Improving collaboration in North West Ipswich

In my “Day Job” with ICM I was part of a pilot session in April of this year, the workshop included a broad section of local representatives who engaged in brainstorming and honest open discussions about some of the challenges that people face trying to offer services or support to the Whitehouse area.
Many great ideas and insights came out of the last session regarding how service providers might collaborate better. We discussed how we could offer more holistic services to the people of Whitehouse and North West Ipswich and how engagement with local residents may be improved.
We are looking to expand on this so a follow up session will be held on 26th September 3pm to 6pm at St Thomas Church Hall, Bramford Lane , Ipswich IP1 5EP
Live in Whitehouse area or North West Ipswich ? Do you want to help shape the way services are provided in your conmunity? Could you be part of finding out what is needed and what can be done to help your communities ?
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Witness appeal to Ipswich robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses to robbery that took place in Ipswich.


It happened on Thursday 13 September by Suffolk College at about 7.40pm when a 14 year old teenager was approached by four teenage males and asked if he was listening to music. He had his phone in his hand and then one of the males grabbed it and the headphones and then handed both back to the victim with a threat made that they would assault him if the victim went after the group.


Two teenagers, aged 13 year and 14 years old have both been arrested on suspicion of robbery and taken to Marltesham Police investigation Centre for questioning where they remain.


Officers believe that several members of the public walked past the group at about the time of the incident that took place on a path next to the football pitches near to an ATM machine and are keen to speak to them as potential witnesses.


Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw any suspicious activity should contact Ipswich CID on 101, quoting crime reference 37/52646/18.  Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at

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It’s gone quiet


For thirty years I have been taking funerals and have been privileged to tend the grief of thousands of hurting families.

Too many of those funerals have been for teenage boy suicides whom their families thought were just ‘going through a phase’. So they left them to fend off the wolves of despair and depression, bullying and prejudice by themselves without any support.

Every time the family has been shocked and could never understand why their child did this. Listen to your younglings, hug them, talk to them. Don’t let the quiet win!

‘It’s Gone Quiet’

Wish that bloody boy would turn his music 🎧 down

How can I fix supper 🍔with that sound around?

At last he’s turned it down a little

So know I sit with a cuppa ☕️ and think for a bit

It’s gone quiet…

‘Your Tea’s 🍔 getting cold!’ Shouts the voice up the stairs

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Macmillan Coffee Day in North West Ipswich

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Like many my life has been touched by the effects of Cancer, some of you may not know but I lost my father when he was only 44 years old to Cancer and I’ve seen and experienced the effects it has on a family.
I’m pleased that FTC a gym that is in North West Ipswich are holding a Macmillan Coffee Day supporting Macmillan cancer support
The day will have a cake competition that anyone can enter
If you would like to provide some cake (home made or brought is fine) or you or anyone you know would like to volunteer on the day please let FTC know
Macmillan cancer support provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by.
As well as helping with the medical needs of people affected by cancer, Macmillan also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have
The Macmillan Coffee Day is Friday 28th Sept 6am till 10pm
FTC Gym 44 Whitehouse Road
                        IP1 5NX
  Tel 01473 748390
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It’s time to put on your dancing shoes with ActivLives at their popular Tea Dances!

Whether it’s been a while or you’re a keen dancer – everyone’s welcome at ActivLives Big Tea Dance being held at The Corn Exchange in the centre of Ipswich, supported by Ipswich Borough Council. There will be old classics to help get you in the groove, then lots of well-earned refreshments for you to enjoy. So whether you are a couple, single or a group of friends, everyone is welcome, put on your glad rags and get ready to rumba.

Take a quick step down to The Corn Exchange, King Street in Ipswich on Thursday, 13th September at 2pm with the doors opening at 1.45pm with tickets at £7.50 for the afternoon.

You could be the special, star ticket holder, with an exciting prize and there will be a raffle held with some great prizes. In addition, for their enjoyment, there will be an airing of the Town Hall Polka, commissioned 150 years ago for the Mayoress at the ball celebrating the Town Hall’s opening.

Live music will be provided by the lovely and talented Gina Silburn, a wonderful local artist, singing ballroom favourites and dance-floor classics. So whether a waltz or a samba, or something more contemporary, come along and enjoy two hours of live music and dancing. Lovely homemade cakes and teas and coffees will be available to revive you during the afternoon. An expert will be there to help with some basic dance moves, so if you are a bit rusty she will be on hand to help.

Julie Stokes, Chief Executive Officer of ActivLives, said ” Tea Dances are a fun way for local people to get together; not only couples who enjoy dancing but also those who may be on their own, to give them the opportunity to make new friends at a fun, relaxed event, with the bonus of being able to dance with like-minded people.”

As well as providing an enjoyable opportunity to dance, it has been shown that Tea Dances play a valuable role in tackling the important issue of loneliness amongst the elderly. Research has highlighted that 1.2 million older people are chronically lonely, and half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend every day alone.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the Activlives Tea Dances. Whether you just like to listen to the music, enjoy making new friends or just want to dance, there is something for everyone – and tea and cake too!

Please book your place by calling ActivLives main office on  01473 345350 and register to attend, as numbers are limited. You will be able to purchase your tickets on the door.

For more information, please contact Alison Pearson, Community Engagement Officer on 01473 345350 or email

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After the hype, Black Panther’s legacy

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Kimberly Rey delves into what Black Panther means for people of African heritage, both in diaspora and those born on the continent


Six months ago in February of 2018, the highly-anticipated Marvel Film, Black Panther was released to huge acclaim and box office success. Leading up to its release, anticipation and excitement surrounded it. Commentators and fans alike thought about the implications of a black superhero, a movie with an all

When the film finally arrived, it was met with reactions that were overwhelmingly positive. We saw viral videos of black people expressing their joy at seeing representation, conversations buzzing about the relationships between continental and diasporic Africans, and cinemas booked out for black youth to see the film.

Of course there was criticism too, and the film saw endless analysis of its complexities across the press. Diasporic African Americans were chastised for the shape of their engagement with…

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Theft of mobile phones Ipswich, Sudbury and Newmarket

Following a number of recent mobile phone thefts at local phone stores.  Suffolk Police would like to make businesses aware of situations where a number of people have entered the stores and whilst one distracts staff, others remove mobile phones or tablets by cutting the display phones security cords.


Thefts have occurred on the Thursday 23 August at stores in Ipswich and Sudbury, and on Thursday 16 Aug 18 in Newmarket.


Police advise stores make sure their phones and other high value items are secured as best as possible, with tamper proof security chords and individual tamper alarms.


Further Crime Reduction advice for businesses can be found at

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

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