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EACH Twilight Walk 2013

EACH Twilight Walk 2013

Once again I am out with the camera to capture the magic of a charity walk.

Tonight it’s the East Anglia’s Childen’s Hospices Twilight Walk. I am quite excited because in my other role in life as a broadcaster, this was my idea. Whilst raising money for the Treehouse Appeal, I suggested an evening sponsored walk and it has really taken off!

“The EACH Twilight Walk around the streets of East Ipswich and including a visit to the Treehouse Hospice will take place again in October 2013.

The popular 3 mile sponsored family walk will this year have the theme of the Wizard of Oz with the woodland garden at the Treehouse turned into a fantastic Emerald City!

A magical experience for children of all ages (all walkers must be accompanied by an adult, so they’re allowed too!)”

I spoke with Hannah Bloom of EACH about the walk…

 

I can reveal that sponsorship so far has exceeded £25,000 – a wonderful effort by the good people of Suffolk for this incredibly worthwhile cause.

Here are the photos of the evening…

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To find out more about the work of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices please visit their website.

 

New World Record – Ipswich Fairies

Ipswich Fairies Break World Record!

I am not entirely sure what a collection of fairies is actually called. A frollick? A flutter?Ipswich Fairies

What I do know is that up until today the world record for a collection of fairies was 768. Not any more. If there is one thing that should make the good folk of Ipswich very proud – they now hold the world record for a frollick of fairies. 820.

The whole purpose of the event, held on the Cornhill in Ipswich, was to raise money for the Woolverston Wish Appeal. The appeal is aiming to raise £800,000 to refurbish the chemotherapy outpatient clinics and day-unit in the Woolverstone Wing of Ipswich Hospital and currently has £460,000.

Other commitments meant that we were not able to capture the height of the event but we were at least able to capture a flavor of Ipswich in the sun, full of fairies…

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Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show, Suffolk – 2013

Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show – A look at life then.. and now.

We are off to the west of Suffolk – The Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show, between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford.

Euston Rural Pastimes Event

I was immediately struck by the queues to get in – this was obviously a well attended and popular event. Once again the weather wasn’t particularly favourable with low cloud and a slight breeze in the air but this didn’t deter the thousands who arrived.

Steam engines, vintage cars & motorcycles, ring displays from many including the excellent ‘The Devil’s Horseman’ cossacks and even an appearance from Pike, Frazer and Cpt Mainwairing from the nearby Dad’s Army museum!

A refreshingly community based event which manages to avoid the heavy commercialism of bigger shows, the day was a joy to witness.

This is the heart of rural life. This it what it was, is – and will continue to be for many years to come.

From the website:

Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show has now been held every June for 20 years. It began as a fundraising show for our local Blackbourne Churches and St Nicholas’ Hospice Care with the kind permission of our President The Duke of Grafton, who allowed the event to be held in the magnificent setting of Euston Park.

Together with John Farrow (the farm manager at that time) and Tim Fogden we set up a volunteer committee, which has continued to run this successful one day Show.  We have raised over £370,000 for our causes over the years.

The programme has been broadly similar each year, but with increasing entries the demand for space has required more parking and display areas. A new entrance between the stationary engines and stalls, leads past the traction engines to the new Grafton Ring specifically for tractors.

The main Norfolk Ring has a constant programme of events, displays, demonstrations and parades.It is surrounded by band music, a busy tea tent and further  stalls. Leading past the Craft Tent, the Suffolk Ring is home to a large display of Heavy Horses. Nearby is the start of the hugely popular Farm Rides.  It has also been associated with a magnificent display of flowers in Euston Church. There are several catering outlets, but the most popular are the excellent lunches served in the Hall kitchen.

We will very much keep to the same format and hope we will continue to attract the numbers, which filled the car park completely last year.

Here is our record of Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show 2013

 

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Product Photography Ipswich Suffolk – The Bed Factory chooses Imajim

Product Photography Ipswich Suffolk

It is with great delight that we can anounce Imajim Photography have been given the product photography Ipswich contract for The Bed Factory of Ipswich, Suffolk.

 

Deriving from one of Ipswich’s oldest established family businesses (Barnes of Ipswich Ltd ) Product Photography IpswichThe Bed Factory has grown in it’s own right carrying on the ethos of the original company. This comprises of total customer service and the constant offering of quality products at sensible prices 12 months of the year. The company prides itself on not entering the so called 50% regime where prices are totally without foundation, also the majority of cases supply and deliver exactly the same product at a cheaper price than the so called superstore half price offering. The service element comes from committing to large stocks even buying in container loads for the best price but more importantly when you purchase a product it will usually be delivered from stock on the day you were promised at time of ordering.

Managing Director Peter Barnes said,”We are having a complete revamp of our web sites and we need our products to really stand out. Working with our advertising people RB Media Agency, Imajim Photography is the company I trust to have our range looking exactly how we want it.”

James Hazell of Imajim Photography remarked, “I have known Peter for a number of years and I am delighted that, as a local company, we have been asked to provide product photography to another local company – and  one with such a long and fine tradition.”

The new product images will begin to appear from July 2013.

 

Imajim Photography

The Bed Factory

RB Media Agency

 

Suffolk Show 2013

Suffolk Show 2013

It was with a certain trepidation that I looked forward to this year’s big event – the Suffolk Show 2013. The last one was abandoned due to high winds!

Mother Nature was in a mildly better mood this year – but only just. Day one of the Suffolk Show saw rain and low cloud and day 2, although drier, still managed a gloomy grey sky.

Undeterred, the good people of Suffolk – and beyond – braved the elements. 90,000 of them streamed through the gates to take in the delights of the county’s highlight event.

Here is a flavour of this year’s Suffolk Show…

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From the official Suffolk Show website:

Exhilarating displays

The Suffolk Show Ipswich Building Society Grand Ring has three exhilarating new displays.

Alongside top international show jumping there is the Shetland Pony Grand National. Cheer on the ponies and riders in this qualifying competition over the hurdles. There’s new horsepower of a different kind. The amazing Broke FMX stunt bikes roar into the ring to perform a series of breathtaking air borne feats.

The military bring a new display. Teams of engineers from the 23rd Regiment at Rock Barracks will compete in a grueling time challenge to construct a battlefield bridge, capable of taking a 70 tonne tank.

This is to demonstrate how they cross key points in a battlefield situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is one area where women are actively involved on the front line.

Healthy Family Trail

Healthy Ambitions Suffolk has created a new Family Health Trail at the Suffolk Show. Pick up your route map and follow the trail to eight different points to participate and collect sheep stamps.

Hand in the completed map at Farminanglia and ewe could win a prize! See the new flock of sheep display made by schoolchildren from across the county, the fashion show by Suffolk New College students.

Get cooking, see the butchery demonstration and discover the importance of sheep in everyday living.

House and Garden Village

Situated next to the Flower and Garden Experience. This new feature is packed with ideas, services and products. Equipment for merging your house and garden to create the ultimate living indoor/outdoor space – deck Jacuzzis, conservatory ideas etc

Time to Celebrate

If you’ve a special event to celebrate – a birthday, wedding or anniversary. The Event Zone has everything to make it that extra special, including the Glasswells ice skating rink.

Made in Suffolk

Showcasing Suffolk’s ever growing small businesses producing non-food and drink items. This new feature includes everything from a milliner, printer and publisher with book-signings.

The Newmarket Experience

Discover the history of horse racing in Suffolk. Explore all there is to know about racing in the National Horseracing Museum’s mobile pop-up interactive ‘Travelling Paddock.’ Ride the race horse simulator and discover how it feels to see life from the perspective of a top jockey. Handle racing silks and learn about Newmarket’s famous heritage.

Greene King Eat Street

Now in it’s third year and gaining popularity from the public and new vendors. Greene King Eat Street is street food at its best and this year has its own garden area fronting the Trinity Ring. The catering avenue lined is with stalls producing and selling freshly prepared meals and delicious snacks. It’s every mum’s dream as every member of the family can chose whatever they want to eat.Then all sit together and enjoy, or salivate over the others’ choices, while listening to music played by the Caribbean Steel Band.

This year’s vast selection includes stone baked pizzas, chili, paella, a salad bar, fresh asparagus, sausage, filled baguettes, deli foods and curries.

Suffolk Show 2013

 

 

Midnight Walk Ipswich 2013

Midnight Walk Ipswich 2013

 

One of the more delightful sights around Ipswich late at night is the yearly Midnight Walk.

Several thousand regularly attend the event to raise money for the St Elizabeth Hospice.

The sponsored event comprises a circular walk or run at night starting and finishing at Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road.

The Midnight Walk has previously been attended by ladies only and participants just walked, but this year participants were able to run or walk the routes (five or eight miles) and men were welcome for the first time.

The eight mile route includes two refreshment stops, the first on Colchester Road and the second on Derby Road, as well as passing the Hospice on Foxhall Road where you can hang a personal tag on the Tree of Remembrance.

Never an easy task to capture moving targets at night but I think I have captured the atmosphere of the occasion – even if the physical quality of the shots are not at their best!

Well done to all that took part – Thousand of pounds was raised for this great cause.

If you would like a full size copy of any of the photos please contact us. We will provide them for a small donation to the St Elizabeth Hospice.

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