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Local Community News

February 2013

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Token Scheme launched in Hadleigh The East of England Co-operative Society is helping local people support their community by launching a token scheme at their Hadleigh Supermarket. The three local projects set to gain from the collection are the Porch Project, the Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding and Hadleigh Community Transport. Customers at the Hadleigh Store will be given a token for every five pounds they spend in store* and they will be able to choose which of the three projects they would like to support. Each token will be worth 5p to the project. The Porch Project was founded in 2009, starting with just 15 members. It now sees over 150 young people aged between 11 and 20 years old who meet 3 times a week. The project provides hospitality, counselling, education and recreational activities designed to improve their conditions of life. The Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding provides riding and carriage driving for local adults and children with special needs. The volunteer run centre has eight horses at the centre that need care all year round as well as equipment and training required to carry out the riding sessions which will be supported by the tokens collected. Hadleigh Community Transport hopes to create new travel services to improve the lives of people in Hadleigh and the surrounding area. They hope to start a regular bus service to Ipswich Hospital for appointments and visits, a bus

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service to Bury St Edmunds Market and to offer further transport services that local people need. Hadleigh Mayor Mary Munson, helped the East of England Co-op to select the three projects to support. At the launch she said, “This is the first initiative of this type to be introduced to Hadleigh and the local people have taken to it very well. I was keen that the three projects chosen covered all age groups with in Hadleigh and the surrounding area. ...Continued on page 2

Hadleigh Mayor Mary Munson joined East of England Co-operative’s Hadleigh Supermarket Manager Garry Spink to launch the token scheme, with representatives from the Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding and Hadleigh Community Transport.

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Token Scheme launched in Hadleigh The local people are pleased to be able to support projects in their local community and I believe nothing but good can come of this.” Andrew Dawes, Retail Liaison Controller – East of England Co-operative Society, said “These are three very worthy projects each of which plays an important role within the community. We are delighted to be able to offer our local members and customers the opportunity to support them, which will allow the groups to continue with their great work.” *Exclusions Apply – Pledge token value equates to 5p in value. Purchases made on National Lottery, PayPoint, Kiosk, Travel, Post Offices and Funeral Services are excluded from this promotion. No cash value alternative.


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Georgian England produced a generation of social and political caricaturists who laid the foundations of the modern comic strips and cartoons that we know today. This exhibition at Gainsborough’s House displays the work of Suffolk born caricaturist Henry William Bunbury (1750 – 1811) whose unique take on life, his wit and satirical observations made him a hugely influential figure of his time. The tradition of hard-hitting social satire, begun by William Hogarth (1697-1764), was developed in the late eighteenth-century through the works of Henry William Bunbury (1750-1811), Thomas Rowlandson (17561827), James Gillray (1757-1815) and George Cruikshank (1792-1878). Henry William Bunbury, who was a gifted amateur with no formal training, influenced many caricaturists of his time and his work was much sought after in the years following his death. The connoisseur and collector Horace Walpole (1717-97) described him in 1780 as “the second Hogarth, and first imitator who ever fully equalled his original”. His popularity lay partly in the fact that his wit and satire, unlike that of his contemporaries, was gentle, wry, seldom designed to wound and largely a-political. As the second son of a Baronet, he mixed with the social and cultural elite of his time. Sir Joshua Reynolds, Samuel Johnson, David Garrick and Oliver Goldsmith were all amongst his friends. Gainsborough’s House has one of the most important collections in England of works on paper by Bunbury. The quality of the watercolours, drawing and engravings on display shows his exceptional talent, not only for caricature and humour, but also for his close observation and gentle interpretation of ordinary English life, attitudes and manners. Entry to the exhibition and House will be free on Monday, 21 January, Saturday, 2 and Tuesday, 5 February, Friday 1 and Saturday, 16 March. Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2EU. Telephone: 01787 372958 Fax: 01787 376991



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Anna’s BIG Ugandan Adventure January: As I am writing this I've been in Kampala, Uganda's capital, for almost a week and am thoroughly enjoying it! I've spent the last week getting used to a new country - lots of different foods, lots of hot weather and lots of boda bodas (a sort of moped taxi used to travel around the city). I've also been visiting and meeting with various organisations in Kampala to see how I might be able to help them out over the next few months which has been tricky as the schools don't go back until February so I can't do much work there yet! I've been to the Scout and Guide headquarters and also to the office for Scripture Union and am looking forward to helping with both of these. Thanks again to all those who have supported my trip, keep an eye out in next month's community news for my next update and don't forget to check my blog; Anna Gordon

Training for the Unemployed at Orchard Barn OBee Community Interest Company is proud to announce that we have been given a grant from the European Social Fund to provide training in rural crafts to unemployed adults during 2013. This is the perfect opportunity for us to introduce our lovely teaching space to those who might not otherwise visit us, and give them the opportunity to learn new skills. We will be running courses over the period from March to July covering seven different activities, (one day a week over a seven week period) from making compost and deadwood screens, to re-pointing brick and flint walls and constructing wattle and daub. The grant also enables us to provide paid contracts for five part-time posts involved in delivering the project. We understand that there was fierce competition for these grants, so we are delighted that our bid was successful and we are looking forward to meeting new recruits and showing them some age-old skills which remain valuable in the modern era. We are, of course, continuing to offer volunteering activities throughout the year. In late winter/early spring on Wednesdays we will either be hedge-renovating, or making oak shingles - depending on the weather.You do not need any previous experience as full tuition will be available. Please do ring ahead to book your place by calling Sarah Partridge on 01473 658193 or 07766 054042, or you can email her at For more photographs and details of our activities visit


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Facing years of severe cut backs in spite of being one half of a successful and innovative partnership with its neighbour, Babergh District Council’s Strategy Committee will on January 17 be taking the first steps in the budget setting process for next year. The context for this is the further big reductions in Government funding that have been announced for the next two years, with more to come, probably up to 2018. This will continue to make the Council’s financial challenge very difficult. Further significant savings will be needed, despite having already made savings of nearly £5m over the last four years and being on target to deliver at least £2m a year savings from integrating staffing structures and service delivery with Mid Suffolk District Council by 2015/16. Rural district councils have, once again, fared badly in bearing the brunt of Government funding cuts, with Babergh suffering a further 6% funding reduction in 2013/14 and an indication that there will be a further cut of nearly 13% in 2014/15. Babergh’s officers and councillors are lobbying the Government very strongly to look again at this situation - as these additional reductions mean that the Council has suffered a total cut of 44% over 4 years - equivalent to a loss of income of over £2m a year. All of this means that, in conjunction with these plans, Babergh are reviewing all of its costs, adopting a ‘Zero Based’ approach to future Budgets and fundamentally reviewing how we provide services. This will include looking again at the cost of providing and managing car parking in the district as the Council will need to consider and decide on a clear way of removing or reducing this cost in relation to future budgets. This will be done alongside developing our overall strategic plans and financial strategy during 2013 and in time for setting the 2014/15 Budget. In the short-term and for 2013/14, by finding yet further savings of £1.5m and reducing costs again next year, the Council will be able to achieve a balanced budget for the year and freeze Council Tax, as we want to help our residents as much as possible in these difficult times. There is also the additional money we are receiving called the New Homes Bonus and that will be used to support Growth, Economic Generation and our strategic priorities. 2013/14 will, therefore, be very much a transitional year with the Budget being realigned and resources reallocated to meet the Council’s strategic priorities going forward. Cllr. Jennie Jenkins, Chairman of Babergh’s Strategy Committee said “things are bad and Babergh’s councillors are faced with making tough choices arising out of financial circumstances not of their making. “However, were it not for the savings already achieved and projected to be realised in future years because of our integration and transformation with Mid Suffolk, then a difficult situation would have been a truly bleak one. “Our integration and transformation plans are therefore vital to how this Council will be operate in achieving the outcomes our communities want – even in a time of austerity”. Final decisions on the 2013/14 Babergh budget will be made towards the end of February. BILDESTON BOWLS CLUB PRESENTS

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The Edwardstone White Horse Welcome to this months Police news item. Suffolk Police have, on average, 20 calls a week from members of the public reporting loose horses on the carriageway. Sadly an incident on December 24th involved the loss of life of a 23-year-old man when horses were loose on the road. Although some cases involve a horse & rider parting company whilst out riding, most loose horses is a result of them escaping from fields with inadequate fencing. A lot of valuable police resources are used to make highways safe by capturing the escapees and trying to identify the horses’ owners. A landowner has a duty to ensure that animals kept on their land do not stray, and a claim for damages may lie against a landowner or tenant where it can be shown that the escape was caused by their negligence. Particularly as most fields are adjacent to public roads you could be held legally responsible for any accident injury or damages incurred by a third party, should your horse escape from his field and venture onto the road. Prevention is better than cure. Fences and barriers should be regularly inspected, and a brief note of the dates and outcomes (such as appointments for fencing contractors or report to the landowner) should be kept. Electric fencing has practical benefits, but extreme caution should be exercised if used as the primary barrier in the event of power failure. If you rent land, although the field is not technically your property, it is still your responsibility to ensure that the fencing is adequate for the purpose for which it is used - this means all reasonable efforts must be made to contain the horses - the fencing must be of adequate height and condition around the whole boundary of the field and the gate and its fastenings must be secure. For legal as well as safety reasons, check your fencing is safe for horses. It is an arrestable offence under The Highways Act 1980 to allow livestock to stray or lay on the public road and Suffolk Police will take action against horse owners who are negligent in keeping their horses securely contained. Contacting us: - Babergh East SNT Tel: - 101 E-mail: - For Non emergency police issues Tel: - 101 In an emergency dial 999 You should dial 999 when life is threatened or people are injured, or if there is a crime in progress or immediate police response is necessary.

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We also took a whole school trip to the Pantomime to see Rapunzel and the Rascal Prince at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal. The children entered into the spirit of Panto, and two were called up on stage to help the cast with a song. To our delight this week we have been given a lot of snow to play with, the grounds looked beautiful, and we were pleased to see snow angels arrive complete with wellie boots! We would love to wish you all a Happy New Year, and to say that if you would like to come along and meet us in 2013, please phone the school, on 01473 823309 to make an arrangement. Lynne Golding, Headteacher

Half-Term Treat! Take the family to see ‘The Wizard of Oz’ This wonderful show is to be seen at Brantham Village Hall from Wednesday 20th February at 7:30 pm until 23rd February at 7:30 pm. The Matinee is already sold out, but there are seats available at all evening performances. Remember those lovely tunes ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, ‘Follow the Yellowbrick Road’; ‘Merry old Land of Oz’ as well as the songs sung by the Scarecrow, Lion and Tinman. Dorothy will transport you to her own dream world and you will meet the Munchkins, in a chorus of thirty, including 23 children. The witches add a fun scary Dorothy will be played by Emma touch and Dorothy is helped by the Tedder and the Wicked Witch will Sorceress of the North to travel to the be played by Pippa Revell Land of Oz. Travel down the yellow brick road with her as she meets some unusual characters. Don’t miss the chance to see this fantastic musical, suitable for all the family. Ring Angie on 01206 396674 or mobile 07891974844 and book your seats: £8 adults, £6 children. Discount of 50p per seat for order of 10 or more seats on the same night. Bring your friends and their children too!

Hadleigh Thrift Shop Just before Christmas we raffled a lovely hamper. That was kindly donated by Cooperative Funeral Services. It raised £150 and was won by a lady called Molly who lives in Whatfield. The Dean of St Mary's Church picked out the winning ticket, and the money was to help some struggling families. Local organisations helped: Hadleigh Elderly Welfare The Porch Project Lindsey Parish Council, village sign Angel Court Hadleigh Cricket Club. Home Start S.Suffolk & District Layham Parish Council, rent for meeting

Giovanni’s Peru Appeal In July 2013 a group of 22 students and 4 staff from this College will be working in a Special Needs school in Lima, Peru, continuing on from a project that we started in 2006. We are aiming to raise £12,000 to be used in a series of different projects such as redecorating, installing computers for the children, decorative mural paintings etc. We are also hoping to pay for the refurbishment of a large classroom for the children who have physical disabilities. If you can help in any way by donating to the project we would be most grateful. If you are interested in contributing, please send a cheque please make it payable to “The Sixth Form College Colchester”. We will also be holding a charity auction, later in the year, and are looking for prizes for the auction. We would welcome any offers, no matter how small or unusual they may be, and we would include your name in our catalogue. Alternatively if you cannot help in this way but feel that you could support our cause in any other way we would be very grateful. If you would like further information about the charity please contact the expedition leader David Huggon on tel. 01206 507411 or else by email or Giovanni Gravina on tel. 07954 362932 or

Newly Appointed 2013 Show Director The Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association (HFAA) organisers of the Hadleigh Show have recently voted Clare Lock as the first ever Female Show Director for the 174th Annual Show which will be held on 18th May 2013. With Nicola Currie as the first ever female Chairman of the HFAA in 2012 there are now two women proud to be at the helm of this traditional agricultural show. Clare Lock (nee Warnes) was born in Hadleigh and raised locally in Thorpe Morieux she was a member of Lavenham Young Farmers from the age of 14 and went on to be a member of Stowmarket YFC where she met her now husband and later she became the Suffolk YFC Chairman and Eastern Area Secretary. Clare is the Business Services Director for local manufacturing company ‘Hadleigh Castings Ltd’ where she has worked for the last 12 years. Clare is also a professional milliner and runs The Suffolk Hat Company in her ‘spare’ time. Married to local Agricultural Contractor Chris Lock they also have 4 year old twins to keep them busy. Clare has appointed Paul Gillies of Gillies Fencing as her assistant and together they are very enthusiastic with the support of a very good Show Committee to be putting on such a great event for the local community. Clare states “It is a great privilege to have been voted in as the 2013 Show Director. Not only that but to be the first Female Show Director is a tremendous honour and I hope to do a great job for the HFAA”. 2013 Show – Families and Farming: Preparations for the 2013 show are already well underway and Clare has some very exciting plans to encourage families to the show to see the livestock. The Main Attraction has been booked and we hope you will be very pleased to welcome the Jason Smyth Adrenalin Tour, have a look at for a sneaky peak! We also welcome back some favourites with the Local Hunts and Rescue, Falconry and Ferrets plus we have a Dog and Duck Show and two displays from East Anglian Fire Service. The New Hadleigh Young Farmers will also be entertaining us with Lawn Mower Racing and a Tug of War Competition. There are a number of attractions to the outside areas this year with Richard Savoury and his fantastic Sheep Show not to mention the Flying Fergies who do a great (almost death defying!!) display of surfing behind their vintage Fergies whilst raising money for charity and a Farmyard Animals Petting Area. Clare’s theme for 2013 is Families and Farming with a greater emphasis on encouraging children of all ages to the showground. Hopefully there will be a Land Train transporting people around the show and a children’s passport which they can get stamped at particular points of interest and when completed can be exchanged for a prize. We would be very pleased to hear from you and always try to accommodate good suggestions for change – please email if you have any suggestions or comments

Bird Feeders Owing to all this rain I found my nut feeders to be full of mouldy nuts and would like to make all readers of this magazine aware of the dangers of poisoning the birds. I disposed of them safely and they were not left around on the ground or loose in the dustbin as they may be eaten at their destination. Trevor Milner

GSOLICITORS IBBONS Howard in the Barbican gardens Hello one and all: with the opening of the Morrison supermarket on the Buy Right site, I thought that I should pay a visit so that I can empathise with my readers who have to experience these places. My groceries are trundled through the countryside from an emporium in Piccadilly called Fortnum and Mason! Morrisons seem to have squashed a lot of shelves in the space available and all the shoppers were bumping into one another. Not a shop of any particular distinction and prices are all much of a muchness. Do continue to support the Co-op not least for the benefit of the Town. How quickly things change. Since I arrived in Hadleigh some ten years ago, housing estates have sprung-up and now the usual supermarket format. I am saddened to read of tried and tested shops collapsing. As a result of shopping “on line” no one is going to the shops. Commercial property in towns will lose its value if it can’t be let. I read recently that no-one wants pianos and they are being scrapped in their thousands. It seems that we are to become a nation of uninteresting people who do not go out, have no hobbies, cannot converse and only know how to click from one web-site to the next. While you are clicking though, take a look at my new website at You’ll find more pictures of me and there is a section for my columns in case you have missed one. COMPETITION: from the website you can work out the number of complete years that I have been qualified as a solicitor. E-mail the figure and the correct answer will win a bottle of champagne (if more than one I will draw from a hat). You’ll need to let me have your name and address. Although my column is read on a world wide basis, I am afraid that I will only deliver the prize within the catchment area of the magazine itself which of course does include all the villages. In the Summer, I was wafted by my long distance chauffeur Christof, to London where I visited my good friend Stephen Chapman, a commercial property lawyer who lives in one of the Barbican towers. Parking is atrocious so how one manages without a driver, I do not know. Stephen is another petrol head and has a large collection of Cadillacs. The Barbican was constructed during the 1960s and 1970s and includes the world famous Arts Centre. There are 13 terrace blocks and three towers. The view from my friend’s flat on the 22nd floor is fantastic. The complex has at its heart gardens surrounding a lake only open to residents and where the picture shows me in an oasis in the middle of the City. I had a lovely lunch in one of the Barbican restaurants. All quite a different life-style to the Suffolk countryside. Howard Gibbons

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Winter Walking at its Best! And Anytime of course…. The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is pleased to launch a series of five FREE walks in the Stour Valley and encourages everyone to ‘get out’, use their sense of adventure and enjoy the Stour Valley countryside at its wintery best! These circular Walks Off The Stour Valley Path will introduce you to the character of the different local areas, help you explore the smaller tributary valleys off the river Stour, and show off some hidden treasures, and are a pleasure to enjoy at all times of the year. The walks introduce you to the Upper Stour near Haverhill, the Glem Valley near Boxted and Glemsford, Belchamp Brook near Sudbury, the Box Valley from Stoke by Nayland and the Brett Valley from Stratford St Mary. Refreshment stops along the way include The Swan at Stratford St Mary and The Crown at Stoke by Nayland. The walks are a variety of lengths so you will be able to choose the ones that best suit your abilities. They can be downloaded from or obtained from the AONB office. Cllr Nigel Chapman, Chairman of the AONB and Stour Valley Joint Advisory Committee, said: “These walks are a really great way for people to explore the Stour Valley and we thank our volunteers who helped devise the walks plus The Crown and The Swan for their support in producing the guides”. The Stour Valley Path itself is a popular long-distance path running the full length of the river valley and is 63-miles in total. It runs from Newmarket in the north-west to Manningtree in the south-east, following the valley of the River Stour from near the source to the estuary. It passes through some of the most attractive countryside in East Anglia, including ‘Constable Country’ within the Dedham Vale AONB towards the south-east end. The rolling landscape passes through woods, riverside meadows, arable fields and along track-ways. The walker is able to discover hidden treasures of wildlife, landscape and vernacular building style. Of particular interest is the variety of churches, from those serving the humble Saxon hamlets, to the grand ‘Wool Churches’ of the bigger villages, reflecting the past vagaries of the rural economy in this ancient and fascinating landscape. And after sampling the delights of these circular walks you may later feel up to the challenge of the Stour Valley Path itself! For further details contact phone 01473 264263 or email

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Who Thrilled Kenny! My human friends and I are thrilled that the good people of Leavenheath have chosen SESAW as one of the beneficiaries of the Open Gardens and Scarecrow Festival on 23rdJune. It promises to be a fun filled day, read all about it on the village website at: More good news comes from Nigel Eaves who is embarking upon an Oz Adventure to raise money for SESAW. He is planning a solo 5000 mile motorcycle trip across the Australian desert, starting and finishing in Perth. We wish Nigel the very best of luck for his journey which begins in March and will take up to six weeks. To find out more and donate, visit: Christmas brought the usual assortment of abandoned animals including Mary and Joseph - what else could we call them? These beautiful cats were dumped on a doorstep one cold, wet night but despite their ordeal, they are really friendly and affectionate. Thanks to our many supporters we can keep them safe and well until a new home is found. Our next money raising event is a Jumble Sale at the Stevenson Centre, Broom Street, Gt.Cornard, CO10 0WD, Saturday 16th February, 1–3.30pm. We welcome any unwanted Christmas presents for this event or as raffle prizes later in the year. Thank you from everyone at Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, and me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua!

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Needlework Extravaganza (Ancient and Modern) at St. Peter’s Church, Elmsett IP7 6PN Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd March 2013, 11am - 4pm On display: Quilts, Embroidery, Cross-stitch, Tapestry and much more Home made refreshments served £3 admission Come and see a wide range of crafts and help support our building project to provide toilet and kitchen facilities All funds raised in aid of St Peter’s Church, Elmsett

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Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce People in Hadleigh are grappling with a tricky planning problem; how to get council planners and councillors to adapt to new situations rather than follow an historic and outdated path. It’s simple. It’s all about supermarkets. Some years ago an inspector at a public inquiry found that Hadleigh was in need of a second supermarket. This was used to support an application from Tesco to build behind Hadleigh High Street. This was an issue which split the town with much publicity from the pro Tesco and the anti Tesco brigades. But while this has gone on, Morrisons have nipped in and redeveloped an existing site in Hadleigh and provided the required extra supermarket space. This store opened on Monday January 14th but Tesco is still fighting for its plans which, if passed by Babergh planning committee, could put two new supermarkets into the town, far beyond the recommended amount of food shopping space. There is already a large Co-op on the High Street. Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce is concerned that planners may continue to support the Tesco application even though they can no longer quote the planning inquiry findings in its support. The Chamber believes that three supermarkets would be deadly for the town’s retailers. It feels that those people who wanted an extra supermarket now have one and that any plans for more retail space should be turned down, because the situation has changed fundamentally. There are other problems, not least with access roads and increased traffic, but these become irrelevant if it is accepted that the whole scheme has been superseded by intervening events. So far the Chamber has not found any mechanism for rescinding the recommendations of a public inquiry. Even if it could find one it may take too long to avoid the Tesco application being agreed by Babergh District Council at the upcoming review meeting. For this reason the Chamber feels it really is time for planning officers and councillors to do the right thing for Hadleigh. All they need to do is abide by the public inquiry findings, which would mean stopping any other supermarket being built in the town. Tony Addison, President, Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce

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Hadleigh Community Choir is now open to new members We start our second year with exciting plans to sing great music, perform in public at community events, give two or more major concerts in 2013 and have fun at the same time. If you would like to be part of Hadleigh’s most talked about new choir, now is your chance. We are accepting new members to the end of March, after that you will not be able to join until September. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at the URC in Hadleigh.

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Hadleigh Community Choir Now in our Second Year Do you sing? Would you like to sing with us? If you would like to join a group of people who love singing together and giving public performances for charity and other good causes then why not join us? We are serious about singing but we also aim to make the choir experience fun and rewarding for everyone associated with Hadleigh Community Choir. Our music is light, popular, contemporary and classic. This year we are being led by our ever popular Musical Director Simon Thompson, and accompanied by the amazing Graham Holmes. We will be singing great music at community events and at three or more major concerts in 2013. Anyone, male or female, between the age of 16 and 80, is welcome to try us out, even if you aren’t sure about your singing ability.You will have time to learn and improve your singing before you take part in a concert, but you will need to put in the work if you want to reach a performance standard. Our membership list is open to new members until the end of March, after that new members will not be able to join until September of this year. We rehearse during the main school terms on Thursday evenings in Hadleigh’s United Reform Church at 7.30pm. For more information call Peter Finch on 01473 824033, or Google: Hadleigh Community Choir Suffolk

Hadleigh & District Twinning Association Friday May 3rd will see the HDTA leaving Hadleigh very early for the coach journey to Rousies. We will be continuing the tradition of this biennial visit to cement our friendship with our twin towns of Rousies, Ferriere la Grande & Ferriere la Petit in northern France. Some of our members have been making this exchange visit for more than 30 years but there is room for new members. We are hosted in France for the weekend by families, couples and solo members. They return to us on alternate years when we give them our hospitality. It is not necessary to be a host to be a member. In order to fund this we hold a variety of events and our next one is a whist drive on Saturday Feb 9th in the Community Room behind the Ansell Centre starting at 7.30. Then in March we see the return of JT Steppers to talk and demonstrate us through some simple line dances with a few for the more experienced. This will be in the Ansell Hall on Saturday March 23rd. Details and tickets from Kath at The Framestore 822334. Kathleen Freeth

Folk Fantastic at the Fleece in February! Once made famous by regular Jazz nights, The Boxford Fleece is again the host of some of the finest music around. November’s successful ‘Evening of Folk’ which saw local bands ‘The Medlars’ and ‘The Comfortable Strangers’ support the nationally recognised ‘Mawkin’ proved that the venue had a future. Now, a few months down the line and with the Christmas dust settling, ‘Fleece Folk’ has more superb music to offer! On Sunday 3rd February 3pm the musical genius ‘THE CHURCHFITTERS’ will be playing in the Guild Room. With influences from England, France and Ireland, this fast paced and inventive group are in a class of their own. Tickets: £10 in advance. £12 on the door. On Friday 22nd February 7.30pm ‘KRIS DREVER’ is headlining an evening of folk. Kris Drever has won several high profile awards including Instrumentalist of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards, three consecutive BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Group trophies with LAU, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award, and a nomination for Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2010. He will be joined by the extremely talented Eamonn Coyne, and supported by our brilliant very own Suffolk/Essex traditional Irish group ‘La’. Tickets: £15 in advance. £16 on the door. There is no doubt that a huge amount of humour and personality will be brought to both gigs, not to mention some of the best music around, all performed by some of the most talented individuals on the folk scene. Landlord’s Jarred and Clare hope that the continued success of nights such as Folk at the Fleece will enable many more events of this kind. The Fleece Hotel, Broad Street, Boxford Tel 01787 211183

Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline Mid Suffolk Link Once again we have said goodbye to the children who visited with us at Christmas and now look forward to the next group who will be arriving this summer on July 7th. Once again we hope to bring a group of 12 girls and 8 boys. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us during 2012 and hope that this will continue throughout the next year, without your support we will not be able to help these children. This year will be particularly challenging for us as we are breaking new ground, bringing children from a different area of Belarus and also from a school where no children have yet been abroad for Health Recuperation. In addition we face the increased costs as we will now have to pay an additional £86.00 per child and interpreter for a UK Entry Visa - in the past the children’s visa’s were given free of charge. To help with the additional fundraising we would like to open our Charity Shop located in Needham Market for an additional day. To do this we need more volunteers. Sessions for volunteers are 10:00am till 1:0 pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm and there are always two people on duty, if you think you could help we would love to hear from you, no experience necessary!. We always offer a fantastic range of new and nearly new clothing, toys, books, bric a brac and a whole host of items you might not expect to see so why not give us a look? We would welcome your unwanted Christmas Gifts which can be reused as draw prizes or sold in the shop. We are always pleased to receive your donations, in particular all clothing & textiles whether saleable or not as we can also raise extra funds through our recycling program. If you cannot get to the shop please do give me a call and we will be happy to arrange collection from you if at all possible. March 16th sees the return of The “Easter Bunny” Chocolate Bingo at the Needham Market Community Centre. Come along and not only have fun but maybe win all your Easter Eggs in advance! The November Christmas Chocolate Bingo was sold out so remember to get your tickets well in advance. Tickets are £6.00 each, half price for under 10’s and as usual include a hot meal with desert. Tickets are available from The CCLL Charity Shop in Needham Market, The Tourist Office in Stowmarket (Opposite Asda) or by calling 01449 760343 or 07974 424374 As always our grateful thanks go to all our supporters, volunteers who help to staff the shop and to all of you who donate the goods we sell, without you all we could not continue. Elizabeth Parker, Link Chair

Haines Watts, Chartered Accountants raise over £130 for The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Haines Watts Chartered Accountants have raised over £130 from a raffle and quiz for their chosen Charity of The Year, The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Haines Watts hosted a raffle and a 'Where's Sue Barker' quiz during December. All the prizes were donated by local business people and friends. Over the past year we have raised over £2000 for The Muscular Dystrophy through various ways of fundraising including The British 10k, Wine tasting and dress down days. Haines Watts received additional support from Tim & Linda Allen and Stuart & Jackie Collins who all generously donated their profits from their vegetable and plant stalls. Haines Watts Ipswich Partner, Trevor McLesse has Muscular Dystrophy, so it was an obvious choice when choosing a charity to support. The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the leading UK charity focusing on muscular dystrophy and other related conditions. They are dedicated to beating muscular dystrophy and other related conditions by finding treatments and cures and to improving the lives of everyone affected by them. For more information please visit

Bildeston Waytes raises £1,000 Founded by Maurice Ratliff over 25 years ago, the Bildeston Waytes annual carol event was held in the Chamberlain Hall on 21st December with between 70 and 80 orchestral players and singers entertaining a capacity audience. The festive atmosphere was enhanced with some great musical moments from the choir and orchestra, and humorous encouragement from conductor Ian McCrae and event organiser Nansi Browne which resulted in impressive audience participation. We do it for fun but a net surplus on ticket sales together with a retiring collection from audience and performers enables the making of a charitable donation. This year the chosen charity was Jessie’s Fund which provides music therapy to children with terminal or life-limiting illness in children’s hospices throughout the UK. We are grateful to Ian; Nansi; participating musicians and singers from around the area; the bar staff at the Chamberlain Hall; The Crown Hotel for serving supper for performers; and the audience who, having joined in the traditional carols with great enthusiasm, dug deep into their pockets to support a very worthwhile charity. We were able to send a cheque for £1,000. For more information about Jessica’s Fund

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Wow what a morning! The QED skid pan experience on 13th January was a success our clients had the opportunity to experience and learn to control skids in rear wheel and front wheel drive cars as well as experiencing how ABS works. Everyone had a grin on their faces when they got out of the cars and had learned a lot at the same time. The client’s comments speak for themselves: “Everybody should do this, I learned so much and it could save a life.” Dr S. “That was great fun, I found it really difficult to get the car sliding because I had to do everything you taught me not to do, I’m really glad I have done this”. MG We have another opportunity for you to have a go on March 17th. The course is great fun you use the centres cars and you will be trained by two very friendly ex-police instructors. The cars provided are front and rear wheel drive, manual and automatic and both with and without ABS. The skid pan is one of the old oil based type which gives a realistic feel. We had a lot of ladies on the last course and the March course has four ladies booked already so come on lads if the ladies can do it I’m sure that there’s nothing to be scared of! Driving tip of the month – when there is snow make sure you clear all of it from your vehicle not just windows and lights, snow blowing of the bonnet can cover your windscreen and snow from the body work causes a hazard to other drivers. Call QED on 01473 824092 or e-mail

Mrs Lily Rose The family of the late Mrs Lily Rose, who sadly died on the 10th October 2012, would like to thank everyone for the kind sympathy shown during this sad period of time. They would also like to thank all those who kindly donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance in her memory, which amounted, in total, to £366.20. Janet & Neville Briggs, Paul & Marjorie Rose & family


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The Foresters Friendly Society The Foresters Friendly Society’s Hadleigh branch, known as Court Princess Royal, have supported the Dame Vera Lynn Trust School with a donation. The school, based at Sproughton, is an independent pre-school for children who have difficulties with movement and co-ordination. Currently, 22 children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities, and their parents and families, are being helped with a range of activities to stimulate the senses, using play and music. Two members of the Foresters attended one of the 2 1/2 hr sessions and watched as 3 children, aged about 3 and accompanied by a parent, used musical instruments to exercise their limbs, identified objects by shape and colour, and completed everyday tasks such as washing hands and choosing flavours of juice. Our photograph shows Sheila Hill, Chairman of Court Princess Royal, presenting the cheque to Sara White, Regional Fundraiser. To the left is Alison Stonham, Principal of the School, and to the right Joyce Dewick, Secretary of Court Princess Royal. As it costs approximately £7,500 per child per year, and the School is a local charity that receives no statutory funding, it relies on the generosity of the local community and groups for support. The School can be contacted on or telephone 01473 652880. Joyce Dewick, Secretary, Foresters Friendly Society











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SMART Massage at Kersey Mill Health and Fitness SMART Massage, owned by Kelly Tennick – Sports Massage and Remedial Therapist, is pleased to announce a new weekly sports massage clinic based at Kersey Mill Health and Fitness. Open Tuesdays 12.00-7.00pm, the clinic offers people of all backgrounds the opportunity to get their aches, pains and injuries relieved or eliminated. A popular addition to sports participants training schedules, sports massage can help maintain muscle condition and function as well as eliminating aches, pains and tightness. Sports massage can also help with the successful rehabilitation of bigger, more serious injuries or surgical procedures. Not just for sports enthusiasts, sports massage can also help anyone who suffers from aches, pains or minor injuries, whether from manual labour, a trip or sprain, or repetitive strain injuries which are very common amongst office workers. More than just an average massage, sports massage targets specific areas of tightness or problem causing areas and works to relieve and hopefully eliminate your issues. As an introductory gift, Kelly is offering all new clients £10 off their first session at Kersey Mill before the end of February. For more information or to book your massage, please contact Kelly on 07722 521 114, email or visit



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A new parish is born in Mid Suffolk The small hamlet of Darmsden lies a few kilometres from Barking and Needham Market and has been linked to Barking for hundreds of years. This, however, is set to change. The new Parish of Darmsden has been created by Mid Suffolk District Council. It will encompass an area between Barking and Baylham, running from the B1113 to Tarston Farm. It will be the second smallest parish in Mid Suffolk, with 17 properties and 36 electors, and becomes Mid Suffolk’s 124th parish. A major factor in the creation of the parish is that the residents of Darmsden pay Council Tax to Barking Parish Council. However they rarely see the benefits of this as Barking is larger and therefore needs more funding. For this reason, it was decided to create a separate Parish of Darmsden so the residents could monitor their own funding and better distribute their monetary assets. Darmsden and Barking have a long history. In records dating back to 1066 Darmsden is described as a ‘Manor of 60 acres held by 1 free man’. The records however do not state whether Darmsden was considered part of Barking until it is described in 1901 as a ‘settlement occupying SE corner of Barking Parish’. Despite the long unity of the two villages, consultation carried out by Mid Suffolk Council has shown that Darmsden and Barking are ready to be separated. From the 11 responses from Darmsden residents to the question “Should a separate Parish be created?” 10 of those voted in favour with only one person against the decision. It was the same in Barking with the majority of people in favour of the new Parish. Mid Suffolk District Council agreed that Darmsden has a separate identity and is a distinct community, which should be run by its own Parish Meeting. Ray Melvin, Chairman of the Community Governance Review Working Group, says “On visiting the area and hearing the views of the local people, the decision of the working group became inevitable. We quickly recognised that Darmsden is already a separate community and has a character all its own. Our decision to form this new parish only serves to confirm this. All of us at Mid Suffolk wish Darmsden and its parishioners every good fortune in the future. The creation of the new Parish was formally confirmed by the Council as its meeting last night (20th December) and will take effect from 1st April 2013.

Pause for Thought Friendly Fire! "He took the children in His arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them." Mark 10 v 16. Jesus did this directly after speaking to adults about divorce. This wasn't a coincidence. In too many cases broken homes produce broken children. This isn't always true but sometimes parents use children as weapons in the war against their ex. It's a bit like news reports when soldiers get killed in friendly fire! There's nothing "friendly" about bleeding to death, no matter who dropped the bomb or fired the bullet. We see divorce as a last resort, of course we do; but we see love for children, a wish to put their needs before ours, as a must. God thinks like this too. His love is patient, love is kind. It doesn't envy, it doesn't boast, it isn't proud. It doesn't dishonour others, it isn't self-seeking, it isn't easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love doesn't delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres." If only we could try and act in this way the world would be a better place for everyone including children, don't you think? Kenny Sanderson

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Christmas is but a dream now and we are all back to normal at The Centre but, I must say I’m glad that I’m not a real hairy hoof like the rest of the Herd who have had to weather out in the fields with all of this rain and snow! I know the field cleaning team have had their work cut out trying to do a good job with all of the mud, and more mud, in the vicinity of the gateways! Is has been impossible to get the sweeper into any of the fields so they have had to do it all the hard way: makes me glad to be in my nice dry room, just watching it all. I think they will have their work cut out to get the fields back to normal in the Spring. Whilst I think of it, I’d better keep you in the frame as to who is with whom now-a-days. I can report that since the loss of our beloved Shannon, Parys has shared a field with Thyme and it has been good to see how their relationship has blossomed although, on the quiet, I think Parys is the boss! Girl Power and all that! Likewise, Charlie, Bob and Rupert have been getting on well together although they often have a mad moment when a chase starts and I must say by the time it’s over I’m not sure who was chasing whom and for that matter neither do they it seems but, at least it keeps them amused. I’m pleased to say that Rocky has settled back with us and is once again sharing a field with his friend Jet, who I think, on the quiet, has missed his company: Bob did share with Jet during Rocky’s absence though, so he wasn’t left alone. Otherwise, no other changes to report in that Holly, Fleur, Camilla and Squidgy are about the same. Our Helpers have certainly had their work cut out grooming the horses and ponies in preparation for riding and I’m sure they are looking forward to the Spring when, hopefully, the weather improves thus making the task less onerous. For those of you who like to plan your diary I’m pleased to say that the Events Calendar for 2013 is now published on our Web Site and will be updated as and when any changes occur: the full year Term Dates are also available from this site so that these, too, can be entered into your diaries. My guess is that some of you may well have been busy making and bottling various preserves and those with green fingers will be turning their thoughts to the greenhouse and thinning out your seedlings for the planting season. We in turn are already turning our thoughts to the sales stand, so if you are able to spare either preserves or plants we will be more than willing to accept them so sell in aid of The Centre, so, don’t dump it, give it to us! Well, it’s back to work for me, no chilling out for a while and if the weather stays as it is, I might be a tad busy me thinks! Website: Telephone: 01473.824172

Tree Monkeys We are under way with 2013 and everything is full steam ahead! Whilst we have been relatively quiet with storm damage reports so far. We have had lots of requests to prune and tidy up your fruit trees. From November to late February is an ideal time to start giving those fruity little numbers a snip! If you are looking to spruce up your garden this year then why not give us a call and go for a garden makeover. We can remove any deadwood, cut back hedges and tidy up those sorry looking trees. We can also turn the waste into wood chip and mulch which is great to put on the flower beds! So if you want to get your garden sorted and ready for spring blossoms or as far ahead as summer then we look forward to meeting you for a friendly chat. Sam Jackson, Tree Monkeys 01473 823887 / 07709 876 665

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Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) is capable of causing serious illness and death in cats that become permanently infected. In 2008 it was estimated that 1-2% of cats in the UK were infected with FeLV with the most common route of transmission being saliva from a persistently infected cat - this means mutual grooming, sharing of feed bowls and bite wounds can lead to infection. Contact with infected urine and faeces can transmit infection and it is also possible for a female cat to transmit infection to her kittens either in the womb or via her milk. There is no one specific sign or symptom of infection, generally a persistently infected cat will deteriorate over time and lose weight, become lethargic and have a poor appetite. Anaemia is not uncommon and certain types of cancer may also develop. Diagnosis of FeLV is by blood test. To date there is currently no treatment to cure this infection, maintaining a good quality of life for as long as is possible being the only course. Sadly, euthanasia will be the end result. So, it can be seen that prevention is the key to this disease and the good news is that vaccines do exist. Your veterinary surgeon will be able to discuss your cat’s lifestyle with you and whether vaccination and blood testing may be appropriate. In the case of a positive blood test result your vet will discuss further options. Highcliff Veterinary Practice, 96 High Street, Hadleigh, IP7 5EN Tel: 01473 822704



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£700 raised at the Charlie Haylock Supper and Talk for Age UK Suffolk The 95 Club (Sudbury) organised a special R fundraising evening with guest speaker Charlie Haylock who did a brilliant performance of his show ‘An Eccentric Look at Suffolk’. The event which included a buffet supper and raffle took place at The United Reformed Church Hall, School Street, Sudbury last year. £700 was raised which will go towards the services provided for older people in Suffolk. Maggie James, Fundraising Officer said “it was a great evening and Charlie entertained the audience with his wit and humour and explained the origins of the Suffolk dialect as well as other regional accents. The evening raised £700 which was fantastic and we thank The 95 Club for organizing the event, all those who attended and Charlie, who is a Patron of Age UK Suffolk, for his dedicated performance”.

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Fitness and Fun for the over 50s RedPunt has started a range of Health and Fitness programmes at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure Centre. They are designed for people over 50 who want to achieve and maintain a healthier, fitter lifestyle. The programmes include exercise sessions and nutritional guidance taking account of individual personal fitness levels, abilities and goals. Following our unpredictable weather it is important to strengthen our core muscles to help prevent falls during the icy and slippery conditions we have had to endure of late and this is where RedPunt can assist. The sessions will focus on improving and maintaining mobility, increasing flexibility, strengthening muscles and providing nutritional guidance in a fun, social environment, keeping you fit for life. They include aerobic, resistance and stretching exercises. Book your place by visiting or telephone 0845 838 4782. There is strong evidence that being physically active can help people lead a healthier and even happier life. Regular exercise can reduce the risk of major illnesses and boost your energy levels, self esteem and sleep quality. RedPunt classes are run by professionals in their field. Our aim is to encourage people to be pro-active and take positive action to influence their own health, wellbeing and independence. It is not too late to join our programmes. Classes are open to all abilities and delivered to the pace to suit you. We want you to enjoy the classes this isn’t a boot camp for the over 50s. Exercise and healthy eating combined can lower cholesterol & blood pressure and reduce the risk of major health issues. For more information and to make a booking contact or telephone 0845 838 4782

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‘A PINK RIBBON’ CHARITY DANCE (in aid of breast cancer) At CHAMBERLIN HALL, BILDESTON On Saturday 16th February 2013, 7.30pm to 11.45pm Featuring John Lloyd - Tribute to swing and Dancing to the sounds of ‘’Annie’’ Plus Grand Draw Please support this worthwhile charity Tickets £15 including food

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Nayland Farmers’ Market The first farmers' market of the present time was started in Bath in Somerset some 16 years ago and it is still going today. In fact it is one of the largest in the country. 16 years later the farmers' market has arrived in Nayland. The market will be held on the 3rd Saturday in each month at the Village hall off Church Street, Nayland. Entry will be free of charge. There will be around 20 stalls manned by local farmers and other local food producers drawn from Nayland and the surrounding district with traders coming from an area no greater than 25 miles from the village. The food on sale will therefore be fresh, not blighted by excessive travelling miles and will be sold by the people who reared it, grew it, cured it, cooked it or generally produced it and who will be able to answer any questions about its content or provonance. One thing that can be guaranteed is that there will be no horseflesh in any of the burgers or sausages offered for sale there. There will be beef, pork, lamb, home made cakes, hand made bread with only flour, water, yeast and salt, no preservatives or other rubbish. There will be oven ready meat pies, Jams, marmalades, chutney, chocolate, fruit & veg, honey, cheese, sausages, crafts, specialist teas, specialist coffees, and many others. There will also be a tea bar offering high quality tea, coffee, home made cakes, filled rolls, soups and the chance for a chat and a sit down. Farmers' Markets usually prove to be local community assets and the hope is that this one will too. The traders will be doing their very best to produce a variety of high quality food, drinks and crafts at prices which are attractive because there will be no wholesalers or middle men to take a cut. Traders will be relying on the local villagers to support their efforts. This is Nayland's market, it needs Naylands support. Any producers interested in having a stall ring 07513 464 567

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Smart Goals to Lose Weight The New Year is the time when many of us have resolved to change those things that made us unhappy or unhealthy – or both. Our expectations are high but they need to be realistic to be achievable. We all have obstacles to overcome at times, times when things don’t go according to plan. A little inspiration can help you through these times. Think back to how you dealt with a previous hurdle and give yourself credit for the strength you found at the time. Be proud of your achievements, big or small, and don’t beat yourself up too much if you lose focus sometimes. Setting goals can help to manage expectations, using SMART goals can help – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time specific. This method can be very useful for those of us wanting to lose weight: Specific – I want to lose two dress sizes by Easter; Measurable – pounds and inches lost; Achievable – with a positive mindset and support; Realistic – it is a realistic goal; Time specific – I have a timeframe in mind. Along with goal-setting we need a positive approach. If we start out with a negative mindset then we’ll almost certainly fail – tell yourself “I will do this” then you will be right, if you say “I can’t….” you’ll also be right…!! We also need to avoid the weight-loss saboteurs – those who try to tempt us with our favourite (fattening) food – don’t let them ruin it for you! Equally, don’t keep making excuses: we can always find a reason not to focus on our goal – “I’ll start next week” or “I can’t diet on Saturday because……!!” If you would like individual help with a weight problem, Val has been an accredited Independent Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant for 4 years and can be contacted on 01449 737113 or 07519 177645 or visit for more information.

The ‘snow’ must go on! With months of planning and preparation for the open day to launch a new branch of Miss Lesley's Performing Arts School in the village of Boxford, the only thing that could not be choreographed was the weather! With most of the area already in freezing temperatures and a dusting of snow, the last thing that was needed was a warning of severe snow to fall the night before the open day! Luckily on the morning there had been a light fall overnight and existing students from the Bildeston school managed to make their way safely to the village of Boxford. A fantastic turn out arrived at the village hall from people keen to "There's no business like find out more, meet Miss Lesley and see a snow business at MLSPA!" demonstration show from existing pupils; it was also delightful to see many children in the audience taking part in a number of routines as well! Miss Lesley, Principal at MLSPA is now pleased to confirm the official start day of the Boxford school, which will open on Saturday, 18th May 2013! Many children have already registered for a place at the school and she hopes that they are as excited as she is about this new venture in Boxford! Miss Lesley would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to all the parents of existing students from the Bildeston school for braving the weather and the students for putting on a great show!

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Hadleigh High A Specialist Science School High Lands Road, Hadleigh Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 5HU Headteacher: Caroline Gibson Telephone: 01473 823496 E-mail: Website: Headlines by Caroline Gibson, Headteacher

Admissions to Schools in Suffolk 2014/2015 As an academy, we have some increased responsibilities and freedoms. Academies are their own admissions authority and have responsibility for reviewing their admissions criteria. As an academy, Hadleigh High School needs to review the admissions criteria for our school ensuring that our criteria are always within the legal guidelines and meet the needs of our community. The governors of Hadleigh High School remain fully committed to ensuring that children in our catchment area have the best chance of attending Hadleigh High School - their local school. It is, therefore, the governors' intention to ensure that our admissions criteria for 2014-15 comply with those of the local authority which are designed to ensure school places are offered to children in a fair way. The criteria for the local authority have just been published and opened to consultation until 28th February 2013. We intend to adopt the same criteria: If a school is oversubscribed (this means when there are more applications than there are places available) the academy will use its oversubscription criteria (the same as those of the local authority) to decide which children should get the places. By law, there are certain children who must be considered first. Each school has a PAN or Pupil Admission Number – the number of pupils admitted to a Year Group. This number is determined by DfE criteria. The PAN for Hadleigh is 168 pupils per year group. Below is a copy of the proposed Admissions policy for 2014/15.

Proposed Admissions Policy for Hadleigh High School 2014/15 (based on the Suffolk County Council Model) If the number of applications for the school is greater than its Published Admission Number (PAN), we use our admissions oversubscription criteria to decide who gets a place. Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school must by law be offered a place at that school. The following admissions oversubscription criteria show the order of priority for places at community and voluntary controlled schools (and at those foundation/trust schools and academies where it has been agreed that Suffolk County Council will manage their admissions arrangements). For entry year applications, these criteria will be applied according to the circumstances existing at the specified closing date. 1. Children in care (Looked After Children) and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). 2. Children who are brothers and sisters of, or who live as a family at the same address as, pupils who are already at the school or who have already been offered a place, and who will still be there at the time of admission. Priority will be given, where necessary, to applications where there is the smallest age gap. If you have more than one child at the school, please name the youngest one. 3. Children who are ordinarily resident in the catchment area. Places will be allocated in the following priority order: Children who live nearest to the school. We will measure the distance by a straight line (‘as the crow flies’). All straight line distances are calculated electronically by the local authority (LA) using data provided jointly by the Post Office and Ordnance Survey. The data plots the coordinates of each property and provides the address-point between which straight line distance is measured and reported to three decimal places. Where there is more than one home within a single building (for apartments) we will measure to a single point within that building irrespective of where those homes are located. 4. Children who live outside the school’s catchment area in the same priority order as set out above (3).

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A big thankyou to you all! Ecocars is celebrating a hugely successful first year. The support and encouragement shown from the business and local community has been astounding. We would like to take this opportunity to say an PRIVATE HIRE | HADLEIGH enormous thank you to you all. We will continue to honour our promise as we have from day one, arriving on time, having a spotless car as well as a polite and courteous driver and best of all… competitive pricing!!!! Just ask around… Our reputation say’s it all. Call us now on (01473) 82 83 84

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The Porch Project Happy new year to Hadleigh from the porch project. Just wanted to make parents of young people who attend the project that young people need to sign up online to get a key fob at it litterally takes 5 minutes and then ensures that young people can sign in and out of the project electronically, this is a vital tool that we need to ensure happens to keep a record of who is in the building at what time etc it also is vital for fire protection amoung other things so if your young person is interested in coming to the project or already comes but hasn't signed up yet then please can you take 5 minutes to do this. We would like to publically thank so many people for their on going financial support of the project including Barabara Boyd and the Thrift Shop, The Rotary Club, The Town Council and so many more so we thank you because without your financial support the project just could not run. We would also like to make a special thank you to the Co-Op for running the scheme in their shop that supports three local charities including our own so thank you for that. Can I also just take this opportunity to ask the community for two things if possible, If there is any one who would like to volunteer with us or know a bit more about the project just get in touch with me, and also if there is anyone in the community who would be wiling to give up some time to come on board as a treasurer we would really appreciate any support you can give, my contact details are and my number is 07450 219924 Thanks and blessings, Craig Hutton, Porch Project Youth Work Co-Ordinator



FunDancing raised over £4,600 in 2012 for Charities Any excuse to dress up and raise money for charity, while having fun wiggling & giggling! Fundancing is delighted to announce that after raising over 34600 for charity in 2012 we will be doing much of the same for 2013. FunDancing is kicking off our 2013 fundraising efforts by wearing bobbles and the colour orange between Monday 4th and Friday 8th February raising funds for AgeUK’s ‘Spread the Warmth’ event. We have been practicing! Throughout 2013, FunDancing will be holding a number of charity events including our 3rd Wiggle-a-Thon, which will raise funds for AgeUK suffolk this year. More information about FunDancing’s fundraising can be found on or contact Janet on 07506 350455 or email

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Hadleigh & District Garden Club A belated Happy New Year and a wonderful growing season to you all, one that I hope will dull the disappointment of the 2012 weather and resulting harvests. Of course there is no report as we do not meet in January, but as I walked around my garden on the morning on 6th Jan. I got to musing about the beginning of another growing season having spied the newly emerging aconites with their cheery faces and even the spears of snowdrops and early daffs bravely pushing up. I remembered seventy odd years ago my mother always pointed out the aconites and one year at her surprise when they appeared before Christmas - so I know this year they are right on time. That made me think how much we take for granted, o.k. the weather patterns may well have changed but we still expect regeneration don't we? As gardeners our awe is probably more centred on what will finish on our plates or in our vases! It is though worth thinking of the miracle of nature itself- all those millions of buds getting ready to unfurl and produce their fantastic displays, whether for food or just amazing beauty of nature itself. And what about those beautifully illustrated and tempting packets that appear everywhere, not to mention the catalogues that drop through the door with the holiday brochures just after Christmas. OK a bean or a pea doesn't seem too astonishing as their ultimate size is not very dramatically different, I'm sure we've all seen them sprout, sandwiched in a jam jar with wet blotting paper, in infant school! (Quite possibly the Health and Safety don't allow it anymore!) But what about petunia and nicotiana seeds to name just two - so small they appear more like dust and yet the ability to grow three foot (1 metre) in a season - a miracle indeed from such minute objects. Do any of us JUST STAND AND STARE?? of course not, life is so hectic we just take it all for granted and we are probably too busy fighting weather conditions, slugs, snails, mice, pigeons, aphids, weeds - you name them, aren't we? Still they are all part of nature too!! Anyway - Good Luck and Happy Gardening to you all. Ruth Allen 822323

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The second draw has been held and the lucky winnter of £50 is E. Whitmore. The scheme is proving very popular but shoppers with cards must remember to get them stamped. When you have ten stamps take the completed card to The Idler. The next draw will take place on February 12th. The odds on winning are much, much better than the Lottery and it costs nothing. In addition to the 24 businesses already taking part in the scheme The George will now be stamping cards when customers dine in the restaurant. Jane Haylock

Wine Tasting & Dinner 15 February 2013 Town Hall Hadleigh at 7.00 for 7.30 pm Please note that on this occasion the event will be run by the Colchester Wine Company which has a reputation for good wine and organizing interesting & amusing evenings. Tickets are available now at a price of £21.00 per head. Tickets can be ordered by email from the address below or by telephone from the numbers given below.Your support is vital to us and much appreciated. We need your help and anyone interested in working with our Branch is invited to contact the Chairman at or by telephone on 01473 823570. Come and help us save lives by fund raising. John Baxter, Publicity Secretary, RNLI Hadleigh Branch Tel 01206 265967


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Wine Tasting with Dinner 15th February 2013, 7.00 for 7.30 Town Hall Dining Room, Hadleigh With the assistance of The Wine Company, Colchester Mark David of the Cooking Experience Simon and Ros of Smugglers Catering Andrew Butchers, Hadleigh and Hollow Trees Farm Shop, Semer Tickets £21 For reservations, please telephone 01473 823570 or 01206 265967 At time of booking, please inform us if you prefer a vegetarian option or have an allergy to nuts

News from the Garden Personal Thoughts I am writing this and looking out of the window to see if the forecast snow has actually arrived. My garden is full of half done jobs. The summerhouse is half painted, a garden path is partly relaid and the Winter pruning is half done. When it proved to be impossible to work on these jobs I started clearing the flower bed by my garage, because I could do most of that without standing on the soil, but that is also half finished. This bed by the garage wall has some grapes planted at the back and trained on the wall. This imposes some restrictions on what you can plant in it because you need access to the grapes. For years it has been planted with a couple of small euonymus shrubs together with a few aquilegia, a dahlia, and lamium as ground cover. This worked well for quite a time, but then some couch grass appeared in it and flourished. I had a couple of goes at clearing the couch grass and failed therefore I decided to totally clear the bed apart from the grapes and start again. I will keep it clear for a few months before I replant it. Weather Records In December at Kersey there were 92 mm (3.6") of rain, so December was another Very Wet month to complete a very wet year. The final 3 month figure was 240 mm (9.4") which is 160% of the average rainfall. The total rainfall for 2012 was 760 mm (29.9"). This is 21% more than average. Although the official figures said 2012 in East Anglia was the wettest ever, the Kersey records that I use had a higher figure of 774 mm in 2001. This only tells part of the story. You will remember that at the begining of the year we were all worried about hosepipe bans, and the drought. If you add up the rainfall for the 7 months up to and including March 2012 the figure is 233 mm (9.2"). If you add up the rainfall for the 7 months starting April 2012 the figure is 508 mm (20"). So we had twice as much rain in second 7 month period as we had in the first, which is almost unbelievable. In December the maximum temperature was 12 Cel (54F). The minimum was -5 Cel (23F), which are both about normal for December In my garden the ground temperature at writing is 0 Cel (32F), which is the coldest that I have seen for mid January, but we have had several days of practically continuous frost with some lying snow. Hints I thought hard about tips for February, and came to the conclusion that for most people because of the weather the tips I gave for January are still generally applicable. (a) Any Hard Landscaping that you want to do. If you get it done now, then you can enjoy it in the Summer. (b) Clear up any dead plants from the summer (preferably to a compost heap), and clean garden paths that are slippery due to fallen leaves and algae. Wash up empty pots and clean glass in greenhouse or cold frame. (c) Prune fruit trees (NOT plum), and late flowering summer shrubs (NOT the early ones like Forsythia and Kerria, or you will lose the flowers.) (d) Providing we do not get too much rain or hard frost overhaul flower beds containing perennials. Plus I am hoping to get some seed sowing done before February is out, and now is the time to get seed potatoes. Partridges will have a good selection, and if you want to be more adventurous this year the Potato Day at Stonham Barns is on the 9th of February from 9 30 am. John Rye

Poets Corner Getting Old Oh Lord you knew the day you made us That one day we would grow old And now that I am in the eve of my life There are certain things you need to be told! You notice your eyesight is failing It’s getting harder to hear when people start to speak, Your back is aching and all your joints begin to creak. Dropping things is normal so many times a day So why, oh why my lord did you make the floor Oh so far away!!! G. V. Lindsay-Allen

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Sun 6th January 2013: Suffolk XC Championship A club record entry of 21 Hares travelled with great optimism to the picturesque location of Ickworth Park, Bury St Edmunds for the 2013 Suffolk County Cross Country Championships. The County Championships act as the trial race for selection to represent Suffolk at the nationally prestigious CAU Inter Counties Cross Country Championships and a few nervous looking Hares knew they had a good chance of selection. First off round a very challenging two lap, 8km course were the 10 strong Ladies team, spearheaded by team leader Penny Grayson and superbly supported by Trudy Avis, Kate Thomas, Clare O’Neil, Rachel Bodsworth, Kitty Rigby, Nikki Vince, Jackie Kirk, Helen Norman and Becky Bayliss. Such was the team spirit and commitment to the cause, that every lady runner relentlessly battled all the way to the finish to support their team mates, in a selfless, awe inspiring display of cross country running. Returning to fitness following a bout of bronchitis Penny produced a battling 26th position, closely followed by Trudy and Kate ‘running out of their skins’ in 34th and 37th respectively. Close behind Rachel, Kitty and Nikki were having their own personal ‘battle royale’ with their places constantly changing right to the line. Hot on their heels Jackie, Helen and Becky rounded off a fine team display. Having watched the Ladies complete their two laps of muddy woods, undulating parkland and four traverses of the steep climbs and descents of ‘the bomb hole’, the men knew their three lap course would be a true test. Team leader John Scaife was in determined mood, keen to build on his growing reputation as a promising distance runner. He didn’t disappoint with a fine 14th place, receiving that all important County invitation as he exited the finishing funnel. Mat Blacoe, Matt Hunter and James Rush packed closely behind in 32nd, 36th and 39th positions respectively. A brief wait saw Brian Airlie ‘The flying postman’ storm into the finish in 69th position, followed rapidly by Steve Hunt in 75th, cross country debutant George Pryor and up and coming Stuart Hunt. When the team positions were calculated the men only then realised what a good day they had had, finishing 5th team overall only a tantalizing six points behind 4th! To round off a fine day for the Hares, talented Toby Rankin competed in the 6Km under 17 mens race. Despite limited preparation due to his academic studies, Toby showed what a true ‘thoroughbred’ he is, apparently floating over the muddy terrain to produce an excellent 9th position and county selection. The Hares team made their way home tired but smiling, knowing their fine team performances had re-established Hadleigh as a team to be reckoned with once more, on the County distance running scene. Such performances are not achieved by individuals alone and a big thank you should go to the friends and family who tirelessly cheered the team on, with particular thanks to Gale Pryor and Mike Rosbrook for their help and experience on the day. Matthew Hunter

ANIMAL FARM - a dramatised reading by Stane Street Players directed by John Sanders Saturday 9th February, 7.30 pm Holy Innocents Church, Lamarsh, Henny Road, Lamarsh, CO8 5EU Donations (suggested £5) gratefully received All proceeds to the church

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Dixon Dart League Its the usual suspects who lead the way at the half way stage in Division One, The Legion legends have a seven point lead over the George A after a narrow 6-5 victory at the George. The mid table looks to be a tight affair with three teams within a point of each other.There is a strong rumour going around that the George B’s Richard Suffolk has finally won his first competitive game, not finishing on 18 I hope. (long story that one). Division Two is also very close at the top, with the Legion Jets (formally the Ram Jets) leading by a single point from a strong Cock A side, with the Brewers B only a further four points back. Tables at the half way stage. Division 1 P W L A F C/Cwins Legion Legends 6 6 0 13 53 6 George A 6 5 1 20 46 5 Eight Bells 6 2 4 35 31 1 George B 6 2 4 36 30 2 Brewers Arms A 6 3 3 37 29 4 Legion Loungers 6 3 3 40 26 1 Hintlesham George 6 0 6 50 16 2 Division 2 Legion Jets Cock A Brewers Arms B Kersey Bell Kings Head Legion Dogger Hintlesham Social Club Cock B

P 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7

W 5 6 5 4 3 2 2 1

L 2 1 2 3 4 5 5 6

A 26 27 30 35 41 46 51 52

F 51 50 47 42 36 31 26 25

C/C wins 6 5 3 0 7 2 3 2

180’s hit to date:- A Nichols 2; T. Harvey, G. Bently, K. Leathers, C. Hynard, I. Clements, G. Parmenter, D. Foxlow, S. King, N. Henderson, H. Everett, & L. Mays all hit 1. High check out to date:- C. Clark (Kersey Bell) 125. Good luck to all teams in the second half of the season. Colin Hynard

Stumped For A Venue? Hire Hadleigh Cricket Club! The cricket club pavilion is available for hire at competitive rates throughout the year. Recently refurbished, it is the perfect venue for a range of events, including christenings, children’s parties (up to age 11), club or society meetings, functions, parties, classes and funeral wakes. The ground is also available for companies to hire for corporate cricket events during the summer months, subject to club fixture commitments. The club is ideally situated in Friars Road and has full kitchen and bar facilities (if required), with catering also available through an external company. Bookings and enquiries can be made by contacting Hirings Secretary Martin Grayling: Phone: 01449 736136/ 07792 946604 Email:



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Newton Green Golf Club’s Laura Lowe is the new captain of Suffolk Ladies’ Golf Union During her two year role in the part she will be in charge of the county team, and is hoping some of Newton’s rising starlets can become part of the set-up. Laura has been a part of Suffolk’s governing body for more than two decades, and has spent the last two years as vice captain, which has entailed running the county second team. Her handicap has been as low as seven, and both her grandfather and father were professionals at the same club in Northern Ireland, where she was born. Her father went on to become club president. She moved to Suffolk 36 years ago and, apart from a few years spent in South Africa, was for many years a member of Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club. However, a decision by the club owners to switch affiliation to Essex meant she wanted to find another base to continue her Suffolk aspirations. She chose Newton Green, which is only three miles from her home. Laura explained: “I could have paid an affiliation direct to Suffolk, but wanted to be part of the playing scene in the county. I have always admired Newton, particularly for its friendliness, and loved the original nine holes on which it is based. It is a unique, historical part of the Suffolk golf scene.” She continued: “I believe women’s golf is at an exciting stage in Suffolk, particularly as the county side reached the final of the six-team, regional county championships at Purdis Heath in the summer. We were beaten in the final by Essex, which went on to become national champions. “I want to see us maintain our progress in this year’s regional final in Bedfordshire, and there is no reason why a couple of the very promising young players at Newton Green cannot be part of the picture.” She was referring to 14-year-olds Alice Barlow and Eloise Aldous, who are both part of the England national junior training policy. Newton is the only club in the country to have two girls currently accepted for the scheme. Laura explained: “The Newton girls can force their way into county reckoning if they perform well in our Suffolk championship events early in the summer.” The new Suffolk captain can speak from first hand experience of the talents of the Newton youngsters. For a short time last year Laura held the ladies course record at the club, but it was subsequently slashed by three shots by Eloise Aldous! Di Cunningham, Newton lady captain, said: “Our club and ladies’ section in particular has made massive strides in recent times. This is a first for a Newton member, and the honour for Laura puts the icing on the cake for us.”

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A quiet winter, but fear not, the new tennis season approaches! It has not been a brilliant winter for keen tennis players this year, with far too much rain and now the snow. However, when conditions have allowed, the Hadleigh tennis players have put on a brave show despite difficult circumstances. The “winter league” matches have gone ahead and our teams have acquitted themselves well. Now our AGM looms, and on the 7th February, at 7.30pm in the Church community room, members will have a chance to have a say in the running of their club. We would like to invite all members to come along and voice your thoughts about the club and bring forward any ideas that could help us to be better than any others in the surrounding area. The new season begins in April, and this is soon followed by the annual Wimbledon tickets draw. As a tennis club affiliated to the British Tennis organisation, our members are allocated a share of tickets for the annual tournament and who knows, maybe this year members will get a chance to see a British Men’s Champion! Hadleigh Tennis club plays (from March to October), on three sessions per week: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and Sunday from 9.30am to 11.30 pm. Please note that in the winter months, we only play on Tuesday evenings. Membership fees are £100 for adults and £60 for students. If you have any queries please contact us via: or contact Paul Knowles on 01473 828983

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Trophy winners, left to right: Peter Cade (singles), Alan Monk (Brian Eady Stableford and doubles), Dave Aynsley (doubles) and Jeremy Hamp (pairs) Newton Green Golf Club's senior section had to go ahead with its annual presentation lunch without first venturing on the course to play an 18-hole team Texas scramble. Continuous rain thwarted play, although the club captain Dave Lavelle and his vice captain Chris Williams, having taken days off to attend the event, battled round the course with a handfull of others to test their waterproofs in friendly rivalty. Back in the club house, they joined with the main body of non runners to enjoy a meal and witness the presentations of the seniors' major trophy winners during 2012. The Texas scramble will be restaged on the morning of Thursday, January 17.

Murder Mystery Evening March 1st & 2nd Hadleigh Bowls club is the setting for a sports themed murder mystery evening on March 1st and 2nd. Hadleigh Amateur Dramatic Society are staging this production, continuing their long and successful tradition of these events. There will be drama, audience participation questioning and laughter in a full evening of fun. Come as a family team or join others on the night to solve the clues and win the prize. Full bar facilities are provided and a sausage and chip supper is included in the ticket price of £10. (£9 concessions) A raffle will be held with funds raised going to Diabetes UK. Tickets are on sale now from The Idler and Walter Wright in Hadleigh HIgh Street

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An exceptional village home. Benefitting from 4 bedrooms is this well appointed home built in 1991. The property has 3 reception rooms, ensuite to master bedroom, ground floor Little Waldingfield £495,000 WC, kitchen with utility as well as double garage & plot of Little Waldingfield £495,000 0.8Acres. Anapproximately exceptional village home. Benefitting from 4 bedrooms is An exceptional village home. Benefitting from 4 bedrooms this well appointed home built in 1991. The property has 3 is Little Waldingfield £495,000 this well appointed hometobuilt in 1991. The property reception rooms, ensuite master bedroom, groundhas floor3 reception rooms, ensuiteashome. towell master bedroom, ground Ankitchen exceptional village from 4& bedrooms WC, with utility asBenefitting double garage plotfloor of is WC, kitchen with utility as well as double garage & plot of 3 this well appointed home built in 1991. The property has approximately 0.8Acres. approximately 0.8Acres. reception rooms, ensuite to master bedroom, ground floor WC, kitchen with utility as well as double garage & plot of approximately 0.8Acres.



A 2 bedroom Grade II listed cottage in the centre of the village. Features include beamed sitting room with inglenook fireplace & kitchen with range style cooker. Small 2 storey Boxford £240,000 outbuilding, garage, parking & courtyard terrace£240,000 with a ABoxford 2separate bedroom Grade II listed cottage in the centre of the garden (64ft x 44ft). village. Features include beamed with inglenook A 2 bedroom Grade II listed cottagesitting in theroom centre of the Boxford fireplace & kitcheninclude with range stylesitting Small storey village. Features beamed with2£240,000 inglenook outbuilding, garage, parking & courtyard terrace with a fireplace & kitchen with range style cooker. Small 2 storey A 2 bedroom Grade II listed cottage in the centre of separate garden (64ft x 44ft). outbuilding, garage,include parking & courtyard withthe a village. garden Features beamed sittingterrace room with inglenook separate (64ft x 44ft). fireplace & kitchen with range style cooker. Small 2 storey outbuilding, garage, parking & courtyard terrace with a separate garden (64ft x 44ft).


A picturesque & carefully extended 15th Century Suffolk cottage on a plot measuring approx 1.6Acres. The property benefits from verstile accommodation & includes 4/5 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, first floor bathroom & ground floor shower room as well as ktichen, utility & boiler rooms.


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Monks Eleigh


This substantial property comprises a renovation of the original Victorian dwelling to provide 4 double bedrooms at first floor level, 3 reception rooms, kitchen-breakfast room Monks Eleigh £435,000 with adjacent utility area, ground floor WC, ensuite facilities Monks Eleigh £435,000 & family bathroom together with car port. This substantial property comprises a renovation of the This substantial property comprises a renovation of the original Victorian dwelling to provide 4 double bedrooms at Monks Eleigh £435,000 original dwellingrooms, to provide 4 double bedrooms first floorVictorian level, 3 reception kitchen-breakfast room at firstThis floor level,utility 3 reception rooms, kitchen-breakfast room substantial property comprises aWC, renovation of the with adjacent area, ground floor ensuite facilities adjacent utilitytogether area, ground floor WC, ensuitebedrooms facilities at original Victorian dwelling to provide 4 double &with family bathroom with car port. & family bathroom together with carkitchen-breakfast port. first floor level, 3 reception rooms, room with adjacent utility area, ground floor WC, ensuite facilities & family bathroom together with car port.



Converted in the 1990's is this former granary offering good accommodation as well as being set in a semi rural location, only 2 1/2 miles from Hadleigh. In a peaceful location offering Semer £645,000 4 bedrooms 4 large reception rooms, double carport, large Semer £645,000 Converted in the 1990's is this former granary offering good workshop set in a 0.4 Acre plot (sts). accommodation wellisasthis being set ingranary a semi offering rural location, Converted in the as 1990's former good Semer only 2 1/2 miles from Hadleigh. a peaceful offering accommodation as well as beingIn set in a semilocation rural£645,000 location, 4only bedrooms 4 large reception rooms, double carport, large 2 1/2 miles from Hadleigh. In a peaceful location offering Converted the is this former granary offering good workshop set4ininlarge a 0.41990's (sts). 4 bedrooms reception double carport, accommodation asAcre wellplot as rooms, being in a semi rurallarge location, workshop in a 0.4 Acre plot (sts).Inset only 2 1/2setmiles from Hadleigh. a peaceful location offering 4 bedrooms 4 large reception rooms, double carport, large workshop set in a 0.4 Acre plot (sts).

Little Waldingfield


A fantastic opportunity to purchase this detached bungalow set in an Acre plot. The property would benefit from some improvement but offers spacious accommodation as well as Monks potentialEleigh for an annexe or loft conversion (stp).£299,995 Offered with Monks Eleigh £299,995 ONWARD CHAIN. to purchase this detached bungalow A NO fantastic opportunity A fantastic opportunity to purchase this detached bungalow set in an Acre plot. The property would benefit from some £299,995 setMonks in an AcreEleigh plot.offers The property benefit fromassome improvement but spaciouswould accommodation well as improvement offersorspacious accommodation as well A fantastic opportunity to purchase this(stp). detached bungalow potential for anbut annexe loft conversion Offered withas potential for an annexe or loft conversion (stp). Offered with in an Acre plot. The property would benefit from some NOset ONWARD CHAIN. NOimprovement ONWARD CHAIN. but offers spacious accommodation as well as potential for an annexe or loft conversion (stp). Offered with NO ONWARD CHAIN.

Monks Eleigh


A beautifully presented period cottage located in the heart of the village. The property was originally built in the 1700's with later extensions & benefits from 1-2 bedrooms, sitting Monks Eleigh £189,995 room, fitted kitchen breakfast room, ground floor bathroom Monks Eleigh £189,995 A &beautifully presented period cottage located in the heart of good sized rear gardens. the village. Thepresented propertyperiod was originally built in the 1700's A beautifully cottage located in the heart of £375,000 with later extensions & benefits from 1-2built bedrooms, sitting theElmsett village. The property was originally in the 1700's room, fittedextensions kitchendesigned breakfast ground floor situated bathroom withAnlater & benefitsroom, from 1-2 bedrooms, sittingon the detached house &room, goodindividually sizedkitchen gardens. breakfastlink room, ground edgefitted of thisrear well regarded Suffolk village. floor The 4bathroom bedroom & good sized rear gardens. property has been greatly improved by the present owners & boasts a quality finish throughout. Internal viewings are highly recommended.


An exceptional village home. Benefitting from 4 bedrooms is this well appointed home built in 1991. The property has 3 reception rooms, ensuite to master bedroom, ground floor WC, kitchen with utility as well as double garage & plot of approximately 0.8Acres.

Monks Eleigh


This pretty Grade II listed semi detached cottage occupies a A beautifully presented Grade II listed cottage. Originally a 2 A beautifully presented home set in approximately 0.5Acres. central location with a lovely view over the village green bedroom, this 1 bedroom with first floor bathroom home is The property benefits from 3 reception rooms, kitchen with towardsEleigh the parish church. The versatile living space, updated Preston St Mary OIEO£450,000 Semer OIEO£220,000 Monks £232,500 located in the heart of this historic village & benefits from a large utility, ground floor bedroom, 3 first floor bedrooms, one by pretty its current owner, further a 100ft long rear This Grade II listed semi benefits detachedfrom cottage occupies a large living room, fitted kitchen breakfast room & a gorgeous with ensuite 5 piece bathroom, double garage, driveway & A beautifully presented Grade II listed cottage. Originally a 2 A beautifullyStpresented 0.5Acres. Preston Mary home set in approximately OIEO£450,000 Semer OIEO£220,000 Monks Eleigh £232,500 garden. central location with a lovely view over the village green courtyardthis garden. NO ONWARD stunning views to the rear.rooms, kitchen with bedroom, 1 bedroom with firstCHAIN. floor bathroom home is The propertycountryside benefits from 3 reception This pretty Grade II church. listed semi detached cottage occupies a A beautifully presented Grade II listed cottage. Originally a 2 Alarge beautifully presented home set in approximately 0.5Acres. towards the parish The versatile living space, updated located in the heart of this historic village & benefits from a utility, ground floor bedroom, 3 first floor bedrooms, one central location withfurther a lovelybenefits view over green bedroom, 1 bedroom with first floor bathroom is The property from 3 reception rooms, kitchen with by its current owner, fromthea village 100ft long rear Preston Mary OIEO£450,000 Semer OIEO£220,000 Lavenham £465,000 large livingthis room, fitted kitchen breakfast room & a home gorgeous with ensuite St 5benefits piece bathroom, double garage, driveway & towards the parish church. The versatile living space, updated located in the heart of this historic village & benefits from a large utility, ground floor bedroom, 3 first floor bedrooms, one garden. courtyard garden. NO ONWARD stunning countryside views to the rear. A beautifully home set in approximately 0.5Acres. 3 bedroom on the A beautifully presented Grade breakfast IICHAIN. listed cottage. a2 byAn its immaculately current owner,presented further benefits from acottage 100ft long rearHigh large living room, fitted kitchen room &Originally a gorgeous with ensuite 5 presented piece bathroom, double garage, driveway & The property benefitsviews from to3 reception Street. Having been updated by the current owners, the bedroom,garden. this 1 bedroom with CHAIN. first floor bathroom home is garden. courtyard NO ONWARD stunning countryside the rear. rooms, kitchen with large utility, ground floor bedroom, 3 first floor bedrooms, one property offers light & spacious accommodation & benefits located in the heart of this historic village & benefits from a with ensuite 5 piece bathroom, double garage, driveway & from 2 reception rooms & a conservatory, ensuite to master large living room, fitted kitchen breakfast room & a gorgeous stunning countryside views to the rear. bedroom as well as spacious office in the well stocked rear courtyard garden. NO ONWARD CHAIN. gardens.

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A lovely detached home. Located just outside Boxford in a small Hamlet, the property, formerly 3 tied cottages has Stone Street,converted Boxford £500,000 been carefully & benefits from 4 bedrooms, lounge separate dininghome. hall, kitchen, cartlodge & ample A &lovely detached Locateddouble just outside Boxford in a Stone Street, Boxford £500,000 parking. NO ONWARD CHAIN. small Hamlet, the property, formerly 3 tied cottages has A lovely detached home. &Located outside Boxfordlounge in a been carefully converted benefitsjust from 4 bedrooms, Hamlet, the hall, property, formerly cottages has Stone Street, Boxford £500,000 &small separate dining kitchen, double3 tied cartlodge & ample been carefully converted & benefits from 4 bedrooms, lounge parking. NOdetached ONWARD CHAIN.Located just outside Boxford in a A lovely & separate dining hall,home. kitchen, double cartlodge & ample small NO Hamlet, the property, parking. ONWARD CHAIN. formerly 3 tied cottages has been carefully converted & benefits from 4 bedrooms, lounge & separate dining hall, kitchen, double cartlodge & ample parking. NO ONWARD CHAIN.

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Hadleigh, Lavenham & Sudbury working together, When selling or letting, why not have agents from Hadleigh, Lavenham & Sudbury working together, Upper Layham When selling orof letting, why Boxford notworking have agents from£240,000 all for the price 1. £145,000 Hadleigh, Lavenham & Sudbury together, A wellfor presented terraced home benefitting bedrooms, A 2 bedroom Grade II listed cottage in the centre of the all the price of 1.from 3 & Hadleigh, Lavenham Sudbury working together, refitted kitchen diner, ground floor WC, gas radiator heating, village. Features include beamed sitting room with inglenook all for the price of 1. refitted bathroom, garage & parking to the rear. fireplace & kitchen with range style cooker. Small 2 storey As standard, all of of 1. our homesoutbuilding, are marketed all for the price NO ONWARD CHAIN. garage, parking & courtyard terrace with a As standard, all of our homes are marketed separate garden (64ft x 44ft). through all ofallour branches. As standard, of our homes are marketed through all of our branches. As standard, ofbranches. our homes are marketed through all ofall our through all of our branches.

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