Afternoon Tea Guided Walks

The 2019 series of the popular “Afternoon Tea” Guided Walks, arranged by Ipswich Tourist Guides, commences Wednesday 9th January. Each of the walks has a theme related to an aspect of Ipswich’s history and ends in one of the town’s independent Tea Rooms for a welcome cuppa and a piece of cake. The first walk, entitled “Behind Closed Doors” will be exploring the history, and characters, connected with some of the buildings in Ipswich’s historic Town Centre that many people may regularly walk passed every day. It commences at the…

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Theatre Royal Fundraiser with ITFC Legends

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is pleased to announce details of the first fundraiser event of 2019, An Evening With the Ipswich Town Football Club Legends – Bryan Hamilton, Terry Butcher and Matt Holland will present an unmissable evening of stories and anecdotes about the club and their careers (Thu 17 Jan, 7.30pm). Bryan Hamilton, who spent five years with Ipswich Town Football Club and made over 150 appearances for the team, will host the evening. Bryan also gained 50 caps for Northern Ireland between 1969 and 1980 and later…

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Ipswich’s Best Food Vote!

Clean sweep for indies as the All About Ipswich Food & Drink FORKNIGHT awards are all won by independent businesses, with over 2,000 votes from the public. Ipswich Central’s annual campaign FOOD & DRINK FORKNIGHT (run by the All About Ipswich team at Ipswich Central), which has celebrated and promoted the town’s food & drink offer since 2013, sees independent restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs triumph in the Food & Drink FORKNIGHT awards; with small businesses winning all 12 awards. The winners below, as voted by over 2,000 members of…

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Could You Be A Young Shadow Trustee?

Community Action Suffolk has launched an appeal to identify a new Young Shadow Trustee who will have a pivotal post in contributing to how the organisation is run, and how it portrays the county’s youth contingent. It is the first time CAS has chosen to include a dedicated Young Shadow Trustee on their board, and comes as part of the organisation’s desire to reflect more diversity. A Suffolk-based programme to support young trustees has been in place since last year, led by CAS, and now sees a total of 10 younger…

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Be Your Own Boss!

‘Be your own boss!’ is a statement everyone has come across. You read it, hear it and see this declaration online, on the radio and television – but is it really worth considering as a viable work option? Of course, being employed has its advantages – a certain amount of stability, usually a regular income and fixed holiday, but even then, more people are weighing up whether being self-employed would give them the flexibility they yearn and additional prospects. Denise Winder and Heidi Franklin set up Wild Play Ltd in…

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Volunteering with Home-Start

Home-Start met Lauren and her family shortly after their new baby was diagnosed with brain damage. Lauren and her husband were completely overwhelmed with the emotional and practical demands of caring for a baby suffering with multiple seizures and being unsettled day and night, while also trying to juggle the needs of their other children. Life was turned upside down for the family with hospital appointments, admissions and the worry of an unknown future. Their Health Visitor referred them to Home-Start Suffolk, who introduced them to Ruth, a trained Home-Start…

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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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