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Gallery: More snow, an unusual visitor and breakfasts fit for a king - this week’s headlines in pictures

16:30 25 January 2013

Fresh snowfall descends covering Suffolk in a blanket of white last weekend

Fresh snowfall descends covering Suffolk in a blanket of white last weekend


More snow, an unusual visitor and breakfasts fit for a king


SUB-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall have dominated the headlines this week.

While the rest of us had to deal with treacherous roads and icy pavements, children everywhere dusted off their shovels, raided the fridge and dug out their old scarves. Getting to work in gardens, fields and even on roundabouts, they gathered snow into huge piles ready to craft into the perfect snowman.

Many schools were closed this week but one village school that did manage to defy the wintry weather and remain open was Tattingstone Primary School, near Ipswich. Headteacher Beverley Derrett said that thanks to good preparation by her staff and the hard work of the on-site caretaker, the school had been able to open to pupils from 10am on Monday.

Elswhere, helping to combat the cold, a sizzling treat was served to loyal customers this week as people were encouraged to start the day the best way – with a delicious breakfast. Beccles farmers’ market celebrated Farmhouse Breakfast Week by offering free fry-ups to customers using local ingredients sourced from stalls at the popular market at Beccles Heliport on Ellough Airfield.

A man has been reunited with his wedding ring after it was lost when he was clearing snow off his car. Gareth Johns, 34, lost the ring in the St Elizabeth Hospice car park, in Ipswich, but after an appeal a couple of people armed with metal detectors ventured out into the cold and found the ring within a minute of searching.

Pupils at Fen Park Community Primary School, in Lowestoft, celebrated the end of their first year in their new and improved premises this week. The school moved from its former home in a cramped Victorian building with limited outdoor space in Lovewell Road to the former Kirkley Middle School site in January 2012.

Snowflake the tiny muntjac deer faced an uncertain start in life but now is in the safe hands of staff at an animal rescue centre after being found in a back garden of a home in Sible Hedingham on Sunday and taken in to Wildlives Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Thorrington by the concerned resident.

Another unusual visitor has been found in the garden of a Suffolk home. A Californian quail, typically native to the United States was discovered by Mike Stiff in his back garden in Stoney Road, Grundisburgh.

The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich has been awarded £420,000 by The Arts Council to allow it to improve facilities backstage which haven’t had any major refurbishment work since the theatre opened in 1979.

This year’s pantomime by an amateur dramatics group is raising cash for a new storage facility for costumes, set and lighting and sound equipment.

Traditionally the Debenham Players donate 10% of ticket sales to a nominated charity, but money raised from their performance of Beauty and The Beast, will go towards replacing the ‘Hut,’ which has fallen into a state of disrepair.

In other news, a fitness fanatic is preparing to take on one of the world’s highest mountains after overcoming a debilitating spinal condition. Richard Hickson, of Ipswich, has now booked his flights to Africa where he plans to take on the challenge he feared he would never do, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

And finally, pre-sale estimates are showing that a new world auction record for a painting by Ipswich artist Edward Robert Smythe could be set in America next month when his 1870s oil painting of Suffolk hounds is set to fetch between £50,000 and £75,000 at an auction.



Police closed Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

A man has been taken to hospital after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a van.

Travellers in Jaywick.

A group of travellers today returned to a site they had previously camped on in Jaywick - but were stopped in their tracks.

The large scale police operation in Potash Road, Wyverstone.

A village stalwart and chairman of a Suffolk parish council hid hundreds of illegal guns in a secret room at his house, a court heard.

The ice skating rink currently being installed in the Arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds

Limited parking capacity in Bury St Edmunds is set to be boosted by 420 extra spaces over the festive period after local brewer Greene King offered free use of its staff car park at weekends.

Kujtin Rexha was jailed for 11 years at Chelmsford Crown Court

Braintree man Kujtin Rexha has been jailed for 11 years for rape and holding a 17-year-old girl against her will for two and a half months.

Ben Wilson, 20, set fire to the Braintree Emergency Night Shelter in Braintree High Street in February

A man who set fire to a homeless hostel in Braintree, which forced a resident to jump naked from a second floor window, has been jailed for five years.

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