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Street lights not being fixed

Woof W in Brightwell
We have two street lights nearby, one not working since early January, and the other since mid-January. Advised repair dates given have come and gone, and still we are no further forward.  Is the problem only here, or is it the same across the area? At ... [ more ]
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Woof W
Lamp 361 Demesne Gardens reported 7/1, fixed 3/2, nearly a month. Lamp 358 Squires Lane reported 16/1, still not working today, 10/2. Shows as fixed on SCC site, but although engineer visited on 25/1, it was not working after that, and was re-reported on ... [ more ]

Snowflake Ball

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Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall
Home-Start E.Ipswich & Coastal in Kingston
Come along to our Snowflake Ball on Friday 20th May at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall, 7pm onwards. A glamourous night of fine dining, music and entertainment! Tickets are £55per person to include an arrival drink and three course meal with entertainment ... [ more ]

Free to good home

Kate P in Martlesham Heath
Trouble in the coop? Fancy hatching some chicks this spring? We have a beautiful home reared cockerel free to a good home. He is friendly and used to children. The only reason we can't keep him is we hatched two chicks last year and both are cockerels, ... [ more ]
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Sarah D
Can't see a problem with that. Will double check with my partner to make sure we have nothing planned and get back to you asap.

Tree felling on Foxhall rd near Bell Lane

bunnykins in Great Bealings
Anyone seen all the trees being felled by the side of the road? It has been confirmed by Spedeworth that it is nothing to do with them so obviously the owner of the land doing it......anyone know why? Sad to see woodland being removed!
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Charlie R
Well, houses sound likely (don't mean to be a prophet of doom) but if they build near the Stadium is that a coffin for Spedeworth !! Let's hope it is just coppicing.

Fly tipping

Joanna G in Broom Hill
I can't believe someone has dumped about 3 wheelbarrows worth of rubble under a large shrub on my front grass verge. I have put a sign up appealing for it to be moved. As I live on a no through road which is a private road is there any action I can take?
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Joanna G
Thanks, that website is definitely a useful one to know for the future. Unfortunately everything I've found seems to only be for public land, as well as advice not to touch it yourself as it could be contaminated! I'm hoping a neighbour will see my sign ... [ more ]
Joanna G
Just been perusing the fix my street website. I've just seen all the reports asking for adverts to be removed on roundabouts etc. I always wonder how they get away with advertising, it always seems the same offenders. I wonder why Suffolk don't fine them ... [ more ]

Half term attractions

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Landguard Fort Felixstowe IP11 3TW
Laurence H in Rushmere St Andrew
Having seen the number of people at the viewpoint at weekends when we have been doing our winter maintenance we have decided to try opening the Fort for the February half term week.  Open every day at 10 we will close at 4 pm.  Whilst there is the chance ... [ more ]
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Laurence H
Hi Tricia, number is 01394675900 but we are talking snow, ice and hurricanes to shut the Fort, not a wee bit drizzle. By the way dogs are welcome too.

Kesgrave Park Run

Laurence H in Rushmere St Andrew
There was a good article in the Kesgrave News this month about the Park Run.  Not for me though I have never liked running but those that do get my admiration.  The one thing is the damage being done to the path through Dobbs Wood when the ground is ... [ more ]

Foxhall Road/Bell Lane Junction

Reg W in Kesgrave
I hope whoever is responsible for roads in this area reads this message. Once again, another accident at this junction with people hurt. Some time ago somebody came up with the stupid answer of asking drivers travelling away from Ipswich to turn on their ... [ more ]
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Laurence H
For a roundabout to work it needs to be a reasonable size and not a dustbin lid like the one at the Lattice Barn.  That would mean acquiring land and that costs and more importantly takes time.  If you want action now or as soon as possible then a speed ... [ more ]

Poorly Pansies

Debbie W in Brightwell
Has anyone else had the same problem with their pansies this year? Trying to determine if it's environmental or source of plants?
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Barbara C
Mine have been attacked by greenfly, guess the winter has been too mild to kill them off. Have sprayed them with washing up liquid, but think it was too late; the damage was done.

Error re Landguard Fort

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Viewpoint Road FElistowe IP11 3TW
Laurence H in Rushmere St Andrew
I was careless yesterday giving the dates that the Fort would be open for half term.  Please note the correct dates and my apologies for any confusion.

Curtains/Roller Blind

Alex
I think Dunelm offer this service, downstairs at the back of the shop. I imagine they would be quite reasonable in price.

cardboard boxes for house move

Linda P in Martlesham Heath
Wanted please- I am moving and need lots of strong cardboard boxes that can also be closed securely. Any suitable boxes would be much appreciated- thank you
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Steph F
Hi Linda, I have 4 strong boxes and 2 strong "banana" boxes as Silvergran recommended that you are welcome to have and I also live on the Heath. Private message me if you want them....

Bathroom fitter recommendation wanted

Woof W in Brightwell
We would like a bath removed and a double shower with seat fitted in its place. Any recommendations for this type of work would be appreciated, thank you.
Heather T
DP Interiors did a fantastic job in refitting our kitchen bathroom and cloakroom. All as a separate job. Call Phil on 07758215618 or Darren on 07809723186.

Ipswich Branch, Suffolk Family History Society, Monthly Meeting Thursday 25/2/2016

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The Pioneer Hall, Co-Op Education Centre, 11, Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW
Howard K in Martlesham
John Field presents: "Giles and his adopted Town - Ipswich . A description of the cartoonist Carl Giles, and his life, exploring the degree which Ipswich and Suffolk locations form the setting for many cartoons. Then looking at the various local ... [ more ]
Rachel J
Oh that sounds really interesting! I would love to be there but unfortunately I don't drive/own a car, is there a kind lady from Woodbridge going, who would give me a lift both ways please? Naturally I would be happy to help towards the cost of petrol.

Collars that are too tight

Laurence H in Rushmere St Andrew
Neighbour was away so I was walking his labrador yesterday and she needs a longer walk than my Llahsa so I was walking roads different to my usual patch.  Fortunately I had my Stanley knife with me.  I keep seeing trees that were planted when the houses ... [ more ]
Sean G
Good idea. I was slightly worried however when I read the headline re collars, and then references to dogs and a knife. I thought you were going to say you had reason to cut off a dog's collar with your Stanley knife!

Petrol lawnmower service

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Babysitter please

Louise B in Kesgrave
Does anyone know of a babysitter they could recommend please? We have a 3 year old son we are looking for care for.
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Louise B
Thanks very much for your reply :)  It was for a Sunday but I have managed to find someone who he knows already.  If we are ever in need again I will bear her in mind.
Sarah S
Glad you have found someone you know X My daughter's a volunteer at Youth Club, great with little ones and more than happy to meet up before hand to build a friendship if ever needed :)

Mindless idiots - Front garden vandals

Martin F in Martlesham Heath
Anyone else in the area near Elmers had their walls kicked in?. mine as well as at least 5 others down Oregon Road have been vanadalised by idiots. I'm sure the mindless fools are very proud of upsetting the mostly elderly population of the road. They ... [ more ]
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Bob B
Just to add to Laurence H's advice I suggest completing Suffolk Constabulary's 'Report a Crime Form'. These criminal acts will then be formally logged with Suffolk Police. These can then be reviewed by the Safer Neighbourhood Team who are able to ... [ more ]
Doug S
plus if reported and recorded the insurance will more likely pay for the repair.

can anyone recommend a good, reliable HONEST plumber/heating tech

Karen C in Waldringfield Heath
Just had to have heat exchanger renewed in combi boiler due to scale was charged £316 I am since told these cost around £50 fed up with being ripped off by plumbers :-|
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Alan H
Hi Karen, My sons firm is the best of the best and are top notch, so no need to look any further. Also will never rip you off and are very pleasant and friendly. Just give my son a call on 07595793197. Cheers Alan

Kesgrave and District Crime Brief 19 - 25 January 2016

Swan Close Scheme in Swan Close Scheme
Vehicle Crime Penryn Road overnight 18/01/2016 22:00 - 19/01/2016 07:00 – rear vehicle window smashed with rock when parked on driveway. Search made. Nothing stolen Jewell View between 17/01/2016 20:00 - 20/01/2016 10:00 - entry to vehicle on ... [ more ]

Camcorder repairs

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Hazel T
It's Panasonic and cost me around £400.00 when I purchased it 6 years ago which was quite a lot of money to me. I have found 1staidrepairs.co.uk their quote is £20.56 for LCD hinge £60.00 labour then special delivery post £9.00? May as well say £90.00 . ... [ more ]
Chris G
Well, you can buy a brand new high def Panasonic camcorder for £119 on amazon, plus about £13 for a card memory - can't use the camera without it. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00S9BD0X6

Clothes dummy

Christine S in Great Bealings
Does anyone have or know where I can get a full size clothes dummy to display a uniform in a museum? We are able to pay a small amount.
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A14 Orwell Bridge

Jeff W in Warren Heath
Why are there no Web Cameras for us to use to see any traffic conjestion over the bridge? What are they going to do to improve the exit from the Shell garage onto the A14?
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Foxhall Pete
Yes as Heather says, there are cameras, another route to them is Traffic England website (part of the highways agency), go to the map, click "Map layers" and select cameras, there are several around the bridge. Personally I use Google Maps and the ... [ more ]
Jeff W
Thank you Heather T for your post.  What a pity the cameras are not live, but every 10 minutes and do not indicate which way the are pointing. Another missed opportunity??

Dining Room Tables

Stephanie F in Brightwell
I have two dining room tables which I need to sell. The first one is a six seater glass topped table with chrome legs and six high backed black leathrr look chairs. It has two extendable end sleeves and is in good condition. The second is a round ... [ more ]

Kesgrave Ropes Drive roundabout lights

bunnykins in Great Bealings
Brilliant news.....lights off permanently! Pity they didn't listen to residents in the first place!! http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ropes_drive_traffic_lights_to_be_switched_off_for_good_after_trial_sees_traffic_halve_1_4366587
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Stuart R
Signs to tell you to indicate? Whatever next? When the electronic signs were erected around the outskirts of town (which I hasten to add would give useful and meaningful information) there was so much opposition to them (and not just the position of ... [ more ]
Barbara C
What a great idea! I would say 50% of drivers dont use their indicators at roundabouts. I have waited many a time at Tuddenham Road roundabout waiting to turn right, and could have proceded if only motorists indicated that they were about to turn into ... [ more ]