Community market bursting with fresh local produce

Community market bursting with fresh local produce

Freshly picked local produce will be on offer at the community garden’s next market on Friday 8th June, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, from 10am to 12.30pm.

There will also be a selection of excellent quality plants on offer, grown at our walled garden project, to spruce up your garden or windowsill.

Meanwhile, young people from Chantry Academy will be behind the serving hatch this month with a wonderful selection of cakes and goodies they have made – so come and spoil yourself and relax with your friends and neighbours over a cuppa.

Produce in its prime will include spring greens, lettuce, purple sprouting broccoli, chard, rocket leaves, and fresh herbs.

ActivSheds will be busy renovating garden furniture and making woodland crafts and items for the garden. Why not try something different and join in a carpentry taster session?

Meanwhile the garden will be open for you to wander around and enjoy. How about coming along to volunteer one day? It’s a great way of keeping fit and your reward will be a constant supply of fresh veg!

  • Parking is available in the Pavilion car park and surrounding roads.
  • The Pavilion is fully accessible with an accessible toilet.
  • Save the Date – our 10th Anniversary Big Garden Party is on
    Saturday 21st July 2018 from 11am till 3pm. Please join us!

Future 2018 CRESS markets will be held on 10 August, 14 September, 5 October – celebrating the wonderful world of fungus! There will be no market in November as we prepare for our Christmas Market on Friday 7 December 2018.

For more information, or if you would like to hold a stand, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or Susannah on 07530 407302 or email

Special Olympics badminton returns to Suffolk

Special Olympics badminton returns to Suffolk

The Special Olympics Eastern Region Badminton Tournament, which is being organised by Special Olympics Suffolk with the support of ActivLives and the Suffolk County Council ‘Most Active County’ initiative, will be held in Ipswich on Saturday 12th May.
“Special Olympics is sport for athletes with an intellectual disability and is the third element of the Olympic movement together with the
Paralympics and of course the Olympics themselves”, said Terry
McEntee, Chairman of Special Olympics Suffolk.
“This tournament will provide a great opportunity for our players in
Suffolk to compete against Special Olympians from across the country”, said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk.
The tournament, which will be a doubles competition, will serve as one of the last opportunities for selected players to prepare for the Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games which are being held in Stirling, Scotland this August.
The forthcoming competition in Ipswich will be restricted to players who are registered with Special Olympics GB, “We would love to get more
Special Olympic badminton players involved across our county”, said
If you would like to find out more about how you can play badminton with Special Olympics Suffolk, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473
345350 or email

ActivGardens make ready for Great Garden Trail in aid of hospice

ActivGardens make ready for Great Garden Trail in aid of hospice

On Friday 11th May, the People’s Community Garden will be open from 10am to 3pm, with tours of the bee hives at 11am and 2pm.

  • The CRESS Community Market and Café will run as usual from 10am to 12.30pm at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE (entry free of charge), so visitors can enjoy this friendly, bustling event and enjoy a cuppa and a homemade cake courtesy of Ipswich Academy pupils, who will be behind the serving hatch this month.

The following day, on Saturday 12th May, it’s the turn of Chantry Walled Garden to open its gates to the public, from 10am to 3pm, with refreshments in Nursery Cottage garden and a wonderful selection of plants for sale.

Entrance to each garden will be £3, with proceeds shared between the two charities.

Ten years old this year, the People’s Community Garden began on an abandoned allotment site and today includes vegetable plots, a heritage orchard, sensory garden, wildlife areas and herb spiral. The project enables people of all ages and abilities to get active, learn skills and contribute to their community. It has a diverse volunteer base and works with schools and young people.

Historic Chantry Walled Garden in Chantry Park has flower borders and vegetable growing areas, extensive glasshouses, and a courtyard garden designed for wheelchair users, enabling older people to carry on gardening. Young people on work placement learn about horticulture here and volunteers from the local community help tend the garden and grow plants.

Parking is available at or near both gardens, and there is wheelchair access to most areas. Dogs are allowed on a lead. For more information please follow these links:

ActivGardens are opening as part of St Elizabeth Hospice’s Great Garden Trail, which runs throughout spring and summer to help generate the funds the hospice needs for its invaluable services. Please follow this link for more information and a full list of gardens involved, together with maps.

Future CRESS markets will be held on FRIDAY 8 June, Big Garden Party Saturday 21 July, Friday 10 August, 14 September, 5 October, Christmas event 7 December.

Vote for ‘Bee Amazed by the Wonderful World of Bees’ at Tesco!

Vote for ‘Bee Amazed by the Wonderful World of Bees’ at Tesco!

ActivLives is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative for its project to introduce people to the wonderful world of bees. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote in May and June for who they think should take away the top grant. ActivLives is one of the groups on the shortlist. Bee Amazed is a project to enable people of all ages and abilities to get involved in the wonderful world of bees and bee-keeping, learning about their importance to us and our natural world

This project, which will run at the People’s Community Garden on Maidenhall Allotments, will provide opportunities for local families, older people, children, people with disabilities and people of diverse ethnicities to get involved in bee-keeping and learn about their importance in the food chain and the natural environment.
Led by staff and bee-keeping mentors from the local bee-keeping association, the project will offer weekly sessions for people to come and learn hands-on about this fascinating craft at our own apiary, and develop confidence and knowledge to become a regular community bee-keeping volunteer.
The project will provide bespoke sessions for people with learning disabilities and special needs to take part, and invite local schoolchildren on ‘Bee Safari’.

ActivGardens Development Manager Susannah Robirosa said: “We are so happy to be in the running for a project which will offer opportunities to everyone, of all ages, to get involved in beekeeping and nature conservation at our wonderful community garden project in Ipswich.” “Please support us – then book your visit or come and volunteer!”

Voting is open in local Tesco stores from Tuesday 1st May to Saturday 30th June 2018.
Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. These are participating stores:

  • Tesco Ipswich Extra (Copdock Mill Interchange)
  • Ipswich Westbourne Express
  • Ipswich Norwich Express
  • Ipswich Foxhall Express
  • Ipswich St Matthew’s Street Express
  • Ipswich Nacton Road Express
  • Manningtree Colchester Express

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding. Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.” Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between. “We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.” Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

To find out more visit


A Lion was seen Stomping in Christchurch Park

A Lion was seen Stomping in Christchurch Park

Ipswich Lions Club volunteers and ActivLives staff and a very friendly Lion joined forces to raise funds for the two Charities with a ‘Community Stomp’ around Christchurch Park on Saturday 14th April 2018. Meeting at the Reg Driver Centre participants enjoyed a walk around the park, as well as, finding out interesting facts about the park with the ‘Quiz in the Park’.

Julie Stokes, ActivLives CEO, said “It was great to see so many of ActivLives members and the general public taking part in the walk and helping raise funds for the two Charites. Both charities support local residents with different initiatives, support, services and activities. The Ipswich Lions Club volunteers made some lovely cakes, there was a tombola and refreshments were available for participants and the general public to purchase during and after the walk.’

£358.06 was raised on the day and when all the sponsorship is collected this funding will be split between the two charities.

ActivLives and the Ipswich Lions would like to thank everyone who took part and Ipswich Borough Council for the use of the Park and the Reg Driver Centre

ActivLives holds a walk in Christchurch Park every other Monday. You don’t have to walk alone, come and meet and make new friends and help improve your health at the same time.

For more information about ActivLives call 01473 345350 and the Ipswich Lions Club contact 0845 833 2804.