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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


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.



The new electronic road sign in Rushmere

A new set of electronic traffic signs have been posted around Ipswich to help warn motorists of delays, roadworks and other essential travel information.

The large scale police operation in Potash Road, Wyverstone.

A Suffolk police officer whose enquiries led to the discovery of more than 400 firearms - one of the biggest weapon finds the UK has ever seen - is set to be recognised.


Sites for more than 1,000 new homes on the Felixstowe peninsula have at last been revealed – with farmers’ fields set to disappear to make way for the growth of the resort.

A seal boarded Terry Davey's boat in the River Orwell.

A 71-year-old rower was joined by an unexpected companion while taking on a life-long dream to scull solo from Woodbridge to Ipswich in a boat of his own design and building.

Early morning deer rutting at RSPB Minsmere

It’s one of the most spectacular annual events in the wildlife spotting calendar – and a Suffolk nature reserve provides one of the best locations to get close to the unfolding drama.

Bury Magistrates' Court

Shutting Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court will have a “shocking” impact on access to justice in west Suffolk, leaving public transport journeys 245% more expensive on average.

Terry Kidgell is staging a star-studded show at the Ipswich Regent on Monday, October 12, in aid of Macmillan after he was diagnosed with terminal bowl cancer. One of those appearing will be his niece Robyn Mellor, currently starring on London's West End. The other will be America’s Got Talent 2015 winner Paul Zerdin.
Terry with his niece Robyn.

What would you do if you were told you had just months to live? For Terry Kidgell, diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in August, the answer was simple – throw a charity gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

A broken down train between Diss and Norwich caused the disruption

Save the Duke Share Launch, led by campaigners Sarah Caston and Lucy Batchelor-Wylam

A community campaign launched at the end of August to save a village’s pub has raised more than 40% of the money it needs.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fail to stop collision on the A14 at Nacton.

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