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Usborne Books will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Tuesday 30 November.

Get into the festive spirit and start your Christmas shopping in the Hub on Wednesday 1 December, 16.30-19.00. You can find out more here.

School Christmas carols start on Wednesday 1 December with Sproughton Primary School. The school will sing 12:00-12:30.

Ever wondered why stars twinkle, what a galaxy is (other than a chocolate bar) or why crisp packets behave like fireworks when you put them in the microwave (don’t try this at home) – well come and find out FOR FREE at Physics Fest 2010.

From 14:00-17:00 on 5 December at Claydon High School, Ipswich, the Institute of Physics East Anglia Branch will be delving into all such questions and many more for children aged 8 to 18.

We will be bringing a planetarium, and lots of interesting things to make and do with hands-on experiments, and supervised experiments, such as making a rocket, and constructing and racing hovercraft. There will also be 2 talks one “A rough guide to the Universe” (age 14+)  and another “Crisp Packet Fireworks” (age 8+) promises to be explosive.

For many years, the Institute of Physics has run a “hands-on” science event in December, for children 8 – 18 and their parents in Cambridge at the world famous Cavendish Laboratories. This year, we are delighted to bring it to Ipswich, and would like to thank Claydon High School for both hosting us and taking part, along with Ipswich High School.

Come along and bring the big kids too (your parents) – there’ll be lots to see and do!

For more information contact:

Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright

Chair of the East Anglia Branch

Tel: 01223 333318 (07981 135048)


Dr Michael Robertson

Member of IoP East Anglian Branch committee

Tel: 07732 155605

Prospect (was Connect) will be in the Hub lunchtime on Wednesday 24 November.

The Adastral Park Prospect Union committee will be running a full week of activities for Connect week. There will be door prizes for every event and a draw for new members or members who recruit during the week.
Monday Amnesty International – Crucible Theatre
Tuesday Union Learning and Financial Planning – Orion Conference Room 5. Contact to book.
Wednesday Performance Management – John Bray Theatre
Thursday Pensions – John Bray Theatre
Friday Environment – Alan Rudge Theatre. Tom Martin from the BT Group energy and carbon team will talk to us about BT‘s energy use and national wind turbine and solar photovoltaic plans including a possible major installation here at Adastral Park.

All sessions run 12:30 -13:30 except Tuesday (contact for more information).

If you have further questions about the week contact your local committee members:
Martin Aylett (Pensions/PM) –
Robin Gape (Union learning) –
Brenda Cavanagh (Environment) –
Paul Delve (Amnesty) –

On Friday 19 November there are loads of ways to get involved in Children in Need around the Park.

In Orion, the Video and Content team are selling cakes by the vending machines in the tea point at the Radio Tower end of GDC1, and cost a suggested donation of 50p. Plus the catering team will be selling homemade goodies in the Hub.

Also in the Hub, you can take part in a Guitar Hero competition.

Kevin O’Donnell will be getting his legs waxed on over in the Adhara building at 11:30. To sponsor Kevin, please email, and provide your EIN (if you have one), as well as your name.

You can get your car washed by the first-year apprenices for £5 between 10:00 and 16:00 in car park D. Please contact Fred Perkins to arrange a time. Alternatively, call 07966232037. Please drop or park your car in car park D, and collect it at the time which suits you. You will be notified by phone when your car has been washed. When booking your car wash please include the following information when you book: your EIN (if you have one), name, colour of your car and registration.

Children in Need – There are lots of activities happening for Children in Need in the Hub on Friday 19 November including a cake sale and a guitar hero competition.

Apologies The Book People were unable to attend on the 9th Nov. Their next visit will be Tuesday 21st December.

Prospect (was Connect) will be in the Hub lunchtime on Wednesday 10 November.

The Suffolk Police Community Officer will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Friday 12 November.

The “Including You” programme will be visiting Adastral Park on 4 November, 11:30-13:30, in the Hub. Come along to see how BT has brought together everything we do on disability and inclusion. A number of stands showcasing the programme itself, accessibility best practice and innovation will be available to visit.

To compliment the event the BT Accessibility Practice will be running a disability awareness workshop 09:30-11:30 in the Crucible Theatre. The workshop will give you a greater understanding of various disabilities, provide practical advice on how to deal with them, give examples of how assistive technology can be used and provide an overview of the current legislation in this area.

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