Ipswich Ravens Volleyball

The seasonal weather and illness caused last month’s indoor six-a-side competition at Northgate School to be scaled down, there was no Division 2 competition and just six teams entered Division 1 including Ravens men. They were able to continue their policy of providing opportunities to their junior boys to compete at adult level, with two under-15s in the team, and once again they were very pleased with the outcome. They finished second in the initial pool phase with a good win and a narrow defeat against the two Ipswich teams. This…

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Introducing Suffolk Crafted

Words by Chris Lupton People want more space for all sorts of reasons. Moving house is one option, but it can cost £15,000 to do it, on top of the extra £30-40,000 you would pay for the extra space. Building an extension is another option, but by far the cheapest option is to have a garden room built. There are other advantages to having a space separate from the main house: it’s quieter, so you can concentrate or relax properly; it’s soundproofed from the main house if you (or your…

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Kesgrave & Northgate Karate Club

On Saturday 11th November, club competitors went to Liege in Belgium for an international competition. The standard was extremely high with more than 600 competitors for all over Europe, many of them internationals. The results were: Lauren Berry silver in individual kata and bronze in kumite, Georgina Lawson silver and bronze in kumite. On the way back, the club laid a wreath on Remembrance Sunday at the Suffolk Cemetery in Belgium. Well done to everyone who competed at Meopham on Sunday 26th November. There was a fantastic turnout of competitors…

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Popular Afternoon Tea Walk Series Continues

The latest in the series of “Afternoon Tea Walks” arranged by the Ipswich Tourist Guides, takes place on Monday 29th January. Entitled “An Ipswich Almanac” the walk explores some of the major – and some of the quirky – events and happenings in Ipswich’s 1500 year history that helped shape the town – from the opening of the new Town Hall (celebrating 150 years this weekend) and the granting of a Royal Charter over 800 years ago, to the rudimentary provision of a Fire Service in the 16th Century. The…

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Kesgrave Allotments Association

Words by Becki Ritson Happy New Year to you all! 2018 is stretching out in front of us now, full of possibilities, with all its potential as yet untapped. What will it bring for you, I wonder? On the allotment, this time of year is one of waiting and dreaming of warmer days. It’s still too cold, really, to do much, although by the very end of the month we might be able to start sowing a few early seeds under cover, well-protected from the winter chills. For now, preparation…

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Home-Start Annual Ball

Following the huge success of the ball last year, when an excellent time was had by all, Home-Start in Suffolk will be hosting their third annual Snowflake Ball at Kesgrave Hall, Milsoms on Friday 18th May 2018. Guests will enjoy an arrival drink, a sumptuous three-course dinner and coffee, followed by an energetic evening of dancing to local band The Beavers, as well as a variety of other entertainment. During the evening there will be several chances to win some amazing prizes and to bid in the grand auction for…

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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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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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Anthems For Advent

Gippeswyk Singers are delighted to present Anthems for Advent, a concert featuring special guests Nightingale Wind Quintet conducted by Geoff Lavery. Gippeswyk Singers invite you to join them for an evening of uplifting music, to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season, including beautiful anthems and carols, a superb organist, special performances from the Nightingale Wind Quintet and delicious refreshments to send everyone home glowing with seasonal good will. The concert will be held at 7.30pm on Sunday 3rd December, in St Mary’s Church in Great Bealings. Drinks and tasty…

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Ipswich Wanderers FC

Words from Keith Lloyd The long-running saga of appointing a new first team manager at Wanderers has ended with the appointment of Mark Benterman. Mark replaces Shane Wardley who took the club to a top half league finish last season. Mark was manager of Debenham FC and Halstead Town and achieved success at both clubs. The first team has struggled to get a run of good results together in the early stages of the Thurlow Nunn Premier season, but we received scores of applications and expressions of interest in the…

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