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The Ixia Team will be in the Hub on Wednesday 6 February.

Please come along to catch up with all the latest developments and for more insight into the recent Ixia acquisitions (Anue & Breaking Point Systems) as well as their range of solutions for ‘hot’ technologies such as Video/IPTV, Datacentre/Virtualisation, WiFi & LTE testing. The latest Ixia products will be showcased:

  • The Anue range of network emulation tools for simulating latency and impairment
  • The BreakingPoint threat and vulnerability assessment tools
  • Ixia test and measurement solutions

The Ixia Systems Engineer will be on site, for each of the product lines, so whether you are an existing user of Ixia solutions or happen to have an interest in any of the testing solutions & services that they can offer please drop by – your technical queries will be answered.  Hardware will also be on site to provide table-top demonstrations where relevant.  In addition, to this the BT Account Director (Jason Nolan) and UK Sales Director (Richard Favier) will be on hand to answer any commercial queries that you may have.

Partner QualiSystems will also be represented with their Sales Director Robin Jackson to cover Lab Management and Device Provisioning solutions.


Susan Barnes from the British Trust for Ornithology will be in the Hub on Monday 4 February with a stall publicising the Garden Birdwatch scheme and how you can take part.  She will also have information of the wider work of the BTO.

The Book People will be in the Hub from 11.00-14.30 on Tuesday 5 February.

The Ixia Team will be in the Hub on Wednesday 6 February.  Please come along and catch up with all the latest developments and for more insight into the recent Ixia acquisitions as well as their range of solutions for ‘hot’ technologies.

The Suffolk Police Community Support Officers will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 7 February.

There will be a collection in the Hub in aid of the NSPCC on Friday 8 February.

Susan Barnes is a Suffolk-based volunteer with the British Trust for Ornithology.  She will be in the Hub on Monday 4 February with a stall publicising the Garden Birdwatch scheme and how you can take part.  She will also have information of the wider work of the BTO.

The BTO combines professional and citizen science to inform the public, opinion-formers and environmental policy- and decision-makers.  Volunteers taking part in a range of wildlife surveys form a key part of its work, so come along and see if you would like to help.

Their website with more information can be found here.



On behalf of WRVS and its service user’s I would like to thank you and those who generously contributed gifts to the Christmas Giving Tree. It was another successful year with gifts going to WRVS recipients that are lonely, isolated and without family members around them to provide support.

With extended families dispersed around the country or even around the world, the festive season can be a very lonely and isolated time for many of our older community. Many older people live alone, and find that loneliness, more than any other problem, seriously affects their quality of life. Our volunteers play a vital role, giving up their time and to make life better in their communities. Together with WRVS they deliver professional services with a personal touch.

In total 489 gifts were distributed during Christmas Day & Boxing Day with a further 12 gifts on New Year’s Day. An amazing total of 501.

All gifts were greatly appreciated and feedback from both volunteers and service users expressed both gratitude and happiness on receiving these wonderful gifts. For many it was their only Christmas present.

Miss P said – “how wonderful and what a lovely surprise to receive a gift that is wrapped in pretty paper. I don’t usually celebrate Christmas now that I live alone”

Mr J said “my favourite are chocolate biscuits, lovely. What a treat this is”

Mr & Mrs A said “these are special to us as we really appreciate that someone cares and the dinner was tasty, Thank you and your staff for coming to us on Christmas Day .

Please pass on our thanks to everybody. We look forward to 2013 being the same success.

Kindest regards,

Debbi Fair –  WRVS Head of Operations

A total 53 bags of unwanted items that can be sold in the RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich’s charity shop were collected at the Adastral Park ‘donate, don’t dump’ day on 9 January – a tremendous result. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. Tess Last, shop manager, said: “With an estimate goods value of between £5 and £15 for each bag, it was very worth doing. Thank you.” For more information on how the branch helps local animals please visit the intranet site.

The BT Work Fit Roadshow will be in the Hub from 11.00-14.00 on Tuesday 29 January. Come along and get advice, pick up leaflets on blood pressure, cholesterol, healthy eating, etc and also get information on how to stop smoking.

Knowing a few simple numbers about yourself, such as your weight and your blood pressure, could make you healthier and happier. It could also help you live longer.

That’s because research shows that the more you know your numbers, the more likely you are to change them.

So why not come along to one of our Roadshows to find out why knowing your numbers could really add up to a whole new you.

The sessions will run from 11am to 2pm and you will be able to come along and get advice, pick up leaflets on blood pressure, cholesterol, healthy eating, etc. and also get information on how to stop smoking.

Support and advice at each Roadshow will vary but many will have a health professional in attendance to provide on the spot mini health checks, i.e. weight and blood pressure. Some will also have a Smoking Cessation Advisor to help provide support and also signpost to local services for those who wish to give up smoking.

The roadshow will be visiting Adastral Park on Tuesday 29 January, from 11.00-14.00, with Health professionals. Please pop by and see us.

TE Connectivity will be in the Hub between 10.00-16.00 on Wednesday 23 January to promote the launch in early 2013 of a new 32 Fibre Distribution Point designed for the NGA network.

Prospect will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 24 January.

Please note, due to the recent weather conditions, TE Connectivity have taken the decision to postpone this event.

TE Connectivity will be in the Hub between 10.00-16.00 on Wednesday 23 January to promote the launch in early 2013 of a new 32 Fibre Distribution Point designed for the NGA network. The stand will preview the product and a sample will be available, in addition technical experts from TE will be available to answer any questions.

Product Features:
– Designed to have 100% mechanical sealing solutions using gel based sealing technology and removing the need for time consuming heat shrink and resins.
– Easily installed with a screwdriver …… and re-enterable.

A new FDP has been developed by TE to increase the capacity from the existing 24 Address Points to 32 Address Points.

The 32FDP has been developed to overcome the space constraints in joint boxes and increase the capacity of Address Points served.

The Adastral Work Inspiration event for Suffolk schools will take place between Monday 2 March and Friday 6 March 2015.

This will be the 6th year the event has been running and we’re looking for volunteers to help deliver this fantastic experience. Anyone who works at Adastral Park is eligible to volunteer, including non-BT companies, subject to your individual organisation’s consent. Teams of volunteers are also welcome if you can encourage your colleagues to join in too.

This year more than 800 Y9-12 students from 10 local high schools will be taking part. If you have an interest in volunteering on the day your local school will be attending these are planned to be:

  • Monday 2 March [FULL]
    – St Albans (Suffolk): 163 year 9 students
  • Tuesday 3 March  [FULL]
    – Suffolk One: 70 year 12 students
    – Westbourne Academy: 41 year 9 students
    – 40 places remaining
  • Wednesday 4 March
    – Copleston High: 70 year 9 students
    – Kesgrave High: 40 year 10 students
    – 40 places remaining
  • Thursday 5 March [FULL]
    – Ipswich Academy: 150 year 9 students
  • Friday 6 March [FULL]
    – Ormiston Denes Academy: 48 year 8 students
    – Sir John Leman High School: 25 students
    – Kesgrave High: 40 year 9 students
    – Stowmarket High: 40 year 9 students

Why should I do this?
It’s your chance to make a difference to the lives of local school children, you can count the day as a BT Volunteering day and you can use it as an opportunity to improve you and your team’s motivational and communication skills…….oh yes, it’s great fun too!  Why not volunteer your whole team and deliver an alternative team meeting?

What will I be expected to do on the day?
We’ll be running 10 fun and engaging workshops simultaneously, covering a broad range of skills and activities. You’ll be in charge of delivering and/or supporting these 40 minute workshops.  The workshops themselves will be set up for you and you’ll be given the option to be trained in running these prior to the event. No specific experience is necessary.

  • Openreach – BT Apprentices give hands on demonstrations of cables / joint boxes etc etc. [Lead Matthew Burke]
  • Customer Requirements – Building a bridge that has specific requirements.
  • Supply Chain – 4 groups of students interacting to deliver goods from production to customer effectively.
  • Teamwork – Groups have to build a jigsaw that other groups have some of the pieces for.
  • Words For Work – Pairs of students describe patterns that the other has to draw. Then there is a Logo Challenge highlighting brand power.
  • Lost At Sea – Students are presented with a disaster situation in which they have to prioritise wreckage items that might help them.
  • Apprenticeships – BT Apprentices to explain what BT Apprenticeships look and feel like. [Lead Josh Finbow]
  • CV Workshop – An introduction to CV’s, their importance and tips on how to create a good one.
  • All About Me – Understanding your personality. Using famous people as examples, a process leads the students to a personality type and explanation of how that personality can help them secure work.
  • BT Sport –  To be populated by BT Sport Personnel. [Lead Jamie Mullan]

What is the time commitment?
Each event will run for one day, between approx 10:00-16:00.  You can volunteer for as many days as you wish, just agree it with your line manager first.

What do I wear?
We ask that all employees turn up to events in the clothing they would wear for their everyday work.  This includes formal uniforms if applicable.

Will I need a CRB/DBS check?
No, you will not need a CRB/DBS check to participate in this event.

What happens next?
You’ll be contacted in during  with further details and next steps.

To register for your preferred day(s) or for any queries please e-mail  Andrew Cassy or Ali Howard.

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