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Gallery: On course for a happy New Year this week

PUBLISHED: 16:13 04 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:59 04 January 2013

Jason Bloomfield, the council worker who found Dusty the dog in a bin on the A14 motorway.

Jason Bloomfield, the council worker who found Dusty the dog in a bin on the A14 motorway.

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AS the New Year dawned full of possibilities, a range of new leisure courses were announced at a Suffolk college.

The courses on offer at the Otley campus of Easton and Otley College will range from photography to falconry and garden design to golf – and even include working with alpacas.

Nine months ago a Mid Suffolk District Council worker found Dusty the dog in a bin, shivering with fear at the side of the A14. And now the pair are firm friends.

Mr Bloomfield, of Creeting St Mary, near Stowmarket, who found the animal as he cleared a lay-by in March this year, said he could not imagine being without his four-legged friend now and the little dog has enjoyed his first Christmas in safety.

Organisers of the annual Rudolph Run are celebrating this week after their festive efforts helped to net thousands of pounds for two good causes.

Hundreds of youngsters and their parents lined the streets of Ipswich as the run, organised by the Ipswich Round Table, made its way through the town.

A team of students have transformed part of the entrance to Ipswich Hospital, giving a roundabout a ‘Ground Force’ style makeover.

The youngsters are all enrolled on a landscape and garden design foundation degree at Otley College.

Sheila and Bob Hales, of Wherstead Road, were de-lighted after their festive home was chosen as the winner of The Star’s 2012 best Christmas lights competition. They started their Christmas lights tradition 15 years ago when their daughter Melissa was ten, were surprised but happy to win the accolade.

Students at a sixth form centre in the town have celebrated the end of term by performing a winter concert in front of a 300-strong crowd.

About 80 students took part in the Suffolk One event which included music and dancing. Money raised on the night will go towards buying equipment for current and future performing arts students.

JD and Scruffy, who are both 12, spent the New Year away from their home for the first time. They were brought into the Blue Cross centre last month by their heartbroken owners because they were moving abroad. The duo are two of more than 30 pets currently waiting for a new home.

The owners of a unique tandem bicycle have appealed for help this week to trace it after it was stolen during the Christmas period.

The distinctive red bike was owned by Elmy Cycles in St Helen’s Street and used for charity and promotional events.

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Birch Farm Nursery in Hintlesham, which was given an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted in December, has made significant progress to gain the requires improvement rating on its re-inspection last month.

A 51-year-old benefit cheat who was overpaid £26,000 has been sentenced to a six month supervision order.

Kesgrave Town Council has laid on an event to help older people who struggle to get out or experience loneliness.

Skilled inmates at a Suffolk open prison should be put to use repairing the building, a report suggests.

Here’s a roof top view taken across busy Fore hamlet in Ipswich as the sun goes down.

Suffolk’s top music festival, Latitude, is in the top five best music festivals nationwide for value for money, according to a new survey.

Britain’s busiest boxport has received a Royal letter of congratulations on its latest milestone – 50 years of handling containers.

Hundreds turned out for the Ipswich Jazz Festival’s three day event, which hosted both national names and local artists.

A heritage railway station in Suffolk welcomed a “stampede” of thirsty customers to its newly reopened real ale bar.

Labour-controlled Ipswich council has backed calls for an end to the 1% cap on wage increases for public sector workers.

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