Calling all women! Learn new skills in the New Year

Calling all women! Learn new skills in the New Year

ActivGardens Women’s Skills Exchange is offering two FREE workshops in the New Year for you to try something different!

  • ‘Take up Tools’ Tuesday 26th February 2019 Basic woodworking at our ActivSheds project, CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE
  • ‘Get Buzzing for Spring’ Thursday 28th March Learn about what you need to start out in beekeeping and essential knowledge for your first year of keeping bees at CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE. Plus tour of our CommuniBees Apiary.


These sessions are designed to be fun, accessible and sociable – but places are limited, so please book. Supervised children are very welcome.

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.

The project, funded through Suffolk Community Foundation, will involve women of all ages, abilities and ethnicities in learning and sharing skills and developing new opportunities for themselves. It will bring older women and younger women together in a spirit of sharing and co-operation.

The project aims to establish a network of “Garden Companions” to help new garden volunteers settle in and learn horticultural skills.


To book a place, volunteer, 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 Mobile 07496 762093.

Thompson & Morgan donates flower seeds to local charities

Thompson & Morgan donates flower seeds to local charities

Thompson & Morgan just donated 100s of packets of flower seeds to local charities, ActivLives and St Elizabeth Hospice. The seeds were left over from a promotion that we ran in conjunction with Garden Answers and Garden News, two magazines published by Bauer Media, who were more than happy for the surplus packets to be donated to Suffolk charities.

A sack of seed packets was handed over to Danny Thorrington, ActivGardens Project Coordinator at the charity’s Community Garden on Halifax Road in Ipswich, where he was teaching a group of pupils from Chantry Academy.

Danny said:
“We’re so pleased to receive this donation of seeds from Thompson & Morgan! With our Christmas Community Market event coming up on Friday December 7th, we will be selling and raffling flower seed bundles to raise funds for our ongoing work at the gardens and in the wider community.”

Sonia Mermagen, our Press and Communications Officer, commented:
“The work that ActivLives and ActivGardens are involved in is so beneficial to the local community and completely in line with T&M’s commitment to encouraging young people into gardening and growing. It was a pleasure to see what Danny and his team are achieving in the community garden – and to meet some of the young people who are helping and learning there.”

Gardening Blog | Thompson & Morgan

Garden project promises community cheer at festive market

Garden project promises community cheer at festive market

A wonderful selection of crafts, plants, seasonal wreath and produce will be on offer at our festive market, all made or grown by participants of ActivGardens.

  • CRESS Community Market and Café is Friday 7th December
  • 10am till 12.30pm
  • At the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE


Students of Chantry Academy will be behind the serving hatch, with an offer of seasonal goodies they have made, while Ipswich, Holbrook and Stoke academies are preparing a raffle and some fun Christmas games for you to play.

There will be winter greens to keep you healthy through winter, alongside other produce from our community garden.

Pansies grown at Chantry Walled Garden will be available to brighten up your garden and pots, together with hanging baskets, tubs, and Christmas wreaths.

ActivSheds are busy making hedgehog homes, bird boxes and bird feeders as gifts to help our wildlife, mentoring our young woodworkers who will be at the shed offering Christmas gifts with a difference.

Every pound you spend with us will go into our gardening, construction, beekeeping and nature conservation programmes for the whole community, including long-term unemployed, people with learning disabilities, older people with dementia, members of minority ethnic communities, and young people.

So why not come and join us and pick up some original gifts for a greener Christmas!

For further details, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or Susannah on 07530 407302 or email

Visit from the High Sheriff of Suffolk!

Visit from the High Sheriff of Suffolk!

Lovely day meeting the Suffolk High Sheriff; George Vestey and showing him some of ActivLives activities. George was given a tour of some of our services in Ipswich, visiting Ipswich Borough Council’s Dundee House Sheltered Housing Scheme to meet members participating in our OTAGO Falls Prevention session and then on to the ActivGardens People’s Community Garden meeting staff and volunteers at ActivSheds and the Garden.

George was very impressed with what he saw and how our services impact on individuals, as well as the community. George then presented ActivLives with a ‘High Sheriff’s Certificate of Recognition’ as a token of appreciation on behalf of Suffolk and of all those who have benefited from the hard work and service of the Team and Volunteers at ActivLives.

Vote for Us!

Vote for Us!

Dear Friends and Supporters of ActivLives


Aviva has selected our EverydayActiv project in Ipswich to go forward for voting, to support and develop our much needed activities in Ipswich, which we know you all love to attend.

We need you, your friends and families to register and cast your vote online so we have an opportunity of winning.

You can use up to 10 votes per person to support our project.

Voting closes at midday 20th November 2018.

If we get enough votes we have an opportunity to win £10,000 to support our much needed activities in Ipswich.


Please do share this with your friends, families and neighbours to help us win.

Thank you for your support.

All of us at ActivLives