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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.

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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File picture of the Essex Air Ambulance.

The air ambulance touched down on a field off Flora Road in Witham yesterday afternoon.

The Stowmarket town sign.

One woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage following the incident last night.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing

It would take a phenomenal effort to produce a bad Dirty Dancing show. The 1987 coming-of-age drama is ripe for any interpretation: iconic music, a timeless script, a clear story with emotional depth, relatable characters and well-defined goals, and of course, some pretty captivating dancing.

Major Tim Pig preview shots. Image: Jane Anderson

The finer points of his space suit have been painted on, he has been shipped back to Ipswich and been glossed to protect him from the weather - and now Major Tim Pig is just waiting to land in the town centre.

Clacton

Members of the public are being warned to be aware of cold callers after a 77-year-old woman was the victim of a distraction burglary in Clacton on Thursday.

Ferry boat inn old Felixstowe 
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