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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NYCGB GCSE & A Level Composition Day

The Royal Hospital School Music School were delighted to be able to host a GCSE and A Level composition masterclass which included over eighty pupils and staff from other schools across the region. The event was supported by the 8 Fellows of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) and the day was led by composer and Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, Dr Toby Young. In the morning, pupils were treated to a lecture recital in the glorious acoustic of the school’s chapel, where the NYC Fellows…

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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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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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RHS Celebrates John Rutter

On Saturday 9th December, the Royal Hospital School will be kicking off the festive season with a celebration of the music of its Patron of Music, John Rutter. The Cambridge-educated composer has produced some of the most popular Christmas music of the past 50 years, including Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, composed when he was just 18, and the magnificent Gloria (which will start the concert). He was described by David Willcocks as ‘the most gifted composer of his generation’ and on opening the Reade Music School at RHS in 2008, Rutter said;…

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Remembering Together This Christmas

For more than a decade, the East of England Co-op Funeral Services has brought people together at Christmas to celebrate and remember the lives of loved ones sadly no longer with us. This year, East of England Co-op Funeral Services in Ipswich will be hosting a Christmas Concert on Wednesday 6th December in the Sir Bobby Robson Suite at Ipswich Town Football Club. Guests are welcome from 6.15pm, the concert led by Celebrant Donna Sparrow featuring singing from Andrew Spall and music from the East of England Co-op band will…

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Get Active Stay Fit

Would you like to feel more energetic, regain strength in your muscles and suppleness in your joints? Perhaps you would like to improve your posture and balance and reduce the risk or falls? If so, there is a keep fit class starting in Henley Village Hall on Tuesdays, commencing, October 17th , from 2.15-3.15pm. The class is a low impact exercise to music class with a focus on building stamina, strength and balance. Each of the sessions start with a gentle warm-up, finish with stretching and relaxation and are easy…

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Ipswich Wanderers FC

The club will have announced the new First Team manager by the time In Touch goes to print. This follows the sudden resignation of Shane Wardley and Ian Cornforth in late August. The welcome first league win of the season at home to Wivenhoe ignited new hope for the coming months and increased attendances at Humber Doucy Lane. The seasonal average is now well above 100, which was set as a target before a ball was kicked. Star player Danny ‘Percy’ Thrower was side-lined in September by a serious leg…

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Our Blue Heaven

The New Wolsey Theatre has officially launched its fundraising campaign to stage a production to celebrate the legendary Ipswich Town FA Cup win of 1978, Our Blue Heaven, a musical production timed for the 40th anniversary of the victory in May 2018. In order to meet the production costs involved in staging this sporting musical chronicling Town’s FA cup run, the theatre has launched its campaign to raise £45,000 in public sponsorship to cover a proportion of the costs needed to create the production. At the fundraising launch event held at…

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Joss Arnott Dance’s

Joss Arnott Dance’s new programme for 2017, will take its audiences on a gripping journey through powerful and heart-pounding choreography, that has established the company as one of the most exciting voices in British contemporary dance. The company will perform at DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October, joined by DanceEast’s Centre for Advanced Training students for a unique curtain-raiser ahead of the Saturday show. Created in collaboration with the some of the industry’s foremost, award-winning dancers, composers and designers, Arnott’s new triple bill consists of two…

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