Vote for Colin Wright in Whitehouse

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On 3rd May it’s the local elections and in Whitehouse the candidate doesn’t get more local then Colin Wright for Ipswich Labour

A local lad raised in the area also has a proven record of helping residents with issues they face, from housing to parking and everything in between Colin has helped many Whitehouse residents in his time as a councillor

As Chair of the Area Committee he has overseen projects that have made a tangible difference to residents lives 

I’ve known Colin since I was about 11 years old so it’s been for quite a while, he’s passionate about the area and has great knowledge of the residents and the issues they face

So if you live in Whitehouse vote Colin on may 3rd

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It may be clear to most of you the reason why I feel so strongly about the mistreatment of the Windrush Generation .it’s not just because I’m of Caribbean descent but because of the injustice at what is happening.

The saga took a turn closer to home for me as I learnt my biological father could not attend his brothers funeral in Jamaica because of the legal limbo surrounding this cock up and fears he would not be able to return

Legislation and government policy changed while Teresa May was home Secretary effectively leading to retrospective measures and a policy called “Hostile Environment ” this has lead to people of Caribbean descent losing the right to NHS treatment, their homes their jobs and some being deported. My biological father is in legal limbo and faced not being allowed back in the country if he left

Uproot an entire group of humans, forcibly stick them on a plane, question their humanity, question their right to live in their home our home the UK .

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The Home Sec Amber Rudd had to go the ,Home Office errors and the policy implemented and carried on caused people being ejected from their country and denied lifesaving medical care. The fact she was to slow to react and lied just made her position untenable.

But the the hostile environment fiasco was implemented by Teresa May and she is as responsible not more for the havoc caused

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THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS !!!! how a poor soul saved thousands of alied troops in WW2 in a plot that involved James Bond creator Ian Fleming

One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British soldier floating in the sea off the coast of Spain, setting in train a course of events that would change the course of World War Two.

Operation Mincemeat was the most successful wartime deception ever attempted, and certainly the strangest. It hoodwinked Nazi espionage chiefs, sent German troops racing in the wrong direction, and saved thousands of lives by deploying a secret agent who was different, in one crucial respect, from any spy before or since: he was dead. His mission: to convince the Germans that instead of attacking Sicily, the Allied armies would invade Greece.

The brainchild of an eccentric RAF officer and a brilliant Jewish barrister, this great deception involved an extraordinary cast of characters including Ian Fleming, who would go on to write the James Bond stories; a famous forensic pathologist; a beautiful secret service secretary; a submarine captain; three novelists; an irascible admiral who loved fly-fishing; and a dead, Welsh homeless person. Using fraud, imagination and seduction, Winston Churchill’s team of spies spun a web of deceit so elaborate and so convincing that they began to believe it themselves. From a windowless basement beneath Whitehall, the hoax travelled from London to Scotland to Spain to Germany and ended up on Hitler’s desk.

The man who never was in fact was a man whose real name was Glyndwr Michael he was was a homeless man whose body was used in Operation Mincemeat, the successful Second World War deception plan that lured German forces to Greece prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily. The invasion was a success, with Allied losses numbering several thousand fewer than would have been expected had the deception failed

Michael was born in Aberbargoed in Monmouthshire in south Wales. Before leaving the town, he held part-time jobs as a gardener and labourer. His father Thomas, a coal miner, committed suicide when Michael was fifteen years old; his mother later died when he was thirty-one. Michael, homeless, friendless, depressed and with no money, drifted to London where he lived on the streets.

He was found in an abandoned warehouse close to King’s Cross, seriously ill from ingesting rat poison that contained phosphorus. Two days later, he died at age 34 in St. Pancras Hospital. His death may have been suicide

On 30 April, Lt. Norman Jewell, captain of the submarine Seraph, read the 39th Psalm, and Michael’s body was gently pushed into the sea where the tide would bring it ashore off Huelva on the Spanish Atlantic coast.

Attached to Michael’s body was a briefcase containing secret documents that had been fabricated by the British intelligence service. The purpose was to make German intelligence (which was known to have operatives in Huelva) think Michael had been a courier delivering documents to a British general. The documents were crafted to deceive the Germans into thinking that the British were preparing to invade Greece and Sardinia, rather than Sicily, and they succeeded in doing so.

Michael’s body was picked up by a fisherman and he was buried as Major William Martin with full military honours. His grave lies in Huelva’s cemetery of Nuestra Señora, in the San Marco section. The headstone reads:

William Martin, born 29 March 1907, died 24 April 1943, beloved son of John Glyndwyr Martin and the late Antonia Martin of Cardiff, Wales, Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori, R.I.P.

The Latin phrase translates as “It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.” In 1998, however, the British Government revealed the body’s true identity. To the gravestone was added:

Glyndwr Michael; Served as Major William Martin,

A plaque commemorating Glyndwr Michael is now also on the war memorial in Aberbargoed. It is headed “Y Dyn Na Fu Erioed” (translation – “The Man Who Never Was”).

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A New Plan To Transform Opportunities for Young People in Ipswich

Through this Opportunity Area programme they will look to help children and young people to fulfil their ambitions and make the most of their lives.




The delivery plan reflects a huge amount of work and commitment from a range of partners in the Ipswich Opportunity Area, particularly in the education, business and voluntary sectors and the local authority.

As one of twelve Opportunity Areas, Ipswich will receive a share of £72 million funding to boost opportunities for young people in your community. This is a key part of the Secretary of State’s aim to tackle barriers to social mobility and improve opportunities for young people.

This new, targeted approach sets out four priorities for action to deliver our commitment to young people in Ipswich:

  • Activities that will ensure all children are prepared to learn for life through support for parents and practitioners to help children develop positive learning behaviours from birth, better communication between schools and parents, and a youth-led social action programme.
  • An ambition to strengthen the teaching profession by providing world class support and development, including tailored development packages for all education professionals, and a high quality skills-based leadership and development programme for all school leaders.
  • Driving rapid improvement in attainment for disadvantaged pupils by embedding evidence-based practice in the teaching of English and maths and supporting the most vulnerable pupils through key transitions in their educational careers.
  • Activities that will inspire and equip young people with the skills and guidance they need to pursue an ambitious career pathway, including meaningful encounters with employers for every young person, and a shared network of qualified career leaders for Ipswich schools.

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Schools Forum backs Labour’s childcare help plea

Suffolk Labour Group

Labour’s Children’s Services spokesperson, Cllr Helen Armitage, has cautiously welcomed the news that the Early Years funding allocation from Suffolk County Council is set to rise and that changes to deprivation and special needs funding are to be introduced.

The Schools Forum committee (11th January 2018) will recommend to the County Council that funding for children in the Early Years setting should be increased to £4.00 and that Special Education Needs should be paid to providers on a needs basis rather than as 4p per hour per child no matter what their need. Changes to deprivation payments mean that these will now be targeted at those that need them.

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Sporting Memories groups coming to six Suffolk libraries

Sporting Memories reminiscence groups are to be established at six Suffolk libraries.

These new groups for over-50s will be starting at Hadleigh Library, Ipswich County Library, Lowestoft Library, Newmarket Library, Stowmarket Library and Sudbury Library in February 2018. Attendees can handle superb sporting images and memorabilia from local and national collections, share memories and stories of watching or participating in sport and enjoy quizzes, games and gentle activity while making new friends.

Anyone is welcome to come along to a session to find out more, whether it’s for themselves or a relative or friend. People with dementia and mental health difficulties are especially welcome. The groups cover all types of sport, though it is expected that as 2018 marks 40 years since Ipswich Town won the FA Cup, the 1978 cup run will be a particular topic of conversation!

Suffolk Libraries are also looking for volunteers to run and support the groups. Volunteers will receive full training at a special induction on Tuesday 23 January from 10am – 2pm at Quay Place, Key Street, Ipswich.

The Sporting Memories groups will launch on Tuesday 6 February at Ipswich County Library. Local Suffolk sporting ambassadors will be sharing some of their stories, and anyone is welcome to bring along their own memorabilia and photographs to trigger memories and start conversations.

Richard Hunt, Sporting Memories Suffolk project manager, said: “Sport is a powerful medium for many people, providing memories of great games, sporting legends and marvellous victories, but also the friendships made and the sense of community that playing or watching sports brings. Talking about sporting events and cultures of the time helps to give people their identity back and reconnect them to the people and generations around them.

“We think that libraries are the perfect place to bring people together to form new groups in Suffolk and we hope people will come forward to find out more. We’re particularly keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer to help run the new groups.”

James Powell, marketing and communications manager at Suffolk Libraries, added: “We are delighted to be working with Sporting Memories in 2018. Sport has touched all of our lives at some time, either at school, as an activity, spectator, or in our leisure time. Using the Sporting Memories collections and resources are an excellent way to reconnect with those experiences, bring friends together and have fun.”

To find out more about the new groups, visit Suffolk Libraries Sporting Memories page.

If you’re interested in volunteering, visit Sporting Memories volunteering page.

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Merry Christmas

Wishing a very merry Christmas to all those who celebrate

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