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Students who wish to improve their German are welcome to join weekly lessons on Thursdays from 12.00 – 13.00, starting on Thursday 9 May at Adastral Park.

The lessons are well structured, and taught in an informal and friendly environment by a native speaker. We are opening a short 7-week summer course, and from September the course will run through the year.

For more information phone 01394 383824 or e-mail spanish.specialists@btinternet.com.

In BT and at Adastral Park, we believe that volunteering creates opportunities to support our people to do the things they are passionate about in our local community. But did you know that, particularly as a BT employee, you can use three days of paid work time to volunteer, either as part of regular activities that you are already involved in, or to support some of the opportunities that BT has set up. We are currently working with Age UK Suffolk to help them find volunteers for the telephone “befriending” service they offer.

The service links volunteers to older people in Suffolk who would like someone to call them for a friendly chat each week. Calls are free and usually last for up to an hour once a week and they really can make a big difference to an older person’s life, especially if they are housebound. If you are interested in becoming a telephone “befriender”, whether you are a BT employee or not, please refer to the Latest News from Adastral Park – April 2013 e-mail for the link to record your interest on Formwize.  We will then arrange a session with Age UK Suffolk where more details will be provided.

The Ramada Encore Ipswich team will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 April to launch the new Adastral Park Loyalty Card with benefits for all employees based at Adastral Park.

Representatives from Perspectives will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Wednesday 1 May to provide information and help raise funds for Perspectives Pregnancy Advice, Samaritans Purse and Father’s Heart.

The Book People will be in the Hub from 11.00-14.30 on Thursday 2 May.

The Jazz with a Twist fund raising event is raising funds for three charities, Perspectives Pregnancy Advice, Samaritans Purse and Father’s Heart. Representatives from Perspectives will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Wednesday 1 & Wednesday 29 May to provide information on the work of this charity working in the Ipswich area and support selling tickets for this fund raising event. Tickets will be on sale for the dinner evening on 6 July and auction of items including a garden make over, trips round sports car manufacturers and hotel breaks.

Eurest Services have an opportunity to review the coffee brand that is served in the Hub coffee bar, and want to ask you what you think before making a final decision.

This review will only be relevant to the coffee brand served at this coffee bar and will not affect other coffee offerings located throughout Adastral Park,

The proposal

  • Keep the current brand and offering – so no change!
  • Introduce Starbucks – A global brand that has had presence in the UK since 1998
  • Introduce Paddy & Scott’s – A local coffee company based in Earl Soham, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Please give Eurest Services your views by completing a survey form available from the Hub coffee bar, or alternatively completing the attached form and returning to the Hub coffee bar.

The Ramada Encore, Ipswich team will be in the Hub 29-30 April to launch and outline the benefits of the new Adastral Park Loyalty Card’ for everyone based at the Park.

The Ramada Encore Hotel Ipswich is a 126 bedroom centrally located hotel, just a short walk from the Train Station, Adastral Park Shuttle Bus and the town centre. The hotel is bright and modern with FREE Wifi in all our public areas. All bedrooms have air-conditioning and fantastic walk in power showers.

Our Hub Bar, Restaurant and Riverside Terrace offers an informal atmosphere in which to enjoy a delicious freshly prepared meal, bar snack or drinks with colleagues or friends.

The hotel also offers two modern meeting rooms with natural daylight air-conditioning and facilities.

There will be a promotion of the Additude Music Festival during lunchtime on Tuesday 23 April.

The Spirent team will be in the Hub concourse on Wednesday 24 April to outline the latest developments to their Network Testing, Automation and Lab Optimisation solutions.

Prospect will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 25 April.

Spirent will be in the hub on Wednesday 24 April.

Please come along to meet the Spirent team and find out about the latest developments to their Network Testing, Automation and Lab Optimisation solutions.

Designed to enable deployment of the latest technologies – including video & TV services , High Speed Ethernet, Virtualisation, Cloud & Datacentre, Web Applications, BYOD, Cyber Security, 4G/LTE, VoLTE and WiFi – Spirent’s solutions also innovate on automation, lab space optimisation, power consumption, greater realism and reduced time to test.

Whether you are an existing user of Spirent tools or would like to find out more about their solutions for smarter testing, the team will be pleased to meet you and discuss any areas of interest.

If you would like to set up a meeting in advance to discuss a specific topic with Spirent, please contact your Account Manager, Gary Seager.

APTA is the Adastral Park Twinning Association. In addition to the established twinning with France Telecom’s Amiens section near Paris, and Deutsche Telecom’s Darmstadt section in Germany, there are a wide range of other travel and activity opportunities to broaden your horizon, make new friends and travel more cost effectively.

The activities for 2013 include visiting our German twinners, hosting the French visitors, hot air balloon meets, cycle, walking & kayak tours, trips to Poland, Madrid, Czech Republic and more. Plus the established language classes on site and access to the French Holiday Villages at special rates. It is open to all employees and former employees in the Ipswich area as well as employees of other companies with offices at Adastral Park. Find out more see the APTA website or contact Andrew Cassy .

There will be a Parkinsons Awareness Week & Brain Bank stall in the Hub on Tuesday 16 April. Information and advice will be available for Parkinsons, the BT Able2 network for those with disabilities, the local ‘Movers & Shakers’ group as well as the national Brain Bank scheme. Drop by to find out more or contact Alan Cameron or Andrew Cassy if you wish to discuss separately.

The Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society will have on display a free-standing banner at lunchtime on Wednesday 17 April, advertising the ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ performance taking place on 24-27 April at the Regent Theatre, Ipswich.

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