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Two local charities are to benefit from the return of festive paddles along a picturesque stretch of a Suffolk river. The Santa Paddles will take place on a stretch of the River Stour immortalised by artists such as Constable and Gainsborough between Sudbury and Great Henny. Proceeds raised from the paddles will go to Sudbury transport charity Go START and to the Colchester Hospitals Charity. Collections for both organisations will also be held on the day. Hire boats on this stretch of the river were re-introduced this year following a successful trial period the previous summer. Historically, boats rowing boats for hire at the Boathouse site were a common feature. However, the boats disappeared more than 15 years ago when the Ballingdon Bridge was rebuilt. Gordon Hardy of the Outdoor Hire Centre, which runs the event, said: “The festive paddles are fantastic fun. We introduced the event for the first time last year and it was such a success we are now hoping to make in an annual feature on the Sudbury social calendar. The paddles attract people from miles around, as far away as London, so they are also good for the local economy. As it is the festive season we also felt it was only right to give something back to the community. We have chosen two beneficiaries, which we believe offer a tremendous amount of support to local people.” The two paddles take place on December 11. The Santa Sing Along Paddle will see participants enjoy Christmas Carols as they paddle from The Rare Cow restaurant in Sudbury up to Cornard Lock and back. Santa’s Paddle and Pub will be a fancy dress event where participants paddle from the Boathouse Restaurant site to the Henny Swan and back again after a well-deserved drink. The restaurant will also be offering a bottle of bubbly to the best dressed family. Colchester Hospitals Charity is an umbrella charity for 100 charitable funds for the wards and departments at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital. GoStart provides vital, low-cost transport services to

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The Long Melford Swan has won a coveted ROSE (Recognition of Service Excellence) award from VisitEngland, who selected the Suffolk restaurant with rooms as one of only 100 winners from 23,000 accredited accommodation providers UK-wide. The ROSE Awards were created by VisitEngland to celebrate those teams and owners who ‘go the extra mile’ and involve a two-stage judging process. First, Long Melford Swan was shortlisted by VisitEngland assessors who are invited to put forward nominations of places that had really impressed them during their annual Quality in Tourism assessments. The VisitEngland ROSE judging panel then reviewed hospitality scores from VisitEngland reports, anecdotes provided by assessors and most importantly, the online reviews written by customers, both UK and overseas. The award was presented at the Independent Hotel Show on 18 October, held at Olympia, London. VisitEngland Head of Industry Development, Pam Foden, said: “The Long Melford Swan goes above and beyond in making guests feel welcome and is helping to build England’s reputation as a destination where the customer always comes first. We saw the innovative guest service and the little acts of kindness and flexibility which help guests feel really relaxed. They have unlocked the secret to excellent customer service which is to make guests feel special.” The Long Melford Swan is the flagship of Stuart Inns which is run by the Macmillan family and also includes The Hadleigh Ram and The Lavenham Greyhound. The Long Melford Swan added its six boutique ensuite rooms for guests in 2015 and is currently investing further to add four more bedrooms, all individually designed by commercial director, Lorna Pissarro. Stuart Inns is run by Lorna with brothers Oliver Macmillan (Executive Chef) and Iain Macmillan (Operations) with their father, Andrew Macmillan. On winning the ROSE Award, Lorna Pissarro, Sales and Marketing Director, Stuart Inns Group, said: “Winning the ROSE award is fantastic and credit must go to the whole team at Long Melford Swan who always strive to deliver a stand-out service with consistent attention to detail which our customers enjoy and which they keep coming back for. We will be celebrating achieving the ROSE award with our customers and all our staff.” VisitEngland, in its description of the Long Melford Swan, which is in the heart of the Suffolk village, says “The bedrooms and bathrooms are seriously smart and the food divine but it is the hospitality of the whole team that makes it stand out. Guest reviews make this clear: "Staff are friendly, helpful and make you feel that you really matter to them", and "Our breakfast was excellent, served by the same friendly waitress every morning. Nothing was a problem. She is a credit to the Swan like all the staff." For further information about the ROSE awards see

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Rotary has a busy programme lined up for you as we approach Christmas. If you have children or grandchildren don’t forget to bring them along to see Santa in his brand new grotto inside Sudbury Library on Market Hill on selected days beginning on December 10th up to December 21st - Days and times will be advertised at the Library and in the Press from 1st December. Days and times can also be found on the Sudbury Rotary Club website. Each child will receive a small but quality present. There will be a small charge and meanwhile Santa’s elves will also be outside the library patrolling Market Hill to welcome you into the Library. The ever-popular Schools Concert will be held on 5th December with six primary schools taking part. The Christmas Tree Festival will be in St. Peter’s from 6th to 11th December. Don’t miss this annual festive treat. If you have never been, make a vow to come this year – as you walk into St. Peter’s and see the 90-or-so decorated trees it is truly enchanting. At the festival we will once again have a Tree of Memories and people are invited to write a message on a card in memory of a loved one and hang it where they choose on the tree. If you would like more information about any of these events or would like to help us, or learn more about Rotary, please get in touch. We meet every Monday at the Mill Hotel at 12.30pm, for lunch and a chance to socialise. As well as our lunchtime meetings, we hold both fund-raising and fun events (often the same thing!) throughout the year. If you would like more information contact our secretary Roger Green on 07341 290415 or look us up on our website. or Google ‘Sudbury Rotary Club’. Rotarian Tony Platt

Christmas Shopping in Long Melford

This year for the first time on Thursday 8th December, businesses in Long Melford will open later than normal to allow visitors to come and browse the eclectic array of retailers located here and enjoy some relaxed Christmas shopping in this historic village. The village shops will be open until 8pm and include independent gift and interiors shops, contemporary art and craft galleries, a haberdashery, a bookshop, antique shops, men’s and ladies clothing boutiques and much more. Whatever you’re looking for you will be sure to find it here. Later in the of summer, a nation-wide group oftochildren The village also boasts a number tea rooms and public houses provide and yo p some refreshments along the way. Take the time to walk the length of Hall Street and enjoy the beautiful shop windows and Christmas lights and remember to look out for the recent winning window from the village Christmas Window Competition. Parking is free throughout Hall Street and there is a designated car park located at the top of the village next to the Old School Hall. Long Melford looks forward to welcoming you. Theplease Bildeston is to celebrate withorsome of the fam For more information visitCrown find us i on Facebook and Twitter

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Christmas at The Bridge Project

The smell of Christmas cakes baking and mince pies being made makes this probably my favourite time of year at The Bridge Project. As I write everyone is working really hard to get things ready for our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 3rd December between 11.30 and 2.30. This is a really good opportunity to drop in and buy some really unique Christmas gifts, and order your Christmas goodies! This has been a very busy year for everyone at the project, and whilst we are looking forward to a break at Christmas, we are also very focused on what we need to do next year! Our meal delivery service will expand in January, and we will also be looking at other ways that we can earn money that will support the services that we provide to people that need them. We are looking for a couple of new trustees to join the board at this exciting time for the organisation. The meeting commitment isn’t enormous, but we do need people who will commit to engaging with the strategic and governance work – if you are interested do give us a call. Everyone at The Bridge Project wish you a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year The Bridge Project, 20 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, CO10 2EU, Tel 01787 313691, email

What’s On in Sudbury – December

With 3 hours free parking in Sudbury why not shop local this Christmas and take advantage of the shops and restaurants in Sudbury. Whilst in Sudbury remember to take part in the Churches Together Advent Art Trail where art will be displayed in shops and businesses in Sudbury. Maps of the trail will be available from Sudbury Library, Kingfisher Leisure Centre, No. 72 North Street and Sudbury Town Hall. The Quay Theatre traditional family pantomime is Treasure Island from Friday December 16, book early as it is always very popular. The Quay always has lots to offer throughout the year with music, comedy, drama, bar events and Shillingfords unique pop up wild food restaurant on Friday and Saturday evenings. Bookings must be made in advance on 01787 211328. St Peter’s Church will be full of beautifully decorated Christmas trees between December 7 and 11 at the Rotary Christmas Tree Festival. St Peter’s is also the venue for the Craft & Gift Fairs, Sudbury Sings Concert on December 16 and the Farmers Market which is a week earlier in December is also on Friday 16. Sudbury Choral Society Christmas Concert on December 18 and Candlelight readings from Dickens on December 21.

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James Cartlidge writes Member of Parliament for South Suffolk

Coming to the end of my first full calendar year as an MP, what a 12 months it has been to look back on. In that time we have held a referendum; seen a Prime Minister resign; had leadership elections in the two biggest political parties and welcomed our second female Prime Minister. To top it all, we have a new President in the United States who nobody expected to win and now threatens to break up NATO, the very body which has guaranteed peace and stability for our fortunate post-war generation. My main message is to reassure you that, if it looks from the outside as if Westminster and politics has gone a little berserk of late, in my office it’s a case of ‘Keep Calm and Carry on working for South Suffolk’. I said prior to the election that one priority was to help South Suffolk get better connected. We live in a beautiful part of the world but being largely rural it is a fact that we have tolerated a legacy of poor mobile and broadband availability, combined with unreliable rail services and growing pressure on our limited road network. Problems remain in all three areas. However, I was very pleased with the new rail franchise and cross fingers that we will finally see improvements. On roads, I have been working hard as we build a business case for a new Sudbury bypass, engaging with Highways England on crucial safety measures for the A12 and joining our Essex partners to highlight the merits of a re-modelled A120. On mobile signal, a new Government-funded mast is operating in Hitcham (also serving the village of Bildeston), and following a really well supported petition, we even have a new mast agreed for Boxford. Regarding broadband, so far in our constituency the Government’s broadband scheme has made superfast speeds available to 14,991 more premises. Of course, there is still a lot more to do for all the homes still blighted by bad signal and slow downloads. I would like to wish all of my constituents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Suicides prompt launch of new drop-in sessions

The suicide of her children’s two friends has prompted an award winning business woman to launch drop-in sessions to encourage people to talk about their problems. Glenda Roberts, who runs the ExploringU Centre for wellbeing in Sudbury, launches the first “Just Talk” session at the end of the month, which is open to all age groups and is free of charge. Ms Roberts, a leading accredited psychotherapist, said she had to take action following the recent death of her daughter’s friend. “Ten years ago my son’s best friend committed suicide aged just 13 and it was devastating for everyone involved. When my daughter’s friend took her own life recently, aged just 18, I just thought, oh no, not again. “I decided I had to do something. In my field of work I know so many suicides and other conditions such as depression can be avoided or made better if people just talked to someone about their problems. This is why I have decided to launch the free drop-in sessions which will be available to the local community.” “There are many people within the community who are feeling alone and unheard and desperately need someone to talk to. I believe everyone has the right to be heard and to have someone they can trust. “We want those people to know we are here for them, we are offering a safe and friendly environment where people of any age or background can just come and talk freely about any issue they may have.” The Just Talk Drop-in will be held at the ExploringU Centre for well-being, the Old Press Rooms, Station Road, Sudbury. Anyone needing further information should contact the centre on 01787 829141. Email: Facebook.

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Members of The Bridge Project team in the new kitchen space The Bridge Project in Sudbury Suffolk is celebrating the unveiling of their new kitchen space in their building known as the pavilion. Work started on 16th September to update and transform their old kitchen to ensure its suitability for the expanding catering requirements of the charity. The makeover and kitchen upgrade was made possible due to a successful funding bid to The Postcode Lottery. The Postcode Community Trust awarded £18,560 for the kitchen space development. Jo Searle, Chief Executive at The Bridge Project says, “We received notice of our funding success back in April this year and everyone here was delighted. We needed to plan the timetable to try and minimise disruption to our other services, so the builders started work on the 16th September. The extension to our kitchen facilities plays a significant part in our long term goal to improve and develop the catering services at The Bridge Project.” The new amenities include state of the art stainless steel features and will increase and extend what The Bridge Project can do to help others and provide additional room to add more catering services. Jo explains more, “The new kitchen means we can do extra food deliveries to people who want a delicious hot meal brought to their door; with the additional space we can support and offer training to those with more significant disabilities; we can multiply our outside catering offering and provide food for more internal and external events and we can get plans underway to re-launch and grow our local snack delivery route.” The Bridge Project daily lunch delivery service is currently available to residents living in Sudbury and Great Cornard, with expansion to Long Melford, Acton and Great Waldingfield planned for later in the Autumn. Offering a delicious and varied menu, meals are delivered Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays. Wonderful fresh food is also available at the café, where they hold many community events. They also offer event catering, providing exquisite homemade buffets.

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We are a small local charity who produce a fortnightly Newspaper and bi-monthly Magazine which are both recorded in Sudbury. We use USB sticks and distribute these to our listeners who are all visually impaired. To keep us going with this valuable free service we are in great need of more volunteers to write short articles for the Magazine and anyone with some Computer knowledge to help with recording. If you feel you can give a few hours a month to this worthy Charity then please contact Jane Chambers on 01787468535. Please also look at and listen to the recording on our website at Charity No. 284646.

Cornard student receives award for outstanding achievement

Jasmine Bayliss-Dagg, 17, of Great Cornard received a trophy and £100 worth of books tokens as a prize for obtaining ‘outstanding’ grades in her Triple Science GCSE examinations. Jasmine gained an A in Biology and A* in Chemistry and Physics. She also gained A* in French, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics and Statistics. Jasmine recorded another A in English. The student was presented with Jasmine pictured with Joanna Williams and Emma Mobbs from Wardale the award by Joanna Williams and Emma Mobbs of Sudbury based Williams at the recent award ceremony opticians Wardale Williams, which sponsored the award. The school’s assistant headteacher Amie Butcher, said: “The Wardale Williams Award is given to the science student we believe demonstrated both an outstanding study ethic and a high level of interest and commitment to the subject. The award also reflects the individual’s performance at GCSE science and we congratulate Jasmine on her fantastic achievement. Jasmine is an extremely conscientious student, who always has her head in a book and we wish her all the best for the future. Emma Mobbs, Wardale Williams practice manager, said: “As opticians we very much work in a science orientated profession, so sponsoring this award is a good fit for us. We always try to support other local groups and educational facilities wherever possible and we are very proud to have been able to present this award. I would just like to say huge congratulations to Jasmine”. The teenager is now going on to sixth form at the Thomas Gainsborough School to study maths, further maths, physics and chemistry.

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It has got round to “that time of year” when we start thinking about Christmas now the clocks have changed and the dark evenings have set in for the winter. So, I hope the following list will cheer you up - and get you thinking about days out in the sunshine next year. I would also like to say a great big thank you to all who have supported me throughout 2016, and I hope I have given enjoyment to all. Our two holidays were a great success in 2016, including reaching a new level taking not two, but three, coaches to Blackpool, and also with my husband in hospital at the time. I was overwhelmed with the support I received at this time, and would like to say a public thank you to all who joined in this holiday, hoping you all enjoyed it as much as I did. My pleasure was seeing folk enjoying my hard work in preparing it. Even the weather was kind to us most of the time. We still have the Christmas shows 2016 to enjoy as I write, and I am vey much looking forward to all of those. May I take this opportunity of wishing one and all a very happy Christmas, and a healthy and happy New Year. Wed 18 Jan: Mystery destination for carvery lunch followd by afternoon stop Sat 4 Mar: “Anything goes” at Chelmsford Civic Theatre Wed 19 April: Tulip time in Spalding Wed 17 May: Dunwich Wed 21 June: Bluebell Railway Steam Train ride For further information, please contact Pat Bennett, on 01787 310982, (evenings preferably) Mobile 07887 868259, or for full list go to Tourist Information at Sudbury Library where you can find a full list for the year, including prices.

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St Elizabeth Hospice is urging friends, colleagues and classmates to go wacky in wool this December, as part of their Woolly Pully Week. Following from last year’s success, the local charity is holding this years’ event on the week between 12 – 16 December, and is appealing for local schools, businesses and groups to pull on their craziest knit and do their bit for their local hospice. Organisations choose a day during the Woolly Pully Week and on their nominated day, everyone has to wear their silliest sweater and donate £2 to St Elizabeth Hospice. This year the hospice also has a fabulous, fluffy mascot, the very lovable ‘Woolly’ the sheep! Woolly is also available to request for a special visit to local schools and organisations who sign up to the week. Felicity Rook, St Elizabeth Hospice’s head of fundraising, said: “Christmas jumpers have become such a popular phenomenon in recent years, nearly everybody has a festive top, and Woolly Pully Week is a great excuse to get yours out and wear it to work, school or wherever. “Holding a jumper day is sure to get you in the festive spirit in the run up to Christmas and is an easy and fun way to raise vital funds for your local hospice and help ensure nobody has to face their illness alone this Christmas.” To find out more or to request your Woolly Pully Week festive fundraising pack, visit or call 01473 723600 or email

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Murray Chapman welcomes all the chefs and students to the stage in the Devora Suite at Stoke by Nayland

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa played host to a unique 11-course taster dinner on October 25th, bringing together many of the region’s top chefs and young, talented catering students – all working as a highly skilled team to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. The spacious, well equipped kitchens at Stoke by Nayland Hotel were taken over by numerous renowned chefs – including one with a Michelin star. Executive Group Head Chef, Alan Paton, who runs the 2 AA Rosette-awarded Lakes Restaurant at the hotel, was delighted to open his doors to his talented colleagues so they could all showcase their skills and produce a sumptuous dinner for over 130 delighted guests. Passionate catering students and professionals alike created an extraordinary range of dishes, from slow cooked hen’s eggs with pumpkin risotto and truffle to poached cod with mussels in curry sauce, to blue cheese and white chocolate bread. The dinner was held in the Hotel’s elegant Devora Suite and each dish was announced and described by the chef who created it, who also introduced their young team of assistant chefs. The venue, food and wines were all donated by sponsors, so all proceeds went to the charity. The evening included raffle prizes, auctions, bonhomie and, of course, amazing food. “What an incredible evening, bringing together the best of today along with the talent of tomorrow all in the name of charity. I’d like to thank everyone who made the evening a success and Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa for being wonderful hosts.” said Murray Chapman, founder of ‘A Passion to Inspire’. By the end of the 11th, and final, course the evening had raised over £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, rounding off a truly inspiring evening for all involved.

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Local residents, businesses, community groups and schools came together to celebrate Sudbury and Great Cornard travelling 52,000 miles for Beat the Street. Over six weeks, Beat the Street has transformed Sudbury and Great Cornard into a giant walking, running and cycling game – residents travelling around the area tapping special Beat Boxes on lampposts has become a familiar sight in Sudbury and Great Cornard. More than 4,000 residents took part in the community health competition and travelled 52,671 miles. Local schools and organisations created teams and competed against each other to see who could travel the furthest to win some fantastic prizes. At a celebration event at Kingfisher Leisure Centre on Wednesday 9 November, representatives from the winning teams picked up their prizes and celebrated the end of the six-week game. The winning team was St Gregory's CEVC Primary School who received £500 worth of Decathlon vouchers for travelling over 9,000 miles - almost two hundred times the length of the River Stour. Meanwhile, Wells Hall Primary School and Pot Kiln Primary School came in second and third place and received £250 and £100 worth of Decathlon vouchers respectively. New Life Church Community topped the highest average points per player leaderboard while Tri Sudbury came in second, and Tot Rock at Cornard Library in third place. Residents of Banham Drive also picked up £250 cash as one of the top community groups. Banham Drive is a community of retirement bungalows in Sudbury who have been taking part in Beat the Street together as a team. More than 90% of residents are aged over seventy with many team members only able to walk to one box at the end of the drive. Despite these challenges, the residents of Banham Drive managed to walk more than 1,500 miles together. Kerry Butcher, team leader and resident, said: “Beat the Street came at the right time for some members who have had illnesses or operations recently who used Beat the Street as an incentive to slowly get mobile again.” “What is most remarkable about our team is those members who could only manage to walk to the Beat Box at the end of the drive, and so were not in it for points, but still involved and taking part.” Beat the Street Sudbury and Great Cornard is an initiative run by Intelligent Health in partnership with Suffolk County Council. Taking place during Suffolk’s Year of Walking, Beat the Street is designed to inspire whole communities to get moving. Cllr Tony Goldson, Cabinet Member for Health at Suffolk County Council said: “Congratulations to each and every person who has taken part in Beat the Street. “The competition has been very much the talk of the town for the past few weeks and we’ve heard from many people who say they will miss the Beat Boxes. However, if you’ve enjoyed Beat the Street, please keep up the great work and continue to build on the great foundations that you’ve made for your health. We hope you’ve enjoyed it!” If you would like to contact us to find out more and to give us your feedback on what you would like to see in the future then please contact Jane Hatton on 01787 468634 or email

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Sudbury Mayor’s Report I was so delighted to attend The Festival of Remembrance and Drum Head Service held at Ormiston Sudbury Academy for The Royal British Legion. The pupils sang and danced with so much skill and enthusiasm. I’m sure there were some extremely proud parents in the audience. Unfortunately I don’t know the names of the teachers involved who taught and inspired these brilliant performers. After a short interval we had The Drum Head Service lead by Canon Cheryl Collins with readings, poems and prayers, all were extremely moving and thought provoking. If you have ever tried to carve a funny face on a pumpkin, you will appreciate the skill and mess involved. I had so much fun with Sudbury and Glemsford Mencap members at their Holloween party. I had been invited by Claire Brook to judge the best pumpkin. There were three categories, best traditional, funniest and unique. They were amazing, I eventually managed to find the winners but it was quite difficult. The first Thursday in November was a very special day. I had been invited to the formal opening of The National Heritage Centre for Sporting Art at Palace House Newmarket by Her Majesty the Queen. The instructions were quite specific we were even reminded to visit the ladies or gents prior to lining up, as we may be standing in line for a while - and we were! If you were to be formally introduced it was requested that a hat and gloves were to be worn. However, although I knew that I would not be introduced I wore them anyway. When Her Majesty walked toward us I felt a big lump in my throat and tears welling up, she looked absolutely fantastic. Her Lady-inWaiting had a small basket with treats for the horses, her love for horses is well known but it was lovely to watch her with them, I believe one of the horses was hers. It really was a very special day. There has been a tremendous support for this year’s Poppy Appeal, the work of our local British Legion is vital to all our veterans from the many conflicts. My parents served during the Second World War, they were both in the Signals which is where they met then married in 1945 . I was trying to explain to my granddaughter Esther about communications during the war and how my mother who was trained to use Morse Code and her work at Bletchley Park. So many changes from then, to our communications today. It is amazing how things have changed in the past eighty years, which is why it is so important that our young people are taught about the past so they can fully appreciate what it must have been like during those years of conflict. I had a really interesting lunch with fourteen wives of foreign ambassadors who came to visit Gainsborough House. They all live in London and this was their first visit to Suffolk, they were from Poland, New Zealand, Jordan, Czech Republic and Belgium just to name a few. They all felt that they needed to return to Suffolk, to take more time in the Gallery and visit some of our beautiful villages. Although I have visited Gainsborough House many, many times, it is always delight to share it with visitors. The ladies were extremely disappointed that they didn’t have time to shop. Ladies wherever they are from love to shop and there are some lovely gifts in the shop as always. I had two hundred and ninety entries for my Christmas card competition, so hard to choose from some brilliant pictures. The winner will help me switch the Christmas Lights on 25th November. One of the pictures had the nativity kings, with a speech bubble “Free Wise Men”. A big thank you to all the children who took part.

Join Scrooge on a Dickensian walk Saturday 3rd December at 11am

Join Scrooge and his cousin, Mrs Scratchitt as they walk around Sudbury looking at its history and discussing Christmas traditions, too. Ebenezer Scrooge has decided to spend a few days with his cousin in Sudbury, to escape the festivities of London. To his disgust he has found that Sudbury is also busy preparing for Christmas. Join us for our walk around historic Sudbury and hear tales of Sudbury as well as Christmas traditions and see if you can get Mr. Scrooge in the festive mood! Tickets are on sale now at the Tourist Information Centre in the Library. Adults £5 and Children £4,


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Compliments of the Season Here we are once again approaching the festive season which for many people will mean parties, celebration through Christmas and New Year. As well as the festivities we will soon be in the thick of Winter, which usually brings hazardous conditions for motorists and pedestrians and as in previous years I would urge you all to take care when out and about. Whilst Suffolk County Council will be doing all they can to keep roads safe during icy weather, you can also take these simple precautions when travelling. When driving: Allow extra time for your journey Keep a blanket or extra coats/clothing in your car Take a warm drink and snack with you for longer journeys Watch your speed Don't drink and drive, think and plan how you will travel home after any festivities When walking: Wear sturdy, sensible shoes or boots Use a walking stick for extra balance or stability if it is icy Wear reflective or light coloured clothing Carry a torch for extra visibility Remember - 'Be safe, Be seen!' Many of the complexities for our local authorities in 2015 have continued throughout 2016 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me during the year as I strive to support you, the people of the Community and the people I serve. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas & A Happy and safe New Year

Sudbury Memory Walk Success 2016

The Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance stepped out in memory of all of the families living with or having lost someone with dementia. The weather was kind and there was a brilliant atmosphere from the start. With an amazing band to entertain the walkers at the start and an amazing group of Second World War re-enactors to take us back through time. We had fruit snacks from Waitrose and lots of pastries and water from Care UK to ensure that everyone was well set for a wonderful afternoon of walking. Walkers began from the Kingfisher Leisure Centre and 152 people completed a distance of 1 miles, 3 miles and 5miles along the picturesque Valley Walk. Tracey Loynds Chair of the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance said ‘The Sudbury Memory Walk was the perfect opportunity to show our support for those living in our community with dementia. We were overwhelmed by the number people who joined us, all of which had their own story.’ The Memory Walk, organised by Jerry, and his support team from South Suffolk Leisure, Care UK and Babergh District Council, raised funds for the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance and the Alzheimer’s Society says a big thank you and well done to all of those that took part, volunteered and supported this wonderful event. We could not have done it without each and every one of you.

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Ken’s SESAW News Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare Reg charity no 1124029 Kenny has asked me to tell you SESAW is closed until next year, following the sad passing of Ronald Jackaman recently, after a short illness. Apart from his many other interests, Ron and his wife Madeleine started rescuing animals decades ago at their Leavenheath home. A gentleman in every sense of the word, Ron was always quietly working away in the background, and always ready with a smile and a kind word. Everyone at the Sanctuary is deeply saddened by his passing but the response from the local community, friends and SESAW supporters has been overwhelming. A heartfelt thank you for all your messages which have been a great comfort to Maggie at this difficult time. A Thanksgiving Service to celebrate Ronald’s life will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Stoke by Nayland on Friday 10th February, 2017, followed by a gathering at Assington Village Hall. Times to be confirmed. Friends of Ronald, Madeleine and the Family will be welcome at this event, which will take place two weeks before Ron’s 89th Birthday. Kenny will return with the SESAW news next month and any other updates. Patricia Ferdinando, Secretary, Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare, “Idano”, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP. 01787 210888

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From Monday 7th November Sudbury Citizens Advice have been providing advice services from new premises at Keyse House, Acton Lane, Sudbury, CO10 1QN, the former Acton Lane Health Clinic. For advice over the phone or to make an appointment call 01787 374671 or 01787 321400 Monday to Thursday between 10.00 am to 3.00 pm or appointments can be booked by email Alternatively drop in sessions are available from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Monday to Thursday. Up to June 2017 monthly drop sessions will also be held at Babergh Council Offices in Hadleigh on the last Wednesday of each month between 9.30 am -12.30 pm and at Lavenham Village Hall on the second Wednesday of each month between 9.30 am -12.30 pm.


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By Sue Wardropper, Holmes & Hills Solicitors In the recently reported case of Juffali in the High Court in England a wife stated that her needs amounted to £196.5 million in order to maintain her lifestyle. Included within this vast list of needs was £1 million to cover her clothing budget as well as the essential sum of £320,000 to cover the cost of spending October half term at the Ritz in Paris. The wife was eventually awarded £53 million to meet her needs. When I first learnt about this case I initially thought there was little I could gain from it given that the figures far exceed those of the usual household budget in England, however, it turned out that there were a lot of similar facts in this particular case to cases I have dealt with over the past 21 years as a Family Solicitor. The parties had been married for 12 years and the couple had one school age child. The wife had given up her career on marriage and was seeking a clean break by way of a lump sum payment from her husband.  The factors the court was required to consider were exactly the same that every family court is required to take into consideration when considering how the matrimonial assets should be divided on divorce with first consideration being given to the welfare of any minor children. One of the factors the court has to address is the parties’ respective needs. The most common needs in the majority of cases are housing and income needs. Parties can easily become worried about whether they will be able to cope financially or be able to afford a home for themselves and their children following separation.  The first step is for each party to set out their reasonable needs, which a solicitor is able to assist with. It is important for the list of needs to be realistic and for consideration to be given as to whether it is possible for the parties to achieve independence in the future.  In the case of Juffali it was made clear that needs in any given case has to be assessed by reference, amongst other items, to the standard of living enjoyed by the parties immediately prior to the breakdown of the marriage.   In a great many cases it will be difficult for both parties’ reasonable needs to be met as the needs need to be measured against the assets actually available for division between the parties. If there isn't enough to go around then a compromise must be found. If you need to speak to one of our Family Law solicitors about needs or any other family matter then please give us a call on 01787 275275.

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The word “Politics” is derived from “poly” meaning “many” and “ticks” meaning “blood sucking parasites”. An old one I concede but still so apt!

So the Guardian reading luvies and others of a like mind are questioning as to whether our monarchy has any relevance in today’s society. When our Queen departs this mortal coil for the Grand Palace above we should feel free to elect our new head of state. Are they blind or mad? Just one glance at the Reptile House should persuade all that the last figure head we require is an elected one. What tired political hack will our discredited parties foist upon us? Just imagine President Blair, Cameron or Kinnock. Prince Charley may not be particularly bonny but is surely preferable to whatever parasite that could appear on a ballot form. There has been enough national dissension regarding Brexit, imagine the furore such an election could bring. We have not one senior politician untainted or universally respected enough to represent our fair isles. It would entail the writing of a new anthem, possibly less boring than the current one. Just imagine, the “International” favoured by the great unwashed or “There’ll Always be an England” being aggressively bawled out by their equally unsavoury opponents from the right. Alternatively, “God (or whoever) save our gracious Blair, for whom we don’t really care, but we put him there, send him victorious, his records notorious, its all bloody unfair”. Weak I know, but except for pillock nothing rhymes with Kinnock. In my twisted mind Boris or Farange would be fun, we’d be at war (preferably with a country with a smaller army such as Andora) within weeks. Even a Cromwellian such as I prefers the status quo, the alternative would make the choice the Americans have faced appear sensible in comparison. The outraged furore following the election of Trump, has, in our mother of democracy, exceeded even the Brexit result. Get over it dears, its called DEMOCRACY. The man is unlikeable enough, but surely that’s a prerequisite for any politician. Although he sports an unusual hairstyle his attendant harem appears easy on the eye and he’s no mean orator. Rather chummy with that other headcase Putin, but surely that’s not a bad thing. Relationships have been somewhat dodgy in recent months with both Washington and the discredited EU stirring the pot. Why, even our own PM inadvisably despatched 800 of our own troops to Estonia to frighten the Russians. Probably with no heavy armour or air cover that will really concern them! It appears to this jaundiced eye that free elections are a good thing to today’s youth and chattering classes unless the subsequent result offends their liberal sensitivities! Now if you think Trump is rather clownish I refer you to our local lot. First, the imminent destruction of the beautiful Bel Vue House, with no plans to preserve the stunning panelling or stained glass. Enough badly planned road works to stifle the town (without the filling of a single pothole) and just to enhance our tourist season the permanent erection of barriers around our Town Hall. No, not to keep you out but to protect you from falling masonry. Was the recent refurbishment and painting of the exterior so inept that such repairs were ignored at the time? Those barriers are now approaching their birthday, and like so many of our council seem to be a permanent fixture. In all likelihood they, unlike Walnutree or Bel Vue will soon be granted a preservation order. When our local Conservative Club closed its doors (apparently our Grandees never patronised the place, being far too important to share a jar with the populace) none thought to preserve the historical records or photographs and most went to landfill. Fortunately a caring bar manageress kept me informed and the brass war memorials found their way to our Masonic Hall. She showed more consideration to preserving what is good in Sudbury than any other individual. However, I’ll wager she won’t be granted an invitation to any Royal garden party. Time to uncork the Christmas claret! Compliments of the season, Peter Thorogood All the usual to



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School pupils with reading difficulties benefit from colour

Pupils at St Andrews C of E Primary School, in Great Yeldham, were recently treated to a visit by senior optometrist Joanna Williams, who specialises in reading difficulties and colorimetry. Colorimetry is an assessment for the symptoms of visual stress, which can be found in some children making reading very difficult. The process begins with coloured overlay assessments, which indicates whether or not a child would benefit from tinted glasses. Joanna Williams, who works for local optical group Wardale Williams, with branches in Halstead, Haverhill and Sudbury, visited the school and carried out coloured overlay assessments on a number of children. She said: “Some children struggle to read at expected levels as they experience peculiar visual symptoms when looking at a printed page; this is known as visual stress. However, scientific research has shown symptoms of visual stress can be reduced with colour. For some children the words become clearer when coloured overlays are placed over the page. If this is the case, the specific coloured overlay should be used for all reading tasks and the child may also benefit from tinted glasses which can be used for reading, writing and whiteboard work." “I gave overlay assessments to nine pupils at St Andrews, and four of them showed a marked improvement in their reading.” The assessments were carried out on pupils aged from six to 10. The school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator Karen Graves, said: “"We appreciate Joanna Williams visiting the school to assess some of our pupils. It will be interesting to see how the coloured overlays make a difference to their reading.”


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Little Waldingfield History Society 18th January - Talk by David Empsom

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Dickens Reading Event in St Peter’s Sudbury - A lovely way to relax and look forward to Christmas!

The Friends of St. Peter’s invite you to join them in St. Peter’s Church for an Evening of Christmas cheer. The atmospheric show is on Wednesday 21st December at 7.30, finishing about 9.30. Candle-lit Readings from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” will be given by Anthony Roberts, Director of the Colchester Arts Centre, accompanied by pianist Jamie Cunliffe. During the Interval, mulled wine, hot and cold drinks and mince pies and biscuits will be served. Everyone is welcome (children under 7 may like to bring some toys). As usual for this sort of event, there will be no charge for anything, but if you can, please give generously to our Regeneration fund.

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Cornard Christmas is a free, all-age community event open from 4pm to 6pm on Sunday 11th December at G Block, Thomas Gainsborough School, Wells Hall Road CO10 0NH (500 yards from Head Lane). A friendly donkey will be ready to welcome everyone so come along and join the fun! The blacked-out drama studio will be transformed into an enchanting multisensory world with mice to be spotted along the way to the manger! The gentle atmosphere, lights, sights and sounds may be of particular interest to children and adults with learning disabilities or autism. The festive café will serve light refreshments and buzz with live music and children’s craft activities, whilst a ‘Frozen’ bouncy castle for under 12s will complete the fun. NLC Community is a registered charity that runs four events a year in Great Cornard to support family life, encourage social cohesion and help build strength into the local community. These events also enable New Life Church, Gt. Cornard to connect up with local people and identify specific needs and ways that the church can serve the community through practical social action and spiritual support. For more information, please email or visit

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New Captains at Stoke by Nayland

November is change over time at Stoke by Nayland when the 2016 Captains end their year in office and the new ones take over. At the Ladies Section AGM, Betty Cox was congratulated on her successful year and Anne Hemmings was elected to take her place. It was a similar story at the Senior AGM with Norman Davidson taking over from Lionel Hatch. Matt Thompson is the new Junior Captain, replacing Sam Nixon. At the Main Club AGM, as well as the presentation of all the trophies, new Club Captain Don Wiggins and his Vice Captain Alan Line were elected. The Captain’s green jacket was presented to Don by outgoing Club Captain Ian Thompson. Four new Committee Members were also elected at this meeting, Scott Brace, Peter Garnett, Mark Chaplin and Ian Smith. In a break from tradition the new Club Captain started his Drive In with a breakfast which was attended by over two hundred members. It was then up to the new Captains, nervously, to complete their drives to start the Drive In competition, which was held on both Stoke by Nayland Courses, Gainsborough and Constable.

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Without having picked up his clubs for six weeks, Newton Green’s Ben Tatum strode to the first tee and promptly won the Junior Open at his home club. The 16-year-old, who plays off five, and generally prefers to play football in the winter months, hit a three over par 72 to take the title, previously held by fellow club man and former junior Jed Seeley. Tatum’s performance left him one shot ahead of Ipswich’s Sam Byford, who plays off one, had been pipped at the post by another Newton member, Harvey Watts, in the recent Suffolk junior match play final. The team prize for the Aldous Cup was won by the Stoke-byNayland pairing of brothers Max and Isaac Toombs. Atlhough they could not raise a third member for a team, their two Stableford scores, each of 38, off handicaps of 21 and 27,was good enough to give them a count back win. They defeated Newton’s Tatum and Oli Page, who had also been forced to play as a pair after a call-off. Division 1: (gross scores) 72 Ben Tatum (Newton Green), 73 Sam Byford (Ipswich), 73 James Cooper (Newton), 75 Lewis Whiting (Haverhill), 76 Habebul Islam (Ipswich), 76 Harry Hodgson (Ufford Park). Net scores: 68 James Cooper, 71 Harry Hodgson. Division 2: (Stableford): 37 Max Weaver ocb (West Suffolk), Luke Green (Ipswich). Division 3: 38 Isaac Toombs (Stoke-by-Nayland). Aldous Cup: 76 Isaac and Max Toombs (Stoke), 73 Ben Tatum and Oli Page (Newton). Putting: Ben Tatum. Longest Drives: Sam Byford and Georgia Parker (Bury St Edmunds). Nearest pins: Joshua Goulton (Ipswich) and Harvey Watts (Newton) )

The Friends of Sudbury Library

The Friends of Sudbury Library will be holding a Christmas raffle, tickets are only £1 and all proceeds will go to the Friends of Sudbury Library which will help us to keep on improving our service to the Sudbury community. The fantastic prize will be drawn on the 17th of December and the winner will be notified.

Dates for your Diary... Sudbury VIP's (Visually Impaired People), on the 1st Wednesday of every month we have a coach outing, on the second Wednesday of each month we have a coffee morning at the Christopher Centre, Gainsborough Street, 10am 12pm and on the last Wednesday of every month we have an afternoon tea at the Christopher Centre, Gainsborough Street, Sudbury,2pm - 4pm - all events are open to anyone with a visual impairment Bridge Project - Paint Your Own Ceramics Prices start from £1.25 per item. Contact 01787 313691 or to book. Courtyard Café@The Bridge Project, 20 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury CO10 2EU Why not follow us on Twitter to get daily special updates? Bridge Project - Tuesday Lunch Club Roast lunch served in our Pavilion Room for older residents of Sudbury and surrounding villages. 12 noon to 1.30 pm. Roast Dinner £5.00; Dessert £2.00 Contact 01787 313691 or to book. Courtyard. Mondays: Sue Ryder Synergy Café for those living with dementia and their carers 10.30 am to 2.30 pm. Open Doors Mental Health Support Group. 11.00 am to 2.00 pm. The Bridge Project, 20 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury CO10 2EU. 01787 313691

Thursday 1st December Kettle and Fish: peaceful café/information centre, St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 9.45am-2pm Thursday 1st December One Life Suffolk - Health Walks - Long Melford, Meet at 11am at Cherry Lane Garden Centre. CO10 9DH Tel: 01473 272357/718193 Friday 2nd December Sudbury Society: The Good Old Days. Friars Hall, School Street, Sudbury CO10 2HA. 7.30pm. Entertainment with Brian Thurlow Canapes. Bring your own drinks. Feel free to come in costume or at least wear a big hat! Admission : Members £3, non-members £5 Friday 2nd December Fleece Jazz – Jazz at the Movies Stoke by Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ 7.30pm Tickets £18 Students half price. Box Office 01787211865 Friday 2nd December Quay Music – Cardy & Coke. Quay Theatre, Sudbury CO10 2AN 7.30pm. Tickets £13.00 (Friends £12.00) Tel: 01787 374745 Friday 2nd/Sunday 4th December Lavenham Christmas Fair. The Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ Free Entry. Fri 5.30pm-8.30pm. Sat 11am-4pm. Sun 11am-4pm. Friday 2nd/Sunday 4th December Potters and Friends Christmas Exhibition Little Hall Museum and Gardens, Market place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ Fri 12noon-7pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am- 4pm Saturday 3rd December Bel Canto Buskers present Christmas Crackers Friends meeting house, Friar Street, Sudbury 3:00p.m. Tickets £5.00 available from Sudbury Tourist Centre Contact: Jill Cooper 01787281836 Saturday 3rd December Movie & Supper Night – Mamma Mia! Sing along. Optional Abba Dress Code or Christmas Jumpers etc. Salvation Army Station Rd, Sudbury. 6pm Tickets Adult £6 Child £3 Tel 01787 310187 Saturday 3rd December Chelsworth Christmas Fair. All Saint’s Church, The Street, Chelsworth, IP7 7HU 11am – 3pm Entry £3, children free. Free parking Saturday 3rd December Christmas craft Fair St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 9:00am-4:00pm Saturday 3rd December Quay Children – Santa in Love. Quay Theatre, Sudbury CO10 2AN 2.30pm. Tickets £9.00 (Includes meeting Santa and a present) 2 – 8 years old Tel: 01787 374745 Saturday 3rd December Middleton PCC present A Christmas Fair. Middleton Church 2.00pm to 4.00pm Admission free Saturday 3rd December Potters and Friends Christmas Exhibition. Little Hall Museum and Gardens, Market place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ 10am-5pm Sunday 4th December Light Up A Life – St Nicholas Hospice. St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 6:30pm-7:30pm Sunday 4th December Christmas on Broadway! The Stour Valley Singers, Quay Theatre, Sudbury CO10 2AN 3.00pm Tickets £10 (inc. songsheet & mince pies) Tel: 01787 374745 Sunday 4th December Day Out With Thomas. East Anglian Railway Museum Chappel station, Essex, CO6 2DS Tel: 01206242524 Sunday 4th December Potters and Friends Christmas Exhibition. Little Hall Museum and Gardens, Market place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ 10am-4pm Monday 5th December Strictly Swing Strolls. Wells Hall Old School, CO10 0NJ 8pm-9pm £5 Tel: 07899 994107 Monday 5th December Rotary Club Primary Schools Carol Service. St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 6:00pm-7:00pm Monday 5th December Quay Children – Storytime at The Quay. Quay Theatre, Sudbury CO10 2AN 10.30am. Free Event Tel: 01787 374745 Tuesday 6th December Parent & toddler Forest Sessions. Daws Hall Nature Reserve 10am-12noon Contact: Wednesday 7th-Sat 10th December Rotary Club Christmas Tree festival. St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 9:00am-7:30pm Thursday 8th December Quay Live – The Nutcracker (Live Broadcast Ballet). Quay Theatre, Sudbury CO10 2AN 7.15pm. Tickets £15.00 Tel: 01787 374745 Friday 9th December Quay Comedy – Rob Rouse. Quay Theatre, Sudbury CO10 2AN 8.00pm. Tickets £14.00 (No concessions) Tel: 01787 374745

Saturday 10th/11th December Kentwell Hall – Magical Dickensian Christmas Long Melford, CO10 9BA. Victorian Family & Household – Ideal for families Christmas Crafts - Tel: 01787 310207 Tickets at discounted prices see website Sunday 11th December Rotary Club Christmas Tree festival. St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 10:00am-4:00pm Sunday 11th December Christmas Celebration by Candlelight. With the ICC Choir. Suffolk Road Church, Sudbury CO10 1UN 4pm. All welcome. Tel 01787 377644 Sunday 11th December The Suffolk Villages Festival: Charpentier: Midnight Mass. St Mary’s Church, Dedham CO7 6DE 6pm.Tickets £18 (reserved) £12 (unreserved) Telephone 01206 366603 Sunday 11th December BBC TV’s Dads Army favourite Ian Lavender narrates John Rutter’s Brother Heidrich’s Christmas & hosts a Christmas Choral Classics Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, CO10 9DJ 6pm Tickets £20 (inc. seasonal refreshments in interval) available from or at the door In aid of Macmillan Nurses Monday 12th December Strictly Swing Strolls. Wells Hall Old School, CO10 0NJ 8pm-9pm £5 Tel: 07899994107 Wednesday 14th December Sudbury Café Poets. The Hill’s Room, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury CO10 2E. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm £3.50 Contact Gillian Phillips on 01787 377802 or Jull Dawson on 01787 379940 Thursday 15th December Charity Christmas Cards Supporting Addenbrooke’s Liver Transplant Association. St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 9am–4pm Thursday 15th December Kettle and Fish: peaceful café/information centre. St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 9:45am-2:00pm Thursday 15th December Quay Film Club – Quay Theatre, Sudbury CO10 2AN 10.30am. A monthly, members club: £40.00 payable in cash for a season or £12.00 for a one off session. Please call Simon Frampton for further information on 01787 580453 Thursday 15th December Quay Live – TBA. Quay Theatre, Sudbury CO10 2AN Friday 16th December Sudbury Sings Christmas Concert, St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 7:30pm-9:30pm Friday 16th December Fleece Jazz – Sarah Jane Morris. Stoke by Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ 7.30pm Tickets £20 Students half price. Box Office 01787 211865 Friday 16th December to Sunday 1st January Quay Christmas Pantomime – Treasure Island. Quay Theatre, Sudbury. Please see programme for dates/times Tickets £12, Children £9. Tel: 01787 374745 Saturday 17th December Day Out With Thomas. East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel station, Essex, CO6 2DS Tel: 01206242524 Saturday 17th December SUDBURY’S REGULAR GUIDED WALK!!!!!! Meet 11am inside Sudbury Library. CO10 2EN No need to book, just turn up. Tickets Adults £5, Children £4 available from The Tourist Information Office Tel: 01787 881320 Saturday 17th December Craft and Gift Sale. St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 9:00am-4:00pm Saturday 17th/18th December Kentwell Hall – Magical Dickensian Christmas Long Melford, CO10 9BA Victorian Family & Household – Ideal for families Christmas Crafts - Tel: 01787 310207 Tickets at discounted prices see website Sunday 18th December Sudbury Choral Society Christmas Concert. St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 2.45pm-5:00pm Tickets available at Tourist Information Sunday 18th December Day Out With Thomas. East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel station, Essex, CO6 2DS Tel: 01206242524 Tuesday 20th December Tudor Primary School Nativity Play. St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 2:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday 21st December Candlelight Readings from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol plus music with Anthony Roberts. St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury. CO10 2EH 7:30pm-9:30pm Friday 23rd December Fleece Jazz – The Alan Barnes Octet. A Jazz Christmas Carol. Stoke by Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ 7.30pm Tickets £20 Students half price Box Office 01787211865

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Sudbury & Long Melford Community News, December 2016  
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Sudbury & Long Melford Community News, December 2016