The Village Edition, May 2024

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The show is ready to go at the beautiful Holbecks Park in Hadleigh. Exhibitor entries are in and preparing to wow the crowds with their skills on horseback, with cattle, sheep, donkeys and heavy horses all booked and looking to be an incredible display of the traditional elements of the agricultural world. Tradestands are full to capacity with something for everyone on the showground, food, clothes, gardening, shopping, local businesses and much more all there for everyone.

We have so much going on with the brilliant Stannage Stunt Display Team on hand to impress us, our brilliant machinery display, vintage machinery, gun dogs, terriers, the

Sheep Show and much more in the rings to entertain you.

We will have music and action across the showground once again this year with an all new Food in the Field eating area, a couple of changes in our ring layouts and with a happy feel our main aim for the 2024 show, there will be music and action across the show ground with something for everyone. Around the showground we have Stocks Fair back with us again, open on the Friday evening and Sunday of the show weekend, tent, education tent, art show and lots more including shopping and eating.

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Another away from Hadleigh walk for May on Saturday 11. We will meet at 9.30 am outside the Cock pub in Polstead. We will then head towards

Bridge, Frog Hall and back to the Cock. In total, 8.7 miles.

For those parking at the Cock, the landlord has asked us to use the overspill paddock behind the pub car park.

As usual, we expect to maintain a modest 2.5 miles per hour (4km/hr). Allowing for 2 short refreshment stops we should be back at around 1300. preferably walking boots should be worn as the ground can be muddy and the website.

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An historic Suffolk pub has been saved – and is once again set to become a cornerstone again of the one of the prettiest villages in the county.

less than a year after new tenants, who previously ran a pub in Cornard near Sudbury, took over.

pub – built more than 400 years ago – would close for good but now local businessman Howard Watts has bought the White Hart and promises that it will once again be at the heart of Boxford life.

Howard, who runs Riddesdells Garage in

oldest garage in the country – has this week unveiled his plans to put the White Hart back at the centre of the thriving community which has a population of 1,400. And it could be back in business within six to eight weeks – he is also suggestions from locals.

He said:”The White Hart is in the middle of the village and steeped in history. It was once the main malthouse for the local brewing industry and I wanted to ensure that it remained at the centre of the community. I have always liked the building and it is a valuable asset to the village.” Chairman of Boxford Parish Council Colin Parr has already added his support White Hart has been the focus of the village for centuries and we certainly Work has already started on the pub – and one of the challenging and car park.

the handlebars or in a sidecar. When Briton died, she was buried under history.

Tornado later moved to South Africa, where he died in 1971 – leaving more the stone and restore it.” the biker lion.

Other plans for the Hart include a tea and coffee lounge, creating a business hub and a meeting room and turning the upstairs into a holiday let that will sleep up to eight people – a boost for the local tourist industry.

One new feature will be a space for weddings, birthdays and other special celebrations, which will be available to rent. In addition the outbuildings in the

He said:”I am putting together a great team to help get the White Hart back at the heart of the community.” And as a bonus for visitors to the village, the

serene and peaceful place for people to relax – as well as encourage wildlife. Howard, who has lived in the village and run the garage for more than 20 years said has also paid tribute to his parents:”I will also be naming parts of the business after people that have played a huge part in my life – the Maison Gloria, after my mother.

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Saturday 6th July: Patricia Eddington – Theatrical Reminiscences Retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s Church Organ Fund Enjoy a glass of wine after the concert.

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We have welcomed a few new players who have come along to try our new Carpets. Some who have played before and some who are new to Carpet Bowls. Following on from my theme of how you do not need a lot of strength to play Carpet Bowls, that I mentioned in my April news from the Club. I would like to introduce you to our most senior member Jack, who was 90 in April. We had a small celebratory extended tea break from playing to mark the occasion.

Jack also plays at Preston St Mary Carpet Bowls Club and was part of the four man team than won the held once a year between the Lads and the Lassies, created by a past President Ernie.

Carpet Bowls is a game of skill, some people are naturals and pick it up straight away, and others take a while to master it. But the pleasure when you do, and the encouragement you receive from other members is exceptional. We meet every Wednesday at 2pm until 4.30pm, and Thursday evening at 7pm until 9.30pm at Lavenham Village hall. First two sessions are free.

time Mrs Wendy Goodiff from Spalding. Her title told us how she began sewing as a young girl with her Grandmother and ended up making clothes for other people. All her arrangements were connected with sewing, a container representing a pincushion

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Next month we will be having a demonstration by our own committee called Anything goes. Do come and join us at the URC on 14 May 7.30 pm. A demonstration not to be missed.

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1.Most importantly there are local artisan stalls bringing a of produce. Popular stalls include award winning freshly baked bread, sourdoughs

Bakery, locally made chutneys, cordials, cakes and sausage rolls from The Pickled Jam Company, a fantastic range of locally brewed real ales from Drinkstone Ales, a range of garden plants from honey from Lovelands, fudge and cakes from Woodland Bakeaway and tasty very best barista coffee. that all are based in the local area or within Hadleigh itself! cooked, baked within miles of Hadleigh. By supporting the market you will reduce the carbon footprint associated with the transportation of goods,

4. Come and catch up with friends and family. In a world where social isolation is increasingly recognised as a health risk, the market provides a great place Suffolk Coffee Pod and have a chat with old friends or a neighbour or two. are very welcome, in fact Friday morning at the market really has become a favourite with four legged friends!

1252 so the market is part of our history and culture. This long tradition of a local market being the cultural hub of a town is an important one that we all and supported.

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So wend your way up the long and winding road to Stackyard Stained Glass Work, Handmade Polymer Clay and Precious Work by Diana and more. Donations will be given to Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Cancer Research.

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Ah, the sun shone on over 50 happy bowlers who played on the Opening Day in to the light like the happy bunnies they are.

useful list of excuses that will appear from time to time. Which, to be honest, up to full speed with internal competitions and external league games starting match on 25 May.

We were delighted to meet those of you who came to the Open Weekend and which are much more casual, and there are often players out on the green practising or playing with friends in to the warm evenings. So do approach

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there is too much activity for them to settle in the garden. Our friends from debris from the winter storms. We very much appreciate their help. Unfortunately our maintenance programme has stalled due to constant emergency admissions.

continues unabated by appointment only. We have many dogs, including nine year old Mecho, a neutered male Caucasian Shepherd due to family circumstances, no fault of his own. Mecho is very strong but shows no aggression, loves cuddles as much as a game of ball and will be ideal for the older family.

Turning to cats, we have Jill and her family, pretty as a when choosing a pet (Mother loves me despite my plain black coat and grumpy disposition!). Jill arrived

chipped, vaccinated and ready to be homed in pairs. They have been let down twice so please make this third time lucky.

nose in somewhere and been stung for his trouble. That daft dog is a constant worry to me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.

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The Friends of Lavenham Library

Tables of 6, doors open at 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Cost £5.00 per person. There will be no bar available, but will be on sale with some fabulous prizes. Limited numbers so reserve your place at the library!


Sunday 9th June 2024 10.30 - 4.30

New Gardens, Old Favourites and a Gardeners’ Market

Teas, coffee and cakes available

Ticket Price £5 (children under 12 free)

Advanced tickets from Retail Therapy and Heeks

the day all tickets will be sold in the HUB The

Look what has just arrived in the library! These fun little fellas are

With a Daisy” which aims to raise £20,000 to support Suffolk Libraries. The concept centres so Jo has been busy creating crochet Daisy themed merchandise. Apart from these friendly Gonk bag/pencil case charms there are keyrings, bookmarks, hairbands and coasters. All handmade limited editions. Every

fundraiser to support the valuable work across Suffolk. Grab them while you can!

Lavenham Library, Lavenham Village Hall, Church St, Lavenham CO10 9QT Tel No: 01787 247729 •


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Wednesday 8th May

We play 18 hands of progressive whist and refreshments are served. We enjoy a social evening of cards and everyone is welcome, even if they have never played before.

For information contact Angela on 01449 740414.

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Learning and Growing Together

Thank you so much to Claire from Taylor Made Joinery Interiors Limited for visiting us at the end of the spring term to lead our whole school assembly. The children from Kestrel Class had been asked to enter a competition to runners up were Caleb, Elsie and Florence.

Taylor Made Joinery Interiors Limited generously gave the children vouchers for the winning entries and they also donated a bird table, two bug hotels and

As part of their ongoing work with schools across the region, Anglian Water offer a suite of 14 interactive STEM based sessions that we have been able to access online and deliver to our KS2 pupils. The aim of

and how we can all use water wisely. Not forgetting the process of cleaning our used water and returning it to the environment. The children are really enjoying these sessions.

Royal Hospital School recently.

are an amazing bunch of children and such a credit to the school. The way all the children cheered each other on and even ran alongside their peers to be acknowledged, not just the success in running. We encouraged them to cheer for all the children, all the schools, which they took on board and really enjoyed joining in with.It was a lovely afternoon and I was incredibly proud to be there supporting such a wonderful school”.


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Children in our reception class had the most amazing visit to see the lambs just before our Easter break. Not only did they get to be transported to the farm on a trailer on the back of a tractor but they also fed some of the lambs, gave them cuddles and Mrs Branton even helped to birth one of the baby lambs!! They really did have an incredible time and thanks goes to Mr Gillies for providing this trip for them.

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Thank you to our PTFA for holding their annual Easter Egg hunt for all of the children in the school. The children took part in a competition to create a map for the event to use for the hunt. This really is appreciated PTFA team and we are super grateful! Bildeston Primary School Newberry Road, Bildeston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 7ES

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are proud to present our next production

“Dial M for Murder” by Frederick Knott

The performance is to be held in the barn at the picturesque estate of Nedging Hall.


Wednesday 29th May • Thursday 30th May

Friday 31st May • Saturday 1st June.

Doors open at 7pm and performance starts at 7pm.

Tickets are £10 each and are available via Then search for Six acre Productions. We look forward to welcoming you through the doors to watch our performance of this famous thriller.

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We recently held our AGM which was very well attended. Our Chair, Dave committee member and latterly Chair. card signed by those present and a small gift. The new Chair was voted in and we are pleased to announce that Maggie Miller who served on the committee and has been with the club for many years has taken over. The remainder of the committee were voted in to remain. There is still a vacancy for a new Committee Member so if you are interested please contact us as below. The club is in a good position to continue into the future and now has 50 members.

good, the bad and the plants”. Ruther and her husband Paul have built a local nursery up over the years and are very passionate about their work and the plants they grow. Paul accompanied Ruth bringing a good selection of plants from the nursery which members were keen to purchase.

took place.

Why not join us as a guest at our next meeting on Monday 20 May at 7.30pm in the Guild Room, Hadleigh when Paul Hogger will be talking about the River Brett. Paul is part of a working group who regularly monitor the species to be found within. You will be amazed at what is within the River Brett. Visitors £4, Members £2.

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Hello to our readers, I hope as always you have all been keeping well. We have a two course Chilli night for £15 per head on Friday 3 May at the Fleece Hotel in Boxford, there

meet at the Fleece is 7pm, you will need to book in with Sharon before the night, so the Fleece knows in advance how many meals to prepare for us. When we have meal nights they are nice social evenings for all who attend, so please book your place and contact Sharon on: 07999 051401 or email

We have kindly been offered a stand at The Monks Eleigh Fete and dog show on 1 June, so come along and meet us on the day, we have had a stand over the last few years at this fete and it is a lovely day out, especially if you are a dog owner.

One of our volunteers, Pamela, who last year did an 80 mile bike ride to raise money for our Charity, is on 10 June doing a 54 hole golf challenge at The Stoke by Nayland Resort. Pamela is in her 82nd year and the money raised by sponsoring Pamela will be split between our animal rescue and Little lifts, a charity who support people that are undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy for Breast Cancer. You can get a sponsor form from us if you would like to help two worthy causes. Please contact Sharon for a sponsor

We are also holding another speed dating singles night on Saturday 22 June at The Fleece Hotel in Boxford, arrival time is 7pm, £10 per person. Our last speed dating night went really well and all the ladies and gentlemen enjoyed themselves, even though last time I ended up on BBC Radio Suffolk doing a call out for men to come along. So come on all you single men, do not feel nervous, just put your brave pants on and join us for some social fun. Please contact Sharon to book your place, details are above.

new rescues who were living in a sad situation, which was not good for their welfare. One of their

the horse and ponies being kept below basic standards of care, we had to have a vet out straight away for Rose on arrival. In the photos the two ponies are Sammy and Blondie and the horse is called Rose. They are settling well with

used to being groomed. They love their bowls of feed we give them and we

After Boxford Primary School did their fund raising day for us, we found out that one of their pupils had alone raised half the money through making beautiful book markers to sell, so I was very keen to meet Jessica and thank her in person. Her lovely family came along to the farm with Jessica and she had a morning of meeting and grooming some of our ponies. Big thank you to such a clever young girl, Jessica you are a star.

please do, your generosity and kindness would be very much appreciated. Contact me if you would like any information about becoming part of our small team and helping care for our lovely horses and donkeys. Plus all donations are welcome with open arms and much gratitude.

donations, or sponsorship.You are welcome to come along and meet our animals. Call me for an appointment. Jann on: 07747 755556 or email: • Website:

Bildeston’s History on Screen

An illustrated talk by Sue Andrews  with images from the Henry Morphew Archive



Free entry. Talk followed by light refreshments.

Sponsored by Bildeston Parish Council

Sue Andrews, our village archivist and historian, has kindly agreed to present an illustrated talk about the history of Bildeston with documents and photographs from the Henry Morphew Archive. This will provide a unique and fascinating glimpse into the past life of our village. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after Sue’s talk.

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75 plussers and the clinically vulnerable will be given a Covid booster vac This time patients will have the opportunity to choose their own appointment time. This will be done in two Practice. The hope is that patients will keep to the times they have agreed and not just ignore their appointment time.

Dr Croot, Dr Dickinson, Kate Brett and Laura Pearson have completed the London Marathon. They have put themselves through this challenging experience to raise money for two worthy causes Hospice (details below).

If you need a doctor when the Health Centre is closed,

there is always room for improvement so if you wish to cancel an appointment information and your appointment will automatically be cancelled. This will enable someone else to take your place and save your precious time too.

As of 1st May there will be no need to sit option to be called back instead. Your place will be held electronically. When your turn comes the operator will return your call. Rest assured your call will not be left until the end of the morning but dealt with as your place in the get on with something else in the meantime. The system is on trial so tweaks maybe needed. Patients be patient please.

10 am.

Avoid the early morning scramble by using will also free up the line for more pressing appointment needs.

Please allow three working days for these to be processed.

There is a new display of paintings in the waiting area. The good news is we sold one large painting from the previous collection with 10% of the money going towards the Practice Charity.

The Trustees are looking for meaningful ways of spending some of its funding. Applications can be made to the Charity for

PPG: - Chair, Jan Devey 01473 827 091

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To all past pupils, staff and governors

The whole of the Kersey School Community warmly invites you to afternoon tea to celebrate our 150 years.

Please bring photos, old school work, artefacts and memories to share!

Wednesday 26th June 2024, 1pm - 3pm

Kersey Church of England Primary School

Please email to confirm your attendance and let us know any dietary requirements.

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annual celebration of its many lovely gardens and public spaces is fast approaching. This year, as well as some old favourites, we have six or seven new gardens for you to visit. There will be a market, tours of the Deanery Tower and refreshments in the church as well. Some gardens will offer plant sales and teas, and many will allow you to bring your dog in too. They are spread all across Hadleigh, not just in the centre, and Benton Street features especially strongly this year.

The primary aim of the event is to raise funds for supports repairs and improvements to the fabric and facilities of our noble parish church, which provides so much to our whole community. This year, we are delighted to have received sponsorship from PyroActive Ltd, whose help enables HGH to increase the amount of money are very grateful to them. Hidden Gardens day is also an occasion when Hadleigh has the chance to show what a wonderful town it is to so many

Brighton and the Peak District. Admission to the gardens is by programme, available in advance from Avis Newsagents and the Idler Bookshop in the High Street, and on the day in ever wondered what lies behind so many of the fences, hedges and gates in

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12pm at the Lambe School, Gaston Street, East Bergholt. Come along, meet Monthly lectures are held on the second Wednesday at 2pm in the Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt. Guests are welcome for a charge of £4.

Please take a look at our website for more information and contact details.

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The end of the Easter term brought lots of fun for our riders, searching for eggs and enjoying games on horseback. Pictured is one of our newer riders, Poppy, trying her hand at egg and spoon. Two of our lucky volunteers, Lesley and Jon, won a huge chocolate egg, kindly donated by Linden

Spring is a busy time at the stables for everyone. The volunteers who undertake maintenance around the centre have been busy tidying up and improving the paddocks. The stable volunteers have been busy trying to judge the weather and when to put on or take off the horses rugs, as well as lots of grooming to remove the

food in the winter, but survive on grass alone in the summer.

Our riders returned to start practicing for their dressage and countryside challenge competitions later in the term. Everyone takes part no matter what their ability, with help from the volunteers as needed. Rosettes and cups are awarded for the various classes at the end of term.

Spring is also the start of our Fund Raising activities. First of all we have the Fun Walk on Sunday 5 May. £5 entry, children free. Dogs on leads welcome. No need to book, just turn up at The Centre between 10am – 11 am. The walk is about 6 miles long around the beautiful Brett Valley countryside. Our next event is a stall at Hadleigh Show on Saturday, 18th May. We are Stand One, Row X, near the Countryside Ring and will be selling homemade bakes and garden plants. If anyone would like to help us by donating plants (not houseplants) and cakes (labelled with ingredients) we would be very grateful. Donations to the Centre by Friday 17 or we may be able to arrange collection if you ring us.

Would you like to help the Centre by volunteering? As you can see from above, there are all sorts of ways you can help us. Please ring to arrange a visit so we can talk to you about how you could help.


Telephone: 01473 824172

Our AGM is on the 21 May when reports and statistics for this past year will

In April Linda Scoles was once again welcomed to the meeting giving us an

On the 1 May Maggie has organised another ramble. We will be returning to

Unfortunately we had to postpone our Lunch Bunch visit to Brantham Bull

the seminar room of the Library on the 23. We meet on the third Tuesday (21 this month) at 7.30pm in the Seminar Room of the Library.

If you would like to come for a taster evening contact either the Secretary Glenn Abbassi on 07870 312409 or President Sheila Webb on 01473 827554 and we will look out for you.


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The house now known as Little Hall was built in the fourteenth century for a family of clothiers, enlarged

glazed windows.

During the 17th and 18th centuries the house was split up and, like many others in Lavenham, fell into disrepair. At times there were up to six working families housed here.

All this changed a century ago when in 1924, twin brothers, Robert and Thomas Gayer Anderson, soldiers with an interest in art and collecting, bought the house and made it their home. The brothers named it Little Hall and art.

Little Hall is one of the few medieval hall houses that you can visit and explore. It has been open to visitors since 1974 and is run entirely by volunteers. Opening hours are 1.00pm to 4.00pm every afternoon, price just £6.00. Accompanied children have free entry.

Our next event is Little Hall Artisan Market, a selling exhibition featuring ceramics, blacksmithing, woodturning, woollen rugs and throws, willow work and much more besides.

This takes place over the late Spring Bank Holiday weekend in May. Friday 24 May to Monday 27 May 2024 inclusive. There will be free entry to the house and garden during the exhibition, but donations are always welcome. The opening hours are 11.00 am to 4.30 pm each day.

Little Hall Shop will be open as usual selling a variety of goods related to the house and the wider area of Lavenham and Suffolk. There are many bespoke items made specially for us: Wentworth jigsaws, tote bags, magnets, postcards and more. Every sale helps keep this lovely old house open for the future.

For more information about the house and the events please visit

Hadleigh Society

Society on 15th May. He will explain what life was really like for Hadleigh folk during this period.

Over 800 men from the town served in the military during WWI, but some of the men turned out to be boys, including Edward Durrant who was just 13 and

with the Suffolk Regiment. Most went overseas and endured the trauma of battle on the Western Front in France and Belgium or in the Mediterranean at Gallipoli and Palestine.

A total of 120 Hadleigh men lost their lives, including Robert Keynes who was born and brought up by his grandparents in Hadleigh, emigrated to the Somme. He is remembered, not at Hadleigh, but on the massive Vimy Memorial in France.

8pm Wednesday 15th May 2024, Hadleigh Guildroom, churchyard entrance. Visitors £3, Members free.

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To date the Renewal Team (RT) Treasurer has received a total of £69,120.35 in pledges. This is a substantial and welcome contribution towards the cost of the chosen heating and lighting units. Sincere thanks to all who have generously

and David Hoyle is the man to help you. See below for details. This will be needed to support the coronas. UK Power Network has been paid so work is proceeding as planned.


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In addition to the regular gatherings for worship, Café Church, Pop Up Lunchtimes and a the chosen venue for another very special happening. Four members of the Hadleigh Health Team hosted an afternoon tea to help secure funds for their entry into the London Marathon. The Church provided the perfect spacious background for their community event which was much enjoyed by all generations.

you can be sure of a warm welcome.

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The recent archaeological excavations at Rendlesham in Suffolk have Anglia during the 7th and 8th centuries.

If you found the results of these excavations exciting and intriguing, then here is the opportunity to learn more about this fascinating period of English history and the societies that existed at the same time, but elsewhere in England.

of Northumbria, which was excavated in the 1950s. Located at Yeavering, Northumbria, in the early 7th century. Edwin had spent time in exile here in East Anglia at the court of his close ally King Raedwald (who was almost certainly the man buried beneath Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo).

Just as at Rendlesham, Yeavering boasted great feasting halls and cult buildings which may have been used in religious activities similar to those found at Rendlesham. Both sites were recorded by the Venerable Bede as having been the location of Christian conversion and baptisms in the pivotal early 7th century.

and research led by Professor Sarah Semple of Durham University, which has the potential to throw further light on Rendlesham and help our understanding of its development and function.

The Sutton Hoo Society has invited Professor Semple to deliver the annual

at The Hold in Ipswich on Saturday 18th May 2024 at 11.00am. Tickets are available on Eventbrite ( or on the day. Members of the Sutton Hoo Society: £8, non-members: £10.

Leavenheath Village Hall Cinema presents JOYRIDE


Arrive 7.00pm • Film starts 7.30pm

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Running Time 1hr 34 mins with 20 mins interval



Arrive 7.00pm • Film starts 7.30pm

Drama PG-13, Starring Jim Broadbent &Penelope Keith

Running Time 1hr 42 mins with 20 mins interval

Babergh District Council have given the Village Hall Cinema Committee a Community grant. This has enabled us to discount the ticket price for PRE-BOOKED TICKETS ONLY.

Pre-Booked Tickets £2.00. On the door Tickets £4.00 per Adult and £2.50 for under 12’s. You can pay by cash or card on the door. Reserve your seat online at or telephone Sarah on 01206 263343 to book your tickets

Refreshments, wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, tea will be available before the film and also available during the interval along with ice creams. Proceeds towards LVH Capital Project Fund (Charity no 262816)


AnAnglo-SaxonPalaceRevisited Yeaveringinthe KingdomofNorthumbria

WithProfessorSarahSemple,DeptofArchaeology, UniversityofDurham


TheroyalsiteofYeaveringinNorthumberland,visibleintheforegroundonthelightgreen riverterrace.©GefrinTrust/AirphotosLtd.

RecentexcavationsatRendleshamrevealedthepowercentreoftheEast Angliankingsofthe7thand8thcenturies.Therearecloseparallelsbetween YeaveringandRendlesham,wherenewresearchisleadingtoare-evaluation ofitsdevelopment.Itmaybethatelementsofthetworoyalsitescanbe examinedandcompared,notleasttheirgreathallsand buildings. WhataretheimplicationsforourunderstandingofRendleshamandthe widertheEastAngliankingdom?

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Hadleigh Team

Signing up for the London Marathon is the

a minimum of £2,000 to show that you are a serious participant. The second and even more daunting task, is working through the rigorous training programme before the big day. Happily, Dr Gillian Croot, Kate Brett, Dr marathon on 21st April. The Team achieved an afternoon tea. All three happenings were much enjoyed by family, were very popular with delicious savoury and sweet scones complete with jam and fresh cream. Many of the batches of homemade scones were missing one as

competition. There was a brief pause in the busy proceedings so that Kate was so high and professional. After many anonymous mouthfuls consumed chef i.e. Jo Chisnall, Kay Whittle (Savoury Class) Gilly Dutton, Nicola Hopkins (Sweet Class) was presented with a prize and a golden wooden spoon trophy to mark their achievement. The Team was delighted, shocked and somewhat overwhelmed to discover that they had raised over £1,300 that afternoon.

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What previous running experience can the Team draw on? They all started running from couch to 5k, progressing to park runs then increasing the distance to half marathons with Kate, Gillian eventually completing twelve half marathons in 12 months. Kate, Sarah and Laura have also all previously completed the Brighton Half Marathon. They have stuck rigidly to the 16

read this they will have completed the gruelling 26.219 miles run around the River Thames with more than 50,000 other dedicated participants. The team wish to say a very big thank you to everybody who has generously given their time, money and moral support to make it possible. They have been deeply touched and much appreciate the enthusiasm the town has shown for their efforts. Thank you everyone. JD


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The new season of concerts by Lavenham Sinfonia opened last month with a fantastic programme of English music that included a sparkling performance Cotswold Symphony, a work that has become increasingly popular thanks to Classic FM. Vincente Chavarria returned once again, he is now one of the Second concert of the season crosses the Atlantic to America and the works of Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. The concert starts at 7 pm on Sunday July 7 just 3 days after American Independence Day. The programme opens

small orchestra of 13 instruments to considerable acclaim. Copland extracted anglais and strings. It was composed originally as incidental music for the performed on 28 January 1941, in New York.

It was not performed for very nearly 50 years when Leonard Bernstein premiered it on 22 February 1951, with the New York Philharmonic. The concert starts at 7 pm in Lavenham Church and tickets are available from Do come and join us! Registered charity No. 109175

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If you have any USED or UNUSED them? Bring them along to the COMMUNITY INDOOR MARKETS that are held every Second Saturday of the Month at Elmsett and Aldham Village Hall. We will be collecting new and unwanted toiletries, perfumes and hygiene products (as well as opened but unwanted items) to recycle and raise funds starting on poverty and divert industry waste.

Supporting over 700 locations in 2023 Toiletries Amnesty provided access to toiletries and hygiene products for 4 million people around the world.

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PLUS we are introducing the collection of toiletries and hygiene products to support the Toiletries amnesty group (see separate article).

items will be back in case you missed him in March. Joining us this month is Dale who creates wonderful acrylic art, so do come and have a browse. We will also be serving wonderful home baked cakes and savouries made by Philippa and Ali this month.

Free parking and entry, warm and welcoming atmosphere. Please support your wonderful village events, and maybe bring

Having celebrated Easter with Hot Cross buns and coffee courtside, Hadleigh Tennis Club are looking forward to the summer season. The ladies will soon be starting their matches in the Ipswich and District Lawn Tennis League and

before too long we will be able to host events using the proposed new facilities at Layham Road sportsground.

Do come and join us at Layham Road. Club sessions Sunday mornings from 9.30am and Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm.

Adult membership for 2024/5 is £100. Other classes of membership are also available.

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Orchard Barn News

Learning from the past how to build a greener future

At Orchard Barn, everything we do has care for the environment at its heart, which is why we were so delighted to win the Waste Reduction and Recycling Award at the Creating the Greenest County Awards recently. The awards highlight environmental excellence in meeting the challenge of climate change and protecting our environment, from across Suffolk. Here are just a few of the things we do on our site:

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•We harvest rainwater from our roofs for all our needs – we do not have mains water at our site.

•Our water free toilet saved 21,077Litres (5,568 gallons of water) in the gardens.

•We have no mains electricity – our solar panels power our laptop for educational presentations and charges mobile phones.

•In very cold weather our meeting room is heated by our Masonry Stove, made from clay lump blocks and earth mortar. It is fuelled by seasoned off cuts and by products from wood working on site.

•We use a Kelly Kettle to heat water for drinks, washing up etc which is fuelled by small sticks left from wood working.

take a look at our website, call Sarah on 07766 054042 or email her at

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