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08/04/2021

‘Age in place’ – how full fibre can help us age with dignity

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, with lockdown having separated many of us from our families, friends and colleagues, the ability to stay connected virtually has proven key. From group video calls and quizzes to online shopping, remote learning sessions and virtual fitness classes, we’ve embraced all things digital on an almost universal level. Without

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Stonham Barns prepares to re-open

With the lockdown nearly over Stonham Barns Park on the A1120 tourist trail is excited to be able to open the shopping village again on April 12th.After such a long lockdown everyone has been busy making sure all the correct safety procedures are in place for Covid-19 and we are members of the Visit England

Felixstowe Beach Hut Decision

The Spa Pavilion area of Felixstowe experienced substantial falls in beach levels during the strong Easterly winds of Storm Darcy earlier this year. This is a continuing trend over recent years and has meant that a proposed pilot scheme of installing concrete platforms on which to position the displaced beach huts, would be easily undermined,

Plant nursery re-opens

Enjoy a Spring outing to ActivLives plant nursery in Chantry Park, Ipswich, when they re-open to the public on Tuesday 30th March at 10am. They have a wide range of perennials, Geranium and other plants on offer – with bedding and a new range of plants coming in soon. The dedicated team of staff and

National Grid consults with Bramford residents

National Grid is holding a non-statutory public consultation on its proposals to reinforce the electricity network between Bramford, in Suffolk, and Twinstead, in Essex. As offshore wind generation increases, this project is essential to maintaining the resilience of the UK’s electricity networks and is critical to connect more people across East Anglia, and the UK,

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Ipswich Council confirm summer events

Ipswich Borough Council’s summer events programme is due to make a long-awaited return this August, with a series of small events suitable for the whole family. Starting with a performance of Pride and Prejudice by the Pantaloons Open Air Theatre company on Wednesday 4th August in Christchurch Park. Gates open at 6pm, with the performance

Thetford Forest Live postponed to 2022

Forest Live, the outdoor summer concert series presented by Forestry England, where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations around the country has been postponed to 2022. Forestry England statement: “The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown has made it clear that we cannot hold our Forest Live concerts this summer. We are extremely disappointed, but this

Ipswich street lights to be kept on

Ipswich Borough Council has responded to public concerns about safety in the light of Sarah Everard’s death and has instructed Suffolk County Council to leave on all night all of the street lights within Ipswich that the Borough Council owns. It is estimated that the Borough owns about 5% of the town’s street lights with

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Self-service refunds for Greater Anglia rail passengers

Greater Anglia has introduced a new service which allows customers to arrange their own refunds online. Self-service refunds are now available to passengers who have purchased their Smart Card tickets via Greater Anglia’s app or website. Traditionally customers who purchased tickets via the website or app would need to email or call the company’s Smart

EACH closing shop in Stowmarket

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) will not renew the lease on it’s shop in Stowmarket, with the doors to remain shut when high streets reopen. EACH moved in to its Ipswich Street premises just over 11 years ago, in November 2009, and ran the shop as a traditional community outlet. Over the last few years

Greater Anglia named Operator of the Year

Greater Anglia has been named Train Operator of the Year for the second year running at the Rail Business Awards. Judges praised the operator for improving punctuality to record levels, transforming services by bringing in brand new trains, delivering station improvements and ticketing initiatives, and focusing on community relations work. Greater Anglia also won the

Ipswich cracks down on parking ticket evaders

Cocking a snook at the council will become a lot harder for those who don’t pay their parking tickets, including those who haven’t registered their vehicle or have done so with an incorrect address at the DVLA. Ipswich Borough Council is seeking permission to selectively clamp these vehicles (or tow them away) to stop these

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