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SEPTEMBER 2019

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Stonker of an opener for new Autumn season A rather special start to the Autumn season at the Spa with The Stars from the Commitments - the band that helped re-launch The Spa in 2015.

On Thursday 5th September from 8pm they arrive in Felixstowe direct from Dublin. You can be sure of a night packed with high energy from this phenomenal live band, which includes original Commitments film cast members and musicians: Kenneth McCluskey AKA Derek "The Meatman" Scully, Robert Arkins AKA Jimmy Rabbitte, Michael Aherne AKA Steven "The Soul Surgeon" Clifford & Ronan Dooney (Trumpet). Each time they’ve performed at the Spa they’ve brought the house down – this is a stonker of an opener to the theatre’s new season of shows. Saturday 7th sees two hours of songs from the UK Pink Floyd Experience from 7.30pm. Floyd fans can indulge in over two hours of songs from both iconic albums Dark Side Of The Moon and Animals as well as Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Another Brick In The Wall and Comfortably Numb. Next up its Brian Poole & The New Pacemakers. Former lead

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At the opposite end of the spectrum is Swan Lake performed by the Russian National Ballet on Friday 27th from 8pm. The Spa gets you back rocking the very next night with Rock for Heroes - your favourite Rock & Pop artists across the eras, fundraising in support of Help for Heroes – Saturday 28th at 7.30pm. In October The Three Degrees, who have been touring all over the world for more than 40 years, come to Felixstowe Spa! – See page 9 for a chance to win tickets! Saturday 12th October at 7.30pm. Icons on Saturday 13th gives you a chance to unleash your inner Diva from 7.30pm and there’s even a Halloween Panto on Thursday 24th at 2pm from the talented team who brought Harry Panto and Hocus Panto previously to the Spa. singer with The Tremeloes joins forces with the legendary band that backed Gerry Marsden on Saturday 14th from 7.30pm. For something to make you chuckle it’s the Grumbleweeds Laughter Show, celebrating 50 years in showbusiness, on Thursday 19th from 3pm. Guns or Roses on Saturday 21st from 7.30pm are widely regarded as the most authentic sounding tribute band in the UK – they even have custom-made costumes and the same guitar rig as Slash!

Tickets for all theatre shows are available from the Spa Pavilion Box Office which is open from 11am – 4pm 01394 284962. You can also select and reserve your seats on line, 24 hours a day, at www.felixstowespa.co.uk  The café, bars and restaurant are open every day for the summer from 9.30am to 6pm. 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.


INSIDE THIS MONTH SEPTEMBER Heritage Open Days:

The Three Degrees:

This annual event allows visitors to see inside (or on top) of buildings not normally open to the public including a roof-top garden in the centre of Ipswich.

One of the most successful girl groups ever come to Felixstowe and you could win tickets to see them.

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Ipswich's new cultural quarter plans revealed WG+P Architects (Waind Gohil + Potter) have designed a new theatre square and pavilion as part of a wider mixed-use development to revive the Westgate area of Ipswich. The 35,000 sqm site has been incorporated as part of Ipswich Borough Council’s development plan. Phase 1 of the masterplan is to improve the area outside the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, including a new pavilion to be managed by the theatre. The new square will become the North West gateway to Ipswich town centre, whilst the pavilion will become home to the theatre’s growing community engagement and creative learning programme.  The space has been ergonomically designed to encourage collaborative working and provide a Tech Hub for developing digital skills in arts practise for those in Ipswich and Suffolk. The team also worked alongside the theatre in order to ensure that the building design incorporates a Changing Places facility, in addition to accessible toilets, to provide facilities

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for those with complex needs visiting the town. Phase 1 has received planning consent from Ipswich Borough Council who commented, "A key objective of the proposal is to provide both an innovative and high-quality design in ensuring its ambition is to raise the local standard of design whilst respectfully acknowledging the existing vernacular of the surrounding area, including referencing the form of its immediate context."

WG+P’s design for the new pavilion utilises a pre-fabricated timber structure developed with structural engineers Price & Myers and incorporates a striking concertinaed gold coloured metal roof. The landscape design includes new planting, lighting, projections and street furniture.

Phil Waind, Director with WG+P commented, “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to create something delightful within the space and for all who visit Ipswich. The Willis Building, being one of our favourites, is a short distance away and we wanted a design that aspires and uses construction methods relevant to today. The new public space and building will fundamentally support The New Wolsey Theatre and allow them to maintain and enhance their status as a cultural landmark in the heart of Ipswich.” Sarah Holmes, Chief Executive at the New Wolsey Theatre said, “It’s been an absolute delight to work in partnership with WG+P on this vital project. The marvellous golden-roofed pavilion they have designed for us will enable our community programme to flourish and for the first time brings our performance and participation work together on one site. It will absolutely bring new life to the area around the theatre as well as transforming our audiences approach to the New Wolsey Theatre.”


The West End comes to Ipswich n This Autumn, the West End will be dancing to your doorstep at the Ipswich Regent Theatre. Whether rock music, inspiring true stories, or rags to riches tales are your jam, there’s something for everyone.

change when she is taken away from Miss Hannigan’s miserable orphanage to spend a fairytale Christmas with a famous billionaire. The musical features a Tony® award-winning book and score that is sure to get you on your feet. See it at the Regent from 5th until 9th November. The Ipswich Regent Theatre will be celebrating it’s 90th Anniversary with a special concert from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday 1st November. Proms classics will be joined by the unbeatable anthems of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder, as the orchestra take you on a journey through the ages. As part of the 90th celebrations, lots of top acts are making their way to Ipswich in 2020, from chart-topping pop stars to hilarious comedians. Plus more West End musicals await, including the fabulous Priscilla Queen of the Desert in March, and more to be announced.

Kicking off the Autumn season is the spectacular Queen and Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You, showing from 23rd until 28th September. Prepare to be dazzled in this awe-inspiring production, featuring 24 of Queen’s greatest hits, including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Under Pressure’ and ‘We Are the Champions’. There is limited availability for this show, so book soon! Prepare to laugh, prepare to cry, prepare to be inspired. Musical comedy Calendar Girls will be coming to the Regent from 22nd until 26th October. The musical, by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, is based on the true story of a group of ordinary women who did something extraordinary. A revival of the much-loved musical Annie makes its return. Set in 1930s New York during the Great Depression, the story follows young Annie, who sees her luck

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Poetry Live at Library

Two well-known local poets will be reading their work at Woodbridge Library in early September. Kate Foley, President of the Suffolk Poetry Society, has published ten collections of poems and is well-known across Europe for her live performances and workshops, often with artists from other disciplines. She is a former head of English Heritage's scientific and technical research laboratories and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Pamela Job is also well-known internationally. Her poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies and she recently won first prize in the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Competition. She co-produced an anthology of new poems on the theme of conflict to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I and another on the theme of reconciliation published in 2018. Kate and Pamela will be supported by music from Sylvia Fairley and Val Shelley. The event takes place on Thursday 5th September at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 (which includes an interval drink) and can be purchased from Woodbridge Library in person or on 01394 330855.

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Is the clock ticking on your claim? Claims for compensation for personal injury and the financial losses that follow can arise as a result of wide-ranging accidents, from road traffic incidents, work and holiday accidents to defective products, slips, trips and falls. However, if you wish to bring a claim for personal injury against a person, company or other potential compensator, you may not be aware that there are strict time limits on when you can bring a claim – failure to act within the relevant timeframe may result in you losing the opportunity to claim for your losses entirely. So what are your time limits? The Limitation Act 1980 stipulates that the time limit for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury or, if later, three years from the date of the Claimant’s knowledge of the following: - That the injury sustained was significant or serious enough to justify bringing legal proceedings - That the injury was either completely or partly attributable to an act or failing on the part of someone or somebody else - The identity of the person or organisation at fault Generally, the rules state that, if you have not started your claim for personal injuries and issued that claim in the Courts by the three-year cut-off period, then you will no longer be able to pursue it. There are, however, variations to the above time limits depending on the type of personal injury claim. - Accidents abroad and injuries sustained whilst travelling in an aeroplane, boat or international train may have a lesser time limit – often two years or less. - Claims brought through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority where you have been the victim of and sustained injury as a result of a criminal act or offence also have a two year limitation period. - In Fatal Accident claims, the time period for a dependant to bring a claim is three years from the date of death or, if later, from the dependant’s knowledge as described above. - If you are under the age of 18 and have suffered an injury and loss, then you have three years from the date of your 18th birthday. - If a person is of unsound mind or disabled at the time of the accident or incident that caused the injury and loss, then time limits will not be put into place until their recovery.

In exceptional circumstances, there is some scope for the Courts to extend these time limits but they must balance the degree to which each party would be prejudiced, if any extension is granted. The message, therefore, is that, if you have been injured and sustained loss, take active steps to bring your claim as soon as possible to prevent being time-barred at a later date and losing your chance to claim completely.

New Chairman for Society A Chairman has been appointed for Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society - Sylvia Kerridge will take over the Chairman’s position for the Society at their AGM on 25th September 2019 which will be held at The Salvation Army Citadel, 558, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Retiring Chairman Martyn Hunt said that Sylvia would be the first lady chairman of the society, which was established back in 1963, he also hoped that the membership would support Sylvia as they have supported him over these past years. Martyn is staying on the committee as Societies Liason Officer.

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Heritage Open Days IPSWICH

The Ipswich Society is proud to co-ordinate the Heritage Open Days event in Ipswich again on behalf of the town and all our wonderful participants. The buildings listed, many of which are not normally open to the public, represent seven centuries of our town’s history. There are more than 35 buildings open in 2019, along with free guided walks around some of the town’s best locations.

On the Saturday only Ipswich Transport Museum will be running regular trips on one of their Heritage Buses from the Old Custom House accompanied by a tour guide.

As usual the ever-popular Willis Building rooftop will be open again and new venues this year include Birkett’s Providence House, on Princes Street, with tours which will also include a visit to the roof garden, with views across Ipswich Town football ground on one side and the Waterfront buildings on the other.

The Heritage Open Days event is a fantastic opportunity to discover Ipswich’s hidden heritage so please make the most of the weekend and above all, enjoy!

You won’t go hungry; several buildings have refreshments on offer. In addition, there are independent cafes all around the town centre, well worth a visit or you could pack a picnic and make a day of it in one of our beautiful Green Flag parks.

The free Heritage Open Days colour booklet with map is available at the Tourist Information Centre in St. Stephen’s Church, Ipswich Library in Northgate Street and other venues around the town. Don’t forget to share your favourite place, why not record your journey about the town, on social media? #HODIpswich2018

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September

Extra tickets to see Emma Businesses from across the region are preparing for the annual event in Bury St Edmunds.

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This year, visitors and exhibitors will be joined by the woman behind one of the most recognisable British brands. Emma Bridgewater is heading to the MENTA Business Show as she discusses her business story and brand development. The business show event takes place on Tuesday 1st October at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. The MENTA Business Show will include a fantastic line up of innovative and creative business exhibitors. More than 70 businesses will showcase their services and products as well as a range of free to attend business seminars. Emma Bridgewater, the popular classic modern pottery artist, famous for her unique and colourful designs has been invited by MENTA to speak in The Apex auditorium. Emma, who started her internationally renowned business in 1985, will talk about how she has built her well-known brand and the important business lessons she has learnt along the way. The audience at ‘Insight with Emma Bridgewater’ will be invited onto the stage, following Emma’s talk to network over refreshments. Nick Pandolfi, MENTA’s head of media and marketing commented, “We are delighted to have Emma join us at the MENTA Business Show. We are particularly pleased to be supporting the children’s charity, Break, of which Emma is a Patron. We are donating £2 from every £5 ticket sold for ‘Insight with Emma Bridgewater & Networking’ to Break. The response to Emma heading to Suffolk has been so encouraging, we have opened more space within the auditorium to accommodate the interest and ticket availability” Tickets for Emma Bridgewater and Networking are £5 – they are available from the Apex Box Office on 01284 758000. 7


September is friendship month Oddfellows have championed friendship non-stop since 1810.

The pleasure you get from spending time with friends hasn’t altered over the years. Regular company is essential to living a happier life. And if you’re not getting this, then the Oddfellows believe you should have it. They’re there to offer friendship and support year-round, but every September as part of Friendship Month, their local branches (Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Colchester) and their members wave an extra big hello to anyone looking to meet other caring and friendly people in their area. “It’s our 10th Friendship Month this year, so we’re putting on lots of exciting events that are perfect for first introductions. They usually involve plenty of tea, as well as a relaxed atmosphere to help put any new faces at ease. If you’re coming on your own, don’t feel nervous. Our friendly regulars are ready to offer you a warm welcome.” Says Wendy Atkins, Oddfellows’ Social and Development Secretary. You are invited to drop in and meet the Oddfellows at 37 High Street Ipswich on Tuesday 3rd September at 1.30pm for Company and a Cuppa (a selection of board games, jigsaws and brainteasers available to break the ice) or Tuesday 10th September at 10am for Crafts, Coffee and Conversation –

just pop in and see what the busy fingers are up to or bring something of your own to while away a couple of hours; Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th from 10am until 4pm is Open House Heritage weekend - they’re proud of our history so come along and find out how the Oddfellows have adapted the principle of ‘making friends, helping people’ to suit the needs of the 21st century. Free entry and refreshments available for all these events. Jamie Robinson was one of Oddfellows 2018 visitors. He said, “I saw the event advertised, and went along to find out more. The documents on display were fascinating and I joined on the day. I work full-time so can’t attend many events but I enjoy afternoon tea and the murder mystery evening” Oddfellows welcome everyone of all ages to join and membership costs from £25 a year. • To discover more about the benefits of becoming a member or to find out about the Branch’s local activities and regular events, call Lynne on 01473 251867; email lynne.wyatt@oddfellows.co.uk or visit www.oddfellows.co.uk Have a look at the Facebook page too www.facebook.com/OddfellowsIpswich

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own cars to get people from A to B. Community car drivers are willing to drive further afield if required. At BSEVC they are totally reliant on volunteer drivers to keep their services running. Volunteer driving can be a valuable and rewarding experience. It’s a unique opportunity to help someone remain independent for as long as possible. With more volunteer drivers they can take more passengers to hospital appointments, clinical appointments, day centres, social clubs, shopping, and to visit relatives and friends. They have a number of care home and shop staff who rely on them to get them to and from work. They also have passengers who use us regularly to get to pick up points for public transport. The office staff in the Stowmarket base will be pleased to give more information on full fare structures and the registration procedure along with how to book journeys. Francesca, also in the Stowmarket office will be so grateful to hear from any prospective volunteers and will be able to give you all the information you need to apply to join us. At BSEVC know from passengers’ comments that so many people rely heavily on our services to remain independent and to get out and about in their communities • For more details BSEVC office staff will be happy to help on 01449 614271 or email:bookings@bsevc.co.uk

Funding boost for new community centre

Plans to provide Woodbridge with a new youth, art and community centre have been given a funding boost by East Suffolk Council. Jetty Lane, the Community Interest Centre was located – continuing the Company (CIC) behind the project, tradition of having a youth centre on this site since 1949. has been granted £188,800 from the In a joint statement, the Directors of Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to cover pre-construction Jetty Lane said, “We are absolutely costs for the new community centre, delighted to have been given such a generous grant by East Suffolk with the remaining being supplied through donations and other Council. “This is history in the making. The fundraising efforts. Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk Jetty Lane site has been serving the young people of Woodbridge – and Cabinet Member for Planning the wider community – for 70 years. and Coastal Management, said, “This is the biggest CIL grant to be Add the 125 year lease, offered by Suffolk County Council, and we awarded in east Suffolk to date and it is fantastic to see residents benefit are looking at a 200 year project to benefit generations of Woodbridge from development in the area with residents from the cradle to old age. such a worthwhile project, which will not only prove invaluable to young What a legacy for our town!” Jetty Lane CIC is in the process of people and flourishing artists, but to raising the remaining funds needed the whole community.” The new Community Centre is to complete the project and work is expected to start by the end of 2020. set to be built on the site where the previous Woodbridge Youth


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n Ipswich24 are offering you the chance to get into the draw to win a pair of tickets to see The Three Degrees at the Spa Pavillion, Felixstowe. This American, female, vocal group, was formed in 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group has remained a trio with two original members since Sheila Ferguson left many moons ago. A firm favourite with Prince Charles,they sang at his 30th birthday party and were guests at his wedding to Princess Diana. The Three Degrees who perform at the Spa on Saturday 12th October from 7.30pm are well known for their soulful voices, beautiful gowns, and fabulous stage shows. They are known all around the world for songs like "When will I see you again", "Dirty Ol' Man", "Take Good Care Of Yourself". They have been continuously touring for more than 40 years, and the Spa Pavilion are delighted to be hosting them as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary Tour! 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 and sign up for their newsletter for news of brand new shows or follow @SpaPavilion on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 

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Suffolk's favourite children’s books

Suffolk Libraries has announced the top ten favourite children’s books in Suffolk, as voted for by the county’s library users.  The winner was the ever-popular ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide. The Gruffalo was also recently declared the UK’s third ‘Best Bedtime Books’.  It was selected as the favourite children’s book of Ipswich County and Newmarket libraries as part of the Suffolk Libraries Children’s Month campaign earlier in the year.  Another one of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s books also made the top ten, with ‘Room on the Broom’ coming in fourth place.  The survey was done in April as part of ‘Suffolk Libraries Children’s Month’ which featured a survey in which participants were asked what their favourite children’s book was. Children and adults alike participated in the survey, many of them parents who read  to their children

Baylham House Farm

With the children heading back to school Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is a little quieter at this time of year. That just means the animals are even more pleased to see visitors and will try no end of tricks to charm their way into getting more food and attention. The straw stack maze is still in place providing even more places for children to explore and tire themselves out whilst the adults enjoy a wellearned cup of tea and a cake. With pigs and piglets, goats and kids, cows and sheep – the farm is a great place to entertain, educate and enthral. Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is six miles north west of Ipswich, off the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Needham Market. This year they are again going to continue with their normal opening hours until the October half term, which means the farm is open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10am until 5pm. With entry prices at £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for concessions, £3.50 for children (aged 4-16) and under four’s free it would be difficult to find a more entertaining and better value attraction in Suffolk. For more information visit the website at www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk, check out Facebook or call 01473 830264.

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Suffolk Libraries spans across the county with 44 libraries, all of which promoted the survey back in April, which indicates that participants in the survey were varied regarding location within Suffolk and spans the whole of the county. There were 626 participants in total.   The results were then counted and the recurring entries totaled to find out which were the top ten children’s books in Suffolk. Here is the full list:  1. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson  2. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton  3. Matilda by Roald Dahl  4. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson  5. The Tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr  6. We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl  8. The brilliant world of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon  9. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell  10. The Midnight Gang by David Walliams    Each individual library also voted for their favourite children’s book, the details of which can be found in full on the website.   For more children’s books and suggestions, visit www.suffolklibraries.co.uk. 


Catch a flight at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary There is still time to catch an awe inspiring flying display at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary during the month of September. There are three opportunities to experience owls and other birds of prey flying free, at close quarters, every day - at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. With admission to the sanctuary including a come-and-go ticket valid from 10am until 5pm visitors can enjoy a whole day immersed in the world of the raptor, from the familiar native barn and tawny owls to the more exotic species, including vultures, eagles, falcons and cara-caras.

Vote Now and help Maggie Ipswich Community Playbus is on the shortlist to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million pot supporting under-18s nationwide but first they need online votes to win. Persimmon Homes East Anglia is backing the Ipswich Community Playbus to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October, where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to those winning the most online votes. Mandy Potter representing the Ipswich Community Playbus said, “It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a regional finalist,

but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night.” She added: “Voting could not be simpler. Just log on to web address and select Ipswich Community Playbus and vote for us. We would really appreciate everyone’s support. “The Playbus is a converted doubledecker bus, providing a pre-school and parent-baby-toddler group on wheels for local communities. Launched in 1979, the current bus is our third and, over the years, thousands of children have enjoyed quality early years learning and play on board. We cover areas with the greatest concentration of social housing, supporting families from low socio-economic backgrounds. Winning the Persimmon Building Futures funding would enable us to the secure the future of this service,

allowing more children to access quality learning and play”. Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year donated £620,000 to support children’s sport. Through Building Futures, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education & arts and health across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses and its head office. Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB and the Persimmon Charitable Foundation enlisted the help of medallists Kat Copeland and Callum Skinner to help determine the three regional finalists for each business division.

There is ample space to enjoy a picnic within the pretty landscaped grounds or, alternatively the Bistro at the Barns is located only a few steps away. As well as 80+ owls and other birds of prey, the sanctuary is home to a shy colony of red squirrels and cheeky meerkat family whose antics never fail to entertain - informative feeding talks take place daily, at 11am and 3pm. On Sunday 1st September, the sanctuary welcomes all deaf visitors and their support workers or families free of charge for a full programme of BSL interpreted events: the commentary for all three flying displays and both meerkat talks will be interpreted by a fully qualified and experienced BSL practitioner, who will be also in residence throughout the day offering support as required. Free tickets for this event can be obtained in advance for ease of admission - please email catherine@owlbarn.co.uk The sanctuary is a two acre, landscaped site offering level, tarmaced access to all areas for wheelchairs and buggies. The pretty Woodland Walk contains a bug hotel, wildlife pond, ladybird houses, bee and butterfly feeders and hedgehog teepee. A custom built, all inclusive play area boasts a double width slide, wheelchair accessible roundabout, oversized swing, wheelchair height speaking tubes and a tumble safe surface. There is a quiet sensory garden which includes tactile sculptural seating, water feature and touch and smell herb garden and inside, the Discovery Centre offers interactive information on conservation in general and raptors in particular. The unique owlie gift shop is packed with attractive souvenirs for parents and pocket money gifts for younger visitors. There is parking for disabled visitors at the gift shop door and toilets are located within a few steps of the centre. Details: 0345 680 7897, www.owl-help.org.uk

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme to be decided by a public vote. As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each sector, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000. Online voting closes at midnight on 27th September. To support “Maggie” The Ipswich Community Playbus please visit: www.persimmonhomes.com/ building-futures/

Telephone: 01473 221521 www.ipswichplaybus.org.uk Charity Number: 278061

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September at Stonham Barns Stonham Barns Leisure & Shopping Village is a bustling family complex filled with an abundance of attractions and activities to suit all, providing a wonderful family day out in the Suffolk Countryside. under 16 FREE. Great family events are hosted On Saturday 21st and Sunday throughout the year in the 22nd September there is Swedefest Showground, Barn and Theatre. On Truck Show back for its fourth Sunday 8th September there is Low Collective German Car Show back year celebrating a great selection of Scania and Volvo Trucks with again for its sixth year with over 750 trade stands, refreshments and German cars on display and hoping to win a show and shine trophy. entertainment throughout the weekend. £7.50 per person. There will also be live DJ, onsite Children under 16 FREE. bar, traders, club stands and food On Sunday 29th September the stands. Tickets on the gate are £10 American Car Show with a large per person. Under 14’s FREE Then on Sunday 15th September, range of American Cars, Trucks and Hot Rods on display. Traders and stallholders, autojumble and refreshments. With live

along sell your goods or seek out a bargain. Other things at Stonham Barns to keep you busy include a golf park with eight different golfing activities. Teapot Pottery and Tea Room with a range of teapots for sale or paint your own, whilst you are there have a pot of tea or coffee and a piece of home-made cake. Two fully stocked fishing lakes to enjoy a relaxing day of fishing. The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, which has over 90 different birds of prey, Meerkats and red squirrels. Shopping village with a wonderful range of unique shops and businesses for you to browse

around. The Bistro which serves delicious home-made food seven days a week. For the younger ones in your family visit Tumbledown Soft Play Barn or the children’s playzone which has a bouncy pillow, static steam train and seasonal fair rides. This is a ‘dog friendly’ site, but they must be kept on lead. All areas are disabled accessible with designated parking areas. • For more information visit w w w. s t o n h a m b a r n s . c o . u k or their social media pages ‘StonhamBarnsLV’

End of Season at the Middy

Stonham Countryside Show inspiring us to love our countryside and habitats. Many trade stands, showring displays and wildlife and countryside exhibits. Also special entertainment from ‘The Company of Horsemen’ bringing a breathtaking show of stunt horses and riders. Adults £10.00. Children

entertainment and dancing in the Barn. £10.00 per person. 4-15 years £5.00. Exhibiting drivers / under 4’s FREE. Also every Sunday until November there is the very popular car boot sale. Ideal for antique sellers, loft clearers and one-off sellers. Come

A great day out for the whole family Open 7 days a week

What’s on during September

Small Childrens Fair Rides

LOW COLLECTIVE GERMAN CAR SHOW

Delicious Food 7 days a week

Teapot Pottery & Tea Room

Sunday 8th September ~~~~~

From February until end of Summer. Open during school holidays and weekends.

Sunday 15th September ~~~~~

FISHING LAKES

STONHAM COUNTRYSIDE SHOW

SWEDEFEST TRUCK SHOW Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September ~~~~~

AMERICAN CAR SHOW

Sunday 29th September ~~~~~

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

STONHAM CAR BOOT EVERY SUNDAY April-November

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 Come and take a look.

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During the 2019 season the Mid Suffolk Light Railway has attracted a wide range of clubs and societies showing their ‘pride, joys and enthusiasms’ from Aston Martins to tractors. Now at the last two event weekends it’s the turn of the modellers to visit the railway venue and show the fruits of their labour and skills. 25th and 26th August - Model Mania and Hornby Collectors  Hornby Dublo and O Gauge of course but in addition, a wide range of models of all sorts will be on display. Also in attendance will be the Norwich Model Boat Club who, despite their name, will be bringing not just boats, but trucks, cars and off roaders. Middy volunteers will be creating a pond so the boats can be properly demonstrated. Truly trains and boats and, maybe, even planes.  The railway will have two locos in steam during the weekend and guest loco Sirapite will also be running. 7th and 8th September Country Railway Gala  A fund raising event for the Mid Suffolk Light Railway. A celebration of the country railway with four locomotives in steam, steam road vehicles and farm machinery.  This weekend the Middy will be joined by the Ipswich Model Engineers who will be showing examples of their exquisite workmanship, some of which will be running on the Sunday only. Visitors will also see the railway’s major new exhibits, the legendary Aveling & Porter ‘traction engine on rails’ Sirapite and the Fowler Shredded Wheat shunter will also be on show. Sirapite was the Garretts of Leiston works shunter for over 30 years. The pretty little Fowler engine is, of course, diesel powered, but it has a copper capped exhaust chimney which gives a very steam like effect. • Opening times are from 11am to 5pm. Visitors can ride the trains as many times as they like and all the railway and museum facilities will all be open when trains are running - the museum itself, shop, café, Restoration Shed visits and real ale bar.


Free Family Festival The ninth annual One Big Multicultural Festival is due to be held on Sunday 1st September in Ipswich’s Alexandra Park. The familyfriendly multicultural event will see performers from around the world including, West Africa, China and India. One of the first acts to be announced, for this year’s festival, will be the hugely popular Suffolk band - J S & The Lockerbillies. Although well-known locally, the band also appeared on stage at Glastonbury in June this year and are fitting in this important festival alongside their other many musical commitments this summer. Lead singer and bandleader Josh Locke said, “This is a great festival all about bringing people together from a whole host of cultures. A love of music is something we all share. JS and the Lockerbillies are planning to rock your socks off with a collection of cult classics, shaking show-stoppers and rocking rollers from the golden age of living.” Back by popular demand and comparing again this year is BBC Radio Suffolk & Northants presenter Wayne Bavin. Entrance to the park is completely free for the whole family with live entertainment throughout the afternoon on stage starting from 12noon. This event, which is celebrating its ninth year, celebrates the diversity of Ipswich and indeed Suffolk and attracts over 8,000 visitors each and every year. Organised by BSC Multicultural Services, it is supported by the Arts Council. The family-friendly event also hosts a range of stalls offering visitors a chance to sample cuisine from around the world, a market bazaar, a five-aside football tournament as well as a demonstration of the energetic game of Kabaddi – the national game of Bangladesh. There’s also a funfair on the day with bouncy castle too. BSC Multicultural Services, formerly known as BSC (Bangladeshi Support Centre) is a charity who work with groups and individuals to advance education and empower individuals; providing information, help and support and challenging disadvantage and discrimination in a culturally sensitive way. You are invited to join the organisers at this year’s One Big Multicultural Festival on Sunday 1st September from 12pm at Alexandra Park in Ipswich. For more information follow @BangladeshiSC on Facebook, @bscentre on twitter or contact Shayra Begum on 01473 400081. You can also email shayra.begum@bscentre.org.uk, www.bscsuffolk.org.uk

THE IPSWICH HOTEL Old London Road, Copdock, Ipswich IP8 3JD

smug g ling we ekend

Captain Mordechai Viniger cordially invites you back to the 18th century to meet smugglers, customs officers (excisemen), privateers and other people from the past at Landguard Fort. Help the smugglers evade the excisemen (hooray) or help the excisemen catch the smugglers (boo). Smuggling is something that still goes on today but we’re going back in time to when we were at war with France. To pay for the war, high customs duties were charged on imported goods. Some goods were not allowed at all and were confiscated. Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘A Smuggler’s Song’ contains the lines ‘Brandy for the Parson, Baccy for the Clerk, Lace for a Lady’ and sums up some of what the smugglers brought into the country. If you’ve watched Poldark you’ll recall he also dabbled in smuggling. Smuggling was - and still is - a very risky business. But it was, and still can be, very profitable. Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd September Landguard Fort will be re-enacting the 18th century conflicts between the customs and excise officers and the smugglers. It will be set in a tavern, excise office and the captain’s room. Watch muskets being fired and listen to stories about smuggling on the River Orwell, along the Suffolk coast and about the Dunkirk Pirates. Normal admission charges for apply. Landguard Fort is open at 10am with last admission at 4pm for closing at 5pm.

Get stuck in with the smugglers! 21-22 September Join us for re-enactments of the 18th century conflicts between customs and excise officers and smugglers. Get together with them in a tavern, a customs and excise office and the captain’s room. Watch muskets being fired and hear stories about smuggling on the River Orwell, along the Suffolk coast and about the Dunkirk Pirates.

Open 9am - 3.30pm

Admission: £2. Seniors & Students £1.50 LARGEST FAIR IN THE AREA - 6O+ STALLS For further information please call 01702 410171

TRINITY PARK

Open 10am, last admission 4pm closing 5pm.

HOME OF THE SUFFOLK SHOW

Suffolk Showground, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 8UH

PARKING

Open: 9am - 3.30pm.

Admission: £2.50.Over 65s & Students: £2 WELCOME INSIDE STALLS IN THE CARPETED EVENT CENTRE + OUTSIDE

Children under 5 and English Heritage members FREE. Adults £5.50, children 5-15 years £2.50

LANDGUARD FORT Felixstowe

www.landguard.com 01394 675900 Viewpoint Road IP11 3TW

WELL BEHAVED DOGS ON A LEAD ARE WELCOME

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Steve Steinman’s

Anything For Love – The Meat Loaf Story Nearly three decades on since Lorraine Crosby sang those immortal words with Meat Loaf “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”, the Grammy award winning song and No 1 hit the world over, this epic song will be performed live once again but this time with Internationally acclaimed and renowned singer and show producer, Steve Steinman. With over 2,000 performances and over a million tickets sold worldwide, Steve Steinman has come a long way since his appearance as Meat Loaf on ITV’s hit TV show Stars In Their Eyes back in 1993. His journey can only be described as remarkable as for the past 27 years Steve has constantly toured globally in the hit show ‘The Meat Loaf Story’. He has performed in some of the most iconic venues in the world such as Sun City, South Africa and the London Palladium, which Steve rates as one of his all-time achievements. Lorraine was born in Newcastle in the late 60’s and tirelessly worked all over the UK performing in many bands before leaving for LA in the early 90’s to secure a recording contract with record giants MCA. A chance meeting with Jim Steinman, the legendary musical genius behind the epic multi-million selling album Bat Out Of Hell, lead to him becoming her manager. Lorraine was then introduced to Meat Loaf where she was asked to put down her vocals on what we now know as one of the best-selling songs of all time. Amongst Lorraine’s other achievements she can be credited for her amazing vocals on the hit No 1 album Bat Out Of Hell II - Back Into Hell. Lorraine

is well known for her live performances where many superstars, including Bonnie Tyler, have joined her on stage. As Meat Loaf is no longer touring, Steve Steinman makes the perfect partner as Lorraine explains, “I can’t think of a better person who can do Meat Loaf’s epic songs justice. I’m really excited to be part of such an incredible show, I’ve turned down many offers to perform this song, but Steve’s reputation and his productions are phenomenal”. With incredible stage set, live band and production, combined with Steve’s well-known sense of humour and stage presence, along with the amazing Lorraine Crosby the show can only be described as ‘awesome’. The show will feature Meat Loaf’s greatest hits of all time including – Anything for Love – Bat Out Of Hell – Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth – Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – Dead Ringer For Love and many, many more. Anything For Love – The Meat Loaf Story is at the Ipswich Regent on 11th October. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100.

News from the Woodbridge Society

As the saga of the re-development of the Council offices on Melton Hill drags on, the Woodbridge Society has continued to voice it's opposition to the plans. In line with the Society's objective of promoting the conservation, protection and improvement of Woodbridge and its environs, the Society's planning group has energetically pointed out how the plans presented to the Council bore little relationship to those presented for public consultation and how unsatisfactorily the planning and commercial processes have been conducted. Writing in the Society's latest newsletter, the chairman, Alan Vaughan, argues that, "The site should be remarketed on terms much closer to the consensus plan"- a plan that received widespread support in the town. Another aspect of the Society's activities has taken place during the summer. Three visits took places of interest took place. These included a guided tour of Columbine Hall by its present owners, a walking tour of Framlingham and a visit to Gainsborough's House in Sudbury to view the special exhibition Masters of the Golden Age. Looking ahead, the Society's programme begins in October 2nd with a talk by the chief executive of the Suffolk charity Headway, Helen Fairweather. Her talk is entitled Brainy Dogs and is about a project in association with Hollesley Bay to train rescue dogs to become companions to people with brain injury. This is followed a month later with a talk by Joanna Carrick, artistic director of the Red Rose Chain theatre company, on November 6th. The Society's meetings are in the hall of the Abbey School (entrance off Cumberland Street) at 7.30pm. Visitors are very welcome.

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Tours

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A walk with spooky tales followed by Refreshments at a pub £10 Book at Tourist Information or from Guide on the night


localfood Festival to turn Ipswich into Foodie Paradise n Unleash your inner food buff by indulging in a tantalising variety of street food and drinks galore at the Art Eat Festival in Ipswich on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019.

Daisy Lees Co-Director of Art Eat Festival adds, “We’ve chosen traders who offer vegan and vegetarian options - including the bars who’ll be selling vegan wines, ales and cocktails. We invite people to come and savour the flavours of street food from Spain, Italy, China, Thailand, India, Greece, Mexico, France and, of course, the UK.”

Taking place on the town’s Waterfront, the festival will see 30 street food traders and eight unique drinks traders/bars from around the country serve up international food and drink for all budgets and tastes.

The festival is free to everyone and opening times are Saturday 21st September, 11am until 7.30pm and Sunday 22 September 12pm until 7.30pm.

Art Eat, which celebrates all things creative and delicious, is a family-friendly event, promising a weekend of colour, fun and a relaxed atmosphere. The public is invited to let their taste buds rejoice in food and drink ranging from the traditional to the tropical.

To stay up to date on Art Eat news and updates, follow @arteatfestival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or visit www.arteatfestival.com. If you are interested in getting involved in the festival, please register as a volunteer via the website.

Nowhere else in Suffolk can the public enjoy good old mac’n’cheese or Indonesian roti canai, accompanied with a Caribbean cocktail and washed down with fresh coffee served in eco-cups, whilst soaking up live international music, visual art and a marina view. Iona Hodgson, Co-Director of Art Eat Festival, says, “Art Eat offers an amazing opportunity for locals and festival visitors alike to try a range of cuisine that they may not have tried before. We’ve hand-selected all of our traders who, together, reflect the festival’s dedication to the international food and drink, which we hope will bolster the growing cosmopolitan nature of Ipswich. “Our town is developing rapidly, earning itself a great reputation; Art Eat will give the public contemporary foodie experiences already so popular in many up-and-coming locations around the UK. We encourage everyone to come with empty stomachs ready for a culinary trip around the world.” Eight unique bars will be dotted around the festival site serving everything from the classics such as Pimms, real ales, prosecco and G&T to unique, quirky Russian cocktails served from a fabulously converted milk float. Across the site they’ll be coffee specialists, and real lemonade, you’ll also find ice creams, cakes, sweet delights and smoothies.

Food served: Monday to Saturday 11am-9pm Sunday 12 noon - 6pm • Roasts available every day

To book call 01473 219138

Willsham Road, Offton, IP8 4SF NOW SERVING TRADITIONAL

FISH & CHIPS

AVAILABLE TO EAT IN OR TAKEAWAY – Call or see website for opening – _

Saturday 28th September “DIRTY BLUES BAND” 8:30 - Late Saturday 26th October “WAGES4SIN” 8:30 - Late - Halloween Sat 2nd November – “OPEN MIC NIGHT” with the East Anglian Bass Bash Charity Fund-raiser

Sat 23rd November - “SHOOT THE DRUMMER” 8:30 - Late Sat 14th December - “ANDY OTTLEY” as ELVIS 8:30 - Late Fri 20th December - “COAST” 8:30 - Late New Year’s Eve – DISCO

For other events please check out our Facebook page and website for more updates… _

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Christmas C Plan early to make your Christmas less stressful

Our long hot summer will soon be a distant memory as we turn our attentions to Autumn and of course Christmas. It may still seem a little early to start thinking about Christmas, however in order to have a stress free festive season it is important to get your preparations under way. Take a look around the town the shops, they are already putting up decorations and adding the finishing touches to their Christmas displays. Now is a great time to start your gift buying, the shops are less crowded and you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy your shopping trips, plus by getting your presents early you are much more likely to find those much sort after gifts that sell out nearer to the big day. If, like many people you like to have your Christmas day lunch out, then booking now is imperative as many pubs and restaurants get booked up early. Having your Christmas meal out can be the easy option for many families, there is no time spending hours preparing food and nobody is stuck in the kitchen cooking while the rest of the family are having fun. Also, there’s no washing up and very little food waste! However, if you prefer a big family festive meal at home, then that too takes just as much planning, many local butchers are taking orders now for Christmas turkeys, so get your order in. Also, the perfect decorated table takes time to prepare, much of which can be done well in advance, so get out your crafting equipment and make your table decorations now.

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Christmas is a great time to get together with friends and if you’re planning a Christmas party, there are some great venues in Suffolk, many offering a meal and entertainment. However, booking early will ensure you get the dates you require. If you prefer to go away at Christmas then there are some great “Turkey and Tinsel” breaks available. These are great fun and really get you in the Christmas mood. “It’s behind you!” And, who can forget it’s also Panto season? All the local theatres put on Pantomimes and you can buy your tickets now. Pantos make for an ideal time to get the family together and have some real traditional fun. Whatever you are planning for this Christmas be sure to book early to avoid any stress and disappointment.

Regent Panto

Cinderella will be at the Ipswich Regent Theatre from 14th until the 31st December. Come and join in the festive fun with the lovable Buttons, the handsome Prince Charming, the wicked Ugly Sisters, the magical Fairy Godmother and of course, the beautiful Cinderella and make it a Christmas to remember for the whole family. Watch with amazement as Cinderella’s pumpkin and white mice are transformed into a beautiful coach and horses in this true rags to riches story, but will Cinderella remember to leave the ball before midnight? From the same team behind last year’s recording breaking pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Ipswich Regent Theatre and Enchanted Entertainment bring the world’s best known and most loved pantomime to life. Tickets are on sale now by contacting the Box Office on 01473 433100.


Countdown

“Eat, Drink and Be Merry”

Whether you have been naughty or nice don’t think twice, join KWMCC on the13th and 14th of December for a Christmas party to remember. The centre is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas this year, whether you are looking for a private function room for your staff Christmas party, a celebration with family and friends or you can just join in the fun at the centre’s organised 'Christmas Party Nights' (over 18's only) with a Mardi Gras theme, on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December 2019. Tickets are just £29 and include a glass of fizz on arrival, a festive buffet, dancing to the sounds of J & B Disco and of course the obligatory photo booth will be available to create some fun memories of a fabulous night out. Group bookings welcome (Tables seat up to 10 guests), bottles of wine and beer can be pre–ordered for your table from the very reasonably priced bar. Party boxes with party poppers, blow-outs, streamers, rocket balloons, pea shooters and a mask/selfie prop can also be organised for your table at an additional cost To register your interest in the party nights or to reserve a table please email jo@kwmcc.co.uk or call 01473 612648 ‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, when all through the place, not a creature was moving, not even a trace. The eggnog was cold and the wine glasses bare in the hope that the guests would soon be there. The staff at the centre were snug in their beds while visions of food and drink danced in their heads. All the tables were ready and decorations galore. Let’s eat drink and be merry till we can manage no more!’

Christmas CHRISTMAS PARTY is coming!

Once the summer is over thoughts will be turning to Christmas. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than making something yourself to display in your home or give as a gift. Christmas cards are a way of keeping in contact with friends and relatives. Making these is simple and Craftability has all the materials to creative individual cards which your friends will be amazed by. Children love advent calendars and the countdown to the visit by Santa… At Craftability they have various ways to make your own reusable one from wooden to fabric, pegs to stickers… Just add gifts. If you need that extra bit of help, then why not sign up to one of the workshops? Craftability will be holding four specially themed Christmas ones each on two different days so you can choose from a Thursday or Saturday. You can opt to make a felted robin or decorates some glass baubles -not painting them but using glass infusion. Other topics will be announced shortly. Of course, if you can’t wait to get your creative juices rolling why not sign up to one of the regular workshops or just visit them and buy the supplies you need to do your own projects. Craftability are VERY competitively priced and, in many cases, cheaper than other stores. Coupled with their expert knowledge of the products they sell why would you choose to shop elsewhere?

NIGHTS

FRIDAY 13TH & SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2019 AT

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Every Monday

Chatsworth Ladies Club. Tower Hall, Broadlands Way. 7.30-9pm, £3.00 tea, coffee and raffle ticket included. Excellent speakers and social events. Tel: 01473 711633 Carpet Bowls, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham, 8pm. For further infojohnvarden@tiscali.co.uk Zumba, 10am (60 mins) Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Rd. - £5 turn up Zumba Gold (low impact, 50 mins) St Francis Church Hall, Hawthorn Drive, 2pm - £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Zumba (60 mins) Westbourne Academy, Marlow Rd., 7.30pm, £5 turn up Yoga, Sidegate Lane Comm Centre, 10-11am Beginners Ballroom and Latin Class, Kesgrave High School, Main Rd., Kesgrave, 7pm, Tel: Sharon (AISTD) 07946 347167; Graham (AISTD) 07790 230651. All levels welcome. No partner necessary, £5 Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF, 9.30am–11am (Term time only). Body Moves & Dance Class, with Linda, St James Catholic Church Hall, 482 Landseer Rd, Ipswich, 7.459.15pm. A Fun & Friendly class, try a free taster session for more info Call Linda 01394 273033 Badminton, Sidegate Lane Community Centre Ipswich 7.30pm -10pm £2.50 per session new members welcome for info contact Ann 01473 726423 Pilates, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 1.45pm - 2.45pm, £5 per class, New members welcome. For further details contact 07763 456078. Badminton, Handford Hall School, Gatacre Rd, Ipswich, 7.15pm - 9.30pm, experienced players and beginners always very welcome, for a free taster session or more information please contact Adrian on 01473 464920 Ballroom and Latin Class, Goals Centre, Suffolk New College, Grimwade St., Ipswich, IP4 1LT, 6.30pm 7.30pm, 01473 251323, 07736306519 Suffolk Promenaders Square Dance Club Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 7.30pm - 10pm, Only £3.00, tea and coffee provided, Contact 01473 415785 or 01473 422663 for further details. Badminton, Suffolk New Academy Sports Centre, Birkfield Drive, Ipswich, 6pm - 7pm, Beginners and experienced players welcome, Come along for your free first session or call/text Gill 07706 044861

Every Tuesday

Tea Dances with Teresa Brown at Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, IP4 4HZ. From 2-4 pm, with dancing and refreshments. Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. £3pp members. 01473 422427. Cycle Speedway, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham from 6pm (March-Oct). Tel: Gavin on 07988 816874 to join and for further info. Carpet Bowls, Somersham Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tel Richard 01473 82711 or Sheila on 832591 for details Yoga, Kesgrave Com Centre, 7-8.30pm Totally Shredded, HIIT to drum and bass music. Kesgrave High School, 7.30-8.30pm Call 01473 613397 Little Playmakers, interactive craft and rhyme time session for under 5s and their grown-ups. Martlesham Community Hall, Felixstowe Rd, Martlesham, IP12 4PB, 9.45am–11.30am (Term time only). Short Mat Bowls. Pinewood Community Centre, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich. 10am-12 noon. Beginners and experienced players are most welcome, £3 per session. Details Yvonne Beaumont 01473 411210. Ipswich Croquet Club, from 6pm at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham. For info or for free taster session, contact fran@franrousham.plus.com or 01394 671642 Craft Club, The Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queens Way, Ipswich, 10am – 12pm, A relaxed friendly group for all abilities. Sewing, knitting, crochet and other crafts, £1 per session, Refreshments and lunch available, for more info 01473 710721, ipswich.priory@salvationarmy.org.uk 18

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 Rd., Ipswich, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 Co-op Ladies Choir meet at The Co-op Education Centre from 2.15pm to 3.30pm, Come and join this busy choir, performing on average 15 times a year, A friendly group, who enjoy singing to a high standard, If you would like to join us please contact Lynn Scannell 01473 710820 Lets Dance, Ballroom Latin & Sequence, Social Dance. At the Manor Ballroom Ipswich, 7.15 - 9.45, (from 9th January). New Members Welcome £5.00 for info 07773 185494 Senior Singers, Co-op Education Centre, Fore St., Ipswich, 10.30am – 12pm, Male & Female singers, 55 plus, join in this long established & friendly group of singers, No auditions. Call 01473 879817 Martlesham Heath Country Market, The Pavilion, The Square, Martlesham Heath, 9am, homemade, home-grown, and home-crafted items for sale.  For further information Tel 01473 623849 or 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 Meeting Place Community Centre, Limerick Close, Ipswich IPI 5LR. Tel 07795 587425 for more info

Every Wednesday

Ipswich Juggling Workshop. £2. In the Dome Gatacre Rd, Ipswich NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Zumba (60 mins) Oaks Primary School, Chantry, 6pm, £5 turn up Kick-boxing, Great Blakenham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Great Blakenham. U14’s 6-7pm; 14yrs and over 7.309pm. Tel: Richard 07979 311086 for info. Seated Zumba Gold (every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of month) (45 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, Bramford Rd. , 1.30pm - £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Zumba Gold, (low impact, 50 mins), Rosary Conservative Club, 10.30am, £5 turn up (followed by optional free tea/coffee) Beginners Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes; 7-8pm, 8.30 practice, then Intermediate class until 10pm. Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ. £3.00pp members. 01473 422427./01473 723070. Martlesham Art Group. 1.30-4.00pm Richards Rooms, Martlesham.(behind Tesco) Spaces available at an informal group with mixed abilities who just enjoy painting together with a cup of tea. Come and join us. Ring Diane on 01473 659257. Balkan and International Folk Dance. Quaker Meeting House, 39, Fonnereau Rd. Ipswich 10-12 Wednesdays in term time. For info call Sally 01473 252824 or email 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

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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 St. Ipswich. Car parking is available - entrance from Waterworks St. New members welcome, no auditions, For further information telephone Margie 01473 727829 or Julie 07986261503. Art & Craft Group, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Rd., Ipswich, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, all welcome, for details phone 07443 630072 The Phoenix Women’s Group Meeting, The Quakers Friends Meeting House, 39 Fonnereau Rd., Ipswich, From 10am -12pm, For more info 07976 768763 or email: Ip.Phoenix@Virginmedia.Com

Every Thursday

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 Rd. Methodist Church, 7.15pm, £5 turn up Carpet Bowls, Nacton Village Hall, IP10 0EU, 7.30pm, Come and have a go. First three visits free, then £2 per evening if you like us and want to stay, A sociable and fun evening, just turn up! Thursday Forum at Christ Church, Tacket St., Ipswich – light lunches from 12.00 followed by free talk from 1.10 till 1.50pm. 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 Rd.. For more info call 07419 837115. Carpet Bowls, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich, 2pm – 4.15pm, £2.80 includes tea & biscuits, for further information telephone 01473 725274 Body Moves & Dance Class with Linda, Girl Guiding Building, Garrison Lane,Felixstowe. 7.30pm to 9pm, A Fun & Friendly Class. Info call Linda 01394 273033 Ipswich Croquet Club, from 6pm at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham. For info or for free taster session, contact 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 — continues on page 19 —

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Weddings


Hiring a car for your wedding? Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and Daimlers were among the most popular luxury choices of car when getting married, with a black cab, fire engine and even a golf buggy standing out among the quirkier ways people chose to arrive on their big day. While around 70% said they had the exact choice of transport they wanted, a horse and carriage was revealed as the most popular dream choice – perhaps inspired by the royal couple – for those who would have preferred to have had something different. Others said they would have liked to have made a more dramatic arrival,

preferring to arrive by vintage bus, helicopter or even motorboat. Deciding on how to get there – and who will be doing the driving – is a vital part of any wedding checklist. But around 37% did not realise that the quickest and easiest way to view or share driving licence information when hiring a car is by using DVLA’s View and Share driving licence service. With so much to get ticked off ahead of the occasion, this service could help take away a lot of the hassle for whoever is doing the driving – whether they’re hiring a 1976 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a Ford Capri or the latest Audi R8. Dudley Ashford, Head of Drivers Services at DVLA explains, You can use DVLA’s online service to view your driving record, and to find out the types of vehicles you can drive. You can also check for any penalty points or disqualifications. It’s also the simplest way for the person driving on the big day to share their driving record with a car hire company. The service can be found here at www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

Choosing stunning wedding flowers Finding a florist that is highly experienced in handling wedding flowers and bouquets is vital if you want your flower arrangements to be memorable.

The Shire Hall Woodbridge

Located in the heart of Woodbridge and surrounded by traditional inns and restaurants the magnificent 16th Century Shire Hall provides the perfect setting for a Civil Ceremony. Make your grand entrance via the steps into the airy Council Chamber which can hold up to 60 people. Step free access for those with limited mobility can be organised whilst public Wi-Fi and a stereo system are available for those who require it.

For further information please contact us on

01394 383599

Email the Town Clerk on townclerk@woodbridge-suffolk.gov.uk or visit our website, www.woodbridge-suffolk.gov.uk. The Shire Hall is open to the public between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday should you wish to view the Council Chamber. It is advisable to telephone and make an appointment prior to making a visit.

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When the flowers are carefully selected, they will showcase the event, the dresses and the location. That's why it's so important to deal with a florist that not only knows what they are doing but also offers you a wealth of knowledge and experience. Today's bride has a massive range of choices when it comes to wedding flowers. With more and more people using the Internet to order products and services like wedding flowers it allows for more choices of flowers to be available to all year round. When it comes to wedding flowers every detail is important. Matching the colours of your wedding theme or fabrics to your wedding flowers and wedding bouquets is always a great place to start. Matching colours of flowers with bridesmaids dresses, the theme of the wedding and the type of arrangements you want will be made easier if you have samples handy when talking to a florist. Too take the stress out of organising your wedding flowers make sure you give yourself plenty of lead in time and give the florists plenty of time to order and prepare your flowers. As a good rule of thumb, the bigger the wedding the more lead-in time is required. The best Florists are those that have years of experience in designing and arranging Wedding Flowers. They'll be able to show you many examples of the amazing work they have done. Most of all they will be able to create stunning wedding flowers that people will talk about and remember for ages. So, how much should you budget for wedding flowers? Let's say that an average spend for wedding flowers would be up to 10% of the overall wedding budget. A good florist is able to help you choose the perfect arrangements no matter what your budget is. If you want your special day to be one that you will remember and talk about for years to come then make sure that you take the time to find a specialist wedding florist who has years of experience in making weddings a memorable and joyful occasion.   Michael Atma


Choosing a dress for your body shape Choosing a wedding dress is one of the most important steps of your big day - discover what works with your shape best. Like any bride-to-be, it's easy to fall in the trap of having to find the perfect dress for your wedding day. Does such a thing exist? Yes, but it's wise to remember that you'll go through piles and piles of dresses to find the right one. The pressure of choosing a wedding dress is a common scenario that plays out in many bridal boutiques, and you're not alone. Choosing the appropriate dress for your body shape is important. And, if that dress is your wedding gown, there's added incentive to find the right one. Few dresses are ideal for everyone - and there are obviously assets you would like to emphasise and others you'd prefer to downplay. Usually, the sales staff at most bridal boutiques or shops will be able to offer an accurate analysis of the dresses you've selected, though you can also have your gown altered to make sure it 'hugs' you in the right places. While no body is alike, the following guidelines on choosing a wedding dress are designed to help you stick to the right style when browsing through the racks, online, or even having a dress specially made for you.

Rectangular: Finding a dress for your wedding day is all about knowing your body shape. The idea here is to look for gowns that create curves even if you don't have them. Elegant sheath dresses cut on the bias or bust-enhancing necklines create curves where none exist. A cinched waist dress on your wedding day, one with slightly puffier skirts, will similarly capitalise on your small waist and create volume.

Slim: A mermaid or trumpet dress for your wedding day is perfect for the slimmer bride with smaller hips, though this style can favour anyone on the slender side. A dress with a ruched bodice will create the appearance of a larger bust line, and, again, add curves where needed. Modified A-line gowns with slightly higher waistlines will make you appear taller as well. Oval: Oval-shaped and plus-sized brides benefit from the classic lines of empire dresses; whether simple or jazzed up with some embellishments, this dress (a wedding day classic) hides numerous figure flaws and enhances the bust line. When choosing a wedding dress in the empire style, remember that it should be somewhat fitted, since a gown that's too loose can become billowy.

Show Off Your Wedding Day Style

As a last note, an A-line dress on your wedding day is more often than not universally flattering. Tall brides should keep the lines, detailing, and fabric simple, though smaller brides can pull off fabrics with high sheen; however, they, too, should avoid decked-out gowns, opting instead for nice touches at the neckline or the bust line to draw the eye up. Choosing a wedding dress in this style hides a lot of flaws, but still offers that big skirt appeal from your girlhood days in a stylish way. Sheath gowns, too, offer the same benefits as A-line gowns, meaning they camouflage many of the flaws you're looking to hide. In this case, however, differentiating between constructed (more curvy brides) and loose sheaths (slender brides) makes the difference when choosing a wedding dress. Cherie Johnson

The Right Dress for Your Wedding Day

If you're like most women, you've been dreaming about your wedding day since you were a little girl, imagining a beautiful, fluffy white ball gown. Choosing your wedding dress may not be so simple. Today's bride has a plethora of gown options available to her, including A-line, sheath, mermaid, empire, and ball gown silhouettes. Though fitting sessions are the only way to tell what works best for you, the following body shape tips are meant to help you sort through the pile.

Hourglass: This shape is, by far and large, considered the ideal of feminine beauty. Ball gowns are perfect for those with smaller waistlines, while form-fitting gowns work just as well and cleverly show off your curves. Choosing a wedding dress like a dropped waist wedding gown, an updated look from the 1920s that's becoming very popular, works well for those with longer torsos and some height to them. Hourglass-shaped women are usually on the bustier side, so you'll want to avoid the harsh straight lines of some strapless gowns; instead, opt for sweetheart necklines or something with a little twist.

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How to Enjoy Your Wedding Reception Your wedding reception will most likely be a whirlwind event that is over before you know it. It will be filled with friends and family as well as food and dancing.  Yes, this is a party to celebrate the ceremony that preceded and it is a time to celebrate you and your new spouse as a couple. 

Making sure you enjoy the reception is critical. Believe it or not, things can get overwhelming and chaotic if you don't plan ahead and know going into your reception what you need to do in order to ensure that you enjoy it. 1. Visit Each Table. If you don't have a receiving line then you and your spouse must have a plan to visit each table.  Typically the easiest time to do this is right after people are done eating.  This will give you the opportunity to thank everyone for coming and make sure that you spoke with everyone.  Take your photographer around with you so that he can get shots of you with your various guests.  There will come a day when you forget who attended your wedding and photos are a great way to keep those memories alive. 2. Family Pictures.  Be sure to get pictures at the reception of all your family members.  Sometimes relatives will get lost in the crowd and your photographer may not know who is related to you.  This is especially critical if you have family members who won't be out on the dance floor.  Photographers tend to drift towards where the action is in order to capture the candid moments of your reception.  If you have family who aren't likely to be in the midst of the action, be sure to let you photographer know ahead of time.

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3. Take a quiet moment. There is a ton of action and traditional events that occur at wedding receptions.  From the bouquet toss to the first dance, the reception will be filled with activity.  Be sure and take a few quiet moments with your new spouse to remember that you are now married and that the party is for the wonderful life you are beginning. Don't let the reception go by and then remember that you haven't even had a moment of piece just to gaze into each others eyes.

4. Eat! Eat! Eat! This maybe one of the most critical items on this list.  It is so important that you eat at your reception.  Yes, you may have a lot of people to say hello to and yes, you may feel that you need to get the party started by being out on the dance floor, but none of that will be truly enjoyed unless you have a full stomach and a clear head.  The stress of the day and the cocktails of the night will catch up to you quickly if you don't take the time to eat.  And let's face it, you have paid good money for the food, so be sure and partake.

5. Gift and Flower Plan. It is really important to have a gift and flower plan prior to the day of your wedding and reception.  Have a designated person or persons who will be responsible for getting all your gifts either back to your house or to wherever you plan to open them.  The flowers also need to be assigned to someone.  These make great decorations for the morning after brunch or select a place that takes flower donations.  Don't leave this decision until the last few minutes of the reception and end the night by scrambling to find someone who has a vehicle large enough, knows where to go and is willing, possibly late at night, to deliver these items for you. K. Marsillo


Tips on avoiding wedding day regrets Half of married Brits would love to 'remake' their wedding and walk down the aisle again if they had the chance - but not all want to relive the joys of their 'big day', a study has found.

Of those who want to give their wedding day a re-run, 46 per cent simply want to do things differently but one in five went as far as to say they have regrets about how things went the first time around. One in seven feel their current financial position means they would be able to have a better crack at their dream wedding now than their actual nuptial ceremony. A confident 18 per cent think they would be a more striking bride or groom now than they were when they originally strode down the aisle. And an honest 16 per cent admitted if they were to do it all over again, they would be meeting someone else at the altar instead of their original partner. The study, commissioned by Mercure, found the venue is the most common aspect of the wedding married Brits would like to change, while 12 per cent would wear a different wedding dress down the aisle. Another one in eight want to do it all over again so their new friends can celebrate with them. Charlotte Hill, wedding planner at Mercure said, “Regardless of time, finances and good will, the pressure and complexity of having the perfect wedding can mean our big day doesn’t go exactly how we’d like. “Be it that they didn’t have a big budget or family dramas got in the way, it’s unsurprising that nearly half of married Brits would like the opportunity to re-do the event knowing what they know now.'' The study also found despite these minor regrets, one in 10 find memories of ‘the best day of their lives’ popping into their heads every few weeks. If they were offered a chance to give their wedding day another go, a quarter would take the celebrations abroad.

Wedding Singer

Alex Jenner is a local vocalist who has been singing professionally for over 10 years. She truly believes that one of the most important components of a wedding is the music - to have a performance that means something special to the couple, that the guests also relate to, can create a life-long memory of your special day.  Alex has performed music of many different genres - she can take on a classical piece, a worship song, something more popular which may be a favourite song of the couple, or even just provide support with the hymns.

Some of Alex's favourite pieces to perform are listed below but she has a downloadable repertoire list on her website. Franz Schubert - Ave Maria

J.S Bach - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

John Rutter - For the Beauty of the Earth Roger Quilter - Love's Philsophy Elton John - Your Song

Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Emily Hackett - Take My Hand John Legend - All of Me

Each and every service is fully personalised. Alex is at home in a large venue or equally a more intimate setting and can sing a cappella or supply piano/organ accompaniment.

She is also available to perform at your afternoon reception, either solo or as part of a group, and can also provide options for evening entertainment (pop/soul/disco) to help you get the party started!

One in five would choose one of their favourite locations in the UK, and 12 per cent would find a hotel to host them. But a third feel they were too young when they got married and were too easily influenced by others about how their wedding day should go. And over half said they would want to be in complete control of proceedings if they were given a second chance at their wedding day. Despite this, 53 per cent enjoyed planning their wedding day, and 46 per cent claimed they didn’t find the experience stressful. It also emerged one in seven of the married Brits polled in the survey, conducted by OnePoll.com, plan to renew their wedding vows in the future. Of these, 59 per cent want to hold the ceremony to celebrate the life they have had together, and 47 per cent think it will remind them why they married their partner in the first place.

Top 10 Things most Brits would change about their Big Day   1. The wedding venue   2. I'd invite all my current friends, as I wish they had been there to celebrate my nuptials   3. The style of the wedding dress   4. I'd keep things simple and classy   5. Try to stress less about how perfect everything had to be   6. The bridesmaid or best man   7. The bride's hairstyle   8. I'd ignore advice from the mother-in-law / my mum   9. I'd hire someone to do my hair and make up 10. Ask for money rather than gifts

Charlotte Hill, Wedding Planner at Mercure shares her top tips to avoid wedding regrets: 1. When choosing suppliers, try and select them on the rapport you build with them from the beginning and not purely on cost – you want your day to be in the hands of someone that you trust. Your wedding coordinator will be your shoulder to cry on, your cheerleader and wedding advisor so it is really important that you gel with them and not just love the venue. 2. Work out what kind of celebration you are after from the get go -, are you after an intimate affair, grand proceedings or just an amazing party? Revert back to this when things become overwhelming with choice and risk blowing the budget or adding to your stress levels 3. Create two lists, a wish list and realistic list of how you would like your day to be, suppliers involved, budget and guest list. From these lists you can quickly determine what is a must and prioritise from there 4. Save, save, save! If you do not have the luxury budget (who does!) prioritise the elements of your day that you know you will look back on and regret not having there 5. Don’t let outside influences change your vision for risk of upsetting them, it’s your day and you can do it your way

Alex Jenner - Soprano Vocalist Available for wedding services Classical/popular repertoire, or your choice of music.

Fully customised service, with or without accompaniment.

Alex covers Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. • Please visit her website, www.alexjenner.co.uk, to listen to samples or contact her on 07816 143 231.

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The Perfect Tina Hayward –What to do, Independent Civil Celebrant

Weddings, Civil Partnerships & Vow Renewal Ceremonies

— Helping you create a service that will celebrate your

marriage/civil partnership at a venue of your choice. It can be equal to a Wedding Ceremony, with bridesmaids and pageboys, Vows and Promises, Exchange of Rings, Declaration of Marriage and Signing a Certificate, or it can be a very simple but meaningful ceremony. For further information or to just have a chat with me – please contact me by phone or email.

01728 747281 or 07807 181602 tina@tinahaywardcelebrant.co.uk www.tinahaywardcelebrant.co.uk

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HE secret to the perfect wedding is planning and the earlier you start, the more smoothly your special day will run, enabling you to create that magical a romantic wedding day that you and your partner can enjoy and that your guests will talk about for years to come – And, for the right reasons!

With so much to do, planning your perfect wedding day can be daunting so we have put together a comprehensive list of everything you should be thinking about and when best to do them to help you plan your special day and to make the run up to your Wedding a stress free, fun affair!   Things to do now Tell friends and family that you are engaged

Set a budget and decide who will be paying for what Open a separate bank account for your Wedding Organise your Wedding insurance

Choose your best man, bridesmaids and ushers

  6 – 12 months before Set the date for your Wedding Day

Decide how many guests you are going to invite

Decide what type of wedding you would like to have

Professional Dry Cleaners

Visit possible wedding venues, both for your wedding ceremony and your reception

Specialists in the cleaning of Wedding Dresses and Evening Wear

Repairs & Alterations Curtains, Duvets & Soft Furnishings Leather & Suede Hand Finish Service Shirt Service • Laundry Service Heirlooming & Preservation Service

01473 279804

Buy you veil and tiara etc

Choose your Bridesmaid’s outfits Book wedding transport

Hire a wedding photographer Talk to your florist

Book your hairdresser

Order wedding stationery

Plan your honeymoon and (if required) book time off work Book band, disco etc for reception

  4 – 6 months before If you have opted for a church wedding – give notice of the marriage to the Superintendent Registrar Choose Groom and Best Man’s outfits Buy wedding shoes

Buy your Wedding rings

Order your Wedding cake

Buy Wedding Day lingerie Organise dress fittings

Write your Wedding present gift list

Reserve any rental equipment – such as marquee etc Bridal Chest

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Choose your wedding dress

Choose Wedding favours Book first night hotel

Reserve accommodation if required for wedding party and any guests


ct Wedding do, and when!   2 – 4 months before Send out your invitations Buy going away outfit

Buy a guest book

Get your order of service printed Arrange stag and hen dos

Schedule wedding rehearsal

Chase up unanswered invitations and draw up a final list

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With you every step of the way The Venue Unique venue set in 120 acres of Suffolk woodland.

Flexible Menu Options Modern, traditional and bespoke menu choices available.

Civil Ceremonies We are licenced to conduct Civil Ceremonies.

On-site Accommodation 19 luxury lodges, some with private hot tubs all in walking distance of the celebration.

The Champion Suite Flexibility to accommodate both large numbers 180 seated and 350 for evening reception as well as intimate gatherings.

Car Parking Car parking space for up to 200 cars, suitable for coaches too.

  1 day before Drop off decorations, table plan, place cards, favours and guest book at your venue Take out cash for any cash payments to be made on the day

Lay out your Wedding out fit and accessories etc and have a last check that you have everything ready for the morning Pack an emergency kit – plasters, mints, safety pins, painkillers, make up, mini hair spray, needle and thread and deodorant

  On the day Make sure you eat breakfast! Enjoy your day!

  After your Wedding Return any hired clothing

Send Wedding cake to anyone that could not make your Wedding Write thank you letters

Order your photographs

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And… Most importantly, enjoy married life!

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KWMCC - A unique Suffolk wedding venue Set in twelve acres of land in a peaceful, attractive and easily accessible location, close to the local church in Kesgrave. KWMCC boasts a unique wedding venue, offering couples complete flexibility and a choice of individual rooms to suit all budgets. Ropes Hall is the most popular room for weddings, with its stunning floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the beautiful garden area. The garden is perfect for guests to gather throughout your celebration or for entertaining the children with activities, whilst the venues conservatory which also has access to the attractive garden, makes a wonderful setting for your arrival drinks reception.

Female guest’s Nightmare

One in four women have arrived at a wedding only to be left mortified after spotting somebody else wearing EXACTLY the same outfit, a study has found. Researchers found every female wedding guest’s worst nightmare actually occurs far more frequently than you may think. According to the study one in five unfortunate women have been left feeling ‘embarrassed’ after coming face-to-face with their fashion doppelganger. It also emerged one in three have been left worrying that the outfit looks better on the other woman than it does on them. Only one in four were able to swallow their pride and console themselves with the thought that the other guest ALSO has a great taste in clothing.

Whether you are looking for a reception venue, the perfect location for a celebrant ceremony or seeking to combine the two, at KWMCC they understand the importance of your wedding day. Your wedding, your way: - Choice of function rooms and flexibility to suit all budgets or exclusive use of the venue - Option of using your own caterers and preferred suppliers - Celebrant Ceremonies welcomed - Fully licensed bar, selling a range of reasonably priced drinks, wine and special drinks can be pre-ordered for your wedding breakfast/reception or arrival drinks. - Attractive enclosed garden area and band stand, perfect for those special wedding photos and suitable for marquees and outdoors catering. - Up to date audio & visual equipment - Indoor stage, suitable for disco or band (Ropes Hall Only) - Fully disabled facilities

accessible, including parking and toilet

- Two large free car parks - Easily accessible by public transport - Access to KWMCC recommended suppliers - An experienced coordinator available to offer advice and ensure your day runs smoothly. Kesgrave Community and Conference Centre can be found at Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave. For more information about this great venue and the facilities on offer please call 01473 612648 or visit www.kwmcc.co.uk

Weddings at The Centre The Venue for all Occasions and Events

THE BENEFITS OF CHOOSING THE CENTRE Choice of function rooms Easy to get to and free parking Licensed bar and flexible catering options Friendly professional staff Attractive, peaceful location

Despite more than half of us splurging on new wedding attire to celebrate the occasion, the research, commissioned by labels-for-less retailed TK Maxx, also revealed just under one in 10 wouldn’t wear the outfit again once they have been involved in a style clash. TK Maxx has worked in partnership with loved stylist Gok Wan to advise on the best way to shop your own style and avoid ‘outfit clash’ happening. Gok Wan said, "Shopping for weddings can be really stressful, and not just for the bride! “Think about it, being on show in front or your closest friends and family members, not wanting to overdo it, under do it, or be unprepared for any eventuality, can send even the most seasoned shopper into a complete spin.” It’s not just wedding where Brits see themselves mirroring others’ outfit choices either, with more than a third experiencing a clash at an event, at work or with a stranger on the street. As a result, 16 per cent of adults advised to steer clear of high street stores to avoid matching outfits with someone else. And one in five suggested shopping somewhere which focuses on unique styles over fashion trends. Gok Wan added, “What I advise is choice. Make you sure you have enough brands and styles to pick from to ensure your style decision is the right one. “Also, with our lives getting so much busier you can now find the perfect outfit online from the comfort of your sofa, or at your office desk (obviously in your lunch break!).” Gok’s Top Tips on how to avoid ‘Outfit Clash’ and stand out from the crowd this wedding season: - Personalise your outfits - accessories make the outfit as much as the clothes themselves, I am a huge fan of an accessory to make an outfit pop

For more information 01473 612648 or visit www.kwmcc.co.uk

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Happy Ever Ufford… Just the beginning The hard part is over – he or she has said yes! So now it’s time for the hard work to kick in and the preparation begin.

Did you know the very first thing a couple look to book once newly engaged is their chosen wedding venue? It’s a fact, and with so many venues now available to choose from, this decision has been made harder. Securing your dream venue can determine so much to the rest of your wedding day, from how many people you can invite, to the style and location setting for

photographs, so it’s no wonder it is the main priority for most couples. At Ufford Park Woodbridge, they believe that there is something on offer for everyone. Now I know what you are thinking, ‘of course they would say that’, however, there are not many venues that include views across 120 acres of historic Suffolk parkland and also have their own hairdressers and beauty therapists onsite to help with your pre-wedding preparation. Ufford Park are able to cater for all budgets for a wedding of just 12 people up to 190 for a wedding

breakfast, with further guests able to be invited to the evening reception. They hold a license to hold civil ceremonies in all of their function rooms. With an onsite award-winning 18-hole golf course and Thermal Suite Spa, Ufford Park is also the perfect place to hold your hen and stag do’s. Hens can enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival whilst a dedicated therapist explains the facilities and treatments they have available – you can even book out the Thermal Suite Spa for exclusive use for your family and friends (minimum of 18 guests). Stags are able to start their day with a bacon bap followed by a warm-up in Suffolk’s only two-tier floodlit driving range, then onto Ufford Park’s awardwinning 18-hole, par 71 golf course. Or, why not stay over in our 90-bedroom hotel and do both of these activities with your family, the day after your big day!

Ufford Park Wedding tips:

- Write lists, lists and more lists; it’s never a bad thing to write things down. - Make sure you both agree on all details, even if it means you have to compromise - When you send out your wedding invites, ask your guests to tell you their two favourite songs to be played on the night, it’s a good way to get people on the dancefloor. - Take time off from the wedding plans and spend time together. - Eat something in the morning, it’s a long day. - Get up and dance, let your hair down. You’ve been 2019 08 Ipswich24 Weddings.qxp_135mm h x and 93mm 07/08/2019 16:16 Page 1 planning this day for ages noww is the time to enjoy all the hard work!

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A Wedding Reception Checklist and Information A wedding reception checklist is an ideal organising tool to ensure everything gets done before your ceremony. With a wedding reception checklist, you can check off everything from wedding reception table decorations to the wedding reception rentals as you accomplish them.

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While a wedding reception schedule does not need to be strictly planned out, having an order of events that flows smoothly will keep your guests sticking around. Besides the time for open dancing, the only break in activities should be between the toast and the cake-cutting, to allow time for eating. After the meal, your wedding reception schedule should move along quickly so the people who have attended your reception can enjoy all of the festivities, including: the cake cutting ceremony, the garter removal, and everything else that is typical of a wedding reception. With your wedding reception checklist, you can organise your wedding reception and equipment. First and foremost, the reception hall is the most important of decision - unless you have made other venue arrangements. Wherever you decide to hold your reception, tables and chairs might be another concern on your list of wedding reception essentials. If you are looking for a more sophisticated touch, you can also get linens and seat covers for added accents and styles. Other wedding reception items include a variety of decorations, such as: a decorative arch, a stage and a backdrop behind the head table. In some cases, you may want to hire table decorations for the reception tables. Since your wedding reception table decorations will be a focal point for the guests at each table, you'll want to have an impressive conversation piece to get people talking. Creative and unique centerpieces can be an expensive addition to your wedding budget, so hiring can be an affordable way to give your reception an added appearance that you spared no expense -- even though you may, in fact, be saving money. Receptions can be fun and exciting, but they can also be a lot of work for the soonto-be-married couple. To help you get organised, a wedding reception checklist can help you feel less overwhelmed by the tasks involved. From discos to table decorations, a wedding reception checklist is a vital tool when planning your reception. With the popularity of wedding websites and wedding planning books, you can find help to accomplish all your important tasks.

With spectacular views over 120 acres of historic parkland, and warm, friendly service, we are perfect for intimate or larger weddings. Located just off the A12 and offering 90 en-suite bedrooms, we are perfect for those family members travelling from afar. Contact our Wedding Team to find out more information. t 01394 383555 ext.302 w www.uffordpark.co.uk Yarmouth Road | Woodbridge | Suffolk | IP12 1QW ix


Picking the best location for your wedding day Your wedding day will likely express the personalities of the wedding couple with every detail taken as a small expression of what makes that couple who they are.

This is also true for the venue that you choose as this is the place where you set the overall tone for your wedding and possibly also have your photos taken. Before committing to a venue read my brief guide of things to consider before cementing a deal. The location of a wedding can make a real difference to your day. A romantic castle, a traditional church, or even on top of Tower Bridge – each venue creates a completely different atmosphere. Before you decide where you’re going to get married, you will need to think of the legal implications: not all venues are licensed to hold a marriage ceremony. In England, Wales and Scotland, marriages and civil partnerships can take place at: a register office; a building that has been approved for civil marriage, such as a stately home or hotel; or a church or any other registered religious building. Unfortunately, you can’t get married outdoors or in temporary structures like marquees. If you would like to find your local register office to have a non-religious ceremony, you can contact your local borough General Register Office. If you’d like to marry in a religious building, however, you will need to speak with the person who would

officiate over your marriage there. They may have certain requirements about how often you worship, or where you live. Perhaps a traditional church or country house is not what you’re looking for. If you would like to have a wedding or civil partnership ceremony in a more unusual location, there are plenty to choose from. The Natural History Museum will open its historic doors for your ceremony to take place under their vaulted ceilings and intricate arches. You’ll even have your dinner in the company of an impressive blue whale skeleton! If you want to take your guests up to dizzy heights, then perhaps London’s Tower Bridge would be a venue to look at. You can enjoy stunning views over London as you say your vows in the Bridge Master’s dining room and then enjoy a glass of champagne forty five meters above the Thames on the bridge’s walkway or in the Victorian Engine Room. After you have taken so much time to find a special venue, you will want to make sure you are financially protected against anything going wrong. In the worst case scenario, your venue might not be able to hold the event because of closure, damage, or any other unforeseen event. Wedding insurance also makes a difference, as it will protect you financially if the venue cannot hold the event. Your insurance policy will usually pay up to the amount stated in your schedule of cover in case your wedding needs to be delayed or cancelled as a result of problems with the venue. Bad weather is also accounted for, as your wedding insurance will usually cover costs incurred if your guests can’t reach the venue due to adverse weather conditions. Josie Anderson

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Do modern men care MORE about weddings than their partners? According to new research, the old cliche of men taking a backseat throughout the wedding process is no longer applicable in modern times.

Two in three married men say they were just as or even more excited than their spouse about their wedding day. Not only that, another two thirds of married men say they’ve been dreaming about their wedding day since they were a kid. The new study of 1,000 married men set to erase the stereotype that men don’t care about weddings and found that weddings mean more to men than previously thought. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Men’s Wearhouse, also revealed the average married man spent 29 hours planning their wedding. And, it wasn’t just in picking out a tuxedo - 58 percent said they had a hand in figuring out the budget for the wedding, with 32 percent saying they took the lead in that arena. x

Six in ten said they had a hand in who was invited to the event, with 27 percent saying they were the chief planner in that regard. Over 40 percent of married men also said they helped in reserving a venue, hiring the photographer, hiring the caterers, and booking the entertainment. That’s not all - over half (53 percent) say they helped out with invitations, and 41 percent even helped out making up the seating chart for the reception. But the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, and it’s no different when it comes to weddings. According to the results, the average married man had five major “panic moments” during the planning process. Picking out a wedding suit or tux was a big deal for a lot of men, as it should be, with 41 percent saying it was their decision alone what to wear on their big day. And it can be an emotional moment, it turns out. Over six in ten (62 percent) say that getting married didn’t actually feel “real” until the moment they put on their wedding tux or suit for the first time. Interestingly,

over half of men (51 percent) say they’ve actually worn their wedding tux or suit to events after their wedding. Interestingly, while a lot of men had a lot to do with the planning of their wedding, there were many who say they felt held back. Over half (53 percent) said they wished they could’ve had a bigger part in planning their wedding, and 38 percent said they regret that their spouse did not let them do some of the things they wanted to at their wedding. The survey also went on to ask men what their dream wedding might consist of and found some rather amusing items. Some are pretty reasonable – some respondents said their dream wedding would include draft beer or having all family be present. On the other hand, some respondents said their dream wedding would include fireworks, expensive/classic cars, or consist of walking down the aisle to the “Imperial March” from Star Wars.


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Where next for weddings? Could Pinterest and DIY weddings eventually replace the humble wedding show? Melissa Neisler Dickinson the Event Manager of The Suffolk Wedding Show gives her point of view,“Since the early days of my very first shows back in 2006, wedding trends have changed considerably. Many couples are now looking for a more rustic and relaxed approach to their wedding day, they browse the web for inspiration and often plan their colours and theme of the day with the likes of Pinterest, YouTube and Facebook. “Couples also like to add meaningful special touches to their day; this often involves them personally making

items or encouraging relatives to lend a hand. This can work well in a lot of cases, saving a substantial amount of money on the services offered by professional wedding suppliers. However, during my time as a wedding planner I have seen this ‘DIY approach’ often leaving the couple feeling deflated and regretting they did not enlist a professional for certain aspects of their day. Therefore, I always believe there will be a place for quality wedding shows if they keep on trend, offer a big sprinkle of inspiration and the attending suppliers offer quality products and services at a reasonable price”

The Next Suffolk Wedding Show at Wherstead Park is on Sunday 6th of October from 10.30am until 3pm, and, will meet all the criteria of a successful show. Suffolk Marquees will be displaying their new Rustic Tipi’s and Jamie Lee Smith Catering will be showcasing something very special to tie in with the rustic/retro on trend look. This event will be bigger and more inspirational than ever before, with free entry, parking, bubbly and wedding magazine for every couple, this is one show not to miss. Melissa Neisler Dickinson looks forward to seeing you there. To claim your free tickets visit www.thesuffolkweddingshow.co.uk Suppliers wishing to exhibit please email info@suffolkevents.co.uk

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Say “I Do” at Sea It is becoming more and more popular for couples to get married abroad, why not tie the knot at sea onboard a luxurious cruise ship? Take your vows in a beautiful venue onboard with a service given by the ship’s Captain, take your wedding ashore to a venue in your favourite port of call or simply renewing your vows. Whichever option you decide to choose, you will have a memorable day with some fantastic photo opportunities highlighting your ceremony.

Many of the cruise lines offer the a variety of wedding packages such as, P&O, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Celebrity, Norwegian Cruise Lines, MSC and more. With a selection of different venues for your ceremony to choose from and restaurants for your Wedding Breakfast/Reception you will have a celebration like no other. From the magical Mediterranean to the sun drenched Caribbean you will have the choice of the world’s most romantic destinations to choose from. As well as Weddings at sea there are also packages available for Vow Renewals, Commitment Ceremonies and Same Sex Marriages available with various cruise lines.

The wedding packages are all tailored to make your big day even more special and unforgettable. Every single detail is taken care of by your onboard ceremony coordinator. To give you an idea of what to expect from a Wedding at sea package Cruise Ready have given a classic example below based on Europe/Mediterranean P&O Cruise with the minimum of seven days duration:

wedding music, two bottles of champagne for a toast after the ceremony, pressing services of the ceremonial outfits, all wedding license fees and an official marriage certificate.

Personal touches like invitations, thank you notes and champagne in your cabin when you arrive onboard are also included. Depending on the size of your wedding party you could also have up to three complimentary cabins and additional on-board spending money for the entire wedding party (this will vary between different cruise lines). The wedding at sea package is priced at £1650. This price can change based on destination and the duration of the cruise. All ceremonies can all be tailored to your requirements for an additional fee. These events would be arranged to take place on a selected Sea Day and a minimum of 90 days’ notice is required to organise the celebration onboard.

Marriage made in heaven A romantic ceremony conducted by the ship’s Captain, the attendance of a professional photographer, an elegant venue with floral arrangements, traditional

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For further Information on planning a Celebration at Sea please contact Cruise Ready on 01394799179 or email team@cruiseready.co.uk

Weddings & Honeymoons Luxury 4★ & 5★ hotel holidays Private transfers included Featuring good quality holidays to a wonderful variety of well-loved and much sought-after holiday destinations. Many of the properties we feature are unashamedly luxurious. All have been hand-picked for a reason: be it a stunning location, superb service, fine dining, sumptuous comfort, exceptional facilities or a combination of them all.

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Woodbridge Country Market, Woodbridge Community Hall, next to Deben Pool, 10am - 11.15am, Local Home Produced Food, Plants, Vegetables and Hand made crafts for sale, Comfortable  tea room to meet your friends, Open to all Free Entry. Ipswich Country Market, Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, 10.15am - 11.30am, Lots of home baked and handcrafted items available as well as Gluten free produces and local honey. Seasonal fruit and vegetables hand-picked the day before.  Free parking and tea and coffee refreshments available, great meeting place for new and old friends.  Coffee and Chat: informal coffee morning with activities, 10am – 12pm, All Saints Church Hall Blenheim Rd., Ipswich

Every Friday

Zumba (60mins) Stone Lodge Community Centre, Hawthorn Drive (behind library), 10am, £5 turn up Yoga, Burness Parish Rooms, Melton, 6-7.30pm Badminton Stowupland High School (IP14 4BQ) nr Stowmarket, 8-10pm, all players with some racket experience welcome. No league involvement, just friendly competitive games. £4 per session. Contact Kevin 01449 615136 Felixstowe Country Market, Trades & Labour Club, High Rd. West, Felixstowe, 10am – 11am, 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. Modern Sequence Dancing with tuition, Sidegate Lane Community Centre, 7pm-8pm Beginners 8pm - 10pm Social Class 01449 711874

Every Saturday

HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. www.hmsgangesmuseum.com The Co-op Waterfront Music School meets at the Co-op Education Centre, Fore St., Ipswich. 9am-12.15pm, Orchestral, Recorder and Jazz Groups All ages and all abilities welcome 01394 273290 for further details Volleyball with Ipswich Ravens, St Alban’s School, Ipswich, 2pm - 4pm, Beginners or experienced, adults (£6) and juniors age 13 upwards (£3), Call or text Steve 07584 636669 Free Volleyball with Ipswich Ravens, 2pm - 4pm in Christchurch Park, Beginners or experienced, adults and juniors age 9 upwards, Call or text Steve 07584 636669

Every Sunday

The Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum open 2-5pm. Behind Parkers Place, off Eagle Way, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3UZ HMS Ganges Museum, Shotley. 1000s of artefacts, open 11am-5pm (from Easter until end of October). Free parking & entry. www.hmsgangesmuseum.com Parham Airfield Museum open from 11am-5pm, free admission and parking, WW2 artefacts, unique museum about Britain’s secret resistance army with replica, underground bunker, kids ink stamp trails, tea room and picnic area IP13 9AF www.parhamairfieldmuseum. co.uk NWIBLT Garden Club, 10am-12 Noon at Castle Hill Allotments. Everyone welcome. For info call Tracey on 07739 516384 Frog Squad Sunday Kids Club, Salvation Army Bramford Rd., 11.30am to 12.15pm, all children from 3 to 12 very welcome for stories singing and games Kid’s Club Craft Activities, Woodbridge Library, 10.30am-12 noon.

Sun 1st Sept

Bentwaters Cold War Museum Open Day, 10-4pm, Adult £5; U14s Free, Conc £4. Building 134, Bentwaters Parks, Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2TW. Further information for the museum can be found at www.bcwm.org.uk RSPCA Open Day & Fun Dog Show, 11.30-3pm. Adults £1, children 50p. Martlesham Animal Centre

Tues 3rd Sept

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

Sat 7th Sept

The Skittles, Kesgrave Social Club, doors 7pm

Sun 8th Sept

Copdock Medals & Militaria Fair, Copdock Community Hall, Old London Rd., Copdock IP8 3JD. 9.30am-2pm, Admission £3, U16s Free. www.copdockmilitariafair.co.uk Low Collective German Car Show, Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Rd., Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Tues 10th Sept

Coffee, Crafts and Conversation. Come and find out what Lynne and Teresa have for you this month. No experience required, just a have-a-go attitude! Card making, felting or knitting  ”twiddle muffs” for those living with dementia. Or bring your own projects (knitting/crochet/cross stitch/paper crafts/watercolours etc). Can you help? Do you have a craft expertise that you’d like to share? Refreshments available and plenty of chat. A great way to spend a morning in good company. At 10.30am The Oddfellows Hall, 37 High St., Ipswich IP1 3QH. Ring 01473 251867 for more details. All welcome. Small charge for materials and refreshments

Wed 11th Sept

Talk: Motoring Heritage Structures, Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Soc at Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Rd, Ipswich 7.30-9.30pm.

Sat 14th-Sun 15th Sept

Heritage Open Weekend. Visit the Oddfellows Hal (37 High St., Ipswich) and view a display of historical archives about the way in which the Society laid the foundations of National Insurance and the Welfare. Open both days 10-4. Refreshments available. Phone 01473 251867 for more information.

Sat 14th Sept

Suffolk Family History Society Annual Fair at The University of Suffolk venue on Ipswich Waterfront Live Music: Steve Forward, from 9pm, Royal British Legion, Hadleigh Live Music: Darren Busby, Kesgrave Social Club, doors 7pm

Sun 15th Sept

Bentwaters Cold War Museum Open Day, 10-4pm, Adult £5; U14s Free, Conc £4. Building 134, Bentwaters Parks, Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2TW. Further information for the museum can be found at www.bcwm.org.uk Stonham Countryside Show 2019. Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Rd., Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

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Mon 16th Sept

Talk: RAF Bentwaters & Woodbridge Bases 1943 – 1993, plus the Bentwaters Cold War Museum. Organised by Ipswich Transport Soc. At Greenfinch Church Hall, Greenfinch Ave., Ipswich 7.30-9.30pm. Entrance £2. Further info 01473 405116

Wed 18th Sept

Stowmarket U3A, Open Session at 2.45-4.15pm in the United Reformed Church, Ipswich St Stowmarket. Do you fancy learning a new skill, having a new interest or introducing your own interest to others, this could be your chance. Free refreshments will be available. www.u3astowmarket.org.uk

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd Sept

Swedefest Truck Show 2019. Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Rd., Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

Sat 21st Sept

Live Music: Coast from 9pm, Royal British Legion, Hadleigh Live Music: Shoot the Drummer, Kesgrave Social Club, doors 7pm

Sun 22nd Sept

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

Tues 24th Sept

MacMillan Coffee Morning and Open Morning, Suffolk Orthodontics, 182 Bell Lane, Kesgrave, Ipswich from 9am-12.30pm. Enjoy cake and a drink while raising money for Macmillan. Plus your chance to find out more about Orthodontic treatments with Lucy and Jilly.

Wed 25th Sept

The Ipswich & District Transport Society, AGM, followed by The Shotley Pier Preservation Society illustrated by Sally Chicken. The Salvation Army Ipswich Citade,l 558 Woodbridge Rd, Ipswich at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £3.50, members £1.50. Entrance via rear door. Ipswich East Rotary Club Concert, Copleston High School, Copleston Road, Ipswich. Free Concert 7-9.30pm. Sit back and enjoy being entertained by the over 50’s Big Brass Band and comedian—Richard Whymark. Contact Tracey Evans 01473 298683 or email fundraising@ageuksuffolk.org

Thurs 26th Sept

The Story of East Anglian Almshouses, 7.15pm The Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore St, Ipswich. £2 for Society members, £2.50 for non- members - Tickets available on the door. Organised by Ipswich Branch of Suffolk Family History Society.

Sun 29th Sept

American Car Show. Stonham Barns Leisure and Shopping Village, Pettaugh Rd., Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT. For more information go to www.stonhambarns.co.uk or call 01449 711111

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One in five have taken ‘significant risks’ by failing to check if public Wi-Fi connections are legitimate - instead using hotspots which are free, seem to be credible and offer fast speeds. Worryingly, users could be connecting to ‘fake Wi-Fi’ hotspots which can appear to be reputable but allow cybercriminals to eavesdrop on users and steal usernames, passwords and bank details. These Wi-Fi connections, which often have innocuous sounding names such as ‘airport Wi-Fi’ or ‘hotel Wi-Fi’, can also redirect victims to malicious malware sites and phishing sites.

Commissioned by cybersecurity company, BullGuard [www.bullguard.com], the research of 2,000 adults found seven in 10 have used free public Wi-Fi. And of those who have done so, more than a third have entered passwords, a fifth have used credit cards and 31 per cent have accessed online banking – all data hackers are after. Paul Lipman, CEO at BullGuard, said, “Consumers are choosing convenience over safety when using public Wi-Fi. Hackers can easily set up malicious hotspots which appear to be legitimate and yet can intercept and record people’s personal data. This allows them to steal usernames, passwords, credit card details, bank account information and more.” The research also found two thirds of public Wi-Fi users have set up their devices to automatically connect to the nearest hotspot – putting their personal details on the line. Paul Lipman added, “If your device is set up this way, and if you're not paying attention when you first choose a hotspot, even once, and you accidentally choose something malicious, your device will automatically select it every time it is within range.” Further to this, four in 10 users habitually connect to hotspots with a name reflecting the location they are in such as ‘library Wi-Fi’ or ‘restaurant Wi-Fi’ – again this could be a risky move. But despite taking gambles like these when using public Wi-Fi, the BullGuard study carried out through OnePoll found 62 per cent are ‘afraid’ their devices will be hacked. The biggest worries are theft of bank details (68 per cent) and passwords (56 per cent) – followed by personal emails being accessed (27 per cent). Paul Lipman said, “The findings show that respondents do not feel safe online, yet they are ignoring their fears and are using hotspots without checking they are safe.” The research also identified confusion around staying safe when using public Wi-Fi - almost half are mistakenly under the impression antivirus software will protect their data. — continues opposite —

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Paul Lipman added, “Although essential for detecting and removing malware from your device, antivirus offers no protection at all from having your data intercepted by a malicious hotspot. But a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an effective way of keeping you safe online when using public Wi-Fi. “It creates a secure connection tunnel between your device and the websites and services you are accessing to keep you safe whether you’re using a smartphone or laptop on public Wi-Fi in a café, or if you want to check online banking accounts from an airport or hotel.” Amid this, six in 10 admitted they don’t use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) when connecting to hotspots and 57 per cent believe they are ‘too complicated’ to use.

TOP ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT WHILST ON PUBLIC WI-FI:

1. Logging into a personal email account (42 per cent) 2. Using Social Media or any other account with auto login (36 per cent) 3. Logging into any account requiring a password (31 per cent) 4. Filling in forms with personal details - e.g. name, address, date of birth, telephone number (18 per cent) 5. Online banking (17 per cent)

MOST POPULAR PLACES TO USE PUBLIC WI-FI: 1. Hotels (53 per cent) 2. Coffee shops/restaurants (51 per cent) 3. Airports (48 per cent) 4. Public transport (37 per cent) 5. Retail shops (31 per cent)

STAYING SAFE ON PUBLIC WI-FI NETWORKS: TERMS OF SERVICE

The majority of genuine public networks will ask the user to agree to their terms of service before linking up. Instead, if you gain immediate access to unrestricted browsing tread carefully - it could be a rogue access point.

BEWARE OF ‘FREE’

Fake public Wi-Fi hotspots typically copy public domain names and add the word ‘free’ as a hook to lure users. For example, if you’re in a coffee shop, you might see two Wi-Fi options - one called 'Coffee Shop Wi-Fi ' and the other called 'Free Coffee Shop Wi-Fi '. One of these could be a malicious network and it’s likely to be the free one if you’re not sure ask an employee.

WRONG PASSWORDS

If you purposely enter a wrong password to a password protected hotspot and you don’t get an error message the access point is likely fake. Fake hotspots will commonly let anyone access them regardless of the password entered.

SLOW NETWORK CONNECTIONS

Look out for very slow network connections. This could be a sign the hacker is using mobile internet to connect you to the web using the fake hotspot.

SECURE WEBSITES

Pay attention to the address bar of the websites you visit. If for instance a banking website shows HTTP instead of HTTPS - your connection is unsafe. HTTPS with a padlock symbol means data is encrypted. HTTP connections without a padlock are unsafe. USE VPNS Always use a VPN such as BullGuard VPN on your tablet, phone or laptop. The VPN tunnel stops people from seeing what you are doing and VPN encryption scrambles your data rendering it useless to hackers.

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WHAT IF YOU CONNECT TO A POTENTIAL FAKE HOTSPOT If you suspect you have connected to a compromised hotspot, follow these steps: • Disconnect as quickly as possible. • Clear your list of saved Wi-Fi connections to avoid connecting to the same one in the future. • Clear your browser cache. • Run antivirus and malware checks. • Change the password to any site you logged in to, and any other websites that use the same login information. • Call your bank and cancel any bank cards if you used them over the connection.

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Growing Together: Let's get social Simply pottering around your plot, nurturing plants and being lost in the moment can be very relaxing, providing time for mindful contemplation. But gardening doesn’t have to be a lonely or solitary affair, with great benefit derived from bringing people together to talk gardening, sharing their gardening experiences and the crops and flowers they grow. Togetherness has great value for our mental wellbeing, relieving boredom and providing opportunities to interact with others. Joining a gardening club and enjoying talks and events at your local garden centre bring like-minded gardeners together. They’re a place to share gardening ideas and experiences as well as learn valuable skills and discover exciting new plants. More community gardens are popping-up around the country too, providing opportunities for people to garden together and share produce, improving their levels of activity, physical, mental and social health. For many this leads to improving diet and consumption of fruit and vegetables, helping with weight loss, decreasing stress, raising mood and levels of energy, plus benefits for integration and independence, local communities and the economy. With so much to gain it’s no wonder health professionals recommend gardening for therapy and rehabilitation, with measurable reductions to local healthcare resources and budgets as a result. Many groups also run shows that bring people together to celebrate growing and creative achievements. They may run outings to beautiful gardens and events where you can enjoy a day out in great company, making new gardening friends. Interacting with others has valuable social and community value, combatting loneliness, and improving health and wellbeing. Plants provide a great opportunity to engage with others to share your love

of gardening. Many gardening adventures have started with a single plant, sparking a journey of discovery and lifelong passion for gardening. And there’s nothing better than learning about new plants from someone who has grown them, sharing their hands-on knowledge to give you confidence to nurture them to. Flourishing plants create lasting friendships, plus an outlet for creativity and expression. And when ‘grow your own’ endeavours result in bumper harvests why not share these with friends, neighbours or charitable groups in your area, along with your favourite recipe ideas for them to try. Whether you’re swapping seeds, seedlings and spare plants, passing on problem solving advice, growing and gardening with others, or gifting beautiful plants to friends, by sharing our love of gardening we’ll all be growing together.

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New season for Flower Club

The Deben Flower Club’s New Season starts on Tuesday 10th September 2019 with a demonstration by Adele Kent from Norwich in Norfolk. Adele’s title is “Top Hat and Tales”. The Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in Kirton Church Hall, Church Lane, Kirton. Visitors £5, or should you wish to become a member the annual subscription is £35, which can be paid in two payments. You will always be assured of a warm welcome and time to chat and make new friends over a cup of coffee or tea after the demonstration. Deben Flower Club are holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 12th October in Kirton Church Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm. Once again this will be a light-hearted fun evening and will include a Ploughman’s Supper. Why not join in the fun and bring along a team of six. If you do not have six people for your team you may be asked to share a table with other club members. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and are £8 each including supper. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. For further info please Tel. 01394 411422 or email wa@sandlings.co.uk

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Ipswich-based charity ActivLives is holding an autumn plant sale at Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Ipswich on Thursday 12th September 2019 from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

accidents One in six Britons who undertake DIY projects in the home have injured themselves in the process, recent research has revealed with accidents in the home costing the NHS over £200 million. As many homeowners follow in the footsteps of super cleaners such as Mrs Hinch and Marie Kondo, leading ladder manufacturer WernerCo is urging people to stay safe to minimise those trips to A&E.  One of the leading cause of accidents in the UK are falls from ladders, which saw 6,372 admissions to NHS hospitals between 2017/18. Paul Bruton, Product Development Director of WernerCo UK, said, “More and more people want to spruce up their homes whether it’s a deep clean, DIY jobs or essential maintenance. However, the risks they take to do so are quite alarming. “From balancing on chairs when using power tools to perching on windowsills to get to hard to reach places, it’s hardly surprising that A&E departments are run off their feet. We are urging people not to put themselves in danger in their enthusiasm to become a DIY expert.” Here are some simple tips to keep you safe while DIYing: • Use the right tools for the job, and get a helper on board - If you are working on a tree out in the garden, you'll need a large stepladder or podium ladder for stability. When carrying out work on guttering or window frames on the outside of the house, an extension ladder is advised. Alternatively, when working around electricity a fibreglass ladder is the perfect solution as they are non-conductive.  • Lock down the ladder – Before climbing, make certain the safety catches are firmly locked in place. • Eyes forward – Position the ladder so that you are facing it as you work, not away from it. Otherwise consider using a podium ladder that allows for a 360-degree work zone. 

There will be a selection of bee and butterfly friendly perennial plants on offer, with a chance to look around this lovely walled site. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available at Nursery Cottage – so join ActivLives for a cuppa and chat to find out more about what they do. ActivLives offer placements and volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, please contact Development Manager Susannah Robirosa 07530 407302 or email susannah@activlives. org.uk. Current projects are: - Grow Your Skills – building confidence and skills in young people transitioning from school/ college into work - Carry On Gardening! – gardening activities for older people, including sessions for people living in residential care homes. If you would like to book a bespoke visit or activity session, please contact Project Co-ordinator Lesley Hartley via ActivLives office 01473 345350 lesley@activlives.org.uk • For details of location and to find out more about our projects, please visit: www.activlives.org.uk/activgardens

• Keep your distance – Don’t climb any higher than what’s stated on the safety instructions on the ladder. • Door safety– If the ladder needs to be positioned close to a door, make sure it can’t swing open and collide with the ladder. Always advise anyone inside that you’re directly outside the door. • Adapt to your surface – Indoors or outdoors, if the floor surface is slick, place a rubber mat or attach rubber grips to the ladder legs to increase its stability. If it is a leaning ladder, ensure you have someone footing it for you. • Bare your sole – Check that the soles of your shoes are clean – water, mud or grease can cause accidents. Paul added, “DIY tasks obviously come with a number of risks, and falling is only one factor to consider. It’s important that people are taking every precaution possible to minimise the risk of injury when sprucing up their home and garden after the winter months.” www.wernerco.com/eu

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A touch of coastal decor With summer a distant memory, sunny beaches and blue skies were a fixture of our days - so it’s a perfect time to start thinking about how to bring that happy, calming energy into the home year-round. Coastal decor has come a long way from seashell frames and lamps. Instead, a modern coastal interior is often more subtle and versatile, updating

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such as dried seagrass also gives your room an organic feel - and sometimes, a bit of drama too. “There are many ways to do this: wooden chairs or a wicker pendant can immediately add a tropical feel to the dining room, while opting for linen in a sofa, or a bed, creates a naturally warm, welcoming mood. The important thing is to make it feel natural, so if you’re worried about overdoing it, it’s best to start small and add decor and pieces that can be moved around.”

2. Experiment with deeper shades of blue

Blue and white have always been classic choices for beach decor, pairing beautifully to boot. Traditionally, the shades of choice have tended to be lighter blues like turquoise and aquamarine, but for a 2019 update, go for darker tones, like deep indigo and navy. “We’re really moving away from the brighter, pastel tones of past seasons, and looking for inspiration from the ocean,” Rebecca advises. “Richer shades of blue with deeper undertones are a modern take on this look, creating a calm, contemporary space, especially when matched with creamy white tones. “Layering is key here, so use different shades of white to create a luxurious, welcoming base, and then add pops of blue with pillows, throws, or a statement wall. For example, a half painted wall that has sailor blue contrasted against crisp white has an understated naval vibe, and also creates a sense of airiness and height in the room - a bonus when working with space constraints.”

3. Play with updated prints: think stripes and shibori!

With a simple colour scheme, injecting classic prints (with an updated twist) can immediately evoke summer - particularly a summer by the beach. “Let’s start with stripes: they’re a classic for a reason, and will easily fit into a contemporary beach-inspired home, especially in navy and white,” Rebecca says. “Incorporating this print in different rooms can create cohesion, and brings the theme together without being overwhelming. For instance, you can have striped cushions in the living room, and a rug in the dining room, creating a subtle tie-in. “Another print associated with summer is tie dye. But we’re not talking about 60s psychedelia - instead it’s all about the subtler charms of shibori, an ancient Japanese dyeing technique. Shibori’s distinctive indigo patterns have the carefree look and feel of tie dye, but with a contemporary, chic twist - try using it for a playful print in the living room, or as fun, elegant dining napkins and placemats.”


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Household appliance manufacturers Fight Back Against Plastic Pollution n Plastic pollution is one of the biggest concerns these days as the fight to be more environmentally friendly kicks up a gear. The banning of plastic straws recently made headlines but plastic is used for much more than just straws. It seems everywhere you turn plastic is being used in some capacity in one variation or another. Household appliances are no different you can see plastic being used in the packaging of all kinds of products however things are starting to change. Appliance manufacturers across the world are joining the fight to be more eco-friendly and reduce plastic pollution. According to research from Repair Aid, a number of household manufacturers have recently introduced big changes that cut down on plastic significantly. Not every manufacturer has introduced such changes but many have been quick to act. This is good news for the environment and could be taken as a sign that more household appliance manufacturers will be taking an eco-friendly stance towards staying green.

Reducing Plastic Waste

Samsung is one of the world’s leading household appliance manufactures but it has already started planning to reduce its levels of plastic waste. In January 2019 they announced they would be replacing traditional plastic packaging with environmentally sustainable materials. Environmentally sustainable materials can take many forms but it is often paper and recycled bio-

plastics when it comes to packaging. But Samsung has also changed the designs of some products to help reduce the need for plastics as well. For example, their phone chargers no long glossy exterior meaning there is no need for plastic protection films. Gyeong-bin Jeon, the head of Samsung’s Global Customer Satisfaction Centre stated, “We are committed to recycling resources and minimizing pollution coming from our products”  He added, “We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost.” It’s certainly great to see a leading manufacture like Samsung take such a stance against plastic waste but other manufacturers have been making changes as well.  The popular appliance manufacture Bosch have strongly been promoting their range of eco-friendly green technology appliances. They state that many of their home appliances are amongst the most efficient and eco-friendly but they have also implemented a greener delivery service as well.  This doesn’t just relate to their packaging materials either although Bosch does proudly state that 92% of their production waste is recycled. They also ensure they maximise their transportation potential to help cut CO2 emissions. Bosch is a great example of how manufacturers can

look beyond the obverse to help reduce waste and be greener. Fisher & Paykel is another manufacturer who are placing a stronger emphasis on staying green by focusing on sustainability. Many of their appliances have been notable for reducing energy consumption and their range of refrigerators is particularly laudable for this.  They also gave dedicated recycling programs and use the most ecofriendly materials possible in their manufacturing. Fisher & Paykel are also notable for being an officially registered recycling centre as well. In the fight to reduce plastic waste, it’s no surprise to see that a stronger emphasis is being placed on recycling materials.  The AO group a domestic appliance and consumer electronics supplier in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands also as recently announced plans for a new recycling facility. Under the name AO Recycling the facility which is planned to be built in Telford, England should be able to process more than 700 hundred thousand fridges per year. 

The battle to combat plastic pollution is really just beginning but it is good to see so many household appliance manufacturers already combatting the problem. There is certainly a need for change and many manufacturers are embracing it.

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Learning to believe in You Modern life sees us surrounded by beauty – Instagram filters, Love Island bombshells and picture-perfect celebrities. The result? Our confidence can be knocked. Whether it is body confidence, confidence in our ability or the confidence to be ourselves each and every one of us faces their own struggle. But there is good news! There are some simple daily activities you can do to help you feel good. Wendy Smith, neuro trainer, sports coach

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5 daily activities to boost your confidence 1. Get up and show up

Stop hitting the snooze button! Get up and decide how you want your day to play out. From the moment you open your eyes choose which thoughts are going to run your day. You have around 60,000 thoughts a day influencing your emotions and behaviours. Spend a few minutes jotting down your beliefs about yourself

each morning then decide if they are really true. Whatever you think, you are never wrong so if you want to feel confident you should think confident.

2. Choose your colours wisely Wear something you love! Clothes and colours have the power to make us feel confident. Have you got that particular outfit that makes you feel on top form? If not, find a colour specialist who can look at your skin tone and wardrobe and help you find the colours that make you feel great. Colours are powerful, they can drain the life out of us or empower us.

3. Take a long hard look in the mirror

4. Commute the right way

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Tricks Brits are using to hide their grey hairs Getting your hair cut short, going outside in the dark and wearing a wig are among the ways Brits are hiding their grey hairs, it has emerged. Plucking out the pesky discoloured hairs as they come through and wearing clothes which distract from your head are also among the tactics adults are using to cover up hairs which may make them appear older than they are. Others use mascara on greys to hide them and a handful even shave their hair off entirely, the study found. It also emerged adults find their first grey strand at the age of 37 but nearly one in five find one before they hit their mid-twenties. The study of 2,000 Brits, commissioned by Pantene, also found four in 10 women dye their hair to cover greys compared to just seven per cent of men. Women are far more likely to feel shocked or upset when they discovered their first strand of grey hair. The study also found four in 10 of those surveyed said they cover their greys to feel more confident and a third reckon grey hairs make them look ‘frumpy’. A spokesman for haircare brand Pantene said, “It’s completely normal to feel a bit surprised by finding your first grey hair – although it’s something almost everyone will experience at some point in

their life. Historically, greys have been seen as a sign of ageing and can be perceived negatively but we believe grey hair should be celebrated. “Despite stereotypical attitudes towards grey hair, our study found people are more receptive to going grey than ever before, so it’s important those who make this choice feel confident and empowered to do so.” More than half the nation said they will be “going grey gracefully”, and a fifth of those with grey hair have received a compliment about their style. As a result, adults across the country are letting their natural colours finally come through around the age of 44. But Brits reckon it’s only ‘acceptable’ for women to go grey in their mid-fifties whereas the same is said for men in their mid-forties. Yet after accepting their greys, women are more likely to feel empowered, confident and even proud compared to men who, quite simply, feel natural and happy. Nearly half of those polled via OnePoll said they find grey hair attractive, and a quarter agreed grey hair can act as a style statement, rather than a sign of age.

The same study found George Clooney to be top of the list of grey-hair icons, closely followed by the much-loved Phillip Schofield and actress Dame Judie Dench. Nearly a fifth said seeing grey-haired celebrities such as models or actors in the public eye helps to build their own confidence around going grey. And a third agreed grey hair should be embraced and allowed to come through in all its natural beauty. But just eight per cent of those with grey hair use special haircare for their colour, with three in 10 of unaware it was needed in the first place. A spokesman for Pantene added, “We believe that all hair is beautiful, no matter how you choose to wear it and we’re on a mission to help women and men celebrate grey hair. That’s why we’ve developed Pantene Hair Biology Grey and Glowing, including a purple shampoo, to provide superior care specifically designed for grey hair. “We’ve seen first-hand that when your hair transforms, you do too – that’s the power of great hair.”

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Post Holiday recovery It takes at least three days to ‘get back to normal’ after a holiday, a study has found. Research revealed those who take a week off to jet to sunnier climes and relax by the pool take around 72 hours to get back into the swings of things once again. And that time increases to four days for a two-week break.

The study also found it takes two nights for our sleeping pattern to get back to normal while battling jet lag and getting over late nights and long lie-ins on holiday. The research was commissioned by vitamin and supplement company Healthspan, on whose behalf psychologist Dr Meg Arroll, said, “Taking time to unwind and relax is vital for overall physical and mental health, but many people may struggle pre and post-holiday. This survey has shown over half of Brits found it difficult to get back to their routines after a break away. So, although holidays can be great at making us forget about the toils of day-today life, many of us find it hard to readjust when they’re over. Travel worry is a big anxiety for many people with nearly half of people worrying about their arrangements before they go. Dr Meg Arroll added, “People with chronic conditions such as IBS may find the thought of travelling overwhelming, which is why it’s important to tackle anxious thought patterns well before the travel date.” The study of 2,000 adults who holiday abroad found six in 10 believe getting used to the morning routine is the hardest part of re-joining everyday life after a trip away. And a third believe it’s too difficult to get used to the UK’s changeable weather after enjoying sunnier climates abroad. Four in 10 also admitted feeling anxious about going back to work after a holiday, with a quarter taking extra days of annual leave to ease themselves back into life. More than half of holidaymakers also say they ‘completely dread’ coming back from holiday, as it means they’ll have to catch up on household chores and laundry. In fact, millions of anxiety-riddled Brits even confess to feeling the strain BEFORE they’ve gone away. Another 60 per cent believe it’s because they’ve got so much to do to get everything ready before the trip. And a further 34 per cent stress about having enough money to pay for everything they’ll need on holiday. One in three respondents, polled via OnePoll, even said they sometimes feel it’s not worth going on holiday because it’s so stressful before they head off, or after they get back and try to settle into their day-to-day lives once again. It also emerged while one third reckon they sleep better on holiday, one in five believe their sleep is worse when they are away from home. While 43 per cent have a bedtime routine at home, for many this goes out of the window on holiday with just 13 per cent sticking to a night-time schedule on a break.

maintain a comfortable temperature. Nearly one in ten even bring their own pillow to make sleeping just as comfy as it is at home. Rob Hobson, Healthspan head of nutrition and author of a new book, ‘The Art of Sleeping’ published by HQ, due out on November 14th said, “Sleep is all about routine and creating your own ritual is essential for a good night’s rest and applying this when travelling is a good way to keep your sleep on track. “Our results found issues with sleep were one of the biggest drivers of struggling to re-adjust to everyday life.”

Heading towards Autumn with Martin Wilks, C.Psychol.

Hello everyone, I hope we've all had a good summer - with minds already inclining towards the Autumn! Being well in Suffolk, BWIS, took a month off in August from our customary 2nd Thursday of the month “Life Lounge” event. (Well, we all need our holidays). The July event on the theme of “Radical Self-care” was both well attended and well received; our next event, Thursday Sept 12th on the theme: “The power of spontaneity” will be well worth a visit! Who knows what that will entail?

being professional, a practitioner psychologist and mindfulness teacher. I’ve been teaching in this way since 2006. Times change and I’m experimenting with changing accordingly. In coming months I’ll share more about the new online course - but for now, by the time you read this article there will barely be time for Ipswich24 readers to take advantage of the early bird reduced fee.

And during July four of us BWIS directors spoke on the Georgy Jamieson Radio Suffolk Monday evening show - my slot explored eco-anxiety and eco-psychotherapy.

So - as a thank you gesture to my regular readers I’m creating a reduced fee code. You can book on the course from www.bwis. online/mindfulness - navigate to the booking page and add the code IPS24 to book the eight week course at the early-bird rate after it expires.

May I draw your attention to the little advertisement below? - time marches on and the autumn mindfulness courses are imminent. I will shortly be experimenting with putting these courses online; these September courses will be the last chance for a while to participate, in person, on the classic eight week course - delivered by a senior mental health and well-

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Another 22 per cent also have an afternoon nap while on holiday – something most struggle to fit in when they are at work. It also emerged while on holiday, 13 per cent of Brits wear an eye mask to help them sleep, and a quarter will ensure their room has air conditioning to

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Excessive computer use linked to poor oral health in teenagers n Three hours of computer use each day is enough to put teenagers at risk of poor oral health says a new study* revealed by the Ipswich dentists at Harbour Dental Care on Vital daily brushing routine the High Street. •

Brushing for two minutes last thing at night and at one other time during the day with fluoride toothpaste is key to maintaining good oral health.

Researchers found those who spent longer on a computer were less likely to brush their teeth, floss and visit the dentist. The results are particularly worrying for boys, where twice-daily brushing dropped below 50% for those with excessive computer use.

Daily brushing is important because it removes plaque. If plaque isn’t removed, it continues to build up, feeding on the bits of food left behind and causing tooth decay and gum disease.

Cleaning in between our teeth, using interdental brushes, dental floss, water or air flossers, loosens bacteria and food debris.

Further findings discovered that youngsters with excessive computer use are up to 25% more likely to suffer from bleeding gums, and almost twice as likely to be absent from school because of dental pain.

The amount and frequency of fizzy drinks, juices with added sugar and snacking all increased for those with more than three hours of computer time a day. These adolescents were also more likely to skip breakfast and eat less fruit and vegetables.

An examination of more than 1,500 18-yearolds showed those who spend more time on computers (e.g., for internet and computer games) are significantly more likely to neglect their oral health. In England, nearly a half (46%) of 15-year-olds and a third (34%) of 12-year-olds have obvious signs of tooth decay.

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Further findings from the study revealed the longer teenagers spend on a computer, the more sugar they consume.

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n Rushmere Community Runners (RCR) is fast becoming the place to be for runners of all abilities. This friendly social group is seeing its membership grow every week with more and more people starting their running journey or joining in with the Club’s social runs. With a mix of group runs and activities RCR really does have something to suit all abilities. From their brand new beginners course ‘One2Run5k’ through to those who are already experienced runners competing in events, there is always somebody on hand to help and offer encouragement. With England Athletics qualified Run Leaders at every session, RCR offers the perfect environment for safe group running, that is also fun and enjoyable for all. RCR meet twice a week at Ipswich School Sports Centre, The Street, Rushmere at 6.30pm. All runners come together on a Tuesday for group activities, regardless of ability and fitness levels. These sessions offer a rotating programme that is aimed at improving running techniques, including intervals, hills, sprints and physical activity, all designed increase fitness levels and running goals. Led by RCR Leaders in Running Fitness, these sessions are suitable for all, as participants work at their own levels. Thursday evenings are when RCR’s group running takes place. Runners split into different paced groups and, led by a qualified Run Leader, head out onto the roads or trails for an enjoyable social run. These group runs enable runners to enjoy their sport with likeminded

people in the safety of the group. Nobody is ever left behind as groups stay together. The group routes are published beforehand so members can pick and choose which group they wish to run with each week, in this nopressure environment.

Sessions at RCR are bookable at www.rushmerecommunityrunners.co.uk where you can register and book your attendance. You will also find a full description of all of the activities available and more information about this community running group there too.

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“I applied for the outreach programme for the Great East Run but they turned me down as I had run a few parkruns several years ago. I classed myself as a non-runner but they didn’t so I decided to join RCR instead. I needed some motivation as I have entered the Great South Run with my husband, sister-in -aw and brother-in-law in October. “I wanted to do something for me so started going to the Tuesday sessions at RCR as part of my training. I have to say I love these and they have helped my fitness no end. I know a few people there but often just turn up on my own. I always feel welcome and am greeted with a friendly face. “I purchased my RCR Club (purple) Top and it has been great whilst doing park runs! I talk to fellow ‘purple tops’ and have had several shout outs of ‘come on RCR!’ on my way round. I have taken 10 minutes off my park run PB in the space of three to four months and feel that is down to the encouragement and general well-being I feel from being part of RCR.”

A brand new beginners running course, ‘One2Run5K’ is coming to Rushmere Community Runners this September. This new, comprehensive and specialised programme will take place over 13 weeks and will look at all aspects of running including the importance of: warm ups, cool downs and stretches as well as form, technique and breathing. This brand new ‘One2Run5k’ course is only available through Rushmere Community Runners and will be based at Ipswich School Sports Centre. The course will start on Tuesday 3rd September 2019, at 6.30pm and costs just £15. Places are available to book now via the RCR website at www.rushmerecommunityrunners.co.uk/one2run5k

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Screen-time maybe to be blame for increase in children's sight problems The number of 13 to 16-yearolds needing glasses has almost DOUBLED over the past seven years – and ‘too much’ screen time could be to blame, according to experts. Twenty per cent of young teens required glasses in 2012, but this increased to 35 per cent in 2018 – despite eye test numbers remaining the same. And two thirds of those in need of glasses were diagnosed as being myopic - short-sighted. Eye experts from Scrivens Opticians, which released the data, have warned too much time looking at screens can lead to eye strain. This could cause blurred vision and difficulties in making out objects or words in the distance - such as text on a whiteboard. A study also commissioned by Scrivens Opticians found 13 to 16-year-olds typically spend 26 hours a week looking at mobiles, watching TV and playing video games. As a result, optometrists from the leading opticians are calling for more research into the

COMMON SIGNS OF POSSIBLE EYE SIGHT PROBLEMS – AND THE NUMBER OF PARENTS WHO HAVE NOTICED THE SYMPTOMS IN THEIR CHILDREN: • Headaches – 16 per cent • Dry eyes – 15 per cent • Sitting close to the television – 11 per cent • Squinting – 10 per cent • Tilting head or covering one eye – eight per cent • Rubbing their eyes excessively – seven per cent • Holding books close to their face when reading – six per cent • Difficulty concentrating on school work – five per cent • Complaining of eye pain – three per cent possible long-term impact of screen time on eye health. Sheena Mangat, Scrivens optometrist, said, “Children’s eyes continue to grow until early adulthood, and their vision is changing too. Because conditions such as short or long sightedness can happen gradually over time, neither children nor parents can ‘see the signs’, which is why regular eye checks are so important. “There is more research that needs to be done into why myopia, in particular, is presenting itself in children in such higher numbers,

especially when it comes to determining if there is a link to screen-time. Trying to encourage children away from their tech to playing outside is not only going to be good for their vision but their overall wellbeing too.” The Scrivens study carried out through OnePoll also found 26 per cent of parents have never taken their kids for an eye test. Despite this, eight in 10 ARE aware their kids qualify for free eye tests, while 78 per cent know under 16s are entitled to prescription lenses for free on the NHS.

Sheena Mangat added, “As parents we don’t think twice about taking our kids to the GP should they become ill, or the dentist for regular checks, but arguably an annual eye health examination is just as important. “For many children they don’t understand what is ‘normal’ when it comes to their vision, so probably won’t know if they are having problems. That’s where an eye test will reveal any issues that in most cases can be corrected through prescription glasses or contact lenses. The findings are published in the Scrivens Sound Insight report which includes more information on children’s eye health and also features ‘back to school’ top tips. 31


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

Used car of the month: Nissan Leaf (2011-17)

Head of valuation services at mycarcheck.com, Jon Wheeler, said, “The pure electric Nissan Leaf, winner of World Car of the Year in 2011, took a few years to win round the British public. Sales picked up from 2014 onwards and there are now over 15,000 on UK roads. Although the first generation (up to 2017) feels slightly dated, the nippy fivedoor hatchback still has a lot going for it as a used proposition, starting with ultra-low running costs. There’s plenty of space for the kids, its 270-litre boot can easily handle the weekly shop and you can pick up an early 24kWh example with relatively low miles for around £6,500. As ever, conduct a full vehicle provenance check prior to purchase and be sure to check the contractual terms of the battery – many were leased rather than bought outright, which could mean an additional monthly outlay.” As to market trends, Wheeler said, “June was another challenging month for the new car market with registrations down almost 5%. Fleet and business sales in particular are well down on last year, with some dealers blaming uncertainty surrounding the long-term tax regime. The recent government announcement that company car drivers choosing a pure electric vehicle will pay no benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21 is therefore most welcome. With a host of exciting pure electric and plug-in hybrid models coming to market over the next six to 12 months, the business sector looks set to lead the way in adopting these cleaner technologies.” With information from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, My Car Check holds comprehensive data on every vehicle on UK roads – things that buyers

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Used bike of the month: BMW HP4 (2013-14)

On the motorbike, scooter and moped sector, mycarcheck.com’s Mark Field said, “It seemed hard to improve on the incredibly competent S1000RR, but in 2013 BMW launched the exceptional HP4. They reduced the weight, improved the mid-range engine performance and added electronic suspension (which adjusts depending on the lean angle and throttle position) to deliver a new dream garage essential. Decent early examples currently cost around £12,500 but the build quality is great and this bike will always be desirable, so you shouldn’t have any issues when you come to sell. As always, ensure a full provenance check is completed prior to purchase.” As to market trends, Field said, “June was the worst performing month of the year so far for new bike registrations. The relatively upbeat start to 2019 was interrupted by a slight dip in May, but June saw a disappointing 11% reduction compared to the same month last year, with the 651-1,000cc category seeing the largest drop. Overall, sales are still running 2.9% ahead of last year, but another month of low registrations over the summer could easily tip us into the red. In the used market, sourcing good quality stock remains an issue for dealers, largely due to the lack of trade-ins.”

should be aware of before making an offer. CDL Vehicle Information Services, which owns My Car Check, performs over a million look-ups a day for

companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover and Tesco.


Brits driving less due to carbon footprint concern n One in three Brits are driving less because they’re worried about their carbon footprint, according to a study. Mounting concerns about the impact of emissions on the environment mean motorists are increasingly likely to leave their cars at home. But that’s not the only thing putting off drivers - six in 10 are also using their vehicles less and less because fuel is too expensive. However the research of 2,000 adults commissioned by EDF Energy found a fifth would drive more if they owned an electric vehicle. The study also found the cost of diesel and petrol is also having a negative effect on UK tourism. Fifty-seven per cent said they would have visited more British landmarks if it wasn’t for high fuel prices. EDF has teamed-up with Ore Oduba, TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing 2016 champion to encourage people to get out and see more of Britain. He said, “There’s no better way to spend your summer than exploring the amazing British isles with family or friends. “And doing so in an electric vehicle significantly reduces fuel costs and the impact on the environment compared to a traditional vehicle.” The EDF research carried out through OnePoll also found more Brits have been to the Eiffel Tower than to Stonehenge - despite it being one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks. Sixty-one per cent of Brits have been to see The Iron Lady in Paris, compared to 54 per cent who have visited the prehistoric monument

in Wiltshire. But Loch Ness is the landmark Brits would most like to visit – ahead of the likes of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Tower Bridge. Béatrice Bigois, spokesperson for EDF Energy, said, “Misconceptions around electric vehicles mean many people still see them as impractical and restrictive." Béatrice Bigois added, “Through offering motorists the chance to book a holiday where ‘the only charge is the charge’, our Electric Summer Adventures campaign aims to showcase the low cost freedom an electric vehicle can provide to those looking to explore more of the amazing landmarks across the UK.”

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