Sudbury & Long Melford Community News, January 2022

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Improvements to Belle Vue Park welcomed by local community

Over 250 people in Sudbury and the surrounding area contributed to Babergh District Council’s public consultation about the future of Belle Vue Park held earlier this autumn. The aim of the public consultation was to understand the views and opinions of local people and users of the park based on design concepts for a new park entrance, café, toilets, and other park facilities such as a relocated play area and improved accessibility. During the two-day event held in Belle Vue Park, visitors viewed the concept designs in person with 190 submitting their feedback on the future of the park. Following the event, the designs were displayed in Borehamgate Precinct and online allowing a further 93 responses to be submitted through the website. Overall, the plans for improving the entrance of the park were welcomed with 73% of respondents stating that an improved and accessible entrance would increase park usage.

66% of respondents visit the park weekly (30%) or monthly (36%) with only 6% visiting daily and the remaining respondents visiting occasionally. When asked whether the improvement would increase frequency and length of visits, 72% agreed. The feedback, which included space for free comment, will be reviewed and used to inform a masterplan for the park which can be delivered over the next 5 years. A number of elements were included within the survey and respondents were asked to rank their importance. Having new toilets with accessible features was ranked as the most important factor of park improvements followed by improved play area and equipment (for all ages) and new café.

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When thinking about the new café, the top priority was location and integrated toilet facilities followed by sightlines to the play areas and indoor and outdoor spaces (with accessibility for wheelchairs and buggy users). Views were also sought on connectivity around the park with accessible routes ranking as the top priority followed by attractions and activities (such as sensory and formal gardens) and seating stops along the route. A significant element of the masterplan will be the new entrance to the park that will create a space that is welcoming and accessible for all and the introduction of a new café and toilet facilities. A planning application for these elements will be submitted by the end of the year. Cllr Michael Holt, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: “I would like to thank those people that took the time to come along to the consultation event and share their views both in person and online on the future of the Belle Vue Park. All the feedback and responses will now be reviewed and used to inform a masterplan for the park that will ensure the park will welcome visitors for many years to come.” Over the last few years, Belle Vue Park has received significant investment including a new multi-use games area and skatepark as well as new equipment and landscaping in the children’s play area. Funding for the new park entrance and other park improvements will come from up to 100% of the receipt of the sale of Belle Vue House and part of the old swimming pool site as agreed by Babergh District Council cabinet last year. For an overview of the Belle Vue Park public consultation feedback, please visit improvingbellevuepark

Planned changes to divorce law in 2022

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From the Spring of 2022, under current government plans, separating married couples will be able to divorce without one party having to allege fault. The timescales for divorcing a spouse and the ability for one spouse to obstruct a divorce will also change. Currently, for a couple to divorce, one person is required to accept responsibility for the relationship breaking down. Or, if neither person is willing to accept responsibility, they must be separated for a period of two years (where both individuals agree to the divorce) or five years (where one spouse does not agree to the divorce). Other than in the event of extended separation, this means one party accepting that they have committed adultery, behaved unreasonably, or have disserted the other. For many years campaigners have demanded changes to divorce law, recognising that many couples simply drift apart; that no one party is to blame for the relationship breaking down, or that both spouses mutually and amicably want to separate. From April 2022, under current plans, divorcing couples will not be required to apportion blame or wait a period of two or five years of separation to pass to be able to commence divorce proceedings. Under the proposed changes, couples will be able to apply for a divorce simply because their marriage has broken down, paving the way for a mutually agreed and amicable divorce process. In situations where the divorce is not amicable or mutually agreed, proposed new legislation will also remove the ability for one spouse to prevent the other from divorcing them and in these and other cases will provide for reducing the time it takes to formally divorce, compared to current legislation. If you are considering separating from your partner, have made a full and final decision on separating from your spouse, or have delayed commencing proceedings due to not previously having grounds to divorce from your spouse, call Holmes & Hills Solicitors for initial advice and guidance. Your options may have changed or be about to change. Holmes & Hills has a team of specialist divorce solicitors that is independently ranked as one of the leading teams of divorce solicitors in the region. The team is noted as a ‘strong choice for advice on financial settlements’ by the Legal 500 directory of the county’s top law firms. When you contact Holmes & Hills, you can speak with an expert Family Law solicitor who will help you to understand your options and legal position when considering separating from a spouse. This specialist advice will be aimed at protecting your interests both now and in the future. When discussing your circumstances and legal position with a solicitor at Holmes & Hills, you can talk about the incoming changes to legislation and what this means for you and your options. Call Holmes & Hills on 01787 275275. Holmes & Hills can offer initial advice via in-person appointment, video conference or telephone call. Initial advice appointments are offered a discounted fee rate.

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We have all experienced the most unusual two years. A roller-coaster ride with a multitude of problems and scenes of distress that have affected so many people, around our world. I cannot remember a time when there were so many dreadful events locally and abroad. As I was pondering on what to write, I remembered the words from a song sung by Lena Martell a few decades ago: ‘One day at a Time’ Yesterday, has gone, tomorrow may never be mine, just give me the strength to do what I have to do. We still are in the middle of a quagmire of uncertainty, so all we can do is to struggle through each day, continuing to wear our masks, wash our hands thoroughly, keep safe distances, elbow greet and cyber hugs with hope that before too long there will be a brighter future. My prayer for 2022. The Switching of the Town Christmas Lights was an enormous success due to the many hours of preparation by our Wardens who spent a whole weekend during the night to put the lights up: Teresa Elford our Events organiser and my super secretary, and Rachel Price our Town Centre Manager. The great crowd who attended and Matthew Dix, the winner of my Christmas Card Competition who helped me to switch them on. Our display of Christmas images created from old tyres in the grounds of St Peter’s Church have created an amazing amount of interest. Well done to Bradley Smith for the initial idea and everyone else for their brilliant creations. I was told by Bradley that we will be doing the same for Easter with tyre rabbits and other images. I had the delightful task of choosing the best Shop Christmas Window Display; all the stops had been pulled out by more shops and businesses thanDecember ever before, they were fantastic. It 1was extremely11:53 difficult, they Village 21 page form.qxp_Layout 23/11/2021 Page 3 were so creative, had taken considerable thought time and skill. My outright winner was Angelo Smith the Jeweller in North Street, the detail was extraordinary, it must have taken hours to prepare. My thanks to Rachel Price and to Penny Wilby who spent hours visiting all the shops to launch the competition and the businesses who donated the prizes for the Hampers and The Suffolk Free Press for promoting and advertising the competition. I enjoyed singing ‘St Nicholas’ and Christmas Carols in the Joy Abbot Hall The Christmas PresentReformed Trust is going full steam (previously the United Church) with The Sudbury Choral Society ahead to provide meal in (orthe dietary and singing Carolsaintraditional The Mill Hotel Library and at the St Gregory’s equivalent) to anybody who, for whatever reason,the origins of our Carols, the Carol Service. I recently read a book about cannot be with on Christmas composers and family writersoroffriends the words; my favourite is still ‘Oh Little Town Last year we were unable to hold the event OfDay. Bethlehem’. in the Ansell Centre as as normal and I am fortunate in my role mayor to therefore meet visitors to Sudbury, especially delivered around Hadleigh. are holding theaevent those who90+ visitmeals the Museum behind This the year TownweHall. We have teamAND of delivering meals – and we on need volunteers to do volunteers who are there Saturdays who areso. always pleased to answer We need help up the Ansell Centre on Christmas Eveevery (and peeling the questions and setting show people around. However, it is open day from vegetables!), help providing liftsthe to guests who cannot getattoall thethe Centre on their 9.00am until 4.00pm. Do take opportunity to look interesting own, help inand theartifacts. kitchen onThe Christmas Day, help delivering to those who information Tourist Information Centre meals also has a wealth ofare local books andinaawonderful of gifts cards, well stillinformation, not comfortable joining big indoor choice event and, mostand importantly, help worth visit.our guests and making the whole event go with a bang. talkinga with As we think lookyou to can 2022, am trying to beChristmas positiveDay andor look to If you helpIon Christmas Eve, Boxingforward Day (taking celebrating Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, as we or haveSarah some exciting plansat everything our down) please contact Simon Thompson and activities so that the first weekend of 07778 June will be very special indeed. or call 860267. Equally, if you know There willwho bewould the 100th anniversary of thetoSudbury Festival of Sudbury in anyone benefit from an invitation this free event, please get in touch. March, and I am having fundraising meal in Lydia’s on the 14th February Merry a Christmas to everyone in Hadleigh to raise funds for and my two andfor ‘Hope maycharities 2022 be ‘Compassion’ a wonderful year us allFor Tomorrow’. I wish everyone a happy, healthy and successful New Year. Sue Ayres

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A pilot scheme to support small businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk has been hailed a success as it reaches its six month milestone Since its launch in July 2021, the Innovate Local initiative has supported 11 small businesses by providing a free pitch at either Stowmarket or Hadleigh markets for up to four weeks. In addition to a regular spot on the market, business owners were offered support to run a safe and successful stall, mentoring, business advice and training opportunities both before and after the pilot to help them maximise the opportunity. Feedback from the traders who have taken part in the scheme has been overwhelmingly positive with several investing in their own equipment to use on the market or other events. Following the initial success of the pilot, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are investigating ways to expand the Innovate Local scheme during 2022. Kelly Clark runs Apothekelly Skincare and is currently benefiting from Christmas shoppers visiting Hadleigh market. She spoke about being involved in the pilot Innovate Local scheme: “Meeting real customers face to face has been invaluable to my business, and I am so glad I decided to go ahead with the Innovate Local scheme and really feel that I am taking my business in the right direction. “Not only has my business got off to the best start possible, it has also given me the confidence to know how good my products are and how they have been received by the public first hand.” The Innovate Local scheme is part of a programme of activity to support high streets in the Districts post Covid-19. Commenting on the success in Hadleigh, Cllr Michael Holt, Babergh District Council cabinet member for economic growth said: “It has been really rewarding to see local start-up businesses benefiting from the experience of being on a busy market and engaging with customers. It can be daunting to try and launch a new business, even before the impact of a pandemic, so I am delighted that the feedback from traders involved in the Innovate Local scheme has been so positive with many feeling more confident to take their business to the next stage.” The Innovate Local scheme is open to businesses that have been operating for less than a year and do not currently have a place on a market. As part of the Innovate Local Initiative, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils will also be opening an innovation hub in Eye and a pop-up hub in Sudbury later this year. Businesses interested in being part of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council’s Innovate Local scheme should visit or


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The Stour Valley’s Spanish food shop: ‘sibarita’ attracted great interest at the Hadleigh Christmas Fayre Sibarita, Spain’s Organic Larder, participated, in the Hadleigh Christmas Fayre on Saturday, 4th December which, after a worryingly wet morning, turned bright and dry in time for the Fayre. Sibarita’s stall had a constant stream of visitors: a number of them had seen Sibarita’s adverts in our community magazines and made a beeline to the stall to meet Operations Manager, Jack Footitt. Jack was joined at the stall by Ed Martin, an experienced Chef, well known in the area. Ed’s enthusiasm, experience and practical product knowledge helped create a great deal of interest in the products displayed. We have written previously about health benefits of Sibarita’s wide range of Pulses: beans, chickpeas and lentils. As with many of Sibarita’s products, they go a long way to meeting the needs of vegetarians and vegans. However, Covid has highlighted the risks associated with low levels of zinc which can affect the body’s immune system, increasing the risk of dangerous infections, such as pneumonia. The body’s immune system needs zinc to work properly and most of the zinc in our diets comes from meat and fish. Vegetarians and Vegans really do need to ensure that their diet contains sufficient zinc. This can be achieved with pills but there are natural vegetable products that can go a long way to providing the zinc needed. Sibarita’s pulses, particularly lentils, are right at the top of that list. Sibarita is planning to introduce new products in 2022 so keep an eye on the website. As always, Sibarita welcome feedback from customers including suggestions for products that you would like to see in their product range but not yet short shelf-life products requiring frozen or chilled storage. For more information give Sibarita a call on 01787 323933 09,00-17.00, Monday to Friday Or send an email at any time:



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James Cartlidge writes Member of Parliament for South Suffolk As we face a new variant of Covid that is now apparently able to spread around society at a much greater pace than its predecessor, it is essential that everyone gets boosted. A total mobilisation of booster vaccine capability is required, driven by the PM from the centre and with all of us playing our part by getting boosted and encouraging everyone we know to do the same. The Prime Minister has therefore announced an Emergency Boost appeal to get all eligible adults boosted by the end of December, and I would strongly encourage all of my constituents to either attend walk-in vaccination centres or book their jab as soon as possible. Inevitably, trying to deliver such a scale of jabs will come with friction and strain. But we have already made great strides boosting the most vulnerable, and we should not underestimate the progress we have made, particularly locally. Nevertheless, the NHS will need to match its best vaccination day and then beat it day on day. To achieve this, some appointments may need to be postponed and 42 military planning teams will be deployed across every region, setting up additional vaccine sites and mobile units, extending opening hours so clinics are open 7 days a week. I recently had my own booster jab at St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh. The experience was very professionally and painlessly delivered, and I pay tribute to the NHS staff and volunteers on site doing their bit in the battle to beat Omicron. In these worrying times it can be1difficult to forget justPage how17 far we have SUDBURY July page form.qxp_Layout 20/06/2018 12:01 come in our fight against this deadly virus. The good news is that we now have so much more resistance from the vaccine to aid our fight, especially when it’s topped up by the booster.

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Sudbury Rotary’s Christmas Tree Festival in St Gregory’s Church in early December drew in hundreds of people to experience the magical spectacle of 60 trees, each decorated individually by its sponsor. The event made a surplus of around £2,000 which will be distributed to local charities, including Children from St Gregory CEVC Primary School Senior Choir singing for the Rotary Christmas Lunch. Sudbury Citizen’s Advice Bureau and the Christopher Centre. The final social event of the 2021 Rotary calender saw over 40 members and their guests enjoy a festive lunch at The Mill Hotel on 13 December, beginning with the Senior Choir of St Gregory Primary School singing seasonal songs and carols, led by Tom Cogan. A donation was made to the school to help with the costs of their music provision. The children were very excited to be presented with boxes of chocolates and sweets as a ‘thank you’ for their entertainment. Following the meal a table magician offered some fascinating tricks: none of us could work out how they were done! Street collections took place on several dates in December, with members braving the cold to invite donations from members of the public. All funds are given directly to Rotary charities, without any deductions for administration. Rotary President Rotary members put ‘service before self’, not Gloria Woods with only fund-raising to support local charities President-Elect but offering their time helping with events Jerry Crawford. and projects within the community. We are ordinary people working together to actively change lives locally and internationally. Why not join us, and give some of your time, energy and enthusiasm to help your community and make new and lasting friendships? You will be most welcome. Rotary meetings will begin again on Monday 10 January, although at the time of writing this article, and with the uncertainty of the new Covid variant, it is not yet known whether the Club will need to return to meetings via Zoom or be able to resume face-to-face. To find out more, please visit our website:, email or leave a message on the Club telephone (07341 290415) Rotarian Lesley Ford-Platt

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Firstly, we would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year. This month we are going to look back to thank those that have supported us during 2021 and look forward to new beginnings for 2022. Helen and I would like to thank all those organizations and individuals that have supported The Christopher Centre through 2021. Ordinary members of the community have always been very generous in supporting us although our donators prefer to remain anonymous, we are so grateful for their continued support. We have also been very lucky to be supported by a number of organisations Project15_Layout 20/02/2020 13:41 Page 1 and other 1 charities: • Various local Freemason Lodges • Suffolk Community Foundation • The Tudwick Fund • The Freemans Trust • Sudbury Municipal charities. All have been generous in supporting the work of The Christopher Centre during 2021. Another big thank you has to go to our wonderful volunteers that man the reception. They ensure that everyone arriving at the centre recieves a warm welcome and a friendly smile. We would also like to give our thanks to all the groups,counsellors ,charities and individuals that have hired our rooms throughout 2021, it has been a pleasure to have you with us and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022. Memorable Events from 2021: It was a joy to be able to once again host The Freemans Tea Party after a break due to Covid. Lovely to see everyone together enjoying themselves. We have enjoyed hosting our monthly Community markets, meeting local people that have used the restrictions of Covid to learn new skills that have evolved into new businesses. Meeting local authors at our Community Markets was a very interesting and enjoyable experience. Our local historians David and Peter keeping local history alive. Adrian sharing stunning photography and his vast knowledge of the Sudbury Commonlands. Miriam’s excellent ‘who done it’s and Maureen’s200348 fab tale of cats made for a full and varied programme.  Gas / L.P.G. / Oil Boilers Ending the season with The Sudbury Commonlands charities volunteers Christmas lunch.Controls Always a joyous occasion.  Heating We consider ourselves very privileged to have shared 2021 with such a  Service / Breakdown wonderful Community. We look forward challenges 2022 will bring.  Plumbingto/the Heating Mobile 0790Helen 0 21&1Teresa 666

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LAUNDRY SERVICES be able pick up, wash and deliver within 24 hours.* there was no report to be given although I did still write In January our rehearsals begin in earnest for our spring concert on Saturday 2 one and it can be found on my social media pages. April 2022, kindly sponsored by Matthew Douglas Limited. Our programme will I would like to start byFelsham talking about Stowmarket the Lorry Route Review, of which I Your door-to-door include the work of American composer, Leonard Bernstein which is very exciting have spoken to many of you. I spoke with the town council members about Stowmarket Felsham for the choir. LAUNDRY SERVICESand I sent Needham laundry service & in late November offMarket our requests and views to the Cockfield PROUDLY SERVING their views Needhamand Market On The Town. Bernstein is most well known for his musicals West Side Story Cockfield PROUDLY SERVING County Council for them to view and discuss as part of their wider review. 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They have said that Let’s hope that 2022 is full of music and singing with friends and family and our PRESS GANG Suffolk County Council is upgrading all street lights to LED’s and has theatres, cinemas and music venues can continue to welcome audiences. In the COLCHESTER committed to having finished Sudbury by April 2022; if lights need meantime, on behalf of everyone at Hadleigh Choral Society, enjoy your OPENING HOURS maintenance this will be carried out then. I have highlighted the importance Christmas, the magic and the music, and we look forward to seeing you in 2022. Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm of working street lights especially at this time of year and I don’t believe it Our rehearsals start on Tuesday 11th January. Unit 12 | Lady Lane Industrial Estate | Crockatt Road is something that can wait, I continue to push them to get any lights fixed you would to join us find more details at |IfIpswich | Suffolk |like IP7 6BQ A PHadleigh PROVE D as soon as possible. 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together with a high spec audio visual system. Our first lecture is:11:30 Tuesday 18 January Ravilious, Bawden and the Great Bardfield Artists. Jo Walton. In 1932 the artist Edward Bawden and his wife Charlotte moved into Brick House in the village of Great Bardfield, initially sharing the house with artists Eric Ravilious and Tirzah Garwood. It was to be the beginning of a fascinating artistic community. We will of course be following Government guidance about coronavirus restrictions and if necessary, will return to holding lectures online via Zoom. Guests are welcome to try us out free of charge by emailing: info@ We are a group of people who are interested in and enjoy the arts in general. Our Society is affiliated to the national charity The Arts Society and our aim, through talks and occasional visits, is to broaden our knowledge and enjoyment of the arts in its widest form. The talks are given by experts - you may even recognise some from The Antiques Roadshow, others as broadcasters on Radios 3 and 4 - chosen for their knowledge, presentational skills and entertainment value, on topics ranging from the art of the young Picasso; 20th century glass; to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Lectures are held on the 3rd Tuesday in the month, with August and December breaks. New members are welcome. To discover more about The Arts Society Sudbury, visit:


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December’s Advice Column I’m a bit anxious about going out into shops at the moment so I want to do more shopping online, but there’s been things in the news about delivery problems. I’m worried about not receiving things on time or packages being lost. What should I do if my parcel goes missing? When you’re online shopping, it’s not always clear whom to contact if things go wrong. As a customer, your contract is with the seller that you bought the item from. It’s the seller’s responsibility to make sure the item is delivered to you. They should chase the courier to find out what happened to your order if there’s a problem. If your parcel hasn’t arrived: • Check the delivery address you gave the seller, to make sure it’s correct. • Then contact the seller and ask where your order is. • If the seller claims they’ve delivered it or doesn’t know where it is, you can ask for a redelivery. You might be able to get a refund in some circumstances where the delivery time was essential, and you let the seller know ahead of time. Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, you can ask the seller to deliver the item to you again if the item wasn’t delivered either by an agreed date, or within a reasonable time - usually within 30 days. If the new delivery fails to come within a reasonable time, you can ask the seller for a refund. If your parcel was left somewhere: Another problem people face is when parcels get left in different places, for example outside or with a neighbour. If your item was delivered by Royal Mail: If Royal Mail left your package with a neighbour or in a certain place because you told them to, it’s not the seller or Royal Mail’s responsibility if it gets lost. If they leave it somewhere you hadn’t instructed, it’s the seller’s responsibility if it gets lost. You should contact the seller to ask for a redelivery or a refund. If the item was delivered by a courier: Check your terms and conditions or account details - they might include other places for delivery, like your porch or a neighbour’s house. If you agreed to them, it’s not the seller’s or courier’s responsibility if your order has gone missing. However, if you did not agree to this, then it’s the sellers responsibility if your order goes missing. If you ordered something from a private seller or you’re still having trouble after trying the tips above, you can contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133 for help.

Orchard Barn News

The last couple of years have been challenging and have brought home to many of us the importance of the natural world in our lives. During the Covid lockdowns many people discovered the benefits to their mental and physical health of being in the countryside. At Orchard Barn we have always believed that our own health is interconnected with the health of the environment, and whether we are working with wood, gardening or maintaining our site, we work with nature using only traditional low-tech methods and hand tools. This may take a lot longer, but brings many benefits to both us and the environment: • Increased fitness • Encourages teamwork • Develops skills • Quieter – we can talk or listen to the sounds of nature • Kinder on wildlife • Slower – mindful, and helps counteract stress • No polluting fumes • Greater satisfaction • Keeps traditional skills alive Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and we aim to attract likeminded individuals to join us and share our work. It is their time, energy and expertise that underpins everything that we do – from conservation projects in our traditional orchard, to timber framing, peg or shingle making and maintaining our vegetable garden. One of our volunteers said ‘Volunteering at Orchard Barn has a whole host of benefits. Keeping fit, making friends, learning new outdoor skills and the satisfaction that comes from knowing that you’re involved in a project that will benefit others for many years to come. I would recommend volunteering there to anyone.’ If you feel that you would like to join us or just find out more, look at our website or email Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 2LY


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Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Merry Christmas Market came to Trinity Park, Ipswich raising over £24,000! Shoppers flocked to Trinity Park Ipswich on Saturday 4th December for the very first Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Christmas Market raising over £24,000 for the charity! Funds raised will enable the charity to provide complimentary therapy treatments to 960 clients, helping us to enable quality of life while living with cancer. Showcasing over 90 small businesses from across the region, the market had an exciting variety of high-quality, unique gifts, decorations, crafts and festive foods to get guests in the Christmas spirit at Trinity Park in Ipswich (home of the Suffolk Show). The venue lent itself to a large well-ventilated undercover barn space to protect buyers and sellers from the cold conditions while guests wrapped up warm against the winter weather. Alongside the shopping stands, there was a range of food and drink stalls, serving up alcoholic beverages including festive hot drinks and mulled wine. Santa was due to make an appearance but sadly Mrs Claus was taken ill – we wish her better soon. There were smiles all round with games including name the bear, tombola and raffle with the chance to win £250! Karen Mitchell, Community Fundraiser for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity said: “We’ve been absolutely blown away by the amount of visitors that we’ve had at our Christmas Market – incredible for our first event! We’ve already received some fantastic feedback about the quality and variety of products on sale and everyone’s been really impressed with the food and drink on offer. “We need to raise almost £900,000 a year to provide our services so this event has helped us achieve that considerably. It’s been wonderful to see so many people coming out to show their support. Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers involved in planning, setting up, clearing away, our stallholders and everyone who attended the event, spent money or donated to the charity. “Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is dedicated to supporting people whose lives are touched by cancer. Our Support Centres offer a range of complementary therapies to patients in an environment of peace and tranquillity, including counselling, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymphatic drainage 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. We rely on donations, fundraising and money raised through our charity shops to continue operating our Support Centres.”

Pat’s Dayz Owt Hello one and all. Well, I am half way through December writing this, so I hope you all will have had a lovely Christmas and New Year by the time you read this. Here’s wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2022. Fingers crossed we will have a virus free continuation so that we can get out and about again. We have finally got a full sheet of outings for 2022, and you can get a copy from the Travel Agents at the Town Hall, but here are the first few for now: 19th January: Lunch at “The Warreners” at Thetford. 9th February: Sorry, but we are fully booked at the moment, but you can always put names down for reserves in case any drop out. 14th March: is the first of 5 days for a holiday in The Peak District. (Mon - Fri, with excursions included during our stay. 20th April: Spalding, hopefully to see some Tulips, but a nice little shopping town and a very pleasant park. Hoping you find something interesting in the above, and look forward to welcoming you on board in the near future. Please call me on 01787 310982 07887 868259

family. 'Musical of Dreams' will be performed on 13th, 14th and 15th January 2022 at Capel St Mary Community Centre at 7.30pm and 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are £8 and concessions are £6. Call our Box Office on 07793 820215 for tickets

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Looking After The Hearts Of Suffolk ersey now is a small parish of around 350 people and is one of the most visited villages in Suffolk. This new and exciting book gives us a picture of Kersey life during a period of 900 years. Of particular interest to locals, visitors and family historians, it follows the peaks and troughs of Kersey’s trajectory through time, with true of fascinating and sometimes gruesome accounts events. Kersey’s prosperity peaked in the 15th century due to the new breed of successful clothiers who also landowners and challenged the aristocratic became status quo. Many of the village’s beautiful buildings originate from this period, preserved mainly due to the extreme poverty of later centuries.

There are stories of medieval misconduct, conflict and changing lords of the manor, religious exploration of the fate of Kersey Priory, as well as dissolved before the Reformation. Of great interest in the 17th century is Kersey’s role in Puritan migration to America and the mixed fortunes of those who arrived there. We hear sad tales of the lives of Kersey citizens who found themselves in the workhouse and of great hardship experienced in the 19th the population exploded, the cloth trade century as vanished and agriculture slumped. In the 20th century, we see the impact of two world wars on the village and its postwar renewal.

The author is Yvonne Martin, a Kersey resident and the Local History Recorder for Kersey. She publishing as an editor and writer for 40 worked in years and has always had a keen interest in history.

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Kersey Through the Centuries gives us a new and exciting picture of Kersey life through the ages. K Kersey We are now settled into our regular weekly meetings at the Long Melford Old Through the Centuries Based on a broad selection of records, it follows the School Community Centre every Tuesday morning from 9.30 am until 12.00. We peaks and troughs of Kersey life and contains true have been slowly returning back after the pandemic and are now able to welcome accounts of fascinating and sometimes gruesome new members We areprosperity Phase Fourpeaked of the Rehabilitation events. Kersey’s in the 15thPathway for Heart Patients and have two exercise sessions per morning to cater for all abilities. century at which time a new breed of successful We have professional staffbecame on site, alandowners Cardiac Nurse attends every week and is clothiers emerged who and available for the consultation andstatus our instructors are ofall British Association for challenged aristocratic quo. Many Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) The Evolution of a Suffolk Village the village’s beautiful buildings originate from this trained. Ifperiod, you have had a heart attackdue or heart problems in the preserved mainly to the poverty in past or are a recent heart patient who needs a bitprecluded of extra support we would love to welcome you to come later centuries which redevelopment. along a tea/coffee what we do. Please bring your partner/carer with Thereforare stories and of see medieval misconduct, you as all facilities to them lords too. Heart problems be very frightening religious conflict are andopen changing of the manorcan according to royal and it’s always good tracks to talk -the A friendly awaits you. which was dissolved whims. The book fate ofgroup Kersey Priory, For more 01359 before the Reformation andinformation reveals the call lifestyle of 232678 the Augustinian canons who lived there. In the 1600s, Kersey was the home of a prototype feminist lay preacher and found itself at the centre of puritan migration to America. The son of one of the earliest Kersey emigrants to Massachusetts did not find the promised land: he was in Salem just at the wrong time and ended up being burnt as a witch. Then there are sad tales of Kersey folk ending up in the Cosford Workhouse 17/19 High Street, Hadleigh in Semer, from where in the 18th century one young girl escaped, was recaptured and deported to Australia. She wasRCS not alone, other Kersey P. J. B. Wilson BDS, LDS, perpetrators of minor crimes also found themselves on prison ships taking SINGH (Hons)later, MScmen from Kersey were them to the other side G. of the world.BDS A century involved in riots against the cruel regime imposed by Cosford Workhouse. & ASSOCIATES The book the harsh fate of many agricultural labourers who signed up to fight in World War I and examines the impact of World War II on •the village. PRACTICE The ups and downs of agriculture are also charted. Taxes FAMILY • IN HOUSE HYGIENIST and tithes were a constant burden on farmers and business owners • COSMETIC DENTISTRY • EMERGENCY SERVICE through the centuries, with anger against the tithe system reaching boiling point as late as the&1930s when fascist blackshirtsAPPOINTMENTS tried to take advantageSUDBURY July page form.qxp_Layout 1 20/06/2018 12:01 Page 14 • EVENING SATURDAY MORNING of struggling farmers. The author is Yvonne Martin, a Kersey resident and the Local History Children’s Appointments Available Recorder for Kersey. She worked in publishing as an editor and writer for 40 years and has always had a keen interest in history. To purchase a copy (£13.50 including postage and packing), contact or phone 01473 828361. Squirrell, 1928

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