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A selection of news and updates from around the county. If you have a story you would like to share please email us.

Alternative Flooring ‘make me a rug’

Barretts is thrilled to be a Specialist Dealer for the wonderful Alternative Flooring company – a ‘Cool Brands’ award winner.

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For one week only £10 could win a beautiful original artwork and … raise funds for breast cancer support and research in a time of COVID-19

Ever wanted to own a beautiful Suffolk landscape, a hand-thrown hand-painted bowl,
a unique sculpture for the home or garden, a piece of designer jewellery or an artist
painted cashmere shawl? Never has there been a better chance.

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Waldingfield takes a walk on the wild side

Local Great Waldingfield village residents have helped to raise over £500 for conservation charity the RSPB with a bumper wildlife walk hosted right from their very own driveways.

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Book an appointment now as Hopkins Homes and Hopkins and Moore reopen marketing suites and show homes from 21 May

In line with Government guidance, all Hopkins Homes and Hopkins and Moore marketing suites and show homes are re-opening on Thursday 21 May with bookings open from today through the suites with full contact details on the website –

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National Lottery Funding Awarded for New Mural for the Young People of Ipswich

Ipswich based community interest company Art Eat Events CIC will be producing another community mural for the Ipswich Waterfront area. The organisers behind Art Eat Festival and four existing murals, will be managing the project with funds from The National Lottery Community Fund gained by Arts La’Olam.

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Local family support charity Home-Start in Suffolk welcomes new Patron

Home-Start in Suffolk is proud to announce that the Suffolk based actress of the stage and screen Miranda Raison will be supporting the organisation in the role of Patron.

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Woodbridge Tide Mill achieves Gold Level Suffolk Carbon Charter – again

Following a further assessment of Woodbridge Tide Mill the Suffolk Carbon Charter panel has decided to renew its Gold level award of the Suffolk Carbon Charter. The award was first given to the Tide Mill in 2015.

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Bring RSPB Minsmere and Havergate Island to your living room with the RSPB’s free Zoom backgrounds!

The RSPB have released 15 images of their nature reserves for use as backgrounds in Zoom meetings. Both RSPB Minsmere’s misty scene over the reedbeds at dawn and RSPB Havergate Island’s views of Orford Ness feature in the list of free backgrounds

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Extremely rare Large Tortoiseshell butterfly could be experiencing a comeback to the UK though Norfolk and Suffolk

While people across Europe are confined to home, nature has no such restrictions. This spring has seen an unprecedented migration of Large Tortoiseshell butterflies into the eastern counties of the UK. While the odd individual slipping across the channel in high summer is not unusual, Butterfly Conservation volunteers have received more reports this month than in the whole of the previous ten years.

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Dealing with relationship breakdown during times of uncertainty

Anyone who has experienced relationship breakdown understands how difficult a time it can be. For couples and families going through the process at the moment, there is the added challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, which has undoubtedly made an already-stressful time worse.
Whether you have already started to take action or are considering the options the challenges being faced may seem impossible to overcome if you are all required to be under the same roof with Covid-19 restrictions. However, family lawyers are ensuring that they do all they can to keep families and individuals supported.

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Take a virtual tour of Innovative Forms: The Lettering of John Skelton at the Lettering Arts Trust

Just before ‘lockdown’ the Lettering Arts Trust was delighted to launch a long-anticipated exhibition: “Innovative Forms: TheLettering of John Skelton”. Curated by John’s daughter Helen Mary Skelton, this intriguing retrospective has been in development for more than seven years. It brings together examples of public and private projects that demonstrate the breadth of John Skelton’s artistic experiments in lettering and how he based his work upon tradition – and then broke away from it.

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The Big 100 Artists Exhibition Online starts 6pm Thursday 7 May 2020 – Introducing new artists from East Anglia

Raising funds for Breast Cancer Support and sustaining research in a time of COVID-19

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Prettys Covid Assist

Help is at hand for local businesses that need legal advice as a result of the devastating Covid 19 outbreak. Prettys solicitors in Ipswich are offering up to an hour of free consultation without obligation to assist and support local businesses.

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The impact of coronavirus on commercial properties – what do you need to know as a landlord?

There is no doubt the impact of the coronavirus on the commercial property market is going to be significant. The government’s decision to close all retail and leisure outlets until further notice leaves both landlords and tenants uncertain where they stand.

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Home-Start in Suffolk receives £390,000 from the National Lottery for the continuation of the Building Resilient Families project in the Waveney area

Local family support charity, Home-Start in Suffolk, is delighted to have been awarded more than £390,000 in National Lottery funding to continue their work with vulnerable families in the Waveney area.

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