Brian’s Blog

I don’t pretend to be an expert on blogging, or for anything else for that matter! However, if you find the time to read such musings then we must share a passion for the future matters that I will be writing on. I hope the content will be compelling and interesting but most importantly, I hope it gets people to think about topics in different ways.

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Welcome to Iceni Ipswich



Jan McDonald and her colleagues from Ipswich Borough Council pictured here with Iceni’s Chief Executive Brian Tobin were welcomed to Iceni Ipswich today. As one their recipients Brian invited them along to give an insight into the great work that is happening here at Iceni.

Celebrating Suffolk Quiz Night a Great Success!

A great evening was had by all last Friday at Venue 77, The Gardeners Arms. 20 teams competed in the Celebrating Suffolk Quiz to raise funds for Iceni. Silbury Hill provided the entertainment and a buffet of Suffolk foods was served during the interval. Many, many thanks to all those who helped make it such a successful evening. About £2000 was raised.

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And the winners of the quiz were ‘The Infamous Five’ (although there were six of them.  Luckily there were no maths questions in the quiz!


‘Celebrating Suffolk’ Quiz Night

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Please join us, for what will be, a great evenings’ entertainment.  A Suffolk themed quiz, buffet (with Suffolk foods of course) and music by Silbury Hill for only £10 per person.

All the details are on the poster above.


Generous Grant by Local Councillors for Freedom Programme

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Councillor’s Rudkin, Adams, Gaylard, Martin and Gage with Brian Tobin and Glenn Robinson from Iceni.  Brian Tobin says ‘The generous help from these councillors, in the form of grants, has covered the cost of delivering our Freedom Programme which supports those who are victims of domestic abuse.  It gives us confidence that, like us, others care about some of the most vulnerable in our communities.  It is particularly pleasing to receive support from individuals who live and work in the communities we are al serving.’

A Great Team Effort!

Kevin Lister and friends

Great work to the team led by Kevin Lister for taking part in a sponsored walk to raise funds for Iceni. Over £950 raised – amazing effort and many thanks from all at Iceni.

A Great Client Party

The client summer party was a huge success thanks to the generosity of the Mediterranean Shipping Co (UK) Ltd who sponsored the whole event.  We had amazing face painting, a popcorn machine, candy floss maker, Mr Bean making endless animal balloons, an ice cream van, bouncy castle, giant games and a fish and chip lunch.  It was a fun day to remember for everyone!

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Kevin and Friends Walk for Iceni

Congratulations to Kevin Lister  who completed his 25 mile walk on Thursday – friends joined him along the way achieving their own goals – all to raise money for Iceni.  Ken and Sandy were on hand to supply moral support, umbrella’s and refreshments along the way. With very grateful thanks to all from Iceni.

Kevin Lister and friends

From  left to right – Lucy, Jack, Sandy, Sophie, Ken, Lauren, Cheryl, Jesse, Polly, Kevin, Izzy, Kirsty, Louise, Amanda and Ollie.

Suzie Has Done It

At 72 Suzie has climbed the O2 despite have a bad back and ‘dodgy’ knees!

She has raised over £1000 for Iceni.

Many congratulations Suzie.

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Suzie Sillett (left) with her family at the top of the O2.

Inner Wheel, Ipswich East Choose Iceni As Their Charity For The Next Year

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Brian Tobin with Teresa McLellan, who will be taking over as President of the Inner Wheel Club of Ipswich East with effect from 7July 2015.  Teresa popped into Iceni today to let us know that Iceni has been chosen as their charity to support for the coming year.  The Inner Wheel is the largest women’s voluntary organisation in the world and Iceni are thrilled to be named as the Ipswich East branch chosen charity.

Premiere of London Road the Film

The premiere of London Road takes place in London next Tuesday 9 June.  There will also be a viewing here in Ipswich on Monday 8 June.

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