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Following the recent Prime Ministerial announcement, The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe have confirmed that they will extend their seven day a week food and bar service to indoor customers from 17th May. Their opening hours will also increase, to 9am to 6pm, with food served all day until 5pm. For their long-awaited theatre re-opening, The Spa are donning glittery highheeled boots, to “kick-start” their summer season! From Thursday 24th until Sunday 27th June, it’s ‘Kinky Boots: The Musical’, produced and directed by Suzie Lowe. Kinky Boots is the winner of every major Best Musical award, including the Tony, the Grammy and London’s Olivier Award. Written by Harvey Fierstein and with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, this amazing show will send you home singing! Next up, on Saturday 17th July: The inimitable ‘Coldplace’ - The world’s leading tribute to Coldplay. Incidentally, these talented musicians will be, quite literally, performing in a “cold place” – or rather a perfectly cooled one, as the Spa have recently installed a state-of-the-art air conditioning system, to keep the auditorium pleasantly temperate in summer time and the indoor air throughout the building as fresh and virus free as possible. Sunday 25th July sees the return of Dennis Lowe Theatre Company, with ‘The Best of the West End’: A summer showcase spectacular! With everything covered from ‘Miss Saigon’ to ‘Chicago’, this tantalising show will have you dreaming of those West End nights throughout. Also expect to hear songs from ‘Hamilton’, ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Kinky Boots’, ‘Frozen’, ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Waitress’, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’, ‘Half a Sixpence’, ‘Anything Goes’ and many more! To round off the month of July: A matinee performance, at 2pm on Saturday 31st. ‘The Little Mix Experience’ will be making some ‘Black Magic’, with breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK. If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports, the BRIT award-winning Little Mix, you’re sure to love ‘The Little Mix Experience’! This high-energy show is suitable for all ages, and it’s excellent value - at only £14.50 per ticket. Tickets for all theatre shows are available from the Spa Pavilion Box Office, which is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am until 4pm (01394 284962). You can also select your own seats and book online, 24 hours a day, at www.fxspa.co.uk The café, bars and restaurant are open every day for the summer from 9am to 6pm. Breakfast is served 9am -11.45am and main meals,12pm – 5pm. Also, food is always served for two hours before every performance, with reservation advised on 01394 336 336. You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news and show updates. Alternatively, sign up to their email newsletter at www.fxspa.co.uk
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Ipswich Museums shortlisted for top Museum + Heritage Award Ipswich Borough Council are delighted to announce that Ipswich Museums have been shortlisted for a prestigious award in the 2021 International Museums + Heritage Awards. The awards celebrate and recognise leading lights and institutions in the Museums and Heritage sector right across the world. Fighting off stiff competition and hundreds of nominations, Ipswich Museums has been shortlisted for the Community Impact award nomination that recognises the work the museum team undertook with local community partners, including Volunteering Matters, Suffolk Parent and Carers Network and Suffolk
Libraries, in creating Museum From Home packages for children in the local community. With support from Arts Council England, over 1200 activity packs were distributed locally to a range of groups – children aged seven to 11, children with SEN, under 5s and young adults. The success of the project led to unprecedented demand and positive partnerships. The project ensured Ipswich Museums stayed
engaged with their community partners whilst being of service to Ipswich communities. Ipswich Museums is one of six organisations shortlisted. considering Also, this year, the global pandemic, two new categories were added to the M&H awards programme, and it is in one of these, the COVID Special Recognition Award, that Colchester Museums manager, Pippa Pickles, has made it to the final six nominees recognising her work in leading Colchester Borough Council’s support to the NHS vaccination programme.
Councillor Carole Jones, Portfolio Holder for Museums and Development has said, “While the museums’ doors were closed the team wanted to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. We hope the children and young people who were reached through the project will visit and enjoy our Ipswich Museums in the near future, and look forward to welcoming them. I am really delighted that our work been recognised nationally, and my thanks go to the Museum staff who made it a success.”
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Big Hoot ’22
After much excitement and intrigue St Elizabeth Hospice has revealed the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 will be the latest art trail to be held in the town in partnership with creative producers, Wild in Art. The identity of the owl sculptures, which will make up the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022, was recently revealed virtually across St Elizabeth Hospice’s social media platforms. As part of the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022, between June and September next year, 40 ornately decorated owl sculptures, featuring designs celebrating all things Suffolk, will be scattered throughout the town showcasing the wealth of artistic talent of the county and beyond.
“We are so pleased to reveal the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 and hope the whole community is as excited as us with the sculptures,” said Terry Hunt, a trustee at St Elizabeth Hospice. “The inspiration came about as the hospice team felt the popular view of owls being knowledgeable and wise creatures linked to the support St Elizabeth Hospice has provided patients and families since 1989, whilst taking them under the wing of its care. “While Ipswich, where the trail will be held, also has a strong connection with owls courtesy of the popular figures of Mabel and Matilda the tawny owls seen in Christchurch Park for many years. “Similar to our previous Wild in Art trails, we hope the Big Hoot will provide a chance for the hospice to show gratitude to all its supporters, while also providing a much needed tonic of positivity for all.” The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 will be third art trail brought to Ipswich by St Elizabeth Hospice in partnership with creative producers Wild in Art, following the success of Pigs Gone Wild 2016 and Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 2019. Both previous trails raised awareness and funds for the hospice as well as encouraging more people to visit Ipswich town centre. With Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, and its subsequent statue auction and accompanying fundraising activities, generating more than £260,000 for the hospice. While Pigs Gone Wild is estimated to have brought an extra £1 million to Ipswich’s economy through increased visits and spending in the town, as 250,000 people completed the art trail in the town. The announcement also revealed the all-important first ‘Big Hoot’ – A Hoot to Suffolk - designed by Suffolk artist Angie Ashford, who previously designed the Elmer Travel Trunk sculpture in the hospice’s Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 2019. “I was keen for my design to focus on Suffolk, especially after the difficult year Covid-19 has brought, it was important to celebrate the positives around us,” explained Angie. “Taking part in Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 2019 was a great experience and it was fantastic to see so many people coming to Ipswich, especially families, to enjoy the trail. To be asked to take part in the Big Hoot 2022 is a real privilege, but to be chosen to be the artist which designs the first Hoot, I am still pinching myself!” For more information about Wild in Art 2022 visit www.stelizabethhospice. org.uk/ipswich-art-trail-2022/ St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent Suffolk charity providing free services to improve life for people living with a progressive or life-limiting illness throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney. Centered on an individual’s needs, the hospice provides specialist support, whenever and wherever it is needed, whether at home, in the community or at the hospice. • To find out more about St Elizabeth Hospice call 01473 727776 or visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk.
Enjoy a relaxing sail Suffolk Cream Tea Cruises and Supper Cruises are now available on board the Sailing Barge Victor. Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests. A sailing trip on Sailing Barge Victor offers a truly memorable and affordable opportunity to experience living history. Enjoy freshly baked fruit and plain scones with jam and clotted cream served with tea or coffee, whilst you take in the spectacular views of the beautiful River Orwell. Or maybe you wish to sail later in the day? A Supper Cruise is perfect with a delicious, freshly cooked hot supper with side salad and bread roll, on board the barge as you watch the beautiful scenery pass by. There is a licensed bar on board with a range of fine Adnams beers, cider and soft drinks. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy informal commentaries from the skipper and crew on the maritime history of the area. Why not take the helm, pull some ropes, enjoy the peace, watch the birds or simply relax… the choice is yours. Departing from the Old Custom’s House in Ipswich Dock, passing through the lock gates and sailing down the beautiful and historic River Orwell and under the Orwell Bridge is a truly memorable way to spend time with friends and family. There are a number of public scheduled cruises available throughout the season on board Victor. For further information and all bookings, please visit www.sbvictor.co.uk For private charters please telephone 07926396782 The Sailing Barge Victor will be operating within current Coronavirus guidelines to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Experience the natural beauty of the River Orwell on Thames Sailing Barge VICTOR with either a private party with up to 40 of your friends, family or colleagues or join a scheduled cruise with a complimentary cream tea or supper most Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from June.
Alternatively, Winter Bird Watching trips with the RSPB on the River Stour offer an outstanding and unique opportunity to observe a wide range of visiting, migrating and resident birds. Built in 1895 in Ipswich and restored in 2006, Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th Century sailing vessel, with comfortable and modern amenities.
For further information and all bookings, please visit www.sbvictor.co.uk to view the sailing cruise schedules or to book. For private charters call 07926 396782 5
Blue Flags for region Expedition Cruising Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is announcing the winners of prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for 2021. The East of England can boast 15 Blue Flags and 20 Seaside Awards, with nine beaches flying both flags this summer. The Blue Flag winners include Felixstowe South and Pier, Westcliff Bay and Mundesley and among the Seaside Award winners are Hunstanton Main and Southwold. The good news is that every single one of them is on the ‘green list’, proving that you don’t need to jet off to Europe or even further afield to visit some of the best beaches in the world – they’re right here on our doorstep. This year, England can boast 76 Blue Flag beaches, more than Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Mexico or South Africa. In addition, 132 beaches that have received a Seaside Award and, for the first time in England, a Blue Flag marina – Royal Albert Dock and Salthouse Dock marina in Liverpool. The international Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards are the quality marks for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards. Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said, “This year, more than ever, we are going to be relying on our country’s beautiful beaches to escape for a much-needed break after all the stresses and strains of the past year. “Last year, due to the pandemic, we did not have the opportunity to celebrate all the great award-winning beaches around the coast so this year we are delighted to have even more winners than we did in 2019, thanks to the incredible work of the teams around the country that make our beaches clean and safe for us all to enjoy. “Thanks to the Blue Flag and Seaside Award those choosing to holiday in the East of England near one of its award-winning beach can be assured it will be clean and safe and meet the highest standards for water quality.”
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A new era of exploration awaits us as the World gradually re-opens, are you ready to experience destinations like Antartica, Patagonia, Alaska, Greenland, South America, Artic Scandanavia and even the remote Islands off our own shores here in the UK?
If so then we at Deben Travel highly recommend Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises they endeavour to offer the most sustainable trips using specially designed small hybrid powered ships that can venture into the most remote destinations and educate you on some of the worlds most fascinating destinations. Onboard through their signature Science Centres you can learn about the destinations from experienced expedition team members and leading scientists from the world of conservation, geography, geology, glaciology and oceanography. Lectures on history, photography and wildlife spotting from the deck are also part of the daily routine. When exploring off the ship you will be accompanied by knowledgeable experts using transport suitable to the environment and respectful to the natural habitat, all specialist clothing and a reusable aluminium water bottle are available for each passenger to use - in fact no single use plastic products are used by Hurtigruten, other equipment required for certain activities can be hired so travelling light is the key. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and some drinks with meals are included with a casual, international approach to dining focusing on using fresh produce with ethically produced meat and sustainable fish. Complimentary tea and coffee are served all day, this is a nice way to socialise and discuss the days adventures with fellow passengers before retiring to a comfortable ensuite cabin, many with a view. Hurtigruten also include the flights and transfers so you can be assured of an ATOL protected package when booking your trip. Early booking is advisable and dates through to 2023 are now available. If you would like to find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01394 615620 or pop in to see them in Woodbridge and pick up a brochure.
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Walk in the footsteps of kings A seven-mile walking trail just steps away from the county’s famous Sutton Hoo site, has been created in Suffolk’s Deben Valley revealing the hidden archaeological secrets of the area. Walkers will be transported back 1,500 years and experience the landscape once home to a longlost Anglo-Saxon settlement at Rendlesham where the East Anglian Kings once lived. Hidden gems from other periods of history will also be unveiled, such as a medieval priory, a stately home, a decoy pond and ancient woodland. The trail has been created by Suffolk County Council’s Archaeological Service (SCCAS) and is one of the activities made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. SCCAS received a grant of £517,300 to fund “Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Suffolk”, a community
archaeological project to uncover hidden history in the area. To guide them, walkers can download an online guide, which will point out the history along the way, as they take in meadows, open fields, woodland and riverside paths. The guide is available on the Suffolk Heritage Explorer website: heritage.suffolk.gov.uk/rendlesham Faye Minter, Senior Archaeological Officer for SCCAS, said, “I’m really excited that we can share more of our understanding about Anglo-Saxon England and Suffolk, with both locals and visitors, in this new way. Suffolk has an amazing Anglo-Saxon past, and in particular this area of south-east
Doors reopen at proper country pub! Head chef Aaron Douglas is so happy to see things getting back to normal at the Duke of Marlborough pub, in Somersham. On May 17th things got one step closer as customers were finally welcomed back inside, under the 16th century beams. The Duke of Marlborough is a special, community owned pub nestled in a pretty valley just six miles to the west of Ipswich town centre. It offers the perfect place to share a pint with a friend, or gather the family for a Sunday roast. With lovely country walks available on the doorstep it’s a proper country pub! After months of lockdown, seeing people back inside the pub with their friends and family was the happiest moment for Aaron, and his wife April, who provides a warm welcome at front of house. But they confirm the two outdoor marquees will stay in place this summer, especially with a beer festival planned for August Bank Holiday weekend. The kitchens currently open for supper on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a long lunch service on Sunday until 3pm. Aaron and his team serve up dishes such as fresh fish and chips, stacked burgers, pies, and steaks, alongside changing specials such as seafood, pasta and paella. There is always a vegan option too, and gluten free options are available as standard. Opening hours should extend as the summer progresses. Regular events and offers take place on a Thursday evening - quizzes, open mic nights, and special food theme nights. Weekend boast regular live music alternating Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, catering perfectly for those ready to celebrate, as well as those who want to sit back and relax. To find out more: www.thedukeofmarlborough.com Reserve your table by email: email@example.com. (Booking is advisable but not essential). And to keep up to date with events follow Facebook (@marlboroughsomersham) or Instagram (@thedukeofmarlborough).
A family run business based in the beautiful market town of Woodbridge, we are retailers of quality Sterling Silver, precious and semi precious Jewellery. gemstone Jeweller 53A The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1AH www.silversunjewellery.co.uk Telephone: 01394 382114 Email: Silversunjewellery@gmail.com Open: Monday - Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm Sundays – Please phone in advance
Suffolk. It was at the heart of East Anglian royal power over 1,500 years ago, with Rendlesham at its centre. With Ipswich having been an internationally important AngloSaxon port and town, you can start to understand how this region played a key role in our country’s history.” The trail begins at Wickham Market railway station in Campsea Ashe, with other local railway stations getting involved in the project by installing information boards detailing the local Anglo-Saxon history. Each information board has a QR code which can be scanned to directly download the walking trail guide. These have been made possible thanks to generous funding and support from East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, the Department for Transport Community Rail Development Fund, Community Rail Network Fund and Greater Anglia. Walkers can choose to extend their walk a few more miles onto Melton train station, where they will pass through the historic town of Ufford, as well as enjoy riverside views of
the Deben Estuary, just over the water from Sutton Hoo.
• For more information about the trail and Suffolk County Council’s Archaeological Service, follow @SCCArchaeology on Twitter, Instagram and @SCCArchaeologicalService on Facebook.
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The search for a local hero in Ipswich National Lottery funding of more than £1.5m has been given to good causes in Ipswich in 2019/20 according to new figures released today to mark the launch of The National Lottery Awards. A total of 47 National Lottery grants were allocated in this period providing crucial support to arts, sports, heritage and community organisations in Ipswich. The National Lottery Awards are the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded people and projects and they celebrate the inspirational individuals and groups who do extraordinary things in their community especially during these challenging times. Last year there were almost 5000 nominations made and once again, the National Lottery is looking to hear about those who are going the extra mile, doing amazing things and inspiring others. Anyone who has received National Lottery
funding is eligible for nomination. Winners in each category will receive a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation and a coveted National Lottery Awards trophy. Jacqueline said, “I really hope lots of people nominate [a local hero] because these people deserve to be celebrated, especially during these challenging times when many need the support more than ever. So much National Lottery funding goes to great causes and allows these local heroes to continue their inspirational work within our communities and its thanks to National Lottery players that this can continue.” Encompassing all aspects of National Lottery good causes
funding, the 2021 National Lottery Awards are seeking to recognise outstanding individuals in the following sectors: - Culture, Arts & Film - Heritage - Sport - Community/Charity There will be a special Young Hero Award for someone under the age of 18 who has gone that extra mile in their organisation. All nominees must work or act for a National Lottery funded organisation or have received National Lottery funding. Winners of these categories will be chosen by a judging panel made up of members of the National Lottery family and partners. In addition, projects from any sector who have received National Lottery funding are eligible to enter The National Lottery Project of the
Year category. Sixteen shortlisted finalists will compete in a UK-wide public vote in September to claim this title. To make your nomination for this year’s National Lottery Awards, tweet @LottoGoodCauses with your suggestions or complete an entry form through our website www.lotterygoodcauses/awards. Entries must be received by midnight on 7th June 2021.
What’s on at Stonham Barns Park in June n Stonham Barns Park is a bustling family complex situated on the A1120 tourist route at Stonham Aspal and is filled with an abundance of attractions and activities to suit all. During June there are a variety of events taking place in the Showground on the 5th and 6th a great weekend for mini lovers with the Mini Barn Bash. There will be Mini’s displayed in the showground along with club stands, trade stands, minis for sale, trophies, autojumble, food and drink plus lots more. Sunday is main show day £10 on the gate. Under 12 FREE.
On the 12th and 13th come along to the Open-Air Country Music Event. Get your dancing shoes on for a great weekend of country music and dancing. There is a great line up of country singers, plus plenty of food and drink. 12pm-6pm each day. Tickets 1 day £15.00. 2 days £25.00. Under 16 FREE. Also, on the 26th and 27th Stonham Barns presents History Alive. See history come alive before your eyes. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of times gone past. Thrilling combat displays, living history encampments, dark age medicine, tribal food and drink, armour and weaponry demonstrations and much more. £10 per person. Under 12’s FREE. You can also visit the many other activities and attractions onsite these include the shopping village with its many unique shops, Bistro with fabulous home-cooked food, fishing lakes for a relaxing day of fishing, golf park with its eight different golfing activities including Adventure Golf, Teapot Pottery for paint your own, Teapot Tea Room for a pot of tea and slice of cake, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary with over 90 different birds of prey, Meerkats and red squirrels. For the younger ones in your family there is Tumbledown Soft Play Barn where they can run, jump, climb and explore to their hearts content. Seasonal fairground, train rides and FREE bouncy pillow. With so much to do and see why not stay onsite, bring the family stay in your own tent, caravan, or motorhome, hire one of the fully furnished bell tents, a fully furnished static home or even purchase your very own holiday home. There are correct safety procedures in place for Covid-19 and Stonham Barns are members of the Visit England Good to Go Scheme ensuring they are doing their best to make you safe when you visit. Face coverings must be worn in the shops and attractions, strict social distancing and there are hand sanitising stations widely available. This is a ‘dog friendly’ site and open seven days a week, so whether you visit them for the day or you stay in their holiday park for a holiday, you will find lots to keep you busy. • For more information visit the website at www.stonhambarns.co.uk or our social media pages.
Flying returns to sanctuary As lockdown restrictions are gradually eased, the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary’s raptor community gather together to prepare for another exciting flying season. From the 90 plus resident owls and other birds of prey, several of particular interest and amenable character have been selected to offer a unique free flying experience to visitors. Two flying displays are offered daily at 11.30am and 1.30pm, presenting a variety of birds including old favourites such as Barn Owl, Eagle Owl, Red Kites, Harris Hawks, Vultures, Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon as well as new recruits, Cecil the Spectacled Owl, Stan the Striated Cara Cara, Lulu the Lanner Falcon and Frankie the Lugger Falcon. Young Barn Owl Bramble will be taking over leadership of the flying team after the retirement of popular favourite, Cobweb. This exciting selection of iconic birds will fly free (and very close!) to visitors
creating an awe-inspiring and truly memorable experience. Throughout the afternoons, new Sky’s the Limit exercise sessions will take place on the flying ground - these offer an opportunity to watch the falconers training young birds and to chat to them about the techniques demonstrated and the art of falconry in general. On 4th September all activities will be enriched by the participation of an experienced BSL signing colleague who will remain in residence all day to assist and support deaf visitors - deaf groups and individuals can claim free admission to this special day by contacting the sanctuary. Close to the flying ground, the pretty Woodland Walk provides attractive green cover for the bug hotel, wildlife pond, ladybird houses and (during summer months) butterfly feeders.
This is also the location of the shy Red Squirrel colony (will you be lucky enough to spot them on their tree top trail?!) and the cheeky Meerkat family. The latter are fed twice daily, at 11am and 3.pm and visitors are invited to watch their antics whilst enjoying an informative and amusing talk by their keeper. The newest section of the sanctuary, accessible from the flying ground, showcases additional impressive species including Fynn and Skye the majestic Golden Eagles, Mishka and Loki the Snowy Owls and Nakuru and Kalifi the Mackinders owls. This is also home to Silver Cross Foxes, Diamond and Sapphire and provides spacious rehabilitation enclosures in preparation for hedgehogs under the care of local hedgehog rescue, Prickles. Work has continued throughout the centre over the winter to provide spacious picnic areas
with wheelchair accessible tables, double-spaced viewing areas on the flying ground and plenty of hand sanitising stations. There is a well marked, one way ‘Flight Of Way’ around the site enabling secure movement between all areas. Raptor hospital admissions, owl adoptions, children’s birthday parties, falconry courses, photo days, school visits (physical and virtual) and pellet dissection supplies are all available.
• For more information visit www.owl-help.org.uk or telephone 0345 680 7897 Regd. Charity 1086565
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Owls • Falcons • Hawks • Eagles • Vultures
Stowmarket Wildlife Group Suffolk Wildlife Trust expect to be able to hold meetings again from June. Their first talk will be Wasps by speaker Hawk Honey on Wednesday 30th June at 7.30pm at the Village Hall, Stowupland, IP14 4BQ. Please check the Suffolk Wildlife Trust website at www. suffolkwildlifetrust.org/events for updates about this event. The Stowmarket Wildlife Group hope to be able to enjoy further meetings and events in 2021, including celebrating the anniversary of the formation of their group. For more information contact John Thompson on 01449 676471 or email email@example.com
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Panto doesn’t have to be just for Christmas! Christmas time traditionally means it’s Panto Season…. but what to do when you are faced with a global pandemic with restrictions on how many people can work closely together and the proximity of audiences? Well when you are one of the country’s most imaginative theatres, like Ipswich’s New Wolsey, you think differently and adapt! They offered in person and online opportunities to see their well-loved Rock n Roll Panto and if you missed it at Christmas you now have a second opportunity to see it. The production this year is The Snow Queen, set in the peaceful little town of Ballbroken where Gerda is about to be crowned the Queen of May, meanwhile young Simon the blacksmith’s apprentice is hoping to graduate and get his own hammer. Dame Sigrid Smorgasbord is preparing the May Day feast and also dispensing mayhem. Love is also in the air between blacksmith’s daughter Gerda and Kay, but nothing is straightforward in panto land and there’s a wicked queen along with a sidekick determined to ruin things and test the patience of Primrose (the good fairy) who is determined to see that all turns out fine. As always with the New Wolsey Rock n Roll Pantos, that Peter Rowe has become famous for directing, there’s a great script with some up to the minute gags and loads of great music performed by the actor-singermusicians who this year number only five. That’s where things stop being normal…. due to the current crisis there are restrictions facing all the theatres across the land. This means audiences have to be distanced, wear facemasks etc. The New Wolsey have taken this all onboard and if you attend a live performance there is nothing to fear, everything is so well organised. You are met at the door where your temperature is taken, then you will be checked in and directed around the theatre’s one-way system and to your seat. Empty seats and screens ensure your safety and social distancing within the theatre. You will however be asked to keep your mask on at all times. So back to the performance itself, the actors have to work doubly hard this year due to being a smaller cast. Everyone is brilliant, all are past performers from previous pantos at the New Wolsey: Gerda is played by
Lucy Wells, what an amazing voice this young lady has, the same can be said for Natasha Lewis who has two parts, the Snow Queen and Primrose. James Haggie makes a welcome return as the villanious Icicle as well as Simon. Adam Langstaff doubles up as Kay Smorgasbord and and also Sven Lumphammer, finally we must not forget Steve Simmonds once more donning a frock, this year as the man hungry Dame Sigrid Smorgasbord, full of very corny and sometimes near the knuckle gags (parents rest easy they will go over the heads of young ones). There are lots of new and very imaginative additions this year including some film segments including a great rendition of The Proclaimers I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) with accompanying video reminiscent of Peter Kay’s “Show Me The Way to Amarillo”. The viewers watching at home aren’t forgotten and there’s audience participation for them too including a surprise visit to someone’s home al a Ant and Dec. So if you choose to watch at home or in the theatre itself, you should definitely support this terrific production. With the bad year that theatre’s have had this year, now more than ever, they need our support. • This extra run is from 27th May until 13th June, so make sure you book your ticket now: online box office firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wolseytheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01473 295900. Review: Mark Keable, Ipswich24
Live music returns Live music is back this summer, and there is one band that is certainly celebrating this fabulous news; Coldplace! Coldplace are making an extremely welcome return to the big stage at The Spa Pavillion in Felixstowe on Saturday 17th July, after nearly 18 months away from the bright lights, and they truly cannot wait! “Lockdown has brought many to challenges to many people over the last 18 months, in so many different ways,” says Shane Croft, lead singer of Coldplace. “We have all learnt a lot about ourselves and our lives, and we have also lost loved ones and friends along the way and gained friends too. I think everyone has a different story to tell about their lives over the last year and their reality. “Our reality now is that we are allowed to perform to a live audience on a stage, and this is our focus at the moment. As musicians, this is what we’ve been longing for since we first went into Lockdown last year. We had no idea it would last this long, and unlike other industries, we haven’t had any relaxation of rules during this time.” To fans delight, the uncanny lookalike tribute to Coldplay will be performing at The Spa Pavillion in Felixstowe on Saturday, 17th July. This will be one of their first shows since March last year, so they will certainly be celebrating being back on stage. Expect an explosive show, complete with confetti canons, a laser light show and the Xylobands which Coldplace used in their tour, for the audience to light up the auditorium. To find out more please visit www.coldplace.co.uk.
Summer on the farm
As summer approaches and the temperature rises at Baylham House Farm they’re getting prepared.
Sheep can easily get heat stressed if the weather turns warm and they are still carrying their winter fleece, so shearing is very much part of the annual cycle. As there is so much you can do with wool we celebrate shearing with the Festival of the Naked Sheep. On the 31st May not only will the sheep be sheared but also there will be spinners demonstrating their skills. Visitors will be able to watch the shearing process and perhaps help to roll a fleece. The fabulous Baylham BBQ will be up and running. Throughout June the farm’s usual friendly residents - as well as this year’s lambs and kids and piglets - will be ready and waiting to greet visitors. To celebrate Father’s Day Baylham House Farm are offering free entry to dads on June 20th. For a great day out, in the lovely Suffolk countryside, visit Baylham House Farm. Unfortunately the café is still not open but there are plenty of places around the farm to enjoy your own picnic. Open every day from 10am until 5pm. For more details visit BaylhamFarm on Facebook, the website www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk or phone 01473 830264.
With lockdown over get into town and visit town centre
By the time you read this hopefully many of the restrictions of the past year will have been lifted. Why not take advantage of your new found freedom and visit Ipswich town centre? There are still many individual shops and businesses just waiting to welcome you and Craftability is no exception! At Craftability they have an abundance of all things crafty… wool, paper, haberdashery, cross stitch, paint, modelling tools, hardware, dolls house and fabric. The list is just too huge! Although they have been trading in the town for over 16 years and there has been a craft supplies shop on the site for a total of 53 years, Craftability are aware that many people have not visited them. So…use this summer to explore the town and take a look along the ‘passageway’ and find the hidden shop that is Craftability. You will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome.
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ONCE BITTEN…. TWICE SHY
n Over the last few years, we have seen and heard more in the news about people being bitten and injured, sometimes fatally, by dogs, but where does the law stand in terms of bringing a claim against the owner for personal injury and loss? In 1971 the Animals Act was introduced which outlined what the legal requirements were to establish fault and therefore liability against the owner / keeper of a dog that had bitten and / or injured a person. If that dog is defined as being a member of a “dangerous species” (which is one that is not commonly domesticated in the British Islands) then in all likelihood if that dog bites / injures someone, then liability will be strict and compensation should then be awarded accordingly. The majority of dog bite / injury incidents however relate to dogs that aren’t deemed to be dangerous, so what does the law say that you need to prove to establish fault? The main issue and key to succeeding with a claim for personal injury arsing out of a dog bite / injury incident is often proving that the owner / keeper was aware that the dog in question had a propensity to bite, or had a history of some form of aggression such that the owner / keeper should have taken sufficient steps to prevent that dog from causing harm by, for example, using a muzzle and keeping the dog on a tight lead. So what should you do if you get bitten / injured by a dog? - Seek medical attention – even the smallest of bites could become infected. - Get the details of the owner / keeper of the dog including their name, address, and whether they have pet or home insurance if possible. - Contact the police and report the incident – getting bitten by a dog is a crime, and by reporting it you could prevent someone else from suffering a similar fate.
- Contact the Council or the local dog warden if the Police haven’t already confirmed that they will take this action. - Get the details of any witnesses who may have seen the accident or who may have knowledge of this particular dog and it’s previous character. - Keep records of the accident including for example writing down what happened, and taking photos of your injuries. - Keep records of all expenses that you may have incurred as a result of the incident and injury sustained, for example, loss of earnings, travel expenses and any medication costs. By gathering all of the above documentation and information in particular about the incident and the dog / it’s history, when it comes to considering whether you have a valid claim for compensation, you will be in a far better position. Bringing claims for compensation as a result of these incidents involving dogs are complex and can be difficult to prove. The age old saying “There are no bad dogs, just bad owners” in these types of claim often turn out to be true. If you or someone you know has been involved in a dog bite incident, or you have suffered injury as a result of any animal, it is always worth seeking legal guidance to see whether you can obtain assistance to pursue your claim. If you would like to discuss any of the above please contact the team at Prettys on 01473 232121 or e-mail Louise Plant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Croquet helps Covid Recovery
As we start to exit Covid restrictions and the challenges presented by the pandemic there is an increased recognition of the benefits, both metal and physical, of playing sport. We have become more aware of our need for social interaction and our enjoyment of the great outdoors. However the physicality of many sports is not for everyone. Croquet can be played by anyone regardless of age, gender, background or identity. It is a sport of accuracy, tactics and guile and a sharp mind can challenge the most physically fit. Above all it’s fun whether played casually or competitively. After a prolonged absence from the workplace the need to reconnect with our colleagues, associates and customers has never been greater. Team building and networking have taken on a new importance. The lawns and facilities of Ipswich Croquet Club are now available for hire for Group Events to help businesses, professional, association and indeed families get back together in a beneficial and enjoyable way. For more information please contact Martin at Ipswich Croquet Club at email@example.com or call 07780 704 792, and visit the website at www.ipswichcroquetclub
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National Trust properties re-open
National Trust houses and other properties in England have reopened their to visitors following the Government’s easing of Covid restrictions.
that re-wrote history books, as well as the Exhibition Hall that delves into the life of the Anglo-Saxons laid to rest here. Both these spaces were recently transformed thanks to significant financial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership through the Growing Places Fund.
Staff and volunteers have worked hard behind the scenes to get properties ready and reopening safely with social distancing in place. Some small properties or rooms which can’t accommodate social distancing will reopen later once Covid restrictions are lifted or when repair or redisplay work is completed. Hilary McGrady, Director General, National Trust says, “This is a big moment that we have all looked forward to for months as we welcome people back safely, to spend time together at their favourite properties. “Hundreds of our parks, gardens and countryside locations have already reopened, but we know how much our members and supporters have been looking forward to returning to see our houses and collections again.
At Melford Hall in Suffolk, visitors will be able to enjoy the return of an exhibition featuring sketches by Beatrix Potter, which she drew whilst staying at the hall. Objects including a chaise longue, will also return to display after conservation work, following water damage last summer. the one million items it looks after, with many properties featuring in a new book celebrating 125 treasures in the charity’s care.
“Our places are nothing without our visitors there to enjoy them and our staff and volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes, cleaning chandeliers, polishing floors and dusting books, to get everything ready. It is a matter of huge relief, pride and gratitude that the places in our care can start to reopen following closure due to the pandemic. Not a single place will be lost to the public. The cultural treasures that are our shared inheritance are waiting – for everyone.”
Ickworth in Suffolk has completed repairs of their iconic Rotunda roof and the 270 miles of scaffolding that plunged the house into darkness for over a year, has been removed. Built as an 18th century palace to showcase the many treasures collected over successive generations, the house will re-open with a new version of the immersive exhibition created by The Decorators and light designers Studio Dekka and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The exhibition will highlight interior architectural details and spotlight collection items, including the statue of The Fury of Athamas, which features in the new book 125 Treasures of the National Trust.
During the pandemic conservation work has continued at a number of the Trust’s houses, and visitors will be able to see results of some of the work that has taken place. The reopening of houses also coincides with the Trust’s focus this year on its collections and
Sutton Hoo in Suffolk will see Edith Pretty’s former home open for the first time since the Netflix film, The Dig, hit our screens in January, featuring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan. Visitors will be able to step inside and explore the story of the 1939 archaeological discovery
For the first time in over a year, visitors will once more be able to step inside Lavenham Guildhall in Suffolk and discover the stories of the people who have used the Guildhall through its almost 500-year history, learning more about the men and women who have shaped the fortunes of this unique village. Hilary McGrady concludes, “We could not reopen so many of our places or carry out essential conservation without the patience and support of our members, visitors, donors and government schemes throughout this pandemic. And we are enormously grateful to our volunteers for the roles they have played, and will be playing again, as they return to our properties. “All the support we have received has made the difference to the National Trust being able to continue its work and ensure that our places remain here for everyone to enjoy.” Entry arrangements for houses will vary so please check property web pages before visiting www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Keeping our children safe online Many of our children own devices that will enable them to access the internet. From laptops to mobile phones and even game consoles there have never been more opportunities for children to get online, so as a parent how do we keep them safe when they are surfing the net? The internet can be of are huge, both socially and • sharing personal and great benefit to your child. identifying information with educationally, but so too It can help them with their strangers are the dangers.” Say the homework and it can help NSPCC. them to make new friends. To help keep your child “Young people tell us they are The internet can also pose safe online: experiencing all sorts of new risks to your child. It is forms of abuse on a scale talk to your child about the important to be aware of the dangers posed by the internet never before seen. It’s now dangers and to know how to tell them what they should clear that we are facing an keep your child safe online. do if they become worried or e-safety timebomb with this You may feel your child concerned being one of the biggest child knows more about the explain that anything shared protection issues of our time. internet than you do and find online or by mobile phone We cannot put the genie back the idea of using it yourself could end up being seen by in the bottle but we can talk to a bit daunting. To keep your anyone our children about this issue.” child safe it’s important that understand what your child Accessing the internet and you have an understanding does online and know which using mobile phones can put of the internet, how your child websites they visit children at risk of: uses it and the terminology • seeing disturbing put the computer where the used online. Your child may information or images whole family can see it, not be able to show you what • being the victim of online out of sight in a bedroom they do and how it works or use filtering software to block bullying (also known as your local library, college or inappropriate sites cyberbullying) community centre may run • being contacted and encourage your child classes on computers and to use websites such manipulated by an adult the internet. for sexual purposes (also as ChildLine where they can “The internet and mobile find advice and guidance known as grooming) phones are now part and on safe (but fun) use of the • sending or receiving parcel of young people’s sexually explicit films, internet. everyday lives. They are images or messages of • For more information the first generation who themselves or others (this about internet safety visit have never known a world is known as sexting when www.nspcc.org.uk without them. The benefits sent by mobile phone)
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Despite that, physical retailers still hold much of the market share. And there remains plenty of opportunity for physical retailers to set themselves up for renewed success. One such opportunity lies in the very thing that’s blamed for their decline – digital technology. It’s almost impossible for online shopping to replicate the most experiential elements of buying something in-person. For this reason, physical retailers should play to their strengths while also exploring how digital technology can give customers the best of both worlds in-store. Take Amazon as a case in point. Its Amazon Fresh brand has launched its first till-less grocery store in London, which sees shoppers simply scan their phone on entry and receive a bill automatically on departure – without a need to scan products individually. This ‘effort-free’ mode of shopping, however, relies extensively on technology and connectivity, with hundreds of cameras and sensors working seamlessly. Other retailers have focused on transforming their fitting rooms through the use of augmented and virtual reality. Imagine being in a fitting room, putting on a jacket you like the look of and being able to change the colour or size in the blink of an eye. That makes life easier for the customers, but it also saves time, allowing more people to make use of the changing room and thus generating more sales. Technology can also be used to encourage passers-by to step inside through interactive window displays, as Ted Baker has shown to great effect. Perhaps most importantly, retailers can use digital tech to better understand consumer behaviour. By harnessing data, they can make informed decisions such as what merchandise to prioritise and how to lay out the store to encourage sales or make them more profitable. Stock levels can even be
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Edible Woodbridge ’21
As part of the Heritage Open Days (HODS) Edible England theme, Woodbridge Rotary Club will be producing a digital Food to Fork record that will be available to HODS attendees during the week of Friday 10th to Sunday 19th September. This will involve a series of short videos of retailers, farmers, fisheries, bakers amongst others. Once HODS week is over, this record will be available to school children and interested parties through a digital hub. So far, the Club has agreement to work with a number of local food outlets, including Melton Produce, The Cake Shop, Gressingham, James Foskett Farms and the Fish Box. The second event that The Club will produce is a Woodbridge Cookbook for which the Woodbridge Rotary Club will seek donations in aid of a local charity. After HODS this will be on sale with the money going to the same charity. Woodbridge Rotary
Club are asking local people to send in recipes for inclusion within the booklet. They would like to receive recipes that children can produce and eat. And to this end they are in the process of working with a local primary school to get involved with producing cakes that can be sold in aid of their school funds during HODS week. One of the key parts of the Club’s project is to work with other interested parties and to this end we are pleased to announce that the Woodbridge Tide Mill will be working with us. The Museum will be running an exhibit: The Staff of Life at the Tide Mill during the Edible Woodbridge week and on Sundays 12th and 19th, entry to the exhibit will be free to mark the Edible Woodbridge Heritage Open Day. The Staff of Life exhibit will highlight how flour as a raw material is used for the creation of bread and explain how people were
reliant on its supply to survive. The collection of period baking utensils, associated particularly with the baking of bread, and archive documents will reflect the importance of flour as a staple food in England. Objects will be displayed on a mock kitchen as if in use. Woodbridge Rotary Club is looking to work with other interested parties to produce a complete Edible Woodbridge experience during the week of September 10th to 19th. If any person would like to contribute a recipe or become involved as a partner, please contact the Club via email@example.com
AT HOME Placing emphasis on our surroundings and wellbeing, Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at FurnitureChoice.co.uk shares three ways to bring positive energy flow to your home just in time for the new year. 1. Declutter the home for balance and good flow of energy Directly translated as ‘wind-water’ in English, feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that helps align external surroundings with inner wellbeing and emotional needs. By inviting good energy flow into the home, good health, luck and wealth are set to follow. The first step to starting this process is by decluttering as much as possible. “Tidying up is a great way to start.” Rebecca explains. “A neat home works wonders for our mental clarity and overall health. In feng shui, each space is connected to each other and allows positive energy to flow throughout the house. Add a decorative mirror to the living room to make the space feel larger and multiply the positive energy flow. Meanwhile, closets or drawers overloaded with old items block the chi (energy) so it’s best to discard any clutter.
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Aside from decluttering, incorporate the yin and yang concept into the décor. Yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) is a belief that two contrasting forces cannot exist without each other. “Apply this concept by mixing different shapes together,” Rebecca suggests. “For example, contrast the sharp edges of wall hangings with the soft curves of a sofa or mirror in the living room. This will balance out the room and give it a more relaxing feel.”
2. Create a calming space in the bedroom A bedroom is a place of rest so it is important to create a calm and soothing ambience. Remove or hide mirrors to avoid an overload of energy in one space. When it comes to furniture placement, the bed should be the main focus of the room. “In feng shui, this symbolises a commanding position that allows you to take charge and handle life’s many challenges,” Rebecca explains. “The bed is best positioned diagonally away from your door as you will still be able to see it clearly while not being in a direct line to it. “Placing your bed up against the wall will also give you a sense of security and ground you when you sleep. And for extra strength and stability, a bed with a headboard will represent this with its solid support and build.” 3. Channel productivity in the home office Similar to the bedroom, the home office should be decorated to match its purpose. “Since this room places emphasis on productivity, the desk should be the main focus here.” “Use plants to invite positive energy and freshen up the home. In feng shui, they are commonly associated as a life force and bring in growth, prosperity and luck. Common indoor plants that are said to attract these good elements include the pothos (money plant), lucky bamboo and peace lily.”
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After a year spent mostly indoors, spring marks the perfect opportunity to update and redecorate.
With working from home now a key part of our lives, here are three tips on how to refresh your home office this season. First, choose a colour palette that uplifts your space. Light colours such as white or mint green will make the room feel bigger and reflect any natural light that comes in. Take advantage of this new look by adding indoor plants which instantly breathe new life into your home office. Similar to the rest of the home, your home office should also be an extension of your personality. Perk up the space with mementos such as photographs, posters or artwork for a productive boost. Lastly, round off your look with chic finishing touches. For example, if you have a light colour palette, contrast it with black accents such as minimalist shelves or sleek wall frames. These small details will quickly take a space from basic and functional to smart and stylish.
Too Close arrives on DVD – 21st June 2021 BAFTA-WINNING actor Emily Watson gives another powerhouse performance in brand new nail-biting psychological drama Too Close, which had viewers enthralled when it aired over three consecutive nights on ITV and arrives on DVD on 21st June 2021, from Acorn Media International. Based on Natalie Daniels’ best-selling novel, we enter the world of dedicated forensic psychiatrist, Dr Emma Robinson (Watson – Chernobyl, Apple Tree Yard), who has worked with her fair share of high security patients and isn’t easily shocked…Then she meets Connie Mortenson (Denise Gough – Guerilla, Paula)… Connie is on remand, awaiting trial for a heinous crime. When Emma is assigned to her case she must explore the woman’s complicated mind to find out what really happened on the fateful night and what was it that made Connie into a monster? Delving deep into Connie’s psych, she tries to find answers to how her beautiful friend Ness (Thalissa Teixeira – Baghdad Central), fits into the puzzle and why does her husband refuse to visit her? As Emma tries to make sense of everything, Connie starts to show a searing insight into Emma’s deepest insecurities and begins to brutally exploit them. Their sessions become a complex psychological game with confusing and emotional undercurrents and the more Emma tries to uncover the truth and learn what triggered Connie’s despicable behaviour, the more she realises that her drive to get justice, may be the thing that destroys her. — COMPETITION — Ipswich24 has got three copies of Too Close on DVD to give away to lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning this great prize just send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a daytime contact telephone number to: Too Cose Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at www.ipswich24.co.uk. The closing date for entries Wednesday 30th June 2021.
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New research from Churchill Home Insurance reveals that around 55,000 home repair jobs a day are made worse by people trying to fix the problem themselves – the equivalent of more than 20 million per year.
In the past year, 27.5 million people have attempted DIY in the home with over five million citing lockdown restrictions as the reason for not wanting a tradesperson to come and carry out the work. Despite starting with good intentions, the damage caused as a result of a failed DIY job is astounding and collectively costs Brits more than £609 million annually, or the equivalent of £141 per repair. The most common repair jobs people tried to fix in their homes in the last year were blocked sinks, electrical repairs and dripping taps. Some eight million people admit they have carried out home repairs without seeking any advice at all. Of the 19 million who do educate themselves before attempting DIY, over half opted for an online tutorial, 23 per cent asked a friend or family member who is not a DIY professional and, 20 per cent read an article. Just one in five (19 per cent) sought tips from a friend or family member who is a DIY professional and even fewer (eleven per cent) asked a DIY professional they do not have a personal relationship with. Homeowners attempting to save money through DIY should research the costs before attempting. Further research conducted by Churchill among tradespeople found that as many as one in six repair jobs they attend have been made worse by the person trying DIY. In some cases, it can even be cheaper to get a professional in to fix a problem. When comparing the cost of a DIY fix for some issues around the home to the price of bringing in a professional, tiling repairs were on average £76 more expensive when done by householders themselves.
Of those who tried to repair home issues themselves, many either failed or made the problem worse. The majority (52 per cent) of those who tried to fix a roof failed – the equivalent of 4.6 million people while a fifth (20 per cent or 1.8 million people) who tried to fix their toilet made the problem worse. Many people attempt DIY because they believe it’s just a small job (48 per cent) or want to save money (30 per cent). Nearly a quarter (22 per cent) were confident they could do the job themselves despite a lack of experience, while one in six (16 per cent) wanted to save time. Steven Williams, Head of Churchill home insurance, said, “We appreciate that the past year has been extremely tough with everyone keeping to lockdown rules and it may have been a very daunting prospect to invite tradespeople into your home to fix a problem. However, it’s important to make sure you know how to fix something before attempting it and if you are unsure, call a professional as otherwise you risk causing further damage. “If you are having issues with repair jobs in your home, and are a customer, Churchill’s 24-hour emergency helpline could provide the guidance and peace of mind you need in an hour of need. We can help customers find tradespeople to perform repair work and provide that added peace of mind in a stressful situation. “There are certain jobs that people should never attempt themselves, due to the potential dangers they pose, including fixing mains water issues, gas problems and mains electricity issues.”
Gardening is good for you! n New research by the RHS reveals a significant association between gardening more frequently and improvements in wellbeing, perceived stress and physical activity. The study, published in the journal Cities, surveyed more than 6000 people and results indicate that those who garden every day have wellbeing scores 6.6% higher and stress levels 4.2% lower than people who don’t garden at all. RHS Wellbeing Fellow and lead author, Dr Lauriane Chalmin-Pui says, “This is the first time the ‘dose response’ to gardening has been tested and the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that the more frequently you garden – the greater the health benefits. “In fact gardening every day has the same positive impact on wellbeing than undertaking regular, vigorous exercise like cycling or running. When gardening, our brains are pleasantly distracted by nature around us. This shifts our focus away from ourselves and stresses, thereby restoring our minds and reducing negative feelings.”
Respondents who gardened two to three times a week had a 4.1% higher wellbeing score and 2.4% lower stress levels compared to people who don’t garden at all. However, gardening fewer than three times a month has less of a positive impact. The study conducted by the RHS in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and the University of Virginia found that more frequent gardening was also linked with greater physical activity supporting the notion that gardening is good for both body and mind. Dr Chalmin-Pui adds, “Gardening is like effortless exercise because it doesn’t feel as strenuous as going to the gym, for example, but we can expend similar amounts of energy. Most people say they garden for pleasure and enjoyment so the likelihood of getting hooked to gardening is also high and the good news is that from a mental health perspective - you can’t ‘over-dose’ on gardening! “We hope all the millions of new gardeners will be getting their daily doses of gardening this week and feeling all the better for it.” ‘Pleasure and enjoyment’ is the reason why six in 10 people garden. Nearly a third say they garden for the ‘health benefits’; one in five say ‘wellbeing’ is the
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The report adds to a mountain of evidence showing the positive health benefits of gardening. One study found that calories burnt from 30 minutes of gardening is comparable to playing a social game badminton, volleyball or practicing yoga. Last year, an RHS science paper found that adding a few plants to a bare front garden can make you feel happier, more relaxed and has the same impact as eight mindfulness sessions every week. Throughout National Gardening Week, the RHS will be sharing tips and ideas for people to get their dose of ‘vitamin G’ .To get involved and for ideas to get your daily dose visit the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk
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Grow your own on the increase Growing fruit and veg at home has officially taken root - with more than half of adults cultivating their own produce during the past 12 months. The study of 2,000 Brits found this blossoming trend is especially popular among young adults. Six in 10 18-to-34 year-olds (58 per cent) have been growing fruit and veg at home over the past year - more than any other age group. Wanting to save money (32 per cent), help the environment (23 per cent), be more sustainable (28 per cent) and eat more fruit and veg (15 per cent) are behind the trend. And the most popular items to grow are tomatoes, herbs, and strawberries, followed by carrots and runner beans. However, the study by Linda
McCartney Foods, which turns 30 this year, found 70 per cent of adults want to grow even more produce at home but are unable to. The biggest barrier is lack of space, with half of adults - including 66 per cent of 18to-34 year-olds - wishing they had a bigger garden area. Another 13 per cent simply wish they had a garden - with young adults again suffering more than other age groups in this respect - 23 per cent compared to nine per cent. In order to help people like these, the vegetarian food company has announced its ‘Grow Your Own with Linda’. The scheme will see ‘growing spaces’ built in urban areas throughout the country, while a Grow Your Own Guide will be available on the Linda McCartney Foods website in the coming weeks. Paul McCartney said, “We’re so pleased to bring this initiative to people across the UK and continue the legacy of kindness that Linda set out with for her veggie food company, 30 years ago. Linda aimed to show that being kind didn’t mean having to compromise on eating delicious food.
“Through this project, we hope we can empower more people across the UK to try growing, and eating, their own. “Dig in and have fun.” The study also found two thirds of adults enjoy growing so much they would happily live off their own home-grown foods if they could. Home growers already enjoy an average of three meals a week containing produce they’ve cultivated themselves. It also emerged 72 per cent believe growing your own food produce is good for mental health, and 68 per cent agree it also encourages you to have a better diet. Other benefits to home-grown food include giving you a reason to get outside and being more ethical than some mass produced foods. And notably, 48 per cent think homegrown tastes better than items purchased from shops. However, the study carried out through OnePoll found two thirds would like to have greater fruit and veg growing knowledge - with those aged 18 to 34 especially keen. Further to this, 32 per cent of all adults have little in the way of greenspace where they live, while 37 per cent often struggle to find somewhere they can go to switch off. Expert grower and gardener, Diarmuid Gavin, who is offering his expertise on the project, said, “This has been such a great initiative to be involved with especially at a moment when the outdoors and nature has become even more precious in lockdown. “I hope the Grow Your Own Guide can be an inspiration for people in flats, tower blocks and without much outdoor space to see just how much they can grow with their own hands and a few recycled containers.” Almost half of Brits (46 per cent) revealed their passion for growing produce at home has increased during the last 12 months. And while the most popular place to grow produce is the garden (65 per cent),
other notable locations include the kitchen (27 per cent) and the bathroom. One in 10 have also turned their balconies into an area for cultivating fruit, veg and herbs.
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2021 the year of the MEATER teams up with the Godfather of UK BBQ cooking, the author of a best-selling BBQ cookbook and creator of the UK’s largest BBQ group on Facebook, Marcus Bawdon, to provide top tips on how to have a ‘smokin’ outdoor cooking experience.
It is safe to assume that 2020 was not the year that anybody had planned. In fact, many people will want to write it off. There have however been some positive side effects, including a willingness to try new things as we all learnt to adapt. Over the endless stretch of days, into weeks, into months spent at home, without visits to pubs or restaurants, outdoor cooking and al fresco dining became an increasingly popular trend, so much so, that according to research, it actually boosted the UK barbecue market year-on-year by £12.4 million and saw a 391% increase in the amount of BBQs Brits had during April 2020 alone compared to the previous year. Brits have certainly had the time to experiment. Gone are the days when the burger and sausage reigned supreme. From global twists and funky formats to plant-based feasts - there are loads of new barbecue trends out there. Outdoor cooking in the UK is evolving and changing all the time. Lots of Brits still cook the simple BBQ essentials, burgers, sausages, steaks, and skewers, but in recent years the American smokehouse style is becoming increasingly popular, with ribs, brisket and pulled pork being favourites of this style. However, another popular trend that we have seen over the last year or so, is wood fired oven/pizza oven cooking, which has seen huge growth. Pizza ovens are definitely worth your ‘dough’, they provide a quick and easy way to bring Italian cuisine to your garden.
Using a meat thermometer is the only way to accurately tell if your food is safe to eat. You can kill harmful organisms in most foods by cooking them to the right temperature. Not only does a thermometer ensure your meat is safe to eat, but it also ensures you cook your meat to perfection. No one wants a dry, over cooked piece of steak.
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Top five outdoor cooking tips for 2021: - Try moving away from the standard burgers and sausages and challenge yourself to different BBQ recipes such as pulled pork, BBQ ribs, or the king of the BBQ steaks, the tomahawk steak. - Outdoor cooking doesn’t have to be just about the traditional BBQ, why not bring a taste of Italy to your garden and invest in a pizza oven. - Be fussy when picking your ingredients and source locally if you can. - Make sure your meat is cooked to perfection by using a wireless meat thermometer. - Accompaniments are important too. Take time to research what flavours compliment your main dish.
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The most popular meats people are looking to cook in 2021 are briskets (the Mt Everest of BBQ) and big Tomahawk steaks, which are fun, tasty, and bring a bit of BBQ theatre. A top tip when sourcing meat is to get sustainably raised, local meats – they have a far superior taste than their industrial farm counterparts. Buy the best you can afford. Also, when getting your brisket from the butcher, ask for a neat-shaped whole packer cut brisket, trimmed of any excess fat on the side. The more uniform your piece of beef, the better it will cook.
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Have you achieved a perfect life balance? Half of Brits feel they have achieved the perfect balance in life – as lockdown has allowed them more time to do the things they love. A study of 2,000 adults who have been working from home found the global pandemic and lockdown restrictions has had a huge impact on work life balance for many – for the better. The shift meant 47 per cent have been able to spend more time on the things they love, with reading (43 per cent), cooking (43 per cent) and gardening (41 per cent) the most popular pastimes. And many are enjoying the slower pace to life with 28 per cent exercising at home throughout the day and 22 per cent making breakfast in the morning. The research was commissioned by Cadbury to launch its Nuttier bar, which helps Brits find the right balance when snacking. It also emerged that of those who now consider their work life balance to be perfect, more than a quarter don’t think they could have achieved it without the lockdowns. But 51 per cent are worried about maintaining it as life begins to return to normal. A spokesman for Cadbury said, “For many, life was previously a whirlwind of work, social events, and family commitments. But lockdown meant that many of us slowed down, freeing up time they did not have before, and allowing them to focus on the things they enjoy and love the most.” The importance for balance is clear with eight in 10 considering it important to have a good work life balance, with 71 per cent claiming it makes them happier. For six in 10, it helps their mental health and
wellbeing, while 66 per cent said it leads to less stress. But 53 per cent also feel it improves their relationships and 48 per cent believes it helps to maintain your physical health. It also emerged that being able to set TOP 10 ACTIVI TIES AS time aside for yourself to enjoy the A RESULT OF HAVING A things you love is when you achieve PERFECT LIFE BALANCE the perfect life balance, according to 1. Re ading 45 per cent of adults. 2. Cooking Others believe it is when you have clear boundaries between work and 3. Gardening personal life (42 per cent). 4. Spending time Cadbury’s spokesman added, with family “The Cadbury Nuttier range offers 5. Online shop ping consumers the opportunity to enjoy 6. Improving yo ur home the best of both sides and live a life 7. Home workou of balance. ts Whether they are looking for a bar 8. Making brea kfa st in the packed with fibre or something a morning little sweeter, the Nuttier bar has 9. Playing video something for everyone.” games 10 . Listening to a The Cadbury Nuttier bar is available podcast in three flavours – Peanut & Almond, Cranberry, Almond & Peanut and Coconut & Almond.
inlaterlife n The majority of Brits wish they’d known more about their grandparents before they died, with a third unable to recall what their grandparents did for a living, a UK-wide study has found. Researchers from non-profit life story organisation Augrsurveyed 2000 people in a bid to find out how much the nation knows about their families’ past. The study found that just two in every 10 people know how their grandparents met, with a third admitting they don’t know how their parents met either. Despite this, 66% of people involved in the study said they would be interested to find out more about their family’s history, and almost half wish they’d kept a diary of their own stories to help to bring the past to life for their family in the future. Thinking about their own lives, threequarters of participants involved in the research confided that there are stories from their past that their families don’t know about, with a third of those aged over 65 believing that their stories will die with them. From nude photoshoots, to teenage mischief, more than 30% of respondents admitted that some stories from their younger days would be a shock to their families today, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, an additional 30% claimed to
have found out things about family members after they died that they did not know when they were alive. When it comes to remembering loved ones, the majority of respondents enjoy reliving the past by telling stories with friends and family, while 70% believe it’s important to keep loved ones’ memories alive after they’ve passed. In light in of findings, the boffins behind tech-start-up, Augr, are launching a campaign to encourage people to share their stories, before it’s too late. Justin Hopkins, co-founder of Augr, said, “For as long as history, ordinary people’s life stories have remained untold and unremembered. Only the lives of the rich and famous (and royalty of course) are officially documented. “It’s clear from the results of our study that this remains the case. Only a handful of people are able to confidently recall information about their immediate relatives, never mind their ancestors of old. It’s very sad. “We want to change that. Our mission is to give everyone the opportunity to record and share the story of their life with friends, family and the wider world. We hope the launch of Augr will enable more people to document their stories for future generations to look back on with fondness and pride.”
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Tasty Treats for Alzheimer Society’s
THURSDAY 17TH JUNE
Podcaster, writer, and former 2019 Great British Bake Off contestant Michael Chakraverty has revealed his top tips to perfecting those oh so delicious treats, all in aid of supporting Alzheimer’s Society’s Cupcake Day on Thursday 17th June. Although 2020 saw a rise in baking, it also saw one of the worst years for people affected by dementia. Over a quarter of all Covid-19 deaths in the UK were people living with dementia, thousands have faced an increase in symptoms and mental health decline and it’s been a heart-breaking time for families, who have either been cut off from loved ones or facing a lack of respite from caring duties. As an active Dementia Friends Champion Michael, who has first-hand experience of having a family member living with dementia, knows just how much of a difference your donations can make, which is why he is sharing all we need to know to achieve those star baker quality bakes! An Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends Champion runs Dementia Friends’ information sessions, helping to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding about dementia that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and isolation. There are currently over three million Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends in the UK. Using Michael’s tricks of the trade will mean anyone and everyone can get involved in Alzheimer’s Society’s Cupcake Day whether you’re a piping queen or baking newbie. You could organise a delivery ‘drop off’ of goodies to your neighbours, host a driveway bake sale in your area or have a virtual ‘bake-off’ with colleagues, friends, and family however you like to do it, you will be raising vital funds in support of people affected by dementia. Michael’s baking top tips: - Cure to curdling: A really easy way to prevent curdling is to ensure that all your ingredients are the same temperature - this means that they’ll combine a lot more easily. I tend to leave all the ingredients on a countertop overnight before baking in the morning so that I can be sure they’re at the right temperature. Make sure you add your eggs one by one, beating them to combine fully before adding the next - and if it curdles, just add a little bit of flour which will bring it back together. And if all else fails, just don’t worry too much - it’ll probably sort itself out in the oven! - Miracle meringues: To achieve the perfect meringue don’t over-beat it! Start whisking lightly, or on a low speed, until bubbles form, before increasing the speed gradually. Once you’ve got to the ‘soft peaks’ stage (where the mixture is white and frothy, and when you remove the whisk it folds over onto itself but maintains its shape) you can add a dash of lemon juice or a pinch of cream of tartar to stabilise it, before whipping to stiff peaks (when you remove the whisk it stands to attention!). Always bake meringues low and slow! - Sugar secrets: Sugars can generally be substituted for one another - the main difference between light brown sugar and white sugars is that light brown sugar lends a caramel-like taste to the bake, and brown sugar can also make the bake’s crust a deeper/darker colour. The one exception to this rule is icing sugar, which is in a league of its own - but if you happen to have a spice grinder handy, you can always whizz some white sugar down to a powder! - Baking or Bicarbonate: With Baking Powder and Bicarbonate of Soda, you can’t substitute one for the other! Bicarbonate of soda (or in American recipes, baking soda), is an alkali - meaning that it needs to react with an acid within the recipe (lemon juice, vinegar, sour cream etc) - whereas baking powder contains both an alkali and an acid - which activates when mixed with other ingredients. If you are really struggling and don’t have baking powder, I’d suggest adding a third of the amount of baking powder as bicarbonate of soda, and add a good pinch of cream of tartar. Then cross your fingers. - Decorative designs: For simple but effective decorating, buy a piping bag! It looks a lot more intimidating than it is - and piped buttercream looks SO much more professional! If you’re really worried, a glace icing always looks good too (just mix icing sugar with a little water) with sprinkles on top! - Fruity fun: You can replace fresh fruit with frozen. Frozen fruit actually retains its shape better within bakes - though it does lower the temperature of the bake slightly so you may need to lengthen the baking time slightly. I always coat my frozen fruit with a bit of flour to prevent it sinking in the bake - the flour ‘grabs’ the mixture and holds the fruit in place! Money raised will go towards Alzheimer’s Society’s vital support services, like its Dementia Connect support line. Our services have been used over
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n Wonderful Wendy wins national award Ipswich resident, Wendy Atkins has been singled out as an inspirational team worker and shining example to others by one of the UK’s biggest friendly societies, the Oddfellows. Wendy, who has been a member of the Society’s Ipswich Branch since 2003, was awarded a Making a Difference Award for ‘working in the spirit of mutuality’. The national awards are held each May to recognise and celebrate the exceptional contributions made by its members to their local Branches and wider community. Pictured with her award certificate, Wendy said, “I was unaware I’d even been nominated. It was a big surprise and I feel honoured to have won.” Wendy is a familiar face at the Oddfellows’ Ipswich Branch, which is based at 37 High Street. She first joined as its Branch Secretary, a position she held for 13 years, and has since volunteered as a Trustee, Provincial Grand Master (chairman) and serves on the Committee of Management. She’s now the group’s Social Organiser. She added, “I’ve done all sorts for the Ipswich Oddfellows over the years, but I enjoy my role as social organiser most of all. Since we’ve started running online events, I’ve had to think outside the box and see how our in-person events can translate onto Zoom, which has been a fun challenge. I’ve extended the hand of friendship to other Branches to offer help and support with their online meetings. “I aim for a calendar of events that stimulate the mind, help people socialise, and get them moving. A game of bingo isn’t just a game of bingo – it’s all the above! Everything I do has a purpose and I’m always thinking about our membership, to try and give them some choice and variety.” Ipswich Oddfellows Branch Secretary, Lynne Wyatt, said, “Wendy is the face of Ipswich Branch! She’s held all the official roles and is everybody’s go-to person for support, whether that’s for advice, or for help with Zoom. She’s so welcoming and supportive of all members, and dedicates a lot of her spare time to help the Branch succeed. We’re so proud to have her on our team. She truly deserves this award.”
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Who lives longer: grandparents or non-grandparents?
Grandchildren are generally regarded as enrichment for the life of older people, according to new research by the University of Cologne. The study, conducted by Professor Dr Lea Ellwardt, Karsten Hank, and Carlos Mendes de Leon, investigated whether life expectancy differs between people with and without grandchildren. The researchers analysed data of 27,463 people aged 51 years and older, from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the official register data in the USA. Overall, the study found no link between grandparenthood and mortality. However, there were exceptions, grandmothers under the age of 65, who have a partner and four or more grandchildren were shown to have a larger increased risk of mortality compared to non-grandmothers. This could be as a result of strain from gendered role expectations and obligations. Considering numerous social responsibilities held by grandmothers, limited finances and time resources could also cause significant strain. In contrast, widowed grandmothers were found to have a survival advantage over non-grandmothers. This is thought to be because the focus on children buffers some negative consequences caused by the loss of a spouse. This reflects the idea that grandchildren provide important meaning and joy to their grandmothers’ lives. This study analysed data over a 22-year period and was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine. 28
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Pandemic increases need for social care of elderly Analysis from Age UK has found that the experience of living through the fear, enforced isolation and inactivity caused by the pandemic has sharply accelerated the care needs of significant numbers of older people.
The latest figures show that 1.2million older people aged 60+ in the UK who had difficulty walking up and down the stairs before the first lockdown in March 2020 report this activity has become even more difficult for them since then, while 1.45 million of the 60+ population now have difficulty walking short distances outside when previously this did not pose problems for them at all. 3.8 million (23%) older people’s ability to do everyday activities has worsened since the first lockdown. The Charity is calling on the Government to commit to concrete action in the Queen’s Speech today to strengthen and expand the provision of social care in England, in order to meet this growing need. Age UK’s research backs up what the Charity is seeing and hearing from older people and their families and from the professionals who work with them too: being cooped up at home for long periods, unable to go out and about as usual, and lacking the mental and physical stimulation of being with others and engaging in their usual activities has taken a real toll on many older people. Physically, muscles have weakened and wasted and strength, balance and flexibility have been undermined. Mentally, decreased human contact and intellectual stimulation have caused some older people’s dementia or other form of cognitive decline to progress more quickly than would otherwise have been the case. In addition, some older people’s self- confidence has been seriously eroded as they have got out of the habit of going out and about and participating in social activity, while others are experiencing intensified anxiety and depression. Furthermore, the difficulty or impossibility of accessing timely medical treatment during the pandemic has led some older people’s long term health conditions to become significantly worse. The latest analysis shows: - Two in five of over 60s in the UK, around 1.2 million, who had difficulty walking up and down the stairs before the first lockdown in March 2020 reported this activity became more difficult since then. - Two in five of over 60s in the UK, almost 950,000, who had difficulty walking short distances outside before the first lockdown in March 2020 reported this activity became more difficult since then. - More than a third of over 60s in the UK, around 520,000, who had difficulty showering, having a bath or washing before the first lockdown in March 2020 reported this activity became more difficult since then. - More than two in five of over 60s in the UK, around 416,000, who had difficulty preparing and cooking food before the first lockdown in March 2020 reported this activity became more difficult since then. AND - One in ten of over 60s, around 1.6 million, now have difficulty walking up & down stairs when previously they did not - One in ten of over 60s in the UK, around 1.45 million, now have difficulty walking short distances outside when previously they did not - Approaching one in ten of over 60s in the UK, almost 1.3 million, now have difficulty cleaning and tidying their house when previously they did not. Social care has been on the front-line of the COVID-19 pandemic and tragically Care England there have been 30,000 deaths of care homes residents and nearly 900 deaths of care home staff. The social care workforce has demonstrated unwavering commitment, but the pandemic has also demonstrated how fragile and fragmented care services often are in England – adding up to something more like a cottage industry than the effective and reliable system which older people need. Against the context of all we have seen over the last year the Charity says that the case for the transformational change and reform of social care has never been stronger. Before the pandemic struck Age UK estimated that 1.6 million people aged 65 and over did not receive the care and support they need in England, warning that this could grow to 2.1 million people by 2030. The Charity says that unless Government now directs significantly more investment into social care as part of a package of reforms these numbers are likely
to be underestimates, because of the adverse impact of the pandemic on older people’s health and resilience. Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said, “It’s really sad that the pandemic has taken such a toll on the mobility, confidence and capacity of millions of older people to live independently without extra support. Specialists in older people’s health warned that this was likely to happen after months of enforced isolation, inactivity and lack of stimulation and, unfortunately, our new analysis shows they were absolutely right. The inevitable consequence of this pandemic related damage is that older people’s demand for social care is set to go up quite markedly, beyond what would otherwise have been expected.” “What matters now is that the Government recognises this is happening and makes the extra investments and reforms needed to beef up and expand our care services so they can meet this growing need. Before the pandemic we already knew that 1.6 million older people had some unmet need for care, but our new research means this awful statistic could rocket even higher this year unless the Government acts fast. We must never forget too that behind the cold statistics are real older people who with the right care and support could be living much happier, safer and healthier lives. At Age UK we often hear how miserable and downright frightening it can be to struggle on your own with essential tasks like getting out of bed and washing that you used to take for granted but which now carry the risk of you falling, doing you serious harm. That’s what’s at stake here for older people who find themselves in this difficult position and surely its incumbent on us as a society to make sure they get the care and support they need.”
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Omega-3, the fatty acid found in fish, helps to decrease blood pressure and can aid the battle against depression, a study has found. Dr. James Brown, a professor from Aston University, explored the correlation between marine oils and a range of health benefits, in particular heart health. The scientific report revealed fish oil has a positive effect on five different areas of heart health, including blood pressure and chronic heart disease. It is beneficial in the fight against body fats, atherosclerosis, which is the plaque that builds up in the arteries, and irregular heart rhythms. On top of the physical health benefits of fish oils on the heart and in fighting arthritis, Dr Brown’s research revealed how some individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression or premenstrual syndrome would benefit from the use of Omega-3 supplements. A placebo study previously conducted on nearly 50 participants showed those who took fish oils containing Omega-3 had improved mood profiles, with increased vigour and energy and reduced anger, anxiety, and depression states. Dr James Brown said, “Omega-3 fats, and the benefits associated with them, have been widely debated in both the media and by scientists for many years. “The recent report draws from published literature, assessing the strength of any claims of benefits from Omega-3 consumption, and evidence suggests that the maintenance of a healthy heart can be supported by Omega-3 intake. “As we grow older, worries about heart conditions can be concerning, and it is reassuring that substances as accessible as Omega-3 can help
maintain a healthy heart, including helping to maintain a healthy blood pressure, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and lowering the levels of some circulating blood fats. “This research hasn’t just revealed benefits of Omega-3 intake on cardiovascular health, but also across a range of key health conditions including mental health and cognitive development too, showing Omega-3 intake to be a good way of maintaining various elements of general health.” Humans don’t naturally create Omega-3 so it is recommended we eat at least two portions of fish per week, including one of oily fish. Taking a cod liver oil supplement is also a great way to get Omega-3 into a diet. It is particularly important to do this during the winter, as fish oils are an excellent source of Vitamin D which we tend not to get due to lack of sunlight, with Vitamin D supporting muscles, bones and our immune systems during the harsher months. Dr Zoe Williams, NHS GP and TV health advisor, added, “Many people don’t realise that our body can’t produce omega-3 naturally, so we do need to get it from our diet. We all require a different level of Omega-3 for our health to be optimal. “It is best to get Omega-3 from natural food sources, such as fish and certain nuts, seeds, and oils, but for those of us who struggle with this, taking a cod liver oil supplement is a good to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
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Return of sport Ipswich Borough Council are continuing the phased reopening of its sport and leisure facilities. With indoor gatherings of up to six people or two households getting the go ahead, the Council is also able to offer leisure swimming slots at Crown Pools and badminton court hire at Whitton Sports Centre for up to six people from different households. The facilities have already been operating badminton and family swimming for households and support bubbles, as well as outdoor fitness classes, gym slots, public lane swimming, swimming lessons and club hire for pools and all weather/grass pitches. Covid-Secure measures remain in place and all visitors will need to prebook and pre-pay for all activities online before they visit. Booking is now available and customers are encouraged to book early to secure their place. Slots can be booked online up to seven days in advance. Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Sport & Culture, said, “The further easing of restrictions means we are able to offer even more activities for customers and we can’t wait to see people back indoors enjoying the activities they love. “Our experienced team of instructors are eager to start delivering our varied programme of classes and help people get active again safely. All our CovidSecure measures remain in place – including one-way systems, cleaning schedules and social distancing - so customers can be sure that they can get active again safely. If you’re planning on visiting, remember that all activities must be booked and paid for online in advance – booking for next week is now available on our website.” • To find out more about opening times, how to book and what you can expect when you return visit www.ipswichfit.co.uk/reopening
Men discover their style prime After years of experimenting with their clothes and facial hair, men finally find a look they feel confident in after reaching the milestone age of 30 years. The journey to the style peak will see the average bloke try three different facial hair styles, four hair dos, five fashion picks and five overall looks throughout the years. But the study, by male grooming brand Braun, also revealed substance is just as important as style, with honesty, intelligence and success in work revealed as the top three values for men. The combination of style and substance takes longer to come
my attitude off the pitch too, and I’ll do what I can to look my best.” The study, of 2,000 men, found that when it comes to style, two in five of those surveyed would describe theirs as “casual”, while just one in 10 would say “smart”. Only one in 20 would define their look as “cool”. But more than four in 10 guys admit their look varied ahead of reaching their prime, with 66 per cent choosing a style at some point just because it was popular at the time - even though they didn’t really feel confident in it. Sixty-nine per cent even admitted to giving their appearance a style makeover that they’ve later come to regret. Researchers found a growing interest in appearance and personal care for men, with the average man spending £310 on each new style they try. More than one in twenty spend more than three times as much.
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Some believe this is due to inspiration from groups such as footballers, while others put it down to vanity, creativity or self-expression. British men aren’t all about having ‘style’ though but long for substance too, with being honest and intelligent qualities men believe define a person with substance. The home they live in, their partner, children, parents and friends are also among the areas that matter most to guys. Braun expert grooming ambassador, Dan Gregory, said, “When it comes to shaving and grooming, having the know-how on the best technique for each look is important, but it helps to start with good quality tools in the first place. From my experience, men are after style and substance when it comes to their grooming products and Braun delivers both.”
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Support for average speed cams Drivers support wider use of average speed cameras on motorways - despite more than half admitting to breaking the 70mph-limit More than half of drivers admit to breaking the speed limit on motorways with a third of those confessing to having travelled at speeds in excess of 80mph, research from the RAC reveals. Three per cent say their fastest speed on a motorway was over 100mph while 4% believe their top speed was 91-100mph. While the vast majority – two-thirds – state their highest speed on a motorway was 71-80mph, a quarter claim to have driven at 81-90mph. Asked why they broke the speed limit on a motorway, most drivers said they were simply following the example set by other motorists, although three-in-10 say it was because they thought it was safe to travel faster than 70mph. Other common reasons for speeding on a motorway were: nothing else being on the road; the speed limit being inappropriate and feeling pressure from other drivers behind.
In terms of what form of speed enforcement drivers think is best for ensuring speed limit compliance on high speed roads where the speed limit is 60mph and 70mph, 58% of the 3,000-plus motorists surveyed for the RAC Report on Motoring said they favoured ‘average speed cameras’ which measure speeds between cameras rather than at a
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enforcing the 70mph-limit. Only a quarter (26%) disagreed with this idea, with 18% unsure. Average speed cameras were also preferred by the majority of drivers for use on 40-50mph limit roads with 46% saying this, compared to 29% for fixed position cameras. On 20-30mph limit roads however, fixed position cameras came out top with 43% of drivers saying they were best and a quarter (25%) opting for average speed cameras, only just ahead of police officers operating mobile speed traps (21%). While compliance on roads with lower speed limits is far better than the 54% who admit to exceeding the 70mph-limit, an alarming four-in-10
still admit to frequently disobeying 20mph limits. This rises to a third on 60mph country roads – statistically some of our least safe roads – and to 36% on 30mph urban roads. Very worryingly, 11% of limitbreakers claim to have driven above 40mph in a 30mph zone while 10% have exceeded 30mph in a 20mph zone. In the case of the latter, 45% of those who speed at least occasionally say this is because they believe the limit is ‘inappropriate’ for the area or stretch of road in question. RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams said, “Despite more than half of drivers admitting to regularly exceeding the 70-mph speed limit, road safety statistics clearly show that motorways are our safest roads. “With so many motorists admitting to driving much faster than they should on the motorway, it was interesting to see such strong support for average speed cameras to be used more widely to enforce the 70-mph limit as opposed to just in roadworks, as is currently the case. We believe drivers see these cameras as being very effective at reducing speeds over longer distances and controlling traffic flow as well as being fairer than fixed position ones as they aren’t instantly punished for a momentary transgression. “Our research shows speed limit compliance on all types of road has improved on previous years, but as our study was carried out during the pandemic we suspect this has partly been brought about by the reduction in the number of journeys carried out for the purposes of commuting – or for other business purposes – where drivers feel greater time pressure and may be more tempted to break the law by speeding.”
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The automotive industry is on the cusp of a revolution as 70 per cent of European motorists would consider an electric vehicle for their next car.
A survey of 3,500 petrol and diesel, and 3,500 electric car owners spread across seven countries and regions, including the UK, examined EV satisfaction as well as attitudes other drivers have towards switching to zero emission motoring. Overall, 89 per cent of EV drivers said going electric was the right decision. And 97 per cent of EV drivers said they found the transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) to EV as expected or easier. Among petrol and diesel drivers, seven in 10 said they would now consider going electric - with the environmental benefits topping a list of reasons why, according to the large-scale study commissioned by Nissan. Arnaud Charpentier, Region Vice President, Product Strategy and Pricing, Nissan AMIEO, said, “With this new research, we’re seeing first-hand that European drivers are embracing electrification. “Just as drivers are continuing to explore what electric vehicles have to offer, we are committed to showing drivers the vast benefits of electric mobility and how easy actually it is to make the switch.” The majority of EV drivers surveyed said the range autonomy of their electric car is better than expected before purchase. This counteracts the 58 per cent of ‘ICE’ owners who consider EVs to offer low driving range. Almost one third of EV drivers made the decision to switch thanks to the advanced technology offering in electric cars, demonstrating the key role these features play in enhancing enjoyment behind the wheel. A similar number of ICE drivers considering an EV also confirm the advanced technology is tempting them to convert, making its role in the electric revolution more prominent than ever. Low running costs are a big driver for 31 per cent of ICE owners considering the switch - while 83 per cent of EV drivers say their car has lower running costs than an EV.
Driving with damage costs motorists £10.7m New research from Churchill Motor Insurance reveals over the past five years 19.2 million drivers (46 per cent) have ignored necessary repairs to their vehicles for more than a month, costing them an average of £560 – the equivalent of £10.7 billion. A third of drivers (13 million or 32 per cent) admitted to leaving damage to bodywork for more than a month, with five million not repairing it for more than a year. Alarmingly, it’s not just cosmetic issues being left - nearly six million have waited to sort out problems with their brakes and the average time taken to repair the issue was over two-and-a-half months. Further research with mechanics revealed motorists knowingly driving with damage is an issue they deal with regularly – two-thirds (67 per cent) of those questioned said they repair vehicles every week where the issue has been left longer than it should have been. Two out of five (45 per cent) say it’s a daily occurrence. The main reason for driving with damage is that motorists believe the issue is only cosmetic, while a fifth ignore these issues because they know they can get away with it. Around 19 per cent say they cannot afford repairs, while lockdown and a lack of time were also contributing factors. Nicholas Mantel, Head of Motor Insurance for Churchill, said, “We understand the reasons drivers do not immediately get bumps and scrapes to bodywork repaired as they are probably seen as minor issues and can be expensive to repair. However, minor issues can quickly become major if they are not dealt with. Engine noises which could be sorted out with a £10 engine oil replacement could amount to needing a new engine, costing thousands if ignored for too long for example. “The research also highlights how drivers are not taking problems with car brakes seriously. Brake failure can lead to road traffic accidents and drivers are putting themselves and the public at high risk. While we sympathise with car owners, we recommend tending to even the small issues as quickly as possible, not only to save money and avoid a bigger bill in the future, but also to avoid road accidents or injury.”
Nissan launched a collection of testimonials, ‘My Life with a Nissan LEAF’, to highlight owner experiences from around the world, among those were Neil Swanson, from Scotland, who initially won a LEAF trial in a competition. He then purchased one and has driven more than 80,000 miles in it since. Arnaud Charpentier added, “Our 500,000 LEAF owners are some of the most loyal customers worldwide. “By shining a spotlight on our owners’ unique and positive experience of EV ownership we enhance our commitment to sharing the benefits of electric mobility, showing how enjoyable and rewarding it is.” Nissan has also launched a new online fuel saving calculator, for customers to calculate how much switching to a LEAF could save them over time. Find out more here: https://www.nissan.co.uk/vehicles/new-vehicles/leaf/ savings-and-benefits.html
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