Shotley Pier Update

Unsurprisingly, the plans for the pier proved to be the main topic of debate at the AGM. The original plans met with a somewhat mixed review and prompted one of our investors, John Bowen and a Director, Barrie Powell, to completely re-think the design of the proposed buildings on the pier. The Board considered this new approach favourably and agreed that they should be made available at the AGM where Barrie and John presented their ideas, rationale and drawings. The revised plans were very well received by the attending investors.…

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Dame Nanny Fanny Gives Blood!

Actor Chris Clarkson (Nanny Fanny) visited the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds in the run up to Christmas in order to do something amazing – give blood. Not only that, but in a bid to further promote the importance of giving blood, he went in his full costume to give the team running the donations a boost. This was Chris’ second year running that he has donated blood in his Theatre Royal pantomime costume, and it was also his 78th donation in total! His blood type is A+ which roughly…

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Stowmarket Chorale

The Apex concert hall in Bury St Edmunds was packed to the rafters for Radio Suffolk’s Carol Concert on 1 December in aid of Children in Need. A varied programme included local choral society Stowmarket Chorale, a brass band, a children’s choir, readings, and opportunities for the audience to sing along. Both audience and performers went away afterwards with happy smiles and in thoroughly festive mood, and had raised £3000 for Children in Need. Stowmarket Chorale brought out all the emotion and drama of the popular nineteenth-century French carol O…

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Women 100

The Women 100 Exhibition and Events launches 8 December 2018, and runs until May 2019 at the Ipswich Art Galleries and other venues in Ipswich.  Noise of Art is curating a programme of music and art events for an exhibition celebrating 100 years of women artists and featuring the forgotten Suffragist AK Browning. A successful artist in her life-time and friend of Sylvia Pankhurst, AK Browning, like many women, has been hidden by history. “She is ripe for reappraisal because she’s good.” (Rupert Maas, BBC Antiques Roadshow). Alongside Ipswich Art…

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Christmas Bonanza Weekend

Old Newton Fundraising Group and Old Newton Under Fives present a Christmas Bonanza Weekend on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, a festive feast of shopping and entertainment for all at the village hall in Church Road, Old Newton. Featuring stalls from local organisations and artisan traders selling gifts, novelties, soft toys, seasonal food and produce, handy crafts, greetings cards, cosmetics, health and skincare products, fresh flowers, stationary and jewellery to name but a few. The hall will be open from 6-8pm on Friday evening and again on Saturday…

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A Christmas Tale

Set in 1955, Jack Frost is the grumpy landlord who hates Christmas. His housekeeper Annabelle wants a day off for Christmas to spend with her family, much to the annoyance of Frost. He grants the day off, but tells her to stay late to work the extra hours she would miss on Christmas Day. That night, Frost is visited by a ghostly apparition of his late wife Mary. She scares Frost into seeing three visions: His past – taking him back to Victorian London where we get an insight into…

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Samaritan Bookshop

When you find after Christmas that you have no more room on those bookshelves to accommodate all those generous gifts, and you need to do a cull of the shelves, the Samaritan Bookshop will be pleased to receive your unwanted books. Collections can be arranged for larger amounts of books. To arrange a collection ring Janice on 01473 287727 and we will find a date and time to suit you. If, however, you are searching for a sequel, or looking for fresh inspiration visit the Aladdin’s Cave, otherwise known as…

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The Orwell Challenge

Do you need to raise funds for a charity, good cause, sport’s club or youth organisation? The ready-made answer is the Orwell Challenge. Just enter and arrange your own sponsorship and the Rotary club will organise the event for you. The Orwell Challenge, previously known as the Orwell Walk, has been organised for the last 42 years by Ipswich East Rotary Club and has enabled £3 million to be raised for local good causes. The next event will be held on Sunday 23 June 2019. Each entrant pays an entrance…

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New 24 Hour Race

There’s a new race in the Suffolk sporting events calendar that organisers hope will rival other national events, while helping fundraise for one of the counties most cherished charities. Run or Cycle Events has teamed up with AgeUK Suffolk to create an exciting new mass participation running event for competitive and fun runners where solo runners and teams of two-to-eight people are challenged to cover as much distance as possible in 24 hours. And a special Business Team Challenge category aims to encourage businesses to support AgeUK Suffolk’s 70th birthday…

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Open Studio Supports The Childrens Appeal

Once again in the run-up to Christmas illustrator Emma Graham will be opening her studio to visitors. This is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes and to view current work, sketchbooks and folio. Work, from greetings cards to original art, limited edition prints and gifts, will be available to purchase, making ideal and unique Christmas gifts. Meet Emma, chat about art, publishing and more. A warm welcome plus tea, coffee and mince pies awaits. Emma’s studio at 48 Great Harlings, Shotley Gate, Ipswich IP9 1NY will be open…

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