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7th August 2018

Bury & West Suffolk Tennis Tournament

Bury & West Suffolk Tennis Tournament

The 91 st Bury and West Suffolk Tennis Tournament took place last week at Culford School's Tennis Centre in glorious summer sunshine, which Glasswells were once again pleased to sponsor.

Chair of the tournament Susan Glasswell said the event had been excellent, with around 171 players taking part in all categories from 8 and under through to Open events in the Grade 4 tournament. This saw a massive 370 matches take place over the week. There was still some excellent tennis played, and the quality was very competitive, but also played in a lovely spirit.

Susan continued that the weather had been kind to them during the week and everyone had been enjoying the new "Speed of Serve" competition which has just been introduced this year. A good dose of healthy rivalry ensured this was a resounding success. In the over 15 category, parents and even coaches failed to top the leader board leaving 15 year old Mason Bickers the outright winner with a service speed of 163 km/h, just 10 km/h slower than Johanna Konta's best ever.

Mason's 20 year old sister Claudia took the girl's prize, while two 11 year olds served the fastest in the Under 14 category, Ashton Boswell hitting at 147 m/j and Louwna Hendricks 117 km/h for the girls.

On Saturday Finals Day it was a triple win for Assa Sumner-Keens from Risbygate Tennis Club who won the Mens Open, Mens 18 and under as well as the Mens Open Doubles with partner Marco Mitev-Will, meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, William Lamb won the Mini Tennis Red U8 mixed competition.

Susan added a huge thank you to all the hardworking Committee members Susie Cairns, Diane Rix, Lucy Wright, Gary King and Alastair Passey. Referees were Tom McArdle and Kevin Starkey, and Assistant Referee was Richard Smith.  Special thanks to Ashton Pepper of Culford School for organising the Mini Events.  

Glasswells were glad to be able to sponsor the event again, alongside Culford School, Ensors, Greene & Greene, Wildtracks, Towergate Insurance, Highfield Events and Top Spin Tennis.

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30th July 2018

Glasswells in Ipswich Raise Vital Funds for Suffolk Mind

Glasswells in Ipswich Raise Vital Funds for Suffolk Mind

Glasswells home furnishing store are celebrating 10 years at their Ranelagh Road location in Ipswich. Last weekend over 100 members of staff joined together to celebrate the store’s anniversary, which included a raffle in Aid of Suffolk Mind.

Ginny Idehen, Head of Business Operations at Suffolk Mind, was invited to collect the donation and thanks everyone at Glasswells for supporting them. She said “Every day one person in Suffolk takes their own life because they cannot see a future, they have no hope. We at Suffolk Mind devote our time and efforts to giving people back their hope and helping them find a future. We are engaging people to come and learn how to take care of their own mental wellbeing and how, in turn, they can help their friends, families and colleagues”. 

If you would like to become a friend of Suffolk Mind and receive more information you can email them at friends@suffolkmind.org.uk or visit their web site www.suffolkmind.org.uk.

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13th July 2018

Suffolk Carers TV

Suffolk Carers TV

Glasswells were pleased to have a team in from Suffolk Carers Matter to film the first episode of a new series for Carers TV, which will provide a platform for news, information and advice across the county.

The show, which was recorded on Tuesday at Glasswells in Bury St Edmunds, included an interview with a family carer, Michelle Clark, who is the founder of the Lose the Label charity. The charity aims to break down the stigma surrounding Down’s Syndrome.

Paul Glasswell, managing director of the family-run business, was also a guest on the show, which will be aired on the Suffolk Carers Matter website monthly.

The programme was hosted by TV and radio presenter Nick Pandolfi and Laura Watson from Suffolk Carers Matter, and will be aired from Thursday July 19. Simon Brown, founder of Suffolk Carers Matter, said:
We are here to provide support to families and parent carers and be a voice for them - and Carers TV is an extension of that. We wanted to provide a digital show where carers could relax or escape with features and interviews that are interesting for them. If carers have a question, a problem or a challenge, however big or small, we want them to ‘Just Ask’ through the link on our website. Suffolk Carers Matter is a place where carers throughout the county can go for help, support, information and guidance. Carers do an incredible job but who is caring for the carers? We want them to know they are not alone.

The show will be aired on Suffolk Carers Matter’s website – www.suffolkcarersmatter.org.uk 

To find out more about Lose the Label, visit www.losethelabel.co.uk

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3rd July 2018

Vintage Glasswells Adverts

Vintage Glasswells Adverts

Last week Mrs Coleman one of Glasswells respected customers came into our Ipswich store and gave us some vintage newspaper adverts that had been in her possession since the early 1960's.

We received them most gratefully as they are a snapshot in the long history of Glasswells, and are always interesting to look back on.

When we asked her how she came to be in possession of the adverts and why they had been saved for a considerable amount of time she replied:

When I was eight years old we moved to Derby, I loved to cut out and keep any photos of the Royal Family and if there was a Royal event I would keep the whole newspaper.  We moved to Ipswich when I was fifteen years old, I am now in my mid Seventies.  I kept all the old Newspapers for years, but four years ago we moved into a bungalow, and when you move you go through all your old stuff, I went through the old Papers and saw your adverts and thought how lovely they were.  We used to go to Glasswells in Bury St Edmunds before the Ipswich Store was built. So I cut the Adverts out, put them in a Folder and put them in a safe place, or so I thought,  but last week we were clearing our spare bedroom out and I found the Adverts and wanted you to have them, so dropped them in to you.”

She went on to say:

Glasswells is such a lovely Store, a caring family store and Ipswich hasn’t got many, if any, like it. I wish you all well, hope you have many more happy, successful years in Ipswich!

It was wonderful to receive them and they have now been put into the Glasswells archive for future reference. A big thank you from Glasswells to Mr and Mrs Coleman & family.

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27th June 2018

Kaymed Factory Visit

Kaymed Factory Visit

Recently we were able to travel to Dublin Ireland to visit the Kaymed Bed Factory, along with their foam making plant. 

Making the memory foam is a complex chemical process, depending on a closely guarded recipe with a unique mix of ingredients. By changing the type and mix of ingredients there are a large number of foams that can be created. Each type is a different density, with a different recovery speed. 

Kaymed run the foam plant for around an hour a day. The ingredients are mixed onto a moving conveyor belt, which within 30 seconds makes the foam expand to a depth of 1.5m. The foam is run continuously for the hour, and different coloured dyes are added to differentiate between the types of foam. The large blocks of foam are cut and left to cure for 24 hours. 

A huge volume of foam is created in this short period of time, and it is used in Kaymed's beds, and also sold to other suppliers. Kaymed use this foam for their memory foam mattresses, and shape it for use in cushions. 

It was clear from our short visit that the bed factory had quality at the heart of everything it does. The components they use are sturdy & well-constructed, and the mattresses are designed to support many different weights. Every day's production is delivered the following evening, and the factory has 3 shifts over 24 hours, ensuring production is never disrupted. 

It was evident that a lot of thought and expertise goes into making a Kaymed product, and the resulting bed will last a long time and give superior comfort.

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20th June 2018

Richard's Retirement

Richard's Retirement

Richard retires after 50 loyal years of service at Glasswells

A Glasswells’ employee, who started working at the home furnishing superstore straight from school, is retiring after 50 years of service at the renowned family company.

Richard Ball has been reflecting on his five decades at the Bury St Edmunds company – which has included more than 14 different roles in eight different stores.

Having started as a Saturday boy at Glasswells’ original shop in Brentgovel Street in 1968, Richard has managed stores across the region including Saffron Walden, Sudbury and Norwich, and was invited to join the board of directors in 2012.

As he prepares to leave his position as buying director, Richard, 65, said: “I think the time is right to retire, but I will be leaving with mixed feelings as I have loved my time at Glasswells.

“I remember leaving school in Bury on the Friday afternoon and then starting full time at Glasswells the next day, after seeing a job advert in the Bury Free Press.

“It has always been a family business with strong family values. Paul Glasswell is actively involved in the running of the business, as was his father Leslie, and the fact they care so much is one reason why it has been a great place to work.”

Richard explained that the different jobs he had occupied at Glasswells was one reason why he never looked to move on.

He said: “That is absolutely why I have stayed here so long. There have always been different roles and paths to follow and it has been great to have so many different opportunities.

“I think the biggest change I have seen was when we moved our headquarters and main store to Newmarket Road.

“It was like a whole new world being able to offer so much all under one roof while still retaining the same High Street values and standards.

“What has never changed is the relationship and loyalty we have built with customers.”

Paying tribute to Richard’s commitment to the company, Paul Glasswell, managing director, said: “Richard’s adaptability has played such a big part in the success of Glasswells.
“He has always shown great willingness to take on a new role, even if it might have been alien to him in the first place. He has then used all his experience to become an expert in that role. He has gained an awful lot of respect over the years from his colleagues and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

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14th June 2018

Glasswells £500 Competition Winner

Glasswells £500 Competition Winner

Congratulations to Susie Howard who is the latest lucky winner of one of our competitions!

Susie entered the competition in our Spring Sale brochure, answered a simple question, and won herself a huge £500 Glasswells voucher to update her home in 2018!

Fancy winning one of our amazing competitions for yourself? Sign up for our email newsletter to hear about future competitions, new ranges & even get exclusive discount vouchers!

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1st June 2018

Suffolk Show 2018

Suffolk Show 2018

Glasswells had another great year at the Suffolk Show in Trinity Park Ipswich, which took place on 30th & 31st May 2018.

The show is the largest two-day visitor experience in the county & a unique celebration of the things that make our county great, showcasing the best of Suffolk's food, agriculture & farming. 

Glasswells are proud sponsors of the Garden & Flower Experience at the Suffolk Show again this year, showing just some of our extensive range of garden furniture & accessories (below). 

We also ran a prize draw on both days of the Suffolk Show, giving visitors the chance to win one of 3 different prizes (pictured below). 
The winners have been chosen, and are as follows:

1st prize – Monterey Double Hanging Cocoon
**Susan Hutchinson from Newmarket**
2nd prize – Solar Suspension Chair
**Rebecca Carter from Colchester**
3rd prize – Green Egg Chair Set
**James Frostick from Colchester**

Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who took part! 

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21st May 2018

Suffolk Show Ticket Winners

Suffolk Show Ticket Winners

We recently ran a competition in our Bury St Edmunds & Ipswich stores to win two pairs of tickets to this year's Suffolk Show, with member's parking. 

Congratulations to Donna Monk and Hayley Reynolds who are the two lucky winners!

Glasswells are proud to once again be sponsoring the Garden & Flower Experience at the 2018 Suffolk Show.
Join us in the marquee for the duration of the show for a chance to win one of 3 garden furniture prizes!

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20th April 2018

Paul Glasswells 60th Birthday

Paul Glasswells 60th Birthday

Today the staff of Glasswells, along with members of his family, gathered in The Place To Eat Restaurant in Bury St Edmunds to toast the 60th birthday of owner and Director Paul Glasswell.  

Everyone celebrated with drinks & birthday cake with a golf theme - his favourite past time! 

Happy Birthday Paul, many more to come!

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