The Village Edition, August 2022

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Hadleigh Tennis bring home the trophies... The first recorded match between Hadleigh and Bildeston tennis clubs was played in 1881. That match was recreated 130 years later in 2011 when the players dressed in traditional Edwardian costume and has become an annual event since then. We were keen to resume the competition after Covid and this year the tournament took place at Bildeston on 17th June, an extremely warm day but thankfully we were all in standard tennis attire. We had Men’s and Ladies’ doubles matches to compete for trophies, organised by our team captain Sandy Claireaux, and after the main tournament we played some friendly mixed doubles. Hadleigh men retained the cup and the ladies regained the silver plate after losing to Bildeston in 2019. The evening was concluded with a very handsome spread of refreshments provided by our hosts and some genial conversation. All in all a very enjoyable event on a perfect evening and we would like to thank Martin Rodgers and Gerdine Cubitt for organising and hosting this event. Bring on the next one! Why not come and join Hadleigh Tennis Club? We have Club Play sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6.30 pm and 8.00 pm and Sunday mornings between 9.30 am and 11.30 am. We are a friendly bunch of male and female players of all ages and abilities so don’t worry about finding players at your level. If you have never played before we can also put you in touch with local coaches. For more information speak to Geoff on 07483 222179, email to or simply come along to a Club Play session


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Make sure you can help your partner or a parent, should they need assistance 73% of people think IF a couple have a joint bank account and one person can't make decisions for themselves, their partner can legally make decisions for them both. similarly, 72% of people think your next of kin always gets the final say in treatment decisions at hospital, if you can't make them yourself*. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Should your spouse/partner or parent become unable to manage their affairs themselves due to ill-health or injury, their individual bank accounts are likely to be effectively frozen and neither a partner nor next of kin will be able to deal with organisations on their behalf. For example, this would mean being unable to deal with financial institutions in respect of accounts and pensions, the Department for Work and Pensions, or utility companies. Similarly, a next of kin will not be able to make decisions regarding the health and welfare of a spouse/partner, parent or other relative, including where and what care should be provided, as well as what end of life care should be received, if any. What is needed to be able to help? To assist your spouse/partner, parent or other relative with affairs during their lifetime, or make certain decisions you will need to have been appointed as an Attorney. This means they will need to have made Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). Common reasons for needing to help Often people need to assist with these matters because their spouse/partner, parent or relative has become unable to manage their affairs themselves. This may be due to physical or mental incapacity, perhaps due to illness or an accident. What happens if LPAs are not in place? If you want to help your partner or parent with property, financial, health or welfare decisions and they do not have Powers of Attorney in place and were incapable of making them, you would need to make a costly application to the Court to obtain the necessary authority. The Court application takes several months and can be stressful and frustrating for those involved. Until the Court authorises your application you are unable to deal with the persons money or property, and will be unable to make decisions regarding their health and welfare. What are the two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney? LPAs are important documents that allow someone to give people (often close relatives or friends) the authority to make certain decisions on their behalf. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney: • Property and Financial Affairs LPA – which allows an attorney to manage and deal with finances and property related matters (such as selling a home). • Health and Welfare LPA – which allows an attorney to make decisions regarding health and personal welfare. This type of LPA only comes into effect when a person no longer has the capacity to make such decisions themselves. Discuss Powers of Attorney for yourself, a partner or parent To talk to a local lawyer about Lasting Powers of Attorney and to find out whether you or a loved one should have them, call Holmes & Hills Solicitors on 01787 275275 email and ask to speak to a *OPG, 'Your Voice. Your Decision' campaign member of our Private Client Department.

Derek Cranston Derek passed peacefully away in Ipswich Hospital on Tuesday 28th June, after a thirty hour stay. Derek who was 86 years old had lost his mobility and had been bed ridden for the last year of his life. He will be sadly missed. Carole Cranston

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Hadleigh Cycling Club’s 7th Annual Gayford Flyer sportive will take place on Sunday, 11th September. It costs £15 to enter and this includes refreshments and music at The George. We are very keen to encourage riders to try out the many lightly-trafficked roads around the town. This year’s Flyer will have two signed routes of around 60 and 30 miles on mostly quiet roads close to Hadleigh, with some great views and the odd hill. Details on how to enter can be found . There will be no entries on the day. The event is open to young cyclists provided they are accompanied by an adult. Since its launch in 2015, nearly 1200 cyclists have signed up and completed the sportive. One participant last year commented: “The route was fantastic! A bit challenging with all the hills in the second half and therefore even more rewarding. It was such fun to be able to do an organised ride again. Especially on such a beautiful day. Thanks to all the volunteers and the organisation for putting all the time and effort in.” The sportive is named after Oswald Gayford, Hadleigh’s celebrated aviator who in 1933 flew from the UK to South Africa and broke the world distance record. Pathe News filmed his celebration parade through Hadleigh. He also had a distinguished military career. The Club runs social rides which are led by a dedicated group including Chris, Kate, Farhad, Fiona, Gale and Benson. The main social ride on Sundays usually begins at 9.00am from The George and there is a café stop. Currently, we’re also running regular rides on Wednesdays (gentle), Thursdays (leg spinner) and Fridays (women). Something for everyone. The rides are weather dependant so, if in doubt, check our Facebook page @hadleighcyclingclub Twitter @HadleighCycling or

Wanted: ‘Unwanted Wool’ for Charity Knitting We have enthusiastic local knitters who are keen to make warm hats, gloves and scarves to go into Blythswood Care, Christmas gift shoeboxes for those in need. Any donations of wool would be very welcome. Our knitters will then transform your donations into cosy gifts. Please bring along to Hadleigh United Reformed Church on Saturday 10th September between 9am - 5 pm. Thank you and many thanks for past donations. Hilary Crisp, 01473 822208


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Feel Good Blankets This is certainly true of the many knitted blankets that have gone from Hadleigh to the Suffolk branch of Project Linus. Area representative, Philippa Knights, has been busy distributing our contributions to those who need them. These include individuals highlighted by the organisations listed below. It’s clear from the many letters Philippa has received that the colourful woollen wraps are very much appreciated. It seems they make the delighted recipients feel safe, warm and often sleepy. This has encouraged the many knitters, in Hadleigh and Boxford area, to carry on prodding away. If you like the idea and wish to join the industrious group of home workers please contact me for further information and an easy peasy pattern. Jan Devey 01473 827091 Wool is always welcome too. Charity details:- Bergholt Ward at Ipswich Hospital, Felixstowe Pushchair Pit Stop Children's Charities; Over the Rainbow & The Bumblebees. Nurture/Wellbeing/Mental Health Support Rooms in a number of Suffolk schools. P.H.O.E.B.E (Promotion of Health, Opportunity, Equality, Benevolence and Empowerment) helps more vulnerable black and ethnic minority women and children access domestic abuse support and counselling services.

A Touch of Class and Escapism We last said hello in the April edition. Heading into August, we will also be open at 10.00 every Monday, to be there for you and in support of the Vintage and Antique Market days at Bridge Farm Barns, Monks Eleigh. Since the Spring we have added some new artists and makers as well as made changes to the stock of several our regulars so we can ensure we continue catering for a range of tastes. These include Lisa Thurkettle who recently enjoyed success at the Hadleigh Art Show, being awarded most admired painting by visitors. Dylan Pym is a new maker from Suffolk who has added his oak footstools to our exhibits. New stock has been introduced from most of our fifty East Anglian exhibitors. We are part of the Bridge Farms Barns complex at Monks Eleigh which includes a traditional garden nursery and Corncraft Tearooms, offering an ever increasing and expanding menu, introduced by their recently engaged chef. Its tranquil surroundings still provide an oasis to relax for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. Other places to visit are Sarah’s Attic with her new Garden Room addition. Olivien Patchwork and Quilting, Lavenham Falconry (by appointment) and the Outrageous Cake Company complete the destination for a most enjoyable trip out. Returning to us at Brett Gallery, Suzanne and John with their assistant Mary present a wide range of affordable, exclusive exhibits created by wellestablished East Anglian Artists and Makers. Despite the pressures on us all at this time, we still like somewhere to buy that unusual, surprise gift for a relative or friend, for that special occasion or indeed for ourselves. Or a simple treat for our home. The Gallery is a unique showcase for a range of local art, ceramics, woodturning, glass, photography, jewellery, homeware and metalwork. The extensive card selection also reflects the talent of the exhibiting artists. It is calm and peaceful, away from the crowds. A place to escape and indulge for a while. Exquisite • Unique • Local

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As Britain’s most popular foreign holiday destination, with more than 18 million British visitors to Spain, in pre-pandemic 2019, it is not surprising that typical Spanish dishes are among our favourites – none more so than paella. The dish is actually named after the wide, shallow pan in which it is cooked, traditionally over an open fire: the paellera or paella, the word for a frying pan in Valencia's regional language. Paella was synonymous with the Valencia region, one of the most important rice-producing areas in Spain, but it has become one of Spain’s bestknown dishes. Originally a farmers’ and farm labourers’ food, it was cooked by the workers at their lunchtimes and eaten straight from the pan using a wooden spoon. We tend to think of paella as a “fish dish”, not surprising, perhaps as most British visitors to Spain head for the Mediterranean coastal resorts many of which are fishing villages. Valencia itself was always a major fishing port and just a short distance from the city are the Albufera Wetlands, a freshwater lagoon and an ecologically important rice-producing area. Most of Sibarita’s rice is from the Albufera Natural Park. Rice would have been the basic ingredient of the original Valencian farm workers’ paella, together with Garrofon white beans. They are large beans with thin skin and a mild, creamy flavour. Other ingredients were whatever was available on the day, meat generally being chicken or rabbit, also anything left over from the previous day. This is how paella came to have so many variations. Whether your favourite is seafood, meat or even vegetarian you can prepare this dish to your own taste. Sibarita’s supplier of paella products, seasonings and spices is Jesús Navarro SA founded a hundred years ago. Their Carmencita brand is known throughout the world. They were probably the first to create and market a blend of spices with an authentic paella taste giving rise to the world-famous “Paellero Carmencita”. They subsequently developed a Paella kit for the consumer who wants everything necessary to prepare a paella in one place, including an enameled paella pan. Call Sibarita on 01255 245201 or 01787 323933 09.00-17.00, Mon to Fri or send an email at any time:


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“Painting makes you feel better” Red Alert: Weather Warning of Extreme Heat is leading the news bulletin as this article is being written. This is second life threatening weather warning of 2022. In February we were warned of the danger of Storm Eunice. Fortunately, Hadleigh Old School, the arts venue, came off lightly with a couple of fence panels blown down. In contrast one of the Suffolk artists we admire suffered a much greater calamity. Christopher Ryland lives in an Storm Eunice by Christopher Ryland, Elected Fellow Society of Botanical historic Suffolk Pink painted Artists house in Gainsborough Street Sudbury. On 18 February 2022, strong winds from Storm Eunice brought down a huge tree from the grounds of the property opposite Christopher’s house, collapsing through a garden wall and showering branches and bricks on the pavement and road. The tree was so large as to block the busy main route through the town and ended resting upon the roof of Christopher’s house. Thankfully no-one was injured. Fast forward four months on and finally repairs have been made and scaffolding removed. The event was so momentous that Christopher decided to record it in art, the result being a beautiful watercolour painting – shown here. When not painting natural disasters, Christopher Ryland is more usually creating beautiful colourful paintings of flowers and floral scenes from the gardens and countryside of Suffolk. Hadleigh Old School will be presenting an exhibition of his work every Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (11am-4pm) in August. We will also have a preview afternoon 2-5pm on Friday 5th August to which everyone is welcome. In addition, this August we will also be showing works on paper from the so called ‘Benton End’ artists, Benton End being the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing that Sir Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines ran in the mid Twentieth Century. The pictures on display will include rarely seen ‘nudes & rudes’ and artwork by Sir Cedric Morris, Arthur Lett-Haines, Kathleen Hale, Lucy Harwood and Joan Warburton. Both exhibitions are free entry to Hadleigh Old School, 3-5 Bridge Street, Hadleigh IP7 6BY

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Fidelis Ladies AGM Our Afternoon Tea with vintage china and crisp white tablecloths. Posies of fresh summer flowers and floral teapots. Homemade scones topped with jam and cream or a savoury cheese topped scone for those without a sweet tooth. Sandwiches and cakes to fill any gaps. Swirls of light feathery vanilla sponge filled with light as air cream, macarons in coffee, pistachio, raspberry and chocolate. Laughter and chatter as our ladies enjoyed the Fidelis AGM with afternoon tea. The fabulous hats they wore and the lovely summery afternoon. Thank you so much for joining us at our AGM and we look forward to another enjoyable year with you all. With a special thank you to Samantha who came to do our Bingo calling. Liz Wilson

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Optometrist Running Charity Marathon Andrew Dunstone will be running the London Marathon on 2nd October in aid of an infant health charity. The Lullaby Trust funds vital research which contributes to understanding why some babies and young children die suddenly and unexpectedly. Donations to this charity would be much appreciated and can be made via Just Giving or dropped off at the Practice on Queen Street. Your help also ensures that bereaved families receive the support they need when their baby or young child dies and when they go on to have another child. To make a donation or find out more about the charity see links available from or telephone 01473 823755.

Lavenham Library Come and meet The Gadgeteers! As you read this the Summer Reading Challenge will be well underway. The Reading Challenge combines FREE access to books with fun, creative activities during the summer holidays and is open to all children aged 4-11. Children borrow and read library books of their own choice during the summer, collecting special stickers to complete their poster and extra incentives along the way. Children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge are presented with a medal and certificate. The challenge runs until 4th September. FREE Coding Taster Session for 8-15 years old (must be accompanied by an adult) • Control electronics with code! Program a robot. • Learn to code in scratch and python. No experience necessary. Limited Spaces Available - Booking Essential Please contact the library to book you place on 01787 247729 or email: or pop into the library and speak to a member of staff. Top Time Group Top Time is our sociable drop-in group for all adults. We hold fortnightly Tuesday meetings from 2.30-4pm. Our Aug meetings will be held on the 9th and 23rd. Indoor Kurling Join us every Friday afternoon from 2.30pm – 4.00pm for this fun indoor adult activity that helps to improve strength and mobility with refreshments and chat included! Lavenham Library, Village Hall, Church St, Lavenham CO10 9QT Tel No: 01787 247729 Email:

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Plan your ‘Great day out’ this summer! Here at Hollow Trees Farm, we are proud of what we have to offer. Our Farm Trail is an affordable, family friendly day out, suitable for all ages. Our Summer Trail is something we look forward to each year…It’s a chance to get out in the sun, make some memories with your loved ones, and explore part of the beautiful Suffolk Countryside. With plenty of farm animals to feed, bespoke farm themed play equipment, ride on tractors and our very own beach, we really do have lots to offer… During the summer holidays we open our popular Cresta Run grass sledges, and set up a Mini Golf course to keep you entertained all day long. With lots of places to sit and relax, you can enjoy an ice cream and a cold drink from our Farm Trail kiosk. This year, we are running our Summer Trail from 25th July – 4th September, and prebooked online tickets are only £7 each! We advise you prebook to avoid disappointment. Walk-ins will be available for those of you who prefer to be spontaneous, the ticket price will differ and if we reach capacity, we will be unable to accommodate walk-ins. Keep an eye on our social media to keep up to date with ‘what’s going on’, any special guests and extras on our Farm Trail throughout the summer holidays. We can’t wait to see you! Hollow Trees Farm, Semer, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 6HX 01449 741 247 - -

M W Partridge & Co Ltd It is with sadness and regret that the family of Keith Young confirm that the much-loved shop in Hadleigh High Street will be closing its doors for the final time on 30th September 2022. A purchaser has been secured for the buildings but unfortunately the business has been struggling for many years. Covid and the recent significant decline in the retail sector has meant that the business is no longer viable as a going concern. We would like to thank the staff and our customers for their loyalty and support over the last thirty years. All stock will need to be sold, with a closing down sale having commenced on Saturday 16th July 2022. Should you have any Gift Vouchers please come in and use them. They will not be valid after 30th September 2022.

Ebony’s Blog Life at The Shelley Centre Happy holidays to all our riders and their carers. I know ‘holidays’ is an euphemism for the team of Carers who visit but at least its one less trip you have to organise in a busy week. We look forward to seeing you all again in September. If the usual procedures about planning speed up, there should be some swanky new building work to view when we re-open. Can’t wait to show you...... The Summer Term finished with small dressage competitions and The Countryside Challenge for those riders who wanted to compete. I like the photo of Luke Teague (Friday Rider) waiting his turn to do The Countryside Challenge! The other photo shows the Wednesday afternoon group of volunteers celebrating the last rides of the term in terrific holiday attire! That brought a smile to everyone’s lips. The big gossip I’m hearing at the Centre is all about the Shelly Ball. Many more discussions about dress, hair, nails, make-up, raffle prizes, food and drink! What a lot of trouble you humans go to for a fundraising event, and how very grateful we horses and our riders are that you do. Best of luck everyone, may you all enjoy the frivolities and come back in September raring to go. 01473 824172

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Lavenham Carpet Bowls Club I hope everyone enjoyed and survived the exceptional hot weather during July. Our Wednesday afternoon sessions at Lavenham Village Hall from 2pm until 4.30pm have been well attended and we have even had a few members from another local Carpet Bowls Club who are unable to use their own hall as it is under renovation. However we could do with some more players to join our Thursday sessions which are 7.30pm until 10pm. We usually try to play a friendly home match once a month at this session, but our last home match was cancelled, as the other team was unable to raise enough players - some Clubs are still struggling to get back to full strength. Oddly, our bank Santander has started calling up Club Officers and asking them some strange questions, not sure if this is part of Santander and other banks reassessing bank accounts that do not earn them money. It is essential that Club's have a bank account to run their Clubs efficiently, so if any other Clubs have encountered this and know what is going on, perhaps they could let me know, by emailing me on Of course we are lucky to have a large hall at Lavenham which can accommodate extra players and new members are always welcome. Just arrive about 15 minutes before either session. If you are new to Carpet Bowls, we offer you 2 free sessions, and some tuition is available. Look forward to seeing you there. Marilyn Beatham – Club Secretary



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News from Kersey School Acorns (Reception, Years 1 and 2) We have had the most exciting two weeks in Acorn Class. Firstly, we had the proud responsibility of growing and taking care of our very own caterpillars which we are pleased to say have all grown into the most beautiful butterflies. The children took the butterflies over a flowery spot in the church yard and released them into the wild. We spoke a lot about the importance of animals in the world and allowing them to be free and grow in their natural habitat. The children took great pride in this and were amazed to see their final transformation. We have also been designing and creating our own camouflage theme t-shirts as our art project has been looking at camouflage artists. The children have discovered patterns and techniques they can use to make themselves look almost invisible against different backgrounds. This has also linked nicely into our work about animals, their life cycles and their habitats. We have focused on exploring why some animals are camouflage and why some do not need to be. As well as this, we have learnt that frogs begin their life as tadpoles and are often only camouflaged when they are fully grown adults. Finally, a huge well done to all the children who participated in sports day! The children in Acorn class were committed to trying hard but had a great attitude towards success, failure and team support! Mrs Cousins and I are exceptionally proud of you! Miss Pratt Oaks (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) The past two weeks have seen the return of Mrs Quinn and our fantastic Art lessons. This week was no exception; we created our own clay fish, which looked incredible! We will be adding colour to them in the coming weeks. We have been writing our own biographies in English, based on the learning around David Attenborough’s biography. We have used what we have learned to make our writing the best it can be. It has been a great opportunity to share our knowledge about other famous individuals who are passionate about the environment. Sports day is always a great event in the school calendar and the perfect opportunity for the older children in the school to demonstrate how mature and sensible they can be when with their Houses. It can take a lot of patience and kindness to support others, but Mrs DP and I were impressed by how well the Oak class children looked out for their younger peers. Well done! If you would like to know more about Kersey school or you would like to arrange a visit please ring the office on 01473 823397, email or visit our website Follow us now on social media for all the latest news and information

Hadleigh Healing Society The news we see on the television and hear on the radio can be very depressing at times and you think to yourself is there any good news out there to cheer us. It is the small things that make us smile. A child splashing in a puddle, the smell of roses and the birds singing to name just a few. Take pleasure in the small things in life and cherish them. If you need someone to listen to you, share your concerns and how it affects your life please allow our qualified, registered healers to help. Please telephone (answer machine) 01473 823282 or log onto or visit our Hadleigh Healing Society Facebook page for an appointment. We are holding one of our popular Clairvoyant Days on Saturday, 17th September between 10am – 4pm. There will be two mediums who can give a 20 minute private reading for £15. If you would like an appointment please book early to avoid disappointment. Telephone giving your name and telephone number clearly and we will get back to you.



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Sudbury Citizens Advice I’m due to fly to Spain during the school summer holidays. After hearing about all the problems at airports, I’m really worried. My family have been looking forward to this and it’s cost us a lot of money. What do we do if our flight is cancelled or delayed? A lot of people will be worried after seeing the recent news about flights. If you face issues, the Citizens Advice website, has lots of information about what to do when your flight is delayed or cancelled. If you’re already at the airport when they announce the delay, the airline should give you food and drink, access to phone calls and emails. You should also get accommodation if you’re delayed overnight (including journeys to and from the airport). Your airline might offer you vouchers to pay for these or advise you to keep receipts to claim back expenses later. They will only refund ‘reasonable’ expenses, not expensive meals or luxury hotels. What counts as a long enough delay to get this help depends on how long your flight is. A short flight only needs to be delayed two hours, whereas a flight of more than 3,500km needs to be more than four hours. Full details are on the Citizens Advice website. It’s worth knowing that if your flight is delayed for more than five hours, you don’t have to take it. The airline legally has to give you a full refund for that flight (and any onward flights and return flights if you’re part-way through a connecting journey). Talk to someone from the airline as soon as you decide you don’t want to fly. If your flight is cancelled altogether, you’ve a legal right to either a full refund or a replacement flight to get you to your destination. The refund includes any onward flights and money for a return flight if you’re part-way through a connecting journey. Ask about this at the airport if you can. Don’t just rebook another flight yourself - check with the airline first because it’s their responsibility to sort out your replacement. If you do have to rebook it yourself, keep any receipts and evidence of why the airline couldn’t do this for you, for example screenshots of live chats. If the cancellation ends up delaying you getting to your holiday by two or more hours, you’re entitled to help with costs. Check if you’re entitled to compensation for a delayed or cancelled flight. Again, this will depend on how long the delay was, the distance, and whether it’s the airline’s fault. The Citizens Advice website has details on claiming compensation for delays or cancellations from the airline. You might also be able to claim from your travel insurance – check if your policy covers this. If you have a problem with an airline and you’re not sure what to do, call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline 0808 223 1133 or talk to an adviser online through If you need advice on this on anything else visit or call Sudbury and District Citizens Advice on 01787 321400 and leave a message and someone will call you back when available. We will attempt three times to call you back, so please expect a call from a withheld number. Alternatively, contact us via email at or by using the contact facility on our website, We are providing advice by telephone and email Monday – Thursday, 10am – 1pm.

Hadleigh Nursing Home fete cancelled



It is with regret that we have had to cancel our planned garden fete at Hadleigh Nursing Home that was scheduled for Saturday, August 20. We hope to organise another large-scale community event in the run-up to Christmas.






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We had a busy time at St. Marys Church, Hadleigh creating arrangements based on music for The Flower Festival. With visitors enjoying the members depictions, it was great to be back once again with friends to support St. Marys fundraising.

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Do you have time on your hands? Why not join our friendly group as a Volunteer? • Make new friends from the local community • Learn traditional skills from others • Work on a ‘green’ project which uses locally sourced natural materials • Spend time outside in a beautiful environment • Enjoy working with others to achieve something amazing We urgently need volunteers to help with our project to re-instate the 1580s timber framed Long House on our site in Ringshall. With the hand-made frame now in place, we are packing the straw and clay mix insulation into the walls. We need to get as much insulation done as possible before the weather turns colder, and if you have a day, or just a morning or afternoon to spare each week, you would be very welcome to join us. In September we will start to make the wooden tiles (shingles) for the roof. If you are interested, you can call Sarah for an informal chat on 07766 054042 or email Carole at For more information see our website Volunteer now, get involved, join a unique project. Building community sustainably at Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Suffolk, IP14 2LY.

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Hadleigh Garden Club A host of Hostas greeted our members for the July meeting. Mickfield Hostas have specialised in growing and exhibiting for two generations. Mel, our speaker, was so enthusiastic and entertained us with amusing anecdotes about dealing with slugs and snails. The variety of plants that were for sale are shown in this picture... all healthy and slug free. Tomato blight is similar to potato blight and spread by air borne spores, so keep these two crops well apart. Dark brown spots appear on the stems, soon spreading to leaves and fruit. The fruit is not poisonous but soon becomes inedible. Infected plants need to be hot bin composted. If not available incinerate or dispose of at council tip. Tomatoes and cucumbers need watering every day, water the soil not the foliage and feed once a week with tomato feed. Let’s hope by the time you read this the hot weather has given way to welcome rain. Our August meeting on Monday 8th is “Gardening for Wildlife”, something close to the heart of many gardeners. Do join us at 7.30 in the Guildhall for a relaxing evening with raffle and refreshments. Plus members plant sale and this month’s completion 4 tomatoes on a plate. Guests £4, members £2. Email:

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What an amazing Summer term! We began the term with our level 2 elite gymnasts in action at the regional general gymnastics apparatus finals. They all performed really well and a special mention must go to Annabel Quinn who finished 3rd on bars and to Emilia Tiernay who became the regional level 2 beam champion. Later in the term we had several gymnasts in the level 4 finals and Beatrice Catchpole is now the regional level 4 vault champion. In level 5 Evie Cooper finished 3rd on beam and Nicole Peddelty left with one bronze, one silver and as the beam and floor champion. Well done to all who competed. At the end of the term we hosted our club competition, the first since 2019. All gymnasts were invited to participate and we had almost 300 entries. The competition ran across 2 days and it was fantastic to see all of the gymnasts rise to the occasion of performing in front of an audience. We hope that those who came to watch enjoyed being in the gym and can’t wait for next year’s competition. Have a great Summer and we will see you all on Monday 5th September when our new term commences.

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Hadleigh Womens Institute At the time of writing this we are looking forward to hosting visitors from four other WIs at our Garden Party in The Old School in Bridge Street on the predicted hottest day of the year! Our next meeting is on the 16th August when the speaker will be David Smith 'Fingerprints and Crime Scene Investigations'. We also have a Reading Group, Lunch Club and Ambling Group. We meet in the Library Seminar Room on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. If you would like to consider joining, come along for a 'taster'. Contact Sheila Webb on 01473 827554 or Glenn Abbassi on 07870 312409 or just turn up. We look forward to welcoming you. Sheila Webb, President

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Swift Success In 2019 when local residents came together to discuss ways to combat the growing climate crisis, all agreed that despite the scale of the problem, something should be done. The consensus was that any new group should take positive action to demonstrate that even small measures widely adopted can make a big difference. From these early discussions, Hadleigh Environmental Action Team (HEAT) was born. HEAT have gone on to organise several exciting projects that tackle various areas of environmental concern, for example wildlife. Wildlife in general is struggling. Loss of habitat and food shortages are to blame and so HEAT decided to focus on the plight of the swift. This amazing bird migrates from Africa to Northern Europe during the summer months. As a supreme aerialist the swift has few natural predators, but despite this they are in serious decline. Their numbers have fallen by 58% over the last 25 years and this is largely because their opportunity to find suitable nesting sites has dramatically been reduced. Swifts prefer to nest in the eaves and loft spaces of buildings and while older properties tend to have lots of nooks and crannies, modern building techniques and materials deny swifts access. So HEAT, with funding from Hadleigh Town Council and the support of several residents set about constructing and installing 100 swift nest boxes across the town. We took advice from Save our Suffolk Swifts who gave us some good tips, but they also said that we would need to be patient as it could take time for the swifts to find and then occupy the boxes. They were right. During the first year we had no reports of swift activity, however, two years on and we are starting to see results. We have had reports of swifts nesting at three of our sites and thanks to Peter Cutts we have this amazing photograph of a swift chick in one of the boxes at the Royal British Legion on George Street. We are still a long way from solving the problem of global climate change, but projects like this help to demonstrate that together we can make a difference. HEAT hopes to do much more in the areas of wildlife protection, conservation, sustainability and ecosystem management, if you would like to help us, then email


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Elmsett Primary School Goodbyes At the end of this term we said goodbye to Mrs Burdiss who is retiring after 14 years at Elmsett School. She began teaching at Elmsett in 2008 and became the Headteacher in 2013. Throughout her time at Elmsett she had been dedicated and committed in achieving the best for the children and our School. We also said goodbye to Mrs Hooper, Miss Bloomfield and Mrs Chisholm. In September we look forward to Leigh Hilton becoming our Headteacher, we also welcome Mrs Ross as Class Teacher and Mrs Hills as a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant. School Trips At the end of term all the children went on Class Trips to support and enhance their learning. Our younger children in Hedgehogs and Otters Class enjoyed a day on Felixstowe beach to support their topic Ship Ahoy! During the day they completed a scavenger hunt to find various items on the beach, they then discussed their finds back in class. KS2 children in Badgers and Owls Class went to Daws Hall Nature Reserve to support their Geography and Science learning. They enjoyed pond dipping and they learned map skills to complete an orienteering challenge. Prayer Days The children experienced two marvellous prayer days at our local churches. Their first day was at St Peters with "Prayers around the church" – exploring the altar, font, choir stalls to see what makes a church so special. They also had the opportunity to make a stained-glass window, try on the clerical robes and ring the bells. They enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the church and why certain parts of the church and its symbolism is important to Christians. The next day we attended Elmsett Methodist Church investigating the "Lord's Prayer". The prayer was split into sections and the children looked at the meaning and relevance creating crafts, sharing bread and making bookmarks as reminders. They enjoyed learning from the local community and it was great to see everyone participating and fully engaged. A huge thank you to both churches for organising this for our children. The Big Breaktime On national Childhood Day we took part in the NSPCC Big Breaktime. The children enjoyed their extended breaktime taking part in traditional games such as Hopscotch, In and Out the Dusty Bluebells, Farmers in his Den, What’s the Time Mr Wolf. The children were asked to make a donation to help support the work of the NSPCC who prevent and protect children from abuse.

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Hadleigh Walkers Our August walk on Saturday 13th will be a circular walk taking a route to the South and East North of Hadleigh. Starting in Hadleigh, we will leave Stonehouse Road car park at 0930 and take the Railway walk to Benton End, then Upper Layham, Lower Layham, Shelley, Fox Farm, Sodom and Gomorrah, Bacon’s Green, Raydon, across country to Woodlands and back into Hadleigh along the Railway Walk. The walk is about 10 miles along moderate terrain but with little in the way of shortening options for anyone wanting a reduced distance. We will have 2 refreshment stops along the way and should arrive back around 1330 – 1400. As usual, we aim to maintain a not too demanding 2.5 mph (4 km/hr). Walkers should be aware that any weather is possible so strong shoes or preferably walking boots should be worn as the ground will be muddy or rough in places. Everyone is welcome, including well behaved dogs. As usual, route maps can be requested from the web site. For further information about these walks go to, email us from the website contact page or contact Mike Keeling on 07483 887658.



Hadleigh and District Angling Society

OPEN DAY SATURDAY 13th AUGUST 10 am - 1 pm BULLOCKY FEN, LAYHAM IP7 5FB Tackle provided, no licence required. A day out for all the family to come and have a go at the sport of fishing in the beautiful surroundings of Bullocky Fen. Light refreshments will be provided and the whole event is free.

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Hadleigh and District Angling Society held the first of this year’s Open Days on Saturday 28th May. The event was a great success with 35 people participating and approximately 25 spectators. Many of the participants were trying fishing for the first time and the feedback on the day was positive from all those who attended. Society volunteers were on hand to assist participants and the refreshment table proved very popular with everyone. The next Open day will be on Saturday 13th August and we hope to see as many people as possible returning or attending for the first time.

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline & Charity Shop Having successfully delivered several loads of support to Ukraine the Charity has decided to purchase our own Mini Bus that will be used to take a regular supply of specifically requested items to our Partners in Poland who will then taken the delivery into Ukraine and continue to evacuate those too ill, disabled or immobile to leave by any other means. We constantly find that we are the only Charity reaching out to people in the rurally located small villages, many people who are still living without the basic amenities we take for granted. Many of the people we support are those that have lost everything but continue to work together to help each other in this time of crisis. With a long cold winter ahead of them I have been tasked to try and find some good quality used footwear for both adults and children. We need Workboots, Walking Boots/Shoes and good quality Trainers. Rubber products such as wellingtons cannot be used as they just split in the sub zero temperatures. In these areas people are having to walk miles everyday just to try and get some basic supplies as there is no longer any public transport and those who have cars are few and far between. Others are working to clear rubble and make damaged buildings safe. Despite this and all the other problems they are currently deal with, no one gives up and we are determined to continue to help as much as possible. We continue to raise funds via our online Charity Shop on Ebay. Please do visit the shop and see the diverse range of products we are offering for sale and of course if you are local it may be possible to arrange collection/delivery to save on postage costs. If you have anything you would like to donate that we can sell on Ebay to help our fundraising please do get in touch. Many thanks to all who continue to support us. Elizabeth Parker (Chair Mid Suffolk) - 01449 760343/07771 550868

Hadleigh Art Club We are having our summer break now, but we will be back at the Hadleigh library on 6th September. We do art because we enjoy it and not because we are necessarily good at it, we all have pieces that turn out well and others that don't, so please don't worry about your ability, just come along and join in, we like to think we are a friendly group. For those who ask, we try to give advice, guidance and constructive criticism but there is no 'teacher'. We meet on Tuesday afternoons from 2.00 until 4.00 pm during term time in the Seminar Room above the main Library.

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Plans for employment land in Hadleigh ready for next stage

An artist’s impressions of the how the employment land could be developed (Picture BDC) An initiative to bring new workspaces to Hadleigh will move to the next stage if Babergh District Council agree a proposal for the sale of part of the land for local retail/ roadside uses to fund the wider scheme development. If agreed, up to 100% of the capital receipt will be used to deliver the scheme that could support and approximately 10 light industrial or workspace units for a range of uses including by micro and start-up businesses. The design of the scheme is based on a Menta report commissioned by Babergh District Council to understand the demand for workspaces in the area. It is hoped that the development will create around 50 full time jobs, support local skills, enhance business network development and provide much needed grow-on space for small businesses. There is also potential for employment opportunities for young people - providing a boost to the local economy as part of the council’s Economic Recovery Plan post covid. The 1.5 acres of allocated employment land, acquired as part of a S106 agreement with Persimmon Homes, who are developing 57 homes at the adjoining housing development scheme, is situated on the A1071 at Ipswich Road, Hadleigh. Since Babergh cabinet approved the concepts for the scheme back in 2021, progress has been made on the wider scheme design development, marketing proposals and pre-tenant engagement. Cllr John Ward, Babergh District Council leader and cabinet member for economic growth commented: “We know there is demand for new employment land in Hadleigh and this scheme will not only address this need but will also create a range of employment and training opportunities. “As part of both our Invest in Hadleigh programme and economic recovery plan, it is crucial that we provide opportunities for businesses to grow and innovate in our growing market towns and the wider region to build a strong economy for the future.” For more information, please visit

NEWS FLASH! NEWS FLASH! Following the summer recess, The Arts Society Stour Valley launches in September with a new & exciting Autumn Programme at The Village Hall, Long Melford CO10 9QJ but different day and time - Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. TAS Stour Valley is formed from TAS South Suffolk & TAS Sudbury offering a full programme of monthly talks, visits and special interest days. Come & Try Us With A Free Taster + Coffee! Contact: Carole Ashton by tel/email 07766 107880 / quoting code VCN 15

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Wednesday 21st September at 11 am Regency Revelations – The Lost Diary of a Dandy Lecturer: Mark Hill whom Antiques Roadshow fans will know better as the Miscellaneous Items’ expert, The lost private journals of John Margesson Esq. 1794-1866, a true Regency dandy. Not to be missed!

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Energy Rebate scheme to be extended Residents in Babergh and Mid Suffolk who have been unable to access financial support through the Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme may now be able to do so through a discretionary fund. Launched in February, the one-off rebate worth £150, aimed to help households in Council Tax bands A to D with the rising cost of energy. In addition to the main Council Tax Energy Rebate scheme, Government has made £300,000 available as a discretionary fund to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils meaning people in need of support who were not eligible for the main fund can now access the £150 rebate. The discretionary fund is for people who live in a house where the Council Tax is paid by the property owner or for those in a house of multiple occupation, in any Council Tax band that was not eligible for the Council Tax Energy Rebate. To claim the rebate, individuals must provide evidence to the Council that they are responsible for energy bills (gas, electricity etc) and are in receipt of Universal Credit or Housing Benefit. In addition, the £150 rebate will be offered to Households in bands E – H who on 1st April 2022 were in receipt of Council Tax Reduction, a Council Tax discount or certain exemptions. The scheme is also open to Households in bands F – H who are in receipt of Disabled Band Reduction. Anyone who believes they are eligible to access the discretionary fund must apply online through the Council website where they can submit the required information. It is hoped the scheme can be expanded again towards the end of July depending on the uptake of the first phase of the discretionary fund. Commenting on the scheme Cllr David Busby, cabinet member for finance, assets and investments, Babergh District Council said: “The Council Tax Energy Rebate is available to support households with the rising cost of energy and I would urge people to find out more about the discretionary fund and apply as soon as possible to receive their one-off rebate.” Cllr John Whitehead, cabinet member for finance Mid Suffolk District Council said: “With the increase in the cost of living, it is important that we reach as many people as possible to access the discretionary element of the Council Tax Energy Rebate. This is a one-off payment that is non-refundable, and I encourage people who believe they are eligible to apply for the rebate as soon as possible to help with their energy costs.” Since the beginning of July, the Council Tax Energy Rebate has been paid to 31,350 households in Babergh and 34,081 households in Mid Suffolk which is approximately 98% of those who were eligible for the scheme. For more information please visit: or

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Men’s Sheds, as defined by the Men’s Shed’s Association, are: ‘similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.’ We would love to see a Men’s Shed started in Hadleigh. The idea is to provide a venue – we would offer the Ansell Centre – and time and space for men to gather to build, mend, make and develop skills together. There is a wealth of information on the UK Men’s Sheds Association website about the value of Men’s Shed’s. The movement started in Australia, but has spread around the world and there are thousands of Sheds supporting the wellbeing of thousands of people. The Ansell Centre trustees would love to see such an opportunity offered to the men of Hadleigh. We know that men’s mental health is a cause for concern and believe that setting up a place for men to enjoy developing their hobbies in a welcoming environment would be good for our community. It needs a man with the enthusiasm to get things started. It needs someone with some drive, energy and good humour who recognises the need to support men in a way that serves their particular needs. The Ansell Centre trustees will support with information gathering, financial advice, and the whole start up – but we need a man with vision to help get this off the ground. Could you be that man? Or do you know a man who is? Would you like to be part of a team to make this happen? If you are interested please contact Karen Harman on (on behalf of the Ansell Centre Trustees)

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Hadleigh says thanks to Suffolk Military Personnel This week Hadleigh said thank you to local military personnel to celebrate Armed Forces Day. The national initiative is an annual recognition of the contribution of serving men and women, giving thanks to the sacrifices military personnel and their families make. Hadleigh businesses have used their windows to show support with creative displays, the Armed Forces Day flag has been flying at the war memorial and the High St featured a mural saluting the forces, with thanks to the Royal British Legion. The highlight of the week was a free community thanksgiving event on Thursday 23 June in Hadleigh Marketplace, at which Deputy Lieutenant, Gareth Wilson, received a salute from 75 service personnel representing every military detachment in Suffolk, plus reserves and cadets. He gave thanks for the work and dedication of the services, alongside Chairman of Babergh District Council, Cllr Kathryn Grandon and the Mayor of Hadleigh, Gordon McLeod. Local residents came out in force to share in the celebrations and to give thanks to the Armed Forces. Detachments included representatives of 7th Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers from Wattisham Flying Station, 28 Engineer Regiment from RAF Honington, 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment from MOD Woodbridge, reserves from the 158 Logistics Corp based in Ipswich and the Hadleigh Army Cadets. After the public event, service personnel were treated to a reception in the Town Hall, hosted by Hadleigh Town Council. The personnel took away a small gift bag made up of donations from local businesses, including Adnams. Cllr Kathryn Grandon said: “It is a wonderful thing to see the strong support and connection between the people of our district and the forces community, particularly with Wattisham Flying Station staff. It’s an honour for Babergh to host this event on behalf of Suffolk” Hadleigh Mayor Gordon McLeod said: “Many people in Hadleigh have a direct link to the Armed Forces community, through work, family, or friends, so it’s no surprise to see the warmth of support on display. The role of the Armed Forces in combat and in crises like the pandemic or supporting refugees from Ukraine can rarely have been so central in people’s thoughts.” Together with neighbouring Mid Suffolk District Council, Babergh District Council is celebrating the 10th year of their commitment to the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant – a pledge by local authorities on behalf of their respective communities and statutory agencies to support our local armed forces community.

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Just under two hundred cyclists from around the county and beyond, gathered at Trinity Park near Ipswich on Sunday 26th June for the Ride for Helen Suffolk cycle ride organised by Helen Rollason Cancer Charity! The event offered cyclists the chance to sign up for either 65 or 35 mile routes through some of the beautiful Suffolk countryside. The 65 mile route for the experienced cyclists took them through the villages and towns of Grundisburgh, Clopton Green, Monewden, Kettleburgh, Brandeston, Earl Soham, Saxtead Green, Framlingham, Wickham Market, Tunstall Forest, Chillesford, Melton and Woodbridge. Whilst the 35 mile route passed through Grundisburgh, Clopton Green, Monewden, Sutton Hoo, Easton, Wickham Market, Ufford, Melton and Woodbridge. Both routes showed off the stunning Suffolk countryside with marshals and arrows guiding the way. Mark Salter, 58 from Ipswich took part in the 65 mile ride; “What a great day we’ve had at Ride for Helen Suffolk – we were blessed with fine weather throughout! My friends and I thought the route was very picturesque with light traffic and good signage. For the price we paid for our ticket I think it was excellent value for money and all for a very worthy cause.” Debbie Wallace, 51 from Maldon joined her daughter Izzy, 15, who was taking part in achieving her Duke of Edinburgh Award. Debbie commented; “This was the first time we had taken part in an organised cycle event and we were both extremely impressed. The scenery around rural Suffolk was beautiful and the route was easy to follow. Thanks to all the volunteers and organisers for making our experience thoroughly enjoyable – a fantastic cause.” Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Head of Fundraising and Marketing Zoe Jay said: “What a fantastic turnout with just under two hundred supporters attending our Ride for Helen Suffolk cycle ride. The money raised at this event will enable us to provide counselling appointments and complementary therapy treatments for our clients. We were delighted to have East of England Co-op support our event for the second year in a row and Elmy Cycles of Ipswich who helped with promotion, cycle checks and rider maintenance on the day. And certainly not forgetting the countless volunteers, friends and family who gave up their day to make Ride for Helen such a success. Thank you one and all! It costs around £850,000 annually to keep our charity operational. Therefore, we really needed to make this event a success and raise as much money as possible to keep supporting men and women living with cancer. We work in conjunction with the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation and every penny raised at this event will go towards ensuring we continue to provide the best possible cancer care now and in the future. The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is dedicated to championing quality of life for everyone living with or affected by cancer through the provision of support centres, complementary therapies, information and advice and support groups. We support men and women with all types of cancer at all stages – whether newly diagnosed or longer-term, throughout treatment and after treatment is completed. For more information please visit or call 01245 380719.

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Bildeston Primary School Learning and Growing Together Rock Steady Music School Learning an instrument is proving so much fun at Bildeston with the arrival of Rock Steady Music School. Children across all year groups have chosen from the electric guitar, keyboard, drums or vocals and have enjoyed playing in a happy, supportive environment with their friends. Spotlight on Science Trip Children in Kingfisher class enjoyed a day of Science through Technical Theatre workshops at the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Their chosen workshops supported their learning on Light and Sound. Year 3/4 pupils from our federated school, Whatfield Primary came along with us too! Doorstep Theatre Festival This festival is designed to make high-quality arts activities accessible to primary schools by lessening the restraints of rural isolation and the financial implications that come with visiting an arts venue. Our KS1 children enjoyed a performance of ‘Party’ in school, which was then followed up by some great workshops the following week. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves! Sport Report this term KS2 children have enjoyed two cricket events, one at Hadleigh Cricket ground, the other at Ransomes Park Sports Centre in Ipswich. The Hadleigh event was supported by all of the local Hadleigh schools, an opportunity for our children to catch up with friends some of them will be seeing at high school next term. The other played against teams from across the county. They all had a great time. U11 High 5 Netball was enjoyed by a small team of Kestrel children at Hadleigh High School and a group of 8 children enjoyed the Quad Kids festival at Northgate Sports Centre, Ipswich, where they represented the commonwealth country ‘Grenada’. Hadleigh Rugby Club have also been into school so that the KS2 children could enjoy Rugby sessions on Monday afternoons across 3 weeks. Sports Afternoon What a wonderful afternoon shared by so many families and friends in the school grounds. A picnic was followed by an afternoon of sport. Yellow team were the winners of the cup this year! Co-opted Governor Vacancy We have a vacancy so if you are interested in finding out more, please call us on the number below for an informal chat. If you are considering Bildeston Primary as a school for your child, we would welcome a visit. Please phone the office on the number below. We would love to meet you. Bildeston Primary School Newberry Road, Bildeston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 7ESTelephone: 01449 740269 Website:


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Lavenham Sinfonia is well advanced in the planning of the exciting autumn concert, the final concert of the 2022 season, which is on Sunday September 18th September at 19:00hrs at Lavenham Church. In keeping with its policy to invite different guest conductors for each concert, Michael Coleby will lead the Sinfonia. Michael is a London based conductor who has a particular interest in contemporary music and collaborating with composers. He set up the Janus Ensemble in 2014 and made his professional debut conducting the Deutsche Sinfonie – Berlin in 2017. Since then, he has worked as the assistant conductor of London Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. The concert opens with the Overture to Weber’s opera Der Feischutz which was premiered in 1821 at the Schauspielhaus in Berlin and is one of Weber’s most well-known works. It quickly became and international success and far surpassed Weber’s expectations. It is followed by Gustav Mahler’s 5 Ruckert Songs with the soloist Daniela Bechly. Born in Hamburg, Daniela established her career as a lyric soprano in opera houses throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland before coming to live in the UK. Her repertoire in opera, concert work and recording spans the Baroque to contemporary composers. Daniela is very actively involved with the development of the Pimlott Foundation, which she established in the name of her late husband. The five songs are drawn from poems written by Friedrich Ruckert and were set to music by Mahler in the summer of 1901. The first four songs received their first performance in Vienna in January 1905. The fifth song “Liebst du um Schonheit” was not orchestrated by Mahler but by Max Puttmann an employee of the first publisher after the composer’s death in 1911. The songs were not intended to be a cycle and the Lieder were published independently of each other, connected only by the poetry and common themes. They were, however, later published together and are most often now performed together. The concert concludes with Robert Schumann’s fourth Symphony which was originally composed in 1841, but the composer heavily revised the work, and it was first published in this revised form in 1851. Chronologically by the date the Symphony should be Schumann’s third as the “Rhenish” symphony now known as No.3 was composed in 1850 but the revision of No.4 in 1851 led to it being labelled the fourth. The symphony is in four movements which usually follow each other without a pause. Please do reserve the date for the concert which I am sure will be a great finale to the Sinfonia’s season. Tickets are available from Do come and join us at Lavenham Church! Registered charity No. 109175

Early July saw Sports and Wellbeing Week in the school, which we are delighted to say we have been able to hold in a similar way to precovid times! The week began on Monday morning with our field events in the children’s buddy pairs. This was followed on Monday afternoon with a Steel Pan workshop. Tuesday morning saw our Sports Day on the Village Green with great sportsmanship by children and adults alike. On Thursday afternoon we were visited by Harshaprabha, a member of the Buddhist Faith who talked to the children, answered questions, and demonstrated meditation. Friday was another active day with all classes taking part in a Quidditch experience.

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French’s Care Haven Hello to our readers, I hope you are enjoying the crazy weather we have been experiencing. Apologies for missing last month’s news, I had my house move and everything was in boxes at that time. Ok let’s give you all an up-date: Pamela who did her 80th birthday 80 mile bike ride, raised £900, which was brilliant, thank you Pamela, Pamela is also one of our volunteers along with her husband Graham, Graham does some strimming for us while Pamela helps clean and feed the animals. Debbie who did her scarecrow fundraiser raised £450, so a Big thank you to both ladies. Our BBQ open day in July also went well, over 120 people came along and it was lovely to see families interacting with our rescued animals on the day, our animals loved the extra attention and activity. The nice thing for me to hear on our open day by many people was what super condition our animals all looked in. One of the photos was a family with Minstrel our donkey. Thank you to Tesco in Sudbury for supplying our buns and thank you to Perrywood garden centre for their £30 plant voucher. While thanking people, our helpers and our BBQ cook did a great job, well done team. I gave a talk to the Hadleigh wives club one evening in June and met some lovely ladies, I did see a few of the ladies from the club came along on our open day and it looked like they were enjoying their visit and our BBQ. We are looking for a volunteer handy man, who can spare us a morning a week to help with the up keep and small jobs on the grounds along with repairs. Can you find a bit of your time to give us? I would really appreciate your help, if so please give me a call on the number below. Monks Eleigh Fete: We had a stand at the fete that Sharon lead the way with and did a great job for us, giving locals a look at the work we do, as you can see in the photo. Helpers who came along to give Sharon a hand was, Pamela, Graham, Debbie and Jackie. The Fete and dog show went well and even though I was not there, because I had to tend to our animals on the farm, it sounds like the fete was a success and a good day for visitors, such a shame I could not be in both places, looks like a missed a lovely day out. Our yearly 100 club has re started with prizes starting from £50 first prize, we have a monthly draw and a bonus prize at Christmas. Call Sharon on: 07999 051401 to pick your numbers and buy tickets, tickets are £30 each. Our 100 club helps our animals with food and their daily care, give Sharon a call today. Raising money is essential to our charity, as the animals care and management has huge outgoings every month, of several thousand pounds and that is without extras like massive vet bills, which we have occurred over the last few months. Whether it is doing a fundraiser for us, or just buying a 100 club ticket it all helps and we appreciate your input when you do support us. Quiz Night is on its way: 22nd October at the Ansell centre in Hadleigh, Fish and chips with a great night of fun to be had, what more could you want. Make a note in your diary, we will start taking bookings in September. Work/position available for one or two weekend mornings a week, if little or no experience, do not worry, training will be given. This is a great opportunity to become part of our small team and work with our beautiful animals. Reliability is essential and for more information please call me, my number is below. Ragwort, it is going crazy again this year in our fields, we are sort of on top of it in some fields, but could do with some volunteering help to clear more from our horses and donkeys fields. Bags, little ragwort forks gloves and barrows are given for you to ‘mosey’ round the fields with our animals and pick up what you see. If you can spear an hour or so, please give me a call, you will hear my usual excitement when someone calls to offer their help. French’s is a charity on your doorstep, can you help, either with time, donations, or sponsorship. You are welcome to come along and meet our animals. Call me for an appointment. Call Jann on: 07747755556 or email: Website:


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Summer holiday activities to support families over the school break An array of activities are planned this summer holiday to provide entertainment and support to families across Babergh and Mid Suffolk. From adventure days to swimming, cooking classes to woodwork there is something to keep everyone occupied over the summer holidays thanks to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and partners. The mixed programme of activities aims to help families over the summer as part of the councils’ commitment to health and wellbeing. Explore Outdoor will once again be getting children out and about in nature, while Kinetic Science will be encouraging children to learn through fun with some hands-on experiments. There will also be a variety of cooking lessons provided by The Food Museum, Explore Outdoor and Debenham Sports and Leisure – all supporting the councils’ ongoing ambition to combat holiday hunger. Additionally, there will be sessions for swimming, football, arts and crafts, dodgeball, and filmmaking workshops at locations across the districts including Brantham, Claydon, Hadleigh, Stowmarket and Sudbury. Free places are allocated on a needs basis – local schools identify those in receipt of free school meals, or who may be eligible for other reasons. However, children who do not meet the criteria for free places are welcome to participate for a small fee. Babergh’s cabinet member for communities, Cllr Mary McLaren, said: “I am so pleased we are once again able to work with local companies in the community to offer so many fun activities to keep children entertained over the holidays. The aim of these activities is to encourage everyone to keep fit and healthy, and to ensure that no child is left hungry or lonely over the holidays. No matter your family’s circumstances there is something for everyone.” Find full details of all the activities available, and how to book, on the councils’ website

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Hadleigh Dental Surgery .........01473 823092

MSL Plumbing........................07979 288844

Veterinary Surgeons

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Hearing Care Centre................08000 962637

CJ Plumbing & Heating...........01473 822775

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TL Chimneys...........................07733 420611

Health Foods For You..............01787 828262

BUDDHA .................................07710 081745

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Hadleigh Physiotherapy ..........01473 810185

Keith Avis Printers ..................01473 823366

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Acupuncture & Wellness.........07717 314961

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Andy Grimsey .........................01473 823584

Backs for the Future................07818 420029

The Cock Inn Hadleigh............01473 941049

Tim Allen Windows .................01473 827086

Equlibrium Therapy.................07903 722746

The George Hadleigh ..............01473 822151

Window Cleaner

Hadleigh Glass........................01473 822415

Body & Mind As One .............07506 350 455

Royal Bengal...........................01473 823744

C&D Services..........................01473 828626

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