beginners’, ‘CBD cannabis – what products work’, ‘Connecting with crystals’, the popular ‘Mediumship demonstration’ and be sure to arrive in good time for the drumming workshops! The Buddha Cave is a must do – experience the healing calmness of the Empowered Healing room and meditation space, open all weekend. Jacob & Jacs will be providing freshly cooked, delicious hot and cold food and amazing cakes, with vegetarian and vegan options. Sit at your leisure and enjoy the unique atmosphere, sounds and energy from all these special people, brought together by Life Arts and Chris Cozens, who says ‘We guarantee to put a smile on your face, or your money back!’ Musical attractions include live vocals and guitar from Wayne McHugh, Ruth Anderson on the harp, Ian Haywood pianist, folk music from John and Jo Goodluck, singer songwriter Kadie Heaney and African drums with Wooden Roots. This event is wheelchair friendly too. Special price weekend tickets give access on both days. Adults: £3.50 (£5 for both days), Concessions: £3.00 (£4 for both days), 16 and under FREE. For further Information visit www.lifearts.co.uk

Treating neck pain and headaches without painkillers How to treat neck pain and headaches without taking painkillers or visiting the GP. Have you ever been told that neck pain is one of those things that comes with age, stress, sport or your job? Or have you been told that rest and painkillers are the best way to manage your symptoms? A lot of people they see at Alpha Physiotherapy have been suffering with pain and restriction for some time, and either don’t know what to do for the best or keep telling themselves that it will go away soon. They keep taking painkillers, which aren’t particularly helping, and their sleep is becoming more and more disturbed. There is a lot of mixed information available out there, including “Dr Google” which further adds to the worry and stress. At Alpha Physiotherapy they help people live active and healthy lives, free from pain and in control of their future, and they’d like to help you too! They have developed a report for people with neck pain, on things you can do now to start to ease troublesome symptoms. Often it is a simple case of “do this” and “don’t do that” - we reveal what could help you move more freely, improve posture and sleep, and reduce the number of painkillers you take. If you are currently held back or restricted from things like: getting a good nights sleep, being comfortable at work or being able to attend the gym, or even spending time with grandchildren, then this report is for you. You can request your copy of the report (which Alpha Physiotherapy are giving you completely free!) by visiting www.alpha-physio.co.uk/neck or by calling them on 01473 561060.

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Is fear making you neglect your teeth? Corporate dental insurers Unum Dental carried out some research last year that revealed some interesting facts. According to a survey of more than 2,000 private sector employees, more than a fifth (24%) of British workers say that a fear of feeling pain or discomfort is the reason they avoid the dentist. Women were found to be more afraid, with over a quarter (27%) declaring that they put off the recommended two dental health examinations a year out of fear of pain, compared to 22% of men.

Poor dental health risks

Poor dental health is linked to heart disease, bacterial lung infections, premature births, diabetes and strokes, meaning regular visits for dental health reviews are vital to maintaining good general health and dental wellbeing.

Looking after anxious patients

Please don’t neglect your dental wellbeing because of dental phobia. At Harbour Dental Care we find that even with the most nervous of patients, all they need is time and kindness. Therefore, our principal dentist Malcolm Harbour (pictured), ensures our appointments are calm, unhurried and welcoming.

“I am a very nervous patient, but with their help and kindness I have just had my second appointment. All the staff are brilliant and very kind and understanding. So glad I found a dentist as good as this.” A.G. “This has been the most positive dental experience I have ever had. The service is first class with all the staff being lovely, supportive and helpful. Before coming to the practice I was really terrified of dentists but my treatment here has changed my outlook completely.” G.M. “Through the years I have had a lot of bad experiences with dentists; I have therefore built up a lot of anxiety about going. I have never had such wonderful service and all pain free. You have restored my faith in dentists. Thank you.”

Our door is always open to new patients, so please feel free to pop into our welcoming private practice on the High Street. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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If you are anxious about your dental or hygiene appointments, try calling first for a chat. We encourage dentally phobic patients to pop in, meet our team and have a look around our High Street dental practice before going anywhere near a dental chair. But don’t just take our word for it, here are some testimonials from our patients:


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Increase in car dependence More than a third of UK drivers – the equivalent of 14.7m drivers – say they are more dependent on using their car than 12 months ago, with public transport too often seen as an expensive and unreliable alternative, data released as part of the latest RAC Report on Motoring shows. The figures show a further rise in the proportion of drivers who say they rely on their cars as their main mode of transport – increased dependency is up from 33% in 2018, and from 27% a year earlier, and is now at its highest proportion in the past seven years. Just 14% of drivers (the equivalent of around 5.9m people) say they have become less dependent than a year ago, though this has also increased from 12% in 2018 indicating a small rise in those saying they are less dependent on their vehicles. At a time when the Government and local councils are keen for drivers to use their cars less frequently to improve air quality and cut congestion, the RAC believes the findings are a stark reminder of the reality for many people, especially those who live outside the biggest cities – that for good or bad, millions of people remain enormously dependent on their cars for many types of journeys. The top reasons drivers give for using their cars more are a greater need to transport family members, family and friends moving further away and, perhaps most strikingly, a reduction in the provision or quality of public transport – with drivers in the North East significantly more likely to call this out as a reason for them increasingly turning to the car. Drivers are particularly frustrated by the lack of feasible alternatives to the car for the journeys they need to make, according to the data. Most – 57%, the equivalent of almost 23.9m people – say they would be willing to use their cars less if the quality of public transport was better, and agreement with this statement has been high for an incredible 11 consecutive years. Around half of drivers say they are frustrated by the lack of feasible alternative modes of transport for long journeys. Among drivers who would be willing to use public transport more, half say the reason they don’t use public transport more is that fares are too high, while 41% say services are not frequent enough. Meanwhile, a growing number of people (36% – up from 31% in 2018) say that a lack of punctuality is a significant barrier to them using public transport as an alternative to driving, and 38% say services don’t run where they need them to.

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Of those who would be willing to consider using public transport if services were better, almost a third say they would make more use of it if there was greater availability of services – a figure that rises to 40% for rural motorist. RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said,“These findings present the stark reality for so many people in the UK – that for good or bad, in 2020 the car remains an essential means of getting about whether that is for commuting, dropping off and collecting children or going to visit family and friends. “While the car might be the obvious choice for many people’s journeys, especially for those who have already invested a lot of money in buying or leasing one, it is also clear just how frustrated many drivers are with the lack of decent alternatives for some of their trips. For more than a decade now, drivers have been saying that they are willing to use their cars less if public transport was better – and this year’s figures indicate it’s the high cost and low frequency of services that are the biggest problems cited by drivers. At the same time, many drivers continue to believe that public transport does not suit their needs for the sorts of journeys they have to make.”

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Nearly half of parents admit they find car journeys stressful - with kids' habits including squabbling siblings, unpredictable bladders and forgotten ‘blankies’ adding 29 hours to journeys ever year. A study of 2,000 parents found 25 per cent get annoyed by kids kicking the backseat, and more than a third get stressed by children complaining of boredom 33 per cent find toilet breaks an annoying aspect of driving with kids. As a result, 33 minutes is added to weekly journeys resulting in late arrivals and delayed departures because they have to stop for comfort breaks, as well as missed turnings and leaving things behind. The research, commissioned by cinch, also found siblings fighting, mess in the back seats and children’s constant need for attention also featured as some of the biggest stress triggers for mums and dads. Because of this, 70 per cent admit they don’t always enjoy car journeys, but parents agreed some minor modifications - more leg room for everyone and WiFi - would help alleviate this stress for them. Parenting psychologist Emma Kenny, said, “Whilst car journeys can be considered stressful, this research shows the amazing opportunity that they


present for families to have uninterrupted opportunities to spend time together. "The car can provide a great opportunity for families to connect with one another and bond, especially on longer journeys - so make the most of the time together.” A spokesperson for cinch added, “At cinch, we offer a refreshingly new and people-centric way to buy and sell used cars. We understand that the family car needs to suit the needs of all passengers, meaning there’s a lot to consider when choosing the right one. This is why we have developed the cinch Matchmaker tool, to take the faff out of finding the perfect family car.” The research also found nearly a third of parents get frustrated by constant questions and complaints during car journeys, with “are we there yet?”, “I’m hungry” and “I need the loo” among the most common grumbles. In a bid to ease the worries of long journeys, nine in 10 let their kids do things in the car they wouldn’t normally when at home - including rewards for good behaviour, additional screen time and letting them eat more treats. Almost half of mums and dads will let their children take control of the music during a car journey, despite 14 per cent admitting that doing so can make the trips more hectic. The study also polled the youngsters themselves, which revealed the things little ones find frustrating about car journeys, with a third saying they don’t like sitting next to siblings. More than a quarter of children get fed up of listening to mum and dad’s music, and three in 10 get tired of boring conversations in the car on journeys. The study, by OnePoll, revealed what kids would like in order to improve car journeys, which included more room in the back, unlimited YouTube videos and a ban on siblings in the car. More ambitious modifications youngsters would suggest for their ‘dream car’ include seats which turn into beds, WiFi, a cinema and a sweet dispenser with unlimited treats. But this ultimate car wouldn’t just have extraordinary features on the inside, as children would like to see it with wings, a turbo jet, legs that extend from the car to let it walk over traffic and a star-gazing sunroof. A spokesperson for cinch added, “Cinch may not be able to install an unlimited sweet dispenser in the back of a car, or help you fly over traffic, but we know how important finding the right car is for family lives.”

Motorcycle sales up but car sales plummet Mycarcheck.com’s valuation experts reveal significant trends in the UK used vehicle market and choose a car and bike of the month.

Used car of the month: Volkswagen Golf Mk7.5 (2017)

Head of valuation services at mycarcheck.com, Jon Wheeler, said, “Want to own a little piece of automotive history? Consider the legend that is the Volkswagen Golf. Over 35 million have been sold globally since its launch in 1974, so there’s a used Golf to suit every budget. In particular, with the launch of the new MK8 just around the corner, it’s a great time to grab a bargain three-year-old MK7.5. Ask yourself some basic vehicle requirement questions and pick the best powertrain to fit your lifestyle – petrol, diesel, hybrid or pure electric. The German build quality won’t disappoint and the VW badge is alluring enough to catch your neighbour’s attention. The world might have grown up since the MK1 GTI’s heyday, but today’s Golfs are still fun and engaging. We currently value a clean 17-reg Golf 1.0 TSI 110 with 28,000 miles on the clock at £12k from a dealer, £11,570 for a private sale or £10,710 from a vehicle auction. As always, be sure to do a comprehensive provenance check before buying.” As to market trends, Wheeler said, “January was another very tough month for new car sales, with registrations down 7.3% on the same month last year. The sad thing is this didn’t come as much of a surprise. Meanwhile, the race to lower C02 emissions has begun in earnest, driven by tighter Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. A fair number of larger, higher C02 vehicles were registered at the back end of 2019, but this stock won’t last long and some popular models could soon be quite hard to get hold of. As we move deeper into 2020, our TV screens will be filled with adverts for electric and hybrid vehicles. However, the government now plans to bring forward the ban on petrols, diesels and hybrids to 2035. It’s a bitter pill for

Used bike of the month: Kawasaki ZX-6R (2013)

On the motorbike, scooter and moped sector, mycarcheck.com’s Mark Field said, “As manufacturers have shied away from new 600cc sports bikes over recent years, there’s been an upturn of interest in used models. There are plenty of options to choose from and one of the best is the 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R. The extra 36cc means more mid-range power and there’s traction control and optional ABS too, making it ideal for road use. On track, this bike really comes alive. The big piston forks, monobloc calipers, slipper clutch and lightweight chassis all complement the larger engine, delivering up to 120hp and a top speed of 186mph – more than a match for any current middleweight. Good condition used examples can be snapped up for around £5,200 and, as always, check the history before you buy.”

those manufacturers who invested billions in hybrid technologies, only to find that UK policy might curtail demand. At the same time, consumers are left in limbo with little experience of electric vehicles, questions surrounding infrastructure, possible incentive changes… the list goes on with very few concrete answers.” With information from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, My Car Check holds comprehensive data on every vehicle on UK roads, things that buyers should be aware of before making an offer – helping used buyers be car confident since 2005. CDL Vehicle Information Services, which owns My Car Check, performs over a million look-ups a day for companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, GoCompare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover and Tesco.


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