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Gallery: A strange visitor and an eBay snowman made the headlines during a snowy week in Ipswich

16:30 25 January 2013

Ipswich Rugby Club support Age UK campaign

Ipswich Rugby Club support Age UK campaign

Rumours, celebrations and a strange visitor

FREEZING temperatures kept Ipswich and Felixstowe shivering as the cold snap tightened its grip on the county this week.

Drivers and commuters faced treacherous trips into work on Monday after heavy snow fall on Sunday night.

The snow opened up another fundraising opportunity for Peter Rawlings.

Last year he raised more than £100 by selling his snow friend on eBay and he got to work Monday on this year’s lot, hoping to again raise vital funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Teachers and pupils in Ipswich were praised by the town’s MP after only six schools closed as a result of the adverse weather on Monday. Meanwhile, only one school in Felixstowe – Kingsfleet – failed to open because of the heavy snowfall. The picture in Ipswich and Felixstowe was in stark contrast to the rest of Suffolk, which saw the closure of 203 schools – more than half of the county’s total.

A former Ipswich Hospital patient praised staff for their “fantastic” care as he donated more than £800 to the trust this week.

Staff at a car insurance website have donated £7,000 to Suffolk Young People’s Health Project which works with those aged 12-25.

It was announced this week that a new world auction record for a painting by Ipswich artist Edward Robert Smythe could be set in America next month when his 1870s oil painting of Suffolk hounds is set to fetch between £50,000 and £75,000 at an auction. If the picture, titled Favourite Hounds, does sell for anything like the pre-sale estimates it will smash the current world record which is £39,650.

A GP practice in Stowmarket has opened its own gym to help improve care for patients. Stowhealth, working in partnership with Woolpit Physio and the Abbeyfields Clinic has opened the Allactive gym with the aim being to cater for patients who do not usually go to a gym and for those who need rehabilitation to ensure their full recovery.

A nurse has been dubbed a “guardian angel” after she saved a man’s life on her way to work. Vicki Nunn found her nursing skills called into action when she saw a young man unconscious in a garden while walking to work. She performed CPR until the ambulance crew arrived, saving the man’s life.

A team of fundraisers has been out and about gathering donations for Mason’s Magic. The Hair Ministry team were at Sainsbury’s in Warren Heath, with eight-year-old Mason Fountain the star guest. The aim was to raise as much money as possible to help stage a fashion extravaganza in aid of the cause, which raises money to buy treats and grant wishes for children with brain tumours.

Ipswich Rugby Club was the latest organisation to show support for Age UK’s Bobble Day this week which aims to raise funds to help older people through the cold weather. Players donned t-shirts and orange bobbles to promote the campaign, which will see an array of fundraising activities take place on February 8.

A school placed in special measures following a critical Ofsted inspection last year is celebrating this week. Holbrook Academy, formerly known as Holbrook High School, has climbed 12 places in the league table rankings for GCSE achievements in Suffolk – and now sits in 18th position.

Midwives at Ipswich Hospital were delighted after scooping a top national award. The team at Heath Road were named Maternity Service of the Year at the Royal College of Midwives awards ceremony yesterday, recognising their work to improve maternity services and the team’s staff engagement.

An unusual visitor was found in the garden of a Suffolk home this week – a Californian quail, typically native to the United States.

Mike Stiff discovered the ground-dwelling bird in his back garden in Stoney Road, Grundisburgh.

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Students at Stoke High School - Ormiston Academy celebrating their GCSE results this morning.

It’s been a successful day for Ipswich as pupils and teachers celebrate outstanding GCSE results.

Comedian was drunk and disorderly

A stand-up comedian has been given a conditional discharge after he swore at a police officer who saw him urinating in the doorway of an Ipswich Labour Club.

Gambling addict damaged machine

A gambling addict flew into a rage and damaged a £1,000 fruit machine after losing money at an Ipswich amusement arcade, a court has heard.

Holywells Park

A teenager who raided an Ipswich park kiosk three times in a week stealing ice creams and drinks worth £2,500 has been spared custody.

Amelia Felgate, five, with Sparkle - her very own Pigs Gone Wild creation

Her older siblings have been proudly showing off the junior pigs they and their classmates designed and painted during the summer term.

Friends and family gathered in Holbrook to give Sam Hall a heroes welcome. Sam has just cycled the length of France in order to raise money for charity in memory of his late brother, Archie Hall.
L-R William and Henry Bawley, Laura Hall, Sam Hall, Eve and John Hopkins.

Sam Hall was given a hero’s welcome by friends and family last night as he arrived at his Holbrook home after completing a 900-mile cycle ride in memory of his brother.

Happy birthday Penny! By Julie Kemp

Over the past week there has been much to celebrate with A-level results, GCSEs and the ongoing success of the Pigs Gone Wild trail in Ipswich.

Farlingaye High School pupils Daisy Shaw (left) and Erin Hamilton celebrate their GCSE results.

There were tears from some and squeals of joy from others today as students across east Suffolk opened the envelopes containing their GCSE results.

Tim Odgers on a recent trip to York Minster

Tributes have been paid to an “inspirational” former Stowmarket Middle School head teacher who has died of an aggressive blood cancer.

Duncan Goodhew at Swimathon 90 at Mid Suffolk Leisure Stowmarket in January 1990.

Shell suits, Fun-Fax organisers and yo-yos – all stuff you can look back fondly on if you grew up in the 90s.

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