The Orwell Challenge

Do you need to raise funds for a charity, good cause, sport’s club or youth organisation? The ready-made answer is the Orwell Challenge. Just enter and arrange your own sponsorship and the Rotary club will organise the event for you. The Orwell Challenge, previously known as the Orwell Walk, has been organised for the last 42 years by Ipswich East Rotary Club and has enabled £3 million to be raised for local good causes. The next event will be held on Sunday 23 June 2019. Each entrant pays an entrance…

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New 24 Hour Race

There’s a new race in the Suffolk sporting events calendar that organisers hope will rival other national events, while helping fundraise for one of the counties most cherished charities. Run or Cycle Events has teamed up with AgeUK Suffolk to create an exciting new mass participation running event for competitive and fun runners where solo runners and teams of two-to-eight people are challenged to cover as much distance as possible in 24 hours. And a special Business Team Challenge category aims to encourage businesses to support AgeUK Suffolk’s 70th birthday…

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Singing Safari Concert

2018 brings the seventh annual Singing Safari concert to Ipswich. In October 2018 an intrepid bunch of singers set off on an imaginary Singing Safari to collect songs from all over the world. Led by choirmaster Chris Rowbury, their journey ends in Ipswich where they will share the songs they’ve learnt. The Singing Safari is delighted to be joined for the first time by the Columbines folk trio. This promises to be an evening of singing to stir the soul, warm the heart, and revive the spirits on a cold…

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Open Studios Call For Artists

Suffolk Open Studios have launched their 2019 Call for Artists, inviting artists and galleries living and working across Suffolk to join next year’s programme. Earlier this year, over 100 artists opened their studios to the public and enjoyed the many advantages of taking part, including reaching new audiences and showing their work in the comfort of their own studio; receiving valuable feedback by interacting directly with potential clients; and the chance to meet and collaborate with fellow artists in their area. Artists and galleries also benefit from valuable publicity through…

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Griff Rhys Jones

Griff Rhys Jones is returning to Suffolk for another performance in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Fresh from his tour of Australia, the comedian is to take the floor at Ipswich Town’s Sir Bobby Robson suite on Sunday, December 16. His 90-minute set will feature a new mix of tales, stand-up and anecdotes ready for Christmas and the New Year. Topics will include voluntary work, royalty, family Christmases past and present, plus Suffolk and Essex. Griff said: “It’s a time for giving and this will be a wonderful…

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Cancer Campaign Turns 20

Cancer Campaign in Suffolk has just celebrated its 20-year anniversary of helping the residents of Suffolk before, during and after a cancer diagnosis. The trustees, the team, complementary therapists and counsellors and others joined together at The Crown in Woodbridge to celebrate the milestone and look back on what the charity has accomplished. It was also a special anniversary for Chief Executive Karen Hare who has been working at the charity for 10 years. Chairman Jonny Ripman spoke about how far the charity has come and thanked everybody who has…

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Harbour Lights Trio

Local Trio Harbour Lights are releasing their first CD, Good Company, in early November. The group, who are based in East Suffolk (Woodbridge, Rendlesham & Southwold) have performed for many local clubs and societies and at village concerts. They have also sung further afield at folk clubs and festivals such as Sidmouth and FolkEast. In October, they were the guests at Sharps, a folk club held at the headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song near Regents Park. The Trio all sing and play a range of instruments such…

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A Jolly Jingling Christmas

What are you doing at 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 11? Forget about sitting in your old armchair watching the same old TV programmes. Come along to the United Reformed Church, Stowmarket where you will receive a warm welcome from the Jubilee Ladies Choir, our conductor Simon Welham and accompanist Calvin Goymer. For your evening’s entertainment we will be singing a selection of seasonal music. Tickets are £7 and include light refreshments. There will also be a raffle. Tickets can be purchased by ringing 01449 736374/723424 or at the door. Why…

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Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline & Charity Shop

 Host Parents Wanted We are already preparing for our 2019 summer visit and are looking for people who might consider hosting a child/ren. Children will be aged between eight and 10 years and the visit takes place from June 30 until July 28. The children meet daily at our centre in Stowmarket so host families can follow their own occupation or interests. Age and financial circumstances are immaterial; what is important is that you want to welcome the children into your life for these four weeks. It’s a really rewarding…

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Roma Nicholson

Ipswich singing sensation 13 year-old Roma Nicholson, has just launched her debut album on Sunday 28th October at the Railway Pub on Foxhall Road, Ipswich in front of a crowd of 100 fans who turned up eagerly to hear songs of her new album Teen Spirit which follows on from her debut EP from last year Welcome to the Waterfront. The young singer-songwriter performed songs from her debit album including the song Stronger which was released on World Mental Health Day, which is about fighting back against bullying and was co-written…

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