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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.



Police enforced a cordon at around 3pm

Two suspected unexploded mortars and ammunition, found in a building site in Colchester, saw a 100m cordon enforced in Mersea Road afternoon.

Police joined forces with partner agencies for the operation

People were arrested and vehicles seized in a series of police checks carried around in Ipswich and Thetford this week.

A barge on the River Gipping at Bramford around 1895. The road bridge and St Mary’s Church are on the left.

Beautiful countryside, with pleasant walks, fishing and picnic areas are how most now see the area around the River Gipping.

Pictured is Tim Yeo

Former Tory MP Tim Yeo has lost his libel action over a “cash-for-advocacy” claim which he said trashed his reputation.

Essex public sector cuts

Public sector bodies in north Essex have had more than half a billion pounds cut from their budgets over the past five years.

Will Quince speaking in the House of Commons.

Colchester MP Will Quince said he was completely surprised to be named in the Autumn Statement for his pressure to give money raised from the so-called “tampon tax” to women’s charities.

Woolverstone Wish appeal hits the half million mark.  Fundraisers and supporters meet on the site

Work is at last under way on a long-awaited and desperately needed new £3.7million state-of-the-art cancer centre – after a stunning past 12 months of fundraising.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere at the former sugar beet factory site off Sproughton Road.

A new Enterprize Zone involving 10 development sites across East Anglia, with the potential to create 18,500 jobs, was announced by Chancellor George Osborne today.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivering his joint Autumn Statement and Spending Review to MPs in the House of Commons
Photo: PA Wire

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Comprehensive Spending Review today divided opinion between unions employers.

Roundabout at Ropes Drive West where the traffic light trial has been taking place

A trial switch off of the traffic lights at Ropes Drive west in Kesgrave will be extended into the new year, following feedback from the public.

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