Covid has not only attacked people’s physical health. With the collapse of the economy and so many businesses forced to shut and make staff redundant – or workers put on reduced hours – its has left many suffering financial hardship. And for those who already had problems – it has plunged many of them into crisis. East Suffolk Council and its three local Citizens Advice … Continue reading Financial Worries? Citizens Advice Are Still Here To Help
From Monday 10th May new parking technology is being introduced at Ipswich Hospital – and it means blue badge holders will need to register their vehicle with reception, as well as display their badge, to avoid fines. The hospital team is introducing an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system for staff and visitor parking along with new payment machines allowing payment using bank cards and … Continue reading New Parking Regulations For Blue Badge Holders At Ipswich Hospital
So – girls – have you ever felt nervous walking home alone in the evening – even if it’s not that late and not that far? Have you ever had second thoughts getting into a taxi – or looked behind you and clutched your keys a little tighter while collecting your car from a deserted multi story car park? Although it’s not the first time … Continue reading SATURDAY ESSAY – Are Women Safe In Suffolk?
One section of the community has really suffered during the lockdown are those people living on their own and trapped within their four walls through age and vulnerability. There have been a number of charities and groups that have tried to help – including Felixstowe Helping Hands and BASIC Life Charity, Suffolk County Council’s Home but Not Alone scheme, and Suffolk MIND. Now Felixstowe … Continue reading Schools Get Funding To Reach Out To Isolated On Felixstowe Peninsula
A sign that things are gradually beginning to ease – East Suffolk Council will begin to collect large items from private householders again from next week after temporarily suspending the service to prioritise household waste and recycling collections. The Council’s bulky waste collection service is set to return on Monday 15 March, meaning that households in East Suffolk can once again have items such as … Continue reading East Suffolk Council To Restart Bulky Waste Collections
Arts facilitators Pier Projects have already announced a new paid commission for an artist to develop work around the concept of walking in Felixstowe .Now they are seeing members of the public to form a ‘community panel’ to select the winning artist. Pier Projects want to work with an artist to develop an exciting project for Felixstowe based around walking. .The aim of the project … Continue reading Call Out For Community Panel To Select Artist For Felixstowe Commission
The hospitality, tourism and retail sector, so hard hit by restrictions during the pandemic, has been given a double boost in Suffolk with the announcement of more financial help from both East Suffolk Council and the Chancellor’s Budget. East Suffolk Council has launched a new £2 million Hospitality Payment scheme which will see a one-off grant of £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of … Continue reading More Financial Support for East Suffolk Businesses Announced
During this pandemic life hasn’t been easy for anyone, but in the professional world the creative industry has had a particularly hard time of it. And the Felixstowe peninsula is particularly rich in creatives, from musicians and theatre practitioners to visual artists. With venues closed or at limited capacity it has been very difficult to get work out there – but now arts facilitators Pier … Continue reading Pier Projects Announce New Art Commission for Felixstowe
Last year we all had high hopes that lockdown would be eased fairly quickly and by March 2021 everything would be more or less operating normally In that spirit plans were put in motion for a weekend to celebrate women’s creativity to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8th entitled WAMfest (Women Arts and Music). Unfortunately, as we all know, covid and lockdown have … Continue reading WAMfest – New Festival Celebrating Women In Art & Music Moved To September
In the House of Commons this afternoon Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his long awaited plan to end restrictions and ease England out of lockdown. As had been urged by many, the easing is cautious – allowing four weeks between each stage in order to analyse the data and ensure there is no huge resurgence in virus cases and hospitalisation numbers. The PM did make … Continue reading Boris Johnson Announces Four Stage Road Map Out Of Lockdown
In these uncertain times mid pandemic and post Brexit you would be forgiven for thinking we are short on good news – especially in the area of trade. Love it or loath it, with the demise of local manufacturers and now the decimation of the retail industry, job security in our region relies to a great extent on the prosperity of our ports – and … Continue reading Felixstowe & Harwich Bid for FreePort Status – What Does It All Mean?