Questions On Cash

With Independent Financial Adviser, Nick Plumb Barry from Stowmarket asks: “I have just started receiving my state pension and I already had an annuity that pays me £14,000 a year that I purchased with a personal pension. The state pension is paid to me with no deduction for tax, but my annuity has tax deducted and is paid to me net. Why is there a difference and should I be paying income tax at all?” The bottom line is, you will pay a certain amount of tax on both pensions,…

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Hearing Care Event

Ten million people in the UK – one in six of us – have some degree of hearing loss. One local company is using a milestone in its history to try and help improve the hearing of those who are struggling. The Hearing Care Centre, based on Upper Brook Street in Ipswich, celebrates its 20th birthday this year, having been established by audiologist and entrepreneur Karen Finch back in 1998. To mark the occasion Karen and her team have organised a free to attend open week at its flagship Ipswich…

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Calling All Booklovers…

CALLING ALL BOOKLOVERS… Have you just returned from holiday with some unwanted holiday reading?  Is it time to go through those shelves and clear space for fresh purchases or are you clearing a property with lots of books which have to go? The Samaritan Bookshop would love to hear from you. We take all unwanted books, CDs and DVDs which can be left at our shop in Carr Street, Ipswich , or we can collect larger numbers. To arrange a collection ring Janice on 01473 287727 and we will find…

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Free Mindfulness Course

FREE MINDFULNESS COURSE FOR CARERS Mindfulness is a modern way to enhance life. It is being aware of your present moment thoughts, feelings and physical sensations without judgement and without trying to change it. In practise, mindfulness means staying focused on one thing at a time. It can make us calmer and more centred, and improve our physical well-being. It can also help increase compassion for self and others. People who practise mindfulness often feel more in control of their choices and behaviour. The mindful way to well-being is life-changing.…

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New Dedicated Clinics Established to Provide Earwax Removal

Every year in the UK, approximately 2.3m people experience problems with earwax and need to have it removed. With more and more GP surgeries reducing their wax removal services with long delays to get an appointment, one local hearing care company has joined forces with two local surgeries to try and help. The Hearing Care Centre, based locally at Framfield Medical Centre in Woodbridge, and Wickham Market Medical Centre in Wickham Market, will be offering both ear syringing and micro-Suction techniques from mid-July. The private ear care clinics will be…

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Free Writing Challenge

Nettlestead Church are announcing their Summer Free Writing Challenge. in aid of the Church roof repairs. The competition is open to those 12 and under, and whether it be the next  “the Mystery of the Bell?” or “Dragons in the Belfry?” – they encourage you to be as creative as you like. The top prize is for an autographed book from internationally famous children’s authoress, Cressida Cowell who wrote How to Train your Dragon and The Wizards of Once. The prize of which will be awarded by presentation, at Carts and…

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Bressingham Gardens Art Exhibition & Competition

The Bressingham Gardens have long been inspirational to gardeners, from novice to expert, opening up the world of plants and design, illustrating the excitement and passion of gardening. Now the Bloom family are pleased to invite artists to share in that beauty by creating a piece of work based on their interpretation of the internationally renowned gardens, as Shirley Hayes has done in this painting of Bressingham Hall. Open to all artists’ styles and mediums, the exhibition and competition is a wonderful opportunity to exhibit their piece of original artwork…

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Buxhall & Shelland Church Fete

The ever popular Buxhall and Shelland Church Fete takes place in the beautiful garden of Copinger Hall, next to St Mary’s Church, Buxhall IP14 3DJ on Saturday, August 4 from 2-5.30pm. This year the main attraction is Colchester Historical Dance who will be performing a number of Tudor and medieval dances in their stunning period costumes, accompanied by professional musicians playing on authentic period instruments. A colourful scene for sure and bound to include some audience participation. There will of course be the popular classic car and motorcycle display, steam…

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Local Artist at the Royal Academy Exhibition

Stella Davis from Onehouse, was very pleased when she heard that her screenprint image Journey had been accepted for the Royal Academy of Art’s annual exhibition. Because it’s the 250th anniversary, the RA removed the cap on entries so there were over 20,000 applications from members of the public this year. A total of 1351 pieces of art were chosen to make up the exhibition which runs until August 19. This photo was taken at Varnishing Day ceremony and celebration on June 4, when Stella found that her work is…

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WeCan Family Fun Day

WeCan@TheJunction will be holding their Family Fun Day at the Recreation Ground, Stowmarket on Saturday, August 25 from noon-4pm. There will be live music, dance and parkour displays, face painting, a prize draw and lots more fun and games, plus free balloon modelling by Mr Beans Entertainment and a magic show by UnbeLEEvable Parties to keep the little ones happy. Entry is free and there will be light snacks and drinks available to buy from The Rec Community Café. Or why not bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment? Last…

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