... a bit Suffolk
|mo 25 Jul|
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|
The 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|
|tu 12 Jan|
Felixstowe'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|
We survived Christmas despite getting up far too early Christmas morning and 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, 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|
Earlier 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|
14 year old Klaudia Sokolowska has been missing from Elizabeth Way Felixstowe since Saturday.
|tu 30 Dec|
We 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|
♫ 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|
Sad 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|
Next 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|
|su 25 Sep|
A 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|
Last 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 old 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|
Damien Payton isn't so much gamekeeper turned poacher as gamekeeper turned 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.