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n FORD'S FOCUS with Daniel Ford The cricketing world was recently gripped by a fascinating topsy-turvy test series between two heavyweights of world cricket, England and India. Despite a remarkable start from England in which they crushed their illustrious opponents in the first test, thanks mainly to a phenomenal double hundred from Captain Joe Root, ultimately the English lads ultimately failed where so many other teams have also in attempting to beat India in their own back garden. Now if I wanted to I could analyse this series in intricate detail, however, if I did that then somehow I doubt that the non-cricket lovers among you would make it past the first paragraph, so instead I will focus on the main issue of contention for the series, that of England’s ‘rotation’ policy. Rotation is a topic that proves controversial across all sports, ex-Ipswich boss Paul Lambert was lambasted last season for frequently rotating his players and managers especially across football and rugby after often criticised for changing their teams for cup competitions. Up until now though it does not appear to have been a big issue in the world of cricket, however, on England’s recent tours of both Sri Lanka and India key players such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood have all been dropped as part of the rotation policy. This has sparked bemusement among both pundits and fans especially given England’s dramatic collapse in the series, what is worse is that at times it doesn’t appear to have been particularly well planned…
Take the examples of Moeen Ali and Dom Bess, in the first test Bess played and picked up a very respectable six wickets in the match, however, he was replaced in the second test by fellow spinner Moeen. People can challenge this on the grounds that the team needs consistency, and I would probably agree, but what exacerbated the situation further was that it had been pre-agreed that Moeen would fly home after the second test as part of the rotation policy, yet days after the second test news broke that the coaching team had done a U-turn and he had been asked to stay (ultimately he went home anyway). What is important here though is the impact this had on Bess, this was a massive kick in the teeth for him as the previous plan had been for him to play the rest of the series, but the coaching team had decided he wasn’t good enough. Therein lies the fundamental problem of rotation, it makes it impossible to keep everyone happy. As the T20 World Cup and Ashes near later on this year, undoubtedly the rotation policy will continue, however, if the coaching team are not careful whilst trying to maximise performance in both they may well lose the support of the team along the way if this policy is not carefully managed.
More toilet provision for Ipswich town centre Ipswich Borough Council is taking action to ensure there is more public toilet provision in Ipswich town centre. From 15th March the Council extended the closing time of the Major’s Corner public toilets that open at 10 am from 4pm to 6pm on Monday to Saturday to better reflect retail opening hours. The toilets will continue with the existing opening hours of 10am until 4pm on Sundays. In addition, while the public toilets at Sailmakers remain closed, the Council will temporarily open
the Corn Exchange toilets to the public from 10am to 5pm on Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays, as it did at the end of the first Coronavirus lockdown last year. If the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown proceeds to plan it is anticipated that the toilets at Sailmakers will re-open on 12th April 2021 when non-essential retailers are allowed to open. There will always be cleaning staff on site during the opening hours to ensure these facilities are regularly cleaned.
When the Council opened the Corn Exchange toilets for public use last year they were used by around 1,000 people a week. Cllr Sarah Barber, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for the Town Centre says, “Although the Council has kept its own public toilets open during lockdown, we know that the closure of other toilets in shopping centres and cafes has significantly reduced the level of provision and has caused problems for some people visiting the town centre.”
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INSIDE THIS MONTH APRIL At Home:
Our lifestyle section includes the usual mix of articles to help you make the most in and outside your home including: Are you wasting energy in the kitchen? Plus discover a sanctuary in your bathroom.
The world has changed and we are now more reliant on the internet. Decent internet speed is vital as we rely on the web for our health as well as entertainment.
The round-up for petrol heads (plus electric motors too). We have a working mum’s guide to electric cars and news on Ipswich Councils crackdown on parking ticket evasion.
Finally we can start looking at holidays and this month Deben Travel highlight the splendour of the Rocky Mountains and an unforgettable train journey.
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Croquet back in time for Easter It is difficult to image a game more suited to today as we exit Covid-19 lockdown No. 3. Like the Phoenix croquet is rising from the ashes of the pandemic offering a new perspective on the needs of community sport with all the benefits of fresh air, companionship, physical and mental wellbeing while maintaining social distancing. Most affordable. Despite its outdated reputation of being elitist croquet is open to all and remarkably inexpensive – a mere fraction of what it costs to play golf. Annual membership at Ipswich croquet club costs as little as £2.88 per week with unlimited play, NO joining fee and NO green fees. Furthermore the club has all the equipment you need to get started – all you need to provide is a pair of flat soled shoes. On top of this they offer free introductory tuition to all would-be members. A game to suit all. Croquet is played social and competitively - the choice is yours. It combines
a unique blend of tactics and physical accuracy that together with the handicap system makes for a level playing field regardless of age, gender or physical strength. The sport has retained its amateur status and as a result has in recent years become somewhat forgotten. Once in this country it was second only to cricket and richly deserves to be reinstated in the hierarchy of sporting activities. Free sessions in Ipswich for newcomers start on Easter Saturday. The Croquet Association, the UK’s ruling body of this worldwide sport, is launching a campaign to get the British public playing again and the Ipswich Croquet Club, located at Fynn Valley, is at the forefront. They cordially invite you to join them at their Saturday introductory sessions (weather permitting) between 10am and midday so please ring Ria on 07944 205 065 or email email@example.com and arrange to have a go.
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How much is my personal injury claim worth?
Having an admission of fault from a third party in a claim for personal injury is the first step in progressing a claim, whether it is as a result of a road traffic accident, accident at work, accident or incident on private or public land or as a result of any other situation where a third party is to blame. The next step in progressing claims for personal injury is to value the claim, so how do we go about doing this? Compensation claims for personal injury are split into two parts: 1. Compensation for the actual injury that was sustained. 2. Compensation for the financial losses that flow from that injury.
Pain, suffering and loss of amenity In order to claim damages for the actual injury that a person has sustained as a result of an accident or incident, you will need to obtain a medical report from an independent medical expert (i.e. not your GP or treating consultant) which will confirm what injury you have sustained, and what the cause of that injury is, along with what your likely recovery period is, and whether you will therefore be left with any permanent symptoms as a result. The report will also detail whether you will require any further treatment, and what the impact of the injury will have upon both your personal and working life now and in the future. Generally, at the point that the medical evidence and final prognosis is complete (i.e. at the point that you have completed all treatment and have either recovered or have reached the end point in terms of recovering as far as possible) we would then be able to value the injury element of your claim. In order to do this, all personal injury practitioners refer to the “Judicial College Guidelines” which provide valuation brackets for most types of injury (i.e. leg, back, head, psychiatric etc.) and those brackets take into account the duration of symptoms, what treatment was required, the prognosis for the future, the impact upon your working / home life. Provided therefore that you have a medical report that details the injury suffered as a result of the accident and / or incident and outlines all the above, then your claim for compensation for the injury can be valued in accordance with the guidelines.
Financial Losses In addition to being able to claim for the injury that is suffered, you can also claim compensation for any tangible financial losses that flow from that injury such as loss of earnings if you are off work as a result, the cost of someone else having to care for you and help you as a result of your injuries / illness, the cost of any treatment required, travelling expenses for example to visit your GP, Hospital or any treatment providers to assist in your recovery, and medication costs, amongst many others. It is therefore important that you keep a record, and where appropriate receipts for all and any financial losses that you have incurred as a result of your injury and / or illness which is attributable to the accident / incident. Once both parts of your claim for the injury and financial loss are valued, this claim can then be put to the third party and a settlement reached. • If you would like any advice or assistance arising out of accident or incident and would like to pursue a personal injury claim, please contact our Louise Plant on 01473 232121 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 4
Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer with Deben Travel
Have you been dreaming of adventure and booking that trip of a lifetime? Deben Travel would highly recommend the Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey taking the scenic route through the Rocky Mountains in Canada, where the majestic mountains blend with luxury train travel. Whilst onboard you have the option to upgrade to Gold Leaf which means a relaxed panoramic view of the scenery and wildlife through the glass domed carriage or outdoor viewing platform, along with impeccable service and freshly prepared meals served at your table with a view. Complimentary snacks and beverages are also provided. There are various itineraries available usually starting in Vancouver or Calgary, taking in Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper & Whistler depending on the length of the journey you choose. Many excursions will be offered including Glacier hiking, Icefields, Helicopter tours to name a few. The trip can be combined with an escorted tour, independent fly drive, city stay or Alaskan cruise so lots of opportunities to really take in the wonders that Canada has to offer. The best time to visit Canada is between May and September and you are advised to book early to guarantee the availability and to secure any offers that may be available. Deben Travel are now able to book dates departing throughout 2022 and selected dates in 2023. If you would like Deben Travel to put together a trip or you require any further information please email them at: email@example.com call 01394 615620 or pop in to see them on The Thoroughfare in Woodbridge (subject to lockdown restrictions).
Prepare to set sail Experience the natural beauty of the River Orwell on Thames Sailing Barge Victor with either a private party with up to 40 of your friends, family or colleagues or join one of the scheduled cruises on board SB Victor. Specially designed for families, friendship groups and individuals to enjoy a relaxing sail - fully inclusive of food and specified refreshment (additional drinks available from the licensed bar). Departing from the Old Custom’s House in Ipswich Dock, passing through the lock gates and sailing down the beautiful and historic River Orwell and under the Orwell Bridge is a truly memorable way to spend time with friends and family. There are a number of public scheduled cruises available throughout the season on board Victor including Suffolk High Teas cruises, Sunday Lunch cruises and bird watching and wildlife cruises. Built in 1895 in Ipswich and restored in 2006 Victor tSailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th Century sailing vessel, with comfortable and modern amenities. For further information and all bookings, please visit www.sbvictor.co.uk For private charters please telephone 07926396782 The Sailing Barge Victor will be operating within current Coronavirus guidelines to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Experience the natural beauty of the River Orwell on Thames Sailing Barge VICTOR with either a private party with up to 40 of your friends, family or colleagues or join a scheduled cruise with a complimentary cream tea or supper most Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from June.
Alternatively, Winter Bird Watching trips with the RSPB on the River Stour offer an outstanding and unique opportunity to observe a wide range of visiting, migrating and resident birds. Built in 1895 in Ipswich and restored in 2006, Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th Century sailing vessel, with comfortable and modern amenities.
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Another big step forwards for Landguard’s future The organisations that care for the Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe have been working hard as part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund project. The project’s aims are to ensure Landguard has the right foundations for a sustainable and successful future. Part of this will be setting up a Landguard Charitable Trust to oversee the management of Landguard. The task of finding the right people to become trustees and to work alongside the dedicated and well-established volunteer groups at Landguard began late last year. The Landguard partners are delighted that David Gledhill has agreed to become the chair of the new Trust once it is formed later this year. For now, there is plenty of work to ensure the new Trust gets the best possible start, and David is just the person to do that. David brings a wealth of experience to the role. He has spent his career in ports and logistics and is a former Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports UK, which owns and operates both the Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port. During that time, he was also a founding member of the Local
Enterprise Partnership, was a director of the UK Major Port’s
Throughout his career, he has brought compassion and understanding of the wider community and environment to his work. He has been actively involved in a number of charities, has served
Group, board member of the Haven Gateway Partnership and sat on the CBI Infrastructure Board. David left Hutchison seven years ago to take up new challenges as CEO of the Port of Salalah in Oman and more recently at Port Elizabeth in America, one of the gateway ports of New York harbour.
as a school governor, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia. After retiring in 2019, David returned to Felixstowe, the place he has called home for many years, and for which he has huge affection. He said, “With its natural beauty, fascinating past and rich heritage, Landguard Peninsula is a real
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treasure, and it will be an honour to head up this new organisation. Our ambition is not only to protect it, but to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to make sure it has a meaningful future and is available for many more people to enjoy.” If you are interested in becoming an independent trustee with a new Landguard Charitable Trust and would like to know more do please get in touch by emailing LandguardEnquiries@eastsuffolk.gov.uk Experience and skills are particularly sought in developing the visitor experience; marketing/ communications/PR; digital/ ICT; financial management and control; delivery of large capital projects; building maintenance; understanding of the heritage environment; developing partnerships; managing people; income generation; social enterprise; property law; and risk management. Chair and Trustee positions are unpaid, but expenses will be available. Applications from people from under-represented groups and young people are particularly welcome.
Grant for school project A Felixstowe school is delighted to have been awarded an East Suffolk Council grant giving them the opportunity to fund a new project which links every pupil with a member of the local community. The Federation of Fairfield Infant and Colneis Junior school have created the Community Connections project so that every child can correspond with a Felixstowe resident who may be feeling isolated due to COVID-19 restrictions. Linking with Felixstowe Helping Hands, another locally run initiative that was established to assist the people of Felixstowe whilst in isolation, all 653 pupils will undertake to either write a letter, or for those younger children who are still learning to write, draw a picture, in the hopes that they can bring a smile to someone’s day. Commenting about the project, Executive Headteacher Mr Mark Girling said, “We are so pleased to have been awarded the grant which will enable us to link with those in our local community who have been isolated over the past year. One of our school core values is compassion, so by participating in the Community Connections project we are able to teach the children how compassion for others can be displayed in a practical way. “We hope that the connections we make with the wider community will be of benefit to both the recipients of the letters and to our pupils, and we are looking forward to nurturing the links that we make.” Speaking on behalf of Felixstowe Helping Hands, Mr Darren Aitchison commented, “Felixstowe Helping Hands are really excited about the Community Connections project, we feel that receiving a letter or picture from one of the pupils will be a real boost for the isolated and lonely people of Felixstowe and surrounding villages. The inter-generational aspect of the project is really important, we have already had some very touching stories from the Social Befriending service we provide and we expect that this will provide even more. We have a great community in Felixstowe and projects like this can only improve this further. I would like to thank Fairfield and Colneis for all the hard work they have put in to bringing this project to fruition.” The children will write their first letters in time for the Easter break and will plan to write again during the summer term.
Stonham Barns Park open again from April 12th With the lockdown nearly over Stonham Barns Park on the A1120 tourist trail is excited to be able to open the shopping village again on April 12th. After such a long lockdown everyone has been busy making sure all the correct safety procedures are in place for Covid-19 and we are members of the Visit England Good to Go Scheme ensuring we are doing our best to make you safe when you visit. Face coverings must be worn in the shops and attractions, strict social distancing and there are hand sanitising stations widely available. Stonham Barns would also like to welcome a few new shops and businesses to the park these include Supden, Aspal Antiques, Betty Loves Les, Lydia’s Fabrics and Artist Stephen Watkins. Come along to shopping village and see what they have on offer and visit the many other unique shops and business already at the park. The fishing lakes will be open for a great relaxing day of fishing, the golf park will be open for golf, footgolf and Smugglers Bay Adventure golf. The Owl Sanctuary with over 90 different birds of prey, Meerkats, red squirrels will be open on prebooked ticket basis only. The Bistro is currently open for takeaway and delivery service but will also be open for outdoor seating from the April 12th selling delicious home cooked food. The holiday park will also be open for static holiday rentals for one household only. The fully furnished holiday homes are four or six berth and are situated on a quite tree lined area of the holiday park. To book your stay call 01449 711 901. There is also the option of buying your very own holiday home which you can use 11 months of the year with prices starting from £34,995. Stonham Barns is a ‘dog friendly’ site and are open seven days a week so whether you visit us for the day or you stay in the holiday park for a holiday, you will find lots to keep you busy. For more information visit the website at www.stonhambarns.co.uk or take a look at the social media pages.
Woodbridge Library is open again Woodbridge Library is open for the return of items and the collection of reserved items from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm. Items can be returned to Woodbridge Library outside opening hours via the book drop box. To contact the library, phone 01394 330855 or send an email to email@example.com At the time of writing, all overdue charges remain suspended and loan periods have been extended to six weeks. You will still receive reminder emails when loans are due to be returned. You can always get the latest information at www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/coronavirus Libraries are open for picking up and returning titles only. You can use two services to get titles: Select & collect Simply fill in a form telling us what sort of titles you’re interested in and we will make a bundle of books for you to collect: www.suffolklibraries. co.uk/select-and-collect - Traditional reservation service Visit the catalogue to find titles and reserve them for collection. We’ll send an email when your titles are ready to collect. Libraries will be reopened for browsing, PC access and events as soon as possible. Mobile libraries should be up and running again on 12th April and the home library service will resumed on 15th March. Suffolk Libraries eLibrary (www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/elibrary) can be used at any time, and you can also join in with online events (www. suffolklibraries.co.uk/live) Please contact the customer service team if you have any queries. They are available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, closed bank holidays. Leave a message out of these hours. firstname.lastname@example.org 01473 351249 7
EACH to shut up shop in Stowmarket East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) will not renew the lease on its shop in Stowmarket, with the doors to remain shut when high streets reopen. EACH moved in to its Ipswich Street premises just over 11 years ago, in November 2009, and ran the shop as a traditional community outlet. Over the last few years income has steadily declined and the shop was barely breaking even before the pandemic. Ian Nicolson, Acting EACH Director of Income Generation, said, “Despite great support the shop has received over the years, unfortunately, more recent trading levels, including before the pandemic, mean it’s no longer commercially viable for us. “The small shop format and the difficult access for donations has made trading particularly challenging, and it has gone through a long period of slow decline that, sadly, we’ve been unable to turnaround. “Having taken this difficult decision, we’re now going through consultation with our staff and volunteers to whom we are most thankful for the dedication and commitment they’ve given us. “Our many other shops remain a very successful and vital income stream for us. In fact, they’ve been more important than ever when they’ve been able to open over the last year as they’ve provided a form
of stable income we simply haven’t had from traditional fundraising events. “We’re committed to continued investment in and development of
our retail operation. For example, as soon as circumstances allow, we’ll be opening a new shop in Royston. If the right opportunity presented itself, we’d definitely consider returning to Stowmarket, too.” Following the closure of Stowmarket and opening of Royston, EACH will have 43 shops across the region. Its retail portfolio was growing at a
rapid pace before the pandemic, with seven shops having opened in 2019 and one in Colchester just before the first lockdown. Every time EACH has to shut its shops it loses around £100,000 income a week. This, in part, led to the charity last month forecasting an operational
deficit of £2 million over the next year. As part of a cost-saving programme in response to that, EACH recently announced it would not renew the leases on its head office in Milton or office in Ipswich, with staff based there to continue an effective mix of working from home and within hospice buildings. EACH said this would help ensure it could focus every penny it can on care delivery, during a time when its support has never been more needed as families who have been shielding become exhausted from providing care alone. EACH also said its forecast showed why children’s hospices needed service delivery underpinned by proper statutory funding. The good cause only receives around 16% of its annual income from statutory sources, relying on over £6 million coming in from fundraising and £5 million in income from retail. • Find out more about EACH at their website www.each.org.uk.
All your crafting needs in one place Spring is hopefully well on the way and by now we hope that the easing of the lockdown measures are taking place. If all goes to plan, Craftability hope to be able to welcome you back on April 12th. Although the shop continues to be ‘quirky’ with lots of hidden surprises around each corner, they have spent a good deal of time moving stock to new areas and adding new fixtures. There are new homes for many of their ranges including felting, fabric, haberdashery, flower arranging, beads and dolls house. Do come in and take a look.
owl to hang up. For children they have a rabbit notebook decorated with buttons and still on the bunny theme there is a bag to embellish. For the scrapbooking addicts there are some new kits to help you to record your family’s lives. Over the next few weeks, Craftability will be adding to their selection so keep watching.
At Craftability they hope to resume their popular workshops in the autumn – maybe sooner- but, in the meantime, they have a large range of kits for you to do at home. These can be found on their Facebook page and website and include a ‘patchwork’ style bag to sew – ideal to pop in your pocket and a pretty
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Suffolk Remembers 2021 A popular Suffolk remembrance event, traditionally held in Felixstowe, will go ahead despite current challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. Every year St Elizabeth Hospice’s memorial event Suffolk Remembers, sees 5,000 candles displayed along Felixstowe seafront as hundreds of people gather to remember their loved ones. However, due to restrictions concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, last year the event was broadcast as an online video for those who had dedicated a candle to view. This year organisers have announced the return of Suffolk Remembers on 21st June and it is hoped it can be held in its traditional format along Felixstowe seafront. Pauline Donkin, Head of Individual Giving and Supporter Care at St Elizabeth Hospice, said, “Sadly many families have lost a loved one due to Covid-19 and the last year has been a particularly difficult time. Some people were not even able to say goodbye, they have faced loneliness and grief, many without support. “At Suffolk Remembers we all have one thing that unites us, the loss of someone we loved whether that is a member of our family or a dear friend. At Suffolk Remembers you won’t be alone, the candle you light to remember someone special will shine brightly along with the other 5,000 memories on the night as the community joins together. “As ever, the safety of our supporters is paramount and we will host Suffolk Remembers in accordance with government guidance and announce full event details in the near future. In the meantime we encourage all who wish to remember a loved one to contact our team to dedicate a virtual candle in their memory.” With each dedicated candle it is encouraged supporters make a donation to the independent Suffolk charity, which every year cares for more than 3,000
patients, living with a progressive or life-limiting illness, and their families throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney. All are welcome to dedicate a candle, even if they have not previously been under the hospice’s care, and the hospice is encouraging all who have lost a friend or relative to Covid-19 to take the opportunity to join people from across the region in remembering them through Suffolk Remembers 2021, which once again is sponsored by East of England Co-op Funeral Services.
Julian Snowling, Head of Funeral Operations for the East of England Co-op Funeral Services, said, “With many family and friends unable to say their goodbyes in the way they would have wished these past 12 months, Suffolk Remembers has never been more poignant. “This is an incredibly special event, which we are very proud to have been able to be a part of for many years. As the candles are lit this year, it will provide an important opportunity for us to stop and reflect, remembering and celebrating the lives of those no longer with us, whilst raising funds for St Elizabeth Hospice to continue their fantastic care.” Each dedication will also include a photo and a message to a loved one which will be included in the Suffolk Remembers’ online gallery and a physical electric candle will be added to the hospice’s physical event display. Alongside Suffolk Remembers all who have been impacted by a bereavement are encouraged to contact the St Elizabeth Hospice LivingGrief team. The LivingGrief team are available to talk, listen and offer support to anyone affected by grief from a progressive, life-limiting illness or from Covid-19 – even if they have not previously been under the hospice’s care. To dedicate a candle and to find out further information about Suffolk Remembers visit suffolkremembers.stelizabethhospice.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01473 727776. For more information about LivingGrief visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/ LivingGrief.
Rugby Club helps Fire & Rescue Service fly Woodbridge Rugby Club was glad to accommodate a different type of practice when ex-player and Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service Chief Pilot; Adrian Mason, asked for help. Adrian and Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service Drone Pilots, Laurence Dalziel, Mark Daly and Peter Watson-Brown needed to practice with one of the Service’s hi-tech drones. Woodbridge Rugby Club’s three, quiet, Covid-hit pitches, usually bustling with local rugby, provided just the spot.
High-Class Butchers and Poultry Adrian was the first into the Drone Pilot role and, from its beginnings just over two years ago, the team, based at Woodbridge Fire Station, is now used extensively by the Fire Service and the Police. As Adrian says, “Most of our work is helping the Police to find missing persons. The drones have thermal imaging cameras which makes them particularly effective. The latest drone is the fourth update of its kind and livefeed capability is planned shortly. This training is vital in our role of finding missing persons where, during a normal week we can expect to be called upon two or three times, day or night. The only limiting factor is the wind but we can handle winds up to 33mph”. Club Vice Chairman Simon Bennett commented, “Like all sports clubs we are struggling through lockdown, but the Club supports the community and, when a local key worker and ex-player needs a favour we are delighted to play our part.”
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‘Age in place’ – how full fibre can help us age with dignity At CityFibre, we’re committed to bringing full fibre and lightning fast connection speeds to Ipswich homes for a host of reasons. As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, with lockdown having separated many of us from our families, friends and colleagues, the ability to stay connected virtually has proven key. From group video calls and quizzes to online shopping, remote learning sessions and virtual fitness classes, we’ve embraced all things digital on an almost universal level. Without this technology, it’s arguable that adapting to lockdown restrictions would have been far more challenging for much of the population. Clearly, digital communications now play a much bigger role in our day-to-day lives, and is likely to continue even after things have returned to “normal”. But, this calls for further consideration of those without access to these services, particularly those more at risk of isolation. It is more important than ever to ensure that nobody is excluded from this digital shift, and this includes the nation’s older generation - a group that faced far stricter social distancing than almost any other. A big reason that we’re investing so heavily in transforming Ipswich’s digital connectivity is because it can help us tackle the ‘grand challenges’ of the 21st Century, including meeting the demands of an aging population. Today, there are nearly 12m people aged 65 or over in the UK - a number that is set to increase significantly in the next decade. By 2030, more than a fifth of the population will be elderly. With so many people living longer, immense pressure is being put on social care institutions and the NHS. Age UK estimates that 40 per cent of over-65s live with at least one long-term condition. These issues often mean elderly relatives are forced to relocate to a retirement home, despite most wanting to ‘age in place’ and stay in the homes they’ve created. Forced relocations are sometimes necessary to provide people with proper care but they can be hugely disruptive and upsetting for many. By enabling faster, ultra-reliable eldercare technology, full fibre technology can help address these problems and make aging in place a real possibility for millions.
problems, developing sleek new designs that are much more attractive, while still being functional. One key advance that could make a huge difference is care robots. The UK government has created a £34m research programme to assess how care robots could ease caring responsibilities for Brits. Already, various models are capable of: • Transcribing and storing crucial medical information, reducing the chance of error creeping in, while helping medical practitioners make better diagnoses. • Addressing cognitive decline issue by reminding care-receivers when to eat, drink or take medication, do exercise or attend an appointment. • Enabling treatment to continue uninterrupted at nights, or during holidays – typically times when patients are left alone. • Continuously monitoring and collecting data for symptoms of conditions like heart disease and alert doctors or nurses to take action. Beyond robotics, device manufacturers and pharma firms are developing a multitude of life-saving technologies available on the market, from insulin delivery systems to asthma attack monitors, to help people ‘age in place’. It’s estimated that, by 2025, there will be 800m connected healthcare devices active across Europe, of which half (50 per cent) will be for remote operation and control to allow patients greater freedom. Opportunities like these are a key reason we’re investing so heavily in rolling out full fibre in Ipswich. Once gigabit-speed full fibre broadband is in place, more patients than ever can purchase devices like care robots, wearable monitors and other solutions, safe in the knowledge that they are not going to suffer disruptive lags or outages due to poor connectivity. n To find out more about CityFibre and our work in Ipswich and to register your interest in services, visit cityfibre.com/ipswich24.
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National Pet Month Pet fans of all ages are being urged to help spread the responsible pet ownership message by celebrating National Pet Month from 1st April until 3rd May.
Each year April is National Pet Month (NPM) – a time for pet lovers around Britain to celebrate life with their pets by staging or attending a fundraising event for a UK pet charity. NPM celebrates and raises awareness of responsible pet ownership through educational campaigns and resources across various platforms. NPM celebrates pet ownership, sharing the many benefits of our cherished companions across the UK. Whilst the #NationalPetMonth campaign runs from
April to May each year via various media outlets, the important messages that NPM endorses run all year-round. They continue to develop informative and important content for both experienced and new pet owners alike. During the campaign month of April to May, they’d love to see fundraisers and events in support of the UK’s many phenomenal pet welfare organisations and charities. This can be individual or larger events, virtual or in-person! For more information about NPM and how to get involved visit www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk
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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. 6. Protect against disease. Your vet can provide you with advice. 7. Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate. 8. Groom your pet regularly.
9. Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified. 10. Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover against unexpected veterinary fees and third party liability.
RSPCA call for changes in law to help rehoming The RSPCA is calling for a new animal welfare law which will give animals involved in legal proceedings in the south east the chance to be rehomed much more quickly. Currently, some neglected and can wait months and even years abused pets which are rescued before finding their second chance. by the RSPCA as part of an As part of its Second Chances investigation cannot be rehomed campaign, the charity is calling until the case itself has completed, for a change in the law which which sadly means some animals would mean an animal’s future
is no longer dependent on court proceedings. A new animal welfare law allowing the charity to rehome an animal following a two-month appeal process would mean the RSPCA can give those pets the forever home they deserve much more quickly rather than waiting for lengthy court cases to conclude. In 2019, the RSPCA rehomed over 100 animals a day (39,000) - 11,390 in the south east - and around a quarter of these animals were in their care as a result of an investigation. The charity also spent £4.9m in costs for animals involved in prosecutions in 2019. Shelley Phillips, Senior Campaigns Manager at the RSPCA, said, “We are urging the Governments in England and Wales to make a change in the law which would allow us to rehome a pet after twomonths, similar to what has also been proposed in Scotland with the SSPCA.” Studies using dogs kennelled for
a variety of reasons have shown that many animals find kennel life challenging and dogs can show considerable physiological and behavioural distress. Research has also found that for dogs neither bred nor raised in kennels the transition is especially stressful. Dr Sam Gaines, dog welfare expert at the RSPCA, said, “Sadly, our welfare teams are frequently required to deal with behavioural problems in dogs due to spending long periods in kennels. Some dogs may show their frustration by barking or whining while others will hide away and despite the best efforts of our animal care staff this can have a long-term impact on their wellbeing. Some may even display repetitive or compulsive behaviours which require medication and behavioural treatment. “ The RSPCA is asking animal lovers to take action and let the UK and Welsh Governments know that case animals deserve a happy ending.
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Last year, 40 wild spaces were created across East Suffolk as part of the Council’s ‘Pardon the weeds, we’re feeding the bees’ campaign, where grass was left to grow longer and wildflowers planted to help wildlife thrive. These spaces were cut back for winter and the signs removed but will be returning over the next couple of weeks. This year, a further 60 wild spaces have been identified, meaning there will now be 100 wild spaces across East Suffolk where grass and wildflowers will be left to grow and the areas will not be cut until the end of the season. These areas, which are large enough to provide an environmental benefit and do not present any safety issues for local communities, will be marked with ‘Pardon the weeds, we’re feeding the bees’ signs to make residents and visitors aware. In addition to creating more conservation areas, East Suffolk Council has also reviewed its policy on herbicide spraying to further encourage and protect local wildlife. As a result, such spraying has already been reduced by 45% across council-owned land and further trials will now be carried out using foam control on unwanted weeds, especially on pavements, to reduce it further.
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Revealed the true cost of items in your home The cost per use of everyday items has been revealed, with a television setting you back 46p each viewing, while content services watched on the telly itself will cost up to £2.70. A study of 2,000 adults revealed mobile phones cost an average of £18 a month, working out at 95p for each day it is used. Television services such as Sky, Virgin or BT, which are used 18 times a month and cost £28 on average - will amount to £1.56 a go while entertainment subscription services work out at £1.14. Brits have also spent an average of £180 on a bicycle before using it seven times a month, spreading a cost of £2.14 per use across a year. James Thomas, from LG UK, which commissioned the research following their 10 per cent discount offer on their OLED TV range, said, “A significant initial outlay on an item can feel expensive, but its cost-per-use helps to define and rationalise the true value of the purchase. “When you look at the data, a TV which you’d expect to use for the best part of a decade, actually provides remarkable value. And when you make any major purchase, you expect longevity while also achieving great value for money.” Streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video or Netflix set the average Brit back £16 per month but will be used 14 times over that period – working out at a cost of £1.14 a day. And the music equivalent such as Spotify or Apple outlay £12 a month while using them 11 times, with the daily total coming out at £1.09 per listening session. With Brits expecting new TVs to last at least
seven years on average – which would equate to at least 8,736 hours of use – the average person gets a substantial 19 hours of entertainment per £1 they spend on a TV. And with 83 per cent of
James Thomas from LG UK added, “While the preference of many will be to spend their lockdown savings on going out and socialising, our homes will remain our primary portal for entertainment. And with a big summer of sport ahead of us – including cheering on England at the Euros – investing in a TV upgrade to enhance those content experiences will be money well spent.” TOP 15 LOWEST CO ST
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Brits daily users – a television would cost them 46p a day across that time period based on a £1,000 purchase. Four in 10 view a TV as an investment, however, many homes across the nation have yet to invest in a modern TV, with 30 per cent not having the capability of connecting to the internet. Seven in 10 people have saved-up money during the current lockdown, with three quarters (73 per cent) planning on making a considered purchase such as a car, holiday or TV once lockdown lifts. Quality (40 per cent) and value for money (38 per cent) are by far the two most important elements of a TV purchase, indicating that although many have amassed a small fortune through lack of spending opportunities with high streets closed, people are still motivated to hunt out the best deals.
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Colour trends for Spring/Summer ’21 n Pantone’s Colour Trends for Spring/Summer 21 highlights a contrast between gentle and dynamic shades, with pastels such as floral pink, turquoise and soft marigold coming to the fore. As these colours make their presence felt in fashion, branding and design - here’s how this cheerful palette can brighten home interiors, capturing the vivacity and hope of spring flowers. Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture And Choice (FurnitureChoice.co.uk), shares four fresh ideas for styling bright pastels at home.
1. Bright, contrasting pops of colour
Pantone’s Spring 2021 palette takes a cue from the lively, floral tones of the season, with colours such as burnt coral and French blue providing touches of glamour and warmth against a soothing buttercream base. Introduce these hues into the home with accessories and soft furnishings. “Bringing a mix of soft pastels and energetic colours into the home can be as easy as picking the right accessories,” Rebecca advises. “Cushions and throws work really well here, as they can be moved around to achieve the most pleasing combination and look.” “Beyond that, art, glassware, and even a bouquet of flowers, can add a dash of stunning colour. Here, French blue vases, soft pink walls and marigold pillows add vibrance and style - when everything else is kept minimal and neutral, a thoughtful use of pastels will give a boost of life and freshness to your room.”
2. Pastel colour blocking The secret to putting together a bright, chic outfit is contrast, whether between strong lines and gentle colours, or softer patterns and punchy shades - and the same rules apply to interiors. Pastels shine when paired with colour blocking and graphic looks, providing character and vibrance without being overwhelming. Even the simplest of designs, like an arc or circle, can make an impact in the right colour.
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“A colour blocked feature wall is a creative way to incorporate vivid pastels,” says Rebecca. “The key is balance. Here, a marigold arc pulls most of the focus, with its sunny energy. To make sure the room feels cosy and relaxing, offset it with soft pink and cream walls and some grounding touches of blue, with a cerulean cushion and dark blue throw.”
3. Hop on the ombré trend with statement DIY furniture
For an editorial, fashion-forward take, an ombré look is an elegant, striking way to introduce this spring palette to the home. This can easily be done with a fun, high-impact DIY project: painting a sideboard or chest of drawers, to create a statement, one-of-a-kind piece! “We went with an ombré approach to simultaneously highlight and tone down a vibrant colour like pink,” Rebecca says. “Pantone’s spring palette has a rich selection of colours - from turquoise and yellow, to pink and lavender - so pick your favourite and use varying shades of it to create the effect you want. It’s also good to choose an item with a clean silhouette so it won’t feel too busy.”
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4. Create impact with tone-on-tone styling
Pastels are a good entry point when working with colour, as they’re easier on the eye than more saturated hues and have a restful quality. This translates well when styling a tonal, pastel room - much like a monochrome outfit evoking the personality and character of the colour without being garish. “While a bright kelly green may be a bit much for a dining room, an airy turquoise is a modern choice, especially with a strong centrepiece as an anchor,” Rebecca advises. “A white wooden dining set retains the breezy, relaxing feel that turquoise brings while also keeping it clean and simple, bringing everything together.” And just as accessories can be the perfect finishing touch for a great outfit, complete the look with darker tonal accents such as French blue pendant lamps and Carnival Glass vases and glassware. This layering of colours and texture gives variety, depth and visual interest.
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Relax with eco-friendly DIY Expressing creativity through simple and sustainable handmade crafts is a productive and positive way to relax after long hours of working from home. Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at FurnitureChoice.co.uk, shares three eco-friendly DIYs that are easy, enjoyable and impactful. DIY Kids Memo Board Focus on interiors has soared, and searches for DIY have increased by 148% since this time last year. Turning to creative expression is a productive and calming experience that helps with stress relief for all ages. Keeping in mind that increased time spent working from home should not take away from leisure time as a family, a DIY kids memo board is a fun and simple activity to consider for family craft time. “This DIY makes use of materials that are most likely already lying around at home like old bits of contact paper, scrap fabric or toys that are no longer played with but still loved,” says Rebecca. “Part of the fun is how customisable and collaborative it can be to really feel like a family project. For instance, each tile could be made by a family member and the entire board hung up in a communal area as a piece of functional artwork.” • For more information on this DIY, visit www.furniturechoice.co.uk/inspiration/an-ecofriendly-diy-memo-board-to-make-with-the-kids_ a10000116 for a step by step guide. DIY Natural Air Freshener Spending more time indoors is a change of pace that can be made more enjoyable with a few little tricks. One of them is by harnessing the effects of scent
to switch up the mood or even clean the air for a healthier environment. “Scent is a powerful facet to interior creation that can dramatically change how a space breathes and feels. Reach for your favourites to set an intention - whether it’s to create a productive, energising or calming ambience,” says Rebecca. Essential oils and dried fruit or flowers are great options for natural scents. “Combining the health benefits of natural scents and detoxification ability of baking soda, this DIY is a 2-in-1 craft that’s practical and environmentally-friendly too,” she adds. • For more information on this DIY, visit www.furniturechoice.co.uk/inspiration/purifyyour-space-with-an-easy-diy-natural-airfreshener_a10000115 DIY Art Deco Sideboard On the decor front, little touch ups to existing pieces of furniture can make a space feel refreshed and revitalised. In the living room, add a dash of Art Deco to a plain sideboard by introducing colour and pattern that are characteristic to the style. Consider glamorous touches of gold and repeated patterns of geometric shapes or straight lines reminiscent of The Great Gatsby flair. “One of my favourite interior tips is to upcycle furniture pieces that might feel a bit dated and turn them into a new centrepiece that wows,” shares Rebecca. “This Art Deco sideboard project prevented the purchase of a brand new piece while completely transforming the previous setting and tone of the room.” • For more information on this DIY, visit www.furniturechoice.co.uk/inspiration/diy-astylish-art-deco-sideboard-youll-want-to-showoff_a10000027
Discovering your ‘at-home sanctuary’ n Millions of adults have escaped to the bathroom during lockdown – as it becomes their at-home sanctuary for some peace and quiet. A study of 2,000 adults found 68 per cent reckon the bathroom has had a positive impact on their mood. And 36 per cent claimed they’ve been spending longer in there than ever before. A third enjoy the calmness, while 39 per cent said it helps them to unwind after a hard day. But 22 per cent find it’s the only place in the house they can get some peace and quiet. A spokesperson from Soap & Glory, which commissioned the
research to mark the launch of its UPLIFT range, said, “It’s been really interesting to see the nation’s different attitudes towards the bathroom since the start of the pandemic. We have all needed a bit of ‘me-time’ and it shows that the bathroom is the perfect place for us to enjoy this. It’s a room where we can unwind with a bath or shower – and there is a lock on the door when you really need to have five minutes to yourself.”
The study also found the average adult now sets aside 22 minutes for their leisurely daily wash, which equates to almost six days a year. It also emerged 28 per cent have been able to pamper themselves more in the bathroom since the beginning of the first lockdown. And 55 per cent will continue with their pampering regime long after restrictions have ended. The research, conducted via OnePoll, also found that the extra time spent in the room means 90 per cent have given it some ‘DIY TLC’ over the last 12 months.
Upgrades include a fresh lick of paint (35 per cent), new tiles (21 per cent), a new mirror (28 per cent). More than three in 10 have also bought fancy new accessories (31 per cent) – including toothbrush holders, towels, and soap dispensers – and a quarter even installed a new shower. The Soap & Glory spokesperson added, “Now more than ever, as people are seeking true escapism in their house, a private place to get away from it all and have some ‘me time’, they want to find ways to make this space the best refuge possible.”
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To celebrate British garden birds, five star housebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes have launched a digital bird quiz to encourage people to learn more about where their feathered friends live. Like property seekers, birds need homes, and this quiz aims to highlight how residents in the county can help to provide a space for wildlife in their gardens and encourages people to create homes for birds, whether these are built from scratch or bought from a shop. It comes as part of the leading housebuilders commitment to making wildlife friendly developments and celebrates its national partnership with the RSPB. Each entrant of the quiz will be able to learn more about their feathered friends as they’re asked to match common birds to their perfect homes. Helen Nyul, Group Biodiversity Manager at Barratt Developments, said, “We recognise that different people live in homes of all styles, shapes and sizes, and it’s the same for our feathered friends, so we want to celebrate this with our nature quiz and help to educate people about what birds they can attract into their garden. “This kind of activity is just one of many that we undertake to do more for nature, not least our long-term partnership with the RSPB, so it’s great that we can get all generations involved in learning about their surroundings.” To take part in the quiz, please visit: https://birdhousequiz.co.uk/ There are many ways that residents in the county can help the birds in their garden, such as providing a regular supply of clean water by using a bird bath, providing nestboxes and putting the right bird seed out including flaked maize and sunflower hearts. To find out more and get some handy tips on how to make your garden more wildlife friendly, please visit the RSPB website at www.rspb.org.uk. 17
Are you subscribing but not using it? n New research from Direct Line Life Insurance reveals that since lockdown began in March 2020, Brits have wasted a collective £300 million on subscriptions and hobbies. A total of £183 million has been paid out for subscription services that haven’t been used over the past year and a further £117 million on hobbies that haven’t been maintained.
More than 19 million Brits started paying for a subscription service during the first lockdown in March 2020, falling to 13.9 million in the second lockdown last November and 13.1 million in the current lockdown. While people spend roughly £20 a month on hobbies they signed up to in lockdown, they feel they are wasting £10 a month on hobbies, and £15 a month on unused services respectively.
One of the reasons many people seem to be continuing to pay for services they aren’t using is due to
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Vincent Guadagnino, Communications Manager at Direct Line Life Insurance, commented, “It’s understandable that so many of us have signed up to various subscription services in lockdown to keep ourselves entertained in such a testing time. Many businesses have
Overall, Brits spent £3 billion on subscription services in the first lockdown, but fewer than half (44 per cent) of those who signed up to a subscription service over lockdown actually continue to use the service now. A similar story is true for items relating to hobbies, nearly a fifth (19 per cent) of people who started a new hobby in lockdown gave up after a few tries, while only 50 per cent are still doing the hobby now.
FOMO, with around a fifth (18 per cent) of those who kept paying for a service they stopped using doing so because they didn’t want to feel left out in their friendship group or family. A further 18 per cent said they stopped using the service but kept paying for it because they thought it would encourage them to use it more.
The most popular subscription services in the first lockdown were TV and film streaming services including Netflix and Amazon Prime, with 17 per cent of people starting to pay for the service – the equivalent of 9.2 million people. This was followed by music streaming services (3.8 million or seven per cent) and online gaming services (3.4 million or six per cent). Alongside music and gaming, Brits have been splashing out on meal box subscriptions and exercise classes to keep them entertained. During the first lockdown Brits spent the most collectively on meal box subscriptions coming to a whopping £1 billion, followed by online exercise classes (£406 million) and TV and film subscription services (£319 million). Alcohol delivery services are also popular, with people collectively forking out £276 million on booze during the first lockdown.
done well to pivot to offering delivery services and the subscription model is a popular one, with food boxes, coffee subscriptions, reading clubs all available to sign up to. “While many have maintained hobbies or still use subscriptions, as restrictions change and we are able to leave home more, it may be that some of these services or hobbies are used less frequently. It’s important to check your finances regularly to make sure you are still using the services you are paying for and cancel them if not, as these relatively small amounts can add up over time.”
When looking at hobbies, cooking and baking (10 per cent or 5.5. million people) was the most common for people to take up in the first lockdown. This was followed by gardening (10 per cent or 5.2 During the second lockdown in million) and reading (10 per cent or November, the amount spent on 5.4 million). In the latest lockdown, subscriptions dropped to £477 the most common hobbies remained million and then rose again to £580 cooking and baking (eight per cent million in January. On a monthly or 4.4 million) and reading (six per basis this translates to £703 million cent or 3.2 million people). However, in the first nationwide lockdown, the third most common hobby to £520 million in the second lockdown take up in lockdown three was arts and £553 million in the latest and crafts with (six per cent or 3.1 nationwide lockdown. million). • For further information please visit www.directline.com/life-cover
More time in kitchen could increase bills British families have been dusting down old bread makers, sandwich toasters and food processors as they spend 14 hours extra a week cooking up a storm. A study of 2,000 families found 58 per cent are finding new ways of being inventive in the kitchen, by turning to the likes of ice cream makers, smoothie makers, and pizza ovens as a way of creating entertainment. Other gadgets relied on for family fun include air fryers, waffle machines and sandwich makers. It also emerged seven in 10 mums and dads are spending more time baking and making with little ones than ever before. Families have been experimenting in the kitchen together by baking cakes (54 per cent), homemade pizzas (46 per cent) and desserts (36 per cent). Toasties have also become a regular lunchtime treat in 39 per cent of households, while pancakes have featured heavily for 50 per cent. But the increased use of kitchen gadgets may result in a spike in energy costs for some households, with 84 per cent of adults admitting they have no idea how much energy their culinary tech items use. More than half rarely factor in running costs when buying new gadgets for the kitchen, and 54 per cent don’t bother to check the appliances’ energy rating factor. A spokesman for Utilita, the Pay-As-You-Go energy company that carried out the study as part of its #EnergyHigh5 campaign said, “A renewed focus on cooking has undoubtedly helped to keep people’s spirits up during the pandemic, but it’s important that we all consider what these gastro gadgets are costing in terms of the impact on our pockets, and the planet. “For items that are only on for a few minutes, energy consumption shouldn’t be too much of an issue. It’s the items that stay out on the worktop to be used more regularly, or for longer periods, such as coffee machines, slow cookers and air fryers – mainly those that produce heat or refrigeration - that could be costing more than we expect over a year. “But the good news is that it is so easy to monitor real-time energy usage today, giving households a chance to limit their gadget usage, or offset the extra spend by saving elsewhere in the house.” The study found for 51 per cent of families, eating together during the past 12 months has become the main form of evening entertainment, and four in 10 have turned to cooking as a way of bonding together. One third have simply been looking for ways to keep the children busy, which means items like the food processor and smoothie maker have been getting used more than usual. And recipe books have also made a reappearance in 57 per cent of family kitchens. Perhaps unsurprisingly, six in 10 families polled via OnePoll have been eating more food than normal over the past year. The spokesman for Utilita added, “Just this week, we welcomed news that the Government plans to simplify energy efficiency labels with regulations coming into force this summer. This improvement will help consumers to make more informed choices to reduce their energy consumption and bills, which is great news.
TOP 10 TIPS TO SAVE MONEY ON KITCHEN ENERGY BILLS 1. Pay attention to the energy consumption (wattage) of items that generate heat, as these will cost the most to run 2. After turning the oven off, leave the door open to heat up the room 3. Invest in a slow cooker for as little as £18 and save money by avoiding using the energy hungry oven. 4. Cooking food that has come straight out of the fridge takes longer because it’s colder. Simply take it out of the fridge and leave it on the side at room temperature for 30 minutes or so and it will cook much quicker. 5. Overfilling the kettle is the main way we waste energy – only boil enough water for your requirements. 6. Switch off or unplug microwaves, dishwashers, washing machines and electric ovens as they will continue to use standby energy.
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n Simply pottering around your plot, nurturing plants and being lost in the moment can be very relaxing, providing time for mindful contemplation. But gardening doesn’t have to be a lonely or solitary affair, with great benefit derived from bringing people together to talk gardening, sharing their gardening experiences and the crops and flowers they grow. Togetherness has great value for our mental wellbeing, relieving boredom and providing opportunities to interact with others. Joining a gardening club and enjoying talks and events at your local garden centre bring likeminded gardeners together. They’re a place to share gardening ideas and experiences as well as learn valuable skills and discover exciting new plants. More community gardens are popping-up around the country too, providing opportunities for people to garden together and share produce, improving their levels of activity, physical, mental and social health. For many this leads to improving diet and consumption of fruit and vegetables, helping with weight loss, decreasing stress, raising mood and levels of energy, plus benefits for integration and independence, local communities and the economy. With so much to gain it’s no wonder health professionals recommend gardening for therapy and rehabilitation, with measurable reductions to local healthcare resources and budgets as a result. Many groups also run shows that bring people together to celebrate growing and creative achievements. They may run outings to beautiful gardens and events where you can enjoy a day out in great company, making new gardening friends. Interacting with others has valuable social and community value, combatting loneliness, and improving health and wellbeing. Plants provide a great opportunity to engage with others to share your love of gardening. Many gardening adventures have started with a single plant, sparking a journey of discovery and lifelong passion for gardening. And there’s nothing better than learning about new plants from someone who has grown them, sharing their hands-on knowledge to give you confidence to nurture them to. Flourishing plants create lasting friendships, plus an outlet for creativity and expression.
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Reconnecting families at mealtimes n The average family dinner takes 41 minutes to prepare - but is consumed in just half that time. A poll of 2,000 UK families found they sit down to supper at 6pm, consuming their meal in just 21 minutes. But three in 10 families admitted to taking less than a quarter of an hour to wolf it down. For 30 per cent of parents, the speedy dinner times are due to them having to get some work done out of hours. And while a quarter said it’s because their kids have homework to catch up on, a third believe the meals are eaten quickly as their children are keen to return to their video games and TV shows. Although many may be rushing through evening meals, the study, commissioned by Princes, also found three in five enjoy a meal more when eating it together with their loved ones. Celebrity chef Miguel Barclay, who is working with
Princes, said, “We lead increasingly busy lives, so the time we have after work or school is precious. It’s no surprise to hear families aren’t having overly lengthy dinner times. The recipes I have developed are quick and easy, allowing families to spend more time on the important stuff - connecting over delicious meals.” The study also found 95 per cent of parents encourage conversation when the whole family is sat around the table eating together. As a result, seven in 10 parents insist on all members of the family dining at the table. But despite fourfifths believing tech devices at the table can negatively impact family mealtimes, one in four will now consume their dinner in front of the TV.
It also emerged three out of seven dinners in the week are spent apart from family members, with a quarter blaming late finishes from work. Nearly six in 10 put it down to everyone in the family running on different schedules, leaving them with little opportunity to eat together. A fifth said it’s easier to pick up a takeaway so everyone can just dip in and out as they please yet 94 per cent think it’s important to ensure their family eats healthy food. Many don’t find it easy though as a fifth find it difficult to prepare wholesome meals, while one in 10 don’t know what is healthy in the first place. More than two-fifths also admitted to not eating as healthily as they’d like because their children are fussy. The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found families only try something new twice a week across the 21 meals they have. A fifth of respondents avoid trying new things because they don’t know how to cook them, while a quarter don’t feel inspired in the first place. A third simply don’t have the time to think up new concoctions and as a result, nearly a fifth of weekly meals are a repetition of another one they’ve had recently. To overcome this, Princes has
partnered with Miguel Barclay to create a series of simple and quick meals that can be enjoyed by any family. Alan Eriksen, marketing director at Princes, said, “Our research shows that mealtimes are an important and powerful way for families to connect with one another, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or the evening meal. At Princes we understand the pressures of modern life. “Every family is different and we want every family to find their happy place when it comes to mealtimes whether they’re relaxed, chaotic, or somewhere in between. We are partnering with Miguel to develop low-cost, delicious yet simple recipes that make mealtimes easier. “Our goal is to help families feel confident trying new things and discovering healthier options; all while spending a little less time in the kitchen and a little more time enjoying each other’s company around the dinner table.” In partnership with Princes, Miguel has created a series of recipes for a mix of mealtimes including breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus baking recipes and desserts. The recipes are easy to prepare in under 20 minutes and available at @princes on Instagram.
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UK’s First ‘Home of Gardening Science’ set to open n On Thursday 24 June, the UK’s first dedicated gardening science hub, surrounded by four acres of ‘living laboratories’, will open its gates to the public at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. Six years in the making, ‘RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science’, will showcase the extraordinary world of horticultural science like never before, with the aim of helping to create a greener future. A large interactive exhibition space will explore ways we can adapt to and mitigate against climate change in our gardens, to boost wellbeing, the environment and to enable wildlife and plants to flourish. Seventy RHS scientists and students have now moved into the new state-of-the-art lab facilities and are working on multiple projects such as discovering the best plants to soak up pollution, ease localised flooding, capture carbon and cool cities. Visitors and school children will be able to watch live experiments as they happen and speak directly to scientists to learn more about their work. RHS Director of Science and Collections, Professor Alistair Griffiths, says, “Two centuries of horticultural research has shown that gardens and gardening improve our health and the environment in powerful and widereaching ways. “Millions more people are now gardening, adding plants to previously paved over spaces. We want our science to help supercharge gardens and deliver maximum benefits from healthy plants for people and the planet. “The purpose of RHS Hilltop is to present to the public what we know so far but also to intensify our research so we can continue to find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing us today.”
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Vast collections of dried plants, bugs, books and art that date back more than five centuries and provide the most complete record of the UK’s horticultural heritage will also be revealed for the first time. Encompassing RHS Hilltop will be three new gardens brimming with ideas that reflect the latest research for people to take away and incorporate at home, in schools and in communities. The Wellbeing Garden, designed by Matt Keightley, is a ‘living experimental’ garden. Visitor’s reactions to scents, sounds and sights, will be recorded to better understand the positive effects that plants can have on us, in order to create the first evidence-based blueprint for a wellbeing garden. Ann-Marie Powell has designed The Wildlife Garden which is rich in plant diversity and contains large water features designed to attract and provide a haven for birds, bees and insects. The World Food Garden, also designed by Ann-Marie, will feature fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible plants from all over the world as well as a demonstration kitchen. Professor Griffiths adds, “Gardening science has always been at the heart of our work and today this is more important than ever as we try to create a more sustainable world. Thousands of school children visit RHS Wisley each year and we want to inspire and equip them with the knowledge they need to create a greener future and ensure that growing plants, gardens and helping nature will always be central to our way of life.”
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Hospice Wills Month returns Independent Suffolk charity St Elizabeth Hospice has announced the return of its annual Wills Month, an initiative which encourages people to consider the distribution of their estate after their death.
Research shows 54% of people of UK adults are currently without a Will and this annual initiative by St Elizabeth Hospice is calling on people to write or update their Will this May. As part of Wills Month, the charity has partnered with eleven solicitors and will writers to offer a Will writing service, with the registration window for booking appointments opening on 1st April. Each organisation has dedicated a number of appointments throughout May and will be providing their services free of charge, but clients are encouraged to make a donation to St Elizabeth Hospice which provides free services to improve life for people living with a progressive or life-limiting illness throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney. Lynn Maskell, Legacy Officer at St Elizabeth Hospice, said, “Having a Will in place is one of the best things you can do for your loved ones as, during an emotionally difficult time, it provides them with your wishes of how you would like your estate to be distributed. “For people without a Will in place, after they have died, their estate may be distributed in a way which may reflect their wishes. “If you are considering leaving a gift in your Will to St Elizabeth Hospice, no matter what size, please be assured it will be very gratefully received and it will make a real difference not only today but in the future and help the hospice to continue supporting local people and their families during difficult times in their lives.” Every year the hospice cares for more than 3,000 Suffolk patients and their families at a cost of £12.9m, of which 70% is raised by the community through gift donations in wills, St Elizabeth Hospice’s retail shops and local fundraising
activities; with one in five patients cared for by funds donated by gifts in wills. St Elizabeth Hospice’s Wills month has been held annually since 2016, raising more than £68,000 for the hospice during this time. This year solicitors including Prettys, Ross Coates Solicitors, Haywards Solicitors and Fairweather Law are supporting Wills Month. Louise Goodenough, Senior Partner from Haywards Solicitors, added, “St Elizabeth Hospice are a local charity and only receive a small amount of government funding. Therefore for all the hard work they do to support families with all sorts help and care, not just end-of-life cancer care, they need all the funding they can get. “We are pleased we can support their work. It’s great a way to get a Will in place and support a local worthy charity. So many people still don’t have a Will which can cause all sorts of problems for families on death, or their estate not going to their intended Beneficiaries.” St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent Suffolk charity providing free services to improve life for people living with a progressive or life limiting illness throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney. Centered on an individual's needs, the hospice provides specialist support, whenever and wherever it is needed, whether at home, in the community or at the hospice. • To find out more about St Elizabeth Hospice’s Wills Month call 01473 723600 or visit www. stelizabethhospice.org.uk/support-us/ make-a-donation/make-a-gift-in-your-will/ wills-months.
Financial abuse of over 70s A quarter of people aged 70 or above have suffered financial abuse, according to a new survey which details the shocking scale of the problem. The report by new financial service GuardianCard, whose co-founder’s mother-in-law was frauded - also reveals that more than half (56%) fear they’re more of a target for thefts, scams and frauds due to pandemic. Covid, financial pressures and social isolation have created a ‘perfect storm’ with older people even more dependent on carers, family and friends and at greater risk of financial abuse from loved ones, rogue traders and professional scammers. Financial abuse of the elderly can include having money or property stolen, being defrauded, being put under pressure in relation to money or other property or having money or property misused. It can be as simple as a carer, relative or neighbour stealing from an elderly person by adding items for themselves when doing their shopping for them, while in more serious cases people can be tricked into losing their entire life savings or pressured into changing their will or selling their home. Alarmingly, the most common type of financial abuse cited by the 2,000 70+ people surveyed was falling victim to professional scammers, with 68% of people that had been victim to financial abuse saying they had been targeted in this way. 25
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Over 75s still digitally excluded Nearly two million over-75s in England are still digitally excluded in a COVID-19 world. New Age UK analysis busts the myth that the pandemic has driven most older people online and calls for more support for non-users. New analysis from Age UK shows that the pandemic has not in fact produced a sea-change in older people’s use of digital technology, warning that a drift towards services and activities being online. On the back of these findings the Charity is calling for greater support for those who are offline and finding it increasingly difficult to access essential goods and services could leave millions of older people high and dry. The Charity’s new report Digital inclusion and older people – how have things changed in a Covid-19 world? – shows that while just under a quarter of over-75s in England have increased their internet usage since the pandemic hit, this is mainly driven by existing users going online more often. Most older online users say their use has remained unchanged, with nearly one in 10 actually using it less. A few months into the pandemic 42 per cent of this age group were still non-users – busting the myth that as a result of this health emergency ‘everyone’ is now online. Since the onset of Covid-19, the public sector, businesses and entertainment providers have increasingly turned to digital technology to engage with customers. For many people, the pandemic has changed the way they work, socialise, communicate, buy goods, access services, and generally live their lives. However Age UK is warning that the rapid pace of this change is leaving significant numbers of older people behind. While many over-75s are using the internet more for shopping or keeping in touch, some older people have been unable to access free Wi-Fi and computer equipment or training at public spaces such as cafes, libraries and local centres during
the pandemic, and many others are physically unable to use a computer or simply not interested in getting online. Age UK’s analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) Covid-19 Substudy Wave 1 shines a light on older people’s internet use a few months after the pandemic hit. The over-75s are the age group least likely to use the internet and the study found that only 15 per cent of the nearly two million offline in this age group have an interest in getting online at all. Of all those who said they would like to use the internet more frequently or for more tasks, including those who are already online, a lack of IT skills was perceived to be the biggest barrier, with four-fifths (79 per cent) of over-75s citing this as a key factor. Through its extensive work on digital inclusion over many years, Age UK knows that the best approach to helping older people gain confidence and improve their IT skills is usually through ongoing support, tailored to their needs and preferences and delivered one-to-one. Being able to make video calls to keep in contact with family can make a big difference for example, but it does not necessarily follow that the older person then goes on to deal with their finances online or access public services that way. All too often there is an unfounded assumption that a limited amount of online activity automatically means older people will use the internet to meet all their needs. It often doesn’t and the fact is that it can take time to enable older people to be safe and confident online, and this level of support requires funding. Much more investment in digital skills training and IT hardware is needed to support older people who are digitally excluded to get online safely and improve their skills. Without it, many older people will simply be left behind, with some struggling to access basic goods and services. The Charity is warning that it is therefore essential that those who cannot or do not want to use the internet are not excluded or disadvantaged as a result. In these difficult times, everyone should be able to access information and public services, manage their finances and buy their shopping in the way that suits them. Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said, “These new findings debunk the idea that the pandemic has prompted a headlong rush online among our older population, and that once an older person starts to use computers they continue to do so and carry out an ever-wider range of tasks using technology. This will disappoint many businesses and policymakers who are keen to move to a digital approach, in the hope of cutting costs. However, our analysis shows that if we continue in that direction and do nothing else, we will simply marginalise millions of older people who either cannot or do not wish to use computers, many of whom never will. “It is, of course, true that the internet is being used more by older people over time and that the pandemic has acted as a catalyst in this respect. However, it turns out that this is more about existing older online users broadening their range of techy activities than those who are entirely new to computers getting engaged and moving through the gears from email, to online shopping and then to online banking. The end result is that there are still almost two million over-75s who are not using computers at all.”
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Forget the rocking-chair and slippers – today’s grandparents are more likely to be rocking out to Guns N’ Roses and going to the gym. A study of 2,000 grandparents found six in 10 remember the ‘Swinging 60s’, with 43 per cent admitting they try to live their life as they did then. And for the ‘golden oldies’ weaned on rock throughout the 60s and 70s, age is definitely not mellowing their musical tastes. Heavy rock acts like Deep Purple, AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses trampled over easy listening and pop acts like Jess Glynne when it came to the most popular artists. It also emerged more than half believe they don’t follow any grandparent ‘stereotypes’, with 45 per cent claiming they have never felt as carefree as they do now. Verity Kick from Oak Tree Mobility, which commissioned the research, said, “Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you can’t do certain things, as the research clearly shows. The phrase ’40 is the new 30’ has now shifted upwards, as people live longer – so in many ways, 60 is the new 30.” The research also found 60 per cent of grandparents feel they are actively doing a good job of changing people’s perceptions of what ‘old’ people are like. Four in 10 don’t believe their grandkids see them as ‘old’, and three quarters don’t think they are anything like their own grandparents were at the same age. One man to live life to its fullest is 84-year-old actor and greatgrandfather Jack Warner. After getting his first agent at 63, he has gone on to have minor roles in films such as Phantom of the Opera and Wimbledon, as well as appearing in music videos for Robbie Williams, Jamie Cullum and The Hoosiers. Jack, from Alton in Hampshire, enjoyed acting as a youngster, but after his parents urged him to get a ‘proper job’ he spent 35 years working in the automotive industry before retiring at 60. He said, “I noticed that a few of my retired friends were happy to sit and
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Fears for elderly parents More than six in 10 adults admit the Covid-19 pandemic has heightened their fears and worries for their parent’s futures. A study of 2,000 adults aged 40 and over with elderly parents found half felt the restricted contact during the lockdowns has made them think about how they will care for them in years to come. And for many Covid has given them a glimpse at what life for their parents could be like if they were unable to check in on them regularly. More than four in 10 adults worry their parents will be isolated and alone, while 33 per cent are concerned about the risk of falls. Other fears include that they are not eating and drinking properly, they aren’t safe and secure in their home and that they aren’t as active as they should be. As a result, 62 per cent have made more effort to phone parents during the pandemic.
Happily, 43 per cent said their parents are now better than ever at using technology – after becoming adept at communicating via the likes of social media, Facetime and video calls. Because of this, seven in 10 firmly believe their parents would now be more open to considering some sort of passive, non-intrusive technology in their homes. The research was carried out by Anthropos, provider of a connected care platform, which allows care companies and family members to monitor the daily routines of isolated older people, and spot when there are changes that can indicate additional support is needed. Jim Patience, CEO of Anthropos, said, “For many people, the pandemic will be the longest
they have spent apart from loved ones, particularly elderly parents. And it seems this time of limited contact has undoubtedly increased concerns of their safety and wellbeing with limited additional care available at present. “Thankfully, there are new technologies available that help families to stay connected: not just smartphones, but other internet enabled devices. “Being able to know that your elderly family members are OK or if they need help, even when you can’t be in the same room, can go a long way to providing reassurance that their relatives are getting the care they need.” The study found technology has played a crucial role during the pandemic with 43 per cent of adults claiming their parents are far better now at using smartphones and laptops to stay connected with them. Before the lockdowns, 66 per cent of adults felt guilty if they didn’t phone or text their parents daily. And the average adult would see their elderly loved ones four times a month and speak to them on the phone on 11 occasions. But during the pandemic, elderly parents were becoming proficient at conversing over video calls (32 per cent),
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It’s “virtually shopping” at Ipswich Oddfellows Hands-up! Who admits to resorting to shopping online for everything from household groceries to presents for all? How things have changed within a year. We’ve missed the live “social browsing” for nothing-in-particular and browsed instead from the comfort of our own homes. The Ipswich Oddfellows set-up a Facebook page “virtually shopping” for Christmas with the aim of supporting small businesses in difficult times. The response from both vendors and customers was outstanding. It was such a success that the page remains active so you can continue shopping for gifts for all occasions. Many of the vendors offer a local delivery, or a wider (chargeable) delivery service. Therefore you can have gifts sent across the country without hassle! Whether it be beer to a brother, skincare to a sister, flowers to a friend, pamper box to someone special, take-a-way meals, glass for grandma, jewellery for aunty, cakes to indulge or exciting activity boxes for children. There’s so much choice. April’s focus will be Easter and you’ll find a great selection of gifts for all ages. The Ipswich Oddfellows has been proud to be part of this promotion, bringing small businesses together to showcase their products and services. Work Hard - Shop Small - Dream Big. For more information and to browse please check out www.facebook.com/ virtuallychristmas. Are you interested in the Oddfellows and the friendship and support that this Friendly Society offers, during Lockdown and beyond? Why not pop-in to one of their monthly virtual “Open Doors” events? Register your interest at www.oddfellows.co.uk/news/our-virtual-doors-areopen. The Oddfellows is a membership based organisation with over 200 years of “making friends, helping people”. Annual subscription starts from £25. • Further information from Secretary Lynne Wyatt lynne.wyatt@ oddfellows.co.uk or leave a message on the ansaphone 01473 251867 29
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n The smile behind the mask A guide to flirting with a mask A dating coach has revealed the 12 ways you can flirt while wearing a face mask - and confirms it is all in the eyes. There are a multitude of expressions which can be made with the eyes including the baby doll look, side glance and wink. Flirt expert Jean Smith reveals playing with your hair and using hand gestures are great ways of showing someone you are keen while socially distancing.
WELLBEING The study found flirting with a mask has become harder for some as they can’t see whether someone is smiling back at them (61 per cent), and it is harder to read others (55 per cent). One fifth of adults simply feel sweaty when wearing a mask, while 35 per cent feel less attractive when their face is hidden. More than a third (34 per cent) also worry the eyes don’t always give away what they are feeling. And three in 10 adults wearing glasses have double the problem, as their lenses steam up when they wear a mask – which means they lose the entire expression on their face. Perhaps unsurprisingly, four in 10 adults polled via OnePoll are convinced their ‘flirting success rate’ has gone down since they’ve had to don a mask. And 44 per cent are now consciously over exaggerating what they are doing with their eyes to get the message across. To get further guidance on how to flirt in a mask, Vision Direct has partnered with Jean Smith to create a video of tips – https://www.visiondirect.co.uk/ flirting-behind-a-mask
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But making a flirty side glance can work wonders, as can looking away and then back again. Holding eye contact for more than three seconds, looking at someone three times to ascertain interest and raising the eyebrows are others tips shared. And Smith claims you should continue smiling at a love interest, because a big grin can result in a ‘Mona Lisa smile’ in the eyes. The tips are revealed as researchers found one quarter of Brits admit mask wearing has destroyed the fun they have flirting with others. In the Vision Direct study of 2,000 adults, it was discovered more than half find it more difficult to flirt when half of their face is covered up. Jean Smith, said, “Now that we find ourselves needing to wear masks, it might seem like flirting in person is a useless exercise. But because our faces are hidden except for the eyes, they can be a very powerful tool if you know how to use them. “It might seem frustrating that we can only see a small part of someone’s face these days, but do not be disheartened. The eyes are the most powerful source of attraction, which is why they have been the subject of numerous quotes and poems over the ages. My favourite is, ‘we try to hide our feelings but we forgot that our eyes speak’.”
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The UK’s most produced car Nissan has taken the wraps off its latest version of the UK’s most produced car - in a welcome boost to the manufacturing industry. More than three million Qashqais have rolled off the production line in Sunderland over the past 14 years. Laid out in a line, the cars would stretch more than 7,500 MILES - enough to cover every mile of UK motorway three times over. The third generation of the family car, which has been designed in London, will be going on sale later this year and could bring an end to the irritating bumps and shunts that occur in supermarket car parks. Engineers have developed ‘Flank Protection’, which alerts the driver if they are at risk of contact with an object on the side of the vehicle as they move into a gap. And trolley prangs could be avoided thanks to its ‘Moving Object Detection’ alert, which applies the brakes if it detects a moving obstacle nearby as the driver is reversing.
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Ipswich Borough Council crack-down on persistent evasion of parking tickets Cocking a snook at the council will become a lot harder for those who don’t pay their parking tickets, including those who haven’t registered their vehicle or have done so with an incorrect address at the DVLA. Ipswich Borough Council is seeking permission to selectively clamp these vehicles (or tow them away) to stop these users skipping parking fines. Councillor Sarah Barber, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for the Town Centre, says, “The overwhelming majority of people park considerately In Ipswich. When they do get Penalty Charge Notices (PCN), nearly all pay their fines. It is on behalf of all who act responsibly that we seek new powers to stop those who park irresponsibly and evade parking fines. In 2020, one vehicle received 121 Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) that we have been unable to collect as the vehicle is not registered with the DVLA. 193 vehicles qualified as a ‘Persistent Evader’, with three or more PCNs being issued and not being paid or challenged. With clamping and removal, where appropriate, we will make parking and getting around town better for all.”
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01473 530101 www.randadriveways.com
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General and Bespoke slab manufacturer and supplier
Stone Street, Crowfield, Ipswich, IP6 9SZ
Call 07764 960436
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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• Est. in 1988 • Fully insured • Free Quotes • and Advice
Removals & Deliveries
www.clear-viewremovals.co.uk Felixstowe 01394 276958 or 07808 043 127 email@example.com
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07970 347799 for appointment
Step into Spring with our monthly offering of homes, gardens, motoring, lifestyle, health and wellbeing and local news
Published on Mar 24, 2021
Step into Spring with our monthly offering of homes, gardens, motoring, lifestyle, health and wellbeing and local news