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MARCH 2019

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Holby Star heads to Felixstowe along with the Greatest Show and winners of Tribute Music Awards The month of March begins with the hugely popular The Greatest Show on Saturday 2nd with two performances (5pm and 8pm) including songs from Hollywood. Unleash your passion to sing-a-long to famous songs from best-loved films, in this exciting concert celebration. As well as featuring the biggest hits, "The Greatest Show", “This is Me”, “Never Enough” and "Come Alive", from the hit musical phenomenon - The Greatest Showman, you’ll also hear iconic songs in concert from Hollywood movies such as Frozen, Dreamgirls , Dirty Dancing , Shrek, Mamma Mia and more! This amazing production features an all-star cast from London's West End, which includes Cici Howells (Saturday Night Fever, Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Welsh Tenor Michael Jenkins accompanied by an impressive live band, visual effects and compère. The following weekend on Saturday 9th at 7.30pm, the Spa are proud to host winners of the 2018 National Tribute Music Awards – Oye Santana with their Woodstock 50th Anniversary Tour. A popular performer thrust into the limelight to play “Joseph” in the West End but now also famous for his appearances in Holby City as Ben ‘Lofty’ Chiltern is Lee Mead who comes to the Spa on Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm. The Billy Fury Years are celebrated next on Saturday 30th March at 7.30pm. Hailed as “the best Fury since Fury”, let Michael King and his brilliant musicians take you on a two hour virtual rollercoaster of Billy Fury’s entire hit catalogue!!


Next month begins with Those Were the Days on Thursday 4th April (matinee) an unforgettable afternoon of music and memories. Remember the songs and stars of the fabulous 50's and the swinging 60's. Starring the international ukulele star Andy Eastwood and very special guest star Lonnie Donegan Jnr. They’ll have you singing along to all the hits including 'My Old Man's a Dustman' with the son of the legendary king of skiffle. The very next night Giovanni Pernice returns with - Dance is Life – a smash hit dance spectacular directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, Strictly Come Dancing’s creative director. Giovanni is ready to raise the temperature just a little bit more this time round! Featuring seven other world class professional dancers, including Strictly’s newest pro, Luba Mushtuk. With seven more shows plus an Easter Panto and a show for the little ones, next month is literally bursting with entertainment! Tickets for all theatre shows are available from the Spa Pavilion’s Box Office which is open from 11am until 4pm, 01394 284962. You can also reserve your seats online, 24 hours a day, at www.felixstowespa.co.uk The Lounge Bar and Restaurant is open every day from 9.30am to 5pm (6pm from 31st March) plus the Terrace Bar and Restaurant is open at the Weekends. Also, food is always served for two hours before every performance. You can follow the Spa Pavilion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and show updates.


Did you know that Tuesday is now the day that most car accidents happen? We also find out why the three biggest breakdown companies have joined forces. There's also a round-up of other motoring news.

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The Dragon Boats are coming to Ipswich and organisers are looking for teams to take part in this fun charity event.


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David Attenborough's "Blue Planet" made everyone realise that we have to start to care for our planet. Our special feature looks at small things we can do to help.

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Our day-by-day round-up of what to do in the local area for the month of March. You'll find, walks, craft fairs, dance lessons, music events and much more to entertain you.



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Nothing but a good time at Regent n Dan Looney, Adam Paulden, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Selladoor Worldwide and Gavin Kalin are delighted to announce, Kevin Clifton will join the cast of the awardwinning smash-hit musical “ROCK OF AGES” in the role of ‘Stacee Jaxx’. Kevin Clifton will play the role when this hit show visits Ipswich this Spring. An international Ballroom and Latin dancer, Kevin Clifton, has won numerous titles across the world, including winning the Britain Latin Championships four times. He is best known as a Pro Dancer on BBC one’s, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and is the only pro dancer to ever


dance in four consecutive finals. Kevin made his musical theatre debut in ‘Dirty Dancing the Musical’ at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End. Kevin then went on to become a principle dancer in Burn The Floor Dance Company and performed in the show’s record breaking Broadway run, in London’s West End and across the world.

Kevin has also toured nationwide with Karen Clifton in 2017 and 2018 in their theatre show, ‘Kevin and Karen Dance’.

“ROCK OF AGES” is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true! This hilarious musical comedy features the songs, including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What

Love Is, played loud and proud by an awesome live band. Now a global smash with extensive runs in London’s West End, on Broadway and in Las Vegas, the show has also been made in to a star-studded Hollywood movie. • “Rock Of Ages” will be at the Ipswich Regent from Tuesday 5th until Saturday 9th March. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100 or visit www.apps.ipswich.gov.uk.

Entries open for Dragon Boat Races Fresh Start – new beginnings invites entries to Ipswich Dragon Boat Race Local charity Fresh Start - new beginnings is challenging people across Suffolk to take part in a Dragon Boat Race on Ipswich Waterfront this summer. Entries are now open for a popular Dragon Boat Race which is taking place in Ipswich for the second year running and is organised by the charity Fresh Start – new beginnings in partnership with Associated British Ports (ABP). The event will see brightly-coloured dragon boats compete on the Ipswich Waterfront on Saturday 1st June 2019. The race provides an opportunity for people to try out rowing and have fun on the Wet Dock adjacent to the Ipswich Waterfront with friends or colleagues this summer. With only 28 boats available, team spaces for the Dragon Boat Race are expected to go quickly and are available on a firstcome first-served basis. The 200m race is in support of Fresh Start – new beginnings (FSNB), an Ipswich-based charity that works with children who have been sexually abused, helping them to overcome trauma and give them the tools to

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overcome feelings of blame, shame and guilt. It also assists children with coping strategies and helps identify each child’s strengths and potential. To enter the race, participants will need to register as a team of eleven (including a drummer) and pay a £30 registration fee per person. As the race is in aid of a good cause, the dragon boat racers will be challenged to raise £50 each for charity. Spectators will be able to enjoy the race from Ipswich Waterfront, where fun activities for children including colouring competitions and face painting will also be available at the Dragon Boat Festival. The race is being supported by Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading port operator, which owns the Port of Ipswich as well as twenty other ports across the UK. Patsy Johnson-Cisse, fundraiser for FSNB, said, “We were so pleased with the take up for our first Dragon Boat Race last year. There is already a lot of excitement around this year’s race, so we would recommend that anyone interested in taking part gets in touch soon to avoid missing out on a space. “This race is a great team-building activity for businesses, as well as an unforgettable day out for a group of friends. To top it off, the race is in aid of a good cause and money raised will provide much-needed support to local children that have been through so much.” • To find out more information about the race and to receive an entry form please contact Patsy by email patsy@fsnb.org.uk or call 01473 705111.

AN RSPCA volunteer has put pen to paper to write two children’s books to raise much needed funds for the local branch. Helen Lakey, a long-term volunteer at the branch’s Felixstowe Charity Shop, has written two books and all the royalties will be donated to the RSPCA along with the gift aid. The first book is called ‘PLOP! The Boy who saved The World’ and although it is a children’s story it has a message for all of us. The young super-hero’s journey starts with him, as a toddler, throwing a pebble into the sea (Felixstowe’s beach was the obvious inspiration!) As he grows and learns more about the world, he ends up on a mission to save the planet. He harnesses the power of the internet to create a global wave of goodwill for his cause. It is a thought-provoking story of our times and is both funny and tear-jerking. It is published as an ebook on Amazon for £1.99. ‘The Trainees go West’ is also a children’s book featuring the Little Train that runs along the Felixstowe Prom. With Ray N. Bow at the controls it takes four children on a magical journey to Joshua Tree and The Heblux where the Celestial Light Orchestra plays. Also published as an ebook on Amazon, it costs just 99p. A spokesperson for the branch said, “We are so very grateful to Helen for donating all the proceeds from these wonderful books to the RSPCA. They are truly delightful books and we hope many families will enjoy them. “Each year we have the challenge of finding new ways to raise funds, so this offer is a wonderful donation for us and the money raised will be for all the animals we help in East Suffolk. “We are urging people to please go online and buy them and the great thing is everybody wins and e-books are so ‘green’. For more details about RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch and the Felixstowe Charity Shop please visit www.ipswich-rspca.org.uk or www.facebook.com/rspcasuffolkeastandipswich 5

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Are you thinking of taking your next adventure on your own? Solo travel gives you the freedom to explore new destinations at your own pace whichever way you choose either as part of a group or independently. Ocean and River Cruising offers the chance to visit a different and exciting port of call every day with the option of guided shore excursions, the opportunity to discover places on your own or even stay on board just to relax by the pool or take a spa treatment. Many cruise lines have guest speakers and lectures to learn more about the areas you are visiting and evenings on board a cruise are social events with fine dining, cocktails and

entertainment to suit everyone it is a great way to meet new people. If a cruise doesn’t appeal then an escorted tour may be just the thing for you, there are some companies who take tours only for the Solo Traveller with single rooms throughout and a small group or you can join a regular tour with a mixed group the choice is yours but whichever you take a tour is a great way to see a new destination. Some tours will be hotel based and excursions taken from there others will be on the move every day to cover as much as you can either way you will be accompanied by an experienced

Tour Manager and often local guides which is a great way to learn the history and culture of the Country. Early booking is advised when travelling on your own to take advantage of special discounts, low deposits, VIP home pick up service and often no single supplements. Cruise Ready have a fantastic singles offer with Cruise & Maritime to sail the Norwegian Fjords from Tilbury on board Columbus departing 29th September 2019, ocean view cabin £1069.00. For more information visit Cruise Ready at 2 New Street, Woodbridge, telephone 01394 799179 or visit www.criuseready.co.uk.

Find a firmer footing The first few months of the year are generally cold, wet and a bit miserable, with a higher chance of ice and snow on the ground and on pavements. It is precisely these kinds of weather conditions that tend to give rise at this time of year to more people slipping, tripping or falling when out and about, often in a public place or even in the workplace. These types of accident also, unfortunately, often result in people sustaining more serious injuries, such as broken bones and spinal and head injuries, that, in the worst cases, can prove fatal.

However, bringing a claim for personal injury as a result of a slip, trip or fall can be tricky. Pinpointing the correct person to bring a claim against can be difficult, if, for example, there are a number of potential owners of the accident site. Gathering the evidence needed to prove such a claim against whoever is responsible can then sometimes seem to be a mammoth task. Depending upon where you fall on publicly or privately owned land - also makes a difference to the chances of successfully bringing a claim for compensation for personal injury and loss because the courts apply different tests to determine whether responsibility can be attached. For example, while you may not be able to claim compensation if you tripped or slipped on a public highway or pavement, if the same accident occurred on privately owned land, you may be more successful. So, what should you do, if you have an accident as a result of a slip, trip or fall either out and about or at work? - Seek medical attention / get help. - Report the accident to whoever is responsible for the site of the accident, whether that is the local council or a privately owned individual or company – ensure that the accident is logged in the accident book. - If the incident takes place at work,

notify your workplace health and safety representative. - Take photographs of the scene of the accident on the day - or as near to the day of the accident as possible. - Take details of exactly where you fell, what caused you to fall and what your direction of travel was. - If you are aware that remedial action is taken after the accident has occurred to rectify any defect that caused you to slip, trip or fall, or any steps are taken after the event (such as putting up warning signs), if possible, get pictures of them and record the dates on which the remedial steps were taken. - If available, get witness evidence from anyone who saw the accident or who can provide information as to how long the defect that caused you to fall was present before the incident took place. - Keep records of your injuries and details of any out of pocket expenses you may have incurred as a result of your injuries, such as loss of earnings, medications, travel expenses and details of any care that you may have received. Bringing these types of claim for compensation for personal injury can be a minefield. So, if you require assistance or advice on whether you can claim following an accident where you have slipped, tripped or fallen, please contact Louise Plant on 01473 298293 or by email at lplant@prettys.co.uk.

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Folk on a Win a Family H Boat Series ticket to enjoy H– Continues Beauty & H

The winter series of folk concerts aboard the Sailing Barge Victor, on Ipswich Waterfront, continues on Friday 15th March with "Harbour Lights Trio”. A renowned Suffolk based three piece who play traditional East Anglian songs and tunes and popular songs for good measure. They are multi instrumentalists playing a variety of instruments including Melodeon, Concertina, Guitar, Harmonica, Banjo and Cello. Together with yarns and stories an entertaining evening is promised. Victor’s cosy bar will be open at 7pm and the concert starts at 8pm. Tickets, which includes a hot buffet supper, are available on line at apps@ipswich.gov.uk or in person from the Ipswich Regent Box Office and the Tourist Information Centre.

• Further information is available from the Tourist office (01473 258070, tourist@ipswich.gov.uk), or at www.sbvictor.co.uk.

The Beast

Ipswich24 have teamed up with the Spa Pavilion Theatre in Felixstowe to offer a lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) to see Beauty & The Beast starring Kerry Katona and Basil Brush!

Belle lives a quiet provincial life in the village of Ooh La La until her father accidentally stumbles across a terrifying Beast and she is taken captive. Now it is up to the Atomic Fairy, the village idiot Wally and his mother Dame Dolly to pit their wits against the evil Enchantress and rescue Belle from the Beast. Starring Atomic Kitten’s KERRY KATONA, Heartbeat’s TRICIA PENROSE, National Treasure BASIL BRUSH, X-Factor finalist and CBBC presenter LAUREN PLATT plus Easter Panto Tour favourites comic RYAN GREAVES and dame PHYLIP HARRIES who will all be



performing at the Spa Pavilion Theatre on Tuesday 9th April at 2.30pm.

As the lucky winner of a family ticket we can promise you another allsinging, all-dancing, laugh-a-minute ride through the fun and frolics of panto land which will appeal to everyone from two to 102.


To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket for Beauty & The Beast all you have to do is send your answer to the following question, along with your name, address and a contact telephone number to: Spa Beauty & The Beast Competition, Ipswich24, 12A Britannia Road, Ipswich, IP4 4PE or you can enter online at www.ipswich24.co.uk. Closing date for entries Friday 29th March 2019.


Q: Beauty and the Beast stars Kerry Katona but which all-girl band is she from? (a) Girls Aloud; (b) Atomic Kitten; (c) All Saints

If you’d like to know more about this show or indeed any of the Spa’s shows throughout 2019 call the Spa Pavilion Box Office on 01394 284962. Go to www.felixstowespa.co.uk or follow @SpaPavilion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 


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Grant brings Brahms to Stowmarket! Local choral society Stowmarket Chorale was delighted recently to receive news of the success of their grant application to Stowmarket Town Council. The £500 grant will help fund the Chorale’s concert of Brahms’ popular Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer and pieces by Purcell and Britten. It will take place on Saturday 30th March, at 7.30, at the United Reformed Church, Stowmarket – tickets are £15 (children/students free) from the Chorale’s website or on the door. The members of the 65-strong choir meet to rehearse every Wednesday evening at Chilton Primary School, enjoying the well known benefits of singing - physical and mental health, wellbeing, social cohesion, and downright fun! They put on three or four concerts a year, hiring professionals to take the solo and instrumental roles, and enable the residents of Stowmarket area to enjoy high quality live classical music on their doorstep. • Find out more at www.stowmarketchorale.org.uk

Society Spring Talks As the town's civic society one of the most important roles that the Woodbridge Society performs is to keep a keen eye on how the town develops. It does this by monitoring all planning applications with a view to commenting in ways that will ensure that Woodbridge's built environment retains its character. The Society's first talk this Spring is all about getting the best out of the planning system. The talk will be given by Bob Kindred, a planning expert, who will ask the question: Are You Being Served? How to Influence the Planning System. The meeting will be on Wednesday 6th March at 7.30pm in the Abbey School Hall (access from Cumberland Street). It will be preceded by the Society's Annual General Meeting. A month later the talk will be on the fascinating title of Brainy Dogs. It will be given by Helen Fairweather who is the chief executive of the Felixstowebased charity Headway Suffolk. The charity works with prisoners at Hollesley Bay to train dogs to work with people who suffer from head injury and brain damage. Helen will talk about this work. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.30pm, again in the Abbey School Hall. Visitors will be very welcome to both meetings.

Ford ’s Focus with Daniel Ford I regard myself as a well-rounded sports fan in that I follow many sports in great depth, however, one set of sports have never really tickled my fancy. US based sports simply don’t appeal to me, not only are they exhaustingly time consuming (the longest baseball game in history took over eight hours), but also I struggle to find any joy in watching them. Having said all this, in the last few months I have dipped my toe into watching American Football, and hence this article is about the greatest NFL player to ever live. Tom Brady. Let’s start off with the stats! Brady has won six Superbowls (the American Football equivalent of the Champions League final), this means that he has individually won more Bowls than any other NFL team in history, and is equal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has also thrown the most touchdowns in Superbowl history (the American Football equivalent of making the most assists). Furthermore, he also holds the record for the most touchdowns in postseason history. For American Football virgins let me summarise what this means, Brady turns up when it matters! Despite Brady being relatively unknown on British shores, let me assure you that he is a major celebrity in the US, he is their equivalent of Harry Kane. The reason behind this is founded in the position that Brady plays, he is the quarterback for the New England Patriots. Once again I’m sure this means nothing to the majority of you, so let me try to explain. The quarterback is the fulcrum of any NFL side, effectively they determine how their team plays, either by giving the ball to a teammate to run with or by throwing the ball to a teammate in the hope they will make a successful catch. Brady’s unflappable demeanour and tireless consistency are two key reasons why he is able to cope with the pressure of playing this position, something that many others fail to do. In contrast, Brady’s glittering career has been somewhat overshadowed by controversy. In 2015 a hugely controversial scandal over ‘deflategate’ emerged in the US, this saw Brady given a four match suspension for allegedly using illegally deflated balls in order to give him a better grip and hence gain an advantage. A combination of this and Brady’s immense success, which is resented by fans of other teams, is a key reason why Brady perhaps does not get the credit he deserves. In summary, Tom Brady is without doubt the greatest player ever to pick up an American Football, and if anyone can stop me from falling asleep whilst watching American sports, his side the Patriots have a good a shot as any.

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500 People Complete MENTA’s ‘Start Right’ Business Training Since 2016 MENTA has been providing free business start-up training in Suffolk and Norfolk under its Start Right programme. This support enables people to prepare and gain business skills, knowledge and information to give their new enterprise every chance of success. Five hundred delegates have completed MENTA’s Start Right programme of three, four hour, fun and friendly workshops which cover subjects such as business planning, marketing, book keeping and self-assessment. So far, a total of 270 people have started their businesses across the two counties in the last three years as a result of MENTA’s Start Right support.

n Live music at Woodbridge Library The well-established tradition of live music at a lunchtime in Woodbridge Library continues on Tuesday 19th March with a recital of Songs through the Ages. Sopranos Joy Bounds (a regular with Trianon) and Diana Minter (a member of the St Mary's Church choir) will be accompanied on the piano by Gillian Barella. The trio perform regularly at Grove Court where the residents look forward to their visits. As the title of the recital suggests, the programme will be very varied and will include songs by great English composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Handel, Purcell and Arne; nineteenth century German songs by Clara and Robert Schumann and some classics from twentieth century America in the form of Jerome Kern and George Gershwin. And there will be more! The concert is free of charge and begins at 12.45pm. Donations in aid of the work of the Friends of Woodbridge Library will be welcome.

Rodin draws in thousands to Mansion Visitor numbers to Christchurch Mansion have soared thanks to the Rodin exhibition, Ipswich Borough Council have reported.

Jo Garden who manages Start Right commented, “It’s great to see the ambition and entrepreneurial ideas delegates have and to see them grow in confidence and then launch their businesses. “At MENTA we continue to support new start-ups as they become more established and join the local business community. By attending our networking events, Coffee Means Business and attending further masterclasses and seminars and tapping into further business advice they can expand and grow, helping the local economy prosper.” One Start Right MENTA client is Adam Steggles who set up his Refined Blinds showroom near Bury St Edmunds in 2018 after 19 years’ experience in the window blind industry. He attended MENTA’s three, free, four-hour sessions and said, “I found the Start Right workshops to be invaluable for my new business, despite my initial reluctance to attend ‘courses’. My scepticism was completely unfounded however, the tutors were friendly, informative and continue to be a source of knowledge and support. The workshops opened my eyes and thoughts to areas I hadn't considered, as well as furthering and refining the ideas I had already conceived and was putting into practice.” Adam commented, “I set up Refined Blinds to provide a friendly, no pressure approach (to blind buying). We pride ourselves on attention to detail and the one to one personal service we provide.” The Start Right Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and MENTA’s expert trainers hold regular training sessions in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Beccles in Suffolk; and Norwich, Dereham and North Walsham in Norfolk. To attend the three, free, fully funded workshops you must live in Norfolk or Suffolk, and be thinking of starting a business or have done so in the last 12 months. For full details of all MENTA’s services for existing, established businesses and start-ups go to www.menta.org.uk or call 01284 760206.


The first three weeks of January saw 4,494 visitors to the Mansion and 84% of those (3,789) paid a visit to the Wolsey Art Gallery inside to look at the famous Kiss & Tell exhibition. The iconic sculpture – in the top 10 of modern sculptures around the world – has been loaned to the Borough by the Tate. The exhibition appeals to all ages; more than 500 children have seen it in the past three weeks, said the Council. Nearly 6,000 people went along in the opening five weeks of the exhibition (24th November to 31st December). Carole Jones, Museums portfolio-holder at the Council, said, “The Rodin exhibition is one of the town’s biggest attractions and is bringing in thousands of people to the Mansion. The Kiss is here until the end of April so if you haven’t seen it yet, you should go. And while you are in town, pop along to the Art Gallery in High Street to see the Women 100 exhibition, another fantastic show commemorating 100 years since some women were given the vote.” The Mansion is open Tuesdays to Sundays. Entry is free.


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Friends, Fun and Fundraising The Oddfellows is one of the largest and oldest friendly societies in the UK, with over 310,000 members nationwide. The local Ipswich District, based at 37 High Street, regularly brings its members together to enjoy an exciting schedule of social events and activities, as well as being there for them in times of need. Wendy Atkins (Social Secretary) said, “We’re a mutual Society run by our members, for our members, so looking after each other is at the heart of what we do”. “But we want everyone, not just our members, to live life at their happiest and healthiest. So we support the work of many charities, as well as lend a helping hand where we can to individuals or groups that need assistance.” The 2018 Chairman’s Charity appeal is to raise funds to install a defibrillator at a suitable town centre location. To date, members have raised almost £1000. Also in 2018, Ipswich members donated another £1,000 to a variety of local and national good causes; from the Ipswich Deaf Signing Choir and Ipswich Blind Society, to MacMillan Cancer Support and Dementia UK. “Looking outside our situation and helping a friend in need is important. And if we make their day along the way, well, that’s a bonus,” added Wendy “There are so many ways to get involved with Ipswich Oddfellows – from simply coming along to our get-togethers, to volunteering and fundraising work,” continued Wendy “If you feel like you want to get a little more enjoyment out of life or be more active, then come and give us a try. Everyone’s welcome.” Future events include “Company and a Cuppa” on 5th March at 1.30pm, “Coffee and Crafts” at 10.30am and guest speaker, Tim Kenny from RSPB

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on Monday 18th at 1.30pm. All meetings held at 37 High Street Ipswich IP1 3QH. Everyone welcome. To find out more about Ipswich Oddfellows and receive a copy of the Events Diary, call Lynne or Wendy on 01473 251867, email ipswichevents@oddfellows.co.uk or visit www.oddfellows.co.uk. Check out the Facebook page too www.facebook.com/OddfellowsIpswich

Historical meetings Felixstowe History and Museum Society and Felixstowe Family History Society hold monthly meetings which are open to members and the general public alike. The speaker this month is Jane Bradburn who will be talking about the local men, ie from Felixstowe and surrounding area, who served in the 67th Medium Regt TA RA during World War 2. She would be delighted to meet any member of the families of these men. Jane gave a similar talk in Wickham Market in November; she says, “It went down very well particularly as some families of the men I mentioned were in the audience.” Her talk ‘Capture and Escape in WW2’ will be given at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13th February at Broadway House, Orwell Rd, Felixstowe IP11 7PY admission free for members and £1 for non members. • More eetails are on www.felixstowemuseum.org or email felmuseum@btopenworld.com for more information. Felixstowe Museum is closed at present however messages can be left on 01394 674355.

n Book League The Suffolk Book League welcomes the writer Linda Davies to the Ipswich Institute Reading Room, 15 Tavern St. Ipswich IP1 3AA on Wednesday 13th March. Linda Davies has been an investment banker, has lived in Peru and the Middle East. She described her experience of being kidnapped in Iran in her book Hostage: Kidnapped On The High Seas. Her fiction for adults includes Nest of Vipers, Wilderness of Mirrors, Into The Fire, Something Wild and Final Settlement. Her books for young adults include the Djinn series of four novels. Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7.30pm. Suffolk Book League members £4. Nonmembers £8. Students free with ID. Payment on arrival by cash, sorry no cards accepted.

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Time for marriage When is the best time to get married? In reality, it doesn't matter.  Most couples go for a summer wedding but equally a spring, summer or indeed winter wedding can be equally appealing.  Arlingtons Cafe, Bar and Dining Venue are hosting the first 'Wedding Shindig' showcasing pa selection of Suffolks finest wedding suppliers to make your wedding the best day of your life, no matter what time of year you decide to get married. The Savvy Wedding Planner will be available to help you plan your special day in any way. Arlingtons themselves will also be show casing their fine dining service and show how you can turn a fairly run of the mill wedding breakfast into a magical wedding ball,which your guests will remember as much as you will.

The Jockey Club Live and Newmarket Racecourses are delighted to announce the legendary NILE RODGERS & CHIC’s return to the July course, headlining the family-friendly Summer Saturday Live on Saturday 8th June. Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like ‘Le Freak,’ sparked the advent of hip-hop with ‘Good Times,’ and won CHIC 11 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations. His work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie (incl. ‘Lets Dance’), Diana Ross (incl. ‘Upside Down’, ‘I’m Coming Out’) and Madonna (incl. ‘Material Girl’, ‘Like A Virgin’) have sold over 300 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music.  Releasing their ninth studio album ‘It’s About Time’ in 2018, the release saw the band once again work the cream of the crop of the current music stars ranging from Mura Masa and Stefflon Don to Lady Gaga.  Expect to hear some of the best-known pop anthems from the last four decades. With more

• To find out more or to register please visit https://arlingtons-ipswich.co.uk/events/ the-arlingtons-wedding-show/

than 200 production credits to his name, the scope of Nile Rodgers' peerless influence is undeniable. Summer Saturday Live at Newmarket Racecourses is a day for the whole family, with Nile Rodgers & CHIC taking to the stage in the afternoon. There will be reduced priced children’s tickets aged five to15 available when accompanied by a responsible adult of 18 or over, with children aged four and under entitled to free admission.  Amy Starkey, Regional Director East of Jockey Club Racecourses, said, “Nile Rodgers and Chic were one of our most popular acts, so we are delighted to be welcoming them back to our Summer Saturday Live event this year. Remember to pack your dancing shoes, this is a performance you won’t want to miss!” Tickets are on sale now via thejockeyclublive. co.uk. Tickets are priced starting at £29 adult / £15 child (5 – 15 years) For 16years+ full price applies. Please note child tickets are limited and under 4’s must still register. All T&C’s are available on newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk. There will be hospitality packages available to suit all budgets. 

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Mozart’s mysterious masterpiece and world première at Snape Ipswich Choral Society with Music Director Robin Walker return to Snape following their hugely successful performance of Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ in 2017. The concert on 6th April features a mostly Mozart programme including his famous ‘Requiem’ and a world première of ‘The Affirming Flame’ by Tom Randle. Shrouded in mystery, the commissioning of the unfinished Requiem written at the time of Mozart's death in 1791 has always fascinated the musical world. Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ is a choral masterpiece and hugely popular with performers and audiences alike. For the performance at Snape, ICS President and international conductor Cem Mansur will be guest conductor. Cem Mansur works regularly with major orchestras and opera houses across the world and is Founder/Music Director of the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Ipswich Choral Society is delighted that Cem will be performing with them again at Snape. Also joining Cem and ICS are four superb soloists, Gillian Keith (soprano), Natalie Davies (contralto), Tom Randle (tenor) and Trevor Eliot Bowes (baritone), and the ICS Festival orchestra, led by Michael Dolan.

Inspired by the ‘Ipswich Remembers’ performance when he was invited to sing with Ipswich Choral Society last March, Grammy award winning tenor and composer Tom Randle is thrilled that his new oratorio ‘The Affirming Flame’ will be premièred at Snape on 6 April. The five part oratorio uses text from war poets such as Siegfried Sassoon and Carl Sandburg, and 'The Parcel' from local poet Pam Job of the Suffolk Poetry Society. Presented by Ipswich Choral Society Mozart’s Requiem, Ave verum Corpus, Laudate Dominum, and world premiere of "The Affirming Flame" by Tom Randle will be at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall on Saturday 6th April. • To book tickets contact the Box office on 01728 687110 or visit www.snapemaltings.co.uk

Ipswich Gang Show

Two other Mozart pieces will be performed as part of the concert programme. ‘Ave verum Corpus’ written in 1791, five months before Mozart’s death, is considered to be one of the most beautiful pieces ever written. With soprano soloist Gillian Keith, Ipswich Choral Society will also be singing ‘Laudate Dominum’ from Mozart’s ‘Vesperae solennes de confessore’.

Having last year celebrated their 80th Anniversary since the first Ipswich Gang Show; preparations are now well underway for the 2019 Show. As always this is a Show of all-round family entertainment. There is a nod to the founder of Gang Shows with some traditional Ralph Reader songs in the opening and numbers featuring up to date songs from Ed Sheeran, McFly and The Greatest Showman. There is also comedy in the form of sketches including one from the Two Ronnies. The Mini Gang, members of the Cub Section of the Scout Movement, tread the boards again with some now in their third year. Of course, there are also the ever popular dance numbers, the Girls taking Fame as their inspiration and the boys pushing their limits this year with a Tap Dance Number – Those Dancing Feet – from 42nd Street. The Show this year is from 10th until 13th April 2019 at the Great School Theatre, Ivry Street, Ipswich. Performances start at 7.15pm and there is also a matinee on the Saturday starting at 2.15pm. Tickets are available online at www.ipswichgangshow.org.uk, From Craftability, 4 St Lawrence Street, Ipswich or by telephoning our box office on 01473 561004 The Gang look forward to welcoming you.

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The Ipswich Symphony Orchestra will be holding a concert for all the family on Sunday 3rd March at the Ipswich Corn Exchange at 2.30pm. It’s your chance to explore the orchestra, with scores from Jurassic Park, ET and Born Free. Plus orchestra pops from some of our favourite composers, Bernstein, Bizet, Berlioz, and much more! Tickets: costing £7 - £10 are available from wwwipswichcornexchange.com; TIC;, and the Regent Box Office on 01473 433100 12


Eastern Angles presents The Tide Jetty by Tony Ramsay The Tide Jetty follows the story of two brothers, Tucky and Nathan who grow up on the banks of Breydon Water alongside tomboy, Eliza. The three of them are inseparable. As they grow older the inevitable happens and both the boys fall for her. But tragedy tears the trio apart and years later it is time to discover the truth of what really happened… Written by critically acclaimed playwright Tony Ramsay, The Tide Jetty is a new play combining music and movement to explore what we treasure and how and why we preserve it. Tony Ramsay’s previous works with Eastern Angles include: The Long Life & Great Good Fortune of John Clare (“Compelling, fascinating and dramatic” The Stage), The Anatomist (“A vision of the past pregnant with the present” Time Out) and Bentwater Roads (“an engrossing drama from the numerous pasts lurking around it” The Times). Directed by Scott Hurran, whose recent credits include assistant directing with Blanche McIntyre on Women in Power (Nuffield Theatres & Oxford Playhouse), The Tide Jetty will be touring to theatres and village halls in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire from 20th March. Scott, who is also Artistic Associate at Eastern Angles, says that “what is so exciting about touring The Tide Jetty is that we will be performing in many of the locations that our characters inhabit. The show will be performed with a cast of four close to the Broads itself so it will be a perfect backdrop for audiences to experience the play in its intended setting”. Eastern Angles are producing The Tide Jetty in conjunction with the Broads Authority as part of their Water, Mills and Marshes project, funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This fantastic project will run until December 2020 offering people a whole range of events and activities designed to explore and celebrate the incredible Broads National Park landscape and through drama ask questions about its sustainability. The Tide Jetty is sponsored by Greater Anglia. The Tide Jetty by Tony Ramsay will be touring from 20th March until 1st June 2019. • For more information about venues and to book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 211498 (Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm) or visit www.easternangles.co.uk

"A Celebration of Song" for Choral Society The Woodbridge Choral Society upcoming concert will be exploring new ground for this venerable community choir. “A Celebration of Song” will be presented on Saturday evening 30th March at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge. Instead of the Society’s tradition of performing the great sacred and secular choral works, sometimes modified a bit in its Christmas concerts, this event will feature a couple of dozen short works. The range is broad, from grand opera choruses to sweet songs, and from Broadway musical theatre hits to American spirituals arranged by conductor Andrew Leach. The programme will feature

settings of British folk songs in John Rutter’s song cycle The Sprig of Thyme, excerpts from Jana Rowland’s Woodbridgebased opera The King’s River, and much more. The concert will be conducted by the Society’s music director Andrew Leach and accompanied by Peter Willsher at the church’s splendid Bluthner grand piano. • Tickets are on sale on the Society’s website www.woodbridgechoralsociety.org (booking fee applies) or from any choir member. Tickets are also available at the Browsers bookshop in The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge.

“The Unexpected Guest" by Agatha Christie

This thriller from the Queen of Crime is set on a foggy estate in Wales and opens as a stranger walks into the house to find the owner murdered and his wife standing with a gun in hand by the body. The guest decides to help and hatches a plan to shift the blame away from the wife and onto a possible intruder. The police find clues that lead to many possible suspects and twists before the real culprit is finally revealed. Come and see The Masque Players latest production at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre at 7.30pm nightly from Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th March. Tickets are all £9 each and can be reserved by calling 01473 725633. 13

John Farthing is Chairman at Rushmere Community Runners (RCR). Ipswich24 caught up with John to find out more about him and why RCR is so important to him.

And, as for the SVP50. I learnt so much about how a running an Ultra (50km or 32 miles in this case) differs from a road marathon. The terrain, how you pace yourself, the fuelling during the race and the mental toughness to keep going. My wife met me at every checkpoint, and my parents were there for the last one and the finish. A truly emotional day.

How long have you been running and why do you run? I’ve been running since September 2016. I was a regular distance cyclist before that, and pretty inactive before that! I started running as I got frustrated with cycling for lots of reasons. It started with a Park Run, and has grown from there. I think I run, not only for the sense of achievement, but it’s opened up new friendships and new opportunities. Your Chairman at RCR, what does that mean to you? I’d like to think that I’m helping the group to grow and make it accessible to all abilities. We have such a range of members at RCR now, all with different reasons for running with us and, to see them on their journey is really inspiring. Our runners have come together, many as individuals and have become part of a fantastic community. You’re also a Run Leader, tell us about that? As a group, we started to look at making sure we had enough people qualified to take the sessions, because we were increasing in numbers and wanted a safe environment to exist, both for the technical evenings on a Tuesday and our social group runs on Thursday evenings. I agreed to take the Leader in Running Fitness course to help me to help others. England Athletics teach you not only about the basics of running, but how important recovery is as well. The course covers making

What are you up to in 2019, what races have you got booked/planning to do? This year was really supposed to be ‘Quality over Quantity’. Entering less events, mixing up my training with more conditioning and swimming, but really pushing myself to achieve. So far, I’ve missed out on qualifying for an Elite place at the Twilight 5k by one second and missed my half marathon PB by 11 second! So far 2019 is not going according to plan!

sessions fun, so again, like I said before, RCR becomes accessible to all. What has been your favourite race/event and why? Hmmm, a tough one! Can I have two? I’d say it’s a tie between my first road marathon in Amsterdam in 2017 and my first Ultra marathon, the SVP50 in 2018. It was such an amazing experience in Amsterdam. Thousands of runners and spectators, starting and finishing in the Olympic Stadium, the buzz of major elite runners and live TV coverage. My biggest event before that was Great East Run, so it was quite a step up, despite it being my home event!

I have the Tarpley 20, Colchester Half, Manchester Marathon, Orwell Challenge Marathon and the SVP 100 Ultra booked, with the potential of another European road marathon in the Autumn/Winter. I’m also going to attempt my first Sprint Triathlon and get a few distance cycle rides under my belt as well. What advice would you give somebody starting out on their running journey? Join Rushmere Community Runners! No, seriously, running can be a lonely pastime, but it is also a very social one as well. Look to get involved with a local group or take on a Park Run. You don’t need all the expensive kit or memberships to start with, and you will find lots of like-minded people to support you, regardless of your ability.

For more information about RCR visit www.rushmerecommunityrunners.co.uk.

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Following the triumphant 2010 and 2011 UK theatre tours and 2013 tenth anniversary world arena tour, the smash hit Queen and Ben Elton musical, ‘We Will Rock You’ announces the show has been reimagined for 2019 and will embark on a brand new UK & Ireland tour, kicking off in September next year. Tickets are on sale now! With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits and Ben Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and, of course, We Will Rock Elton’s hilarious futuristic comedy writing combined, comes a show that boasts You. Before closing its glorious 12 year the scale and spectacle that marked run at London’s Dominion Theatre, the the band’s legendary live performances. show was performed an astonishing This global phenomenon will continue to 4600 times. be one of the most spectacular musicals The touring production of We Will Rock You reaches theatres carrying to tour the United Kingdom & Ireland. The announcement of the We Will Rock with it an impressive legacy: when it You tour follows hot on the heels of the first became news that one of Britain’s release of the hugely anticipated Queen most phenomenally successful comedy biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. The writers Ben Elton was teaming up with smash hit film, celebrating the career of legends of rock, Queen, for a musical one of the greatest ever rock bands has there was much speculation on what such a unique collaboration would turn wowed Queen fans all around the world, out. So impressed after attending the opening at the number one box office position in over 30 countries. original workshop, screen icon Robert Since 2002 over 15 million theatregoers De Niro and his company Tribeca came in 17 countries have been thrilled by We on board as American partners and De Will Rock You’s awe-inspiring production Niro continues to support the show. showcasing a number of Queen’s finest • We Will Rock will be at the Ipswich hits, including We Are The Champions, Regent Theatre from 23rd until 28th September 2019. To book tickets Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, contact the Box Office on 01473 433100. Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure,

A fun family day out in the Suffolk countryside Stonham Barns Leisure & Shopping Village is a bustling family complex filled with an abundance of attractions and activities to suit all, providing a wonderful family day out in the Suffolk Countryside. Conveniently situated on the A1120 tourist route and open seven days a week. Look at what you will find: A fabulous Golf Park which is made up to eight different golfing activities including Smugglers Bay Adventure Golf, golf simulators, nine-hole golf course, footgolf and golf darts. The teapot pottery with a wonderful range of beautiful teapots for sale and the opportunity to paint your own masterpiece. Two fully stocked fishing lakes where you could enjoy a relaxing day of fishing or join in the weekly competitions. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary which has over 90 different birds of prey, there are regular flying displays, you can meet the Meerkats in the their own ‘Manor’, see the red squirrels and take the chance to learn all about these interesting animals. A shopping village with a convenience store, post office and a wonderful range of unique shops which include clothes, furniture, jewellery, toys, plants, crafts, hot tubs, aquatics, books, garden products, beauty products, sweets, collectables and so much more. You will also find The Bistro which serves delicious food seven days a week, try a fabulous breakfast, a great lunch or delicious afternoon cream tea. There is plenty to keep the younger ones in your family busy including Tumbledown Soft Play Barn and a children’s playzone, which includes bouncy pillow, real static steam train and seasonal fair rides. The Stonham Showground and Barn in which are many annual family events including Car Shows, Country Music Festivals, Steam and Vintage Show, Dog Show, Truck Show, Halloween and Christmas, with a variety of other events most weekends. There is also the newly opened AMP Theatre which hosts a huge variety of fun family entertainment throughout the year. During March these great events are happening, on Saturday 16th in the new AMP Theatre, If It’s Laughter You’re After, this is a fun filled evening of music, astounding magic and great comedy songs, with Olly

n The New Wolsey announce title of panto This year, the New Wolsey Theatre is thrilled to present Aladdin – the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto. It is also the fifth year Ipswich Building Society have sponsored the sell-out pantomime. Widow Twankey’s in a spin – there’s the Emperor’s robes to be cleaned, stir fry to be cooked and the mysterious magician, Abanazer, to be catered for. Then her eldest son Aladdin falls for Princess Lotus Blossom, the Emperor’s daughter, and she nearly chokes on her chop suey. But when Aladdin and his pet monkey, Cuddles, get their hands on an ancient oil lamp, a rocking green Genie magically appears to make all their dreams come true. Can they outwit the evil Abanazer, dodge the Emperor’s dragons, and prove that a Princess and a peasant can make the perfect pair? This ancient tale gets a brand new twist, incorporating over twenty classic songs including I’M A BELIEVER, PAPA DON’T PREACH, ABC and I WILL SURVIVE all played live by a multi-talented company of actor-musicians. Mix in outrageous jokes and classic slapstick, with some wicked magic, and Aladdin serves up a sizzling hot feast for all the family. • Aladdin – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto will be at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich from Thursday 28th November until Saturday 1st February 2020. Tickets go on sale from Saturday 16th March and are available by contacting the Box Office by calling 01473 295900 or by booking online at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

Day who is a comedian, magician with a great singing voice and Nigel ‘Boy’ Syer who is Norfolk’s funniest accordionist, also special guest Lisa Marie with an amazing voice singing a variety of music from Karen Carpenter through to Cilla Black. Tickets are priced at just £12.50 per person and the show lasts approximately two hours including an interval. If you fancy dinner before the show The Bistro has a fabulous pre-show menu, to book your table call 01449 711257. Do you think you have a great business idea or an existing business and need help with funding or a premises to sell from, then why not enter the Stonham Barns Entrepreneur Challenge on Friday 29th March. The winner receives a prize of a £5,000 investment into your business and a retail pod at Stonham Barns rent FREE for six months. For more information and to download an application form visit www.stonhambarns.co.uk. Deadline for applications is 15th March 2019. Also this month on Saturday 30th is a 1970’s Soul Night with entertainment from top soul vocalist Irie J, a fabulous 2 course dinner and lots of dancing. This is a perfect night out with your partner, family or friends. Tickets are only £30 per person to include dinner and entertainment. The whole site is ‘dog friendly’ but must be kept on leads. All areas are disabled accessible with designated parking areas. Wheelchairs available if required. If you would like to know more about upcoming events and the site in general please visit the website at www.stonhambarns.co.uk or our Facebook page Stonham Barns LV.

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THE MARKET SQUARE SHOPPING VILLAGE You will find all your essentials at the convenience store. There is also a post office and a range of individual shops with gifts, crafts, books, jewellery, clothes, furniture, aquatics, toys, garden products, beauty treatments, homewares, holidays, hot tubs, sweets, restaurant and lots more

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Spring has sprung at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary! Once the chilly winter weather is well and truly behind them, staff at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary look forward to their busiest time of year - Spring, the season of eggs and babies! Every year, a selection of the sanctuary’s resident birds will produce progeny. Nobody can predict which birds will breed or how many of them, so it is always exciting to watch and wait to see who will sit on eggs! Some owls, like Bug and Beak the Tawny Owls are old hands at raising young and their years of experience dictate that their breeding will have a successful outcome. Other birds may be breeding for the first time, or may just be less diligent about egg care! In both those cases, the falconry team may well have to step in to assist with egg incubation or hand rearing chicks. Owls generally reach maturity at four or five years old, so young first time parents are watched carefully to ensure that eggs are not pushed out of nests or trampled and that newly hatched owlets receive enough food and nurturing. This all makes for a very exciting but very busy period in the work calendar. Great Horned Owls are usually amongst the first of the Sanctuary’s

birds to lay eggs, closely followed by Ural Owls, Tawny Owls and Malaysian Wood Owls. Most of these birds have bred before, so can be left to raise their owlets safely on their own. Most owls incubate their eggs for around 30 days and as they do not lay the whole clutch at the same time, young will hatch over several days. When baby owls are born, they are blind and fluffy… and VERY hungry!! There is no gentle weaning in the owl world - babies want meat immediately! Due to their high protein diet, fed at frequent intervals throughout the day, owls grow incredibly quickly by eight or nine weeks Barn Owlets will have attained adult weight and feathering! Owl admissions into the sanctuary’s raptor hospital also reflect the busy breeding season of the wild owl population. Many young owlets will be found, cold and wet, by members of the public having fallen from trees whilst learning to fly - they “branch out” from the roost before they are

fully competent and often tumble to the ground. The best course of action in these circumstances depends on what kind of owlet is found. A Barn Owl chick - distinguishable by it’s iconic facial disc - will need to be helped back into it’s nest as the parents will only feed the young within the roost and will ignore tumblers! Tawny Owl parents, however, will feed their grounded young and assist them back into the nest using beaks and talons, so the best course of action in that case is to leave well alone. Staff at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary hope that visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of their new, captive bred owlets within the next few weeks. Flying displays featuring experienced owls and other birds of prey will recommence for the season on Saturday 6th. April - three shows daily will feature different

birds at each outing. The 2019 flying team will include Jack the Hooded Vulture - an iconic bird currently listed as “critically endangered” by conservationists and Tura the Siberian Eagle Owl. Easter weekend will see the return of the popular annual egg hunt around the sanctuary grounds when children find an imitation egg they can swap it for a chocolate one at reception! The sanctuary is open from 10am until 5pm, five days a week and also features a pretty Woodland Walk with red squirrel colony, relaxing sensory garden, children’s play area with wheelchair accessible equipment and tumble safe surface, Meerkat Kastle and a unique owlie gift shop. Free parking and restaurant available on site.  Further details on 0345 680 7897 or visit  www.owl-help.org.uk

What are your children looking at on the Web? A survey of parents on the online activity of their children has found that 65% of mums and dads allow their kids under 10 to use the internet unsupervised. Meanwhile, parents said their biggest concern about their children’s connected lives is too much time spent online, with 40% of parents saying their kids connect to the internet before saying good morning each day. Tellingly, a considerable number of parents - 76% - would like to know more about what their children do online. A vast majority of parents (90%) say they do monitor what their youngsters get up to online, with the most popular methods of doing this being a check on their kids’ internet browser (30%) and specifically looking at their search history (21%). Only 21% of parents ask their children what they have been doing online, 12% choose to physically observe what their offspring are up to and 5% go as far as reading their children’s private messages. When they were asked ‘At what age did your children first start using the internet on their own?’ a notable 26% said it was a young as just five, or less. For 39% of parents it was 6-9 years-old and for a more conservative 35% it was aged 10 or older. Regarding their biggest worries about their children’s connected lives by far the main concern is too much time spent online (31%), followed by viewing adult content (20%), being upset by content (10%), grooming (9%), bullying (8%) and use of their kids’ data by big companies (6%). The survey of 300 parents around the world was conducted by UK based internet safety and privacy specialists B9 Systems. B9 also quizzed parents as to how they protect their children online, with the most popular answer being simply talking with their children (27%) about the potential downsides of the online world. A close second was limiting kids’ to specific time online (26%), whilst just 13% of parents said the main control for their kids’ internet safety is through software. Only 9% of parents rely on a family agreement as the main form of control. www.b9s.net 16

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n Come rain or shine museum is great day out

Ipswich Transport Museum is a volunteer run visitor attraction located near St. Augustine’s Church in the east of the town.

This Spring, Entertainment One’s (eOne) beloved preschool series Peppa Pig will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in the UK. To mark the occasion there are a host of oink-tastic events for fans including a brand new cinema release, Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun, and the annual Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children to raise funds that will help children around the world. To celebrate 15 years of the nation’s favourite little piggy, Peppa Pig will be returning to cinemas nationwide this April in an all-new adventure, Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun. Continuing the anniversary celebrations, this Spring will also see the return of the award-winning fundraising event for little ones – Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children. Last year families and nurseries that took part in the event helped to raise an incredible £225,000 for Save the Children’s vital work and since its launch in 2017, Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children has generated a fundraising total of almost half a million pounds. This year the event is sponsored by The Entertainer (TheToyShop.com) and, to celebrate Save the Children’s centenary in 2019, the charity hopes that even more people will sign up, take part and donate. Kicking off on 13th May for a week of super fun fundraising, children (and adults too!) can pull on their wellies and set off to jump in muddy puddles – real or imaginary. Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children is a brilliant way to have fun together and enjoy 15 years of Peppa Pig whilst raising funds to help make sure that children in the world’s toughest places get food and medicine if they’re hungry or sick, are protected from danger and get the chance to learn. So get excited for a year of celebrations with the release of Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun and snort and giggle just like Peppa and George by jumping in muddy puddles for Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children with your family and friends this May. • Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children will be taking place from 13th until 19th May 2019. Sign up your nursery or family now at www.MuddyPuddleWalk.org to receive your free Fundraising Pack

The Priory Heath depot was originally a trolleybus depot, but now houses a large collection of transport and engineering artefacts, all of which have local connections. The museum collections cover public transport, emergency vehicles, commercial vehicles, person transport, electric vehicles and local engineering covering over 200 years of social history. Star exhibits include an electric tramcar, one of the world’s oldest trolleybuses, a locally made Trident Car, three priceless horse-drawn carriages, an early Rapier mobile crane, and Ipswich’s first diesel powered motorbus. There are over 100 major exhibits, a cinema, video displays, information panels and countless smaller objects and ephemera which help tell the story of transport and engineering in Ipswich. The museum is staffed by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, who will gladly allow access inside some of the vehicles. Monthly special events allow the opportunity to sample vehicles on the move, and there are opportunities to ride in buses and fire engines. The museum boasts a shop, heated tearoom, accessible WC with baby change table, level access in the main exhibition areas and a large G scale model railway which can be operated by visitors. The museum is open from 17th March to 1st December on Sundays and Bank Holidays, Monday to Friday afternoons in the Easter, Summer and October School Holidays, and Wednesdays and Saturdays in the summer. Full details are on the museum website and Facebook page.


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Masquerade - Fairy tale Princesses and Knights of the Realm

Masquerade is proudly entering into its twelfth year of trading, and the hire stock is ever expanding with exciting new high quality costumes.

With Half Term here already and Easter just around the corner thoughts turn to the school holidays again and what to do with the kids! Well, the weather might be a bit on the chilly side but there is always a warm welcome at Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Café in the heart of Ipswich and a ‘must do’ on many families activities list.

Children’s birthday parties are an important celebration for families, and whilst we do not hire Children’s costumes, the character costumes available in adult sizes are the perfect way to make your child’s birthday extra special. In recent months, Masquerade has been pleased to be collaborating with Rekha Garton photography to supply costumes for book cover photography, and we would like to thank Rekha for the use of these images.

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Masquerade - Where fantasy becomes reality… Church Farm, Earl Stonham, Suffolk IP14 5EE

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Good Quality, Affordable Nearly New Maternity and Children’s Clothes. From birth up to 16 years of age.We also sell toys, books, games, dressing up clothes and some smaller items of baby equipment.

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The studio is cute and cosy and the shelves are stocked high with ceramic and inspirational ideas to tempt even the most reluctant visitor to find their creative side. From everyday household essentials to the latest on trend must haves there is something to suit every taste and budget. Hand-made items make treasured gifts and it’s never too early to start with baby footprints recreated on a range of ceramic or imprinted into clay. The friendly staff will be on hand with a smile and loads of advice and helpful hints to assist you and make sure you create a masterpiece to be proud of. Open seven days a week and with no need to book why not pop along and take a look for yourself? At busy times if the studio is full your mobile number will be taken and the next available table will be yours. Once seated there is no time limit to your visit so you can kick back and relax. Fear not if you are not the arty type, you don’t have to paint to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of this quirky little café, anyone can pop in for coffee and a slice of delicious homemade cake. During the holidays additional children’s activities are held in clay and slime. Plus from 13th March a four-week evening course starts for adults wanting to have fun getting hands on with clay. These tutor lead workshops are aimed at the complete beginner or can also offer a creative space to expand on previously learnt techniques for those who have already covered the basics. For more details like and follow Pennikkity Pots on Facebook or call into the shop for more details. • So, with Mothers’ Day and Easter to celebrate what are you waiting for, book your table today! Cut out and keep the voucher below to save £2.00 on painting.

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Hiring a costume from Masquerade is a great way to look the best for your costume party, production or event whilst supporting a sustainable lifestyle. At Masquerade when you hire a costume, you can expect to have accessories included in the price of your hire, meaning there are no hidden extras to pay out for to complete that perfect look. Wigs are the exception to this, as for hygiene reasons we offer wigs for sale.


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App helps with childcare More lamb cuddling chances at Baylham A father of two has launched an app – Kids Covered - to help childminders and parents become more efficient around managing childcare.

Swindon-born Paul Harding, 42. who lives with his wife Samantha and their two children in Lechlade, became frustrated with the amount of paperwork required to book their children into childcare.   “I watched my wife filling out PDF forms just to book childcare and became aware of the amount of paperwork childminders have to fill in just to function in their day to day lives – as well as parents. It felt to me like there had to be a better, more efficient yet safe solution.”  Paul, who is a software consultant and coding expert, spent months researching his app - Kids Covered - and after testing for 18 months, the app officially launched in January 2019. The app serves many purposes.  “It’s a one stop shop for childminding businesses. Each childminder creates a secure profile and invites parents of the children they are caring for to link to it – for safeguarding reasons this is the best way to approach this. Once linked, parents can book their time with their own registered childminder and flowing from that parents can see live updates on their phones.”  The app allows childminders to do several things including:  • auto invite parents to the app; • set up booking periods that can be funded, mandatory and with sibling discounts, • take bookings for day care, breakfast or after school clubs; • keep registers of attendance within the app; • provide information on EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage); • view safeguarding, daily diary, likes and dislikes, dietary needs in the app.  Parents once they’ve downloaded the app can:  • book their children into childcare and view their history; • pay with vouchers or a credit card; • complete and update safeguarding, likes and dislikes and dietary information; • see EYFS live alerts; • get daily diary live alerts in app.  www.kidscovered.app

They say that March is ‘in like a lion and out like a lamb’ and life on the farm continues to be busy. If you missed your chance to sit with a lamb on your lap over February half term you will have another chance over the Easter holidays. The early lambs will be going out into the fields and the tunnel will be filled with the ewes to lamb in April. Come and see them all and all the other animals who always look forward to meeting someone who'll feed them! Make friends with the donkeys and the ponies, balance food on the tongue of a cow, swing across the river on the tyre swing and build a den in the woods. When you’re done wandering the kids’ play area means they can keep busy while you can relax with a cup of coffee and a delicious cake. Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is six miles north west of Ipswich, off the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Needham Market. They are open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am – 5pm. With entry prices at £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for concessions, £3.50 for children (aged 4-16) and free entry for under fours, it would be difficult to find a more diverting and better value attraction in Suffolk. A family ticket (2 Adults and 2 children) is also available at £19 and for 2+3 at £22. • For more information visit www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk or www.facebook.com/BaylhamFarm or call 01473 830264.

New dance classes diddi dance would love to invite you to new classes opening in Ipswich! Classes are designed to help your toddler enhance their coordination and rhythm, where they encourage endless enthusiasm and energy in an action packed, full of fun 45-minute dance class. Classes are suitable for both boys and girls aged from 18 months to four and a half year olds. diddi dance use action songs, dancing games, fun exercises, hoops, ribbons and much more all to their own original, funky music. They also explore 16 dance themes such as salsa, hula, jive and disco allowing children the chance to discover different music and dance styles as well as having tons of fun! Classes are held across North Essex and South Suffolk, for more information and to book your free trial contact Charlotte Foxley on 07722 605395 or visit www.diddidance.com.

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Improvements over the winter at Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort is Grade one listed so we are unable to make any changes to the structure but we have made big changes to the displays. When you arrive your tickets will be on the till receipt and this saves us printing costs as well as making the time at the till shorter. It also helps with our accounting. The audio guide will direct you to room one which has moved to the far end of the barrack rooms. This contains a timeline of the history of the Fort as well as new pictures of the Fort before English Heritage restored it. We have had fun comparing them with what you now see in the Fort and hope you will too. Perhaps take photos of the pictures and try and reconcile them as you go around. Next door is now the armoury with all our machine guns and rifles on display and next to that is a WW2 barrack room. The Victorian barrack room has moved to the other side of the entrance passage. The Guardroom has lost the machine guns and now has a desk with a ‘phone on it which will ring when someone enters. Please answer it and hear what the lady says and dial the number you want to hear a story come from the radio. The locked room just after the Sally Port now has a man looking out as well as the Bofors ammunition on display through the window. In the magazines you will now be able to look up or down the shafts where the cartridges and shells were passed up to the guns above. This is all part of a five year plan to enhance the visitor experience for our visitors so please come along and see if you like what we have done over the last few months. Laurence Hendry Landguard Fort

LANDGUARD FORT Felixstowe Free audio guide and guided tours bring history alive. Discover the explosive story of gunpowder and mines in the magazines. Be amazed by the Monster Gun.

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Most adults think of their childhood as the happiest time of their life. But we forget too quickly that being a child – even as young as one – can be stressful. Stress, of course, can have a direct effect on mood, which may explain why many experts believe it can lead to depression. So, is it any surprise that studies show almost one in four young people will experience depression before they’re 19 years old? From peer pressure to academic expectations, there are many aspects of modern life that can lead a child or teenager to feel stressed, anxious and worried. The wellbeing experts at CABA reveal some of the common triggers and offer their tips on how to support a child who is experiencing stress.

1. School and homework

Many children feel under pressure to do well at school. And for some, all the lessons they have to learn during the day – plus the homework they have to do in the evening – can seem overwhelming and if a child falls behind, this can lead to stress. It can often mean they don’t have enough free time to play or do other fun activities.

2. Exams

Exams can put children and teenagers under pressure, so much so that a recent report by Childline revealed the service delivered more than 3,000 counselling sessions on exam stress during 2016 - 2017, which is 11% higher than the previous two years. Those aged 12 – 15 were most likely to be asking for help about exam stress, with the top concerns centring around not wanting to disappoint their parents, fear of failure and general pressures linked to academic achievement. As a result, young people contacting Childline said exam stress can not only lead to depression but also anxiety, panic attacks and feelings of low self-esteem.

Go plotting in the Seaward Defence HQ. Explore the hidden tunnels and passageways. Feel a shiver down your spine when you hear the fort’s ghost stories. Join in special events, re-enactments and children’s activities. Open every day 6 April - 31 October 10.00 - 17.00 and February half term www.landguard.com 20

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stress in children & teenagers

mon triggers and how to help 3. Making friends & peer pressure

When children start a new school, making friends can put them under pressure. Those who don’t make friends easily may also feel isolated. Children can also worry when they argue and fall out with their friends. Additionally, making friends can be difficult and as such, many children feel under pressure to fit in – and sometimes, this means they do things they may not feel comfortable with or are unsure of.

4. Bullying

During 2016/2017 there were more than 24,000 Childline counselling sessions with children about bullying. And according to the NSPCC, studies suggest there are more than 16,000 young people are absent from school due to bullying. • As a parent, there are certain things you can look out for that may suggest your child is having a problem with bullying. These include: • Becoming withdrawn, nervous and losing confidence • Performing badly at school • Not wanting to go to school (for instance, pretending to be ill) • Losing personal belongings (or personal belongings becoming damaged)

Keep them active

Physical activity can help children and adults alike manage stress, so make sure your children are getting plenty of exercise. Other things you could try with them include relaxation techniques and even things like breathing exercises. Also try leading by example – if you use these methods to manage your own stress levels, your children are more likely to follow in your footsteps.

5. World events

Meanwhile, if you think your child may be depressed, don’t try to handle it on your own – make an appointment for them to see their GP. Your child’s doctor can refer them to your local child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) for specialist help. These services can provide access to a team of experts, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, support workers, occupational therapists and psychological therapists.

6. Family difficulties or changes

• For more mental and physical wellbeing advice and tips, visit caba.org.uk/help-and-guides

• Not eating or sleeping well • Having unexplained injuries such as bruises It’s impossible to keep disturbing news about things like war, natural disasters and terrorist atrocities from children these days. As a result, some children may worry about their safety as well as that of their parents, family members and friends. From moving to a new house to parents separating, family difficulties and changes to the norm can be tough on a child or teenager and can cause signs of stress.

How you can help…

If you suspect your child is under a lot of stress, here are some of the things you can do to help:

Make time for them  

All parents are busy these days, but it’s important to spend more time than usual with your children if you think they’re worried about something. Make yourself available for fun activities or just being in the same room as them. Ask them about their day and show an interest in things that are important to them. But try to avoid forcing them to talk about their worries – they’ll open up when they feel comfortable talking about it.

Encourage healthy sleep

Getting the right amount of sleep and rest can help children become more resilient to stress. Children need different amounts of sleep at different ages – find out how many hours your children need by visiting NHS Choices.

Feed them healthy food

Good nutrition is also essential if you want to boost your child’s coping skills. Try to make sure they’re eating at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. If your children are resistant to eating fruit and veg, there are lots of ways to get them into their diet (these tips by NHS Choices may help).

Make stress normal

It may be useful to remind your children that some level of stress is perfectly normal in life, and that everyone is affected by it and has to find ways of coping. Explaining that it’s okay to feel what they’re feeling could give them the confidence they need to manage their stress levels. If it helps, try talking about times when you’ve been stressed, and explain how you tackled it.

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Mother's Day Breakaway Do something that little bit different this year for Mother's Day and book a three-night break in one of Waldegraves Holiday Park’s luxury holiday homes for Mother’s Day Weekend (Friday 29th March – Monday 1st April 2019) from only £189 per stay. Relax and unwind with your family in one of their luxury holiday homes by the coast, which comes fully equipped with everything you need for the perfect family break. The holiday homes comfortably accommodate six people, with a master bedroom and two twin bedrooms. Waldegraves Holiday Park caters for all tastes, budgets and requirements, with Platinum

to meet the expectations of the keenest angler. There is no better time to take advantage of some incredible fishing breaks and enjoy unlimited FREE FISHING for the duration of your stay in the holiday homes. Please ask for the special fishing dates. Waldegraves Holiday Park also offers camping and touring pitches starting from only £20 per night, with plenty of open space and hedging bordering the pitches, ensuring privacy for our guests whether camping or touring. There’s a great range of static holiday homes for sale at the holiday park on the coast. Here you can escape to your own little slice of the seaside whenever you want during the11 month season. Call now for your free brochure on 01206 382898 or visit www.waldegraves.co.uk Waldegraves Holiday Park, Mersea Island, Colchester, Essex CO5 8SE

and Gold options. They also have pet friendly and wheelchair accessible holiday homes available. You can even add Half Board to your stay from as little as £15 per person, per day. The Granary Restaurant offers a superb selection of hot and cold meals taking advantage of the masses of quality fresh produce local to Mersea Island. Book a break in Platinum Holiday Home for only £289 and your Mum will receive Traditional Sunday Lunch with pudding, a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers. If you book a break in Gold Holiday Home, your Mum will receive Traditional Sunday Lunch with pudding and a bottle of wine too. There will also be evening entertainment you can enjoy with your Mum including the most popular game of Bingo! The fun and games don’t end there as guests can also enjoy a game of Crazy Golf, Pitch & Putt or UK Footgolf – a wacky combination of football and golf. There’s also a family games room with a selection of gaming machines plus pool tables, table tennis, darts, air hockey and much more. Waldegraves Holiday Park’s four lakes are stocked full of top quality Carp, Bream, Tench, Roach, Rudd, Perch and Gudgeon which are guaranteed

Mum Knows Best

When it comes to life’s big decisions it seems that Mum really does know best as she is the first person most Brits turn to for advice, according to research from life insurance comparison site Compare Cover. Going to Mum for guidance is even more likely for UK women, as a quarter (25%) said they go to Mum first, compared to only 16% of men. While only 7% of women said Dad would be their first port of call for guidance, compared to just over one in ten of men (11%). The research also found that the Welsh are more likely to go to Dad for advice (17%) before their mothers (15%), but East Anglians are opposite, with nearly a quarter (23%) going to Mum for guidance, compared to only 5% going to Dad. Women are also more likely to go to their mates for advice, with just under a fifth (17%) saying they’d chat to a friend about key decisions, compared to 13% of men. It seems that nothing can beat the human touch when it comes to advice, as only 4% of those surveyed said they use online forums and as few as 3% use self-help websites to make decisions. Mike Preston, Business Development Manager at Compare Cover, said, “There is that old saying – “if at first you don’t succeed, do as your mother told you” and it seems for a lot of Brits, we just cut out the failing part and go straight to the source of wisdom – Mum, to get your #lifesorted. “It’s very interesting that not many people use online forums and guidance. With the prevalence of smart phones and an increasingly digital world, we would have thought that this figure would be considerably higher. It seems that for many, talking a problem or issue through is the best way to get a life issue sorted.”


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Mum's work is never done Mother’s Day is fast approaching and many mums are hoping for a day off. An increasing number of mums are aged 85+ and still juggling the demands of babysitting, cooking meals for their children, washing their clothes and doing the family shop. According to national polling on behalf of Clintons, mums of children aged over 65 often remain involved with all elements of their children’s lives.  This involves everything from cooking them meals, doing their shopping, washing and ironing their clothes to cleaning their house.  Perhaps surprisingly, 7% of mums with kids aged 65+ will cook them a meal at least 10 times per month. Older mothers are equally involved with looking after younger generations and family pets.  Of those adults aged 65+, 8% will ask mum to look after their children and 7% will ask their mums to walk the dog or look after family pets on a regular basis. Sales data shows that Grandmother specific captions now account for one-in-10 of all cards sold for Mother’s Day.  Nans, Grandmas, Grannies and Grandmothers are honoured with over 70 different card designs this year.  Cards from grandchildren as well as those for great-grandmothers have also been introduced. Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother's Day is the early Christian festival known as Mothering Sunday.  People in the UK started celebrating Mother's Day on the same day that Mothering Sunday was celebrated, the fourth Sunday in Lent.  The other names attributed to the fourth Sunday in Lent include Refreshment Sunday, Pudding Pie Sunday (in Surrey, England), Simnel Sunday and Rose Sunday.

The origins of Mother's Day Today Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday is celebrated all over the world. For florists and card shops the event is one of the highlights of the year, but the roots of Mother’s Day are not commercial. Motherhood has been celebrated since ancient times. The ancient Greeks paid homage to Rhea, the Mother of Gods; and there are records of the ancient Romans worshiping a mother Goddess known as Cybele as early as 260 BC. Festivals took place in the spring which was the most fertile time of the year. The more modern way of honouring mothers began in England in the 1600s where Mothering Sunday was observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This day is also known as ‘Refreshment Sunday’, the only day when you are allowed to eat or do whatever you have given up for Lent. Not surprisingly, families came together and took the opportunity to party with a big meal at which mother was treated as the guest of honour. Traditionally, mothers were given posies of flowers and a cake. The term ‘Mothering Sunday’ is now falling into disuse and has mostly been replaced by ‘Mother’s Day’, which is used the world over. The first Mother’s Day in the USA was held in 1907 when Julia

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Ward, who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, held a ceremony to honour her mother. She then successfully campaigned for a formal holiday to honour mothers and by 1911 most states had taken up the idea. This was followed in 1914 by a declaration by President Woodrow Wilson that Mother’s Day should be celebrated as a national holiday on the second Sunday in May. The idea quickly spread to Canada and Mexico and

many more countries throughout the world. The commercialisation of Mother’s Day quickly followed, much to the disgust of Anna Jarvis, campaigned for the establishment of a Mother’s Day to commemorate her own mother who died in 1905, when she was arrested in 1923 at a Mother’s Day festival for trying to stop women selling flowers. Jarvis said, “I wanted it to be a day of sentiment not profit”. Tony Luck

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Every Monday

Carpet Bowls, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham, 8pm. For further infojohnvarden@ tiscali.co.uk Zumba, 10am (60 mins) Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road - £5 turn up Zumba Gold (low impact, 50 mins) St Francis Church Hall, Hawthorn Drive, 2pm - £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Zumba (60 mins) Westbourne Academy, Marlow Road, 7.30pm, £5 turn up Yoga, Sidegate Lane Comm Centre, 10-11am Beginners Ballroom and Latin Class, Kesgrave High School, Main Road, Kesgrave, 7pm, Tel: Sharon (AISTD) 07946 347167; Graham (AISTD) 07790 230651. All levels welcome. No partner necessary, £5 Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF, 9.30am–11am (Term time only). Yoga Class, at Thomas Wolsey School, Defoe Road, Ipswich,7.30-9.00pm. Exercise & relaxation to promote health & wellbeing. All ages and abilities welcome. Info or bookings call 01473 690762. Body Moves & Dance Class, with Linda, St James Catholic Church Hall, 482 Landseer Rd, Ipswich, 7.459.15pm. A Fun & Friendly class, try a free taster session for more info Call Linda 01394 273033 Badminton, Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich 7.30pm -10pm £2.50 per session new members welcome for info contact Ann 01473 726423 Pilates, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 1.45pm - 2.45pm, £5 per class, New members welcome. For further details contact 07763 456078. Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information please contact Adrian on 01473 464920 Ballroom and Latin Class, Goals Centre, Suffolk New College, Grimwade Street, Ipswich, IP4 1LT, 6.30pm 7.30pm, 01473 251323, 07736306519 Suffolk Promenaders Square Dance Club Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 7.30pm - 10pm, Only £3.00, tea and coffee provided, Contact 01473 415785 or 01473 422663 for further details. Badminton, Suffolk New Academy Sports Centre, Birkfield Drive, Ipswich, 6pm - 7pm, Beginners and experienced players welcome, Come along for your free first session or call/text Gill 07706 044861

Every Tuesday

Tea Dances with Teresa Brown at Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, IP4 4HZ. From 2-4 pm, with dancing and refreshments. Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. £3pp members. 01473 422427. Cycle Speedway, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham from 6pm (March-Oct). Tel: Gavin on 07988 816874 to join and for further info. Carpet Bowls, Somersham Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tel Richard 01473 82711 or Sheila on 832591 for details Yoga, Kesgrave Com Centre, 7-8.30pm Totally Shredded, HIIT to drum and bass music. Kesgrave High School, 7.30-8.30pm Call 01473 613397 Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Martlesham Community Hall, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham, IP12 4PB, 9.45am–11.30am (Term time only). Short Mat Bowls. Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich. 10am-12 noon. Beginners and experienced players are most welcome, £3 per session. Details Yvonne Beaumont 01473 411210. Ipswich Croquet Club, from 6pm at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham. For info or for free taster session, contact fran@franrousham.plus.com or 01394 671642 Carpet Bowls, Nacton Village Hall, IP10 0EU, 7.30pm, Come and have a go. First three visits free, then £2 per evening if you like us and want to stay, A sociable and fun evening, just turn up! 24

Craft Club, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10am – 12pm, A relaxed friendly group for all abilities. Sewing, knitting, crochet and other crafts, £1 per session, Refreshments and lunch available, for more info 01473 710721, ipswich.priory@salvationarmy.org.uk Do you have one hour for Fun? Music? Dance? Join Jane of Suffolk Keep Fit Association at Woodbridge Community Centre Woodbridge. 9.45am - 10.45am, Contact Jane 07860 824747 Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 7.30pm – 10pm, £2.50 per session, New members welcome.  For more details contact Tony Crane 01473 410740. Table Tennis. All standards and ages 7.30pm to 9pm, Lindsey Village Hall (next to the church), Lindsey (near Hadleigh), IP7 6PP, £2, info: 07768 828362 Art Group, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 Co-op Ladies Choir meet at The Co-op Education Centre from 2.15pm to 3.30pm, Come and join this busy choir, performing on average 15 times a year, A friendly group, who enjoy singing to a high standard, If you would like to join us please contact Lynn Scannell 01473 710820 Lets Dance, Ballroom Latin & Sequence, Social Dance. At the Manor Ballroom Ipswich, 7.15 - 9.45, (from 9th January). New Members Welcome £5.00 for info 07773 185494 Senior Singers, Co-op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich, 10.30am – 12pm, Male & Female singers, 55 plus, join in this long established & friendly group of singers, No auditions. Call 01473 879817 Martlesham Heath Country Market, The Pavilion, The Square, Martlesham Heath, 9am, homemade, home-grown, and home-crafted items for sale.  For further information Tel 01473 623849 or www.martleshammarket.co.uk Memory Lane Cafe for people living with dementia, including carers, cared for and bereaved. 11am - 3pm - £1 entrance fee - light lunches and activities available - The Rosary Club, Bramford Road, Ipswich Tel 07795 587425 for more info

Every Wednesday

Zumba (60 mins) Oaks Primary School, Chantry, 6pm, £5 turn up Kick-boxing, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham. U14’s 6-7pm; 14yrs and over 7.309pm. Tel: Richard 07979 311086 for info. Seated Zumba Gold (every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of month) (45 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Road , 1.30pm - £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Zumba Gold, (low impact, 50 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, 10.30am, £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Beginners Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes; 7-8pm, 8.30 practice, then Intermediate class until 10pm. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. £3.00pp members. 01473 422427./01473 723070. Martlesham Art Group. 1.30-4.00pm Richards Rooms, Martlesham.(behind Tesco) Spaces available at an informal group with mixed abilities who just enjoy painting together with a cup of tea. Come and join us. Ring Diane on 01473 659257. Balkan and International Folk Dance. Quaker Meeting House, 39, Fonnereau Road Ipswich 10-12 Wednesdays in term time. For info call Sally 01473 252824 or email fletchersm@aol.com 11th Ipswich Wednesday Cubs, Chesterfield Drive Scout HQ, every Wednesday, during term time, 6.30pm to 8pm, For boys and girls from seven and a half to ten and a half years, Join for fun, friends, outdoor adventure, camps and visits, Call Mary on 07821 979509 for further information, Orwell Panthers Athletic Club for athletes with disabilities, aged 10+, Northgate Sports Centre between



6.15pm - 7.30pm, See website “orwellpanthers.co.uk” for more information Ipswich Croquet Club, Fynn Valley Golf Club, from 1pm. Beginners always welcome. Tel: 01394 671642 or fran@franrousham.plus.com Dance Classes. Ballroom, Latin and rock and roll dances. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. Refreshers 7-8pm, plus practice time, then 8.3010pm the Intermediate level class. £3pp members. 01473 422427 / 01473 723070. Creative Writing Group, Arlington’s Brasserie, 13 Museum St, Ipswich IP1 1HE, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, First session free, for further information ring Mai on 01473 711639 or go to suffolkwritersgroup.com Tea Dance, Hintlesham Community Hall, Timperleys, Hintlesham, 2pm - 4pm at £4 per person, coffee/tea and biscuits/cakes provided, Sequence/ballroom/latin dancing, contact Teresa 01473 422427 Co-op Singers meet every Wednesday in term time from 7.30pm to 9pm, Co-op Education Centre Fore Street Ipswich. Car parking is available - entrance from Waterworks St. New members welcome, no auditions, For further information telephone Margie 01473 727829 or Julie 07986261503. Art & Craft Group, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 The Phoenix Women’s Group Meeting, The Quakers Friends Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Road, Ipswich, From 10am -12pm, For more info 07976 768763 or email: Ip.Phoenix@Virginmedia.Com

Every Thursday

Carpet Bowls, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham, 8pm. For further infojohnvarden@tiscali.co.uk Seated Zumba Gold, (last Thursday of month), 10.30am (45mins) Alasdair Place, Claydon £4 turn up (followed by optional tea/coffee) Zumba (60mins) Bramford Road Methodist Church, 7.15pm, £5 turn up Thursday Forum at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich – light lunches from 12.00 followed by free talk from 1.10-1.50pm. www.christchurch-ipswich.org.uk All welcome Yoga, Kesgrave Com Centre, 7-8.30pm Feeling lonely? Enjoy friendly company and learn something new in an hour round the Bible. 2.30pm to 3.30pm, at Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road. For more info call 07419 837115. Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 2pm – 4.15pm, £2.80 includes tea & biscuits, for further information telephone 01473 725274 Body Moves & Dance Class with Linda, Girl Guiding Building, Garrison Lane,Felixstowe. 7.30pm to 9pm, A Fun & Friendly Class. Info call Linda 01394 273033 Ipswich Croquet Club, from 6pm at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham. For info or for free taster session, contact fran@franrousham.plus.com or 01394 671642 Cafechat, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10.30am -12pm, A free drop in group for the elderly with a mixture of activities including armchair exercises, table top games and discussion, Refreshments and pre-booked lunches available, For more info 01473 710721, ipswich.priory@salvationarmy.org.uk Woodbridge Tap Dance Classes, St John’s Church Hall, 10am -11am, Friendly, informal tap class for Adult Improvers, More info: woodbridgetapdance.weebly. com or Call/Text Jill Streatfeild on 07778 746315 Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information contact Adrian 01473 464920 Woodbridge Country Market, Woodbridge Community Hall, next to Deben Pool, 10am - 11.15am, Local Home Produced Food, Plants, Vegetables and Hand made crafts for sale, Comfortable  tea room to meet your friends, Open to all Free Entry.

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Every Friday

Zumba (60mins) Stone Lodge Community Centre, Hawthorn Drive (behind library), 10am, £5 turn up Yoga, Burness Parish Rooms, Melton, 6-7.30pm Felixstowe Country Market, Trades & Labour Club, High Road West, Felixstowe, 10am – 11am, www.country-markets.co.uk Short Mat Bowls. Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich. 10am-12 noon. Beginners and experienced players are most welcome, £3 per session. Details Yvonne Beaumont 01473 411210. Art Group, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10am – 12pm, £2 per session, An informal group of mixed abilities with lots of chatter, Refreshments and lunch available, For more info 01473 710721, ipswich.priory@salvationarmy.org.uk Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich, 2pm - 5pm, £2.50, per session, New Members very welcome, for more details contact Tony Crane on 01473 410740 Modern Sequence Dancing with tuition, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, 7pm-8pm Beginners 8pm - 10pm Social Class 01449 711874

Every Saturday

The Co-op Waterfront Music School meets at the Co-op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich. 9am-12.15pm, Orchestral, Recorder and Jazz Groups All ages and all abilities welcome 01394 273290 for further details Modern Sequence Dancing with tuition of new dances. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich. Beginners & Improvers 7pm-8pm. Sequence Social Class 8pm10pm. £3 Members of Community Centre Badminton Stowupland High School (IP14 4BQ) nr Stowmarket, 8-10pm, all players with some racket experience welcome. No league involvement, just friendly competitive games. £4 per session. Contact Kevin 01449 615136 Volleyball with Ipswich Ravens, St Alban’s School, Ipswich, 2pm - 4pm, Beginners or experienced, adults (£6) and juniors age 13 upwards (£3), Call or text Steve 07584 636669 Free Volleyball with Ipswich Ravens, 2pm - 4pm in Christchurch Park, Beginners or experienced, adults and juniors age 9 upwards, Call or text Steve 07584 636669 Saturday Story Time, Woodbridge Library at 10.30am. For 2-5 year olds. Drop-in sessions so no need to book. Free!

Every Sunday

Frog Squad Sunday Kids Club, Salvation Army Bramford Road, 11.30am to 12.15pm, all children from 3 to 12 very welcome for stories singing and games Kid’s Club Craft Activities, Woodbridge Library, 10.30am-12 noon.

Fri 1st March

Old Spooky, an RAF Armourer’s tales. Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Meeting at The Community Centre, Felixstowe Rd, Martlesham Heath, 7.30-10pm. £3 members, £4 non-members. No need to book..

Sat 2nd March

Jumble Sale, 24th Ipswich Scout Group, Bramford Rd, Ipswich, (besdies the Railway Bridge), 1pm-3pm. Live Music: Mel Stevens, Kesgrave Social Club. Doors open 7pm

Tues 5th March

Company and a Cuppa. Join like-minded people for a chat over a brain-teaser game or puzzle. At the Oddfellows Hall, 37 High St Ipswich at 1.30pm. £2 entry. Info: 01473 251867

Wed 6th March

Ipswich Aviation Society: presentation by Craig Hollis - “Aviation Photography, Tips & Tricks”. Hosted at Greshams Ipswich, 312 Tuddenham Road, Ipswich, commencing at 7.30pm. Members FREE - NonMembers £3. For further info contact Barry Turner on 07789 168430 or email turnerbarry@sky.com.

Fri 8th March

Live Music: Scorpio Rising, Hadleigh Royal British Legion

Sat 9th March

Live Music: Colt Murphy, Kesgrave Social Club. Doors open 7pm

Sun 10th March

St. Patricks event: Kevin Barry C/W & Irish Music, 1.30-6pm, tickets £10, available at Kesgrave Social Club or on the door Aero Jumble Sale, at Greshams Sport and Social Club, 312 Tuddenham Rd, Ipswich, Suffolk - 11am-3pm. Entrance £1. Local Aviation clubs/Museums and traders selling Books, Videos, Photographs, Posters, Models and old aircraft parts. For further info contact Barry Turner on 07789 168430 or email turnerbarry@sky.com.

Mon 11th March

Live Music: The Twisty Turns plus Meg Burrows, Eliza, Seth - Sorrel Horse Shottisham, 8.30pm

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Mon 18th Mar

Z-A of Wildlife, guest speaker from RSPB. At Oddfellows Hall, 37 High St, Ipswich at 1.30pm. £3 inc refreshments. All welcome Talk: The East Anglian Railway Museum. Venue, Greenfinch Church Hall, Greenfinch Ave, Ipswich,, 7.30pm. £2.00 per head. Further information 01473 405116.

Tues 19th March

Ipswich RSPB Local Group Midweek Walk round Bourne Bridge area and park. Meet at 10.00am at Bourne Park car park (Bourne Bridge entrance). Approx 2 hrs. Map ref TM161419. Contact 01473 714839. All welcome.

Sat 23rd Mar

Spring Concert at the Co-op Education Centre, Fore St., Ipswich, 2-4.30pm. Free Entry. Music performed by the Co-op Waterfront Music School, orchestra, recorder and jazz groups, guests and the Co-op Senior Singers Raising funds for local Autistic Group. Refreshments available and Raffle. Talk ‘Bulbs for all Seasons’ by Anna Pavord, Stowupland Village Hall, 2.30pm. Tickets by cheque in advance, Isobel Ashton, 6 College Lane, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 1NN. (Make payable to ‘Plant Heritage Suffolk Group’), Members £8. Guests £15. Model Railway Group Open Day, The Welcome Hall, High Rd, Trimley St Mary, 10am-4pm, Admission free. www.felixstowengauge.org.uk Live Music: Stiff in the Morning, Hadleigh Royal British Legion

Coffee and Crafts. Bring your own project or help us to knit and embellish “twiddle muffs”. All welcome at the Oddfellows Hall, 37 High St, Ipswich, 10.30am. £2 entry. More info 01473 251867

Sun 24th Mar

Wed 13th March

Wed 27th-Sat 30th March

Talk: On the Road. Relics of Transport by Road. Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich, 7.30pm. Further information 01473 405116.

Thurs 14th March

Ipswich RSPB Group Indoor Meeting. ‘Birds, their Hidden World’, an illustrated talk by Peter Holden MBE, Writer and Lecturer. Rushmere St Andrew Church Hall, The Street, Rushmere, Ipswich, IP5 1DH. 7.30pm. Admission: Local Group members £2.50 (concessions apply), Non-Members £5.00, Under 16s free. Contact 07887770942. All welcome.

Fri 15th March

‘Pop Up Big Chinwag’ (cuppa and chat) at Kesgrave Conference Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave. 2-4pm. Aimed at people aged 65+ and living in the Kesgrave/Martlesham/Rushmere area. It’s an opportunity to make new friends, chat and reminisce - entertainment & refreshments provided. Organised by Age UK Suffolk, contact 01473 298683 for further details or just turn up on the day. Karaoke, Hadleigh Royal British Legion

Sat 16th March

Live Music: Cool Remedy, Kesgrave Social Club. Doors open 7pm Ipswich RSPB Local Group Field Meeting at Alton Water for water and woodland birds. Meet at 9.30am at Lemons Hill Bridge south car park, Tattingstone. Map ref TM136374. 2-3 hours, 3-4 miles. Contact 01473 258791. All welcome. Disco, Hadleigh Royal British Legion Kesgrave Market, The Scout Hall, Rupert Fison Sq., Kesgrave, 8.30am-1.30pm.

Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance, Mendlesham Community Centre, 2-5pm, all welcome, further info 07773 185494

The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie, performed by The Masque Players at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, 7.30pm. Tickets £9 by calling 01473 725633

Wed 27th Mar

Talk: Zeppelin Raids Over East Anglia, illustrated by Ian Mclachlan. Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society, Salvation Army Citadel, 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich at 7.30pm entrance via rear door, visitors welcome £3.50, members £1.50 includes refreshments.

Fri 29th March

Karaoke, Hadleigh Royal British Legion

Sat 30th Mar

Live Music: Shane & The Korrados, Kesgrave Social Club. Doors open 7pm Coffee Morning, St Mary’s Church Room, Bramford. 10am-12 noon. Serving bacon rolls and other frefreshments. Also Stalls with cakes, preserves, books, jigsaws, bring and buy plus raffle. Proceeds donated to charity. 1970’s Soul Night with Soul Singer Irie J. Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT, 6.30pm-11pm. For more information go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111 Orchid Show, St Michaels Church Centre, Martlesham Heath (Next to Douglas Bader Pub). 10am-4pm Live Music: Steve Forward, Hadleigh Royal British Legion 25

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mad about pets Crufts: The world's biggest celebration of dogs Around 27,000 dogs, as well as more than 150,000 dog lovers, will head to the NEC in Birmingham from 7th until 10th March 2019, for the world’s biggest celebration of dogs, Crufts. The four-day event, which covers 25 acres at the NEC, will see 22,000 pedigree dogs from around the world compete for the prestigious Best in Show title – from Chihuahuas to Great Danes.  The show also sees the UK’s most heroic dogs rewarded in the prestigious Friends for Life competition; the nation’s favourite crossbreeds compete in the Scruffts grand final; and the world’s most athletic canines battling it out in dog sports such as agility. Channel 4 and More4 are to broadcast the event, with presenter Clare Balding at the helm, and all of the main arena action will be live streamed on the Crufts YouTube channel. The Best in Group competitions that lead to the Best in Show will

see Gundog breeds compete on Thursday 7th March, Working and Pastoral breeds on Friday 8th, Terrier and Hound breeds on Saturday 9th and Utility and Toy breeds on Sunday 10th March. The climax of the show – Best in Show – is held on Sunday evening. This year, four breeds recently recognised by the Kennel Club will be competing at Crufts for the very first time – the Braque d’Auvergne, Russian Toy, White Swiss Shepherd Dog and Black and Tan Coonhound. These ‘new kids on the block’ will compete in the Imported Breed Register classes where their owners will be hoping they catch the judge’s eye. One of the most popular aspects of the show is the shopping.  As SPECIAL OFFER

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My dog reversed my diabetes

A man who has lost almost four stone in weight and reversed his type 2 diabetes says he has ‘gained years of his life back’ and owes it all to his rescue dog, Charlie who he adopted from Dogs Trust Salisbury a year ago.  This time last year, Ron Lightfoot, aged 59, was suffering from Type 2 diabetes and was also receiving medication to help him through his depression after several life events affected his mental health. Due to a combination of his physical and mental health problems.  Ron said, “The back end of 2017 was not a good time for me personally. My state of mind suffered after a bereavement and a relationship breakdown, and I had no reason to get up and get out of the house. I had also suffered from Type 2 diabetes since 2011 and my doctor urged me to do something about both my diet and activity levels to try and reverse it.  In January 2018, newly-retired Ron decided to take a trip to the Dogs Trust rehoming centre and fell instantly win love with the first dog he set eyes on – Charlie an eight-month-old Lurcher. Charlie was soon heading home with Ron and the pair haven’t looked back. Ron has lost three-and-a-half stone and managed to reverse his diabetes as a result of the weight lost from going on long walks with his new best friend.  Ron added, “Adopting Charlie has been the best decision I have ever made – he has given me years of my life back. We walk for around ten miles each day and even though I’ve always liked the idea of walking to improve my health, the thought of doing it alone never appealed to me. That all changed the day I got Charlie because I knew that no matter what, he needed exercise. Little did I know that he would have quite such a profound impact on my life.”  Jacinta Lye, Rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Salisbury, says, “Dogs really are incredible animals and hearing how much joy Charlie has brought to Ron’s life really touches our hearts.”  Find out more about the dogs looking for new homes visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

#DrasticOnPlastic Timer Challenge: Can you avoid single-use plastic for a day? People across the UK are being urged to take the #DrasticOnPlastic Timer Challenge and find out how long they can go without using pointless plastic. Single-use plastic is still too often an unavoidable part of our everyday lives, despite huge public concern over the impact of plastic on our wildlife, and moves to ditch items such as straws, bags and coffee cups. The #DrasticOnPlastic Timer Challenge, which is organised by Friends of the Earth, will give people the chance to see how long they can go without encountering unwanted plastic – and shine a spotlight on just how much of our lives comes coated in plastic. Taking part is simple. Start the timer on your phone and leave it running until you use your first bit of single-use plastic - such as plastic-wrapped food, plastic drinks container or bag. Then hit the stop button. Register on the #DrasticOnPlastic web page: foe.uk/0702-timer-challenge (or via the Friends of the Earth website) - and you’ll be sent a form where you can enter your time, as well as information on the plastic item that ended your challenge. This will help Friends of the Earth to build a picture of where action on alternatives is still needed. The plastic challenge is part of Friends of the Earth’s new #DrasticOnPlastic campaign, which highlights the fact that action so far on single-use plastic is just the tip of the iceberg. Friends of the Earth is calling on the public to back its campaign for new legislation to require tougher government action on single-use plastic and other sources of plastic pollution. The Friends of the Earth website is also packed with tips and advice to help cut back on plastic: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics

Friends of the Earth’s plastic-free campaigner Julian Kirby said, “Lots of companies have made proud claims about reducing plastic - but just how easy is it to avoid plastic bags, cups, bottles and packaging in our everyday lives? “Take the plastic challenge and find out how long you can go before you have to use an item of throw-away plastic. “And by letting us know which bit of unwanted TAKING ACTION TO plastic ended your challenge, it will help us SAVE OUR PLANET put pressure on retailers and manufacturers to reduce the waves of pointless plastic pollution that blights our environment and harms our wildlife. “It’s time for the government to get drastic on plastic - and that’s why we need a new law to ensure tougher action to end the plastic pollution crisis.”

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4. Hit the stop button when you encounter unwanted plastic - such as clingfilm, coffee cups or sandwich wrappers - in your daily routine.

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5. Record your time on the website - along with details of the plastic you encountered. 6. Challenge friends and colleagues via social media to take part too 7. Sign Friends of the Earth’s petition calling for action on plastic pollution

March 18th is World Recycling Day and will often go unnoticed by most. It is a great opportunity for people around the world to show their support for recycling and the environment. Recycling is something Sackers are passionate about and do day in and day out. They aim to recycle over 90% of what comes in to their sites rather than sending it to landfill. But it seems not many people know that they can get money for their waste. Well, for your metal waste, you can! At Sackers, if you take them your scrap metal, they will assess your item, it may be an object that has a mixture of different metals on it, or other materials like plastic, rubber – such as a washing machine, toaster, cables etc. That doesn't matter.  Once they've weighed it, they will work out how much is metal and give you the value for that. To give you an idea, an old washing machine will fetch about £5, a bike will £2-3, an old car will get £100-150. Worth a trip if you have a few things to bring in. So if you are going to make a journey to the tip, then you may as make a trip to Sackers and get paid for your efforts. Alternatively, for World Recycling day on Monday the 18th March Sackers are giving free skips to schools to collect old metal items that families want to get rid of.  The value of the metal inside the skip will be given to the school as part of their fundraising efforts.  Check with your school to see if they are taking part in this initiative. • Sackers’ scrap metal site is based in Great Blakenham next to the railway line (Railway Sidings, Great Blakenham, IP6 0JB).  For more information visit www.sackers.co.uk or call 01473 830373 or email recycle@sackers.co.uk 27


Plastic litter incidents affecting animals at alltime high, reveals RSPCA RSPCA recorded 536 incidents about animals involved in litter in the East of England region

The number of animals affected by plastic litter in England and Wales is at an all-time high, with incidents in the East of England more than doubling in just four years, according to new RSPCA data. The animal welfare charity has recorded a rise in incidents affecting animals involving plastic litter from 473 in 2015 to 579 in 2018, bucking a downward trend for all types of litter (from 4968 in 2015 to 4579 in 2018). In the East of England, there were 45 incidents involving plastic litter in 2015, but last year (2018) that rose to 91. The charity’s latest data also reveals that there are certain animals especially those that live in water habitats - which are being affected disproportionately by plastic.    For example, there has been a fourfold rise in seals affected by incidents involving plastic litter with 28 recorded across England and Wales in 2018 compared to just five in 2015. Plastic litter is also a

particular problem for certain water birds, with incidents involving geese rising from 37 to 70 and swans rising from 40 to 48 across England and Wales during that same fouryear period. RSPCA Head of Wildlife, Adam Grogan said, “This shocking rise in plastic litter incidents suggests that plastic is a growing threat to animals. “Every year, the RSPCA deals with increasing numbers of mammals, birds and reptiles that have become entangled or affected in some way by discarded plastic.  From seals with deep infected wounds caused by plastic frisbees cutting into their necks, to swans and geese trapped in fishing line or netting, plastic is clearly having an increasing impact on animal welfare.

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Brits abandon 3m. lilos after holidays British holidaymakers abandoned almost three million lilos after their holidays in 2018, enough to build an inflatable bridge from Gatwick to Egypt’s Red Sea coast.

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In a survey of 2,000 people by package holiday specialist Holiday Hypermarket 25% said they left their lilo at the hotel at the end of their holiday, while 9% said they binned theirs before heading home. With the Association of British Travel Agents’ (ABTA) latest Holiday Habits report showing more than eight million package holidays were taken by Brits in 2018, the figures suggest just over two million people left their lilos behind, with more than 700,000 throwing theirs away.  According to Holiday Hypermarket’s poll, just over one million holidaymakers (13%) brought their inflatables home, while 4.3 million said that they never buy a lilo on holiday. Craig Duncan, who led the research for Holiday Hypermarket says, “We were shocked to discover how many lilos are abandoned after holidays. Recent campaigns have raised awareness of the impact billions of bottles, straw and cigarette butts have on marine life, so now it’s time for British holidaymakers to think about the waste of using a lilo for just one holiday.  “During our research we spoke to hotels and they described lilos as an awful problem that is getting worse. When a holidaymaker leaves a lilo behind hotels have little choice but to store them or send them to the local landfill. “In our survey, we asked holidaymakers if they would use free lilos and inflatables provided by their hotel, but a staggering 57% said no. This means that even if people think their left-behind-lilo will be used by someone else, the chances are it won’t as most holidaymakers prefer to buy their own. “British holidaymakers need to change their holiday habits to tackle the inflatable mountain that we risk leaving behind if we don’t change our behavior.  “Our message is don’t buy a new lilo until you’ve checked if there are any you can reuse, and don’t abandon your lilo at the end of your holiday – either give it to another family or bring it home to use again.” www.holidayhypermarket.co.uk/


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Drinking Tea is one of Britain’s favourite pastimes; drinking tea is like having a hug. We just love making steaming little TAKING ACTION TO SAVE OUR PLANET sachets of soggy waste, so it may come as a surprise that something that seems so natural can do so much harm to the environment and possibly your body. Almost 160 million teabags are scalded, squeezed and thrown away every day in the UK and almost all are made with plastic (in the mesh itself or the glue that holds the bag together) which can damage the planet. Anti-plastic campaigners are now appealing to the British public to change the way they brew their tea to save the nation’s environment and potential health hazards. Woodbridge Emporium is encouraging people to ‘Ditch the Teabag’ and go back to using proper Loose-Leaf Tea. All their tea is weighed and packaged by hand in the shop. They use paper bags to package the Loose Teas and Tisanes plus they are happy for customers to bring in their own tea caddies and containers to help reduce the use of plastics and packaging. Also, if you take in your own clean container to be filled with tea, they will give you discount off the price!

The Greenhouse! When the The Greenhouse Café decided to open its doors last year it is was on the principle that it should try to be as eco-friendly as possible; most of the furniture, fittings, crockery and cutlery have been recycled from friends, family and charity shops. With a lot of hard work and clever interior design they hope that they have got the ambience right inside. If you haven’t been to The Greenhouse Café, go see what you think! Another consideration was to use local producers and suppliers wherever practical; coffee and hot chocolate from Bury St Edmunds, ethical Ceylon tea, via suppliers in Cambridgeshire, crisps and snacks from Colchester and, even more locally, Fruit and Flowers in Hamilton Road and The Bread Basket in Walton.

Woodbridge Book and Tea Emporium stocks over 80 Teas and Tisanes. They have Black, Green, White and Yellow Tea, Ayurvedic Teas, Herbal Infusions and Fruit Tisanes. Instore you will find lots of Tea paraphernalia, comprising of Strainers, Brewing Mugs, Teapots and Tea Caddies. Everything to help you to switch to ‘Ditching the Teabag’ Pop into Woodbridge Emporium at 66 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AL or check out their website where you can by Books on Tea online. Alternatively, call the shop and Jules Button who is a Teasmith, can help you choose your teas and arrange delivery. • For more information visit www.woodbrigeemporium.co.uk or telephone 01394 382382.

Where they couldn’t source locally much research went into finding ethical brands such as their ‘Wonky’ fruit juice that uses fruit rejected by the supermarkets as well as using brands that give money to various good causes and foundations worldwide such as Chari-Tea, a fairtrade organisation that supports social and economic projects in the tea growing regions where they are based. Space does not allow for the whole green ‘plant-based’ debate about why we should all be eating less meat, though its all over the press currently – suffice to say by trying to eat more delicious plant based food you are making your own small contribution sustainable living. The Greenhouse Café, 5 Orwell Road, Felixstowe IP11 7HE


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Calling Local Artists Flower arranging taster The Lions Club of Ipswich will again be hosting their annual Art Show at the beautiful Tithe Barn in Sproughton, near Ipswich this May and the Club is now taking entries from local artists who wish to exhibit their work at the event. Artists can show up to six pieces of their work, which must be ready to hang. The Lions Club take a small commission from any pieces that are sold over the weekend, which will go towards the Lion President’s Charity Appeal and which supports local Ipswich Charities. So whatever medium you use to create your artwork, you will be welcomed to exhibit your pieces in this stunning venue. The Art Show open to the public from Saturday 25th until Monday 26th May, from 10am until 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday and 10am until 4pm on the Monday, with entry being just £1, with visitors able to view over 300 pieces of work by local artists, with the chance to purchase a unique piece for their home. For more information about the Art Show or to exhibit your work contact Lion Terry Hunt on 01473 747600. All proceeds from the Art Show will go towards this year’s Lion President's Charity Appeal.

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Deben Flower Club is offering you the opportunity to learn the wonderful skill of flower arranging at another of their very popular free workshops. This will be a fun and relaxed day and you will learn how to arrange a spring basket and make a unique decoration to attach to a wine bottle, giving your gift an attractive and individual touch. No experience is needed and an expert tutor will guide you step by step throughout the day. All you will need to do is bring along your flowers and a basket. There will be floral foam, dishes and the bottle arrangement holder available to purchase on the day should you not have them already. The cost of all three would be approximately £5.00 Tea and coffee will be available but you will need to bring a packed lunch. The class on Saturday 30th March at Kirton Church Hall, Church Lane, Kirton, will run from 10am for 10.30am to approximately 3pm. Deben Flower Club hope this unique offer will then inspire you to join the Club and learn more. The Club meets in Kirton Church Hall, Kirton on the second Tuesday of each month except August at 7.30pm Visitors are always welcome to come along and see what we do. If you are interested in booking or would like more information, please email Wendy on wa@sandlings.co.uk or telephone 01394 411422.

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Couples looking at screens more than at each other

We now spend a staggering 36 hours a week on social media, computer games and watching TV, and just eight hours talking to our partner - of which we waste one hour 30 minutes bickering, according to a new study. Three in ten complain they don't have enough quality time to spend with their loved one, but it seems we fritter away much of it, ignoring each other or arguing over trivial matters. Carried out amongst 2,000 UK adults, for Privilege Home Insurance, the data showed that almost a third of those living with their partner argue with them over unimportant things, and almost a quarter confess they do so at least three times a week. Debates over what to cook leads to almost a quarter of couples falling out every single week of the year, the research found. Meanwhile, one in ten argue over room temperatures at least five times a week, a fifth fall out over what to watch on TV twice a week or

more, and one in ten bicker at least four times a week over the washing up, the research found. As well as spending the equivalent of an entire working week immersed in screens, we also spend more time doing household chores than chatting to our other half. Tasks such as cleaning, cooking, washing up and doing the laundry typically take up 15 hours 24 minutes of our time, and despite the drive for gender equality, women are still spending over three hours a week more on it than men, which could perhaps be to blame for some of the bickering. The average Brit also spends two hours 20 minutes each week doing extra work from home. It even seems the family pets are


getting in the way of spending time together too, as many of those with animals are guilty of spending over 12½ hours a week walking or playing with them. In fact, over a quarter of those living with their partner openly admits to giving their pets more attention than their other halves. We’re not much better when it comes to talking to our kids either, with parents of young children spending just nine hours a week talking to them. Although many currently spend very little or no quality time with their loved ones, the good news is that over half would at least like to spend more time with them, a figure that rises to two thirds for those with younger children. In order to do this, 60 per cent of those with children under 18 said they would consider setting aside a certain time of day when phones, TVs, and computers are switched

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off, and two thirds would like to introduce daily family meal times to help spend more quality time together. Additionally, once at the table, six in ten want to ban screen use over dinner. Christian Mendes, Head of Privilege Home Insurance, said, “As a home insurance brand we wanted to look at how people in the UK spend the time they have together at home. “Unfortunately, modern life often gets in the way of talking to each other, and if it’s not phones, computers and TVs, it’s the tasks of everyday life distracting us and disturbing the peace.  “It seems the younger generation is the worst, with 18-34 year old couples spending almost 41 hours in front of a screen each week, only seven hours talking to each other face to face and three hours bickering."

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Partridges in Hadleigh is different, it has expanded dramatically since the 1980s and continues to go from strength to strength. Deeds to the property confirm that there has been an Ironmongery business in Hadleigh since 1823. The current owner Keith Young acquired the company in 1984 although the official trade name of the company is M W Partridge & Co Ltd, it's known locally as Partridges of Hadleigh. The shop prides itself on traditional values and has helpful staff on hand to give advice on a great range of products. In order to keep up-to-date on an ever-changing market they are constantly introducing new products as well as retaining many traditional lines. Operating from its extended premises in the centre of Hadleigh, Suffolk they have departments for Paint, which can mix paint on the premises, as well as stocking the well-known brands and sundries. The Plumbing department has loose plumbing fittings as well as stocking gas, coal and water softener salt. Partridges also pride themselves on the barbecue and heating selection they keep. The traditional Ironmongery department upstairs is unique by still selling loose nails, screws, bolts and washers at competitive prices. There are also items available from The Anvil range and some of the new gadgets like Gripits as seen on Dragons Den. It also offers key cutting and dog tag engraving while you wait. The Tool room is a must visit with traditional and new tools for all those DIY needs. The home accessories and lighting department is where you will find an ever

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The decline of conventional floorplan and room names

Our homes and the way we use them reflect the way society is changing. If we look at the history of the homes since mediaeval times, there’s a definite evolution in how we interact with our houses. There is a natural progression which Bedrooms took us from communal dwellings back in ancient times to properties which have become much more family centric. With this transition have come more changes. More recently, we have noticed that the conventions of how we use rooms is beginning to feel a little outdated. Demarcated rooms are becoming less relevant and a more flexible approach to the way in which we use the house is becoming much more important. What we’re asking of our houses is becoming more complex as well. People aren’t moving as much as they did in the past so they need to change their properties more often to adapt them to their lifestyle. Because of this, they want to take more control over their living space. Homebuilding & Renovating speaks to people who want their homes to be a reflection of where they’re at as a family and where they’re at in terms of their lives.


This process started 15 to 20 years ago, with the evolution of kitchens as the main driver. Cooking has become more of a social affair and it has made the kitchen the central hub of the house. Currently, we want to have open plan living kitchens where the living, cooking and eating can all take place together. In addition, new areas emerge such as sculleries or hidden second kitchens for those who want to prepare a lot of the cooking beforehand, while the kitchen section becomes much more of a show area. In many ways, it’s almost like revisiting some of the old uses a house tended to have. A great example is the pantry, which was popular a couple of centuries ago. Because our kitchens are turning into living spaces, we don’t want to have many wall units on display so we have art, light or plenty of windows on the walls instead. For outsourcing some of the functions of the kitchen such as cooking or food storage, one can rely on a pantry as a support system.

Whereas previously we would have used bedrooms purely to sleep in, now we’ve developed a living need for this space. After staying in comfortable hotels and seeing that the bedroom comes with a desk, a TV, an informal living space and an en-suite, we want to recreate this at home as well.

Living rooms

The traditional demarcation of drawing rooms and formal reception rooms is becoming much more stretched. On Saturday evening the family could gather around to watch a popular TV show, while in the afternoon the room may have been used for the kids’ playing time. Because of this, living rooms need to be suitable for relaxing. The practical way to achieve a serene space is through adding in clever storage spaces. The big TV in your living room could be tucked away in a built-in cabinet or a sliding panel which conceals a whole wall. This allows you to have a tidier house for when friends are over and you want to be more laid back.


The bathroom area is another space which tends to be created into a personal sanctuary. The ‘athome spa’ feel is usually achieved through clever decoration tricks like changing the shower head, installing waterproof speakers, placing sidetable stools near bathtubs, adding extra shelves or exotic houseplants. After their busy routines, people want to engage in pampering rituals and prefer to do this in the comfort of their own home. When people are laying out their house from scratch or when they’re planning out extension or renovation projects, it’s important to decide the space’s layout by its day and night functionality or the private and social use, not by the rooms’ names, which are fast becoming outdated. • Jason Orme, property expert for The Homebuilding & Renovating Show (28-31 March 2019),



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Declutter and Donate The British Heart Foundation (BHF) offers the perfect sustainable solution for the nation’s decluttering enthusiasts and wants to encourage the public to continue with their generosity in donating unwanted items. Been inspired by Marie Kondo’s decluttering philosophy? But don’t know what to do with pre-loved items that no long truly spark joy? The BHF are encouraging those having a clear-out to donate quality items to them to help raise vital funds for life-saving research.   

The BHF believe the reaction to the show is reflective of a growing awareness of sustainability issues among donors, many of whom are motivated to donate their quality items to avoid them ending up in landfill.  

With 750 clothing and furniture shops nationwide, the BHF are always happy to receive good quality unwanted items – such as clothing, shoes, toys and books, as well as larger furniture and homewares – to ensure their shops are continually stocked with a plethora of goods. Donating to BHF shops couldn’t be easier – donors can simply visit their nearest shop or take advantage of the free collection service. Alternatively, you can now also donate unwanted furniture and

At the British Heart Foundation (BHF) they have seen a rise in shop donations this month following the hit Netflix show, ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo’. They now want to urge more people to join the decluttering movement. In the Netflix show, Marie Kondo, a world-renowned tidying expert shares her innovative ‘KonMari’ method for clearing out clutter, encouraging her clients to choose joy, in a series of inspiring home makeovers.   Although the exact reasons for the rise in donations to the shops is unclear, BHF believe the programme has had an impact on the recent increase in stock, as their shops are the perfect “sustainable solution” for people inspired to declutter their homes.  

electrical items through any Alexaenabled device. Allison Swaine-Hughes, Retail Director at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said, “We’ve been humbled by the rise in donations to our 738 clothing and furniture shops across the UK over the last month – all of which will help us fund more life-saving research.   “I’m sure people have been inspired by Marie Kondo’s popular decluttering mantra, seeing our shops as the sustainable solution for disposing of pre-loved items and preventing them from ending up in landfill. January is a popular time for having a clear-out, which is why we run our Bag It Beat It campaign, encouraging the public to donate any good-quality items to us and to take advantage of our free collections service.  “We’re extremely grateful for the generous donations so far, but our shops can always benefit from more high-quality donations.”   Last year, the BHF turned unwanted items into £30 million that could be spent on research to improve the lives of those seven million people across the UK struggling every day with heart and circulatory diseases – whilst saving 70,000 tonnes of items from ending up on landfill. 

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Orchid Society Spring Show The Suffolk Orchid Society will be holding its Spring Show on Saturday 30th March 2019 at St Michael's Church Centre, (near Douglas Bader Public House), Martlesham Heath, IP5 3PL, between 10am and 4pm. In addition to a magnificent display of their member’s orchids there will be first class orchids for sale, re-potting demonstrations and advice on the cultivation of orchids including solving problems that may be encountered in their care. Refreshments including light lunches will be available during the day. Admission £1.00



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wellbeing Why is yoga so popular and how do you know it’s right for you? Izzy Ixer has been teaching yoga for over 30 years and seen the impact a regular yoga practice can have. She recently asked some of her clients what yoga means to them and this is what they said, “Yoga has helped me be more in tune with my body”, “Yoga has given me coping strategies for life”, “It’s great for keeping you mobile”. Learning postures, breathing techniques and relaxation in a weekly class is a wonderful way to enjoy yoga and also to soclalise. It’s great to see group members exchanging ideas and supporting each other.

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Yoga can be about finding a way of handling personal challenges in life, improving mental and physical wellbeing, maintaining fitness while recovering from injury or building confidence to return to work after a break. And this is where the one-to-one yoga sessions are beneficial. As a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualified coach Izzy can support you with work/life issues too. Hatha Yoga brings together physical movement with total focus and gives a sense of stillness and wellbeing. And you can take the techniques with you into your daily life as a pause in a stressful day, a way of regaining control when you feel overwhelmed or standing calmly and asserting yourself.

Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone in the area – women, men and children - to join the Race for Life. There are events for people of all ages and abilities taking place at Trinity Park on Sunday 23rd June.   Gemma Turpin, Cancer Research UK’s Ipswich Event Manager, said, “Our Race for Life events are fun, colourful, emotional and uplifting. They help people with cancer by raising money for research, including clinical trials which give patients in Ipswich access to the latest treatments. “You don’t have to be sporty to take part.  You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else.  All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like.” Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research. She added, “Our Race for Life events have been women-only since they started, over 25 years ago.  But we now feel the time is right to open them up so that everyone - women, men and children – has the chance to participate. “One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer, at some point during their lifetime.  Sadly, this means nearly everyone is touched by the disease, either directly or through a loved one or friend.” The good news is more people are surviving the disease than ever before. • To enter Race for Life today visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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n Coping with anxiety Top 3 National statistics claim that more than one in 10 people in the UK are likely to have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder’ at some stage in their life. These staggering figures highlight the extent of how anxiety is crippling our society and preventing people from living a healthy life. Anxiety, for the most part, is a normal human emotion that is usually triggered by stress or the impending possibility of danger. Anxiety is often the foundation of the popular ‘fight or flight’ survival response – that prepares the body for physical or mental challenges, ready to tackle them head on and extend chances of survival. However, the key to understanding your anxiety and its triggers solely lies in your ability to recognise these symptoms early, and adopt the right coping mechanisms in the moments that matter. We’ve compiled a list of our top three tips to take on board when dealing with anxiety.

1) Take care of your mind

The first step to preparing your mind to cope with your anxiety is trying to accept that you can only control the controllable. By focusing your energy of the aspects of your life you do have control over and relinquishing control of the things you can’t, you will automatically put yourself in a better position to reduce your stress levels and ease the symptoms of your anxiety. For example, if you’re unhappy in your job and feel it’s not taking you in the direction you need it to, then take small steps to change your environment. This could be anything from writing a list of what you’re looking for in your perfect role or spending a night updating your CV. Contrastingly, spending your time wishing your boss or colleagues were more on your wavelength or dwelling on the negative aspects of your job are prime examples of focusing on something that you can’t control, and need to move on from.

2) Maintain a healthy body

Numerous studies prove that a healthy lifestyle dramatically increases your mental health. In addition to regular exercise, a healthy and balanced diet that reduces caffeine and alcohol consumption can help keep you focused. Both alcohol and caffeine are two of the most common dietary triggers that negatively impact people with anxiety disorders, so should be avoided whenever possible. In moments of stress and anxiety, the body often needs

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more time to recharge. The best solution to this is to ensure you get at least eight hours of sleep per night. If your anxiety prevents you from drifting off to sleep easily, try basic relaxation methods such as having a bath before bed, drinking camomile tea and limiting your use of smart devices at least one hour before you aim to go to bed.

3) Take positive action

Breathing is often something people take for granted. As the body's automatic impulse, we breathe without thinking about it and as a result, often never consider the benefits that controlled, deep breathing can have on our mental health. Deep breathing can help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety as it draws more air into the lungs, generates maximum blood flow and leaves the body more energised. It is also the fastest and most effective way to feel calm and manage our emotions. So the next time you find yourself in an overwhelming situation, take a few minutes out to take deep breaths and slowly count, while you gain your composure. Volunteering can also be a superb way to take positive action to help reduce your anxiety symptoms. Research shows that oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that regulates social interaction, spikes in people who volunteer on a regular basis. This, in turn, leaves them better equipped to handle stressful or anxious feelings. Talking to friends and family can also be a fantastic way to help process your feelings of anxiety. However, depending on the severity of your anxiety, it may be time to seek professional help from an accredited therapist to help gain a deeper understanding of your triggers. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, in particular, has been shown to be an effective way of treating anxiety disorders. So if you feel that your anxiety is preventing you from living the life you’ve always wanted, make sure you reach out to a professional as soon as you can. www.efficacy.org.uk With smear test attendance plummeting, and as low as one in two among young women in some areas of the UK, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has uncovered a wide range of new issues which it fears are contributing to the decline. The charity is concerned that over two thirds of the 2,005 25-35 year olds questioned say they wouldn’t tell their nurse their smear test worries, with almost half admitting they regularly delay or don’t take up their invitation. Worries about making a fuss, fear of being judged or thinking their concerns are too silly or small mean women may instead be avoiding a potentially life-saving test. Robert Music, Chief Executive, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said, “Smear tests provide the best protection against cervical cancer yet we know they aren’t always easy. We want women to feel comfortable talking to their nurse and asking questions. It’s not making a fuss and there are many ways to make the test easier. Please don’t let your fears stop you booking a test.” When asked what has caused them to delay or miss a test, three quarters said embarrassment or a stranger examining an intimate area. Fear it will hurt, not knowing how to talk to a stranger about intimate body parts and not knowing what will happen during the test were also given as reasons by high numbers of women. Robert continued, “Our research has again highlighted the urgent need for making the programme more patient-focused. We want to see self-sampling being made available as well as more flexible locations for women to attend. It’s vital women have more control otherwise we will see attendance continue to fall and diagnoses of this often-preventable cancer increase.” Lindsay was 29 when she was diagnosed with stage 1b cervical cancer, "I had my first ever smear test when I was 29, so I had actually put it off for seven years. I had ignored all my invitations for lots of reasons - partly I was busy at work and was looking after my young child but I was also a bit scared and really embarrassed about getting undressed in front of a stranger. The idea made me feel vulnerable and so I just didn't go. I had to have a hysterectomy to treat the cancer which meant I can't have any more children, this is still really hard to cope with. Please don't miss your smear test. A minute of feeling awkward is nothing compared to what I've been through and there are lots of things you can do to make the test better. " Dr Phillippa Kaye, author, GP and Ambassador of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, “Across the UK nurses and doctors take millions of smear tests every year. We honestly don’t think about what you’re wearing, what you look like, whether or not you’ve shaved - we just want to offer the best test we can to as many women as possible. We’ve seen and heard it all before and want to put your mind at ease if you have questions or concerns. Ask the things you want to know and remember you can say stop any time - it’s your test.”


Did you start 2019 with a goal of getting fitter and losing weight? "How is it going?" With 12 years experience in the local area Kay Fletcher Fitness acknowledges that so many people start the New Year with good intentions to lose weight, tone up and get fitter but the reality is - IT IS HARD. It is even harder to do on your own so before you throw in the towel and think you have failed, why not come along to one of our friendly classes and let us help you achieve your goals. We have been in the health and fitness industry for 12 years and during that time we have helped hundreds of women and men lose weight, tone up and live a healthier lifestyle. If you have a goal to aim for, maybe it is a wedding, a special birthday, anniversary or a holiday, that is all you need to get you going. We play our part by offering you sound nutritional advice and a choice


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This can be for a number of reasons, from sleep disorders and anaemia to digestive problems and type-2 diabetes. So it’s important to seek medical advice if your symptoms persist. In the Winter 2018/2019 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, Dr Gill Jenkins, GP, medical writer and broadcaster, looks at some of the most common causes of fatigue at the menopause. She also covers dietary changes, exercise strategies and other management approaches (including HRT) that may help to boost your energy levels and improve the quality of your sleep. “Occasional fatigue may be normal, but if the symptoms persist or affect your daily life, it’s important to do something about them,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “It’s easy to blame exhaustion on a busy lifestyle or a lack of sleep, but sometimes there are underlying problems as well – many of these become more common in women as they approach the menopause.” The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is completely independent and is not sponsored by any companies. It provides impartial, easily understood information to women, healthcare professionals and others responsible for the wellbeing of employees. The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter contains articles written by top medical experts, such as gynaecologists, GPs, consultants, specialist menopause nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, complementary practitioners and a specialist counsellor etc. The Menopause Exchange has a number of members who are happy to talk to journalists about their menopause experiences. If you’re looking for case studies, please email norma@menopause-exchange.co.uk. The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter is available via email for free. Sign up on the website, www.menopause-exchange.co.uk.

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Self-responsibility, equality, empowerment, changing oneself first. It is important for us: To empower the people of Suffolk to improve their own wellbeing To make a pro-social contribution to the communities of which we are a part  To work in a sustainable, effective and collaborative way that: - can produce relevant results, - can give mutual support on tasks, and foster supportive relationships. To engage in ‘right livelihood’: making a living in a way that does not cause harm and that is ethically guided and expressed, with work and life integrated such that it supports personal and community development To operate the business in a way that considers the impact on the planet To have an agreed understanding of what is jointly owned and managed for the common good. It feels good to read through that - it took us a while to come up with! So is it a true story? Now that remains to be seen. Hope so. Currently though - these are the colours nailed to our mast. By now you’ve missed February’s Live lounge - here’s what coming up: - How to build Inner Confidence, March 14th   - Sing Yourself Well, April 11th   - Master the Art of Radical Self Care  May 9th - Mindfulness June 13th Find out much more from www.bwis.online - including all my ongoing mindfulness events

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Move over manic Monday as Tuesday becomes day for car accidents Tuesdays are the most dangerous day to drive cars, according to new data analysis by LeasePlan UK. In fact, statistical analysis by the vehicle management group has found that 18% of accidents involving company cars, occur on the second day of the working week. The result? Damages from fault and non-fault incidents cost companies upwards of £2.8 million over the last year, just for this day alone. With three million company cars on the roads; an estimated one in three will be involved in an accident each year. The evening rush hour 3-6pm, is the most common time for accidents and January with its combination of poor light and low sun along with icy and wet roads presents some of the most challenging driving conditions for motorists. Chris Black, Commercial Director at LeasePlan UK, said, “It’s hugely important to stay as safe as possible on the roads this winter. By taking the necessary precautions before you set out on your journey from checking your route to giving your car a quick once over; topping up fluids and air in tyres - you can greatly reduce your risk of an accident. “In 2016, road accidents cost the UK economy £4.6bn due to lost economic output. Whilst all of us hope to never be involved in a traffic incident, it’s important for drivers to be aware of what to do and how to act.” With nearly 25,000 drivers seriously injured in 2017 in road traffic accidents,

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n Survey shows: Vehicle crime is rife With recent Home Office figures revealing a near 50% increase in vehicle thefts over the last five years (up from 75,308 in 2013-14 to 111,999 in 2017-18), a new mycarcheck survey highlights the shocking extent of online phishing scams. The hoax works like this: 1) The tempter – a car will be advertised at a very attractive price, ‘a steal’ you could say; 2) The approach – the contact number will go straight to voicemail prompting you to “email the seller”; 3) The build-up – you’ll be told the car is abroad but will be “shipped to you” as soon as payment hits an escrow holding account.

Mark Bailey, Head of CDL Vehicle Information Systems, which owns mycarcheck.com, said, “We warned last summer that the volume of online scams was off the chart and since then the problem has only got worse. Sophisticated con artists are creating fake adverts on an industrial scale and lots of people are getting ripped off. “It is frightening that so many participants in our survey got to stage three as they were really on the hook. Our advice is: If you encounter any of the above, and certainly all three in order, walk away. The car probably doesn’t exist, you won’t get your money back and the police won’t be able to investigate as you “willingly” transferred the funds. “Given the number of stolen cars around, please be extra vigilant: Don’t do deals in car parks, never buy a car with only one key, make sure the vehicle details match the logbook and always do a history check before buying."

Suffolk Valeting for people who are truly passionate about cars Suffolk's fine car enthusiasts have been thrilled to meet Colin Brown, Viper Auto Valet's highly skilled and meticulous valeting practitioner. There are many local Suffolk clubs and events that cater to the needs of the most dedicated of fine car owners. One thing they all have in common is a desire for the very best service for their cars, administered by people who not only care deeply about the vehicles they work on, but are also knowledgeable and exacting in their craft. Local Ipswich businessman Colin Brown is capturing the hearts of many fine vehicle connoisseurs due

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The RAC, AA and Green Flag, the nation’s three largest breakdown organisations, have joined forces to call for enhanced motorway safety rules to protect road users as well as recovery patrols. Following several serious incidents affecting their vehicle recovery staff which includes the death of an RAC roadside technician and two other recovery drivers, the trio have written to Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman calling for the introduction of a “slow down, move over” rule when drivers pass a broken-down vehicle or a recovery vehicle with flashing amber beacons. Within the letter the three companies say; “We have strengthened our resolve to work together to do all that we can to prevent similar incidents in the future.” As well as changes to the Highway Code, the trio have called on the Department for Transport to sponsor a THINK! road safety campaign highlighting the dangers faced by patrols and members of the public broken-down at the roadside. Since the beginning of the year, all three organisations have experienced numerous cases where patrols have nearly been hit by a passing vehicle while attending a breakdown. RAC chief operation officer James Knight said, “Working

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

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Valuation services team manager at mycarcheck.com, Jon Wheeler, said: “If you’re looking to invest in a modern future classic, the Peugeot RCZ R deserves consideration. The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine produces 270bhp and 330nm of torque, propelling it to 60mph in 5.9 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. The upgraded Alcon brakes and suspension help with the focus and handling, and the Torsen front differential deals admirably with all that power. The RCZ R isn’t all about performance though, its unmistakable lines and double-bubble roof design really add to the unique appeal. There aren’t too many of these around, particularly in the beautiful grey, so do your research, get a full history check, and you could end up with a great car that more than holds its value.” As to market trends, Wheeler said: “We enter 2019 with a huge level of uncertainty surrounding (dare we say it) Brexit. Nothing new here, but the stark reality is that the March 29th leave date is fast approaching, prompting some manufacturers to announce temporary UK plant shutdowns. Combine this with the recent job cut announcement by Jaguar Land Rover, the ongoing WLTP production backlog and the sharp drop in diesel sales, and it makes for a very challenging market. We may see additional vehicle tariffs in the case of ‘no deal’, so new buyers could potentially save by purchasing pre-Brexit – it's a risk though with the picture changing by the day and the outcome incredibly difficult to predict.”

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Help is at hand – Call Toby Hicks 01449 741056 / 07968 686035

Email: jb.footcomfort@gmail.com

Garden Design & Construction

Specialising in: Patios • Driveways • Artificial Lawns • Turfing • Fencing • Decking • Tree Work (fully qualified) • Garden Maintenance, Clearance & More

Tel: 01449 775900 • M: 07796 272069 markgoodmanlandscapes@yahoo.co.uk Friendly & Reliable • Fully Insured

Fun, friendly, affordable driving lessons in Ipswich with

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

Tel: 07805 055 206 www.passmastermal.com

Groundwork Specialists

• Patios • Tarmacing/Tar & Chip • Walls • Drainage • Fencing • Drop Kerbs • Block Paving • Car Parks and Forecourts • Resin Drives For free no obligation quote call

01473 530101 www.randadriveways.com


Family business with over 35 years experience in

Asphalt • Tarmac • Surface Dressing Tar & Chip • Resin Bond Stone We cover all of East Anglia and further afield. Free advice and estimates given Call us now on 01473 365367, 01284 544160 or 01223 861105 or visit us at www.jproadways.com Email: info@jproadways.com 47

respect, with compassion we care, through commitment we achieve

Together we

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


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Profile for Ipswich24 Magazine

Ipswich24 - March 2019  

Entertainment, leisure and lifestyle for the Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Stowmarket, Hadleigh and South Suffolk area

Ipswich24 - March 2019  

Entertainment, leisure and lifestyle for the Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Stowmarket, Hadleigh and South Suffolk area


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