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What’s on at the Felixstowe Spa in August

entertainmen t on the coast talented singers and performers, accompanied by the fabulous Keltic Storm Band and world champion Gael Force Irish dancers.

For sun, sea, and sensational shows, this summer... Look no further than Felixstowe’s beachside theatre, the Spa Pavilion! There’s been plenty of exciting Spa news recently, with the announcement of their Christmas Panto, ‘Snow White’, and a December date for global entertainer Peter Andre! Plus, they’re looking ahead to their “Suffolk Proms” week, in September.

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August kicks off with the one and only Jimmy Carr, with his brand-new 16+-rated show: ‘Terribly Funny: 2.0’, on Friday 4th. Next up, on Saturday 6th August, it’s ‘Michael: Starring Ben’– the ultimate tribute to the King of Pop! ‘Ireland: The Show’ rolls into town on Friday 12th, with an all-star cast of the Emerald Isle’s most

For the very first time since their 2015 re-opening, The Spa Pavilion are hosting a Family SUMMER PANTO, on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th August. ‘Pirates of the Pavilion’ features a cast of professional pantomime performers, led by Top UK comic Liam Mellor. With a script written especially for Felixstowe, these scallywags and seadogs need your help searching for the Lost Treasure of Cobbold’s Point! For a totally different kind of swashbuckling adventure (Or should we say “swash-UNbuckling”?)... there’s an adult (16+) version, 8pm both days, for all the big kids out there! Not for the faint- hearted, the “P*ssed-Up Panto” is packed full of innuendo, hilarious parodies of well-known songs, and audience participation. Rounding off the month, it’s ‘Supreme Queen’, on Saturday 29th August. Scott Maley and band promise to transport you to the halcyon days of one of the planet’s greatest ever rock bands! Tickets are available from the Spa Box Office: Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-4pm in person or by calling 01394 284962. You can also select and book seats online, 24/7, at www.fxspa.co.uk

For another way to support the Spa and enjoy the panoramic sea views, their café, bars & restaurant are open every day - now open for summer from 9:30am to 6pm every day. Hot & cold drinks, homemade cakes and a wide-ranging menu are all available, plus a fabulous Sunday roast. Food is always served for two hours before every performance, with reservation advised on 01394 336336. •You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook/ Instagram, for all the latest news and show updates. Alternatively, sign up to their email newsletter at www.fxspa.co.uk

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INSIDE THIS MONTH AUGUST Mad About Pets:

We hear from Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick about his forthcoming visit to Ipswich as well as discovering how the cost of living crisis is affecting pets, plus advice on keeping pets cool in the summer heat.

22-26 Events Diary

Your day-by-day guide to the month of AUGUST, including live music, talks, weekly classes, car boots, fitness and more. To get your event listed for FREE email us at listings@ipswich24.co.uk

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At Home:

This month in our lifestyle section there’s news on working at home. With bills increasing we have advice on eating on a budget and how to save energy.

29-37 School’s Out:

Sang Alice Cooper and we have owls galore to dominate our summer. There’s details on museums, a competition to win tickets to a summer panto.... Finally we have news about another Alice, this one in Wonderland!

Arts:

For the warmer months some of our theatre moves outside with Red Rose in the Forest - including super witchy puppets. Up the coast there’s a variety of summer theatre. There’s also a call out to young male actors.

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24-25th September 2022

Advance tickets for the first Suffolk Mind, Body & Spirit Festival at Trinity Park in Ipswich are now on sale! Join the fast-growing Mind, Body & Spirit community at Trinity Park this year. Purchase advance tickets from www.lifearts.co.uk or on the door when you arrive. With live music from headline act, Gemma Louise Doyle, the ticket price also includes free entry to yoga and dance classes and workshops and talks. Make time to relax and unwind When you destress and unwind, your body and mind will naturally begin to settle. Feeling relaxed can also positively contributes to health and wellbeing! What people are saying about Life Arts events “Happy, positive people and fantastic stalls!” (Jules from Chelmsford)

Mind, Body & Spirit Festival 2022. We have over eighty-five amazing exhibitors, and you’ll also be helping us to raise money for Greenpeace and Ipswich Deaf Society.’ Over 85 stands with new attractions • • • • • • •

“Love everything. Second time here. Amazing!” (Wendy from Braintree) Festival organiser, Chris Cozens, explains the inspiration behind Life Arts Mind, Body & Spirit Festivals: ‘As our lives have become increasingly busy and pressurised, we need to find new ways to relax and unwind. We offer people the space and time to relax and find peace within their increasingly stressful lives. Be good to yourself this year. Join us at Trinity Park for the Suffolk

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Visit Stonham Barns Park this August If you are looking for a great place to visit during the school holidays for the whole family, then go along to Stonham Barns Park where you will find an abundance of attractions and activities to keep you entertained. Events this month include a Charity Night for St Elizabeth Hospice on the 6th. An evening of live music, auction, and three course dinner. Sunday 14th The Big Bus Show, new for 2022, see a collection of buses ranging from the 1930’s to the present day. Friday 19th Elvis is back with the Memphis Gold Band. Put your blue suede shoes on and dance the night away to the greatest hits of the King of Rock. Sunday 21st the Classic Car Show, see 100’s of classic cars and bikes along with auto jumble, trade stands, live music, bars, and great food. Sunday 28th Knuckle Busters with a fabulous selection of Hod Rods, classic and American cars and bikes, plus live bands, and food court. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday Charity Bingo and Bike Nights and every Sunday Stonham Car Boot. Also open every weekend is the Legends Sport Bar showing live sport on multi screens.

Pop into the retail village with over 40 shops and businesses selling gifts, crafts, books, pictures and frames, crystals, clothes, toys, furniture, hair and beauty treatments, homewares, holidays, hot tubs, trading cards, antiques, sweets, a post office, convenience store, garden centre and lots more. Visit over 90 different birds of prey at The Owl Sanctuary. Paint your own at The Teapot Pottery or purchase a beautiful hand-crafted teapot. Play a round of adventure golf or try the golf simulators in the Golf Park or spend a few hours fishing in the fully stocked lakes. For the younger ones in your family take a visit to Tumbledown Soft Play Barn with Sensory room or let them jump and play on the FREE bouncy pillow, enjoy a train ride, or visit the traditional fairground. If you are feeling hungry, there are two great places to eat, the Bistro with its fabulous home cooked food and the Teapot Tea Room with speciality tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes and pastries. With so much to offer why not stay for a holiday or short break. You could bring your own tent, caravan, or motorhome, hire a fully furnished bell tent, the cabin, or fully furnished static holiday home, even purchase your very own holiday home to use 11 months of year. This is a ‘dog friendly’ site and open seven days a week. Whether you visit for the day or stay for a holiday, you will find lots to keep you busy. For more information visit their website: www.stonhambarns.co.uk or their social media pages.

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The ever popular Buxhall and Shelland Church Fete takes place in the beautiful gardens of Copinger Hall, next to St Mary’s Church, Buxhall on Saturday 6th August from 2pm until 5pm. This year the main attraction is Lowestoft Dog Agility Display Team, providing exciting entertainment, with dogs navigating agility courses and obstacles. Not to be missed! In addition, there is a Martial Arts Display. There will also be the very popular Classic Car display, Steam Traction Engine, Miniature Train and a vast array of traditional games and stalls, including the Beer & Pimms Tents, Tea Tent, BBQ, Cakes & Ice cream… And much more !!! The extensive Children’s play area with bouncy castle will keep the kids entertained and there is also face painting and fun tennis sessions. FREE Admission and loads of parking at Tomlinsons Groundcare, next to the Church. All proceeds in aid of Church Funds - for more information go to www.buxhallfete.co.uk or follow us on facebook @buxhallshellandfete

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

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Once Bitten… Twice Shy! In recent months, we have seen and heard more in the news about people being bitten and injured, sometimes fatally, by dogs, but where does the law stand in terms of bringing a claim against the owner for personal injury and loss? In 1971 the Animals Act was introduced which outlined what the legal requirements were to establish fault and therefore liability against the owner / keeper of a dog that had bitten and / or injured a person. If that dog is defined as being a member of a “dangerous species” (which is one that is not commonly domesticated in the British Islands) then in all likelihood if that dog bites / injures someone, then liability will be strict and compensation should then be awarded accordingly. The majority of dog bite / injury incidents however relate to dogs that aren’t deemed to be dangerous, so what does the law say that you need to prove to establish fault? The main issue and key to succeeding with a claim for personal injury arsing out of a dog bite / injury incident is often proving that the owner / keeper was aware that the dog in question had a propensity to bite, or had a history of some form

of aggression such that the owner / keeper should have taken sufficient steps to prevent that dog from causing harm by, for example, using a muzzle and keeping the dog on a tight lead. So what should you do if you get bitten / injured by a dog? - Seek medical attention – even the smallest of bites could become infected. - Get the details of the owner / keeper of the dog including their name, address, and whether they have pet or home insurance if possible. - Contact the police and report the incident – getting bitten by a dog is a crime, and by reporting it you could prevent someone else from suffering a similar fate. - Contact the Council or the local dog warden if the Police haven’t already confirmed that they will take this action. - Get the details of any witnesses

who may have seen the accident or who may have knowledge of this particular dog and it’s previous character. - Keep records of the accident including for example writing down what happened, and taking photos of your injuries. - Keep records of all expenses that you may have incurred as a result of the incident and injury sustained, for example, loss of earnings, travel expenses and any medication costs. By gathering all of the above documentation and information in particular about the incident and the dog / it’s history, when it comes to considering whether you have a valid claim for compensation, you will be in a far better position. Bringing claims for compensation as a result of these incidents

involving dogs are complex and can be difficult to prove. The age old saying, “There are no bad dogs, just bad owners” in these types of claim often turn out to be true. If you or someone you know has been involved in a dog bite incident, or you have suffered injury as a result of any animal, it is always worth seeking legal guidance to see whether you can obtain assistance to pursue your claim. If you need help or advice following a dog bite, get in touch with Louise Plant on 01473 232121 or email lplant@prettys.co.uk

Pirate radio exhibition Many people growing up in the 60s still remember the pirate radio stations that were anchored off the Suffolk and Essex coasts. In particular the name Radio Caroline which was the first ship to drop anchor just off Felixstowe. A Facebook group, Felixstowe and Offshore Radio is testament to the continuing interest in the pirate ships and features many pictures and stories from those days. Now Felixstowe and Offshore Radio have teamed up with Chris Dannatt of the Flashback 67 pirate radio exhibition, Ray Anderson, owner of Radio Fab a radio nostalgia and souvenir publisher and Chris Brisland of the Wireless of the Week Facebook group to bring fans a weekend of memories of those times. The weekend is housed in the old Martello Tower on Old Fort Road, itself a fascinating building which these days is home to Coastwatch. The exhibition is open noon until 5pm on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August. There will also be the opportunity to purchase memorabilia, however due to poor internet signal within the Tower payment will be Cash Only. It looks to be a fascinating and nostalgic event and one that pirate radio, or even those intrigued as to what pirate radio was all about, will not want to miss. Visit www.facebook.com/felixstoweandoffshoreradio for more info.

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FIREWALK Are you brave enough? Do you fancy taking part in the worlds shortest sponsored walk…? On fire? If so, then The Woodbridge Town Football Club has just the thing for you. The Football Club are hosting a Halloween Firewalk on Friday 28th October at their ground in Fynn Road, Woodbridge and would love for you to get involved and risk your feet and help fundraise for the Club at the same time!

The money raised at this amazing event will help to raise the funds needed to renovate the Club House. Phase One is to repair the extractor fan in the kitchen before upgrading and replacing some vital equipment. The Firewalk itself will be 20 feet in length and, the coals can reach temperatures of 1200°F – more than hot enough to BBQ on! Over 50 people will be taking part in the walk, and members of the public are invited to come along on the evening and offer their support. Gates open at 6.30pm and there will be entrainment to keep spectators amused, plus, a licensed bar and food for those that get peckish!

WIN: Tickets to Marley show

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Ipswich24 has teamed up with the Spa Pavilion Theatre to give away a pair of tickets to see ‘Legend – the Music of Bob Marley’. To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize, just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact number to: ‘Legend – the Music of Bob Marley’ Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at www.ipswich24.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 31st August 2022

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a. Three Little Birds; b. Three Big Birds; c. Three Average Birds

For more information and to secure you place book now visit www.woodbridgetownfc.com. If you have any questions about the event or would like to know more about what’s involved feel free to call 01473 351270 and ask for Wendy. Taking part in a Firewalk is an incredible ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, so do something that’s truly amazing and sign up now… The money you raise will help fund vital improvements and upkeep at the Football Club to ensure it remains, and elevates itself as a real community hub. This event is totally safe and full training will be given on the evening of the Firewalk, so there’s no excuses… Do something incredible, and walk on hot coals!!!!

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Fifty years ago, Bob Marley and the Wailers handed the master tapes of the album Catch a Fire over to record producer Chris Blackwell. It marked the beginning of Bob and his band’s collaboration with Island Records: a collaboration which went on to produce reggae music’s greatest hits – including ‘One Love’, ‘Is This Love?’, ‘Three Little Birds’ and ‘Could You Be Loved’. Catch a Fire included the Marley-written single ‘Stir it Up’. The Johnny Nash cover of the song topped the charts the following year ... heralding Bob Marley’s career not only as a solid gold performer, but also as a millionselling hit songwriter. Hit stage show ‘Legend – the Music of Bob Marley’ brings all of the singer/ songwriter’s hits to life, live on stage, including Bob’s aforementioned four biggest hits plus ‘No Woman, No Cry’; ‘Waiting in Vain’; ‘Jamming’; ‘Buffalo Soldier’; ‘I Shot the Sheriff’; ‘Exodus’; ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and ‘Satisfy My Soul’. Show promoter James Taylor or Entertainers promises “an unforgettable evening celebrating this musical icon in one fantastic stage show extravaganza”. He says, “Legend combines Bob Marley’s superb, distinctive vocals with flawless musicianship and a supremely talented cast.” “It is a two-hour spectacular, showcasing the magic of Marley. It captures the charisma and culture of an icon gone too soon.” This year’s nationwide tour by the production has gained much critical acclaim, including Paul Goff of BBC Radio Tees noting: “The highlight for me was Three Little Birds: everyone in the building was singing, en masse, ‘everything is gonna be alright’.” ‘Legend – the Music of Bob Marley’ will be at the Spa Pavilion on Saturday 8th October. Tickets are on sale now from www.fxspa.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01394 284962 (11am-4pm, Tue-Sun)

outdoor markets featuring local makers, food stalls, drinks, plus licensed bar, live music and plenty of parking Upcoming Dates for 2022

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FLORIDA: Universal Parks, New Smyrna Beach & Kissimmee Villas

Rebecca Leete from Deben Travel recently returned from a Florida Trip hosted by Visit Florida, experiencing the best of the Sunshine State! “We spent the first three nights at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort in Orlando, exploring Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – home to their brand-new Jurassic World ‘VelociCoaster’ Ride, which hits speeds of 70mph!” says Rebecca, “We had VIP Express Passes which enabled us to jump any queues, which were well worth it as we managed to get on nine rollercoasters in one day! “Our trip continued to the laid-back beach resort of New Smyrna Beach (known as the ‘Shark Bite Capital of the World’!), which is located around a one hour drive from Orlando. This surfer’s paradise is home to 17 miles of powder-soft sandy beaches, where visitors and locals drive their cars directly onto the sand. It’s the perfect relaxing destination to add-on to a busy action-packed itinerary of Orlando’s theme-parks. “To conclude our itinerary, we stayed one night at a Private Luxury Villa with pool in Kissimmee, just south of Orlando.

Kissimmee is popular with holidaymakers visiting Florida due to it’s close proximity (20-30 min drive) to Orlando’s Parks such as Disney and Universal. Villas are a great base to ‘make-yourself at home’, and

jumping into your own private pool after a busy day makes it that extra-special.” Flights to Florida are now on-sale upuntil June 2023 and the School Summer Holidays are due to be released shortly – get booking early to get the best prices If you would like help planning your holiday to Florida please contact Deben Travel at team@debentravel.co.uk or call them on 01394 615620

Summer crafting Ipswich is awash with a ‘Parliament’ of Owls and Craftability is joining in with the fun. The Hoot Trail is in full swing and gives you all a chance to explore new parts of Ipswich.

Why not then come into this ‘hidden gem’ and let your child take part in one of Craftability’s activities? For £10 per child there are four Owl themed crafts to choose from and two bracelet making workshops. Each include all materials and give you the chance to do some shopping or grab a coffee. All the staff have DBS clearance and are experienced in working with children. The sun may be shining but thought in the craft world are turning towards Christmas! Craftability have a good selection of Christmas fabric, stickers and some bargain cutting dies. During the month, other Christmas stock will begin to appear…I have even noticed some Christmas trees and a Santa just right for your dolls house! The seasonal workshops will begin in October but in the meantime,

there are still lots running that should keep you busy. Craftability have a beginners knitting course coming or if you are struggling to understand a pattern this would also be suitable. As ever, the team at Craftability look forward to seeing you and a reminder that the opening times remain at Monday to Saturday 9.30am until 4pm.

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

Tel: 01473 257550

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Free Wi-Fi launches in Felixstowe Following a successful launch in Lowestoft and as part of a range of exciting digital projects taking place across East Suffolk, free-to-use public Wi-Fi has now been launched in Felixstowe. To support local towns and businesses, East Suffolk Council is delivering a range of digital projects which aim to strengthen the local economy and improve connectivity within the district’s market towns. One of these projects is the East Suffolk Digital Towns programme which will digitally transform market towns through the installation of free public Wi-Fi, digital footfall counters and town marketing platforms alongside a business support programme called the Digital Springboard. Supported by funding from the Getting Building Fund and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Innovative Projects fund, this new technology was initially piloted in Framlingham in 2019 and has now been launched in the main shopping areas of Felixstowe, as well as the seafront areas with other market towns to follow later this year. Cllr Stephen Burroughes, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Operational Partnerships and Digital Transformation, said, “The Wi-Fi zone will extend from the seafront to the town centre, including Hamilton Road and the Triangle, and make it easy for visitors and local people to get online when out and about. It is a digital scheme which we are really proud of.” Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said, “We are committed to supporting local businesses and the provision of free-to-use Wi-Fi in public areas is just one of the innovative ways we are doing this. As well as helping people to stay connected whilst visiting our town centres, this scheme will enable town councils and business groups to improve services and offerings to attract more visitors.” Cllr Sharon Harkin, Mayor of Felixstowe said, “Felixstowe Town Council is delighted to be part of this new scheme which aims to help residents, visitors and businesses connect with each other. This new technology will help us understand how people use the town so we can improve services as well as signposting residents and visitors to the many exciting events that Felixstowe has to offer.”

Jessie Fotherby, Chair of Felixstowe Business Improvement District said, “The Digital Towns programme is a great boost to Felixstowe business. Not only will shoppers and visitors to Felixstowe enjoy free connectivity, but we will also have the helpful information and marketing that can be used to support our high street. This is a great example of the local authority and businesses working together for the greater good.” New technology will enable the council to understand the number of visitors to the town, the busiest periods, the average time people spend in the town centre and much more. This will enable the council’s Economic Development Team to provide tailored support for local businesses and provide data-based evidence to support other ongoing projects. As part of the launch, digital partners Menta hosted a free ‘Digi Drop’ support session for small businesses at their new ‘@Inc Felixstowe’ premises, and also launched some initial bookable workshops for businesses seeking support on digital growth themes as taster sessions for a developing twoyear programme. East Suffolk is also working in partnership with an interactive walking app provider, Go Jauntly to develop outdoor adventures across all of East Suffolk’s principal 12 towns and villages. The trails launched across East Suffolk in May via the downloadable app. Following launches in Lowestoft and Felixstowe, East Suffolk Free Wi-Fi is provisionally scheduled to be available in Woodbridge, Southwold, Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth, Aldeburgh, Leiston and Saxmundham by October 2022. Further information is available at: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/ business/digital-towns/ or www.eastsuffolkmeansbusiness.co.uk or by contacting: economicdevelopment@eastsuffolk.gov.uk.

Pop Music Quiz Stephen (Foz) Foster will be presenting a music quiz, which is to be held at Woodbridge Town Football Club, Fynn Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4LS, on Friday 12th August. Teams of six are invited to take part at a cost of £5 per person. There is a fully licenced bar and food will be available to order on the night plus plenty of free parking. Call Wendy on 01473 351270 to book your place. Raising funds for the Football Club. Book early to avoid disappointment

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time to explore yourself and develop some antifragility n Children really grow and learn when they have the permission and opportunities they need to take risks: to climb high, to explore independently, to use grown-up tools, to bike down a hill as fast as they can. One of modern adults’ most basic instincts is to protect our children – from harm, pain, and any conceivable discomfort. However, if children never experience challenges that they must overcome themselves, how will they ever learn how to deal with daily life experiences when they are older?

Children need regular opportunities to take reasonable risks and to overcome challenges in order to develop into strong and capable children. A reasonable risk is any action, activity, or behaviour that starts with careful consideration and results in taking a leap of faith. Here are five reasons to encourage our children to engage in risk-facing activities this summer?

Cultivation of Confidence: A good dose of reasonable risk-taking in play results in a comfortable willingness to make mistakes and learn from mistakes. A healthy ‘give and take’ mentality. Improving Strength and Safety Awareness: In order to stimulate the senses and develop healthy motor skills and strong bodies, children need the opportunity to take reasonable physical risks. Development of Social Skills: Although some risk-taking is done independently, children often take risks while interacting with others. Reasonable risktaking allows children to find and utilise their voice among peers and become a trusted team player.

Practice of Independent Thinking and SelfReflection: When a child considers a risky decision, she practices the process of decision-making in a matter of moments. ‘Should I jump from this log to the ground?’ Once she makes the decision to take a leap, she must evaluate the decision. Taking time to reflect on the outcome of an action taken is incredibly important. Did the risk lead to success? Or, was it not the best plan to take?

Avoidance of Other Risky Behaviours: Reasonable risk-taking keeps children from participating in another kind of risky behaviour—the unhealthy kind.

Children’s social and emotional abilities are as antifragile as their immune systems. If we overprotect children and keep them ‘safe’ from unpleasant social situations and negative emotions, we deprive them of the challenges and opportunities for skillbuilding which they need to grow strong. Such children are likely to suffer more when exposed later to other unpleasant but ordinary life events, such as teasing and social exclusion. Brief periods of normal tension are not harmful; they are essential.

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Free play in which children work out their own rules of engagement, take small risks, and learn to master small dangers (such as the National Trust’s 50 outdoor activities) turns out to be crucial for the development of adult social and even physical competence. Depriving them of free play stunts their social-emotional growth. Norwegian play researchers Ellen Sandseter and Leif Kennair wrote in 2011 about the ‘anti-phobic effects of thrilling experiences.’ They noted that children who are supported to engage in maturationally-appropriate risky activities spontaneously seek to add risk to their play, which then extends their coping abilities, which then empowers them to take on even greater challenges. What can we do to reverse current trends of riskaversion? How can we raise children strong enough to handle the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of life? There is a powerful piece of folk wisdom: prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child. As soon as you grasp the concept of antifragility, you understand why this folk saying is true.

But we also have to let our children out to roam the road without us. It is what most of us over the age of 40 did (even in much more crime-prone decades) and it is what most children want to do. At first, it’s scary for parents to let go. But when a seven-year-old jumps up and down with excitement and pride after running an errand on her own, it gets easier to let them go. Happy exploring this summer break!

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Now that schools have broken up for the long summer holiday, families are heading to their favourite attractions to spend quality time together. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary will be open every day throughout the summer break, from 10 until 5pm. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and cool drinks and spend the day immersed in the centre’s unique atmosphere, in the company of over 80 owls and other birds of prey. Throughout the beautiful landscaped site, visitors can engage with a wide variety of birds, from native british favourites, such as barn, tawny and little owls, to more exotic species like the spectacled, great grey and snowy owls. All exhibit their own characteristics and natural behaviours and endear themselves to young and old visitors alike. There are two flying displays every day, taking place at 11.30am and 2.30pm - admission to these demonstrations is included in the general admission ticket. Each display features a different variety of birds, including owls, hawks, falcons, caracaras and vultures and offers a truly memorable experience for the audience, allowing both children and adults a rare opportunity to see the birds flying at very close quarters!

Operation Camouflage returns

The site also includes a pretty Woodland Walk… home to the cheeky meerkat family and shy red squirrels. The meerkats enjoy two feeding sessions daily, accompanied by an informative and comical talk, at 11am and 2pm. Enrichment making workshops will also be available for children, on a number of dates (please refer to the website for details) during the summer. Participants can help to build a stock of creative toys and puzzle feeders for the sanctuary’s birds and animals, using papier mache and cardboard boxes. Enrichment is an essential part of healthy development and helps to keep the birds and animals mentally and physically stimulated. Sports themed creations, linking with the eagerly anticipated Commonwealth Games are to be encouraged. These sessions will be MESSY, so please wear appropriate old clothes if you wish to take part! The sanctuary provides a custom built all-inclusive children’s play area with double width slide, multi-person swing and wheelchair accessible roundabout. There is plenty of space for picnics and wheelchair friendly tables are provided. Within the aviaries, green spaces and trees provide shady places to unwind and relax and flower borders are filled with bee and butterfly friendly plants. There is a small gift shop stocking owlie souvenirs and disabled parking bays are provided at the front of the building. • For more details or to book in advance online, please visit www.owl-help.org.uk or phone 0345 680 7897. Reg. Charity 1086565

A popular summer activities programme returns to East Suffolk later this month, with priority given to children who are eligible for free school meals. Returning after a two-year break, Operation Camouflage begins at Sutton Heath, near Woodbridge on Tuesday 26th July. Organised by the Army Welfare Service and East Suffolk Council, the four-week programme is open to children and young people aged between eight and 16 years old who are eligible for free school meals who live in or go to school in East Suffolk. Designed to bring young people together and help them develop new skills, Operation Camouflage runs every Tuesday to Friday from 26th July until 19th August. There will be a mix of physical, creative, educational and adventurous activities on offer including BMX pump track, circus skills, football freestyling, dance, bushcraft and much more. Snacks and lunch will also be provided. Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism said, “I am delighted to see the return of Operation Camouflage this summer. Holiday activity programmes are incredibly important for the health and wellbeing of young people, providing them with a safe and enjoyable range of activities, where they can meet new people, Award Winning Unique, challenge themselves and learn new Multi-Activity, Developmental skills.” Play Classes Transport is available to children Every class your child attending school in the catchment needs…in one! areas of Farlingaye and Kesgrave High Schools. T: 07870 506690 ildi@totsplay.co.uk The programme is designed to give young people from military families and those living in East Suffolk an opportunity to be active over the summer holidays. To book your free place, visit www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/ Classes Available in Ipswich and Hadleigh operation-camouflage www.totsplay.co.uk/hadleigh

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Prepare for Scallywags and Seadogs as an exciting, brandnew summer pantomime hits the stage at the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe this August!

Pantomimes aren’t just for Christmas – ‘Oh no they’re not!’ – and Made to Measure Productions, a professional theatrical production company specialising in the, traditionally-festive, genre has been producing summer pantomimes for the past eight years! Pirates of the Pavilion is a swashbuckling summer adventure, with a script created specifically for the Spa Pavilion. Made to Measure Productions lives up to it’s name by believing in the ethos that each production should be unique to the venue and town it’s created for! The ‘Pirates of the Pavilion’ brand has been a firm favourite down on the South Coast in Weymouth since 2014, with a new adventure ever year, and we are excited to be bringing a new ‘Felixstowe-inspired’ production to the Spa Pavilion this August! Lee Redwood, writer and director for Made to Measure Productions said, “It’s crazy to think these days, but go back 35 years or so and it wasn’t uncommon for the Christmas pantomime to open on Boxing Day and play all the way through to Easter...so it hasn’t always ‘just’ been a festive treat! At Made to Measure Productions we are passionate about pantomime and creating exciting new and innovative ways to progress this well-loved, traditionally British genre! Quite often, pantomime is one of the only times when generations can enjoy the same entertainment all-together – and why should that stop in January?! Our pantomime productions, especially our unique ‘Pirate’ panto, include jokes, songs, dance routines & visual effects which appeal to all ages from 3 to 103 and we’re so excited to bring Pirates of the Pavilion to Felixstowe this summer! It’s full of swashbuckling summer fun for the whole family and absolutely one not to be missed!” Pirates of the Pavilion features a professional cast of experienced pantomime performers, led by Top UK comic LIAM MELLOR as the hilarious SEADOG BILLY. Liam is well-known around the country for his pantomime appearances and can’t wait to be sailing the seven seas to Felixstowe this summer!

Seadog Billy is joined by the bumbling CAPTAIN FILIBUSTER (Robert Squire) and the plucky PIRATE POPPY (Isla Rose) as they search for the Lost Treasure of Cobbold’s Point! But it’s not all plain-sailing, as the evil CAPTAIN BLACKHEAD is prowling and has more than a few tricks up his sleeve to beat them to the loot! Don’t panic! The SPIRIT OF THE SEAS (Tegen Jones) is on hand to sprinkle some sparkle and weave a spell to ensure the crew of the Saucy Sally can save the day...with some glitz and glamour thrown in for good measure, of course! Featuring a full supporting cast, stunning scenery, colourful costumes, dazzling dance routines, toe-tapping tunes and hilarious comedy by the barrelful, you won’t want to miss this brand-new summer pantomime spectacular! Our crew can’t wait...and neither should you – don’t be Sharkbait, climb aboard and hook your tickets now! PIRATES OF THE PAVILION hits the stage on 25th and 26th August with family shows at 3pm Tickets start at £12 and are available online at fxspa. co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01394 284 962. — COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has teamed up with the Spa Pavilion Theatre to give away a family ticket to see PIRATES OF THE PAVILION this August. To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize, just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact number to: PIRATES OF THE PAVILION Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at www.ipswich24.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Friday 19th August 2022 Q. What time of the year do you traditionally go and see a pantomime?

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Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum has recently announced it has been recognised by Tripadvisor as a 2022 Travellers’ Choice award winner. The award celebrates businesses that have received great reviews from travellers around the globe on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum stood out by consistently delivering positive experiences to travellers. John Carrington, Chair of the Woodbridge Tide Mill Charitable Trust, said, “The last year has presented some challenges, but the Tide Mill Team has maintained both physical and online service to visitors and that has borne fruit. Visitor numbers have recovered to pre-pandemic levels as reflected by this Award. We have used the experience to increase research and boost our knowledge about our customers and what they want from us. This will allow us to maintain visitor growth. The Trustees are immensely grateful for the work our team has done to justify this Award.” “Congratulations to the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Winners,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognise the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: your guests. Ranking among the Travellers’ Choice winners is always tough — but never more so than this year as we emerge from the pandemic. Whether it’s using new technology, implementing safety measures, or hiring outstanding staff, I’m impressed by the steps you’ve taken to meet travellers’ new demands. You’ve adapted brilliantly in the face of adversity.” To see traveller reviews of Woodbridge Tide Mill visit https://www.tripadvisor. co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186387-d2068045-Reviews-Woodbridge_Tide_ Mill_Museum-Woodbridge_Suffolk_East_Anglia_England.html


Summer Fun at Landguard Get set for a summer of fun events and activities at the Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe, Suffolk. Felixstowe Museum will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in August. Blast off to ‘The Race for Space’ quiz trail - and help save the planet from the alien ‘Blob’ by finding the sci-fi and fantasy characters hidden around the Museum. Suitable for kids, adults and sci-fi aficionados. Runs on opening

Alice in Wonderland

Alice is under a lot of pressure. She’s anxiously about to sit an exam, when she accidentally falls down a rabbit hole and plunges into the magical world of Wonderland.

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days throughout the summer. The Museum will also be welcoming back the Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club with their Classic Car Display on Sunday 14th August. Come and admire these motoring beauties and chat to their owners. Nature Detectives required! The Landguard Nature Reserve has two Wildlife Discovery Days on Wednesdays 10th and 24th August. Join the Ranger for a day of drop-in free activities, including the willow creatures trail and crafts. This event is taking place next to the Manor Terrace car park. Discover Fort Tropicana at the magnificent Landguard Fort throughout the summer holidays (from Friday 22nd July), with a fun coconut people trail, displays and activities with a tropical beach theme. On Wednesday 17th August, the Fort are hosting Open-Air Theatre, with a performance of ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Suitable for all ages, join Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger for a wild adventure filled with motorcar madness, wicked weasels and messing about in boats. Stephen Rampley, Landguard Marketing and Events Co-ordinator said, “This summer, we have a tropical trail, aliens, classic cars, wicked weasels and amazing willow creatures. Something to keep all ages and interests amused at Suffolk’s most southerly point”. • For full details on the attractions and events at the Landguard Peninsula - including opening days and times, please visit www.discoverlandguard.org.uk

There, she encounters some of the strangest and most peculiar creatures she’s ever met, including a very bossy White Rabbit, a Cheshire Cat who can’t stop grinning and a Mad Hatter who’s, well, mad! Can Alice defeat the formidable Queen of Hearts and get back home in time to finish her test? Mercury Theatre has announced the full cast for their summer production of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, reimagined by Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Kenny with music by Ivan Stott. Emma Earle directs Ruby Ablett as Alice, Miiya Alexandra (Dora/Doormouse), Hannah Azuonye (Carol-Louise/Caterpillar/Cheshire Cat), Rosalind Ford (Mum/Duchess), Natasha Karp (Queen of Hearts/Ms Head), Tom Moores (White Rabbit/Mr Buck), Jamie Noar (Tweedledee/King of Hearts), Mike Slader (Harry/Mad Hatter) and Loris Scarpa (Tweedledum/March Hare). The production opens on Wednesday 3rd August at the Mercury Theatre and runs until Sunday 14th August. Creative Director Ryan McBryde said, “We can’t wait to jump down the rabbit hole into the fantastical world of Wonderland this summer. Director Emma Earle has a fantastic track record with her award-winning, femaleled theatre company Pins and Needles, who are best known for their bold and imaginative adaptations of children’s books including Raymond Briggs’ classics Father Christmas and The Bear. We’re delighted to welcome a multi-talented cast of actor-musicians including the wonderful Mike Slader and Rosalind Ford last seen in the Mercury’s The Comedy of Errors.” For mor ifomation and to book tickets visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 01206 573948. 15


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What a Hoot! A sea of colour and creativity can be seen throughout Ipswich after a parliament of 50 owls have made Ipswich their home for the summer. The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 is the third art trail brought to Ipswich by St Elizabeth Hospice in partnership with creative producers Wild in Art, following the success of Pigs Gone Wild 2016 and Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 2019. Held on Sunday 19th June, the Hoot Hike saw hundreds of hospice supporters, Wild in Art trail fanatics and members of the community join to complete a 5km trail around Ipswich, featuring a number of the town’s landmarks, a large selection of trail sculptures as well as other giveaways along the way. Celia Joseph, community relationships fundraising manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said, “What a perfect way to start the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022. It was fantastic to see people of all ages coming out to enjoy their first glimpse of the art trail, exploring Ipswich and supporting St Elizabeth Hospice at the same time. “Thank you to all the amazing businesses who have got behind the Big Hoot and to our fantastic

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volunteers who made the Hoot Hike possible – you are all superstars. If you would like to volunteer for the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 be sure to contact our volunteering team on volunteer@stelizabethhospice.org. uk.” Clare Flatt, who took part in the Hoot Hike, said, “There has been a fantastic atmosphere, with lots of young families taking part, exploring Ipswich and enjoying the artwork. “My eldest son is seven and he remembers the previous two hospice art trails and is really excited for this year’s Big Hoot Ipswich. I actually work for ABP Ports, who are one of the trail sponsors, so it has been nice to see our own Hoots

on Ipswich Waterfront. Events like this are brilliant for the town, as they bring people together and help raise funds for an important local charity in St Elizabeth Hospice.” As part of the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022, 50 ornately decorated owl sculptures, featuring a range of designs have made their nests throughout Ipswich. These will be available for everyone to view and enjoy until 3rd September, as part of the biggest free art event in Suffolk which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the town. • For more information about the Big Hoot 2022 go to thebighoot.co.uk.


Summer get-togethers

Broadcaster and consumer expert, Alice Beer, has used her years of experience testing products and throwing summer parties to create the ultimate guide for hosting a summer get together. Be it an impromptu family meet-up, a BBQ to make the best of the weather or a celebratory event, Alice’s tips make it easy to throw an al fresco party to remember.

‘Hoots’ of fun for everyone! Summer is finally here, the sun is shining and the streets of Ipswich are bustling with Owl hunters!

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If you’re not already aware the Wild in Art charity fundraising trail ‘The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022’, in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, is in full swing. With 115 colourful owl sculptures in total to find, 50 fantastic large sculptures and 65 smaller exhibits all displayed across the town in various locations. Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Cafe is the proud keeper of ‘Amazing Grace’, created and decorated by Constable Country Childcare. In celebration of all things Hoot 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 gonks and frogs plus lots and lots of owls! So why not plan a visit during the holidays and spend some creative time in the studio. Maybe enjoy a tasty snack, freshly prepared for you, while painting or a slice of delicious homemade cake. Plus, the summer special ‘Hoot’ menu will also be available, offering owl themed freak shakes 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 during the school holidays and due to popularity booking is advisable. Walk-ins are also available but at busy times if the studio is full your mobile number will be taken and the next available table will be yours. So, sit back and relax. Don’t forget to cut out and bring the discount voucher along on your visit. Also, on Tuesday during the holidays Pennikkity Pots will be running ‘Little Hoots Creative Clay Days’. It’s a great chance to get hands on with clay and create you very own little owl sculpture or two! Expertly guided Allie the resident ceramicist you will learn various techniques from pinch pots to mark making. The sessions will be using air dry clay so you can take your masterpiece home with you with no firing necessary. Once again booking is advisable with morning and afternoon slots. Tel. 01473 216865 or send a facebook message to Pennikkity Pots.

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Alice Beer and Wilko share their Top Tips

None of these tips break the bank and they all even make the organising process fun, especially when pitching in to do it together. Enjoy summer 2022 and make it one to remember. Alice says: 1. Get neighbourly – If you’re planning to get the neighbourhood involved in your party, start a street Facebook, WhatsApp group or stick some notes through doors. Don’t sit waiting for someone else to do it! 2. Set the scene – Wherever your party space is, it’s easy to make it memorable and truly special. Whilst you can definitely make decorations like bunting, there is plenty out there to buy and consider. Trail decorations along the hedges or hang from the windows. 3. Food – The easiest option is to bring your own to the gathering, that way no one has to stress about mass catering or food allergies. 4. And drink – With our fingers firmly crossed for a summer of sunshine, ensuring guests have a refreshing beverage to hand is key. How about creating a refreshment station with jugs of various summery drinks? That way, guests can help themselves to a drink as and when they like, and you won’t need to check in on who needs a top-up! 5. Gather some games – The whole point of any gathering is to have a laugh and celebrate and it is essential to have a couple of games up your sleeve on the day. A good one is guess who... Everyone writes a surprising thing about themselves anonymously on a piece of paper and puts it in a jar. As you pull them out you have to guess which person has... skydived from a plane or climbed Mount Everest! 6. Find the joy – Whatever the weather and whatever your budget or garden size, you can make any get together truly special. I expect as soon as the neighbours hear a cork pop or friends see a social media post with some fun games, you’ll have extra guests arrive. However you celebrate, have fun together and make it a party to remember.

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Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity?

The 3rd Woodbridge Brownies are on the look out for one or two new Brownie Helpers or Leaders to join their team! Their Unit takes part in lots of fun activities, from crafts to camps, first aid to farm visits - they are a very adventurous bunch! Don’t worry if you’ve never volunteered with Girlguiding before - They would love to hear from you. Whatever your previous experience of Girlguiding, as a volunteer (and subject to the recruitment checks) you’ll meet new people, gain skills and do something good for you and your community. (If working with Rainbows or Rangers is more your preference, please let them know!) If you are interested, please register your interest at: www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/ register-your-interest/

Notes from the farm

Throughout the summer holiday there is always so much to do at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm. From meeting Penny and Tuppence and their Kunekune piglets to sitting with the bunnies in the bunny barn; or maybe you want to help to groom 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 there, waiting to mount a charm offensive in the hope of a little food and attention. Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is six miles north west of Ipswich, off the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Needham Market. It opens every day from 10am to 5pm. With entry prices at £8 for adults, £7 for concessions, £4 for children (aged 4-16) and free entry for under fours, it would be difficult to find a more diverting and better value attraction in Suffolk (family tickets are also available). For more information follow on www.facebook.com/ BaylhamFarm, visit the website at www.baylham-housefarm.co.uk or email info@baylham-house-farm.co.uk.

Summer at Middy AUGUST PROGRAMME - Steam trains and added attractions every Sunday. Steam train rides in genuine Victorian four-wheel coaches, but the MidSuffolk Light Railway’s summer programme has an added attraction almost every Sunday including classic and vintage vehicles, model railway shows, even a Steam Punk Day. 7th August Steam Railway & Vintage Bus Day Growing in popularity, this event will be hosting number of attractive vintage vehicles, some of which, including the Ipswich Transport Museum’s Dennis Ace, will be offering rides off site. 14th August Steam Railway & Steam Punk Day After their first visit last year, the Steam Punk fraternity immediately booked to come back again, so they obviously enjoyed themselves. With their wild and wonderful costumes and eager enthusiasm, so did we. 21st August Steam Railway Day + ‘Shreddie’ the award winning shunter The one day of this year’s programme when the railway is the attraction. So it’s an opportunity to run some special operations like shunting with ‘Shreddie’, the award winning Shredded Wheat Company Fowler shunter for a bit of railway photography. 28th & 29th August Model Mania & Hornby Collectors Day + Veteran Cycles (28th August only) The famous Hornby Collectors day has now grown into a major celebration of models of all sorts over two days. Model boats and vehicles as well as trains will be on show and on the Sunday (28th) we will be joined by the hardy souls of the Veteran Cycle Club. Visitors can enjoy train rides as many times as they like. All the railway and museum facilities - shop, café, Restoration Shed visits and real ale bar will be open each day the railway is open. Middy steam locomotives are often joined by Heritage Railway Association Restoration Award winning Fowler Shredded Wheat shunter. This pretty little engine may be diesel powered, but its copper capped exhaust chimney gives it a very steam like effect. The Middy, together with added attractions, make a fascinating visit for families and rail fans alike. Opening times are from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Prices are £10 adults, £5 children under 16, families (2 + 2) £25.00, concessions £8.

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Summer Theatre Summer Theatre 2022 features a fantastic selection of seven plays at Southwold Arts Centre (6 of which also play at Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall) with Farce, Adventure RomCom, Thriller, and Hollywood Comedy for all to enjoy.

Opening at Southwold Arts Centre with the award-winning Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels, and at Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall with the UK Premier of The Nightingales by Peter Quilter. Tickets from £12-£17. Evenings and Matinees. Full disabled access, plus pre-show and interval refreshment bars. All Welcome. Call 01728 343344 to book (no fees) or via ticket source. See www.actco.uk for all info.

In partnership with Cambridge Touring Productions there will be a weekly open-air family theatre show based on classic well-loved favourite stories such as The Railway Children, Much a do about Nothing and the Reluctant Dragon.

ARTS Adam Kay - This is Going To Hurt… More will be at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on Sunday 23 October 2022. Adam Kay is an award-winning writer and comedian. His debut book, This is Going to Hurt, is a literary sensation: a Sunday Times number one bestseller for over a year, it has sold over 2.5 million copies, making it the bestselling UK narrative non-fiction book of the 21st century. It is the bestselling non-fiction ebook of all time and has been translated into 37 languages (and counting). This is Going to Hurt has won ten national awards including a record-breaking four National Book Awards. His bestselling follow-up, Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas was a number one bestseller, and sold over 500,000 copies. His anthology Dear NHS raised over £400,000 for charity and featured contributions from Emilia Clarke, Ed Sheeran, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and Paul McCartney. His children’s books Kay’s Anatomy and Kay’s Marvellous Medicine have been translated into 26 language and sold over 350,000 copies. His live tour of This is Going to Hurt was one of the most-attended UK shows of recent years, seen by over 250,000 people and described by The Guardian as “electrifying”. Adam adapted This is Going to Hurt as a major comedy-drama series for the BBC and AMC. Tickets to Adam Kay - This is Going To Hurt… is available from https://ipswichtheatres. co.uk/whats-on/adam-kay-thisis-going-to-hurt-more/

Men in Suits by Jason Milligan Hilarious ‘GoodFellas-Sophranos’ spoof

Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels

Classic wit and irresistibly wicked women!

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The Nightingales

by Peter Quilter Effervescent show business RomCom

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall 25 to 30 July Southwold Arts Centre 2 to 6 Aug

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall 16 to 20 Aug Southwold Arts Centre 23 to 27Aug

Academia Nuts!

by Gregg Kreutz Treasure Hunt meets madcap Sitcom

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall 22 to 27 Aug Southwold Arts Centre 30 Aug to 3 Sept

I Ought to be in Pictures by Neil Simon Laugh-out Loud Broadway hit

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall 1 to 6 Aug Southwold Arts Centre 9 to 13 Aug

COMING SOON BOOK NOW 01728 343344

Perfect Wedding by Robin Hawdon Lightning-fast Farce with a heart

Killing Time

by Richard Stockwell Cat and Mouse thriller

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall 29 Aug to 3 Sept Southwold Arts Centre 5 to 7 Sept

PLUS! Open Air Family Theatre

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall 8 to 13 Aug Southwold Arts Centre 15 to 20 Aug

in partnership with Cambridge Touring Productions.

A different show every week Southwold (Sundays & Wednesdays) Aldeburgh (Tuesdays)

TICKETS from £12-£17. BOOK NOW: Call 01728 343344 (no booking fees)

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New Wolsey search for young male actors The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich are searching for young Black actors to play the role of Young Lola/Simon in the Ipswich run of the first UK revival and regional premiere of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. The production, which the New Wolsey Theatre are co-producing with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, marks 10 years since the musical’s debut at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre in 2012. The new production, which will be directed by Tim Jackson, will run at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich from 1st until 24th September before heading to Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. The theatre are currently looking for two local Black young people to share the role of Young Lola/Simon for the Ipswich run of the production. The young people need to have the playing age of 10 years old (school year 4/5) and will sing a solo and dance in the production. People can apply by contacting the team at 01473 295930. Based on the Miramax motion picture, the musical adaptation features a Tony-Award nominated

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book by Harvey Fierstein and Tony and Grammy award-winning music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited a struggling shoe business from his d ‎ ad, which he’s desperate to save. He unexpectedly bumps into a larger than life drag queen Lola, who’s looking for some sturdy stilettos. They think they’ve nothing in common, but as the unlikely pair ruffle a few feathers, designing some fabulous footwear for the factory floor, perhaps they do... The new production sees Tim Jackson reunite with the two theatres, having previously choregraphed their celebrated revival of Made in Dagenham. Tim Jackson has also previously worked with the New Wolsey Theatre as director and dramaturg of The Stage Debut Award-winning co-production of The Season (Royal and Derngate, New Wolsey).

Darren Hayes, the multi-award-winning songwriter, iconic performer and one half of the globally revered Savage Garden, has today announced he will be performing at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on Wednesday 5th April 2023. This is Darren’s first major UK tour in over a decade and will celebrate 25 years of Savage Garden, his well-established solo career and more. As the lead singer and songwriter of duo Savage Garden, Australian-born Darren Hayes quickly dominated the pop landscape achieving an impressive 10 UK Top 40 hits from ‘I Want You’, ‘To The Moon and Back’, to ‘I Knew I Loved You’ to U.S Billboard number ones including the timeless ‘Truly Madly Deeply’. With Savage Garden and as a solo recording artist in his own right, Darren has sold over 30 million albums globally. Fans got a taste of his first new music in over a decade with the strikingly personal ‘Let’s Try Being In Love’ and ‘Do You Remember?’ released earlier this year ahead of his long-awaited new solo record. Ahead of the UK dates, the iconic performer returns to the stage in his native Australia before hitting our shores in March for a true celebration of Savage Garden, solo hits and much more. Of the new tour and added dates, Darren said, “I never in my wildest dreams expected the overwhelmingly positive response I’ve had to the announcement to this tour. After being away for so long I had no idea if audiences would even remember me! I feel so lucky to have grown up with my audience and it just goes to show that these songs don’t belong to me, they belong to you. It’s going to be my honour to sing them for you this coming Spring.” Tickets for Darren Hayes at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on Wednesday 5 April 2023 are available at www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk


Witch puppets take centre stage Witch puppets from the award-winning company who created the puppets for Life of Pi! will take centre stage at Theatre in the Forest’s Macbeth at Sutton Hoo. This summer, Red Rose Chain will transform Sutton Hoo into great Birnam Wood as one of Shakespeare’s blood thirstiest tragedies, MACBETH, takes centre stage at Suffolk’s biggest and best loved outdoor theatre event. A breath-taking production in a stunning and atmospheric new setting sees the meeting of two icons of Suffolk’s culture, Theatre in the Forest and Sutton Hoo. Red Rose Chain is delighted to announce that Nick Barnes Puppets is designing three giant witch puppets for the production. Fresh from their Olivier award winning puppets in The Life of Pi, the company’s designs will bring the witches to life beyond any imagination! “We are so excited to be working with Red Rose Chain. The collaboration has challenged us to create witches like

you have never seen before and we are looking forward to bringing these classic characters to life in a wonderful and original way!” Nick Barnes Puppets “I have never been so excited about directing a show. I have the perfect creative team and our new partnership with Nick Barnes Puppets is inspirational. This will be a Macbeth to appeal to everyone’s imaginations. I can’t wait to see our wonderful audience at Sutton Hoo in our beautiful new pop up theatre.” Joanna Carrick, Red Rose Chain Artistic Director See Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before – outdoors and under the stars at Sutton Hoo! Theatre in the Forest is famed for making Shakespeare accessible and fun for all, staying true to the text while

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injecting high energy, dance, music, colour and magic! This year, MACBETH promises to be the biggest Theatre in the Forest yet! The magic of Theatre in the Forest begins as soon as you arrive! Audiences can soak up the pre-show atmosphere with a picnic, or with food and drink from The King’s Road Café at Sutton Hoo! And, why not make a day of it and visit Sutton Hoo’s world-famous AngloSaxon burial mounds and then watch Theatre in the Forest in the evening! Theatre in the Forest prides itself on being an accessible event, with wheelchair accessible seating and facilities and close-up parking. Macbeth will be at Sutton Hoo from 27th until 20th August. Tickets can be booked at www.redrosechain.com/macbeth or from the Box Office on 01473 603388

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Based on the fabulously fun international award-winning musical and adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, scandal and so much more along the way in pursuit of her dreams. Instantly recognizable songs filled with humour, wit and sass! Presented by Limelight Performers featuring a local cast of incredible young performers (who are learning the show in the week leading up to the performances!). Saturday 13th August, with shows at 3pm and 7pm (approx 1 1/2 hours), All tickets £10 each www.ticketsource.co.uk/ The Gallery Studio Theatre, (formerly NW Studio), St George’s Street, Ipswich, Suffolk.

From warring tribes to ivory poachers, conservationist and elephant expert, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, takes you on a wild and precipitous journey, meandering from Kenya to the Congo, Namibia to St Tropez, to share the trials and triumphs of what it takes to save a single species - the African elephant. Saba vividly brings to life our fight for nature with moving insights from her life amongst elephants, her childhood in the wild and work as a wildlife filmmaker. Unlikely heroes fighting against the odds, one of courage, hope, compassion and humour - that cannot fail to inspire us all. In the Footsteps of Elephants, Ipswich Corn Exchange, Sunday 18th September. To book tickets visit www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk

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Cost of living crisis threat to pet welfare The cost of living crisis is the most urgent threat to pet welfare, a new Animal Kindness Index compiled by the RSPCA reveals.

The RSPCA has released its groundbreaking inaugural report in partnership with the Scottish SPCA - the Animal Kindness Index - which looks at the nation’s attitude towards animals. The report, in part based on a YouGov survey of more than 4,000 UK adults, found animal welfare is one of the top most important social issues people were asked about, over two-thirds of the public describe themselves as ‘animallovers’, and that 75% of people said they’d carried out an act of kindness for animals in the past. The report also revealed the rising cost of living and the cost of pet ownership could threaten our love for our pets, with 78% of pet owners saying they think the cost of living will impact their animals, almost seven out of 10 expressing concern that the cost of care was increasing, and a fifth worried about how they’ll afford to feed their pets. The study showed cat owners seem to be most impacted and concerned about cost of living pressures. In the East, 71% of people said that the cost of looking after their pet had become more expensive over the last year while 30% said they were worried about being able to afford to properly care for their pet and 21% said they were worried about the cost of feeding their pets.

The real impact on our pets

The RSPCA is sadly seeing an increase in rescued animals coming into their care, with many rehoming centres already full and others close to capacity: - The RSPCA is seeing a year-onyear rise in some pets coming into its care - in the first five months of

2022, the charity took in 49% more rabbits, 14% more cats and 3% more dogs than the same period in 2021; - RSPCA research shows that, in April 2021, there were around 4,400 searches per month online around ‘giving up pets’ and, in April 2022, this rose by 50% to a high of 6,600; - The RSPCA received 3,644 calls last year (2021) categorised as ‘help with vet bills’ a growth of 12% year-on-year; - In the first quarter of 20220, the RSPCA experienced a 9% increase in calls to its emergency hotline; - This all comes at a time when rehoming has slowed: the RSPCA rehomed an average of 753 animals per week in 2019, 565 in 2020 and 518 in 2021 meaning that spaces aren’t being freed up as quickly and animals are staying in care for longer; - The RSPCA currently has a waiting list for all species of animals in private boarding establishments who are waiting for space in an RSPCA rehoming centre so they can begin their rehabilitation and search for a new home. Feeding the nation’s pets The RSPCA has expanded its food bank scheme - after receiving a generous grant from the Pets At Home Foundation of more than £150,000 over two years - in England to help more pet owners who are struggling. Dozens of RSPCA centres and branches have teamed up with their local food banks or are offering support to local families who are struggling, including RSPCA Cambridge and District Branch, RSPCA Danaher Animal Home, in Essex, RSPCA Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk branch and RSPCA West Norfolk in the East.

(140 RSPCA branches across England and Wales) for those animals rescued from cruelty and neglect by their unique frontline officers. The charity would encourage people wanting to give up pets to seek help from other charities in the first instance as they sadly may not have space to help. The RSPCA’s emergency cruelty line is under growing pressure as calls have returned to pre-pandemic levels and as they enter the busy summer season. Sadly they are not able to help with cost of living problems. There are lots of ways to show kindness to animals this summer: - To help, please donate to your local pet food bank (find your local food bank online) or donate to your local rescue centre via its Amazon Wishlist;

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- Or to donate to help the RSPCA continue in their vital work to rescue animals from cruelty, rehabilitate the sick and injured, and rehome and release animals, please visit www.rspca.org.uk/donate. - If you collect Nectar points when you’re shopping you could donate these points to the RSPCA through their Crowdfunder page.

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Cats don’t like to be far from home Despite the freedom given to pet cats across the UK, they spend 99 per cent of the time within 100 metres of home reveals new research from Direct Line Pet Insurance.

The research, which tracked cats’ movements over the course of a week, using GPS technology, suggests these animals may not live as mysterious lives as owners might think. Nearly two fifths of tracked cat movements over the course of the study were within a 20m radius of their home property, with 83 per cent being recorded within 50m and 99 per cent within 100m. The average territory of a cat is only around 2,200m2. This insight may prove invaluable for the 33 per cent of cat owners whose pet has gone missing one or more times. The pet maybe very close to home but trapped and unable to return, or it could be they are enjoying the hospitality of another household who have taken to feeding the animal. The data suggests that cats are very much creatures of habit, and Direct Line is advising owners to be mindful of their cat’s movements as due to their common travel patterns any deviations from their normal routine may be an indication of something being wrong. The main reasons owners suspected their cats missing are either due to going into someone else’s house, getting lost, getting trapped somewhere, being stolen or unfortunately being killed. More than half of the cats that have gone missing turned up within a week. With the disappearance of a cat causing understandable distress among owners, it’s unsurprising to see that people are often pulling out the stops to track down their pet. Half of owners who lost their feline carried out a search of the places their cat often goes, while a third were known to have knocked on neighbours’ doors and a fifth put up posters containing images and details of the lost pet. Other popular methods of searching for a cat include reporting it to local veterinary practices, or to animal charities and shelters and posting on social media. Sadly in six per cent of cases the cat was ultimately found to have passed away, and four per cent of cases ended with the owner finding that someone else had taken ownership of the cat.

An estimated 27 per cent of households in Britain own a cat, making it the second most popular pet in the UK, behind dogs. There’s estimated to be more than 12 million felines based across the country, which is due to a huge surge during the Covid-19 pandemic as people spending more time at home looked for companionship. Madeline Pike, Veterinary Nurse for Direct Line Pet Insurance said, “Cats are among the best-loved pets in the UK with millions of households owning one or more. However, unlike dogs, many cats prefer to spend much of their time outdoors alone, getting valuable physical exercise and mental stimulation. This increased freedom can often lead to sleepless nights for owners, with a significant proportion of cats going missing during their lives. Knowing that these animals like to remain close to home, it is worth reminding owners to ask neighbours to keep an eye out, as it’s likely they won’t be far.” “At Direct Line we understand that nobody knows their cat better than their owners, so our advice would be for people to stay mindful of their cats’ habits and movements so that they’re able to act quickly and effectively should they notice any suspicious changes to maximise the chances of finding their pet quickly.”

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HEAT IS ON for animals The RSPCA is urging pet owners and animal lovers to make plans and provisions now to protect pets during the upcoming spell of hot weather. Every summer the RSPCA receives hundreds of reports of animals suffering from heat exposure, including dogs left in hot cars, pets with heat burns on their paws from pavements, dehydrated wild animals after water supplies have dried up, grazing animals with no shade, and dogs over-exercised in the heat. Every year, the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups issue a stark and serious warning to dog owners never to leave a dog in a hot car, and report it immediately if they see a dog in a hot car. This year, the coalition group is also highlighting the health risks of walking dogs during hotter weather, including sunstroke and overheating, as well as pets burning their pads on scorching pavements. Esme Wheeler, RSPCA dog welfare specialist, said it’s vital that pet owners start planning ahead now to make sure they do everything they can to keep pets safe during the summer. She said, “By making a note of our top tips for keeping pets cools, as well as familiarising themselves with the signs of heatstroke in pets, owners will be taking fantastic steps to keeping their pets safe this week. With just a few simple tweaks to their routine and a bit of planning ahead, you really can make a huge difference to your pets comfort during the hot weather, and in some cases, you may well be saving their lives.” She added dog owners should be aware of the dangers of walking their pets during high temperatures. “While the majority of us would never leave our dogs in a car on a hot day, or even take our dogs for a really long walk in the heat, many people may still be putting their dogs at risk even on a short walk, or by taking them to places such as fields and beaches with little or no shade, but the truth is, walking dogs in hot weather can be a silent killer.” “We have long-campaigned about the risk of dogs dying in hot cars, but this year we’re highlighting that dogs die on hot walks, too. The message remains very simple • never leave a dog in a hot car because ‘not long’ is too long, and when it comes to walks, ‘if in doubt, don’t go out’.”

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• Never leave your dog in a vehicle. Dogs die in hot cars. Call 999 in an emergency if you see a dog in a hot car. • All dogs need extra care during summer. • Exercise dogs in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler- but don’t be afraid to

skip a walk altogether if it’s too hot. Remember: If in doubt, don’t go out. • Keep a close eye on older dogs, those with thicker coats or flat faces, and those with existing health conditions. • Remember, pavements get very hot in the warm weather - if you can’t comfortably keep your hand on the ground for five seconds then it’s too hot for your pooch’s paws too! • Use cold treats from the fridge for added moisture or make an ice lolly for your dog from pet-friendly ingredients. • Freeze your dog’s water bowl or kong, or add ice cubes to your pet’s bowl. • Fill a paddling pool or spray a hose for your dog to play in but always supervise them around water. • Wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a tea towel, or use damp towels for your pet to lie on. • Be aware of the signs of heatrelated illness in dogs so you can take action and seek urgent veterinary care as soon as possible if necessary • excessive panting or unusual breathing noise, change in behaviour and lethargy, stumbling, any blue/grey tinge to gums or tongue.

• A non-toxic fly repellent spray and a fly mask can help keep horses protected from bugs. • Plan exercising and travelling horses at either end of the day when temperatures are lower. • Use pet-safe sunscreen on horses’ muzzles if necessary. • Know the signs of dehydration in horses so you can contact a vet if needed. • Make sure pet pigs have plenty of wet mud to wallow in as well as shade.

Wildlife

• Leave a bowl of fresh water in your garden for birds and other wildlife. • Top up water levels of ponds. • Keep an eye out for wildlife when using lawnmowers or strimmers.

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Supervet to visit Ipswich Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, the country’s best loved orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon, cannot contain his excitement about his forthcoming live tour.

As we chat in the run-up to the tour, the man universally known as “The Supervet” is overflowing with the kind of infectious passion that has made him so popular right across the nation. In his second live show after the sell-out tour of ‘Welcome to My World’‎ in 2018, Noel will discuss his rollercoaster ride to success, picking out the particularly challenging cases that have defined his career. He will also underscore how much we can learn from our animal friends and how they can make us better people. Above all, he will emphasise why love is really the only thing that counts in life. A man who simply oozes magnetism from every pore, Noel is a compelling live performer. He spellbinds audiences with marvellous storytelling and sheer charisma. My recommendation? That you buy tickets for ‘An Evening with Noel Fitzpatrick’ very quickly indeed because they are selling like hot cakes, and this is a show you simply do not wish to miss. The vet reveals the heart of ‘An Evening with Noel Fitzpatrick’, “The show is fundamentally about love. I think I know how to translate love for the first time because I’ve had ups and downs and ins and outs. I’ve been a vet for 32 years now, so I have prepared a long time for this tour. “There are myriad methods of communicating love. As every pop singer and movie ever made will tell you, there are as many ways to interpret love as there are stars in the sky. But the interpretation of love that matters is the one that connects us to each other. It demonstrates why we are human at all. It is the very essence of our existence.” Noel exhibits that love through healing very sick animals that others may have thought were beyond salvation. “Love is about that moral responsibility

at the moment when a family literally crumbles in the consulting room. Their marital difficulties, their cancer, the death of their father, the tensions in their lives – all their rawness is exposed through the cat or the dog or the rabbit that is in front of me. “That animal acts as a conduit past the blockages that exist in everyday life because in the presence of an animal crisis, all that is left at the door and what is revealed is the real currency of love. The challenge is, can you shed light on that darkness and bring hope and redemption, not just to the patient, but also to the entire family?” Over 16 series of Channel 4’s “The Supervet”, Noel has appeared in all 115 episodes, and performed some of the most breathtaking operations on animals ever filmed. His almost superhuman ability to nurse apparently fatally ill animals back to full health inspires wonder and tremendous loyalty in his legions of fans. They call him everything from “a real-life super hero” and “incredibly uplifting” to “a wonderful man” and “truly a person who is making the world a better place, on so many levels.” A major part of ‘An Evening with Noel Fitzpatrick’ concentrates on how animals can teach us to improve as human beings. The vet, who is director and managing clinician at Fitzpatrick Referrals in Guildford, Surrey, explains, “With humans, it is nigh on impossible to let your shoulders down and truly be yourself. In your life, you might have two three people you can do that with. If you’re lucky, you can truly show them who you really are, warts and all. “But with an animal, you can do that morning, noon and night. They would prefer it if you smell, they would prefer it if you were not in your best clothes. They don’t care what you look like, they don’t care what your colour is, they don’t care what your religion is, they don’t care what your gender is, they don’t care what your nationality is. All they care about is, ‘are you capable of love?’” The vet goes on to consider what he hopes audiences will take away from ‘An Evening with Noel Fitzpatrick.’ “What I want most of all is to entertain people. I want them to come to the show and escape from their everyday worries. But also, I want to give them something to take home. I want that woman who’s come from a very difficult situation to leave that room feeling that somebody cares, that it’s not all worthless, and that she is worthy.” ‘An Evening With Noel Fitzpatrick’ will be at the Ipswich’s Regent Theatre on November 4th. Tickets are available at noelfitzpatricklive.com

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Walkers and farmers warned to be vigilant of cattle dangers An agricultural expert has urged walkers and farmers to protect themselves from the risk of cattle attacks. Rupert Wailes-Fairbairn, of rural insurance broker Lycetts, issued the warning with growing numbers of families and ramblers returning to rural areas following the removal of lockdown restrictions and the advent of warmer weather.

they should not be approached as there is no way of knowing their temperament. “There have also been a number of incidents where dogs have triggered

losing their livelihoods if they fail to meet their responsibilities. Under the Occupiers Liability Acts 1957 and 1984, land managers are required to demonstrate a reasonable duty of care to others. In addition, the Animals Act 1971

Wailes-Fairbairn said, “Farmers should conduct daily checks for damage on perimeter fencing, wires and rails, which should be wellmaintained and secure. Routes for the movement of cattle should be planned in advance. Efforts should be made to minimise any contact with members of the public and to warn them to stay at a safe distance while the ‘move’ is taking place.

According to Health and Safety Executive figures, 11 people were killed by cows and bulls between April 2020 and March 2021. Six of the deaths were caused by cattle, and five by bulls. Wailes-Fairbairn said, “It is important that walkers use public rights of way and marked paths only. To avoid getting lost and being tempted to cut across fields, walking routes should be planned in advance and it is sensible to have a map. “Farmers may have deliberately left gates open – or closed – to control livestock movement, so the public should leave them as they find them. “Young animals should not be approached or petted, as their parents are very protective and may react violently to any perceived threat. A solitary adult cow may look placid and photogenic but, again,

cattle to attack and so it is vital that walkers ensure their pets are on a lead whenever in the presence of livestock.” Farm workers and farmers have been among the fatalities, and farmers also risk imprisonment and

Earlier this year, a farmer received a prison sentence of 12 weeks, suspended for 12 months, and was fined £878 and ordered to pay £7,820.30 in costs after an 83-yearold man was fatally attacked by cattle in Lancashire.

makes the keeper of an animal strictly liable, in the majority of cases, where injuries are caused. If any injury occurs on a public footpath that crosses a farmer’s land, the responsibility lies with the farmer.

“Certain breeds of bulls that are more than ten months old are banned by law from being left to roam at large in fields crossed by public rights of way. In addition, bulls of any other breed aged over ten months are banned from fields with footpaths unless they are accompanied by cows or heifers. “Signs should be informative, accurate and in clear view of the public when animals are present.”

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Baby Boppers: Movement & Music for ages 1-4, every Friday 9.15am10am, Copdock Village Hall. Contact dancefituk@mail.com / 07516 332915. Chess Club, Woodbridge Library, 4.30pm. Contact library for further info Dance & Fitness: Fridays at Copdock Village Hall. JazzFit 10am-11am. Adult Ballet (all abilities) 11.15am-12.15pm. Stretch & Strengthen 12.15pm-1.15pm. www.dancefituk.com Knitting Group, Woodbridge Library, 2pm - 4pm. For all types of knitters from expert to beginners

Every Saturday

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

Every Sunday

Car Boot, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Rd, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. More info go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. www.hmsgangesmuseum.com R.A.F. Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum. 2-4.30pm, behind Parkers Place, off Eagle Way, Martlesham Heath Mannings Weekend Market, Mannings, Felixstowe Seafront, 9-5pm. Ipswich Transport Museum Old Trolley Bus Depot, Cobham Rd, Ipswich open 11am until 4pm

Wed 3rd Aug

Talk: The Story of Ransomes, Simms and Jefferies. Salvation Army Citadel, 558, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Family History Soc, 7.30pm. £2 for members, £3 for non-members. No need to book. Info contact Howard on 01473 274300.

Fri 5th-Sun 7th Aug

Pirate Radio Exhibition. The Old Martello Tower (home of Coastwatch, Felixstowe). Free admission, lots of displays, memorabilia, vintage radios and more. Noon-5pm each day.

Fri 5th Aug

Talk: The Shingle Street Mystery. Organised by MHAS at Martlesham Heath Community Centre, Felixstowe Rd, Martlesham Heath IP12 4PB at 7.30pm. No need to book, £3 members, £4 non-members. www.mhas.org.uk Black Steel - Country & Western. Licensed Bar. Cooked Food 7-9pm. £5 Members, £6 Non-members. Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 4AB. 8-11pm

Sat 6th Aug

Live Country Music & Dance featuring Daniel Beard. Rickinghall Village Hall, Hinderclay Rd, Rickinghall, Diss. Doors 6.45pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £6, tel: 01473 912626 or 07951 099519 (you are welcome to bring own food & drink. 67th Burstall Show, Fete and Fun Dog Show. Burstall Hall and Meadow IP8 3DR. Opens 1pm. Traditional summer show with stalls, beer tent, children’s

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activities – something for all the family, including the dog! Free entry and parking Live Music: Jax & Co, 8pm start, Felixstowe Trades & Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe IP11 9BB www.ftalc.co.uk St Elizabeth Hospice Charity Night, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. More info go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 Fete at Copinger Hall, Buxhall. 2-5pm. www.buxhallfete.co.uk

Sun 7th Aug

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

Thurs 11th Aug

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

Fri 12th Aug

Music Quiz Night with Stephen (Foz) Foster, (Radio Caroline & ex BBC Radio Suffolk). Woodbridge Town FC, Fynn Rd, Woodbridge IP12 4LS, 7.30pm Teams upto 6 - £5 each. Book early to avoid disappointment call Wendy 01473 351270. Fully licensed bar. Food available to order on the night H H H H H H H H H H H H H

Sat 13th Aug

Easystreet - Covers from 50’s to present day with “Pat & Bo”. Licensed bar. Cooked food 7.00-9.00pm. Free entry. Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 4AB, 8.00-11.00pm. Live Music: East Coast Shakers, 8pm start, Felixstowe Trades & Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe IP11 9BB www.ftalc.co.uk

Sun 14th Aug

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

Fri 19th Aug

Longshot - Country & Western. Licensed bar. Cooked food 7.00-9.00pm. £5 Members, £6 Non-members. Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 4AB. 8.00-11.00pm. Elvis & Band, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. More info go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Sat 20th & Sun 21st Aug

Outdoor Market. Local makers, food stalls, drinks and live music. Free entry. Woodlands Farm, Park Rd, East Bergholt 10am-4pm

Sat 20th Aug

Live Music: Class Act, 8pm start, Felixstowe Trades & Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe IP11 9BB www.ftalc.co.uk

Sun 21st Aug

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

Thurs 25th Aug

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

Sat 27th Aug

Live Music: 33 RPM, 8pm start, Felixstowe Trades & Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe IP11 9BB www.ftalc.co.uk

Sun 28th Aug

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

Mon 29th Aug

Live Music: 5.COM, 6 piece band, 2:30pm to 6pm, Ruby Ambrose, 7pm to 10pm. Plus more activities during the day. Felixstowe Trades & Labour Club, 182 High Road West, Felixstowe IP11 9BB www.ftalc.co.uk Ride a Fire Engine Day. Free rides on some of the museums own appliances as well on visiting ones. Open from 11am-4pm as usual for all our other attractions including Tea Room and Gift shop. Ipswich Transport Museum, Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road, Ipswich. Call 01473 7156666 or www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk Flea-Market & Collectors Fair, Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Rd, Woodbridge, IP12 4AU, 10am-4pm. Call 01728 660766 or 07788 942051. Food & refreshments available

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Healthy eating on a budget Top 12 healthy eating hacks when money is tight by Caroline Peyton, a qualified nutritional therapist and naturopath with clinics in Swindon, the Cotswolds and online

We are all very conscious that food prices are soaring at the same time as our budgets are being squeezed with energy and fuel increases. Prices are rising between 6 and 15 per cent and more expected. cake as a treat, keep the strained So how can we manage food bills liquid for this purpose instead of without compromising healthy fresh eggs. eating? 3. Whilst we may be tempted by the exotic fruits in the supermarket, stick to seasonal and local. Drop the pineapples, kiwi fruit and melon and choose UK grown apples and pears. 4. Why not go fruit picking? Pick your own is a far cheaper way to buy fresh in season fruit and vegetables - and it can be fun, especially with children. 5. If you have fruit that is beginning to turn, freeze in slices and add to (protein rich) smoothies. Even bananas can be frozen in this way. 6. Use your local farm shops and farmers markets to buy lower cost seasonal produce.

7. At markets, look for the less perfect produce which is sold at a fraction of the cost of supermarket produce. Supermarkets tend to display perfect looking vegetables and fruit only, but shape and dirt do not matter! 8. Having a family roast chicken dinner? Ensure you take off all the meat and keep for a curry or casserole for the next day. Use the chicken carcass to make bone broth, adding a few vegetables and stock. This is highly nutritious and is a great gut loving food too. You can freeze in ice cube trays and then add to stocks, soups and casseroles for a nutritious hit. 9. To maintain your oily fish intake without buying fresh, choose tinned fish like sardines. Far cheaper and high in those important essential fats.

10. Do you ever eat liver or kidney? These are the forgotten foods our parents and grandparents served up every week and sold cheaply at butchers. Liver is one of the most nutritious foods available, high in iron, vitamin A and folate. Do not be squeamish, give it a try. 11. Love your spices? They are anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants and much more, however the little pots in supermarkets are expensive. If you have an Asian store nearby, you can find spices in large packets at a fraction of the cost. 12. The same health benefits apply to herbs too. Visit a garden centre and grow herbs in pots either outside or on a window ledge. They will provide herbs all summer long and then they are free! www.peytonprinciples.com

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There’s bargains on them rails Following Love Island’s decision to dress contestants in second-hand clothes from eBay, fashion experts suggest that this could spark a change in viewers’ shopping habits. With the upcoming festival season just around the corner, many of us are turning to second-hand clothing websites and thrift shops to purchase those flashy summer garms. As part of their new Thrifting Capitals of the World Campaign, the team at Betway have provided a beginners’ guide for thrift shopping by outlining five valuable hacks that will help consumers snap a bargain at their local charity shop. 1. Look out for de-tagged stock When dealing with stock from big-label brands, charity shops will often remove the labels of these clothes in order to prevent returns to the original store. That said, if you spot an item with no label, this could be a donation from a high-end brand. When dealing with these sorts of items, it is important to know how to spot top quality material, even if you don’t recognise the brand. For example, you can check whether the shoes you’ve picked out have a genuine leather sole, or whether the sunglasses you’ve got your eye on have thicker lenses and heavy-duty hinges. 2. Go often to increase your chances of finding a bargain Popping to your local charity shop on a regular basis and knowing the kind of stock that is available will increase your chances of finding a bargain. A top tip here is to shop regularly on weekdays when the shop won’t be as busy. It will also pay to visit the shop first thing in the morning, too. What’s more, it would be a good idea to chat to a member of staff to find out when the shop’s restock day is to bag your next gorgeous top at a discount. 3. Follow your local charity shop on social media Before you head into town to thrift shop ‘til you drop, it may be worth having a look on social media to see if your local charity shop has any special sales or discounts on items on. These typically tend to be posted on social media

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pages like Facebook and Instagram, and is a great way to get in the know of what a particular shop has to offer. It also pays to do your own research on the charity shop outside of social media, looking for incentives such as reward programmes. For example, the British Red Cross offers a Give and Gain Loyalty card, which gets you 20% off your first purchase, alongside various discount vouchers and offers. 4. Rummage through the rails Unlike a high street store, a charity shop won’t have all the hottest buys displayed on one clothing rack. Rather, items are organised by colour or size, so it’s important to be patient and rummage through the rails in order to find a bargain. When it comes to selecting clothes, be sure to try them on first in order to check for any faults with the item. Even though you can return your clothes, you’d ideally want to get value for money the first time round. 5. Check out glass compartments to see if there’s anything valuable When shopping at a charity shop, it’s easy to get distracted by the giant clothing rails and endless stacks of books, CDs and vinyls. But it is also important to pay attention to the little things - one of these being the glass compartments that are typically near the tills. These tend to be loaded with an assortment of the hottest jewellery, watches and even cameras typically at a discount. So, if you’re on the hunt for some new accessories, be sure to check these out. https://blog.betway.com/casino/the-thrifting-capitals-of-the-world/


Why employees Digital Dynamite like home-working or Digital Doom? Workers spend just 59 per cent of their day actually doing their job - with the rest of their time taken up by ‘unnecessary’ meetings, ‘tedious’ admin, and ‘pointless’ processes. The study of 2,000 employed adults found they have an average of 11 things on their to-do lists on any given day, but 86 per cent routinely struggle to get things crossed off. This is thanks to a host of obstacles – including constant emails filling up the inbox and laborious admin tasks. While 49 per cent said a ‘significant’ amount of their day is spent updating colleagues on where they are at with particular tasks and projects. It also emerged, 39 per cent are most productive when working at home compared to 22 per cent who prefer the office. Brian Green, from Adobe, which commissioned the research, said, “Many of us have more flexibility and freedom to set our own working routine than ever before, yet our utopian ideal of working on our own terms still remains under threat. This is due to an inability to overcome productivity challenges regardless of where we choose to work.” The study also found unexpected phone calls and last-minute meetings contribute to the overall lack of productivity. While 33 per cent even blamed making tea as a hindrance to their work efficiency. However, 31 per cent believe a good desk set up and regular breaks is key to productivity. Wednesday was named the best day for successfully ticking things off the list while Friday was considered the worst. It also emerged those who prefer working from home said the top reason for this was not having to commute to and from the office. Having a quieter environment with less distractions, managing their own schedule and being in to accept deliveries were also among the top reasons for home being a more desirable workplace. When comparing age groups, the OnePoll study found 18-24-year-olds cited not having to commute as the top reason why working at home was better than the office. This was closely followed by being able to manage their own schedules, leading to better productivity. But 55 per cent of those aged 25-34 favour the home environment because it means they can do their housework. While 58 per cent of 35-44-year-olds prefer working at home as they find it quieter with less distractions.

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Adults will get through 970 burgers, 794 hot dogs and 838 kebabs in their lifetime - as they enjoy 441 barbeques. A study of 2,000 Brits found they typically host three and attend four cookouts annually. This results in them consuming up to 750 ribs, 882 chicken pieces and 705 pork chops – or the plant-based equivalent - over the course of their lifetime. When it comes to sides, 838 portions of potato salad will be enjoyed along with 794 corn-on-the-cobs and 838 servings of crisps. Each time adults host a barbeque, they predict their party gets through six loaves of bread, nine burger buns and eight hot dog rolls – despite only inviting four guests on average. The research was commissioned by long-life bakery brand Baker Street and found people expect to have four barbeques this upcoming summer. More than half have experienced a barbie in the rain, resulting in the party sheltering indoors, under a gazebo or cooking food in the oven instead. But 38 per cent believe it’s typically British to have barbeques come rain or shine, while 24 per cent embrace the occasions regardless.

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Baker Street’s commercial director, Chris McLaughlin, said, “Our research shows just how passionate the nation is about having barbeques - no matter what the weather. “Summer automatically means getting the grill out for many Brits - but we’re all familiar with running indoors due to the unpredictable weather, cooking food in the oven rather than on the barbie and that extra pack of buns for unexpected guests.”

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The study found when hosting, Brits typically end up with four uneaten sausages, five leftover burgers and five hot dog rolls. Almost a third admit they are guilty of buying more food than is needed, spending an average of £78.50 in the process. But sometimes this is a good thing, as half have had unexpected guests at barbeques, most likely to be relatives, friends of friends and neighbours. As a guest, 49 per cent take along alcohol, while 20 per cent arrive with baked goods and 16 per cent provide dips. Only 17 per cent prefer hosting barbeques with 62 per cent opting to attend someone else’s instead. An hour and 38 minutes of the barbie is spent socialising, while a further hour and 20 minutes is dedicated to cleaning the home and garden before and after. While 58 minutes is spent prepping the food. Classic burgers, hot dogs and salad are what people believe are the most ‘staple’ foods to serve. Yet those polled via OnePoll also like to dish up chicken pieces such as breasts or drumsticks, potato salad and grilled vegetables. Chris McLaughlin added, “With a quarter of Brits planning to have more barbecues than usual this summer, after years of not being able to do so one thing is for sure – we could do with some decent weather.”

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NFU Mutual is urging Brits to take into account the true value of their garden space as lockdown projects have reinvigorated our love of a good garden. A recent poll by the leading rural clearer. Whether relaxing, gardening insurer found that people have spent or entertaining, gardens are valued on upgrading their gardens during as a space to unwind and it’s little lockdown. Twenty-six percent had wonder we’ve been investing in spent the most money in the past improvements. two years on a patio or deck, with “While the intrinsic value of gardens 17% spending on a summerhouse is taken for granted, the monetary or shed and 13% making a big value of gardens can be overlooked investment in a new lawn. Further – but an attractive and well-kept investments are also planned, with garden can add tens of thousands 69% percent planning on spending of pounds to a property’s value. At in the garden this year. Around 1 in NFU Mutual, we are urging people 10 plan to add a new summerhouse to check their garden’s value is and shed, and 15% will invest in a taken into account in their insurance, patio or deck. particularly if they have made recent But the biggest spend in the past upgrades, to make sure they can two years, for 45% of respondents, restore their valuable outdoor space has been on flowers and shrubbery, should the worst happen. and 43% are planning their biggest “As well as outbuildings, spend this year to be on plants too. greenhouses, and ornaments, With 63% of people spending four decking and paved areas, lawns hours or more in the garden each and plants can increase the value week, and a quarter spending over of a garden and will cost money to 10 hours, as well as over 66% replace. NFU Mutual’s Bespoke of people planning on hosting a Insurance for high-value homes and birthday party, wedding reception or contents comes with up to £50,000 engagement party in their garden, of cover to pay for damage to NFU Mutual is urging people to contents in your garden, which can protect what matters most to them. include cover to trees, plants and Liz Fowler, NFU Mutual Bespoke shrubs up to the same amount, but Insurance specialist, said, “Over we always advise people to discuss the past two years, the benefits of their gardens and cover needs with a good garden have never been their insurer.”

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AT HOME

Top cleaning tips to mak Make your clothes last longer by following these top tips - including not washing hotter than 60 degrees, hanging garments out to dry outside, and FREEZING clothes. Laundry entrepreneur, Sam Whigham, has shared a host of tricks to take care of clothes sustainably – ensuring you get plenty of wears and save money, while helping the planet. Other words of advice include not going overboard on the laundry liquid and fixing shrunken clothes by reshaping them when wet and lying out flat to dry. Sam, who co-founded a cleaning products firm after spending years making homemade supplies, also believes stain removers aren’t always needed. Instead, a little laundry liquid can do the trick, as well as tackling the stain as quickly as possible. Using lemon and salt to remove stubborn sun cream spots or lemon and laundry liquid on underarm marks can also be effective. The tips were released by Sam’s company, Wilton London, after a study by the carbon neutral laundry brand found more than a third wash their clothes at 60 degrees or higher. And this not only reduces the lifespan of garments, but also dramatically increases their carbon footprint. Four in 10 (38 per cent) wash items above 40 degrees when they could just pop smelly clothes in a bag and into the freezer to kill off bacteria and freshen things up. The research of 2,000 adults also found 46 per cent are confused about the best way to clean different fabrics and types of clothing. Sam Whigham said, “Taking care of your clothes has so many benefits – not only will they last longer but that, in turn, will save you money, which will also save the environment by not having to replace items as often. “Things like only washing when needed, sticking to lower temperature settings and choosing the right laundry detergents not only protects your clothes and washing machine it also helps reduce your carbon footprint. And using eco-friendly laundry products can also ensure less harmful substances end up in the water system.”

Cleaning hacks lighten the load

The study also found 23 per cent of adults will typically use a bio laundry detergent. However Sam claims switching to a non-bio product is much better for washing woollen and silk apparel. Nearly four in 10 respondents will wash clothes after EVERY wear, regardless of whether there are any visible signs of dirt. But Sam explains popping musty-smelling clothes on a quick cool setting in the dryer or a spin cycle can also keep them feeling fresh and uses less power than a full wash. Dabbing stains with a cloth, hanging clothes outside to ‘air’, and hand washing are among some of the other ways Brits are ‘cleaning’ their items instead of doing a proper laundry load – a great way to save money, power and water, according to the expert. However, nine in 10 are happy to re-wear items rather than washing them after each single use, with saving money and trying to help the planet among the reasons why. Although 17 per cent are afraid to put garments in the machine because they don’t know if it’s on the right settings. And two in 10 will never check washing instructions or labels on clothing before popping them in for a clean. Small and simple changes Sam also advises turning delicates, and clothes with things like zips on them, inside out to preserve the entire laundry load - but three in 10 will never do this. The research, conducted via OnePoll, also found the average adult cleans their washing machine once every other month. But Sam explains a short warm wash with 450ml of vinegar can help a smelly machine. Mike Perry, co-founder of Wilton London – maker of eco laundry products available at Sainsbury’s – said, “It’s surprising to see how many people are committing these simple mistakes, which could be affecting the shelf-life of their clothes. “Small and simple changes are all it takes to help your clothes last longer, whether it’s tackling a stain before it sets so it doesn’t have to go through the washing machine five times or just switching laundry detergent or using less and more when needed.”

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make clothes last longer — Sam Whigham’s Top 20 Cleaning Tips for Making Clothes Last Longer — 1. Dry your whites outside in the sun, the sun’s natural rays will help bleach your whites without using any energy.

10. A short wash isn’t always more economical. Most eco wash settings use less power and less water over a longer wash period.

2. You don’t always need stain remover, a little laundry liquid directly on the stain can often do the trick.

11. Avoid products with optical brighteners and micro-encapsulated fragrances. Many of these ingredients are made with micro-plastics and are known to bio-accumulate instead of degrading.

3. Hot washes don’t help with most stains, it can often lock them in. Stick to 60 max. 4. Soften towels and bed linen with a quick tumble with some tennis balls, which can also shorten the drying time. 5. Help your laundry scent last longer by air drying (not tumble drying), using fabric conditioner and storing in a cool place once dry. 6. Freeze it. When an item of clothing needs a freshen up (like jeans), pop them in a bag in the freezer for 24 hours, it will kill off the bacteria causing most smells. 7. Jumper smells a bit musty? Rather than a wash, pop it in the dryer on a cool setting for ten minutes or use the spin cycle setting on your washer. 8. You don’t always need a specialty wool wash for woollen items, simply opt for a non-bio laundry product. 9. Turn your temperature down to 30 degrees to save up to 60 per cent of your carbon footprint.

12. Only do full laundry loads and hand wash the odd items to save power, water and money. 13. Keep coloured fabrics bright with a little fabric conditioner – it can also make ironing easier and repair damaged fibres and make your clothes last longer. But not too much or it will build up over time.

17. Iron without an iron. A few wrinkles but can’t be bothered to iron. Just hang up and give a light spray with water and watch the wrinkles drop out. You can even put it on as it dries to speed up. 18. Smelly machine? Run a short warm wash with about 450ml of vinegar, as well as taking laundry out quickly and leaving the machine draw open for a while to dry. 19. NEVER put wet wool in the dryer. 20. Chlorine based laundry bleaches will dull colours, use chlorine-free oxy laundry bleaches instead.

14. Wash clothes with a zip or delicate items inside out. It stops them snagging on other items in your wash. 15. Wash a stain as quickly as possible, if you get the stain in the wash within minutes, it will nearly always come right off. Also use lemon and salt or oxy laundry bleach on sun cream stains, soak in laundry bleach for red wine marks and lemon and neat laundry liquid on under arm stains. 16. Fix shrunken clothes by reshaping them when wet and laying flat to dry.

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Distinctive benches unveiled in park

Visitors to Felixstowe’s Langer Park are now able to enjoy the use of two newly unveiled and uniquely designed benches. The bespoke curved benches have been installed as part of a series of improvements commissioned by East Suffolk Council (ESC). Each bench was handmade by furniture designer and maker Tim Germain, using oak felled locally on a needs-must basis at an area of mature woodland, called The Grove, by Greenways Countryside Project volunteers. The benches’ creator was joined for their official unveiling by Eastern Felixstowe councillors Mark Jepson and Steve Wiles. Cllrs Jepson and Wiles both hope the visually impressive benches will be enjoyed by local residents and visitors for generations to come. The unveiling is just the latest element of a wider project to improve the park by creating a welcoming, green space that can be used by residents and visitors to relax, exercise, catch up with family and friends, or admire the local wildlife. In recent weeks, improvements have included the clearance of overgrown areas at the entrances, along the footpath and around the toilet block, which is currently undergoing renovation and due to reopen in late summer. Founder of The Bench Project, Mr Germain’s ongoing projects include a joint commission between Britten-Pears Arts and the Suffolk Craft Society (SCS) for outside Snape Maltings to mark the 50th anniversary of the SCS and the completion of the Maltings’ new flood defences. The new benches in Langer Park were commissioned to coincide with the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative to mark the Platinum Jubilee. In recognition of the scheme, which also saw the planting of seven oak trees in the park, Mr Germain incorporated a green-stained seat back to mimic the skyline of a stand of trees. “It was a pleasure to work with East Suffolk Council on this bench project,” he said. “My benches are made to last decades but, also, are never straight. Instead, they are curved to align the sitters in a way that encourages conversation, as my small contribution towards battling loneliness. “Every time I visit Felixstowe with my family over the coming years, I will nip along and hope to see it become a much-loved community asset, in what is a hidden gem of a park.”

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen

On Thursday 6th October at the Ipswich Corn Exchange, spend a delicious evening with Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad, the team behind the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen (OTK), as they reveal how to ‘Ottolenghify’ your meals in this fun and interactive event. Live on stage, Ottolenghi and Murad will take you through their latest OTK cookbook, Extra Good Things, and the ways in which everyday ingredients can be transformed into dishes with oomph. With a little Test Kitchen magic, they will share ideas for flavour-packed sauces, sprinkles, and condiments that all lend a little something extra to your next meal. Just as food brings people together, this event combines the culinary innovation of Ottolenghi and Murad with suggestions and questions from the audience (that’s you!) to create a one-off live experience. It’s all the good things you want from Ottolenghi, plus extra. Tickets are available for An Extra Good Night with Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad at on Thursday 6th October at https://ipswichtheatres.co.uk/ whats-on/an-extra-good-night-with-yotam-ottolenghi-and-noor-murad/

Sohal Healthcare is a family-owned group of care homes established for over 20 years. We provide support to older people including those with the onset of acute dementia.

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Supporting people with personal care such as washing, personal hygiene, dressing and assisting with meals. Completing current and appropriate documentation which includes daily record keeping, charts and care plans.

What we are looking for from you:

Experience in a care environment either in a care home, as a home care worker or caring for a loved one would be ideal, however if you have a caring and kind approach and the desire to work in elderly care - we would love to hear from you.

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£250 Welcome Bonus* 28 Days holiday Free on-site parking Refer a Friend Scheme rewarding £50 for every person you refer* DBS certificate paid by Sohal Healthcare* Comprehensive induction programme Paid uniform

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The role will include ordering administering medication, liaising regularly with visiting professionals, medical services and service user’s families. You will be leading a team of care assistants and will be expected to set an example in supporting people with personal care such as washing, personal hygiene, dressing and assisting with meals. Completing current and appropriate documentation which includes daily record keeping, charts and care plans.

What we are looking for from you:

Experience as a Care Assistant is essential for this role. Experience as a Senior Care Assistant is spreferred, but not essential as full training for the role will be given. The successful applicant will have an NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care (or equivalent) and will be working to work towards achieving their Level 3 award.

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Appeal for volunteers to help older people Age UK is appealing for more volunteers to join the Charity and help make a huge difference to the lives of older people. As well as helping others and providing much-needed support, volunteering offers huge benefits to the individual and enables people to gain valuable new skills, confidence, experiences and friends. And because Age UK offers so many services there are countless opportunities available to those who volunteer for the Charity:

Volunteer as a Telephone Befriender

Age UK’s Telephone Friendship Services are there to provide a regular, friendly conversation for those who want it by matching older people up with a trained volunteer who calls them at the same time every week. Just 30 minutes a week of a volunteer’s time can make an enormous difference to an older person’s life – anyone who is empathetic and enjoys talking on the phone could be perfect for this role, which can be delivered from a location convenient to the volunteer, such as their home or place of work. Even before COVID arrived the UK was facing a loneliness epidemic amongst older people, with issues such as bereavement, ill health and complex long term health conditions making it harder for older people to stay connected. The pandemic exacerbated these issues with huge numbers of older people forced to navigate this difficult time alone.

Join an Age UK Shop

Age UK has over 250 charity shops across England & Wales, which help the Charity raise vital funds for its work and services for older people who have no one else to turn to. The shops are dependent on the support and dedication of volunteers, who not only help with the essential operations but also offer a friendly welcome and chat for everyone who comes in. Every hour they contribute makes a huge difference. Offering a variety of volunteer roles, taster sessions and time slots to fit around busy lives, Age UK shops have a range of opportunities for volunteers, both behind the

scenes and on the shop floor, including serving customers and creating displays, managing stock donations and assisting with shop administration.

Volunteer for the Silver Line Helpline

Age UK’s subsidiary charity, The Silver Line Helpline, is the only free and confidential 24-hour helpline in the UK for people over the age of 55 who feel lonely and isolated. Becoming a Helpline volunteer enables people to use their skills and experience to make a difference to the lives of older people, helping to boost their happiness and wellbeing.

gardening and wildlife, and dote on our respective cats! These calls are a part of my life now too and something I value and enjoy, just as my telephone friend does too. I thoroughly recommend it, but if this isn’t for you then there are lots of other volunteering opportunities

available, and most of them are flexible so you can fit them around other things you do.” Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer for Age UK should visit www.ageuk. org.uk/get-involved/volunteer or contact Volunteer@ageuk.org.uk

Help at your local Age UK

There is a network of over 120 independent local Age UKs, and Age Scotland, Age Northern Ireland and Age Cymru organisations that run a variety of excellent services. These are wide-ranging but include health and fitness activities, digital inclusion programmes and home from hospital transport. Some of these organisations also offer local telephone and face-to-face friendship services for older people feeling lonely. Volunteers play a key role in the delivery of these services. Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said, “Every day, in so many ways, our volunteers give their time and effort to make an incredible difference to the lives of older people. Without them, we couldn’t be here when we’re needed the most and we are hugely grateful. “I am a telephone befriender myself for Age UK and speak to the same lady every week on a Friday afternoon. We both enjoy our conversations and we’ve become quite good friends. My Age UK colleagues matched us and did a good job of it, as we both like 41


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Being a Community Hero Communities Together East Anglia (formerly BSEVC) is a Suffolk based charity with the aim of bringing together people and their communities. As part of their Later Life Community service, they have launched a new countywide BeAFriend (befriending) service for people aged 65+ and are looking for willing volunteers to support this exciting new project and join their fantastic volunteer team. At Communities Together East Anglia they understand the challenges people are facing since the pandemic, and this has led to a need for more community volunteer support – and what a perfect way to get

involved – especially if you love a chat. Quite simply, a regular chat with a friendly volunteer can make a huge difference to someone, giving hope, purpose and knowing that someone cares.

Over 10% of people aged 65+ say that they are ‘often or always lonely’ sometimes with a month or more of no proper conversation coupled with mobility challenges, digital exclusion and rural isolation, this can lead to people feeling increasingly lonely and isolated. This project is here to combat exactly this - volunteers can choose to meet face to face, email or video call, be a penpal or simply phone to offer trusted friendship and a

listening ear to an older person. In particular, Communities Together East Anglia are actively looking for friendly, chatty, patient and empathetic individuals (18+) to join their growing volunteer team and help them to help older people across Suffolk with this vital service. Volunteering is fun and rewarding. The benefits are enormous exchanging experiences and learning, giving back to the local community, being a friend to someone in need, getting role specific training, feeling valued and having purpose. You can shape both your own and someone else’s world with just the giving of your time.

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Twit-whoo, Owlfellow has landed Yes! After months of fundraising, planning and decorating Oddfellows can proudly announce that Owlfellow (a Little Hoot) is safely perched in the bay window of 37 High Street Ipswich, which is their meeting place. The sculpture is part of the Big Hoot Trail in aid of St Elizabeth’s Hospice and will be on display until the beginning of September The design represents all that Oddfellows is about. He sports an eyecatching waistcoat of Oddfellows’ colours of blue and gold. His eyes are “ jammy dodgers” a favourite nibble of the members! His feathers are from members’ hand prints, decorated to look like feathers. Various motifs represent things associated with “making friends, helping people”, such as cuppas, quizzes, food, chat, fun and charity fundraising. Teresa Marrable the Branch Chairman was responsible for most of the design and decoration, based on ideas submitted by members. She said, “It was a Hoot to do! The challenge was to capture the essence of the Oddfellows.” Will you be exploring the Big Hoot Trail around the town this summer? Do make sure you look out for Owlfellow in High Street. You’ll see the bunting on your way to Ipswich Museum. Lynne Wyatt the Branch Secretary said, “If the door is open, then pop in and take a closer look. I’m in the office most mornings and can explain

more about the Society and the motifs we have used to represent life as an Oddfellow”. Lynne added, “There are monthly drop-in coffee mornings on Friday 29th July and 19th August from 10.30am. You’ll be very welcome.” The Big Hoot Trail HQ is at the Town Hall where you can pick up a trail map for a donation of at least £1. Other Owl merchandise is also available. • If you would like a free information pack about membership of the Oddfellows then please contact Lynne 01473 251867 or email ipswich.branch@oddfellows.co.uk.

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IN LATER LIFE

30 Birthday Celebrations n The Firs is turning 30 and we are celebrating in style! The Firs is holding a 30th Birthday and Grand Fete, which will be a fun-filled day for all to enjoy. The celebrations will include stalls, games, refreshments and much more. The festivities will be held on Saturday 20th August from 1.30 pm until 4.00 pm so why not come along and join in the fun? Nestled in a natural woodland setting, The Firs is a wellestablished 40-bed care home located in Felixstowe. The Firs is passionate about providing 24 hour person-centered residential and residential dementia care. Ideally located close to local amenities and beaches, The Firs is a great place to love living in later life. You can rest assured that The Firs is rated Good

by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The Firs offers a safe and happy environment for anybody who is thinking about care. Our experienced care home manager Susan Gibson and her team are here to provide support and answer any questions you have regarding our care. Susan manages a wellestablished and highly competent team, several of whom have proudly worked for Anchor for over 20 years, with one colleague working at the home for 30 years. Our team ensure the best quality care is delivered with compassion and kindness. We know it’s the small things that can make a big difference to the people in our care, like taking time to have a friendly chat or share a joke. As well as supporting new residents on their move into care, our team are here to

assist their loved ones every step of the way. We’re happy to answer any questions regarding our residential care or care for people living with dementia. Our team includes our in-house Chef Manager, who provides delicious, nutritious meals that will be arranged to your taste and dietary requirements. We are able to support specific dietary needs, such as vegetarian, and meals which need to be prepared to a required texture. When it comes to food, we understand that individual tastes and preferences are everything and aim to make mealtimes a sociable and pleasurable part of each day.

Activities play a key role in our home, with a robust schedule of varied and fulfilling activities planned out for all to enjoy. Prefer some quiet time? The Firs also provides well decorated comfortable quieter spaces, including lounges and a library to enjoy a slower pace if desired. Our residents are able to enjoy sunny days in our lovely private gardens. We are currently running selected admission offers. If you’re a new resident looking for something permanent, you can enjoy two weeks free with a permanent stay.

* More information is available on our website at www.anchor.org.uk/ TheFirs. You can arrange an in person or virtual show round, simply by contacting us on 01394 648 719. The Firs care home is located at 186 Grange Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 2QF. *T&C’s apply. Please see website for details.


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The world of both private and state funded residential healthcare has changed dramatically over the last 10 years or so, the days of institutionalised “one model” fits all are long gone. The expectations of families looking at a care home for a loved one have grown considerably, they want and expect more in terms of accommodation, activities, hospitality, facilities, and rightly so. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was established as the governing body of all care homes across England in 2009, to ensure that the appropriate levels of care, safety and hygiene were in place to protect residents, and as such a rating system was introduced and published, ranging from outstanding, good, requires improvement to inadequate. All homes are regularly inspected by the commission to ensure that specifically graded areas of care, safety and leadership are continuing to be met and where not, are being purposefully addressed.

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To acquire such certification and to ensure care homes are meeting expectation, this has led to providers having to make huge financial investment to deliver across all spectrums, which as you can imagine, has been extremely challenging, especially over the last two years. Sohal Healthcare are a family-owned company, that have been providing care for the elderly and for those living with dementia for over 20 years and have one specific aim, to simply provide the very best level of care to every one of its residents. Their cultural values are very much based upon the concept of offering a “home from home environment”, to minimise the stress and anxiety that comes from having to place a loved one into the hands of a care home and the obvious levels of uncertainty that this can have upon family members. At Sohal Healthcare its principles are based on the values which exist in our families and the community, one of respect and the freedom and acceptance for all. Alongside supporting with all daily care aspects, they aim to offer support to pursue personal goals and interests as independently as possible, whilst living within a safe supported home. Their vision is for residents to treat the home just as their own, where friends and family can visit anytime, and always made to feel welcome. To decide for themselves daily what they would like to do and to be supported to do so in all aspects from care to social activities. In every way they are looked after by a dedicated team, from care assistants to a skilled creative activities coordinator.

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Sohal Healthcare exists to be recognised as being “The Care Home of Choice” when having to make that agonising placement decision, from being warm, welcoming, and approachable, to regularly communicating with family members as to the wellbeing of their loved ones. “At Sohal, we listen, we learn, and we evolve, we are a family that cares for and supports the elderly members of your family”


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Learning from your grandchildren and what they learn from you How to use on-demand TV, being ‘green’ and understanding hashtags are the things grandparents are getting to grips with thanks to their grandchildren, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study found the dawn of the technological age is reversing the old tradition of grans and granddads passing advice down to their grandkids. Among the other tasks and ‘skills’ which savvy senior citizens are picking up are downloading or streaming music, using emojis and even learning the how to nail Fortnite’s ‘The Floss’ dance. Being able to name all the recent Disney Princesses, knowing common young street slang terms such as YOLO, along with how to have new adventures and see the world through innocent eyes also featured highly on the list. The study also found in return ‘elders’ are helping youngsters learn to plant seeds, how to respect older folk, how to be a good person and how important it is to try new things. Disney On Ice commissioned the study to mark the launch of their search for ‘Very Important Grandparents’ around the UK. Spokesperson Claire Ballard said, “The relationship between a

grandparent and their grandchild is a special one. “As parents rely on their parents more than ever to help with childcare, children are spending more time with their grandparents which means they are teaching each other a host of new things.” TOWIE star Billie Faiers, her daughter Nelly and mum Sue Wells have joined Disney in their hunt for outstanding grans and granddads. Billie said, “Since having children, I’ve realised how invaluable grandparents are and we should definitely celebrate them.I still remember all the things my grandparents taught me. Nelly loves doing all kinds of activities with my mum such as baking cakes or learning to ice skate and I know Nelly keeps mum on her toes too, it’s amazing to watch their relationship together.” The study found 76 per cent of grandparents are learning from their grandchildren and becoming more tech savvy by learning how to use smartphones, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as the names of the hottest current YouTubers. It also

emerged 79 per cent of older Brits who took part said they felt spending time with their grandchildren helped keep them young. One in three went as far as to claim they had passed on far more useful knowledge to their grandchildren than they had received. With parents working more than ever, typically grandparents are getting to enjoy up to ten hours every week with their grandchildren. Babysitting, having them over for tea or dinner and doing the school run are the most popular ways they are involved in the younger ones’ lives. One in five even said they regularly get to take their grandkids away on holiday without mum and dad. Taking them to family shows and looking after them when they are poorly also made the list. It also emerged 67 per cent of grandparents believe they spend more time with their grandkids than they themselves enjoyed with their gran and grandad when they were younger. How to cook and bake, understanding card games, and how to be brave all made the list of things grandchildren have learned from their grandparents.

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How to see the world through inno cent eyes The words to Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’ General youn g people’s slang The names of the Disney Princesses The names of the differe nt superheroes How to do th e ‘Floss’ danc e How to play video and computer ga mes Current fam ily gossip How to use emojis How to use a smartphone

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Good manners How to bake or cook About your fa mily history How to play ca rd games How to plant a seed How to respec t elders How to be a go od person To try new thing s Old fashioned jokes Arts and crafts

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Study finds young Brits are comfortable talking about death Death is no longer a taboo subject – as almost two thirds of 18 to 24-year-olds have had a conversation about mortality, according to research. A poll of 1,000 respondents found four in 10 young adults are more likely to talk to their mum about death then anyone else. The study also found young Brits are more comfortable today talking about their own death, than someone else’s. The study was conducted by Pure Cremation, whose spokesperson said, “Although there is still a lot of work to be done to remove any fear and awkwardness around the subject, it is hugely encouraging that a brave new generation of young people are up for tackling this challenge. “The great news is they are actually getting on with it and talking about the fact that eventually our time will come to an end.” The research also found the older generation are only slightly better prepared for death than young people, with 16 per cent of over 65’s saying they avoid talking about the subject because they ‘haven’t thought’ about their final wishes. However, both generations do have something in common; the main reason they don’t talk about the subject is because ‘the idea of death is scary’. It also emerged almost three quarters of over 65’s have never raised the subject of death with their mum. And when it comes to talking to dad, four in five admit to ‘never’ having had the conversation. Relationship coach and psychologist Sam Owen worked with Pure Cremation on its Dead Good Report, a state-of-the-nation report looking at attitudes to death and dying, as well as new funeral trends, such as the growth of direct cremation.

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Sam said, “We must all be completely honest with ourselves and others when it comes to the subject of death, not least because it is a natural part of life. I would urge people of all ages to talk about death. “Make it as emotionally comfortable as possible; and use these conversations to give you perspective, motivation and energy – as a reminder of the limited time we all have. Being open about death can prepare us for when a loved one passes, giving us resilience through the grieving process. “Importantly, if you don’t have the big conversation with those close to you, you will miss out on learning what you can do to fulfil the final wishes of your loved ones when the time comes.” The study also found 70 per cent of Brits are ‘totally comfortable’ talking about death, and 68 per cent don’t mind others talking about the subject. Discussions about mortality seem natural to 26 per cent of adults, while 34 per cent think it is important to ‘get things out in the open’. Although 38 per cent don’t like talking about death as it’s ‘too sad’, while 27 per cent admit to finding the topic ‘uncomfortable’. • To find out more information about Pure Cremation, please visit www.purecremation.co.uk

How do you say goodbye to someone you love, whether it’s a pet or a grandparent? Dealing with death can be difficult and painful for grownups, let alone for little children. In one of the newest books in the Freeda the Frog series, Freeda the Frog Says Farewell to Her Fish, author Nadine Haruni presents a story focusing on the loss of the frog family’s beloved pet fish, Goldie, to help families struggling with loss and the often-overwhelming feelings surrounding it. Whether reeling from the unexpected loss of a pet or a person—or facing the approaching death of an ailing or elderly family member—parents and kids can find comfort in sitting together and reading about how parents Freeda and Samson helped their tadpoles cope with Goldie’s death. Haruni offers these tips to help parents “struggling to find the right words or actions to express their feelings or condolences” when they are explaining loss or the grieving process to a child: 1. Use simple, direct words to talk about death. Give your child a moment to take your words in, and prepare them for rituals or events that will happen. 2. Give them an age-appropriate book. Relatable characters can help kids explore the feelings that they will likely be experiencing. 3. Listen, provide comfort, and encourage them to talk. Remind them that you are here, and it’s okay to cry or openly discuss their feelings with you or a professional. 4. Remind them that loved ones aren’t forgotten. Encourage them to talk or write about treasured memories with their loved one who passed to keep them close. 5. Teach them an appropriate condolence gesture. A hand-written condolence note, food or flowers for the grieving family may be appropriate. Speaking directly to kids in a way that’s reassuring, Freeda the Frog Says Farewell to Her Fish continues Nadine Haruni’s mission: helping families of all species, one tadpole at a time. Freeda the Frog Says Farewell to Her Fish by Nadine Haruni is available at all good book shops.


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Dealing with bereavement Coping with the death of a loved one can be extremely hard. You may be dealing with lots of different emotions, finding it hard to process them and having difficulties moving on. How can I cope with my feelings after the death of my loved one? Grief can make you feel many different things. It’s important to remember that these feelings are not bad or wrong. They are a normal part of bereavement, and there are no quick answers to how you might be feeling. Coping with fear Feeling fearful and anxious is natural – your familiar world has been turned upside down. You may feel that you have little control over your life, your thoughts and emotions. This can make you feel vulnerable and afraid. But as you get used to coping, in time, you will begin to feel more capable of dealing with your changed circumstances. Something that might help: If you are feeling overwhelmed by fearful thoughts or anxiety, it could help to talk to someone about how you are feeling. It can take a lot of courage to admit you’re struggling, but don’t keep it to yourself.

Coping with emptiness and depression Feelings of depression and emptiness can hit you when the reality of the death begins to sink in. Although it may feel almost unbearable at the time, this seems to be a period when some inner healing takes place. Afterwards, people say they feel lighter, more in control of their lives and better able to look forward. Sadness is a natural response to bereavement, but some people may become depressed. You don’t have to try to cope on your own and help is available. Something that might help: You can talk to your doctor at any time, in complete confidence. They won’t judge you – they’re there to listen and help you get back on track. Remember that you can phone Samaritans, day or night, on 08457 90 90 90

Coping with anger You may feel anger at the injustice of your loss, or at the lack of understanding in others. You might be angry at yourself and at the person who died, who has left you feeling abandoned, frightened and alone. These feelings are normal. Something that might help: Don’t bottle up your feelings – try to think about the reasons for your anger. Talking about your feelings with someone who isn’t emotionally involved in your loss can help. It’s not always easy to open up about our feelings, but there’s a lot of truth in that old saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved.’ Coping with guilt Some people experience feelings of guilt when someone dies. You may find yourself wondering if you could have done more to help, or feeling guilty about something you said or didn’t say to them when they were alive. Something that might help: Guilt is a natural emotion after bereavement, but it’s important not to dwell on things in the past that you can’t change. Try not to be too hard on yourself or anyone else.

Coping with loneliness You may feel as though the person who died has left a big hole in your life, and this can leave you feeling lonely, especially if you spent a lot of your time with them. Something that might help: Make the most of opportunities to spend time with other people and keep in touch with friends and family. Where can I find more help and support? Therapies based on talking to a trained professional are proven to help get us back on track. Chat with your doctor or nurse and ask them how talking to someone might help. Help and support from others, especially those who have gone through a similar loss, may help you to cope with your bereavement. There are peer support services in many areas – ask at your place of worship, if you have one, or your local Age UK, doctor’s surgery or local library, or search online for local services. • For more information call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 678 1602. Open 8am to 7pm, every day of the year. Ageuk.org.uk

Keeping direct cremations local Hardly anyone can have missed seeing an advert for direct cremations recently, either in the press or on TV. What you may not be so aware of, however, is that your local funeral director can provide a direct cremation for you; you don’t have to go to a large national organisation with one centralised crematorium. A direct cremation simply means that you have a cremation without an actual funeral service, and friends and family do not gather to mark the occasion or say goodbye. This can still happen locally with the funeral director that you know and trust. At Hunnaball’s, our own team care for the deceased in exactly the same way we do for those choosing a traditional funeral. We accompany them to a local crematorium so they are not alone, even though you can’t be there. Afterwards, we collect the cremated remains and deliver them back to you, just as we would following one of our traditional funerals. You can even purchase a pre-paid funeral plan for your direct cremation. There are a number of reasons why people choose a direct cremation. Firstly, some people do perceive a traditional funeral as ‘fuss’ and regard a direct cremation as a calmer, simpler option. Secondly, against a background of rising prices, some simply don’t have the resources to hold a traditional funeral. For others, it may not be possible to assemble relatives and friends at short notice to attend a funeral, so they opt for a direct cremation at the point of need, and choose to gather at a later date. A direct cremation does not have to mean that you miss out on compassion and dignity. To us, each individual is special, and everyone deserves the utmost care. And it can be very reassuring to know, that even if there is no funeral service, your loved one is still close at hand throughout. www.hunnaball.co.uk 49


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Summer Music Festivals: Look after your ears With festival season firmly underway, many are taking the chance to attend a weekend full of live music., but how can those attending an abundance of festivals and live gigs this summer ensure they aren’t putting themselves at risk of hearing loss later in life?

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lower the loudness of the music and therefore reduce the risk of any temporary or permanent noise induced hearing loss. Avoid overexposure - Modern festivals can last anywhere between three and five days, so it’s important to take regular breaks when possible during a full day of watching live

While the topic of protecting ones hearing may be the last thing on music lovers minds as they prepare to watch their very favourite bands and artists perform live, Katie Ogden, audiologist and training manager of hearing aid providers ReSound NorthWest Europe explains below why it’s important to prevent hearing loss later in life, as well as tips for safeguarding your ears during festival season. “Tinnitus and hearing loss are extremely common among singers, musicians and those working within the live music industry, and many of the world’s most famous performers have previously discussed their struggles publicly, including Will.i.am, Phil Collins, Chris Martin and the Gallagher brothers. “For music fans who love nothing more than attending regular live music events, and spend their summers camping out at popular weekend festivals like Glastonbury,

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performances. Exposure to loud music for lengthy periods of time can be seriously detrimental to the ears and can lead to tinnitus. Take the time to explore the food and drink options on offer at the festival you’re attending, explore any non-music related performances or activities that may be on the line-up, or simply head back to your campsite for a quiet rest to give your ears a break. Don’t stand too close to the speakers - For those wary of the long-term effects and potential hearing loss that comes with live music events, it’s important not to position yourself too close to the amps and the direct source of the sound. Regular hearing checks - Regular checkups with a hearing care professional will help you to prevent any serious hearing issues, by detecting any early hearing damage or early loss. It will also allow you to have a good understanding of the condition of your ears, so you can take care and protect them going forward and still enjoy live music.

What causes dry skin after showering?

Nada says, “Many of us, myself included, absolutely love a long, hot shower. However, dry skin after showering can actually be caused by the temperature of the water. Yes, piping hot showers, as good as they may feel, are actually rather damaging to your skin. This is due to the hot water stripping your skin of moisture and the natural oils and proteins which keep the skin healthy and well-nourished.” Not only does hot water strip the skin of its natural properties, the heat of the water can also cause mild burns to the skin, which may be a cause of irritation, and lead to dry and itchy skin. It is recommended to turn the temperature of your shower down and opt for a warm shower, rather than blistering hot. Be kinder to your skin. Sometimes it’s not just the water temperature causing dry skin, you also need to consider the amount of time you’re spending in the shower. Long time periods in the shower or showering several times per day can have the same damaging effect on your skin’s natural balance. Nada adds, “I won’t be preaching about how many showers you should have per day as I’m all for good personal hygiene, but it’s definitely something to consider if you are prone to dry or irritable skin post-showering. “The products that you’re using in the shower can also cause dry skin. Many of your everyday shower gels and soaps contain ingredients that help them to lather up when applied to the skin; however, many of these ingredients


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Maintaining a healthy heart Cheryl Lythgoe, Matron at Benenden Health gives her tips on how to maintain a healthy heart. 1. How to identify symptoms of heart disease: Risk factors for coronary heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, being overweight or obese, and being physically inactive. Hereditary and ethnic factors can increase your risk too. If you are experiencing abnormal chest pain, numbness in your arms or legs, or pain in your neck, jaw or throat it could be that your blood vessels in and around your heart are becoming blocked or diseased, so it is recommended to visit a hospital immediately. A quick and easy way to find out how to ensure you have a healthy blood pressure is by using Benenden Health’s online blood pressure tool. You will need to know your blood pressure levels for this, if you don’t know your blood pressure or cholesterol reading, it is recommended that you speak to your pharmacist or practice nurse who will be able to help. 2. How to monitor abnormal heart rhythms: Abnormal heart rhythms can mean an irregular, slow or a fast heartbeat and can lead to blood clots, strokes or heart attacks. Symptoms include dizziness, palpitations, breathlessness, fatigue and losing consciousness. If you are experiencing these speak to your GP, as you may need a heart tracing to assess your heart rate and rhythm. Treatments can include medication, or more invasive procedures such as cardioversion (a treatment that uses a therapeutic doses of electrical current aiming to restore a normal heart rhythm) or a catheter ablation (a procedure to rectify the arrhythmia by passing tiny tubes through the heart’s blood vessels to pinpoint the problem, then destroy the area that is causing the issue). Other procedures include inserting a device to regulate the heartbeat, such as a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. 3. How to identify heart failure as soon as possible: More than half a million people in the UK live with heart failure - when your heart isn’t pumping blood around the body as effectively as it should. Key symptoms include shortness of breath, swollen feet, ankles, stomach and the lower back area – as well as feeling very tired or weak. The causes are high blood pressure, a heart attack or a disease of the heart muscle known as cardiomyopathy. have the potential to inflame your skin, leading to dry and irritated skin after showering. In worse cases, these ingredients may even lead to allergic reactions. “This is why I always personally opt for using products with natural, nonharmful ingredients. At Beauty Kin, our Hydrating Body Bar is the perfect skincare option. Containing the emollient squalane to help hydrate skin, as well as tomato seed oil which assists in reducing redness, the bar can help keep skin moisturised and supple every day.” Plus, it’s not just the ingredients that can be rough on your skin, using harsh exfoliators or rough flannels and towels can also take a toll and leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. The Beauty Kin Exfoliating Body Bar can help you remove the dead skin cells and impurities in your skin with its exfoliating ingredients Olea Europaea (Olive) Seed Powder and organic Lactic Acid. When drying off after a show, try and use a soft towel that won’t be harsh on your skin. It is recommended to pat the skin dry to avoid any dry and flaking skin. Nada also adds, “Moisturiser is your best friend and you absolutely should be doing it after drying off after a shower. By doing this, you can keep your freshly washed skin well-nourished and moisturised, preventing it from drying out and keeping the post-shower dry skin at bay. Wet skin moisturisers are also a great idea - apply these to the wet skin before drying yourself off with a towel. https://beautykin.com/

4.How to best recover from heart failure: The mainstay of heart failure treatments are a combination of medication and healthy lifestyle changes. In some cases, a device may be placed in your chest to control your heart rhythm. Adopting a healthy balanced diet, doing gentle exercise and ensuring you are smoke free can reduce your risk of becoming seriously unwell. Seeing a medical professional will enable a tailored package of medications and treatment options to be offered and discussed. 5. How to make long-term changes to benefit your heart: Lifestyle choices can have a big impact on how likely you are to develop heart disease. Stopping smoking is vital, and keeping active (unless advised otherwise by your GP), along with eating for a healthy heart, are strongly advised. Reducing your intake of salt is also key in keeping your blood vessels and heart healthy. One simple method to immediately reduce salt intake is to stop adding it to any food as you cook or eat. Different herbs and spices can be used as a replacement for salt in recipes. For example, curry powder can add flavour and a healthy kick to your meal. Low-impact exercise is also a great way to keep your heart healthy during the recovery process as it isn’t as high-intensity as say, aerobics, yet it still protects the body from heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and obesity and its related diseases, including diabetes. • Benenden Health offers a range of products including GP access, 24/7 mental health helpline and diagnostic testing for more than 820,000 members across the UK. For more information, visit: www.benenden.co.uk

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Timely advice as fuel prices soar The rising cost of fuel has further added to the misery of millions of commuters using their cars to drive to work. Brean Horne, a personal finance expert at NerdWallet, has shared five ways motorists can attempt to cut down on their petrol costs and reduce their fuel consumption:

1. Check tyre pressure Having under-inflated tyres means the car’s engine has to work a lot harder to keep the car moving, which burns more fuel. Regularly checking tyre pressure, especially before long journeys, will help keep fuel consumption down and helps your tyres last longer. Check the vehicle’s handbook to know what the recommended pressure is for your tyres. The pressure may also be printed on the sill of the driver’s door or inside the fuel tank flap. This should be checked at least once a month and always before a long journey. 2. Switch the engine off Leaving the engine running while a car is stationary consumes more fuel. It’s best to switch the engine off in situations where your car is at a standstill such as in heavy traffic or waiting at traffic lights. Some newer

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vehicles are being fitted with stopstart technology which does this automatically. 3. Avoid unnecessary or short journeys Taking multiple short journeys has an impact on fuel consumption. Longer journeys allow the car’s engine to warm up to its most fuelefficient temperature so it’s more efficient to make one round trip instead of lots of small ones when you can. It could be useful to keep track of your household’s weekly mileage and factor in journeys which could have been avoided or merged into one trip. Where possible, it is also beneficial to swap short car journeys out to walk/cycle these instead. This will not only keep fuel consumption and costs down, but it will also benefit your physical fitness too! 4. Take out fuel loyalty cards A number of supermarkets and petrol stations allow customers

to use loyalty cards or cashback schemes to help cover the cost of petrol. Loyalty cards are offered by the retailer to encourage customers to continue using their services. Some examples of supermarket loyalty cards include the Morrisons More card, Tesco Clubcard, and Nectar Card, and example petrol station loyalty cards include Shell Go+ and BPme Rewards. 5. Drive more smoothly Heavy braking and harsh acceleration have a big impact on fuel consumption. Driving more smoothly will not only limit fuel consumption but decreases the amount of wear and tear on the vehicle. Being aware of the road ahead and other road users will help you drive more smoothly and avoid any abrupt changes in speed. www.nerdwallet.com/uk/ breakdown-cover/

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It should only take three seconds to move off when traffic lights change to green – new RAC research reveals – and anything longer is very likely to lead to anger and frustration for those behind waiting, particularly if they’re aged 44 or under. Nearly half of the 2,498 drivers surveyed by the RAC said it should take no more than three seconds to get going on green, with a third thinking between four and six seconds is a reasonable time. A relaxed 7% are prepared for others to take as long as they like to pull away. While the overall level of frustration felt about drivers who are slow to move off when the lights change is evenly split with 46% saying they get annoyed and 54% saying it doesn’t bother them, the younger the driver the more likely they are to be irritated. The RAC suspects this might, however, be different if they were one of the 44% who incredibly say they have been kept waiting for more than 15 seconds by drivers who have failed to notice a traffic light has gone green as that’s often long enough for lights to change to red again. What’s more, it’s still the case


Over half of van drivers wary of switching to electric A poll of 500 adults who drive vans found of the 57 per cent yet to go electric, 16 per cent have reservations over the charging time of an electric van. Doubts over the initial cost of buying an EV (16 per cent), running out of charge – or range anxiety (15 per cent), and a perceived lack of charging points (13 per cent) are also worries. While 13 per cent are put off because they don’t have a charging station at home and 12 per cent are fearful over the cost of repairs. Despite the concerns, 26 per cent of those who drive a petrol or diesel van for work believe their company would be perceived more positively if they were to make the switch. The research was commissioned by Ford as part of its latest Go Electric report which aims to highlight the challenges and benefits of Britain’s move towards electric vehicles. Mandy Dean, commercial vehicle director for the vehicle manufacturer, said, “Our research shows while there are concerns about the switch, van

drivers seem willing to embark on the journey to go green. “Understanding people’s perceptions of electric vehicles is vital to making sure we’re all on board - including the commercial vehicle sector - which is so important for the UK’s economy.”

The switch is imminent A separate study by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders found 13 per cent of passenger vehicles on Britain’s roads are electric or hybrid. But only 0.3 per cent of commercial vehicles are fully electric or plug-in hybrids. With the ban on combustion engine vehicles in 2030 edging closer, the Ford study found 38 per cent of everyone polled believe getting an electric vehicle is a “smart investment”. While 49 per cent believe electric vans will be the most common type of van on Britain’s roads within the next 10 years. Of those who run a company or work for a business yet to move toward e-vehicles, one in 10 believe the switch is imminent - and 59 per cent expect this to happen within the next six

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that most drivers have been left waiting for 10 or more seconds – that’s more than the time it takes for world record holder Usain Bolt to react to the starter’s gun and run 100 metres. Men, generally, are more likely to be frustrated by other drivers who are slow to react to lights going green than women (50% v 41%). Drivers from Yorkshire and the Humber region are the most impatient in the UK with 55% confessing to getting annoyed by ‘slow coaches’ at traffic lights, compared drivers in Wales who are the most accepting with just 34% getting annoyed. Statistically speaking, those who get the most annoyed when others are slow to react to the lights turning green are male drivers aged between 17 and 34 with a huge 64% saying they get frustrated. Almost a third say they regularly don’t manage to get through a set of traffic lights due to drivers in front being too slow to move off. Seventy-five per cent say this happens to them occasionally. When questioned about why other drivers are slow to pull away at the lights 72% said some people just don’t pay enough attention when waiting for them to change. More than four in 10, however, believe those who do this are inconsiderate as fewer drivers are able to get through before the green lights go red again. A similar proportion blame the lack of awareness on drivers who are checking their handheld phones illegally. RAC spokesman Simon Williams said, “While three seconds is obviously a very short time, anything longer than this can start to seem like an eternity when you desperately want to get through a set of traffic lights and the person in front is taking forever to get going. When you think that some lights only stay green for 15 seconds, this severely limits the number of vehicles that can get through before red comes up again, and this in turn makes jams – and potentially even air pollution – worse. “While our findings back up the old saying about the ‘impatience of youth’ with drivers under 35 being the most likely to get annoyed at those who cause unnecessary delays at traffic lights, it’s also the case that more drivers need to pay attention to the lights and not use the time to daydream or worse to check their handheld phones illegally. Just being ready to go could save others lots of time at the wheel, not to mention keeping some drivers’ blood pressure down.”

months. While 23 per cent believe the change to occur in the next three months. More than half (52 per cent) think taking this course of action would be a “really cool” move. Despite the growing belief in the future of EVs, many feel they do not have a good understanding of how they work. Many also are apparently unsure what the typical range of the latest generation of electric vans is – on average those polled inaccurately think an EV lasts just 67.5 miles before needing to be charged. Of those who drive company-owned electric vans, 71 per cent admitted they’re unsure how they’d be reimbursed for electricity costs if they charged their company vehicle at home.

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The football season is back and this is season number four in league one for Ipswich Town. Let’s be honest seasons one to three have been an absolute disaster, the super blues have failed to even make the play-offs in any of the seasons so far. Looking at that record it appears that there is not a lot to be positive about, however, I am going to try and find some reasons to be positive. Reason number one to be positive is that Ipswich Town start the season with Kieran Mckenna at the helm. The young Northern Irishman took charge of the Blues in December 2021 and this coincided with a dramatic upturn in form which saw us launch a late season charge for the play-offs which ultimately failed as the season concluded. The big positive of Mckenna’s management was that he made us a lot more solid defensively, managing to sure up a side which leaked goals in the early parts of the season. A continuance of this will set Town up nicely for a charge towards promotion, as the famous phrase in American sport goes, “Defence wins championships”. The fascinating thing to observe will be whether Mckenna can tackle the lack of potency that his Ipswich Town side had, the great thing is that this is a manager I have complete faith in to find the magic formula that previous incumbents in the dugout have failed to find. The second positive is one which I would argue has been one of Town’s for every season they have spend in League One. The super blues once again have a top quality squad that should easily be able to challenge for the title. Added in to this are some very clever summer acquisitions, striker Freddie Ladapo has been brought in from Rotherham and if his previous record is anything to go by the big centre forward should hopefully be able to tackle the issue of the lack of that mystical twenty goal a season striker than Town have not had during their time in the division. The blues midfield has been given some extra grit by the addition of Dom Ball. One of the key failures of the previous seasons has been a dreadful record against the teams near the top of the division, Ball should give Town some extra steel to prevent them being overrun like in previous games against the best teams. A final reason to be positive is that Town have fans and lots of them. Season ticket sales have gone through the roof. Kit sales have been setting records all over the gaff. This is a Town that is desperate for some success and if the team give any indication that they can provide it I guarantee they will have 30,000 fans doing everything they can to give their full support. It has been three seasons of pure turmoil in league one for Ipswich Town, now is time for this to change, it is promotion or bust this year so hang on it is going to be one heck of a ride!

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