Home-Start in Suffolk

cHARITY working with local families thankful as it receives highest level of support this christmas. Home-Start in Suffolk have

been overwhelmed with the generosity of local people in Ipswich and the surrounding area as beautifully wrapped presents and food hampers were donated for christmas to some of the most vulnerable families in the county. Toys, food and toiletries

were donated by BT, M&S, Farlingaye School in Woodbridge and Woodbridge School, The Black Shuck Motorcycle club and churches love Ipswich and christ church. Gifts were carefully matched

to supported families by Home-Start staff and Home- Start volunteers and Birketts volunteers came in to the office to sort, wrap and deliver. Home-Start is a registered

charity with over 200 trained volunteers who provide friendly, helpful and non-

judgemental support to local families with young children who are struggling. Tara cEo of Home-Start

in Suffolk says “christmas is a challenging time of year for many of our families and we are extremely grateful to everyone who works tirelessly to help us support them”. one mum told Home-Start

that they had pre-warned the children that there would be no money for presents because they had to prioritise putting money in the gas meter and that the gifts received had changed their christmas. Another emailed to say that

she received her hamper after a stressful day at work and was moved to tears to receive food for the family and gifts for her young daughter; “It truly touched my heart. Thank-you for your thoughtfulness and huge kindness. I have not felt that for a long time”. The saying ‘It takes a village

to raise a child’ is not lost at Home-Start.

THIRTY-TWo members of Ipswich Hospital’s oncology & Haematology outpatient team have been “adopted” by Macmillan cancer Support. The adoption means the

team will become Macmillan Professionals with access to Macmillan’s specialist training and development for cancer care.

Pauline Meadows,

Department Sister at Ipswich Hospital said: “We see many benefits to being adopted by Macmillan. We now have access to more patient information support materials and training opportunities.” In addition to Pauline’s

post, the team is made up of ten senior registered nurses, twelve registered nurses, two chemotherapy support assistants and seven health care assistants. Together, they help to deliver the day chemotherapy services and follow-ups with patients. Pauline adds: “As a team, we support patients at all stages of the cancer journey and direct patients to Macmillan services


Spring Steam Up The sights, sounds and smells of steam

To kick the new year off we are holding our annual Spring Steam Up on March 31st which will help reopen the museum after the winter period. This is going to be a fun

packed day for all the family to enjoy from 10am-4pm. The long Shop Museum in

the years that it has been opened has been the heart of leiston which had the first assembly line within its factory. Spring Steam Up will take you back to the Steam-age where you can experience all the long Shop Museum has to offer. our very own “Suffolk Punch The Joker” will be in steam alongside “consuelo Allen” our 10 ton Steam Roller will be there too and in steam. No need to book – just come

along! The admission price for this event will be £8 for adults and £4 for children and this will entitle all ticket holders to free museum admission for a full year, except during special event days such as Final Fling and the Suffolk Steampunk Spectacular. once the world’s first purpose

built workshop for assembly line production, the museum contains a fantastic collection of machines and many of these will be demonstrated in all their working glory at our Spring Steam Up event. contact

info, www.

longshopmus eum., Facebook or call 01728 832189.


like the information centre, the benefits advice service and Macmillan. I enjoy being able to drive forward changes that benefit patient care and am very keen to explore the learning and development opportunities which will now be available to us.” Joy Moulton, Partnership Manager for Macmillan cancer Support in Suffolk, said: “The oncology & Haematology


team work to treat people with cancer or to relieve their

symptoms. They use their skills and expertise in cancer care to provide medical and emotional support to their patients.”

“Macmillan is delighted

to adopt the oncology & Haematology outpatient team and welcome them to our wider workforce. Now, the team will have access to online learning materials, training courses and can apply for learning and development grants. This will ultimately strengthen the care and support, they’re able to

deliver to the likes of you and me.”

The newly adopted

oncology & Haematology outpatient team are funded by East Suffolk & North Essex Foundation Trust and will join Macmillan’s community of over 140 professionals across the site, helping more people with cancer in Suffolk live life as fully as they can. For information or support,

call 0808 808 00 00 or visit

THE PANTO WILL GO ON oNE of the area's most

popular annual pantomimes has been saved from an uncertain future at leiston's prestigious Film Theatre. local amateur dramatics

group, Bright Sparks, have recently advised the venue's owners that they would be taking a break from performing Pantomime after their 2019 production of Dick Whittington and at a recent meeting, a number of options were considered, one being to reluctantly discontinue the annual Pantomime, which has become a firm favourite with scores of eager panto-goers, for whom the event is a post- christmas family treat. After further discussions,

it is now confirmed that Film Theatre manager and former Bright Sparks Pantomime director, Wayne Burns, has agreed to take on the annual Pantomime, under his 'Team B Productions' title and work has already begun on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which will be staged at the venue between January 16th and 19th 2020. Wayne had resigned from

Bright Sparks, following the sell-out production of Beauty and the Beast in January 2018 and the group were given the opportunity of producing their own solo Pantomime, which was performed at the


104-year-old venue between January 10th and 13th to the plaudits of all those who were in attendance. Team B Productions was

formed in 2016, as a separate community Theatre Group, to produce an alternative Pantomime for Grown- ups, with their debut sell- out show, Throbbin Hood, appearing at the Film Theatre in September 2017 and most recently, repeating that success at the Spa Pavilion Theatre in Felixstowe. The group, which utilizes the talents of experienced am- dram performers, will return to the Film Theatre stage in 2019 with their next adult Pantomime, Rude Riding Hood (September 26th-28th), with over 300 tickets already sold. Wayne is no stranger to the

world of Pantomime, having written, produced and directed 14 separate productions for Bright Sparks since 2001 and is keen to reassure panto-goers that Team B's family Pantomime will still encompass everything that panto means to the 2,000+ loyal supporters, with a huge helping of slapstick fun, local references and familiar faces, maintaining high production values, to ensure an enjoyable experience for the entire audience.

"For me, panto is all about

having fun and working as a team to put on the very best show that can be achieved, without all of the backstage politics. I only work to one standard and this is reflected in the reputation and following that we have celebrated in previous years." said Wayne. The energetic dancers

from the coral Stebbings School of Theatre Dance will also be returning to the panto stage, alongside Team B and Suffolk composer and musician, Tom Horton, will continue as the Musical Director, for his eleventh Pantomime appearance at the

venue. over 600 tickets have

already been snapped up for Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with some tickets available from the leiston Film Theatre box office on 01728 830549 or at: www. If anyone is interested

in getting involved in Pantomime 2020, either to be considered as a performer, or as part of the vital backstage crew, please email: or find Team B Productions on Facebook for their very latest news.



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