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Town Herald

Free! Issue 17: December 2013

The Bell at Sax Reopens

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Church Street, Saxmundham The Bell in 2012, decked out for the Diamond Jubilee

After six months closure the Bell hotel in Saxmundham has reopened. On Friday 29 November the hotel's doors opened for the first time since it abruptly shut in May. Jonny Nicholson and his partner Natalie Ager have taken the hotel on and are rebranding it as The Bell At Sax to move away from its hotel and gastropub past. The focus is now on good food and simple comfortable accommodation. The inside has been transformed with a new sage green and cream colour scheme to emphasise the new unpretentious approach. Jonny was general manager at Southwold Pier until recently. He said: “Good food at a good price is what we want The Bell at Sax to be known for and we’re creating the kind of place we look for, a welcoming restaurant where you can relax, whatever the occasion, and not break the bank” Having the hotel open once more will be a boost to Saxmundham high street, which had recently lost not only the Bell but also the White Hart within a year.

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Ryder-Davies & Partners Veterinary Surgeons Taking care of all your animals

24 hour care provided by our own vets & nurses Experienced team of caring vets and nurses. Well equipped practice with full surgical facilities, in –house laboratory, ultra-sound, x-ray, dental facilities, nurse clinics, puppy socialisation classes

Health Plans available for dogs, cats, rabbits & horses to help you spread the cost of preventative health care. To find out more call us on Woodbridge 01394 380083, Rendlesham 01394 420964 Felixstowe 01394 284554 or Ipswich 01473 274040 Established for over 40 years


Heated interior kennels with runs 3 walks per day Your dog is welcome for any duration – even just a day!


Talking Shop Jackey L Jewellers

to offer, “we have a lot of things in the shop for under £10 and we’ll give the same oldfashioned service to the person spending that as to someone with £1000s to spend. We believe in helping people find what they’re looking for without being pushy – you’re welcome just to come in and browse.” Often customers are happy to give Jackey a budget, for a birthday or Christmas, and let her find a selection of suitable gifts.

Carol Ryland and Jackey Phillips at Jackey L Jewellers Jackey Phillips fell in love with the jeweller’s shop in Saxmundham High Street when she used to pass it every day on her way to work in Aldeburgh.

“We love the ‘My iMenso’ silver pendants at the moment. They open like a locket and there’s a whole palette of interiors to choose from. It would be an ideal gift from the whole family with the pendant as the main present and the insignia as smaller gifts.” So that all of their customers can enjoy a sparkle this Christmas, Jackey L is offering a free ring cleaning service throughout December

The historic premises, now called Jackey L, has been a jewellers since 1769 and before Jackey took it over in 2006, had been owned by three generations of the Kersey family. “I worked at Fournel Jewellers in Aldeburgh,” explains Jackey Phillips. “They were very good to me and put me through the Professional Jewellers’ Diploma. I then went on to do a degree in gemology.” Because Jackey L isn’t part of a chain, it’s able to offer a genuinely distinctive range of jewellery and gifts, “we’re a manufacturing jeweller, making pieces to order and we do a lot of re-modelling for clients, giving new life to old stones and treasured pieces. “We do a lot of repairs too, it doesn’t matter if the piece isn’t traditionally valuable, if it means something to someone, it’s valuable enough.” Jackey L’s also a very popular provider of watches together with replacement straps, batteries and minor repairs. Jackey Phillips is keen to emphasise the variety of jewellery and gifts that they have


A traditional village pub serving Real Ales from a still behind the bar


Food available every evening From 6:30pm (7pm on Sundays) Plus Saturday & Sunday lunchtimes from noon until 2pm on the B1119 between Framlingham and Saxmundham Telephone: 01728 663497


Community News Morris and Garland Dancing

Point Devis dancers at Helmingham Hall last summer

Lin Barnes writes: We have come to the end of our summer performances and are now into our new practise season. Some of the local events we have danced at include: Thorpeness Fete, Benhall Fete and we were also part of the fringe festival for FolkEast. We really would like to increase the number of dancers and musicians in the side so that we can take part in even more events next year.

from your home, Monday to Saturday. Donations of sofas, table, chairs, wardrobes and cabinets are all welcome and will be resold in the Hospice’s shops which stock furniture in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Stowmarket. Jason Rudderham, Retail Area Manager at the Hospice, said “With Christmas coming up, this is a great time of year to have a sort out and donate any furniture you don’t want any more to the Hospice. You may have furniture that no longer fits with your colour scheme or you might have bought new furniture in the pre-Christmas sales. Our shops are great for the environment as they allow goods to be reused and recycled and the funds raised enable St Elizabeth Hospice to continue to make a real difference to the lives of our patients and their families.” To donate furniture call 0845 259 0319.

We practise every Thursday evening from 8 to 9.30pm. If you play an instrument why not come along and join in with our band, try our music practice which starts at 7pm. Point Devis dances in the North West tradition, which is based on the processional dances that would have been danced by factory and mill workers, in places like Lancashire and Cheshire. The dances are performed wearing clogs (not the Dutch ones!). It is an enjoyable pastime, providing an opportunity to keep alive English traditions, to socialise and keep fit. Contact us on or 01728 602465.

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St Elizabeth Hospice is urgently appealing for donations of furniture to sell in its shops. The charity has a team of volunteer van drivers who will pick up good quality items

Olive Dental Practice At Olive Dental Practice we are delighted to announce that we are now taking on new NHS patients For more information or to book an appointment please give us a call or visit the practice 9 High Street Saxmundham IP17 1DF 01728 602537

Thérèse Coffey, MP Writing exclusively for the Town Herald In my last Town Herald article I spoke about the campaign to try and cancel the proposed toll on the A14. Thank you to all the Herald readers that signed the Dr Therese Coffey petition. I recently presented all 2,292 signatures to Parliament calling on the Government to withdraw the tolling element of the planned upgrade. Suffolk MPs have also met with the Prime Minister and Chancellor to put across a strong case on behalf of residents and businesses who feel the toll is a tax on their success. East Anglia is one of the leading growth areas in the UK and we made it clear to the Chancellor that this should not be put at risk. I hope that by continuing to press the case we can get a change of mind. A deal has now been struck between the Government and EDF over the strike price for Hinkley Point C. Whilst this is not an announcement for Sizewell it is a very good indication for future investment. The good news for our part of Suffolk is that we can start unlocking the thousands of jobs and investment that will come with it. It has taken a long time to get to this stage but quite rightly the Government has been working hard to negotiate the

best deal possible for bill payers and taxpayers. Talking of economic development I welcome the announcement made by the Chancellor recently to set up an expert group tasked with finding ways to speed up rail services to the East of England. This builds on the work already underway to increase capacity on the line. The Transport Department has asked the current operator to develop plans to refurbish and modernise the current fleet, update interiors and provide improved facilities, such as power sockets so commuters and business travellers can work more easily as they travel by train. Small Business Saturday takes place on 7th December this year and I would encourage everyone to get out there and support small businesses on this busy shopping day before Christmas. Every day should be special for small businesses but I welcome the initiative. I hope to make it to the Christmas fairs in Saxmundham on Friday 6th and Leiston on the 7th to pick up some presents. Finally, as we are now firmly in the festive season may I wish all Herald readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you have a great time with family, friends and neighbours.

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Community News Beachwatch at Aldeburgh

The next survey is due to take place on Saturday 11th January from 10am to 12pm. If you would like to help you can contact Linda Hawes on 01728 833903 or at by Sunday 29th December. To find out more information about MCS and the locations of other surveys go to

The volunteers alongside some of the litter they collected from Aldebugh beach. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Autumn Beachwatch litter survey and clean-up at Aldeburgh (Fort Green - north) took place in October. There were 11 volunteers who started by collecting and recording litter from a 100m length of beach alongside the Brudenell Hotel. They found 273 items which weighed 0.90kg. The top five items were:

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Plastic pieces larger than 2.5cm (77 found); Plastic pieces smaller than 2.5cm (30 found); Fishing net & net pieces (16 found); Plastic crisp/sweet/lolly/sandwich wrappers and plastic cutlery/trays /straws/cups (14 found) Glass and polystyrene pieces smaller than 50cm (13 found)

After the survey the volunteers cleaned up to the North Lookout. They collected 2 bags of litter. It was noticed that there was an increase in animal faeces (dog mess) with 3 being found in the survey area alone. This must have been due to dogs being allowed back on to the beach after the five month break. Small animals and exotics Surgery, Ultrasound, Dentistry and Xrays In House Laboratory Opening times: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm Saturday 8am-4pm Tel: 01728 602599 Fromus House, Street Farm Road, Saxmundham IP17 1DU Southwold Branch Practice 01502 725132


What's Cooking? Sponsored by Christmas pudding In case you missed Stir Up Sunday, here's a great recipe for a traditional Christmas pudding that's suitable for Vegetarians Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus soaking. Cooking time: 6-9 hours Serves: 8 Ingredients 125g Waitrose LOVE Life Soft Dried Apricots 100g Waitrose LOVE Life Soft Agen Prunes 400g Waitrose Vine Fruit Mix 3 tbsp brandy Grated zest and juice of 2 oranges 2 tsp mixed spice 50g Waitrose LOVE Life Almonds, chopped 200g dark brown muscovado sugar 100g butter, softened 2 large essential Waitrose Free Range Eggs, beaten 75g fresh white breadcrumbs 75g plain flour Method Chop the apricots and prunes into pieces the size of a sultana. Place with the vine fruits in a large bowl. Pour over the brandy, orange juice and zest, then mix well and cover. Leave overnight until the liquid is absorbed. Add the remaining ingredients and beat well. Grease a 1.2 litre pudding basin and line the base with a disc of baking parchment. Spoon the pudding mixture into the basin. Cover with a pleated piece of buttered foil (the fold allows for expansion), with the buttered side towards the pudding. Fold the foil over the edge of the basin and tie with kitchen string so no steam can escape. Make a string handle to lift the hot basin out of the pan more easily. Place the basin in a steamer pan, over a saucepan filled with cold water. Alternatively, place an upturned heatproof saucer in the bottom of a deep saucepan and stand the basin on top. Pour cold water into the saucepan so it comes halfway up the

Traditional Christmas Pudding basin. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 hours for a light pudding or 8 hours for a darker one. Check the water level regularly and top up with hot water as necessary to prevent the pan from boiling dry. Allow the pudding to cool, then discard the foil and replace with a new piece. Refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat on Christmas Day, steam or simmer in water for 1½ hours until piping hot. Turn out onto a plate and decorate (optional, see Tip below) and serve with cream or custard. If you wish, you can flame your pudding by pouring over a little warm brandy and lighting it. Alternatively, decorate it with crystallised fruit: place 1 egg white in a bowl and whip lightly to break up and loosen. Put some granulated sugar on a plate. Choose a selection of fruit, such as whole cherries, physalis, redcurrants, kumquats, figs and grapes, as well as Clementine segments and pomegranate seeds. Using a small pastry brush, paint the fruit first with egg white then sprinkle with and dip gently into the sugar. Place on a tray lined with baking parchment and leave to harden and dry. Arrange around your Christmas pudding. Note the decoration contains raw egg, so it's not suitable for pregnant women, elderly people or those with a weak immune system.


Coming Events Sponsored by The Computer Cabin at HG Crisp Sunday 1 December, from 10am, Kelsale Village Hall. Art and Craft Exhibition of beautiful hand-made quilts, bags and cards and sale organized by the Kelsale Art Group. Sunday 1 December, 11am to 2pm, Saxmundham Market Hall. The fourth Annual Fair of GreenerSax, with the chance to buy a range of locally produced gifts, produce, preserves, books, textiles and cards. You can order a veg box or a Christmas wreath. Activities will include candle rolling (using wax from local bees – and you can buy their honey as well), pot decorating and face painting. You can sit down with the Sunday papers and some locally sourced (of course) brunch, including bacon or smoked salmon rolls, fresh coffee and a selection of home made cakes and pastries. Our bike doctor will also be on hand to check over your bicycle and advise you on repairs. Advice and information about saving money on fuel bills, green energy solutions and reducing your carbon footprint. For more info email or call 01728 652978. Wednesday 4 December – Saturday 11 January Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich, The Brontës of Dunwich Heath & Cliff. Eastern Angles theatre company are back with a hilarious new Christmas spoof featuring the famous Brontë sisters. You can expect funny songs, silly costumes and a wuthering good time in this brilliantly bizarre Brontë fest! Tickets £10-£16.50. Call 01473 211498 Friday 6 December, 9.30am to 4.30pm, By The Crossways, Kelsale IP17 2PL (off Clay Hills). Fine Cell Work Exhibition and sale of exquisite tapestry, needlepoint and embroidery produced by a pioneering social enterprise and charity teaching needlework to prisoners. At 11 am novelist Esther Freud will give a talk on the work of the charity. Entry is free and all are welcome. Come and admire the outstanding craftsmanship from practitioners in 29 UK prisons.


Friday 6 December 4-8pm Saxmundham Christmas Fair organised by Businesses of Saxmundham (BoS). The traditional lantern parade will proceed from the church at 5.15pm Santa arrives on his sleigh with gifts for the children who can visit him from 5.45 in his Grotto at the Market Hall. Tickets to see him are available from H G Crisp for £2. Lights will twinkle along the high street following the official switch on at 5.30pm. The town will be alive with fun activities for all the family with old fashioned fairground attractions like the crooked house, bucking bronco, bouncy castle and roundabout; steam train and pony and trap rides and side stalls with face painting, candy floss and belly dancers will amuse and entertain. Saturday 7th December 10am - 2pm Long Shop Museum Leiston Christmas Fair. Parking will be free in the High Street & Sizewell Road car parks all day, thanks to Cllr Andrew Nunn and Suffolk Coastal District Council. Father Christmas will be arriving in Solar Car Park around 9.30am where, along with his elves, he will board a tractor and trailer to travel in 'country style' along Sizewell Road, down the High Street and along Main Street to arrive at his grotto in the Long Shop Museum ready to hand out presents to all the good and well behaved children who come to visit him. Tickets for Santa are available on the day for a £2 donation. Sunday 8 December, 3 pm, Leiston Royal British Legion Band Concert St Margaret’s Church, Leiston. Sunday 8 December 3pm Carlton Church Carols by Candlelight Friday 13 December Framlingham Christmas Festival with late night shopping from 6pm to 9pm. Santa will arrive by horse and cart and invite children to share their Christmas wishes with him in his grotto as well as having their own ride in his horse and cart. Community groups will entertain the young and old with table top games, a 01728 602026

Coming Events Sponsored by The Computer Cabin at HG Crisp lucky dip, mass balloon release, face painting, pirates puppet show and human fruit machine, treasure hunt, snow machine and popcorn man and machine.

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Friday 13 December - Sunday 22 December, Snape Maltings, “Christmas Spectacular!” A traditional festive family tale with the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company . Brimming over with seasonal spirit, vibrant song and dance and a magical family story inspired by 'A Christmas Carol'. Prices and performance times plus booking info on

Saturday 21 December, Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, 12 noon “Story Maker – Big Story”, for five to six-year-olds to come and meet the Storymaker for an amazing adventure, or an exciting escapade. Mums, dads, grans, grandads, big brothers and big sisters can come too, but they’ll have to join in with the fun. Admission free. Book online at Saturday 14 December 6.30pm Kelsale Village Hall, Carol Concert. Come and sing some favourite carols and hear some Christmas readings and poems, followed by free light refreshments. Retiring collection in aid of the church lychgate. Sunday 15 December 6.30pm St Johns Church, Saxmundham Carols by Candlelight. Come and join us as we look forward to Christmas together in song, drama and story Come early to make sure you find a seat! Stay for a mince pie and mulled wine Wednesday 18 December Fromus Square, Saxmundham Primary School will be Carol Singing. They are helping to raise funds for the Adventure Playground, please come along to support them. Tombola from 9.30am and Mistletoe on sale. Please consider donating to the raffle. Cards & Celebrations and Fishers Home Hardware in Saxmundham High Street have kindly agreed to receive anything suitable for the Tombola (could be bottles, tins, packets of food or any NEW smallgift). Wednesday 18 December 2013 7.30pm at St Michael’s Church, Framlingham Phoenix singers 'Jingle Bells' Ancient and modern Christmas music, including a delightful new arrangement of festive Americana by Andrew Cantrill Tickets: £10.00 (£5.00 for under 18s), includes mulled wine and

available from Hall Farm W. Glasse 07802 597071, and choir members, also at the door. autumn2013/ Saturday 21 December from 6.45pm at the Knoll, Rendham: Rendham Mummers Winter Solstice Celebrations 7.30pm performance of festive Mummers play Old Knucker-He Comes A-Wassailing! Torchlight procession from 6.45pm to the Rendham White Horse. Please bring your lanterns! Small presents for children from Old St Nick! Seasonal Refreshments Parking in the Park (see signs) A traditional Hat Collection will be taken in aid of Ipswich Homeless Families Sunday 22 December, 10 am, Parish Eucharist and 4 pm, Nine Lessons and Carols St Margaret’s Church, Leiston. Sunday 22 December 6.30pm Carols by candle light. Peasenhall and Sibton Methodist Chapel. 24 December, 3pm St Johns Church Saxmundham, Crib Service. 4 pm, St Margaret’s Church, Leiston Carols around the Crib. 6.30 pm Carol-singing in the Old Post Office Square. Midnight Communion 11pm in Kelsale Church 25 December, Christmas Day at 10 am, Parish Eucharist St Margaret’s Church, Leiston. 10am Family Service with Holy Communion in Saxmundham Church

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1st Saxmundham Scouts Group at HQ, Memorial Field, Rendham Rd, Saxmundham. Boys and girls welcome to join. Beavers: Fridays 5.15pm to 6.30pm. Ages 6 to 8, Contact Lisa Wood Cubs: Tuesday and Thursday 6pm to 7.30pm. Ages 8 to 10.5. Contact Dave Kenny or Adrian Norris on the email below Scouts: Wednesday 7pm to 8.30pm. Ages 10.5 to 14. Call Haydn Morris, sax_ Yoga In Westleton. Monday 5.30-6.30pm novices 7 to 8.30pm intermediates. Westleton Village Hall. Oneto-one yoga therapy by appointment. Judie Shore 01728 648460 www. “CRAFTY Ladies” Craft Group. 1st and 3rd Mondays, 10am to 12.30pm, committee room, Kelsale Village Hall. £3 per session. Call Pam 01728 603995. Ladies Eastern Dance Classes Wickham Market Primary School, Tues from 6.15pm (Beginners); Riverside Ctr, Stratford St Andrew, Thurs from 7pm. Call Leanne 07796 087255 or Dress comfortably. No experience necessary. Pagans Beyond The Pale. Discussion Grp Badingham, Nr Framlingham 7.15 for


7.30. Meets monthly, on the Wednesday after the New Moon. For further info see our website Or call 01728 638580 Top Time At Sax Library. Thurs 11am to 12.30pm. All adults welcome. Games, films, play reading, talks and much more. Free entry. Call Sax Library on 01728 403094. Refreshments 50p. Molly Dancing Come and see Oxblood Molly at a practice session for a taster. Musicians and dancers always wanted – no previous experience necessary. Most Sundays at Peasenhall Village Hall but check with Roy on 01728 648901 or Julian 01986 873941. Kelsale Art Group Thurs 7-9pm, Kelsale Village Hall committee room. New members welcome. Call Roger 01728 667037 or Mike 01728 603995. KT Crafts Craft Fair, Saxmundham Market Hall, 1st Sat, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Free entry, refreshments. Call Tina 01728 604784. In aid of local charities. Closed Jan, Feb, March Leiston & District Philatelic Society meet 4th Wed. at Leiston United Church Hall, High St, 7.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome, whether beginners or advanced stamp-collectors. Further info contact the President on 01728 830415 or Secretary on 01394 460901. Point Devis North West Morris and Garland Dancing Thurs, Gannon Rooms, Sax 8-9.30pm Open to

all abilities. Dancers and musicians welcome. Contact Lin 01728 602465. Quaker Meetings in Leiston 10.30am every Sunday, Quaker Meeting House, Waterloo Avenue, Leiston. Children's class and Simple Lunch every Fourth Sunday. Singaround Kelsale Social Club, 2nd Thurs 8 to 11pm. All welcome. Join in or just have a drink and watch. Call Mike on 01728 603995 for details. GreenerSax come and join a friendly transition group, working towards a more sustainable Saxmundham and surrounding villages. call 07801 065385, website Heritage Coast Dog Training Club every Wed 7.15 to 8.30pm, Market Hall, Saxmundham. Dogs of all ages; it’s a must for puppies. Run on a voluntary basis. Any enquiries call Denise on 01728 603386. Praise and Worship Evening 1st Sat 7.30pm, Yoxford Village Hall. Great musicians, vibrant singing, all welcome. Contact: Ray/Margaret 01728 602372. Melody Makers Mixed Choir. Rehearsals every Monday 7.30 to 9pm. Kelsale Village Hall (2nd Mondays, Main Hall, all others Committee Room). Details from 01728 602822 or 01728 602690. Labour Party, Leiston and District Branch. Meets 4th Tuesday at Friends Meeting House, Waterloo Avenue, Leiston, 7.30pm. More info Regular events. Extraordinary Coffee! call 01728 833578. Leiston United Church hold a coffee morning every Friday and Saturday 10-11.30am in aid of church funds. All are welcome. PASTEL Fun Workshops 1st/3rd Saturdays (10.30am3.30pm) at Fromus Centre. For young adults aged 1525 with a learning disability. or contact 01728 604944 or email Everyman Folk Club Riverside Centre, Gt. Glemham Rd, Stratford St Andrew. Last Friday each month 8pm. Call 01449 615523 for tickets and membership. Carpet Bowls. Saxmundham Market Hall. Tuesdays 7-9.30pm. New members welcome. Info from Frances Maynard 01728 605797 or Lyn Martin 602078. Tai Chi Classes. Thursday mornings in Knodishall Village Hall, 11.15am to 12.15pm. Other classes also available. Contact Ali Crawford 01394 411717, Saxmundham Art Group Fromus Centre, Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm. New members welcome. £1.75 per session. Please contact Judy 01728 602353. Saxmundham Royal British Legion every 3rd Wednesday at the Gannon rooms. 7.45pm. Contact Rose Damiral White 603817. Sax Boules. Join our friendly group. Club meetings will restart Saturday February 1 2014. For more details contact Jennie Pink 604340.

Westleton Village Quilters Westleton Village Hall each Friday from 1-4pm. £12 per term or £1.50 for a single session. For more information contact Ann Bebbington on 01728 648943 or email john@

Aldeburgh Art Group. Meets at The Baptist Chapel, Aldeburgh High Street from 1.45-4pm every Tuesday. Open to all, this is a casual, untutored group. Bring your own art. £2 inc. tea and biscuits. Bruisyard Village Hall. Pub nights, every Thurs 7.30pm. Live music. Free admission. Come along for a pint and a chinwag. Pilates every Tuesday in Village Hall 9.30 to 10.30am. Bruisyard Young People every Wednesday 6-7.30pm. Info contact John Gibb 01728 638912. Kelsale-cum-Carlton W.I. meets 2nd Tuesday, committee room Kelsale Village Hall from 7-9pm. New members welcome. Contact Sue Potter on 01728 602177 or Sue Granville-George on 01728 604954. Monthly Market Yoxford Village Hall, 2nd Sat 9am1pm. Stalls and refreshments, raising funds for village hall. 01728 668529 or email Sax IT Club. Restarts March 12, 2014. For details see Saxmundham W.I. Meets 3rd Thursday 7.30-9.30pm United Reform Church Chapel Road. Walking, play reading, lunch groups. Contact Jenny Mann 01728 604608

Sizewell and Leiston Karate Club meets Tues and Thurs from 6-8pm. Run for over 25 years! Children, adults, beginners or more experienced. All welcome. Telephone Liz 01728 604827 or just turn up. Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group. Meets 3rd Mondays United Reformed Church Hall, Chapel Road, Saxmundham, IP17 1BJ. Members £1.50, nonmembers £2.50 http://aldevalleyfamilyhistory Saturday Morning Drama Club. Middleton Village Hall. Ages 4 to 7 years from 9.30 to 10.30am. Ages 8 to 11 years from 10.30 to 11.30am. £3 or 01728 648420. Halesworth & District Flower Club Meet 2nd Mondays at Wenhaston Village Hall, doors open 1.30pm. Visitors £4

HOLMES & JONES SAXMUNDHAM SERVICE CENTRE LIMITED Service and repairs (all makes welcome) Batteries – Tyres - Exhausts MOT assessment and Submission Specialist CITROEN & PEUGEOT knowledge MARCUS HOLMES AND KEITH JONES UNIT 3, ST JOHN'S ROAD SAXMUNDHAM IP17 1BE TEL: 01728 603 504 FAX:01728 604825

Cats Protection News At many of our events we are often asked about cat to hide. Always allow an escape route and a hiding behaviour. In a survey carried out by Cats place and do not attempt to touch it. Protection earlier this year it emerged that there was a general lack of knowledge in recognising some types of cat behaviour. •

65% of those questioned think a cat only purrs when happy, whereas they will sometimes purr when in pain 76% failed to understand a cat approaching with an upright tail is a relaxed cat and is giving a greeting One in 20 thought that a cat rubs its cheeks on surfaces because it was itchy rather than recognising it is marking its territory. Could you provide a home for Teddy and Brodie?

A sign of a friendly relaxed moggie is one which greets you by rubbing its head and side of its body against your legs, often then rolling over on his side to show its belly. This is showing its trust in you by exposing this sensitive part of its body. The best acknowledgement is a verbal greeting rather than being tempted to tickle its tummy!

CATS OF THE MONTH: Teddy and Brodie are very handsome black and white brothers approximately 18 months old. They came to us when their owners had to move home. Could you offer these lovely boys a caring home together?

For more details about Teddy and Brodie, other cats looking for homes, forthcoming events or to find A cat in a crouched position with tail tucked around information about cat behaviour see or under its body, with tense muscles or with its back or telephone 01728 arched with a bushy tail is not a happy cat. It is 723499. likely to be anxious, fearful and looking for a place


School Report New Creative Arts Centre at Saxmundham Free School

to music with Dr Therese Coffey, MP performing the countdown. As we approach the excitement of Christmas, the school will once again come alive with the Christmas spirit! At the beginning of December we take delivery of two Christmas trees (one 12ft and one 3ft) in order to start the celebrations! As well as a Christmas Card competition, we will be decorating our trees and having Christmas dinner towards the end of term. We will also be visiting St John’s Church for our nativity and carol concert. I have even promised to wear my infamous Christmas ties again this year in the final week of term!

Anthony Horowitz, author, opening the Creative Arts Centre with Ms Grimsey, Chair of Governors. Photo by Therese Coffey, MP 4 November 2013 saw the evening of the Opening Ceremony for our new Creative Arts Centre. It was a spectacular event and I would like to officially thank here Mrs Mitchell-Cotts (Marketing Assistant), Ms Grimsey (Chair of Governors) and Ms Moore (governor) for organising the whole event. Thanks too to Will Bowman (Executive Chef) and the catering team for once again feeding so many visitors with wonderful food!

This will be my last article as Acting Headteacher of the school, before Mr Lees takes over next term. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Saxmundham community for their tremendous support over the past year and a half. I will be continuing to set the course for the school as Principal, and look forward to continuing to work with you to raise aspirations and achievement for the young people of our town. Rob Cawley, Principal

Our special guest for the evening was Anthony Horowitz, the novelist and screenwriter specialising in mystery and suspense. For our students, Anthony is probably best known as the writer of the Diamond Brothers, Alex Rider and Power of Five series of books. Anthony was not only able to open the new Creative Arts Centre, but the new school Library (named ‘Horowitz’ after the school tradition of naming classrooms after famous and inspirational people). After VIPs and guests toured the new Creative Arts Centre, sampled activities from our creative teaching team and food from our restaurant, and listened to speeches from Ms Grimsey and Anthony Horowitz, the finale was our firework display


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PRESS NOTICE Premises licence new application Jonathan Nicholson The Bell Hotel 31 High St Saxmundham IP17 1AF The application may be viewed at: Suffolk Coastal District Council Melton Hill Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 1AU Proposed licensable actrivites:Sale of alcohol & the provision of regular entertainment Dates between which representation may be made to the licencing Authority:Start: 22.11.13 Closing date: 19.12.13 Representation must be made in writing to the licencing team, Suffolk Coastal District council (as the licencing Authority) at the above address, or by email to: It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly to make false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence is £5000.


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Bonfire Night Success Dear Town Herald The weather for our Bonfire Night was extremely good and encouraged a large crowd of spectators, resulting in a fantastic total profit of £915.80 The Sports Club, generously pay for the Fireworks and so help to maintain this event as our major annual fund raiser. We have continued fund raising for a new piece of play equipment, but unfortunately this project was put on hold while we sourced extra funding for the newly installed fence. This was necessary as in the last few months a vast amount of damage, due to vandalism, was done to the original fence. Pauline White, Adventure Playground Committee.

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Town Herald December 2013  
Town Herald December 2013  

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