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Gallery: A clever greenhouse, a message in a bottle and a dormouse are just some of the pictures that made the headlines this week

17:35 22 February 2013

Pupils of Orwell Park School gardening club with some of the material for their plastic bottle greenhouse. Pic Ted Blackbrow

Pupils of Orwell Park School gardening club with some of the material for their plastic bottle greenhouse. Pic Ted Blackbrow

LOOK back at some of our favourite photos from the week.

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Volunteers are needed to help create a 100m-long hedgerow that will enable endangered dormice to thrive.

The project to produce a ‘dormouse corridor’ at Tiger Hill in Assington near Sudbury is being managed by a group from the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, along with volunteers from the Stour Valley Project and Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

When 14-year-old Archie Dixon-Smith was told his mother had breast cancer he was compelled “to do something” so the teenager from Groton, near Sudbury, set about planning a fundraising walk for charity with his friends. Archie accompanied by his family and friends, walked 10 miles from Ringshall to Darmsden and back again – and so far he has raised more than £8,000.

Mother-of-four Cherie Pointon discovered a bottle washed up on the shoreline of Pakefield Beach during an early morning walk with the family dog Rolo. She took the bottle home to open with her children Tom, 15, Joel, 13, Rosie, 11, and Daniel, nine. The message inside was from an eight-year-old boy called Maarten, who lives in Lowestoft’s former twin town of Katwijk. and it also contained a picture of Maarten with a seal and a tourist information sheet about Katwijk.

A new shuttle service that aims to offset the impact of a bus ban in Southwold has moved a step closer as Suffolk County Council donated a redundant minibus to the town council. A controversial ban on buses using parts of the High Street was made permanent in November in a bid to ease congestion.

Style-savvy students have taken to the catwalk to raise almost £4,000 for a good cause. Youngsters from Woodbridge School cut a dash at their charity fashion show. The evening featured clothes from a number of local retailers, including the designs of sixth form student Hannah Gilbert.

Green-fingered volunteers had their spades at the ready for some early season planting. Around 20 people, including a number of children, were at the community garden in Pig’s Meadow, Framlingham. They were helping to create a woodland edge by planting shrubs and trees.

A headteacher is “delighted” this week after his school was praised in an Ofsted report. Pupils, parents, governors and staff at Stonham Aspal CEVA Primary School have been celebrating after the report highlighted the “good quality” teaching.

Mystery surrounds the death of a young porpoise found washed ashore at Old Felixstowe. The 4ft-long creature was found on the shore at The Dip – and was reportedly seen alive in the water shortly beforehand.

British Cycling coach John Stockwell led a session for youngsters at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre. The Go Ride cycling taster session on Tuesday saw eight to 14 year olds race for prizes.

Volunteers turned out in force to plant an orchard to honour the memory of a village stalwart. People in Hacheston, near Framlingham, wanted to commemorate the life of Tony Dyer, who died in July last year.

A Suffolk-based photographer has been chosen from thousands of other professionals to be awarded an international accolade.

Angela Adams, who has a studio at Earsham Hall, Bungay, won a gold award in the portrait avant-garde”

section of a competition run by the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP), which has members worldwide. Her image The Collector was chosen from a total of 1,380 photographs entered from the UK, Europe and America.

Pupils at an Ipswich independent school have found an unusual way of recycling their old plastic bottles. Members of the gardening club at Orwell Park School are constructing their very own greenhouse – made entirely from soft drink bottles, all fitted to a wooden frame.

A village project that started as a bit of fun and an excuse for people to have a natter over a cup of tea has well and truly caught people’s imagination. Orford General Stores’ community scarf is now around 9ft long and will eventually be auctioned off to raise funds for the sports pavilion.

A new village bench to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee has been unveiled in a ceremony in Woolpit, near Stowmarket.

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A large police cordon around the Tesco Extra store in Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

A Tesco Extra in Great Yarmouth was evacuated and searched by bomb disposal crews following a hoax call.

The White Horse pub in Sudbury is selling Zebra, Camel and Bison at its special steak night

While squirrel has been popping up on the menu of adventurous restaurants across Suffolk in recent months, it appears that the people of Sudbury have even more exotic tastes.

Fish and chip shop blaze in Sible Hedingham

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at a fish and chip shop in Sible Hedingham.

Sam Smith

Tickets for Sam Smith’s highly-anticipated show at Thetford Forest sold out in less than three quarters of an hour today.

The MSC Oscar en route in the North Sea to its next port of call.

Hundreds of ship-spotters are expected to line the shore as the Port of Felixstowe welcomes the world’s largest container ship on Monday – just two months after the last holder of the title sailed into the harbour.

Tawny owl

Two men who were suspected by police of being responsible for the illegal trapping and killing of a tawny owl in west Suffolk will not be charged.

The Causeway in Hitcham

Hundreds of pounds in cash and jewellery were stolen from a home in Hitcham.

All Star Wrestling at the Corn Exchange

It might be ‘fake’ - but you can’t say it’s not fun.

Fire fighters tackle tractor blaze

Fire fighters were called to a tractor that was ablaze in a field in Pettistree.

Temporary chief constable Gareth Wilson and police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore

Suffolk Constabulary is pledging to support a national campaign aimed at promoting trust, integration and cohesion within communities.

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