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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

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

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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.

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Allison Heathcote and son James Heathcote at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, where she was treated after being shot five times in the Tunisia terror attacks.

A Felixstowe woman who was fighting for her life after the Tunisia beach attack in which her husband was killed has said she can only “vaguely recall” the massacre.

Cars for sale at the roadside

Trading Standards experts have revealed the top 10 most frequent consumer complaints.

Police called to a collision between a car and motorcycle.

A motorcycle and a car have collided on the A12 at Melton.

Mars

A physicist who worked on a high-resolution camera that sent images back from Mars has turned his hand to writing.

Doeke Dobma of Clinks Care Farm, Toft Monks, Beccles.

An East Anglian care farmer has invited a group of refugees based around Ipswich to pay a visit next week and pick produce grown on his land.

East of England Ambulance Trust attended the scene.

A man was treated for minor injuries after two cars collided just prior to the Barnby Bends in Beccles.

The new building for Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard. Headteacher, Wayne Lloyd is pictured.

Students beginning the new school year in west Suffolk next Monday will return to a brand new multi-million pound state-of-the-art building.

Colchester General Hospital

A woman believed to be in her 70s was taken to hospital following a collision in Essex.

From left to right: Moira Ely, Leah Fuller and Colin Ely presenting the cheque for £2,000 to St Elizabeth Hospice after Colin's bungee jump in July

An Ipswich landlady has vowed to follow in the footsteps of her extraordinary dad – and tackle a charity bungee jump for St Elizabeth Hospice.

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