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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