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Lockdown Jigsaw Puzzles for Isolated Residents

Supporting isolated residents during lockdown.



I am a Scheme Officer in Ipswich for a Sheltered Housing Scheme for the over 55’s. Many of the residents are self isolating due to their age or an underlying medical condition and are isolated from their friends or family. Due to Covid-19 and lockdown we have had to close the communal area and all events that we do during the week to protect the residents. As you can imagine this has had a huge impact on some of the residents, those social interactions they were having may have been their only contact with people that week. Since the lockdown has happened the residents are staying in their own flats and occasionally go for a walk around our beautiful communal gardens. Many of the residents are even frightened to do this in fear they may catch something.

During my daily wellbeing calls I have notice how low some of them are feeling, and the highlight of their day is me phoning them and letting them know that someone at the end of the phone does care about them. During our calls we talk about the current situation, the effects it is having on them and how I can help. Many of them do not have a hobby so it is frustrating for them and boredom is taking over.

“A few months ago I asked the wonderful people of Felixstowe if they had any jigsaw puzzles as the residents loved doing them in the evening together. So last week I took to social media to ask the people of Felixstowe again if they could help me and here’s what happen…!

On Wednesday the 22nd April I spent 2 hours driving around picking up puzzles off doorsteps; end of driveways and in people’s porches. WOW is all I can say the generosity blew me away, not only had people put puzzles out but there were, large print books, knitting needles, colouring sets, arts and crafts. When I got to work I set them all up on a tables and asked people to come in 1 at a times and get something and take it back to their flat. The residents were shocked at the donations.

Over the last 4 weeks I have also been getting basic food items from Morrison’s, they have kindly let me have some fresh veg, fruit, long-life milk, sauces, instant mash and juice. This has been a life saver as it means the residents do not have to go out as much to get items. Every week I empty the veg out and make up little packs and put them outside their doors. Gemma at Gemma’s Crafty Cakes has got 10 bags of flour for me so that they can do their baking and she also kindly made me a mask along with Matt Read who made a face shield for me.

I must admit I could understand why my residents didn’t recognise me this week, might have something to do with forgetting I had my son glasses on under face shield.

Thank you so much Felixstowe and please do stay safe and stay home.

Emily Todd

Coping With Lockdown

A Lockdown Wedding in Felixstowe



When we heard about Annette and John, we just fell in love with them and couldn’t wait to share their story with you all. Here’s Annette to tell the tale of how their love story started…

John and I met quite by chance on the Felixstowe prom last year. We both used to walk the prom on our own every day and for several months we would just say hi and pass the time of day as we passed by each other going in opposite directions. 

One day towards the end of August, as I joined the prom from the bottom of Bent Hill, John was walking in the same direction. That day, we had our walk together, and found that we had plenty in common and the same sense of humour. At the end of the walk, we arranged to meet up the following day for another walk together, and as they say, the rest is history!

We began spending time together on a daily basis and love very soon blossomed for both of us (although John maintains that for him it was love at first sight!).

By the end of October John had proposed, although by then I think we both knew it was a foregone conclusion.

We had planned to marry on the 28th May at St John’s Church with Reverend Andrew Dotchin officiating, but that was of course prior to Covid19 and the lockdown, and our plans (along with many other people’s plans) had to be put on hold.

However, Reverend Dotchin came up with a lovely idea so that we could still mark the proposed date of the 28th May, by having a socially distanced Betrothal Service. This is an unofficial ceremony in which one makes a promise to marry at a future date. We had a lovely day which could almost be described as a dress rehearsal for the real thing. The ceremony was held in my sister Jo’s garden, and she did us proud with her efforts of decorating the garden in the appropriate colour scheme which was absolutely magical.

Obviously, we have been avidly watching the news for information on when weddings would be allowed to resume after lockdown, and we are very glad to say that we got married officially this morning at St. John’s Church at 11.30am. We were beyond excited! 😍😍

Because of the Betrothal Service which took place in May, we already have a gorgeous collection of photos.

A big thank you for the photos must to to our good friend Fran Comer who did a wonderful job of being the official photographer.

Annette and John

On behalf of us all at The Felixstowe Magazine, HUGE congratulations to Annette and John… your story is adorable and you’re a truly lovely couple! x

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Doing Her “Handmade” Part to Help Key Workers



It’s been such a pleasure to see so many articles come in from local people doing their part to make a difference. Though lockdown is going through the process of lifting, we’d still like to continue to shine a light on these local gems. This article is by the lovely local lady, Bev Lambert…

During lockdown I have been making various sewing items. I have donated 242 face coverings to people/key workers in my community. I have since been selling these to the wider community.  I have been making a number of little bears ‘(as below) which have been donated to many people within my community just to bring a smile on a face.  I have also donated some of the below pocket pillows which I make to sell. 

My sewing page can be found on Facebook/Twitter & Instagram “Berty Lamb Handmade“.  I make various items using my sewing and embroidery machines. 

I am also the founder of Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity, a charity to support local children across Suffolk who are living with a life limiting or serious illness, by providing specialist equipment to help day to day living.  The charity is run 100% by volunteers. I also made this large key worker hanger and raised £100.00 through a silent auction. I donated the £100.00 to Captain Tom Moore’s JustGiving page.  The winner if the auction was Glebe House Residential Home in Hollesley.  I have donated various sewn items to Glebe House including some lavender filled hearts which I initialled with each of the residents first names.  The staff all received a Ginger Ginger key fobs, including care staff, kitchen staff, maintenance staff etc all key fobs were relevant to the jobs they did within the home. 

Thank you to all the key workers, charities and local people out there. We’ve been in this together and it’s be an honour to be part of the positivity.

Bev Lambert

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Local Bin Man & Son Spread Happiness



I live in Felixstowe and am a key worker in Ipswich for the local council working as a bin man. I used to go out every Thursday at 8pm with my stepson so he could clap and beep the horn in my recovery truck. 

I have been on the front line all the time whilst this has all been going on and it has been nice to get letters and pictures from local children in Ipswich to show their appreciate for us bin men. It’s a very hard and physical job but is rewarding when we get little gestures like that from the kids so I just wanted to do this with my stepson every Thursday to show our appreciation too. 


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