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we 26 Jul

East Suffolk LinesLaying new track will close the Ipswich-Halesworth rail service for nine days from this Saturday the 29th and the Ipswich-Felixstowe for the next two weekends.  Ipswich-Halesworth stations affected include Woodbridge, Wickham Market and Saxmundham, there will be replacement bus services for both lines.

sa 27 May

12 year old missing from Felixstowe since last night.

3:17pm:  Found safe and well.

th 6 Apr

A 58 year old Felixstowe woman has been arrested on suspicion of theft and what sounds like a small mountain of jewellery seized by police.

mo 25 Jul

Grayson Perry's A House for Essex Wrabness on the south bank of the river Stour is Essex if only just.  From there you can see Grayson Perry's A House for Essex against the cranes of Felixstowe port.  From what we can make out Perry doesn't actually own the house ... can't say we're smitten.

sa 5 Mar

 JOB(S)  Felixstowe Port is taking online applications for an engine apprentice (or possibly apprentices) starting August/September so would suit a school leaver (or leavers).

th 11 Feb

2015 Aviva Women's Tour sprint in AldeburghThe Aviva Women's Tour is returning to coastal Suffolk this summer for the third time.  In 2014 it was a start in Felixstowe, an eventful 2015 finish in Aldeburgh and as it seems to be toggling between stage starts and arrivals a stage one departure in Southwold this June.

tu 19 Jan

Crikey!  The constabulary certainly stuck with this one, an Ipswich and a Felixstowe man are due to be charged with a Melton shop robbery in 2014.

tu 12 Jan

After the Felixstowe DipFelixstowe's mayor Doreen Savage has emailed to tell us that the Christmas Day Dip had 352 dippers and raised in the region of £20,000 for the St Elizabeth Hospice.  As dip registrations were five or ten pounds that's an impressive amount of sponsorship!

tu 29 Dec

Felixstowe Christmas Day DipWe survived Christmas despite getting up far too early Christmas morning andbloody Christmas ... eh? driving to Felixstowe in the dark to find the satnav had taken us to the part of the front where David Berry's cortege had assembled but no Christmas Dip.  Fortunately some dog walkers put us right and though we were still far too early suddenly the Dip was upon us and it was rewarding to see the dipper's pleasure of achievement.  The dip raised an unspecified number of thousands for the St Elizabeth Hospice.

fr 17 Jul

St Elizabeth Hospice is holding a truck pull tomorrow afternoon in Felixstowe.

tu 16 Jun

Tomorrow the first stage of the Women's Tour starts in Bury St Edmunds,Aviva Women's Tour 2015 takes in Bradfield St George, arrives in Aldeburgh around 2:00-2:30pm and if it's anything like Felixstowe last year there'll be a free Costa Coffee van.

fr 16 Jan

Suffolk ConstabularyEarlier this week a Land Rover Defender in Wickham Market had a window smashed and items stolen ... bit concerning this crime is being dealt with by PC Gemma Spink at the Felixstowe station, not Woodbridge?

we 7 Jan

Klaudia Sokolowska has been found safe and well in Bethnal Green.

tu 6 Jan

Klaudia Sokolowska14 year old Klaudia Sokolowska has been missing from Elizabeth Way Felixstowe since Saturday.

tu 30 Dec

The Tinder BoxWe saw the Common Ground Theatre Company last year in the Halesworth Cut.  Since then principal Julian Harries has been the pub quiz master in an episode of Detectorists.  The company's Christmas show The Tinder Box is out on the road around near the coast with tonight the last at St Mary's Hall, Walton near Felixstowe.

mo 14 Jul
Bastille Day

Felixstowe Music Shop♫ The Felixstowe Music Shop is part of Felixstowe Radio and is next to the Co-op in what was the railway station.  Today and only today as an absolute just once a year the shop is offering discounts on bass guitars, in fact it's their ... Bass Deal Day.

fr 9 May

Dutch national team rider Anouska KosterSad to recall that our last visit to the Felixstowe sea front was for Dave Berry's funeral ... but today the sun managed to shine for the Women's Tour of Britain third stage with much milling about and whistle blowing before hand.  Champions jersies gave us a chance to identify some riders plus FREE coffee from a Costa Coffee serve yourself van.  Sunday's final and fifth stage ends in Bury St Edmunds about 1pm.

su 4 May
Star Wars Day

Women's Tour of Britain 2014Next week the inaugural women's Tour of Britain flirts with near the coast twice.  Stage 3 Felixstowe-Clacton on Friday passes just south of Woodbridge and the final and fifth stage on Sunday passes to the west of Stowmarket to finish in Bury St Edmunds.

we 19 Mar

 FOUND  Held at Woodbridge police station an iPhone 4, a Nintendo DS and a holdall containing baby books, at Felixstowe police station a lady's bracelet.

mo 27 Jan

The Tour de France Féminin has had a troubled history but we suspect with Britain's new found interest in (if not understanding of) cycle racing the Women's Tour of Britain may do better ... that is until Britain discovers it's interested in full contact piggy in the middle when the Tomo twins from Stackton Tressel win world gold at Sarajevo.  Stage 3 of the Women's Tour of Britain starts Friday 9 May Felixstowe-Clacton.

su 19 Jan

The Seckford Foundation has granted £1,500 to the Felixstowe Youth Development Group.

fr 3 Jan

A Happy New Year to you all - and thank you for the amusing Near the Coasts over the year - even though I am a foreigner living in Felixstowe!!  Doreen Savage

Thank you for the kind words Doreen and we rather like Felixstowe and don't consider it foreign at all.

tu 31 Dec

A quantity of cash found in a Felixstowe public toilet.

mo 7 Oct

At last night's Suffolk Coastal community awards the Framlingham Flyers beat out Felixstowe hockey club and Woodbridge rugby club for Club of the Year and Leiston police are appealing again about a camera found in Aldeburgh and August containing over a 1,000 family photos including a graduation.

tu 7 Aug

Too late today but continuing tomorrow and Friday Felixstowe and Haven Ports Seafarers' Service (rolls off the tongue doesn't it?) are having a book sale.

th 19 Jul

Felixstowe Ferry golf club have emulated Thorpeness with their own avian House In The Clouds.

fr 15 Jun
Our fifth birthday

Crane 3 Felixstowe ~ pic by Mark Cook ♫Life for rock'n roll stars is not all groupies and substance abuse but Framlingham's finest The Outlaws do have an impressive location to throw tvs from.

su 25 Sep

Miles JuppA giant tombola for Macmillan cancer today on Felixstowe market, the Matt Wates sextet at Ipswich jazz club tonight and, if you've got a passport and a snooker ball in a sock, stand up Miles Jupp at Haverhill arts centre (misleadingly he's Archie in Balamory as well).

fr 19 Aug

An 89 year old woman has a suspected broken hip after her bag was snatched outside Morrisons Felixstowe yesterday morning.  Encouragingly the female bag snatcher was held by passers by until the police arrived.

tu 24 May

Overturned lorry in Felixstowe - pic contributedLast night Smiler was speaking of this overturned lorry in Felixstowe and now the police are appealing for witnesses.

fr 4 Mar

Wednesday police dog and springer spaniel Paddy returned to visit Looking for a homeold friends at the Felixstowe Blue Cross Adoption Centre and highlight the constabulary's support for the centre's Complete the Dream appeal.  The centre takes in and rehomes primarily dogs and cats (who have chalets) but also rabbits, guinea pigs and even hamsters.  On Wednesdays in the tiny surgery a vet is available to the elderly and unfortunate.

tu 18 Jan
Winnie the Pooh Day - AA Milne's birthday

Damien Payton isn't so much gamekeeper turned poacher as gamekeeper turnedThe Village Grocer in Walpole grocer.  His Village Grocer van takes a week to visit villages between Felixstowe and Southwold and then starts again.  Despite the chilling and insistent rain yesterday he was parked up on that corner in Walpole where there used to be a pub and his fruit and veg looked in good shape.

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