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n British Musical Icon Georgie Fame, plus Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson and Jim Davidson all in Felixstowe this month November hots up from the word go! For the very first time the Spa are extremely proud to welcome a true icon of the British musical scene - Georgie Fame in Concert on Friday 1st November from 8pm. Enjoy all of his hits including his number one’s Yeh Yeh, Get Away and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde. Closely followed the following night, Saturday 2nd November, by The Roy Orbison & Travelling Wilburys Experience from 7.30pm. This show has the complete story of the Wilburys and pays tribute to the Big O with expert narrative and big screen action.

Friday 29th from 8pm – strictly over 18s only. The fun doesn’t stop there – Saturday 30th from 7.30pm is Some Guys Have All The Luck – The

From Gold to Rio celebrates Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran on Friday 8th November at 8pm, with the Magic of Motown the following night – Saturday 9th at 8pm and then follows a comic legend on Friday 15th November at 7.30pm with Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson, who brings The Almost Awesome Tour into town. Be warned, if you’re a politically correct ‘snowflake’ you may well find this show offensive. Over 18’s and only those with a strong constitution are recommended to purchase tickets for not just one, but two comedians on this special night, as Kev brings comedian Jenny Talia along too.

There are 3-in-1 Christmas Parties available on shows from the end of November too, with a meal, premium show ticket, DJ and Dancing to midnight, so whatever your preference there’s never been a better time to come to this fabulous, independent theatre by the sea. The very best way to find out first about all the top shows coming to the Spa Pavilion Theatre is by joining their mailing list – full details can be found on their website.

Next to add some pizazz to the line-up this month it’s the Ultimate Bublé on Saturday 23rd November from 7.30pm. Mark Daniels will perform some of the Canadian crooner’s biggest hits. Even less political correctness is to follow as the Spa plays host to Jim Davidson OBE who will be doing his level best to fight back against the PC world we now live in. His brand new and outrageous show The People Fight Back is on


December is filled with the festive mood as The Big Band at Christmas with Five Star Swing perform on Sunday 1st from 3pm. A week later and it’s Walk Like A Man – The Sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on Saturday 7th at 7.30pm. Then it’s more festive frolics with A Christmas Cracker variety show on the following afternoon from 3pm. The Rat Pack Live Christmas Party is back on Friday 13th at 8pm and the Spa even manage to fit in some Abba and Bluejays rock and roll in December too before Dick Whittington a family Pantomime rolls into town with the Dennis Lowe Theatre Company from the 21st December.

Rod Stewart Story. This brand new show brings to the stage a fantastic live concert celebrating one of rock’s most loved performers with a live band and stunning stage and light show.

Tickets for all theatre shows are available from the Spa Pavilion Box Office which is open from 11am – 4pm 01394 284962. You can also select and reserve your seats on line, 24 hours a day, at The café, bars & restaurant are open every day from 9.30am to 5pm. Also, food is always served for two hours before every performance. You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and show updates.


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A great musical returns, a local group perform The Slipper and the Rose plus the annual Co-op Juniors festive offering as well as pantos and Christmas comedy and lots more on our local stages.

Events Diary:

Our day-by-day round-up of what to do in the local area for the month of NOVEMBER.


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All Mouth and Some Trousers

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We meet Alexander Armstrong who returns to the stage with a brand new one-man show.


All Mouth and Some Trousers Alexander Armstrong returns to the stage with a brand new one-man show Alexander Armstrong embarks on his first ever stand-up tour with ‘All Mouth and Some Trousers’. It will take him to 18 venues around the UK, kicking off in Coventry on the 3rd November and ending in Northampton on 24th November. In his hilarious new one-man show, Alexander Armstrong bares all, taking us through the strange netherworld of the fledgling sketch comedian and giving us an up-close glimpse of the Trousers behind the Mouth. If you follow. 

Alexander said, “Live comedy is where my roots lie. It is where I come from, and it's still my great love. I'm so excited to be coming back to it. One thing I do know, it’s going to be enormous fun.” Bringing him firmly back to his comedy roots, this brandnew stage show sees Alexander exploring the characters, the strange adventures and the mad twists and turns he's encountered on his journey through the rocky foothills of a show business career. From Armstrong & Miller to Pointless, from Classic FM to Peppa Pig, hear the voice that launched a thousand products finally spill the beans, and answer the question of the ages: Why must the Curry's sale end now? All Mouth and Some Trousers’ will be at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on Thursday 14th November. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100.


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Expect a jam-packed evening of candid stories, knockout songs, laughter, music and no small relief that when we said ‘bares all’ we only meant it figuratively.

n Rope Family artists The November meeting of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will be a talk by Arthur Rope on the artists of the Rope family. Of the older generation, George and Ellen came from Blaxhall, one a graphic artist and naturalist, the other a sculptor. One niece, Margaret (a stained glass artist), although born in Shrewsbury maintained close links with the family's Suffolk base, while two other nieces, Dorothy and a second Margaret (another sculptor and another stained glass artist) were born and raised in the parish of Leiston. We will look at images of as many of their works as time allows and hear how their creative lives developed in Suffolk and in the wider world. The talk will be at 2.30pm on Wednesday 20th November at Knodishall Village Hall, IP17 1UD. Admission is £1 for members, £3 for non-members, including tea/coffee. For further info contact Angela Skelcher on 01728 830949 or

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Making Your Business Facebook page Sparkle If you feel Facebook could be doing more for your business, two new events in Ipswich may be right for you. A beginner’s guide to Facebook and more advance Facebook training events are being run in November and December, described as being fun and packed with tips, the two events are proving popular. Discover what any small business may be missing out on via their Facebook presence, understand what customers and clients expect to know and how you can achieve more sales leads with a few simple changes. MENTA Business Support is offering a beginner’s guide and a more advanced training with what works with Facebook. The beginners guide in November will cover the recent changes to Facebook pages and how to be sure your page is optimized and more likely to work for your business, this hands on training course invites you to bring a laptop – allowing you to make live changes to your Facebook page. The more advanced Facebook training course is in December and focus on greater audience engagement, understanding audience behaviour and the benefits of a promoted post and adverts. “Knowing what to post in an increasingly noisy social media world and getting your brand noticed is harder than ever” says media analyst Nick Pandolfi. “Facebook taking control of Instagram the ever-growing importance of video in business marketing means we all need to stand back and revaluate our approach to how we market our business online”. The courses are subsidized by MENTA Business support and are priced at £38 – they are being held at Ikon Training Academy on Felixstowe Road in Ipswich in November and December. To book visit and select the training tab.

Nick’s tips for more effective audience engagement on Facebook. - Identifying customer base through insights - Consistency of business message - Greater use of video and quality imagery - View your page as a perspective customer - Be sure your posts fit the tone of the business


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Sri Lankan & Maldives Adventure with Lee at Deben Travel Sri Lanka has always intrigued Lee from Deben Travel, so he was very pleased to be given the opportunity to take a trip to see what the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ has to offer. “After a very comfortable 12 hour direct flight with Sri Lankan Airlines to the capital Colombo we set off on a two hour drive to the fortified city of Galle, one of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites with some beautiful colonial architecture and views of the ocean. I would recommend staying at the Fortress Resort close to the city with amazing service and right on the beach. “Sri Lanka has an amazing mix of cultural experiences alongside wildlife adventures and I was lucky enough to experience a safari. This is a must do especially if you want to encounter the majestic Elephants in their natural habitat. At the Udawalawe National Park they strive to rehabilitate as many Elephants as they can and host a vast number of mammals, birds and reptiles.

“My last stop was the resort of Kalutara which is off the beaten track and offers a unique location where river meets the ocean, a perfect place to relax and take in the scenery. Locals here encourage you to be a responsible tourist and I took part in a beach clean, which is one of the areas latest initiatives. “I have to say one of the highlights of my visit to Sri Lanka was the people, they really welcome visitors always with a smile and are so keen to show you their country and cultures. “Before returning home I took the short flight from Colombo to Male in the Maldives to experience two of the stunning Islands. Firstly the larger resort of Kuramathi, which offers a diverse range of activities and is a haven for foodies. Then, onto the smaller Island of Baros a luxurious escape with amazing diving experiences and outdoor dining on the lagoon. Both Islands are easily reached by speedboat transfers. The Maldives offers a truly unique experience where you feel at peace and away from the stresses of everyday life – everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime! “I would highly recommend this two centre trip with Kuoni which can be tailor made to suit you.” • For further information about this or other holidays please contact Lee at Deben Travel on 01394 615620 or

n Compensation for Data Breaches

GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 were introduced in May 2018. Despite some uncertainty around the circumstances in which compensation can be claimed, these new laws make it clear that:

- where a breach has led to the unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data and - that someone has suffered damage as a result - they are entitled to compensation However, claiming compensation depends very much on the nature of the breach and its impact on the person in question. For example, if someone disclosed your date of birth, it could well be a breach of your data rights, without necessarily causing you distress or anxiety. But, if it was your medical history, the story could easily be very different. So, if a breach of personal data has taken place and it has caused damage, what can a claim for compensation include? - Distress and anxiety and in some cases a recognised psychological condition, such as depression - Any personal injury or illness caused - The cost of any resulting private or medical treatment, such as counselling or prescriptions - Lost earnings if the damage led to time off work or having to leave a job - Travel expenses related to medical treatment - Any other financial losses incurred as a result So, the legislation clearly allows for compensation to be awarded when a breach has occurred and for damages to be awarded or agreed accordingly as a result. It is important, therefore, if you have either subject to a personal data breach or responsible for one, that you take any potential claim seriously and, where appropriate, notify your insurer and take legal advice. If you would like help or further information, please contact Louise Plant on 01473 298293 or at 6

Stop, listen, and pass it on!

Stop and listen for a few moments… November brings the crunch of leaves, the crackle of bonfires, the whoosh of fireworks, the squeals of excited children, the heavy footfall of the High Street and the chatter of people’s festive plan making. Winter is full of exciting excuses to wrap up warm, get out there and to hook up with friends and family. But for many, the season brings more sadness than celebration. Worsening weather and darker-for-longer days only increase the chances of people feeling lonely and isolated in their homes. So, we ask you – can you help? The Ipswich Oddfellows, is a local friendship group that organise a variety of social events to encourage people to venture out and make new friends, and to help lift spirits during bleaker times.

Business Festival returns This year’s East Suffolk Business Festival will focus on communication, collaboration and positive promotion with a packed two-week programme of business and training events taking places across the whole district. Nick Looby, owner of Feet on the Ground whose clients include BBC and Disney, kicks off the festival on Monday 4th November at 7.30am in Lowestoft. The breakfast event will include presentations and workshops that will enable delegates to take a positive and creative approach to problem-solving and maximising opportunities in their local area. Cllr Craig Rivett, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said, “It is fantastic that the Business Festival is returning following its successful launch last year. This year, we are building on that success to make it even bigger and better! The District has such strong and diverse local economy and this festival really showcases the opportunities and support available to East Suffolk businesses.” The festival is organised by East Suffolk Council and the event are being delivered by Breakaway East, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Suffolk Chamber in Lowestoft & Waveney, New Anglia Growth Hub, Flyer Group, Nwes, Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone, Lowestoft Vision, Santander, East Suffolk Partnership and Innovation Martlesham. The aim of the Business Festival is to raise the profile of the East Suffolk business community as well as creating opportunities for businesses to connect with each other and grow their business. The first ever Business Festival was held in 2018 and saw over 1,100 people attend 31 events, over 120 people attend training sessions and over 57 people receiving one-to-one business advice during the 10-day programme. For more information or to sign up to any of the events, please visit the dedicated festival website at You can also stay updated by following @ESMBiz on Twitter or ‘East Suffolk Means Business’ on Facebook and Linkedin.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from a bit of friendly company and to get out of the house, then pass on their name. Tell them, they’ll hear the ticking of brains over a game of scrabble, the clicking of knitting needles at the crafts session, and loud shouts at the Beetle Drive! There’s ‘ching ching’ of group Christmas shopping planned at “Hearts Delight” (Lawford), hearty cheers at a 10-pin bowling event and laughter galore at the Thursday activity session. There’ll always be the clatter of teacups too! What a wonderfully noisy group they are! Sound a good idea? The Oddfellows welcomes everyone of all ages and walks of life to give their social events a try. The Hall is easy to find in High Street, near the Ipswich Museum and a short walk from bus stops and Crown Street carpark. Membership of the Oddfellows is from £25 a year. For more information about ‘trying before buying’ please call Lynne on 01473 251867, or email out Check out or

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What's on at Stonham Barns Stonham Barns Leisure & Shopping Village is a bustling family complex filled with an abundance of attractions and activities to suit all, providing a wonderful family day out in the Suffolk Countryside. Great family events are hosted throughout the year in the Showground and Barn. On Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December from 10am until 4pm, Stonham Barns are hosting their annual Christmas Craft Fair. Come along and see what special presents you can buy your friends and family for Christmas. There will be many stalls with hand-made locally produced gifts that you will not generally find on the high street. Plenty of parking, and refreshments are available on site. Small children’s rides, Thomas rides, FREE face painting and live music. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary which has over 90 different birds of prey, Meerkats in their own ‘Manor’ and red squirrels, will be running their magical ‘Christmas with the Owls’ event with free admission to the centre to enjoy lots of family activities, and a chance to visit Santa Claus himself in his grotto. (£4.00 per person including gift). Every Sunday until November there is the very popular car boot sale. Ideal for antique sellers, loft clearers and one-off sellers. Come along sell your goods or seek out a bargain. If you are coming along to an event or even if you are just planning to visit there is always plenty of to do at Stonham Barns, you will find a fabulous Golf Park which is made up to eight different golfing activities

including Smugglers Bay Adventure Golf, golf simulators, ninehole golf course, footgolf and golf darts. The Teapot Pottery and Tea Room with a wonderful range of beautiful teapots for sale or take the opportunity to paint your own masterpiece and whilst you there try the wide range of speciality teas and coffee and the delicious home-made cakes.

You will find two fully stocked fishing lakes where you could enjoy a relaxing day of fishing or join in the weekly competitions. A shopping village with a convenience store, post office and a wonderful range of unique shops which include clothes, furniture, jewellery, toys, plants, crafts, hot tubs, aquatics, books, garden products, beauty products, sweets, collectables and so much more. The Bistro which serves delicious food seven days a week, try a fabulous breakfast, a great lunch or delicious afternoon cream tea. For the younger ones in your family visit Tumbledown Soft Play Barn or the children’s playzone which has a bouncy pillow, static steam train and seasonal fair rides. This is a ‘dog friendly’ site, but they must be kept on lead. All areas are disabled accessible with designated parking areas. For more information visit our website: or social media pages ‘StonhamBarnsLV’

Elgar and the Stones ‘star’ at Regent birthday bash

A great day out for the whole family What’s on during November CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December ~~~~~ STONHAM CAR BOOT - EVERY SUNDAY - April-November ~~~~~ COMING IN DECEMBER - BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW MRS B’S CHRISTMAS COMEDY DINNER SHOW Saturday 14th December ~~~~~ BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Sunday 8th, 15th, 22nd December

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East Anglia’s largest theatre celebrates its 90th anniversary on Friday 1st November in spectacular style with a special concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The Regent Theatre’s 90th Anniversary Proms features live music at its best – the unbeatable anthems of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles meets the pomp of Elgar, the pop rhythms of Stevie Wonder and your Proms favourites. Experience this fantastic celebration of classics throughout the ages, performed with all the power and force of a full orchestra. Tickets for the 90th Anniversary Proms start from just £10 for students and those under 26. Full price tickets start at £22. Book now at, tel: 01473 433100. The Regent Theatre opened its doors on Monday 4th November 1929 as a cine-variety hall and has since played host to some of the world’s biggest artists, West End shows and comedians. In the 1970s and 80s it changed its name to the Gaumont and was taken over by Ipswich Borough Council in 1991 after public fears for its future. The “new” Regent opened on 21st September 1991. In 2009 the Royal Philharmonic and Lesley Garrett celebrated the theatre’s 80th birthday with a gala concert.


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Whitney – Queen of The Night

Critically acclaimed international stage sensation Whitney - Queen of the Night is heading to Ipswich following a run of hit West End performances. The stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time will be coming to the Regent Theatre on Saturday, November 14th 2020, with tickets on sale now. Whitney – Queen Of The Night will star Elesha Paul Moses (Whitney – Queen Of The Night tour, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, The Voice, The X Factor) in the title role, supported by a stunning live band.  The outstanding concert production has toured extensively across the UK and Europe for the past three years, and in March made its

West End debut in front of a sold-out audience at London’s Savoy Theatre, with further sell-out shows in June and July. Tickets for Ipswich are available from Fans will be blown away by three decades of nostalgic hits, including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, I Will Always Love You, My Love Is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, How Will I Know, Million Dollar Bill, The Greatest Love Of All, and many more. Speaking about playing Whitney Houston, Elesha said, “Whitney Houston is one of the greatest singers of all time, and for me to lead this cast, singing these songs as part of this phenomenal show is a dream come true.” Before her death in 2012, Whitney had been hailed as the most awarded artist of all time, by Guinness World Records – with six Grammy Awards and 30 Billboard Music Awards among her 415 titles. Whitney – Queen Of The Night is an unmissable evening paying homage to one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with a sensational cast and a stunning live band.

Half Term and Christmas at Baylham House Farm It is always a pleasure to visit Baylham House Farm and just before they close at the end of the season it’s going to be even more fun. For the Halloween themed autumn half term week they are open every day and every child will be able to have a go at our activities for no extra charge. See the website for full details of their spooky pursuits, including pumpkin carving. After the half term Baylham House Farm will be closing for the winter but will reopen the doors in December as they’ve been told that Farmer Christmas is visiting. As this has proved so popular he will be at Baylham House Farm, in his grotto with his helpers for the first three weekends – 30th & 1st, 7th & 8th and 14th & 15th – and then from 20th to 23rd of December. Children can visit him there and, if they’ve been good, will receive a small gift. As it is for the child in us all adults will be charged as children. Please call the farm to book a slot to see him. 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 from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday, until the October half term when it will be open all week. With entry prices at £7 for adults, £6 for concessions, £3 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. • For more information visit, check out Facebook or call 01473 830264. 9


Expansion for Owl Sanctuary Over the last year, staff and volunteers have been leading a double life! Not only have they been carrying out their usual variety of falconry duties ensuring the efficient running of the sanctuary and raptor hospital, but they have also been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring a whole new dimension to the visitor experience. An extension to the sanctuary has been developed adjacent to the original site, with a public walkway giving access from the flying ground seating area. This new annexe offers a spacious indoor facility (including toilets and handwashing stations) with opportunities for hands on play particularly suitable for toddlers and younger children.

In the new outside area staff have worked hard over the past months to create spacious, species specific aviaries for the British native contingent of birds. These include red kites, golden eagles, buzzards and native owls. The high standard of workmanship and creative thinking behind the new development brings some of the most impressive species into close proximity and the scale of the larger birds, for example the Golden Eagles, is accentuated by their hugely impressive accommodation. Visitors are still able to mingle amongst the more exotic owls and other birds of prey, including the great grey owls, spectacled owls, great horned and eagle owls within the original sanctuary grounds, but can extend their visit to the new aviaries, just a few short steps away. Throughout the winter months there are no structured flying displays, however many of the sanctuary’s avian residents are exercised by the falconry team daily and visitors are able experience these sessions at close quarters.

ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL! CALL 03456 807897 / Option 3 to book your timed tickets to see Father Christmas and avoid the queue! The Sanctuary will be open and accessible to all from 10.00am unti 5.00pm


istmTHEasOWLS ChrWITH FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY! Sat 30th November Sunday 1st December FATHER CHRISTMAS

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SANTA’S SLEIGH THE CHRISTMAS ELVES HOT CHOCOLATE FOR ALL plus the Owls, Eagles, Falcons, Buzzards, Vultures, Meerkats & Red Squirrels.


Held within the Sanctuary, admission is , with visits to Father Christmas £4.00 including a gift Donations Welcome in aid of running costs of our Raptor Hospital for injured wild birds of prey

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, IP14 6AT Tel: 03456 807 897


The pretty Woodland Walk is home to the cheeky meerkat family, shy red squirrel colony and the entertaining ferrets! The meerkats are fed daily at 11am and 3pm. The sanctuary also includes a relaxing sensory garden with tactile sculptural seating, herb border and water feature and the custom built play area boasts a wheelchair accessible roundabout, double width slide and jumbo circular swing. There is an indoor interactive Discovery Centre and unique owlie gift shop and parking is free. For further details ‘phone 0345 680 7897 (option 3) or email

The Big Suffolk Quiz in aid of BBC Children in Need

One of the biggest trivia events the region has ever seen is being organised to raise money for this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal.

The Hearing Care Centre has been organising charity quiz nights twice a year since 2010 and is this time joining forces with BBC Radio Suffolk to make this event bigger and better than ever. The Big Suffolk Quiz night will be held on Sunday 10th November 2019 at the wonderful events space at Trinity Park, Ipswich, with a 7pm start. Teams can include between 4 – 6 members and entry is £5.00pp. A bumper attendance of over 400 people is expected for the event. Thanks to generous support from local businesses, there are lots of cash prizes to be won and additional prizes can also be won in a giant prize draw. Karen Finch, Managing Director of The Hearing Care Centre, said, “The quizzes we hold every year are a real highlight for us and such a great evening. This year we wanted to do something different and make the event bigger than ever. We are so excited for BBC Radio Suffolk and Trinity Park to be involved and we feel so grateful to have their support.” BBC Radio Suffolk Breakfast Show presenter Mark Murphy who will help co-host the event said, “Pull your friends and family together, round up a group of your colleagues at work or even come along with a local group or organisation that you are a member of. We really need your support to help raise money for this fantastic cause!” • Tickets are expected to sell out fast, so organisers are advising interested teams to book early to avoid disappointment. Call The Hearing Care Centre on 01473 230330 or visit quiz to book your place.

Christmas Countdown

How to choose your perfect Christmas Tree What better way to celebrate the festive season than with the most glorious Christmas tree. But other than size, what are the things to consider when buying your Christmas centrepiece?

Each tree species can be a little different in size, scent and needle retention so it’s difficult to know which Christmas tree to buy. Delight your family and guests this Christmas by using Forestry Commission England’s expert guide to picking the perfect tree for you.

Norway Spruce

The traditional Christmas tree, the Norway Spruce, best known for: - A wonderful shape and an abundance of branches – great for hanging lots of decorations! - A lovely ‘Christmassy’ scent that's perfect at this time of year Who does it suit? With a long lasting scent and a traditional shape, Norway spruce are perfect for those who appreciate the classic look and smell of Christmas. Tips: To help your spruce retain its needles you need to place it away from any radiators/fires and water it every day.

3. They are grown in the UK 4. A tree is planted for every tree harvested It will also come with a certificate of authenticity to guarantee the trees quality, which will be signed by Santa himself. There is so much more on offer when you buy your tree from the forest. You can meet Santa and enjoy a whole range of Christmas activities for both little and big kids to get into the festive spirit!

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Nordmann Fir

The star qualities of a Nordmann fir are: - Having soft foliage and an even shape – making it a joy to decorate! - Glossy, dark green needles that have a whitish/light blue underside Who does it suit? With its big needles which are lovely and soft, Nordmann fir are perfect for those with young children. Tips: You will need a big space to show off a Nordmann fir in its full glory. For a 6ft tall tree allow approximately 5ft space.

Lodgepole Pine

The Lodgepole pine is an ideal Christmas tree due to its: - Bushy appearance and luscious long green needles - Branches that point upwards which hold a wonderful pine scent Who does it suit? With the best needle retention of them all, Lodgepole Pines are perfect for those who like a long festive season and decorate their tree early. Tips: High ceilings are a must for this tree; make sure you measure the height of your room where you plan to put the tree before you go pick one up from the forest!

Caring for your Christmas tree

Preventing needles dropping and the green from fading on your Christmas tree requires a little bit of care and attention. Follow our top tips for a longer lasting, healthier real Christmas tree! 1. Cut off 2.5cm from the trunk to aid with water absorption 2. Put the tree in a stand with the trunk immersed in water 3. Keep your tree in a cool, dry space. Away from radiators and fires 4. Water your tree regularly

Why buy real? Being experts in trees, woodlands and sustainable forestry, Forestry Commission England’s real Christmas trees are so good, even Santa has given his stamp of approval. But why buy real? 1. Real trees use 10 times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees. 2. They are completely biodegradable. 11

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Charity Christmas Card Shop opens

Buying Christmas cards through Cards for Good Causes is the best way to get access to the widest selection of Christmas cards available, as well as a fantastic range of seasonal gifts and products, while supporting a range of national and local charities. Staffed by a team of local volunteers, the Ipswich pop-up shop is part of a network of more than 300 temporary shops run by Cards for Good Causes, the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation. It represents more than 250 charities including Cancer Research UK, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, Alzheimer’s Society and RNLI as well as a number of local charities such as Somersham Ward, Suffolk Accident Rescue and The Leprosy Mission Shoppers will be able to choose from hundreds of different

Christmas card designs, as well as traditional advent calendars and candles, wrapping paper, gift tags, napkins and stocking fillers. Sandra Cook, one of the Shop Managers for Cards for Good Causes says, “Buying charity Christmas cards is one of the simplest ways to support good causes this festive season and we stock one of the widest ranges of Christmas cards anywhere. The proceeds from every card or product sold make a vital contribution to the work of the charities that we partner. Come and find us in Ipswich Tourist Information Centre St Stephen’s Church and get ahead in your Christmas preparations by getting your cards early.”

This is a particularly significant year for Cards for Good Causes as they mark their 60th birthday. Over the last six decades, charities have received in excess of £100 million from Cards for Good Causes, with

the tireless support of thousands of volunteers across the country. The shop, inside Tourist Information Centre, St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Lane, Ipswich is open Monday to Saturday, 9am-4.30pm.

‘Lets get personal this Christmas! ’

As the festive time of year approaches and our thoughts turn to Christmas shopping and gift giving, how many of us just hate the whole commercial vibe, as the shops are stocked high with impersonal gift sets. This year you can’t fail to impress with a gift that has been lovingly made for that special someone at Pennikkity Pots. Grandparents will treasure ceramics with tiny hand and foot prints on or a gift created by a beloved grandchild. With so much stock to choose from you can make truly gorgeous presents from practical mugs, plates and bowls, to on-trend homeware or cute figurines like Unicorns and Lamas for the little and not so little ones! Plus there is plenty of seasonal Christmas stock as well including tree decorations and baubles made especially for tiny hand and foot prints. If you don’t want to paint yourself you can also commission one of the talented artists to create a unique gift especially for you, or alternatively, you could buy a ‘paint at home’ kit or a gift voucher for a visit to the studio. Open seven days a week and ideally located in the centre of Ipswich, Pennikkity Pots is a great place to chill out and get creative. Don’t worry if you haven’t painted pottery before, everyone can enjoy this great activity and the friendly staff will guide you through the process. Prices start from £5 plus a £3 studio fee per painter to cover your time in the studio, paints and glazing. Items are fired on the premises and ready for collection a week later. Don’t forget to cut out and use your discount voucher from Ipswich24. How about organising a painting Christmas party or get together? Parties can also be catered for from delicious coffee and cake to full buffets. Check out Pennikkity Pots Facebook page for up to date info and offers. Pennikkity Pots also runs a mobile service, so if you can’t get to the studio it can come to you. This is a great service for people living in residential settings with limited mobility, or youth groups where additional transport costs can make activities uneconomical.

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The festive season got under way in Ipswich when the Cards for Good Causes pop-up charity Christmas card shop opened in Ipswich Tourist Information Centre on 10th October.


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The Museum of East Anglian Life at Christmas Join the Museum of East Anglian Life this winter for some unforgettable family experiences. Families can book onto the popular ‘Santa at Home’ sessions on weekends throughout December.

These personalised sessions make each and every child feel special, from the moment you and your family walk through the door to Santa’s magical living room. Each child will receive a gift from Santa and can take part in an Elf hunt around Abbot’s Hall and write a

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letter to the North Pole. There’s no queuing, book your timeslot, turn up and be whisked away to meet Santa. The museum also takes part in Stowmarket’s Christmas Tree Festival, alongside St Peter and St Mary’s Church, Red Gables and Stowmarket Library who all host

Zippo the Suffolk Punch. 2020 will see the completion of the Farm Barn, new displays and activities. Trees can be viewed Tuesday to Sunday from Saturday 22nd November to Sunday 22nd December in Abbot’s Hall. Entry to see the Christmas Trees is free, although donations are welcome

trees decorated by groups within the community. With nearly 400 trees and over 30,000 visitors annually, this is a spectacle not to be missed. The museum’s theme for the Christmas Tree Festival this year is ‘The Farm at Christmas’ and ties in with the museum’s Heritage Farm. 2019 has been an exciting year of development, welcoming new animals to the museum, including

and support the charitable work of the museum (registered charity no. 293033). The Museum of East Anglian Life is open all year, with 17 splendid historic buildings, nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails to explore. Why not pay a visit to the brand new museum shop, with a range of local food and gifts to buy.


Ipswich24 has teamed up with the Spa Pavilion Felixstowe is offer readers the chance to get into the draw to win a pair of tickets to see The Big Band at Christmas! Swing ‘n’ sing-along into Christmas - with this unique Five Star Swing Big Band show as featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and BBC “Children in Need” they are in Felixstowe next month with a feast of Christmas music. Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole - jazzing up those Jingle Bells! "Superb - they swing like crazy!” says Sheila Tracy, BBC. Seen at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball & Blackpool Tower Ballroom, this show has clearly been to the very best places! Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother), plus Tony Bennett’s trombonist! All heading to the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe in December. If you’d like to know more about this show or indeed any of the Spa’s shows throughout 2019 and into 2020 call the Spa Pavilion Box Office on 01394 284962. Go to and sign up for their newsletter for news of brand new shows or follow @SpaPavilion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  — COMPETITION — For your chance to win tickets to see The Big Band at Christmas at the Spa Pavilion Theatre on Sunday 1st November at 3pm. Just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Spa Big Band at Christmas Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at www. The closing date for entries is Friday 22nd November 2019. Q The Big Band at Christmas show features a well-known big band, is it the… a) Herb Miller Big Band; b) Glenn Miller Big Band; c) Windy Miller Big Band   

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Festive delights at Helmingham

Helmingham Hall’s Illuminated Garden Trail is back and its bigger and better than before! An unmissable event to start off the festive season, see the grounds adorned with thousands of lights transforming the gardens into an enchanted winter wonderland. Start the trail off by crossing Helmingham Hall’s famous drawbridge (pulled up every night since 1510) and warming up with a complimentary mulled wine within the courtyard seeped in over 500 years of historical charm. Continue through the gardens absorbing the magical sights and sounds, gather around the fire pits to toast marshmallows for s’mores and end the evening browsing the Stables

Shops where you may be able to find some early Christmas gifts! Helmingham Hall’s Illuminated Garden Trail taks place from 23rd November until 8th December, 4.30pm until 8pm (timed entry every 30 minutes with the last entry at 7pm) The Coach House Tearooms will be serving a range of hot and cold festive treats. Discounted advance tickets available now – all well behaved dogs on leads welcome! To book telephone 01473 890799 or email

Christmas Bazaar

Seaton Road Methodist Church will be holding a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 7th December from 2pm until 4 pm. The money raised this year will go towards the upkeep of the Church buildings, which will enable them to continue to serve the community in the Walton area. There will be a great variety of stalls including homemade cakes, Christmas gifts and decorations, books and puzzles. Shoppers always make a beeline for the bric-a-brac stall where you are sure to be able to pick up a bargain. There will also be a raffle, a chocolate tombola and some competitions to try your luck on. Father Christmas will be paying a visit and he will have his usual bran tub. There really is something for everyone and, as always there will be a warm welcome and you can enjoy a cup of tea and a mince pie with friends.

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Christmas and New Year advice for rail travellers Rail passengers are reminded to check before they travel this Christmas and New Year so they’re aware of earlier last train times on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and timetable changes due to bank holidays and engineering works. For people in Suffolk, it’s good news with easy access to London and most of the network during the festive period, especially on the working days between Christmas and New Year. Branch lines in Suffolk are free of engineering works over the Christmas period. Even though there are engineering works taking place at Colchester, most Ipswich – London non-intercity services will still be able to call at the station and go through to London, except on 1st January, when a bus replacement service will operate between Ipswich and Marks Tey, which will connect with trains in both directions, and between Hythe and Marks Tey, for connections to and from Clacton. Intercity services will not call at Colchester so passengers are advised to check before boarding that they are on the correct train for Colchester.

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th December, trains from Ipswich will only be able to run as far as Ingatestone, due to engineering works at Shenfield. There will be a bus replacement service operating between Ingatestone and Newbury Park where Greater Anglia customers can use their tickets on the Central Line to Stratford and London Liverpool Street. There are no trains running on Christmas Day and only a revised Stansted Express service on Boxing Day. Bank holiday timetables will be in place on New Year’s Day. A normal service will resume on Thursday 2nd January. Revised timetables are available in the “service alterations” section of the Greater Anglia website, or on the Greater Anglia app or Twitter. Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said, “We’re pleased that most of our services will be running between Christmas and New Year so that people can travel to visit loved ones, enjoy the sales, or enjoy a day out. “However, because the railway tends to be much quieter over this period, it is also a good opportunity for Network Rail to get on with some really essential upgrade work that will help services operate reliable and punctually in the future. “If you are travelling with us, please do check before you travel as some journeys make take longer than normal or arrive or depart at different times than usual.

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“If there is engineering works on your journey, we will be working hard to make sure that you can still complete your journey, even if part of it is by bus” Mark Budden, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said, “Most of the railway network is open over Christmas, but some routes will be closed for engineering works to continue to provide a safe and reliable railway for passengers. For those wishing to travel over the festive period, my advice is to plan ahead and check with Greater Anglia or National Rail Enquiries for the latest travel information.”

A wonderful selection of crafts, plants, seasonal wreaths and produce will be on offer at the CRESS Community Market and Café on Friday 6th December from 10am until 12.30pm, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich. Students of Chantry Academy will be behind the serving hatch with seasonal goodies they have made. There will be fresh produce grown at the community garden. Pansies grown at Chantry Walled Garden will be available to brighten up your garden and pots. ActivSheds’ hedgehog homes, bird boxes and bird feeders will make wonderful gifts to help our wildlife through the winter. Every pound you spend will go to ActivLives’ gardening, construction, beekeeping and nature conservation programmes for the whole community, including long-term unemployed, people with learning disabilities, older people with dementia, members of minority ethnic communities, and young people. So why not come and join in the fun and pick up some original gifts for a greener Christmas! For further details, or if you would like to hold a stand at the event, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or Susannah on 07530 407302 or email

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Panto poster competition Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is launching its annual poster competition to celebrate this year’s pantomime, Peter Pan. There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs for the winner. Young people in two age groups, under nine and nine years and over, are invited to create their own poster based on Peter Pan and to let their imaginations run riot with pens, pencils, crayons, paints, tissue paper, glitter or anything they choose to make an eye-catching picture. The winners from each of the age groups, chosen by the cast of the panto, will win a prize pack including: four tickets to the show, a programme signed by the cast, a photograph taken with the cast (on a specified date only), their poster featured in the programme and a professionally printed version of their winning poster, provided by Premier Printers. They will also have their entry displayed in the Greene Room Bar during the run of Peter Pan (which will be seen by more than 22,000 people!)


All entries should include the artist’s name, age and contact number and be on A4 paper or card. Closing date for entries is Friday 8th November and they should be sent to Pantomime Poster Competition, Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1QR, or dropped off at the Box Office. Peter Pan runs from Friday 29th November 2019 until Sunday 20th January 2020. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at or visit the theatre in person.

Kesgrave Social Club News

November is going to be a full month of entertainment at Kesgrave Social Club (K.S.C.) for their members and guests, with dancing, race night and County darts. The enjoyment starts on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November with County darts, SUFFOLK v BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (B team Saturday and A team Sunday). Then, on the evening of Saturday 2nd there will be dancing to the very popular and appreciated band, SKA'D 4 LIFE. Doors open at 7pm.   Sunday 3rd November sees the return of Foxy Rock with dancing from 7.30pm  The Social Club’s very popular Race Night is back on Friday 8th November. The first race is at 8pm, place your ‘sensible’ bets and enjoy a drink. Winnings are paid at the end of each race. Saturday 9th November is Country music night with BLACK STEEL, with the entertainment starting at 7pm.   INFRA RED, one of the Club’s regular appreciated bands are back on Saturday 16th November with doors opening at 7pm and Sunday 17th November see FOXY ROCK back for another evening of entertainment. Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December SUFFOLK take on GWENT for the County Darts (as always B team Saturday and A team Sunday) Tickets are now available for Kesgrave Social Club’s Christmas events. TRICKS OF THE TRADE on Christmas Eve (£5.00) and New Years Eve NEW REVIVAL (£10.00). And, GARY’S XMAS DRAW with over 150 prizes at five goes for just £1.00 is always available to have a go during opening hours. There is always a good choice of quality beers, wines and spirits in the finely stocked bar and Harries Catering offer fresh cooked food on Friday and Saturday evenings, plus breakfasts on Saturday lunchtime. Kesgrave Social Club look forward to seeing members, members’ guests and, new members always welcome. Come and say hello at the K.S.C.

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Santa Specials It’s getting closer… at Mid Suffolk Light Railway

The nights are drawing in and thoughts are turning to that ‘wonderful time of the year’! Time to settle down with some knitting or cross stitch, model building or card making. Maybe you want to record your family photos in a decorative way? Or maybe your doll’s house needs a revamp?

For a magical Christmas treat for your younger children, a trip on a Mid Suffolk Light Railway Santa Special is not to be missed. Steam trains run from Brockford Station to ‘North Pole Halt’, where children up to 10 will have an individual visit to Santa in his Christmas Guards Van. Each child receives a present and there will be children’s entertainment and storytelling. The Stations, Brockford and ‘North Pole Halt’ and the Museum, shop and cafe, will all be decorated in full ‘Christmasy’ style to give the visit a real party feel.

At Craftability they can help with all of these as well as many more new ideas to keep your mind and hands active. Homemade Christmas presents show a great deal of thought and imagination and needn’t cost the earth. If you need inspiration come in and browse through a myriad of products to make that perfect gift. Alternatively, you could come to one of our many workshops. After a couple of hours, you will feel relaxed, inspired and have a lovely work of art to take home with you. Knitting and crochet are hugely poplar at the moment. Craftability has crochet workshops for those who need help but for those who just need materials they have wool, patterns, needles and accessories galore. If fabric is your passion, they have one of the largest fabric selections in town with their range ever changing. There are Christmas stocking kits with everything that you need to make a beautiful piece that will be used from year to year.

And the Santa Special’s genuine Great Eastern Railway Victorian four wheeled coaches are a historical experience for any passengers, especially the younger ones.

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Priced at £12.50 per person, including drinks and mince pies for everyone - even adults – this is a seasonal treat not to be missed, but trains are filling up fast, so early booking is recommended.

With a wide range of kits for all ages so your Christmas present ideas may be just a step away in Craftability!

All seats must be booked advance with up to two adults accompanying each child. Trains run from 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December. To book or for more information call 01473 890622 or visit www. The railway will also be operating steam train rides on January 1st and the museum, shop, and cafe will be open. Why not steam into the New Year at Suffolk’s only standard gauge preserved railway. Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Brockford Station, Station Road, Wetheringsett IP14 5PW. (Off the A140, follow the brown signs). 01449 766899

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Brilliant evening guaranteed Once again

A new recording of Falling Slowly has been released as the multi award-winning Broadway and West End musical Once returns to The New Wolsey Theatre.

The Academy Award-winning song Falling Slowly, introduces Daniel Healy as Guy and Emma Lucia as Girl. They will lead the cast of the first UK Tour of award-winning musical Once, which comes to The New Wolsey Theatre next year from Monday 24th to Saturday 29th February 2020. Written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Falling Slowly won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and features in both the 2007 film and the musical. Daniel said of the song, “At its core it’s very simple, but goes on this beautiful soaring journey. It starts small then builds into this beautiful crescendo. To a certain extent it is open, ambiguous and up for interpretation. It could mean anything to anyone. That’s what I love about it and I think that’s what most people, even if they don’t realise it, love about it.” Emma added, “This song is so special because it’s the first time ‘Guy’ and ‘Girl’ realise that they understand each other; they have a special connection when they make music together. Music has always and will always connect people in a way words sometimes can’t. It’s definitely one of my favourite moments in the whole show,


it gives me goose bumps every time.” Daniel Healy and Emma Lucia return to the roles of ‘Guy’ and ‘Girl’ after receiving critical and audience acclaim in the production’s premiere last year at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Daniel Healy is a singer-songwriter, musician and actor, who has co-written songs for multi-platinum artist Ronan Keating including the single Breathe, which topped the BBC Radio 2 Playlist. Theatre credits include Backbeat and Once, both in the West End. Emma Lucia made her professional debut as Marilyn and understudying Carole King in the UK Tour of Beautiful, before taking on the role of Girl in Once.

Based on the much-loved film, Once tells the uplifting yet yearning story of two lost souls - a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician - who unexpectedly fall in love. Following their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways. Once is a spellbinding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams. Based on the cult 2007 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a microbudget of just $160,000, Once premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 before transferring to Broadway in 2012. There it won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Productions have since opened all over the world, including the West End production in 2013 which received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Once has a Book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh, and Music & Lyrics by Academy Award winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song. It is based on the motion picture Written and Directed by John Carney. The Original Production Concept is by John Tiffany. • To book tickets for Once visit or telephone the Box Office on 01473 295900.


Local music group bring The Slipper and the Rose musical to Woodbridge The Riverside Musical Theatre Company RMTC) are excited to announce that they will be bringing ‘The Slipper and the Rose’ Musical to the Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge on 15th and 16th November 2019. Known locally for their sell out charity singing concerts featuring songs from the wonderful world of Musical Theatre the Woodbridge based company are looking forward to staging their first full-scale musical. The Slipper and The Rose was originally a 1976 British musical film directed by Bryan Forbes and starred Gemma Craven as the heroine, Richard Chamberlain as the prince, and a supporting cast led by Michael Hordern, Kenneth More, Edith Evans and Annette Crosbie. It was adapted for the stage by Philip Burley in 1984 and retells the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.

New Ipswich Rock School is a Sell Out Success A brand new music school for would-be rock stars has launched in Ipswich with ‘incredible demand’ for places. All Star Rock School Ipswich is the first in what will be a UK-wide music school, catering for drummers, guitarists, vocalists and keyboard players from aged six upwards. The tutor line up includes professionals who have toured with A-list bands and played at some of the world’s biggest venues and music festivals. Ash Howard, co-founder and Ipswich head tutor is a professional drummer who has toured with bands including The Libertines and taught hundreds of students, many of whom who have gone on to have professional music careers. He says, “We have a vibrant music scene in Suffolk, and desperately needed a safe, creative space for young people to be able to learn to play, perform and learn about the music industry. The response has been amazing so far and we have an incredible team of tutors who, I believe will deliver an unparalleled experience for our students.” Each two-hour session will include practical music tuition, followed by an hour-long live rock band experience, where students will get to perform the sets they have learned with their peers. The Ipswich school has already booked a live Christmas performance and has a range of extra-curricular activities planned, including gigs and live studio recordingsessions. Founder Trevor Wheatley-Perry, whose 13-year-old son Ben has been drumming since age eight, explains how the new rock school came about. “Kids who love music want to be in an exciting environment where they can perform with their peers and learn from switched on adults who have the experiences they aspire to, explains Trevor.  “I couldn’t see anything in the area that ticked all the boxes so, with help from a team of experts, I decided to create my own brand. Our launch night in Ipswich was full, with a waiting list, so we are already extending availability for weekly sessions and planning additional dates. We will open our second All Star Rock School in Colchester later this month. “It’s an exciting project that we hope will help produce some of Suffolk’s best future music talent, so watch this space!” Junior and senior sessions take place at The Meeting Place, Limerick Close, Ipswich every Monday, with beginner and adult sessions coming soon. For more information visit

With its romantic score by Richard and Robert Sherman it is a real story about two people in love. Enhanced by wonderful tunes, it is a story very much aimed at the family audience, retaining at the same time the enchantment and wonder that the Cinderella story has always held. Director, Sam De Vita says, "The company has gone from strength to strength over the past 4 years and to have the opportunity to stage a full-scale musical at The Riverside Theatre is a credit to everyone Involved. We have evolved so much as a company in such a short space of time and I am delighted to be able to direct such a wonderful musical. The whole company work incredibly hard when rehearsing to ensure that they bring the best performance that they can to the audiences that support us. We have an excellent cast who are already bringing their characters to life after only a few rehearsals. Audience members will not be disappointed and with it being so family oriented it really is a musical suitable for everyone”. Tickets for this charming production are available from the Box Office on 01394 382174 or by booking online at (This production is by arrangement with Stagescripts)



Seasonal Delight from Juniors As the Co-op Juniors head into a glittering 15th year at Snape Maltings, the scale of their annual Christmas production continues to reach dizzying heights. This year’s show remains the largest amateur production in the UK. In 2018, they welcomed a staggering 100,000th audience member to their family friendly spectacle. Hurtling towards Christmas alongside a cast of over 100 talented young performers, live orchestra, and a huge backstage operation working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring this magical production to life. Lucy Allen heads up the creative team this year to cook up a festive treat, “I’m delighted to direct and choreograph this year’s Spectacular! It’s wonderful to be part of such an ambitious production and exciting to play an important role in the development of these talented young people.” Behind the curtain, an army of volunteers stitch and sew all year round to prepare for the Juniors’ annual Christmas show. Resident Director Jeannie Ingram and Costume Supervisor Cilla Tricker oversee the creation of hundreds of costumes for each show, working with the rest of the creative team to bring the performers to life. “We make a large amount of the costumes ourselves” explains Jeannie. “Each musical number is different, and we design unique pieces to fit the mood and style of the show. We creatively re-purpose previous costumes with accessories for a new breath of life!” With tickets from £15 for every performance AND all Over 60 and Under 16 tickets on 6th December at £15, if you book early you can get a fantastic deal in excellent seats. Snape Maltings is a truly stunning location to celebrate Christmas. With free parking and many festive shops on site you can really make this a magical day out. Tickets from or on 01728 687110.






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6 to 15 December

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Elementary Christmas Comedy Thriller Common Ground Theatre Company present Sherlock Holmes & The Warlock Of Whitechapel this December. Julian Harries & Pat Whymark, the creative team behind two Christmas shows in the Eastern region last year - Eastern Angles' The Fenland Screamers and Common Ground's The Scarlet Pipistrelle - return this year to the rich dramatic seam of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation, to bring you another classic Xmas comedy thriller. "Who'd be interested in this old relic, Holmes?" murmured Watson, one morning at the breakfast table of 221b Baker Street. "Nonsense, Watson. A splash of cologne and a trim of your moustache, & I’m sure someone would have you". "Be serious, Holmes. Look here - in the Morning Post!"

Thus began the case that Dr Watson dared not share with the public, till now. A case that, were its full facts to be known, would shake the nation to its very core, and beyond. Ancient artifacts are disappearing from museums and private collections all over Europe,. A pre-Christian effigy one day, a shamanic totem the next, a pagan fetish at the weekend. Either someone's on their own personal antiques road trip, or they're trying to summon dark forces. and gain mystical powers. But to what end…and why? The ensuing adventure takes Holmes and Watson from the wharfs and alleys of East

London, to the icy wastes of the north and the hidden temples of the east (changing at Peterborough), as they pursue "The Warlock of Whitechapel" Touring to Harkstead, Woodbridge, Stowmarket, Colchester, Felixstowe, Aldeburgh, Diss, Ipswich and Ongar, for more information visit

Delightful Dickens Christmas Tale

The Magic Fishbone is Charles Dickens best kept secret. It is the most beautiful story about a girl called Alicia, who is a Princess, but very poor and facing all sorts of trouble in her life. Everything changes when she is given a Magic Fishbone which will give her whatever she wishes for…“provided she wishes for it at the right time.” Adapted for the stage by Red Rose Chain’s Artistic Director, Joanna Carrick, the play has everything you could wish for. It’s magical and romantic, at the same time as being wildly hilarious. There are fabulous puppets, great tunes and a cast of incredible characters including Percy Pickles the Fishmonger’s Boy, The Fairy Grandmarina and the bizarre love duo Mrs Flancrust and Mr Mackerel. The Company first performed the show six years ago at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich, where it was hailed as “A New Festive Classic” and received rave Five Star reviews, “Flawless! Will enchant all ages”(What’s on Stage). Red Rose Chain have developed a

style of Christmas show which truly works for all the family, from tinies to grandparents. Jo Carrick says, “It’s important to us to be able to welcome and cater for our whole audience at Christmas. The key word here is “magic” and we aim to sweep everyone away on an imaginative theatrical adventure. It’s also important to us to tell a classic story and Dickens’ writing is so evocative and memorable and translates to the stage so well. I can’t wait to rehearse this show with our new stunning cast.” The Magic Fishbone is at The Avenue Theatre this Christmas from 6th until 31st December and will star Genevieve Clarke as Alicia, with Matt Penson as Percy Pickles and Ailis Duff as Clyde. For tickets go to or call the Box Office on 01473 603388.

The Inaccurate Conception Most adults seem to be a ‘child’ at heart and members of the Am Dram Society in East Bergholt are no exception. Given the opportunity to play seven-year-old primary school children they leapt into character with delight and enthusiasm. Those playing the teachers and adults were almost disappointed until they realised that they didn’t have to wear school uniform!! Celia Whibley is an inexperienced young teacher at Verruca Street Primary School who has been given the unenviable task of directing this year’s Nativity Play with her class 3C. All the ‘usual suspects’ found lurking in any classroom are there in 3C – the swot, the loudmouth, the bully, the wimp and of course the future star of stage and screen. This hilarious play follows Celia’s nurturing of these children into angels, shepherds, innkeepers, sheep and (unexpectedly) a tap-dancing Mary. • The Inaccurate Conception is at the Constable Hall, East Bergholt on Thursday – Saturday 28th, 29th and 30th November at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 in advance from 01473 311553 or 07803 475750

— The Co-op Waterfront Music School — Friday 6th December


At the Co-op Education Centre Fore Street, Ipswich 7pm for 7.30pm – Free Entry ❆

Music performed by: The Co-op Waterfront Music School, The Co-op Senior Singers, The Wednesday Men and Guests Raising funds for The Ipswich Sports Club for the Disabled Refreshments available and Raffle ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::


We meet Saturday mornings during school term 9.00am-12.15pm Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JW

Tel: 01394 273290


Every Monday

Chatsworth Ladies Club. Tower Hall, Broadlands Way. 7.30-9pm, £3.00 tea, coffee and raffle ticket included. Excellent speakers and social events. Tel: 01473 711633 Carpet Bowls, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham, 8pm. For further infojohnvarden@ Zumba, 10am (60 mins) Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Rd. - £5 turn up Zumba Gold (low impact, 50 mins) St Francis Church Hall, Hawthorn Drive, 2pm - £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Zumba (60 mins) Westbourne Academy, Marlow Rd., 7.30pm, £5 turn up Yoga, Sidegate Lane Comm Centre, 10-11am Beginners Ballroom and Latin Class, Kesgrave High School, Main Rd., Kesgrave, 7pm, Tel: Sharon (AISTD) 07946 347167; Graham (AISTD) 07790 230651. All levels welcome. No partner necessary, £5 Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF, 9.30am–11am (Term time only). Body Moves & Dance Class, with Linda, St James Catholic Church Hall, 482 Landseer Rd, Ipswich, 7.459.15pm. A Fun & Friendly class, try a free taster session for more info Call Linda 01394 273033 Badminton, Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich 7.30pm -10pm £2.50 per session new members welcome for info contact Ann 01473 726423 Pilates, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 1.45pm - 2.45pm, £5 per class, New members welcome. For further details contact 07763 456078.

Every Tuesday

Tea Dances with Teresa Brown at Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, IP4 4HZ. From 2-4 pm, with dancing and refreshments. Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. £3pp members. 01473 422427. Memory Lane Cafe for people living with dementia, including carers, cared for and bereaved. 11am - 3pm - £1 entrance fee - light lunches and activities available - The Meeting Place Community Centre, Limerick Close, Ipswich IPI 5LR. Tel 07795 587425 for more info Cycle Speedway, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham from 6pm (March-Oct). Tel: Gavin on 07988 816874 to join and for further info. Carpet Bowls, Somersham Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tel Richard 01473 82711 or Sheila on 832591 for details Yoga, Kesgrave Com Centre, 7-8.30pm Totally Shredded, HIIT to drum and bass music. Kesgrave High School, 7.30-8.30pm Call 01473 613397 Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Martlesham Community Hall, Felixstowe Rd., Martlesham, IP12 4PB, 9.45am–11.30am (Term time only). Short Mat Bowls. Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich. 10am-12 noon. Beginners and experienced players are most welcome, £3 per session. Details Yvonne Beaumont 01473 411210. Ipswich Croquet Club, from 6pm at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham. For info or for free taster session, contact or 01394 671642 Craft Club, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10am – 12pm, A relaxed friendly group for all abilities. Sewing, knitting, crochet and other crafts, £1 per session, Refreshments and lunch available, for more info 01473 710721, Do you have one hour for Fun? Music? Dance? Join Jane of Suffolk Keep Fit Association at Woodbridge Community Centre Woodbridge. 9.45am - 10.45am, Contact Jane 07860 824747 Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 7.30pm – 10pm, £2.50 per session, New members welcome.  For more details contact Tony Crane 01473 410740. 22

Table Tennis. All standards and ages 7.30pm to 9pm, Lindsey Village Hall (next to the church), Lindsey (near Hadleigh), IP7 6PP, £2, info: 07768 828362 Art Group, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd., Ipswich, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 Co-op Ladies Choir meet at The Co-op Education Centre from 2.15pm to 3.30pm, Come and join this busy choir, performing on average 15 times a year, A friendly group, who enjoy singing to a high standard, If you would like to join us please contact Lynn Scannell 01473 710820 Senior Singers, Co-op Education Centre, Fore St., Ipswich, 10.30am – 12pm, Male & Female singers, 55 plus, join in this long established & friendly group of singers, No auditions. Call 01473 879817 Martlesham Heath Country Market, The Pavilion, The Square, Martlesham Heath, 9am, homemade, home-grown, and home-crafted items for sale.  For further information Tel 01473 623849 or

Every Wednesday

NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Zumba (60 mins) Oaks Primary School, Chantry, 6pm, £5 turn up Kick-boxing, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham. U14’s 6-7pm; 14yrs and over 7.309pm. Tel: Richard 07979 311086 for info. Zumba Gold, (low impact, 50 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, 10.30am, £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Beginners Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes; 7-8pm, 8.30 practice, then Intermediate class until 10pm. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. £3.00pp members. 01473 422427./01473 723070. Martlesham Art Group. 1.30-4.00pm Richards Rooms, Martlesham.(behind Tesco) Spaces available at an informal group with mixed abilities who just enjoy painting together with a cup of tea. Come and join us. Ring Diane on 01473 659257. Balkan and International Folk Dance. Quaker Meeting House, 39, Fonnereau Rd. Ipswich 10-12 Wednesdays in term time. For info call Sally 01473 252824 or email 11th Ipswich Wednesday Cubs, Chesterfield Drive Scout HQ, every Wednesday, during term time, 6.30pm to 8pm, For boys and girls from seven and a half to ten and a half years, Join for fun, friends, outdoor adventure, camps and visits, Call Mary on 07821 979509 for further information, Orwell Panthers Athletic Club for athletes with disabilities, aged 10+, Northgate Sports Centre between 6.15pm - 7.30pm, See website “” for more information Tea Dance, Hintlesham Community Hall, Timperleys, Hintlesham, 2pm - 4pm at £4 per person, coffee/tea and biscuits/cakes provided, Sequence/ballroom/latin dancing, contact Teresa 01473 422427 Co-op Singers meet every Wednesday in term time from 7.30pm to 9pm, Co-op Education Centre Fore St. Ipswich. Car parking is available - entrance from Waterworks St. New members welcome, no auditions, For further information telephone Margie 01473 727829 or Julie 07986261503. Art & Craft Group, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd., Ipswich, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 The Phoenix Women’s Group Meeting, The Quakers Friends Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Rd., Ipswich, From 10am -12pm, For more info 07976 768763 or email: Ip.Phoenix@Virginmedia.Com

Every Thursday

The Orwell Singers, at Museum Street Methodist Church, Ipswich, 7.30-9.30pm. Female voice choir looking for new members under new Musical Director,



Lindsay Gowers. For more details contact 01473 635955 or email Seated Zumba Gold, (last Thursday of month), 10.30am (45mins) Alasdair Place, Claydon £4 turn up (followed by optional tea/coffee) Zumba (60mins) Bramford Rd. Methodist Church, 7.15pm, £5 turn up Carpet Bowls, Nacton Village Hall, IP10 0EU, 7.30pm, Come and have a go. First three visits free, then £2 per evening if you like us and want to stay, A sociable and fun evening, just turn up! Thursday Forum at Christ Church, Tacket St., Ipswich – light lunches from 12.00 followed by free talk from 1.10 till 1.50pm. All welcome Yoga, Kesgrave Com Centre, 7-8.30pm Feeling lonely? Enjoy friendly company and learn something new in an hour round the Bible. 2.30pm to 3.30pm, at Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd.. For more info call 07419 837115. Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 2pm – 4.15pm, £2.80 includes tea & biscuits, for further information telephone 01473 725274 Body Moves & Dance Class with Linda, Girl Guiding Building, Garrison Lane,Felixstowe. 7.30pm to 9pm, A Fun & Friendly Class. Info call Linda 01394 273033 Ipswich Croquet Club, from 6pm at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham. For info or for free taster session, contact or 01394 671642 Cafechat, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10.30am -12pm, A free drop in group for the elderly with a mixture of activities including armchair exercises, table top games and discussion, Refreshments and pre-booked lunches available, For more info 01473 710721, ipswich. Woodbridge Tap Dance Classes, St John’s Church Hall, 10am -11am, Friendly, informal tap class for Adult Improvers, More info: woodbridgetapdance.weebly. com or Call/Text Jill Streatfeild on 07778 746315 Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information contact Adrian 01473 464920 Woodbridge Country Market, Woodbridge Community Hall, next to Deben Pool, 10am - 11.15am, Local Home Produced Food, Plants,  Vegetables and Hand made crafts for sale, Comfortable  tea room to meet your friends, Open to all Free Entry. Ipswich Country Market, Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 10.15am - 11.30am, Lots of home baked and handcrafted items available as well as Gluten free produces and local honey. Seasonal fruit and vegetables hand-picked the day before.  Free parking and tea and coffee refreshments available, great meeting place for new and old friends.  Coffee and Chat: informal coffee morning with activities, 10am – 12pm, All Saints Church Hall Blenheim Rd., Ipswich

Every Friday

Zumba (60mins) Stone Lodge Community Centre, Hawthorn Drive (behind library), 10am, £5 turn up Yoga, Burness Parish Rooms, Melton, 6-7.30pm Badminton Stowupland High School (IP14 4BQ) nr Stowmarket, 8-10pm, all players with some racket experience welcome. No league involvement, just friendly competitive games. £4 per session. Contact Kevin 01449 615136 Felixstowe Country Market, Trades & Labour Club, High Rd. West, Felixstowe, 10am – 11am, Short Mat Bowls. Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich. 10am-12 noon. Beginners and experienced players are most welcome, £3 per session. Details Yvonne Beaumont 01473 411210. Art Group, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10am – 12pm, £2 per session, An informal group of mixed abilities with lots of chatter,

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Refreshments and lunch available, For more info 01473 710721, Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich, 2pm - 5pm, £2.50, per session, New Members very welcome, for more details contact Tony Crane on 01473 410740 Modern Sequence Dancing with tuition, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, 7pm-8pm Beginners 8pm - 10pm Social Class 01449 711874

Every Saturday

HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. The Co-op Waterfront Music School meets at the Co-op Education Centre, Fore St., Ipswich. 9am-12.15pm, Orchestral, Recorder and Jazz Groups All ages and all abilities welcome 01394 273290 for further details Volleyball with Ipswich Ravens, St Alban’s School, Ipswich, 2pm - 4pm, Beginners or experienced, adults (£6) and juniors age 13 upwards (£3), Call or text Steve 07584 636669 Games Club, Woodbridge Library, 10.30am-2.30pm Drop in to play a wide selection of board games including pre-school learning, sci fi and traditional games, with a few puzzles too. Free squash and biscuits for children. Hot drinks are available at £1.00 each. The Club is free to attend but young children must be supervised by an adult.

Every Sunday

The Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum open 2-5pm. Behind Parkers Place, off Eagle Way, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3UZ (until 27th October) HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Frog Squad Sunday Kids Club, Salvation Army Bramford Rd., 11.30am to 12.15pm, all children from 3 to 12 very welcome for stories singing and games Kid’s Club Craft Activities, Woodbridge Library, 10.30am-12 noon.

Fri 1st Nov

Sproughton Community Bonfire, fireworks & BBQ Millennium Green, Sproughton, from 7pm. Fireworks at 8pm. Entrance by donation £6/adult & £3/child (U4’s free). Card payments accepted. Parking in School grounds (Church Lane) at £1. iao All Saints’ Sproughton Church Funds

Sat 2nd-Sun 3rd Nov

County Darts Kesgrave Social Club, 11am-6pm, Suffolk v Buckinghamshire

Sat 2nd Nov

James Bond Theme Fireworks, plus live music, entertainment, funfair, bar and food. Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Gates 6pm, Fireworks 8pm. Live Music: Ska’d 4 Life, Kesgrave Social Club, doors 7pm Live Music: Wannabe Shadows, Hadleigh Royal British Legion, 9-11.30pm

Sun 3rd Nov

Firework Spectacular, Felixstowe & Walton Utd FC, Goldstar Ground, Dellwood Ave, Felixstowe. Gates 4.30pm, display 6.30pm. Ipswich Farmers Market, Ipswich Corn Hill, 10am-2pm Foxy Rock, Kesgrave Social Club, 7.30pm

Tues 5th Nov

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

Wed 6th Nov

Presentation and talk, on the change in the cosmetic industry and how Tropic products are making a difference to the environment. Tropic director, Susie Ma, was a contestant in “The Apprentice”. At Oddfellows Hall, 37 High Street, Ipswich, 2-4pm or 6-8pm. Free entry with the option to treat yourself or for Christmas presents. Tropical juice and cakes available. More info call Lynne, 01473 251867

Fri 8th Nov

Race Night, Kesgrave Social Club. First race 8pm Tea Walk: Signs & Symbols. Seahorses, flying oxen and green men, starting from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, at 2pm, lasts 90 mins followed by refreshments. Cost £9 per person (incs refreshments). Pre booking essential thru Ipswich Tourist Information Centre or at Live Music: Scorpio Rising, Hadleigh Royal British Legion, 9-11.30pm

Sat 9th Nov

Ipswich RSPB Local Group Field Meeting along the River Deben at Melton for waders, wildfowl & woodland birds. Meet 9am at Melton Riverside car park. 2-3 hours. 2-3 miles. Contact 01473 258791. All welcome Live Music: Black Steel c/m, Kesgrave Social Club, doors 7pm Remembrance Service, The New Cemetery, Woodbridge 10.45am.

Sun 10th Nov

Martlesham Heath Annual Remembrance Service, 3pm, Barrack Square, (near the BT Adastral Park Main Entrance - where the Memorials are located). Everyone welcome. Remembrance Service, The War Memorial, Woodbridge, 10.45am, followed by open air service on the Market Square

Mon 11th Nov

Remembrance Service Woodbridge, 10.45am.





Tues 12th Nov

Coffee, Crafts and Conversation. Come and find out what Lynne and Teresa have for you this month. No experience required, just a have-a-go attitude! Card making, felting or knitting  ”twiddle muffs” for those living with dementia. Or bring your own projects (knitting/crochet/cross stitch/paper crafts/watercolours etc). Can you help? Do you have a craft expertise that you’d like to share? Refreshments available and plenty of chat. A great way to spend a morning in good company. At 10.30am The Oddfellows Hall, 37 High St., Ipswich IP1 3QH. Ring 01473 251867 for more details. All welcome. Small charge for materials and refreshments Spectacular Christmas Floral Demonstration, Kirton Church Hall, Church Lane, Kirton, 7.30pm, £5.Tea Coffee and biscuits will be available after the demonstration and all Vicki’s floral designs will be raffled at the end of the evening. For info 01394 411422 or email

Wed 13th Nov

Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society AGM, followed by talk from Keith Hillman on Bygones and Tools from a Personal Collection, at Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Rd, 7.30-9.30pm. Info: 01473 405116

Thurs 14th Nov

Tea Walk: Our Glorious Churches. Visit some of



the town’s most significant churches, starting from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, at 2pm, lasts 90 mins followed by refreshments. Cost £9 per person (incs refreshments). Pre booking essential thru Ipswich Tourist Information Centre or at Ipswich RSPB Group Indoor Meeting. ‘Birds in the Ancient World’, an illustrated talk. Rushmere St Andrew Church Hall, The Street, Rushmere, 7.30pm. Contact 07887 770942. All welcome.

Fri 15th Nov

Charity Quiz Night, Martlesham Community Hall, Felixstowe Rd, (behind Tescos), 7.30pm. Teams of 4-6, £5 per player. Call Ruth to book 01473 631239. Organised by Lions Club of Ipswich and iao of local good causes. Bring your own drinks and snacks.

Sat 16th Nov

Christmas Craft Fair, Holy Trinity, Stowupland, 10am5pm. Refreshments, Father Christmas Grand Hamper Draw, free admission Live Music: Infra Red, Kesgrave Social Club, doors 7pm

Sun 17th Nov

Foxy Rock , Kesgrave Social Club, doors 7.30pm

Mon 18th Nov

Ipswich Transport Society present a talk by Al Pulford on The Variety of Traction on the Wherry Lines from the 1980s to the Present Day at Greenfinch Church Hall, Greenfinch Ave, Ipswich, 7.30-9.30pm, £2 per head. Further info 01473 405116

Tues 19th Nov

Ipswich RSPB Local Group Midweek Walk round Bourne Bridge area and park. Meet at 10am at Bourne Park car park (Bourne Bridge entrance). Approx 2 hrs. Contact 01473 714839. All welcome.

Sat 23rd Nov

Coffee Morning, Church Room, Bramford, 10-12 noon. Bacon rolls & hot dogs and other refreshments, Books, jigsaws, CDs and DVDs. Live Music: Skittlez, Hadleigh Royal British Legion, 9-11.30pm

Sun 24th Nov

Artisan Christmas Craft, Art and Gift Fayre, The Best Western Ipswich Hotel, Copdock. Over 65 stalls including localy made arts and crafts, 10am-4pm, admission £1 (iao FIND) Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance, Mendlesham Community Centre, 2-5pm, all welcome, further info 07773 185494 Car Boot Sale at The Suffolk Punch Trust. Sellers £5 per car, £10 for van/trader (set up 9am, opens 10am). Buyers free admission. Info 01394 411327,

Wed 27th Nov

Royal Naval Association - Our Shipmates welcome new members to join them at their lunch-time meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Kirby Street Conservative Club. All Maritime Services personnel, MN and others with military connections are eligible. Contact the Secretary, Ray Leonard, 01473 740735; Glow Worms, an illustrated talk, plus Wildlife Quiz and Raffle. Stowupland Village Hall, at 7.30pm. Admission £2.50 inc refreshments.

Sat 30th Nov & Sun 1st Dec

County Darts, Kesgrave Social Club, 11am-6pm Suffolk v Gwent Christmas Craft Fair, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to or call 01449 711111 23

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ECO-FRIENDLY – Taking Action to Save Our Planet

Understanding needed on climate change Almost two thirds of Brits would be more willing to tackle climate change - if they understood what they could do. A study of 4,000 adults found only half believe recycling will help the environment, with just 49 per cent believing that removing single use plastics will make a difference. And just three in 10 think being energy efficient would have the biggest impact on protecting the environment. It also emerged that only one in five are aware the smart grid - which uses data to help make the UK more energy efficient - has the power to help make the country more sustainable. The research was carried out by Smart Energy GB as part of it's 'Missing Piece' campaign, to highlight the effect of energy efficiency and smart meter installation in the battle against the climate crisis. Experts believe that if every household took action on energy efficiency now the UK could achieve 11 per cent of its 2050 carbon targets. It comes after Smart Energy GB partnered with the University of Salford and the Energy Saving Trust, to find that less than three per cent of the UK’s conversations about climate change mention the topic of energy efficiency. Just 2.61 per cent of 24,429 national news stories around climate change from July 2017-July 2019 referenced energy efficiency. The same subject was mentioned just 466 times in Parliament over that time period, with a fraction - just 0.27 per cent - of MPs tweets also highlighting the issue. Energy efficiency received zero mentions in IMDBs synopses of television documentaries released in the UK, and a mere 0.12 per cent of the public’s 3.2 million Twitter posts about climate change included any reference to the matter.

Conservationist and TV presenter Chris Packham, who is supporting Smart Energy GB's #missingpiece campaign said, “Never before has the climate and environmental emergency been on so many people’s lips. “Having campaigned for many environmental issues, I know the impact that TV programming, public debate and media coverage can have on awareness levels and positive behaviour change. “We’re reducing our consumption of single use plastics and we’re making our homes more eco-friendly. “Now we’re calling on politicians, the media and the public to help fill in the missing piece by including energy efficiency in the climate change debate. “But, talking alone is not enough. One small step we can all take today to become more energy efficient, individually and as a nation, is by getting a smart meter installed – they’re the foundation of a smart energy system.” The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found 62 per cent reckon it’s UK consumers’ responsibility to tackle climate change. To highlight how the topic of energy efficiency is missing in the climate change debate - Smart Energy GB took over a news stand and filled it with their own Missing Piece newspaper. Sacha Deshmukh, CEO of Smart Energy GB, said, “We are facing a climate crisis. The UK wants to lead the world with our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. “But, we have a lot to do if we really want to meet that goal. “Unless we transform our climate change conversation and talk about real changes in the way we use energy, our commitment to reach zero carbon won’t be worth the paper it is written on.”


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n Millions of Brits admit to ignoring environmental concerns to make their lives easier, a study has found. A poll of 2,000 adults found despite 87 per cent agreeing on the importance of being green, more than half believe it’s often ‘inconvenient’. Three in 10 admit binning plastic food containers rather than washing them out and recycling it. And 23 per cent have requested a paper bill when they could have gone ‘paperless’ - and had the receipt emailed to them instead. Almost half pay for plastic bags with their shopping to save them having to remember to carry a reusable bag around, and 27 per cent often use a tumble dryer instead of hanging washing out to dry. Others admit buying paint in a plastic pot rather than a metal can that can be recycled at most household waste and recycling centres. Environmental concerns also go out the window amid boiling a kettle filled with more water than we need and having the heating turned up high all the time. A spokesman for Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association, which commissioned the research, said, “Our results found the vast majority of Brits are keen on the idea of being green. Unfortunately, it often only takes the slightest inconvenience to knock all of the wind out of our sails and we wind

ECO-FRIENDLY – Taking Action to Save Our Planet

up doing things that are easy – but not great for the planet. But we do also look to retailers and manufacturers to make it clear how we can be more environmentally friendly when we use their products. Those on-pack recycling logos and instructions clearly matter.” The study also found a 25% of Brits have thrown food away which could have been eaten or reused in some way, and a third are happy to jump in the car when they could easily walk the distance. More than half pick up disposable batteries rather than ones they need to recharge and 37 per cent have bought a bottle of water when they could have used one from home. It also emerged a fifth of respondents would go as far as to say they feel that being environmentally and ecologically friendly is a ‘burden’ on their lives. A quarter think it’s too expensive, and one in five simply don’t believe their contribution will make a difference to the future. Others say they are ‘too busy’ to be green - or find it confusing. However, 65 per cent of respondents do worry about the impact of people not being environmentally friendly on future generations. Top 20 things Brits do because it’s more convenient than being green 1. Buy new batteries instead of rechargeable ones 2. Use a plastic straw 3. Pay for a 5p plastic bag instead of remembering your re-usable shopping bags

4. Put fresh fruit and veg in a plastic bag at the supermarket 5. Leave lights turned on when you aren’t in the room 6. Buy a plastic bottle of water instead of carrying one you can reuse 7. Leave plug sockets switched on even when they aren’t in use 8. Drive when you could have walked 9. Throw out plastic food packaging instead of washing it out to recycle it 10. Use a tumble dryer instead of hanging clothes on the line 11. Put something recyclable into the bin instead of sorting it into the right recycling box 12. Throw food away which could have been eaten or reused 13. Boil a full kettle for one cup of tea 14. Buy paint in plastic pots instead of metal, which can be recycled 15. Use a new coffee cup with your takeaway coffee instead of taking a reusable one 16. Still ask for paper bills when you could go paperless 17. Leave a tap running for a long time/ when you aren’t using it 18. Have the heating on while also having windows open 19. Leave the shower on when you aren’t in it 20. Wash laundry on a hot wash when it didn’t need it

Energy efficiency and eco-friendly too! It’s widely known that your house can loose heat through both the windows and your roof. This heat loss can, not only add pounds to your energy bills, it also isn’t that great for the environment either. So, what can you do? – It does not cost the earth to be energy efficient at Eastern Counties Home improvements Ltd. As they do not produce dramatic television campaigns, they can supply energy efficient windows for a much lower cost than many of the national double-glazing companies and are the perfect place for roofing solutions. Eastern Counties is a registered installer of the Sarnafil Roof Assured roofing system. A unique 1 ply membrane with a 40 year plus life expectancy and all installations carry a 15 year manufacturer's material guarantee. Sarnafil products were first developed in Switzerland in 1958, primarily for use on commercial and industrial buildings. Designed to cope with temperatures ranging from -30°C to 120°C and to withstand all weather conditions.  Sarnafil flat roofing provides perfect roofing solution for homes and extensions, conservatories, balconies and terraces, dormers, porches and garages. Available in a range of colours, the weather resistant hard wearing membrane provides value for money and can improve the thermal efficiency of your home.  Single glazed windows, or those installed before April 2002, could be losing heat and therefore money. Switching to energy efficient windows can save energy and reduce your heating bills by up to £461.00 per year A staggering 25%-30% of heat lost from houses is through the windows, from the homeowners point of view lost heat equates to lost money and to the environment it means more carbon is released as a result of higher fuel use. Replacing wooden windows with energy efficient A rated PVC-u windows could save you a small fortune on your heating costs as well as reducing noise, draughts and condensation  Windows are now rated in the same way as electrical appliances with an A, B, C etc rating to indicate energy usage. The energy rating is determined the 'U' Value which is a measure of how well heat passes through a material. The lower the 'U' Value the greater the resistance to heat flows and therefore the better the insulating qualities.  Eastern Counties Home improvements Ltd’s well engineered A rated windows achieve a U Value of 1.4W/m²K and will reduce energy consumption while looking good for years to come. They provide A rated energy efficient windows for no additional cost so you can minimise your impact on the environment while both saving money and enhancing the appearance of your home. 

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Brits compete to be eco-conscious Forget the Joneses - eco-conscious Brits are now ‘keeping up with the Greens’ by trying to outdo friends and neighbours in the environmental stakes. Research has revealed more than two-thirds (70 per cent) of adults view manmade climate change and ocean pollution as the biggest threat to humanity. And while one-upmanship was traditionally confined to competitions over who has the flashiest gadgets or the tidiest front garden, things are taking a shift towards being green. A survey found 22 per cent have tried to outdo their peers when it comes to recycling and reducing their carbon footprint. One in five said they have fallen out with a friend or neighbour because they thought they were harming the environment. And 15 per cent admitted they judge their neighbours for their lack of recycling. The survey by Hyundai revealed four in 10 adults actively inform friends and family if they have bought an eco-friendly product. More than half (58 per cent) admitted they get annoyed at neighbours who put recyclable items in with general waste. To make a point, one in 13 made a habit of ensuring their neighbours could see how much recycling they putting out on bin day. The research also found 80 per cent of adults take pleasure in recycling while 70 per cent have tried to be more energy efficient over the past two years. A third of adults said they have considered or are considering cutting back on beef and dairy consumption. And when it comes to car buying, a vehicle’s green credentials are four times as important as its acceleration and top speed. Nearly 60 percent would consider owning an electric or hybrid vehicle instead of a petrol or diesel - to cut down on their carbon emissions. However, cost (58 per cent) was the biggest concern for Brits considering an eco-friendly car, followed by worries about enough charging points (54 per cent). The time it takes to charge a car and range anxiety (both 46 per cent) were other concerns. Hyundai commissioned OnePoll to carry out the research to highlight its range of eco-friendly vehicles. It is the only car company in the UK which sells battery electric models, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell cars. A spokesperson for Hyundai said, “The findings show how important the environment is to people living in the United Kingdom. Seventy per cent of

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respondents regard man-made climate change and pollution as the biggest issue facing humanity. “Hyundai is committed to accelerating the transition to clean mobility and is investing heavily into alternative-fuel vehicles. We already have zero emission models like the Kona Electric and the NEXO fuel cell which actually cleans the air as it’s driven. By the middle Most popular things Brits are considering of next year nearly 80 per doing or have done to be Gre en: cent of our line-up will be • Walking more available as an electrified • Cutting back on beef and version. dairy consumption "This will give motorists • Switching to a renewable energy supplier a wide range of choice • Buy secondhand clothes ove r new clothes and allow them to make • Buy secondhand furniture the switch to a more over new furniture • Reducing air travel environmentally-friendly car that will still suit their • Buy or rent a more energy efficient home needs." • Recycling The firm has just added

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Things you don’t want to find in your machine When you think about it washing machines are one of the most robust household appliances, aren’t they? They have to deal with all sorts of mess and get things looking nice and clean again. But even so, there are certain things you will never want to find in your washing machine after a cycle. Research from Repair Aid helped us come up with this list of unexpected or unwanted things people found in their washing machines. From pocket waste to some true mysteries let’s look at some of the things people never expected or ever wanted to see after a wash cycle.


Let’s start with one of the more common items, shall we? Leaving things in your pockets is a pretty common mistake and most washing machines won’t really be affected too badly. However, if there is one thing you want to avoid finding in your washing machine after a finished wash cycle it is pens. Pens can easily break apart during a wash cycle and that means the ink can spread about. Seeing broken pens in the drum after a wash cycle is going to be the bad news so take care to ensure none accidentally get left in the washing machine.


No one wants to see food waste in the drum after a wash cycle as it can cause a lot of mess. I once left a chocolate bar in my jeans pocket and things didn’t end well. Food of all kinds has ended up going through the wash cycle including sweets, gum, chocolate, fruit and much more. Sometimes the food might remain relatively intact but in most cases, it will break apart and create more mess during the wash cycle. Which means you will have to not just send the clothes through a wash again to get them clean but also have to clean out the washing machine as well.


Putting a banknote through the wash used to be the dreaded scenario everyone feared but now notes are much more robust and they can usually survive a wash cycle intact. Coins, however, are bad news when it comes to washing machines because they can sometimes cause damage to the machine. A small stray coin will likely not do any damage but if you accidentally leave a few larger coins in your pocket it can damage the drum as it spins. You will also likely hear the coins jangling around once the washing machine is moving as well. So, avoid leaving coins in your pockets at all costs as it is better to be safe.

drying cycle as well as a wash. If your cards are damaged already then they can break apart and damage the clothes as well.

Smartphones/ Mobiles

Let’s finish our list with what most people will consider the worst thing to find in your washing machine, shall we? A mobile or smartphone that goes through a wash cycle will likely not come out in a great condition. If you’re lucky it might dry out and you will be able to use it again after some time but in most cases, it will likely not work. Seeing a potentially very expensive piece of technology get ruined over a simple mistake is going to make anyone wary of using their washing machine again. Yes, it might not do much damage to the clothes but it can cost you a lot of money to replace.

What Should You Do If You Suspect Something Is Stuck in Your Washing Machine?

In most cases, your washing machine should be okay if you leave something in your pockets however in some cases a foreign object stuck in your washing machine can cause a lot of damage. The first thing to do is to ensure you inspect the drum carefully and check any clothes before you put them in the machine. If you hear a clunking or banging sound during the wash cycle stop the machine quickly, most modern washing machines should have an emergency stop button. Once it is stopped unload the wet washing and then inspect the clothing and drum carefully. If you spot any foreign objects remove them and reload the washing machine. However, if you don’t spot anything and the problem persists contact a qualified repairman to inspect the washing machine for you. Contacting a professional to inspect your washing machine is always going to be the better option when it comes to removing foreign objects.


Keys are a problem for two reasons namely you can guarantee they will get put through the wash when you need them most. Picture this you need your car keys to get to work but then realise they are still in your pocket and those trousers are going through the wash. So, losing your keys is a big problem but when it comes to putting them through the washing machine there is a potentially more serious issue at hand. Much like coins keys can bang against the drum of the washing machine and can damage the internals of the machine. Keys can be quite sharp as well which means they could damage more delicate materials.

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Top 25 Winter Worries


1. Being without heating and/or ho t water 2. Paying more for energy bills 3. Battling winter illnesses e.g. cold and flu 4. Getting up wh en it's dark outside As Britain braces itself for the winter, hiked energy bills, worrying about home repairs and 5. Falling on ice having to get up when it's dark outside also featured on a list of top anxiety triggers. 6. Winter Blues e.g. Seasonal Af fective Disorder ca by darker days Having to pay for Christmas Day, putting on weight and doing less exercise also boost stress used 7. Burst pipes levels over the winter months. 8. Constantly fee The study of 2,000 homeowners also revealed one in five are concerned about a deep ling cold 9. Worrying abou freeze causing their pipes to burst, while a tenth are worried their heating isn’t up to the task t being able to aff ord the cost of wi energy bills nter of warming their home. 10. Not being ab le to repair my boiler an Many are right to worry though as 45 per cent have experienced their boiler breaking down d having to purchase a new one in winter, taking an average of seven days to get fixed - at a cost of almost £940. 11. Cold hands/fee t 12. Not having en But almost half of property owners don’t set anything aside to deal with home emergencies, ough to pay for a significant home despite the average Briton expecting to spend £1,278 overcoming testing times this winter. emergency over winter - such as replacing a boile bu rst pipes, roof rep Andy Kerr, co-founder of smart home tech installers, BOXT, which commissioned the study r, air 13. Getting snow said, “When it comes to our homes, health and finances, more than half of homeowners ed in 14. Putting on we agree that winter is far more stressful than summer. ight 15. General Chris tmas Day stress "One in six respondents feel they have overpaid for emergency repairs in the past as they 16. Roof/gutter pro blems and repair didn’t feel clued-up as to how much it should cost.” s 17. Not having en ough money save d for Christmas The study also found that worrying about being ripped off for home repairs is a major 18. The car break ing down source of stress for two thirds of property owners. And in total, Brits estimate they paid 19. My heating no t being up to the task of keeping my £383 on repairs to their home during winter last year. home warm 20. Doing less ex But 24 per cent believe they wouldn’t be ercise 21. Public transpo financially prepared to do the same again this rt delays 22. Worrying my year and would have to consider putting the No.3 car will break down 23. Worrying abou expense on a credit card. Despite knowing t break-ins 24. Christmas pa the risks, one in seven homeowners have rty season 25. Spending mo never serviced their boiler, while 13 per re on health and pharmacy products i.e. cold and flu rem cent are unaware of how much a new edies, vitamins, lip balm heating system would cost. A third also said they wouldn’t have the disposable cash to cover the cost of a new system if it broke tomorrow.

Being without heating or hot water, illnesses - and falling on ice are among the biggest winter stresses.

As for fielding basic maintenance ahead of the winter months, worryingly, one in five do not know where to turn the gas off at the mains, while an eighth do not where the stop-cock is. More than a third (36 per cent) of those surveyed in the study, have also never checked their boiler pressure, with 52 per cent unaware of what the correct operating pressure of their boiler should be. Andy Kerr added, “With forecasters predicting the coldest winter in 30 years, it’s well worth taking the time to make sure your home is in good working order, before temperatures really start to bite. No.16 “It's only when you're without your boiler you realise how much you rely on it. “We’ve removed all of the confusion and pain points of buying unfamiliar items for the home such as boilers and air-conditioning units and made them as easy and quick to order as your favourite takeaway.”

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Get down to earth It’s all change in the garden this month as autumn colour and falling foliage transforms trees, shrubs and borders. It’s a wonderful sight that brings the gardening year to a spectacular end. Autumn is a busy season, with plenty to tempt us outside to keep us active, even if early frosts force us to dress up warm. There’s summer bedding to clear away, border perennials to cut down, veg plots to clear, and leaves to collect and convert into valuable leafmould to use for mulching and feeding the soil. Pots and baskets can be planted with evergreens and hardy bedding like pansies, and a host of spring flowering bulbs including tulips and narcissus planted for colourful early displays. Gardening throughout the year brings with it many benefits, like keeping us active in the fresh air, while direct contact with soil has been shown to be valuable to our mental health and wellbeing. Research has demonstrated the value of ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’ in the alleviation of health problems, relieving stress, and improving our mood and restful sleep. Digging compost and manure into your soil provides exercise while at the same time improving soil structure, fertility and composition. In addition it’s been found that working with soil can also boost our immune system, probably by exposing us to beneficial bacteria.



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Studies have shown that children exposed to a variety of microbes have decreased incidence of allergies and asthma. One reason could be that in our increasingly clean and sterile homes and surroundings that children aren’t exposed to the ‘bugs’ that help them develop strong immune systems. Getting dirty in the garden could be just what everyone needs. As the saying goes ‘We are what we eat’, and there’s an increasing body of evidence that shows that by eating organically grown produce we’ll be ingesting higher levels of beneficial ingredients like vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. What better reason can there be to start growing your own, and enjoy the benefits of feeding your family with fruit and crops you’ve raised yourself … and probably save money too! Research around the world continues to highlight the many benefits of gardening, and although the benefits of direct contact with soil and friendly bacteria aren’t yet fully understood they indicate what many people believe … gardening is great therapy!


Some friendly bacteria found in the soil may act on our brain like antidepressants. Research by University College London and Bristol University found that a common soil bacteria acts on brain cells to stimulate production of the ‘happy chemical’ serotonin, altering mood in a similar way to antidepressants. Other studies have shown that patients treated with the friendly bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae experienced less pain and increased vitality and cognitive function. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to depression, and although the role of this chemical in our body is a complex one perhaps breathing in or ingesting these friendly bacteria bring benefits to our health and wellbeing.


Autumn is a good time for planning and planting, establishing plants into warm soil before the onset of winter. The soil in new borders should be prepared, digging in generous quantities of compost and bulky organic material to improve its structure and drainage, getting conditions right for new plants. Always choose plants suited to the soil, site and conditions you can provide. And that’s where the experts at your local nurseries and garden centres can help out, so visit them now to pick their brains for the best advice and suggestions. Large patio pots, tubs, troughs and baskets can also be planted with a selection of evergreen, flowering and berrying plants to provide colour and interest over the cold winter months ahead, such as skimmia, gaultheria, ivy, viburnum, euonymus, plus flowering bedding like pansies and violas. Many bare-rooted plants are only available from the autumn offering great value for hedging and planting projects. Whether it’s new fruit and trees, a mixed border of shrubs and perennials, or a bed full of fragrant roses, an impressive range of plants are available now ready for immediate planting.

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Nine ways to deter slugs and snails this autumn Gardeners have been offered nine eco-friendly tips for deterring slimy slugs and snails from their backyards this autumn. Outdoors experts at have revealed the best ways to get rid of pesky gastropods without the use of pesticides that harm beneficial creatures and pollute our waterways.

Slugs lay eggs nearly all year round, but most prolifically in late summer and early autumn. And when autumn leaves start to fall, slugs and snails will have lots of new hiding places to choose from. These gastropods are a nuisance to gardeners worldwide, but there are plenty of easy ways to keep your vegetable and ornamental crops safe. A spokesperson for said, “Slugs and snails probably cause the most devastation to gardens – they’ll think nothing of munching through your prettiest plants and ruining any vegetables you’ve lovingly grown. “And whilst killing them with pesticides might be effective, it also has a terrible impact on other wildlife, your pets and the environment in general. Ideally, we’d all have the time to go around plucking each one by hand, but this can take a while – plus it’s pretty gross.

“Instead, we’ve suggested nine alternative methods that will help you get rid of any slugs and snails in the garden, and then stop others from returning.”

1. Feed them citrus peels

Slugs love citrus, so don’t throw away your orange or lemon rinds. Instead put them in your garden to bait the slugs and snails away from your plants. In the morning, check your peels to see if any slugs or snails are on them, and remove these from your garden. Refresh with new peels as appropriate to continue your decoy operation.

2. Deter with rough surfaces

Slugs and snails hate crawling over scratchy surfaces, so try surrounding the stems of your plants with crushed eggshells or insert a sand-paper collar around the stem. Sprinkling sand around edges would work too. This won’t kill them, but it might slow them down and keep them off your plants.

3. Copper

Strangely enough, research shows that slugs and snails cannot tolerate crawling on copper surfaces, which gives them a mild electrical shock when they crawl over it. So, put copper bands around your flowerpots or beds to deter them from crawling up and onto your plants. Pennies will work just as well too.

4. Herbal repellents

Planting sage or mint around your garden plants will help deter slugs and snails. Other herbs and plants which may deter these critters include garlic, fennel, and even geraniums.

5. Vinegar spray

Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a pump spray bottle, go out into your garden in the evening (the hours that snails and slugs are usually active) and spray any you see. As vinegar is mildly acidic, it will kill any snails or slugs it touches. However, vinegar is toxic to vegetation, so only spray snails or slugs that haven’t yet reached your plants.

6. Ammonia spray

Alternatively, you can mix equal parts ammonia and water and spray snails and slugs as described above.

7. Coffee

Slugs and snails cannot tolerate caffeine, so deter them by placing coffee grounds around your plants.

8. Encourage natural predators

You can encourage native slughungry predators to inhabit your garden. For example, birds love slugs, so you could install a birdbath or birdhouse. Other creatures such as frogs, hedgehogs, shrews and ducks all eat slugs too.

9. Beer trap

Bury an open container so that the rim is level with the ground and put about an inch of beer in it. The slugs will dive into this shallow beer pool and meet their hasty demise. Check the trap each morning and clean it out as necessary.




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Ipswich Lights Switch-on Organisers are busy preparing for Suffolk’s greatest Christmas lights switch-on. The traditional event on Ipswich’s Cornhill will take place on Thursday 21st November, with music, dazzling entertainment and the hushed oohs and ahhs which follow the big switch on between 6.45pm and 7pm by the Mayor and her special guests. The entertainment begins at 4.30pm so don’t be late! The real 50ft tree has been ordered from the Elvedon estate and will tower over

the town’s central square when it arrives a few days before the switch on. Ipswich Borough Council, which organises the switch on in partnership with Ipswich Central and its other partners, is planning a super seasonal car park offer at Crown to attract people into the town on late night shopping Thursdays – which also begin on 21st November.

Ipswich Playbus gets share of £1m charity hand-out The Ipswich Community Playbus has been awarded a share of a £1,000,000 fund supporting under18s as a part of a hugely successful national campaign. “Maggie” The Playbus represented Persimmon Homes Suffolk as one of 96 finalists in the housebuilder’s Building Futures competition, receiving £5,000 as a runner-up. From February to May, Building Futures handed out grants totalling £128,000 to organisations supporting young people in sport, education & arts and health throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The competition culminated in a gala dinner at York Racecourse, where three finalists were each awarded the top prize of £100,000, three the second prize of £50,000 and three the third prize of £20,000. The remaining 87 finalists were handed £5,000 each. Lucy Woodhall, head of sales at Persimmon Homes Suffolk, said, “The Building Futures scheme has been a great success and we are proud to celebrate the fantastic work of so many organisations supporting young people in our communities. “We have been overwhelmed by both the response to the competition, and the hard work and dedication of those involved within all the groups.” The first, second and third prize winners were decided by a public vote and more than 225,000 votes were cast. The £100,000 prize winner in the sport category was Scrappers Gym based in Swindon, Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association secured the award for education &arts and the Young People’s Counselling Service Annabelle Davis project in Peterborough was handed the health award. The second prize awards of £50,000 went to Leeds Rowing Club for sport, UK Astronomy in Milton Keynes for education & arts and Norwich-based Toy Like Me for health. Andover BMX Club scooped £20,000 for sport in third place, while Wargrave House in Newton-le Willows won the education & arts award and Butterwick Hospice Kidz Club in Stockton was handed the health award.



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n The warm summer evenings are now behind us and with the clocks changing, lighter evenings are now a distant memory, however that doesn’t mean you have to hang up your running shoes for the next few months. Running in the dark can be just as enjoyable, you just have to be mindful of your safety when hitting the pavement this winter.

be isolated. And, don’t always run the same routes at the same time as this will create patterns to possible unwanted attention.

Here are Rushmere Community Runners’ top tips for night time running and how to ensure you still get those miles in safely.

Take your phone

Be Seen

One of the most important things to consider when heading out on a dark evening is can you be seen by other road users? These days there is a vast array of reflective running apparel from hi-vis to lights and there really is something to suit the budget of any runner. If you are heading out, it’s best not to rely on street lights to see where you’re going and, head lamps or chest lights are available for just a few pounds, add to this a reflective vest and you’re good to go. Just ensure your lights are fully charged before you leave the house.

Choose a familiar route

It is a good idea when running at night, especially when running alone, to plan your route before hand and let somebody else know where you are going and when you expect to return. Maybe choose a route that you have run before in daylight. Many running apps also have a tracking function so your friends or family can see where you are on your run, these are a fabulous idea for the safety conscious. Stick to routes that you are familiar with and roads and paths that are not going to

If you are running alone you should always have a phone on you anyway just in case, however when running in the dark this becomes a must. A mobile phone can get you out of trouble, and quickly. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation you can call for help. Trip and fall, a quick call to a loved one and you’ll soon be back in the warm, safe and dry. Also, many smart phones have tracking apps and GPS again allowing you to let somebody know where you are and that you’re ok. What3words is a fantastic free app that uses a unique series of three words to pinpoint your location to a 3m square point and something really worth downloading to your phone as it will allow you to be found if needs be really easily.

Run against the traffic

Facing traffic as you run not only provides drivers a clear view of you ensuring they can easily spot you, it also means that you can see of oncoming vehicles and allows you to make any last-minute manoeuvres should you need to. Also try to choose routes where there is a clear footpath if you can, running country lanes in the dark, with no path is only asking for trouble.

Know your surroundings

Night running takes a little more concentration. Ensure that you are aware of what’s going on around you. Simply taking more care can be the difference between minutes or seconds of preventing an accident, especially in the dark when it becomes harder to distinguish objects from people. This may also be a good time to ditch those headphones too. If you are going to listen to music think about only using one ear bud. Ideally you want to be able to hear what’s going on around you. There are many road users who do not wear any kind of reflective clothing, like the cyclist with no lights that seem to appear out of nowhere or pedestrians in dark clothing.

Join a group.

As the saying goes ‘safety in numbers’ and this couldn’t be truer when it comes to running in the dark. Not only is running in a group enjoyable, you can also look out for each other, keeping everyone safe. At Rushmere Community Runners they offer both group running throughout the winter months and training session on a floodlit astro pitch, all with qualified England Athletics Run Leaders. What better way to stay safe and keep running this winter? For more information about Rushmere community Runners visit their website at for details of sessions and group runs, with something to suit all abilities.

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n FORD'S FOCUS with Daniel Ford

Don't Give Up! For a sporting star to really capture the heart of a nation they have to have their fair share of trials and tribulations, take Tiger Woods winning the 2019 Masters after years of personal and physical problems, Nick Skelton recovering from a broken neck to win show jumping gold at Rio 2016, the list goes on. As you may have guessed this article focuses on another of these sporting stars, one by the name of Katarina Johnson-Thompson. KJT, as she is widely referred to as in the media, is a British heptathlete who has competed for her country for the past seven years in a variety of international competitions. Her career took off when she broke Jessica Ennis Hill’s junior record for the heptathlon in May 2012, and she followed this up by winning World Junior Championship gold in the long jump. In fact her performances were of such high quality that she qualified for the 2012 Olympics in which she finished a very respectable 13th considering she was only 19. The following year she

finished fifth at the World Championships and going into the European and Commonwealth games in 2014 she was in the form of her life, then disaster struck… A crippling foot injury ruled her out of these competitions, in which she was heavy favourite to win both, and she was forced to try and recover in time for the 2015 World Championships. This she did with a great degree of success and after three events she lay in second place behind compatriot Jessica Ennis-Hill, moving into the long jump (her favourite event) she had a real chance to challenge for gold. Inexplicably though she failed to register a legal jump and hence gained no points in the event, this killed her overall chances and ultimately left her marooned in 28th place. Such was her disappointment that she broke into tears when interviewed by the BBC, she had thrown away a medal! A year later and a chance for redemption as she lined up at the Rio Olympics with a genuine shot

at a gold medal, this was her time to shine. Mentally however she just couldn’t cope with the pressure and faltered badly in her weaker events (the javelin and shot put) leaving her in fifth place and considering her future in the event. Surely it couldn’t get any worse? Oh but it could. A year later she had another chance for success at the World Championships in London but had a catastrophic high jump in which she was 18cm below her personal best and once again this cost her a medal. As she lined up this year for the Worlds in Doha arguably the pressure was greater than ever, there was no Jessica Ennis-Hill to hide behind any more, this was her time to shine. And shine she did. KJT produced the best heptathlon of her life, setting new personal bests in the hurdles, shotput, javelin and 800 metres to not only smash the British record but also claim the gold. In doing so she captured the heart of a nation, despite everything she faced she came out the other side and boy was it worth it.

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Could your area benefit from the Fit Villages project?

n The Fit Villages project, which is run by Active Suffolk and is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, helps villages in rural locations to set up physical activity sessions by using village facilities such as community centres, village halls, libraries and playing fields. The project has already helped many villages across Suffolk to set up activities such as Pilates, Yoga, Table Tennis, Nordic Walking, Zumba, Badminton, Keep Fit, Walking Football and many more! The project plays a vital role in combating social isolation and loneliness whilst also supporting those living in rural parts of the county to become more physically active and venture out of the house. The results to the participants health and wellbeing whilst attending Fit Villages programmes is outstanding. Pat from Battisford Village started Fitness Yoga when the Fit Villages project was set up and launched in her area, “In addition to losing weight, I now have a healthy BMI, I’ve lost over 7kg of fat, I have 6% more muscle, and I’ve reduced my Visceral Fat and degree of obesity from over 16% to 4%. "Before making any changes, my metabolism was slow and I had a metabolic age of 74; now at the age of 66 years old my metabolism is more efficient and at a metabolic age of 54! This was all measured as part of the Boditrax body composition scan which was offered when I started the fitness yoga as part of the Fit Villages programme. I am so motivated to sustain a healthier, more active lifestyle. I feel good, look better and I have the Fit Villages project to thank for that.” Whilst the Fit Villages project benefits participants, it also provides an opportunity for local instructors to expand their reach. Jill Streatfeild, contacted the Fit Villages team at Active Suffolk to set up her tap dance classes in Otley back in 2016 and she never looked back… “The Fit Villages project supported me to set up a class for the local community which suited the needs and availability of the local people. After a successful taster session in the village, I have been able to continue teaching my class which has been enormously rewarding to watch them progress: gaining confidence, learning new steps and new skills. Many had never danced before, but all can now perform quite complicated series of steps. Thank you Fit Villages!” If you think your area could benefit from a Fit Villages project or you’re an instructor that is keen to support your community, get in touch with the team at Active Suffolk today at or 01394 444605. 35


DON'T shop with your stomach! Brits are more likely to buy larger portions, fall for special offers - and grab unhealthy food they can eat straight away if they shop while hungry. Research of 2,000 adults revealed that shopping for food on an empty stomach means you’re more likely to make rash decisions. More than half of those polled believe they are more likely to reach for special offers and food they can eat immediately, and almost a third admit they buy larger packets than usual if they’re hungry. And despite spending an average of 19 minutes planning a food shop every week, four in 10 admit they deviate from their list if they hit the shop with a rumbling stomach. But veering from the shopping list costs an extra £11.03 per shop - an increase of almost 20 per cent on the standard weekly shop of £55.57. This could rack up to an extra £574 a year, on top of an already expensive food bill of £2,890. A spokesman from HelloFresh, which commissioned the study, said, “Shopping when you're hungry and in a rush can be stressful, and our research shows that it can lead to mindlessly buying too much that you have to later throw away." Chocolate, crisps and cakes enticed the nation the most, as more than a third are more likely to give in to junk food when they’re hungry. Convenience food that can be prepared as soon as they’re home are another pitfall for Brits, drawing in 48 per cent of respondents. One in six adults polled, via OnePoll, also reported feeling stressed out when trying to resist their cravings in the supermarket aisles. Unfortunately, a lot of this will go to waste as the average household bins food worth more than £25 each month. An admirable third of those polled claim they don’t waste any food during a typical week, but among those that do, a fifth blame shopping while they’re hungry. A further one in five throw away products because they succumbed to a special offer they didn’t need. In an attempt to curb their extra spending, half make sure they make a list before they head to the supermarket. But only one in 10 will make sure they eat something before they go, to avoid hunger pangs. A spokesman for HelloFresh added, “From the results, it’s clear that food shopping while hungry has a detrimental impact on the nation’s choices. To avoid spending over your budget on unhealthy options a plan is important.

“Having something to eat before you set off, making a list and being mindful of your choices will help you stick to the plan, saving you money, wasted food and extra empty calories. “A treat every now and again is good for all of us, but preparing more efficiently can make sure these are a choice rather than a reaction to hunger.”

Local initiative will help thousands to hear again One of the countries only schemes collecting unwanted and unused hearing devices has made its biggest donation yet to charity.


Georgia toilet & basin with every bathroom order n Pictured Lions Club of Ipswich President, Mark Keable and Hearing Care Centre Managing Director, Karen Finch. East Anglia’s largest hearing care company, The Hearing Care Centre, has collected over 8,000 individual hearing instruments and hundreds more pieces of assistive equipment in an initiative to tackle hearing loss in developing countries. The multi-award-winning company, which has 26 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk, established its ‘Hearing Aid Recycling Scheme’ in April 2011 encouraging members of the public to donate unwanted, unused or broken hearing instruments. The latest haul of equipment has been collected over a 30-month period and was presented to Lions Club International, who work with a number of initiatives around the world, helping people in third world countries that would otherwise have no access to hearing healthcare. The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2050 over 900 million people globally will experience significant hearing loss.

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Diet can affect your eyesight A poll of 2,000 adults found 49 per cent are clueless when it comes to the nutrients and vitamins which can boost eye health. Fewer than one in 10 recognise zinc as being important for the maintenance of healthy eyes. And only 45 per cent realise your diet can directly impact your eyes. However, 48 per cent associate eating carrots with good eye health, which is where the UK’s knowledge of visual wellbeing and nutrition seems to stop. The stats emerged in an 'EyeQ' study by Optrex to understand the nation's true eye health intelligence. David Cartwright, optometrist and chairman of the charity Eye Health UK, said, “Giving your ‘EyeQ’ a boost could just save your sight. “There are one million people in the UK living with avoidable sight loss and while failing to have regular eye examinations is perhaps the biggest risk for avoidable sight loss, lifestyle factors also play a significant role. “Understanding that your diet, how active you are, whether you smoke and how well you protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging UV can all affect your eye health could help prevent you suffering unnecessary vision impairment in the future.” The study also found that although the eye is the fastest moving muscle in the body, with two million moving parts, eyes often remain a much lower priority than many of the other muscles used every day. Just one in 10 said they take preventative measures to care for their long-term eye health. And

only seven per cent reckon they know a lot about the eye and how it works. More than half also admitted that caring for their eyes is not part of their daily routine even though 67 per cent admit they actively worry about their long-term eye health. In fact, in a year, almost half of adults spend less than £15 on caring for their eyes, excluding glasses, but spent that much per month on their physical appearance, including hair, skin and beauty regimes. Worryingly, eight in 10 spend extended periods of time looking at a screen in their spare time, according to the research conducted through OnePoll. And in the last 12 months, 48 per cent have suffered from tired eyes, while 56 per cent have itchy or sore eyes. Sandra Tovio, spokeswoman for Optrex, said, “Neglecting our eyes is all too easy for so many of us, and knowing exactly what you can do on a daily basis can be difficult. "It’s Optrex’s ambition to help as many people as possible maintain great eye health. We have drawn on our years of experience to create ProVision, a supplement formulated with scientifically proven ingredients. These include Zinc, Vitamin B2 and DHA which help to maintain normal vision, as well as Magnesium which helps contribute to normal muscle function."

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Your dental examination could save your life This year in the UK, around 8,300 people will be given the lifechanging news that they have mouth cancer, explains Malcolm Harbour from Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich. These numbers continue to rise while the disease claims more lives than cervical and testicular cancer combined. Beating mouth cancer is dependent on diagnosing it at an early stage. If it is caught early, the chances of surviving the disease are nine out of ten, which is why this is so important. Incidences of mouth cancer have increased by 49% over the last decade. And some 82% of people do not know how to check for the disease, so it is clear that we need to raise awareness of mouth cancer and encourage everybody to be more vigilant about changes in their mouth.

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New battery electric car sales surge but new bike sales slow

n’s valuation experts reveal significant trends in the UK used vehicle market and choose a car and bike of the month.

Used car of the month: VW Golf R Estate (2015)

Vehicle valuation manager at, Stuart Wilson, said, “Launched in 2015, the estate version of VW’s sporty Golf R hatchback is a near-perfect blend of practicality and performance. With subtle styling, a

Used bike of the month: Suzuki SV1000S (2003-2007)

605-litre load capacity, roof rails, the same 296bhp engine and 4 Motion DSG transmission as the hatch and a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds, it really is the best of both worlds. A great alternative to an SUV as a family vehicle, the Golf R Estate sounds fabulous going up through the gears and emits a deep burble at idle. Expect to pay around £18k for an early model with around 35,000 miles and, as always, check the history before purchasing.” As to market trends, Wilson said, “August saw another giant leap forward for new battery electric vehicles (BEVs), with sales up by a staggering 377.5% on the same month last year. Imagine what these numbers would be like if supply matched demand! Hybrids also enjoyed a significant 36.2% uplift but overall the new market was down 1.6%, with plug-in hybrid and diesel sales declining sharply and petrol sales remaining stable. New alternatively fueled vehicle (AFV) sales are set to double over the next year and there are some attractive three-year-old options in the used market too. However, consumers need better guidance as to which type of AFV best suits their needs. You might pay more upfront but low running costs lead to substantial savings over time. Our journey to a greener future continues.”

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On the motorbike, scooter and moped sector,’s Mark Field said, “When it launched in 2003 the Suzuki SV1000S faced stiff in-house

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Fine drivers leaving engines running Seven-in-10 drivers want to see councils tackle motorists who leave their engines running when parked with 44% of those saying officials should tell them to switch off and then fine them if they refuse, new RAC research has found. Councils already have the power to take action against drivers who idle their vehicles while parked with a £20 fine, but only a few choose to enforce this. A more sympathetic 26% of the 2,130 drivers surveyed by the RAC say motorists who idle their engines should just be told to switch off without being fined whereas a hard-line 2% think offenders should be fined without any warning whatsoever. The problem of engine idling is clearly widespread as 88% of respondents said they see drivers parked at the side of a road or street with their engines still running. Most vehicles which needlessly pollute in this way are generally seen parked on the side of the road in towns and cities. Worryingly though, 26% have spotted drivers doing this outside schools. Drivers’ awareness and sensitivity to the issue of engine idling also appears to be growing significantly. More than half of those surveyed say they are more concerned about the impact that vehicle emissions have on the environment and public health than they were three years ago. Forty-one per cent said their level of concern was unchanged and only 4% said they were less concerned. Asked if they would turn off their engines to prevent pollution if they were stationary for a few


minutes in various locations, nearly two-thirds claimed they would outside schools; 62% would do so if parked at the side of an urban road or street; 53% outside a shop; and 53% in an urban car park. When stopped in traffic however, attitudes are very different with 29% stating they would never turn off their engines no matter how long they were stuck for. For those who say they would switch their engines off when stationary in traffic, the most favoured point to do so is at five minutes. Thirteen per cent would do so after just two minutes and one in 10 after three minutes, and for 15% it would be after six minutes. There was also a notable difference in attitudes towards turning off engines when stuck in traffic in urban and rural environments: 48% say they would switch off in a town or a city whereas only 39% would do so in the countryside. Worryingly, this means 23% would not turn off in any location. The top reason for switching off when stationary in traffic was cost rather the environment or people’s health, with 37% saying they do it to save a little on fuel and 35% saying they do it when they can to help with air quality. Three in 10 however, claim it never occurs to them to turn off. RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said, “It

is clear from our research that the vast majority of drivers are far more aware of the impact of vehicle emissions than they were three years ago. They are conscious of pollution from parked vehicles running their engines needlessly to the point they want to see local councils taking some form of action against those who do this. At the very least they would like a council official to speak to those who do it and ask them to switch off. “Councils already have the powers to deal with this problem, but few are currently doing so. Many of the drivers we questioned would like to see some firm action taken against offenders. This is no doubt needed to bring about a change in behaviour. “You could liken the current situation with engine idling to that of taking your own carrier bags to the supermarket: everyone knew it was the right thing to do, but few of us did it until a compulsory charge was introduced. While the law is already in place for idling, enforcement is limited, if not non-existent. “The presence of enforcement officers and ‘no engine idling’ signs, complete with penalties, must be the next step in making our urban environments better for everyone who lives, drives and works in them.”

Car owners are not even carrying-out basic checks n Breakdown cover provider Green Flag has uncovered how many UK drivers are failing to perform basic vehicle maintenance, and how much our motors are costing us to repair as a result. Car Care Week aims to educate motorists on the benefits of regular vehicle inspection, maintenance, and repair, so Green Flag has also released basic car care tips to ensure thorough vehicle maintenance. Where car maintenance tasks are concerned, it has been discovered that a whopping 51 per cent of motorists don’t know how to change a tyre, and similarly, one in five (20 per cent) don’t know how to check for tyre pressure and pump a tyre. Otherwise, over a quarter (28 per cent) of drivers wouldn’t be confident in checking oil and fluid levels, and over half (53 per cent) wouldn’t know how to replace a light bulb in their car. Meanwhile, only a one In 10 drivers (11 per cent) know how to fix a dent or a windscreen crack. It has also been discovered how few Brits are addressing problems with their motors efficiently, as a whopping 51 per cent confess they wait more than two months to fix faults with their vehicles. Shockingly, one in seven (14 per cent) UK drivers report they only fix faults with their car when it’s urgent, such as before a MOT check. Last year alone, of the MOT tests taken nationwide, one third (33 per cent) were fails, and a shocking one in 10 (nine per cent) yielded dangerous results. As a result, Brits are spending a whopping £574.50 a year on car repairs, despite the fact that 47 per cent of drivers agree that repair costs could have been cheaper if they were addressed sooner. Lucy Davies at Green Flag, commented, “ Green Flag would like to help educate drivers on the on the importance of consistent and timely vehicle maintenance. Regular car inspection, maintenance and repair will ensure that future repair costs are minimised, hence we encourage all UK drivers not to underestimate the importance of proper car care” Green Flag has released the following easy, common sense tips for taking care of your car.


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Manorside Travel offer taxi, minibus and coach hire across Ipswich.

Fun, friendly, affordable driving lessons in Ipswich

We have a wide range of taxis for long distance and airport transfers our minibuses can carry up to 8 passengers while our coaches can cater for up to 28 passengers and can be used for private hire, airport transfers, sporting events, weddings etc.


Decorating Specialist

Interior/Exterior Decorating Wallpapering • Artex Smoothing Gyproc Coving Supplied & Fixed

M: 07790 782588 E:

Haxley and Ruffles Roofing Contractors


Est. 1981 Re-roofing | Old & New | Lead Works 10 year insuranced backed guarantee 01473 832 789 07850 230234

For free no obligation quote call

01473 530101


Call us today to book your taxi or coach transport

We have a team of successful male & female instructors ready to get you on the road, regardless of how much or little driving experience you may have.

Tel: 07805 055 206


01473 39 62 62


General and Bespoke slab manufacturer and supplier

Stone Street, Crowfield, Ipswich, IP6 9SZ

01473 741358

Your local plumbing & heating specialists ✓ Central heating repairs, installs,

maintenance & upgrades ✓ General plumbing and bathroom fitting ✓ Powerflushing & gas safety checks

Call: 01473 871536

For Emergencies: 07519 332 165


We pressure/steam clean, reinstate sunken areas, refill joints, weed treat and apply acrylic sealant if required.

35 Windsor Road Ipswich IP1 4AN

Call Rob

Tel 01473 841255 Mob 07779 201631 For a Free Quote

Established 1986

T: 07743 706552

Fully insured pet business


DOG WALKING DOG-DAY-CARE from £10 from £15

Call: 01473 221164 or mob: 07851 743612


R. Prior Services

ON SITE REPAIRS TO HARD SURFACES, INCLUDING: • Ceramic tiles • Sanitaryware • Worktops • Doors and flooring And much more just ask!

Call 07764 960436

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Please do pop in or call anytime for further information, to arrange a tour or to meet the team. Foxgrove – provides a high standard of residential care, High Road East, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9PU. Tel: 01394 274037 Maynell House – provides a high standard of residential care, High Road East, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9PU. Tel: 01394 272731 Mill Lane – offers specialised nursing care for the elderly, 79 Garrison Lane, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7RW. Tel: 01394 279509 Handford House – provides nursing care and dementia nursing care, 27a Cumberland Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3PA. Tel: 01473 231111

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Your guide to Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Stowmarket and surrounding areas