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Gallery: Christmas is nearly here - following a busy week in Ipswich

16:14 21 December 2012

Ipswich Town players visiting the Children

Ipswich Town players visiting the Children's ward at Ipswich Hospital

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LOOKING back through the news this week, there has been a distinct Christmas theme.

As Christmas week gets nearer, it seems that the gamble over Christmas decorations in Ipswich has paid off. Not everyone likes them but there has been more interest in the town centre at Christmas than we have ever seen before. People have travelled here from miles away to see them – and after dark, when all the lights around the Cornhill are on, it looks and feels really rather magical.

Meanwhile in Kesgrave, residents of Deben Avenue, have put on a spectacular show for the Christmas season, lighting up the street with a stunning array of decorations. The festivities kicked off with a big community switch on event – complete with a live band and a visit from Santa.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Co-op Juniors and with their eighth Christmas Spectacular at Snape, 2012 sees the Ipswich-based group celebrate 70 years of entertaining Suffolk. With dancing penguins, pirates, princesses and fairytale characters, there was plenty of festive cheer all round.

The “Waiting for Christmas” concerts were held at the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe over seven nights and the team behind the project was delighted with the response as more than 3,000 people attended a week of concerts, involving schoolchildren from all over Suffolk raising money for some of the poorest people on the planet.

In Sproughton, a revamped church hall marked its reopening with a festive party. All Saints’ Church Hall celebrated the occasion with mince pies, mulled wine and carol singers. The renovation was made possible thanks to a £49,551 grant from the SITA Trust.

A hospice which cares for children with life-limiting conditions has enjoyed yet another royal-related visit this week.

The Treehouse in Ipswich – which was thrown into the national spotlight earlier this year when the Duchess of Cambridge made her first public speech at the hospice – got into the festive spirit by welcoming two of Santa’s helpers, reindeers William and Harry.

A young cancer patient from Ipswich rubbed shoulders with royalty this week as a new specialist unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital was officially opened. Alistair Wheeler has just been admitted to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Cambridgeshire hospital. The 23-year-old from Ipswich, said: “It’s great to know that I am in incredibly safe hands.!

A group of ITFC players visited children at Ipswich Hospital spreading festive cheer earlier this week. Visiting Bergholt Ward at the Heath Road trust, Danny Higginbotham, Cormac Burke, Ronan Murray, Bilel Moshni and Jack Whight, arrived bearing gifts for the youngsters.

After Ipswich Town were beaten 2-0 by Leeds at the weekend, Andy Drury is predicting a “promising future” under Mick McCarthy for the Super Blues. He believes the level of disappointment felt in the away dressing room at Elland Road shows how far the side have come in recent weeks and is calling on his team-mates to take the negatives from their first defeat in five and turn them into positives for the hectic Christmas schedule.

A husband and wife pair from Ipswich have been celebrating a series of dancing successes. Lorraine and Raju Arulanantham, of Norwich Road, came first in the Suffolk Latin Gold Cup Open 2012 Senior 2 category, topping off a year of dancing triumphs achieved against the odds and the victory meant the couple maintained their title for the 16th year in a row.

Kind-hearted golfers have given a school a boost this week. Members of Ipswich Golf Club’s ladies section raised more than £1,000 for The Bridge School which caters for children with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties. The money was raised through numerous raffles, ball draws and gifts from both members and visitors over the past year.

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Terminally ill Skye Biggs, pictured with her mother Lana Heath and brother together with Felixstowe Mayor and consort Jan and Jon Garfield and Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service and Felixstowe Rugby club, who teamed up to do a charity boat pull at The Prom, Felixstowe  to help raise cash to send Skye and her family to Peppa Pig World. 
Picture: Stephen Waller 
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Family of a five-year-old terminally-ill little girl had a simple message for the public today – thank you for making her dream come true!

Binge-drinker's night out ban

A binge-drinking plasterer has been banned from going out on Fridays and Saturdays after assaulting a police officer while being drunk and disorderly.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A Felixstowe bricklayer told magistrates he was ashamed after swearing at police while drunk and telling them taking him to court would be a waste of time.

Readers have shared their Pigs Gone Wild selfies and family photos as the trail reaches its final few days in Ipswich

We will miss them when they are gone but there are still seven days left to see the pigs in situ around Ipswich town centre.

Former Felixstowe councillor Dot Paddick

Tributes have been paid to a former community leader, described by her colleagues as colourful and charismatic, who has died at the age of 79.

Ipswich Crown Court

A dishonest Ipswich man who was caught by police after his DNA was found at the scene of two break-ins and a theft has been jailed for 20 months.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A motorcyclist has been injured in a crash which blocked a road on the Suffolk/Norfolk border today.

And indicative perspective of what a new retirement homes on the 30 Lower Brook Street site, might look like.
Development plans are going out for consultation.
The site is currently Archant's newspaper offices.

A public exhibition will give local residents Ipswich residents the opportunity to view and comment on McCarthy and Stone’s preliminary proposals to redevelop land between Lower Brook Street and Turret Lane.

Walberswick. Picture: Barry Pullen

A Suffolk council which has struggled for six years with long-running disputes and mass resignations is proposing to disband in favour of a form of “direct democracy”.

File picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service fire engines.

Fire crews have been called to help a young pony that has become trapped in a ditch in Palgrave, on the Suffolk and Norfolk border.

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