This Month In Suffolk – Thomas Wolsey

Thomas Wolsey

Thomas Wolsey was educated in Ipswich and then studied at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was ordained around 1498 and became chaplain to the archbishop of Canterbury and later chaplain to Henry VII.
He was known as an efficient administrator and was often sent on diplomatic missions but his real rise in influence came in the reign of Henry VIII, when he was created archbishop of York and a year later the pope made him a cardinal. Soon afterwards the king appointed him lord chancellor.
For the next 14 or so years, he was given the responsibility for more and more state business, eventually gaining almost complete control over England’s foreign policy.
He amassed great wealth which he invested in building both his London home, York Place in Whitehall, and at Hampton Court, 20 miles south west of London. He also founded Cardinal College at Oxford (later King’s College, and now Christ Church). Whilst in Ipswich at St Peters Church stands “Wolsey’s Gate”. It is Grade I listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Not surprisingly increasing arrogance contributed to his lack of popularity, but his downfall came when he failed to arrange the annulment of Henry VIII’s first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, whose nephew, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, dominated the pope at the time.
Wolsey was accused of treason and arrested near York in 1530 and died in November of that year on his way to London to face trial.

Testimonials – What’s the Importance for a Business?

Great Job! reviews from customers

What is a testimonial?

The dictionary definition is –

1. A written declaration certifying to a person’s character, conduct, or qualifications, or to the value, excellence, etc., of a thing; a letter or written statement of recommendation.
2. Something given or done as an expression of esteem, admiration, or gratitude.

So for a business, such as ours, a testimonial would be written by a customer,

Christmas 2017 Appeal 2 – Laptops for Africa

Laptop Africa

Conservation & Community Project

Kesgrave High School Sixth Form has a proud record of encouraging their students to “look beyond” their academic studies and provides annual opportunities for teams to participate in wildlife conservation and community based projects in countries such as South Africa and Zambia.
During a previous visit to South Africa in 2016 they were able to take 15 unwanted laptops with them to donate to schools, communities and aspiring entrepreneurs to help with IT training, business start-ups and simple tasks that we take for granted, such as writing a letter. These laptops were out of date by our standards, running old operating systems and open source software – most of them didn’t even have working batteries. But to developing communities they are much prized administration and learning tools, helping local people to improve their own lives or those of others.

Old Laptops Needed

Kesgrave High School Sixth Form will be visiting South Africa once again in July 2018 and would very much like to repeat this initiative and we have offered to help, if we can.
Do you – or anyone else in your family or workplace – have an old laptop that is no longer required?
Will you or anyone else in your family be getting a new or replacement laptop for Christmas?
If so, Kesgrave High School will gladly take it off your hands and make sure it gets to someone who can

Kesgrave High School Sixth Form Zambia 2017


Zambia is a large country at the heart of Africa and the only place in the world where 4 countries meet. With huge open plains, and barren rolling hills separated by a network of rivers, the wildlife is abundant, scenery is stunning and it offers any visitor an amazing African experience…
But a typical African adventure is not what we do at Kesgrave High School.

Christmas 2017 Appeal 1 – Stamps


Stamp Appeal

We at HomeStore have been collecting postage stamps for the charity “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People” for quite a while now (!) and every time we have a letter at work or I have a letter or card at home I cut the stamp off and add it to an envelope I have sitting on my desk. Now given that so many businesses frank their mail it has taken about two years for us to collect almost an A4 envelope full and so, now on behalf of HomeStore, I am putting out the appeal to anyone who’d like to help, by saving stamps from letters and cards and parcels, over the Christmas period and then let me know so that I can send you a pre-paid and addressed envelope to get your contributions back to us.

Please help us really “stuff that envelope” – Thank you.

Christmas Chaos and a Fridge

Cash Machine ATM

Christmas Chaos

Well, it happened to me and I thought it never would. I’m too clever and smart when it comes to my money and the thieves would never get their hands on my money – or so I thought.
Christmas chaos is about to descend on me from a great height and I thought I would start to get