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FABULOUSLY FESTIVE ENTERTAINMENT plus hits from Abba, the Four Seasons and The Blue Jays too December is filled with fabulously festive songs and begins with The Big Band at Christmas with Five Star Swing performing on Sunday 1st from 3pm. You may have seen them at London’s Leicester Square Theatre or on the BBC’s Children in Need.

They promise all your favourite Christmas songs all given the dynamic Big Band treatment. The following weekend join the Spa for the sound of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons with the show Walk Like A Man*** on Saturday 7th at 7.30pm. You can look forward to classics including; Sherry, Beggin', Big Girls Don’t Cry, and of course Walk Like a Man. Then it’s more festive frolics with A Christmas Cracker variety show on the following afternoon, Sunday 8th from 3pm. The Rat Pack Live Christmas Party is back on Friday 13th at 8pm combing Christmas classics Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting) combined with all your favourite Rat Pack hits.


Next the Spa manage to fit in some Abba with Arrival – The Hits of Abba*** on Saturday 14th at 7.30pm, the 45th anniversary of their legendary Eurovision win. You are invited to join Abba fans and celebrate the music of one of the biggest selling, most icon bands of all time. December’s penultimate show is award-winning The Bluejays - Rock & Roll Revolution Live! On Sunday 15th at 5pm with tickets from just £22 it takes you on a jiving journey through the fabulous fifties. Taking us up to Christmas and into the New Year is Dick Whittington, the 54th annual family Spa Pantomime by the Dennis Lowe Theatre Company from the 21st December through to 5th January 2020. Discounted family tickets available. January 2020 arrives with Elvis in Concert starring Marshall King just days after what would have been the King’s 84th birthday. This is always a hugely popular show. The Spa follows that with more iconic music from Back to Bacharach and then its comedy from Jethro. With the D-Day

Darlings & The Songs That Won the War plus Sinderella – the clue is in the title – there’s a veritable feast of entertainment awaiting you.   There are 3-in-1 Christmas Parties*** available on some shows in November and December, 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. Tickets for all theatre shows are available from the Spa Pavilion Box Office which is open from 11am until 4pm, 01394 284962. You can also select and reserve your seats online, 24 hours a day, at The café, bars and restaurant are open every day 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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Have you got an Ed Sheeran fan in your home? If so head to page 4 for details of a great new shop offering loads of great gift ideas.

From Christmas gift ideas to Christmas Day Dip and things to do over the festive period, we've got it covered in our guide to Christmas

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Merry Christmas We would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Everyone at Ipswich24

Events Diary:

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




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The perfect place to buy Ed merch. A new online shop selling all kinds of exclusive Ed Sheeran merchandise has been launched. The shop, which complements the unique Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition in Ipswich, is the ONLY place online to buy a range of items from T-shirts and bags to posters and notebooks. The exhibition has been attracting visitors from around the world and around Ed’s home county of Suffolk and organisers want to spread the ‘merch message’ to everyone in time for Christmas. Made in Suffolk features portraits by renowned artist Colin Davidson and stunning photography by Mark Surridge along with a range of intimate items never previously seen in public, including family images, school reports and Ed’s own artwork. Now the online shop offers people across the world the opportunity to buy postcards, stationery, cards and a wide range of jewellery designed by Ed’s mum, Imogen. Another must-have item is the book accompanying the exhibition, full of photos and artwork and a storyline of Ed’s Suffolk journey from school to global stardom. It has been written by Ed’s dad, John Sheeran, the exhibition’s curator and is a loving insight into the world’s most famous singer-songwriter. Ed himself has been along to see both exhibition and shop. His reaction? “I love it, it’s fantastic!” and the shop was full of “cool merch”. In the foreword to the Made in Suffolk exhibition book, Ed wrote: “Suffolk means so much to me. I love walking the countryside, the open skies, the light, the coast, fish and chips on the beach, or a pint of local beer in an ancient pub.” The online shop is a chance to share that magical journey and pick up a permanent reminder of what Ed loves the most. • Go to


n December at Kesgrave Social Club December, leading up to and including the Christmas holidays is going to be a full month of entertainment at Kesgrave Social Club (K.S.C.) for their members and guests, with dancing, a quiz, and a medium. Starting with County darts, Suffolk v Gwent [B team Saturday and A team Sunday] on the weekend of 31st November and 1st December, from 11am until 7pm both days. Take to the floor with SALSA dancing classes every Thursday from 7.30pm until 11pm. FOXY ROCK will be performing on Sunday 1st December, Sunday 15th December and Sunday 29th December, 7.30pm until 10.30pm each night. And, on the evening of Friday 6th December see’s GARY’S CHRISTMAS DRAW starting at 7pm. With over 150 prizes to be won you can still buy your draw tickets on the evening before the start. Saturday 7th December Kesgrave Social Club have the popular band ‘ARE WE THERE YET’ to dance to with doors open at 7pm with dancing until 11.30pm. Sunday 8th December brings the popular CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY to Kesgrave Social Club from 2pm until 5pm. Tickets £5.00 available at club during opening hours. A ‘QUIZ’ by IPSWICH SPEEDWAY SUPPORTERS takes place on Wednesday 11th December from 7.30pm. And on Saturday 14th December is time for some country music appreciation with ‘KEVIN BARRY’. Monday 16th December ‘will see STEPHANIE CARR’ [medium] visit Kesgrave Social Club for a charity night from 7.30pm until 11pm. Tickets are still available for Kesgrave Social Club’s Christmas events. TRICKS OF THE TRADE on Christmas Eve (£5.00) and New Years Eve ‘MID LIFE CRISIS’ (£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 up until the draw starts. 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. (New Years Eve.- Kitchen, not open [bring your own picnic] is acceptable.) Kesgrave Social Club look forward to welcoming members, members’ guests and new members to what we hope will be a brilliant Christmas period. The K.S.C. committee and staff, hope to see you in the near future and wish all members and guests - A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS

A new range of support for those in business has been launched in Ipswich and across Suffolk. The aim is to offer the business individual or a business team the freedom to upskill their existing knowledge remotely. The eLearning courses are a new range of paid for services from MENTA Business Support. Subjects include Health and Wellbeing, Corporate Responsibility, Personal Skills as well a range of Enterprise training for those that are looking to start a business. eLearning offers a new way to develop business know-how at a time and place that suits you. The eLearning library offers a comprehensive range of online training courses to support you, your business and your team. Some of the courses are available with an option to include CPD hours certificated by the Open College Network (OCN). Extended programs lead to Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications again accredited by the OCN. The Health and Wellbeing courses include one is designed for personal mental health wellbeing. Your personal mental health and the health and wellbeing of individuals within your organisation is vital, both in and out of the workplace. This module is designed to promote positive working cultures and highlight the risks and warning signs of poor mental health, stress, sickness and more. Our everyday lives can be very demanding and therefore sustaining energy levels can be quite a challenge. This module explores the four key areas of energy, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual and looks at how these energy levels can be increased and maintained. The course helps across identify warning signs of stress and how best to deal with and alleviate. To find this and all eLearning courses, see and eLearning in the training section of the website. Menta aim to expand the range of courses available to enable as many people as possible to find the right resource for their remote learning experience.


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RIVER CRUISING: Avalon Waterways At Cruise Ready they love all things Christmas, so what better way to enjoy the festivities than on a cruise. With both Ocean and River Cruises departing throughout November and December including sailings from the UK, fly cruises from regional airports, departures by coach and rail it couldn’t be easier. Christmas Market Cruises can range from two to seven nights, calling at various European Cities like Budapest, Bruges, Amsterdam and Hamburg. Enjoy these lovely destinations and shop for some unique handcrafted Christmas gifts.

flagship Columbus you will have a full day in Antwerp for some inspired Christmas Shopping from £149.00 per person. The Danube is a wonderful backdrop from which to see the sparkling Christmas markets. Riviera Travel offer The Danube’s Imperial Cities and Yuletide Markets River Cruise for five nights on board the MS Thomas Hardy starting from just £749 per person. This cruise includes flights from London Gatwick, transfers, three guided city tours and a beautifully appointed cabin with full board. They have two new additions to the team at Cruise Ready. Elodie has joined them as Assistant Manager she has worked within the travel industry for three years, has a wealth of knowledge and is a River Cruise Specialist.

Cruise and Maritime offer a great range of short cruise’s departing in the lead up to Christmas so if you only have a few days to spare there is still time to book a festive getaway such as the two night cruise departing Tilbury on the 9th December on board Cruise and Maritimes

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2019 another great year for Ipswich Oddfellows


December is a time to reflect on the past year, before looking forward to what the next year may bring. The Ipswich Branch of the Oddfellows is no exception as they look back on 12 months of features in Ipswich24. They’ve had the opportunity to tell you something about the organisation and what they offer their members. Friendship has been the main focus. The Oddfellows have shared information about their local events from coffee mornings to cruises, as well as giving details about their 200 year history and access to the online archives. They’ve explained about the care of members and their support to charities which are inherent to the principles of the Oddfellows motto of “making friends, helping people”. They have spoken to readers who have enquired about membership and have welcomed many to a number of different events.

Assaulted in the workplace? Prettys is on hand to help Christmas is almost here again and attention turns to the office party, letting our hair down and celebrating with colleagues. But, what if things get out of hand? What if you’re injured by an assault or incident at a Christmas party, a work event or even just in the workplace itself? And, who can you claim against? Each case has specific circumstances but, last year, the Court of Appeal confirmed that employers can be held accountable for the actions of a ‘rogue’ employee. The case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd. involved a Christmas party in 2011, after which a Managing Director took a group of employees, including the claimant Mr. Bellman, to a hotel for drinks. Talk turned to work and the drunk MD got annoyed at questions about company business and attacked Mr Bellman, leaving him with a life-changing brain injury. The Court of Appeal confirmed that the company was responsible, as the incident occurred while effectively on company business. The conversation leading to the injury was about work, so the company was responsible for the MD’s actions, however extreme, and compensated Mr Bellman accordingly. This case is one of many in which claimants have won compensation from employers following the actions of a fellow employee. So, if you have been injured as a result of an incident at work or injured in any way by a colleagues’ actions, what should you do? 1. Seek medical assistance 2. Report the incident to your employer as soon as possible 3. Keep a record of the impact, including any financial losses, expenses, medications and other assistance

The highlight this year was their September’s Open House, during Heritage Weekend. Coinciding with Friendship Month the Oddfellows opened their doors and welcomed over 200 visitors. The archive material on display highlighted the importance of the Society in the administration of the National Insurance scheme in 1911 and in the introduction of the National Health Service in 1947.

For advice or assistance in this area, please contact Prettys’ personal injury specialist, Louise Plant, on 01473 232121 or email

The Oddfellows may be rooted in the past, but the Society lives in the present and is planning for the future. They hope you have been interested in reading about the Oddfellows and will make your New Year’s resolution to take action and join them! Just ring 01473 251867 and leave a message, or email Find them on Facebook or They wish Ipswich24 staff and readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Officers, Members and Staff of Ipswich Oddfellows.

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It's all about McFly for next summer

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n The Jockey Club Live have announced the first artist of the 2020 summer season; McFLY. They will headline the season’s family-friendly Summer Saturday Live on Saturday 29th August. With seven UK number-one singles, five top-ten albums, six sell-out tours and ten million records sold worldwide, McFLY are without question one of the most significant British pop acts of the twenty-first century. Since hitting the big time as the youngest band ever to have a debut album go straight to number one — beating The Beatles’ longstanding record — Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry have become one of our best-loved bands, not to mention major stars in their own right. Tom has become a wildly bestselling children’s author; Danny a TV mainstay with his regular appearances as a judge on The Voice Kids; Dougie has combined his burgeoning acting career with a passionate role as an environmental campaigner; and Strictly winner Harry has wowed West End audiences, starring in the hit dance show Rip it Up. Having taken a break after touring as the pop phenomenon that was McBusted — the band return with a spectaular live show playing their best-loved mega-hits such as All About You, Obviously, Star Girl, One for the Radio and Shine a Light.  Sophie Able, General Manager of Newmarket Racecourses, said, “After delighting the Newmarket audience as one half of supergroup McBusted in 2015, we are excited to welcome McFly back to headline the July Course in their own right. Taking place on the August bank holiday, Summer Saturday Live is a wonderful event for the whole family - with McFly headlining we are sure this will be an unforgettable and fitting end to the summer. This Friday we will also be announcing our first Newmarket Nights headliner – so stay tuned!”

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Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, working with Ipswich Borough Council, will present a Mother’s Day musical treat, Peter and the Wolf, on Sunday 22nd March 2020 at the Ipswich Corn Exchange, featuring former BBC presenter Bill Turnbull. Peter and the Wolf is a musical story for children, with different instruments for the different characters, written by the Russian composer Serge Prokofiev. The main theme, representing Peter, was the theme tune of the TV programme Zoo Time in the 1960s. The conductor of Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, Leslie Olive, has said, “The Mother’s Day concert is a cascade of famous tunes, including the William Tell Overture, which the grandparent generation will know as the Lone Ranger theme. And for a lighter moment, the trumpeter who recorded the Antiques Roadshow theme, Crispian Steele-Perkins, will play a tune on a length of garden hose. Mothers’ Day in 2020 is Sunday 22nd March, and tickets are expected to sell quickly. Leslie Olive comments, “The whole family will enjoy this attractive musical celebration, and tickets at Early Bird prices make an easy but brilliant Christmas present”. Tickets are available NOW via phone bookings for those who hold Friends memberships with the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra. The Friends membership of Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra has a range of membership levels from Bronze at £35 a year up to the Conductor’s Circle at £1,000 a year. There are graded benefits, but all members enjoy priority booking for Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, together with special Friends events from time to time through the year. To find out more and become a member, visit General on sale tickets will be available from 01473 433100.

Make a new tradition this Christmas St Elizabeth Hospice’s Christmas Day Dip returns to Felixstowe seafront for its 16th annual event. The popular festive challenge attracts more than 500 dippers each year, all braving the icy North Sea on Christmas morning, as well as a large

crowd cheering them on creating an incredible atmosphere.

It's a fantastic way to start the Christmas celebrations, all whilst raising money to help St Elizabeth Hospice provide vital care and support to local people when they need it most. The Christmas Day Dip was initially founded by

hospice supporter Peter Burt in the early 2000’s, and when passers-by wanted to donate he decided to give the money to the hospice. Peter chose St Elizabeth Hospice as his father had been a great supporter, and would come and encourage them at the swim each year. Subsequently Peter’s father became unwell, and ultimately received care and support from the hospice in the last days of his life. Since then, the dip has continued to grow, and so Peter and his family decided to hand the reigns over to the hospice. Peter explains, “We as a family want to give back to others what we as a family received from the hospice. Although I now cannot do the swim due to medical reasons, my family and friends continue to support the swim each year, and I come and cheer them on and raise money as well. “I am so happy that the swim continues to get bigger and better. It is so special for us and makes us proud for my dad as well.” Tickets for the challenge are now available here Thank you to event sponsor David Button Independent Funeral Directors who is supporting the event for the second year in a row. To find out more, or to join the Christmas Day Dip, visit:

Free Festive Parking

Christmas shoppers can keep a bit more of their money to spend on prezzies by taking up a free parking offer at Ipswich’s Crown car park. The Borough Council-run multi-storey car park is bringing in a Festive Thursdays offer – free parking after 2pm on every late-night shopping Thursday. The offer commences with the Christmas lights switch-on on 21st November and runs until 19th December. Councillor Sarah Barber, portfolio-holder for the town centre, said, “This offer will help retailers and other businesses in the run-up to Christmas. Free parking after 2pm on these Thursdays will enable visitors heading to the town centre to shop, enjoy a meal or go to the theatre and keep a little extra for buying their festive treats.”

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Farmer Christmas Christmas Concert comes to Baylham! It doesn’t seem that long since Baylham House Farm closed for the winter but they’ve heard news that means they’re opening in December.

Farmer Christmas has again agreed to take time out from looking after Santa’s animals and to visit the Farm. For the first three weekends – 30th Nov -1st Dec, 7th-8th and 14th-15th – and then from 20th to 23rd of December, from 10am to 4pm, he will be in Baylham’s Christmas Barn with his helpers, ready to talk to every boy and girl who wants to tell him their wishes for Christmas. There is no additional charge to see Farmer Christmas and good boys and girls will be given a small gift. As it is for the child in us all, adults will be charged as children (and for the adult in us all there will be complementary mulled wine and mince pies). It is advisable to book a slot to see him. While you wait to meet Farmer Christmas, or even after you’ve seen him, there will be Christmas games to keep you entertained and you can also make your own beard so you can look just like him. You’ll also be able to see all your old friends, or make new ones, on the farm. The yard enclosures are filled with pigs and cattle to keep them out of the worst of the winter weather, while the sheep are still out until they’re brought in for lambing. And, what could be a better way to end your visit than with something available from the Farm Café. Be it a light lunch or a bacon roll, cake or cream tea, coffee or a luxury hot chocolate, you can be sure it’ll be a perfect end to a perfect day. With entry prices at £3.50 for all, and children under four free, it would be difficult to find a more entertaining and better value attraction in Suffolk. For more information visit the website at, check out Facebook or call 01473 830264.

The Woodbridge Choral Society will present a concert at 7.30 pm on Saturday evening 7th December 2019, in St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge. The concert will feature the Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, Georg Friedrich Handel’s Dixit Dominus,and Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland. The Choral Society's Musical Director Andrew Leach will conduct the concert. Juliet Montgomery and Catrin Woodruff will be the soprano soloists, joined by contralto Erin Rossington, tenor Camil Bien, and bass David Cane. Tickets are on sale at £15, with a £9 price for students. Tickets can be purchased from Browsers Bookshop on the Thoroughfare in Woodbridge, or (with a booking fee) on line at, or through any member of the choir.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

A wonderful selection of crafts, plants, seasonal arrangements and produce will be on offer at a festive market, all made or grown at ActivGardens. The CRESS Community Market and Café takes place on Friday 6th December At the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich from 10am until 12.30pm. Young people from a partner academy will be behind the serving hatch at the community café, with seasonal goodies they have made. There will be fresh produce to help keep you healthy throughout the winter, all grown at the community garden. Pansies, viola and wallflower 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. ActivLives community singing group ‘Keep on Rockin’ will be in full voice on this special occasion. Every pound you spend will go into 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, join in the fun and pick up some original gifts for a greener Christmas! It’s a great chance to have a chat and cuppa too – accompanied by a delicious homemade cake! 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 ActivLives delivers innovative and impactful health and well-being programmes to communities of high deprivation in Suffolk. They work in collaboration with the NHS, Public Health Suffolk, local authorities, voluntary services, schools and other agencies, feeding into local, regional and national strategies, ensuring that services address the needs of the community and partner groups. ActivLives encourages everyone, of any age or capability, to lead an active, healthy lifestyle, through volunteering, work experience, learning and training at their community gardens and outreach projects, market and café, ‘Men’s Shed’, health walks, seated/standing exercise, lunch clubs and community events.

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Making Christmas Sparkly & Magical Christmas is sparkly and magical and Craftability can help you create this. They stock glitter, sequins, glitter felt & fabric and much, much more. There are gifts for all ages including Sequin Art kits, macramé kits, candle making and soap making. If fabric and sewing is your interest, they have, amongst others rag rug kits, soft toy kits, cross stitch and tapestry kits. Plus, there are matchstick and metal embossing kits and ideas to put together your own selection of items for someone in your family. Advent is just around the corner and in Craftability you can buy chocolate free advent calendars and advent candles. They also have a selection of candle holders to decorate. Children love making paper chains and, in the shop, you will find a wide selection of traditional paper ones for them to choose from – an ideal afternoon activity. Does your Christmas wreath need refreshing, or do you need one to hang on your door to great your guests? Craftability has a huge selection of wire bases, decorative foliage, berries and dried fruits – just add your imagination.

Pets needs catered for under one roof Gladwells Pet and Country Store at Copdock have everything your pets need for the winter season all under one roof. They’ve recently expanded their Copdock store to offer a greater range of pet, poultry and equine supplies to their customers in the Ipswich and East Suffolk area. The mezzanine floor displays a full range of equestrian supplements and accessories, alongside a vast range of dog beds. Whilst downstairs, there is an extensive range of horse bedding and feed, wild bird, poultry and small animal care range. The fishing bait selection is competitively priced and offers genuine variety for anglers. The store also caters for cats and dogs, and includes the increasingly popular frozen and raw food for dogs. The store offers Calor gas refills, BBQ supplies and fuels including winter fuel for open and wood fires. Perfect for the cold Winter months. Open to the public seven days a week, Gladwells Pet and Country Store’s friendly, knowledgeable team will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for in-store. With plenty of dedicated off-road parking, they want their Ipswich-based customers to view them as their one-stop-shop for animal feeds, treats and accessories, all at comparably cheaper prices than supermarket products. Or why not take advantage of the free home delivery service and have all of your pet, equine, poultry and wild bird food delivered direct to your front door. For all this and more, visit Gladwells Pet and Country Store.

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n The UK’s leading supplier of artificial Christmas trees - Christmas Tree World, has joined forces with Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) in a bid to help save the rainforest. The business has pledged ‘a tree for every customer’ in a partnership which will see a new tree planted in the Borneo rainforest for every order placed on their market leading Website, The partnership will help protect some of the most important and damaged areas of tropical rainforest in the world, safeguarding its wildlife, environment and indigenous culture, whilst contributing towards the fight against climate change. Christmas Tree World will pay for a seedling to be planted in Borneo for every order placed on their website, it is expected that up to 25,000 trees will be planted by Christmas Tree World in 2019 alone, which could see an area of over 50 hectares reforested. Stephen Evans, owner of Christmas Tree World comments, “The Borneo Nature Foundation was a natural choice when searching for a charity partner.

Climate change is the most important issue globally in this day and age, and with our background in traditional horticulture, we have a real affinity with what the charity are working to achieve. We particularly like the way BNF encourages local communities in Borneo to grow the trees from seed collected in the rainforest. The Borneo Nature Foundation is a not-for-profit conservation and research organisation, who works to protect some of the most important areas of tropical rainforest and to safeguard the wildlife, environment and indigenous culture on Borneo. Christmas Tree World is one of the UK's premium artificial Christmas tree e-tailers, supplying trees from 18inches to 40ft, providing unique and realistic decorations to provide a truly magical Christmas for all the family.

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Christmas Concert The Orwell Singers Christmas Concert takes place on Saturday 7th December at St Michael & All Angel’s Church, Martlesham Heath at 7.30pm. This will be the Singers’ first concert with new Musical Director, Lindsay Gowers, with piano accompanist, David Christie and guest flautist, Jennie Francis. Admission £8 at the door, free for accompanied children, includes refreshments. Contact 01473 635955 or email for further details or visit

Christmas Remembrance Service

Join St Elizabeth Hospice for a special Christmas Remembrance Service in central Ipswich on Sunday 15th December. The event is open to all the family and offers an opportunity to come together to remember loved ones and reflect on the special memories you shared together. The service starts at 4pm and the public are invited to join in on a lantern procession at 3.45pm from Sailmakers Shopping Centre where the children of Antonia Cobbin School of Dance will be singing carols and joined by donkeys to the St Mary Le Tower Church. Lanterns will be available to those wishing to join in for a small donation to the hospice. At the service, there will be songs from Ipswich Hospital Community Choir and the children from the Antonia Cobbin School of Dance. After the service, children will have the chance to meet the donkeys. There is no requirement to book to attend the event, the public are invited to turn up on the day.


Join in the Woolly Pully Fun! A local charity is encouraging businesses, schools and groups to get creative with their fundraising this Christmas as they dig out their favourite festive jumper to raise money for hospice care. Woolly Pully Week is the annual festive fundraiser for St Elizabeth Hospice and encourages businesses, schools and local groups to raise money and have fun as they wear their prized pullies. Running from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th December, the week-long event aims to raise vital funds for St Elizabeth Hospice to continue providing care and support in the local community. This year the festive fundraiser has some fantastic prizes up for grabs to the top fundraisers. Businesses or groups which raise over £150 will be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning a staff party at Greshams Ipswich and schools and nurseries raising over £150 will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of books which have been kindly donated by Jazmin Peach, corporate fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice, said, “This year we’re encouraging businesses, schools and groups to

join together in some festive FUNdraising for their local hospice. “Last year nearly 300 classmates, colleagues, friends and families helped us raise an amazing £21,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice. We hope that this year we can encourage more people to join in and think of some new and fun ways to fundraise. “Our fundraising pack contains lots of fun ideas for people of all ages to try, including creating Christmas themed quizzes, festive bake sales or putting a twist on your Secret Santa. “We have some fantastic prizes for our best fundraisers and we would like to thank Greshams Ipswich and for their support.”

Gail Bosley, Senior Transport Coordinator at Maersk, said, “We’ve enjoyed getting involved in the hospice’s Ridefest activities so we’re very proud to be supporting St Elizabeth Hospice’s Woolly Pully Week. “We wanted to give something back to the charity which does so much to support our community and has been a vital lifeline to many of our staff, their friends and their family. “Our teams are looking forward to wearing their most colourful jumpers and have already started planning their festive activities and organizing their Woolly themed raffle.” To sign up your school, business or group and to request a Woolly Pully Week fundraising pack, visit:

Christmas Card Delivery in Felixstowe

Once again, Old Felixstowe Community Association is running its popular Christmas Card Delivery Scheme. For just 30p per card, their team of ‘posties’ will deliver cards throughout Felixstowe, Walton and the Trimleys. All you have to do is take your cards, clearly and correctly addressed, to Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road at the following times: Wednesday December 11th, 9.00-11.00am Thursday December 12th, 9.00-11.00am Friday December 13th, 9.00-11.00am Saturday December 14th, 10.00-12.00noon (at the Christmas Community Market) Delivery is, of course, guaranteed before Christmas. All proceeds will go towards Community Centre improvements. For further information, please contact Pauline Varden on 01394 278105.

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Santa is coming to Landguard Fort

Father Christmas, or Santa as many know him, has found out there are many good boys and girls in Felixstowe and Ipswich and he has asked Landguard Fort if he can come and see them before he brings their presents on Christmas morning. And, the lovely people at Landguard have agreed that Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th December would be ideal. If you’ve been good this year and would like to tell Santa what you want for Christmas then Santa, his elves and the Fort would love to see you. Besides seeing Santa there will be a Christmas themed trail (included in the price) for you to do as well as the chance to explore the fort and the Christmas themed rooms. And, they have not forgotten the Mummies and Daddies and you must take them into the toy shop so that they can see the little train sets. They may even have snow inside the fort even if there is no snow outside and there will be Christmas music playing and a choir singing carols. Just what’s needed to build up the excitement for Christmas. If you want to buy tickets please visit attractions/landguard-fort/events/christmas-at-landguard-fort Entrance is by timed ticket. Please allow one to two hours to enjoy the whole experience. See Father Christmas arriving at the Fort each day at 10.30am. Children £6.00, Adults £2.50, Family (two adults and two children) £15.00. Includes a present for every child. The Fort would not like to see children upset at not able to see Santa and get a present so please buy and book your tickets in advance rather than turning up and taking the risk. However if you only want to see the Fort decorated for Christmas and not see Santa that will be OK.

Costume Hire:

The sustainable option for your next event With Halloween all done and dusted, it seems that it’s time to literally put our Christmas hats on. At Masquerade they have a huge range of high quality costumes available for hire, whether you are going to attend a Victorian Christmas Market or you are in need of a Santa suit for your event, they are sure to have the perfect Christmas costume for you. At Masquerade they attend trade shows and keep abreast of the latest trends to ensure that their stock is current, whilst maintaining the high standards that mean the costumes can be used again and again rather than being disposed of after a single use. Events requiring a costume may not come around every week, but when they do, you want to ensure that your costume is both ethical and red carpet worthy. Hiring a costume from Masquerade is not only an enjoyable experience, and a great way to look your best for any event, it also reduces impact on both the environment and your wallet. Every costume at Masquerade is laundered or dry cleaned after each use meaning that you can always look the best for your event. Visit Masquerade at Church Farm, Earl Stonham, IP14 5EE or have a look at their website, www.masqueradeshop. to view a sample of the costumes available for hire. For more information telephone 01449 71109.


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Christmas at 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 experience in the Suffolk Countryside.

Great family events are hosted throughout the year in the Showground, Barn and Theatre. Bring your children along to Breakfast with Santa on Sunday 8th, 15th and 22nd December from 9am. Stonham Barns have made special arrangements with the North Pole and are delighted to offer a wonderful opportunity for your youngsters to have a meet and greet with Santa, receive a special gift and have a wonderful breakfast experience. Pre-booked tickets only. Adults £8.50 (includes breakfast). Children £10.95 (includes breakfast and gift from Santa). On Saturday 14th December Stonham Barns are hosting Mrs B’s Christmas Comedy Dinner Show, this will be a great night out with three course dinner and entertainment from Comedy Dinner Shows version of Ireland’s most famous mammy. Filled with tomfoolery and chock-full of cheekiness. A festive feast for fans of the classic sitcom! Advanced tickets only. £35.00 per person includes dinner and entertainment. If you want somewhere to stay after your evening out or you are looking for a holiday destination, then Stonham Barns have four and six berth fully furnished holiday homes to rent in their holiday park. Contact 01449 711 901 for more information.

A unique gift For a unique and personal gift this Christmas, what better than a lovingly hand painted ceramic. At the Teapot Pottery, Stonham Barns, you can create your own personalised design, which will be glazed and fired for later collection. Products available range from small flatware Christmas tree decorations, to full sized teapots, with plates, mugs, animal figures, jugs and many other items. Prices start at £1.99, with the ‘studio fee’ per

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, nine-hole 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 homemade cakes. There are 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. 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 the website: or the social media pages ‘StonhamBarnsLV’

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

person, however many pieces they produce, set at £5.00. The Teapot Pottery has been in Suffolk since its beginnings in Debenham in 1978. The unique range of products which sell all around the world, are also available for purchase in the pottery, if you are looking for an unusually, UK made Christmas gift. Call in and see them at Stonham Barns.


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Christmas campaign to help end loneliness This Christmas, Cosy Club Ipswich will aim to combat loneliness through the power of tea. From 21st November to 24th December, Cosy Club will donate 10p from every tea sold to older people’s support charity, Independent Age who will be helping those in need this winter. With almost one in five Brits expected to spend Christmas alone this year (19%) and over one in four people (26%) expressing concern about older relatives and friends being on their own this Christmas, the effects can truly be devasting. Amber Wood, Managing Director of Cosy Club commented, “Loneliness is an issue which becomes increasingly apparent over the festive period and affects all ages and abilities across the country. We’re thrilled that we’ll be continuing our partnership with Independent Age and hope that the10p donation from every cup of tea will aid in their fight against loneliness this Christmas. “We hope that we can spread the word and encourage people to enjoy a good cup of tea together at their nearest Cosy Club and in turn help raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”

The campaign builds on the existing Free Teas For Those In Need campaign with Independent Age, which offers anyone who is feeling lonely to pop in and have a free cup of tea every Wednesday from 10am until 11am in a bid to fight loneliness. Commenting on the initiative, Lucy Harmer, Director of Services at Independent Age, said, “We’re delighted to be able to continue partnering with Cosy Club on such an important issue during what can be a lonely period for many people. With the help of each donation, we’ll be continuing our battle against loneliness and encouraging many to reach out to lonely family members and friends and ensure they don’t spend another Christmas alone.” Cosy Club’s 10p tea donations to Independent Age will be running across all Cosy Club restaurants in the UK from Thursday the 21st of November to Tuesday the 24th of December, for more information visit:

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Consider Yourself entertained with CTC

This Christmas, the CTC return to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds with Lionel Bart's classic musical OLIVER! based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist.

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker... Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing for the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family. A true theatrical masterpiece jam packed with toe-tapping numbers from start to finish, including ‘Consider Yourself’, ‘Pick a Pocket or Two’ and ‘Oom-Pah-Pah’ The CTC was founded by Bridie Horne in 2009 and began by offering summer workshops in a local school hall. Now offering full-time professional training (CTC Foundation); a part-time performing arts school (CTC Academy); an in-house talent Agency (CTC Management); and award-winning full-scale productions (CTC Events), the CTC has earned its reputation as one of the finest training centres in the East of England. The CTC now have their own studios based in Needham Market providing a modern, vibrant and professional training hub fully equipped for the specific needs of the Performing Arts with sprung flooring, Sonos surround sound system, costume and props stores, a scenic workshop and floor to ceiling mirrors and windows throughout. ‘Consider yourself at home’ with the national award-winning CTC! OLIVER! Will be at the The Apex, Bury St Edmunds from 30th December until the 4th January. To bbok tickets contact the Box Office on 01284 758000 or visit


The Deben Players present “Red Riding Hood” written by Sam Harvey this Christmas. Come and meet Red Riding Hood and all of her friends in Storyville where the village life is turned upside down as the Big Bad Wolf returns to the nearby woods. Wicked Sir Percy Wydell demands more taxes from everyone to pay for new security. Even Red Riding Hood’s Granny has to pay up but she is too busy trying to catch the eye of the fine, handsome man who has just arrived in the village. Is he, as he appears, just a humble woodcutter? Will Red Riding Hood be tempted by the Charming and charismatic Big Bad Wolf? Can the Woodcutter avoid Granny’s advances? Will Nibbles the Squirrel get hold of Granny’s nuts?. Based, very loosely, on the traditional fairy tale, this pantomime has magic, merriment and mayhem with great comedy, songs and dances. It’s a Christmas treat for all the family. Performances at the Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge School from Friday 20th December to Sunday 29th December 2019. For performance dates/times and to book tickets please visit our website at: The Deben Players are pleased to announce that they now have a local Box office at The Woodbridge Emporium, 66 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge and Box Office number is 01394 383382. Please drop in and see Jules and her team.

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 Christmas 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, and 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 17

Panto tradition continues at Felixstowe The Dennis Lowe Theatre Company are proud to present Dick Whittington at the Spa Pavilion Theatre this Christmas. This popular pantomime tells the rags to riches tale of a young man and his cat on an exciting quest for fame and fortune for the purr-fect family show. With all the usual elements of a family panto, you'll be kept in suspense waiting to see if the evil King Rat thwarts Dick's plans. Can the Good Fairy save the day? Did the Bells of Bow Church give Dick false hope? All will be revealed in this magical and spectacular family pantomime. Featuring all the traditional ingredients; sensational songs, a live band, magic, dazzling dance routines, magnificent slapstick comedy and bags of audience participation, Dick Whittington is guaranteed to be full of wonder to delight audiences of all ages. Suzie lowe and Dean Wales have re-written this family story with all the key ingredients for a pantomime.  And, for this production, has got together a first class cast who are guaranteed to bring you a top-notch show!  The team are really excited to bring you the tale of Dick Whittington and his fabulous cat to the stage and hope that you all can join them on there exciting adventure! Dick Whittington will be at the Spa Pavilion Felixstowe from the 21st December 2019 until 5th January 2020. Tickets are available from the Spa Pavilion Box Office which is open from 11am until 4pm, 01394 284962. You can also select and reserve your seats on line, 24 hours a day, at The show runs for approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.


Symphony Concert

Following Ipswich Symphony Orchestra’s last very successful season ISO performs works by Delius, Elgar and Dvorak at Ipswich Corn Exchange on Saturday 30th November. The Violin Concerto is one of Elgar’s finest and most enthralling works. The soloist, Benjamin Baker, was born in New Zealand, later studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music. He now enjoys a flourishing international career in Europe, America and the Far East, and is a hugely popular performer in his native country. The concert, conducted by Adam Gatehouse, opens with La Calinda by Delius and concludes with Dvorak’s 8th Symphony.

Yes you will go to the Ball! Don’t let those tickets slip-per away, Cinderella, the Christmas Panto is coming to the Ipswich Regent Theatre! Join in the festive fun with the lovable Buttons, the handsome Prince Charming, the wicked Ugly Sisters, the magical Fairy Godmother and of course, the beautiful Cinderella and make it a Christmas to remember for the whole family. Watch with amazement as Cinderella’s pumpkin and white mice are transformed into a beautiful coach and horses in this true rags to riches story, but will Cinderella remember to leave the ball before midnight? Cinderella is at the Ipswich Regent from the 14th until 31st December. Book your tickets at or by calling the Box office on 01473 433100

Angles, alternative Christmas offering Dad’s Army and Boudicca pop up in Eastern Angles’ 2019 festive musical comedy show: The Famous Four & A Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest Eastern Angles return this year with their musical comedy alternative to the Christmas pantomime in The Famous Four & A Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest. Audiences can expect the usual mad-cap humour and original wacky songs as the company transport us on an adventurous time travel fuelled journey with Rupert, Nick, Fran, Alex and Dimmy the dog… The Famous Four and A Half do battle with a shady figure who has stolen their Aunt’s time machine. A crazy chase visits a future Thetford by the Sea, some hipster Neolithics at their local derby, and a certain Home Guard rehearsal. Ivan Cutting, Artistic Director at Eastern Angles, will be directing the show this year. He can’t wait to get started, “Directing the Eastern Angles Christmas show is like no other job during the year. There is a script, but it changes, and then it has to absorb the interaction with the audience, the swift costume changes that hilariously go wrong, and the addition or swops of local references during the tour, which always bring whoops of recognition. It’s going to be a corker of a show”. The cast of the show includes: Jason Patel, Charles Barnett, Lily Smith, Kandaka Moore who appeared with Grammy award winners Clean Bandit in their music video A&E and Edward Kaye who recently worked with the Young Shakespeare Company in Twelfth Night. Touring 4th December 2019 until 25th January 2020. Tickets start from £10. British Sign Language performances: Wednesday 11th December, 7.45pm at Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich & Thursday 23rd January, 2.30pm at Key Theatre Studio, Peterborough. For more information and to book tickets visit

Advent music at town centre church Get into the Christmas spirit with Ipswich Chamber Choir at St Maryle-Tower Church on 7th December at 7pm! Founded in 1984 by Martyn Bagnall, who has recently agreed to be their President, the choir are excited to present a concert which will provide an unforgettable musical experience with a mixture of beautiful modern and classical Advent music, from Bach’s Advent Cantata BWV 36, (featuring the vocally outstanding young tenor, Guy Elliott) to James Macmillan’s Seinte Mari Moder Milde, all conducted by their very own, young, talented conductor, Benedict Collins Rice. The choir are also raising funds for a very worthy cause, the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter, singing Paul Fincham’s brand new carol, Ring Those Bells. As well as listening to the choir singing traditional and newer carols, there will be a chance to sing some old favourites with them. Tickets are available from, Music World in Queen Street or Woodbridge Violins on Market Hill. 19

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 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. Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information please contact Adrian on 01473 464920 Ballroom and Latin Class, Goals Centre, Suffolk New College, Grimwade St., Ipswich, IP4 1LT, 6.30pm 7.30pm, 01473 251323, 07736306519 Suffolk Promenaders Square Dance Club Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 7.30pm - 10pm, Only £3.00, tea and coffee provided, Contact 01473 415785 or 01473 422663 for further details. Badminton, Suffolk New Academy Sports Centre, Birkfield Drive, Ipswich, 6pm - 7pm, Beginners and experienced players welcome, Come along for your free first session or call/text Gill 07706 044861

Every Tuesday

Tea Dances with Teresa Brown at Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, IP4 4HZ. From 2-4 pm, with dancing and refreshments. Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. £3pp members. 01473 422427. 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. 20

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 Lets Dance, Ballroom Latin & Sequence, Social Dance. At the Manor Ballroom Ipswich, 7.15 - 9.45, (from 9th January). New Members Welcome £5.00 for info 07773 185494 Senior Singers, Co-op Education Centre, Fore 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

Co op Senior Singers, weekly sessions at the Co operative Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, (parking at rear). 10.30am-noon during term time. Phone Vera Manning 01473 879817 Ipswich Juggling Workshop. £2. In the Dome Gatacre Rd, Ipswich NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Zumba (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. Seated Zumba Gold (every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of month) (45 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Rd. , 1.30pm - £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Zumba Gold, (low impact, 50 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, 10.30am, £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Ballroom, Latin & RnR Dance Classes; Refreshers 7-8pm, Shared practice until 8.30pm, Improvers until 9.45pm. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. £4.00pp 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 Ipswich Croquet Club, Fynn Valley Golf Club, from 1pm. Beginners always welcome. Tel: 01394 671642 or Dance Classes. Ballroom, Latin and rock and roll dances. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. Refreshers 7-8pm, plus practice time, then 8.3010pm the Intermediate level class. £3pp members. 01473 422427 / 01473 723070. Creative Writing Group, Arlington’s Brasserie, 13 Museum St, Ipswich IP1 1HE, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, First session free, for further information ring Mai on 01473 711639 or go to Tea Dance, Hintlesham Community Hall, Timperleys, Hintlesham, 2pm - 4pm at £4 per person, coffee/tea and biscuits/cakes provided, Sequence/ballroom/latin dancing, contact Teresa 01473 422427 Co-op Singers meet every Wednesday in term time from 7.30pm to 9pm, Co-op Education Centre Fore



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

Salsa Classes, Kesgrave Social Club, 7.30-10.30pm 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 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, 7-7.30pm Beginners, 7.30- 9.30pm 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 Free Volleyball with Ipswich Ravens, 2pm - 4pm in Christchurch Park, Beginners or experienced, adults and juniors age 9 upwards, Call or text Steve 07584 636669 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

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 30th Nov

Autumn Concert, Ipswich Symphony Orchestra, at Corn Exchange Ipswich, 7.30pm. Tickets 01473 433100

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 Ipswich Farmers Market, Ipswich Corn Hill, 10am-2pm. Christmas Craft Fair, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to or call 01449 711111 Foxy Rocks, Kesgrave Social Club, 7.30-10.30pm

Mon 2nd- Sun 22nd Dec

Come and enjoy Christmas Fayre, at The White Horse, Church Rd, Felixstowe. (2 courses £18.95, 3 courses £24.95). Booking essential, 01394 277496

Mon 2nd Dec

Card Making Session, at Craftability, 4 St Lawrence St, Ipswich. 10am-noon, £6. To book call 01473 257550.

Tues 3rd Dec

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. Pop Up Big Chinwag (cuppa and chat) at Limes Hotel, High Street, Needham Market. 2-4pm. Aimed at people aged 65+ and living in Needham Market and surrounding areas. Make new friends, chat and

reminisce - entertainment & refreshments provided. Organised by Age UK Suffolk, contact 01473 298683 for further details or just turn up on the day.

Wed 4th Dec

Crochet Workshop at Craftability, 4 St Lawrence St, Ipswich. 10am-noon, £10. To book call 01473 257550.

Thurs 5th Dec

Beaded Jewellery Workshop at Craftability, 4 St Lawrence St, Ipswich. 10.15am-12.15pm, £6 plus beads. To book call 01473 257550 Adult Craft Club (Altered Star) at Craftability, 4 St Lawrence St, Ipswich. 1-3pm, £15. To book call 01473 257550.

Fri 6th-Sun 8th Dec

Lavenham Christmas Fair. Three days of festive fun, shopping and entertainment,

Fri 6th Dec

Talk: The DeHavilland Story. Martlesham Heath Community Centre, Felixstowe Rd, Martlesham Heath. 7.30-10pm. Organised by MHAS, members £3, others £4, pay on door. Gary’s Christmas Draw, Kesgrave Social Club, 7.00-10.30pm

Sat 7th Dec

Live Music: Are We There Yet, Kesgrave Social Club, 7.00-10.30pm Christmas Concert, The Orwell Singers at St Michael & All Angel’s Church, Martlesham Heath, 7.30pm. £8 on the door. Pop Chorus Christmas Concert, St Mary’s Church, Somersham, 7pm. Tickets £7.50 inc light refreshments. Available from Somersham Village Shop 01473 879263 or 01449 721039 Sequence Dance with Music by David Last at Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich. 7.45-11pm. Bar, Tea/ Coffee & Biscuits. Members £5pp. Non Members £6pp. Info 01449 711874

Sun 8th Dec

Breakfast with Santa, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to or call 01449 711111 Children’s Christmas Party, tickets £5, Kesgrave Social Club, 2-5pm

Tues 10th Dec

Illustrated Talk On Sculpture by Brian Ansell at Broadway House, Orwell Rd, Felixstowe, 7.30pm. Felixstowe Art Group or 01394 276975 - Members free others £2 Beaded Jewellery Workshop at Craftability, 4 St Lawrence St, Ipswich. 10.15am-12.15pm, £6 plus beads. To book call 01473 257550

Wed 11th Dec

Quiz (Ipswich Speedway supporters), Kesgrave Social Club, 7.30-10.30pm Talk: The Reconstruction of the Sutton Hoo AngloSaxon Ship, Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society meeting at Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich 7.30-9.30pm Crochet Workshop at Craftability, 4 St Lawrence St, Ipswich. 10am-noon, £10. To book call 01473 257550.

Thurs 12th Dec

Ipswich RSPB Group Indoor Meeting. Christmas Social Evening with ‘bring and share’ buffet, plus ‘Zambia’, an illustrated talk. Rushmere St Andrew Church Hall, The Street, Rushmere, Ipswich. 7.30pm. Admission: Local Group members £2.50 (cons apply). Non-Members £5.00. Under 18s free. Contact 07887 770942. All welcome. Adult Craft Club (3D Lantern) at Craftability, 4 St Lawrence St, Ipswich. 1-3pm, £15. To book call 01473 257550.

Fri 13th Dec

Winter Wonderland, Museum St Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich, 7.30pm. An evening of festive songs brought to you by The Birkbeck Singers and Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir with guests Ipswich Flute Choir. Refreshments will be available. Tickets £10, call 01473 672600 iao ActivLives & Fresh Start New Beginnings



Sat 14th Dec

Coffee Morning at Felixstowe Library iao EACH, 10am-12.30pm Mrs B’s Christmas Comedy Dinner Show, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to or call 01449 711111 Coffee and Carols with Martlesham Brass, 10am at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, free admission. Live Music: Kevin Barry, c/m Kesgrave Social Club, 7.00-11.30pm Ipswich RSPB Local Group Field Meeting to North Warren RSPB Reserve for geese and wildfowl. Meet 9.30am Thorpeness car park. 3-4 hours. 3-4 miles. Contact 01473 258791. All welcome

Sun 15th Dec

Breakfast with Santa, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to or call 01449 711111 Foxy Rocks, Kesgrave Social Club, 7.30-10.30pm

Mon 16th Dec

Carols in the Square, with Martlesham Brass, Martlesham Heath at 7pm, followed by soup in St Michael’s Church Centre Stephanie Carr [medium] charity night Kesgrave Social Club, 7.30-11pm Card Making Session, at Craftability, 4 St Lawrence St, Ipswich. 10am-noon, £6. To book call 01473 257550.

Tues 17th Dec

Ipswich RSPB Local Group Midweek Walk round Christchurch Park Ipswich. Meet at 10am at Soane Street entrance. Approx 2 hrs. Contact 01473 714839. All welcome.

Wed 18th Dec

68th Open Air Carol Service, Market Hill, Woodbridge.

Thurs 19th Dec

Beaded Jewellery Workshop at Craftability, 4 St Lawrence St, Ipswich. 10.15am-12.15pm, £6 plus beads. To book call 01473 257550

Fri 20th Dec

Rock n Roll Night with Black Jack 59 at The White Horse, Church Rd, Felixstowe from 9pm Pop Up Big Chinwag (cuppa and chat) at Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave. 2-4pm. Aimed at people aged 65+ in the Kesgrave/ Martlesham/Rushmere area. Contact 01473 298683 for details or turn up on the day.

Sat 21st Dec

Martlesham Brass Christmas Concert, St Michael’s Church Centre, 7pm. Tickets £4.00 (Primary schoolchildren free). Call 7544 962205 Scrapbooking at Craftability, 4 St Lawrence St, Ipswich. 10am-3.30pm, £7.50. To book call 01473 257550

Sun 22nd Dec

Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance, Mendlesham Community Centre, 2-5pm, all welcome, further info 07773 185494 Breakfast with Santa, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to or call 01449 711111

Christmas Eve - Tues 24th Dec

Live Music: Tricks of the Trade, Kesgrave Social Club, 5-11.30pm

Sun 29th Dec

Copdock Medals & Militaria Fair, Copdock Community Hall, Old London Rd., Copdock IP8 3JD. 9.30am-2pm, Admission £3, U16s Free. Foxy Rocks, Kesgrave Social Club, 7.30-10.30pm

New Year’s Eve - Tues 31st Dec

Mid Life Crisis, tickets £10 Kesgrave Social Club, 5pm-late 21

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Visitors take 38 seconds to judge your home n The average Brit takes just 38 seconds to judge someone’s home - and they WILL notice if you have vacuumed, if your windows are dirty and if there is a ‘funny’ smell. A study has found first impressions count with three quarters of adults admitting they always form an opinion on the dwellings of others. They’ll make a mental note if the washing-up hasn’t been done, what books are on the shelf and if the ornaments are dusty. But the research of 2,000 adults commissioned by the Independent Network powered by VEKA, found three in 10 wouldn’t tell their host what they really think of their homes. A spokesman for the Independent Network said, “Our homes are of course very personal to us and in many ways are a representation of our style. So there is a sense when we have visitors over that we are leaving ourselves open to criticism and judgement. “But people shouldn’t be apprehensive about what others may or may not think - ultimately it’s the opinion of the homeowners themselves which is most important.” The study also found six in 10 consider themselves to be house proud, with half worrying what others think of their dwellings. As a result, those polled feel the pressure when having guests over with 86 per cent giving the house a ‘major’ clean before anyone arrives. And if the visit is arranged at short notice, 50 per cent will give their home a quick vacuum, while 48 per cent will


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quickly hide any clutter in cupboards. Six in 10 also revealed they are likely to make an extra special effort if their guest is a first-time visitor. A quarter will buy new candles or air fresheners especially for their guest, 23 per cent will purchase flowers and three in 10 will splash out on fancy food and drink. More than one in 10 will even keep areas of the home completely off limits until their guests have arrived. And a fifth will clean the windows, with seven in 10 believing good quality, clean windows are important to the overall aesthetic of a home. It also emerged six in 10 adults consider themselves to be a good judge when it comes to other’s homes. The interior of a home is likely to be judged the most (42 per cent), however 36 per cent will form an opinion of a home inside AND out. And of all the areas in a house, it’s the living room (33 per cent) which most judgement is reserved for. Reassuringly, the Independent Network powered by VEKA study carried out through OnePoll, also found three quarters have later changed their opinion of someone’s home. A spokesman for the Independent Network added, “Inevitably we do form opinions when we are welcomed into other people’s homes – people are naturally inquisitive. But as the research shows, our opinions of a home change freely, so it’s never too late to impress visitors with our dwellings.” • To get top tips on how to make a good first impression and for an interactive infographic go to top-tips/room-for-improvement/


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Only 1 in 4 Brits eat as a family This is a surprise given that an overwhelming 79 per cent think that eating dinner together is a huge part of childhood, with half of the nation (55 per cent) claiming to be happiest when eating as a family.

The research by Privilege Home Insurance showed that instead of sitting around the table and catching up on what the family has been up to, more than a third of us (37 per cent) are choosing to eat dinner in front of our favourite TV show, with one in 10 millennials (10 per cent) even eating in their bedrooms. Unsurprisingly, almost half of the population (46 per cent) say they rarely eat dinner without looking at their phones, rising to over half (57 per cent) of millennials. Despite almost two thirds (59 per cent) knowing that social media can ruin quality time with families or loved ones, we’re still choosing to scroll on our phones as opposed to sitting and enjoying an evening meal together. We do know however, that there’s more important things than constantly checking our social media and six in ten (57 per cent) want to ban screen use over dinner. Adding another break from tradition, one in four Brits (25 per cent) no longer serve any conventional British meals in their homes at all. However, the beloved Sunday roast still reigns supreme, with 40 per cent enjoying this classic on Sundays still, and one in three (31 per cent) eating a roast at least once a week, with Brits enjoying an average of 27 roasts a year. There has also been a rise of vegan food in the household, with one in five British families (20 per cent) deciding to opt out of dairy, choosing nut or soya milk alternatives in their hot drinks, cooking and in their morning cereal. Londoners and millennials are particularly partial to an alternative milk, with a third (31 per cent) of millennials and 29 per cent of Londoners dodging dairy. Furthermore, two million Brits have named vegan food as their favourite tucker. When it comes to eating in, almost a quarter (23 per cent) of the nation order takeaways every week, with 29 per cent admitting to ordering their food via an online app. This leads to Brits having a staggering 1.6 billion takeaways every year.

Whilst fish and chips might not be a Friday staple anymore, on average people are still having it a whopping 20 times a year. Lunch is seemingly under threat, with over half of those surveyed (51 per cent) admitting to missing lunch at least once a week. Of those that don’t skip it however, almost a third (31 per cent) eat it whilst working at their desk and one in four (22 per cent) eating the same lunch every day. Lunch may be easy to miss, but it appears supper less so, with only 31 per cent skipping this meal. Christian Mendes, Head of Privilege Home Insurance, said, “Sharing a meal together as a family is something that is of great importance to many, yet sadly, a good proportion of us are skipping out on this in favour of a TV, desk, or solitary dinner. “Seeing as over half of the nation enjoy themselves most when at home around the dinner table, it’s something we should try making more of a habit of, aiming to enjoy some quality time around a hearty meal- whether that’s a classic dish, or something more exotic.”


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Have extra cash – cut your energy bills We spend enough money at Christmas, so wouldn’t it be great if you could save some of your hard earned cash by reducing your energy bills? If your home is loosing heat through both the windows and your roof, then this wasted energy could be costing you pounds, plus 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. 

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How safe are your appliances? British Gas engineers detected a shocking 26,000 unsafe or dangerous gas and electric appliances during home visits in the first seven months of this year.

Hazardous appliances were detected in one in 20 of the homes visited – with the most common faults found in boilers and old cookers. The problems were uncovered during gas and electricity safety checks conducted by engineers when completing meter installations. It comes after a survey of 3,050 adults found that a tenth admit they would probably still use an appliance if they saw it ‘spark’. Lauren Vazquez, engineer and safety expert for British Gas, said, “Our engineers are in and out of homes around the country every day, checking that customers’ electricity is safely wired and testing all gas appliances to make sure they’re safe. We regularly visit customers who haven’t had their electrical wiring or gas appliances checked in 10 to 20 years. "We have so many gadgets in the house nowadays that it can be difficult to keep on top of them all, but it’s important to keep an eye on whether they’re working as they should be. “Some of the unsafe appliances we’ve come across could have had a devastating effect on our customers’ health and safety, had we not identified them.” But more than half do not test their household gadgets as often as they’re advised to by the manufacturer, and almost two thirds of respondents admit they have used an appliance despite it being faulty. The average Brit knowingly has three broken electrical gadgets – including items from toasters and laptops to lighting and boilers – in their house. The study also found 54 per cent were unaware that monitoring their energy use is a good way to look after appliances. Using a smart meter can help identify changes in energy consumption which could be attributed to different devices being turned on or off, and that might also reveal any faults. Lauren Vazquez added, “You can’t hear it, see it, taste it or smell it, and it kills around 30 people a year – but fortunately, carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable. Tell-tale signs of a carbon monoxide leak include sooty stains on your cooker, finding your gas fire has become difficult to light, and spotting that the flame on your boiler is burning yellow or orange instead of blue. “Faulty central heating systems are one of the most common sources of carbon monoxide in the home. So as well getting your boiler checked once a year, it’s essential to have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted, and to call an expertly-trained engineer if you have any concerns.”

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Wrap-up warm and get outside this month to enjoy the winter garden at its best. From delicate flowers and intoxicating fragrances to evergreen foliage and tactile barks, bright jewel-like fruits and berries, and many more delights of the natural world. Winter displays come to life on sunny days, but for a moment of magic pop out early after a hard frost to appreciate the transient transformation of leaves and buds coated by ice crystals. Hardy plants can naturally withstand a touch of frost without being harmed, so choose a few to add winter interest to your displays. There are jobs to tempt us outside through winter, too, including clearing away the remains of last summer’s bedding and crops, sweeping-up the final fallen leaves of autumn, and improving soil by forking in generous quantities of compost. Don’t forget the birds either, regularly cleaning and topping-up feeders and birdbaths. Gardening during winter brings us outside into the daylight to exercise, which is vital for our health and wellbeing. This can help reduce symptoms from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as ‘winter depression’ or the winter blues that often begins when days get shorter. Lack of sunlight may affect the brain, leading to lower levels of serotonin linked to a feeling of depression, and higher levels of melatonin that make us feel sleepy. Ever shortening days also disrupt our body clock, too. Getting out into the garden on sunny days recharges your spirits and raises your mood. It’s common to eat more over winter, so focus on a healthy diet and plan to grow plenty of home-grown fruit and vegetables when possible. Gluts of fruit can always be frozen or preserved to use out of season. Growing your own provides regular exercise to keep you active, and burn off a few calories too! Colder weather often keeps us indoors, making us less sociable, so try joining a local gardening groups and getting out to enjoy inspiring talks, meet other gardeners, and exchange ideas for the new gardening season ahead.






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How well do you know your bones? Millions of Brits are unable to name the bones in their body. A recent poll of 2,000 adults revealed despite most of us claiming to have a good knowledge of our bodies one in four didn't know the thigh bone is called the femur. Even fewer - just 37 per cent correctly identified the two bones in the lower arm as the radius and the ulna. It also emerged almost one in twenty wrongly believe the large leg bone is called the humerus. Less than three in 10 were aware the pubis is part of the hip bone while 29 per cent have no idea the body’s smallest bone is in the ear. Instead, almost one in 10 wrongly thought this was found in the toe. But it’s not just the names of bones and where they sit in the body which leaves Brits scratching their heads as just 36 per cent know magnesium is a vital nutrient for good bone health, alongside calcium. A spokesman for Vitabiotics Osteocare supplement, which commissioned the research, said, “Our bones aren’t just there to hold our body up, they are fundamental for our health and wellbeing. While the names of individual bones may not be common knowledge, what is really important is an understanding of how we can keep bones healthy throughout our lives.

The study also found only 28 per cent are aware babies have more bones than adults - at birth, humans are born with around 270 soft bones, some of which fuse we grow, leaving us with 206 bones once we reach adulthood. In fact, only 34 per cent know there are 206 bones in the human body, with almost one in 10 believing they have more than 400. It also emerged more than one third are unaware the patella is the correct name for the knee bone although eight in 10 know the cranium houses the brain. Worryingly, the study also found that 44 per cent of people don’t think they get enough calcium - an important nutrient for bone health - while another 30 per cent don’t think they get enough magnesium. Most of the body’s magnesium is found in the bones, and its intake with calcium provides greater bone strengthening benefits than calcium alone.

unaware a good intake of nutrients is important, while 25 per cent don’t think a good calcium intake during your younger years is important. And only 26 per cent think they did enough in their younger years to make sure their body would stay strong enough as they got older. A spokesperson for Royal Osteoporosis Society added, “We want people to look after their bones in the same way that they look after their hearts. And we actively encourage everybody under the age of 30 to build their bone bank through diet and exercise to give them the best possible chance of strong bones in later life.” Can you tell your femur from your fibula? Take the quiz here -


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Thirty-nine per cent also think they lack vitamin D. And 32 per cent regularly buy dairy free products, with seven per cent following a completely dairy-free diet.

“Bones have many functions - as well as supporting the body structurally, they also protect our vital organs, allow us to move, are where blood cells are created and also act as a storage area for minerals.

It emerged just 20 per cent are aware that whole grain is a good source of magnesium, while only one in four were aware avocado is high in the mineral. Many also had no idea spinach (60 per cent), peanuts (80 per cent) and dark chocolate (81 per cent) are good sources of magnesium.

“They come in all shapes and sizes, from the thigh bone, or femur which is the largest, to the stapes in the middle ear, which is the smallest in the body at just 3mm long.”

The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found 83 per cent agree it’s important to take care of their bones when they are in their 20s and 30s. But almost three in 10 are

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n FORD'S FOCUS with Daniel Ford As we head into the month of Christmas cheer I have decided to adopt a role akin to that of the various Christmas villains for this month’s article, be it Scrooge, the Grinch or Jack Frost this article will be more sullen and contemptuous than them combined! To end the year of 2019 I am effectively going to rant for approximately 400 words about a subject which has frustrated me beyond belief this year, even thinking about it makes me shiver with anger. This article will tackle the issue that has done the football equivalent of stealing everyone’s Christmas presents and burning them in a flaming inferno. Hold onto your hats this could get messy… VAR or Video Assistant Referee was introduced at the start of the Premier League season on the back of its largely successful implementation at the World Cup and in the top division of German football. However, from the first game of the season it has frustrated and angered both players, supporters, managers, pundits, hot dog

sellers, tea ladies… I think the point makes itself. For the first few months of the season the FA seemed to adopt the theory that ‘less is more’, VAR didn’t overrule a penalty decision until October and was only used on rare occasions to adjudicate on offside decisions. Fans were left perplexed, now they left games having seen their team have a blatant penalty not only denied live but also after review. In terms of making decisions about offside, the problems continued. People (including myself) were left utterly perplexed at some of the decisions that were given, when despite reviewing the videos many times it was impossible to categorically say if someone was offside or not. The FA officially said that VAR should only be used to overturn a ‘clear and obvious error’, if no matter how many times you watch something the outcome is still unclear that is not clear and

obvious! In October everything changed! Suddenly VAR was giving penalties left, right and centre, most of which were less clear than the ones which were denied earlier in the season, the whole system is in disarray. Here is my main gripe, in every other league in the world VAR allows the referee on the pitch to go and look at the pitch side monitor to give them a second look at an incident, this is the whole point of the technology referees are human they don’t see everything so we need to help them out. At time of writing those pitch side monitors had been used a grand total of (drum roll please)… Not once! I sincerely hope that you all have a Merry Christmas but if you aren’t a football fan remember to think of those less fortunate who are subject to this utter abomination.

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New and Improved Service Launched to Help Inactive Adults OneLife Suffolk helps local people live healthy lives and, after a review of their services, a new Get Help to Get Active service has been launched. The new service is designed for ‘inactive adults’, who are doing less than 30 minutes of moderate activity per week and are living with a longterm health condition or disability. In the UK more than one in four people live with at least one longterm health condition and these numbers are rising. Research suggests that a person is twice as likely to be inactive if they have a health condition, however, being active can help to manage over 20 long-term conditions such as

depression and type 2 diabetes. OneLife Suffolk have developed a new service to support and encourage residents of Suffolk with a long-term health condition or disability to increase their levels of physical activity. The new service offers three levels of support. Starting from self-care signposting to local activities to a new psychologically informed behaviour change programme. The support which is offered is dependent on an individual’s needs. OneLife Suffolk Active Lifestyle Practitioners complete a short assessment to guide clients to which level of support they require. Currently, this service is offered to individuals with certain long-term conditions, but from January 2020 the eligibility

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Selective Hearing Seven in 10 Brits believe their partner has ‘selective hearing’ and men are ‘worse’ than women, according to a study. For couples across the UK it’s a familiar scenario - they ask their beloved to do something and their other half conveniently ‘doesn’t hear’ what is said. During the course of a typical week, men ‘won’t hear’ what their partner is saying on seven occasions - 388 times a year in total. In comparison, women will opt not to listen just six times a week or 339 times a year. However, despite it being annoying, experts from Scrivens Hearing Care, which commissioned the research advise caution as there could be more to it than their partner simply being lazy - they could have hearing difficulties. More than half of adults admitted they are concerned their partner’s ‘selective hearing’ could be a result of genuine hearing difficulties. Around four in 10 even went as far as to say they 'know with certainty' their other half struggles to hear.

Scrivens senior hearing aid audiologist, Kirran Saimbi, said, “Most of us will have experienced ‘selective hearing’ - either being the accused or the accuser. But joking aside, ‘selective hearing’ could be a sign of hearing loss. Left ignored, hearing loss can lead to isolation, depression and there is evidence of a link with dementia. The changes in our hearing are often so subtle and happen over time, that it can be very hard for us to notice the impact it’s having on our lives and those around us. That’s why regular hearing checks are so important.” A third of the 2,000 adults polled said their partner has appeared to be trying to read their lips because they can’t make out what is being said – a common sign of hearing difficulties. Similarly, 47 per cent admitted their other half has a tendency to mumble – another indicator of possible hearing problems.

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Difficulty hearing consonants is also a symptom of hearing difficulties, with more than a quarter saying their partner has demonstrated signs of this. Six in 10 said their spouse also has a tendency to watch TV or listen to the radio with the volume turned up high. And a third revealed their beloved frequently has to resort to asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly. It also emerged four in 10 said their significant other gets frustrated during social gatherings because they struggle to make out what is being said. Further to this, 40 per cent believe their partner has difficulty understanding words - especially when there’s lots of background noise. A third also revealed their other half

has a tendency to withdraw from conversations as a direct result. The Scrivens study carried out through OnePoll also found a third had no idea free hearing tests and NHS hearing care services are available in many high street locations - such as opticians. Kirran added, “The earlier we can seek help for hearing loss the better, as it can prevent common sideeffects such as social withdrawal and depression. Whether or not we suspect our hearing isn’t as good as it used to be, regular hearing checks are a good way of monitoring our ear health.” If you have concerns about your hearing - or even if you don’t - take the Scrivens online hearing check challenge by visiting www.scrivens. com/hearing/online-hearing-test/

The first time you experience back or neck pain, it does not seem to be too bad and typically resolves within a few days. But over time, the pain returns more frequently and becomes more difficult to recover from. It then starts to have an impact on your mobility and activity levels, and you avoid doing certain things, including activities that give you enjoyment. You then you become more de-conditioned which perpetuates the problem! Sound familiar? Alpha Physiotherapy speak to a lot of people who have been suffering with pain and restriction for some time, and either don’t know what to do for the best or keep telling themselves that it will go away soon enough. There is a lot of mixed information available out there, including “Dr Google” which further adds to the worry and stress. At Alpha Physiotherapy they help people live active and healthy lives, free from pain and in control of their future, and they’d like to help you too! They have developed two reports - one each for back pain and neck pain, on things you can do now to start to ease troublesome symptoms. Often it is a simple case of “do this” and “don’t do that” - they reveal what could help you move more freely, improve posture and sleep, and reduce the number of painkillers you take. If you are currently held back or restricted from things like: getting a good night’s sleep, being able to work, keeping up with friends and family, playing golf or squash, or even spending time with grandchildren at the park, then these reports are for you. You can request your copy of these reports (which Alpha Physiotherapy are giving you completely free!) by calling 01473 561060 or emailing them at • For further information about Alpha Physiotherapy, please visit



Children should stick to drinking milk and water New guidelines suggest that milk and water are the things children aged five and under should mostly drink, explains Malcolm Harbour, the principal dentist at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich A panel of scientists has issued the new nutritional guidelines that say children should not be given any drinks containing sugar or sweeteners. What children drink at a young age can have a significant impact on their oral health, general health and overall wellbeing.

Sugary drinks have been blamed in part for thousands of children in the UK having rotten teeth removed in hospital every year, as well as high levels of obesity. Public Health England reports that nine out of ten hospital tooth extractions among young children are due to preventable tooth decay. In addition, almost one in five children are overweight or obese when they start primary school, rising to one in three when they start secondary school.

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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: Mercedes GLC SUV (2015-) Head of valuation services at, Jon Wheeler, said, “Launched in 2015, the GLC SUV was Mercedes’ long-awaited answer to BMW and Audi’s popular premium sports utility vehicles. With clean soft lines, fantastic attention to detail both inside and out, and the allure of the Mercedes badge, it was a genuine competitor. Standard engine options included a 2-litre 211bhp petrol and a 3-litre 258bhp V6 diesel, not forgetting the AMG performance models with up to 510bhp. Following a recent mild facelift on brand new models, you can now pick up a decent early example for less than £19k. As always, be sure to conduct a full history check before you buy.” As to market trends, Wheeler said, “With uncertainty about Europe, automotive industry groups are warning of devastating job losses in the event of a no deal Brexit. Several vehicle manufacturers have already said that new car prices will increase under no deal, and the price of service and repair parts is also likely to rise. Whatever the outcome, we don’t expect a significant change in residual values overnight. In the meantime, astute buyers will be using the uncertainty to push for better deals.”

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n Millions of motorists are unprepared for winter driving – with nearly half admitting they have not conducted any maintenance checks on their vehicle, according to research. One in six revealed they have previously broken down in the cold season due to not checking their vehicle and, as the weather worsens it’s clear drivers are not taking proper precautions. Checking battery life, tyre pressure and topping up oil emerged as some of the fundamental inspections which have not yet been carried out. Shockingly, 40 per cent of those polled don’t know how to adjust the height of their headlight beams, while one in six doesn’t know how to turn on their full beams at all. Ella Colley from Halfords, which commissioned the survey of 2,000 motorists, said, “It’s concerning that so few people perform the relevant checks on their vehicle ahead of winter. “Purchasing antifreeze, changing tyres to ensure better grip on the road and getting your brakes checked are all simple measures motorists can take if they plan to drive over the colder, darker months. “Do check your car battery, top up on windscreen washer fluid and ensure your lights are in good working condition too. In fact, it’s important to take the time to check your car all over to make


sure it’s in the best possible condition before winter arrives.” Putting on the fog lights and topping up the antifreeze feature among the maintenance functions many car owners don’t know how to perform. Not surprisingly, one in seven said they find it harder to drive in the winter than the summer, and one in 10 said they avoid driving in the winter altogether. Heavy snowfall, black ice, and darkness emerged

as some of the biggest concerns, with more than half having cancelled a journey recently due to poor weather conditions. In the event of a winter breakdown, Brits cited the top five items to have in the car as a warm blanket, torch, a bottle of water, food and an ice scraper. Other items included mobile phone, thick clothing and wellies as necessary items, while novel things such as chocolate, cheese and a flask of hot drink also made the list. When it comes to windscreen maintenance – fortunately, 80 per cent know how to clear an icy window, 73 per cent can change the windscreen washer fluid, and seven in 10 know how to check their windscreen wipers. However, one in 10 didn’t know that you should never put boiling water on an icy windshield, as this can seriously damage or crack the glass. While Brits maybe not be clear about winter car maintenance, they do know where to go for advice –according to results, online platforms, YouTube videos and car manuals are the most trusted sources of information.

Rainy day road dangers New research from Churchill Car Insurance reveals drivers are ignoring hazardous weather conditions and refusing to meaningfully reduce their speed when driving in the rain.

Analysis of more than 27,000 vehicles travelling over a 48-hour period found when it is raining drivers reduce their average speed by just 0.7 per cent. In wet conditions, with surface water on the road after rainfall, on average, drivers reduce their speed by just 0.8 per cent.  With motorists advised to cut their speed by as much as a third in wet weather conditions, the research shows that drivers are failing to reduce their speed despite stopping distances being at least double those required for stopping on dry roads. Of even greater concern, were the 48 per cent of drivers who were filmed exceeding the recommended speed limit when driving in wet or rainy conditions, with one in 15 driving at over 80mph.  The study revealed HGV drivers increased their average speed by 1.4 per cent when driving in the rain, which is concerning given their braking distances are much greater than a car’s, even in good weather. Over the last two years alone, 4,631 car accidents in the rain have resulted in serious injury, while some 340 rain-related accidents resulted in a fatality. This is the equivalent of 16 injuries for every rainy day across the UK. One in eight (12 per cent) reported accidents on Britain’s roads occur in poor weather, with rain accounting for

nine out of every ten of these accidents. The chance of being involved in a single car accident, involving another object like a lamppost or tree, also increases in wet weather. Alex Borgnis, head of Car Insurance at Churchill, said, “We urge drivers to take extra care and adapt to wet weather conditions on the roads or they increase the risk of being involved in an accident. Additional surface water can result in aquaplaning, which, when combined with poor visibility can make driving extremely dangerous. Reducing speed and increasing braking distances

can give drivers extra seconds to react and has the potential to prevent a serious accident.” Drivers openly admit that they don’t adjust their speed in wet weather, with 23.3 million reporting that that don’t bother to slow down in light rain. Some 16.1 million won’t slow down in windy conditions, while 13.2 million won’t on wet roads. Interestingly, those who rate themselves as poor drivers are less likely to adapt their speed according to adverse weather conditions, presenting an even greater risk to others. When looking at the riskiest time of year for rainrelated danger, January is, unsurprisingly, the highest risk month, with 15.3 per cent of all traffic accidents during January taking place in wet conditions, followed by November and February (14.6 per cent). Warmer months don’t negate risk though, as the typical British summer means that even during July and August rain accounts for nine per cent of road accidents. While rainy conditions cause a high number of accidents, the most dangerous weather conditions are fog and mist, with a serious injury or death occurring in nearly three per cent of all accidents, more than twice the average rate, while accidents in rain result in fatality in 1.3 per cent of incidents, in line with the average rate.

WARNING: Check battery now Winter weather could lead to an unwelcome spate of battery breakdowns, engineers are cautioning. This summer’s recordbreaking temperatures may leave car batteries unable to cope with the cold, as extreme or consistent exposure to heat can have a big impact on automotive batteries. Battery experts at Clarios, the manufacturer of VARTA® car batteries, say that, contrary to popular belief, extreme or consistent exposure to heat can also have a severely detrimental effect on batteries. However, this manifests itself the following winter, when older batteries are unable to cope with the enhanced demands of cold weather driving.  Modern vehicle electronics and fuel-saving measures, such as stop-start technology require ever more power from the battery, which means this problem is only set to get worse. Motoring organisations regularly warn motorists to check their batteries every autumn, and say that flat batteries are responsible for 40% of breakdown assistance callouts. This winter could be particularly challenging for UK drivers because batteries have not only been exposed to extreme heat, but they also have to serve ever more complex and power-hungry car electronics. Dr. Christian Rosenkranz, of Clarios, said, “Many drivers think that cold weather does damage to the battery, but it is the heat that is the start of its downfall. Heat dramatically shortens the life-span of a battery, so by the time winter comes, older batteries are close to their limit.” With the battery in many new cars no longer easily accessible under the bonnet - it is often installed in the boot or under a seat – Dr. Rosenkranz recommends having your battery tested by a professional before winter sets in. The relatively modest price of replacing battery at a convenient time, in a workshop, will be far smaller than the hassle and additional cost and inconvenience of an unexpected battery-related breakdown.


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• Patios • Tarmacing/Tar & Chip • Walls • Drainage • Fencing • Drop Kerbs • Block Paving • Car Parks and Forecourts • Resin Drives

Tel:01473 271 706 • 07944 57 30 50


35 Windsor Road Ipswich IP1 4AN

T: 07743 706552

For free no obligation quote call

01473 530101 Fully insured pet business


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

Manorside Travel offer taxi, minibus and coach hire across 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.

Call: 01473 221164 or mob: 07851 743612

Call us today to book your taxi or coach transport



01473 39 62 62


Decorating Specialist

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

M: 07790 782588

General and Bespoke slab manufacturer and supplier

Stone Street, Crowfield, Ipswich, IP6 9SZ

01473 741358

Haxley and Ruffles Roofing Contractors



P.T. Carpentry & Property Maintenance

Indoor and Outdoor Quality Craftsmanship

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

Or email

Doors, Skirting Boards Laminate Flooring, Fitted Kitchens, Wardrobes & Cupboards Decking, Fencing, Pergolas, Sheds - New or Repair Free Estimates

Tel: 07599 018700

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

Are you looking for Design & Print Services? • Advertising Leaflets/Flyers • Business Cards • Letterheads


01473 351270

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and Storage

Successfully moving people for over 40 years


Our wooden containerised storage warehouse at Bentwaters Park, near Woodbridge is the perfect way to store, whether it be short term or long term. All items are packed away by us with a full inventory of effects and condition.


With a selection of different sized vehicles, no removal is too large or small for our team of experienced removal experts.


We may be a local family run removal firm, but we cover the world. Let us arrange your move, whether it be to Europe, the USA or Australia.


• Nationwide Removals • Part Loads To and From London • Full Packing Service – we also sell packing materials • Specialists in Piano Moves • Internal Moves Email:

Tel: 01394 460498

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Ipswich24 Magazine - December 2019  

Our December issue includes lots of ideas for the festive season. Plus all the usual features.

Ipswich24 Magazine - December 2019  

Our December issue includes lots of ideas for the festive season. Plus all the usual features.