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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Ipswich Ravens Volleyball

The new indoor season is now well under way and the Ravens entered two teams in the first tournament of the monthly Suffolk Indoor 6-a-side series held at Northgate School. Ravens have a new look this season showing our emphasis on developing their juniors and ladies in particular. Their first team, which entered Division 1, included three of their most promising U18 boys, giving them some fantastic experience against the top adult sides around the county. Although they lost all four games, they were highly competitive throughout, with some tight finishes sparing…

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Talitha Koum Hope Centre

Talitha Koum Hope Centre are delighted to announce that Talitha Koum Hope Centre is now open and ready to welcome women, who have recently been through detox to come to them for recovery and rehabilitation. The Hope Centre has therapeutic relational community living at its heart and as a centre of excellence and compassion expects to be CQC registered at any moment. They combine group and one to one therapeutic work with life skills coaching such as computing, animal husbandry, gardening, art and music, budgeting, CV writing and interviewing skills.…

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The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm in Playford Lane, Rushmere St Andrew, held its annual guided farm tour on Saturday 30th September from 10am to noon. The tour was open to all and a donation of £5 per adult was requested. Accompanied children were able to visit free of charge. The farm is home to Suffolk’s first Community Supported Agriculture Scheme, where more than 40 local households get involved in producing their own food, sharing the risks and rewards of farming. Community Supported Agriculture schemes first developed in the USA…

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