Join our weekly online Cuppa and Chat session and enjoy a cuppa in the comfort of your own home whilst connecting with others living in East Suffolk
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On Saturday 1 October, 10:00-12:30. Greener Waldringfield – Climate Ready Homes, at Waldringfield Village Hall
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Merchant Navy Day, Red Ensign Flag Raising Ceremony 2022
Come and join Woodbridge Town Council at our Red Ensign flag raising ceremony at 2pm on Friday 2nd September 2022 at Tide Mill Quay.
Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day, the day that the Country remembers the service of Merchant Navy seafarers, is celebrated on Saturday 3rd September this year, with commemorations continuing all week. Red Ensigns will fly across the Country including in Woodbridge to mark the service of these brave men and women.
While the Red Ensign will fly all week at the flagpole at Tide Mill Quay, there will be formal flag raising ceremony at 2pm on Friday 2nd September 2022, to which the Town Council welcomes townspeople.
As the Imperial War Museum says: In wartime, Britain depended on civilian cargo ships to import food and raw materials, as well as to transport soldiers overseas and keep them supplied. The title ‘Merchant Navy’ was granted by King George V after the First World War to recognise the contribution made by merchant sailors.
Britain’s merchant fleet was the largest in the world during both world wars. In 1939, a third of the world’s merchant ships were British, and there were some 200,000 sailors. Many merchant seamen came from parts of the British Empire, such as India, Hong Kong and West African countries. Women also sometimes served at sea in the Merchant Navy.
During both world wars, Germany operated a policy of ‘unrestricted submarine warfare’, or sinking merchant vessels on sight. By the end of the First World War, more than 3,000 British flagged merchant and fishing vessels had been sunk and nearly 15,000 merchant seamen had died. During the Second World War, 4,700 British-flagged ships were sunk and more than 29,000 merchant seamen died.
Since the Second World War, the British Merchant Navy has become steadily smaller, but has continued to help in wartime, notably during the Falklands War.
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Home Instead (Ipswich, Woodbridge & Felixstowe) is a locally-owned provider of award-winning care, home help and companionship, founded in 2009 by the current owners Chris and Susanna Lye. The care regulator, CQC, awarded the service an Outstanding rating at their most recent inspection in December 2017, with the service rated outstanding in four of the five areas inspected.
With visits lasting at least an hour and at a time determined by the client, Home Instead's CAREGivers support the same regular clients, giving them both continuity and peace of mind. Home Instead's CAREGivers are the company's greatest asset; as well as being dependable and compassionate, each CAREGiver receives a broad range of training, including a City & Guilds certificate for Home Instead's bespoke Alzheimer's Training Program.
The whole team at Home Instead recognises the responsibility entrusted to the company by its clients and their families. To find out more about Home Instead's care in your own home, please call them for a free home consultation.
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We would like to invite you to a second public exhibition to discuss the redevelopment of the former council officers site for residential use.
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