ActivIpswich Community Games 2018

ActivIpswich Community Games 2018

The 40 participants competed in a variety of adapted sports including kurling, boccia, badminton, short-mat bowls, petanque, short tennis and table tennis. “By ‘adapted sports’ we mean sports, or versions of sports, that have been changed to make them more accessible to a wider range of people”, explained Mike McCarthy, Everyday Activ-Ipswich Project Manager. “The ActivLives ‘Everyday Activ’ programme, is all about making it possible for more people to get involved in sport and physical activity, even those who think that sport isn’t for them.”
“The Games have been a great success, with a lovely atmosphere created by the participants, who really got into the spirit of things.”

ActivLives would like to thank all of the participants and particularly the great volunteers who helped to make this event happen.
The Everyday Activ-Ipswich initiative is an ActivLives programme which is a partnership with Ipswich Borough Council. New sessions are about to be added to the autumn programme including kurling, yoga and low impact exercise and games.
If you would like to find out more about the Everyday Activ sessions and how to get involved, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email at

Women’s Skills Exchange FREE workshops

Women’s Skills Exchange FREE workshops

Empower with flowers Tuesday 9 October 10am to 12.30pm at Chantry Walled Garden
Come and make a bouquet with our in-house British flower grower Emma Powell – enjoy tea and homemade cake too

Core cooking Tuesday 23 October (half term) 10am to 4pm at the People’s Community Garden
Cook with apples and other community garden produce – and eat the fruits of your labours in a shared meal – with Monica Askay, Orchards East

Warm up for Winter Tuesday 6 November 11am to 2pm to at Chantry Walled Garden
Basic gardening skills, preparing for winter, taking cuttings, compost-making, planning for spring at Chantry Walled Garden with Project Co-ordinator Lesley Hartley

Creative Christmas Thursday 6 December 10am to 12.30pm at Chantry Walled Garden
Make a seasonal wreath or Christmas craft over a warming drink and mince pie

Take up tools February 2019 date TBC at the People’s Community Garden
Basic woodworking at our ActivSheds project – make an obelisk or bird box with Elaine

Get buzzing for Spring March 2019 date TBC at the People’s Community Garden
Beginner beekeeping, tour of hives and bee crafts with Betsy Reid


The sessions are designed to be fun, accessible and sociable – but places are limited, so please book.

Further sessions will cover beginner gardening skills, Christmas crafts, construction and beekeeping.

The project, funded through Suffolk Community Foundation, will involve women of all ethnicities in learning and sharing skills and developing new opportunities for themselves.

Existing volunteers will act as “Garden Companions” to help newcomers settle in and learn gardening and horticultural skills.

The project will bring women together in an active way to learn and share skills and improve their health and wellbeing in a welcoming environment. Women will be able to engage and develop at a pace to suit them, fitting around responsibilities of home and children, and doing as much as they are able. It will bring older women and younger women together in a spirit of sharing and co-operation.

To book a place, or if you have a skill you would like to learn or share, please get in touch with ActivLives 01473 345350  or Project Co-ordinator Lesley Hartley

Celebrate local harvest at community garden market

Celebrate local harvest at community garden market

Our stalls will be bursting with freshly picked fruit and vegetables grown at the community garden as part of our produce market on Friday 5th October, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, from 10am to 12.30pm.

There will also be a delicious selection of cakes and snacks made with our produce, together with tea, coffee and other refreshments, at the CRESS Café.

Hurry if you want one of our last few jars of honey. Thanks to everyone who has donated to our Communibees in the wake of the devastating fire last month.

Come and share the bounty, meet your neighbours, have a chat, and treat yourself to a cuppa and cake.

  • ActivSheds has had a makeover – our members have almost finished the extension to enable people with disabilities to come and enjoy carpentry and construction, with funding from Suffolk Community Foundation. Please come to see the difference it has made.

There is parking on site and in surrounding roads. The CRESS Pavilion is fully accessible with a disabled toilet.

The last CRESS market 2018 is the Christmas special on Friday 7th December. We will take a break in November to give us time to prepare.

For more information, or if you would like to hold a stand or get involved, please contact ActivGardens Development Manager Susannah Robirosa on 07530 407302 or email or Danny Thorrington on 07532 794173 or email ActivLives office can be reached on: 01473 345350.

Help keep our Bees Buzzing!

Help keep our Bees Buzzing!

Sadly, at around midday on Wednesday 5th September, the shed next to our apiary at The People’s Community Garden burned to the ground.
Luckily staff were on site, and saw the blaze from the cabin. They called the fire department, who came very swiftly to tackle the blaze.

Fortunately no-one was hurt, but we’ve lost valuable equipment that we use to maintain our bee hives – as well as equipment we use with local organisations and schools to teach them about the bees. On top of that, one of our hives has sustained irreparable damage.

The fire crew have told us that they believe it was an ARSON ATTACK, and have passed their report onto the police, who will be looking into it further.

Our apiary is across the site from The People’s Community Garden, on Halifax Rd, backing onto Stoke High School.

**If you have any information about the fire please get in touch with the police.**


We have set up a fundraising page through BT MyDonate to raise enough money to replace the shed and all the equipment that was damaged in the fire last week.


If you’d like to donate equipment or make a larger donation, please get in touch with us via 01473 345350 or email

It’s time put on your dancing shoes with ActivLives at their popular Tea Dances!

It’s time put on your dancing shoes with ActivLives at their popular Tea Dances!

Whether it’s been a while or you’re a keen dancer – everyone’s welcome at ActivLives Tea Dance in the centre of Ipswich. Old classics to help get you in the groove, then lots of well earned refreshments for you to enjoy. So whether you are a couple, single or a group of friends, everyone is welcome, put on your glad rags and get ready to rumba.

Take a quick step down to The Corn Exchange, King Street in Ipswich on Thursday, 13th September at 2pm with the doors opening at 1.45pm with tickets at £7.50 for the afternoon. (In association with Ipswich Borough Council)

We have a special guest and in addition, there will be an airing of the Town Hall Polka, commissioned 150 years ago for the Mayoress at the ball celebrating the Town Hall’s opening.

An expert will be on on hand for help with some basic dance moves, so if you are a bit rusty she will be on hand to help.

Live music will be provided by the lovely and talented Gina Silburn, a wonderful local artist, singing ballroom favourites and dance-floor classics. So whether a waltz or a samba, or something more contemporary, come along and enjoy two hours of live music and dancing. Lovely homemade cakes and teas and coffees will be available to revive you during the afternoon.

Julie Stokes, Chief Executive Officer of ActivLives, said ” Tea Dances are a fun way for local people to get together and it is not only for couples who enjoy dancing but also those who may be on their own, to give them the opportunity to make new friends at a fun, relaxed event, with the bonus of being able to dance with like-minded people.”

As well as providing an enjoyable opportunity to dance, it has been shown that Tea Dances play a valuable role in tackling the important issue of loneliness amongst the elderly. Research has highlighted that 1.2 million older people are chronically lonely, and half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend every day alone.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the ActivLives Tea Dances. Whether you just like to listen to the music, enjoy making new friends or just want to dance, there is something for everyone – and tea and cake too!

Ticket Prices:  £7.50 adults, including refreshments

To Buy Tickets: Please visit call 01473 345350

For more information, please contact Alison Pearson, Community Engagement Officer on 01473 345350 or email