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Would you like to learn to speak a little French ready for you holidays? Perhaps you already speak some French but would like to improve? Whatever your level, why not join our lunchtime sessions Thursdays or Fridays? Groups ranging from beginners to advanced are taught by an experienced French teacher in an informal and enjoyable manner.

For more information, please contact Steve Appleby,

The Book People will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Tuesday 2 August.



11.30am – 1.30pm


There are no events taking place in the Hub during this week.

The Big Summer Declutter

 This event raises in excess of £15,000 forEast Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and 2011 is the second event of its kind.

Volunteers are required to make the day go smoothly. Some of the jobs include:

  • Taking payment on the entrance from car booters and visitors
  • Assisting with car parking in the venue
  • Loading up the lorries at the end of the day (all unwanted items can be donated to EACH charity shops)
  • Throughout the day you will be a representative of EACH and you will be provided with lots of information about EACH so you can tell people all about the charity and what the Declutter will do to help

Event details:

Date: 7th August 2011

Time: Shift one – 6am – 10:30am

          Shift two – 10:30am – 3pm

Out of pocket expenses will be provided as well as lunch and refreshments, although it is advisable that you bring some additional drinks too in case it is a hot day.

This is a great event to volunteer at and you are more than welcome to stay and look at all the stalls when your shift is over, or for the second shift, you can check out all the merchandise beforehand.

The Treehouse Campaign to build the Hospice inIpswich has been a huge community project over the last year and your help at this event will assist EACH in delivering the care that the Treehouse was built for.

You will also be called into the Treehouse a week before the event and given a full briefing so you will know exactly what you will be doing on the day.

If you would like more information please call Nikki Brown on 01473 237242 or email

Prospect will be in the Hub on Tuesday 19 July at lunchtime.

The Suffolk Police Community Officer will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 21 June.

Sunday 7 August 2011

Trinity Park Suffolk Showground, Ipswich

It’s time to clear out your clutter to support your local children’s hospice!  The Big Summer Declutter is back for the second year running, giving you the chance to clear out your clutter and raise funds for EACH.

Last year saw almost 700 car booters arrive to sell their wares to the 5000 visitors… and this year’s Big Summer Declutter will be even bigger – with 1,000 car boot pitches up for grabs.

As an added bonus, you can choose to leave your unsold goods behind to be sold in EACH charity shops or recycled to raise funds, rather than taking them home again.

Pitches cost £10 – please pre-book your pitch by Friday 22nd July at

For more information about the event, please call Patsy at the Suffolk fundraising office on 01473 237243.

Our Community Police team, PC Shaun Brett and PCSO Justin Moss, will be on site in the Hub on Tuesday 12 July at lunchtime to undertake bike security coding and cycle safety.

If you haven’t already security coded your bike, bring it along from 11:30-13:30 to the closed road outside the hub. The cycle coding itself is just your postcode and house number with a UV pen and a varnish lacquer to protect it, so it causes no damage to the bike – gone are the days when we used a hammer and dyes! All finished off with a nice complementary sticker, if you want one!

 The process might not stop your cycle being stolen, but it will make it a lot easier to get it back to you if we find it

Payroll Giving in Action will be in the Hub from 08.30 to 17.00 on Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 July to promote BT’s payroll giving scheme, Give as You Earn. The GAYE representatives will also be able to make any changes to existing donations.

Have you ever considered donating via BT’s payroll giving scheme, Give as You Earn? GAYE was set up specifically to allow BT employees to support causes close to their hearts – it is the most tax efficient way to give. BT pays all the administration costs of the scheme plus £1m in matching so your donation is worth even more to the charities of your choice.

To find out more please drop by the Hub on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th July 2011 between 08.30 and 17.00, where 2 GAYE representatives will be available to answer questions and be able to make any changes to your existing donation/s.

Alternatively if you would like to arrange for a representative to give a short talk in your team meeting, present at a Live Meeting or dial into an audio conference, please email the Charity Programme.

If you are unable to attend on the day but still wish to sign up for GAYE, then you can find out more and sign up on-line.

A weekend of fun at Adastral Park, BT’s global innovation and development centre near Martlesham, saw over £7,000 raised for ChildLine and Cancer Research UK.

The on-site fire team pulled their fire engine weighing 7.7 tons using human-power alone for a gruelling 25 kilometres to raise money for the national charity, ChildLine.

Andy Clark, delivery manager and Adastral Park emergency fire team senior officer, said: “We set out to pull one of our fire engines a kilometre for every year ChildLine has been in operation. Our initial target was to raise £1,500 but we’re on target to collect £4,000 and have to thank all the generous people who made that possible. We suffered no injuries or incidents but there were a few tired and aching bodies the next day!”

The team’s fundraising efforts were bolstered by sponsorship from some of the 40 companies also based at Adastral Park including TM Services, Quatreus, Milner Marketing, Alcatel Lucent and ECI Telecom.

Over 1700 people gathered on the site for Music in the (Adastral) Park. Abba Now, an international tribute-act, and local bands Jacknife Horsebox and Caution Horses entertained the crowd.

Chris Strang, principal consultant designer, and attendee said: “It was a fantastic night. My little girls loved being at their first ever real concert. We arrived as the gates opened and stayed right to the end. When the girls weren’t dancing in the ‘mosh pit’, they were sliding down the helter-skelter and riding the carousel all evening long.”

The event was in aid of Cancer Research UK.

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