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Tools With a Mission will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 20 October. For people to move from aid dependency to self sufficiency they need practical help. Tools with a Mission seek to provide this help with the provision of refurbished tool kits for a variety of different trades. These tools enable people in poorer countries around the world to work and earn a living to support themselves and their families. Over the years Tools With a Mission have built strong partnerships with projects that provide vocational training and have fully trained staff to teach various trades as well as life skills.
The RSPB will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Wednesday 19 October to talk about the work of the RSPB and give people the opportunity to become a member.
In the run up to Energy Saving Week we are holding a short series of informal lunchtime presentation and discussion on what BT is doing to reduce its energy demand by relevant leaders from Innovate & Design. Open to all residents on the park.
NB. *all talks will start @12:30 in the Alan Rudge lecture theatre, Antares first floor.
Mark Friston, Energy & Carbon Reduction Programme Delivery Manager
Louise Krug, Senior Researcher Enegy & Sustainability
As a business one of our six key strategic priorities is to be a responsible and sustainable business leader. This talk will highlight how we can support this business priority through
- ICT enablement
- increasing the use of ICT to reduce the carbon footprint of other industries such as power, transport or buildings
- Increase revenues from low carbon products and services
- Reducing the carbon footprint of ICT itself, with a special emphasis on BT’s own energy usage
- Reduce our costs
- Protect against energy price volatility, uncertain energy security and legislation ((Carbon Reduction Commitment, CRC).
Thurs 20 October -BT’s Cool Broadband
John MacDonald, Specialist Technology Consultant, Wireline (DSL)
For the second year running our Beachwatch event was the largest in Suffolk, if not the whole of the UK. 170 people helped to collect 1,100 Kg (1.1 tonnes) of rubbish when they took part in this national event run by the Marine Conservation Society to clear up local beaches and prevent harm to wildlife.
Organised by Andrew Cassy, BT sustainability champion at Adastral Park in Suffolk, and supported by the Ipswich and Felixstowe district scout groups, the event attracted many children, local people & BT volunteers. Over the course of 6 hours they cleared a remote stretch of beach at the Suffolk Wildlife Trust Trimley Nature Reserve.
As the area is so remote, the rubbish is not left by walkers – but is washed ashore. It is just along the coast from Felixstowe, one of the country’s biggest ports. A chartered fishing boat sailor said after the event that “…he was gobsmacked to what [a] difference we had made on the fore shore, it really stood out and was noticeable from the river so well done to all involved we really made a difference “
The beach was adopted by Adastral Park in 2009 and is a 2.5 mile stretch along the estuary, from Fagbury Point (along the Orwell shoreline, adjacent to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust Trimley Marsh nature reserve) to Loompit Lake. The coast is a major feature for Suffolk, attracting many visitors and locals. It is also very sensitive to climate change, erosion and other environmental factors, especially pollution.
Andrew said: “This annual Beachwatch event now forms a key part of Adastral Park’s ongoing social responsibility and community engagement activities – to raise awareness and take action on local environmental issues. It is only through co-ordinated action and engagement with all the organisations who make this possible that we can achieve such a great result.”
Unusual items collected this time included an old necklace box, football cap, plastic skeleton and drain cover.
Andrew concluded: “The scouts really helped to make a huge difference yet again thanks to their support and logistical co-ordination in running the event. Not only does the environment and wildlife benefit, but the individual girls and boys can also earn community and environment badges through taking part. ”
In Suffolk, Beachwatch (and the year-round Adopt-a-Beach scheme) is promoted and co-ordinated by the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team. In conjunction with Suffolk Coastal District Council, they provide volunteers with equipment to make the task easier and help keep them safe in the process. Suffolk Wildlife Trust kindly hosted our event and opened up their visitor centre, with Trimley Estate providing much needed overflow car parking. BT lead the event and provided a minibus and drivers. Adnams brewery provided a drinks voucher for all participants – cheers!
This months social lunchtime walk is the first of two visits by special arrangement to the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Control Tower Museum.
Leaving from outside Adastral Park Reception promptly at 12:15, we shall have a brisk walk across the heath to the museum where they have opened especially for our group. Volunteers will be on hand to give an overview presentation with time to view the exhibits before returning after an hour or however long you can stay.
NB. this event is free but donations would be most welcome for this local history charity which has strong connections with the Adastral Park site.
List of forthcoming and previous walks walks (shown on google map):
- December – evening ghost walk around Ipswich, subject to demand, date to be confirmed
- 16 Nov – Second visit by special arrangement to the MHAS control tower museum
- 12 Oct – Visit by special arrangement to the MHAS control tower museum
- 21 Sept – Walk round the outside perimeter of the site, approx 2.5miles
- 17 Aug – Martlesham Heath woodlands* (to south of estate), 1.5 miles
- 20 July – Woodland by police HQ*, 2.5 miles
- 29 June – Walk Farm wood* near to the RSPCA / behind Tesco’s 2 miles
- 13 May – Walk round the outside perimeter of Adastral Park, 2.5 miles
- 11 May - Walk round the inside perimeter of Adastral Park, 1.5 miles
*includes a Geo-cache point
Future destinations depending on interest include: Long Stopps and a historic walk around Ipswich (early evening in the Spring) – let us know of any other local walks we could do.
If you are interested to find out more, or have other suggestions, please contact Andrew Cassy by email Adastral.email@example.com or call 01473 628023.
Sygnus will be presenting the range of Network Instruments test and monitoring equipment currently in use by parts of BT with the aim of raising awareness within the Adastral community of these test tools. These IP focused analysers are used to reduce time to resolve network and application issues in live networks and in labs, helping to reduce costs and maintain competitive advantages
Spectacular Double Bill Lecture Evening
In aid of The Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum
Friday 14 October
The Thomas Hall
Kesgrave High School
(historian, writer, and director of over 200 documentaries on The “History” and “Discovery” Channels) presents:
“Churchill and The Boffins”
Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown
The Fleet Air Arm’s most decorated pilot,
Test Pilot (who has flown over 500 types of aircraft – included captured enemy aircraft) presents:
“The race to find advanced German Aviation Technology after World War 2″
Tickets required in advance
£5 for MHASvSoc members
£7 for everyone else
For more information see: http://www.mhas.org.uk
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To book tickets contact Martyn on 01473 614442 or Howard on 01473 274300
Aldeburgh Music will be on site at lunchtime on 17 October to promote Aldeburgh’s Big GOSPEL Shout, which will take place on Sunday October 30, 2011 starting at 2pm, at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Bring the whole family for a roof-raising celebration of gospel classics led by Ken Burton. Open to all ages and abilities. If you can/can’t read music, don’t want to join a “choir” but want to be a part of communal singing then come and see what it is about. Tickets are £2 (unreserved seating). To register and book tickets visit http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk or call the box office on 01728 687 110.
Prospect will be in the Hub on Tuesday 11 October at lunchtime.
The Suffolk Police Community Officer will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 13 October.
The Catering Team are selling home made cakes in The Hub concourse on Friday 14 October between 10am and 11am. This is to help raise funds to revamp the oncology ward at Ipswich hospital, where cramped conditions mean patients have to receive chemotherapy in corridors due to a major shortage of treatment rooms. This is a local issue and any support will be very welcome.