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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The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm is located Rushmere St Andrew. You might have seen them featured on BBC TV’s Countryfile and Escape to the Country last year! They offer something quite unique – a Community Shared Agriculture scheme. This is a partnership between farmers and the local community. People can come up to the farm, help with the food-growing and enjoy some of the harvest. Community Shared Agriculture schemes originally developed in the USA and Japan, and the Oak Tree was one of the first schemes to set up…

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Good Neighbours

Are there people living in your community who would benefit from a Good Neighbour? A Good Neighbour Scheme is a group of people who help others in their community. This could be by giving a lift, checking a smoke alarm, changing a light bulb, fixing a tap, tidying a garden, or perhaps befriending someone who is lonely or new to the village. It is run by a group of local residents who want to help their neighbours enjoy a better quality of life. Each scheme is operated via a phone…

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Become A Beanstalk Reading Hero

Could you help transform the prospects for a child through the power of books and stories? Local literacy charity Beanstalk has launched a new campaign for 2018 to highlight the extraordinary difference members of the community in Suffolk can make by volunteering in primary schools to support children who struggle with reading. The work Beanstalk’s ‘reading heroes’ carry out will improve the lives of children that need extra help to prevent them from falling behind at school and to bring enjoyment into reading. For over 40 years Beanstalk has recruited,…

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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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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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Team Of The Year At Café 66

Words by Café Manager Di Rayner Café 66 is a community cafe held three days a week in 1st Kesgrave Scout Hall. It provides a safe environment in which our staff can flourish and maximise their potential. All aspects of running a cafe are taught including setting up the venue, waiting on tables, cooking with help from staff, washing up and drying, using the till, and cleaning up and tidying the hall at the end of the session. We run a monthly lunch club offering a two course home cooked…

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New Pedestrian Crossing In Kesgrave

Local residents joined together to celebrate the opening of a new pedestrian crossing in Kesgrave recently. The crossing is on the A1214 near to the junction with Cambridge Road. Over the last few years, the A1214 has become very difficult to cross because of the sheer volume of traffic that now uses it. An additional problem for pedestrians was the absence of dropped kerbs. This meant that those using mobility scooters, wheelchairs or buggies or those with walking difficulties really struggled to cross – it just wasn’t safe. It was…

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