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The Tractor Boy Column For this month’s article I went to watch the Ipswich ‘Sackers’ Witches race against the Workington Comets, in a sizzling speedway encounter! I was licking my lips at the chance to watch this highly thrilling sport, and had very high expectations for the night ahead, but would it live up to the billing? As we arrived at the ground I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of support for the Witches; speedway is not a very well-known sport so it was good to see a large crowd. The atmosphere was good but nowhere near the raucous atmosphere I had experienced at the Cricket match I watched last month, however there was a good buzz about the place. My

heart rate quickened as the first engine burst into life the bikes did a parade lap then it was down to business. The riders for heat one lined up behind the tape (two riders per team four in total) representing Ipswich were Ben Barker and Cameron Heaps. The crowd fell silent then the tape was raised! With a massive roar the bikes flew of the start line and swerved round the first corner, in less than a minute the race was over, a brilliant one-two for the Witches riders with Barker taking the race win. The races that followed were tight cagey affairs and the only real highlight a pretty horrific looking crash for witches Rohan Tungate. I doubted he would have been able to continue, and

if a footballer would have sustained the same injuries I am sure they wouldn’t have, but like a true warrior he returned to win his following race. After race eight of fifteen the witches held a marginal four-point lead! Race nine in my opinion turned the tide in the Witches favour a second one two opened up a eight point gap which Workington never looked like clawing back. Another maximum point’s haul in heat twelve all but ended the Comets challenge and in the end the Witches ran out comfortable 53-37 winners. Ben Barker was a class above the rest, and unsurprisingly top scored for the Witches, you could clearly see why he was the only rider who also races in the

elite league! Rohan Tungate showed great determination and spirit as he won all of his races after the crash. Overall, despite the slightly tepid atmosphere I was enthralled by the racing and would recommend it to anyone with a need for speed!

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iShod I have found myself of late, becoming increasingly frustrated with technology. Now, I love a gadget. My house and predominantly my loft is full of what was once cutting edge tech and ‘the next big thing’. I suggest however, that it is all moving too quickly. In the rush to cash in on those who can’t resist ‘state of the art’, manufacturers are putting to market devices that are just not reliable. Years ago an item would undergo testing, rigorously put through its paces and arrive on the shelves with a reasonable degree of certainty that it worked, and would continue to work for a decent amount of time. Those days appear to be gone. More and more tech is being released that is ready to let you down the moment we throw the poorly translated instruction book into the recycling. Case in point; I have just returned from a trip to London. I wanted to chance my arm on a change of route – safe in the knowledge that my newly acquired tablet with its GPS add-on would see me safely there. As soon as we glided under the M25 it crashed. It refused to operate again until I had got back home, checked the internet and gone through a lengthy process within its configuration. NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Mobile communications is another fine example. The latest thing they push at us is 4G. Yet many people cannot get 3G – some can’t even get a signal at all! As a software author I am well aware of the need to ‘beta test’ a product – but I do not expect paying customers who may depend on that product to do it for me. There has been a shift in manufacturing geography over the years. England, Japan, Taiwan, China… and reliability has been steadily going south. As we depend more and more on technology our stress related health issues look certain to increase as shoddy manufacturing techniques blight our lives. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. If it doesn’t, it is worthless.

A new Sainsbury’s has opened near me. There were petitions, local councillor objections and protests – but there it sits. Like many residents I was approached on the doorstep and advised that local traders would suffer and the shops nearby would face closure. So what? The last time I used one of the ‘nearby shops’ I was refused service because I dared to question a £2.50 charge for using a debit card. It was a highly uncomfortable exchange and one that would not have happened in a ‘multinational’. Furthermore there is a very high chance that ‘local stores’ are more expensive. Should I feel guilty that they cannot compete and spend more money than I need to? Do I really need ‘personal service’ when buying a loaf of bread? The new place is going to be busy – because the public vote with their purses and wallets. What right does anybody have to deprive a community of that option? Finally, may I suggest that Mr John Sainsbury is himself more ‘local’ than many a nearby shop owner.

Goodbye Luka If there was anything sadder than driving my Alsatian to the vets in the middle of the night it was the bill. Nigh on £300 for ten minutes and an injection. As the cost of pet insurance soars I worry that the very people that spent seven years at University learning to care for animals are actually causing them harm with charges that many people simply cannot afford.

Helichopper With great thanks to my pal Bob Shelley allowing research in his back garden – I can now offer another service courtesy of my remote control helicopter. Hedge trimming. Sorry Bob…

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INSIDE THIS MONTH OCTOBER Live Music 24 This month we talk to Slade’s Dave Hill. Plus there are concert tickets to be won, gigs and much more on the local music scene.

Halloween Horrors Spooky goings on at Landguard Fort, Vampires Rock at the Regent and gruesome treats for those with a sweet tooth.

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Show will be a great day for all the family The Suffolk Home & Country Show takes place at Wherstead Park, Ipswich on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October from 10am until 5pm. Billed as Suffolk’s finest country living exhibition the show promises a great day out with lots of things to see and do to keep the whole family entertained. Enjoy watching lots of different countryside pursuits including falconry, sheep racing, shire horses, ferret racing and more! There will be cookery demonstrations from the county’s top chefs and Lifestyle & Gardening talks by broadcaster and photojournalist John Negus. If you enjoy a little retail therapy then there will be plenty of opportunity to shop in the Luxury lifestyle shopping village inside the grand mansion and glass atrium at Wherstead Park The children will be kept busy too, with a vintage funfair and children’s entertainment. Even your canine friend is catered for with the Have A Go’ Dog Agility and competitions. And, make sure you don’t miss the Jaw-dropping stunt plane display taking place on Sunday afternoon. Plus there will be a Dancing dog display from Star Paws Dog Training Centre as well as fire-hoop dog display from Essex DTCE and there will also be musical entertainment throughout the day from eight local acts. So, for a fun filled day of great entertainment, head to the The Suffolk Home & Country Show this October. For more information visit suffolkcountryshow.co.uk.

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‘A Feast of Local Food and Drink’ The Food Show at Wherstead Park is back and better than ever: “It’s official – people love to buy local”, says Lesley Frost, Commercial Manager at Wherstead Park. “This will be our third show, and we have such a talented mix of suppliers and producers to share." The Food Show is open to the public, with the chance to meet over 40 local food and drink producers and suppliers who base their operations in East Anglia. From well-known brands such as Adnams to exciting start-ups, visitors will be able to talk to them about their products, ask for recipe ideas, nibble a sample (or 12!) and, of course, buy delicious items from exhibitors. The idea behind the Food Show, says Lesley, is to celebrate local: “In this region, we have such a fantastic tradition of artisan food and drink, and we want to showcase that fact. Wherstead Park has two Food Shows a year – one in April and one in October. Entrance is just £1.50 for adults and admission’s free for children, so it’s a really nice way to spend an hour or two on a Saturday”. Asked who she is most looking forward to sampling produce from, Lesley seems unable to decide. “Will I have had time to have breakfast that day?” she asks. “If not, I might want to stop by The Gourmet Bacon Company. They first came to the April Show and, since then, have won an armful of awards. I’ll have to have a rasher and a catch up!” The Food Show will be at Wherstead Park, Ipswich on Saturday 26th October from 10am until 3pm. For a full list of exhibitors attending the show and details of other events at Wherstead Park, please visit whersteadpark.co.uk/events, or call 01473 786565 There is free parking at the venue and a Café on site.

Medieval fun at Robin Hood Game & Country Show If you’re looking for an adventure filled with medieval mayhem, stimulating stunts, exciting entertainment and a magical menagerie of animal interaction, then look no further that the Suffolk Robin Hood Game & Country Show! Taking over Trinity Park on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October, East Anglia’s favourite outdoor event will return even bigger and even better than before; featuring brand new attractions such as the hilarious Dog & Duck Show and the magnificent Hawthorne Heavy Horses, as well as old favourites like the Stampede Stunt Team and the Jousting Display, Savage Skills BMX and Bike Stunts, and the East Anglian Fire and Rescue Show! Families are encouraged to bring their dogs along to the event and head over to the enormous All About Dogs zone! Here they can take part in agility courses and activities to test their speed and endurance, enter Fun Dog Shows and win rosettes for the ‘Prettiest Bitch’ or ‘Cutest Puppy’, make a splash at Dock Dogs or just enjoy the top-quality arena displays lined up for your amusement. A visit to the fun and educational medieval village will give your children an experience of what life was like in the Middle-Ages, with traditional dancing and music, archery training and swordfights and a taste of authentic medieval lifestyle. Plus, with more animals than ever before, your children can meet and stroke ferrets, rabbits, guinea-pigs, dogs, sheep, owls, horses and, new for 2013, Alpacas! Shopaholics will also love the fantastic number of trade stands at the event, with products ranging from game and country, garden and home, food and drink, craft and gift, and dogs and pets. Adults can also enjoy the attractions in Countryman’s Walk, which include the Sheep Show, gun dog scurries, firing ranges and clay pigeon shoots as well as ferret racing and chatting to a range of experts. Don’t miss this brilliant weekend of fun and enjoyment that the whole family will enjoy (even the dog) pre-book your discount tickets online and receive an automatic queue jump into the event! The Suffolk Robin Hood Game & Country Show is at Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October. Gates open at 9.30am. To pre-book tickets visit www.robinhoodcountryshow.co.uk or telephone 01702 549623.

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Wheels by Lamplight

News from ITFC Charitable Trust Ladies Night You are invited to join in a special charity ladies night next month. The ITFC Charitable Trust is hosting an evening at Suffolk College to showcase the talents of many beauticians, pamper product providers and purveyors of fine foods and crafts.

Ipswich Transport Museum's annual 'Wheels by Lamplight' event on Saturday 19th October is a popular highlight for the many collectors of old paraffin and gas lamps. Collectors from across East Anglia meet up and illuminate the museum, at the Old Trolleybus Depot in Cobham Road, using this often forgotten method of lighting. The old lamps give the museum a warm and cosy glow, and the exhibits inside gain a new dimension. Visitors are welcome to come along and sample the unique atmosphere. The event runs from 7pm until 9pm and entrance costs £6.50 for adults and concessions £5.50. Unfortunately the museum cannot admit children to the event. For more information about Ipswich Transport Museum visit www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk.

Golfing Trophy The Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club Seniors team won the Parks Trophy by beating Ufford Park by nine holes, playing at Woodbridge. The day proved to be a very hot sultry day and the match took a dramatic turn when Frank Griffiths (Felixstowe) was taken ill, suffering from the effects of the heat. He was taken to hospital and thankfully made a full recovery Frank and his partner, John Mayhew were four up after seven holes when Frank was taken ill and John battled on alone against two players and amazingly did well to finish the match all square. Peter White and John Pearce were three down at the turn, but eventually won their match by one hole. Eamonn Gilger and Brian Kemp were never behind in their match winning by three holes, while John Foord and James Douglas-Hamilton also had a comfortable victory winning by five holes. Trevor Mason (acting Captain) received the Trophy on behalf of Chris Pearson who holiday in Cyprus coincided with the Final. Ian Wheeldon and Dick Seaman also represented Felixstowe Ferry in previous rounds.

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So far the following wonderful stands will be appearing on Thursday 7th November, they include:- Body Shop Ipswich, Ipswich School of Dance, Phoenix Trader, Puzzle, Pampered Chef, Memorable Cheeses, Tantabulous Spray Tanning/Flamingo Beauty, The Zone (Suffolk New College), Shelleys Restaurant, Lets Party, Vanillerize, Tropic Skin Care, Partylite Candle Products, Aloe Vera, Divine and Dandy and Dress up your home, Usborne Books at home, Forever Living, Bella-Looe Photography and Portraits, PJ Creations, Four Seasons, Elajac Emporium, Jamie@home, Dazzle Fashion, Sweet Tables, Bonny Crafts, Groovycart, Bonny Crafts and Suffolk Magazine As you can see its going to be a very popular evening however if you are a beauty therapist and would like to demonstrate your skills to a room full of lovely ladies then do get in touch as the ITFC Charitable Trust may well be able to fit you in too! The night is due to be held at the Suffolk New College as an evening of Christmas gifts from a variety of craft and beauty stands, you can even learn the dances from Strictly Come Dancing with Ipswich School of Dance, to book your 15 minute taster session call Emma on 01473 251323 or by email enquiries@getfitgetdancing.org.uk. So if you would also like to join all of these wonderful stand holders too on the 7th November give the Trust a call. This is a fundraising event for the ITFC Charitable Trust so if you'd like to attend as a guest you'll need to get in touch for your advance tickets at £7, which includes a glass of wine or soft drink and a goody bag. For more information for stall holders and also for ticket enquiries please call Jo Barker on 01473 400940 or email jo-ann.barker@itfc.co.uk It's going to be a night not to be missed!

New Weekly Multi-Sport Centres Brand New Weekly Multi-Sports Centre starting in October with two week taster sessions being offered for FREE! New for October professional, high quality weekly Multi-Sports development programme for youngsters aged five to 14 years. These will include a mix of sports, retaining the core activity of football but adding exciting activities such as handball, futsal, hockey and athletics. These sessions will be delivered in Ipswich and Kesgrave starting the first week in October and the aim over the next 12 months is to roll out this exciting new Multi-Sports programme across Suffolk. Places are limited! For more information or to book your place call 0845 1369 333 or visit www.itfccharitabletrust.org.uk/


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New Community Hub celebrates with Halloween Party It was announced last month that St Clements Sports and Social Club has been saved from closure. The club now has a new name Foxhall Community Centre and its new leaseholders Kieran Moore and Anna Cook are looking for more bookings especially for this month, November and December for private functions. The new Foxhall Community Centre has a large function room with licensed bar for up to 250 people, and their calendar of regular weekly events is now filling up nicely however they do have some room for private parties on Friday and Saturday nights this Autumn. Anna explained, “We are pleased to say we have already secured regular Zumba classes here each week every Monday night from 6.30pm and every Thursday morning from 10am.” She continued, “With news of the closure looming many

Challenge Evening St Elizabeth Hospice is holding an Overseas Challenges Open Evening for anyone wishing to find out more about new challenges organised for 2014. With the trips growing in variety, brand new events such as the Euro City cycling challenge offers participants the chance to not only raise money for the Hospice, but to get fit, experience diverse cultures and visit beautiful surroundings. The Sahara Desert Trek and Mount Kilimanjaro hike are just a few of the popular opportunities which will be back in the New Year. Drop in to the Hospice in Foxhall Road, Ipswich on Thursday 24th October between 5.30pm and 9pm where the Hospice fundraising team will be on hand to explain all about the exciting expeditions planned, including a presentation on their bespoke Sahara trek at 6.30pm. There will also be the opportunity to hear from supporters who have taken part in previous challenges.

bookings were turned away, which has meant that we now do still have some availability for private parties.” The Foxhall Community Centre is open to all and you don’t need to be a member although memberships are available which give discount on private hire and bar drinks. The centre now offers; a full Sky Sports Package on wide screen TV, Ipswich Valley Rangers FC and a Car Boot Sale every Sunday morning, Quiz Nights on Sunday Evenings, CerocFusion Dance Nights, free WiFi and Mencap are hosting regular darts nights and looking for new players. However the highlight of this month will be their Halloween Party for all the family including, pumpkin carving, piñatas, pizza and a disco on Thursday 31st October. All are welcome to use the Foxhall Community Centre, which is open each day at lunchtimes and evenings too now with extended opening on Friday afternoons. The club, boasts one of the largest private function rooms available in this area, which allows outside catering, making the venue popular for weddings and private parties. For more information check out the website www.foxhallcommunitycentre.co.uk or call Kieran Moore on 077893 33227 and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Over 40 stallholders for Craft and Gift Fayre Northgate High School PTA are holding a Craft and Gift Fayre, with over 40 stallholders booked, on Sunday 27th October 2013 at Northgate Arts Centre between 10am and 4pm with free admission and car parking, refreshments will be available. All money raised from the Fayre and from other PTA events will be used to purchase equipment and other items which are not provided in the schools budget for all pupils of Northgate High School. The PTA committee runs a 200 club where the profits go to support extracurricular activities undertaken by Northgate pupils. The PTA committee organise two general knowledge and two entertainment team trivia evenings each year hosted by Stephen Foster from BBC Radio Suffolk and Jay Christopher. The dates for the coming year are 16th November 2013, 18th January, 8th March and 26th April 2014. The evenings consist of nine rounds of questions, also provided is a supper and table nibbles. The committee runs its own bar with waiter service to tables. Prizes are awarded to each member of the winning team and the team that finishes half way. The cost is £8.00 per person with teams of up to eight on each table. New teams from outside and within the school are welcome, telephone 01473 210123 for more information or to book a table.

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Half-Term activities: Museums are Fun! October half-term activities down at the museums Come along and get creative at the Colchester & Ipswich Museums during the October half term holidays.

gruesome reality of life in 16th Century Ipswich, but be warned, it won’t be pretty. Sessions cost £2 per person and various times are available throughout the day. Over at the Ipswich Museum why not come on a Global Gallivant?

At the Natural History Museum, Colchester, you can create your very own Creepy crawly spider pen pot at various sessions that will be held during the week of 29th – 31st October. Or if you fancy getting messy, why not pop along to make Castles from Clay at Hollytrees. Sessions at both venues will cost £2 per person.

Join a journey around the world and discover more about the museum objects collected by our predecessors from countries and cultures across the globe. There will be different objects to handle and lots of games and crafts on offer throughout the October half term. Sessions cost £3 per person

The whole family can experience Ruff Times at Christchurch Mansion. Join Tudor characters during the holiday week to find out more about the

For further information and book your place at all Colchester and Ipswich Museums venues, please visit www.cimuseums.org/whats-on

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Cash for Young Volunteers Do you need £1700 to help with a community project? The Lions Club of Ipswich is looking for a Young Ambassador to represent Ipswich in a nationwide competition that recognises the work of young volunteers. The person chosen as the Ipswich Young Ambassador will be given £200 to spend on their chosen community project. The winner of the East Anglia heat will be awarded a £500 bursary, and the national winner will be awarded a £1000 bursary. To enter you must be aged over 15 and under 19 on 30th June 2014. Be actively involved in voluntary work, either as a carer or mentor or helping to run a voluntary organisation (eg Scouts, Guides, Youth Club etc). And you must be able to attend regional and national selection events For further details about the competition email Ipswichlions@anglianet.co.uk The closing date for entries is Thursday 31st October 2013.


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Ipswich pub re-opens after major refurbishment The newly transformed The Rep on Tower Street in Ipswich has re-opened following a brief closure for an extensive redevelopment. While remaining in keeping with the former theatre’s character, a six-figure sum investment saw the pub’s main bar area extended, new comfortable furniture installed and the décor majorly transformed. Customers can also enjoy the autumn weather by taking

advantage of the pub’s new outside seating area. Famous for its live entertainment, the Greene King pub’s live music and comedy events will also benefit from the installation of a new lighting and music system. Cask ale fans will see more choice on the bar with at least five taps serving locally brewed ales, alongside well-known Greene King brands. The town centre pub’s existing team have been joined by six new team members as well as new manager, Ross McCrickerd and assistant manager, Ollie Tueten.

and of course, the excellent live entertainment.” Richard Lewis, managing director for Greene King Local Pubs, said, “It is always exciting when the

doors to a newly transformed pub are once again opened to the public. This is a huge change to The Rep, but one I am sure the local people of Ipswich will thoroughly endorse.”

Speaking about the refurbishment, pub manager Ross, said, “I am very proud of our great value food and daily deals and these, combined with our fabulous new look will appeal to all. This is truly an amazing pub and I am sure our customers will enjoy the comfortable interior, great offers

The Rep, Tower Street, Ipswich Telephone: 01473 221361 Follow us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/therep.ips

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Fireworks in the Park

The 11th Ipswich Scout Group stage their 42nd Annual ‘Fireworks in the Park’ event, which will take place in Christchurch Park Ipswich on Saturday 2nd November. This will be a very special traditional evening of Fireworks featuring Party Spooktacular bringing you ‘The return of Guy Fawkes’ on the BBC Radio Suffolk Stage. At 7pm there will be the most spectacular Guy Fawkes and lantern procession through the park that you have ever seen with fire jugglers, bands and the burning of a giant Guy Fawkes on the bonfire. Don’t miss the live music feature from the up and coming new local band ‘Bassline’ The musical fireworks costing over £25,000 are designed and fired by the Shell Shock firework Company from Bramfield here in Suffolk. Shell Shock are renowned for their exciting and lively displays for clients all around the world. www.shell-shock.co.uk The family friendly and traditional event will also include live music and fun and laughter from BBC Radio Suffolk, Heart and Town 102.

A fantastic funfair for all ages and a glorious array of food from hot dogs to hog roasts and Fish & chips to donuts are available. Tickets go on sale on from 7th October, with discounts are available if you purchase tickets before the BIG day. For more information and to book your tickets visit www.ipswichfireworks.com — COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has got four family tickets for the Fireworks in Christchurch Park on Saturday 2nd November to give away to lucky readers. For your chance to win this fantastic prize just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Christchurch Park Fireworks Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW or you can enter online at www.ipswich24.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Friday 18th October 2013. Q. What time does the lantern procession start at Christchurch Park on Saturday2nd November?

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NW in running for the Most Welcoming Theatre award The New Wolsey Theatre is in the running for the second year to win Most Welcoming Theatre. The award is presented by Theatrical Management Association, and this year the winner will be decided by the number of public votes divided by the number of venue seats. The winners will be announced on 20th October. After receiving the award in 2012, the New Wolsey Theatre has

ready to welcome visiting companies into the theatre and studio spaces. The award is a part of the nationwide My Theatre Matters! campaign which is aimed at galvanising public support for local theatres across the UK in response to extreme pressures on local government funding, and was launched earlier this year by The Stage, Equity and the Theatrical Management Association.

continued to provide thorough and competitive customer service, not only from the Box Office and the various catering and front of house outlets, but also back stage with a team of dedicated technicians

More than 225 arts venues across the UK have entered themselves to take part in the public vote, which is being held in association with radio station Classic FM. Sarah Holmes, the New Wolsey

Theatre’s Chief Executive says, “Winning the Most Welcoming Theatre award last year was brilliant. We’ve always had care and consideration of audiences and artists at the heart of our work and what a lift it was to have this recognised. Being a community theatre for Ipswich gives us the chance to really get to know our audiences, and make sure everyone feels welcomed. We are coming to the end of our building work backstage, and are able to provide even more facilities for companies working in our theatre and studio spaces, upstairs and downstairs. Our ambition to produce the most accessible, diverse and high quality work for Ipswich, Suffolk, and the whole of

the UK will always be our goal” Editor of The Stage Brian Attwood said, “The My Theatre Matters! campaign is all about celebrating the wonderful achievements of theatres across the UK, so it makes perfect sense for the three campaign partners to run this award, which will give audiences a chance to show how much they value their local theatre. “I’m delighted to see how many theatres have taken up the chance to be part of the vote, and I hope they will encourage thousands of audience members up and down the land to take part in this celebration of how much theatre is at the centre of UK life.” To sign up to the campaign visit www.mytheatrematters.com

Paul ready to serve up another ace performance One of the hardest working figures in modern music, Paul Carrack is all set to take to the stage again later in the year for his 2013 2014 tour, celebrating over five decades in the music business. The former vocalist of Mike and The Mechanics and the voice behind world-wide hits such as 'How Long' by Ace, Squeeze's 'Tempted' and, of course, the timeless classic 'The Living Years' Carrack is now firmly established as a solo performer. Initially finding fame with Ace and Roxy Music, he has gone on to enjoy a successful career that spans 40 years, including guest appearances on over 60 albums, as well as writing for The Eagles, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald and Jools Holland among others. Over the past decade or so Paul has worked increasingly in his own right on many solo albums; Satisfy My Soul (2000), Groovin' (2001), It Ain't Over (2003), Winter Wonderland (2005), Old, New, Borrowed and Blue (2007), I Know That Name (2008), A Different Hat with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2010) and the current album Good Feeling which came out in September 2012. And last year BBC4 screened The Man With The Golden Voice - a programme that documented Paul's emergence from his Sheffield upbringing to the star he is today! Paul also recently toured the US, the UK and Europe as a member of Eric Clapton's Band. • For more information on Paul, please visit www.paulcarrack.net Paul Carrack will be at the Regent Theatre, Ipswich on Thursday 24th October. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100 or visit www.ipswichregent.co.uk

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Head up the A14 for great autumn entertainment The Apex, the award-winning music, entertainment, business and community venue in the centre of Bury, offers a wide variety of events; from classical to pop, rock, jazz, blues, world, country and folk, and also hosts the monthly Fat Cat Comedy Club and many free events throughout the year. October’s eclectic programme features: Five members of The Beautiful South, now simply The South performing their sensational back catalogue of hits (‘Song For Whoever’, ‘Perfect Ten’, ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Don't Marry Her’) on 12th October; and The Real Thing getting everyone up and dancing with songs such as You to Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You & Can You Feel the Force? on 26th October. World music lovers might enjoy Brazilian piano star Benjamin Taubkin joining forces with innovative percussionist Adriano Adewale on 2nd October; the stunning Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers returning on 9th October with their thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums; and two world class virtuosos - Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and West African kora player Seckou Keita on 30th October

Fans of folk will appreciate Cara Dillon’s beautiful voice giving heart to traditional songs and original compositions on 14th October, Show of Hands (16th October) and Tunng (17th October). Tunng have become one of Britain's most championed underground forces and support on the night comes from Pinkunoizu and Bury’s own magnificent Horse Party. Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning singer-songwriter Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, seen at the London Olympic Opening Ceremony, will be blending rock, country and folk influences on 23rd October; Washing Machine’s rock/metal night Club Hostile features Coronach, Agonyst, LapLuCas and Fallen Humanity on 3rd October, while at the opposite end of the music spectrum, there are two lunchtime classical concerts featuring students from the Royal Academy of Music (8th & 29th October) and an evening concert on the 18th October featuring the Sacconi String Quartet and a programme of Haydn, Verdi and Beethoven. For more information on these and other shows at The Apex, tickets and gift vouchers, please visit the website - www.theapex.co.uk, call the box office on 01284 75800, or visit in person at The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD.

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Brontes are in line for this year’s Christmas offering from The Angles Eastern Angles Theatre company are back with a hilarious new Christmas spoof featuring the famous Brontë sisters. Created by Eastern Angles Artistic Director Ivan Cutting with music and lyrics from Simon Egerton this zany new comedy entitled The Brontës of Dunwich Heath & Cliff can be seen in Ipswich, Woodbridge and Peterborough. Last year the company produced a

• Previous Angles Christmas show “Round The Twist

memorable Miss Marple spoof, Dial M for Murgatroyd written and directed by Julian Harries and Pat Whymark. This year audiences will be pleased to see the return of Eastern Angles’ familiar format using a cast of energetic actor/musicians playing a whole host of mad-cap characters. The first port of call for The Brontës of Dunwich Heath & Cliff will be the cosy Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich where the show will open on December 4th. Eastern Angles have been performing their anarchic Christmas shows at this venue for the past 25 years. During that time they have gained a cult following with groups booking the whole auditorium weeks in advance. Second stop will be the Seckford Theatre in the grounds of Woodbridge School where the show will run from 14th until 25th January. Finally, the Brontës will move across the region to the Key Theatre Studio in Peterborough where the play will be performed for a final week until Saturday February 1st. Eastern Angles describe their productions as a ‘wacky alternative to the traditional Christmas panto’ – the shows include quick-fire banter, catchy tunes and hysterical comedy

performances. Taking the mickey out of the gothic novels of the Victorian literary sisters and their Suffolk cousins ‘plain Jane’ and ‘mad Cath’ Eastern Angles have come up with an outlandish storyline featuring Kate Bush inspired hair, a bumbling parson, a hunky Heathcliff and a wild hen party! This literary spoof will follow in the footsteps of Mansfield Park & Ride and Round The Twist, which lampooned Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Founded in 1982, Eastern Angles has seen the popularity of its ‘panto alternative’ really take off over the last few years. What started out as a modest two-week run has now

Dial M for Murgatroyd

expanded into a ten-week sell-out tour that packs in the punters year after year and gains glowing reviews from the national press. Last year’s Christmas show was described as ‘worthy of a Westend transfer’ by The Observer! To book your tickets for Ipswich and Woodbridge call the Box Office on 01473 211498 or visit www.easternangles.co.uk.

IODS offer dazzling musical show of stage and screen

Ipswich Operatic & Dramatic Society (IODS) will be performing Sounds Familiar in Concert at The Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge School, Woodbridge from Tuesday 22nd until Saturday 26th October 2013. Sounds Familiar is a great line up of well-known songs from theatre and screen performed by a great cast of 40 strong singers. From musicals from the West End, Broad Way and from iconic films too. These fabulous songs are performed with up to eight different harmony lines with a live band. IODS are proud of the sound that they make and the theatre company have won many awards for their Sounds Familiar shows and their full version musicals in the past. Sounds Familiar in Concert is fast-paced with a wide variety of songs. In a nutshell it’s the ‘favourite’ songs from shows without the boring bits! And promises to be a great night out, and with tunes that will have you humming all the way home! Formerly the autumn review show Sounds Familiar has been performed for many years at the Spa Pavilion Felixstowe. Now IODS have chosen a new venue, the Seckford Theatre Woodbridge. The Seckford Theatre at Woodbridge is a superb venue. Wherever you sit in the auditorium you can see and hear perfectly and with only 275 seats it is a nice intimate experience. Why not come as a group with some work colleagues, as a family, or get along a group from your social club? Have you thought of buying tickets for a present for your parents or relatives? A great present for anyone! Tickets for Sounds Familiar in Concert are available from the New Wolsey Box Office, 01473 295900.

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Internationally acclaimed choreographer brings performance to Ipswich Still Current is a new evening of solos, duets and a trio by internationally acclaimed choreographer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant. Inspired by his ensemble dancers; Thomasin Gülgeç, Dickson Mbi, Carys Staton, Maliphant once again works in collaboration with his longstanding collaborator, lighting designer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Hulls. Still Current also sees Russell Maliphant return to the UK stage, in a role he shares with guest dancer Adam Kirkham from the BalletBoyz. The evening presents a diverse physical language that integrates qualities and vocabulary from ballet, contemporary dance and martial arts that celebrates the technical strength of Maliphant’s world class company. The evening’s performance includes three new works including a duet created for Carys Staton, drawing on her strength and versatility as a dancer. Staton is paired with with

Adam Kirkham. Still Current also features a new solo choreographed by Dickson Mbi who recently stunned audiences with his strength and exceptional popping style in The Rodin Project, the dance film Erebus and the Lucozade Revive commercial. Using contemporary dance, ballet and other styles including popping, along with Maliphant’s choreographic language

A boozy tale of Stags and Hens Two Rivers Theatre Company present Stags and Hens by Will Russell at the Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich from Wednesday 16th until Saturday 19th October. Stags and Hens is a boozy adult comedy of wedding-eve nerves, set in the 1970's in the loos of a tacky Liverpool club. Dave and Linda are to be married the next day. In this trashy disco, the bride and groom are out with their mates, celebrating their last night of freedom, unaware that their other half is at the same place. As Dave, legless on a mix of drinks, spends his night with his head in the pan, his mates party on in a combination of fear, lust and bravado. Then Linda’s exboyfriend, Peter, arrives to play a gig at the club and the girls rally with a mixture of old wives tales, superstition and female solidarity to keep the wedding on track. Will Linda escape to a bright new future or will her encounter just prepare her for drudgery to come? Stags and Hens was first produced in October 1978, but for this 35th anniversary Two Rivers Theatre Company are performing a more recent version, re-written by Willy Russell in 2009 and called “The Remix”! Russell has quickened the pace, added new lines, taken out the smoking and added a lot more swearing, but kept the storyline and the period intact. This lively, coarse and very funny play contains strong language and adult content.

of flow, form and dynamics this new solo showcases Mbi’s virtuosic language and performance character. Still Current also features a new work for three male dancers, drawing on amongst other things, the style of Brazilian martial art of capoeira. Along with these three new works Still Current features the critically acclaimed Afterlight (Part One), winner of the Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Choreography. Performed by Thomasin Gülgeç, this solo showcases his fluid agility and grace. He is joined by Carys Staton whose energetic elegance and delicate strength are showcased in the new creations and in her performance of the modern-classic solo Two. Still Current includes an eclectic mix of music with compositions from Éric Satie and long-time collaborator Andy Cowton and a newly commissioned score by Armand Amar, well known

for his film scores. Costume designs are by Stevie Stewart, formerly one half of the influential design label BodyMap, recently she has worked with Michael Clark and Rambert as well as designing costumes for Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears, and animation by Jan Urbanowski who created the opening credits for Danny Boyle’s 2013 film Trance. • Still Current will be at the Jerwood DanceHouse, DanceEast on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 295230.

• Stags and Hens is being performed from Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th October 2013 at the Sir John Mills Theatre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich. Tickets priced £9 or £8 for concessions available from the box office on 01473 211498 or online at www.easternangles.co.uk

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Scary Cupcakes

Halloween at Landguard This Halloween the Landguard Peninsula at Felixstowe has spooky scary fun for everyone. Dare you enter Landguard Fort after dark? Then why not experience Fright Friday at the Fort on the Friday 25th October - scary guided tours for adults only (18 years and over) running from 7.30pm till late. Featuring live actors and special effects, be prepared for plenty of shocks and surprises. Who knows what or who you will meet? Come early to enjoy the delicious hot dogs, hot soup and other refreshments available for purchase at the Landguard Visitor Centre and View Point Cafe. Tours must be booked in advance, as tickets are not for sale on the evening of the event. Tickets are £10.00 per person - and are limited - so book early at the Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre on 01394 276770. For more gentle chills and thrills for all the family, then the Landguard Spooky Day is on Saturday 26th October (1pm – 5pm) at the Felixstowe Museum. A magical afternoon of fun for all little wizards, including 'Silly Spooky Magic Shows' with Steff and Nonsense and her two naughty monkeys at 2pm and 3.15pm. Creepy face painting, make a wand, owl trail, scary story-telling, potion hunt and meet the dragon! Prizes for best fancy dress. All activities are included in one price.(In advance - children £6.00, adults £1.00. On the day - children £7.00, adults £2.00.) Children aged one and under free. Limited places. If you turn up on the day there is no guarantee of entry, it is best to book in advance. Book now at the Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre on 01394 276770. For more information about events at Languard visit www.discoverlandguard.org.uk

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If you are arranging a Halloween Party this year, then a visit to The Little Cake Place is a must. The shop has a large range of scary cup cakes, with gruesome fillings and frightening toppings, that will not only look fantastic on your table at your party, but they also taste great too! Maybe you would like to have a spooky centre-piece for your party food table? At The Little Cake Place they can also make amazing larger cakes that will look brilliant at any halloween get together. (Cup cakes made to order). Do you put a lantern outside you door and invite ‘trick or treaters”? If so what better treat to give them than a scary cupcake? Add something different to your Halloween celebrations, with the help of The Little Cake Place your guests will be taking about these amazing cakes for months to come. The Little Cake Place also offer a range of Birthday and celebration cakes, wedding cakes and cup cakes, all made fresh to order. And if you would like to make your own scary cakes The Little Cake Place is ideal for you too. The shop stocks a wide range of decoration accessories including edible goods, sugarcraft materials, tools and equipment, plus plenty of help and advice if your require it. So, if your having a Halloween party, planning a wedding and require a very special cake, or you just want to treat yourself to some yummy cupcakes The Little Cake Place is the shop to visit. With free customer parking and competitive prices, Lucy will certainly have the right cake for your special occasion! The Little Cake Place is open six days a week and can be found at 85 Dales Road, Ipswich. For more information telephone Lucy on 01473 744717 or visit www.thelittlecakeplace.com


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Vampires Rock Celebrates Tenth Anniversary Long before the World became obsessed with the likes of Twilight and True Blood, hit musical, Vampires Rock, paved the way for all things supernatural. Opening it’s doors for the first time back in October 2003 at the Majestic Theatre Retford, Vampires Rock has become one of the most successful touring theatre shows in the UK today, playing to sellout crowds year on year. Telling the story of Baron Von Rockula (Steve Steinman), the show is set in the aptly named Club Live & Let Die. The Baron is on the look-out for a new bride when along comes Pandora, a naive and geeky young singer looking to audition for a place in the club’s resident rock band. Cue lots of comedy, fantastic costumes and a fair amount of fake blood as the Baron attempts to teach Pandora the ways of ‘Rock’. And of course the tale is told through a whole horde of Rock Anthems known and loved by all ages – hits by acts such as Guns n Roses,

Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Queen and many more – and that’s one of the reasons the show is so popular with fans. “The problem with a lot of musicals is

that you have to see them a few times before you know the songs and can sing along, but the singing along is the fun part. I wanted to create something where you could come to the show and be part of it from the very first time,” says Vampires Rock creator and star, Steve Steinman. The show has gone from strength to strength over the years with Steinman keen to add things to keep the fans coming back. “When we started out the show was great but it was a bit smaller than it is now, over the years we’ve added more dancers, more costumes, more pyrotechnics, we’ve introduced fire dancing and we recently added a silk dancing routine as well. And, we always keep the tours fresh by changing some of the songs that feature, of course there’s some that’ll never be missed out - I don’t think we’d ever get away with not doing Bat Out of Hell, the fans wouldn’t stand for that!” In 2005 the show embarked on its first arena tour. With over a million ticket sales to date the show doesn’t look like its going to stop just yet. Steinman has been active on social media from the get go, inviting fans to suggest what songs they would like to see in the show and even what venues they want it to play. “I wouldn’t say Vampires Rock is a cult, but once you’ve been to see it you keep coming back - there’s definitely a Vampires Rock Family there are people that travel all over to see us, there’s even people with Baron Von Rockula and Pandora

tattoos – that’s the level of commitment the fans have.” The show has attracted some famous names in its time on tour too, in 2007 Eddie Ojeda of hit rock band, Twisted Sister, played guitar in the show, and he was followed by Toyah Wilcox, who toured in the show for two years as the Devil Queen, the long suffering wife of Baron Von Rockula. Steinman says, “Toyah wanted to be in the show but there wasn’t a suitable character for her to play so we wrote one specially. Toyah was great, she introduced the show to a new audience. I remember in one of our first meetings we were discussing what type of costumes we would design for her and she said ‘Oh don’t worry darling, I’ve got the perfect thing in my wardrobe already’ – that was Toyah, she was made to be in a show like this!” So with ten year’s past what does the future hold for Vampires Rock? “Well since we started the show the brand

has grown, we have a Vampires Rock clothing line and now even a Vampires Rock Motocross team, but it’s always been about the music and as long as the fans keep coming back we’ll be on the road. We’ve got a fifty date tour about to start and there’ll be a huge Halloween party at the 1200 seater Ipswich Regent theatre which is not to be missed!” Vampires Rock will be at the Regent Theatre, Ipswich on Thursday 31st October. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100. For more information about the show visit www.vampiresrock.com

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Have your Event Listed Free!! Email: info@ipswich24.co.uk Post: PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW Every Monday Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, Experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information contact Adrian 01473 464920 Ballroom and Latin class, Goals Centre, Grimwade Street, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, 07736 306519 Yoga, Holbrook Village Hall 9.30am - 11am, Suitable for beginners and intermediates, Contact Cathie 07734469038/ 01394 388379 Yoga, Henley Community Village Hall, Ashbocking Road, 7.45pm – 9.15pm, 01473 690762 Suffolk Promenaders Square Dance Club, Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 7.30pm – 10pm, Only £2, tea and coffee provided, contact 01473 422663 after 2pm for further details Badminton, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, 7.30pm - 10pm, Social Badminton further information contact Alan 01473 437707

Every Tuesday Art Group, meeting at J Parker Studios, Ivy Cottage, Wenham Road, Great Wenham Beginners welcome tuition available, for details 01473 313100 www.jparkerstudios.co.uk Cycle Speedway, Great Blakenham Cycle Speedway Club Training, Juniors and newcomers 6pm - 7.30pm, Seniors 7.30pm 9.00pm, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham Co-op Ladies Choir meet at The Co-op Education Centre 2.15pm to 3.30pm, a variety of music including chart hits, musicals and classical. If you would like to join us please contact Lynn Scannell 01473 710820 Senior Singers, Co-op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich, 10.30am – 12pm, Male & Female singers, 55 plus, join in this ling established & friendly group of singers, No auditions, Call Maggie on 01473 713597, Dance & Music Improvisation, Northgate Arts centre in Ipswich, 7pm -8pm (studio available from 6.45pm - 8.15pm for warm-up and warmdown) £5 / £3.50 (freelance dance artists and concessions) Telephone 07830 755070 Martlesham Heath Country Market, The Pavilion, The Square, Martlesham Heath, 9am, home-made, home-grown, and home-crafted items for sale. Tel 01473 623849 or www.martleshammarket.co.uk Ipswich Folk Dance Club, St Johns U.R.C, Cowper St, 8pm - 10pm. Experience not necessary, as all dances are walked through first, and then called, for full details call 01473 212085. Tea Dance, Ballroom & Sequence Dancing, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, 2pm - 4pm, £2. Includes tea and biscuits, for further information call 01473 257593. Knit ‘n’ Natter Group, Bags of Handles, Walton, Felixstowe, 6pm – 9pm, Knit, Natter and browse through hundreds of knitting magazines available to the group.

Dance Class for people with Additional Needs, 22 Bond Street, IP4 1JE 1.15pm – 2pm, 07736 306519 Voices Together, award winning female singing group, Whitehouse Baptist Church, Waterford Road, Ipswich, 7.30pm - 9pm. Friendly rehearsals. No auditions, Easy listening music, Interested? Call Kath 01473 652351 Ballroom and Latin class, Sidegate Lane Primary School, 7pm – 8pm, 07736306519

Every Thursday Jive and Swing Classes, Felixstowe Conservative Club, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Further info 01394 282285 Wot's up 18+ Community Club at Castle Hill Community Centre, 5pm - 9.30pm, Free taster session, more info call Mags 07926428432. The Club is manly Learning/Physical Difficulties but they would like to reach out to Mental Health, The Elderly, Head injuries Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, Experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information contact Adrian 01473 464920 Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 2pm – 4.15pm, £2.80 includes tea & Biscuits, for further information telephone 01473 725274, Woodbridge Country Market, Woodbridge Community Hall, next to Deben Pool, 10am 11.15am, Local Home Produced Food, Plants, Vegetables and Hand made crafts for sale, Comfortable tea room to meet your friends, Open to all Free Entry. Ipswich Country Market, Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, 10.15am to 11.30am, Local Food, Handmade Crafts Open to all, Free Entry, Coffee and Chat: informal coffee morning with activities, 10am – 12pm All Saints Church Hall Blenheim Road, Ipswich

Every Friday Ballroom Class, United Reformed Church, Ipswich St, Stowmarket, 7.30 - 9.30pm, further info 01394 282285 Ballroom and Latin Class, Dance East, Jerwood House, Foundry Lane, 7pm – 8pm, 07736306519 Carpet Bowls Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich, 2pm - 5pm, £2.50. per session, more details 01473 410740

Every Saturday Cycle Speedway, Great Blakenham Cycle Speedway Kids Club, 10.00am – Midday, A variety of activities connected with Cycle Speedway, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham more info contact Terry on 07860 262112 Wot's Up 18+ Community Club at Castle Hill Community Centre, 10am - 5pm, Free taster session, more info call Mags 07926428432, The Club is manly Learning/Physical Difficulties but they would like to reach out to Mental Health, The Elderly, Head injuries

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Every Sunday

Ipswich Croquet Club, Fynn Valley Golf Club, Ipswich, 2pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information contact Fran Rousham 01394 671642 Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes, Sidegate Community Centre, Ipswich, 7pm - 10pm class fees £3, For details phone 01473 713046 16

Lions Club of Ipswich Car Boot Sale, Portman Road Car Park, Ipswich (Weather permitting), Gates open at 6.30am, Pitch fees - car £5.00, Car & Trailer £10.00, small van (Escort size) £5.00, large van (transit size) £10.00 all payable on entry, Refreshments and toilets on site, Other details visit www.ipswichlions.anglianet.co.uk

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Ipswich Transport Museum Open, Old Trollybus Depot Cobham Road Ipswich 11am to 4pm Adults £5.00 Children £3.00 Concessions £4.50 Family ticket £14.00 (2 Adults & up to 3 Children) Under 5s free Car Boot Sale, Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, from 9am Ballroom and Latin Class, 22 Bond Street, Ipswich, 7pm – 8pm, 07736306519 Qigong Open Air Sessions in Constable Country with Qigonguk, Flatford, 11am to Midday (subject to the weather), Free and Open to Everyone. For info call 07976 382930.

Tue 1st Oct Lunch Time Concert, St Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, 1.10pm, in association with Ipswich School Festival of Music. Ensemble conductors Andrew Leach and Michael Nicholas Sinfonietta, Op 1 Britten, Siegfreid Idyll Wagner

Wed 2nd Oct - Sun 6th Oct Literary Ipswich – Various events including a book swap, creative writing workshop, talks by Michael Morpurgo & Simon Mayo and more, www.ip-lit.co.uk

Wed 2nd Oct Orwell Decorative Fine Arts Society- Pearls, Pomegranates, Peacocks and Pipes: the hidden language of renaissance art, Tower Hall, Rushmere St Andrew, 2.15pm, £5 Donation, 01473 710921

Thu 3rd Oct Red Shoe Studio, Dance East, Jerwood Dance House, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Free Come and try Taoist Tai Chi, 07532003771

Fri 4th Oct – Sun 6th Oct Flipside Festival, Snape Maltings, A festival celebrating the best of Brazillian Culture (writers Musicians and Artists) www.albeburgh.co.uk/booking_info

Fri 4th Oct Ipswich Hospital Band present Fire Service Charity Concert, St Peter’s by the Waterfront, College St, Ipswich, 7.30pm, £8/£6 concessions, Tickets 07780 956872 or sally.hammond@suffolk.gov.uk Martlesham Heath Aviation Society presents a spectacular double bill Evening Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork and Stephen Parker Antarctic Aviation Odyssey, Kesgrave High School, Thomas Theatre, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 members £7 non members, 01473274300

Sat 5th Oct – Sun 6th Oct Flower and Harvest Festival, St Gregory’s Church, Hemingstone, 11am – 4pm

Sat 5th Oct Investigate the Origins of Walnut furniture, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, 2pm, A look at the construction and veneers used and the fashions until the first quarters of the 18th Century, £5 For friends of Ipswich Museum £7 non members, Booking Essential on 01473 433554, Trianon in the Community, John Peel Centre of Creative Arts, Stowmarket, 7.30pm Pieces’ an evening of Tudor Dance and Song and Shakespeare, St Mary’s Church East Bergholt, 7pm, Tickets £10, 01206 298607 Migration Morning, Landguard Nature Reserve & Landguard Bird observatory, Felixstowe, 7.30am, 01394 673782, landguardbo@yahoo.co.uk


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Have your Event Listed Free!! Email: info@ipswich24.co.uk Post: PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW Maasai Warriors of the Osiligi Group, St Mary’s Church, Harkstead, 7.30pm, Tickets £10 Adults, £5 Children, 01473 328291 Jumble Sale, Scout Hut, Capel St Mary Primary School, 2pm – 4pm, 50p, in aid of 1st Capel St Mary Scout Group.

Sun 6th Oct Guided Walk, Tourist Information Centre, Ipswich, 10am, £3, Literary Walk Autumn Walk, The View Café, Claydon, For registry and booking call 01473 835472 Apple Day, Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Wodbridge, 12pm – 4pm, Adults £3 Children £2, 01394 380113 Musicians from Northgate High School a showcase of young Talent, St Andrew's Church, The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, 3pm – 4pm, Admission £5 (under-18s free)

Tue 8th Oct Lunch Time Concert, St Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, 1.10pm, James Davy Organist Chelmsford Cathedral Ladder To The Moon – The Studio, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 8pm, 01473 295230, www.danceeast.co.uk

Wed 9th Oct Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society meeting, Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich, 7.30pm, Mervyn Russen 'The First Railway to Ipswich' Further information: 01473 405116

Thu 10th Oct Lunch Time Concert, Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich, Community Light Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, 1pm -1.50pm, Admission free, with collection of £2pp Ipswich RSPB Group Indoor Meeting, Sidegate Lane School, Ipswich, 7.30pm, ‘Syria - In search of the Sociable Lapwing’, an illustrated talk by Mark Nowers, RSPB Warden, Admission: Local Group members £2.00 (concessions apply), Non-Members £3.00, includes refreshments. All welcome, for more information contact 01473 423213

Fri 11th Oct Jazz by the Waterfront – Kol Peterson Trio, St Peters by the Waterfront, 7.45pm, £10, www.stpetersbythewaterfront.co.uk Introduction to Suffolk Records Office Ipswich, Records Office, Gatacre Road, 10am, £5.50pp Wendy Houstoun - 50 Acts, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 7.30pm, 01473 295230, www.danceeast.co.uk

Sat 12th Oct – Sun 13th Oct Suffolk Country Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich

Sat 12th Oct Did the Sewers Save Lives - Public Health in Ipswich, Records Office, Gatacre Road, 10.30am, £5.50pp ‘Sights & Sounds of Yesteryear, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, 7pm, £7.50, Steam in East Anglia’ Friends Film Evening, 01449 612229, www.eastanglianlife.org.uk Ipswich branch Suffolk Family History, Ipswich County Library, Northgate St, 10am – 4pm

Sun 13th Oct Tea Dance, Kesgrave Community, 2pm – 4.15pm, £4.75pp, inclusive of Tea and Cake, 01449 720185

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Nearly New Sale, Copleston High School, Foxhall Road, Ipswich, 1.15pm – 3pm, Donations of £1 at the door, free after 2.15pm Sale of quality nearly new baby, toddler and children’s clothes, maternity wear, books, DVD’s, indoor and outdoor passive and active toys, equipment, games and much much more. Raffle, drinks and snacks available to purchase, In aid of The National Childbirth Trust of Ipswich and East Suffolk, Codrutza Oros-Marsh (contralto) & Jonathan Rutherford (piano) perform songs & arias from four centuries St Andrew's Church, The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich, 3pm – 4pm, Admission £5 (under-18s free including delicious homemade refreshments, Vintage and Modern Market, Snape Maltings, www.debenevents.com

Ipswich RSPB Local Group Field Meeting around RSPB Boyton Reserve & Burrow Hill for winter birds, Meet at 9am at Banters Barn Farm, Boyton, Map ref TM387475. 4 hrs, 6 miles, Contact 01473 258791. All welcome.

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Thu 24th Oct

Lunch time Concert, St Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, 1.10pm, Kaleidoscope contemporary chamber music for soprano, cello, flute and piano including magnificent 3 jennifer Fowler Ipswich RSPB Local Group Midweek Walk round Pipers Vale Ipswich. Meet at 10am at car park at Vale entrance, 2 hrs. Map ref TM178419, Contact 01473 714839, All welcome.

Thu 17th Oct Clairvoyant Evening, Holiday Inn, The Havens, Ransomes, 7pm for 7.30pm start, £8, 01473 857678, sara.white@dvltrust.org.uk Suffolk Family History Society Monthly Meeting, The Red Cross Hall, Chevallier Street, Ipswich, 7.30pm, Admission £2 per person (members) £2.50 (Non Members) Ipswich Transport Society meeting, Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, 2.15pm, £2, John Richards 'Railway Experiences 1949 - 1979', for further information 01473 405116 East Anglian Film Archive Film Show ‘Suffolk Villages’, Records Office, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, 10.30am, Free Audio Editing Workshop, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, 01473 295230, www.danceeast.co.uk

Fri 18th Oct Phil Hadwen Quiz, Felixstowe Labour Club, 7.30pm, Tickets £7.50 include light supper, 01394 275261

Sat 19th Oct – Sun 20th Oct The 95th Rifles, Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, 10am – 4pm, 01394 675900, Operations@landguard.com

Sat 19th Oct Fungi Walk, Chantry Park, Ipswich, 10.30am 2pm, Booking essential 01473 433994 Jumble Sale, Stowmarket Community Centre IP14 2BD, 2pm - 3.30pm, Admission 20p, in aid of Bury St Edmunds Cats Protection Common Ground Theatre Company presents Harriet Walker – Forgotten Lives, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 7.30pm, 01473 295230, www.danceeast.co.uk Wheels by Lamplight, Transport Museum, Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road, Ipswich, 7pm - 9pm, £6.50, 01473 715666 Suffolk Family History Society presents Family History Fair and AGM, Community Centre, Needham Market, 10am – 4pm, Free Admission, 01473 274300

Sun 20th Oct Four Voices (vocal ensemble) perform classical & popular quartets, duets & solos, St Andrew's Church, The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich 3pm – 4pm, Admission £5 (under-18s free) including delicious homemade refreshments

Tue 22nd Oct Lunch Time Concert, St Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, 1.10pm, James Furniss-Roe Oundle Festival Recital Award winner 2012 ‘Who Lived in your House?’, Records Office, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, 2pm, £10pp

Fri 25th Oct – Sat 26th Oct Halloween at Landguard, Landguard Fort/ Felixstowe Museum/ Landguard Nature Reserve, Timings TBC, 01394 675283, enquiries@landguardpartnership.org.uk Russell Maliphant – Still Current, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 7.30pm, 01473 295230, www.danceeast.co.uk

Fri 25th Oct Fright Friday at the Fort, Landguard Fort, View Point Road, Felixstowe, Tickets £10, 01394 276770 Dance & Contact Improvisation Class, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 6.15pm, 01473 295230, www.danceeast.co.uk

Sat 26th Oct – Sun 27th Oct Original Art and Craft Show, Ipswich High School, Woolverstone, 10am – 4pm, entrance 50p, Free Parking

Sat 26th Oct Landguard Spooky Day, Felixstowe Museum, 1pm – 5pm, Silly spooky magic shows, creepy face painting, make a wand, owl trail, scary storytelling, potion hunt, meet the dragon fancy dress, Advance tickets £6 per child £1 per adult, on the day £7 per child £2 per adult, 01394 276770 Still Current Masterclass with Dickson Mbi, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 2pm – 4pm, 01473 295230, www.danceeast.co.uk

Sun 27th Oct Tea Dance, Kesgrave Community, 2pm – 4.15pm, £4.75pp, inclusive of Tea and Cake, 01449 720185 Craft & Gift Fayre, Northgate Arts Centre, Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, 10am – 4pm, Over 40 stalls with a wide selection of homemade crafts and gifts,

Mon 28th Oct Ipswich Transport Society meeting, Bridge Ward Club, 68 Austin Street, Ipswich, 7.30pm, £2, Dave Gibson 'Thames Barges', further information: 01473 405116

Thu 31st Oct The Lullaby Concerts (London Sinfonia and Claire Bloor), St Johns United Reform Church, 1Cowper Street, Ipswich, Tickets from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre 01473 258070

Ipswich24 cannot be held responsible for cancellation of any event, if in doubt please contact the venue or organisers of event.

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Conker Championship to be held in Ipswich The Lions Club of Ipswich are pleased to announce a brand new fundraising event for this Autumn. Ipswich Lion’s first ever Conker Championship will be held at Bourne Vale Social Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich on Friday 18th October with all proceeds from the evening going to local charities and good causes. Do you remember the days in the playground, the weather was frosty and you were in short trousers, playing conkers with your mates? Now’s your chance to relive those memories, have fun, and help raise money for charity! The evening will consist of a knock out style conker competition, with trophies for both the winning male and female, plus a prize for the best tryer, and is open to anyone over the age of 18. James Hazell from BBC Radio Suffolk will be the special guest host for the evening. And with his

witty sense of humour and a great sense of fun, James is sure to help make the evening a great fun night out. Entry is just £6 per player, this includes supper and there will also be a raffle on the night. All conkers will be provided by the Lions Club of Ipswich, so there is no need to bring your own. Application forms are available from Lion Wendy Cook on 01473 715599 or you can email wendy@fizzwig.co.uk and must be returned by Monday 7th October 2013. All members of the Lions Club of Ipswich are volunteers who give up their spare time to help raise money for charity and to help others. Recent projects that have been supported by the group include St John’s Ambulance, The Shelley Centre who offer riding for the disabled, St Elizabeth Hospice at Home Team and SERV. This year the Club are raising money for a

bladder scanner for Ipswich Hospital. The Ipswich Lions Club are always looking for new members, so if you would like to volunteer your time and help worthy local causes then The Club would love to here from you. Telephone 0845 833 2804 or email Ipswichlions@anglianet.co.uk for more information

Can we count on you this Hospice Care Week? Hospice Care Week runs from 7th until 13th October this year and is a national campaign to help raise awareness and celebrate the work of local Hospices, like St Elizabeth

Hospice, which improve the lives of local people living with a progressive illness. St Elizabeth Hospice is asking supporters to make their actions count to help grow local Hospice

care for local people. Helen Causer, St Elizabeth Hospice’s Head of Community Engagement, said, “We are asking supporters in our local community to pledge to tell five people why Hospice care counts. Their support will mean our patients and their families will get the care they need, when they need it. “Can we count on you to help spread the word during Hospice Care Week?” Representatives from St Elizabeth Hospice will be on the road and out and about in your local community during Hospice Care Week to

encourage supporters to get involved and help spread the word about the growing need for St Elizabeth Hospice services. St Elizabeth Hospice relies on the support of the local community through fundraising, volunteering, and supporting its shops. To get involved, visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk or follow St Elizabeth Hospice on Facebook and Twitter @StElizabethHosp to find out where the Hospice staff will be during the week.

Eat Cake for Charity! People in Suffolk are being encouraged to raise funds to support disabled people in their local community – by eating cake. It’s all part of disability charity Papworth Trust’s new fundraising appeal, care for cake. The Trust is looking for cake lovers to host or take part in their own cake themed fundraising event during National Cake Week (7-13 October 2013). All proceeds raised through care for cake will help Papworth Trust to offer essential care and support to disabled people in the local community. For example, youth clubs for disabled young people to make new friends and have fun, and learning and leisure centres that support disabled people to learn important life and work skills. “I’d like to encourage anyone who loves baking or eating cake to take part in care for cake,” said Papworth Trust’s Fundraising Manager Annette Angell. “All proceeds you raise will go towards supporting our services, which provide essential care and support to older and disabled people. It’s a guilt free way to indulge in eating cake! By fundraising for Papworth Trust you will be helping us to care for more people in your local community. “What kind of fundraising event you hold is completely up to you. It can be as silly, creative or simple as you like – anything from a cake sale, bake off, raffle, or even a vintage tea party. “You will find all the information that you need to start organising your event on our website at www.papworth.org.uk/careforcake. And don’t forget to share the details of your event, along with any delicious recipes or baking tips, on our Facebook and Twitter pages.” To find out more about care for cake, or to download a free fundraising pack (which includes an invitation poster and information leaflet), please go to: www.papworth.org.uk/careforcake

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Show will get you in the Christmas spirit The country’s most popular Christmas matinee nostalgia show will be heading to The Ipswich Corn Exchange on Wednesday 27th November at 2.30pm. Giving you the chance to start Christmas in style with this delightful and unforgettable afternoon trip down memory lane back to a time Christmas really was so special. We can all be dreaming of a White Christmas and watching Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire, with Neil Sands and his brilliant cast of West End performers who will have you singing along to all your festive favourites including; Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, Merry Christmas Everyone, Silent Night, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, O Come All ye Faithful, Let It Snow, Frosty The Snow Man, Jingle Bell Rock, Away In A Manger, We Need A Little Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, Santa Baby and many, many more This enchanting Christmas production now in its seventh sell

out year with a brand new show for this year, is a truly wonderful mixture of great songs, stunning costumes, lots of good old fashioned festive fun, and a unique atmosphere that will warm your heart on the coldest winters day, taking you back to a time when Christmas really was the most wonderful time of the year.

Head to Copdock for Christmas Goodies Following the success of the last two Giant Craft and Gift Fayres at the Cameo Hotel, Copdock Ipswich, the fayre is happy to be back for the third time for another Christmas event on Sunday 17th November. Almost 600 people visited in December and were amazed at the variety and quality of the crafts and gifts on sale. There will be something of interest for everyone, your Christmas shopping starts here! Stalls will include handbags, jewellery, cakes, cheese, stained glass, mirrors, wooden boxes, sweets, pottery, paintings, wood turning photography, record Memorabilia, toiletries, and much, much more… The Cameo Hotel has a very large, free car park and will be available for Sunday Lunch should you wish to eat before or after your visit to the fayre. Please contact The Cameo Hotel direct to reserve a table on 01473 209988 or visit www.cameohotels.com. Light refreshments will also be available throughout the day. The event it is in aid of Families in Need (FIND), which is local charity that was founded in 1990 to provide emergency assistance to families or individuals affected by poverty or dispossession. FIND befriends without judging and gives support to those in need, such as those living in Ipswich and surrounding areas that are deprived of a minimum standard of living, be they single, families, lone parents, children, elderly, sick, disabled or homeless. The previous two fayres raised over £1200.00 for the Woolverstone Wish Appeal

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Suffolk Winter Fair has something for all the family The amazing Suffolk Winter Fair 2013 takes place at Trinity Park on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October and celebrates the best of what Christmas has to offer. The event has something for everybody and promises to be a great family day out with something for everybody. You'll find the most fantastic array of food, drink and shopping stalls, cookery demonstrations and talks, dancing Christmas dogs, circus activities, a family of Newfoundland dogs and much, much more. Meanwhile, outside, a steam train is ready to take you to a Christmas wonderland where Snow and Drift the reindeers from Lapland await. Come and be heralded by carol singers, bell ringers and big bands and kick start the holiday season with a Christmas celebration. The Suffolk Winter Fair boasts activities such as animal falconry, dancing dogs, dog agility, wood turning, pottery, farriery and stick making. This is just a small selection of the local craftsmen who will demonstrate their country pursuits first hand at the festival In a world where small industry is dying out, it

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is important to support local produce and craft. The craftsmen will not only be able to demonstrate their methods but explain the heritage of their craft and how these methods have been passed down from generation to generation. The Suffolk Winter Fair is both a celebration of Christmas and a celebration of local craft and produce. At The Suffolk Winter Fair, you'll get the chance to watch professional chefs as they show off their culinary skills in live cookery demonstrations. You can also meet and talk with industry professionals to gain advice about ingredients, methods, knife skills, making stocks, mixing sauces and lots more! Why not have a go at one of the Workshops at The Suffolk Winter Fair? Try your hand at gingerbread making or maybe beer tasting is more your thing! From to wood turning to ferret racing, The Suffolk Winter Fair, offers workshops with a Christmas twist – try a workshop in decoration making (everything from baubles to Christmas angels!), card making, Christmas pudding/ mince pie baking and even make your own Advent calendars! These activities are great fun for the kids and

can provide a moment's well-earned respite for parents. So head to Trinity Park this October and join in the festive fun! • For more information visit suffolkwinterfair.co.uk.


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Join in the fun as the fabulous Festive Gift Fair, the biggest and best Christmas Shopping Fair, returns to the NEC, Birmingham, for four days from Thursday 21st until Sunday 24 November. From the moment you arrive, you’ll get into the Christmas spirit, and be caught up in the excitement of browsing round over 325 stalls hunting for your perfect gifts. And when your bags are full, you can drop them off at the Present Crèche and continue to shop, stop for a bite to eat and enjoy some great Christmas music by bands and choirs. We all love the challenge of finding unusual gift

ideas – with so many to see at the Fair, selecting the best is a challenge indeed! Have you ever dreamed of owning a Chanel Bag? – Sally from Sally’s Jewellery is an expert in sourcing awesome vintage fashion accessories and jewellery – a real treasure trove stall! Give skin some Tender Loving Care with skincare goodies in a gorgeous hamper box nestled in shredded tissue paper and elegantly wrapped by The Natural Soapworks. As seen in ‘Vogue’, The Vintage Teapot cleverly up-cycle pretty vintage china into beautiful retro gifts. Chaps can be notoriously difficult to buy for – you’ll find Whisky, woollies, watches, clever gadgets and silly stocking fillers at Festive Gift Fair. The innovative Boombox vibration speaker creates an unbelievable listening experience wherever you place it! by Arkay Sales. Create a bespoke piece of framed art that contains HIS name using photographs of everyday objects that resemble alphabet letters by Alphabet Photography. For all the old ‘rockers’ in your life – Cole have designed an iconic Rolling Stones album cover into a cushion. Dressing the tree is just the start! Dressing your table, your hall, your mantle-piece can all help make Christmas Day really special. Light lots of twinkling candles, use elegant glasses, colour

coordinated linen… you’ll find lots of inspiration at Festive Gift Fair. Find out for yourself why so many people go every year! Book your tickets now and prepare for some great Christmas Shopping and a fun day out at The Festive Gift Fair open 9.30am until 5pm, from Thursday 21st until Sunday 24th November at the NEC. Adult tickets from just £8.50 For more information on Exhibitors and Visiting the Fair, visit www.festivegiftfair.co.uk. Book by phone – The Ticket Factory on 0844 581 0808/0809 or Book online at www.theticketfactory.com — COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has got five pairs of tickets for the Festive Gift Fair at the NEC in Birmingham to give away to lucky readers. For your chance to win this prize, send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Festive Gift Fair Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW or you can enter online at www.ipswich24.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Thursday 31st October 2013.

Q. Where is the Festive Gift Fair held?

Santa Specials at the Middy If you are looking for a magical Christmas treat for your younger children, a trip on a Mid Suffolk Light Railway Santa Special is not to be missed. Steam trains run from ‘The Middy’s’ Brockford Station to ‘North Pole Halt’ half a mile away where the children (up to 10) will have an individual visit to Santa in his Christmas guards van. Each child receives a present and there will be children’s entertainment and storytelling. The Stations, Brockford and ‘North Pole Halt’ and the Museum, shop and refreshment bar, will all be decorated in full ‘Christmasy’ style to give the visit a real party feel. Apart from the festive fun, visitors especially children can enjoy the unique atmosphere created at Suffolk’s only standard gauge (full sized) award winning railway museum. Wissington’, the Santa Special steam locomotive is a great East Anglian survivor, having been employed during its early working life at the British Sugar Corporation’s farms in Norfolk. The train’s genuine Great Eastern Railway Victorian four wheeler coaches are a historical experience for any passengers, especially younger ones. Priced at £10.00 per person including drinks and mince pies for everyone - even adults – this is a seasonal treat not to be missed. All seats must be booked advance with up two adults accompanying each child. Trains run from 10.30am to 3.30pm on 1st, 8th, 14th, 15th and 22nd December. To book or for more information call 01473 890622 or visit www. mslr.org.uk/santabooking In the last two years all trains have been sold out, so early booking is recommended. • Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Station Road, Wetheringsett IP14 5PW. (Off the A140, follow the brown signs).

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Time to create a unique gift Now is the time to start thinking about Christmas, and, if you are looking to give something that little bit unique why not head to Jars of Clay on the Thoroughfare, Woodbridge. The ceramics painting cafe has a wide range of ceramics to suit all pockets which you can customise for someone special. If you have very tiny ones why not have a plate or mug with their hands or feet to give to grandparents as a permanent keepsake. If the children are older then why not get them to produce their own masterpiece Don’t worry if you have never painted before, as there is always a member of staff on hand at Jars of Clay who can offer help and advice, so that you can create the perfect gift for your loved ones No time to sit and paint at the studio? Do not despair as Jars of Clay now offer a special "paint at home at your leisure" service. Simply call in and select your ceramic, collect a range of paints and take home to paint when you have time. Once your masterpiece is complete return it to the Studio to be fired and finished. Jars of Clay is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm and Saturdays 9.30am until 5.30pm, for more information contact 01394 380123, website www.jarsofclay-ceramicscafe.co.uk

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Christmas Cake With only a few weeks to go until Christmas, now is the time to start thinking about your Christmas Cake. At The Little Cake Place in Dales Road in Ipswich, they can create lovely cakes that, not only look amazing, they taste really yummy too! From the traditional Christmas cake too festive cup cakes, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Maybe you’re stuck for a gift idea for a friend or relative. Why not have a special festive cake made just for them? Plus, if you’re a keen baker and want to make your own cake, then The Little Cake Place also stocks a wide range of decoration accessories including edible goods, sugarcraft materials, tools and equipment. And, owner Lucy is always on hand to offer plenty of help and advice if your require it The Little Cake Place is open six days a week and can be found at 85 Dales Road, Ipswich. For more information or to order your Christmas Cake telephone Lucy on 01473 744717 or visit www.thelittlecakeplace.com

Countdown to Christmas! The nights are beginning to close in which means the countdown to Christmas has begun! Remember last year all the panic and stress of the last few weeks before the big day? Why not get ahead of the game this year and start your Christmas shopping early? Doing this not only takes away the pressure but it will make the whole experience of buying your gifts a pleasure. You obviously want something special for your friends and family (not forgetting yourself as you deserve a treat too!) so why not pop along to Delvaux in Felixstowe and take a look at the fantastic range of gifts, jewellery and homeware on offer. Avoid the chain stores this year and get an individual gift that shows you really have thought about the person it is for. Delvaux is taking delivery of new and exciting stock almost daily in the run up to Christmas, so it is really worth popping in regularly to keep an eye on what is new. So for a stress free shopping experience come to Delvaux and just enjoy! Delvaux is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm Sundays 10am until 4pm and can be found at 116 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe (opposite the new Prezzo)


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Win tickets to see Lisbee Lisbee Stainton will be at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday 13th November. Folk-pop starlet Lisbee Stainton has recently toured with Joan Armatrading, Paul Carrack, Gretchen Peters and Seth Lakeman; the latter was so impressed by Lisbee that he invited her to become part of his own band and they appeared together at Seth’s sold out gig at The Apex in May. They are also writing songs together for a new album due out for this tour. “Lisbee’s appeal is clear: slowly revolving rhythms, wistful English melancholy with a soul undertow, and a sweet folk-pop voice.” – The Times Known for her use of a custom-built 8-string acoustic guitar, Lisbee’s first big break came in 2009 when BBC 6Music DJ Tom Robinson asked Lisbee for a copy of her single 'Red' after hearing it on her MySpace page. Describing Lisbee on air as "a serious young talent", it was Robinson's support that led to her debut single 'Red' eventually being playlisted by BBC Radio 2 in

January 2009. Second single, 'Never Quite An Angel', was also playlisted, while her third single, 'Just Like Me', was voted 'Record of The Week' on BBC 6Music's Radcliffe & Maconie Show. Lisbee has also been heard on radio in a live session and interview for Radio 2's The Bob Harris Show. More information and tickets are available from www.theapex.co.uk or 01284 758000 — COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has got a pair of tickets to see Lisbee at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday 13th November to give away to a lucky reader. For your chance to win this great prize, just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Lisbee Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW or you can enter online at www.ipswich24.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Thursday 31st October 2013. Q What was the name of Lisbee’s first single?

Relive the 80s with 80’s Mania 80’s Mania, is the UK's Official 1980’s Multi Tribute Reunion Concert! If you love the 80's - do not miss this show! Kim Wilde, A-ha, Duran Duran, Wham, Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Madness, Erasure, The Human League... plus many many more LIVE in Concert! A massive line up of 25 best selling artistes are authentically recreated to look and sound how they did back in the decade that fashion forgot. Over 35 non stop hits with over 150 costumes are performed in this fast paced, high energy, feel good show together with the awesome Mania Band, and Dance Troupe, not forgetting the mind blowing the huge video screen, laser and lighting design. New Romantics, leggings, leg-warmers, stiletto’s, shoulder pads, big hair, neon, deely boppers… it’s all there - both on and off the stage. Be sure to arrive early as the party starts half an hour before with an 80's disco road show to get you all in the mood. With an ever growing cult following and continued European success, 80's Mania has been touring the UK for the past five years and is now endorsed by the The sounds of Kim Wilde original 1980's Top of the Pops, Radio 1 and Saturday Superstore presenter, Mike Read. So, dig out your worst 80's fashions, if you dare, (men too, complete with make up!) and come and join in the fun for the best 80's night out, ever!! Sing and clap along to your favourite 80's tunes, and ladies, dancing around your handbag is a must! • 80’s Mania will be at the Ipswich Regent theatre on Saturday 16th November. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100.

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Have your Gig Listed Free!! Email: gigs@ipswich24.co.uk Post: PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW

GIGguide

Tue 1st Oct

Fri 11th Oct

Sun 20th Oct

AIMEE’S KARAOKE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich

CROSSFIRE ROACK, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich JADE PETERS & JERMAINE, Isaacs, The Water Front, Ipswich, 6pm

KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe

Wed 2nd Oct TUFF AND SHAMELESS, The Railway Venue, Ipswich

Thu 3rd Oct SUFFOLK SONG WRITERS, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, WEBBY’S JAM NITE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich

Sat 5th Oct OLAF, The Royal Oak, Ipswich THE SMOKIN’ LIZARDS, The Cork Bar, Felixstowe COLOURBLIND HEDGEHOGS, Old Newton Sports & Social Club, Old Newton SMITHS TRIBUTE, The Railway Venue, Ipswich CROSSOVER, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe DOUBLE DECKER, The Ordnance Hotel, Felixstowe SILBURY HILL, Victory Pub, Walton on the Naze, 8pm

Sun 6th Oct JAZZ JAM, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, food from 12pm, jazz from 2pm WORDS & MUSIC, The Crown Hotel, Manningtree, 3pm KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe

Tue 8th Oct AIMEE’S KARAOKE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich

Thu 10th Oct WEBBY’S JAM NITE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich FOLK JAM, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, KARAOKE, The Ordnance Hotel, Felixstowe

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GIG GUIDE Email: gigs@ipswich24 By post: Gigs Listings, PO Box 774, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 9FW Deadline for Nov. issue: 11th Oct. 24

SUFFOLK FOLK NIGHT, PLUCK & SQUEEZE, PETE KERR BAND, GREEN, TRICKER & WARD, JASPER CEILIDH BAND, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich AIMEE’S KARAOKE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich

Thu 24th Oct

Fri 4th Oct AVOSETTA, SOLSTICE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, 16+, ID required NIGHTROLLERS, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe WORDS & MUSIC, The Douglas Bader, Martlesham DARIEN PROPHECY, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich COLOURBLIND HEDGEHOGS, The Spread Eagle, Ipswich REKOVERED, The Royal Oak, Ipswich SILBURY HILL, Loraine Victory Hall, Bramford, 7.30pm, £5 TOM McCONNELL, Isaacs, The Water Front, Ipswich, 6pm

Tue 22nd Oct

SUFFOLK COLLEGE SHOWCASE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, WEBBY’S JAM NITE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich KARAOKE, The Ordnance Hotel, Felixstowe

• Dr Feelgood

Sat 12th Oct DR FEELGOOD, DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 7.30pm, 01473 295230, www.danceeast.co.uk ICR ROLL ON SHOW presents TURNING DAYS, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, 16+, ID req DIEZEL, The Royal Oak, Ipswich THE REMEDY, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich HURRICANE ALLEY, The Cork Bar, Felixstowe KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe OUT OF THE BOX, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave

Sun 13th Oct SECOND SUNDY JAZZ LUNCH featuring THE GIPPING VALLEY STOMPERS, food from 12pm, jazz from 2pm SUNDAY FOLK SESSION, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe SILBURY HILL, Bungay Castle, 1pm

Tue 15th Oct AIMEE’S KARAOKE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich

Thu 17th Oct SUFFOLK COLLEGE SHOWCASE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, WEBBY’S JAM NITE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich KARAOKE, The Ordnance, Felixstowe

Fri 18th Oct CAMELFOOT RAIDERS, The Bay Horse, Sudbury GUNS V ROSES, The Royal Oak, Ipswich POUT AT THE DEVEL, The Railway Venue, Ipswich BONE SHAKERS, The Royal British Legion, Trimley MACHINESHED, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich IDRIESS, Isaacs, The Waterfront, Ipswich, 6pm

Sat 19th Oct BLACK STEEL, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave LIMEHOUSE LIZZY, The Railway Venue, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe COLOURBLIND HEDGEHOGS, The Royal Oak, Ipswich SMOKIN HOGS, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich STONE THE CROWS, The Cork Bar, Felixstowe

• The Boneshakers

Fri 25th Oct HALLOWEEN DISCO, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave RESONATORS, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich BACK 2 BACK, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe BONE SHAKERS, The Ordnance Hotel, Felixstowe SHATTERED, The Royal Oak, Ipswich ASHTON JONES, Isaacs, The Water Front, Ipswich, 6pm

Sat 26th Oct GEORGE’S JAM, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, SHATTERED, The Cork Bar, Felixstowe BACKTRAKIN, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich A FOREIGNERS JOURNEY, The Railway Venue, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe

Sun 27th Oct LAST SUNDAY JAZZ LUNCH featuring LA FONTAINE ENSEMBLE, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, food from 12pm, jazz from 2pm SUNDAY FOLK SESSIONS, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich KARAOKE WITH BOZ, The Dolphin Hotel, Felixstowe ROCK N ROLL NIGHT, Kesgrave Social Club, Kesgrave

Tue 29th Oct AIMEE’S KARAOKE, The Royal Oak, Ipswich

Wed 30th Oct SOLSTICE, LOVELESS, DEAR SLEEPER, SINK OR SWIM, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, £3, 16+, ID required

Thu 31st Oct FOLK AT THE BOAT, The Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich, WORDS & MUSIC, Olive’s Bar, Orwell Crossing, A14 East, Nacton Please note Ipswich24 cannot be held for cancellation of any event


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WIN: Tickets to see Charlie Landsborough Charlie Landsborough, multi award-winning inspirational/country artist, heads out on tour this Autumn in support of his 29th album "Silhouette". This time, however, the tour will be very different - it will be opened by a leading local choir. Having previously been a teacher before embarking on his musical career, Charlie has always recognised the vital role of music and choirs in the community. Now he has decided to play his part in creating a larger platform for local choral groups – The Charlie Landsborough Amateur Choir Challenge will do just that. Not only will the winning choir get to perform on stage and the overall winner receive £1000, but the whole venture will benefit one of the UK's most vital charities. Choirs from across every tour area were invited to

take part with the proceeds (£25 per entry) going to Children In Need. Charlie himself will be donating the royalties for a year from one of his best loved songs, 'Special', to Children In Need. Working in a deprived area during his teaching days, Charlie's heart is very close to children and their needs and 'Special' was written for one particular little girl from his old school. Charlie has recorded over 150 self-penned songs and each choir will be asked to submit a recording of one of these. There are plenty of styles to choose from – harmony, country, rock, blues, ballads, gospel, there are uptempo songs and there are slow ones, something to suit everyone. • Charlie Landsborough will be performing at The Corn Exchange Ipswich on Tuesday 29th October at 7.30pm. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433133.

— COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has got three pairs of tickets to see Charlie Landsborough when he comes to Ipswich on 29th October to give away to lucky readers. For your chance to win this great prize just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to; Charlie Landsborough Competition, Ipswich24, PO Box 774, Ipswich, IP1 9FW or you can enter online at www,ipswich24.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Monday 21st October 2013.

Q What is the name of Charlie Landsborough’s 29th album?

Sixties Gold

For lovers of Sixties music, this is the ultimate, and probably never to be repeated, line-up. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of when it all began when Sixties Gold comes to Ipswich Regent on Friday 15th November. Featuring record breaking Merseybeat band Gerry & The Pacemakers. The first act to reach No. 1 and the first act ever to top the charts with their first three singles, “How Do You Do It”, “I Like It” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Also from Liverpool and tipped to be as big as The Beatles, The Searchers’ first single, “Sweets For My Sweet”, also went to No. 1 and led to five more Top 5 hits and a total of 128 weeks in the charts. Controversial, ponytailed P.J. Proby, whose trouser splitting shocked the nation, was a Melody Maker teen idol award winner in 1964 and his 12 hit singles spent 91 weeks in the charts. The Fortunes stormed the Top 10 with You’ve Got Your Troubles, Here It Comes Again, Freedom Come Freedom Go and Storm in a Teacup. And finally, Brian Poole and Chip Hawkes, both previous lead singers of The Tremeloes. On stage together. The audience is sure to be tapping it’s feet and dancing in the aisles just like it always did. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100.

• Gerry and the Pacemakers

• The Searchers

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70s Glam Bands - Slade and Sweet come to Ipswich Regent in November, ahead of the tour Mark Keable caught up with Slade man Dave Hill

Slade still pleezes the fans Let’s start with a little background of your early years, what was your childhood like? Dave: I think the musical thing has always been with me as my mother was the daughter of a classical pianist, so it was always around. I think my memories of starting off in music was when a mate bought an old acoustic guitar and I was just attracted to it. I pestered my dad for one and he ordered one from Kay’s catalogue for something like £7.50. The first song I learnt was “Tell Laura I Love Her” and I remember strumming along with my friend to a piece of sheet music. I used to play with the guitar upside down as I’m left-handed, I started having some lessons and the teacher said ‘You can’t play with it like that, you’ll have to play right-handed’. We then formed a group on our council estate with mates from school. There was lots of pop music around at that time with Elvis and Bill Haley, but our big influence was Cliff Richard and the Shadows. Then of course along came The Beatles, to be honest apart from my own time in music I cannot remember a better time. I loved the Beatles era, I grew my hair and tried to look like George Harrison, wonderful times. Leaving my first job to go into a band full time was considered a risk, then, and I suppose even today it’s not considered a proper job. But my parents said ‘Give it a go’. I didn’t go out to chase stardom, it just happened. I’m not saying I dislike it though, I think the first time I got screamed at was not in Slade but when I was in a group playing Kinks songs and I had long hair and girls screamed at you because you looked like somebody who was famous. I must admit I liked that as previously no girl had screamed at me, other than to scream and then run-off, so it was a novelty. So how did Slade come about? Dave: I was in a group called The Vendors with Don Powell, who is still with me now. We changed our name to The In Betweens, there were five of us and we used to do lots of early soul stuff, Otis Redding and so on. Then the Mod thing came along and Don and I weren’t into that as we thought of ourselves more as ‘rockers’. So we go out, and Don already knew Nod (Noddy Holder) who was in another group as a backing singer and said to me that he thought Nod was a good singer. I saw Nod one day in Wolverhampton and we got talking and then we met up with Jim (Lea) and so the four of us get a gig in a pub called ‘Three Men in a Boat’. All four of us had never played together and something magic happened, we did one song and instantly we knew it was right. In those early years of Slade you were a skinhead band, was that a marketing idea or were you actually all into the skinhead movement? Dave: It was a total marketing decision to be truthful, it was not the band’s idea but a publicist. There were lots of long-haired bands

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• Dave Hill (seated) with Slade

about and no skinhead bands so they thought it was a good idea to make us stand out. The problem with skinhead music fans was they like reggae music and we didn’t play that. But we did it and perhaps it got us noticed, when we grew our hair the press said ‘Remember that skinhead group, they grew their hair and got a hit record’. So then we went into the glam rock era with the bright clothes, platform shoes etc. Dave: Well until the end of the 60s most people still had black and white TVs, so the glam thing with the glittery and bright clothes and high-heel shoes and the advent of colour TV and it was like ‘wow!’ a little like seeing an HD TV for the first time. I loved the era and putting the clothes together, I know mine were bizarre but I really enjoyed it. • The Sweet

You’re touring with The Sweet, did your paths cross in the 70s? Dave: Naturally, yes, but we weren’t buddies at the time we were competitive, in a good way, but we both had hits at the same time. Now touring together it’s proved as a fantastic combination. We do two separate sets you get all the hits and we finish the night, and with this being a

Christmas period, I’ll give you one guess what we finish with! What next for Slade? Dave: Well we have a new live DVD coming out to coincide with the tour, it will help raise money for the Lord Taverners which I’m associated with helping children with special needs. Then next year a fresh album with some old songs and new stuff too. Probably if all goes well another UK tour, we will certainly be including Ipswich in that as we love coming to The Regent, it’s got so much history, there’s so many famous people played there and it’s nice being in East Anglia to a nice area. I’m enjoying what I do. What do you listen to? Dave: I don’t necessarily follow the charts but I like new stuff, a couple of years ago I was listening to Adele. There’s no one in particular, I listen to a wide-range of stuff, I like some of the new country music, people like Taylor Swift, amazing singer. Of course I’ll listen to some of the sixties music, but at the same time some classical. A couple of years ago I saw Andre Reu and was amazed and bought his CDs and went to see him and loved how he was making Strauss popular again. So will you ever retire? Dave: Well Ben E King is 70 odd and I saw him on TV and he gets the same question and he said ‘why would I want to retire from something I love’ and that’s my answer too. • Slade and Sweet are appearing at The Regent on Tuesday 12th November. Box Office: 01473 433100


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Review: “Our House”

Definitely not to be missed It’s Joe’s sixteenth birthday and he wants to impress his girlfriend Sarah, so he takes her to a luxury apartment, only problem is it’s not his and he has to break in! Shortly after the police arrive… Should Joe run or stay and face the music? The choices he makes that night will change his life forever.

Pics: Mike Kwasniak

Set to the songs of Madness, Our House is a high-energy show that tells the story of Joe and the consequences of that evening. Told as two stories, one of the good Joe who does the right thing and owns up to the break in, the other of bad Joe who runs away from the scene of the crime. Written by Tim Firth and directed by Peter Rowe, Our House has everything we have come to expect from a New Wolsey production, brilliant actor musicians, a great set and a fabulous story. Alexis Gerred plays a convincing Joe as he tells both sides of the story – the cocky Joe who ran away and appears can do no wrong, flashing his cash and spoiling his friends with lavish gifts and the good Joe, who stayed to face the music, but with a criminal record nothing seems to go right for the young man. Daniella Bowman is brilliant as Sarah, Joe’s choices also changes the way she leads her life, and Bowman gives a very moving performance as Sarah realises just what Joe’s actions have done. The performances from the whole cast in this production are strong, Rebecca Bainbridge as Kath, Joe’s mother is particularly good as is Sean Needham as Joe’s Dad. Our House is a very clever production full of some of the fastest wardrobe changes the Wolsey stage has ever seen! Added to this all the favourite tunes from Madness including, Baggy Trousers, My Girl, Embarrassment, Driving in My Car, The Wings of a Dove, It Must Be Love and of course Our House, this show is a real must see and it would be madness not to. • Our House is at the New Wolsey Theatre until Saturday 5th October. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 295900.

Big Country ready to rock The Railway “Just as you sow you shall reap” is a line from Big Country’s first ever single ‘Harvest Home’ of 1983 and 30 years on from that release Big Country are still as committed to the live stage and performing their unique sounding music as ever. “Back then we built our audience through non-stop gigging” says founder member Bruce Watson, “The band feels reborn and we are happy to go out there and prove it every night no matter how far we have to travel”. The band recently wrapped up a successful campaign throughout Europe and the UK, culminating in a triumphant show at London’s The Forum on June 2nd. On the heels of these dates, the demand for more “Big Country” brings a second trek to the UK. with the ‘Land’s End To John O’Groats Tour’ 2013. These will be more micro events than tour dates, with sets crafted for each hometown. Every song, and every note, of every show will be an extension of the town’s people, aimed straight at the heart of each community, promising the communion of soul and sound. The band just kicked off a three month North American tour launching with a show at the legendary Grammercy Theater in New York, on June 7th. Big Country’s latest release “The Journey” (which is the first album from Big Country in 14 years) has been lauded by fans and critics alike. This amazing body of work harkens back to the Scottish roots of the band’s beginnings, and lays down a marker for what the future holds for a group that organically collected itself out of a deep sense of love, brotherhood, and respect for original vocalist, Stuart Adamson, who left us way too early on December 16th, 2001. Hurt, Another Country, Hail & Farewell, and the title track, The Journey, invite the listener in, and hold them tight to the chest of the hope and humanity that a great album extends. “We have had to dig deep to make this record and it has given us a new lease of life, It’s been gratifying to see and hear the fans welcoming our new music alongside the old, especially after all that has happened since we lost Stuart.” says drummer Mark Brzezicki. “The past is the past and it is safe where it is. It’s now time for some new memories”. Alongside Big Country founder members Bruce Watson (guitar) and Mark Brzezicki (drums), the band are complimented by singer Mike Peters (The Alarm), guitarist Jamie Watson (Bruce's son), plus former Simple Minds

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bassist Derek Forbes. “The Journey represents the transition everyone associated with Big Country has had to make and that goes for the band and the fans” says vocalist and lyricist Mike Peters “The new songs have been drawn from the same creative well that has fuelled all of Big Country’s music and everyone who has been prepared to look and listen can see the continuity.” Formed in Dunfermline in 1981, Big Country went on to become one of the most celebrated British rock bands of a generation. Selling more than 10 million albums worldwide and toured with such luminaries as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Queen. As this remarkable journey continues night after night, audiences can still expect to hear all the greatest Big Country hits plus a few surprise guests along the way; So, grab your suitcase, buy a ticket, take “The Journey”. • Big Country will be at the Railway Venue, Ipswich on Tuesday 5th November.

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Plan it, Plant it: Top Ten Tips for Planting Bulbs Spring-flowering bulbs can be planted from September through December. Autumn is nature’s natural planting time and provides a fantastic way to add early colour to your garden, patio or balcony every spring. Planting spring flowering bulbs in autumn means you can start enjoying the joys of spring early in the season. Snowdrops, crocuses, narcissus, tulips and hyacinths can all be planted now in your garden, balcony or patio.

Ten Tips for Planting Bulbs: 1. Planting Before planting, loosen the soil thoroughly. You might also want to work some compost into it. Then dig a hole and arrange the bulbs in an upright position in the hole. Small bulbs can simply be put in.

bulbs such as snowdrops and crocuses, this is about five to ten centimetres. 4. Planting distance Large bulbs need more space between them than small ones. Plant large bulbs at an average of twelve centimetres apart from each other and small bulbs at an average of five to seven centimetres apart. The spacing interval (or, another way of looking at it: the number of bulbs per square metre) also depends on the visual effect you want to achieve. For a casual, natural-looking effect, plant the bulbs at varying distances apart and don’t hesitate to put one or two somewhat farther away. If you want a solid-colour floral carpet effect, plant all the bulbs at the same distance apart.

have developed. The sooner the bulbs can tolerate cold and frost. 7. Flower bulbs in pots and containers Planting flower bulbs in pots and containers is easy to do. Choose a pot large enough or container with drainage holes at the bottom. Place a few potsherds or some ceramic granules over this hole. Arrange the bulbs on top of this soil and add more potting soil until it reaches just below the rim of the pot. Bulbs in pots and containers can actually be planted more closely together than if you were planting them in the garden soil. Doing so makes for a prettier effect. For a varied, more natural look, try taking advantage of contrasting flowering heights.

pot that can be placed inside the terracotta pot. Once again, make sure that any excess water can drain off. During a hard frost, you could fill up the space between the two pots with insulating material. 9. Planting in layers You can plant flower bulbs in layers (also known as the sandwich or lasagne system) in your garden as well as in pots and containers. Bulbs that flower latest in the season (such as tulips) are planted in the lowest layer. Bulbs that flower earlier – such as crocuses or grape hyacinths – are planted above. Planting in layers will have no adverse effects on the bulbs. They will simply flower one after another in the same spot. So the same pot or container will provide flowers for many weeks.

2. When to plant Spring-flowering bulbs can be planted from September and on into December, but try to plant them before freezing weather sets in. 3. Planting depth The general rule of thumb for the planting depth is to plant a bulb twice as deep as the bulb is tall. For large bulbs such as narcissus, tulips and hyacinths, this will be about ten to twenty centimetres deep. For smaller

5. Soil type and drainage Sandy soils drain off rainwater fairly quickly. Clay soils tend to retain moisture longer. Because bulbs don’t like soggy conditions, you may want to take extra precautions if you have a clay soil: lighten the soil by mixing sand or compost into it or sprinkle some small pebbles into the planting holes before putting the bulbs into them. 6. Water and frost Water the bulbs immediately after planting. This encourages them to produce roots. The sooner the roots

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8. Protect for bulbs and containers Flower bulbs can tolerate cold winter temperatures. But don’t plant them too closely to the side of the pot because this is the very the place where frost can penetrate. If a very hard frost is forecast, you could wrap the pots with an insulating material such as Bubble Wrap or place them temporarily in a spot that will not get any warmer than 13°C (55°F) Terracotta pots can crack during the winter due to the expansion of the soil inside them during freezing weather. You can prevent this problem by planting the flower bulbs in a plastic

10. Enjoying your bulbs again next year Many bulbs can be left in the soil after flowering. Just leave them alone and let the leaves wither back on their own. Next year, these same bulbs can produce another beautiful display, but you will have to help them along by providing fertiliser. Apply this fertiliser (either organic or inorganic) when the shoots emerge from the soil, and repeat the procedure immediately after flowering. For more information on Plan it, Plant it this Autumn, please visit www.the-hta.org.uk


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Silver for Woodbridge Charles Notcutt from Woodbridge in Bloom and Chris Harrold of Choose Woodbridge recently attended the 2013 Anglia in Bloom Awards in St Albans to receive two awards on behalf of Woodbridge: A Silver Award in the Town Category and a Special Award for Best Industrial/Commercial Area, for the Flood Plain Garden at Notcutts. The Anglia in Bloom competition includes towns from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk, as well as Suffolk. Suffolk held its own in the competition, bringing home four of the 14 Special Awards. In the Town category Woodbridge was up against some stiff competition, namely; Chatteris, Downham Market, Halstead, Maldon, Sudbury and Whittlesey. Halstead & Sudbury both won Gold Awards, with Halstead winning the Category overall. Speaking after the ceremony, Chris Harrold of Choose Woodbridge said, “This

year our submission was all about the community projects that make our town special. We’re thrilled that the judges recognised the efforts of the various Woodbridge groups, businesses, individuals and schools that contributed to this year’s portfolio with a very welcome Silver Award. “There are some criteria for which we need build our offering. Things like sensory gardens and projects within secondary schools, as well conservation and environmental initiatives are key to our success in this competition and, more importantly, will add value to the community. We’re fortunate to have a responsive and very active community in Woodbridge that is already working these areas. This competition is fabulous for inspiring these sorts of beneficial developments in and around the town. Next year, we’re going for gold!”

The Origins of Walnut Furniture A Study Session with Paul Bruce will be takes place at Christchurch Mansion on Saturday 5th October at 2pm. In the latter half of the 17th century the hitherto austere English furniture underwent a revolution, influenced by Charles II who had seen beauty in the fine craftsmanship of the furniture that he had seen in his exile. It was at this time that the Devereux family, owners of Christchurch Mansion, were making alterations to the building. The family, very impressed with this lovely work bought some pieces to enhance their newly refurbished home. You can learn more about this fascinating subject by attending a study session with acknowledged expert on the history and design of walnut furniture, Paul Bruce. Booking is essential, by calling the Mansion reception on 01473 433554. Places cost £5 for Friends of Ipswich Museums and £7 for others. Book now as places are limited.

Adding a Spring feeling to the Autumn with exciting new rug ranges

Add warmth to your home with a rug With Autumn just around the corner the urge to make the house more homely and cosy strikes back! Warm browns and soft greys are always popular, however you can now bring colours of the spring from outside in to the homes with bright rugs. Maybe the colours of spring are not suitable for your design ideas and it is more natural and nature that interests you? What about a recycled plastic bottle carpet or rug?! As soft as pure wool an amazing use of recycled products. At Archway Carpets in Woodbridge they have Tartan designs, bold flowers or maybe a hand tied rug is more the look for your property. Archway Carpets is based in Church Street, Woodbridge

or of course you can visit the shop’s website www.archwaycarpets.co.uk or facebook page, www.facebook.com/archwaycarpetswoodbridge. With over 30 years of flooring experience at Archway Carpets, they can help you find the best rug for you. The local company can use all this experience to assist you for carpet or vinyl flooring as well • To arrange your home visit please call 01394 386684 or email sales@archwaycarpets.co.uk

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Health and Wellbeing

Top 10 Most Common Exercises Done Incorrectly New research from an online sports equipment retailer in the UK has revealed the top 10 most common exercises done incorrectly by gym goers and exercise enthusiasts. Some of the most popular physical activities carried out by those looking to get fit are amongst those most frequently undertaken inaccurately according to a poll. Top of the list was the bicep curl (64%), followed by crunches (61%) and chest press (58%). The research, conducted by Sweatband.com, polled 942 fitness professionals from around the UK as part of on-going research into the exercise habits of Britons. The study asked respondents 'What are the most common exercises that you see performed incorrectly and asked them to choose from a list of potential options, allowing each individual to select the five most frequently poorly performed routines that they witness. Once they had chosen the appropriate exercises from the list, respondents were then asked to stipulate the most common errors that they had seen being carried out. The team at Sweatband.com then compiled a list of the most common exercises carried out incorrectly, along with the most frequently mentioned errors to make the top 10.

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The top ten exercises done incorrectly and the most common mistakes were as follows: Bicep Curls (64%) - the most common error was simply trying to lift too heavy a weight, which took the focus from the bicep and onto the shoulders. Crunches (61%) - too much strain on the neck was the most quoted problem here. Chest press (58%)- Failing to keep the shoulders back and squeezing the chest muscles together when bringing the dumbbells in was the most frequent mistake. Squats (57%) - poor posture putting too much strain on the lower back and not enough emphasis on the legs was the biggest issue for people attempting squats. Lat pull down (55%) - the bar should be pulled to the front of the body and to level with the chin, not behind the neck. The plank (53%) - too often peoples' body’s sag, according to those polled. The body needs to be kept straight, with taught abdominal muscles and glutes to avoid stress on the lower back.

Bent over rows (36%) - exponents were prone to hunching their back forward whilst straining against too heavy a weight. Leg press (47%)- people often go 'too deep' with the danger of adding too much stress on the lower back, and often lock their legs when they come back up. Leg lifts (43%) - the most common error here was the fact that exercisers think they're working their abs when in actuality they're working their hip flexors Lunges (39%) - too many people put their knee over the toe with the pressure on the ball of their foot. Following this, the fitness professionals taking part were asked what they felt were the reasons behind the incorrect exercises, allowing them to select more than one response if appropriate. The top reason was

simply that people were 'trying to do too much' with 44% agreeing. A further 32% went beyond this, saying that a lot of gym users were 'trying to impress their peers'. 39% blamed a 'lack of education' when it came to workouts at the gym. Maz Darvish, the CEO of Sweatband.com, made the following comment, "You see all kinds of techniques undertaken when exercising and these techniques are often incorrect. Not only does this mean people are failing to get the most out of their workout, but it can also lead to serious injuries."? He continued, "It's important to get your posture correct. If you're unsure, ask one of the instructors in the gym. If you're doing a home fitness routine, it's worth doing some research to make sure that you're optimising your routine. If in doubt, you should reduce the weight. Quality not quantity is the key when it comes to working out."

Now’s the time for your jab Residents who are most at risk of developing serious complications from flu are being urged to take advantage of a free jab as the winter months approach. The call is timed to coincide with launch of the Department of Health’s annual flu immunisation campaign which aims to help increase the number of flu jabs issued to those within at-risk groups. Those at-risk include adults and children who suffer from asthma, heart disease and diabetes, along with everyone aged 65 or over. Last year, only 45% of those under 65 in at-risk groups took advantage of the jab, leaving over half vulnerable. The Department of Health is also reminding people that the flu vaccine doesn’t contain any live virus, so it can’t cause flu. Finally, those who got the jab last year will need to get a new jab this winter, as the virus changes every year and the vaccine needs to match the latest version of the virus. The best way to avoid catching flu is to get immunised. In addition, practical tips to help avoid spreading germs to others and to help avoid infection yourself include always carrying tissues, covering your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze with a tissue, disposing of the tissue after one use, and cleaning your hands as soon as you can. Talk to your local GP, nurse or pharmacist to find out more or visit www.nhs.uk/flu


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Health and Wellbeing Family run business offers support with personal care

Beating the Winter Blues with JULES BUTTON of Rainbow Apothecary For many people the winter season with its lack of sunshine, cold temperatures, combined with the stresses of life, can lead to mild depression or a sense of sadness and lethargy. Here are a few suggestions to help you cope with the dark days naturally: Vitamin D

My Care at Home Ltd is a family run Home Care business based in Suffolk, looking after people who need support with Personal Care and companionship, Dementia Care and Respite Care in their own home. Their commitment is to provide ‘high quality care’, which they deliver through their greatest asset, their staff and the training that they receive. My Care at Home only employ people who love to care. Maggie Fisher, Director at My Care At Home says, “When we first meet with you, we will take our time to listen, assess and discuss your personal requirements and then tailor your care to meet your individual needs. Your care plan could be a one off arrangement, ad-hoc or on a regular basis.” Are you struggling to support a loved one at home with Dementia? My Care at Home can give you peace of mind, providing specialist care and

support from their highly trained and experienced staff. The Company’s carers support the individual not their condition. They take time to explore their lifetime of experiences and then tailor their care to meet their individual needs, focusing on what they can do or enjoy doing rather than what they can no longer achieve. They will also help create a Memory book and build a Reminisce Box, with support of family and friends. This will help to support light conversation and reminiscing to stimulate and explore some great memories and pleasurable experiences. If you, or a family member need support, please give Care Manager Samantha a call on 01449 763086 or email enquiries@mycareathome.co.uk You can also contact or follow My Care at Home on Facebook or twitter.

Feelings of mild depression can occur during winter and may be related to lack of vitamin D. Known as the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ as it increases brain levels of serotonin and plays an important role in the body's production of dopamine, a mood-lifting transmitter. An excellent source of vitamin D is cod liver oil or vitamin D3 supplements. Dietary sources include salmon, sardines, mackerel and organic eggs.

Colour Therapy Dull winter days can make your home feel cold, empty, and depressing. Uplift your spirits by decorating your home in colours reflecting the sun. The warm colours of red, orange, and yellow help increase feelings of warmth and happiness. Try adding colourful accessories especially in dark corners and north facing rooms. Use candles, flowers, table lamps, curtains, sofa covers and pictures to brighten your rooms. By adding colourful objects and sparkly accessories you can change the mood of your home to feel more positive and uplifting.

Exercise Another way to beat the winter blues is to get plenty of exercise to improve your mood and reduce stress. Exercising helps reduce feelings of depression by increasing serotonin levels. Join a gym, exercise class or

simply go for a brisk 30mins walk everyday. Smile and say 'Hello' to people you meet and engage in conversation whenever given the opportunity.

You are what you eat Don't hibernate and eat comfort foods like chocolate and sweets. Depression can create an urge to shut your self and away indulge in high-sugar foods to give a temporary high feeling of satisfaction. However, the 'Happy' feeling is short lived, hence you end up over eating, feeling tired and putting on weight. Eat foods that are naturally high in carbohydrates like pasta, rice, and fruits. Include foods high in Vitamin D and B vitamins. Use colourful vegetables and make your own gluten free bread! Don't eat too much stodgy or sugary food as they can bung up your digestive system and cause constipation. The feelings of bloating and sluggishness can make you feel low so you need to your waste moving!

Balanced Lifestyle Learning to meditate can help provide a balance and calmness to stressful lives. It can help you be more in control of your emotions and give you a focus during the winter months. So this year get prepared to avoid the ‘Winter Blues’ and let go of the 'Stiff Upper Lip' attitude that often stops people admitting that they feel low and from seeking help. Try some of the above ideas but if you still feel low, go and talk to your Doctor or Natural Healthcare Practitioner. For more information about this article or Naturopathic advice contact jules@rainbowapothecary.co.uk or 01394 386777 or call into Rainbow Apothecary 6E Church Street Woodbridge IP12 1DH

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