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Local Singer & Songwriter, Gussie Stafford



We were delighted to interview this lovely local lass to find out more about her music…

Tell us who you are and how old you are…

Hi, I’m Gussie Stafford and I’m 18 years old.

How long have you lived in Felixstowe?

I have lived here, gosh…. Since I was about 5 years old.

What’s your favourite thing about Felixstowe?

I really like the scenery and I love the beach.

It’s small but it’s not so small that you can’t be your own person. There are a lot of people out there who are willing to give singers like myself the opportunity to sing at an open mic event or a charity event.

That brings me to your next question… What do you?

I’m currently between education, working and singing. Singing is my passion and I’ll be starting college in September to do a music course at Suffolk One. At the moment I’m looking for part-time work to subsidise the gigs I sing at.

How long have you been singing for?

Since I could! I’ve always sung. When I got into high school I entered a talent competition which a good friend encouraged me to do. I never stopped singing and I think my friend got annoyed with me, so they helped me enter the competition (laughs). Since the competition a lot of people have asked me to sing for them at their events.

After that I didn’t push too much, but when I hit 14, I really wanted to push the singing and performing at more events.

What are your goals with your singing?

I would really like it to be a career for me. I’d love to go on tour and be able to perform for a living.

How would you describe yourself and your music?

My music kind of comes from the heart. It’s truthful – it’s about stories that have happened around me. I’m a bit soulful I guess and there’s some pop. I’ve never been able to put myself in a genre. There are many of my songs I have been waiting to get recorded. That’s one of the things I want to achieve in 2015, making a good album. 

Do you write your own music?

I do. After going on Felixstowe TV I did an interview and thanks to the support of Mark Buche I now have a CD which has four of my original songs.  You’ll have to listen to my music to find out what you think.

Where can people hear or buy your music, or even book you for a gig/event?

They can check out my YouTube channel and Facebook page to hear the music. To book for a gig or event, they can email me or message me on Facebook (details below).

I’m also a presenter on Flx Radio on Saturday at 3pm, so folks can email me there:

Do you have any claims to fame?

I used to be a Sea Cadet and Princess Anne opened up the new docks and I did a rifle drill for her. She was sitting right in front of me and I had a rifle in her face (laughs). She was probably thinking, “I’m so happy there’s no bullets in that rifle!”

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Titanium Cover by Felixstowe Pianist, Tom Metcalf



Tom is an extraordinary pianist who performs at The Orwell Hotel on Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday lunchtime. He is also available for all types of functions like weddings, birthdays etc.

You can contact Tom through email at:

For now, enjoy this gorgeous cover of “Titanium” by David Guette and Sia….

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Trimley Artist Shares Her Passion for Creativity



Angela Ashford is an incredibly talented artist based in Trimley. She has shown a great passion for helping others – here she is to tell us about the charities she’s worked with and what inspires her work…

Even though I have lived in various places around the world, I was born and brought up in Suffolk. So after all the traveling settled once again in the county I call home, and consider myself a Suffolk girl at heart. 

I am mainly a self-taught artist as I never had the luxury of going to university to study art, due to being profoundly dyslexic. This I did not find out until later in life as it was not recognised in the 1960s & 70s as it is today.  I am now retired from the NHS where I had worked for the last 10 years and live in Trimley St Mary.  It is here and now that I can concentrate fully on art. 

I have a heart for sharing my knowledge with others, I am not talking about teaching… I will leave that to those who are professionally trained. But to come along side people and small groups to encourage them to express themselves creatively in art and crafts of various sorts. 

Last year I started working with “Insideout,” an Ipswich based charity as one of their artists.

“The charity believes in the power of the creative process to strengthen the spirit.”

It works with people of all ages who live with mental health issues in their lives. Insideout not only offers art and crafts but singing and creative writing as well, different ways in which people are encouraged to express themselves in. 

Another small charity I’ve started working with doing much the same as with Insideout and that is “Beam” in Ipswich….  Beam supports mothers whose children have bean adopted and put into care or live elsewhere.  It gives them a place they can meet up share and with one another, where there is no judgement, just loving support. 

Last autunm my local primary school in Trimley St Mary. They were requiring the help of someone who could help design a large mural for the reception class outside play area, I decided to volunteer. I designed the mural, and together with parents and children, we painted what resembled a giant paint by numbers with all ages joining in to paint the mural. It was such a fun day. 

And lastly, I was so delighted last year to be sponsored by Fred Olson to paint an Elmer for the “Elmer’s Big Parade Ipswich,” He was called “Elmer’s Travel Trunk,” and raised £4,400 towards the St Elizabeth Hospice, which is dear to my heart. 

In my own work, I normally work in various genres from Portraiture and Prophetic art, (paintings based on biblical truths,) to more recently collages with sea glass and drift wood, as I love beach-combing and try to find ways to show the beauty in what I find on the beach. 

My website is  and I have recently set up a shop on Etsy called LoveBeachCombing, Please  visit these sites to see more of my work. 

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Strawberry Full Moon



Last night we had a stunning full moon. Here are some photos captured by some talented local photographers from the Felixstowe Photographers group.

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