StartEAST

StartEast is delighted to announce, as the calendar year draws to a close, that they have so far supported over 130 cultural and creative individuals, start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises, in Norfolk and Suffolk, with over 800 hours of advice and training to enable them to take the next vital steps in securing growth for their businesses. Bespoke business support packages have been specifically tailored, following individual assessments, to deliver a combination of one to one sessions, practical small group workshops and larger networking events, providing opportunities to meet…

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New Wolsey Theatre’s 2018 Spring Season

This spring, the New Wolsey Theatre will present the premiere of Our Blue Heaven, a brand new musical in celebration of 40 years since Ipswich Town’s historic FA Cup Victory. The production runs from Friday 4th to Saturday 26th May. With a hasty wedding, a first birth and missing tickets to contend with, will our mad-keen Ipswich fans make it to the final? Can the town navigate the frozen pitch at Bristol Rovers, the rioting Millwall supporters at the Den, dodgy refereeing at Villa Park and make it all the…

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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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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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Sherlock Holmes & The Hooded Lance

For those who fancy a bonkers, surreal and hilarious alternative to panto, head for Common Ground Theatre Company’s touring production of Sherlock Holmes and The Hooded Lance, which runs from Friday 15th December to Saturday 13th January. The show visits The Seckford Theatre on December 15th and 16th, John Peel Centre from December 18th-20th. Also, it visits, St Mary’s Hall from December 28th to 30th. The performance is at Jubilee Hall from January 1st-3rd, Corn Hall from January 4th, Headgate Theatre from January 5th-6th and Wolsey Studio from January 8th-13th. The show…

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Connecting Communities

Can you find the transport you require? This is the story BSEVC often hear. “I’m cosy in my room, legs up on the recliner, TV on and a cuppa beside me, but I’m feeling lonely and isolated. My life could be so much richer and happier if only I could get to the local coffee morning and chat with real live people. I worry so much about imposing on busy relatives to get me to my health appointments. I want to visit friends and wander at leisure round the local…

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Lions’ Sensory Garden Project

New Century Lions Club of East Anglia, together with help from Lions of Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge, Chelmsford, Mersea Island and Littleport, have created a sensory garden for residents at a Cephas Care supported living home located at Treetops, Claydon. This major centenary project, with more than 1,000 hours worked, was coordinated by Lion Chris Pearson of the New Century Lions Club. It has become a great example of the sharing, caring and helping attitude that being a Lion is all about. Raised beds and railings were painted…

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Helping Vulnerable Families This Christmas

One Ipswich charity will be distributing 150 luxury Christmas food hampers to local families in need this Christmas. The community group called Love Ipswich, established by Proclaimers Church Ipswich, have been receiving donations of items like boxes of mince pies, packets of stuffing and jars of cranberry sauce from members of the public and local businesses. Project co-ordinator Fran Marcus said, “We will be delivering the hampers to agencies working with families with very complex needs. Christmas should be a great time, but it can also be a stress and…

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Orwell Singers

It’s been a year of celebration and charity for The Orwell Singers, the friendly ladies choir based in Ipswich. Their latest success was a charity concert for FIND (Families in Need) at Museum Street Methodist Church. Joined by pupils from St Helen’s Primary School and Copleston High School, the choir entertained a large audience and raised £700 to support the charity that helps those living in Ipswich and surrounding areas who are deprived of a minimum standard of living, whether single, families, lone parents, children, elderly, sick, disabled or homeless.…

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