Lasan Takeaway Nominated For Award

The popular Lasan takeaway in Shotley was among a glittering array of businesses at the recent Suffolk BME Business Awards after being nominated in the Community Business of the Year category. Although the Lasan did not pick up an award, owner Mohammed Ali earned the praise of many for the work he and Bodrul Islam do in supporting the Shotley community. Part of the nomination read: “Not only does the Lasan takeaway in Shotley make fantastically tasty and enjoyable food but the owners, Ali and Bodrul, are an integral part…

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Ipswich Ravens Volleyball

The new indoor season is now well under way. The Ravens entered two teams in the monthly Suffolk Indoor 6-a-side tournament held at Northgate School. They continued our emphasis on developing their juniors and ladies in particular. Their first team, who entered Division 1, included four of their most promising U18 boys, making it easily the youngest team ever to play in Division 1, although the choice was somewhat forced upon us as their regular captain had developed man-flu. The boys performed admirably with a win against Ipswich 2nds and narrow…

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Phabkids

Words by Jo Street Several months ago I read an article in this magazine, inviting women to apply to become ambassadors for This Girl Can Suffolk.  To promote exercise in all its forms, to encourage women and girls to take up exercise and to inspire women who thought they would never be able to do it. At 50, after doing ‘on/off’ exercise for most of my adult life, I decided to do the London Marathon – why not? I had watched many other ‘ordinary’ people taking part, how difficult could…

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Cards For Good Causes

Cards for Good Causes has got the festive season under way in Ipswich with its pop-up charity Christmas card shop in the Tourist Information Centre at St Stephen’s Church. The shop will raise thousands of pounds for local and national charities in the run up to Christmas with its wide selection of cards, as well as seasonal gifts and products. Staffed by a team of local volunteers, the shop is part of a network of more than 300 temporary shops run by Cards for Good Causes, the UK’s largest multi-charity…

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New Pedestrian Crossing In Kesgrave

Local residents joined together to celebrate the opening of a new pedestrian crossing in Kesgrave recently. The crossing is on the A1214 near to the junction with Cambridge Road. Over the last few years, the A1214 has become very difficult to cross because of the sheer volume of traffic that now uses it. An additional problem for pedestrians was the absence of dropped kerbs. This meant that those using mobility scooters, wheelchairs or buggies or those with walking difficulties really struggled to cross – it just wasn’t safe. It was…

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Sounds of Suffolk

The winners of a local photography competition, raising awareness about untreated hearing loss, have been rewarded with their photos being featured in 2018 charity calendar. The Sounds of Suffolk competition, created by family run hearing care specialists, The Hearing Care Centre in association with Archant Suffolk, has helped encourage those struggling with hearing loss to seek help, as well as highlighting some of the incredible sounds that can be found in and around our county. During a prize giving presentation organised at the company’s headquarters on Upper Brook Street in…

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A Golden Celebration

The beautiful interior of Dedham Parish Church provided a splendid setting for Dedham Arts Group’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition held in the last week of October in support of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). From the official opening by the group’s chair, Angella Horner FRSA, to the presentation of prizes by the guest of honour, Lady Ruggles-Brise DL, on the last day, there was a steady stream of visitors and a very special atmosphere. The whole exhibition was enhanced by the lovely floral displays with a golden theme provided by Helen…

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Christmas Day At Charringtons

One of Stowmarket’s biggest shops has a revolutionary plan to open on Christmas Day and they won’t sell a thing. In fact Charringtons Furnishings will be giving stuff away! After two years refurbishing and relaunching the giant store, new boss Cameron Kerr is throwing wide the doors to welcome the town’s old folk, the needy and the lonely for a free yuletide feast of food, fun and good company. Cameron commented, “I had a hard start in life and know what it is to go through tough times. But thanks to the help…

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Stowmarket Artisan Market

The November market was a tremendous success, with their biggest footfall to date and in spite of the inclement weather. The cafe was continually busy and made £175 profit, the Scouts kindly donating proceeds to the Royal British Legion. They had another market on Saturday 2nd December. They had 18 stalls with the usual eclectic mix: up-cycling, wood-crafts, textiles, candles, pictures and frames, steam punk and decorated hats, knitting and crocheting with a twist, jewellery, book art and a cornucopia of Christmas delights. They are situated at the Scout Centre, Milton Road North…

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Shelley Centre Recieve Award

The Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding is to receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote. The charity was one of six to be nominated by Freemasons in Suffolk, with local people voting to decide the level of their award. They were part of 178,801 people who voted across England and Wales. The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on…

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