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Local cyclists look ahead to 2017

Hadleigh Cycling Club’s AGM on 5th December (18.30 – 10.30) at The George in Hadleigh will be an opportunity to review the highlights of 2016 and to plan for next year. The Club is keen that members (and those who are thinking of joining) share their ideas for the year ahead and quiz the committee. Adam Chamberlin, Chair of the Club, said, “It’s been a full on year. We’ve had cyclists participating in a whole range of disciplines on and off the road and we had 250 for the second Gayford Flyer Sportive. “I’m particular pleased with how the Junior section is developing. We had a big turnout at October’s Go Ride Day and it was great to see some new faces. The input of the coaching team and the support of British Cycling is really appreciated.” The Committee has begun to explore ideas for 2017. These include encouraging new and riders to take up group cycling with shorter, slower rides from March. The Club will continue to support women to gain confidence in cycling through its Thursday evening rides and 'Get Back On Your Bike' courses. Three Hadleigh CC riders took part in the Mistley cyclo-cross event. In the competitive youth event Molly Cutmore came home in 43rd place but, more importantly, was 3rd place female youth. In the young veterans’ event (40 - 49 years old) Perri Higgs had a tough race but battled valiantly to come home in 74th place. Nick Webber performed creditably in the 50+ category. For more information on the Club visit or email or connect with the club via Facebook: Hadleigh Cycling Club @HadleighCycling



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Sudbury Memory Walk Success 2016

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


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Night Must Fall: An enjoyable whodunit with more emphasis on the’ dunit’ than the culprit. Some convincing performances which overshadowed the rest of the cast, but it was refreshing to see some drama on stage at the New Wolsey before the long running musical Panto steps in. For The Love of Silk: Journalist and author, Liz Trenow, took advantage of her family background in silk to create her first fictional novel The Last Telegram. Living close to and briefly working in her family’s silk mill in Sudbury provided plenty of material, pardon the pun, for a book. Liz first gave members an illustrated talk about the origins and production of silk in the town before tracing her own career path from journalism to writer of several novels. Ladies thoroughly enjoyed listening to her talk and ex Sudbury Silk Route: Following Liz’s talk a large group of members embarked on a guided walking tour of the areas in Sudbury connected to the silk trade. Blue badge guide, Claire Partner, walked and talked the ladies through little known areas of the town where the industry had flourished and left its mark on buildings and street names. Gainsborough’s garden and family residences were also visited together with stunning views of the river Stour. Gentle Ramblers: They also chose Sudbury but from a more rural aspect. The ramblers walked along part of the Valley Trail which follows the old disused railway line linking Sudbury with Cambridge. They continued across the Water Meadows before repairing to Waitrose for refreshments. Christmas Shopping: Julie Girling, of Hintlesham Barns, recently welcomed members to see her eclectic collection of gifts and clothes attractively displayed in the Barns. Ladies enjoyed a few hours of leisurely shopping punctuated by refreshments and nail care by manicurist, Kirsty Thompson. Happy Christmas And All The Best For 2017


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Aladdin promises to lighten up dark January days!

Not looking forward to those bleak weeks after Christmas? Worried about what to do with the kids throughout the gloomy month of January now the Playstations and X-boxes are all broken? Well, the Hadleigh Amateur Dramatics Society (HADS) has the solution for you. Its production of Aladdin promises to dazzle, intrigue and make you – and the kids - laugh until it’s almost too much to breathe! With tickets on sale at Keith Avis Newsagents, now is your chance to book to see a Hadleigh-inspired version of the Eastern tale of love, magic, silly puns and, er, modern dancing. All your favourites from this well-known pantomime will be present including Aladdin himself, love interest Princess Jasmine, the scheming and wicked magician Abanazer, Aladdin’s mother the Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee – the hero’s well-meaning but not overly bright brother. But as this is a HADS performance, they’ll be lots of new characters as well many of them reflecting aspects of living in Hadleigh. These include Demanda Recount, Mining Minnie, Pearce d'Ears and Tortoise Tilly, plus a small army of minions! The pantomime is directed by Russell Allen and Nicola Hughes. There are four performances: 19th and 20th January 2017 at 7.30pm and 21st January at 2pm and 7.30pm, all in St. Mary’s Church. Tickets are available from Keith Avis Newsagents in Hadleigh High Street from the beginning of November onwards. Tickets for adults cost £6 each, with those for children at £4 each. Leave it to us: we’ll light up your January. And that’s an Eastern promise!

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Friends of Whatfield Primary School are holding the Whatfield Christmas Fayre on Friday 9th December at Whatfield Village Hall. Starting at 5 pm, with the bar opening at 6 pm, it is sure to be a fun evening. With the children singing on stage to get everyone in the festive spirit, Santa and his Grotto, refreshments including hot dogs and many craft and Christmas stalls, ranging from a children's pocket money stall, Jamberry Nails, Lilycraft, Scarves and Handbags to the Bodyshop and not forgetting the tombola and raffle! Come and join in the festive fun!

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Celebrating Success Whatfield CEVCP School celebrated fantastic news after receiving their SIAMs report which graded the school as OUTSTANDING! SIAMs is essentially a church Ofsted, and all church schools are inspected by the Church of England at least once every six years. Whatfield was particularly praised for ‘the atmosphere, the behaviour and attitudes of the pupils and the caring dedicated staff’ and the ‘excellent links’ with the church, community and the Diocese. Unusually, since the inspection is working under a more difficult set of rules, Whatfield’s grade was improved from good to Outstanding, so understandably the staff, pupils and parents are delighted with the result. Whatfield follow the ‘International Primary Curriculum’ and the whole school celebrated the end of their topic on the Olympics by holding a special ‘curiosity café’ for parents and pupils to share some of the activities they have been experiencing in school. The event was a great success as pupils always love to share their learning. This terms topics range from ‘Going Global’ to ‘Chocolate’ and ‘Who am I?’ and as usual the curriculum encourages pupils to explore and develop their learning in an engaging way. Our joint residential trip to Thorpe Woodlands was a great success, with pupils getting to make new friends ready for High School, and challenging themselves with a huge range of exciting and adventurous activities. These included climbing, high ropes, caving, mountain biking and canoeing. Everyone tried their best at each of the activities and returned home proud of their achievements. Our sporting activities continue, with success at the Hadleigh pyramid cross country competition, and involvement in the tag rugby festival. Cross country was our first inter-school event of the year and we got off to a fantastic start. Our 4 pupils represented Whatfield and ran a 2.5km course. The rain had cleared by the end of the warm up and despite a false start due to a trouser issue all 4 boys ran incredibly well. The results were a 2nd, 8th 12th and 19th place and we finished 3rd out of 6 schools. It just goes to show as we say about Whatfield CEVCP School, small is beautiful! We always have lots of exciting activities to look forward to, and as always, if you would like to visit us and have a look round our lovely school you are very welcome. Please do telephone 01473 823309 or email

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The numbers of young people and children (as young as 3) with no place to go in this world and nobody to look after them now stretch into many tens of millions. In Uganda’s capital city alone, human rights observers estimate that over 15,000 kids, from toddlers to late teenagers, are living on the streets and having to scour rubbish dumps for any odd morsel of rotting food. Every night, a substantial number of these kids die slow, horrific, painful deaths in cold, dark, terrifying nightmare conditions. Some die from hunger, exposure and infection. Some are killed in fights over a tiny scrap of bread. Others are killed for even more sinister reasons as victims of unscrupulous adults who make their money by supplying unwanted children for ‘use’ in unspeakable crimes and pagan rituals. Kampala’s city police report picking up and disposing of as many as 100 or more young bodies on a daily basis. It’s easy to feel momentarily overwhelmed by the statistics and conclude that there is not much we can do to help in the face of such seemingly hopeless situations, huge numbers and impossible odds. However, one of our local residents, based between Hadleigh and Sudbury, believes that this is no reason for not even trying to help as many children as we can towards safe and caring hands. For the last three years, he has been working solo to help, encourage, train, equip and support a team of devoted, full-time, African volunteers to establish a small children’s rescue centre with secure home and primary school in the very poorest shanty town suburbs of Kampala. He told us: “Although this venture can only help comparatively few of the many thousands of children in dire need both in and around the city, ‘Capital Kids! Kampala’ now stands as a vital beacon of refuge, shelter, love and hope in a particularly depressed area which, if you saw an aerial photo, you would think was just one huge scrap yard full of rusty corrugated iron. Although our buildings are still in a very basic condition and the whole site in need of complete renovation, the facility still provides a reasonably safe home with its own free primary school for 120+ orphans, runaways, street kids and other highly vulnerable, destitute children in dire need of care, parenting and education.“ “Our kids are amazing. In over 40 years of working with youngsters in both residential and non-residential educational situations around the world, I have never come across a community of kids within such a wide age range so keen to help, care for and get along with one another… and these are kids without even basic toys beyond couple of cheap plastic balls to kick around. So much of that positive spirit is down to our incredible team of 8 carers and teachers, most of whom are working full-time without any kind of pay. They are exceptional people who have very little in life, but are thoroughly positive about and brilliant at working with and caring for these kids.” “The project receives no financial help from any charity or aid organisation, and we have only survived thus far because of occasional gifts from some of my friends that have helped to pay the rent. I am now urgently looking for local volunteers here in the wider Hadleigh/Sudbury area to help with street collections during the lead up to Christmas, and also hoping to establish a Home Team of longer-term, motivated helpers who, between them, can contribute a wide variety of skills to moving the project forwards and help these and many more children away from the terrors of life on the streets and towards a much more secure existence and future.” For more details about the project, the vision for the future and the opportunities to donate and/or get involved, please take the time to check out the info, photos and contact details at:

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Bildeston History Quarterly Issue 21 (Winter 2016)

At the beginning of the sixth year for Bildeston History Quarterly, a miscellany of subjects from 10th century to 20th Winter 2016 - 2017 Price £3 century is featured. Some aspect of our Issue 21 landscape are quite new, for example additional warehousing and car-parking at Taylor Made Joinery on Ipswich Road, while others have been around for at least 10 centuries, such as the parish boundary between Chelsworth and Bildeston. This was recorded in the oldest surviving charter for the county of Suffolk when, in the year 962, King Edgar gave Chelsworth to his step-mother. (This scene is depicted on Chelsworth’s village sign). These Anglo-Saxon boundaries can still be traced especially the huge ditch that is crossed by the Bildeston to Chelsworth road. The document does not refer to Bildeston as such but to land belonging to Asa, a female who might have lived here but most certainly owned the land here 1000 years ago. Coming more up-to-date, ‘The way we were 100 years ago’ looks at the entry for Bildeston in Kelly’s Directory of Suffolk for 1916, which lists churchmen, members of the parish council, the schoolmaster, postmaster, police constable and captain of the fire brigade. There were four farmers with seven farms between them as well as shopkeepers, tradesmen and craftsmen. Photographs taken around that time show what is now called High Street with no cars in site! Also appearing as picture-features are another platoon in the local home guard and Bildeston Rangers football team. The story of ‘John Stanesby and his eleven Italian aliens’ explains why his workforce in 15th century Bildeston was so unusual and why they were called Italians. It is most likely that the present homes on the south side of Chapel Street were built as two terraces of dwellings to accommodate them. If you are interested in the medieval woollen-cloth industry, you may like to read the latest book by Nicholas Amor From Wool to Cloth: The triumph of the Suffolk clothier. Dr Amor has used historical sources not drawn on before to look at men and women who made cloth so there are references to the people of Bildeston. In ‘Hidden histories: Great Copt Hall’, although title deeds to the property go back as far as 1864, further research has taken the ownership and occupancy of the house and its farm back a further two hundred years. If you have a bundle of old title deeds and would like the ‘hidden history’ of your home told, please contact the editor. Two other premises in Bildeston have their histories revealed in this season’s magazine. For about twenty years in the 19th century, Nos. 9A and 9B High Street accommodated a coconut-fibre matting factory and the success and bankruptcies of owners are followed. The other building is featured on the front cover and explains why you can ask “When was the Red Lion not the Bildeston Red Lion?” To which the answer is “When it is in Wattisham!” I would like to thank everyone who continues to support Bildeston History Quarterly, an independent project that brings the history of our village to light. Over the last year, contributors have included Raymond Clarke, Peter Hubbard and Oswold Simpson. I am also very grateful to Kelvin Avis and his printing team for turning my rough ideas for latyout into a well-presented magazine. Your letters, pictures and memories of Bildeston and its surrounding countryside in the recent past and articles relevant to the village’s history are most welcome. Please contact Sue Andrews, 17 Manor Road, Bildeston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 7BG (01449 740673) Issue 21 is on sale from the beginning of December at Bank House Stores and Brook Farm Studio in Bildeston, Avis the Newsagent and Idler Bookshop in Hadleigh High Street and at Hollow Trees Farm Shop in Semer, price £3.


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Howard with the Owner and Manager at The Marquis My dear readers: thank you for your Birthday wishes. I was in fact 56 years old at my last Birthday. There were a number of correct answers to the competition but having made a draw I will deliver a bottle of Champagne to Peter Cox of Hitcham. There will be a booby prize for one of your number who thought that I was 76! It was with an air of anticipation that Frank my chauffeur and butler walked towards my padded leather chair in the Library at the Gibbons’ residence. Frank had been hit on the head by a large mango that was growing in the Orangery which appears to have affected the meter of his gait. Frank was quite limp as he placed a silver tray before me bearing a large envelope which was soon sliced open by a silver knife. There amongst a gold lining was an invitation to the Opening Party of The Marquis Hotel at Layham. I was due to be going to Kensington Palace that night but hastily re-arranged. And so it was that accompanied by my good friend Lady Jan Radcliffe the mascot of our motor car was silhouetted against the hotel as Frank descended an incline to the entrance. The former Marquis of Cornwallis has been extended and developed by its owner Stephen O’Leary into a hotel. As one might imagine, the finish and fabrics are beautiful. The rooms have been luxuriously finished. One could see seven or eight chefs through a glass in the restaurant to the kitchen. I gather that the chefs are Spanish and that the beef is supplied by the Queen’s Butcher. Canapes which were rather too large for my liking were delivered. Hotels could well take a leaf out of the book of the Grill Rooms on board Queen Mary 2 to provide the finest service. I wish the new hotel and its owner every success. Why not book for that special occasion. There was talk that the exorbitant Stamp Duty Land Tax rates on second properties may be watered down by the Government and that remains to be seen. I hear so many stories of people using these enormous conveyancing outfits and on-line services where the client is unable to speak to anyone and various different people handle the same matter. We provide service, service sets us apart. We know our clients. We can see clients out of hours by arrangement if that assists. I have often mentioned to you the merits of entering a Lasting Power of Attorney which would enable a relative or close friend to administer one’s affairs if one was prevented from doing so through mental incapacity. If you would like to find out more, then please telephone. A very Happy Christmas to you all. Howard Gibbons

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News from Kersey School

Squirrels were really fortunate to visit Prince's Street fire station early in November. The children had a fantastic time looking around a fire engine and rescue boat. However the highlight for many of the children was being able to use a proper fireman's hose pipe! We also learnt the importance of being safe around fire and not using matches. Squirrel class also recently participated in a mock wedding with Rev. ffrench where the children learnt the importance of celebrating a marriage between two people. Hedgehogs have had a busy beginning to this half term. We enjoyed a visit to Ipswich Fire Station where we learned how to prevent a fire and what to do if there is a fire. We even had a go at using their hose! In class we have been learning about Guy Fawkes and The Great Fire of London. We have also been learning about celebrations in RE, and took part in a mock wedding to learn about this important part in many people's lives. We are now busy preparing for our upcoming nativity performance, learning our lines and practising the songs. Badgers have had a great start back to this term with lots of exciting activites. In Science we are learning all about plants and how they grow. We are starting to make our own molded flowers to show the different parts. In Maths we have been working hard on using timetables and telling the time. We are super excited about our trip to Snape Maltings next week, where we are going to sing with lots of other schools in a performance. We hope to have lots of pictures from our time there. Owls This half term, Owls are learning about the Ancient Greeks. We have read, watched and listened to a number of Greek myths and we will soon be writing our own myths using ideas we have 'borrowed'! As a part of our topic, we will be making Greek vases, using papier mache, designing and painting them much like the Ancient Greeks did many years ago. Owls also had a great morning doing orienteering and map reading with Mr Hall from Active Outdoor Discovery. We learnt about different symbols used on OS maps, as well as looking at maps of different scales. Was your child was born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013? If so they will be starting school in September 2017. Parents with children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 must apply for a reception place at a primary or infant school by 15 January 2017. More information can be found at including frequently asked Questions. If you would like to know more about Kersey school or would like to arrange a visit please ring the office on 01473 823397, email: or visit our website:

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James Cartlidge writes Member of Parliament for South Suffolk

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

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The star is located in the Northern constellation of Cygnus the swan and shines at a rather dim 11.7 magnitude, meaning a telescope of 5 inches is required to see it. It lies at a distance of some 1,480 light years away from Earth, is 5 times the luminosity of the Sun and around 1.5 x the size of the Sun, and is pretty unremarkable apart from its rather strange dimming and brightening patterns which has created all sorts of strange reports in the tabloids. The graph shows data collected over a period of 3 years from 2011-2013, and shows some quite alarming peaks. The bold black line at 1.00 is the correct line to follow, and upon this line we can see tiny "spikes" along this line. This is how planets are located around other stars and the technology involved is amazing to comprehend. Imagine that a torch beam is on, but place it on the Moon. Now imagine that while observing from Earth, a small moth flies in front of the torch on the Moon. Now, to the human eye, even with the use of a huge telescope, we wouldn't be able to see any dimming of the apparent light from the torch, but some telescopes can see this and measure just how much of the stars light is blocked out, thus allowing us to work out mathematically how large an object is orbiting the said star. Regular patterns can also inform us of just how long the object takes to orbit its host star. Take a look at the graph and you can see something is causing dramatic fluctuations in light from this star. From 1.00 it then dips to 0.85, then dips later even further down to ~0.78. This is truly strange behaviour and has never been seen anywhere before. So, what could be causing this bizarre behaviour? The simple answer is, we don't know for certain, but there are a couple of theories doing the rounds. One is that we are periodically witnessing material orbit the star which is in the early stages of forming planets, much as happened with our Solar System some 4.5 billion years ago. This is a very plausible explanation, and one that a rational mind would expect to be occurring, but the problem is the spikes do not correlate to regular intervals, meaning something expected to be that size is not responsible for the dimming. The explanation that excited the media around the world is that the dimming could be from a Dyson Sphere. A Dyson Sphere is a theoretical structure created by alien intelligence, and basically is when a civilisation harnesses the power of its star, thus not needing to use the resources of their own planet. To create a structure like this would take unbelievable engineering techniques that we on Earth are absolutely nowhere near creating, so any aliens around this star would be millions of years in advance of us. Many believe this is our first definitive evidence of artificial intelligence, many believe that there is some unseen natural cause, either way, something very obscure is happening around this otherwise ordinary star. And so with that, all that is left to do is wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you to Kelvin for continuing to allow me to submit articles for the Community News, and a big "Thank You" to all of you who read them. Until next year, clear skies.

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Give health for Christmas. We are selling Christmas Gift Vouchers redeemable against all our services and products. Maybe you’d like to treat one of your loved ones to a Swedish or Sports Massage. Or perhaps you know someone who’d like to book a 1:1 Pilates session or would like to buy some of our fantastic Pilates products? You might like to help someone to shake off a nasty cough or know a keen runner who would like to come for a biomechanical assessment? Then pop in and pick up one of our Hadleigh Physiotherapy Christmas gift vouchers. Hadleigh Physiotherapy Limited 01473 810185

All Saints Church, Shelley Receives Generous Grant from Viridor Credits

After several years of fundraising, two large grants will enable Shelley to build much needed facilities in the Church. Work will begin in late December. All Saints was built in 13th Century, The tower was added in the 14th century, the vestry was built in the 16th century and was originally a chapel for the Tylney family. Beneath the north window is the tomb of Dame Margaret Tylney who died in 1578. The PCC plans to install a WC and a servery in the Tower, widening the use of the church and making it more comfortable for visitors. WC’s in churches have become more and more essential. The PCC will now be able to offer everyone who attends services and events the convenience of modern facilities. The new facilities will also enable people from further afield to join us for services, including weddings. The Church will now be suitable for events, meetings, exhibitions and more. This is important for Shelley as the Church is the only public building in the village and is the centre of our village life. The PCC has had huge support from local people for the project, including from the Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding, who hold their annual Christmas service in the church. Fundraising started in about 2012 with many local events. This has continued, hand in hand with applications for grants locally and nationally. We are very greatful to everyone who has helped with fundraising, and to all the bodies who have awarded us grants, including an award of £20,000 by Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund, and another substantial grant from Garfield Weston Foundation. Viridor Credits administers funds donated voluntarily to the Landfill Communities Fund by Viridor, a Waste Management Company. Viridor Credits Environmental Company is one of the top Distributive Environmental Bodies in the country, providing funding opportunities for biodiversity, community and heritage projects, through the Landfill Communities Fund, throughout the United Kingdom.

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If you are one of over 46,000 households in Suffolk which is off the mains gas network, you could be saving money on your oil heating bill thanks to a local social enterprise. Community Action Suffolk (CAS) runs a community buying scheme which has purchased over 2.1 million litres of oil in the last year. In this time, households saved an average of £60, higher volume users such as community groups have saved £100 and rural businesses have saved £321. Despite recent record falls in oil prices, the scheme’s members have still made a collective saving of over £70,000 in the past year, as heating oil is purchased in bulk. Oil deliveries are then planned to provide an environmental benefit, with one oil tanker making a single trip to several members, rather than numerous single trips to the same area. Not only is the tanker’s fuel consumption is reduced, but so is the heavy traffic through rural villages. Natalie Lomas, Resources Officer at CAS, said: “Our members simply like the low prices that we get for them. Since the scheme started, our prices have been consistently lower than the average prices our members would have paid independently. “Members also appreciate the ease of the scheme, as they do not have the hassle of phoning around suppliers for quotes. “We take orders from our members across Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and place bulk orders twice a month. We can also organise individual orders for members who miss a deadline, or find that they are running short.” Members are not required to place orders online in order to benefit from savings, as is often the way with similar schemes. This is one way in which the scheme prides itself with customer service. One regular customer recently commented: “Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your colleagues for organising and providing this service, which continues to offer significant savings on heating oil purchases as well as proving to be very efficient in its operation and delivery, thank you.” As well as heating oil, the scheme also supplies members with Fuel Additive, Red Diesel, Gas Oil and LPG. Membership starts from just £20 per year and members have the option of placing orders via the website, by email, post or telephone. To become a member or for more information visit or call 01473 345355 for a membership pack to be sent to you.



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Kersey Mill Newsletter Time to celebrate at Kersey Mill Not just because its Christmas time, not just because the amazing Santa’s Workshop is underway and attracting more people than ever, not just because there are so many fun things in store at KM this month. We have had some fantastic news! Let me tell you the back ground Kersey Mill is a grade II* building which was added to the Heritage at Risk Register in 2014, after being in a deteriorating condition for many decades. John Whitmore and Sons built the original section of the mill in 1810. It was later enlarged in 1868 by Whitmore and Binyon with the introduction of a steam engine, large bolters (or sieve) and an elevator. This sophisticated array of equipment minimised the need for manual handling and produced fine white flour. The mill has over time been adapted to three main sources and phases of power: water, steam and then gas. The milling machinery is still virtually complete and capable of sensitive repair and restoration to enable milling once again. Repairs to the Hurst Frame will commence in 2017. The Hurst Frame is the large heavy wooden structure that holds the grind stones over the Lay Shaft and associated gearing. The mill also has a fine iron waterwheel and the wheel pit has already been carefully repaired and rebuilt. The building is still substantially original, despite being subject to repairs and renewal over the years. However, a structural survey in summer 2015 discovered that two full-height principal posts, one axial beam and substantial areas of flooring were severely rotted and at risk of collapse. A leaky valley gutter and poor roof covering contributed to the rate of decay. The mill required urgent repair and replacement of these structural elements in order to reinstate structural integrity. The main elements of structural work were completed this summer to a very high standard, resulting in a nomination for a Historic England Angel Award. Our fantastic news is that Kersey Mill has now been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register. Congratulations to all those involved. Have a great Christmas

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On Sunday 20th November Hadleigh Hares ran the Turner Blinds and Shutters 10 mile, the John Chisnall 5 mile races and 2k Fun Run. Both adult races sold out before the day, and despite weather warnings and a lot of rain in the morning, they were very well supported. The Junior Fun Run, sponsored by Hadleigh Physiotherapy, started off events at 10am with over 50 children braving the elements and running the course which takes in the river walk. Each entrant was rewarded for their efforts with a medal and a goody bag from Hadleigh Physiotherapy. The rain had stopped by 11am and the start of the adult races, although there was quite a lot of standing water on the roads. This didn’t put anyone off, in fact many entrants commented they have come to expect bad weather on a Hadleigh race day! (This has been the case for the last few years.) The five mile race was won by Danny Rock from Felixstowe Road Runners in a time of 29:07 with the first female, Sandy Thorogood from Sudbury Joggers, completing the course in 35:38. The ten mile race was won in 58:15 by Gavin Davies from Ipswich Jaffa and Hadleigh Hares own Victoria Kenny was first female in 1:02:12. We would like to thank our sponsors, Turners Blinds and Shutters, M. Chisnall and Sons and Hadleigh Physiotherapy for supporting our races and the East of England Co-op for the donation of water, mars bars and bananas. A huge thank you goes out to all those who helped to organise and marshal the event and to the local community who are always very supportive. About John Chisnall In 2014 Hadleigh Hares dedicated the 5 mile race to local man, John Chisnall. John was a keen and avid member of the club for a number of years, someone who saw the club grow from strength to strength. He was also integral to the development of the Triathlon section of Hadleigh Hares with the support of good friends and members of the club. John was a keen runner and Triathlete himself, competing in many races, Triathlons and eventual Iron Man competitions in Europe and America. He was always happy to support the club, helping with both the races and in supporting a variety of events across the year. Sadly in August 2013 John passed away from melanoma (skin cancer) at the age of 51 years. He would have been honoured to have had the 5 mile race named after him and grateful for the support of his family and the community in running the race, but also in supporting the amazing club that he was a part of. A cake stand was set up on race day, to raise funds for the charity Melanoma Focus which focuses upon researching melanoma as well as supporting those effected by it. The sale raised an impressive £312.45, thank you to all who contributed. If you would like to find out more about joining Hadleigh Hares AC please visit our website



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Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. As I write this on a gloomy November evening, it occurs to me that the people of Suffolk could be amusing themselves by having ‘their say’ on all sorts of topics. The County Council currently seeks your opinion on, among other matters, highways maintenance, the council’s budget choices and the new river crossing in Ipswich. A resident could while away many happy hours contributing to these exercises. Most people however will not regard this as a particularly useful occupation. For some years now councils have hardly been able to do anything unless they fulfil a legal duty to ‘consult’. Consultation exercises however do not convince the general public. Often there is a strong sense that consultation is taking place when decisions have already been made, and that it is just a box ticking exercise. Moreover, People sometimes do not feel that they have sufficient information or knowledge to give an informed response. This was the case in the recent consultation on the complex Devolution arrangements for Norfolk and Suffolk, although it has to be said that it did not stop a few people from having a go! This all gives the concept of consultation a bad name, but seeking the opinion of a community can at the right place and time be very effective. In Lavenham and Brettenham, in recent months we have seen two good examples of real community engagement where a good number of residents gave their views and where tangible positive outcomes are likely in 2017. Jenny Antill is the Suffolk County Councillor for the Cosford Division. Contact her through the SCC website or through

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The Band is holding their annual Christmas Concert on Friday 16th December at 7 pm in the Elmsett and Aldham Village Hall. The programme will include a variety of seasonal musical items and some traditional Christmas Carols. Their will be contributions from Elmsett School plus items from various people as well. There will be a raffle, refreshments will be served after the concert and a visit from Father Christmas (if he isn't too busy) Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Band's chosen charity "Action for Children"

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


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Christmas Trees & Goats?

At Hollow Trees Farm, we like to make your life as easy as possible when it comes to buying your Christmas tree. Once again we will have a great selection of top quality trees, both traditional Norway spruce and the Nordman Fir. The Nordman offers the best needle retention whereas the Norway Spruce are grown locally and some people prefer their aroma. Sizes range from pot grown trees at 30cm up to magnificent 4 metre trees. Choosing from our range in early December will give you the best choice of trees. Once you choose your tree we wrap it for you and help you load it into your car. Amongst our festive fayre we also sell easy to fit stands that hold water to keep your tree in tip top condition. Christmas Trees do prefer to live outside so we recommend you keep it in your garden until about 10 days before the big day. When you bring the tree into the house we recommend keeping it away from radiators, fires or direct heat. Christmas is also the time for holly and pine wreaths and swags. Amongst our selection we have decorated or if you like to add your own individual touches we offer some plain ones too. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the mistletoe! When you come along to choose your special tree you will also be able to pop in and say Hello to the goat kids that are housed in the old stable in the Christmas tree sales area. The goats and the Hollow Trees team are all looking forward to seeing you in December! Hollow Trees Farm, Semer, Ipswich IP7 6HX 01449 741247

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New Years Eve Dinner Dance Come and join us for a meal from our a la Carte menu with complimentary hats and streamers, followed by a disco to see the New Year in. There is a £10.00 pp surcharge for the disco and a £10 deposit per person. But be quick! Tickets are selling fast!

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Come and see Santa and his Owls!

Santa will be visiting Bridge Farm Barns in Monks Eleigh on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and 24th December. This year you will find him with his Owls in the Lavenham Falconry centre at the barns. He will be available from 10am to 4pm and is keen to see as many children as possible. “Meeting Santa at Bridge Farm Barns is such a unique experience as with a little research from his elves, Santa seems to know a lot about the children who come to meet him! This has meant that many children believe our Santa is the real deal!”, says Caroline Gage, Bridge Farm Barns. “Since we’ve moved our toys out of the black barn it has meant we needed a new location for our Santa experience and Lavenham Falconry have created the perfect new home for Santa”. For more information and to book in give them a call on 07960 879600 or drop them an email to

‘Red October : Lenin & the Russian Revolution’ with Simon Doney

Stoke-by-Nayland WEA presents a series of 9 Lectures starting on Thursday 12th January 2017 in Stoke-by-Nayland Village Hall at 7.30 pm. One of the great events of global history, the Russian Revolution, changed the shape of the contemporary world at great cost to the Russian people. This course will study the causes of the revolution, the reasons for the October coup (1917), and seek to explain why Lenin and the Bolsheviks were able to win a Civil war and secure power against all the odds. Our lecturer Simon Doney is a local lecturer in Further and Higher Education and has taught classes for the WEA over a number of years. Fees: Adult £48 (payable after the first session). Try the first session (free). For further information please contact Sue Whiteley.

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Have you shopped at Hadleigh Market recently?’ asks Justine Paul of Suffolk Market Events

Back in July I was invited by Babergh District Council to work in partnership to try and improve Hadleigh’s weekly market. I know the people of Hadleigh have been visiting and supporting the market for centuries and I believe that the heritage, history and loyalty of the town are reason enough to try and ensure that the weekly market is encouraged to survive and hopefully prosper once again. The September relaunch of the market went well and from the locals that I talk to in the town, it seems people are generally pleased with the improvements to the market. The regular traders selling fruit and veg, fresh fish and cheese have been joined by a variety of new stalls and since September we have welcomed traders selling freshly baked cakes, local honey, natural skincare products, homemade candles, children’s stationary, real ales, freshly cooked Indian food, local sausages and freshly baked bread. Based in a tiny bakery in Bardwell Mill, Wooster’s Bakery can now be found every Friday morning on Hadleigh Market and is proving to be very popular selling an amazing selection of freshly baked, traditional and artisan breads, all hand crafted by Will Wooster and including wholemeal, seedy and white batch loaves, spelt and rye sourdoughs, walnut bread, brioche loaf and sticky malt loaf. To find a fabulous baker is always a treat but to meet a young baker who is supportive and excited about rebuilding a small market? Well that is just incredible and the people of Hadleigh are very lucky to have this wonderful bread, every week, in their local market. We have more new stalls lined up for December including fresh flowers from local florist, Lillies of Raydon, handmade Christmas wreathes and wooden Christmas decorations and delicious homemade Thai food from Siam Rice Box. We are also offering free pitches as an incentive to attract more new stallholders so if you would like to join us at Hadleigh Market please do get in touch, there is no minimum number of weeks required, you can book one week or every week of the year – it’s up to you; all you need to do to book a stall is call Suffolk Market Events on 07704 627973 or email me at So, all these changes are great but what I would really like to know is what you, the customer thinks of the improvements that have been made? What else would you like to see at the market and what do you think would make the market even better? Markets are, after all, provided for the customer so if you have any feedback or suggestions, I’d really like to like to hear from you and, in the meantime, I look forward to meeting lots of local shoppers at the market over the coming months. Hadleigh market is held every Friday morning from 9am until 2pm on the Market Place off the High Street. To enquire about a stall, to leave any feedback or to simply get in touch, call Suffolk Market Events on 07704 627973 or email Justine@suffolkmarketevents.couk

Whatfield Players Showtime!.....

A huge thankyou to our audiences, on Friday 28th, and Saturday 29th October, who supported us in this new format production. £188 was raised with the raffle, which was donated to ‘The Christmas Present Charity’ of Hadleigh. Live music from four talented performers played a key role in the show. An accomplished pianist, a trumpet player, a cellist and a banjolele, alongside voices that sang songs from many shows and eras, as well as sketches and monologues,making, we hope, an evening for all the family to enjoy. Our thanks are sent to Bryan and Jane Haylock, at the Idler Bookshop for ticket sales, Trevor Clarke, the Whatfield Hall bar staff, and all our Cast! Keep singing! Here's to the next time! Diane Armour (Chair)

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Paddlers enjoying festive fun on the River Stour in 2015.

Two local charities are to benefit from the return of festive paddles along a picturesque stretch of a Suffolk river. The Santa Paddles will take place on a stretch of the River Stour immortalised by artists such as Constable and Gainsborough between Sudbury and Great Henny. Proceeds raised from the paddles will go to Sudbury transport charity Go START and to the Colchester Hospitals Charity. Collections for both organisations will also be held on the day. Hire boats on this stretch of the river were re-introduced this year following a successful trial period the previous summer. Historically, boats rowing boats for hire at the Boathouse site were a common feature. However, the boats disappeared more than 15 years ago when the Ballingdon Bridge was rebuilt. Gordon Hardy of the Outdoor Hire Centre, which runs the event, said: “The festive paddles are fantastic fun. We introduced the event for the first time last year and it was such a success we are now hoping to make in an annual feature on the Sudbury social calendar. The paddles attract people from miles around, as far away as London, so they are also good for the local economy. As it is the festive season we also felt it was only right to give something back to the community. We have chosen two beneficiaries, which we believe offer a tremendous amount of support to local people.” The two paddles take place on December 11. The Santa Sing Along Paddle will see participants enjoy Christmas Carols as they paddle from The Rare Cow restaurant in Sudbury up to Cornard Lock and back. Santa’s Paddle and Pub will be a fancy dress event where participants paddle from the Boathouse Restaurant site to the Henny Swan and back again after a well-deserved drink. The restaurant will also be offering a bottle of bubbly to the best dressed family. Colchester Hospitals Charity is an umbrella charity for 100 charitable funds for the wards and departments at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital. GoStart provides vital, low-cost transport services to pensioners, people with disabilities, school children and voluntary and charitable groups in and around Sudbury. The group’s objective is to provide transport to those who for reasons including age, poor health or living in isolation are finding they are restricted from leading a normal life. The events is also supported by the River Stour Boating CIC and Rushbanks Farm, which are supplying additional canoes for the paddles. For more information on the hire boats from the Boathouse site go to or telephone 01206 700 707. Reservations can be made by email

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Suffolk Bereavement Support (SBS) a new charity operating in Hadleigh has recently received the exciting news that their funding application to Suffolk Community Foundation's Rural Fund has been successful making it the main funder enabling them to establish. Suffolk County Councillor for Samford Ward, Gordon Jones, who has been appointed to the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board and is Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills, has also provided support to help SBS get off the ground. Those recently bereaved or experiencing a delayed reaction to loss are now able to access support through the therapeutic group work approach which the charity offers. Meetings are facilitated by an experienced group leader who creates a warm and trusting environment in which group members can share their experiences and find ways of coping during what can be a difficult time. Groups meet fortnightly over a period of 16 weeks with some flexibility depending on individual need. Co founders Patrick and Margaret Palmer are sincerely grateful to both sources of support and are able to report that their group is now meeting regularly at a venue in Hadleigh. Names are now being taken so that further groups can be established. Anyone interested should telephone Patrick or Margaret Palmer 01206 299832 or email Further information can also be obtained from their web site



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2017 is nearly upon us and if your looking for a form of exercise that’s tones, strengtherns, improves posture then give Pilates a go. I have been running small mat classes since moving to Suffolk last year. My background is in nursing and I’ve practiced Pilates for several years, going on to train as a mat teacher with the Pilates Foundation. I run both beginners classes and core classes for the more experienced client. Class numbers are limited to 12 which means I can provide each client feedback and ensure they are exercising saftly. I also offer 1:1 individial sessions specifically for your needs and goals or a 2:1, which is a shared session ideal for friends or couples who wish to train together. Along side to my regular classes I will be introducing a new class in 2017, HIP pilates. Developed by Lisa Bradshaw HIP pilates offers more dynamic exercises the everyday Pilates and at a faster pace. HIP pilates promises to burn calories whilst improving muscle tone, co-ordination and balance all whilst staying true to the pilates Principles. I’m passionate about Pilates and believe it can benefit a wide range of people regardless of age and fitness levels so if your considering starting a fitness class in 2017 give me a call or drop me an email. Class times are: Monday evening: Hadleigh Library 6pm - 7pm Beginners/Gentle; 7pm - 8pm Core Tuesday morning: Postead Village Hall 9.30 - 10.30 Core; 10.30 - 11.30 Beginners/Gentle Wednesday Evening: Nedging Village Hall 6 - 7 pm Core Thursday Morning: Ansell Centre 9.30 - 10.30 Core; 10.45 - 11.45 HIP class Classes cost £7 for a block, drop in £9

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Hello friends, are you keeping warm? I see rugs are on now, and my door stays shut to keep in the heat. My riders peel off numerous scarves and blankets to get on my back, and my helpers get very warm in all their outdoor clothing indoors! I thought I’d tell you a bit about the RDA this month as some lovely locals may know next to nothing about it. ‘The RDA is in effect a Federation of some 500 small independent groups, such as The Shelley Centre, and currently supports over 26,500 adults and children by providing riding, carriage driving and vaulting each year.’ (quote from the RDA website). Therapeutic riding was recognized in modern times after the 1st World War when wounded servicemen were given rehab on horseback. After that the awful polio pandemic spurred people on to use ponies as therapists for polio victims. The medical professionals slowly began to appreciate what could be achieved through riding, and the various groups offering this help joined together under an umbrella organization. The result is the Riding for the Disabled Association. ‘Over the past 25 years The Shelley Centre has become recognized as a true Centre of Excellence. With the mystical influence of horses and ponies at the core of everything we do, and the unstinting dedication of everyone involved, it is indeed a very special place to be.’ (quote from our own website). Congratulations to Rebecca Page, seen here receiving her Grade IV Horse Care certificate from the adjudicator Sue Diggins on 4th November; it’s an amazing achievement that requires deep knowledge of the care and management of horses and ponies. Rebecca has been a regular rider with us since she was tiny and now she uses Babs, my room- mate, for her weekly exercise, and for sharpening her wits, as the certificate shows. Rocky, the handsome chestnut pictured here, has finally stopped working as he’s feeling his age. He has been the most perfect RDA mount and was much appreciated by all his riders over the last decade. We miss him and wish him well in his retirement and send huge thanks to Janey for lending us such a super horse. The search for two big fellas to replace Rocky and Jet goes on. Please keep your ears open for us, treaders! December sees us shutting up shop for the school holidays; our last excitement will be the carol service on December 3rd in Shelley Church. We all wish you a very happy and blessed time over Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2017. Website: Telephone: 01473 824172

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Conductor: Ute Cooper Leader: Lisa Patchett Christmas Concert: 6.30 pm Sunday December 11th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Our annual Christmas Concert will include, as usual, four Christmas Carols for everybody to sing accompanied by the Orchestra. The first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s city’ will be sung solo, and we are also including Good King Wenceslas with that wonderfully suggestive harmony to the 4th. verse as they walk through the snow. Popular items include Strauss’s ‘Blue Danube’ Waltz, a selection of favourites by Leroy Anderson, and Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’. There will also be a couple of items from Debussy’s children’s corner, a Mozart overture, and, as a grand finale, a really catchy piece of ballet music by Shostakovich. As usual, entrance is free, but we shall invite donations as you leave. All are welcome. John Druce (Chairman, Hadleigh Orchestra) Polstead Parish Council invites you on

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What is the Hadleigh U3A and what is it all about?

Our slogan is Learn, Laugh and Live! Currently there are 1000 U3A's in the UK and we have 250 members in the Hadleigh area alone so we hope we are succeeding in that aim. No academic qualifications are necessary or to be gained. Membership is open equally to men and women, the only requirement being that they are no longer in full-time paid employment yet still have their marbles and a healthy interest in the world outside the confines of home and daytime television! For a modest basic subscription (£12.00) members can attend our twelve monthly meetings, each with a guest speaker, and can access any of our twenty six special interest groups. These are run by members for members and cover a wide range of subjects and new ideas are always welcome. To name just a few, our groups cover subjects as diverse as Computer Skills, Psychology, Social History, Jazz Appreciation, Scrabble, Painting, Floristry for Beginners, Luncheon Clubs and Garden Visiting. Our monthly speaker meetings play to a full house at the Ansell Centre and subjects in the coming months include Boudicca and The Iceni Rebellion, a Charity supporting orphans in Rwanda, Jazz 1900-1945, the Magna Carta and An Introduction to Gemstones. Our theatre trips, outings and holidays provide experiences and opportunities that many of our members might not otherwise be able to have, and certainly not in such companionable company as when we do it in a group of likeminded people. We also hold a summer party at the Guildhall and a Christmas Lunch, currently at Hintlesham Hall. All these additional events are organised by our committee, charged at cost and open to all members. So if any of this sounds like your kind of thing, why not come along to the Ansell Community Centre next to the United Reform Church in Market Place on the second Monday of any month at 2.30 pm, where you will be very welcome. Alternatively, find us on the internet under Hadleigh Suffolk U3A or contact our membership secretary Chris Gwinnell on 01449 741234 or email

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At our November meeting we were delighted to welcome back Deb Hart who is always such an engaging speaker. This time she took us all through making a beautiful Christmas wreath from materials we can find in many of our gardens. Deb had some great ideas, mixing traditional use of moss, holly, cones and berries with some less mainstream fruit and vegetable choices – for those of you not looking forward to having Brussels sprouts on your Christmas dinner table, why not attach them to your front door wreath instead?! Deb kindly donated the wreath she made to our raffle prize table and all looked with envy at club member Sue as her lucky ticket was drawn – the picture shows Sue (on the right) with Deb and her prize. A good number of us resolved to go foraging in our gardens for our own wreath making attempts – look out for some quirky shows adorning the doors of Hadleigh this year. At our next meeting – Monday 12th December 2016, we are looking forward to hosting our annual quiz which always proves to be an enjoyable relaxed evening in the run up to Christmas. A knowledge of gardening is certainly not essential – rounds on Latin plant names are strictly forbidden! Typical favourite rounds with a music and picture theme will feature, and by popular request, the ‘feely bag’ round is back! Everyone is welcome, members £1.00 and nonmembers £3.00, as usual the start time being 7.30pm at Hadleigh Town Hall. Festive food is provided too – why not come and join us in the festive fun? Andy Leeder, Chairman

New FREE Community Class – Chair Based Exercise

The Hadleigh Boxford Group Practice has partnered with South Suffolk Leisure to deliver a new class FREE to the community. This chair based exercise class is designed to help you build up your activity levels without putting strain on your hips, legs or arms helping you to live independently for longer. Sessions will take place at Hadleigh Health Centre from 2pm to 3pm on a Thursday. No need to book Ginny will look forward to seeing you there. For more information contact Hadleigh Pool and Leisure on 01473 823470

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Having just returned from a November break in the Lake District, where they have had a very dry summer with their rivers and reservoirs at very low levels, it was most welcome to see that while we were away we had some rain here, though to be honest it has not penetrated that far into the ground. Most of the clearing up on the allotment is now finished with the last task being the cutting down of the now yellowing asparagus fronds, these are cut up small and put on the compost heap, they are a bit woody so will take quite some time to rot down, a generous layer of horse manure will help the process. As the fronds were cleared away several little self- seeded buddleia plants were found. These have come from a large bush growing behind the shed, grown especially for the many butterflies that feed on the purple blooms during the summer. This bush will also need to be cut back by about a third before the winter and then cut back again very hard in the spring. Buddleia is very tough and was one of the first bushes to grow on old bomb sites after the second world war, hard pruning will not hurt it. Another bush grown on the allotment for the benefit of the bees is lavender, this has also had a haircut, but not so severe as the buddleia, with lavender do not cut into the old wood. With my idea to grow some dahlias we were fortunate to be given several very large plants that were being discarded in a garden revamp. These were dug up with all of their top growth and replanted on the allotment. Within a couple of weeks we had our first heavy frost and all the top growth was totally blackened and ended up on the compost. The exposed stems were given a generous covering of compost and with luck will survive the winter, we shall just have to wait and see. If you have saucers under your pots, these should be removed as the last thing the pot plants need is to sit in cold water. The hanging basket that did so well with tumbling tom tomatoes this year has now been replanted with winter pansies, fresh compost is of course used. These will add a splash of colour in the grey winter months ahead. We have not seen the hedgehog for a few weeks and the cat food is no longer being eaten, hopefully the little feller is snug in his nest for the winter, I do not have the heart to check. Incidentally, did you know that you can actually buy tins and packets of special hedgehog food. We were given a tub to try, it looks very much like cat food and was readily eaten. With the cold weather coming keep the bird feeders clean and filled up, and if it does turn icy make sure that they have a supply of fresh water. That’s all for this time, seasons greetings Dave


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That’s what many people say when they come to the Annual Carol Concert given by the Capel Singers. Each year we follow the tradition of letting the Carols tell the story of the Birth of Jesus, whilst drawing on a wide range of literature, poetry and humour for readings that describe the effect of Christmas. These can range from old favourites from Dickens, Richmal Crompton to the poetry of Betjeman and Auden, possibly even to the scientist’s take on the Father Christmas delivery schedule. This year the carols will include a mixture of favourites, arrangements by Sir David Willcocks and John Rutter, as well as some new (for us) carols, including the Cowboy Carol in an arrangement by Sir Malcolm Sargent. The Friends of Capel Church are providing the refreshments afterwards in the Hall. Admission is free, with a retiring collection to help the Friends in their work of maintaining our medieval church. The Concert takes place in St Mary’s Church on Tuesday 13th December at 7.30 pm. Telephone Community News on 01473 823366

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Jane, the owner at Health Foods For You, has seen a growing trend in vegan and free from sales. Her shop having sucessfully relocated to North Street in May this year eagerly supports this with Jane herself following a vegan diet and shopping for organic and local where possible. The staff are happy to advise and make recommendations so that your festive season will be enjoyed as much as possible with no compromises on a great tasting Christmas dinner! You will find chilled and frozen items at the shop including Vegusto, Violife, Frys, Tofurky and a great selection of cheese and meat alternatives for your Christmas options, so don't feel you will miss out. “VEGO”, “Rawr” and “Raw Nibbles” are among the great range of delicious tasting vegan chocolates and treats, with vegan chocolate drops at a great price for cooking. The shop offer an “Order in Service” which means all your favourite lines can be requested, even if not seen on the shelf, allocated to your account and your personal purchase list created for future referance. Just ask us to help and we can look at prices, sizes and best value for you. Jane works hard to ensure most new and popular ranges are introduced to the shelves so regular visits will enable you to benefit from exciting new brands along with the instore monthly promotions allowing you to try new things with 10 % OFF or in store. Dont forget to look after your liver too over the festive season. A.Vogel Milk Thistle is a great liver tonic and is used for detoxification, fat metabolism and hangovers! The liver constantly works hard to help defend us from toxins that are common in our everyday life, acting like a filter and removing harmful substances from the body. Milk thistle is shown to decrease, or even reverse, damage to the liver that’s been caused by prescription medications, antibiotics, pollution, heavy metals and so on. All A.Vogel make their range from fresh leaves and flowers, not dried, so the strength is optimum. Drops and tablets are available starting from £9.75. A Loyalty Scheme is now available. Collect points on your shop and be rewarded. Join today for FREE. Focusing on regular training to offer you advice on the comprehensive ranges in the shop along with support and options on what will help get you optimum results for your individual health and wellness. The shop will be open every day Monday – Thursday with opening hours from 9 – 4, Friday 9 – 5.30pm and Saturdays 9 - 4pm You can contact the friendly team for support on 01787 828262



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Come and celebrate Christmas at Flatford on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December, between 10.30am – 3.30pm. Each year Flatford hosts a traditional Christmas celebration to get you in the mood for the festive season. This year, the ancient hall of Valley Farm will be decorated for a Tudor Christmas. Greenery garlands will hang from the ancient walls and frame the huge inglenook fireplace, where a cosy wood fire will keep the winter chill at bay. Tables will be laid for a festive feast and costumed Tudors will be on hand to tell you about winter activities and Christmas customs. The festive theme continues in the Tea Room, where you’ll be able to enjoy seasonal favourites like mince pies and mulled wine. If you prefer something savoury, you may enjoy our delicious cheese and onion pasties or sausage rolls. Back by popular demand is the tasty mince pie scone, a Flatford favourite! The National Trust Gift Shop will be open, giving visitors the chance to stock up on last minute Christmas presents and treat themselves. A great range of gifts will be on display, so you are bound to find something suitable. You will also be able to sample some of the delicious chutneys, jams, biscuits and liqueurs for sale in the shop. In the RSPB’s Wildlife Garden, you will be able to make natural decorations and bird feeders and browse the volunteers’ craft stall. You can also join in the ancient custom of wassailing an apple tree, believed to ward off evil spirits so the tree has a bumper crop of fruit. You may even meet a very special visitor! On the second weekend, you can enjoy festive music too. In the Tea Room, the Constable Singers will perform carols and Christmas songs on Saturday afternoon whilst Brantham Community Choir will entertain people on Sunday afternoon. Entry to the event is free, however, there will be a parking charge of £4.00 per car for non National Trust members and a small donation for some activities. If you want to find out more, please call the National Trust on 01206 297201 or visit or Flatford is situated near to the village of East Bergholt and can be reached in 20

Pause for Thought

October 30th was the day it arrived – my first Christmas card. It was a reminder that Christmas would come, whether I liked it or not. Some people LOVE Christmas; others dread it. Some just enjoy the sparkle, light, food and festivities at a gloomy time of year. Others dread the hype, pressure and painful reminders. A lot of us are somewhere in the middle – really wanting to genuinely experience the Peace, Joy and Love the cards talk about, but somehow finding it eludes us. Yet last Christmas was indeed truly special as Peace, Joy and Love became reality for me again. Even in a crazy, unsafe, mixed up world. As I sat in a candlelit carol service, the church leader reminded everyone that Jesus specifically came on a rescue mission. God knew that I had done bad stuff – and we all know we do, if we dare to be really truthful with ourselves; guilt is bad baggage to carry around. God is pure and clean, yet we must all face Him one day. What then? God loves people as individuals to an incredible degree. He sent Jesus, His Son, on a rescue mission. First to be born as a baby in completely humble circumstances, then to die an a cruel Cross to pay for all our wrongdoings. To be forgiven, to be free from guilt, to know you will one day be forever safe in Heaven – this is the real message of Christmas. A message that brings Peace, Joy and Love. Christine Hart

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Lots of love from Mum, Dad, Ellesha, Lily & all the family xx

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

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Christmas Fayre Friday 9th December 5pm – 7pm Whatfield Village Hall

New Premises for Sudbury & District Citizens Advice

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

Surviving Winter in Hadleigh

(and the eight surrounding Villages) This column was going to repeat the ground rules of our operation but perhaps after Christmas will do. Enough to say that we have no restriction both with age, disability, or if you are in receipt of benefit of any kind. That is not our business but if you have a problem, or know of someone, who has difficulty in keeping warm as a result of constant low winter temperatures we will do all we can to give you/them support . We did some research before we started and found how much of the government winter fuel allowance is not used as intended by many of those recipients eligible, the effort of the major charities to convert the donations from those who donate to them their winter fuel allowance is to be much applauded. However we focus solely on Hadleigh and eight villages, so would you give support for our Grand 88 Xmas Draw. Tickets are £1, or a book of Five are on sale from Avis Newsagent's, The Idler Book Shop, V.C. News and The Mens Room all in the High Street, plus we have a stall in the Market Place every Friday. The top prize is a one off and totally different, all the others are well worth risking a pound for. We would appreciate any sponsors of a prize and are indeed grateful to Kelvin Avis and his team for their support and the above named ticket sales points. The draw to take place in The Royal British Legion on Saturday 17th December 12.00 by TheTown Mayor, Cllr. T. Sheldrick. Our thank’s this month to Mr. Len Davis for his useful contribution and to B.G.A., both most welcome. From myself, Treasurer: Peter Gower, Trustee: Nick Webber, We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Warm New Year.

Lawrence Hugh Munson 1935-2016

On behalf of my daughters Catherine and Hannah and son in law Ian I would like to thank the many people who sent condolences and attended Laurie’s funeral. To our group of friends The Nomads who were so supportive during his illness. The care he received during his stay in Magdelan House. Drs and staff of Hadleigh Health Centre. The concerns from friends and neighbours. Thank you for the most generous donations received which will be presented to the Hadleigh Dementia Alliance. With sincere appreciation to so many, Mary Munson

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1 Whatfield Primary School children singing on stage

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OTHER PRIZES INCLUDE: THEATRE VOUCHERS – VALID NATIONALLY Two separate prizes of £50 value each LOCAL SHOPPING VOUCHERS Two separate prizes of £25 value each


TICKETS £1 EACH OR £5 PER BOOK On sale at Keith Avis Newsagents, The Idler Bookshop & V.C. News

Draw to take place at 12 noon on Saturday 17th December 2016 by Hadleigh’s Town Mayor, Cllr. Trevor Sheldrake at The Royal British Legion, George Street. Promoter: F. H. Breyer, Lays Field Barn, Ivy Tree Barn, Ivy Tree Lane, Hadleigh IP7 6LG. Email: Registered Charity No. 1162885


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

Seniors flushed by closet success

More than 80 players took part in a team contest for the smallest trophy at Newton Green Golf Club. The annual match between the ladies of the club and the seniors for the Closet Trophy is hosted on alternate years by each section, with the organisers selecting the rules of engagement. This year the ladies chose a greensomes format, but they could not prevent the senior men retaining the trophy by a comfortable margin, although many of the individual matches were closely contested. Women’s captain Sally Cade presented the trophy to seniors vice captain John Ford.

Stoke Juniors on Tour

Stoke by Nayland Golf Club Junior Section celebrated the end of their year with an away trip to Sprowston Manor in Norfolk. Accompanied by Club Captain Ian Thompson and members of the Junior Section Committee they enjoyed good weather, 18 holes of golf and a meal. Junior Captain Sam Nixon won the competition with 36 points and Isaac Toombs was runner up with 34 points. Back Row: Matt Thompson, Cillian Rew, Fergus Tribe. Front Row: Callum Woolston, Sam Nixon (Junior Captain), Max Toombs, Isaac Toombs.

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Lay-Off Fails To Halt Ben Tatum’s Charge


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

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Christmas and the New Year are the time for reflection for many, the highs, the lows , what made us laugh, what made us cry. Sometimes the joy is tinged with sadness because there is a person missing at the family gathering. For many the memories are too painful. Spare a thought in the middle of your festivities and share a few minutes of your time with that person. It will mean a great deal that someone cares, it costs you nothing and you will you have helped to brighten their day. There is so much trouble, strife and tensions in our world and very little room for kindness and love for our fellow man. Try to generate a little kindness in your world, every little helps. The healers of the Hadleigh Healing Society wish everyone a Happy, Peaceful, Loving Christmas and New Year. We are always there to listen, in confidence, to your concerns just telephone: 01473 823282 (answer machine) or log onto for an appointment.

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