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A dedicated training room has been officially opened in memory of local volunteer Sophie Bavington. The training room has been named after Sophie, in recognition her valuable contribution to the work of The Befriending Scheme, up until her tragic death in 2012. The Sophie Bavington Room, situated in the charity’s new Sudbury offices, will be used to run vital life skills learning courses for its members with learning disabilities as well as employability training for those seeking work. Shirley Moore Chief Executive of The Befriending Scheme said: “We wanted to remember Sophie in this special way. Sophie, always known and admired for her great sense of fun, wanted to give something back to the community and began volunteering for The Befriending Scheme in 2007. She was a magnificent volunteer who took her role very seriously.� A number of close friends and invited guests joined Sophie’s parents Tony and Carmel at the charity’s launch event above Northcroft Social Club, The Croft, Sudbury. A plaque in Sophie’s memory was unveiled, and the charity’s first ‘Sophie Bavington Young Volunteer of the Year Award’ ceremony also took place. ...continued on page 3

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Five volunteers, aged between 17 and 23, were nominated for their commitment and contribution as a volunteer with The Befriending Scheme. Shirley added: “Sophie was a volunteer in Sudbury, helping out at the local ‘Hub’ group on Thursdays. She also assisted at fundraising events and very much enjoyed being part of the charity. All of the nominees for the Young Volunteer of the year award deserved recognition and praise for their dedication. Laura Allen was named the winner after being chosen by Tony and Carmel Bavington. For further information, please contact Shirley Moore on 01787 371333, or email

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Tel: 01787 207 307 Local Charities benefit from former Mayor’s Charity Fund Raising As I have stated on many occasions, The Town Council and its councillors, the residents and the retailers are all very appreciative of the hard work and commitment that our charities and voluntary organisations put into our wonderful town. Without them we would struggle to survive. During my year as Mayor these people have never ceased to amaze me and it gave me great pleasure to be able to raise funds for some of these wonderful people. Unfortunately it is not possible to give to every one of our voluntary organisations in Sudbury but our thanks and gratitude still go out to them. On Monday the 9th June I was pleased to be able to present cheques to not only my three main charities which were Macmillan Nurses, Compassion and Home Start, but also some of our smaller organisations in Sudbury. In total I raised over £5000 and was pleased to present a cheque to Macmillan Nurses, Compassion and Home Start. I also presented cheques to: Street Watch, Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts, Sudbury Scouts, Sudbury Orchestra, Age Concern, St Gregory’s Church Appeal Fund, Helping Hands and Arthritic Research Association. I am also arranging to present cheques to: The Autistic Society and BAT’s and Action for Young People. Again many thanks to you all and long may you keep up the brilliant work that you all do for our great Town. Cllr Adrian Osborne

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A day in the life of a Funeral Director We know that being a Funeral Director might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it’s a vitally important role, giving support and guidance during what might be the most difficult time of someone’s life. Losing a loved one is always hard. But knowing that there is someone there who can help with the practicalities can be really helpful. This is where a Funeral Director comes in. Working closely with you and your family, they can help you to plan a bespoke funeral that is a fitting celebration of your loved one’s life. But what is it like to be a Funeral Director? And what does a Funeral Director actually do? Emily Houghton, Sector Manager and Funeral Director at our Sudbury Funeral branch, explains her role and why she decided to become a Funeral Director: “I’ve worked in the funeral industry for the last ten years, both here in East Anglia and in East London, where I’m originally from. It might not seem the most obvious career choice, but I actually wanted to work in the industry from quite a young age. It was personal experience that first inspired me. When I was twelve my Grandad passed away, and I remember being amazed at how dignified and respectful his funeral was. As I got older my desire to make sure other families had the same experience as I did grew, and at nineteen, after years of pestering local Funeral Directors in East London, I finally secured my first role as a Funeral Arranger. I gradually worked my way up to becoming Sector Manager here at the East of England Co-op, and I also carry out the role of Funeral Director for our Sudbury branch. I’ve been with the East of England Co-op for four years now, and absolutely love it. People are often curious about what I do, but the reality is that there’s no such thing as a standard day when you’re a Funeral Director! Every day really is different. In terms of what I’m responsible for, the list is long; I arrange funerals, conduct funerals and bring peoples loved ones into our care. I manage my area’s fleet of vehicles, checking each funeral is correctly crewed and timed. I carry out all the managerial tasks I need to and help with in branch administration, support my team and develop community projects we are working on. Although I mostly work from 8-5, the hours aren’t standard either – because we are available around the clock, I’m sometimes on-call on evenings and weekends.

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I think that a good Funeral Director needs first and foremost to be someone who can listen. It’s so important to take the time to find out what the family want from their loved one’s funeral, and to find out about the person they’ve lost – their likes and dislikes, the things they cared about and the places they loved – so that you can make sure that their funeral is as personal and fitting to them as possible. You also need to be patient, understanding, empathetic, and extremely professional and organised – things can get very busy and emotions can run high, so it’s important to be able to bring calm and order to the situation. Maintaining high standards at all times is crucial, and you can’t have an ‘off day’ – it’s the one day that family and friends come together to say goodbye, and it’s your responsibility to make sure that it’s the best it possibly can be. My proudest moment as a Funeral Director is when I get positive feedback from families about the service the team and I have provided. We strive to make sure every service we provide is perfect every time, so to hear from a family that we’ve succeeded means a lot to me.�

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For most of us, trusting our close friends and family is entirely natural, but is there any truth to the age old adage that you should never mix business and pleasure? For every example of a successful business which is run by close friends or family members, there are, in our experience, equally as many examples of businesses, or relationships (or worse still, both!), that have failed when close friends or relatives have gone into business together. There are obviously a lot of potential benefits to be derived from going into business with people that are close to us. However, we would advise anyone thinking of doing so to exercise some caution. Often, family or friends enter into business relationships without ensuring that each person’s rights and obligations are clearly defined and recorded; agreements are made “on a handshake.� The problem with this approach is that it can often lead to friction if there is any misunderstanding about what each person is required to do, or not to do, in any given circumstances. It also means that if a dispute does arise, it will be necessary to determine not only whether a party has done what they were supposed to do but also what it was that they were supposed to do. This adds an additional layer of unnecessary complication to the dispute resolution process. These potential problems can easily be avoided by putting appropriate written agreements in place which set out the rights and obligations of everyone involved. Such agreements can also provide for specific dispute resolution mechanisms to be used if things do go wrong. All of this can have the effect of reducing, or avoiding entirely, what can be significant costs of having to resort to Court proceedings to resolve a dispute. Unfortunately, close friends and family often overlook or ignore the benefits of having appropriate written agreements in place. This can be due to them believing that, because of their personal relationship, nothing will go wrong in their business relationship, or that by raising the question of putting formal agreements in place, they will cause offence and damage the personal relationship. On the contrary, we think that asking the other party to enter into a formal written agreement indicates your desire to protect your valued personal relationship from the potential damage that can be done in a stressful business environment. It also protects both parties from having to resolve any potential disputes through Court proceedings and the significant costs associated with doing so. Holmes & Hills Solicitors, 96 North Street, Sudbury CO10 1RF 01787 275275

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Tia’s hair-raising contribution… Young Tia (right) loves her long hair – but when she heard that the Little Princess Cancer Trust was looking for hair donations to provide real hair wigs for children who have lost their own through cancer treatment, she decided to lose 11 inches of her lustrous tresses to this very worthwhile cause. Tia, from Great Cornard, was also keen to raise money for the Kernos Centre – who have previously assisted her family – to help us continue funding our couselling and support services for local people with emotional and psychological difficulties. So Tia organised a sponsored haircut in Sudbury – which enabled both charities to benefit uniquely from her amazing act of kindness. Tia’s lengthy locks were lopped off on Saturday 17th May at Penney’s hairdressers in North Street. They were duly sent to the Little Princess Trust, who said: “Donations like this enable real hair wigs to be manufactured, which are then given to the charity free of charge. Such wigs, particularly those made in small sizes, can normally cost up to £2,000 each”. The sponsored haircut also raised around £365 for the Kernos Centre – which topped up a £50 donation that 8 year-old Tia and her brother Cameron (10) contributed to our charity last year from the sale of some of their toys. We would particularly like to thank all of Tia’s sponsors for their generosity. Mum Charley said: “I am tremendously proud of Tia’s kind-hearted attitude towards helping others. She loves her hair but when she saw that some children become poorly and lose theirs she just had to help, telling me that her hair will soon grow and then she’ll be able to do this all over again! “The Kernos Centre has helped our family and it does an amazing job – the counsellors touch so many lives and Tia wanted to give something back.” Kernos director Chris Boatwright concurred with Tia’s mum: “…it’s inspiring to other people that children so young can do something like this.” If you would like to add to Tia’s fundraising total – and in the process help Kernos with a vital monetary contribution – you can do so either by: 1) Sending a cheque, made out to ‘The Kernos Centre’, to Kernos Centre, 3234 Friars Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AG or: 2) on line via: If you are a taxpayer, your contribution could also be eligible for Gift Aid – which means that every £10 contributed is worth £12.50 to us. For a Gift Aid Declaration form, please contact us – either at the above address or by e-mail at

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Lunchtime Concerts at St Peter’s in Sudbury ‘Echoes of 1914’ In July, two of the Lunchtime Concerts at St Peter’s in Sudbury will reflect on some of the effects of the outbreak of war on the local community. The “Voices” singing group will be singing some of the songs popular in and around 1914 on both Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th July. The first programme will also contain readings by Richard Fawcett selected from “No Glorious Dead”-by local historians Valerie Herbert and Shirley Smith. On Tuesday 15th, there will be a different selection of readings from other sources, to accompany the music. The Concerts start at 12.30 and last about an hour, entry is free, and everyone is welcome to come and go as they please. Tea and coffee is available throughout, and please feel free to bring your own lunch!



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This event has a fancy name but is in fact a FREE, low key, laid back, fun afternoon on and by the picturesque River Stour at Bures Recreation Ground (CO8 5BX and follow the signs). The event brings together coracle owners and the general public for a fun afternoon of racing, demonstrations and an opportunity to have a go handling one of these unusual craft. The ‘coraclers’ are kind enough not only to share their craft but also spend time explaining the best way of moving along the river. If you own a coracle but would prefer not to share it just bring it along and join in the fun. People of all ages can have a go and some get wet! Life jackets are available and there are safety boats on hand. Spectators are kept entertained throughout the afternoon by races such as the ‘Poachers Run’. Light refreshments available from the friendly lavender ice cream man so you’ll only need to bring a picnic for something more substantial. There is no admission charge but donations are gratefully accepted! For more information contact: Email: Telephone: 01787 313199 The event is run by volunteers with proceeds going towards the River Stour Trust, a registered charity dedicated towards the restoration and conservation of the River Stour Navigation.

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We are looking for enthusiastic and caring people who want to make a difference in their community and improve lives through sharing fire safety advice. Fire officers and Volunteers will be at Sudbury Town Hall on Wednesday 23rd July between 10am and 2pm. Come and meet us for an informal chat about volunteering for SFRS. Safer Home Visits are the main focus of our Volunteer activities. After training, Volunteers visit the elderly and vulnerable in their homes (always in pairs) and undertake a Safer Home Visit for them, fitting smoke alarms and offering fire safety advice. Volunteers also have the opportunity to get involved in other ways such as: • attending community events and fairs • giving talks to community groups about fire safety • supporting operational staff during station visits What we offer: • ongoing training • clothing for when you are undertaking duties • support to extend your skills • expenses to cover any costs you incur whilst on duty • a sense of pride by ensuring a safer community For more information see our website: or call Fire Business Support on 01473 260588, 0900-1700 (Mon-Thurs), 0900-1600 (Fri)

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Sudbury Mayor’s Report Hello to everyone, This is my first article as Mayor and it continues the range of new experiences I’ve been having since being elected Mayor on 13th May. I hope I can bring you some more insights into some of my experiences over the coming year. The one thing that has struck me in the events I have attended so far is how well respected the office of Mayor is within the community. Indeed the office goes back to at least the 13th century and I’m sure that all the people who have become Mayor have been proud to have the chance to represent Sudbury and know, as I do, what a great honour it is. The three important things for me as Mayor are: being the “first citizen” so representing Sudbury at formal functions in the town and further afield; being the Chair of the Council itself, running the Council meetings and co-ordinating with the Town Hall officers to deliver services to Sudbury; and being given the opportunity to raise money for selected Charities – mine this year are The Stroke Association, The Dementia Society, Home Start and finally the Mali Development Group. Do please come along and support any of my events if you can. Over the last year I have been Deputy Mayor supporting the excellent work of Adrian and Jan Osborne, and I would like to say thanks to them for the fine work they have done in the community over the past year. Adrian had been Mayor in 2009 but his time was interrupted by illness and I know he was keen to make amends when he got another chance in 2013. I can only say that he took that chance with both hands and he has had a very successful year – many congratulations to him. Becoming Mayor in the scheme of my life is a bit of a surprise as it was only in 2011 that I was elected to the Town Council and I hadn’t had many dealings with councils before except to pay my Council Tax. My wife Hilary and I have lived in Sudbury since 1987 and generally spent our time either working or pursuing our hobbies of walking, cycling and playing music. I play the French Horn and Hilary plays the bassoon – we both play in a number of orchestras including the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra (next concert 28th June in St Peters!). When I was working I spent a lot of time abroad so didn’t have much chance to get involved in the community and it wasn’t until I decided to stop travelling that there was more opportunity to do things locally. I got involved in a number of charities and have served on the committees of a number of them: I have been Chairman of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra; Treasurer of the British Horn Society and Vice Chair of the Mali Development Group which supports charity work in that West African country. As I mentioned I was only elected to the Council in 2011 primarily at the instigation of my wife. I think I had fallen into that trap that many men of a certain age fall into of doing a lot of shouting at the TV when politicians appear. Hilary’s view was either to do something or stop shouting so when the opportunity came along to stand under the Lib Dem banner I thought I would. Surprisingly I was voted in and so began a Town Councillor career. I think I have been lucky with this Council in that it is relatively balanced from a party point of view and so there is very much a collaborative feel amongst the Councillors to get things done. The other thing that struck me was that the Town Council has relatively few powers to act on things directly but must work closely with other bodies to get things done. The Town Council can and does promote Sudbury’s case with Babergh District Council and Suffolk County Council and I know they listen but in the end the final decision rests with them and the Town Council has to work within that. One area I have been closely involved with during my time on the Council is to do with the Library. When I first joined the Council, Suffolk County Council were planning major changes to the library service and the future of Sudbury’s library was under question. The County Council then decided to put all Suffolk’s libraries into a new organisation so they could be run independently. The County wanted people to volunteer to serve on the Board of this new organisation and so I went onto the Board as the Town Council’s representative. There followed and intense 18 months activity at the end of which the Suffolk Libraries organisation was up and running and Sudbury library was safe for the time being. For Sudbury though the best thing to keep the Library safe is for the community to use it, so please do your bit. The issues facing me as Mayor are probably the same as face all Mayors: maintaining employment prospects, looking after the environment and housing and generally promoting the town as a good place to work and live. I will try very hard to get the best for Sudbury. My first month as Mayor has been very busy meeting people who do things I wouldn’t normally be involved in. On the 22nd May I attended the 25th anniversary celebrations of the U3A - congratulations to them.

On the 24th May I attended the Carnival Queen Dance and was chief judge in the selection of a Carnival Queen and Carnival princesses. I’m sure they will do Sudbury proud during the summer and during the Carnival procession on the 24th August. On the 29th May I attended the Ascension Day gifts ceremony, a ceremony that has been done every year for 350 years – makes you think. On the 30th May I attended the awarding for the first time of the Sophie Bavington Awards at the Befriending Society. Sophie did a lot of work with the Befriending Society before she died a couple of years ago in her early 20’s. She was obviously and inspirational figure though judging by the number of people at the ceremony and the tributes made. Inspirational too were the young people receiving these new awards. On the 6th June I attended a reception at Gainsborough also attended by Lloyd Grossman, to mark the beginning of a Rembrandt print exhibition. The more I see of Gainsborough’s House the more know that we have a treasure in the centre of our town and the garden is a wonderful place to sit and contemplate. The 7th of June was a busy day. At 6.30 I went to a very well attended charity concert on behalf of St Gregory’s church given by Tom Cogan – a very fine organist. I then went along to St Peters to attend the Rotary Proms Rock Choir concert – I can truly report that aisles were being danced in. My final event of the weekend was to attend a concert in aid of Cancer Research given by the Accidentals made up of a group of very accomplished local musicians. If you ever get a chance, go to hear them. They also raised over £900 for Cancer Research. I think that’s all I have to say this month. Enjoy June and I hope we see a lot more sunshine! Robert

Holy Innocents Church Lamarsh Great War Centenary Commemoration - A Weekend Of Events Friday 1st August to Sunday 3rd August 2014 Friday 1st August 7.30 pm A Concert of Music and Readings presented by a team of performers and also taken from recordings made at the time Saturday 2nd August from 11 am to 5pm Exhibition of memorabilia and family stories in the Church Sunday 3rd August 10.30 am Special Commemorative Service in the Church The centenary of the start of World War I is no cause for celebration, but it is a time for commemoration and thanksgiving; a time for recognition of how lucky most, but not all, of us have been to be unaffected by war during our lives; and to acknowledge that most of us are alive today because it was our ancestors who were spared the horrors of this conflict or came back against the odds.

West Suffolk Cruse West Suffolk Cruse is a charity which supports the bereaved. We are currently running a Friendship/Support Group in Sudbury to which those suffering the effects of loss/bereavement would be warmly welcomed. We meet at St Gregory's Church Hall, Prince Street, Sudbury at 10.30 to 12.00 fortnightly. Next meetings Thursday 3rd July followed by Thursday 17th July. Queries to Gill on 07940 565247.

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Where have they gone? Do you remember those far off days when every village (or town) had its idiot? We had one, of indeterminate age he would wander, somewhat aimlessly, around town where he lived with his mum. Always the butt of our schoolboy humour (kids were somewhat crueller then) we would take perverse delight in winding him up into a rage. However, he was to have the last laugh. As he aged sadly his physical facilities also lessened and he became the joyful recipient of the first mobile scooter in our town. We all clamoured to ride on it and, from a figure of fun became the most popular fellow in town. Now to the point of this ramble; I ask you, where have all the idiots gone? We are no longer entertained by an eccentric character sitting on street bench or churchyard wall, rolling their eyes and recounting rubbish to the passing tourist (usually American) who were like magnets to the insane. Maybe it was because they were too polite to tell them to get lost. They can’t all be in Westminster, that odious bunch are far too clever. No village idiot ever became rich on corruption or expenses. We should put them all on permanent leave where they can do no harm and give them mobility scooters for their own amusement, it would be far cheaper than employing them as politicians. After all each successive government leaves the country in worse condition than they found it! Let the Royal household run Britain.Yes, they do love rather silly titles and uniforms, but they are rather good at organising. State pageants and the ceremonial are the envy of the world, probably the last thing we excel at and organised with not a politician in sight! However, I have discovered where the idiots are now located. They are called social media sites. Two years ago when the wife was trying to keep tabs on an errant daughter she joined something called Facebook, which incidentally is easier to join than to leave. I became amazed at the amount of absolutely puerile personal information. I found out how many times my mate’s dog had a pee in a day, what he had for breakfast and the vital statistics of his personal trainer. Nothing is too trivial or pointless to be recounted. Next I was invited to join hundreds of chums on LinkedIn where we were all to extol and exaggerate the virtues and capabilities of one another. As one who has few virtues and is virtually incapable of any sensible occupation (although I have a strong propensity in the supping of Guinness) I realised that my time would be spent writing fiction about acquaintances, some of whom I had never met. Now I gather there exists something called Twitter which purports to have over 500 million members (that’s a goodly number of idiots, even worldwide). All I can gather from my reading of the Telegraph is that most so called celebrities now spend an inordinate amount of time apologising for what they have tweeted when tired and emotional the night before. Thank God I have yet to be initiated, it would take me months to apologise for what I could tweet after half a dozen pints of Dublin’s best. So why this new found desire to share private and personal matters with the common herd? We’re English for Gods sake! Instead of fiddling while Rome burns my countrymen are engaged on social media sites. I will now retire in despair to a fine claret, a volume of Kipling’s verse, and ponder on days of Empire! Peter Thorogood

Suffolk Energy Action is Coming Your Way Soon! Energy bills have recently reached an all-time high. This impacts on everyone within our county, but particularly affects the elderly, the vulnerable, and those with low incomes. To help address this, the Councils in Suffolk have joined forces to bring local residents Suffolk Energy Action – a new, trusted, energy saving scheme. This follows the successful award of ÂŁ5.6m to Suffolk County Council and the seven District and Borough councils in Suffolk that collectively form part of the ‘Suffolk Climate Change Partnership’. Suffolk Energy Action is a quality scheme, tailored to the needs of residents living in Suffolk. The scheme is designed to help all Suffolk residents save money on their energy bills and encourage the reduction of carbon emissions through energy efficiency improvements like wall insulation and replacement boilers. Suffolk Energy Action will provide free/subsidised assessments on the energy performance of homes, identify potential improvements, and provide options and advice for funding. Over the coming months, Suffolk Energy Action representatives will be raising awareness of the scheme in your local community by leafleting households and knocking on doors.Your local district, borough, town or parish Council are aware of this scheme. All representatives will carry appropriate identification badges, but if the public are in any way uncertain about their authenticity, they should contact the scheme’s free-phone number to verify this on: 0800 840 90 90 or go to

Colchester Camera Club take photographer’s coveted Sudbury Shield In a packed Long Melford village hall on polling night, Sudbury Camera Club hosted a well attended and closely fought contest between eleven local camera clubs for the coveted Sudbury Shield. This annual event dates back 43 years and now has to be held in Long Melford Village Hall because the Sudbury team’s clubhouse is just too small to accommodate the competitors and their supporters. Each club must enter three prints and three digital images. Nearly 100 enthusiasts watched as colourful photographic panel judge, Barbie Lindsay, EFIAP, MPAGB, FBPE of the avant-garde ‘Beyond Group’, critiqued and marked a total of 33 prints and 33 projected images for Composition, Camera Craft and Presentation. In stating how very impressed she was with the quality of the images, Barbie added “Standards of amateur photography are rising year by year and this competition is a great showpiece.” “In addition easy access to new editing technology blurs the boundaries of photography and art so it becomes harder and harder to judge every time” She continued “The margins between the best and the worst of the submissions are very narrow, a witnessed by tonight’s close scores” Between the print and digital judging, refreshments were served by the Sudbury Club’s members and their partners and were thoroughly enjoyed by all. While the scores were tabulated and checked Steve Thomson ran the generously supported raffle - 12 donated prizes raised over £50 toward the cost of the evening. Sudbury’s club secretary,Trevor Green, managed the digital projection and the master score sheet. With each of six images receiving a mark out of ten, Colchester’s winning score of 55 points was indeed impressive but the overall contest was very close. The finishing order was: Colchester 55 Clacton 52 Halstead 52 Sudbury 49 Braintree 48 Alresford 47.5 Stowmarket 47.5 Maldon 47 Glemsford 46 West Mersea 46 Witham 46 Sudbury Camera Club meet on alternate Thursday evenings at St Gregory’s Hall in Sudbury’s Prince Street from September to June. They welcome new members of any and all abilities to year round events including talks, slideshows, photo-shoots, studio nights, instructive evenings and competitions. Membership has recently been reduced by retirements and relocation and so more members are being eagerly sought. To join in just turn up at the hall for the first meeting of the new season at 7.30 on 11th September or visit the new web site at

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OPEN CLAY SHOOT Sunday 3rd August 2014, Coggeshall Gun Club CO5 9SE Situated under A12 Nr. Inworth on B1024 Between Feering & Tiptree 40 BIRD SPORTING Entries Open 10am. Last Entry 3.30pm £10.00. Re-entry £8.00. CASH CLASS HIGH GUN £75.00 Trophy Class, Cartridge Class & Side by Side Class. Ladies High Gun Trophy Plus 25 DTL Shoot £6.00 Top 5 scores go into a Final Shoot at 4pm 250 Cartridges for Winner POOL SHOOT Hot And Cold Refreshments Details from: Jane Buy 07812513348 or Judy Lock 01787 460141 All proceeds to the Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding Ltd. Reg Charity No 1113636

A life ended before it had begun This Cygnet was found by a member of the public, alive but weak, near the river between Bures and Nayland on Sunday 25th May 2014. He was taken to Sesaw, and thence to the vets, but the hook was too far down to be removed in such a young bird. Despite everyone’s best efforts he didn’t survive more than 48 hours. This is the end result of a negligently discarded hook and line - probably one of many creatures that suffer such a fate during the fishing season. We do not wish to spoil the fisherman’s enjoyment, but implore you to think of the wild life you profess to care for and DO NOT leave any harmful litter about, in fact please do not leave any litter in our countryside.


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Greenscape Energy - Success at The Suffolk Show It’s that time of year again when Solar PV Panels are really working well. With the long summer days the Solar Panels start producing power before 5am and carry on working right through till well after 9pm. It is over these months you will see your highest energy production and therefore greatest savings and income from the feed-in tariff. It is also the time of the year when local shows are taking place. We were at the Suffolk Show again this year and with some help from Enphase we had a considerably larger display stand. As can be seen in the pictures, we built a full-sized roof, complete with an ‘in-roof’ Solar PV system which proved to be a popular attraction, as were the variety of panels that we had on display for people to take a closer look at. Along with the different solar panels and “in-roof” mounting solar system, we were busy showcasing the Enphase Microinverters. Enphase is the global leaders in Microinverter technology. We had the added expertise of Chris May from Enphase with us on our stand for both days, showing the commitment being made by both Enphase and Greenscape Energy to supply our customers with the best equipment and service available. We were pleased to be sharing the stand with our electrical partners AA Electrical of Ipswich, who were showcasing some of their own energysaving products, such as underfloor heating and air source heat pumps.

It meant that we were able to illustrate to people some of the many options available to help reduce their fuel bills as the cost of energy continues to rise. It was particularly lovely to see some of our existing customers from across East Anglia at the Suffolk Show. We bumped into quite a few people from the Hadleigh and Sudbury area, that we have already installed a solar system for. It was fantastic to hear about how happy they were with the savings they had made on their utility bills so far, along with the payments that they had received from the Feed-in Tariff. We pride ourselves on having a superb relationship with all our customers. Which seemed evident in the way so many of you came over to catch up with us, and to see how the business was growing, we thank you for that. As well as plenty of enquiries from people who are already considering Solar Panels, over the course of two days there were many interested people who hadn’t necessarily considered Solar before. A lot of people were looking to find out what options are available within the Solar industry to help reduce their fuel bills. Being an independent company with extensive experience in the renewable energy sector enabled us to give them a comprehensive and unbiased view on the possibilities for their homes and businesses. For more information, or to arrange for one of our Solar Consultants to visit your home and explain everything, and also carry out a free, no-obligation feasibility survey for you, please get in touch and our friendly team will be more than happy to help. Call 01473 655655 or visit our website at

Sudbury Ramblers Saturday 5th July, 6.30 pm, 3.5 miles Lavenham, an evening walk, meet in the CP next to The Lavenham Cock CO10 9SA. Contact Karen 01787 312735

Wednesday 16th July, 10 am, 8 miles Alton Water, Visitor Car Park (£3), circular walk via Holbrook, Picnic Lunch, meet at start at 10 am or Kingfisher Car Park for car share at 8.45 am IP9 2RY Contact Keith 01787 277484

Sunday 20th July, 10 am, 6 miles Walking Belchamp St Paul/Belchamp Otten, starting point The Old Garage, Gages Road opposite Village Hall CO10 7BX Contact Barbara


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Raising money for charities can often be fun and June has been quite a fun month. We began with our 37h annual Rotary Concert which this year was something rather different which this year featured for the first time, the Sudbury Rock Choir led by professional singer and musician, Daniel Ribbits. With over 120 members their sound was quite awesome and many items were accompanied by soloists taken from within the choir itself. It was clear from the audience reaction how much this new venture was appreciated and enjoyed. The event raised over £2000 which will be used to help local charities. Then the following weekend, Rotarians and others enjoyed and a cream tea with home-made scones and strawberries and cream at a garden party at a members’ home in Little Cornard, on a “proper” summer’s afternoon complete with plentiful sunshine and to the accompaniment of a jazz trio, Hot Club Gitane who played for us throughout the afternoon and into the early evening. Over £400 was raised towards our current international charity, the children’s home – Home of Hope - which cares for displaced children from the streets, many of whom have fled from across the border with Syria amidst all the horrors of that conflict. The followed a change from fundraising when Rotarians helped the Town Team’s second Sudbury Food Festival, acting as marshals and stewards to help the crowds who attended this very successful event. Rotary is glad to support this event which is doing so much to attract people from far and wide, as well as loca;l residents, to sample the rich variety of local foods which can be enjoyed in and around Sudbury – and to be reminded what a special place Sudbury. The Rotary Club of Sudbury meets every Monday at the Mill Hotel for lunch at 12.30 for 1.00 pm. Rotary is open to people of all ages and we would like more of you to join us. As a Rotarian you are not only part of an active local club but also part of a world-wide organisation with over 32,000(!) clubs across the world where any Rotarian is a welcome visitor. If you would like more information or would like to come along to one of our meetings to see what we are like, contact our secretary Roger Green on 07787 470876 or look us up on our website. Rotarian Tony Platt

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Beatrix Potter Day, Friday 25 July, 1 - 4.30pm We celebrate Beatrix Potter’s connection with Melford Hall with readings from The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit in the Banqueting House – come and find out what happened in Scotland. Children can colour, draw and follow the Peter Rabbit garden trail, as well as make plant pots and plant a bean to take home. A fun day out for the whole family.Activity charge: £2.50 per child in addition to normal admission. Beatrix Potter story readings, Saturday 26 July, 1 – 4.30pm Get carried away by the magical adventures of Peter Rabbit and his friends as writen by Beatrix Potter and narrated by one of our story tellers. Free event, normal admission applies Alice through the Looking Glass Friday 8 August, gates open 5pm for a 6pm start With summer comes another exciting season of outdoor theatre as Quantum Theatre return to present a new play. Where better to enjoy a summer evening whilst watching Alice through the Looking Glass, than in the garden of Melford Hall. Bring a picnic and settle on the lawn for an evening of glorious entertainment. Tickets: £10 per adult, £7 per child or £30 per family available from Box office on 0844 249 1895, booking advisable If you would like to find out more about Melford Hall call 01787 379 228 or look on for more information.

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Luna with trophy – with l to r, Rob Maxfield (PGA Joint CEO) Captain of PGA, Susanna Rendall (Stoke by Nayland) , Santiago Luna, Midori (ISPS Handa), Tamara Unwin and Jonathan Loshak (S by N) Spain’s Santiago Luna evoked the spirit of Seve Ballestoros after eagling the 16th on his way to a brilliant final round of seven-under-par 64 to win the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. The Madrid golfer revealed he had been thinking of the late Ballesteros throughout the last day which eventually saw him edge out Steen Tinning by two strokes after the Dane had initially carved out a four shot lead in the early part of the round. Luna picked up four birdies on the front nine and the horse loving golfer reeled in Tinning with birdies on 12 and 14 before galloping clear with that decisive eagle on 16 as he finished on 14-under-par, two clear of Tinning and four clear of Mark Mouland who also had a 64. “I was definitely thinking of Seve over certain shots today,” said Luna. “It’s unbelievable to win such a prestigious tournament as this. I played great, with few mistakes and tried to be in the right place and make a few putts and that was the key.” This exciting finish concluded a very successful 4 days at Stoke by Nayland and the one hour highlights of each day were televised on Sky Sports TV. The event was also featured on both BBC Look East and ITV Anglia news, and in the local press. The championship was preceded by a Pro Am during which the top 30 professionals played in Mark James with Pro Am team: left to teams with 3 amateurs and right: Stephen Unwin, Mark James, gave them top tips on the way Stewart White, Susanna Rendall. round. Former Ryder Cup captain, Mark James, played in a team with BBC Look East’s Stewart White and Stoke by Nayland Managing Director, Susanna Rendall. On the second day of the championship James was leading the field with 8 under, only to be overtaken by Tinning and finally Luna over the weekend.

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The Fortnightly Tea Dances PRIDE OF SUDBURY 2014

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July 9th: Philip 7 Lillias July 23rd: Brian Watts Admission £3 including Draw Ticket & Refreshments We enjoy our dancing which supports Cancer Research UK, St. Nicholas Hospice and other local good causes

The Sudbury Society St. Peter’s, Market Hill The ‘Pride of Sudbury’ Competition, run by Sudbury Town Council, in conjunction with Sudbury in Bloom, is a chance for you all to beautify The ‘Pridearound of Sudbury’ you Competition, by Sudbury Town Council, in conjunction with Sudbury in Bloom, is a of. the areas andrunhelp make Sudbury a town to be proud chance for you all to beautify the areas around you and help make Sudbury a town to be proud of.

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Suffolk Urged to Join the Fight As part of Suffolk Trading Standards’ biggest recruitment drive to date, strong, community focused people are being asked to step up and “Join the Fight”.Launched at the Suffolk Show, Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Public Protection began recruiting his army of Consumer Champions to protect Suffolk residents and fight against unscrupulous rogue traders. Started in 2011, the Consumer Champion network, acts as a bridge between Trading Standards and the local community. Working hand in hand with Suffolk residents, the network aims to make it easier for people to access information about consumer rights, protecting themselves and their community in the process. Every year, more than three million people in the UK fall victim to scams, losing hundreds and even thousands of pounds. The network offers people a real opportunity to help stamp out rogue trading, expose scams and raise awareness of product recalls across Suffolk, which often affect the most vulnerable people in our society During the Suffolk show, over 50 people pledged their support to the ‘Join the Fight’ campaign, Please visit or @SuffolkTS on Twitter for more details. They will be joining the current 215 volunteers such as Gordon Hall, a Consumer Champion from Newmarket, who was able to assist a family member when a doorstep incident was occurring. Gordon recognised that the family member had been approached by a rogue trader, and was able to offer them the support that they needed to stop work from continuing on their property. With Gordon’s support, Trading Standards was able to obtain details of the main culprits. Anyone over the age of 18 can "Join the Fight" and become a Consumer Champion. Visit for more details or to complete an application form. It can be returned to the Community Engagement Officer via email on or post: Trading Standards, Landmark House, 4 Egerton Road, Ipswich, IP1 5PF. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Photo Voltaic Cells on Fire Stations: The Fire & Rescue Service is currently installing photo voltaic cells on 11 fire stations across Suffolk. The work on the PFI fire stations is being jointly funded by the Fire Service and the Land Group who are the PFI partner company. The Fire Service is investing £128,167 and the Land Group £159,848 in the project. It is expected that the savings in energy costs and revenue from the feed-in-tariff received from the Government will repay the investment made by the parties. The Cells will support a reduction in energy costs and the fire stations carbon dioxide footprint. Both parties will share a proportion of the financial benefits associated with the feed-in-tariff and the Fire Service will retain any energy savings that are realised. Recycling Procurement of new recycling contract: Suffolk County are pleased to confirm that Viridor Waste Management Ltd has been awarded the new recycling contract by the Suffolk Waste Partnership (SWP). Viridor will sort and sell the dry recyclables collected at the kerbside by all 7 district and borough councils at their material recycling facility (MRF) in Great Blakenham. The service will commence on 1st November 2014 for 5 years. Working together will provide economies of scale and ensuring residents receive the same service throughout the county, increasing the range of items that can be collected for recycling across Suffolk. Transfer Stations: Following a high level of interest, 5 bidders have been selected to participate in the current stage of the procurement process for a waste transfer station operator. Bidders have had the opportunity to visit the transfer stations in Lowestoft and Foxhall. Final bids are due back in June and the chosen bidder will take on management of Suffolk’s waste in November. Street Sweepings: SCC have awarded a 5 year contract to Eastern Waste Disposal to recycle the street sweepings collected around the county. This contract will ensure that around 8,000 tonnes of street sweepings are diverted from disposal each year, therefore delivering environmental benefits as well as financial savings compared to disposal. The materials recovered from the street sweepings will include soil used for landscaping projects, different grades of stone that are sold as aggregate and organic material which is used as biomass fuel. Household waste recycling centres: Latest figures indicate that there has been an increase in waste reused in 2013/14 by 84tonnes compared to the same period in 2012/13 across the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) Service.

Audrey Furnell pictured with Eamonn Holmes and Ford Retail board members receiving her award. One of the world’s largest group of car dealerships has presented an award to a Suffolk businesswoman for her ‘outstanding’ service. Audrey Furnell, Director of Sudbury based SGA, which specialises in creating corporate events and business videos, received her surprise award from Ford Retail and breakfast television anchorman Eamonn Holmes at the recent Ford Retail Awards for Excellence that she organised. The glittering ceremony was held at the Puma Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire. “I’m absolutely delighted to have received this award from such a high profile client. Spending a lot of time organising recognition events for other people it’s great to feel what it’s like. At SGA we’re into our 26th year of business and we take great care and pride in the services we deliver. It is very satisfying to know this is being recognised by our clients,” she said. Ms Furnell’s work with Ford Retail sees her organising and managing a range of important events for the company and works closely with hundreds of Ford colleagues across a network of 65 sites across the UK. The annual Awards for Excellence are a celebration of the ‘best of the best’ people working at Ford Retail. There are 22 categories in total and the overall final winner is decided by the chairman from a shortlist of nominations from the board. Célia Pronto, Ford Retail’s Marketing and ECommerce Director said “Audrey regularly goes way beyond what could reasonably be expected to deliver an exceptional service to her customers which include all of us here this evening.”

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Volunteers are needed to fill two key positions at a much loved town charity Helping Hands, which raises money for - and campaigns on behalf of - adults with learning disabilities attending the Sudbury Community Hub (formerly the Sudbury Resource Centre) needs to find a secretary and a fundraising officer as a matter of urgency. The charity which has been operational since 1974 and has supported hundreds of adults with learning disabilities over the years - needs to fill the positions following the retirement of several committee members. The charity is looking for committed and community minded people to take on the key roles.Jack Owen, group chair, said: “We could always do with more volunteers but we need to fill these two very important roles as a matter of urgency. Finding people to take on these roles is absolutely key to the charity’s prosperous future. We are looking for community minded individuals who can dedicate time and commitment to these positions and help drive the organisation forward. People with secretarial skills or fundraising experience would be very welcome indeed.” Anyone interested in finding out more about Helping Hands can contact Mr Owen on 01787374025 or by e-mail on Further information on Helping Hands can be found at

Much need cash boost for vital transport group A vital community transport service used by hundreds of pensioners, school children and people with disabilities has been boosted by several donations. Go START, which runs a range of wide reaching community transport services in and around the Sudbury area, has been handed the money by various local dignitaries underlining the organsiation’s importance to the community. A total of £1,100 has been received in donations from local councillors Richard Kemp, John Sayers and Colin Spence. An additional £500 was awarded to the organisation from the Nationwide Building Society from its fundraising token scheme. The money will go towards covering seats on some of the vehicles and the general running costs of the services provided by Go START including its door to door dial-a-ride, wheelchair accessible vehicles, educational shuttle runs and its minibus and driver hire available to local community groups. Go START services allow people to attend important medical appointments, go shopping, pay bills, attend events, enjoy social activities, visit loved ones and to attend educational facilities. Go START founder, John Phillips, said: “Go START makes a huge difference to the lives of so many people in the Sudbury area, allowing people to lead independent lives and in many cases avoid isolation, one of the biggest social issues facing rural England today. However, like many grassroots organisations we are run on a very tight budget and we rely on support from the general public, local businesses and grant-giving organisations. We are very grateful to all those who have supported us and the money will be put to good use supporting local people and various local community groups.” Those needing more information about the outings being offered by Go START should telephone 01787 242116 or visit the website on

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By ex-punk rocker Andrew Stewart-Darling, Senior Pastor, Stour Valley Vineyard Church Recently, I had a phone call from BBC Radio Suffolk with a request to join their morning ‘phone-in’. They wanted to know what I thought about a beach hut in Southwold going on the market for £100,000. Being the church responsible for the Storehouse foodbank they probably thought I’d be up for a bit of an ‘argy bargy’. “This is how to ignite a news story,” I am told by a journo mate of mine. Alas! I was unable to make the time, but it did make me think about the beach hut. It is in the most desirable part of Southwold, situated south of the pier on the widest part of the promenade. And because properties like this don't come up every day the price naturally gets hiked up. But if you are stirred to own a shed with a view, you’ll need to read the small print carefully. There is only room for four people and no running water. You’ll also have to use the public conveniences just like everyone else. On top of that, you can only have it on a 30-year lease from the council. Plus, there’s an additional £720 to pay in annual rent. And if you were thinking of it being a bijou second home, forget it. You’re not permitted to sleep in the hut. Still interested? Well, amazingly, some people are. Of course, you might well ask, like me, “Who in their right frame of mind would want to shell out for a seaside shed with just enough room for your bucket and spades and a bottle of red?” It’s all a matter of perspective, I guess. Some might argue that such people with wealth help to keep the local economy going. However, it does jar with the fact that 25 miles down the road in Ipswich you can buy a two-bedroom flat for around £100,000. And you can sleep in it! Interestingly, in the same hour I was contacted via tweet by Housing Justice, a charity that provides a voice for homeless people, inviting me to attend their conference in Rayleigh, Essex. It’s an organisation that tackles issues such as the lack of decent, affordable housing and gives practical ideas to churches and community groups to help them make a difference in their neighbourhoods. Brilliant! In an age where there is increasing disparity between regions and generations, along with sweeping benefit changes, bedroom tax and unregulated private rental market, I am glad Housing Justice exists. I think I would like to share a 99p flake with their chief exec on Southwold pier. Jesus, himself, had something to say on property ownership: He said that "foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." The point I believe Jesus was perhaps making was not about the virtue of being homeless, but the high moral and spiritual price tag that comes with chasing the ‘idols’ of wealth, success and social status. They can rob us of the simple things that really matter and cause us to lose a heavenward perspective that God gives us in himself. CS Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Now, I don't know, but the beach hut buyer could turn out to be a rich philanthropist who gives away vast swathes of their income to charity. And if they do we might want to quickly revise our view of them. Not least, if our own giving to good causes is a little suspect. And, beside, if they did want to spend a £100,000 on a hut with a sea view, let them! But, as with the joyously sounding name of the beach hut itself, ‘Happy Days’, I can only imagine that the estate agents are seeing this as a vintage summer. Stour Valley Vineyard is a growing family church. It meets on Sunday morning at 10.30am in the Delphi Centre, Newton Road, Sudbury. (First Sunday of the month is 6.30pm only.). Vineyard runs Storehouse Foodbank and CAP Money Management courses. It operates in Sudbury and the surrounding areas. For your nearest food donation Collection Point, please go to:


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On the 31st of May Sudbury Rowing Club made their way to Peterborough to compete on the multi lane rowing lake for the annual two day Peterborough Spring Regatta. The Saturday saw the club attain good results including win in the Intermediate 2 Eights setting the fastest time of the weekend and earning Jason Pryke his Novice pot, and Nicholas Scott continuing his winning form in the Junior 14 singles after winning his heat by an amazing 30 seconds. The Saturday also saw junior Tom Bowles putting in a great performance in the Intermediate 1 singles where he was less than a second away from the leader. The afternoon saw Ellie Adams and Womens Novice Quad. (Tracy Victoria Burgess competing gin the final for the Women's Junior 16 double sculls Muir, Katrin Goundry, Maria Vigneau and Melissa Murton) where they came in 2nd only 2 10th’s of a second off the winner, after this Ellie Adams took straight back to the water to compete in the Women's Intermediate 3 singles final where she managed a comfortable 2nd place. Great rowing was seen when Nicholas Scott and Amy Bowles teamed up to make a mixed crew to compete in the Junior 18 double sculls which is both a boys event and a higher age category than Nick usually rows, the pair won their heat to the surprise of their rivals, then going on to place 3rd in the final. Sunday saw Sudbury's Bryony Dixon making a composite double with Deben rowing club to win the Women's Masters B/C doubles. The newly formed Masters D coxed four was also in action, where they pulled out a comfortable lead before hitting a large buoy putting them down to 4th place, but their determination showed as they got back into the race and came a comfortable 2nd. The weekend saw Katrin Goundry and Maria Vigneau taking part in their first ever regatta with Maria performing well in the Women's novice doubles, and the pair teaming up in the Women's Novice quad. Other newcomers to the regatta scene were Morgan and Callum in the junior ranks who performed admirably. On Saturday the 14th June Sudbury Rowing club’s mens 8 made their way to Reading amateur regatta, one of the two remaining major regattas to take place before Henley Royal regatta which takes place in early July. This event provides a chance for crews to prove themselves against high level opposition on a picturesque 1500m stretch of the Thames. Sudbury ended up being bumped up into a higher category due to a lack of entires in their division and so were in for a tough day of racing. The draw was to confirm this as Sudbury were matched against a very competitive ‘Star and Arrow’ crew, having last raced against them at Wallingford regatta just 1 month ago it was clear Sudbury would have to put on a top performance. The weather surprised all as the sun was out and the winds were calm, perfect conditions for a rowing race. After a highly competitive start to race with both crews side by side after 500m both crews settled into their race pace, where unfortunately Sudbury had to accept defeat as the style and power of ‘Star and Arrow’ carried them into the lead where they remained for the rest of race. Positives were to be taken as the performance and time set by Sudbury looked promising for their continuing goal of qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta. Nathan J Franklin, Publicity Secretary SRC

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Admission £3 Sunday 13th July Long Melford Street Fair. 3pm-8pm – Free entry. Music, Dance, Food, Funfair. Enquiries telephone 01787 377164 Sunday 13th July Daws Hall Open gardens. Lamarsh, Bures, CO8 5EX. 12 noon – 4pm. Tuesday 15th July Stepping Out in Suffolk- Health Walks, Sudbury shorter Walk. Meet at 12 noon at the Quay Theatre CO6 4JH. Tel: 01473 229292 Wednesday 16th July Melford Music presents Lunchtime Recitals. Michael Spearman guitar. 1.10pm. Admission free – retiring collection. Wednesday 16th July Sudbury Society Art Show - Preview. 7.00pm – 9.00pm, St. Peter’s Church, Market Hill, Sudbury. Thursday 17th July Stepping Out in Suffolk- Health Walks, Hadleigh. Meet at 12 noon at the Hadleigh Library IP7 5AG . Tel: 01473 229292 Thurs 17th/Sun 20th Sudbury Society Art Show and Sale. Free Entry. Open four daysexhibits for sale – local artists. 10.00am – 8.00pm,- Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm. 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