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Summer Sounds at The Spa August sees The Spa open for dinner every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in addition to the regular day-time opening, with live music on Thursday evenings. If the weather is kind the music will be outside on The Terrace and we’ll bring out the BBQ too! Entertainment-wise, the month starts with a bang as Take That Rule the World show offers you the chance to re-live 30 fabulous years of Take That history on Thursday 1st August. Recognised as the Number 1 ‘Take That’ tribute show in the world, the cast recently appeared alongside THE REAL ‘TAKE THAT’ on BBC1’s ‘The Graham Norton Show’ and after hearing Dan Maines (Gary), a stunned Gary Barlow said in amazement “He sounds like me!”. A brand new show for the Spa takes to the stage on Friday 2nd August: Beach Boys Smile is the following night from 8pm. Immerse yourself in vocal bliss with the smooth harmonies and classic songs. The tunes just keep coming as Saturday 3rd August it’s the History of Rock - A jaw dropping night transporting you through the golden ages of ROCK! Featuring the music of artists such as Led Zeppelin, Cream, Guns n Roses, AC/DC, Queen and many more. As if you hadn’t already had enough great music for one packed weekend – Sunday 4th brings the house down once more with The Carole King Songbook a two-hour adventure celebrating her fascinating musical journey and world-class song writing from 7pm. Next up, the 2019 Great British Seaside Special is an extravaganza of great songs, dance, magic


and some side-splitting comedy plus ventriloquism too! Suitable for all ages on Thursday 8th with two shows 2.30pm and 7.30pm. The fun doesn’t stop there, Thank-you for the Music – The Ultimate Abba Tribute is up next on Saturday 10th August from 7.30pm. This international smash-hit tribute show returns to the Spa with all of ABBA’s number one hits to the stage in a production like no other. Lipstick on your Collar makes a welcome return

with over forty hits from Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Cliff and Cilla too all from 7.30pm on Saturday 17th August. The following Sunday 25th from 5pm it’s time to experience Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party - Four West End Artists and The Counterfeit Crickets pay tribute to Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Richie Valens & Dion Di Mucci, on this the 60th Anniversary year of losing three Icons of Rock n

Roll Music. The hits just keep on coming with The Smash Hit 60’s & 70’s Seaside Special – another Spa Exclusive! Hosted by the Radio One legend that is 'Diddy' David Hamilton, this stunning fully live show includes: Dave Berry - famous for "Little Things", "Mama", "The Crying Game" and many more. Vanity Fare whose hits include "Hitchin a Ride" and "Early in the Morning" Chris Farlowe - Whose number one hit 'Out of Time', during the 1966 World Cup catapulted his career into becoming one of the most sensational male vocalists of his era. Tony Burrows - famous for 'The Ivy League', 'The Flower Pot Men', 'White Plains', 'The Pipkins', 'Edison Lighthouse', 'The First Class' and 'Brotherhood of Man'. September sees The Stars from The Commitments – as part of their 2019 Tour, plus The UK Pink Floyd Experience. Two massively energetic shows to kick off their autumn line-up! Tickets for all theatre shows are available from the Spa Pavilion Box Office which is open from 11am – 4pm, 01394 284962. You can also select and reserve your seats online, 24 hours a day, at The café, bars and restaurant are open every day for the summer from 9.30am to 6pm. Also, food is always served for two hours before every performance. You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and show updates.


It's the long (Hot?) Summer Holidays and before you hear the cry of "I'm bored!!" read our School's Out feature with lots of ideas to keep the younger members of the family entertained.

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Our latest look at our homes. This month we discover some of the tech that is now available in our kitchens and hopefully making life easier. Plus gardening and interior advice.

Events Diary:

Our day-by-day round-up of what to do in the local area for the month of AUGUST. With summer with us we have a clutch of fetes and dog shows to entertain, plus much more.


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25 years of foul facts with a visit to Ipswich

Horrible Histories Those Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians are heading for the Ipswich Regent Theatre.

In 1993 the first Horrible Histories books were published and now HORRIBLE HISTORIES Live On Stage is coming to Ipswich. Appearing at the Regent from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th September 2019, there’s a chance to catch Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians in two hilarious shows featuring eye-popping 3D special effects! In TERRIBLE TUDORS take a trip through the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth and hear the legend (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry's headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed. Survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience! AWFUL EGYPTIANS invites you to meet the fascinating Pharaohs, gasp at the power of the pyramids and discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt. Are you ready to rumble with Ramesses the Great? Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? It’s the history of Egypt with the nasty bits left in!

A special feature of the productions are the amazing 3D effects called Bogglevision! Among an array of 3D illusions the audience will see the Spanish Armada firing cannonballs into the auditorium or the Mummy reaching out to grab them! Horrible Histories Live on Stage is written by Terry Deary from his bestselling Horrible Histories books. Terry Deary is the world's bestselling non-fiction author for children and one of the most popular children’s authors in the country. He has written 200 books which have been translated into 40 different languages. Over the past 25 years his 50 Horrible Histories titles have sold over 25 million copies worldwide from China to Brazil! Horrible Histories Live on Stage is directed by Neal Foster, design is by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Nick Sagar and music by Matthew Scott. These two hilarious historical journeys through the squelchiest and yuckiest moments in British and Egyptian history are perfect entertainment for anyone aged from 5 to 105! Tickets are available from or by calling the Box Office on 01473 433100.

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Set sail for a summer island adventure Nature lovers young and old can discover more about Suffolk’s only island this summer with the RSPB’s annual Havergate Adventure event, being held from 10th until 12th August 2019.

Now in its 31st year, the Adventure starts with an exhilarating 20-minute boat journey from Orford Quay to the Island. Once ashore, visitors explore the Island alongside an RSPB volunteer guide who will be on hand to help spot them some of the birds, animals and insects living on Havergate including the avocet – best known as the bird featured in the RSPB logo. To make sure visitors don’t miss any of the Island’s hidden treasures, binoculars are available to hire for free on the day. At the end of the Adventure, visitors can buy homemade cakes, snacks and refreshments to enjoy along with a well-earned sit down, before heading back over the water to Orford. This fun and fascinating wildlife event will be taking place on Saturday 10th August, Sunday 11th August and Monday 12th August, with guided tours leaving every half hour from 9.30am until 1.30pm from Orford Quay. Advance bookings only and tickets are £15 adults and £5 for under 16s. RSPB Woodbridge Local Group leader Paul Hetherington said, “Havergate Island is alive with wildlife and during August, it becomes home to hundreds of wading birds including avocets and spoonbills which is a real sight to see. As well as the birds there’s also butterflies and insects and animals that also love island life – there’s so much to see and discover, it really is an unforgettable day out for the whole family.” To book your tickets visit or for more information search for RSPB Woodbridge Local Group on Facebook.

Ipswich helps to save Turner masterpiece

holder, said, “We are delighted to have played a part in saving this beautiful painting for the nation and we are grateful for the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund. We are now looking forward to Walton Bridges coming on tour to Christchurch Mansion where it will sit alongside our renowned collection of Constables and Gainsboroughs.” Anne Jenkins, Director, England: Midlands & East, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, says, “Saving the wonderful Walton Bridges for the nation and providing the East of England with their first Turner to enter a public collection is an initiative we’re very proud to have funded. The people of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex will be able to enjoy this inspiring art work on their door step, as it tours around the region.” Stephen Deuchar, Director of Art Fund, said, “This is a landmark work in the career of one of Britain’s most celebrated landscape artists. We are immensely proud to have helped save this important work – the first Turner to join a collection in the east of England.”

Run by the RSPB Woodbridge Local Group, the Havergate Adventure offers an amazing opportunity for people to come and explore Havergate Island, its lagoons and salt marshes and encounter some of the wildlife that calls it home.

An early masterpiece by JM Turner will be coming to Ipswich on display after the Museums Service joined colleagues in Colchester and Norwich to save it for the nation.

Thanks to generous grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund, the museums consortium was able to intervene at the 11th hour to buy the magnificent oil painting, Walton Bridges, one of the first of Turner’s works to be painted outdoors. The painting was sold by Sothebys at auction last summer but a temporary export deferral led to the ambitious bid by Norwich Museums Service with the support of Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service. Now, heritage chiefs are planning a regional tour for the work along with schools workshops and learning programmes curated by community groups. Councillor Carole Jones, Ipswich Borough Council’s Museums portfolio-


BORNEO ADVENTURE with Abi at Deben Travel Borneo is in the top three worldwide destinations for those travellers in search of wildlife and adventure. To get there flights connect via Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan with Malaysian Airlines who pride themselves on great service and brand new aircraft. To make the most of your trip it is advisable to split your stay between Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Kuala Lumpur which is exactly what I did on my recent visit. The beautiful Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa is situated on a vast expense of beach and is a great option for your stay in Kota Kinabalu. The rooms are spacious with lovely ocean views, two swimming pools, water sport’s centre and choice of bars and restaurants the sunset bar was amazing with the signature cocktail served in a coconut shell. Adjacent to the hotel is Rasa Ria nature reserve with lookout tower, a 5 am trek through the jungle will take you to see the sunrise at 90 metres above sea level and a breath taking view of Mt Kinabalu there are plenty of activities including the canopy trail to discover. A short flight from Kota Kinabalu will take you to Sandakan and the Borneo Nature Lodge

this is a back to basics experience staying on the Kinabatangan River the lodge can only be reached by boat and you will have the opportunity to view crocodiles, pigmy elephants, monkey’s and various birds in their natural habitat, orangutans are present here in the wild but are not easily spotted however a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan rehabilitation centre is essential to understand how we can protect and care for this endangered species who behave so much like us humans not surprising as their DNA is 93% the same as ours! Abi ended her experience with a two night stay in Kuala Lumpur at the centrally located 4* Park Royal Hotel I thought Kuala Lumpur was an affluent city with plenty of culture, the hotels in the city are of a very high standard and all within easy reach of the Petronas Twin Towers standing at 452 metres tall they dominate the skyline and you will find plenty of sky bars with a great view, shopping malls to rival Dubai alongside mosques, temples and shrines to visit. Afternoon tea at the 5* Majestic Hotel is a lovely treat. • If you would like more information on this trip with Premier Holidays please pop in to see Abi at Deben Travel, Thoroughfare, Woodbridge or call 01394 615620.

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FREE Bookshop n A charity has opened a new free bookshop in Ipswich town centre, to help promote literacy and a love of reading. They also hope this will save many books from being sent to landfill sites. Visitors can take up to three

The Oddfellows

– history or mystery? Being an Oddfellow means being a member of an organisation with a long and impressive history. Founded in 1810, the Oddfellows is one of the largest and oldest ‘Friendly’ societies in the UK with about 500 members in the Ipswich district alone. Given that the Society’s heritage stretches back hundreds of years, it’s perhaps not surprising that the organisation is rich in unique traditions and terminology. When societies were deemed illegal, government informers were paid to infiltrate Branches. Signs and passwords were essential to secure the safety and security of members. Many are still used as part of the Oddfellows’ business, to honour its heritage. In the early 18th century Old English Trade Guilds were in decline. Many fraternal societies became firmly established to support workers with benevolence should they fall on hard times. This included the Odd Fellows – a society representing fellow craftsmen from an assortment of trades. Ipswich Oddfellows Social Secretary, Wendy Atkins, said, “Ours is a fascinating story and we love to share it. From protecting workers and their families from destitution, to being declared illegal and driven underground, and not forgetting helping the UK government to shape its welfare state” The Oddfellows online archives is a must for history lovers and covers over 200 years of genealogical, social and organisational history. Search and download over 190,000 scanned historical documents, including journals, magazines, minutes and reports and discover for yourself why the Oddfellows has become one of the UK’s leading friendly societies for over two centuries. Unlimited, round-the-clock archive access costs just £10 a year. Many of Ipswich Branch archives are stored in the Suffolk Record Office, Gatacre Road Ipswich. Volunteers are in the process of putting together a display of archives for the forthcoming Open House Heritage Weekend on the 14th to 15th September. Discover how the Oddfellows’ “People Power” has shaped the 21st Century. To start your discovery visit and take a walk through their historical timeline. Pop in and see them at their Open House.

books per person per day. They can choose to make a small financial donation, which helps the charity's work, but this is entirely voluntary. The bookshop is also happy to receive donations of books and would appreciate any bookcases going spare too. The Global Educational Trust shop is in 15/17 Princes Street, in a building which had previously been empty for some time. Lorraine Turner, administrator for GET explained, “We use shops that are temporarily vacant. Landlords would rather have activity in the shops than having them getting damp or being vandalised.” The shop already contains hundreds of good quality books on a wide range of topics. Some recent donations include The Encyclopaedia of Gardening, Britain at War and the Hunger Games series. The shop is run entirely by volunteers and the team would love more people to join them, so if you would like to find out more details, you can get in touch via the Facebook page - or by contacting Lorraine on 07412 131122. There are plenty of chairs to relax in as well as provision of tea and coffee (and a loo!) to visitors. The shop is currently open at the following times, but the team hopes to increase the number of opening hours as more volunteers get involved; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm Wednesday 10am – 4pm

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• To find out more about membership and upcoming social gettogethers call Lynne or Wendy at the Ipswich office on 01473 251 867 or email Oddfellows membership is from £25 a year.

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Ann’s all You’ll have fun and make new friends about making Contact Lynne on 01473 251867 friends... The Oddfellows is the trading name of The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Manchester Unity Friendly Society Limited, incorporated and registered in England and Wales No. 223F. Registered Office: Oddfellows House, 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB 1803


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Ipswich Start-up’s get more support Are you looking to start your own business in Ipswich? At MENTA they have added extra dates for their FREE Start-up workshops. These Ipswich workshops are delivered by business experts and offer a range of support and training that includes, social media, marketing, bookkeeping and the legalities of starting your own business. Menta’s trainers run their own businesses so understand the journey you will be undertaking; their range of support has now helped more than 500 businesses support across Suffolk. The simplicity of the business start up workshops means you just need to choose

Monthly Market Held on the first Saturday of every month, The Old Jet Market is an excellent array of stalls, makers, secondhand shifters and sometimes even live music.

With delicious hot food, cake, coffee and music! It's a smash. Bring the family. Follow the red arrow signs to find them. The market raises money for good causes in our community so please come and support it! To hold a stall please email, 10am - 2pm, Free to browse, Old Jet, Bentwaters Business Parks, Rendlesham, Woodbridge.

New appointments at charity Fresh Start new beginnings has announced its new leadership team with the internal appointments of Jo Grant as Clinical Director and Patsy Johnson-Cisse as Income and Operations Director. The charity delivers a therapeutic service to children and young people up to the age of 21 who have disclosed sexual abuse. Claire Horsley, chair of the Trustees, explained, “We are delighted to have made these internal appointments to strengthen our management team. Jo and Patsy have been key members of the charity for many years and instrumental in helping it to grow, and will be supported by our


Do you want to be your own boss or have you started a business in the past 12 months and are based in Suffolk or Norfolk? MENTA’s three, free ‘Start Right’ workshops are designed to be fun and informative. You’ll find out about legal structures, business plans, successful marketing, bookkeeping and tax. With multiple dates and workshop locations, book your free training soon and ‘Start Right’. Start Right is funded by

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the location or locations that suit you, then the dates that work for you and that’s it! Menta’s business trainers regularly receive 5* rated reviews and the sessions are informal, but business focussed. If the idea of becoming your own boss attracts you and you want to see what running your own business entails, these workshops are ideal. This series of support is open to those that have been trading for less than 12 months also, so ideal if you want to get support or training in marketing or bookkeeping. Head to and select the Start-up tab or call them with any questions you may have on 01284 760206.



Finance Manager Brian Paternoster. “Having recently extended our services to Norfolk this is a challenging time for Fresh Start new beginnings as we seek to grow

demand for our services grow and in May alone received almost 30 new referrals, so it is vital that we develop our clinical services to help meet this need.” Patsy Johnson-Cisse joined the charity in 2016 as Fundraising and Marketing Manager, having

the charity and reach more young people who have disclosed sexual abuse.” Jo Grant has worked within the field of child sexual abuse since 2000, most recently at Fresh Start new beginnings as Clinical Lead. Jo, who holds a Stage One diploma in Forensic Psychology, commented, “Having seen the charity progress over the past six years I am delighted to have been appointed to the leadership team. We are seeing

previously spent many years working in the local charity sector focusing on income generation, volunteer recruitment and event management. Patsy added, “We are a small charity making a big difference and I am keen to raise awareness of the work we do and to develop our funding streams. The more income we generate means we can support more children on our waiting list who have asked for our help.”

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n The Festival of Wheels returns to Trinity Park, Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August from 10am until 5pm both days. An intoxicating mix of cars, bikes, unique event created for those with trucks and all things motoring come a passion for motoring in general. together over two superb days for The festival format enables visitors the largest event of its kind in the to enjoy a full day or weekend of South East. The Festival gathers motoring entertainment. Festival of wheels provides the together the East Coast’s rarest and most glamorous cars, bikes and perfect platform for enthusiasts and trucks. The festival of wheels is a industries to meet, network and

Helping families to support themselves Family First is a Christian charity which enables families to develop their capacity in supporting themselves and find the solutions to the challenges that impact their lives. They work with all families regardless of race, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation or marital status. As a registered charity they have a Board of Trustees whose members have a wide range of skills and experience in public and private sector. At family first their aim is to empower families to help themselves by giving them the tools, self-confidence and support they need. This leads to improvements in overall wellbeing and mental health. Their Family Coordinators meet with a family, listen to what they are struggling with and ask what they would like family life to look like. This helps the family to identify the goals they want to work towards. The Family Coordinator then matches a Volunteer who will visit weekly to listen and support. These volunteers encourage the family to make small, achievable changes each week. Progress is reviewed with the volunteer and coordinator regularly. Family First also run Parentalk courses which offer a six week programme where parents can receive support and advice around parenting from a group facilitator as well as the other parents in the room. These are informal and friendly sessions which are based around DVD clips and groups discussion with no writing or homework required! What their families say about Family First “Just having a listening ear and support has helped us make dramatic changes with our son” “I am so grateful to Family First as our family would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for the amazing support that we had” “ You can learn more about being a parent and communicate with your child” (Parentalk course attendee) Want to know more? • You can find Family First on Facebook @Family First Ipswich or visit the website or by emailing:

do business as well as seeing the fastest cars, biggest stars and most amazing live action spectacles. Alongside an already truly amazing line up visitors will also experience a mix of bikes, trucks and all things motoring, that will come together for the largest event of its kind in the South East. Festival of Wheels was formed by James Martin and Karl Rushen. A dream come true for James and Karl both car enthusiasts, who between them have hosted several successful shows and festivals over the past six years. Pooling together their individual skill sets and knowledge, they followed their dreams and did what they loved the most; creating experiences for car enthusiasts, with a goal to delivering new motoring events and meets across the South East. After spending many years making parts for his racing bikes and building custom motorcycles, Karl decided to organise a little vehicle show in 2012 which was named Roadzsta. In September 2012 tickets sold out at the first ever


show, which was amazing, but also meant a monster had been created. Moving forward the venue needed to double in size, so the show moved to a new home from 2013 until 2016 welcoming sell out numbers every year. The public, traders and motor enthusiasts wanted more from the one day shows so Roadzsta was rebranded to Festival of Wheels which has enabled it to become the ultimate weekend. — COMPETITION — Ipswich24 have got two family tickets (2 adults & 2 child) to give away to lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Festival of Wheels Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at The Closing date for entries is Thursday 1st August 2019. Q. Where is Festival of Wheels held on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August?

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n FORD'S FOCUS with Daniel Ford

Is it time we invested in Women's Football? with Daniel Ford

For this month’s article I am going to review perhaps the biggest sporting success story of the year, the Women’s World Cup.

England’s semi-final against the USA was the most watched TV programme of 2019 so far, highlighting that as with many sports the more success a team has the more popular they will become.

It is estimated that nearly a billion people worldwide tuned in to watch the very best female footballers compete at the highest level. In contrast, the tournament also saw games held in less than half-filled stadiums and was also somewhat overshadowed by debates over pay equality. So was the tournament as much of a success as the TV figures suggest?

Hence from a domestic point of view the tournament was successful to a degree, as it allowed a nation to connect with a group of players who took great pride in representing their country, this was best shown by the tears of striker Ellen White following the sides semifinal loss.

Let’s start with the positives. In the wake of the heroics of the England men’s football team last summer, many people feared that the country would not be captivated in the same way by the exploits of their female counterparts. Initially, this seemed to be the case as the group stage games attracted modest viewing figures and media coverage, however, fast forward to the semi-final and it paints a very different picture.

On the contrary, England’s path to the semifinals illustrated some of the issues that still overhang the women’s game. For example, the behaviour of the Cameroon players in their round 16 tie against England was utterly appalling to us at home, they completely lost their heads when multiple decisions went against them and their actions delayed the game for a shocking amount of time. This is a Cameroon squad without a domestic league

to play in at home, with a squad made up almost entirely of amateurs and a manager who had only known the players for a few months, without investment women’s football will not progress in countries like this. Perhaps even more shocking to me was the fact that in England’s quarter-final against Norway the Norwegian squad contained multiple amateurs, the fact is that unless you are at the top of your game being a female professional footballer is not sustainable. I have barely touched on the issue of the gaps in tournament prize money and wages between the men’s and women’s game but these are issues the must be addressed if the next World Cup is to be a greater success than this summer’s tournament. The incredible thing is though that despite all these issues this World Cup has been a phenomenal success, for the first time we as a nation have been properly emotionally involved with the team and long may it continue!

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Love, honour, secrets, betrayal… welcome to Beecham House. Bend it like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha pens this lavish ‘Delhi Downton’ drama, set amongst British nobles in India during the cusp of the 19th century. The drama aired this Summer on ITV, and the stunning sixpart series is set to arrive on DVD and digital from Acorn Media International. Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair, Murder on the Orient Express) stars as John Beecham, an Englishman who resigned from the East India Company to make an honourable life for himself in Delhi, but he leaves Calcutta under a shadow. How long can he survive before his secret past is revealed, and what does this past mean for his descendants in generations to come? John’s widowed mother Henrietta (Lesley Nicol – Downton Abbey) finds life in India a difficult adjustment, but is helped by her spirited companion Violet (Bessie Carter – Howard’s End), who has feelings for John.

Australian-Indian actress Pallavi Sharda (Lion) plays the regal Chandrika Kumari, a princess seeking refuge at Beecham House, who clashes with Henrietta over the running of the household. The staff also have a part to play: the loyal head of servants Baadal (Viveik Kalra – Blinded by the Light) would do anything for naïve nursemaid Chanchal (Shriya Pilgaonkar - Fan), who accompanies John to look after his mysterious olive-skinned baby. But who is the child’s mother, and what exactly is John hiding? This sumptuous period drama provides a new perspective of British rule in India, from the mind of the iconic British-Indian filmmaker behind Bhaji on the Beach, Viceroy’s House and the upcoming Blinded by the Light. Beecham House will be available on DVD 22 July 2019 and digitally to download and keep from 20th August 2019. — COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has got three copies of Beecham House on DVD to give away to lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize, just send you answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Beecham House Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at The closing date for entries is Friday 30th August 2019. Q. What is the name of the actor that plays John Beecham in the hit ITV drama Beecham House?

Felixstowe Photo Competition is back… Following a hugely successful first year, the Felixstowe Photo Competition is back for a second year. Get snapping… and you could WIN a prize of £100 to put towards photographic equipment, plus an enlarged copy of your photograph. The seaside town of Felixstowe in Suffolk is a unique, exciting and diverse location for photographic opportunities - seaside fun, beautiful gardens, huge container ships, historic buildings and rich wildlife habitats. Photographers of all ages and abilities are invited to submit their favourite shots into the competition, which is organised and supported by Visit Felixstowe, Felixstowe Town Council and the Landguard Partnership. There are three competition themes to choose from: Active Felixstowe; Historic Felixstowe; and Felixstowe Seasons. Entrants can submit their photograph to the competition by emailing visitfelixstowe@eastsuffolk. Please include your full name, age, a telephone number where we can contact you (if there are any problems) and the theme you would like to enter. Closing date for entry is 12pm on Wednesday 25th March 2020. The Mayor of Felixstowe, Cllr Nick Barber said, “We were overwhelmed by

the quality and diversity of pictures in the first year of the competition and can’t wait to see what will be submitted this time around. The competition is a great way to promote and highlight the unique atmosphere, landscapes and attractions of Visit Felixstowe for great days by the sea”. Full competition details, plus terms and conditions can be found at

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August at Stonham Barns Stonham Barns Leisure & Shopping Village is a bustling family complex filled with an abundance of attractions and activities to suit all, providing a wonderful family day out in the Suffolk Countryside. Great family events are hosted throughout the year. Every Friday throughout the Summer holidays a Summer Variety Show with comedy, magic, dancing, singing, aerial acts and much more. Every Monday and Wednesday throughout the Summer holidays Adventures in Space, a great family show with Alex and Robbie as astronauts having a comical journey to space. Monday 5th – Sunday 11th there is Dub Vacation which is a family holiday for borderline sane owners and lovers of VWs. Many activities and workshops to keep the whole family entertained. Saturday 17th ‘lets do the time warp again’ at The Rocky Horror Tribute Show. Join our onstage cast singing and dancing to all of the songs from the hit musical. Prize for best fancy dress! Sunday 18th the Classic Car Show,

this popular annual show is back again with a range of classic cars, bikes and trucks, plus trade stands, auto jumble, children’s entertainment and play area, food and drink and much more. Bring the family to the Once Upon a Princess Show on Saturday 24th, come and join your favourite princesses in our interactive adventure through the well-loved magical tale. Lots of singing, dancing and photo opportunities too. Sunday 25th, the main show day for Knuckle Busters at the Barns, a car show for those interested in hot rodding and Rockabilly music. Thursday 29th to Sunday 1st September, Barn Fest Country & Irish Music Festival, if you love music and dancing then this weekend is just for you. There is also the very popular car boot sale every Sunday until November. Other things at Stonham Barns to keep you busy include a golf park with eight different golfing activities. Teapot Pottery and Tea Room with a range of teapots for sale or paint your own, whilst you are there have a pot of tea or coffee and a piece of home-made cake. Two fully stocked fishing lakes to

A great day out for the whole family Small Childrens Fair Rides

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August Events SUMMER VARIETY SHOW Every Friday throughout the Summer holidays ~~~~~ ADVENTURES IN SPACE Every Monday and Wednesday throughout the Summer holidays ~~~~~ DUB VACATION Monday 5th - Sunday 11th ~~~~~ THE ROCKY HORROR TRIBUTE SHOW Saturday 17th ~~~~~ CLASSIC CAR SHOW Sunday 18th

ONCE UPON A PRINCESS SHOW Saturday 24th ~~~~~ KNUCKLE BUSTERS AT THE BARNS Sunday 25th ~~~~~ BARN FEST Country & Irish Music Festival Thursday 29th to Sunday 1st September ~~~~~ CAR BOOT EVERY SUNDAY April-November

FISHING LAKES Delicious Food 7 days a week

Teapot Pottery & Tea Room

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary


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

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enjoy a relaxing day of fishing. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary which has over 90 different birds of prey, Meerkats and red squirrels. Shopping village with a wonderful range of unique shops and businesses for you to browse around. The Bistro which serves delicious home-made food seven days a week. For the younger ones in your family visit Tumbledown Soft Play Barn or

the children’s playzone which has a bouncy pillow, static steam train and fair rides. This is a ‘dog friendly’ site, but must be kept on a lead. All areas are disabled accessible with designated parking areas. • For more information visit:

Suffolk Steam

Steam trains will be running every Sunday and Bank Holiday until 26th August. Middy volunteers have just completed a complete reconstruction of a 1906 model Midland Railway brake van. It is hoped that this vehicle together with the railway’s existing LNER brake van can form a specialist train for visitors to ride on in addition to trips in the genuine Victorian four-wheeled passenger carriages. The new brake van has been dressed as a vehicle once owned by the Middy and is yet another example of the outstanding work that MSLR volunteers, lead by Workshop Manager John Holmes, are able to turn out The Mid Suffolk Light Railway’s summer programme, with four steam locos and now three diesels in residence throughout the season, will often feature more than one loco in operation. Visitors can ride the trains as many times as they like and all the railway and museum facilities will be open when trains are running, railway museum, shop, café, Restoration Shed visits and real ale bar.  Special events also include: 28th July - Return visit of the Tivetshall Old Ram Vintage Tractor Club A cavalcade of vintage tractors will be on parade showing how the land was farmed in days gone by. 25th and 26th August - Hornby Collectors Day & Model Mania Hornby Dublo and O Gauge of course, in addition, models of all sorts. Truly trains and boats and planes. 7th and 8th September - Middy’s Country Railway Gala when all four locos, all four in steam, will be joined by steam road and farm vehicles - a real treat for rail fans and families alike. Major new exhibits at the museum this summer are the legendary Aveling & Porter ‘traction engine on rails’ Sirapite. Sirapite was the Garretts of Leiston works shunter for over 30 years, will frequently be on show and steaming during the July and August. Middy locomotives are now joined by the almost as famous as  Siraplte Fowler Shredded Wheat shunter.  The Middy’s growing collection offers a fascinating visit for families and rail fans alike. • For the full programme and entry prices see To book call 01473 890622

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A classic day out for the whole family Come and join in the fun on Sunday 4th August at Helmingham Hall Gardens for one of the largest displays of classic and sports cars in East Anglia, making a wonderful day out not just for the car enthusiast but the whole family. With over 900 vehicles taking part representing the last 10 decades of motoring history, this festival really has something for everyone to enjoy. During the day a selection will parade down the main driveway enabling visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of these fabulous classic and sports cars. Dress to Impress! Do you own a classic vehicle and want to show how you would have dressed in that era? Then why not come along in your car wearing your

vintage fashion and display all that was great from that time period. There will be a competition for the ‘best dressed’ and visitors would like to see a range of participants displaying styles from throughout the years – from demob suits, full skirts and petticoats to flares, we’d love to see you dress to impress. The 2018 event made a £6000 donation to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices – The Tree House Hospice. Exhibitors have given very generous over the past 10 years and we hope that with the 2019 Festival we will be able to make an even greater donation. As well as this impressive display of vehicles there will be main ring entertainment, craft and trade stalls, birds of prey, lots of live music, dancing and great local food and drink!

Festival of Classics will be at Helmingham Hall Gardens, Stowmarket, Suffolk, from 10am to 5pm, tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

Family Fun Horse & Dog Show

The Suffolk Punch Trust, Family Fun Horse and Dog Show takes place on Sunday 18th August. Horse classes will commence at 9am with a huge variety of classes to suit all ages and experience of riders and/or horses and ponies. There is a separate ring running for all the fun classes. The dog classes will commence at noon, this is proving to be very popular so please make sure you get your entries in early on the day. Rosettes will be awarded to 6th place in all classes, trophies will be up for grabs in the Championships and the dogs will even have goodie bags on top of that! Trade stands and refreshments available on the day as well as the Suffolk Punch Cafe. Entry fee per class applies, please see for details. The Suffolk Punch Trust St David’s Lane Hollesley IP12 3JR

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Lone Wolf Mobile Bushcraft can teach you all sorts of bushcraft techniques from fire lighting and bread making to shelter building and wild food collecting.

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Always so much to do at the Farm Throughout the summer holiday there is always so much to do at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm. Explore the lair of the Giant Woozle Snark – can you find her before she finds you?

for adults, £6.50 for concessions, £3.50 for children (aged 4-16) and free entry for under fours, it would be difficult to find a more diverting and better value attraction in Suffolk. The farm café is open all day for tea, cake, light lunches and refreshments. • For more information follow us on, visit the website at or call 01473 830264.

Craftability goes Elephant crazy…

Meet Penelope (Penny) and Tuppence the Farm’s new Kune Kune gilts; sit with the bunnies in the bunny barn; or maybe you want to help to groom one of the ponies, donkeys, goats or even the pigs! All of these activities are available every day throughout the school holidays. Situated in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, on the banks of the River Gipping, the farm is a delight for animal and countryside lovers alike. All your favourites are here, waiting to mount a charm offensive in the hope of a little food and attention.

During the summer holidays why not take a break from hunting for Elmer Elephants and book onto one of our Elephant themed workshops? Aimed at seven to 14-year olds and each has a different project on the theme of Elephants! Priced very reasonably at £7.50 a child, the project will be completed in the session and all materials and equipment are provided. Saturday August 3rd – make some ‘shrink plastic’ elephants and turn them into a necklace, a badge and a keyring Thursday August 8th – decorate a notebook Saturday August 17th – decopatch your own elephant to keep Thursday August 22nd – make an elephant themed bag If attending a workshop is not possible, Craftability have a large selection of crafts and activities (not all on an elephant theme) which would be ideal to do if the weather is inclement. Many would be ideal to take away on holiday too.

Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is six miles north west of Ipswich, off the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Needham Market. It opens Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10am to 5pm. With entry prices at £7.50

As ever, they would be pleased to advise you on any aspect of crafts… They are all keen crafters with a wealth of knowledge As a truly independent company we are able to source products from a wide variety of suppliers and are very competitively priced. Pop in to see them - you will be made welcome!

for all your crafting needs Crafts, Gifts, Dolls Houses and Accessories 4 St. Lawrence Street, Ipswich IP1 1DN Monday-Saturday 9.30am-5.00pm

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‘Herds’ of fun for everyone! Summer is finally here, the sun is shining and the streets of Ipswich are bustling with Elephant hunters! If you’re not already aware the Wild in Art charity fundraising trail ‘Elmer’s Big Suffolk Parade’, in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, is in full swing. With 139 Elephants in total to find, 55 fantastic large sculptures placed in five different zones all around the town and 84 smaller exhibits the ’Learning Herd’ can be found in the Museum and Mansion and a few in specially selected destinations within the town. Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Cafe is the proud keeper of ‘Birkfield’, created and decorated by Birkfield District Girlguiding. In celebration of all things Elmer the café is decorated with colourful bunting and packed with loads of great ceramic to paint. From basic mugs and plates to the latest must haves like unicorns and lamas plus lots and lots of elephants! So plan a visit during the holidays and spend some relaxing time in the studio. Enjoy a tasty snack, freshly prepared for you, while painting. A limited edition Elmer menu will also be available, including mammoth milkshakes plus colourful cake and cupcakes! You don’t have to paint to enjoy this quirky little café or relax in the outside garden. The friendly staff at Pennikkity Pots will greet you with a smile and loads of advice and helpful hints to assist you and make sure you create a masterpiece to be proud of. Open seven days a week and with no need to book why not pop along and take a look for yourself? At busy times if the studio is full your mobile number will be taken and the next available table will be yours. Once seated there is no time limit to your visit so you can kick back and relax. Don’t forget to cut out and bring the discount voucher along on your visit.

Landguard Fort is often confused with the Felixstowe Museum who are located next door to us. We are not a museum instead we are a seven day a week tourist attraction. We are open daily from Easter until the end of October as well as for the February half term holiday. We wonder why other museums do not copy us as we now get 1,380 visitors in that week alone. When I have mentioned this to the other attractions and museums they say that is when they do their winter maintenance. We used to use that argument but it was pointed out that we have to carry on with our maintenance during the summer as well. Bearing in mind the number of parents and grandparents who are trying to entertain the kids during that week it seems to us a public duty to be open. This is all achieved with forty plus volunteers who donated 8,966 hours last year to keep us open and maintain the Fort. A picture of some is attached and although it appears to be mainly men in the picture we also have many lady volunteers. If you would like to join our happy band please let us know. Over the last winter we reorganised several rooms including the Guardroom and with a grant from Felixstowe council we launched our ‘Landguard Voices’ where we replay the recollections of soldiers who were stationed at the Fort. We take part in the leaflet exchange and the leaflets from the other attractions are displayed on a table in one of our casements. They seem very popular as we have very few left at the end of June and if you want to send us some of your attractions leaflets please send them to us and we will oblige. Laurence Hendry, Landguard Fort

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So come into town and join in the fun and if you are hunting elephants why not reward your efforts by painting yourself an elephant spotter’s medal? Hand made at Pennikkity Pots these cute elephant shaped ceramic medals are a perfect treat at £5.00. The standard £3.00 painting fee charged to cover your time in the studio will be donated to the hospice.


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WIN: Festival Survival Kit Festival season is upon us, and this summer Veygo want you to be extra prepared by giving you the opportunity to win a £30 festival survival kit!

As fun as festivals can be, we all know that they can get a bit messy. Thus, Veygo have put together a survival kit in order to make your festival life easier! So, what does this festival survival kit consist of? The kit includes… • A Smartphone Camera Lense – so you can take to perfect insta pic • A Drinks Bottle – to keep you hydrated all day long • Hand Sanitiser – ESSENTIAL after a trip to the portaloo! • Tissues – to dry those happy tears • A First Aid Kit- in case you party too hard • And a Waterproof Poncho – because if you’re off to a UK festival, sunny weather isn’t guaranteed! — COMPETITION — To be in with a chance of winning this must have survival kit, just send your answer to the following question to : Veygo Competition, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at The closing date for Friday 30th August 2019. Q. What did teenager Alex Mann do to steal the show at Glastonbury this year? 1. Rap; 2. Dance; 3. Sing • For more information about Veygo please visit

Charity tackles child hunger FareShare East Anglia, a surplus food redistribution charity based in Ipswich, is tackling child hunger over the summer by redistributing healthy meals and snacks to holiday schemes across Norfolk. In order to meet the specific needs of these vital schemes the charity is calling on suppliers and producers to donate fruit, child friendly snacks, wraps and low sugar juice as well as cereal bars, sandwiches, yogurt and spreads. Members of the public can also support the charity during period of additional need by donating to the campaign online via the FareShare website.


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According to End Child Poverty, more than 50,000 children in Suffolk are growing up in poverty – many of which are eligible for free school meals. With this safety net removed for six weeks over summer, many families face increased financial pressure over the six week break which, in turn, drives them further into food insecurity. Without money for activities, children also become socially isolated – with many returning to school malnourished, tired, and unable to learn. By providing healthy nutritious snacks and meals the charity will help to ensure that every child can access a healthy, varied diet, as well as enjoying plenty of fun activities like sport and drama. Mike Barrett Development Manager at FareShare East Anglia, said, “School holidays should be fun and full of new experiences, but the reality is it can be a really tough time for low income and vulnerable families - many of which rely on free school meals during term time. “With this safety net removed for six weeks, families face a period of increased struggle with children at risk of hunger, isolation and inactivity. “Our ActiveAte summer campaign will support the work of frontline holiday schemes across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire which work with children and young people, by providing regular deliveries of quality surplus food ready to be made into nutritious meals.” FareShare is the UK’s biggest surplus food redistribution charity, diverting over 20,000 tonnes of surplus food to almost 11,000 frontline charities across the UK, including homeless hostels, women’s refuges, community centres and school breakfast clubs. • To donate to and find out more about FareShare’s ActiveAte campaign, visit

20 years of Forest Theatre magic in Suffolk! Red Rose Chain celebrates 20 years of its open-air spectacular – Theatre in the Forest with their fresh take on Romeo & Juliet. Starting out in 1999 as a one-night event held in the depths of Rendlesham forest, Theatre in the Forest has exploded into the region’s largest outdoor theatre event, beloved by tens of thousands of audience members and regarded by The Stage as ‘Regents Park for the East’. This year’s production is proudly sponsored by Birketts, Shout About Suffolk and Martley Hall Stud. Every summer, families, fans and first-timers all venture together into the event’s woodland home at Jimmy’s Farm to experience Shakespeare as they’ve never seen it before - thanks to the vision of Artistic Director Joanna Carrick who specialises in making the magic of Shakespeare accessible and fun for all-ages while staying true to the original text. Joanna plans to make this summer the biggest and best yet, adding, “At a time when our young people are starting to make their voices heard about climate change and injustice, this play – which challenges the wisdom of our elders and promotes peace and tolerance between warring factions is extremely apt and appropriate. Whether you are new to the story or have seen it many times, there are always great truths in this play as well as passion, hilarity tragedy and love. Our extraordinary cast are going to take the show by storm with a back drop of 1960’s mods and rockers rebels. I can’t wait!” On the 24th August, the final Saturday of the run, the company are also throwing a big birthday bash before the show begins to celebrate with all the audience members. Free to ticket holders, the party includes birthday cake and lemonade for everybody, plus all the musical hits of the 1960s and the

chance to come dressed up as a Mighty Mod (from House Montague) or a Raucous Rocker (from House Capulet). The location of Jimmy’s Farm offers audience members the chance to explore the wildlife park during the day, and eat in the award-winning restaurant on the evenings pre-theatre dinners are available, or dine al fresco and bring your own picnic (and camping chairs) for that extra festival feel. When they’re not putting their stamp on Shakespeare, Red Rose Chain have an exciting programme of events and community work going on all year round inside their studio theatre venue, The Avenue, located just a few minutes’ walk from Ipswich train station. The Avenue is quickly becoming a hot-spot comedy and live music venue for the town, giving Suffolk audiences the chance to see big names like Henning Wehn and Mark Thomas in a much more intimate and cosy space. Whatever your plans this summer, make Theatre in the Forest your mustsee holiday adventure this July/August. There has never been a better time to discover what all the fuss is about! Romeo & Juliet runs at Jimmy’s Farm from 31st July to 25th August For more details and to book visit: or give Red Rose Chain’s friendly Box Office team a call on 01473 603388

Come and celebrate music group's 60th Ipswich is fortunate in having a rich heritage of performing and premiering music in Suffolk. At the forefront of this is the region’s leading orchestra and choir which in 2019 celebrates sixty years of music making. Led by Musical Director Chris example Howard Griffiths, a British Green, Trianon Music Group was conductor. Griffiths was born in formed in 1959 by a group of Hastings. He studied music at the people who believed passionately Royal College of Music, London, in the value of performing a he is now the General Music wide variety of orchestral and Director of the Brandenburgisches subsequently choral music to Staatsorchester in Frankfurt.”  audiences in Suffolk, Essex and As part of the group’s sixtieth beyond.  anniversary celebrations, former Always keen to explore new members and friends with a musical territory, Trianon has built history with Trianon are coming a reputation for musical premieres from across the globe to celebrate with an enviable 68 premieres in style in September. With over its 60-year lifetime. And a programme of talks, social the trend continues with their events and a concert at Snape September concert at Snape Maltings on 14th September, Maltings where they will perform Trianon’s future is looking bright. Carl Davis’ Jubilee Fanfares “Our forward plans for concerts and Matthew Curtis’ A Diamond over the coming years demand Overture. a full orchestra and a strong With it’s long history and extensive choir so we are always looking to membership list, Trianon has welcome experienced musicians seen former members move into and committed newcomers international roles as musicians into Trianon” said Naomi. So, and conductors. “You’d be if you are looking to perform or surprised where we find former to experience music from top Trianon members” says Publicity composers, why not give Trianon Officer Naomi Kemp. “For a look. 

Concert sponsored by Associated British Ports (ABP) Ipswich Tickets from £14, with concessions from £12, students & under-16s from £7 Available from Trianon Ticket Line: 01394 283170 or 07876 787029, or from Snape Maltings Box Office: In person, by phone: 01728 687110 or online:, or in person fro Aldeburgh Cinema • Reg charity no: 276715


Every Monday

Chatsworth Ladies Club. Tower Hall, Broadlands Way. 7.30-9pm, £3.00 tea, coffee and raffle ticket included. Excellent speakers and social events. Tel: 01473 711633 Carpet Bowls, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham, 8pm. For further info johnvarden@ Zumba, 10am (60 mins) Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road - £5 turn up Zumba Gold (low impact, 50 mins) St Francis Church Hall, Hawthorn Drive, 2pm - £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Zumba (60 mins) Westbourne Academy, Marlow Road, 7.30pm, £5 turn up Yoga, Sidegate Lane Comm Centre, 10-11am Beginners Ballroom and Latin Class, Kesgrave High School, Main Road, Kesgrave, 7pm, Tel: Sharon (AISTD) 07946 347167; Graham (AISTD) 07790 230651. All levels welcome. No partner necessary, £5 Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF, 9.30am–11am (Term time only). Body Moves & Dance Class, with Linda, St James Catholic Church Hall, 482 Landseer Rd, Ipswich, 7.459.15pm. A Fun & Friendly class, try a free taster session for more info Call Linda 01394 273033 Badminton, Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich 7.30pm -10pm £2.50 per session new members welcome for info contact Ann 01473 726423 Pilates, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 1.45pm - 2.45pm, £5 per class, New members welcome. For further details contact 07763 456078. Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information please contact Adrian on 01473 464920 Ballroom and Latin Class, Goals Centre, Suffolk New College, Grimwade Street, Ipswich, IP4 1LT, 6.30pm 7.30pm, 01473 251323, 07736306519 Suffolk Promenaders Square Dance Club Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 7.30pm - 10pm, Only £3.00, tea and coffee provided, Contact 01473 415785 or 01473 422663 for further details. Badminton, Suffolk New Academy Sports Centre, Birkfield Drive, Ipswich, 6pm - 7pm, Beginners and experienced players welcome, Come along for your free first session or call/text Gill 07706 044861

Every Tuesday

Tea Dances with Teresa Brown at Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, IP4 4HZ. From 2-4 pm, with dancing and refreshments. Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. £3pp members. 01473 422427. Cycle Speedway, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham from 6pm (March-Oct). Tel: Gavin on 07988 816874 to join and for further info. Carpet Bowls, Somersham Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tel Richard 01473 82711 or Sheila on 832591 for details Yoga, Kesgrave Com Centre, 7-8.30pm Totally Shredded, HIIT to drum and bass music. Kesgrave High School, 7.30-8.30pm Call 01473 613397 Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Martlesham Community Hall, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham, IP12 4PB, 9.45am–11.30am (Term time only). Short Mat Bowls. Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich. 10am-12 noon. Beginners and experienced players are most welcome, £3 per session. Details Yvonne Beaumont 01473 411210. Ipswich Croquet Club, from 6pm at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham. For info or for free taster session, contact or 01394 671642 Craft Club, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10am – 12pm, A relaxed friendly group for all abilities. Sewing, knitting, crochet and other crafts, £1 per session, Refreshments and lunch available, for more info 01473 710721, 18

Do you have one hour for Fun? Music? Dance? Join Jane of Suffolk Keep Fit Association at Woodbridge Community Centre Woodbridge. 9.45am - 10.45am, Contact Jane 07860 824747 Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 7.30pm – 10pm, £2.50 per session, New members welcome.  For more details contact Tony Crane 01473 410740. Table Tennis. All standards and ages 7.30pm to 9pm, Lindsey Village Hall (next to the church), Lindsey (near Hadleigh), IP7 6PP, £2, info: 07768 828362 Art Group, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 Lets Dance, Ballroom Latin & Sequence, Social Dance. At the Manor Ballroom Ipswich, 7.15 - 9.45, (from 9th January). New Members Welcome £5.00 for info 07773 185494 Senior Singers, Co-op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich, 10.30am – 12pm, Male & Female singers, 55 plus, join in this long established & friendly group of singers, No auditions. Call 01473 879817 Martlesham Heath Country Market, The Pavilion, The Square, Martlesham Heath, 9am, homemade, home-grown, and home-crafted items for sale.  For further information Tel 01473 623849 or Memory Lane Cafe for people living with dementia, including carers, cared for and bereaved. 11am - 3pm - £1 entrance fee - light lunches and activities available - The Meeting Place Community Centre, Limerick Close, Ipswich IPI 5LR. Tel 07795 587425 for more info

Every Wednesday

Ipswich Juggling Workshop. £2. In the Dome Gatacre Rd, Ipswich NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Zumba Oaks Primary School, Chantry, 6pm, £5 turn up Parham Airfield Museum 11am-4pm, free admission, WW2 artefacts, unique museum about Britain’s secret resistance army with replica, underground bunker, kids ink stamp trails, tea room and picnic area IP13 9AF Kick-boxing, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham. U14’s 6-7pm; 14yrs and over 7.309pm. Tel: Richard 07979 311086 for info. Seated Zumba Gold (every 1st & 3rd Wed) (45 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road , 1.30pm £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Zumba Gold, (low impact, 50 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, 10.30am, £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Beginners Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes; 7-8pm, 8.30 practice, then Intermediate class until 10pm. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. £3.00pp members. 01473 422427./01473 723070. Martlesham Art Group. 1.30-4.00pm Richards Rooms, Martlesham.(behind Tesco) Spaces available at an informal group with mixed abilities who just enjoy painting together with a cup of tea. Come and join us. Ring Diane on 01473 659257. Balkan and International Folk Dance. Quaker Meeting House, 39, Fonnereau Road Ipswich 10-12 Wednesdays in term time. For info call Sally 01473 252824 or email 11th Ipswich Wednesday Cubs, Chesterfield Drive Scout HQ, every Wednesday, during term time, 6.30pm to 8pm, For boys and girls from seven and a half to ten and a half years, Join for fun, friends, outdoor adventure, camps and visits, Call Mary on 07821 979509 for further information, Orwell Panthers Athletic Club for athletes with disabilities, aged 10+, Northgate Sports Centre between 6.15pm - 7.30pm, See website “” for more information Ipswich Croquet Club, Fynn Valley Golf Club, from 1pm. Beginners always welcome. Tel: 01394 671642 or



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

Every Thursday

Carpet Bowls, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham, 8pm. For further info Seated Zumba Gold, (last Thursday of month), 10.30am (45mins) Alasdair Place, Claydon £4 turn up (followed by optional tea/coffee) Zumba (60mins) Bramford Road Methodist Church, 7.15pm, £5 turn up Carpet Bowls, Nacton Village Hall, IP10 0EU, 7.30pm, Come and have a go. First three visits free, then £2 per evening if you like us and want to stay, A sociable and fun evening, just turn up! Yoga, Kesgrave Com Centre, 7-8.30pm Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 2pm – 4.15pm, £2.80 includes tea & biscuits, for further information telephone 01473 725274 Body Moves & Dance Class with Linda, Girl Guiding Building, Garrison Lane,Felixstowe. 7.30pm to 9pm, A Fun & Friendly Class. Info call Linda 01394 273033 Ipswich Croquet Club, from 6pm at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham. For info or for free taster session, contact or 01394 671642 Cafechat, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10.30am -12pm, A free drop in group for the elderly with a mixture of activities including armchair exercises, table top games and discussion, Refreshments and pre-booked lunches available, For more info 01473 710721, Woodbridge Tap Dance Classes, St John’s Church Hall, 10am -11am, Friendly, informal tap class for Adult Improvers, More info: woodbridgetapdance.weebly. com or Call/Text Jill Streatfeild on 07778 746315 Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information contact Adrian 01473 464920 Woodbridge Country Market, Woodbridge Community Hall, next to Deben Pool, 10am - 11.15am, Local Home Produced Food, Plants,  Vegetables and Hand made crafts for sale, Comfortable  tea room to meet your friends, Open to all Free Entry. Ipswich Country Market, Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 10.15am - 11.30am, Lots of home baked and handcrafted items available as well as Gluten free produces and local honey. Seasonal fruit and vegetables hand-picked the day before.  Free parking and tea and coffee refreshments available, great meeting place for new and old friends.  Coffee and Chat: Coffee morning with activities, 10am – 12pm, All Saints Church Hall Blenheim Rd, Ipswich

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Every Friday

Zumba (60mins) Stone Lodge Community Centre, Hawthorn Drive (behind library), 10am, £5 turn up Yoga, Burness Parish Rooms, Melton, 6-7.30pm Badminton Stowupland High School (IP14 4BQ) nr Stowmarket, 8-10pm, all players with some racket experience welcome. No league involvement, just friendly competitive games. £4 per session. Contact Kevin 01449 615136 Felixstowe Country Market, Trades & Labour Club, High Road West, Felixstowe, 10am – 11am, Short Mat Bowls. Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich. 10am-12 noon. Beginners and experienced players are most welcome, £3 per session. Details Yvonne Beaumont 01473 411210. Art Group, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10am – 12pm, £2 per session, An informal group of mixed abilities with lots of chatter, Refreshments and lunch available, For more info 01473 710721, Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich, 2pm - 5pm, £2.50, per session, New Members very welcome, for more details contact Tony Crane on 01473 410740 Modern Sequence Dancing with tuition, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, 7pm-8pm Beginners 8pm - 10pm Social Class 01449 711874

Every Saturday

HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm. Free parking & entry. The Co-op Waterfront Music School meets at the Co-op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich. 9am-12.15pm, Orchestral, Recorder and Jazz Groups All ages and all abilities welcome 01394 273290 for further details Volleyball with Ipswich Ravens, St Alban’s School, Ipswich, 2pm - 4pm, Beginners or experienced, adults (£6) and juniors age 13 upwards (£3), Call or text Steve 07584 636669 Free Volleyball with Ipswich Ravens, 2pm - 4pm in Christchurch Park, Beginners or experienced, adults and juniors age 9 upwards, Call or text Steve 07584 636669

Every Sunday

The Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum open 2-5pm. Behind Parkers Place, off Eagle Way, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3UZ HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. Parham Airfield Museum open from 11am-5pm, free admission, WW2 artefacts, unique museum about Britain’s secret resistance army with replica, underground bunker, tea room and picnic area IP13 9AF NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Frog Squad Sunday Kids Club, Salvation Army Bramford Road, 11.30am to 12.15pm, all children from 3 to 12 very welcome for stories singing and games Kid’s Club Craft Activities, Woodbridge Library, 10.30am-12 noon. Parham Airfield Museum, 11am-5pm, free admission, WW2 artefacts, unique museum about Britain’s secret resistance army with replica, underground bunker, kids ink stamp trails, tea room and picnic area IP13 9AF

Wed 31st July-Sun 25th Aug

Theatre in the Forest: Romeo & Juliet. Red Rose Chain’s summer performances at Jimmy’s Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich. Tues to Sunday until 25th Aug. Further info or call box office 01473 603388

Sat 3rd Aug

Charity Dance for Kidney Dialysis Fund, Kesgrave Social Club, doors open at 7pm

Sun 4th Aug

Bentwaters Cold War Museum Open Day, 10-4pm, Adult £5; U14s Free, Conc £4. Building 134, Bentwaters Parks, Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2TW. Further information for the museum can be found at Age UK Suffolk Gardenfest, 41 Westmorland Rd, Felixstowe. Spectacular garden with lawn, perennials, pond and river, walled garden and eclectic mix of features. Open 11am-5pm. Entry £4. Refreshments available. Contact: Diane and Mick Elmes on 01394 284647 The Festival of Classic & Sports Cars. Helmingham Hall, Helmingham. Over 1000 vehicles attend representing decades of motoring history.

Tues 6th August

Company and a Cuppa – Join like-minded people for a chat over board games, cards or dominoes. Brain teaser puzzles and jigsaws available too. All welcome at the Oddfellows Hall, 37 High Street Ipswich IP1 3QH, at 1.30pm £2 entry. Call 01473 251867 for details.

Wed 7th Aug

Peep into History at Otley Hall. The Great Hall and Linenfold Parlour with Tour Guides on hand to explain the importance of these rooms within British and American history and detail how Otley Hall has remained largely intact for over 500 years. This is the final year that Otley Hall will open to the public. Open 1.30-3.30pm, cost £2 purchased from the garden cafe on the day (IP6 9PA)

Sat 10th Aug

Live Music: Las Vegas C/W, Kesgrave Social Club, doors open at 7pm Live Music: Luminors, Hadleigh RBL Club, 9pm until 11.30pm Crafted Classique 2019. In association with British Cycling, 55km, 100km and 100mile courses through the picturesque Suffolk countryside. Start from 6am (start and finish Ipswich Waterfront). For more information see

Sun 11th Aug

Play Quizgo with Ipswich & District Kidney Assoc. Kesgrave Social Club, 7.30pm. Max 6 per team, £2.50 per head. Bar & food available. Ipswich RSPB Local Group Field Meeting at Wrabness Essex Wildlife Trust Reserve for woodland, scrubland and estuarine birds. Meet at 2.00pm at reserve car park at end of Wheatsheaf Lane. Map ref TM167315. 2-3 hours, 2-3 miles. Contact 01473 258791. All welcome.

Tues 13th Aug

Coffee, Crafts and Conversation. Come and find out what Lynne and Teresa have for you this month. No experience required, just a have-a-go attitude! Card making, felting or knitting  ”twiddle muffs” for those living with dementia. Or bring your own projects (knitting/crochet/cross stitch/paper crafts/watercolours etc). Can you help? Do you have a craft expertise that you’d like to share? Refreshments available and plenty of chat. A great way to spend a morning in good company. At 10.30am The Oddfellows Hall, 37 High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH. Ring 01473 251867 for more details. All welcome. Small charge for materials and refreshments

Wed 14th Aug

Peep into History at Otley Hall. Open 1.30-3.30pm, cost £2 purchased from the garden cafe on the day. More details see entry for Wed 7th Aug



Thurs 15th Aug

Age UK Suffolk Gardenfest, Paget House, Saxmundham. Open 4.30-8pm, entry £3, refreshments available . For further info 01473 298688.

Fri 16th Aug

Pop Up Big Chinwag (cuppa and chat) at Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach2-4pm. Aimed at aged 65+ living in the Kesgrave/Martlesham/ Rushmere area. Make new friends, chat and reminisce - entertainment & refreshments provided. Organised by Age UK Suffolk, contact 01473 298683 for further details or just turn up

Sat 17th Aug

Live Music: Shane and the Karrados, Kesgrave Social Club, doors open at 7pm

Sun 18th Aug

Bentwaters Cold War Museum Open Day, 10-4pm, Adult £5; U14s Free, Conc £4. Building 134, Bentwaters Parks, Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2TW. Further information for the museum can be found at

Wed 21st Aug

Peep into History at Otley Hall. Open 1.30-3.30pm, cost £2 purchased from the garden cafe on the day. More details see entry for Wed 7th Aug

Sun 25th & Mon 26th Aug

Bentwaters Cold War Museum Open Day, 10-4pm, Adult £5; U14s Free, Conc £4. Building 134, Bentwaters Parks, Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2TW. Further information for the museum can be found at Hornby Collectors Day & Model Mania, at Mid Suffolk Light Railway. See page 12 of this month’s issue

Sun 25th Aug

Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance, Mendlesham Community Centre, 2-5pm, all welcome, further info 07773 185494 Family Fun Day, Kesgrave Social Club, 12 Noon.

Mon 26th Aug

Cycle Speedway British Individual Championships. Great Blakenham Cycle Speedway Club, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham 10am onwards. Free entry, hot/cold food available. For more info tel Terry on 07860 262112.

Tues 27th Aug

A Summer Evening of Music. Guitarist Barrie O’Neil will serenade us with a selection of wonderful Spanish music. Refreshments served. Non-members £5 inc refreshments. Meeting starts 7.15pm, Oddfellows Hall, 37 High St, Ipswich. Ring 01473 251867 for more details Ipswich IPMS Meeting at The Ipswich Indoor Bowling Club, 312 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich from 7.30pm. Display oflatest Plastic models plus competitions

Wed 28th Aug

Royal Naval Association. Open to new members at lunch-time meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Kirby Street Conservative Club. All Maritime Services personnel, MN and others with military connections are eligible. For details contact the Secretary, Ray Leonard, 01473 740735; Peep into History at Otley Hall. Open 1.30-3.30pm, cost £2 purchased from the garden cafe on the day. More details see entry for Wed 7th Aug

Sat 31st Aug

Live Music: Revival, Kesgrave Social Club, doors open at 7pm. Live Music: Jax & Co, the best of Johnny Cash, Hadleigh RBL Club, 9pm until 11.30pm 19

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ECO-FRIENDLY – Taking Action to Save Our Planet

Top award for tidal barrier The Ipswich Tidal Flood Barrier has won a top award from the leading international engineering institution. The project, which better protects over 1,600 homes and 400 businesses from the risk of flooding, has won an Exceptional Merit Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) East of England Merit Awards. The Barrier was recognised in the Technical Excellence and Innovation category. ICE is a professional membership body, supporting more than 90,000 engineers around the world. Costing almost £70million, the Ipswich Flood Defence Management Strategy comprises a mix of new and refurbished flood walls and gates along 1,100 metres of the River Orwell. The barrier’s centrepiece is a 200-tonne rotating Radial Sector Gate, which can be raised in minutes in the event of a tidal surge. The barrier was officially unveiled by Floods Minister Dr Thérese Coffey in February. The floodgate has a design similar to that of the Thames Barrier and is so large that it is coated with six tonnes of protective paint. The floodgate rotates upwards out of the riverbed into the closed position,

holding back dangerous tidal surges that could flood the town. The new defences provides a much higher level of protection from the type of tidal surge which threatened the town in 2007 and 2013, both of which were close to spilling over the existing defences. Aside from the reduced flood risk benefits, the flood defence scheme has the added advantage of helping to boost the local economy through freeing up hectares of land for regeneration. The Environment Agency project was approved by Defra in 2006 and has been delivered by contractor VBA – a joint venture between VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins. The barrier scheme has an exemplary health and safety record. Risk on the project was designed using 3D and physical

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modelling, along with VolkerStevin’s behavioural safety programme. This resulted in no reportable incidents throughout the three-

year construction process, which comprised more than 300,000 hours of work. As a result, the project is now being used as a case study for other Environment Agency works including the Boston Barrier. Andrew Usborne, the lead officer on the scheme, said the award was welcome recognition for the Environment Agency and its partners. He said, “This is fantastic news for everyone involved, including all the Environment Agency staff, our contractors VBA and sub-contractors..”

Saving money and the planet Single glazed windows, or those installed before April 2002, could be losing heat and therefore money.

Switching to energy efficient windows can save energy and reduce your heating bills by up to £461.00 per year The British Fenestration Rating Council states, “If you live in a single glazed house and install Energy Efficient Windows, you could reduce the energy you use by 0.30 tonnes or 18% - almost reaching the Government target of 20% reduction per household.” Add to this other simple energy saving measures – such as insulating your home and turning down the central heating by 1° C - and you could be making a real impact on reducing your carbon footprint.  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  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 £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.  Other factors which influence heat loss include:  - Low E coatings improve heating and cooling performance, by using the angle of the sun to either reflect heat, in summer or by absorbing heat in the winter  - Thermally improved edge spacers and the addition of low conductance gases such as Argon within the sealed unit  - Multi-Chambered frames to provide minimum air leakage and low heat transference  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.  For more information about A rated windows and how it installing them in your home can help save you money on your heating bills contact Eastern Counties Home improvements Ltd for a free no obligation quotation 01473 206299 or 01206 252393 

ECO-FRIENDLY – Taking Action to Save Our Planet

Have you ‘got the bottle’ to refill? n East Suffolk residents and visitors are being encouraged to stay hydrated whilst saving money and avoiding unnecessary plastic waste by using a refillable water bottle. The country-wide Refill Scheme encourages participating cafés, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses to sign up to the free Refill app and put a sticker in their window telling members of the public that they are welcome to refill their bottle for free.

East Suffolk House in Melton is already a Refill Station and now visitors to Lowestoft can fill up their bottles at Café East, located within the Riverside building on Canning Road.

are amongst the 20,000 Refill Stations across the UK registered on the free Refill app.”

City to Sea, a not-for-profit organisation, launched the award-winning Refill Campaign in 2015. It is estimated that the scheme, being rolled out nationwide with support from Water UK and local

It is estimated that around 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are bought across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste ending up in our oceans. Cllr James Mallinder, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said, “East Suffolk is renowned for its stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches with a large part of the district designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Unfortunately plastics, including singleuse plastic bottles, are now the most frequently found type of litter on UK beaches and they can also be found littering our towns and green spaces. “I believe small changes can make a big difference. Taking simple steps, such as refilling a bottle rather than buying water in single-use plastic, is a great example. By the end of this year, it is estimated that the Refill Scheme will have prevented more than 100 million single-use bottles from entering the waste stream. We are proud that both Riverside and East Suffolk House

water companies, will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year, as well as substantially increasing the availability of high-quality drinking water. Refill Suffolk was launched last year by local litter awareness campaigner and founder of Rubbish Walks, Jason Alexander, working with Anglian Water, BBC Radio Suffolk, Transition Woodbridge and the East Suffolk Greenprint Forum. Jason Alexander said, “Refill gives us all the opportunity to help make this type of litter a thing of the past at the same time as saving money. It’s good business sense as well, as customers view businesses that provide free water refills more favourably and are more likely to return to them to make future purchases.” Using the free Refill app, it’s easy to find your nearest Refill Station wherever you are. Local businesses are encouraged to support the Refill Scheme and help make it easy and convenient for people to refill their water bottles on the go. To find out more about Refill Suffolk and how you can take part visit: refillsuffolk Jason Alexander has also been working with the East Suffolk Greenprint Forum and East Suffolk Council to develop a network of ambassadors in the community - Plastic Action Champions - who help and inspire others in the community to take positive action to reduce our dependency on single-use plastics. • For more information, please contact greenissues@ or visit: plastic-action-champions-and-volunteering

Tea-time making tea global friendly n Tea lovers have been dismayed recently to discover that many traditional teabags contain a plastic called polypropylene. In Britain we make about 165 million cups of tea per day and over 95% of those cups of tea are made with teabags, that’s a lot of microplastics making its way to landfill sites. Tea drinkers also need to know that ‘Biodegradable’ Teabags are not necessarily plastic free. Many of the ‘Pyramid’ teabags are made from non-biodegradable nylon or a genetically modified plant-based plastic (e.g. Cornstarch) and these teabags are not domestically compostable. Also, don’t be fooled by ‘Organic Teabags’. The outer layer of a teabag counts as packaging, which can contain plastic and still be certified as organic! So, what’s the alternative you may be thinking! The only option is to ditch the teabag and to use ‘Loose Leaf Tea’. But still be aware that Loose Leaf Tea can be packaged in plastic bags and plastic-coated cardboard. At Woodbridge Emporium they are determined to do their bit for the planet. They use Kraft Paper Bags lined with old fashioned grease proof paper. The tea will need to be used within three to four weeks or transferred to a suitable airtight container. However, as they sell their teas loose and package them in front of customers, they can offer a ‘Refill’ service. Woodbridge Emporium encourage their customers to bring in their own clean Tea Caddies or suitable sealable tea containers and they will fill them with their chosen loose leaf teas or herbs. They also offer a small discount off the tea price if own containers are used and they have a ‘Loyalty Card’ scheme so customers can save money as well as helping the environment. At Woodbridge Emporium they stock over 85 Teas, Infusions and Tisanes plus CBD Tea (UK Legal). Ditch that Teabag and pop in to see them. Mention you read this article and you will get a Free Tea sample too! • You can find Woodbridge Emporium at 66, Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AL or visit our website at: Telephone 01394 382382.

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Home interiors from a local independent Pauline Donnelly is the owner of P and K Home Interiors. P is for Paris her daughter and K is for her son Kyle. “I have always had a passion for houses, homes, interiors and gardening.” Says Pauline, “My love of interiors grew rapidly when I bought my first home over 30 years ago. And since then I have bought, renovated and sold 13 houses. “I have a real love of texture and different materials such as glass, wood, brick and stone. The last house I renovated I wanted to stage for selling, so I painted various pieces of unloved furniture. To my surprise the buyer bought all the furniture when buying the house. So I started to look for good quality solid wood furniture to repair, paint and sell. “Not long after this, on a dog walk, I spotted a quaint little shop for let and thought I could do something with that. So in November 2017 I opened my own home interior shop. “Since then in May 2019 I moved premises onto Felixstowe's high street. A risky move but I hope

to pick up a lot more passing trade as it's much busier than my previous location.” At P and K Home Interiors Pauline strives to offer excellent customer service, individual and unique gifts, home accessories, soft furnishings, hand embellished greeting cards, 100% natural candles made in the Cotswolds and much, much more, all at affordable prices. “I want to offer potential customers something different to what's available on every high street.” Continues Pauline, “I want to go that extra mile for my customers for example; free local delivery, advice on Interiors, refurbishing client’s dated furniture to a very high standard that will take pride of place in their home. “After interiors and gardening, my next passion is travel and I have been lucky enough to have visited many different countries in different continents. It's my travelling that inspires me; the people, architecture, food, colours and diverse cultures. “I love to source items that my travelling has influenced and I get many compliments on the

vast choices available in the shop. It's not a large store but it's big enough for me to tell little stories and give my customers ideas for their home, that special birthday present, a little thank you gift or just a treat for themselves” • Visit P and K Home Interiors where you will be sure to receive a very warm welcome.

Costume hire Masquerade is a fancy dress and costume hire business established in 2007 by Sally Baker. The independent business was born from a love of costume, and what other job could you do where you can get so much pleasure out of other people’s parties and productions?

Painted Furniture • Candlesticks • Candle Holders and Lanterns • Cushions and Throws • Indoor Succulent Displays • Hearts and Stars • Home Accessories Unique Gift Ideas • Ceramics • Vases and Planters • Serving Trays

07879 840230 / 01394 547392

136 Hamilton Road Felixstowe Suffolk IP11 7AB



“With over 2000 adult sized costumes to choose from, I cater for a wide range of sizes and styles, and if we don’t have just what you require, I will try and source it for you.” Says Sally Masquerade is proudly into its twelfth year of trading, and the hire stock is ever expanding with exciting new high quality costumes. Hiring a costume from Masquerade is a great way to look the best for your costume party, production or event whilst supporting a sustainable lifestyle. At Masquerade when you hire a costume, you can expect to have accessories included in the price of your hire, meaning there are no hidden extras to pay out for to complete that perfect look. Wigs are the exception to this, as for hygiene reasons they offer wigs for sale.

Masquerade - Where fantasy becomes reality…

Masquerade is situated in Earl Stonham, next to the Church and is proud to be celebrating 12 years in business this year. The opening hours are 9am to 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays, they also offer evening appointments by prior arrangement.

Church Farm, Earl Stonham, Suffolk IP14 5EE

Visit the website you will find a snapshot of the costumes available, but to view the full range visit them at Church Farm, Earl Stonham, Suffolk. IP14 5EE. Telephone 01449 711109


Get ready for the breast bra-beque Forget the traditional barbeque this summer, national support charity, Breast Cancer Haven, is launching the all-improved Bra-beque! No, it’s not a typo. Breast Cancer Haven is inviting you to gather your friends, family and colleagues this summer to host a Bra-beque to remember. So, fire up the BBQ, bust out the burgers, and get ready to sizzle your sausages, knowing that the money you raise will make a huge difference to those affected by breast cancer.  Breast Cancer Haven CEO, Sally Hall, said, “Every hour in the UK, six women are diagnosed with breast cancer. This summer, we’re inviting everyone to host their seasonal barbeque but with a bra-illiant twist, to ensure Breast Cancer Haven can continue to provide free, one-to-one, emotional support and supportive therapies for people affected by breast cancer.” Taking part is simple. Just choose a venue, set a date and hope that the sun shines. You can ask for donations for the food and drink, charge an entry fee, or play some summer sports games

and pay per game – bra-pong anyone? Whether you keep it simple or go all out, it's completely up to you, just share your photos on social media using the hashtag #Brabeque. It's all about having fun whilst raising funds to help support people like Callie: Callie said, "Without Breast Cancer Haven, my life - and that of my family’s - would be very different. I got such peace of mind from knowing that Breast Cancer Haven was there, supporting and offering advice, or just providing a nurturing place to heal and rest my weary bones. It made each step more bearable. I was thankful that my partner was able to access support too. So often carers are forgotten about but at Breast Cancer Haven he was included and supported. Breast Cancer Haven inspired me to be the very best Callie I could be and I’m so grateful for their support.”

• If you’re interested in hosting your very own Bra-beque in aid of Breast Cancer Haven, visit and sign up for your free fundraising pack. It’s filled with ideas and information to make sure your event is a sizzling success. 

Claire Your own stunning Rosalind Landscape & Garden Design outdoor space Claire Healey of Rosalind Claire Landscape and Garden Design is much more than a garden designer, she is an artist… Her canvas your outdoor space, the medium, the beautiful plants that she creates stunning garden designs with. Having studied garden design at the internationally renowned Capel Manor Cottage, in London Claire launched Rosalind Claire Landscape and Garden Design 14 years ago and since then she has created stunning gardens that not only look amazing they are also sympathetic to the properties that they surround. Claire has a real talent for matching eye catching hard landscaping with clever planting that gives her gardens an all year round appeal, giving colour and interest throughout the seasons. Her creations are much more than beautiful gardens though, Claire likes her designs to also reflex the personalities of the garden owner, ensuring that the space she creates also works well for her clients too. Over the years Claire has developed a stunning portfolio of gardens, every one unique. She produces detailed sketches, which in themselves are works of art, giving a visual of her plans and the planting used. Her past works include designing gardens for quaint country cottages, designer barn conversions and modern new builds. From the formal and geometric to the soft and natural, Claire’s gardens are spaces that people want to spend time in, whether dining and entertaining, propagating flowers, growing vegetables, encouraging wildlife - or simply pottering. • For more information about how Claire can transform your outdoor space into a stunning garden that will compliment your home visit or telephone Rosalind Claire Landscape and Garden Design on 07900 524780.



Top 10 signs you are a MASTER OF THE BARBECUE Timing all the food perfectly Getting coals

Knowing where to pla ce different meats and vegetables on the grill Keeping calm whilst cooking Cooking dishes wh ich aren’t just burgers and ho tdogs Making it look effort less

and heat ready in perfect time for gues ts arriving Confidently knowing how to light the barbecue Having a broad ran ge of food types to cook

Not making any mi stakes Marinating meat ov ernight

BBQ Masters

It’s official – Brits truly master the art of barbecuing at the age of 38, a study found. events and barbecuing Research revealed at this point we are able to successfully grill a burger without turning it into go ‘hand in hand’. charcoal, cook a sausage without it being pink in Christopher Ray, category manager for outdoor at the middle and toast a veggie kebab to perfection. B&Q said, “Some people already feel like experts The poll of 1,000 adults also found to master the and others recognise they need to fine tune their barbecue you must own all the correct utensils, be skills and get their hands on some more tools for the best results. unflappable under pressure and never let food fall onto the coals. “With the right equipment, you can shave off a significant period of time in developing your Over half the nation believe the tools they have impact their barbequing ability and many reckon barbecue mastery.'' The study also revealed mastering the BBQ they could have conquered the grill four years sooner had they had the right kit. includes taking the lead on the cooking while The research was commissioned by B&Q and family and friends sit back and relax. One third who took part said they believe a grill expert according to 39 per cent of those polled sporting

should keep calm when cooking and rustle up dishes which aren’t just burgers and hotdogs. Almost half think confidence, experience and general cooking skills have an effect on the success of barbecuing. The most sought after pieces of equipment are a vegetable grill basket, a thermometer and an oil brush. It also emerged adults typically take the reins and host their first barbecue when they are 32 years old and three in 10 see this as a logical next step once they have their own home and space to do it.

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The Humble Potato Salad

New research into the nation’s dining habits, has found a staggering 45 percent of Brits voted the potato salad King of all salads, beating off stiff competition from more modern options such as Caesar, Niçoise, Greek and Beetroot and Goats Cheese.


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British-style potato salad is widely believed to have originated in Germany from where it spread widely throughout Europe and later to European colonies. Ingredients often include mayonnaise or a mayonnaise-like substitute (such as yogurt or sour cream), herbs and spring onions or celery. But the nation’s love affair with the spud can be dated back to the 16th century, when Spanish explorers discovered the potato in South America and brought the vegetable back to their homeland - from there the potato was introduced to Europe by farmers and merchants. Second in the list of ten top salads, was a good old-fashioned coleslaw, with 43 percent of Brits claiming the grated carrot and onion salad, mixed with mayo, was the single best dish to serve during the summer months. Pasta salad came third in the list (39 percent), with a plain green salad with French dressing coming in fourth place (32 percent) and the American born Caesar salad making up the top five with 25 percent of Brits choosing it as their favourite. The research, commissioned by recipe box Gousto in conjunction with the launch of their new Alfresco dining range, found other salads to make the top ten include beetroot and goats cheese salad, bean salad and Cobb salad. Overall, 60 percent of those polled claimed they are stuck in a summer cooking rut, wheeling out the same tired old dishes again and again. The survey also revealed that strawberries and cream is the most loved summer pudding (44 percent), followed by trifle (23 percent), pavlova (16 percent), summer pudding (11 percent) and grilled peaches (7 percent) And when it comes to what we love to drink in the sunshine, an ice-cold lager was the clear winner with 24 percent of the vote, followed by Aperol Spritz (11 percent) and in third place, Pimms (9 percent) Food Director Rachel Chatterton from recipe box company Gousto who commissioned the survey said, “This research shows that we are a nation that love fresh summer salads but we’re struggling to find inspiration to try new twists on our old favourites, which is why Gousto has launched its new outdoor dining range.These recipes will help families to spend less time in the kitchen this summer and more time enjoying the outdoors together.”

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Top Ten Best Loved Salads as voted by Britons

1. Potato salad – 45 percent

6. Greek salad – 22 percent

2. Coleslaw – 43 percent

7. Beetroot and goats cheese salad – 11 percent

3. Pasta salad – 39 percent

8. Mixed bean salad – 10 percent

4. Green salad with French dressing – 32 percent

9. Cobb salad – 8 percent

5. Caesar salad – 25 percent

10. Niçoise salad – 7 percent 25


How smart appliances are transforming your kitchen Whether you a budding professional chef or a someone who prefers a quick microwave meal for many people their kitchen will be a sanctuary. When you think about a kitchen has only a few specific jobs doesn’t it? A lot of it is focused on preparing and cooking food but there is also laundry as well which is most commonly done in the kitchen as well, at least partly. But while our kitchen is the hub of some important jobs it is also a room that many people find very relaxing and comforting.  Yes, people who enjoy cooking will get a lot more out of their kitchen but even people who prefer a ready meal to roast dinner will still enjoy some time in their kitchen. Nowadays a kitchen can do so

much more thanks to the developing smart technologies available. Smart technology has been used to enhance and improve a wide range of different kitchen appliances including ovens, fridges, microwaves and more. These smart appliances are more expensive but they offer you so much more. They also allow you to make more difficult time-consuming jobs easier. Let’s look at some of the many smart appliances available and examine how they are transforming people’s kitchens in more detail.

Smart Ovens

Ovens are one of the focal appliances of any kitchen and nowadays you can find some amazing smart ovens available. These ovens don’t just look more sleek and stylish they also offer faster more smooth cooking and heat. Induction hobs are also becoming more commonplace as well these hobs transfer all the heat to the pans which means they remain cool to the touch! These just give you a better/ faster cooking time they also help cut down on the risk of accidents. You can also find smart ovens that have built-in thermometers and cameras so you can view food without opening the oven and watch it all from a phone app! 

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Smart washing machines might not be as well-known as smart ovens right now but more and more innovative features and being developed and introduced into washing machines. Many of these new features are designed to make using your washing machine easier and improve its performance. They are also designed to help reduce errors and problems, no one wants to experience dirty foul smelling laundry after a wash cycle is complete and thanks to these new features you won’t need to. Some of the innovative features you will find on smart washing machines are more innovative drums that can automatically detect the load you have and choose the best cycle.

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It can also use this feature to choose the right level of detergent you need based on the load you have in the machine and the level of dirt and stains you need to wash out. These more advanced washing machines can also automatically detect the right temperature for a more efficient wash as well.

Smart Fridges Smart fridges don’t just offer you an internet connection they can do a lot of incredible things. For one they now have more refined temperature controls which means they can keep food at their optimum temperatures for longer.  Some smart fridges have taken this a step further by developing separate areas of the fridge designed to hold specific foods. Some fridge-freezers also allow you to quickly change from fresh to frozen at the touch of a button. This makes refrigerating your food at optimal conditions much easier. 

Smart Microwaves Microwaves are pretty amazing even the most committed chef will still have the odd day when they just want to microwave something. No one feels like cooking a full meal every day, do they? But with your standard microwave, there are limits to what you can really accomplish.  There are just certain foods you really aren’t going to want to cook with a microwave but a smart microwave is a little different. Smart microwaves offer faster more refined cooking and they have plenty more cooking options to them. Research from Repair Aid suggests that they give a more efficient cooking performance for a variety of different foods.  Thanks to their faster cooking they can toast and grill food and even be used to bake cakes! Smart microwaves are much more stylish as well which makes them a great addition to your kitchen thanks to their more efficient cooking modes and improved efficiency.

Home Hazards According to the English Housing Survey, over the last 20 years, the proportion of people renting properties has doubled, and one fifth of the UK population are now living in privately rented accommodation. More accidents happen in the home than anywhere else, with 6000 deaths and more than two million children under the age of 15 experiencing accidents in and around the home each year. Therefore it is important that homeowners and those occupying property (including both landlords and tenants) do all they can to spot, and then where appropriate, repair any defect that could be a potential hazard, and could lead to injury and loss. So what are the most common types of accident that take place in the home? • Slips trips or falls as a result of uneven, defective or inadequate flooring • Injuries as a result of falling objects • Faulty equipment inside the property leading to injury or illness • Illness caused by disrepair / poor maintenance of the property • Injury as a result of poorly undertaken works to the property So as a tenant of a rented property, what are the landlord’s obligations to ensure that the rented property is free from such potential hazards / defects? The short answer is that there is a general duty on homeowners (including landlords) to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors, including the tenants.



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• a good system of repair and maintenance; and • following reports of a defect or hazard on the property being raised, by either a tenant or visitor to the property, a quick response to rectify any potential issue. So as a tenant or visitor to a property, what should I do if I notice a hazard or defect? Notify the property owner immediately or certainly as soon as reasonably practicable. That property owner could include the following: • Landlords • Homeowners • Public Authorities • Estate / Managing agents of that property

• Illnesses caused by a leak inside the property

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Landlords should therefore have the following in place: • procedures to assess their premises at appropriate intervals – inspections of the property and a record of those inspections having taken place; and

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Stranger Things themed living room With the highly anticipated season three premiere of Stranger Things on Netflix, ‘80s inspired decor is back in the spotlight. Neon flashes, sci-fi movie posters and bold retro-styled furniture take centre stage in this cult classic themed room to amp up the nostalgic feel.

Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, shares tips to achieve the ‘80s look in the living room inspired by the prestige television series. 1. Combine an ‘80s style inspiration with bold colours “Create your very own Stranger Things themed living room by styling the space to reflect some iconic movies of the ‘80s. An easy trick is to combine illustration-style posters with contrasting hues to create bold and visually stimulating results.” The framed Ghostbusters poster is a nod to the boys dressing up as the Ghostbuster gang for Halloween, but any iconic ‘80s movie visual will work. She continues, “Drawing inspiration from the Stranger Things poster, paint the walls a dark blue and invest in a stunning red leather sofa for a bold, colourful palette - super trendy in the ‘80s. To anchor the room’s elements together, lay out a striped, retro-inspired rug for interest.” 2. Introduce Easter eggs with iconic pieces from Stranger Things “Protagonist Jonathan Byers’s camera played such a crucial role in season 1 that it makes for a great piece to put on display. But even if you don’t have a vintage camera, look for decorative pieces like a Rubik’s cube, Sony Walkman or white sneakers to further capture the nostalgic vibes of the ‘80s.”

Moving on to some of the show’s signature elements, the yellow telephone and infamous Dungeon and Dragons dice work wonderfully as fun add-ons in the background. Even for non-fans of the series, these items would still perk up a living room in need of some quirk. 3. Complete the look with signature lighting and music “Lastly, complete your Stranger Things look with two most iconic props: a miniature Reiss-inspired bike along with some (not-so-sinister) fairy lights for full effect,” advises Rebecca. They weren’t much help against the Demogorgon, but they do invoke a stylish, tasteful feel of the show - perfect if you’re planning a viewing party for season three. “If you have a vinyl record player, include Michael Jackson’s Thriller disc in the mix - it’s the perfect song to play on repeat throughout your season three binge,” says Rebecca. “Plus, it’d really set the right ambience.”

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Helmingham and the Tollemache family Helmingham and the Tollemache family have been together for many hundreds of years. The Hall and the old oak trees that stand today have seen much of the history of England pass before them, and many generations of this family. Helmingham Hall was completed in 1510, surrounded by its deep moat, serene gardens and deer park. Some years after the family moved to Helmingham they started work on the gardens, but old maps and drawings show that the original shape of the main walled garden predates the house by many years; it was most probably of Saxon origin and constructed to protect stock from marauders. The gardens today have been extensively redesigned by the current Lady Tollemache, a Chelsea Gold Medallist, and are open to visitors who find themselves enchanted by the herbaceous borders, walled kitchen, herb, knot and wild gardens. As well as all of these there are two rose gardens, both formal, but very different in character. The main garden is on the west side of the house and the second garden, to the east side of the house was laid out in 1982. The intention was to create something that was close to the kind of garden the family might have had in Tudor times, but one that would include old, scented shrub roses. The

Autumn Plant Sale Ipswich-based charity ActivLives is holding an autumn plant sale at Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Ipswich IP2 0BS on Thursday 12th September 2019 from 10.30am to 2.30pm There will be a selection of bee and butterfly friendly perennial plants on offer, with a chance to look around this lovely walled site. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available at Nursery Cottage – so join ActivLives for a cuppa and chat to find out more about what they do. ActivLives offer placements and volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, please contact Development Manager Susannah Robirosa 07530 407302 or email Their current projects are: - Grow Your Skills – building confidence and skills in young people transitioning from school/ college into work - Carry On Gardening! – gardening activities for older people, including sessions for people living in residential care homes. If you would like to book a bespoke visit or activity session, please contact Project Co-ordinator Lesley Hartley via ActivLives office 01473 345350 For details of location and to find out more about our projects, please visit:

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The sensory experience Immerse yourself in a sensory experience by filling your garden with plants that excite the senses. Whether it’s their exciting colours, evocative scents, delicious flavours, tactile appeal or just their calming rustling and movement, we benefit in many ways from having plants in our lives. Plants can create vibrant and stimulating gardens for families to play out and entertain, using bold shapes and bright colours that stimulate the senses. Children can be encouraged outside to explore, interacting with sensory plants and the natural world around them. In complete contrast plants can be used to make calming, private and secluded spaces. A tranquil garden that calms the senses is the perfect place to sit and relax, or just meditate and practice mindfulness … relieving stress and improving mental health and wellbeing. Colour plays a big part in garden design. Bold and bright colours like yellow, orange and red are vibrant and uplifting, perfect for family gardens designed for play and entertaining. In contrast, cool colours like blue, mauve, violet and green are more calming, and good to use around areas designed for rest and relaxation. Tall and dense boundary hedges and planting can reduce annoying manmade noise from roads and neighbours, creating a feeling of shelter and protection, but don’t ignore the importance of sound in a sensory garden either. Perhaps it’s wind gently rocking and rustling the branches of trees, a robin perched high-up entertaining us with its song, bees busily harvesting pollen and nectar from beautiful blooms, or the calming sound of trickling water. Whether you’re creating a stimulating garden or relaxing sensory environment, all gardens have the power to heal and contribute to a healthier and happier life. And getting outside gardening provides exercise as well as a sense of achievement. Research has highlighted how valuable contact with plants is to our health, whether through the beauty and colour we can see or non-visual stimulation by touching, tasting, smelling or hearing the natural sounds around us.

A multi-sensory garden evokes a direct physiological response, both consciously and unconsciously, affecting our mood, relieving stress, evoking memories, relieving boredom, stimulating conversation, and tapping in to the healing power of nature.


Virtually every plant will stimulate one sense or another, so this month we’re celebrating plants for all their diverse sensory appeal. Whether you’re looking for something colourful, tactile, fragrant or flavoursome there are plants available to enjoy all-year-round. Be creative by developing displays along paths and around areas you sit outside, so you can get up close and personal with the plants you choose. Sensory plants could include:

Colourful Plants:

Highlight plants for both seasonal colour impact and year-round value. Consider colour theming plant displays, and recommending planting partners.

Tactile Plants:

Plants with soft, hairy or textured leaves, stems or bark such as Ornamental grasses, Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’, Santolina (Cotton Lavender), Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage), Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear), Itea illicifolia.

Swaying and Rustling Plants:

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Tall, graceful ornamental grasses like Miscanthus, Stipa, Pennisetum, Cortaderia (Pampas grass) and Bamboo.

Scented Plants:

Plants with fragrant flowers and foliage like Lavender, scented leaf Pelargoniums, Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (Catnip), Artemisa ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood)

Tasty Plants:

Culinary herbs like sage, thyme, chives, parsley, basil and ornamental angelica, plus fruits from trees and bushes, soft fruits like strawberries, and vegetable crops and delicious fresh salad leaves straight from the garden!


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Eight Food Myths Busted n Common myths and misconceptions surrounding popular food items like bread, fruit juice, and cheese have been busted. Health conscious Brits who’ve avoided eating too much pasta, white potatoes and oil have been urged to re-address their attitudes towards certain foods as performance nutritionist and musclefood. com influencer Ben Coomber has set the record straight. Ben, who also runs the UK’s number one health and fitness podcast, has revealed eight foods that are generally thought to be unhealthy but are actually packing a nutritional punch. Ben commented, “More and more people are trying to be mindful of what they eat and ensuring they get all the necessary nutrients each day. With everyone trying to find the ‘bad’ foods in amongst the good, unfortunately some have been caught up in collateral damage. Eating balanced meals is important to any good diet and controlling how much you eat, instead of what you eat, is key.”

1. White potatoes

Often deemed as unhealthier than its relative the sweet potato, white potatoes are rich in fibre, potassium and vitamin C. White potatoes are also even more filling than the sweet variety, meaning you need to eat less of them to feel full.

7. Cheese

Considered full of fat, cheese can often be snubbed by those controlling their diet. Like everything, eating cheese in proportion can aid your diet and help boost your body. A rich source of calcium and B vitamins which help with energy production, the bugs and microbes which cover cheese are really beneficial to our bodies internal systems.

8. Baked beans

A large tin of one of the nation’s favourite toast toppings can provide 350 calories, but it can also give you just under 40g of complex carbohydrates, 15g of fibre and 20g of protein. Although the 20g of sugar is high, in comparison to everything else the beans are providing you with they’re okay for a tasty treat.

2. Pasta

Despite popular opinion, carbs are good for us. Pasta is a fantastic source of easy, cheap and versatile carbohydrates. If the wholewheat version is chosen, protein is also being added onto your meal.

3. Rapeseed oil

Overshadowed by olive and coconut oil, rapeseed has nearly been forgotten about. Not only is it cheaper than the other two options, it has the same amount of healthy fats and vitamin E as Olive oil whilst also having a higher heat tolerance.

4. Fruit juice

Everyone knows that fruit juice is full of sugar, even though most of it is natural. Sugar like everything, is necessary for every diet as long as it's take in moderation. Fruit juice is also packed full of vitamins and minerals so don’t be afraid to reach for a glass from time to time.

5. Bread

Cutting bread out of your diet can seem to get quick results, but Ben puts this down to meal replacements. When you cut out bread you’re removing sandwiches, toast and pizza from your diet – all of which come with unhealthy ingredients. Bread is a good source of nutrients, is very filling and can be cheap and convenient. Like pasta, whole-wheat bread can provide your body with even more goodness.

6. Popcorn

Many people think of the cinema snack that can only be enjoyed covered in sugar, but popcorn is one of the lowest calorie snacks, with a large bag containing half the number of calories than a bag of crisps. Although not full of nutrients, its ability to fill you up without turning to a chocolate bar is perfect.

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wraps essential topics such posture, balance, biomechanics and form, breathing, stretching, self-myofascial release, core stability and, strength and conditioning around the actual running element of the course. Runners will develop their running capabilities over the 13 weeks to see them able to run for up to an hour by the end of the programme.”

From September, following on from the success of its previous C25K groups, Rushmere Community Runners (RCR) are very pleased to offer a completely new style of beginners running programme. This new programme, which is aimed at introducing nonrunners to the world of running, will be calling on the expertise of John Reynolds of JRSTT (John Reynolds Soft Tissue Therapy).

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Local club gets award

A tennis club in Ipswich achieved the highest accolade, when it scooped an LTA Tennis Award at the tennis governing body’s annual ceremony. Taking place at The Championships, Wimbledon, Ipswich Sports Club were one of 17 winners on the day and were presented with their award by tennis coach and Apprentice star, Sabrina Stocker. The ceremony – which saw British tennis star Cameron Norrie awarded ‘LTA Men’s Player of the Year’, saw the likes of England Netball Head Coach Tracey Neville MBE, BBC presenter Kate Silverton and influencer Chessie King present accolades to 17 deserving winners. Ipswich Sports Club were awarded Club of the Year, with the centre recognised for its thriving membership, new facilities and successful community programmes, including for disabilities. This is a testament to the diligent team at the club and the committee’s all-encompassing communication efforts. The club is integral to the local sporting community, providing numerous teams for local, county and national competitions, and encouraging juniors to play with seniors, as well as promoting events throughout the year. They are also leading the way, using innovative technology to reduce running costs and have saved £20,000 over the last 12 months. Now in its fourth year, the awards celebrate the outstanding achievements made by tennis volunteers, coaches, clubs and community programmes across the country. This year saw more than 1,500 nominations across 10 different categories, including Young Person of the Year, Community Initiative and Disability Programme. Nominations were drawn from 25,000 volunteers, 4,400 coaches, 940 officials, 20,000 schools, 2,700 clubs and over 9,700 LTA approved tournaments, demonstrating the extraordinary contributions of individuals and venues to help to open up the sport and bring new fans and players to the game. Karen Watling, Tennis Chairman at Ipswich Tennis Club said, “It is an absolute privilege to receive the Club of the Year Award. We are a multisports club but our tennis membership has grown massively and we couldn’t have done it without the brilliant coaches and volunteers.” • To find out how you can get involved in volunteering for the LTA, visit


Warning to women over heart risks

Millions of women have no idea they could have a heart attack - because they believe only men suffer fatal cardiac arrests. Official figures show there are more than 800,000 women in the UK living with coronary heart disease, which is the main cause of heart attacks. And around 35,000 women are admitted to hospital following a heart attack each year in the UK - an average of 98 per day, or four per hour. But despite this researchers who polled 2,000 women found more than one in 10 believe only men have to worry about heart complaints. And around one in eight don’t believe women suffer from heart attacks, while one in four think they would experience different symptoms to men if they did. As a result, more than a third of women reckon they are less likely to seek help for chest pains than men. Dr Sarah Brewer, medical director at Healthspan, which commissioned the research, said, “Many are aware that heart attacks are something men need to be concerned about, but there is a huge misconception among women that they aren’t at risk. “Not only is this wrong, but it could be the difference between life and death for some if they don’t take symptoms or the risk of a heart attack seriously.” The study found just 87 per cent of women would associate chest pains or discomfort with having a heart attack, while only 57 per cent recognise profuse and unexplained sweating as a possible symptom. Others were unaware back pain (80 per cent), feeling sick (64 per cent) or feeling light-headed (59 per cent) could also be a signal of a heart attack. Dr Ameet Bakhai, consultant cardiologist at The Spire Bushey Hospital, said, “The risk of women having a heart attack increases for women once they have gone through the menopause due in part to a reduction in oestrogen. "And more than one in 10 in the survey didn’t realise this, plus a common misconception is that by being on HRT, women are protected from heart disease and unfortunately that’s not a straight forward assumption either. The research around this has shown some benefits and some risks unfortunately. “Women are also not aware that they have a higher chance of suffering from a heart attack if their male partner has had a heart attack given that husbands. And wives often share the same behavioural risk factors and environmental factors such as smoking or sedentary lifestyle.” Additionally the stress of looking after a husband dying or surviving of a heart attack affects the wife caregiver negatively and increases their own risk of health issues, worsened by anxiety and depression. There are many risk factors linked to cardiovascular disease and one in five of those surveyed said they have a family history of cardiovascular disease but 28 per cent said they do little or no exercise to improve their cardio health. Almost one in five of the women polled have high blood pressure while others have high cholesterol levels (12 per cent), smoke (16 per cent) or are overweight (30 per cent). But worryingly, 58 per cent of women have no idea what their blood pressure is, while 77 per cent don’t keep tabs on their cholesterol levels.

“Experiencing a life-threatening event such as a heart attack can have a significant impact on how we perceive ourselves, the world around us and our psychological wellbeing – as demonstrated by the Healthspan survey. "It’s essential to give ourselves space and time to take stock of these shifts in identity, which will limit the detrimental effects on mental health. "But if you do feel anxious or depressed following a heart attack, do see your GP who may refer you to a psychological service. Help is out there; you needn’t suffer with the aftermath of a heart attack in isolation.’’ The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found three in 100 of those polled have suffered from a heart attack.

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Driver distraction One fifth of parents are repeatedly taking their eyes off the road after being distracted by their children while driving, according to a new study.

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distraction outside the vehicle. During the same period 1,035 suffered serious injuries as a result. Overall, there were 5,755 accidents caused by these factors across Britain - or 15 per day. A spokesperson for Nissan said, "Any parent knows that

Distraction and fatigue were contributory factors in ten per cent of fatalities in road traffic accidents across Great Britain in 2017. And an alarming survey of mums and dads found they are struggling to concentrate for around 46 minutes per week with their kids in the car. The survey revealed children’s behaviour has led to drivers going over the speed limit or ‘considerably’ under it, while more than one-fifth have ‘repeatedly’ taken their eyes off the road. It also emerged one third find driving with their offspring so stressful they avoid the motorway completely if their kids are in the vehicle. A car covers 30-metres per second when travelling at 70mph – so the smallest distraction can put motorists and passengers at serious risk. Nissan, which commissioned the research, has now launched its advanced 'ProPILOT' drive-

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family outings aren't always straightforward. “The smallest passengers often bring the biggest surprises when you're trying to concentrate on the road, which can create a stressful time for the parent behind the wheel. “However, knowing your car is fitted with technology that can predict and prevent potentially dangerous situations can help create an overall feeling of calm at the wheel. “This in turn helps drivers keep their focus firmly on the road ahead.” The survey of 1,000 UK parents, conducted via, found 76 per cent agree children of 13-36 months are the most distracting. The stress of driving with little ones on board leads to 40 per cent of adults feeling anxious while over one third end up arriving at their destination in a bad mood. A further 20 per cent have gotten lost or taken a wrong turn because their kids 'put them off'. And three in 10 admitted having an argument with their partner due to the behaviour of their kids.

Motoring Technology For many years the RAC has sought to help broken-down members by giving them technical advice over the phone. However, now the RAC has taken this to the next level by using smartphone video call technology. RAC Remote Technician enables technical advisers to see problems faced by stranded motorists first-hand and is regularly being used to fix issues without customers having to wait for a patrol to arrive. The system works in a straightforward way: when RAC call handlers identify a breakdown that could potentially be fixed over the phone, the member is sent a web link via text message which, once clicked, enables RAC technical advisers to see the vehicle via the customer’s smartphone. The member is then guided to point the camera to various locations around the vehicle so the adviser can assess the fault. One of most common uses of RAC Remote Technician is to let technical advisers see a warning light which has appeared on the dashboard. With modern cars producing a myriad of warning lights it is often difficult for drivers to describe them so it is a major advantage for advisers to be able to see them first-hand. In the instance of a puncture, the adviser can look at the damage to the tyre to assess whether it can be temporarily plugged by a patrol at the roadside or whether a new tyre will be required. The member can also be directed to show the adviser the tyre size so the RAC can make arrangements for a mobile tyre fitter to attend or for a replacement to be fitted at the nearest tyre centre. It is also possible for the adviser to draw on the screen to show the member precisely where to look on the vehicle. This is proving to be very beneficial in fixing more vehicles. For example, when a car door will not close properly RAC Remote Technician can be used to show the customer what to do to free the catch. If a vehicle can’t be fixed it is also possible for RAC technical advisers to assess the environment to determine what recovery resource to send, whether that’s a patrol equipped with the All-Wheels-Up recovery system or a larger, flatbed recovery vehicle. RAC head of technical James Gibson said, “We have been fixing vehicles over the phone for many years, but the popularity and functionality of smartphones has given us the opportunity to fix even more issues without the need for customers having to wait for a patrol to attend.”

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Used car of the month: BMW 5 Series (2013-17)

Head of valuation services at, Jon Wheeler, said, “Many used car buyers won’t even consider a BMW 5 Series, assuming they are simply too expensive to buy and maintain, but the numbers aren’t as scary as you might think. The 520d in particular is surprisingly frugal and maintenance costs aren’t jawdropping for a German luxury saloon. There are always plenty of good used examples available and those with full BMW main dealer service history are especially attractive. We’d go for the 520d M-Sport, which looks great and drives fantastically well. If it is space you need then consider the touring version and, as ever, conduct a full vehicle provenance check prior to purchase.” As to market trends, Wheeler said, “As we move into the second half of 2019, the automotive market continues to be put under immense pressure. New sales figures are falling month-on-month, with diesel car registrations suffering a huge decline. Some manufacturers are forcing volume into the market with pre-registration activity, leading to oversupply on certain models and pressure to cut prices. Used values have also dipped recently, but this follows an exceptionally strong 2018 and should therefore be seen as a return to a more sustainable level.” With information from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, My Car Check holds comprehensive data on every vehicle on UK roads – things that buyers


Used bike of the month: Aprilia RSV4 R (2010-)

On the motorbike, scooter and moped sector,’s Mark Field said, “With its striking looks, Italian heritage, fantastic engine and record for reliability, the RSV4 is Aprilia’s flagship superbike. True, larger riders may struggle with its compact nature, especially on long journeys, but get the RSV4 onto a track and the scenery will fly by at an alarming rate. The superb Brembo brakes, slipper clutch and adjustable suspension all inspire confidence, and the fit and finish are great. A good mileage 2011 R model of this beautifully crafted machine can be yours for around £7,500. Due to its exotic nature, full service history (fsh) is a must and, as always, be sure to get a full provenance check prior to purchase.” As to market trends, Field said, “The latest new motorcycle registration figures show a 7.3% increase on the same time last year. Could it be that the zombification of the nation caused by Brexit is finally wearing thin? We’ve seen monthon-month improvements for a while now and, although touring and sports touring sales are down, overall the new market is much healthier than many predicted. Used bike sales are also reported to be up, despite the lack of ready-to-retail stock. With summer fast approaching, 2019 could turn into a very good year for the two-wheel industry.”

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Sensible driving to improve health Vehicles are a major contributor to particulate emissions, which are micro foreign particles that can bypass the body’s natural defences and contribute to respiratory problems and other serious illnesses. Indeed, the World Health Organisation, claims road transport accounts for up to 30 per cent of particulate emissions within Europe. Simon Henrick at Green Flag, comments, “It’s important for vehicle users to be aware of the harmful effects our vehicles can have, especially as the number of vehicles on the road increases, particularly within our already-congested metropolitan areas. “Green Flag is committed to helping drivers on roads across the nation, and sharing information and advice about the impact of vehicles on the environment is an important aspect of this objective. The easiest way to reduce emissions is to limit your driving to only when it’s essential. However, when it is necessary to take the car out, there are several simple habits motorists can adopt to reduce their overall emissions.” Green Flag has shared its top tips for reducing emissions when driving:

Reducing Your Emissions Tips 1. Plan your trip

Before embarking on a journey, make sure that all aspects of your trip have been researched, including the best places to park to save you from aimlessly driving around looking for parking. Also, think about fewer shorter trips. When your engine is turned on and used over time, its internal components will warm as a by-product of internal combustion; this has the knock-on effect of making fuel easier to burn. To drive more fuel efficiently, complete all your errands in the same round trip. This will reduce your overall emissions impact compared with pursuing several shorter trips requiring cold starts. Also, consider car sharing; four people in one car is better than one person in four separate cars.

2. Check your tyres

Tyres are your vehicle’s contact to the road. If their air pressure is too low, the engine will have to work harder to compensate for the added friction, increasing exhaust emissions. Tyres continually lose pressure, so make sure to check them at least once a fortnight to ensure they meet the required level. Use a pressure gauge, consulting your vehicle manual for the optimal tyre pressure.

6. Reduce the idle time of your engine

Idle time during periods of congestion dramatically increases vehicle emissions per mile, especially within major cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester.   You can reduce your overall emissions by switching your engine off completely if you’re going to be stationary for 10 seconds or more. If your engine is warm, the start cost in fuel will be less than simply sitting with the engine running. If your car has a stop-start system, ensure it is enabled.  

7. Consider the aerodynamics of your car

Opening windows adds to the vehicle drag, particularly when driving at higher speeds on the motorway. Additionally, bike racks and roof boxes will impact your vehicle’s aerodynamics, dramatically raising your vehicle’s drag. Also, don’t carry any excess weight within the vehicle itself. Lowering vehicle drag will improve your vehicle’s miles-per-gallon, reducing your overall emissions. Check you only open your windows when absolutely necessary; it’s more fuel efficient to run your air conditioning than to suffer the added vehicle drag.

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Clean engine oil is vital to the longevity and performance of your vehicle. A lubricated engine is able to perform more efficiently, lowering your fuel consumption and reducing your emissions. Ensure you stick to your car's recommended service intervals. Similarly, air filters prevent foreign particles such as dirt and pollen entering your vehicle engine. As you run your vehicle, your filter will gradually clog up over time. This can impact the overall fuel efficiency of your vehicle, increasing your emissions per mile.

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Heavy acceleration combined with stop-start driving burns the greatest amount of fuel. To ensure you are driving with optimal fuel efficiency, gradually build and reduce your speed wherever possible. You’ll keep a full tank of petrol for longer, and lower your vehicle’s emissions.

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