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Two non-operational buildings at Adastral Park will be plunged into darkness tomorrow as BT joins a global switch off.
Known as Earth Hour, the switch off – organised by the world’s leading conservation organisation WWF – will see millions of homes and businesses turn off their lights for one hour to make a stand against climate change.
Antares and the Hub at Adastral Park will join other BT buildings – including BT Tower in London, Australia’s BT Tower in Sydney – will stand in darkness for one hour at 20:30 local time on Saturday 27 March.
Other iconic buildings and landmarks across the globe taking part in Earth Hour include New York’s Empire State Building, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Support for the planet
Andrew Cassy, sustainability champion for Adastral Park, said: “We are pleased to be taking part in this event to show our commitment to reducing energy consumption with much more ambitious plans for the coming year, including the new monthly energy charts now available for all to see our energy usage over the past twelve months.”
Last year, hundreds of millions of people in more than 4,000 cities in 88 countries – including BT buildings – officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
Childline/NSPCC fundraising Monday 29 March
Come along to the Hub, lunchtime Monday 29 March to buy Easter cakes and enter into a raffle. All proceeds will go to the NSPCC and Childline.
Usborne Books will be in the Hub on Tuesday 30 March and Wednesday 31 March between 11.00 – 15.00.
Childline fundraising Thursday 1 April
Nicholas Clarke is running the London Marathon for Childline in April, he will be promoting this in the Hub, lunchtime Thursday 1 April.
Wednesday 24 March, 12:30 – 13:30, Crucible theatre, Antares building
Communities all across the world are responding to the challenges of climate change and peak oil, making their towns more resilient and better places to live. This is their story…a film about the Transition, come along and see what is possible in your community.
World Water Day, Monday 22 March
Come along to the Hub, lunchtime Monday 22 March to find out more and obtain a free individual sports drinking bottle.
The Payroll giving scheme, will be in the Hub on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 March.
17 people from the German Telecom twinning organisation at Darmstadt are coming to Ipswich for a full 3 day programme of organised social and cultural events. New hosts are needed now, with the intent to be a guest for a reciprocal visit to Germany next year. Singles, couples and families participate. They arrive on Wednesday 2 June and depart on Sunday 6 June. Please phone Tony Gould 01473 651518 for more details.
Twinning with France Telecom in Amiens in the Picardy region will be from 27 to 31 August this year. This is only two hours drive from Calais so you could add this trip on to your summer vacation. It is not a problem if your foreign language skills are nil. We stay with various French families and reciprocate the following year. If you wish to join the fun contact Tony Gould 01473 651518 for more details.
Learn to speak confidently and effectively in public, give presentations for colleagues and influence important people wherever you go.
Felixstowe Speakers Club are meeting at Mrs Simpson’s Tea Rooms, Felixstowe, on Thursday 25 March 2010 19:45. The last event was on ‘career preparation and interview technique’, just one of the essential skills learnt at the speakers club. See www.felixstowespeakers.org.uk/careers.htm. Please phone 01394 284988 for more details. Everyone will be assured of a warm welcome.
Social cricket in the Suffolk sunshine
ARCS (formerly known as inter-divisional cricket) is a social, but competitive, cricket competition for anyone with links to Adastral Park. The standard is variable (ability is optional, enthusiasm essential), all kit is provided and matches are played on week-day evenings at Ipswich School’s Notcutts’ Ground, just off Henley Rd, Ipswich. A small match fee is charged to cover costs, and players are expected to be members of AtLAS. We have seven teams competing in a league and two cup competitions, with the season running from early May through to August. If you would like to join an established team, or even form a new team with friends and colleagues, please contact Chris Roberts, or see the ARCS website for more details.
The Suffolk Police Community Officer will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Monday 15 March.
There will be a promotion in the Hub at lunchtime on Tuesday 16 March. BT employees in the UK can benefit from a FREE two year Water Supply Pipe Cover arranged by HomeServe.
Prospect (was Connect) will be in the Hub lunchtime on Wednesday 17 March.
Apologies, the Book People were not able to make it today – we will update you with a new date soon.
The Book People will be in the Hub on Tuesday 9 March 11.00 – 15.00.
Regular visitors to the Hub will know that the new WHSmith store has now opened its doors – it’s open 08:00 – 17:30 Monday-Friday and is selling magazines, sandwiches, cards, chocolate and lots more.