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sa 14 Apr
2018

Tomorrow afternoon in Stowmarket professional wrestling including a womens' three way and in the evening Wes Weston's Bluesonics at the California Social Club Ipswich, reckon you could probably take both in. ♫

th 15 Feb
2018

Suffolk ConstabularyThis all sounds a bit Police Interceptors, in the very early hours this morning a shop burglary in Melton, a car chase and finally a burnt out car in Ipswich.

mo 12 Feb
2018

Blimey!  The Ipswich Wolsey are already punting next winter's Christmas panto?

su 28 Jan
2018

♫ You don't have to be pretentious (though it might help) to enjoy opera especially the comedies.  In April the excellent English Touring Opera return to the Snape Maltings with The Marriage of Figaro and much nearer Thursday OperaUpClose present a stripped down modern The Magic Flute at the Ipswich Wolsey.

we 17 Jan
2018

Ipswich SEVEN 2-0 Ipswich EastWho would have thought it?  There are two hockey teams in Ipswich, SEVEN and East.  Sunday the ladies second teams were derbying next to the Ipswich Cardinals practice.  SEVEN won two nil and it was preceded by something that involved loud(ish) pop music but we couldn't give it much attention as we needed to avoid being flattened by american footballers.

sa 13 Jan
2018

National Cyclocross Championships in IpswichSometime in the early nineties we went to the National Cyclocross Championships in the woods by Ipswich's speedway track ... it was a low key event.  In 1983 we went to the World Cyclocross Championships in Birmingham ... it was a low key event.  The 2018 national championships are in Sunderland and being streamed by the BBC live tomorrow ... perhaps not so low key.

fr 5 Jan
2018

Suffolk ConstabularyIn total a squall of six burglaries today and yesterday in Ipswich, Melton and Martlesham.  Officers are investigating if they are linked.

tu 31 Oct
2017
Halloween

Who's Afraid of the Park?Disagreement on the Internet about the postcode for Chantry Park Ipswich but we did find it in time to attach ourselves to the last wave of halloweeners for St Elizabeth Hospice's Who's Afraid of the Park?  We immediately got detached from the wave by stopping to snap a frightener in the debilitating blackness.  Plenty of scary Miss Havisham type brides (including a genuinely ghostly pair) ... and we did jump a good few times:)

fr 20 Oct
2017

A good turn out for the Ipswich Cardinals' come and try american football Sunday with untypically spectators ... though one of them wasn't very happy.

fr 13 Oct
2017
Friday the 13th

♫ Sunday's Ipswich jazz club is the return of Gilad Atzmon as Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble and the Ipswich Cardinals have a second come and try American football for both juniors (14 and upwards) and seniors.

tu 12 Sep
2017

 WANTED  A secretary for an Ipswich nursing home and theatrical landpersons in and around Diss.

tu 15 Aug
2017

Bubble Rush in Christchurch Park IpswichJust so many happy faces engaging in the faintly subversive activity of getting covered in coloured foam on a Sunday in Christchurch Park Ispwich.  Bubble Rush organised by St Elizabeth Hospice was supported by hundreds of multi-coloured runners, walkers and foam divers.  We got to visit charming corners of the park for the first time and the Disney princesses made one little girl's day ... next year eh?

mo 7 Aug
2017

Ipswich Cardinals v Essex Spartans seniorsAt yesterday's juniors and seniors Ipswich Cardinals v Essex Spartans games we learnt juniors are under 19 and reminded that in college rules kicking directly out of bounds is not a penalty.  The Three Chordettes entertained at half times with classy 40s style close harmony that prompted dancing ... limited ... more here

The closed Ipswich-Halesworth rail service should re-open today.

we 26 Jul
2017

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.

mo 26 Jun
2017

Post game hugging - Cards v StallionsAfter yesterday's 03-36 loss to the Wembley Stallions an Ipswich Cardinals coach pointed out to his players that as usual the Card's were way outnumbered, the Stallions were top of the division and the visiting coach said it had been the Stallions' hardest game so far this season.  We much admire the Card's perseverance but just a few more players would make such a difference.

sa 24 Jun
2017

Brian Cant 1933-2017 - pic contributedLike so many we were charmed by Ipswich man the late Brian Cant's easy going charm.  He passed away last Monday aged 83.

fr 23 Jun
2017

An Ipswich man and a Martlesham man charged with the Framlingham pet shop burglary.

mo 5 Jun
2017

Flying water bottleA light moment before yesterday's Ipswich Cardinals-East Kent Mavericks game when the visitors failed to shake hands with honourary captain for the day singer Sarah Probert so the referee sent the Kent captains round again:)  The Cards were looking competitive and scored first but the Mavericks had some very nippy (and slippery) runners for a Cards 51 to 28 loss.

th 18 May
2017

Ipswich in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

fr 28 Apr
2017

Honey and the Bear - pic contributedSuffolk CAMRA's Big Nigel was in the Framlingham Station last night and said CAMRA are helping out at Beer and Folk (featuring Honey and the Bear) on the Ipswich Waterfront starting today. ♫

su 9 Apr
2017

♫ A mature Punk/New wave band in the Woodbridge/Framlingham/Ipswich axis is looking for a singer, they promise not to take requests.

sa 1 Apr
2017

April FoolPopular song singer Ed Sheeran in Earl Soham and 2006In today's East African  no mention of football (soccer) team Ipswich Town FC or popular (pop) singer Ed Sheeran.

th 16 Mar
2017

Yesterday evening a pedestrian died at the scene on the A14 Ipswich by junction 57, that's the last junction before the Orwell Bridge when travelling west.

we 22 Feb
2017

High winds from storm Doris (we had a great-aunt Doris ... well, she was alright) may close the Orwell Bridge tomorrow.

th16 Feb
2017

Tom LehrerWe're great fans of Tom Lehrer here and still treasure his gentle put down of Roy Plomley I think you're confusing arithmetic with mathematics.  Tribute The Remains of Tom Lehrer at the Ipswich Wolsey tonight. ♫

we 11 Jan
2017

St Elizabeth Hospice - IpswichThe St Elizabeth Hospice Ipswich is appealing for donations of furniture to be sold in their shops.  You phone and a man(s?) with a van will collect good quality sofas, tables, chairs, wardrobes and cabinets.

tu 3 Jan
2017

The Phantom Bantam of the OperaCommon Ground Theatre end the tour of their Christmas show The Phantom Bantam of the Opera with a five day run (including two matinees) at the Ipswich New Wolsey starting tomorrow.

sa 19 Nov
2016

Henley is the other side of Ashbocking a few miles north of Ipswich.  Tonight the Fat Band supported by duo Honey and the Bear (containing local ukulele goddess Lucy Sampson) are playing the community centre ... cash bar and light supper.

tu 8 Nov
2016

Ipswich Cardinals new playersAn absolutely cutting east wind across the Northgate playing field Sunday but a very encouraging 53 seniors and juniors for the Ipswich Cardinals new players session.  These American football prospects try out both offensive and defensive drills with just a little padded contact.  The Cards are doing it again next Sunday.

th 27 Oct
2016

♫ We always had a sneaking regard for Gilbert and Sullivan and Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvy turned the regard into open admiration.  The Ipswich G&S Soc are performing Pirates of Penzance in the Seckford Theatre Woodbridge (that's the one in Woodbridge school) until Saturday.

mo 1 Aug
2016

Nice to see that against London Blitz B yesterday the Ipswich Cardinals scored what looks like two touchdowns.

th 21 Jul
2016

Saturday in Ipswich despite losing Inky Minx to the London Roller Girls this year Rebellion Roller Derby had a comfortable 282-93 win against a not a pushover Vendetta Vixens plus they made the team photo of the year.  Creepy?  Oh yes, they can do creepy.

th 7 Jul
2016

Vagaband at the Seagull Lowestoft♫ Three stages at the free Global Rhythm in Ipswich Saturday.  On Peppery's Martin Burley stage we can personally recommend the eleven? piece Goldmaster Allstars and from Norwich Vagaband (awful name, brilliant band) depping for an unwell Hank Wangford.

sa 18 Jun
2016

St Elizabeth Hospice's parachute partySt Elizabeth Hospice Ipswich is hosting at Beccles Airfield a parachute party next month.  They are looking for jumpers but on the day there will be entertainment including face painting, hot food, popcorn and music for spectators.

fr 17 Jun
2016

Julian Harries in The Unhappy Medium - pic contributedWe last saw Common Ground Theatre in Aldeburgh where their four handed Justin and the Argonauts was well routined and getting plenty of laughs, especially from the appreciative Hertfordshire holiday maker next to us.  The company's current show The Unhappy Medium has been on the road since the beginning of the month.  The tour is winding down but it can be seen tonight in Laxfield and a Saturday matinee has been added to the three day run next month at the Sir John Mills Theatre Ipswich.

mo 9 May
2016

♫ Sunday is Ipswich Jazz Club's annual blues night with top of the bill Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham founder members of Nine Below Zero.  Here's all of Nine Below playing at Epic Studios Norwich where Saturday Norfolk Roller Derby had certainly made the effort for The Debutantes' Brawl.

fr 6 May
2016

The Red Rose Chain come indoors for a change to present Richard III at the Avenue Theatre Ipswich starting tonight and running for the best part of a month.

su 1 May
2016
International Dawn Chorus Day

Country mice at the Alde Valley Spring FestivalLast Saturday at the opening of the Alde Valley Spring Festival in Great Glemham Maggi Hambling was just as funny as last year, there was someone off the telly we couldn't put a name to, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer with baby son and Alex Johnson being violent towards a dead tree but for us the stars were the country mice.

th 14 Apr
2016

♫ Chanteuse Polly Gibbons grew up at the other end of Victoria Mill Road Framlingham, this Sunday with the James Pearson Trio she plays the Ipswich Jazz Club.

sa 2 Apr
2016

Mitch Benn and Neil Innes - pic contributed♫ Don't know what we make of musical parodist Mitch Benn, he's a permanent on Radio 4's The Now Show and seems to be a chum of near the coast's own gentle and brilliant parodist Neil Innes.  You can make your own mind up tomorrow when he closes the show at Ipswich's Jokers.

mo 14 Mar
2016

♫ Charlie is a guitarist with access to an Ipswich rehearsal space with drum kit.  He wants to form an Ipswich/Framlingham rock/alternative band.

sa 12 Mar
2016

Suffolk Roller DerbyTomorrow male roller derby in Ipswich.  A Brit Champs double bouter with hosts Suffolk playing Nottingham and Bristol playing from Stamford Brawls of Steel.  Tickets eight quid on the door or six online from Suffolk Roller Derby.

tu 8 Mar
2016
International Women's Day

Lucy Smith16 year old Lucy Smith was reported missing from Ipswich last night and there is concern for her well being.  She may now be in the Lowestoft area. 

LATER: Lucy returned to where she's staying this afternoon.

we 17 Feb
2016

Scary looking two car crash - pic contributedA tragic irony in two road crashes around Ipswich last week.  Serious but not life threatening injuries from the scary looking crash in Foxhall Road Saturday night whilst a twenty month baby girl died in hospital after a Thursday lunchtime Martlesham crash that following drivers may have thought not serious.

sa 6 Feb
2016

The St Elizabeth Hospice Ipswich are looking for supporters to open their gardens this summer or/and provide plants for pop up plant stalls.

tu 19 Jan
2016

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.

th 21 Jan
2016

Smilies at Suffolk Roller Derby Suffolk Roller Derby held their first fresh meat of 2016 earlier this month at the Inspire centre Ipswich.  We reckon there were 14 newbs ranging from ready to go to never been on skates before.  New male and female faces always welcome Fridays but to ensure there's enough loan equipment it helps to contact them first.

sa 16 Jan
2016

David Bowie's 1971 album Hunky DorySometime in the 1960s Bowie was our solo support act and even then he was visibly creative.  Despite this slight association we were soon bored by news people suddenly having an opinion about him.  We seem to be alone in boredom so you'll probably be interested that Pump and Grind Ipswich will be playing non-stop Bowie this weekend and DK's Saturday Sessions Norwich is a Bowie tribute.

mo 4 Jan
2016

(Lto R) Alice Mottram, Matt Jopling and Julian HarriesDespite the filthy weather (and our word wasn't it windy on the Aldeburgh front last night) a very decent house in the Jubilee Hall for Justin and the Argonauts.  The five handed cast tackle a multiplicity of characters (our favourites were the Scottish hand maidens) and musical numbers.  Common Ground's tour continues tomorrow at the New Wolsey Studio Ipswich.

On our way home two people in front of the Aldeburgh cinema were wringing a rug out ...

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