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Nearly £4,000 raised for charity by Jazz bands

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Rave On, Jazzshades and The Martells, East Anglian Air Ambulance is better off to the tune of £3,925.50. The local jazz bands raised money for the worthy cause at the fourth annual fundraiser at Kesgrave Social Club.

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Buttermarket shopping centre could include new cinema

A new multi-screen cinema could be coming to Ipswich as part of a major redevelopment of the town’s Buttermarket Centre. Nationwide cinema chain Vue is thought to be in talks with the owners of the old TJ Hughes department store into a cinema. However, neither the centre nor Vue will confirm or deny that the deal was under discussion.

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Donation from university history graduate who lost battle with cancer

University Campus Suffolk has been left a significant donation by a former history student. Sally Williams passed away in 2010 and has left a legacy fund to the history department. The money will be used to “enhance the experience of current students”, the university has said.

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Nearly £1,000 raised at auction for picture postcards

A series of historical postcards and photographs taken in a bygone era have been auctioned off for nearly £1,000. The images depict Suffolk across the decades and date as far back as wartime in the 1930s and 1940s. The pictures give an insight into what the area was like during those days.

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250th birthday of Margaret Catchpole Celebrated

The story of local legend Margaret Catchpole is still as popular in Suffolk as ever as we celebrate her 250th birthday. Events have been held throughout the area to commemorate the life of horse-thief and jail-breaker Margaret Catchpole who is said to have once rode bareback from Nacton to Ipswich in order to fetch a doctor for her seriously ill mistress.

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Help Groups Given Helping Hand

Lifesaving work in Ipswich and Suffolk has been given a helping hand with thousands of pounds of Government cash. The Government grants have been awarded to Lighthouse Women’s Aid and the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE). The ISCRE received £386,400, which will be used to develop a buddy scheme. The scheme will involve training people who volunteer their time to listen to and support people who have been victims of racial or hate crimes.

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15-stone lost in 18 months by award winning couple

A couple are celebrating after winning an award for their amazing weight loss. Simon and Tracy Bartlett, of Braintree have lost an incredible 15 stone between them after turning their backs on the junk food that they have indulged in since they were teenagers.

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Rhino Rosie gets a falsie!

It seems that it’s not just humans that are keen on a bit of cosmetic enhancement; rhinos are getting in on the act too! Rosie the Rhino has had her horn replaced after it was stolen last year and it has now been replaced with a glass fibre horn that will be no use in any medicines.

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Music Mecca Is Protected

The future of a music mecca in Ipswich has been secured thanks to its dedicated landlady. Val Bint, landlady of the Steamboat Tavern, has bought the pub from owners Greene King so she can make sure it remains a platform for up and coming music talent. The pub, in New Cut West, near the town’s main Waterfront area, has become known as a venue for live music since Val became landlady several years ago.

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Primary school and college both awarded gongs for having high standards of food

Many people don’t have nice things to say about their school dinners, but that cannot be said for the pupils at Sidegate Lane Primary School. The staff at the school have been praised for the quality of the food that they serve, a world away from the typical soggy vegetables and lumpy mash.

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