Ipswich24 Magazine - July 2022

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What’s on at the Felixstowe Spa in July

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Get ready for a sizzling summer line-up at Felixstowe’s awardwinning Spa Pavilion Theatre!

First up, on Saturday 2nd July, ‘The Quo Experience’ are back by popular demand! There’s no doubt as to the authenticity of this show; praised by Matt Letley (former Status Quo drummer) as “an excellent show, really capturing the essence of the Quo I played with for 13 odd years!” For more seaside rock, the following Saturday (9th July), don’t miss ‘Women in Rock’! This show celebrates phenomenal female artists such as Cher, Blondie, Janis Joplin, Republica, Belinda Carlisle, Bonnie Tyler, P!nk, Suzi Quatro, Tina Turner, and more. The following week sees a triple-run of shows – All quite different!

On Friday 15th July, ‘Calling Planet Earth’ takes you through the Electrifying 80’s – with awesome symphonic arrangements and stunning vocals. The very next night (Saturday 16th July), ‘Lollypops & Moptops’ take you back a little further, to celebrate the 50s & 60’s! This show features 60’s icons ‘The Dreamers’ (formerly Freddie & the Dreamers). Lastly, on Sunday 17th July, it’s the unmissable ‘Sunday at the Musicals’. The billing for this show includes Amelle Berrabah (Sugababes), Antony Costa (Blue), Jaymi Hensley (Union J), and John Partridge (EastEnders).

The immensely popular ‘Magic of Motown’ show comes to The Spa on Friday 22nd July. This is a breathtaking live concert spectacular, not to be missed. The next night (Saturday 23rd) sees the return of ‘The Bon Jovi Experience’ - fronted by a lead singer so familiar, you won’t believe he’s not the real deal! Rounding off the month, it’s ‘Cinderella: The P*ssed Up Panto’! Along with all the usual adult fun, the audience vote for one performer who must complete savage drinking challenges throughout the show. So although THEY might not remember the show, next morning ... You certainly will!

Tickets are available from the Spa Box Office: Tuesday to Sunday, 11am4pm in person or by calling 01394 284962. You can also select and book seats online, 24/7, at www.fxspa.co.uk

For another way to support the Spa and enjoy the panoramic sea views, their café, bars and restaurant are open every day - now open for summer from 9.30am to 6pm every day. Hot & cold drinks, homemade cakes and a wide-ranging menu are all available, plus a fabulous Sunday roast. Food is always served for two hours before every performance, with reservation advised on 01394 336336. You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook/ Instagram, for all the latest news and show updates. Alternatively, sign up to their email newsletter at www.fxspa.co.uk

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INSIDE THIS MONTH JULY Arts:

Our rich and diverse arts section includes outside drama from the Bard with Theatre in the Forest, comedy with Sara Pascoe, jazz and global music. Plus, East Anglian music from “Harbour Lights”. And, not forgetting the Primadonna Festival.

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At Home:

Inside and out it’s your complete guide to the home. This month we have help for those buying a property, insurance, composting and more.

Wellbeing:

Fitness, travel, hayfever and your chance to win a great Holiday Essentials Kit from DenTek.

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Mad About Pets:

The British love their pets and this month we have seven pages for pet lovers. From choosing a dog or a cat, training and even a chance to win tickets to Suffolk’s biggest Dog Day Out!

Events Diary

Your day-by-day guide to the month of JULY, including live music, talks, weekly classes, car boots, fitness and more.

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This month’s motoring section includes news on the fact that 19 million of us are ready to switch to electric motoring plus a report that parts of your car are at risk of being stolen!

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Sohal Healthcare The Willows, part of the awardwinning Sohal Healthcare Group, is a purpose built 66 bedded residential care home located in the heart of Ipswich, offering a ‘home away from home’ environment.

Here are some testimonials from families that have had care provided for a loved one at The Willows. “Thank you for a very enjoyable afternoon at the Jubilee Party. It was beautifully organised even down to the weather and your hard work in setting it up is much appreciated. My wife was happier than I have seen her in a long while which was such a relief to me. Thank you again’’. Anoymous June 2022 “The Willows is a beautiful Home loving carers and cosy environment” Anonymous May 2022

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“At Sohal, we listen, we learn, and we evolve, we are a family that cares for and supports the elderly members of your family”

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by the range of locations our Hoots are nesting for the summer. We hope that everyone has great fun finding and discovering the array fabulous art painted on each of the hoots.” As well as visiting all the trail statues, there are other ways you can get involved with the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 and support St Elizabeth Hospice, such as volunteering. Volunteering allows you to make new friends, work in a team and gain new experiences, whilst having fun too. The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 needs volunteers to carry out a range of roles, including help with moving sculptures, ticket collecting at events, marshalling, and cleaning sculptures, to name but a few. Find out more by emailing: volunteer@ stelizabethhospice.org.uk Also, be sure to visit our Hoot Headquarters in Ipswich Town Hall or your local St Elizabeth Hospice shop to purchase a range of Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 merchandise and your allimportant trail map for the summer. More information about the Big Hoot 2022 go to thebighoot.co.uk.

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Following months of anticipation, the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 launched on 19th June.

The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 is the third art trail brought to Ipswich by St Elizabeth Hospice in partnership with creative producers Wild in Art, following the success of Pigs Gone Wild 2016 and Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 2019. As part of the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022, 50 ornately decorated owl, and 65 Little Hoot sculptures have been scattered throughout Ipswich, between 19th June and 3rd September, as part of the biggest free art event in Suffolk. From the iconic Ipswich Waterfront and Cornhill through to Ipswich Town Football Club and Christchurch Park, the Hoots have made their nests for the summer across Suffolk’s county town for all to enjoy. Celia Joseph, community relationships fundraising manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said, “We are so excited to bring the Big Hoot to Ipswich. “The trail has been supported fantastically well by local businesses and organisations sponsoring their own Big and Little Hoots and this can be seen

JULY AT STONHAM BARNS PARK If you are looking for a day out for the whole family, Stonham Barns Park has an abundance of attractions and activities to keep you entertained. Events in the showground this month include Gone to Earth Festival on Friday 15th to Sunday 17th, a weekend of family friendly fun, faeries and flowers bringing you excellent musicians and artists performing traditional folk and medieval music with a modern twist, plus Morris and belly dancing, crafting for adults and children and plenty of food and drink.

Then on Sunday 24th Carrot Town Garage American Car Show is back for the second year featuring anything American as long as it has an engine. Also, every Thursday Charity Bingo

in the Bistro. Bike Nights every 2nd and 4th Thursday and Stonham Car Boot every Sunday. Whilst you are visiting take a visit to the shopping village with over 40 shops and businesses selling gifts, crafts, books, pictures & frames, crystals, clothes, toys, furniture, hair & beauty treatments, homewares, holidays, hot tubs, holistic therapies, trading cards, antiques, and sweets. Also, a post office, convenience store and garden centre. Visit over 90 different birds of prey at The Owl Sanctuary. Paint your own at The Teapot Pottery or purchase a beautiful hand-crafted teapot. Play a round of adventure golf or try the golf simulators in the Golf Park or spend a few hours fishing in the fully stocked lakes. For the younger ones in your family take a visit to Tumbledown Soft Play Barn with Sensory room or let them jump and play on the FREE bouncy pillow, enjoy a train ride, or visit the traditional Stonham Barns Fairground. If you are feeling hungry during your visit there are two great places to eat, the Bistro with its fabulous home cooked food and the Teapot Tea Room with speciality tea and coffee

16th July Mind Body Soul Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm

SOFT PLAY BARN

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July Events

TEAPOT POTTERY & TEA ROOM

Friday 15th - Sunday 17th: GONE TO EARTH Sunday 24th: CTG AMERICAN CAR SHOW ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Every Thurs: Charity Bingo

SUFFOLK OWL SANCTUARY

2nd & 4th Thurs: Bike Nights

HOLIDAY PARK

Food & Refreshments Available

Follow Sunflower Angels via Facebook to keep updated sunflowerangelsevents@gmail.com www.sunflowerangels.com

Every Sun: Car Boot

Other attractions & facilities include: Bistro at the Barns for delicious home cooked food. Fishing lakes and pottery painting.

£2 entrance (U16s FREE) • FREE programme on entry

FREE Car Parking

POST OFFICE

You will find all your essentials at the village stores and deli, a post office and a range of individual shops selling crystals, gifts, crafts, books, jewellery, clothes, furniture, toys, garden products, hair & beauty treatments, homewares, holidays, hot tubs, antiques, sweets and lots more.

FREE: Workshops, Talks, Demos all day

(Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free options)

• For more information visit their website: www.stonhambarns.co.uk or their social media pages.

A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Needham Market Community Centre, School Street, Needham Market, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 8BB

1-2-1 Readings • Retail Stalls • Holistic Treatments

year, why not purchase your very own holiday home. This is a ‘dog friendly’ site and open seven days a week. Whether you visit for the day or stay in their holiday park for a holiday, you will find lots to keep you busy.

and delicious homemade cakes and pastries. With so much to offer at Stonham Barns Park, why not stay for a holiday or short break. You could bring the family and stay in your own tent, caravan, or motorhome, hire a fully furnished bell tent, the cabin, or fully furnished static holiday home or if you want to stay at Stonham Barns again and again for 11 months of the

FAIRGROUND

With so much to offer why not stay in the holiday park, either bring your own tent, caravan or motorhome or stay in one of our luxury bell tents, the cabin or fully furnished holiday homes.

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING (Some attractions may charge) • OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

How to find us: PETTAUGH ROAD, STONHAM ASPAL, SUFFOLK, IP14 6AT

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Oscars at the Odddfellows Every year, members of the Oddfellows nominate those who have made a difference. The awards are presented to the winners at the Annual Conference, this year held in Scarborough. This year’s presentation was slightly unusual as the awards for 2020 and 2021 were presented alongside those for 2022. The “Making a Difference” awards are given to members who have contributed to their Branch over and beyond expectation. Many of the recipients are volunteers who have found a satisfying role within the Oddfellows and have made a difference to their members; whether it be socially, working together, or as a care visitor. Ipswich members nominated their social organiser, Wendy Atkins, in the category of “Working in Mutuality” and she won the award in 2021. Unfortunately, Wendy was unable to attend the Conference to collect her award in person. Teresa Marrable the Branch’s chairman collected on her behalf. Teresa presented the trophy to Wendy at the Branch’s Jubilee tea on Sunday. She said that she was “honoured and humbled to receive such a prestigious award”. She went on to explain that “teamwork came to the fore during the pandemic”. Social Organisers worked together, albeit virtually, to provide entertainment, engagement and support for members across the country. Virtual events included anything from bingo to a murder mystery; from coffee mornings to a talent contest! At the height of lockdown, over 60 members were joining in the fun. The virtual events continue for those who can’t attend “live” meeting for whatever reason. Ipswich members “mingle” with others from N Wales to Norfolk and Yorkshire to Isle of Wight. Virtual friendship has it’s place in keeping up morale. Wendy summed up with, “We can all make a difference, and the award is a wonderful accolade for the Branch” Congratulations to all the winners.

If any reader would like more details of events and membership then please get in touch with Lynne, the Branch secretary, email ipswich.branch@oddfellows.co.uk or phone 01473 251867 For more info you can also check out www.facebook.com/oddfellowsipswich or www.oddfellows.co.uk/events Established in 1810, the Oddfellows is one of the largest and oldest friendly societies in the UK, with 404,000 members across 115 Branches nationwide. They’re a non-profit mutual run by their members for their members, and they do our best to improve the quality of people’s lives through friendship, care and charity. It costs from £25 a year to join as a member and become part of this friendly society. www.oddfellows.co.uk

Personal injury claims:

More to it than just compensation

The main purpose of bringing a claim for compensation for personal injury is to help a person (the “Claimant”) back into the position that they were in before the accident, incident or development of a condition took place, as far as possible. To help achieve this, the main focus of claims is to obtain compensation for the personal injury that has been suffered by the Claimant, along with compensation for the financial losses that flow from that injury such as lost earnings, medication and travel expenses as well as claims for the care provided to those that have been injured and need assistance. However, the process of bringing a claim can often provide much more practical and immediate assistance to Claimants in terms of aiding their physical recovery from their injuries. Personal injury solicitors generally have access to several treatment and rehabilitation providers who can provide rehabilitation to help Claimants get back on track as soon as possible, these include: - Physiotherapy - Psychological treatment - Occupational therapy - Vocation rehabilitation For Claimants who have serious injuries such as severe brain or spinal injuries, there is in fact a Rehabilitation Code in place which enables all parties involved in a personal injury claim to work together to provide early

rehabilitation when it is most required. The purpose of the Code is to enable targeted treatment to take place to maximise a Claimants’ recovery and to allow that assistance to proceed, and which isn’t dependent upon the outcome of the claims litigation. If an insurance company agrees to provide funding for treatment under the terms of the Code, it cannot seek recovery of the costs of that treatment from the Claimant, even if the case is lost or discontinued against the insured person / company at a later date. In terms of their personal injury claim, there is a duty upon a Claimant to try to reduce his / her losses as far as possible and to ensure that where there is an option for treatment to be available that would aid their recovery, that these options are taken. It is therefore important as a personal injury solicitor to consider where we can act to provide injured Claimants with treatment which could much improve their lives, their recovery, and in some circumstances, speed up the settlement of the claims process and bring the claims to a resolution. If you have therefore been involved in an accident and suffered injury, please contact us on 01473 232121, to see if we can help not just in terms of your claim for compensation, but in terms of getting you on the road to recovery.

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■ Decorate Things hotting up at SOS your own owl Now that the summer weather is with us, things are hotting up at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. Having spent the spring months training new birds and building the condition of more established members of the collection, the falconry team are now fully immersed in their busiest season of the year, with a full schedule of flying displays being presented on a daily basis.

Ipswich welcomes the ‘Big Hoot Trail’ during the summer with well over 100 decorated owls for you to find around the town. At Craftability they are continuing with this owl theme by offering children’s workshops throughout the summer. Keep an eye open for more details. They have paper mâché owls of different sizes for you to start your own ‘parliament’! and a huge variety of papers and paint to decorate them with. Craftability still have a good range of competitively priced fabric and haberdashery items. The sun may well come out and a summer dress will be perfect! Many enjoy knitting whilst on the beach or in the garden. Again, they have a good selection of wool and patterns. Craftability have a large selection of cutting dies and stamps that are new but not in their original packaging…. come in and pick up a bargain. So, with paint, tape, dyes, glue, wood, paper and so many more craft items that they can mention make Craftability your one stop shop this summer! As ever, craftability offer a wide range of workshops. Join them with other like-minded people for two to three hours of calming and productive crafting. The website has more details www.craftability-ipswich.co.uk and booking is essential. A reminder that at present the opening times are Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm

Regular visitors to the sanctuary will notice that the nature of the displays has altered slightly, compared to previous years. All flying team birds are now free lofting directly from their new, dual purpose aviaries, through hatches, straight onto the flying ground. It is hoped that their spectacular entrance to proceedings will offer an even more dramatic and thrilling element to the sensational displays during which the audience are able to experience a collection of awe inspiring owls and other birds of prey at close quarters.

The new innovation will also benefit the flying team birds, allowing them totally unrestricted movement around their environment, with no necessity for tethering and improving their overall welfare.

Two flying displays take place every day, at 11.30am and 2.30pm, and a different selection of birds can be witnessed at each display. Although individual flying team members are not chosen until the daily weigh - in each morning, on most

days the team will include a mixture of barn owls, eagle owls, kestrels, falcons, vultures, buzzards, great grey owls and caracaras.

Throughout the site a huge variety of resident birds can also be seen, including tawny, little, snowy, long eared and spectacled owls, steppe, golden and bald eagles, Ruppells griffon vultures and turkey vultures as well as perpetual favourites Woody the very vocal Malaysian Wood Owl and Ozzy the Kookaburra!

The beautiful landscaped centre also includes a pretty woodland walk - home to the shy red squirrel family and cheeky meerkat mob - and a relaxing, shady sensory garden with scented herb bed and bee and butterfly friendly flower borders. The meerkats are fed twice every day at 11am and 2pm and visitors are welcome to watch their antics whilst listening to an Reg. Charity 1086565

interesting and amusing talk about their natural behaviours and characteristics.

The sanctuary is also proud of its custom built children’s play area which includes well designed, inclusive equipment including a double width slide, multi-child swing, wheelchair accessible roundabout and metal speaking tubes.

The newest section of the centre, accessed from the flying ground also features spacious new aviaries, a large, enclosed all-weather sandpit with surrounding observation bench, indoor education area and a new Hedgehog Hotel providing luxury accommodation to rescued and rehabilitated hedgehogs prior to their release back into the wild.

On admission, all visitors receive a coloured wristband with which they can leave and re-enter the sanctuary, without restriction, throughout the day. Visitors are very welcome to picnic within the sanctuary grounds - wheelchair accessible picnic tables are provided and water bottles can be refilled free of charge at reception. Alternatively, Bistro At The Barns is situated a few yards away and offers a wide selection of hot food, snacks and cakes. The sanctuary’s unique owlie gift shop contains a wide range of souvenirs, from pocket money trinkets to finely crafted momentos.

To book admission tickets in advance please use the link from the website www.owl-help.org.uk or for further details please telephone 0345 680 7897.

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at STONHAM BARNS PARK on the A1120

COVID-Secure

OPEN DAILY from 10.00AM OVER 80 OF THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL AND F ASCINATING OWLS & OTHER BIRDS OF PREY plus SOS SAFARI MEERKATS • FERRETS INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND PICNIC AREAS FLYING DISPLAYS DAILY

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The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal IP14 6AT

Includes S.O.S. Safari trail for youngsters ~ ADVANCE BOOKING RECOMMENDED www.owl-help.org.uk

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Suffolk Book League

On Thursday 7th July the author Pamela Holmes will be appearing at the Ipswich Institute, as a guest of the Suffolk Book League. Her first novel, The Huntingfield Paintress (2016) was inspired by a visit to St Mary the Virgin church at Huntingfield near Heveningham. She discovered that between 1859 and 1866, Mildred Holland, wife of William Holland the rector of St Mary the Virgin, painted the church roof creating what Simon Knott, www.suffolkchurches.co.uk, has described as ‘the most elaborate redecoration of a church this

Notes from the farm

Whether it’s a miniature donkey or a Shetland pony, if you enjoy being followed by a baby goat or dropping food onto the tongue in the ever-open mouth of one of the cows, there is always something to see and do at Baylham House Farm. Mini Mouse is still wandering the farm, causing chaos as she goes, hopefully to be joined soon by Penny and Tuppence’s piglets. When they venture forth onto the pathways they’ll happily stop for a tickle and a tummy rub

Throughout July the farm is open as usual to the public with beautiful riverside and lakeside walks, ever popular residents, such as Monty the alpaca and Malcolm the Kune Kune pig, together with this year’s kids and piglets all competing for attention (and food!). Many people come for the day (and at the end of the day plenty of children still don’t want to leave, unless - of course - they can smuggle a kid home with them).

The café is open and there are plenty of places around the farm to enjoy your own picnic. Open all week, 10am until 5pm. • For more details visit BaylhamFarm on Facebook, the website www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk or phone 01473 830264.

county [Suffolk] had seen since the Reformation.’ Esther Freud has described the novel as ‘A slice of Suffolk history brought beautifully to life.’ The author’s second novel, Wyld Dreamers (2021), draws on the years she spent on a Somerset commune in the 1970s. • Doors open at the Ipswich Institute Reading Room & Library, 15 Tavern Street, IP1 3AA at 7pm with the event starting at 7.30. Tickets, £5 for Suffolk Book League members or £10 for non-members, can be obtained via the League’s website www.suffolkbookleague.org/

Climb onboard at the Middy

JULY PROGRAMME - Steam trains and added attractions every Sunday. Steam train rides in genuine Victorian four-wheel coaches but the MidSuffolk Light Railway’s summer programme has an added attraction almost every Sunday including classic and vintage vehicles, model railway shows, even a Steam Punk Day.

3rd July Steam Photo Opportunity & Land Rover Owners Day A special day for steam fans as we will have both the 143 year old Beyer Peacock 0-4-0ST and Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST ‘Wissington’ with us and in steam. Plus plenty of examples of the quintessential Land Rover marque including some very unusual applications of the basic framework. Last year including fire engines and 6 wheel ambulance. 10th July Morris Minor Day More than 1.6 million were manufactured between 1948 and 1972. We have had visits from many individual examples before but today will be the marque’s first exclusive parade at the Middy. 17th July BMW & Norwich Vintage Motor Cycle Clubs Day A great day out for anyone interested in the evolution of the motor-cycle. This will be the second time both clubs together have visited us. 24th July Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers Day

A welcome return to the Narrow Gauge Modellers who take over the Middy site with their many variations on the railway modelling hobby.

31st July Middy Anniversary Day This is a special day for us as it is both the anniversary of the closure of the old Middy - July 26th 1952 - 70 years ago. And 30 years ago - July 1992 the first openings of the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum and the beginning of what we have today. 2 locos in steam and post war music in the morning and 90s music in the afternoon. With the relaxation of Covid strictures visitors can enjoy train rides as many times as they like. All the railway and museum facilities - shop, café, Restoration Shed visits and real ale bar will be open each day the railway is open.

Middy steam locomotives are often joined by Heritage Railway Association award winning Fowler Shredded Wheat shunter. This pretty little engine may be diesel powered, but it has a copper capped exhaust chimney which gives it a very steam like effect. The Middy, together with added attractions, make a fascinating visit for families and rail fans alike. Opening times are from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Prices are £10 adults, £5 children under 16, families (2 + 2) £25, concessions £8.

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Arc of the Sky: JAPAN Reopening Voice Project Choir

The first live performances from the award-winning Voice Project Choir since 2019 will be held in and around Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, Suffolk on Saturday 2nd July 2022 at 6pm and 8pm.

The news many been waiting for, Japan borders re-opened on 10th June for fully inclusive escorted tour passengers. We cannot wait to experience a revitalised Japan, better than ever before. Japan has so much to offer. From a traditional tea ceremony, cooking classes, hot springs, meditation and why not witness sumo wrestling. Japan is a country that can be enjoyed year-round. Autumn leaves, sun and snow and the centuries old tradition of experiencing the cherry blossom. Cherry Blossom season is a popular time to visit, the season runs late March to early May and does get booked up early.

Rail travel will be a memorable part of your Japan experience with the Shinkansen Bullet Train. The rain network is expensive and with speeds reaching 200mph certainly a speedy way to travel.

Many operators feature group tours to Japan including Titan, Travelsphere, Kuoni and Wendy Wu Tours. Wendy Wu have opening offers of travelling companion flies free or 50% off solo travellers on many tours.

Arc of the Sky is a site responsive piece inspired by the idea of a bird’seye view of the spectacular church (widely known as the Cathedral of the Marshes), the surrounding landscape, the Blyth estuary and the coastline. The project first began in early 2020, but lockdown meant cancellation of all live rehearsals and performances. Voice Project co-directors Jonathan Baker and Sian Croose moved everything online and created an acclaimed film instead. The 100-voice choir are now revisiting the project to create new live choral-performances, which will include songs, sounds and images from the film. Arc of the Sky features music written by Jon Baker, Orlando Gough and Sian Croose, with texts by British and American poets including Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Wendell Berry, Jane Draycott and George Szirtes, it explores themes of flight, perspective, scale, solitude and connection. Voice Project Co-director Sian Croose said, “It’s so good to be able to return to live performance. It seems so long since we were last able to do so. Live shows are the lifeblood of music.” The Voice Project are renowned for their innovative approach to choral performance, with specially composed music, poetry and choreography coming together to give audiences a unique, uplifting experience. Arc of the Sky includes elements of promenade performance where audience members are invited to walk with the choir. “We don’t want to exclude anyone” explained Sian’s Co-director Jonathan Baker “So, if anyone has any access/mobility issues they can let us know at the time of booking. We also want to reassure anyone with reservations about attending mass events that we shall be practicing social distancing and that indoor spaces will be well ventilated.” The Arc of the Sky by The Voice Project Choir takes place on Saturday 2nd July at 6pm and 8pm. Promenade performance from 100 voice choir and soloists celebrating Holy Trinity Church the surrounding landscape, estuary and coastline. Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane Blythburgh, Suffolk IP19 9LP, Tickets £15, £12.50, £10 available from www.voiceproject.co.uk

The Classic 11-day Experience Japan Tour will cover Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Snow Monkeys, Mount Fuji, Tokyo and more, prices start from £5790 per person. Now on sale up to 2024 if you are considering a trip to Japan contact Deben Travel on 01394 615620, email team@debentravel.co.uk or pop in to 25 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge.

1. Mount Fuji 2. Hiroshima 3. Kyoto

Top Japan Sights 4. Nara 5. Koyasan 6. Tokyo

7. Snow Monkeys 8. Himeji Castle

gemstone Jewellery.

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Sara’s Success Story

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Get ready for some EVIL!!!

Something wicked this way comes!! Suffolk’s BIGGEST and BEST LOVED outdoor theatre event returns this summer! Red Rose Chain’s THEATRE IN THE FOREST is taking up residency at Sutton Hoo with an epic production of MACBETH! One of Shakespeare’s blood thirstiest tragedies, full of witchcraft, passion and reckless ambition!

Multi award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe has announced she will be playing at Ipswich’s Regent Theatre on Friday 10th February 2023 on her tour Success Story.

See Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before – outdoors and under the stars at Sutton Hoo!

Sara’s last country wide live tour, LadsLadsLads sold every single Edinburgh Fringe ticket before the festival had started and went on to not only critical acclaim but also culminated in two shows at the London Palladium which was also filmed for the BBC2 stand-up special, Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads.

Theatre in the Forest is famed for making Shakespeare accessible and fun for all, staying true to the text while injecting high energy, dance, music, colour and magic! This year, MACBETH promises to be the biggest Theatre in the Forest yet, complete with breath-taking giant witch puppets, created by the Olivier award-winning designers for ‘The Life of Pi’, Nick Barnes Puppets! The magic of Theatre in the Forest begins as soon as you arrive! Audiences can soak up the pre-show atmosphere with a picnic, or with food and drink from The King’s Road Café at Sutton Hoo! And, why not make a day of it and visit Sutton Hoo’s world-famous Anglo-Saxon burial mounds and then watch Theatre in the Forest in the evening! Theatre in the Forest prides itself on being an accessible event, with wheelchair accessible seating and facilities and close-up parking.

• Macbeth will be at Sutton Hoo from 27th until 20th August. Tickets can be booked at www.redrosechain.com/macbeth or from the Box Office on 01473 603388

Sara Pascoe is a highly acclaimed comedian, writer, and actor. She wrote and starred in her recent BBC2 sitcom Out Of Her Mind and is the celebrated host of BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee, BBC’s Last Woman On Earth, Dave’s Comedians Giving Lectures and Comedy Central’s Guessable. Sara can also be seen in the new Amazon series Katherine Ryan Backstage, which is out later this year, she has also hosted the BBC’s Festival of Funny as well Live at The Apollo’s Christmas Special.

Sara also wrote and performed the BBC Radio 4 series Modern Monkey and the BBC2 short Sara Pascoe vs Monogamy, which was inspired by her first book Animal. Her second book, Sex Power Money, was a Sunday Times bestseller, and the accompanying podcast of the same name garnered millions of listens and multiple award nominations during its run. One of the most revered comedians in the UK Sara has also hosted Live at the Apollo and appeared on a host of other best-loved TV shows including Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You?, QI, Would I Lie to You? and 8 out of 10 Cats. Tickets for Sara Pascoe at Regent Theatre, Ipswich on Friday 10 February 2023 are available https://ipswichtheatres.co.uk/ whats-on/sara-pascoe-success-story/

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Primadonna

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Harbour Lights

Primadonna is a three-day familyfriendly festival of books, film, music, comedy, food, DJs and therapies. Enjoy talks, interviews and discussions as well as latenight disco sessions, pop-up dance classes, nature walks, stand-up and much more. This year organisers are welcoming screenwriter Abi Morgan whose credits include The Iron Lady, Suffragette and the hit BBC drama The Split; superstar musician La Roux, singer of smash hits In For the Kill and Bulletproof; Jordan Stephens, rapper and a member of hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks; TV presenter and writer June Sarpong; Sunday Times bestselling-author Cathy Retzenbrink; social media influencers Alex Light and Natalie Lee aka StyleMeSunday; podcaster Viv Groskop; top crime writer Erin Kelly and many more

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One of the area’s favourite bands will appear at Woodbridge Library in July. The Harbour Lights Trio are versatile and entertaining Suffolk musicians who perform mainly East Anglian songs and tunes. They play a range of instruments including concertinas, melodeon, bazouki, guitar, harmonica and cello, switching from one to another as the music requires. With an emphasis on entertainment and audience participation, their material ranges from traditional and music hall songs to more recent gems. This opportunity to sit back, relax, tap your feet and singalong will be on Thursday 21st July at 7.30pm. You can book your seat (£8 adults/£4 students) in person at the Library or by phoning 01394 330855. Drinks will be served during the interval and the seat price includes your glass of wine or juice. All proceeds go to the work of the Friends of Woodbridge Library. Harbour Lights are much in demand to play at local community groups and village concerts, after-dinner entertainment, town twinning events and folk festivals. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a truly East Anglian evening.

Suffolk’s Best Festival

famous names and emerging talent from the world of books, entertainment and music. Some big questions will be asked in sessions like Get Rich or Lie Tryin’, Beauty (Double) Standards, The Power Of Stories, WTF is an NFT?, The Rise of the Queenager and So Much For Therapy. And also having some big fun with Time Machine Disco, Sweet Salone food demos, our Cabaret Showcase, Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet and walkabout Alice in Wonderland. Plus, live bands

across the weekend with headliners soon to be announced. And if you’re a writer (or want to be) Primadonna offers you the chance to rub shoulders with agents, authors and publishers or take the Primadonna Creative Writing ‘Masters’, in partnership with the University of Suffolk. It’s all included in the ticket price. And, that’s not all! There’s plenty more to be announced so keep an eye on the website and socials for up-to-date information at primadonnafestival.com For anyone interested in writing, reading and exploring big ideas, Primadonna is the perfect weekend. They call it ‘the world as it should be’. Join them to find out why! *As voted by the East Anglian Festival Network

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Global Rhythm & Ipswich Jazz Festival

July Events @ Two Sisters Arts Centre

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In July there is a wide variety of events at this fabulous little pocket venue in Trimley St Mary, nr Felixstowe, including the inaugural Felixstowe Maritime Festival . But first, Friday 1st, 7.30pm sees the return of popular jazz band The Chris Ingham Trio featuring the music of Dudley Moore. Thursday 7th, 7.30pm a touring drama Houdini:A Magician Among The Spirits featuring live magic by Joshua Pickering. Friday 8th, 7.30pm Stacks of Sax return with a tale told by saxaphones – Burdock Scones & The Mystery of The Tricky Triads Then from Friday 15th until Monday 18th Felixstowe Maritime Festival comes to Two Sisters with a full programme of events kicking off on Friday 15th, 7.30pm with The Rogue Bouys followed by a double bill on Saturday 16th, 7pm Black & White Productions present Daniel Defoe- The Lockdown Diaries and at 8.30pm storyteller Justine de Mierre presents Deepest Mysteries – Stories from The Sea. On Sunday 17th from 2pm until 4pm there’s a Sea Themed Creative Writing Workshop with Mai Black and on Sunday 7.30pm Poetry, Prose & Music featuring shanty band Felix Stowaways. Lastly on Monday 18th 7.30pm there is a sea themed classical concert from The Champagne Quartet. To finish off the month there is the final jazz evening of the season Friday 29th 7.30pm The Oscar Lyons Quartet Tickets available from Box Office 01394 279613 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ two-sisters-arts-centre

Grab a picnic blanket and head to Christchurch Park in Ipswich on Saturday 2nd July for a free music festival across five stages with 34 different acts featuring jazz, blues, world and Caribbean music. With some top names, the Global Rhythm and Ipswich Jazz Festival has been made possible thanks to a grant from Arts Council England and support from Ipswich Borough Council. The day starts at 1pm and runs through to 7pm. Acts include the National Youth Jazz Orchestra with saxophonist Tony Kofi, Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur, Xhosa Cole Trio, The Cadillac Kings, Paul Lamb and The King Snakes, Bollywood Brass Band, Roots 8, Dee Vine, Dawg E. Slaughter and Afrikan Boy among many others. There will also be participative workshops, food and craft stalls, and a children’s fun fair. In the evening, there are satellite musical events around the town.

This festival forms part of Ipswich Music Weekend. Ipswich Music Day, from Ipswich Borough Council, with opportunities for local bands to perform on the six stages of live entertainment is the following day and is the UK’s biggest free one-day music festival. All in all, it’s a spectacular weekend packed with live music.

• You can find the full festival programme here: https://ipswichjazzfestival.org.uk/global/

2nd July, Christchurch Park

JULY 2022 EVENTS

Friday 1st – 7.30pm (£12/£10) THE CHRIS INGHAM TRIO

Thursday 7th - 7.30pm (£12/£10)

HOUDINI: A MAGICIAN AMONG THE SPIRITS Friday 8th – 7.30pm (£10) STACKS OF SAX

Friday 15th - Monday 18th FELIXSTOWE MARITIME FESTIVAL Friday 7.30pm (£10) ROUGE SHANTY BUOYS Saturday (£12/£10) DOUBLE BILL: 7pm DANIEL DEFOE - THE LOCKDOWN DIARIES 8.30pm Justine De Mierre – STORIES OF THE SEA Sun 2pm-4pm (£5) POETRY WORKSHOP with Mai Black Sun 7.30pm (£10) POETRY, PROSE & MUSIC featuring FELIX STOWAWAYS Monday 7.30pm (£10) CHAMPAGNE QUARTET

Friday 29th – 7.30pm (£10) Jazz - OSCAR LYONS QUARTET

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Group Exercise Classes: Stretch and Strengthen 5.15pm-6.15pm and JazzFit 6.15pm-7.15pm. Copdock and Washbrook Village Hall. Contact dancefituk@mail.com www.dancefituk.com Woodbridge Citizen’s Advice, Advice, Woodbridge Library, 10am-noon. Weekly Healing, Cedars Spiritualist Church (39 Fonnereau Rd, Ipswich IP1 3JH) from 7-9pm exc Bank Holidays. Further details thecedars46@gmail.com

Every Tuesday

Charity Bingo Night, Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Rd, Woodbridge, IP12 4AU. 7.45pm9.45pm. More info 01728 660766 Craft group group.. The Salvation Army, Queens Way 10-12noon. £1.50 per session. Refreshments and lunch available at extra cost. Everyone welcome. For more details please call 01473 710721 email ipswich.priory@salvationarmy.org.uk Co op Senior Singers, friendly group singing a wide variety of songs for pleasure. No audition required. 10.0011.30am at the West Suffolk College, formerly the Co-op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JW. Contact Vera on 01473 879817. Arts & Crafts Group, Castlehill Community Centre, 1.30-3.30pm. All welcome, £2 per session. For more information call Lois on 07951 779271 Short Mat Bowls in a friendly and local location at the Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP8 3SL, 10am-12pm £4.00 members £3.00 guests. Contact 07785 236726 or 07808 628945

Every Wednesday

Lunch club club,, The Salvation Army, Queens Way 12.30. Main course, dessert and cup of tea £5. Everyone welcome. Please call 01473 710721 to book in advance. Anyone for Bridge? Woodbridge Library 3.45-5.15pm, £2 per person

Every Thursday

Kurling and Boccia. Boccia. Ipswich Oddfellows 37 High St Ipswich, 10m, £2.50 members. 01473 251867 Bingo Club,, Dumbarton Road Hall, 2-4pm, entrance fee £1. Tea & coffee served. Info: Chris on 01473 404190

Every Friday

Art for fun,, The Salvation Army, Queens Way 10-12noon. £2.50 per session. Refreshments and lunch available at extra cost. Everyone welcome. For more details please call 01473 710721 Baby Boppers: Movement & Music for ages 1-4, every Friday 9.15am10am, Copdock Village Hall. Contact dancefituk@mail.com / 07516 332915. Dance & Fitness: Fridays at Copdock Village Hall. JazzFit 10am-11am. Adult Ballet (all abilities) 11.15am12.15pm. Stretch & Strengthen 12.15pm1.15pm. Contact dancefituk@mail.com www.dancefituk.com Chess Club at Woodbridge Library, 4.30pm. Contact library for further info

Knitting Group,, Woodbridge Library, 2pm - 4pm. For all types of knitters from expert to beginners, sewing to crochet, come and share your knowledge or pick up some tips. Friends Round Friday - Rushmere Good Neighbour Scheme. Dumbarton Rd Scout Hall, Ipswich. Free refreshments, all ages, toddler corner. Books, games, puzzles, chat, companionship and a cuppa. More info Michelle on 07570 093097 Short Mat Bowls in a friendly and local location at the Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP8 3SL, 10am-12pm £4.00 members £3.00 guests. Contact 07785 236726 or 07808 628945

Every Saturday

HMS Ganges Museum Museum,, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. www.hmsgangesmuseum.com Mannings Weekend Market, Mannings, Felixstowe Seafront, 10-4pm.

Every Sunday

Car Boot, Boot, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Rd, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. More info go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 HMS Ganges Museum Museum,, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. www.hmsgangesmuseum.com R.A.F. Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum. Explore the fascinating history of an airfield that went from 1917 through two World Wars and txo the Jet Age. Open 3rd April-27th Oct, 2-4.30pm. Located behind Parkers Place, off Eagle Way, Martlesham Heath IP5 3UZ Mannings Weekend Market, Mannings, Felixstowe Seafront, 9-5pm. Ipswich Transport Museum Old Trolley Bus Depot, Cobham Rd, Ipswich open 11am until 4pm Large collection of vehicles, manufactured and/or operated, in Ipswich and the Ipswich Engineering Collection. Also extensive collection of transport and engineering memorabilia. Tea room, gift shop. For info 01473 715666 or www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk

Sat 2nd July

Live Country Music & Dance featuring Bobby Graham with special guest Tony Wall. Rickinghall Village Hall, Hinderclay Rd, Rickinghall, Diss. Doors 6.45pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £6, tel: 01473 912626 or 07951 099519 (you are welcome to bring your own food & drink. Live Music: Flashdance. Licensed bar, cooked food 7-9.30pm, £5 Members, £6 Non-members. Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 4AB, Music 8-11pm. Table Top Sale. St Matthews Church, Ipswich, proceeds to FIND Food Bank charity and Drop-in Shop. Free entry, Free Tea and Coffee, Biscuits. Everyone welcome to event.

Sun 3rd July

RSPCA Fun Dog Show and Fair, Fair, Earl Stonham Village Hall, Forward Green, IP14 5HJ, 11.30am-3.30pm. Free entry

and parking. Dog show registration from noon, judging from 1pm. Stonham Car Boot Boot,, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Rd, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Thurs 7th July

Charity Bingo Night, Night, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Thurs 7th-Sat 9th July

Into The Light, a revue show by The Orchard Players in celebration of coming out of Covid. Capel St Mary Community Centre, 7.30pm. Tickets £10, Cons £8 Box office 07793 820215

Sat 9th July

Live Music: Nikki & the Switchblades Switchblades. Licensed bar, cooked food 7-9.30pm, £5 Members, £6 Non-members. Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 4AB, Music 8-11pm.

Sun 10th July

Stonham Car Boot Boot,, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Wed 13th-Fri 15th July

Billy Elliot The Musical Musical,, Kesgrave High School. Main Rd, Kesgrave - tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk

Wed 13th July

My Life in International Athletics Athletics.. Bill Tancred MBE, Broadway House, Orwell Road, Felixstowe, 7.30pm. Full details, visit felixstowefhs.onesuffolk.net

Thurs 14th July

Charity Bingo Night Night,, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 Bike Nights, Nights, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Fri 15th-Sun 17th July

Gone to Earth Earth,, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Sat 16th July

Mind Body Soul Soul,, 1-2-1 readings, retail stalls, holistic treatments, free workshops, talks, demos all day. Needham Market Community Centre, School St, Needham Market IP6 8BB. £2 entry (U16s Free). Food & refreshments available, free car parking. www.sunflowerangels.com Live Music: Sean. Licensed bar, cooked food 7-9.30pm, £5 Members, £6 Nonmembers. Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 4AB, Music 8-11pm.

Sun 17th July

Stonham Car Boot, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Thurs 21st July

Charity Bingo Night Night, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Fri 22nd July

Family History drop-in session with Felixstowe Family History Society, 10.15-noon at Broadway House, Orwell Road, Felixstowe IP11 7DD.

Sat 23rd July

Coffee Morning Morning,, 10am-12 noon, St Mary’s Church Room, Bramford. Bacon rolls, hot dogs, scones, sausage rolls etc. iao church maintenance Live Music: Rioy Orbison tribute. Licensed bar, cooked food 7-9.30pm, £5 Members, £6 Non-members. Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 4AB, Music 8-11pm.

Fri 22nd-Sun 24th July

Felixstowe Carnival Carnival.. Starting with a Proms Concert on Friday, through to the lively and entertaining street procession on Saturday and ending with fireworks on Sunday. The theme for 2020 is ‘Heroes & Villains’… who will yours be?

Sun 24th July

GTC American Car Show Show,, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. More info go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 Stonham Car Boot, Boot, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. More info go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Thurs 28th July

Charity Bingo Night Night,, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. More info go to www. stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 Bike Nights,, Nights Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. More info go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 Wildlife Safari Safari. Join Countryside Manager to learn about some of the unexpected wildlife that call Orford Ness home. - Book 01394 450900

Sat 30th July

Live Music: Kristie. Licensed bar, cooked food 7-9.30pm, £5 Members, £6 Non-members. Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 4AB, Music 8-11pm.

Sun 31st July

*Submissions listed subject to space availability. – No responsibility can be accepted for cancellation of events, if in doubt contact the event organiser before travelling.

Every Monday

Suffolk Dog Day. All day event at Helmingham Hall, Helmingham Stonham Car Boot, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 13

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Choosing a dog that will suit you Dogs of all ages are appealing, so it is easy to get carried away with the idea of taking a dog home without thinking of the consequences. Your dog may be with you for 15 years or more, so consider the time, effort and money required. Your dog’s health and happiness will be your responsibility, so if you do not think you can provide care for the rest of the dog’s life, please do not get one. Remember, you will be responsible for behaviour – your dog must be taught good manners and be well socialised. Should unforeseen circumstances arise and you can no longer care for the pet, a dog with bad manners might face an uncertain future.

Which dog should I choose? Before you take on a dog, consider what type suits you best. For example, a terrier will have a different temperament from a herding breed, and a guarding breed will be different from a toy breed. There are many books and magazines devoted to giving information on breed differences, so conduct your research carefully and in depth before committing. There are also breed rescue societies, dedicated to particular breeds, and websites giving good information on dogs. Taking on an adult dog An adult dog may be a better option than a puppy, because the dog will probably be house trained and more settled. Your dog will probably have passed the chewing

and destructive stage of life, and habits – both good and bad will have been formed! However, do remember that an adult dog will reflect previous upbringing, so there may be some problems to try to overcome.

return the dog or get ongoing help and advice.

If you are taking an adult dog, the chances are it will be a rescue dog from one of three sources: a charity such as Blue Cross, a private home where the owners are unable to look after the dog any longer, or a breed rescue club.

Other points to remember • Veterinary treatment can be expensive, so pet insurance is highly recommended. There are many different policies available, so speak to your veterinary practice.

For pure breeds, a breed rescue club will be able to give you advice about the specific breed, and about any individual dogs they are trying to find new homes for.

If you go to a charity centre, be guided by the staff. They know the animals in their care, and have a lot of experience in matching dogs with the right homes.

• It is still a legal requirement for dogs to have a collar and tag giving the owner’s name and address. In addition, microchipping is recommended as a means of identification.

Taking a dog from a private home is more problematic. The person you are getting the dog from may not be the first owner, and the dog may have had several homes, so you will not get a lot of information about background. Also, if any problems arise, it is unlikely you will be able to

• Exercise is essential to your dog’s well-being, both on and off the lead walking. How much exercise is required will depend on the type and size of dog you have, but one good walk every day is the minimum.

• Training is ongoing. You can teach an old dog new tricks, so investigate training classes in your locality – vets’ practices, rescue centres and dog wardens will have details.

If you research carefully and make sure you are prepared and able to spend the time, money and energy on your new companion, you will reap the rewards. If, however, you have problems or need advice, organisations such as Blue Cross, or the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors may be able to help.

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Be happier with a dog than without one!

MAD ABOUT PETS

■ Those with a dog have 69 per cent more ‘meaningful’ interactions – one-to-ones which boost their overall mood - a month than those without a pet. The study of 2,004 adults also found dog owners benefit from the simple act of walking their canine chum, as 31 per cent feel less lonely when they go for a stroll with their pet. But that’s not where the benefits to having a dog end four-legged friends have a huge positive impact on those with disabilities too. Dog owners with disabilities have almost four times as many meaningful conversations a month than disabled people without dogs – 11 compared to three interactions. And 81 per cent of disabled dog owners attributed their social interactions and connections to their pooch.

The study was commissioned by MORE THAN Insurance UK Charity Dogs for Good. The insurance provider and charity have joined forces with TV presenter, Lorraine Kelly, and her border terrier, Angus, to highlight the positive impact dogs have on curbing loneliness.

Lorraine said, “My dog has been instrumental in improving my mental health and just taking Angus out for a walk is great exercise, it helps me mentally and it means I meet lots of people on our walks. “I didn’t know many people when I first moved from Scotland but taking Angus out was the best way to make friends in my new home. Dogs truly are such a valuable part of so many of our lives, and the work of Dogs for Good clearly makes a huge difference to many people with disabilities.”

The study also found 52 per cent of dog owners with disabilities have developed deeper, longer lasting friendships with someone they met when out for a walk. While only five per cent of disabled adults who don’t own a dog have established similar relationships. A further four in five disabled dog owners said interacting with new people helps relieve feelings of isolation and loneliness. And 81 per cent find it easier to make new acquaintances when accompanied by their hound. In comparison, 50 per cent of non-dog owners said they rarely interact with new people, according to the OnePoll research.

James Loder, Director at MORE THAN insurance, said, “The physical and mental benefits of dog ownership speak for themselves. Dog owners have more opportunities for social interaction and our research shows we also make far more meaningful connections thanks to our four-legged friends. We want to shine a spotlight on our relationship with dogs. “So that more people can benefit from this, particularly those with disabilities whose lives can be impacted even more substantially by establishing a strong relationship with dogs and

Dog on a lead day

Zoe Willingham, Owner, founder at Best Behaviour Dog Training is launching an exciting new campaign to raise awareness of the growing plight of dog owners struggling to walk their dogs without harassment from off lead dogs. Zoe’s mission is to help as many people as possible to have a stress-free walk. Zoe hopes this awareness day will provide people with the opportunity to think about how they walk their dogs and what they can do to make lead walking fun for their dogs and a time for connection with their best friend. It has become all too commonplace that dogs are let off the lead with unreliable recall, to cause havoc for other dog owners and even harmful to livestock. Who has heard the “It’s okay he’s friendly” being shouted as an out of control off lead dog approaches your well trained dog on a lead? There are many reasons people may be reluctant to walk their dogs on a lead – perhaps their dog has never been taught how to walk nicely on-lead or maybe they simple feel it is what the dog needs. Some people even believe that dogs need to be off-lead as much as possible for them to have a nice life. This is simply not the case. “We want to use this day to encourage dog owners to utilise this powerful tool to protect their own and others’ dogs, as well as livestock, and use it as an opportunity to spend quality time connecting with their pets.” Says Zoe, “We would love for people to join in by using the hashtag, #DogOnALeadDay, to let us know how your on-lead walks are going! Share your struggles and successes, so we can help the nation improve the quality of their on-lead walks and showcase the fun to be had! “We want people getting creative, coming up with their own ways of celebrating their relationship with their dog on a lead and uniting to support the community of reactive dog owners.” • To find out how to Celebrate #DogOnALeadDay visit bestbehaviourdogtraining.co.uk

fully harnessing the benefits they can bring.” “This is something Dogs for Good help with, by providing disabled people and families with assistance dogs and expert advice, and we’re proud to support them.”

Peter Gorbing, CEO of Dogs for Good, added, “We know how hard it can be for some people to experience social interactions regularly, particularly those with disabilities who may be more susceptible to social isolation. “Dog ownership presents opportunities for social interactions that have long-term positive benefits on the lives of owners – both physically and

mentally. Our work is focussed on assisting disabled people to live more independently at home, enabling them to play an active role in their wider community if they wish.

“Creating opportunities for greater social interaction is an important part of that process —and what better way to do that than by having a four-legged companion by your side.”

If you are a dog owner, Dogs for Good wants to hear about your own social interactions while taking your canine friend for a walk. Go to https://www. dogsforgood.org/smile/ to share yours. • www.morethan.com/pet-insurance/ dogs-for-good

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Times have changed since the early days of the charity’s work, in 1897, helping the working horses of London, who were often underfed, struggled to carry heavy loads and became injured on slippery asphalt roads created for new motor vehicles. Today, Blue Cross, who operates across the UK, continues to support pets and their people through its rehoming, veterinary, animal behaviour and pet bereavement services.

charity does in 2022. We are needed today more than ever, with people seeking help after an impulse purchase of a pet online from unscrupulous sellers. Something which sadly we know increased during the pandemic, with pet theft and scams online escalating and costs for puppies rocketing into the thousands.

“We strongly advise anyone thinking of getting a pet to look at a rescue who has been fully assessed and checked by a vet before adoption. If buying a puppy, then we strongly recommend thorough research before hitting the ‘buy now’ button online.”

Blue Cross strives to improve the lives of vulnerable pets and has made vast improvements to how pets are rehomed. The charity recognises that the kennel environment can be very unsettling for some pets, so in addition to rehabilitating animals at their Centres, also rehomes pets directly from their current home, wherever possible, or places homeless pets in a foster home until their perfect match is found. Blue Cross is working in new ways to expand even more across the UK in the future, to keep pets and their people together through wider support from its animal behaviourists and increasing access to veterinary and rehoming services.

In recent times, an increase in people working from home has led to a reported increase in pet ownership in the UK. Over 60% of people agree that the pandemic has made them realise the importance of owning a pet, with 42% agreeing that owning a pet is vital to combatting loneliness.

With an increased demand for pets, issues such as illegal puppy breeding and online scams have continued to reach new heights. Over 30% of people agree that there’s a need for better legislation around the breeding and sale of puppies in the UK to ensure these practices are better regulated and unscrupulous breeders and scammers are stopped. Since its formation in 1897, the Blue Cross animal welfare charity estimates that a staggering 38 million lives have been positively impacted. The charity prides itself on supporting pets and their owners and plans to help more than 120,000 pets over the next three years through their rehoming, clinical, education and behavioural support services.

2022 is the 125th anniversary of Blue Cross, originally ‘Our Dumb Friends League’. The charity formed to help vulnerable pets and their owners and they continue this work today across their rehoming, clinical, animal behaviour, pet bereavement support and educational work. They are striving to be able to help even more pets in the future live healthy lives in happy homes. Blue Cross relies on the support and donations of pet lovers to continue their vital work, to find out more and make a donation visit www. bluecross.org.uk/125-years-of-blue-cross

BLUE CROSS The charity also actively campaigns to improve the welfare of the nation’s pets and support their owners and people thinking of taking on a new pet – as a vast many did during the pandemic.

Kerry Taylor, Education Manager at Blue Cross said, “We are very proud of our heritage and the work the

Survey results show that perceptions of pets and horses 125 years ago were that they were considered as working animals for hunting, transport, gambling and entertainment purposes as well as symbols of wealth. The research shows that today almost twothirds of us now perceive our pets as an equal and respected member of the family or a best friend.

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Suffolk Dog Day brings #Pawpower to county Suffolk Dog Day, sponsored by Skinner’s and Pound Gates, makes a distinctly regal return to Helmingham Hall on Sunday 31st July, with one clear message - to help Suffolk reset, recover and recharge post pandemic – on two legs and four! There will be nationwide celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and together, across this wonderful County, we are making 2022 a year of celebration for us all - this is a year that sets the vision for the future of Suffolk. Suffolk Dog Day is extremely proud to be part of a series of events across the summer, that will make up the Festival of Suffolk. There is much talk of hope and excitement as our summer diaries begin to fill with plans-aplenty, making it a truly PAWSITIVE year to remember! Tim Holder, Head of Public Affairs at Suffolk Community Foundation says, ‘We could not be more thrilled to bring Suffolk Dog Day back to Helmingham Hall, as part of HM Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. It has been a long wait for Suffolk Dog Day lovers to see this well-loved event back up and running. There will be everything you could want from the day – from a Royal Fancy Dress Procession and Breed Parades (where the Corgi will lead the way!) to dynamic dog displays, have-a-go-activities, demonstrations and brilliant advice from our friendly canine experts.” With every penny raised having always been donated to support the work of Suffolk charities and community groups, the County’s largest date in the canine calendar has already raised almost £600K and supported over 250 projects across every corner of Suffolk. The original idea for Suffolk Dog Day work came about over a decade ago when a group of friends wanted to raise money to support the work of Suffolk Community Foundation. Lead volunteers Richard Cooper and Robin Vestey are sharing the role of ‘Top Dog’ this year. Richard says, “The original idea was that

a few volunteers would put on a small dog show for the locals in Helmingham. Here we are, only a little over a decade later and #PawPower has helped support so much great work in Suffolk. It has fed families via foodbanks, relieved the loneliness of older people, supported those fighting addiction, experiencing domestic violence or sexual abuse, the list of great work supported continues to grow every year”. Robin says “We really loved the idea of having a Festival of Suffolk this year, to help to get the County back on it’s feet. When we were invited to join in, there was no hesitation. The Festival’s aim is the same as our own, to help Suffolk Recover, Reset and Re-charge for the future. We know from all the messages we receive, that people are so looking forward to the return of Suffolk Dog Day. It’s been the favourite event for the family for almost a generation and we hope it will make a strong contribution to getting Suffolk out and about and returning to normality post pandemic. With all the money raised being dedicated to supporting local mental health and well-being projects we can also support those who are finding things harder at the moment, to get the help they need to recover.” Laura Ripman, Event Manager says, “This is a fantastic family day out for all to enjoy, we really look forward to coming together after all this time and to celebrate the love, happiness and companionship our four-legged friends bring to our lives!

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Ipswich24 has got two pairs of tickets to give away to lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning this great prize just send your answer to the following question along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Suffolk Dog Day Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at www.ipswich24.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Friday 22nd July 2022.

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The Good Dogg is a pet lifestyle store and grooming salon opened in Woodbridge, May 2021. They sell everything for eat, play, sleep, treat, groom, walk and wear, and are fully stocked with a variety of independent brands along with their own line of beds and toys. At The Good Dogg they source all of their products responsibly and try to offer the highest quality products for you and your beloved hound. The Good Dogg offer 1-1 dog grooming in their in-store grooming salon. Their qualified groomers can groom breeds of all sizes and temperaments. If you have a nervous dog or a new pup they can work with you to introduce them positively into grooming with their calm and tailored approach. They can also offer advice on nutrition, grooming and wellbeing for your dog, with The Good Dogg in store pet grocer stocking a range of natural grain free dry food and high quality raw food they can help get your fussy dog on the right track. With availability in their grooming salon for new customers. You can book a groom in store, call The Good Dogg or use their easy online booking system! Visit The Good Dogg at 8 Church Street, Woodbridge IP12 1DH

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Dogs offer great companionship A newly released study carried out by Dogs Trust has revealed that around eight in ten owners said companionship for themselves was a reason they got a dog. The research, which involved collecting data from a large number of respondents (8,050 current and 2,884 potential dog owners were surveyed), sought to explore owners’ motivations for acquiring dogs. Other popular reasons to get a dog were to help a dog in need, which had been the motivation for half of current owners, and many current and potential owners wanted a dog to encourage them to exercise, with nearly three quarters of potential owners giving this as their reason. Katrina Holland and Rebecca Mead, researchers at Dogs Trust who led the study, said, “Despite the huge popularity of dogs in the UK, there is a lack of published evidence exploring exactly why people get dogs. As the UK’s leading canine charity, we wanted to address this gap and, while there are no big surprises from what we

found, we’re really glad to have some solid evidence about why people choose to bring a dog into their life.” Commonly mentioned dog qualities included their ‘loving’ and ‘loyal’ nature and some participants distinguished dogs’ roles and qualities from those of other pets, including cats, highlighting the distinct kind of companionship they offer. People who had previously owned a dog referred to this experience as a motivating factor for getting a dog again, with prior ownership a reported influence for around three quarters of potential owners. ners saying this had influenced them. Three broad themes emerged from the analysis: - Social-Based Motivation - Some reported reasons for getting a dog could be categorised as being influenced by others – either human or dog. In some cases, these social-based motivations reflected a desire to benefit others. - Self-Related Motivation - Participants highlighted various ways in which they perceived dogs – or aspects

of dog ownership – to benefit owners and enrich their lives. Many participants referred to valued aspects of human– dog relationships and interactions, including companionship or friendship. - Dog-Related Positive Affect-Based Motivation - Many participants expressed positive feelings towards dogs and this study’s quantitative data confirms the potentially important role of previous experiences of owning or meeting dogs in motivating the decision to acquire one.

Keeping your canine friends cool As temperatures soar, Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is offering top tips to help owners make sure dogs can stay safe and happy in the sun and keep cool. The charity is advising dog owners how they can keep their canine companions cool – indoors as well as outdoors - and prevent them from overheating as the days get hotter. • Avoid walking or activities either indoors or outdoors with your dog at the hottest times of the day, so early morning or later in the evening is often best. • Always take plenty of water with you when out with your dog and make sure they have access to fresh water at home at all times. • Tarmac can get very hot in the sun – check it with your hand before letting your dog walk on it so they don’t burn their paws. Try the ‘five-second test’ – if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws • If you cannot avoid taking your dog out in the car on a hot day, even if travelling a short distance, avoid travelling during the hottest times of the day. • Never leave your dog in a vehicle on a warm day. Not even with the window open. (Leaving your pet alone in a vehicle or tied up outside can also put them at greater risk of being stolen.) • Use a cooling mat or wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a tea towel for your pet to lie on if they wish. • Use cold treats from the fridge for added moisture or make an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients. • Don’t let your pet get sunburnt - use pet-safe sun cream. • Know the early signs of heatstroke which include panting, difficulty breathing, tiredness, less keen to play, drooling and vomiting, and take immediate action.

those you’d find in a toilet or kitchen roll, including teaching your dog how to perform a perfect figure 8 and popping scrunched up newspaper or any paper items in an empty box and dropping in some treats or toys for your dog to find. Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, says, “There are so many things we can do to make sure our dogs stay happy and healthy in hot weather, but it is crucial we keep a close eye on them, even if playing indoors. “Many people still believe it’s OK if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s not and we strongly advise that dog owners never leave their dog in a car on a warm day, even if it feels cool outside.” If you see a dog in a car in distress, Dogs Trust advises that members of the public call 999. • For more information and advice, see www.dogstrust.org.uk/advice

If you spot these signs -

• stop exercising your dog, bring them inside into a shaded and cool area or an air-conditioned car/ building and seek veterinary advice immediately. • give your dog a drink of room temperature water, allowing only small amounts. • if your dog is conscious, start pouring small amounts of cool water onto the dog’s body and re-apply water regularly until their breathing starts to settle, but not so much that they start to shiver. • don’t use wet towels as this can restrict air flow and make the dog’s body temperature rise even further, as can happen with cooling jackets/ coats.

Dogs Trust says that having fun with your dog indoors can be just as stimulating as a walk, but owners still need to be aware that they need to make sure their dogs stay cool indoors too, so choosing the coolest room in the house, staying out of direct sunlight, always having fresh water available and making sure your dog has somewhere cool to relax and sleep. To help owners keep their dogs entertained indoors Dogs Trust has come up with eight ways to have fun with a cardboard box and tubes, such as

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From pulling to perfect Owners not prepared Heelwork is by far the most common issue that clients come to us about and that is simply because it usually an activity that most people do once or twice a day with their dogs. If the dog is a puller on the lead, any lead time can become very stressful, frustrating and in worst case scenarios dangerous for the dog and owner. This usually results in the owners looking for methods to manage this with the use of head collars, harnesses and other equipment or avoid lead walking all together. The use of equipment whilst occasionally successful in making walking more pleasant do not solve the problem, but merely mask it by making it uncomfortable for the dog to pull. To successfully train your dog to walk nicely on the lead takes consistency. When we say consistency, we mean consistency that during the learning process the dog is prevented from practising the pulling behaviour. As usually a dog pulls to get to something it wants, smells, dogs, people, the park for example. So, every time we allow our dogs to pull we are inadvertently rewarding them by letting them move closer to their goal. Dogs are simple creatures on the face of it, in general they repeat behaviours we reward and do behaviours less that we interrupt. We teach loose lead walking by use of treats and building a reward history of being in the correct position, combined with stopping and resetting if the dog pulls. Quickly the dogs realise that nothing is to be gained by pulling but remaining on a loose lead in the correct position they get rewarded by praise and treats but also by continuing forward. If you would like to take your pooch from pulling to perfect, then please get in touch for more information. Jemma Martin – Whistle and Wag Dog Training www.whistleandwag.dog -make every day a good dog day-

for upheaval of pets

More than a third of devoted pet owners admit they were totally unprepared for the commitment - and mess - their furry friends would bring to the household. But vet bills, picking up poo and barking or meowing all hours of the night are nothing compared to the chaos caused by the molting of fourlegged family members. A poll of 2,000 dog and cat owners revealed half are disgusted by the hair and mess their pets create in their home. And 27 per cent admitted to finding cat or dog hair in their food, while one in 10 have even found them on their toothbrush. As a result, nearly a fifth went as far as to say they weren’t prepared for the hair and muck their furry friend would create. It also emerged 32 per cent have been left red-faced after guests had pet hair in their food, with 15 per cent refusing to invite people into their home as a result. they ‘accepted’ their home would Luke Harding, general manager of always be riddled with cat or dog Electrolux UK & Ireland for home hairs, and simply stopped caring and kitchen appliance maker AEG, taking a year and eight months to which commissioned the research, get to this point. It also emerged 24 said, “Pets always make a great per cent find they notice pet hairs addition to the home, but they come less often in other people’s homes with a number of commitments. than their own. But 61 per cent even “Whether it’s paying vet bills or find themselves questioning how insurance, ruining furniture or their animal’s hair has managed to shedding all over the house – they find its way into the most unusual can be a handful. of places. And 38 per cent claimed “But they can also give back so dogs are the biggest culprits when much more, and I think our research it comes to leaving fur lying around just goes to show that no matter the house. how much hair or embarrassment Despite the research findings, your pet may cause, they are still conducted via OnePoll, seven in 10 worth the graft.” wouldn’t dream of getting rid of their The study also found 35 per cent of pet for a cleaner house. Although 41 pet owners wished their fluffy pals per cent think they need to replace didn’t shed so much hair, with 28 per their broken or tired vacuum cleaner cent feeling like they spend all of their to make lighter work of the pet’s time cleaning up fur from around the shedding coat around their home. house. In fact, the average owner Luke Harding added, “Keeping on estimates they spend two hours and top of animal hair in your home 18 minutes a week sweeping and can be tricky – especially when you vacuuming up unsightly pet hair. can’t see it and it’s not until you find The sofa, clothes, in their bed and it on your clothes that you realise even their mouth are among the it’s there. But a decent vacuum and spots that frequently gather canine cleaning schedule can make a huge and feline hairs. However, six in 10 difference – tackle the hair before it reckon they reached a point where gets elsewhere.”

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LIFESTYLE INTERIORS EXTERIORS GARDENS

Knowing the cost of things A study of 2,000 adults revealed just how much people spend on various items and everyday ‘essentials’ compared to how often they are used – to work out the cost of each use, as the nation feels the pinch of the rising cost of living. Based on an average monthly cost of £48.30 a month, Wi-fi was found to cost £1.73 a day, or just over seven pence an hour.

something at some point in their life. And one in eight have felt ripped off after buying items they hardly use, with 60 per cent wanting to make

When it comes to household items, a vacuum costs £158.80 and is used three times a week over a seven year period - setting owners back 14 pence each time. While a laptop amounts to 22 pence per use over nine years, with an average of £526 being spent on the original purchase. The research was commissioned by exclusively full fibre Internet Service Provider Hyperoptic, which has created an online tool to help you work out the cost per use of items, from broadband to gym memberships. It comes after 53 per cent said they feel have wasted money on

sure they get their money’s worth. It also emerged that comparing monthly outgoings to outright costs found a mobile phone sets those paying for the handset cost per month back £1.56 each time it’s used. Whereas paying for the handset up front only amounts to 64 pence a time, assuming it isn’t replaced for a year and a half. Forms of transport came in at 20 pence per ride on a bicycle, which is kept for an average of five-anda-half years before being replaced. But public transport results in a hefty spend of £5.24 each time a tube or bus pass is used. Charles Davies, MD ISP, Hyperoptic,

said, “Put into perspective, it’s interesting to see just how much things cost each time they are picked up and used – from mobile phones that we’re constantly on, to household items that may only get used once a week, if that.” The study also found 68 per cent of adults consider the upfront cost when buying an item, while 59 per cent think about the long-term spend. More than two thirds also contemplate how long something will last when buying it, with 46 per cent happy to spend more on a product they’ll use regularly. The top items Brits believe they get their money’s worth for included their car (36 per cent), vacuum (37 per cent) and dishwasher (23 per cent). While gym memberships (15 per cent), mobile phones (14 per cent) and Wi-Fi (14 per cent) are the things people think they paid too much for the last time they bought them. Before committing to a purchase, Brits compare an average of five broadband providers, seven bicycles and six TVs. Worryingly, 43 per cent have been caught out by a price hike in the past and many have already seen the likes of heating (70 per cent), public transport costs (47 per cent) and mobile phone bills (36 per cent) increase in the past year. As a result, three in 10 of those polled via OnePoll cancelled or changed electricity supplier and a quarter have switched Wi-Fi provider. Charles added, “It’s interesting to see what will make people switch and how many items or providers adults compare before making that move.”

COSTS PER USE 1. Laptop: costs £526.10 to buy, is replaced every 109 months (9 years) and is used 5 times a week = 22 pence per use 2. Car when bought outright: costs £9804 to buy, is replaced every 35 months (2.9 years) and is used 4 times a week = £16.25 per use 3. Car when paid for monthly: costs £135.60 a month (£33.90 a week) and is used 4 times a week = £8.48 per use 4. Vacuum: costs £158.80, is replaced every 84 months (7 years) and is used 3 times a week = 14 pence per use 5. Mobile phone when bought outright: costs £403.40, is replaced every 18 months (1.5 years) and is used 8 time a week = 64 pence per use 6. Mobile phone on contract: costs £50 a month (£12.50 a week) and is used 8 times a week = £1.56 per use 7. Bicycle: costs £228.10, is replaced every 67 months (5.6 years) and is used 4 times a week = 20 pence per use 8. Smart speaker: costs £139.40, is replaced every 90 months (7.5 years) and is used 5 times a week = 7 pence per use 9. Wi-Fi: costs £48.30 a month (£12.07 a week, £1.73 a day) 10. Public transport: costs 10. £83.80 a month (£20.95 a week) and is used 4 times a week = £5.24 per use

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How was a maths class for you? Did it spark your imagination and make your neurons whizz excitedly around your brain, or were you staring longingly out of the window, waiting as the seconds ticked slower than a garden snail?

To help residents and visitors stay active and explore more of East Suffolk, over 70 miles of digital trails are now available to enjoy through the walking app Go Jauntly. Supported by the ERDF Welcome Back Fund, East Suffolk Council is working to encourage people to visit their local high streets following the pandemic. As part of this work, the Council has partnered with health and wellness company Go Jauntly who run a multi award-winning walking and wayfinding app of the same name, to deliver a series of new East Suffolk digital trails. Using the free Go Jauntly mobile app, East Suffolk residents and visitors can enjoy over 70 miles of walking trails across the district. The trails promote each of the district’s 12 main towns and villages, celebrating their individual characters and encouraging people to explore more of the local area. In a joint comment, Cllrs Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism and Craig Rivett, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development said, “These new digital trails will help both residents and visitors to explore more of East Suffolk, from our unique market towns to our beautiful countryside. As well as discovering more of the district on foot, people will inevitably spend time in their local high street, supporting our small businesses and helping our town centres to recover after the difficulties of the pandemic. “Additionally, one of our priorities identified in our Strategic Plan is to

help residents lead healthy, active lives and these new walking trails will help more people to get outside and increase their activity whilst supporting local businesses.”

As well as incorporating existing walks into the app, there are an additional 25 miles of new walking routes which have been especially created for East Suffolk Council by Go Jauntly.

Hana Sutch, CEO and Co-Founder at Go Jauntly said: “It’s brilliant that we have expanded into East Suffolk. The area is one of my favourites and so full of historic characterful towns and villages with a gorgeous coastline. The pandemic hit local independent businesses hard so by creating walks - exploring fabulous locations on foot - people can shop, eat, drink to their heart’s content.”

Although the latter rings a bell for me, the truth is that maths doesn’t have to be boring and neither does it just need to exist inside a classroom where numbers on a blackboard are drilled into the heads of students. In fact, maths can be found throughout the universe and it is truly fascinating to discover. Scientists such as cosmologist Tegmark stated that everything in the universe is part of a mathematical structure.

It does appear as if the natural world is random and chaotic, but actually it is full of mathematical patterns from a sub-atomic level, right up to the formation of galaxies. You only have to observe the exquisitely formed symmetry of a snowflake under a microscope to believe it, or more simply, find the naturally occurring spirals in a pineapple. Did you know that, incredibly, the pattern on the base of a pine cone actually follows the Fibonacci sequence or the ‘Golden Ratio’? A sequence whereby the sum of two consecutive numbers equals the following one: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13 etc. Nature is often arranged into these patterns for efficiency, like the frequently observed hexagon. The honeycomb is a great example of how this hexagonal structure is used to facilitate the most efficient production of honey. Maths can truly be found everywhere and Home From Home is no exception. Just like the honeycomb, our own efficient structure produces top quality results for our clients: Home From Home = professional + effective + experienced. Home From Home is already improving many developments across the East of England. So, if you are a Resident’s Management Company, a Right To Manage Company, or a Retirement Development and believe you deserve a superior property management service, please contact us on 01473 858690 or by email at info@hfhblockmanagement.co.uk.

The Go Jauntly app helps you to find new walks based on your location and provides simple photo guides to help you navigate whilst also giving tips on nearby points of interest, places to eat and public toilets. You can also save or download your favourite walks so you can enjoy them again and again. Go Jauntly is available to download, for free, on the App Store and the Play Store. Go Jauntly walks are available in Aldeburgh, Beccles, Bungay, Framlingham, Felixstowe, Halesworth, Leiston, Lowestoft, Saxmundham, Southwold, Wickham Market and Woodbridge.

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CityFibre gives the power of Full Fibre to Thousands of homes in Ipswich, one of the UK’s best-connected regions Today, the internet has become an essential utility and the Government has pledged to connect at least 85% of UK homes to Gigabit capable broadband by 2025, which will bring with it a whole host of opportunities and benefits.

As the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, we’re playing our part to support the Government’s ambitious plans to futureproof the UK’s connectivity from the ground up – literally. We’re building new communications infrastructure that brings the best available technology (full fibre) within reach of nearly

every home and business in each town or city that we operate in.

This is all part of our nationwide rollout which will see us bring full fibre within reach of up to 8 million homes and businesses across the UK by 2025. This is a gamechanger for the people and businesses of Ipswich,

as it will last for generations and help to drive the region’s growth today, while also unlocking a world of opportunities in the future. The network will offer a real boost to businesses, with experts saying it will drive a range of economic benefits, such as making us more productive and innovative. Few UK regions have embraced the digital age more readily than Ipswich and it is a real hotbed of activity for CityFibre. Not only do we have builds in progress in over ten towns and cities, a number of these have now been designated ‘ready for service.’ This means residents are finally able to choose to connect to the best infrastructure and the fastest and most reliable internet services in the UK as and when they go live in their area.

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More than 60% of homeowners were ‘ A study of 2,000 homeowners found 61 per cent were underprepared due to a lack of knowledge about the process. And 62 per cent were confused by the jargon – with terms like ‘conveyancing’, ‘covenant’, ‘disbursement’ and ‘stamp duty’ among the most baffling phrases. But 74 per cent of these admitted they are still unsure what some terms mean. Solicitors were found to be the worst homebuying jargon offenders (52 per cent) followed by estate agents (28 per cent), banks (27 per cent), and mortgage brokers (27 per cent). The research, commissioned by saving and investing app Moneybox, found 48 per cent of confused homebuyers were left feeling anxious, hoping they’d not missed or misunderstood anything important. While 47 per cent said it contributed to feeling overwhelmed, with 31 per cent embarrassed at having to ask for terms and phrases to be explained to them. And 30 per cent were simply frustrated at having to spend time figuring out what was meant. Following the findings, the brand has created a quiz to help homebuyers test their knowledge of the jargon involved and find out more about it. [https://www.moneyboxapp.com/ buying-a-home-jargon-quiz/] Cecilia Mourain, MD of Moneybox Home-buying, said, “When buying a home, many can be left feeling overwhelmed as there is so much to learn throughout the process, especially for first-time buyers. “The language of home-buying was certainly never taught in schools and so it’s no surprise that 1 13/08/2021 many feelMarks_And_Mann_A5_Leaflet_Ipswich_aug21.ai as if they are in the deep end as soon

as the process gets underway. People shouldn’t have to feel like they are ‘winging’ what is one of the most significant financial achievements in life. We’re committed to doing all we can to make

buying a home easy, from first step to doorstep. If you’re thinking of buying in the future, take our home-buying quiz now to see how prepared you are for the journey ahead.”

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re ‘winging it’ when buying their home or surprised by something they now wish they had approached differently at the time. While four in 10 now feel they were ‘naïve’ about how long the process would take, and 36 per cent had no idea about the order of events when buying a property. As a result, 28 per cent wish estate agents, solicitors and mortgage advisors had provided more support. Among those who admitted to ‘winging it’, a third believe they were left out of pocket as a result. It also emerged 66 per cent of those polled via OnePoll think buying a property is ‘far more complicated than it needs to be’. Cecilia Mourain, MD of Moneybox Home-buying added, “While a little preparation can go a long way, we know that even the most organised people have found buying a home to be challenging at times.

“Our free mortgage service is here to help make the process of buying a home stress-free, with a dedicated team of expert mortgage brokers and individual case managers on hand to support you throughout.”

To get to grips with the language used during the home-buying process, Moneybox has also created a jargon-buster glossary www.moneyboxapp.com/home-buying-glossary

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MOST CONFUSING TE RMS WHEN BUYING A HOME ACCORDING TO HOM Conveyancing – the EO W NE RS legal process of

8. Tracker mortgage transferring a property s – a type of variab or piece of land from le rate mortgage which “tra one owner to another. cks” a base rate – usu ally the Bank of Engla 2. Covenant – a rule nd’s base rate – which states what can meaning repayments cou and cannot be done on ld change monthly. the land. 9. Leasehold – when 3. Disbursement – the you buy a leasehold, you payments or taxes tha own the property, but t need to be made to not the land it’s built a third party by your on, and only for a certain solicitor as part of the number of years. home buying process. 10. EPC – the Energy 4. Stamp Duty – a tax tha Pe rfor ma nce Certificates t you have to pay when that shows how energy buying a property in -efficient a property England or Northern is. Ireland (Known as Lan d Transaction Tax in 11. Retention – when Wales and Land and the lender holds bac Buildings Transaction k some of the funds unt Tax in Scotland). il you’ve completed essential works. 5. Solicitor searches – enquiries your solicit or 12. Equity Loan – an makes to find out more equity loan is a loan for information about the a set amount of money property you plan to buy , repaid over a set . There are various per types of searches that iod of time that uses the your solicitor will carry equity you have in your home as collate out with the local author ral for the loan. ity and other parties. 13. Standard variable 6. Freehold – a type rate (SVR) mortgage of property ownership, – a variable interest rate where a person or org anisation has outright which is set by the lender, rather than a ownership of a proper tracker, which follows ty and the land on the Bank of England’s which it is built. base rate. 14. Land Registry – an 7. Mortgage in princip official organisation tha le – an official estima te t records information on from a mortgage lender who owns particular confirming that, in land and property. principle, they would lend you a certain amount as a mortga 15. Affordability Rules ge. A MIP is not a – the rules which set out guarantee of a mortga standards that mortga ge offer. ge lenders must meet when assessing afforda bility.

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Do you know what’s covered on your home insurance? The average UK home contains nearly £30,000 worth of possessions – but only a third of adults have a complete understanding of what their home insurance does and doesn’t cover. Research of 2,000 people found Baby Boomers estimate they have the most possessions to the tune of £36,166, while Gen Z have the lowest with £21,744. And a one-bed flat is estimated to contain £15,713 while a four-bed house has £41,361 worth of goods. But the average adult adds to their belongings, purchasing around £1,000 worth of impulse buys every year

It comes as insurance experts at AXA revealed many ‘severely undervalue’ the items they acquire over time. And one in 10 of the adults polled admitted when it comes to insurance, they tend to just buy the cheapest policy and hope to never need it.

The research was carried out by AXA as part of the ‘Priority Report’ which is a deep dive into the nation’s spending habits.

CEO Tara Foley said, “Although the average UK home is estimated to house almost £30,000 worth of contents, we know that many people severely undervalue their belongings and run the risk of being left unprotected. “While getting a good price for your insurance is important, it’s amazing how many possessions we can acquire over time so make sure your policy covers everything you need it to.”

Despite the older generation having more possessions they are less likely to know exactly what their contents insurance covers than savvy Gen-Zers. The results also found men are slightly more likely than women to have items in their home which they consider to be irreplaceable or priceless. The most common of these items was deemed to be photos, followed by jewellery and other pieces of art. But three in 10 adults, polled via OnePoll, have damaged or lost something, only to then discover it wasn’t actually covered by their contents insurance.

On average, Brits believe they pay out £578 annually on different kinds of insurance, including for their home, car and pets. Those aged 25-34 spend the least of all age groups, at just over £501 – with people aged 55-64 paying the most annually, around £615 per person. According

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expensive, high-risk items like engagement or wedding rings, laptops and watches on their insurance policy because they’re easily stolen and resold.

People also often don’t know how much inherited items like antiques, artwork or jewellery are worth, so it’s important they get these valued and tell their insurer too.

Tara Foley added, “It’s easy to miss things when it comes to insurance, after all you often only know you need it when it’s too late. It’s worth, every so often, taking an inventory of the things in your home and checking your home and contents insurance is up to date. And if you’re not sure whether your policy covers things like lost engagement rings or smashed phone screens – check your policy or get in touch with your insurer. That peace of mind is well worth a small amount of ‘life admin’ every 12 months or so.”

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Don’t let the heat go out of the window! With the energy industry in crisis and costs of fuel rising we are all looking at ways to save money and become more energy efficient. Here is where Eastern Counties Home improvements Ltd can help.

Micro-generation education project for TideMill

Woodbridge Tide Mill is to install a micro-generator inside the Mill to demonstrate electricity generation from hydropower. The purpose is to educate and provide activities around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) themes for the many KS1, and KS2-3 students who visit the Mill. The micro-generator will take its energy from the Crown Wheel Lay Shaft in the Mill. It will be coupled to outputs such as phone chargers, a light bulb and a voltmeter so visitors can see the electricity generated. Key Stage 1,2, and 3 students will have accompanying materials to explain the process, the importance of sustainable energy sources and there will be hands-on activities such as simple circuit building. Tide Mill Education Lead: Heather Sheehan comments, “I am delighted that we can use this generous grant to expand our educational offering. It is paramount • Pic: Video East that educators begin to teach children the importance of renewable energy sources and sustainability and these sessions will support teachers to do just that.” Woodbridge Tide Mill Charitable Trust Chair, John Carrington adds, “The Trustees of Woodbridge Tide Mill have declared a Climate Emergency and stand alongside Woodbridge Town Council and East Suffolk District Council in their ambitions to help build awareness of the importance of adopting sustainable energy sources. This project has been part funded by the Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Amenity and Accessibility Fund to whom the Trustees are most grateful. “We hope this project will show visitors sustainable ways that energy can be generated and reconsider existing behaviours to think about what changes they may be able to make to conserve the natural surroundings as well as consider how their lives can be enhanced.”

A staggering 25%-30% of heat lost from houses is through the windows, from the homeowners point of view, lost heat equates to lost money and to the environment it means more carbon is released as a result of higher fuel use. Replacing wooden windows with energy efficient A rated PVC-u windows could save over £223.33 per year in heating costs as well as reducing noise, draughts and condensation Windows are now rated in the same way as electrical appliances with an A, B, C etc rating to indicate energy usage. The energy rating is determined the ‘U’ Value which is a measure of how well heat passes through a material. The lower the ‘U’ Value the greater the resistance to heat flows and therefore the better the insulating qualities.

And, it does not cost the earth to be energy efficient at Eastern Counties Home improvements Ltd. As they do not produce dramatic television campaigns, they can supply energy efficient windows for a much lower cost than many of the national double-glazing companies. Eastern Counties Home improvements Ltd’s well engineered A rated windows achieve a U Value of 1.4W/m²K and will reduce energy consumption while looking good for years to come. They provide A rated energy efficient windows for no additional cost so you can minimise your impact on the environment while both saving money and enhancing the appearance of your home.

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Two thirds of gardeners do not compost on their plot with younger gardeners more inclined than older age groups to start, the RHS has found, as it calls on the UK’s 30 million gardeners to compost and aid the transition to peat-free.

and updates to its professional qualifications syllabus will see gardeners comprehensively trained in the importance of on-site composting and good management. RHS Retail has also tripled its compost product range in the face of growing demand with sales up 600% as a result.

Composting, in its simplest form, requires a heap, hole or bucket of 60% brown waste (cardboard, paper, straw, twigs) and 40% green waste (grass clippings, leaves and vegetable or fruit leftovers), preferably layered for aeration, kept slightly moist and turned irregularly.

The charity surveyed online more than 2,000 gardeners as part of its Planet Friendly Gardening Campaign and found that while the proportion that compost generally increased by age so too did resistance to starting.

Although gardeners over 55 (41%) composted more than any other age group, those that didn’t were also far less likely to be inspired to start. Two fifths (45%) of over 55s said nothing would encourage them to start compared with just 20% of 18-24 year olds and 22% of 25-34 year olds. Among all ages, a third (36%) of those who don’t currently compost said subsidised or free compost bins from local councils would get them composting, followed by training and online tutorials (17%) and a clearer understanding of the environmental benefits (10%). Composting has long been considered an integral part of gardening; recycling household and garden waste, serving as an important soil improver for strong and healthy plants, and providing important habitat and nutrition for wildlife and healthy plants. Composting helps tackle the climate and biodiversity crises and speeds the transition to peat-free by generating sustainable

The average amount of compost produced by those reported to compost is 280 litres, enough to be added to and improve the soil structure of five square metres of garden.

raw materials, freeing up peat alternatives for industry to be able to grow peat-free. The rise of new tools and techniques has helped make composting more popular such as hot composting – whereby decomposition of added material is sped up - and Bokashi – a traditional form of fermenting kitchen waste - as well as a desire to become more sustainable. For the first time this year the RHS has introduced courses on Bokashi and wormeries at its gardens

Professor Alistair Griffiths, Director of Science and Collections at the RHS, said, “Composting is to gardening what butter is to bread, offering a free, easy and sustainable alternative to shop bought soil improvers. Composting is one of a handful of small changes gardeners can make on their plots to help accelerate the UKs transition to peat free and for people to make a positive difference to the environment and the health of their plants and planet. Preparing a space for your compost store is a potentially less glamorous but all important task.” For more on the RHS Planet Friendly Gardening Campaign and composting advice visit: www.rhs.org.uk/gardening-for-the-environment/

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Volunteers wanted for bat survey

The Bats in Churches project is appealing for volunteers in Suffolk to come forward and help with the final year of the National Bats in Churches Survey, an ambitious citizen science project to discover more about how and why bats are using churches. It’s thought at least 60 per cent of pre16th Century churches in England house bat roosts, but the true figure could be much higher. Bats in Churches, a partnership between heritage and conservation organisations is now calling for intrepid volunteers to search for serotines, peek for pipistrelles, hunt for greater horseshoes and nosy for noctules this summer. Bats have been associated with churches for centuries. With complex structures packed full of cosy nooks and crannies, not to mention churchyards bursting with wildflowers attracting tasty insects for bats to eat, churches make great homes for these threatened animals that are so vulnerable to habitat loss. Some of our churches are home to nationally and internationally important roosts. The Bats in Churches survey began in 2019 and this will be its year. Last year they discovered bats in just over half of

the 219 churches surveyed and they recorded a total of nine bat species, including some new to the study. They also, for the first time, verified Brandt’s bat and whiskered bat through DNA in their droppings, collected during the surveys and had our first recording of either Leisler’s bat or noctule, not bats which are normally associate with churches. Overall, they’ve recorded a grand total of 13 different species of bats in churches so far. They’re learning that when bats are found in churches, multiple species are often present and they’ve recorded five different species in six churches across the country. They’ve also discovered in previous year’s surveys the presence of grey long-eared bats in a church in Devon – one of the rarest mammals in Britain. Claire Boothby, training and surveys officer at Bast in Churches, said, “If you

have an interest in churches, bats or both I’d encourage you to get involved. The surveys are something that everyone can do, even if you are new to the world of bat surveys. “The records will be key in telling us more about bats’ use of churches, including answering questions such as how many churches in England house bat roosts and which factors affect the likelihood of bats using these cherished buildings. The findings will go towards guidance documents to help churches and conserve both the buildings and the bats.” Volunteer Kathy Warden, who took part in the survey last year, added, “Knowing how valuable churches can be for bats I thought this nationwide survey was a great opportunity to contribute and discover a bit more about our local bats at the same time. The best moment came after scouring the church for signs of bat

activity to see a brown long-eared bat looking down from high up in the chancel roof. It couldn’t help but make anybody smile!” By signing up to take part and survey your local church, you’ll be helping the Bats in Churches project understand more about how bats are using churches. This information will be vital not only for the future conservation of bats, a protected species, but also for church communities who can struggle with the mess created by bats. Bats in Churches also works with more than 100 of the worst-affected churches in England, including Wetherden and Wetheringsett in Suffolk. No experience is needed to survey a church, you’ll find all the help and information you need on the website along with training videos and FAQs. To sign up, visit https://batsinchurches.org. uk/volunteer-bat-survey/

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Join the wildlife planting revolution

The RSPB is calling for everyone in the East of England to join the wildlifeplanting revolution after a YouGov survey revealed that just over three quarters of people are now doing at least something in their garden or outside space to help wildlife (with 16% trying a lot, 32% trying a fair amount, and 31% trying a little). The survey, commissioned by the RSPB as part of their Nature on Your Doorstep campaign, also revealed the wide range of ways that people in the East of England are already gardening with wildlife in mind – 42% consider how a plant can benefit pollinators when choosing what to grow in their garden, 31% leave areas of grass to grow long for nature, and half of people feed birds.

With UK gardens and balconies covering over 4,000km2, twice the size of Greater London, all these actions put together create a vital network of refuges for wildlife. Many previously familiar garden species are in decline. Starling numbers have fallen by twothirds in Britain since the mid-1970s, for example, with populations of half of our bumblebee species falling, and hedgehog numbers crashing from 30 million to an estimated one million since the 1950s across England, Wales, and Scotland. Planting for wildlife in gardens and outdoor spaces presents a fantastic opportunity to help

struggling wildlife and is also a hugely popular activity. When asked in the survey to choose what one thing they would most like to do in a new empty outdoor space, 54% of people in the East of England chose having more plants (either having a wildflower meadow, or planting fruit trees, other kinds of trees (6%), shrubs (5%), or space for more flowers (12%)). The survey also showed the potential for even more people in the East of England to take up action and welcome wildlife into their gardens. Two thirds of respondents want to see local birds (68%) and/or pollinators (69%) in their local space, two groups of species that are easily attracted by growing wildlife-friendly plants. Adrian Thomas, the RSPB’s wildlife gardening expert, said, “I’m thrilled to hear how many people are now taking steps to help wildlife in their gardens and outdoor spaces. It feels like a movement is underway in which people are recognising that our gardens can be wonderful, shared spaces for us and for wildlife, to the benefit of all.

“To play your part, the best and easiest place to start is to grow more plants. They provide varied, healthy food sources, and offer shelter and nesting spots. And the lovely thing is that lots of plants that are good for wildlife are also beautiful, colourful and richly scented, making outdoor spaces more welcoming, relaxing, and interesting

for all of us to enjoy. So this weekend, why not give planting a go, maybe starting with some wildflower seeds? They produce beautiful flowers in just a few weeks, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you see pollinators buzzing into your garden!”

Here are five wildlife-friendly, easy-growing plants to get anybody started: • Sunflowers – beautiful and easy to grow from seed, these classic flowers are great for pollinators and are a great food source for birds when they set seed. • Cornfield annuals – for just a couple of pounds you can have the glow of red poppies and blue cornflowers within weeks

• Mini-meadow – just let parts of your lawn grow for a few months, or even better until late summer, and be rewarded with drifts of clovers and other meadow flowers Lavender,, the familiar lovely-smelling herb • Lavender that’s brilliant for bees and butterflies.

Foxgloves,, tall purple, pink and white flowers • Foxgloves that are bee magnets.

For more suggestions, tips, and inspiration on how to give planting a go and join the wildlifeplanting revolution visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/ get-involved/activities/nature-on-your-doorstep/

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Poor hearing and dementia If you are unaware that dementia can be prevented or delayed, you are not alone. It is a condition most people associate with age, when in fact, it is not necessarily a normal part of ageing at all. Tackling this common misconception is of the utmost importance as 10 million new cases of dementia are recorded globally each year and is expected to rise exponentially. It is reported that there are 12 modifiable risk factors that account for up to 40% of dementia cases - unaddressed hearing loss is believed to be the leading preventable cause of dementia.

A delay in addressing hearing loss can have serious adverse effects on your health and lifestyle. Depression and low social contact are particularly common effects of poor hearing, both of which are also known modifiable risks for dementia. Unfortunately, it can often be difficult to notice if your hearing is reducing as it can happen very gradually. You may not immediately notice that you can no longer hear the birds chirping or your own footsteps anymore. It is all too easy to get used to and live with reduced hearing ability, often for many, many years. Promptly seeking treatment as soon as you recognise your hearing loss could help you to reduce the risks to your health and well-being and protect you from dementia in the future. Thomas Behrens, Vice President of Audiology at leading hearing aid provider, Oticon, comments, “Hearing is interlinked with so much of what we do every day. With a diminished ability to hear there is a knock-on effect to our lives, and indeed our health, which unfortunately is sometimes invisible. Treating your hearing loss, and taking care of your hearing health throughout life, can deter many adverse effects.” “Wearing hearing aids is encouraged to help prevent dementia, and the better a hearing aid supports your hearing loss, the less your life and health are impacted.

With good hearing you will have more enjoyment and increased confidence to take part in the social engagements that many with hearing loss find too difficult, tiring and stressful, which tends to lead to increased isolation, and potentially loneliness and depression. The better you hear, the easier it is for you to fully participate in life and benefit from the positive social stimulation essential to keep your brain fit and healthy,” concludes Thomas Behrens. Do we take hearing loss seriously? If the modifiable risks of dementia were more widely known, it could help significantly reduce the amount of people diagnosed or postpone diagnosis with the debilitating condition in the future. So too could more knowledge and a wider understanding of the health effects of hearing loss. In a recent nationally representative hearing loss survey, conducted by hearing aid manufacturer, Oticon, it was revealed that only 14% of people realise that untreated hearing loss can age the brain, and just 20% knew that hearing loss can change the way the brain actually functions. Only around 52% of people know that living with hearing loss can lead to social isolation and only 43% know that hearing loss can increase the risk of depression.

How can wearing hearing aids help prevent dementia? As well as helping us to participate in conversation and supporting us to live an active life, hearing aids help prevent the direct effect of hearing loss on our brain. If you can hear well in a way that is almost natural, your brain will not compensate by relying more on information from other senses.

Primarily, with hearing loss, our natural reaction to attempt to lip read kicks in which actually refocuses brain resources and eventually changes the way our brain behaves. Importantly, the compensation activity of the brain can occupy cognitive capacity, so it becomes more difficult to remember what is heard or to reflect on, and respond to information received, as needed to be socially engaged. Wearing effective hearing aids frees up the cognitive energy needed for other important functions such as memory recall and lessens the tiring burden on the brain. A study of health insurance data revealed that by wearing hearing aids, in less than 3 years, older adults with hearing loss reduced their risk of Alzheimers by 17% and depression by 14%. The full understanding of the links between hearing loss, dementia and how hearing aids

can help is not yet fully understood, but there is a general consensus in the research community that it is important to treat hearing loss. Take care of your hearing to help prevent dementia: As with most health conditions, early intervention is key to delay or halt progression. By taking care of your hearing today, you can ultimately help preserve your brain’s functionality and capacity for longer, and it is never too late to make a difference. Oticon has carried out pioneering research on how hearing loss affects the brain and is dedicated to innovating hearing aid technologies that reduce the effort the brain endures trying to make sense of sound. The Oticon ‘BrainHearing™’ philosophy has shaken up the hearing industry and continues to do so, resulting in radically new ways to help support hearing loss.

Potentially, millions of people are increasing their risk of dementia and jeopardizing their health. In the same hearing loss research by Oticon, a vast number of respondents said that they have problems hearing. Of those, 81% hadn’t sought advice or treatment, mostly because they were willing to wait until their hearing loss affected their quality of life or worsened. Worryingly, 25% had no plans to seek treatment.

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When hay fever packs a punch… As hay fever season continues, nutritional therapist Caroline Peyton shares tips on how to deal with hay fever now and more effectively in the future. Nutritional therapist Caroline Peyton is sharing some tips about dealing with hay fever which affects one in four people, around 16 million people in the UK. Hay fever, or seasonal rhinitis, is a common allergic reaction to tree and grass pollen. It can cause immense discomfort and irritation due to typical symptoms like itchy eyes, throat, sneezing, blocked, runny nose, watery eyes, blocked sinuses or headaches. At this time of year grass pollen is an issue, tree pollen is prevalent between February to June and finally weed pollen between June and September. Caroline who runs clinics in Wiltshire and the Cotswolds, said, “Most people only think to take action to relieve current symptoms, but a longer-term preparatory approach well ahead of the season is recommended as it can help reduce the body’s response to pollen in the future. “Hay fever is an immune response, where cells in the respiratory tract release a compound called histamine in response to IgE antibodies. This causes the mucus membranes that line the inside of the airway to react, affecting the nose,

eyes, throat and ears. The body does this as a protective mechanism.” Here are some easy was to help find relief through the current season.

1. Add grated or ground ginger and turmeric to your meals as they help to inhibit the inflammatory compounds that cause the respiratory airways to swell. 2. Eat citrus fruits, peppers, berries and kiwi fruit. These foods are rich in vitamin C which helps to break down and excrete histamine circulating in the body. Vitamin C also protects respiratory cells from the excess inflammatory damage that is created. 3. Have two to three portions of oily fish every week like salmon, mackerel and sardines. Research has shown it helps to reduce the narrowing of airways, most likely due to the anti-inflammatory properties in the fats. 4. Eat more onions, cooked or raw. Onions contain a plant compound called quercetin which has been found to act as a natural anti-histamine.

5. Drink nettle tea. It is rich in vitamin C and can help lower histamine that is triggered in response to pollen. Rather than wait for the hay fever season to begin, the best approach, according to Caroline, is to support your body well before the start of the season. “Seventy per cent of the body’s immunity starts in the gut and the gut bacteria (the microbiome) play a significant part in supporting and regulating the immune system,” Caroline said. “Not all of the trillions of gut bacteria are healthy. Pathogenic ones can start to multiply and upset the delicate balance. So, having a healthy balanced gut really helps in minimising symptoms.”

The following can help create a healthy balanced gut: 1. Eat fermented foods like kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut or dink kombucha. These naturally bacteria rich foods and drinks help to keep the gut bacteria in healthy balance.

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3. Eat unsweetened stewed apple. Apple is rich in a soluble fibre called pectin which acts as a prebiotic which feeds beneficial gut bacteria. It also has an anti-inflammatory action in the gut too.

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2. Minimise processed foods, saturated fats and sugars in your diet. These feed pathogenic bacteria which we need to keep in check.

5. Consider making bone broth from your meat carcass. Bone broth is rich in vitamins, minerals and collagen, helping to keep the gut wall strong and healthy.

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The 2022 Savvy Traveller Check List PASSPORT – CHECK ✓ SUNGLASSES – CHECK ✓ SUN LOTION – CHECK ✓ EMERGENCY DENTAL FILLING KIT?

As the world is opening up again and summer is just around the corner, many of us are planning a long-awaited getaway. According to a recent survey, 57% of British adults plan to take to the skies for an oversees holiday this year, a huge 46% jump on numbers in 2021. So, what is the first thing you pack when you dust off the suitcase? While most of us immediately think of the swimming trunks and the sun lotion for that all-important holiday tan, there are some lesser-known “essentials” that will make a surprising difference to your holiday. ✓ Pack your favourite scarf/shawl – it can double-up as a sarong, a “beach hair” wrap or even an extra layer for the evening. ✓ A drawstring laundry bag – also great for keeping wet swimwear separate.

✓ Tea bags! If you’re British, a decent cuppa is an absolute essential after a long flight! ✓ Temporary dental filling repair kit – trust us, you’ll be glad you did!

Oral hygiene company DenTek’s Temparin® Advanced Repair Kit is right up there as an essential item to pack in the suitcase. It temporarily holds lost fillings, caps, crowns

and inlays in place until you have a chance to visit the dentist. It is travel-friendly as it requires no mixing and is safe to eat on.

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There’s nothing worse than losing a filling while on holiday and being unable to see a dentist. And nobody wants precious holiday moments blighted by toothache. DenTek’s easy-to-use Temparin® Advanced Repair Kit will tide you over pain-free until you can get to your dentist and is a suitcase essential for the savvy traveller. It is, however, important to make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you get home. It is equally important to check whether your travel insurance covers dental treatment. Many policies cover what is termed as “emergency dental care” that requires immediate treatment from a dentist but most exclude coverage for dental treatment that is not the direct result of an accidental injury. In short, there are a lot of plans and small print out there so be sure to do your homework! So, when you’re packing for your next escape to the sun, remember to pack your emergency dental repair kit when throwing in your mix-and-match swimsuit pieces to keep you smiling all holiday long!

— COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has teamed up with Den Tek to offer 3 lucky readers the chance to win a Den Tek Holiday essentials prize bundle, including a travel documents folder, a travel fan, the Temparin max repair kit, and a travel first aid kit. To be in with a chance of winning this great prize just send your answer to the following question along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Den Tek Holiday Essentials Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at www.ipswich24.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Friday 29th July 2022.

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Travel Sickness

■ Summer holiday season is a time of year that many of us look forward to the most, but for some it can also be a time of dread, as travelling on holiday can also mean uncomfortable journeys spent feeling nauseous. good health and relieving nausea. Motion sickness, or travel sickness, Suck a piece of crystalised Ginger is extremely common and is thought or nibble a ginger biscuit to find to be caused by a conflict of some relief. information between the senses. Simon Bandy from natural • Look at the horizon: Motion supplements company Veganicity sickness can sometimes be has created some simple top tips avoided by focusing on the horizon for beating motion sickness, without or a fixed point when travelling by resorting to medication, so the car or boat. school holidays can get off to a good • Take deep breaths: Deep start: breathing can create a different • Eat an apple: Foods high in fibre rhythm pattern in the stomach, help to remove nausea-inducing which can help to settle it when chemicals from your system. Try feeling nauseous. Taking a few eating an apple or snack on raw deep breaths will also help you to vegetables during your journey if relax and take your mind off the you get hungry. sickness, like a mini meditation. • Try easy acupressure: This • Leave your phone at home: ancient Chinese healing practice Avoid checking your phone or of pressing or massaging certain tablet or reading during your points of the body to prevent journey, particularly if travelling by illness is thought to help prevent car. The body’s vestibular system, travel sickness. If you’re feeling which senses balance from the nauseous on your journey, try inner ear, tells the brain that you pressing your index and middle are moving, but the senses (your fingers between the two tendons sight) tell the brain you are sitting on the inside of your wrist, about still when focused on reading or three finger breadths below the looking at a fixed object inside the base of your palm. car, which can add to feelings of • Go for ginger: Ginger is reputed nausea. to be excellent for maintaining

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The most common car part stolen is the number plate, with a huge 53,400 stolen from vehicles last year. The rise of CCTV and ANPR cameras has led to a rise in criminals stealing number plates to put on another vehicle, which they may use to commit an offence, trying to minimise the risk of detection. The second most stolen parts were catalytic converters, the exhaust emission control device also known as CATs, with 39,900 taken by car thieves. It was catalytic converters that were found to be the most expensive part stolen, with the total value of items taken since 2019 costing over £16 million. Direct Line has partnered with the University of Huddersfield on a new ‘Truth about Car Theft’ campaign, which includes academic research amongst prolific car thieves to understand the motive, means and opportunities for vehicle crime, to help motorists reduce the risk of falling victim to these criminals.

The academic research found that vehicle parts were key targets for car thieves, considered by some to be more profitable method than selling a car on, without the effort of concealing the vehicle’s identity. The increase in value of catalytic converters in recent years has seen these become a greater target. One convicted car thief said, “CATs are worth good money all day long. I know...ones… minimum £150. Even if you’re just doing them in a night, you could get 30 or 40.”

Professor Rachel Armitage, Professor of Criminology, University of Huddersfield, said, “Our research shows that theft of parts from vehicles is a common offence, as criminals see it as high reward and low risk. Many of the convicted thieves in our study were returning to the crime as it is an easy to commit opportunist offence, especially with many cars being left unsecured. Ease of entering or stealing vehicles was a recurring theme, with a streamlined process of selling parts and property stolen from unattended vehicles to gain cash.” In 2021, nearly 112,000 cars were reported as stolen to police forces across the UK, with a combined value of over £260 million. The Metropolitan Police Service received the greatest number of reports of stolen vehicles in 2021, with

almost 31,000 cars stolen across the capital. West Midlands Police came in second, with over 10,100 cars stolen, while Greater Manchester Police (7,400), Hertfordshire (5,100) and Essex Police (2,800) complete the top five.

Lorraine Price, Head of Direct Line Motor Insurance, commented, “A car and its parts can be one of the most expensive items we purchase in our lifetime and unfortunately this makes them highly desirable to thieves. The total value of cars and parts stolen over the past few years is truly staggering and a wake-up call to all of us to make sure we’re taking the right precautions when it comes to securing our vehicles. Motorists should make sure to park in well-lit, populated areas and look out for CCTV cameras.” The academic research found car thieves often target vehicles during the night. Insight from one convicted car thief currently serving a custodial sentence suggested that they only target quiet areas. Another said, “I prefer doing them (stealing cars) on a night when it’s quiet and everyone’s asleep” and agreed that residential areas were preferable.

Previous research from Direct Line Motor Insurance found that Range Rovers made up nearly two fifths (38 per cent) of all stolen cars identified insight from convicted car thieves, suggesting a rise in cars stolen to order. Ford (10 per cent), Mercedes, BMW and Land Rover (all at eight per cent) make up the top five.

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sends out her safety message July and August are the most likely months for young driver crashes on rural roads, according to the AA Trust, who are campaigning with a mother whose 18-year-old daughter, Caitlin, died in a crash almost five years ago, to remind new drivers and their parents of these dangers. The risks young drivers face on rural roads is easy to underestimate. Many young drivers and their parents are unaware of the significant and specific risks these roads pose. Research from the AA Charitable Trust, which analysed more than 70,000 young, rural driver crashes over a six-year period, shows 71% of fatal car crashes involving young drivers take place on rural roads. Sharron Huddleston, Caitlin’s mother, and Edmund King, AA president, jointly recently presented ‘Caitlin’s Message’ to an important road safety conference. The research also found: - July, August, October and November are the most concerning

months for crashes involving young drivers on rural roads - Proportion of crashes involving young drivers which are on Sundays is 9% higher on rural roads than on urban roads - Single vehicle collisions account for 27% of all young driver crashes on rural roads compared to 15% for drivers of all ages. - Substance impairment factor in 9% of young rural driver crashes on Sundays compared to 4% on all other days Caitlin Huddleston was just 18 when she tragically died in a car crash on the A595 in Cumbria on the 14th July 2017. She was a passenger in the car, driven by her friend, who also lost her life. Her friend was driving them to a local Italian restaurant for dinner when the car collided with a van. Neither driver was speeding but the road was wet. The coroner put the crash down to the inexperience of the newly qualified driver. The third occupant of the car and van driver

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Of those keen to make the switch, almost two thirds (65 per cent) would consider taking up a lease or car subscription, with 13 per cent having already looked at this option for their next vehicle. Young people (19 per cent) are most likely to have looked at leasing or subscribing to an EV, although those aged 35-54 are most likely to consider this option overall, accounting for 42 per cent of those thinking about it. As the UK fast approaches the 2030 cut off for new petrol and diesel cars to be sold, another means to access electric vehicles could be via the Electric Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme. While just 13 per cent2 of small business enterprises offer this already, over two thirds are considering it, with 56 per cent thinking about introducing it imminently (within the next 12 months). Currently just a quarter (24 per cent) of working motorists are aware of this scheme and only nine per cent participate, but as more businesses have it on their radar, the next year could see a rise in both awareness and uptake.

A third of drivers said access to this scheme would have a positive effect on how they view their employer, while one in six (17 per cent) would consider switching jobs if a similar company was offering this. When it comes to reasons why leasing or subscribing to a car is appealing, cost effectiveness (44 per cent) and the freedom to update more regularly when the range improves (29 per cent) are the driving factors. Nicola Richmond, Head of Churchill Expert Flexible Fleet Partnerships, said, “Our research shows people are thinking ahead to how the car industry will look post 2030. It’s good to see people already doing their research and it’s encouraging that so many are willing to make the switch to electric vehicles. “We are fortunate to have so many options when it comes to acquiring cars now and motorists can opt to try something out for a longer period, without the commitment of buying it. As the market improves and more models of electric cars become available, it will allow more people the opportunity to take their first steps towards going electric. “It’s also great to see so many companies have the Electric Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme on their radar, which will assist more people in making the switch to electric sooner rather than later.”

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were both severely injured in the crash. Caitlin’s mother, Sharron Huddleston, has campaigned for road safety for young and novice drivers and their passengers since losing Caitlin. She said she was not aware at the time of the crash that rural roads were especially dangerous. In fact, just a few months before the crash she was concerned about Caitlin travelling with friends on a motorway journey. Sadly, she didn’t think there was a need to be concerned about the journey the girls were making on the evening of the crash, as the girls were just travelling on local roads. Sharron Huddleston said, “We are honoured that the AA Trust has chosen Caitlin to be the symbol of this rural roads campaign. I hope the ‘Caitlin’s Message’ which is targeted at new drivers and their parents will make them think twice about their safety particularly on rural roads. “I know Caitlin would want me to raise awareness in her memory, to

try to help stop what happened to her, happening to any other young innocent people. This is what we are trying to do through ‘Caitlin’s Message’.” Edmund King, AA president, said, “Many young drivers and indeed parents are unaware that rural roads pose a specific and significant risk to young drivers and potentially are much more dangerous than motorways or urban roads. 71% of fatal car crashes involving young drivers take place on rural roads. “Our data clearly shows that the rural road risk is highest for the youngest drivers on our roads and decreases with each year of age. This is a clear sign greater education and exposure to rural roads helps alleviate the risks they pose. “Caitlin’s Message is a safety message from the grave but a message that her mother bravely wants to spread to prevent others experiencing the same tragedy.”

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This month I am going to try and sell you a sport which has a lack of popularity that absolutely baffles me. It is a sport which offers something for everybody, frequent excitement for the youngsters, an opportunity to have a few drinks for the young adults and a chance to appreciate skill and technique for the older statesmen. The sport I am referring to is the magnificent sport of rugby sevens. In May of this year I went along to watch the world rugby sevens series which took place at Twickenham, this tournament sees all the world’s best international teams pitted against each other in a festival of rugby.

The matches began at nine thirty in the morning and went on until the last match kicked off at 6pm, it was the very definition of a full day of entertainment. Not only that but the cost of admission was significantly cheaper than paying to watch England pay in a full 15 vs 15 game of rugby union and you got to see a lot more tries.

Another thing I also loved was that the tournament featured some lesser-known nations who tend to struggle in normal rugby, the Spanish team in particular were very impressive and played with an exciting flair. Additionally, because you got to see each team at least twice I felt an emotional involvement in each game and this was shared throughout the stadium, for example, one of the loudest cheers of the day was for the struggling Kenyan’s team first try after almost two games of close failures.

The question that arises then is why sevens does not have the appeal of regular rugby. One reason for this I think is simply a lack of exposure in the media, I consider myself a fairly knowledgeable sports fan and yet I could not have named any of the players that I was going to see. The second is that from being sat in the stands it is fair to say that a lot of the fans were not there to watch the rugby, there was a significant amount of 18-25 year olds who seemed to just be there to have a drink and a social. I think this probably has a twofold impact, firstly I wonder if it puts off the purist rugby fans who just want to go to appreciate the game, secondly, I had no idea of this before I went if more youngsters knew this was the case then I reckon the sport would gain popularity. The darts is always sold out yet I would argue that most of the people there probably don’t worry too much about what is going on. In summary, rugby sevens is great and I would encourage anyone who has the chance to go and watch it!

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