Albert Pye Primary School

Women Like Me

WoMEN Like Me is a local charity that supports women with positive well-being and confidence. We have just secured an allotment in Beccles where we’ll be growing all sorts of produce and plants for our Garden Angels. GA are local women who volunteer to tidy and clear others gardens so they have a space to be outside. on March 8th we are holding

THIS half-term, Year 6 pupils at Albert Pye are learning about keeping healthy and how our bodies work. They had the opportunity to examine the heart and lungs of a pig and learn more about the human

respiratory and circulatory systems. Local paramedic, Martin Grove, came into school to answer questions about his job and also demonstrated how an ECG machine works.

our official launch party and would love to see as many women there as possible, to come along and have a fun girls night out as well as supporting a local charity. March 8th is also International Womens Day, so what better reason to get your party frocks out and your lippy on.

You can find out more

on our Facebook page and website womenlikemeandyou

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Girlguiding Bungay Members Attend Exclusive Screening Of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns

GUIDES and Senior Section members from Bungay attended an exclusive Girlguiding film screening of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns on Sunday 20th January.

4th Bungay Guides and

1st Bungay Senior Section were among the 57,000 Girlguiding members who attended the mass screenings held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January, at the


sequel sees British actor Emily Blunt play the magical and much-loved nanny, Mary Poppins, who after 20 years pays another visit to the Banks children on Cherry Tree Lane to lend a hand. The girls from both units

loved the fact that they could enjoy the new film about such an iconic character with fellow Girlguiding members from across their area. Elen, 12, who attended

the event, said: “It was magical.” Joy Garrould, Guide

Leader, said: “We all had a great time and it was fun to do something different with the units” “We’re delighted to have

teamed up with Girlguiding to offer groups across the Uk the opportunity to be captivated by the return of Mary Poppins. It was fantastic to welcome so many excited Girlguiding members to our cinemas to enjoy this new story about such a beloved character,”

said a representative from odeon Cinemas. Girlguiding offers girls as

young as five the opportunity to be independent, learn new skills, gain confidence, make new friends and have fun. The charity offers all girls

aged 5 to 25 the chance to take part in a wide and varied programme, incorporating everything from world issues and science to adventure sports and international travel.


BECCLES discount retailer QD – is continuing its support for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) through the sale of Lucy Loveheart shopping bags. The retailer is aiming to add to its impressive group fundraising total of more than £101,000 raised to date for EACH’s nook appeal. The store, located on New

Market, is selling the reusable shopping bags which have been specially designed for EACH by internationally- renowned Norfolk artist Lucy Loveheart. The bags feature an ‘Enchanted Meadow’ design with rainbows, forget- me-nots, bluebells and butterflies. Proceeds from the sale of the bags go to EACH. EACH cares for children

and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk and the rest of the region, also supporting their

families. EACH

launched the nook appeal in November 2014. The appeal aims to raise £10 million to transform children’s palliative care in Norfolk, which includes a new purpose-built hospice ‘the nook’ on a 5-acre woodland site in Framingham Earl, just south of Norwich. Artist Lucy Loveheart

trained for six years, first at Ipswich and Norwich schools of art and then at the Royal College of Art in London. Her work has been used for publishing, fabrics, ceramics, cards, murals, advertising and catalogues - not to

Animal World: Taking care of our furry, four-legged friends

IS your older dog or cat less active? Stiff? Losing weight or having accidents? People often put slowness or lack of activity down to age itself, unaware that their beloved pet is putting up with chronic pain and other problems, many of which are easily treated. I understand that a lot of

people are reluctant to take their older pet to the vet, per- haps concerned about the con- sequences of admitting that their pet is in pain. We all have aches and pains from time to time and older pets, like older relatives, will suffer more. But that does not mean that their quality of life is unacceptable. Anti-inflammatories and other joint supplements will often allow them to play like they used to and give them a new lease of life. Consider getting a

raised bed or bean bag to sleep on to relieve pressure on old joints.keep up with their exer- cise but be realistic about what your pet can manage. A walk to the first lamppost and back two or three times a day may not seem like a lot but it is very beneficial to your old pets mental and physical well being. Cats that can’t jump so well

will welcome strategically placed chairs or stools so that they don’t have to make the jump on or off their favourite sleeping place in one go. Some may also appreciate a litter tray indoors, and remember to keep an eye on their claws, which may need more frequent trim- ming. older dogs and cats, like

older people, lose confidence. Shiny laminate floors can be a

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worrying challenge for an older pet anxious about pull- ing on a stiff joint. Putting down non slip matting will make a real difference to them. Going downstairs is hard for dogs, especially if they can’t see well so make sure your stairs are well lit. Tooth problems are com-

mon and often overlooked. Pets with tooth ache do not stop eating but they do stop enjoying life, sit quietly, play less and become more irrita- ble. A dental procedure to remove infected teeth, carried out under a carefully moni- tored anaesthetic is a small risk to undertake to ensure your pet’s mouth is comfort- able and pain free. owners often remark afterwards that their pet is a lot more active and engaged.

Finally, don’t ignore prob-

lems in your older pet just because you think nothing can be done or because you think your vet will recommend that you have your pet put to sleep. The earlier you get some advice on lumps, bad breath, puddling or excessive thirst, the more options you will have. And remember too, that you don’t have to treat every problem. As long as your pet has an acceptable quality of life then you can decide, with your vet, whether to treat them or not.

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A qualified, practising vet has set up a new service to help pet owners form stronger bonds and a greater understanding to promote better management, mutual wellness and improved quality of life for the pet and the owner. Paola van Dijk offers bespoke consultation services which optimise the mutual ben- efits from the human/pet bond and to aid fitness,wellness and weight, manage behaviour and how to help us make informed quality of life decisions when our pet is facing challenges such as long-term illness. Paola has recognised that pet owners often require extra guidance and support to help cope with the emotional challenges-serv- ices that might not be provided by their veterinary practice. By prior arrangement, Paola offers affordable consultations from her Lowestoft clinic, at your home or by phone or Skype. You can contact Paola on 07376209122/paola@vdvet-

Benefits Pets and Their Owners

Rose Cottage Cats

AS those people who contact me between editorials will now know, I am retiring from rescue/rehoming and the rescue is coming to an end. I am still seeing people who want cats (in order to rehome those that are still in my rescue), but I am taking no more in. At the time of going to press I have left awaiting homes - 2 white cats, male and female, to go together, and the black (escapee!) female mentioned last month, back here and either exceedingly fat or pregnant, we're waiting to see which. We also have her last

2 daughters, but they are not very people-friendly (though used to me - but not affectionate) so we will move them in with us and the "scaredy cats" (ferals) who, when we finally close the rescue after the above have gone, we will start letting them out in the garden, but call them back to their shed for their food and overnight.

May I thank everybody who

has helped me over the years, particularly the volunteers who have helped with cleaning, run my facebook page and generally helped keep going. Incidentally if my black

escapee (mentioned above) does turn out to be pregnant, not just overeating now she's back with us, we may have one final litter of kittens to rehome before neutering and rehoming her - they may well be black - most of her last lot were (she had 9!).

mention her own paintings that sell in galleries or are privately commissioned. Lucy has also created a series of children’s books, with over 16 titles that have sold worldwide. Ian Nicolson, EACH

Head of Retail and Trading, said: “We’re delighted QD’s stocking our Lucy Loveheart bags to help raise funds. Featuring rainbows, forget- me-nots and butterflies, this work truly captures the spirit and ethos of the charity. Bluebells are in abundance at the new hospice site in Framlingham Earl, so it’s very apt to have these in the design, too.” James Collins, associate

director of trading at QD Quality Discounts, said: “As a local, family owned business, we love to support invaluable local organisations such as EACH and we have been fundraising for them since September 2015. We are very pleased to introduce these beautiful bags in our stores across the region to help raise further funds for the nook appeal. QD customers can feel good about supporting a great cause while shopping for brilliant bargains with us.” The Enchanted Meadow

large shopper bags are available from QD, priced 99p. For more information

on QD Stores, visit www.






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