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Get set for a packed October

at Felixstowe Spa Pavilion To kick things off, the Spa have a terrific trio of tributes on 1st, 2nd and 3rd October: ‘Think Floyd’, ‘Strong Enough: Cher Concert’ and ‘Through the Decades with Roy & Buddy’. In all these shows, the tribute artists are at the top of their game. Indeed, legendary ‘Pink Floyd’ drummer Nick Mason commended ‘Think Floyd’ as “better than we are”! The following Saturday (9th Oct), don’t miss ‘All Singing, All Swinging’. This concert spectacular celebrates the world-famous Rat Pack, and is led by a bonafide star of swing: Ray Quinn! Sunday 10th October sees ‘Dirty Dusting’ make its welcome return to Felixstowe. This adult comedy, about three hilarious cleaning ladies whose jokes certainly aren’t clean, boasts an all-star cast: Vicki Michelle (‘Allo ‘Allo!), Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street), and Leah Bell (Stage Award Winner). The humour continues with a sold out Jimmy Carr on Friday 15th October, however, there are still tickets available for ‘The UK Rock Show’ (Sat 16th Oct), and for the HAIR-larious Adult Panto, ‘Rapunzel’ (Tue 19th Oct). ‘Rapunzel’ stars a whole host of ‘Drag Race’ queens.


The naughtiness doesn’t end there – As on Friday 22nd October, the ‘Forbidden Nights’ boys return to The Spa, with two hours of breath-taking circus acts, seductive choreography and a comedian compère. On Saturday 23rd October, don your Stetsons and cowboy boots, for ‘The Legends of American Country’ and then on Sunday 24th October: Dennis Lowe Theatre Company present ‘The Best of the West End’. Following the success of their recent productions, ‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘Shrek The Musical’, DLTC are all set to wow you again, with a showcase spectacular featuring smash hit songs from musicals old and new. For a matinee performance, on Tuesday 26th October, it’s ‘Harry Panto: Return to Frogwarts’. With tickets starting at £10.50, it’d be ‘Riddikulus’ to miss this Halloween Half Term treat! Laugh along with ‘Kevin Bloody Wilson’ on Friday 29th October, as he makes his highly anticipated return to the UK, on his global F.U.P.C. Tour and on Saturday 30th October, go gaga for the ultimate Queen tribute: Radio GaGa! Theatre tickets are available from the Spa Pavilion Box Office, open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am until 4pm, (01394 284962). You can also select your own seats and book online, 24/7, at The café, bars & restaurant are open every day from 10am to 6pm. Food is served all day and for two hours before every performance, with reservation advised on 01394 336 336. You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news and show updates. Alternatively, sign up to their email newsletter at


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RSPB Minsmere – a great place for children to learn about nature The last couple of years have seen a great deal of disruption to all of us, and children have had to adapt to new routines of home learning, ‘bubbles’ and lockdowns. We’re pleased to see many families returning to Minsmere this summer and their enthusiasm to get involved in our pond dipping and discovery trails. There’s little that can compare to the wonder and joy of catching creatures in the deep cool water of the pond – creatures with magnificent names like great silver diving beetle, phantom midge larva and whirligig beetle. Now the children have gone back to school, we now prepare for school trips where our staff inspire pupils with knowledge of science and geography: few sites can show the same diversity of habitats and specialised wildlife, while providing such a beautiful setting for learning. With the change of season we move into a time of orange and red leaves, mists and frosts. The avocets and many other waders who have bred, hatched or fed on the reserve leave to spend their days feeding in the soft mud of the local estuaries. Whitethroats and wheatears are leaving the coast on the trail of swallows and sand martins, while we wait for the arrival of the thrushes from the far north and east. Redwings and fieldfares will soon begin to arrive in droves to gorge on berries, firecrest and yellow-browed warblers make tiny leaps from branch to branch hunting out spiders, while the wetlands now begin to fill with ducks, geese and swans.

of starlings that gather at dusk over the reedbeds, sometimes numbering hundreds of thousands of birds. They can happen at any moment over autumn and winter, but their numbers swell with migrant starlings brought on the winds from Eastern Europe. Arriving over the reserve in long streams like ribbons, the flocks attract the attention of peregrine, sparrowhawk and barn owls. The predators cause the flocks to shimmer and split in efforts to escape, creating incredible patterns in the sky.

There are few insects to be found on the reserve as many will have perished providing the sustenance for their next generation to hatch the following spring, or hibernating like the queen bumblebees deep within an old mousehole. Instead, autumn is a time to see mammals. Otters become easier to see in the meres as the colder weather encourages them to make more frequent fishing adventures. An early start doesn’t guarantee a sighting, but it does provide beautiful light if they do appear. Likewise bitterns make use of the areas where the wardens have cleared the vegetation that has grown tall over summer, sneaking along the channels to spear roach or rudd. Autumn is also the time for two of Minsmere’s spectacles: murmurations and deer rutting. Murmurations are the great flocks

The red deer rut occurs throughout October when stags begin to gather on the heath, with heather now fading in its purple colour, in order to demonstrate their dominance and gather harems of females. The stags have grown impressive antlers by this point, which they use only occasionally to see off competing males, instead they bellow and strut the rutting grounds, which is normally enough to see off lesser challengers. • If you would like to bring your class or group to Minsmere please contact our learning officer by emailing 4

Another successful summer of events Over 32,000 people flocked to Ipswich’s parks and public spaces this summer to enjoy some family fun. Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19 preventing some of Ipswich’s larger events from taking place, residents and visitors were able to get out and enjoy multiple outdoor events across the town throughout the summer. From Family Fun Days and outdoor theatre performances in local parks to movies on the Cornhill and live music, fairground rides, and fireworks at Ipswich Waterfront. The Council’s attention has now turned to the events programme for 2022, which promises the return of some much-loved events. Councillor Sarah Barber, Ipswich Borough Council’s portfolio holder for the town centre, said, “It was lovely to see people coming out to enjoy the events across Ipswich this summer. There was something for everyone in the programme and we hope that it gave residents a much-needed distraction and boost. We are busy planning next year’s programme and can’t wait to see some of our popular events make a comeback!”

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Christchurch Park Fireworks

The original, biggest and best long-running Ipswich fireworks in Christchurch Park are back for 2021! Expect spectacular musical fireworks, live music and entertainment, street foods, bar, funfair, bonfire and much, much more when Ipswich’s spectacular fireworks return on Saturday 6th November. This year marks the 50th year of the event, as last year’s was missed, this means that 2022 will see the actual 50th event. But orgainisers have just seen this as a special celebration for both this year and next, so expect something special… The musical Fireworks Display will commence at 8pm. A dedicated team of team of volunteers, work tirelessly to provide the best possible Guy Fawkes celebration and firework event for Ipswich. Fireworks in Christchurch Park began in 1972 with fireworks purchased from Sneezums store in Fore Street Ipswich for £100. Over 6000 people came to the event paying just 5p for children and 15p for adults. The funds raised help to provide scouting opportunities for hundreds of young people each year. Tickets can be purchased online only from and go on sale from 1st October at £9.00 per adult and £7.00 per child. Under 5’s are free and don’t need a ticket! Gates open at 6pm with fireworks at 8pm and family fun through to 10pm. Visit for more information. Organised displays are the safest place to enjoy a fireworks display.

you answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Ipswich Firework Spectacular Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at The closing date for entries is Friday 22nd October 2021. Q: What year did the Christchurch Firework Spectacular begin?


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Why are river cruises so popular? At Deben Travel they think it may be the best way to experience a region, viewing ever changing scenery as you cruise slowly along the River before mooring in the heart of your destination for a day’s sightseeing or a leisurely

stroll around town, most of the cruising is done through the evening so you wake up somewhere new every day. On-board the ships MS Serenade I and MS River Discovery II with Titan you have a choice of cabins including those with a French balcony. They are modern and spacious with all meals, drinks and excursions included which offers great value for money. The complimentary door to door pick up service is available from your home address to all UK airports or stations if travelling with Eurostar. A friendly and experienced Cruise Director will be on-board to answer any questions you may have along the way.

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Community grants on offer

Voluntary groups and charities in Ipswich can now apply for cash grants of up to £20,000. Ipswich Borough Council is continuing its annual grant scheme for organisations working to benefit Ipswich residents. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations, through either a Community Investment Grant for running costs or a Community Project Grant for one-off activities. The window for applications for 2022/23 is open until noon on Friday 8 October 2021. Applications should meet at least one of the following priorities: - Promoting community safety - Improving health and well-being - Promoting learning and skills development - Making Ipswich a cleaner, more attractive and sustainable place - Enhancing leisure and cultural activities - Working with individuals and groups who experience disadvantage - Promoting equality of opportunity and foster good relations in communities Successful applicants will be informed next spring. To find out more and apply, visit

A family run business based in the beautiful market town of Woodbridge, we are retailers of quality Sterling Silver, precious and semi precious Jewellery. gemstone Jeweller 53A The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1AH Telephone: 01394 382114 Email: Open: Monday - Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm Sundays – Please phone in advance

Two British acting greats and Line of Duty alumni Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays, the ultimate acting dream team, return for a second hilarious series of Code 404, that sees them taking a detour from serious drama to tackle the buddy cop genre… like never seen before. This side-splitting sci-fi, cop-show mash-up takes things to a whole new dimension. Following its run on Sky Comedy, Code 404 Series Two arrives on digital alongside the Series One and Two Box set on 11th October 2021, from Acorn Media International. Picking up where series one left off, series two brings Detective Inspectors Roy Carver (Graham – Line of Duty, The Irishman) and DI John Major (Mays – Temple, Good Omens) back together for more comedy capers, criminal-catching, and a 20-year-old cold-case which throws the pair straight into action. The AI-driven Major struggles with the pressures of an impending divorce from his wife (Anna Maxwell-Martin – Motherland, Line of Duty), the return of his long-lost father, and strange glitches. Much to DI Carver’s concern, Major’s problems seem more serious than something a quick reboot can solve, and are likely signs of his AI failing. It looks like the dynamic duo are in for even more trouble than before…


The new series features brand new characters alongside the raucous returning cast, British comedian Meera Syal (Broadchurch, The Kumars) is Elizabeth Churchland, and Clive Russell (Game of Thrones, Ripper Street) stars as John’s father Clifford Major.In the first series we meet DI Carver and DI Major, the top crime fighting duo in the Met’s Special Investigation Unit. When an undercover sting goes horribly wrong, Major is gunned down on the job and killed. How will the SIU function without him? Well, it doesn’t have to. As an ‘asset’ considered too valuable to lose, his body is fast-tracked into an experimental Artificial Intelligence project to bring him back from the dead. The only problem is, Major 2.0 may look like and sound like the original, but something has been lost in translation – his crimefighting instincts have completely deserted him. Somehow, Major’s error-strewn hunches and Carver’s scrambling to make good allow them to just about scrape by. Not to mention in the year since his death, Major’s wife has moved on, and her new boyfriend causes Major some major problems... Get ready for your upgrade with Code 404, a rollicking Robocop romp.


Ipswich24 has got 3 copies of Code 404 series 2 on DVD to give away to lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize all you need to do is send your answer to the following question along with your name, address and contact telephone number to; Code 404 Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at The closing date for entries is Friday 29th October. Q What channel can you watch Code 404 on?

Christmas gift fair will aid Air Ambulance On the 4th and 5th October Seckford Hall in Suffolk will play host to the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s annual gift fair. The gift fair is run by seven female volunteers all with a strong desire to support the vital and life saving work that the Air Ambulance does daily. The gift fair was originally set up by local Suffolk resident Edwina Bushman in the 1980’s. Edwina saw the fair as an excellent opportunity to raise valuable funds for the charity, that in those days supported the St John Ambulance service, at the same time as indulging in a favourite past-time -shopping! As the fair is a member of the Charity Fairs Association, it has a vibrant selection of stalls from which to choose. The committee carefully selects an eclectic, fun and stylish mix of goods for sale and many of the items are not available on the high street. While a few stall holders are local, the majority come from all over the country especially for this unique fair. The exhibitors pay a stall fee and donate a percentage of their profits to the charity.

There is something for everyone from exquisitely perfumed candles, cashmere jumpers, French wine and food, beautiful Indian printed dressing gowns, accessories for the home, funky socks, stunning silk flowers, jewellery, unusual stationery, bridge accessories, cool belts, beautiful bedlinen, natural beauty products and much more. Visitors are encouraged to bring their friends for an enjoyable day of retail therapy in the historical setting of Seckford Hall where refreshments are available throughout the day. There is also a great tombola with plenty of fantastic prizes to be won. Tickets for the Tuesday of this very special gift fair are available on the door for a donation of £5. All proceeds go to support the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance do please come and support us! For updated information about this year’s fair, please head to the Suffolk Gift fair on Facebook and Instagram.

• East Anglian Air Ambulance’s annual gift fair will be open from 4pm until 8pm on Monday 4th October and 9am until 4pm on Tuesday 5th October.


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Fly into Autumn at Owl Sanctuary Over the summer months, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary has been welcoming visitors into centre to enjoy over 80 owls and other birds of prey, many of them flying free… and very close! Most of the birds are now flying direct from their aviaries, reducing time spent ‘on the glove’ and creating an exciting and truly immersive experience for visitors and displaying their amazing aerial skills and natural behaviours. In previous years the flying season would have finished at the end of September to enable the participant birds to rest up and moult in the aviaries over the autumn and winter months. This year, however, due to an increase in the number of birds fully trained for demonstrations, the flying schedule has been extended. Two daily displays, at 11.30am and 2.30pm will now continue until the end of October and advance, online booking remains advisable. After October, the sanctuary will continue to offer one flying session with full commentary at 1pm each day, throughout the winter months. The falconry team will also be busy exercising a variety of the resident birds of prey between 3pm and 4pm daily and visitors are welcome to watch them training and interacting with their charges. Within the centre’s two acre site the red squirrels, meerkat mob and silver foxes can all still be enjoyed and the new S.O.S. 2 compound, complementary to the main site, offers additional picnic and strolling space surrounded by the magnificent native bird community which includes barn, tawny, little and long eared owls as well as the majestic golden eagles, Skye and Fynn. The shy red squirrel colony and cheeky meerkat mob are located at either end of the pretty Woodland Walk in which ladybird houses, a bug hotel, a hedgehog teepee and established wildlife pond can also be found. Meerkat feeding sessions continue to take place twice daily. Reg. Charity 1086565

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Sapphire and Diamond, the young silver foxes are now comfortably established in their species specific enclosure within the S.O.S. 2 compound and large observation windows enable visitors to see their interactions, at rest and play. The fully inclusive children’s play area is open throughout the day; the custom built double width slide, wheelchair accessible roundabout and giant family swing are cleaned thoroughly throughout the day, as are all barriers, signage, seating and other touch points within the sanctuary. The whole site features level tarmac paths for ease of use for wheelchairs and buggies and wheelchair friendly picnic tables are also available. Although the unique owlie gift shop is not currently in evidence, a small, select variety of gifts are available directly from stock on request in the reception area. Sanctuary staff are always on hand to assist with any bio-security and mobility questions which may arise. To book tickets in advance, please go to

Ipswich play area gets refreshed

Ipswich Borough Council has started work on refreshing the play area at Ipswich’s Brunswick Park recently. The play area, for children aged two to seven years old, will have an impact absorbent surface installed to improve safety as well as several new pieces of equipment including swings, slides and springers. A climber for children aged up to 12 years old will also be installed outside of the fenced play area. The new equipment will provide opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to play together.



Councillor Phil Smart, Ipswich Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Parks, said, “We’re pleased to be starting work on refreshing the play area at Brunswick Park, it is one of the locations we know residents were keen to see improved. Outdoor play is extremely beneficial to the physical health and wellbeing of children and that’s why investing in our parks and play areas is a priority for us. So far we have fully redeveloped five Ipswich parks – Alexandra, Bourne, Christchurch, Dumbarton Road and Maple Park - and look forward to continuing work across the town.”

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What’s on at Stonham Helping young people Barns Park in October take the next step Come along to Stonham Barns Park in October and find an abundance of events and attractions for the whole family. In the showground on Saturday 2nd and individual shops selling crystals, there is a Car Meet for PAWS Rescue gifts, crafts, books, clothes, furniture, UK Charity. This meet has a unique toys, hair & beauty treatments, twist . . . Bring your furry friends homewares, holidays, hot tubs, along too! Show ‘n’ Shine prizes plus antiques, sweets, and lots more. awards for your dogs. Meet the team There is a Bistro where you will find at PAWS Rescue and find out what fabulous home-cooked food seven they do. days a week. A Golf Park with eight On Monday 11th is Mid Suffolk different golfing activities including Mondays a monthly Antiques, Adventure Golf. Purchase a unique Vintage and Retro Fair. teapot at the Teapot Pottery or paint On Saturday 16th is Saxon & your own. Visit the Teapot Tea Room Viking Festival. Fifteen different refor a pot of tea and slice of cake and enactment groups celebrating all take a walk around the Suffolk Owl

things Saxon & Viking with a living history camp, cooking, weaving, leathercraft, woodwork, storytelling, ‘have a go’ archery and axe throwing sessions plus much more. Every Sunday morning pick up a bargain at the popular Car Boot. Looking ahead towards Christmas, on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November is the annual Christmas Craft Market filled with stalls selling hand-made locally produced gifts that are not available on the high street. Also book your Christmas Party at Stonham Barns Park, six nights in December with dinner and entertainment, advanced tickets available now. Also onsite is the shopping village with many unique shops and business, including village stores and deli, post office, garden centre

Sanctuary with over 90 different birds of prey, Meerkats, and red squirrels. For the younger ones in your family there is Tumbledown Soft Play Barn with Sensory room, where the kids can run, jump, climb, and explore to their hearts content. A seasonal fairground, train rides, FREE bouncy pillow and climbing frame in the holiday park. Whilst you are visiting why not book a stay for a few days. You could bring the family and stay in your own tent, caravan, or motorhome, hire a fully furnished bell tent, a fully furnished static holiday home or even purchase your very own holiday home. This is a ‘dog friendly’ site and open seven days a week. Whether you visit for the day or stay in their holiday park for a holiday, you will find lots to keep you busy.

East Suffolk Council continues to support young people as it agrees to further funding for online employment service. The Council’s Cabinet has unanimously agreed additional funding for the East Suffolk Youth Employment Service (YES), which was initially launched in 2019, enabling it to support young people for another two years. The service is designed to help people from any background who may be struggling to find or apply for jobs, courses and training. Aimed specifically at 16 to 24 year olds, YES is funded by East Suffolk Council and delivered by Inspire Suffolk. Young people can visit a dedicated website ( to view current job opportunities, find training programmes and other support information and advice. Referrals can also be made by community groups. Young people will be allocated an employment coach to support them into appropriate work, education or training. Wellbeing services are also available, provided by Inspire Suffolk. Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development said, “Young people’s employment, education and training opportunities have been hugely affected by the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, however, we are committed in supporting them and keeping this essential service available as we hopefully begin to recover from what has been a very difficult time for many. “Finding and applying for jobs can be a difficult process under normal circumstances, let alone during Covid times. This service will continue to guide and support local young people towards new opportunities, boosting their confidence and enabling them to take their next steps.” Andy Crump, Deputy CEO at Inspire Suffolk said, “With thanks to East Suffolk Council, we can continue to provide young people in East Suffolk with easy-to-access support, advice and guidance to help them realise their ambitions. The additional funding will allow us to reach those whose employment prospects have been impacted by the pandemic and ensure it does not have a scarring effect on their futures. “It is incredibly important to us that the service continues to reach out to all towns and villages in East Suffolk, allowing every young person the opportunity to receive support when they need it most.” You can also follow YES on Twitter and at Facebook.

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How long is a piece of string? When meeting new clients and taking on claims for personal injury, one of the first questions that we are often asked as personal injury practitioners is “how long will my case take to settle?” Unfortunately, this is a difficult question to answer. It tends to be case specific and is dependent upon a number of factors: • What further evidence is required before we can submit a claim for personal injury and loss on your behalf to the person who we deem to be at fault. • Whether responsibility for your accident or illness is accepted at an early stage by the person at fault or whether further evidence is required before a decision can be made as to whether the claim can be pursued. • What the extent of your injuries are. •

Whether you require further treatment to assist in your recovery. If this is the case then it depends on when we are able to obtain a final medical report detailing the extent of your injuries and loss.

• What further evidence we will then need to calculate the financial losses that flow from the injuries or illness that you have suffered, and when we can obtain the information required. Once the above information has been gathered, then your case can either proceed to a settlement, normally by way of negotiation with the person at fault (or more likely their insurer.) Or if fault has not been admitted and we are still of the view that the case should be brought against the person who we deem to be at fault, then at a court hearing. Fortunately, the vast majority of cases are settled without proceeding to court. Therefore, the answer to the question “how long does will my case take to settle?” is: • It may only take a few months to settle your claim for personal injury and loss if:

• we can therefore value the matter swiftly and proceed with your claim to settlement.

• However: • where fault is not as readily accepted by the person who we deem to be responsible; and / or • accidents or incidents that cause more severe injuries and symptoms which result in you requiring ongoing treatment before we can obtain a final medical opinion and prognosis may take much longer before a settlement can be reached. These cases can • Louise Plant take a number of years. It is worth remembering that as personal injury practitioners, we are here to guide you through the personal injury claims process, and to assist you through to the conclusion of your claim as quickly as possible. This includes obtaining appropriate treatment for you where necessary to aid your recovery. If you would like any advice or assistance arising out of an accident or incident that has occurred in the last three years, and would like to pursue a personal injury claim, please contact Louise Plant on 01473 232121 or email

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• responsibility is accepted quickly by the person who we deem to be at fault and • you are able to recover from your injuries to such a point that we are able to obtain a medical report providing us with a final opinion as to the extent of your injuries or illness arising from your claim; and

The Midnight Walk the Hospice’s flagship sponsored walk through the outskirts of Ipswich. The walk is for men and women and you can choose to take on the 10km or half marathon route to raise vital funds for the hospice. Make sure you dress up to shine bright and glow through the night and join us for the biggest party in Suffolk! Not only does the walk give you the chance to party, it also gives you time to remember those who mean the most to you. Entrants must be 10 years of age or over on 2nd October 2021. Any walker under the age of 18 must include the name and authorisation of the parent/ guardian who will be accompanying them on the walk on their registration form. Tickets cost £13 Trinity Park Felixstowe Road Ipswich Suffolk IP3 8UH

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Rural Charity Ramble returns Join the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity for the Rural Ramble at The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge on Saturday 9th October 2021! The gardens which are entirely maintained by volunteers, comprise of a walled kitchen garden dating back to the 18th century, a wild flowers area for the bees, formal gardens, beautiful carpets and expansive colourful displays of flowers in Spring and Summer. There are three distance options for participants to choose from; 10 mile walk and garden visit, four mile walk and garden visit or a one mile walk family trail and garden visit – dogs on leads are welcome. As part of the visit a delicious cream tea is included with each ticket. Situated a few minutes outside the historic market town of Great Dunmow, this is a unique opportunity to enjoy a beautiful walk around the surrounding countryside and The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge. Angus Drever - Chair of Trustees at the Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust, said, “We are delighted that the Gardens are to be the focal point of the Helen Rollason Rural Ramble again on Saturday 9th October. The Grade II listed Gardens are being lovingly restored by volunteers to enable the public to enjoy the wealth of history and biodiversity that the Gardens abound in. We hope that this event will encourage even more people to come to find out more about these fascinating Gardens. Their history spans from the mid1590s, through the Edwardian era and Second World War, right up to the

Start Christmas crafting now

Now that everyone is beginning to feel more confident getting out and about, why not visit Craftability and see the changes which they implemented during lockdown? At Craftability, they have lots more fabric including some pretty Christmas designs ideal for place mats, gifts and much more. Prices are very reasonable too. Types they stock include cotton, polycotton, jersey, fleece, fur, vinyl, leatherette, satin, crushed velvet, lace, organdie, hessian, calico, muslin, curtain lining and needlecord. Craftability also have some 20g balls of DK wool perfect for toy making and some delightful patterns which use the pretty ‘tinsel’ yarn. They have managed to source some ‘stamped’ cross stitch kits and some smaller tapestry kits. These complement the counted cross stitch range and along with hoops, DMC threads, needles and aida they have all you need to stitch throughout the coming darker evenings. Craftability are now stockist of ‘Cool Katz Crafts’ ‘Book Nooks’. These intriguing MDF kits enable you to create a tiny scene in a box which will stand on your bookshelf in-between your books. Come and take a look at the sample which they have amongst the doll’s house items. All you need is imagination. Finally, Craftability’s workshops are up and running and many are filling up fast. Take a look at the website for all info or call in for a leaflet.

current time, when important and exciting renovation is taking place.” Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Community Fundraiser Karen Mitchell added, “After we had to postpone our original April date this year, we are so looking forward to returning to The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge in the Autumn. It will be wonderful to see families, groups of friends, children and dogs enjoying the walk and the stunning gardens once again. We couldn’t organise such an amazing and successful event without the help of our great team of volunteers, staff, sponsors, supporters and of course all of the volunteers at The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge. This year we already have lots of people signed up and looking forward to a great day out – we’re keeping our fingers crossed for sunny skies and warm Autumn weather!” Book now to take advantage of our early bird prices as places are limited and must be pre-booked! You can register online using the form on our website ( or simply call 01245 380719

Half Term at Baylham House Farm

It is always a pleasure to visit the farm and just before Baylham House Farm close at the end of the season it’s going to be even more fun. For the Spooky Spectacular over autumn half term week they are open every day and each child will be able to have a go at the Halloween activities. It may seem that the farm is quiet at this time of year but it is now that they prepare for the lambing season next year. There are already some groups of ewes running with rams for lambs in February, while others are still waiting to meet ‘the ram of their dreams’ to lamb over Easter. With pigs and sheep, goats and cows, chickens and ducks – the farm is a great place to entertain, educate and enthral. Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is six miles north west of Ipswich, off the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Needham Market. The farm is open every day from 10am to 5pm. With entry prices at £8 for adults, £7 for concessions, £4 for children (aged 4-16) and under four’s free, it would be difficult to find a more entertaining and better value attraction in Suffolk. There will be an additional charge of £1 for carving a pumpkin. For more information visit the website at, check out Facebook or call 01473 830264.

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No tricks, just treats this October at Gladwells Pet & Country Stores! Our regular and first-time customers can choose from a great range of pet and animal accessories and equipment, designed to keep your animals happy and healthy in their environment. Our friendly, knowledgeable team will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for in-store. As an independent retailer, we compare favourably to supermarket prices for animal feeds, treats and accessories, helping you to get more for less. We stock feed, accessories, bedding and much more for horses, dogs, cats, caged and wild birds, small animals, reptiles, fish, small holdings and poultry. Our Stowmarket store is extending it’s opening times from 4th October! The shop will now be open from 8am-6pm Monday to Saturday to give our customers extra time to grab all their pet supplies, accessories and more. All three Suffolk stores are open seven days a week and have free on-site parking making your shopping experience that little bit easier. Alternatively, if you would like anything delivered to your home or stable just give your local store a call to place a delivery order. Phone numbers can be found at www.


As the colder months draw in we are looking forward to the arrival of Copdock Mill’s new wild bird range in all of our stores which includes their classic seed blends, suet pellets and a range of new feeders. It’s important to support our native garden birds through Autumn as their natural food sources start to decrease. Why not give us a visit and give your garden an Autumnal spruce up! If you are looking for a safe and easy way to drop off and collect parcels our Suffolk stores also have UPS Access Points. To find out more just head to the UPS website. You can follow our stores on Facebook (@gladwellspetcountrystores) and Instagram (@gladwellspetandcountrystore) or on TikTok (@gladwellspetstore). Keep an eye out for Competitions to win products and store vouchers as well as monthly special offers and any seasonal opening time changes. GP&CS Copdock - 01473 731117 GP&CS Stowmarket - 01449 673806

Re-adjusting your dog post-lockdown While lockdown has been an unnatural and strange time for us, it has been the opposite for our sociable furry friends. The last year has seen us spending significantly more time indoors, especially if we’re working from home on a daily basis. Dogs are a particularly sociable pack animal who naturally live in groups. Our dogs have been spending lots more time with us, which means more treats, more walks, and more snuggles. For anxious dogs, lockdown has alleviated some fears about being left alone for long periods of time. Those that weren’t initially clingy might have become used to a certain life by our side day in, day out. This means they might need some readjusting back to normality so that they don’t feel abandoned or stressed. To minimise the effect of postlockdown on our dogs, we’ll look at how you can ease your furry fourlegged friend back to independence.

Readjust their routine

You should start considering your dog’s new routine in lockdown and how you can shift it back to its old one. Instead of drastically changing it back in one day, you should gradually change the timings of key parts of their day. For example, what time you feed your dog, what time you let them out for their first toilet break of the day, if you feed them again later, and what time they take their evening walk. You should also adjust the number of walks you take them each day so that they don’t feel confused. Consider getting a dog walker to take your dog out when you’re working. Make sure they are professional and covered by insurance for dog walkers so you’re not worried about them when you’re away.

Spend less time together

Considering the point above, you should also adjust how much time you spend with your dog each day. Think about how much extra time your dog has spent with you compared to when you worked your nine-to-five office job or long shifts on weekends. While it might seem like dogs can tell the time, they aren’t so much knowing what time it is but guessing based on key parts of the day – and your smell. Dogs know when to expect you coming home depending on how strong your smell is around the house. In simple terms, your


Dogs are part of the family and should be treated as such. Make sure you’re aware of your dog’s emotions and how you can ease them back into life post-lockdown.

personal odour lets your dog predict the time of your return. Gradually decrease the amount of time and attention you give to your dog, slowly increasing the time they spend alone. Don’t ignore your dog when they want attention, but maybe divert them to something different like a toy or getting them to lay in their bed. You don’t necessarily need to leave the house, but maybe put your dog in a different room or set up a baby gate so your dog can see you but can’t interact with you as readily.

Know the warning signs

Be aware of signals and behaviours your dog exhibits when they are experiencing anxiety away from you or changes to routine. You can set up a camera in your home to monitor your dog’s behaviour when you’re away so that you can judge if you’re not easing them in enough and if they need more gradual changes. For example, if they are whining, howling, barking, destroying things, weeing indoors, vomiting, or in extreme cases mutilating themselves, these are signs of separation anxiety and need to be taken seriously. You should get expert advice from your vet to make sure you can help your dog become happy again.

Some extra tips to consider are:

• Don’t make a huge deal when you’re leaving and arriving. This can get your dog worked up and increase their feelings of anxiety when you’re away. Calmly pet them to keep them from experiencing intense emotions. • As mentioned previously, dogs have a strong sense of smell and associate it with when they think you’ll be back. Leave them with an item of clothing you’ve recently worn to keep them feeling comforted. • Teach them a command that lets them know you’ll be back and that you’re not leaving them forever. • Consider calming behaviour products that can reduce feelings of stress and fear. 13

Have your Event or Gig Listed Free!!* Email: Post: 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich IP4 4PE Gentle seated exercise, with Lucy a fully-trained and friendly tutor. £5 Ipswich Oddfellows, 37 High St, Ipswich at 11.30am. Contact 01473 251867

Every Thursday

Car Meet for PAWS Rescue, Stonham Barns Park, Stonham Aspal Live Music: Ian Highland & His Band, Tickets £8. Gt Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, IP6 0NJ. Book 01473 912626 or 078591 099519


Be My Baby. Presented by The Company of 4 at Martlesham Community Hall, 3pm & 7.30pm. Tickets £10 see or page 17 of this month’s magazine

Sun 17th Oct

Kurling and Boccia. Ipswich Oddfellow, 37 High St Ipswich, 10.30am, £2.50. 01473 251867

Copdock Medals & Militaria Fair, Copdock Community Hall, Old London Rd., Copdock IP8 3JD. 9.30am-2pm, Admission £3, U16s Free.

Every Saturday

The Saints Community Band, Two Sisters Arts Centre, Trimley St Mary. 01394 279613

Mannings Weekend Market, Mannings, Felixstowe Seafront, 10-4pm. HMS Ganges Museum every weekend until end of October, 11am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm). Free entry & parking. Shotley Marina, Shotley Gate. Suffolk Heritage Aviation Group, open every Sunday until October 11am-4pm. Exhibition of the history of Suffolk aviation. Full size replica of Edith Cooks Bleriot, and many other interesting exhibits. Tea room and picnic area, free admission and parking. Foxhall Rd, Kesgrave, Ipswich.

Every Sunday

MHAS Control Tower Museum Open every Sunday 2-5pm until end of October. HMS Ganges Museum every weekend until end of October, 11am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm), Free entry & parking. Shotley Marina, Shotley Gate. Mannings Weekend Market, Mannings, Felixstowe Seafront, 9-5pm.

Until Sat 30th Oct

Afterness, 10 renowned artists respond to Orford Ness with new sculpture, drawing, poetry, audio and more. In collaboration with the National Trust. For more information uk/project/afterness/

Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Oct

Mind, Body, Spirit and Wellbeing Festival, Chelmsford City Racecourse, 10am-5pm. 111 stands, free food demos, tasters, live music, healthy lifestyle. or see page 35 in this month’s magazine for full preview.

Sat 2nd Oct

St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk, 7.30pm at Trinity Park, Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich. 01473 723600 for info • See Sat 16th Oct

Be My Baby. Presented by The Company of 4 at Martlesham Community Hall, 3pm. Tickets £10 see or page 17 of this month’s magazine

Tues 19th Oct • See Wed 13th Oct

Sun 3rd Oct

Suffolk Wedding Show. Wherstead Park, The Street, Wherstead, Suffolk, IP9 2BJ. Over 65 exhibitors, FREE entry & parking, FREE wedding magazine and FREE glass of bubbly on arrival. The Wednesday Men, Two Sisters Arts Centre, Trimley St Mary. 01394 279613

Thurs 21st Oct

Poetry at the Library. Live poetry readings from 7.30pm. Please pre book seats at £8 (students £4) 01394 330855.

Mon 4th-Tues 5th Oct

Gift Fair iao East Anglian Air Ambulance. At Seckford Hall, Woodbridge (Mon 4-8pm; Tues 9-4pm) . More info Facebook @theSuffolkGiftFair

Tues 5th Oct

East Ipswich Camera Club meet at The Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich, IP4 5SU. Meetings 7.30-10pm. New members are always welcome. More info

Mon 11th Oct

Mid Suffolk Monday, monthly Antiques, Vintage and Retro Fair. Stonham Barns Park, Stonham Aspal

Wed 13th Oct

Film Night: Yesterday. Two Sisters Arts Centre, Trimley St Mary. 01394 279613

Fri 15th Oct

Be My Baby. Presented by The Company of 4 at Martlesham Community Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 see or page 17 of this month’s magazine

Sat 16th & Sun 17th Oct

Colchester Mind Body Festival, Marks Tey Parish Hall, CO6 1EJ, 10am-5pm. See page 35 in this month’s magazine for full preview or visit

Sat 16th Oct

Saxon & Viking Festival, see page 9 of this month’s magazine. Stonham Barns Park, Stonham Aspal 14

East Ipswich Camera Club meet at The Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich, IP4 5SU. Meetings 7.30-10pm. New members are always welcome. More info

Fri 22nd Oct

Showaddywaddy in concert. ‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title for the last 4 decades! St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Lavenham. You can purchase tickets by visiting and search Showaddywaddy

Wed 27th-Fri 29th Oct

Murder by the Book, The Brook Players. Light-hearted whodunit. Tickets £8.50, cons £6.50. Curtain up 7.30pm. For more info visit www.

Fri 29th Oct

James Hyland, Dracula’s Guest, Two Sisters Arts Centre, Trimley St Mary. 01394 279613

Sat 30th Oct

Radio Ga Ga, The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe 01394 284962

Sun 31st Oct

J.S. & The Bucaneers Two Sisters Arts Centre, Trimley St Mary. 01394 279613

Half Term Week

Spooky Spectacular, Baylham House Farm, Baylham. Come carve a pumpkin.

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Every Wednesday



Strictly pros more famous than their celeb partners As Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens, new research has revealed that the show’s professional dancers are bigger stars than their celebrity partners. The study by beauty exsecond highest number of searches perts Cosmetify found that seven (73,000). She has been part of the of the ten most popular people show since 2013 and has since been set to feature in Strictly 2021 are able to grow her Instagram following professional dancers, compared to to 441,751. just three celebrities, with dancer In fourth place is Giovanni Pernice. Oti Mabuse topping the list as the He has reached the Grand Final of most popular. the competition three times and has The research analysed the latest set proven to be a hit online with 476,128 of Strictly celebrities and dancers followers on Instagram and a monthly based on their Instagram follower search volume of 42,000. counts, the number of articles written In fifth place is Anton Du Beke who about them in the past year, and how has been part of Strictly Come many times they are Googled each Dancing since the very first series. month. Commenting on the study, a Last year’s winner Oti Mabuse landed spokesperson for Cosmetify said, in the number one spot, which is “Whilst a new line up of celebrities not surprising considering she won is always an exciting part of Strictly last year’s show, partnered with Come Dancing returning to screens, comedian Bill Bailey. Mabuse is the it is thrilling to discover that the most Googled Strictly member - her professionals are getting the support name is searched an average of and interest they deserve. It will be 81,000 times per month. She is the interesting to see if the voting mirrors third most talked about, with 448 the social media popularity shown mentions in articles written within the here.” past year. In addition to her 588,142 BBC regular, Breakfast Host Dan Instagram followers - the fifth most - Walker comes in sixth. One of the she tops the list. newer members of the pro team, In second place is Tom Fletcher who 2017 starter Dianne Buswell ranks has amassed a huge fan base due to seventh. his role as the lead singer and rhythm Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty takes guitarist for the band McFly. With two eighth place with more than half a million Instagram followers - the most million followers on Instagram. on the list - and a 55,000 Google In ninth place is Strictly professional searches of his name each month, it Gorka Marquez. is clear the internet is invested in his Finally in tenth place is Karen Hauer journey on Strictly. who is the longest serving female Coming in third is another Strictly Strictly professional dancer. She has pro, Janette Manrara, who has the a respectable 270,485 followers on

An evening with Boycie Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses. In this one-off show the national treasure will reveal secrets from the set, with stories and anecdotes from his career. Having worked with some of the biggest names in show business, he’ll be spilling the beans about co-stars like Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and other TV classics. Only Fools And Boycie will be at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 7th October at 7.30pm. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01284 758000 or visit

Instagram and an average monthly search volume of 36,000. Surprisingly, celebrities such as Chef and Influencer Tilly Ramsay did not make the top ten, despite having the second highest Instagram follower count with 936,000 followers. The question is, will their online presence and popularity have an impact on the

participants’ Strictly journey, and their chance of taking home the glitterball trophy? This research was carried out by Cosmetify, which is a price comparison platform for cosmetics. It brings thousands of brands into one place, reinventing the shopping experience for users.

October at Two Sisters

October sees two new exciting additions at Two Sisters – the introduction of a once a month film night and a Maritime Weekend celebrating our links to the sea and our rivers. But first off Sunday 3rd, 7.30pm sees the return of The Wednesday Men (£10) with easy listening swing and jazz – who will be raising funds for The Bumblebee Trust. On Wednesday 17th is the first of whom they hope will be Two Sister’s regular film nights. Suffolk Season starts with the Richard Curtis film Yesterday (£8), set in and around Suffolk locations including Aldeburgh, Halesworth, Latitude and Lowestoft Beach. Sunday 17th at 3pm is an afternoon of Coffee & Cake with The Saints Community Band (tickets only £5 on the door), and then Friday 22nd sees the start of the Maritime Weekend, with a double bill of shanties from The Felix Stowaways, and storyteller Justine de Mierre with The Mermaids Song (£10) Saturday 23rd at 2pm is the second screening of popular film Life on The Deben (£8) and then in the evening at 7pm there is a maritime themed ceilidh with Harbour Lights. (£10) Sunday 24th at 3pm there is Coffee & Cake with Bryony & Ben (once again £5 on the door) entertaining with their lively versions of reels and jigs and in the evening at 7.30pm the return of popular musicians Martin Newell & The Hosepipe Band (£10) Friday 29th its drama with James Hyland’s take on Bram Stokers classic Draculas Guest (£14/£12) And to finish off the month on Sunday 31st 7.30pm there’s the popular local band J.S. & The Buccaneers. (£10)


Sunday 3rd – 7.30pm THE WEDNESDAY MEN ............................................................................................... Wednesday 13th – 7.30pm Film Night – YESTERDAY ............................................................................................... Sunday 17th – 3pm The Saints Community Band ............................................................................................... MARITIME WEEKEND @ Two Sisters Friday 22nd – 7.30pm Felix Stowaways/The Mermaid’s Song Saturday 23rd – 2pm Film: LIFE ON THE DEBEN Saturday 23rd – 7pm Ceilidh with HARBOUR LIGHTS Sunday 24th – 3pm BRYONY & BEN Sunday 24th – 7.30pm Martin Newell & The Hosepipe Band ............................................................................................... Friday 29th – 7.30pm James Hyland DRACULA’S GUEST ............................................................................................... Sunday 31st – 7.30pm J.S. & The BUCCANEERS ...............................................................................................

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Line-up revealed for music conference Anyone considering a career in the music business (as well as those already involved in one) will be interested in the latest news from Sound City Ipswich. Festival organisers have revealed the line up of speakers for the music industry conference that takes place on its first day, Friday 1st October. It’s aimed at anyone with an interest in how aspects of the business works and will be an accessible yet informative day. Organised by Adrian Cooke of Sound + Vision, the conference features activities at which knowledgeable music business experts will be sharing their experience and prompting debate and discussion. Then conference will run from 11am to 4.30pm with sessions covering a wide range of topics. Each will feature a panel of music industry insiders with a moderator holding it all together and invite comments and questions from attenders. The first will be a look at developing and sustaining a career in the music industry. This will be moderated by the respected (and opinionated!) John Robb who first rose to fame in 1977 as singer and bassist with influential punk band The Membranes – and he still plays with

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them to this day. He has also been a journalist for the national music press, has authored of several books, a DJ, music publisher and is often called on to comment on music matters in the media. His music and culture site Louder Than War is currently one of the biggest music sites in the country. John will be joined by artist manager David Manders, Ian Johnson of Access Creative (and an early influence on the careers of Ed Sheeran and others) and rapper Shao Dow who has a law degree and has also studied Shaolin Kung Fu. Completing the line up is Stuart Belsham of PRS for Music, the organisation that represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. • Ian Johnson with Ed Sheeran

Sat 6th November

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The following session will discuss where the pandemic leaves gigs, tours and festivals. Chaired by Independent Venue Week founder Sybil Bell, who also has a wealth of experience in live and recorded music. She will be joined by agent Steve Zapp who books gigs for acts including Biffy Clyro, Howling Bells and Editors; Rupert Orton, promoter of Red Rooster Festival and others and multi-award winning independent promoter Luke Hinton. There will be one other panellist to be announced. Titled Sync or Swim, the final panel discussion will examine one of the most financially rewarding aspects of marketing music, that of licensing music to film, TV and games. This will be held together by Arts Council England’s Music Relationship Manager Adrian Cooke. Adrian is a tireless champion for increased public funding for the rock & pop sector and is also the founder of the Sound + Vision festival and conference (set to relaunchnext year). He will be joined by multi award-winning composer and music production company Score Draw Music CEO Mark Gordon (who has written music for Dolly Parton); Connie Parr, founder of ThinkSync, a company that works with feature films, TV series, trailers, documentaries etc and Sky TV’s Head of Music Peter Bradbury. The final session of the day will be a conversation between John Robb and an established and experienced performer and musician who will discuss their career, look at any pitfalls they encountered and give advice on how to avoid them! The name can’t be revealed just yet but a treat is promised! Marcus Neal of organisers Out Loud Music who is also director and programmer for Sound City Ipswich said ‘I’m thrilled that we have been able to assemble such an interesting range of industry insiders. I’m sure we shall have a really interesting day that will be of interest to anyone thinking about entering the industry or already involved. For me the

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session on licensing music to film, TV etc is especially interesting as it covers a sometimes neglected but potentially financially lucrative area where music is used. Sound City Ipswich takes place on 1st and 2nd October at a variety of venues in Ipswich, transforming the town centre into a two-day multi-venue music festival • Sybil Bell

and conference. It operates in partnership with the annual Sound City Liverpool which takes place over the same weekend and was established in 2008. “We want to firmly re-establish Ipswich as a centre for live music.” added Marcus. “To both attract national touring bands throughout the year and to encourage the vast wealth of homegrown talent from all genres of music.” The conference is open to all but there are a limited number of tickets, available for just £5 from The live music element of Sound City Ipswich takes in a massively diverse range of musical styles and genres including international touring artists with emerging regional talent appearing alongside them. Full details and ticket bookings head to Sound City Ipswich is supported by Ipswich Borough Council and Arts Council England.

Danny Bowes and Luke Morley from British Rock giants Thunder will be heading out on tour throughout November of this year with their Spoken Word and Acoustic Music tour ‘The First 50 Years’. The show features an evening of funny and personal tales based around their brilliant new book, ‘Danny Bowes & Luke Morley - The First 50 Years’, which is published in October by A Way With Media [pre sales are open now]. The shows also offer a scattering of acoustic versions of some of the fans’ favourites from throughout their remarkable career. At these intimate, unguarded and very funny shows, the Thunder stalwarts will tell the remarkable story of one of rock music’s most enduring friendships. Danny & Luke became friends in September 1971, when they met at secondary school. Through the ups and downs of life on the road, their friendship has never wavered; though this tour may test it! The book ‘Danny Bowes & Luke Morley - The First 50 Years’ charts the duo’s history with the band, is narrated by Mick Wall, and told by Danny & Luke. Packed with pictures and full of facts, the book is in a strictly limited edition of 2000 [with many sold already] and comes with hardback cover, as a cloth bound edition, with luxurious heavy duty paper and presented in a hard protective “clamshell” case.

Be My Baby


After 18 months, The Company of Four are bouncing back to the stage with an intimate and immersive performance of Be My Baby at Martlesham Community Hall this October. Be My Baby is a poignant drama about attitudes to teenage pregnancy in 1960s Britain. Mary Adams, aged 19, is unmarried and seven months pregnant. Forcibly sent to a Mother-and-Baby Home in the north of England by a mother intent on keeping up appearances. Mary, along with the other girls in the home, Queenie, Dolores and Norma, has to cope with both the shame and the dawning realisation that she will have to give the baby up for adoption whether she likes it or not. Despite this, and an overbearing matron, the girls’ youthful effervescence keeps breaking through as they bond over girl-group songs by the Ronettes and The Dixie Cups. Lily Griffiths, Director, “The company hasn’t staged a play since ‘Outside Edge’ in the late 90’s and having been away from the stage for so long following the pandemic we thought that this would be the ideal opportunity for us to stage ‘Be My Baby’. It is such a poignant drama and totally lends itself to a more intimate audience in an immersive setting. 2022 is such a big year for us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary but we are so looking forward to being back performing this October with an incredible cast in a hugely touching play”. Amanda Whittington’s play was first performed by Soho Theatre Company at the Pleasance Theatre, London, in 1998. Tickets are just £10.00 and are available to book at or by telephone* on 03336 664466 (*Subject to a booking fee)

With both the tour and the book, ‘Danny Bowes & Luke Morley - The First 50 Years’ offers fans not just of Thunder but of Rock music in general a peek behind the curtain, stories about the great and the good that the band have collected along the way, some fantastic live music, and plenty of laughs. In short: the perfect night out. Here’s to the next 50… ‘Danny Bowes & Luke Morley - The First 50 Years’ will be at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on Sunday 14th November and at the Apex Bury St Edmunds on Monday 15th November. Tickets and VIP packages are available from

Poetry at the Library As Autumn heralds the return of many popular events, the Friends of Woodbridge Library host the first (for a long time!) live poetry reading. The Library welcomes Clare Best and Andre Mangeot on Thursday 21 October at 7.30pm. Clare has published six volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is Each Other (Waterloo, 2019). She has frequently worked with visual artists and last year held a Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she collaborated on operas and other vocal projects. She lives up the road on the edge of Tunstall Forest. Andre has three poetry collections to his name and his work has appeared in the Spectator, New Statesman and Times Literary Supplement. He has also published a couple of books of short stories. A former resident of Woodbridge, he now lives in Cambridge. Seats for the event are £8 (students £4) which includes an interval drink. To book your seats please call the Library on 01394 330855. There will also be the opportunity to buy collections of their work.


Suffolk’s oldest radio station celebrates 50 years of broadcasts Hospital Radio Ipswich (HRI) was the first local radio service In Ipswich. It was a radio service to entertain the patients of the Anglesea Road Hospital - which is of course, now no more. Started by a group of radio enthusiasts and well-meaning volunteers, the idea was to relieve the boredom and anxiety of a hospital stay with music and information tailored for the bed ridden ■ Presenter Gemma G at listeners. Nothing else on the radio the controls of the was local nor aimed at just those in HRI studio. hospital. The service relocated to the Heath Road wing in 1974. Fast forward to 2021 and the service is still the most listened to channel on the hospital entertainment system and the objective is the same - providing light and personal entertainment for those stuck in hospital away from their loved ones and worried about their health, an imminent operation or when they might go home. It is an impressive set up and strongly and loyally supported by the hospital management who see it as a wonderful way of adding a welcome distraction to those in their care. Evidence of this support is that the Trust’s Chief Executive, Nick Hulme, has presented his own live Christmas Day programme every year since 2015. Even the pandemic has failed to derail the HRI service as it continues to evolve and entertain, 24 hours a day. The radio service is run entirely by volunteers. Those members of the station have, down the years, come from every walk of life: from students to entrepreneurs, from bank managers to bus drivers and from teachers to insurance brokers. It is unique as the radio team meets their listeners


before they start broadcasting. In later years this has been augmented by telephone requests, email contact and the ability to listen via the internet. Whilst in 1971 only the patient heard their own choice of music on awful plastic tubes inserted into the ear, in the modern world the family can join in at home on their various internet devices, truly bringing the family together even at times of ill health. Each bedside in the hospital has an entertainment system for each patient. Volunteers visit the wards, prepare the music collection, maintain the studio and or present the programmes. Not everyone wants to be the voice on the radio, indeed the most important aspect of HRI is that personal contact with the patients. Over the years that has illustrated the highs and lows of hospital life. Friendships have been forged between patients and the radio team. One regular patient in the 1980s was such a fan she introduced herself to all the new volunteers and insisted they remembered she liked Matt Monro singing Walk Away and often as possible please! Her funeral was well attended by HRI volunteers. Then there have been blossoming friendships as patient and volunteer have met after the former’s recovery and struck up life-long relationships. One such former patient, Moira Burt, liked HRI so much she now presents the Monday evening request show and has done since 2014! The music collection at Hospital Radio Ipswich is extensive, with over 120,000 tracks from every point on the musical spectrum. On old 78s, vinyl LPs, 7” singles, cassettes, reel to reel tapes, CDs, mini discs and now on digital players, the studio has everything and more that the professional radio studios offer. There surely cannot be a better music collection in Suffolk. One of the listeners over the years was the man who wrote ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ that Greg Lake made into a huge hit. He requested another one his own songs too. The most popular requests varied over the years with ever changing tastes. Over the first weekend in October HRI will be counting down the top 50 tracks and artists. Tune in to hear what is number one! Expect to hear Jim Reeves, Abba and Neil Diamond. Listen out for Bohemian Rhapsody, The Wind Beneath My Wings and Angels. Though not necessarily in that order. The station has broadcast from all around the town. From the Cornhill, Woolies, Portman Road, the Arts Theatre, The Wolsey Theatre and the Gaumont, where live concerts were broadcast subject to the artists agreement. Daniel O’Donnell was a big supporter of hospital radio. One of the most listened to programmes of the week over the years has been live commentary on Ipswich Town home games. The HRI team have their own place amongst the nation’s sports’ journalists in the media centre. Joe Royle, one-time Ipswich manager and 1960s England player visited the studios and had to be dragged away from the record library as he wanted to stay and present a series of programmes. His father had played music at the Cavern Club in Liverpool so there was a story to tell there. The station has interviewed many famous local and national personalities and celebrities too. Not all radio stations have welcomed to their airwaves former Prime Ministers, radio stars and local business people, as often as HRI. Gwenda Gibson, very much an Ipswich lady, is the longest serving volunteer and is now in her 90s. Her own story can be heard on HRI from time to time. She and the team invite you to listen in on to hear what it is all about. The evening request show is the highlight of each day, presented live, it is supported by programmes featuring different music styles and broadcast around the clock. What about getting involved too? The team are friendly and engaging and can do with your help now. Please call them and arrange to go and visit the fabulous set up. 170,000 hours of live programming in fifty years is only the start. HRI is looking forward to the next 50 years. • in the hospital the station can be heard on Channel 2 on the bedside entertainment units or via the station’s website

Friends raise over £6,500 for hospice After completing the Three Peaks Challenge in under 24 hours, eight friends have raised £6,600 for independent Suffolk charity, St Elizabeth Hospice. Between 4.30pm on 28th August and 4pm on 29th August, Edward Tricker, John Ely, Dale James, Dean Lamb, Sam Clark, Tom Andrews, Thom Mann, the driver Michael Robinson and Co-pilot Jack Milbourne, took on the grueling challenge which saw them climb the three mountains of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, overcoming roadblocks, traffic delays as well as the physical demands of hiking, in the process. Heralding from the Ipswich area, the friends decided to take on the challenge in aid of the hospice through a number of the group having shared connections to St Elizabeth Hospice, which provides free services to improve life for people living with a progressive or life limiting illness throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney. With John’s father and family having received support from the hospice during his battle with cancer five years ago and Edward’s father also received care from the hospice before his death from cancer three years ago. While Thom’s mother-in-law, Lorraine Brown, passed away from cancer aged 55 in January 2020 under the care of St Elizabeth Hospice and Dale’s mother also passed away from cancer in 2007 after having been supported by the hospice. “For us, it was an easy decision to support the hospice as we all know how important its services

are,” explained Dale James, who has previously volunteered and fundraised for St Elizabeth Hospice.

“We all were craving an adventure and to find a way to give back to the community as well as feeling that sense of achievement that is possible after finishing such a grueling challenge that takes you to your absolute limits.

“The support we received was incredible. Reaching the top of Snowdon within a time of 1 hour and 33 mins and knowing that we can finish under 24 hours brought sheer elation to us all, feeling so happy that we could give our supporters good news and potentially bring in more donations for the hospice, after our success”. “Those of us lads who have been directly affected by cancer in our families, will never be able to pay the hospice back for the care they provided our loved ones. What we can do is to make sure that we do what we can, when we can, to fundraise for the charity. We will continue to select different challenges hopefully on a yearly basis in order to keep fundraising” To prepare for the challenge, the group of eight began training four months ago. Meeting once a week to complete hour-long circuit training sessions to strengthen their leg muscles and cardiovascular fitness, however, unfortunately Jack Milbourne was injured in training with plantar fasciitis, but he still came along for the challenge to help all the hikers and provide support. Becky Jedrzejewski, Events and Challenges Fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice, said, “What a fantastic achievement and a huge congratulations to the whole group for completing their Three Peaks Challenge in under 24 hours! “They have raised a brilliant total which will make a big difference to the hospice and helps us continue to provide and develop our services to support patients and families in our local community.”

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“Fear of missing out generation” A survey of 2,000 UK adults revealed 41 per cent can’t help but take their mobile phone into the bathroom - with this figure rising to 77 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds. Social media is partly to blame, with a fifth fearing they couldn’t go 24 hours without checking for the latest updates on Twitter and Instagram. And there is also a wider work-life balance issue, with half of respondents saying the shift to a ‘working from home’ culture means that their mobile phone leaves them feeling like they’re never off duty. In fact, a quarter of respondents admit they have read their emails in the bathroom over the past week – with 45 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds more likely to have sent an email from their bathroom than cleaned it over the past week. Almost a third have faced complaints from friends and family for time they have been spending on their phone. Overall, 40 per cent of respondents said they worry they’re addicted to their mobile phones - but it increases to 72 per cent of Gen-Z. And 39 per cent would like to take a digital detox and a break from their phone but would worry they would be missing out on something. The research was carried out to highlight the new Vauxhall Mokka, which has been designed with a decluttered and detoxed interior, free from excessive notifications and distractions. Vauxhall has teamed up with digital declutter expert Tanya Goodin, author of ‘My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open’, to highlight the ‘Mokka Mindset’ and encourage a more relaxing, less-cluttered driving experience. Tanya said, “There are huge benefits to being more connected than ever before, but from dealing with partners excessively scrolling to panicking when we misplace our phones, we must be aware of how our digital habits affect our offline existence. “We’ve analysed the relationships Brits have with technology and found that more people are trying to limit their screen time, which understandably increased during the pandemic.

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The homes of vulnerable women supported by a leading East of England charity are set to be transformed in a new partnership powered by female entrepreneurs. Ormiston Families, an Ipswich-based family charity, has partnered with home organisers and personal stylists Edna Brown and Co, to organise, declutter and refresh the homes of the young women supported by their own YouCanBe and Mpower services. The charity’s YouCanBe service helps women aged 15+ to build self-esteem and resilience following adverse childhood experiences, while their Mpower service supports women who have had at least one child removed from their care to take control of their lives. Young women working with these services in Suffolk will be referred to Edna Brown and Co by Ormiston Families’ practitioners. They will have their homes transformed by homeware donations and decluttering services funded by grants, second-hand clothing sales and a portion of the enterprise’s profits. Rebecca May Marston and Sacha Naylor of Edna Brown and Co spoke of their delight at the new partnership and of the difference they are aiming to make, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Ormiston Families,” Rebecca said, “It’s fantastic that we get to support their lovely service users in Suffolk by transforming their homes.” “Working with these women, we will tidy, sort, organise, refresh home layouts and add necessities as well as finishing touches - all the things that truly make a home a home.” Sacha added, “Throughout the process, we ensure self-care aspects are covered, from laundry systems to fruit bowls, to tie in with Ormiston Families’ aim of helping their service users to create healthy habits within their lives.” “We’re so excited for our partnership with Ormiston Families to develop, contributing to their invaluable work.” Christian Iszchak, Regional Manager for both YouCanBe and Mpower at Ormiston Families, also expressed his joy at the partnership and the extra layer of support it will provide these young women with. “We feel so grateful to have been approached by Edna Brown,” he said,

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Leaving home for first time As summer draws to a close, many young people will be leaving home for the first time, to start the next chapter of their lives. A survey of 2,000 UK adults who have left home revealed the embarrassing mistakes they made when they first set up on their own. A fifth were left red-faced after running out of loo roll when it was most needed, with the same number not having any bin bags when they were required. Shrinking clothes in the wash was another equally common mistake. On average, 42 per cent of respondents said that upon reflection, they were not prepared for moving out when they first left home – increasing to 86 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds, for whom the

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In the first few months since first leaving their parents’ or guardians’ homes, more than one in ten respondents to the survey washed the dishes with shower gel, and a third (34 per cent) said they found dirty plates, bowls, or mugs with mould on them because they simply forgot about them. Of this group, 62 per cent confessed to not bothering to wash them in the end, and choosing to throw them out instead. A third (32 per cent) of those surveyed via OnePoll admitted forgetting bin day in their first month – while almost a fifth (17 per cent) faced complaints from neighbours for leaving rubbish outside the front of their property. Four in 10 (43 per cent) said they had left a lightbulb not working in a key room in their home for more than a week, typically leaving it for 17 days before rectifying it. And a quarter said they had received a reminder for a bill because they had forgotten to pay. A spokesperson for British Gas added, “There’s a lot to take in when moving out – but there are also plenty of solutions in place to make things easy. “Switching energy supplier should be quick and easy because all suppliers all use the same process – the main thing is remembering to

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The tiny creatures are crucial to the eco-system due to their role in pollination, but populations are rapidly declining due to habitat loss, pollution and the use of pesticides - among other factors. And through a series of stark images bee expert Dave Goulson has revealed just what the devastating impact would be - should our fuzzy friends disappear for good. Because they’re the dominant pollinator in most terrestrial ecosystems, thousands of wild plant species and 75 per cent of the crops we grow wouldn’t be pollinated, he warns. The amount of fruit and veg available in supermarkets would be hugely reduced, and many flower varieties will similarly cease to exist. The University of Sussex professor teamed-up with Clipper Teas to highlight the threat posed by pesticides to bee numbers and in turn the eco-system during Organic September. This follows research of 2,000 adults, also commissioned by the organic, fairtrade tea makers, which found a quarter don’t realise organic farming helps bee populations thrive. Professor Dave Goulson said, “Many pesticides are directly toxic to bees – not just insecticides, but also fungicides and herbicides. And worryingly honey stores in bee nests often contain cocktails of 10 or more pesticides. There is abundant evidence these pesticides kill

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bees or have ‘sublethal’ effects such as impaired learning, low resistance to disease, and reduced fertility. Furthermore, herbicides also get rid of weeds – otherwise known as wildflowers – so less food for bees.” The study also found 37 per cent aren’t sure how organic food is better for the environment than non-organic produce. Four in 10 don’t know food produced this way contains no harmful chemicals, while 44 per cent aren’t aware fewer pesticides are used. More than half also don’t realise organic foods are better for insects and other animals, and 59 per cent have no idea they’re also better for our own health. Caroline Rose, from Clipper Teas, said, “It’s surprising that more than half our nation isn’t aware that organic foods are better for insects and other wildlife. And that nearly 60 per cent don’t realise the wide-reaching benefits of organic produce on not just the environment, but their health. “We’re asking more people to buy organic because simply put, more organic produce means more organic farms and more organic farms means fewer pesticides and more wildlife. What’s more, there’s no compromise on taste, less nasties in your food and drink means a cleaner, more natural and more delicious flavour, so there really is no downside.” Organic produce is also natural, and not bleached or died a particular colour – traits 61 per cent and 65 per cent respectively aren’t aware of. Furthermore, 43 per cent don’t know organic soil can help prevent climate change – because it absorbs more carbon dioxide than non-organic varieties. And this lack of awareness may explain why 27 per cent of adults don’t consider the impact on the eco-system when purchasing food produce and other items. Caroline Rose added, “We believe it’s down to businesses, as well as individuals to make steps to improving our environment. We have a long history of being organic and fairtrade and want to make a real difference but need others to follow suit.” However, there is good news - the study carried out through OnePoll found 64 per cent have taken steps to make their garden or outside space bee friendly. Popular methods include planting bee friendly plants and flowers (72 per cent), letting their lawn grow for longer than normal (45 per cent), and not using pesticides (42 per cent). Professor Goulson added, “There are at least 6,000 different types of pollinating insect in the UK alone. Bees are remarkably clever – they’re able to learn the most rewarding flowers, memorise landmarks, and navigate to and from their nest over miles of countryside. They also avoid empty flowers by sniffing them for the whiff of a previous recent bee visitor. And the phrase ‘busy bee’ is not without merit - a single bee can pollinate 4,000 flowers in a day. So, it’s wonderful to see just how many people are doing their best to help bees – but the battle to save them is far from over.”


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Hooray!! Our first volunteer work morning since lockdown, took place in August. We did not get a huge number of people but all were very enthusiastic to get stuck in. It was great that two new volunteers came along. We focused on the perimeter track which had become very narrow from the overgrown foliage. In some places it had become so narrow making it inconvenient for cyclists and walkers to pass each other safely. The area around Katie’s Tree was cleared and tidied. And pleased to say that her tree is looking in very good health. Our October work morning is Sunday 17th, from 10am to Noon, meet at the Education Area. Please visit https://pwcg.onesuffolk. net/volunteer-work-mornings/ on our website for full details of how we are operating our volunteer work mornings post-covid. New volunteers of all ages and abilities are always welcome. No experience needed. For further information, please contact us at, phone: 01473 612632 or visit our website: or join our members’ Facebook Group by messaging Duncan Sweeting. Stephen Corley, Chairman

Council to run on eco-friendly fuel East Suffolk Council is taking further, proactive steps to reduce its impact on the environment by switching to an eco-friendly fuel for its fleet of vehicles. In the process this will cut its carbon emissions by around 90%. The Council’s Cabinet have Suffolk Norse, contributed to around unanimously agreed to ditch diesel 44% of the Council’s total carbon emissions last year- and was the and switch fuel to a certified palm biggest contributor to our carbon oil-free Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). HVO is an advanced footprint by far. renewable and sustainable fuel that Initially, 32% of the fleet will offers up to 90% reduction in carbon be converted to HVO, including emissions compared to diesel and 60% of the heavy goods refuse it provides the most immediate lorries. The Council will also solution when it comes to reducing undertake a fleet review during the next 12 months, with the aim the Council’s fleet carbon emission. The fleet, consisting of 246 to replace or remove any vehicles vehicles, mainly operated by East incompatible with HVO.

Cllr James Mallinder, East Suffolk Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said, “East Suffolk Council has pledged to put the environment at the heart of everything we do and to become carbon neutral by 2030. In doing so, we’re committed to making radical changes to our operational assets and with the move to a fully electrical fleet some way off, moving to cleaner and more sustainable fuel is the best way to tackle one of our biggest polluters and dramatically reduce our carbon emissions. “I strongly believe that making changes such as these to how we operate will make a big difference over time and help build a legacy for future generations.” The switch to cleaner fuel will encounter additional costs from the installation of HVO fuel storage tanks and the cost of the fuel itself, however, this move represents by far the best value for money in terms of carbon savings per pound spent and once the entire fleet is migrated to HVO, the Council’s carbon emissions will be reduced by over 90%.


AT HOME Qualified UK nutritional therapist and naturopath Caroline Peyton of Peyton Principles shares her tips on how to use herbs more intelligently and easily to avoid adding yet more salt to your diet. It is well recognised that we should be careful with our salt consumption. When we talk about salt we are referring to sodium chloride or common table salt. The recommended salt consumption over and above the salt we find in food is just one teaspoon a day. Salt (sodium) is recognised to be a contributor of high blood pressure as the body will hold on to additional fluid to dilute the sodium in your blood, this increases the pressure. Processed foods can increase the sodium consumption in your diet and there is no need to add salt to your food most of the time. So it’s time to take some small easy steps to reduce your salt intake, especially if you have high blood pressure. Many people add salt to increase the flavour of food. But did you know that whilst herbs add flavour to your dishes they also have many health benefits too? Let’s look at five common herbs and the health benefits they can deliver:

More herbs – less salt


- Rosemary is commonly found in an English garden and adds lovely flavour to all types of roasted dishes (meats and vegetables). It has antioxidant properties protecting your cells from damaging free radicals. It also has antibacterial, properties so acts as a great immune protector. - Oregano is often used in tomato based dishes. It is antibacterial and also antifungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic. - Mint is another popular English herb that can grow abundantly in our climate. Chewing mint after a meal can help relieve

bloating, cramping and other gastrointestinal discomfort. Try a tea with fresh mint leaves. This is far more effective than a standard mint teabag. The benefits come from the fresh volatile oils in the leaves (put a saucer over the cup to trap the oils). - Parsley is so often used as a garnish with dishes yet ignored as part of the meal. I always eat it and suggest you do the same! Parsley helps to freshen your breath (useful after a garlic heavy meal) and helps aid digestion. It’s a great source of vitamin C and iron (due to its rich green colour). - Basil has a special aromatic flavour that pairs well with sweet and savoury dishes. Like many other herbs it has antiinflammatory properties that contribute to reducing the pain associated with arthritis. And like the herbs mentioned above, it also has anti-microbial properties helping to keep the gut healthy. My recommendation is to add lots of herbs to your dishes as collectively they provide so many overlooked vitamins and minerals and health benefits. They are easy to grow too (either in pots on a window sill or in garden beds close to the kitchen). Caroline Peyton is a qualified nutritional therapist and naturopath who has been working in Wiltshire and the Cotswolds for more than ten years. A specialist in gut health and in helping women over 40 with digestive issues, menopause, diabetes and many other conditions, she regularly holds online clinics and courses.


Brickmakers Wood wins garden award ■ The winner of the first-ever B&Q Community garden of the year competition is today announced as Brickmakers Wood community garden, based in Back Hamlet, Ipswich. Previously an unmanaged site, littered with decades worth of rubbish, Brickmakers Wood has been transformed by local volunteers into a lush and vibrant space for the residents to enjoy. The judging panel, made up of Brickmakers Wood, a local charity RHS experts, Matthew Childs and and urban community garden, was Humaira Ikram, B&Q Outdoor previously an unmanaged site, Category Director, Steve Guy, and used for illicit activity and littered comedy genius and gardening with decades worth of fly-tipping. enthusiast, Jim Moir, selected Following involvement from over Brickmakers Wood during a tough 3,000 volunteers, including local day of deliberation. Each entry was employees and disadvantaged judged against how the garden had young people, the space has benefitted the local community, as been transformed into a tranquil well as the overall design and range community garden, greatly of plants used. benefiting the local community. After over 10,000 volunteer hours, Brickmakers Wood now features lush greens and vibrant colours. The wild wooded areas have been restored, and ponds, which are now teaming with wildlife, have been installed. Interactive community involvement has been facilitated by the creation of a wild edible plant nursery, as well as a grassed amphitheatre for drama, music therapy and community events. Volunteers have also constructed a As B&Q Community garden of the wheelchair-friendly tiered allotment year winner, Brickmakers Wood, to ensure growing your own is received a B&Q Green Card accessible for all. worth £2500, as well as an expert Jo Brooks, director of the consultation session with awardCommunity Benefit Society who winning garden designers, Matt manage Brickmakers Wood said, Childs and Humaira Ikram which “The community garden has been took place last week. The garden a huge draw for wildlife and has designers, Matt and Humaira given people in the area so much presented the winners of B&Q enjoyment, allowing everyone to be Community garden of the year with creative and express themselves. their Golden Trowel trophy, as well The B&Q Community garden of the as providing guidance and expertise year competition really gave people about how to further expand and a chance to see what our colleagues grow the garden, alongside tips and and volunteers have achieved. tricks for improving and expanding For us, it was a great opportunity Brickmakers Woods’ new eco to thank all our lovely volunteers garden space. for all their hard work to make our

community space what it is.” Humaira Ikram, award-winning garden designer and judge of B&Q Community garden of the year noted that Brickmakers Wood won out of hundreds of entries because,

“Of the tangible impact they have had on the local area. Brickmakers Wood have made gardening accessible to all, which is what this competition was all about. By bringing the community together to garden, sit, pause, teach and most importantly, have fun together, cemented our decision in naming them B&Q Community garden of the year. It was thrilling being in the garden and meeting the team behind this amazing work and being able to help their community garden grow.” Steve Guy, B&Q Outdoor Category Director said, “At B&Q we want to show everyone that they can do it, and Brickmakers Wood has done just that. This beautiful space has been created with 10,000 hours of volunteer work and we can’t wait to see what’s next for this wonderful community space”

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Death of the front garden New research from Direct Line Home Insurance reveals 6.6 million Brits have converted either some or all of their front garden into a driveway to guarantee a parking spot outside their home. The lack of parking in towns and cities means a further 3.5 million people are currently planning to covert some or all of their front gardens into parking and a further 4.8 million are considering doing so in the future. The average cost of having a driveway installed is £2,475, meaning some £16.3 billion has been spent by those who have already made the changes to their front gardens. A further £10.7 billion is expected to be spent in the coming years as the 3.5 million people currently planning on installing a driveway on their property have the work carried out. This means that Brits will have spent a total of £27 billion turning their front gardens into driveways. With driveway installations only increasing in popularity it is important that people know the difference in cost between different types of driveway. A gravel driveway is the cheapest option, setting those who install one back roughly £40 per m². However, for those who want to install a brick driveway it will cost over double that amount, at £105 per m², with paving slabs at £90 per m² and concrete costing £70 per m². Parking spaces being few and far between in urban areas, coupled with many streets having parking restrictions or being heavily permitted, explains why 14.8 million people either have, or are thinking about, making such transformations to their outdoor space. The main reason people have or want to turn gardens into driveways is to make parking easier (38 per cent), to fit in more than one car (36 per cent) and to keep cars safer (32 per cent). Further research reveals that over the past three years there has been a rise in the number of applications for dropped kerbs received by local councils.

In 2018/19, councils received an estimated 14,500 planning requests for dropped kerbs, rising to 14,700 in 2020/21. However, despite this, the proportion of approved applications has fallen, from 80 per cent in 2018/19 to 74 per cent in 2020/21. It appears that this has resulted in many taking matters into their own hands. Over the past three years there have been more than 7,500 investigations into illegallyinstalled driveways (4,274) and dropped kerbs (3,347), working out at nearly eight per day across the UK. Dan Simson, Head of Direct Line Home Insurance, said, “Parking spaces across many parts of the UK are in high demand. It is interesting to see how kerb appeal now means a dropped kerb, rather than an attractive front garden, with parking valued much more highly than grass and shrubbery. “Creating a driveway often means a dropped kerb which involves applying for planning permission from a local council. We would encourage anyone thinking about doing this to do their research to ensure they have all the correct permissions in place. It is also important to keep your insurer in the loop to make sure your policy remains valid and you are adequately covered.” • For more information please visit






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Legendary British interior designer Laurence LlewelynBowen has created an at-home gin bar made out of a humble garden shed. The flamboyant interiors expert has turned his attention to one of the most unloved parts of our homes.

The Changing Rooms star is encouraging the nation to fight off the cobwebs, find a new place for the lawnmower, and install sleek lights, bespoke glass holders, and ice buckets for the perfect night in at home. Laurence was given a timber shed to transform from woeful wood to an exquisitely elegant bar, which now features a fully stocked gin bar, LED lighting and sumptuous seating. The design, commissioned by Craft Gin Club the UK’s biggest gin subscription club, has been released with the original blueprints so Brits can bring the designer’s vision to life in their own gardens. Laurence shows off his one-of-a-kind gin bar, sharing his inspiration and the importance of having a designated space at home to entertain guests. He said, “There are a dozen and one uses for an old shed - a pottery studio, a dance space, painting studio or perhaps a spectral portal through to Narnia. “When you are making yourself a gin-otorium as I like to call it, it’s all about the decadence - a slightly sexy, slightly nightclubby sensation that you and I recognise as that first sip of gin and tonic. “For the bar, I have created a new style which I’ve called ginoiserie. It’s about colour, finish, luxury and texture. “It’s about indulgence and joy and somewhere where you can drink gin. My gin bar is a celebration of all that is luxe and indulgent.” Inside, the 6ft x 4ft shed comes to life with pops of blues and yellow mosaic tiling, Laurence’s bespoke wallpaper, a large banana plant, astroturf floor and eye-catching optics holding a range of craft gins from independent distillers across the globe. Outside, four yellow hanging Chinese lanterns, decking with two green velvet bar stools and plump patterned cushions finish the look for guests to relax and enjoy. When asked which celebrity punter Laurence would most enjoy sitting down for a drink with, he revealed: “The only celebrity I’d like to have a drink with in my gin shed would be Mrs Llewelyn-Bowen. “My favourite tipple is basically gin in a vase, no tonic. “A typical ‘out out’ night for me would be going to an incredibly glamorous dinner party for the A-List celebrities and minor royalty, and then to be desperate to get home to my gin bar.”

Jon Hulme, Co-Founder of Craft Gin Club said, “Over the past year, our homes have become our sanctuaries and investing in them has increasingly become a priority for many. “During this time, our members have been enjoying the perfect G&T from the comfort of their own homes, and with the “new normal” encouraging a preference for multi-functional living spaces. “Laurence’s design has taken the humble shed and made it something altogether much more wonderful.” Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen added, “The heart of this scheme is in the colours. The thirst quenching dark blue sings against the incredibly dense green patterns all of which I have created myself. The yellow mosaic tiles really set the whole thing sparkling, almost like a squeeze of lemon. “There is enough lime in the green of the patterns to really inspire you to want that perfect gin and tonic and I have assembled a series of accessories which really gives the shed that sense of a cabinet of curiosities. “As you can imagine as the hours tick by on a Friday afternoon, my thoughts are with my gin shed. I am literally longing to obey the call of the wild - or the call of the gin - and spend some time at the end of my garden. The advantages are very plain. For a start, I don’t have to queue for the loo and I’m hardly going to short measure myself am I? “So for anyone who tells you that the world is your oyster, it’s not! It’s all about the world being your gin and tonic. Cheers!”

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To celebrate one of the UK’s biggest sporting events finishing in Felixstowe this October, East Suffolk Council is hosting FelixFest in partnership with Felixstowe Town Council – an ultimate weekend of family fun for local people and visitors alike.

The ultimate weekend of family fun

Come and celebrate the Women’s Tour returning to Suffolk at the free FelixFest event, which is taking place along Felixstowe’s Seafront on Friday 8th – Sunday 10th October. The fun starts at 7pm on the Friday night with a movie the whole family can enjoy at the Event Space. Just pitch up with a blanket, some chairs and a picnic and you’re good to go. Or if you fancy a take-away for your movie, why not grab some food from one of the vendors nearby?

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from Pedalo in the Thoroughfare to keep you entertained while you wait, and you can even have a go at making your own smoothie on a smoothie bike on Market Hill. In Felixstowe, there will be lots to see and do while you wait for the Women’s Tour to arrive at the finishing line. Felixstowe parkrun takes off at 9am and visitors and regulars are always welcome to walk, jog or run the course. From 10am, you can bring along your bike and have a go on a Pump Track, test your nerve on the High Ropes course or get some friends together and test your skills with laser tag and our football cage. Meanwhile, at Felixstowe Leisure Centre, they will have instructors doing demonstrations throughout the day so you can join in with a bit

of exercise or visit the Tour Village and speak to one of the town’s many community organisations, including Felixstowe Police who will be on hand to do some bike coding. Visit Felixstowe will also be there, promoting everything about the town as well as Level 2, who will be here with the Youth Bus and Felixstowe Fire Service who will be talking about the Longest Ride. There will be so much going on, you don’t want to miss it. If that wasn’t enough, world renowned football freestyler, Jamie Knight, will be entertaining us with his amazing skills and you may even spot Captain Jack Sparrow, the infamous pirate wandering around. Why not round off the evening with a visit to one of the many fantastic cafés, restaurants or bars that Felixstowe has to offer including

Beach Street? Or if you fancy some live entertainment you can visit the Spa Pavilion to watch the All Singin, All Swinging show staring Ray Quinn.

Sunday 10th October

Come along to watch the first ever Felixstowe Triathlon, which starts at 8.30am. With three distances on offer - Standard, Sprint and Supersprint – and a sea swim to start and prom run to finish, it is sure to be quite a spectacle. The pump track will be open from 10am for people to come and try out. Road closures and parking suspensions in order to accommodate all events, spectators and convoy vehicles, there will be some road closures and parking suspension in place in Felixstowe, Melton, Trimley St Martin, Trimley St Mary, Wickham Market and Woodbridge. You can view these at womens-tour-and-felixfest

Fest. Parking You can find your nearest car park at Find_my_nearest Where parking charges apply, East Suffolk Council operates the convenient and easy to use RingGo service. Further information at parking-services/parking-places By Bicycle: Felixstowe sits on Sustrans Route 51 (part of the National Cycle Network). Download a copy of the Felixstowe Cycle Map below. Felixstowe Cycle Map For more information about the Women’s Tour, go to

‘The Festival That Changes Lives’

The eighth annual Life Arts event, Chelmsford Mind Body Spirit & Wellbeing Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday the 2nd and 3rd October 10am until 5pm, both days at the Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford CM3 1QP In aid of Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. With over 100 stands, fascinating talks & workshops plus astonishing demonstrations’ It’s what we have all been waiting for… a real live uplifting event that will inspire, stimulate, boost and recharge! So, what can you expect? Brand new for this year, a Chefs Stage, with delicious demonstration dishes prepared in front of you and the chance to taste. The popular Yoga Studio, with yoga classes suitable for all, also including Bollywood dancing and drumming. Personally, selected psychic readers, mediums and clairvoyants for spiritual guidance, tarot and angel card readings.

changes in all sorts of unexpected ways. I believe they truly have the potential to change lives!

Comments by visitors: “Happy positive people, fantastic stalls” Jules P. Chelmsford “Love everything, 2nd time here, amazing!” Wendy W. Braintree “Wonderful atmosphere, great mix of stall and inspiring workshops” Sue W. London Varied workshops and talks include: Self-healing, Shamanic drumming, Wellbeing with crystals, Soul journey with essential oils, Equine assisted learning, Chakra healing, Angel answers, Sound and meditation journey and Mediumship demonstration! Complementary therapies, including reflexology, Indian head massage, kinesiology, Reiki treatments, crystal healing, hot stone massage, head neck and shoulder massage, and free spinal checks from a chiropractor.

Advance Tickets are available via the website at or Eventbrite. Gold Pass ticket holders get priority entry to event, plus priority entry to all Yoga Studio classes and to all talks and workshops. All advance ticket holders get priority entry to the event. Entrance on the day and advance tickets: Gold 1-day pass - Adult £9.50, Concession £8.50 - includes all classes and workshops, priority admission on arrival and priority to all classes and workshops. Gold 2-day pass Adult £17, Concession £15. 1-day standard pass - £5 adults, £4.50 concessions. Additional fee of £2 payable on the door for each class or workshop where there is space available. 2-day standard pass – Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.50 16s & under free (accompanied) • For more details visit

Intriguing things to buy - everything from jewellery and rare crystals to angelic art, from organic skincare and essential oils to salt lamps. Two music stages - a fascinating mix of live music, when you just want to sit and chillout inside and outside. Experience the healing calmness of a Buddhist empowered healing space in the Buddha Cave - just come in, sit down, close your eyes, and feel the stresses of everyday life just melt away in this special place - free mindfulness sessions too! At the Street Food Village you will be spoilt for choice with delicious dishes from around the world including Asia, Middle East, India, Greece and Italy, tasty raw food, not forgetting scrumptious smoothies, juices, cake and ice cream! Over the years Life Arts Mind Body Spirit Festivals have appeared all over East Anglia, growing bigger and better, culminating in the annual Chelmsford Festival spread over a whole weekend with over 100 stands, a packed timetable of talks and demonstrations and around 1,750 visitors. “It just keeps growing,” says Chris, “Different people enjoy it in different ways and the festival seems to have lasting effects on some. “We are proud to support Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, supporting local people living with cancer.” Founded in 1999 the charity is the legacy of BBC broadcaster Helen Rollason, whose vision was: ‘Good quality of life while coping with cancer is the most important gift a sick person can receive. It should be available to everyone.’ It’s fair to say that Life Arts festivals – as well as being great fun, also have the remarkable ability to create 35


Hospice launches bereavement support walking group Walk On Independent Suffolk charity, St Elizabeth Hospice has extended its support to the local community with the launch of Walk On, a walking group run by the hospice’s bereavement support service, LivingGrief. Taking place on 7th September the first Walk On meet saw a number of people join to take part in a 45 minute walk, starting at 10am from The Hold, along the historic Ipswich waterfront and surrounding area. Created by St Elizabeth Hospice volunteer Dennis Tattoo, alongside the LivingGrief staff, Walk On aims to give all the opportunity to meet new people, talk about shared experiences and offer support to one another, while also enjoying a sense of wellbeing brought by walking in the outdoors. Dennis, who has been a volunteer at the hospice since 2017, said, “It was fantastic to host our first Walk On group, which was kindly led by town guide Mike Garland, along Ipswich Waterfront on what was a beautiful, warm sunny morning.

“The group joined together to enjoy a walk along the glorious, historic waterfront to meet new friends and share conversation about life and experiences of bereavement, while supporting one another in the process. “All are welcome to join our Walk On groups and we will be looking to host future groups in new

locations, guided by feedback from participants. As well as in due course we hope to offer walks on weekends to allow those who work during the week the chance to attend. So please do get in touch as we are keen to meet lots of new faces.” Walk On provides an additional step to St Elizabeth Hospice’s LivingGrief pathway for bereavement support and signposting further support available, while also serving to decrease isolation and provide an informal setting for companionship and peer to peer sharing of experience. Anyone is welcome to attend the Walk On meets, which are to take place once every two weeks, even if they have had no prior support from St Elizabeth Hospice. Walk On also links to St Elizabeth Hospice’s involvement in Compassionate Communities, a national movement which empowers communities to support each other during death, dying and bereavement.

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Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re a burden We live in an aging society, and it’s a fact of life that our needs change as we get older. Why then, do we sometimes feel like a burden if we ask for help in our later years? Age UK did some research into why people struggle in later life. They found that older people often feel excluded, or they exclude themselves, from the world around them. This was because of a few things, such as feeling their lives didn’t hold as much worth; feeling that the benefits of making a change were outweighed by the effort; and not knowing how to change things. We all have bad days. But if you’re struggling every day with household tasks like paying bills or using the bathroom, or your emotions are getting the better of you, then it’s time to act. Talk to someone. Or call Age UK’s Advice Line any day on 0800 678 1602 (8am to 7pm). When it comes to making changes in your home, people often only seek help because of a slip or fall. They worry that adding grab rails or a walk-in bath won’t look very nice or will be expensive. At AHM Installations, they speak to customers every day who have made that first step of asking for advice. They can guide you through the process of updating your bath or shower, whatever the budget. When you’re ready, call their family-run team on 01473 206918. AHM Installations offer discounts for military veterans and those with dementia. 36


Sounds that spark memories A study of 2,000 adults aged 50 and over found four in 10 people experience sounds that prompt nostalgic thoughts a couple of times a week - while one in 10 people experience this daily. Sound is also said to set off the best memories ahead of sight and even smell, according to the research. Others said a cat purring, trees blowing in the wind, a crackling fireplace and church bells would take them to another place in their memories. For some, rain on the windows, sheep bleating and a train going over tracks are enough to make them smile. Gordon Harrison, chief audiologist at Specsavers, which commissioned the research, said, “Sound impacts

most aspects of our lives, so it is no surprise that certain sounds trigger happy youthful memories – particularly when it comes to sounds of the outdoor. However, given the importance of our hearing, it is important to be checked out regularly to ensure such memories aren’t lost along with reduced hearing.” The kettle boiling, the radio playing and airplanes flying overhead also featured in the top 40 positivelytriggering sounds, according to the over 50s. Sounds from the outdoors trigger good times for 67 per cent of adults, which is why 78 per cent tend to spend lots of time outside. And of the 94 per cent who have access to their own outdoor space,

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they’ll spend an average of five hours in it every week – with 72 per cent referring to it as their ‘happy place’. More than three quarters also said that as they grow older, they treasure their happy memories more. In the study, more than half of respondents admit their hearing has deteriorated with age. However, only 26 per cent have had it checked by an audiologist. And nine in 10 confessed they took their hearing for granted in their younger years, according to the research carried out through OnePoll. Feelings of happiness, peace and relaxation are felt by respondents when they hear sounds of the natural world – with 91 per cent spending a lot of time outdoors. So it’s no surprise that 45 per cent worry about their hearing getting worse, therefore losing the potential to have pleasurable memories triggered in their mind. Broadcaster and Countryfile presenter, John Craven, understands this first-hand. He said, “I started wearing hearing aids 15 years ago when I realised I wasn’t hearing certain voices and sounds. Outdoors I wasn’t hearing the gentler sounds of nature that everyone else was. “But hearing aids have solved that problem and it is a real delight to

experience the rustle of leaves, the pitter-patter of raindrops, the distant roar of thunder as well as anyone with normal hearing.” Gordon Harrison, Specsavers chief audiologist, added, “Hearing loss is common and affects people of all ages. There are a range of hearing aids to suit all lifestyles, budgets and hearing needs so no one needs to suffer in silence and can keep revisiting their memories for years to come.” TOP 20 MEMORY-TRIGGERING SOUNDS ACCORDING TO THE OVER 50’S: 1. A specific song or piece of music 2. Waves crashing on the shore 3. B irdsong 4. A crackling fireplace 5 . Walking on fresh snow 6 . A waterfall 7 . Cat purring 8 . Trees blowing in the wind 9 . Rain on the window pane 10 . Rustling leaves 11. Church bells 12. B ees buz z ing 13. A thunderstorm 14. Rain patter on leaves 15 . Children playing outside 16 . L awns being mown 17 . A fountain 18 . The radio playing 19 . Sheep baaing 20 . Seagulls sq uawking

Hunnaball of Ipswich, are holding a ‘Light a Candle Day’ at St Mary and St Botolph Church, Whitton, to allow families and friends to remember those they have lost, both in the pandemic and in previous years. Prior to the pandemic, a Light a Candle service was held annually, to enable those who wished to remember their deceased friends and family. With COVID, however, these became impossible. While it is still difficult to hold a large gathering, the Hunnaball family felt it was important to still give an opportunity to reflect and remember to the local community. This year, therefore, Light a Candle will return in the form of a ‘day’ at the church in Whitton, with opportunities for all to remember those they have lost. Over several hours, the Hunnaball team and the church will welcome visitors who can light a candle, place a stone, leave a message on a tree or simply sit and reflect. Melanie Hunnaball, Director of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group, explained the idea for the Light a Candle Day. She said, “Bereavement is a process and we all recognise that we aren’t exactly back to normal yet. This longer day will give people who had little opportunity to mourn together in the last 18 months time to grieve and support each other. Everyone is welcome, whether they were Hunnaball clients or not, to visit, remember and commemorate the people they miss most.” Light a Candle Day Hunnaball of Ipswich (Dove House and Spring Road) Saturday 16th October 2021 Venue: St Mary and St Botolph Church, Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich, IP1 6LT • It is hoped that more dates will follow. Please check the website for further updates 37


Grandparents’ inspiration Two thirds of 18 to 39 year-olds admit they are more inspired by their own grandparents than celebrities – and have a real interest in spending time getting to know their elders. ‘Interesting’, ‘wise’ and ‘experienced’ are among the words the younger generation use to describe older folk, according to a study. Researchers found young adults are no longer giving blanket stereotypes to older generations, and instead found 88 per cent typically respect those over the age of 65. ‘Knowledgeable’, ‘caring’ and ‘relaxed’ are also ways youngsters now refer to those older than them. The research was conducted by stairlift manufacturer Stannah, whose spokesman Patrick Stannah said, “We are delighted to see that so many young people recognise and value our older generations. “All too often older people are portrayed by stereotypes of grumpy old folks who struggle with technology and are generally behind the times, but it is heartening to see that image hasn’t taken hold with today’s 18-40 year olds. “Alongside outstanding role models such as Sir David Attenborough, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Paul McCartney, it is clear that our older generations – parents, grandparents

and great grandparents – are inspiring the generations that come after them.” According to the poll of 2,000 UK adults aged 18-39, and a further 2,000 over-65s, more than one in 10 over 65’s worry they’re seen as ‘boring’, while 16 per cent think they’re considered ‘past it’. One in 10 of the senior generation think they’re viewed as slow or elderly, and 14 per cent think they’re considered to be ‘out of touch’. But one in five younger folk believe the older generation are inspiring, and half think they’re knowledgeable. Many under 40s would like to spend more time getting to know older folk in their community – if only they had more time. While half admit they always take the time to say hello to elderly people in the street, whether they know them or not. Some of the reasons younger Brits respect the older generation include hearing their stories from the past, giving insight to what life used to be like. And a fifth love the fact that older folks can say what they want, when they want, without worrying about the consequences. However, one in three under-40s wouldn’t expect the older generation to have an interest in the lives and thoughts of those younger than

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them. Perhaps highlighting the divide, a fifth of over-65s think younger people probably wouldn’t be interested in communicating with them either. While almost half of older citizens believe youngsters would consider them clueless when it comes to modern technology. A quarter of old folk think the younger generation would be surprised at how much the over-65s love to party. And 22 per cent report that sex actually gets better once you hit retirement age. Two thirds would also like under-40s to recognise that those approaching their winter years are stronger or more resilient than they’re often given credit for. Dr Miriam Stoppard, health and wellbeing advisor at Stannah, said, “I found the results of this survey refreshing, particularly the views and attitudes of the younger generation about the old. ‘’Many of them painted a picture of the older generation which is not at all stereotypical - instead finding them fun, interesting, inspiring, knowledgeable and wise. “It was a joy to find that nearly nine

out of 10 younger people respect the over-65s with six out of 10 saying they’re more inspired by their own grandparents than by celebrities. Good news for grandparents. “It seems, however, the older generation is selling themselves short because they’re concerned they’re seen as boring, uninteresting, past it and not worth starting a conversation with. ‘’The older generation also feels that the younger generation underestimates how much they love to party and how enjoyable sex still is. “Three cheers for the over 60s who have a lot of life yet to be lived.” Patrick Stannah, added, “When we think about what our older generation have lived through – from WWII, to the post war boom, to the economic crises of the 70s and punk, to social media – they have seen a pace of change unlikely to be paralleled in any other generation. “It is no wonder they have the respect of our younger generations who are eager to hear their stories.” The studies of 2,000 UK adults aged 18-39, and a further 2,000 over-65s, were conducted via

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Volunteer to become a Butterfly End of life patients are once again being supported by a group of ‘Butterfly’ volunteers at Ipswich and Colchester hospitals. The volunteers have returned to the hospitals now some restricted around Coronavirus (COVID-19) have eased. Patients who are dying may enjoy having a friendly face to sit with them, read to them or talk to them. Emi Boboe, Butterfly volunteer coordinator for Colchester Hospital, said they provide a welcome

support in the last few days and hour of someone’s life. She said, “If someone is dying, the Butterfly Volunteers can sit with them and just be quiet if that’s what they want. Some patients don’t have anyone – they don’t have family or friends able to visit, so it’s nice there is someone if they would like. “We are there for the patient, but

All aboard as Ipswich Oddfellows set sail

Yes, travelling together is just one of the benefits of Oddfellows’ membership as Ipswich Members boarded the MV Bolette (the new flagship of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines) for a scenic “seacation” around Scotland’s rugged coast in August. Guests were treated to good weather, calm seas, wildlife sightings, and stunning scenery. Plus, of course, delicious food, great entertainment and friendship. Wendy Atkins (Social Secretary of Ipswich Branch and cruise host) said, “It was great to be back onboard! Group cruises have been an annual highlight of our social programme for a number of years. We are guaranteed to be looked after by Fred. Olsen staff. I look forward to hosting a group cruise to the Norwegian Fjords in August 2022.” Spokesperson for the Group Sales Team at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Ellie Fulcher said, “We value the continued interest in our cruises from the Oddfellows. Now is a very exciting time for Fred. Olsen as we have just launched two new ships in our fleet the Bolette and Borealis, and we look forward to welcoming more Oddfellows on board in the future, where they will receive a warm welcome from our Officers and crew”. To find out more about Oddfellows Travel check out travel. Members can enjoy discounts from a number of holiday companies, and travel insurance too. For more details of Oddfellows membership benefits please contact Ipswich Branch Secretary Lynne Wyatt 01473 251867 or email lynne.wyatt@ • To enquire about Group cruise bookings with the Oddfellows, contact

also the family too. We offer to sit with a person so their loved one can take a break. They may say no, but it’s important they have support too.”

and Ipswich Hospitals Charity. Through Coronavirus (COVID-19) volunteering in the hospital had to pause, and with that change many

Every volunteer is trained for the role and can liaise with the nursing staff about the patient too. Emi said if a person’s family lives a long way away, they can talk to them on the phone and reassure them. Emi added, “It’s comforting for them to know there’s someone sitting with them. “It’s a privilege to be with someone at the end of their life. It can also be emotional and every volunteer is given support before and after their three-hour shift. We check in to make sure they’re OK on a regular basis.” Emi and her colleague Pam Talman, based at Ipswich Hospital, are funded by the Colchester

of the Butterfly Volunteers were not able to continue their role, but Emi said they’ve been busy recruiting extra volunteers and now have 35 volunteers across Ipswich, Colchester and Aldeburgh hospitals. Due to continuing Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety restrictions, many other volunteer services currently remained paused across ESNEFT hospitals. If you would like to contact the Butterfly Volunteer Team you can email: Butterfly.volunteers@esneft. If you are interested in volunteering as a Butterfly Volunteer email:

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3m adults admit drink driving with kids in car New research from Churchill Motor Insurance reveals that over a fifth of motorists (22 per cent, or 8.7 million people) would feel confident driving a vehicle having had an alcoholic drink, and a third of these (36 per cent), nearly 3.2 million people, have done so with children in the car. Men are somewhat more likely to drink drive with kids in the car, with 39 per cent admitting to having done so, compared to 32 per cent of women. Further research by the insurer shows August has the highest number of drink driving arrests of any month, with 239 every day. August is followed closely by the month of July with 233 a day and September with 222 a day. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the alcohol limit for drivers is 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath and in Scotland, the alcohol limit for drivers is 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. A third (34 per cent) of drivers who would be comfortable driving after drinking admit they would do so after two or more 330ml cans of beer (the equivalent of 3.3 units or more), while a quarter (25 per cent) would have two or more small glasses of wine (3.3 units or more). Further to this, 27 per cent would have two or more single spirits with a mixer (two units or more) and 25 per cent would have two or more pints of beer (4.5 units or more). Interestingly, more motorists said that they’d feel more comfortable driving after one double spirit with a mixer (33 per cent) than after two single spirits with a mixer (19 per cent) – even though they contain the same number of units.

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With social diaries busier than any time over the past 18 months, the insurer is warning it could lead to a rise in people drinking and driving. More than a fifth of drivers (22 per cent) would be confident driving home from an event having had an alcoholic drink. Men are twice as likely to do so than women (28 per cent vs 15 per cent) and younger people are most likely to take risks. Over a quarter of 18-34 year olds (28 per cent) feel confident driving home after drinking at an event compared to 17 per cent of those aged 55 and over. People also say they’d be more likely to drink and drive when coming home from pubs, bars and restaurants (44 per cent) compared to more private social engagements such as barbecues (34 per cent), picnics (33 per cent) and parties at someone’s home (29 per cent) or another venue (30 per cent). Nicholas Mantel, Head of Motor Insurance for Churchill, said, “Now restrictions have lifted, and people have begun to return to their busy social lives, it is important to remember to have fun yet stay sensible. Driving when drinking alcohol can be incredibly dangerous, for the drivers, passengers, and other road users. “If you are planning to drink, think about how you’ll be travelling home and choose a designated driver - perhaps take it in turns with your friends or partner to make sure you all get home safely.”

Cost driving electric vehicle concerns

The biggest driver putting motorists off electric cars is the upfront cost, reveals new research from Direct Line Motor Insurance. Over 11 million motorists who don’t currently own an electric vehicle say the upfront cost is their biggest concern, with 11.5 million motorists believing they are more expensive to run than petrol cars. But Direct Line found electric vehicles actually cost £107 a year less than a petrol vehicle over a car’s lifetime and costs are predicted to continue decreasing. On average an electric vehicle would cost £3,752 a year over the course of its life, compared to £3,858 for a petrol car with the higher purchase cost for electric vehicles offset by lower running costs, as well as tax and maintenance being cheaper. Other than cost, the biggest concerns about electric vehicles are lack of access to charging points away from home and access to charging points at home. However, nearly a third of motorists would be happy for an electric vehicle public charging point to be installed outside their home. Attitudes to the positioning of electric chargers may have to change in many parts of the country, reveals analysis of the provision of electric vehicle chargers by parliamentary

constituencies by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS)3, utilising data provided by In good news for electric vehicles, around half (49 per cent) of all motorists – the equivalent of 18 million people – would be happy to own an electric vehicle now or in the future, despite concerns over cost and infrastructure. For the under35s the number who are keen to go electric now or in the future rises to 64 per cent with 28 per cent – or 2.71 million – happy to own one now. Ian Exworth at Direct Line, commented, “Electric cars are rapidly becoming an accepted part of the driving landscape as demonstrated by the number of electric vehicles we now see on the roads. Millions are open to owning an electric vehicle, which is brilliant, but many are still understandably concerned about factors such as cost and infrastructure availability. “It is fascinating however, that it is the younger drivers who are leading the way with nearly two out of three of them keen to own electric cars.”

Top pet names for our cars Brits have revealed the most popular ‘pet’ names for their cherished cars - with Betsy, George, and Beast topping the list. A study of 2,000 drivers found four in 10 have named a car, with Bessie, Betty, Bertha, and Bertie also common monikers. Boris, Lucy, and Dolly completed the top 10, with other popular names including Bella, Priscilla, and Rusty. It also emerged 60 per cent feel they grow emotionally attached to their car, with 37 per cent going as far as to say they feel like it is a friend or family member. While Gen Z adults, aged 18-24, went a step further – claiming to feel more attached to their vehicle than their parents (35 per cent) or grandparents (33 per cent). The stats emerged in a study by Your Red Car, a new online auto marketplace powered by Santander. They’ve partnered with writer and comedian, David Baddiel, to bring seven real life memoirs of preloved cars to life in a series of short stories, entitled The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars. David Baddiel said, “Cars aren’t just transport - every car you own can bring back a memory of your life as it was then. The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars stories are funny and moving - they’re about love, discovery, unforgettable road trips and a casual gift from a king. Curating them has proved how evocative of things past cars can be.”

1. Betsy 2. George 3. Beast 4. Bessie 5. Betty 6. Bertha 7. Bertie 8. Boris 9. Lucy 10. Dolly

The study also found 31 per cent of drivers refer to their cars as ‘she/ her’, while 19 per cent say ‘he/him’. Others express their love for their cars by buying accessories (36 per cent) and talking to them (32 per cent). While some show their affection by stroking the dashboard (22 per cent), parking them next to other ‘friendly cars’ (21 per cent) and even give them a hug (10 per cent). But the research, carried out through OnePoll, found the devotion to their vehicles means they also struggle to part with them, with 29 per cent feeling sad and 30 per cent feeling sentimental when they sell it. And 18 per cent of Londoners even claimed they would rather break up with their partner than sell their favourite car. While a quarter of 18–24-year-olds found selling their favourite car more upsetting than breaking up with an ex-love (27 per cent), being cheated on (24 per cent) or losing a pet (24 per cent). Denton Brock, head of Your Red Car, said, “Every pre-loved car has its own story, just like the ones featured in The Adventures of PreLoved Cars series.” The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars series, curated by David Baddiel for Your Red Car, is available to read on

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A recent piece of research by Cinar Baymul, using the estimated market value of the players owned by each team, has revealed that inequality in the Premier League is on a par with that of Zimbabwe during the reign of Robert Mugabe. So how on earth has this happened? A key indicator of the growing inequality within the Premier League is that of per annum wages. The average total wage bill of the ‘big six’ equated to £208 million per year in 2016/17, in stark contrast the average total wage bill of the rest of the league was equal to £79.7 million a year. To put this into perspective, Manchester City had a wage bill 435% higher than lowest wage spenders Burnley, in comparison in the rugby union Aviva Premiership top wage spenders Wasps had a wage bill 260% larger than smallest spenders Sale. Inequality is rife within English football and shows no signs of slowing. So how has this been allowed to happen? In theory, the biggest equaliser is supposed to be the sharing of TV revenue. In recent years broadcasting giants have vociferously competed for the rights to show live games, leading to the price of TV rights increasing drastically. Between 1992 and 1997 Sky Sports paid £304 million for exclusive rights to broadcast the Premier League, between 2016 and 2019 Sky Sports and BT Sport between them paid £5.1 billion for the same rights. Before BT entered the market in 2013, Sky operated an effective monopoly of English football coverage, hence the increase in competition has seen the price of rights triple over less than a decade, as both companies attempt to achieve market domination. In an attempt to capitalise on this, and simultaneously equalise incomes, the Premier League have ruled that 50% of domestic TV revenue must be equally shared between clubs, however, this is simply not a strong enough measure. This is because the other 50% is shared unequally, as 25% is based on how often a club’s matches are broadcast and the other 25% is based on where the team finishes in the table. Therefore, in 2017/18 top of the table Manchester City obtained TV revenue 485% higher than bottom of the league West Bromwich Albion. To summarise, inequality within the Premier League is rife and the situation will only precede to deteriorate unless the FA remove regulatory loopholes and step up their enforcement. The Premier League could also take a leaf out of the model used in Holland, which sees the additional revenue from European competitions split equally amongst the entire league in an attempt to make it more competitive. Despite my qualms, as the legendary Johan Cruyff once said, “I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal” and therefore once in a blue moon miracles do happen. Just ask Leicester City who pulled off the most astonishing feat in football history by winning the Premier League in 2016, despite having the third lowest wage bill.



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