Gallery: Budding reporters at the Star offices and essential skills being learnt at ITFC Academy

Members of the ITFC Youth Team get some first aid trainning as part of the St John Ambulance " Save

Members of the ITFC Youth Team get some first aid trainning as part of the St John Ambulance " Save a Life September"

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The annual Ponies in the Park series of events at Christchurch Park returned this year and dozens of youngsters took up the opportunity to have a go and were given riding tips from experts.

Budding young reporters from Kesgrave High School paid a visit to The Star’s HQ in Ipswich to learn more about journalism after producing their own newspaper at school.

Rhys Joseland, 16, from Stowmarket, was presented with a Royal Humane Award by Suffolk Constabulary’s chief constable Douglas Paxton.

Madness founder and co-songwriter Chris Foreman made a surprise appearance at The New Wolsey Theatre’s production of Our House and gave the rock’n’roll musical his official seal of approval.

A community park has been officially opened in Risby and it is situated in the grounds of Risby Park Nursing Home, in Hall Lane, and has been launched by the home’s owners the Partnership In Care Group.

A group of friends took a collective leap of faith from 13,000 feet to raise funds for “Amy and Friends”.

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Second World War veteran Ernie Green marked 60 years of a happy marriage to wife Mary with a small family get-together at their home in Michigan Close, Kesgrave.

Youth team players from Ipswich Town’s academy squad have been putting their lifesaving skills to the test.

The players were joined by first team manager Mick McCarthy to learn essential skills including CPR, how to use an automatic external debfibrilator and how to put someone in the recovery position as part of the St John Ambulance’s Save A Life September campaign.