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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Singing Safari Concert

2018 brings the seventh annual Singing Safari concert to Ipswich. In October 2018 an intrepid bunch of singers set off on an imaginary Singing Safari to collect songs from all over the world. Led by choirmaster Chris Rowbury, their journey ends in Ipswich where they will share the songs they’ve learnt. The Singing Safari is delighted to be joined for the first time by the Columbines folk trio. This promises to be an evening of singing to stir the soul, warm the heart, and revive the spirits on a cold…

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Open Studios Call For Artists

Suffolk Open Studios have launched their 2019 Call for Artists, inviting artists and galleries living and working across Suffolk to join next year’s programme. Earlier this year, over 100 artists opened their studios to the public and enjoyed the many advantages of taking part, including reaching new audiences and showing their work in the comfort of their own studio; receiving valuable feedback by interacting directly with potential clients; and the chance to meet and collaborate with fellow artists in their area. Artists and galleries also benefit from valuable publicity through…

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Macmillan Afternoon Tea

The recently established East Suffolk Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Group warmly invites you to an exciting Christmas social event which offers a glass of festive fizz on arrival, a delicious afternoon tea and activities for a range of interests. Fanny and Frank, a local independent boutique, will be modelling a selection of their beautifully designed clothes, footwear and accessories, there will be live jazz, a superb raffle, a make-up demonstration as well as a talk about the important work undertaken by Macmillan in the area. The event takes place on…

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Griff Rhys Jones

Griff Rhys Jones is returning to Suffolk for another performance in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Fresh from his tour of Australia, the comedian is to take the floor at Ipswich Town’s Sir Bobby Robson suite on Sunday, December 16. His 90-minute set will feature a new mix of tales, stand-up and anecdotes ready for Christmas and the New Year. Topics will include voluntary work, royalty, family Christmases past and present, plus Suffolk and Essex. Griff said: “It’s a time for giving and this will be a wonderful…

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Cancer Campaign Turns 20

Cancer Campaign in Suffolk has just celebrated its 20-year anniversary of helping the residents of Suffolk before, during and after a cancer diagnosis. The trustees, the team, complementary therapists and counsellors and others joined together at The Crown in Woodbridge to celebrate the milestone and look back on what the charity has accomplished. It was also a special anniversary for Chief Executive Karen Hare who has been working at the charity for 10 years. Chairman Jonny Ripman spoke about how far the charity has come and thanked everybody who has…

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Harbour Lights Trio

Local Trio Harbour Lights are releasing their first CD, Good Company, in early November. The group, who are based in East Suffolk (Woodbridge, Rendlesham & Southwold) have performed for many local clubs and societies and at village concerts. They have also sung further afield at folk clubs and festivals such as Sidmouth and FolkEast. In October, they were the guests at Sharps, a folk club held at the headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song near Regents Park. The Trio all sing and play a range of instruments such…

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