THE great and good of Ipswich were honoured in a glittering ceremony during a romantic week in Suffolk.

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Scores of nominations were sent in over the last few months for the Stars of Suffolk award, which culminated with a ceremony at Suffolk New College,where 16 awards were handed out to deserving winners.

Teenager Rhys Joseland picked up the young person of the year award and the overall Stars of Suffolk award, for his selfless actions in rescuing a woman who was being attacked in her home.

Also this week, families took part in a series of free activities to mark National Libraries Day in Ipswich. Four libraries in Ipswich marked the event with internet taster sessions, stories and book sales. Visitors to Chantry Library had the opportunity to take part in an online quiz.

Youngsters have been donating their old toys and games to help a childrens charity this week. The toys donated to the Toy Amnesty at Snakes and Ladders indoor adventure playground in Ipswich will be handed over to bosses at East Anglias Childrens Hospices to put a smile on the faces of sick children.

The pantomime dame from the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich popped into The Hearing Care Centre in Upper Brook Street to have a hearing test and help promote accessible performances at the theatre this week. The firm has been the theatres official sponsor of captioned performances to help the hearing impaired community.

Campaigners fighting to save their pub from becoming a Tesco store have made their feelings known about the proposals by staging a protest.

Regulars at the Emperor Inn, in Norwich Road, stood outside the pub brandishing placards at the weekend, with the supermarket giants proposals due to go before planning chiefs tomorrow.

A group of excited students at Kesgrave High School celebrated their hard work with VIP guest, ITFC star Carlos Edwards this week.

The Super Blue was invited to the school in Main Road, Kesgrave on Tuesday to take part in a celebration tea party for Year 7 pupils.

The Town captain, who has supported a number of initiatives at the school in the last year, went along to congratulate the youngsters on their outstanding attitude and effort towards their work.

Children from a nursery enjoyed celebrating Pancake Day with some toy frying pans. Dressing up in aprons and hats, the children from Just Learning nursery in Rushmere tossed their pretend pancakes in the air to mark Shrove Tuesday.

Several good causes are set to benefit after a club raised more than 22,000 in six months it was announced this week. The Rotary Club of Woodbridge and District undertook a number of fundraising activities in the last half of 2012. Following on from the Queens Jubilee and Olympic Games, there was a sponsored cycle for the Tour of Britain and an extravaganza on Kingston Field. The group provided the Christmas tree on Market Hill and made Santa Claus feel at home in Notcutts Garden Centre.

The wooden support at the front of Curson House in St Nicholas Street was knocked down after a car ploughed into it on Tuesday night and a fascinating insight into the history of the building was revealed when Star photographer Lucy Taylor was taking pictures of the damage and spotted a broken old pharmacy bottle with paper inside.

It turned out to be a business card for the Wolsey Pharmacy, which occupied the store until the early 1970s. The bottle contained a card with picture of the pharmacy from the 1890s, a business card for the new owner, and a document showing who had carried out the work the former owners name is crossed out and Mr Edwards name is added in.

Audiences were transported back to 1950s New York this week at a high school production of the West End smash Guys and Dolls. In full period costume and against a backdrop of the citys notorious gambling scene, a cast of 45 students from Hadleigh High took on the hit show.

Scores of people joined in a global dance event as St Valentines Day was branded an international day of action by the One Billion Rising campaign, which is aiming to stop violence against women and girls. About 35 people gathered outside UCS on the Waterfront and danced an energetic routine. The group then moved to Giles Circus, where many more joined in, bringing the number of participants to about 100.

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